Books in June

Right away I decided that my theme for June would be at the pool, since most of my reads were summery. This was probably my most challenging photography project yet. It seemed every time I planned to do the pictures that the weather wouldn’t corporate, plans would suddenly come up, or the pool was too crowded to even dare take my camera to. But I finally found the perfect day!



I almost gave up because after I came to a nearly deserted pool, there was a guy there who wouldn’t stop staring at me. This is me being frustrated at his presence. Being the self-conscious creature I am, I retreated but returned later on to find I was finally alone. In a way it was a blessing because it was cooler when I came back anyway.


My reading goal for 2015 is to read 115 books. In June, I read eight books. I’m falling behind on my goal, but I’m going to try to catch up if I can. Here’s what I read last month.







Favorites: The Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Robin Palmer & Getting Over Garrett Delaney by Abby McDonald.

Least Liked: I’d Tell You I Love You But Then I’d Have to Kill You by Ally Carter.






Did you read any great books this summer? If so, what were they?




Books in May

As you can probably tell from my lack of posts, life has been pretty busy for me. In between work, a week of being active, and wedding planning, I haven’t even found any time to focus on writing. The weather and my schedule finally cooperated enough for me to do my Books in May photos. Since we were camping in a beautiful area, I decided to go with that theme.





My reading goal for 2015 is to read 115 books. In May, I read six books. I’m falling behind on my goal, but I’m going to try to catch up if I can. Here’s what I read last month.









Favorites: White Oleander by Janet Fitch; Zoe Letting Go by Nora Price.

Least Liked: Wild Roses by Deb Caletti.





Books in April

Apologies for the hiatus! Work and life have been extremely busy lately. I haven’t even done any writing, though I plan to soon. This time I wanted to wait for a rainy day to do my book pictures for April. My original idea didn’t pan out this time, but I still think the pictures turned out well. I even got a surprise in the sky to make up for my frustration!





My reading goal for 2015 is to read 115 books. In April, I read seven books. That’s the same number I read in March. I’m a little behind on my goal, but I have hopes of catching up. Here’s what I read last month.


I was surprised with a beautiful rainbow after having a frustrating rainy evening and not getting the pictures the way I’d hoped.






Favorites: Ten Things We Did (And Probably Shouldn’t Have) by Sarah Mlynowski

Least Liked: Small Damages by Beth Kephart



Cover Reveal: DISSONANCE by Mariella Hunt

Hey guys! Today I am very excited to present a new cover reveal from a dear inkie friend of mine. This book has been long in the making and it will be here soon!


Isn’t it gorgeous?


Title: Dissonance
Author: Mariella Hunt
Genre: YA Fantasy


Fifteen-year-old Allie Grant lives crippled by her illness. Though kept in isolation, she’s never alone: A spirit named Song lurks in the silence of her bedroom.

When Song reveals its dark nature on the night of her recital, the show ends in tragedy. Verging on death, Allie’s taken in by an uncle she’s never met.

Julian claims to be a Muse with power over music and answers that’ll heal her. The cure she needs is rare, requiring of him a difficult sacrifice. Allie soon suspects her uncle has a secret that’ll turn her world around.

But with days left to live, she might fade without learning the truth…like the finishing chord of a song.

About the Author


Mariella Hunt is a writer with a strong love for coffee and guinea pigs. She likes using big words in everyday speech, and keeps journals of quotes from the greats.
Most days you’ll find her on a well-loved armchair, reading–or working on one of her many projects. As she cannot stick to an outline, she rewrites way too much.

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This is one book that I am definitely keeping my eyes out for. You should, too.


What I’m Working On: May 2015



Hey guys. Camp NaNo ended a few weeks ago. Since then, the only writing I have done is editing for NestPitch. Our Reasons is now online for agents to consider. Cross your fingers for me?

Other than NestPitch, my plans are to continue re-writing and editing Creeper unless something significant happens. Then I’ll take it from there. I’ve also decided to start creating a new website. I’m playing around with some templates. I hope you’ll be willing and able to follow me to a new site. With so much writing to be done, I’ve decided that I’d rather focus on that more than blogging. I will miss blogging but my heart isn’t in it as much as it used to be.

Will keep you updated on the new site, NestPitch, and my other projects.



Books in March

So the book pictures for March got delayed for a month and a week because of insane rainy/dreary weather as well as lots of real life stuff going on. And while this wasn’t my original idea, I think they turned out well.



My reading goal for 2015 is to read 115 books. In March, I read seven books. In February, I read eight. I read ten for January. So far, I’m doing okay with my goal. Here’s what I read last month.








Favorites: The Catastrophic History of You and Me by Jess Rothenberg

Least Liked: Into the Darkness by V.C. Andrews (Andrew Neiderman)



Results of Camp NaNo 2015



Hey guys. Apologies for the delay. Right after Camp NaNoWriMo ended, my fiance’ and I went to look at vendors for our wedding for a long weekend. I’ve had some time to think and I believe there will be some changes coming to this blog. More details later.

I finished Camp NaNo a day before schedule. Not bad considering I was unable to write much (or at all) here and there. My final word count ended up being longer than my first draft at 56,290 words. The original was only 50,114 words. I definitely like the changes in the new version and it’s always nice to do some cleaning up. I plan to go over it one more time before I begin querying and entering it into Twitter contests.

I will probably also do Camp NaNoWriMo in July to motivate myself to finish my Creeper short story collection.

How did Camp NaNoWriMo go for you? Are you planning to go again in July?





What I’m Working On: Camp NaNo 2015 (Week 2)



Hey guys. Camp NaNo started two weeks ago. How is everyone doing with it? I’m still behind, though I am slowly catching up. In between working 45+ hours a week at my regular job and doing some freelance work on the side, I feel I’m not doing too terribly.

I will probably be at 18-19K by the end of tonight. What are you at? How is Camp NaNo going for you?

Apologies for the lack of book reviews. It has been a very busy month! I hope to have some pictures of the books I read in March up whenever it decides to stop raining all the time here. ;)

Until next time!





What I’m Working On: Camp NaNo 2015 (Week 1)



Hey guys. So Camp NaNo started a week ago. How is everyone doing with it? I’m a bit behind because it has been difficult finding the energy to write after working overtime for the past few weeks. But it’s not bad, and I am confident that I will eventually catch up. Even though I’m sleepy, I’m enjoying the re-write. The Birthday Bash is going to be even better than before.

I am almost to 9K now. What are you at? How is Camp NaNo going for you?

In non-Camp NaNo news, I’ve also entered Our Reasons to #NestPitch. Wish me luck!

Until next time!





Book Review–Just Like Heaven (If Only It Were True) by Marc Levy



This is the 22nd book from my 115 in 2015 Reading Challenge.


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Just Like Heaven (If Only It Were True) by Marc Levy
Published May 1st, 2000 by Pocket Books


What do you do when you find a stranger in your closet, particularly when she’s surprised that you can even see her — and she can disappear and reappear at whim? What if she then tells you that her body is actually in a coma on the other side of town? Should you have her see a psychiatrist or should you consult one yourself? Or do you take a chance and believe in her, and allow yourself to be swept up in an extraordinary adventure?This is the beginning of the dilemma that Arthur, a young San Francisco architect, is faced with when he discovers Lauren in his apartment.

Arthur is the only man who can share Lauren’s secret, the only one who can see her, hear her, and talk to her when no one else so much as senses her presence. So when doctors prepare to end Lauren’s physical care — which would destroy the magical bond she and Arthur cherish — he must find a way to save her. For, after all, it is only her love that can save him.

A heartwarming love story that’s impossible to forget, an adventure that is by turns breathtaking and hilarious, “Just Like Heaven” is a captivating tale that evokes the essence of romance and our boundless capacity to believe.




I picked this up from the thrift store because I really enjoyed the movie and it’s always fun to read the books they’re based off of. Not really the case with this book. While it wasn’t the worst book I’ve ever read, it had a very slow pacing. I plan to re-watch the movie but it seems that only the most basic ideas were used for the movie because I didn’t remember most of what happened in the book.

The plot just really seemed to drag for me. I was glad when I was almost to the end just because I was tired of reading it.


The apartment and hospital are not portrayed nearly as well as in the movie. However, the place Arthur’s mother left him sounds beautiful and interesting.


I loved the two main leads in the movie. In the book, I didn’t care much for either. They were all right, but they just seemed to lack depth. They were just “there.” Arthur’s friend, Paul, had more personality.


Lauren and Arthur’s relationship in the book was very slow paced, sometimes confusing, and didn’t seem to have much chemistry. Maybe it’s because neither character seem very well developed. The whole purpose of this story is to want to root for these two but I honestly didn’t care enough about them to do that.


The writing is okay, but tends to come off as a bit dry. While the majority of the book is slow paced, some parts felt downright painful wading through mentally.


I can’t remember how the ending was in the movie, but I’m torn on whether or not I like the ending in the book. If I cared more about the characters, I think I’d be mad about it.


Had a great plot idea, but wasn’t well executed in the book. This is one of those rare cases in which I think the movie is better than the book. The book was too slow, the characters boring, and if you don’t care about the main relationship in a romance, the story is already doomed.









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