Books in July

I decided for a patriotic theme for July. I chose my books by color. I know the sequel to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is a bit ironic considering Roald Dahl was British, but I didn’t think of it at the time.



My reading goal for 2015 is to read 115 books. In July, I read six books. I’m still 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 Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han & 52 Reasons to Hate My Father by Jessica Brody.

Least Liked: Where It Began by Ann Redisch Stampler and Oh. My. Gods. by Tera Lynn Childs.






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




What I’ve Been Working On + Dissonance by Mariella Hunt

Hey guys, just checking in. Thing have been very busy lately, and for once a part of that involved writing. Well, sort of. On September 10th, I participated in #PitMad. This time I pitched my YA horror novel, The Birthday Bash, which is one of my favorite works.

Figuring out 140 character pitches for it was very interesting, but I was happy with most of the ones I came up with. I also got a few favorites so I have sent out the requests and am eagerly awaiting responses, though it will take some time. Hopefully this novel will do better than Our Reasons, which needs more work.

I’m hoping to get my book pictures for July done this week. The weather and other plans haven’t been very cooperative lately.

I don’t have any plans to do much writing until this NaNoWriMo. If I have some time after my wedding and honeymoon in October, I’ll probably just do some editing. I am very excited about my NaNo project, which I will go into more detail about later.

One last thing–look what came in the mail today.


Dissonance by Mariella Hunt

That’s it for now. Hopefully I will have some book pictures up soon. Thank you for your patience.






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.

Learn more at:

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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!






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