Sunday, August 2, 2015

July Reads 2015

I tried book blogging before...it didn't work out. I ramble too much. Then last year I decided to post once a month with a small blurb about each book I read that month. It works better for me. So much so that I'm going to continue this year. You can click on any picture and it'll take you to the Goodreads page.
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16005219-get-even?from_search=true&search_version=service
Get Even (Don't Get Mad #1) by Gretchen McNeil
I'm not sure why more people aren't talking about this book! It's like Pretty Little Liars but it doesn't go on for 100 years (Don't get me wrong, I love PLL, but I stopped after book 8. I still adore the show). It's sassy and quirky and has a great mystery plot that I can't even begin to figure out.


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/15789443-something-real
 Something Real by Heather Demetrios


I wasn't so sure if I'd like this book based on the premise but once I read (and loved) I'll Meet You There I knew I had to give it a chance. And I am 100% grateful I did. I adored it. The characters and relationships were real and, though not always likeable, understandable. Chloe (Bonnie) is now one of my favorite female MCs. She's far from perfect but she's perfectly written. Her flaws are what make her so great. And I loved so much of the supporting cast; Patrick, Benny, Matt (best boyfriend EVER), Tess and Mer. Even Lexie (so much so I can't wait to read her story). It's also a book that makes you stop and take a good long look at things in our society. How real is reality TV? How much good does it do anyone compared to the damage it does we don't see. If you're on the fence about this one hop on over and give it a go! A must read.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16005224-get-dirty
Get Dirty (Don't Get Mad #2) by Gretchen McNeil


Another amazing book from Gretchen McNeil! And another one that kept me on my toes.I had no idea how this series was going to end. I'm not even sure I came close. And that's what makes such an awesome thriller.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22840182-the-summer-of-chasing-mermaids?from_search=true&search_version=service
The Summer of Chasing Mermaids by Sarah Ockler

I don't even know where to begin. I didn't expect to love this book as much as I did. I honestly don't know why I went in feeling that way. Maybe because it completely enveloped me. Elyse's story about voice -actual and metaphorical- really stuck with me. How she stood up for what she believed in and didn't give up. Not on herself or her friends.

Her friends - the majority of the side characters. Christian, Sebastian, Kirby, Vanessa...all incredible characters bringing their own flavor to the mix.

And the scenery - from the sea to the Pacific Northwest and all the way down to T&T, the details were amazing.

Basically the only thing I didn't love about the book was it ended.


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22929537-the-devil-you-know
 The Devil You Know by Trish Doller

Such a chilling read. It makes you stop and think about the people you know. Or don't. It's too hard to say anything about the book for fear of giving anything away. But I will say it is well worth a read.

Chameleon by K.T. Hanna

First a warning...this isn't a typical Mandie book. There isn't romance or kissing or even happily ever after. I just want to make readers aware of that first. I knew this going in (I was lucky enough to get an early e-book copy) and yet I still loved this book.

If you're a fan of sci-fi you'll enjoy Sai's thrilling ride as her psionic powers awaken and she trains to learn to control them. The characters she meets on her journey (humans, some with psionic powers, and Dominos (alien-parasite and psionic hybrids) help create a whole new world to get lost in.

K.T. does a great job of mixing whit, snark and sci-fi together that you can't help but enjoy this book. 

Monday, July 20, 2015

Ready? Set. Write! Week 6

Ready? Set. Write! is a way for writers to keep in touch with each other and keep themselves accountable to the goals they set. This year it's hosted by Katy Upperman, Alison Miller, Jamie Morrow,Erin Funk and Elodie Nowodazkij. Check out their blogs for more details and be sure to link up each week.



1). How I did on last week's goals.


1). Start and complete my newest novel BLANK SPACE, a YA contemporary -Better! Not sure if I'll finish this novel by the end but I'm writing more and more each week.

2). Read at least one book a week -The Summer of Chasing Mermaids by Sarah Ockler. This book scooped me up and swallowed me whole. I've enjoyed Sarah's books but this one just grabbed me and didn't let me go!

3). Finish Harry Potter book 4 and 5 by end of RSW -One day!

4). Continue with 21 Day Fix and work on becoming a Beach Body Coach -I've "officially" decided to be an active coach! I've been working on getting organized, going through tutorials and creating pages (picky_eaters_fix on IG and Picky Eaters Fix FB like page if you're interested).

5). Keep up with my 25 before 35 - Slow going.
6). Get kiddo ready for soccer season - Weather has been INSANELY hot or rainy here so we haven't been outdoors much. Hoping for the temp to cool off soon.

2). My goal(s) for this week 

Create a bucket list for my MCs best friend. Read The Devil You Know. Do cross fit 3 times a week and my daily beach body workouts. 
3). A favorite line from my story OR one word/phrase that sums up what I wrote/revised

"No, don't want it," I mumble as I pull the pillow closer.
"You're reverting back to a two year old," Leigh says as she kicks the bed. "Up and at 'em."

4). The biggest challenge I faced this week (ex. finding time to write).

Trying to juggle a full plate...and then some.

5). Something I love about my WiP.

Finding old scenes and trying to rework them.

Monday, July 13, 2015

Ready? Set. Write! Week 5

Ready? Set. Write! is a way for writers to keep in touch with each other and keep themselves accountable to the goals they set. This year it's hosted by Katy Upperman, Alison Miller, Jamie Morrow,Erin Funk and Elodie Nowodazkij. Check out their blogs for more details and be sure to link up each week.



1). How I did on last week's goals.

1). Start and complete my newest novel BLANK SPACE, a YA contemporary -Work in progress. I got a few days of writing in but also spent time on querying my last novel, When The Wind Blows.

2). Read at least one book a week -Done and done. Get Dirty by Gretchen McNeil (fabulous series) and Something Real by Heather Demetrios (love love LOVED this one).
3). Finish Harry Potter book 4 and 5 by end of RSW -Umm.....it's on my night stand.

4). Continue with 21 Day Fix and work on becoming a Beach Body Coach -Again, done and done. I've set up a FB like page and IG account for my coaching and continuing with my current round of 21 day fix. 

5). Keep up with my 25 before 35 - Slow going.

6). Get kiddo ready for soccer season - Tryouts were Saturday. He already has his team. GO MUTINY! Have to say, he was one of the better ones out there.

2). My goal(s) for this week - Read, write, workout.

3). A favorite line from my story OR one word/phrase that sums up what I wrote/revised

Stalled....plot snag.

4). The biggest challenge I faced this week (ex. finding time to write).

Motivation.

5). Something I love about my WiP.

That it doesn't judge me when I neglect it.

Monday, July 6, 2015

Ready? Set. Write! Week 4

Ready? Set. Write! is a way for writers to keep in touch with each other and keep themselves accountable to the goals they set. This year it's hosted by Katy Upperman, Alison Miller, Jamie Morrow,Erin Funk and Elodie Nowodazkij. Check out their blogs for more details and be sure to link up each week.



1). How I did on last week's goals.


1). Start and complete my newest novel BLANK SPACE, a YA contemporary - With vacation and the Holiday weekend I didn't get as much writing done but I did go back and edit the words I've already written.
2). Read at least one book a week - Get Even by Gretchen McNeil. This book was SO good. I'm not sure why more people aren't reading this series.

3). Finish Harry Potter book 4 and 5 by end of RSW - I have made a plan! Going to work on 1-2 chapters a night.
 
4). Continue with 21 Day Fix and work on becoming a Beach Body Coach - On point. New challenge group started today.
 
5). Keep up with my 25 before 35 - Slow going.

6). Get kiddo ready for soccer season - Try outs this Saturday. We're going to work on drills nightly.
2). My goal(s) for this week
 
Write 30 minutes a day. Read one-two books.
 
3). A favorite line from my story OR one word/phrase that sums up what I wrote/revised
Friendship
4). The biggest challenge I faced this week (ex. finding time to write).
Vacation and vacation recovery.
 
5). Something I love about my WiP.
Discovering my characters.
 

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

June Reads 2015

I tried book blogging before...it didn't work out. I ramble too much. Then last year I decided to post once a month with a small blurb about each book I read that month. It works better for me. So much so that I'm going to continue this year. You can click on any picture and it'll take you to the Goodreads page.

I feel like the biggest book loser this month. I only read FOUR books?! How is that even impossible? I'm just glad they were really REALLY good books.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18660447-the-fill-in-boyfriend
 The Fill-In Boyfriend by Kasie West. 

I can't help but love a good Kasie West romance! She does an incredible job of building up the story and not letting us down. I can't wait for her next one.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20698530-p-s-i-still-love-you
P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han

Jenny Han has done it again with an amazing series. I had to re-read To All The Boys before starting P.S. because there was so much I wanted to remember clearly before this book. It's a typical Jenny Han romance and I want to say more but I don't want to spoil anything. I'll leave it at that.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16101126-the-moon-and-more
The Moon and More by Sarah Dessen

Another fun beach read. I put off reading this one for a while because it took me a bit to get into but I'm glad I stuck with it.

Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen

Two SD books in one moth? Yes, please. And Saint Anything was everything I imagined it could be, and more. Another great by Sarah Dessen. Top three for sure (Just Listen is first, of course, and this may top Along for the Ride). The characters and family dynamics are impeccable and the romance placed perfectly. Everything one could hope for from a favorite author.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Ready? Set. Write! Week 3

Ready? Set. Write! is a way for writers to keep in touch with each other and keep themselves accountable to the goals they set. This year it's hosted by Katy Upperman, Alison Miller, Jamie Morrow,Erin Funk and Elodie Nowodazkij. Check out their blogs for more details and be sure to link up each week.



1). How I did on last week's goals.


1). Start and complete my newest novel BLANK SPACE, a YA contemporary - In progress. 
2). Read at least one book a week - Started and finished Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen. Can we say LOVE?!

 3). Finish Harry Potter book 4 and 5 by end of RSW - I'll get on that...soon?
4). Continue with 21 Day Fix and work on becoming a Beach Body Coach - first half of the week was great but since we've been on vaca I haven't been able to get a good exercise routine in and haven't ate the best. But, we did climb up and down the side of a mountain yesterday for 5 hours. I think that took care of it.
   
5). Keep up with my 25 before 35 - Slow going.

  
6). Get kiddo ready for soccer season - In progress. He mad it up and back on the mountain so I'd say he's doing great. 
2). My goal(s) for this week
I am LOVING this whole 30 minutes a day writing thing. Most days I even beat the word goal I initially set. But, if I don't, I don't beat myself up about it. Friday - Sunday I didn't get to write. Out of town for brothers wedding and it was busier/crazier than I thought it would be.
3). A favorite line from my story OR one word/phrase that sums up what I wrote/revised
This is a little more than a line but I can't help it because I love it so much. An exchange between Katie, my MC, and Leigh, her BFF.


“Fro-yo.” She stared right back. “You said anytime we get so mad at the other we could kill them we had to stop whatever we were doing and get fro-yo.”

“At a time like this you want fro-yo?" I demand.

“Not want. Need.” Her voice was calm, even. Nothing like someone who’d just almost been smooshed. “Your eyes look like they might murder me right now.”
4). The biggest challenge I faced this week (ex. finding time to write).
Vacation.

5). Something I love about my WiP.

Spoty iwifo and busy week but I'm going to try to client.
  That it's finally coming along. Slowly but surely.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Ready? Set. Write! Week 2

Ready? Set. Write! is a way for writers to keep in touch with each other and keep themselves accountable to the goals they set. This year it's hosted by Katy Upperman, Alison Miller, Jamie Morrow,Erin Funk and Elodie Nowodazkij. Check out their blogs for more details and be sure to link up each week.



1). How I did on last week's goals. 


1). Start and complete my newest novel BLANK SPACE, a YA contemporary - Yeah....about that goa. I revised what little I wrote last week and I did work around a plot issue I was having, but very few new words. 
2). Read at least one book a week - Only had time for one book, The Moon and More, but it was the perfect book to start the summer with.
3). Finish Harry Potter book 4 and 5 by end of RSW - Really need to pick up book 4 again.
4). Continue with 21 Day Fix and work on becoming a Beach Body Coach - Finished up my second round of 21 day fix. Taking a break, though keeping with the healthy eating, and back at it after brother's wedding.
5). Keep up with my 25 before 35 - Slow going.
6). Get kiddo ready for soccer season - Kiddo has been doing workouts with me a few nights a week. Sign ups are this week.
 

2). My goal(s) for this week 
 Revisiting my writing goal. Instead of X amount of words a day/week I'm going to write at least 30 minutes a day. I also need to create a "list" for my main character. Read/listen to a few books. Keep going with the healthy eating. The longer I go the easier it is.

3). A favorite line from my story OR one word/phrase that sums up what I wrote/revised 
Standstill.

4). The biggest challenge I faced this week (ex. finding time to write). 
Life. Too much to explain but sometimes it's a bitch.

5). Something I love about my WiP.
  That it's about the best of friends despite their differences.


P.S. To everyone who commented last week THANK YOU for your encouraging words. I didn't get a chance to go back and reply to them.