Morning Lovelies! I think this is the first time I’ve ever drawn a blank for one of my posts. So today’s post is going to be extremely short. As you all know, I’ve been participating in my own personal 85k Challenge. This basically means that I’ve challenged myself to write 85,000 words over the span of 3 months. I must admit, although I’ve been writing vigorously I HIGHLY doubt I’ll meet that goal, and that’s okay. As long as I continue writing, that’s all that matters. So today’s lesson: It doesn’t matter how long it takes you to reach your goal, as long as you reach it. Rome wasn’t built in a day.
Hey Lovelies! Welcome back to another Freebie Friday. I’ve actually tried writing two posts for you guys, before deciding this would be the post for today. On Wednesday, I pledged to read 5 books outside of my preferred genre, and today I thought I’d share with you the books that I’m possibly considering.
A novel with a male main character: The Boys Club by Angie Martin
A novel with a same sex couple: Honesty by Seth King
Romantic suspense: When Death Calls by Elaine Meece
A fantasy/supernatural novel: Bound by Kira Saito
A nonfiction novel: P.S. Your Not Listening by Eleanor Craig
Also, if I have the time, I might try to squeeze in a 6th book: A novel by an author you wouldn’t generally read a novel by. For this novel, I have Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult in mind. I’m not really a big Jodi Picoult fan. I tend to not read novels by her, or watch films that are based on her novels. This is just a personal preference…I’m not telling people to not read her stuff, but I’m just saying I normally wouldn’t. Besides, I think reading Nineteen Minutes would be a perfect book to read right now with all of the gun violence going on.
As I mentioned before, these novels aren’t set in stone, so if you have any novels that you’d like to recommend, please leave them in the comments’ section. Have a wonderful Friday!
Hey Lovelies! If you’re reading this post, I’m asking that you start (or end) your day by spreading some love. After all, we need all the love we can get right now.
Today’s post is not only inspired by the recent events that took place in Florida, but also by a newsletter I received by the wonderful Jenny Bravo, over at Blots & Plots. Click here to check out her site.
As you all know, a lot of people lost their lives this past weekend. Why? Because we, as Americans, are quick to judge and even faster to react. I agree with the millions of people who say we need better gun control. It’s true. But we also need a better understanding of each other and the lives we’re living.
Lovelies, please take a stand against these things. If you, or someone you love, starts to turn this mass shooting into an anti-Muslim ordeal, tell them about themselves. Not all Muslims are terrorists. Not all Caucasians are racist. And not all African Americans are ghetto. Whether you’re gay, straight, bisexual, black, white, Muslim, Catholic, Atheist, or Baptist, it doesn’t matter. We can be the generation to narrow all these “categories” down to one; humans.
I’m a very picky person. I’m picky about the foods I eat, the books I read, the movies I watch…basically everything. As I said earlier, we’re quick to judge. How many times have you thought, “[insert food here] is disgusting. I’m not eating it.”? Have you ever tried it? Or here’s a better example: “that girl sure wants to be white.” I can’t tell you how many times I’ve hear that line about myself. Yes, my English is proper and I don’t talk in slangs. Yes, my hair is curly. And yes, I find white men attractive. I find guys of all ethnicity and religions attractive. Does that make me a sell out? No. Does it make me white? No. I’m still a black woman, and even more so, I’m still human. We all are.
The year is halfway done, so let’s start learning about others. Let’s take a walk in their shoes. And you can do this by reading, watching TV, or just by talking to them.
I tend to read New Adult books. It’s my go-to genre. Why? Because I can relate to them the most. But I’m expanding my horizons.
In honor of the lives that were lost, and with all of you as my witness, before 2016 is out I’m going to expand my horizons by reading 5 books outside of my preferred genre. I think my list will look something like this:
A novel with a male main character
A novel with a same sex couple
A romantic suspense novel
A fantasy/supernatural novel
A nonfiction novel
I also might try a few different dishes that I wouldn’t normally eat. I know this post was all over the place, but I’d love to read in the comments what you’re going to do to expand your horizons.
Because I haven’t had much time to read, or much less review a novel, I’m going to be talking about a series I’m hoping to finish this year. This series is by Jessica Sorensen, she is a New York Times and USA Today Bestsellers’ author, and she just so happens to be one of my all time favorite authors. The first book I read by Jessica was The Coincidence of Callie & Kayden. I’m hoping to finish this series some time this year. I’ve listed the books below.
- The Coincidence of Callie & Kayden
- The Redemption of Callie and Kayden
- The Destiny of Violet and Luke
- The Probability of Violet and Luke
- The Certainty of Violet and Luke
- The Resolution of Callie and Kayden
- Seth and Greyson
What are some books or series that you are hoping to finish by the end of this year?
Hey, Lovelies. It is Manuscript Monday, and as indicated in the title, we will be talking about Writing buddies. Who are they? Where can you find them? Are they a must? And what should you look for in a writing buddy?
A writing buddy is a person, or a group of people, that you befriend and you discuss all things writerly with them.
Recently, I connected with a young woman through Facbook…she reached out to me, we discussed our stories, what we were looking for in a writing buddies, and decided to connect through email.
Writing buddies are easy to find, if you’re looking in the write place for them. If you’re into social media, especially Facebook, there are so many writing groups you can join. Then, all you have to do is look for someone who’s looking for a writing buddy/accountability partner, in the genre you’re in, and go from there.
Everyone looks for something different in writing buddies. For me, I was looking for someone who I could bounce story ideas off of, someone who would give me feedback on my writing, hold me accountable for writing every day, and of course, someone who is interested in the same genre as me.
So tell me, in the comments below, what are you looking for in a writing buddy?
Mondays are officially my favorite nights because of my television schedule. For those of you who don’t know this, I have an Associate’s Degree in Writing for Film and Television. Earning that degree was some of the best (and worse) times in my life. It made me appreciate the little things in film and television, but it also made me very opinionated as well. For example, a lot of people are always complaining about how the movies aren’t like the books, but did you know that adaptations are only meant to be a percentage of the novel, not 100%. I’ll stop rambling and trying to make excuses for my television obsession.
On Monday night, two of my most favorite shows premiered for their respective seasons. The first one, Mistresses. I originally started watching this show because I’m an Alyssa Milano fan, and let’s be honest, the show was super dramatic. However, ever since Alyssa’s character left and her sister fell in love with her husband, the show isn’t my favorite. But for some reason I still watch it. Crazy, right?
So my next show is Scream. I was a little drawn to this show because I’m OBSESSED with the Scream movies. Some people aren’t fans of the show because it doesn’t resemble the movies, but I think it’s a great show. People need to start thinking outside the box when it comes to TV series vs. the movies or books vs. the movies. I’m not even sure who the Lakewood killer is, but I feel like it’s someone that’s been there all along. Below are my theories as to why each of the Lakewood Six could be considered the killer. If you’ve never watched this series, proceed with caution because a few spoiler alerts from season 1 and 2 might pop up in these theories and spoil it for you.
Audrey: At the end of Season 1, we all saw Audrey burn those letters that she had written to Piper. And out of the six of them, Audrey seems the guiltiest at something, and is not a fan of reliving what happened the night Piper was killed.
Emma: Emma is Brandon James’ daughter. Who’s to say she didn’t inherit some of his psycho genes? What if Emma is some sort of masochist and enjoys torturing herself and her friends. Also, I feel like it’d be a SUPER TWIST if Emma was the killer. That’d be equivalent to killing a main character in a movie before the film ended.
Noah: Noah is today’s modern day Randy…the dictionary of horror information. I feel like Noah is an obvious choice as the killer. Not only is he obsessed with all things Brandon James, but he has a lot of horror knowledge, and could probably get away with the perfect murder.
Brooke: Brooke wasn’t one of my favorites in the first season, however her character looks as if she’s trying to mellow out a little. But can the transformation be trusted? Brooke is popular and she’s best friends with Brandon James’ daughter. Maybe she got tired of Emma being the popular one for being “Lakewood’s star”.
Kieran: I’m not sure why, but ever since Kieran showed up to Lakewood, I’ve never trusted him. He just has this guilty look about him. Even when his dad was killed in (what I like to call) true Wes Craven fashion, I still didn’t trust him.
Jake: Until he was killed in Monday’s episode, I didn’t trust him. I still don’t trust him. Was his death staged? I doubt it, but it’s television, so nothing is impossible. However, before he was killed, there was a sign that said something about Boy Interrupted. Did anyone hear when he called Emma Girl Interrupted at the party? Which leads back to my original theory, Emma could very well be the Lakewood killer and pulling the wool over all of our eyes.
Did you guys watch anything exciting this week? Tell me about it in the comments below. Also, if you’re a fan of the show Mistresses, what do you think about Joss and Harry’s relationship? If you’re a fan of Scream, I want to know who you think is the Lakewood killer behind the mask and why.
As the owner of a successful florist shop, Khloe Harper trusts her instincts. She has a strong bond with her family and friends, but after being betrayed by her last love, she’s kept herself at arms’ length from romance. When dashing entertainment attorney Derek Thomas walks into her store, Khloe’s interested is piqued. What at first seems like a business relationship quickly turns into romance, and Derek slowly plucks away the petals she’s been hiding behind. Just as Khloe lets down her guard, she discovers that Derek may not be worthy of her love after all…
Frumpy Connie Albright has a faux fascination with an imaginary man named Walt, sending herself flowers from him to feel less out-of-place with the “mean girls” she works with. Gabby Lewis, a recently widowed senior, isn’t ready to give up on love—which means releasing herself from survivor’s guilt and taking a chance on finding happiness and companionship again.
As these stories intertwine through flowers and cards sent from Khloe’s shop, the three women begin to learn that love can only truly blossom when you trust your heart.
Isabella grew up with a book in her hand, and to this day nothing has changed. She is a member of the Romance Writers of America and has been featured on several blogs. While Isabella doesn’t blog a lot, she focuses her time on featuring other writers, along with working on her next book.
Currently, she lives in Dallas with her husband. She enjoys spicy Mexican food and drinking margaritas, and can be found spending time with family and friends, cheering on the Texas Rangers, and reading.
Isabella’s short story, Meet Me Under the Mistletoe, was featured in Simon & Fig’s Christmas anthology, Merry & Bright, in November 2013. The Right Design is her first novel.
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Good morning, lovelies. Not only is today Memorial Day, but today is also the first ever Manuscript Monday. With today being a holiday, I promise to keep this post short. For May, I’ve written 12,552 words of my newest manuscript, Every Breath I Take. Although my goal for the month of May is supposed to be 28,675, I applaud myself for being able to make it this far when my job and other priorities are factored in. Also, I’d like to point out that these 12,552 words are handwritten. They’re typed as well, but not before it has been written in my writing binder.
Have a wonderful Memorial Day, and let’s not forget the men and women who have sacrificed so much for us.
Hey Lovelies! I’m back and at it again. Things have been super hectic at the office, but school is out for the summer so there may be some hope after all. However, my “leave of absence” has allowed me to focus on writing, blog changes, as well as quality time with my little nephew. So what kind of changes are coming? You’ll have to sit through a few pictures to find out.
First things first, I’ve been working vigorously on my latest manuscript, Every Breath I Take. My goal is to have at least 85,000 words written by July 31st. Not too bad, right? I started this 85k journey on May 1st, and will share my current word count for May on Monday.
This leads me to my blog changes. Starting on Monday, I will be blogging three times a week. Yes, you read it correctly. THREE TIMES A WEEK! The schedule will look something like this:
Mondays: Manuscript Mondays
Wednesdays: We Love Books Wednesdays
Fridays: Freebie Fridays
Since Mondays are a little self-explanatory, allow me to delve deeper into Wednesdays and Fridays. On Wednesdays, I will be highlighting/reviewing books that I’ve read in the past or just recently finished. Also, don’t be surprised if there are a few interviews and guest posts here and there. We wouldn’t have books if it wasn’t for the amazing authors behind them, so they’ll be getting some recognition on Wednesdays too.
Now Fridays, on the other hand, will be reserved for fun. Think about when you were required to write journal entries in school and on Fridays your teacher used to allow you a free topic. Those were some of the best days ever. That’s what Fridays are going to be like on the blog. Whether it’s my thoughts on a Lifetime/Hallmark, television shows, a product or snack review, or just what’s happening in life. On Fridays, all subjects are game. I want to know what are some things you’re hoping to see me talk about in the upcoming weeks? Please, feel free to leave suggestions below in the comments.