• Book Review

    A Reaper at the Gates

    The highly anticipated third book in Sabaa Tahir’s New York Times bestselling EMBER QUARTET. Beyond the Empire and within it, the threat of war looms ever larger. The Blood Shrike, Helene Aquilla, is assailed on all sides. Emperor Marcus, haunted by his past, grows increasingly unstable, while the Commandant capitalizes on his madness to bolster her own power. As Helene searches for a way to hold back the approaching darkness, her sister’s life and the lives of all those in the Empire hang in the balance. Far to the east, Laia of Serra knows the fate of the world lies not in the machinations of the Martial court, but in…

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    The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society

    Written with warmth and humor as a series of letters, this novel is a celebration of the written word in all its guises, and of finding connection in the most surprising ways. “I wonder how the book got to Guernsey? Perhaps there is some sort of secret homing instinct in books that brings them to their perfect readers.” January 1946: London is emerging from the shadow of the Second World War, and writer Juliet Ashton is looking for her next book subject. Who could imagine that she would find it in a letter from a man she’s never met, a native of the island of Guernsey, who has come across…

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    Dumplin’

    Self-proclaimed fat girl Willowdean Dickson (dubbed “Dumplin’” by her former beauty queen mom) has always been at home in her own skin. Her thoughts on having the ultimate bikini body? Put a bikini on your body. With her all-American beauty best friend, Ellen, by her side, things have always worked…until Will takes a job at Harpy’s, the local fast-food joint. There she meets Private School Bo, a hot former jock. Will isn’t surprised to find herself attracted to Bo. But she is surprised when he seems to like her back. Instead of finding new heights of self-assurance in her relationship with Bo, Will starts to doubt herself. So she sets…

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    Ignite the Stars

    Everyone in the universe knows his name. Everyone in the universe fears him. But no one realizes that notorious outlaw Ia Cocha is a seventeen-year-old girl. A criminal mastermind and unrivaled pilot, Ia has spent her life terrorizing the Olympus Commonwealth, the imperialist nation that destroyed her home. When the Commonwealth captures her and her true identity is exposed, they see Ia’s age and talent as an opportunity: by forcing her to serve them, they will prove that no one is beyond their control. Soon, Ia is trapped at the Commonwealth’s military academy, desperately plotting her escape. But new acquaintances—including Brinn, a seemingly average student with a closely-held secret, and…

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    Death by Dumpling (A Noodle Shop Mystery #1)

    Welcome to the Ho-Lee Noodle House, where the Chinese food is to die for. . . The last place Lana Lee thought she would ever end up is back at her family’s restaurant. But after a brutal break-up and a dramatic workplace walk-out, she figures that a return to the Cleveland area to help wait tables is her best option for putting her life back together. Even if that means having to put up with her mother, who is dead-set on finding her a husband. Lana’s love life soon becomes yesterday’s news once the restaurant’s property manager, Mr. Feng, turns up dead―after a delivery of shrimp dumplings from Ho-Lee. But…

  • NaNoWriMo

    Monthly Writing Planner

    If you’re following my NaNoWriMo adventures, then you know that I’ve been busy creating my own custom writing planner to use every month. I shared that planner with you all today and I immediately got a lot of support, so I wanted to share a version that you all could use and adopt to fit your own purposes. My creativity got carried away and I ended up creating four versions of my planner that you can choose from: Skull & Cross Bones Cover – Standard for $18.00 Skull & Cross Bones Cover – Economy for $12.00 The Write Planner – Standard for $20.00 The Write Planner – Economy for $13.00…

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    Pre-NaNoWriMo Planning, Preparation & Resources

    It’s only 24 days until Camp NaNoWriMo starts on July 1st! If you are planning on doing Camp NaNoWriMo in July but want some helpful planning and preparation tips, then take a look at my first Pre-NaNoWriMo post here. That post is full of 10 great tips about how to get ready for your first Camp NaNoWriMo experience. In my final April Camp NaNoWriMo post, I reflected on what I did well and what I could improve on, and I came up with three goals to implement in July’s Camp NaNoWriMo: I will give myself a clutter free dedicated writing space. I will be proactive on Friday evenings to make…

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    Camp NaNoWriMo Round-Up

    If you’ve been following me on my April Camp NaNoWriMo journey, then you’re probably wondering what happened to me after Day 19. Three job interviews, four flights, and one wedding reception happened! Which means, I didn’t get any other writing done for the month. But let’s take a look at what I did write! This is my free downloadable April Camp NaNoWriMo word-count tracker that I made available in my Pre-NaNoWriMo Planning & Preparation post, filled in with the writing I accomplished in April. I loved having this calendar for Camp NaNoWriMo! It was incredibly useful and it served as great motivation for me to crank out as many words…

  • Book Review

    A Court of Frost and Starlight

    The Winter Solstice. In a week. I was still new enough to being High Lady that I had no idea what my formal role was to be. If we’d have a High Priestess do some odious ceremony, as lanthe had done the year before. A year. Gods, nearly a year since Rhys had called in his bargain, desperate to get me away from the poison of the Spring Court to save me from my despair. Had he been only a minute later, the Mother knew what would have happened. Where I’d now be. Snow swirled and eddied in the garden, catching in the brown fibers of the burlap covering the…

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    Flowers and Foul Play

    Fiona Knox lost her fiancé and her flower shop—but when she flies to Scotland to inherit her godfather’s cottage and possibly magical walled garden, she may lose her life as well when she’s swept into a murder investigation. Florist Fiona Knox’s life isn’t smelling so sweet these days. Her fiancé left her for their cake decorator. Then, her flower shop wilted after a chain florist opened next door. So when her godfather, Ian MacCallister, leaves her a cottage in the Scottish Highlands, Fiona jumps on the next plane to Edinburgh. Ian, after all, is the one who taught her to love flowers. But when Ian’s elderly caretaker Hamish MacGregor shows…