My Book Facts

The hardest book To read:

The hardest book for me to read, is actually a series. The Sleeping Beauty series by Ann Rice. That series puts 50 Shades of Gray to shame and I was able to drag myself through the first book but didn’t make it halfway through the second before I called it quits.

A book I haven’t read yet but should have:

I have my own religious issues. I have made it my mission to read the bible, and have started it but keep putting it off. It is one book I feel I should read and should have read a long time ago.

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Books I hated having to read in school, but I loved once I grew up:

Can’t say I have any of these yet. I have done well staying away from books I hated in school. That list would include two books: Lord of the Flies and To Kill A Mockingbird. I do not have any plans to reread these.

A book I should have read sooner:

Aside from the Bible, I would have to go with Lolita. Very interesting and wish I had read it when I was younger, give me a chance to love it longer than the 5 years and counting.

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Books I read at least once a year:

I don’t usually read a certain book once a year. If the mood strikes for a certain reread, then I will but it doesn’t usually happen yearly. However, I have read the 50 Shades series once a year for two or three years now.

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Books I should never have read:

That again goes to the Sleeping Beauty series. It just freaked me out and I cannot look at Disney’s Sleeping Beauty the same way.

My favorite books as a child:

The Dear America Series. Diaries from girls of different time periods expressing what their lives were like. I loved every one I could get my hands on. Another favorite was Love from Your Friend, Hannah by Mindy Warshaw Skolsky about a girl writing to FDR and becoming a penpal with him. I ended up writing a letter to Former President Clinton and George W. Bush. With all of my moving around I’m not sure what happened to the letter from Clinton, but I do still have GWB’s as well as a picture of him and his wife that was sent along with it.

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Series that should have went further:

Harry Potter. A series that brought the world together could go one to fill in little details about Harry’s life after the War. How did everyone cope? Did they all get over it or are some still haunted? The ending J.K. provided was nice but so much could still be done.

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Books that should not have been made into movies:

Twilight probably shouldn’t have been made into movies. While I loved the books and was overjoyed when the movies did come out, I think a lot was not transferred to the big screen and they kind of turned four good books into a bit of a mockery. Still love both the books and movies but hate comparing the two. I prefer to judge them separately.

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Books that sucked me in:

Harry Potter, Twilight, 50 Shades…pretty much any book I find, I get sucked into at some point. Even if I end up not liking it.

How about you? Did you have a book that was hard to read, or one you read over-and-over again? I would love to hear what your book facts are. Let me know!

April #WrapUp

CLTBRChallenge15 and GoodReads Book Challenge Progress- 20 of 65 and 24 of 65 books read.

April Books:

Spearwood Academy Vol 3

Spearwood Academy Vol 4

Spearwood Academy Vol 5

Murderous Little Darlings: Non-TBR

Night School: Genesis

Night School: Legacy

Night School: Fracture

In other news, my Camp NaNoWriMo was somewhat of a failure and kind of not. I wrote 23,892 words out of a goal of 30,000. So I failed to make my goal but came very close to finishing. Can’t wait to see what I can do in July!

I continued #Musical Monday Reviews and will continue them into May. Sanctuary Edits is working with a second author already and still open for new clients. I also announced Guest Posts this month, but have not heard back from the one who contacted me yet. I am opening that spot up to anyone who would be interested, any topic you would like. Classes are going ok but I have just been out of it the last two weeks. I was really sick one day and haven’t caught up yet. Iit’s been a lazy, feel like “blah” last two weeks. I hope it gets better.

Let’s have a good May!

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March #WrapUp

First, a quick breakdown of books I’ve read for my Goodreads and CLTBRChallenge15 book reading challenges. Both goals are set for 65 books by the end of December.

January-Roots

Beauty and the Beast

Highland Blessings

Blockade Billy

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

Earth Angel

February- The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes Vol 3

March- The Time Machine

3 AM Non-TBR Challenge

To the Gallows Non-TBR Challenge

The Glass House

The Dead Girls’ Dance

Spearwood Academy

Spearwood Academy Vol 2

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Started an editing company, Sanctuary Edits, and landed my first client. I also started classes for my bachelor’s degree and will finish my first two classes sometime in April. I have prepped for my Camp NaNoWriMo session, and announced the name of the book I’m working on. Author Spotlight Interviews are still open and looking for authors. Musical Mondays will continue until I am out of them.

Quick Post

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Upcoming Book Reviews

I have over 2000 books on my “To Be Read List” and while I am trying to make a small dent in it, I keep adding to it. So my Kindle is a mess, since we are unable to compartmentalize the books. I have come up with a system but it still isn’t as clean as I would like it. Here is a rundown of the First Ten on my List:

1. Blockade Billy by Stephen King (Currently reading)

2. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving

3. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Author Conan Doyle

4. The Time Machine by H.G. Wells

5. Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift (Still not sure about this one)

6. Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe

7. The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane

8. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne

9. Cirque Du Freak-A Living Nightmare by Darren Shan

10. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy

Short list, but some long books. I’ve also realized there are quite a few classics just in the top ten. Am I crazy?

Author Spotlight Interview: Anne Conley

Welcome to Author Spotlight Interviews! Today The wonderful Anne Conley has answered a good-sized list of questions for you readers.

  • So where are you from? I’m originally from Houston, TX, where I met my husband. We moved up to East Texas shortly after marriage, and have lived here for 12 years. Our own little slice of paradise.

 

 

  • Tell about us about your latest works. I just picked up one from each of your two series’ and am not sure which one to read first. It depends on whether you prefer Paranormal Romance (The Four Winds series) or Contemporary Romance (The Stories of Serendipity). The Four Winds is about God’s archangels, Uriel, Rafael, Gabriel, and Michael. He decides to let them fall in love, where they experience every human emotion they’ve never had, for the first time. This series contains sex, as well as elements of Christianity, so be forewarned. That throws some people off, but hey, Christians have sex every day, right? I would hope so, some of my friends wouldn’t be here otherwise. 🙂
    The Stories of Serendipity is a series that takes place in a fictional small Texas town. It features characters in their thirties and forties, just trying to live their lives, but falling in love in the process. Most of the books deal with serious issues (addiction, Human Trafficking, HIV) but not all of them. It is a series of books, but each book is a stand-alone with some of the same characters and places. So it doesn’t matter which order they are read in, correct? Right.
    I’ve also written two stand-alones. One, The Best Laid Plans of Boys and Men, just released today (1/7/15), and is about the whirlwind romance of Taylor, a twenty-three year-old cosmetologist, and Alexander, the forty-one year-old lawyer who is suing her. That certainly seems interesting!
  • How many books have you written? Which is your favorite? Currently, I’ve published 14 stories of various lengths. My favorite, at the moment, is Falling for Grace, Book Two in the Four Winds series. I have no idea why, specifically, except it takes place in Galveston, TX, and I’ve always wanted to live there. I’ve passed through there a time or two, it is a pretty nice place.
  • What inspired you to write your first book? My husband encouraged it, actually. I’ve always written in journals and things, but when I told him I had a story about this couple (Claire and Max, from Neighborly Complications) running around in my head, he told me to go for it.
  • What are your current projects? Currently, I’m working on finishing up The Fixer Upper, another stand-alone novel about a reality TV host and his victim, er, I mean, client. I’m also working on a new series of books about a securities team. It’s going to be different and exciting. I’m really looking forward to getting into that one. I’ve got the first two written, they’re going through the revision stage, but I’m anxious to be finished with other projects so I can totally immerse myself in them.

 

  • What books have most influenced your life most? This is a hard question… Lisa See’s Snowflower and the Secret Fan is one of my all time favorites, but Stephen King really sparked my imagination when I was growing up. I’ve always loved everything by Ray Bradbury and Shakespeare as well. The creativity involved with these people is astounding. With Snowflower and the Secret Fan aside, our book tastes were the same growing up. Love SK, RB and WS.

 

  • What book are you reading now? Right now, I’m beta reading Drawn to You for Vanessa Booke and really looking forward to its release.

 

  • Do you recall how your interest in writing originated? Haha! Not really. It seems like I’ve always written. I won a creative writing contest when I was in the 6th grade, telling a story about how Fred Flintstone invented the lightbulb, and in College, for my College Math final, I wrote a thirteen page paper featuring Mathew Mattox, PI, a film noire type mystery involving a parabola graph. I’ve always managed to incorporate writing into my life, somehow.

 

  • Do you ever experience writer’s block? If so how do you combat it? Pen and paper. That forces my brain to work a different way than with my keyboard. I’ve also found long drives down country roads to straighten out my thoughts when I’m having a particularly difficult plot issue.

 

  • What is one random thing about you? I can lick my chest. Ok..That is random and now I am picturing Gene Simmons licking his chest…awesome! lol

 

  • What is your preferred medium of writing? My laptop. It goes with me everywhere, but I always have a notebook with me as well.

 

  • What is one mistake you have made in your writing/publishing that you would avoid in future? Publishing something that’s not ready for the public.

 

  • What is your favorite positive saying? When things get hard, I just quote Matthew McConaughey in Dazed and Confused, “Just keep on living.” Reminds me of Dory from Finding Nemo, “Just keep swimming.” both are very wise people.

 

  • What is your favorite book and why? Lisa See’s Snow Flower and the Secret Fan is a great book about women, their relationships, and their friendships.

What is your favorite quote? Dr. Seuss, Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.

  • If you could have been the original author of any book, what would it have been and why? Good question! I have no idea, honestly. I could see you have written a modern version of Romeo and Juliet.

 

  • What does your writing process look like? I think about a book/story/characters for months before I outline it. Then I let it sit while I work on something else. Then the rough draft happens, just to get the story down, and let it sit while I work on something else. Then revisions, multiple times. I read and re-read, making notes in my manuscript and fixing things, letting it sit between reads while I work on other things. Finally, I send it off to beta readers, and then revise again before it goes to my editor. I usually have four projects going at the same time. Lots of authors can’t work that way, but I find I can’t really do it any differently.

 

  • Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing? Time management. I can market myself and sell books, or I can write more books. I can’t seem to do both, successfully. I feel your pain, as I’m sure all other authors do. It is hard marketing and writing.

 

  • What do you like to do when you’re not writing? I read and spend time with my family. It depends on what’s going on in my life as to which one of those comes first. 🙂

 

  • Do you have any strange writing habits (like standing on your head or writing in the shower)? LOL. Not really, except I get up and write at 5:30 am. That’s probably pretty strange…

 

  • Do you read your reviews? Do you respond to them, good or bad? Do you have any advice on how to deal with the bad? Yes, I read them. No I never respond to any of them, unless it’s to thank them for the review on their blog (never on Amazon or goodreads). Unless a reviewer is personally attacking the author, I say to just find the positive in the review (there’s almost always some positive) and focus on that, ignoring the rest. If it’s a personal attack, report it if you can to the webhost, but ignore it personally. There are mean people everywhere, and you can’t really do much about it. Best advice I have ever heard!