Satirical/Dark Comedy How-To-guide to committing the perfect murder told by an inmate of a women’s prison, as recorded by her psychiatrist. Amazon Only
Awhile ago I announced the title of a new book I’m working on, and the title wasn’t concrete. I have now chosen a better title and it is going along smoothly. “Crap…I’m A Vampire” has taken a turn in story development and is now titled, “To Paint a Vampire.” It is about a shy Chrissy is fresh out of another abusive relationship, this time unscathed but still unsettled. Her friends drag her to a party and forget the past for a few hours. Drake is tall, dark and handsome; a perfect gentleman and in search of a bride. They find each other at the party, and feel an instant connection, that slowly brings each other out of their shell, but their happiness is short lived. Drake’s twin sister arrives and plots to destroy his dream in order to bring him back to her nefarious ways.
I’m trying out a whole new writing style and extremely nervous about how it is going to come out, but am also very excited to finish it and send it off into the world.
CLTBRChallenge15 and GoodReads Book Challenge Progress- 21 of 65 and 30 of 65 books read. I really need to start reading books from my TBR pile again! But I have the next Night School preordered and an ARC of RSVP From Heaven to read as well. I am a failure at diving into my long list of TBR.
The Last Town non-CLTBR
Spearwood Academy Vol 6 non-CLTBR
Spearwood Academy Vol 7 non-CLTBR
My Camp NanoWrimo book, #LoveandDrugs has been sent off to a Beta Reader (no word back yet). If there is anyone interested in Beta Reading it, I would happily send you a copy for honest feedback!
I continued #Musical Monday Reviews and will continue them into May. Sanctuary Edits is still open for new clients. Sadly I think my guest post author has backed out, but if anyone else would like to step up send me a message and we can talk. Any topic you would like, I don’t mind. Also still taking author interviews!
As you saw there have been some posts from my creative writing class and I’ll continue to post them. I have also posted my poems and there may be more in the future…I’m not sure as I don’t write them that often.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
CLTBRChallenge15 and GoodReads Book Challenge Progress- 20 of 65 and 24 of 65 books read.
Murderous Little Darlings: Non-TBR
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!
Overview: It has been eight weeks since the death of Jo and Allie saved herself from a kidnapping. Everyone is moving on, but Allie. She is determined to find those responsible for her friend’s death, but she can’t do it alone or tucked away at school. Allie plans to make her escape, and is successful until she stops for the night with an old friend. Caught and hauled back to school, she is reprimanded by both the Headmistress and her grandmother. In order to be protected, she has to stay in school. In order to stay in school she MUST follow the rules. Angry, she obliges as she sees the instructors and body guards are somewhat actively looking for the traitor(s). One night she thinks she sees an intruder, and heads off to catch him, but it was only a guard. Then she begins to suspect the sweet librarian, and “evil” history teacher later. Not knowing who to trust, she realizes she needs to trust someone. She gathers a group of five friends, and they hold their own investigation as the teachers mysteriously disappear. With the instructors away, chaos ensues when a student is forcibly taken from school and they find out the board members are going to begin pulling out their children. Formulating a plan to keep those who want to stay at the school there, and trying to find the informant, on top of keeping up with her studies and detention are proving a bit much for Allie and she becomes increasingly more emotional. Finally she erupts on Raj Patel, head of the guards, and finally gets the teachers back. Everything seems to settle down and go back to normal as no one else has been pulled from school. Just as Allie and her friends start to relax, a mass amount of butlers arrive to take children home. Students begin running for hiding places and some of the group is separated. Allie and Rachel go offer help and are separated themselves, and before Allie realizes that the butlers are not who they say they are, Rachel disappears. Allie then receives specific instructions to meet Nathanial if she wishes to keep Rachel alive. Formulating another plan, they head out to save their friend. There is an epic battle and Nathanial slips through their fingers, once again.
Review: I would have to say, my favorite of the series so far. Non-stop action, feeling Allie’s pain and confusion as she goes through everything to save her school, friends and love life. She is brought to her breaking point a few times and we struggle through it with her and see how much she has changed…or not changed since she first came to school.
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