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COVER REVEAL: ‘A Thousand Boy Kisses’ by Tillie Cole

It’s a very bookish week here on the blog the week!

First, we had Corinne Michael’s newest release, ‘Defenseless‘ and today, we have a treat from one of my favorite Authors of 2015 that I shared on the blog last week. For those familiar with Tillie Cole, you may know her for her NewAdult college setting romance series, ‘Sweet Home’ where she gave us wonderfully broken men who steal your hearts. Then, in her much darker motorcycle club series, ‘Hades’ Hangmen’, we get even more broken, heart-wrenching men who your heart equally bleeds for and loves. Then! Holy smokes, THEN! As if she didn’t think those stories were deeply affecting enough, we get ‘RAZE’ and ‘REAP’ who literally have me crying and falling in love simultaneously. Today, we have an interesting turn. Tillie is bringing us a mature Young Adult book that she continues giving hints saying this one will break our hearts and make us cry harder than any of her other books before…

REALLY TILLIE? How is that even possible? This woman is going to be the death of my feels. And yet, I AM SO EXCITED AND CAN NOT FREAKING WAIT!

Ah, booknerds. We’re such masochists.

Today, we get to see the BEAUTIFUL cover of this new YA heart-clencher from Tillie. Ready? Are you ready? Eh? Eh?

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RELEASE DATE

Tuesday 15 March 2016

SYNOPSIS

One kiss lasts a moment.

But a thousand kisses can last a lifetime.

One boy.

One girl.

A bond that is forged in an instant and cherished for a decade.

A bond that neither time nor distance can break.

A bond that will last forever.

Or so they believe.

When seventeen-year-old Rune Kristiansen returns from his native Norway to the sleepy town of Blossom Grove, Georgia, where he befriended Poppy Litchfield as a child, he has just one thing on his mind. Why did the girl who was one half of his soul, who promised to wait faithfully for his return, cut him off without a word of explanation?

Rune’s heart was broken three years ago when Poppy fell silent. When he discovers the truth, he finds that the greatest heartache is yet to come.

Young Adult Tearjerker Romance.

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ABOUT TILLIE

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Tillie Cole hails from a small town in the North-East of England. She grew up on a farm with her English mother, Scottish father and older sister and a multitude of rescue animals. As soon as she could, Tillie left her rural roots for the bright lights of the big city.

After graduating from Newcastle University with a BA Hons in Religious Studies, Tillie followed her Professional Rugby player husband around the world for a decade, becoming a teacher in between and thoroughly enjoyed teaching High School students Social Studies before putting pen to paper, and finishing her first novel.

Tillie has now settled in Austin, Texas, where she is finally able to sit down and write, throwing herself into fantasy worlds and the fabulous minds of her characters.

Tillie is both an independent and traditionally published author, and writes many genres including: Contemporary Romance, Dark Romance, Young Adult and New Adult novels.

When she is not writing, Tillie enjoys nothing more than curling up on her couch watching movies, drinking far too much coffee, while convincing herself that she really doesn’t need that extra square of chocolate.

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Let’s Reminisce: Favorite Authors and Reads from 2015!

Hello, bookish friends!

We’re in the second week of the new year and with a new year comes much reminiscing. Today, I’m thinking back to some of my favorite authors and read from 2015. This most definitely is not all of them but here are the ones that stuck out and made an impression.

Let’s get this list started! (I sound like a YouTube introduction, sheesh.) This list is in no particular order. 

1 – Tillie Cole

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Tillie Cole was a very nice surprise for me in 2015. My good friend and business partner, Melody introduced me to her. I was bored one night and needed a new read. She suggested Tillie. I decided to check out her ‘Sweet Home’ series. It’s a NewAdult series that is set in a college town. I fell in love with these characters instantly. Even in this sweet, romantic series, the men (Especially the Carillo boys) are much more than your typical ‘bad boys with issues’. Tillie has a way of writing broken men to perfection. There’s a true depth to her male leads and it’s beautiful when they unravel and break your heart. You want to be the women they let in and bare their souls to.

Then, we have a much darker series which is the ‘Hades Hangmen’ series. Oh. Oh man. I can’t even begin to gush about these characters. The men leading each story have dark and heartbreaking demons from their pasts. I have yet to encounter an author who can write truly broken and redeemable men like Tillie can. Then we have ‘RAZE’ and ‘REAP’ and oh, lord, Tillie, my heart can’t handle it! ‘REAP’ made my heart bleed and cry and smile through tears. She has become an instant favorite. I will read anything she writes…except, Cain, Tillie. I don’t know if I can read and root for him. I hate him. I don’t know if I can do it. But, then again, you turned Axel around for me which, I did not think was possible, either.

Go check out Tillie Cole’s books! 

2 – Jenna Moreci

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Jenna Moreci’s writing is ridiculous! And I mean that, obviously, in the best way. Last year, her debut novel released, ‘EVE: The Awakening’. And get this, it’s a New Adult, SCI-FI! It’s a college setting backdrop in the midst of crazy alien invasion action and mean girl drama. The humor will have you spitting out so, warning: Do not sip beverages while reading. The heroine kicks ass. There’s blood and alien guts, memorable second characters done right and moments your heart will swoon because the love interest, Jason. Just…Jason. *heart eyes* She is currently working on an Adult Fantasy series and from what I’ve heard of it so far, it’s fan-freaking-tastic, taking Moreci’s writing to a whole other level. I gushed all about it in this book talk ~~~~~> Release Day Blitz – EVE: The Awakening by Jenna Moreci

Check out Jenna Moreci’s first book! First 3 chapters are free!

3 – Corinne Michaels

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Corinne Michaels was a surprise nugget. Back in 2014, I had read ‘The Belonging Duet’ without knowing who she was. ‘The Consolation Duet’ came out and everyone, and I mean, EVERYONE was gushing about this. This is an Adult Romance. Apparently, everyone was discussing the crazy cliffhanger in book one, and the emotions that would leak out of your eyes once you started reading this. I was definitely curious but because I hate…and I mean HATE cliffhangers, unless I have the next book immediately available, I avoid them. I’m a very impatient reader. If I go into a book, I usually go in ready to finish it in one sitting. Then, there was that cover model. I was swooning so hard over that scruffy jawline of perfection. I waited and finally, read it after the sweet and awesome Corinne Michaels gifted me book one. First, I hadn’t realized these characters were connected to Catherine and Jackson ‘Muffin’ from the books I previously read in 2014. Liam ‘Dreamboat’ Dempsey stole my heart. It didn’t hurt that I was picturing that cover model as Liam.

Recently, I had the opportunity to read an ARC of her newest release, ‘Defenseless’, set to release on the 19th. Her men are always badass and they fight for what and who they love. They’re honorable men. Corinne is a new favorite!

Check out Corinne’s Michaels books!

4 – K.C. Lynn

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Thank goodness I don’t always judge a book by it’s cover. But, let’s be real, most of the time, I do. Hell yeah, I do. AUTHORS: Make sure you have good covers! Do your words justice!

Anyway, I found this on Amazon when it was free. I decided, why not? The synopsis caught my interest. It starts out New Adult and then becomes Adult romance. Oh my goodness. I binge-read the entire series immediately after. K.C. Lynn’s ‘Men of Honor’ series is sweet, hilarious, beautiful, heartbreaking, sexy, and endearing. I absolutely love all the characters, the couples, the kids (who have gotten spin-off series!). She and her husband are absolutely hilarious and give me #MarriageGoals. These men (her characters) stood by each other in the military and experience a horrible and traumatizing mission that marked their souls and kept them weighed down by those demons until the love of good and sometimes, equally broken women, set them free. I love reading her stories. I’m excited because she’s recently hinted at new things to come. Even a super cute looking and sounding mature YA novel.

Check out K.C. Lynn’s books!

5 – Tessa Bailey

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Tessa Effing Bailey.

This is another Melody introduced me to and oh, man, am I forever in debted to her. Yeah, there’s no way around this. The plain truth is, no one does dirty talking heroes like Tessa can. My-lanta that woman knows how to make you blush and feel hot and bothered. I think every woman needs a little romance in her life. Sometimes, real life isn’t handing any out so, here you go and you’re welcome.

This was the first book I read from her and it was one hell of an interesting premise. It was a shorter read. It was about a military man who’s a virgin and meets the bad girl on the base.

From here I found all I can on Tessa and binge-read away. What I like about Tessa’s books is that there’s more to them than just raw, dirty talking “alpha’s”. There’s suspense, mystery, adventure, and sweet romance interwoven with all the sexy times. Good times…good times.

Check out Tessa Bailey’s books!

6 – J. Daniels

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Before discovering Tessa Bailey, J. Daniels was my go-to gal for some fun, sexy storytime. I fell in love with her reads once I dove into her ‘Sweet Addiction’ series which was sweet and freaking HILARIOUS. “Goddammit, Billy!” Her other fangirled series is the Bama boys. Oh, them Bama Boys from her ‘Alabama Summer Series’. Ben, Luke, Reed, Mason and soon to be released, CJ and Jake. It’s always a fun read with some angst, some funnies, sweetness, steam, an adorable little boy and his “dwagons” and lots of fierce love. What more could you want on a cozy Sunday afternoon read than to get away with one of these for the day?

Check out J. Daniels’ books!

7 – Sarah J. Maas 

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Going back to a YA read, Sarah J. Maas came onto the scene and bombed it with her awesomeness! This woman can write GREAT epic stories with an equally EPIC and fierce badass girly girl at the center of it all. The ‘Throne of Glass’ series is a young adult fantasy series that continues to unravel in the craziest, emotionally charged cliffhangers. I’m not even a big fantasy reader myself but I knew it was good when it had me fully attentive. I mean, fantasy, cliffhangers, love-triangles; everything I normally steer clear of and yet, Sarah has me desperately waiting for the next books so I don’t have to suffer too much in waiting to know what happens next.

She released a New Adult fantasy that everyone has been gushing about, ‘A Court of Thorns and Roses’ and that is definitely on my TBR list!

Check out Sarah J. Maas’ books! 

8 – Cambria Hebert

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This was a really cute New Adult series with a college setting. Here, we have the nerdy glasses wearing, messy bun donning #Nerd stuck tutoring the arrogant player football star on campus. These troupes are just always fun to read. There’s sweet, funny, sexy moments that you can just cuddle up with on a rainy day in bed. The first three were my favorite, #Nerd, #Hater, #Player.

Check out Cambria Hebert’s books!

9 – M. Leighton

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Last, (sadly, because I hate ending on a random number instead of 10, but I couldn’t think of another for this list) another Melody recommendation, M. Leighton. Her ‘Down to You’ series was crazy, plot twisting, holy cliffhanger, woman! This series was fun, angsty, sexy, and had crazy twists and turns. You think you know what’s happening one moment and then BAM, all your theories are obliterated. So much fun!

Check out M. Leighton’s books!


 

And there you have it, folks! My favorite authors and reads of 2015! It’s great to reminisce and look back at the stories I escaped into. Makes me even more excited to see what new authors and reads I’ll discover in 2016! Books. They’re a beautiful thing.

What were some of your favorite 2015 authors and reads?

 

 

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DNF: I hate not finishing books!

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Get ready for a bit of a rant, y’all! Now, I know this can’t just be me but I have this little OCD-like quirk when it comes to books. No matter how much I am not enjoying a read, I will push through. I will keep this teeny tiny unicorn poop pellet of hope that maybe, just maybe, things will get better. Why?

Because, I HATE NOT FINISHING BOOKS! 

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I don’t know what it is but it bothers me. My friend Melody is the complete opposite. She is perfectly capable of having no conflicting emotions whatsoever about marking a book DNF and moving on.

“I don’t give a fuck. I don’t waste no time.” *sings* “Ain’t nobody got time for that!”

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I have never DNFed a book before. Even some really crappy ones. I read one a couple months ago that irked the living hell out of me. I was so passionately irked, I just had to run to Amazon and leave my frustrations in a 2-star review. I avoid reviewing books that I may give a low rating to. I want to support and encourage more times than not but this one was just not getting away without a rant. I felt all that and I STILL finished that damn book. The incomplete factor in a book gives me hives. Even if they were a Free One-Click. Imagine the ones I PAID for. Even more so, I want to make sure I finish them.

Well, the day came, folks.

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There are a couple books that I marked as “currently reading” on Goodreads that have been sitting there…waiting…incomplete status. I’ve been telling myself that I’ll eventually get to them because hopping on my Goodreads and seeing them there as “currently reading”–STILL–and knowing others see it, gives me anxiety.

I had to finally ask myself the real and hard questions.

“Desiree. Are you really going to finish it? Are you even interested in going back in? Do you even remember what the hell is happening in the story?” *crickets*

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This has happened before and I have gone back just to get it over with and finish. This time around though, I must be honest and admit that it’s just not going to happen. I don’t even remember what happened in the story. Le sigh. And so, we have Desiree’s first DNF. *hangs head in shame*

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Let’s look at my list of “Currently Reading” from my Goodreads page and discuss which are getting the dreaded, “DNF” marking and the ones I’m still holding out hope for.

The List:

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Oh, Julian. Julian, Julian. I was so excited for this. I had actually seen a book blogger post a beautiful picture on Instagram with this book that had just released. Some of you already know I’m a book cover slut. If I see one that just smacks me in the gut like a hot guy passing by, turning and giving you that grin that oozes alluring pheromones; Pfft! You’ve got me! *wipes drool from side of mouth* 

Funny, that the very title of this one gave that exact feel and scenario. The Allure of Julian Lefray” by R.S. Grey seemed cute, sexy and promising. I remember purchasing it and jumping right in.

Lately, I’ve been on a New Adult/Adult Contemporary Romance kick. I haven’t forgotten you YA, I’ll come back, but I’ve just been in the mood for funny, sweet, sexy reads.

Normally, I’ll finish these in one sitting. The fact that I got as far as 80% and for some reason stopped makes me wonder. Something must not have been grasping my attention. Sadly, for the life of me, I can’t even remember anything about the story. Nothing. If I can’t recall any events from the book, that tells me something.

 

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It’s been weeks. I’d look at my Kindle, starting a whole new adventure in another book and think, “Should I?” Nope. That was always my lackluster response. Finally, this morning I crossed, once again my Goodreads and it was there. Staring at me. Mocking me. The incomplete failure that all have seen, sitting there, festering. (Yes, I’m well aware of my dramatics) I asked Melody about DNFs and how she goes about it on her GR (goodreads) and she talked me off the shame spiral I was taking myself through over intentionally choosing not to finish a book.

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And so I did it. I marked my first DNF today. It was both liberating and cringe-worthy, but felt like freedom all the same. It was official. I removed this weight off my shoulders. Sorry Julian, the allure was there. Your staying power? Not so much. Hmm *strokes imaginary beard* this could totally be a life metaphor about guys and dating but if I start on that train, we’re gonna be bunny trailing this little blog post WAY off course.

On to the next book’s life sentence!

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Now, here’s a book that I was really excited to get–okay, maybe I should stop saying that ’cause I seem to say this about every book. I bought this fresh, sunny, summer read and took it on a roadtrip with me.

I began reading Since You’ve Been Gone” by Morgan Matson and it was cute and mysterious. There’s this whole premise about one from the bestie duo who just up and disappeared and no one knows anything about how or why. The mystery factor is what keeps you pushing through, wanting to know. There’s also a list left to the bestie behind, challenging her to do things outside of her comfort zone.

All this sounded like an adorable and enjoyable read. Somewhere along the way–I’m guessing around 43%–I was feeling a little worn out waiting for the mystery to be solved. I became invested, hoping for the MC’s possible love interest sub-plot to pick up but the story started dragging and I just put it on pause. This was back in December.

Now, I don’t think I will DNF this one. I want to finish it. I’m curious and do remember the events of what I’ve read so far. So, this one survives the chopping block. I will finish you one day–hopefully before the end of the year.

 

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Oh, Beautiful Elixir” by Addison Moore, how I wanted to like you. I really did. But, holy hell, I’ve never disliked a main character/heroine so much before. I have been an avid reader of Addison Moore. She was one of those Automatic one-click authors for me. I loved her “3am Kisses” series and read and enjoyed the first two books in the “Beautiful Oblivion” series. This here is the third book in that series. I should’ve known something was up when I read the latest from her “3am Kisses” series and for the first time, did not enjoy it. I was sadly, disappointed. I expected so much more and it just fell flat. Then I saw this one come out and started it.

47% later I just stopped. I’m surprised I got that far but like I’ve been saying, I have a thing about not finishing a book. I just cant do it–till now. Let me just say, when it comes to New Adult/Adult contemporary romances, I forgive A LOT from main characters and their romantic leads. I go in usually not taking them all that serious. I read a lot of NA/Adult romance for the fun thrill of it. Sometimes, you find those authors that just do it right. But not always.

Anyway, this was just one MC I could not forgive and get past. This chick was a pathological liar and there was nothing appealing or redeeming about her. The entire time I’m thinking, “What the hell is wrong with this guy? Why is he into her?! She’s horrible! She’s so flippant and irritatingly indecisive.”

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The more I read, the more annoying she was. My main characters by no means need to be perfect but there was nothing likable about this chick. Again, this has happened to me before and I STILL pushed through and finished those stories. This one? I just couldn’t.

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So, after this liberating and nerve wrecking decision, I thought long and hard–okay, not that long or hard–and decided this book will just have to be the second victim in the DNF fate of books.

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My Life Next Door

Ah, cute YA contemporary. This is one of the good ones. I know it is! I was really enjoying it, I remember. I believe I read that 45% of My Life Next Door” by Huntley Fitzpatrick in one sitting. Don’t ask me what happened because I couldn’t tell ya. At some point I stopped and never picked it back up.

I plan to. This is one of those I will not DNF. I want to finish and relish all the cuteness. Unfortunately, I am Dori (forgetful character from Finding Nemo) so I don’t remember much if anything about what I have read. It was a while ago so, I’m gonna say that’s the reason.

Fear not, cuties, once I find myself in that ‘easy breezy YA contemporary’ feel again, you and I. It’s a date.

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Last but not least…

LEGEND

This book. This. Book. I had bought this during the hype of the upcoming conclusion to the series, Champion was about to be released. Legend” by Marie Lu was the YA book that year. The entire series was being praised and if you read YA, then you just had to have read this.

I got it. I cracked it open and started reading. For some reason, Goodreads won’t give me a percentage progress on this so I marked it as 60 pages out of 305. Not very far…

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I liked what I had read thus far. Dystopian is my favorite genre. I love it hence I’m even writing in the sub-genre myself. This is one of the Dystopian books that everyone is telling me I must read. I know. I’m sorry! I believe what happened was that at the the time I cracked this open, I just wasnt in that mindset to read it. I was in the mood for something completely different. Sometimes, you’re just not in the mood for a certain type of read and that has nothing to do with that particular book. The book could be amazing! You’re just not ready to read it at that moment.

Well, that’s what happened here. Unfortunately, that pretty thing up there has been sitting and waiting…and waiting. I just havent found my way back to it. With that said, this puppy’s not getting the DNF stamp. I will most definitely be reading this and the following two in the trilogy. When? Not sure, but it’s gonna happen, dammit.

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Oh, brother. That was all a mouthful. I hope you all enjoyed and hopefully, I’m not the only one in this struggle out there. Do you DNF? Are you a little neurotic like me and NEED to finish books even if they’re sucking?

Where do you stand on marking books DNF? Let’s talk about it!

 

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Quarterly Goals: Writing, CRW business & more

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Hey there, friends! Yes, you. You’re reading? Then, we’re friends.

Get ready folks! I’m about to meme it up in this joint. The end of July is approaching and the to-do lists are growing. Summer came full speed ahead bringing tons of pretty little gifts with it. Between getting my edits back, finding my new business partner (and making an amazing new friend), to launching the business I dreamed about, to finding a new writing related side job, revamping and staying consistent with the blog, and preparing for all the things, life has picked up speed. The previous months leading up to this summer felt like I was floating on a raft with no ores. I had random boxes of trinkets in the raft with me but no direction so the boxes stayed near, pending. *rolls eyes* So, poetic, I know.

Suddenly, the things I had been trying to define and fight for took shape. It’s been a challenge–but a welcomed one–to figure out how to break up my time and make sure I’m getting all the things done. I’ve spoken about–it was a while ago–the Quarterly Goals video (will post reference video below) I saw and used as inspiration to get organized. My go-to tends to be jotting down weekly and daily goals. This is great in and of itself but with the business and editing my manuscript, I found myself drifting a bit; hence, the procrastination. Some people are able to set aside a certain time-frame where they sit and make sure to get stuff done. Unfortunately, I have come to realize, I’m not that focused. I need a more detailed plan of accountability.

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Weekly and daily to-do lists are great (and I do them) but sometimes, there are greater tasks that, without a timeline, they’re just floating in the air, waiting to be completed some time in the future. That’s what editing has been. It’s this task that’s bigger than my weekly planning can gather. It’s this illusive goal with no end date. It’s in the “well, I hope to finish this before the year ends?” pile.

You know what’s wrong with that pile? It never leaves that pile, and if it does leave, it’s at a god-awfully pitiful distant future where procrastination practically mauled it to death.

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A goal without a plan is just a wish your heart makes. Are you singing along with me? Somehow, I see this and Cinderella sings in my head. No? Just me? Well, I never said I was normal. 582358_241439509294428_309307321_n-Small1

I had this lingering anxiety about starting and finishing my edits for my manuscript. The starting part, well, I’ve shared already with you all how that’s been. The finishing part–THAT is the part that has me feeling the pressures. Today, I realized that I was running this race with no end in sight.

Imagine running a race and having NO idea when or where the end is? You’re running, and if you’re like me, you’re probably DYING, and you don’t even have the satisfaction of knowing, “Hey, I only have to keep dying for 2.5 miles.”

I think I’d cry. Not seeing an end in sight is just cruel torture.

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Well, that’s exactly what I was doing to myself during this next phase of writing. No wonder I was feeling all the throat closing anxieties! When I get this itch to organize my life again, I revert back to my friend Jenna’s brilliant video about this very topic. Today, I sat my ass down and said,

“Desiree. You’re going to plan three months in advance. You’re going to figure this shit out and make scary goals that are ambitious and you’re going to work towards them, dammit! You understand?”

To which, I nodded fervently. Intense nodding over here.

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Just like Jenna, I am going to share my Quarterly Goals from August thru October here. Why? One: May it encourage you to make your own. Two: Accountability. I just feel accountable when I’ve put it out there on the interweb for all of you to hold me to and judge me.

Without further ado. Here it is!

Quarterly Goals for August thru October 2015:

1. Finish line by line edits by Julie

My manuscript has 60 chapters in total. They’re fairly short (about 10 pages each). If I tackle 5 chapter a day, I’ll have this nipped in the bud in 12 days time. *self high five* 

2. Finish 1st draft of rewrites

After the first draft of line by line edits are done, then I’ll tackle the rewrites. If I do a chapter a day (it’ll keep the doctor away? I’m sorry, I’ll stop that now), in 60 days, I’ll be done with this first batch. Huzzah!

3. Start planning beta readers

I’ve had a few requests out there. When the time comes after the first round of edits, I’ll reach out and get the beta reading critiques going which will then lead to the next round of edits. But for this goal, I’ll just have to start gathering said beta readers.

4. Get 500 followers on CRW Instagram

This is a business goal. Our first month on Instagram has been going really well which is surreal and exciting. Melody feels confident we’ll reach this by the end of August but I didn’t want to get overly ambitious and set crazy goals just yet.

5. Order 3 new designs for production (mugs)

Our first order arrives this week. (cue FREAK OUT) I am hoping sales will happen and by the end of the three months, have 3 new mugs designs and get them sent for production.

6. Post a weekly video on CRW Youtube channel 

We started a YouTube channel where we will be chatting about all things relevant to….wait for it…Coffee, Reading and Writing. We have already recorded our first three videos and are in the process of editing them. Once the first is tossed into the web-world, I’ll be sure to share it here with you all. This may very well turn out to be an epic fail, or unexpected awesomeness. Only time will tell.

7. Get 10 subscribers on CRW Youtube channel

With that new channel, the hope is to make video that people actually watch. And in greater hopes, want to keep watching, hence, subscriptions. Fingers crossed. The internet can be a scary and cruel place. But sometimes, you meet some pretty freaking cool people.

8. Hit 50 CRW sales

This, I cant tell yet if it’s too ambitious since we haven’t officially launched for sales, but I’m putting it  here and hoping people love and buy our mugs. May they feel as though they can relate to our designs as they luxuriously sip on their glorious coffee or tea.

9. Lose 15 lbs (Cousin’s looming wedding)

Last, (for now) is this random insert-here goal. Such a girl, I know but I’m putting this here cause I need to remember to get my ass into gear–literally. I told y’all a few days ago about the surprise bomb my cousin dropped on me at her engagement party. I’m suddenly walking the wedding. If I’m gonna have to do it, at least, I’m gonna work at making sure I do it and I look fierce doing it. *circle snap* 

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And there it is! Tomorrow, I’ll be breaking down those goals into weekly ones that aid in making the quarterly ones happen. I won’ be sharing that here but you all get the gist.

I will say, I’m not a super organizer but in doing this, there was a certain freedom I felt. Suddenly, the anxiety I’ve been carrying about my edits melted a bit. I could see the end goal. I could see the daily goals and thought, “Huh. That’s totally doable.” I feel more confident with my time management. Thanks Jenna for the inspiration! Watch her video below. Maybe, go on and figure out your goals for the next three months. It may just be what you’ve been needing in order to make certain things you’ve been wanting to happen, come to pass. Till next time!

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EVE: The Awakening by Jenna Moreci – Street Teams & Release Day Blitz

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Hello friends!

Some awesome things are coming to the book world and I wanted to take the time and share with you one of them. This August 12th, EVE: The Awakening is being released into the world! I don’t know if any of you remember or have stumbled upon it before, but I wrote a Book Spotlight post on this book and it’s author back in December (2014). Jenna Moreci is the author of this debut Young Adult SciFi series about:

Eve is an outcast. A chimera.

After years of abuse and rejection, 19-year-old Evelyn Kingston is ready for a fresh start in a new city, where no one knows her name. The esteemed Billington University in sunny Southern California seems like the perfect place to reinvent herself—to live the life of an ordinary human.

But things at Billington aren’t as they seem. In a school filled with prodigies, socialites, and the leaders of tomorrow, Eve finds that the complex social hierarchy makes passing as a human much harder than she had anticipated. Even worse, Billington is harboring a secret of its own: Interlopers have infiltrated the university, and their sinister plans are targeted at chimeras—like Eve.

Instantly, Eve’s new life takes a drastic turn. In a time filled with chaos, is the world focusing on the wrong enemy? And when the situation at Billington shifts from hostile to dangerous, will Eve remain in the shadows, or rise up and fight?

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Being a month away from the book’s debut release, Jenna is on a mission! For those of you who have or will follow her on her extremely entertaining and full of writerly knowledge YouTube channel (weekly videos post on Wednesdays), you know that Jenna is a cyborg. It’s okay. She won’t hold your human status against you. Being so, the time has come to build her Cyborg Army.

Blogger friends!

Are you interested in connecting more with other bloggers and the book community? Perhaps, you’re looking into boosting up your blog views for the summer. Are you into New Adult Sci-fi with tons of humor, kick ass, bloody action scenes, and a sweet building romance? Then EVE: The Awakening is definitely a book you should check out! On the website, you can access the FIRST THREE CHAPTERS FOR FREE

If you like what you see and are interesting in joining the Street Team “Jenna’s Cyborg Army” and/or are interested in helping promote the release through your blog and social medias for “Release Day Blitz for Eve: The Awakening by Jenna Moreci”, click the images below to sign up!

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Joining the Street Team and Release Day Blitz team will come with some fun and awesome perks like ARCs, Gift Cards or free swag items such as mugs, bookmarks, and more. For writers, it’s a great way to connect with other writers, readers and bloggers you’ll come across throughout your journey.

Check out EVE: The Awakening! You can pre-order today!

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Author Bio:

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Jenna Moreci is a young adult/new adult author, vlogger extraordinaire, nerd-incognito, & alleged cyborg. She specializes in writing adorable, romantic goodness punctuated by moments of extreme violence and bloodshed. Her sanity is questionable. Some of Jenna’s other talents include prolific cursing, spilling/dropping things, accidentally making people cry, and drawing.

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Writing Blog: Day 2 – Researching ALL THE THINGS (editing)

Welcome back for another day in my writing process bubble!

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As some of you already know, I’m in the EDITING portion of my manuscript. I spent over a year working on my first book from Idea to First Draft. After sending it to a freelance editor, I walked away from book one and took my editor’s advice to work on a different project. Okay, I didn’t quite walk away from the story immediately.

First, I was completely baffled with the reality that I had actually written a book. More specifically, That. Book. The book I cried, laughed and bled with and for. The book that went through big changes and makeovers before it settled into the official first draft. Then came the fact that I missed my characters and their story. I wasn’t ready to walk away. I wasn’t ready to have anyone else’s voice but theirs. So, what did Des do? She began outlining and ultimately writing chapter one of book two.

Luckily, I saw previously from an author I enjoy how that is not recommended. And it makes sense why. The editing process butchers your first draft. So many things could change like plot points, scene rearrangement, characters may get cut off, etc. Writing the next book before editing and having a final draft of the first would only be wasting your time. You’ll have to go back and change everything you wrote in book two. For that, might as well work on something completely new.

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Fast forward many months.

I recently got back my first batch of edits for draft one. Then, Desiree pretended they weren’t there. Desiree felt her eye twitch at all the suggested changes that already caused her brain to hurt and heart to weep. Desiree was overwhelmed at the prospect of holding a baby mammoth of a manuscript for the first time and ripping it apart with red ink. Desiree clearly lost her damn mind because she is talking about herself in third person.

Yesterday, I introduced you all to the Kraken (aka. Baby Mammoth) and taught you all a valuable lesson. Unless you plan to further lose your mind, don’t attempt to print your manuscript on an ancient, slow as hell printer unless you have the patience of a silent monk.

I don’t know if anyone has caught on yet, but I am procrastinating the shit out of this. Granted, I’m actually doing something productive that will benefit my editing but still, I’m full on dragging this out like a mother. Today, I took to Youtube to add to my ‘Editing Process Research’. I actually found some amazing nuggets and I don’t regret a single procrastinating second!

Again, I’ll say it. WRITING IS HARD. And even harder when you’re learning as you go. I’m sure when it comes time to edit my second book project, it won’t feel as daunting and otherworldly. Yes, otherworldly, like a magical world of unicorns that only seasoned authors know and understand and all you want is to be one of the cool kids who are also in the ‘know’. I haven’t felt in the ‘know’ for over a year hence the stalling tactics called DENIAL!

Researching the editing process for some reason was harder than searching for the concept/idea to drafting process. As an aspiring writer, you want to feel confident in what you’re doing, what you’re expected to do and how you’re expected to do it. There are rules to writing a book. Sure, you can break them, but as with anything of the sort, you first need to learn the rules before you can know how to break them. Hopefully, this turns out to be helpful to the writer out there in the imaginary world of words who feels lost just like I did.

Some of the tips at a glance:

Disclaimer: There may be some repetition among some of these tips, but each source provided a different, fresh look into the idea.

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Four Stages in Editing Your Manuscript:

1. Line Editing – Read it out loud and make sure every sentence is the best it can be. While reading the sentence, if it makes you cringe, REWRITE it. 

2. Copy Editing – Involves typos, yes, but also is where you may catch issues with inconsistencies, or dates/timeline that may not add up. This person highly recommended a professional for this stage.

3. Proofreading – Catching any final mistakes. Having a physical copy for this stage is recommended.

4. Beta Readers – You need them! When proofreading your book, you’ll only see what you want to see on the page. Get fresh eyes!

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While reading your hard copy, any place you stumble or need to reread, EDIT IT. If you stumble, you bet your readers will.

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What are the different types of edits for novels? – Answered by a Junior Editor

1. Proofreading – They check over the grammar, punctuation, and spelling. The technical aspect.

2. Line Editing – Here, editors go through your prose, sentence by sentence. They help make the sentences sound better. They make the prose flow better and sound more cohesive. They clean up the writing so it reads easily. This stage does not affect the story at all.

3. Copy Editing – Different people interpret this term differently. Some refer to this the same as a proofread. Sometimes a Copy Editor refers to someone who proofreads AND line-edits. (make sure if you’re paying for this service, you clarify what you will be receiving from this stage of editing) 

4. Developmental Edits – Focuses on the BIG PICTURE. The flow of the story, the plot line, characters, what things can be improved to further improve the story as a whole.

Tips by: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S5W3s1jCr4E

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Those were just little snippets from some of the videos I will be sharing below. In addition to the two videos I will be sharing on Editing, I will be adding–what I found quite fascinating–HarperCollins publishing’s ‘Editing Process’ within their different departments. Kind of cool to see how it would work going through the Traditional Publishing route.

Enjoy below! I’ll see you soon with more from my writing bubble!

 


 

 

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Writing Blog: Day 1 – Printing First Draft

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Welcome to the Writing Blog! My day to day adventures in the writing process!

To catch the newbies up, I have been working on my first young adult novel for over two years now. At the end of drafting the Dystopian tale, I hired a freelance editor to help me clean it up so I don’t look like a complete idiot when I enter the fun querying phase towards publishing.

Well, it’s official! I got my edits back and it’s time for the SCARY portion of this process I’ve been happily avoiding like the zombie, flesh eating plague. REVISIONS *shivers*

See, everyone gets excited about the completion of the drafting part. And yeah, it is most definitely cause for celebration. I mean….you wrote a freaking book. That’s kind of crazy awesome. But with the completion of this epic feat, comes the hardest and longest part of the process. Editing. Rewriting. Dissecting. Demolishing. Rebuilding. I’ll stop now, you get the point.

I have been avoiding my edits long enough though. It’s time to get this book looking it’s best. What did yesterday and today entail? PRINTING MY MANUSCRIPT.

I’m very much a hands-on, need to physically scratch out and jot notes by hand kind of processor. I have writer friends who can just work off their documents from their computers. For some insane (cause what I had to go through to do this is simply just that–INSANE) reason, I need to have a physical copy of my manuscript in hand with a red pen in the other. Also, some sticky tabs and post its to jot notes down.

The printing process was FAR more “eventful” than I had anticipated. While waiting for my slow ass, ancient printer to release the Kraken (a.k.a. my manuscript. a.k.a. baby mammoth), I recorded random videos that I was sending to my friends while I waited. In the end, I had about 6 or so and thought, “Why not just edit them together and show my bloggy friends?” I mean, why just write about it when I could show you.

I’ll warn you now. It was late. It was taking hours and I was delirious. Enjoy.

Now, she’s all hole-punched and in her MASSIVE, sturdy binder. If I didn’t put it in one, I’d start losing random pages and driving myself insane. Have any of you guys printed your own manuscripts before or did you pay to have it done? Share your experiences! Till we meet again.