~ Wordcount Wednesday ~

Wordcount Wednesday

I haven’t done a good job keeping up with this, mostly because I have such little time to write and my word count doesn’t get very high as fast as I like. But hey,  I’ve finally got it through my thick skull that that doesn’t matter, really, (unless my snail process drives y’all crazy) because I’m where God wants me, and that’s really all that matters.

Beauty and the Beast retelling ~ I started edits on this, and I’m going by pages on this, because there doesn’t seem to be a better way to track it. So far, I’ve done 29 pages out of 137. I’m happy with the pace I’m going at, though I do have a sense of urgency because  I want to finish it up and have it sent to friends to critique. I was hoping to have edits done by now, but it’s not gonna happen, and that’s okay.

Retelling The Little Mermaid ~ This is at 33, 733 words. This has come a long way  since my last Wordcount Wednesday. I bought a large poster board and drew out my world’s map. I’ve also made seven character sheets, filled with details about my characters. Strangely, believe it or not, I’ve never made these before. These sheets have been so helpful–I’ve had to glance back at them several times. I really don’t know how I wrote so long without them. They’ve been invaluable.

So friends, how’s your writing looking this week?

See you next Wednesday.

 

 

 

Book Reviews

For Love & Honor Book Review

This book has been out a week, so it’s high time I did my review. I pre-ordered the book, so I got it on release day and finished it a few days later.

 

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Wow. Just wow. I loved this book so much. It is definitely my favorite of the  An Uncertain Choice series.

First Impression ~ I want that dress. 🙂

Characters ~  My favorite character was Bennet, but they were all good. Everyone was authentic and strong with good character development.

Writing/Plot ~ Like Mrs. Hedlund’s other works in this series, we flip between the first person point of view of the main characters. It’s interesting and draws you into the story. The writing was so good, and in my opinion, the best of the series. The plot is well done–it’s well paced, not drawn out too long and not rushed. Just perfect.

Feels level ~ My heart is hurting and I want to cry and oh, my goodness I cannot handle it.

Bad language ~ None

Inappropriate Content ~ None

Overall Rating ~ 5/5

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From the back of the book:

Lady Sabine is harboring a skin blemish, one, that if revealed, could cause her to be branded as a witch, put her life in danger, and damage her chances of making a good marriage. After all, what nobleman would want to marry a woman so flawed?

Sir Bennet is returning home to protect his family from an imminent attack by neighboring lords who seek repayment of debts. Without fortune or means to pay those debts, Sir Bennet realizes his only option is to make a marriage match with a wealthy noblewoman. As a man of honor, he loathes the idea of courting a woman for her money, but with time running out for his family’s safety, what other choice does he have?

As Lady Sabine and Sir Bennet are thrust together under dangerous circumstances, will they both be able to learn to trust each other enough to share their deepest secrets? Or will those secrets ultimately lead to their demise?

 

 

Want to see more from Jody Hedlund? Find her here.

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Life

Book Sale Haul & An Update

Hey friends, I know it’s been a while since my last post.I fully intend most days to do a blog post and…..

It doesn’t happen.

But I do have good intentions. 🙂

This week got me like Cogsworth falling down the stairs.

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Tuesday I cleaned out and straightened my mom’s curriculum closet. It took me six hours, but it was worth it. Everything has been organized and is easy to find. The rest of my week consisted of college, putting a new floor in one of our bathrooms, college, keeping up with laundry and dishes, and yet more college.

I haven’t been able to write any, so I’ve focused on making character sheets and organizing my writing binder. Taking notes of scenes I want to write is something else I’ve scribbled down on papers that are scattered I have no idea where.

Saturday I was able to go my cousin’s wedding shower and I loved getting to see and visit her. And then, what should happen that night but one of my best friends got engaged!

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Amongst all the craziness, I was able to go to a book sale with two of my brothers. We had a lot of fun and laughed and spent too much money.

This is live footage taken of me in the building.

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This was my brothers pretending not to notice. 🙂

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Don’t you love seeing people’s books? I know I do, so here are some pictures of what I bought.

 

 

 

Book Reviews

Book Review: Space Drifters: The Emerald Engima by Paul Regnier

It has been a busy time since I last posted. Lots of things going on, including losing a whole freezer and not realizing said freezer was gone till two weeks later. Yikes.  It was a fun four hours as I cleaned out the freezer with my family, and removed putrid packs of meat.

But hey, I know I have personal experience (for future books) now of what it feels like to smell rotten meat and the gagging that proceeds that. 😉 Wrong? That depends. But I also know what it feels like to faint, and stab one’s self in the hand (this was a rather unfortunate kitchen accident last year that I would rather not relive).

I’ve also been busy beta-reading a book for one of my favorite authors, and I can’t wait to tell you all about it. Not sure when that’ll be, but keep an eye out!

Okay, on to the review (which is the best part, cause you’re in for a treat on this one). I received this book as a birthday gift from my good friend Hope (a fellow blogger and author, whose work you should check out–it’s amazing.)

 

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From the back of the book:

Captain Glint Starcrost is not having the carefree, adventurous life the space academy brochures promised star pilots.

Broke, with an unreliable star freighter and a bounty on his head, Glint is desperate enough to try anything. Even set out on a quest to find a fabled good luck charm, the Emerald Enigma.

Now for a crew. A passive aggressive ship computer, a peaceable alien warrior, and time-traveling teen from the past aren’t what he had in mind. But they’ll have to do.

The Emerald Enigma won’t wait forever and neither will the bounty hunter tracking him.

 

First Impression ~ That is one gorgeous cover.  🙂  And one handsome space man. 😉

Plot 4/5 ~ The plot did seem to drag a little sometimes, but that could have just been me, because it never lasted long and you could still follow along and understand what was going on. 

Writing ~ 5/5  Goodness. It was amazing.

Characters 5/5 ~ I really enjoyed this book. Really, really enjoyed it. Books with sarcastic characters are always my favorite and this book was filled with it. The chemistry between Glint and Blix is spot on and humorous.

Bad language ~ None

Inappropriate Content ~ None

Overall Rating 5/5 ~ As soon as I finish reading my other current reads, I’ll definitely be reading book two.

Have you read Space Drifters?

~ Wordcount Wednesday ~

~Wordcount Wednesday~

Hey friends. It’s time for another Writing Wednesday! I know I missed last week, but sickness and college kind of took the will-power out of me to post, even though I love doing Writing Wednesday.

Beauty and the Beast ~ I’ve finally started edits on this, I just couldn’t look at it on my shelf and leave it only anymore. I’ve scrapped the beginning and started over.

Speaking of Beauty and the Beast, who is ready for the new movie? I’m super excited for it and am on pins and needles. Have some pictures.

 

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Retelling The Little Mermaid ~ This is at 21,861 words. I’m loving this story every day. Lately I’ve been working on the geography and cultures of my lands– it’s taking a lot of brainstorming, and with college I haven’t had much time for it, but things seem to be falling into place, and now I’m just filling in my binder.

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After much debating, I have decided to put my Rapunzel retelling on hold. Writing three stories at once is a lot for anyone, and with college thrown into the mix, I just can’t devote the time I would like to to this story. Tangled is most definitely my favorite movie, so I shall enjoy that, (I watched it today by the way 🙂 ) and someday I will write my own story of a girl with long golden hair, love, and sacrifice.

Book Reviews

A Daring Sacrifice by Jody Hedlund Book Review

Robin Hood is cool.
So is archery.
And medieval castles.
Not to mention knights.

This gorgeous book has all four.

This book is part of a trilogy, but one that you could probably read as a stand alone. The one I’m reviewing today is book two, and I am eagerly awaiting the release of book three, For Love and Honor, which is releasing March 7th. The series follows three friends as they fall in love. Jody Hedlund wrote this for teens so it’s clean.

 

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From the back of the book:

In a reverse twist on the Robin Hood story, a young medieval maiden stands up for the rights of the mistreated, stealing from the rich to give to the poor. All the while, she fights against her cruel uncle who has taken over the land that is rightfully hers. Forced to live in the woods and hide with the poor people she’s grown to love, she works to save and protect them, but she never anticipates falling in love with the wealthy knight who represents all she’s come to despise.

 

 

 

Plot ~ 5/5 Gripping, fast, and intense; not slow at all. I practically read this all in one day. 

Writing ~ 5/5 Powerful and moving– it will bring you to tears. We flip between the first person point of view of Collin and Juliana (the main characters) It’s not something done very often, but I love it. It’s intersecting and draws you into the story.

Characters ~ 5/5 Really authentic characters. Collin was my favorite (besides Derrick) in An Uncertain Choice. The banter and chemistry between him and Juliana is humorous and real. And something I can totally relate to since I have a family member who is just like him in that. Juliana’s exasperation with him? Oh, yeah. I totally understood her and could sympathize.

Bad language ~ None

Inappropriate Content ~ Nothing inappropriate as far as the romance goes. Medieval torture methods are mentioned, but there is not much description.

Find Jody Hedlund here.

Find A Daring Sacrifice here.

Book Reviews

Unblemished by Sara Ella Book Review

Unblemished is one of those books that I probably would have never bought had I not heard Nadine speak of it so highly. So I took a plunge and purchased the book off Amazon.  I am so glad I did. Unblemished is a fantasy, with a touch of fairy tale that you will fall in love with. I am eagerly awaiting book two, which releases in July.

 


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  From the back of the book:

Eliyana is used to the shadows. With a birthmark covering half her face, she just hopes to graduate high school unscathed. That is, until Joshua hops a fence and changes her perspective. No one, aside from her mother, has ever treated her like he does: normal. Maybe even beautiful. Because of Joshua, Eliyana finally begins to believe she could be loved.

But one night her mother doesn’t come home, and that’s when everything gets weird. Now Joshua is her new, and rather reluctant, legal Guardian. Add a hooded stalker and a Central Park battle to the mix and you’ve gone from weird to otherworldly.

Eliyana soon finds herself in a world much larger and more complicated than she’s ever known. A world enslaved by a powerful and vile man. And Eliyana holds the answer to defeating him. How can an ordinary girl, a blemished girl, become a savior when she can’t even save herself?

 

Characters:  Unblemished was full of characters to cry for and that your heart aches for. I connected with Eliyana on so many levels and I loved following her through the book and watching her struggles. Ky was an interesting character, one that left you second guessing. 

Plot: I finished Unblemished Wednesday night, and oh, the feels; my poor heart—I almost cried.  There is some romance, but it isn’t soap opera type. It adds conflict to the plot, but nothing that’s dramatic. It’s real and solid. Team Ky all the way!

Writing:  Beautifully written–couldn’t get enough of it.  I’m eagerly awaiting book two.  Sara Ella’s writing is pure poetry.

Bad Language: Only some made up words for that world. Nothing bad.

Inappropriate Content: Some people have the gift to change from a human to an animal; when they change back from being an animal, they don’t have clothes on.

Over-all-rating 4.5/5  I will say that I did get confused sometimes about the Void and the Verity, and with all the characters and how they were all connected. I still feel slightly confused, but since it’s a trilogy, that may be the point. 😊 I think a second read will cement some important facts in my brain that I didn’t catch last time.

You can find Sara Ella here.

Find Unblemished here.