2017 Writing Updates · AmWriting

A Couple Days Late | Writing Update 2

I know this post was supposed to go up on Sunday, but I’ve had some family stuff going on. That to me was more important to deal with at the time. 

Last week I was able to do quite a bit I would say. I took everything on Wattpad and made it private, reorganized the structure of chapters in Anastasia’s Rising, and rewrote the whole thing. Which added another thousand words to it. I also downloaded a word count tracker app that allows me to do writing sprints, and I must say that it has come in quite handy. 

Anyway that’s all for this update, come back on Sunday for another!

2017 Writing Updates · AmWriting

First Writing Update Of 2017| Writing Update 1

The start of this new year hasn’t been all that perfect for me, and I find myself at a loss. I find myself wishing, and wanting, for things to happen, but I never actually do anything about it. Mostly because of the people that surround me. 

In all aspects, that has to stop. I have to take charge of my life, and what I want it to be. I have to stop trying to make other people happy. That being said I know I am capable of writing at least two books a year. Possibly more. So, this has to be my year. 

As for writing I have flipped through abandoned manuscripts, found a starting point, and I’m going to run with it. Every Sunday I’m going to post my progress here I’m order to keep myself accountable. Today marks the start of something new. 

Book Reviews · romance

Book Review: Playing With Trouble by Joya Ryan

Publication Date: March 21st 2017

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Genre: Romance

Series: No

Synopsis:

Recently divorced, Laura Baughman is taking her life back. After a decade away, she’s returning to Yachats, Oregon—the small town she couldn’t wait to leave after graduation—to take over her late mother’s beloved flower shop. Yet once she arrives, Laura discovers the store has been neglected and her father has partnered in construction with Jake Lock. The once-scrawny high school band geek is now successful—and irresistibly sexy—and set to inherit her family’s business. That is, unless Laura can prove in the next thirty days that she has what it takes to run the company.

Despite the heat between Jake and Laura, romance is out of the question. After her last disastrous relationship, Laura has sworn off men—especially one bent on crushing her dreams. That’s just fine with Jake, who thinks the gorgeous blonde is a pain in the neck…though admittedly one he’d like to put his lips all over.
Jake has a proposal to mix business with pleasure. But when a deal goes south, Laura is ready to pack up and skip town all over again. Does he have what it takes to convince her to stay?
Review: 

*This was a free ARC provided by Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.*

I just want to say that this book was something that I really did find myself enjoying. Once I started it, there was no stopping me from finishing it. That’s a quality I rarely find in books these days.

I found that at first it was a little difficult to get into. More so because of the amount of back story at the beginning, but, now having finished it, I do believe that it was necessary. The pacing was good, and it was super easy to follow. Plus it kept me interested from the start, and I didn’t feel the need to skip ahead.

I also found that I loved the characters. Especially Laura. I really felt like she, as well as the other characters, were relatable and not overly fabricated. You got to witness the growth and development that the characters underwent.

Now, having seen other reviews, I have to sad my own two cents. In no was did I think that it was too steamy. If there was sex on every single page, then maybe. In now way was it raunchy by any means. Besides they are adults.

Rating:

Im giving this book 4 out of 5 stars. The reason for it not making the full five is, because of the beginning. It was a little rough in my opinion, but otherwise the book was great. I’d definitely recommend it.

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Book Reviews · Paranormal · romance · vampires

Book Review: A Vampire’s Christmas Carol by Cynthia Eden

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Synopsis: 

This holiday season has bite.

Ben Prescott hates Christmas—he’s a vampire, and to him, there’s certainly nothing jolly about the holiday season. While the humans are running around being merry, he’s hunting in the shadows. Ben plans to spend the holidays his way…by stalking deadly prey.
But fate has other plans for Ben.
Three visitors are coming Ben’s way…A demon who will force Ben to face his past, a ghost who will show Ben the present he could have, and a shifter who will reveal the darkness that waits in Ben’s future. Unless Ben can change his ways, he may just turn into a real monster, one who can’t be saved by anyone or anything.
‘Tis the season…to be undead.

Ben’s redemption rests in the hands of the one woman he loved and lost—Simone Laurent. If Ben is going to have a chance at being more than just the beast in the darkness, he has to prove himself to the lovely Simone. A very hard task, considering that, once upon a Christmas Eve, Simone died in Ben’s arms…
Warning: This book features one very tortured vampire, a sexy ghost from his past, and hot scenes designed to melt the winter snow. Plenty of action, adult situations, and steamy times are ahead. Happy holidays!

Review:

I know Christmas is over, but I still find myself drawn to those books that are base around the holiday. 

Anyway I do think that the concept behind this book was really good. A vampire in danger of going to hell, gets saved by his long lost love? Yes! I’m a sucker for any paranormal, urban fantasy, romance book that includes vampires. The plot was good in my opinion, I don’t have anything bad to say about it. The detail and descriptions were good, and I could picture everything I was reading. It also included a couple of twists that kept me interested along the way. 

The characters on the other hand, were not my favorite. Well character. Ben, the main vampire of the story, his reactions to each vistor he received were annoying. Like I understand he was pissed, but it could’ve been done differently. It all just seemed the same to me. Like with each visitor he’d act a fool, and I just wasn’t feeling it. 

Something else that I wasn’t a fan of was the use of “SOB.” Like if you’re gonna say it, say it, don’t useabbreviations. I know it’s something small, but for some reason it irked me. 

Rating:

I gave this book a 3 out of 5 stars on Goodreads, and I’m going to stick behind that. I liked the book overall. It was a cute twist on a Christmas classic, and if it’s still free I think you should give it a shot. 

Also if you’d like, check me out on Bloglovin. I just joined and would appreciate it. https://www.bloglovin.com/@sarabeatty

Book Reviews

Book Review: The Breeders(Breeders #1) By Katie French

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Synopsis: “Sixteen-year-old Riley Meemick is one of the world’s last free girls. When Riley was born, her mother escaped the Breeders, the group of doctors using cruel experiments to bolster the dwindling human race. Her parents do everything possible to keep her from their clutches– moving from one desolate farm after another to escape the Breeders’ long reach. The Breeders control everything- the local war lords, the remaining factories, the fuel. They have unchecked power in this lawless society. And they’re hunting Riley.

When the local Sheriff abducts the adult members of her family and hands her mother over to the Breeders, Riley and her eight-year-old brother, Ethan, hiding in a shelter, are left to starve. Then Clay arrives, the handsome gunslinger who seems determined to help to make up for past sins. The problem is Clay thinks Riley is a bender– a genderless mutation, neither male nor female. As Riley’s affection for Clay grows she wonders can she trust Clay with her secret and risk her freedom?
The three embark on a journey across the scarred remains of New Mexico– escaping the Riders who use human sacrifice to appease their Good Mother, various men scrambling for luck, and a deranged lone survivor of a plague. When Riley is shot and forced into the Breeder’s hospital, she learns the horrible fate of her mother—a fate she’ll share unless she can find a way out.
Review:

When I first came across this book I definitely thought that the plot line was interesting. It was something post apocalyptic that I hadn’t seen on the market before. So overall I think the idea behind the book was good, but not necessarily the execution.

Do I think there could’ve been more detail? Yes of course. Do I think that the characters should’ve been developed much more? Another yes. Do I also think that the pacing needs to be tweaked? Yup.

Like I said before, I liked the idea. In no way am I trying to bash the author, but the book just wasn’t all that good.

The main character who we follow throughout the book, Riley, was not my favorite. At the beginning she starts off so independent, and midway through the book that changes once she’s met Clay. With the way Riley was written, meaning both her personality and actions, I don’t see how she made it to the end. When you read a book, even fiction, you want some kind of realism. This didn’t do it for me, I feel like the author tried to hard.

The plot I felt had good intentions, but like I said it didn’t feel realistic in anyway. To add onto that, I feel like there were instances in the book where the plot could’ve been expanded. It was almost rushed, and I feel like a lot more meat could’ve been added to the bones of this book.

Rating:

I’ve already rated this book a 3 out of 5 stars on Goodreads, but I’d give it a solid 2.5 stars.

The potential was there, however the execution wasn’t.

Will I continue the series?:

Honestly, I’m not sure. Part of me wants to, because I’d like to see if the quality increases. That is something that usually does happen, the more a writer writes the better they get. However, I feel like it’s a partial ware of time. I could be reading other things.

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A Day In My Life

Just a Little Thank You

I just wanted to pop in this morning to say thank you to everyone who has followed me. When I checked my notifications I noticed I had gained a few more followers. 99 to be exact. 

That’s just crazy to me. Never did I think that I’d ever get any views—let alone any followers. So thank you to everyone!

This year is going to be very interesting, and there’s going to be a lot of firsts. So, it’ll be interesting to see how everything turns out in 2017. 

Monthly Goals

January 2017 Goals

Hey everyone! I hope you all are doing well. As you can see from the title of this post I will be posting about my goals for this month. I’m leaning towards doing this at the beginning of each month, and then doing sort of like a wrap up as well. You know, so I can see what I’ve been able to accomplish.  

Goals

1. Post a new blog entry 2-3 times a week.

– I want to start doing different types of posts. I’m thinking writing updates, book reviews, tbr’s, and maybe other things as well. 

2. Become more active on social media

– I already have a twitter and a Instagram, but I want to more active when it comes to posting quality content. I also want to experiment with Pinterest. 

3. Finish all of my college applications 

– I have already submitted ten, but there are a few more schools on my radar. 

4. Stop drinking soda 

– For a while I had quit. I was strictly drinking water, tea, and coffee. I felt so much better and that’s something I want to get back to. There are so many health benefits to kicking a soda habit

5.Get my butt in the gym at least 3-5 days a week. 

– With winter well set in, it’s been hard to motivate myself. But I need to do it. For a long time the gym was my sanctuary, and I need that back. 

So there you go everyone, five goals for the month of January. I wanted to start off small so I don’t get overwhelmed, but I can’t wait to see what I’ve accomplished come February. 

A Day In My Life

I’m Back

I know it’s been quite a while since I’ve posted on here. I’m sorry about that, but I’ve had a lot going on in my personal life and in school. 

So I’m back, what exactly does that mean?

I will be posting at least once a week. More if I can manage to. 

That being said I’m very happy to be back at this. I want to get back into writing, take my bodybuilding more seriously, and just be happy.