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My Five Goals For May


I just want to say that I’m sorry this post is like two weeks late. I just have a lot going on all at once.

It’s crazy how time just flies, isn’t it? I feel like it was just last week that I had started my senior year of high school, and here I am with less than a month until graduation.

This month has already been busy, and I know that it’s going to continue to be as such. Therefore, I am going to be quite conservative when it comes to my goals for the month of May.

Goals:

  • Post three book reviews this month
  • Read five new books
  • Stay active on social media
  • Finish course registrations (this may not be able to be done this month due to CollegeBoard)
  • Drink more water

 

These goals seem pretty attainable for me to accomplish, or so I’m thinking. I have a stack of finished books that I need to finish writing reviews for, and I have more books lined up that I have to read for review. I just really want to get caught back up on that front. As well as I want to stay active on social media. I find that when I become busy I tend to forget about Twitter and Pinterest among other social media platforms.

Apart from those things I would really like to finish registering for classes at my local community college. However, I may not be able to do the bulk of it until July so I will have to see how it goes. Also, I need to drink more water. I’ve cut out sodas completely over the last couple of months, but I still don’t find myself drinking enough water. So that’s another thing that I really want to improve upon.

What are your goals for the month of May?

 

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Book Reviews · Erotica/Erotic Romance · Paranormal · romance · suspense · Thriller · Werewolves

Book Review: Wicked Desires (The Kategan Alphas #3) by T.A. Grey

Where To Find It

Amazon // Nook // Goodreads // Apple // Kobo

Genre: Erotic Romance // Thriller // Suspense

Series: Yes this is the third book in The Kategan Alpha series. However, all books in this series can be read independently. If you would like to read my reviews on the first book in this series, The Mating Cycle, you can click here, and if you would like to read my review of the second book, Dark Awakening, you can here.

Synopsis

The sight of her happily mated brothers has Vera biting her nails in frustration. When the opportunity arises for her to get away from it all she takes it—with one catch—Jackson Marsh. Jackson Marsh has been a pain in her butt from the moment she laid eyes on him. And now to repair his broken trust with her brother Rome, Jackson has agreed to protect Vera as she goes into enemy territory to negotiate with the vampires.

However the change of scenery doesn’t do anything to help Vera’s mood for there was one thing she didn’t think about when she came up with her brilliant plan—seeing her ex vampire lover. Now with her ex vying for her affections again and Jackson sending her body and heart through a loop, Vera must decide what to do with her heart, which has never fully healed itself from the past. In the midst of all the chaos, a vampire clan is threatening to take Kategan land. Together Vera and Jackson must fight to save Kategan land while trying to save each other from falling in love.

Review

It’s really rare for me to find a series that I can continue this far with, and I’m glad to say that this is one of them. After reading Dark Awakening I had thought I had found my new favorite book, but I’m wrong again. This is totally my new favorite, for now at least.

Wicked Desires really stole my heart and made me realize why I love T.A. Grey’s writing. Grey never fails to create relatable characters that feel so real even when they aren’t.

In The Mating Cycle I first met Vera. She was the spunky, outspoken, sister of Vane, and I really didn’t care for her too much to be honest. However, my opinion of her has now changed completely. Upon reading you really get to know her. She’s controlling and guarded, but that’s only because that she had been hurt.

When I found out that Vera’s love interest was Jackson Marsh I have to say I was a little surprised. I mean there weren’t any other original characters to choose from, but I was still surprised. In a good way though. Jackson is different being that he is human and not a werewolf, however he and Vera share common issues. Which is why I think that they are perfect for each other.

Another thing I really liked was the newly introduced supernatural creatures. There are vampires now! Not to mention the fact that Vera’s previous lover was a vampire. I love the integration of new types of characters.

All in all I can say Im very happy with this book. I feel like with each book they get more and more immersive. Yeah there were a few typos, but I think those are going to be fixed across all books. T.A. Grey seems to have been revamping all of her books lately. I definitely plan on continuing this series, because I’m emotionally invested in it at this point. I give this book a 4 out of 5 stars.

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2017 Writing Updates

Camp NaNoWriMo April 2017 Results


This is probably going to be a fairly short post, because things did not go as planned during the month of April. I started out so strong, but it didn’t end that way. 

As many of you may know I was using Camp NaNo as a way to jumpstart my revision/editing process on my novel Vendetta. I can say that it is quite effective if you are able to commit time specifically to write. I was not. 

I had a goal of 35,000 words, and I ended up with 16,987 words by the 30th. I’m upset that I didn’t reach my goal, but I have to remember that there were a lot of factors I didn’t have control over. 

One being my mothers week long stay in the hospital. That just turned everything upside down, and it sucked up all of my time. Even after she was released I was always busy with school, taking her to the doctors, going to the doctors myself, my normal responsibilities, and trying to find time to sleep. It was a hard month. 

All of that being said I am continuing on with revisions/edits. I’m actually in the middle of completely rewriting the second half of the book. I’m hoping to have it polished and ready for an editor by June, but we will see where life takes me. 

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BOOK REVIEW: Dark Awakening (The Kategan Alphas #2) by T.A. Grey

Where To Find It

Amazon // Nook // Kobo

Genre: Eroctic Romance // Thriller // Suspense

Series: Yes, this is the second book it the series. However, these books do not need to be read in order as T.A. Grey focuses on different characters in each book. If you would like to see my review of the first book, The Mating Cycle, click here.

Synopsis

Once a vibrant woman, Alison Bennson suffered a terrible trauma in the past. When her past crashes back into her life, Alison must turn to the Kategans for help. Rome Kategan has been a haunting thought in her mind ever since she met the grinning rogue. If only she was the woman she used to be she could enjoy the sexy male, but instead she is haunted and fearful for the future.

Her past has emerged with vengeance and with one purpose in mind for Alison—death. Rome Kategan swears to protect Alison with a passionate determination that frightens Alison almost more than her past. Now, in the midst of danger, Rome must protect the woman he loves and convince her to be his mate.

Review

When I first began reading Dark Awakening  I honestly wasn’t expecting to like it more than I had liked The Mating Cycle. To me Sarina and Vane were the shit. However, I can say that I was pleasantly surprised.

In The Mating Cycle as a reader we are given a glimpse of Alison Bennson as the best friend of Sarina. In the first book we were told that Alison has had a rough past, especially when it came to men, but in Dark Awakening we get to know her at a whole new level. Her passions show through just as much as the skeletons from her closet.

I feel like T.A. Grey deserves some pretty big props for writing this book. I say that because with each book her writing just keeps getting better, and the character development is on point. The pacing was perfect for me, and I didn’t feel like the characters were rushed into the decisions that they made. They did things at their own pace even when things got hot and heavy.

I know after I finish reading the next book I’m going to be eating my words, but I think this is my new favorite of the series. I just feel like Alison is so likable and relatable. She’s young, has a great personality, and major guy problems. I feel like any girl my age can relate to that, even if it isn’t to the same exact circumstances.

There are so many good things that I can say about Dark Awakening that I don’t want to mention the bad. But I have to. There was a small issue and one quite big one in my opinion.

The small issue was just the odd typo or misspelled word. It wasn’t something major, so it really didn’t bother me. There really weren’t that many of them.

However, the bigger issue was kind of a plot hole. If you aren’t one for any sort of spoilers I would skip this section of the review. Alison and Rome have sex a couple of times during her breeding cycle, and he cums inside of her. After this happens there was a brief moment in the book where pregnancy was brought up as a possibility, but it was only a couple of sentences. After that it was not brought up for the remainder of the book, but I believe that it really should’ve been discussed further. Personally I feel like it leaves a hole in the plot.

So all in all I did really love this book. I loved Alison and Rome, the were honestly perfect. I also loved getting to see the characters from the last book re appear again in this one. I give this book a 4 out of 5 stars. I really wish it could’ve been a 5 star book.

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BOOK REVIEW: The Mating Cycle (The Kategan Alphas #1) by T.A. Grey 

Where You Can Find It

Goodreads   Amazon    Apple    Kobo  Nook

Genre: Eroctic Romance // Thriller // Suspense

Series: Yes. However all books in this series can be read as standalones as they all revolve around different characters.

Synopsis

Each year lykaen princess Sarina Brunes goes through her breeding cycle—a powerful force that makes the desire to mate nearly inescapable. When Sarina is sent away by her father to endure the breeding cycle alone, she never expects a sexy Alpha to come to her doorstep.

When Alpha Vane Kategan stumbles upon Sarina in her breeding cycle, he is determined to help her, if only to ease her pain. However, she denies them both what they so desperately want. But Vane won’t give up on his seduction until they both find bliss. What neither of them count on is falling in love.

Right when they need each other the most, they are torn apart by her father’s cruelty. Now Sarina must fight to be with the one she loves and risk losing the only family she has left in the process. Can Sarina escape her father’s grasp for the arms of the man she loves?

*Just a quick disclaimer before I get into the actual review. I’m under the impression that the author is in the beginning stages of changing the title for this book. I recently downloaded the boxset of the first three books, and the first book was called The Breeding Cycle not The Mating Cycle. I just wanted to let you guys know about this so that there is no confusion, because they are both the same book.

I’ve read this book three times over the last two years, just because I really love the characters. As a result of that T.A. Grey has become once of my favorite authors. Now this book is erotic paranormal romance, so if that’s not your thing then I don’t think this book would be for you.

These days with any book that I go into, I tend to discuss pretty much everything about it. Especially after the one I reviewed where the formatting was just absolutely terrible. This time around I read The Mating (or BreedingCycle in the boxset of the first three books, and I had absolutely no issues when it came to formatting. Everything looked smooth and pretty like an ebook should. From what I do recall, I didn’t have any issues with the kindle version of this book alone either.

From the very beginning it was just sex, sex, sex, and more sex. However, I think that it was done right and wasn’t over done. We’ve all read the books that are basically literary porn, and have no plot to them, but I have to say that I don’t believe this one would fall in the same category. Grey wrote the book, in my own opinion, in a way that she allowed the sex scenes to further progress the plot line. If that makes any sense.

Character wise your really focused in on Sarina and Vane. Oh, Sarina’s father as well. Yes there are secondary characters that are introduced, but you really don’t get a good sense of who they are as characters. You know their name, and their purpose, but that’s about it.

Now that I’ve continued the series I see why she chose to do that. It’s because with each book Grey picks a pair of secondary characters, and it shares their own individual stories.

Something that I really did like was that Grey gave the characters some legit problems and conflict. For instance, Sarina is forced by her father to deal with her cycle alone. As the book goes on she is forced to decide on obeying or betraying him and their pack. I honestly felt really bad for Sarina, and I love when authors make me feel for characters I one way or another. I feel like more erotica authors should focus on he character building and story like Grey has here.

This book is also very descriptive. You will know what’s going on and where while being able to have a clear mental image of it.

Now it wasn’t all peaches and cream for me like I’m sure you all are thinking. I did really like this book, but it really could have used a better editor. There were some typos, misspelled words, and tense changes that I caught while reading the boxset version. I’m not sure if its specific to just that version or not. However it wasn’t on every single page, I think I only saw about five errors in the whole thing.  That is the only reason why I could bring myself to give this book a five star rating.

So, I give the book a solid 4.5 stars out of 5. It’s a good, quick, read for you when you wanna escape from the world for a little bit.

Oh, also I wanted to tell you guys that the boxset of the first three books in this series is currently FREE on amazon!! So if you want give this book a go you can click here . It’s also good because if you end up really loving the book, like I did, you’ll already the next two downloaded and ready to go!

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2017 Writing Updates · A Day In My Life · AmWriting · CampNaNoWrimo · Uncategorized

Camp NaNoWrimo Week 2 Check-In

Day 8

Today was better than I had thought it would turn out to be. I didn’t hit my goal word count for today, but I was able to get some words down on the page. I still feel solid about the work I was able to accomplish today.

Words Written: 699

Total Words: 4,549
Day 9

I didn’t write anything. At all. Which puts me even farther behind on my goal. I’m hoping that tomorrow will turn out to be better. I was just so exhausted today.

Words Written: 0

Total Words: 4,549 
Day 10 

Today was semi productive. I didn’t hit my word count goal, but I’m happy I at least got some words down on the page. 

Words Written: 513

Total Words: 5,062
Day 11

I got more done today than I did yesterday. So that’s a plus. However, I still wasn’t able to hit my daily goal. 

Words Written: 658

Total Words: 5,720

Days 12-14

I didn’t write anything during these days. I’ve been battling a severe migraine that doesn’t want to go away, and staring at the computer screen just seems to make it worse. 

Total Words For The Week: 1,870

Total Words: 5,720

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Book Review: The Hell’s Doctor by Lee F. Jordan

Where You Can Find It:

Amazon GoodReads Barnes & Noble

*I received this ARC in exchange for an honest review from NetGalley. 

Genre: Horror

Series: No

Synopsis: 

Hell has a new Doctor. One baptized in depravity and utterly without remorse. And he knows the secrets of the portal. Forced into a desperate race through the depths of Hell itself, and pitted against some of the most vicious serial killers in history like Ted Bundy and John Wayne Gacy, the Doctor will stop at nothing to get access to the portal. “There are only three kinds of pain: physical, such as cutting through the bone marrow of a prisoner’s leg with a dull hacksaw; emotional, such as torturing a prisoner’s family slowly; or psychological, which destroys the hope of the mind.” – Hell’s Doctor Edict

Review:

I have dabbled around with reading ARC’s in the past and sometimes the formatting is good, while other times it isn’t. This was one of those times where it wasn’t the best. I haven’t checked out the released version to see if changes were made, I would assume they have been, because in this version that I had gotten a lot of the things ran into each other. Sentences as well were separated in odd places by line breaks.

But that was not the end of the things that I did not like. I would’ve loved to finish reading this book, but I just couldn’t do it.

I was excited to pick this book up, because I thought it had an interesting concept. However I feel like the writing could’ve been a lot better. I felt like the author was all over the place. In some instances I was left confused, and I had to figure out how to put pieces together. A reader shouldn’t be left like that.

I don’t know if the book gets better as it continues, or if the released version turned out to be better, but based on the version I have I wouldn’t recommend it. Therefore I’m giving this book a 1 out of 5 stars.

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Book Review | Writing a Book a Week by Alex Foster

Genre: How To // Self-Help

Series: No
Synopsis:

My writing method is a focus on writing short, high quality books that bring value to readers. Most of my methods are for nonfiction, but many examples and ideas work well for fiction books, too.
Learn how to be profitable writing a book a week for Kindle and other book sites. The process is a true test of discipline and character. I share ideas that work for writing under this model and the motivation and mindset it takes to succeed.
Where You Can Find It:

Amazon  | Barnes & Noble | Goodreads

Review:

Usually I’m not one to read how to books, but I was browsing through the free section. I though why not give it a go, right?

I think that Foster offers up a lot of information on the way he does things, and I didn’t really have a problem with that. I didn’t feel that his opinions were being forced upon me as I read the book. It was more like he was offering up info, tips and tricks that worked for him ignorer for someone else to use at their leisure.

Is this a book for everyone?

No I don’t believe so. This is more geared towards the novella, short story, or serial writer. If you write anything above 35k words, then the approach that Foster takes might not work as well for you. However I do believe that new writers, regardless of the length of their works, could very well benefit from taking a look at this.

There are two reasons why I gave this a 4 out of 5 star rating. One was that while it was good to hear someone else’s perspective on how they view writing, Foster’s view really didn’t apply to me. While I do occasionally write short stories, my main focus lays with novels that range from 50k-100k words long. The second reason was one that really just because I hate when self-published authors do it. “It” being that the author published multiple versions of the same book under slightly different titles, as well as stuffed the titles with key words. I just personally find it unprofessional to do that.

Alright guys, those are my thoughts on this book. Have any of you read it? Are you planning on giving it a go? Also, because I’m curious, if you too are a writer what do you write?(Novels, short stories, etc.)

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Camp NaNoWrimo Week 1 Check In

So as many of you may know I decided to participate in the April 2017 Camp NaNoWrimo. I’m still struggling to figure out it was truly one of my better decisions. Either way, I plan to do check ins each week to keep you guys updated on my progress. So there won’t be any “Writing Update” posts from me until next month.

So, how is it going so far?

Not terribly well. I set a goal of 35k and as of right now I’m a couple of days behind. It wasn’t for lack of trying, but unfortunately because my mother doesn’t follow the instructions of her doctor she ended up in the hospital on Tuesday. I’ve been so stressed out about everything, and so busy making sure she’s got everything that she needs that I haven’t had much time to write. Yesterday she got released, so I’m hoping that I’ll have a little more time on my hands.

Currently I’m sitting at 3,936/35,000 words. Still 31,064 remaining in order to complete my goal. I’m going to do my best to get the bulk of my writing done this weekend, so that if I don’t have the time during the week I’ll have some sort of a cushion.

I hope everyone also participating in the Camp is making progress! Wish me luck guys!

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Book Review: The CypressTrap by JC Gatlin

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Synopsis 

When Rayanne commandeers her husband’s weekend fishing trip, she knows it’ll take work to adjust Owen’s attitude. She has no choice. Since the tragedy, they lost so much. They need to reconnect. 

Without her knowledge, Owen texts his best buddy, Daryl, to join the getaway. The three of them aren’t alone in the backwoods of Georgia, though. Owen took something that didn’t belong to him. Something that changed their lives. And now the owner wants it back. By any means — including a posse led by a killer dog. 

At first, Rayanne is clueless about the item and its value. One thing becomes crystal clear: If it’s not returned, they might not make it home alive.

Where You Can Find It

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Review

I have to say that I have become quite shy of free books for download on Amazon. That is only because of the fact that the more I have read, the less good books I have found. However, JC Gatlin has pleasantly surprised me with this captivating read.

Normally I don’t  read a lot of thrillers, or suspense, but I’m glad that I picked this one up. From the beginning I was sucked in. It was an interesting concept with the little rabbits foot being the point of the conflict throughout the whole story. Simple, cliche even, but I did like that bit.

It’s a story that keeps you interested, the kind where you want to keep turning the pages. If you’ve been following me, you’ll know that recently I’ve been struggling with finding these gripping types of books.

Besides my own personal praise on the books entirety. I feel like the characters were good. Maybe they could’ve been fleshed out more, but they weren’t bad in my own opinion. But something that really got under my skin was that Owen kept saying “Dropp’n F.” Like what? Why? I understand that characters have quirks but that really just annoyed me more than anything else.

Overall I’d give this book a solid 3 out of 5 stars.

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