A pep talk if you’re losing motivation for NaNoWriMo \\ NaNo Update #2


Week two of NaNoWriMo! This week wasn’t as successful, and has lead to an existential crisis or two, but I’ve made it.

…Which leads us to today’s topic. A pep talk. Maybe I should have saved it for later in the month but I really needed it, so I figured one of you might as well.

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Fall Book Tag 2018 \\ because even though it’s November, I can’t let Fall leave just yet


I love fall. Thankfully, here in Illinois we still have fall weather. So why not prolong the inevitable and do a fall book tag!

I saw this on Secret Library Book Blog, and it was pretty short, so why not?

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How to come up with a good first sentence \\ NaNo Update #1


It’s Friday, which means it’s time for my NaNo update. It’s only been three days, but I have been writing every day.

But I also wanted to provide some help to those of you who might be struggling. So first I’ll give you a quick WIP update and then we’ll discuss how to write that first sentence.

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Curious Writer Questions \\ casual pre-NaNo writing post


I had a different post planned for today, but then I read this blog post by Elizabeth, which was inspired by Cait, who was inspired by Rebecca and I got inspired.

I don’t know if this is an actual “tag” but it looked like a lot of fun, and I loved reading both Elizabeth’s and Cait’s posts (I love when they talk about anything writing tbh) so I decided this was a pretty casual post before NaNo.

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How to get yourself to write \\ tips for those of us who lack motivation but have a lot of ideas


So I have a problem or five. I have plenty of writing ideas, outlines and characters…but a lack of motivation.

Maybe motivation isn’t the the right word – basically, I want to write but can’t seem to force myself to do it. And it’s (almost) literally been the death of me.

Luckily, I’ve found a few ways around it.

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The Wish Granter \\ spoiler-free review

The Wish Granter (Ravenspire, #2)

Title: The Wish Granter

Author: C. J. Redwine

PublisherBalzer + Bray


Goodreads review: here


The world has turned upside down for Thad and Ari Glavan, the bastard twins of Súndraille’s king. Their mother was murdered. The royal family died mysteriously. And now Thad sits on the throne of a kingdom whose streets are suddenly overrun with violence he can’t stop.

Growing up ignored by the nobility, Ari never wanted to be a proper princess. And when Thad suddenly starts training Ari to take his place, she realizes that her brother’s ascension to the throne wasn’t fate. It was the work of a Wish Granter named Alistair Teague, who tricked Thad into wishing away both the safety of his people and his soul in exchange for the crown.

So Ari recruits the help of Thad’s enigmatic new weapons master, Sebastian Vaughn, to teach her how to fight Teague. With secret ties to Teague’s criminal empire, Sebastian might just hold the key to discovering Alistair’s weaknesses, saving Ari’s brother—and herself.

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Author Interview w\ Lucy Tempest \\ mythology, fairy tales and writing advice


I am super excited for today’s post! With NaNoWriMo coming up, I figured it was past time to do another author interview.

And the minute I read Lucy Tempest’s novel I knew it had to be her. I loved the world, the characters and the references to mythology! So thank you to Lucy Tempest for agreeing to do this with me.

So without further ado…

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The Traitor Prince \\ spoiler-free book review

The Traitor Prince (Ravenspire, #3)TitleThe Traitor Princ

Author: C. J. Redwine

PublisherBalzer + Bray


Goodreads reviewhere


Javan Najafai, the crown prince of Akram, has spent the last ten years at school, far away from his kingdom. He’s been eagerly awaiting his return home to his ailing father, but his journey there goes dangerously wrong. A mysterious imposter has taken his place—and no one will believe Javan is the true prince.

After barely escaping the imposter’s hitmen, Javan is thrown in the most dangerous prison in his kingdom—Maqbara. The only way to gain an audience with the king and reveal the truth is to fight his way out in the prison’s yearly tournament, which pits inmates against a coterie of the deadliest creatures in the world.

The one person who can help him is Sajda, a strong and secretive girl who has been enslaved by Maqbara’s warden since she was a child. Working with Sajda might be the only way Javan can escape alive—but she’s hiding something.

Together, Javan and Sajda will have to outwit the dangerous warden, outfight the hundreds of deadly creatures, and outlast the murderous prisoners intent on killing Javan before he can win—in order to fight for their freedom, and take down the imposter once and for all.

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Running to Battle Music \\ writing playlist


I always listen to music while I’m writing. If I can’t, then I can’t concentrate. And certain genres and bands make me feel different things – I connect them to specific scenes.

(I hope I don’t sound crazy here 😂 🤷🏻‍♀️)

Lately I’ve been listening to a lot of music that makes me imagine a running-to-battle scene (which is different than a battle\fighting scene).

So here’s my running-to-battle playlist!

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The Shadow Queen \\ spoiler-free book review

The Shadow Queen (Ravenspire, #1)

Title: The Shadow Queen

Author: C. J. Redwine

PublisherBalzer + Bray


Goodreads review: here


Lorelai Diederich, crown princess and fugitive at large, has one mission: kill the wicked queen who took both the Ravenspire throne and the life of her father. To do that, Lorelai needs to use the one weapon she and Queen Irina have in common—magic. She’ll have to be stronger, faster, and more powerful than Irina, the most dangerous sorceress Ravenspire has ever seen.

In the neighboring kingdom of Eldr, when Prince Kol’s father and older brother are killed by an invading army of magic-wielding ogres, the second-born prince is suddenly given the responsibility of saving his kingdom. To do that, Kol needs magic—and the only way to get it is to make a deal with the queen of Ravenspire, promise to become her personal huntsman…and bring her Lorelai’s heart.

But Lorelai is nothing like Kol expected—beautiful, fierce, and unstoppable—and despite dark magic, Lorelai is drawn in by the passionate and troubled king. Fighting to stay one step ahead of the dragon huntsman—who she likes far more than she should—Lorelai does everything in her power to ruin the wicked queen. But Irina isn’t going down without a fight, and her final move may cost the princess the one thing she still has left to lose. 

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