Wednesday, June 25, 2014

The Trouble with Flying - A Review

 I'm very excited to be sharing an early book review for one of my favorite authors, Rachel Morgan! Rachel is also the author of the Creepy Hollow Series, which is incredible and I highly recommend it. The Trouble with Flying comes out tomorrow!

Title: The Trouble with Flying (The Trouble Series #1)
Author: Rachel Morgan
Publisher: Morgan Media
Publication Date: June 26, 2014

Genre: Sweet NA Romance
Plot: First, here is the summary of "The Trouble with Flying" from Goodreads - When introvert Sarah boards a plane to fly home after an overseas holiday, the last thing she expects is Aiden, the guy sitting next to her who’s never flown anywhere before and refuses to shut up. Hours of random conversation later, they part ways. Sarah can’t stop thinking about Aiden, though, and wondering if she made a terrible mistake letting him go. Should she abandon her safe, predictable life and go in search of him, or would she be chasing a happily ever after that could never exist in real life?

Sarah doesn't like talking to strangers and when she sits down on the plane to fly home, she finds herself next to Aiden, who insists on talking to calm his fears. Despite being uncomfortable, Sarah enjoys talking to Aiden and listening to him. When the flight is over, she's afraid she'll never see Aiden again. A stolen kiss distracts her and Sarah can't stop thinking about Aiden. To be able to live happily ever after, she will have to stop listening to others and discover what she really wants out of life.

The romantic interactions between Sarah and Aiden were wonderfully sweet! I love the stolen kiss in the airport. I won't spoil any of the other moments! Aiden is a refreshing and real young man with flaws and at the same time, he's romantic and honest. He isn't afraid to tell Sarah the truth and be vulnerable around her.

The Trouble with Flying is a story about making our own decisions and letting ourselves fall in love. We can all identify with struggling with what we want to do with our lives. This is an adorable romance that will make you want to eat frosted animal crackers, hike through the mountains, and dream about sweet kisses. I highly recommend this book!

The Trouble with Flying comes out tomorrow to most online retailers! Be sure to buy a copy! Congratulations on your new book, Rachel!!

Friday, June 20, 2014

I Like My Boobs

Yes, you read that title correctly. I'd like to talk about something that is near and dear to my heart. My boobs. Because, yeah they are literally close to my heart.

No, I haven't gone crazy and no, I'm not gonna show you my boobs. I had an interesting conversation with my roommate today in the bra section of a store. I commented how a bra made my boobs look good and she laughed. That afternoon I made another joke about my boobs looking good in my new bra. Again, she laughed and asked why I kept bringing up my boobs today. I didn't know. So, I sat down to blog and thought about it.

I've never been a confident person. I didn't have any friends for two years in elementary school. During that time my best friend was a tree. I'd take it plastic tubs of water and pour the water on the base of the tree before school. In middle school, I was the awkward kid with pants that didn't fit right and my nose stuck in a book. In high school, I was the new kid my freshman year, again not having any friends for a year. And then I found the best group of friends, who let me be a band nerd and a lover of stories and books. But I've still never really been confident.

I tell myself that I'm not pretty enough. I tell myself that my clothes will never be the perfect ones, and I'll never be the skinny girl. And you know what, those are lies.

As writers, we believe the lies that say our writing will never be good enough and we'll never be published. No one will ever read our books. We don't have confidence in our writing. We belittle our stories, our characters, and unique quirks. I've tried to write like other people - to make my writing more desirable, but that's wrong. I love how I write and what I'm writing. I love my geeky characters and the fact that almost every one of my books has a character with a stuffed hippo, because they are my favorite animals.

Love what you write and make it your own. Don't try to be like another writer, but be confident in what you write and who you are. It's okay to like your boobs.

To sum up my slightly awkwardly titled post, be confident in who you are and love what you do. Some days I still hate my body and what I'm doing with my life, but other times I'm reminded that I'm me. I'm a writer, a dreamer, a Trekkie, and hopefully someday I'll look back at my writing and see how much I loved what I was writing and still do. :) Also, my new bra does make my boobs look pretty good and makes me feel confident. :)

Friday, June 13, 2014

Great Revisions, Frustrating Life

I just finished revising the first three chapters of Silent Beauty and there were 127 comments from my critique partner! Yeah, it was a bit overwhelming when I first opened it. See?

Yeah, yikes. But they were all so very helpful! My critique partner gave comments about awkward sentence phrasing, things that were repeated (for example; my MC looked up twice in the same paragraph), grammatical blunders, and overall nit-picking which was very beneficial. She sees so many things, that despite how many times I stare at the same page, I don't see.

I'm so very thankful for all of my critique partners and all of their help! The revisions are going well for Silent Beauty. I tested the waters and sent out a query to an agent, but got a quick rejection. No problem though! I'm going to focus on finishing these revisions and possibly starting rewriting an older novel.


Normal life... has been a bit more stressful than writing. I'm struggling to find a place to live. I have to move out of my current place by July 29th and I can't afford to live in a one bedroom by myself, but I don't have a roommate. I work 2 jobs (one I love, one I don't like) and neither really pay well. It's been... so stressful. I come home from a ten hour day of nannying and try to figure it out, but I usually just end up in tears. I'm a planner, though apparently not when it comes to writing, and not knowing where I'm gonna live in less than two months is freaking me out.

And I'm struggling with finding purpose in my non-writing life. I work two jobs. I'm twenty-five and not married. I get questions about when I'm going to get married or when I'm going to actually date someone. They are hurtful. I already feel like I'm defective. Several of my friends have announced they are having their SECOND child now, and I'm still sitting on the couch eating Oreos and trying to imagine what it would be like to even have a boyfriend again. And I've been binge watching Star Trek. I love it, but it can get a little lonely when you start talking to the television. Which leads to this... awesome, but some people don't understand.

To sum up, revisions are going very well and as to being an adult, it sucks. How's everything going for you?

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

IWSG - The One?

A little late to the game, but I'm here! Today is another installation of The Insecure Writer's Support Group, which posts on the first Wednesday of every month and is run by our Ninja Captain Alex Cavanaugh. This is a place where writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds.

I finished the first round of edits on my novella, Silent Beauty! I'm super excited for how they turned out and I've realized something. I really want this book to be the one.  Silent Beauty is the tenth novel I've written and it might be my best yet. I love it! I love how diverse my characters are and I love reading about a character that is really different. She's deaf. I don't know a lot of novels where the main character is deaf or blind or suffering from a disability. I love Alanna and Jared and all of my characters in this book. I feel like they are unique. The two critique partners I heard back from, who read it - loved it!

But I'm scared that it won't make it. That maybe my one won't be enough. I want this book to be the one that people share with others and tell them they have to read it and beg others to buy a copy! I want this book to be on a bestsellers list and not because I had it free for a day. I want this book to inspire people to love everyone, despite their differences. And I want this book to be loved.

I guess I'm insecure about people not loving my book someday and it dying in a folder on my computer. I want it to be "the one". Am I putting too much pressure on one book?

For now, I'm not gonna give up on it. Maybe Silent Beauty is "the one" and maybe it isn't. But I'm going to continue loving and revising and hopefully submitting to the agent who will love it just as much as I do! :)

Sunday, June 1, 2014

June Goals

Summer time! Summer time! I have my swimming pass, the little boy I nanny is out of school, and tomorrow we are headed to the pool with his eight month old sister to have some swimming time! I hate swimsuits, but I do love spending time in the water. We tested the little boy's new sprinkler last week and the baby hated it, but she liked having her bathtub in the sunshine.

She's pretty cute. I spend my Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays with her and now her brother since he's done with school. I love playing with both of them!

But it's time for an update in goals!

Here are my goals from May:
* Complete first round of revisions for Camp NaNo novel, Silent Beauty

* Read "Sidelined" by Kyra Lennon

* Take a vacation

I completed all of my goals and I had a wonderful vacation! My best friend and I drove to Wisconsin to visit our other best friend who moved there. Iowa to Wisconsin is the furthest I have ever driven by myself! The trip was only 3 days, but we went to Brat Fest, which was all about brats, beer, and music. Very Midwest United States. I loved the Ferris Wheel best! Overall, it was a great time!

Walking through the woods at the Arboretum
Goals for June:

* Work on a plan of revisions for "The Freaks"
This is the first book in a trilogy I wrote over two years ago. I submitted it and received two full requests but both turned it down, saying they liked it but didn't love it. I'd really like to try revising it again. The second book in the trilogy is finished and I am completely in love with it, but I've fall out of love with the first book and need to fix it.

* Read "City of Lost Souls" and "City of Heavenly Fire" by Cassandra Clare

* Work on query for Silent Beauty

How did you goals from May go? What are your goals for June? :) I'm off to my little sister's dance recital today, have a great Sunday!