November Writing Update

Basking in the glow of my first NaNoWriMo win!

If you don’t know what NaNoWriMo is, don’t run off!! Let me explain! It’s easy, trust me! So, first of all, NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month and it starts on November 1st each year. It’s fun, and a little bit crazy! Really, there are no winners or losers, but for those that do “win”, there are goodies from sponsors we get. The gist of it is, starting on November 1st you start writing a novel and by the end of the month, your goal is to write 50,000 words. Some people break it down and write 1,667 words every single day. There really is no right or wrong way to do it, as long as you get the words down.

Personally, for me, I did it total rebel-style. That means I didn’t follow the “rule” of starting a brand new novel on November 1st. If you’ve been reading my newsletter or blog (I hope so!!), you should know that I joined a challenge group on Facebook called the 365 Writing Challenge. This has helped me get into the habit of writing, maybe not every single day, but most days. Sometimes I’m just too plain busy or sick or tired, cause life. Anywho, that has helped tremendously and I initially made the decision to write by hand when I started the challenge back in January. Whew! That wasn’t the best idea! I always said to myself that I was going to type up what I wrote little by little so it didn’t pile up on me, but guess what didn’t get done? Yup, I’m sure you can guess.

So, I used NaNoWriMo as the push I needed to get my WIP typed up so I could continue writing it on my laptop rather than finishing it by hand. That got me about 2/3 of the way through the month, but eventually, I had to get words out of my brain and onto the page. And guess what? Naturally, I did it! Some days were better than others, and not all of the words I wrote were on my current full-length novel. I also have a short story/novella I’ve been working on, so there were times when I worked on that too.

The important thing, at least for me, is that at the end of November I looked at my calendar and word tracker and saw that I’d written at least 50,000 words. This was my fourth year participating and the first year I’d reached the 50,000 word goal. In reality, though, there are no losers, even if you don’t hit the 50,000-word goal. If you wrote at all for that month, or in general, those are words that weren’t there before, so that’s a win in itself.

Since that has been the main focus for me this past month, that’s more or less all I’ve been doing. Although I did add rows to my son’s temperature afghan, and I also started a baby afghan I’ll be donating to a local hospital and that’s something I hope to keep doing in the future. I haven’t touched my Kumihimo recently, but I know I need to. If you’re a visual person, like me, here’s a screenshot of the words I wrote last month. 

Here are pictures of my son’s temperature afghan as well as the baby afghan I’m working on too!

I’ve also treated myself to some oils I’ve always wished I could get, so they are my Christmas gift this year! If you know me, you know I LOVE Young Living essential oils, and all things Young Living in general! So, here’s the roll-on collection I picked up recently as well as their new diffuser lantern AND two bottles of oil that come with the lantern. I can’t wait to set it up and see the pretty light inside!! On top of smelling the oils diffusing too of course! If you’re interested in learning more about Young Living, their essential oils, how to use them, how to buy them… anything Young Living or essential oil related, drop me a line!! I can (and might) talk your ear off if you let me, LOL! I’ll try my best not to though because I certainly don’t want to overwhelm you and scare you off!

If at any time you want to send a message my way, I love to hear from my readers. I hope you’ll let others know about me and what I’m doing so they can follow along on this journey too!

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October Writing Update

Honestly, this should just be the November update, considering the date this is getting written, right? If you’re subscribed to my newsletter, you most likely know I have some pretty good reasons. The end of October and beginning of November is a bit of a crazy time for our family. Not just Halloween, but my son’s birthday is also at the beginning of November and I like to focus on making that a special time for him. So one day my mom and I took him to Build-A-Bear and he got a birthday bear for $4 since he turned 4 this year and we went to dinner too. He helped me make his birthday cake and we had fun with that. My sister and her kids got to come over and give him a present, we sang to him and had cake. THEN, we took the other half of the cake to his godparent’s house the next day, sang to him again and they gave him a present. In the midst of all of that, I got him with a nasty head cold so I was pretty out of it for s few days. I did my best to put on a good face since it was right during his birthday week, but there was a day or two where I hardly did anything at all besides keeping us alive and fed. PS- If you want to see pictures from Halloween and his birthday, they’re at the bottom of this post.

So, I did another thing this month too.I’m participating in National Novel Writing Month (aka NaNoWriMo). If you don’t know what that is, it’s basically the goal of writing 50,000 words in the month of November. Generally, you’re supposed to start a NEW story on November 1st, but I’m doing it rebel-style. I’m working on some short stories, and my current WIP, though technically right now I’m just trying to get what I’ve written by hand typed up. The act of typing of what I’ve written is not something I look forward to. I told myself when I started doing it, I was going to make sure that I type of some of what I’ve written every day. Guess what didn’t happen? Yep, you guessed it…I didn’t type it up like I said I would. Now, that doesn’t mean I didn’t type ANY of it up, I did. I just didn’t do it every day and finally, I realized I had filled three (I think) composition notebooks and was WAY behind on typing it up. So, that’s part of my word count for NaNoWriMo. It might not be the way it’s supposed to be technically, but I need to end goal of getting it typed up, hopefully by the end of the month because I have to goal of having my first book done by the end of this year. I keep thinking about my second book, which is outlined and ready to go, but I need this first book done so I have a better idea of where the second one starts.

Other than my writing, my son’s birthday and be sick (which of course is the pits!), I recently picked up my crocheting again. I was working on an afghan for my son but wasn’t happy with it so I ended up pulling it out and starting it over again. It’s going to be bigger and I’ve set the goal of doing at least one row every single day and having it done by this time next year to give him for his birthday. Again, if you’re subscribed to my newsletter, you’ll have seen what it currently looks like (aside from another row or two added over the last couple of days) and right now it looks more like a REALLY long scarf! Lol

Apart from that, I hope you’re keeping an eye out for the upcoming book review posts this month and next. Plus, I recently got an ARC from a favorite author, so I’ll be reading that and getting a review up for that in January. Hard to believe 2018 is drawing to a close, right? Hard for me to believe I’m the mother of a 4-year-old too! Anywho, I better get back to more writing so I have something more interesting to talk about in my next blog update! I still plan on doing some character posts, like interviews or bio sheets, but I haven’t decided how I want to do it yet. But I’ll keep you updated about that! As always, I LOVE comments and feedback, so please feel free to leave some! I’ve also been thinking about doing an Ask Me Anything post or something to that effect so my readers can get to know me better, but I’m trying to gauge interest in it and I’ll need questions my readers want to be answered! So if that’s something you’d be interested in, you can leave a comment on this post about it and I’m sure to see it! Until next time!

Finding Treasure by Pamela Humphrey

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Today we have the next book in the Hill Country Secrets series by Pamela Humphrey, Finding Treasure. Just as always, here is the blurb from Amazon since I’m not very good at summarizing books.

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A seemingly innocent encounter changes her dream life into a nightmare.

Settled into her Texas home, Kate launches her genealogy business. Still living in the cabin, Alex racks up miles on his truck, driving to see her in Schatzenburg every chance he gets. A young, wealthy guy buys the house down the block from Kate and causes a stir. He lavishes her with attention, which leaves Alex questioning the motive.

Although she is happy, Kate wants more than a dinner-and-a-movie relationship. Loving the companionship, Alex wants her to trust him and plans a surprise party to make her birthday a special event.

When Kate is targeted but has no idea why, Alex moves into her extra room, only to learn he can’t always protect her.

Pamela has quickly become one of my favorite authors with this series. The way Kate and Alex’s relationship develops is beautiful to watch. The doubts and fears they both have about their relationship is enough to make me want to cry sometimes. The trust between them is evident, even though it’s put to the test plenty. Kate’s passion for genealogy is evident and infectious, even though I have not the slightest interest in it myself, I wanted to know more about the people she was researching. I’m very much looking forward to reading the next installment which is The Chase, but I’ve committed to reading an ARC recently, so that will be my next read and I’ll be writing a review of that and posting it here on the blog before I get to read The Chase.

I do hope you enjoy reading my reviews, even though most of them aren’t very long. I like to share what I read and some brief thoughts, especially for those of you looking for new books and authors to check out.

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October Writing Update

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Honestly, this should just be the November update, considering the date this is getting written, right? If you’re subscribed to my newsletter, you most likely know I have some pretty good reasons. The end of October and beginning of November is a bit of a crazy time for our family. Not just Halloween, but my son’s birthday is also at the beginning of November and I like to focus on making that a special time for him. So one day my mom and I took him to Build-A-Bear and he got a birthday bear for $4 since he turned 4 this year and we went to dinner too. He helped me make his birthday cake and we had fun with that. My sister and her kids got to come over and give him a present, we sang to him and had cake. THEN, we took the other half of the cake to his godparent’s house the next day, sang to him again and they gave him a present. In the midst of all of that, I got hit with a nasty head cold so I was pretty out of it for a few days. I did my best to put on a good face since it was right during his birthday week, but there was a day or two where I hardly did anything at all besides keeping us alive and fed. PS – If you want to see pictures from Halloween and his birthday, they’re at the bottom of this post.

So, I did another thing this month too.I’m participating in National Novel Writing Month (aka NaNoWriMo). If you don’t know what that is, it’s basically the goal of writing 50,000 words in the month of November. Generally, you’re supposed to start a NEW story on November 1st, but I’m doing it rebel-style. I’m working on some short stories, and my current WIP, though technically right now I’m just trying to get what I’ve written by hand typed up. The act of typing of what I’ve written is not something I look forward to. I told myself when I started doing it, I was going to make sure that I type of some of what I’ve written every day. Guess what didn’t happen? Yep, you guessed it…I didn’t type it up like I said I would. Now, that doesn’t mean I didn’t type ANY of it up, I did. I just didn’t do it every day and finally, I realized I had filled three (I think) composition notebooks and was WAY behind on typing it up. So, that’s part of my word count for NaNoWriMo. It might not be the way it’s supposed to be technically, but I need have the goal of getting it typed up, hopefully by the end of the month because I have the other goal of having my first book done by the end of this year. I keep thinking about my second book, which is outlined and ready to go, but I need this first book done so I have a better idea of where the second one starts.

Other than my writing, my son’s birthday and being sick (which of course is the pits!), I recently picked up my crocheting again. I was working on an afghan for my son but wasn’t happy with it so I ended up pulling it out and starting it over again. It’s going to be bigger and I’ve set the goal of doing at least one row every single day and having it done by this time next year to give him for his birthday. Again, if you’re subscribed to my newsletter, you’ll have seen what it currently looks like (aside from another row or two added over the last couple of days) and right now it looks more like a REALLY long scarf! Lol

Apart from that, I hope you’re keeping an eye out for the upcoming book review posts this month and next. Plus, I recently got an ARC from a favorite author, so I’ll be reading that and getting a review up for that in January. Hard to believe 2018 is drawing to a close, right? Hard for me to believe I’m the mother of a 4-year-old too! Anywho, I better get back to more writing so I have something more interesting to talk about in my next blog update! I still plan on doing some character posts, like interviews or bio sheets, but I haven’t decided how I want to do it yet. But I’ll keep you updated about that! As always, I LOVE comments and feedback, so please feel free to leave some! I’ve also been thinking about doing an Ask Me Anything post or something to that effect so my readers can get to know me better, but I’m trying to gauge interest in it and I’ll need questions my readers want me to answer! So if that’s something you’d be interested in, you can leave a comment on this post about it and I’m sure to see it! Until next time!

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Book Review: Finding Kate by Pamela Humphrey

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Here I am with the next installment by Pam Humphrey: Finding Kate. I loved Finding Clair so much that I decided to read the entire series and I also found out from Pam that there’s another book in this series being released and I was able to get an ARC of that. Haven’t read it yet, but when I told her I downloaded she recommended that I read Finding Kate and Finding Treasure before reading the ARC The Chase. The review for Finding Treasure will hopefully be up in November since I’m posting this in October. I read this one in early September, but because life was a tad crazy then, it took me a couple of weeks before I could actually sit down to write the review. Hopefully, my brain comes through and I can remember it because I really did enjoy it! First up, again, since I feel like I’m awful at summarizing books, I’ve pulled the blurb for this book from Amazon:

Time doesn’t heal all wounds, but it sometimes delays retribution.

After learning she was kidnapped as a child, Kate is eager to move to Texas. Alex—excited about their newly budding relationship—suggests a road trip to Denver to pack up her apartment. When her story hits the 24-hour news cycle, long-kept secrets threaten Kate and Alex’s happily-ever-after and their lives.

Kate wants to start over in the house her mother loved. Alex wants time for the relationship to deepen, but when the unthinkable happens, he realizes love rarely shows up alone.

In a hunt to find Kate, Alex lands at her laptop, searching. Can he keep her alive? Can he keep her at all?

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I’m still totally loving Kate and watching the relationship with Alex grow. It’s definitely a tricky situation they’re in, but I think they do a great job of handling it, for the most part. Naturally, they’re human. I love the way Pam continues to get into their heads. I’ll admit, sometimes it takes me a few lines to figure out whose head we’re in, but I always get there pretty quickly. I do like how the story is told in the first person. I personally struggle with writing in the first person, so props to you Pam. I was afraid for Kate while Alex was trying to find her and I read with bated breath a lot of the time. I do definitely recommend this book, I wouldn’t tell you I’m going to read the entire series, or even be doing these reviews if I didn’t like/recommend them.

I know I’m not saying too much, but I’m afraid if I do I’ll give too much of the story away. I do hope you enjoy reading my reviews. You can always comment on any of them too, I love to hear from readers!

September Writing Update

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Do you ever feel like you don’t have anything interesting to say? That’s pretty much how I’m feeling these days. I know you’ll tell me that’s not true. Maybe it’s not, but I still feel that way. My writing is coming along, which is good. However, I’m still not able to actually write by hand. My right thumb is still giving me a time when I hold a pen. I’ve been slowly chipping away at typing up what I’ve already written and I’ve also started a couple of short stories. I need to take a look at them and I know they’re not finished yet, but once they are I’ll be sure to let you know. The first people to set eyes on them will be my newsletter subscribers, so if you’re not already subscribed, you should be! Otherwise, you’ll be missing out on getting more Behind the Scenes like photos of me and my son, or of my crazy cats, as well as things like my short stories and giveaways I’ll be doing too!

So, as I said, I’ve mostly been working on typing up what I wrote earlier this year on my WIP. I’d thought about attempting NaNoWriMo this year, but I’m thinking it might not be a good idea right now. I recently had to hand my laptop over to a friend of mine who is also a tech guru so he could replace the keyboard. Thankfully he loaned me his laptop for a week or so until the new keyboard arrived and he was able to install it. I was grateful to have his laptop to use, but it wasn’t the same as having my own to say the least. I’m happy to say that my laptop is back where it belongs, right on my desk. He even was nice enough to upgrade it a bit and put a new hard drive in it as well as helped me clean up some of my files. I had/have WAY too many old photos, documents and all sorts of other random things saved to a 1 TB hard drive and I really had no idea what a lot of it was! I had old backups from my old phones or my mom’s old phones and we even found my old MySpace profile picture! Needless to say, we had a few good laughs yesterday as we went through my old files. Anyway, I don’t want to get into all of that just now.

I’m slowly but surely going to sit down with each of my characters and interview them. I’m still deciding if I’m just going to do my two MC’s and a couple of the secondary characters, or go all out and interview all of them. There are 10 (so far) in total, which might be too many to interview, but who knows. I think one every month might be manageable. Plus I’m also thinking about including some bonuses for my newsletter subscribers, so again, make sure you sign up!!

I’m still sitting on the outline for the second book in this series. I don’t really like to call it a series since I don’t yet know how many books will be in it, but I don’t know what else to call it. I need to take a look at the outline again before I sit down and actually start writing. Did I tell you that outlining used to scare the pants off me? I never used to want to outline because I felt like I was locked in, but at the same time, because I didn’t outline I never finished anything. I’d have an idea, sit down and start writing, but by the time I got about 10k words written, I ran out of steam because I didn’t know where I was going. So I recently started looking into different ways to outline/plan stories that I could actually use. I found that if I plan out the big parts of my story I can fill in the little things as I go. So I don’t plan every single scene and all ahead of time. Instead, I plan out the major chunks of the plot and fill in smaller parts so I still feel like I have freedom and I’ve finally gotten over thinking I’m stuck with the outline I already have. I don’t know why it took me so long to realize that if I feel the need to, I can change anything about the plan for my story…it is, after all, MY story, right? I’m the one writing it here. I don’t know why it’s taken me so long to get to this point, but better late than never I suppose.

Anyway, since there isn’t much else going on with my writing I don’t have too much to update this month, but I didn’t want to skip it because that’s a slippery slope. I do hope you enjoy reading these short updates and hope you’ll stick around for more to come! Feel free to comment here, e-mail me anytime, or find me on Facebook.

Book Review: Finding Claire by Pamela Humphrey

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So today I have a review of “Finding Claire” by Pamela Humphrey. It was free earlier this month on Amazon, so I picked it up to read. I first met Pam on Facebook in the group 356 Writing Challenge 2018, which I’m still technically a part of, but as of the writing of this blog post, I haven’t been able to actually write because of a hand injury. For those of you that don’t know, I write by hand, not on my laptop, but I don’t want to get into that too much. I’ve also recently acquired some of her other books and as I read them will also be reviewing as well. Here’s the blurb about the book from Amazon:

She wakes up in the back of a van, and her whole world changes.

Injured and afraid—with no recollection of who she is—she stumbles through the Texas Hill Country with a photo labeled Claire. Seeking safety, she knocks at Alex’s cabin door. He protects her, even though she stirs up memories that haunt him.

She wants her life back. He wants to ease his guilt and will protect her even if it means risking his own life. Together they search, hoping questions will be answered by finding Claire.

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To start, I loved the main character of this story. Being inside of her head made my heart pound while she stumbled through the Texas Hill Country. And I breathed a sigh of relief when she finds Alex. The twists and turns the plot takes had me wanting to read more and I finished this book in a matter of days when it usually takes me a week or more because well, I have a toddler. But I found myself stealing every spare moment I could to read so I could find out what happens. Sometimes I wasn’t so sure I trusted the main character’s instincts, but it usually turned out she knew exactly what she was doing. As the bond between her and Alex grows, we see how he’s holding back, but not knowing why at first was another thing that made me want to read more. The other friends she makes along the way prove invaluable to her as well and I love having people like that around me, so this really warmed my heart as well. I love the romantic feel of this book, without the heat and heavily sexual scenes, a lot of other books have. I know sometimes they have their place, but just for the simple fact of showing that the characters are attracted to each other, it’s not my thing. At times, the letters placed throughout the book just about broke my heart and made me want to cry. I’m definitely looking forward to reading other books by Pam and will be reviewing them as well in the coming months.

You can find Pamela Humphrey on Amazon, of course, and also on Facebook. I hope you’ve enjoyed this review and if you check out any of Pamela’s books, let me know and make sure to leave her a review on Amazon!

August Writing Update

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Happy Day After Labor Day! Did anyone do anything fun yesterday? Or even over the weekend? I was BUSY Saturday and Sunday and believe me, I still feel like I’m paying for it. But, we had a great time and made some memories with my son, so it’s worth it.

As I’m sure you can see, there’s been a change to my website and if you’re subscribed to my newsletter, follow me on Twitter, and a fan of my Facebook page, you’ll see changes there too. I have an amazingly talented friend who loves figuring out how Photoshop works and he took some time one afternoon and helped design my new banner. I’m in love with it and I can’t thank him enough for taking the time to make it for me!! He’s not on Facebook, but if you’re on Google+, you can find him here.

So, Saturday we had a bit of a photo shoot to go along with the new banner because I got tired of using the avatar you’ve seen everywhere. Yes, that’s not really me, though it does resemble me to some degree…or at least I like to think it does. If you’re familiar with Quiet Waters Park in Annapolis, that’s where we ended up on Saturday. At first, we drove around historic Annapolis looking for parking so we could wander around there and do the photo shoot. But it soon because obvious that it was too crowded. DUH, holiday weekend! Oh well, live and learn. Heading to Quiet Waters Park was a good idea, as it also gave my son the option of playing on the playground while we took photos. But boy oh boy, was it hot after a while! Especially when you see in the photos, yes, I AM wearing pants!

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The photos I’m sharing here are just some of the ones snapped. I have more Behind the Scenes type photos that I’ll be sharing in my newsletter coming up soon, so make sure you’re subscribed to that if you want to see me making some silly faces, and see some less than flattering photos of me as well. We might even play a game of “Guess What I’m Thinking” in the next newsletter issue with some of the photos!

I’m not usually a fan of having my photo taken, nor do I think I look too good in most of my photos, but my friend did an amazing job of catching some great shots. I felt pretty self-conscious and at times downright silly being a model, but I know that comes with the territory. Also in the newsletter, I’ll be sharing photos of me and my son, so if you’d like to see those, again, make sure you subscribe!

That’s the majority of my update this month. I’m still dealing with a hand injury that keeps me from doing any actual writing. For those of you that don’t know, I write my stories with pen and paper, not on my laptop. I find that my ideas flow more easily and I can write much better that way. However, my thumb on my right hand has been hurting lately, making it difficult to grip a pen for more than a minute or two just to jot down a few lines or sign my name. I ordered a compression glove with support for my thumb from Amazon and it came yesterday, but sadly, it was too small. I went ahead and ordered a size up and went to return the smaller glove. While they’re giving me a refund, they’re not requiring me to send back the too-small glove, so I don’t know what to do with it as I can’t wear it.

I have been reading, and there’s a new book review that’s going to be released later this month here on the blog, so do keep an eye out for that.

Oh, and Sunday we went to the Renaissance Faire! I have garb and all, but I don’t have any pictures of myself from that day. It was nice, but again, it was hot! We took my son’s stroller, which was a good thing too because there’s a lot of walking there. My son rode the pony, which he loved. And we intended to watch the jousting, but after the first 10 minutes or so, he was tired of sitting in the sun so we ended up leaving to find some shade. Still, all in all, it was a great day and I wish we could go again, but the admission alone is enough to say once is enough for this struggling yet-to-be-published author this season. The good thing is that my son was free and he has a few more years for that, which is a plus.

Ok, I’ve rambled enough and I need to make the title graphic so I can get this published so all you lovely folks can read what’s been going on lately. As always, I love comments of all kinds, so leave some and I’ll be sure to reply!

Book Review: Everything We Keep by Kerry Lonsdale

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So, initially, my goal was to get a review up on my blog every month, but I’ve dropped the ball. There’s been a lot going on here and I haven’t been reading as much as I’d like. Recently though, I read a new book: Everything We Keep by Kerry Lonsdale. Every day I get an e-mail from The Fussy Librarian with free or low-cost e-books and I’ve grabbed quite a few of them, mostly in the romance or Christian fiction genres. I’m pretty picky when it comes to romance however, I’d much prefer more on the sweeter side versus steamy/erotic/graphic romance novels. If you’re interested in getting these e-mails you can head over thefussylibrarian.com to sign up.

PS- No, I get nothing from recommending them, but I love getting freebies and you might discover a new author you fall in love with! Ok, on with the review!!

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I’ll be straight with you here…I SUCK at writing summaries/blurbs, lol. What a conundrum I’ll be facing when I need to write the blurb for my book, but there you have it! For that reason, I’ve taken a shortcut and copied and pasted the blurb from Amazon for this book rather than driving myself crazy…

A luminous debut with unexpected twists, Everything We Keep explores the devastation of loss, the euphoria of finding love again, and the pulse-racing repercussions of discovering the truth about the ones we hold dear and the lengths they will go to protect us.

Sous chef Aimee Tierney has the perfect recipe for the perfect life: marry her childhood sweetheart, raise a family, and buy out her parents’ restaurant. But when her fiancé, James Donato, vanishes in a boating accident, her well-baked future is swept out to sea. Instead of walking down the aisle on their wedding day, Aimee is at James’s funeral—a funeral that leaves her more unsettled than at peace.

As Aimee struggles to reconstruct her life, she delves deeper into James’s disappearance. What she uncovers is an ocean of secrets that make her question everything about the life they built together. And just below the surface is a truth that may set Aimee free…or shatter her forever.

I don’t know if it was me or not, but at first I had a hard time getting into the storyline, but after a few chapters I couldn’t put it down. I think the fact that it starts with a funeral was a downer for me, but still, I understand why it started there. I tend to read more for the plot/storyline and that kept me going through the entire book. I was surprised and wanted to cry a few times as Aimee went through the different stages of grief along the way.

I do recommend this book and I think I’ll be checking out Kerry’s other books as well. You can head over to her page on Amazon and see what else she’s published, check out her website, and her Facebook page! I really hope you’ll check this book out and hopefully her others as well!

As always, I love feedback, so comments here are welcome as well as contacting me via my contact page is welcome and please feel free to visit my Facebook page and sign up for my newsletter!

 

July Writing Update

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August already? Hard to believe if you ask me. My writing is coming along and I’m making progress on my WIP. I’ve also been thinking more and more about my next book. It’s going to be the second book in my series, though I’m not sure how many books will be in the series at this point. Now that I’ve finally gotten a handle on my first book and I’m starting to plan the second book I’m hoping to plan out the rest of the story and see how many books might be in the series once all is said and done.

This post probably won’t be all that long, but I wanted to at least get something up so I’m updating my readers each month, as I promised I’d do. Recently I managed to sprain my ankle, so since I’ve been pretty much out of action it’s given me more time to write. Though if I’m honest, about half the time I could (SHOULD) be writing, I split between wasting time on Facebook on my tablet and binge-watching Gilmore Girls on Netflix on TV. I know, I know, that’s not going to get my book written and I am working on fixing that.

Plus, in other news, I recently had the help of my besties to go through some things in my room, get rid of a bunch of stuff and actually give me a desk space for writing and other work! I’m going to share a picture of it in my newsletter, so make sure you’re subscribed to that so you can see it! You can do that on my Facebook page under the Email Signup tab. I’m really making it a point to sit at my desk when I have work to do, but because of my ankle, I can’t do it for long periods of time since it’s best to keep it elevated.

So, I do hope you’re having an amazing first week of August wherever you are! I know we here on the East coast have been dealing with heavy rain and flooding and other places have been dealing with excessive heat and wildfires. I’ve been keeping everyone in my prayers and hopefully, things will improve soon. Please make sure to comment if you’d like, I love to hear from my fans!