ARC Review — Amethyst

Title: AmethystAuthor: Jesse Nolan BaileyGenre: Horror / FantasyPages: 152 pagesPublication date: September 24, 2020 Thank you BookSirens and Jesse Nolan Bailey for giving me an ARC copy of the book in exchange for a fair review! In Amethyst, Rashell's brother is missing, and no one seems to care except her. She sends out a letter … Continue reading ARC Review — Amethyst

Book review – Cinderella Is Dead (Spoiler Free)

"I think sometimes we make the mistake of thinking monsters are abhorrent aberrations, lurking in the darkest recesses, when the truth is far more disturbing. The most monstrous men are those who sit in plain sight, daring you to challenge them." Title: Cinderella Is DeadAuthor: Kalynn BayronGenre: YA Fantasy/RetellingPages: 400 pagesPublication date: July 7, 2020 … Continue reading Book review – Cinderella Is Dead (Spoiler Free)

ARCs — What are they? And why do writers need them?

ARCs—advanced reader copies—are important in the publishing process for every writer. The one major thing to do before publishing a book is build hype. You want your readers to jump up and down with excitement for your upcoming book. Quite similar to how many people freak out every time Marvel releases a new trailer. And … Continue reading ARCs — What are they? And why do writers need them?

ARC Review — I Rise

Title: I RiseAuthor: Marie ArnoldGenre: YA FictionPages: 320 pagesPublication date: August 2, 2022  Thank you NetGalley for giving me an ARC of this book in exchange for a fair review! I'll start with my highest praise: I enjoyed this book more than The Hate U Give. I Rise is about a teenager—Ayo—dealing with racism and … Continue reading ARC Review — I Rise

Book review – Skyhunter (Spoiler Free)

"It is always the gentle ones I fear for the most, those willing to bare their hearts, who grieve for others and feel happy for others' happiness." Title: SkyhunterAuthor: Marie LuGenre: YA Science FictionPages: 371 pagesPublication date: September 29, 2020 I love Marie Lu's books, so of course I picked up Skyhunter. Skyhunter follows Talin, … Continue reading Book review – Skyhunter (Spoiler Free)

ARC Review — The Bone Way

Title: The Bone WayAuthor: Holly J. UnderhillGenre: Fantasy retellingPages: 162 pagesPublication date: June 26, 2021 I got an arc from NetGalley and Nyx Publishing in exchange for an honest review. Thank you both for that! And honestly? I enjoyed reading this story. The Bone Way has a great premise and starts off in the heat … Continue reading ARC Review — The Bone Way

Common writer mistakes #15

#15 — No sentence variation Sometimes, sentences start to stack up. When that happens, they can feel as if they're too similar to each other. In those spots, it's good to check how these sentences differ. Because if you're not careful, they can all look the same and feel bland. See what I mean? I've … Continue reading Common writer mistakes #15

Late birthday catch-up

Hello everyone! I was going to do a book tag for my birthday, but I’ve been swamped with family stuff and work. Which is good since my freelance editing business is making profit and progress. So, here’s a casual book update instead.  So far, I’ve read twenty-six books this year. The best ones have to … Continue reading Late birthday catch-up

Book review – Medusa (Spoiler Free)

"I have seen many different depictions of my sisters and me. Some are admittedly fairly accurate, whilst others are so far off the mark it is almost comical. The ones that make me laugh the most are where we are depicted as beautiful women, with snakes wrapped seductively around us. Honestly, people will try to … Continue reading Book review – Medusa (Spoiler Free)

To writers who fear the first draft

Dear writers who are afraid of the first draft, It's all right. As cliché as it might sound, we've all been there with a blank page hovering in front of us. Uneven plot lines. Characters with blue eyes one page and brown eyes twenty pages later. Ideas swarm around in our heads, but none make … Continue reading To writers who fear the first draft