Goal Check-Ins For 2019

Goal Check-Ins For 2019

We’re about halfway through 2019 and this is a great time for me to check in on my goals for the year. Sometimes as the months go by, it’s easy to lose sight of your goals, so I’m going to use this opportunity to remind myself what my hopes were back in January. I’m also hoping this will provide some motivation for me to catch up on the goals I’m behind on. So let’s take a look:

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Why I'm Not Writing This Week 7/12

Why I'm Not Writing This Week 7/12

Welcome to "Why I'm Not Writing." We all know that the only thing writers like doing more than writing is avoiding writing. So every Friday I list five things that have distracted me from my writing that week. 

I also encourage you to share with me what made you procrastinate this week by posting with #whyimnotwriting on Twitter, Facebook & Instagram, or share in the comments below. I'll feature my favorites with everyone here. 

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A Review of Spin the Dawn

A Review of Spin the Dawn

Project Runway meets Mulan in this sweeping YA fantasy about a young girl who poses as a boy to compete for the role of imperial tailor and embarks on an impossible journey to sew three magic dresses, from the sun, the moon, and the stars. Maia Tamarin dreams of becoming the greatest tailor in the land, but as a girl, the best she can hope for is to marry well. When a royal messenger summons her ailing father, once a tailor of renown, to court, Maia poses as a boy and takes his place. She knows her life is forfeit if her secret is discovered, but she'll take that risk to achieve her dream and save her family from ruin. There's just one catch: Maia is one of twelve tailors vying for the job.

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Why I'm Not Writing This Week 7/5

Why I'm Not Writing This Week 7/5

Welcome to "Why I'm Not Writing." We all know that the only thing writers like doing more than writing is avoiding writing. So every Friday I list five things that have distracted me from my writing that week. 

I also encourage you to share with me what made you procrastinate this week by posting with #whyimnotwriting on Twitter, Facebook & Instagram, or share in the comments below. I'll feature my favorites with everyone here. 

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A Review of The Channeler

A Review of The Channeler

Caleb Swift knows he’s a complicated guy. He sees the unseeable: winged beings that haunt both his dreams and his waking visions. He knows the unknowable: horrifying visions of countless unspeakable futures he feels powerless to prevent. And if that weren’t bad enough, these potent revelations might be driving him insane. Who needs that kind of trouble? Not Caleb. He’s doing his best to live a totally uncomplicated life, to ignore the visions of doom that hound him relentlessly. But no matter what he does, one particular vision still plagues him. The one with the girl. The girl who’s in mortal danger (or will be soon). The girl only he can save.

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Why I'm Not Writing This Week 6/28

Why I'm Not Writing This Week 6/28

Welcome to "Why I'm Not Writing." We all know that the only thing writers like doing more than writing is avoiding writing. So every Friday I list five things that have distracted me from my writing that week. 

I also encourage you to share with me what made you procrastinate this week by posting with #whyimnotwriting on Twitter, Facebook & Instagram, or share in the comments below. I'll feature my favorites with everyone here. 

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A Review of The Devouring Gray

A Review of The Devouring Gray

After the death of her sister, seventeen-year-old Violet Saunders finds herself dragged to Four Paths, New York. Violet may be a newcomer, but she soon learns her mother isn't: They belong to one of the revered founding families of the town, where stone bells hang above every doorway and danger lurks in the depths of the woods. Justin Hawthorne's bloodline has protected Four Paths for generations from the Gray-a lifeless dimension that imprisons a brutal monster. After Justin fails to inherit his family's powers, his mother is determined to keep this humiliation a secret. But Justin can't let go of the future he was promised and the town he swore to protect.

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Why I'm Not Writing This Week 6/21

Why I'm Not Writing This Week 6/21

Welcome to "Why I'm Not Writing." We all know that the only thing writers like doing more than writing is avoiding writing. So every Friday I list five things that have distracted me from my writing that week. 

I also encourage you to share with me what made you procrastinate this week by posting with #whyimnotwriting on Twitter, Facebook & Instagram, or share in the comments below. I'll feature my favorites with everyone here. 

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A Review of Romanov

A Review of Romanov

Anastasia “Nastya” Romanov was given a single mission: to smuggle an ancient spell into her suitcase on her way to exile in Siberia. It might be her family’s only salvation. But the leader of the Bolshevik army is after them, and he’s hunted Romanov before. Nastya’s only chances of saving herself and her family are either to release the spell and deal with the consequences, or to enlist help from Zash, the handsome soldier who doesn’t act like the average Bolshevik. Nastya has only dabbled in magic, but it doesn’t frighten her half as much as her growing attraction to Zash. She likes him. She thinks he might even like her. That is, until she’s on one side of a firing squad . . . and he’s on the other.

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Why I'm Not Writing This Week 6/14

Why I'm Not Writing This Week 6/14

Welcome to "Why I'm Not Writing." We all know that the only thing writers like doing more than writing is avoiding writing. So every Friday I list five things that have distracted me from my writing that week. 

I also encourage you to share with me what made you procrastinate this week by posting with #whyimnotwriting on Twitter, Facebook & Instagram, or share in the comments below. I'll feature my favorites with everyone here. 

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An Interview With Lynda Bouchard

An Interview With Lynda Bouchard

Lynda Bouchard is an original in a cookie cutter world of marketing. She has been working with, traveling with, advising and creating ‘outside-the-book’ marketing campaigns for high profile and emerging authors and publishers for over 20 years. She created a niche for herself in the publishing world by focusing on the Southern region. She’s the red M&M in a bowl full of brown ones. It’s a lesson for everyone.

Every story has a story – this is Lynda’s.

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Why I'm Not Writing This Week 6/7

Why I'm Not Writing This Week 6/7

Welcome to "Why I'm Not Writing." We all know that the only thing writers like doing more than writing is avoiding writing. So every Friday I list five things that have distracted me from my writing that week. 

I also encourage you to share with me what made you procrastinate this week by posting with #whyimnotwriting on Twitter, Facebook & Instagram, or share in the comments below. I'll feature my favorites with everyone here. 

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A Review of The Red Labyrinth

A Review of The Red Labyrinth

The massive labyrinth was built to protect Zadie Kalverstein's isolated desert town. Unfortunately, living in the maze's shadow makes her feel anything but safe. Even without its enchanted deathtraps and illusions, a mysterious killer named Dex lurks in its corridors, terrorizing anyone in his path. But when Zadie's best friend vanishes into the labyrinth-and everyone mysteriously forgets he exists- completing the maze becomes her only hope of saving him. In desperation, Zadie bribes the only person who knows the safe path through-Dex-into forming a tenuous alliance.

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Why I'm Not Writing This Week 5/31

Welcome to "Why I'm Not Writing." We all know that the only thing writers like doing more than writing is avoiding writing. So every Friday I list five things that have distracted me from my writing that week. 

I also encourage you to share with me what made you procrastinate this week by posting with #whyimnotwriting on Twitter, Facebook & Instagram, or share in the comments below. I'll feature my favorites with everyone here. 

North Carolina Wine Festival

Over Memorial Day weekend, I took a girls trip to the North Carolina Wine Festival. It was miserably hot and humid, so we didn’t get to enjoy the music and wine as much as we have in past years. But, before the heat stroke set in, we got to taste and buy some delicious wines.

Round Planet

My husband and I love nature documentaries and irreverent comedies, so this BBC show is perfect for us. Matt Lucas poses as a natural historian who’s fed up with his job. It’s hilarious and education and I highly recommend it to any nature documentary fans!

Inkedvoices.com Workshop

I know I’ve mentioned Inkedvoices.com before, but make sure you check this site out if you’re ever looking for a workshop group or critique partners. This month, I participated in a free workshop with other YA and MG authors and have some awesome recommendation to help me jump into the next round of revisions for my new novel.

Harvest Moon: Light of Hope

While doing a Target binge over the weekend, I saw a discounted copy of this game for Nintendo Switch. The Harvest Moon series on Gamecube was one of my favorite games when I was kid, so I could not wait to take the newest episode home to play. And since I bought it, I’ve been completely addicted. Seriously, I’ve done nothing this week except play this game.

Big Trip Next Week!

On Tuesday, I’ll be leaving for a girlfriends’ trip to Los Angeles. If you contact me in the next week or so, expect delayed replies, as I won’t be taking my laptop with me. I am able to help in case of emergencies, but will not be as readily available.

Why Aren't You Writing This Week? Share With Me Using #Whyimnotwriting To Be Featured In Next Week's Post

A Review of The Path Keeper

A Review of The Path Keeper

Can love ever be stronger than fate? What if every coincidence was a tiny miracle? What if our life was already mapped out before birth? What if someone had the power to change the path we were destined to follow? Ella hates her new life in London. She misses Spain and she's struggling to get over her past until she meets Zac. He has always loved her but he isn't meant to be part of Ella's story. Not this time. Not ever.
Little does she know that his secret is the one thing that will tear them apart and will force her to live in a world that no longer makes sense, a world more dangerous than she could ever imagine.

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Why I'm Not Writing This Week 5/24

Why I'm Not Writing This Week 5/24

Welcome to "Why I'm Not Writing." We all know that the only thing writers like doing more than writing is avoiding writing. So every Friday I list five things that have distracted me from my writing that week. 

I also encourage you to share with me what made you procrastinate this week by posting with #whyimnotwriting on Twitter, Facebook & Instagram, or share in the comments below. I'll feature my favorites with everyone here. 

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5 Ways To Network With Writers

5 Ways To Network With Writers

While writing is a very solitary activity, being alone all the time gets old FAST. Especially if you need help fixing a plot hole in your new book, or learn more about a certain topic, or navigating the crazy world of publishing. Having a group of writers who understand what you’re going through and want to help you is absolutely invaluable. So here are 5 ways you can find your new group of writing friends:

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Why I'm Not Writing This Week 5/17

Why I'm Not Writing This Week 5/17

Welcome to "Why I'm Not Writing." We all know that the only thing writers like doing more than writing is avoiding writing. So every Friday I list five things that have distracted me from my writing that week. 

I also encourage you to share with me what made you procrastinate this week by posting with #whyimnotwriting on Twitter, Facebook & Instagram, or share in the comments below. I'll feature my favorites with everyone here. 

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3 Ways To Create Memorable Characters

3 Ways To Create Memorable Characters

Creating memorable and believable characters for your short stories or novel can be the hardest part of the writing process sometimes. It doesn’t matter how amazing your plot is or how beautifully developed your setting is, without the right characters, your readers won’t feel connected to your writing and won’t want to keep reading. So here are three ways you can create amazing, well developed characters that your readers will fall in love with:

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