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Book Release Jitters

Hello everyone!! Sorry for not posting last week... Last week was so busy... Wednesday was absolutely crazy. I felt like I was just go, go, go nonstop all day.

Anyways, so I have some big news... surreal news. Wayward is out!! It came out yesterday! :D The publication date really snuck up on me and I didn't realize how soon it was coming until this weekend when I realized I should really finish getting all the details finalized.

While I am extremely excited, there's nothing quite like the rush of publishing a book, I'm also worried. Nervous. Unsure. Afraid I guess... I love this book so much and it's been amazing hearing all the reviews and good things people have said about this book. It made me so happy to see how much people enjoyed the book and definitely has given me the confidence to not only continue the series but to get it done as quickly as I can.

But I also have a lot of expectations I've put on this book. Maybe I shouldn't have... I've never bee…
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My Fall TBR

Hello all!! Happy September!

I am so excited for the cool weather, to start wearing jeans and boots and jackets and being all cozy! Not to mention all the awesome books that are coming out this Fall!! I saw Nadine Brandes do this fun Fall TBR video on her Youtube channel and thought it would be fun to do something similar on here. :b

The Brink of Darkness by Jeff Giles:
I loved book one of this duology!😍 It was a surprise read I picked up from Barnes and Nobles and I devoured it within a week and instantly bought book 2. And then... I sort of got into Sullivan Gray and E.C. Farrell's Supernatural Reform School. So right after I'm finished with that book, I will definitely be reading this one. 
Tunnel of Bones by Victoria Schwab: 

Oooh a spooky book for Fall!! I don't normally read spooky books or books with ghosts or anything of the sort but... I make an exception for Victoria Schwab's middle grade series cuz I mean... it's Victoria Schwab and I love her writing so …

August Monthly Wrap-Up!

Happy Friday everyone! Sorry I've been so AWOL this month... I think I've just been so busy and haven't had time to remain as active on here as I would like. I'm thinking of just switching to posting on only Wednesdays and if something comes up for Friday then I will. Classes have started, Wayward released in September and I'm revising book 2 and working on a new WIP. It's going to be a busy month so we'll see how active I am on here.

Anyways, here's my monthly wrap up for August!

August Writing: I got so much writing done this month! I finished editing Wayward and I implemented most of my beta reader's feedback (I'm still waiting on one more). Today, if Amazon will allow it, I want to order my proof copy to make sure all looks well. I can't wait to hold this book in my hands!! I also finished book 2 of St. Croix Falls. That was a bit of a hassle to finish... I'm super happy with the way the ending turned out but the beginning and middle …

Guest Post: Emily Hayse

Happy Wednesday everyone!

So, today I'll be sharing a post from Emily Hayse, author of Seventh City as a part of her blog tour. Here's a little about the book and the beautiful cover:

“Let me tell you a story that happened so long ago that only the hills and rivers can remember the time . . . .”

All her life, thirteen-year-old Maki has heard tales of the legendary city of gold, buried deep in the northern frontier. But when her village is burned and her brother captured by cruel invaders, the legend becomes desperately real.
Armed with a wolf-dog and a heart of courage, Maki sets out on a journey that will demand all her strength and cunning. She is determined to bring her brother home at all costs. Yet as her quest leads her deep into a wilderness of ancient dangers, Maki realizes that even for her, some prices are too high to pay.

I loved getting to read about how Emily found the inspiration for Seventh City and I hope you do too! :)

Thank you for having me on your blog to…

Wayward Pre-Order!!

Hello everyone! Happy Sunday!

Guess what?? Wayward is up for pre-order now!! This is really happening, this book is really going to be out next month and I can't wait to share it with everyone. I started this year with a totally different book I was working on and a totally different plan on publishing and yet here I am, self-publishing yet again. No matter how many times I go back to traditional publishing and wanting to query, I always end up back here. Not because it's easy or fast. I keep going back to self-publishing because I like having complete creative control over my work. I like setting deadlines for myself and I like the community that comes with self-publishing. Its a lot of work and a lot of research and a lot of faith, but it's so worth it.

If you don't know much about Wayward here's a little about the book:

Mia Avery is a city girl through and through. She loves the hustle and bustle of the city and is perfectly content with her life there. So when h…

Editing Tips for Self-Published Authors

Happy Wednesday everyone! Sorry for the lack of posts last week... I was feeling majorly uninspired and unmotivated. I've also been dealing with a lot of anxiety lately and that's made it hard to focus on things, along with editing Wayward like crazy and researching promotional stuff and all that. I'm determined for Wayward's launch to be a success.

But anyways, since I'm at that phase of editing where you can't stand to read your book again and think it sounds horrible and is boring and awful, I thought I'd do a post on editing because why not? These aren't just for self-published authors. These can be for writers of all kinds and are just a few things I've picked up while editing Wayward.

Print it out! I know some people don't like to print their manuscripts out cuz it uses up a lot of paper but it is so worth it. For a while I would go to Office Max or Staples and have them print it out but it ended up costing too much money. Since then, I'…

July Monthly Wrap Up

Another month is over! To be honest, I was kind of ready for July to be over during the first week of the month. I'm not sure why... I guess I'm just ready for the heat to die down a little and for August to come. With August comes one more month till September when the cool weather rolls around. For some reason this year, July seemed to crawl by for me. All the other months went by super fast but this one... it sort of felt like it went on forever to me haha

July Writing: July was a great writing month! I am happy I had to July so I had time to work on Wayward. The cover was finished this month (which I am beyond excited about!) and I started working on book 2. I'm also contemplating making some changes in my future plans for Dragon Hearted... Honestly, I feel like I've hit a bit of a snag in writing the episodes. They just aren't flowing as well and I think that has something to do with the fact that I veered wildly off course from what I had originally started t…