October Reading Review

Books are a uniquely portable magic.

~ Stephen King


This post is a little overdue, but here it is nonetheless! I made it through all six of the books on my list for October and enjoyed all of them!

Flying Changes: A Novel  by Sara Gruen

Overall, this was a great story. The issues between the characters were well played out and other than few parts, the equestrian side was well done too. It wasn’t my favorite horse story, but it was good. Pretty touching as well.

The Warrior Heir  by Cinda Williams Chima

This book was one I had seen and heard about from various places and was curious to read. I wouldn’t say that it was as great as everyone says, but it was quite good. I particularly enjoyed the mixing of historical events with fantasy and magic. I’m looking forward to reading the rest of the series.

The Hawk and the Jewel  by Lori Wick

I was looking for a nice romance in this book, and I definitely found it. This was my first book by this author and I enjoyed it well enough that there is at least one more of her books on November’s list. I do plan on writing a fuller review on this book, so look for it soon!

Of Triton  by Anna Banks

I read the first book in this series in September and enjoyed it. This one was nearly as good as Of Poseidon, but it didn’t leave me wanting more like that one did. I still enjoyed the characters and had fun reading the book. Great series!

Kiss by Ted Dekker and Erin Healy

This was my first book in this sort of genre (mystery, thriller, suspense, etc) and I was a little bit cautious going into it. Thankfully, it was a good one and I had a lot of fun reading it. About three-quarters of the way into it I got a bit confused with so many of the plot twists that I set it down for a few days, but the ending was worth it.

Poison  by Bridget Zinn

This was the last book I read in October and absolutely loved it! It was a really easy, fun read with lots of great humor, a dash of romance, and a great story. Totally recommend it!

What did you read in October?

The Most Overlooked Part of NaNoPrep (Which Could Actually Save Your NaNoWriMo)

Katharine Marie:

This is a great thing to remember, even when Nano isn’t in session!

Originally posted on The Sprint Shack:

What’s the most overlooked and under-appreciated part of preparing for NaNoWriMo? Straightening out your plot? Interviewing your characters? Stocking the cupboards with biscuits and several tonnes of tea?

Nope. It’s preparing your writing time for the long 50k slog.

It’s easy to get caught up in novel prep and that’s completely understandable–you’ll be spending 30 days living and breathing your story, after all–but don’t let it eclipse other important aspects of NaNoPrep, like planning out exactly when you’ll be writing this November.

Here are five easy steps to figuring out the ‘when’, the ‘where’ and the ‘how much’ of NaNoWriMo writing time.

How Much Time Do You Need?

How long does it take you, on average, to write 1667 words? Two hours? Three? More? Try a few practice runs in these last few days before November starts to get a feel for how much time you’ll need to dedicate to writing…

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I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.

~ Jimmy Dean



In the best interest of this blog, I decided a week ago to join in on the fun of Blogging 201, hosted by The Daily Post. The assignments began on Sunday and the first one had to do with making goals about what I want to accomplish with this blog.  It took some thinking, on my part, but I finally came up with three goals to focus on. By putting them up here for you all to see, its a way of holding myself accountable.

  • Reach 100 followers on both WordPress and Facebook by the end of 2014.
  • By October 31st, have an editorial and social media calender for November/December.
  • Leave at least 1 comment on another blog post every day.

All do-able goals that will contribute to my succeeding as an author and a brand. I’m looking forward to working on them!