Wednesday, 18 January 2017

The Definition of Humanity

Be good to each other. Don't worry I'm still going to be visiting blogs. See you Friday and God Bless.

Monday, 16 January 2017

Monday MishMash: January 2017

Monday Mishmash is a weekly meme created by Kelly Hashway for sharing what's going on in your life and noggin. You just grab a button and post your business...I mean thoughts online. No biggie. Have fun!

1. Very excited that my fresh slate has helped my presence on social media. Participating in more chats and daily hashtag writing games is really helping me learn more and meet more writers.

2. I have been working on researching marketing better and what I'm learning is astounding.

3. With my fresh slate so far I'm preparing an entry for Kindle Scout, entering poetry in the local JCDC Literary Contest, preparing to send a few chapters of my MG manuscript to be critiqued by an agent (won a blog contest), working on my princess YA manuscript and my adult fantasy. That might sound like a mouthful but it is much more organized than in the past.

4. Have to work on reading more. I leave way too many books unfinished.

5. Still have three more episodes of A Series of Unfortunate Events to watch on Netflix. Plan to start The Crown soon. Peeked at the first few minutes last year but then got derailed.

Well those are my thoughts for this week. I feel super confident about 2017 and hope you are having positive thoughts as well. God Bless and see you on Wednesday.

Friday, 13 January 2017

Book Review: The Secret Life of a Witch and Thank You Giveaway Winner

Yes my dear readers today I'm finally back on the book review track. Today has us with a quick romp in fantasy. A novella can do that.

Summary from Goodreads: My name is Evalee, and I have a secret. I’m a witch.

Okay, maybe it’s not that big of a secret. At least not in Mystic Willow Bay where practically every paranormal creature lives.

Still, I have plenty of secrets. Like the fact that I suck at casting spells, which is a huge problem, considering I’m a witch. But I can talk to dead bodies and am secretly working on a spell that will hopefully revive my sister from the dead. Until I perfect the spell, I’ve hidden her body in the basement, something my parents are completely clueless about. 

I’m also in love with my best friend, Hunter, one of the most popular wizards in school and who’s completely out of my league in the dating department. 

But I’m not the only person in Mystic Willow Bay that has secrets. And some are way worse than mine. Like whoever has been stealing dead bodies from the morgue and the graveyard. For what reason, I don’t know, but I’m about to find out because they’ve stolen my sister’s body, and I need to get it back before I miss out on my chance at bringing her back from the dead.

Source: Bought on Amazon (Kindle)

Book Review

Evalee has it rough. Being able to speak to the dead, sucking at spells in a magical world and hiding your sister's dead body in order to essentially perform necromancy. While this might sound like compelling stuff, this novella is more of a fluff piece focusing heavily on Evalee's crush on Hunter, her college roommate who she had a crush on for years now. Throw in the dead talking (only on Evalee) body going missing and Evalee has to go in search of her deceased dead older sister with an overprotective Hunter in tow. Demons, hybrids and a boy from Evalee's past (who Hunter is naturally jealous of her knowing, at all) and you have typical fantasy fluff. Which I had fun reading.

Now don't get me wrong. I love the more intricate fantasies like The Throne of Glass series. But sometimes you want to just sit with a decent read and turn your brain dial down a couple notches. Still this book had some issues that I have to state.

1. The overprotective friend trope. Worse it is always a guy and one that the female MC crushes on. Sorry but when a guy wants to tell me how to eat, where to go, grabs my hand and refuses to let it go and I say so repeatedly.... Yeah we aint gonna be friends for long. Hunter was brought in as a nice supportive friend at first. But boy did this stupid trope turn him into a dick. One that Evalee forgave way too easily.

2. The other guy. Or possibly guys. The demon hybrid turned into a handsome guy at one point before running off so maybe he'll want to bang Evalee in the sequel. I don't know. The main one though was Evan. And he was actually a great character. Smart, kind, not clingy like all! In fact he kind of gave Hunter the side eye for his over protective behavior. Which everyone should! But it was obvious that he was brought in for a potential love triangle (or square if demon hybrid boy comes back)

3. The story was overall just average. There were so many ways this story could go. But the author clearly just wanted a regular NA with magic involved. And since she didn't go above and beyond to make this fantasy (and paranormal, I guess) story was not really that great. Sure you had wands. But then someone dropped them. Something shorted out. A demon hybrid petrifies you stiff then just lands an info dump and has a hot face with one of his transformations..... 

Like I said this book is fluff and a short fluff at that. At under a hundred pages it won't take all that long to read. I plan to continue this series since I enjoy the author's work and it cost just 99 cents per novella. But I would only recommend this book if this review makes you excited for it or you are already a Jessica Sorensen fan. A popcorn read at best. And yes, I have book two waiting to be read.

Rating: 3 Stars

Thank You Giveaway Winner

The time has come to name the winner. Nine entrants in all and picked...#1. Which just happens to be Alex Cavanaugh! See? It pays to be first in the comment section. Thank you to all who entered and Alex feel free to email me which book (one paperback or hardcover) or e-books (three maximum) that you want with the total cost not going over $20. Prizes will be sent out February 1st.

See you guys on Monday and God Bless.

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Waiting on Wednesday: Legion and Poetry Corner #1

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine that allows us to spotlight books we are eagerly anticipating to be released.

Strange enough this week's WOW I'm a bit hesitant to get too excited about. This is the fourth book in the Talon series and while I loved the first two, the third was a dud for me. Still I do have some anticipation for the upcoming book below and hope the cool blurb translates to me loving this series again. Please?

Summary from Goodreads: Dragon hatchling Ember Hill was never prepared to find love at all--dragons do not suffer human emotions--let alone the love of a human and a former dragonslayer, at that. With ex-soldier Garret dying at her feet after sacrificing his freedom and his life to expose the deepest of betrayals, Ember knows only that nothing she was taught by dragon organization Talon is true. About humans, about rogue dragons, about herself and what she's capable of doing and feeling.

In the face of great loss, Ember vows to stand with rogue dragon Riley against the dragon-slaying Order of St. George and her own twin brother Dante--the heir apparent to all of Talon, and the boy who will soon unleash the greatest threat and terror dragonkind has ever known.

Talon is poised to take over the world, and the abominations they have created will soon take to the skies, darkening the world with the promise of blood and death to those who refuse to yield.

Poetry Corner

I have been saying I plan to show case my poetry more and the moment has come. In this segment I'll be showing poetry. Whether by me or someone else, it is poetry time. The poem I'm sharing below is one from late 2010. Think I have advanced in my writing skills since then. I tried entering the mind of a deluded killer. Did I do it right?

The Last Walk

I climb the marble steps for my descent to hell.
No matter how loud the thunder gets.
I only think of that silver bell a top this great stony tower.
The thought of my mission makes my heart swell.

I’m ready to rain a bloody shower.
Upon the infidels below.
The ones in which the lies dwell.
How they smile their hellos.
Not seeing me set my guns above.
Soon their breathing will be shallow.
As I take down every fallen dove.

Thanks for stopping by. Friday I'll hopefully have book reviews up (if not then a different post instead) and announce the winner of the Thank You Giveaway. God Bless.

Monday, 9 January 2017

Netflix Nation: Trollhunters, Underworld Awakening, Van Helsing and Shadowhunters

Before I start I want to drop a quick thank you to all who were supportive on my friend's only Facebook post over the weekend. I had a hard time dealing with some financial set backs thanks to both health and freelance sales drop issues. It was great to see all the support that poured in. It is great to know when my cheer leading pep starts to dim...I have such lovely live pick me ups. Thanks.

Anyway unto another segment of Netflix Nation. Today I'm chatting about the latest shows I have watched on Netflix.

Watch period: December 17, 2016 - January 8, 2017

Honorable Mention: Re-watching Once Upon a Time Season 5, Teen Wolf Season 3 and last 3 episodes of The Shannara Chronicles.

Trollhunters (Netflix Series)

I had genuine fun with this one. Voiced by the late Anton Yelchin, Jim is a teenager who suddenly got tasked with the role of Troll Hunter. The first human who has to protect both humans and trolls a like from the evil of their kind. The evil trolls come in various forms and some are quite deadly. Add in the drama of the previous troll hunter's son being furious at not getting the mantle, you have one fun show to fill in your animated Netflix space. This is part fantasy, part action adventure, a mix of teen angst and a healthy dash of soap opera. Trust me when one of your enemies is making moves on your mother, that is a page right out of soap opera play book. But I won't spoil the show for you. There's enough butt kicking action and ridiculous new names and phrases to stick your tongue at. Guillermo Del Toro helped create an interesting world.

Rating: 3.5 Stars (4 on Netflix)

UnderWorld: Awakening (Movie)

Watched this last night only to prepare myself to watch Underworld: Bloodwars later this month. Tried on cable and it was unwatchable (barely looked for 10 min). With Netflix I'm able to pause and gauge myself. I enjoyed the first two Underworld movies and thought the third was decent. None of them are made to be the gold standard of cinema but they each have their charm. Sadly this movie in comparison lost a lot of it. Part of the reason I got into it was because it was so long since I've watched this series. I plan to marathon it at some point soon but on a whole this movie is only for those with nostalgia for the series or willing to try something new with no set expectations.

(My) Netflix Rating: 2 Stars

My Frank Rating: 1 Star (seriously, it was just such a nasty set up. Sci-fi time jump was stupid)

Van Helsing (Series)

In my anger about Dominion being cancelled on SYFY, I had no intention on supporting them much if at all. I decided to give this a shot out of curiosity. On a whole it is a crappy show with engaging characters. The actors save this dumpster fire by making you interested in what happens next. Aside from that it is just a cheap SYFY show to grab people's attention. Thank God they still have 12 Monkeys to try and pretend they make much more than schlock on that channel. Everything looks cheap and super low budget. Some scenes could be better done in fan made movies. Oh you want the plot? Van Helsing rip off staring a female version who just happened to be born when volcanic ash blocks the skies and lets vampires go out into the open. Yes I'm serious about that being the plot. Oh and she awakens from a coma and needs to find her daughter. Talk about sticking to the shallow end.

Rating: *Laughs* An old peanut - 1/2 Star for catching my interest to watch a whole season

Shadowhunters (Netflix and Freeform Series)

Oh heavens. How did I get addicted to this show? So much I find ridiculous but I had to watch Season 2 episode one soon after it hit Netflix. Why? Because I got dragged in that's why! Too many of us Mortal Instruments fans just wanted them to do a damn show already. The movie that stuck partly to the book tanked so instead we have this insane mash up. Still I am watching and enjoying it as I rebuke myself for watching such a ridiculous thing. But damn I'm having fun and want to re-watch some episodes from Season 1. Gone far since episode one where I left half way because I felt like I was getting an ulcer. Quite a spin you guys did with a Netflix drop that got me back in small doses. There is definitely some dark magic going on. Help me!

Netflix Rating: 2 Stars but I'm not to be trusted

So what do you think? Have you watched any of these shows? Do you have any recommendations on what I should watch next? Let me know! Thanks for coming by guys and I'll be announcing the winners of the Thank You giveaway Friday. God Bless. See you Wednesday. For real.

Wednesday, 4 January 2017

IWSG: January Co-Host and Monthly Question

Update January 5th: Sorry I won't be posting again until Monday. But I'll still be visiting blogs.

Please Note: 1. The winners of the annual IWSG Anthology Contest will be announced today.
2. My Thank You Giveaway ends on Friday January 6th. Click here to enter.

Happy New Year to all and welcome to 2017! IWSG has arrived and I'm happy to say that this month Alex Cavanaugh is the main host like always. This month I'm one of the co-hosts (Sheena-kay Graham). The rest of  January's co-hosting team includes Crystal Collier, Eva, Chemist Ken, LG Keltner and Heather Graham. Has to be a fine month when you get two Grahams at once.

Right now I'm not feeling any new insecurities so I'll stick with this month's IWSG question.

January IWSG Question: What writing rule do you wish you'd never heard of?

None. You read right. There's no writing rule that I regret hearing about or never wished to have come across. Why? Because as a child I had zero family support for taking on writing or anything art related as a career. If I got encouragement or better yet advice from others, I was grateful. I had to go a lot of this writing journey alone or with limited support before this very blog threw me into a world of love from writers and readers the world over. Sure I found some online support but none like what I've had since starting this blog. Everything I was able to glean or unearth has led me to this blessing. So why would I want to try and un-wish anything that I've learned? There's no turning back for me. I won't lie and say I've never had a regret or anything of the sort. But I know everything that has happened has led me to where I am now. A full time writer. Who cares if any rule, advice or person gave out something that didn't turn out peachy? I'm here and ready to roar. That's all that matters.

So I'll enjoy life and be there for others whether in support of writing or otherwise. Family is more than blood and this writing path has brought in some wonderful people into my life. I made the right choice and that's all that matters. I will be there for you when you need me. Just call. See you on Friday and God Bless.

Monday, 2 January 2017

Happy 2017 and Goal Hop Update

It is 2017 everybody! I hope it finds you in good spirits and ready to tackle the New Year. The flu has reared up again but I'm undaunted in spirit. Ready to tackle any and everything. 2016 was quite a year with it;s highs and lows. No book published but I'm advancing in my freelance writing life and finding it quite fulfilling. Book release dates are kaput as I focus on writing for my clients and privately working on my own work. Will let you know if any specific progress is made in the future. But never fear there will still be plenty to share in book reviews, movie/netflix/television posts, IWSG, promotions, hops/challenges, giveaways, other bookish things and etc. The times are a changing but I'll still be here to blog with my peeps. Much love guys.

Also I won an award and got a badge for my WEP post in December. Look at it! I'm so proud. Congrats to the winner and everyone who entered. You can see the winners here. Expect more poetry on this blog as I open up myself more. Squee!

Goal Hop Update: December 2016

Yup this is technically my December post but with Christmas and other things, I just thought it was better to post this now. I changed my goal to 30,000 words a month.

December results: Under 20,000 words

What I wrote: Wattpad fan fiction, Freelance Work, Poetry.

What I did though not for word count: Expand my freelance reach by signing up for five more sites in December. One of which seems very promising with applications made. Since these offers expire by the end of January, I'm very optimistic. Already in talks for one of them. Fingers crossed!

What I didn't do: Manuscript writing. Sorry just wasn't up to it in December and when the flu hit my priority was set on reaching more freelancing clients.

Writing plans this month: Continue expanding my freelancing, writing for both work and fun (hence getting back in fan fiction), manuscript writing, submitting to magazines again (poetry and short fiction) and poetry writing. Plus I'll be blogging but that's not in word count.

Thanks for stopping by. Remember the Thank You Giveaway is still going until Friday Jan 6. See you Wednesday for the first IWSG post of 2017. God Bless.