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WEP 2016 Utopian Challenge and The Billionaire's Package Cover Reveal

As my last post for 2016 I think I have really set up an exciting post. You get both a post for the latest WEP challenge that pushes writers to create stories based off specific themes and a cover reveal for an upcoming novel. Pretty sweet I think.

The theme for December 2016's WEP challenge is Uptopian Dreams. Whether they up being a true utopia or transform into a nightmare is up to you. Click here to find out more or for list of participants. Below I share a poem about a very different type of utopia.

The Don

Gunfire, strife and poverty are all outsiders see.
When they hear of our vibrant community.
Little schooling yet some of us have more
in our homes than the middle class
who kill off themselves repaying student loans.
Working class is just a nice way to say poor.
But I 'The Don' say there is much more.

The clubbing, sense of loyalty, protection from police.
Always having someone in charge to dispense justice.
Outside you are all running wild.
With a government only i…

Getting Personal: The Year that was 2016

Well it's here folks. The second to last post that I'll be doing for 2016. I'm sure this year has brought both ups and downs for everyone across the globe. From the JLP winning the election and ousting the PNP in Jamaica early this year to the recent win by Donald Trump in United States presidential election. This year has brought on all sorts of surprises. Some joyous and divisive as shifts in government and as unfortunate and horribly as crime and acts of war/terror. No matter what it is up to each and everyone of us to chose. Rise or Fall. There is no in between. Not unless you like rolling around in misery without direction. Hell no from me on that.

I choose to rise.

Some people are like this right now.

Well my thoughts are very different. Why rise above later when I can just be on top right now?

Yup. I choose happiness. You hear me world! HAPPINESS!!!

And for anyone looking to quash my happiness. Dare try steal my joy? Well this is what you'll get in the name of Je…

Merry Christmas 2016 and Happy Holidays

Wishing everyone Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays. I will be blogging until the 21st (Monday 19th and Wednesday 21st) of December then taking a blogging break until January 2nd. I'll still be reading posts in between so I'll be with you in spirit.



See you on Monday guys. Remember the Thank You Giveaway (extended to Jan 6) and God Bless.

WOW: Now I Rise

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.

Today my WOW is the sequel to And I Darken. Kiersten is back again and the cover alone is stunning. How can I not be excited for this book? The blood and rivalry will be stupendous!

Summary (from Goodreads: Lada Dracul has no allies. No throne. All she has is what she’s always had: herself. After failing to secure the Wallachian throne, Lada is out to punish anyone who dares to cross her blood-strewn path. Filled with a white-hot rage, she storms the countryside with her men, accompanied by her childhood friend Bogdan, terrorizing the land. But brute force isn’t getting Lada what she wants. And thinking of Mehmed brings little comfort to her thorny heart. There’s no time to wonder whether he still thinks about her, even loves her. She left him before he could leave her.
What Lada needs is her younger brother Radu’s subtlety and skill.…

As We Know It Book Release and Mini Review

Today I'm happy to say that Carrie Butler's latest novel, As We Know It has been released. A disaster romance and Action/Adventure that will shake and turn you inside out. Carrie has been a blogger, writer and graphic artists for years now. This is not her first rodeo book release and you'll be thrilled to know the book is worth the wait. Don't go anywhere, there's more...

Book Trailer

Like what you see? Well scroll on down to see more!

As We Know It Novel

Purchase options: Amazon, Barnes&Noble, iTunes, Kobo, Smashwords.

Mini Review

The novel starts with Elena trying to get over an awful break up. Her best friend pushed her into going on a trip and rekindling the woman she used to be. The confident one who wouldn't let one man shatter her so badly. Little did Elena know that a pickpocket and a horrible earthquake were both on the horizon. Stuck in a disaster zone, it will take everything for both to make it alive and this disaster might just be what both need …

Gratitude and Thanks

Click here to read December IWSG Post

I just want to send a big thank you for all the support sent my way. After being hurt and venting it is important to heal and move on. Thanks for all those who have sent kind words helping that journey. No need to comment, see you all on Monday. God Bless.

RANT POST: Beware Review Rage (and Dishonesty)

Warning: This is a RANT. If you want my December IWSG post CLICK HERE.

I know I said I would be back on Monday but I had to make this post. In November  I bought a Halloween novella and read it. I thought the book was poorly done and after considering things left this rating on amazon.

I also left a review explaining why I thought it was poor. Yes it was tough but I thought the book was bad and left a review saying such. There was another review that was glowing though. So like in life everyone has their own thoughts on something. To date there a two reviews on this book. My two star and another reader's four star review/rating. I have no intention on changing my review in light of what happened. I have never back tracked on a review in my life. I won't start now. If you think I was harsh fine but please read on because I'm certain no reader/author I know would ever do what this author did in response.

But then I also did this review for another of her books. One that I th…

IWSG and Movie Love: Blockbusters, Dead Weight and Wild Cards of 2017. Hi Grace!

Welcome to another IWSG and today we are doing something special on this little blog of mine. Over the last few years I have been adding in my love of movies along with everything writing and bookish. Today we go full on and my only insecurity is how much fun you'll have. Kidding, this is going to be loads of fun. Long post though so strap in everyone! Oh and I curse a few times in this. Advance warning.

I will be listing top movies for 2017 (in my opinion) according to a set of lists. These lists were inspired by Grace Randolph, a Youtuber with both the Beyond the Trailer and Movie Math channels. She even recently also started selling merchandise as well. A busy lady and one of the most reliable when it comes to keeping me informed on Entertainment News. 

Grace Randolph
Me: Hi Grace! *Waves*
Note: You can come back and check out this new video featuring great Black Panther info. Read on.

Last year she had the special lists of Originals, Sequels and Wild Cards to show her thoughts…

The Mummy Trailer, GUARDIANS of the GALAXY Vol. 2 Teaser Trailer and Blacknerd Reacts

I'm planning a big IWSG this Wednesday combining both that and my movie post. Taking inspiration from a youtuber and bringing you something a little different. But in written form. Sorry but I'm not ready to go into the video world just yet.

So enjoy the trailers below. The trailer reaction at the bottom is by nerdy Youtuber Blacknerd who happens to have the same first name as my younger brother (Andre) and my sadly deceased cousin. Let me know what you think of these videos. See you on Wednesday for IWSG and God Bless.

Thank You Post: Giveaway Edition

Update: Giveaway extended until January 6, 2017.

Yes you read it right. My special post is a giveaway. After all these years I thought it would be a nice gesture. I believe I did one giveaway years ago. Now I'm back with another. Surprise!

1. You have commented before on this blog. Yes, I'm rewarding current readers and past visitors. Sorry newbies, this is for those who have been with me before December 2016.
2. Join Google Friend Connect. If you can't please state so and why. If you really can't join up using GFC, that can be forgiven as long as you explain why (even in simple terms like 'wonky internet' or 'annoying interface').
3. Comment on this post and let me know you want to enter. You have until December 24th and I'll announce the winner early January 2017.

What do you win?

A book of course that cost under $20. It can be paperback or Ebook. Amazon for The Book Depository. Whichever has the book and the most affordable shipping. S…

Cradle Rock is Coming and Goal Hop Udpate Nov. 2016

Hey guys, hope Wednesday is treating you well. Yesterday was my Birthday and I had a nice time at home relaxing. My parents decided to treat my stomach and I went to bed pretty stuffed and happy. All without having to go out. The life of a freshly 32 homebody.
Anyway today I'll be promoting Tara's new book coming out tomorrow December 1st and doing the goal hop. First up is Cradle Rock and just look at the cover and marvel at the beauty folks. This is the second book following Gabe the goblin and there is no question that adventure is on the horizon.  Also there's a giveaway and list of party hosts.

Gabe the goblin just saved his town Broken Branch Falls from splitting apart. He also revealed that humans--horrible creatures of myth and legend--may actually be part of their history! But seriously? Nah!
Now Ona, Gabe’s girlfriend, is headed thousands of miles away to Camp Cradle Rock for Spring Break seeking evidence of humans. Gabe knows better tha…

Birthday Celebration 2016

Tomorrow is my birthday and since I don't usually post on Tuesdays I'll just drop my celebration post here now. I had fun on Black Friday, not only because of all the ebooks I got (sorry digital movies) but I decided to venture out during Jamaica's sane sale version and bought a new phone. Finally I have a phone that can take pictures and go in the internet. But mostly take pictures at the theater to add to my movie posts. I'm a strange bird and no I'm not big on selfies. One of the first pictures I took of was....

Yup. I took a picture of my lunch. Don't worry I'm not one of 'those' people who take a picture of everything and posts it. But I just wanted to show off. Yeah, this is my 'being fancy'. Also took a picture of a few books on my TBR over the weekend and posted it on my critically lonely Instagram (less than 10 photos on that thing). Did I say I wanted to show off? Plus the author of Three Dark Crowns, Kendare Blake, liked and left …

Happy Thanksgiving and Black Friday

Yesterday for the United States was a special day and I hope all of you had a lovely Thanksgiving. Today in many countries is Black Friday. A day of deals and steals but IRL and online. I'll be sticking to the internet kind with Amazon. It will be the first time in two years where I won't be buying a physical book around Black Friday period. But I have already found multiple deals already and considering possibly taking up deals for digital movies as well. Two I thought rentals at best (have not bought digital before but planned to) are now half off between $7-$9. Way better than $15-$19 bucks a pop. Netflix will still be a big part of my online television and movie viewing of course. However I can finally start getting a few videos of my own to keep and digital is much more convenient than shipping DVDs. Plus the last time I went to the DVD section in Jamaica was years ago and when I saw those prices...I walked away. NO.

So all of you have a great day. I will be sitting by my…

Netflix Nation: My Recommendations

Hi guys, just dropping five recommendations of shows to watch on Netflix. Enjoy and see you guys on Friday. Thanks for coming and God Bless.

1. The Crown

2. Quantico

3. Once Upon a Time

4. Black Mirror

5. 12 Monkeys

Special Mentions: Luke Cage, Stranger Things, The Walking Dead.

Monday MishMash November 2016

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. Still going with Nanowrimo. Win or not I'm glad I started this novel.

2. Health fluctuating right now. A bad flu has collided with my exhaustion. Taking things very slowly.

3. Freelance work is on the move.

4. Reading a few books including novellas. Been picking up some interesting new reads through Facebook book events online. I buy books myself most of the time but decided to try and win a few kindle reads recently.

5. Plan to find time to start watching Netflix's The Crown. Been hearing good things.

6. Also Fantastic Beasts movie had a positive box office though the United States first week box office total did not beat Dr. Strange. The latter which I'm really hoping can pass 700 million if not 800. Plus, The Secret Life of Pets just knocked Batman v Superman out…

Movie Love: Beauty and the Beast 2017 and Kong Skull Island Trailers

This week had two marvelous trailers drop. Both are magnificent in their own way. I'll leave them here for you to take in and enjoy your weekend. God Bless.

Getting Personal: Writing Thoughts

But first a Special Announcement

Early 2017 will see me bringing to the author website! Yay! It will be on WordPress but don't worry. I will not be leaving Blogger. I'll have a separate blog there specifically for writing news and keep this as a personal blog. Where I'll also drop some writing news...yeah. So yes I'm moving forward on my writing journey and it's so exciting. I'm going to be getting a tagline and everything.

I have admittedly been going over lately on branding and how to frame myself. At the start of my blogging journey I thought I'd just write fiction (in young adult of course) and have my poetry too. As time has passed however. I have come to realize that I am so much more than one genre. As a teen while I finished a young adult based novella with Nichelle Harper (and another that sadly disappeared when the teacher I lent my little masterpiece left and forgot to give it back. I still have unfinished drafts though. That was s…

Special Announcement

On Wednesday. Keep trucking everybody. God Bless.

Writing Bunker

See you guys on Monday. God Bless.

Monday MishMash November 2016

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. Over the weekend there was a lot of talk on twitter about a certain 2017 release YA with overtones that were considered very racist or prejudiced. Word of warning. If you make your fictional characters in any way based off or similar to marginalized people in the real world...prepare to get blasted if you do it in a way that offends them. Especially when your book allegedly has potential 'white savior' syndrome. That really needs to stop. NOW.

2. Writing will be a big thing this week. With Nano going on and freelance orders...time to work.

3. I'm going to start watching shows on Netflix again. Just need to schedule things so I'm not still writing at night. I missed you.

4. Read at least two books this week. I keep starting and stopping with books of late. That needs…

IWSG: Nanowrimo

Please Note: I published this post but for some reason blogger didn't post it. It's up now (11:35 a.m. Central Time - Jamaica) instead of early Wednesday Morning. Sorry.

Welcome to another IWSG hosted by the lovely Alex and his ninja hoard of helpers. What am I doing this month? Take a wild guess.

You guessed it! I'm doing Nanowrimo this month. It's a Young Adult retelling and I'm excited to be doing it. My insecurity this month would be whether I finish or not but this month I'm taking on the jedi motto.

I'm doing it, not trying. Either I write 50,000 words or I don't. Which is why I sure as hell will! So here's to getting my first win at Nanowrimo and enjoying myself no matter what.

God willing I will be there for Nanowrimo 2017 as well. Thanks for stopping by and what are you doing this month? Oh and November 29th is my birthday! YES! Ooooh and Black Friday is this month and Jamaica doesn't go United States insane over it so I can safe…