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If only I'd known what that meant, I would have known who this man was. The Skull King. A man more cruel and ruthless than my own husband. I thought I would finally be free, finally get my life back. But Balto has other plans for me. Now I'm his prisoner. He'll keep me and enjoy me as long as he wants. Until Lucian gives him back the Skull Diamond. I never want to return to Lucian again, not after being with a man like Balto.
The only chance I have is to become more valuable than that diamond, to have Balto want me enough not to trade me back to Lucian. But can I ever compete with a diamond worth billions? He pledges to fight for me until I'm free. But as the weeks pass, freedom isn't as appealing as it used to be.
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This place has become my home. This man is my home. I'm not sure if I'd ever want to leave Skull 1 - 3 by Penelope Sky. Elisabeth has known that as long as she has known anything. If provoked, they transform into grotesque monsters of ink and leather. She hopes to become a warden, charged with protecting the kingdom from their power. With no one to turn to but her sworn enemy, the sorcerer Nathaniel Thorn, and his mysterious demonic servant, she finds herself entangled in a centuries-old conspiracy.
Not only could the Great Libraries go up in flames, but the world along with them. For Elisabeth has a power she has never guessed, and a future she could never have imagined. Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson. Brielle Winters pinned post 4 Jun at am. The rich. The well connected. Eden Warren is none of those things. When Hope goes missing, Eden makes a last-ditch effort to find her by going to Hawk, her enemy and the leader of the K-Boys, for help. Sparrowood Academy is filled with darkness. Why the K-Boys and Eden are giving a shot for a world class education among the spoiled and privileged.
Secondborn Series by Amy A. Secondborns are the property of the government. Thirdborns are not tolerated. Long live the Fates Republic. On Transition Day, the second child in every family is taken by the government and forced into servitude. Roselle St. Now her decision to spare an enemy on the battlefield marks her as a traitor to the state. But Roselle finds an ally—and more—in fellow secondborn conscript Hawthorne Trugrave. As the consequences of her actions ripple throughout the Fates Republic, can Roselle create a destiny of her own? Or will her Fate override everything she fights for—even love?
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Secondborns kneel in servitude. Thirdborns face death. And Census shadows them all. Secondborn Roselle St. Sismode was pressed into military service to battle the rebel uprising threatening the society that enslaves her. The deadly war of intrigue between her new masters and her ruthless family is but one conflict challenging Roselle. Sismode is many things: victim of a conspiracy, unwilling host of an ever-evolving mind algorithm, spy for a rebel army, and heir to the Fate of Swords.
When the opening ceremonies erupt in chaos, Roselle is abducted by a sadistic agent with a diabolical plan: transform Roselle into a mind-controlled assassin to topple society. But a rogue scientist has implanted Roselle with a genius technology that is far more powerful. It renders her untouchable. And maybe immortal. Racing against time with a determined resistance group, can Roselle overthrow the forces of destruction and reclaim the most valuable of commodities—her humanity? Secondborn Secondborn 1 by Amy A. Traitor Born Secondborn 2 by Amy A.
Rebel Born Secondborn 3 by Amy A. Brielle Winters pinned post 1 Jun at pm. Bodyguards with fangs. Paparazzi everywhere I turn. Dates with an overbearing Demon. I hated it all. So when the opportunity to attend Academy reared its head, I jumped at the chance. I could hide there, blend in with all the other beautiful beasts and try to ignore my bodyguard.
I wanted normal I craved boring. But fate has a shitty sense of humor, way worse than mine. So when I find a body in the middle of my bedroom on my first night there Getting expelled. And to prove my innocence I have to find the real killer in a school full of monsters. Fangs, fur Oh, and the Wolves.
Three gorgeous Wolves who make my dead heart come to life. Judas, Bond But as classes begin, yet another creature stumbles into my room in the dead of night. And he leaves behind a bag filled with diamonds. Darkness moves through the halls at Bestias Academy. A new threat makes itself known. My world becomes three things. Diamonds, Demons and death Brielle Winters pinned post 1 Jun at am. The town of Patience is home to the privileged, the elite, and the ruthless. Everything Juliet is not. With it comes a decades long mystery about a hidden family fortune. But if Juliet wants to claim the treasure her grandfather left behind, she must survive a dangerous game of cat and mouse with four boys that are equally as hot as they are cruel.
Not everyone will survive. There are two types of people in Patience: The sinners. And the pawns. Sinners is the first book in a series of full-length reverse harem high school bully romances. Some scenes portray subject matter that may be difficult for some readers. Enjoy at your own risk! Sinners Pawns of Patience 1 by Cassie James.
The Dick Squad. The three boys who made my life a living hell growing up. My memories burn, and I want nothing more than to destroy them the same way they destroyed me. Breaking their hearts should be easy. Protecting mine might not be. This is a bully reverse harem novel, containing some dark themes, including self-harm and suicide. Spite by Candace Wondrak. Brielle Winters pinned post 31 May at pm. I've endured being the bad gal in the room. But never did I expect to be forced to attend an academy full of power-hungry delinquents.
Expand text… Born with powers far too great to control, I ended up homeless at eight years old. With my family gone, I lived on the streets, learning quickly that the world was just as cold as my beating heart. Because I carry all eight magic elements, enemies sought me out from every dark corner. Now that I'm eighteen, Alaric is insisting that I attend the academy. My only goal is to learn just how powerful I am and breeze through the next four years. Find what works for you. Let that motivate you.
Had your heart broken? Lost a job? Grieving a loss? Been depressed? Harness that raw emotion and make it bow to your will. Draw on those experiences—the good and the bad especially the bad —and douse your writing with real and complex situations and reactions. This raw aspect of the human experience will make your story immersive and compelling, resonating with readers. Like Shakespeare living by his pen, waiting for the beguiling Muse to whisper iambic verse into his ear.
But Shakespeare likely knew the score—he was prolific as all hell. Go and grab it by the balls. No sooner have we started one shiny new project do we have another idea beckoning at our writerly door. Ignore it. Send it to voicemail. A finished novel. So get writing. Create an idea bank and store that shit up. Treat it like a savings account and only dip in when you need to. Hell, marry it! And be faithful. See it through. Completion is key. Yes, there are approximately 49 trillion rules out there for writing.
By all means, learn some of them. But by no means do you HAVE to adhere to them. Do whatever works for you and for the story you have to tell. Then perfect it. Outside of grammar, punctuation, being well-read, and having a fierce grasp of language, there is no real rule to the art of self-expression. What writing tips have worked for you? Which of them will you never get on board with? Let me know in the comments. A Darker Shade of Magic has such a promising and intriguing premise. Parallel magical versions of the city of London? A mysterious magician of sorts who can walk between these worlds?
Sign me up! A Darker Shade of Magic is, without a doubt, creative and original, but there was something about the story itself that, for me, lagged in more than a few places. While the concept of it is compelling, I found myself trudging through passages, waiting for everything to begin. So much of it felt like a history lesson rather than a direct link to the characters in that present time and because of this, it lacked tension and suspense.
That said, once these stones of history have been laid, the magic of the story finally filters through. We finally get to see real connections between the characters—and those characters are well-drawn. But Holland is by far the most intriguing character for me. The many mysterious details of the world are beguiling, rivalling the likes of the Harry Potter world, albeit on a smaller scale. And the distinctive feeling conjured up within each separate London is brilliantly executed, as is the description of magic.
While I enjoyed it and can appreciate certain elements, there was something about it that kept me removed from the story despite wanting the opposite. Perhaps book two and three will resonate with me a little better, having already set up the worlds in which Kell lives in book one. Kell is one of the last Antari—magicians with a rare, coveted ability to travel between parallel Londons; Red, Grey, White, and, once upon a time, Black.
Kell was raised in Arnes—Red London—and officially serves the Maresh Empire as an ambassador, traveling between the frequent bloody regime changes in White London and the court of George III in the dullest of Londons, the one without any magic left to see. After an exchange goes awry, Kell escapes to Grey London and runs into Delilah Bard, a cut-purse with lofty aspirations. She first robs him, then saves him from a deadly enemy, and finally forces Kell to spirit her to another world for a proper adventure.
Now perilous magic is afoot, and treachery lurks at every turn. But you know what I love even more than lists? I could build a throne of all the books I own. I could crawl up into a fort made of books and lose myself in fiction for days.
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Have I made my book fetish clear yet? You get it, right? I love books and lists. I can stop banging on about it now. Specifically, the BEST books, and not just any books but the best fantasy books. Now, I could no sooner choose a favourite genre or book than I could choose between Ian Somerhalder, Johnny Depp, and [insert your favourite eye candy here]. I want them all—all the men; all the books. Mr Sanderson is a damn sight more eloquent than this.
See my additions at the bottom. A loose retelling of Beauty and the Beast but with intriguing mythology and a beautifully vivid nature-based magic system. See full review: Uprooted. See full review: A Discovery of Witches. Original storytelling with Russian elements, the Grisha Trilogy is rich with detail and depth.
The fleshed out world is refreshingly unique in both setting and story, and is centred on an orphan girl who is thrust into power and magic. A wonderful weaving of fiction and fact, set around the Salem Witch Trials and centred on a girl called Mary as she discovers who she really is and how to survive in her threatening world.
Immersive and bewitching and unputdownable. See full review: Book One: Witch Child. Technically an action-packed paranormal series with witty, kick-ass vampires but with enough magic particularly in the fourth book to pass as fantasy. Easily my favourite vampire from one of my favourite authors, this crackling punny! I visit this land on a basis far too frequently to be considered healthy or sane. Luciana is a powerful witch: independent and wilful as she is strong. But when she is chosen by the Duciti to conceive an Immisceo witch to use as a weapon against Amara and her Outcasts, she has but two choices: obey with her freedom or without.
When her Immisceo son is kidnapped, she will stop at nothing to get him back. Nathaniel was born to the streets, then raised in an environment one rung down from captivity. Guarded by his older brother, he seeks freedom and adventure from his restrained life. Meeting Luciana will grant him one of these and will set him on a path which will test his ties of blood and love. His life has been predetermined by those who would harm him, and Luciana must now right the wrongs she has dealt her son and save him from his fate—but at what cost?
Read the first three chapters now. What are your all-time favourite fantasy books? I desperately wanted to love A Court of Thorns and Roses. Feyre is an underwhelming main character. She knows the name of ten different shades of blue. The Beast—Tamlin—should have had the potential to make me swoon. Lucien on the other hand is a great character—and Rhys is even better. Both Lucien and Rhys have far more depth, and their complexities add intrigue. The author does a good job of setting up the world of the Fae. There was a little too much exposition for my personal liking, with side characters who served little purpose other than the relaying of important information to the protagonist.
I loved the different creatures of the world and I liked the setup of the various Courts with their corresponding seasons and magic. I also liked the simmering romance between Tamlin and Feyre. When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin—one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world.
But an ancient, wicked shadow grows over the faerie lands, and Feyre must find a way to stop it. Hello, Past Me. Growing up. Discovering so many versions of yourself that you cannot fathom who you actually are. So you took the easy route and have begun to reflect what you believe people want to see in you but these versions conflict with one another. They rub up against each other like pieces of flint and we all know what happens then.
You want—so badly—to fit in, to measure up, to be loved and like a chameleon, you change your outer self to suit your present environment, your present company, your present need. And everything you perceive as hard will get that much harder, become that much more difficult to make sense of. And when you face it, when you finally discover what drives you, what matters to you above all else—and you will, as unbelievable as it seems now—everything will fall into place. But finding out what you desire and owning that desire is the first step to building it for yourself.
It will feel as though the opposite is happening, of course. But know this:. Despite feeling weak, you will somehow find the strength to keep standing, and the pain you feel will give you insight and understanding. It sounds like a steep price—and it is—but without it, you would not have half as much self-awareness or empathy or compassion. Maybe we all spend our lives thinking we know how far we can be pushed while underestimating our resilience. You are resilient. You can withstand the storm. The sun will shine again. Ruin and Rising , the final book in The Grisha Trilogy, wraps up the series in a neat little bow.
The story picks up right where we left off in book two and Alina, Mal, and their band of misfits have yet another dilemma to get out of and one last amplifier to track down. I loved the friendships that developed in this book and both major twists in the book were heartrending and superbly written. The ending is… a happily-ever-after, I guess, if bittersweet. And yet—call me deranged—I longed for more. I longed for something else entirely. I longed for a completely different scenario—with the Darkling.
So, while the series was wonderful and I enjoyed it immensely, the ending leaves me dissatisfied and a little disappointed. The capital has fallen. The Darkling rules Ravka from his shadow throne. Deep in an ancient network of tunnels and caverns, a weakened Alina must submit to the dubious protection of the Apparat and the zealots who worship her as a Saint. Yet her plans lie elsewhere, with the hunt for the elusive firebird and the hope that an outlaw prince still survives.
The Damsel in Distress has certainly screamed her last plea for help, and we hear a lot about Kick-Ass Females in both book and movie culture. I love a heroine who can fight her way through a room full of henchmen with nothing but a… nail file as much as the next person. Totally kidding. Or acknowledgement of a fatal flaw and the overcoming of it. Or belief in something no one else believes in and a willingness to stand up for the cause anyway—and triumphing.
You get the picture right? There are more and more women owning their physical capabilities as genderless and in their own right but for the longest time, this type of strength was measurable by comparing it to that of a man. Physical strength was and sadly in some pockets of the world, still is viewed as a primarily masculine trait or ability. And this type of strength is but one of many examples. But once again, it emphasises the divide between genders. For me, this type of strength, the kind which is definitive by character alone, is ten times more liberating.
She pursues her goals with a steely yet poignant determination to the height of success then finally an arrangement with the man she loves. It also tears away from us all but the things that cannot be torn, so that afterward we see ourselves as we really are, and not merely as we might like to be. She is resilient yet pure. Time and time again, I expect her faith to waver but she thrives beneath her misfortunes and comes out the other side stronger than ever with a wider understanding and acceptance of herself and the world she lives in.
To wonder. To ask. And that in wondering bout the big things and asking bout the big things, you learn about the little ones, almost by accident. But you never know nothing more about the big things than you start out with. The more I wonder, the more I love. She was not afraid to be who she was even under the scathing eye of society.
Then, when her prejudices came to light, she readily acknowledged them, admitted and owned her errors, and ultimately overcame them. My courage always rises at every attempt to intimidate me. She is not afraid to be the odd one out or stand for causes she deems worthy. By embracing and nurturing her smarts and ambition, she saves the day over and over. She is the glue that holds the Dashwood family together and although her practical approach leaves her wanting when it comes to matters of the heart, eventually, she strikes a balance within herself and takes a risk. Though she does find happiness, her inner struggle to open up is long and achingly tender, made more poignant by the contrast of her strength and wisdom in all other matters.
All the women in this book have strength in their own way. For me, Beth stood out for her unwavering compassion but Jo is my favourite. A little like Elizabeth Bennett, Jo is confident and candid and feisty; she is stubborn and leads with her passion—be that of heart or mind—and despite everything thrown at her, her strength is embedded in the fact that she remains true to who she is throughout.
Her strength is in her determination. Tolkien, The Return of the King. Her strength is in defying and overcoming the base instincts of who she has become in the horrific dystopian world she lives in. Instead of succumbing to her natural urges, she embraces the humanity within her despite the extreme odds and in doing so, proved to both herself and those around her that strength of will can save us all if we have the nerve to risk everything. Everything is always both.
But you have to open it to find that out. Carey, The Girl with All the Gifts. Which strong female characters are on your favourites list? What strengths do you value? Siege and Storm is five-star worthy storytelling. Book two trumps book one. The pacing is faster, more thrilling and intense; the world building is still luxuriously detailed but more subtle and controlled, and the characters breathe with life.
Alina steps up in this book and we get to see her embrace who she is. She possesses a newfound strength in this book and she wears it well. I love the rising conflict between her and Mal. I love the addition of chameleonic Nikolai. I love the intriguing but sinister allure of the Darkling. In short, I loved this book. Even more than the first. Darkness never dies. Hunted across the True Sea, haunted by the lives she took on the Fold, Alina must try to make a life with Mal in an unfamiliar land. She finds starting new is not easy while keeping her identity as the Sun Summoner a secret.
The Darkling has emerged from the Shadow Fold with a terrifying new power and a dangerous plan that will test the very boundaries of the natural world. With the help of a notorious privateer, Alina returns to the country she abandoned, determined to fight the forces gathering against Ravka. Somehow, she will have to choose between her country, her power, and the love she always thought would guide her—or risk losing everything to the oncoming storm. Life is full of lessons. It would have saved me time. There are a million reasons not to try.
What if you fail? Success is rooted in taking chances. You may not get it—nor do you need it. Instead, take steps to get to where you want to be. Do the work. Family, friends, and society in general, all have an ideal when it comes to how we should be living. But do it anyway. If you want something that is seen to be outside of the norms, this response is inevitable.
Just remember: no one else can or should determine what you do with your time or your life. Fear of failure or even mind-blowingly fear of success can cripple you. Acknowledge the fact that fear is an absolutely routine factor when undertaking something new. Changes are inevitable. Changes—be it changes within yourself or someone close to you, or even changes in your circumstances—can leave you feeling lost or have you hankering for the past like a nostalgic dreamer.
The past is gone. Treasure your old memories but allow yourself to make new ones. With adulthood comes a liberating sense of self that can override that need. Embrace who you are and nurture your individuality. Carve your own path. The World of the Grisha is rich with culture and magic. From page one, Shadow and Bone is enchanting—full of wonder and originality in the midst of a new, exciting setting rife with intrigue and danger. Then, for me, the story lagged with too many chunks of scene setting and description and I found myself disconnected with the characters. This momentary lapse was short, however.
On coming back to it, the story gathered pace.
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Alina met new people, she struggled with training, she came into her strength, then made some plot-twisting discoveries. I was hooked once more and the initial overdone descriptive style gave way to a sprinkling of original world building amidst an intriguing plot line. The rest of the book is brilliantly written and I devoured the final two-thirds in one sitting. Alina is like most YA protagonists. She begins her journey as a somewhat weak average teenager and finds herself and her power along the way.
She is innocent and naive but also likeable and believable, and by the end of this first book, she shows enormous intelligence and courage. I love Mal. A letter to Alina. Note the quote marks, please. Yet, my favourite character by far, is the Darkling. Surrounded by enemies, the once-great nation of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a swath of near impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh. Now its fate may rest on the shoulders of one lonely refugee. Alina Starkov has never been good at anything.
But when her regiment is attacked on the Fold and her best friend is brutally injured, Alina reveals a dormant power that saves his life—a power that could be the key to setting her war-ravaged country free. Wrenched from everything she knows, Alina is whisked away to the royal court to be trained as a member of the Grisha, the magical elite led by the mysterious Darkling. Yet nothing in this lavish world is what it seems.
With darkness looming and an entire kingdom depending on her untamed power, Alina will have to confront the secrets of the Grisha. The first book in the Immisceo series is finally out! The writing in Immisceo Taken is crisp and lean. It flows from one episode to another like in a good movie. Good luck! See the giveaway details at Goodreads. Enter Giveaway. Stay tuned for upcoming snippets.
The Scarlet Thread is fast-paced and utterly compelling, and more than that, it is steeped in rich Greek mythology.
Kaidance has the gift of the Fates. She spends years of her life detesting who she is. She is strong but she is unaware of her full potential. Still, she is refreshingly proactive. I love her voice. The characters are intriguing and their true identities are sprinkled throughout the story in a way that makes this book impossible to put down. The story is layered and compelling, centred not just on Kaidance but also that of a centuries-spanning war.
My name is Kaidance Monroe, and sometimes when I touch people, I see how they die. Not my fingertips, not my skin, not my heart. Just before I turned 18, I got a visit from a cute guy, who tricked me into giving up my secrets. I barely escaped with my life. Certainly not my would-be killer. And I never imagined how far he would fall. Writing a book is a long, hard process often requiring nothing more than imagination and sheer determination to see your story through to completion.
If you have this outlook, great. Oh, and more editing. And unfortunately, there are a million ways in which it can go wrong during the process. Happily, we live in the digital age and have access to some amazing resources and tools for writers. From the initial spark of an all-new brilliant idea through to getting your books into the hands of readers, there are millions of websites offering information on how to tackle it all.
Sometimes, the range of information is more overwhelming and contradicting than it is helpful. There are a ton of sites and tools for writers out there, claiming to change the way I write or publish or market my work. This list is broken into two sections: Tips for Writers and Tools for Writers. I hope some of you will find them useful too. Nathan Bransford is a writer and former agent. His blog is a one-stop motherlode of writerly advice, from how to outline and plan a novel to the dreaded task of agent-querying and publishing.
He tackles both routes: traditional and self-publishing, offering insight into the overwhelming task that is putting your book out into the world. I highly recommend his book How To Write a Novel — read a review here. The Creative Penn is another treasure trove of resources.
Joanna Penn also has several books available both non-fiction and fiction and runs a podcast with helpful interviews. I recently read The Successful Author Mindset which is a book on overcoming some of the inevitable obstacles as a writer and found it to be inspiring. This website was my go-to for book formatting tips. Until reading several posts on how to professionally format a book both paperback and digital , I never knew just how many ways there are to get it wrong.
He points out that covers should make an emotional impact, which is not new information, but it IS something I initially overlooked, even as an avid reader. His site is packed with tips and secrets on cover design, publishing, and writing, and a primary feature is the innovative marketing advice. When Nick Stephenson explained funnel marketing, I felt for the first time that I had hope. Not that those methods are inherently wrong or pointless, but put simply, building an email list and gaining a wider readership go hand in hand. Nick explains this in a way that made sense to even a marketing noob like me.
This is because the tool in question and one of the best writing tools out there is downloadable software as opposed to an online site. There is a discussion entirely dedicated to this marvellous program here: Is Scrivener Any Good? Spoiler: Yes. For a list of other helpful tools for writers, keep reading. Need a writing boost? Writing might well be a joy for most of us, but it can still be hard to keep the momentum going day after day after day.
This site gives you extra incentive. Is it silly? You get one badge for a daily streak. You get more if your streak is longer. Add to that, this site offers a distraction-free interface on which to write. No buttons, no links. Just white space for you to fill with unfiltered words. The site also analyses your daily writing, including how you write, how often you got distracted, words-per-minute, feelings and themes, and a bunch more.
You can also export everything you write to a text document. Ever stuck for the perfect word? OR you could turn to your trusty thesaurus. But this nifty little search tool might be able to take it a step further. You type in a word or a phrase and voila! It can be a bit hit and miss, but hey, desperate times….
More than a basic spell checker, it does live up to the hype. Whilst no replacement for a human proofreader, it does detect most grammar, punctuation, and of course spelling issues, whilst doing double-duty as a thesaurus as well. Perfect for cleaning up those drafts at the end of a couple of rounds of edits if only to avoid having to read your manuscript yet again. You can also add the extension to Microsoft Word. This free online tool allows you to chart your daily progress not just in November, but every month of the year. It has a clever function that allows you to change your pacing—Bite the Bullet mode for those writers who like to get their words down in big chunks before the momentum wears off, or Oscillating mode for alternating heavy and light workloads.
Ever wanted to produce perfect images with your own branding and unique flair? Without having to wrangle the beautiful monster that is Photoshop and without producing something that looks like your cat went nuts inside the Paint program? If yes, go sign up with Canva for free.
There are templates available for everything from blog post banners to social media images all in the correct size for each platform and even basic book covers. Remember the days when scattered thoughts on Post-It notes gusted around you like a personal mini cyclone? Me neither. These days, every wish and whim and million-dollar idea can be typed into remarkable programs like Evernote, a program designed for use on the web, or on your computer or mobile devices.
It stores every note as a drag-and-drop document which you can store in separate notebooks or even notebook stacks but it does this on a single screen. The organisation level of this app is brilliant—it updates your notes on the fly. There are several apps out there offering similar functions, right down to the standard notes app on your smartphone, but for me, Evernote takes the cake. My personal favourite read: could-never-function-without-it. For me, this tool is my go-to for ideas, reminders, appointments, and obviously tasks to do, so for me, Todoist does double duty as a calendar.
It allows you to create projects, even a hierarchy of projects if your little heart desires, and each task can also contain sub-tasks if needed. I use mine for everything from blog scheduling, marketing, and writing tasks to the more mundane like domestic errands yawn. My favourite function within the app is the ability to add recurring tasks by simply typing a short command.
For example, I can type: schedule book review ev second tue. This simple addition on the end will set my task as recurring for every second Tuesday of every month. Handy, right? I used to think that keeping a to-do list was redundant—that in the time it takes to list something, I could have finished it.
Keeping a task list helps you put everything you need to do out of your head, allowing you to focus on one thing at a time. I hope some of these tools for writers will prove as useful for you as they are for me. The Successful Author Mindset is as insightful as it is inspiring. It is so inspiring in fact, that it might actually be a hug disguised as a book. There are days when this is all I can hang on to. More than that, though, The Successful Author Mindset is, as the title suggests, a book that maps out and offers guidance on some of the inner pitfalls of writer life—common writer problems such as the need for validation, creative block, and the infamous champion of them all: self-doubt.
But this book is not a book of tips. Instead, this is a much-needed look at the journey of a writer—and the inevitable trials along the way. We have to learn to self-validate, to understand that the writing process is the point, rather than the reception of our work or the rewards that may or may not come. We need to nourish ourselves with the practice of creation.
Some of us are lucky enough to be confident about ourselves and the work we create. For the rest of us, thankfully, there are books like this one. Being a writer is not just about typing. But actually, they are part of the creative process, and every author goes through them too. This book collects the mindset issues that writers experience, that I have been through myself over the last nine years, and that perhaps you will experience at different times on the creative journey.
Each small chapter tackles a possible issue and then offers an antidote, so that you can dip in and out over time. It includes excerpts from my own personal journals as well as quotes from well-known writers. I hope it helps you on the road to becoming a successful author. Have you heard of Scrivener yet? A writing tool? The burn of desire steadily grew brighter. Caecilia reached up to curl her fingers around the ring in almost a protective fashion. Her hand rested about the curve of her voluptuous breasts.
She caught his eye, slowly unfurled her fingers and released the ring. It caught the gaslight of the room as the ring dangled against her skin, finally nestling happily in the valley between her breasts. It took effort for Vitus to lift his gaze to meet hers. Emotions clashed and sparked inside him. She lifted it, licked the rim, watched him, dipped the tip of her pink tongue into the golden liquid, then licked her lips.
She dipped the end of her finger into the glass, then thrust the tip into her mouth. Her cheeks hollowed as she sucked on the digit. He damned Apollo, he damned Aphrodite, he damned Diana. She tipped the glass and swallowed the contents. It took every last bit of his self-control not to reach for her, to stroke her slender throat, to press his lips to the beautiful column, to claim what her lips promised. She lifted it and swallowed the fiery liquid. She shrugged.
He took her hand between both of his. He stroked his thumb across the silk of her flesh. I vow to you. One day this weight—this pain—will be gone. Something in her eyes shifted. He saw the need, the yearning. He released her hand. She drew away. How much of your humanity is left, Vitus? After Apollo? After Zevodious? Can you even feel anything anymore? Just a quick like side note here. Earth of is a wasteland populated with sectors of penal colonies, seeded through the generations by its life-long inhabitants of criminals, lunatics, political prisoners, and DNA-spliced mutants, all ruled by a powerful conglomerate of scientific researchers called the Nucleate.
One such sector, Pandemonia, is situated on the former European continent in the vicinity of Paris, now a hunting ground of a world gone horribly awry. He has never mated, never taken a long-term lover, and has always denied the instincts of his dragogen-spliced DNA. But then he encounters an attractive disciple and slave of his arch-enemy, Dr. Francois Beljon, and a simple game of poke-the-bear to relieve his ennui may just result in more than Drayce ever expected. It may also be exactly what he needs when his mating instincts are aroused by this least likely of potential mates.
Crispen Wills is a product of the mean streets. But when he becomes a desirable pawn in a treacherous game, it could easily cost him his life. What Crispen never expects is to fall in love with the powerful dragogen that his master has sent him to destroy. Only a fool would dare to risk everything for a fleeting chance at love, especially when that lover could easily barbecue you should you make one false step. The moment is lost and we live with the regret of things not said.
Sometimes we move on as we mature to new friendship spheres, and then sometimes not. Perhaps we have to move on, experience other things, follow different adventures before, maturing into our true self, like Dorothy discovering where the home of her heart truly lay, we recognize that one person who undeniably touches us heart and soul, giving breadth to our lives in a way we would never know without them. Eye For the Prize is a discovery not just of an odd, supernatural object, but the rediscovery of friendship, of love, and perhaps the one person that makes anywhere truly home.
What would you give up to be united with that one true soulmate? How far would you go? And what if it came down to a choice between the man you love, or the family who raised you, whose blood you shared? And there was no middle ground. In every object is a story, in every story there is a pulse of truth. Reuniting with the boyhood friend who completed you was never part of the plan for either man. Read an excerpt from Eye for the Prize. Ternekill is a small sleepy town in the Catskill Mountains of New York, with a lot of secrets and I love writing about small towns.
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They do face challenges. Ravol is a werewolf, no secret there. But up to this point Ravol has refused to allow Byron to witness his change from human to werewolf. Nor will Ravol agree to change Byron into a werewolf. Just one bone of contention between the two lovers. Ravol carries a lot of baggage, including the death of his first love, Francesco. Notwithstanding, Ravol has a lot of baggage because of who he is — a part of the ancient Zhalazti tribe nobility that carries with it a great deal of responsibility and tradition. Byron may be human, but he has his own set of secrets and full load of baggage he carries around with him, not the least of which is that he can communicate with the Ternekill House ghostly ancestors.
Ghosts that are a sure part of his heritage and tie him quite closely to the town of Ternekill. More so than either Byron or Ravol knows. But soon, some of those dark secrets for both Byron and for Ravol are about to be revealed Some revelations are expected, others not quite so much.
Secrets, if left to fester can kill. Secrets if finally revealed and faced can ultimately heal. I love genealogy and dabble in it regarding my own family. Digging into the families of Ravol and Bryon and doing the research, fictional and not-so fictional is always exciting.
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And Ternekill reminds me of some of those smaller town in New York that were lost in the aftermath of flooding from Hurricane Sandy that destroyed forever certain quint towns where I picnicked, and did some steamy parking too. Oh, yes, there are secrets among those back roads and small towns.
An earthly balance is at stake. Nothing happens by chance. And fate, here on Earth, will demand its bloody tribute no matter how high the cost…. The thirst for deliverance and absolution are transformed into explosive flames of forbidden passion when a mysteriously charismatic masked man encounters a brilliant and handsome composer. Their lives are intertwined with those of two others, and only the ultimate sacrifice will satisfy the greedy appetite of fate…. Retribution is his only desire…Fabienne Brunetto, a 17th-Century castrato of amazing vocal talent, is brutally attacked by a twisted enemy.
But agonizing death is not his destiny. He is saved by Annatoly Constantine, the immortal hand of a brotherhood of fallen angels devoted to protection, balance, and order on Earth. But Fabienne bears the scars of his terrible encounter, and his song has been extinguished forever—at least until a rite of redemption can come to culmination. He must wait two hundred years before his hunger for deliverance can fully be sated.
Wounded and shamed…Annatoly Constantine, whom centuries before was also a man, is the protector of the Gios of Nightingales, a choir of immortal voices created to soothe and heal the world. Annatoly has always been destined to lose what he loves, never able to fully offer himself to a lover. Until Carne Giraint, a gifted composer, appears in his life, making him yearn for something more, something exquisitely forbidden.
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A composer marked by the cursed blood of his ancestors…Carne Giraint is a mortal of extraordinary talent, tapped by the brotherhood of angels to accept his destiny as composer to the gios. Fabienne licked his lips. His emotions evened out. You must face and accept that which has been your vulnerability.