Good afternoon, readers!

Goodness, it’s been WAY TOO LONG since I last blogged! I’m ashamed to say I don’t think I’ve blogged since September or October…? But there are so many exciting things happening over here that you will definitely see me blogging more this winter/spring!

I’m interrupting my hiatus to share a giveaway for a book that I’ve been tracking for almost two years! KaylaAnn commented on one of my first reviews on Literature Approved (the one on the Hunger Games trilogy, of course 😉 ) way back when and we’ve been following each other’s blogs ever since. Last year she read and reviewed one of my novels, Everlasting, which was so kind of her to do within her busy schedule! I’ve been anxiously awaiting the release of her debut book (a look into the psychology behind Suzanne Collin’s amazing characters) and I can’t believe it’s finally being published this month!

And she’s hosting a giveaway! So, go follow a fellow writer/blogger and enter this giveaway for her new book! You won’t regret it! 🙂

Have you read Suzanne Collins famous trilogy The Hunger Games? Have you perhaps only seen the movies? Have you rooted for Katniss, argued over Peeta vs. Gales, fallen in love with Finnick? Have you often drawn parallels between the society of Panem and our own in which you feel unable to exercise your own sense of […]

via Agency in the Hunger Games BOOK GIVEAWAY! ($40 Value) — KaylaAnn

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August 2019 Bookstagram Challenge

Hello fellow readers and writers!

Can you believe it’s almost September already?! And that summer is almost over?! Because I can’t.

To try and make summer last a little longer, I decided to join an August Bookstagram Challenge! I found this really neat list from Paperback Bri and alyssaisreading. They technically hosted this challenge in 2016, but looking over the prompts, I was dying to try this particular list out myself!

Paperback Bookstagram Challenge

I decided not to post the pictures daily on the blog, but I wanted to give you a peek of what I’ve been up to this month. If you’d like to check out the rest and keep track of my progress as I finish out the last week of this photo challenge, check out my Instagram ! I’m also planning to do another one in September that is Greatest Showman-themed, so you definitely won’t want to miss out. 🙂

Here’s a few of the pictures I took for different prompts. See if you can figure out which picture matches what prompt on the list! (Or you can cheat and look at my Instagram where it’s all spelled out for you. 😉 )

I hope you enjoy looking at these pictures! Comment below if you have done a challenge like this in the past or if you want to join me in one next month! I’d love to see what you guys come up with!

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Everlasting: Free for the First Time Ever!

Good afternoon, fellow book lovers. 🙂

I have some exciting news to share today! While I have put Bridget’s Journey up for free on Kindle a couple of times over the years, I have never done so for Everlasting. But this weekend (Friday, August 10th-Monday, August 13th) Everlasting will be FREE to download on your Kindle or Kindle app for the FIRST time ever!

Everlasting Free on Kindle

This YA fantasy is perfect for those who love the Lord of the Rings trilogy or The Princess Bride as those were my two main influences when I wrote this book. If you want to read the synopsis or even an excerpt from the Prologue, head on over to my Everlasting page and check it out!

Then, when you’re ready, click the link below and you’ll be ready for an adventure with a missing princess, a farm boy, dragons and fairies!

 

Feel free to share this blog post to anyone you think might enjoy this fantasy adventure!

 

 

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The Book Tag

I read Ashley’s post of this really cool Book Tag on Inklings Press a while ago and I just had to do it myself!

Rules
You must be honest.
You must answer all the questions.
You must tag at least 4 people.

1. What book has been on your shelf the longest?

Either the Little House on the Prairie series or the American Girl Samantha books. Both of which Mom read to me when I was young. Very fond memories of listening to each!

2. What is your current read, your last read, and the book you’ll read next?

Current read: Cascade by Lisa T. Bergren. Second in the River of Time series. It’s a very easy read–I read the first half in about two days (which is fast for me 😉 ). I enjoy her descriptions of Italy and the concept of two modern-day girls transported to the 1300s and accidentally falling in love is really fun. But, even though Gabi’s thoughts are hilarious, the main characters are overall pretty flat. It has potential to be more than just a teenage-angst-romance…but it isn’t, really. That said, I’ll probably finish the series as I’m intrigued to see how Gabi and Marcello can stay together seeing as they belong in, you know, two different time periods and everything. 😉

Last read: Belgravia by Julian Fellowes. I was intrigued to read a novel by the writer and creator of Downton Abbey (one of my favorite TV shows) and I was not disappointed! Told in the style and vocabulary of Jane Austen, but with Fellowes’ own unique characters and plot twists. Although there were perhaps a few too many POVS, I loved how deeply we dived into the characters’ flaws and attributes. In Downton Abbey and Belgravia, Fellowes reminds us that past or present, people are motivated by the same emotions: “ambition, envy, rage, greed, kindness, selflessness and, above all, love”.

Next read: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling. I’m more than halfway through reading the Harry Potter series for the first time. It’s very different than I always thought it was, but overall, I’m enjoying it so far!

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My Journey as a Self-Published Author

As most of you saw on my Facebook page, yesterday marked my fourth anniversary of self-publishing Bridget’s Journey on Amazon and CreateSpace.

Wow. It really seems like yesterday I was editing this book with a friend of Mom’s in her kitchen, pestering Sandrine to finish painting the cover and crying over how difficult it was to get the formatting just right. It seems like yesterday that I held this book in my hands for the first time. It seems like yesterday that friends and family overwhelmed me with their support and encouragement. For once, I believed in myself as much as they believed in me.

Now, four years later, I’ve sold probably about 40 (or 50? I’m not good with numbers) of paperbacks, countless Kindle editions and I even published a second novel. Four years later, my books are still up on Amazon for anyone (friend or stranger) to pick up and read the words that I wrote. Four years later, my books are in my church and public libraries. Four years later and I’ve written three and a half more novels. Four years later and I still love to write.

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