#WriteRight: How to Choose the Perfect Character Name in Three Easy Steps

 

Copy of talk to me.pngA character’s name is not only the first decision you’ll make regarding their character background- it’s also probably one of the most important decisions. You want their name to have meaning and value. Sometimes you might want an average name, like Joe or Jane.

If you do want to go the more interesting route, please be careful. If you end up with something ridiculous, like Mirekendesworhten, your poor readers are going to want to cut out your tongue. (No offense to the Mirekendesworhtens of the world. Sorry.) You want the name to be awesome and easy to pronounce.

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So You Want to Publish a Book: A Guide to Self-Publishing

In early 2016, I began a process that was completely foreign to me: self-publishing. After almost eight months, I finally published my first novel, The Rose Garden. To date, it has sold over 300 copies, and to celebrate I thought I would shed a little light on the whole process for you curious little minds out there.

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Write your book. And rewrite. And rewrite.

True, this step is kind of a given, but it’s the most important out of all the steps. Let me stress this: just because your book is self-published does not mean it can still be full of errors. You want to put out quality work, here! Your book is important, and you should make sure that it’s close to perfect before you put it out there. Your readers don’t want to feel like they’re reading one of your high school essays.

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#WriteRight: Five Overused Romance Tactics You Should Definitely Avoid

And I’m back for more writing advice. Today I’m here to talk about one of the most complicated parts of writing any story… the romance.

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After reading thousands of books throughout my professional reading career, I have reached a simple conclusion: Love sells. Almost every single book I’ve ever read contains some form of love. It’s easy to understand why: love is relatable. Every human being has a natural desire to love and be loved. The reason we like to read about love is because we all either have experienced it or want to experience it.

Love comes in many forms- friendship, family, or romantic. But at some point in your novel, you’ll want to include some form of relationship between your characters. And the most popular type of love, especially in YA fiction, is the romantic kind. Whether or not your book is a “romance novel,” you’ll probably end up writing about some sort of relationship. And it’s important to get this right, because it might be what makes or breaks your novel.

Here are five clichés I know I’m tired of- it’s probably best to avoid them all together.

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Edenbrooke by Julianne Donaldson: ft. Jane Austen Vibes and Swoon Worthy Boys

An immersive read for Austen fans alike, Edenbrooke suffers slightly in excess description and repetitiveness, but will ultimately enchant readers craving Regency Era romance.

So, fun fact- I recently got a job at a bookstore. And I’m telling you, working12820360 at a bookstore is the ultimate dream job. Full disclosure, it’s not really healthy for my wallet, but it’s a heavenly experience.

And there’s this book that my manager loves called Edenbrooke. I mentioned once that I’m kind of a Jane Austen fan, and she promised me that I would love Edenbrooke as well.

Yesterday at work I caved and bought it. (I have absolutely zero self-control when it comes to buying books. Hahahaha.) I went home, sat on my bed and opened to page one, and didn’t move until I’d closed the book three hours later.

There were a *few* things that bugged me, but overall this was probably one of the best Regency Era novels I’ve ever read. If you’re a fellow Jane Austen fan, I would totally recommend this book to you. If you like flirtatious rich young men (@ me) you will love this book.

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12 Books I (Actually) Need to Read This Summer

Hello to the few of you who still read my ramblings after a five month hiatus. (Whoops.)

I figured I owed you guys somewhat of an explanation if I, you know… want to be a decent person.

I LOVE blogging about books, and I have always loved keeping up a blog, but I needed a break.

Senior year was a (bit) stressful/really fun/really busy time for me. I found that I was wasting a lot of time on the blogosphere that I needed for homework and prepping for college and attempting to socialize (I know, what??)

So I took a break and instead used my blogging time for school, and I actually GOT INTO COLLEGE (guys what is this). Also two weeks ago I started a novel and am actually pretty far into it so that’s exciting.

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But anyway, now that senior year homework stress is OVER and summer is here, I am back and ready to blog!! Here are 12 books I really need to read this summer.

(Also my birthday is in like two weeks and I will finally be an adult so if you all want to buy me some books I would not complain just sayinnnn.)

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Lucky in Love by Kasie West: Lions and Tigers and Anteaters, Oh My!

Lucky in Love is a quick and easy summer read that lacks some of West’s usual charm.

Everyone knows how much I love Kasie West; she’s my favorite contemporary authortop6, hands down. I’ve read The Distance Between Us about two dozen times and I absolutely loved P.S. I Like You and The Fill-In-Boyfriend. 

Every time I open a new Kasie West book, I can’t help but feeling excited.

I wish I felt the same way about Lucky In Love. I wish I did. I wish I could tell you that it was the cutest book I’ve ever read and that when it’s set loose on the shelves in July, you should rush to the store to buy it.

Don’t get me wrong, this book was still cute. Of course it was. I don’t think Kasie West could ever write something that wasn’t cute. But some of the elements that make her other books so heartwarming were missing from this one. That said, I think fans of West will still find this book enjoyable.

 

 

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Texas, Tea, and Austen.

A lovely take on the classic Austen novel- for fans of Jane Austen, this will definitely be your cup of tea. 

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This book surprised me.

I’m a big fan of Jane Austen, and most of the time when I read an Austen centered book, I don’t like it very much. I always feel like the author of the book is a) trying too hard to make their book sound like a Jane Austen novel or b) stuffing so many Austen references into their book that you feel like you’re being slapped in the face.

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The Secret to Happiness

Introduction

One of the questions I’m asked the most is, “How are you so happy all the time?”

I wish I was happy all the time! Here’s a little secret: I’m not. Sometimes I have bad days where I host my own pity parties, I’m grouchy, or just plain sad.

Something I want to stress before continuing this post is this: It is okay to be sad. Sadness, anger, loneliness and jealousy are all part of the human experience. While they may not be enjoyable, they teach us lessons that good emotions like joy and happiness can’t teach.

However, it IS important to remember that these negative emotions can and will be consuming if you let them. They will infect your life and steal your happy moments.

While I’m not happy all the time, I try to be happy most of the time. There are many lessons I’ve learned about happiness and how to be happy, but I’ve narrowed them down to ten that I think are most important for this post.

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