Favorite Finds From My Local Bookstore

One of my favorite places to buy books is local bookstores. I love supporting them.

My local bookstore in Nashville is Parnassus Books. Not only do I buy books from them, I also regularly attend book signings in their newly renovated storefront.

Here are some books I purchased and LOVED from Parnassus

  1. The Precious Gems trilogy by Kerstin Gier (Ruby Red, Sapphire Blue and Emerald Green)
  2. Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. I had the absolute pleasure of meeting these two through Parnassus as well.
  3. Heartless by Marissa Meyer. It was required to purchase a copy of her new standalone, Heartless, to attend her Parnassus sponsored event and get in the signing line
  4. Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard. I got a signed first edition of this from Parnassus and it was the best $20 I ever spent
  5.  The Black Key by Amy Ewing. I totally forgot this was coming out, so when I went into Parnassus one day to buy some other books, it was a nice surprise
  6. An Ember in the Ashes and A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir. I found a signed copy of Ember and bought it on a whim and when Torch came out I immediately bought it.
  7. City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
  8. Ruined by Amy Tintera (10/10 would highly recommend)
  9. Blackhearts by Nicole Castroman
  10. Iron Cast by Destiny Soria
  11. Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco
  12. Wrath and the Dawn and Rose and the Dagger by Renee Ahdieh

Please, if you have a local bookstore, I urge you to buy from them. Not only does it help you get some fantastic reading material, it also helps the bookstore.

Thanks 🙂


NaNoWriMo Update

It’s November 21st. NaNo is almost over. And I’m behind. I’ve been sick for the last two weeks and have not done much writing as a result.

I am currently at 12,000 of my 50,000 goal. My own goal as of right now is to finish the book. Even if it doesn’t hit the 50K mark, I just want to end the story.

Of course, I’ll go back and edit and add a lot to the story later, but my #1 goal as of right now is to finish MITH. And I think I might just do it.

I’m very proud of my personal progress and where the story has ended up sp far.

Can’t wait to finish and share this with the world.

How I Write: My Techniques

This is the way I write and the techniques I use. I want to make it clear that, while these may work for me, they might now work for you. I’m just here to offer some hopefully useful  tips 🙂

  1. I don’t write in chronological order. If I feel like writing a particular scene but I’m at that point in the book, I stop  and open another document and just start writing. It helps me keep my writing on track and helps me keep my writing voice in track.
  2. I cover up the word counter tracker thing on my word doc so I don’t only focus on the word count.
  3. I play music. It helps me stay on track and loosen up if I’m feeling down
  4. Make playlists for your novels! It helps me make sense of the direction of my book and helps me learn about my characters.
  5. Download and fill out character charts. This helps me get into the headspaces of my MC’s and, more importantly, my antagonists.

There you go! Hope theses tips are helpful 🙂

Goodluck to anyone and everyone participating in NaNoWriMo. You got this guys!

Let’s Talk NaNoWriMo!

I’m super excited to  be doing my first official NaNoWriMo this November! I participated in Camp NaNo and had a blast, so I thought I’d try my luck this month.

I’m tackling four different projects and couldn’t be more excited.

  1. Mastery In The Hero (Fiction, Fantasy) Third Draft and feeling good!
  2. The Witch Queen (Fiction, Fantasy) Six chapters in and going strong!
  3. Untitled Book (Short Stories, Poetry, Excerpts) I’ve been working on this for almost a year!
  4. Five Ice (Fiction, High Fantasy) Handwritten and going in the right direction!

Let me introduce you to my characters!

  1. Evangeline and Nikolai (Protagonists) / Kadiza and Khalid (Antagonists)
  2. Laure, Nicola, and Valentin
  3. No set protagonists or antagonists
  4. Eadda and Macai (Main protagonists in first book)