Today I had planned to start a new book…

Actually, I was planning on starting April 1st and then some things got in the way (exciting things – the contract for MAKE ME A MATCH and something else I hope to share soon), and I didn’t start writing anything new till today. Usually when I start something new it just flows right out of my fingers for the first ten thousand words, then I have to start thinking about where the story is going and if I’m going to end up where I want to. This time I have sat in front of my computer for several hours  and….nothing. I have a plot, characters, setting – everything I need to get started, except for the first sentence and it isn’t coming. When my oldest came home from school, I told him my problem and he said that I had to just walk away and try again tomorrow. I’m going to take his advice (he’s smart like his Mom, lol). After soccer practice, dinner, baths and bedtime, I’m going to curl up in bed and watch my go-to movie for vegging out – the Avengers. I watch mostly for Loki :)

You should be Writing Loki

Procrastination and my new hobby…

Lately I have been finding lots of little ways to NOT do the work I’m supposed to be doing. Not just my writing (although I eventually make my self mandated word-count), but house work and everything else that I need to do. It started when I had foot surgery last month. I was out of commission for two weeks – unable to do anything but lay in bed. I did get some reading done and a lot of television and movies watched. My foot is still in a surgery boot and has limited use, but I’m able to get around the house and do most of my normal stuff. (Just no trips to my beloved Target!) However, instead of getting back into the swing of things quickly I’m having the hardest time readjusting to the real world. I’ve only been vacuuming once a week instead of every other day and the dishes only get done when I run out of coffee cups. Laundry, is pretty much the same, because my husband and eleven year old have taken over. I can’t get to our laundry room because of the stairs so they have been keeping to my one-two loads a day schedule. In my quest to procrastinate I have found a new hobby…planner decorating.

I am an ErinCondren.com addict. I have the notebook, notepads, note cards, desk pad and life planner. I recently found a group on Facebook that decorates each week in their life planner with stickers, washi tape and colored pens. I did my first week on Sunday and I think it turned out pretty. Here are a few pictures:

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What I read in March…

I used to do this monthly, but stopped when I stopped reviewing. I like the idea of seeing what other people read, so I decided to start doing the monthly round-up again. Here’s the list of what I read in March:

  1. FALLING FOR OWEN – Jennifer Ryan
  2. THE RETURN OF BRODY MCBRIDE – Jennifer Ryan
  3. MARKED – Lauren Dane, Kit Rocha, Vivian Arend
  4. LOVING LORD ASH - Sally Mackenzie
  5. THREE WEEKS WITH LADY X – Eloisa James
  6. WALLFLOWER GONE WILD – Maya Rodale
  7. ONCE IN A LIFETIME – Jill Shalvis
  8. FOR HIS EYES ONLY – Liz Fielding
  9. A DUKE OF HER OWN – Eloisa James
  10. CONFESSIONS OF A BAD BRIDESMAID - Jennifer Rae
  11. THREE WEEKS WITH A BULL RIDER - Cat Johnson
  12. ROMANCE FOR CYNICS - Nicola Marsh
  13. TAKEN WITH YOU – Shannon Stacey

I loved the two Jennifer Ryan books – she is one of my favorite contemporary romance writers of the moment. THREE WEEKS WITH LADY X was my favorite read of the whole month.

So…

Obviously I’m not great at updating my blog. I’ve learned something about myself. Unless there is something definite for me to post about the blog gets pushed to the side. I’m going to work on that and try to pose at least three days a week from now on. The posts may be short and sweet, but I will post something!

Today I’m starting Camp NaNoWriMo and a new book! I’ve spent so much time with the last one and I am more than ready to start working on something new. This time I’m writing a little differently and I’m curious to see how it will all work out. I have a very vague idea of how I want to story to progress, but no detailed outline like I usually do. My hope is that the story will flow better if I don’t feel boxed in by my own plot points. Of course, I might cave in a few days and start furiously plotting so I have a security blanket beside me while I write. Only time and the words will tell…

 

I’ve been editing like crazy and listening to the playlist I made while writing MAKE ME A MATCH in November. I love how music can remind me of the characters or a moment that I wrote. I heard this song last week and it sparked a new idea that is so different from anything I have ever written before. I’m now working on MAKE ME A MATCH during the day and Georgia #1 at night. The books are so different and it is refreshing to step into the new world and take a break from Maddy and Sean.

EditPalooza Time!

Today marks the start of a month-long wild ride. I will be editing the book that I wrote in November during Entangled Publishing’s Smackdown – MAKE ME A MATCH.  The story is a light paranormal with a witch who accidentally makes herself irresistible to all men and the best friend who finally realizes that he wants her for himself. This weekend I sat down and read the entire manuscript and was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed the story and how much it didn’t stink :) I was really worried that it was going to be a mess of disjointed chapters and nonsense. The first chapter needs to be rewritten and there are some holes that need plugging, but nothing that scares me too much.

My inspiration for today is the picture I used for my main male character in my wip.

Here’s Sean Walker:

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Changes for 2014

I’m changing the book girl from a review blog to more of a writer’s blog/personal blog to keep track of my journey to being published (hopefully) this year. I realized that all the time and energy I spend writing reviews and doing blog upkeep would be better spent pursuing my dream of being a published author. I will miss reviewing books, but I’m excited about this change and what 2014 has in store for me.

Thank you to the publishers and authors who gave books for contests and reviews. Thank you to everyone who read the reviews I wrote, commented on posts, and entered contests.

I will still be posting reviews on Amazon and probably the occasional one here when I really love a book. I plan to have some fun posts about music, movies, sexy guys and what I’m working on at the moment! I hope that those who have taken the time to visit the book girl over the last 5+ years I’ve been blogging will continue to do so as I start this new adventure. Hopefully someday I’ll be holding a contest to give away copies of my very own book!

Review: ‘Twas the Night Before Mischief by Nina Rowan

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About the book:

Twas the night before mischief and all through the house, a lady was plotting-it was time to break out!

When Penelope Darlington is persuaded to elope with a most unsuitable suitor, she wastes no time. With visions of passion and adventure dancing in her head, she steals away in the middle of the night, just before her father’s Christmas feast.

Fearing for his daughter’s reputation, Henry Darlington begs Darius Hall, the Earl of Rushton’s daring yet discreet son, to bring Penelope home. When Darius finally catches up to Penelope he is shocked. She’s not the silly little girl he expected, but a beautiful woman with a sharp mind and an allure that cannot be ignored.

Now forced to kidnap Penelope in order to bring her home, Darius and his new charge spend the next several days-and nights-in very close quarters. Penelope wanted passion and adventure, but she never could have imagined the pleasures Darius can provide . . .

‘TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE MISCHIEF is a delightful holiday read with wonderful characters and a romantic happily ever after. Penelope doesn’t want to be invisible. She wants more than the life she thinks that she will end up living. Darius is the one man who really sees her, but she doesn’t think that he sees her as anything other than his friend’s daughter. I loved their connection and how their feelings for each other change and evolve as they really get to know each other. Their romance is sweet and sexy. This is a great novella to read on a cold winter night.

the book girl gives ‘TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE MISCHIEF a 5/5

to find the book:

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Whatcha Reading Wednesday – Last one of 2013!

Since next Wednesday is Christmas and the one after that is New Year’s Day this is the last Whatcha Reading Wednesday of the year – and I’m not reading anything! I finished a book last night (ALL I’M ASKING FOR: A CONTEMPORARY CHRISTMAS ANTHOLOGY by Christi Barth, Brighton Walsh and Kat Latham) and don’t know if I’ll have time to start anything new till late tonight. Today is the last day before the kids are home for winter break that I can finish any last-minute Christmas shopping. Tomorrow is their winter parties at school and Friday is pajama/game day at school. I’ll be helping out at school both days and unable to get anything done at home. So today I plan to find the one last gift I need for my impossible to shop for brother-in-law, pick up a few presents for our dog and cat (can’t forget the animals!), and maybe something fantastic for myself as a treat for all the running around :)

What are you reading this week?