Saturday, July 26, 2014

Characters Waiting to be Written

I have a lot of characters waiting to be written. Lots of ideas jotted down and I even have a handful of books I've started, but ended up pushing aside for others. The list is pretty endless as far as what's waiting for me to start working on next.

There's this true southern gentleman with a name I really love and a storyline, and he's waiting rather patiently for me to write his book. 

There's this girl named Chloe who is waiting for me to get the guts to try her story because it's unlike what I usually write. I will need lots of focus for her book and I don't currently have enough to give.

There's the two solo WIPs I keep going back and forth between.

There's a list of characters for my and Mary's books.

And then, there's the story I'm here to talk to you about today.

I've been wanting to write it for a while. I don't think about it a lot, but I do every blue moon. Lately, though, I've been thinking about it more than usual. I know why I have, but that's not something I'm going to get into. Like I said, I want to write it.

But I don't really.

I'm struggling with wanting to write it and not wanting to write it. What's the big deal with this story? That's what you're thinking, right? Why would I not want to write a book?

Because I'm scared. 

It's that simple. A portion of it would need to be carefully written a certain way, and that makes me nervous. The reason I thought of this idea is very personal, so that makes me nervous. And because of that, if I do write it, I know that I'll be even more obsessed with every last detail to make sure that the story is told perfectly. 

The story itself scares me.

Not because of anything bad, but because of my personal attachment to it. This won't be a true story, but there will be a lot of truth in it. 

So, here I am, thinking about this story, half way to obsessed already. But the fear has been holding me back. 

Until today.

I don't know when I'll finish this book or if I ever will finish it. However, I'm going to start writing. Thinking about it won't get me anywhere, so I'm going to pour my heart into this story in bits and pieces until it's either done or until I can't work on it anymore. I realized that all I need is progress. That's the only thing that will help. 

Not thinking about it for hours on end.

Not wondering if I'm good enough to tell this story.

Not my fear of writing it.

This may be the only time you'll even hear about this unwritten book, but I need to do something instead of thinking about doing something. That's my new plan with this particular idea. I'll start writing it and take it slow, and we'll see how it goes.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Only two things make me laugh

This week's commercial has two things that make me laugh. Watch and then I'll tell you!



1. I love hearing the "Dale Call." I don't know why, but it makes me laugh seeing that thing.
2. You would assuming that they are hunting, right? Nope. They don't even try to shoot the ducks once they are up and about. They are just chilling, drinking Diet (gross) Mountain Dew. It makes me chuckle.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

It's time to learn about the next book!

Today is the day, y'all. I already shared a little about the guys' book in this blog post and now, I'm about to tell you the title and release date! For the fun of it, why don't I go ahead and share the synopsis too?! Just for you, I'm stepping out of my comfort zone for the sake of spicing things up (AKA not doing a regular blog post). 

So, let's all take a deep, calming breath and watch this vlog.



Go to the page for this book to read the description and be sure to add it to your to-read shelf on Goodreads.

Quick note for my newsletter subscribers: I accidentally put the incorrect date in July's newsletter. Disregard that date, because September 27th is the correct one. 

Thanks for stopping by! We can all excitedly wait together for release day to come. :)

Friday, July 18, 2014

High-Five Toyota

In exactly one month, I start school again. We definitely need something to cheer us up, right? This week's commercial is one that does just that. There aren't a lot of car commercials that are funny, so it's refreshing to stumble across this one. Enjoy!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Let's play: Guess That Title! (A Giveaway)

This Saturday, I’m announcing some info on the next book. I’m so excited and so tempted to just tell you everything right this minute.

But patience is a good thing to have, right?

Right.

Therefore, we’re waiting. In the meantime, what I will do is give you the first letter of each word in the title. What I want you to do is come up with a title with those letters in the order I present them. You could try to guess the title based on what you know so far, or you can think of something funny with it, whatever. Just create a title(s) with it.

To make it even more fun, I’ll throw in an e-ARC of the book to one person who comments. I’ll announce the winner when I reveal the title and all that jazz.

Here are the letters: B t B L

Good luck! Be sure to read the fine print below for the rules/guidelines/etc!

-You must be 13 years of age or older to enter.
-You must use the letters in a title in the order they are given.
-You must comment on this post for your entry to be eligible. You can list as many titles as you wish, but they must be in one comment, which serves as each person’s only entry.
-If you are one of my beta readers, you are not allowed to enter.
-If you are one of the few that do know the title, you are not allowed to comment with the title.
-Once a winner is announced, said winner will have the following 48 hours to email me or another winner will be chosen.
-Winner will not receive the e-ARC until August 1st or later. (Only adding the "or later" in case something comes up and it's not ready by then.)
-I have the right to end this giveaway at any time without any notice. I have the complete discretion to operate this giveaway as I deem fit.

Monday, July 14, 2014

TNVAE Recap


My very first signing was a blast! I loved it, had so much fun, and can't wait until the next one. It was so great to meet everyone. Thank you to everyone who stopped by my and Mary's table.


To be a writer, I sure do feel like I don't know what to say. Maybe I'll think of something better later. For now, let me share some pictures and a list of what I learned, in no particular order.

- Readers are even nicer and sweeter in person. I want to meet everyone!

- Hockey fans are awesome. I met some Wild fans, Penguins fans, and Chicago fans.
- Hearing people come up to me and say, "Bubbles," made me way too happy.


- Knoxville has a humongous Wal-Mart.
- I'm a bit of a stalker. (See picture on the right of Amy and Rick Miles. I took that from my table, just because.)
-While we're talking about them, Amy and Rick Miles are super nice and both are hilarious. The entire Miles family is simply adorable.

- My mom is a stalker too. She was sneaky when taking some pictures of the models.

- My mom having to wear a badge that says, "Assistant to Lindsay Paige" was so much fun!
  

- I love Mary Smith so much. One of these days, we will live next door to one another.
- I will never think of Georgia without thinking of Mary. She, Bailey, and my mom know what I'm talking about.
- Mary is a total wimp to pain. I learned this when we got our tattoos. She's still amazing, though.
- Bailey Ardisone is so sweet.
- Mary and Bailey together is a ridiculous combo of niceness and awesomeness.
- Felicia Tatum cracks me up. She's too funny.
- Fran Veal is so nice.
- I'm really bad at recap posts. I'm sure I'm forgetting a ton of stuff, but at least you have a glimpse of how things went. I can't wait until my next one, which will be in 2015. Keep an eye on the schedule for more info to be posted at a later date.

Thank you again to everyone I met for being awesome and nice and amazing and a whole bunch of other good adjectives. Thank you to Kathy who put together this amazing event and to all the readers for coming out and making my first signing a fantastic one. Until next time!

Monday's Book Spotlight

To kick off my reading-binge last week, I turned to a book that Kristalyn from The Sarcastic Palmtree recommended to me. I had knew nothing about it except that it was supposed to be a fun read and she said it was good. Didn't even read the description before I one-clicked it and added it to my TBR. It was such a fun book, that I'm featuring today.


Seventeen-year-old Oliver Wendell Holmes (Yes, his parents are just that peculiar, but his brother’s name is Sherlock, so it could have been worse) knows that he’s different. He’s quirky, awkward, and he’s okay with that. Oliver also likes making lists—meticulous procedures for achieving his goals, step-by-step. Whether it’s “How to Get an A in Chemistry” or “How to Get Accepted to MIT,” he has a process, and it’s worked for him so far. He doesn’t even care that the popular kids mock him. Oliver’s got his eye on the prize.

So when he decides it’s time to declare his feelings for Ainsley Bishop, the girl of his dreams, it’s only natural for him to make a list—a point-by-point strategy to win her heart. He knows it will take a grand gesture for her to see all he has to offer, and her approaching birthday provides the ideal opportunity for Oliver to put his plan into action.

Finding the perfect gift is a challenge Oliver meets with his usual dogged determination. He’ll need to watch her carefully for clues to pinpoint exactly what he should give her. And along the way, he might just learn that what Ainsley really needs is not quite what he expected.


My Thoughts as Seen on Goodreads:
I'm not even going to lie. I ended with book with a happy sigh. I seriously sighed happily and with so much satisfaction. That's a first.

I don't think I've ever laughed so much and felt so connected to the characters at the same time. I laughed out loud a lot. And then, something would happen, and I was, "Aw...Poor kid." It was adorable, touching, hilarious, and simply one of those feel good books. I loved every single character. The family, friends, almost everyone really was unique and lovable. 

I probably wouldn't have discovered this book if not for my blogger friend, Kristalyn, so thanks, girl! You were right. It was a fun book, and such a perfect one to kick off my reading-binge.