If you aren't already up to speed on my summer '14 agenda, you can read bout my trip to South Africa, and then come back here. In addition to that 2 1/2 week trip, I've been doing a lot of research for Freedom For All, an anti-human trafficking organization founded by Katie Ford (daughter of the esteemed Eileen Ford of Ford models).
I had previously hoped to finish a 2nd round of edits on the 2nd book in The Belgrave Legacy before July ended, but that is clearly not going to happen as today is almost gone and I am no closer to publishing the sequel than I was when I wrote that post.
In the mean time, I thought all my fellow writers would appreciate a compilation of some recent links I found in my RSS feed (of blogs I'm following) about editing/revising/etc:
Reasons why I (really, my mom did, but whatever) bought this book:
I love the adventure/romance/fantasy genre. Always have, probably always will, but in recent years, there have been a lot of similar books in the YA category (and NA, if I'm to be honest). Thankfully, Kiss of Deception was fresh and original. The plot was a real page-turner from start to finish. The characters were all three-dimensional with complexities that I could relate to.
The first edit is complete! Next edit will hopefully be done by the end of July, and the next at the end of August, then we'll see from there. In the meantime, read The Belgrave Daughter and support Tears of an Angel by adding it to Goodreads, pledging your social media power through Thunderclap, pledging your financial support through Publush, and listening to the playlist on Spotify.
Thank you and have a great day!
This summer, I'm working on getting rid of my acne and working out to be fit and healthy. I never wear makeup, but I have never really liked the way I looked before this year. Maybe it's because I'm becoming more mature and better and distinguishing what really matters, but the point is I feel better about myself and am feeling more brave in my appearance and clothes. This past year, I've felt more comfortable in my own skin than I have in a long time.
Below is a Dove campaign called "Real Beauty Sketches" and I think it's really powerful.
If you haven't heard the song "Purple Summer" from the musical Spring Awakening, listen to it now on Google Play, iTunes, or AmazonMP3. The reason I used it for this title is because my trip to South Africa was so transformative (as cheesy as it sounds) and has made me more grateful for what I have and rekindled my drive for my projects.
I've officially been back from SA for a week. Since then, I've seen The Lion King on Broadway for the 6th time in my life, revamped the catalog for my organization, Our Hope is Here (catalog still under construction), and completed the 4th draft of Tears of an Angel.
I have a lot to do on OHH and ToaA (and The Witch's War) before school starts, but now that I'm done with standardized testing, I can focus on getting an internship, visiting the last few colleges on my list, and enjoying what's left of Summer.
About the Book
Title: Handled By Officer
Series: Women Behind the Badge, 1
Author: Kym Roberts
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publication Date: July 18, 2014
Recruit officer Kiley Gibbons has walked in her twin sister’s shadow her entire life—born two minutes after, she’s five inches shorter with curls gone wild and the exact opposite of her outgoing, athletic sister. But that’s exactly why she’s the one woman who caught Walt Raynham’s eye, and she's the only one who threatens his future in the tactical unit.
Officer Raynham is everything Kiley needs to distract her from the daily grind at the police academy, too bad his drop dead gorgeous body is wearing the uniform of her boss. And when the academy is finally behind her, Kiley must find the strength to walk away from the man she shouldn’t touch.
But when her friend’s death leaves Kiley with two children to raise and a custody battle she just might lose, there’s only one man strong enough to step in and fill the role of her fiancé. Now Kiley’s not sure she wants to resist the temptation Walt causes, and he’s not so sure a family would be such a bad thing. Together, they discover love and an engagement of convenience could be an unstoppable force for happily ever-after ... until a killer has another idea that may cost them everything they didn’t want.
I loved this book so much! It was well-written and tightly plotted with good characters. Basically, it was everything I could ask for in a book, and I'm very happy that I agreed to review this book in advance (I got a free copy in exchange for an honest review).
If anything, my biggest complaint was that it was over so soon. I was sad by how quickly I finished it, but the action and romantic suspense didn't let me take it slow—I HAD to know what was going to happen. Highly recommend this for fans who like action, cop shows, and romance.
Definitely can't wait for the second book in this series.
This is what I expected of Four's perspective to be in Allegiant after Free Four! These four short stories from his POV are each solid, interesting peeks into his history and into him as a character. Some I liked more than others (e.g. I liked the first two short stories, The Transfer and The Initiate, more than the latter two, The Son and The Traitor, liking The Son least). However, those are personal preferences on which areas of Four's history I was most interested in.
TCWT: "What's one thing you wish you knew when you started writing?"
ZH: I would have loved if more people talked about importance of promoting your book while you were writing it. I didn't find this advice online until after I had already published The Belgrave Daughter and I think it would've really helped it make a bigger impact and make more sales. But, oh well, live and learn, right?
I'm a self-published author— because being a college student wasn't hard enough! I write YA multi-genre fiction for young adults or the young at heart. I love This Is Us, NCIS, BBC's Sherlock,
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