I liked this book. I did. But I had a few issues: it didn't have the same novelty as The Highlander's Choice (being set in Scotland), and as much as I loved Braeden McKinnon (these names are awesome), his condescending attitude toward Lady Sarah's writing pissed me off.
I probably took it to heart because I am a female writer (obviously), and a raging feminist. I had the same issue with Drake's opinion of Penelope's work in The Duke's Quandary. However, here, it felt worse because he's also working. At least in Drake and Penelope's case, it was a classist issue as well as a gender one (he said that she shouldn't be working because it's unbecoming of a future Duchess). But, I basically just don't like sexist/misogynistic overtones in the stories I read for fun (which is a bit nuts for me to say given I know it that was common then).
We’re all counting down the days to Thanksgiving. Or, at least I am. And why not? It’s the best holiday in my opinion. Here are just a few things I’m looking forward to.
1. My mom. Because she’s always the #1 reason I’m excited to go home.
2. My dog. Because she’s my fur baby (even though she has hair, not fur) and I love her...
And have been missing her for weeks...
And dreaming about holding her again for the same amount of time...
As I hold my Hogwarts Owl stuffed animal named Olive. It's not the same.
If you're a pet parent/sibling, you know what I'm talking about.
Don't even lie, I know you know.
ISN'T SHE CUTE?
We may all be counting down the days until Thanksgiving, but that doesn’t mean we won’t miss a few things about college when we (or our friends) are away from campus. Here are a few things I know I’ll miss.
1. My friends because they’ve become extended family to me. And I know that even as I’m in the midst of family bonding, I’ll wonder what my friends are doing and wishing they could be with me too.
2. My independence. While I do love my family and often wish my mom could take care of everything for me, I do really love my independence at college. Being in charge of my own life is super liberating and I wouldn’t give that up for anything.
3. My schedule. As weird as it sounds and as much as I may complain during periods class are in session, having classes gives my week structure that I desperately need. Without it, I’m more inclined to sleep and laze around all day or (on the flip side) will do too much in one day and collapse from exhaustion.
I am absolutely thrilled to bring you the dual cover reveal for Cora Carmack’s Muse Series! Inspire and Inflict are New Adult Paranormal Romance novels and are book 1 & 2 of the Muse Series. Inflict is due to be released in January 2016. These beautiful covers were made by Regina Wamba of Mae I Design. Be sure to grab a copy of Inspire today! Need convincing? Here's my review (with the old cover).
Kalliope lives with one purpose. To inspire.
As an immortal muse, she doesn’t have any other choice. It’s part of how she was made. Musicians, artists, actors—they use her to advance their art, and she uses them to survive. She moves from one artist to the next, never staying long enough to get attached. But all she wants is a different life— a normal one. She’s spent thousands of years living lie after lie, and now she’s ready for something real.
Sweet, sexy, and steady, Wilder Bell feels more real than anything else in her long existence. And most importantly… he’s not an artist. He doesn’t want her for her ability. But she can’t turn off the way she influences people, not even to save a man she might love. Because in small doses, she can help make something beautiful, but her ability has just as much capacity to destroy as it does to create. The longer she stays, the more obsessed Wilder will become. It’s happened before, and it never turns out well for the mortal.
Her presence may inspire genius. But it breeds madness, too.
Wilder Bell made a dangerous bargain... For a chance at love, he gave up his life.
History knew Kalliope as an ancient Greek muse, but to Wilder, she was simply the woman he wanted to fall asleep with every night and wake up next to every morning. He made a deal with Hades, but the only thing the Lord of the Underworld deals in is death. Now Wilder is wasting away in a cold and wretched afterlife, waiting for Kalli to come for him. She willcome. He has to believe that. Because the alternative is worse than death.
Kalliope lived her entire existence knowing that she was both a blessing and a curse to anyone she encountered. Wilder was no different. She loved him, and she got him killed. Now to get him back, she’ll have to face a scheming god, a perilous task, and death itself. But before it’s done, the Underworld will take more from her than she ever thought possible.
To be made whole, all must first be lost.
Thanksgiving is coming up (but not soon enough if you ask me), and that means it’s time to start thinking about how you’re getting home. Here are the 15 emotional stages of getting home:
1. When you realize you have a long weekend/vacation/etc.
You stare at the calendar a bit to make sure you’re not hallucinating, and then you react like this:
2. Once you realize that it’s not a trick, you quickly go to your favorite travel website
Whether it’s Amtrak, Bolt Bus, the Turkey Shuttle, or your favorite airline, chances are you have the site bookmarked with your login info saved so moments like these are a snap.
I've been writing more than ever before and it is the first time since I started participating in the annual #NaNoWriMo that I'm not writing a 50k-word novel in the 30 days of November. I'm writing school papers every week, so I guess I'm not totally forsaking my 2015 OneWord365.
It's not for lack of trying. Even though I tried to use all my free time to work on revising The Belgrave Legacy and writing The Matchmakers any time I could, but I often found myself remembering I had more work to do or just collapsing from exhaustion and opting to take naps rather than do writing sprints.
This isn't to say that I'm not working on my novels at all. I am, just at a slower pace than I had been during my Psych project or than I would be if I were doing NaNo this year. I plan to do Camp NaNo this summer and also writing as much as I can over Thanksgiving and Winter breaks.
For those who are doing NaNo, I am cheering you on from the sidelines. Why don't you comment below about your project and your best advice for fellow NaNoers?
I read this book on a whim five years ago, and I'm so glad I did. The story haunted me so much that it stayed with me in the forefront of my mind for two years.
The last year I was in middle school, I read One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey in class and loved it. Then, when I needed to pick a book to write a paper on that same year, I read Girl, Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen. Then high school happened and now in my first year of college, I find myself returning to Greenberg's semi-autobiographical story to write a paper for my Intro to Psych class.
Having read those other two books in the interim, my understanding of the material has changed and grown. Even so, the experience of the book was just as powerful, if not more so, than my first reading. I recommend this book to everyone.
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