Saturday, February 28, 2015

Boroughpress' Book A Day

Over the month of February @boroughpress has unleashed the following questions to its followers.
I happened upon this little questionnaire on twitter. 
As usual, I am late to the party and am joining when it's about to finish.
So for today's book tag, let's try and answer them!

Join the fun on twitter with today's last question on:
@boroughpress
@harpercollinsuk




































When you still have a lifetime of reading ahead of you, it's sometimes very hard to pin a book or a character as 'your favourite'. It goes without saying that all these answers are still subject of change throughout my years of reading. But for now, as I answer them today, these are my answers.

1. A book that defined my teenage years
Definitely Harry Potter.
Like many people of my generation (and before and after mine), I have grown up with Harry Potter. I read them over and over again, waited for the movies to come out.
Asked for the newest released book every Christmas or birthday.
It was a world I loved to live in.

2. I'd like to know what @MarylineVP's favourite book is #PassTheBook

3. My favourite character's favourite song would be
Magnus Bane's theme song would be...I'm too sexy by Right Said Fred

4. Matchmaking: these two characters should get together
Sam and Kent in Before I fall by Lauren Oliver

5.The author I would love to meet (living or dead)
J.K. Rowling

6. And the question I would ask them is
Will you be my friend?

7. My favourite opening line
Can't quite quote it as I have currently given the book to a friend but:
The start of Before I fall by Lauren Oliver.

8. Bought entirely for its cover
These Broken Stars by Annie Kaufman, Meagan Spooner.
This book always pulled me attention when I saw it on bookshelves. It's just so beautiful!

9. The book that has always stayed with me
Dapper zijn, hoe doe je dat? by Annelies Tock
This is a book I got given by my school at the end of the year around the age of 8-9.
I absolutely adored it and it always stayed with me. I often think back to that book as I think it's responsible for sparking my love for reading.
It's such a simple story but has such a strong influence on young readers.

10. A great book to read aloud
If read in the right way, any book is great to be read aloud
However, children's books with funny rhymes seemed to serve this purpose best.
My mind immediately goes to The Dinosaur that Pooped Christmas.
Dr. Seuss' books make a great read too.

11. These two characters should not have got together
Sarah Sargeant and James in 50 ways to find a lover by Lucy-Anne Holmes

12. Feelgood read
50 ways to find a lover by Lucy-Anne Holmes
This book has had me laughing out loud every time.
It's a charming read and will never fails to make me giggle.

13. This book is precious to me because
Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare.
Halfway this book, I broke down in tears and didn't stop until the end.

14. The book that reminds me of an ex
Can't think of anything.

15. Book set in the place you're from
From all the books I've read (and I read mainly in English), so far none have been placed in Belgium...

16.  Favourite book in translation
As mentioned, I mainly read books written in English since a few years. The pile of owned/read books in English is significantly bigger than my (translated in) Dutch books.
However, I read the translated version of This Is All by Aidan Chambers and really liked it.

17. Book you were wrong about
Penelope by Rebecca Harrington.
I had a different expectation about this book. I was disappointed quite quickly the moment I realised this book wasn't what I thought it to be and it never really managed to turn it around again.
I thought this book was going to be a great read. Warm and funny and familiar.
Instead I got frustrated about the main character, annoyed about her indifference and was constantly waiting for what I was promised by the blurb.

18. Book you read after seeing the film
More like 'Book I will read after seeing the film'.
The Hunger Games, I have not yet gotten around to them.

19. Favourite book about music
McFly: Unsaid Things...Our story
A biograpy written about my favourite band by my favourite band.
It's not about music in the strict defintion of the word but it gives an incredibly honest insight in these four musicians' lifes.

20. Slept with the lights on after reading
Nothing as of yet.

21. Brings back good memories
It must be the Harry Potter books again.
What else.

22. Glad you took a chance on
The Host by Stephenie Meyer.
People had so many different opinions about this book. I remember the first time that I read the first page. I was 14-15 I think....the text on the page didn't make sense and confused me. I put it back. Only a year later around the age of 16, I gave it another try and I'm so glad I did.

23. Favourite book published in your lifetime
Me Before You by Jojo Moyes.
Hands down, this book is beautiful. It is hard to put into words what emotions this book causes you to feel. I recommend this book to everyone, I want all my friends to read it.

24. Character you'd least like to turn up on a blind date
Death.
The Book thief by Markus Zusak
However, if it was for just a conversation, I actually think he'd make quite an interesting person to talk to...

25. Book you would give to a lover
Me Before you because I need the entire world to read it!

26. A book you'd love to discuss with your favourite author
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern.
There's just so much to talk about.

27. Longest owned unread
The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman

28. Book to convert a non-reader
Pfew, that really depends on the person and what genre they like.
I couldn't say. It's too complex of a decision to make because people are so different.
Ideally it'd be a book that's not too big so that the size wouldn't put them off but is interesting and quirky, has a twist and pulls you in.

Friday, February 27, 2015

TMI Tag

The TMI Tag: In which I answer 50 questions and talk too much.



If you do the tag, link me to your video, if you've done it too.

1. What are you wearing
2. Ever been in love?
3. Ever had a terrible break-up
4. How tall are you?
5. How much do you weigh?
6. Any tattoos?
7. Any piercins?
8. OPT?
9. Favourite show
10. Favourite bands
11. Something you miss
12. Favourite song?
13. How old are you?
14. Zodiac sign
15. Quality you look for in a partner
16. Favourite quote
17. Favourite actor
18. Favourite colour
19. Loud music or soft?
20. Where do you go when you’re sad?
21. How long does it take you to shower?
22. How long does it take you to get ready in the morning?
23. Ever been in a physical fight?
24. Turn on?
25. Turn off?
26. The reason you joined youtube?
27. Fears
28. Last thing that made you cry
29. Last time you said you loved someone
30. Meaning behind your youtube name
31. Last book you read
32. The book you’re currently reading
33. Last show you watched
34. Last person you taled to?
35. The relationship between you and the last person you texted
36. Favourite food
37. Place you want to visit
38. Last place you were
39. Do you have a crush
40. Last time you kissed someone
41. Last time you were insulted
42. Favourite flavour of sweet
43. What instruments do you play
44. Favourite piece of jewelry
45. Last sport you played
46. Last song you sang
47. Favourite chat up line
48. Have you ever used it
49. Last time you hung out with anyone
50. Who should answer these questions next

Weekly Obsession: The Night Circus





This week it wasn't twitter that was completely obsessed but me.
I have been completely sucked into the world of Erin Morgenstern's Night Circus
If I wasn't editing my own book, than I was reading this book. Whenever I told people I was reading this book or posted a picture about it, people kept telling me how amazing it was. Everyone seems to love The Night Circus





The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. The black sign, painted in white letters that hangs upon the gates, reads:


Opens at Nightfalll

Closes at Dawn 



As the sun disappears beyond the horizon, all over the tents small lights begin to flicker, as though the entirety of the circus is covered in particularly bright fireflies. When the tents are all aglow, sparkling against the night sky, the sign appears.

Le Cirque des Rêves

The Circus of Dreams



Now the circus is open.

Now you may enter.

What about me?
This book has been part of my TBR pile for quite some time and I was really looking forward to reading it.
The moment I was, I found it hard to put down.

People have been raving about this book and giving it a lot of praise.
The upside of that was that I got even more excited to read it.
A slight downside was that it really set the bar high. I was getting expectations.

I am close to finishing this book now and I will be reviewing it soon but I can tell you this: I've been completely obsessed this week and so far it has lived up to the expectations that were created.



Thursday, February 26, 2015

A messy jigsaw: complaints about the editing process


After a month of editing, eating more than I would dare to admit, drinking multiple cups of tea/hot chocolate, and having a few meltdowns, I think it's safe to say that these first weeks in my publishing journey have been quite the challenge so far.

I am on my third edit of a manuscript that I thought was fairly decent until I thoroughly started looking at it. When I had been editing previously, with only myself as target audience in mind, I noticed little things. Big mistakes and certain typos that were caused by quickly typing something before it left my mind.

However, this time I was editing with a different mindset. I knew that I would publishing online every chapter I had edited. Ready for the eyes of other people, to be read and judged by others than myself.
Before I started my editing process, I had read a few guides on editing and publishing, etc. and one of them had even advised something in the likes of this.

The last trick of the trade I’ll share with you is courtesy of Dani Shapiro, the critically acclaimed author of Slow Motion and Devotion. [...] and shared an interesting technique she uses to help her understand when her book is finished.
Shapiro helped put things into context as she described the simple process of sending an email. When you’re composing the note, the words and thoughts express a certain position or point of view. Everything looks right and so you hit: Send.
Immediately after the electrons fly through the ether, you see it: that obvious typo. The one you looked right past 10 times as the author. But what really happened is that the minute you hit the send button you read the message as a completely different person – the recipient. 
This is the approach she takes when takes that last critical examination of her book. She actually reads the book as if she’s someone else. She’ll read chapters as if she’s a kindly caring person on one day. On another she reads it as an angry critical person. From the readings of these and other personas, Shapiro is satisfied that her diverse audience is ready to read her next book.
Source: The End - Now What?! 6 Steps To Take Your Manuscript To Marketplace In 6 weeks by Steven Spatz (President, BookBaby.com)  

That is exactly what happened to me. I started reading my book in the way someone else would read it. A reader who'd be reading it with a much more scrutinizing eye than I had so far. A person with high expectations. People looking for the perfect story. I realized that up until now I had mainly been occupied with making sure most of the grammar problems were out of the way. As a non-native speaker, I did not want that to be the only thing that influenced people's opinion. I needed to make sure that my writing was as correct as possible, so that people would take me more seriously.

Then I realized that II was so focused on the form that I had lost all focus on content.
Starting that third edit and reading it from a reader's perspective made me, in all honesty, panic a little. I noticed how much of a mess my current manuscript still is. All of a sudden, sentences seemed wrong. Conversations don't feel natural. Entire pieces of text feel like they're in the wrong place but neither do I know where I should place them instead or if I should even bother keeping them.

It's like I am sitting in front of a jigsaw puzzle with no idea how to fit the pieces together. 
I can't find those vital corner pieces, missing the guide through the entire puzzle.

Needless to say that for the first time I am finding myself in the deep core of an editing process and I am freaking out! I am desperately looking for those corner pieces and trying to piece back together the bigger picture.
In a way I am glad that I am doing this step of editing. That I'm putting it out there for others to read and to give feedback but it is incredibly scary. So, so, so scary.
Not only is it the first time my story is being read by someone other than me but it's also being judged by others and I think many people will agree with me when I say that there's nothing scarier than having your little creation judged by other people.

Even if it needs to happen. 
Even if it's exactly what might make it less of a mess.
That doesn't mean that I no longer let out a shuddering breath whenever I press that 'submit' button on Jukepop or start to panic when I get a new e-mail notifying me about a new review or comment.

I don't regret taking the decision to share my story so early in its process. I think that in my case it's exactly what I need: getting advice from people with experience, getting feedback about things I wouldn't think about because my focus was more directed towards something else. It can only benefit me.
Right now is the moment for me to make changes, adapt, revise, edit and start all over. To make it the best product I can offer before sending it to professionals for even more editing.

It's a long and hard process but it will be worth it in the end.
It always is when you finally solve that puzzle. Before you put it back in the box, that is :)





Friday, February 20, 2015

Weekly Obsession: Tied Up With Love


Welcome to a new weekly feature on this blog!


Weekly Obsession

This page will put a book or goodie in the spotlight that has been the buzz of the week on my social mediums!

It will mainly be featuring books though it might occur that every once in a while something else makes an appearance. Let's start of this new feature with a book the internet has gone crazy for.



This first week was and is entirely devoted to 'Tied Up With Love' by Holly Martin (writing as Amelia Thorne).
Released only on Valentine's Day already the talk of the week.
Twitter has been going crazy about this novel.
The cover looks beautiful and has received great reviews so far.
If twitter were one of those old village markets where an entire town gossiped about the same subject. You know, like Belle was the constant talk of the town in Beauty & The Beast? Tied Up With Love would be Belle. Only in this case the old village exists out of a platform of book enthusiasts and the gossip is much more positive.


You can find a selection of reviews on the following book blogs:
M's bookshelf
Chicks that read
Aven Ellis where she also shares the first chapter
Crooks on Books
The love of a good book
+ so many more. But they all have one thing in common. Each and every one of them marvel at how good the book is.

You can also find an interview with the author on Erin's Choice blog





‘We’re from KMW. Do exactly as you’re told and you won’t get hurt...'

Being grabbed off the street, blind folded, tied up and thrown into a van was not what Izzy expected to happen when she stepped out the door that morning. But when an accidental kidnapping at the hands of the sexy Ethan Chase and his 'Kidnap My Wife' sexual fantasy business leads to just that, Izzy seizes the chance to turn her misfortune into a brilliant new job opportunity…
Since then, life has been one big tangle of new client meetings, fake kidnapping pick-ups, and handling the temperamental, but drop dead gorgeous 'bad boy' Mr Chase. But, as liberating as being tied up in Ethan's life is, Izzy knows the time is fast approaching when she must make some decisions and take charge of her future. The only question is: will Ethan allow himself to be a part of it?



What about me?
I bought the e-book version of Tied Up With Love for the bargaining price of 99p!
BARGAIN! I do love buying promising books for a good price.

I've not started this book yet as I am currently reading The Night Circus, editing my own book and doing other small projects but I can not wait to start reading this one!

I like the idea of the story and a strong male character (who doesn't). I'm sure I'll fancy the pants off of him and will be routing for Izzy.

I have a feeling that if you find me reading this book in public I'll be crying with laughter or yelling at the characters. Both of which are a good sign.




Thursday, February 19, 2015

My (almost) free e-book haul!

Due to lack of a date, I spend most of my Valentine on the internet.
Correction: I spend most of my Valentine being immersed in the world of book blogging.
I followed a great amount of new twitter accounts/blogs/facebook pages etc. (and being followed in return).

Over Valentine several of these pages tweeted about several books that were free on kindle (most in spirits of Valentine's Day). So, even though I do not have an e-reader, I dived in the world of e-books and downloaded following books on my computer with the Amazon Kindle for PC app.

Book covers and descriptions are taken straight from Amazon.com

1. Tied Up With Love - Holly Martin (writing as Amelia Thorne) ($0,99)
This book was only just released (14 February '15) and has been getting amazing reviews and is doing very good in the charts. I can't wait to start reading it.

‘We’re from KMW. Do exactly as you’re told and you won’t get hurt...'

Being grabbed off the street, blind folded, tied up and thrown into a van was not what Izzy expected to happen when she stepped out the door that morning. But when an accidental kidnapping at the hands of the sexy Ethan Chase and his 'Kidnap My Wife' sexual fantasy business leads to just that, Izzy seizes the chance to turn her misfortune into a brilliant new job opportunity…
Since then, life has been one big tangle of new client meetings, fake kidnapping pick-ups, and handling the temperamental, but drop dead gorgeous 'bad boy' Mr Chase. But, as liberating as being tied up in Ethan's life is, Izzy knows the time is fast approaching when she must make some decisions and take charge of her future. The only question is: will Ethan allow himself to be a part of it?


2. The Blue Room Café - Arcadia Page (Free)
I like the description of this book. I like the idea of reading about a world of creativity, art and coffee. Who doesn't?


Welcome to life outside of the glass case. 



Danielle is a high school grad from a perfect suburban neighborhood being fast-tracked to college by her parents. Desperate to blaze her own trail, but lacking any real direction of her own, she jumps the rails and plunges headlong into a world of creativity, art, and coffee. 


What truths will she find at The Blue Room Café?



3. Kisses & Cupcakes - Choc Lit Authors 
(Juliet Archer, Rhoda Baxter, Clare Chase, Kathryn Freeman, Janet Gover, Henriette Gyland, Liz Harris, Melanie Hudson, Laura E. James, Margaret James, Jane Lovering, Alison May, Linda Mitchelmore, Berni Stevens, Christine Stovell, Sarah Tranter, Sarah Waights & Evonne Wareham)

Did someone say cupcakes? *pops head out of the kitchen*
Who doesn't love a book with a collection of romantic short stories AND a bunch of recipes to go with it? You find it all in this book.


4. The Venice Bucket List - Ella Fairlie (Free)
I'm curious to find out about Tess' love story and secretly hope to read some mayhem caused by her child(ren).




Single mum Tess has enough on her plate without being forced to tag along on her brother and his girlfriend’s romantic winter holiday to Venice, and she certainly isn’t looking for a Valentine love affair of her own. But with the annual Carnival afoot, Venice has some magic and mayhem in store for her, in the form of a handsome masked stranger with a surprising secret. Will the city of glass and gondolas be able to work its charm, or is this one amore that’s lost in translation?


‘The Venice Bucket List’ is a deliciously escapist destination romcom novella about how love can surprise you when you least expect it.


5. The Douchebag Chronicles - Kageni Wilson (Free)
The cover (chocolate!!!!!!!!) and its title. The title is just brilliant!
Crime drama is a genre that I don't read all that much but I am definitely intrigued.


A billionaire walks into a bar. It’s 3:00 pm on an uncomfortably warm Friday afternoon and a wave of heat wafts in with him. The thick Plexiglas door rings a small bell above him as it slowly swings shut. 

“We’re not yet open,” shouts a weary voice. “Come back in an hour.” 

His eyes take a moment to adjust to the dim light. Despite the smell of freshly mopped floors the malty scent of stale beer lingers. Sparse rays of glowing sunlight force their way in through a few small holes chipped in the tint on large, blacked-out windows to his left. A fine dust dances through them. 

Even in its empty semi-darkness, the room's appearance strikes a delicate balance between dingy and homely. It seems like the kind of place he might have frequented in his youth. To one end sits a wall-size shelf holding what must be at least sixty different bottles of liquor. He walks towards it through wooden tables with their chairs still on them, his footsteps on the linoleum floor clearly audible. They echo. The place is clearly a lot larger than it looks. He doesn’t see the shouter until he reaches the counter. There he finds a man –presumably the bartender- cleaning up in preparation for a busy night. 

“I’m not here to drink.” He replies. “I’m actually looking for someone.” 

After another thirty seconds or so of conversation he extracts a small revolver from his jacket pocket and fires six rounds into the bartender. 

This is where our story begins. 

~ ~ ~ 

'The Douchebag Chronicles' is a gripping crime drama exploring the seemingly unconnected events that come to change the lives of six strangers forever.


6. Stairlift to heaven: Growing old disgracefully - Terry Ravenscroft (Free)
I can't wait for the adventures of what sounds to be a very quirky character.
The illustration on the cover somehow reminds me a bit of Roald Dahl's BFG.



The 2012 Paralympic Games are still six years away but already the sixty-five year old Terry Ravenscroft is putting together a team for the Throwing the Zimmer (Walking) Frame competition - should such an event be included. And when he has time to fit it in, of course. For this is a man who has many other things that fill his waking hours (of which he has more to fill than most people, thanks to the troublesome prostate gland which wakes him up for a pee a least six times every night). 

Stairlift to Heaven, the journal of an old age pensioner, is an irreverent, hilarious look at one man’s life after retirement. Although written by an old age pensioner, non-coffin dodgers should not be put off by this. Everyone will be old someday, and there are valuable lessons in coping with old age to be learned here. Stairlift to Heaven ill advise you on how to cope with the multitude of maladies that accompany advancing years (including the aforementioned prostate gland problem and the countless bladder examinations it brings with it); learn how to cope with increasing forgetfulness; how to become adept at dealing with junk mail; how not to go about capturing a Christmas goose; how to cope with increasing forgetfulness....sorry, I forgot I already mentioned that: discover why you might be well advised to avoid swimming lessons; why you might like to give faith healers the widest of a wide berths; and how to deal with the neighbours from hell. But most of all learn how you can have lots of FUN whilst you’re doing it. 



7. The Air Singer - K. Huber (Free)
I like supernatural/paranormal gifts and outsiders that find each other. This story sounds like it'll be a gripping read and I can't wait to start on this!



She must learn to control her element. He must learn to control his desire. 




A paranormal romance unlike any other... 

Tally Chambers is content with her quiet, undemanding life. She works as a tarot reader during the day and plays open mics at night. Her simple utopia is shattered when the attractive Roland Stokes sits at her table. She is elated at his sudden interest in her, but soon discovers his true motivation. 

Roland reveals that she is the Air Singer, one of four people in this generation who can control the elements. He is her paladin, sent to protect her from those who would cause her harm. 

Tally is quickly thrown into a battle between two ancient societies. The Cadence want to protect her. The Spina want to kill her. All over a power she never asked for.


8. Runes - Ednah Walters (Free)
Oh, I'm immediately intrigued by the character of Torin. I have a sneaky suspicion that I'll come to crush over him.
Runes is the first book in the Runes Series and I really hope I'll like it so that I can dig into the rest of the books.
Seventeen-year-old Raine Cooper has enough on her plate dealing with her father’s disappearance, her mother’s erratic behavior and the possibility of her boyfriend relocating. The last thing she needs is Torin St. James—a mysterious new neighbor with a wicked smile and uncanny way of reading her. 

Raine is drawn to Torin’s dark sexiness against her better judgment, until he saves her life with weird marks and she realizes he is different. But by healing her, Torin changes something inside Raine. Now she can’t stop thinking about him. Half the time, she’s not sure whether to fall into his arms or run. 

Scared, she sets out to find out what Torin is. But the closer she gets to the truth the more she uncovers something sinister about him. What Torin is goes back to an ancient mythology and Raine is somehow part of it. Not only is she and her friends in danger, she must choose a side, but the wrong choice will cost Raine her life


9. Freak of Nature - Julia Crane (Free)
This book reminds me in a way of The Host (which I looooooved). It doesn't sound like a genre I would usually read but something about the description pulls me in!





Donate Body to Science. Check. 


When seventeen-year-old Kaitlyn checked the box, she never suspected she’d have her life–and her body–stolen from her. She awakens one day in a secret laboratory to discover that her body is now half-robot and is forced to hide her own secret: that she still has human emotions and a human mind. If the scientists who made her find out, they’ll erase what remains of who she was. 

Kaitlyn finds an unlikely ally in Lucas, a handsome, brilliant scientist who can’t get over the guilt he feels knowing she was once a vibrant, beautiful young woman. He never expected a science project to affect him the way she does. As he tries to help her rediscover her past, he finds himself falling for the brave girl struggling to find her place and acceptance between the human and computer worlds. 

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

A BOOK HAUL VIDEO


In my adventure of book blogging, surely a book haul video couldn't be left out.
Turns out that I happened to recently have bought books only just this month. I know, shocker!

Here we go (and with that I am also introducing a new page on my blog: Video Corner).

A video in which I quickly discuss temporary insanity and BOOKS. Twelve of them!



A quick list of the books I bought:
1. These Broken stars - Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner
2. Legend - Marie Lu
3. The Bane Chronicles - Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan & Maureen Johnson
4. Peter Pan - J.M. Barrie
5. Alice's adventures in Wonderland - Lewis Caroll
6. What a girl wants - Lindsey Kelk
7. Christmas at the cupcake cafe - Jenny Colgan
8. The Miniaturist - Jessie Burton
9. Panic - Lauren Oliver
10. Thirteen - Tom Hoyle
11. Gone girl - Gillian Flynn
12. The Pointless Book - Alfie Deyes

Monday, February 16, 2015

First Times and Feminism


Woah! It's not even my full first week with this blog yet and I've already been blown away by the amazing world I have ended up in.

I have always loved books, reading and writing but now that I am fully starting to explore the world of book reviewers, book bloggers, authors and publishing I am so happy to see that I feel at home.
Out of all the communities (either online or in real life) I have found that this community of Book Addicts is one of the most warming and charming communities out there.

My 'following' number has increased a lot as I keep bumping onto new accounts that I want to follow and almost every single person unselfishly follows back. I got tweets from lovely authors thanking me to mention their books - which feels weird as mentioning them is my way of thanking them in the first place. I have found people recommending my blog even though it's only in its beginning stages and I have only a handful of blogs posted.

These first few days have been such a whirlwind and for a first time in a new community. For a first attempt as starting up a proper blog. For a first time book reviewer/reader/writer it is incredibly reassuring to find myself in such a welcoming group.

I can't wait to make more friends, meet new people and expand my personal community.
Currently I'm that person that stared from the window and finally dared entering the cafeteria.
I'm carefully ordering a drink, sitting in the corner and observing everything that's happening.
Boy, am I excited to leave that corner!

This is the least scary first time I'll ever experience, I think.
And yet that little girl in the corner sipping her drink still feels like she should whisper something to make sure there's no mistaking.
So in a hushed tone I'll say: "I promise I will try my very best and please just give me some time."
Then this cornered girl gets a mug of hot chocolate placed in front of her and she feels herself relax a little more. She adds one last thing: "I can tell I'm going to get comfortable here."

*  *  *

That having said. I feel like shortly addressing something else: FEMINISM
You might have found (from that handful of posts) that I quite adore Lucy-Anne Holmes chick-lit books. We've tweeted back and forth a few times before too and she is just a very lovely person in general. Now...a few years ago (2-3 years) Lucy-Anne started a NoMorePage3 campaign, kindly asking The Sun to get rid of the naked woman on page3.

(If only I could embed the video that I am wanting to show you but I can not. So instead I'll link you.)
When you go this website, you'll find yourself being redirected to a website where Lucy will be able to explain it so much better than I can.

In short, after two and a half years the campaign properly kicked off and the results are showing. However, it's been a long way and will still be a long way for feminism. 

She has written and is sharing her story in book form. One of which I am sure will be filled with humour, wanking and a hard-cored truth.

'Don't Hold My Head Down: How when looking for great sex, I accidentally found Great Sex' is ready for publication. All it needs now is a little bit of help. If you have anything to spare or are in any way wondering how a person went from wanking to feminism than give the link a click.

Beneath the cut I will share the synopsis that is originally posted here: http://unbound.co.uk/books/dont-hold-my-head-down

Saturday, February 14, 2015

5 Valentine's Book Recommendations


Seeing as I'm still in the spirit to talk about books.
Let's follow up my Valentine Tag with a Book Recommendation.

I'll link to every book's Goodreads page.
You can also add me on goodreads and see what I thought of these books.
(Some might not have a review as I only just realized with 2/5 of them that I forgot to add them to my shelves. Oopsie)


Single Girl's To-Do List - Lindsey Kelk
Kelk is a great chick-lit writer that is most known for her 'I Heart' series. Her Single girls to-do list doesn't disappoint either and her main character, Rachel Summers, will have you smile with recognition and route for her from beginning to end. Even when she makes stupid decisions.

Step Back In Time - Ali McNarma
McNarma defies the laws of reality and takes you in a world of time travel, serendipity and faith.
Together with Jo-jo you travel through different times and find yourself reminiscing. Even more so when she mentions some of the golden oldies that were most popular around that time.

Holmes is one of my all-time favourite chick-lit authors. This is the first book I read of hers and it was great fun. It made me laugh out loud at certain moments and with Sarah Seargant she has avery warm and charming yet clumsy protagonist. You'll like her immediately.


You're The One That I Want - Giovanna Fletcher
Fletcher's second book and if you've read her debut novel Billy and Me you'll recognize how much she has grown as an author. With 'You're The One That I Want' you'll find yourself pulled in a world where love and friendship are very closely tied together.I can hear you sigh 'another love triangle?' but it's a very enjoyable read and the perfect book to have on your lap whilst holding a chocolate cookie and a nice cup of tea.


Me And Mr. Darcy - Alexandra Potter
If you love Mr. Darcy you might end up loving or hating this book. Potter plays with many women's ideal man. Emily loves Mr. Darcy more than anything and her ideal guy would be just like him. So when she meets a man exactly alike you'd think she's got it all.
Potter shows you that even though boys in books might look better (and I more than anyone will state that loud and clearly: Boys in books ARE better), these characters might look much less romantic and charming in real-life.





The Valentine's Day Book Tag

Valentine's Day Book Tag:
1. Favorite Couple Ever - You want to have their relationship!
Tough question...
I heart ... series by Lindsey Kelk
I totally adore Angela/Alex's relationship.

My favourite couple ever however is Clary/Jace in The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare, though not sure I'd want to have the relationship they share at moments :')

2. Relationship that never happened - You wanted them to get together but they never did. :-(

Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
(this relationship could classify under another question too)
I'm going to refrain from using names as I don't want to spoil too much.
But read this book! It is stunning!

3. Your crush - ANY character!
Well...the question kind of says it all. ANY character.
Boys in books are so much better and every charming, attractively written, witty or, simply, male character is one of my crushes. I can not begin to start writing down all of them or which one is my favourite as it would almost be impossible!

4. Worst Relationship - A couple you wanted to break up because the character was awful/deceitful/abusive/etc.
Pear shaped by Stella Newman.
Sophie/James.
Oh James annoyed me so much. Every time he appeared I just wanted to punch his face.

5. Your Favorite Love Triangle

The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare
Will/Jem/Tessa (not sure if everyone would classify it as a love triangle but I'll take my chances).
These three characters will cling on your soul and you'll find yourself torn in making a decision. The love between all three characters for one another is incredibly strong. You might find yourself routing for a certain outcome but I can guarantee you that pride, honour, trust and love are great factors in this relationship.

6. Your Favorite Tragic Love Story - A couple whose relationship was cut tragically short.
Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
Lou/Will.
The relationship is intense, complicated and dedicated. It will make your heart melt and break at the same time and everything about this is just beautiful. You will cry oceans and will be left unsure and hopeful about the outcome all the way until it's revelation.


7. What book would you choose to be your Valentine??

Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
Simply because this book is what I am currently reading and I am just very curious to find out what's going to happen. So, with my last question answered, today shall be spend by reading!
There are little other options that seem a better way to spend this Valentine!

The Book Tag Section!

 
The Book Tag Section.
This page is all about tags
There's multiple tags out there that are fun to do.
There is the TMI tag and the NY tag and even though those might make an appearance in this section, this page will mainly hold Tag questions/challenges that involve books.
So, whenever I find myself bored or in need of procrastination I'll do a book tag post.
Feel free to post your own Book tag questions and replies!

Friday, February 13, 2015

A year of 'Now What?'


Then:
I keep one eye on my word count and another on the text that appears in front of me. I type without stopping to think, drink, eat, or even pee. The goal is 50.000 words and the month is coming to an end faster than expected. With only a few more hours left, I race to the finish line and cross that 50.000 word mark. I let out a sigh of relief and do a little happy dance.
I did it!
Another year conquered!
I can officially call myself a NaNoWriMo 2015 winner!

Now:
I keep both eyes on the text in front of me and go over every word with a scrutinizing look. I sigh exasperated as at the end my precious words all have turned a different colour.
Yellow: Sentence structure
Green: Typos that need correcting
Purple: Add more story here
Blue: Something here needs changing
Red: What were you thinking?

My precious novel has turned into a rainbow and even though it needed some very thorough editing, it felt like rejecting my first born child. Some serious revising and editing later I have a document that's black and white again and I find myself thinking 'Now What?'


* * *

Currently:
But now, let's grab that hand mirror and take a long objective look at the current situation.





Here I am. A novel written and more opportunity than ever before.
I want to publish a book! My book!
That's all I can think of and have been thinking of the moment I finished my NaNo2015 novel.

This time, I want to go for it. This time, I want to make it happen and with technology and the internet only making publishing easier and easier there is no better time to start than now.

When 2015 started and it was time to make those New Year's resolutions, I decided that mine was going to involve publishing a book. I told myself that I would try everything in my power to publish a book by the end of the year.

It's February now. Two months later and the desire to succeed is still as strong but my courage is wavering. As an author you can choose out of several ways of publishing now. There's everything from traditional publishing to self-publishing. There's printed books, e-books and even audio-books.

All of these, yet quite important decisions, are not yet to order.
There's so many more things that need to happen for my book to grow from the stage it is in now to the part where it is ready for the rest of the world to be read.

That's exactly where I am stuck!
The point I find myself at now is also the moment where I stare blankly at my computer screen and go: 'Now What?'
What are all the steps I have to undertake?
Who do I hire and where do I hire them from?
What should I do first and in which order?
Ideally I would love to have a list I could just tick-off (and trust me, I have looked and googled like mad) and publish within a month but in reality I find myself looking around and wondering how on earth I am going to do this in less than a year.
I look for any excuse good enough to procrastinate. I even started blogging about it!

Maybe just maybe, if I'm really honest, I think I might be scared.
As well as overwhelmed.

But hey, we're only in the second month of the year! Meaning, I have 10 more months to figure this all out. I owe it to myself and to the story I want to tell that I continue to work hard and figure it all out.

The time for self doubt is over. It is now the time for self-publishing.
I'll high five to that!