Book Review: Draekora (The Medoran Chronicles #3) By Lynette Noni

Author: Lynette Noni
Pages: 404 pages
Genre: YA, Fantasy
Publication Date: April 1st, 2017
Publisher: Pantera Press

Draekora, Book Review, Coffee n' Notes

Blurb

“I swear by the stars that you and the others slain tonight will be the first of many. Of that, you have my word.”

With Aven Dalmarta now hiding in the shadows of Meya, Alex is desperate to save Jordan and keep the Rebel Prince from taking more lives.

Training day and night to master the enhanced immortal blood in her veins, Alex undertakes a dangerous Meyarin warrior trial that separates her from those she loves and leaves her stranded in a place where nothing is as it should be.

As friends become enemies and enemies become friends, Alex must decide who to trust as powerful new allies—and adversaries—push her towards a future of either light… or darkness.

One way or another, the world will change…

Review
5 Stars

Before I’ll start I will just say that I loved Akarnae and Raelia so much, that I really was looking forward to reading Draekora 😀

Draekora is the third book in the Medoran Chronicles. I will keep this review short as it’s so hard to review this book without spoilers (I’ve tried, lol).

The book started with tons of action, sweeping you immediately to a new place with new characters, full of danger. From the start, Alex and her gang are trying to find out if Jordan’s brother was alive or not. Alex goes to Meya to train and learn more about her abilities. There, she has one of the best adventures in this book 😀 And I think the author only gets better and better with each book she writes.

There are a lot of new characters that we meet in this book, but you are drawn to them from the start. I love that we got to see more of Medora and even though this book has a more serious tone to it, we still experience the fun and excitement that we loved so much in the previous books. Draekora is by far the best book in this series (so far) ❤

You really get involved with the characters and the author did a wonderful job with them, you can’t help yourself but fall in love with them. I did miss the old gang a lot but it didn’t make the story any less enjoyable to read. Alex has to go through so much that with each dangerous event you keep asking yourself how will she ever get out of this situation. I won’t say much of the other characters as it will definitely spoil things for you, but I will say that the Draekon character is such a great addition to the story, I loved it.
The villain also is well thought of and you really love to hate him, the author did an amazing work with him, omg.

The ending of this book… Omg. I can’t really say much here but let me say that I couldn’t stop crying, and I so happy that I have the next book to read immediately. At the end of this book, things get even more crazy and dangerous and we know that war is coming and as I said I am happy I already have Gravale (book #4) because I must know what will happen next with Alex and her gang.

This book has everything you want in a great book. You got dangerous adventures, friendships, time travel, dragons, magic, and love. How can you not love this book ❤

P.S: The cover is gorgeous and I would truly love if I could visit Draekora.

Book 4 here I come ❤

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Book Review: The Savior’s Champion (The Savior’s Series #1) by Jenna Moreci

Author: Jenna Moreci
Pages: 534 pages
Genre: Fantasy Romance
Publication Date: April 24th, 2018
Publisher: Jenna Moreci

The Savior's Champion, Jenna Moreci

Blurb

Tobias Kaya doesn’t care about The Savior. He doesn’t care that She’s the Ruler of the realm or that She purified the land, and he certainly doesn’t care that She’s of age to be married. But when competing for Her hand proves to be his last chance to save his family, he’s forced to make The Savior his priority.

Now Tobias is thrown into the Sovereign’s Tournament with nineteen other men, and each of them is fighting—and killing—for the chance to rule at The Savior’s side. Instantly his world is plagued with violence, treachery, and manipulation, revealing the hidden ugliness of his proud realm. And when his circumstances seem especially dire, he stumbles into an unexpected romance, one that opens him up to unimaginable dangers and darkness.

Review
4.5 Stars

Wow, this book has so many twists and turns, I loved it. Jenna Moreci did a wonderful job with this book ❤

The savior Champion is written in a third person from Tobias POV. Every year there’s a tournament where the winner gets to be the suitor for the Savior.

Tobias, enters the Savior’s Tournament with only one goal in mind, to save his family. In this book, there’s dangers, action, and romance. All make a wonderful and fast-paced story to read, but I will say that it is an adult fantasy book and so it has a lot of more adult content in it, so keep that in mind 🙂

I loved the characters in this book a lot and even though I saw some of the characters on the author’s Instagram teases, it still felt as though I knew them for the first time.

The characters in TSC were well developed and you good easily see them in my mind. I loved that even the strong characters had their flaws, which only made the story feel more real to me and the evil character is written masterfully – I love evil characters a lot, hehe 😀
The Savior and her sisters were written so well and Leila is an amazing addition to the story and is one of my favorite.

The world building here was extremely well thought of and it shows on paper (well in my case in the ebook, hehe). Tobias’s world, Thessen felt so real and even though it’s a very dangerous world to live in, it’s also a beautiful one.

As I said before, the pacing of this book is fast and the fight scenes (gorry as they are) are written well, there wasn’t a dull moment. This is not a short book and I still read it in just a few days 😀

This is a Fantasy Romance so… Of course, there will be a romance story here. I was happy to discover that the romance parts are written beautifully and the relationship was made to be of healthy adults and that made this book even a better one to read.

The only thing reason I gave the book, 4.5 stars and not 5 were two small things:

1. The names were a bit confusing to follow and in some parts of the story, I didn’t know which character is talking to who.

2. The Tournament is in a labyrinth, but it didn’t feel is a labyrinth but more of an arena. I just couldn’t picture it.

Final thoughts: If you like magic, romance, humor, and lots of action, all in an amazing package, this book is for you 🙂 I can’t wait to read the next book in this series.

Don’t forget to pre-order it now – You have a few hours until the release 😀

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As always, thank you so much for reading ❤

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* I received this copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Book Review: Raelia (The Medoran Chronicles #2) By Lynette Noni

Author: Lynette Noni
Pages: 403 Pages
Genre: YA, Fantasy
Publication Date: April 1st, 2016 
Publisher: Pantera Press

Raelia, Book Review, Coffee n' Notes

Blurb

“Life is full of crossroads, Alex. Full of choices.”

Returning for a second year at Akarnae Academy with her gifted friends, Alexandra Jennings steps back through a doorway into Medora, the fantasy world that is full of impossibilities. Despite the magical wonder of Medora, Alex’s life remains threatened by Aven Dalmarta, the banished prince from the Lost City of Meya who is out for her blood. To protect the Medorans from Aven’s quest to reclaim his birthright, Alex and her friends seek out the Meyarin city and what remains of its ancient race. Not sure who—or perhaps what—she is anymore, all Alex knows is that if she fails to keep Aven from reaching Meya, the lives of countless Medorans will be in danger. Can she protect them, or will all be lost?

#EmbraceTheWonder

Review
5 Stars

Oh, my… Trying to sort out my feelings and thoughts a bit before starting this review.

It’s been awhile since I’ve read the first book Akarnae but everything stayed fresh in my mind and this book starts just a few months after the first book ends.

The author Lynette Noni did a great job with grabbing my attention from start to finish. The world is filled with magic, incredible places and interesting characters that you will want to know more and more about.

As I said, this is the second book in this series and here, Alex and her friends are back at Akarnae Academy for another year of dangerous adventures.

The friendships Lynette has created here is a rare unicorn to read in books, it is so well written and well thought of.

These friendships between all the characters make the story of what it is. Even the not so main characters were well written and made Medora more real and the adventures in this book more exciting.

The storyline resumes shortly after Akarnae, (no spoilers here), but after the first book, Alex is back more determined to protect the institute. When Alex travels to an ancient kingdom, we meet new characters that now play a key role in the story and are part of Alex’s group, which makes the story even more exciting to read.

I will add that this story has a unique feel to it just like Harry Potter and for me, that means that the story and the characters will surely make me laugh, angry and cry, as I go through their adventure with them and I will remember them forever.

Even the villain Aven, is written well, and you immediately love to hate him, Lynette truly did a wonderful work with him, like all the other characters in this series.

The ending really punch you in the feels 😀

The last few chapters were brutal and heartbreaking, and I can tell you now that as soon as I finished with this book I grabbed the next one as fast as I could. I had to know what will happen, I just had to.

Overall, it is a fun and fast read (I couldn’t let go of the book from the start), and there was much tension, making it a perfect blend of a wonderful story. The Medoran Chronicles is definitely a series worth reading, you will not regret it ❤

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As always, thank you so much for reading ❤

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**** Here’s my book review for Akarnae (book 1) 🙂

My February TBR

Hey all, I hope you are all having a nice Tuesday. Mine was busy at home, with lots of organizing, writing and editing 😀 Overall a good day, but I am already feeling tired, lol, even though it’s just 6pm and there are still things to do around the house.

On January, I’ve managed to read 7 books (which was a bit much for me, lol) so I thought that for the month of February I will read a bit less and that’s is what I’ve done. So I chose 5 books to read and I already finished with 1 (yay).

Here is my TBR for February

The Hawkman, Coffee n' Notes

The Hawkman By Jane Rosenberg LaForge

(I got this book from NetGalley)

A great war, a great love, and the mythology that unites them; The Hawkman: A Fairy Tale of the Great War is a lyrical adaptation of a beloved classic.

Set against the shattering events of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, at the tale’s heart are an American schoolteacher—dynamic and imaginative—and an Irish musician, homeless and hated—who have survived bloodshed, poverty, and sickness to be thrown together in an English village. Together they quietly hide from the world in a small cottage.

Too soon, reality shatters their serenity, and they must face the parochial community. Unbeknownst to all, a legend is in the making—one that will speak of courage and resilience amidst the forces that brought the couple together even as outside forces threaten to tear them apart.

Zenith, Coffee n' Notes

Zenith By Sasha Alsberg and Lindsay Cummings

Most know Androma Racella as the Bloody Baroness, a powerful mercenary whose reign of terror stretches across the Mirabel Galaxy. To those aboard her glass starship, Marauder, however, she’s just Andi, their friend and fearless leader.

But when a routine mission goes awry, the Marauder‘s all-girl crew is tested as they find themselves in a treacherous situation and at the mercy of a sadistic bounty hunter from Andi’s past.

Meanwhile, across the galaxy, a ruthless ruler waits in the shadows of the planet Xen Ptera, biding her time to exact revenge for the destruction of her people. The pieces of her deadly plan are about to fall into place, unleashing a plot that will tear Mirabel in two.

Andi and her crew embark on a dangerous, soul-testing journey that could restore order to their shipor just as easily start a war that will devour worlds. As the Marauder hurtles toward the unknown, and Mirabel hangs in the balance, the only certainty is that in a galaxy run on lies and illusion, no one can be trusted.

Renegades, Coffee n' Notes

Renegades By Marissa Meyer

Secret Identities. Extraordinary Powers. She wants vengeance. He wants justice.

The Renegades are a syndicate of prodigies — humans with extraordinary abilities — who emerged from the ruins of a crumbled society and established peace and order where chaos reigned. As champions of justice, they remain a symbol of hope and courage to everyone… except the villains they once overthrew.

Nova has a reason to hate the Renegades, and she is on a mission for vengeance. As she gets closer to her target, she meets Adrian, a Renegade boy who believes in justice — and in Nova. But Nova’s allegiance is to a villain who has the power to end them both.

Keeper, Coffee n' Notes

Keeper by Kim Chance

When a 200-year-old witch attacks her, sixteen-year-old bookworm Lainey Styles is determined to find a logical explanation. Even with the impossible staring her in the face, Lainey refuses to believe it—until she finds a photograph linking the witch to her dead mother.

After consulting a psychic, Lainey discovers that she, like her mother, is a Keeper: a witch with the exclusive ability to unlock and wield the Grimoire, a dangerous but powerful spell book. But there’s a problem. The Grimoire has been stolen by a malevolent warlock who is desperate for a spell locked inside it—a spell that would allow him to siphon away the world’s magic.

With the help of her comic-book-loving best friend and an enigmatic but admittedly handsome street fighter, Lainey must leave her life of college prep and studying behind to prepare for the biggest test of all: stealing back the book.

The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue, Coffee n' Notes

The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue (Guide #1) by Mackenzi Lee

Henry “Monty” Montague was born and bred to be a gentleman, but he was never one to be tamed. The finest boarding schools in England and the constant disapproval of his father haven’t been able to curb any of his roguish passions—not for gambling halls, late nights spent with a bottle of spirits, or waking up in the arms of women or men.

But as Monty embarks on his Grand Tour of Europe, his quest for a life filled with pleasure and vice is in danger of coming to an end. Not only does his father expect him to take over the family’s estate upon his return, but Monty is also nursing an impossible crush on his best friend and traveling companion, Percy.

Still it isn’t in Monty’s nature to give up. Even with his younger sister, Felicity, in tow, he vows to make this yearlong escapade one last hedonistic hurrah and flirt with Percy from Paris to Rome. But when one of Monty’s reckless decisions turns their trip abroad into a harrowing manhunt that spans across Europe, it calls into question everything he knows, including his relationship with the boy he adores.

Well, these are the books I want to read and I hope I will be able to it, as I have lots of editing and writing to do. But I heard so many good things about these books, so I can’t wait to read them all.
What are your books you really want to read this month, share in the comments  😀
As always, thank you so much for reading ❤

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5 Tips On How To Start Over

Hey everyone, hope you are all having a nice Wednesday ❤

Today was a very busy day for both me and my mom, she moved to a new room so we had to clean and organize and declutter her stuff and by the end of the day, I felt exhausted. Yesterday was a nice day at home. I cleaned, wrote about 3.2K (yay me), edited, and read a book I am reviewing next month.

Today I wanted to talk about (or more so to share) about my writing progress. In EllE (working title) I am still editing. My editing is going at a slower pace than I wished it to be, but anything is better than nothing and slow is definitely a progress, so that’s good 😉

I have another project that I am working on. I almost finished writing it a while back (like 2.5 years ago). While I was starting to edit it, I’ve realized that there were too many huge blocks of writing that needed to be changed and rewritten, so I printed it and started working on it.

Writing, Coffee n' Notes

Sometimes in editing, you just need to start over and that’s okay.

Now that I am started over, I felt scared but also very excited, lol. It’s like visiting an old dream that you have forgotten, but suddenly remember bits of it. I was so scared to start over from scratch, but now that I am 35K words in, I realize that I’ve made a good choice. The plot runs smoother, the characters feel real and complicated, and the story itself keeps growing.

I wanted to share with you my 5 best tips on how to start over (if you have to start over), without banging your head on the wall or your table, lol. These 5 tips will make you work faster and better.

Btw, these tips work great with every new project as well, the only thing you’ll need to change is brainstorm ideas and then outline.

Coffee n' Notes

Print. Read. Highlight. Outline.

I printed my old novel (75K) and read it very slowly. I highlighted the parts that I thought were important and saved those parts in a new document, in a new order I thought they need to go.

Brainstorming, Coffee n' Notes

Outline or Re-Outline the novel, only this time add every little detail you can think of and put all those highlighted parts in the outline. My new outline is now about 45 pages, lol (while the old one was 5). It’s like a big summery of your novel 😀

Start writing. Work in bursts.

What helped me the most is to make the outline in a new document and start my writing on that, lol. This way, I am not working with a blank page (so no fear of writing or writer’s block) and I will always have a good idea where my characters and plot needs to go, so writing came easier.

Writing, Coffee n' Notes

Writing in small bursts helped me a lot so far. I worked in 20-30 minutes of writing sessions (a few times a day) and it didn’t make me feel overwhelmed or overworked.

After each writing session, take a break with some yummy coffee or tea and some fruit. Enjoy the feeling that you were writing 🙂 After the break, get back to your writing session.

Edit as you go

Don’t wait after you finish writing it all, to edit. Try editing while your mind is still fresh and full of details about the world, characters, and the plot. If you finished writing for that day, take the next day to edit what you wrote so far. Remember this is a simple edit. You will not go into the nitty-gritty of things. Look at the plot and characters, and see if they make sense to you.

Try working in bursts in your editing sessions, it will keep things light and you won’t feel overwhelmed by the entire process.

Write the ending

This is very important, even if it sounds weird. Take a few moments before starting your first writing session and just after you finished with your new and shiny outline. Start thinking about how your story will end and write the end scene of your novel or your last few pages.

This will not only help you see your entire novel in a big picture kinda way, but it will also help you see all the details of the plot and characters. Writing the end truly helped me see my novel and what details I needed to add in the middle (as that is the hardest part for me, lol).

After writing the end, I knew what will come before that and so on… It’s writing your novel from end to start 😉 But it works!

Breath

Last but not least, breath! Take your time and rest in between your writing sessions. Try to find something that inspires you, like a great book or even just enjoying a hot cup of tea (or coffee in my case).

The End, Coffee n' Notes

I really hope these tips will help you with your new or old project, as much as they helped me and if you have your own special tip that you wish to share, feel free to writing down in the comments so will all can learn 😀

As always, thank you so much for reading ❤

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7 Tip To Survive and Win NaNoWriMo

So… We are a week away from the start of NaNoWriMo and I thought this will be the best time to share with you some of the tips and tricks that really keep me motivated and win (Well… Most of the time anyway, lol, sometimes life must be first and last).

Btw, If you want you a writing buddy, you can add me here and feel free to add me on Twitter as well, and we can do some word sprints 😉 Remember that this is not how you normally go about writing a book, but NaNoWriMo is about the community, quality and fun, and this change of pace helps a lot sometimes… Just remember to have fun ❤

Okay, let’s start with some tips and tricks I’ve learned over the years of doing NaNoWriMo 🙂

Plan your time

A planner is your friend here, on those busy days plan some 5 – 15 min of writing. Now on those days that you have a bit more time on your hands, try to plan more writing time an hour or two and you will see that even though you are a bit behind one day, the next day you can be in the lead 😀

You have 50K words to write a month and even though the estimate word count per day is 1667 word, this is not the law – You can write 500 a day and the next day you can write 4K. What matters is the finish line.

Word sprints

These really help to get your brain fluids run smoothly, hehe and twitter NaNo Sprints is a really good place to find many people doing sprints of 5 – 20 minutes of fast writing. It makes you write fast and not think of what are you writing and if it’s the right thing to write or not… You just write.

Writing, NanoWrimo

Planner or Pantser

I am a strong believer in an outline, and I really think that a well-developed outline can keep the darkness of a writer’s block away. So take this week and write your idea – outline it as much as you can and write a sentence or two about your project.

Food and Drinks

Yummy food both healthy and not so healthy is always have been a great part of NaNoWrimos and a great part of my writing process, lol. Pick a few of your favorite food items, but try to put some healthy choices in there as well.

Junk food, NanoWrimo

Books, Movies, and Tv

I really recommend reading a book, see a Tv show or a movie that really inspires you to write and gives you a nudge to go back to your project ❤ I recently saw the great movie Stranger Than Fiction and it was so much fun to watch it, perfect movie to see before NaNo 😉

Kill the inner editor – Kill it!

Never edit as you go. This is not a regular writing session, where you can edit – Editing will only slow you down and even make you doubt yourself. So leave all the errors, red lines and other things that your brain will try to convince you they must be addressed – Don’t listen and keep writing.

Be kind to yourself

If by any chance you are getting behind and starting to feel frustrated, don’t beat yourself up for that. Take a deep breath, go for a walk or do your chores and when you come back, and keep writing. I know the goal is to win but it’s also to have fun with your writing and getting used to writing. So don’t be harsh on yourself – You can always write more words in those other days when you have more time.

That is all for today, I hope you found a tip or more to help you win Nanowrimo. Do you have any writing tips to share with us, that might help everyone be more prepared for Nano?

Embrace the madness that is NaNoWriMo and have fun ❤

Can’t wait for November to start 😀

Fun, Excited, NanoWrimo

As always, thank you so much for reading ❤

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Book Review: Something Needs Bleeding By Christopher Long

Author: Christopher Long
Type: PDF
Genre: Horror
Pages: 318 pages
Published September 28th, 2015 by Kensington Gore Publishing

Book Review, Something Needs Bleeding, Coffee n' Notes

Blurb

Kensington Gore is a man on a mission. He always aims to give his readers something fresh from the world of horror. Only this time he is offering you something a little different. This time he is offering you a piece of horror history to call your very own. Collected in this volume are the final works of one of the great unsung heroes of horror, Thomas Singer. Singer was a man who truly knew how to terrify his readers with his strange, nightmarish tales. Sadly, though, he never received the acclaim in life he so rightly deserved.

Following the mysterious death of the reclusive writer earlier this year, Kensington Gore Publishing author Christopher Long was invited to help edit Singer’s final five bone-chilling tales and introduce them to the world. There are many rumors and theories about what secrets these stories may hold. Singer himself selected them from his extensive back catalogue and held them back to be released only after his death. So read Something Needs Bleeding if you dare. See what you can find hidden in the final pages Thomas Singer had to offer the world. Just be careful you don’t come away with blood all over you.

Review

4 Starts

I received a pdf copy of this book from the publicist for an honest review, and as always it will be spoilers free. I’m not used to reading from a pdf file and it made the reading a bit harder for me, as I read the book only on my phone.

Something Needs Bleeding is a collection of short stories. For me, this was a bit hard to get into at first, but when I kept reading, I was hooked because of Christopher Long’s writing style. Horror in most cases isn’t much my reading style, but I did enjoy this book a lot.

I enjoyed the intros as it gave us a glimpse of the horror writer, Thomas Singer, and his life, but they were a bit too long for my taste. The intros give us the origin story behind the characters and the events in his life and in the stories themselves. Once I got started reading the story itself, I was hooked and the writing style even got better as I kept reading.

The point of view here is in first person, which made me get into the story faster, this made the entire mystery and horror, even better and more chilling. The stories are very creepy (but without the gore), gripping and fast to read, I loved the story with the kids (Devil’s Hunch) a lot as it was the most detailed and the pace was fast. It was also very surprising with lots of twists you won’t see them coming and very enjoyable. There were so many things I didn’t see coming, lol, I loved it.

I loved the author’s writing style and imagery so much. The stories are well thought of and you could see and feel everything through his words, and the way he wrote the details was amazing for me and really made me get into the story even more.

There are many twists in this collection, the ending always surprised me and I never saw it coming. I had a few times where I was sure the story is going somewhere else and then you realize you are reading a horror story and everything changes fast, in a way I didn’t think it would.

I love the cover a lot, it brings out the perfect theme of the book.

If you like a good gripping and creepy story this is a must read for you.

“Each and every noise bled through the walls and floors of his room” Love this line so much 🙂

As always, thank you so much for reading ❤

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Book Tag

Hello everyone, I hope you are doing okay and are having a nice (and productive) day ❤

Today I had a really great day. I was very productive and overall had a nice mood. I managed to sleep a lot and wake up late, I organized the house and finally organized and cleaned my writing desk (yay). Just before I started cooking a yummy dinner, I wrote for a bit (1.5 chapters) 😀

I was nominated by the wonderful author Heena Rathore and if by any chance you don’t know her or her blog, after finishing reading this post go pay her a visit. I am sure you’ll love all her writing advice, her book reviews and her great book that is about to get publish 😀

This will be a long one, so go grab a cup of tea (or other yummy drink), I’ll wait for ya, as you snuggle up on the couch 😉

Okay, let’s start…

What book has been on your shelf the longest?

Wow, this question is so hard. You see, both hubby and I had books even before we’ve met, and now his books are mine, lol (no… and mine are his). So, to answer this question, I will list the oldest book from our bookshelves 🙂

This book is the Azure Bonds (book 1) from the Forgotten Realms. Hubby bought this book 24 years ago.

Mine is… Pride and Prejudice By Jane Austen, I bought it 20 years ago.

What is your current read, your last read, and the book you’ll read next?

Currently, I’m reading Caraval By Stephanie Garber and Bindings & Spines By R.M. Ridley.

My last read was, Lake of Fire (The Apostates #3) & New Megiddo Rising (The Apostates 0.5) By Lars Teeney 🙂

My next read is going to be, The Shackled Scribes By Lars Teeney and Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (Harry Potter, #8) By J.K. Rowling.

What book did everyone like but you hated?

Allegiant By Veronica Roth. I remember that while I was reading this book, everyone loved it, but I was very disappointed with this book (the ending was… omg).

What book do you keep telling yourself you’ll read but you probably won’t?

I really don’t own a book that I will not read. I always buy a book that I know, I’ll love.

What book are you saving for retirement?

I don’t have “this” kind of a book. I love reading and re-reading my books and I don’t think anyone should wait for retirement, in order to read a book 😀

Last page: Read it first or save until the end?

I never read the end first. I will browse the inside of a book to see if I like the writing style, but I will never read the end.

Acknowledgment: Waste of paper and ink or interesting aside?

I love reading the acknowledgments in books. I think it’s mostly because I’m a writer myself, but I also think it will connect you with the author better.

Which book character would you switch places with?

Sorry, I don’t have a good answer here, but I love my life and I’m married to a wonderful husband, can’t think of life somewhere else. But if I can keep the people in my life but just be another person… I would say, Hermione Granger from the Harry Potter series. I love her ambition, her strength, her great abilities and she is gorgeous 😉

Do you have a book that reminds you of something specific in your life?

Rapunzel, lol.

Name a book that you acquired in an interesting way.

I have a book full of sarcastic jokes that a friend once let me borrow, and sadly (sorry not so sorry, lol) I never gave it back to her. It was not on purpose, I just got married at the time, I was also very ill after that and I just forgot about it, but I am very happy to have this book on my bookshelves.

Have you ever given a book away for a special reason to a special person?

Yes. I have, a few times 😀

Which book has been with you most places?

Pride and Prejudice By Jane Austen. this book used to be in my bag all the time, no matter where I go. Now I have it as well, but in my Kindle App, lol, along with other 576 books 😉

Any required reading that you hated in high school that wasn’t so bad two years later?

No. I loved reading even Crime and Punishment By Fyodor Dostoyevsky when others hated reading that book a lot.

Used or brand new?

Only new books. I know people see the used books as somewhat romantic and they are right, but I really don’t like used books much. All I can think about is people reading books in the toilet (gross).

Have you ever read a Dan Brown book?

Yes, I read them all.

Have you ever seen a movie you liked more than the book?

Yeah, the Divergent Series By Veronica Roth.

Have you ever read a book that’s made you hungry, cookbooks included?

None that I can think of.

Who is the person whose book advice you’ll always take?

I don’t have a person that I take advice on books, but I do like going on Goodreads and see what people say. I like reading the 3 stars reviews and below first. I also love watching youtube on books.

Is there a book outside your comfort zone you ended up loving?

None so far.

Wow, we’ve reached the end. This was a hard tag to do, but so much fun, you should really try it. Thank you so much, Heena for tagging me and thank you all for reading until the end ❤ I will not tag anyone, but if anyone wants to do this tag then consider yourself tagged.

As always, thank you so much for reading ❤

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My 4 NaNoWriMo Tips

NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) has started (yay) and what made this even more special, rain has finally arrived. Rain is here

Brainstorm

Take a bit of time to just brainstorm your idea. Write how you see the story starts and how it might end. Knowing how it will end, will help you when you get a bit stuck (this mostly happen, somewhere in the middle of the month). After you have the beginning and end, throw some adventure on the hero’s way 😀 This is by far my favorite thing to do besides the writing itself of course, lol.

Silence your editor

Yes, we all know this one and it’s hard not to stop and edit that word, or that annoying scene. But don’t! Leave your wonderful editor aside and remember, now you just write, nothing more. Just write.

Write in short bursts

Most nanowrimos can tell you that writing in short burst of 15-25 minutes, can truly help you write faster and just put you the right mood for writing. There’s nothing else in the world but your writing in those 15-25 minutes. Here you can use nano words sprints on Twitter, use an app like the Pomodoro or just put a timer on. This just makes things more manageable and less overbearing.

Community

Nano is not just a sprint to the finish line, it’s also lots of fun. There is so much power in the Nano community, that I urge you to look on Their site for some buddy friends, on twitter and all the social media, you are following. I love the Nano community so much ❤

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Enjoy this time, get inspired and have fun with your writing. 

That’s all for now and I will keep writing and update throughout NaNoWriMo. I will not be doing nano every day, but I still hope to achieve the 50K goal. I did put in my planner some writing day, as I call them. So far today my word count is 3K of writing and 4 pages of edit 😀 I guess it’s ok for now, lol.

How was your first day of Nano?

As always thank you so much for reading ❤

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Quarterly Goals

Hello everyone, it’s Thursday. Can you smell the weekend? I can’t wait for the weekend to start.

Today it is time to set new Quarterly Goals for April-Jun, I hope this time I will do better (much better). If you want to see how I did on my last Quarterly Goals, check it out here 🙂

For this quarter I also have a lot of goals that I want to accomplish, a few more important than others, but nevertheless goals that I want to reach.

So, let’s start

  1. Write 250 pages (Come on Galit, I need to sit on my ass and write more. I can do this!).
  2. Edit on weekends.
  3. Write at least 8 blog posts a month.
  4. Change my blog theme and sidebar to what I’m working on now.
  5. Hold a giveaway (as I said in my last newsletter, it will be in June).
  6. Organize my blog.
  7. Clean up my twitter (again).
  8. Reach 750 followers on twitter 😉
  9. Finish book reviews on time!
  10. Organize files on my computer and hard drive (there are in a huge mess, lol).
  11. Buy a cover package.
  12. Hire an editor.
  13. Send out queries for T.E.L (already sent out 1).
  14. Read 3 to 4 books (not for reviews).
  15. Eat less junk food (must try at least, lol) 😉
  16. Journal more often.
  17. Try to keep the house more suitable for humans (even in those stressful days, lol).
  18. Buy a new mattress (omg, I have to do this).
  19. Buy new frames (haven’t done this yet, lol).
  20. Date night with hubby (maybe even a game night) once a week ❤
  21. Follow blogs and social media stats.
  22. Drink more water!
  23. Post more on social media (writing and book-related pics).
  24. Make some changes to the newsletter (already started working on that).

Writing

So, these are my new Quarterly Goals, 24 goals for 3 months. Wow, I’m starting to have a panic attack here, but I can do this (right?).

I hope to accomplish at least half of them, if not more. I also hope to finish all my ‘Writer’s Goals’ by the end of June.

Goals

What are your goals for the new month/s? Don’t forget to set some goals for your project and keep them close to you, mine are on my phone on a widget (trust me, it helps).

Thank you so much for reading ❤

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