October Goals & TBR

Hey everyone, I hope you are all having a great start to October ❤

We are already two weeks deep in October and even though I didn’t accomplish much, I still accomplished a few things that were very important to me, however, there are still a few things I want to finish or start, so I thought why not share my October goals with you 😉 and see how I will finish this month.

October = Fall to me and soon winter will come as well (omg how I want winter to come). You can already feel the air cooling down a bit and the days are getting shorter, which for a lot of people I know is not a great thing but for me it’s amazing. It is a sign that winter is closer than ever and maybe, just maybe this heat will soon be over (fingers crossed). Fall for me is cozy blankets, yummy hot drinks, and lots of reading.

I accomplished a small daily routine that helps me get up early in most of the days and even in the evening, I have a routine that let’s be more organized and productive. How amazing is that?

If you want to know more of my new morning and evening routine, let me know in the comments or through my social media and I will post a morning and evening routine for you all to see and maybe it will help you if you are struggling. (wouldn’t mind any tips as well if you want to share) 😀

But for now, let’s start this post with my monthly goals.

My October Goals are:

  1. Re-organizing my summer to fall/winter closet.
  2. Re-organize kitchen cabinets.
  3. Finish outlining the series.
  4. Continue editing (2 chapters at least).
  5. Prepare for NaNoWriMo (oh yeah, this year I am all in).
  6. Finish all my commitments before Nanowrimo.
  7. Read 8 books (OMG, yes… 8 books, hehe) 😀

Books I’m reading this month

I haven’t read much lately, I was in a huge reading slump due to all the stress and this month I want to do 3 reading marathons to kick start my new reading 🙂

The week (14.10-20.10), I want to marathon read Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children Series By Ransom Riggs for the fourth book A Map of Days that just came out (I can’t wait to read it).

Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children Series, Coffee n' Notes

Next week (21.10-27.10) I want to marathon read The Boahim Series By Raven Oak. The first book was amazing ❤

The Boahim Series, Coffee n' Notes

For the last week of October (28.10-30.10) and for Halloween, I want to read 2 more books (why am doing this to myself, lol?)

Toil and Trouble, Coffee n' Notes Shadow of the Fox, Coffee n' Notes

These are my very ambitious goals and huge TBR, but I know if I will push myself I will be able to achieve most of them, and maybe even all 🙂

What are you reading? Any goals you wish to accomplish this month?

As always, thank you so much for reading ❤

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Guest Post: Unexpected, Exciting Developments By M. J. Mallon

I am thrilled to say that I have outlined the major events in Book Two in the series – The Curse of Time. So, if you haven’t read The Curse of Time Book One Bloodstone now’s the time to do so!

During this process, I stumbled upon a plot development idea that shocked me. I’d started writing the bare bones of the ending of book two and then POW it hit me. I can’t divulge what my idea is for fear of spoiling it for you, but I can say that it will take the story on an unexpected pathway into a potential book three.

This Kapow aspect of writing excites, empowers and intrigues me.

During the creative process of writing The Curse of Time Book One Bloodstone, I didn’t plot much at all. I wrote from a reservoir of my imagination. I had to restructure a lot, but this meant that TCOT is a highly imaginative concept.

My reviewers have been saying lots of wonderful things about TCOT.

Here are just a couple of review quote snippets:

‘This is a brilliant book for young adults interested in magic, supernatural, paranormal, fantasy and myth. I found it highly readable and the author’s imagination is phenomenal, as is the fluency of her language and the dazzling way she describes the curious events and characters in her story. I loved the idea of Esme, the girl trapped in the mirror.’

S C Skillman, author

‘The curse of time is a beautifully written book. I really enjoyed M.J. Mallon’s style of writing and the beautiful characters she created. Even though aimed at the YA audience I enjoyed it and found myself totally engrossed.

The story is almost dreamlike, very addictive and quirky. I loved all the references to crystals and the magical element. I was keen to find out the mystery linked to Amelina’s Dad’s disappearance and eventual reappearance. This is such a mixing pot of delights, you have gorgeous poetry scattered throughout, a girl stuck in a mirror and a magically enchanted paint set and this is the tip of the iceberg!’ Lisa, Book Addiction UK.

One of my subsidiary characters became far more important. In fact, she became one of my favourite characters.

Let me introduce you to Esme.

Portrait of Esme – Copyright artist Carolina Russo – https://yesterdayafter.com/

Imaginative Developments: Mental Health and Entrapment

  • I had an idea to write about a girl trapped in a mirror and Esme became that girl. I realized she needed to be more interesting and defined. I struggled with this for some time. Then, during the writing process, I had a Eureka moment – I decided to link the mirror girl Esme’s imprisonment to mental health.

Mental Health is a form of entrapment. A person who is suffering from mental health problems isn’t free. They are unable to live life to the full as fear anxiety, depression and mental health issues hold them back. Esme is that person. She is a prisoner in the mirrors of Amelina’s house and she is also imprisoned by her mental health issues. Esme is a victim of a curse but prior to her imprisonment, she had also been stuck in a vicious circle of self-harm.

Esme became the character I longed for – a character with huge potential for truth, hope, and discussion. I now have so many ways to portray her and…

The reader will be able to see her journey throughout the series.

Will Esme recover from her self-harm?

Will she escape the imprisonment of the curse?

Will I be able to help Esme feel good about herself?

Esme’s character will allow an open and frank discussion on the crucially important topic of mental health/self-harm/depression/anxiety which matters so much to me.

Esme also features in book two, with an emphasis on recovery and hope along with all the original cast of book one.

Imaginative Developments: Crystals

  • Wow, I just love them. I have a lovely collection at home. So it’s no surprise that there’s a magical crystal cottage in The Curse of Time. But, this haven of beauty, light, and magic isn’t open to everyone. No way! It’s strictly by invitation only. My main protagonist, fifteen-year-old Amelina Scott is allowed to visit but will Ryder creep in? Wait and see… There will be some amazing developments with regard to the cottage in Book Two. Expect twin doors…

Imaginative Developments: Tattoos and Art

  • Tattoos. This is hysterical. What can you do with tattoos in a fantasy novel? Perhaps you can cover your villain with them. Hey, maybe you can bring those tattoos alive, and link those black tattoos to shadows. Perhaps you can take this further and make them smoking hot! Interesting… Now, how cool is that?

Just imagine what fun I can have with tattoos in future books… Oh my!

(I have a thing about bringing art alive and this is also portrayed in the Creature of The Cottage.)

Portrait of The Creature – copyright artist Carolina Russo – https://yesterdayafter.com/

Imaginative Developments: Clocks and Rollercoasters

There are three wonderful Chronopage clock creations invented by Dr. John C Taylor, OBE http://www.johnctaylor.com/who I had the pleasure of meeting in September 2017.

The magnificent grasshopper lives in King’s Parade in Cambridge, and features in Book One. The midsummer Chronopage showcases a mythological fly and the dragon Chronopage is, of course, a dragon. Look at that pearl on the dragon’s tongue! I can’t wait to write about the mythological fly and the dragon in the next two books in the series.

In the meantime, I have plans for the grasshopper to come alive and get up to a bunch of mischief in Book Two.

Aren’t they stunning?

http://johnctaylor.com

And … there will be an epic rollercoaster in Book Two and some riddles…

If you like fantasy, adore Dr. Who (like I do,) I hope you will give The Curse of Time a try.

Don’t forget to check out Marjorie’s Interview and Book review 😀

As always, thank you so much for reading ❤

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Author Interview: With M. J. Mallon

Welcome to Coffee n’ Notes. Today, I’d like to welcome M. J. Mallon, author of The Curse Of Time (Bloodstone,#1), for an author Interview.

About the author

Author M. J. Mallon, Coffee n' Notes

I am a debut author who has been blogging for three years: https://mjmallon.com. My interests include writing, photography, poetry, and alternative therapies. I write Fantasy YA, and middle grade fiction as well as micropoetry – haiku and tanka.

 

 

I love to read and have written over 100 reviews: https://mjmallon.com/2015/09/28/a-z-o…

My alter ego is MJ – Mary Jane from Spiderman. I love superheros! I was born on the 17th of November in Lion City: Singapore, (a passionate Scorpio, with the Chinese Zodiac sign a lucky rabbit,) second child and only daughter to my proud parents Paula and Ronald. I grew up in a mountainous court in the Peak District in Hong Kong with my elder brother Donald. My parents dragged me away from my exotic childhood and my much loved dog Topsy to the frozen wastelands of Scotland. In bonnie Edinburgh I mastered Scottish country dancing, and a whole new Och Aye lingo.

As a teenager I travelled to many far-flung destinations to visit my abacus wielding wayfarer dad. It’s rumoured that I now live in the Venice of Cambridge, with my six foot hunk of a Rock God husband, and my two enchanted daughters.

After such an upbringing my author’s mind has taken total leave of its senses! When I’m not writing, I eat exotic delicacies while belly dancing, or surf to the far reaches of the moon. To chill out, I practise Tai Chi. If the mood takes me I snorkel with mermaids, or sign up for idyllic holidays with the Chinese Unicorn, whose magnificent voice sings like a thousand wind chimes.

Hello, Marjorie. Thank you for being here today at Coffee n’ Notes 🙂

 

Can you tell us a bit about yourself

I live in Cambridge, England with my husband, and youngest daughter Georgina. My eldest, Natasha is following in her grandfather’s footsteps, (my amazing dad had a serious case of wanderlust,) by working abroad. She is TEFL in South Korea and I miss her very much. Proud mum moment! Family is very important. Perhaps that’s why I wrote a family-centered YA novel. I love spending time with my two daughters, whether we are chatting, or gossiping! I’ve been with my hubby (who I like to call my black sheep,) since I was eighteen. I can say there has never been a dull moment, not when your husband is a Scot who plays guitar and listens to rock music every night. Welcome to the biggest teenager ever! My extended family: mum, dad, and elder brother plus my in-laws live in bonnie Edinburgh. I love visiting the Edinburgh International Fringe Festival in August. I adore the buzz and excitement of the book festival, the visiting theatre groups, dance performances, art exhibitions, street performers and comedy shows. You name it; I am there.

I am a member of several writing/reviewing/author collaborative groups: SCBWI, Cambridge Writers, RRBC, Sisters of the Fey. Founder of Authors/Bloggers Rainbow Support Club on Facebook.

A self-proclaimed hedonist and sponge for fun.

Describe your book in 1-2 sentences

This imaginative YA fantasy, coming of age novel will appeal to teens, young adults and those who hear the ticking clock but fight to stay young. If you adore stories filled with magical crystals, dark family curses, and curious mysteries this novel is for you.

Do you have any writing rituals or habits?

Not really. But, I do sometimes wake up early in the morning with an idea and this overwhelming (almost manic,) desire to commit my words to the page. This is strange as I am not a morning person!

Where did you get your book idea from?

My initial book idea came from: The Light Pours Out Of Me at Juniper Artland Wilkieston, Scotland – A stunning crystal grotto designed by Anya Gallaccio: https://mjmallon.com/2014/06/15/jupiter-artland-the-light-pours-out-of-me/

Then I incorporated the magnificent Corpus Christi Chronopage Clock, which features on my book cover into my novel and the story became darker and more curse driven.This extraordinary time device invented by Dr John C Taylor OBE is situated on King’s Parade in Cambridge.

Author M. J. Mallon's cat, Coffee n' Notes

I had to have a muse and one came to visit me one fine day: a strange black cat who I called Shadow. Photo courtesy of Lily, Samantha Murdoch’s cat: https://samanthamurdochblog.wordpress.com

Art had to feature in the novel too. Art’s beautiful possibilities are too exquisite to ignore.

Mirrors sprung to mind and my resident mirror girl—Esme–brought a new, unexpected element to the narrative—one I feel passionate about: mental health and self-harm. Poor Esme can’t escape her mental health issues physically or metaphorically and this turmoil is represented by her imprisonment in the mirrors of Amelina’s house.

And last but not least. Where would this story be without a scary creature? Who is Eruterac? What does he want? And was Amelina wise to paint him bringing him to life?

Art, Coffee n' Notes Art, Coffee n' Notes

Esme portrait and portrait of Eruterac, The Creature designed by talented artist Carolina Russo: https://yesterdayafter.com/

What is your favorite place to write?

A few years ago I enjoyed a writing break in Brighton. That was very memorable and so much fun. I wrote in cafes, eavesdropping on conversations and met lots of interesting people. I’d love to do it again one day. Brighton is such a friendly, vibrant, seaside town—the perfect place for a writer’s break.

Just for fun 😀 Pick your favorite color, animal, and food.

Favourite colour: Green. I’m drawn to the colour green. The first crystal I ever bought was a green malachite, a stone of transformation.

Favourite Animal: My first cat—a ginger tom cat called Chester. I adored him and so did everyone. He was such a friendly, adventurous cat. Chester featured in the first post I wrote on my blog and is still rocking the web with his beauty: https://mjmallon.com/2014/04/27/writers-journey-how-did-it-all-happen/

Favourite Food: A huge plate of spicy Noodles. I adore Asian food—my mum is Malaysian and the best cook ever.

What is your writing process like?

I plan little. Sometimes ideas come when I least expect them to. I’m working on Book Two in the Curse of Time Series and I realised that the ending I had envisioned wasn’t the ending at all. I added a little extra. It’s those unexpected inspirational moments that make writing so magical. Discovering a new direction that one of your characters can take is so liberating and exciting!

What is the latest book you’ve read that inspired you?

I’m reading Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff. I adore his writing. I devour each page saying to myself if only I could write like Jay! I am in danger of becoming a fangirl stalker! Ha Ha! He once chatted to me on twitter and I nearly fainted!

What is the greatest challenge you have faced in your career as an author?

I’m a debut author so there have been oodles of challenges. At the moment I’d say writing the second book is a huge hurdle and I’ve always been terrible at sports days! There are so many things to consider. It’s important to refer back to the first book to check details and to ensure that I am developing the full potential of the story. My ultimate aim is to make the second book in the series even better than the first book.

What is the best advice you’ve been giving?

Stay true to who you are. Believe in yourself, but remember to help and encourage others to fulfill their potential too. Never put anyone down.

Before we say goodbye… Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?

Write for the love as few authors make masses of money! Read in all genres, and pay particular attention to how your favourite authors write dialogue, character, and plot. Write whenever and wherever you can. Try different forms of writing such as flash fiction, short stories, and poetry. Never give up even if you feel that the journey is impossible. Accept helpful positive criticism with good grace but reject negative, unhelpful criticism with confidence.

Buy Paperback Book link: http://mybook.to/TheCurseofTime

Unique Selling Point: Unique, Imaginative, ‘Charming, enchanting and richly layered this is purely delightful.’

“This delightful book will appeal to teens and young adults who love stories filled with magical crystals, dark family curses, and mysteries waiting to be solved around every corner. Each chapter leads you on a journey of discovery where Amelina earns the right to use three wizard stones to reset the balance of time and finally break the curse that holds her family hostage. A captivating tale!” – Colleen M. Chesebro (Editor)

You can find Marjorie here at:

Authors Website: https://mjmallon.com

Collaborative blog: https://sistersofthefey.wordpress.com

Twitter: @Marjorie_Mallon and @curseof_time

Founder of #ABRSC – Authors/Bloggers Support Group:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1829166787333493/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/17064826.M_J_Mallon

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mjmallonauthor/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mjmallonauthor/

Tumblr: http://mjmallonauthor.tumblr.com/

Thank you so much to Marjorie for being here at Coffee n’ Note, I loved having her here and I hope you enjoyed her interview, as much as I did 😀

 As always, thank you so much for reading ❤

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Book Review: The Curse Of Time (Bloodstone,#1) by M.J. Mallon

Author: M.J. Mallon
Pages: 242
Genre: YA, Fantasy
Publication Date: August 26, 2017
Publisher: Kyrosmagica Publishing

Blurb

Fifteen-year-old Amelina Scott lives in Cambridge with her dysfunctional family, a mysterious black cat, and an unusual girl who’s imprisoned within the mirrors located in her house. When an unexpected message arrives inviting her to visit the Crystal Cottage, she sets off on a forbidden pathway where she encounters Ryder, a charismatic, but a perplexing stranger.

With the help of a magical paint set, and some crystal wizard stones she discovers the truth about a shocking curse that has destroyed her family’s happiness.

Review
5 Stars

Okay, wow. Marjorie had created a wonderful story with such relatable characters. The Curse of Time is a young adult fantasy novel and I loved every page in it ❤

Amelina, the main character is such a lovable and so relatable character. The author did a great job with her and the other characters in this book. Every detail so well thought off and you can tell by reading as the story flows so easily. Amelina’s world is so unique and full of magic (I won’t say much here, every little detail might spoil things).

Meeting the Ryder changed everything with Amelina and not the way she wished to and I loved that the author made Amelina grow with the plot, and as a writer myself, that is what I love to see in books. I loved the use of mirrors and crystals in this book, every magical item made the story more dramatic and magical, you are “literally” sucked into Amelina’s world and it felt amazing. It was the perfect book to read while my life was so stressful and hectic, it was a blessed escape.

Ryder is the perfect villain here and the author did a great job with making us “love to hate him” and I enjoyed to hating him, lol 😀

You could really tell that the author Marjorie made every little detail feel special, from the beggings of the chapters to a character-driven plot and amazing adventures and struggles. If you love Fantasy and Paranormal this book is for you ❤

I won’t say more as from here on the plot really moves fast and before you know it, the book has ended (WHY???).  I need book 2 🙂

You can find the book over at:

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As always, thank you so much for reading ❤

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  • A copy was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review. 

Just A Little Random Update ;)

Hello everyone, hope you are all having a wonderful and relaxed Sunday ❤

First, let me say that I sorry I haven’t posted anything on Thursday, I was still feeling exhausted from our trip to Jerusalem for my mom doctor appointment. Both my mom and I were feeling exhausted and as soon as we got home, I fell asleep – Immediately, hehe. My body still hurts a bit but overall I feel much better 😉

These days, I am in a bit of a reading slump but I am slowly starting to get out of it 😀 For me, reading slumps are a great sign that I am in a very hard writing mode and that’s true… These days I edited a lot and wrote a few chapters which I am very happy with how they came out. The ending never looked so near 😉 Omg, the biggest tip I will ever have to give is to PLAN & OUTLINE your work, makes things tons easier.

This will be my 4th and final draft before the Beta’s and the professional editor ❤

Excited Gif Minions Gif

This Tuesday, which is a day that I stay at home, I plan to do a massive writing session, so if you want to join me in some wordsprints – tweet me at @GalitGBalli or DM me on twitter or IG and I would love to do some sprints with you ❤ I plan to push myself as much as I can, while trying to write 8-12K. I will be free to do some wordsprints from 11:00am (My time – Israel) until 13:00 Here’s a time converter.

 Also… On Tuesday there’s a massive update to the game I love (Guild Wars 2) and I am so hyped for that, so on the afternoon my husband and I will be gaming to the late hours on the night, yay.

Anime Gaming Gif

Here’s an in-game picture I love from my IG, I love playing with this character (Syla her name) and this outfit is just amazing on her 😍💕

Other than that, life is okay, my husband and I are trying our best to save for a professional editor. I am so close to the finale, and if you feel like putting some tips in my tipping jar, go to visit my Patreon Page 😀

 As always, thank you so much for reading ❤

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Reading Habits Book Tag

Hello everyone, and happy Tuesday to you all ❤

Yesterday was a crazy busy day with my mom. We went to Jerusalem, in order to grab some meds for my mom and after over 13 hours out and most of it in a car, I came home exhausted. it’s been a long time since I was this dead tired.

Anyways… I saw this great book tag over at Chanelle and I had to do this cute tag 🙂 If you don’t know who is Chanelle or her amazing blog chanelleheley go visit her blog and say hello, she would love that. Her blog is about beauty, life, books and so much more. I get inspired everytime I pop my head over her blog and I am sure you will too ❤

Now, onto the tag:

Bookmarks or random pieces of papers?

Well,  I am more of a bookmark kinda of a girl but I will use random paper or anything if I need to. however, I will also write a note on my phone which page I am in and not use bookmarks at all 😉

Stop reading randomly or after a chapter/certain amount of pages?

I love stopping after I hit a new chapter but if I am tired I will stop after the end of a paragraph or if the sentence end at the end of the page I will stop there.

Do you have a certain place at home for reading?

Not really, but I do most of my reading on the couch, so maybe I do 😀

Do you eat or drink whilst reading?

In most cases no, I am too afraid to spill something on the book, but sometimes I will drink something, and when I do I will put the book far from me and then have a sip of my drink and get back to my reading. I will never eat though whilst reading.

Reading

Multitasking: Music or TV when reading?

Nope. I don’t mind when my Ralfi (my husband) is watching TV but I love to read the book in quiet.

One book at a time or several?

Okay, this one is a bit hard. In most cases, I love reading one book at a time. However, sometimes I’m in a mood where I can’t read just one book, lol. Like the last two months, I’ve read 3 books all at the same times, hehe. This month, I can’t even think of doing that.

Reading at home or everywhere?

I read a lot of Ebooks while my mom was in the hospital through an app on my phone, but I love reading at home and feel comfortable.

Reading out loud or silently?

LOL,  there are parts of the book where it has a more fast dialog or fights, I love reading out loud but in most cases, I love reading in silence. I don’t listen to many audiobooks, I guess that really shows that I love reading the book on my own and silently 🙂

Breaking the spine or keeping it like new?

OMG, NOOOO! It even hurts to write the question, lol. I hate breaking the spine. 99.9% of my books look new even though I read them a lot of them more than 6-30 times, hehe. All my books are paperbacks and there are a few books that I broke the spine and it hurt seeing them there, so I try to never do that (yeah I know, I sound crazy, hehe).

Do you write in your books?

OMG! What a monster thought of these cruel questions, the horror, lol. Nope. Never.

 

That is all for this tag 😀

To all the BookDragons or BookUnicorns out there, feel free to grab this tag and consider yourself tagged. If you feel like answering one or more Questions from the tag I would love to see your answers in the comments below 🙂

BTW, I did a similar tag to this also called: The Reading Habits Tag 3 years ago, feel free to give it a look ❤

As always, thank you so much for reading ❤

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Book Review: The Chronicles of Crallick (The Spirit of Amathrain, #1) by Brad C. Baker

Author: Brad C. Baker
Pages: 335 Pages
Genre: Fantasy
Publication Date: November 15th, 2017 
Publisher: Wallace Publishing

The Chronicles of Crallick, Book Review, Coffee n' Notes

Blurb

The Chronicles of Crallick, the first book in The Spirit of Amathrain series, tells the story of Crallick Oakentree, a man with a checkered past that finds himself widowed in a cruel jest of fate. As a result, Crallick becomes a failed farmer, a single father, and an alcoholic.

One day, after awaking from one of his many drunken stupors, Crallick finds his daughter has been kidnapped and his favourite drinking hole has been set ablaze.

Leaving the serene beauty of his home in Gladeholme, he travels across beautiful countryside and over a wide ocean full of danger, before tackling the seedy ports of a pirate-ridden archipelago. Still though, the kidnappers remain one step ahead of him and his accompanying friends. Crallick is intent on one thing: rescuing his daughter. Failing that, he wants to inflict his revenge upon those that do her harm.

But after ten years of drinking and aging, does he still have what it takes? Follow his Chronicles and find out.

Review
4 Stars

The Chronicles of Crallick is a Fantasy novel, a genre I mostly read and love.

The blurb did a wonderful job pulling me in and hit the right notes for me. Even from the gorgeous cover you can tell that it’s full of magic and action, and I knew I would love reading this book and I am so happy it turned out great.

From the start we see the main character struggle in life but as soon as his daughter in danger he immediately pulls himself together and sets off to find his daughter and rescue her.

The main character and his friend go out and start their journey and even though it takes them a long while to find her, her father never gives up on finding her and with all the trails and adventures they undergo, his goals is always in his mind.

The plot was good and I loved the idea of the story. However, it seems like a very similar idea and execution like all other Fantasy books I’ve read. Said that I still enjoyed the book very much.

The author did a good job with the characters, though I wish he add more growth to them after all it’s been a year of hardships and worry but no growth really shown in them. The story was very character driven which is my favorite. I love character-driven stories and here the main character really shows how much it’s important to have a strong character to make the story better. Also, I have to add that the author’s writing style is really easy to follow and has a great way to pull you further into the story.

Overall, the story was good and I loved the main character, Crallick. I think the author did a great job and even though there were a few things I didn’t like, I still think it was a fast-paced read, full of adventures and trials which grabbed my attention from start to finish. If you love Fantasy this book is definitely for you 🙂

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As always, thank you so much for reading ❤

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P.S. I received a free copy of this book from the author’s publicist for an honest review.

20 Questions Book Tag

Hey everyone and happy Sunday to you all, hope your weekend is great ❤

I saw this tag over at Jenny In Neverland Blog and I really loved it even though I wasn’t tagged, so I thought to do this tag as well 😉 If you don’t know Jenny and her blog, go visit her now and say I sent you. She has such a beautiful blog and I love reading her fun posts.

I love reading books and doing fun tags so this is just perfect and I hope you’ll love it too.

Books

How many books are too many books in a series?

Well, I love long series and I have a few that are more than 30 books, lol, but I will say that my favorite number for a series is 3 books. It’s starting to get harder and harder for me to invest in a longer series due to a hectic life.

How do you feel about cliffhangers?

I love and hate cliffhangers in series ❤ But in most cases I really love them, they make the waiting better and I always thinking of that book, more than others. But if the author decides not to write the next book in the series and leaves with the cliffhanger that really pisses me off.

Hard copy or paperback?

For me, it’s paperbacks, hands down. I think hardcovers are more for vanity and display, while paperbacks are lighter, affordable and just more fun reading from (in my opinion anyway).

Favorite Book?

Wow, this is so hard as I really – truly love a lot of books. But If you are putting a gun to my head to choose then I will say Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. However, if I could put a few more names in there 😉 I will put The Host, Jane Eyre and a few more (well, a lot more, lol).

A least Favorite book?

I don’t like to book shame, lol, but there are a few that I didn’t like or even didn’t care to finish.

Love triangles, yer or no?

Love triangles are okay but not in all genres. If it’s Fiction, I think it fits nicely but in Fantasy or Science Fiction I think it’s mostly done badly and I don’t care for it. I don’t like to read romance types books, so I guess that says it all 😉

Love

The most recent book you just couldn’t finish?

Wow, I really don’t like this question (it’s too hard). I had a few books like that this year. I will say that the only book I own a physical copy of on my bookshelves that I didn’t like is The Cuckoo’s Calling by J. K. Rowling but I think it’s mostly because I am not that into Mystery reading.

A book you’re currently reading?

I am re-reading Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas ❤ I love this book and the entire series so much and her next series, lol 😀

I am also finishing up The Chronicles of Crallick (The Spirit of Amathrain, #1) by Brad C. Baker, a book I received to review.

Last book you recommended to someone?

I just talked with my best friend about The Artist Way by Julia Cameron and it turns out she already has the book and loved it a lot, I have the book on my kindle but I really want to have a physical copy of it 😀

The oldest book you’ve read?

The Monk by Matthew Gregory Lewis (It’s a romance novel that was published in 1796).

The newest book you’ve read?

I think it’s Turtles All the Way Down by John Green ❤

Favorite Author?

Wow, I must put a few authors in here (I can’t choose, hehe).

I love Jane Austen, J. R. R. Tolkien, Douglas Adams, John Green, J. K. Rowling, Sarah J. Maas, Robin Hobb, Charlotte Brontë Rick Riordan and so many more ❤

Buying books it borrowing books?

Finally an easy question, definitely buying books.

Take my money

A book you dislike that everyone seems to like?

I will have to say Carve the Mark (Carve the Mark #1) by Veronica Roth. I just couldn’t connect to anything and I was very disappointed by the writing and by the story.

Bookmarks or dog ears?

In most cases I don’t use bookmarks, I try to remember where I was, but if I need to I will use bookmarks and never ever dogears – NEVER, Nope!

No Dog Ears

A book you can always re-read

So much – omg. I love re-reading any book that I loved and enjoyed reading from all my favorite authors (some I listed above) ❤

Can you read whilst hearing music?

Nope.

One pov or multiple pov’s?

I love a single POV n a book.

Do you read a book in one sitting or over multiple days?

Well, it mostly depends on the book and how much I am immersed in it, but generally, I am a very fast reader and I love finishing a book in one sitting, for me that means that the book was beyond amazing.

Reading

One book you read because of the cover

I’ve read a few books due to their covers 😉 Most recent was The Hawkman: A Fairy Tale of the Great War by Jane Rosenberg LaForge and it turned out great.

Wow, that was a bit long tag 😀 But I loved doing it. If you are a bookdragon like myself and would love to try on this tag, consider yourself tagged! If you do take on this tag, don’t forget to link your post to me so that I could read your amazing answers ❤

As always, thank you so much for reading ❤

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Getting Things Done

Happy Weekend to you all ❤

Wow, June had arrived fast and in 3 days I am celebrating my birthday 😀

I have about 10 goals for this month, some of which are from last month. Btw, I am not going to do the June – JuNoWriMo this year (just in case you are wondering, I just don’t have the time, but I will be doing some major writing and editing this month and the next few months.

  1. Write 15,000 – 20K words this month.
  2. Edit 30 pages.
  3. Organize my writing notes.
  4. Scan a few of my mom’s medical papers – I really need to get this started.
  5. Deep clean my kitchen and living room.
  6. Organize my own medical papers.
  7. Build a Patreon Page – Already done, yay me. Don’t forget to visit it 😀 ✔
  8.  Schedule at least 2 weeks of posts in advance – Have done 😉
  9. Work more on my social media, especially on Insta and Twitter.
  10. Play more games with my husband on the weekends.
  11. I want to push myself outside my comfort zone and I wrote a few ways I can do it and even started a few.
  12. Read 3 books ❤

These are my goals for June, I really want to achieve them and not postpone them for the next month. I am planning to push myself harder and get things done as much as I can.

What are some of your goals for this month?

As always, thank you so much for reading ❤

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Book Review: Your Creative Career By Anna Sabino

Author: Anna Sabino
Pages: 192 Pages
Genre: Self-help, Writing, Business
Publication Date: January 22, 2018
Publisher: Career Press

Your Creative Career, Coffee n' Notes, Book Review

Blurb

Anna Sabino is an artist, but certainly not a starving one. She wasn’t born into a wealthy family, didn’t inherit money from a distant relative, and doesn’t have a rich husband. But she made it as an entrepreneur, as a single woman, and most important, as an artist.

In Your Creative Career, she shows her fellow artists and creatives how to build a business that reflects their talent and true calling while generating serious cash. Whether the goal is to build an empire and be financially free, create a lifestyle business, or just to have more time, Your Creative Career guides you through every aspect of creative entrepreneurship.

If you want to start your creative career, transition into it, or give it a boost, this book is a must read that features:

Proven systems and strategies to create ideally priced products that keep selling.

The importance of going through all the steps of making it from idea inception and execution to branding and distribution.

The importance of transitioning from artistic solitude to collaborative, creative entrepreneurship.

The most effective marketing and PR methods adjusted to the new reality of short attention spans and information overload.

Review
3 Stars

There was (and still is) great hype over this book and I truly wanted to love it more.

At first, I will say that I really loved the author’s take on creating your own life and not settle just to feel comfortable. I love the practical side of this book and how the author explains things in simple but really helpful ways.

This could be a wonderful guide to a someone who wants to dive into a creative career or just being more creative in life. If you want to start blogging, writing or doing anything that is creative, this book will inspire you and give you some great pointers on how to start your journey with a creative career and I loved that the author did give a lot of information on the business side of your creative life.

After a few chapters, I started to get frustrated and even a little bit annoyed. I found myself disagreeing with the author, her approach was too structured and I think it didn’t suit my views. By the end, the subject repeated over and over and for me, it was too much.

If you are a beginner or you want to start a creative career, this book will definitely help you and in it, you will find great advice to get you started on your creative journey.

You can find the book over at:

Goodreads / Amazon

As always, thank you so much for reading ❤

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P.S. I received a free copy from NetGalley for an honest review.