Prompty Tuesday and the letter ‘G’

16 Aug

Need a writing prompt to get those juices flowing? I’m here to help! Use these words in your scene:

green, ghost, gallant, gorge, godfather

Have an itch to do more writing exercises? You can find past Alphabet Absurdity prompts here or view all the Prompty Tuesdays here. Happy writing!

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Prompty Tuesday seeks Random Fun

9 Aug

Need a writing prompt to get those juices flowing? I’m here to help! Write a scene involving:

theft, an ice storm, and rice

Have an itch to do more writing exercises? You can find more Random Fun here or view all the Prompty Tuesdays here. Happy writing!

BREATHE by Abbi Glines

8 Aug

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As soon as I read the description of BREATHE, I had to read it. I pictured myself lounging on the beach, devouring the torrid love affair between a down-to-earth Sadie White and Jax Stone, rock star and all around heart throb. The only problem was that I never made it to the beach after Abbi sent me a copy of the novel.

But, I did get to enjoy the love-at-first-sight romance from my very own bathtub. Two nights in a row, I ended up being roused from my candlelit hideaway by my boyfriend who wanted to know if I’d drowned. Each time I emerged, pruney and sullen for having to stop reading long enough to move.

BREATHE by Abbi Glines
A summary from Goodreads:

Sadie White’s summer job isn’t going to be on the beach life-guarding or working at rental booths like most kids her age. With her single mother’s increasing pregnancy and refusal to work, Sadie has to take over her mother’s job as a domestic servant for one of the wealthy summer families on a nearby island.

When the family arrives at their summer getaway, Sadie is surprised to learn that the owner of the house is Jax Stone, one of the hottest teen rockers in the world. If Sadie hadn’t spent her life raising her mother and taking care of the house she might have been normal enough to be excited about working for a rock star.

Even though Sadie isn’t impressed by Jax’s fame, he is drawn to her. Everything about Sadie fascinates Jax but he fights his attraction. Relationship’s never work in his world and as badly as he wants Sadie, he believes she deserves more. By the end of the summer, Jax discovers he can’t breathe without Sadie.

But can their love overcome the disparity in their lifestyles? Or will they have to learn how to without each other breathe again?

Abbi Glines

Abbi Glines, weaver of romance

My thoughts:

BREATHE is exactly what I expected and wanted, a fun romance novel perfect for the beach or bathtub. The main character, Sadie White, was a beautiful and naive girl with low self-esteem and way too much on her plate. More importantly, she was relate-able and I rooted for her the whole way through.

I liked the way Sadie’s relationship grew with her co-worker, Marcus. He provided an interesting love-triangle I found believable, especially having gone through a similar experience in high school. Sans the rock star of course.

However, I would’ve liked a little more build-up with Sadie and Jax’s romance. I know, I know. It was love at first sight thing, which I actually do believe in, but I wanted Sadie to balk against it a little more. I needed her to force Jax to pursue her a little harder, but I did enjoy watching their love story unfurl. See also my pruney fingers and toes.

If you’re looking for a beach-worthy romance, BREATHE is the book for you. You can purchase it at Amazon.

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Follow Friday #2

5 Aug


Follow Friday is a weekly meme hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read.
It helps bloggers like me get out there and meet new bloggers! Here is this weeks question:

Talk about the book that most changed or influenced your life. Was it a book that turned you from an average to avid reader? Did it help you with a particularly difficult situation?Does it bring you comfort every time you read it?

Ramona Quimby
I was a lot like Ramona Quimby as a child (and still kind of am). I had an overactive imagination and spent a good majority of my time day dreaming or telling outrageous stories to my siblings and friends to keep them entertained. One day, my best friend suggested I write them down and I’ve been at it ever since.

Oddly enough, I never read any of the Ramona books as a child and wasn’t really big on reading anyway. At least, not until my step-dad forced me to read  A Spell for Chameleon by Piers Anthony. He was convinced I would love it and I had that pesky book report to do anyhow.

I fell headfirst into the bizarre and humorous world of Xanth. I remember devouring the first three books in the series (A Spell for ChameleonSource of Magic, and Castle Roogna) during winter break. Thus sparking my passion for reading and my torrid love-affair with the fantasy genre.

Teaser Tuesdays #1

2 Aug

Teaser Tuesday ButtonTeaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. How it works:

  1.  Grab your current read and open to a random page.
  2. Share two teaser sentences from somewhere on that page.
  3. BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS!
  4. Share the title and author, so other TT participants can add the book to their To-Be-Read Lists.

I’m reading a couple of books at the moment. What can I say? My moods vary. So, get ready for a few teasers and keep an eye out for reviews of these novels later in the month!

“Life has always been a struggle for me. From what I could tell, it wasn’t daisies for everyone else either.” –  page 5 of Breathe by Abbi Glines

“Behind him I spied the same boney nag and rickety cart, half-devoured by fog. I had the distinctly unpleasant sensation of a dreamer entering for the second time the same nightmare, and for a moment I was sure, absolutely sure, that another grotesque cargo lat in the back of his old cart.” – page 44 of The Monstrumologist by Rick Yancey

Brought to you by the letter ‘F’

2 Aug

Need a writing prompt to get those juices flowing? I’m here to help! Use these words in your scene:

fiddle, fingernail, fire hydrant, fish sticks, fudge.

Have an itch to do more writing exercises? You can find past Prompty Tuesdays here. Happy writing!

Follow Friday #1

29 Jul


Follow Friday is a weekly meme hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read.
It helps bloggers like me get out there and meet new bloggers! Here is this weeks question:

Let’s step away from books for a second and get personal. What t-shirt slogan best describes you?

My roommates are big Dr. Who fans and much to their dismay I was never able to get into it. Until Matt Smith, the 11th doctor. Now I find myself bingeing on seasons  5 and 6 when I should be writing. Oops.

As a writer, I do things like kill characters and makes sure the toast always lands jelly sides down. Since my current work-in-progress is a gothic ghost story, I feel extra evil lately.

*Grins* Want a cookie?