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#SATurdate: Bad Bloods Blurbs, MockingJay, Steampunk, and more.

21 Nov

This post is going to look SUPER long, but it’s mainly because I’m including the individual blurbs for November Rain and November Snow. (Yes. They are finally ready!)

What I’m Writing:

As many of you say on Instagram, Bogart protected my notes for Take Me Yesterday.

Many of you will be excited to hear that I’m back into Take Me Yesterday, book 2 of The Tomo Trilogy. I hit a snag last time I was writing, and then my energy had to go toward Bad Bloods—which is definitely going to happen again when final edits come around—but for now, I am working on the sequel of Take Me Tomorrow. I’m currently in chapter eight, about 11,500 words in. As many of you saw on my Instagram, Bogart recently protected my notes for Take Me Yesterday by laying on them. That being said, I know I need to refocus my energy soon and go back to Take Me Tomorrow, book one, to make the best book I can before I continue forward with book 2.

What I’m Publishing:

The final back blurbs for each part of Bad Bloods is finally available! You can read them below. And of course, the winning #1lineWed preview is here as well. The theme was hot: She wasn’t smiling, but a warmth radiated from her, as if she could hug people from a distance.

November Rain, Part One

(releases July 18, 2016)

Seventeen-year-old Serena isn’t human. She is a bad blood, and in the city of Vendona, bad bloods are executed. In the last moments before she faces imminent death, a prison guard aids her escape and sparks a revolt. Back on the streets determined to destroy her kind, Serena is spared by a fellow bad blood named Daniel. His past tragedies are as equally mysterious as her connection to them. Unbeknownst to the two, this connection is the key to winning the election for bad bloods’ rights to be seen as human again. But Serena is the only one who can secure Vendona’s vote. Now, Daniel must unite with her before all hope is lost and bad bloods are eradicated, even if it means exposing secrets worse than death itself. United or not, a city will fight, rain will fall, and all will be threatened by star-crossed love and political corruption.

November Snow, Part Two

(eBook releases one week later, with the paperback releasing in November of 2016)

When Daniel and Serena unite, their accidental relationship becomes the catalyst for a twelve-year war to continue. Exposing the twisted past of a corrupt city, Daniel, Serena, and everyone they know will come together to fight. But Serena has another battle. After a political rumor threatens their lives, Serena must leave her family and join the political front against her will. To survive apart, Daniel has to separate his love from his hatred and join forces with his worst memory to secure Vendona’s war. But very few of them will survive to see the last day. Bad blood or human, a city will burn, snow will fall, and all will be united by catastrophic secrets and irrevocable tragedy.

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What I’m Reading: 

booksThe Conjurer’s Riddle by Andrea Cremer: I finished it! I basically could do nothing but read this novel over my weekend. (My weekends are Sunday through Tuesday, by the way.) I am in LOVE with this series, and I am already dying for the third book. It’s brilliant, and you can read why in my review here. On a side note, there is definitely a third book. I tweeted to the lovely author, and she tweeted back! That deserves an extra star.

Clockwork Prince: I was so set on steampunk after reading The Conjurer’s Riddle that I had to continue The Infernal Devices series by Cassandra Clare. This is book 2, and to be honest, I should’ve started reading it a LONG time ago, since I read the first one in July, but it’s been on my nightstand, and I’m glad I finally picked it up again. Loved it! In fact, I finished it too. (Told you I read a lot this week.) I actually didn’t like Will very much in the first book, but he’s grown on me a lot more in this one. Same with Jem. And now I think I’m broken. This book definitely deserves 5 stars, and you can read my entire review here. (I NEED the third book now.) Also…Cassandra Clare liked my review of her work. I think I died and went to Heaven.


Trial by Fire by Josephine Angelini: I finished it in the middle of the night after I posted my last Saturdate article. And…I’m not going to lie. I wasn’t a fan. Don’t get me wrong. I think many readers could LOVE this book, but it wasn’t for me. I explained why in my 2.5-star review, but it mainly came down to the voice and characters. The world building is unique, the story is written well, and you’ll probably enjoy it if you love witches, other dimensions, love triangles, and vegan protagonists. Read my full review here.

What I’m Listening To:

Lykke Li, because she’s my Tomo Trilogy star. I’m trying to get back into Sophia’s voice, and Lykke Li was the number one singer I listen to while working on this trilogy.

What I’m Watching:

MV5BNjQzNDI2NTU1Ml5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwNTAyMDQ5NjE@._V1_SX214_AL_Mockingjay Part 2I just saw this a few hours ago, but I LOVED it. (I also got mistaken for wearing cosplay to the movie theatre…excuse me for wearing a side braid and boots. This is my usual attire.) That being said, I thought it was awesome. I still think they didn’t need to divide the last book into two movies, but for the readers out there, (spoilers for the rest of the people) I was a little sad to see that they played down Finnick’s sacrificial death a bit. On a positive note, seeing Tigris was PHENOMENAL. I also thought they made the overall tone of the ending much happier and little less, you know, insane, and aside from a few other edits, I still thought it was a great movie for a great book. Can’t believe it’s over. </3

The Yes Men Are Revolting: So this is the best documentary ever. Basically, it follows a group of pranksters (also activists) who focus on bringing attention to political issues currently being ignored by world leaders.

Men, Women, & Children: This is an Adam Sandler movie about how the Internet has affected modern families, and let me tell you, it’s scary how realistic it is (and terribly sad). I thought it was a wonderful movie, but it’s definitely (and intentionally) uncomfortable.

 That Sugar Film: Another documentary I watched this week, but this one is Australian, and it’s about how sugar affects the body of one guy. I know you all see me baking a lot, so I do consume sugar, but I’m actually really weary of what I consume. I rarely drink soda or eat processed foods, for instance, so I find documentaries like this to be interesting. This one was a bit bizarre humor-wise, but had some interesting stats to see.

Fifty Shades of Grey: Yep. That happened. One of my good friends hadn’t seen it yet—and she helped me shop this week—so we rented it and watched it. As controversial as it is to talk about, I’m actually interested in seeing what they’ll do with the sequels (since they recently announced they’ll be filming both sequels back-to-back at the start of 2016). I’m hoping Taylor, the body guard/assistant of Christian Grey, gets more screen time, because his side story was my favorite.


What I’m Baking, Making, and Drinking:

 Jalapeno cheddar pasta and cheesy potato ham casserole. No pictures this time, but they were both great!

 What I’m Wearing:

 I have new boots! And they’re steampunk boots. I couldn’t quite capture their beauty on Instagram, but the backs have golden spokes on them. They went perfectly with The Conjurer’s Riddle.

What I’m Wanting:

The next book in The Inventor’s Secret series. Come on, Andrea Cremer! I’m addicted. I know you’re the process of writing it, but, but, but…

I would also like Clockwork Princess, book 3 in The Infernal Devices, because my heart needs mending after book 2.

What I’m Dreaming Of:

 Bogart was a BAT! Which is awesome…because bats are my favorite animals. But, yes. Bogart turned into a bat, and he was super tiny too. He even helped me find Kiki—another one of my cats—who was stuck in the wall or something. (If you only knew Kiki, this wouldn’t surprise you.)

I had a little white dog I loved dressing up as Pikachu…and everyone thought I was crazy, but I borrowed my father’s truck and turned that into a Pikachu truck…and then four other Pikachu-themed cars parked next to mine, and it was the best day of my life.

salebWhat Else Is Going On:

The Black Friday Sale for The Timely Death Trilogy has begun! From now until November 30, you can get the first book in the trilogy for free and the second book for only .99¢ on Smashwords. Use the code WS34V at the links below to read more this holiday season.

Minutes Before Sunset

Seconds Before Sunrise

Death Before Daylight

And, of course…

Stay Dark,



Inspirational Meet: Danny Maloney

23 Dec

As many of you know, I spend most of my writing time at IceFire Hookah Lounge, because I love the friendly atmosphere and music. For my post today, I wanted to show how wonderful my experience at IceFire has been by introducing my friend, Danny Maloney, who DJs there.

At 19 years old, Danny Maloney DJs at IceFire Hookah Lounge and Llwellyn’s Bar. His mixes are involved in the Flohawke Label, an up-and-coming label from downtown Kansas City, and, most recently, he won a DJ competition at DanceFestopia in 2012.

His music and his passion is an inspiration to me, showing young adults can succeed at their dreams, so I interviewed him to encourage all of you to follow yours as well.

Enjoy! And listen to his mixes (which are fantastic.) I linked them below the interview, and I hope you hear his passion as much I as witness it every day.

Tell me about yourself. What’s your passion, how old are you, and at what age did you find your passion or decide to stick with it?
 Was there a turning point where you knew this was your passion?

I’m 19. My passion is being a DJ and music in general. I found my passion when I was 16, but I decided to stick with it at 18, because I was DJ-ing for a rapper at the time. We did two concerts, opening for Vanilla Ice, and another show for Mac Miller. The concerts allowed me to realize I could truly follow my passion.

Photo by @TaylorLamb (twitter credit)

Photo by @TheTaylorLamb (twitter credit)

What are daily things in your life that you do in order to bring your passion out and inspire yourself?

 I spend about an hour to two hours a day “digging,” which is searching through the internet for new tracks that I believe with become popular from artists on-the-rise. I also network as much as I can, especially for local DJs to help support the scene, and their passion as well as my own.

What inspires you?

I’m inspired by the love for the music. Whether it’s a crazy bass-line or a harmonically beautiful melody, every day I’m inspired by any type of genre and decade of music. If I could have my way as a DJ, I would spin the 90’s, because I believe it’s the most passionate genre, such as Third Eye Blind, Everclear, and Blink-182 (etc.)

Finally, what would you say to someone else that would encourage them to follow their dreams, especially at a young age?

You can do it. If you have the drive, wants, need, and motivation, you can do it. If you don’t have all of those, then you certainly don’t want to pursue it for the rest of your life. This is what defines passion. If you don’t think, breathe, and dream your passion, then it’s obviously not something you want to make a living out of and do for the rest of your life.

Listen to Danny’s music, streamed via SoundCloud here.

He’s also on here, and, of course, you can join him on twitter here.


Music Muse: Florence And The Machine

19 Dec

So I was gifted the Florence And The Machine album, “Ceremonials,” and I haven’t stopped playing it.

Mary Leontine Welch’s vocal spectrum is astounding, and her sound stretches over emotional boundaries, eloquent sounds, and subtle rhythms. The album is quite beautiful, and I recommend it for anyone who liked “The Dog Days Are Over” or bands like Mumford and Sons or Gotye. 220px-Ceremonials

Personally, I loved “Seven Devils” and “Lover to Lover” the most.

Official Website here.

Check out “Ceremonials” here.


Music Muse: My December

3 Dec

I haven’t mentioned music which inspires my writing in a while, so I thought this song, considering December’s arrival, would be a great one to mention.

“My December” by Linkin Park is a lovely and mellow song, unlike some of their rocker songs. I love this song. I used to love it so much, I would listen to it on repeat (which I’ll admit I still do every once in a while.) It could be the mellow sound or the piano accompaniment. I’m not completely sure. Maybe it’s just one of those songs that I can personally connect with which I hope I can share with you in a positive manner.

So listen to it here.

And let me know if you know artists or songs like this, because I’m always up for suggestions!


Music Muse: DeLord

24 Oct

After I posted my interview “How Do I Write?” I received a few emails regarding my answer about music. Some of you were surprised to find out I don’t write with a soundtrack (as many think of music while writing as the soundtrack during a movie), and others asked me what kind of music I listen to where the lyrics aren’t distracting (because they’ve had the same problem), so I thought I’d explain more in depth. Plus, I realized I’ve only posted one other “Music Muse,” so where could I go wrong?

I LOVE classical music—which I know isn’t for everyone. To be honest, I’ve been listening to classical music since I spied on my grandfather in what I remember to be the “gold room” in his house (the room was decorated nicely, and us little kids weren’t allowed in it without an adult).

When it comes to classical music, of course I listen to the classics (ha. Beethoven. Mozart. Etc.) But, my recent favorite is DeLord. There’s something very haunting and mesmerizing about his sound that I can’t get enough of.

So, without further explanation, I’ll let his instruments explain:

Click here to listen to my absolute favorite: Inseguirsi by DeLord


Music Muse: The xx

27 Sep

Okay. So every writer (and any kind of artist) gets inspiration from somewhere, and I’ve found that an array of music causes a positive flow to the story creation. Think of listening to music while writing like a movie soundtrack. Songs can add brilliance to emotional perceptions, but they can also be wickedly entertaining (and they’re on-the-go with an iPod!). Basically, I’ll be on here every once in a while, sharing some of my favorite bands I’ve come across that I love to use for writing, and here’s my first!

The xx. They first debuted back in 2009, but their new album, Coexist, was recently released, and I’ve been listening to it nonstop since it was gifted to me (See? Even my circle knows I’m crazy about this stuff).

I definitely suggest them. The xx is enchantingly mellow and deliciously personal. Coexist, an album generally described as experimental or indie pop, subtlety submerges the listener into the passionate desire of love and heartbreak. Even their first song, “Angel,” seems to melt the world away as the duet reconvenes time and time again, sending us through the dark, but beautiful, moments of coexisting with another person.

Songs like “Angel” and “Sunset” can truly encourage inspiration (if writing hasn’t done that to you already), and I think I may just start listening to them right now…

::starts dancing while typing:: (It’s like playing the piano).

Click here for more info and/or to buy it!


“Coexist” album cover


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