I am back! And my little vacation was pretty perfect. I ended up in Branson, Missouri. I’ve never been there before, so I didn’t know what to expect, but I visited a wax museum, the Titanic museum, and a maze of mirrors. (They are seriously difficult to get through.) And I ate a funnel cake that was the size of my face, so the past few days were truly fantastic.
Thank you all for understanding my time away. One of these days, I’ll write about why stepping away is one of the best things a writer can do, but today I really wanted to thank all those bloggers who kept things going while I was away. Because so much happened, I’ve actually organized the events into categories. I hope you’ll check out these fantastic websites.
It is good to be home,
P.S. I’ll share photos in between categories, so here’s a picture of me at the Titanic Museum.
Pau’s Castles invited me to write a guest post about how I managed my writing time during my time as a college student, so I wrote a post, and here’s my first piece of advice from that article:
“First Step: Figure Out Your Schedule
And I mean really figure it out. How many courses are you taking, and how many hours do they truly demand? What days are your busiest? Factor in midterms and finals. Don’t forget about family birthdays or how professors sometimes give out MORE work during extended holidays. Now, figure out when you’re most available. Is it at night? Is it before classes start? Is it only on the weekends? Once you have your responsibilities figured out as well as your free time defined, it will be easier to factor in your writing needs – which brings me to my next point.”
Click here to read my next point.
Here’s a photo of Humphrey Bogart and Marilyn Monroe at the Hollywood Wax Museum
The Starving Bibliophile asked me many questions this week, but my favorite one involved POV in my works. I finally explain why Noah didn’t narrate Take Me Tomorrow, because – surprise – he, originally, did tell half of the story, but I also talk about the one career I wanted before I wanted to be a writer.
HeiBooks is a new website that features all kinds of writers, and they invited me on for Take Me Tomorrow. On my page, you can read about our interview, and you can a scroll around their website for many other novels, including many AEC Stellar books. Click here to check it out.
Here’s my giant funnel cake.
Diary of an Eager Reader is the latest reviewer on this wonderful list that I’m truly thankful for. She read Take Me Tomorrow, beginning her review with “I have to consider myself to be pretty lucky since some of my favorite stories come to me through the help of authors who are looking to get buzz for their books. 9 times out of 10 they are great stories that i’m more than happy to talk about, and this one falls right there with those 9. I really enjoyed this story.” And she tells you why in her review here.
Inkwell & Paper also reviewed Take Me Tomorrow, titling their review “One Pill Makes a Difference.” The review begins with, “Take Me Tomorrow by Shannon A. Thompson is a book that unfolded like an action packed movie.” And her review reads like an action packed movie, too, which you can read by clicking here. But I truly appreciate that she pointed out her two favorite quotes. Click the linked numbers to read them on Goodreads:
1. “The emotional toll was enough to put me to sleep, but my anxiety was enough to keep me awake.”
2. “Behind his gaze was a memory that I wanted to snatch from him.”
Ray’s Works – the website of Matter of Resistance author Raymond Vogel, is my next reviewer, stating, “Expect vivid images, creative characters (with even more creative motivations), and a complex web of connectivity that’s hard to guess. Well done!” But you can read his full review here.
And finally, Things Matter, wrote “The tone and content are very similar to The Hunger Games, and I recommend Take Me Tomorrow if you’re looking for a read-alike to that or if you just like YA dystopia in general!” But you can read all of her thoughts by clicking here.
Here is a car outside the Uptown Cafe where they sing live while you eat!
I was also author of the week on Books to Curl Up with Blog!
Have fun checking out these great websites!
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I haven’t been to Branson in ages. When I was a kid my family used to go to Silver Dollar City regularly, but back in the 1970’s that was pretty much the only thing in the area.
Yep! I went to Silver Dollar City about a decade ago. I didn’t even know there was so much to do in Branson! It was a delightful surprise.
And two of my grown children live in Springfield, MO. I really do need to get out that way more often.
Looks like you had an amazing time 😀
It was pretty amazing. 😀 Now I’m all refreshed – ready to finish Death Before Daylight.
Ozarks is God’s country. (where I grew up)
It’s very beautiful.
I need to add the Titanic Museum to a place I want to go to. I can tell you had an amazing time.
I’m glad you enjoyed my review. My mind was everywhere when I was done reading. I gave myself a couple days to let it settle down, but no such luck. A story for Lyn is something for you to consider. No pressure. I find her interesting.
It is an amazing museum! It was the longest tour I’ve been on in a museum, but it was well worth it, and it held my attention the entire time. They have interactive places at the end, which I thought was the best part, but they don’t allow cameras or phones in at all.
I am so glad you enjoyed Take Me Tomorrow! There is a sequel planned. As of right now, I’m deciding on publishing it or not based on how much readers seem to want it or not. But it does get into more depth about Lyn and Sophia’s past.
Oh I so hope Take Me Tomorrow is a hit with others like it was me. I need to know about Lyn.
How did I not know there was a Titanic museum. I need to go there now. Shoot.
I didn’t know either, and I live within driving distance. lol It was fascinating!
Somebody will need to explain to me why there is a Titanic Museum in landlocked Branson, Missouri.
As far as I know, the owner has another one in Tennessee, but I have no idea why they picked those two locations, but I’m glad they did. :]
I don’t take nearly as many vacations as I should. Good for you! By the way, your marketing efforts have worked. I fully intend to check out Take Me Tomorrow just as soon as I finish the book I am currently reading.
That is the best thing I’ve heard all day. :] I hope you enjoy Take Me Tomorrow, but – in the meantime – I hope you’re enjoying your current read. And you deserve a vacation, so I also hope you get to travel soon. So much hope! ❤
Thank you for reading and commenting,
I like that you put on arrow on the Titanic to point at you!!
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