May 2018 Goals

Happy May! A month ago, I said that April in Wisconsin could mean either temperatures of 70 or we could get snow. Well, we got both. Over 30″ of snow this month, including one weekend snowstorm where we got about 20″! Then yesterday, the temps got to 77 degrees! Talk about crazy weather.

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My goals for April were:

  • Finish Lo, How a Rose (Tales of the East #2) Done!
  • Start and finish Rock of Ages (Tales of the East #3) Almost done!
  • Finish Trust and Obey edits #2-4 and send to proofreaders Mostly done!
  • Send Rachel’s blog tour info and promote it Done!
  • Get audiobooks ready for publication and set publication date Done!

May Goals

  • Finish editing Trust and Obey and send to proofreaders
  • Finish writing Rock of Ages
  • Start editing Lo, How a Rose and send to beta-readers
  • Finish 2 edits of He Leadeth Me
  • Audiobook Release

What goals do you have for this month?

 

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Book Review: Marrying Raven by Melanie Snitker

Title: Marrying Raven
Written By: Melanie D. Snitker
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Recommended Ages: 15+

Introduction:

I signed up to receive this book in advance. I didn’t end up getting it finished before the release, but I wanted to review it anyway. And I’m glad I read it!

Characters: 1/1

I haven’t read the first book in this series, so some of the minor characters were unfamiliar, but it wasn’t hard to get into the book despite that. Raven and Heath were both well developed characters who had definite issues to work through. Their relationship developed in a realistic manner which was refreshing.

Dialogue: 1/1

I happen to know the author doesn’t really know much about football, so I was pleasantly surprised how well she knew the lingo. There wasn’t a lot, though, so even if you don’t like football either, you won’t be lost. All the dialogue was well done and realistic.

Plot/storyline: 1/1

As I mentioned above, the relationship developed realistically and the plot was thought out very well. I liked how it all worked out in the end.

Overall writing quality: 1/1

As with all the other books by Melanie I have read, the writing quality was excellent. I didn’t find a single typo and the sentence structure was all very easy to do.

Un-put-down-ability: 1/1

I had a hard time putting Marrying Raven down especially toward the end. Of course, life got in the way, so I was forced to once in a while, but I definitely didn’t want to.

Conclusion: 5/5

If you are looking for a good, sweet, clean romance this is the book for you. I highly recommend it.

Book Review: Dead Drop by Perry Elisabeth Kirkpatrick

Title: Dead Drop
Written By: Perry Elisabeth Kirkpatrick
Genre: Espionage/Short Story
Recommended Ages: Any

 

Review

This story took me by surprise. I didn’t expect the twist at the end. I loved all the kids in the story. Each one had a unique personality. The writing was very good and I enjoyed the story from beginning to end.

I received a free copy with no compunction for a review, good or bad.

Book Review: Hearts Entwined

Title: Hearts Entwined
Written by: Karen Witemeyer, Mary Connealy, Regina Jennings, Melissa Jagears
Genre: Christian Western Romace
Recommended Age: 15 and up

The Love Knot by Karen Witemeyer
This is the best novella in the book. The uniqueness of the plot and the completeness of the story definitely had something to do with it. This novella is the continuation of a series I have read, but even if I hadn’t, I would have been able to understand everything going on in the story. There might have been a few characters I was slightly confused about, but otherwise, no problems. Continue reading

Book Review: You Are a Writer by Jeff Goins

 

Title: You Are a Writer (so start ACTING like one)
Written By:  Jeff Goins
Genre: Writing Helps/Non-fiction
Recommended Ages: Any

Introduction:

You are a writer. You just need to write.

It’s time to kill the excuses and start writing. Time to become a writer again. Not a marketer or an entrepreneur. Not a blogger or businessperson. A writer. A real one.

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April 2018 Goals

Happy April! Spring is just about here. Of course, in Wisconsin, that can mean just about anything. We might have more snow yet sometime this month, or it might get up to 70 degrees (Fahrenheit).

All in all, March was a good month for me. I didn’t get as much done as I thought I would with my goals, but I did do some other things instead. Instead of the HLM and T&O edits, I got the house a bit more organized. There is still some organizing to do, but I feel good about how much I was able to do.

How was your month? What is the weather like where you are?

  • Continue work on compilations (done!)
  • Rewrite Tales of the East #2 (the new #2) (Partially done. 13,000+ words have been written; about 2/3rds through)
  • Finish HLM edits #2 and #3 (Decided not to do this)
  • Finish T&O edits #2 and #3 (Decided not to do this)
  • Pick recital pieces and perfect them (done!)

April Goals

  • Finish Lo, How a Rose (Tales of the East #2)
  • Start and finish Rock of Ages (Tales of the East #3)
  • Finish Trust and Obey edits #2-4 and send to proofreaders
  • Send Rachel’s blog tour info and promote it
  • Get audiobooks ready for publication and set publication date

Do you have any goals for April? I’d love to hear them.

Book Review: Stronger For Language by Perry Elisabeth Kirkpatrick

Title: Stronger for Language
Written By: Perry Elisabeth Kirkpatrick
Genre: Science Fiction/Short Story
Recommended Ages: Any

 

Review

This is a new take on language translations. I love how Perry brought in toddler speak and combined it with alien language skills. She did a great job developing the characters in this short story. This was a perfect short story for a quick read.

I received a free copy with no compunction for a review, good or bad.