Title: A Pack of Love and Hate
Series: The Boulder Wolves #3
Author: Olivia Wildenstein
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Published: July 30, 2019
Source: Kindle Unlimited

Quicklinks: Amazon | Goodreads



Volunteering to duel alongside Liam Kolane against the ruthless Creek Alpha could get Ness killed, but the alternative, leaving her hot-headed Alpha to die alone in the dueling ring isn’t an option. Not even when he places ridiculous conditions on her, like not spending time alone with August, her intended mate.

Ness didn’t want a mate, but that was before August stepped back into her life, before he picked up the scattered pieces of her heart. Between their shared history and the magical tether that binds them, Ness finds herself falling dangerously hard for the sexy shifter.

But Liam’s heart is on the line. A heart that still beats for Ness.

Only one man can win her love, the same way only one Alpha can rise from the duel.

Let the fight begin...

I can’t remember if this is a trilogy or not, I think I recall reading somewhere that it was, so this review is based off that thought. 

Back into Ness’ world, we’re faced with her and Liam preparing for the ultimate showdown Liam stupidly decided he’d fight in and in which Ness stupidly signed up to be his Second when she has no training or knowledge in the whole pack thing. Of course, this comes at a price she must pay despite her hatred for it. 

With the love triangle still, unfortunately, being a thing, she needs to hold off on pursuing any kind of relationship with anyone to solely focus on getting her and Liam ready for the inevitable fight while also trying to find out the secret the Creek Alpha is hiding about her supposed advantage. 

I honestly don’t have a lot to say about this, the actual fight was great, the knowledge of the Creek Alpha’s secret was a tad surprising and definitely not what I thought, which was great… I always love being wrong about what I think is gonna happen in stories. 

The end was what had me disappointed. Going off my belief of this being a trilogy, it ended with more of a cliffhanger than the others. It didn’t feel like an ending because it left me with more questions and wondering than an ending should. I wish I could say more and go into detail, but I’m not for spoiling it. I hope I’m wrong about it being a trilogy or, at least hope that the author has a novella or something planned to explain what happens after. My rating is strictly because of the ending. If it ended differently, it would have been more than this.

[Review] A Pack of Love and Hate

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Title: Red Queen
Series: Red Queen #1
Author: Victoria Aveyard
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Published: February 10, 2015
Source: Amazon

Quicklinks: Amazon | Goodreads

This is a world divided by blood - red or silver. The Reds are commoners, ruled by a Silver elite in possession of god-like superpowers. And to Mare Barrow, a seventeen-year-old Red girl from the poverty-stricken Stilts, it seems like nothing will ever change. That is until she finds herself working in the Silver Palace. Here, surrounded by the people she hates the most, Mare discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy the balance of power. Fearful of Mare's potential, the Silvers hide her in plain view, declaring her a long-lost Silver princess, now engaged to a Silver prince. Despite knowing that one misstep would mean her death, Mare works silently to help the Red Guard, a militant resistance group, and bring down the Silver regime. But this is a world of betrayal and lies, and Mare has entered a dangerous dance - Reds against Silvers, prince against prince, and Mare against her own heart.
I put off reading this book because I’m the weird type of person to not read a book just because of the hype. As you can see, I ended up caving and I’m glad I did. 

Mare is a great character. She may not be my usual strong heroine, but she wasn’t a total whiner. She was well rounded, believable, and a bit likable (though at times, I really wanted to just smack some sense into her). The important line in the book talked about betrayal and while I, myself, blindly ignored it, when it all came down to the real reveal, I was like WE SHOULD HAVE KNOWN, MARE. HOW COULD YOU?  

I finished this book in a day. There was just always something going on that made it hard to put the book down. It was slow at work, so I read and would get so mad when I had to stop to actually do work, which, in my opinion, qualifies it for the rating I give it.  

Action-packed with a twist reveal had me immediately purchasing Glass Sword and I honestly can’t wait to see where this goes. I now understand the hype! 

[Review] Red Queen

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Title: A Pack of Vows and Tears
Series: The Boulder Wolves #2
Author: Olivia Wildenstein
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Published: May 28, 2019
Source: Kindle Unlimited

Quicklinks: Amazon | Goodreads

In the seductive follow-up to A PACK OF BLOOD AND LIES, Ness Clark’s heart and legitimacy are again put to the test.

She thought the fight was over but it was only just beginning.

Ness Clark's place amongst the Boulders and at Liam’s side is compromised. First, when her cousin claims Ness helped him elude his death sentence. And then, when August Watt, Ness’s childhood friend, comes home to Boulder.
Although August’s plan was to pledge himself and return to active duty, he finds himself incapable of leaving. This becomes problematic for Liam and Ness, because a mating link has clicked into place between Ness and the ex-marine. If not consummated, the link will fade, but that’ll take months. How long and hard can two people fight a physical attraction that renders their bodies unreceptive to anyone’s but their mates?
Ness is tired of fighting, tired of having to prove herself worthy of her pack’s trust and of her Alpha’s affection. But when an enemy pack arrives and threatens the Boulders, she has two choices: step aside and let the wolves who have pushed her away fend for themselves, or step up and help them fight the newcomers.
Ness has never stepped aside…not for anyone.
Why would she start now?
To break my common reading hibernation, I re-read A Pack of Blood and Lies to prepare myself to finish this book and the following because of Wildenstein’s box set release of this series. For those of you who read my initial review of the first book, you know I loved it.  

This one follows suit, continuing Nessa’s life now within the pack. Of course, after finishing A Pack of Blood and Lies, I wondered what could possibly come next and of course, Wildenstein surprises us with a nice change with a twist.  

Much to my dismay, however, a love triangle is introduced and you all know how much I despise those. It’s a typical YA cliché that has my eyes rolling no matter how well done or subtle it is. Of course, maybe I should have seen it coming but I did not let it affect my reading experience because the twist was interesting enough for me to overlook the cliché.  

The story ends with a suitable cliffhanger to introduce the third book, paving way to an ultimate showdown between two powerful people. Overall, it was enjoyable and with the way the story is developing, I’m super intrigued to see how this all plays out!  

[Review] A Pack of Vows & Tears

Monday, September 30, 2019

Camp NaNoWriMo 2019 Project

Title: Ash, Fire & Blood

Author: Vesper (Me, obviously)
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Goal: 50,000 words by 7/31
Total Word Count Goal: 65,000

-- Summary --

"Humans seek to control the things they fear and if they fail to control it, they pursue to destroy it."

War is inevitable. After Kaeyara's sole enemy is assassinated before her and his servants misunderstand their final exchange, she is deemed the new Queen of Anaria. Now, she must rule an entire kingdom when all she wanted to do was protect her home from a tyrannical king. With word having spread that King Handibal is dead and an untested Queen now rules, Anaria's surrounding neighbors flock to assess their new potential enemy. Unable to change back into her true form of the Great Phoenix, she must survive the power-hungry Oraclareon, dangerously curious leaders, and assassination attempts all the while hiding the power inside her that grows hungry for release with each passing day. It's only a matter of time before cataclysm strikes and the very future of Anaria now rests in Kae's hands.
It's camp time and I'm both extremely pumped and worried. Every time I've attempted to participate in camp NaNo, I've derailed and stopped writing completely. This time, I hope to finally complete a full camp session so that I am on track with my writing plan. Throughout July, all of my Twitch Streams will have at least a 2 hour virtual writing session where I will be hosting 30-minute word sprints that anyone watching can join in on. Those who just come to hang out are obviously more than welcome to considering that I do tend to love the company and chitchat to distract me from the stress of writing when you're pretty much pantsing the crap out of a NaNo (which is me every NaNo). 

What's a pantser? Well, let's just say pantsers are the type of writers that jump into an idea without fully planning it out and seeing where it takes them. Meanwhile, there's the opposite, planners, who plan their novels and work off of outlines and timelines. To be honest, I tend to be both of them, aka plantser, which means I plan a bit and write vague outlines that I don't always follow to a T. 

Make sure to join me on my writing streams and come hang out (or write with me!). I'd love to hear your project ideas and help motivate you all in getting your work done! 

monday. 4pm-6pm
tuesday. 8:30pm-10:30pm
wedsnesday. 3pm-5pm
thursday. 12pm-2pm
saturday. 8pm-10pm

What are you writing this Camp NaNoWriMo?

[Camp NaNoWriMo: Day 1] Here We Go!

Monday, July 1, 2019

I'm super excited to be finally releasing a novel summary for the first time in a little over a year. It's been quite some time since I last sat down and actually wrote a book and the fact that I can show this off to you guys now shows me that no matter what happens, writing is in my blood. It is a part of me that I cannot ignore. Should I ever stop, it will not be forever.

At the current moment, there is no release date. I will be working on this for Camp NaNoWriMo and spending the following months editing, looking for beta readers, editing, and editing. As I've said in "Planning & Plotting," I'm aiming to start querying agents in hopes to publish this book traditionally. 

With that said, I will be releasing another story prior to this book. I currently have two ideas to incorporate into a prequel which will be available for free upon release to celebrate the upcoming novel. 

How does this summary make you feel? Looking forward to your feedback!

Title: Ash, Fire & Blood
Author: Vesper
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Release Date: TBD

"Humans seek to control the things they fear and if they fail to control it, they pursue to destroy it."

War is inevitable. After Kaeyara's sole enemy is assassinated before her and his servants misunderstand their final exchange, she is deemed the new Queen of Anaria. Now, she must rule an entire kingdom when all she wanted to do was protect her home from a tyrannical king. With word having spread that King Handibal is dead and an untested Queen now rules, Anaria's surrounding neighbors flock to assess their new potential enemy. Unable to change back into her true form of the Great Phoenix, she must survive the power-hungry Oraclareon, dangerously curious leaders, and assassination attempts all the while hiding the power inside her that grows hungry for release with each passing day. It's only a matter of time before cataclysm strikes and the very future of Anaria now rests in Kae's hands.


Monday, June 24, 2019

I'm ecstatic to introduce the cover for my upcoming perma-WIP collection of completed writing prompts. The prompts that will be found behind this cover will have been written during my Twitch streams and edited off stream before being published for people to read. 

I've wanted to do something fun for my writing streams, so starting June 27th, viewers who watch my stream and earn enough stardust will be able to spend said stardust and request me to pick a random prompt. I will have an hour to write a short story. Viewers can spend more stardust to add more time to the clock in order to extend the prompt from a short story up to a short novelette. 

Title: Musings of an Eccentric
Author: Vesper
Genre: Fiction (variety of subgenres)
Release: As written
Read it: Wattpad

Writing prompts are great to practice your writing and continue to form the habit of writing every day. With Musings of an Eccentric, Vesper combines all the writing prompts she completes into a single book. Prompts could fall under any genre from Fantasy to Horror or Romance to Paranormal. No story is the same and even a single, simple sentence can spark an entire short story's worth of a tale. 

All prompts are published to Wattpad.

What do you think of the cover and the premise of the prompt story collection? Let me know!

[Cover Reveal] Musings of an Eccentric

Sunday, June 23, 2019

It's been a long time since I last wrote anything... a year if I'm remembering properly. However, for those of you who follow my Twitch streams, you know I've been working on a project for the past few months using 4thewords. I'm not completely ready to give a bunch of information just yet, but know that I'm in the process of getting a good summary out into the world to begin the hype for Kaeyara and the kingdom of Anaria. After all, I'm only six chapters in! 

On top of the time spent writing, I also went back to school to study animal behavior with a focus on dog training. With a busy life that includes crazy work schedules, studying for school, and the occasional "me time," it's getting harder and harder to balance all of that with the writing. It sounds like a lot, but honestly, my job is pretty laid back. If there aren't a lot of dogs, the day has a lot of quiet time that I can take hold of and write during. Sometimes, I did just that but a lot of the time, I just get super distracted. That's why I'm setting a plan for myself, some deadlines, if you will. The rest of the year for my writing has been planned out accordingly knowing full well I have the time to achieve it. 

I want to make 2019 the year I get back into writing. I used to be able to write all day and after spending a year without a drop of motivation, inspiration, or drive. So, this will be my plan for all to see! I'll even put it up on my corkboard.

  • 6/21 - edit & post the first chapter to WritersCafe / Wattpad and share to Social Media.
  • 6/24 - have a good first summary written & published for Ash, Fire & Blood
  • 7/3 - post memorable quotes/snippets from Ash, Fire & Blood.
  • 7/19 - Ash, Fire & Blood cover reveal.
  • 7/31 - finish writing Ash, Fire & Blood for Camp NaNoWriMo
  • 8/31 - start edits on Camp NaNoWriMo project.
  • 9/6 - new project announcement for NaNoWriMo.
  • 11/1 - start new project for NaNoWriMo.
  • 12/31 - have Ash, Fire, & Blood ready for querying. 

It's going to be one crazy year. 

Planning Ahead

Sunday, June 16, 2019

Writing a novel is tough. Getting started is always the first challenge an author must overcome and I, myself, struggle with this part a bit too much for my liking. However, once over that hurdle, the writing comes easily and the words fill your blank pages one by one. The next thing you know, you've completely written your first novel after days, weeks, months hard at work to bring your ideas to life. Congratulations on finishing your novel. I have some bad news though, the writing process is about as easy as it gets when you're looking to publish it. 

Whether you're looking to publish through traditional means or self-publish, there are always steps to follow before making your next move. A lot of new authors make similar mistakes and this post should help you find the right path before you go out and publish. I am, by no means, a complete expert in publishing, but this all comes from experience. Learn from the mistakes I and others have made. 

Your first draft is NOT PUBLISHABLE. "What do you mean I can't publish right away?" I'd like to take a moment to give you some clarity. Just because you finished your novel, does not mean that it's ready to be published. The first draft is by far the messiest and ugliest part of your novel. Before you even think about publishing it, your book must go through several rounds of personal and professional edits. Your personal edits should focus mainly on the story itself to make sure everything flows well while you delete scenes and write new ones or reconstruct sentences that just seem off. Of course, you can always edit your spelling and grammar too. 

Get your novel PROFESSIONALLY edited. You did a few rounds of personal edits, so it should be ready, right? NO. The story always needs a fresh pair of eyes -- professional eyes. These editors are experts in their field and can pick up on a lot of things you didn't during your own personal edits. I can't tell you how many times I would edit my own works only to go through "one last time" and find even more things that I had to fix. Fresh eyes will always help, especially when they belong to an expert. 

Market your book! Because you're new to the scene, chances are you don't have a following from an audience of people who would be interested in your book. Frankly, you should start marketing way before you finish your book, but as they say, "better late than never." Use Twitter, Facebook, and even Instagram to get your book out there. Make sure to use hashtags that are relevant to your book and its genre while providing a quality post that could hook your potential readers. Bring out that inner salesperson!

Have an EYE-CATCHING cover. Get a cover done by a professional to ensure you get a high quality and attractive book cover for your book. I know there's that whole saying "don't judge a book by its cover" and while that may be true in some cases, there are readers out there that do, indeed, judge the book by the cover. I happen to be one of those people (though there have been a book or two with simple and not-so-attractive covers that actually ended up being really good), so you bet there are other readers out there that are the same way. 

The road to publishing for a new author is tough and long, but following the advice found in these posts can really help you go a long way and set you on the path to the correct and most successful way to publish. 

If you have any questions you would like answered in a future "New Author Tips" post, please send me an e-mail with them and I will have them answered in the next post! 

[New Author Tips] You've Finished Your Novel, Now What? #1

Thursday, May 2, 2019

Happy book anniversary to Painting Sky by Rita Branches!

Painting Sky
by Rita Branches
Genre: NA Contemporary Romance
Release Date: April 25th 2016

Summary from Goodreads:
Nobody ever said life was easy...

People pleaser, Jane Skylar wants nothing more than to earn her art degree, start her life, and bask in the bliss of living with her boyfriend.

But things don't always go as planned...

Struggling with her creative side, Jane finds herself in turmoil, often confiding in her roommate - another, more talented art student, Keith Hale. Keith just so happens to be her boyfriend's older, brooding brother. After a devastating breakup, Jane turns to Keith for comfort. But when the lines blur between roommate and lover, Jane's life becomes more complicated than ever before.

When Keith's past comes back to haunt him, their lives all get turned upside down, forcing the truth to surface. Now Jane must fight for what she wants--even if it hurts everyone she loves.

Available on Amazon

About the Author
Rita Branches is the author of young adult and new adult contemporary romance. She published her debut novel in April 2016.

Rita lives in Portugal and has a degree in Landscape Architecture, although from a very young age, her love has been in books. She has a healthy obsession with books, you can always find her with her eReader. She’s been writing for years, but just ventured into the publishing world in 2016.

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Thursday, April 25, 2019