Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Writing and Editing

Being a published author does not mean my writing is perfect. I am by no means a master of the English language and flawless when it comes to editing my work. Everyone makes mistakes. Everyone.
Luckily, I have great friends who look out for me and let me know when I've make a boo-boo with my published works. I even have a few awesome beta readers who rip my story apart (in the best of ways) before I put it out there for the world to enjoy. I do the same for my author friends.
But sometimes things are missed (Because everyone makes mistakes, right?) and I have to go back over my work to do some rewrites or further editing of the story. This year I plan on returning to my older works and fixing them up. It will take some time, but I want to reread everything with fresh eyes and try to catch all the typos or plot holes I can. 
I honestly think every writer should do this from time to time. My writing style has evolved a lot over the past few years and though I may not want to change story lines or characters themselves, I may want to change how I present them in my stories. I'm also a bit wiser when it comes to editing issues. Yes, only a bit wiser. I still throw quite a few "rules" out the window.

Hopefully, by the end of the year, I will have a collection of improved works to show off and some peace of mind that I did my very best in presenting them to you, readers. 
Hope you pick up one of my books to entertain you this year. Happy reading!

Thursday, March 2, 2017

February Reads & Reviews

Hello, faithful readers! Being the short month it was, (and the fact that I published a book of my own) I didn't get as much reading in as I would like. Fortunately the books I did read were great so prepare yourselves! I will reveal more gems of the indie book world in this post.

Game, Set, Match
by Nana Malone

Rating: 5 Stars

Though there are some cliche parts, this story had me hooked from the start. Humorous characters that leapt right off the pages and sexy scenes that sizzled, I had to read this entire book in one sitting

One to Keep
by Ev Bishop

Rating: 4 Stars

A wonderful tale about taking a second chance on love after being badly burned. The characters were fun and realistic. I haven't read a book by this author that I haven't loved!

Ghostly Writes Anthology 2016
by Various Authors

Rating: 3 Stars

This collection of stories from various authors contains a wide range of tales. Some creepy, some amusing, and some just plain strange. Though there are some editing issues, I enjoyed diving in and immersing myself in each story.
My favorites had to be "Mother Called Today" and "Ruby Kisses."

The Boy With Words
by C.E. Wilson

Rating: 5 Stars

I loved this book!
As a fan of CE Wilson's books, I knew I was going to enjoy these two stories. She has a real talent for creating unforgettable characters and this book was no different. I couldn't get enough of White and Kes's tale. A heartbreaking yet beautiful journey and a satisfying ending makes this one of my new favorites.
I highly recommend diving into this one!

The Light
by Kate Thomas

Rating: 5 Stars

I really enjoyed this book. Seeing Ellie's struggle with her new abilities, and the men in her life, gave this story such depth. I can't wait to read the next book in the series.

So far, this year has been going well with my Goodreads Reading Challenge. 120 books is my goal. As of today, I have read around 30. So far, so good!
Happy reading!