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New Year – New Goals

All right, it’s that time again. Setting goals for the New Year.  You can check out my post about being kind to yourself and setting realistic goals over on Indie Jane.  This is something I need to seriously remind myself of not just when I make my goals list, but also throughout the year as I start adding things onto the list.  I always, always add on.  It’s a sickness.

Here are my writing/publishing specific goals for the new year.  Hopefully you’ll help keep me accountable! That whole “putting it out there so someone else knows your goals” is always a good idea.

1.  Finish Sun, Moon, Stars.

I’m making a big push this month to finish the rough draft of this fairy tale adaptation.

2.  Publish Sun, Moon, Stars. 

I’m hoping to get this novel out to you guys by May! (Notice I didn’t give a specific date in May, lol).

3.  Finish Aspire.

This book – it lives in my head but it’s having a hard time coming out through my fingers.  This could be because it’s currently in “chose your own adventure” mode in my brain, there are three possible paths and I need to PICK ONE!

4. Publish Aspire

Look for it in September-ish of this year!

5.  Write the Rough Draft of Red. 

This is going to be my October – December project. I’m kind of giving up on the whole NaNoWriMo idea because November is literally the worst month of the year for me to try it.  But my “end of the year” writing will be on Red.

6. Publish the Fairytale Trilogy Omnibus.

Once Aspire is out I can publish an ebook with all three novels. This excites me!

7. Work on Austen Co-Authoring Project with Melissa Buell.

This is a really exciting project idea and now that we are past the holidays, I’m hoping we can carve out more time!

That’s it for my 2014 writing/publishing goals.  I do have blogging goals (I hope to be more consistent here, and I have another potential project in the works).  I always start out saying I’m going to be kind to myself and then the list looks way intimidating!  Scarily, this is my pared down goals list!

What are your goals (writing or otherwise) this year?



This Week in Book Recs

We’ve been having thunderstorms with lots of rain (and hail!) all week – perfect reading weather! Here are this week’s recommendations.

The Hobbit

1.  The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien.  You honestly can’t go wrong with this book.  It’s fun and funny and full of adventure.  Plus Benedict Cumberbatch is going to be voicing Smaug in the movie. #win

Fairy Bad Day

2.  Fairy Bad Day by Amanda Ashby is a quick and enjoyable YA read.  Loved the world building here.

Nine Coaches Waiting

3.  Nine Coaches Waiting by Mary Stewart.  Classic Mary Stewart.  If you see a book by Mary Stewart you should read it…honestly, ANY of her books.  I love this one a lot though…it’s my second favorite of hers (after This Rough Magic which I recommended a few weeks ago).  I’ve read this one at least 15 times and could read it twice that and still want to read it again.

My Particular Friend

4. My Particular Friend by Jennifer Petkus is a well-written and engrossing Austen (well, really more Regency) and Sherlock mash up.  Plus…I share a maiden last name with the main character. Yeah, baby!


5.  Scarlet by Marissa Meyer.  This is the second in the Lunar Chronicles a space opera/dystopian/fairy tale series… I recommended Cinder a few weeks ago and I enjoyed Scarlet even more than I liked Cinder.

What are you reading this week?

Last Week’s Recommendations

Because I am participating in the Jane Austen Giveaway Hop last week’s book recommendation post has been bumped to today! Here’s what I recommended on Facebook and Twitter last week!

1.  Clockwise by Ellie Strauss.  This is a fun contemporary YA about time travel!  So you get modern America, pre-Civil War, and a bit of the 1960s.  I adore time travel done well.


2.  Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen.  This is one of the often overlooked Austen novels.  It is so much!  I love it.

Northanger Abbey

3.  Cinder by Marissa Meyer.  Great adaptation of Cinderella.  You know I love fairy tale adaptations, and Meyer is pretty great at world building.  I liked Scarlet even better than Cinder, but you should definitely read Cinder first!


4.  The Return of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.  I read through all of the Sherlock Holmes novels and short story collections this year.  I love so many of the shorts in this collection.

 The Return of Sherlock Holmes

5.  Once Upon a Second Chance by Marian Vere.  I reviewed this book for Indie Jane last year and was so glad I got the chance.  It’s a sweet and fun modern adaptation of Austen’s Persuasion.

Once Upon a Second Chance

What are you reading right now?

Jane Austen Giveaway Hop

Hi! Fridays are awesome.  Fridays with giveaways are even more awesome.

I’m excited to be participating in the Jane Austen Giveaway Hop hosted by vvb32reads.  Look! A button! And info!


Jane Austen
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May 24-27, 2013
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Seriously, make sure you check out all the other blogs giving away Austen related lovelies…

For this hop I am giving away ebook copies of my Austenesque novel Attempting Elizabeth to two winners. All you have to do to enter is leave a comment (and click that you did in the rafflecopter giveaway). There are plenty of extra entry chances but they’re all optional!


You can read more about Attempting Elizabeth here.  It’s available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Kobo.

Thanks for stopping by!

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Book Recs!

Here’s this week’s book recommendations by yours truly!  I do one a day on Facebook and Twitter so if you don’t follow me there you should!

1.  The Hunger Games (Book One) by Suzanne Collins.  Read this so you can read Catching Fire and go see it this summer!  I really enjoyed this series, though I do think the second one (Catching Fire) is the best in the trilogy – that so often happens in trilogies.  The world building here is stellar.

The Hunger Games

2.  Rilla of Ingleside by L.M. Montgomery.  This is the last in the Anne of Green Gables series and is one of my favorites.  It’s about Anne’s youngest daughter and takes place during World War I.  Even if you haven’t read the rest of the Anne books this novel can be read on it’s own.  I think the ending is one of the most romantic I’ve ever read.  Also, you can get one of the Kindle versions for free!

Rilla of Ingleside

3.  Once Upon a Beanstalk by Kate Avery Ellison is a collection of three fairy tale mash up short stories.  These are clever and fun twists and sort of a who’s who of fairy tales.  I’m a huge fan of short story collections and the price is great!

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4. Adventures in Funeral Crashing by Milda Harris.  This is a contemporary YA that has a bit of romance, mystery, and characters dealing with grief.  It is a quick, fun read and the characters are really memorable.  It is part of a series, but works as a stand alone as well.

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5.  Charlotte Collins by Jennifer Becton.  This is the first Austen sequel I really loved and it got me into the wonderful world of Austen paraliterature.  It’s very well written and gives Elizabeth Bennet’s friends Charlotte the chance at happiness that I think she deserved.

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I hope you enjoy some of these.  Happy reading!

This Week in Recommendations

I need a clever title for these posts!

Here are the books I recommended this week on Facebook and Twitter!

1. A Flirtatious Rendezvous (Gentleman Next Door series) by Cecilia Gray.  This is a really fun and sweet Regency novella.  I love that the heroine is a day dreamer.

A Flirtatious Rendezvous

2.  At Fault (Southern Fraud Thriller 3) by Jennifer Becton.  This is the third in the Southern Fraud series, though I think it can be enjoyed even if you haven’t read the first two (but you should read those too).  This series has a strong and realistic female lead.

At Fault

3.  The False Prince by Jennifer Nielson.  This is a great fantasy YA read with a very believable teen male narrator.  Lots of fun and intrigue!

The False Prince

4.  This Rough Magic by Mary Stewart. I cannot express how much I adore Mary Stewart’s novels and this is my favorite one.  I love the heroine Lucy, I love the hero Max, I love Corfu, Greece, I love all the Shakespeare references.  Read. This. Book.  For some reason none of Mary Stewart’s novels are available on Kindle. Someone needs to get on that asap.

This Rough Magic

5.  Loving Miss Darcy by Nancy Kelley.  This continuation of Pride and Prejudice gives Georgiana Darcy her own romance.  This is a sweet and touching story with a hot hero.

Loving Miss Darcy cover

Let me know if you pick any of these up and what you think!  Happy reading!

This Week’s Recommendations

I’ve started posting daily book recommendations on Facebook and Twitter and thought it’d be fun to do a weekly round up post.  I just started this week, so there’s only three recommendations!

1.  My Dear Sophy by Kimberly Truesdale.  This is a fun prequel to Jane Austen’s Persuasion.  Love it, love the cover.

My Dear Sophy

2 .  Spellcaster by Claudia Gray.  My friend Nancy lent me this book (did you know you can lend books to other Kindle users? You should share with your friends when you like a book!).  This is an entertaining and very visually written YA paranormal.  Read it in one sitting!


3.  The Princess and the Goblin by George MacDonald.  Going old school for this one.  I love this book.  I love pretty much everything by MacDonald.  You can actually get the Kindle version for free, or you can get an illustrated Kindle version for $2.99.  The illustrations are really stellar.

The Princess and the Goblin

I’m actually thinking of doing a MacDonald reading challenge this year to reread my favorites plus the ones I’ve managed to miss.

Happy reading!