Feb 28, 2015

Reading Playlist: We Were Liars

I'm currently reading this little gem.  I'll have my review ready next week, but reading today inspired me to mix up a reading playlist, something I haven't done in ages.

This book is so mysterious, creepy, tortured, lonely and bitterly beautiful.  These are the sounds inspired by my reading…

Have you read this book? (Don't tell me how it ends)  I already know I will have so many things to say about it when it comes time to review.

Hope you're having a fantastic weekend!

Feb 23, 2015

(P)Inspiration Boards

I've always used Pinterest to collect images, quotes and dream casts for my writing.  It's about time I start sharing them.  So, here you go.  Some writer-ly (p)inspiration…

The Inspiration board for The Hereafter:
Follow Jessica's board The Hereafter on Pinterest.
The Hereafter is all cozy and ethereal.  There is a lot outdoors, in beautiful and haunting landscapes.  I see a lot of foggy, dreamy, flannel, woodsy settings.  Something perfect to curl up with when it's dreary outside.

The Inspiration board for The Fiddler (work-in-progress):
Follow Jessica's board The Fiddler - Chronicles of Bohemia on Pinterest.
The Chronicles of Bohemia series is Steampunk meets gypsies and street performers.  It's set in a alternate/futuristic Prague.  There are magicians, fortune-tellers, living statues, artists, evil clock makers and charming fiddle players.  I love finding that sweet spot between mechanical and magical.  And MUSIC.  So much music.

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Feb 19, 2015

Book Review: The Foretelling

Title: The Foretelling
Author: Amanda Richardson
Series: Charlotte Bloom Book #1
Rating 4 stars!

When friend and fellow blogger, Amanda Richardson gives me books of hers to read, I always know I'm in for a treat.  I gladly accepted this one in return for an honest review.  Thanks, Amanda!

Charlotte Bloom is an everyday woman.  Struggling with infertility, a loveless marriage, and that all around feeling of being lost, Charlotte does that crazy thing we all want to do sometimes.  She threw herself on the first plane she could find to Europe.

I love a good female protagonist that isn't perfect, but realistic and relatable.  I was sucked into her life, and even when her marriage crumbled and she whisked herself away to Wales, I wanted Charlotte to take me with her.  I was on her side the whole time.

I was a fool for the setting in Wales.  The family-run hotel, the lovable staff and the local villagers.  I picked up the book every day just wanting to go back to that place that felt so homey and wonderful.  Add Irish groomsman, Alec.  Done for.

What I loved about this story was that it was a romance, but it wasn't a super cliche romance novel.  The male love-interest was multi-layered and interesting (and hot).  A modern day Mr. Darcy, he was a bit of pill for the first half of the book, but a super hunky, lovable pill.  I loved his relationship with Charlotte and digging deeper into what made him tick.  If I had any complaint, it was that I wanted more.  More Alec, all day.

I cannot wait to read more of Charlotte's adventures and that delicious romantic tension with Alec.  Amanda has a way with creating characters that feel so incredibly real that it's hard not to get attached.

Buy The Foretelling here.