Saturday, February 18, 2017

Book Review/Giveaway: Twelve Angry Librarians by Miranda James

Title: Twelve Angry Librarians
 Author: Miranda James
 Series: Book 8 Cat in the Stacks
 Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime
 Format: Hardcover
 Source: Received for review from Publisher
 Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
 Reviewed by: Tina

Book Review:

 I couldn't wait to revisit these characters once again. This is by far one of my very favorite cozy mystery series, heartwarming characters, not including the killer and most of the time the victims too. Twelve Angry Librarians, although I found it slow at times because of how author Miranda James is very through in relaying characters backstory in relation to the librarians careers, the mystery and setting made Twelve Angry Librarians well worth the read.

 Southern Academic Library Association Conference is the largest in the county. This year Librarian, Charlie Harris and his companion and adorable Maine Coon Cat, Diesel are attending. Gavin Fong went to library school with Charlie's, has a sketchy  past with him and he
is the keynote speaker. Gavin is a jerk and a conensending snot. Charlie ends up getting into a scuffle with him, very unlike Charlie, and it also shocked me.

 Charlie  is also applying for his job as permanent library director that Charlie is fretting over. Gavin while making his speech drops dead after drinking a bottle of water that was poisoned, and then not too long after that Gavin's assistant suffers the same fate. There's a lot of drama in Charile's life right now, worrying about taking the job as the library director and his pregnant daughter and family possibly relocating to Virginia.

He also wants to spend more time with is girlfriend who runs a French Bistro another favorite of mine is their relationship, sweet and very endearing. But like always Charlie can't help but get involved in the investigation to find who this killer is. Twists and turns were very entertaining, even the method of the killer and the murder was cleaver and well written.

 I love when a book keeps me wanting to pick it up again, that was Twelve Angry Librarians for me.

 Giveaway:

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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

No Writing Wednesday Today.


















Sorry, there will be no Writing Wednesday today but I am preparing a new post for next week. Thank you to all that read it, I really appreciate it. Stay tuned for a February new release cozy mystery book review/giveaway this  coming Saturday

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

How to Stay Motivated to write your novel


Most of the time I lack motivation especially when real life kicks in and I become easily distracted that's one of the reasons i'm writing this blog topic this week. But I found that these tips have helped me in getting a novel written and as I learn and grow as a writer, they become more important and I hope some or all can help you too.

1. Think about why your unmotivated, write it down, or talk it over with someone who cares about your writing besides you. Talking or even writing it down helps me to sort it out and finding reasons and getting rid of distractions, if you must do the dishes before you write, if your like me do them to set your mind at ease.

2. Manage writing in small chunks or word sprints. I find that timed word sprints, many through out the day or just writing an outline, a chapter, a few pages at a time helps not to make writing so overwhelming.

3. Find balance in your life, this is not an easy one but I think 2. might help especially if you have kids, a job, want to read school or other priorities.

4. Do something you love to get yourself recharged, or lacking motivation. For me I’ll take a walk by the river, reading, watching You tube writing videos or a physical activity.

5. Surround your writing space with inspiration for your story, like pictures, candles, books.

6. Try keeping track of your daily, monthly or quarterly goals especially writing, checking them off is a great motivator

7. Track your novels progress by word goals, page goals and reward yourself for progress made.

8. Learning the process and craft of writing, I watch You tube writing videos and read books.

9. Why do you want to write in the first place? Do you just love to write, do you want to be published? Do you want to share your stories with family and friends? Is it your dream? These are all reasons I write and the most important in staying motivated for me

Share in the comments below some ways you stay motivated to write or if you want to try my tips if you think they can help you in any way.

Friday, February 3, 2017

Book Spotlight/Giveaway:Smugglers and Scones by Morgan C.Talbot

Book Description:
A Cozy Girl Reads and Writes is proud to spotlight this new release cozy mystery and giveaway.

Pippa Worthy runs Moorehaven, the Oregon Coast’s quirkiest bed-and-breakfast and former home of world-famous mystery writer A. Raymond Moore. Guests come there to write their own crime novels. When a real-life murder takes a local’s life and washes a handsome boat

pilot into her arms, Pippa is yanked into a deadly plot of her own. A tangle of secrets crashes past into present, and Pippa must uncover clues dating back to Seacrest’s Prohibition days, including a secret Moore himself hid from the world.

Juggling her book-writing guests, small-town intrigues, secret club agendas, and a possibly fatal attraction, Pippa must sort fact from fiction to know who to trust before a desperate killer claims a final revenge nearly a century in the making.

Giveaway: 

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Wednesday, February 1, 2017

No Writing Wednesday Today


Sorry, there will be no Writing Wednesday today but I am preparing a new post for next week. Thank you to all that read it, I really appreciate it.

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Book Review/Giveaway: Pop Goes the Murder by Kristi Abbott

  Title: Pop Goes the Murder
  Author: Kristi Abbott
  Series: Book 2 A Popcorn Shop Mystery
  Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime
  Format: Paperback
  Source: Received for review from Publisher
  Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
  Reviewed by: Tina

Book Review

 I'm sorry, but i'm not a big fan of popcorn, I hate how it gets stuck in my teeth,  but that is why I don't eat it much but I do love Caramel Corn. I'm a sucker for a cozy mystery with a food theme so I decided to try Pop Goes the Murder.

 Antoine Belanger, ex-husband of Rebecca Anderson, she is the owner of a gourmet popcorn shop called, POPS. They feature popcorn breakfast bars and fudge.Antoine wants to feature Rebecca on his travelling cooking show, Cooking the Belanger Way. It's no secret that Antoine wants Rebecca back.

 Rebecca finds Antoine's assistant for the show, dead in a hotel room bath tub electrocuted with a blow dryer. Sheriff Dan Cooper thinks that Melanie may have commited sucicide but Rebecca thinks other wise. Then it turns out she was in fact murdered and Antoine is arrested for her murder when it's discovered that Melanie was stealing from him giving Antoine a motive.

 Rebecca sets out to find out to help Antoine and find out who killed Melanie believing that Antoine couldn't have possible done it, despite what other people think of him. Melanie what not the easiest person to get along with.

 Grab some popcorn when you read Pop Goes the Murder. The book was very slow paced but then it picked up and I was not able to put it down and it was well worth the read. Characters were spunky and unique, the story was well plotted and made for an exciting read. Tasty treats and murder are popping up in Pop Goes the Murder.

 Giveaway 

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Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Writing Wednesday: What am I afraid of?





 As I sit here at the keyboard writing this post about writing, I'm thinking of my story, when I walk my son to school, i'm thinking of my story, when i'm doing the dishes and pretty much anytime i'm thinking of my story.

 What am I afraid of?

 Having a agent want to read my first three chapters of my work in progress that could possibly lead to being traditionally published.

 What am I afraid of? 

Having writers and an agent tell me my story sounds fun and it has potential

 What am I afraid of?

 Being able to self publish my book, and having awesome writers and a well known book editor agree to work with me and read and critique my story.

What am I afraid of?

When these things are what some writers would love to have had happen to them

 What am I afraid of?

 Not writing, because I don't know where to go next in my story and constantly thinking about it is frustrating yet its all I want to think about so I can some how figure it out.

 Im afraid of... Not being good enough, what every writer is afraid of at some point, right? I feel like i'm the only one.

 I'm afraid... if I'm traditional published I won't be able to write at all.

 I'm afraid... that I only have one book in me

 I'm afraid... of writer's block and that i'm not smart enough to be a good writer.

 I'm afraid of...rejection.

Something other writers are afraid of and I feel like it's a big reflection on how I am and my writing is Despite all my fear, this has always been a dream that has not let go.

 The more I read the more I want to write. I want to be published and I know I will someday, some way. My confidence wains most of the time but the older I'm getting the more I want to be an author and have readers like maybe love my books.

 I want to follow through with something and not give up, because I have on other things, but not this, I have come so far in my story, that I won't turn back now and I've said that about other things too but the difference is I want this more than anything I have ever wanted.

I want to prove to my sons that you can accomplish dreams and that I can be something more than a mom and a wife and it's something most of all I want to prove to myself. Some days I feel like giving up writing, and there would be no writers block, no rejection, no feeling overwhelmed about the writing process.

 I love to write, it is my most favorite thing to do besides reading. I have ever known, it has and has always been since I first picked up and read my very first chapter book Charlotte's Web by E.B White at 6 years old and learned to read, that's when I knew, if someone could write a story that brought me this much joy and happiness and maybe I could write a story and make myself happy and in turn possibly make other happy too.

Please comment below with your fears as a writer and how you have over come them or even if you haven't. I would love to know and so would our readers.

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