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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

{Guest Post} From zombie fashionista to young-adult author: The materialisation of a ghostwriter by Megan Tayte

Today I am very pleased to have a guest post from the Author of Death Wish, Megan Tayte! Along with the guest post I am also featuring a spotlight for Death Wish which includes an excerpt. 

Make sure to check it out, and pick up your copy today!

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In the course of my career I’ve been a mercenary, a phone sex operative, a serial dater, a war historian, a millionaire sports champion, a political refugee, a zombie fashionista and an ass-kicking superhero, among other things. 

No, I wasn’t voted ‘Most Unlikely to Stick with a Career’ at school. I’m a ghostwriter who writes for – as – other people so that their stories can be told. 

Being a ghostwriter has stood me in good stead for my own writing career. It’s given me experience in the many ways to write a book, and allowed me to write in different tones, styles and formats. It’s taught me to pay attention to how every word choice, every nuance, affects the overall work; and how to stand back and look at the big picture with critical eyes. Above all, it’s been an education in the self-discipline, organisation, determination and tenacity required to write book after book after book. 

But ghosting throws up two big challenges for the would-be author:

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

BBReview: "The Field Party 1: Until Friday Night" by Abbi Glines

Genre: Young Adult - Contemporary/Romance
Publishing Date: August 25th, 2015
Page Count: 352
Source: BEA 2015
Format: Paperback ARC

Description from Goodreads.com:
To everyone who knows him, West Ashby has always been that guy: the cocky, popular, way-too-handsome-for-his-own-good football god who led Lawton High to the state championships. But while West may be Big Man on Campus on the outside, on the inside he’s battling the grief that comes with watching his father slowly die of cancer.

Two years ago, Maggie Carleton’s life fell apart when her father murdered her mother. And after she told the police what happened, she stopped speaking and hasn’t spoken since. Even the move to Lawton, Alabama, couldn’t draw Maggie back out. So she stayed quiet, keeping her sorrow and her fractured heart hidden away.

As West’s pain becomes too much to handle, he knows he needs to talk to someone about his father—so in the dark shadows of a post-game party, he opens up to the one girl who he knows won’t tell anyone else.

West expected that talking about his dad would bring some relief, or at least a flood of emotions he couldn’t control. But he never expected the quiet new girl to reply, to reveal a pain even deeper than his own—or for them to form a connection so strong that he couldn’t ever let her go…

Monday, August 24, 2015

Bout of Books Read-A-Thon Wrap-Up Post!

Bout of Books

I am so super proud of my progress during Bout of Books 14! Here is my overall progress...

Total number of books read: 5
Total number of pages read: 1,002
Books I read:

I'm really glad that I went into this one "unprepared". I didn't plan out books to read specifically for this read-a-long, I just stuck to my original, ever growing TBR list. I also didn't set up goals, like a certain amount of books I wanted to read, and that made this a lot less stressful. Read-a-thon's should never be stressful, and for some reason I always make them that way. Not this time! My only goal was to read at least a little bit every day. That goal was 100% met, and I am so happy! 

I cannot wait for Bout of Books 15! How was you overall progress this time around?

BBReview: "Suicide Notes From Beautiful Girls" by Lynn Weingarten

Genre: Young Adult - Mystery Thriller
Publishing Date: July 7th, 2015
Page Count: 320
Source: BEA 2015
Format: Paperback ARC

Description from Goodreads.com:
Pitched as Gone Girl meets Thirteen Reasons Why

June barely has time to mourn the death of her best friend Delia, before Delia's ex-boyfriend convinces her Delia was murdered, and June is swept into a tangle of lies, deceit, and conspiracy.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Bout of Books RAT Progress Part 2

Bout of Books

Ok, I don't really have a good excuse for not updating daily this time, but here are the other half of my updates!

Friday
Number of Books Read Today: 1
Number of Pages Read Today: 66
Total Number of Books I've Read: 4
Total Number of Pages I've Read: 918
Books: {Continued} "The Accidental Kiss" by Nicole Simone

Saturday
Number of Books Read Today: 1
Number of Pages Read Today: 18
Total Number of Books I've Read: 4
Total Number of Pages I've Read: 936
Books: {Finished} "The Accidental Kiss" by Nicole Simone

Sunday
Number of Books Read Today: 1
Number of Pages Read Today: 66
Total Number of Books I've Read: 5
Total Number of Pages I've Read: 1,002
Books: {Started} "What We Saw" by Aaron Hartzler


Although the trend of almost reading a book a day faltered at the end, I am still pretty stoked with my progress! This is probably one of my best read-a-thon progresses thus far. Very happy!