WWW Wednesday

I decided to take part in this weeks WWW Wednesday hosted by Taking on a World of Words. This is a tag where you answer three questions.

What did you recently finish reading?

What are you currently reading?

What do you think you’ll read next?

I have seen this tag many times before and some people take part weekly which is amazing! However, I am a very slow reader and I can’t promise I will be able to have new content each week but maybe just participating when I can will be just as fun!

What Did I Recently Finish Reading?

“Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets” By J.K. Rowling

Rating: 3 out of 5.

“Desperate Measures” By Katee Robert

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Wow, I guess I didn’t really love either of these books, I mean three stars isn’t bad but if it was me I would see this and maybe not pick them up. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets just didn’t live up to the first one and drug on way too long! Desperate Measures was a twist on Aladdin but it is a spicy story of Jafar and Jasmin and Ali (AKA Aladdin) is the bad guy. I want to say there are some trigger warnings to be aware of such as Consensual non consent, M/F and F/F sexual situations and bondage. This may not be appropriate for all readers and may make some uncomfortable. I am a huge Disney fan and picturing Jafar as a lead sexy man was way too hard, he isn’t attractive at all in the movies, in my opinion at least. Not only was it hard to picture him and Jasmin together but the writing also wasn’t all that great. I’ll say there were some really good spicy scenes and I guess that is the real reason you are reading it any way.

So over all not my favorite books but I will continue onto the next book in each series at some point.

What am I Currently Reading?

“Maybe You Should Talk to Someone” by Lori Gottlieb

This is written by a therapist using her point of view being a therapist but also being the patient as well. The thought that a therapist needs a therapist feels a little funny but also totally valid. Therapists are people too and we all reach times where we need someone to talk too.

As someone who struggles with anxiety and depression this book has been very eye opening in why it is good to open up and talk about those dark thoughts in your head. I don’t currently have a therapist but because of this book I have started looking for one! I can’t wait to finish this book.

What Do You Think You’ll Read Next?

These are my top three books for the month of October. I have heard “The Ex Hex” is a super cute witchy read. I’ve been dying to read “The Shinning” mostly because Halloween is next month and this feels like the best spooky read out there! “Raven Born” Is an Urban Fantasy read from a local to Utah author and I have been craving a good fantasy read ever since I finished “The House in the Cerulean Sea”.

Have you read any Stephen King books? What is your favorite?

What spooky reads do you have planned for next month?

Author Interview With Belinda Lei

We are officially on our last author interview of the weekend! I am actually kind of sad to say this. I had so much fun interviewing these authors and I really hope to find some more authors to interview here soon! Comment your favorite author down below and maybe, just maybe, they can be my next interview!

I met Belinda on bookstagram at the beginning of 2021 and we had an instant connection! She is so sweet and caring and extremely passionate about her book and so many other important topics.

This is the last author interview for my giveaway coming up on October 8th! I want to thank everyone who has read these interviews but most importantly I want to thank the authors for creating these amazing books for us to read and participating in my giveaway.

About The Author

Belinda is a managing director of an anti bullying campaign called Act to Change and she also takes a stand for AAPI Hate.

She is a lover of all genres from thriller to fantasy. However her book is a Young Adult novel filled with drama, tears and laughter. This book will take you back to your high school years and spark some memories!

She has a lot of accomplishments under her belt including being a Yale MBA candidate, proud Georgetown Hoya, software engineer, and a former strategy consultant.

Find this information and more on her website and check out her anti bullying campaign as well.

“Not That Rich” Quick Synopsis

Enter a world of a handful of Private High School students born into rich families with extreme expectations. Will they get into their desired colleges? Will they find love in their relationships? ? Who is “The Stranger”? But most importantly does being rich really make you happy? 

This dramatic and mysterious novel will leave you speechless as it takes you through every twist and turn but will also have you feeling sympathy for their misfortunes. Maybe being rich isn’t all that it is cracked up to be.

Interview

Q: Please introduce yourself and your book.

A: Hi everyone! My name is Belinda and I’m the author of a YA novel called Not THAT Rich where Gossip Girl meets Crazy Rich Asians. By writing Not THAT Rich, I wanted to present a set of fun (and dramatic!) experiences that also exposed young adult readers to a cast of characters that reflected my world growing up – one that reflected the ethnic suburban enclaves that were part of my world. My hope for the book is that it emphasizes the diversity of Asian American culture, but also offers up the common challenges that teenagers all experience today – educational and familial pressures, identity struggles, and peer pressure. Outside of wearing an author hat, I also work as a product manager and Managing Director of Act To Change, a non-profit that supports bullying prevention and AAPI youth.

Thoughts: You really do wear a lot of hats! I think you are definitely making a difference with your book and your non-profit Act to Change. I took the pledge to help stop bullying and to create awareness, will you? Go to Act to Change to take the pledge today.

Q:  How old were you when you first started writing?

A: As early as I can remember! I used to scribble in anything that I could get my hands on. I was a terrible speller and my writing looked like chicken scratches though up until middle school (actually who am I kidding this probably still applies today).

Thoughts: This is way too relatable, yikes! My handwriting is illegible and you can ask any of my family members how my spelling is and they would just laugh.

Q: How did you come up with the title of your book?

A:  Not THAT Rich actually went through so many title iterations before landing on its current name. Originally, it was going to be called SGV as a nod to the area that Winchester High is located in, but I felt like it would be too confusing. Then, I thought about something sarcastic since it’s a fun little novel after all and came up with Not THAT Rich because it’s like, yes, everyone is rich in the book, but what does being “rich” really mean?

Thoughts: I personally love “Not That Rich” it really is the perfect title to the book. However, it is very cool to read that it went through a change.

Q: What is your writing process like? How do you get in the Zone?

A: I’m definitely a night time writer because that’s what I get into the true “zone.” That being said, I get writing inspiration all throughout the day so I like to use my phone’s notes app to jot down random scenes that may come up. I also don’t necessarily write chronologically. I first wrote scenes out of order and it wasn’t until I was halfway through that I began stringing a timeline of events together.

Thoughts: I have heard a lot of people having success with writing random notes down as they get them. I also really like how you are able to piece these scenes together later on, your brain has power!

Q: Do you have any friends that are authors? If so, do you guys bounce ideas off each other?

A: Yes! Maulik Pancholy who is the author of THE BEST AT IT is a good friend and absolutely incredible writer. He had so much belief in me from the beginning and his words of encouragement meant the world. We also manage Act To Change together along with the other incredible co-founders and managing directors, Jill Yu and Rebecca Lee.

Thoughts: So I am so bad at remembering names but when I did a google search for Maulik I couldn’t believe what came up! He is Baljeet in Phineas and Ferb! I might just be a tad bit jealous of you. Also I had no clue he wrote a book, I will need to look into this one for sure.

Q: Did you base any of your characters off of people in your life?

A: Yes and no! As a fictional story, Not THAT Rich is clearly dramatized, but all the character struggles, interests, backgrounds were based on real-life people, experiences and settings from my childhood growing up in the suburbs of Los Angeles.

Thoughts: I love that you based it off of some of your experiences from your childhood. I feel that it puts more meaning behind the book.

Q: What was the hardest part about writing your book?

A:  The most challenging part was making sure that I was capturing all the perspectives from my character identities. I have a gay biracial character and as someone who doesn’t identify that way, I wanted to make sure that I wasn’t stereotyping him and truly representing his story. I wanted a very diverse cast, but the last thing I want is to tokenize anyone’s identity. Luckily I have a lot of friends and people who do identify in those ways who would give me advice. Ultimately I can’t fully capture everyone’s experiences, but hopefully I’ve been able to capture at least slivers that will help different types of people feel a little less alone.

Thoughts: I love that you have a support system of people who are so willing to help you. I feel that you did an amazing job in representing all of your characters and that you did really good research when it came to characters you didn’t identify as.

Q: Do you read book reviews? How do you handle the bad vs good reviews?

A: As a new author, I make an effort to read all my reviews – both the good and the bad. I think reviews are helpful for improving my writing skills and also the book publishing process in general. While some reviews can be pretty cruel at times, I try to think of it all as constructive feedback with a grain of salt versus letting it bring me down.

Thoughts. I think this is the best way anyone can view reviews. Take them as they come and turn them into positive reinforcement.

Q:  Do you believe in writer’s block? If so, how do you overcome it?

A: 100%. My go to strategy is to go to a new location – it could be a coffee shop nearby or even a new room. A change of scenery helps my brain get jogging with new ideas!

Q: What advice would you give to your younger self now that you have written and published a book?

A: Anything is Possible!

Q: Do you have any pets?

A:  OMG. Meet Tyrion (the beagle named after Tyrion Lannister) and Pishi (means “Cat” in Farsi). They’re both my wonderful adopted fur babies! Follow me on TikTok @blei_writes if you want some videos of them.

I will post a link to her tiktok at the end as well.

Q: Did you always want to be an Author? What was your dream job as a child?

A: I honestly never thought I’d ever be an author one day as a kid. I’ve always loved reading and writing, but I never imagined that I could create a whole book beyond lengthy college essays. As a kid, all I wanted to be was a vet or zoologist because I loved animals. Ironically, I’m not even close to that now that I’m all grown up!

Thoughts: It is pretty funny how when we grow up we change so drastically compared to what we thought we would be as a child.

Q: Who is your favorite character that you have written so far and why?

A:  I hate to pick a favorite, but I really enjoyed writing about Pamela. She initially was going to be more of a secondary character, like “Trisha’s bff”, but as I wrote about her more and more I realized that not giving her a full storyline wouldn’t do her justice. Her rebellious personality and unapologetic attitude about who she is represents the part of me that I wish I was more like in high school.

Q: Do you have any inside jokes or hidden secrets in your books that only a select few people might catch onto?

A: Yes! Since I started my book as an Indiegogo campaign, I actually snuck in a few Easter Eggs tailored to some of my biggest supporters. For instance, one of the side characters is named after my cousin, Olivia.

Thoughts: When I followed that link it showed me that you were able to raise over $10,000 towards being able to publish your book back in December 2020! That is an incredible feat to accomplish and you have some amazing supporters!

Q: Which scene or chapter is your favorite in your book?

A: The Chinese New Year chapters hands down. It actually was not part of the storyline at all initially but then I had this moment of inspiration while on the phone with family and the chapters wrote themselves. 

Q: What is your favorite book of all time?

A: Totally cheating here but I love so many different books. I will say though the whole A Court of Thorns and Roses series by Sarah J. Maas had me pulling multiple all nighters during work weeks *sweat face*. 

Thoughts: I haven’t read this series yet but it is definitely on my TBR List!

Q: What advice would you give to someone who is writing their own book?

A: Not to sound like Nike, but… Just Do It! Build a supportive community around yourself and write. It doesn’t have to be linear nor does it have to have some epic story line at first. Take it one step at a time and before you know it, you’ll have written more than you could have imagined. 

Thoughts: This is really great advice! This is how I write my blogs for the most part. I just let words come out on the screen and then I rearrange when I’m done.

Q: Are you currently working on any new projects?

A: I’m the type of person to be working on multiple projects at a time and coming up with crazy ideas. That being said, one thing I’ve been hatching since completing Not THAT Rich is the sequel to it. The drama at Winchester High isn’t over 🙂

Thoughts: You heard it right here! There is going to be a sequel and I personally can not wait to get my hands on a copy when it is released!

Q: If you could meet your characters, what would you say to them?

A:

  • Hunter – life is more than what college you go to!
  • Trisha – be yourself!
  • Jack – sorry dude but you dug your own hole…
  • Sierra – you’re so much more than a wallflower
  • Matt – be proud of who you are!
  • Paul – stop being an a**hole and I’m pretty sure you might be a sociopath
  • The Stranger – I’m so jealous of your hacking skills
  • Pamela – there are people who love you and care about you!
  • Ray – have more confidence and chase after what you want!

Q: Which would you rather? To never be able to write again or to never be able to read another book?

A: I would never write again. Books are just way too precious for me! And I can always get Siri to type for me 🙂

Thoughts: What a modern day loop hole!

Q: Do you have a favorite children’s book?

A: The Giving Tree – so incredibly sad but a lesson that needs to be remembered.

Q: What was the first book that you can remember reading? One that made an impact on you?

A: Pat the Bunnyso fluffy!

Conclusion

Belinda has really outdone these questions! She has done so much for her community already with her non-profit Act to Change and I can only imagine what things she is going to accomplish a year or more from now!

Her book is the perfect young adult read especially for people who are facing any Issues in life with bullying or especially stereotypes. I find it very touching at times but it also had me laughing during other moments. This book I know will not disappoint you! Something else that is really cool about her book is that it has been released in both English and Chinese!

I am very thankful to have a friend on bookstagram like Belinda who is very supportive of anyone and everyone. I think everyone deserves a friend like her in their lives.

I want to thank you all for reading these reviews and I hope it got you all excited for my giveaway coming up on the 8th of October. Each author; Lily Kathleen, Bree Moore and Belinda Lei will be signing a copy of their books for this giveaway and three people will each receive a book! How can you say no to a signed book? Stay tuned for updates on the giveaway. Thank you authors for being so willing to participate in this giveaway and being such good sports with this interview, I appreciate you all!

Quick Review of “Not That Rich”

Belinda’s writing is so captivating, she is able to tell her story in such a powerful way that you can envision every detail as it plays out. This is the day and age for diverse books, and with it coming out in December of 2020, it really shows some of the social and cultural struggles Asian-Americans are facing in this country.

I know you will fall madly in love with this book as you learn about each of these teens backgrounds and struggles. Maybe along the way you will even learn a thing or two yourself.

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Author Interview With Bree Moore

Today is my second author interview With the very talented fantasy writer, Bree Moore! I am very excited to share this interview with you all because I just met her in person and she lives in my home state of Utah! It is crazy to think that I have met a real author in person and am now getting to learn more about her and become bookstagram friends!

Bree will also be participating in my bookstaversary giveaway happening on October 8th. One of her books will be signed and sent out to a winner! I think signed books are so very special and I believe it is one of the best prizes you could get from a giveaway. I hope you learn a lot of interesting things about Bree and her books and I hope you will then follow her social accounts and read some of her books!

Meet The Author

Bree is an Urban Fantasy novel writer who loves to write female led books. The”Lost Souls” Series being her longest running.

She lives in Utah with her husband and their six children whom she homeschools.

Other than writing she has a passion for child birth, shopping and Celtic music!

I got this information from her website which I will post a link to at the end

“Theif Of Magic”

Sneak Peak

Release date: November 30th, 2021

“No one would notice when Lee slipped out of this world. She curled her fingers and took a breath of cool night air, the smell of rain on asphalt filling her senses. Pedestrians dodged around the edges of the bus stop shelter she stood beneath, walking with umbrellas held upright and hunched shoulders to guard against the drizzle.

10:46 p.m.

Lee tucked the phone into her pocket and hummed softly to calm herself. Tonight had to go off without a hitch. She didn’t have any reason to believe it would go wrong, except for the anxiety building in her chest.

A bus hissed to a stop on the glistening street, and the people who had been waiting under the bus shelter nearby filed up the steps. Lee stayed behind, and the driver stared at her. She waved him on.

As the bus pulled away, tingling started in Lee’s fingers and toes. The Liminal Realm had closed in on the now-quiet bus stop, calling her to step through the curtain of space and time and transport herself somewhere else, anywhere else.”

Interview Questions

Q: Please introduce yourself and your books.

A: Hi! I’m Bree Moore. I live in Utah with my husband, 6 kids, and 2 cats. When I’m not homeschooling or folding laundry, I sneak off to write more Urban Fantasy. I like shopping for groceries like some women like shopping for shoes, and I like both my chocolate and my novels dark.

Thoughts: You definitely have your hands full! I couldn’t even imagine how you find time to sit down and read, Let alone any quiet time!

Q: How do you manage running a household of 6 kids while still writing and publishing so many books?

A: Honestly, it’s such a balancing act! I have ADHD, which both helps and hinders. My superpower is doing a bunch of things at once, but I also forget things and drop balls. A famous author once said that as a mother and an author you have to juggle a bunch of balls, the trick is knowing which are plastic and which are glass. You can drop plastic ones and pick them up again later, but you have to guard the glass ones. I can’t juggle everything all the time, but I can keep the glass ones up!

Thoughts: That is a really great way to think about things! I am going to have to remember that from here on out.

Q:  What is your favorite book that you have written?

A:  Full length book? It’s Woven. But that one is undergoing revision before a relaunch, so it’s actually  unpublished right now, but it’ll be back soon!

Q: Who is your favorite character that you have written so far and why?

A: I think it’s Gereck in my book Woven. He’s a grown man who has always wanted to be a knight. He finally gets his wish right before a war threatens Camelot. He has a wife and two kids and he’s trying to figure out how to balance his family and his dreams and I really relate to that.

Q: What is your writing process like? How do you get in the zone?

A:  My process is very “eclectic”, lol. With a bunch of kids I pretty much have to be ready to write at the drop of a hat. I do like music, whatever matches the mood of my writing or the mood I’m in. Otherwise, I don’t have much of a process! Just butt in chair, words on page.

Thoughts: Music really helps me get in the zone when I am writing my blog or sometimes even just reading. Music is just a very universal tool.

Q: Do you read book reviews? How do you handle the bad vs good reviews?

A: I’m not obsessive, but I glance through once in a while. Bad reviews range from being ridiculous to teaching me something. It’s always hard to see a low review, but I’m getting faster at getting over it!

Thoughts: I am glad that it is getting easier for you but I also wish you didn’t have to worry about bad reviews at all. However, You are right they can definitely teach you something!

Q:  Do you believe in writer’s block? If so, how do you overcome it?

A:  I believe writer’s block exists to tell writers they need a break, either to fill their creative well or to take care of life stuff. You can’t force it too hard. Sometimes pushing through sparks new ideas, more often it’s better to take a short break.

Thoughts: I feel like more things come to those who wait and take their time. It isn’t a good thing to force yourself through dry patches.

Q: Are you currently working on any new projects?

A: Haha. Always. Right now I have four going. 

Thoughts: I can only focus on one thing at a time. I guess I am not a great multitasker. I think that is one of the best hidden talents someone could have.

Q: What is your favorite book of all time?

A: I’m going to say Chronicles of Narnia, Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe.

Thoughts: I have a confession…. I have never even seen those movies let alone read the books.

Q: Do you have any pets?

A: My cats Merlin and Rain!

Thoughts: Your cats are absolutely gorgeous! I have always wanted fluffy kitties! I think cats are the superior animal. I have two of them myself actually.

Q: Do you have another job other than being a mom and writing?

A: Sort of! I’ve been a birth doula (taking a break right now), and I run a community produce co-op. Plus I homeschool my kids. That’s totally a job in itself.

Q: What is your favorite part of living in Utah?

A: Seasons! I love having all four seasons. Also, mountains.

Thoughts: I can understand the different seasons for the most part. I hate the snow though! We really do have some gorgeous mountains and despite me hating the snow the mountains are really gorgeous with the snow glistening on them.

Q: Where do you dream of living one day?

A: I like it here, but in my wildest dreams I live in Ireland.

Thoughts: I have seriously dreamed of living in Ireland myself! I really love all the scenery and history that it offers.

Q: Did you always want to be an Author? What was your dream job as a child?

A: I wanted to be a veterinarian until 4th grade. Then it was an author! Living the dream!

Thoughts: I wanted to be a veterinarian when I was younger as well until I found out that I had to put them down or even just give them shots.

Q: Do you have any friends that are authors? If so, do you guys bounce ideas off each other?

A: There are four amazing writers in my writing group. We meet weekly online!

Q: How has your writing evolved since your first book?

A: I’ve gotten better in so many ways! I’m actually revising my first book right now and I’m surprised that it’s not as bad as I imagined.

Thoughts: I love that you are able to evolve your craft more over the years and then be able to look back at your previous work to see that progress.

Q:  What advice would you give to your younger self now that you have written and published a book?

A: Don’t rush. It will happen!

Q: Which book do you wish would get more love?

A: Second Star! It’s just a novella, but it’s probably my favorite thing I’ve published so far. I’ll ship Peter Pan and Wendy forever.

This is on Kindle Unlimited for free, $13.08 on Audible or $10.65 for a paper back.

Conclusion

Bree Moore is a jack of all trades it seems. If you look her up on amazon you’ll see she has written many books, most are Urban Fantasy but she has also written books on birth. She has many passions and writing is only one of them. Her longest running series is the “Lost Souls” Series which is all about magical creatures being hunted by the government.

I think that it is so amazing that I got the chance to meet a local to Utah author who has an amazing repertoire. I am so excited to start reading her “Lost Souls” Series and soon giving away a signed copy of “Raven Born”.

I do hope you all enjoyed getting to know Bree just a little bit more and I hope you will also check out her books and website and give her a follow!

Author Interview with Lily Kathleen

I am so excited to share my first Author Interview for this weekend! This is the first interview I have ever done and even though it was through email and not face to face I was still so nervous! What if I ask a stupid question? What if they think I didn’t take this seriously? What if my readers don’t enjoy the questions? Of course I am going to worry about these things because this is my first ever interview and I want to continue to have opportunities like this arise. But what this really comes down to is making connections with these authors and showing my audience how incredible they are as people and how amazing their books are.

This will be the first interview of three that will be posted this weekend. I asked each author a series of the same questions to see how different or alike each individual author is, especially because they all live in different parts of the country! I also asked more specific questions geared to each individual author as well. I hope you all enjoy these just as much as I have!

Something to keep in mind is that each of the authors I interview this week will be offering a signed copy of their books for my giveaway coming up on October 8th for my bookstaversary! I will post links to follow each author and also a link to be able to buy a copy of their books.

About the Author

Lily Kathleen is a 17 year old high school senior who lives on a farm. Her farm has roughly four hundred goats, how cute! She has a love for music such as; Playing guitar, piano and singing!

Her passion for romance started when she was only twelve years old which helped her to start writing her own stories to share with everyone.

She self-published her first book “The Intellect” June 14th, 2021 But she has other books in the works! I can not wait to see what else her beautiful mind creates!

“The Intellect”

Jessica is a fifteen year old girl who has overbearing parents who make her and her siblings move at least once a year for some unknown reason. When Jessica’s parents make her move from Ney York all the way to a small town in South Dakota they make sure Jessica has no contact with her previous friends, including her boyfriend Jake. This doesn’t make any sense to her and feels as if it isn’t fair, why would her parents not let her keep in contact with old friends, isn’t moving hard enough?

Fast forward to the first day of school. While waiting for the bus stop she meets Aaron, a complete loner who no one seems to care of his existence. The more they talk the faster they become friends and the faster they both learn that they have a lot more in common than they originally thought with some pretty dark secrets following them around.

All Jessica wanted in life is to go to school, make some normal friendships and to stay in one place for longer than a year for once in her life! Will her parents finally start to loosen the reins? Will she find out what secrets her parents are withholding from her?

Interview

Q: Please tell us a little bit about yourself and your book.

A:  Hello! My name is Lily Kathleen. I am 17 years old. I have written and self-published my own book, The Intellect. The Intellect is a YA Romance Mystery, targeted for teens and young adults.

Q: How old were you when you first started writing?

A: When I first started writing I was about 13 years old.

Q: When did you start writing “The Intellect”?

A: I started writing The Intellect when I was 16 years old. It was at the end of May, 2020

Thoughts: The one thing that I appreciated about the pandemic is that it gave many people the time to be creative and even start their own businesses. In this case it gave you the time to sit down and write your first book!

Q: What was the hardest part about writing your book?

A: The hardest part about writing my book was the beginning. I probably rewrote it about 6-7 times before I was satisfied with it.

Thoughts: I have never written a book before but I could only imagine how tough it would be to get every detail sorted out the proper way to create a well written and sequential book.

Q: How did you come up with the title of your book?

A: The title of my book came kind of randomly to me. I was looking for a word that would describe what Jessica was, and I found “Intellect”, which fit perfectly.

Thoughts: I always find the origin to things like this very interesting. A title to a book is to me the most important part, even before a cover! Yes, I do judge my books by the covers but if the title doesn’t sound interesting then why should I pick up a book? I feel as if “The Intellect” was the perfect title for this book because it fully described the whole book!

Q: Are you currently working on any new projects?

A: Yes. I’m actually working on three books right now. I keep going back and forth between them all.

Thoughts: That is so amazing! I can read three books at a time but I don’t think I could manage keeping all three books and their ideas all separate. I applaud your dedication!

Q: Did you always want to be an Author? What was your dream job as a child?

A: I didn’t always want to be an author. It was definitely an idea, but not something I expected to ever do. 

Q: Do you have any pets? If so, how many and who is your favorite?

A:  I have lots of pets. The goats are my favorite. I have a goat named Snickerdoodle, who is 1.5 years old. She’s already had babies, 3 boys, which I was definitely upset about. We don’t keep our boys, so you can imagine how upset I was with her. But I still love her. I also have a goat named Cupcake, who’s been my best friend since the day she was born, about 5 years ago. I had two baby goats who meant the world to me, but unfortunately they passed away together on the same day. They were best friends, even though there was a 3 month age difference. It’s definitely been hard without them here.

Q: What is it like to live on a farm with over 400 goats?

A:  It’s very stressful and a lot of work. It’s very time consuming, but it can be fun at times.

Q: Do you have any other animals on your land?

A: We had a dog, some cats, and about 40 cows.

Thoughts: Wow I couldn’t imagine having so many animals to take care of!

Q: What is your writing process like? How do you get in the zone?

A:  I started by just writing. I didn’t expect it to go anywhere, like the rest of my writing, but as I continued writing, I realized how much I really liked my idea. So, I stopped and wrote out every idea I had to write my book. I ran through it with my mom, who helped me more than anyone with this book. I wrote for many weeks, barely doing anything else, and I ended up with the book I had. I edited it a couple times, then took a month break and edited two more times, and did this process about 5 times, for a total of about 10-12 edits. Then I had some friends and family read it afterwards, before publishing it.

Thoughts: It is so cool to see what kind of work goes into creating a book. Sometimes as a reader I forget to think about how much time and effort goes into the process.

Q: Who is your favorite character that you have written so far?

A: Ally. I love Ally so much, even though she’s not the main character. I love how much she cares about Jessica. I also love her sense of humor and motivation for her baking business.

Thoughts: I highly recommend you go pick up “The Intellect” so you can find out more about ally’s character. Ally was also my favorite character because I could relate to her love for baking and putting all your effort into something you love to do.

Q: Do you read book reviews? How do you handle the bad vs good reviews?

A: Yes. I read every review I get, so I can figure out what I need to improve. Bad reviews can be really difficult for me. As I wrote this when I was 16, I understand things aren’t going to be the same as writers who are 30+ years old. I try not to read into negative reviews too much because I understand that everyone has different preferences and it doesn’t mean my book is bad. It just wasn’t for them.

Thoughts: As a reviewer I always strive to give the most honest review I can without being harsh. So lets say the book had a lot of issues, I word it more as constructive criticism than pure hatred. I don’t ever want to hurt someone’s feelings over something they worked so hard on.

Q: Do you believe in writers block? If so how do you overcome it?

A: Yes. I experienced this a lot. I always set my writing down and go for a walk, play piano or guitar, or find some other creative outlet that can allow me to not think about my writing and think about something else creative that can potentially help me write and come up with new, fun ideas.

Thoughts: I don’t know if it is fair to compare writers block to a reading slump but those are difficult to get past as well. I am glad you are able to get away from your work for a bit to refresh your mind.

Q:  What advice would you give to your younger self now that you have written and published a book?

A: I would probably tell myself to not focus on bad reviews. I had a really difficult time at first and I still do. It made me believe I was a bad writer and that I should give up. I still struggle with bad reviews at times, but I try to focus on the good ones now. I haven’t written any of my book ideas for some time and I wish I could tell myself not to worry about reviews. I would also tell myself to not worry about how popular my book is compared to other writers. Every author sells a different amount of books, based on the genre, age range, and type of book. Just like people, everyone is unique and different in their own way.

Thoughts: I loved your book! I really don’t want bad reviews to get you down either. This is your first book and you are only 17! That is a crazy accomplishment and I personally am so proud of you and I know your family and friends are as well. Keep your head up, great things are coming your way!

Q: What advice would you give someone who is writing their first book?

A: My advice would be to never give up. It gets really hard, but take breaks, find another creative outlet, and think about what you hope to accomplish with your writing. Also, take plenty of notes while and before writing.

Thoughts: This is such great advise! Making goals and taking notes are my two favorite ways to accomplish my tasks.

Q: What is your favorite book of all time?

A: My favorite book is Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover.

Q: What was the first book that you can remember reading? One that made an impact on you?

A: The Fault In Our Stars. It wasn’t my first book, but it was the book that got me into reading more as a teen.

Thoughts: I remember reading this book in middle school and it tore my heart apart! I loved the story and writing but this book made me cry!

Q: If you could meet your characters, what would you say to them?

A:  I would honestly just hang out with them. I would love to just spend time with people my age that have similar interests as I do. I think that my characters would be super fun to hang out with and I know they’d be open to anyone.

Thoughts: I think this is the beauty of creating your own characters because they really can become your best friends or just exact copies of the people you wish you could be friends with. Your characters were all very relatable as well which really helped create connections with your readers.

Q: Who is your hero?

A: My mom is my hero. She’s been my best friend for a long time. She’s helped me so much, especially these past years, which have been the most difficult years of my life. She understands me and cares for me more than anyone ever has. 

Q: Did you celebrate when you finished your book? How?

A: I didn’t do anything to celebrate. I was really happy though and I rushed to tell my mom before anyone else.

Thoughts: You and your mom are both absolutely gorgeous! I love that she is your hero and biggest supporter in your life. Moms are so very special! Also can we talk about how gorgeous that dress is? I wish I looked this good for my prom!

Conclusion

I met Lily on bookstagram a few months ago and I truly believe she is my best friend on bookstagram. She has such a kind soul and a very creative mind! I was so excited to get a free copy of her book when we met and I immediately dove in.

Here is a bit of my review of her book and the link to my full review.

This book was the perfect mixture of Romance and mystery tied together. When you think of a YA romance book you want this cute high school relationship that doesn’t feel like an adult love story. This book gave me the nostalgia of high school romance, the way you feel when you have a crush and when you try to hide the way you feel to protect your heart from being hurt. This book had all the feels of high school love rushing back to me.

Follow Lily Kathleen on these socials to keep in touch with her and see what she is working on!

Here are some links to buy a copy of her book.

Mini Review and Big News!

This month I have been in such a big reading slump! I feel as if I go through slumps every other month and I am starting to get really annoyed with it. I find that I am constantly comparing how much I read to everyone else in the booksih community and honestly that isn’t very healthy. I do feel that with my new job my reading has definitely suffered as I work a lot more hours than I previously have and also I am super stressed trying to find my new groove of things. I am hoping this next month will play out a little better.

Mini Review

“Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets” By J.K. Rowling

I am doing a mini review because I feel everyone who wants to read this book have already read it so I don’t feel the need to recap the book.

Rating: 3 out of 5.

I honestly didn’t love this book. I felt as if it was very slow and I just could not get into it no matter how hard I tried! I did like that there were so many more scenes in the book that they didn’t add into the movie, so I did have fun reading some of those scenes. Mostly I was bored and I felt the need to skip some f the dialogue. Yikes!

Big News!

I am ready to make a big announcement!

My bookstaversary is coming up on October 8th and I have some pretty cool things going up for my giveaway!

I have three authors who are signing a copy of their book to give out to the winner(s), That’s right, I haven’t yet decided if we are going to have one grand prize winner who gets all the books or if we will have separate winners. I am leaning towards separate winners so everyone who enters has a better chance of winning something. What do you think I should do?

Also I have interviewed each of these three authors and I am currently working on releasing these interviews on my blog and Instagram! I am so excited to share these interviews and I hope you all will tune in this weekend to learn more about these three amazing people! Also Please go ahead and start following these beautiful ladies because that will be a requirement to join the giveaway!

Featured Authors

Lily Kathleen

Author of “The Intellect”

Bree Moore

Author of “Raven Born” The Lost Souls Series

Belinda Lei

Author of “Not That Rich”

Book Review ” The Intellect” By Lily Kathleen

I am so excited to share this review with you! I received this book directly from the author to read and review it for her and I fell in love! I am now one of her biggest supporters and I honestly believe everyone should give this book a chance, especially if you love romance with a bit of a mystery. That is enough banter, lets dive in!


About The Book

Author: Lily Kathleen

Publish Date: June 16th, 2021

Publisher: Self Published

Page Count: 343

Main Genres: Romance and Mystery

GoodReads Rating: 4.78


But this wasn’t an ending, this was a beginning of a happier life. I felt like I had something to hold onto. Something that would actually let me be free to be who I was and not pretend to be someone I wasn’t.

Direct quote from book

Synopsis

Jessica is a fifteen year old girl who has overbearing parents who make her and her siblings move at least once a year for some unknown reason. When Jessica’s parents make her move from Ney York all the way to a small town in South Dakota they make sure Jessica has no contact with her previous friends, including her boyfriend Jake. This doesn’t make any sense to her and feels as if it isn’t fair, why would her parents not let her keep in contact with old friends, isn’t moving hard enough?

Fast forward to the first day of school. While waiting for the bus stop she meets Aaron, a complete loner who no one seems to care of his existence. The more they talk the faster they become friends and the faster they both learn that they have a lot more in common than they originally thought with some pretty dark secrets following them around.

All Jessica wanted in life is to go to school, make some normal friendships and to stay in one place for longer than a year for once in her life! Will her parents finally start to loosen the reins? Will she find out what secrets her parents are withholding from her?


Rating

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Review

This book was the perfect mixture of Romance and mystery tied together. When you think of a YA romance book you want this cute high school relationship that doesn’t feel like an adult love story. This book gave me the nostalgia of high school romance, the way you feel when you have a crush and when you try to hide the way you feel to protect your heart from being hurt. This book had all the feels of high school love rushing back to me.

The characters are so adorable and absolutely relatable! Jessica being this curious, smart bookworm and Aaron being a miss understood loner, I promise you will find something to relate to while you read this book.

I am giving this book a four star rating for a few reasons. I loved this book and I will be recommending it to everyone there were just a few things that I have to bring up that can be fixed really easily! First I would like you to keep in mind this is beautifully written by a 17 year old, and was self published! OK so there are a few distracting grammar and spelling errors but not too many that it would pull you out of the book. Some sentences felt a tad redundant like over using certain words a lot or even the same sentence just re worded a bit. These are things that can be easily forgiven though because of how good the actual story is.

Over all I loved this book and I am so happy I got the chance to read and give my honest review for all of you. This book has such an amazing story with an even better plot twist at the end. The last Hundred pages will have you entranced and you won’t be able to put the book down!


Every time I see you rush down the street to the bus stop my heart starts to beat faster. It’s like even if I can’t see you I can feel you coming.

Direct quote from book

About The Author

Lily Kathleen is a 17 year old high school senior who lives on a farm. Her farm has roughly four hundred goats, how cute! She has a love for music such as; Playing guitar, piano and singing! Her passion for romance started when she was only twelve years old which helped her to start writing her own stories to share with everyone.

(This info came from her website)


If you would like to buy a copy of her book down below will be some links that you can follow to make a purchase or even to just follow Lily on her socials.