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The Stars Between Us by Cristin Terrill: A Gorgeous Exploration of the Character's Why

I actually didn't read these books back-to-back on purpose. The similarity in the titles just kind of happened.  Another gorgeous cover! Summary : Despite the painful monotony of living on a poor planet, Vika's life has always held a spice of mystery: an unknown benefactor periodically popping up, offering gifts from ice cream in first-grade to a first-class education. But lately those gifts have stopped coming, and Vika has almost resigned herself to a dreamless life. Until the benefactor suddenly returns--dead. But his will holds a proposition that could change her life forever: if she agrees to marry his son, she will receive a fortune and could finally live the life of her dreams. The catch: others in the billionaire's will are being targeted, and if Vika can't discover the culprit, she may not escape her old life alive. What I Loved: My favorite parts of this book were the mystery and the romance. I’ve read one other one by this author and the suspenseful parts of

The Star That Always Stays: An All-New Comfort Read

  That... cover... though *squealing* What I Loved: My favorite thing about this one was just the overall feel of the book. The writing, the themes, the characters, it just produces this pure, comforting feeling without being too sappy or cheesy. There’s a good balance of honestly showing the emotions of that age and that kind of change, while keeping the reader grounded in the real life so you don’t get swept away in something that feels too dramatic. Norvia’s problems begin, for the most part, outside of her control (which is extremely relatable at any age or time); but it’s her processing of these changes and her reactions to them that the story really focuses on. Even though, I could kinda see where most of it was going, there was still something very sweet about walking with Norvia through those changes. It made sense, how she felt and how she acted, and I rooted for her to find happiness again and peace in herself before the end.   What I Learned: Like I said, Norvia’s

The Character's Why -- And Why Not Everyone Needs to Know It

  I’m trying something new with my latest project, The Second Prince. Having never been a plotter and having never rewritten a whole draft from scratch… I’m going to do both with this manuscript.   via GIPHY Thanks, Obi One of the new-to-me pieces in the plot template I’m using is to get to know the character before you even begin to write. This may seem obvious to other writers, but for me, I always just got a one- or two-sentence idea for a person and just ran with it. With this method, however, I’m taking a lot more time with the characters before I dive into (re)writing their story. I have to research them in my mind, so to speak, brainstorming their past, their fears, their lies, their desires, all the deepest nuances that shape them as people and will shape their actions throughout the story. It’s been fun, in a way, because characters are always my favorite part of the writing process. But figuring it out before the writing is also very difficult for me. Now that I know all

Writing What You Know

I’ve seen much conflict over such seemingly simple writing advice: that you should write what you know. As a fantasy, sci-fi, dystopian girl (when I started writing), I worked mostly on things that I had made up entirely in my head, so it didn’t seem to apply to me one way or the other. However, as I’ve gotten older and I desire to do more than simply write a story , but also to use such stories to explore larger topics and themes, I’ve seen life throw me situations that make me wonder about this advice. In my first WIP, Low Expectations, a major theme in the tipping point is faith through impossible circumstances. These past few years, I (and the rest of the world) have had to walk through a million different hurdles and hurts that have strained my spirit and stretched my beliefs. The WIP I’m outlining, The Second Prince , is going to be thick with grief. Before starting this story, I hadn’t experienced much loss in my life; yet, suddenly, I find myself grieving many things: long-he

Beyond Her Calling Blog Tour!

Hey, all! Welcome to my first blog tour of 2022! Like I mentioned in my TBR post , one of my first reads for the year was Beyond Her Calling by Kellyn Roth. I've seen this series ( The Chronicles of Alice and Ivy ) around for literally years  and so was super excited to get my hands on a copy of the latest book! Proudly displayed ;)  There are so many wonderful posts on this tour, like, " Why Christian Fiction is an Important Genre "; interviews with the author ; and a more in-depth look into the lovely land in which this book takes place . For a complete look at the schedule and a little more information, you can check Kellyn's kickoff post on her website or scroll to the bottom of this post to see where you are in the tour. :) Back? Fantastic! On to the book itself... Series: The Chronicles of Alice and Ivy, Book 4 Genre: Christian Historical Romance / Victorian Romance Setting: Scotland, late 1881 Amazon Link Link to author's website Blurb: Ivy Knight feels

January 2022 TBR

Hello everyone, and may I offer you a 3-week late welcome to 2022! ;) How are we doing with those New Year's Resolutions? Any reading/writing goals? I didn't make any writing goals (still trying to figure out where I'm going with that, TBH), but I did decide to make reading a priority this year and to post it online to try and hold myself accountable . This is my TBR for January (but more like all of Winter 2022, as I am HIGHLY unlikely to finish all of these before the end of the month). I'm also going to be reading Beyond Her Calling by Kellyn Roth (review to come!!!), and I'm thinking about rereading Tiger's Quest by Colleen Houck (I reread Tiger's Curse last winter and it was SUCH a lovely form of nostalgia to revisit one of my all-time teenage favorites). To finish all these might take me till March or so, but that's okay. I'm excited for all of them. (Update: I did finish Winter's Child   in the first two weeks of the month, so I'm do