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Favorite Fierce Females Characters

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I have partnered up with Ashley from Falling down the Book Whole and a bunch of other lovely ladies to celebrate the kick ass and fierce ladies in both literature and in the real world.  Those who participate in either the Instagram photo challenge, the read-a-thon, or by liking blog post with the #fiercefemalereads tags will be entered into a give away with a litany of prizes that may or may not include my latest book Time of Prophecy, book themed candles, bookmarks, and other wonderful books from fellow indie authors.  Well that’s enough my tagging, let’s get on to the reason why your here.  Here’s my top 5 picks for fierce female characters.  Book or series titles in (_).

 

5. Alanna of Trebond (Song of the Lioness Quartet)

Alanna always dreamed of being a knight but there was only one problem, she was a girl.  Girls learned how to be ladies and married rich lords, not wield swords.  Alanna didn’t let that stop her.  She switched places with her twin brother and disguised herself as a boy.  She earned her shield, often beating boys bigger and stronger than she was.  She worked harder everyday ensuring that she was the best that she could be and earned the respect of the entire kingdom.

Alanna was my first fierce female character.  She inspired me to always try and be the best that I could be and to never take no for an answer.  She didn’t take shit from anyone.  She struggled to balance her knighthood with her femininity, something that she didn’t want to give up.  And eventually found a man who loved all sides of her and wouldn’t try and change who she was.

 

4. Juniper (Wise Child)

Juniper is a witch who lives on the outskirts of a small British(?) village.  She heals the people in the village even though they are suspicious of her.  When Wise Child’s grandmother dies leaving her an orphan, Juniper doesn’t hesitate to take in this lazy, pampered child and teach her the skills she needs to survive and a little of magic.

I wanted to be Juniper when I grew up, and I still do.  She cared for those around her and tried to help everyone, no matter what.  She cared for a leper when no one dared to.  She refused to accuse her friends during a witch trail and saw the good in all people.  She shows that there are different types of strength.

 

3. Feyre (Court of Thorn and Roses) 

Feyre starts off as a young woman who tries to keep her family alive.  Some shit goes down (trying to not spoil) and she ends up stronger than ever.  Feyre destroys herself for those she loves, falls into a dark pit of despair, but comes out on the other side stronger than before.  She faces the dark side of herself and embraces it wholly.  She is willing to fight for what she loves but is not a fighter.  She rather spend her days laughing with her family and painting.

As someone who has depression, Feyre is a character that I can cling to when the voices in my head get too loud.  She’s also a character who is strong without having to be a fighter.  She also isn’t perfect.  She has a temper and tends to lash out.  But her journey out of the darkness and embracing the darkness within is one that I can stand behind 100%

 

2. Lirael (The Abhorsen Trilogy)

Lirael spent her entire life not fitting in with the rest of her family.  She even contemplated suicide because she felt like there was no place for her in the world.  Fortunately someone stepped in and offered her a new path.  She becomes a master magician with a rare gift that could save the world.  She is fierce, driven, but also practical.

I never really felt like I fit in as a kid.  I was tomboyish and more content to read than deal with the drama.  Lirael spoke to me because she too was different and that proved to be a good thing.  She helped me to embrace the things that made me different.

 

1. Fiona Finnagan (The Tea Rose)

Fiona is a simple tea packer with big dreams.  She wants to open a shop with her childhood love.  But all that gets destroyed when her father “dies” and her family descends into a downward spiral which leaves Fiona and her 4yr old brother Seamus the sole survivors.  Her childhood loves makes a huge mistake that forces him to marry another woman.  Desperate and alone, she flees to NY where her only other living family lives, but things aren’t much better.  But she doesn’t cry about it.  She tucks in her skirts and fights tooth and nail to make a life for herself because she realizes that no one will help her.  If she wants something, she will have to make it happen for herself.

I love, love, love, Fiona.  I can’t get enough of her rags to riches story.  She even gets revenge for her family by the end.  Fiona is a perfect example of the strength of woman.  She is smart, fierce, determined, and loving.  The second book in the trilogy has another wonderful heroine, but Fiona is the fiercest of the fierce in my opinion.

 

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Fierce Female February

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Now that we’ve fully settled into the new year, the ever wonderful Ashley over at Falling down the Book Hole has created the Fierce Female February reading challenge.   You can participate in a group reading and chat on the twitter page.  You can also review books based on the prompts in the first picture.  Or participate on Instagram by taking part in the photo challenges.  Using the link below will enter your name in a raffle where you can win all sorts of prizes and just maybe a copy of my latest book: Time of Prophecy.

So let’s get to reading and celebrate all the bad-ass women in literature and history!

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Book Review: A Secret History of Witches by Louisa Morgan

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I love witches.  I love reading about them and I am one.  I came across this book while looking in the non fiction section, although this book is a work of fiction. So let’s get started shall we?

I rate each book/series on a coffee cup rating.  0 cups means I couldn’t finish and 5 cups means that I absolutely loved it.

DISCLAIMER:  No one pays me for my reviews…sigh…I wish they would.  Not really.  These reviews are my personal opinion and just for fun.

 

Rating: 4 cups

 

General Overview:

This book follows the lives of five witches from a French Gypsy line.  It starts off the the death of the current matriarch and continues until the current keeper of magic decides that she’d rather not use it anymore.  The time in this book spans 1834 Nannette to 1937 Victoria.  We see the end of the witch trails all the way to the World Wars.  The story focuses mainly on mother and daughter relationship and why each woman used her powers.

 

My Thoughts: 

Like I said before, I love witches.  I love seeing how each author interprets the mythos around them.  This author chose a little more traditional approach with grimoires and rhyming spells.  What I thoroughly enjoyed was how the actions of the mother affected their daughter and her approach to the craft.  Nannette grew up believing and practicing making her an outcast.  Her daughter, however, grew up knowing that it had to be a secret and thought it was fake.  Her daughter saw how hard her mother worked and how rough she was and wanted more.  Her daughter saw that her mother’s pursuit of power led to an unhappy life caused by using magic.  Her daughter knew nothing of magic until the end because her mother realized that magic wasn’t the end all be all to life.

Re-readability:

I’m not sure if this is a book that I’ll reread.  I enjoyed this book and loved following the family as they grew and changed throughout a century.  However, it didn’t give me that feeling of “yes!” that usually means that I’ll read it again.  Only time will tell, but I have a feeling that this book might end up in the donation pile once my bookcases get too full.

Question Time:

Have you read this book?

What did you think?

Who was your favorite character? Mine is Nannette

Who’s your least?  Irene

 

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Book Review: Trust Me by Mary Elizabeth Summer *Series Edition*

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The books that we’re going to talk about today aren’t really a “series”  in the traditional sense of the word.  There’s only two books and a novella, but they build off the other so it fits.  The rating system is still the same.  I rate each book/series on a coffee cup rating.  0 cups means I couldn’t finish and 5 cups means that I absolutely loved it.

DISCLAIMER:  No one pays me for my reviews…sigh…I wish they would.  Not really.  These reviews are my personal opinion and just for fun.

 

Rating: 4 cups

 

General Overview:

The two books in this series are Trust Me, I’m Lying and Trust Me, I’m Trouble.  These books follow the main character Julep Dupree, a teenage con artist, as she tries to find her dad after he mysteriously disappears.  She and her computer hacker best friend delve deeper into the criminal world than they usually do. To make matters worse, the most cookie cutter boy in her school wants to get to know her better but she has a sinking suspicion that he has another angle.  The second book follows up with the events from the first.  I won’t talk about it because it will spoil the first book.  But it’s as equally fast past and twisty as the first.

 

My Thoughts: 

I really enjoyed both of these books.  I can’t exactly remember how I came across them, most likely Goodreads, but I’m happy that I did.  Julep is a no-nonsense type of anti-hero.  She’s a criminal, she doesn’t like getting wrapped up in other people’s problems, she’d rather cause them.  Her skill set is vast and she’s able to think fast on her feet.  She hate’s making mistakes and hurting the few people that she does care about (even if she won’t admit it).

 

Re-readability:

I initially read these books a few years ago.  While I already know the outcome, I love rereading books like this.  Already knowing the outcome allows me to pay attention to the minute details that I might have missed during previous reads.  But not everyone is like this so this may end up being a series that you only read once.  If that’s the case, best get it from the library and save your dollars.

Question time:

Have you read either one of these books?

What did you think?

How would you rate it?

Please comment below.  I’d love to hear what you thought.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Balancing Writing with Life

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Sorry I missed posting yesterday.  Normally, I write my posts for the week on Saturday or Sunday and then schedule them, but I forgot.  Things have been a little crazy with moving and trying to get my classroom ready before my students show, but hey, what a great topic to talk about today.

Now, I’m pretty sure that you’ve heard the advise to write every day.   While I like the idea behind it, I still disagree.  That’s just not plausible.  Our lives, especially if we have day jobs, significant others, children, a social life, are not always going to allow us to get behind a computer to push out a decent word count.  What you should, to me, take away from this bit of wisdom is that you should carve out writing times.  Whether it’s a particular day or a hour, carve out some time that’s dedicated to your writing life.

For me that means that most of my writing happens on the weekends, either morning or evening depending on what’s happening.  I do leave some time from 7-9 at night to get some writing done during the weekdays.  I also carve out time to work on my author’s platform and building relationships with other writers and people in the writing industry.

You just need to find time that works for you.  I needs to be easy to accomplish and something that you can do consistently.  And that right there is key: consistency.  The more you do something, the more it will turn into a habit so that it feels like a chore.  Once writing during your scheduled time becomes habit, it becomes a little easier to balance your writing life with the rest of your life.

But what happens if the muses bless me and writing takes over?

Hey roll with it, if that’s what you want.  Just remember to take a break from your writing for a couple of days.  Get out of the house.  Take a shower.  Let your loved ones know you’re alive.  writing is an organic process.  It’s different every time you sit down in front of that computer, typewriter, or paper.  Just try to not let it consume your life and try to not go three days without doing something writing related.

What do you mean writing related?

Anything that will help you on your path to becoming a kick ass writer.  Take a writing class. Read an article about the publishing industry or tips to improve writing.  Dig around pinterest for images that go with whatever story you’re writing.  Hell, read a book from an author that inspires you.  Just don’t let writing get placed on the back burner.  Put it more on your second favorite burner (you know you have a favorite).

 

Also, if you don’t make it during the time you schedule, don’t fret.  Just get it done another time.  Like me and this late post.

Question time

Do you guys have any helpful suggestions about how you keep your writing life and regular life balanced?

What are some of the problems you’re having right now?

I’d love to hear them, just comment below.

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My Top 5 Favorite Vlogers

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Like many of you, I spend countless of hours on Youtube.  I watch a mix of music videos, nostalgia cartoons, and to learn stuff.  I’m a visual and kinetic learner which means that I have to see and do it in order for a skill to set in.  Plus, it’s entertaining.  As a writer it’s quite easy to get lost navigating the literal thousands of vlogers out there.  And in case you’ve been living under a rock, a vloger is a person who blogs with videos.  I have the utmost respect and admiration for these people.  I can plan an entire series in a three days but I can’t edit a 5 min video.  It turns me into a fire breathing bitch queen.

So here are my 5 ish all time favorite vlogers.

5. Try Guys/Ladylike

I can hear you guys now….”These guys are really vlogers or writers”  I know, but hear me out.  The Try Guys and Ladylike are my go to when I’m feeling fried.  After days of planning or hammering through a bought of writer’s block I need to reset my brain and these guys are the best.  Their videos are entertaining and they make my brain switch gears.  Now I set a limit as to how many videos I watch (usually 3).  This keeps me from falling down the rabbit hole.  To check them out for yourself, click the links below.

The Try Guys    LadyLike

4. Sea Lemon

Again, not a writer, but Sea Lemon is an artist.  Watching her work keeps me going.  It’s hard to not watch her make these and not want to create yourself.  Creation feeds creation people!  She’s also supper bubbly and sweet!  Check her out below.

Sea Lemon

 

3. Amy Landino

Her vlog Amy Tv is the newest addition to my list.  I stumbled across it one day and instantly fell in love.  I haven’t had a chance to see all her posts but from what I’ve seen she is the Queen of motivation.  Her vlog is about how to become and maintain success.  She as posts about habits that she’s adopted and how they’ve helped her, how to overcome things like self doubt and embarrassment.  Honestly, just check out and see for yourself.

Amy TV

 

 

2. Derek Murphy

I found Derek right when I needed him most.  I am an indie author, which means that I have to take care of everything if I want my books to be published.  I’ve used Createspace and Ingram Spark.  They have their templates that you can use for your books interior, but I’ve never been 100% happy with them.  Fonts don’t always come out right.  They can sometimes look cheap.  Sigh.  I had no idea how to make the interior of my books just as engaging as the outside.  Honestly, a little effort inside goes a long way.  Well that’s where Derek comes in.  He’s all about helping some indie writers get their shit together and his videos on formatting book interiors are easy to follow.  They’ve helped me out a lot and I keep going back to him.

Formatting Book in MS Word

 

1. Jenna Moreci

ALL HAIL THE CYBORG QUEEN! I love Jenna.  I mean seriously.  I have yet to met a vloger that I love as much as her.  She’s hilarious and incredibly kind.  She encourages everyone to go out there and get some shit done. Her videos have helped me as a writer and given me a laugh or two.  Her post include topics on story structure, outlining, and the darkest aspect of publishing….marketing….shudder.  But she also loves sharing with her audience and clearly appreciates every once of support she gets. She’s who I want to be when I grow up.  But in all seriousness, check out her and see for yourself.

The Cyborg Queen

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Finding new tools: the good and the bad

Sometimes it’s challenging to be an indie author.  You have to handle all aspects of the book industry (marketing, covers, etc) and create a compelling story at the same time.  It can be daunting but to paraphrase Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, always have your tools.  A writer, no matter if they’re a NY times best seller or just starting out, has to have the right tool for them at their disposal.

When I started this journey, I didn’t have anything really at my disposal.  But now I’ve got some sites that really love and some that while I don’t particularly care for but can’t escape using.  I should note that none of these sites have paid me to say anything about their products or services.  This opinions are strictly my own and for fun informational purposes.

  1. Istock.  This site is great if you have to make your own covers like I do.  You can buy some credits for $20 but you can get three maybe four covers out of that.
  2. Notebook.ai  This is a new discovery for me and I’m in love.  It helps you organize and link up every character, world, culture or what not you have. You don’t even have to link anything until you have a place to put it.  So if you’re like me and flashes of cool ideas come all the time, this site helps to store and organize until you are ready to use them.
  3. Storiad.  Another new site.  This site offers a lot that I don’t really have the time to go into but the main keeper points for me are the marketing plan that they help you make, the pricing calculator, press release kits, and industry networking.  All of these things I needed help with so it’s great that it’s all in one spot.
  4. Twitter/Facebook/Instagram.  I have a love hate relationship with social media.  I’m the type of person who can easily become obsessed with something that continues to stimulate me.  That’s the main reason why I’m not on Tumblr.  No one would ever see me again if I got on that site.  But social media presence is crucial to building an author’s platform or at least getting your name out there.  I try to allot a certain amount of time on each site at any given time to make sure that I stay on track.

These are all that I’m going into today.  If you want, check these sites out or research them to see if they’re the best fit for you as a writer and serve your needs.  If you have something that you think I might like, let me know.  I’m always on the lookout for new resources and tools.

 

Until next time peoples!