Defining motherhood in ‘The Nearness of You’ by Amanda Eyre Ward

Defining motherhood in ‘The Nearness of You’ by Amanda Eyre Ward

Title: The Nearness of You Author: Amanda Eyre Ward Genre: Upmarket Women's Fiction Publisher: Ballantine Release Date: 21 February 2017 Length: 240 pages Source: eARC via NetGalley was provided in exchange for an honest review. Available in Hardcover "Who is her mother?"  When Suzette and Hyland Kendall first got together, they agreed that they'd never have children. [...]

ARC Review: I Liked My Life by Abby Fabiaschi

ARC Review: I Liked My Life by Abby Fabiaschi

Title: I Liked My Life Author: Abby Fabiaschi Publisher: St. Martin's Press Publishing Date: 31 Jan 2017 Buy: Macmillian/St. Martin's Press Source: ARC via NetGalley After Maddy dies from apparent suicide, she's blessed, or cursed, with being able to watch her husband and daughter try and piece their lives back together. Before her death, Maddy didn't show any signs [...]

ARC Review: Right Behind You by Lisa Gardner

ARC Review: Right Behind You by Lisa Gardner

Title: Right Behind You Author: Lisa Gardner Publisher: Dutton Publishing Date: 31 Jan 2017 Buy: Dutton - Penguin Random House Source: ARC via NetGalley Sharlah May and Telly Ray Nash are 5 and 9 when they're seperated after Telly is forced to murder his parents in self-defense. Now 13, Sharlah is living with former FBI profiler [...]

Can’t make it to #AWP17? Read ‘Scratch’

Can’t make it to #AWP17? Read ‘Scratch’

Reasons for attending writing conferences range from being sent there for a school or publication to wanting to spend a weekend getting drunk and being surrounded by like-minded individuals. Somewhere in between the times of moving from table to table, looking at books, making contacts, and seeing what books or swag you can snag for [...]

The importance of reading outside your comfort zone

The importance of reading outside your comfort zone

It's officially December, which means it's officially "best of" season. I thought that's what this blog post would be: a round-up of the best things I read this year. My favorite books aren't what's important. A great blog filler, sure, but it's what I learned from them is what really matters. Normally I'm an upmarket/literary fiction [...]

So you finished NaNoWriMo

So you finished NaNoWriMo

Congratulations! You've written a lot of words in a short amount of time that is a great first draft! I know, I know. You've heard first drafts are supposedly crap. They should never be seen by anyone, ever, and they're just garbage. A stream of consciousness that you're probably going to re-write at least five [...]