Pokemon Go Book Tag!

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Disclaimer:  Pokemon Go belongs to Niantic and Nintendo, please don’t sue me.

So Read At Midnight has come up with a brilliant book tag for all the aspiring Pokemon Masters out there!  I just have to participate because I too, wanna be the very best like no one ever was.

Rules:

  • NIL. Link back to my blog is appreciated but optional. Feel free to use my graphics. Tag people, don’t tag people, whatever. Just have fun!

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The first book I remember loving (that actually inspired me to write as well) is Shortcut by Donald Crews.  That was preschool.  As I got older, I read all of the Bailey School Kid mystery novels as well as Lurlene McDaniel novels.  I also loved anything that Bill Wallace wrote.

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A Ring of Endless Light by Madeleine L’Engle.  This book is so beautiful and so inspiring and it really helped me to understand a lot about the significance of what goes on around us and how we interpret and experience life.

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This tag actually made me laugh out loud because it’s TRUE. Zubats are EVERYWHERE and I already have a Golbat so I no longer have any need for Zubats!  Go away, ugly little flying creature!

And I’m just going to have to go with genre here and say anything erotica that features a submissive virginal female and an arrogant dominant male.  I’ve tried to read a few and they simply don’t appeal to me.

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Nicholas Sparks’ books are all literally the same book, but I love each and every one of them and read every single new book he releases.

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The Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon and Game of Thrones by JRR Martin.  I actually intend to read both someday (Outlander first because I love Scotland), but as of right now, I’m trying to get past the intimidatingly tiny text.

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Any time a new Harry Potter book was released, sleep did not exist.  I had to read them straight through.  I actually passed out after the fifth book was released because I was running on no food and no sleep and I was sick.  Another book that kept me up, however, was Defending Jacob by William Landay.  It didn’t keep me up in the sense that it scared me, but oh my goodness, this book stayed with me for forever.  I would just lay awake at night thinking about it.

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I think my #1 OTP of all time would HAVE to be Katniss and Peeta from The Hunger Games.  I love them so much I just don’t even know what to do with myself.  I want a Peeta!

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Can I say my own books for this?  Haha!  I wrote them specifically to be fast-paced and fun and easy to read.  I’m not sure how “fire-hot” they are, but I like them.  So I’ll go with the Boy Band series and the Cemetery Tours series by me!

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Harry Potter!  Harry Potter!  Harry Potter!  Harry Potter!

I need books on the Marauders and the founders and the Weasleys and Harry’s children and maybe a whole rewrite of the original series from Neville’s point of view and Draco’s point of view and Snape’s point of view and…

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I’m actually in the middle of it, but I was really surprised by how much I liked The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin.  I went into it thinking it would be kind of boring and serious.  Quite the contrary.  It was actually fun, dark, entertaining, and even funny.

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So, my sister and my little cousin have been trying to get me to read The Selection series by Kiera Cass for forever, and I actually really want to.  I’ve just been trying to find the time to commit myself to all those books!  I am actually really excited to read it!

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Oh, goodness, this is difficult because I love old books and I love signed books.  I could definitely use a brand new set of first-edition Harry Potter books, however.  All of mine have been read so many times they are actually falling apart.  OH!  Or I’d love to have the original UK editions!

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I’m a bad reader in the sense that I don’t actively go seeking new authors.  I usually let the books find me, haha!  So for this tag, I’m going to mention a few of my friends and their debut novels (even though some of them have been out for quite a while).  I’m excited for Doll by Miracle Austin, Winter’s Curse by April L. Wood, The Wall Outside by James William Peercy, The Conservative Congregant by Paula Walker Baker, The Gay Teen’s Guide to Defeating a Siren by Cody Wagner, and Firebrand by Sarah MacTavish.

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My current auto-buy authors are Deb Caletti, Meg Cabot, Nicholas Sparks, Rainbow Rowell and Jodi Picoult.

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The wait is almost over! I’m going to the midnight release of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child on Saturday!  I would also kill for a sequel to Eleanor and Park and/or Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell but I’m not sure either will happen.  In fact, I’m certain that the latter will not.  Because I’ve asked her.  In person.  And she said no.

Thank you so much, Aentee, for this fantastic Book Tag adventure!

Everyone, go follow her!

Also, if you’re reading this, I CHOOSE YOU!

On My Mind

Hi friends!  Again, I haven’t been very good about updating recently.  I’m sorry.  There’s just so much going on in the world and here at home that blogging has taken a bit of a backseat.  I’m going to try to get better.

Right now, I’m juggling upcoming book events, getting books out to reviewers, celebrating the Worldwide release, and deciding which new project to focus on next.  I have at least twenty books in my head, but I can only focus on a few at a time.  Right now, I know I need to get the fourth Cemetery Tours and the fourth Boy Band out, but I also find myself really want to venture forth with new projects.

Now one is kind of a Boy Band spinoff, a fun, romantic YA read with a different band.  The other is one that I’ve been developing for a while.  It would be an adult novel and pretty different than everything I’ve written so far.  I’m not making any commitments to either project yet, but I can tell you they’ve been a lot of fun to write.

In spite of all of these big plans, I’ve been feeling a little discouraged lately.  The reception for Worldwide has ultimately been positive (along with a few “Why did it end that way?!” reviews thrown in there), but it hasn’t been selling the way the first two books did.  It may be because it’s summer and everyone is out, enjoying the sun, and catching Pokemon.  Or maybe I didn’t advertise enough.  I’m not sure.

I  had a talk with my mom about it.  I try to make it a point to never feel sorry for myself, but the fact of the matter is that I’m human and sometimes I feel a little down.  It happens.  She only had one piece of advice for me, however, and it was “Keep writing.”

My family has always been so supportive and I hope I never take them for granted.  Because if you have just one person who believes that you can make it, you’re already so much luckier than most.  And so I’m going to keep writing and keep dreaming.  I hope that you keep dreaming too.

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New Book Out!

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I am excited to write that my new book, “And Time Stood Still” is now out on Kindle.
“And Time Stood Still” is the continuing story of Eloise Dowager and what happens to her at The City of Hope, the church for the unhoused she has been attending. She stepped out of her comfort zone to make a meal for the congregation of The City of Hope  and finds herself in the middle of a huge blessing. This blessing shows her that moving out of her comfort zone can yield blessings one can only imagine. The blessing God bestows upon her is beyond her wildest imagination and one that will change her life forever.

I hope if you haven’t read “The Conservative Congregant,” you’ll pick it and “And Time Stood Still here. And be looking for the third and maybe final book coming soon!

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New Book Release: Ignite

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Gotta Catch ‘Em All!

So, unless you’ve been living under a rock or on a desert island with no wifi, you’ve probably heard of Pokemon GO, the mobile app that is sweeping the nations and probably has groups of random twenty-somethings wandering around your lawn at four in the morning trying to catch that darn Nidoran.  I’ll admit, I’m guilty of the wandering as well.  My sister and I grew up on Pokemon and now, to be able to go out and “catch” them in the real world… It’s SO much fun!  It’s really bringing out the nerd in me.

I’ve never openly admitted my love for Pokemon, but the truth is it was a huge part of my childhood and one of the very first things to really spark my creativity.  I loved the idea of these cute, beautiful, powerful animals hanging out and going out and learning about them.  Granted, I’m pretty sure if I was a real life Pokemon trainer, I wouldn’t actually battle them or even train them.  I’d catch all the cute ones and keep them as pets and love them and take them on adventures.

Last night, I was hanging out with my birds (my real birds, not all the Pidgeys that have flocked to my front porch), and I started thinking, “I wonder what my characters would be like if they were Pokemon trainers?”

This inspired me to try to find one of those websites where you can make your own character.  You know, there’s a mermaid one, a Lord of the Rings one, a Disney one, etc… Well, I couldn’t find one.  So I decided to attempt to draw the characters myself.

May I just say that although I enjoy drawing, I’m not very good at it.

I started with Mel Parker from Boy Band, simply because the new book just came out and she was pretty easy as far as drawing is concerned.  I also knew almost immediately which Pokemon she would pick.  So I made an attempt at drawing Mel with her Marill.

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I had a lot of fun with it.  I haven’t drawn anyone else yet, mostly because that one itty bitty drawing took me FOREVER.  But I want to.

Until I actually get around to it, however, I have been giving some thought as to who my other characters might pick as their Pokemon.

Luke Rainer from Cemetery Tours  is easy. He’d obviously have a Ghastly or a Haunter.  He’s far too obsessed with ghosts to have anything else.

At first I was thinking Kate Avery from Cemetery Tours might have a Mew, because of her sensitivity and sense of wonder, but then I reconsidered and realized she’d have something more like a Persian.  She’s a strong character.  And that’s not saying that Mew isn’t a strong Pokemon (it totally is), but I think a Persian suits her a little more.

As for Michael Sinclair?  He’d want something normal.  He’s all about lying low and fitting in.  I can see him with an Eevee.  Or anything that wouldn’t destroy his apartment.  He’d want a low-maintenance Pokemon.

Brink, on the other hand, would have something outrageous, like a Dragonite. The bigger and more destructive, the better.

Sam Morneau from Boy Band is very basic.  He’d totally have a Pikachu.

Oliver Berkley, for some reason, I can see with a Ponyta.  I think it’s because at first glance, Oliver is very meek and mellow, but he’s got a lot of spunk and fire in him.  A Ponyta would suit him.

Josh Chaill would have a Jigglypuff.  He wouldn’t want it, but that’s literally all he would be suited for.  Sorry, Josh.

Jesse Scott, I can see with a Wartortle (is that how you spell it?).  Not as cute and cuddly as Squirtle, but not as fierce as Blastoise.  But it can still pack a punch.

Cory Foreman, I think, would have something awkward like a Doduo or an Oddish.  He’s tall and awkward and the poor boy just doesn’t know what’s good for him.

His twin sister Joni, on the other hand, would probably have something like a Staryu.  I don’t know why, Staryu just always struck me as such a no-nonsense Pokemon, and Joni is the same way.

Now as for me, the author, I would want an Articuno.  I’ve ALWAYS wanted an Articuno because they’re pretty and blue and when they fly, they sparkle.  And even though I don’t necessarily enjoy the cold, I was born in the middle of a snowstorm, so you know, it fits.

What Pokemon would you choose?

 

Fight or Flight

Although I like to stay informed, I’ll be the first to admit that I try my best to stay away from topics that tend to stir up controversy. I don’t like debating. I don’t like politics. My heart aches every time I see another innocent person has been shot or another town has been blown up by a suicide bomber, but I don’t like to talk about it, because talking about it makes it real. And no matter what I say, no matter what anyone says, there’s going to be someone out there who finds fault with your perspective.  I’d rather avoid that entirely.

In the face of negativity, my first instinct is to run.  This is nothing new.  I’ve always been like this.  I don’t like to pick fights because fighting takes energy.  If I’ve been hurt, I probably won’t say anything, because for me, it’s easier to just ignore it.  I don’t like to argue unless I’m one hundred percent certain that I know what I’m talking about, and I’m more than often not.  I prefer peace and happiness, as I think, do most people.  I’ve simply always been of the (incorrect) mindset that the best way for me to keep people happy is to simply shut my mouth and act as though everything is just fine.

Now, I do think there is merit in seeing the goodness in every day.  I can usually find something that gives me joy, and I’m constantly reminded of how fortunate I am to have a loving family, a career that I love, food on the table, flowers in my backyard, the opportunity and freedom to travel… It’s important to find the happiness in your life, because I think it opens your heart up to helping others find their happiness.  But sometimes, happiness is not enough.  It’s not what’s needed.  Justice is needed.  Peace is needed.  The willingness to listen and to hear our fellow human being when they cry out to us for help.

For so long, I’ve tried to retreat, to stay hidden in my own world.  My brain is a messy, cluttered place, but it’s so much easier to live inside my mind than to face the harsh reality of the world outside.  I realize now that I’ve been doing no one any favors by doing so.  I don’t know where to go from here.  It will still take quite a bit of coaxing, I think, to draw me out of my fortress.  But I can’t live anymore, willfully pretending that our world isn’t very, very broken.

Distracted

Hi, friends!

Wow, it has been a long time since I last updated.  Too long.  But a lot has been going on and I’m afraid I’ve been a bit distracted.

First of all, my sweet kitty Midnight has been struggling with some health problems.  I think we’ve finally gotten her through them (hopefully!), but it’s taken a real toll on me.  She’s my baby girl.  When she’s unhappy, I’m unhappy.

Unfortunately, she’s not my only pet who has been battling some health problems.  My parakeet Petrie came down with a bit of a bacterial infection last week and all hell broke loose.  Literally.  After I got him home from the vet, he panicked while I was trying to get him back into his cage and got himself stuck behind my bookshelf.

I won’t lie to you.  There were a few moments there that I honestly thought I’d lost him.  I was panicked and distraught and all kinds of horrified.  But once the shelves came crashing down, he was just fine.  A little traumatized, perhaps, but no worse for the wear.  He’s off his antibiotics now and just fine, thank goodness.  I don’t think his brother would have forgiven me if anything happened to him.  I don’t think I would have forgiven myself.

So, aside from pets that are trying their very best to give me a heart attack, what else is new?

The third book in the Boy Band series comes out JULY 12 and before you ask, no, I am not ready.  For some reason, I’m really anxious about this release.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m excited about it and I’m really happy with how the book turned out (not at all how I planned or expected it would, BTW), but I’m also nervous because I’m hoping that I’ve done it justice.  I know readers really like this series and these characters and I’m so, so, so thankful and humbled by that.  I’m just really hoping that they’re happy with the book.  I mean, I know as the author, it’s supposed to be, “Write for yourself, if you’re happy with it, that’s all that matters…” but the thing is writers are nothing without readers!  I want to give them the story that they deserve and I want to give the characters that they love the story that they deserve.  Boy Band started off as a silly side project and has grown into so much more!  I love the story and the characters and I’m just hoping this third installment lives up to the first two.

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When I started writing Boy Band, I had no idea it would become a series.  I certainly never expected it to be any more than a trilogy.  But these characters aren’t ready to let me off the hook just yet.  There will definitely be at least one more book.

Aside from all that, I’ve really been keeping to myself a lot.  I’ve felt a transition period coming on for a while now and I’m still not entirely sure what it’s going to be about.  I’m trying to take this as a time to explore and learn and try to figure out my place in the grand scheme of things, but with sick pets and a deadline fast approaching, it’s been a bit difficult.  Maybe once the new book is out, I’ll have a bit more clarity.

Oh!  Speaking of new books, the second book in the Lurking series, Lurking in the Shadows, was released yesterday!  Go grab yourself a copy!

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Happy Wednesday, friends.  Keep reading!

Witches, Mermaids, and Pinocchio

Hi, friends!

It’s been a while since I posted an update, but a LOT has been going on!  I don’t even know where to begin!

First of all, I’m excited to announce that ALL of my books are now available to read for FREE on Kindle Unlimited!  That’s right!  Now you can read Boy Band for FREE and no one has to know!

Speaking of Boy Band, this past weekend was Dallas Fan Expo (Comic Con) and BOY BAND SOLD OUT.  I literally sold ONE copy last year and this year it SOLD OUT.  I was kicking myself for not bringing more copies!  I don’t know what the deal was!  Suddenly it was really popular!

Other than that, however, Comic Con was a total blast.  I shared a booth with authors James William Peercy, a dear friend, and Steve Reedy, a new children’s book author.  Well, technically, he writes stories for all ages but kids really seem to like his book (I haven’t read it yet, but I will soon!).

This year, I did something new.  I stopped people who were dressed as my favorite characters and asked them to pose with my book.  I’ll be the first to admit I may have had a little too much fun…

I was really excited to meet that person in the dinosaur costume.  They’re just too funny!  I swear I laugh EVERY time I see one of those videos!

After Comic Con, I had one day off before waking up bright and early to drive up to Arkansas to see my sister.  She’s studying opera there for the summer and Tuesday night was her first appearance as Pinocchio.

The entire show was ridiculously cute.  The cast did such a great job.

Since they performed at the Botanical Gardens, I was also able to walk around a bit before the show.  And of course, I took about a thousand pictures.

Finally, on my way home from Arkansas, I made a quick detour to Hugo, Oklahoma.  Those of you who’ve read the third Cemetery Tours will recognize Hugo as the setting for the third novel, After Death.  Hugo is known as Circus City, USA.  In fact, so much of the circus’ history is rooted in Hugo that there is a Circus Cemetery called Showmen’s Rest.  I featured this cemetery in After Death and yesterday, I stopped by to visit and to pay my respects for those who celebrated life under the Big Top.

Now, I think I’m finally home for the summer and ready to get back to work!  I’m hoping to officially announce a release date for Worldwide soon!

Love you all!

AWRW Featured Author: Jacqueline E. Smith @JackieSmith114 #FeaturedAuthor #BookReview

A Well Read Woman

The Talented, The Lovely, Jacqueline E Smith!

Jacqueline Smith was born and raised in Dallas, Texas. She attended the University of Texas at Dallas, where she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Art and Performance in 2010. Two years later, she earned her Master’s Degree in Humanities. 

Along with writing and publishing, Jacqueline loves photography, traveling, and nature. — Amazon Author Bio

Today I am featuring Author Jacqueline E Smith’s books on my blog. As I have told nearly everyone in passing, this is the new home for A Well Read Woman Blog, and I would like to move my reviews to this new site. I thought I would start with Jackie’s books. 🙂

Jackie writes paranormal, horror novels, (Cemetery Tours Book Series), as well as new-adult, romance reads, (with her Boy Band Book Series). She also has several short stories published. In addition to being an author, she is…

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Down in North Carolina

I’ve always been a beach girl at heart.  I’ve been drawn to the ocean ever since I was a little kid.  Even growing up in land-locked Dallas, Texas, I became obsessed with the idea of vast blue horizons and endless shores.  Time and time again, I manage to find myself crawling back to the water.

Last week, I journeyed out to the Outer Banks of North Carolina.  The shores of the Outer Banks – and it’s lighthouses – have been a dream of mine for years now.  Making that dream a reality was probably the best decision I’ve made for myself in years.

Along with some serious beach-combing, I visited four lighthouses: Bodie, Hatteras, Ocracoke, and Currituck.  Simply visiting them was a dream come true in and of itself, but I also got the chance to climb Hatteras (the tallest brick lighthouse in North America) and Currituck.  These lighthouses are so beautiful, so historic, and so full of hope and inspiration.

Finally, and perhaps I’ve saved the best for last, I took a tour in a hummer (yes, a legit hummer) to see the wild Spanish Mustangs who roam the shores of the Outer Banks.  Commonly known as Bankers, these horses have lived there on the beach and in the surrounding dunes and forest areas, since the 1500s and are the last of their kind in the world.  They are spectacular creatures, wild and free, and it is imperative that we help preserve them and protect them in any way that we can.

Thank you for the adventure, Carolina.  I can’t wait to come back.