Happy Canada Day! (Canadian Authors)

A year ago I finished a creative writing program online through The Writer’s Studio @twssfu at Simon Frasier University in Canada @cs_sfu. I had just started my journey as a writer and being accepted into the program was an exciting opportunity. I became part of a talented and creative group that our mentor June Hutton dubbed the Fictionistas. I also had the privilege of working with Eileen Cook, Claudia Cornwall, Fiona Tinwei Lam, and director Wayde Compton. They were all so generous and gracious sharing their experiences as published authors..

Now a year after finishing the program, I’m working on the end of my manuscript and getting ready to submit chapters to alpha readers to undergo the revision process. Once the revision process is complete, the second draft will go to beta readers and once the revision process is finished for that, I’ll begin the query process. I hope to begin querying by fall/winter this year. Ambitious? Oh yes! August will be the two year anniversary since I started writing this story. I’m ready to finish this!

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Happy Canada day to my Canadian friends, to my mentors at The Writer’s Studio, and my writing sisters the Fictionistas! I hope you’re all having a wonderful holiday. 

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Happy Friday! Books and Tea bookmark by Marked by Mary

Happy Friday! I hope you’re all having a fantastic day so far. Here’s a chocolate chip cupcake and some Earl Gray to help you get your weekend started.😁.

Aristotle and Dante and I Believe in a Thing Called Love are some of my favorite contemporaries I’ve read this year. I was also lucky to snag an ARC of A Poison Dark and Drowning by Jessica Cluess @jesscluess. If you haven’t read A Shadow Bright and Burning, Book 1, I highly recommend it! Book 2 will be out in September.

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I’m going to post a June Wrap-up of the books I read later. How did reading go for you this month?

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Featured also is my wood burned bookmark Books and Tea from @markedbymary. Tea is life for me and when I saw that Mary put this bookmark up in her shop, I HAD to have it. It’s perfect!

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 If you missed my story about Mary’s health situation, please visit Mary’s profile on Instagram and click the link to her Go Fund Me page. If you can’t donate, please help spread the word. Thank you!

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Thick as Thieves by Megan Whalen Turner

Hey!! How are you all doing? Can you all believe June is almost to end? 😨 I’m not ready for July! .

Here’s one of my June reads Thick as Thieves by Megan Whalen Turner. I started reading The Queen’s Thief series earlier this year in preparation of meeting Megan Whalen Turner at Y’all West. The Thief had been on my TBR for a while and so I moved it up for the signing. I’m so glad I did! If you enjoy stories of adventure and intrigue with charismatic, clever characters, you’ll enjoy this series! Eugenides has become one of my favorite characters of all time. The world building is inspired by ancient Greek culture which is done so well!

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Megan Whalen Turner wrote each book so that you could pick one up without needing to read them in order but I recommend reading them in order. The plot is specific for each book so it can standalone but there’s character references made to other characters from other books, while it won’t confuse you to hear about these other characters, it will add more depth to the character’s actions and story.

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What are some of your favorite fantasy series? Is there a series you’re trying to work through?

Unboxing May @nerdypost: Maas theme 

I’m late, but here’s my unboxing for the May @nerdy.post! (I post my unboxings late bc I hate to spoil it for others.) The theme was MAAS and Alexis captured her books so well! Scroll down to see close-ups of the prints, buttons, and pin! .

So many goodies! My favorite is the ACOMAF bookmark done by guest artist Brittney @reverieandink. I love this quote! We also had a special surprise–a second poster from Tahira @tjlubrano of Abraxos. I love her work! Both of these ladies have their work for sale! Check out their profiles to see more!

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The June Nerdy post was Alexis’s 1 year anniversary box with multiple fandoms represented. It was amazing! I can’t wait to share that with you guys! And did you hear July’s theme? It’s Alice in Wonderland. I know there are big fans of this book in this community, so make sure you sign up! 

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I hope you’re all have a fantastic Thursday! What’s your favorite box subscription? What fandom merchandise can you not live without? 

Words Deep in Blue by Cath Crowley 

When I read the synopsis for Words Deep in Blue by Cath Crowley @cathcrowleybooks, I was expecting a cute contemporary read. I got that and more! It’s a story about missed chances, dealing with loss, and friendship. I also love stories about childhood friends growing up to have feelings for each other, but something goes amiss, they lose touch, and they find each other again, but there’s a Pride and Prejudice vibe going on between them (I love Jane Austen! If you’re not familiar with P&P, it’s the hate turns into love trope!).

Another aspect that I loved about this story was that Henry’s family owns a used bookstore. They have a section called the Letter Library. People are welcome to use the books there to write notes in the books or leave hand written notes in certain books for others to pick up. It’s such a fantastic part of the story but becomes even more exciting when the characters use it themselves to write notes to each other. 

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Childhood friends? Coming to terms with loss? Bookstores? Cute letters? Pride and Prejudice vibes? Pretty much the perfect recipe for a summer read for me. I included the Goodreads summary below

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First day of summer, but it’s been summer vacation here for the past few days. We’re enjoying our time off but it’s quite an adjustment having everyone home! 😊

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QOTD: What kind of stories do you like to read during the summer? 

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Happy Father’s Day!

I met my husband when we were still in college. We started off as friends and I learned he was a reader too, but I learned he was a big Sci-Fi/Fantasy reader. I had not really read any SFF. (I was a Lit major, so Classics were my jam.) But I wanted him to like me, so I asked what his favorite book was which was Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card, but he had me read Monkey Sonatas first. When I did, I wasn’t sure if I’d like SF. 😅 Then he had me read Ender’s Game and I loved it. .

Fast forward seven years after we met, we got married. He let me plan our wedding but insisted on only one thing: his wedding ring had to be white-gold. He said it was because of the Thomas Covenant series by Stephen R. Donaldson.

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When coming up with a name for our oldest son, we decided to name him after one of my husband’s favorite authors Isaac Asimov. 

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Last year, he finished the Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan and I felt bad that he had to say goodbye to a story and characters that were in his life for nearly twenty years. 

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Happy Father’s Day to my husband! I’m so lucky to have a partner who enjoys reading and also who puts up with my book hoarding and bookstagramming shenanigans. ❤️

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#grimdragon Happy Father’s Day! 

Book Challenge: Violent Books

For #grimdragon Challenge, Violent books, Mark Lawrence’s Broken Empire series pretty much wins this prompt imo. I read this series earlier this year and I’m still thinking about that ending! It was tragic, bananas, and pretty much had me questioning what I just read! But I enjoyed it mostly because of Jorg Ancrath. He is unapologetically ruthless and will double cross you without hesitation, but I could not stop myself from hoping he would succeed in his impossible quests. This was also my introduction into grimdark fantasy and it was quite an intro! .

Thank you to Holly @the_infinite_book_dragon and Corey @grimdark_dad for hosting this challenge and introducing me to books I would not have picked for myself! Check out their tag #grimdragon for more SFF recs and if you’re not following them, you definitely should! 

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Saturday! I’m so glad it’s the weekend! Hope you’re having a great weekend so far! What books have read lately outside your usual genre? 

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