Weekly Quotes, Writing and Me

Writerly Wisdom

Writerly Wisdom

Love and marriage are wonderful arenas in which to place a character. We are most likely to risk our morals and beliefs while in love. Betrayal gives tremendous insights into a character as well.’

~Anita Shreve


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Weekly Quotes

Writerly Wisdom

Writerly Wisdom

Honestly, I think there’s a cycle to the popularity of fantasy and fairytales that usually coincides with times of unrest or hardship in our own world. By retelling these legends or immersing ourselves in fantasy realms, we can safely explore the very real, very day-to-day darkness of our own lives.

– Sarah.J.Maas


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Weekly Quotes

Writerly Wisdom

Writerly Wisdom

When I think about characters, I like to think of them in their relationships to each other. In the same way, I think that’s how humans are ultimately defined. We are our relationships to one another. And a lot of what’s interesting about us happens in the context of other people.”

– John Green


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Author Interviews

Blog Tour Stop! Welcome to Brianna West

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briannaWoohoo! Guess who I get to host today on their book release blog tour?… Brianna West, that’s who! Her latest book, Pavel, book two in the Guardians in Love series, is out today!!! If you follow my reads and reviews, you will know that I’m a huge fan of Brianna’s novels. Guardians in Love is a spin off series that runs smoothly alongside Brianna’s highly acclaimed Promiscus Guardians series.

I have had the pleasure of interviewing Brianna before- check out the interview here. Today, we are talking all things Pavel, hunks, bad ass heroines, and the next step. So, buckle in…

Firstly, let me introduce you to the book of the hour: Pavel!

30978632Eve’s entire existence and the secret power she harbors is forever changed when she meets the incredibly gorgeous Russian, Pavel Volkov, one night after he single-handedly saves her from being attacked. Claiming he’s part of an elite group of Guardians that police the Light and Dark, Pavel takes her into his protection.

The playboy warlock-faerie helps Eve unlock the secrets of her past, training the hidden power within as they attempt to keep her from the Dark that seeks to capture her. But with nothing short of disdain for the man claiming to be her protector, can Eve discover the truth behind who she really is? Will she be able to learn how to use her powers efficiently? And more importantly, will she be able to deflect the relentless advances of her so-called protector?

I was lucky to be an ARC reviewer for Pavel and gave it a massive 5* rating. Check out my review here.  You can buy your copy from Amazon today, this minute, right now! Just follow the link: Buy Pavel now!

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Welcome! Thank you for stopping by today. Tell us a little bit about the Guardians in Love series.

The Guardians In Love Series is all about the secondary characters from the Promiscus Guardians series and their love stories. Each book can be read separately, however, the spin off series runs along the main series (for right now) and adds extra depth to the main story.

Pavel has been highly anticipated by your readers. Why do you think this book in particular has been so sought after?

Simply, it’s all about Pavel. I joke that it’s either #TeamLucas or #TeamPavel for my books because of their highly contrasting personalities. Pavel is a sexy Russian with sticky hands and a playful nature. He’s the entire reason that this book is so sought after.

What can readers expect from not only Pavel, but also book one in the series, Victor?

They can expect to find a new book boyfriend of a high quality as well as a kickass heroine and their story. Each book is unique in its storyline but offers something for the main series as well. Each hunk is drool-worthy and will not disappoint. You’ll have a difficult time choosing who you truly love at the end of my series.

Would you share a Pavel teaser with us? Pretty please.

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Do you have an idea of how many books shall be included in the Guardians in Love series?

Currently, there’s no set number. I like delving into the many different characters and their possible love interests. I’ll probably continue to add long after the Promiscus Guardians series concludes!

Who’s next? Which character is under the spotlight in the next book?

Wouldn’t you like to know! Honestly, I’m still going between a few characters that I’d like to delve into. There’s idiot and fun-loving Bernie, as well as slightly sadistic but always perfectly authoritative Simon. There’s also a few people that are curious about the princes in the main series, which may be its own spin off series altogether, who knows?

What is next in store for Brianna West?

Next is the final book in the main series. The hot tamale I’ve been planning this entire year. The final frontier…and all that crap. You can expect that the next book will tie up everything in the main series and leave you desperate to never say goodbye to Izzy and Lucas and their fun-loving Guardian crew.

A big thanks to Brianna West, and all the best for the remainder of your blog tour!


Author Links:

Brianna has a release event on Facebook that you can join: Pavel Release Event.


For use of content, excerpts, or images, please seek permission from the author, Brianna West.

 

 

 

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100% K.J Chapman, Writing and Me

Pet Peeve

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My pet peeve has been slowly growing of late. So much so that I decided to blog about it. The stem of my annoyance is articles, blog posts, writing books etc telling me what way is the right way to write. Let me explain: I appreciate informative pieces that advise writers of a certain style ie plotters or pantsers on some techniques to help with the process, but I do not like posts that say, Why you MUST plot your novel! or Why you should NEVER plot your novel. Or even worse…Do You Have Bad writing techniques?

Urgh! Please! Writing is a creative art form and with all creative artforms there is no one way and definitely no right way to do it. I’m a pantser, and although that is how I roll, I do not expect every one to be comfortable with this drafting style. If I write a piece about my writing process, I hope it would be informative, but not dictatorial.

“There are no laws for the novel. There never have been, nor can there ever be.”
—Doris Lessing

My advice to all writers is to keep getting those words down and stories finished in the way you feel is most comfortable and enjoyable to you as an artist.

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CampNaNo, Writing and Me

CampNaNo Update: Week Three

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Another seven days done and dusted. It is technically the end of week three, but there are 10 days left in this month, so my next update will be once NaNo is finished.

My word count for this week is 3645 words. My writing time has suffered due to it being the end of the school term for my little one, but I have still written something at least. The last 48 hours have wielded approximately 300 words, but I’m planning on a writing slog tonight to get back on track. Thankfully, I was on fire for the first two weeks, so I only have to write 7641 words in the next 10 days- totally doable, right? I WILL do it.

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For now, here is an excerpt from this week’s writing sessions:

A hexagonal shaped room with a vaulted ceiling, which by my estimation is situated in the very centre of the castle, holds pews upon pews of indigo robed sorcerers. The way the pews line up perfectly with all six sides of the room, circling a podium in the centre, is highly pretentious, yet masterfully thought out. They rise as we enter, but I’m sure it is for Teal’s benefit and not mine. Every man present glances over my white hair and shuffles in his seat at the confirmation they’ve all been awaiting. It takes all of my will power not to smile at their awkwardness in my presence. It does not bother me in the least for I am used to making people uncomfortable. In fact, I have mastered that particular art form.

I am aware of how my gown billows out behind me, of how the clink of my heels resounds through the hall as I walk with renewed confidence, and for the first time, I wear this gown without my shawl to show my arms and back. Teal did not say a word. Oh, his eyes certainly studied the tissue like scarring, but he kept his mouth shut. Just how I like it.

“Take a good look, gentlemen,” I say, as we climb atop the podium. “Get the ogling out of the way before we get down to the serious matters. I am not sure what fascinates people the most- the crown, the white hair, or the burns?”

Teal’s mouth twitches in a smile, and I watch a room full of men blush with shame. I’ve still got it. Sometimes, I feel like I lose myself with Reed. He’s my happy place, my curative place, and rather than keeping my darkness company, he heals the cracks and shines light on the shadows. The old Ezra would never have allowed her scars to be seen, the old Ezra would never have taken pity on those poor folks in Pontisef, and the old Ezra would laugh at the mere prospect of a new Ezra. It’s time I find a healthy balance; a hint of the old with a shot of the new.


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Thrown to The Blue

More Thrown to The Blue Quotes

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As I have been doing weekly CampNaNoWriMo updates, I opted against posting a WIP update. Instead, I thought I’d share some of my excerpts/quotes that I uploaded to Instagram. Thrown to The Blue is about 10k away from completion, and I hope to finish the first draft by the end of NaNo.

I’m happy to connect with other bloggers, writers, and readers via Instagram: KJ’s Insta!

Sometimes the bad things that happen in our lives put us directly on the path to the best things that will ever happen to us.(4)

Sometimes the bad things that happen in our lives put us directly on the path to the best things that will ever happen to us.(1)

Sometimes the bad things that happen in our lives put us directly on the path to the best things that will ever happen to us.(3)


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