Monthly Recap: November 2016

November is my favorite month of the year. Football, food, friends and family. This one was a little off with the crazy state of the world after election night and the continuous trek of publishing that seems to have caught up with me. Oh, and the fact that the Longhorns don’t play on Thanksgiving anymore… Seriously messing with my tradition.

But the month was filled with fabulous memories as well. Two sweet friends got married, I got to spend an entire week with my family – including my three sweet nieces – and I got to celebrate my friend’s new job. She is staying in Austin!

All considered, it was a good month.

With a few really great reads.

What I Read

So remember when I said that November would be a light-reading month? Yeah that was kind of a lie. I should’ve known better. November was a month where ALL I wanted to do was read. I needed a little bit of an escape, and these books gave me just that. It was a really good reading month, guys.


A Million Worlds with You by Claudia Gray

Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake

One Night for Love by Mary Balogh

A Summer to Remember by Mary Balogh

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle

The Girl You Left Behind by Jojo Moyes


November Reads

What I Wrote

So I went into this month fully intent on participating and completing the 50,000 word challenge of National Novel Writing Month. That didn’t exactly happen…

Between the election, Thanksgiving, a nasty bout of strep and getting  back to work on revisions for my first book… Well, I guess I am just making excuses.

BUT I did write 15,000 words! Not even close to my goal, but hey, 15,000 is a hell of a lot better than zero. And damn… This book is going to be good.


Coming up in December…

So a quick update for those of you wondering about the agent search. I received some amazing feedback in the from of R&R requests (revise & resumbit) from two great agents, and therefore, I will be diving head first into revisions this month! Not getting the “yes” at first was a little difficult for me to process, but after sitting on it for a while, I have a plan. I am focusing on the resubmit part of their request, and my book is going to be even better.

A huge shout out and BIG thank you to my uncle for reading and providing feedback on State of Grace.

Therefore, I would say this would be another light reading month… But we all saw how that worked out in November. Here is my reading list for this month:

  • The Chemist by Stephenie Meyer
  • Nutshell by Ian McEwan (Yes, that is the author of Atonement. Yes, this book is apparently narrated by a fetus. Need I say more?)
  • The Thousandth Floor by Katherine McGee
  • What Light by Jay Asher (Check out my review of his first book here!)

Pick a book from my list (November or December) and let me know what you think!

Oh and P.S. my next monthly recap will take place in 2017! Woohoo!

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