Hi everyone! I am gonna keep today’s post short and sweet because honestly life is kicking my ass right now – but in the best way possible!
I started a new job today that I am extremely pumped about but will keep my mind busy and my plate full. I’ll also be moving at the beginning of August to get closer to said job, so my evenings and weekends will be filled with house hunting and packing. A lot of really awesome (and slightly scary) changes!
That means that my writing/reading/blogging has fallen a bit behind and will likely stay that way for a bit. That doesn’t mean I won’t be around or won’t be pursuing my dream in every spare moment. But everything has its season, and I am excited to shake things up a bit!
So anyway, let’s get to the reason you’re all here – June’s updates!
What I Read
GRAND TOTAL: 3
The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren ★★★★☆
Enemies to lovers, fake honeymoon, sexual tension out the wazoo… Lauren’s new novel is an absolutely sweet, sexy and snarky summer read! I devoured it. Not only was the romance to die for, I loved the personal journey of the protagonist. The final third when they return to real life fell a little flat (as reality often does), but I would still very much recommend for a fun and easy read.
Sorcery of Thorns by Margeret Rogerson ★★★★☆
What a unique fantasy – made even more so but being a standalone! I fell in love with Rogerson’s imagination, gorgeous prose and compelling characters in the first chapter, and it continued throughout. And there’s magical books that come to life and devils who behave like little gentlemen! There were a few bumpy parts – mainly that it could have been about 75 pages shorter. But the love I felt on page one easily carried me through to the end. This is my first novel by this author, but any others will be another instant read.
New Orleans Rush by Kelly Siskind ★★☆☆☆
Knowing how much I love magical New Orleans, this one has been on my list for a while. And while I enjoyed the story and the romance, I finished the book feeling a little lackluster. I adored Huxley and his family, but I struggled to connect with the female lead. I also didn’t feel any of the atmosphere that typically comes with a New Orleans setting. It could have taken place literally anywhere, and as this was my major reason for reading, I was a bit disappointed.
What I Wrote
Yet again, I got no writing done this month. And it’s honestly starting to wear on me. I am so ready to dive back into The Blood Between Us, but it’s just taking a bit of a backseat at the moment. I also parted ways with my agent at the beginning of June which – while it was the right decision – feels like a step backward. I am excited to see what the next stages of my writing journey will hold, but now is probably the perfect time to change things up and potentially switch my priorities around a bit – just temporarily.
While revisions for The Blood Between Us are moving slower than I’d like – and by that I mean at a standstill – I still really want to make some forward movement in July. Even if it’s just a few chapters. I did get the rest of my beta feedback, and between that and a wonderful Skype date with my critique partner, I feel like I have a plan for the first act that will really step up my novel’s game. I’ve also *tentatively* decided to aim to enter Pitch Wars this year, so stay tuned for updates on that.
As far as blogging and reading goes, I am hesitant to make any concrete plans or goals. I may be less active this month and next. With a lot going on, I have to really focus on the most important things, and while I love sharing with you guys, I know you will understand me taking a small and temporary step back.
All the love ❤