January was a crazy month in the best way possible!
As you all know, I’ve been changing my life in some radical ways. So last month, I quit one job and started another. Spent a week in San Diego meeting my awesome team and getting trained up. Moved home to catch my breath for a while and began looking for a new apartment. Got back on my health and self-care routine. Made a plan to jump back in the writing saddle.
It’s been a lot of change, a lot of anxiety and a lot of fun. I am looking forward to the next chapter (pun intended). And speaking of chapters, I read some great books this month.
What I Read
GRAND TOTAL: 4
Getting Schooled by Emma Chase ★★★★☆
Chase is one of my all-time favorite romance writers, so I was super excited to dive into another of her series. It didn’t disappoint! This is a very sweet second chance romance about high school sweethearts who rekindle their love. It was unlike your typical “they meet then fall in love” because Garrett and Callie’s love never went away. I really enjoyed that aspect, getting to know the characters of this quirky small town, and the overall theme of teachers really stepping up to be role models to their students. Oh and the sexy scenes. Those were fun too. The only reason I detract a star is that I was waiting for a big dramatic climax… and it never really came. But the happily ever after satisfying enough, and overall I really enjoyed this read!
Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston ★★★★☆
Never have I laughed out loud more in a book than this one! The story of the First Son of the USA and the Prince of Wales falling into a tentative friendship that blossoms into love is not only adorably romantic but very well-written. The characters are creatively crafted, the dialogue on point, and the plot itself compelling. The only problem I found was that it strayed a little on the long side and the politics were just entirely unbelievable and idealized. But it was still a fantastic read that I’d recommend to any romance fan!
Build Your Best Writing Life by Kristen Kieffer ★★★★★
Have a gap between where your writing life is and where you want it to be? Me too. This book couldn’t have come at a better time for me, when my writing had taken a backseat despite my intentions, and I had no idea how to get back on track. Kieffer not only provides invaluable advice on a variety of subject – from creating a healthy mindset to building an attainable routine – each chapter includes a tangible activity and some great quotes from successful writers. Definitely a must-read for developing your craft
The Bromance Book Club by Lyssa Kay Adams ★★★★★
A group of men with failing relationships start a romance book club to learn how to be better partners? The second I heard the concept of this book, I was hooked and hoped the execution would live up to the idea. It did! Adams’ absolutely nailed the male perspective, and the pacing was perfection. I truly connected and empathized with each of the characters who had real personalities and real problems. Also I loved how chapters from the regency romance the men read were weaved into the story. I’ll absolutely be carrying on with the series when the next book comes out in March!
What I Wrote
Did you notice a trend in the books I read last month? Yep, that’s a lot of romance. Because my own contemporary romance is finally under way! Yay! Okay I’ve only written the four page prologue but still! That’s the most I’ve written in months.
On the querying front, I’ve gotten a few more rejections and a few more full requests for The Blood Between Us, so just trekking forward and crossing my fingers.
If January was all about new beginnings, February’s theme is getting back on track with the things that got pushed aside. Tying in first place with my health is writing. I’m really working to set a new writing routine that feels attainable and still productive. My goal is to finish the rough draft of my new project by the end of April. So let’s see if I can get the first act knocked out in February.
I’ll also be slowing coming back to blogging – I’ve missed you guys! With everything else I’m trying to do, it still may take a bit of back burner for the foreseeable future. But look forward to at least a post or two.
On my reading list for this month:
- Kiss of Deception by Mary Pearson
- The Night Olivia Fell by Christina McDonald
- A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle
So that’s that! I am feeling good about my new life, and can’t wait to bring you all along for the ride. Do you have any blog topics you’d like me to cover, books I should read or other recommendations? Share in the comments!