Monthly Recap: May 2020

So remember when I said life was getting back to normal? Well, that turned out to be an epic fail. Hence why this blog is a little late. We have so much anger and pain and chaos in our world right now that I got swept up in it, as I am sure you did. I’ve spent the last week or two educating myself and listening to others and formulating my own plan on how I am going to help the world. Nothing I can say here will do the situation justice, but I am praying and hoping and taking action so that our nation can come out the other end of this stronger and more united than ever before. Enough is enough. It’s time for some real change.

From a reading and writing perspective, it’s been a busy six weeks. But let’s dive into what I’ve accomplished and what’s next.

What I Read


A Heart So Fierce and Broken by Brigid Kemmerer 

Friend Zone by Abby Jimenez 

Undercover Bromance by Lyssa Kay Adams 

Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare 

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What I Wrote

My Bachelorette-inspired work in progress is done!! Well, the first draft is anyway. I ended up at 84,046 words which gives me a little bit of wiggle room to go back and add some much-needed details – particularly when it comes to setting. It’s one of my cleaner first drafts (nothing like The Blood Between Us), so I am feeling confident about completing it in time for Pitch Wars! Although I still can’t quite wrap my mind around the fact that I’ve written four books!

Coming Up

Typically I like to take a little bit of time off writing after finishing a draft, and that’s exactly what I am doing now. It’s been two weeks of reading, relaxing, catching up with friends and getting the rest of my life back on track. I am hoping to have feedback from my critique partners soon, so that I can dive back into revisions in July.

I am also slowly starting to brainstorm my next novel – it’s still top secret so I can’t tell you much about it yet – but I am extremely excited about it.

I am also PROMISING to get back to blogging in June. I know, I know. I’ve said that before. But I’ve missed it, and now that I have a little more time, I have two exciting posts planned for you.

If you’re interested in reading along, here’s a few books I am planning – and pumped – to read this month:

  • Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare
  • A Song Below Water by Bethany C. Morrow
  • Beach Read by Emily Henry
  • Fearless by Katie Golding
  • The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides

How is everyone else holding up? What books are you reading to escape reality and bring some joy? I’d love to hear in the comments!

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