Month: February 2015

Monthly Recap [February 2015]

Posted February 28, 2015 by Stephanie in Wrap Up / 0 Comments

So, I’m going to do this new thing monthly where I let you guys know a little bit more about me. I used to do this over on Bookish. But since I’m not there anymore, I decided to bring over a version of the Bookish Digest over here. I’ll let you know what my favorite read was for the month and I’ll link up some of my posts from the month as well as give you guys some news or information about my life.
My pick for the month of February:

Title: Heartbeat
Author: Elizabeth Scott
Series: Standalone
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Realistic Fiction
Published By: HarlequinTeen on January 28, 2014

Does life go on when your heart is broken?

Since her mother’s sudden death, Emma has existed in a fog of grief, unable to let go, unable to move forward—because her mother is, in a way, still there. She’s being kept alive on machines for the sake of the baby growing inside her.

Estranged from her stepfather and letting go of things that no longer seem important—grades, crushes, college plans—Emma has only her best friend to remind her to breathe. Until she meets a boy with a bad reputation who sparks something in her—Caleb Harrison, whose anger and loss might just match Emma’s own. Feeling her own heart beat again wakes Emma from the grief that has grayed her existence. Is there hope for life after death—and maybe, for love?

My Posts:
How (Not) To Fall In Love by Lisa Brown Roberts  4/5
Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas  5/5
Kill Me Softly by Sarah Cross  4/5
Insurgent by Veronica Roth  4/5
How To Unbreakup by Rebekah L. Purdy  4/5
Cress by Marissa Meyer  5/5
While It Lasts by Paige Rion  4/5
Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater  4/5  (Reader’s Choice #1)
A French Girl In New York by Anna Adams   3/5
Heartbeat by Elizabeth Scott    5/5
Other Posts:
What happened in February:
1. I GOT ENGAGED!!!!!!!!!!!!! Holy shit! Excuse my language. But it was totally out of the blue and I’m so happy! I can’t believe it happened!
2. Joe actually got me a Valentine’s Day present (not the proposal, that happened after Valentine’s Day), which ironically inspired me to write a new story.
3. Tax refund came back and I bought a lot of books…
4. I saw Fifty Shades of Grey on Feb 13 with my girlfriends. I liked it. I think there were parts that could have been done better and I think the second movie will be a lot better, but ultimately, I enjoyed the first movie. 🙂
What I’m looking forward to for March:
1. Girls night at the Casino!
2. St. Patrick’s Day. I’m Irish so of course I’m going to be looking forward to this holiday!
3. My best friend’s bachelorette party!!
4. Lots of reading!! I have quite a few reviews scheduled that I read a while ago, so I’m going to attempt to get caught up on my reading which hopefully will have me be able to schedule more reviews. And not worry about getting no reviews out.

Let’s talk about it. What were some of your favorite reads this month? Did you read any of these books? What are you looking forward to next month? Leave your thoughts in the comments! 🙂

Author Branding

Posted February 27, 2015 by Stephanie in / 0 Comments

Author Branding
Okay, so I was having a talk with my friend Paige Rion (author of the Callaway Cove series) and we were talking about author branding. And I was telling her that I don’t think authors should have to be confined to just one genre or one type of story.
I mean there have been a lot of authors who have been generalized as “Oh, she writes Paranormal stories.” or “He writes horror.” But I think that should not be the case. I’ve noticed, lately, that authors are starting to branch out into other genres. And I LOVE that.
Meg Cabot
Women’s Fiction (The Boy Next Door, Queen of Babble, etc)
YA Contemporary/Comedy (The Princess Diaries)
YA Paranormal (Abandon)
Anne Rice
Horror/Paranormal (Interview With A Vampire)
Historical Fiction (Cry To Heaven)
Erotica (Sleeping Beauty Series)
Charlaine Harris
Paranormal Romance (Sookie Stackhouse Series)
Mystery (Aurora Teagarden Series)
Sophie Jordan
Ya Paranormal/Mythological (Firelight Series)
YA Dystopian (Uninvited)
NA Romance (The Ivy Chronicles)
Becca Fitzpatrick
YA Paranormal (Hush, Hush Series)
YA Thriller/Realistic Fiction (Black Ice)
Kasie West
YA Sci-Fi (Picot Point)
YA Contemporary (The Distance Between Us)
Jennifer L. Armentrout
YA Paranormal (Covenant Series, Lux Series)
YA Contemp/Mystery/Thriller (Don’t Look Back)
So let’s talk!
I know that I am missing a lot of authors. (If you think of more, put them down in the comments!) But let’s talk about this. Do you wish that authors stayed in one genre? Or are you like me, that if you love an author’s work you just want to devour everything and anything that they create? There’s no wrong answer. Only opinions. Me, personally? I love that authors are able to branch out. Are there some that should definitely stick to just one genre, absolutely. But there are some that need to just keep spitting out more stories.
As a writer, I also love the idea of not being tied down to only one genre. I have about 20-30 unfinished stories that aren’t in the same genre. I have YA Contemporary, YA Paranormal, NA Romance, etc. I think one of the reasons why I haven’t finished one yet, is because of this weird idea that I might not want to be just a YA Contemporary author or just a YA Paranormal author. Can’t I just be a YA/NA author?
What do you think?
Reader’s Choice/TBR Jar [4]

Reader’s Choice/TBR Jar [4]

Posted February 26, 2015 by Stephanie in / 0 Comments

It’s time for another round of Reader’s Choice! So, since I first started doing this, I tweaked it up a bit and I am using my TBR Jar that I made at the end of last year. The last poll was a tie between Elixir by Hilary Duff and For Darkness Shows The Stars by […]

2015 Challenge Updates (January-February)

2015 Challenge Updates (January-February)

Posted February 26, 2015 by Stephanie in / 0 Comments

Every 2 months, I will have a post that shows how I am doing with all of the challenges that I am partaking in this year! I am happy to say that I am doing okay. 🙂 For this challenge I am challenging myself to get to the 31-40 Sweet Summer Fling level.1. To All […]

Heartbeat [Review]

Heartbeat [Review]

Posted February 26, 2015 by Stephanie in Review / 0 Comments

I love him for being here with me. I love him for not telling me that everything will be all right. I love him because he knows what life is like, what it can do, and is always honest about it. It’s like I’m living inside a mirror. I see things, I do things, but […]

WoW [7]

WoW [7]

Posted February 25, 2015 by Stephanie in Meme / 0 Comments

Waiting on Wednesday is a meme hosted by Breaking the Spine every Wednesday. It’s about spotlighting some of the releases we are awaiting eagerly. This week I’m waiting patiently eagerly for… Title: An Ember in the AshesAuthor: Sabaa TahirSeries: Standalone?Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, RomancePublished By: RazorbillComing out on April 28, 2015 Set in a terrifyingly brutal Rome-like world, An Ember in the […]

Cover Reveal: Belong To Me

Cover Reveal: Belong To Me

Posted February 25, 2015 by Stephanie in / 0 Comments

Title: Belong To MeAuthor: Laura HowardSeries: Moore CrossingGenre: New Adult, Contemporary, RomancePublished On: March 31, 2015 Where To Get: Kate and Noah thought they had the kind of love that could last through anything. Until their world crumbles out from beneath them. After months of separation, the tragic death of Jack, Kate’s twin and Noah’s best friend, throws them back […]

Top Ten Tuesday [32]

Top Ten Tuesday [32]

Posted February 24, 2015 by Stephanie in Meme / 0 Comments

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. Every Tuesday there is a different bookish top ten list. Join in on the fun! Top Ten Favorite Heroines From Books:  1. Celaena Sardothien (Throne of Glass Series) 2. Tris Prior (Divergent Trilogy) 3. Scarlet (Lunar Chronicles) 4. Elizabeth Bennet (Pride & Prejudice) […]

A French Girl In New York [Review]

A French Girl In New York [Review]

Posted February 21, 2015 by Stephanie in Review / 2 Comments

Title: A French Girl In New York Author: Anna Adams Series: The French Girl #1 Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Fairytale Retelling, Music Pages: 273 Published By: Anna Adams, December 21, 2012 Challenges: 2015 TBR Pile, YA & NA Romance Color Challenge Where To Get:   Maude Laurent is a spirited sixteen year-old orphan who grew up in a small, provincial town […]

Not Finishing Series…What’s My Problem?!

Not Finishing Series…What’s My Problem?!

Posted February 20, 2015 by Stephanie in / 0 Comments

Not Finishing Series… Seriously, what the hell is my problem when it comes to finishing series? I have so many series that I need to finish. There are a multitude of reasons why I haven’t finished them yet. Is it that I want to binge read the entire series so I buy them all and […]