Brittany Takes on NaNoWriMo 2020

What Is NaNoWriMo?

National Novel Writing Month began in 1999 as a daunting but straightforward challenge: to write 50,000 words of a novel in thirty days. Now, each year on November 1, hundreds of thousands of people around the world begin to write, determined to end the month with 50,000 words of a brand new novel. They enter the month as elementary school teachers, mechanics, or stay-at-home parents. They leave novelists.

NaNoWriMo officially became a nonprofit organization in 2006, and our programs support writing fluency and education. Our website hosts more than a million writers, serving as a social network with author profiles, personal project libraries, and writing buddies. NaNoWriMo tracks words for writers like Fitbit tracks steps, and hosts real-world writing events in cities from Mexico City, to Seoul, to Milwaukee with the help of 900+ volunteers in thousands of partnering libraries and community centers like… well, like nothing else.

NaNoWriMo is internet-famous. It’s community-powered (hello, Wrimos!). It’s hosted authors drafting novels like Water for Elephants, WOOL, and Fangirl. It’s a teaching tool and curriculum taught in 5,920 classrooms, and NaNoWriMo’s programs run year-round.

Whatever you thought NaNoWriMo is, it’s more than that.



For as long as I could remember I wanted to be a novelist. I’ve started and stopped so many stories in my life. I’ve played scenarios and scenes in my head for years without writing them down. I’ve told myself I’ll do NaNoWriMo year after year, but I’ve yet to stick with it after a week.

But this year I will do it! This year I will complete my NaNoWriMo! And I will take you all along with me.

The Plan

So, what I’m planning to do to help me write my novel will be to stream it. I’ve started streaming on Twitch this past month or so and have enjoyed it. My goal is to stream an hour or so of my daily NaNoWriMo and treat myself with a game stream like I’ve been doing. I won’t wholly be writing the novel on stream as I work best with pen and paper, so most of the stream will me my typing up what I’ve written.

I also will be sharing my working document with you all so you can join me on this journey. Since I’m utilizing Google Docs you as a read will be able to commentate on the document itself and give me suggestions and critiques.

I will be giving a weekly update on my word count and some commentary on the writing process. Also feel free to follow me on Twitter as I’ll be tweeting when I’m online streaming as well as other NaNoWriMo related things during November as well.

What will the novel be about?

I’m planning on writing some shorter stories in the New Adult Romance genre. I hope to spend a week on each couple’s story, but if one couple monopolizes my creative juices they will get more screen time. At this time I don’t have an outline, nor characters plotted out so it will be ever evolving over the month of November.

“New Adult fiction bridges the gap between Young Adult and Adult genres. It typically features protagonists between the ages of 18 and 25 with the cap at 30ish.

The genre tends to focus on issues prevalent in the young adult genre as well as focusing on issues experienced by individuals between the area of childhood and adulthood, such as leaving home for university and getting a job.

New adult is typically considered a subcategory of adult literature rather than young adult literature.”

According to Goodreads:

Some of my Inspiration

Kiriska’s 2020 NaNoWriMo calendar provides daily inspiration as well as a word count goal

Links

T.J. Tranchell – Author Interview

BY: BRITTANY LEWIS


Author T.J. Tranchell was born on Halloween, has worked as a journalist, horror movie columnist, pizza delivery man, warehouse worker, haunted house monster, customer service clerk, college instructor, and other less glamorous jobs. Tranchell has his master’s degree in literature from Central Washington University with, naturally, a focus on the horror genre.

Tranchell published his first novel, “Cry Down Dark,” through Blysster Press in 2016. In 2017, Blysster released a collection of short stories, poetry, and film criticism titled “Asleep In the Nightmare Room.” He has also published horror short fiction, is at work on his second novel, and was co-editor of GIVE: An Anthology of Anatomical Entries, a dark fiction anthology from When the Dead Books. He is a rising star among horror scholars, having presented work on Stephen King at the Popular Culture Association’s national conference, and has been a panelist and interviewer at Crypticon Seattle for several years

He currently is the author development coordinator for Blysster Press, writes for Northwest Public Broadcasting, and is a freelance writer and editor. Email him at tj.tranchell@gmail.com.


BRITTANY LEWIS

T.J. please tell me about yourself. Where did you grow up? How did that inspire your writing?

T.J. TRANCHELL

I grew up in Utah. One thing that did for my writing early was to push me toward darker stories. I’ve always been something of a rebel. In the last few years, however, I’ve accepted that Utah is a place that doesn’t have enough horror stories set in. So I’ve made it a point to do that.

BRITTANY

On the topic of inspiration, what authors/novels/short stories, etc. inspired your writings?

T.J.

I’m a huge Stephen King fan and I borrowed a line from one of his books for the title of my first book. Beyond that, and even beyond horror, I love Hunter S. Thompson and Jack Kerouac. Shirley Jackson has been huge for me, too. Lately I’ve gotten more into Brian Evenson, who also grew up in Utah.

BRITTANY

How did you choose which genre to write in?

T.J.

I write mostly horror. I don’t do a lot of gory stuff, though. I’m more about atmosphere and emotion. I leaned toward horror as a place where characters can face the worst of the world (and other worlds) and hopefully come out stronger. It doesn’t always work out like that, but it allows me to explore drama and comedy at the same time without being either. That, and my birthday is on Halloween. It’s a natural fit.

BRITTANY

Tell me about “The Private Life of Nightmares”? Where did the stories come from?

T.J.

The stories in The Private Lives of Nightmares are almost entirely from the last two years. I put all the good stuff I had written before into the collection “Asleep in the Nightmare Room,” so the next one had to be all new work. Many of the stories were written or revised for specific submission calls. They weren’t all accepted, but that’s how they started. Others were written during my brief time as an MFA student. As for the ideas behind them, most of them were inspired by music.

BRITTANY

How has becoming a published writer affected you? Are you the same T.J. you were before? What’s your schedule like?

T.J.

I’m basically the same person. A few more people know me now than did before and I’ve made a ton of new friends. But I am still the same me. Always thinking of stories and thinking “what if?” My schedule now is that I write when I can. I’m homeschooling my seven year old son and my wife now works ten hour days. And I’m a college English instructor (online for the year). Writing time is precious so when I get it, I work hard and fast.

BRITTANY

Do you have any tips for others out there who like to write but might not think publication is possible?

T.J.

These days, anyone can publish. The biggest tip I have is to finish something. You’ll never get anything published if you don’t finish. And don’t let other people tell you not to go for it. You want to be a writer? Then write. Worry about publishing after. You don’t need a Twitter account devoted to writing unless you have something written.

 

BRITTANY

Is there anything you thought I would ask that I did not?

T.J.

The other thing is to read! Read everything for a long time. Read bad books and good books. Short stories, poetry, nonfiction. Read the newspaper. I’ve had some of my best stories come from the news. Listen to people talk. Go to plays (when they return). I want to say “don’t just sit at home” but that was a different life. Find ways to engage with life, even if you don’t like people.

BRITTANY

Tell me more about how Utah pushed you toward darker stories. Is there a specific incident or event from childhood that stuck with you?

T.J.

My first book was set there because it was based on a true story. A friend of mine died from a brain tumor and the book was my grieving process. Then I wrote another (seeking publication still) and set it in a fictional version of the town I grew up in. After that, it’s been universe building.

In “The Private Lives of Nightmares,” there is an essay titled “Street View” that is about some things from my childhood. I don’t want to spoil it, but the unpublished novel is about Mormon exorcists. The incidences in “Street View” are the nugget of that novel. Utah has just seeped in. I’m almost 41 and now truly reckoning with my childhood on the page. Young adulthood was easy to write about because it wasn’t that long ago. Childhood, though, seems like a lifetime in the past.

BRITTANY

Tell me more about how music inspires your writing.

T.J.

When I write, I listen to movie scores. The consistency keeps me on track, and it comes with natural story beats. But the songs that inspire me can have a lyric that sends me off into a story, or something about the performer can give me an idea for a character without actually being that person. “The Private Lives of Nightmares” starts with a story inspired by Bruce Springsteen and John Steinbeck.

BRITTANY

Do you have any ideas for your next book? What have you been writing lately?

T.J.

I’m still trying to get that exorcist book published. I had a publisher who unfortunately closed before it could be released. But I have some scene sketches, not really an outline, for a follow-up that meshes that and “Cry Down Dark,” my first book. I also have an unfinished serial killer novel that my wife wants me to finish before I do anything else. I’ve also started working on a nonfiction project about horror literature. There are many scholarly books about horror films but not enough about horror novels.


Purchase T.J. Tranchell’s latest book “The Private Lives of Nightmares” through Blysster Press.

Even bad dreams have secrets.

Around the corner awaits a new set of shadows, demons, and nightmares. From T.J. Tranchell, author of CRY DOWN DARK and ASLEEP IN THE NIGHTMARE ROOM comes a thrilling set of tales—even a few that are true—to keep you awake past your bedtime.

Showcasing his penchant for bringing the monsters inside of us and the monsters surrounding us together, Tranchell invites you to walk with him through small towns, across a desert, along a beach, and into events that have shaped him and will chill your blood. You are even invited to a once-in-a-lifetime birthday party, where the cake has a special ingredient you will never forget.

And those are only the dreams seen from the safety of a pillow, covered in your favorite blanket. Tranchell has saved the worst nightmares for the bright light of day, where the truth can’t be denied.

The bad dreams are out in the open, but they hold tight to their secrets. Turn a few pages and you will discover THE PRIVATE LIVES OF NIGHTMARES.”

Buy Now!


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“Bookish and the Beast” by Ashley Poston – Review

BY: BRITTANY LEWIS


“Bookish and the Beast” by Ashley Poston is the final book (as of writing) in the Once Upon a Con trilogy. For fans of Reading Our Shelves, you’ll remember our first review was for the second book in this trilogy “The Princess and the Fangirl.”

Nisha and I both gave the previous book ☆☆☆. Looking back, I think my main dislike for “Princess and the Fangirl” was my general dislike for the fairytale “Prince and the Pauper” as well as how much time was spent at ExcelsiCon. I do enjoy stories that take place in one central location, but those are for short stories and novellas.

So going into “Bookish and the Beast,” I had higher hopes knowing that it was going to take place in a library over an extended period of time.

As usual I listened to the audiobook and I have to say that I loved that Caitlyn Kelly was one of the two narrators. She is my all time favorite book narrator. Curry Whitimire did a great job as well, so kudos.


Looking back at my previous comments related to “The Princess and the Fangirl” I quickly realized that less ExcelsiCon the better. Ashley Poston might have read my mind because there was just enough of ExcelsiCon to establish the aura that is her Once Upon a Con series aesthetic but not shoving it down your throat.

The opening of the book is the ending of that year’s ExcelsiCon. Starting with the big ball and leading to the meet-cute. Rosie – our “Belle” – isn’t too enthused about this ball. It’s too loud and too many people. So she goes off to find someplace quiet and meets Vance – the “Beast” – and his amazing General Sond cosplay (spoiler it’s the actual movie wardrobe).

I very much enjoyed this meet-cute. It sets up Rosie and Vance as two individual people, not just a fan and actor respectively. Rosie isn’t defined by her love of Starfield which seemed to be more prevalent in the previous two books. Yes, she loves Starfield, but her love is more rooted in the Starfield book series and it’s connection with her recently deceased mother.

Vance on the other hand is a nice and charismatic young man, but as the book goes on he shows how his Hollywood lifestyle has somewhat rotted his brain, making him believe he is the bad boy everyone thinks he is.

I’m not going to spoil the novel in this review, but I will speak now on some of my favorite sections and my thoughts on a couple characters. Ashley Poston did a fantastic job with “Bookish and the Beast” that I encourage all of you to read it,

First off, one of my favorite scenes was when Rosie meets Vance. The real Vance, not the General Sond cosplayer. There’s a dog and a pool and a book. It’s funny and sad at the same time. It made me want to shove Vance in the pool too.

Like with “Geekerella” and “The Princess and the Fangirl,” Ashley Poston adds in scenes from Starfield. These scenes are from the novels based on the TV series. They focus on General Sond, who is believed to be the “Big Bad” who steals Princess Amara from the hero Prince Carmindor. There’s a lot of complexity in the relationship between Amara and Sond, and I hope Poston continues to explore the world of Starfield.

Rosie’s father, aka Space Dad (you’ll understand when you read the book), is my favorite side character. The love he shows his daughter and his “I used to be big into the punk scene in my youth” aura made him unique and lovable.

Overall, I would give “Bookish and the Beast” ☆☆☆☆☆. It is my favorite in the entire Once Upon a Con series. You can tell the passion for the story that Ashley Poston put into it as well as all the Beauty and the Beast tie ins. It’s a love letter to geekdom and booklovers young and old. There’s lots of nerd culture and book culture and sweet YA romance. Everything I enjoy in a book, and more.


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“Bayfield High Complete Series” by Madeleine Labitan – Review

BY: BRITTANY LEWIS


I recently discovered that my Amazon Echo can read my Kindle novellas. I’ve only used it as a speaker for my Audible and Spotify – and sometimes as an alarm – so this discovery blew my mind. So I went looking on my Kindle for something simple and sweet and Kindle Unlimited recommended me the first novella in Madeleine Labitan’s Bayfield High series “Truth or Dare.”

Preamble for this review: “Truth or Dare” is Madeleine Labitan’s first published novella and each subsequent story improves. These novellas are simple YA Romance romps that hit all the cliches, but that’s what I was wanting, nice simple sweet fluff and a quick read.

I can’t say these novellas are the best books I’ve read this year – certainly not the worst – but they have inspired me to get back to my own personal writing which is a plus.


“Truth or Dare”

This novella primarily happens during a party. Each chapter is a slightly different location at the party, so as I read and saw the hints to other characters who could be the protagonists for the rest of the series, I thought the whole series will be small vignettes of what else happened at this party. I kind of wanted that to be true but as I read more in the series I was so happy my theory was wrong.

This story is about a girl (Mackenzie) whose friend just got cheated on and now they are out for revenge – said revenge involves destroying her ex-boyfriend’s room. When the girls show up at the party they immediately encounter Mackenzie’s “arch nemesis” Sean, who is your typical hot and popular guy who is uber cocky and a full up ladies man and has been since middle school.

Sean and Mackenzie have this epic ongoing prank war going on since middle school and the novella tells you about a great deal of these pranks. Even though Mackenzie and Sean are not major players in the next four novellas their pranks get mentioned or witnessed, which I enjoyed.

The title gives you the basic premise as our two romantic leads play a game of truth or dare. The game lasts only one round leading to the characters skinny dipping. There are some cute interactions before they’re in the water and some tension outside of it as their clothes get tossed into a tree.

After the skinny dipping scene we get more of the party, get more info on the other characters. This is where I, after finishing the series, get a bit annoyed. This novella introduces you to some really interesting characters who barely pop up in the other stories. Which wouldn’t have been a problem if the other four books set up recurring characters, one of whom is only mentioned and alluded to in this one to set up “Kiss and Make Up.” I liked Mackenzie and her friends and wish they would have played bigger roles in the rest of the series.

The “what brings the romantic leads together” section of this novella was really sweet. They end up locked in a bathroom together – Sean’s ex-girlfriend is hooking up with the resident bad boy – and end up talking on a balcony afterwards. Sean talks about being broken up and it is revealed that he has always liked Mackenzie and a misunderstanding in middle school lead to their missed chance at preteen romance (and the start of the prank war). They end up kissing before Mackenzie’s friend tells them they have to leave before they are busted.

What happens as they leave the party might be my favorite little bit of story, so I won’t spoil it for you. This is an 18,000 word novella so it’s worth the quick read just for this scene.

There’s only one bit at the end of the story about the aftermath on Monday where Mackenzie doesn’t know if the kiss meant anything and she didn’t interact with Sean at school so it’s all up in the air. In the end the two come together as a couple, but the prank war continues.

I give “Truth or Dare” 3 ☆☆☆. Not much happens in this novella and it is primarily stuck in one location during a set period of time which makes the natural build up of the characters and their thoughts and feelings seem rushed. A lot of the chemistry and history is told to the reader and given in summarized flashbacks and character dialogue. I wish Sean and Mackenzie got more screen time in the rest of the series, but at least the repercussions of their ongoing prank war continues.


“Kiss and Make Up”

“Kiss and Make Up,” is my least favorite of the 5 novellas, mostly because you know the characters are going to get back together but Madison – our female protagonist – is dragging it out. Adam does deserve it for breaking up with her even though she legitimately didn’t cheat on him (she was seen being kissed by another guy, nothing more).

We’re told Adam said some harsh words in the beginning of the break up – I don’t remember if Madison told us what he said, if so it wasn’t memorable for me – but she also establishes that even before the truth came out (that the guy – name not worth remembering because he doesn’t play a role besides this – kissed Madison because she looked like another girl), Adam was already apologizing. (See “Truth or Dare” review about Sean’s ex-girlfriend making out with the bad boy.)

This novella can be summarized as Madison babysits Adam’s little sister and hangs out with Adam helping her get over being sad about the break up. Madison doesn’t take Adam back, even though she wants to, until Adam sings a song outside her window.

I give “Kiss and Make Up” 2 ☆☆. I enjoyed the introduction of Madison because I enjoyed her in the next three books.


“Perfectly Clueless”

“Perfectly Clueless” is my second favorite book and favorite couple out of the whole Bayfield High series. Bianca and Dylan were foreshadowed in the two previous novellas. They are your typical best friends to lovers trope.

Bianca is my favorite protagonist. She is feisty, the girl who hangs with the guys and doesn’t care what anyone thinks. Dylan is the perfect best friend who cares and will drive you home drunk – though it’s revealed later Dylan is threatening guys to not date Bianca which is anti-perfect best friend – and buys you a new doll after breaking the first one.

Our conflict in this novella is that Dylan, who is known to hook up with girls and not have a serious relationship, gets a girlfriend. Bianca doesn’t like this, not with her secret crush and all. This leads to Bianca changing from a tom boy to a more feminine girl (barely). Essentially Bianca is open to hanging out with girls more than before and takes out her brown contacts to reveal her blue eyes. It’s a nice and simple character developmental arc.

This is where characters become recurring. Bianca and Dylan were in all three novellas, as was Bianca’s twin Adam. Madison and Bianca become closer friends in this novella which I approve of. I’m all for positive female friendships.

So, this novella is a best friends to lovers story and it takes until the very end for Dylan to realize that he also has feelings for Bianca after another boy, Rohan, shows interest. This is when it’s revealed that Dylan has been threatening all the other guys who were interested in Bianca which is a no-no. Don’t do that, ever.

In the end they get together, obviously. I just loved Bianca and Dylan’s personalities and interactions. They are the couple that I would root for lasting the longest out of all of them.

I give “Perfectly Clueless” 3 ☆☆☆. Bianca and Dylan were such a great pairing, be it as friends or as a couple. Their interactions were fantastic and made me root for them even with Rohan being a great alternative. I would have made it 5 stars, but Adam’s revelation of his feelings wasn’t set up as much as it could have been and Bianca could have been a bit more conflicted about Rohan especially after they kissed. This is the novella I wish Madeleine Labitan would have made into a full blown novel because this pairing has so much going for them and I just hope they last the test of time.


“Hate to Love”

“Hate to Love,” started off as my least favorite but got so much better as it continued. Alexis and Nick have a playful antagonism that I enjoyed. It reminds me of how my husband and I interact. Nick calls her a “brat” and Alexis fires back with “asshole” (my husband and I use “bitch” in a playful tone with each other).

The premise of this novella is that Alexis spent too much money on a post break up shopping spree and her parents make her get a job. Her best friend Madison (from “Kiss and Make Up”) hooks her up with a job at a local pizza place that happens to be owned by Nick’s dad.

Alexis does start off the novel as a brat, whining about needing to work and that her co-worker Elana (El) hates her. Eventually Alexis gets over herself and realizes that El was just being serious about her job and the two become friends. El just happens to be Nick’s cousin, too. This leads to some drama and awkward moments, not just in this novella but in “Just Friends” since that’s El’s book.

Nick is the typical leather jacket, motorcycle driving, stoner bad boy type. I didn’t mention it in my review of “Perfectly Clueless,” but Nick is actually the one who helps Bianca and Dylan realize their feelings for each other because he is a great friend like that.

This novella shows a lot of Nick hooking up with other girls, which is his MO, but he eventually dates Alexis. It’s a bit rushed and they do a lot of hanging out (going to the drive thru and watching Netflix at Alexis’ house) and making out – typical things you would associate with dating. The main conflict is Nick’s inability to label the relationship and admit he wants commitment.

Out of the other couples who pop up in the last novel, I loved their scenes the most. They are the type of couple who is full on PDA and back alley make out scenes. Reminds me of my favorite couple in Jay McClean’s “More Than” series.

I give “Hate to Love” 4 ☆☆☆☆. Alexis and Nick remind me of my own relationship with my husband. Their bickering and playful antagonism was great to read and I enjoyed their whole arc.


“Just Friends”

“Just Friends” gave my boy Rohan his romantic redemption after the heartache from his date with Bianca in “Perfectly Clueless,” and it gives El time to shine as she was a “friend of female protagonist” side character since the second book of the series.

Rohan is established as this “Mr. Unattainable” guy who doesn’t date and blows off every girl who even tries to flirt with him (also he is from London). El is established as this serious girl who cares about her waitress job and is a gamer, wanting to pursue game design after high school.

Something I didn’t establish previously is that all these books take place during the characters senior year. It wasn’t prevalent plot-wise until this fifth book, as college and graduation are part of the conflict.

Rohan and El become friendly before they become a couple. The main conflict is Rohan’s ex-girlfriend from London wanting him back, and Rohan’s stepmother wanting the same. There’s also the stepmom trying to break them up by telling El that Rohan is going to London for college which is what truly leads to their break up.

In the end everything gets resolved and Rohan reveals he got into the same college as El after graduation. This final scene is also where you finally see more of Mackenzie and Sean from “Truth or Dare” and their friend group I fell in love with in that first novella.

I give “Just Friends” 3 ☆☆☆. It was a nice final couple for the series and ties up some loose ends as to whether the previous couples are still together and gives us some cute scenes with those couples. El and Rohan were the most realistic when it came to conflict, as post high school life is a real worry for new couples who hook up so near graduation like they did.


Overall I give the entirety of the “Bayfield High Series” 3 ☆☆☆. All the couples were cute, some needed more screen time and others were rather boring in the main role but great in later books as side characters – *cough* Madison *cough*. I do recommend this series. It’s five novellas but they are short and sweet. With the world the way it is, something fluffy will brighten your mood.

Currently I am working on reading the rest of Madeleine Labitan’s books. She only has 9 books with the newest “When We Fall” published July 20th, 2020.


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📕Cover Reveal📕 “The Cursed Series, Part 3&4” by Rebecca Donovan

Sequel to “The Cursed Series, Part 1&2”

The most dangerous lies are the ones we tell ourselves.


Exiled at a boarding school in Vermont, Lana is tormented by cryptic messages and pictures from her mother’s past.


Seventeen years ago, something unspeakable happened.

A pact of silence was forged.

Now, the lies are unraveling.

The closer Lana gets to the truth, the harder it is to accept.


And someone’s willing to kill to keep that secret buried.


To protect her friends, Lana’s forced to trust the one person who’s been lying since the beginning.

When the secret is finally revealed, it can’t be unknown.
They’re forced to face the horrifying truth…the monster behind it all.

Every curse has an origin. This is theirs…

The conclusion of The Cursed Series is a powerful and complicated story that bravely gives voice to the choices that are taken away and the fight to get them back.


Who’s to blame when everyone is at fault?

Release Date: April 14th

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📕Cover Reveal📕 “Credence” by Penelope Douglas

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Credence, an all-new standalone New Adult romance by Penelope Douglas, is coming January 14, 2020!

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Tiernan de Haas doesn’t care about anything anymore. The only child of a film producer and his starlet wife, she’s grown up with wealth and privilege but not love or guidance. Shipped off to boarding schools from an early age, it was still impossible to escape the loneliness and carve out a life of her own. The shadow of her parents’ fame followed her everywhere.

And when they suddenly pass away, she knows she should be devastated. But has anything really changed? She’s always been alone, hasn’t she?

Jake Van der Berg, her father’s stepbrother and her only living relative, assumes guardianship of Tiernan who is still two months shy of eighteen. Sent to live with him and his two sons, Noah and Kaleb, in the mountains of Colorado, Tiernan soon learns that these men now have a say in what she chooses to care and not care about anymore. As the three of them take her under their wing, teach her to work and survive in the remote woods far away from the rest of the world, she slowly finds her place among them.

And as a part of them.

And she also realizes that lines blur and rules become easy to break when no one else is watching.

One of them has her.

The other one wants her.

But he…

He’s going to keep her.

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Cover Designer: Punk Ink Designs

About Penelope: Penelope Douglas is a New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author. Her books have been translated into fourteen languages and include The Fall Away Series, The Devil’s Night Series, and the stand-alones, Misconduct, Punk 57, and Birthday Girl. Please look for Kill Switch (Devil’s Night #3), available now.

She lives in Las Vegas with her husband and their daughter.

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Email: penelopedouglasauthor@hotmail.com

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✨Book Giveaway Time!!✨

We are giving away “Kissed by an Angel” by Elizabeth Chandler – which is a 3-in-1 trilogy! This book is one of our favorites, and we want to share this story with you.

Synopsis: When her boyfriend, Tristan, died, Ivy thought she’d lost everything, even her faith in angels. But now she’s discovered that he’s her guardian angel — his presence so strong that she can feel the touch of his hand, the beat of his heart. Ivy needs Tristan now more than ever because he knows she’s in terrible danger. Only Ivy’s guardian angel can save her now that his killer is after her.

But if Tristan rescues Ivy, his mission on earth will be finished, and he must leave her behind forever. Will saving Ivy mean losing her just when he’s finally reached her again?

🌸Giveaway ends August 10th, 2019

“The Princess and the Fangirl” by Ashley Poston – Review

BY: NISHA GODE & BRITTANY LEWIS

Welcome readers to the inaugural Reading Our Shelves review.

This first review is of Ashley Poston‘s latest book “The Princess and the Fangirl.” It is a companion/sequel to “Geekerella” so this review will have spoilers for both books. Not too many though.

Now, enjoy the review.


Brittany

Nisha, you told me about this book coming out. I read “Geekerella” last year but didnt know “The Princess and the Fangirl” was coming. It totally snuck up on me.

Nisha

Goodreads actually told me about it initially and I had it marked on my calendar. Even then, I hadn’t quite realized it was there because I had been so consumed with the Avengers premiere the week before.

Brittany

Yeah, it did come put around then huh? It was a nice surprise.

Nisha

Which book journey did you like more? The adventures to the con or con itself in the sequel?

Brittany

The first book “Geekerella” had all the world building. Not only the lead up to the con world but Starfield. Its history as a show and the shows canon. I loved the world building it gave enough uniqueness to take away from the Cinderella vibes. Though I still loved those elements too. I’m have a bit of a fairy tale obsession. That’s why I picked up “Geekerella” to begin with.

As for “The Princess and the Fangirl,” it seemed both fast and slow. Some parts were drawn out and others needed more time. My main issue with this story is the pacing. What did you think of the pacing?

Nisha

I agree with you about the pacing. Sometimes I like reading about Imogen and sometimes I really just wanted to get done with Jess already. Her script plot seems to just drag sometimes. Or maybe I just enjoyed Imogen more because of we’re all on that side of life and want to spend time with Darien and Elle.

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Meet Us!

Brittany Lewis, Co-Founder

About me? My name is Brittany and I work as a 1:1 paraeducator in a self-contained special education classroom. I work in a middle school. Everyday is different and everyday is an adventure. This means that every night I need to unwind and my way of unwinding is reading. By reading I mean laying down and putting on an audiobook because I am too tired to read, but the book gets exciting and wakes me up so I can’t sleep. Reading, it’s a double-edged sword . . .

Lots of the book I read are YA, but lately I’ve gotten into Adult Romance novels because Jay McClean hooked me in with her “More Than” series which lead me down a rabbit whole with Penelope Douglas, and now I’m reading Erin Watt’sRoyals” books. . . A bit of a mixed bag with some of those, but overall I’m enjoying the change from reading only Holly Black, Cassandra Clare and Scott Westerfeld – who I will love forever and can’t wait for their next books to come out.

I started Reading Our Shelves to challenge myself to think more critically about what I’m reading rather than just moving onto a new book after I finish my current one. I keep my Goodreads up-to-date and give star ratings, but I don’t write why I thought that. That’s were Reading Our Shelves comes in. Nisha and I will go through out Goodreads shelves – and our real bookshelves – and put those thoughts behind the stars out there for others to read and ultimately enjoy.

Thank you for joining us on this journey and if there’s a book on your shelf you want us to try leave it in the comments 🙂


Nisha Gode, Co-Founder

My name is Nisha. I work as a coder at an IT company. I’ve loved to read ever since I could get my hands on books. My mom would take me to the library so much that they knew my name. I could never get into audiobooks. They make me so bored, because I have to sit in one place and just listen. My mind tends to wander. I can only listen to them while driving.

My first two favorite series ever were “Magic Tree House” series by Mary Pope Osborne and “The Babysitters Club” by Ann M. Martin. There was something magical about a traveling treehouse that can take you to different places in time. It might be why I have such a love of history as well. TBC was all about a group of girls being friends and running a business. I loved reading about their adventures. I primarily read YA novels and comic books.

Brittany and I have always seemed to share a lot of the same books, so the idea for this blog made a lot of sense. I usually have small reviews written from all the highlights I take in my iBooks, but I never remember to post them to Goodreads, so mine is also full of just stars and reading lists. Reading Our Shelves will hopefully force me to remember to talk about them publicly and what better way than with a friend.


Angie Haddock, Reviewer & Social Media Maven

Hello my name is Angie. I read a lot as a tween/teen, and then stopped reading for fun when I was in college.  A lot of us probably go through that “burned-out” phase. It took me a while to get back into it.  In my mid-twenties, I spent a lot of time in the wicked worlds of Gregory Maguire, or with the snappy dialog of Elmore Leonard. I credit two books for turning me on to non-fiction: “Life Itself” by Roger Ebert and “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” by Rebecca Skloot.

Now I read a lot of non-fiction: memoirs/biographies, self-help, spiritual, socio-political stuff, and a few books about parenting/kids. I also still read fiction, to keep myself sane – historical fiction, sci-fi, and diverse literature are some favorites. Feel free to take a look at my Goodreads!

Other loves include watching soccer, drinking tea, eating ice cream, and doing yoga.


Kota Whitacre, Reviewer

About Kota: Originally from San Francisco, I moved to Washington state at the age of 12. Reading has been a passion and hobby of mine for as long as I can remember. Even before I could read, I was pretending to, to an audience of stuffed animals.

I am currently in college, with a plan to major in English and minor in philosophy. My dream is to be a travel writer, or a book critic. When I’m not reading or doing school work, I like to explore nature with my pit mix Loki. 

Though I tend to read mainly mystery/thrillers, I hope to expand. I have so many books I can’t wait to read, and I’m excited to share my reviews with you.

Welcome to Reading Our Shelves

This is a book review blog. Our authors Brittany and Nisha love to read and to talk about what they’ve read. That love gave birth to Reading Our Shelves. Our goal is to go through our shelves and read as many as we can and share our opinions with you. There’s so many books out there and we’re here to help you chose which ones to add to your own shelf.


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