The Byline Bible by Susan Shapiro

display-5813de1fceae32dc759cc478766ce9d9.jpgThis is a great book that will no doubt help a lot of people. This will be best used and kept as a reference book and is certainly a good book to have in your arsenal, whether or not you’re in the entertainment field or looking to go into it.

As someone who is currently most of the way through earning a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in Creative Writing, this is definitely a useful book. I am pleased to have this as not only a reference guide, but to also have in my arsenal.

While this book may not give you every single thing you need to know on how to get published, it will certainly be handy for your journey into publishing and certainly can’t hurt. I’d suggest going out there and grabbing this one, no matter where you are on your journey.

Release Date: TODAY August 21, 2018


The Other Woman by Sandie Jones

display-d39b6c6f4b4a74c4fc87915004a25977.jpgI LOVED, LOVED, LOVED this book. The writing, first and foremost, was captivating and thrilling, well put together, flowed extremely well, and made me not want to miss one second of reading this book.

I am a big fan of psychological thrillers and this one certainly falls within my ‘Top 20’ list for gripping thrillers. A man, getting married, loves his wife. His mother, however, isn’t prepared to let him go. As irritating as this sounds, it is a REALITY, though only partly, because Pammie (a.k.a. mother) is a piece of work, I tell you. I’m sure you’ve known someone like her in your life. The closeness of reality and the thrilling addition of being a work of fiction is what made this book enjoyable, it was a quick read, and it engulfed me.

Release Date: TODAY August 21, 2018

on being MIA and the story I’ve been writing.

I didn’t realize I never did a recount of my day at that stupid-crazy sale at Books-A-Million, but it’s coming! I’ve been ill here and there for the last couple of weeks and this month’s class in school has been extremely time-consuming simply because of the many days I’ve been sick. On those days, it was all I could do to work (at the office or from home) and take care of the little, so by the time I actually could do my work, I was so exhausted/nauseous/etc. that I just wanted to go to bed.

BUT, I did manage to read Warcross by Marie Lu, and LET ME TELL YOU, I am ready for Wildcard to come on out next month. Think Ready Player One, but in Tokyo and more focused on modern day rather than 80s pop culture. I absolutely loved this book and even though I took my time with it, it was one of those that I thought about constantly until I could read again.

Also, below you’ll find a link (PDF) to the story I’ve been working on for the last 3 weeks, that started out as a mere less-than-1,000-words short story, previously published at Scarlet Leaf Review and in my short story collections book, but has since been edited and expanded to a little over 3,500 words. It’s expanded beautifully and it is one of my babies, so if you do read it, I’d love to hear what you thought about it, if there’s anything missing, and if you’d like to read my original work more often! 

Inside Job by K. S. Lewis

There’s two reviews coming this week and an updated TBR since it’s almost September (woohoo! for it being almost-fall, pumpkin spice lattes, and pre-Halloween). I’m decorating the outside of my house for Halloween today (lights and all), but how early is too early for Halloween decorations??

Lord bless and behold!

Today, Books-A-Million stores in Alabama (ONLY) are participating in a coupon for a penny-a-page. This allows you to buy (in-store only) a book for a penny per page rather than the full price of the books. However, it’s only one book per person, so I’ve had to rally my troops to get four books today: my son will be buying IT by Stephen King. He’s 4.

So, my buys are looking to be:

A Noise Downstairs by Linwood Barclay

Thunderhead by Neal Shusterman

IT by Stephen King

Warcross by Marie Lu

For once, I’m super excited to live in Alabama with a BAM just right across the river in a 15-minute drive and for my loved ones who love me and my love for books to grab some for me.

UPDATE: I was only able to grab Thunderhead (a steal at a little over $5 for the hardback) and Warcross (which was a little over $3, and a last minute decision because they didn’t have A Noise Downstairs or the hardback of IT (I don’t need a paperback of that long thing, so I’ll just wait it out on Thriftbooks or Book Depository, then). It was also CRAZY HECTIC, I waited an hour in line at lunch time, but when I went back later that evening, I stood in an almost standstill line for over an hour and wasn’t even halfway through, so I left. They also didn’t seem to take it into account ALL OF THE BODY HEAT that would be in there, mixed with it already being unbearable and humid because it’s August in Alabama, and I almost got sick from the heat alone, so I went and got Starbucks for what I would have spent on a book and called it a day.

The Darkest Lecgacy by Alexandra Bracken

display-1d859f37f4e132734125e8231555be96.jpgSo, I jumped right into this book as it’s been a while since I have been in the Darkest Minds world, but nevertheless, I loved every page of this!! I love Alexandra Bracken’s writing from the Darkest Minds books and it still carries on in The Darkest legacy. I am super hyped for the movie, releasing this Friday – August 3 – and I love these characters so much. I was glad to see Suzume in a better light and her journey in this book is certainly one of intrigue and interest as she tries to clear her name. I love this series so much, and since reading this, I’ve picked up a copy of the Darkest Minds to sort of re-read, since it’s been years, so I can fully appreciate this book later on, even though it was amazing this first read around!

Release Date: TODAY

It’s been awhile. . .

Well, about two weeks, technically. I just finished my screenwriting class, and lord, let me tell you, I’m so glad. I love writing, I really do. But, screenwriting is just not my cup of tea. Especially writing a short original film. Don’t get me wrong, I have great respect for screenwriters. They truly are the MVPs of entertainment where it’s concerned, but I’ll just stick to writing novels, thanks.

Now, since we’re coming up on August, I’mma hit y’all up with my August TBR a couple days early.


1. When Life Gives You Lululemons by Lauren Weisberger. This is a continuation of The Devil Wears Prada, which I did not like, but this book I am in love with! Only 20% in and I’m here for all of it! I loved The Devil Wears Prada movie, but when I read the book, I was extremely underwhelmed. Same for Revenge Wears Prada. But, you know what they say: 3rd time’s a charm.

2. The Disaster Artist by Greg Sestero. Obviously, this is the book that the movie is based on, where James Franco and his brother play Tommy Wiseau and Greg Sestero. This is Greg’s personal story from the time he met Tommy, throughout the journey they took together to make The Room. The best worst movie ever made. And I’ve already seen The Disaster Artist movie and it was absolutely fantastic, so I’m looking forward to this one!


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3. Parting Shot by Linwood Barclay. This is a book after the Twenty-Three trilogy and I’ve been meaning to read it forever. Also, Linwood is my favorite author behind Stephen King, so I definitely just need to go ahead and get on this one since he just released another book July 24th.

I may add more to this list, and I may have more free time this month in school than I did last month, but we’ll just go ahead and assume the worst and be surprised if I get past these three!

July TBR


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1. What If It’s Us by Becky Albertalli & Adam Silvera

  • ARC provided by Edelweiss and I’m screaming omg I cannot WAIT to read this!!!

2. Something in the Water by Catherine Steadman

  • Via the library, Reese Witherspoon’s June Bookclub pick. This is a mystery/thriller and the author is also an actress, well known for her role as Mable Lane Fox (Tony Gillingham’s beau/wife) in Downton Abbey.

3. Summer Days and Summer Nights edited by Stephanie Perkins with 12 stories from 12 YA authors (Cassandra Claire, Becky Albertalli, Leigh Bardugo, Stephanie Perkins, and Veronica Roth are among them).

  • Via the library and my “Summer Read” before the summer is over. I’m not a fan of summer at all, but reading about it in stories may put me in a better mood for it as the summer is coming (thankfully) to a close.

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4. The Other Woman by Sandie Jones

  • This is a thriller and an ARC, provided by BookishFirst and it’s not a super long read and I’ve already read some in it when I got it, but wanted to hold off until closer to its release date (August).

5. The Grownup by Gillian Flynn

  • Via personal collection. Very short read and I got this from Book Depository ages ago but wanted to read it this year. I know Sharp Objects is on my TBR for August, simply because I want to watch the HBO show, so this will hopefully get me into the mood to read it.

Do you want to read any of these? Have you read any of these?