#OTSPSecretSister| December Package

In case you aren’t aware of what #otspsecretsister is:
The Secret Sister project is essentially a cheer club. Think Secret Santa but all year round (in 6 month intervals) with less emphasis on big presents, and more thoughtful notes, cards, small somethings sent just to let your secret sister know that you are thinking about her!

This is my second round participating in the #otspsecretsister project. The first time I did the pen pal tier and really enjoyed it! There is nothing better than receiving mail! This round I am participating in the top tier. Thanks so much to my secret sister for this wonderful holiday/winter package

The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen- I am super intrigued with this book and especially because it is already slotted for a motion picture.I am in need of a good thriller.

♣ Aloe Infused Fuzzy Socks

♣ Sugar Cookie Chapstick

♣ “We’re All Mad Here” Alice In Wonderland Bookmark

♣ Alice in Wonderland Pouch

♣ Winter Themed Pot Holders and Hand Towel

Is anyone else participating in this round of #otspsecretsister ! 

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5 Tips On How To Properly Describe A Love Scene| Guest Post

Thank you so much Paul for creating this post to be featured on my blog! It was great to be able to feature you again! I found all of this information so interesting!

5 Tips On How To Properly Describe A Love Scene

The alluring romantic scenes play a vital role in affecting the reader’s impression of the whole literary piece, or at least its chapter. That is why when writing a novel or a story, you should mind the effect the love scenes may bring to the interested audience. However, people often consider writing a love scene an easy task, which is indeed very different.

Let’s look at 5 tips for the successful description of a love scene.

1. Treat it like any other scene

Make sure you don’t consider the love scene as a different scene to make it viable. Just go with the basics, as you do for other scenes. For instance, ask yourself, why is this scene necessary? What changes and turning points will the scene bring to the plot? What points may be revealed in this scene?

You don’t need to throw the best love scenes in a gracious manner, which will eventually lower the interest of the readers. Introduce and make out scene with hidden effects, where they are needed. Moreover, consider the peculiarities of the romantic acts you want to show and describe in the scene. Some stories only have kissing episodes, and some go a step ahead to develop the attention. Also, using the scene adequately renders the writer to feel less embarrassed when their words are read out.

2. Don’t get distracted by the external sources

Sometimes getting into the character’s head and then composing best romantic scenes can be difficult because of some incessant distraction. These distractions may include children playing in the background, bills kept on the desk, family gossiping around, etc. So, you should avoid distractions while writing a love scene. Find a private place or consider playing romantic music to create an appropriate mood.

Additionally, some authors drive away for their privacy. However, further practice in composing a love scene (with each written chapter) will eventfully enable you to write those regardless of the surrounding atmosphere.

3. Consider using the point of view of opposite gender

When composing an intimate episode, the author is usually writing the scene from own perspective. The same as when writers from custom essay writing services get an order to write a paper, but always with the guidelines in order not to write what they want, but what the customer need! Writing from own perspective may result in a biased impression, which is not related to the character’s features. Therefore, the opposite gender’s point of view can be used to write an enticing scene. This will make you follow the character’s demand, and it will prevent you from imposing your own experiences in the scene.

So, considering the opposite gender’s approach will help you to reflect upon some ideas widely and put the scene in a pattern. In addition, it will be a valuable writing exercise for you.

4. Read the romance stories which are similar to your writing

Reading romance stories will render you to develop a positive approach towards the make-out scenes, leaving the embarrassment behind. Besides, reading the stories having the heat level which you want to express serves as a learning material for you. Also, you will be closer to reaching a proper balance of physical, mental, and emotional description in own writing.

There are three main categories of heat levels in romance writing:

 

  • Sweet romance

It comprises kisses as well as subtle heat levels. The latter are closed-door episodes or illusions.

 

  • Mainstream romance

It includes the subtle, warm, and hot heat levels. These contain the scenes with a closed door or allusion as well as physical descriptions of very sensual, explicit desires.

 

  • Erotic romance

It has got the burning heat level, which describes the explicit scenes, intense sexual feelings, and desires.

 

Read the romance stories one level above what you intend to write. This will help you to use your imagination properly and easily apply the details to your masterpiece.

5. Go straight and show the real feeling of the character

While writing episodes similar to romantic love scenes in books, don’t wallow on describing the scene; just be straight with the description. Moreover, use the setting to make the appropriate mood for the characters. For example, you may use the romantic setting to hint the reader of the next scene with the main characters.

 

Overall, the craft of love writing is not as easy as one may think. However, I hope that these tips will help you to achieve the perfect balance in sensual expression of love in your own works.

BIO:

Paul Calderon is a freelance writer from Texas, who is writing for https://eduzaurus.com. He has obtained a Master’s degree in English Literature. He is a creative person, who is always in search of self-development and constantly hones his writing skills. His life motto is “do what you love and love what you do.”

 

 

The Wonder Of You by Harper Kincaid | Cover Reveal

Today we are sharing the cover of THE WONDER OF YOU by Harper Kincaid. This is a modern-day, romantic re-telling of Alice in Wonderland. Check out the teasers and blurb below. Follow Harper’s newsletter for exclusive excerpts and giveaways.

 

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The Wonder of You by Harper Kincaid

Modern Alice in Wonderland Re-telling

Releasing February 13, 2018

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Synopsis:

What if Alice didn’t fall down the rabbit hole, but instead, traveled through
Lincoln Tunnel into another kind of Wonderland:
New York City.

The best day of twenty-five year old Alice Leighton’s life was the day she got to put her nothing special, lil Southern town in her rear-view mirror. Good-bye to phony ‘bless your hearts’ and ‘I’ll pray for you’ crap, all while talking trash behind her back. She’s New York City’s latest addition and she’s going to work her ass off proving she earned her spot in the country’s top grad program.
Never again will she let some jerk derail her future and break her heart. Oh, and no more players. She’s D.O.N.E with the ‘cool guys’.
Getting caught up in Dare Grangeworth, the art world’s resident bad boy, was not part of her Alice 2.0 plan, even if he is just her type, with his beard, tats sleeves and intense green eyes. When he’s not dodging the press or his cultish fan base, Dare’s making art that makes a statement. Women seem to lose their heads around him – all the more reason why he finds Alice’s candor refreshing. He’s used to women giving in – not giving attitude.
He has to get to know this girl, even if it means allowing himself to be the subject of her research. Before too long, he becomes more than a simple outlier she can explain away. And for him everything starts to feel larger than life and upside down, like a heady rush, all while desperately trying not to lose his heart.
Become lost and found in this re-imagined story of Alice and her cast of characters, in a world where Wonderland meets Sex-and-the-City.


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AUTHOR INFORMATION:

 

Born in California and raised in South Florida, Harper Kincaid has moved around like a gypsy with a bounty on her head ever since. For years, she was a jill of all trades and a master of none, but is now tickled hot pink to pen stories that break and mend people’s hearts for a living. Kincaid believes seduction occurs from the neck up, which is why her characters are smart, sexy, and slightly quirky – and definitely worthy to be your next hard-core book crush.

When not writing, she adores listening to indie, lo-fi, complaint rock played on vinyl, the theater, well-informed optimism, happy endings (both kinds), and making those close to her laugh ’til they snort. She is a self-admitted change junkie, loving new experiences and places, but has now happily settled in the cutest lil’ town, Vienna, Virginia.

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12 Days of Books | 2017 Christmas Book Tag

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I created this post a few years ago, you can check out the embarrassing 1st post here! I had done many tags since I have started book blogging and wanted to add to the fun of the season by creating my own! I thought this song was very fitting for a tag and hope everyone enjoys it! I worked really hard trying to come up with categories that fit into each section of the song, its corny and some of it is a stretch, but whatever!  If you decide to participate and do this tag I would love for you to leave your link so that I may see the choices you made. I really tried to pick from a variety of books I read this year, but I didn’t read a lot so there are some repeats. Sorry.


 

On the first day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
A Partridge in a Pear Tree  : The Partridge Stood Alone In The Pear Tree? What is Your Favorite Stand Alone of 2017?

I am pretty sure this is staying a stand alone, RoseBlood by A.G Howard. I absolutely adore A.G Howard and this book did not disappoint! It is inspired by the Phantom of the Opera and took an interesting twist to the story.

On the second day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
Two Turtle Doves : Love Is In The Air, Who Is You OTP?

OTPs are always hard for me because I end up shipping characters with myself. But I think my OTP for this year is Freddie and Rain from Haven by Mary Lindsey

On the third day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
Three French Hens :  In The Spirit Of Threes, What Is The Best Trilogy Your Have Read?

I have been terrible at completing trilogies/series lately and so I will have to stick with the answer I used a few years ago. – I absolutely fell in love with the Splintered Trilogy by A.G Howard. I am usually weird about trilogies because I think they always fall apart at the second book and for most the third book just fails all expectations. That was not the case for these books. They were fantastic and everything I wanted from an Alice in Wonderland retelling!

On the fourth day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
Four Calling Birds : Since Series Usually Consist of Four or More Books What Is Your Favorite Series?

Like I stated above I have been horrible at completing series recently, but I have started a few and working on some others that although not completed I absolutely adore! Black Dagger Brotherhood by J.R Ward and the Mercy Thompson Series by Patricia Briggs!

On the fifth day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
Five Golden Rings : One Ring To Rule Them All! Who is Your Favorite Villain/Antagonist?

Although she might not be considered a villain by some my favorite villain from 2017 reads was Anna from Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake. She was badass and intense.

On the sixth day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
Six Geese a Laying : Creation Is A Beautiful Thing! What is Your Favorite World/World-Building?

Although sometimes I struggled to really picture the setting I thought that the world created by Ann Leckie in Ancillary Justice was amazing! It was so unique and so intriguing.

On the seventh day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
Seven Swans a Swimming: Who Needs Seven Swans When All It Takes Is One Good Animal Sidekick To Make A Hero Rock! Who Is Your Favorite Animal Sidekick?

I would definitely have to say the animals in RoseBlood by A.G Howard! They were definitely entertaining.

On the eighth day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
Eight Maids a Milking: Milk Is So 18th Century! Which Book or Series Takes Beverages/Food To A Whole New Level?

This is always a stumper for me. I did not read enough fantasy this year (which usually included unique food and beverages) and really think I just don’t pay enough attention to food. I know there was some pretty interesting things in Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie but cannot remember specifically.

On the ninth day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
Nine Ladies Dancing : Dancing is Just One Skill of a Lady! Who is Your Favorite Kickass Female Lead?

I absolutely adored Mercy Thompson from the Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs. She is so badass and is a mechanic. She does her own thing and doesn’t care what anyone else thinks of her.  But my favorite female lead of the books I read this year was Kate from Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman!

On the tenth day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
Ten Lords a Leaping: Leaping Lords? How About Who Is Your Favorite Leading Lad?

There were quite a few amazing leading lads from the books I read this year. I read a lot more romancy type books (mainly paranormal romance) than I normally do so there were some swoon worthy and just perfect guys. Some honorable mentions include Rain from Haven by Mary Lindsey, Rishi from When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon, Reece from Black Bird of the Galows by Meg Kassel and Ben from By A Charm And A Curse by Jamie Questell. But the man that stole my heart and completely won me over was Oz from Nowhere But Here by Katie McGarry!

On the eleventh day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
Eleven Pipers Piping: Where Would We Be Without Music? What Is Your Favorite Book or Bookish Thing That Deals With Music? (It can be about music, reference music a lot etc.)

In the category of music I would have to say This Savage Song by V.E Schwab does an amazing job incorporating music and it has such a big part in the story and for the main character. Then of course because I do not know how many times I can say it before it gets annoying but RoseBlood by A.G Howard. I mean it is a retelling of Phantom of the Opera!

On the twelfth day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
12 Drummers Drumming: Drum Roll Please…………………….What Is Your Favorite Read of This Year?

Like any true book lover could pick just one. I will be posting my top reads of 2017 soon!

 

I hope you participate in this tag and leave me links to your answers! Happy Holidays! 

Friday Reads | Colder Weather

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With the beginning of the real colder weather means breaking into those winter reads and big books. There is nothing better than snuggling up on the couch with a hot beverage, the kittens and a good book. I am determined to get caught up on reading some books I have put off for way too long like The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. I have been starting to work on my reading goals next year and I really want to do a big push for all those books that I am embarrassed I haven’t read yet and series that I have not finished. I am also currently listening to  Walk the Edge by Katie McGarry, which is the second book in the Thunder Roads series. I am hoping to do some blog work this weekend and doing some future planning!

What are you reading this weekend?

 

2017 Bookish Bucket List |November Update

2017

I have done this now for the past three years and have been decently successful with it.. This year I have set a lot of goals for myself and really want to throw myself back into the book community and blogging world. The past year off has left me wanting so much from books because I have missed the atmosphere and love of books.  

♠ Read at least 100 50 books. I have a challenge I have created for myself and its the year I take on some completed series. [I have only read 40, so only 10 more to meet my reworked goal.]

♠ Read and Complete 6 Series. This goes along with the challenge I have am creating. There are so many out that I have yet to pick up and its crazy. [I am still only at one series completed but I am working on a few. This is going to be one of my MAIN focuses next year]

♠ Read at least three daunting books. This is a repeat from last year.I feel like I am always so intrigued and interested in the huge books, but never get around to reading them because they are intimidating. (I am counting this as over 500 pages.) [I have finally finished 2! One was only 496 but I count it because its so close. ]

♠ Read 45 books from my TBR. I just recently moved and don’t have my books. I have been going to the library and with that it give way to an endless array of books. I really want to make sure I am still reading books that I had actually purchased. [I am slowly making a dent in my massive TBR pile with 28 read so far. I just recently counted all of my unread books and I have 230+ ]

♠ Read at least 5 Non-Fiction Books. I started doing this last year and really enjoyed it. I love learning more and I have a lot I am interested in. [ I have been able to complete 2 so far and they were absolutely wonderful!I need to work on reading some more]

♠ Start New Blog Series. I really want to work harder on developing my blog. There are many things I participate in that are created by other bloggers and I really want to come up with something that is completely my own and get others involved in! [I have started a few that I am hoping to work on and create some more posts for.It has been a slow progression.]

 

 

What are some of your 2017 goals/resolutions?

November 2017 | Tea Party Wrap-Up

TEA TIME
“What’s the matter my dear, don’t you care for tea”

Lewis Carrol, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

 

Books I Read:

Haven by Mary Lindsay

♠ The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeny

♠ Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy

♠ Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman

Looking For Alaska by John Green

♠ Nowhere But Here by Katie McGarry

♠ Adulthood is a Myth by Sarah Andersen

Things That Happened on Falling Down The Book Hole This Month:

♠ #OTSPSecretSister| October Package

 The House Cup Reading Challenge | Week 3 Update

♠ October Young Adult PageHabit | Book Subscription Box

♠ Haven by Mary Lindsey | Fancast

♠ The House Cup Reading Challenge | Wrap-Up

 #OTSPSecretSister| November Package

Series Serial Reader | November Update 

Noteworthy Post Around The Blogosphere 

♠ Sarah @ Written Word Worlds- Writers in YA

♠ Lindsey @ Paradis- 6 Movies & TV Characters That Are My Writer Inspirations 

♠ Cristina @ Girl in the Pages- How I’ve Increased My Reading in 2017 

♠ Annalisse @ Hopeful Reads- Holiday Gift Guide 

♠ Diana @ Books in Armour – Gift Guide For Fantasy Lovers

For Even More Posts and Bookish Things From January (Links to the threads of post)

Top Ten Tuesday 

Top 5 Wednesday 

Friday Reads

Upcoming Excitements!

♠ The holiday season!

Dio Candle Co. Adorable Monthly | December Box

So in search of all things bookish for different people and gift boxes and stumbled upon this adorable candle shop on Etsy. In my gushing over their page I discovered their website! I love subscription boxes and saw that they did a monthly box that included 4 different candles that fit a theme. The price is really reasonable so I thought I would give it a try. I am now hooked and I am sure to become their biggest supporter.Check out their instagram @diocandleco ! 

December’s Theme: Winter Solstice 

*  Hot Cocoa

* Reading By The Fire

* Feyre’s Birthday

* I Smell Snow

They also do this really fun instagram challenge that is associated with each candle! If you complete all the challenges you could get a free candle! I will update this as I take the pictures!

* I Smell Snow Challenge*

* Hot Cocoa Challenge*

* Reading By The Fire Challenge*

January’s Theme: Small Town Charm

Order the January Box by Dec 27th! 

November 2017 Reads | First Lines

I decided that it would be fun to start a new feature to add the the wrap up of books I read every month. For me most of the time I pick up and look at books in the store it is the first lines that capture my attention and draw me in. It has always been intriguing to me the amount of thought that must go into those first words the author decides to but as the introduction to their work. The first lines are your first impression of the book.

Haven by Mary Lindsey
A strangled scream accompanied the gratifying crunch of breaking bones.”

The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeny
” As the rest of the guest wandered the deck of the beach club under an early-evening midsummer sky, taking pinched, appraising sips of their cocktails to gauge if the bartenders were using the top-shelf and balancing tiny crab cakes on paper napkins while saying appripriate things about how they’d really lucked out with the weather because the humidity would be back tomorrow, or murmuring inappropriate things about the bride’s snug satin dress, wondering if the spilling cleavage was due to bad tailoring or poor taste (a look as their own daughters might say) or an unexpected weight gain, winking and making tired jokes about exchanging toasters for diapers, Leo Plumb left his cousin’s wedding with one of the waitresses.” (thats a long one)

Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy
“All the best things in my life have started with a Dolly Parton song. “

Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman
“It weren’t no secret Pa owned the best plot of land ‘long Granite Creek, and I reckon that’s why they killed him.”

Looking For Alaska by John Green
“The week before I left my family and Florida anf the rest of my minor life to go to boarding school in Alabama, my mother insisted on throwing me a going-away party.”

Nowhere But Here by Katie McGarry
“Top three awful moments of my life:
Meeting my biological father at ten
Breaking my arm in three spots at nine
Falling into a hole and being trapped there overnight with a dead body at eight
Other than that, I love my life. “

 

December 2017 | TBR

Well it is officially winter and the last month of the year. That means switching into the bigger books that fall into the genres of fantasy and historical fiction! It is also the final push to complete those reading goals and I am 10 books behind my goal. You can also check out my Top Ten Books On My Winter TBR, but these are the books I am hoping to get to in the month of December.

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden

Seven Days of Us by Francesca Hornak

NOS4A2 by Joe Hill

City of Blades by Robert Jackson Bennett

 

What are you planning on reading this month?