Month

December 2017

Writing a Book in 30 Days Challenge!

Hello All!

On December 14th, 2017, I challenged myself to write a book in 30 days. Not half of a book, not the majority of a book, but a FULL book!

The book that I am writing for this challenge is not the same book that I discussed in this post. That book is still happening. However, this book is completely separate, and was not planned.

There are multiple reasons as to why I am doing this challenge, but I want to explain those reasons in a later post. For now, I have included what will be the first of many vlogs, capturing my 30 day journey.

I want to create more than just written content, I want to create video content as well. This video is definitely not the best, but it doesn’t have to be. This is about my journey towards achieving a major goal of mine. There will be a lot more posts about this challenge, but I just wanted to inform you all on what is currently going on in my “writing world”.

Alright folks, it is time for me to go. I have a lot of writing to do!

Until the next chapter,

Amber

 

NIGHT VISION: A COLLECTION OF SHORT HORROR STORIES BY AUGIE PETERSON

Picture of Cover

Author: Augie Peterson

Publication Date: October 29th, 2017

Purchase Options: Amazon, Goodreads

Provider: Augie Peterson

       SUMMARY

Eight different stories, eight different characters, eight different mysterious fates. In Night Vision, readers will find themselves in the middle of various situations that are quite eerie and sinister. Each of the eight stories unfold an uncomfortable predicament that can lead to detrimental outcomes, revenge, and untimely deaths.

REVIEW

Normally, horror stories are not what I am in search for during a late night Barnes and Noble run, or a search bar rampage on Goodreads. However, I am trying to expand my reading genres, so I was excited to give this book a try.

I have to admit, Night Vision: A Collection of Short Horror Stories, was definitely a page-turner. Not to sound too cheesy, but each story had me on the edge of my seat. I always wanted to know what was going to happen next.

If you decide to read this book, I do not think that you will have an issue with a lack of creativity. I found each story to be unique. Even though the stories were short, I grew fond of a lot of the characters (Especially Jonas, in Boy, Removed, and Milo, in Confessions of a Gravedigger 🙁)

Personally, I would not classify these short stories as horror stories.  The eight stories projected more of a suspense and/or mystery vibe than horror. Personally, I preferred the authors the suspense method as opposed to pure horror. Furthermore, the stories created enough of an eerie, tension-filled suspension that should satisfy most who read this book.

Without providing any spoilers, my top three favorite short stories out of the eight, were Did You Say Something?, Mr. Dempsey, and Boy, Removed. I felt that they had the best plot development, while also keeping me intrigued and in a state of constant anticipation.

My biggest critiques for this book, would be grammatical errors, and not enough plot development for some of the stories. There were not too many grammatical errors, but the errors that were in the book were noticeable, and a tad distracting. In regards to my plot development critique, I just feel that some of the short stories seemed a tad rushed, and could have expanded on the facts a little more. For example, I really enjoyed the short story, Suddenly, the Telephone Rang, but I felt like the ending sort of happened without any kind of decent explanation.

RATING

Overall, I would give this book a 3.8 to a 4 out of 5 stars.

CONCLUSION

All of the short stories contain very unique, interesting topics. If some of the stories were developed a little better, this book could easily be a 4 to a 4.5. The book provides a quick read with a ton of intriguing stories. I would love if the author would make full novels out of some of the short stories. A lot of them definitely have potential to be expanded upon, and I would love to know what happens to some of these characters.

If you are looking for a quick read that will provide suspenseful, creative entertainment, I highly recommend checking out Night Vision: A Collection of Short Horror Stories.

P.S. Make sure to follow Augie Peterson on her twitter account and stay updated on her journey! She is an indie writer who is definitely going places!

Until the Next Chapter,

Amber

If you are interested in the rest of the books that I am reviewing for the month of December, 2017, please click here.

If you would like me to review YOUR book, please click here.

 

They Both Die at the End: New Book Purchase!

Hello All!

The Both Die at the End (Picture of the Cover of the Book)

Can we please just take a moment to admire this beautiful book!? I have been eyeing They Both Die at the End on Goodreads, and I am elated to finally have the time to sit down and read it. This will be the first book that I have read by Adam Silvera, so I am pleased to find a new author to add to my list.  Ahhh, I am so excited!

Since it has been a while since I have been able to read the way that I have wanted to, one of the first books that I wanted to read after my “reading-hiatus”, had to be one of my favorites: a heartbreaking, thought-provoking YA or New Adult book.

After browsing through good reads, I decided that this was definitely one of the first books that I wanted read. I have high hopes for this book, and I cannot wait to start reading it tonight!

The concept of this book is emotionally intriguing to me. The idea of two people dying on the same day, both being aware of their impending deaths, and both deciding to spend their last day together, creates a swirl of thoughts and feelings that I cannot wait to discuss with others, and that I cannot wait to write a review on.

On Goodreads, I saw that someone commented, “Do they really die at the end?” I personally decided not to look at the answer to that. To, what I am sure is my detriment, there is still a little piece of me that hopes that they will both survive. Why oh why do I do this to myself?

Have you read They Both Die at the End? How many tears can I expect to shed? I would love to hear your thoughts ☺️.

Until the next chapter,

Amber

Why I Love YA Books

Hello All!

  Picture of a Book

I will probably write a blog on why i love YA books at least ten different times, but this will be my first time doing so.I did not plan on writing about this topic, but now I feel compelled to.

Just in case you did not know, YA stands for, “Young Adult.” It is safe to say that I have a pretty deep obsession with YA books. As a result, I have been asked countless times why I love them so much. Today, I realized that I have never truly thought about the answer to that question. 

The open-mindedness of YA characters is what initially comes to my mind. Even though tough situations and experiences have entered and affected many of the young characters lives, there is still this open-mindedness about them that is extremely refreshing.

Brave, free, and forgiving are how I would describe a lot of YA characters. The boundaries and false limitations that the world tries to subject us to, do not tend to influence YA characters.

Young adult characters are not like a lot of adults that I am surrounded by on a daily basis. They are still willing to try when things go wrong; are willing to dream even when told their dreams are silly; and are willing to endure pain for the things and people that they are passionate about. I just love that! It reminds me to remember who I am, what I want, and where I want to go.

After writing this article, it is safe to say that I discovered a plethora of answer that answer, why I love YA books. For today’s post I just wanted to throw out my first raw thought(s).

What about you all? Why do you all love YA books? I would love to learn about your perspectives and thoughts on YA books.

Until the Next Chapter,

Amber

My Writing Fears

                                                                                                                                             

Hello All! Guess what? It has been less than a week, and I have already developed a huge case of the “writing fears.” What is the “writing fears” you ask? Well, the symptoms vary per person, but for me, the symptoms are as follows:

  • An Inability to Write – Basically, despite the fact that I am dying to write, I avoid writing all day because, well, I am scared (I will explain, don’t worry). Then, when I finally muster up the courage to write, I write a couple of sentences (and I do mean a couple), my anxiety starts acting up, and I end up putting my book away for the rest of the day.

 

  • Fear of the Unknown – You may be wondering why I said I was scared in the previous symptom. Well, it is because I fear the unknown. I fear that my book will be boring. I fear that I think that I am better than I actually am. I fear that my writing skills may be poor. I fear that I will not be able to transition through my story well. I fear that there is no point in even writing a book because it will never go anywhere.

 

  • Compare and Not Contrast – I am happy to say that this symptom is quickly fading away. However, it still likes to linger around every now and then. I tend to put certain authors on a pedestal and trick myself into thinking that I have to watch them as opposed to joining them or even surpassing them.

I am not discussing these things to send out a discouraging message. The reason why I am discussing this, is because (a) It is ridiculous for me to even have these “symptoms” in the first place, and (b) because I am not the only one who goes through this.

We have to constantly remember that the first reason the majority of us began writing, is because we enjoy writing. Write your book for you. This does not mean that you will not listen to your audience or make changes to your book(s) in the future. It means that you are writing because you want to, because you need to, because it drives you. Not because you are trying to prove yourself to others or because you feel as if you have to fit into this particular author mold.

This is just as much of a pep talk for my readers as it is for me. We will get there. All of us. Just make sure you keep writing. Most importantly, just make sure you keep writing because you enjoy it.

Until the Next Chapter,

Amber

Books I Am Reading for the Month of December, 2017

Hello All!

I have been extremely excited to write today’s post and share some of the books that I am reading for the month of December, 2017!

Today, I had the privilege of speaking with multiple, published authors. All of them have their books on Amazon, Goodreads, Barnes and Noble, and/or other book-related websites, and all of them have graciously provided me with free versions of their books.

This section of my blog is to highlight new, published authors, or authors that I just want to give more exposure too. There are too many brilliant minds, creative stories, and awesome characters that are not given enough recognition. There are amazing stories out there that need to get told, and I want to help make that happen!

With that being said, here are the books that I am going to try my hardest to read and review by the end of the month (December, 2017):

TRANS Continental 

By: Brad Cook

The Vow and Rise

By:  Anne Bohannon

Night Vision: A Collection of Short Horror Stories

By: Augie Peterson

I think excitement would be an understatement for how I am feeling about reading these books! Please be aware that despite the fact that I was provided free versions of these books, each review I post will be 100% honest. They did not pay me for my review, nor did they personally seek me out for a review. When writing any review, I want to be honest for myself, for the authors, and for my readers. That being said, I have high hopes for these books, and I cannot wait to get started!

Until the next chapter,

Amber