Friday, February 22, 2019

Celebrate the Small Things 22-2-19

This post is part of Lexa Cain's bloghop, Celebrate the Small Things. Head on over there to join up!

What am I celebrating this week?

I did some writing and it felt good.  Not as much as I would have liked to do, but it's a start.  Hopefully I'll get a chance to do some more over the weekend, and next week.  I really want to try and finish this book.

It's interesting too...  I don't think when I first started writing it I realized quite how morally tricky this story is.  There's a lot of very gray areas in it, and I'm loving it!  Maybe that's why I stopped working on it.  I couldn't quite reconcile the MC's very black and white thinking with the complexity of some of the relationships. I can't remember now.

It's raining today and is supposed to keep raining all weekend.  It may not sound exciting, but since I think it has only rained once since Christmas, it actually is.  My garden will be very thankful.

I have a busy social weekend planned, which is not entirely ideal when I really want to write, but that's the way things are sometimes.  The writing will always be there waiting for me.  The people I'm going to see may not.  So I'm going to spend time with friends and enjoy their company.

What are you celebrating this week?

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Books I've Read: Love Songs and Other Lies

This is a fun, easy read and one I breezed through in an afternoon.

Set during a televised battle-of-the-bands type competition, the book spans two time periods, one in the present and one in the past.

Vee thinks she's joining her best friend to tour with him and his band while they compete in the competition.  What he hasn't told her is that Cam, her first love and worst break-up has re-joined the band and will be touring too.

The book weaves together the story of Cam and Vee's relationship with the present day story where Cam tries to earn Vee's forgiveness while at the same time trying to win the competition.

It's a fantastic high-pressure atmosphere for this story to play out, especially since there are cameras following their every move and the network has cast Vee as her best friend's girl friend, not Cam's.  If she gets portrayed as a skank on national television, it could jeopardize the band's chances of winning.

There are lots of layers to this book, with all the characters bringing their own baggage and secrets.  As the story unfolds, so do the secrets, revealing just how damaged all these characters are, and exactly why they should or shouldn't be together.

I really enjoyed this one because I didn't see all the twists coming.  Some of them, yeah.  But not everything.  And some of them were truly surprising, keeping me turning the pages to see where everything ended up.

I'd recommend.

But don't just listen to me. Here's the blurb:

It’s summer romance and second chances, the songs that stay in your head, and the boy you’ll never forget.

Two years after rock-song-worthy heartbreak, Virginia Miller is looking forward to a fun, carefree summer. Her friends just landed a spot on a battling bands reality show, and Vee is joining them for her dream internship on tour. Three months with future rockstars seems like an epic summer plan. Until she learns she’ll also be sharing the bus with Cam. Her first love, and her first heartbreak. Now Vee has more than just cameras to dodge, and Cam’s determination to win her forgiveness is causing TMZ-worthy problems for both of them. With cameras rolling, she’ll have to decide if her favorite breakup anthem deserves a new ending. And if she’s brave enough to expose her own secrets to keep Cam’s under wraps.

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Weekly Goals 18-2-19

I didn't do a lot of writing work last week.  I started doing a read-through of the book I think I'm going to try to finish and polish next and so far, it's better than I thought it was.  Love it when that happens!  Unfortunately, I know it falls apart at some point, but I haven't got there yet.

So this week my goal is to try and finish the read-through and hopefully have some ideas about how to finish the story.  This is one of the rare books I actually wrote an outline for (albeit a very brief, 2-page outline) so I know what I was aiming at, but whether that actually works or not is another question.

I managed to get to the gym three times last week, and my aim is to do that again this week.  We shall see how that works out....

What are your goals for the week?

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Celebrate the Small Things 15-2-19

This post is part of Lexa Cain's bloghop, Celebrate the Small Things. Head on over there to join up!

What am I celebrating this week?

It's the weekend!

This week has felt really long so I'm looking forward to having a quiet weekend.  I have nothing at all planned, which is just the way I like it!

Last night I went to the premiere of a film.  It's always so nice to see the finished product, and this one is really enjoyable.  I have high expectations for it when it releases next month and look forward to tracking how it goes.

The Sidewalk's Regrets got another really good review, which makes me happy.  Hopefully a few people might even be buying it too...

What are you celebrating this week?