Addicted Book Review

BOOK DETAILS:

Addicted 
by Krys Fenner 
(Dark Road Series, #1) 
Publication date: September 29th 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult

Description:

Sixteen-year-old Bella Kynaston has been the victim of a brutal rape, by someone she can only describe as ‘the scar-faced man.’ With little recollection of what happened, she must somehow rebuild her life. Being the person she once was proves more difficult than she imagined.

To complicate matters, Bella has just met Jeremiah Detrone, the new guy in school. He’s attractive, funny, and smart. All things she’s ever wanted in a boyfriend. Too bad she’s conflicted over so many unexpected emotions. Without realizing it, she falls down a rabbit hole and begins walking a dangerous line between addiction and self-preservation.

As Bella works together with the police to bring her attackers to justice, will she be able to see it through to the end? And even if she does, will it only bring her more pain and misery? Or will she find an anchor in Jeremiah and figure out how to move forward?

MY REVIEW:

I liked that the book started out with a warning about the content. I like books that are up front with you about their book and that if you are a survivor of rape or sexual abuse that it could cause triggers for you.

The book started out slow and was hard to follow in some places. I felt like some of the characters needed to be developed more in the book. It was hard for me to take the time to read the book when I was not interested, but I wanted to know what happens because the description had me wondering. Bella’s reactions to how she was feeling after the attack I felt was described very well along with Jeremiah’s wanting to help her, but didn’t feel like he was doing a good enough job doing so.

The ending of the book was a big cliffhanger and now I want to read the second book, but I hope it does not start off like this one where I couldn’t get into it. At the end of the book it does give you a chance to read part of the second book, but I stopped because well honestly it was bed time.

OH, I must not forget… did you see the cover of the book!!! LOVE IT!

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Sunshine Blogger Award

Thank you very much for nominating me for this award! I love doing these! Be sure to check out Beth’s blog she has several different niches so you will find something you like I am sure! https://newagedreamchick.com/

The rules of the Sunshine Blogger Award are as follows:

•Thank the person who nominated you and links back to their site.

•Answer the 11 questions asked by your nominator.

•Nominate at least 11 more bloggers for the award and write 11 new, creative questions for your nominees to answer.

•Notify your nominees via social media or by commenting on their blog.

•List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo on your site or in your post.

My questions:

1. What is your favorite genre to read and write? I like to read romance, erotic literature, crime, chick lit and mystery. Writing wise I need to explore and write more and figure that out. I want to try and write something different each month like a short story and then invite other bloggers to add to the story.

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2. Is there anything in your past you would change? NOTHING! Yes, I think oh if I could I would change this, but once I really think about that no I would not because my past is how I am made. I am stronger because of my past.

3.What is your biggest accomplishment? My biggest accomplishment so far is raising my child single, going to school and working all at the same time. Finished school and continued to raise my son. I got pregnant at 19 and he is now 13 and has turned out great! He is in all advance classes and gets good grades, he is respectful and honest. Hopefully that does not change throughout his teenage years. I am sure we will have our ups and down during those years, but I am much more stable and married now and we can work together as a team.

4. What is your biggest fear? Dying before I can see more of the world.

5.Do you have any furbabies? (if you do, what breeds) YES! I have a cat and a dog. Cat is yellow tab and dog is Japanese chin toy Chihuahua mix.

6. If you could live anywhere, where would you live? Hawaii.

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7. Do you prefer vacationing at the beach or in the mountains? BEACH!

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8. Are you more urban, suburban or rural? Rural, I think.

9. What would your dream profession be? Blogging. Traveling.

10. What are your feelings on the oxford comma? Punctuation is not my thing. I don’t care about it.

11. If you only had 1 day left to live, what would you do? What would your last meal be? I would be with my family at the beach and I would eat steak!

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Nominees:

1. Melisa with https://www.disableddisney.com/

2. Amanda with https://amandagene.com/

3. Tiffany with https://mommyandmetravels.com/

4. Gabrielle with https://www.theopinionatedone.com/

5. https://lazyhazyorganizer.com/

6. Rachelle with https://rachellelewis.com/

7. Tamara with https://thegutzlife.com//

8. Laurie with http://seekingserenityandharmony.com/

My Questions for nominees:

1. If you could live anywhere in the world where and why

.2. What does a day in the life of you look like?

3. If you could be an animal for the day what would you be and why?

4. Do you have any hidden talents?

5. What is a long term goal you want to achieve?

6. If you could be a celebrity what kind would you be?

7. What are some of your favorite podcast and/or TV series?

8. What is your favorite season?

9. Where is your next vacation?

10. What’s your dream job?

11. If you could be amazing at one sport what would it be?

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Magnolia Road Book Review

BOOK DETAILS: Magnolia Road by J. Lynn Bailey (Granite Harbor #3) Publication date: January 29th 2019 Genres: Adult, Romance, Suspense

Description: On the outside, Bryce Hayes is satisfied with the structure of her life, her demanding career, and series of no-strings-attached relationships, but her brother bounces in and out of rehab, her mother thinks she can beat her son’s addiction, and her father is simply doing what he can to keep a semblance of “normal”. When Bryce’s father, Congressman Hayes, orders her to Granite Harbor, Maine, due to a string of threats to their family coming from an unidentifiable source, she doesn’t expect Ethan Casey, the sexy soldier who slept with her, then walked out, without so much as a goodbye, to be her landlord. Ethan’s past is riddled with chaos, bullets, and loud noise. After returning to his small town after the war, he’s determined to get back to his roots. Peace, quiet, and working as a game warden for the Maine Warden Service sounds right as rain. But with Bryce in Granite Harbor, staying in his house on Magnolia Road, Ethan can’t stop thinking about his future—and that includes Bryce. But to make things right with the love of his life, he’ll have to open old wounds…and risk losing her forever. Note to readers, each book can be read as a stand alone.

MY REVIEW:

Once I started reading this book I couldn’t put it down. My husband came into the room and turned off the lights because it was bed time, not once but TWICE! I even took the book with me to work so I could read it on my lunch break. I enjoyed the small town love story, but inside that love story there were struggles including PTSD and Addition. I felt something for each character and enjoyed the build up of how it ended. I like how I knew something about each character and when a new one was introduced it was not too little information about the person there was just the right amount and how they intertwine with the main characters. My most favorite part of this book is when Ethan is with James and James’s says “You can’t control life, Ethan. The only things you can control are your attitudes and your actions. Everything else, you’re powerless. You can’t control how love works. You aren’t that powerful” . That part is so real, truthful and powerful to me and hopefully others. Which is why I typed it out in my review. I do recommended reading this book and I know that this is the third book in her series and plan on reading the others soon.

Thank you for taking the time and reading!

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Nicotine and Napalm Book Review and Giveaway

Nicotine and Napalm Book Review

About the book and Emily:
Emily Priest’s first compilation, Nicotine and Napalm, is a raw and unflinching exploration of love and loss. This collection of prose and poetry is one woman’s account of growing up in the modern world and her own discovery of sexuality, strength and weakness. Find out more about Emily on her website: http://emilythewriter.co.uk Or on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook: @EmilytheWriter


MY REVIEW: I read this book twice and I do recommended that do you that. You will feel and appreciate the writing more each time you read her book. It is raw and full of emotion. The book is a short quick read and easy to follow. Poetry is not for everyone, but if you like poetry then you should check this book out!OH, did you see the cover? It is BEAITUIFUL! I love the feel of the book in my hands.

This is my favorite part!


GIVEAWAY:When I get gifted a book I like to pass it along to those that might also like it. My only requirement is that you write your name or location in the book and share it once you are finished with it. It is my goal to read, review, give and see how far the book goes. To enter just comment and share! Winner will be chosen on July 2, 2019.

Thank you for taking the time and reading!

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The Very Best of the US update

When I first started this blog series, I thought that I would have finished it by now. I have learned a lot about the different states so far, but we are still not finished because I want a guest blogger for each state to share! So, the ones that are finished are clickable and will take you to the state blog, but the ones that are not I am still working on getting guest bloggers or finishing them up. If you know someone that would like to write about one of the red states please share this with them!

Alabama

Alaska

Arizona

Arkansas

California

Colorado

Connecticut 

Delaware

Florida

Georgia

Hawaii

Idaho

Illinois

Indiana

Iowa

Kansas

Kentucky

Louisiana

Maine

Maryland

Massachusetts

Michigan

Minnesota

Mississippi

Missouri

Montana

Nebraska

Nevada

New Hampshire

New Jersey

New Mexico

New York

North Carolina

North Dakota

Ohio

Oklahoma

Oregon

Pennsylvania

Rhode Island

South Carolina Part 1

South Carolina Part 2

South Dakota

Tennessee

Texas

Utah

Vermont

Virginia

Washington

West Virginia

Wisconsin

Wyoming

Thank you for reading! Please help spread the word that I am looking for guest bloggers for the highlighted states and the ones that are underlined you can click on and see all fun stuff to do at those states!

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The Very Best of Oklahoma

The great state of Oklahoma is known for its many casino’s and tornadoes, but I want to reassure you that it has so much more to offer than it’s very shiny, very flashy gambling facilities and unthinkable weather.

Oklahoma is the home much of our countries Native America history, it has some of the most beautiful state parks, museums and festivals full of so much history and yes of course, those casino’s everyone is talking about. I want to make sure that I give you a glimpse of some of the parts of Oklahoma that are not common knowledge, some inside local advice if you will.

Fun Facts About Oklahoma!

Let’s start off with some fun facts, shall we?

  • The world’s first installed parking meter was in Oklahoma City, on July 16, 1935
  • Okmulgee owns the world record for largest pecan pie, pecan cookie, pecan brownie, and biggest ice cream and cookie party
  • Garth Brooks was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He grew up in Yukon, Oklahoma.
  • At around 200, Oklahoma has more man-made lakes than any other state.

More than Casino’s and Tornadoes

Did you see that, Garth Brooks was born and raised in this amazing state. The rumor is Nashville the place to be, but in reality Oklahoma’s your best bet if you want to make as a country singer. Need more proof than the King of Country, well there is also Blake Shelton, Reba McEntire, Toby Keith, Carrie Underwood, Ronnie Dunn, and many more so hurry on over aspiring country singers were waiting for you! All joking aside I want to make sure that you understand how truly incredible Oklahoma really is.

How to Get Around

With a perfect combination of city and country, Oklahoma is a center spot to meet all personality types. Depending on which part of the state you choose to state can determine the transportation style you want to choose also. While, I highly recommend driving or renting a car while visiting Oklahoma because of the relaxed nature of the state, however there are some areas like Oklahoma City that have public transportation. Unlike some states, Oklahoma does not normally have a ton of traffic and we have plenty of parking, so that should not be a problem either.

Route 66

If you have ever wanted to take a road trip, Route 66 is one of the most well known historical routes in the United States. Oklahoma is right in the heart of this beautiful history. So you can enjoy a great road trip see some historical town and follow the best of Route 66.

State Parks

Oklahoma is home to many beautiful state parks, each with its very own unique charm that has a lasting affect on those who visit them. If you are looking for an unforgettable nature experience you can find an array of activities such as lodging, fishing, swimming, hiking, Kayaking and hunting at most if not all of the Oklahoma State Parks.

My families favorite Oklahoma state parks to visit is Beavers Bend.

Beavers Bend

Beavers Bend is a wonderful place for nature lovers of all ages and is located in the mountainous region of southeast Oklahoma along the shores of Broken Bow Lake and the Mountain Fork River.  It is a wonderful place to slow down, unwind and enjoy the beauty and nature that Oklahoma has to offer. Whether you enjoy the luxurious glam-ping experience or the one with nature experiences, you can find it here.

Beavers bend offers many different options for luxury cabin rentals. These cabins are beautiful, spacious and modern. Most offer a extra amenities such as hot tubs on the balcony, playground equipment for the kids, and full kitchens, which makes our stay so much more relaxing. We have booked our cabins through several different cabin rentals in the past, but our favorite, hassle free choice is Beavers Bend Adventures.

Beavers Bend also provides tent/RV camping, along with many other activities and rental services. Some activities that you can participate in are:

  • Biking
  • Canoeing/Rafting/Kayaking
  • Various children’s Programs
  • River Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Horseback Riding
  • Swimming
  • Tennis Court
  • Watchable Wildlife
  • Rock and Mineral finding
  • And More

For more information on activities, camping information and prices visit the Beavers Bend State Park Information website.

Places To Eat Near Beavers Bend

When you visit this amazing state park, you can always cook yourself, but if you want to enjoy some great dining experiences here are two of my favorite places.

The Grateful Head

This groovy pizza joint is a neat change of scenery. Their menu is fully loaded with oddly creative recipes that are worth trying. I recommend the “tree hugger” or the “funky chicken,” both are amazing! For the not so adventurous type, you can make your own safe pizza.

Blue Rooster

This is my favorite place to eat, it is not only a fun place, but the food and service has always been great. The Blue Rooster serves fried anything you can think of, family style. We always walk away satisfied. Another thing I love is that it is a great place for kids, they roll out a piece of paper to cover the table and the kids (and adults) stay entertained until the food is served. This is a must try!

The Gathering Place

Not too long ago, Facebook went crazy about a place called the Gathering place in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The reviews were amazing, the captions read that it was equivalent to Disney World, but free. I want to tell you, it is a pretty amazing place. We recently went and our kids had an amazing time and I highly recommend it.

There is something to do for all ages, and I mean ALL ages. I found my husband in the play area’s, “testing” the safety of the slides several times.

We got to the park at 9 am and the park was relatively empty. We did not have to fight large crowds of people to enjoy any part of the park. We spent the day climbing ropes, playing in the sand, making tornadoes, climbing in sitting pods and swinging on zip lines, the possibilities were endless!

From a Mom’s Point of View

It was definitely the place to be full of fun and excitement for all member’s of the family. As as a mom I value some parts of the park that my kids or even my husband would never have thought about. There were several bathrooms throughout the park and the were so CLEAN. My children visit the bathrooms a lot, I am certain we went to them all and everyone of them were very well maintained.

The parking was plentiful! now it appeared to get a little busy when we were leaving in the afternoon. Even then though, there were many parking options, unlike some places that you visit. This is always a nice way to start off your trip.

The play area’s were themed and backed by education. I LOVE when my kids are learning while they play. There is an interactive part of the park where you can make tornadoes, learn about music, sounds and echos… We spent quite a bit of time in this area, just trying to figure it all out. The coolest part is that it was designed into a maze, so that alone kept my children busy.

The Thought Behind It

I was fascinated with the amount of thought that was put into creating such an amazing park. The toddler area was not only size appropriate, but the color schemes, the theme and deliberately placement so that parents can see their children was mind blowing and quite honestly, relieving. There was a sand are where toddlers could play and a soft padded ground area.

The bigger play areas had the same thought behind it. The themes were so uniquely interesting. It was not something you have seen over and over again. They put forth the effort to match the theme to the play. The crazy slides were located at the “inventors” play area, the green hanging pods where located in the tree play area, the maze was the theme of the arts and science play area… They put a lot of effort into making sure it was a great experience.

Other’s Amenities

We spent most of our time in the play areas, but there were several other amenities as well. There was a skate park, kids activities and so much more.

They also have a couple eating options with plenty of healthy options that even the kids will love. They have an option to eat outside on the lawn, on picnic tables and inside in the cafe. The prices were a little higher than we normally like to pay, but for free entry they have to make money somewhere.

They do allow you to bring in coolers and outside food. We brought snacks and a small cooler full of drinks and a lunch for my dietary restricted daughter in to the park and had no issues.

In conclusion…

Oklahoma is a great place to visit if you are looking for a slower pace relaxing visit. It is not only full of so much history, culture, nature and fun. I highly encourage Oklahoma as a place to visit for all ages.

Danielle Farrington, MBA
Impossibly Imperfect
 
 
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An Unexpected Turn Book Review and Giveaway

An Unexpected Turn Book Review

What the book is about:

“When I take a good look at my reflection, I’m surprised that the face looking back at me in the mirror doesn’t look different than the one I’ve seen staring back at me for the last 27 years. I see the same brown hair and brown eyes, the same heart-shaped face, the same upturned nose. I feel like I should look different. That my face should show the upheaval and the weight of the last day, that it should somehow show how much has happened, how the course of my life has changed, but everything is still the same.”

Life is rarely ever predictable. It is rarely even kind. But… sometimes… just sometimes, those unexpected turns that throw you into the chaos and upheaval of loss lead you to the exact place you need to be.

This is a story about love, but it isn’t a romance. It is about holding on when it would be easier to let go, about fighting for those that can’t fight for themselves. It is about finding and creating family through the unpredictable, beautiful mess that is life.

My Review

I love everything about this book. It was written very well and it held my interest. I read it in a weekend! There were unexpected twist and turns. I needed to know what was going to happen next! This is a true love story that is very real and unpredictable. I personally even felt connected to characters in this novel that I needed to know what was going to happen next.

I do recommended reading this book. I think even if you are not into love stories this one will keep your interest and make you wonder what you would do in the same situation. This book can and might make you feel emotional, but isn’t that what we want!

Biography

TJ is a slightly sane artist, amateur photographer, book addict, wife and mom who has more hobbies than she can count, so it is beyond shocking that she manages to find time to do any of them, let alone most of them and still have time to do anything else. Of all the talents she claims, writing wasn’t one of them until her muse dropped the idea for a book on her head.

Giveaway

TJ gifted this book to, so I plan on gifting it to a reader! Thank you for reading and please comment and share this post to be entered!

The only thing I ask is that you share it after you read it also and update me with photo’s of who has read the book. Please sign the inside with your name and/or anything else you might want to add to it.

This will run from May 31,2019- June 30,2019.

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The Very Best of Indiana

Protected: The P-47 Thunderbolt State

Indiana State Capital Building
Hanging Rock

Most commonly associated with basketball, corn and the Indy 500, Indiana is so much more than a pit stop on your way from coast to coast. You can visit towns that look like they are frozen in a bygone era. There are oddities such as Hanging Rock and Mt. Baldy.

Mount Baldy

In the north you can sit at the edge of a freshly picked field and see for miles, but in the south you can hike hilly terrain that makes you feel like you are in the foothills of mountains. Along with the change from north to south comes a change in the dialect of English that you hear as well.

Brown County in southern Indiana
Across a field in northern Indiana

Spending the majority of my life in the Hoosier state, there are so many phrases that define us. Just a few are: “If you don’t like the weather in Indiana, just wait an hour.”, “Hey, would you look at that, Indiana mountains. *points at the clouds in the distance*”, and one that I came up with throughout the years, “You know how you can tell if a town is to big for a small town person? When you wave at someone and they don’t wave back.”.

Plymouth flood 2018

All though Indiana may not be the prettiest state, it sure has some heart. As evidenced in February of 2018 when a catastrophic flood hit several major cities in northern Indiana. One town in particular gained national recognition from FEMA for its efforts to clean up its town after the disaster. That town was Plymouth. I might be a little biased towards this community, but it has molded an Olympic athlete, holds one of the largest festivals in the states on a yearly basis, developed musical talent and showcased what it means to look out for one another in times of dire need.

So you might wonder why I called this state of mine the P-47 Thunderbolt state? Well, I have lived here my whole life and I just found out today that my state has a state plane. Who knew!?

So as the Crossroads of America, I would ask you to not simply cross through this state of mine without giving it the fair chance every state deserves. There might be long stretches of road in between us all, but you are only a short drive from a place that you can call home here.

About the Author:

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My Background

I grew up in a small town in northern Indiana and have lived there my entire life. In my childhood years I struggled with who I was and why I existed. Writing was something of a hobby for me in my younger years. It would eventually grow into a very relaxing way for me to get out of my mind for a short while. Having been raised by parents who are Christ followers and regular church attenders, I came to faith as well when I was eight years old. During my entire childhood and up into my teenage years I was home-schooled. My graduating class was as large as my footprints, but that was okay with me. Since graduation from high school I have attended seven years of college at three different universities. Having this vast amount of time in the collegiate realm has given me unique perspectives on the world around me.

What brought me here?

Some things just cannot be discussed in a healthy fashion on social media. This realm of open thought allows me to express what I feel I should share. Some of the things I discuss may be hard to swallow, but it is my goal to help hand you a glass of water when your throat is dry. I want my writing to refresh your soul and help you see life as the amazingly beautiful thing that it is. Every day should be the best day of your life. Every day should be another day in which you can go on an adventure, say yes to hanging out with an old friend, see a baby smile, hear of something that brings you tears of joy to your eyes and most of all, you should never live another day with regret. Do not simply be someone who hears of great things, be the doer of great things. I hope you enjoy reading my content!
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Thank you for writing about Indiana it is much more than a corn state I can see! The Mount Baldy and Hanging Rock look BEAUTIFUL! I believe that it is not too far from Missouri either! Might be a good weekend trip!
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The Blogger Recognition Award

I have been nominated for The Blogger Recognition Award! It is a blogger supporting blogger’s award. This means so much to me that other blogger’s are recognizing my work and the work of other bloggers! I am so humbled and awed.

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I was nominated by Melissa with Disabled Disney make sure you check out her blogger! Thank you so much for nominating me. Blogging has become such a lifeline for me!

Disabled Disney is a family blog and vlog. They know everything about traveling while being disabled and they will tell you their tips!

My favorite quote is on there About the Blog and it says: “Life is not over just because you do things differently then able bodied people.”

How I started my Blog:

When I first started my blog it was because I was in direct sales and it was to help me with getting sales.

Now I write for practice and because I like to. I enjoy connecting with others so at times I will do guest blog series. I write book reviews, about family outings, and series.

My advice to new bloggers is:

  • Blogging is not always easy. You have to promote yourself! Stick with it even when you think you don’t want to any more.
  • Be YOU! Always, no matter what be you! You are your own person! Some people will tell you that if you are going to blog you should only have a blog for books or travel and so on, but I believe that you can write about whatever you want. I write about travel, I write series, I write about what my family is doing, I write book reviews. Basically I do what I want with my blog and I believe that you should too.

 

The Rules of the Blogger Recognition Award:

Thank the nominator, and publish a post on your blog about receiving the Blogger Recognition Award.

Make sure to provide a link to the nominator’s blog in your post.

Give a brief story of how your blog started.

Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers. Nominate 10-15 other bloggers for this award, and inform them of their nomination.

I nominate:

1. TJ Fox

2.  Jackie

3. Alexa

4.  Bri

5. Em

6. Leslie

7.  Ashli

8.  Jess

9. Anna

10. Emily

Make sure you check out all of these great bloggers by clicking on their names! Leave a comment.

Masquerade: Oddly Suited BOOK REVIEW and Author’s Interviews

Masquerade: Oddly Suited

An Insecure Writer’s Support Group Anthology

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About the Book

Find love at the ball…

Can a fake dating game show lead to love? Will a missing key free a clock-bound prince? Can a softball pitcher and a baseball catcher work together? Is there a vampire living in Paradise, Newfoundland? What’s more important—a virtual Traveler or a virtual date to the ball?

Ten authors explore young love in all its facets, from heartbreak to budding passion. Featuring the talents of L.G. Keltner, Jennifer Lane, C.D. Gallant-King, Elizabeth Mueller, Angela Brown, Myles Christensen, Deborah Solice, Carrie-Anne Brownian, Anstice Brown, and Chelsea Marie Ballard.

Hand-picked by a panel of agents and authors, these ten tales will mystify and surprise even as they touch your heart. Don your mask and join the party…

My Recommendation:

READ IT! There is something for everyone! Do you want Love? Got it! Do you want vampires? Got it! Do you want time travel? Go it! This book has something for everything. All of them are short stories and they are just long enough that you can read one each night before you go to sleep. I do recommend this book to read as it has something for everyone and if you want to try to read something that you have not then this book will shed some light into other genres.

Author’s Interviews

Elizabeth Mueller:

When did you first realize you wanted to write a book? Did you first write your own book or is this one your first?

I realized that I wanted to write my first book when I was eleven years old. I wrote a short story (which felt especially long!) titled Thunder. It was about a wild stallion who fell in love with a domestic mare. Masquerade: Oddly Suited is by far not my first book. I’ve actually lost count.

Where do you get your idea’s from or do they just come to you?

They come to me from just about anywhere. Sometimes it comes from an object in a movie, or an old building, a cloud, a tree, a thought, maybe a struggle someone I know is facing. It’s hard to pin it down to one thing since my mind is all over the place.

How long did it take you to write your section of the book? Do you have a set schedule for when you are writing?

It took me less than a day to write The Cog Prince. As a homeschooling mom and with all five kids still living under one roof, I most definitely do have a schedule to write–it coordinates with my kids’ screen and bedtimes. Sometimes life happens and writing takes a step back.

Do you have a specific genre that you like to write about? Do you enjoy reading that genre too or would you rather read a different genre?

I love to write about anything that captures my muse but it must have a reoccurring element: romance! Oh, I enjoy most genres so long as there is romance. The genres I steer clear from are those I wouldn’t let my kids touch: horror and erotica.

What do you enjoy doing or do you have any hobbies?

Other than writing, I love to sing and draw and dance. Acting is another favorite pastime when it happens.  I enjoy watching movies with my kids or just hanging out with them talking about everything and anything.

Do you have any tips for those that want to write a book, but are scared to do so?

The biggest barrier is believing in yourself. I know it’s a very elementary answer, but it is true! Another thing is to find other writers–being a writer can be very lonesome but when we flock together, it’s amazing to see how much we have in common. It also helps bounce ideas off of friends who share the same love as you and to receive feedback. We do want our stuff to make sense to others, right?

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Website: http://www.elizabethmueller.com/

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Deborah Solice:

When did you first realize you wanted to write a book?

Did you first write your own book or is this one your first? I first realize that I wanted to be an author early on. Probably about fourth grade. I have written several stories-turned-books for curricular purposes and am contracted for five novels at the present time.

Where do you get your idea’s from or do they just come to you?

I find some ideas come to me when I’m binge-reading a certain genre and series. I prefer reading series because if I fall in love with the characters or writing style, it’s hard to let go. Then, I’ll get a story in my head and I have to write it. I’ll move on to a different genre and another idea is birthed.That’s why I have completed a Romantic Suspense novel that will be out sometime in the summer or early fall, and am currently on my second book of a contracted YA Speculative Fiction Series. FEARLESS HEART is YA Paranormal/Historical Fiction.

How long did it take you to write your section of the book? Do you have a set schedule for when you are writing?

FEARLESS HEART started out as a novel, but it felt right to end it at short story length. I’d say it took about two to three weeks to write it. (It was during a historical fiction/paranormal binging period.)

Do you have a specific genre that you like to write about? Do you enjoy reading that genre too or would you rather read a different genre?

I like to write what I read and that is varied. I love Contemporary Romance, Historical Romance, Romantic Suspense, YA Contemporary, and YA Speculative Fiction.

What do you enjoy doing or do you have any hobbies?

I live in Moscow, Russia, during the school year, so I travel. A lot! I love to go to historical places with a view. These locations are where much of my inspiration originates and then builds into stories. My favorite places to explore are Ireland and Scotland. I do love parts of Italy, too. So much history, the people, their stories ease into your heart and live in your thoughts. Ah-ha! And becomes another story.

Do you enjoy reading that genre too or would you rather read a different genre?

I like to write what I read and that is varied. I love Contemporary Romance, Historical Romance, Romantic Suspense, YA Contemporary, and YA Speculative Fiction.

Do you have any tips for those that want to write a book, but are scared to do so?

Yes. If you have a story, tell it. If you enjoy it, then it’s highly likely someone else will, as well. Writing can be cathartic. It can be company when you’re alone. It can let you escape for a little while and walk in someone else’s shoes. Form a support group … possibly Beta Readers / Family and with that support, you can do anything. Just do it!

Twitter: @debsolice

Blog:  https://thefabulistdotblog.wordpress.com

Facebook: Deborah Kelly    (penname)

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C.D. Gallant-King:

When did you first realize you wanted to write a book? Did you first write your own book or is this one your first?

I’ve been writing books for as long as I can remember. I still have handwritten and illustrated “books” that I made when I was about 7-8 years old. The oldest was about an elf who tricked a giant ogre to fall fall into a volcano. I have one from grade 4 about a Halloween decoration that came to life and killed people.

My first self-published novel, Ten Thousand Days, was officially released in 2015. I have released several other books and stories since then, including my contribution to the upcoming Masquerade anthology.

Where do you get your idea’s from or do they just come to you?

Lots of different places. Some are inspired by other books and stories, some are based on crazy things my kids say (I have an illustrated children’s book, currently unpublished, about teaching my son not to drink his bath water). Usually these ideas are just small bits, like a cool character or an interesting scene. But if I get enough of them and jam them together, I can create a full story.

How long did it take you to write your section of the book? Do you have a set schedule for when you are writing?

I don’t have a set schedule for writing. I get in my words wherever and whenever I can find the time. My story for Masquerade didn’t take particularly long, just a few days for the first draft. I like writing short stories because I can pound them out quickly when the inspiration strikes. With a novel it’s hard to keep that momentum going for 80,000 words or more,. It inevitably becomes a slog, like shoveling a driveway with a soup spoon.

Do you have a specific genre that you like to write about? Do you enjoy reading that genre too or would you rather read a different genre?

I write in lots of different genres, but the one thing they all have in common is comedy. I can’t take anything seriously, so all of my stories inevitably end up funny (or trying to be funny, anyway). I prefer to read comedy as well. I guess I don’t like it much when other people take themselves too seriously, either.

What do you enjoy doing or do you have any hobbies?

My hobbies include wrangling small children and trying to find time to write. And driving to and from work. I think that pretty much covers it?

Do you have any tips for those that want to write a book, but are scared to do so?

Just do it. Don’t think about it. Don’t second guess yourself, don’t worry about what other people will think. Try to write a little bit every day. Don’t beat yourself up if you can’t. Don’t go back to read what you’ve written as you go, if you can help it. Just put the words down and see what happens. It will probably suck. That’s okay. You don’t have to show it to anyone. You don’t have to prove anything to anyone. The important thing is Did you enjoy writing it? If you did, then great. Be proud of your accomplishment.

Contacts:

Homepage/Blog: http://cdgallantking.ca

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cdgallantking

Twitter: https://twitter.com/cdgallantking

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/13932038.C_D_Gallant_King

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Jennifer Lane:

When did you first realize you wanted to write a book? Did you first write your own book or is this one your first?

I started writing fan fiction in 2007 without a clue that I would start writing novels. I have eight novels and two short stories published now.

Where do you get your idea’s from or do they just come to you?

I’m inspired by my career as a psychologist as well as by music, TV, movies, and books.

How long did it take you to write your section of the book? Do you have a set schedule for when you are writing?

I wrote my short story in about ten hours, as I recall. Editing added to that time-frame. I write only on the weekends because my day job is consuming.

Do you have a specific genre that you like to write about? Do you enjoy reading that genre too or would you rather read a different genre?

I like to write sports romance and romantic suspense with a psychological twist. I read those genres as well as historical fiction, chick lit, and literary fiction. I’m in a book club that chooses many different genres.

What do you enjoy doing or do you have any hobbies?

I love some sort of daily exercise to tame my anxiety, as well as reading, watching TV, and hanging out with friends.

Do you have any tips for those that want to write a book, but are scared to do so?

Acknowledge that your first book (and definitely your first draft) will not be very good. Writing is a skill that takes a LOT of practice!

Website: http://jenniferlanebooks.com

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Carrie-Anne Brownian:

When did you first realize you wanted to write a book? Did you first write your own book or is this one your first?

I’ve been writing since I was four years old, as long as I’ve known how to write. It’s always been something I just do, the way other people have a calling to be a doctor, clergyperson, painter, or architect. I started with picture books, and had moved to novella-length books by the time I was a preteen. I was writing novel-length books by my early teens.

Where do you get your ideas from or do they just come to you?

Many of my ideas over the years have just come to me, while others have been inspired by events in books and films, or real-life historical events. When it’s the latter, I always significantly transform them so they become uniquely my own stories, not near-facsimiles of someone else’s story.

Sometimes I also start with a basic germ of an idea I’d like to write about; e.g., Heian Japan, a city under a protective bubble in an era where the Sun is now a white dwarf star. I gather together more details from there.

How long did it take you to write your section of the book? Do you have a set schedule for when you are writing?

This story took three days to write, and three more days to edit, revise, and rewrite. I’ve long tended to do most of my writing, and my best writing, in the evenings and at nights. At one point in the past, I operated under a sleep inversion schedule, which meant I did most of my writing during the hours most people are asleep.

Do you have a specific genre that you like to write about? Do you enjoy reading that genre too or would you rather read a different genre?

My passion has always been historical fiction, both reading and writing it. My secondary favorite is sci-fi, with a preference for soft sci-fi and futuristic fiction.

What do you enjoy doing or do you have any hobbies?

I’ve been a numismatist (coin collector) since age eight. My favorites are wheat stalk pennies, of which I’m now only missing the hardest to find dates and mint marks. My Roosevelt dimes, Jefferson nickels, and Washington quarters are nearly complete too. I also have some 19th century coins, the most special of which are my 1857 and 1858 Flying Eagle cents in very fine condition. My current goal is the expansion of my collections of Mercury dimes, Liberty Walking quarters, Indian head pennies, and Buffalo nickels.

I’m also a philatelist (stamp collector), with a collection including 19th century stamps, and collect marbles and vinyl LPs. Another passion of mine is silent cinema. To date, I’ve seen almost 1,200 silent films of all types. Other interests are embroidery and cross-stitch, creating art with colored pencils, pastels, and watercolor pencils, and world languages. My dream hobby is collecting, repairing, and showing antique cars (1890s through about 1950).

Do you have any tips for those that want to write a book, but are scared to do so?

Just find your natural voice and style, instead of trying to directly copy anyone else’s. That might be an interesting story, but it won’t be truly yours. Once you find your unique style and voice, everything will gradually start falling into place. You also shouldn’t expect the first draft to be perfect or nearly flawless. Part of the journey of developing into the best writer you can be is growing over time, learning to see the mistakes in your older works, and maturing along with your characters.

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Chelsea Marie Ballard:

When did you first realize you wanted to write a book? Did you first write your own book or is this one your first?

I think I’ve always wanted to write a book. I spent most of my teenage years reading and writing. When I got to college, writing became a more tangible hobby, a way to dump my emotions as I transitioned into adulthood. But I never finished anything. I’d get bored and move onto another project. Finally, last year, I decided this was it! It was time to stop the revolving door of ideas and complete one novel. It took me sitting in front of my laptop for a few hours every day for six months, but I did it. Then when I saw the competition for the IWSG Anthology, I thought, ‘hey a short story would be a good palate cleanser after that 106,000-word novel.’ And it was. Using NaNoWriMo and #FebFrenzy, I recently completed my first draft of my second novel!!

Where do you get your idea’s from or do they just come to you?

I’m an awful pantser. I literally just sit down at my laptop every day and let the juices flow. But I do get scenes from daydreams or night dreams. If I wake up with a really vivid feeling, I’ll rush to write it down. Or ruminate on it all day until my kids go down for a nap and then dump it out onto the page. Every little scrap of imagination adds up!

How long did it take you to write your section of the book? Do you have a set schedule for when you are writing?

It’s rather embarrassing, but I wrote Remedy in about three hours. I found out about the competition a few days before the deadline and after reading the prompt, I knew exactly what I wanted the story to look like, so I grabbed a babysitter and rushed to the library that night to write it out. Normally, I try to write for an hour or two a day. It usually ends up being less than that and I almost always skip weekends, but I think ‘butt in chair’ is important. Your book will always get written as long as you sit your butt in that chair and write. It doesn’t have to be wonderful or awe-inspiring, just consistent.

Do you have a specific genre that you like to write about? Do you enjoy reading that genre too or would you rather read a different genre?

OH, YES! I am in love with young adult/new adult fantasy and science fiction. Give me all the Hunger Games and Red Queens and Uglies. Recently, I’ve been trying to branch out into adult contemporary, but I keep going back to my YA fantasies. I think it’s best to write what you read. I grew up on a steady diet of young adult fantasy and so that’s what I feel most comfortable diving into when I’m writing.

What do you enjoy doing or do you have any hobbies?

Reading and gaming are my two other passions. My husband and I play Overwatch pretty much every other night. (Send me your battle tags!) I also recently started exploring pole fitness and I’m in love! I get a killer work out while learning new tricks and flying through the air. It’s lots of fun and I can’t wait to go every week.

Do you have any tips for those that want to write a book, but are scared to do so?

Not to sound like a meme here but DO ITTTTT! You miss all the shots you never take. Shoot for the moon so you can land on a star. All the inspirational hoopla. Seriously, you are truly your worst critic. Writing a book is a marathon, just finishing is winning! Recently, someone told me they weren’t brave enough to submit their work and I almost cried. Every time you don’t try, you’re giving yourself a rejection. Hearing no sucks, but not as much as wondering ‘what if?’

My socials are Twitter @cecerumba and Instagram @cecerumba. Masquerade: Oddly Suited also has its own Facebook page @masqueradeoddlysuited.

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Anstice Brown:

When did you first realize you wanted to write a book? Did you first write your own book or is this one your first?

I’ve wanted to write a book since I was little. So far, I’ve written plenty of short stories and poetry but this will be my first significant publication. I’m currently working on a science fantasy novel.

Where do you get your ideas from or do they just come to you?

I’m inspired by all sorts of things, from fantasy and mythology to the latest scientific advancements. I pick up ideas from news articles, television, conversations with friends and even my bizarre dreams. Occasionally, the characters and plot will come to me fully-formed, but more often I start with a vague idea about what I want to write and the details come together when I’m researching and brainstorming.

How long did it take you to write your section of the book? Do you have a set schedule for when you are writing?

I think it took around ten hours to write the first draft of my story, and I probably spent another five to ten hours editing and formatting it. I usually set my alarm for 5:30 am when I’m writing to a deadline so I can get a golden hour of peace and quiet, then I usually squeeze in another hour after my daughter goes to bed.

Do you have a specific genre that you like to write about? Do you enjoy reading that genre too or would you rather read a different genre?

I love reading and writing anything that comes under the umbrella of ‘speculative fiction’-fantasy, sci-fi, dystopian, paranormal, steampunk, and so on. Writing and reading have always been pure escapism for me, so I gravitate towards fantastical, magical and otherworldly stories.

What do you enjoy doing or do you have any hobbies?

I enjoy blogging about books, watching films and musical theatre, making digital art, dancing and playing PC games.

Do you have any tips for those that want to write a book, but are scared to do so?

That’s something most writers experience, so don’t let your fears and doubts put you off. The best way to gain confidence is to keep writing (even a few lines a day helps). Consider joining online communities such as the Insecure Writer’s Support Group to receive helpful feedback and encouragement.

My links

Website: https://ansticebrown.com/

Blog: https://dustingthesoul.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/authoransticebrown/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/AnsticeBrown

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/18836627.Anstice_Brown

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L.G. Keltner:

When did you first realize you wanted to write a book? Did you first write your own book or is this one your first?

I first realized I wanted to be a writer when I was six years old. I grew up in a house where both my parents loved to read, and I enjoyed escaping into fantastical worlds. The moment I started learning to read and write, I knew I wanted to use my words to create different worlds of my own. I started by trying to write a novel, though as a first grader, I didn’t have most of the skills required. Throughout the years, I’ve written several novels, novellas, and short stories, though most of them remain squirreled away on my shelf.

Where do you get your ideas from or do they just come to you?

Sometimes ideas smack me in the face while I’m busy with something else and not expecting inspiration to strike. Other times, I have to go searching for ideas. Fortunately, ideas are everywhere if you’re open to finding them. Being a writer is all about looking at the world around you with a curious eye and asking the crucial question: “What if?”

How long did it take you to write your section of the book? Do you have a set schedule for when you are writing?

It took a couple of weeks to actually write my story, though I was brainstorming ideas a week or so before I started putting words on the page. I don’t have a set writing schedule. I wish I could, but my kids won’t let me. I simply try to snag all the writing time I can when the opportunity arises.

Do you have a specific genre that you like to write about? Do you enjoy reading that genre too or would you rather read a different genre?

Science fiction is my favorite genre to read and write. This includes sci-fi for middle grade, young adult, and adult readers. I also enjoy injecting a sense of humor into my work when appropriate.

What do you enjoy doing or do you have any hobbies?

I love amateur astronomy. I also enjoy doing puzzles and playing trivia games. It’s amazing how many random, useless facts I’ve garnered over the years through playing Trivial Pursuit.

Do you have any tips for those that want to write a book, but are scared to do so?

Give it a try! Your first attempt doesn’t have to be great, and no one ever has to see it if you don’t want them to. Try to focus on the joy you get from telling your story instead of worrying about any negative judgments people might have. Also remember that the more you write, the more you’ll improve.

Twitter: https://twitter.com/LGKeltner

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LGKeltner/

Blog: https://lgkeltner.blogspot.com/

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Myles Christensen:

When did you first realize you wanted to write a book? Did you first write your own book or is this one your first?

I wrote a few short stories in high school and college.  But my first thought that I could write a full book and actually be serious about seeing it published came a little over ten years ago. That led to my first novel which I finished and began querying last spring.

Where do you get your idea’s from or do they just come to you?

Most of my ideas come from strange thoughts during regular life, usually along the lines of “what if a guy’s car was mistaken for the bride and groom’s and when his girlfriend sees the ‘Just Married’ decorations she breaks up with him?” That’s still on my list of stories to write (way down on the list).

How long did it take you to write your section of the book? Do you have a set schedule for when you are writing?

It took me about three weeks of thinking in the back of my head and then about three weeks of writing. I have a full-time job and several part-time jobs, so I write in the mornings, evenings, and on Saturdays.

Do you have a specific genre that you like to write about? Do you enjoy reading that genre too or would you rather read a different genre?

My favorite genre to write is middle-grade science-fiction (particularly near-future space, but no aliens or time travel). My favorite genre to read is sweet romance set in the Regency era. My wife and I read those books out loud to each other. There’s nothing quite as fun and relaxing as date night at the library (or exiting and suspenseful, depending where we are in the story).

What do you enjoy doing or do you have any hobbies?

My mother calls my writing a hobby, but beside that, I enjoy inventing card and board games.

Do you have any tips for those that want to write a book, but are scared to do so?

Your first attempt at writing doesn’t have to be for anyone but yourself, so you’ve got nothing to lose. See where the journey takes you.

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Angela Brown:

When did you first realize you wanted to write a book? Did you first write your own book or is this one your first?

 I had a Gifted and Talented teacher in elementary school who made writing fables and stories a class project. She took our stories and turned them into a “book” by taking them to a local printer for plastic binding and a pink cover. From then on, I wanted to write a book. But it wasn’t until my early 30’s that I finally made that dream a reality by self-publishing my first book.

Where do you get your idea’s from or do they just come to you?

 I try to not dwell on the “what if’s” in the other facets of my life. But asking “what if” is a fantastic idea generator when it comes to writing

How long did it take you to write your section of the book? Do you have a set schedule for when you are writing?

 Okay. So this was a little different. I don’t have a set schedule these days, not since I stepped back from consistent daily writing a couple of years ago. When this anthology contest was announced, a story idea hit me, but I wasn’t sure if I wanted to enter. Ten days before the deadline, I decided to enter and ripped this story from my mind put it on the screen in about 6 to 7 days while still working my full time job. Then I did some light revisions and barely got it in under the wire. This is not my normal though.

Do you have a specific genre that you like to write about? Do you enjoy reading that genre too or would you rather read a different genre?

 I love reading fiction, particularly speculative fiction, contemporary, and thrillers. As for writing, I write speculative fiction and fantasy and have a few contemporary pieces in the works.

What do you enjoy doing or do you have any hobbies?

 My hobbby would be reading.

Do you have any tips for those that want to write a book, but are scared to do so?

 Writing is a wonderful journey. If someone is interested in writing but are scared, I’d advise them that being scared is okay. They should read, read, and read some more, for enjoyment and to learn from those who’ve tossed their words into the ocean for reader consumption.

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