Free Write Fridays – February 23

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Most Fridays I will be posting a book review, hopefully, but I wanted to add something else. Reviews are wonderful but some Fridays just need a little something extra, especially those weeks that I don’t have a review to offer. In comes Free Write Friday.

The concept – Free Write Fridays will contain a short passage, poem, excerpt, letter to a senator, or anything else that has gone from my brain to the page during the week that is not a part of my main writing project. I often find myself jotting down a random free write when I’m frustrated with my main project and then it ends up moldering in a folder. Instead, I think I’ll share them with you. Could be fun! Continue reading

The Duchess Deal (Girl Meets Duke #1) by Tessa Dare

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Title: The Duchess Deal (Girl Meets Duke #1) by Tessa Dare

Published: August 2017 by Avon

Average Goodreads rating: 4.09

My rating: 4/5

When girl meets Duke, their marriage breaks all the rules… 

Since his return from war, the Duke of Ashbury’s to-do list has been short and anything but sweet: brooding, glowering, menacing London ne’er-do-wells by night. Now there’s a new item on the list. He needs an heir—which means he needs a wife. When Emma Gladstone, a vicar’s daughter turned seamstress, appears in his library wearing a wedding gown, he decides on the spot that she’ll do.

His terms are simple:
– They will be husband and wife by night only.
– No lights, no kissing.
– No questions about his battle scars.
– Last, and most importantly… Once she’s pregnant with his heir, they need never share a bed again.

But Emma is no pushover. She has a few rules of her own:
– They will have dinner together every evening.
– With conversation.
– And unlimited teasing.
– Last, and most importantly… Once she’s seen the man beneath the scars, he can’t stop her from falling in love…

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WWW Wednesday – December 13

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WWW Wednesday is a meme hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words and was formerly hosted by A Daily Rhythm. It is open for anyone to participate, even without a blog you can comment on Sam’s post with your own answers. It is a great way to share what you’ve been reading! All you have to do is answer three questions and share a link to your blog in the comments section of Sam’s blog. Continue reading

NaNoWriMo 2017 – WINNER

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That’s right folks. I did it. I completed my first NaNoWriMo. Official final NaNo word count is 53,200. I have already dove into editing and am really loving it. I’ve heard from others that editing is terrible and difficult but so far I far prefer it to drafting. The tweaking, adding little bits, correcting things that went a little off in drafting…for me it is fun!

Did you participate in NaNoWriMo this year? How did you do? Talk to me!

WWW Wednesday – November 28

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WWW Wednesday is a meme hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words and was formerly hosted by A Daily Rhythm. It is open for anyone to participate, even without a blog you can comment on Sam’s post with your own answers. It is a great way to share what you’ve been reading! All you have to do is answer three questions and share a link to your blog in the comments section of Sam’s blog. Continue reading

NaNoWriMo Update – Day 6

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Most of us have heard of NaNoWriMo or National Novel Writers Month. In case you don’t know, November is National Novel Writers month. On https://nanowrimo.org, you can join a massive community committed to writing in their quest to reach 50,000 words written for the month. Of course, you can set your own goal. Maybe you only want to write 25,000 words. Maybe you want to write 5000. Your goal is up to you. Most members of the writing community are supportive, kind, and willing to offer respectful advise if it is asked for. Continue reading

Advise from the Book Blogging Trenches

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Before I started my blog in late 2016 I read a lot of so called advise posts about how to go about making it. I was told pretty consistently to have a theme, a concept, and stick to it. My concept was to just talk about books, reading, and anything literature related that caught my interest.

Then, I started asking people questions. Something I was told, time and again, was to focus on only one genre. One brief conversation I had with another blogger was particularly memorable. She told me, point blank, that talking about more than one genre of book would lose me readers and credibility. That it would confuse people about who I was and what I was about. In her rather pithy last message to me she informed me that only an idiot would post across genres.

This was pretty much my response…

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I was told, so often, to pigeonhole myself. I don’t know about you, but that didn’t sound like a great idea to me. I don’t read just one genre, why would I only talk about one? Apparently, according to much of the so called advise I received, it would be to make my blog predictable in that my followers would always know the type of content coming from me. Why in the name of fiction would I want to be that dully predictable?

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Since that initial questionable advise, Literary Weaponry has gone through many changes and phases but one thing has remained consistent. I always, always, talk about the books that interest me. I’ve discussed ya fantasy, historical fiction, mystery, romance, thriller, science fiction, and pretty much any other book that I have happened to pick up and had opinions about. All of those opinions have been honest ones. No matter if it was an ARC, review request from an author, or a book I’d purchased myself my opinions were always my own.

As people, we aren’t all just one personality trait. You wouldn’t expect your friend Betty to always be happy and upbeat no matter the circumstance or Joe in accounting to always be a total grump (even though he usually seems to be). People have many faceted personalities. For readers, those facets reflect in our reading choices.

Am I feeling sloppy and sentimental? Then I’ll probably pick up a book with a romantic plot. Am I being a total grump and just want left alone? Then you’ll most likely see me with a horror/thriller. Just a run of the mill day? YA and adult fantasy are my pretty consistent go-to’s. But just as I am not just one personality or have just one mood, I don’t have just one type of book that I like.

Here is the thing that actually took me a while to grasp. If I don’t feel like reading then I just don’t read. End of story. I don’t push myself to pick up a book and trudge my way through page after page if I am not enjoying it. Why would I do that to myself? If I’m not in the mood, I’m not in the mood. I tried a couple of times early on because I felt like I HAD to do a review every week and you know what happened? I hated each and every one of the books I read those weeks. What is the point?

Now you may be asking yourself, “Amanda, what is the purpose of this post? You seem to be rambling a bit dear.” I know I am. My purpose is to tell people starting out the advise I wish I would have had in the beginning.

Be yourself

Read what you love

Don’t feel obligated to meet someone else’s expectations

Don’t apologize for being yourself

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What is some questionable advise you have received while blogging? Do you have any advise for other? Share it here!

“Always be yourself, express yourself, have faith in yourself, do not go out and look for a successful personality and duplicate it.” – Bruce Lee