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atruebloodwrites · 4 hours ago
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Current read: Crooked Kingdom I was really excited to get to this after loving Six of Crows but I’m only 70 pages in and I’m so mad because the book is totally falling apart. Every page I turn comes loose from the binding and it makes me less than eager to finish the book. This is in no way the author’s fault, but I do blame the shoddy binding and rough hewn pages used by the publisher. I don’t want to buy another book, but I may have to get the hardback from the library if I want to finish it. 😩 Anybody else had issues with books like this before? I read a lot and it’s the first time I’ve really had a book fall apart like this. #crookedkingdom #sixofcrowsseries #yafantasy #yafantasybooks #yafiction #youngadultfiction #shadowandboneuniverse #ketterdam #yaheistbook #yareader #yabooksta #yabookstagram #yabookshelf https://www.instagram.com/p/CSClfrzlMMb/?utm_medium=tumblr
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atruebloodwrites · a day ago
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All the pretty books that I devoured in July! Three of them I read on vacation!!! Okay August, want gems do you have for me next??? . . . #summerreading #summerreads #romancebooks #romancenovels #yathriller #womensfiction #historicalreads #fantasybooks #summerreader #summertbr #forthewolf #thatweekend #thelionsoffifthavenue #floatplan #peoplewemeetonvacation #lifestooshort https://www.instagram.com/p/CSAfgfNhVXO/?utm_medium=tumblr
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atruebloodwrites · 2 days ago
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I absolutely adored Wild Hearts Can’t Be Broken when it first came out. When people started reading Nothing But Sky, I heard a lot of comparisons to this beloved movie and it made me smile. The movie definitely does have the same elements as NBS. A determined girl chasing her dreams. A found family who supports her. And a swoony love interest who is willing to do anything to protect her and keep her safe, all while not standing in the way of her goals. Have you watched this movie? If not, I highly recommend you check it out and see how it compares to my debut! . . . . . #nothingbutsky #wildheartscantbebroken #yahistorical #yahistoricalfiction #yareadsofsummer #yabooks #booksbooksbooks #yabookworm #yabookshelf #summerreading #summertbr #historicalbooks #historicalreads #earlyaviation #barnstorming #quickreads #yasummertbr #bookish #booklove #yabookstagram #yabooksofinstagram #yabookhaul https://www.instagram.com/p/CR9UrTJlYH5/?utm_medium=tumblr
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atruebloodwrites · 4 days ago
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So much of the joy I find in the writing community is when I see author friends shouting from the rooftops about good news involving their writing pals. I’ve learned through the years that the only way to survive the roller coaster ride that is publishing is to have people who understand this business who you can both laugh & cry with when things happen. When people ask me what is my biggest piece of writing advice, I always say find your clan, because if you want a long career in this business you are going to need them! 💚 #writingcommunity #writingpals #writingadvice #writerpals #writingcommunity #writerlife #yawriter #yawritingcommunity #yawriterlife #authorlife #authorsofig #writingabook #writinganovel #pathtopublication #publishingtruths https://www.instagram.com/p/CR4YNvmLLiO/?utm_medium=tumblr
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atruebloodwrites · 4 days ago
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So much of the joy I find in the writing community is when I see author friends shouting from the rooftops about good news involving their writing pals. I’ve learned through the years that the only way to survive the roller coaster ride that is publishing is to have people who understand this business who you can both laugh & cry with when things happen. Truly, no one else will get the joy and the sorrow of this world but them. When people ask me what is my biggest piece of writing advice, I always say find your clan, because if you want a long career in this business you are going to need them! 💚 #writingcommunity #writingpals #writingadvice #writerlife #writerpals #findyourcommunity #writingabook #writinganovel #publishinglife #yawriterlife #igauthor #igauthorlife https://www.instagram.com/p/CR4XgpLLPhI/?utm_medium=tumblr
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atruebloodwrites · 5 days ago
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Roy from Ted Lasso dropping more truth bombs in Season 2. In this instance he’s referring to relationships, but this sentiment can apply to many things in life including publishing. I’ve been pretty open about my experiences in publishing over the years. Some things have been good. Others pretty bad. But I had something that really set me off course earlier this year. Back to back I had two crushing things happen. At first, I worried this was the universe telling me that I needed to take a step back and reassess my writing life. One of these things broke me down because it made me feel like my writing wasn’t worthy of recognition or financial support. It’s hard to see a relationship through one lens and then, like whiplash, that rug is pulled out from under you. You’re forced to realize that perhaps that support & belief in your work was never quite real at all. It’s a gut-wrenching realization, but now with time and space between that event and me, I’ve realized that walking away was the best choice for me and my career. I’ve learned that you have to put value to your work. If people don’t see that value, then you have to move on. Work with others. Write something new. But whatever you do, “Don’t you dare settle” for anything that isn’t worthy of your time or talent. #writerlife #storyteller #storytellinglife #writingabook #writinganovel #authorlife #igauthor #igauthorlife #publishingtruths #writingcommunityofinstagram #writingcommunityofig #authorcommunity #authorsofinstagram #writerssupportingwriters https://www.instagram.com/p/CR1nVmKrkmc/?utm_medium=tumblr
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atruebloodwrites · 7 days ago
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Every year I come across one book that tugs at my heart. A book that sears itself into my brain like a beautiful memory. That book for 2021 is @trishdoller’s FLOAT PLAN. It is clear on every page how much love and care has been put into each sentence of this novel. How much work it took to get every detail right. It is in a word-perfection. If you’re looking for a book this summer that will simultaneously make you laugh, cry, and smile, I must recommend hitching a ride with Anna and Keane as they chase their dreams across a beautiful swath of deep blue sea. #romancereads #summerTBR #bestsummerreads #recommendedreads #romanceTBR #romancebooks #romancereader #romancereaders #summerbooks #summerreading #romancestagram #floatplan https://www.instagram.com/p/CRwnTsWLYAM/?utm_medium=tumblr
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atruebloodwrites · 8 days ago
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Long days of rain is not a typical thing for an Arizona summer. Usually this is the hottest time of the year with temps vacillating between 110-115. With the quiet and peace that the rain brings, it has me thinking a lot about rebirth. How one good storm can wash away the dirt and mess of a long dry period. Make everything look shiny and new again. I think this idea of rebirth, while daunting to some, may also be seen as an opportunity to start fresh. To take stock of what is happening in your life and consider a new path. A challenge that will shake up your norm. Some may be afraid of change, but as I grow older I’ve learned to embrace it. For some reason I see it as a chance to reinvent my expectations. Take on new challenges. This not only applies to my own life but also to my writing. It’s not easy to veer away from your comfort zone, but I firmly believe that if you push your skills, venture into new territory, your writing only gets better. I’ve done this a couple of times now and I always feel a sense of accomplishment when I’ve pushed past that fear. It really is in a sense a path to something new and better. A true rebirth. #writingchalleneges #writinglife #authorlife #writingbooks #writingcommunity #writinginspiration #writingcommunityofinstagram #writingmotivation #authorcommunity #authorsofig #pushingpastcomfortzones #writingcave #revisioncave #authorcommunity #writersofig #authorsofig #pathtopublishing #storyteller #storytellerlife https://www.instagram.com/p/CRt7BmOLum0/?utm_medium=tumblr
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atruebloodwrites · 10 days ago
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The view from our rented beach house a few weeks ago. I’d forgotten how much I needed to just be still. To clear my mind of all my worries and simply listen to the crash of waves upon a still beach. Where is your place of respite? Is it the beach, the woods, a mountain escape? Where do you go to find your peace? #summertimedreams #quietpeace #summervacation #vacationdreams #vacationmemories #summerfun #newportbeach #newportbeachescape #vacationfun (at Newport Beach, California) https://www.instagram.com/p/CRosu8pr5P_/?utm_medium=tumblr
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atruebloodwrites · 11 days ago
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I’ve been thinking about this phrase a lot lately. When you are at a crossroads in your career, you tend to think about all the options. When you are a writer it becomes a question as to whether or not you want to continue being a storyteller. You think about all the things stacked against you. The narrow percentage in your favor to get an agent. The even smaller percentage to get a book deal. On top of that, you have to think about all the processes put in place in publishing that can keep you from being successful. Perhaps any normal person would look at the reality of the situation and consider giving up. For me, that has never been an option. I’m not sure if it’s my personality or my inane sense to prove people wrong, but in spite of all the rejection and disappointment associated with publishing, I haven’t considered throwing in the towel. At every turn, I see the pitfalls of publishing as a challenge. A chance to prove all the naysayers wrong. This either makes me very ambitious or a little delusional, but none of that matters. To me, I can’t imagine a world where I’m not putting words on the page. Breathing life into characters I know deserve a voice. So despite the deep canyons of this business, I continue to plod ahead. There may be many roadblocks in my way, but to me failure is not an option. #writinglife #writerlife #publishinglife #storyteller #storytelling #writersofinstagram #writingcommunity #writingcommunityofig #writingcommunityofinsta #writersunite #writingcave #authorsofinstagram #authorlife #authorssupportingauthors #writerssupportingwriters #authorsofig #authorsofinstagram https://www.instagram.com/p/CRmUROqLbX9/?utm_medium=tumblr
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atruebloodwrites · 12 days ago
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As writers we too often think about the next hurdle. What book we are going to write next. If we’ve done enough promo or spent enough time shouting from the rooftops about what’s coming next. What I don’t think we do enough of is celebrate the victories. The times when a reader has fallen in love with our work. Explained how it’s touched their world. I’m very guilty of this, so today I wanted to go back and look at some kind words readers have shared with me about Across a Broken Shore. It’s a good reminder that my words do have power and can touch readers’ lives. #acrossabrokenshore #yareads #yahistorical #historicalreads #yafiction #youngadultbooks #youngadultfiction #yahistoricalreads #yahistoricalbooks #bookreviews #yabookreviews #yabooklover #yabooknerd #yabookshelf #yabooksofinstagram #yaauthor #iwriteya #ireadya https://www.instagram.com/p/CRjqRKzg99-/?utm_medium=tumblr
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atruebloodwrites · 15 days ago
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When people think of Arizona their first images are most likely desert & cactus. But did you know only two hours from Phoenix there is a cool escape called Flagstaff? It is one of my most favorite places in the world during the summer. The temps are usually 30-40 degrees cooler than Phoenix and the trees and flowers are gorgeous. If you are ever planning a trip to AZ, I highly recommend checking out this little discovery high up in the Coconino forest! #summerescapes #summervacay #quickgetaway #favoriteplaces #flagstaffaz #coolsummerinthepines #summerfun #summervibes☀️ https://www.instagram.com/p/CRZ7B_XLAMB/?utm_medium=tumblr
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atruebloodwrites · 18 days ago
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Weird experience being at Disney last week. I grew up only ten minutes from the park and my best memories are of how the place was packed during the summer, smelling of popcorn and sunscreen. Now with their reservation policy, there are fewer guests let into the park and I have to say it was REALLY nice. We walked onto almost every ride and there was not this packed, frenzied feeling every time we moved from one land to another. The park was also great about keeping things clean & there were hand sanitizer stations about every twenty feet. If you are planning on going, remember you have to make reservations for Rise of the Resistance at Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge (best ride at Disney I have ever been on!) and characters are not interacting directly with guests. In this picture, Flynn and Rapunzel are standing about ten feet away from guests behind a wall of ropes. . . . #summervacay #summeratdisney #starwarsgalaxysedge #disneyinthesummer #disneycharacters https://www.instagram.com/p/CRUOmXorwE-/?utm_medium=tumblr
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atruebloodwrites · 20 days ago
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There is an argument between two characters in one of my YA WIPs about how bad California sunsets are compared to others in the world. On this night, the Southern California sky made me rethink that argument in the book.💛🏖🥰 . . . #nofilter #californiasky #beachvacation #beachsunset #beachvacay #sunsetgram #toobeautifulforwords https://www.instagram.com/p/CRNQasgLYYB/?utm_medium=tumblr
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atruebloodwrites · a month ago
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We writers are often odd souls. Some things normal people might ignore, mean a big deal to us. Case in point, yesterday I had the chance to talk to a group of teen readers about my second book, Across a Broken Shore. I’ve done these kind of book club events before, but this one was different. Every single girl in the room was completely engaged in the conversation. They knew the smallest details about AABS, caught small nuggets of mystery about certain characters, and understood the symbols and themes I weaved throughout the book. We even did a jeopardy-style game with questions about my own book, and they kicked my tail! The one thing that completely blew me away was this first picture. It seems small, but I’ve always wanted a reader to fall so in love with my book that they flag the pages. When I saw this, I almost lost it! Many thanks to Jennifer, the Prescott Teen Services librarian who put this event together, and to the smart, young women in the group. You inspire me to keep writing!💛 #teenbookclub #bookclub #bookclubevent #teenreaders #teenbookclub #yareads #yareaders #yareadersofinstagram #yareadersofig #yahistoricalfiction #yahistoricalreads #yalit #yafiction #iwriteya #ireadya #yabooksta #yabookstagram #yabooknerd #yabookshelf #yabookclub https://www.instagram.com/p/CQydm-fLoQL/?utm_medium=tumblr
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atruebloodwrites · a month ago
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Someone once asked me what the workspace of a historical writer looks like. My one word response…messy. No, but seriously, when I write I am surrounded by research. The books shown in this picture are only a small smattering of the materials needed to write an authentic historical novel. This picture does not show the mounds of paper printed out from various websites, historical maps, or the loads of archival videos bookmarked on my computer. In order to do this job right, you really do have to get lost in the weeds for a while. But, I’ve found that time really pays off if it allows me to immerse the reader in that time and place. For me that is always the end goal when I write a new book! #historicalwriter #researchbooks #researcharchives #historicalresearch #yahistorical #yahistoricalfiction #historicalreads #acrossabrokenshore #nothingbutsky #yawriter #yawriterlife #yafiction #kidlitwriter #yastoryteller #yawritersofinstagram #authorsofinstagram #igauthor #igauthorlife https://www.instagram.com/p/CQwBG3oL4ag/?utm_medium=tumblr
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atruebloodwrites · a month ago
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Writing Friends Challenge Day 29: An Author Moment I’d Like To Repeat For years I’d go to my local Barnes and Noble and walk through the YA section dreaming about the day my book would be on the shelf. In my debut year, I got that moment. This sign was placed prominently outside my local B&N on my signing day, and I burst into tears when I saw it. All those late night writing sessions, all those rejections, were suddenly worth it just to see my picture alongside some of my other local writing pals. It’s really easy to get jaded in this business, but I will NEVER forget the zing of exhilaration when I finally felt like a real author going to do a real signing! #yawriter #iwriteya #yawriterlife #writingfriendschallenge #writersofinstagram #writingcommunity #yawritingcommunity #writerpals #booksigning #inpersonevent #bookstoreevent #bookstoresigning #writingmemories #writergoals #writinggoals #writingfiction #writingyafiction #yafiction #kidlit #yastoryteller @kellydevos @stephanie.elliot @abigailjohnsonya https://www.instagram.com/p/CQtiswMLiAK/?utm_medium=tumblr
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atruebloodwrites · a month ago
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When you find your CP’s next book on the shelves at @bnsantan, it is your duty to not only buy a copy, but position it face out so all readers can admire its awesome cover! Be sure to pick up a copy of @kellydevos’ Eat Your Heart Out when it hits all shelves this Tuesday! #eatyourheartout #yazombiebook #fiercefemale #strongheroine #yahorror #yareads #yabooks #yabookstagram #yabooksta #yawritingcommunity #critiquepartner #newbookrelease #summertbr #summerreads #summerreadinglist #yabooknerd #yabooklove #yabookshelf https://www.instagram.com/p/CQoNM3lr9M2/?utm_medium=tumblr
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atruebloodwrites · a month ago
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I’ve been off for a couple of days and just catching up with this Writing Friends Challenge. Today’s question: First Draft or Revision? I hate drafting. I’m a pretty impatient person and I just want the story out of my head and on the page. I was also trained as a journalist so I draft with a pretty thin word count. For me, the real joy and fun comes from adding setting details, more emotional beats, and fleshing out the character arcs in revision. #amrevising #revisioncave #writingfriendschallenge #writingfriendschallengeJune #yastoryteller #writingfiction #yalit #kidlit #writingyafiction #writinglife #writingcommunity #revisionnotes #revisiontips #yawriter #yawriterlife #writersofinstagram #yawritersofig #igauthors #authorsofig https://www.instagram.com/p/CQgwgDKrNwX/?utm_medium=tumblr
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atruebloodwrites · a month ago
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Just a little reminder that Bookshop.org is awesome! . . . #indiebookstores #bookshoporg #buybooksfromindies #betterthanamazon #booklover #booknerd #summertbr #supportlocalindies #bookaddict #bookishdreamers #bookish https://www.instagram.com/p/CQcjz7Zr3A-/?utm_medium=tumblr
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