Reading in the bath is my favourite hobby 😋
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“People shouldn’t be changed - but perhaps they should grow.”
- Take a Hint, Dani Brown
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I got myself this bookshelf solely for all of my romances. Whether, it be my contemporaries or paranormals. I know for a fact it’ll be filled up real soon.
QOTD: Do you have a bookshelf for a specific genre of books?
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not Elriels cancelling an author for shipping Gwynriel💀😂 man these people are crazy!
Y’all are really out there cancelling the author of The Spanish Love Deception because she ships Gwyn with Az?!
I guess it’s time you guys really get out of twitter and go outside. Breath some fresh air. Touch some grass. Even plant some flowers🥰
Anyways, add The Spanish Love Deception on your tbr because it has a slow burn fake dating trope🤌💖
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"Oh my God. She literally shorted out the train because she was horny," she says, eyes sparkling with absolute awestruck ad miration. "She's an icon."
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Self-publishing is a Pain In The Ass.
So why did I do it?
There were several factors that lead me to self-publish. Searlus and the Sailor was my first “original novel” and it is a Beauty and the Beast retelling. There are tons of those. I didn’t think agents or publishers would be very interested in another retelling. Especially one where the Beast stays a beast. It’s a bit… taboo. Erotic Monster Romances, ya know? Hard to swallow. Appeals to a very specific niche.
Even if Belle is a bi-sexual genderqueer sailor in my version, I didn’t think that would make me stand out very much.
I tried anyway. I submitted my query to a handful of agents, which is not enough, and got my rejection letters–as expected. Being an actor for a dozen years, the rejection didn’t bother me. I know it’s part of the process.
But I have always been known to have very little patience. So, I dove into researching everything I could about self-publishing and boy did I learn a lot. I don’t regret it. Plus, I have very little accomplishments in the way of writing since my entire career has been mostly acting related. I thought that getting a nice chunk of good reviews would add to my “resume” whenever I decided to look for representation.
Self-publishing has a lot of pros and cons but my biggest hurdle was the marketing.
As an actor, even with a good agent, you have to market yourself. It’s always been my weakness, and it’s because I just don’t like it! I despise the “game” and it’s one of the reasons I put on camera acting behind me and just stuck with non-union voiceover work. I love acting. I love filmmaking. But pursuing it professionally has very little to do with talent. It’s eighty percent hustle and ten percent actually doing what you love.
Writing makes me happy, but the hustle of self-publishing is just as draining. I didn’t start writing to put myself back in the same hustle.
I’ve already started querying literary agents for my next novel. My goal is to get traditionally published this time around. It may take years, who knows.
There is only one way to find out!
What would you have done in my shoes? Drop it in the comments!
You can buy Searlus and the Sailor here!
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🎥The Roommate by Rosie Danan
Clara leaps at the chance at romance with her childhood crush when he offers up his spare bedroom for her to take a break from her high-stress socialite family. But her dreams quickly come crashing down when he leaves for the summer AND rents his room to a complete stranger.
Josh just needs a place to crash until his ex decides to let him move back in. Until he meets Clara. Too bad he doesn’t think her uptight cardigan-wearing self will want anything to do with him when she finds out what he does for a living.
But instead of running, Clara suggests they work together to create an explicit sex-positive education platform.
✨This book was so much softer (but still plenty steamy 👀) than I expected and honestly made me tear up a few times because both characters were so sweet an understanding and open to each other.
💫 What's your favorite romance trope? What about character dynamic?
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Saiyaku ni Shite Madowazu🖤
Status: Completed (Chapter 1-5)
Description: Bad luck has fallen upon Moji who runs a restaurant. Having nowhere to go after losing his wallet and his house burned down…. Coincidentally, his fellow graduate, Muguruma shows up in his restaurant. Muguruma, who Moji considered as his rival in his middle school years after falling behind in sports and studies by a fingertip, became a lawyer!
About the time when Moji thought they were finally becoming friends after Muguruma offered his place for Moji to stay in, Moji gets hugged by Muguruma because of his sleeping habit…?
An elite divorced lawyer x An unmarried only-child restaurant owner,
The diary of guys in their 40’s living together♥
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qotd: “I love you with everything I am, everything I've been, and everything I hope to be. I love you with my past, and I love you for my future. I love you for the children we'll have and for the years we'll have together. I love you for every one of my smiles and even more, for every one of your smiles.” — Julia Quinn
𝐑𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ (3.5)
i was really looking forward to reading “Romancing Mister Bridgerton” because i loved penelope’s character in the Netflix series. words cannot describe my disappointment.
in the first three books, colin was depicted as this incredibly sweet, easy going, witty gentleman. for whatever reason, his personality changed entirely. i found myself shuddering by his behavior. he was inconsiderate, cold, and just flat out rude. there were times where i wished Quinn could have just written the novel about penelope as an independent woman living her best life without a husband.
penelope’s character saved this story for me, as she was what really kept me going. i loved reading about her finding her voice and making a name for herself. i cannot wait to see how Nicola Coughlan takes on this character for season 4 of the television series.
Review cross-posted to: Instagram | Goodreads
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Happy Disability Pride Month!!
Here is a list of some fictional books with disability and chronic illness representation. Link below
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Sometimes, people were meant to be in each other’s lives, and nothing else really mattered.
The Princess Trap by Talia Hibbert
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The antagonist is grouchy and sarcastic! Just my type 🥰
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“Love is certainly never safe, but it’s absolutely worth it.”
- Get a Life, Chloe Brown
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I hope this week is a great one for all of us!
✨QOTD: What’s the last book you’ve read? Did you enjoy it?
✨I just finished Make it Sweet and it was a lovely contemporary romance that I think is perfect for the warm weather. Some banter and flirtation, delicious pastry, angst and Heat 🥵
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🎨: @/aizelkonart on ig
“And you have to stop telling what I have to do.” He looks around the room, expression contemplative. “You say you’re a virgin, but have you done any kink before?”
-Neon Gods, Katee Robert🥀
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Today I remembered that I dated a girl in Spanish Harlem who liked to get head to this album! XOXO Jane
August chokes on her sandwich.
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#TBRBusterChallenge June Pick: Red, White, and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston
It's the first week of the month, you guys, so you know that's when I get to my TBR Buster Challenge read of the month because yes, I am an overachiever. And boy was there a lot of hype surrounding this one, let me tell you. But, fortunately, I was able to come out of it with a full heart and a renewed sense of hope for LGBTQ rep in adult fiction.
For some reason I'm finding it a little difficult to explain why I love this book the way I do. Naturally I love the characters, the humor, Alex and Henry's relationship that is so sweet and sincere that I was literally tearing up at points. (Cut me some slack I'm a sensitive soul.)
If anything, I'm just glad that this story exists and that it's become as popular as it has. I'm glad that it shows the beginning and growth of a relationship between two men that genuinely love each other and find comfort in one another's presence. They're allowed to be vulnerable, emotional, smart, snarky, charming, and it all feels so natural.
Initially I was a little hesitant to pick up the book, since it's a full blown romance and that's not usually my genre, but I think the other plotlines, like Alex's personal growth, the reelection, Henry's own trials with his family, balance it out so that it feels like just another plot thread, even though it's meant to be the main focal point. Alex and Henry's personalities also did a lot in keeping me interested, as the humor of the book shines in their dynamic and conversations with one another. Seriously, one day I hope to be able to write dialogue half as funny as this.
All in all, I think this book deserves at least some of the hype surrounding it. I had a blast reading it and now I'm considering maybe I should pick up the author's latest book.
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Happy release day to TWICE SHY by Sarah Hogle!!!
Maybell has always been a dreamer. So when she inherits a charming house in the Smokies, she seizes the opportunity for a fresh start. but her troubles have only just begun. Not only is the house falling apart, but she isn’t the only inheritor. she has to share everything with Wesley, the groundskeeper who’s as grouchy as he is gorgeous–and he has a very different vision for the property.
This was such a fun and soft romance and just felt like such a warm hug that I'm already planning on reading my physical copy as soon as it arrives because I need the serotonin boost. Maybell and Wesley are definitely on my comfort characters list now because I relate to Maybell's dreamer outlook and Wesley's grumpy discomfort and seeing them fall in love brought me so much joy 🥰
Thank you to the publisher and Edelweiss for the ARC in exchange for an honest review! Check out my blog for a full review of this fluffy rom-com!
🌻 Is this on your TBR? What do you look for in a romance? What makes a comfort character for you?
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One Last Stop by Casey McQuiston
August’s move to New York City wasn’t supposed to end this way. It was supposed to be the perfect place for her sour, little pessimistic heart, it was supposed to prove her right, that true love and magic don’t exist, and being on your own is the safest and most practical way to get through life. How an eccentric gang of roommates and a job in food service could change that doesn’t even cross her mind. That is until she meets Jane. Beautiful, charming, mysterious Jane. As August schedules her life around her trips on the Q *ahem* her trips to see Jane, August realizes something she never even thought possible. Jane doesn’t just look like she popped out of a 70’s punk rock poster, she has literally been shoved out of her own timeline in the 1970s and onto the Q, doomed to ride the subway forever, and August is the only one who can help her. As August digs into the past to help Jane and her crush blooms into something more, she starts to realize the past isn’t so disconnected from the present, things are more connected than they seem, and maybe, just maybe, believing in magic and true love isn’t so bad after all.
I have been in a particularly awful reading slump for basically the last year, freshman year of college was not kind to me, but this book, this beautiful, wonderful, glorious book, was the perfect push back into my readership. Now having read Red, White and Royal Blue, which I loved (review for RWARB is up on my blog as well), I was thrilled to get to read what I knew was going to be an amazing story, but boy, this book left my expectations in the dust. One thing I will never get over is Casey’s ability to write people. The characters, even background characters, are so dynamic, they had so much depth and detail to the plot, I don’t even know how to express how much I loved them, they each have their own little details and quirks that really make the story. In the words of a friend who also loved this book, "August and Jane are the main thing but everyone has something going on with everyone else and it’s very natural", the way Casey builds secondary characters in genius. Parallel to that, I will tell you right now, as far as protagonists go, this book knocked it out of the park. I felt connected to August right away. A chubby, anxious, crime junkie who falls in love with hot strangers on public transportation? We’re practically twins! Joking, but seriously, she had such a relatable and real voice, you could pick out the little pieces that made her, her throughout the story. Plus the found family dynamic she builds throughout the book is so, so good. Honestly, it’s one of my all-time favorite tropes, I’ll never get tired of it, and Casey does it so well. But seriously the characters are the bomb and don’t even get me started on Jane. What an amazing combination of the life she had in the 70s, her existence on the subway, and the life she has now. The details with the music, the flashbacks, the tattoos, the stuff she picked up on the subway, the little things, including the excerpts about her at the beginning of each chapter, really drew you in. I actually had to go back and re-read the posts about jane because I didn’t notice the changing dates until I was like four chapters into the book! Speaking of which, I was a little bit of a bad book blogger and didn’t even read the description on the back of the book before I started reading it, I bought it just because of my love for Casey, which isn’t a bad thing, but I seriously had no idea what to expect, and a time warp wasn’t anything near what I thought would be part of this book. But oh my god, it was incorporated so well, you don’t even pick up on the possibility of something like that at the beginning of the book, it doesn’t give off fantasy or sci-fi vibes which I love, it’s very just like ‘welp this is a thing’, which honestly I think just adds to perfect-ness that is this story. But I think overall, number one on the list of awesome things about this book is the Web of lives that is weaved. I love how intertwined their lives turn out to be, there’s one line in the book towards the end that I think can sum up even life without time anomalies, “You’re the most important person I’ve ever met, and I should have never met you at all.” The interconnectedness of the storylines in this book really got to me, a giant spiderweb so ingeniously weaved we can’t even comprehend the whole thing. I know this sounds a little cheesy, but this interconnected web of lives is such a beautiful depiction of what life is all about. Finding a place where you can be you, a place to belong. In the end, this book was magnificent, truly and wonderful read to get me back on track. I would highly recommend it to fans of Red, White and Royal Blue, also if you have read any of Robin Talley’s works (especially Pulp), One Last Stop will be right up your alley, so please give it a read!
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qotd: “‘I love you,’ he said. Because if he kept saying it, maybe it would be enough.” — Julia Quinn
𝐑𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
initially, i was nervous about reading this novel because it involves a love triangle. reviewers on goodreads saying this book should be skipped altogether also contributed to that nervousness. determined to read the entire series, i read “on the way to the wedding” and found that i actually enjoyed this book more than some of the others in the series.
i found lucy’s character to be very relatable. she was very apologetic and worried more about her friend’s happiness than her own. in fact, she was under the impression that hermione would be better off with gregory bridgerton. even though she had developed feelings towards him, she still put hermione first. i feel as though many readers including myself have been in this position before (prioritizing others before ourselves). perhaps that is the reason why i like her character so much. she is flawed, which makes her all the more realistic.
i quite enjoyed lucy and gregory’s romance, which communicates that love can be found in the most unexpected people. gregory believed that hermione was meant to be his perfect match. because of this, he refused view lucy as more than a friend. but the more he spent time with her to get insight on hermione, the more he began to realize that lucy was the one. by the time he came to this conclusion, lucy stood at the alter, prepared to marry another. gregory would not let her say “i do” without a fight.
to all my bridgerton readers, please do not skip this book. it is very much worth your while.
Review cross-posted to: Instagram | Goodreads
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