Bout of Books Readathon

Friday, August 18, 2017



Hi Everyone!

It's that time again! Bout of Books will be running August 21-27. It should be a great event and I hope that you will get a chance to join in on the fun! :) 


Here are few details:

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, August 21st and runs through Sunday, August 27th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 20 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. - From the Bout of Books team

Happy Reading!

Book Review: Footsteps

Thursday, August 17, 2017



Author: 
THE NEW YORK TIMES is a daily newspaper published in New York City and distributed internationally. Founded in 1851, the newspaper has won 119 Pulitzer Prizes, more than any other newspaper.

MONICA DRAKE is the editor of the Travel section at the New York Times.
 
Summary from Publisher:
A curated collection of the New York Times‘ travel column, “Footsteps,” exploring iconic authors’ relationships to landmarks and cities around the world

Before Nick Carraway was drawn into Daisy and Gatsby’s sparkling, champagne-fueled world in The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald vacationed in the French Riviera, where a small green lighthouse winked at ships on the horizon. Before the nameless lovers began their illicit affair in The Lover, Marguerite Duras embarked upon her own scandalous relationship amidst the urban streets of Saigon. And before readers were terrified by a tentacled dragon-man called Cthulhu, H.P. Lovecraft was enthralled by the Industrial Trust tower– the 26-story skyscraper that makes up the skyline of Providence, Rhode Island.

Based on the popular New York Times travel column, Footsteps is an anthology of literary pilgrimages, exploring the geographic muses behind some of history’s greatest writers. From the “dangerous, dirty and seductive” streets of Naples, the setting for Elena Ferrante’s famous Neapolitan novels, to the “stone arches, creaky oaken doors, and riverside paths” of Oxford, the backdrop for Alice’s adventures in Wonderland, Footsteps takes a fresh approach to literary tourism, appealing to readers and travel enthusiasts alike.

Personal Review:
Do you love to travel? Ever think about what inspires someone to write what they do? Then this may be the book for you. This book is full of short stories that talk about the experiences that had lead to some of the great works of literature in the world.

My favorite part of this book was understanding why the authors said what they did. It makes me certainly want to go visit those places and to read the books along with the essays. What a wonderful perspective.

I enjoyed this book and appreciate the opportunity to have read it. Thank you.

 Disclaimer: I was awarded this book as part of the Blogging for Books program. Though I did not pay for the book, the opinions are strictly my own.

Happy Reading!

Waiting on Wednesday: The Great Hibernation

Wednesday, August 16, 2017



Hi Everyone!

Stopping by to let you know about a book I am Waiting on Wednesday for! This author was one introduced to me by my friend Karen. If this one is half as cute as her last series, then we are in for a big treat! 


The Great Hibernation 
Author: Tara Dairman
Release Date: Sept 12 2017

 
Summary from Goodreads:
The most important tradition in tiny St. Polonius-on-the-Fjord is the annual Tasting of the Sacred Bear Liver. Each citizen over twelve must eat one bite of liver to prevent the recurrence of the Great Hibernation, when the town founder's fell asleep for months.

This year is Jean Huddy's first time to taste the liver. It doesn't go well. A few hours later, all the adults fall asleep. And no one can wake them.

The kids are left to run things, and they're having a blast. That is, until the town bullies take over the mayor's office and the police force.

Jean suspects that this "hibernation" was actually engineered by someone in town. She starts to investigate, and inspires other kids to join her in a secret plan to save St. Polonius.


Happy Reading!

Dog Days of Summer Dog Tag

Tuesday, August 15, 2017


IN CELEBRATION OF THE DOG DAYS OF SUMMER, CO-HOSTED BY JO’S BOOK BLOG AND LA LA IN THE LIBRARY, A FUN 7 QUESTION DOG TAG WAS CREATED. I WAS TAGGED (Thank you!!) AND I AM SO EXCITED TO SHARE!

BE SURE TO CHECK OUT BOTH OF THEIR BLOGS TO SEE THEIR ANSWERS.

QUESTIONS

1. WHAT WAS THE NAME OF YOUR FIRST DOG?

Actually Funny you SHould Ask! Kuiper is my first dog! Many people dont know that or believe it, but I always grew up with Cats. My husband had a dog growing up and he was the one to push us to get the dog. 


2. DO YOU HAVE A DOG NOW?

YES, KUiper. :)

 3. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE BREED OF DOG?

Of course I love Greyhounds, but I love the look of the Collie/Sheltie Dogs. That said I have not really found a dog that I dont love. Dont talk to me on the phone while I am walking around because I am constantly cooing over the Dogs in my midst.

4. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CANINE THEMED BOOK?

ADOPTING THE RETIRED RACING GREYHOUND. (The book is super informative and gives you lots of insight about greyhounds that I never knew anything about!) 

5. WHO IS YOUR FAVORITE FICTIONAL DOG?

I would say as a kid it was probably ribsy. :) (Beverly Cleary Is the BEst)

6. WHAT IS YOUR TOP MOVIE CHOICE WITH A FEATURED CANINE?

I love the Dog in Oliver and Company as a kid. BUt I also loved the Milo and Otis. Probably one of those guys. 

7. DO YOU CONSIDER YOURSELF A DOG OR A CAT PERSON? WHY?

I am def both! I think that its amazing when you can have both in your life. 

BONUS QUESTION
TELL US ABOUT A PERSONAL DOG RELATED MEMORY.

Probably the Day We brought Kuiper Home. We had been planning to adopt him for a month and the kennel had a square with Kennel cough, so we had to wait an extra two weeks. When we finally saw him and got to bring him home, I just started to cry. It was love at first sight.

I TAG YOU!
IF YOU DO THIS TAG, LEAVE YOUR LINK IN THE COMMENTS

OR

IF YOU DON’T HAVE A BLOG AND WANT TO ANSWER SOME OF THE QUESTIONS FEEL FREE TO LEAVE THEM IN THE COMMENTS.  I WOULD LOVE TO KNOW YOUR ANSWERS.


It's Monday, What Are You Reading?

Monday, August 14, 2017

This is a weekly meme hosted by Kathryn @ The Book Date. I learned about this meme from Lori at Palmer's Page Turners. Thank you for sharing this fun meme! 



What I Just Finished Reading


This was a very cute read!

What I'm Currently Reading



What I am Reading Next

TBD!



Happy Reading!

Summer TBR Wipeout Post

Sunday, August 13, 2017



Last update...

So far, I have finished...

The Royal Affair (which was actually 3 books)
The Names They Gave Us
Always and Forever, Lara Jean
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The Identicals
A Monster Calls
Code 7
Dalia Lama Book

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Zenn Diagram
Chester and Gus
Footsteps (in progress)

Happy Reading!

#TheReadingQuest

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Hi Everyone!

Do you love books? Do you love video games? Then this may be the reading challenge for you! Hosted by Reading at Midnight, this sounds like an epic reading event! You can find out the details here, but I hope that you will participate!

Happy Reading!

Reading Recap

Friday, August 11, 2017



Hi Everyone!

It's been awhile since I have done a reading recap, so I wanted to share a couple of quick mini reviews for books I have been reading.

Lara Jean #3
This was the 3rd book in the series and I really enjoyed it! I was happy to be reunited with these guys and I have learned that they are making the first one into a movie. An interesting series, I am excited to see it come to life!

The Names They Gave Us
I love Emery Lord. Another wonderful book from her! This book has alot of heart and I can tell that the characters were deeply impacted by what was going on around them. I enjoyed it.

The Book of Joy
In this book, two spiritual leaders come together to share views on Joy. There were many moving passages in this book. I really enjoyed the multiple perspectives and especially when they overlapped.

A Monster Calls

A moving, powerful book. I can finally understand what everyone has been talking about. This book was sometimes hard to read, but the story is deeply important.

The Identicals

Elin's newest book! I really enjoyed this book. I liked hearing the comparison to Martha's vineyard and the plot of the twins throughout. A great summer edition!

Zenn Diagram
A cute contemp romance about a math nerd. I enjoyed this one very much!

Have you read any of these?

 
Happy Reading!

#AYearATHON

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Hi Everyone!

Just stopping by to let you know about a group over on Goodreads that hosts monthly reading challenges. The August one is going on now and involves reading your childhod faves! :) It seems like a fun active group.

More information here!

 
Happy Reading!

Waiting on Wednesday

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Hi Everyone!

Stopping by to let you know about a book I am Waiting on Wednesday for! This one just seemed very interesting to me. I look forward to it!


Little Bigfoot, Big City
Author: Jennifer Weiner
Release Date: October 2017


Summary from Goodreads: 
 From #1 New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Weiner comes the second book in the “smartly crafted” (BCCB) and “heartwarming (School Library Journal) trilogy about friendship, furry creatures, and finding the place where you belong.

Twelve-year-old Alice Mayfair has a secret. She’s not human. But who—or what—is she? While Alice goes in search of her past, her best friend Millie Maximus, a tiny Bigfoot with a big voice, prepares for her future. Together they plan to sneak off to New York City, where Millie hopes to audition for The Next Stage, the TV show she’s sure will rocket her to stardom and free her from the suffocating expectations of her tribe.

Meanwhile Jeremy Bigelow’s Bigfoot research has put him on the radar of a shadowy government organization led by a mysterious man named Trip Carruthers. The Bigfoots have something, a chemical so powerful and dangerous that the government will do anything to obtain it. And Jeremy is tasked with securing it once and for all.

In an unexpected twist of fate, Jeremy, Alice, and Millie find themselves facing off at a crossroads. But in order to determine where they’re going, they have to first figure out where they come from—and draw the line between what is good, what is evil, and what it means to be a hero.


Happy Reading!

Guest Post with Lee Anne Wonnacott

Tuesday, August 8, 2017


Hi Everyone!

I am excited to be here to bring you a guest post today from Lee Anne Wonnacott. Please help me give her a warm welcome to the blog!

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Building a Fictional Character

Sometimes I can be walking or driving somewhere and I’ll see a face of an older person.  The facial lines, the squint or furrowed brow sets off that face from the crowd around it. Veterans gatherings have dozens of faces that thousands of stories to tell.
There are times when I’ll see a news article or story about someone who has done something wrong or against the law and a face will jump out. Motorcycle gangs, railroad workers, and carnival workers have that been-around-the-block look on their faces.
The seasoned, knowledgeable human does not hold their eyes wide open so you can see the white around the iris. Wide open eyes are associated with children and innocence and naivete. That wide-eyed wonderment. It is a practiced behavior in an adult to give this wide-eyed appearance. Some can pull it off and make it believable but others come across as fake.
One exercise that I use quite often is to get on Fiverr and give five photoshoppers two pictures of two different men. I ask that they merge the picture to create the face of a new man. Each rendered image looks unique because it is the perception of the photoshopper and the manipulation tools used. 
It is that rendered image that I blow up to an 8-1/2 by 11” portrait and hang on the wall. I have a set of questions that I ask myself about that face.
·         Who are you?
·         Where have you been?
·         When did you leave X and go to Y?
·         What have you done?
·         Why do you have that scar?

WHO ARE YOU?

The answer to this question is not a name. It is more like a “What.”  A good man gone bad.  A schoolteacher who snapped one day and picked up a gun. A man who was fired off his job and decided to go back for revenge. People who find themselves in stand-offs, hold-outs, barricaded, and sequesters have done it for a reason. Maybe it is a man who went to war and the war never left him.
Sound familiar?  There are dozens of local and regional news stories piecing together the background about people. Day by day, new tidbits are uncovered and a clearer, broader personal picture is created. Start reading the news in a different way to pick out these stories.
For example:  Something happened to the man in the last few hours or days that sort of “last straw” moment. He was fired. His wife walked out. Things had been piling up on him for years. Someone comes forth with a childhood incident/story and it shows the man was this way since the third grade. That is your background. From those incidents that is where you start to build the “who” in your character.
I start by printing off these news stories and assemble a dossier on my nameless man. Sometimes it is only a few days before I have a good background built.  Other times, it can take months.
There are 5 specific areas in a background that fill in:
·         Someone who worked with him said-
·         Someone he drank or hung out with said –
·         Neighbors said –
·         A former teacher said-
·         A deputy or police officer said-
This is designed so that no one person can know the whole story about this man. It is a conglomeration of information that forms the picture in the reader’s mind. And it is an assembly of information over time. You want to paint an abstract picture of a life so that the reader must think about the personality of your character. You want the reader to “tell me more.”
Try this on for size:  A former coworker talked about how his car had broken down alongside the road one late night.  Your character was driving home from his shift and stopped to help.
A partying friend talked about how your character would buy a round of beers for the table down at a local watering hole.
A neighbor from many years back told a chilling tale about how she got up one morning and found your character out in his back yard. He was repeatedly striking a length of pipe on something on the ground but couldn’t see what.  Angry, swearing, grunting, violent, as if in a rage.
A teacher from the eighth grade talked about how once or twice a month your character would come into class with a split lip, black eye, or favoring a scabbed over hand. None of the other kids had seen him in a fight. Your character came to school this way from home.
A police report on a warehouse break-in cites your character stopped for questioning. He had sprained his ankle, limping down two blocks over. The officer thought your character had been carrying something but could not find anything.
You want to space out the information over chapters so the reader gets slices and fractions of your character’s personality. It is the age-old question that you see all the time: Who is this man?


WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN?


I like to ask that picture on the wall about where they were before they were here. Remember, today’s bus drivers and truck drivers are not all that much different from the stagecoach drivers of the 1800s. Everybody has been somewhere. Some people have been everywhere.
Do a search on the mass murders of the 20th century and you’ll read about how they mostly stayed in the same area or traveled between two or three points.
“Jerry started working for us back in 2001. I know he had worked the Alaskan oil pipeline. He had this big scar on his shoulder from some accident up there.”
Jackson, Mississippi.  The wilds of western Canada. Brownsville, Texas. The Sonoran Desert. Mars. Even if it is just around the corner, we all have been somewhere else besides home.  When you build the background, hint or allude to something heinous that happened somewhere else. Give the impression that the man is now here to start “fresh” again. Maybe he is trying to forget something but don’t identify what it is that he is trying to forget.
I am not skilled in having a character think about his past in much detail. I can do a heartache for a love lost. I can do a regret for a past action, like having to sell stuff to keep food on the table. I cannot do a broken mind teetering on the brink of madness. The best I can do that the man is, “touched in the head.”
To me, it does not serve a purpose for a character to constantly dwell on past failures or count his regrets repeatedly. My characters acknowledge that it happened, they may make a silent vow it will never happen again, and then move on down the road to the future. I want my characters to be more from where they have been rather than how they were brought up.

Try this on for size:  Man was born in West Virginia. Father moved them to Ohio at age 4. Nice life.
Man joined army and saw Louisiana. Discipline and behavior problems in military. Discharged.
Started up his own computer repair business. Started looking for love in Ohio.
Flew to California to visit friends. Stayed for ten years. Something bad happened. Flew back to Ohio, homeless. Something bad happened.
Flew to Florida to get away from the bad. Stayed for four years living on the bayou, drinking, and shrimping. Now you have a forty-year old man who has been back and forth across the US. He cannot seem to hold a job, bad luck in love, a drinking problem and likes to bare-fist fight.  Where can you take this character?

WHEN DID YOU LEAVE X AND GO TO Y?


People one day packed up everything, got on a boat and months later landed in the New World. My next-door neighbor loads up his big Harley and heads for New Orleans because he feels like it. Or maybe it is time for the Sturgis run.
I like to use Mother Nature as the impetus to push someone from point A to point B. When the first snow falls in Calgary, it is time to ride south. When the geese fly south, it is time to move to a warmer climate. Snowbirds head for Arizona and California for the winter. River flooded from a storm. 115-degree heat in Las Vegas.
“The morning I woke up and the power was out and I had ice on the inside of my windows, I knew it was time to head for Phoenix.”
I was greatly impressed and astonished about the number of long-time residents of Mississippi and Louisiana who relocated after Hurricane Katrina. Houston, Atlanta, Oklahoma City and other towns became the new homes for people displaced by the storm. New stories in the paper told how people were just plain tired of rebuilding and wanted to move on to somewhere they could settle.
The other ploy I like to use is the perception that a murder or killing is in the recent wake of someone moving to another location.  Scabbed over cut on a lip, a black eye and man who favors his left leg kind of gives the impress that he has been in a scrape. He bears the physical evidence of a beating. This is what happened to him and he is still standing. You want the reader to ask about what happened and where.
One caution here. When you include children under the age   of 10 in the “where” equation, you risk a whole other emotional overload from fans. Some cannot tolerate children being subject to the antics of a violent person. I’ve seen this in stories about children in families where the parents murdered an older child. Some fans are turned off by this and animal violence, as well.

Try this on for size: 
Your character used a crow bar to wedge open that back door of a store in Bakersfield. No alarm. No dog. Inside he took clothing, socks, and a pair of shoes. Five minutes, he was gone. Four days later, your character is rousted from sleep in an alley in Reno by a police officer and told to move along. He did.
Three days later your character gets on an apple picking crew outside of Walla Walla, Washington. When the first dusting of snow drops, your character heads for Seattle and a long-lost friend. Except the friend is gone.
In a bar, your character hears about a fishing boat on the docks leaving for Alaska for the winter crabbing season. The boat needs strong hands. Your character now lives for six months in Alaska.
All along the way, you have your character do something that portrays his desperation. Petty crimes. Robberies. Shoplifting. Something that drives him on to the next location. Give your character the “running form the crime” attitude. It is a drifter existence. A nomadic life. And you as a writer and author leave a trail of broken locks, broken bones and lucky breaks in his wake.

WHAT HAVE YOU DONE?


A while back there was a huge shoot-out between a couple of motorcycle gangs in Texas. Over fifty people were arrested for assorted charges.  As each one came up for indictment, their personal history began to come out.
One man’s legs were gnarled and severely scarred. He had trained fighting dogs for years and suffered bites and attacks from his pupils. Read these stories and connect someone’s real life background to your fictional character.
I like to use the tool of selective memory. The man only talks about something that he did to get by.
“Why, yes, Mark. I’ll marry you. But before we go any further, I need to know exactly how you lost your big toe on your left foot.”
“I told you about that. Why do you have to keep bringing that up?  Don’t you believe me when I tell you about something horrible that happened to me? Can’t you accept what I told you?”
I have a character that used to do armed hold-ups of stagecoaches from Missouri to Phoenix. He was nursing a flesh wound at a campfire when a deputy stopped in. The man didn’t want to admit to getting shot while in the robbery attempt. 

“Aw, you know women. They throw things when they get upset. I’m letting her cool down for a day or two, officer. Nothing we ain’t been through before.”
Also, not everyone walks around with a beautiful halo hovering above them. Even the best of men have shortcomings and failings. Maybe your character discovered the cure for lung cancer, single-handedly terra-formed Mars and solved the world hunger problems.  He also suffers from hemorrhoids and ingrown toenails that make him want to kill something.
I wrote a story years ago about a man that had stolen a pencil in the third grade. Later, he sold off his girlfriend’s purebred Siamese cat because he hated the cat. He hotwired cars just for the fun of it. The character graduated to being a driver of the getaway car. Someone showed the character how to fuse a stick of dynamite so he took to blowing doors off buildings. The character could squeeze into small places. He squeezed into the wrong place and woke up to find himself on a container ship headed to South America.
As you write your character, inject his personal pet peeves. Write about what he cannot stand.  You know people who can’t put mustard and mayonnaise on the same piece of bread. You know people who don’t use electronic appliances on New Year’s Day. You know people who fixedly recycle everything. Use those on your character.
Those personal pet peeves might be the reason why your character does something.


WHY DO YOU HAVE THAT SCAR?


There are three reasons why people have scars. Mother Nature, another human being, and myself.
Mother Nature
Tree fell on me
Wind blew shingle off the roof and it hit me
Lightning struck a power line and the arc jolted me
Dog/horse/cow/elk/cat/snake bit me
Sun burned me
Earthquake/Flood/Hurricane did that to me

Another Human Being
Knife fight
Bar fight
Buckshot
Broken bottle
Lynched
Hit by a car/truck/scooter/bicycle

Myself
Cut myself shaving
Tripped and fell
Car accident
Slipped off trail/bridge/road/path
Hammer/saw/screwdriver/knife missed and hit me
Climbing over/crawling under/squeezing through someplace.

I am not shy about asking strangers about scars and tattoos. I want to know why that man is missing his eye. I want to know how that Chief Petty Officer lost the end of his left thumb. I want to hear about how that firefighter got burned down his neck and arm.
It signifies a level of common stupidity when a character admits to doing something ridiculous. The reader empathizes. Inside of us is the secret about us doing exactly that. We get a memory flash going back over that little white scar on our left forearm. One of the most human things you can do to make your character real is to have him do something that has happened to you.
Some scars reveal the fortitude and bravery of the individual. One man I met had been in his garage doing bandsaw work for a new kitchen. The kids and dogs ran out into the garage, crashed into the man and he lost his hand and forearm to the bandsaw. Rather than just bleed out right there, he tied a tourniquet onto himself and dialed 911 before passing out.
I wrote about a cowboy character who had been moving fifty head along the rim of a mesa. The herd spooked and shoved the horse over the rim. Cowboy had time to rope an old stump and wrap the rope about the saddle horn. The horse dangled in midair from the saddle. Cowboy was left dangling by his belt from a stirrup with his left arm gushing blood from the rope burn. I left him there for six hours until a little old man and wife trotted along in their wagon.
Do something to your character that will make someone else walk up and ask, “Mister, why do you have that scar?  What happened to you?”

I have one of those minds where I can see a painting of an old, broken down barn and within five minutes tell you about the men who used to work in it.  That barn on Walking Dead where all those zombies were kept is the end result of someone dreaming up what to do with a country barn.
That old 1948 Cadillac sitting in an Arizona barn is prime fodder for my imagination. You can dream up the men and women who drove it. Your character can light a cigarette and tell you about how he got that dent in the front end. The wife of your character can tell you about giving birth to their first born in the back seat on the way to the hospital. The grandson can tell you the story about how he found his grandparent’s dead in that Caddy.
When you build a character for your novel, try building it around one event. I knew a man who was in the back-passenger seat with friends as a group of six was headed out to club for the night. Other truck ran a red light and t-boned the car on the passenger side. Man ended up in a wheelchair. Write your story about what happened up to the crash event. Write your story starting immediately after the crash event. Focus on the man’s trials and tribulations on a succession of wheelchairs.
Last month, another writer friend showed me the photoshop merge of her father’s picture and that of Tom Selleck. Craggy, sneered grin, dancing eyes, bushy brows. The writer’s father passed on in 1996 so she won’t have to suffer his comments. She will use the image for a six-book series about an interstate truck driver.
Get started.

SUMMARY
Building a fictional character can be started by answering five questions: Who are you? Where have you been?  When did you leave X and go to Y? What have you done? Why do you have that scar?
By using current events and news stories as well as your own background, you can build a dynamic fictional character. Every day around the world people experience life and you can apply those to your writing to make it more real. This article walks you through how to do just that.


It's Monday, What Are You Reading?

Monday, August 7, 2017

This is a weekly meme hosted by Kathryn @ The Book Date. I learned about this meme from Lori at Palmer's Page Turners. Thank you for sharing this fun meme! 



What I Just Finished Reading



This was a very interesting read!

What I'm Currently Reading



What I am Reading Next

TBD!



Happy Reading!

July Rewind

Sunday, August 6, 2017




Hi Everyone,

Happy July wrap up! I hope that you had a wonderful month. I am happy to report that I finished 7 books this month. I won’t link to the reviews directly, but if you head over to the side of my blog you can sort my posts by month.

Specifically, I read:

1 Books for Review
6 library books

I am happy with this because I am finally starting to get back to going to the library. Yay!!


Highlights of the month included:

Summer Bingo 
TBR Wipeout
#24in48

What's in the que for you for August?

Happy Reading!

Weekendathon

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Hi Everyone!


I havent been able to find alot of details on this one yet, but its the start of Weekendathon! I hope that if you are participating, you can find more information and have many happy pages! :)

Former information.


 
Happy Reading!

Guest Post with Aimee Brown

Friday, August 4, 2017

Hi Everyone!

I am super excited to be here today with a special guest post from author, Aimee Brown today! :) I hope that you will check out her book Little Gray Dress.  Happy Reading!

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In a past life, I was a wedding planner.
By Aimee Brown
I’m obsessed with weddings. Just about every movie I adore has a wedding in it of some sort. I watch far too many wedding shows on TLC. I’ve seen every single episode of David Tutera’s My Fair Wedding, Say Yes to the Dress and Four Weddings, multiple times. I can even predict the dress a bride will choose without ever being wrong on just about every wedding show. Back in the day, I watched hours of that show ‘A Wedding Story.’ It was just so heartwarming and fairytale like. I just can not get enough weddings.
I’ve decided it must be something born into me. I myself didn’t have a big wedding. I’ve never tried on a wedding dress or gone cake tasting (well, with my best friend I did, but never for myself). I didn’t get to pick the ugly bridesmaid dresses, actually, I didn’t even pick bridesmaids. I don’t have any personal experience with planning my own wedding. I do think that if I had to have a career change, I could consider wedding planning and have a blast.
Maybe that’s the obsession though? Maybe because I didn’t have any of that myself, I enjoy finding it through others. Weddings are romantic, gorgeous and normally a lot of fun. I’m not an expert as I’ve been to more weddings as a child than I have as an adult, but I feel like I could plan a hell of a wedding in real life. I’ve only ever even been a bridesmaid once in my entire life, but I’ve read enough about the relationship of bride and bridesmaids that I feel I could do a lot of good as the mediator between the two.
That could be it. Maybe my inspiration for writing a wedding-themed book is my subconscious way of creating a memory of an event I long for? If I overthink it just right that sound perfectly plausible.
Would it be totally weird if I went to a bridal shop and tried on dresses, even though I was married twenty years ago? I could always lie and say I’m planning for the big day and use it as research for another novel. Actually… that’s not a bad idea. My husband will love it when I announce this idea.




Little Gray Dress has multiple weddings involved. One of my favorite parts was planning each of these weddings. Pinterest is an easy wedding hole to fall into. I think in each wedding in the book there is a piece of me, something I would choose or want for my own wedding. Considering I got married in the 90’s you should be glad that I have chosen more classic themes that the one I wanted way back then. It seems that nobody wants Boys II Men to sing at their reception anymore…?
I guess what I’m trying to say is that my obsession with weddings is what sparked Little Gray Dress. Besides knowing that I wanted to write a book that I’d love, I also always kind of knew a wedding would be involved. Did I know this many weddings, engagements or break-ups would be involved? No. But I’m so happy with where it went and how things happened.
I wouldn’t at all be surprised if most of my books involve some sort of wedding. Maybe it’ll be my theme, and I’ll become known as the wedding writer. As Jennifer Lopez says in The Wedding Planner – those who can’t wed, plan. (although mine would probably be, those who don’t have a wedding, write them)


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Thanks Aimee!!
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Weds – August 2ndBlog on the Run – Book Review/Guest Post
Books and Photographs – Book Review
Judging More Than Just the Cover – Book Review/Author Interview
Nicole Evelina – Book Review/Guest Post
The Novel Girl Reads – Book Review/Excerpt/Author Q&A


Thurs – August 3rd
Chick Lit Central – Author Interview
NovelGossip – Book Review
Hey Said Renee – Author Guest Post
Romantic Reads and Such – Book Excerpt
Steamy Book Mama – Book Review


Fri – August 4thBrizzleLass Books – Book Review
O.D. Book Reviews – Book Excerpt
He Said Books or Me – Author Guest Post
Corinne Desjardins – Book Spotlight
Where Dragons Recide – Book Review/Author Q&A


Sat – August 5thJenaBooks – Book Review Sylv.net – Book Spotlight  Got Books, Babe? – Author Guest Post The Writing Garnet – Book Review

Sun – August 6thI Read Novels – Book Review
It's my Life – Book Excerpt
RaeReads – Book Review
Kelee Morris – Author Guest Post
GrassMonster – Book Review


Mon – August 7thLiving Life with Joy – Book Review/Author Q&A
The Belgian Reviewer – Author Guest Post
Book Lover in Florida – Book Excerpt
Haddie’s Heaven – Book Spotlight
Books in my Opinion – Book Review
Literature Goals – Book Review/Excerpt/Author Q&A


Tue – August 8thReading to Unwind – Book Review
Kristin's Novel CafĂ© – Book Excerpt/Book Review
Key of Dee – Author Guest Post
FrankyBrown – Book Excerpt
Smokin’ Hot Reads Book Blog – Book Reviews


Weds – August 9thInk, Maps and Macarons – Author Q&A
Heartalefix – Book Review
Tea Party Princess – Author Guest Post
One Book at a Time – Book Excerpt
TrashyBibloBlog – Book Review/Excerpt


Thurs – August 10thItaPixie’s Book Corner – Book Review/Excerpt
Rosa Temple Writes – Author Guest Post
Life at 17 – Book Spotlight
Daily Waffle – Book Excerpt/Author Q&A
Written by Deb - Guest Post


Fri – August 11thPretty Little Book Reviews – Book Review
Sparkly Word – Book Review
Books and Readers – Book Review / Excerpt / Guest Post
Ali the Dragon Slayer – Book Review
Rambling Lisa's Book Reviews – Book Review/Book Excerpt


Sat – August 12thLife of a Simple Reader – Book Review/Excerpt
KD Reads – Book Review/Guest Post
D.K. Hamilton – Book Review/Author Q&A
20CC Reviews – Book Review


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