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Wrap-up of 2018 in #Books

2018 books

My goal for 2018 was to read 25 books. I read 26! I know it was a small goal but with being a new mom, it was a good goal that could be met.

My top favorite 10 from that list are:

  1. Shear Magic
  2. The Harbinger
  3. Delightfully Witchy
  4. Happily
  5. Chevalier
  6. Land of Stories
  7. The Nanny Song
  8. Aggravated Momentum
  9. The Things we learn when we’re dead
  10. The Vampire wants a wife

You can find all of my reviews on the blog. ^_^

I hope you all had a good reading year!

AK

Does writing speed matter? Does the word amount count? #authorthoughts

Writing speed.

All of us know that it’s not about the word count or at least it shouldn’t stop us from continuing our WIP’s.

We strive to meet the 50k count, 60k, 100k but is it about getting to that number? Or we strive to have a certain amount of chapters and get stressed out as soon as we get to the last one. Did we write in everything we wanted? What if we needed one more chapter but our perfect idea of the amount of chapters didn’t let us add that one more number so we started to break up the chapters in new spots so we would have OUR number.

However, did you stop to think that the original endings for your chapters were perfect? That maybe the readers would want one more chapter and for you to not stick to your rules?

That’s not even the worst of our scary writing process.

Another question is – how many books can one author write per year? Does it matter? If one author writes writes one and another writes three while a third is not even close to finishing one… will some shun one of them or all of them?

All authors write at their own speeds and it’s not about the writing speed but the material.

Nanowrimo is all about the count but when one looks back at their novel after its finished, in December, one may find that the first draft is HORRIBLE. I’m not saying it happens to everyone. But really, when you look back, don’t be surprised if there are a lot of not needed words. A lot of those words will be edited out and replaced. The idea will stay and or even be changed as well in your second draft. Don’t freak out. Know that you did an amazing job with your work but accept that it’s a first draft.

That goes for all of the books you write, whether it be in a month, a year, or years. Don’t focus on the amount of words or how fast you write. Focus on the plot, the characters, and the love you have for your story. Readers don’t look at the count and chances are don’t even think about it. They don’t think about how long it took you to write your work in progress.

Readers want to care about your characters. Readers can feel the love you have for your characters. If they feel it, they will love your books.

Good luck!

What do you guys think?

AK

 

Why do authors write? #amwriting #amreading #books #author

Is it because we’re good at it? Is it because we enjoy it?

Everyday, authors post about bookish things – well, the authors who blog anyway. We post about writing tips, about our own books, and about our author journey. Once in a while, we write about random stuff. But, that is blog posts.

Why do we write books?

I can’t talk for every author, but I can mention three things on why I write books – 

  • I’m not sure a 100% that I’m good at it, but I have stories inside my head that I want to share with the world and the best way to share is to publish. I can always write and share it with my friends, but according to them – all write and they don’t have time to read all of their friends works. Internet strangers become our best friends and even better if they review. Shameless plug -Please read my novels and leave reviews. I need to get past 20 reviews on each book!
  • I enjoy it. When I share my work with others, I become giddy and excited. I think up different scenarios in my head of their future reactions. Sometimes, it’s about good responses and sometimes it’s about the bad ones. Either way, I loved the responses from Lily on my latest book that is with my editor at the moment. The best thing about that feedback was that she read the raw, unedited version with a TON of mistakes! Love that girl.
  • Books are an endless pool of knowledge. Thanks to writing, I learned that my English is horrible! I accept it and that’s why some deity created editors and proofreaders. Thank the deity for those awesome people. I also learned about marketing techniques that actually help me bargain in other areas of my life.

If you’re an author, why do you write? Who are you thankful for, that helps you with your writing?

Until next time,

AK

Something new coming soon!

Good news to my readers, friends, and fans!

I have finished my next book project. It turned out to be a novella, but I love it, anyway!

Here’s a possible book blurb. Tell me how much you love it!

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Television Lied.

Being a witch isn’t as cool “as seen on TV.” Twitching my nose doesn’t change my outfit and snapping my fingers doesn’t transport me to a magical witch realm.
What did it get right then?

The fact that you have to hide your identity and uniqueness from the people that you love. It’s painful lying to your best friend.

It’s not all bad. My days as a forensic anthropologist are quiet. Well, they were. The day she landed on my cold slab was the day my peaceful life was turned upside down. Now, I have to delve back into the a world that I thought I had left behind.

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Who’s excited with me???

Anyway, at the moment it’s being edited and going to be proofread. Then, I have beta’s reading it and then I’ll be doing a book tour! I need to contact Shannon, haha

The only real problem I’m having is with the book cover. I have no idea what I want it to look like!!!

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Casting Cat and Regina:

Cat (Dianna Agron) Regina (Alexis Bledel)

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It was really hard figuring who would be the lucky starts but I narrowed it down!

Who’s your favorite actress and why?

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Follow the Snowflakes: A Christmas Novella (Release Date: December 15, 2017)

At 28, it’s bad to be single. After four years of relationship struggles, Cat is ready to try anything.

That’s when her friend tells her about her class’ Dear Santa letters. One little boy asked for a new mommy, and she suggests Cat meets the kid’s dad, just to see where things go. Cat figures it can’t hurt…until she meets a stranger in the midst of a car accident. The man is handsome with a sad look in his eyes. He still wears a wedding band and she’s not sure his heart’s available, even if he makes her heart race. But, maybe he’s a widower? Cat wonders if she should resign herself to being an old maid, or whether she could possibly be the answer to a little boy’s Christmas wish, unless there’s a third option – a future with the stranger.

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about the author

ANGELINA KERNER is a self-published author of paranormal and lighthearted romance. She’s the wife of a photographer/physicist, and the mother of a cute little toddler, but she’s also been a dancer, a psychologist, an anthropologist, a geographer, a dreamer, and an adventurer. She does her best writing while being bothered by her cats, taking care of her son, in dressing rooms while waiting for family to try on clothing, and at home in sunny California. Angelina loves to play goddess-dragon matchmaker, transporting readers to a place where young goddesses have lovable flaws, the Fates plan to dethrone, the universe is endless and untamed, and dragons roam free! She also loves to write carefree romance where one can finish reading with a smile.

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Caroling.

I have never done it, though I love Christmas movies that involve caroling in one way or another. I find it that people have guts to go from house to house and sing. It’s really cool and open. No one ever done that in my neighborhood….

Here’s Snoopy:

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Have you ever been a caroler and or have gone caroling? Do you think people still do it? If not, what should people do to bring back the tradition? Share your experience! 

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Follow the Snowflakes: A Christmas Novella (Release Date: December 15, 2017)

At 28, it’s bad to be single. After four years of relationship struggles, Cat is ready to try anything.

That’s when her friend tells her about her class’ Dear Santa letters. One little boy asked for a new mommy, and she suggests Cat meets the kid’s dad, just to see where things go. Cat figures it can’t hurt…until she meets a stranger in the midst of a car accident. The man is handsome with a sad look in his eyes. He still wears a wedding band and she’s not sure his heart’s available, even if he makes her heart race. But, maybe he’s a widower? Cat wonders if she should resign herself to being an old maid, or whether she could possibly be the answer to a little boy’s Christmas wish, unless there’s a third option – a future with the stranger.

Add to Goodreads

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about the author

ANGELINA KERNER is a self-published author of paranormal and lighthearted romance. She’s the wife of a photographer/physicist, and the mother of a cute little toddler, but she’s also been a dancer, a psychologist, an anthropologist, a geographer, a dreamer, and an adventurer. She does her best writing while being bothered by her cats, taking care of her son, in dressing rooms while waiting for family to try on clothing, and at home in sunny California. Angelina loves to play goddess-dragon matchmaker, transporting readers to a place where young goddesses have lovable flaws, the Fates plan to dethrone, the universe is endless and untamed, and dragons roam free! She also loves to write carefree romance where one can finish reading with a smile.

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French fries. My chosen foods for making me feel better. A bar and grill just needs to have fries and they better be good!

Cat goes to a bar with a friend and orders french fries. When another friend joins her, he gets a surprise…the fries are extra salty. 😉

I also like french fries with chili. Here’s a pic (just because lol) :

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What do you guys like adding to your fries? Nowadays, there are a ton of options. 

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Follow the Snowflakes: A Christmas Novella (Release Date: December 15, 2017)

At 28, it’s bad to be single. After four years of relationship struggles, Cat is ready to try anything.

That’s when her friend tells her about her class’ Dear Santa letters. One little boy asked for a new mommy, and she suggests Cat meets the kid’s dad, just to see where things go. Cat figures it can’t hurt…until she meets a stranger in the midst of a car accident. The man is handsome with a sad look in his eyes. He still wears a wedding band and she’s not sure his heart’s available, even if he makes her heart race. But, maybe he’s a widower? Cat wonders if she should resign herself to being an old maid, or whether she could possibly be the answer to a little boy’s Christmas wish, unless there’s a third option – a future with the stranger.

Add to Goodreads

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about the author

ANGELINA KERNER is a self-published author of paranormal and lighthearted romance. She’s the wife of a photographer/physicist, and the mother of a cute little toddler, but she’s also been a dancer, a psychologist, an anthropologist, a geographer, a dreamer, and an adventurer. She does her best writing while being bothered by her cats, taking care of her son, in dressing rooms while waiting for family to try on clothing, and at home in sunny California. Angelina loves to play goddess-dragon matchmaker, transporting readers to a place where young goddesses have lovable flaws, the Fates plan to dethrone, the universe is endless and untamed, and dragons roam free! She also loves to write carefree romance where one can finish reading with a smile.

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