Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Oh... Thats right

Sometimes it takes a while.
Sometimes, a very long while, for me to remember WHY I love books so much. Not just any book. Because believe me, I do not in the slightest enjoy reading boring, nonfiction, history.
I dont like it. Never have.
But Fantasy novels.
Mystery. Exciting tales of war and peace and love and death, that all leave you gasping for breath even though they arent even real.
Those are what I love.
Books that cause physical reactions in me. Laughing. Smiling, even. Tears. Heart ache.
I love them.

Sometimes I go weeks, months even, without reading. Because life gets in the way. Work. Kids. Husband. Bills. Family drama. Stress of planning, (or trying to)for the future.
It all gets overwhelming and steals any time you have.

And then I go to the library (Because Dani cannot stand having no new books to read, and as a good mother, I encourage this addiction to books) and I see a book, and I decide to pick it up, snag it for myself, check it out, reserve the sequel, and read the crap outta that book.

And I remember.
This is why I love reading. I love that words on a page can suck me from this life and transport me to something other, something different, where other peoples concerns become my own. Where other worlds become important to me. Where other people, who admittedly dont even exist for real, mean something to me.

Always, every single bloody time, after I read a fantastic book, I feel that urge. That kindling to my fire. That spark of a match from my Muse, and I write again.

So here I am, letting you know, that I am officially writing the Fourth book in The Empyrean Chronicles.

Since November (Thank you NaNoWriMo) when I wrote the third book, Enthralling Retribution, I havent written at all. About a week ago, I finally started blasting through edits upon edits. Revising it and polishing it, to make it become something better than what it was. Something actually readable.

And then thats it.
No new words pouring from my fingertips.
No new creations. No people, discussion. or fighting. Nothing new.

But now I feel it.
And now I'll write.
Thank you, all you amazing books that Ive read, for making me want more. For reminding me why I love to read. And why I love to write.

PS- I totally wrote this after reading Ash like Snow and Ice like Fire. The first and second in a fantastic YA fantasy series!
go find them. and read them.

Monday, January 25, 2016


Every time twelve year old Aislin sleeps, she experiences another person’s DREAMS, their hopes or despairs, loves or hates, most fervent dreams, or darkest nightmares. She is weird, a word she hates more than anything else. Though, when her little brother, Luke, the only person in the world who treats her normal, gets into a car accident, her only hope of saving him is her ability to communicate with him while he dreams. 

It isn’t until she dreams with Jessica, another coma patient and her best friend’s little sister, that she discovers her chance to save him. After Aislin guides Jessica back to the waking world, she opens her eyes to find her plan gone horribly awry, and Jessica dead. 

Devastated, Aislin must find a way to stop dreaming altogether or somehow perfect it, before she kills her brother, too. 

While funny and charming, this book deals with some serious issues, and provides much for parents and children to discuss. 

Some scary situations, bullying, and reality of car accidents make this appropriate for children 6 and older, but may be more appropriate for children 9-13 years old.


"I'd highly recommend this book to both kids and adults. I think, for a fiction novel, it's very informative emotionally and I feel it'd help kids understand their feelings better in traumatic situations. I'd also recommend it to adults who like touching, heart-felt stories that could either break your heart or make it swell with joy :) it's definitely a new favourite of mine! I love reading books like Weird, it makes reading worth while, you know? Like finding a gem amongst lots of junk."  - A. Heaney

"I've read and enjoyed other books written by Theresa Jones, so when I found out that she's taken a turn into middle grade, I was curious what would happen. Now, after reading WEIRD, I can only say that this author definitely should continue to write books for this intended audience."-  Tonja Drecker

"Weird was a good kind of weird. While it contains magical realism, this book touches on very real issues on family, friendship, and self-acceptance." - Julia @Books and Insomnia

Monday, January 4, 2016


So, I had planned to write a lot over the last two weeks.

I work for the school system, so, even though Im not a teacher, I get the same "winter vacation" that they do. Two whole weeks off!
How could I NOT write a lot?!?

Yeah. -_-

So, apparently when you have Christmas, and New Years, And of course the eves, you have no time to write.

There was a moment, though fleeting as it was, that I thought I was going to be able to write some. Instead, I enjoyed the Hunger Games movies with my daughter (her first time watching them.) and finished it off with a trip to the theater to see the newest one.

So could I have written, instead of sitting in front of the tv?

Was it worth it?

My daughter finished reading the series just before the Christmas break, and had been begging me to see the movies. And I still hadnt seen the last one yet anyways.
Time with the little, enjoying some dystopian crazy... totally worth it.

But now its time to get back to it, back to the grind and all that.
Back to work.
And more importantly (or maybe not, since work is what pays the bills...) back to writing.
no more slacker time available.

As far as books go, I did check out Sweet Ruin by Kresley Cole from the library, and Im looking forward to reading that!

Have you read anything good lately?
Any suggestion on a good book to read?


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