Sunday Sentence.

Peterson, liberated from Sick Bay, arrived first with two cardboard boxes. ‘Some of your books,’ he said. ‘How do you organise them?’

‘By order of enjoyment.’

‘Yes, that’s helpful.’

‘Fiction goes on the top shelf, alphabetically, and everything else underneath in chronological order.’

Just One Damned Thing After Another: The Chronicles of St. Mary’s Book One (The Chronicles of St Mary’s 1), Jodi Taylor.

Even though I didn’t really like this book (weird character development, problematic pacing, and just…a disconnect), I did enjoy this quote.

Another 2019 Reading Challenge!

2019 reading challenge

I’m going to end up finishing a book this week (like, a real novel), so I’m starting 2019 off on a great start!

Some suggestions (and my books sometimes fall into multiple categories):


YA Scavenger Hunt, Fall 2018!

Welcome to YA Scavenger Hunt! This bi-annual event was first organized by author Colleen Houck as a way to give readers a chance to gain access to exclusive bonus material from their favorite authors…and a chance to win some awesome prizes! At this hunt, you not only get access to exclusive content from each author, you also get a clue for the hunt. Add up the clues, and you can enter for our prize–one lucky winner will receive one book from each author on the hunt in my team! But play fast: this contest (and all the exclusive bonus material) will only be online for 72 hours!

Go to the YA Scavenger Hunt page to find out all about the hunt. There are SIX contests going on simultaneously, and you can enter one or all! I am a part of the BLUE TEAM — but there is also a red team, a gold team, an orange team, a red team, and an indie team for a chance to win a whole different set of books!

If you’d like to find out more about the hunt, see links to all the authors participating, and see the full list of prizes up for grabs, go to the YA Scavenger Hunt page.

Directions: Below, you’ll notice that I’ve listed my favorite number. Collect the favorite numbers of all the authors on the blue team, and then add them up (don’t worry, you can use a calculator!).
Entry Form: Once you’ve added up all the numbers, make sure you fill out the form here to officially qualify for the grand prize. Only entries that have the correct number will qualify.
Rules: Open internationally, anyone below the age of 18 should have a parent or guardian’s permission to enter. To be eligible for the grand prize, you must submit the completed entry form by , at noon Pacific Time. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.
Today, I am hosting SL Beaumont on my website for the YA Scavenger Hunt!
SL Beaumont is the author of the young adult romantic mystery saga, The Carlswick Mysteries. She lives in beautiful New Zealand with her husband, three teenage sons and an enormous fluffy cat. Her passion for travel has seen her take many long haul flights from New Zealand. Her love of history helps determine the destination and the places she visits are a constant source of inspiration for her. She is a Chartered Accountant by day, having worked in London, New York and Auckland, and an author by night.

Find out more information by checking out the author website or find more about the author’s book here!


How awesome is this?  Ms. Beaumont is giving away the prequel novella to her series The Carlswick Mysteries. The prequel is called Sophie’s Journal and the Bookfunnel link is (download for free, no e-mail required):

And don’t forget to enter the contest for a chance to win a ton of books by me, Courtney Brandt, and more!  Add up all the favorite numbers of the authors on the Blue Team and you’ll have all the secret code to enter for the grand prize!


To enter, you should know how much I love the number 17.  It’s my birthday, and St. Patrick’s Day, so it’s always been lucky to me (hopefully it will be lucky to you as well). Add up all the favorite numbers of the authors on the Blue team and you’ll have the secret code to enter for the grand prize!


To continue on your numerical hunt for a jackpot of books, you’ll want to check out the next author on Blue team, the marvelous Amalie Howard.

Also,  just because the Blue team is so fantastic, here’s all the books you could win!

Week by numbers.

It seemed time for an update, yes?

  • 1, book published!  Welcome to the world, The Queen of England: Grand Tour.  In case you’ve been hiding under a rock the past week, the sequel in the trilogy is now available (and I would love it if you might read and review).
  • 68,761, words on this year’s manuscript (202 pages, approximately).  I really wanted it to be finished before I published, but, it’s not done, so that’s life.  I am very close to having it finished and hope to have a solid first draft done by next Wednesday (let’s see).
  • 1, recent author interview.
  • 1, 1-star review on Life After Joe that really made me laugh.
  • 1, very nice villa we got to stay in this week at Desert Palm.
  • Epically, terrible job I did for packing for said night.  Really, there was no end to the level of how bad it was.
  • Some, adulating recently — car serviced for the first time in forever, and registration renewed on Hubs’ car. #winning
  • 1, video/song I’m still obsessed with (see below).


We’re off to see Solo tomorrow and maybe the Rain Room in Sharjah on Saturday.  We’ll also be cheering on Liverpool in the Champions League final on Saturday night.  Next week we’re heading to Georgia (the country, not the state).  More marketing attempts will be coming your way soon — I hope you’re enjoying them.

Strange reviews.

I’ve mentioned writing fan fiction before, and honestly, writing someone else’s characters is still something I’m still actively pursuing.  In 2018, I’m closing in on 20K words of non-original writing (and I’m totally okay with that fact).

Anyway, yesterday I posted my 100th ‘chapter’ (I say this because it’s a set of many unconnected stories) on a project I started in 2010.  For the most part, the reviews are supportive.  Imagine my surprise when I received this comment in my inbox (cut for length, but you’ll get the idea):

“A lot of popular anime, games, movies, books, music and etc is of the devil. You don’t want to be indulging in something that has no place in the kingdom of God since it will only hinder your walk with Christ. 1 John 2:15-17 and James 4:4 is important to remember since we can’t be holding hands with the world and Jesus. These holidays & traditions a lot of us were brought up on has nothing to do with our father in heaven, is of the world and is only a distraction; please don’t get caught up with it.

Realize that fiction by definition is “invention or fabrication as opposed to fact” along with other definitions out there… and you want to be…”

Live and learn, friends. I will continue writing fiction, and I’m fairly certain Jesus will understand my motivation to do so.

Week by numbers.

It’s been a bit, hasn’t it?

  • 3, workouts this week – yay for getting back on schedules!
  • 45,012, words on the manuscript.  Next up – 50K!
  • 1, very nice dinner enjoyed with Hubs in the past week.
  • 1, not so nice dinner I forced Hubs to sit through this week.
  • 3, days until Mercury is out of retrograde.  Y’all, this is an absolute real thing.  The past 3 weeks have been nothing but upside down for me in terms of my plans vs. the universe.  I’m so glad I chose not to publish my next book during this time.  While I don’t believe it will be complete flowers and sunshine immediately on April 15th, I’m certainly hoping motivation returns.
  • 1, write up on our rather amazing trip to Zanzibar last week, if you’d like to read.
  • 1, cooking lesson I’m going to undertake this Saturday — wish me luck.
  • 1, 1 star review I’m trying not to let bum me out (on Life After Joe).  The formatting is fine — I checked!
  • 2, trips booked to Georgia (both the country AND the state this week).

What did you do this week?

Ewan = me.