romance novels I’m excited for.

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It’s that time of the year again: it’s February. And you know what that means… Valentine’s Day. Chocolate, flowers, cute couples getting dinner at ultra fancy restaurants, half off chocolates the day after February 14th, lots of pink and red and lace and stuff… yeah, there’s a lot of romance going around.

Me, I have nobody to spend Valentine’s Day with ( unless you count fictional characters, of course. ) I am very much single. Which is fine, because I am not in the market for a boyfriend at the moment. However… I am in the market for romance novels!

So, I went through my Goodreads TBR pile ( which has over 700 books in it… dang I need to delete some of those ) and pulled up a few romance novels I can’t WAIT to get my hands on. They look absolutely awesome. Plus, reading a romance novel gives me an excuse to eat chocolate!

So with no further ado,

ONCE AND FOR ALL, by Sarah Dessen. I am a HUGE Sarah Dessen fan. I have read all of her books. I own several of her books. And this one is about a wedding planner’s daughter! I already know this is going to be a good book. Sarah Dessen has never disappointed me.

WHEN DIMPLE MET RISHI, by Sandhya Menon. Described as a “laugh-out-loud, heartfelt YA romantic comedy, told in alternating perspectives, about two Indian-American teens whose parents have arranged for them to be married.” First off, the cover looks really nice. I’m a huge fan of arranged marriages. And also!! Diversity!!

ROMANCING THE THRONE, by Nadine Jolie Courtney. To be honest, novels like this are my guilty pleasure. Scandals! Secrets! Heartbreak! Princes! Plussss, it features around a pair of sisters. I am part of a pair of sisters. This looks really good. Also, the cover reminds me of Fangirl for some reason.

WHO’S THAT GIRL, by Blair Thornburgh. I love a well written “singer falls for person and writes song about them” novel. Which is weird, as I am an avid not-fan of all of the One Direction self-insert fanfics on Wattpad. Ahh well. Anyways: it doesn’t have the greatest cover on earth, and it looks like it’ll be a love triangle, but hey! It looks good!

A QUIET KIND OF THUNDER, by Sara Barnard. This one already came out, but it still belongs on this list, I think. I’m not entirely sure it focuses solely around romance. But it’s about Steffi, who’s selectively mute, and Rhys, who is deaf. It looks like it’ll be cute and I hear it’s been getting a lot of good reviews around the blogosphere.

SEVEN DAYS OF YOU, by Cecilia Vinesse. First: this looks like a romance doomed to end in heartbreak and I am a fan of angst. And it’s also set in Japan. And the main character has seven days left in Japan when her ex-something moves back to Japan. I can tell where this is going!!

Are there any specific romance novels you’re looking forward to in 2017? Or are you not really one to read romances? Tell me in the comments !!

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novelling & stuff.

First off: is ‘novelling’ a word? Because the dictionary does not have it in it and I really think it should be a word. Like…

NOVELLING, noun.
1. the activity of writing a novel in one’s spare time, often characterized by one screaming, pulling their hair out, and hoping that pantsing or outlining works better than the other.

( It really should be a word. I should just devote my time to making words or definitions. Then I would at least have a job. )

Well. In news: I hit 7k on my novel, aka Untitled Project, because I am lazy and cannot come up with a name for the life of me. It’s the first in a series ( hopefully ) about a pair of cousins who are dragged into the faerie world. And as previously mentioned, there will probably be a dragon. And lots of food because food is good. I like to think that it is kind of Percy Jackson but with Celtic myths instead of Greek myths and two narrators.

Yes, I’ve been doing a lot of novelling / writing recently. Yes, this is characterized by me pulling my hair out, wanting to slam my head on my desk, desiring spoonfuls of chocolate frosting, bouncing plot ideas off my sister ( Sam ) and my best friend ( Lolita, who is literally the best beta reader / idea bouncer on earth ), and several other things, that many a non writer probably find incredibly strange.

I’m 87% convinced my sister thinks I’m insane. I honestly can’t blame her.

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I have been working on this novel since late October and I have 12 pages in OpenOffice. This probably the longest I have actually plotted a novel prior to writing it… and also probably the longest I have ever spent on a novel aside from my very first novel. Usually I lose muse for my novel and abandon it at 20 or 30 pages, never to see the light of day again. Plus, this is also the first novel I have somewhat outlined that is actually getting written. Yay me.

To be honest? The goal is to be able to try querying by the end of this year. It’s the second month of the year. Two months down, ten more to go.

I guess if I could actually bring myself to write on the weekends instead of wasting my free time on Tumblr or Pinterest, I’d probably have a larger word count. Hmm, maybe I ought to change that.

So! If there is anyone reading this, tell me: what are your “novelling” pursuits like? Do you write every day? Are you a weekend novelist? Do you reward yourself with chocolate or cake or something? Are you a plotter or a pantser? Do you spend too much time on the Internet researching your novel?

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prologue. or something like that.

Welp. This is my third blog in about as many years. This time, though, I’m actually going to stick to this! I want to be an author, and they say that having a platform is a good idea… so here it goes.

I like to think that I am good at reviewing books… though I don’t really read enough books to say that. The last book I read was Harry Potter and I’ve read that WAY too many times to review it. I also like to think that I am terrible at writing but as a very wise person once told me, “we are all our own worst critic”, so perhaps that is the case here too.

Really? I am just a smol trash can who has found a way to type on a computer.

And also read books. Somehow.

( #unrealisticauthorgoals. )

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I talk way too much and fangirl way too much about things. I sing Hamilton way too loudly and talk a bit too much about the life of said Founding Father. I procrastinate at writing a novel. Heck, I procrastinate at Pretty Much Everything so maybe procrastination is just my superpower ( because I’d rather it be procrastination than over thinking everything. )

Before you ask: I write and read young adult, and sometimes middle grade. Who doesn’t love a good Rick Riordan book, for example? At this moment in time, I am writing a middle grade/young adult series about Celtic mythology and faeries and there might also be a dragon in there because DRAGONS.

( Dragons are awesome. They hoard treasure and capture maidens and breathe fire! Who doesn’t want to be a dragon? )

 

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