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Writing Tip: Find Your Mobility

So, life is hectic sometimes, isn’t it? It feels like there are too many things going on to really find time for myself, let alone time to do something like writing. I often times end up going more than a week without blogging, even though I really want to do this daily.

And so, I am on a constant quest to find ways to incorporate writing into my daily life. xD Luckily (???) [I hope Luckily] I get to share the knowledge that I garner on that quest with you guys!

My tidbit of thought today is how it is so important to find your mobility in the world of writing. The simple fact is that the world today is so fast paced that you can’t afford to not have some sort of mobile way to at least jot down your ideas. Some people use pen and paper in the old school style, and some people take notes via phone. I have found a mixture of the two that I am really enjoying. I have a Note8 that I adore, and the stylus allows me to write via hand and store it onto my phone. I allows me to write as I go, including this blog post! I’m also going to get a mini bluetooth keyboard when I can afford one and it will hopefully up the productivity.

If you guys are interested I would love to do a blog post to highlight the positives and negatives of the Note8 as a writing tool. Let me know!

Until then,

Author Amanda Mccormick

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Review: The Promise

The Promise
The Promise by Beth Wiseman
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I recieved this book from booklookbloggers in exchange for an honest review.

“Mallory’s search for happiness leads her to faraway place. But there she finds heartache and betrayal. Can the only man she’s ever loved rescue her before it’s too late?

Tate Webber has loved Mallory Hammond for years. He plans to marry her someday, but not until he has his career and life in order. Mallory is in love with Tate, but his unwillingness to commit has created a rift between them. So when Mallory’s new boss introduces her to his cousin, she’s surprised by his charming, exotic ways and delights in his attention. This exciting stranger begins to sway her thinking about her lifelong dreams and her religious beliefs.

As their online relationship develops, he invites her to visit his homeland in the Middle East, promising her a traditional life based on commitment to family-something she’s never had and always wanted. In a bold move-and with lots of resistance from Tate and those closest to her-Mallory decides to leave the only life she’s ever known to meet this man on the other side of the world.

Tate begs her not to go, but Mallory embarks on the dangerous journey anyway, only to discover how swiftly and easily promises can be broken. Her new friend is not who he says he is. Tate must risk his life to rescue the only woman he’s ever loved. Can he reach Mallory . . . before it’s too late?”

I really enjoyed this novel. It tells the story of a young woman who wants save a life. I really don’t want to give much away on the plot, because I feel like this story is something that you need to experience from start to finish without any type of spoiling. I can say, however, that the story itself is written very well, and that the author did an amazing job in developing her characters and making you really care for Mallory.

I didn’t really have very many problems with the novel – there were a few instances where the pacing faltered a bit, but overall it was really a gripping tale!

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Shout out!

This blog is just for a shoutout to a personal friend of mine who also happens to be an amazing author! Go on over to THIS LINK HERE to read her original story, The Book Of Freya!

Here is a short description!

‘I am not a witch, I am not a witch, I am not a witch’.
Aisha Al-Kitab has always been devout in her faith. She prays, she fasts, she goes to school. Until one day a tall man shows up in her kitchen and whisks her away to a world she never thought possible, one filled with magic and horror, friendship and enemies. Her faith must be rebuilt, in a world where norse gods walk through her bedroom, where her classes consist of potions and spells, and where nothing is truly impossible. But there is an evil growing, threatening to control the world unless a higher group of heroes rise up.

So please, go on over and show your support for a fewllow writer!

Until next time, guys! Keep reading and writing!

Author Amanda McCormick

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Reviewing without Realizing…

After tackling her first mission and coming to terms with her power of empathy, Andriana discovers her first battles were only a taste of what is to come. She and her knight, Ronan, have admitted their feelings for each other, but their bonds are tested when Dri is captured by their mortal and spiritual enemy—Sethos—and his master, Keallach, emperor of Pacifica. Andriana is certain Keallach can be convinced to follow the Maker’s plan and join the other Remnants … but in time, she must decide whether she really can pull him back to the Way, or if Sethos’s web of darkness has slowly and thoroughly trapped them both … forever.

Remnants: Season of Fire (A Remnants Novel) Hardcover – March 3, 2015

I really was enjoying this novel as I began reading it. The writing was extremely well done, and the storyline, while a bit confusing, was something that I was interested in following. However, readers… this is going to be a shorter review than my usual ones for one simple fact – I did not realize, when agreeing to read this novel, that it was a part two in a series. I enjoy the novel to the extent that I want to read the first installation before I begin anything else. Just know that if you are looking for a SERIES to begin, the author of this novel is a wonderful writer… and you will be seeing a review from me as soon as I actually get my hands on the first novel. Read it though, if you haven’t! It’s quite lovely!

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Review: Hit

Hit by Lorie Ann Grover
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

After receiving a full-ride scholarship to Mills College for Girls, it appears Sarah’s future is all laid out before her … that is until she walks into a poetry class led by Mr. Haddings, a student teacher from the nearby University of Washington. Suddenly, life on the UW campus seems very appealing, and Sarah finds herself using her poetry journal to subtly declare her feelings for Haddings. Convinced Mr. Haddings is flirting back, she sets off for school in the rain with a poem in her back pocket—one that will declare her feelings once and for all.

Mr. Haddings has noticed Sarah’s attention; the fallout from any perceived relationship with a student is too great a risk, and he has decided to end all speculation that morning.

But everything changes when Mr. Haddings feels a thud on his front bumper when he glances away from the road, and finds Sarah in the street with blood pooling beneath her. – Book Information

I received a copy of this book from Book Look Bloggers in exchange for an honest review, and I’m honestly glad that I did! What I thought was going to be a cute little story turned into something much deeper and thought provoking than I realized.

The description above actually gives away most of the plot of the novel, but it is the way that it unfolds after her crash that truly catches my attention. There is wonderful character development, as well as an opening for questions; are the events playing out this way JUST because Sarah was in a crash… or were these decisions that each character would have made all along?

Something that I also really enjoyed about this novel was the fact that it’s told in dual perspectives. Chapters are led by either Sarah or Haddings, and doing so really gives us a perspective and taste for both individuals and their story.

The only thing about this book that I didn’t like (that I loved) was the fact that we aren’t given a complete conclusion. We’re left to wonder… and that’s actually a beautiful thing. If a book leaves me screaming “More, More!” Then the author did a good job.

5/5 stars. I think it’s pretty amazing!

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Review: Destiny Maker: Lost Souls Trilogy Book One

Destiny Maker: Lost Souls Trilogy Book One
Destiny Maker: Lost Souls Trilogy Book One by Melissa Dugger
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Katie is plagued with dreams and visions she can’t understand. It’s not until her dad goes missing and she enters the spirit realm to find him that the pieces start to fall into place.

A reaping of souls has begun, and Semonic, the ruler of Dylonia, will stop at nothing until every soul belongs to the darkness.

While the souls of men rally to defeat him, Katie must decide whether her soul can accept her destiny—and whether her heart can survive the two men sworn to protect her. Only the Destiny Maker knows if she will lose her life and possibly her heart. – Amazon Description

I found this book quite interesting in the beginning. The first few initial chapters do a wonderful job of pulling you in and catching your attention. However, as the book progresses, I find that it becomes a bit of a spiral, as well as a bit predictable. I feel like the author of this particular story may just really be developing their voice, and therefore they are learning how to properly spin their tale.

Learning that this is book one of a trilogy is enough to make me still keep interest piqued. I cannot wait to see how the author develops, and how their writing will progress.

I always find myself interested in books when they give you the chance to wonder as to exactly what the main characters choices are going to be in the following novels, so I am awaiting the rest of the novels in this series.

I give the story a 4 for story, but the writing and errors that I found bumped the score down to a 3.

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Review: Video Game Storytelling: What Every Developer Needs to Know about Narrative Techniques

Video Game Storytelling: What Every Developer Needs to Know about Narrative Techniques
Video Game Storytelling: What Every Developer Needs to Know about Narrative Techniques by Evan Skolnick
My rating: 4 of 5 stars


With increasingly sophisticated video games being consumed by an enthusiastic and expanding audience, the pressure is on game developers like never before to deliver exciting stories and engaging characters. WithVideo Game Storytelling, game writer and producer Evan Skolnick provides a comprehensive yet easy-to-follow guide to storytelling basics and how they can be applied at every stage of the development process—by all members of the team. This clear, concise reference pairs relevant examples from top games and other media with a breakdown of the key roles in game development, showing how a team’s shared understanding and application of core storytelling principles can deepen the player experience. Understanding story and why it matters is no longer just for writers or narrative designers. From team leadership to game design and beyond, Skolnick reveals how each member of the development team can do his or her part to help produce gripping, truly memorable narratives that will enhance gameplay and bring today’s savvy gamers back time and time again. – Goodreads Book Description.

Though this book was written to detail styles for Video Game Narrative telling, I found the descriptions and instructions to be useful in every day writing. I often times find that novels that detail how to properly tell a story can cross venues, from screenplays to video games. Any author who wants to take a look into how to properly narrate a story needs to look no further than this novel – it lays out the basic elements of what is important in a story, the details that should be involved, and what you need to look out for.

I can’t really say much more than that! It’s an interesting read and something that I am going to happily keep on my reference bookshelf!

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The Catch – Taylor Stevens

“With blood on her hands and a soul stained with guilt, Munroe has fled to Djibouti, Africa. There, with no responsibility except a gig at a small maritime security company, Munroe finds stillness—until she’s pressured to work as an armed guard on a ship bound for Kenya. On board, Munroe discovers the contract is merely cover for gunrunning; when the ship is invaded off the Somali coast, she fights her way out—dragging the unconscious captain with her.

But nothing about the hijacking is what it seems. The pirates had come for the captain, and continuing their pursuit, they unwittingly raise the killer’s instinct Munroe has tried so hard to bury. Wounded and on the run, Vanessa Michael Munroe will use the life of her catch as bait and bartering chip to manipulate every player, and wash her conscience clean.”
– Amazon Excerpt

I regret to say that I didn’t enjoy this novel as much as I thought I would upon requesting it. While the writing was done brilliantly, I couldn’t get into the plot of the novel. When I read a book that I truly enjoy, I find myself immersed in the world, so that I am taken away from simple words on a page and transported to the story. I couldn’t attain that place with this novel, and therefore couldn’t actually finish the entirety of it.

I do, however, have to say again that the author did a fantastic job with the writing, and that it was eloquent and well done. I can only hope that I read something by Taylor Stevens at a later date that changes my mind! Overall, I will have to give the novel a 2.5 – I enjoyed the writing, but I couldn’t get into the story.

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Plastic Confidence by Alisa Mullen Ponderings

Getting to talk to the author via email, I find myself even more impressed with her writing. (I got to add in a new picture, so I figured I would re-blog.) Honestly, you should go and pick this novel up if you’re into the New Adult genre. Or even if you aren’t!

Author Amanda McCormick

Plastic Confidence
Plastic Confidence by Alisa Mullen

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

As a genre of books that I’d never read before (This whole new adult thing), I went into Plastic Confidence a little wary. I was lucky enough to be provided with a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review… and let me say that I am SO glad I won this copy!

I found this book completely thrilling, enthralling, captivating, and well written. I’m usually not one for self-pubish books. This one was so wonderfully done however. The cover art is gorgeous, the inside format is wonderful… and honestly, it’s just amazing. There were a few grammar errors, but they really didn’t detract from the story in the least.

And the story, oh how beautiful of a story it is.

Pretty young woman with electric guitar posing over dark background

“What happens when the past rears its ugly head and messes with who…

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