Write Like No One Is Reading


Hey Readers!  

Good evening

I hope that everyone is doing well on this Thursday evening. I am doing better with my diabetes. It’s still a learning experience for me. But, I wanted to hear from you guys about how things are going with writing. Writing is something that we can do at any time of the day. Lately, I’ve been enjoying writing on this blog and in my journal. But, sometimes we are unmotivated to put anything down on paper because…well, we think it’s crap! LOL…I know it may sound funny, but usually what we think is horrible ends up being a gold mind. How often do you write per day on your projects and just for down time ( if you do write in a journal, etc). For me, I write on a daily because I’m in school. It’s tedious to write scholarly papers with APA format. I love being able to have creativity in my writing. This is where my w.i.p’s ( works in progress) come in play.

When you become a writer

As writers one of the good things is that we are able to drift off in another part of our minds. Using our imagination to get the thoughts down that we may not be able to really say in real life, lol. At least, sometimes that is how I think of it. I know that most writers are introverts, but for those who are extroverts, hey, rock on! Do you ever get the feeling that you are writing for nothing? At times when you have completed a novel or even a screenplay, the little devils called fear and doubt start to appear and make you think the worst. Guess what, don’t let them! I was just told today by one of my previous instructors in college that ,” you are not allowed to worry about something that has not happened yet.” When I told about it, she was 100% correct! I tend to focus on the negative, before the positive has the chance to rear it’s ugly face! Don’t give negativity the power. Besides, being negative is stressful and takes up so much unwanted energy. Be positive, stay positive!  Again, I know that this is easier said than done, but hey, you have to start somewhere, right?

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I do not care if you write two paragraphs or two chapter,s the goal is to WRITE!  Write like there is no one reading your work. I have used this mindset a lot lately, and I got so much work done! Yes, non-writers, writing is a job. I know there is someone who is going to read this blog and think differently. But, don’t get it twisted, everyone can not write a book. It takes skill and discipline. Either you have the gift of writing or you don’t. Okay, I’m getting off track now, let me bring it back! Write every day and you will feel like you’ve had a productive day. I’m off of work until Tuesday due to my asthma, but I’m going to make the most of those days and write. What I will be working on is an outline for my next book that I’m writing.  Want to know what it is?                Don’t worry, I will post the cover and you can even read the synopsis! This book is called Trapped. It will be my last self published novel. I am going to attempt to advance into the traditional publishing world! I know nothing about that life, but I’d love to learn all that can. I will querying agents with my future works. No matter whether you are writing for yourself or reach a certain audience, be the best writer that you can be! Do not let anyone stop your journey of achieving your published novel. I always tell other writers to surround themselves with other writers and writers that you want to learn from. For example, on my twitter page I connect with mostly writers, literary agents and screenwriters. Why? Well, I want to be an NYT best seller one day. I feel that I have to connect with those who have already achieved that milestone. Don’t get me wrong, I connected with self publish authors too, but I follow more closely those who have been successful. Let me tell you something, if you want to be successful, you have to work hard and surround yourself around those who are already successful. Honestly, that is with anything in life. Those people know our current struggle to succeed because they have been there. But, I will tell you this, you won’t achieve anything if you don’t write.  What i want you to do now is comment below letting me know if you enjoyed my blog this evening and what you will do better to achieve your goals. Happy writing, guys!

New Cover

My latest novel get your copy on amazon.com!

Genre: Thriller

Pen Name: Alex L. O’Conner

Synopsis:

Special Jenkins is a girl who has had a hard life. Being adopted by the only parents she knew, Special knew she was loved. But, at the age of 16, her adoptive parents were both killed in a car accident, which resulted in Special living in foster care until she was 18. Trying to find her way on earth alone, she graduates high school and enrolls in college. Now living on her own, Special must survive on her own being a struggling college student. Special Jenkins is a normal college student trying to make it in life. She looses her job and finds another at a local strip club. What was suppose to be a bar tending job, turns out to be a dancing one, where the men dream of her at night, and lust over her by day. But, she belongs to the manager, Boobie. Trying to be happy in life, Special finds out a secret about her real family that will put everyone in danger, including Special. Happy in love, living the good life, Special’s life stops at a screeching halt, when her biological cousin, Candace, has an important message from her biological mother, Sheryl, who wants to talk to Candace before she dies. A panicked and distraught Special, is full of pain and turmoil about her dying mother. Debating if she should find out why her mother abandoned her, Special finds out more secrets, from her boyfriend now fiancé Boobie. Torn between the love of her guy and the truth of her mother’s past, Special can not kill two birds with one stone. Instead, she puts the guy on the back burner, to attend to the dying mother, only to find a secret that has not only harmed Special’s mother, Sheryl, but it will also affect Special, and the love of her life. Finding out these terrible secrets, Special blames her dying mother and goes out to get revenge. She puts everyone that she knows at risk, including her friend, Persia. But, first, Special must tell the love of her life this horrible secret that was told to her just weeks ago while visiting her mother in Florida. Boobie takes the news badly, which leaves Special in danger for her life. Will she be able to escape her past and present and be able to enjoy her future, or will her future cease to exist?

My next work in progress:

Trapped Cover

Happy Monday!


Monday Blahs

I know what you must be thinking, but I will not have any excuses this time for why I have not kept this blog up to date. But, I have the BEST excuse ever in life. I finished my book! Yes, I participated half-way in NanoWriMo and got my book done. Here is the cover.

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I must say that I am SO happy to have finished this story. It was really nagging me to get it done. But, I did and I am so ready for you guys to read it! So, tell me what is new with you guys? Me, I’m writing like crazy again and I am still in school and job hunting. It’s very tedious, but it’s getting down to the wire, this Ph.D journey.

I am still reading books like crazy. Right now I’m reading Do Not Disturb by A. R. Torre and 11/22/63 by Stephen King. They are good reads so far. Check out what I am writing next:

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This is a love story that was inspired by one of my first crushes that I had growing up. What do you think about the cover?

 

I’m Doing NanoWrioMo 2016!!


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I was almost late, but a friend of mine from YouTube, EllisReads convinced me to do Nano this year. I always tried to do Nano, but I never finished. I am trying to work on finishing what I start. So, I am determined to make this year, the year I do so with Nano. I have a novel that should have been finished almost a year ago! But, I will do my best to get it finished.

Although I already started this book, my goal is to still make my novel at least 75,000 words. Right now I am at 17,633. I still have a ways to go, but I am excited for this journey yet again.

Title: Trapped

Genre: Psychological Thriller

Synopsis:

Nineteen years old, Psychology major, Candice Hertz always worked hard at her studies. Losing her father to Cancer, Candice decides to go to therapy to talk about her loss. What was suppose to be a successful therapy session, turned out to be her worst nightmare. Reliving her past, Candice talks about a traumatic experience where she was physically abused by her father for over a year at at the age of 12. Not being able to relive the moments, Danielle, another personality steps in to take over and do what Candice isn’t able to. Danielle’s goal is to seek revenge on those who ever caused Candice any pain, by any means necessary. Will Candice be cured from Multiple Personality Disorder or will she stay trapped with Danielle forever.

Prelude:

Prelude

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I ran out of the room because I was tired of them arguing. The constant screams were starting to make me vomit, literally. I couldn’t wait until I turned 18 and was able to move out of the house. My mother was just as afraid of him as I was. But, lucky her, she was always safe. There I was running through the woods and to the beach. The beach was always my peaceful quiet place. I could still hear them yelling as I ran. Even though I was away from the house, I could still hear them in my head just screaming.

“ No, if I tell her not to go to a party, Jill she needs to listen.” He yelled.

My father would always come in from the house drunk and made a reason to always yell at me or hit me. This time I decided that I had enough.

“ Candice, you can go the party, your homework is not done.” He said.

“ How would you know? You are never here and my work is done. Mom said I could go!” I barked back.

“ Will, she did do her homework and it is a Friday night.” She said in my defense.

“ I can’t believe you are telling me no.” I sat down on the couch and folded my arms.

Before I knew what was coming next, I was on the floor and my face covered my red curls. I was embarrassed and in pain. The punch in the face this time took the wind out of me.

“ William Hertz!” My mom yelled.

“ You heard what I said, you will not go to a damn party. It’s all kinds of crazy men out there.” He said

I didn’t say a word. I got up and felt my face. Something told me to look at my hand and there it was, it was as red as an apple, as red as ketchup; it was blood. My blood. All I could do was grab my jacket and get out of there. I ran as fast as I could. There was no way I was going to a party with a new shiner on my face.

When I stopped running, I looked at the blue water and tried to catch my breath. I turned around just in case Will didn’t follow me. I never called him daddy. Watching him beat my mom, and me he did not deserve that kind of respect. My face started to sting as the tears were going to my new wound. I put my hands in my pockets and sat down on the sand. The sun was just setting, but the sand was still warm. I picked up the sand and swirled it in my hands and it blew away from the wind. I looked at the ocean as the water swayed from side to side to free and leaving this place. I wish I was more like the ocean, able to come and go as I please. One day I will have that chance. When I do, I will never look back at SeaSide Height’s, NewJersey again. My mind was made up. I would move to NewYork. I always loved NewYork because my grandparents lived there. I got to see Broadway shows and ride the Subway by myself and go on adventures. The weather started to cool down and I knew I just had to go somewhere. I had no one to call because my friends were at the party, except my one friend, my best friend, Damon. I patted the sides of my jeans and pulled out my cell phone. I dialed his number and he picked up one the third ring.

“ Hey gorgeous, what’s up?”

“ Can I come stay the night?”

My voice was silent and frail.

“ He hit you again?” He said sounding pissed off. I could hear his breathing hard through the phone.

“ Are you at the beach, Candice?”

“ Yes.”

“ I’m coming with my bike. Stay there.”

Within minutes he was there to rescue me yet once again.

“ I’m sorry. Is Camille over tonight?”

“ No, she’s with her parents for their anniversary dinner tonight.” He said as I hopped on the back of his back.

I closed my eyes and sighed in relief.

“ I don’t want her to be mad.” I said.

I didn’t like Camille much but Damon loved her so I could not say much.

“ Don’t worry about Camille, you are my priority tonight.” He said as he looked at me and touched my face.

I was so in love with Damon, but he was with Camille to notice. We arrived in his room as I climbed in the window. I grabbed a t-shirt out of his draw as I changed and got in his bed.

Damon took his shoes off and laid next to me. Silently I sobbed in his arms.

“ Shhhh. It will be okay. If it does it again I swear to God, I will kill him.” He said as I wiped the tears from my eyes.

“ I can’t wait until I am 18 and I can move.” I said in between cries.

“ I will protect you. Get some sleep.” He said.

Within minutes I was sleep. The day had seemed like one big nightmare, but with Damon, it was like I was in heaven.

 

I’d love feedback about my prelude. Thanks in advance,

 

Krystol

 

 

 

Book Review: It Ends With Us By


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Title: It Ends With Us

Author: Colleen Hoover

Pages: 364

My Copy: Paperback

Disclaimer: This book contains domestic violence

My Rating: 5 Stars

My Review: I must say that I was not expecting this book to be so good! For me, in the beginning it started out very slow and it was  not grabbing my attention. Then, after the first 100 pages the book took off! I am so happy that I kept reading because I absolutely loved this book so much! This story is about a girl named Lily who befriended a boy who named Atlas who was homeless. Atlas went to the same school as Lily as they became friends. Lily’s household was not perfect as she had wanted it to be. Her father abused her mother on many occasions and she would try to stop the abuse by entering the room. When she would enter the room, her father would stop hitting her mother. Fast forward to a few years later ( in Boston), Lily meets a man named Ryle who is so perfect for her. The irony is that she meets Ryle after her father’s funeral.  Ryle is a great guy. He is smart, funny, and a hot neurosurgeon. I won’t give out any more info, you have to read the book yourself, but I will say Atlas does come back while Lily is with Ryle. But, who will she choose and why?

Friday Reads


Hey Readers, happy Friday!

Friday Reading

I hope all is well and you are reading your ass off! I have been reading, but I am really going to be reading a lot today. Check out my video to see what I will be reading and what I think thus far! Click this link to see the video! 

 

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For this book I am reading the second book, Onyx!

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This is starting to pick up!

Book Review: The Lux Series: The Beginning by Jennifer L. Armentrout ( Obsidian)


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Title: Obsidian

Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout

Synopsis:

There’s an alien next door. And with his looming height and eerie green eyes, he’s hot…until he opens his mouth. He’s infuriating. Arrogant. Stab-worthy. But when a stranger attacks me and Daemon literally freezes time with a wave of his hand, he marks me. Turns out he has a galaxy of enemies wanting to steal his abilities and the only way I’m getting out of this alive is by sticking close to him until my alien mojo fades. If I don’t kill him first, that is.

Number of Pages: 380 ( For Obsidian only; total number of pages 800)

My Version: Paperback

My Review:

This was my first book by Jennifer L. Armentrout and I must say why did I not pick her any of her books sooner! This book is an alien love story. I thought it would be boring, but I was so surprised. The book is about a girl named Katy who moves to West Virginia with her mother looking for a new start from Florida. Starting school soon, Katy’s mother wants her to make friends and mention that there are two kids her age (17) who live just next door. One of them is a hottie. Now, what I like about Katy is that she is a book blogger and loved to read, ( sounds familiar, right). She knocks on the neighbor’s door in hopes of making new friends and seeing the hottie for herself. She met Dameon who is a complete ASS! I mean he is so rude and extremely over protective about his twin sister Dee. Katy makes friends with Dee and in the process she gets to know Dameon. As time passes, Katy starts to notice different things about the twins that are a little ” peculiar” and she wants answers. Once she finds out the truth it changes her world. I high recommend this book. My only con is that the ending was very predictable. I know that there are four books in this series, but I wanted more. I look forward to continuing this series.

My Rating: 4 stars

 

Book Review: The Girl in 6E by A. R Torre


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Title: The Girl in 6E ( A Deanna Madden Book #1)

Author: A. R. Torre

Synopsis:

My life, inside this apartment is simple. It works, as long as I follow the rules.

1. Don’t leave the apartment. Not in case of fire, not to mail a letter, not to run an errand. The door stays shut, and I stay inside.
2. Don’t get attached to clients. I take off my clothes, I stand in front of the camera, and I perform. What they want, I give. Their secrets, I keep. Everything I tell them, is a lie.
3. Don’t kill anyone. I’ve obeyed that rule for over three years.

Number of Pages: 374

My Version: Paperback

My Review:

To say that this was book is not a great read, is a lie. I enjoyed this book from start to finish. Before I proceed with the review there is a trigger warning of strong sexual contact  and killing so it is not suitable for younger kids.  This psychological thriller was the book that I needed in order to get out of a slump. I never wanted to put this book down. This book is about a girl named Deanna, but goes by her ” stage” name Jessica Reilly. Jessica is what you call a ” cammer” someone who performs sexual acts on herself for an internet audience of men. She basically works in the adult industry. She has a fear of going outside of her house due to the fact that she dreams of killing someone. To calm her urges she locks herself into her apartment during the day, but at night, it is anyone’s game. Going through a lot in her childhood, Deanna dreams of going outside and having a normal life, but she fears of killing everyone in sight. Surviving in every day living does not stop Deanna aka Jessica because she is able to order ALL of her things online from food, toiletries, etc. This book was very unique and interesting and I look forward to reading the second book in this series.

My Rating: 5 stars

Book Review: A Little Something Different By Sandy Hall


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Title: A Little Something Different

Author: Sandy Hall

Number of Pages: 274

Synopsis:

The distinctive new crowdsourced publishing imprint Swoon Reads proudly presents its first published novel―an irresistibly sweet romance between two college students told from 14 different viewpoints.

The creative writing teacher, the delivery guy, the local Starbucks baristas, his best friend, her roommate, and the squirrel in the park all have one thing in common―they believe that Gabe and Lea should get together.

Lea and Gabe are in the same creative writing class. They get the same pop culture references, order the same Chinese food, and hang out in the same places. Unfortunately, Lea is reserved, Gabe has issues, and despite their initial mutual crush, it looks like they are never going to work things out.

But somehow even when nothing is going on, something is happening between them, and everyone can see it. You’ll be rooting for Gabe and Lea too, in Sandy Hall’s quirky, completely original novel A Little Something Different, chosen by readers, writes, and publishers, to be the debut titles for the new Swoon Reads imprint!

My Review:

This was the first book that I read by this author. I was a little hesitant at first but excited. What made me want to pick up this book was that it had creative writing in it. I am a writer and have an MFA in creative writing. It definitely peaked my interest. Lea and Gabe are two students in a class who start to fall in love. The book was a quick read, but at first I was confused because there were so many different perspectives. As I kept reading I understood the concept. Sandy wrote a great book and I look forward to reading more from here. The only con that I have is  I wish it would have continued and we could see what happened after the fact. The characters that I really enjoyed was of course Gabe and Lea, but I also liked Victor’s character. He brought a different perspective on the book that I thought was hilarious. I highly recommend this book to those who are interested in reading it!

My Rating: 4 stars

500 Subscribers!


Good evening

Hey readers! I know it has been forever. I will not make any excuses for my tardiness. But, I hope that all is well with you guys. I am too excited that my YouTube channel has hit 500 subscribers! Definitely check out the video and enter the $50 giveaway that I am hosting as well!

How have you been?

Being as though it has been a while, I am still doing the same things. Job hunting, taking 2 classes this quarter in school and reading a bunch! I know that I have not posted any book reviews in a while, but since then I have read 5 more books. Check out my YouTube channel to see more reviews and what I am been reading lately.

Books

Reading

I have been reading a lot lately. My momentum has been going strong. I am so happy to be reading a lot more and I will for sure start posting my review again. Here is my list for my September TBR thus far.

  1. Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout – Currently Reading
  2. Onyx by Jennifer L. Armentrout – Will read next
  3. A Little Something Different by Sandy Hall – Read ( 4 stars)
  4. The Wait by DeVon Franklin and Meagan Good – Read (5 stars)
  5. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas – Currently Reading
  6. The Archived by V. E. Schwab – Currently Reading
  7. Assassins Apprentice by Robin Hobb ( Will start on Friday 9.9.16)
  8. Watching Edie by Camilla May ( Will Read Next)

I have a rather ambitious TBR being as though I am taking 2 classes this quarter for school. Pray for me guys! Let me know what are you currently reading?

Book Review: A Little Life By Hanya Yanagihara


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Title: A Little Life

Author: Hanya Yanagihara

Rating: 5/5

Would I Recommend? Yes

Book Review:

This is the first book that I have read by this author. Wow, I must say that this was very hard to read, but it had me wanting more. There will be spoilers in this review for sure. I thought that the author’s writing was very detailed, graphic, and descriptive. This book consists of self-harm and rape for those who are uneasy about graphic violence. I can understand why I took my time reading with book with a friend. At first, the beginning of the story was daunting and very slow. It talked about Willem, JB, Jude and Malcolm who were all friends in college and the book depicted their lives over 4 decades.

Willem, the actor, had a hard time in the beginning of his acting career. He would play roles in indie films, plays, monologues, anything in order to get himself out there. He was very popular with the women, but then started to have a liking to men. As he got older, he became famous and ended up dating Jude. He wanted the best for Jude since he has been through a lot. What I would have prefered if the entire book was about Jude, but I do like how Jude’s friends help him live his life even though they were in the dark about a lot!

JB, honestly, I did not get a lot out of his character. I do know that he was jealous of Willem being with Jude because JB was gay and had always crushed on him. His character is very saracastic with an ” asshole” type vibe, but he cared about his friends a lot.

Malcolm, was another friend that I did not really learn that much of. The story mainly was about Jude a boy who was abused his entire life whether by himself or others. He was in monestary school when his sexual abuse first started happening and a father ” Father Luke” to be exact kidnapped him and pimped him out to other men. He made Jude believe that all would be okay once he turned 16. What I didn’t like that this man repeadily raped Jude and taught him how to cut himself. This part of the story was very distrubing.
As Jude got older he did continue to be abused by others except for his friends once he was an adult and he would tell him lies about his body and the cutting until they found out ( at least about the cutting). This book made me think a lot about what peopel can really go through in their lives and how they feel no one cares or are able to help. As I was reading, I would find myself cringing when he would cut himself and always tried to kill himself. I won’t give too much away, but this book has really changed my life about how I view people. You never really know what is going on with someone truly. Jude tried his best and at most times he succeed to mask his past, but silently it always came back haunting him. The more I read, the more I wanted him to have peace and be okay. I wanted him to learn to love himself, but the happy ending did not happen, at least not the way I wanted it to. This book is powerful read and it is a must read.

My Reading


Thursday

Hey readers! Well, tomorrow is Friday and I can’t wait for the weekend. My mother and nephew are coming to visit me. This week had been a productive one and I started to write again yesterday. If you read my post, then you know that I am finishing a novel that is long overdue. But, progress is being made.  I wanted to blog today about my reading as of late. I am reading about 8 books right now. They are Salem’s Lot by Stephen King, This Is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith, Salt and Storm by Kendall Kulper, A Little Life by Hanya Yanagiharia, The Great Gasby by F. Scott Fitzgerald ( actually I DNF that one), and Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen.

My Reading Style

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My style has changed a lot since reading this book. I couldn’t just read the paperback book on this one. I am also listening to the audiobook. Thus far this book is SO graphic that I have to see what is going to happen next. Check out my YouTube video of this book that I have done talking about part 1. As I am still reading reviews of this book, I am started to agree with some of the other reviewers. But, I am feeling bad for the character of Jude because he has been through so much. I won’t go into detail about this book because I did in my video, but so far this is a 5 star read.

I find that I read best at night with paperbacks and listen to audiobooks a lot during the day. Since I’m not working right now and my class is finished, I am reading a lot. I love that I am getting through more books. It is a relaxing thing to do. I am able to go to another place and relieve some stress. My favorite reading place is my bed. Sometimes I read on the couch, but the bed is the favorite place.

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This book is somewhat starting to get good. It’s my first time reading a book by this author and I don’t know how I feel about it yet. It’s about a girl named Avery who sees a vision of herself being murdered. The dream is freaking her out and she wants to talk to her grandmother about the dream because she is a witch. Avery’s mother does not want her to be a witch, but she feels it is her birthright. I will continue reading this book although I did put it down. I am focusing on two books a time right now and that is A Little Life and This Is what Happy Looks Like.

What are you currently reading and what is your reading style?