Guest Post: Get the Hell Outside Already – L.B. Schulman

Under the guise of comfort, or habit, or laziness, I default to staying indoors. I wonder if there’s more to it, now that I am putting my personality under the microscope. To be honest, it feels safe to stay inside. No way that I’m going to get hit by bus from my couch. There’s always…

The Collector’s Society Review

After years in Wonderland, Alice has returned to England as an adult, desperate to reclaim sanity and control over her life. An enigmatic gentleman with an intriguing job offer too tempting to resist changes her plans for a calm existence, though. Soon, she’s whisked to New York and initiated into the Collectors’ Society, a secret…

The BEST Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe (As Perfected by Quarantine.)

The BEST Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe (As perfected by quarantine.) Ingredients: 1 cup unsalted butter 3 cups All-Purpose flour 1 cup light brown sugar (not dark brown) 1 cup white sugar 2 tsp vanilla extract 1 tsp almond extract (1/2 tsp if you’re sensitive to the taste of marzipan) 2 eggs ½ tsp baking powder…

Three Mages and a Margarita Review

Three Mages and a Margarita is a book about a redhead with a temper problem (in Canada of all places, ha!). She is employed as a bartender to pay rent, which works right up until a customer says something stupid (every week or so). Finally, she applies to work at a bar in the seedy…

The Very Basics of Archery (How Not To Suck, pt. 1)

Today’s blog post will be on something completely not related to books, because it’s my blog and I can do whatever the hell I want. Namely ARCHERY!!!! Today’s informative post will be on how to shoot a bow like a badass, i.e. how not to do the stupid things you see actors doing in the…

Indie Author Interview Series: Joy Lynn Goddard

Joy Lynn Goddard is one of Canada’s top novelists in the young adult genre. Drawing from her experiences as a teacher, she has written a picture book, a middle-grade novel and five coming-of-age novels, beginning with the award-winning Daredevils. Inspiring readers, her characters face issues that are relevant today—cyber-bullying, peer pressure, blended families, mental illness and…

Indie Author Interview Series: Peter Martuneac

I’m Peter Martuneac (that’s a Romanian name, in case you’re wondering). I’m a husband, father, Boilermaker, Marine, and now a writer! “His Name Was Zach” was my debut novel earlier this year, over the summer I wrote a short story prequel called “Abby: Alone”, and my work-in-progress is a sequel called “Her Name Was Abby”,…

Indie Interview Series: Nikita Gupta Interview

Nikita is an author, blogger, and entrepreneur. Nikita is globally known for her multicultural lifestyle blog, Growing Up Gupta (www.growingupgupta.com). In which she and her husband, Sachin, share stories of interracial/intercultural dating and marriage, multiracial and multicultural parenting, fusion recipes, and more. Growing Up Gupta led them to author Habits of Successful Career Nomads and…

Indie Author Series: Nomita Khanna Interview

  Award-winning author Nomita Khanna has debated on stage to win trophies, conducted summer camps for children, splashed oil-paint on canvas, crocheted caps and mittens for toddlers, and written stories for Femina, a leading magazine in India; all in an endeavor to create things. She makes her home in India with her family, a sizeable…

A New Take on NaNoWriMo Featuring Indie Authors

Happy NaNoWriMo everyone! Yes, it is officially November 1st, the first day of that much beloved but grueling annual writing challenge to put 50,000 words on paper that we all start and, hopefully, all finish. I love participating in NaNoWriMo, as I have for the past nine years. However, this year, I am trying something…

A College-Friendly Spanish Recipe (aka cheap and easy to clean up)

Who doesn’t love to cook an easy and incredibly inexpensive meal, and have it turn out absolutely delicious? Who doesn’t love when that meal happens to come straight from Southern Spain, an authentic dish that stood out for me during my time here in The Valencian region for one simple reason: It sure as heck…

Rosemarked Review

Author: Livia Blackburne Publication Date: November 7, 2017 Buy Now on Indiebound   When Zivah falls prey to the deadly rose plague, she knows it’s only a matter of time before she fully succumbs. Now she’s destined to live her last days in isolation, cut off from her people and unable to practice her art—until…

Heartseeker Review

Author: Melinda Beatty Publication Date: June 5, 2018 Buy Now from Indiebound     Only Fallow was just six harvests old when she realized that not everyone sees lies. For Only, seeing lies is as beautiful as looking through a kaleidoscope, but telling them is as painful as gnawing on cut glass. Only’s family warns…

The Problem with Modern Middle Grade

I don’t normally read a whole lot of middle grade. Even as a middle grader the genre annoyed me. Writers (or the people who buy the books) often look down upon middle grade audiences; oversimplifying everything, and giving the main character a voice that would better suit a small child rather than a pre-teen. Even…

Devils Within Review

Author: S.F. Henson Publication Date: September 5, 2017 Buy Now at Indiebound Nate was eight the first time he stabbed someone; he was eleven when he earned his red laces—a prize for spilling blood for “the cause.” And he was fourteen when he murdered his father (and the leader of The Fort, a notorious white…

Welcome to the New and Improved Who Needs Sleep!

Hello everyone, and welcome to my new site! If you are getting this post via email, congratulations, you survived my terrifyingly incompetent and lengthy follower transition process. Hooray! If you, like several WordPress.com followers and all of my site hits, have been lost in the complicated and confusing maelstrom of cyber chaos when I switched…

YA and Adult Novels: Top Ten Recommendations

Do you ever find yourself bored to death and in need of non-crappy book to read? Well look no further. Here are some books to try out if you find yourself in need of a thought provoking novel, or a simple, enjoyable YA. Feel free to post any good recommendations of your own!

Tell the Wind and Fire Review

Lucie Manette was born in the Dark half of the city, but careful manipulations won her a home in the Light, celebrity status, and a rich, loving boyfriend. Now she just wants to keep her head down, but her boyfriend has a dark secret of his own—one involving an apparent stranger who is destitute and…