Friday, May 20, 2016

Book Review: Room by Emma

I was urged by a co-worker to read this book. She gave it to me along with another book and promised I’d like them both. Each had interesting covers, both had been adapted for the screen, and I hadn’t seen either. On August 5,th I blogged about books being adapted for the screen and Room was honorably mentioned but had never picked up the book. The other wasn’t on my radar at all. I read a few chapters of each to gage which would be better, initially, neither really caught my attention. Room is told from the perspective of a 5 year-old, it was super annoying – at first. The book that will not be named was just okay, interesting but not enough.

After the third or fourth chapter of Room, I was hooked. Jack, the point of view character, is smart for a 5 year-old, and spunky. I adore him! His interpretation of the world around him, his interaction with Ma and even Old Nick, is so cleverly written I was jealous I hadn’t written it myself.

The reader is not told that the pair, Jack and Ma, are hidden away in a room. Why? Because Jack doesn’t know it, either. “Room” is his whole world. Everything outside of this space does not exist for him.  As the story progresses, it becomes clear that things are not as grand as Jack makes them seem. The voice of Jack is remarkable. He made me want to cry, laugh out loud, and left me confused a few times (in a good way).

I highly recommend this book to anyone that loves a story with strong characters and great plot. Now I’m going to watch the movie and rate that on my next post.

Have a great day. Read a book and laugh!

Wednesday, May 11, 2016


As many of you are probably aware, my publisher, Booktrope, is closing its doors for good on May 31st. My book, Finding Me (book 1), just released in March and will be pulled from the shelves and my rights given back. Enlighten Me, book 2 in the series, was nearly ready to publish. Book 3 was in the first round of edits.


I won’t lie, starting over sucks. Like really, really sucks. But you won’t find this girl crying in a corner. Nope. Was I angry at first? Yes. Was I confused about what to do? Yes. I went through a plethora of emotions initially. Then I kicked myself in the behind (yeah, it’s hard to do) and put on my big girl undies. Time to show the world what I’m made of. I can do this.

So, no, this post isn’t about bashing my former publisher. It isn’t about bashing small presses. It isn’t even about relaying what most of you probably already knew.

It’s about confirming that while I might have been set back a few paces, I’m still in the race. And it’s about letting the world (or just my awesome followers for now) know, I’m that girl. I’ve got this. I can do this.

And do this I shall.

Story to be continued very soon… 

Have a great day. Read a book and laugh!