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Review: Dirty Exes by Rachel Van Dyken

Dirty Exes (Liars, Inc., #1)Dirty Exes by Rachel Van Dyken
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

FOUR AND A HALF STARS!

Jessie? Colin? Jessie? Colin? Just pick one of them already!

That’s me screaming at the book starting about halfway through.

Blaire is a PI. She detectives for a living. Her business? Finding out if a spouse is cheating, getting the proof if true, and trying to make life right for so many.

Well, one day, Jessie Beckett’s wife decides she wants her almost ex husband to stay with her. So she’s looking for evidence of Jessie cheating. More so she could blackmail him into staying rather than divorcing. What she doesn’t know is that to Jessie, Blaire is the one who got away.

So where does Colin fit into all of this? He’s Jessie’s BFF. Vanessa…or was it Victoria… I don’t know. I hated Jessie’s wife so I really didn’t bother to remember her name. Anyway, he’s her brother. And he decides, with a flop of his man-bun, that he’s going to help Blaire into Jessie’s pants. Until he decided to try to keep her for himself.

What a twisty fun ride this was!!! Not only did Jessie and Blaire have chemistry, Blaire was so determined she didn;’t know what she wanted, and Colin was fantastic at playing Devil’s adovate! I always know what to expect in a ROMCOM and even then, this one kept me on my toes.

The bonus feature for this book was that IAN HUNTER from The Matchmaker’s Playbook (series!!! WHICH I LOVED!!!) is Blaire’s brother…so that little crossed brought about a happy squeal. So there was a familiar piece to it.

Now by the end of the book, I wondered how Blaire was going to choose one man and whether she could/would/should get any proof against Jessie…whether she would ruin him or love him or the fallout of making a different choice…

I love ROMCOMS! I LOVE just about every book by Rachel Van Dyken!!! It’s not really fair, because I knew I’d probably love it from the first word. But, still, I LOVED THIS BOOK! I cannot wait for the second one in SEPTEMBER!!! (Why so long?!?!?! UGH. I little to no patience for these things. LoL!)

So yes, I rec this for anyone looking for a fast, fun romcom. I cannot rec this one enough.

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Does it need to be New Year’s to have a new goal?

*blows the dust off this blog*

It’s been a long while since I’ve been here. Goodreads took of the cross posting ability, so my book reviews have been staying there and not carrying over. I just figured out today, like literally ten minutes ago, how to make it publish here with the click of a button…Yay me! Finally!

This baby coming back to life!!! I’ve been down and out for a while thanks to allergies and immunity problems and real life things like work.
In that time, I’ve written three books, though I think most people only know about one of them–the fifth book to the Human Touch series–the other two are undisclosed rom-coms not ready to see the light of day yet. Of course some of it still needs to be transcribed from my journal nonsense since writing at work requires pen and paper. I’ve mapped out three other stories, one related to Human Touch, one rom-com involving Chris Evans’ Porn-Cop-Mustache (don’t ask), and one space-superhero-epic tale…I’ve also been looking into self-publishing my rom-coms and Love, Darrows, the LGBTQ retelling of Cupid where he has a boyfriend instead of that Psyche chick.

SO my new goal:

(As you can see, my love for Cap hasn’t waned. At least not until the beautiful soul known as Chris Evans stops being Cap. Then I’ll try.)

It’s not a squad goal, though I’d love to involve my squads–both IRL and online.

The goal is to get back into reading and reviewing here. To keep writing. To post some stories here. To keep this baby from accumulating dust again. And to quit getting these phantom followers on this blog and finding some real blog readers to interact with. Am I going to be on Twitter more? Probably not. It’s a storm of brimstone and fire there lately. Am I staying on Instagram? Hell yes. Because I love photo’ing (life, books, Pop! figures, dogs, cats…you name it) as much as I love writing. Will I be other places? IDK yet. I need to get this baby back in order and go from there. Baby steps in social media before taking a leap into self-publishing and social media. All while still trying to get an agent and that publishing deal for a book and working at getting promoted at real-life-work. We’ll see how this thing goes.

So, I’m saying it here first!

I’M BACK!!!

Yes, still love Han Solo, too…SOLO the movie…I should do a post about it!

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#PitchWars is here!

I’M SO F#$<*&@ NERVOUS!!!!

Sorry, Cap.

Anyway, as I’m sitting and deciding on whether I’ve chosen the right mentors for my story…
Should I really submit the revamped Darrows? Because it is somewhat a repeat.
Who should I really submit to? Because they can help make me or break me right now.
Is every single person who read that story being sugary and fluffy with their praises or are they being so-very-true blue?

I just now–like literally right this second–remembered that I hadn’t even done a #PitchWars Bio for this year. Not that much has changed since last year. I’m still writing and unpubbed, except now I’m also serving up coffee and talking to everyone under the sun at my coffee-house job…

The story I’m submitting:

Love, Darrows

This is the retelling of the whole Cupid tale from myths of yore. And I say it like that because most people think of Cupid as being Greek myth, but he started out in Roman myth circles. Which my story touches on both here and there. The twist to my Cupid tale is the fact that my Cupid is gay. Plus, there is a Psyche (the original Cupid’s love) but I’ve included the other erotes and Greek/Roman myth characters and stories to create a modern-day, high school Cupid with his own unique story and personality. Quentin Darrows is seventeen–a poetic little $#!+, too–and in love with his best friend who loves to date anyone, male and female alike. And this poor Cupid is just trying to cope with it all.

(Quentin is going to kill me for using this Cupid image. He really doesn’t like babies in diapers being Cupid.)

Love, Darrows is a modern take on a Cupid who can’t control his own love life with his phone app arrows, so he fights for his boyfriend, Lex, in any way he can. The story I am submitting it part one and part two, Love, Carter, completes the tale.

What I am ready to do:

I am ready to rip this baby apart if I have to. I want to learn and make QUENTIN THE BEST DERN CUPID ever! I want to get his story out there and into the world. Give him the wings to fly because I know when he does, he’ll fly far! I’m ready to work hard and absorb all the advice a mentor wants to give. Be harsh with me, because I need the honesty to get my story living. I’ll stay up all night. Work all day, except when I’m working, and even then I’d be working on Darrows.

I just look forward to having new eyes and new thoughts on something that’s been with me for years.

Even if I’m not chosen, MY ULTIMATE GOAL IS TO GET DARROWS PUBLISHED.

What I typically write:

Usually my stories fall into a million different categories. Well, except for my NYC-RomComs. I write adult and YA. I usually go contemporary with my tales, though I’ve been in and out and twisted around almost every genre out there–Paranormal, supernatural, retellings, rom coms, myths, knights and princesses, angels and demons, ghosts, dystopians, mystery, space, and superheroes[ish]–with the exception of horror.

What I read:

I like almost any kind of story. Romances tend to be in my top picks (most recently Mónica B. Wagner’s Frosh series and Rachel Van Dyken’s The Matchmaker’s Playbook series). I love a good non-romantic series (see the Lunar Chronicles and Divergent). Graphic novels–Scott Pilgrim, Agent Carter, Spider-Gwen, and Ms. Marvel are among the tops ones I read.

Well…I just love a really good book I don’t want to put down but then I regret when I finish reading because I want to keep those characters and events with me forever.

Favorite Movies/TV/Netflix/Hulu

In other words, random stuff that has nothing to do with writing, yet has somehow inspired me in so many ways.

Anything Chris Evans, my favorite being What’s Your Number?

And Scott Pilgrim…

I like Captain America, The Avengers, Underoos (aka Spider-man), Back to the Future, Star Wars (Han Solo), Guardians of the Galaxy, Parks and Rec, The Office, Rick and Morty, Supernatural, Brooklyn-9-9, Stranger Things, The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Friends from College, iZombie, Game of Thrones…

I CAN’T BELIEVE CAP KISSED MARGERY TYRELL!!! *WORLDS COLLIDE*

…Westworld, you name it and I’ve probably watched it. Almost anything you can find at a Comic Con panel or that will make me laugh. Or sigh. Or go awww, or even just…

Random things about me:

I am becoming a polyglot.

I speak American natively, and I have many years of Spanish under my belt. Recently, I started learning French, Norwegian, and Japanese. (I have plans for Swedish and Italian in the future.) I can already label some items and ask questions in French and Norwegian. I also can recognize a lot of Hiragana on packages (and read a few things) when I’m shopping at Daiso–Japan’s answer to the dollar store.

Daiso is one of my favorite places to go.

I have a growing collection of Funko figures. Mostly Captain Americas. The first one I owned  was Han Solo I found back in 2011/2012. Then Marty McFly and Doc. Then Chewbacca. Then when Cap came out…and so on and so on…

Recently, I used a plastic Coca-cola crate and turned it into a shelf for my Toby Stanks (yes, I did that on purpose. #TeamCap #SorryNotSorry) and Underoos Funko figures on the other side of the room from Cap and me.

I like photoshopping photos into looking like a comic or something someone drew. (This is one I did for a coffee project at work.)

I am allergic to sulfites, meaning that virtually everything I eat will make me sick–including my beloved fruits and veggies. I was never vegetarian but I really don’t like meat especially without ketchup or a sauce or seasoning.
The only thing I like without that stuff is the Flying Dutchman from In-N-Out. So I’m there a few days a week.

Despite my allergies and my body’s inability to handle food properly, I have managed to lose almost 100 pounds…which is a great feat, IMO. It’s still a work in progress, though.

I always wanted a Captain America sweater, but when I couldn’t find one that not everyone else would have, I looked up knitting patterns and figured out how to knit my own…It’s a great comfy sweater perfect for reading and rainy, cold days.

I like to draw.

I now draw the boards for my store.

this isn’t the best one, but it is the most recent.

 

L’il Sebastian. Because…

 

And…well…if you haven’t guessed by now, I’m a HUGE fan of Chris Evans. He has the BEST SOUL anyone could own.
Everyone at work picks on me, a lot of people roll their eyes, but I will defend him/that fact to the death.

MY FAVORITE CAP IMAGE:

Why? Because it always reminds me that when things look bleak, when you’re feeling down, when all looks lost in the world, keep fighting, keep hoping, keep working and you will come out of it a better person and hopefully on top of it all.

I plan on staring at this one a lot in the coming weeks when the mentor/mentee teams are announced. (And hopefully long after as I’m readying Darrows with my mentor’s help.)

Well, it’s time…

Time to begin. Isn’t it? (sorry, channeling Imagine Dragons there) Time to get those mentors listed and get Darrows into the mix.

*deep breath*

Thanks for taking the time to read. And sorry about the fangirly me. (not too sorry, though. it is who I am.)

GOOD LUCK TO ALL WHO ARE ENTERING!!!
SEE YOU GUYS ON THE FLIP-SIDE!

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Review: Cheater

Cheater
Cheater by Rachel Van Dyken
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

More like four and a half story wise, though I can never fully get behind a cheater.

***This book was provided by the publisher through NetGalley. Thank you!***

Except Lucas Thorn isn’t technically a cheater. He’s been honest and open with all the women, never promising a commitment with any of them from Monday – Saturday. Those are the girls, one for every day of the week except Sundays. That’s a rule he’s lived by for a long time.

But, there is a twist in Lucas’ plans. Avery Black. As in his former fiancee’s little sister. As in the girl who wants to remove his…well, to keep it clean as possible…junk and chunk it into the junk yard. As in the girl who has never forgiven him for cheating on her sister the night before their wedding.

This story didn’t make me angry or hateful for Lucas, though most stories like it typically do. And maybe because he was up front. He owned the fact he was a mimbo (man bimbo). It’s difficult to dislike honesty.

As for the sister connection between Lucas’ past and present, I wasn’t creeped out. It was done with tasteful explanations and backstory. It wasn’t all gross and disgusting. Again, I typically take away major stars, points, whatever for that oogie feeling. But this story DID NOT have any of that.

As for laughing out loud in this rom-commy tale, I did. Numerous times. Mostly thanks to Lucas’ parents…which I am cracking up now as I type and think about the parts they were in…SO funny!!! It was nice to have some real laughs. I haven’t come across a humourous rom-com like this in a while.

The ending was solid. NO CLIFFIES!!! Which, yay! It does set up for another story about a few secondary characters, but Lucas and Avery’s story is nicely wrapped up in a great ending.

I definitely recommend this one! It’s not weird or creepy or off in any way. A true cute rom-com that I would definitely read again!

*A DECEMBER 2016 READ*

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The master list.

Once upon a time, I was reading a book written by Stephen King and happened upon a character named “Ace Merrill”. He lived in a little place of yore called Castle Rock, Maine. Well, that name/that location sent a smile to my face and memories into my brain. I knew this guy from that story that other time. Talk about being excited when I remembered little things that I loved about the town or couldn’t stand about Ace…It was like being in on a secret. I had to tell people, “Remember that guy from that place? Well, they’re back. No seriously. You have to read it.”

I blame Stephen King for this thing I have about linking my stories through characters, places, or just little hints. Even if no one else gets it, I know it’s there and am proud.

Lately, though, it feels like nothing is connecting. Not a story, a line, a name, or a title. I have a Tinkerbell journal full of notes for another Rom-Com in NYC I think I want to write for NaNoWriMo.

And if I do start writing on this, I will of course crossover locations or mention a person in passing–The Stephen King Effect. (The New York City thing for RomComs came from movies like The Secret of My Succe$s and What’s Your Number? {okay, so that’s Boston, but big city love story nonetheless} and even Something Borrowed.)

I like the idea of Sean and Gemma almost meeting at the same place that Kurt bought an apology latte…I like that Violet works with Sean while Charlie’s boss is Kurt. I like that this one hotspot is used for breakups and make-ups alike. What I don’t like is fishing through over 1000 pages of combined manuscripts to find that name or that place. That’s where the need for a master list of these tales comes into play.

I could just type a list on the computer. I have a few of those in OneNote and Word docs. But I like a solid journal with pages to flip through. I have images of places in my mind that I drew/draw that I like to reference in addition to photos. I like to keep the descriptions the same from story to story to make it more familiar…a home…like Castle Rock before it met its end.

There are three sections: The Stories which has either a book cover/promotional poster idea with a summary, characters, & locations. (The exact reason label makers were made.)

If Only in Our Dreams

Dreams can hold the best life has to offer. Who says they can’t come true?

Gemma has the worst luck with men. After this last date with the loser of her life, she’s ready to give up men. Her friends beg her for one more weekend–because they can choose a better guy for her–of blind dates. She agrees to one last weekend, though she’s regretting it already. Her friends will never find a guy like the one from her dreams. He’s hot and loving and the sex… Impossible.

Sean has the worst luck with women. After this last date with quite the drama queen, he’s ready to give up women. His friends beg him for one more weekend before doing anything drastic. After all, his friends can pick a woman better than the one from his dreams, right? Maybe not.

Life Imitating Art/Life Imitating Art

Every story has two sides, and Jana’s and Kurt’s are no exception. This duet of novels covers the same events, but are two entirely different tales. What he says is definitely not what she says about their lives from the moment they met.

Life Imitating Art: Jana Hampstead–pen name: JR Toscani–is a best selling romance authors of our time. After meeting her new editor Kurt, she realizes their story mimics the first story she’s ever written–Texas Violets, a fanfiction-turned-bestseller. Much like her characters, there’s ups and downs…and more downs…and he’s her editor, so that’s probably frowned upon around the editing firm. Oh definitely it is. Can Jana and Kurt put aside their differences and finish her new novel before their escapades can become office gossip?

Life Imitating Art: Kurt Werner–aspiring novelist and editor at top firm Eckhart & Bernstien–has been suffering a writer’s block the size of Jupiter. Every word he types ends with a delete. The story isn’t there. Then he meets his new client, JR Toscani–real name, Jana Hampstead. She envokes a rage…a passion within him. Next thing he knows, his job is on the line, but the words are flowing like a river flooding its banks. Can Kurt find a way to balance an editing job, Jana, and a new story that just won’t stop before it all comes crashing to a halt?

Wings

Take my hand. I’ll take yours. Together we’ll do this. Until we find love.

Told through two different points of view.

Charlie Everett plays wingman for his best friend, hoping to pay off an old debt. Violet Granger is trying to show “Daddy” that she can make it on her own. One night of wing services, they meet and their world couldn’t be sweeter. But, like always, real life and exes can break some wings. Can Charlie and Violet spread their wings so love can soar?

There are a few more stories not mentioned here. And I’m trying to decide where to put these stories–here, Wattpad, or e-pub them. Plus, this has been great for my story blocked mind. My hands are busy drawing, coloring, painting. My mind thinks as I do this…to the point of generating a new idea for a story that hasn’t been told in YA or adult books that I’ve been able to find. I’ve got a few opening lines to the story I’ve been wanting to type on. And have expanded my old notes on this NYC Rom-Com series, though I have yet to come up with a title.

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