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2012 Novel

Dec 30, 2011
2011 was a decent year for me. I learned a lot writing wise, completed not one but two WIP's, and started a third which I'm completely in love with. Marylyn Was Her Name was definitely inspired by old Hollywood glamour. It's a novel about love, murder, and finding yourself. It's funny because this idea actually came to me in a dream, and I never dream up novels. So I know this one is special. I hope to start working on it as soon as I'm finished with revisions for my NaNo novel. Marylyn Was Her Name is going to be my 2012 novel.

This is the query I came up with for it. It isn't perfect, but I'm working on it:

Come her eighteenth birthday, seventeen-year-old Marylyn Greyer will be on the first Greyhound bus out of Dunmore, Virginia. She’s going to be a famous actress on Broadway.

Her life is anything but glamorous. She lives at home with her momma and her new boyfriend, Rick, a filthy drunk who can’t seem to keep his hands to himself. Every day she reminds herself that things are going get better once she leaves Dunmore.

But that day never comes when her momma uses her savings to pay last month’s bills. To get away from the situation at home, Marylyn takes a job at a local restaurant waiting tables. There she meets a smooth talking handsome young man by the name of Connor Mason. Everything changes from then on as Marylyn transforms into a social butterfly, walking, talking, and dressing differently. Her relationship with Connor is explosive and exciting. They spend as much time fighting as they do sleeping together.

Connor isn't like any young man she’s ever met. He believes in her, tells her she can have the world if she wants. Marylyn see’s something in Connor that no one else can. There’s a spark that burns in his eyes, so bright. So when he tells her his plan, a plan that could bring her the stardom she’s always dreamed of, Marylyn has to make a choice. Either stand by her man or go back to her old life.  

I even have a theme song for it:

One of my resolutions for 2012 and coming years is to write at least one novel for that year. My other resolution: Read more, a lot more since this year was a very disappointing year for me. I have a ton of books on my wishlist and a ton of books that I've started and haven't finished yet. I should be pretty busy. I'm looking forward to the new year. Here's hoping that we all get some good news.

Happy New Year!

Books on My Holiday Wish list

Dec 17, 2011
The holidays are right around the corner. I can feel the magic in the air. And although I do have a nice stack of books that are waiting to be read on my nightstand, I just can’t resist blogging about the books that I would love Santa to bring me this Christmas. I think I've been fairly good enough this year. What about you?

I read a sample of this on my Kindle and loved it. I'm holding off on seeing the movie until I read this book. Truthfully, very few adult novels manage to catch my eye. This one did. This is one of those books that are very rich in voice. I can't wait to pick up a hard copy. 

I do own Anna and the French Kiss, but I haven't gotten to it yet. I've heard a ton of great things about Anna and Lola. Stephanie Perkins almost make me want to write my own contemporary romance novel. I think the cover is very cute. I love the purple, blue, and pink tones. Lola, here I come. 

This is another one of those cute contemporary novels I've heard a lot of good things about. I think I'll be downloading a sample of this one pretty soon. Novels like Past Perfect are so inspiring and bittersweet. I get a toothache just looking at that cover.

Okay, I'm not sure when this one will be coming out in the states. But I did sample it like I have the others. As you can probably tell I've been trying to read more contemporary novels. I'm usually more of a fantasy girl, though I can't write it to save my life. Good Oil has been getting some good reviews, and I am very intrigued.

I read the first novel in Maggie's Shiver series and really enjoyed it. I read a bit of The Scorpio Races and enjoyed it even more. I can't remember ever being a fan of novels about horses, but there is something special about this one.

These three novels are amazing, or so I've heard. I think they are all one of those books that you should read at least once. I know Santa is going to be a very busy man this year, lugging around all of my presents. 

That's it for my list. What books are on your holiday wish list?

Road Trip Wednesday: Ideal Holiday Present

Dec 14, 2011
Today I'm participating in YA Highway's 109th Road Trip Wednesday. Road Trip Wednesday is a blog carnival where YA Highway's contributors post a weekly writing or reading related question that begs to be answered.

This Week's Topic:

What would be the ideal holiday present for your 
main character (or favorite character)? 

I really enjoy answering these types of questions because I don't usually think about these things while I'm writing. It's quite fun to dive a little deeper once in a while. Fifteen-year-old Cassidy Harwell lives on a small farm in Tinder, Louisiana with her mama and papa, Marsha and Peter Harwell. She mentions in the story the she and her mother scraped up some change and purchased a gold watch for the father last Christmas, his only gold watch. They're in the midst of a drought that has been going on for almost two years now, and things aren't getting any better. 

I know this might sound cheesy, but all Cassidy really wants is for things to go back to how they used to be in Tinder. Most of all, she doesn't want to leave. As for materialistic things, I'm sure Cassidy would love a new bicycle, so she wouldn't have to rely on her father driving her places. She would also probably really like a cell phone since her father won't get her own until she's at least sixteen.

Cassidy is a simple girl, but she does look forward to getting that brand new dress every single year on her birthday. Still, I don't think she'll ask for much this coming Christmas. Not with how things are now. 

Thursday Love: Walking In The Air

Dec 1, 2011
I'm back again with another Thursday Love post, which is a collection of things I've been lusting over this week. Here we go.

I instantly fell in love with the cover for The Selection by Kiera Cass. It has to be one of the most stunning covers I've seen to date. I love the blue tones, and will you just look at that dress. It's sure to turn heads.

I've had Jackie Evancho's rendition of Walking In The Air on repeat these last few days. You can listen to it here. I think it's the perfect Christmas song.

This quote by Neil Gaiman is the most inspiring quote I've ever read. I love it so much that I'm using it as a desktop background.


An Education has become one of my favorite movies of all time. I recommend that everyone see it at least once. Carey Mulligan is stunning in it. It's a fantastic film with fantastic actors, and I think a lot of people would be able to relate to Mulligan's character, Jenny. The soundtrack is awesome as well. 

Here's another one of my favorite scenes:

That's it guys. What are you lusting over this week?