TRISTEN: The Secret Heeder by Fleur Camacho | REVIEW

The Secret HeederTRISTEN: The Secret Heeder by Fleur Camacho
Published by September 10th, 2015
Genres: Young Adult, Romance, Fantasy, Historical
Pages: 257
Format: e-Book

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Now that Tristen knows he’s the Last Seeker, his mission is clear: to stop the Tingui from killing important people in the past. However, everything else in his life isn’t so straightforward. His best friend is suddenly acting mysterious and winning his true love’s heart isn’t easy. When Tristen begins having strange dreams again, an old enemy arises to threaten Tristen.
Then Tristen and his friends travel to Nineteenth Century Maryland and they’re horrified to find that they’ve appeared in the middle a great race war. There, Tristen is thrust into a world of spies and intrigue to find the Tingui. Everyone is a suspect and trusting the wrong person could kill one of the greatest Presidents that’s ever lived. Tristen must discover the Tingui’s plans in a world where one wrong move could get them all killed.

Why does Tristen feel like his best friend is keeping secrets?
How will Tristen figure out who to trust?
And ultimately, will he be able to save Abraham Lincoln from dying before the Civil War?


The-Secret-Heeder-Review*** AS THIS IS THE SECOND BOOK IN THE SERIES, IT MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS OF THE FIRST BOOK ***

*** YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED ***

The Secret Heeder by Fleur Camacho is the second book in the TRISTEN series. It continues right where the last book ended. Now that Tristen knows he is the Last Seeker it is up to him to defeat the Tingui from killing influential people of the past. With a best friend who is heeding secrets from him, the girl he likes not believing him, and his mentor who is not there for him he must find a way to save the day on his own. With drama, action, adventure and Abe Lincoln to save Tristen sure has his hands full!


The-Secret-Heeder-Plot-+-WritingAfter coming back from Fifteenth Century France, Tristen finds that his dad is in a coma. Not knowing truly what he is and what he is capable of he has a lot of questions to be answered. While Garyn, his mentor, is out on a journey of his own, Tristen is left to deal with this with only the limited help of Ailey and Isolda. And not to mention the Tingui Torin, the man who stabbed him in France is haunting his every waking minute. Poor Tristen is just trying to be as normal as normal can get with his life. Now being transported back to Nineteenth Century Maryland right before the civil war Tristen, Ailey and Isolda must figure out who is going to kill Abraham Lincoln and save his life so he gets a chance to change America.

With a plot this exciting it is no wonder I couldn’t get enough of this book! We get major revelations and great character development as Tristen and his friends navigate their personal feelings all while trying to save one of the most influential presidents in history. With more information revealed we get a little more back story into what being The Last Seeker entails and how Ailey and Isolda both connect to Tristen’s story.

Camacho has out done herself this time with the intricate writing. A lot of research into the history of events this must have taken is incredible and awe inspiring. She developed her characters with great ease and like I said before she really knows how to get into the minds of teenagers with her accurate dialogues between the gang. Although this is more of a personal issue then anything else, I did feel that some of the chapters dragged a bit long and as a reader it is one of my bookish pet peeves.


The-Secret-Heeder-CharactersTristen has grown a lot since the first book. Having already jumped to a new time, things went a little more smoothly for him and his friends this time around. We also got to see him struggle with his tense relationships with Ailey and Isolda. He finds it quite frustrating that Ailey is hiding secrets from him when he believes he should be told and he just wants her to be straight up with him. While on the other hand his relationship with Isolda is constantly on the rocks because trust issues keep arising. He can’t fully explain his relationship with Ailey to her and she just doesn’t believe they don’t have romantic feelings for each other.

Ailey on the other hand gets major progress in this book. We finally find out how she fits into The Last Seeker equation and I thought it was very creative! Life isn’t all grand for her though. She is also seen struggling with all the information she holds and secrets that she keeps. She wants to help Tristen out but can’t seem to come clean to him about herself or to reveal to Isolda the reason the connection between her and Tristen is so strong. I’m interested to see if she’ll begin to come out of her shell more in the next book!

And finally we have Isolda. I have a love hate relationship with her character. I find her extremely frustrating and have the least connections to her. She needs to be more upfront with Tristen and speak her mind when something is bothering her instead of just keeping it to herself. She also needs to trust Tristen more. He is a great guy but with her moody personality its hard for him to show her. With a little more about her revealed at the end, I am interested to see how she will affect the story later on!


The-Secret-Heeder-SettingMy favorite parts of these books are the historical portions! Like I said above, it must have taken a great deal of research and reading to fully grasp Nineteenth Century Maryland and the pre-cival war era. Camacho is successful with her world building with the historical references and real life individuals. I truly felt like I was there with the gang on their adventure to save Lincoln. I loved the train aspect of the story as well. If it was more practical in real life, I would love to travel more by train instead of plane! So the action scenes on the train were very exciting to read.

I can’t wait to see where Camacho takes Tristen and his friends and who they have to save in the next book! I live for historical fiction!


The-Secret-Heeder-In-ConclusionThe Secret Heeder by Fleur Camacho was a fantastic sequel to this time traveling fantasy series! I can’t wait to read more exciting adventures ahead because I know there is still so much more story to be told! I’m hoping for some more kick ass action scenes! You guys need to pick these up and give them a read. You won’t be disappointed.

Do you like the relationship dynamic between Tristen, Ailey, and Isolda? How crazy was that reveal at the end? Let me know what you guys thought!

You can get TRISTEN: The Secret Heeder & The Last Seeker here: The TRISTEN Series

Until next time,

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The-Secret-Heeder-About-the-AuthorAuthor 20

Fleur Camacho is the author of the TRISTEN book series. She likes to travel, hike, read, paint, be healthy and read boring economic reports. She is the wife of an uber-cool and sexy husband and a mom to two awesome children.

She practices positive inevitability and believes passionately in following your dreams. Even if you don’t accomplish everything you want, you can still enjoy the journey.

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August 2015 Wrap Up!

August-Wrap-UpHey guys!

Would you look at that. Another month has come and gone. Sometimes I wish I could just slow down time just a bit. But on the bright side there is 30 days left until I fly back home permanently. Oh god I miss home! Get ready Toronto… I’m coming home~


Wrap-Up-Books-Ive-ReadCress by Marissa MeyerAugust 6th

Vanishing Girls by Lauren OliverAugust 10th

Saga, Volume 2 by Brian K. Vaughan & Fiona StaplesAugust 12th

Rat Queens, Volume 2 by Kurtis J. Wiebe & Roc UpchurchAugust 13th

Joyride by Anna BanksAugust 15th

The Secret Fire by C.J. Daugherty & Carina RozenfeldAugust 22nd

TRISTEN: The Secret Heeder by Fleur CamachoAugust 23rd

Everything, Everything by Nicola YoonAugust 27th

Hunter by Mercedes LackeyAugust 30th

Well would you look at that. I only read one book from my projected TBR from the beginning of the month. Pretty typical of me, no surprise there! HAHA


Wrap-Up-ReviewsLying Out Loud by Kody Keplinger3/5

Red Rising by Pierce Brown4/5

The Witch Hunter by Virginia Boecker4/5

My Heart and Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga 4/5

A Book of Spirits and Thieves by Morgan Rhodes4/5

Scarlet by Marissa Meyer3/5

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas3/5

Saga, Volume 1 by Brian K. Vaughan & Fiona Staples5/5

Cress by Marissa Meyer  – 4/5

The Five Stages of Andrew Brawley by Shaun David Hutchinson5/5

The Secret Fire by C.J. Daugherty & Carina Rozenfeld4/5

TRISTEN: The Last Seeker by Fleur Camacho4/5

Hunter by Mercedes Lackey1/5

Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver3/5

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon5/5

That’s quite a lot of reviews don’t ya think? I’m sure surprised with myself!!


Wrap-Up-TopsTop 10 Tuesdays

Authors I’ve Read the Most Books FromAugust 11th

Auto-Buy AuthorsAugust 18th

Fanasy 101August 25th

Top 5 Wednesdays

Story MapsAugust 5th

Required ReadingAugust 12th

Series You Wish Had More Books  – August 26th


Wrap-Up-Comic-Book-HaulsHaul #5August 6th

Haul #6August 13th

Haul #7August 20th

Haul #8August 27th

Check them out for Archie, Batgirl, Harley Quinn, X-Men and many more~


Wrap-Up-Awards-+-AchievementsAugust Awards

Blogger Recognition AwardAugust 4th

Beautiful Blogger AwardAugust 24th

August Achievements

Best Views Ever (120 Views in one day)August 4th

50 PostsAugust 16th

500 LikesAugust 17th

100 FollowersAugust 19th

I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for you guys! Thank you so much for coming back and visiting, commenting, liking, and following my blog. I am extremely grateful! ❤


Wrap-Up-TagsMid-Year Book Freak Out TAGAugust 8th

The Secret Life of a Book Blogger TAGAugust 10th

Emoji’s Galore TAGAugust 22nd

The Ultimate Book TAGAugust 28th


With that August has come to an end! I believe over all that it was a pretty successful month, don’t ya think? Let me know what you think and I will definitely be on the look out for your wrap ups/recaps as well! See ya in September~

Until next time,

Sig New

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon | REVIEW

Everything, EverythingEverything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
Published by Delacorte Books on September 1st, 2015
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Fiction
Pages: 320
Format: e-ARC

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My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla.

But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He’s tall, lean and wearing all black—black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly.

Maybe we can’t predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster.


Everything-Everything-Review** I received this e-ARC from Delacorte Books via NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion **

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon is a contemporary novel about a girl who is allergic to the world and has never left her safety bubble that is her home. Completely content living in seclusion with just the company of her mother and her nurse Carla, she has never needed anything more. But when the adorable and mysterious boy moves in next door she is left with wanting more from life. How will she accomplish this when she can’t go outside without dying? Let’s find out!

“Sometimes you do things for the right reasons and sometimes for the wrong ones and sometimes it’s impossible to tell the difference.”


 Everything-Everything-Plot-+-WritingLife was seemingly normal as normal can get when you’re allergic to the world. At least it was to Madeline. That is until a new family moves into the house next door and she meets the cute mysterious boy through the window. She was never a girl who needed a lot to be happy, but now she would give everything to meet this boy face to face and be out in the world that he lives and breaths. As their budding romance builds through windows and online messaging, they finally get to meet. Now all she wants to do is get away and escape from both their lives no matter what the cost is on her health!

I could never imagine not being able to experience the world like Madeline can’t. But living in her clean little bubble she seemed content. But as falling in love is hard to do without touch, smell, and physical interaction, she begins to want more from life and doesn’t seem content anymore.I love every aspect of the plot and the way that the story was written. I think it was perfectly written in a unique and creative way that gives you the complete personality of Madeline as a character.

With all the fun drawings and images throughout the book you really get more of a reading experience while still enjoying the narratives and content of the story. Oh how my heart was rooting for Madeline and Olly!


Everything-Everything-CharactersMadeline is so full of personality and intelligence. She has huge dreams after meeting Olly that she can’t wait to get out and experience the world no matter the cost on her health or for the fact that she might not survive the outdoors. It was very interesting being able to experience the world with her for the first time. From how the fresh air fills your lungs, or sand in between your toes, everything was a new and fresh experience for her. She was such a dreamer that I couldn’t help falling in love with her child like character!

Olly, poor Olly. His family is so so broken that it hurts reading about his home life and seeing it from Madeline’s eyes. Because of the abusive nature of his father we see how protective he gets of his mother and sister which carries over to his relationship with Maddy. He wanted to offer Maddy the world but knew that didn’t come without complications. His patient and calm personality was also very admiring. I mean how hard would it be to like a girl that you can’t even touch or kiss.

Quick shout out to Carla, Maddy’s nurse. She never wanted Maddy to live without experience and always taught her life is worth living and to never give up!

Everything’s a risk. Not doing anything is a risk. It’s up to you.


Everything-Everything-SettingThis is an extremely fast paced book that takes place mostly in the confines of Maddy’s home and her outside adventure. Everything had to be pristine and white, clean and decontaminated in her home. It was a little off putting how neat and organized everything had to be for her to live a comfortable life. Truly puts things into perspective how much we take for granted in our life that Madeline would have never gotten to experience. The setting was a great example of the extreme measures one who has SCID (the acronym of her disease) must live with in their everyday life.


Everything-EVerything-In-ConclusionEverything, Everything by Nicola Yoon was an adorable book. I loved the plot, writing, characters and setting so much. If you’re looking for a light fun read, then I suggest you pick this up. You won’t regret it one bit! Now I’m off to live my life and not take for granted all the experiences I get to have that SCID patients do not. Let’s live life to the fullest!

Spoiler alert: Love is worth everything. Everything.”

Rating

Plot = 5/5

Writing = 5/5

Characters = 5/5

Setting = 5/5

Until next time,

Sig New


Everything-Everything-ABout-the-AuthorNicola YoonNicola Yoon grew up in Jamaica (the island) and Brooklyn (part of Long Island). She currently resides in Los Angeles, CA with her husband and daughter, both of whom she loves beyond all reason. Everything, Everything is her first novel.

Hunter by Mercedes Lackey | REVIEW

HunterHunter by Mercedes Lackey
Published by Disney-Hyperion on September 1st, 2015
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Action & Adventure, Dystopia
Pages: 384
Format: e-ARC

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Centuries ago, the barriers between our world and the Otherworld were slashed open allowing hideous fantastical monsters to wreak havoc; destroying entire cities in their wake. Now, people must live in enclosed communities, behind walls that keep them safe from the evil creatures constantly trying to break in. Only the corps of teen Hunters with lightning reflexes and magical abilities can protect the populace from the daily attacks.

Joyeaux Charmand is a mountain girl from a close knit village who comes to the big city to join the Hunters. Joy thinks she is only there to perform her civic duty and protect the capitol Cits, or civilians, but as cameras follow her every move, she soon learns that the more successful she is in her hunts, the more famous she becomes.

With millions of fans watching her on reality TV, Joy begins to realize that Apex is not all it seems. She is forced to question everything she grew up believing about the legendary Hunters and the very world she lives in. Soon she finds that her fame may be part of a deep conspiracy that threatens to upend the protective structure built to keep dark magic out. The monsters are getting in and it is up to Joy to find out why.

SpaceHunter-Review** I received this e-ARC from Disney-Hyperion via NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion **

*** DNF – 26% ***

Hunter by Mercedes Lackey is the first book in the Hunter series slated to release at the beginning of September. When I requested the ARC back in July I was really intrigued by the synopsis and the cover. I thought, “Cool, Monster Hunter Reality TV. I can get into this!” Boy was I ever wrong. Let’s find out why.


Hunter-Plot-+-WritingThough the synopsis sounding unique and interesting I was soon to realize it was slow and tedious. I was only able to get 6 chapters in which is close to a hundred pages before I just couldn’t will myself to continue on. Though the plot sounded promising, it was the info dumping that killed it for me. I spent so much time trying to process all the info that I was beginning to get a headache. Readers don’t need all this information from the get go. A good author knows that little bits of information spread through out the whole book will set the story up.

As for the writing, I found it to be off putting. I didn’t like the narrative from Joy and had to put the book down several times because the writing of the story was confusing and too much all at once.


Hunter-CharactersThere’s not much to say about the characters as I could not finish the story, but I can say from what I did manage to read Joy was intolerable. She was a bit cocky and her inner monologues were very annoying.

What I did like were her magic Hounds. I thought they were the coolest part of the story and very unique. I quite thoroughly enjoyed reading about them and what they could do. Other than that I have nothing more to say about the characters.


Hunter-In-ConclusionIn conclusion, Hunter by Mercedes Lackey was just not for me. I wish I could have gotten to the end, but sadly I was ready to pull my hair out from confusion, boredom and lack of interest.I’m sure there is potential for this story in the end and hopefully it will appeal to someone out there. Too bad it couldn’t be me.

I have never DNF’d a book before, and writing out my honest opinion proved a little difficult. I never want to trash someone’s hard work and I hope that with this review it doesn’t come off that way. (Sorry for the babbling)

Until next time,

Sig New

SpaceHunter-About-the-Author

Mercedes LackeyMercedes Lackey entered this world on June 24, 1950, in Chicago, had a normal childhood and graduated from Purdue University in 1972. During the late 70’s she worked as an artist’s model and then went into the computer programming field, ending up with American Airlines in Tulsa, Oklahoma. In addition to her fantasy writing, she has written lyrics for and recorded nearly fifty songs for Firebird Arts & Music, a small recording company specializing in science fiction folk music.

August 2015 Book Haul

Book HaulHey guys!

I’ve been trying to limit my book buying habits lately since I will be moving back home in a month and will have to bring a bunch of books back on the plane as it is. But who are we kidding? When it comes to books, I have no self control. None. Zero. Hence why I have almost 10 books on this haul.

Relax, sit back, and grab your tea because this might be a doozy!


Steel HeartSteelheart by Brandon Sanderson

Published by Ember

Released September 23rd 2014

Series: Reckoners #1

Paperback


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Shadow and Bone

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

Published by Henry Holt & Co.

Released June 5th 2012

Series: The Grisha #1

Paperback

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Siege and StormSiege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo

Published by Henry Holt & Co.

Released June 17th 2013

Series: The Grisha #2

Paperback

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Ruin and Rising

Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo

Published by Henry Holt & Co.

Released June 17th 2014

Series: The Grisha #3

Paperback

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More Happy Than Not

More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera

Published by Soho Teen

Released June 2nd 2015

Series: N/A

Hardcover

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Crystal Kingdom

Crystal Kingdom by Amanda Hocking

Published by St. Martin’s Press

Released August 4th 2015

Series: Kanin Chronicles #3

Paperback

Space

Merciless

The Merciless by Danielle Vega

Published by Razorbill

Released June 9th 2014

Series: N/A

Paperback

Space

You Deserve a Drink

You Deserve a Drink: Boozy Misadventures and Tales of Debauchery by Mamrie Hart

Published by Plume

Released May 26th 2015

Series: N/A

Paperback

Space

A Work in Progress

A Work in Progress by Connor Franta

Published by Atria/Keywords Press

Released April 21st 2015

Series: N/A

Paperback

Until next time,

Sig New

Hard Work Does Not Always Equal Reward | Spotlight Saturday [2]

Spotlight SaturdayHey guys!

Spotlight Saturday is a weekly feature, created by Josie at Josie’s Book Corner, dedicated to spotlighting and pinpointing some of the things over the week that have caught my attention more than usual, things I’ve particularly loved, etc. 

So now that you guys know what it’s all about, how about you join in the fun and hop on over to Josie’s Book Corner and check out how to do so~


Spotlight BloggerIt has been such a long and hectic week with work that I was having troubles keeping up with everyone. But the blogger I want to spotlight this week I’ve been following for quite a while now. It is none other then Syc @ The Lit Mermaid. If you haven’t already gone and followed her blog, then you HAVE to do it now!

First off her blog theme is so freaking cool! Way cooler then mine to be honest. She has stuck with her theme and it looks like alot of hard work went into creating it. She also does her own unique features on her blog such as:

The Mermaid’s Life

A Mermaid’s Tale

Cover – Once – Over

and so much more.

I enjoy coming back weekly to see her reviews, features, and other great posts! Keep up the good work Syc because I know you deserve all the love! ❤


Spotlight Blog PostThe blog post that caught my eye the most this week is I Have Absolutely No Idea What I’m Doing… And That’s Okay! by Jenny from Jenny In Neverland.

This post speaks true to my life right now. I’ve always struggled with what I want to do with my life and where I see my life going. I have such big ambitious dreams with writing and publishing/editing, but I have nothing to show for it yet. I know I have a long ways to go before I have anything to be proud of and I know it’s going to take more than just hard work. I also know that I will get there one day, but in the mean time I have absolutely no idea what I’m doing. I think it’s time to kick my life into gear and get a move on to start achieving these goals and dreams of mine. So that’s what I’m going to do in the coming months. Time to get off my ass and make something of myself. I want to be someone I am proud of and that others will be proud of too.

So if you haven’t checked out her post, I definitely recommend giving it a read. It’s quite inspiring actually!


Spotlight BookSo I read a couple of great books this week, but one stood out from the rest. So drum roll please… *drrrrrrrrrr*

Everything, EverythingYes! It’s Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon. I adore this book so much that there isn’t enough words to describe it. It was heart warming, gut wrenching, sad, hopeful, cute, funny, and amazing. It literally was EVERYTHING, EVERYTHING!

I have now become a fan of Nicola Yoon’s writing and story telling and look forward to seeing more from her in the future! All the links lead back to the GoodReads page if you live under a rock and have yet to hear about this amazing book.


Spotlight MomentIs it sad to say that the most exciting thing to happen to me this week was when I went book shopping yesterday? Well yeah it was. I had a coupon to use at Indigo Books that was going to expire soon and couldn’t wait to add some new books to my collection!

When I arrived I do what I always do first, I grabbed a drink from the Starbucks inside. After that I take a big breath of air and smell all the lovely new books in the air. My first destination is the New Arrivals wall, then to the 40% off Bestsellers wall to see if I can find a book I want at a good deal! Unfortunately there was nothing I didn’t already own, so I went to my first section: The Graphic Novels. As I browse and browse, nothing was popping out at me so I quickly ditched that section and bee-lined straight for the Young Adults area. After almost 30 minutes of browsing I walk up to the register with 4 new books and get a sweet deal of $10 bucks off.

All in all I’d say it was a pretty successful trip to the books store, and who knows, maybe there will be a haul coming your way soon. Because I know you’re dying to find out what I got!


Spotlight AppThis week I want to spotlight this cool new writing app I came across not too long ago.

A Novel Idea

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A Novel Idea is the premier tool for plotting your story and recording bursts of inspiration. Use its simple interface to create your characters, locations, scenes, and novels and then link them together to create your story’s plot. Use the Idea feature to quickly jot down your creative sparks and link them to your story elements. Arrange your scenes by dragging and dropping them into place. Add scene goals and objectives for each character. Plus more!

As I want to actually start getting all this story ideas out of my head and onto something physical, I thought what a better way then to use this app! It has become very useful in story boarding and planning that I only have words of praise! So if you too want to get your novel ideas down, then I recommend you get this app!


Spotlight SongI have two great songs to spotlight this week, one being a KPOP song and one being an English pop track from one of my favorite girl group from the UK!

Lion HeartParadise – Girls’ Generation

This fun an addictive pop track off their 5th Album, Lion Heart was an insta-fav for me. A definite stand out track about a love that is like paradise and how being with each other compares to nothing else. I have been singing this song like mad this last week! Go check it out~

Black MagicBlack Magic – Little Mix

With there 3rd album coming out soon in the Fall, I can’t wait to hear what it sounds like. If it’s anything like their single Black Magic then I think it will be golden! With a fun addictive beat and cheeky lyrics about using black magic to get a boy to do whatever you want, what more can you ask for?


Spotlight QuoteLastly I bring you another quote from Twitter this week!

“Writing a great book doesn’t mean you’ll get published. Hard work does not always equal reward. And that’s a hard thing to realize.” – Justina Ireland @tehawesomersace


Well there ya have it guys! My first Spotlight Saturday post! Thanks again Josie for letting me join in on the fun. Tell me what you guys want to put a spotlight on, I would love to know!

Until next time,

Sig New