Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Taylor Bennett | Author Chat



Homeschooled since kindergarten, Taylor Bennett is the seventeen-year-old author of Porch Swing Girl, which will be released by Mountain Brook Ink on May 1st. When she’s not reading or writing, Taylor can be found playing her violin or taking walks in the beautiful Oregon countryside. She loves to connect with readers via her author website, as well as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram (her favorite!), Pinterest, and Goodreads.

Let's get real...


If your book became a movie, who would you cast for your main characters?

If my book became a movie, I wouldn’t have anyone in particular in mind. Instead, I’d hold tons of open calls to find undiscovered (but absolutely AMAZING) talent. It would be incredible to help up-and-coming young actors get their start, plus I would appreciate their more vulnerable, non “Hollywoodish” personality.

Two truths and a lie...
  • I’ve met the lead singer of my favorite band…twice!! 
  • I am a closet Regency romance nerd, even though I spent my earlier teen years despising anything remotely related to Jane Austen.
  • I love the smell of coffee—but hate the taste.
Share one pet peeve you have.

Bad. Grammar.

*Shudder*

Ugh…it drives me nuts!! I’m a proud member of the grammar police, so anytime I hear something that isn’t grammatically correct. Ooh…it really gets under my skin. And of course, I can’t really correct people (especially near-strangers) without being really rude.

I always manage to resist, but it leaves me gritting my teeth and crying a little inside.

What's one chore you hate doing?

I really, really hate scrubbing showers. I’m kind of OCD about it—don’t want to miss a spot!—so I go over each corner what feels like a million times (but is probably more like two). Plus, my arms really aren’t that strong (typing on a keyboard doesn’t build muscle) so I get TIRED fast. And I always half-choke on the smell of bleach, so…yeah. Fun. (NOT.)

What’s one thing you must do in the morning?

I absolutely have to walk in the morning. Years ago, my mom and I started taking a daily “morning walk” with the dog. We loop all through our neighborhood and spiral up an abandoned road that crests a hill. From the top, we can see all the way into town (our house is near the country.) We repeat the walk every afternoon and evening, too. When it’s dark out, we can watch the city lights, and we usually catch the sunrise in the morning. It’s an amazing way to take a break and enjoy being out in the beauty of the Oregon countryside, plus, I love talking with my mom. She’s my very best friend, and she’s also AMAZING at helping me brainstorm.

If you were forced to do karaoke what song would you pick?

In my fantasy world, karaoke machines are loaded with every song under the sun (even the more obscure ones) so I would pick “I Want You,” by my favorite band, We Are Messengers. I listened to it a lot when I wrote Porch Swing Girl, so it’s very dear to my heart—plus, it’s just a GOOD SONG! But hopefully I will never, everbe forced to do karaoke. My singing is reserved for the shower only.

Name three places you’d like to travel to & why

I would absolutely LOVE to travel to Maui (even though I’ve been there several times before, I am absolutely in love with the island and I feel as though it’s my second home) as well as Europe (specifically England and France, because of the moody weather, amazing old architecture, and delightfully old-fashioned feel) and…the Middle East! Okay, so I know traveling to the Middle East right now would be sort of foolish, but I’m enchanted by the idea of the millennia-old buildings, bustling markets, and DELICIOUS FOOD. So if things ever calm down over there…you can bet I’ll be hanging out at an old marketplace, eating authentic Afghan food.

Favorite dessert?

Cake. Cheesecake, carrot cake, white cake, lemon cake, strawberry cake—it doesn’t matter. Give me a piece of cake (and maybe some ice cream or whipped cream on the side?) and I will be satisfied. My mom is an incredible baker, and she makes some of the best cake I’ve ever tasted—I’m especially fond of her French strawberry custard cake, with homemade whipped cream…yum!

Connect with Taylor: 
Website: http://taylor--bennett.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TaylorBennettAuthor/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/writer__taylor
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/taylor.bennett.author/
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/Taylor__Bennett/
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/66039360-taylor-bennett
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What if friendship cost you everything?

Stranded in Hawaii after the death of her mother, sixteen-year-old Olive Galloway is desperate to escape. She has to get back to Boston before her dad loses all common sense and sells the family house. But plane tickets cost money—something Olive gravely lacks.

With the help of Brander, the fussy youth group worship leader, and Jazz, a mysterious girl with a passion for all things Hawaiian, Olive lands a summer job at the Shave Ice Shack and launches a scheme to buy a plane ticket home before the end of the summer.

But when Jazz reveals a painful secret, Olive’s plans are challenged. Jazz needs money. A lot of it. Olive and Brander are determined to help their friend but, when their fundraising efforts are thwarted, Olive is caught in the middle. To help Jazz means giving up her ticket home. And time is running out.



The lie: 
I’ve met the lead singer of my favorite band…twice!! **LIE** I’ve actually met him 4 times 😉

Monday, August 13, 2018

Novel News with Sara Ella and Amanda G. Stevens


My oh my, it's been ages since I've done a "New Novel News" post so I thought I'd start with a bit of catch up. These LOVELY novels are out now--so no delay in gettin them (see what I did there?).

Friday, August 10, 2018

Things No One Told Me About Freelancing


I've been a freelancer for over six years, and for about four of them I've been fully self-employed. I do a range of things, but as of right now I freelance in these areas: photography, writing, graphic design, social media coaching. Each area comes with its own unique aspects (and challenges) but there are a few things I wish I would have known before I stepped into them.

Not all of them are negative - thank goodness - but some are. I don't share these to warn you away from freelancing in any of these ares, but I hope this post could be informative and helpful for those looking to freelance.

Thursday, August 9, 2018

6 Tips to being Genuine Online by Becky Wade | Guest Post


Striving to be genuine online? Here are 6 tips from author Becky Wade!

It's challenging to be genuine online, isn't it? When we interact via cyberspace, we're robbed of several aspects of face-to-face communication. We can't read the other person's body language and they can't read ours. We can't hear their tone and they can't hear ours. Often, we're not communicating in real time.

We can respond to the strangeness of online communication by saying nothing because we're too shy to put ourselves out there. We can post about the mundane because we have no idea what else to say. We can beautify our lives so much that the things we present via our feeds don't resemble our reality at all. Or we can make an effort to communicate our genuine selves and begin to establish real connections as a result.

I entered the world of social media in 2011. Since then I've observed (because I follow numerous people) and experienced firsthand (through my own posts) a few things that seem to lead to greater authenticity....

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Stop thinking you aren't good enough


Stop thinking you aren't good enough...

This could have several different meanings, but the one I'm addressing specifically is to The Writer. You probably know (or are) the person I'm talking about. If so, listen up because I'm you too. (Um, yeah, just go with me on this).

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Fawkes by Nadine Brandes | RE:View

A tale of passion, plague, and plotting.

I'm going to do something different in this review and say that, if you like historical fiction mingled with the impossible, beautiful complexity of a magic system that offers power over colors, you absolutely NEED this book.

Now, on to my thoughts.

I read an advanced copy of this book several months ago and then (in total Emilie fashion) forgot *gasps* to write my review! Um, what? Who am I? What am I doing with my life?

Annnyyyywaaayyyyy.....

Monday, May 28, 2018

Remember the Price of Our Freedom


As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter the words, but to live by them.

- John F. Kennedy