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Happy Thursday, guys! I'm soo happy it's almost the weekend lol.
Are any of you writers? If so, are you a pantser or a plotter? (And for those of you like me who had no idea what that means and had to Google it, a pantser is someone who writes by the seat of their pants, making a story up as they go along. While a plotter plans a story first then writes.)
If you couldn't already tell by all the journals in the picture, I'm a plotter. I map out everything before I start: the world, the timeline, the characters, the storyline, even the main scenes. Then I write based on my outline, with plenty of room for my characters to surprise me like they love to do. This set of journals are just a few of the ones I've used to plot out the Star Crossed series. (Yes, yes there are more. πŸ˜‚)
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Day 7: #readwritegram (bookmarks and notebooks)
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You guys, I just saw The Book Club, and it was fantastic! Light, fluffy, and funny, plus it was centered around friendships forged with books. So great. If you haven't watched it, I highly recommend. Now it's off to get groceries and wash my car before dinner with my boyfriend. Have a great rest of the day, bookies! πŸ’›πŸ–€
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Day 3: #junebookstagram18 (black and gold)
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Happy Saturday, bookworms! What are y'all up to today? I spent most of the day laying around the house reading Lost Crow Conspiracy. (Matyas and the praetheria, oh my!) Though I did get my daughter's next birthday party all planned. Check my story if you're curious about the theme! I figured I had best get all the rest I can before my second round of FBt edits gets here. Any day now!!
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Day 2: #junebookstagram18 (sunset ombre) - these colors matched the covers of the Star Crossed series so perfectly I couldn't help but show them off. 😍
Day 2: #lillyricalmashup ("tale as old as time" fairy tales - did you know that the Star Crossed series is a myth-meets-fairy tale retelling of Cinderella based on the story of Rhodopis?
Day 4: #1000perfectnotes (a debut novel) - my debut novel was Fathoms Below. Sooo hard to believe book 2 is out already and book 3 will be here in October! 😱
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Writers: do you have a favorite writing snack? It might be generic, but I love a good cup of coffee when I'm writing, especially if it has a spice like pumpkin or cinnamon added to it. Yummy!
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Day 29: #igwritersmay (writer habits)
Day 29: #allthebooksmay (chosen one or lost princess) - both, though I have a special soft spot for chosen one, bc that's what the Star Crossed series is πŸ’”β˜„οΈπŸ€“
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What makes you feel strong?
For me, it's working out.πŸ‹οΈ It's one of my favorite things to do, besides read and write lol. I love the rush of adrenaline, the feel of the sweat rolling down my body, the pull of my muscles and fighting to keep my breathing even. But most of all, I love how powerful it makes me feel, like for a little while, even in this sometimes insane world, I am a warrior in complete control of my own destiny.
That's also why I love reading and writing books about strong heroines, especially if they didn't start out strong. It's so easy to feel weak, to feel powerless, to feel less than enough, when everyone around you is telling you that you can't, you shouldn't, if only you were more like so and so. But just like Mare, Mira, Audrey Rose, and Cather, we can rise up, stand firm in the face of disbelief, and say yes we can, yes we should, yes we are more than enough just the way we are. So today, whatever you do or wherever you go, put on your mantle of awesomeness and kick some butt, bc you are beautiful. You are powerful. You are a warrior. Who's with me? β€οΈβš”οΈ
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Isn't it crazy how time flies? My daughter just finished the third grade. Fathoms Between comes out in only 5 more months. And I've been on Instagram for over a year now and just realized that I've never done an about me post! So, here is a not-too-shabby selfie plus a few facts about yours truly.
1. My full name is Laura Lynn Holt. The Laura comes from a song my parents used to listen to. The Lynn is after my mom's middle name.
2. I have blue eyes, brown hair, super-pale skin that burns way too easily, and am 5'1", aka short.
3. I am the author of the Star Crossed series: Fathoms Below and Fathoms Above (which are already published) and Fathoms Between (which releases October 2nd).
4. I have one daughter named Rayne who is the light of my life and second only to God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit in my heart. (Yes, I am also a Christian lol, but not one of those crazy judgemental ones who think being saved means that you get to look down your nose at everybody else and throw bibles at them. I've actually HAD a bible thrown at me once by one such person. It was not fun.)
5. I am a HUGE fan of Buffy the Vampire Slayer (ask me anything! I will wow you with my well of useless fandom knowledge lol), coffee (I am like a zombie in the mornings without it), and working out (to the point where I do it one hour every day, seven days a week. Addicted? Who, me? πŸ˜‚)
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Day 24: #lilgettingtoknowyou (my style)
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Best places to read:
1. On a throne of books, surrounded by your fictional subjects, who massage your feet, feed you grapes, and fan you with palm leaves while you turn the pages
2. In the library of a drafty Scottish castle by the light of a roaring fire
3. On the beach with your fins in the water, because where else would a mermaid read?
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Okay, so I don't actually read any of those places lol, though I always take a book (or five) with me when I go to the beach, and I think it'd be really cool to build a throne out of books like dark faerie tales did. Normally I read (and write) right here, curled up on my couch with my favorite blanket. It's the central part of my house, so I dont miss anything, and the lighting is perfect! Plus, I like background noise when I edit, and it's easiest to pop an episode of Buffy in and turn the sound down low here. πŸ˜‚ Where is your favorite place to read, or, if you're an author, write?
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Day 23: #igwritersmay (proudest moment) - this one right here. Seeing all three of my book babies together. 😁😭
Day 23: #lilgettingtoknowyou (book that made you lol) - is it weird that I laugh at my own book? There's just this one part in FBt with Cather and Hades that gets me every time!
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How often do you rearrange your shelves? I used to do mine only once or twice a year, but lately it's been more like once every two weeks. πŸ˜‚
Don't forget today is the last day to enter my #giveaway for a paperback ARC of Fathoms Between plus some super cool, unique book swag! See my original post from last Sunday for full details.
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Day 13 - #maybookstagram18 (hardcover or paperback)
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I just couldn't resist making a #bookish rainbow featuring all three of my book babies this morning! The cover colors were too pretty to pass up. β€οΈπŸ’™πŸ’šπŸ’›πŸ’œ
How was y'alls Saturday? I had such a relaxing day! Other than workout and a few little chores, I did absolutely nothing but work on writing stuff and sit on the couch with my nose buried in a book. I finished This Splintered Silence (sooo incredible! I'm still reeling from the ending! Totally didn't see it coming!!) and now I'm reading The Rogue Queen.
Today I'm refreshed and rejuvenated and ready to tackle all my chores and errands. πŸ’ͺπŸ›οΈ
Also, that giveaway I've been hinting about? A little birdie told me it might be happening later today, so keep those eyes on my feed! β€οΈβ˜„οΈ
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Day 6: #maybookstagram18 (rainbow or wave)
Day 6: #lilgettingtoknowyou (favorite OTP) - I know as the author I'm not supposed to have a favorite, but I'll always ship Cather and Hermes a little more than I do Cather and Peter. πŸ˜‰
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ARC copies of Fathoms Between are officially on the way! I received shipping confirmation today, and you guys I am on pins and needles waiting for them to get here now!! I can't wait to hold them and stroke their spines and flip their pages and SEE THEM IN PERSON OMGOSH!!!
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This news was the perfect timing for this post. I know I'm a little late to the party, but I couldn't resist getting in on today's #igwritersapril , achieved goals. Aside from being a published author (published, y'all 😱) and having 2 books out with a third on the way 😱😱, this year I'm finally meeting my goal of going on an out of state book tour! Full details will be announced closer to the fall when FBt comes out, but I hope to see a lot of you out there on the road! I'll definitely be taking this gorgeous Spindle Fire tote with me. It's the perfect size for carrying books!
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#Aprilbookstagram18 day 7 is authors you admire. There are sooo many who spring to mind, but @stdennard is at the top of the list. Not only is this woman an amazing (& I mean AMAZING) writer. I haven't read #Sightwitch yet, but it's definitely on my tbr this year! But she is so down to earth it's inspiring.
It takes a lot for an author to say "hey, I made a mistake on ____ in this book, & I'm sorry" or "hey, things aren't going great on my end so I'm going to focus on taking care of myself for a while." I think we all, even authors ourselves, forget sometimes that writers are people too who have real lives outside of their books with stress & responsibilities & problems. I know I have a hard time not feeling guilty when I make a mistake or need to take some personal time when I could be/should be doing book stuff. So learning from someone else's example that it's okay to be human & honest & straightforward with readers, & not beat yourself up about it, really helps.
Also, Susan gives THE best writing advice. I look forward to her newsletters the same way my daughter looks forward to a new school year bc I know I'm going to learn something new every time. If you're not subscribed, you are missing out! The bit shown here is from one of her past letters that I keep on my bulletin board. Swipe to read it up close!
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Gorgeous Sightwitch candle by @spideyscents ****
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What is your favorite fairy tale retelling?
Honestly, I have so many that it's almost impossible for me to pick πŸ˜‚ Fairy tale retellings are one of my favorite types of books to read (and write, of course πŸ˜‰). These are just a few of the books in my collection. Winter Glass is coming out SOON, and I 110% recommend it to everyone who loves fairy tales, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, strong female characters, evil faeries, magic, fantasy, poetic writing, lush world building, and plot twists that will leave you gaping at the page πŸ’™β„οΈπŸ‘‘
Also, did you hear that @meaganspooner has a new gender bent Robin Hood retelling coming out?? I absolutely loved her Beauty and the Beast retelling, Hunted, so I can't wait for this one πŸ’šπŸΉπŸ’°
AND ARCS OF FATHOMS BETWEEN ARE ON THE WAY!!! (No, I'm not excited. You're excited.) They should arrive in about a week, so be prepared to be bombarded with photographs! Plus, there may be a giveaway or two in the works...πŸ€”
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Happy Friday, friends! What are your weekend plans? I'm going to be signing stock of Fathoms Above for one of our local gift shops in Macon and finishing my current read, Everless. It is sooo good, the best time-concept fantasy I've ever read! Then, of course, there will be egg hunting, church, and picnics for Easter. 🐰πŸ₯š
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Today, one of my most anticipated releases of the year is finally out: Lost Crow Conspiracy, by the brilliantly talented @rosalyn.eves !!
It's no secret that Blood Rose Rebellion was one of my fave reads last year. (I mean, that plot twist at the end? Totally didn't see it coming!) And I can't wait to see what happens. Plus, this cover is gorgeous! Any book with ravens, crows, or blackbirds on the front automatically catches my eye, and this one had some awesome pre-order swag. (And yes, I know those are owls on my socks. They were the only bird clothes I had lol.)
Happy book birthday, Rosalyn! β€οΈπŸ¦…
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Happy #mapmonday, booklovers! If you could visit any book-place, where would it be? I think I would want to visit the world of Audrey Rose and Thomas and help them solve a mystery while wearing a pretty dress. Is anyone else on pins and needles waiting for Escaping from Houdini? πŸ™‹
I also heard that Christopher Paolini has a new book coming out (finally!) and I can't wait! I loved the Inheritance series, though only the books. The movie was lacking.
And only a little while longer until Winter Glass comes out! I was fortunate enough to receive an arc of this, and guys, listen, you WANT to read it. It was all kinds of amazing. One of the best fairy tale retellings ever. πŸ’™
Hope everyone has a very not #manicmonday!
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The happy face of an author who just finished her first round edits! I think I made great strides on Fathoms Between these past few weeks, though it undoubtedly needs more work. But that's what the next two rounds of revisions are for πŸ˜‚
Thanks so much to everyone for all the advice and support these past few weeks. You are fabulous and all deserve to have a kingdom named after you. β€οΈπŸ‘‘
So excited to dive back into my tbr. My no-reading-while-revising rule nearly drove me crazy. And I can't wait to start posting book pics again! I may or may not have already taken a ton today to make up for lost time lol.
Also, I'm going to have ARCs up for grabs soon! A lot of them will be going out for reviews, but I will have a few to giveaway as well. Keep your ears to the ground to be the first to hear when they come!
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What are some of your favorite books with strong world building?
For me, the first answer is always the HP series. The world building in those books is so intricate & well-thought out that it blows my mind!
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Who's been to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter? πŸ™‹ My daughter & I went this past year for Christmas, & it was literally like stepping inside the pages of the books. That's where I got the chocolate frog!
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#authorlifemonth day 17 goals accomplished - plan a physical book tour. This fall I'll be hitting the road with FBt! Details to come, but that's what all the colored spaces in my planner are. πŸŽ‰
#riotgrams day 17 an unreturned book - I definitely kept the first HP book out of the library longer than any other until I bought a copy.
#lilfavoritethings day 17 - #booksandchocolate
#rosytaleslovelists day 17 gift I love - Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, which I got for Christmas the year it came out & spent all day in my room reading it, much to my parents' chagrin πŸ˜‚
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Who was your favorite childhood author?
Dr. Seuss will always hold a special place in my heart, & my daughter shares the same opinion. We love reading his books, laughing until our sides hurt at all the funny words he used, cooing over his adorable creature creations, & marveling at the worlds he made up. Plus, how cute are all these Seuss plushes?? Perfect for snuggling with while you read!
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#authorlifemonth day 16 biggest fan - my daughter ❀️
#lilfavoritethings day 16 #authorlove - Dr. Seuss
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I'm finally starting to feel better, yay!
Though I'm still a little stuffy & congested lol, so no working out until it's all cleared up. That means more time curled up on the couch. Thankfully, I have plenty of books to keep me company.
Hope everyone had a great Valentine's Day yesterday!
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#riotgrams day 15 hot books - The Last Namsara
#authorlifemonth day 15 writing music - I listen to a lot of orchestral scores while I'm editing, like the Harry Potter soundtracks.
#lilfavoritethings day 15 #bookboyfriend - Jon Snow
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Wand from The Wizarding World of Harry Potter
Jon Snow bookmark by @bookcoyotedesign
Gorgeous dragon print by @julia_iredale & Isabel Davis
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"Children are made readers on the laps of their parents." Emilie Buchwald
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So turns out my head cold is a mild case of the flu πŸ€’ which means no more snuggling up with my daughter to read at night until I'm all better. Thankfully, she has grown into such a book lover that she's excited to read to herself for a change! I'm not sure whether I should be sad or proud. πŸ˜‚
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Also, happy Valentine's Day to everyone! πŸ’˜ What do y'all have planned? I made cookie valentines for my daughter's party at school and got her a gift. Other than that, I'm going to be curled up with tea, a blanket, and To Kill a Kingdom.
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I am sick. Boo. 😷 So I will not be going to work today but spending my day curled up on the couch with hot & cold chills instead. But that's okay, because I have this gorgeous Court of Thorns & Roses bookmark from the super talented Inda Herwood to keep me company while I read The Cruel Prince!
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Do you like books with maps? I love books with maps! It really helps immerse me that much more in a book when I can see all of the places I picture in my head laid out on the page. & this map from And I Darken is one of my all time faves!
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#mapmonday
#riotgrams day 12 favorite leading ladies - Lada
#authorlifemonth day 12 shelved ms - in keeping with the Vlad Dracul/retelling theme of this post, I once wrote my version of the video game Blood Rayne. There were vampires, Nazis, mutant spiders, & spies, & it was just horrible. πŸ˜‚
#lilfavoritethings day 12 #firstkiss - I ship Feyre & Rhysand, but when she & Tamlin first kissed was still magical.
#rosytaleslovelists day 12 place I love - my couch. It's my favorite place to read, write, watch tv, cuddle with my bf, & rest when I'm not feeling good.
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Cover reveal! 🚨
Fantasy fans of the world unite! Once a King, the newest installment from the universe of Ever the Brave by the lovely & talented Erin Summerill, is coming December 4th, 2018 from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, & today I have the huge honor of helping reveal the cover! Swipe to see it up close & personal. Isn't it gorgeous?? I am in love with the blue & purple, & had so much fun incorporating both colors in this pic. Plus, it's going to look stunning with the previous red & white covers!
Want to see more? Check out Perusetopia's YouTube account for a live action reveal! Then follow the link below to add Once a King on Goodreads!
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"Return to the world of Ever the Hunted in this high-stakes spin-off novel full of intrigue, romance, betrayal, and revenge."
Since before King Aodren was born, Channelersβ€”women with a magical abilityβ€”have been persecuted in Malam. Now Aodren wants to end the bloody divide and unite his kingdom. But decades of hatred can't be overcome by issuing decrees, especially not when a deadly Channeler-made substance is turning countrymen against one another. In order to uncover the truth, Aodren will have to trust Lirra, a Channeler from a rival kingdom and daughter of an old enemy.
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Happy #socksunday everyone! I know it's not Christmas anymore, but these reindeer socks are just too cute not to photograph. Love the sparklies!
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It's rainy here, so I'm using the weather as an excuse to catch up on my reading. I'm almost done with These Rebel Waves, & oh my gosh, it keeps throwing more plot twists at me than I could imagine! Super looking forward to starting The Cruel Prince next before I have to take a break from reading to focus on FBt edits!! I couldn't resist getting it at the store yesterday, & I already love the chapter breaks - they're swords! What are y'all reading right now?
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#riotgrams day 11 punctuation
#authorlifemonth day 11 biggest distraction
#lilfavoritethings day 11 #bookstore
#rosytaleslovelists day 11 artist I love - @seesarawrite bc her world building IS art
Socks from @americaneagle
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Did you guys see the cover yet for Escaping from Houdini by @kerrimaniscalco ?? It releases in September, and I absolutely can't wait! It will make the perfect addition to my collection.
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How did y'all spend your Saturday? I got another chapter of my WIP written, did all the laundry, read some more of These Rebel Waves πŸ’™βš”οΈπŸŒŠ, and finally bought a new bookshelf!
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#stackingupsaturday #stalkingjacktheripper #huntingprincedracula
#rosytaleslovelists day 10 beloved character - Audrey Rose
#lilfavoritethings day 10 - #bookstack
#riotgrams day 10 - book and a beverage
Slaycation shirt from @target
Candles from @yankeecandle
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Writers: do you go back and read your previous books to make sure that everything in the next book meshes with what you wrote before?
I totally have to do this! Otherwise, my ideas would be all over the place, new things would happen that completely contradict things that already happened, and, well, basically it would be chaos lol. So this is what I'll be doing for the most part this weekend in anticipation of the upcoming second round of FBt edits.
What are some of y'alls weekend plans? Anything fun or bookish? I also might buy a new bookshelf since I desperately need one.
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My shoes might be hideous, but just look at that cover! 😍😍
What's the last great book you picked up at the library? For me, it's this beauty. I've been waiting to start this series until I had time to read the first two books back to back, so here's hoping I get to them before I have to dive back into Fathoms Between revisions!
#libraryshelfie #thedazzlingheights #authorsofinstagram #FathomsBelow #FathomsAbove #FathomsBetween #starcrossedseries #book #ya #fantasy #darkfantasy #fairytaleretelling #greekmythology #cinderella
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The weather in GA is cold and rainy again. 🌧️ All I want to do is curl up in bed with a cup of coffee and a good book!
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Do y'all like the rain? I personally don't. It makes my hair frizz lol.
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#waitingonwednesday - Winter Glass by @proofoflex
Favorite #coldweatherdrink - coffee with cinnamon and pumpkin spice
Pajamas from @victoriassecret
Mug and throw pillow from @target
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Do you like love triangles?
I tend to enjoy them. They bring a little something extra to the story that's outside of the regular girl-meets-boy-they-fall-in-love-and-live-happily-ever-after trope, & of course I love rooting for my favorite ship.
Twilight was the first book I read that had a love triangle, so I guess you could say it introduced me to them. What was yours?
I've been doing more book-related outfits in my pics at @erinsummerill 's suggestion, & it's so much fun! I dressed up as Bella for this picture, naturally lol. Along with the clothes, I tried to portray a bit of her shyness mixed with her stubbornness & her feelings for Edward, but I'm not sure I pulled it off. πŸ˜‚ Still, the clothes are pure Bella, so I'm good with that.
Who was your favorite character in Twilight? I liked the werewolves. (Yes, I was Team Jacob lol).
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"Among all men and across all fae, no heart can be braver than that of the hart slayer."
A princess who must become a warrior. A rebel who must become a princess. An evil fairy. Unexpected romance, & a glass slipper that will change everything. Lexa Hillyer's Winter Glass is a stunning, poetic marvel of epic fantasy. Like a single rose in a frozen wasteland, it grabbed my attention from page one. I couldn't put it down! & no wonder. On the one hand, you have Aurora, meek & silent, who must learn how to find, not only her voice, but her strength & courage. On the other, you have Isbe, wild & free, who has her own journey of self-growth to go on, though hers centers around finding love & truth, & learning how to see both in the dark.
This book resonated with me in so many ways. It's a fairy tale retelling, which we all know I love, but it's also a love story. It's a coming of age/growing up & finding out who you really are & what you really want to be story, & it's a story about the bonds of sisterhood, family, & friendship, & how far we're willing to go to keep those ties from breaking. 5 stars! 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
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A curse comes undone. A kingdom shatters. But some bonds can’t be broken.
Princess Aurora, torn from the dream world, plots to assassinate the faerie queen Malfleur, only to confront temptations she never expected. Isabelle, meanwhile, opens her heart to Prince William as they attempt to unite their kingdoms and wage war against Malfleur’s army. But when the appearance of an unbreakable glass slipper prompts Isabelle to discover more about her lineage, her true identity begins to take shape and her legacy becomes as clear as ice.
Devoted half-sisters Isabelle and Aurora will grapple with their understanding of love and loyalty as they face a threat even greater than that of the evil queenβ€”the threat of losing each other forever.
@proofoflex
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Is anybody else a fan of the Selection series by @partylikeawordstar ? πŸ™‹
I absolutely adore these books! America remains one of my favorite ya heroines, though I totally dig Eadlyn's spunk, and I will forever ship her and Maxon. β€οΈπŸ‘‘πŸ’ So when I saw that @ourlittlebookishnook was hosting a giveaway for books 1-3, I had to enter! If you'd like to do the same, check out the original post for full details. Good luck, book nerds!
#olbn1kgiveaway #repost #authorsofinstagram #writersofinstagram #FathomsBelow #FathomsAbove #FathomsBetween #starcrossedseries #ya #fantasy #darkfantasy #fairytaleretelling #greekmythology #cinderella #bookstagram #bookish #bookishfeatures #bookaddict #booknerd #bookphoto #booklover #bookworm #igreads #instabook #giveaway #theselectionseries #readersofinstagram


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What's one book that you wish got more love on Instagram?
Mine would have to be the My Boyfriend Merlin series by @PriyaArdis. This is a 3-book ya gender-bent retelling of the King Arthur & the Sword in the Stone legend with a greek mythological twist, & I absolutely love it! It was a total cover buy for me, which is rare, but I loved all the green & how the images tied the fantasy aspect into the here & now. Plus, I am a sucker for anything King Arthur related. Do any of y'all buy books just for the covers sometimes?
The writing in these books is also very unique, with characters you will love to hate & hate to love. The sentence structure makes for a very easy read. The plot is fast-paced yet descriptive, guaranteeing that you won't get bored toward the middle, & there are also neat little illustrations at the beginning of every chapter, which I adore in a book!
Has anybody else read these books? If so, what did you think of them?
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In this modern Arthurian, 17 year-old Boston high schooler Arriane, aka Ryan, DuLac just found out the guy she's been crushing on, hot biker Matt, is a little older than he was letting on. In fact, he is really Merlinβ€”the Merlin, King Arthur's Merlin, the greatest wizard who ever lived. Frozen in a cave for over fifteen hundred years, he's woken for a purpose. But Ryan's not impressed. Tired of being a relationship loser, she'd rather kick his legendary behind.
Sure, the world has been crazy ever since the sword and the stone fell out of the sky like a meteor. But despite gruesome gargoyles, a deadly new world of magic, and the guy driving her crazy, Ryan knows that family is everything. Will Merlin sacrifice hers to save the world? Will she be able to stop him?
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The full contents of my #litjoycrate . Love this box so much! πŸ˜πŸ“š
The Last Namsara by @kristenciccarelli
Dragon scale scarf by @litjoycrate
Dragon Slayer candle by @flickeringtales
How to Train your Dragon, The Complete Book of Dragons: A Guide to Dragon Species by @cressidacowell
Khaleesi Kisses lip balm by @nerdienifties
Jon Snow bookmark by @bookcoyotedesigns
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The happy face of a girl who just got her first ever #litjoycrate!!
When I saw that Lit Joy Crate was having a sale on all their past month boxes, I knew exactly which one I wanted: the November box, bc the theme was The Chosen One. I am such a sucker for a chosen one plotline, especially one with a twist like in The Last Namsara, where being the chosen one isn't a good thing like you'd expect! Plus, dragons are by far my favorite magical creature, & this box comes with a ton of dragon-themed goodies! I am so excited to open this box up, there are no words. Stay tuned to my story for a full unboxing!
Do you buy/subscribe to book boxes? If so, which ones are your favorite?
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Do you collect bookmarks?
I didn't used to, but I think I might start! One just isn't enough anymore lol. These adorable #wizardofoz bookmarks are some of my most recent acquisitions from @target. Anyone who knows me can tell you I am a HUGE WoZ fan, so I had to have them as soon as I saw them, plus they're magnetic, which is great, bc I don't have to worry about the edges getting bent or frayed, or about them falling out and losing my place!
#currentlyreading - Winter Glass by @proofoflex
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Happy #addictionfictionfriday, everyone!πŸ“š
Does anybody have anything fun planned this weekend? I'll be working on finishing my website, doing some hardcore research for my standalone wip, and wrapping up my re-read of The Hundredth Queen.
I have been seeing sooo many amazing bookstagram photos lately. Like just really over the top. So I decided to share this week's favorites with y'all.
All accounts are tagged below, so if you like what you see here (and let's be honest, how could you not? These girls are amazing!), make sure to pop over to their pages and follow them if you don't already. πŸ˜€πŸ‘
@myfriendsarefiction
@ivy.booknerd
@darkfaerietales_
@bookotter
@onceuponasav
@kath_reads
#authorsofinstagram #writersofinstagram #FathomsBelow #FathomsAbove #FathomsBetween #starcrossedseries #book #ya #fantasy #darkfantasy #fairytaleretelling #greekmythology #cinderella #bookish #bookaddict #booknerd #booklover #bookstagram #bookishfeatures #bookphoto #bookstagrammer


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Sigmed books or unsigned books?
I'll be the first to admit that my handwriting is a little messy lol. So I've been practicing my signature in anticipation of #FathomsBetween 's release this fall! (No, an official date hasn't been announced yet. Sorry ☹️)
Which do you guys like best? 1, 2, or 3?
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Happy #shelfiesunday y'all!
My daughter and I spent a good chunk of the day rearranging our bookshelves after one broke last weekend. (It was on my headboard, and let me tell you, waking up in the morning to a dozen books falling on your head is NOT as fun as it sounds.)
Lately, I've discovered that she is really into reading classics. This gorgeous #rainbowstack she's holding are a few of her faves.
I'm thinking of gifting her some of my old classics that I never read and she's always wanting to borrow for her birthday. What do y'all think? Do you regift books if they are a one-time read?
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Today's photo challenge was a no-brainer: this fabulous signed copy of The Plastic Magician by @cnholmberg ! Which, incidentally, I'm fixing to start reading right now. Like, literally right now, as soon as I post this lol.
#storymakers18 day 18 - signed storymakers book
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"Mom, can I have a journal? I need it to write down my stories, that way I can share them with people like you."
Best feedback ever. Even if my writing doesn't make any other kind of difference, it has shown my daughter to be brave and take chances in life, especially the ones that seem most daunting, and that's more than enough for me. β€οΈπŸ“–
#storymakers18 day 17 - Best feedback
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The worst writing advice I ever got is a little different from most everyone else's lol.
It was from a teacher my senior year of hs. I was getting ready to graduate, & had chosen to go to college for English. All of my teachers were supportive, even enthusiastic, except one. She told me, in no uncertain terms, that I needed to give up on my childish dream of being an author bc it wasn't going to happen & start thinking like a grown-up. Then, I was furious, on fire with righteous indignation in true angsty teen me fashion, & told her that I was going to prove her wrong. I did, of course, though my snger faded over the years.
I still think about her sometimes, when I hold one of my books or hear another author post good news about a book deal.
It amazes me how many successful writers there are out there (waaay more successful than me), yet how many people there are who still don't view writing as a "real" job. What they don't know, however, is that books touch the lives of every single person who reads them. They take us places, teach us things, and introduce us to new people.
In short, words are powerful. Don't let anyone shut yours up.
#storymakers18 day 15 - worst writing advice
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I LOVE a good book villain!
Whether it's a redemption story, a retelling from the bad guy's point of view, or just a tale with a particularly evil antagonist, there's just something reading about the darker side of a character and what makes them tick that fascinates me.
Here's a shot of some of my fave reads featuring sensational bada** villains:
Maven from #KingsCage
Athena from #FathomsAbove
The Wicked Witch of the West from #Wicked
The Evil Queen from the Brothers Grimm's #SnowWhiteandtheSevenDwarfs
Who are some of y'alls favorite villains?
#storymakers18 day 14: Villains
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I had such a blast celebrating Fathoms Above 🎑 at the Savannah art walk today! Thanks so much to everyone who came out to support me & all the other local artists! I hope y'all enjoyed listening to me gush about my writing inspiration, some of my favorite Cinderella retellings, & my own Sinderella πŸ‘‘ & of course a HUGE thank you to @tiffanitaylorsav & @amberjaneholt for having me & hosting such an awesome event! You ladies are the best!! ❀️❀️❀️
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Have coffee, will travel!
I'm on the way to Savannah for the art walk tomorrow, and I had to stop for coffee. Normally I'm a one cup a day kind of girl, but I don't do well driving at night (when I get tired, I zone out), so an extra cup was definitely in order. Just a regular vente with an extra shot. They even gave me a nifty travel cup so I wouldn't spill it in the car!
What about you guys? Are y'all one cuppers, two, more?
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I don't know who said this, but it's totally true, for me at least!
Reading has always been one of my favorite things to do, & no matter what else changes in my life, that never does. For me, books are an escape from the mundane. They are an adventure about to happen, full of new people to meet & new places to visit, & not surprisingly, they serve as my main source of character inspiration.
Joan Louise's character from Fathoms Below might have come from a dream, but Cather was largely inspired by Elena Gilbert from The Vampire Diaries.
Other things that can inspire a new character?
1. Music - a lot of my Hermes inspiration came from the song Pieces by Red.
2. Family - Cather's name is a cross between my mom's name, Cathy, & Catherine.
3. Friends - Abi's character was inspired by my 3 childhood best friends. She is what would happen if they all had a kid together lol.
What kinds of things inspire you guys?
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@kerrimaniscalco @rosalyn.eves @reallyrichelle @suzanne_collins_ @stephenie_meyers @authorkierstenwhite


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#storymakers18 day 8 is favorite trope, and mine is definitely enemies to lovers, like Belle and the Beast. At first, they hated one another. She thought he was a monster. He thought she was difficult. But then, over time, their relationship evolved into love πŸ’˜ Sigh. Gets me every time. Do you have a favorite trope?
How was yalls weekend? Yesterday was my daughter's birthday, so we had our annual mommy-daughter outing. I can't believe she's 9!
This year will be her last big, princess party before we segue into sleepovers, and after the release of Disney's live action Beauty and the Beast last year, I was thrilled when she chose this tale as her theme! I love planning parties, and Belle is my favorite princess, so I am pulling out all the stops! πŸŽ‰πŸŽˆπŸŽ‚
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What is your favorite genre to read?
Mine is the same as my favorite to write: YA fantasy! I love a good mystery, & classics are classics for a reason, but there's just something about fantasy that gets to me. Be it historical, dystopian, epic, or a fairy tale retelling, give me magic with breathtaking worlds, mystical creatures, a little romance, & an adventure or two any day!
What are yall up to today? I'm mostly busy packing up my Christmas decorations, though I did work on the #FathomsBetween launch setup this morning. I already can't wait til the fall, & it's not even spring yet!
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Are you a plotter or a pantser?
I'm a plotter, all the way, and the first thing I do when I'm plotting out a new book is to write all my initial ideas, storylines, character arcs, etc down longhand. It really helps me stick a plot to do it this way, then use my initial notes to create a more detailed outline on my laptop, narrow the focus of my research, and type my rough draft.
These are just a few (haha, yeah right) of my plot notes for Fathoms Between, and a fresh, blank notepad that I'll be breaking in tonight as I start working on a new, super-secret project in between FBt edits. ;)
What about yall? Do you prefer writing things out longhand or typing them
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Georgia friends! I'll be signing books and answering questions at the Desoto Hotel in Savannah next Saturday at 6pm! Come out and see me to get a copy of Fathoms Above, plus free drinks and a chance to win some amazing local art at the Art Walk After Party. This is always such a great event, and I'm super excited to be going back for it :) Also, is it just me, or is this border giving off some major magic carnival vibes?
#authorsofinstagram #writersofinstagram #event #booksigning #FathomsAbove #starcrossedseries #book #ya #fantasy #darkfantasy #fairytail #retelling #cinderella #greekmythology #tragiclovestories #bookishfeatures #ferriswheel #rideatyourownrisk


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Today's #storymakers18 post is current WIP. Mine is Fathoms Between, book 3 in the Star Crossed series. A dark fairy tale retelling of Cinderella with a Greek mythological twist. Unique magic systems, gods, goddesses, curses, and tragic romance.
An interesting fact about the Star Crossed series? I wrote the original rough draft on a typewriter. :)
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I thought long and hard about this one today. I've never really had a quote-on-quote word of the year before, but there was one word that kept popping up in my head no matter which direction my brain went in, so that's what I'm going with: love.
Love God and keep his word in my heart. Love others and do all that I can for them, and then a little more. And love myself.
This last one is kind of a foreign concept for me, bc while I'm really good at putting others first and taking care of them, I'm not so good at doing things for myself. So this year I'm going to try harder to make more time for myself and feel less guilty about it, because taking care of others begins with taking care of myself, and if I'm not at my best, I can't give my family my best.
If you have a word of the year, I'd love to hear it! :) β™‘
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Day 1 of #storymakers18 is Writerly Resolutions, so here's a list of mine :) Some of them will be easy, while others will require a little work lol.
Do yall have any resolutions this year? I looked back at mine from last year when I made these this morning to make sure I didn't repeat any (I'm ocd like that lol) & I was shocked to see I'd accomplished them all!
Hope everyone's new year is starting off as good β™‘
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My favorite pictures from this weekend's trip to Harry Potter World!
From getting a wand from Ollivanders and a robe at Madame Malkins to visiting Gringotts and Hogwarts, walking down Knockturn Alley, riding the Hogwarts Express, and eating at The Leaky Cauldron, The Three Broomsticks, and The Boar's Head (their pumpkin juice was amazing!!), we had so much fun! Thanks again to everyone who wished us safe travels :) β™‘
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Christmas cookies + hot chocolate + Harry Potter = bliss.
I've spent all day getting ready for our upcoming trip to Harry Potter World, & I'm so excited/exhausted! The wrapping is done, finally lol. I've reached the last quarter of my third book edits. Yesss! Our bags are packed with a few morning necessity exceptions, & I finished all my chores!
Now it's time to sit back & relax while I watch HP & go over our itinerary & lists to make sure I didn't forget anything. (Yes, I love lists/planning lol. Something about checking all those little boxes off gives me so much pleasure. #weirdo)
This park has been on our list of places to visit for a while now, so I'm not sure who's looking forward to it more, me or my daughter lol.
Is anyone else going on a holiday trip? If so, where are you going? Are you taking any books with you? We're taking Girls Made of Snow & Glass & Harry Potter & the Chamber of Secrets illustrated edition.
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New winter reads & cold weather boots!
Confession: I am a HUGE shopaholic, especially when it comes to books & shoes. What are some of your impulse buys?
I can never have enough books & shoes (though my shelves beg to differ lol), & I couldn't resist buying these pretties while I was out the other day! I love them so much. The shoes are super comfy, & I'm already halfway through Girls Made of Snow & Glass & getting all the wintery vibes from Winterhaven. @melissabashardoust 's writing is on a whole different level of beautiful from anything I've ever read. Have you guys read any of these? If so, what did you think? I'm thinking that I'm going to read Before She Ignites next.
Books from @target, my go to for new reads
Shoes from @shoecarnival 1/2 off sale
@seemegwrite @unicornwarlord @reallyrichelle
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We had a great day yesterday, wrapping presents, baking cookies, doing the Christmas play. Aaaand we gave Rayne her super special early Christmas present: a trip to Harry Potter World! Needless to say, she's ecstatic & already planning what spells to do with her wand. However, while I'm beyond excited too, with Christmas almost here, I'm also feeling a little stressed thinking about all the stuff that has to be done before we go. Anybody else feeling the same right now? Still haven't checked off all the items on your list? Then check out this Holiday Gift Guide for the Busy Parent! It's chock full of ideas that don't take much time & won't break your bank. #authorsofinstagram #writersofinstagram #FathomsBelow #FathomsAbove #FathomsBetween #starcrossedseries #book #ya #fantasy #darkfantasy #fairytail #retelling #cinderella #greekmythology #tragiclovestories #bookishfeatures #booklover #christmas #holiday #giftguide #presents #video #authormom #momlife #hwtm #creativechick


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Have yall finished your Christmas shopoing yet? I took a break from editing today to finish up mine, & I couldn't resist getting a gingerbread latte while I was in the bookstore. Soo yummy! What're some of yalls favorite holiday treats that you indulge in this time of year? Along with gingerbread anything, I am terrible about all the candies, cookies, & pies. Basically, if it's sweet, I want to eat it lol. #authorsofinstagram #writersofinstagram #FathomsBelow #FathomsAbove #FathomsBetween #starcrossedseries #book #ya #fantasy #darkfantasy #fairytail #retelling #cinderella #greekmythology #tragiclovestories #amediting #bookishfeatures #booklover #coffee #coffelover #coffegram #foodstagram #shopping #holiday #christmas #qotd #aotd photo credit to meaghan meehan


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My last character sneak peek video for Fathoms Between is all about goddesses and pomegranates (not persimmons lol). Specifically, Persephone goddess of the Underworld. Hope yall have enjoyed this little video series! I'd love to hear which deity you're looking forward to reading about in Fathoms Between! #authorsofinstagram #writersofinstagram #FathomsBelow #FathomsAbove #FathomsBetween #starcrossedseries #book #ya #fantasy #darkfantasy #fairytail #retelling #cinderella #greekmythology #tragiclovestories #bookishfeatures #bookstagram #booklover #bookworm #bookaddict #sneakpeek #upcoming #comingsoon #bookrelease #newbook #newbookrelease #video #persephone


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At last! Here's the Fathoms Between character sneak peek video I've been longing to share with yall: Hades, god of the Underworld! He has always been one of my favorite mythological deities, and writing from his point of view right now is a real walk on the dark side. Fun, yes, but also a little frightening lol. Who are some of your favorite gods and goddesses? #authorsofinstagram #writersofinstagram #FathomsBelow #FathomsAbove #FathomsBetween #starcrossedseries #book #ya #fantasy #darkfantasy #fairytail #retelling #cinderella #greekmythology #tragiclovestories #bookishfeatures #bookstagram #booklover #bookworm #bookaddict #sneakpeek #upcoming #comingsoon #bookrelease #newbook #newbookrelease #video #hades #qotd


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Today's Fathoms Between character sneak peek video features the one and only Poseidon, god of the Sea, in all his fishy, saltwater glory! Magical tridents, water nymphs...and maybe something else ocean-related as well ;) #authorsofinstagram #writersofinstagram #FathomsBelow #FathomsAbove #FathomsBetween #starcrossedseries #book #ya #fantasy #darkfantasy #fairytail #retelling #cinderella #greekmythology #tragiclovestories #bookishfeatures #bookstagram #booklover #bookworm #bookaddict #sneakpeek #upcoming #comingsoon #bookrelease #newbook #newbookrelease #video #poseidon #icantdraw


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Today's character sneak peek video is all about Ares, god of War! Mythical swords, super strength, and battle rage. If you could have one magical power, what would it be? I would want to command the weather like Zeus ;) #authorsofinstagram #writersofinstagram #FathomsBelow #FathomsAbove #FathomsBetween #starcrossedseries #book #ya #fantasy #darkfantasy #fairytail #retelling #cinderella #greekmythology #tragiclovestories #bookishfeatures #bookstagram #booklover #bookworm #bookaddict #sneakpeek #upcoming #comingsoon #bookrelease #newbook #newbookrelease #qotd #aotd


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Want to know more about the gods and goddesses of the Star Crossed series? Well, you're in luck! Over the next few days, I'm going to post a series of videos in which I give you a brief description of each one. All of these characters will be in Fathoms Between, so they're very dear to my heart right now, and I'd love to hear what you think about them! Also, bonus points if you can tell me how many times I say "um" in these videos lol. I lost count. #authorsofinstagram #writersofinstagram #FathomsBelow #FathomsAbove #FathomsBetween #starcrossedseries #book #ya #fantasy #darkfantasy #fairytail #retelling #cinderella #greekmythology #tragiclovestories #bookishfeatures #bookstagram #bookphoto #booklover #bookworm #bookaddict #notapublicspeaker #Hermes #characterdesign #tistheseasonπŸŽ„ #forsneakpeeks


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Better late than never! Happy release day to the awesome @erinsummerill and #everthebrave!! I didn't make it to the bookstore today, so I had to order my copy, but I wanted to take a pic of the beauty I do have. How gorgeous is this cover next to the Christmas tree lights?? I'll definitely have to take another when the red one arrives :) #everthehunted #authorsofinstagram #writersofinstagram #FathomsBelow #FathomsAbove #FathomsBetween #starcrossedseries #book #ya #fantasy #darkfantasy #fairytail #retelling #cinderella #greekmythology #tragiclovestories #bookishfeatures #bookstagram #bookphoto #booklover #bookworm #bookaddict


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This was the most wonderful surprise to wake up to this morning!! #FathomsAbove has been nominated in the 2017 TCK Publishing Readers Choice Awards as one of the best fantasies of the year!!!! I am so super excited, there are no words to describe it! If you want to give me the best Christmas present ever and vote for Fathoms Above, the link is in my bio. Cather, Hermes, and I would really appreciate it if you would!!
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