#SpreadSomeIndieLove: Jenna Moreci

I have taken part in previous years Spread Some Indie Love hosted by b00kr3vi3ws.in, and I was almost certain I am going to give this year a miss. But somehow my phone decided to download the dates for this particular blog hop and I discovered Jenna Moreci right on time.

Most of my book blogger friends would go, "Who on Earth is that?" Well, she's an author and a truly inspiring one at that. She writes full time, she self-publishes and also finds the time to impart her carefully acquired knowledge about writing.

I am a published author (as most of you may know, I am the author of The Secret Proposal, The Guitar Girl and When Our Worlds Collide) but whenever I get stuck, her videos have helped me out. In this blog post, I am going to be Spreading Some Indie Love by linking you to my favorite videos by Jenna Moreci. I'll end the post with links to Jenna's social media and to her book, EVE: The Awakening.

When she told the world why she was going for self-publishing: 

When she spoke about naming characters:

When she spoke about outlining novels:

And my favourite: when she spoke about the 9 Weird things writers tend to do:

And here's what EVE: The Awakening is all about:

Eve is an outcast. A chimera.

After years of abuse and rejection, 19-year-old Evelyn Kingston is ready for a fresh start in a new city, where no one knows her name. The esteemed Billington University in Southern California seems like the perfect place to reinvent herself—to live the life of an ordinary human.

But things at Billington aren’t as they seem. In a school filled with prodigies, socialites, and the leaders of tomorrow, Eve finds that the complex social hierarchy makes passing as a human much harder than she had anticipated. Even worse, Billington is harboring a secret of its own: Interlopers have infiltrated the university, and their sinister plans are targeted at chimeras—like Eve.

Instantly, Eve’s new life takes a drastic turn. In a time filled with chaos, is the world focusing on the wrong enemy? And when the situation at Billington shifts from hostile to dangerous, will Eve remain in the shadows, or rise up and fight?

JENNA'S Social Media:

TWITTER: http://twitter.com/jennamoreci
FACEBOOK: http://facebook.com/authorjennamoreci
TUMBLR: http://jennamoreci.tumblr.com
PINTREST: http://pintrest.com/jennamoreci

And here's the GIVEAWAY...I decided that I will be giving away a copy of When Our Worlds Collide, along with some bookish goodies to 1 Lucky Winner.

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Book Musings: 6 Young Adult (YA) Novels That Changed Me

1.      The Fault in Our Stars by John Green: To be honest, I had avoided reading this story for the longest time just because the hype surrounding the book was just too much to bear. And then Sudeshna read it, and wouldn’t shut up about the book and finally, I ordered the book. I got absorbed into the story of Hazel Grace Lancaster and Augustus Waters…and while I cried buckets, I also realized an important thing: a person is so much more than just what sets a limit on them. The story truly touched my heart and I have watched the movie a couple of times as well. I believe John Green sent out a very important message with this particular tale. And it changed me. For the  better.

Favourite Quote: “The world is not a wish granting factory.” – Augustus Waters.

2.      All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven: I bought this book mainly because of how much it had taken over social media and people wouldn’t stop talking about Finch. It was really the tag line that made me open the book and almost finish the story in a couple of days – “The story of a girl who learns to live from a boy who wants to die.” I believe that is the most heartbreakingly beautiful line that I’ve read in recent times. This particular story just makes you realize you need to be nicer to people. You have no idea what personal demons everyone you meet might be fighting. Just be kind. It honestly doesn’t cost you anything, and gives the other person hope.

Favourite Quote: “You’re all the colours in one at full brightness.” ~ Theodore Finch.

3.      Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaria: Laurel shifts schools following her sister’s untimely death, hoping to escape from it all. Only everything comes back to haunt her, when she slowly begins to write letters to the dead as part of an English assignment that she never hands in. I found it to be a beautiful story about how children often do not know right from wrong, and don’t know who to turn to for help. Parents need to pay more attention to their kids, no matter how full their schedules seem to be.

Favourite Quote: “There is more to life than just being a passenger.”
4.      13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher: The book warns you about containing mature themes, and then you realize that this book is the story of every girl ever caught in the cycle of being a victim to a vicious rumour. The book completely broke my heart, and I could feel the struggle between Hannah and Clay. It’s an entirely horrible feeling when you care about someone, but are unable to save them. And Hannah gives you 13 Reasons Why she did what she did...

Favourite Quote: “A lot of you cared, just not enough.” 

5.      Roger and Amy’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson: I actually read Morgan Matson’s second novel, Since You’ve Been Gone, first and I wasn’t too happy about it. But this one really restored my faith in the happily ever after, even after life has screwed you up completely enough times. Complete with road maps and little notes scrawled alongside the main text of the novel, I felt I was on this journey with them. The epic detour was on the epic reads of my life in 2015.

Favourite Quote: “The best discoveries always happened to people who weren’t looking for it.”

6.      The DUFF by Kody Keplinger:  The reason why I loved this book is because it broke the stereotype that the female lead needs to be slender and good looking. Bianca is a little overweight and that’s okay, because even though she struggles with being the Designated Ugly Fat Friend (D.U.F.F.), she embraces who she is and falls in love with the guy she was merely hooking up with. The guy who happens to have gotten under her skin and while we think this is bound to be a trainwreck, this story tells you how people who love each other can survive anything and find their way back again.

Favourite Quote: “No matter where you go, or what you do to distract yourself, reality catches up with you eventually.”

Book Review: The Sinister Silence

The Review:

I have had the pleasure of meeting Moitrayee Di personally, after she sent me a copy of her novel, The Sinister Silence for review. As an author, I understand why she has been following up with me to know why I hadn't reviewed a book that I had finished reading last year. 

Well for one, things haven't been normal on the home front. It turns out juggling a day job with being a writer when your mother is unwell, and tending to five cats at the same time is a fool's errand. Anyway, enough of the rant about why I haven't been blogging as regularly as I should have. Or at least meeting my review deadlines. Let me take you through the story. 

The thing with reviewing murder mystery is the key to knowing exactly how much you can talk about the book's good points without giving anything away. I think this book opens at a very good point and takes you headlong into the story. Honestly, when chapter one started, I honestly felt there was a theme song playing in my head...making me believe I was watching a movie. 

I liked the character of Mili Ray. It is refreshing to see a woman detective, who is so much like the male counterparts that we like to hero worship even today. I liked the ending very much, and let's just say I had placed my bet on the wrong character to have been the villain in the story. 

This story will leave you feeling happy, and yearning for more mysteries for Mili Ray to solve. Here's to Moitrayee di and hoping to see more books by her in the near future.