Monthly Archives: February 2013

First Giveaway Event!

Well a jolly happy Tuesday to all my readers! So as some of you know (and many of you don’t) I have started a Facebook fanpage for the blog and am working around the clock to get more viewers and more “likes” on both the blog and it’s fan page.

So what is my big scheme? I’m planning the blog’s first giveaway event! Yes, that’s right! The goal is a very minimal, easy one. If we can hit 50 Facebook likes before March 3rd, then I’ll be setting up a rafflecopter giveaway event! The ebook up for grabs is still to be announced at this point, sense I’m still putting this all together. Do you think it’s possible? I sure do! 50 like’s isn’t a huge deal, but it’s a good milestone to hit!

So what do you do now? Head on over to Today’s Literature: My Thought’s Facebook Fan Page and make sure to hit that nifty little “like” button! After that, just have to keep checking back for more details! Yup, it’s that easy! So spread the word, like the page and share the status that’s pinned to the top of the fan page!

Here’s to hoping we hit our goal readers!

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Inspired by “Crying On A Suitcase” by Casey James

Admit it boy you blew it, you really messed it up
You can make excuses if you really want to lose her
It’s all on the line, do or die time
Getting on your knees time

Tell her that you want her, need her, love her, gotta have her
Everything good in your life begins and ends with her
Lose your pride while you can
Come on man be a man ~ Crying on A Suitcase by Casey James

I could only stand there and watch as she gathered her stuff and threw it into a bag. It was a heated and yet mind numbing moment, just standing and watching a she rushed around until she finally looked up to me, her tear-stained face an image that simply burned itself into my mind. Her lips parted for a moment; as if she were about to say something, then simply closed again as she turned away, her shoulders sagging in defeat.

***

A few days had passed, and they had been the most agonizing days of my entire life. I hadn’t heard from **** once sense she had packed her little bag and left. Part of me sort of figured he would of at least let me know that she would have let me know when she had arrived safely to where ever it was that she had been going to; but honestly, he was an idiot for letting himself believe that.

The argument was already a thing of the past at this point, and it wasn’t even important. But **** was starting to get a little anxious now. Sure, they had had their share of arguments, but it had been a long time sense they had had an argument that sent her packing to some friends place. And even then, it had only been for a day or so… It had been a week or so sense he had last heard from ****.

Finally, **** decided to put on his big boy pants and try to get ahold of ****. She always had caved before him, so he knew he had seriously fucked up this time… And after about an hour of texting and calling ****’s phone with no response only confirmed his fears. She was either seriously pissed off or really hurt…. Or both, and he instantly began to regret everything he had last said to her e hadn’t meant to tell her off or to tell her that she was seriously fucked in the head.

**** knew there were a few different places where **** may be hiding out at. What had him worried was the fact that when **** didn’t want to be found, she was able to make herself completely disappear. The more that he thought about the entire situation, the more he freaked out. Without another thought, he grabbed his keys and ran to the car, quickly reversing it and pulling it out into the streets.

***

IT only took a few hours, much less then he had expected, to find her. **** couldn’t have been more relieved once he saw her camped out under the Pier. She loved the beach, and he felt a little stupid for not coming here first. After parking his car, he quietly mad his was over to her, not wanting her to notice him just yet, in fear that she might take off again.

He approached her from behind, thanking god that sand made little noise. He was able to sit down next to **** before she realized who was actually sitting down. Once she had realized, she could only glare at him with disgust. After a moment, she finally moved to get up, but **** gripped her wrist, not letting go until she gave in and sat back in the sand beside him. The silence drew on, neither of them wanting to be the first to apologize.

**** knew he had come here to apologize, but he still seemed to be choking on his words. **** refused to even look at him, and even though he knew he deserved it, her cold shoulder was breaking his heart. He wanted to say something, but he just… couldn’t.

“You’re an asshole,” she simply stated as she turned her death glare from him to the water front. He didn’t mean to crack a smile, but he did. “It’s not funny” she bluntly stated; the anger and hurt more than noticeable.

“I know….” was all he could come up with. What was so difficult about saying ‘I’m sorry’? He knew he had to, but it wasn’t as easy as he had thought.

“If you have nothing to say, then I’m leaving” **** said, her annoyance level climbing quickly as she moved to get up again. **** grabbed her hand this time, holding for dear life.

“Please….” He finally whispered as he looked down to his hand on hers. He didn’t want to see her disappointment again. After a few moments of silence, **** felt a little relieved that she hadn’t moved to leave again. “Look…” he began, not even sure where to start. “****, I’m really sorry…” he continued, though he really had no clue where to go from there.

“You’re sorry…?” she replied, a tone in her voice that **** couldn’t quite place. “You blatantly point out how fucked up I am and all you can say is you’re sorry?”

Her cold words slit through him like dull knives. She was right… A simple sorry wasn’t going to make everything magically better. Honestly, what words could make this whole situation better? With a small sigh, **** buried his head in his hands. What was he supposed to say? What could he possibly do to make this better?

“Look, if you’re done, I’m sure I can find something better to do,” She said as she moved to get up again, but this time **** did the only thing he could think of. He threw his arms around her, both of them tumbling into the sand as his lips found hers. He was expecting some form of resistance from ****, but as the seconds passed, her lips and her body melted into his, allowing him to put all his passion into this one moment. A few moments passed before **** finally pulled his head back to look down at ****. When he choked on his words again, a smirk finally graced her lips. “I get it…. You’re sorry…” she whispered.

A wave of relief washed over **** as he looked down at the beautiful creature beneath him. He had so much to do in order to make up for how badly he had fucked up, but he knew that he would do anything for this girl. He wasn’t going to just give up on her; no, **** was his life, his…. everything, and as he leaned back into her to shower her with the love she deserved, he knew that she was his everything.

***To Be Continued***

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Total Submergence

Purely inspirational! When you think you can’t do it, take a breath and remember that you can!

Insanity

There are times when we dive underwater to explore what rests below; to discover what can be found at such great depths within ourself. And then there are times when we go under not from our own choosing, but because something forced us under; our fingers slipped, and without premeditation, we suddenly let go.

I’ve found that almost all of my answers can be found from looking within. Some answers I placed there years ago. Others surprise me with their appearance. Memories dwell inside us like colorful coral reefs. And when the time is right we swim gently around every outcropping, allowing ourselves to live in the memory.

If one is prepared to be underwater, then it is a place of beautiful exploration. Downed ships still retain some of their prior glory, even when shrouded in loss. But it is when we are there without oxygen; when we wake in…

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Well What a Surprise!

Well all, I know it’s been a few days sense I’ve posted, and I do apologize for that! I know I’m behind on my February Writing Challenge… But the busy life of a final semester senior in college and intern life has gotten the best of me and has claimed every last bit of attention that I can muster up! I do promise you all that I will be posting a new scene up soon!

But on a happy note, I would like to share with you some fun news! After arriving back to campus after a short weekend back home with my loved ones, I check my blog to see that I’ve been nominated by Laura Hogan for a blogger award! Now if that’s not exciting news, I don’t know what is!

Very Inspiring Blogger Award

Very Inspiring Blogger Award

Rules for the ‘Very inspiring blogger award’

  1. Display the award logo on your blog.
  2. Link back to the person who nominated you.
  3. State 7 things about yourself.
  4. Nominate 15 bloggers for this award.
  5. Notify those bloggers of the nomination by linking to one of their specific posts so that they get notified by pingback.

7 Things About Me!

  1. Only just recently found an interest in Social Media and Blogging. Never thought it would be my cup of tea until my Internship demanded it of me 🙂
  2. I have a twin, though he looks NOTHING like me, and the scariest part is… our little sister (2 years younger) looks like she could be his twin! That’s some weird mumbo-jumbo!
  3. I have a (not so) secret love for Penguins (this one is kind of important…. just saying….)
  4. My not so secret hobby is to RolePlay online. Nerdy? Maybe, though it does help in my character creation and keeping me on my toes with my writing! SO NO JUDGING ME! 😉
  5. I suprise people often because I’m very shy when I initially meet someone, though give me some time and I come to life!
  6. I believe in love at first site
  7. I will forever be a Romance Book junkie

Nominees

My nominees are based on two things: 1 – They really have inspired me in some way, 2 – Most Recently Followed [which means you again have really inspired me or I wouldn’t be following you 🙂 ]

  1. authorteasereadings Making Naughty Nice
  2. PRofessional Experience
  3. Novel Girl
  4. TheNovelReviewer
  5. shaunanagins
  6. WordServe water cooler
  7. laurenswrittenword
  8. Out Where the Buses Don’t Run
  9. Laura Catherine: The Quill Wielder
  10. The Librarian Who Never Says Shhh
  11. Reflections of a Book Addict
  12. The Insanity Blog
  13. Her Cup of Tea
  14. Short Stories for The Soul
  15. hello fellow wanderer

“Sometimes Never” by Cheryl McIntyre

“This is the part I hate the most. That moment it sinks in that I’ve sliced myself open. When the rush and release are over and I’m left with the knowledge of just how fucked up I am.”

“Sometimes Never,” written by Cheryl McIntyre, is one of those stories that I instantly fell in love with because it isn’t afraid to “go there.” My faithful readers know that I can’t resist a good novel, and author that approaches the taboo topics of today’s day and age. Cheryl has done just that! She is able to take two seriously “messed up” kids and turn them into an inspiration!

This book is an outstanding 5 out of 5! Beautifully written, and very relatable to many late teens and young adults. With topics such as self harm and the lose of a parent in a time when most teens need them the most, the stories of Mason and Hope are both very twisted and very heartbreaking, but again, both inspiring. Mason falls in love with the girl with the rainbow hair and bad ass attitude, and Hope finally feels as if she’s found a guy that she can trust with her dark and “fucked up” secrets.

Readers watch as Mason struggles to help Hope with her battle against low self esteem and the resulting self harm, and at the same time, we see Hope struggle with her self proclaimed addiction to self harm and of course with allowing herself to open up to someone besides her best friend and cousin Guy. What makes this story so different from the other stories that people toss away and label “emo”? This story doesn’t drag out the issues at hand. Yes, readers find out what each of the characters are struggling with, and how, but it isn’t dragged out and over embellished. The characters don’t act the way they do simply because they want the attention, but because they are struggling with themselves and Cheryl does an amazing job with opening these two characters to her audience

We want to get to know Mason and Hope, we want the loving, passionate and supporting relationship that they have, we want to find the strength to fight through out own struggles as we watch them do.

“I never thought I could love someone so much, but sometimes never is a distorted perception, because I continuously find myself falling deeper in love with her every day.”

Cheryl McIntyre does a phenomenal job at creating a work that represents what is a reality to many young adults in today’s day and age. She also does an amazing job at providing a sense of hope to her readers through the use of her characters. Even her side characters represent someone, as in someone will relate to them. This isn’t a story for a certain clique, no, it’s a story that many can and will relate to, and I hope people will fall just as in love with this book as I have!

Cheryl, you did an amazing job! I am looking forward to reading more of your work!


Cover Reveal! Drowning in You by Rebecca Berto!

Are you guys ready for this one! I couldn’t wait any longer! This is my first event that I’m getting involved with and I’m so excited that it just happens to be for a wonderful author! One of my first blog followers and a great inspiration! Meet Rebecca Berto!

VLUU L100  / Samsung L100About the Author

Rebecca Berto writes stories that are a bit sexy, and straddle the line between Literary and Tear Your Heart Out. She gets a thrill when her readers are emotional reading her stories, and gets even more of a kick when they tell her so. She’s strangely imaginative, spends too much time on her computer, and is certifiably crazy when she works on her fiction.

Rebecca Berto lives in Melbourne, Australia with her boyfriend and their doggy.

Wanna get social with Rebecca? Then check out her pages!

Rebecca Berto | Facebook | Twitter

So… Are you all ready for this?!?!? It’s about time! I don’t know about you guys, but I’m SUPER excited! The cover for her newest Novel, Drowning in You! It looks beautiful! And I have to say, I’m super excited to read the book once it comes out in April!

Now here it is!

 DrowningInYou AMAZONTitle: Drowning in You

Author: Rebecca Berto

Expected release date: April 12, 2013

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Age Group: New Adult Cover

Designer: Okay Creations. http://www.okaycreations.net ; Jacqueline Barkla Photography (http://jacquelinebarkla.deviantart.com)

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Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17206928-drowning-in-you

Book Description:

Secretly crushing

Crushed by a tragedy

Charlee May’s been crushing on Dexter Hollingworth since she was fifteen. Five years later, a horrific skiing disaster at Mason’s Ski Lift Resort leaves her millionaire dad critically injured and her mom dead at the hands of Dexter operating the lifts. Charlee is suddenly the sole caretaker for her little brother while their world falls apart.

Dexter couldn’t be more different from Charlee. He’s tattooed, avoids exclusive relationships and his Dad has a fair share of illegal dealings. With Dexter’s reputation, almost everyone believes he planned the Mason’s skiing disaster.

And after all these years he’s still crushing on Charlee May, the girl who’s too good for him.

When this cruel twist of fate ties Charlee’s family and Dexter’s reputation together, Charlee and Dexter wonder if their feelings are reciprocated, while Dexter discovers his dad is trying to steal the May’s millionaire fortune.

But like an addiction, one look, one touch, one taste—they’re hooked no matter the consequences.

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000038_00071]I don’t know about all of you, but this one sounds really exciting! And addictive 😉 I’ll be waiting for the release of Drowning in You April Rebecca! I can’t wait to dive right into it!

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Someone to Love by Addison Moore

“I’ve always thought o love as a very sharp knife that held the promise of exquisite pain, never one that satisfied, never a theory you could nestle in, warm and safe, forever. Love was a dangerous terrain”

I know I’ve promised my readers another book review, and guess what! I have another book for you all! This time around it’s the book “Someone to Love” by Addison Moore. According to Amazon.com, this book was published on December 20, 2012 as a New Adult – Contemporary Romance novel with it’s fair share of ‘mature’ content.

In this rather interesting little read we meet two characters Kendal and Cruise; both of who are strong believers that love at first site and true love are only for fairytales. Both of our characters are in the latter parts of their college careers and not expecting much, let alone to find each other absolutely irresistible. They met by accident, and it was the best accident of both of their lives.

So what do I think of this story? I give it a 3 out of 5 because while I enjoyed the story, it ended much too soon. It felt a little rushed at some points, but it was still beautifully written. I couldn’t help but wish I was Kendal sometimes because this boy wanted the very best for her, and vise versa. The romance between the two felt so real, I sometimes felt myself a little jealous!

With all the good, there are still a few things that could be improved on. The story was a little too focused on the two main characters, and I felt like the supporting characters needed to be brought into it a little more. The girls that Kendal befriends seem like they are more important to the story than they are in actuality. Even Cruise’s male companions could have played a little more of an important role instead of just being a side note.

While yes, I did knock a few points because of how rushed I felt the story seemed to be, I was still very satisfied as a reader! I still believe the writing was beautiful, I could picture almost everything, like I was right there in the midst of it all! Moore creates a wonderful story, one that many readers will absolutely fall in love with!


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Networking

Hey readers!

Today’s update is just another short one! My topic today is the big interest in social media and of course, networking. It would seem that in today’s day and age, it feels like we can’t get anywhere in the “real world” without having a secure network of people who know who you are, what you are about and share the same interests as you. One way people are managing to do this is through the use of social media.

I’ve been jumping into the great pool of social media lately, so I finally made the decision to create a Facebook fan page. Yes, this is a plug to check out my new page for this Blog! Click here to check it out and while you are there, give it a like for me, wontcha 😉

But my other reason for talking about this is because I think it’s defiantly a subject that is really taking off and is becoming more important then most people believe. I know I didn’t really think it was all that big of a deal until I started my studies in Professional/Technical writing just a few shorts year ago!

Social media has become a big part in networking, for me especially. It all opens up the possiblity of connecting with people who you may never have had the chance to before! And sometimes its those connections that can become the most beneficial for you! Sense I’ve started using social media as a way of networking with people, I’ve come across many people who have been teaching me a lot in the areas of writing, editing and publishing.

So I guess my question to you all is this: What does social media mean to you? Does it play a big part in your studies, job, or just in your daily lives? Tell me what you think! I’m very interested to see what you all have to say!


Social media and stalking; are you doing it wrong?

Do you know the difference? I think this is great! Brought to you from laurenswrittenword

Lauren K. McKellar

It’s come to my attention that there’s a lot of buzz about the correct and incorrect ways to use social media when promoting yourself as an author or blogger. There’s a fine line between effective social media use and, well, just plain stalking. For those of you who worry you may be falling into the latter category, here’s my all-important, 100 percent certified* checklist for you to make sure you’re on the path of the straight and narrow:

Strong social media use: Following people on twitter such as authors or industry professionals.

Stalker: Following those people home.

Strong social media use: Sending a note to an author or industry professional once you’ve added them, just to say hi.

Stalker: Writing the hello letter in blood. The blood of their dead cat.

Strong social media use: Sharing the statuses and updates of these people IF you find them relevant and informative.

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