A To Z Blogging Challenge: Novel VS Novella

Now here is a post that I really enjoyed courtesy of Lyn C. And the Ragged Writers! Make sure to go check them out!

Ragged Writers

As writers, word counts are a very important part of writing. Why are they so important? Because the word count can determine how your piece is classified: as in is it a novella or a full-fledged novel?

For many, the difference between a novel and a novella are so miniscule that they don’t see any real difference between the two. But for many writers, those little differences can mean the world.

So what’s the biggest difference between a novel and a novella? That, again, would be the word count. A novella is typically described as a written piece of work that has a word count between 20,000 and 50,000 words. A novel is then classified as anything that is 50,000 words or more. So besides the obvious number difference in word counts are there many other differences between the two? Without getting too technical, there really isn’t much of a…

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Offically Hit 100 Followers! A Big Thanks To You All!

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Happy Thursday Readers!

I know many of us are basking in the post-Christmas bliss, but I wanted to take a moment and officially announce that this blog, “Today’s Literature: My Thoughts” has OFFICIALLY hit 100 followers!

Yes I know, i just used the word officially a lot in one sentence…. but I can’t help it! I’m excited! 100 may seem like a small number, but hell! To me, 100 is a big number for little old me! So once again, thank you all for sticking around and reading/putting your two senses into my thoughts! I love it all!

Let’s make 2014 an even better year! And of course make sure to show your love and go “like” the blog’s Facebook Page!


A Merry Christmas To You!

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Yes, its that time of year… Where we all sit down and enjoy the holidays with our friends and loved ones. Its been a very busy year for me, as im sure is true for many of my readers, so I’d like to take a moment and just say thank you!!!

Over the past few days, I’ve been notified that the blog has nearly 100 followers, and I have to say… holy cow!!!  100 may not seem like a lot… but to a small time blogger, that’s a big number! So to you all, I say thank you!!!

This year has brought on a lot of changes, with graduating college, and entering the “adult world.” One thing has remained the same… my love of literature.  I will always love reading and I will always love writing! With this year drawing to a close, I’d like to announce that I will not only be continuing on with this blog, but come 2014, I will be starting up another blog! This time themed around adult romance.

Many have asked me why not simply cover adult romance in this blog instead of having to separate blogs. Well, for me the answer is simple. I have a love of the young adult genre and I have a love of adult romance. Not everyone shares this same love, and some just want to keep the two separate.  And you know what? I completely understand that, and agree with it!! The new blog will be very similar to this, with reviews and events and what not, just with… well, more adult content! Interested? Well then keep checking in!! I’ll provide more information as it becomes available!!!!

Well, with all that being said, its time for this little book junkie to get back to her holiday festivities!!!! Whether you celebrate the holidays or not, I hope your home is filled with nothing but love and joy!

Want to help fulfil my holiday wishes? Then why not go share a “like” on the blog’s Facebook page?


Losing Hope By Colleen Hoover: 5 Out Of 5 Stars!

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Photo Credit: Goodreads

Time for the second review I promised you all! Colleen Hoover is an amazing author, this we already knew. So it’s no surprise that her book, “Losing Hope” would instantly earn a 5 out of 5 stars!

For those of you who have read “Hopeless”, this is the same story, just from the character, Dean Holder’s, point of view. Could the story possibly get better when simply switching from Hope’s point of view to Holder’s? Some say no… because Hope (also known as Sky) does a pretty darn good job at letting the readers into her mind and her heart. What do I say? The story went from amazing, to godly!

Having Holder’s point of view in “Losing Hope” gave the story so much more… i guess the word I’m looking for is “feeling” to it! We learn so much more about what Holder went through when he first recognized Hope, to the inner struggle and torment that he went through when dealing with the truth for himself.

“In order to miss someone, that means you were privileged enough to have them in your life to begin with.”

I have to say, a big part of what amazed me with this book was how Colleen was able to take an emotional story from a girl’s point of view, and transfer it to a boy’s point of view, and still keep him as a lovable masculine figure. A lot of writers get ragged on for trying to write males to show that they have emotions and feel pain, just as girls do. We lose no respect for Holder, even though he shows his weaknesses, and he lets the readers know that he is upset, he is emotional. And you know what? We love him even more for it.

So I have to say, Colleen, you’ve more than earned a solid 5 out of 5, no like an 8 out of 5 for giving us Holder’s story! For those of you looking for a last-minute gift for the reader in your family, use your “one-click” and get this book! Colleen, keep up the good writing, and I can’t wait to see what 2014 has in store for you!


Long After By Cheryl McIntyre: 4 Out Of 5 Stars!

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Hello readers! I’ve promised you all a couple of book reviews, and guess what! It’s time I deliver! I’ve got two reviews for you this week, and they are two great books by two of my favorite authors of all time!

I’m starting off with Cheryl McIntyre‘s book, “Long After”.  Let me tell you, this book is a solid 4 out of 5! This time around, Cheryl gives us a story from the point of views of Annie Phillips and Chase Malloy, two characters from her original story, “Sometimes Never”.

“I’ll never understand how things come so easy to the people that seem to never try.”

This story takes place after Mason and Hope’s little love story. This time around we have Annie and Chase with stars in their eyes and… Shall we call it love, on the brain. Of course neither of them want to admit that there is something between them, and to make matters worse, the two are smack dab in the middle of their freshmen year of college.

We all know how feelings for someone can cause ripples in a friendship, and then lets tack on the complications of the world of college? Everything is new, everything is complicated… Nothing is easy. Then again, nothing in life does.

Now we all know, I refuse to spoil books for my readers, so I’ll leave you with this: Chase and Annie go through one heck of a little journey throughout this book. And of course Cheryl does an amazing job at giving you both of their points of view throughout the novel’s entirety. So why a 4 out of 5? It moved a little slow for my liking, and I guess I expected a little something more because of high expectations after reading “Sometimes Never” and “Blackbird”.

Do I recommend this book? Of course I do! I highly recommend adding it to your last-minute shopping list for the holidays! You’ve still got two days left of shopping till Christmas after all!


Behind The Scenes…

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Some midnight brainstorming

Hello all!

So I know I’ve been mia from the blogging world as of late, and I’m suprised to see that I still have some very regular readers! To you, I am very greatful! Its you all that motivate me and I should feel ashamed for leaving you all hanging!

So I thought I’d give you all a little sneak peak behind the scenes of the blog, and give you a little incite into my world.What have I been up to lately? Quite a lot actually!

Of course, I’ve been very busy with my writing, but of course its not all on my novels. Many of you know I graduated college in May of this year, so what was my first thing to do as a college grad? Yup, start my career search! So far I haven’t found a full time position,  but I was graced with the opportunity to write for a well known online news source,  maybe some of you have heard of it! It’s The Inquisitr! I’ve been writing for them since June, and I have to say, its done wonders to help teach me about the world of online writing. I’ve learned so much in the past 6, going on 7 months! To check out my articles (or even those written by my fellow writers), just look over to the tweets on the right side of the page…. —-> My daily articles will show up right there! Nice and easy for you all!

Of course, I’ve been trying to keep up on my reading too! I’ve mentioned on the blog’s facebook page that I’ve fallen a little behind on my reviews… and I have! I owe some of my author friends a BIG apology for being so late on their reviews!  I swear! I’m refreshing myself on the books and will have the reviews up before the month is over!

While my main reading interests have and always will be young adult literature,  I have to say… I’ve fallen for the more *ahem* adult themed books! I mean, come on… we all grow up some time! I’ve dabbled with the idea of allowing reviews for adult themed books, but I know that will mean limiting my blog to those aged 18+, so I’m not sure what I should do there… Suggestions?  Let me know! I would really appreciate them!!

Well, that is pretty much everything that’s been going on, all wrapped up in a pretty little post! So to all you still making this a regular stop during your online surfing, a BIG thank you!

As always, if you have reading suggestions for me, make sure to leave me a note here or on the blog’s Facebook page!

Much love to you all!!!
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I’m Thankful For…..

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Hello readers! I know it’s been a while since my last post, and we all know that excuses are for the weak! Just kidding, well sort of… Life gets in the way of everything, especially the fun stuff!

Well anyways, it’s already the holiday season, and wouldn’t you know it, Thanksgiving is just around the corner. So I’d like to take a moment to just share some of the things that I’m thankful for this year.

What I’m Thankful For

  1. My family – Of course this is the top of my list. They’ve been here through everything this year for me. From my final year in college, to graduation, to the craziness of postgraduate life, it’s been a year of ups and downs, and I don’t know where I would be without them!
  2. My friends – This is, again, obvious. They’ve been there to see me through the craziness of the year, and I’m thankful for everyone that got to take these adventures with me!
  3. Today’s Literature: My Thoughts – Of course I’m thankful for my blog, and that means all of my followers and even my simple guests that just stop by to check things out every once in a while! You guys get to peek into my passion and many of you share my passion not only for reading, but also for the craft that is writing!
  4. My Blog Followers & Self-Published Connections – I do hate labeling you all as connections…. when you are truly my inspirations! This past year, I have networked with so many self-published authors that I have come to look up to. Authors such as Rebecca Berto and Cheryl McIntyre, and so many many more! I’ve been honored to read, review and share all the works you’ve shared with me! You are ALL inspirations to me, and as I move forward in my self-publishing career, I’d love to get some advice from you all!
  5. Scrivener – Yes, I know this may sound silly… But this year I took the plunge and purchased the program to help me begin really putting my ideas down on paper (virtually, so to speak). I haven’t gotten through a first full draft yet, but I’m making more progress then I ever have before! I think I’ve finally found my writing platform!
  6. My Job – While I only work (as of now) as a freelance news writer for the site, The Inquisitr, it is still a job I have come to love! I’ve gotten to learn so much about not only writing, but writing for a news source, along with different internet marketing techniques such as keywords and keyword placement… It absolutely blows my mind! For everyone who thinks a work at home writing position is a piece of cake… let me tell you. Now that I’ve gotten the experience after these past 6 months, I can tell you that it’s no walk in the park! And of course, I have to say a thank you to all of you out there who have not only been viewing my articles, but viewing my colleges articles! We all appreciate it very much!

Well… I know that is a short list, but those are the things that I am most thankful for this year! What are a few of the things that you are thankful for? Feel free to share them in the comments, or let me know via twitter or Facebook on the blogs page or my author page!

Wondering what you can look forward to in the month or so left of this year? Or even what’s in store for 2014? Well I can tell you this! I have at least 6 book reviews to write up and post before the end of December!

Then beginning in 2014, I’ll be starting my new novel brainchild (temporarily) entitled: Wreck Me! I’m really excited, and I can promise you all, I’ll be paying more attention to the blog, and all of you starting after the Thanksgiving Holidays!

Thanks for sticking around guys! And keep an eye out, I’ll be posting some very important questions on stuff I’m looking for some advice on regarding my first full novel!


Cover Reveal Event For “Entwine” By Rebecca Berto

COVER REVEAL EVENT

A New Adult Contemporary Romance

by Rebecca Berto

Hey readers! It’s that time again! Yup, another cover reveal event, and are you at all honestly surprised by who for? Yup! Rebecca Berto has another story in the works, and we are celebrating the reveal of the book’s cover! What do you all think of the design? I honestly can’t get over it! It’s so beautiful! And here is the twist, Rebecca actually designed the cover herself! Now that’s something! Not many authors take the time to not only write their works, but create the covers that go along with them, and when they do, they don’t always come out as beautiful as this!

A good job to you Rebecca! And I can’t wait to dive into your next book! I’m sure my readers can’t wait either!

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Releasing in late November 2013

Sarah Langham’s life was the epitome of normal until her dad slept with another woman when she was sixteen. It ripped her family apart.

Twenty-two-year-old Sarah has it together, though.

Waiting at the train station to go home from her first day of her first proper job out of university, she spots a man.

He is an enigma to her. She’s drawn to him, with his square jaw; buzz of hair; and his tall, solid frame, seen under the contours of his business suit. And he’s been looking at her, too. Fate pulls them together that night on a whirlwind date, exceeding anything Sarah’s experienced before. He’s even more into her than she’s into him. Finally, she wants to trust a guy for the first time since she was sixteen.

But then they discover something.

Something that meant they were never two strangers at a train station.

And it threatens to tear their future apart before it, really, ever begins.


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About the Author

Rebecca Berto writes stories about love and relationships. She gets a thrill when her readers are emotional reading her books, 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.

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To Outline, Or Not To Outline… That Is The Question

Happy Wednesday readers! It’s been a while since we last caught up, and I apologize for that my lovelies.

So what brings me here today? The question that I have been asking not only myself, but my Facebook followers and even some of my fellow authors.

The Big Question: Is creating an outline for a story the way to go?

I’ve heard so many mixed reviews on this writing practice. Personally, I love having a lot of material to work off of when I write. But is creating an outline really the way to go? Or does it stifle a writers creative freedoms?

Honestly, I’ve been a little afraid to try writing an outline for any of the three novel ideas I have been stewing over in my brain. Why? I don’t even know really.

Is it a fear of committing to an idea? Or maybe a fear that it will stifle my creative flow. I’m not sure.

Two of my novel ideas are based on very life like events, meaning they either where things related from personal experience, or they where events around me that inspired these stories.

Logically, these two stories may be easier to write with a detailed outline, because then I won’t run as big of a risk of forgetting a detail or something along those lines.

But then will the outline take away from the creative aspect of the story? I don’t want these stories to become works of non-fiction, so what do I do?

That is my question to you, my readers. What do you think about creating outlines? Are they helpful? Or are they more trouble than they are worth?

Answer the poll below, or leave me your thoughts in the form of a comment! I’m excited to see what you all have to say!


Pulling Me Under By Rebecca Berto Cover Reveal Event!

Title: Pulling Me Under
Author: Rebecca Berto
Series: Pulling Me Under #1
Age group: Adult
Genre: Women’s Fiction with crossover with Suspense
Publication date: October 2013

Paul was Katie’s rock for thirteen years, but then she watched him die.

By day, she is left with her daughter Ella’s questions about where Daddy went, and at night she’s consumed with nightmares of the moment he died. It isn’t long before Katie’s mother hints that her volatile lifestyle and developing drinking habits are no way to raise a little girl.

Through it all, her and Paul’s best friend, Liam is there. Grieving the death of both husband and friend, the time they spend together seems more intimate these days, and Katie soon stumbles into taboo territory: Liam might be in love with her.

Torn between Liam’s feelings and losing Ella, one night Katie runs.

Air. Space. Thinking time. That’s what she thinks she’s getting when she stumbles upon that party. In the morning, in a strange bed, she can’t remember the night before.

Pulling Me Under is raw in its brutality of love and pain, with slow-building suspense to a heart-stopping conclusion.

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About the Author
 
 

Rebecca Berto is an Amazon bestselling author. She is also a freelance editor.

She writes stories that are full of heart. 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.

You can find Rebecca at:
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