Summer Reading List Update: May

Hey Guys!

Well the end of May is upon us and I’m updating ya’ll on how my summer reading is going.  So far, it hasn’t been too bad.  I’m making headway on my list, with a few other books thrown in for good measure.


Well not too bad for the month of May. Especially since I didn’t start until the middle of the month.  And on the plus side is that I finished one of the series that I wanted to get done… The Drake Sisters by Christine Feehan.  What book/s are you reading right now?  Comment down below.

Until Next Time!



Life Hacks: Summer Edition

Hey Guys!

So, I don’t know about you, but I’m all about that easy way to do things… especially in the summer when it’s really hot.  So I decided to hit up pinterest and find some really good life hacks for the summer.  Of course, the moment I ended up on pinterest  I got distracted… but I got there eventually.  Below are the 16 hacks that I found interesting and useful.

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Do you know any great summer life hacks? Comment them down below.

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Amnesia Cover Reveal

Hey Guys!

Well Cambria Hebert is up to it again! We have a new book coming to us soon.  This one is a stand alone novel that isn’t part of her other book series.  But it is no less exciting to know that we’ll soon have something new to read from her.  This one is coming to us so soon that you can practically feel it!

Cambria Hebert
Publication date: June 12th 2017
Genres: Adult, Romance, Suspense

I washed ashore in a little lake town.

A place where everyone knows everyone, yet…

No one knows me.

I don’t know me.

If a woman doesn’t know her own name, does she really exist?

I don’t know my natural hair color, my birthdate, or where I live.

I am invisible.

To everyone, to everything, even to myself.

Except to him.

I see the recognition deep in his stare, the way it lingers on my face as if I’m a puzzle he’s desperate to put together.

I just want answers, the truth… knowledge.

His lips are sealed. Still, his eyes beguile me.

I can’t trust anyone, not even myself. Someone wants me dead, the same someone who tried to bury me in a watery grave.

They’ll come for me again… I won’t know their face.

I don’t even know mine.

I am amnesia.

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Author Bio:

Cambria Hebert is an award winning, bestselling novelist of more than twenty books. She went to college for a bachelor’s degree, couldn’t pick a major, and ended up with a degree in cosmetology. So rest assured her characters will always have good hair.

Besides writing, Cambria loves a caramel latte, staying up late, sleeping in, and watching movies. She considers math human torture and has an irrational fear of chickens (yes, chickens). You can often find her running on the treadmill (she’d rather be eating a donut), painting her toenails (because she bites her fingernails), or walking her chorkie (the real boss of the house).

Cambria has written within the young adult and new adult genres, penning many paranormal and contemporary titles. Her favorite genre to read and write is romantic suspense. A few of her most recognized titles are: The Hashtag Series, Text, Torch, and Tattoo.

Cambria Hebert owns and operates Cambria Hebert Books, LLC.

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Follow up to my 1st 2nd person POV

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So a few semesters ago I took a creative writing class that I thought would be a fun class.  Well this semester I took the Graduate version of the class.  So one of the assignments was to choose a prompt and write a story based off of it.  I chose the prompt where you took a story that you already had and write it from a different perspective.  This one isn’t done in 2nd person rather in a round about 1st person and 3rd.

So for today’s post I thought I’d share one of my original stories with you to see what ya’ll think of it.

Alone… or not?

Libby watched from the shadows as the mysterious girl lay in the shadows of the abandoned building.  I’d been following her since she had escaped from the unlocked room.  I’m not sure that escape is the right word, either.  I mean the door wasn’t even locked, so maybe I should be saying since she left the room.  Libby didn’t know who the girl was.  Every now and then the girl would look around herself as if she knew she was being watched.  But I stayed in the shadows… it’s not like I was really afraid but instead I was being cautious of being seen.  As far as I’m aware we were the only ones who had been in the room, of course there could have been others that woke up before I did that could have left the room first.  But I hadn’t seen anyone since I’d woken up.

Looking around my own surroundings even as I watched and followed the other girl, I noticed the deepening grey sky and wondered if it was going to rain soon.  The atmosphere is dreary as you follow the girl around the deserted amusement park.  The air is cold and biting as we walk around.  I just keep following hoping that in the end the other girl can do what I myself had been unable to do.  Finding the way out.  It’s been hours since I had woken up, my emotions have run the gamut since I had woken up, from lonely and frightened to scared and resigned.

When I had finally turned around and gone back towards the building that housed the empty unlocked room determined to go back and wait with the other girl who had been in the room with me.  Instead, when I was just out of sight of the building I noticed the other girl leaving and rather than go up to her I had instead decided to follow her around.

I had yet to see if there were any others in this dark and abandoned placed.

Libby was beginning to feel despair deep into her core.  I didn’t think that I was ever going to make it out of here.  Should I go up to the other girl?

The surrounding area that I found myself in was dank and cold, nothing but concrete… no tile… no gravel… just cold and hard concrete.  The stone is pretty much the exact same color of the sky that had decided to opened up and pour down it’s anger on me.  It was strange really, not a piece of single concrete, but pieces of concrete almost cobble-like in its appearance.

“I wish I had some food,” I muttered to myself lowly.   So far, I had yet to find anything that even remotely resembled food or that I could eat.  Not that I had actually gone far enough away from the room that I had woken up in to find anything.

Looking back up I noticed that the other girl had approached a building that I myself had checked hours ago.  It bore a massive, large and wooden with an intricate design.  Kind of like it was pulled from some place from the distant past.  There were vines that decorated the top and bottom panels, and three center panels that each held a carving of an animal.  One held a wolf, another a bear, the last an eagle.  But it didn’t matter really because the door was still locked just like when I myself had checked it.

Libby, while still keeping an eye on the girl I was following also kept looking around at my surroundings.  The buildings, I noticed were old and discolored as if they had been faded and frozen in time.  On one side when I looked all that I saw there were stone walls, all painted in fading colors of blue, red and orange.  These buildings had spire looking towers and roofs.  Each held and opening that was sealed with massive wooden doors each one intricately decorated.

Looking back up I noticed the other girl was heading in a different direction and was already turning another corner.  Waiting a moment before following Libby finally caught up to within a few buildings of the other mysterious girl still keeping just out of the other girls sight.  She had found a building that was only partially closed to the elements.  This was new, I hadn’t made it to this side of the park when I had been wandering by herself hours and hours ago.  I’m not even sure that I would have wandered this far by myself if I wasn’t following the other girl.

Unfortunately, while I hadn’t been paying attention I hadn’t realized that there was broken pieces of wood all around me and I stepped on one of them making a noise, quickly before the other girl could turn around and notice me, I ducked behind the other building that I had just came from.  I waited there while I heard a loud shattering of something glass-like break, ‘what could that be?’ was my internal thought.  I was too worried about the other girl noticing me to even attempt to talk to myself out loud.

While I waited, I slid down the wall and peeked around the corner of the building.  I could see the other girl hitting a vending machine over and over making the hole that she had already created even larger.  The other girl had found some food.  ‘Thank god… I was wondering if I would be able to find anything to eat.’  Watching as she only grabbed a few things and then wedging herself into the small crawl space between the machine itself and the wall.  I waited for a long while before getting up and creeping closer to the other girl and the machine that had the food in it.  Making sure to looked down at my feet, I crept in between the pieces of glass that was on the ground just to make sure that I wouldn’t wake up the other girl that was still sleeping soundly.

After grabbing enough to keep herself going for a while, Libby carefully crept back to her own hiding space as quickly as she could without making any noise and waking up the other girl.  After getting back to my spot I opened up one of the cellophane bags that held some type of mixed chips.  After eating the entire bag and half of another one I could barely keep my eyes open.  Peeking around the building once again, Libby saw that the other girl was still sleeping soundly, and so decided that maybe sleep would be a good idea.  Looking up in the sky Libby notice that it is getting darker and darker out and that I was so tired, I hadn’t slept since I had woken up hours and hours ago.

It’s beginning to be morning when I woke up again, waking up this time wasn’t a slow awareness of time like it was the day before.  Instead it was more like a jerking sensation and a kind of weird one moment being asleep the next being awake in a panic.  Jumping up and peeking around the building that had hiding me from the other girl I squinted my eyes and relaxed slowly as I realized that the other girl was still there.  With a deep relieved breath, I turn and grab the bag of half eaten chips and eats slowly.  Grateful that I had grabbed enough yesterday, that I had enough to keep me fed for the day.  Looking around, I wasn’t sure if I wanted the other girl to wander around today and if she did if I should follow her.

I almost wished that the other girl stayed hidden in her little hideaway, but when I looked up again the other girl was beginning to gather up some supplies and start walking around again. ‘Damn… I guess I’ll have to get my stuff gathered as well.’  Looking around myself, I was kind of grateful that it had stopped raining sometime during the night.  At least my clothes were dry today, that was the one thing that I hadn’t been looking forward to, another long day of being wet and cold.

I wander around following behind the girl leaving just enough space between me and the other girl so that I wasn’t able to be seen.  It’s been hours since I had started following the girl today, the sun had moved from barely peeking up in the sky to being high up in the sky.  Suddenly, looking up at the sound of the other girl making noise I noticed her rushing up to a wall that I hadn’t noticed.  I didn’t remember that wall being there when I had wandered around by myself, but of course I hadn’t been this far from the building that I had woken up in the previous day.

I notice the other girl inwardly having a conversation with herself before seemingly coming to a decision.  Watching as the girl reaches forward and touches the wall.  The wall itself wasn’t that high.  Probably about the height of the girl maybe a little bit taller.  It was made of cinderblocks that were weathered and rough.

The girl once her decision was made, backed up and took a running leap at the wall.  The other girl was able to, with the leap that she had taken, reach the top of the wall and have her feet evenly placed enough that she didn’t slip back down.  The other girl kept going up reaching and climbing until she had first her elbows over the wall, then finally able to swing a leg up and over the other side of the wall.

I looked on sad as I watched the only other person that she had seen in the two days that I had been here, disappear over the wall.  Slowly… so slowly I edged myself towards the wall myself.  Looking around me, my eyes narrowed as they found what looked to be a piece of paper with something written on it.  Looking around and not seeing anyone that could have put it there, especially as I hadn’t seen the other girl do it.  Bending down and grabbing the paper up off the ground, I lifted it up and read the words that was written.


Don’t let them see you’re afraid!

With a gasp, I almost dropped it.  I knew that the other girl hadn’t seen this, and I also knew that the other girl hadn’t written it.  I was scared now.  Did I dare stay here?  Should I follow the other girl up and over the wall?  I didn’t know what to do.  ‘What the hell do I do now?  I’m not sure I should stay, but do I dare go and follow the other girl to the other side of the wall?’

The note alludes to the fact that I’m being watched at this very moment.  Not only does that scare me but it also pisses me off.  What kind of game are they playing that they not only kidnap me and another girl… but possibly other people before us, do something that takes away my memory of how I had gotten here, but also decide to spy on what I’m doing.  Is this some sort of weirdos’ sick fantasy?

With that my decision was made… “I guess I’m going over the wall.”  I told myself out loud.


There are times when you run across a post that makes everything seem like it will be ok… that was me today! I loved this post.


Happiest of Birthdays

Let’s face it, Mondays can be hard…like really hard. However, in the spirit of being more positive about my least favorite day of the week, I thought I would share some motivational thoughts to help get you through this gloomy (at least in Atlanta) Monday!

“Don’t wait for everything to be perfect before you decide to enjoy your life”

We all fall short sometimes and things don’t always go the way we envision them going. We don’t always hit our life/fitness goals when we want to and sometimes we cheat on our diet…but you know what? That’s okay! It’s all about progress. If we waited for everything to be perfect before enjoying ourselves and our lives, we’d never enjoy anything. I certainly wish I was further along in my fitness/healthy lifestyle journey; I wish I had started sooner, but I didn’t, and that’s okay. I will just take what progress…

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Where I’d Like to Travel

Where I'd Like to Travel

Hey Guys!

So one thing that I can say about myself is that I would love to travel everywhere.  Of course, that would probably cost a ton, but I do have a list of places that I would love to travel to as well as a board on pinterest dedicated to places that I would love to visit.  That being said these are my top 5 places that I would love to travel to.  Mind you not all of them are cities, some are places in these cities.

  1. London
  2. Rome
  3. The Mayan Ruins
  4. Stonehenge
  5. Ireland

Like I said before, these are only my top 5 places that I would love to visit someday, but I have a long list of places that are on my “to visit” list.  Where would you like to visit someday?  Comment down below.

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Semester Goals: Spring 2017 Update

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Well here it is the spring semester is over and it’s time for the Summer Break.  (and holy cow did this semester speed by in a flash!)  Not that the summer temperature hasn’t already been here in South Texas for a while… like since March, but at least there are no classes for a while.  Though I have enjoyed the mornings were it’s only 59 or 60 outside… at least until the sun starts beating down on me. (at 11:00 am!)

I can’t tell you how much I am grateful for DaniDearest‘s blog that had me start writing goals down for each semester.  It helped out for my 1st semester and did so again for my 2nd.  These goals helped me have a focus and something tangible to reach for.  I accomplished ____, not to bad if I don’t say so myself.

Making my goals public like this was the perfect way for me to be held accountable for them.  Before these last two semesters, I’ve never set goals and never so publicly before.  And doing so helped me.

Now, unlike most of my semesters this one for some reason has 16 weeks of classes… I think I counted that right.  Especially since they started this semester almost a week earlier than they usually do. (Today’s my first day of classes)  So I’m going to do 15 goals… mainly because the first week is really just a prep week for the courses.  Let’s see how I do at the end of the semester.  Here’s my goals for this semester and how I did on them:


1. Get at least a B in my classes.

Result: ✓ Success!  This semester was a wake up call for me.  I have never really understood what a  differences you have to do in order to change your writing habits from undergrad to grad school… after a year in grad school, boy can I tell you that you have a serious mind swap coming!   I ended up with a B in my Power and Protest History course and an A in my Creative Writing course.  (My mom always did say I could tell stories!)

2. Try and get my assignments done before the day they are due.

Result: ✓/X  This was a semi-success.  For the most part I would complete the assignments for my History class at least 2 days before they were due… at least at the beginning of the semester.  I’m not sure what happened (I think spring break through me for a loop) but after spring break I seemed to not be able to getting anything done before the day it was due.  On my creative writing class

3. Work out at least 2 times a week. (I’m going to make an effort, but we’ll see.)

Result: X  Yea… this wasn’t my best semester… wasn’t my worst either, but I just couldn’t seem to find the time (or the motivation) to make it to the gym.  The only time I stepped foot into the Dugan Center was for my class on Thursday nights.  So I’ll be keeping this on my goal list for a while until I at least can manage it.

4. Try a fitness class on campus.

Result: X  Yea… this wasn’t my best semester… wasn’t my worst either.  All semester I kept trying to make it to one of the fitness classes that were available, but I justhad no motivation at all, or I had homework that needed to be finished.  The only time I stepped foot into the Dugan Center was for my class on Thursday nights.  So I’ll be keeping this on my goal list for a while until I at least can manage it.

5. Spend more time with my family and friends.

Result: ✓  I really was able to this one more than I thought I’d be able to.  Especially since I have two jobs.  However, I made time.  During the weeks where I would work the weekend I would stay with my aunt and bring my mom along so that we could have a girls weekend.  Or the weekends or weeks that I didn’t have to work I’d take off to see my sister.  Overall, it was a success.  The only way to spend more time is to make it happen.  I also had my 3rd annual birthday pizza lunch with my friends Rosie and Jaxine.  We’ve been doing this for a while now and it’s amazing catching up on what’s going on with everyone.

6. Actually stick to my budget. (for food, or other things)

Result: X   Well this is another area where I failed miserably.  I tried hard to not eat out a lot and for the most part I succeeded, but I really didn’t stick to my budget at all.

7. Cook more, and take my own lunches for school.

Result: X   Well I started out strong on this… for about a week.  Then between school and my two jobs I just sort of lost any motivation I had in doing this.  Maybe next time.  I really do need to work on this more, not only would it be healthier for me but also for my budget.

8. Reach my activity goals on my watch each day/week.

Result: ✓/I’d give this a semi-successful … it wasn’t all that bad for me this semester.  Considering the amount of time that I spent writing papers and not really moving I did pretty good.  But I’ll be working on getting better next semester!  A total of 61 days out of 134.  Yay me!

 January       13/31                                                                                                      February     19/28                                                                                                    March           13/31                                                                                                    April             18/30                                                                                                    May               10/14  (I still count this because it was during finals)

Total: 73/134

9. Post on each of the days I’ve assigned a post on HomeTownGirlWriter.

Result: X  Well this was epic failure this semester.  I really need to work hard this summer and plan out next semesters posts so that I don’t become overwhelmed and not get them done.  With my hectic schedule I just wasn’t able to manage two full time jobs, graduate school, and writing and posting on the blog.  Hopefully, this summer I’ll be able to catch up.

10. Save at least 10% of my paychecks each week.

Result: X   Well I started out strong on this… for about a month.  Then life got in the way and I started living check to check… again.  We’ll try again next time.

11. Make my bed and pick up things in my room each morning. (In my hope for a clean room/house.)

Result: ✓   I have actually did really well for the most part.  I have been straightening out my blanket in the morning if not out right folding it up.  It makes it hard when you have a dog that will make itself a lump in the center of the bed before you leave in the mornings.

12. Take time for myself each week.

Result: ✓  Completed! I made sure that each week I had at least 30 minutes to an hour for myself.  Whether it was just to read a book that I wanted or to take a long bubble bath, it was my me time.  I especially needed this because this last semester has been a really rough one.  This is something that I’ll keep working towards as the semesters come and go.

13. Open my planner everyday and make sure it’s completed for the upcoming week.

Result: ✓   I recently began using a Create 365 Happy Planner, and boy can I say that It has changed my life.  All the stickers and things for have made me want to plan out my weeks.  Plus the layout makes it easier for me to spread out my day and keep things organized.

14. Have saved at least $500 by the end of the semester.

Result: X/✓… well sort of.  Well I actually did have almost $800 saved in my savings around Spring Break, but then life happened and I had to use it for bills and car expenses.  Which technically is what I was saving it for anyway.  But I’m wanting to have the cushion of having $500 and not have it drop below so I have the safety for when I need it.

15. Go somewhere I’ve never been before.

Result: X  Well this was epic failure this semester.  Between the time I spent working at my two jobs and doing my stuff for school, all I wanted to do in between was sleep.  I’m going to have to work on maybe going somewhere new next semester… even if it’s just a new museum in a different city!


6.5/15 Goals Completed

Hmmm… I may need to work a little bit harder.  Technically, I had 5 that were fully successful and 3 that were semi successful.  So 8 out of 15 isn’t that bad one more than half, but that still leaves me 7 goals that I need to work harder on.  But overall, I did my best and I’ll be trying harder to do better!

Question of the day: Did you set goals for yourself during the spring semester?  How did you do?  Comment down below.

Until Next Time!


Summer Reading List

Hey Guys!

Sooooo…. as I’m sure you’ve realized, I love to read.  Unfortunately, my reading list has yet to see the light of day and seems to keep getting longer every day that goes by.  So I’m going to create a reading list and see if I can finish it by August 28th when classes start up.

I’m listing these by series name because I’m a huge series reader.

  1. Death Escorts series by Cambria Hebert
  2. Heven and Hell Series by Cambria Hebert
  3. Take It Off series by Cambria Hebert
  4. Black Dagger Brotherhood series by JR Ward
  5. Black Dagger Legacy series by JR Ward
  6. Dark Carpathians series by Christine Feehan
  7. Drake Sisters series by Christine Feehan
  8. Sea Haven/Sisters of the Heart series by Christine Feehan
  9. Leopard People series by Christine Feehan

And I better stop… at least for now, because some of these series are really long… like more than 10 book in a series.  I’ll update at the end of the month and see where I am on this list!  Of course I may end up reading books not on this series if I find some that look that good.

Until Next Time!


Mother’s Day

Hey Guys!

So yet again I have hit the wrong button and the post I had scheduled for yesterday (Mother’s Day) did not get posted.  So here I am adding getting it up today.

Today’s post is for all the moms out there.  Not just those who have born children, but those who have adopted or fostered or have guardianship of, or are stepmothers or only have fur babies.  Thank you for everything that you do and I wish you a great day!  And a special Happy Mother’s day for those who have lost their little angels, know that you are loved!



Until Next Time!