Upcoming Audiobooks!

Typically I give you a round up of the audiobooks released at the end of the month. But, I thought we should switch it up this time around and let you know when they’re releasing! So mark your calendars because we have some great audiobooks releasing soon!

Ignite, The Disciples series Book 4 by Cassandra Robbins – April 12

Savage Row by Britney King – April 13

Outskirts of Hope by Jo Ivester – April 13

When the Smoke Clears by Kenya Wright – April 13

The Entitled by Cassandra Robbins – April 20

Ghosts, King & Slater Book 5 – April 27

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March Audiobooks

Boy oh boy do we have audiobooks for you! This is my favorite time of the month, when we can do an audiobook round up for you! Just when you think you’ve reached the end, there’s more! So make sure you keep scrolling!

We have a great assortment, so whatever kinds of genres you’re into I’m sure will be here. Let us know if you’ve read any of these already!

Make A Quit-Proof Commitment!

Here are 4 steps to maintaining a quit-proof commitment! I love creating new goals for myself, but the problem isn’t making them, but maintaining them…Here’s what I do to help me stay on track!

Every commitment is different but this is a good place to start.

  1. Set boundaries. 

Give yourself expectations of what should be done, and what you would like to stick to. For example, if you want to commit to writing for 3 hours a day your boundaries would be to sit at your desk while writing, or to split the time between morning and evening. Just make sure they are right for your needs. 

  1. Enlist help. 

You are not alone! There are so many tools you can use to help you stay committed, people who can help. Reach out to others and ask how they stay committed or ask them to help encourage you and keep you motivated. 

  1. Block out your schedule weekly. 

Having dedicated time is the best way to stay on track. It will be very beneficial to you if you know what your week will look like so you can make sure you continue with your commitment. 

  1. Schedule your own performance review. 

This one might be my favorite. At the end of the week or the month go back to your commitment and evaluate yourself on how well you did. Use the steps above to see if you set boundaries, enlisted help and made a weekly schedule. And if you didn’t do as well as you thought, you actually did this pretty perfectly because now you can better judge yourself for improvement. 

You can do it!

How to Build A Reading Group

Having a dedicated space for readers is a great way to stay connected with your audience, promote your work, and get inspiration. Some authors may choose to have groups based on a specific series, but that is up to you. 

Many authors will use Facebook to house these communities. Unlike a Facebook Page, group updates will appear on the members’ new feed. They will also get notifications of new updates to the group, unless they opt out of notifications

Once you create your Facebook group don’t forget to promote it on your other socials so your readers know it’s there! After all it is for them! 

  1. Post on it frequently. When it’s small, welcome each new member, get them excited! Plan your posts in advance  so you won’t have to worry about it for the week.
  1. Don’t forget to engage! Answer all the questions you can and comment on posts that your readers make. 
  1. Host events. Set up a group meeting, post a video and answer questions about yourself, have a giveaway of your upcoming release! The possibilities are endless!

Have fun with your reader group! Once you get the hang of posting on one group, maybe you can start another!

How to Spice Up Your Bookshelf

I scroll through instagram a lot…and I ALWAYS come across these beautiful bookshelves! So today our blog post is inspired by just that…bookshelves.

#bookshelf as over 6 million posts on instagram- because people love it! This might encourage you to post a picture of your bookshelf and rack up some likes OR inspire you to spice up your own bookshelf. Either way let’s get started!

  1. The first simple yet effective way to organize your bookshelf is by size. Play around with vertical and horizontal stacking for fun! Some people might even want to take it to the next level and sort the books by color too!
  1. Update your bookshelf by painting it or applying wallpaper to the back. This will give it a wonderful and new look!
  1. Don’t let your bookshelf get too cluttered. If you want to display small knick knacks put them in a fun jar:) Let your books breathe!

Have fun!

Self Boundaries.

I am notorious for saying yes to everybody but myself. But today I start a new challenge, and that is to set boundaries for myself. See if you want to try it too!

Why should I tell a friend yes buy that book you deserve it, and yet when I see one I might enjoy I put it back because I have no place to put it? Well to that I say no more! I want to treat myself like my own friend (best way I could put it). I need to treat myself just as much as I tell my friends and family to treat themselves. 

In the long run I think it will be beneficial for my head space and how I view myself. 

Today was a little bit of a rant, but remember to love yourself! And don’t treat yourself any less than you would a friend:)

Happy Monday!

Better Reader = Better Writer

I, like most people, say I love to read but never have time to pick up the right book and finish it. And while there is no right and wrong way to read, I have noticed some key tricks to make myself a better reader. And while I may not be a writer I figure the more you read the more your writing skills enhance too! Athletes go to the gym…writers go to the library! So let’s get that brain stimulated and pick up a book!

Make a list. 

There might be some power in checking off a box, because I know I am more productive when a list is involved. So create a list of all the books you want to read that month or year and get checking!

Read several books at once. 

For me I know as soon as a book starts to feel boring I put it down and never return. However, if you read several books at once and create options for yourself there will be more of a chance you will open the book up again. 

And feel free to mix it up! Read a book and also have an audiobook on hand for an alternative option. It can be very refreshing from print books to relax your eyes and get a fresh look on a book.

Try before you buy.

Read the Kindle or Amazon sample before you buy a book. Get a taste for the writing style to determine if it’s a book you would enjoy until the end. Maybe even read a few reviews, but watch out for spoilers!

Take notes.

If you are a blogger or someone who likes to share their reading findings, I find that it is easier to take notes while reading rather than afterwards. It may seem like this process takes longer, but it is better than going back into the passage to look for something you thought you read. Plus, taking notes is a great way to retain what you just read!

And for all you writers out there write down what you like and don’t like about books you’re reading for your own work. Take notes of character development and plot twists and so forth. Spark your own creativity!

Take note of your down time. 

Find the right time to read for you. On a lunch break, right before bed, or on your commute to work. There is no bad time to read, but you also have to accept that sometimes you may not find the time. For me I noticed that I could be replacing my screen time with reading a book. You might have to find a new balance but once you do reading will be much easier!

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Happy Reading!

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The Perfect V-Day Gift for Your Lovely Reader!

Valentine’s Day is just about a week away! While chocolates, flowers, and a card can be a no brainer, this year dazzle it up and give your book lover something a little more special!

I know I would adore any one of these literary inspired gifts! So get ready to scroll, and see if anything catches your eye..for the apple of your eye (I had to)!

  1. Kindle Book Cover

The woman’s purse has been a mystery for centuries…what goes in may never come out. SO this year get your S/O a case to protect the keeper of their books! If they don’t already have one they will thank you…and if they do have one get something to remind them of their favorite book! Like this Winnie the Pooh case!

  1. Novel Teas

Tea and book lovers go together like..well tea and book lovers so if your partner fits this pair then look no further for the perfect Valentines gift! Novelteas has tea of course..inspired by literary favorites and disguised tea tins! I mean c’mon how cute!

  1. Candles

We have finally arrived at the candle portion of this scroll…which may or may not be my favorite section. Now every book lover knows there is just something about the smell of those old pages…well you guess it right…there’s a candle for that!

  1. Personalized Bookmark

Sometimes the best gifts are the ones you make. So if you are down to get crafty pick up some scissors and paper! You can write your S/O favorite quote or attempt to draw a favorite character? Pinterest is a great place to go for inspiration, like this one!

  1. Literature Glass

If your reader would prefer a glass of whiskey over tea consider a literary inspired glass. Etsy is another great place to go for this gift where you can find an assortment of novels from Les Miserables to Jane Eyre! Check it out!

I would like to mention that while I have provided a link for each gift idea there are more ways than one to get these items. Just type something that interests you into my good friend Google and they will for sure give you the best option! 

I hope you have a wonderful Valentine’s Day! May it be filled with more literary love!

Happy Friday!

January Audiobooks!

New year, new audiobooks! Check out this month’s dazzling audiobooks to get your year started! Whether you’re an audiobook pro or you’re just getting started scroll to see if anything catches your eye! And don’t forget to click for a sample!

Happy Reading!