Apr 11
Why Is Voice in Writing So Hard? And Do You Think About It When You Read? Let’s Discuss.

Why Is Voice in Writing So Hard? And Do You Think About It When You Read? Let’s Discuss.

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I actually started writing this as a completely different post (how I read differently now that I’m writing more seriously), but I ended up writing a lot about this voice, and I decided to go with it. Maybe I’ll write that other post another time. But for now, I’m talking only about voice. What is it that makes it so hard to capture? Is it something we think about when we read, or is it just there? Voice in Books First of all, if you’re sitting there wondering what I’m even talking about, let’s define “voice” when it comes to writing. Voice is simply what makes a character stand out as an individual—what makes the character sound like them. Voice can be established in a lot of ways—little repeated words and phrases, an attitude (such as a snarky teenage voice), worldview, phrasing, apparent education level that’s evidenced in word choice, etc. It’s actually… Read more »


Apr 08
Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore – 4/8/18

Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore – 4/8/18

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The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer ~ It’s a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on my blog and share news about what’s coming up in the week ahead. This past week on FYFA (and in my life): This week was another busy one! My two acting classes (at our homeschool co-op) had their final performances on Tuesday and Saturday. It was a little bittersweet since these are my final final performances. With Danielle headed off to public high school next year, our time at the co-op is done (at least for now—I suppose you never know what the future might hold!). I’ve been having some weird nerve pain in my arm this week as well, which has made all sorts of things unpleasant—including typing for too long. But I still managed to get a couple of… Read more »


Apr 06
Bite-Sized Reviews of Tyler Johnson Was Here, Tom Sawyer and What Maya Saw

Bite-Sized Reviews of Tyler Johnson Was Here, Tom Sawyer and What Maya Saw

Reviews 12 ★★★★

I’ve got three bite-sized reviews for you today: two YA books and a classic (all with character names in the title)! I hope these bite-sized reviews will be enough to feed your fiction addiction! I’d read that this book was a bit grittier than other books with similar storylines, so I was ready for that when I started reading it. I would agree with that assessment, but I don’t think that it necessarily made the MC less relatable. The story is told from the POV of Tyler’s twin brother, Marvin. Marvin realizes his brother has flaws and has gotten himself involved in some things he shouldn’t, but he also knows the person Tyler is—he knows him in a way no one else can. So, when Tyler is killed, Marvin has trouble reconciling people’s reactions—both the people who want to paint Tyler as a thug and people who want to use… Read more »


Apr 03
Aru Shah and the End of Time by Roshani Chokshi: This Book Is the Definition of Delightful!

Aru Shah and the End of Time by Roshani Chokshi: This Book Is the Definition of Delightful!

Reviews 22 ★★★★★

You guys, I think I could sit here and gush all day about this book! Just everything about it—love the characters, the setting, the pacing. And then there’s the writing … the book took me a little longer to read than usual because I sat down and underlined every line that I loved. And there were a lot of them. I regret nothing. What Fed My Addiction: Fantastic middle grade voice. The main reason I started underlining my favorite quotes was because I’m using this as a study of how to nail middle grade voice—which is tough, trust me. If I can get my book even halfway to this level of amazingness, I will die and go to writerly heaven. Chokshi manages to make Aru funny and sarcastic and flawed and still oh-so-lovable. I think that just about every middle grader on the planet will be able to relate to Aru in one way… Read more »


Apr 02
(My Actual) Sunday (Monday) Post & Giveaways Galore

(My Actual) Sunday (Monday) Post & Giveaways Galore

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The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer ~ It’s a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on my blog and share news about what’s coming up in the week ahead. This past week on FYFA (and in my life): As much as I wish all of the things in my April 1st Sunday Post were true, alas, they were not. Sorry if I had you excited about my pretend book deal there for a minute. I hope someday I can actually make that announcement (maybe minus the part about killing off my main character in my MG—I’m guessing that wouldn’t go over well). If you didn’t read yesterday’s April Fools’ Sunday Post, go check it out. I’m hoping some of my “creative” pre-order deals and giveaways will give you a laugh! I didn’t want to let you guys miss… Read more »


Apr 01
APRIL FOOLS! Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore – 4/1/18

APRIL FOOLS! Sunday Post & Giveaways Galore – 4/1/18

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The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer ~ It’s a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on my blog and share news about what’s coming up in the week ahead. This past week on FYFA (and in my life): Big news this week!!! I got a three-book publishing deal with Macmillan Children’s!! That’s right—not only do they love my MG, they decided they want to make it into a series! I’m still working out the full series arc, but my editor and I agree that we need to end the series big. We’re thinking that my MC should probably die in the final book (sorry for the spoilers, but I just have to tell someone). The first book is set to release in January of 2020. We’ve already started talking book tours, so let me know where you live in the… Read more »


Apr 01
April 2018 Discussion Challenge & Giveaway

April 2018 Discussion Challenge & Giveaway

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Welcome to the April monthly link-up for the 2018 Book Blog Discussion Challenge hosted by Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction and Shannon @ It Starts at Midnight! Oh hi friends! Happy spring! (Or fall, if you’re from the southern hemisphere!) Hope you guys are having an awesome 2018 so far. We’re enjoying the heck out of your discussions, so keep ’em coming! The winner of our February discussion challenge link-up was AJ @ Read All the Things! She was able to choose any book by a black author, and picked Allegedly by Tiffany Jackson. Hope you love it, AJ! If you don’t know what this challenge is all about or haven’t signed up yet (but want to), head on over to the challenge sign-up page to learn more! Even if you’d rather not join, we hope you’ll stop by occasionally to check out the MANY discussion posts that are… Read more »


Mar 31
March Wrap-Up & Best of the Bunch

March Wrap-Up & Best of the Bunch

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My Goings On in March: I barely blogged in March! I’m feeling a bit behind on just about everything lately, and it came through in my blogging. I think this was the least number of posts I’ve put up in a month since my very early days of blogging. On the positive side, school is ramping down for our homeschool co-op, and I should have a lot more time once that happens. And since my two youngest kids will be attending public school next year (and my oldest takes most classes at the local community college), I should have A LOT more time on my hands in the future. So, starting in fall, I hope to get a schedule down for myself that I can stick to. I wish I could promise that for the summer, but I don’t want to make promises I can’t keep! I found a few… Read more »


Mar 31
March 2018 Monthly Wrap-Up Round-Up Link-Up

March 2018 Monthly Wrap-Up Round-Up Link-Up

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It’s time for the March Wrap-Up Round-Up! The February giveaway ends soon, so this is your last chance to enter! For January, the winner was Danielle Hammelef, who chose The Queen of Bright and Shiny Things by Ann Aguirre. Confession: I completely forgot about reading this book and now I’m way behind. This is going to be my next read!! (So sorry, Danielle!!) I also haven’t been great about reading and commenting on all of the wrap-ups lately, and I apologize for that. (I just made my way through all the discussions in the discussion challenge, but I haven’t gotten through all the wrap-ups in this link-up. I’m debating if it’s worth it, a month later. What do you guys think?) April should be a less hectic month for me, and I’ll be able to get back to it! This is the link-up for our March wrap-up posts. If you don’t… Read more »


Mar 27
In Her Skin by Kim Savage: Review & Giveaway

In Her Skin by Kim Savage: Review & Giveaway

Giveaways (Ended), Reviews 24 ★★★★

What a twisty ride this book was! Kim Savage knows how to take you on a journey with her books—and you’re not always sure you’re going to end up somewhere pretty. That was definitely the case with this one. What Fed My Addiction: Life hijack. I don’t know what it is, but I’m always fascinated by stories where the main character takes over someone else’s life. In this case, Jo sees an opportunity to pretend to be Vivienne, a girl who was kidnapped from an affluent family years ago. Since Vivi’s parents died, Jo thinks she can convince their close friends to believe that she’s Vivienne and that she’s escaped from her kidnapper after years of being hidden away. Not so smart plan. Jo isn’t nearly as smart as she thinks she is, and things start to go wrong pretty early on.  Sometimes it might bother me to have a main character… Read more »