I Was Infinite

So I don’t know if anyone even reads these but I’m writing them anyways.
Sitting by the water about a year ago with everything peaceful It reminded me of something from a book. Sitting, watching the sun set and hearing a quiet calm, surrounded by friends and family; I felt infinite.
And then again in the morning. I was sitting by myself with a book I loved and everything seem right. I had no cares or worries.
I was infinite!
I don’t know if any of you have read The Perks of Being a wallflower (if you haven’t then get to it. Love that book!), then you will know what I mean. it’s like when they were in the tunnel and everything seemed perfect.
For me sitting on the dock where everything seemed beautiful and perfect I was able to feel infinite.

How about you guys, have you ever had a moment or experience where you felt infinite? Tell me about it in the comments 🙂

Tinkerbell is flying back to neverland now . Have a good night everyone! xoxo Tink

 
P.S. Having a great book made it perfect!
xoxo Jaymie
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Interview with Kelley Armstrong

Hello all! I hope things are going well. Today I have another special treat for you all. Earlier this month I had the wonderful opportunity to Interview Canadian author Kelley Armstrong! I am a huge fan of Kelley Armstrong and being a fellow Canadian have had the chance to meet her and learn from her before, now I get to share some of her knowledge with you guys. Kelley Armstrong has written a multitude of YA novels including: Age of Legends series, Cainsville series, Missing, The Masked Truth, and The Darkest Powers/Darkness Rising series (my personal favorite). She writes in a variety of genres and creates relatable characters. I love her work and am sure one of her books will suit your book needs. Enjoy the interview!

JM – What is the first book that made you cry?

KA – Where the Red Fern Grows, by Wilson Rawls.

JM – If you could be in any book universe – written by you, or another author – which one would you choose and why?

KA – Either Narnia or the Harry Potter universe. Narnia was my childhood favourite, and Harry Potter my adult one.

JM – If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?

KA – That I’d eventually succeed. I went through some miserable periods of not writing because I’d be too frustrated by rejection. Of course, if I’d known, I might not have kept trying to improve, so maybe that would have hindered more than helped!

JM – Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with bad or good ones?

KA –  I’ve learned not to read them Book edits are the “reviews” that I can use as an author—where an editor or advance reader makes comments and I still have time to fix the book. Once it’s out, I can’t do anything to it, so reviews don’t help!

JM – Was there a specific moment or event in your life that helped you decide to become a writer/ publish your work?

KA – It was never a “this is what I want to be” type decision. I’ve written since childhood, so being a novelist was always a dream, though I knew from a very early age that you couldn’t just go to school and “become” a novelist. So I just wrote, and wrote, and hoped that someday I’d be published.

JM – What is the most difficult part of your artistic process?

KA – At this stage in my career, the most challenging aspect is finding a happy medium between satisfying reader expectations and satisfying my own needs to try new things.

JM – Of all the characters you’ve created is there one that resonates most with you, who has a special place in your heart?

KA – That’s like being asked to pick my favourite child! Like my kids, all my main characters are my “favourite” for something. It’s refreshing to change voices.

JM – Where did the inspiration for Chloe’s character come from?

KA – I gave Chloe a few things in common with me so it’d be easy to write about her. We both love movies. We both love to write. We both stutter. The rest, though, is completely Chloe!

JM – What was the hardest scene to write in the Darkest Powers Trilogy?

KA – Oh, it’s been so long since I wrote it that the process itself is a distant memory! I remember struggling with the scene where Liz returns as a ghost. I liked her as a character and hated killing her, especially so early in the trilogy (it happens so early that I don’t consider that a spoiler anymore!)

JM – Is there any scene or character you took out of the series that you could tell us about?

KA – Sorry, no. It really has been so long (I wrote The Summoning in 2006) that I don’t remember which scenes I cut, though I’m sure there are some!

JM – Is there a question you have always wanted an interviewer to ask you but, no one has ever asked? If so what is it and the answer to it?

KA – I’ve been asked so many that I don’t think there’s anything that hasn’t been asked!

 

A Question from the co-owner of the blog

EH – Do you have any new YA books in the works, particularly any series?

KA – No series. I’m working on standalones right now. With my last trilogy, I found that readers were waiting for all 3 to come out before trying it, which meant that my publisher wasn’t pleased with my sales. So I’m sticking to standalones for a while to avoid that 😉 My next one is tentatively titled Aftermath, and it’s a thriller about a girl who returns to her hometown three years after her brother was involved in a school shooting. That comes out in April 2018.

 

I hope you enjoyed the interview and perhaps learned something from it. I am currently reading her book Missing so expect a review it soon. Thank you again to Kelley Armstrong for taking the time to answer these questions and continuing to write great books!

xoxo Jaymie

A Sisters Love ~ a poem by Jaymie Marlow 

“​The bond we share
Goes beyond the ends of the earth
Through the ups and downs of growing up

And despite all the fights 

We’ve come out stronger and closer
No matter the time of day

We are always there for each other
You’re the friend I never asked for

But couldn’t live without 

And nothing can compare

To the love that we share
Because we are sisters

and that is the greatest gift of all”

My little sister and I 💜

I hope you all enjoyed the poem. It’s just something little I wrote for my little sister on her birthday. She is one of my bestfriends and shes truly amazing! I hope you all like it! 

Xoxo Jaymie Marlow 

Interview with Michael Grant

Hi everyone! Today I have a special treat for you all. Back in November I was lucky enough to have the chance to ask Michael Grant author of: the Gone series (one of my favorites!), Front Line series, BZRK series, and many more. His stories tend to have a hint of horror and a dark theme, but that is part of what makes them so great! Although all of his books are great my personal favorite is the Gone series. That being said my questions for him were focused on Gone as well as writing in general. So here it is. I hope you all are as excited to read this as I was to interview him!

 

November 21, 2016:

JM: What inspired you to write the Gone series?

MG: I always tell people it’s THE STAND or whatever, I’ve come up with all kinds of explanations over the years. But the simple truth is I don’t know. I don’t think any writer does. Even if you can point to a particular book or concept or event, that doesn’t explain why that book, concept or event resonated with the creative parts of your brain. All I can say is that the idea part of writing has always been easy for me. I don’t sit around for months thinking, OK, what should I write next? It’s more that I’m picking amongst half a dozen ideas. Ideas are easy. Typing is hard.

JM: How did you choose the names for the characters in this series?

MG: Usually I scan through baby name lists online. Sometimes I may be looking for a name that resonates ethnically, or I may want a name that has a certain rhythm so it’ll go with another name. Sam and Astrid worked. Caine and Diana did not have the same rhythm. Or I may want a name I can turn into a nickname, or a name that has a strong single syllable feel, or a name that will bounce off popular culture or classical culture. Sometimes I use a name as a sort of wink to the audience. I mean, once you knew his name was Caine you weren’t thinking, “I bet he’s a really good dude.” And every now and then a name just ops into my head. Dekka. I’m not even sure it’s a name, but all of a sudden, pop, and it was her name.

JM:What was your favorite scene to write in the series?

MG: Well, I love writing action scenes. That’s like barely work because I enjoy it. And oh my God do I love a gruesome scene. Like when SPOILER Cigar digs the lens out of his arm because he thinks they’re Red Vines? Or anything involving the worms? I love that stuff, which is weird because I literally cannot watch a needle going in my arm when I get a shot or give blood. I have a really low tolerance for gore in real life. But that also means I know just how squeamish readers will be, I can feel them squirming and thinking, “Ewww!” And I love it.

But my favorite scene in the series is actually Caine’s letter. It was my little Snape moment. A reveal. Even a rotten, self-serving jerk like Cains can genuinely love someone, and be redeemed by that love. You know what? I just this minute realized that Caine and Diana are me and my wife. I was the very bad boy redeemed by the true love of an only slightly bad girl. Huh. Well, there you go: literary analysis on-the-fly. And now it’s not only obvious but cliché. Hah!

JM:If you could be any character in the book, who would you want to be?

I liked a a lot of those people. I liked Diana, Lana, Sam, Albert (I know everyone hates him), Brianna, Howard (I aways like funny), Hunter, Duck, and others. I disliked some, like Mary. She just got on my nerves. But the person I immediately knew was coming with me to MONSTER, the GONE series sequel, was Dekka. I don’t know what it is about her but I like hanging out with her. (And now she has a motorcycle. I don’t approve, but hey, she’s a grown-up.)


JM: Did you have Astrid using Sam planned from the beginning or did that come later throughout writing the series?

I plan almost nothing. But Astrid is driven by character. She’s controlling and very smart, and she was right: Sam did have to get in the game. Sometimes the Sams of the world need a kick in the ass. Astrid delivered that kick. No one likes the ass-kickers, but occasionally ass must in fact be kicked.

JM: How do you like to deal with writers block?

I don’t get writers block.

JM: What is your writing kryptonite?

Overcast skies. Literally nothing will slow me down like gray skies.

JM: What is one piece of advice you would give to any aspiring writers?

There’s no right way. There’s just whatever it takes to get from Chapter One to the three hashmarks at the end. Learn and read, but in the end it’s you, not your teacher, not some how-to book, it’s just you. So the only question is how do you do it?

JM: What is your favorite book and why?

I’ll give a shout-out to the amazing, stunning explosion of originality that is The Death and Life of Zebulon Finch by Daniel Kraus. That guy can write.


JM: Finally, what can you tell us about the Gone sequel?

Imagine the world is now the FAYZ. The madness is unleashed! I’ve done the first book, but we haven’t firmed up the release date yet. Stay tuned!

 

Thank you again to Michael Grant for your time!

I hope you all appreciated today’s post. Also, keep your eyes peeled for my review on the Gone series being posted here soon! Have a wonderful day!

 

xoxo Jaymie

 

 

Book Review: The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

Hi beautiful people! I hope you are all doing well! Today’s post is all about The Perks of Being a Wallflower and what makes it such a great book!

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Rating: 10/10                                                                       Favorite Quotes: “We accept the love we think we deserve.” & “I can see it. This one moment when you know you’re not a sad story. You are alive.”

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky is one of the most beautifully written stories I have ever read. Chbosky shares a story of growing up when you feel out of place in a way like no other. His characters are very real and relateable. The words draw you in and capture you starting on page one. It is so captivating that you will not be able to put the book down until you have finished it.

I love every character in this book. They are all greatly developed and fulfill their purpose. The main character Charlie is very unique, strong, and enjoyable to read about. The supporting characters are strong, charismatic, and just as lovable as Charlie. As you read the book and learn things about Charlie you will begin to learn things about yourself. You discover something new on every single page. Reading about Chbosky’s characters will make you you think in ways you never have before and after reading these characters stories you will see the world in a whole new way .

The story itself is about Charlie and his friends overcoming many different challenges including: mental illness, cheating, sexuality, high school, relationships, and much more. It addresses so many stigmas and stereotypes that we have in society and brings more awareness and understanding to them. He writes in a way that seems so real and gives a new perspective on many aspects of life.

Chbosky has a unique way of telling his story and every word he writes resonates with you. You can truly feel the meaning behind each sentence. He begins and ends his story perfectly and it is a story you will never forget. I honestly love everything about this book. If you have read it or plan to and have anything to say about it – let me know in the comments!

xoxo Jaymie

Writers Tag

1. How long have you been writing? Around 10 years
2. Why do you write? Because I love creating stories
3. What are your favorite types of books to write? I love writing fiction more specifically fantasy and YA
4. How many books have you successfully completed as of now? 2 children’s stories (not published)
5. What are three things you hate about writing? The time it takes, writers block, and the difficulty of getting published
6. What are three things you love about writing? the creativity, the expression of emotions, and creating characters
7. What story are you working on right now? I have multiple things in the work. I am currently working on a YA fantasy novel, as well as multiple short stories, and multiple poems that I am hoping to turn into a chapbook
8. When is your favorite time to write? Late at night
9. Do you write short stories, children’s books, or novels? I write a bit of everything
10. Do you draw inspiration from/is your writing style influenced by any particular author? I am definitly influenced by my favorite authors such as J.K. Rowling, Stephen Chbosky, Alice Sebold, Cassandra Clare, Louisa May Alcott, Sara Gruen, and Veronica Roth have all written books that have inspired and influenced me
11. Do you write trilogies/series? I do have one in mind for the novel I am currently working on
12. Have you experienced writer’s block? Yes and it is the most annoying thing
13. What was the fastest you ever wrote a book? Hasn’t happened yet
14. Do you hope to be published one day? Yes that is my biggest dream
15. What are some things you wish to share through your books? Joy and heart break. I also would like to share hope and faith. Books are what got me through some really hard times and I hope my books can help others and just be enjoyed.

xoxo Jaymie

Review: Frayed by Kara Terzis

Today I’m reviewing a fellow blogger’s book, Frayed by Kara Terzis over at Diary of a Teen Writer (http://diaryofateenwriter.wordpress.com)!
Blurb from Amazon:
Dear Kelsey,
My therapist tells me I should write you a letter. Like flushing all my thoughts and feelings out of my system and onto paper. I tell her it’s a stupid idea.
But here I am, writing a letter to a dead girl. Where do I start? Where did our story begin? From the moment you were born…or died?
I’ll start with the moment I found out the truth about you. Your lies and my pain. Because it always begins and ends with you.
And that end began when Rafe Lawrence came back to town…
Ava Hale will do anything to find her sister’s killer…although she’ll wish she hadn’t. Because the harder Ava looks, the more secrets she uncovers about Kelsey, and the more she begins to think that the girl she called sister was a liar. A sneak. A stranger. And Kelsey’s murderer could be much closer than she thought…
Okay, first off, this book was crazy! I mean, I didn’t see half the plot twists coming, but that’s getting ahead of myself. Let’s talk about it first.
Ava was such a great character. She had strength and vulnerability in equal measures. I think her only huge flaw was her almost obsessive fixation on her sister’s death, and how slow she was to accept her sister was different than her preconceived notions of her. (sorry for the vagueness, but I’m trying not spoil) Rafe was such a sweet guy, but you never get a clear view of his past, so that was a little disappointing. What Kara did deliver on were Kelsey’s four friends: Abbey, Riley, Amanda, and May. They all were pretty different, and really made the story interesting. Some good side characters were her mom (despite being a little overbearing at times) and her best friend Lia (she didn’t have a lot of page time though)
The plot. This is a mystery/thriller, guys. I normally don’t read many of those, but I had to pick it up. As I said before, I loved all the plot-twists. The only downside were some events that I felt were conveniently placed there just to cause Ava to do a certain thing, not to move the story along. (again, I’m trying not to spoil)
Overall, Kara did a great job! I look forward to reading the next book she comes out with. And would I recommend it? If you like insane plot twists and more than a few feels in a wholly real setting, get Frayed.
4/5 stars
Erin

Book Review: Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

Hello lovelies. I hope you are all having a fabulous day! Today I will be telling you a bit about the book Me Before You by Jojo Moyes, and sharing my thoughts on it. It is a great read, and brought me out of my reading slump.

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Rating: 8.5/10                                      Favorite Quote: “Some mistakes…just have greater consequences than others. But you don’t have to let the result of one mistake be the thing that defines you.”

 

To begin with, it is important to know what this book is about. This is the beautiful, and heartbreaking story of how a young girl named Lousia Clarke -or Lou-  rediscovers herself. Lou, a very ordinary, girl is left with no options, but to take a job as a caretaker. She cares for a man named Will Traynor who ,before the accident that put him in a wheelchair, was a thrill seeker. Two people who couldn’t be more different are stuck together. It is only with the help of Will that Lou is able to find her true self, and realize her full potential.

Me Before You is a great book full of lovable characters! Lou is a likable character from page one. All of her little quirks make for a fun and inspiring character. Lou embraces the things that make her unique something that all girls should feel confident enough to do. Her character alone is enough to make me love the book. Then there is Will. He is a disgruntled, moody, and bossy man who the life he wanted taken away from him. His character grows on you just as he grows on Lou, and by the end you will have fallen in love.

The story itself is amazing. It is not your typical love story. Me Before You focuses on Lou trying to give Will a reason to live and Will proving to Lou that there is more than her provincial life. Their missions to help each other result in many unexpected journeys and an unexpected romance. The one downside to the book is that we only get to see Will’s disability through Louisa’s eyes. This limits our insight into what he is going through and how he is coping with being stuck in a wheelchair. That being said Jojo does a good job expressing these things through the actions and thoughts of those around him. One other i thing I did not particularly like was that there were a few chapters written in the perspective of supporting characters. Although I understand the reasoning behind this it seemed to mess with the flow of the book.

Overall I loved Me Before You and recommend it to anyone who is looking for a good read, some inspiration, and who needs to shed some tears – yes I cried. Let me know in the comments if you have already read the book, I’d love to know your opinion, or if you plan on reading it.

Sincerely,

Jaymie

P.S. Remember to “live boldly. Push Yourself. Don’t settle.”

 

 

Quote Time

“Live boldly. Push yourself. Don’t settle.”

~ Jojo Moyes

This is now one of my favorite quotes and it deserves to be shared.

Sincerely,

Jaymie