WIP Progress Report

- Title: Untitled
- Genre: New Adult Romance
- Word Count/Goal: 33,410/80,000
- Release Date: Early 2018? Maybe.
- Series? Yes. Book 1 of new series. 

Yes, you read all of the above correctly.

No, I'm not working on a Carolina Rebels book. 

Yes, I'm going back to NA.

Yes, it's a new series.

What else can I tell you? Well, the female main character? Her name is Kayla. She's pretty awesome. The male? I can't tell you his name because you may have met him already in another book. I am telling my readers in Lindsay's League next week who he is, and they'll be the first to know. 

I can tell you that I'm having so much fun with these two. I'm so happy I decided to go on this new adventure with this new series. (And don't worry Carolina Rebels fans, I haven't abandoned that series at all!) 

The main point of this progress report is to let you know that I've started a new project/series. I don't want to say too much just yet since it is in the early stages, but I can say that I've worked it in such a way that there is loads of possibilities available. I don't know about you, but that makes me squeal with excitement! 

The future looks brighter than ever and I'm so excited for it! 

As y'all know, I'm always juggling multiple projects, so read on for more updates.

Other Projects:
- A Carolina Rebels WIP is with betas.

- One WIP (a secret project) is on hold because I keep getting caught up in the current WIP.

- The first secret project is with betas and eventually, I'll have my plan finalized for this.

Lindsay's (Mis)Adventures of Sewing & Quilting (#2)

First attempt at chain piecing

First attempt at chain piecing

Oh, boy, y'all. The things I have to tell you! My latest adventures? Well, they're a doozy. And not in a good way.

I thought things were going well. Of the past two times I've sat down to sew, I've only had to take apart my machine 3 times because of missing the thread coming out and it getting caught inside. I consider that a success.

My lines were getting better and straighter.

I tried chain piecing for about ten seconds.

But then, yesterday happened.

All lined up! EEK!

All lined up! EEK!

 I had to take apart three things because I accidentally did them backward (Mom actually took them apart while I kept sewing). 

One had to be taken apart because it wasn't quite straight, so the seam wouldn't be right.

I started sewing my little blocks together to create bigger blocks, getting all excited when things lined up, BUT...

It hit us that it was looking mighty small for a table runner. We began to investigate. 

And this is where things really start to suck.

Somehow, of all the fabric, it seems I didn't cut all of the fabric I needed for the patterned fabric. That's why it was so short. I only had half of it.

Mom started laughing, and I did, too, at first. Here we were, thinking we were halfway done, but looks like I made a HUGE oops.

We read the instructions (again) and I still can't understand how I didn't cut enough, because in one way, it makes complete sense that I should I have that fabric (and just don't), while in another way, it doesn't. But I also know that the day I was cutting the patterned fabric, a Penguins game was coming on, so I stopped once I thought I was done. It's totally possible I didn't pay enough attention to realize I only cut half and was more "done for the day" and not "done completely" because of that. That's what we're going with anyway. ;)

But we still had a problem. We thought we were going to have to UNDO all that hard work I just did. All of those accomplishments! So that when I cut up the rest of the fabric, it would make sense in how it looked.

After about fifteen minutes, we decided to keep what we had, though it wouldn't exactly match the eventual table runner, and use those for the placemats I'm supposed to do after this. 

Problem seemingly solved. We stopped for the night after that. I'm still a little irked at myself for somehow missing this, frustrated with the process, and yet, somehow I still want to keep on chugging. 

I'm starting to think I need to stick to my quilt boards because this is stressful work haha! But it takes practice and patience, right? That's that I keep telling myself anyway.

So, there you have it. There's my (mis)adventures. Maybe in the next post, I'll be able to pat myself on the back more than I've done with these first two posts. :) 

Thanks for reading and letting me share my experiences with you! 

Lindsay's (Mis)Adventures of Sewing & Quilting (#1)

My History & The Beginning of a New Hobby

So, y'all have heard me mention at some point in the past that I wanted to learn how to sew and quilt, whether it be on Facebook, in Lindsay's LeagueInstagram, or in my newsletter. Let me first announce that I am not crafty. I've known from the get-go this would be an uphill battle, as this is simply not an area I'm even remotely skilled in. There are no hidden sewing instincts within me.

For example, I think my sister would probably rock at this. She can decorate cakes, make a cute wreath for Christmas, re-cover a chair/upholstery, and she turned an old door into a headboard for her bed. She's one of those people; she has whatever magical instinct I feel like I should have to be able to do this. She could totally pick this up, I'd bet.

I can't do any of that stuff. My brain doesn't work in those areas. I'm pretty sure it doesn't work in this area either, but I want to learn so badly (even if I'm terrible and never improve), that I don't care. I'm prepared to be irritated all the time from my errors (there's already been many, you'll see), have hardly no patience sometimes, definitely have no clue what I'm doing, but most certainly persevere through it all. Because damn it, I'm doing this. (Not to mention, I'd like a hobby other than reading.)

Hence, my new series of erratic blog posts: Lindsay's (Mis)Adventures of Sewing and Quilting.

So, that's my history. Let's move on to how my new hobby is going so far. Because I LOVE doing this, I will start by saying my only "experience" and what I used to delay the start of my learning were no-sew quilt boards. Those things are awesome and fun.

Moving on because I know you're dying to see all my (mis)adventures. Feel free to giggle. I did. 

For the first project, I'm doing a table runner. I feel like I should've chosen something else at this point, just because, but I'm here and I'm committed, so...

I didn't have hardly any problems cutting the fabric. That part was easy, but what I didn't quite expect was that it was going to take half of my life to do it. There was cutting and the subcutting and the subcutting AGAIN. Like, OMG! I was cutting fabric for HOURS! Not even kidding. That's a day's work right there.

And then, my next step was to layer squares onto rectangles. Okay, that's easy. 

The next step was more daunting.

I had to sew. DIAGONALLY! 

Like, come on! Maybe I've been overthinking this, but that just seems ridiculous for little ol' newbie me. Not that my instructions knew that or cared.

But I'm brave and I'm doing this no matter what, so I got started.

Boy, oh boy. Diagonal lines were the LEAST of my worries. I did get ten of those squares and rectangles sewn together, but it was not an easy process. Just look at the photos if you need evidence.

There you have it! Those were my (mis)adventures.

Let's end on a positive.

What I Learned:

- How to REALLY use that seam ripper! 

- I really need to pay more attention to when that pesky thread comes out. (I feel like there is a lot to pay attention to when sewing.)

- I learned this before when cutting fabric, but it should be repeated. This is a time-consuming hobby. Those ten pieces took me an hour.

- I can efficiently take my machine apart. ;)

That's all I have! If you're still reading this, like wow. You're awesome. See ya next time!

Happy Release Day, Us at First!

Those are some delicious banana oatmeal chocolate chip cookies in the corner. :)

Those are some delicious banana oatmeal chocolate chip cookies in the corner. :)

I am SO EXCITED to share with y'all that Us at First has released! TODAY! I love Ian and Sydney. They hold a special little place in my heart, like all of my characters do, I guess, haha! But with them, things were a little different.

I've been trying to think of the last time I was so obsessed with a couple that I carried my laptop EVERYWHERE with me because I simply would NOT stop writing. I knew if I stopped, I would constantly think about it, so why stop writing? 

Anyway, that's how it was for the duration of writing both Us at First and It's Our Time. And now, *squee*, you get to read Us at First! I sure hope y'all like it. You can check out a handful of teasers on Pinterest if you missed them when I shared on social media.

Get it on Amazon | iBooks | Nook | Kobo

Ian Rhett is seventeen when he meets Sydney. She's gorgeous, blushes easily, and has a southern accent. Ian can't help but talk to her and get to know her while she's in town.

When Sydney goes home, they keep in touch by texting and talking over of the phone, becoming closer and closer.

Sydney Jarvis can't believe a chance encounter at sixteen led her to a guy she talks to every single day. Ian's her best friend, who is somehow more than just a friend.

They're young, in love, and the one person they want most, they can't have. Not yet, at least.

Get it on Amazon | iBooks | Nook | Kobo

WIP Progress Report (#18)

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- Title: I have two possibilities, but haven't decided yet!
- Genre: Hockey Romance
- Release Date: Late 2017
- Series? Carolina Rebels

It took two days longer than expected because...well, the reason isn't important. BUT WOOHOO THIS BOOK IS DONE!

And by done, I mean the first draft is complete.

It's now time for me to do revisions.

And dance! 

You're probably thinking, "Damn, Lindsay. You seem more excited than usual about finishing this book. What's up with that? I'm highly suspicious here."

I see your point. Let me explain. As you can see above, this book is set to release late this year. It's May and my first draft is done (ahead of schedule). Which means, I'm ahead of schedule in general.

Which is good because I'm changing up my schedule and I needed a window in order to assess things, plan things, plot things, and finishing this book meant reaching the much needed time slot to do all of those things. Finishing it early? Tickles me to death because that means I can do all of that this month and pick right up on my schedule on June 1st and not be behind! 

That feels worthy of another one these.

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So, that's what's next, plus what's in my other projects section below. It's still a heavy workload this month, but reaching this point means I'll be dancing like Carlton while I work. ;)

Other Projects:
The couple after Ian was edited last month, but I now have to go through it and make the changes, and get it ready until the final version is complete! This novella also got a cover, which I'll reveal soon. (If you're in Lindsay's League, you'll see it first!)

- This month, one of my secret projects is resting before it undergoes final revisions and edits. My timeline for this is still too tentative to announce anything definite yet.

- I'm also working to finish writing the second secret project this month.

My Semester in Books

The semester is nearly over, and I had to read 19 short stories, picture books, and novels for one class this semester. I thought it would be fun if I shared some of my favorites with y'all. 

I am so happy I chose Literature for Children as an elective. I haven't read some of these genres since I was a kid, and some of them, I had never read at all. I definitely went out of my reading comfort zone and I was pleasantly surprised.

I don't know why because good things normally come when I venture out of my reading comfort zone. Unlike when I try new things at favorite restaurants, but that's another topic altogether, so let's keep moving forward.

We had four modules in this class. The first module was all about picture books. I didn't have a lot of expectations, I'll be honest. I almost thought that since I hadn't read a picture book since like kindergarten or so, then what are the chances I'll enjoy it? How am I going to relate to whatever is happening? 

I had to read six picture books. One of them swept me off my feet. It was The Pout-Pout Fish Goes to School by Deborah Diesen and Pictures by Dan Hanna. It was simply adorable with illustrations that paid attention to all the little details. I was ridiculously tempted to find more of these books and read them while I was at the library that day.

In the second module, we had to read 4 books: a Modern Fantasy, a Multicultural Literature, and 2 types of Traditional Literature. My favorite of these was Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt. What a better class than one that gives you an excuse to read books that have been on your TBR for forever? This was a book where I got attached to the characters and was left wanting to see more of them. Always a good thing in my book (haha!).

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Next, we had to read books that were award winners (or honor books) for the Belpre, King, Newbery, Printz, Caldecott, and one from either the NC Children's Book Award or the NC Young Adult Book Award.

Let me get a favorite out of the way first. I loved The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak. This was a book I had in my own personal collection that was waiting to be read and this gave me a reason to bump it up. Everyone needs to read this book. Just so good.

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The other book I'll mention from this module was one that took me by surprise. It was Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage. I was kinda worried because I couldn't remember the last middle grade novel I read, so how do I know I'll enjoy this one? (This class made me realize while I'm generally openminded, I'm also SO skeptical, which I don't like.) This book was really good. It was funny, set in NC, and had a good little mystery. This is another one that made me want to keep reading the others in the series.

Lastly, we had to read an informational science book, an informational social studies book, a biography, a historical fiction, and a realistic fiction. Did those first two make you groan? It did me because science and social studies were never my friends in school. Yet, my favorite book from this module was Secrets of a Civil War Submarine by Sally M. Walker.

I'm still thinking about this book. It's just so interesting what happened with this submarine! There's also a museum for it in Charleston, SC, so you can guess where I'll eventually go. There was a compelling story, a mystery, and you get invested. What more do you need?

So, there you have it! Another semester in the books for me. Only one more to go. Have you read any of these books?

P.S. For my last semester, one of my electives is a class on Grimms' Fairy Tales. Should be interesting! 

The Pout-Pout Fish Goes to School by Deborah Diesen: Amazon, iBooks, Kobo, B&N 

Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt: Amazon, iBooks, Kobo, B&N 

The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak: Amazon, iBooks, Kobo, B&N 

Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage: Amazon, iBooks, Kobo, B&N 

Secrets of a Civil War Submarine by Sally M. Walker: AmazonB&N 

HUGE Hockey Romance Giveaway!

I have a fun surprise that I’d like to share with you today. I'm part of a giveaway with more than 30 fantastic hockey romance authors to give away ALL of those books above.

That huge collection of novels will go to 2 lucky winners, PLUS a Kindle Fire to the Grand Prize winner!  You can win my novel, Because It's You, plus books from authors like Sawyer Bennett and Kate Willoughby. 

Enter the giveaway by clicking here: bit.ly/hockey-romance  

Good luck! 

WIP Progress Report (#17)

- Title: Untitled
- Genre: Hockey Romance
- Word Count/Goal: 42,583/80,000
- Release Date: Unknown at this point
- Series? Carolina Rebels

I'm working on so much this month, I don't even know where to start! Plus, it's been since around late January since I posted a WIP progress report, so there's a lot of catch up on! Let's start with my main WIP.

So, Ian is getting a novella and a book. After that, there will be a couple (I'm announcing soon, I promise!) with a novella, and then there will be another couple with a book. That last couple is my main WIP.

I'm really enjoying these two. There's a bit of an interesting aspect to their story, so that's been fun to deal with. Plus, I've added a dog to the story and that's always fun! I'll even admit that I'm slightly nervous about this story. I can't quite put my finger on exactly why, though. That part isn't so fun, haha!

As you can see by the word count, I'm a little over the halfway mark. That's so good because I will be taking small breaks on it this month. Why? Let's proceed to the Other Projects section.

Other Projects:
The couple after Ian is getting some of my attention this month between revisions and edits. This also needs a title and the cover process will start soon as well.
- If you're a newsletter subscriber, then you saw in the April 1st edition that I mentioned a project that might just be a newsletter exclusive. This month, I'm also working on revisions for this. I don't have a timeline available for this just yet. That's also something I'm hoping to figure out this month, but I'll definitely keep everyone posted! :)

Angels & Sirens Author Event Recap!

Wow. This past weekend was awesome! I'm going to start from the beginning. 

Friday, Mom and I headed to Raleigh because we were flying out of there this time. Our plane was smaller. There were two seats on one side and one seat on the other. The bad part comes when our seats were located on the very last aisle! It seemed bumpier, my ears popped more, it was louder, and I had a touch of motion sickness by the time we landed. I'm hoping I don't have to sit there again. It wasn't that fun.

We had a little time to relax once we checked into the hotel and then we were meeting up with authors Lisa B. Kamps, Samantha Wayland, Stephanie Kay, V.L. Locey, Melody Heck Gatto, Jaymee Jacobs, and a few readers to attend the Penguins/Lightning game. That was an absolute blast! Plus, it was a PengWIN! A get-together like that is something I definitely want to do again.

Saturday was the signing. It was great and it's always nice to meet readers! Thanks to everyone who came!! I also received a really cool bottle from the event organizers and on it is the first page of Back to Me. I love it so much! (There's a picture of it below.) The signing was held in a room at a casino, which was next to a racetrack for horses. We were able to see some horses running around when we took our group photo, so that was really cool since it was a first for me.

Afterward, there was a dinner and a mix and mingle. I got to hang out with the group from the game again and that was a blast. I haven't laughed so much in a long time! I really hope we can all get together again. It was too fun not to!

Friday, we flew home. I have to share one photo from that (it's the last one), which I took from the plane. We actually flew over our hotel. You can see the racetrack in the photo and the skinny white building on the left side is the hotel! How cool?! 

That's my recap! It was a fun event, made better by great readers and fellow authors. I can't wait until the next signing I attend (which is in Raleigh in August)!

Happy Birthday, Book Birthday, & Release Day!

There is a TON to celebrate today! Let's start with me! ;) 

Today is my birthday! I'm celebrating tomorrow by going to the Penguins/Hurricanes game in Raleigh (thanks to my lovely Mom)! I may also venture out for a banana split blizzard at some point.

Next exciting thing about today is that it's Bending Under Pressure's book birthday. It released on this day last year! If you haven't read this Young Adult Romance, you should check it out. :)

Even crazier is that today my 15th solo releases! Say, what?! As if we needed another reason to celebrate!

And then, the most exciting news of the day is that MARCO IS HERE! 

*faints*

I am unbelievably THRILLED that this book has finally released. I hope y'all love (or at least like) Marc. He's my new favorite at this point. He's definitely my favorite Rebel so far. He's just awesome, and so is Elizabeth.

Check out a ton of teasers on Pinterest, read the first five chapters, or buy the book and dive in already. :)

Y'all should celebrate with me by treating yourself to a book or a tasty dessert! Have a lovely day and happy reading!

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Marc Polinski is known for having fun, always smiling, and being a third wheel for his friends, Noah and Meredith. A rare one night stand at a Halloween party and running into the woman again sets Marc on a path of no return. He can’t walk away from her, even if he wanted to, and he absolutely doesn’t want to do that.

Elizabeth Boyd hasn’t dated in a long time and if it wasn’t for her sister-in-law, she wouldn’t have been pushed toward the seemingly bad idea of Marc Polinski. She’s not sure she wants to date, but she can’t seem to turn Marc down either. Little by little, she lets Marc wiggle past all of her defenses.

Their relationship is rocky from the start, and with both of them having demons and secrets, things between them are a struggle. Will they be able to overcome their pasts, let each other in, and start building a life together or will they find they were doomed from the start?

February's Paperback Pick

This month's pick was Long Way Home by Katie McGarry. I love, love, love the Thunder Road series and really, anything Katie McGarry writes. I've read all her books and I've yet to even feel meh about one of them. I've loved them all. It's like coming home.

This was such a good book. I loved Chevy and Violet and their relationship. I loved their affection and their problems and just everything about them! I can't wait to see what McGarry writes next and you can bet your last dollar that I'll read it! If you haven't read her books yet, I'm ordering you to read them! :) 

So, so, so good.

Find on Amazon, iBooks, B&N, or Kobo.

Seventeen-year-old Violet has always been expected to sit back and let the boys do all the saving.

It’s the code her father, a member of the Reign of Terror motorcycle club, raised her to live by. Yet when her dad is killed carrying out Terror business, Violet knows it’s up to her to do the saving. To protect herself, and her vulnerable younger brother, she needs to cut all ties with the club—including Chevy, the boy she’s known and loved her whole life.

But when a rival club comes after Violet, exposing old secrets and making new threats, she’s forced to question what she thought she knew about her father, the Reign of Terror, and what she thinks she wants. Which means re-evaluating everything: love, family, friends . . . and forgiveness.

Caught in the crosshairs between loyalty and freedom, Violet must decide whether old friends can be trusted—and if she’s strong enough to be the one person to save them all.

WIP Progress Report (#16)

- Title: Untitled
- Genre: Secret project means no details!
- Word Count/Goal: 3943/?
- Release Date: Secret project, remember?
- Series? SECRET! 

Well, I'll be. I'm still ahead of schedule.

 

So much so that I have 3 projects in various parts of the pre-publication stage (stay tuned because I'll announce details soon!) and I have time to work and focus on my secret side projects (there are two, but currently working on only one) before I have to work on the next book.

In the last update, I was working on revisions of Ian's stories and was about to start the next couple as well as the secret projects. Well, the couple after Ian (who is after Marc) is done for the moment. More details to come at a later date. The couple will be announced after Marc's book is released.

Now, I'm working on my secret projects. There are two. I obviously can't tell y'all anything because they are a SECRET. You can't know anything! 

You can know that I'm working on something y'all will hopefully like and want. Once it's done, I'll tell more. I want to make sure I can get these written before I say too much.

Other Projects:
Because It's You releases on 2/20! I share teasers every Tuesday on social media and add all of them to Pinterest, so you can catch up if you've missed any of them. 

- Ian's covers are almost done! I will be sharing them first in Lindsay's League, next in my newsletter, and then everywhere else soon after that. If you want to see them first (and trust me, they look FANTASTIC!), then either join my Facebook group or sign up for my newsletter, or both!

January's Paperback Pick

This year started off great! I've already read the first paperback of the year! And what a good one it was! This month's pick is How to Love by Katie Cotugno

I will definitely be reading more by Cotugno. I liked how the book is told in "before" and "after" chapters. The writing was fantastic. I was sucked in from the start and I loved how the missing pieces of the story were slowly filled in as I read. I wouldn't have minded seeing a little more at the end, but I find myself happy about where it ended as well. It was such a good book.

Find on AmazoniBooksB&N, or Kobo.

Before:  
Reena Montero has loved Sawyer LeGrande for as long as she can remember: as natural as breathing, as endless as time. But he's never seemed to notice that Reena even exists until one day, impossibly, he does. Reena and Sawyer fall in messy, complicated love. But then Sawyer disappears from their humid Florida town without a word, leaving a devastated—and pregnant—Reena behind. 

After:  
Almost three years have passed, and there's a new love in Reena's life: her daughter, Hannah. Reena's gotten used to being without Sawyer, and she's finally getting the hang of this strange, unexpected life. But just as swiftly and suddenly as he disappeared, Sawyer turns up again. Reena doesn't want anything to do with him, though she'd be lying if she said Sawyer's being back wasn't stirring something in her. After everything that's happened, can Reena really let herself love Sawyer LeGrande again?

In this breathtaking debut, Katie Cotugno weaves together the story of one couple falling in love—twice.

Hello, 2017!

The new year is upon us and I'm looking forward to 2017! Not even going to lie, the most exciting and equally dreadful thing about this year is that it's my final year of school. It's exciting because it's my last year. It's dreadful because I still have this one last year. 

But enough of that! Let's talk about other things I'm looking forward to as well as some goals.

I'm looking forward to traveling to Pittsburgh next month with my mom to go to the outdoor game (*faints*) and then we'll be back the very next weekend for the Angels and Sirens signing. Be sure to check out details about that! I'll be going to Detroit in March for a hockey game. I'll also be in Raleigh in August for For the Love of Books and Raleigh signing. At some point, I'm supposed to plan a trip down to Florida to visit my brother, too. That's all the traveling I have scheduled right now. I wouldn't mind adding one more trip. Maybe a cruise?

I'm hoping to have 6 releases this year. Most will be in the Carolina Rebels series. :) Y'all already know about Because It's You and I'll be announcing the next two soon. My writing goal this year to be more disciplined. I did semi-well in 2016 in starting to be more disciplined, but I can do better and I need to keep aiming to do so. I also want to plot a new series. Don't worry! It wouldn't start releasing until 2018 and all I'll say about it is that it won't be a hockey romance series. I have a little bit of everything in our future, but 2017's focus is more about planning those books while still focusing primarily on my Rebels. That's all I'm willing to say because things change too often and I'd rather not say too much until it's basically a sure thing. :)

Moving on!

My reading goal this year is 100 books. Since I couldn't meet the same number as 2015 in 2016, I figured my safest bet is 100 books. That's roughly 8 books a month and I think I can do that. I'm going to keep doing the Paperback Pick of the Month and I'm going to try to read an additional paperback per month to get through my massive stack of unread books.

The same goes for those ebooks I have. Let's not even disclose the number of unread ebooks I have. But I did discover that I usually read the books I recently bought/books that recently released, so when I couldn't decide and started my new system of choosing a random letter of the alphabet and then a random book on my Kindle that started with that letter, I read some books that I've had for way longer. I'm going to try to read at least three books a month with that method.

I'm hoping to bring the good habits I started in 2016 into 2017 and keep going strong. That's really it for me and 2017. What are your reading goals? What are you hoping to accomplish in 2017? Where are you hoping to travel?

Looking back on 2016

2016 has been a long, but exciting year! I thought it would be fun for me to recap some of the highlights.

First, let's recap the releases. Mary and I finished releasing The Ninth Inning books. I had four solo releases: Bending Under Pressure, Driving Me Mad, Making Me Sane, and Back to Me. It was a very successful year! Thank y'all for your support and sticking with me. :)

I completed another year of school (only one more year to go)! I started eating healthier and exercising more. It's been great. I also bought all the necessary supplies to start a new hobby (learning how to sew because I want to learn how to quilt), but I haven't done more than a no-sew quilt board so far.

My goal was to read 120 books, but as you can see, I didn't quite make it. 32 were paperbacks/hardcovers, which is about 30%, so that's a good ratio for me! The longest book was 656 pages (Lover Mine by J.R. Ward). It's pretty cool to see those stats about the total number of pages, too!

I could list the most memorable, but the easiest way to see which I'd recommend is to check out either my Books Worth Reading board on Pinterest or my Favorite Books board. Also, in case you missed it, check out the Paperback Pick Recap

Lastly, my travels. In January, Mary and I went to Pittsburgh to see her Blackhawks play my Penguins for her birthday. In March, we went to Dallas to see the Stars kick her Blackhawks butt. In May, I went on an Alaskan cruise with a friend and her family. That was such an amazing trip. In July, I saw Florida Georgia Line in concert.  In August, I saw Shinedown in concert and did a 5K. In September, I spent a week in the Outer Banks. In October, I did another 5K and did a signing in Charlotte. Not much as happened since then! I've included some pictures if you want to see them, too.

That's it for 2016! It's been a relatively good year and I can't wait to see what 2017 will bring! What are your 2016 highlights?

2016 Paperback Pick Recap

I wasn't always on time, but I was able to read at least one paperback from my unread pile every month this year. Some of these books caused me to read more paperbacks, so that's awesome. My genres varied from Young Adult to Paranormal Romance to Sports Romance and more. I figured it would be nice to do a quick recap that shows off my favorites. You can see all of my paperback picks either on Goodreads or on Pinterest. Obviously, there were a lot of favorites.

WIP Progress Report (#15)

To recap, these "progress reports" are basically a way for y'all to know a little more about what I'm working on and to be able to follow along with the process. The main update will be on my current WIP, but at the end, there will be quick updates on other projects. 

 

- Title: Untitled
- Genre: Hockey Romance
- Word Count/Goal: 79,038/80,000
- Release Date: Sometime in 2017
- Series? Part of the Carolina Rebels series

Say what?! I'm ahead of schedule! Holy moly, I can't believe it! Ian's book is done. Sort of. I'm setting it aside for a few days (I'll be reading) until I can clear my head and then, I'll come back to it to work on some revisions I already know I want to make. 

I'll also be working on some revisions for his novella, which has a blurb (I just haven't shared it yet *evil laugh*). I need to title these two soon and write a blurb for Ian's book here shortly. I'll be sharing them soon. You'll seen them first in my Facebook group, Lindsay's League, or you can sign up for my newsletter if you prefer to get news that way.

So, what's next? Well, I'm going to focus on Ian's story still. It's not quite done. Then, I have some secret projects I need to plot and the next Carolina Rebels project to plot. Out of those three, I do know how I want things to go for two of them, so they should be fairly easy to plot. The third one? Might not be so easy. 

Other Projects:
- Finally, for real, starting to plot those secret projects and the next Carolina Rebels project. The couple after Ian will not be announced widely until around the time Marc releases.
Because It's You is going to the formatter soon to get all dolled up. I'm also going to start sharing teasers on social media, so be sure to stalk me, especially on Tuesdays! 

December's Paperback Pick

Also included chapter header because I like it too. :)

Also included chapter header because I like it too. :)

Woohoo! I read at least one paperback every month this year! I still have a ton in my unread stash, but it's slowly dwindling. This month, I chose Four Secrets by Margaret Willey because it was a relatively small book for what's a busy month and I really like the cover. 

It was an interesting book with four secrets, obviously, and it's told in varying point-of-views as you slowly find out what the secrets are and see how the story unravels. The POVs were really distinct and it was cool to see what really happened. For me, I didn't expect any of the secrets to be what they were or for it to happen the way they did. That's always a good element to have. The ending left me wanting a little more, which isn't necessarily a bad thing. Overall, a good book that I'm glad I finally got around to reading! 


"To you the idea to kidnap Chase Dobson might seem like a mistake. But to us... we were just trying to stop him from being so...evil. We just...we had to stop him. No one helps kids like us. Not at my school. We aren't the important kids. We knew it wouldn't stop unless we stopped it ourselves." Katie, Nate, and Renata had no farther to fall down the social ladder. But when they hit bottom, they found each other. Together, they wanted to change things. To stop the torment. So they made a plan. One person seemed to have everyone's secretsand all the power. If they could stop him... But secrets are complicated, powerful things. They are hard to keep. And even a noble plan to stop a bully can go horribly wrong.

November's Paperback Pick

Woot, woot! I'm 11 for 11 so far this year! :D *pats self on back* And, look at me, getting back on track and reading the Paperback Pick of the Month during the month it was picked! :O 

This month, I chose Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen. I've always been a Sarah Dessen fan and have enjoyed nearly everything I've read of hers. This book, though, is a new favorite by her. I knew from the moment I read the dedication that I was going to like the book. The more I read it, the more I fell in love.

There are just some books that you connect with, and this was one of those books for me. It was good to read a YA, too. I feel like it's been forever since I have, so this pick was great.

And can I just say that I love the cover? Because I do!


Peyton, Sydney's charismatic older brother, has always been the star of the family, receiving the lion's share of their parents' attention and—lately—concern. When Peyton's increasingly reckless behavior culminates in an accident, a drunk driving conviction, and a jail sentence, Sydney is cast adrift, searching for her place in the family and the world. When everyone else is so worried about Peyton, is she the only one concerned about the victim of the accident?

Enter the Chathams, a warm, chaotic family who run a pizza parlor, play bluegrass on weekends, and pitch in to care for their mother, who has multiple sclerosis. Here Sydney experiences unquestioning acceptance. And here she meets Mac, gentle, watchful, and protective, who makes Sydney feel seen, really seen, for the first time.

WIP Progress Report (#14)

To recap, these "progress reports" are basically a way for y'all to know a little more about what I'm working on and to be able to follow along with the process. The main update will be on my current WIP, but at the end, there will be quick updates on other projects. 

 

- Title: Untitled
- Genre: Hockey Romance
- Word Count/Goal: 43,339/80,000
- Release Date: Sometime in 2017
- Series? Part of the Carolina Rebels series

In the last WIP Progress Report, I was working on the novella that comes prior to Ian's book. There's a lot of backstory with Ian, which is why I thought he needed a prequel novella. That's sitting in a corner somewhere while I'm working on his book. This past week, I hit the halfway point of the book (based on my word count goal), so yay! I need to keep my pace up, especially since I'm about to double my workload for a little bit. (You'll see why in the Other Projects section).

The first draft is set to be complete by the end of December, but I'm hoping to have it done before then if I'm lucky. *fingers crossed* I just need the holidays and school to be minimum distractions. Someone (and yeah, I mean me unfortunately) didn't time this deadline very well for the writing to occur during two holidays. It'll get done, though. No worries! :)

I'll also start the cover process soon, so :D Can't wait for that! Be sure to join my Facebook group, Lindsay's League, or sign up for my newsletter in order to see all the news first!

Other Projects:
- I still need to get started on those secret mini projects. I should be ashamed of myself that I haven't started yet, but it's been crazy lately, so I've been focusing on my main WIP instead. Good thing these don't really have a deadline!
- While working on this book, I also need to work on edits for Because It's You. Just call me a multi-tasking queen. :)