The next Carolina Rebels book is up for preorder!

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EJ fans, have you heard? Worth the Risk is the next Carolina Rebels novel, and it will release April 12, 2018! Read on for all the details! :)

EJ Bertuzzi didn’t expect to be a father so soon in life, and he’s had to rely on others for help when it comes to taking care of his little princess, Bree. At first, it was his mom, and after a long, excruciating search, it’s now his attractive nanny, Raelynn. But EJ has some insecurities. Not to mention, the last thing he needs to do is something to cause his perfect nanny to quit.

Raelynn Woods is a young single mom who has had many lows in her life with the only bright spot being her son, Jackson. For the past five years, she's done whatever she's had to do to make ends meet for her and Jackson. Raelynn has a difficult time trusting others and letting people in, but she hopes working as EJ's nanny can help change that and bring some much needed stability into their lives.

EJ and Raelynn battle with their attraction to one another while struggling to keep a friendly, yet professional relationship. If they give each other a chance, they might just discover the outcome is worth the risk.

Get it on iBooks | Nook | Kobo

(Amazon linking coming as soon as I can list it on that site!)

Three Terrific Reads

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Hey, y'all! It's time for me to share my love of reading with you!

Three Terrific Reads is where I share the top three books I read this past month and would recommend! 

Read on for three terrific reads you should check out! Be sure to share your top three reads as well! :)


I most definitely have to share this book. I read it and immediately had to read the next available books. I'm now anxiously waiting for the next book in the series to release as well. If you're in the mood for a YA book with dragons, check it out!

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Dragons exist. They're ferocious. And they're smart: Before they were killed off by slayer-knights, they rendered a select group of eggs dormant, so their offspring would survive. Only a handful of people know about this, let alone believe it – these "Slayers" are descended from the original knights, and are now a diverse group of teens that includes Tori, a smart but spoiled senator's daughter who didn't sign up to save the world.

The dragon eggs have fallen into the wrong hands. The Slayers must work together to stop the eggs from hatching. They will fight; they will fall in love. But will they survive?

Get it on Amazon | iBooks | Nook | Kobo


Let me start by saying I love Sarah Dessen. I adore this cover and I love this book even more. I'm 99.9% sure it's my new favorite book by her, so of course, it's on the list this month!

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Louna, daughter of famed wedding planner Natalie Barrett, has seen every sort of wedding: on the beach, at historic mansions, in fancy hotels and clubs. Perhaps that's why she's cynical about happily-ever-after endings, especially since her own first love ended tragically. When Louna meets charming, happy-go-lucky serial dater Ambrose, she holds him at arm's length. But Ambrose isn't about to be discouraged, now that he's met the one girl he really wants. 

Sarah Dessen’s many, many fans will adore her latest, a richly satisfying, enormously entertaining story that has everything—humor, romance, and an ending both happy and imperfect, just like life itself.

Get it on Amazon | iBooks | Nook | Kobo


I haven't read a book like Ripper in a while, but I'm glad I read it. It was pretty good and easily held my attention!

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"I felt hot breath on my neck, and, horrified, I knew that he stood behind me . . ." It's 1888, and after her mother's sudden death, Abbie is sent to live with her grandmother in a posh London neighborhood. When she begins volunteering at Whitechapel Hospital, Abbie finds she has a passion for helping the abused and sickly women there. But within days, patients begin turning up murdered at the hands of Jack the Ripper. As more women are murdered, Abbie realizes that she and the Ripper share a strange connection: she has visions showing the Ripper luring his future victims to their deaths--moments before he turns his knife upon them. Her desperation to stop the massacres leads Abbie on a perilous hunt for the killer. And her search leads to a mysterious brotherhood whose link to the Ripper threatens not just London but all of mankind.

Get it on Amazon | iBooks | Nook | Kobo


Those are my three terrific reads from November! What are yours?

Three Terrific Reads

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Hey, y'all! It's time for me to share my love of reading with you!

Three Terrific Reads is where I share the top three books I read this past month and would recommend! 

Read on for three terrific reads you should check out! :)


Catherine Gayle is an auto-buy, go-to author for me. I can always count on her for a good read and Rain Dance was no different!

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He's in a drought. No rain. No goals. No women. 
She has what it takes to quench his thirst. 

Ethan Higgins, a defenseman for the Tulsa Thunderbirds, is in a rut. He hasn't scored a goal in ages, and he hasn't had a woman in his bed for even longer. The only thing in his favor is that he gets to spend time with his son when the T-Birds play at home on the weekends. Determined to be nothing like his abusive father, Ethan sets out to show his son how a real man behaves, and Natalie Turner gives him the perfect opportunity to do so. 

Natalie has nowhere to turn when her boyfriend gets physical with her, this time in public--at least not until Ethan steps in to offer her a safe place to stay. Wary of trusting anyone, especially another hockey player, and even more so one as rough and tough as Ethan, Natalie attempts to resist the lure she feels toward the protective man. When Ethan's son does a Rain Dance, the skies open up. But will soaking their hardened and cracked hearts be enough to end the drought?

Get it on Amazon | iBooks | Nook | Kobo | Google Play


I love this series and somehow skipped over this book between reading book two and four. Upon discovering this, I had to read it immediately! So glad I did!

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The ride of her life . . . 
Once upon a time, Carissa Teodoro believed in happy endings. Money, marriage, motherhood: everything came easy---until she woke up to the ugly truth about her Prince Charming. Now a struggling, single mom and stranded by a flat tire, Carissa's pondering her mistakes when a vaguely familiar knight rides to her rescue on a ton of horsepower.

Climb on and hold tight . . . 
In high school, Carson Steele was a bad boy loner who put Carissa on a pedestal where she stayed far beyond his reach. Today, he's the hard-bodied biker known only as Joker, and from the way Carissa's acting, it's clear she's falling fast. While catching her is irresistible, knowing what to do with her is a different story. A good girl like Carissa is the least likely fit with the Chaos Motorcycle Club. Too bad holding back is so damned hard. Now, as Joker's secrets are revealed and an outside threat endangers the club, Joker must decide whether to ride steady with Carissa---or ride away forever . . .

Get it on Amazon | iBooks | Nook | Kobo | Google Play


Sawyer Bennett is another auto-buy go-to author of mine, so I had to snap up her latest release!

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The best of friends. 
Two men. One woman. 
A sinful playground called The Wicked Horse. 

Entrepreneur turned millionaire, Dane Hawthorne, has been known to get his kicks at The Wicked Horse Vegas, and he has no shortage of beautiful women waiting for a shot at him. Driven to succeed, no matter if he’s in the boardroom or the bedroom, Dane never backs down from a challenge. 

Avril Carrigan isn’t the type of woman to take risks in her personal life but after a broken heart and too much liquid courage, Avril decides to best way to get over one man, is to get under another. Looking to experience all the debauchery she’s heard about from her best friend and business partner, Dane, she requests one thing of him—take her to The Wicked Horse. 

The request seems simple. One friend helping another in her time of need. But now that they’ve crossed the threshold, things aren’t as easy as they once seemed. Not only is Dane looking at Avril in a new light, but so is their other business partner and best friend, Andrew Collings. As Dane’s envy blooms, he wonders if he made the right decision when he agreed to show Avril his wicked world. 

What happens when the lines of friendship are blurred and boundaries are crossed? Will their relationships survive or will jealousy tear them all apart?

Get it on Amazon | iBooks | Nook | Kobo | Google Play


That's all for this month! Have you read any of these books or books by these authors? What were your favorite books from those you read in October?

WIP Progress Report

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- Title: Untitled (working on this!)
- Genre: Hockey Romance
- Release Date: Spring 2018
- Series? Carolina Rebels 

The first draft of the next installment in the Carolina Rebels series is DONE! In case you've missed it, the next Rebel is EJ! And the leading lady? Raelynn. :)

I finished this WIP about a week ahead of my deadline, which is good, because that means I can wrap up a few other things and truly take two weeks off. I plan to read, read, read, and sew, sew, sew!

I'm excited for a break before I return to these characters and work on them some more. I hope to settle on a title, write up a blurb, and get a cover created soon, too. Stay tuned because I'll post once it's ready to share here!

That's all for this report! Continue reading for updates on other projects.

Other Projects:
- Details for the first book, Steady, in my New Adult Romance series, Hearts in Carolina, has been announced! 

- As soon as my secret project (a newsletter exclusive) is ready, it'll be shared with my newsletter subscribers. I'm working on edits for this right now!

- The last Carolina Rebels book, Attached to You, just released last week, ICYMI!

 

You can now read all about Brayden!

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The wait is long over, y'all! Brayden's book, Attached to You, in the Carolina Rebels series released yesterday! I made cookies to celebrate. Sorry, I can't share. :(

But I can share all the info of his book with you!

Brayden Hayes is all work and no play. Meeting one woman is all it takes to finally force himself to find a balance between work on the ice and relationships away from it. If there’s one thing Brayden is sure of, it’s that he wants to keep her around and make their time together worthwhile.

Deanna Mitchell hops from guy to guy because she doesn’t want to settle for just anyone. She has made a lot of mistakes, but deciding to see Brayden is not one of them. She thinks. What she feels around him makes her think he could be the one.

While Deanna remains unsure, Brayden is going all in and he’s ready to face whatever problems arise. Together, they discover that finding a balance isn’t hard when you’re with the right person.

Get it on Amazon | iBooks | Nook | Kobo | Google Play

Have you heard about my new series?

My new Hearts in Carolina series starts off on January 4, 2018 with Steady! And, if you've been reading the Carolina Rebels series, it's with a character you're already familiar with: Logan (Sydney's stepbrother) from It's Our Time

Steady is a New Adult Romance.

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A chance meeting and a spontaneous marriage proposal leads Logan Archer on a first date that turns his dull, unhappy life around. With her help, he finally lands his dream job. But what Logan really wants is his dream girl to spend his time with.

He’s certain that girl is Kayla. He’ll do whatever is necessary to secure a future with her.

Kayla Murphy might be able to turn down Logan’s many proposals, but she can’t resist his charm, his many nicknames for her, or his ability to make her laugh when it’s the last thing she wants to do.

But unwanted distractions threaten what these two are building together.

 

Get it on Amazon | iBooks | Nook | Kobo

About the series: The novels will be set in North Carolina, loosely connected to one another, and can be read in any order. There will also be some crossover with my Carolina Rebels series on occasion, as seen with Steady.

Lindsay's (Mis)Adventures in Sewing & Quilting: My Nephew's Baby Quilt

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As I've mentioned in the past, I couldn't exactly say what this project was, but now I can because it's done and I've told and shown my brother that I made a baby quilt for his son. This has been quite the experience, but it has only solidified that I want to continue learning and exploring this new hobby of mine.

So, the last time I posted, it was time to start sewing the rows together. Once that was done, it was like steamrolling to the finish line!

There was laying out the batting (after cutting it), making my quilt sandwich, pinning it all together, sewing that, trimming the excess, turning it inside out, closing the opening, doing the topstitch, doing the ties with the yarn, and THEN...making and stitching on the label. After all of that? TA-DA! I was finished! Lindsay had a baby quilt! My first finished project!

The front of the baby quilt.

The front of the baby quilt.

The back of the quilt.

The back of the quilt.

This has been SO satisfying. I can't wait to use the same pattern and make one for Bartley. If I wasn't hooked and invested in this new hobby before, I definitely am now!

What I Learned:

- Next time, I'm buying 3 charm packs instead of 2. This way I can have more options when making my layout for the quilt top. Yes, that is still haunting me and that was from the very first step.

- Those yarn ties? So much faster to do when two people are working on them. Thanks for helping, Mom!

- I had an appreciation for quilts before, but WAY more now. These things take LOTS of time and effort and money. Getting something handmade should not be taken lightly! Heart, soul, and lots of effort goes into it!

Okay, enough learning, haha! That's all for this project. Check out the photos below to see those last few steps.

Three Terrific Reads

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Hey, y'all! We're all readers here, and I thought y'all might want to know what I've been reading and loving. I love sharing my love of reading and good books, so this is how I've decided to do it. At the end of every month, I'll share the top three books I read and would recommend during that month!

I read a few books this month, and some I really want to recommend! Read on for three terrific reads! :)


I finished a great series. Ever heard of the Addicted/Calloway Sisters series by Krista and Becca Ritchie? It's really good! Here's info on the first book, Addicted to You:

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She’s addicted to sex. He’s addicted to booze…the only way out is rock bottom.

No one would suspect shy Lily Calloway’s biggest secret. While everyone is dancing at college bars, Lily stays in the bathroom. To get laid. Her compulsion leads her to one-night stands, steamy hookups and events she shamefully regrets. The only person who knows her secret happens to have one of his own.

Loren Hale’s best friend is his bottle of bourbon. Lily comes at a close second. For three years, they’ve pretended to be in a real relationship, hiding their addictions from their families. They’ve mastered the art of concealing flasks and random guys that filter in and out of their apartment.

But as they sink beneath the weight of their addictions, they cling harder to their destructive relationship and wonder if a life together, for real, is better than a lie. Strangers and family begin to infiltrate their guarded lives, and with new challenges, they realize they may not just be addicted to alcohol and sex.

Their real vice may be each other.

Get it on AmazoniBooks | NookKobo 


Then, I read another series about a siren that was really cool. Rachel Higginson has always been a sure bet for good reads, so I knew these books would be awesome, and they were! Here's info on book one, The Rush:

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A life not her own—A future already decided.

Every facet of Ivy Pierce’s life is meticulously planned out and plotted. Cynical and jaded by sixteen, Ivy’s only hope is to escape the legacy she was born into. 

She has a plan, a carefully thought out, feasible plan. She just has to play by the rules until everything falls into place. Unfortunately as predictable as her life can be, she never sees Ryder Sutton coming. He tumbles into her life unimpressed and untouched by her and the life she lives. He’s an enigma to her. A gorgeous, frustrating, sincere mystery and a complete phenomenon in the ugly world she lives in. 

What blooms between them is a fiercely intense attraction that cannot be ignored. Even though they would both be better off without each other—Even if both their lives depend on staying apart.

Get it on Amazon


To finish off my top three of the month, I have a children's book to recommend. I bought a book to gift to a little girl and I, of course, gave it a read before passing it on. I love the Pout-Pout Fish books, and this one was just as great!

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Mr. Fish wants to help his friend Ms. Clam when she loses's her pearl, but though he's fast as a sailfish, as smart as dolphin, and as strong as a shark, Mr. Fish has a secret: he's scared of the dark!

Very young children will swim along with Mr. Fish as he journeys deep into the ocean to new and mysterious places. They will discover, as Mr. Fish does, the power of friendship to light the way through the big-big dark.

Get it on AmazoniBooks | NookKobo 

Back to Me is FREE!

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Hey, y'all! Guess what?! You can now start the Carolina Rebels series for free! That's because Back to Me doesn't cost even one penny right now! So, go, go, go and download your copy!

Get it on Amazon | iBooks | Nook | Kobo | Google Play

Noah Ramsey has a great hockey career, a wonderful family, and a good best friend, but what he wants most is to be with the love of his life who walked away from him years ago. When he finds her at the airport, he realizes she's changed, and she's struggling with things she doesn't want to tell him about. Noah also realizes just how much she scarred him when she left.

Meredith Quick always plans everything out. She chose her tennis career over love in order to better succeed, but her plan dissolves when an injury threatens her career and her fiancé leaves her. Struggling through pain and the uncertainty of her future, she realizes her first misstep was walking away from Noah. She impulsively decides to go back to him while she attempts to put her life back together.

Reacquainting isn't easy when Noah doesn't quite trust Meredith to stay and Meredith struggles with overcoming the pain she's endured without him. Can they work through their issues and move forward, or will their past ruin things between them forever?

Get it on Amazon | iBooks | Nook | Kobo | Google Play

Lindsay's (Mis)Adventures in Sewing & Quilting (#3)

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It's been since June since I posted one of these, too, but I have a good reason, I promise! 

I started a new project, deciding to set the (cursed) table runner off to the side. I haven't posted because it's a gift, but since my deadline has passed and it's been so long, I'm going to make it work.

My new project is like a 40x40 inch quilt and I have made loads of progress, but like I said, I missed my deadline and have a new one.

Since this is a gift, there are some photos I'm not including on the off chance that the recipient reads this post. But they will be shared once it's finished and they have the little quilt (hopefully by Christmas).

Picking out fabric is hard. There are loads of cute fabric, but geez! Finding the perfect fabric for this seemed impossible. But I did find some while I was Row by Row shopping in both Raleigh and in Morehead City. Score!

Then came something that was even HARDER! I had to lay out the fabric the way I wanted it. I spent at least four hours moving pieces of fabric around and just standing and staring at the layout to see if I liked it and was perfectly happy with it.

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With this particular project, the top of the quilt is charm squares, so there is no cutting involved, which I really enjoyed. After I had my layout, I was able to label my 9 rows and start sewing the squares together until I had 9 rows.

After that? Mom pressed the seams and then I pinned two rows together before I began sewing them together. I still have two rows left before I then have to start sewing the rows together again until I have a quilt top. EEK!

This, compared to my (cursed) table runner, has been a seamless process. (There is a sewing joke in there somewhere, haha!) Well, except for a few things, which you'll learn about in the What I Learned Section. There are more photos below as well!

What I Learned:

- Not all charm squares are created equally. At least, that's what I'm assuming. Because my seams can be perfect and somehow, it still turns out wrong. Plus, some of them do look bigger.

- My machine hates me every other time I work on it. I was only able to work on it for an hour yesterday because this black ooze/gunk started running down the needle and I couldn't wipe it all off. I'm hoping I have better luck fixing things today.

- The longer I do this, the more things I find I want to do. Like a bookshelf quilt. A rag quilt. A little quilt for Bartley (using the same pattern I'm using for this current project). And the list goes on and on and on!

That's it for this edition of my (Mis)Adventures, which surprsingly doesn't have too many oopsies. I promise not to wait so long until I post again. I'm actually hoping to start sewing 30 minutes to an hour (almost) every day in the mornings. That seems to be the best way to make consistent progress, especially when I'm in the middle of a project.

Do you sew? What are you currently working on?

WIP Progress Report

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- Title: Untitled
- Genre: Hockey Romance
- Word Count/Goal: 49,409/80,000
- Release Date: Spring 2018
- Series? Carolina Rebels 

It's been a LONG time since I posted my last WIP progress report, which was back in mid-June. I've been slacking, and I apologize.

There is a lot to catch up on, but I'll start with my current WIP. 

So, Scott & Sylvia's An Unexpected Life released last month. Brayden's book, Attached to You, releases next month. We've already met Rebels Noah, Marc, and Ian as well.

Up next and the Rebel starring in this WIP?

EJ!

His story has been flowing so smoothly! I can't wait to get this first draft done. I've had his story in my head for a very long time and it feels so good to finally write it. I can't wait to share it with you next year!

Now that you're all caught up on my current project, let me catch you up on my others.

Other Projects:
The first book in my New Adult Romance series, Hearts in Carolina, goes to edits and gets a cover soon! More details to come. (If you liked Logan from It's Our Time, then you'll be excited about this book!)

- As soon as my secret project (a newsletter exclusive) is ready, it'll be shared with my newsletter subscribers

- As I mentioned above, the next Carolina Rebels book, Attached to You, releases October 19, 2017.

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)

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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)!