Nepenthe - Fun Fact 4

You know how the first chapter came to be, more about the process of writing Nepenthe, about Olivia's driving, and now it's time to learn a little about how some characters got their names.

I purposely placed the fun facts about Kristalyn and Olivia's driving before this one because you'd need to know those for the story behind this one.

Kristalyn is a NASCAR fan. (I've yet to understand this, but maybe I will after she's dragged me to a race.)

Anyway, after reading about Olivia's driving skills and me realizing the girl didn't have a last name, of course, NASCAR came up in our conversations. Honestly, I owe this fun fact to Kristalyn.

The most obvious character with such a last name now that you have NASCAR on the brain is Dr. Stewart (Corey's psychiatrist). Olivia is the other character. I didn't like how most sounded with her name, but I ended up finding Bayne and liked Olivia Bayne.

And there you have it! Only one more fun facts to go!

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Nepenthe - Fun Fact 2

Day two of fun facts! Go here to read the first one. This FF has a great little story behind it.

A year ago, Kristalyn of the blog, The Sarcastic Palmtree, followed me on Twitter. A few months later, there was a tweet about YALLFest and about wanting to go. We ended up deciding to go together.

From there, our friendship grew.

As I've said before, writing this book made me nervous. So nervous, that I wasn't going to write it.

If you read Nepenthe, then you know this book is dedicated to Kristalyn and she's got a hunk of my acknowledgments.

I asked her if she would want to critique the chapters as I wrote them. She said yes. With every chapter, I sent her an email. While she read it and constructed her own emails in return, I was writing the next chapter. We did this throughout the book, molding it to be the best it can be.

This was the first time I've done something like this and it was such a fun experience. Not only did I get back helpful feedback, but I gained a best friend.

Thanks again, Kristalyn!

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Monday's Book Spotlight

To kick off my reading-binge last week, I turned to a book that Kristalyn from The Sarcastic Palmtree recommended to me. I had knew nothing about it except that it was supposed to be a fun read and she said it was good. Didn't even read the description before I one-clicked it and added it to my TBR. It was such a fun book, that I'm featuring today.

Seventeen-year-old Oliver Wendell Holmes (Yes, his parents are just that peculiar, but his brother’s name is Sherlock, so it could have been worse) knows that he’s different. He’s quirky, awkward, and he’s okay with that. Oliver also likes making lists—meticulous procedures for achieving his goals, step-by-step. Whether it’s “How to Get an A in Chemistry” or “How to Get Accepted to MIT,” he has a process, and it’s worked for him so far. He doesn’t even care that the popular kids mock him. Oliver’s got his eye on the prize.

So when he decides it’s time to declare his feelings for Ainsley Bishop, the girl of his dreams, it’s only natural for him to make a list—a point-by-point strategy to win her heart. He knows it will take a grand gesture for her to see all he has to offer, and her approaching birthday provides the ideal opportunity for Oliver to put his plan into action.

Finding the perfect gift is a challenge Oliver meets with his usual dogged determination. He’ll need to watch her carefully for clues to pinpoint exactly what he should give her. And along the way, he might just learn that what Ainsley really needs is not quite what he expected.

My Thoughts as Seen on Goodreads:
I'm not even going to lie. I ended with book with a happy sigh. I seriously sighed happily and with so much satisfaction. That's a first.

I don't think I've ever laughed so much and felt so connected to the characters at the same time. I laughed out loud a lot. And then, something would happen, and I was, "Aw...Poor kid." It was adorable, touching, hilarious, and simply one of those feel good books. I loved every single character. The family, friends, almost everyone really was unique and lovable. 

I probably wouldn't have discovered this book if not for my blogger friend, Kristalyn, so thanks, girl! You were right. It was a fun book, and such a perfect one to kick off my reading-binge.