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NaNoWriMo 2019 Plans

Good morning everyone! It’s day 2 of NaNoWriMo and it’s time to share with you my plans for this month in relation to my writing.

I am horrible at writing.

That’s all there is to it. I feel I’m a decent writer, but I suck at actually sitting down and writing. So that’s why I’m participating in NaNoWriMo.

What is NaNoWriMo?

NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month. You can sign up for it at https://www.nanowrimo.org 😁

It’s a month where a bunch of writers come together on the internet to try to write an entire novel in the month of November. That being said, it’s not expected to necessarily become something that is published. Having the first draft is always one of the hardest parts to finish. It’s a large step and conquering that during one month is such an accomplishment.

So, what are you doing for nanowrimo?

I’m writing a short story collection! If you are on my website, you know that I am have two in progress stories listed, a young adult one and a short story collection.

I’ve spent my school career working on the young adult book, so I’m going to focus on my short story collection.

I have a board on Pinterest with a bunch of photos for inspiration for my stories. You can click here to check that out!

It’s going to be a bunch of adult romances that take place in the winter around Christmas!

P.s. I don’t know what movie that is from, but if you know, please tell me. I love winter romance movies.

My ultimate goal is just to start writing every day, or at least close to it. Even if I get like a hundred words out every day, it’s a start. I’m excited to start writing again and I hope that this helps!


If you’re ready to, let me know your goals for NaNoWriMo! Are you even joining? Are you editing/revising?

Thanks so much for joining and good luck with NaNo!

November TBR | Readathin

Good morning everyone! I’m back again. I’ve left and returned more times that any of us can count so I’m not going to bother with a reintroduction.

But I did move all of my lifestyle stuff over to my other blog/website so make sure you go check that out!

Click here to go to my Lifestyle Blog.

So this TBR will be for just Readathin. It won’t be counting Buzzwordathon, but that’s going to be in there as well.

On top of Readathin, I have been hosting another readathon called StackedBySeason. The goal for this one is to read 24 hours worth of reading in 4 days.

So let’s just get into this.

ARCs

Readathin

So that’s it for now! Let me know in the comments what you’re reading in November. I hope you’re joining into Readathin.

I will definitely see you all in the next one! Bye!

Cover Reveal: Exquisitely Hidden by M Jay Granberry

Hey everyone! Thank you so much for joining me for this cover reveal. Thank you so much to Give Me Books Promotions and M Jay Granberry for allowing me to join into this reveal!

Exquisitely Hidden is the sequel to Exquisitely Broken. I will have a review up for both books in October.

Blurb

He was everything I needed when I thought I had it all…
As front man for the band everyone’s eyes are on me.
I bask in the spotlight
Because it hides the flaws.
Everyone has secrets.
Mine will ruin everything I’ve built.
My career, my music, my life…
But keeping this secret?
It’s breaking my heart.
I knew how we would end before we started
And still I can’t resist him.
Not everyone will understand.
But I do.
It’s simple.
He’s the man I’m meant to love.
How long can I deny who I truly am?
Should I keep my secret or risk it all?

Covers

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Author Info

M. Jay Granberry is first and foremost an insatiable reader.

Among her favorite things are classic fairy tales, smutty books where characters have heart, old lady sweaters (preferably chunky knit), gift baskets (giving not receiving), and charcuterie trays (green olives, smoked cheese, and Genoa salami).

She is a true Las Vegas native, the one in Nevada not New Mexico, and to answer the most frequently asked questions about growing up in Sin City…

  • No, she doesn’t live in a hotel.
  • No, she has never been a stripper although she does know some.
  • Prostitution is absolutely illegal in Clark County (Las Vegas)!
  • And what happens in Vegas does indeed stay in Vegas.

M. Jay earned a degree in words and stories, and after fifteen plus years of doing everything other than writing, she penned her first novel.

Giving a voice to characters, that are strong yet fragile, that are sometimes uncomfortably real, that express love in dirtiest ways with the sweetest sentiments is honestly a dream come true.

AUTHOR LINKS

Website: http://www.authormjaygranberry.com
Newsletter: https://mailchi.mp/a7303c1db0a2/mjaygranberry
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/authormjaygranberry
Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/MJayGranberrysHighRollers
Twitter: https://twitter.com/mjaygranberry
Instagram: https://www.instagram/authormjaygranberry
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/18752048.M_Jay_Granberry
Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/authormjaygranberry
Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/M-Jay-Granberry/e/B07RT1NXJH

Giveaway

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Thank you so much for joining me for this awesome cover reveal! I hope that you all enjoyed it and will check out the first book. Make sure you enter the giveaway.

QOTD | What is your favorite romance trope?

How I Edit My Bookstagram Photos

If you don’t know, I run a bookstagram! Today, I thought it would be fun to take a look at how I edit my photos for my posts. I will show you all what programs I use and the process while I edit a photo for a review that I did a bit ago.

If you’re going to go super in depth, the photo you see in this post may end up looking a bit different than the one I posted. I didn’t have any unedited photos, so I went with this one.

I’m working on posting all the backlist photos that I have so I can change my theme come Sunday. So this entire post will change slightly when I change the theme. But I’ll get into that as we progress.

What is Bookstagram?

Bookstagram is Instagram for readers, pretty much. It’s where people post photos of books and discuss them. It’s honestly my favorite social media outlet. I have always loved photos. Taking them, editing them, sharing them, everything. So adding in my love of books and I’ve never felt more at home.

If you want, I can share with you all some Bookstagram accounts I love! Or I could shoutout to some at the end of every post 🤔

Editing Process

The above photo is before I got through and do any edits. All software that I use to edit my photos is Adobe. Depending on whether I’m feeling up to editing on my phone or on my compute will depend what program I use.

On my computer I use Photoshop; on my phone, I use Lightroom. For the purposes of this post, we’re going to use Lightroom. Any edits that I do in Lightroom, I would do in Photoshop besides the last step. That I have to do in Lightroom.

First picture shows what Lightroom looks like and the second is just the original photo uploaded to the app and ready to be edited.

These three photos show the changes I made in the levels of exposure, contrast, highlights, shadows, whites, and blacks. The amounts of these that I change in each photo varies based on how dark the photo was to begin with along with how bright I want the final product to be.

Then I just throw on a filter and call it a day. With this theme, my most common filter was Artistic 06. I’m going to be taking a look at that again with my new theme, but currently that’s what it is.

And there’s the final product. Here is a comparison between the two.

Let me know in the comments which you liked more. Like I said, a bit of this will be changing when I start my new theme, but this is how it has been for a month or two now.

I hope you enjoyed and I’ll see you all in the next one!

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