Monday, March 12, 2018

Spirit Women Blog Tour Interview + Giveaway!!

Hellllloooooo everyone! Today I have a special post! An interview with the wonderful author of Spirit Women, Zara Quinten, and a fun giveaway! Let's get started.
A Bit About The Book:
Author: Zara Quentin
Pub. Date: January 30, 2018
Publisher: Zara Quentin

Pages: 355
Formats: Paperback, eBook
Find it: AmazonB&NiBooksGoodreads

A missing dragon. A friend in mortal danger. A young woman’s quest to save them both…

Jade Gariq is wanted for treason. After narrowly escaping death at the hands of her uncle, she’s hiding
in the Premyan jungle. Separated from her mother and brothers, at least she’s safe and
alive—for now. But when a friend falls suddenly ill, and her fate is linked to the mysterious
disappearance of a Dragon-God, Jade cannot hide any longer.

Sent beyond the Portal, Jade is not the only one searching for the Dragon-God.
She faces invisible cities, a criminal underworld, and an old enemy disguised as a friend.
To make matters worse, she’s a wanted criminal with a reward out for her capture.
It will take all of Jade’s determination to pursue her quest.
Can she evade her enemies and find the Dragon-God before death claims her friend

About Zara:

Zara Quentin is the author of Airwoman, the first book in the Airwoman series. She was raised in Adelaide, Australia, with one younger sister. Zara grew up with a strong sense of adventure, which she inherited from her parents, who took her and her sister on trips to the United States, Europe, and Asia.

She also inherited a love of reading from her mother. Throughout her childhood she explored fictional places through books, and in particular, through fantasy novels. She’d turn the black and white text on the page into the colourful worlds of her imagination.

After graduating from high school, Zara studied at the University of Adelaide and has lived in France, London, and Auckland, New Zealand. She is always determined to fit in as much travel as possible, spending time in Europe, the United States, southern Africa, Morocco, Peru, the Pacific and south-east Asia. 
Zara now resides in Melbourne, Australia with her husband and three children. She is currently working on the next instalment in the Airwoman series.
Find Zara:
The Interview Part!
Let's welcome the wonderful Zara Quentin! 

  1. First so we can get to know you what are some of your main hobbies other than writing?
I love going to the beach (we have a beautiful local beach), reading and drinking coffee
(preferably together), hanging out with my husband and kids, and binging TV shows on Netflix.
  1. Binging Netflix is definitely one of the best things. How did you get the inspiration for Spirit Women?
In general, I get lots of inspiration from travel, especially for the world-building aspects of my books, and
this comes out in the Airwoman series, as continued in Spirit Woman (the second book in the series).
Looking specifically at Spirit Woman, I had an idea of how I wanted the series to end when I was writing
Airwoman, so when I sat down to think about what I wanted the second story to be, I set myself to thinking
about how Jade (the main character) would be feeling after the conclusion of the first book, and what the
antagonist and some of the other important characters would be doing or wanting to do, then I considered
how these different aspects might play out. I did a lot of brainstorming about what might happen and how
the characters might react until I settled on the plot for the story.
  1. Cool! What does your average day look like?
I have three young kids so my average day involves less writing than I would like. Most of my day is taken
up with looking after kids, school drop-offs and pick-ups, entertaining a toddler, cooking and persuading the
kids to eat, and trying to fit in a little exercise. I don’t usually get time to write until after I’ve put the kids to
bed. Then, I try to do an hour or two of writing before I collapse into bed myself! This goes some way to
explaining why I am not the most productive of writers…
  1. What advice would you give your younger self if you could?
Practice, practice, practice. When I was younger, I thought creativity and story-telling was some sort of
innate gift that I didn’t have. As I’ve grown older and braver (and given myself permission to make
mistakes), I’ve come to learn that talent is a combination of both gift and practice. I wish I’d spent more
time when I was younger practicing my writing and learning about the craft of storytelling.
  1. Yessss same! What’s your favorite thing about writing?
First and foremost, it’s an outlet for my imagination—it’s an excuse for dreaming with my eyes open!
I also love the challenge of writing stories—coming up with ideas that make me want to take to the
keyboard, developing the ideas into a story that will keep readers turning the pages, improving that story
until it is the best I can make it. Writing a novel is a big project and impossible to get right the first time
around. The challenge of taking an idea, then molding it into a story, remolding it until it stands up by itself,
then polishing the finished product until it sparkles—that’s what I love about it.
  1. That's so beautiful and I so agree! If you could have coffee and sit down with one author who would it be?
I think I’d like to sit down with Leigh Bardugo, who is my current favorite author. I loved her duology
(Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom) and I’d love to chat with her about where she gets her ideas and how
she develops them into the awesome stories that she tells.
  1. I love her books so much!! What’s the best writing advice you’ve ever received?
The best writing advice is to learn the craft of story-telling. While we instinctively know what a good story
is when we see it, it’s not so easy to reproduce that effect when we’re telling our own stories. It is important
to pull apart stories that you love, work out what it is that makes them so good, then apply that to your own
  1. How long did it take for Spirit Women to go from an idea to an actual book and could you tell a bit about the process?
It probably took me about 15 months from sitting down to develop my ideas for the second book of the
Airwoman series before I hit publish. Since Spirit Woman is the second book in the Airwoman series,
I had a starting point and I had an idea of what I wanted the third book to be, but Spirit Woman was a much
vaguer story in my mind. It took me awhile to get to the point where I felt the story wouldn’t fall into
‘second book syndrome’ (where the second book in the series is just setting up the third/ final installment
in the series), which I really didn’t want for this book. So I spent several months brainstorming, planning,
and took the time to get some feedback from a story coach about the story outline, before I started drafting.
Then I took a couple of months on the first draft, rested the manuscript for awhile, went through a
self-editing process which took another couple of months, then sent it off to my editor for a couple of rounds
of edits, then proofreading, before I felt I had the story ready to publish.
  1. What are the easiest and hardest parts of the writing process for you?
I’m not sure that any part of the process is particularly ‘easy’ (which is one of the things I enjoy about
writing—it’s a constant challenge), but one of the most enjoyable parts is the first draft. Once I’m into the
flow of drafting, I get to put myself into the main character’s shoes and imagine myself moving through the
story just as she does. I find that part of the writing to be very creative and very rewarding. One of the
hardest parts of the writing process is making a start. I find it difficult to take the first leap into drafting the
first draft. I tend to procrastinate at the point when I’ve done enough planning to dive into the writing,
but there’s a level of fear that I’m not going to be able to pull it off, which stops me from taking the first
step. Once I’ve taken that step, then the process gets really enjoyable, (and I know this) but taking that first
step is hard!

Check out the other stops in the tour:

3/12/2018- Blushing BibliophileReview
3/12/2018- Hot Town Cool Girl- Interview

3/13/2018- jrsbookreviewsExcerpt
3/13/2018-Jaime's World- Spotlight

3/14/2018- Don't Judge, ReadExcerpt
3/14/2018- lori's little house of reviewsReview

3/15/2018- Sincerely Karen JoSpotlight

3/16/2018- A Dream Within A DreamExcerpt

Annnnnnddddd noooooowwwwww what everyooonnnne hasss beeeennnn waaaaitttttinnnggg forrrrr

The Giveaway!

You can enter for your chance to win one out of two 25$ book vouchers for your favorite ebook retailers!! Pretty coolio if I do say so myself. :) You can either enter here!
I hope y'all liked that! It is currently spring break for me so I'm planning on filming a travel diary of the place I'm going, catching up on everyone's blogs, and writing some more posts! If you aren't following me on both Bloglovin' and Instagram I would love if you could!

Should I do more posts like this? What kind of posts do you want to see from me in the future? What's your favorite book? Do you have any book suggestions?

Monday, March 5, 2018

Enough Is Enough

So, I was having some feelings the other day
So, I was like
Oh, why don't I write a post
So here are my feelings

As everyone should know
There was a shooting recently
At a high school in Florida
17 innocent people died

The really truly sad thing
Is that
Well I'm not that shocked
By that sentence at all

Honestly when I first heard the news
I was sad of course
And crazy annoyed
But was I surprised?
Or think it was maybe out of the ordinary?
Not really

12 school shootings already this year
Like that makes so much sense
You know the US only has 5% of the population
And 43% of the guns if I remember correctly
And guess what
It also has one of the biggest deaths by firearms

So, I was looking up recently
Why this shooting was being talked about so much more
And longer than the others
And I found an article
That I can't find anymore
But it was talking about how
The reason is
Really because of the students

Of people like Emma Gonzales
Who gave this crazy amazing speech
And all the students who went to Parkland
And all the students around the country

Who are standing up
And organizing walkouts
And marches
And just everything
Like seriously
Fun fact did a walkout at my school!

And this might be just me being like overly optimistic
But I'm one of those people
Who isn't ever that optimistic
Without proof or logic
But I really do think
Some things will change
And that is so crazy amazing!!
Because things do need to change

The gunman
Was 19
Why was a 19 year old allowed to have a gun???????
And one with a record of bad behavior
Like ummmmm what???
So, he pulled the fire alarm
And then walked out with the other students
I must say kind of smart actually
And now 17 more people are dead

Yes, the right to bear arms
Is in the Constitution
But see those guns
Could fire what like one bullet a minute
Yeah some of ours now can fire 45
The guns have changed
And now the laws should as well

That Monday after the shooting
In my theatre class
The teacher sat us down
And she talked what to do in an intruder drill
We already knew but she was going over it

And people kept asking questions like
Well what if someone is pointing a gun at you
Or how would we escape the room if we had to
And my teacher answered honestly
Which was amazing
She's amazing
But it made me sad

And then one student
Decided to ask
If the teacher would put herself in the line of fire
For a student
And my teacher said yes
Without any thought
Because she said it was her job

Like why do we have to have these conversations????
I'm like kind of tearing up
You know just a bit

Oh and then guess what Trump says
He says we should then arm teachers
So that they can you know protect people

I know he doesn't believe in science or any statistics
But it has been proven so many times over
That more guns
Equal more death
And that a good guy with a gun
Does not defeat a bad one
Just sayin

But then I was also having a conversation
With someone in my class
Who is smart
And he was saying
How he couldn't decide if the arming teachers thing
Was good or not
I like flipped out on him
But that also made me realize
This maybe isn't like an all-around held opinion
Even with people who are for gun reform

Oh, and while I was talking to him
This other guy interjected
And said something for guns
I forgot what it was
And me being me
Started saying how he was wrong
And explaining facts and probably just being like super annoying lol
And then he stopped, saying how he didn't want to talk about something
If his opinion wouldn't be respected
That honestly interested me so much

Change needs to happen
This was sad
Participate and help in any way you can

Thoughts and prayers aren't enough 

Edit: Trump actually started talking about something against guns and stuff??? I'm surprised?? And like confused?? But this is good I guess???


Yeah as you can see I have some feelings LOL. I really want to know everyone’s thoughts and everything so comment them down below!! 

What did you think when you first heard the news? What are your thoughts on the whole gun subject in general? Have you participated in any walkouts or anything like that in your school or community?

Monday, February 26, 2018



Is this true?
The dislike I feel


I will keep saying it
And saying it
Until finally
Finally, you hear
What I have to say


When will you actually listen?


You know
I'm started to wonder
And why
We were ever friends


You don't even seem to understand me at all


With your childish games
You confuse me
I don't think you understand
We're not kids anymore


You know I used to look up to you
When we were younger


You were this crazy cool individual
Friends with everyone
Didn't care what anyone thought


And I loved that
Then we became friends
And it was good


But now I'm not so sure


You must have changed
But I guess so have I


We are just so different now
We've both matured
And that's ok
Maybe one of us more than the other


Friends do grow apart
I guess
It's a normal thing


Do you realize now how much you meant to me?
I am having a hard time
Coming to peace
With how we really aren't friends anymore
Even when
I don't think you ever thought of us
As true friends


I guess


                                                                                                                              -July 31, 2016

At first when I read this (found it in my notebook) I thought it was about a falling out I had with a friend last year, but the date is totally wrong, so I don't know. It's also kind of terrible and over dramatic, but now you can see how I've gotten better. :) If you haven't already followed me on bloglovin' and Instagram (I just hit 500 on there actually!!), it would make my day if you could! Also, I'm going to be doing a more of these types of posts in the future because I've been writing quite a bit of short story type things and poems like this! 

What type of posts would you like to see more from me? Have you had any bad friend breakups? What's your biggest friend related advice? What time is it where you are right now? Are you a blogger? If so make sure to comment your blog url!

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