Monday, February 18, 2019

The Blood Prince Blog Tour | Interview With Josie Jaffery AKA GETTING TO INTERVIEW ONE OF MY FAVE AUTHORS + Giveaways


I have a superrrrrr exciting interview planned for today! If you follow me on Instagram you have probably heard me talk about how much I lovvvvve The Sovereign Trilogy especially the first two books. It has literally become one of my favorite series on earth. I love the writing and the format and the storyline and the characters and the relationship between the characters and just ahhhhhhhh. YOU SHOULD READ THEM. Today I'm celebrating the release of the 3rd book, The Blood Prince. Josie Jaffrey has kindly let me interview her!! If you want to read some awesome answers (and questions if I do say so myself) about lots of things (but especially writing and of course her new book!!) then read on. :)
When did you start writing and why?
I’ve always written stories, but my first foray into novel-writing was back when I was in
University. I wrote about a tenth of a novel, then gave up and started another, then gave
up and started drawing a graphic novel instead, and so it continued until I started writing
A Bargain in Silver in 2014. Then, for the first time, I felt like I had a story with enough
momentum to get me to the end of a whole book. I’ve been writing novels ever since.

I can totally relate to starting a writing project but just never finishing haha. Can
you remember the first story you ever wrote? What was it?
The first story I remember writing was in primary school. I must have been about six,
and I wrote a story about a dinosaur, illustrated by a picture of a T-Rex. A lot of my
stories were about dinosaurs! Then I moved on to ghosts and vampires, and I’ve never
looked back. I love paranormal stories, and I’m a sucker for mythology too.



Nice! I love everything paranormal and mythology to! What are your biggest tips
for others who want to get into writing?
Write! It’s easy to spend months and months ‘planning’ a book, but honestly I find it
difficult to work out the smaller plot details of any novel upfront. I start with a clear arc
for each of the characters and the novel as a whole, then just wing it from there. A lot of
the intricacies of the story turn up while I’m writing. I think a lot of writers are
perfectionists, but you have to accept that you likely won’t have your book perfectly
plotted before you start writing it. Things will change as you go along, and your first
draft will never be your last one.
My other piece of advice is to read. Read widely and constantly, because there’s no
better way to learn how to write well than to analyse the way that other people craft
stories.

It's crazy how much things can change after you actually start. What are your
biggest tips for others looking into publishing?
If you would like to get a book published, then there are basically two routes: you can
self-publish, or you can submit to agents and try to get published by a traditional
publisher. It’s important to understand the benefits of each approach, and decide which
is for you before you start. I’ve recorded some YouTube videos in which I discuss this
further, and you can find those here:


What's your favorite character that you've written? If there one that largely
reminds you of you?
In the Solis Invicti series, my favourite was Sol. I love his rational detachment. There’s
something slightly psychopathic about it that I find really engaging. In the Sovereign
series, my favourite is definitely Cam. He’s just the best friend anyone could ever wish
for.
A part of you always ends up in your characters, because the way we write stories
reflects the way we think about the world, but honestly there isn’t any one of my
characters that entirely reminds me of myself. There’s a little of me in each of them, but
I try to impose some distance.



Ahhhh I love Cam too haha. And yeah totally that makes sense! Who are your
biggest role models and inspirations?
Although my writing is very different from his, I always found Terry Pratchett very
inspiring. I love his novels, particularly the Discworld, and I aspire to write people as
sympathetically as he did.

Cool! Where did you get the inspiration for this series?
The Sovereign series really suggested itself. The Solis Invicti series ends with a zombie
apocalypse having been contained, but with millions dead. I found myself wondering
how society was going to put itself back together, and what the world would look like
hundreds of years later. Predictably, I imagined a world a little darker and more broken
than I first expected it to be. I had a huge amount of fun creating that world.

When you're not writing what are some of the most likely things we would find you
doing?
I spend most of my free time reading. I run The Gin Book Club, posting written and video book reviews (www.theginbookclub.com), and I generally read a couple of books a week. I also love rowing (I live in Oxford, where rowing is a fairly popular sport), and am just about to start getting back into it.

Yesss reading is the best! And rowing sounds so fun! Good luck with getting back into it and everything. :)

Yay wasn't that super cool?! Now that you are obsessed with Josie and everything that she is as I am?? I'm going to tell you a bit more about the book and how to buy itttt.

About The Blood Prince:

The price of freedom is always paid in blood.

The sovereigns of the Silver have awakened, but the Queen is a fractured shell of
the woman Cam remembers. He hopes to put her back together by finding her son,
the missing prince. At least, that’s what he tells his friends when he leaves for the
Red.

Back in the Blue, Julia’s old tormentor Rufus is hounding her at every turn. She’s
sick of feeling powerless, but she has a plan that will bring the Nobles to their knees.

All she needs is blood.

The Blood Prince is the final book in Josie Jaffrey’s Sovereign trilogy, set in a
dystopian Europe where vampiric Nobles control the last remnants of the human
race.



Check out the other stops on the tour!



Links:

*If you buy through my link I will gain a small commission at no extra cost to you

Some Giveaways

1. Living Underground, a very short standalone vampire romance, is currently FREE to download (until 17th Feb). Download here.
2. The Gilded King, the first book in the Sovereign series, is FREE to download. Links here.
3. Join Josie's Readers' Club and get a FREE short story (a prequel to the Solis Invicti series). Join here.
4. Enter Josie's giveaway for a chance to win a signed paperback copy of one of her books (winner's choice). Enter here. 


Comment down below if you've read any of her books or if you want to! Also, I alwayssss love reading recommendations and I would love to know your fave book. :) 

Monday, February 11, 2019

Creator Spotlight | Malia From Simply Maliak


I haven't done a creator spotlight in what feels like forever but I want to do more of them! If you're new or have just never read one of these posts before, this is a little series where I feature some of my favorite online creators and ask them questions. I think it's a great way to learn more about people, find new people to follow, and just generally spread love all around. Today I'm featuring the awesome Malia from Simply Maliak! She is so cute and her blog is all about inspiring other girls which of course I love! Also, her blog layout is the most adorable thing????? Like??? Why isn't my blog that cute?? Malia?? Teach me your ways?? Ok let's get started!
What is your name and what does it mean? If you're named after someone who is it
and what does that person mean to you?
My name is Malia, and it originates in Hawaii. My parents named my older sister with a
name that started with an M, and all of my little brothers start with the letter C. I named
my blog “SimplyMaliaK” for many reasons. One of them is that I dedicate my blogging
to inspiring girls of all ages to live simply, laugh often and love deeply. I end all of my
blog posts that way because I believe that they are important things to live by.


What are your favorite hobbies? How would you describe yourself in 4 words? Just
tell us a bit about yourself.
I'll formally introduce myself. My name is Malia Katherine. I am dedicated to inspiring
girls of all ages to live simply, laugh often, and love deeply. As a small-town country
girl and live on a farm with seven chickens, a dog, and three cats, I love to chat about
lots of things. I love DIY projects, food, cross country, singing, talking about my faith
and reading. My blog shares my life and passions with the world. I also am very
involved in the STEM field. Since fifth grade I have been computer programming with
various languages and it is one of my favorite things to do. When I get older, I want to
become a web developer or computer programmer.


Why did you start blogging? Do you see yourself blogging in the future?
I started my blog in April of 2018 and it has been a whirlwind from there. I have learned
so much since then about blogging, my faith, friendships, and more. I definitely see
myself blogging in the future because it is a way to share my interests and inspire others.
How do you spend an average day?
My average day begins with me getting up early and doing my chores. At my house, we
have a strict rule that we have to get our work done and help out in the mornings. When
it’s not summer, I’m in class during the day. Once I get home, I make a snack because I
love to cook and get any homework I might have done. After that, it depends on how I’m
feeling. I’ll usually work on my blog, do some computer programming, hang out with
my family and friends, clean my room, or listen to a podcast while crocheting. A big
thing in my family is having dinner together, so we always work around practices and
events so we can sit down together. It may not be the most exciting day, but for me it’s
the little things that make me happy.

How do you come up with blog posts and how do you usually go about writing one?
A majority of my blog posts are related to my faith, Christianity, or cross country (my
favorite sport). Everyone goes through challenges in life, and we can either learn from
them or not. I choose to learn from mine and it helps me grow as a person. I share my
experiences through my blog posts and it helps me relate to others. The more I live, the
more experiences I have, so I’m never running low on blog post ideas. As for writing
one, I have a list on my phone that I keep track of all the different things I would like to
write about. Whenever I’m low on school work, I’ll pick one and write it in one sitting.
Then, I’ll proofread and edit my blog post before publishing. I put a lot of thought and
effort into writing them, so it means a lot when people read it.


What does your blog mean to you and why would you say you blog?
To me, my blog is a way I can share my faith around the world and spread positivity.
The world would be a different place if everyone acted more positive. I started my blog
to put my thoughts to words and it eventually evolved into a growing community of
girls supporting each other.

If you could collab with anyone dead/alive who would it be?
I LOVE Simply Southern shirts because of the bright colors and happy messages. I
would want to collab with them and be a representative for their brand. If we’re talking
people-wise, then definitely Jaclyn Brooke. She is such a positive person and girl very
strong in her faith. She is a big inspiration for me.

If you had to choose a career now what would it be?
Because of my passion for computer programming, I would want to be a web developer.
I have already coded one website, and I enjoyed creating my blog. It is a difficult field
but I believe that it would be a very fun job for me. I would also want to be a missionary
because I have a calling to help those less fortunate.


What do you see happening with your blog in the next year? What do you want to
happen?
I want to continue to write blog posts and get more viewers and blog members. Also, I
would like to collab more with other bloggers and companies that have the same values
as I do. One of my biggest goals of next year is to be featured in a magazine, so I’ll keep
everyone posted to see how that goes!

What are your tips for other people wanting to start a blog?
I would definitely encourage those who want to start a blog to do so! It is so much fun
and I have learned so much from it. Although blogging doesn’t seem like a lot of work
sometimes, it sure is! I cannot tell you how many hours I’ve spent researching blogging,
listening to podcasts, writing and planning blog posts, and working on my website. If
you want to get serious with blogging, I highly suggest that you make a blogging binder.
I have one that’s filled with all the information that I’ve learned and it’s a nice way to
keep it all organized.



What is your aesthetic?
I like pastel colors, so I use them for my blog and my instagram. I also want to develop
a community of girls and so I incorporate a lot of Christian values and principals in my
blog, captions, and pictures.

Are you an introvert or extrovert?
I would definitely say that I’m an extrovert! I love to talk to others, express my ideas,
and make new friends. I’m not very shy, and I love to get to know others. To me, giving
speeches or talking in class isn’t very scary, but I understand how it can be for others.


I absolutely loved doing that interview and I hoped you loved reading it! If you want to check Malia out at some other places feel free to at:


I would absolutely love to see your answers to the questions above! Maybe choose one or two and comment them down below. :) If you want to be interviewed for my blog or do any sort of collab feel free to email me at nabilaeve@gmail.com.

Monday, February 4, 2019

10 Awesome Subscription Boxes (With Discount Codes!!)


I don't think I knew subscription boxes were a thing until I got Instagram BUT NOW I AM OBSESSED. I've been following a bunch of the accounts on Instagram because maybe I just like looking at the photos?? And torturing myself cause I'm never going to actually buy them?? Yeah, I'm cheap, but I'm also 14 it makes sense ok. If you don't know what a subscription box is, by the way, it's basically where you get a box each month and there are a bunch of different kinds and you don't know what you're getting so it's like fun little surprises. In this post, I thought it would be fun to show y'all some of my fave subscription boxes I have been loving! I have also done the research of finding all of the discount codes for y'all so you can get the best cost possible.

*some links/codes are affiliate links/codes which means I will get a small commission if you use the link/code with no extra cost to you 

Get Social - code: "social10" for 10% off

This box is all about trends and fashion and beauty! Each box has 4-5 products and it just generally seems super cute.


Clarity - code: NABILA20 for 20% off

I find this box quite cool!! It's all about self-care and self-love which I, of course, am allllll about.



I recently got there January mini box and y'all it is the cutest thing!!!! My paper box is a personalized stationary subscription box which basically means they send you adorable stationary with your name on it. I never have anything with my name on it because it's so uncommon so this made me so so happy!


Owlcrate - code "Fury" for 10% off

 You can't have a post about subscription boxes without owlcrate! It is pretty much the book subscription as far as I can tell! They send you a new book and a bunch of cute bookish goodies every month! 

*both the photo and code are by the amazing blogger over at Paper Fury!




Boti Box

I actually won one of there boxes from a giveaway! This box stands for Beauty On the Inside and It's mainly for tween girls. I'm a teen though and I still thought it was adorable. There were a couple little jewelry pieces and the packaging and everything was just the cutest.


Kawaii Box

When I saw this box and the website and everything I might have internally exploded. Think of the cutest thing you have ever seen. And then double it. That is is this box. There are squishes and plushies and a bunch of other cute things all from Japan. The shipping is free and they send your first box immediately. :)


Tokyo Treat - Use link for $5 off

Just thinking about this box makes me hungry! This is another Japanese themed box but this time it's for food! There are a bunch of fun snacks and drinks and DIY things and of course, they're all super interesting. If you love snacking and have been wanting to try something new this is the box for you. :)


nomakenolife - Use link for $5 off

If you already love Japanese and Korean skin (those face masks are great I know from experience) and makeup products then this is perfect for you! This box comes with 8-9 makeup, skincare, bath and body, hair care, and other tools and accessories each month. Plus shipping is free. :)


Yume Twins - Use link for $5 off

This is another Kawaii box because well I couldn't help myself AND EVERYTHING KAWAII IS SO FREAKING CUTE. In this box, you get 6-8 goodies from Japan each month! These could include plushies, stationary, bags, pouches, accessories, toys, and more.



The last few have been Japanese so to break that for this last one I'm going to tell you about Penny + Grace! It's actually a beauty subscription! Each month they deliver 3 coordinating pieces tailored specifically to the colors and everything that you say you like! How cool is that?? 


That post was really fun to make and research for (yes yes mostly cause I got to look at a bunch of cute photos but be quiet, no one has to know) so if y'all like this and want me to make another one tell meeeeeeee. Also, do you guys subscribe to any boxes? What are some of your fave you've come across? I want to know, comment down below!