Book Reviews

Book Review: Irradiate by Sarah Addison-Fox

Welcome  back for another Friday book review! If you haven’t already, be sure to give Authoring Arrowheads a follow to receive new book reviews every Friday!

Today’s review is for the final installment of Sarah Addison-Fox’s Relevance series, Irradiate. Reviews for the first two installments can be found below:

Review for Irrelevant

Review for Irreverent

And now for the review!

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The conclusion to The Relevance Series is one that dedicated readers of the series will thoroughly enjoy. To keep this review spoiler free, it will be a bit shorter than my other reviews.

Highlights:

Mallory’s Character Arc

In the conclusion to the series, Mallory learns to fight for what she believes in, whether it is deemed “irrelevant” or not. I enjoyed this aspect, as I’ve been rooting for Mallory to come out of her shell and join the fight since book one. She was insanely determined in this installment, even leading her to learn to drive a stick-shift on the first try! Her persistence to overcome her perceived limitations is admirable, and she is a worthy heroine for the autistic community and neuro-typical community alike.

Derek’s Character Arc

Derek is one of the more fleshed-out characters in this series, and I liked watching his relationship with Cristan evolve in this installment.

Lowlight:

Confusing Bits

For the last quarter of the novel, I was often confused about where the characters were at, or who was who. I felt like most of the males (except for Cristan, Derek, and Jed) had similar voices and I often couldn’t keep them straight. I also had a lot on my mind while reading this book though, so that could have been a fault on my part.

Overall, fans of more sci-fi-based dystopian will enjoy this series.

Thank you to the author for providing me a free ebook copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. A positive review was not required to receive the ebook.

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5 stars


Thanks for reading, and be sure to stop back by next Friday for another book review! 🙂

Later, Arrowheads,

-Allyson 😀

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Wonderful World of Writing

3 Tips for Writing a Believable Romance

In the literary world, the romance genre is often treated as a joke due to its overuse of certain tropes, unrealistically portrayed relationship growth, and focus on physical aspects rather than the romantic connection between the protagonist and their love interest. Today, I’d like to share three tips on how to craft a believable romance that will leave readers swooning rather than rolling their eyes.

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1) The Dos and Don’ts of Insta-Love

One of the most common complaints I’ve read in reviews for romance books involve the characters instantly falling in love upon their first meeting with little to no reason as to why. The best example I can provide of this trope is Anna and Hans from Frozen. Did anyone else cringe upon their engagement?

Luckily for Anna, she escapes the mortifying consequences of that case of Insta-Love, as the film transitions on to her introduction to Kristoff. Disney was able to twist the Insta-Love trope and make it end up as endearing for the audience. How can we as authors do the same?

Suggestions for Writing Insta-Love:

  • Give the characters one strong common goal or interest. They don’t have to have everything in common, but give them enough similarities to develop a foundation for their connection.
  • Make the initial first-sight moment develop by having the characters notice an intriguing personality trait about one another rather than a physical trait. Make the romance about the characters, not about how they look.
  • Be subtle about their initial attraction. Even if the chemistry is there on Day 1, the relationship should still have room to develop and mature throughout the remainder of the book. Don’t have them spouting out that they love each other, should get married, and have kids the day they meet, unless they have gone through a lifetime’s worth of relationship-building circumstances with each other over that period of time (Ex: Katniss and Peeta’s close proximity in The Hunger Games resulted in a Insta-Love of sorts for the viewers in Panem).

2) Don’t Base the Romance on Looks or Physical Aspects

This bit goes hand-in-hand with what I mentioned about Insta-Love, but the overfocus on how “hot” or “sexy” the love interest may be is a huge problem throughout the romance genre.

For me, as a reader that favors cleaner romance, whenever the protagonist continually describes how good the love interest looks, I cringe. For the most part, this is a tip off that the relationship will be one where lust is mistaken for love. Romance, to me, should be based on a love story involving each person’s emotions, and how, working together, the couple learns from one another in a way that results in amazing character arcs.

“Romance” books that are purely lust-based often lack the depth for promising character arcs. In fact, lust-based have their own separate genre, and I’m disappointed that its genre is often thought to be intertwined with the romance genre, as romance books then get a bad reputation for having books that confuse lust with love. Please determine which genre your story will best fit in. If it’s purely a lovestory-based book, then it’s a romance. If it’s incredibly steaming and physical… that’s not romance in the true sense of the word, and it belongs in a different genre.

Crafting Chemistry

Lastly, in order for readers to ship your fictional couples like there’s no tomorrow, a palpable chemistry between the two should be crafted. In other words, the characters, like I hinted at in the Insta-Love section, should have a common bond and/or goal that can set the course for the rest of the relationship.

There’s nothing worse than reading a “romance” where two people meet and you can’t for the life of you comprehend why they’re a good match. In order for a couple to be portrayed believably, the readers need something to latch onto, whether that be how Person A compliments Person B’s personality, how they both have been through similar traumatic experiences and help each other mend, etc.

Let’s Recap!

So, if you want to craft a believable romance that will lead to your fans shipping your couple, remember to try the following:

1) Remember the Dos and Don’ts of Insta-Love

2) Love Story = Romance | Lust Story = Not Romance

3) Couples Thrive On Chemistry


Talk to me, Arrowheads!

Do you have any tips for crafting a believable romance that I didn’t address in today’s post? Please add to the conversation in the comments!

Later, Arrowheads,

-Allyson 😀

 

Book Reviews

Book Review: The Revised Life of Ellie Sweet by Stephanie Morrill

It’s no secret that Stephanie Morrill is one of my writing role models. Though I’ve read and adored the first book in her Ellie Sweet series twice in the past, I had never wrote a proper review for the book… until now! 🙂

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Highlights:

Representation of a Writer’s Life

Being a writer herself (obviously), Mrs. Morrill does an excellent job portraying the life of a teen writer. The more involved I get in the writing community, the more I relate to Ellie’s personal writing experiences in this book. My only wish is that the writing side of her life was more heavily mentioned, as on this reread I was reading more for that aspect.

Ellie’s Relatability

Ellie Sweet is a well-crafted main character that is easily relatable for teen girls who are interested in writing books, or girls who struggle with their self-esteem. Though I feel like I related more to Ellie the first and second times I read this book (both times in my early twenties), I still see a lot of my teenage self in her.

Portrayal of the Writing Community

I know this section is similar to the first section of this review, but it’s different, trust me. XD
Now that I’m a published author (I wasn’t during the first two reads of this book), I can attest that the portrayal of the writing community in this book is spot on. Young writers often have mentors that “outgrow” them so to speak, and new friends are always being made. Though I’ve never been to a writing conference, from what I’ve read about them via personal testimonies of others, the writing conference in this book is portrayed true to their normal fashion.

Lowlights:

The Love Triangle

During my first two reads of this book, I enjoyed the love triangle that forms between Ellie, popular boy Palmer, and bad boy Chase. Now that I’m a little older, I wasn’t as interested in the day-to-day crush drama that Ellie faced with these two. Both of these boys were jerks at times, both pushing her aside to have flings with other girls. I felt like Ellie deserved better than that, though I also felt that it was a bit unrealistic for Palmer to suddenly have a crush on her as well. The backstory behind Chase’s crush was believable, but upon this re-read I can’t really see why Palmer would have a crush on Ellie. I ended up deducting a half-star from my former rating because of this aspect.

Overall, as I mentioned before, young writers who have a soft spot for love triangles will absolutely love this book. Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars.


Which books like The Revised Life of Ellie Sweet do you recommend? I recently bought a Kindle copy of Stephanie Morrill’s newest historical fiction release, Within These Lines, which I’m super excited to get to!

Be sure to check back next week for my review of book two of the Ellie Sweet series, The Unlikely Debut of Ellie Sweet!

Later, Arrowheads,

-Allyson 😀

Book Reviews

Book Review: Irreverent by Sarah Addison-Fox

A few weeks back, I had the privilege to review the first installment of Sarah Addison-Fox’s The Relevance Series with you, Irrelevant. I was also selected as a reviewer for book two, Irreverent, and in my opinion, this installment drastically improves upon the first book.

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Highlights:

Cristan’s Backstory:

One of the elements I found a bit lacking in Irrelevant was the hesitation to mention anything about Cristan’s backstory. This installment reveals all the injustice both Mallory and Cristan faced growing up in the New City, and it is heartbreaking, but also well-crafted.

Further Improvement on Dystopian Culture

Though I thought Irrelevant introduced a solid dystopian setting, book two improves upon it immensely. Irreverent provides further information on the Relevance system and leaves readers eager to find out how justice will be served.

More Action than Irrelevant

If you love action-packed dystopian, this book will certainly deliver! In book one, I felt like the characters did more talking than working against the system, but that changes for the better in this installment.

Lowlights:

Use of an F-Word Replacement

The only negative thing I have to say about Irreverent is that it frequently features an f-word replacement that resembles the real word; however, this is just a matter of personal taste and does not affect my overall rating or opinion of the novel itself.

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5 stars

I received an ARC from the author. All thoughts expressed are my own and a positive review was not required to receive the ARC.


That’s it for today, Arrowheads! Are you an author of clean YA or middle grade novels looking for book reviewers? If so, check out my Contact page to see if your book will be a good fit for this blog! 🙂

Later, Arrowheads,

-Allyson 😀

Book Reviews

Book Review: When You Found Me by Shana Norris

When local YA author Shana Norris announced that she was releasing a standalone that focuses on the day-to-day life of an epileptic, I was super excited to read the book, as I knew the author was diagnosed with epilepsy in 2015 and would bring a authentic voice to the story. It was an absolute honor to be selected as an early reviewer for this novel!

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Highlights:

Epilepsy Representation

Being that the author has first-hand experience with epilepsy, the representation of the condition in the novel is first-rate. I’m acquainted with another person with epilepsy, and the portrayal of the seizures in the novel is spot-on. Being that epilepsy is more common than most people realize, it’s fantastic that this main character can be someone teens with this condition can relate to.

Down Syndrome Representation

Like with the representation of epilepsy, the novel also includes a character with Down Syndrome. I can’t attest that the portrayal of Down Syndrome was accurate, as I don’t personally know anyone who has it, but I appreciate that the character was portrayed as confident, strong-willed, and capable of doing anything she set her mind to.

Sean, Tamika, and Sasha

The stand-out characters in this novel for me were Sean (Harper’s love interest), Tamika (a friend), and Sasha (Sean’s younger sister). All three of these characters had exuberant personalities that jumped from the pages.

Lowlights:

Portrayal of Churches

Though the novel does not bash Christianity or churches, it portrays most members at Harper’s church as nosy or overly curious about epilepsy. I believe this is a 100% accurate portrayal of some church members, but not all of them. I would also have loved to see Harper put her faith in God to help deal with her frustration with epilepsy, but instead she skips church services to not have to deal with the nosy people.

By the end, her negative feelings toward the nosy people are put to rest, but we don’t see Harper grow in her faith either. I would like to note that the novel is not categorized as Christian YA, though, so church is portrayed more like a setting.

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Though I liked the way Harper’s epilepsy was portrayed, I struggled connecting to her. I’ve read four other works by this author and have connected more to those main characters, so I think it was just Harper’s angst against her diagnosis that hindered my connection to her.

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5 stars

I received an ebook copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. A positive review was not required to receive the book.


That’s it for today, Arrowheads! Are you an author of clean YA or middle grade novels looking for book reviewers? If so, check out my Contact page to see if your book will be a good fit for this blog! 🙂

Later, Arrowheads,

-Allyson 😀

Author Interviews, Blog Tours, Book Reviews

100 Days of Sunlight Blog Tour: Author Interview with Abbie Emmons + Bonus Book Review

If you’re a fan of contemporary YA romance, I’ve got the perfect book recommendation for you. Today I have the privilege of participating in a blog tour for the release of my friend Abbie Emmons’ debut novel, 100 Days of Sunlight! To celebrate, Abbie’s here for an interview, and I will be reviewing the novel!

So, let’s face the sun!

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Interview with Abbie Emmons

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Abbie Emmons has been writing stories ever since she could hold a pencil. What started out as an intrinsic love for storytelling has turned into her lifelong passion. There’s nothing Abbie likes better than writing (and reading) stories that are both heartrending and humorous, with a touch of cute romance and a poignant streak of truth running through them. Abbie is also a YouTuber, singer/songwriter, blogger, traveler, filmmaker, big dreamer, and professional waffle-eater. When she’s not writing or dreaming up new stories, you can find her road-tripping to national parks or binge-watching BBC Masterpiece dramas in her cozy Vermont home with a cup of tea and her fluffy white lap dog, Pearl. If you want to see Abbie in her element (ranting about stories) just type her name into YouTube and search.

 

Welcome to Authoring Arrowheads, Abbie! I’m super excited to have you here today. I’ve been a fan of your YouTube channel for a few months now. What advice do you have for authors who are considering turning to YouTube to grow their social media presence?

Thank you so much for inviting me onto your blog today, Allyson! You’re the best, and I’m so excited to chat with you today about all things writing. I’m so glad you like my YouTube channel, thank you! That means a lot to me. 

My advice for writers who want to start a YouTube channel would first be: GO FOR IT. It’s never too late to get started! You have something unique and beautiful to offer the world (and YouTube) through your videos. Do your best, but never down-talk your videos or your writing. BE YOURSELF < the most important thing to remember when talking in front of a camera. Persevere – keep making videos even if you aren’t thrilled with the number of views you get. As one of my favorite quotes says, “The challenge is that the day before something is truly a breakthrough, it’s a crazy idea.” Oddly enough, this is also true of visibility on YouTube. The day you feel like quitting might be the day before your channel blows up.

I absolutely love that quote! *Writes it down somewhere* That’s good stuff.

Next question! What was the selling-point that convinced you to pursue indie publishing rather than traditional?

I actually made a whole video talking in-depth about why I chose indie publishing and the moment I decided I would never go traditional. But, in a nutshell, this is what happened: I stumbled upon an indie published author/blogger named Mark Dawson, who shared his story of being traditionally published before he went indie. Although his books had made it to the shelves of bookstores, he found himself making so few sales, he was literally walking into bookstores and moving copies of his novels to the front of the shelves in hopes that someone would see his book and buy it. Needless to say, he was very disappointed and disheartened by the traditional route and decided to give indie publishing a shot. 
Now Mark is an award-nominated, USA Today bestseller, with more than 20 books published and over 2 million books downloaded in multiple countries and languages. He shares his experience of indie publishing through his podcast, Self Publishing Formula, which I 10/10 recommend listening to if you’re at all interested in exploring the indie pub route. When I heard Mark’s story, I was immediately interested in pursuing indie publishing and started listening to his podcast. I’ve never looked back. 

Awesome! That sounds like an excellent podcast to check out.

What inspired you to write 100 Days of Sunlight, and is it your first completed manuscript?

To answer the last question first, 100 Days of Sunlight is actually my 7th completed manuscript. I’ve written quite a few novels before it, some of which will never see the light of day (they’re awful) and some of which are definitely going to be published, they’re just not quite ready yet. 

I was inspired to write 100 Days of Sunlight after thinking about my own lifestyle. Like Tessa, I’m a writer, blogger, neat-freak, introvert, reader, and I take great pleasure in the visual beauty around me. One day the thought popped into my head, “How would I feel if I suddenly lost my eyesight? How would it affect my daily life? Would I eventually come to experience and savor my other senses, the many other ways to find beauty in the world?” I immediately knew the premise of the story – Tessa and Weston’s characters flashed into my mind like a light bulb turning on. I knew it would be a love story, but not just about romantic love – love between brothers, and grandparents, and best friends. I wanted to drop everything and write the book immediately! 

Wow, that’s awesome! I feel like I speak for many when I say we’re looking forward to reading your future releases!

100 Days of Sunlight is a contemporary YA romance. Are you thinking about writing and publishing other genres?

Oh, definitely! Although contemporary romance is my first love, I have lots of ideas for stories in all different genres, from historical fiction to fantasy to sci-fi. You can definitely expect more sweet contemporary stories from me, but I might just surprise the world with something completely different one day! 

Speaking of romance, back in February, you posted an entire video series about writing romance (which I loved, by the way! 😊 ) Overall, what would you consider your #1 tip for writing romance?

Aw, thank you Allyson! I’m so glad you enjoyed the romance video series. My #1 tip for writing romance would be: focus on the transition of love more than anything else. When writers “fail” at romance, it’s usually because the transition of two people falling in love happens too quickly. I don’t just mean “in a short period of time” because I do believe that insta-love can be done well, if this transition is written smoothly. It doesn’t really matter how much time is going by in the actual story. It could be two days or two years. But your characters have to have a reason why they gradually fall deeper in love with each other. 

I had the privilege of hosting your sister, K.A. Emmons, for an interview during her Worlds Beneath blog tour last year. She mentioned that the two of you enjoy writing at your parents’ dining room table. What has been one of your fondest memories you’ve shared writing with your sister?

Ahh, awesome! Worlds Beneath is my favorite book of all time. *fangirls* It’s true, Katie and I have spent our lives writing together at my parents’ dining room table. I don’t know if I can choose a specific moment, more like all the moments added up. I think I speak for us both when I say that we are a great source of inspiration for each other. We shared a room all our lives until my sister got married 2 years ago, and we had the best late-night conversations filling plot holes and crafting our characters’ tragic backstories! 

Aw, I’m sure Katie feels the same way, Abbie! That sounds like a fun, growing up writing alongside a sibling. At what age did you first fall in love with writing?

Hmm, I think I was six? My mom used to read soooo many books to me and my sister growing up – I remember being so enthralled by how magical stories are, how they can transport you into a whole different world. We read every single book in The Boxcar Children series and my first literary endeavor was a fanfiction short story of The Boxcar Children. I remember asking Katie how to spell the word “wood”! Needless to say, my vocabulary has increased over the years, haha.

Haha, I’ve been there, too! XD Which authors inspire you the most?

Jane Austen, C.S. Lewis, Charlotte Brontë, Emily Dickinson, Elizabeth Gaskell, Louisa May Alcott, and Harper Lee, to name a few!

That’s a great list! Which books on writing have you found most beneficial to shaping your craft?

I don’t read a lot of books on writing. Which is kind of funny, I suppose – but none of them have really clicked with me, except for two: Wired for Story and Story Genius, both by Lisa Cron. These books opened my eyes! I love how Lisa connects everything to human psychology and breaks down what exactly engages our brain in a story. A lot of what I teach on my YouTube channel is what I’ve taken away from these two books. I definitely recommend reading them both, preferably with lots of highlighters standing by!

Those sound like great recommendations!

Final Question! For our readers who don’t know, you’re a big proponent for dream chasing and taking action steps to accomplish those dreams. What advice do you have for writers who are working toward their dreams of becoming a published and/or bestselling author?

If you never quit, you will live your dreams. That’s just an absolute. Most people don’t live their dream because somewhere along the way they decide it’s too hard. It’s too painful. It’s too time-consuming. It requires too much creativity and energy and discipline. It’s true that the creative life will demand all of you…and then some. But if you literally NEVER EVER give up? You will live your dream. It’s an absolute. 

Preach, girl! We all need to remember this on the daily. Thanks for stopping by, Abbie!

Thank you so much for having me on your blog today, Allyson! It’s been a pleasure to chat with you today. 🙂

Connect with Abbie:

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Book Review: 100 Days of Sunlight

After following Abbie’s YouTube channel for a few months, I was honored to be selected as an ARC reader for her debut novel, 100 Days of Sunlight. Contemporary YA is my favorite genre, so I knew from her videos on writing and storytelling that this was about to be an awesome read. I ended up loving everything about it!

The Reasons for Fangirling Start Below:

The Professionalism

The cover, the formatting, the proofreading… every detail about this book is purely professional, and I could easily see this book sitting among the releases of mainstream YA authors like Sarah Dessen at Barnes and Noble. You can tell that Abbie put her all into this book, and I know her hard work will pay off.

WESTON IS ADORABLE

Flawed. Funny. Adventurous. Romantic. Broken, but still willing to see the positive aspects in life. Weston soon became one of my favorite male leads in contemporary YA. I loved reading both his backstory chapters and his present-day story with Tessa.

Realistic Dialogue

The dialogue is expertly written and makes Tessa and Weston feel like real people. Weston does cuss, but that is a realistic portrayal of a non-Christian teenage boy who attends public school. However, it did kind of bother me that he felt free to cuss in front of his parents and teachers when he was thirteen. I just found that a bit disrespectful.

Tessa is 100% Relatable

An introverted writer/blogger who doesn’t like going outside? Hello, my new bestie. XD Although I couldn’t relate to Tessa’s physical struggles, I could easily relate to why she was feeling and acting the way she was.

Never a Dull Moment

It is extremely rare for me to never find a dull moment in a book, but this book kept me engaged through its entirety. The pacing is absolutely perfect, and I would have read the book all in one sitting if my schedule would have allowed.

Swoon-worthy Romance

Cuteness. Overload. Gah! ❤ The romance was pure, perfectly paced, and heartmelting. Just like Tessa’s squad, I shipped it from the beginning and was dying for them to finally get together. Their resistance created the perfect amount of tension for the reader and I fangirled like crazy at the ending. ❤

Palpable Emotions

Due to the epically written characterization for both of our main characters, their emotions come off as 100% palpable and sent me on an emotional roller coaster. I was not okay, y’all. XD

Abbie has written an incredible debut novel, and I can’t wait to see where her author career takes her. I predict she’ll become a famously known author like Sarah Dessen or John Green soon enough. Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5 stars.

Thank you to the author for providing me a free ebook copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. A positive review was not required to receive the ebook.

For more on 100 Days of Sunlight:

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That’s it for today, Arrowheads! Be sure to check out 100 Days of Sunlight!

Later, Arrowheads,

-Allyson 😀

 

Book Reviews

Book Review: Pretty in Punxsutawney by Laurie Boyle Crompton

A few months ago, my favorite YA publisher, Blink, held an ebook sale. I scored a few great titles, including Pretty in Punxsutawney, which I’ve been eyeing for a while. This throwback to 80s pop culture proved to be a refreshing YA read!

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Highlights:

Interesting Premise

Featuring the Groundhog Day inspired plot of repeating the same day in a YA novel is what initially drew me to this book. I haven’t come across any other YA titles like it, so the use of this trope was refreshing.

Tom

Tom, the eclectic movie nerd who works at the movie theater was the most interesting character to me. He knew a lot about a wide variety of movies, and was someone I would like to hang out with in real life. I could easily see him being played by Ansel Elgort or Tom Holland in a film adaption of this book.

Movie Obsessed Character

YES, FINALLY. Though I don’t really like the same movies as the main character, I love that the main character is a movie nerd. I don’t think I’ve ever read a YA novel that discussed movies so heavily, and I really enjoyed that aspect.

Lowlights:

Andie

Though I appreciate her fellow movie-nerdiness, I didn’t particularly care for the main character, Andie. Her actions were way too over-the-top for my taste, and I paused while reading on several occasions to do a Jim Halpert face because of her strange behavior.

Portrayal of Teens Felt a Few Decades Off

The portrayal of high schoolers did not seem realistic to me due to the dialogue. Oftentimes, the teens spoke to one another as if they were in their 30s, a bit too properly. Most of the teens also knew a lot about 80s films for the films to have been released roughly twenty years before they were born. I’m a mid-90s baby and only understood the Ferris Bueller references, as I haven’t seen any Molly Ringwald films despite having seen other 80s classics, such as the Back to the Future trilogy, GremlinsThe Princess BrideBig, etc. Adult readers who were teens in the 1980s (like my parents) would probably enjoy the Molly Ringwald film references more.

Rating: 3.5/5 stars.


What books have you read this summer? Drop your recommendations in the comments! 🙂

Later, Arrowheads,

-Allyson 😀

My Books

Amazon Prime Day: FREE KINDLE SALE!

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That’s right, my friend! Today and tomorrow only, as part of Amazon’s Prime Day celebration from July 15th to the 16th, both of my books will be FREE for Kindle readers! Take advantage of this offer while Prime Day is active!

Claim Your Free Books Here!

Of course, if you miss these deals, you can always purchase Can’t Beat the Heart of a Carolina Girl for the low price of $0.99, and Speak Your Mind for only $2.99!

Reviews are Appreciated!

And of course, if you pick up copies of my books, reviews on Amazon and Goodreads are highly appreciated! As an indie author, reviews help spread the word about my books and help me establish credibility as an author. Please be sure to drop a short review! 🙂


Be sure to check back here in a few for this week’s Character Names by Letter post! I hope you enjoy the books! 🙂

Later, Arrowheads,

-Allyson 😀

 

My Books

The Crush: Add to Goodreads

As some of you know, I finished writing my latest WIP, The Crush, on June 24th and am now beginning the process of editing and preparing it for publication. Because I wrote the synopsis a few weeks before finishing the book, I’ve went ahead and created a Goodreads page for The Crush.

Synopsis

Never settle for anything less. 

A combination hopeless romantic and old soul trapped in a teenager’s body, closet musician Emery Brooks wonders if she’ll ever find a love as timeless as her grandparents’. Fear of judgment and social alienation due to her older brother’s past mistakes render her incapable of writing a love song. Still, Emery holds fast to the ideals her Grandma Adeline instilled in her from a young age, vowing to allow God to handwrite her love story, to never settle for anything less.

That is, until love cynic Sawyer Alston enters her world. Broken by the wrath of his parents’ failed marriage, Sawyer has been uprooted from everything he’s ever known and now sees love as a void of empty promises. When the Brooks and Alston kids meet due to their mothers’ rekindled friendship, Emery soon realizes she’s in over her head.

For, despite her resistance, her first crush, her first glimpse at love, involves a boy who doesn’t believe in love at all.

 

Publication Date to be Determined


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Even though the publication date is to be determined (I’m estimating Fall of 2020 at the earliest), I’ve added a page for The Crush to Goodreads to get the word out. Click the button below to add The Crush to your TBR! I’d really appreciate it! ❤

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Thanks for stopping by for this random Saturday post! I hope you enjoy The Crush when it releases!

Later, Arrowheads,

-Allyson 😀

Book Reviews

Book Review: Dandelion Dust by Faith Potts

During Black Friday last year, I purchased a Christian YA romance novella I had my eye on for awhile, along with a slew of other indie books. Because the novella is set during the summer, I forced myself to wait until the weather in NC finally warmed up. I’m happy to say that Dandelion Dust was totally worth the wait… so worth it, in fact, that I read it all in one day! 🙂

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Highlights:

Charity and Ryder

GAH, could these two be any more adorable?! ❤ Their heart melting love story tore. me. to. pieces. Their chemistry together was impeccable. They were also super relatable, as they realistically portrayed the turbulence of emotions loving someone can put us through. Very well done, and I can’t wait to read more contemporary romance by this author!

The Traven Family

Ryder’s family was well-written and each family member has a unique personality that makes you feel like you know each one of them by the end of the story. My heart ached for them throughout the conflict of the book, and I cried tears of joy with them when God makes a way for them. And y’all, books rarely make me cry.

The Writing

For there not to be a whole lot going on with the plot other than the focus on Ryder, this book had me invested from the Prologue. Faith Potts has an excellent talent for the written word at such a young age, and she has a brilliant future ahead of her as an author. I can’t wait to read more from her in the future!

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5 stars


That’s it for today, Arrowheads! Be sure to check back here on Fridays for regularly scheduled book reviews!

Later, Arrowheads!

-Allyson 😀