Book Review: The Soul Thief (Angel of Death Series #1) by Majanka Verstraete

****Full Disclosure: Like many of the books I review, I was very generously given a copy of this book in return for an honest interview. The generosity of the author/publisher does not affect my review*****

Witches. Vampires. Angels of Death. These are just a few of the characters/paranormal creatures you’ll be treated to in The Soul Thief, which will make it a favourite for paranormal lovers.

In The Soul Thief, Riley gets into a horrific car crash. During the car crash, she sees a girl steal a young boy’s soul. Naturally, she thinks that she’s hallucinating, or it’s all a dream, but then she later encounters the same girl at the hospital who informs her that she is a Halfling angel of death. Afterwards, Riley tries to come to terms with her new identity (and the fact that her father isn’t actually her biological father) all while going through intense training with Leander, a handsome angel of death who has already lived for centuries. Her training also means lying regularly to her parents and friends. However, Riley soon has even more to worry about when teenage girls who are around Riley’s age start to die under mysterious circumstances, and Riley has to figure out why.

Majanka Verstraete certainly is a whiz at starting things off running. The novel opens to Riley’s car accident, a powerful and intriguing scene that had me immediately captivated. The rest of the book continues much in this manner, moving from event to event, and not lingering in any one place for too long. For my personal taste, although I appreciate movement, I also enjoy having time to develop both main and secondary characters as well as develop the protagonist’s stasis. In particular, I would have loved a bit more build up between Riley’s accident and her learning that she is an angel of death, which would have given me a chance to feel out her personal and family life, and maybe get more acquainted with Riley as a character. However, if you like your books to move at a speedy, breathless pace, with every scene mattering a great deal to the plot, then you will find that this novel does that, in effortless style.

As far as characters go, I enjoyed Riley. She’s a very conscientious character, yet she has a wicked sense of quirky humour that keeps things from getting too serious. Leander at times veers toward getting a little too “pretty-boy,” but he matches Riley’s sense of humour and contentiousness with his own, which allows him to still be engaging. Secondary characters felt a bit thin at times, but this also kept the plot focalized on Riley and her strength as a character.

Plot-wise, this is a paranormal-lover’s dream. Verstraete crafts an engaging and thought-out paranormal world, with no noticeable cracks. In addition to the angels, we also encounter other paranormal figures, such as witches, casters, and vampires, which is sure to make any paranormal fan happy.

Ultimately, The Soul Thief  is a promising beginning to a series. While readers who prefer lots of character development may feel a little overwhelmed by the speedy pace, paranormal fans who love a plot-driven novel with lots of supernatural goodies will love it.

Author Interview: Tasha Cotter

Today I’m interviewing Tasha Cotter, author of the NA romance, Red Carpet Day Job! If you haven’t already heard about it (or seen the be-au-ti-ful cover), then you can check it out here:

Emily’s Interview with Tasha:


1. What inspired you to write your novel?

It’s hard to say where this book came from! I really like the work of Helen Fielding, Sophie Kinsella, and Julianna Baggott and I’m a sucker for romantic comedies. I suppose I was influenced by those writers, more than anything else. The character of Sophie was the initial spark for the rest of the book. After thinking about her character I began to build up the rest of her world – her somewhat-employed boyfriend, the unlikely romance between her and Nick, and a boss who’s considerate of her, but also very driven to make the agency work. He sees the ambition and potential in Sophie and pushes her to be as good as she can be. Pretty soon other events and characters – like the beautiful young Kate Farris—began to appear. My characters gave me the tension, drama, and conflict I knew I would need if this was going to be a novel. I knew I had something to work with and just sat down and began taking a lot of notes, then I created an outline, and much, much later, the book was finally written.

2. What were the easiest parts to write?

Once I know my characters really well, dialogue comes rather easily. That being said, I have to be able to visualize these people in order to write them. I have to know what their hiding. I have to know their motivations and I have to know their backgrounds, to some degree. I need to know their weaknesses. If I know them well – and I have to know them well—I can channel the dialogue. I won’t say it comes easily, but it’s easier than shaping the plot and making the book come together as a whole.

3. What were the hardest parts to write?

I think the hardest part was striking the right balance between Sophie, Nick, and Scott. Sophie and Scott have this long history – they were college sweethearts who moved to New York together because she got a good job. Scott followed her to New York and started an urban farming operation. They were once in love with each other, but have grown apart over several years. When we first meet them, they’re living together in New York in a cramped apartment, and they’ve become such different people. They’re on two different paths, which Sophie recognizes sooner than Scott does. Nick is like Sophie’s reality check. Nick comes along and represents something very different—he’s a new chapter in her life—but balancing who she was with who she becomes (is becoming) was not easy. I needed to braid the past with the present. I needed to follow her transformation and help her make sense of the present. More than anything, I needed to make it clear her moving on from Scott made sense.

4. What are some of your favourite YA novels?

I’m a big fan of John Green, M.T. Anderson, and Suzanne Collins. I love books that have a strong narrative – I love a good plot. I also love a good love story.

5. I have to ask (it is a dystopia blog): what are some of your favourite dystopian novels (or just one)?

I really loved The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins. I also thought M.T. Anderson’s book Feed was terrific. It seemed to illuminate an information-driven future we’re all sort of stumbling toward. I thought the world that M.T. Anderson created was so wonderfully realized.

6. Favourite writing snack?

Usually tea and chocolate are never far from my laptop. J

7. If you could be any character in your novel, who would you like to be?

Good question! I’d have to go with Sophie. Or maybe Kate Farris? I’d choose Sophie because she’s on the way to becoming the person she always wanted to be. And that’s an exciting place to be in life. She’s on the cusp of playing a very important role at the talent agency and she’s finally working with some amazing Hollywood talent (and getting the respect she deserves). Not to mention, she may have finally met a guy who has a job, treats her well, and is not at all bad looking. Why might I choose Kate? She’s that enigmatic “it-girl” that everyone simultaneously loves and hates. She’s also a little spoiled. It’s a good thing she doesn’t have that unflappable ambition and drive to excel that Sophie does – Kate could take over the world, if that were the case!

8. What do you hope readers will learn from/ take away from your novel?

I hope this is a good story – I hope it’s a fun story. Red Carpet Day Job is sort of a modern day Cinderella story: Sophie is undergoing a transformation in this book and her life becomes a little brighter by the end of the book. Her career starts making more sense. Her life in New York starts to come together in ways she hadn’t planned, and she has to balance her career with Nick Jackson and what he’s about. I love writing New Adult because you get to follow characters through some of the most interesting and important decisions of their lives. I hope that readers come away intrigued by the big choice that Sophie has to make. By the way, her story isn’t over yet – I’m already at work on the sequel….


I’m excited for that!!! Thanks for the lovely interview, Tasha!

Cover Reveal: Tasha Cotter’s “Red Carpet Day Job”

Today, I’m featuring something new: New Adult! This NA romance by Tasha Cotter sounds adorable and romantic, and just like the type of book I like, especially this time of year! Plus, it’ll be released in time for Valentines Day, which makes it either a lovely Valentines gift for yourself, or for someone special (the gorgeous cover doesn’t hurt either). Read on:

Most of the working-class secretaries in New York City don’t spend their mornings wrestling skirts from beneath roosting chickens or cleaning egg yolk off their heels. But Sophie Waldrop does, thanks to her boyfriend, Scott, and the organic egg business he runs out of her 5th floor walk-up. Though they’ve been dating since high school, Scott no longer pulls his weight in the relationship—financially or emotionally. Sophie’s ready to send him, and his chickens, packing.

The day she breaks up with Scott, Sophie’s boss introduces her to the firm’s new client, Nick Jackson—the hottest up-and-coming actor in Hollywood. Sophie can’t believe her luck when her boss volunteers her to be Nick’s date for a red carpet award ceremony that same night. Freshly single, Sophie tries to keep things in perspective as her “work event” leads to a budding romance. She didn’t expect to like Nick, and she certainly didn’t expect him to like her.

When her dream job lands in her lap, Sophie rejoices that her hard work has finally paid off. But she soon learns that it may have been Nick’s influence that opened the doors and created the opportunities that she would rather have earned for herself.


Nick’s hectic schedule, the persistent leading ladies with whom he works, and Sophie’s own promotion and career ambitions further complicate their fairy-tale romance. Can Nick and Sophie make their love last, or will their relationship be more like the paparazzi’s camera flashes—fast, bright, and fading?

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Tasha Cotter is the author of That Bird Your Heart (Finishing Line Press) and Some Churches (Gold Wake Press). A graduate of the University of Kentucky and the Bluegrass Writers Studio, her work has appeared in or is forthcoming in NANO Fiction, Verse Daily, The Rumpus, and elsewhere. You can find her online at or on twitter @TashCotter.

Interview: Sherry D. Ficklin, Author of “Queen of Someday”

Historical fiction and YA lovers take a deep breath!! Today, I have a special treat for you. Sherry D. Ficklin, author of Queen of Someday, along with other fab YA novels, kindly allowed me to interview her!!! Our interview focuses on Queen of Someday (which I went pretty ga-ga for this summer), as well as some general writing questions. Bonus: You’ll also learn some history! Enjoy!

1. What inspired you to write your novel? In particular, what inspired you to choose Catherine the Great as the subject of your novel?

I was doing research on the Romanov line for my other novel, EXTRACTED, when I first came across Catherine’s story. It was one of those truth is stranger than fiction things. Her history was so decadent and angsty I knew it would make a fantastic novel. The more I researched, the more I wanted to know how an innocent girl from Germany became the ruthless Empress of Russia. Talk about character growth.

2. What were the easiest parts to write?

The romance was the easiest part to write. It was one of the only pieces not grounded in real history so I was really able to play with it at my own discretion. It was so much fun to experience that first, erratic, all consuming, reasonless love.

3. What were the hardest parts to write?


The toughest scene was when Rina’s pregnancy was announced, but the most technically difficult were the scenes where she’s just moving though the palace. The perfectionist in me really wanted to get it right, but without actually having BEEN to Winter Palace, it was nearly impossible.

4. Did you originally plan for your book to be a YA novel? Or did that happen along the way? It certainly reaches a wide audience. I’m twenty-one and I love it and I know others who are closer to middle age and love it as well.

I think the series at least begins as a young adult novel, those things are generally based on the age of the main character more than anything. But as the series progresses, it melts more into NA and adult categories. I just finished book 2 and it’s much darker, less romance, much more at stake, at least from a political standpoint. I think it is one of those stories that, by the nature of time passing and the characters maturing, will appeal to a wide spectrum of readers. I will say, I don’t think there’s ever been a YA novel quite like it.

5. For us non-history-buffs, how much did you alter or trim from Catherine’s real story when writing your novel? How did you decide what would stay, and what would go?

I tried to keep strict to two things, first being the overall political climate of the period and secondly being the nature of Sophie/Catherine and the other characters. I condensed time quite a bit, there are people she actually met much later in life that I brought in much earlier in the narrative, and specifically I altered some details like, for example, the scene where she’s poisoned. It was true that she fell ill and nearly died, but it was from pneumonia. I took the opportunity to ramp it up as a way to demonstrate the very fragile nature of her station, as well as the lengths people at court would go to in order to secure political alliances. All in all, it was a very delicate balance. I also “Americanized” it quite a bit. You will notice I use terms like “Empress” instead of “Tsarina” and Peter instead of Paytr. That was mainly for ease of reading. Some people love that about it, some hate it. It was a purely creative choice.

(Emily’s note: As I mentioned previously in my review of “Queen of Someday,” I found that the “Americanized” language stylistic choices were a particularly strong element of the novel.)

  1. What are some of your favourite YA novels?

That is impossible, I love so many and my favorites change from month to month. I’m very into teen paranormal, so pretty much anything under that umbrella rocks my world. Though, I just read Dethroning Crown by Lila Felix and I loved it HARD CORE.

  1. I have to ask (it is a dystopia blog): What are some of your favourite dystopian novels (or just one)?

I really enjoyed (most of) the Divergent novels, the Hunger Games, I liked The Water Wars and The Uglies/The Pretties. I don’t know, there are so many. I actually have a new WIP on my schedule that will be my first ever dystopian novel, I’m calling it Red Card. It’s going to be seriously badass.

8. Favourite writing snack?

Skittles and M&Ms mixed up in a bowl. It’s the CHAOS of snack food.

9. If you could be any character in your novel, who would you like to be?

I would probably be Grace from my Foresight series. She has some badass demigoddess powers.


10. What do you hope readers will learn from/ take away from your novel?

At the end of the day, it’s a story of strength, of not giving up. Life has a way of knocking us all on our faces from time to time, and sometimes it feels like it’s never going to get better. But if you have to strength to get back up, to face the future with courage and determination, then nothing in this world can stop you. Life is 1% success and 99% not giving up.


Thanks so much for the interview, Sherry!!!!

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“The Soul Thief” Book Blitz


Today, I’m featuring a fabulous new paranormal YA novel by Majanka Verstraete, The Soul Thief (Book 1 in The Angel of Death Series). Here’s a summary and an excerpt:

When sixteen-year-old Riley is injured in a car crash and sees a girl stealing a boy’s soul, she’s convinced she’s hallucinating. But when she sees the same girl at the hospital later, she knows she wasn’t dreaming. That’s when Riley learns her secret heritage and who she really is: a halfling Angel of Death.

Riley must come to terms with her new reality and supernatural abilities, but before she can do this, girls her age start dying in mysterious circumstances. It’s up to Riley to figure out why, what the innocent victims have in common, and what she can do to stop them.

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About the Author

Majanka Verstraete begged her Mom to teach her how to read while she was still in kindergarten. By the time she finished fifth grade, she had read through the entire children’s section of her hometown library.

She wrote her first story when she was seven years old, and hasn’t stopped writing since. With an imagination that never sleeps, and hundreds of possible book characters screaming for her attention, writing is more than a passion for her.

She writes about all things supernatural for children of all ages. She’s tried to write contemporary novels before, but something paranormal always manages to crawl in.

Majanka is currently studying for her Master of Laws degree, and hopes one day to be able to combine her passions for law and writing. When she’s not writing, reading or studying, she likes watching “The Vampire Diaries” and “Game of Thrones,” spending time with her friends, or playing “World of Warcraft.”

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Erin Rhew’s ” The Outlanders” plus Interview

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Hi All!  Today, I’d like to showcase one of my dear Twitter friends, Erin Rhew! She’s the author of The Fulfillment Series (today, we’ll be talking about book #2, The Outlanders), an awesome YA series, and besides that, is just a total sweetheart! Here’s the back-cover blurb, so you can read all about The Outlanders!

With King Jesper dead and Prince Wilhelm mortally wounded, Halfling prince, Nash, and the Fulfilment, Layla, assume the throne of Etherea. They must contend with a new Prophecy Candidate who asserts her position, and Layla is surprised to find her fate intertwined with this challenger. Facing a myriad of choices, Nash and Layla’s decisions affect not only their own futures but that of two kingdoms.

Unbeknownst to the Ethereals or the Vanguards, a slumbering menace stirs in the south, awakened after centuries of slumber. The mysterious Outlanders, a force shadowed in mystery, sit poised to tip the balance of power, sending ripples of fear throughout both warring kingdoms.

Elder Werrick proved a formidable foe, but Layla may yet meet her match in the monstrous Outlander queen. This mistress of the dark’s plans, rooted in revenge and ancient lore, now threaten the livelihood of all three kingdoms.

Racing against time, Layla travels to the Borderlands—home of the Voltons and Ecclesiastics—to discover as much as she can about the war, the First Ones, and the prophecy itself. Lives teeter in the balance, kingdoms sit on the cusp of ruin, and a beast, greater than any she’s ever faced before, plots a catastrophic attack.

Sounds wicked, huh? And this post gets even better, as I have a full excerpt to share! :

Everything about Mia felt wrong. The girl, who looked so much like Layla, just happened to be where Samson could find her and came with him to the home of her enemy without any resistance? Whole generations of Ecclesiastics searched for entire lifetimes and never found the Fulfillment, yet Samson encountered two potentials in short succession. She couldn’t pinpoint the reason for her unease, but something tickled the back of her mind, inching toward the surface with painstaking sluggishness.

“I don’t understand why she would just come with you to Etherea.” Layla struggled to keep her voice level and calm to avoid raising Samson’s hackles.

“She didn’t have anywhere else to go. Vance killed her family in Vanguard.”

Layla made a mental note to confirm Samson’s version of the story with the information Nash managed to extract from Mia. “If she’s a Vanguard, why would she come with you to Etherea?”

“You came here,” Samson shot back, his inexplicable protectiveness for the mystery girl heightening her concern.

She treaded with care. “Well, some insane man in a black and purple robe stole my brother, so I didn’t really have a choice.”

Mia stared at the young man before her with a mixture of curiosity and weariness. She understood why others found him so handsome—rich, dark hair and those shocking green eyes. If she succeeded, he would be her…she stopped herself, determined to keep her mind clear. She had to give off an air of mystery, to lure the Ethereals into her web so they followed her plan. More than anything, she needed them to follow her plan, so much depended on it. She could not slip up. She could not make a mistake.

Taking a steadying breath, she refocused her thoughts and slid her amethyst colored eyes across the prince in front her. She wouldn’t even think his name or give any indication she already knew about him. She had to forget how much she’d been told about him…how much she’d been told about them all. Feigning ignorance factored into her plan.

“Who are you?” he asked, after spending an inordinate amount of time regarding her.

She noted how his gaze bounced from her eyes to her hair and back again. As planned, her appearance intrigued him. Though he’d asked a different question, she heard the real one layered beneath it. He wanted to know why she resembled the proclaimed Fulfillment. That question would then lead him to an inevitable one…could Mia be the Fulfillment instead of Layla? And if she were the Fulfillment, what did that mean for him? For Wil? For Layla?

“I’m Mia.” She almost grinned, pleased she’d answered his question but given him nothing more. When his lips twisted, her grin broke into a full smile at his evident irritation. “And you are?”

He hesitated. “Nash, brother of the king.”

“The injured king?” He flinched, a subtle movement most might miss, but she caught it.

“According to our friend, Samson, you’re an Outlander.”

“He found me in the Outlands.” The less Nash knew, the better.

Frustration flickered across his face, marring his otherwise handsome features. She smiled to herself, not trusting his patience should her lips turn up yet again.

“Sooo,” he dragged out the word. “Are you an Outlander?”

“No. I’m a Vanguard.”

Nash cocked his head to the right. “Why were you in the Outlands then?”

“I went to escape Vance’s oppression.” Mia stared at the wall behind him until her vision blurred. She willed tears to form. Given the pressure she’d been under, summoning them proved easier than she expected. When the familiar tight burning started near her lids, she blinked at the prince. He shifted in his seat. Mia wanted to snort at his reaction. Tears always made men uncomfortable. “Vance killed my family.” She paused and swallowed, hoping he believed she needed a moment to collect herself. “I ran as far as I could and ended up in the Outlands. Samson found me.”

Nash cleared his throat and shifted again; she increased the flow of her tears in reply.           “What do you know about the Outlands?”

“Very little.” She sniffed. Looking as pathetic as she could manage, she attempted to wipe her eyes, an impossible feat given her bound hands. Nash frowned as his gaze landed on her restraints. She bid him to unbind her hands, and for a moment, she believed he might. To her disappointment, he gripped the side of his chair until his knuckles turned white and left her tied up. Mia ground her teeth.

“Do you believe you are the Fulfillment?” Nash kept his voice steady despite the turmoil she read upon his face.

Mia waited a moment to respond, both to further escalate his frustration and to collect herself. In this moment, she needed to be most convincing, to begin what she’d been tasked to set in motion. She gestured with her chin, drawing Nash’s attention to the blazing “F” upon her upper arm. The dark purple birthmark matched the shade of her eyes.

“The First Ones speak for themselves.”

Nash shook his head. “It’s too obvious.”

Mia’s head jerked back. She struggled to maintain her composure as his reaction, so unexpected, derailed her careful planning. Her mind racing, she grappled for a response.

“Too obvious?”

“Yes. See, Mia—” His clear distaste tainted the sound of her own name. “I know about the First Ones.”

“Who do you think you are? An Ecclesiastic?” She smirked at him, acting like she retained complete control, but her insides knotted. She couldn’t lose her ability to direct the conversation.

To her surprise, Nash laughed, though she noted no pleasure in it. “The Prophecy states, ‘In a time of war, when the land is divided amongst the two, she, with raven black hair, purple eyes, and a special blessing from the First Ones shall bring peace.’”

“I think everyone in the three kingdoms and in the Borderlands is familiar with The Prophecy.” Mia rolled her eyes for effect. “What’s your point?”

“My point is, the special blessing wouldn’t be something as simple as a birthmark. If it were, the First Ones would have just said raven black hair, purple eyes, and an ugly purple ‘F’ on the upper arm.” He flicked his hand toward her arm. “Special blessing is vague, indicating something mysterious. There is nothing mysterious about your birthmark.”

Mia’s heart pounded as she felt the tables turn and the conversation slip away. “And there is something mysterious about her?”

The word her hung between them for a moment. Mia took another deep breath, worrying she’d pushed him too far. Beneath his shirt, she saw Nash’s muscles ripple and hoped she’d managed to touch a new nerve.

Mia clenched her teeth. She hated acting this way, so out of character, but she had to press on. No one could know the truth. She had to win this game…


Now that you’re officially even more excited to read this book, it gets better! Erin was so awesome to answer some interview questions for me to share with you guys. Have fun reading!!

Emily’s interview with Erin:

  1. What inspired you to write your novel?

I have always loved to read and write. I think I was born a writer. LOL! But my inspiration for this series can probably be traced back to my love of Game of Thrones and Arthurian legend.  The idea of combining the supernatural with olden times really appealed to me and got my creative juices flowing.

  1. What were the easiest parts to write?

The easiest part to write was the basic storyline itself. The characters are alive in my head and demand their story be told. When I sat down to write, the words poured from within me.

  1. What were the hardest parts to write?

I think the hardest part is creating a whole world and religion with its own rules and beliefs. It’s hard to keep everything straight and maintain consistency. For the sequel, keeping the characters, the world, and the religion straight and consistent took a lot of notes and concentration. Thank goodness for editors. Haha! ;)

  1. What are some of your favourite YA novels?

I think Rick Riordan is one of my most favorite writers of all time. Even though the Percy Jackson novels straddle middle grade and young adult, they take the cake for me. I also enjoy Julie Kagawa’s Blood of Eden series, Marie Lu’s Legend series, Cassandra Clare’s Infernal Devices series, and all books written by Richelle Mead (especially the Bloodlines series).

  1. I have to ask (it is a dystopia blog): what are some of your favourite dystopian novels (or just one)?

I enjoyed all the big names ones like Hunger Games and Divergent. But I also enjoyed the Uglies series by Scott Westerfeld, Delirium by Lauren Oliver, the Legend series by Marie Lu, Matched by Ally Condie.

I actually really enjoy dystopians. In fact, I have my own in the works. ;)

  1. Favourite writing snack?

It used to be Enjoy Life chocolate mega chunks with a Diet Pepsi with Lime. But lately, Deek and I love to eat popcorn while we write and edit. My keyboard is a little oily now (and I never can seem to get all the kernels out of my teeth), but I still love it.

  1. If you could be any character in your novel, who would you like to be?

Oh, I intend to play Sansolena in the movie version. Here’s why…I want Joe Manganiello to play King Rex. ‘Nuff said. Haha! (Don’t worry, Deek knows!)

  1. What do you hope readers will learn from/ take away from your novel?

When I set out to write The Fulfillment series, I didn’t intend for it to send a message about forgetting preconceived notions of others and accepting them for who they truly are, but it kind of ended up that way. So, remember to judge a person by his/her character, not his/her people group. In addition to that, I would love readers to walk away and say, “Wow, what a ride!”


Thanks so much for the interview, Erin!!!

Erin Rhew is an editor, a running coach, and the author of The Fulfillment Series. Since she picked up Morris the Moose Goes to School at age four, she has been infatuated with the written word. She went on to work as a grammar and writing tutor in college and is still teased by her family and friends for being a member of the “Grammar Police.” A Southern girl by blood and birth, Erin now lives in a rainy pocket of Pacific Northwest with the amazingly talented (and totally handsome) writer, Deek Rhew, and their “overly fluffy,” patient-as-a-saint writing assistant, a tabby cat named Trinity. She and Deek enjoy reading aloud to one another, running, lifting, boxing, eating chocolate, and writing side-by-side.

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Hyper Moments

Hi All!

It’s been forever!!! I’ve been crazy busy with school and the like, and promise to have more book reviews/cover reveals/ blog tours and a longer fall update (and more updates on my new novel) soon. Meanwhile, I just wanted to share my “hyper moment” with you.

Since this is my last year at uni., I was required to take a practicum course, which consists of seminar style lectures, some coursework, and a practicum placement this winter. It’s super fun, and we’ve been doing lots of interesting workshops, one of which was with an awesome career counsellor. She helped us with our resumes, but also did some “pre-career” work with us, which was basically helping decide on what type of career we may be interested in, and how to find that. Most of us are in either English or Education programs, and have some idea of what sector we’d like to work in, but some of us have a bit of a harder time deciding on what exactly we’d like to focus on in that sector. In order to help us, the career counsellor asked us what, in our academics, work experience, or volunteer experience, was our “hyper moment”- a moment in which we felt alive and enthused for what we were doing.

While others in the room were answering, I considered what my “hyper moment” would be. It was surprisingly hard to pinpoint, but not because I’ve never had a hyper moment. Trust me (or ask my brother:)), just within the last three years alone, I’ve had a ton of hyper moments- getting good marks or feedback on a paper or creative writing assignment, actually doing the creative writing assignment, working with children through volunteering and babysitting, writing my first novel, writing my second novel, surviving (and loving) a conflict resolution seminar course. Those are just a few. But when I really racked my brain to a singular, happy I’m-where-I-need-to-be moment (career-wise), I’d say it was this summer, when I wrote my second novel, talked about it both here and on Twitter, and got such an amazing amount of support from so many wonderful people.

One of my greatest joys of the last couple of years has been being on here and getting to know you all. Additionally, I’ve loved being able to write reviews, conduct interviews, host blog tours, and beta-read for some of the wonderful authors that I’ve met through my blogging journey. Writing can be a hard career path. It can be time-consuming. It can be lonely. People may see you as lazy, self-serving, or unrealistic. Often, people look at you like you’re priming yourself for failure. Having a network of support, where others help you to do your best work, and you feel like you can do the same for others, is so rewarding. So, in the spirit of belated- Canadian-Thanksgiving, thank you all for being a part of my hyper moment. I’m so grateful for every single one of my readers, fellow authors, and blog followers!!!

x Emily


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