Book Review: The Wild Ones by Louise Czarnobai

I was actually a beta on this story for most of last year! The BEST Beta. Ask anyone.

Where do I even begin with my praise for this excellent book? The way Czarnobai eases us into this incredible supernatural world astounds me. The lead-in at the beginning with what is, essentially, a state of the union address was absolutely sublime.

However, the real story starts when we’re introduced to the charming and handsome lawyer, Louis and we get to see him in action. He’s a secret super who tries to help other supers get off of insane charges with his law degree. However, because of this, he gets into a little trouble himself. This is what leads him to SINS and ultimately to the stunningly sexy, Lucas.

And once those two get together it is allll downhill from there. In a good way, that is. Their sexual tension and bantering really had me hooked! It was impossible to look away from all of their spicy encounters. I found myself almost to the point of frustration, screaming at my Kindle for them to kiss.

What a well-done romance story! I wish there had been more SINS stuff in there, though! I can’t wait for the second book with more epic action and romance.

An excellent debut for Louise Czarnobai.

What is Front Matter?

Hey guys! A lot of my friends are publishing or will soon be publishing indie and this is a question I get a whole lot.

What is front matter?

Front matter is the stuff that goes in the front of your book between your cover and your first page. And while that seems super straightforward, it can be a little daunting when you have to write it for yourself.

You front matter should include:

  1. Title Page
  2. Copyright
  3. Dedication (not required if you don’t want it)
  4. Acknowledgments (this can go in the back matter if you want)
  5. Table of Contents

Pro-tip: You may also want to include a blank space after the Table of Contents since your first chapter should always start on the right side.

Another-Pro-Tip: You may also want to include a blank page after the dedication considering this is where most authors choose to sign their books. (Learned this one the hard way, y’all).

FINAL-Pro-Tip: Ignore both of the previous two tips if you’re formatting for ebook. It will be different than print and you can mash that whole sucker together. Just make sure you have clear chapter breaks. Trust me, you’ll want that.

All-in-all, your finished product should look something like this (using Marjorie Diaz Book 1 as an example):

Inside cover
Copyright (don’t forget to shout out your cover designer and editor if you want)
Dedication (option, but great place to sign the book)
Table of contents
Table of contents

I included both halves of my Table of Contents because I wanted to make note here that I included my acknowledgements and About the Author at the end for the Back Matter.

This would also be where you include the name of the sequel or any other information you want your fans to know.

Hope this helps!

Book Review: Lucid Dreaming by Heather Blair

This book brought me to Quinn Kaneko levels of obsession. I rarely read anything this fast, but holy heck I devoured this book.

I don’t think the word “enrapture” is too strong a word for what this book dud to me. Every single word on the page screamed to be read. There was not even a single letter out of place and very few passages that gave me pause.

Every second I spent reading this book was rapturous. Heather Blair’s prose is delectable!

I absolutely adore Alison and her family (with one obvious exception). It is so rare that I find a book with a well-written female character in a story with a predominantly romantic plot, but Alison is IT. She is strong-willed, she is smart, she is everything I want my female MCs to be. She gives as much as she gets and even a little more to Quinn and everyone around her, but she is by no means perfect. Her flaws are what make her so well-rounded and incredible.

The love scenes were otherworldly good. Blair definitely knows her way around well-written smut. I have not read a smutty book I’ve enjoyed the way I enjoyed Lucid Dreaming in years. The love scenes were exciting and full of description and care between the two characters.

God, I especially loved how Blair handled the break up between Alison and her first boyfriend, Logan without demonizing him. Sure, Logan has his moments where he isn’t a great guy, but Blair never takes him too far. She never makes him abusive or shitty and she definitely doesn’t kill him off. That meant the world to me.

Thank you, Heather Blair, for your astonishing novel, Lucid Dreaming. I cannot wait for the sequel.

This should be fun

I took this from my old Live Journal.

Meme Rules:
1. Open Notepad
2. Go to fanfiction [dot] net
3. Go to a category
4. Write down all the things you have seen/read in the category
5. Repeat 3 and 4 until you have written down all the things you’ve seen for every category.

ANIMANGA
Absolute Boyfriend
Air Gear
Akira
Alice 19th
Alichina
Angel Sanctuary
Angelic Layer
Astro Boy

Avatar: Last Airbender & The Legend of Korra
Asumanga Daioh
Ayashi no Ceres
Beauty Pop
Big O
Bizenghast
Bleach
Blood+
Blue Gender
Blue Seed
Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo

Bubblegum Crisis
Captain Tsubasa
Card Captor Sakura
Castle in the Sky
Chobits
Clamp

Claymore
Code Lyoko
Cowboy Bebop
Crescent Moon
DNAngel
DearS
Death Note
Demashitaa! Powerpuff Girls Z
Demon Diary
Detective Conan/Case Closed

Detective School Q
Di Gi Charat
Digimon
Dragon Ball
Dragon Ball Z
Dragon Ball GT
Bayblade
Eetie Queerie
Escaflowne

Evangelion
Final Fantasy: Unlimited
Fruits Basket
Fullmetal Alchemist
Furi Kuri: FLCL
Fushigi Yuugi
Fushigi Yuugi: Genbu Kaiden
Ghost in the Shell
Gravitation
Gundam Seed
Gundam Wing
Hamtaro
Hana-Kimi
Hellsing
HiHi Puffy Ami Yumi

His and Her Cirsumstances
Hot Gimmick
Howl’s Moving Castle

Imadoki
Inuyasha
Kamichama Karin
Kill Me Kiss Me
Legal Drug
Love Hina
Loveless
Marmalade Boy
Mars
MeruPuri

Naruto
Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind
Off*Beat
Oh My Goddess
One Piece
Ouran High School Host Club
Outlaw Star
Paradise Kiss

Paranoia Agent
Peacemaker Kurogame
Peach Girl
Pokemon

Pita Ten
Please Teacher!
Prince of Tennis
Princess Ai
Princess Mononoke

Princess Princess
Psychic Academy
Ranma
Rave Master
Read or Die
Rayearth
Sailor Moon

Saiyuki
Sakura Wars
Scryed
Skip Beat!

Slayers
Someday’s Dreamers
Spirited Away
Tokyo Babylon
Tokyo Mew Mew
Trigun

Tsubasa Chronicle
Tuxedo Gin
NOW
Vampire Hunter D
Vampire Princess Miyu
Violinist of Hameln
W Juliet
Vampire Knight
Wish
Witch Hunter Robin
Wolf’s Rain
Yu Yu Hakusho
Yu-Gi-Oh
Yu-Gi-Oh GX
Zatch Bell

Zoids
hack/SIGN
xxxHOLIC

BOOKS
A-List
Alice in Wonderland
Animorphs
Baby Sitters Club

Bible
C.S.Lewis
Clique
Edgar Allen Poe
Ella Enchanted
Eragon
Goosebumps
Gossip Girl

Hardy Boys
Nancy Drew
Harry Potter
Holes
Jane Eyre
Last Unicorn
Into the Land of Unicorns
Left Behind
Little Women
Lord of the Flies
Midnighters

Nightmare Room
Peter Pan
Princess Diaries

Princess and the Goblin
Saddle Club
Sarah Dessen
Shakespeare
Sherlock Holmes
To Kill a Mockingbird
Truth About Forever
Tuck Everlasting

Twilight
New Moon
Eclipse

Unicorn Chronicles

CARTOONS
Aeon Flux
Aladdin
Alvin and the Chipmunks

American Dad
American Dragon: Jake Long

Angry Beavers
Animanacs
Aqua Teen Hunder Force
Arthur
As Told By Ginger
Atlantis
Atomic Betty
Batman
Batman Beyond

Batman the Animated Series
Batman/Superman Adventures
Beavis and Butt-Head
Beetlejuice

Ben 10
Big Bad Beetleborgs Metallix
Blue’s Clues
Bonkers
Boondocks
Brace Face
Bratz
Butt Ugly Martians
Buzz Lightyear of Star Command
Captain Planet
Care Bears
CatDog
Catscratch
Chalkzone
Chip and Dale’s Rescue Rangers
Chowder
Class of 3000
Classic Jonny Quest

Codename: Kids Next Door
Courage: The Cowardly Dog
Danny Phantom

Daria
DarkWing Duck
Dexter’s Laboratory

Disney
Doug
Dragon Tales
DuckTales
Ed, Edd, n Eddy
El Tigre
Emperors New Groove

Fairly Odd Parents
Family Guy

Filmore
Finding Nemo
Flintstones

Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends
Freakazoid
Futurama
G. I. Joe

Galaxy Rangers
Gargoyles
Ghost Busters (Real/Extreme)
Godzilla: The Series
Gorillaz
Grim and Evil
Hanna-Barbera

Happy Tree Friends
He-Man
Hey Arnold
Home Movies
Homestar Runner
Inspector Gadget
Invader Zim
Jackie Chan Adventures
Jimmy Neutron
Johnny Test

Jane and the Dragon
Josie and the Pussycats
Justice League
Kappa Mikey
Kim Possible
King Of The Hill
Krypto the Super Dog
Land Before Time
Life and Time of Juniper Lee
Lilo & Stitch
Looney Tunes
MASK
Magic School Bus
Matin Mystery

Max Steel
Megas XLR
Mighty Ducks
Misc. Cartoons

Mucha Lucha
Mulan

Mummies Alive!
My Gym Partner’s a Monkey
My Life as a Teenage Robot
My Little Pony
Ninja Turtles
Oblongs
Pinky and the Brain
Pocahontas
Popeye
Powerpuff Girls

Pucca
Real Adventures of Jonny Quest
Recess
Robot Boy
Rocket Power
Rocky and Bullwinkle
Rugrats
Samurai Jack
Scooby Doo
Sesame Street
Sheep In The Big City
Sherlock Holmes in the 22nd Century
Simpsons
Sky Dancers
Smurfs

South Park
Space Ghost

SpongeBob SquarePants
Static Shock
Storm Hawks
Super Robot Monkey Team
Tale Spin

Teen Titans
ThunderCats
Tick
Time Squad
Tiny Toon Adventures
Totally Spies
Transformers/Beast Wars
Treasure Planet
Venture Brothers
W.I.T.C.H
Wayside
Where on Earth is Carmen Sandiego
Wild Thornberries
Winx Club

X’s
X-Men
x-Men: Evolution
Xiolin Showdown

Yin Yang Yo

COMICS
Avengers
Batman
Calvin & Hobbes
Captain America
DC
Dilbert

ElfQuest
Flash
Foxtrot
Garfield
Ironman
Marvel (More than DC)
Nightwing

Peanuts
Robin
Sandman
Spider-Man
Superman
Teen Titans
Ultimate Marvel
X-Men

GAMES
Final Fantasy (7-10-2, 12)
Kingdom Hearts (I and II)

Sonic
Croc
Spyro

Tony Hawk Pro-Skater
DBZ
Bomber Man
Old 70s Games

MISC
Cats
Jesus Christ Superstar
Producers
Musicals/Plays
Joseph and the Coat of Something
We Will Rock You
Wrestling

MOVIES
10 Things I hate About You
13 Ghosts
A Bugs Life
A Cinderella Story
A Knight’s Tale
A Little Princess
Nightmare on Elm Street
A Walk to Remember
A.I
Across the Universe
Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl
American Pie
Annie
Armageddon
Austin Powers
Back to the Future
Balto
Batman
Beauty and the Beast
Bend it Like Beckham
Blade
Blair With Project
Blues Brothers
Bourne Identity
Braveheart
Beautiful Girls
Breakfast Club
Bride and Prejudice
Bring it On
Brothers Grim
Butterfly Effect
Cars
Casper
Cast Away
Charlie’s Angels: The Movie
Cheaper By The Dozen
Cheetah Girls
Chicago!
Chicken Little
Chicken Run
Child’s Play
Children of the Corn
Constant Gardener
Contantine
Corpse Bride
Coyote Ugly
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
Cursed
Dawn of the Dead
Day After Tomorrow
Dead Man on Campus
Die Hard
Dirty Dancing
Divine Secret of the Yaya Sisterhood
Donnie Darko
Dracula
Edward Scissorhands
Elektra
Enchanted
Ever After
Fantastic 4
Final Destination
Final Fantasy: Spirits Within
Finding Neverland
Ghost Ship
Gladiator
Godzilla
Gone With The Wind
Goonies
Grease
Gremlins
Hannibal
Hellraiser
Hellboy
Hidalgo
High School Musical
Hills Have Eyes
Homeward Bound
Honey I Shrunk the Kids
House of Wax
House on Haunted Hill
I Know What You Did Last Summer
IT
Ice Age
Incredibles
Indiana Jones
Island
James Bond
Jeepers Creepers
Johnny Kapahala
Joseph: Kind of Dreams
Jump In!
Juno
Jurassic Park
Just Like Heaven
Just My Luck
Kate and Leopold
Kill Bill
King Arthur
King Kong
Kingdom of Heaven
Labyrinth
Lake House
Last Unicorn
Last Samurai
Lion King
Little Giants
Little Mermaid
Longest Yard
Lords of Dogtown
Love Actually
Madagascar
Mary Poppins
Matrix
Mean Girls
Meet the Robinsons

Men In Black
Mighty Ducks
Minority Report
Misc. Movies
Miss Congeniality
Monsters Inc.
Monty Python
Motocrossed
Moulin Rouge
Mr. & Mrs. Smith
Mummy
National Treasure
Neverending Story
Never Been Kissed
Nightmare Before Christmas
Notebook
Ocean’s 11
Ocean’s 12
Osmosis Jones
Over the Hedge
Pacifier
Panic Room
Pariot
Peal Harbor
Pirates of the Caribbean
Planet of the Apes
Poseidon
Prince of Egypt
Princess Bride
Princess Diaries
Raise Your Voice

Remember the Titans
Rocky Horror
Rush Hour
Sandlot
Save The Last Dance
Scarface
Saw
Saving Private Ryan
School Of Rock
Scream
Secret Window
Seven
Shanghai Noon
Shark Tale
Shaun of the Dead
She’s the Man
Shrek
Signs
Silence of the Lambs
Sixteen Candles
Sixth Sense
Sky High
Sound of Music
Spaceballs
Spirit
Spy Kids
Star Wars
Step Up
Superman
Sweet Home Alabama
Teen Wolf
Terminator
Texas Chainsaw Massacre
The Thing
Titan A.E
Titanic
Toy Story
Treasure Planet
Tron
Troy
Underworld
Van Hellsing
What A Girl Wants
Wild Wild West
Wizard of Oz
X-Men: The Movie (ALL)
You’ve Got Mail
Yours, Mine, and Ours
Zenon
xXx

TVSHOWS
10th Kingdom
3rd Rock From The Sun
7th Heaven
8 Simple Rules
Ally McBeal
Amanda Show
Andy Griffith Show
Angel
Are You Araid of the Dark
Army Wives
Avengers
Baywatch
Bear In The Big Blue House
Beastmaster
Beauty and the Beast
Bewitched
Big Wolf on Campus
Bill Nye The Science Guy!
Bones
Boy Meets World
Buffy: The Vampire Slayer
CSI
CSI: Miami
CSI: New York
Caitlin’s Way
Charlie’s Angels
Charmed
Cheers
Clarissa Explains It All
Close to Home
Closer
Cold Case
Cory in the House

Cosby Show
Crossing Jordan
Dark Angel
Dawson’s Creek
Degrassi
Desperate Housewives
Dexter
Dharma & Greg
Diagnosis Murder
Diff’rent Strokes
Doctor Who
Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman
Dracula
Drake & Josh
Drew Carey Show
Dukes of Hazzard
ER
Everwood
Everybody Loves Raymond
Family Matters
Famous Jett Jackson
Frasier
Fresh Prince of Bel Air
Friday Night Lights (like one)
Friends
Full House
Ghost Whisperer
Gilmore Girls

Good Times
Greek
Grey’s Anatomy
Grounded For Life
Growing Pains
Hannah Montana
Happy Days
Hercules
Heroes
Highlander
Home Improvement
House, M.D.
I Dream of Jeannie
I Love Lucy
Incredible Hulk
INSTANT STAR ♥
Invisible Man
Jag
Jericho
Joan of Arcadia
Judging Amy
Kenan & Kel
Kyle XY
Law and Order: SVU

Lazytown
Life With Derek
Lizzie McGuire
Lost
Malcolm in the Middle
McLeods Daughters
Medium
Misc. TV Shows (H2O KTHX)
Monk
Mission: Impossible
Murder She Wrote
My Name is Earl
My So Called Life
Nanny
Nash Bridges
Naturally, Sadie
Ned’s Declassified School Survival Guide
Nip/Tuck
O.C
Numb3rs
One Tree Hill
Phil Of The Future
Power Rangers
Psych
Radio Free Roscoe
Read it and Weep
Reba
Sabrina the Teenage Witch
Saved By The Bell
Scrubs
Seinfeld
Sex and the City
Sister, Sister
Smallville
SO WEIRD ♥
South of Nowhere
StarTrek (something…)
Suite Life of Zach and Cody
TV Commercials (WTF?)

Tarzan
That 70’s Show
That’s So Raven

Three’s Company
Tin Man
Touched by an Angel
Tru Calling
Twilight Zone
Ugly Betty
Walker, Texas Ranger
War of the Worlds
Weird Science
West Wing
What I Like About You
Wildfire (just finished it)

Will and Grace
Wishbone
Without a Trace
Wizards of Waverly Place
(I would like to point out that Will and Grace, Without a Trace, and Waverly Place all rhyme. Funny, huh?)
X-Files
Xena: Warrior Princess
Young Hercules
Zack Files
Zoey 101
iCarly

About Me Hard Mode

Hi, my name is: Desdemona Wren
When I’m nervous I: Talk a lot.
Last night I: Watching YOU.

PART 1: YOU
Were you a planned baby?
No.
Were you the first?
No.

PART 2: YOUR PERSONALITY
Do you have low self esteem?
Sometimes.
Are you happy right now? 
Mostly just tired and stressed.

PART 3: APPEARANCE
Are you comfortable with the way you look?
Most of the time.
Describe your hair:
Medium length. Curly. Auburn.

PART 4: RANDOM 
Ever been kicked out of a bar?
Nope.

PART 5: THE OUTDOORS 
Do you prefer indoors or outdoors?

Both.
How’s the weather?
It’s California. So.
Do you like walking in the rain?
It’s California. So.
Do you like thunderstorms?
What is that?

PART 6: FOOD 
Are you a vegetarian?
No.
Anything you absolutely could eat forever?
Salad.
What is your favourite dessert?
Macarons.

PART 7: RELATIONSHIPS AND LOVE
Do you want to get married?
I am married.
Been married before? 
Yes
Are you truly in love? 
Yes

PART 8: RANDOM QUESTIONS
Where is your cell phone? 
Right by my hand.
Cheesecake?
Cheese?
Your dream last night?
It involved some sexual deviancy, a spork, exactly 95 crayons, a trained rhino, a failed clown convention and a wild tale of blood, beer, and Batman.
Your favourite drink?
Water.
Where did you grow up?
South Carolina.
Tattoos? 
Yep.
Ketchup? 
Ew.
Your computer?
Garrus.
Your life? 
I’m just getting started.
What are you thinking about right now?
Being tired.
Favourite colour(s)? 
Pink.
When is the last time you laughed? 
Today. Probably like an hour ago.
Last received call? 
JOSE.

Part 9: LIFE 
What friend knows the most about you? 
Probably Ryleigh or Santiago.
Who do you blame for your mood today? 
Jose.
What should we do with stupid people?
Not let them elect a Cheeto president. OH, WAIT.
What is making you sad right now?
Being overworked.
What was the first thing you did this morning?
Cried.
Last person you went out to dinner with?
Santiago.
Do you drink lots of water?
Yes.
How do you vent your anger/sad?
Video games.
What theme does your room have? 
Cluttered.
Are you a mama’s child or a daddy’s child?
Dad.
The last website you visited?
WordPress.
Who was the last person you took a picture with?
My cat probably.
Last person you went to the movies with?
Myself.
What did you do/will you do for your birthday this year? 
Idk.
Is anything alive in your room?
Yes.
Today, would you rather go back a week or go forward a week?
For once, forward.
What are you looking forward to right now?
Sleeping.

Part 10: IF YOU HAD TO 
If you HAD to dye your hair a colour what colour would it be? 
Pastel pink.
If you HAD to get a piercing (not ears) what would you get?
Smiley.

Tagged: About Me

Part 1: Complete the sentence

1. My favorite subject is MILLENNIALS.

2. If I were a teacher, I’d teach ENGLISH or SOCIAL MEDIA MARKETING.

3. The subject that I don’t get is BABY BOOMERS.

4. Of all my accomplishments, I am proudest of being able to GET OUT OF DODGE.

5. 5 years from now, I would like to BE HAPPY.

6. If I could live another life, I would be a DRAG QUEEN.

7. I was once mistaken for my SISTER.

8. The best thing I ever got for free was a TACO.

9. My favorite show is CRAZY EX-GIRLFRIEND.

10. One night I wanted to last forever was I DUNNO.

Part 2: Complete the equation

Chi + Computer = Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems

Chi + chocolate = Chai Chocolate

music + study = Music theory

romance + comedy = Romantic Comedy

boy + glasses = Nerd

Part 3: Enumeration

Top 3 Places you’d like to go on for vacation:

  1. Hawaii
  2. Spain
  3. Italy

Top 3 Gifts you’d like to receive:

  1. Unlimited First Class Plane Tickets
  2. A House
  3. A Maid

Top 3 Foods you would wanna eat forever:

  1. Pork noodles
  2. Salad
  3. Oysters

Top 3 Things you’ll do when you aced all your grades:

  1. I’m literally a college grad so
  2. Mostly just slept afterwards
  3. Then got a job/started my career

Girls Like Me

Girls like me,
don’t fall in love
we watch love happen.

Girls like me,
wait for love
want love
give love
but do not receive love.

Girls like me,
are not meant to be loved
we are meant to watch 
and help love happen.

Girls like me,
try for love and fail.

Girls like me,
die alone
and bro-  -ken.

Girls like me,
will love, giving all of ourselves,
but will not receive it’s warmth in return.

We will cry
but we will not receive comfort
we will bleed
but the bleeding will never stop.

Girls like me,
want to be loved
but no one will love us.

We will write about love,
we will dream about love,
we will love love
but we will never feel it.

Girls like me,
end up alone.