Thoughts & Favorites

{I love beautiful sentences with a touch of magic. Oh, and carbs.}

May YA Instagram Challenge: Writing Soundtrack

Day 4 of the #‎swanky17photochallenge: what I listened to while writing my novel.

I usually write in silence to avoid distraction.... but since THE DISAPPEARANCES is set in the 1940s, sometimes I turned on gorgeous tunes like Billie Holiday to get in the right mindset.

I've got a few "Extras" planned as the release date for THE DISAPPEARANCES nears--which may or may not include a fun Spotify playlist. ;) 

May YA Instagram Challenge: THE DISAPPEARANCES

Today kicks off a 10-day YA Instagram challenge that I think will be a lot of fun.

The first day's challenge? "About Your Book." 

Here's a little sneak peek I put together for THE DISAPPEARANCES. 

You can follow along for the challenge using the Instagram hashtag #swanky17photochallenge. I'm so impressed with my fellow Swankies!

And if you like what you see for THE DISAPPEARANCES... you can add it on Goodreads here!

Favorite Instagram Feeds

There are a few Instagram feeds that I just want to live inside.

Like this one from Folded Pages Distillery:

It’s blah and winter outside, but inside it’s "Avonlea Afternoon” for me. This Anne inspired candle, sent to me from @anthologycandles, smells exactly like the description: Bright Raspberry Cordial, Almond Cookies and Vanilla Bean Ice Cream. I’m not even lying when I say I have had this burning all day, every day, since it arrived to brighten up my winter blahs. (NOTE: this candle will be available again next week.) . It’s funny how a little thing like a raspberry smelling candle called “Avonlea Afternoon” makes me feel all the more closer and enamored with Anne Shirley. haha. Book Nerds—we function like that. What’s your favorite bookish inspired thing to keep around the house? So with that, I’ll leave you with a few of my favorite Anne quotes to brighten up your day. . 💖“I read in a book once that a rose by any other name would smell as sweet, but I've never been able to believe it. I don't believe a rose WOULD be as nice if it was called a thistle or a skunk cabbage.” . 💖“Why must people kneel down to pray? If I really wanted to pray I’ll tell you what I'd do. I'd go out into a great big field all alone or in the deep, deep woods and I'd look up into the sky—up—up—up—into that lovely blue sky that looks as if there was no end to its blueness. And then I'd just feel a prayer.” . 💖“There's such a lot of different Annes in me. I sometimes think that is why I'm such a troublesome person. If I was just the one Anne it would be ever so much more comfortable, but then it wouldn't be half so interesting.” . 💖“It is ever so much easier to be good if your clothes are fashionable.” . 💖“I'm not a bit changed--not really. I'm only just pruned down and branched out. The real ME--back here--is just the same.”

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Or this Book's Calling feed, where a man finds places to read EVERYWHERE. After scrolling through his feed, it's my new life goal to read in the middle of a fountain. 

And my all-time favorite is Paris in Four Months, because:

And for inspiration, Dylan O'Donnell's stars:

These are just a few of my favorites. But I'm always on the lookout for more!

P.S. If you're on Instagram, let's be friends! You can find me at @ebmwrites

Books I Have Loved, Part One

Is there anything better than finding someone who loves a book as much as you? And discussing it over coffee and a pastry? Because I kind of think not. Here are a few of the books that have stuck with me through the years and made me want to become a writer:

I slipped a few more recent YA/MG favorites into the list because I couldn't help myself--they were just so good!

What book did you love as a child (*or a child at heart*) that is missing from this list?? Leave it in the comments. I would love to check it out!