Discounted and Free Scary Reads

I absolutely love Halloween but I feel like I get a Halloween hangover. I’m never ready for it to be over. So, for those people who still want a little chill in their lives, we have some discounted and free Halloween reads.

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Omen Operation– An outbreak book staring Brooklyn, a high school girl being trained to fight the infected. She and her cabinmate Dawson soon find out that there is more to the world than just their training center. So they have to fight for love, freedom, and most importantly… their own lives. It is book one in The Isolation Series by Taylor Barton.

Have You Seen This Girl– Wendi was kidnapped and drugged until she finally broke free. However, now she is addicted to the very drugs she was once force fed. Too proud to go home and too scared to go back, she hops a bus hoping to leave the memories behind. But eight years later, she’s back and determined to find the source of her nightmares. It is book 1 in the Flocksdale Files Book Series by Carissa Lynch.

Cheerleading Can Be Murder– Everyone always thinks that the cheerleaders have it so easy. But what happens when making the squad is actually a matter of life and death? Dakota tries to ignore the harassment and threats that follow as the coveted few spots of the squad are slowly taken. But will her effort be enough or will someone ensure she never cheers again? It is book one in the Horror High Book Series. We reviewed this in case you want to read the review. Just a hint, Kelsey loved it! Click here to see the review. It is also by Carissa Lynch.

Seer– This is book 3 in the series, but book 1, Seeker, is only .99 cents so its worth the series. In it, a girl Ally has visions and she may hold the key to an ancient mystery. Jack enters her life, a troubled kid just trying to graduate and move on, is desperately trying to avoid the feisty redhead and her visions. But she keeps pulling him back in. It isn’t long before someone’s life is at risk. Will they be able to work together to protect the innocent, or will their battle of wills cost someone their future? This book is by Amy Reece.

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My Soul to Keep– We did not review this book because it is about a 13 year old, but I know the author and she is amazing. We’ve all heard the prayer/nursery rhyme “Now I lay me down to sleep” but what happens when your soul may actually be taken? Skye has always felt a connection with the dead and soon finds that there is a group at her boarding school filled with people just like her. However, the spirits they are connecting with, aren’t always nice. What lie beyond life…death! This is by Jackie Sonnenberg.

Sacrificed– My girl Nykki Mills is having a sale and you have to check out her books. Sacrificed is about the popular girl realized that everything she thought she knew is about to change. 16 year old Kass is now seeing the ghost of a small child and weird things begin to happen. With the help of the cute but mysterious boy next door named Ian, Kass must find out about her past to try and protect her future. But what happens when her past, is exactly what’s coming back to haunt her? Click here for the review.

Cursed– Cursed by Nykki Mills is a spin off of the book Sacrificed. It stars, Gina, Ian’s cousin. She can see and talk to ghosts. Frankly, she finds it annoying most of the time. That is until someone is dead and Gina is being blamed. Will the ghosts help her find the real killer or will they force her to take the blame? There are not one, but two, sexy boys in this book. Click here for the review. We also “interviewed” Gina. Click here to learn more about her.

Into the Fire– Cara is a descendant from the Phoenix bird and will have to die on her 17th birthday. But don’t worry! She will rise again from the ashes unable to remember anything from her past life. There is just one problem with this plan…she is in love with Logan and desperately doesn’t want to forget him. However, he is bringing out her Phoenix qualities. The very qualities that will draw the Phoenix hunter straight to her. She will die without him but she just may die with him too. This is by Kelly Hashway and is book 1 in the Into the Fire Trilogy.

Nurse Blood– We also reviewed this book a while back. Sonya searches the bar scene for the perfect man. Her intentions aren’t honorable but they certainly differ from all the other’s in the bar. She lures the man to a hotel room and knocks him out. Why? Because she is part of a team that harvest organs for a profit. But when a big score comes up, will the team fall apart or rise to the occasion.This is by Rebecca Besser. Click here for the review.

Dark Legends Box Set– This is the deal of the post! This box set has twenty full length urban fantasy and paranormal romances. It should keep you company until you’re in the mood for a Christmas box set. It contains books by New York Times, USA Today, and International bestsellers. I’m sure you’ll find something, or several things, to fill your Halloween fix.

13: An Anthology of Horror and Dark Fiction– We have another box set as a great deal for you all. There are 13 dark tales to leave you up at night. Into magical creatures, thrillers, mermaids, magic, and other stories that teeter on the dark side, then this set is perfect for you. 13 is historically an unlucky number but this set may just make your day.

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What is your favorite book to read around Halloween?

An Outlandish Home

So you’ve got your Claire outfits on, you’re all jeweled out, and you’ve gone shopping for some historical romances and books. But what about your poor, neglected home with it’s modern appliances and lack of hot men in kilts? I’m here today with a little list of tasteful home goods that will add a splash of bonny Fraser Scotland into any home.

Teensy Standing Stones

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Okay, I may have just bought eight of these little beauties. Every globe has a miniature Craigh Na Dun inside that will bring a bit of magical cheer to your Christmas tree this holiday season. At $7.50 each, they’re wonderfully priced and a great stocking stuffer that you can get here. Or, you can get it without the ribbon as a lovely tabletop piece that’s a great conversation starter about your favorite book series without having to pull out your life size Sam Heughan cardboard cutout…unless that’s your thing.

Elegant Wall Decals

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“Then let amorous kisses dwell/On our lips, begin to tell/a thousand and a hundred score/a hundred and a thousand more”, a classical poem Jamie recites to Claire, would look lovely over your bed as a musical way to tie in the series. This particular Etsy shop also makes decals with such wonderful phrases as “There’s two of us now” and “To bed? Or to Sleep?”, making is a lovely gift for the newly wedded Sassenach in your life.

The Laird Smells Like…Lemons?

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Here’s some fancy soap that has hints of tobacco, Italian Bergamont, amber, Sicilian lemon, and a splash of musk. It’s supposed to smell just like our favorite Fraser and might be just the gift to give to your own modern man. All the fun of smelling like Jamie with the added bonus of daily showers. Bliss.

More Musk?

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Still not totally sure what “musk” smells like, but if that’s what Jamie reeks of, I’ll take a candle for myself! At about the same price as a Yankee Candle, this JAMMF one is quite the item. Imagine lighting this little beauty and switching on Outlander when season three comes? Throw in some whiskey and you’re set to go. Speaking of whiskey…

A Wee Dram

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The glass on the right is perfect for a bit of the hard stuff after a hard day outsmarting Red Coats. But if coffee is your thing, that traveler’s mug knows what you need and how hot you like it. Grab some glasses of your own here. You deserve it, Lady Broch Tuarach.

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And when your guests come for a pint, you can keep your tabletops clear with lovely coasters that are just a little nod to your obsession. Since they’re elegant and streamlined, lacking a shirtless Scot, they’re perfectly acceptable in any situation.

Something Scottish for Your Walls

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For another subtle touch, maybe this wall art is more your style. Handmade, it says “We are bound, you and I, and nothing on this earth shall part me from you”, a lovely little quip from Dragonfly in Amber. It’s simple enough to fit in any home.

Rest Your Head in Lollybroch

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At first glance, this pillowpillow is nothing more than an innocent map of Scotland. But as your guests compliment you on your worldly decor, you’ll know it’s really just a road map of all the places you’ll visit when you hop back in time.

A Cozy Place for Books

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What about your Outlander book series? Don’t fret, readers, because this shop makes bookends fit for all of Diana Gabaldon’s works. One reads “Je Suis Prest” with a thistle and the other says “Dinna Fash, Sassenach” with a dragonfly.

Don’t Forget Your Car

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Want to spice up your vehicle with something other than the “Sassenach” decal? Get this one instead! Featuring the stag and motto of the Fraser clan, it’s a different way to show you pride while on the go.

Wee Frasers

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You can get your own living, thriving piece of Outlander with this terrarium, which features a mini Jamie and Claire. It’s the prefect substitution for your office fern or that boring little basil plane you bought at the grocery store that always seems to be all wilty. You’ll be sure to care for this little plot to give Jamie and Claire a happy home.

 

We hope you found a bit of Fraser Flare for your own home. Do you already own any Outlander themed household items? Let us know! And be sure to check in every weekend for all new Outlander Saturday posts.

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Sarah and I both have books out now, so if you like our posts, you’ll probably love our books! First Semester is a thrilling college romance that you can get HERE. Queen of Emeralds is a historic romance set in the highlands that you can get HERE.

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Amber Alert

Today I have something darker for you, something a little scarier than before. The reason it’s so frightening? Because it can happen to any of us. So, I introduce to you Amber Alert by Sara Schoen the first book in the Amber Alert Series. Another short note before I begin; this book deals with graphic sexual abuse and will not be included in our regular “Heat Level” scale, as the scale is only intended for consensual parties, not forceful situations.

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Overall Rating: 3/6 Glass Slippers

Genre: Thriller and Suspense

Anna is just another teenager living an average American life. That is until she is kidnapped in broad daylight by a madman named Steve, who kills Anna’s boyfriend in the process. She’s made a prisoner in a boarded up home where another captive also resides, Steve’s son Garrett, who hasn’t left the house in years and fears his father’s abuse. Anna wants nothing more than to escape and evade the fate that befell a dozen girls before her, but Steve has other plans for her, plans that make her wish she were dead. Will Anna follow the “Good Housewife Rules” and escape or will she find herself just another name on Steve’s growing body count?

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This book will make your skin crawl with the realism of some of the situations Anna find herself forced into. I struggle to call it a “good” book, only because it’s strange to praise some of the situations in the novel. But, that’s just what it is; a pretty good book. The creepy vibes that come off the page are meant to make you uncomfortable, sad, distressed, hopeful…the ability to put those feelings into words is just a testament to Schoen’s work.

What I didn’t like were the numerous punctuation mistakes in this piece. Maybe it’s just because I’ve been editing a fair amount lately for other authors and am now conditioned to see them, but the missing commas were definitely annoying to me, but might not be to others. The overall voice of the book was also very young. I actually found myself confused at how old Anna was Supposed to be. There were also just too many crazily unbelievable twists and turns! Every time you thought it was over, something else completely outlandish happened. By the 5th twist, I was rolling my eyes. Overall, I enjoyed the beginning of the book and the feeling of dread it filled me with. If you like Lifetime movies, then Amber Alert is for you.

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Interview With Quiana Golde

Quiana Golde, a new author, reached out to us about hosting a little interview so she can introduce her urban romance novels to the world. She currently has No Choice and Soul Attraction available now on Amazon.

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Tell us a little about what you write; what are your books generally about? Romance, revenge, true life, etc.?

Romance, some level of violence, action.

Will you branch out into more genres?

Yes I want to. Science fiction or mystery.

When did you first start writing?

I first started writing at age 14.

Are there any authors you look up to, or inspire you?

Nora Roberts. Her writing is very passionate and you can feel whatever she’s writing. Its beautiful.

What are your favorite books?

No Disrespect by Sister Souljah, Waiting to Exhale by Terry McMillan, and Island Rapture by Cassie Edwards.

It says on Amazon that you currently have two novellas available. Are you working on any new projects?  

Yes I am. I am working on part two and three of No Choice and I also have another series in mind.

Do you make your own cover art?

No, I do not. Maybe in the future I will.

What does a typical day of writing look like for you?

Cooped up in my room, laptop on my lap, headphones over my ear and my book of jottings open and ready for plotting.

What’s your favorite line, or couple of lines, that you’ve ever written?

“If you growl, I’ll bark.”

Are any of your characters based off real people?

Yes. To create their personality I use the personalities of my friends. But not the actions.

Where do you find the inspiration for your stories?

My Shower. I come up with all my plots when surrounded by water.

What do you think is the hardest part of writing?

Sitting down for hours and just typing away. Its tiring and a burden on the eyes.

What’s your favorite part of writing?

Losing myself in the plot line. My favorite part is becoming the main character and submerging myself into the plot.

When I write, I drink a ton of coffee. Do you have any writing vices?

Listening to music. I can’t write without my headphones.

What are your hobbies and favorite things to do when you’re not writing?

Dancing, eating, sleeping, singing, designing, switching between social media, did I mention eating?

Is there anything else you’d like us to add, or anything you’d like potential readers to know?

You can find me on Twitter. You can talk to me anytime, I will be there. If you’re a reader of mine that means you support me and I appreciate and love everyone who supports me in even the simplest of ways. I’m also on Facebook. I look forward to meeting you all.

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Conquests

I have a fun little treat for you, today! Emily Murdoch, a historical romance author, was kind enough to give me a slot on the book tour for her medieval romance, Conquests. As an educated historian, I was tickled pink when I saw that Murdoch has a specialty in medieval history, and a rather impressive resume. Needless to say, I went into this book with the highest of expectations.

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Heat Level:♥♥

Overall Rating: 5/6 Glass Slippers

Genre: Historical Romance

The book begins in the year 1069 and focuses on the young Avis, a young Anglo-Saxon noblewoman who lives in the home she once knew, that has been taken over by Norman invaders. She tries to keep hold of her history and culture, but is being pressured into marrying the Normal Lord Richard, as King William had decreed that the Anglo-Saxons must be bred out. But Avis could never love Richard; he’s old, disgusting, perverted, and had a heavy hand in the destruction of her entire family. She makes no secret of her hatred for her captor, and King William sees it as well. So the king gives her a choice; marry old Richard, or a young man named Melville, whom she has never met.

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Luckily, Melville isn’t terrible to look at. Avis may have even thought him handsome, had he not been born a treacherous Norman. He also is just as displeased with the order to marry, one thing that Avis admires, although she can hardly admit it even to herself. But a marriage must be made, no matter what, and she agrees to take Melville to husband. While she, legally, becomes a Norman, Avis finds herself tied to a man and a future she never wanted. Is she doomed to a life of cold disinterest from Melville? Will she lose her Saxon heritage? Or will she, one day, find peace?

Historically, I couldn’t find any flaws in the delicate touches of accuracy that Murdoch put in her work. It wasn’t overly factual, in the way some historical fiction can be, but had just enough to make it clear what time they were in. My only qualm was that Avis wasn’t terribly likable for the first few chapters of the book. Her blind hatred of everyone made her seem more pouty than relatable and she didn’t really seem to get much of a personality until Melville came into her life. But, I’ve never been taken captive by Norman soldiers before, so what do I know? Overall, I found it an enjoyable read that’s suitable for expert history lovers and the novice dabblers in Medieval alike.

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Once Upon a Scandal

In my opinion, there is nothing better than finding a good book and losing yourself in a new world. Once Upon a Scandal by Julia LeMense contains a world that I plan to revisit time and time again.

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Heat: ♥♥♥

Genre: Historical Romance

Overall Rating: 6/6 Glass Slippers

Jane had it all. She walked among the high society of London with high values and perfect manners. But her world was changed with one scandal. Now her father is dead and because of the scandal, she has nothing. Her cousin will be taking over her house and his daughter intends to move into Jane’s room. As they always say, desperate times call for desperate measures.

To the public eye, Benjamin is the perfect rake. His cravet is always perfect, his pants are always pressed, and his jacket is the latest fashion. You are considered funny if you make him laugh, beautiful if you turn his head, and interesting if he seeks you out for a conversation. But he holds a secret that could help England in their war efforts against France. Well, it could help if the beautiful Jane doesn’t distract him too much.

This is an amazing spy romance. I loved the premise, the plot, the characters, the scenery…I loved everything about this book. I was completely entranced from page one and have already recommended it to many of my friends. I’m going to add this book to one of my favorites and I’m going to read LeMense’s other book, Once Upon a Wager, this book should probably be read first for your eager readers out there. When I’m done with that, I’m going to stalk LeMense and read the next book she puts out as soon as it comes.

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LeMense created an amazing twist in this book. Just when you thought you knew who was a traitor, or who was involved, or who was the good guy, everything changed. The pacing was flawless, maybe a little fast for some people but I liked it, and I was left wanting more. The character development was also thrilling. There was so much of it and the majority of it came by surprise. There were no boring or typical characters in this book. Everyone had a secret and LeMense brilliantly reveals them all in perfect, jaw dropping moments.

I don’t want to get too detailed about the sex scenes because I’d prefer you discover those on your own but they were classic regency and never crossed a line into erotica. If you read regency, then they’ll be perfectly in place with what you like. If you don’t read regency, then you’ll still like them because LeMense is a great writer.

In other words, do not pass go, do not collect $200, go straight to Amazon and one click this baby.

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The Walking Dead Feels

I know that we don’t normally talk about zombies here, but I’m a big fan with a lot of big feelings about the season finale of The Walking dead. So, I’m going to unbox my giant crate of feels and we’ll go through this journey of healing together.

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This post will contain SPOILERS if you haven’t seen season 7 episode 1 of The Walking Dead. So many spoiling spoilers. So, if you haven’t watched, and don’t want the madness to be fully revealed, stop reading now and maybe head over to our Outlander page instead!

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While turning on the show last night, I went in knowing that somebody was gonna get a big, fat kiss from Lucille, but two deaths? That’s too much mental trauma. Now we have an orphan…a twitchy Rick…the dissolution of the power team that has been torn apart; Glenn to death, Rick to insanity, and Daryl to the back of a sketchy murder van,

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This is how I’ll always remember them 😦

Going back, I’ve been a fan of the comics for some time. I knew that the show started branching off from them a while back, picking some things from the original pages and making up their own for the show. For example, in the comics, Lori and Judith were both killed during the raid by the Governor, but in the show, Lori died in childbirth and little Judy is still living it up. And our main man Daryl wasn’t even in the comics, that glorious bastard was created for the show.

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There was another big thing I read in the comics a while ago. Something I hoped the show would change. Something serious.

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Krakk! Right in the Feels

That’s right, Glenn originally died by the hand of Negan in the comics, giving all us readers something to spaz over while we waited for the season 7 premier to see if it would come to pass. Now, I liked Abraham. He was a good dude that just wanted to make a nice little life with his new main gal, Sasha. But he got bashed, his final words, “Suck my nuts”. And, now, that man is giving mustache rides to all the angels in heaven. At first, I saw it as Abraham taking the big one for the team, saving the lives of all his friends.

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Such majesty

That was almost it. We were almost past the point of survival where the rest of the group only needed to drink the rest of the Koolaid and swear their allegiance to Hitler-I mean Negan. But somebody couldn’t keep his ruggedly handsome mouth shut.

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Are you sorry?!

And we lost the  purest soul of The Walking Dead world, Glenn Rhee.

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Glenn never did anything to anyone out of malice and just wanted to help out the group. Some might say that he died a noble death, but I don’t see it that way. He was a good egg. A good, attractive, funny, loyal egg with his whole life ahead of him. Remember when that little sassy pants saved Rick the dumbass from the tank in season one?

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Or when he got Lori the pills from the pharmacy so she could…ya know…while at Hershel’s farm? Or when he first saw Maggie?

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Or when he cut her engagement ring off a walker? Or when he traveled alone so he could find her, following her trail to Terminus? Or the dozens of times he put his life directly in danger to save someone or fix their mistakes? He just tried to do right by everyone all the time and keep his wife safe. And he done got his head bashed in by Negan in response, showing us that nothing is sacred.

When they showed Rich having “flashbacks” of each person being hit by Lucille, I saw a glimmer of hope that maybe it was all a terribly graphic mirage and Glenn was really alive and well…but the writers of the show promised an insane season premier, and they delivered what they promised. Every ugly, bloody, heartbreaking part of their promise. They said that we would basically want to rip their faces off and murder them when we saw the premier, and they were right. They gave us a gloriously painful episode that changes the trajectory of the show, wounds the entire cast, and takes away of the pillars of the show.

Long story short, last night, I took a Lucille right to the feels.

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So, on this darkened morning, I raise a pumpkin spice latte to Abraham and Glenn…but mostly Glenn, and remember all the good times they had before their heads were crushed in by a bat. Two for you, Glenn Rhee. You go, Glenn Rhee. Maggie has tasted blood and will bring the hammer of southern vengeance down upon your murderer.

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Are you a Walking Dead watcher? Do you have some feels you’d like to share? Let us know in the comments.

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Advice to Romance Writers from Readers

Since Kelsey and I started the blog, we have read over 100 books. Our favorites are always the romance stories, but we’ve seen several things that almost instantly turn us off. We’ve discussed it with other readers and these are the top things that will either make us close your book early, or give it a bad review.

Editing- I don’t think I can stress this enough. We have started several books where the plot seems amazing and we’re excited to see where the story goes. However, when we start the book, it is so filled with grammatical errors and typos, that we simply cannot get through it. Publishing houses will provide you with an editor, but self publishers are on their own. Please either save the money for an editor or strike a deal with one. Talk to an English major at a college near you or maybe speak to a librarian. There are tons of ways to get someone to edit your book without shelling out hundreds of dollars. However, make sure you research the editor to avoid posers. Ask to speak to authors that worked with that editor before.

Looking for a reputable editor? I’ve used C.K. Brooke and she is amazing! Her prices are affordable and she looks at both content and grammar at the same time.

http://ckbrooke.com/editing/ and http://ckbrooke.com/request-editing-services/

Avoid the Word ‘Moi$t’- This is one of the worst words in the English language. If you use this in a sex scene, I am completely turned off. Nothing kills a lady boner as fast as this word. While it may not bother everyone, there are enough that cringe when they hear or see this word that it’s best to avoid it.

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Instant Love- This is a matter of opinion but speaking for myself, Kelsey, and several other readers we conferred with, we cannot stand instant love. Instant lust is usually more appropriate. There needs to be some time before they are hopelessly devoted to each other.

Instant Sex- We like to be wined and dined before the sex comes. There are times when the sex can come immediately, but please make sure there is a reason and it is essential for the plot.

Slow  Plot- Speaking of the plot, there is nothing worse than the promise of a great book but then it takes you forever to get into the story. You need to be careful of your pacing. While it is best to have a big dramatic scene at the end, don’t forget about twists and turns in the middle. Keep me reading until the dramatic reveal, but don’t keep me waiting.

Weak Plot- Make sure your main characters have a good reason to be apart or struggling. Their problems need to be significant, or otherwise why would we care? I get frustrated at times when I’m reading because the plot has let me down. There just wasn’t enough of an obstacle for the main characters to overcome.

Likable Main Character- While this may seem like a no brainer, it is actually harder than it sounds. There are a lot of characteristics that bother readers. The “woe is me” constant victim is a classic! I don’t want to continue to hear you whine about your life. Get up and do something about it. Ariel didn’t moon over Eric, she sought out the sea witch and did something about it. The bitchy bad ass is another classic. I understand you don’t want to write a vanilla main character and I applaud you for mixing it up. However, she needs some endearing qualities too. Don’t make her so mean or so nasty that the reader can’t imagine being friends with her. There are others, but these are my top two.

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Proper formatting- Again, this is geared more towards self publishers, but please make sure your formatting is on point and pleasing to the eye. A reader should be able to flow through your book easily. This is another reason people may put your book down before finishing. Look at books you like and make a note of the formatting. See what works for you and what doesn’t.

Research- One of my biggest pet peeves is when there are factual errors in a book. I studied criminal justice in college and Kelsey studied history. I cannot stand to read books that have errors regarding the justice system or something like that. She starts to twitch when historical events or facts are wrong. Do your research so that these errors don’t come up. If the main character breaks her arm, she won’t be healed in two weeks (unless magic is involved). Even if you think that you’re an expert, double check your facts or have another expert beta read your book.

Appropriate Voice- Finding a character’s voice is one of the most important parts of writing a story. Sometimes, the voices just won’t shut up and you need to write to get it out. But make sure you pay attention to that voice. If she has a young voice, then maybe she wants to be a middle grade book instead of a ya book or explain why she is so young. Is she naive, does she not get out much? Read as many books in your genre as you can so that you become more informed about ages and voices. Talk to family members who may be that age. Watch youtube videos where that age group is reviewing or taking about pop culture.

These are just some tips that we’ve gathered over the years and obviously they are our opinions. Feel free to comment and add your own or discuss why you may disagree with anything we’ve said. We’d love to hear from you.

Sarah and I both have books out now, so if you like our posts, you’ll probably love our books! First Semester is a thrilling college romance that you can get HERE. Queen of Emeralds is a historic romance set in the highlands that you can get HERE.

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Jamie and Claire are #RelationshipGoals

People say that Jay Z and Beyonce are #RelationshipGoals, but let’s talk about the real Queen B (Queen Beauchamp/ La Dame Blanche) and her partner, the ever wonderful Jamie Fraser.  Can we get more #RelationshipGoals than Jamie and Claire? Sure, there weren’t any showers when they met and Claire had to introduce dental health to her people and sleeping in the woods was a daily thing, but that couple knows what’s up. They’re loyal, trust each other with their lives, and  keep the passion in their marriage, no matter what.

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We’ve told you how Claire‘s a badass lady and how Jamie would make the perfect husband, so how about how they are together? So, in no particular order. let’s discuss some of the times when Jamie and Claire were the perfect couple. Don’t worry, we’re sticking with the top show moments, as to avoid spoilers and keep this article at a manageable length! So unless you’re still working through season one, don’t worry!

♥Strangers Helping Each Other♥

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After Claire helps Jamie fix his shoulder, the adrenaline leaves her body, letting the strange reality of her situation hit her full force. She realizes she’s alone in the past, far away from her husband and begins to break down. But Jamie offers her a shoulder to cry on (no pun intended, as it is literal) and through their trade of tender services, we see some foreshadowing of what their relationship will become. This is a couple that were in tune with each others emotional needs from he first time Jamie flung Claire off his horse and into the bushes.

♥They go to Bat for Each Other♥

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Jamie and Claire will go to any length to protect each other, no matter what. Jamie saved her from Black Jack a few times,while she took it one step further once, and saved all of Jamie’s men from the British. She swooned into the arms of the redcoats as Dougal told Jamie to STFU and let Claire play the damsel in distress. Not only do they take care of each other, they take care of those close to them. Talk about selfless.

♥You Are My Home Now♥

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You know what I’m talking about. Jamie gives Claire her wedding ring, forged from his key to Lallybroch, and tells her that she is his home now. While their wedding was one brought on by need, Jamie takes his vows seriously from the start and never misses a chance to tell his wife that they are a true team. Everyone should slip this little number into their own wedding. But, as someone who referenced Jurassic Park while being read their wedding vows by an officiant, I don’t practice what I preach.

♥When Claire Chooses Jamie♥

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As someone who started the book series after the first episode aired on STARZ, I gotta admit, this next part hit me hard, since I didn’t know what to expect. When Jamie took Claire to the stones and gave her the option to go “home” to Frank, I about lost my ever loving shit. I was yelling at the TV, “No, bitch! Don’t do it! Look at that glorious highlander! Stay and make elegant ginger babies that can walk the runways of Milan like there’s no tomorrow!” and I’m sure there was more than one tear when she she told him that she is his wife. Ye’ve made the right choice, Lass.

♥They Keep it Spicy♥

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Anyone who’s been in a long term relationship can understand that sometimes you have to switch in up in the boudoir. Look at when Claire defrocked her honeypot! That certainly wasn’t the norm in the England that she left behind, nor was Jamie expecting a silky smooth southern hemisphere on his wife. But, she laid herself bare (literally) and waxed as the French did to give her man a little taste of something new…pun intended.

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♥The Couple That Kills Together, Stays Together♥

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As much as Sarah and I think Dougal Mackenzie is the hottest grandpa ever, snitches get stitches, so obviously he had to go when he was going to rat on Jamie and Claire at the end of season two. While Jamie did most of the grunt work, Claire bashed that Highlander into next week. Now, don’t you want your partner to be your partner in crime, no matter what the consequences? There’s nothing like a little murder to keep a marriage strong.

♥When Jamie Made Claire Save Herself♥

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Now, I know this doesn’t scream “romance” in the heaving bosom sense, but it really shows how deeply Jamie loved Claire and their unborn child. He could have tried to leave through the stones with her, it’s not like either really knew for certain if it would kill him, but he did know that Frank would take care of Claire and their child. Having a partner that will do anything for you, even save your life at the expense of everything else, is more romantic than any tumblr post about a boyfriend bringing his bottom bitch a pumpkin spice latte. And when Claire tells Jamie “you are my home”, much like he did to her when they were married, cause ugly cries all around.

♥They Fight it Out♥

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Their relationship was passionate in the bedroom, and out, but Jamie and Claire rarely went to bed angry. They always made sure to fight through their issues, no matter what. Like when Claire made Jamie promise not to kill Black Jack until she was sure his child had been conceived, Jamie was pissed as hell, some threats were made, but they love each other enough to compromise and work through their problems…even if it involves a little spanking.

♥Love Knows No Bounds♥

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People whine about not being able to hack a two hour distance when their significant other goes away to college. Well, how about ya try 200 years of time, 20 years from your last meeting, and the thousands of miles that are between Boston to Scotland? Ya’ll get your jimmies rustled when your man goes to a frat party, but Claire’s about to hop through time to go get her man when she sees a trace of him in an old ass document. But, really? Can you blame her?

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You’d run through that black hole, too.

We want to know, what about Claire and Jamie’s relationship do you find awesome? Tell us in the comments and stop by next Saturday for an all-new Outlander Saturday post!

Sarah and I both have books out now, so if you like our posts, you’ll probably love our books! First Semester is a thrilling college romance that you can get HERE. Queen of Emeralds is a historic romance set in the highlands that you can get HERE.

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