Books Of All Shades – Book Review Packages

The Books Of All Shades crew is in a state of shock. Why? Our book club has been an incredible success! I don’t just mean, “Oh, we’ve got a few submissions, that must mean we doing something right, at least.” In fact, we’ve actually done better than that. Much better. Right now, we have over…

Trash – Book Review

“His face is misshapen, beaten by bricks. One of his eyes is swollen and closed. He looks like…he looks like me.” I really couldn’t shut Maria up about this one. The amount of messages I received from her in pure excitement were too many to count! Well, I don’t blame her. A book about a…

Getting Back Into Your Writing After A Long Break

“Almost everything will work if you unplug it for a few minutes…even you.” Ahh, the thought of doing absolutely nothing. Bliss, right? Perhaps, like me, you spent months preparing for NaNoWriMo, then did NaNoWriMo, then decided you needed a month or two out. Probably both the best and worst thing you could possibly do as…

The Haunting Of Hattie Hastings – Book Review

“Life was so cruel, snatching away the innocents while the depraved and evil were left to roam the world.” If you’ve been keeping up with my posts over on Twitter and Instagram lately, you’ll have probably noticed that I’m a very big fan of this book. In fact, I’ve probably posted about this particular book more…

Writing and Beyond in 2019

“The new year stands before us, like a chapter in a book, waiting to be written. We can help write that story by setting goals.” How many times have you told yourself you’ll do something, only to find that when the time comes, it’s always a case of, “I can do that tomorrow” or “It…

Books Of All Shades – Book Reviews For Authors

Allowing us to do what we love, as well as giving hardworking authors what they need – honest book reviews! Over the last few months, Maria, Jay and myself have been cooking up a little something behind the scenes. Let me paint a picture. The three of us are authors. We love to write. The power of the…

How To Be A NaNoWriMo Winner!

“A winner never quits, and a quitter never wins.” Honestly, where has November gone?! One minute, all us writers were frantically planning those last minute chapters. Then, without warning, NaNoWriMo ended!  This year, I completed NaNoWriMo for the first time, winning with a total of 50,218 words. I am so overwhelmed with how well things went. Despite suffering from…

Top Free Online Tools To Improve Your Writing

“There’s always room for improvement.” Whatever you’re interested in, there’s always something that you can improve on or learn in more detail. If there was nothing new to learn, that thing you’re interested in would quickly become boring and would soon turn into something very uninteresting to you. Let’s take writing for example. There are always…

The Ultimate Beginner’s Guide to NaNoWriMo…From NaNo Newbies!

“The only thing to do with good advice is pass it on.” I’m really excited about this post! The first reason is because I get to share my experience of preparing for NaNoWriMo as a complete newbie. (NaNoWriMo is National Novel Writing Month – it’s the task of writing 50,000 words on a novel throughout the…

How To Effectively Plan A Chapter

“Failing to plan is planning to fail.” This week I’ll be explaining the ways in which you should be planning your chapters. It took me a while to get started with this because I had no clue where to begin. I started off just writing a sentence or two describing what each chapter would consist…