Black Powder Brigade has Hit the Digital Shelves!

If you didn’t know, my husband released his fifth book on Saturday! If you are interested in fantasy, especially flintlock fantasy, you should check it out! Curious about what flintlock fantasy is? Give it a read. It is also called black powder fantasy. Anyway, it has officially hit the digital shelves, and you can buy it from Amazon!

Go get it!

Black Powder Brigade has Hit the Digital Shelves!.

One Year Later: Happy Anniversary

In October of 2008, I met my husband. I was 17, and it was my senior year of high school. I met him at McDonald’s, where we both worked. We were a match made in fast food hell heaven.

By November, we were dating and I was listening to Jack Johnson’s “I’m Yours” and swooning over my guy. It was magical.

I graduated from high school in June 2009, and was off to college in the fall. I lived on campus, and that made things a little rough at times (my roommate at the time was crazy and made Chris sleep on a 4 foot couch or in the car, and he got frisked my campus police once…), but we made it through stronger than ever.

In February of 2011, I came back to my dorm after class and Chris was a ball of nerves. I asked him what was wrong (he was freaking me out a little), and he said everything was fine and told me to turn around. At this point, I honestly thought he was going to break up with me.

He didn’t.

I did as he asked, and when I turned back around, he was on one knee with a little box in his hand. He asked me to marry him.

I was so surprised, I didn’t say anything! I think I freaked him out a little, but eventually I was able to squeak out a yes when I came to my senses and realized he would like an answer, haha. I was so pumped (and majorly surprised).

On September 29th, 2012, I married that guy. And all I can say is: best decision ever.

So, my dearest Christopher, happy first anniversary. I can’t wait to see what you look like when you’re old.

But for real, I hope I am posting something just like this on my blog (which will be archaic by that point, I’m sure) on this day in 50 years.

Olive Juice.



The Truth About Marriage And Why I Love Mindy Kaling

If any of you are friends with me on Goodreads, you may know that I have been wanting to read Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) by Mindy Kaling. Anyway, I finally got to read it! My handsome husband snagged me this book and I am so glad he did. I loved it and devoured it in less than 24 hours. It was funny (how can it not be?), and real, and made me feel good about me. Her outlooks on life manage to be both realistic and optimistic at the same time, and I freaking love it. How often do those two things come together?

A little background on me and Mindy:

1. I love her. I think if we met, we would be friends. I even tweeted about it once. I believe I actually said ‘best friends’ but, thinking back, that was probably a little presumptuous. I mean, she didn’t even tweet me back.

2. I think she is a genius. She has to be.

3. I love her sense of style, and I find myself thinking about ways I can replicate it and then realizing I wouldn’t have the faintest idea where I would buy half the stuff she wears.

4. I follow her on instagram and I refer to her posts in my daily life.

That pretty much sums it up.

In her book, Mindy talks about reading books a lot, being kind of a weird child, NOT serial dating in high school (or college), being chubby, and having opinions. And all I wanted to do was hug her the whole time.

The best part about reading this book was getting some validation for my views- other people think the same things I think. I’m not crazy. I know it might sound a little insecure when I say I got some validation, but let’s be serious- everyone needs a little validation now and then. I just watched an episode of Sabrina the Teenage Witch about it.

One of those things is marriage. I know you might be gasping to yourself since I am, indeed, married. BUT, it’s not what you think. Mindy (I feel like I am close enough to her to use her first name, now) talks about divorced people and unhappily married people….AND happily married people. In short, divorced people are mostly nice and even more often feel liberated, unhappily married people warn you against the institution and tell you how much work it is, and happily married people are cool. We are cool because we’re pals.

“My parents get along because they are pals. They’re not big on analyzing their relationship. What do I mean by pals? It mostly means they want to talk about the same stuff all the time.” – pg 185

She continues to stroke my ego by saying this:

“I don’t want to hear about the endless struggles to keep sex exciting or the work it takes to plan a date night. I want to hear that you guys watch every episode of The Bachelorette together in secret shame, or that one got the other hooked on Breaking Bad and if either watches it without the other, they’re dead meat. I want to see you guys high-five each other like teammates on a recreational softball team you both do for fun. I want to hear about it because I know it’s possible, and because I want it for myself.” -pg186

THANK YOU. I would definitely get mad at Chris if he watched one of our shows without me (he wouldn’t dare.) I do high-five my husband all the time (we high-fived during our wedding ceremony.) And marriage IS like a recreational softball team you join for fun. I joined marriage for fun, and because I love Chris. A lot of people look at me weird because I am young and married and educated and childless. I married him because I wanted to, not because I had to.

You get it, Mindy. (If you are reading this, you can read all about my awesome marriage by friending me on Facebook, following me on Twitter or Instagram, or following this blog.)


Does That Count?

This year my Goodreads reading goal is 75 books. Right now, I’m sitting comfortably at 59 with no signs of slowing down. This puts me 6 books ahead according to Goodreads! I don’t really like to pay too much attention to that, though, because I don’t read at a very consistent pace. Sometimes I will read 4 books in a week for three weeks, and then a couple weeks off. It all depends.

But, I feel like I have to tell you guys that my Goodreads count includes novellas. And I kind of feel like this is cheating.

Last year, I read all of the Song of Ice and Fire series and ended the year at around 45 books. Although I hadn’t technically met my reading goal of 50 books, I didn’t feel unaccomplished. Have you ever read those books? THEY ARE GIGANTIC, AND AWESOME. You can’t not feel accomplished after finishing those bad boys.

But this year I have read quite a few novellas. I am currently in the middle of a novella series called Love and Decay by Rachel Higginson. I’m not going to lie, they are about zombies, and I LOVE THEM. Literally love and decay.

Anyway, I kind of sort of feel like reading a lot of novellas is cheating when it comes to my goal because of how adorably short they are. But I just can’t stop reading them.

But who am I kidding? This is my goal. Plus, I have already read more books by September than I did all of last year- and that is cool.

You Know What Really Grinds My Gears?

straight from tumblr

Typos. Typos, typos, typos. I have been reading ebooks almost exclusively because I am poor. Also, I have gotten used to getting my books instantly when I buy them.

Anyway. I have found ridiculous typos in almost every single one of the ebooks I have read recently, and it is making me angry. Do these authors just get so excited that they finished their books that they can’t help but publish them before the final edits? That’s what it seems like to me. This has happened so often that I have just started assuming the worst when I start a new ebook.

And that isn’t cool.

So, to all of you authors out there that think you are ready to publish your ebook: take another look.

However, it is worth mentioning that quite a few of these ebooks were actually free downloads. But, I think that authors should still have enough pride in what they do to give it a final look-through.

But, I also want to thank authors for making their ebooks free for poor girls like me.

If I Was A Month, I Would Be September

Happy September!! This month is probably my favorite (although December gives it a run for its money…) and I am so excited it’s here. Everyone is all like “Wake me up when September ends.” Puh-lease. This isn’t just the end of summer, it’s the beginning of fall. And fall is the best season. It doesn’t last long enough for you to get sick of it, and it has both warm days and cold days. Perfection. And September is the gateway to the holiday season. My anniversary is at the end of this month, then is Halloween, then Thanksgiving, and then CHRISTMAS! (For those of you that don’t know, Christmas is my birthday, too!)

So, take a page out of my book and sit back and enjoy the season!


Here are some of my favorites from Fall 2012

Fall 2012