Orange Tabby cat laying under christmas tree, sniffing red bulb

A Simkiss Christmas

Christmas is probably my favorite holiday of all time. The food, the family, the gifts, and of course, the Christmas Tree!  When I saw that Terri Steffes was hosting Christmas Trees on Parade this year at Christmas Tree Lane, I couldn’t resist joining.  Unfortunately, my wrist issues mean that I likely won’t be putting up…

Writing Resources: Emotions

Emotional Thesauruses These three books cowritten by Becca Puglisi and Angela Ackman have been so useful to me. They have a whole series of these and I’m sure they’re all awesome!  The Emotional Wound Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to Psychological Trauma The Emotion Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to Character Expression Emotion Amplifiers  I have the Kindle version…

Monday Mini-Reviews 11/12

I have a confession to make. I haven’t finished reading any of my books that I have for review. But, I have read several other things that I want to share with you in this week’s episode of Monday Mini-Reviews! Taste of Marrow – Sarah Gailey Taste of Marrow is the second and final book…

NaNoWriMo 2018 Goals

Last year was the first year that I properly participated in National Novel Writing Month, also known as NaNoWriMo. This is a time honored tradition among writers. As you might have guessed, writers attempt to write 50,000 words of a new fiction project. Now if you kept up with my personal writing, I have never…

October 2018 Wrap Up

We made it through the spoopiest month of the year! October is over, and hopefully yours was great! In very fun personal news, I was very ace and pan in public. You might not be able to tell, but my shoes are pan colors (and super comfy), and my friend also did my eyeshadow in…

Monday Mini-Reviews 10/29

It’s Monday and I don’t have a full review for you today. However, I do have several mini-reviews of books I’ve listened to in the last few weeks! You can read some previous selections of my Monday Mini-Reviews here, if you’re interested in more of these.  The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy – Mackenzi Lee I…

Writing Resources: Worldbuilding

As you guys know, I’ve been working on a lot of fiction recently. As such, I’ve been taking advantage of a lot of great resources. I thought it might be fun to share some of those resources with you, my friends! Today’s list is all about worldbuilding and scene setting.  5-4-3-2-1 Grounding Method for Setting…

Review: Tricked Anthology

An adult anthology of 5 stories featuring trickster themes, each loaded to the brim with conspiracies, scoundrels, tricks and plot twists galore.  A jilted silent film star plans a revenge heist with the unscrupulous childhood friend he always found rather handsome. A bank tycoon’s son plans to run off with Daddy’s money—and maybe his florist.…

Monday Mini-Reviews: 10/15

The Poet X – Elizabeth Acevedo I listened to the audiobook for The Poet X because I know my attention span for poetry isn’t as great as it could be. I did not regret a single second of it. Acevedo is a stunning poet, and her narration of Xiomara’s story was heartbreaking and perfect. This…

Author Interview: Destiny Soria

Hello, readers! Welcome back to CandidCeillie, where we are interviewing Destiny Soria, author of Iron Cast and Beneath the Citadel. Destiny Soria grew up in a tiny town in Alabama that you’ve never heard of, where she spent her summers playing with sticks in the woods and exploring such distinguished careers as Forest Bandit, Wayward Orphan, and Woodland…

Review: A Blade so Black by L.L. McKinney

The first time the Nightmares came in A Blade so Black, it nearly cost Alice her life. Now she’s trained to battle monstrous creatures in the dark dream realm known as Wonderland with magic weapons and hardcore fighting skills. Yet even warriors have a curfew.Life in real-world Atlanta isn’t always so simple, as Alice juggles…

September 2018 Wrap Up

It’s September, which means I turned 25 this month! Happy birthday to me!  Here’s all the stuff I did! I signed my book for the first time for the fabulous Shauna (they pronouns, left photo) and met Zoraida Córdova (she pronouns, right photo) in person for the first time at the Bookmarks NC Book Festival in…