Romance in YA—What It Needs to Do Better (Because It #FailsAtLife): A Collab with Abigail @ Ups & Downs!

Who’s back with another collab???

Obviously me. But when Abigail @ Ups and Downs asked me to join her in writing a post on some tips and tricks to writing romance, I couldn’t say no to this1) I’m a bad romance writer so maybe this would help me??? and 2) I must spread my knowledge to all so that they will not fail at life like YA romance does. #kind

This post will only be featuring only THREE of the points, so make sure to head to Abigail’s blog and check out the rest of the things we came up with! (Or your mango supply will be taken away and who wants that hmm???)

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May’s Moments of the Month: June // Excessive Reading and Writing (aka I Nearly Died But Stayed Alive)

June was a pretty great month.

At least, what I experienced of it.

Yes, I’m still somewhere in Canada hiking through treacherous mountains full of things called nature and bugs. (I have nothing against nature, but BUGS. #ew)

But I will attempt to recap what happened BEFORE I left you all to fend off the dark monsters. Of my absence.

And I probably read some more books??? But hello. I can’t read the future. Or can I.

*Also did anyone get the Hamilton reference in the title. #onfire And FYI I have some “Saturday updates” in this post, meaning today I went through and corrected things.

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Get to Know Me Tag (Because I’m Secretive and You Need to Know More About This Amazing Queen)

It’s been about five months running this blog, and you still don’t know a lot about me.

Of course, that could be the fact that 1) I don’t like talking about myself, 2) books and writing is MUCH more interesting than me, and 3) you’re not here for me, you’re actually here for the mangoes. #truth

Okay so maybe you’re crazy and are actually here for ME and NOT the mangoes??? In that case here is the post. And even if you don’t want to know more about me… well. Mangoes at the end.

Note: I am currently dying somewhere in Canada from hiking and disgusting insects and something called nature. But I think I’ll live. At least I can leave this world with the view of pretty mountains.


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Diversity in Books // Why We Need it But Also How it’s “Wrong” (I’m Not Crazy, I Promise)

Before you start throwing rotten mangoes at me, let me explain.

I don’t think diversity in books is WRONG. NOT AT ALL. I just think that the way some authors and readers go about it is wrong.

NOW THAT THAT’S CLEARED UP, hello! Welcome to yet another discussion in which I am more rambly and ranty than ever. (I can’t help it with topics I’m passionate about.) I also tried to be witty but horribly failed, because passion and wit do not go hand in hand apparently??? #rude

Anyways, before I explode with a burst of words, I’d like to say: THANK YOU FOR 600 FOLLOWERS!!! This is the BEST “gift” ever before I leave on vacation tomorrow, and it makes me SO SO HAPPY to have hit another milestone this month! ❤

(And now begins the rant.)

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Blog Tour: An Author Interview with Kellyn Roth (The Dressmaker’s Secret and Ivy Introspective!) + Giveaway!


Yes, because I’m a kind soul and support my friends. Do you???

Anyways, I’m SUPER excited for today, because I’ll be helping my dear friend Kellyn Roth let everyone know that her books* have been (self-)published! I’m interviewing her, so I hope you find this entertaining. Or at least helpful.

*These books are The Dressmaker’s Secret (The Chronicles of Alice and Ivy #1), and Ivy Introspective (The Chronicles of Alice and Ivy #2).

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