3/31/18

Book Tour: London in the Dark





London, 1910

Budding Private Detective Cyril Arlington Hartwell has a conundrum. London is being ravaged by the largest run of thefts in recent history. His hunch that it is all tied together may put him and those he loves in more danger than he could have reckoned.

Olivia Larken Hartwell is just home from boarding school for the summer anticipating time with her adoring parents.She misses her absent brother, Cyril, hoping for the day he will finally come home. But tragedy strikes, causing upheaval for all concerned and changes her life in a way she never could have imagined.

Olivia, Cyril, and their friends must bring the hidden to light, seek to execute justice, and dispel the darkness that hovers over London… and their hearts.


       Ok, I'll admit it, I don't really like the historical genre, anything set in the past is sort of "meh" usually for me, I was hoping this book would surprise me and change my mind, but it didn't.

        Don't get me wrong! This book was good. But I've realized that the genre just isn't for me... ever. Unless we're talking Charles Dickens, Jane Austen, or a few other of the classic authors.

       I really wish I could fangirl over this book, I do! The characters were great, the plot was pretty amazing, not going to lie. ;D

         But it just didn't charm me?? It was either the genre for the third person POV, which I'm not a big fan of typically.

         Even though this book wasn't for me, I can see a lot of people LOVING it. I mean, who doesn't ADORE London settings??? So if you're a historical genre lover... *points to this book*

         I may not have loved this book, but I still think Victoria is going places with her writing, she is truly talented, so I'd encourage you to check her and her book out!  
Victoria's Blog // Amazon // Facebook// Instagram // Pinterest


                 She's also doing a giveaway, which you can learn more about at her blog and enter in here.

            She's having a celebration over at her blog, and it's way cool, so I'd encourage y'all to check it out!


        Hey guys! By the time you are reading this I'm probably in our car being jostled as my family drives home through the country side, which means no cell service. So I probably won't reply to most of y'all's comments on here, it doesn't mean I won't read them, but I can't guarantee replying to all of y'all, sorry!

3/30/18

THE 5 PART WRITING SPECIAL // part 5: WIP AESTHETICS, art, and music

 


Are y'all excited?

         ***All pictures and music (except for the Alex text messages) are from Pinterest and not my own, all rights to the original creators.***

 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
 
What did you think?
I may be a few days late replying to some of y'all's comments, I'm sorry!
 
            And a HUGE thanks to Julian for creating and hosting this special! *applauds*
 
 
Happy Writing,

3/28/18

The Get to Know Me Tag: Writer's Edition + SOME OF MY OLD STORIES?!?!?!


        So the wonderful Savannah Grace at Scattered Scribblings tagged me for this, thanks, Savannah!!
I know this doesn't match my blog, but I'm lazy and don't want to make my own graphic. X_x
 - link back to the person who created the tag -

 
- thank the person who tagged you -
 
- share the tag graphic (optional, optional! I know it won't go with everyone's blog design) -
 
- tag eleven bloggers –

 
 (pen)Name: Gray Marie Cox
 

Nicknames: This is hard. One of my sisters calls me Gray-Gray sometimes, my other sister is weird and calls me food names like pancake and cupcake. My dad sometimes calls me bugaboo to annoy me. One of my friends calls me brat. XD And I’ve been called shortcake a few times as well as freckles.
 
Birthday: December 30th 
 
Hair color and length: Light brown, and a little bit past my shoulders when it’s dry and curly.
 

Eye color: Brown.
 
Braces/piercings/tattoos: Yes to braces (ugh), and I have three piercings because one of my earrings tore my ear lobe and now I just wear three earrings.
 
Righty or lefty: Righty.  
 
Ethnicity: Caucasian.
 
First novel written: I have no idea. I’ve written a lot of stories in the past, and I remember working on a few forever, so who knows? Maybe I’ve written one, maybe I’ve only written novellas.
 

First novel completed: ^^^^ XD
 
Award for writing: I got an honorable mention in an IEW writing contest for the state of Texas once (in 2015).You can read it here.
 
First publication: Enemy of the Dawn, you can purchase it on Amazon if you want to laugh at twelve-year-old goth-wannabe me. XD
 
 Conference: None, maybe one day. :’’( 
 
Query/Pitch: None yet!


Novel (that you wrote): I hate most of my past works, like one week after I write something I’ll want to burn it, so it’s obviously my current WIP.
 
Genre: General fiction!
 
Author: I would say Terri Blackstock, but I like a lot of other authors for different reasons.
 

Writing Music: I change music so often! Sometimes I listen to Lindsey Stirling and other times I listen to movie soundtracks.
 
 
Time To Write: Typically when I have a spare moment. Even when I’m not writing something, I’m writing it in my head.
 

Writing Snack/Drink: Coffee, although I do drink Cherry Coke sometimes on Saturdays while writing.  
 
Movie: Oooh. This one’s hard. When I was eleven through twelve my dad would watch a lot of science fiction, thriller, horror, and crime movies such as The Terminator, The Poltergeist, Catch Me if You Can, and a lot others… come to think of it, maybe that’s why I was such a morbid pre-teen especially when it came to my writing... XD  But yeah! I remember taking movies apart in my mind and analyzing their plottwists. ^_^
 

Writing Memory: The moment I knew I wanted to be a writer was when I was eleven and my co-op writing class made everyone read each other’s stories, and the story I wrote at the time was supposed to be funny, and I guess it worked. And it felt so good to watch people being entertained by my work that I wanted to do it forever.
 
            (I actually still have that story! Read it's unedited form here it's pretty bad, though).
 

Childhood Book:  Frieda Fuzzypaws

 
Reading: There Will Be Lies by Nick Lake
 

 

Writing: Of Broken Things and Paint Splatterings
 


 
Listening to: I really like the song Fear is a Liar right now by Zach Williams

Watching: *shrugs* I do watch 48 Hours every Saturday. \
 

Learning: That it’s okay to be vulnerable around people.
Want To Be Published: YES! 
 
 
Indie or Traditional: I’m happy with Indie, but Traditional would be a dream come true.
 
Wildest Goal: Does raising a family count? But as for writing, I'm not sure.
 

 
Happy Writing!
 

3/23/18

THE 5 PART WRITING SPECIAL | part 4: supporting characters

 
        ONCE AGAIN THIS IS FOR MORE SCIENCE FICTION OR FANTASY, SO SORRY FOR THE QUESTIONS I AM GOING TO SKIM. I have a lot of side characters, but today I am introducing Andres's family, since I can't even make up my mind about my other side characters' names. 
 

 Introduce your side characters, explain what makes them unique, and perhaps include their relationship to the MC

^^Andres's aesthetic

             Andres’s family is a family of eight, counting his parents, his grandmother, his four siblings: (Makayla, fourteen years. Coleen, nine years. Jacquie, nine years as well since her and Coleen are twins. And May, six years). and himself.


                Andres and his siblings are homeschooled by their grandmother, and Andre works at his grandmother’s store.

                Andre meets Alex after stopping a group of bullies who are beating him up. Andres is nineteen and he becomes like an older brother to Alex.

Provide snippets from your WIP for each side character (can include the villain).

                I only have two at the moment:
     Andres snorts, “Watch out, Alex, she’s sweet right now, but it’s all a trick.”      

     The girl sticks her tongue out at Andres, “Am not!”  
   Andres sticks out his tongue right back, “You’re evil, May. The empress of evil."
  May sniffs, "I prefer The Most Amazing Queen and Sister, thank you very much."

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          Austen takes his foot off my face as a side door creaks open.

       “Can you jerks get lost?” A boy stands in the doorway, holding something over his shoulder. His expression is lost in the shadows, but his tone sounds annoyed.

 I hold my breath, waiting for one of the group’s response.  

 Ethan scoffs, “Go back to your demented grandma you-”
  I grimace at the racial slurs that tumble out of Ethan’s mouth.

 There is silence, and then the boy steps out into the alleyway, looming over Ethan, Gordan, and Austen.

         He’s older than I realized, looking more college age than high school age. One hand is curled into a fist, the other is armed with what looks like a sack of potatoes. The scowl growing across his dark face is terrifying.
      He takes a step closer to Ethan, glaring down at him. “Do you want to see the bloodstains from the last person that called me or my grandmother that?” he asks, his voice strangely calm despite the furious expression on his face.

 
Which of your side characters is closest to the MC?

   Andres.

How do the good guys work together as a team?
              
     Yes, Andres’s family is his support group, and they start to become Alex’s as well.



How do they clash with each other?

                Alex is more of a quitter, he lets life get him down, but Andres believes in hard work and taking risks despite the odds.
 
Describe your antagonist/villain in 3 words.

                Life + Stupid humans.

 
Why is your villain bad?


      It brings harsh reality crashing down.


Is the villain an “I work alone” sort of person, or the kind who has a ton of minions?

                Do life and emotions have minions?

How does your villain walk and talk?

..........


                *coughs*

What are the villain’s main mannerisms that define him/her?

                *shrugs*
 


Tell me about your side characters!
 
Happy Writing,

 

3/20/18

The Book I Didn't Know I Needed // Much Fangirling about The Blood Race



        I have a horrible confession to make…
      It took me forever long to sit down and really read this.  


*whacks self with wet pool noodle*

         Sometimes I’m a big procrastinator, and this book was one of the things I procrastinated on.

           I think it was because the first chapter didn’t really sell me, I wasn’t hooked at first, so I ended up putting the book down for a while, luckily, I picked it back up and gave it a second try because OH MY GOODNESS WOW, IT WAS AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!

Blurb (from goodreads):

He’s spent his life running from who he is. She’s been trying to escape her past for 100 years…
Born with unexplainable abilities he struggles to control, college student Ion tries desperately to integrate into his new school and finally put his dark past behind him. But after making a serious enemy, which leads to an accidental rendezvous with the mysterious old man next door— and his hauntingly beautiful but troubled young protégée Hawk, Ion realizes his life will never be normal again.

Late one evening, Hawk drags him by the hand into a closet-turned-rabbit-hole to an extra dimension, and Ion finds himself stumbling involuntarily into a secret society of training for “anomalies,” teenagers with a special set of abilities. Just like him.
As they train to become Protectors of future Earth, battling each other as well as their own demons, both Ion and Hawk begin to realize that they are far more alike than they realized. Unsettlingly so.

When the Dimension is shaken by an unthinkable betrayal, will an ancient prophecy bring Hawk and Ion together—or will a deadly threat hidden in plain sight cost them both their powers… and their lives?

         *Squeals*

       Science fiction and fantasy has always blown my mind, and I have a great respect for writers who can pull it off while making the elements of the world feel 100% realistic, and it turns out that K.A. Emmons is amazingly talented at that, I was blown away completely.

         It was epic, y'all.


     AND MAY I JUST TALK ABOUT THE CHARACTERS?!?!?!

          So you know Aslan, Gandalf, Dumbledore, and all of the other amazing mentors/leaders in fiction? Yeah, Sensei's up there. He's amazing and mysterious, honestly one of the best mentors I've read in YA in a while.

           My favorite character was Hawk. I ADORE rougher characters--characters that have been through a lot, survivors, if you will. And she was AMAZING. She's not perfect by any means, and that's what I love about her. Hawk is so gritty and real.

           AND FIN. 💖💖💖 There's not much more I can say, I adored him.  💖

          As for Ion, he was great as well. I really really like reading MCs that are males, especially in this genre. His voice and POV was refreshing. Ion is sweet, naïve, a little bit of a trouble maker, and very conflicted, which was so amazing to read.

         The only character I didn't like was Mel. THANK GOODNESS SHE'S NOT A MAIN CHARACTER. I don't know if she was suppose to be likeable, but I never saw what Ion liked about her. She was just so clingy and whiney and senseless... like, girl, why? XD

          THE ACTION IN THIS BOOK, THOUGH.

          Car races, leaping off cliffs, flying, training, fighting, powers. YES. JUST YES.


         Now, time for the things I didn't like...
-Mel

-THERE'S A FREAKING PROPHECY WHICH HAS TWO HALVES OF A SOUL!!!!! *horrified gasp* NOOOOOO. This book is so so so unique and then there's this cliché. *huffs in frustration*

-The cliffhanger (jk. I loved the ending, but WHY MUST K.A. EMMONS LEAVE US IN SUSPENSE?!?!?)


-Mild swear words implied, as well as the use of "hell" in a few scenes.

-Two characters end up getting drunk.

-A character was raped as a child. 






         


        I enjoyed this book so much! I would highly recommend it, and it is now one of my favorites. Now I wait for the next one...... that cliffhanger was cruel....

 Have you read The Blood Race?
Do you plan to?
ALSO: If you were wondering why one word was in bold at the beginning, it was because I am taking part in Libby May's scavenger hunt, which you can read more about HERE if you are interested in winning some books.
Happy Writing, 

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