Spotlight #1 | App for Writers

Hi everyone! I was contacted about the Character Notes Planner app, a character profile planner and note keeper for writers to record story notes, and they asked me to divulge their work here on the blog.

This app was designed to help writers and authors organise ideas and notes, specifically for planning custom character development. It’s a place to write notes on the fly when inspiration hits, and squeeze in micro-writing space and character planning drafts when out and about. 

I thought it would be helpful to some people – I know there are a lot of writers out there who maybe struggle with this, so I hope this helps!

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Developed by Twenty-Nine Comms, here are some of its features:

  • It features a writing prompt list of detail for creating character story and helps consistency with writing for fiction novels, novella, plays, games – and anyone who wants to plan character background detail in a beautiful format.
  • Enter details and characteristics for all your characters, upload photos, add avatars and add links for each character card. Edit and save at any time.
  • Export single, multiple-selected or all character cards and export to PDF or email without leaving the app.

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Here is what Anna Bowden, the director, has to say about why she built the app:

“I’ve always loved writing tools, stationery, notebooks and being organised. What I didn’t love was rifling through thousands of pages and words trying to find the reference to one of my characters and which arm was broken. Over months and months of writing I was making decisions about multiple characters that I couldn’t keep track of for continuity.”

“An author once told me she ‘carried her characters around’ until their story revealed itself, as part of her creative process. This stuck with me and I often found myself frantically jotting down character notes on my mobile phone on the way to work. Now, I have my app and they can come along in my pocket for whenever inspiration hits.”

The character notes planner app is now available on the Play store, for 1.99$! For now, it’s only available for Androids, but they hope that will change soon 🙌🏼

If you’d like to contact the creators, here’s their press contact: characternotes.app@gmail.com.


Have you tried any apps to help you with writing? Any suggestions for the struggling writers out there?

Thank you for reading,
I’ll see you in my next post ♡

2018 Domestic Thrillers I’m Excited About

Last night I was scrolling through Goodreads and came across a blog post that really caught my eye. It was about ‘The Unputdownable Domestic Suspense Thrillers of 2018‘, so you can probably guess that I was very excited about it 😝 I’ve already read one of the books on the list and it’s actually one of my favorite reads so far, so that’s pretty great 😉

Since I got excited, I thought I’d share with you which of the books I’m most excited about, so here’s my list:

34275231Sometimes I Lie by Alice Feeney

This one was in my shopping cart not long ago, but then the price went up and I didn’t like the edition that was available, so I ended up not getting it. That definitely doesn’t take any of my excitement though, because look at this synopsis:

My name is Amber Reynolds. There are three things you should know about me: 
1. I’m in a coma. 
2. My husband doesn’t love me anymore. 
3. Sometimes I lie. 

Amber wakes up in a hospital. She can’t move. She can’t speak. She can’t open her eyes. She can hear everyone around her, but they have no idea. Amber doesn’t remember what happened, but she has a suspicion her husband had something to do with it. Alternating between her paralyzed present, the week before her accident, and a series of childhood diaries from twenty years ago, this brilliant psychological thriller asks: Is something really a lie if you believe it’s the truth?

How intriguing is that!!?? I can’t wait to get my hands on this one 😍 Oh, also Zuky and Abby gave it 5 stars, so that makes me even more interested 😋

Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell 35297426

This one was reviewed by a fellow Portuguese booktuber a while ago, and the first thing she said was that the synopsis says too much.

What we need to know is that this is about someone who went missing 10 years ago, and 10 years later there’s some sort of news about this case. It’s mostly told from the perspective of the missing girl’s mom, but there’s also the POV of the girl herself.

So this is, once again, something I’m very very intrigued by, and I definitely want to read it sometime.

36448554Bring Me Back by B.A. Paris

I recently requested this one on NetGalley but I still don’t know whether it’ll be accepted. I currently own Behind Closed Doors by the same author but have yet to read it.

All I hear is praise for B.A. Paris, so every time a new book of his comes out I get pumped without ever having read any of the previous ones 😅 Am I a typical book lover, or what? 😄

I remember seeing that Abby gave it a low rating, but the synopsis had me very curious, so I might still give it a go.

Finn and Layla are young, in love, and on vacation. They’re driving along the highway when Finn decides to stop at a service station to use the restroom. He hops out of the car, locks the doors behind him, and goes inside. When he returns Layla is gone—never to be seen again. That is the story Finn told to the police. But it is not the whole story.

Ten years later Finn is engaged to Layla’s sister, Ellen. Their shared grief over what happened to Layla drew them close and now they intend to remain together. Still, there’s something about Ellen that Finn has never fully understood. His heart wants to believe that she is the one for him…even though a sixth sense tells him not to trust her.

Then, not long before he and Ellen are to be married, Finn gets a phone call. Someone from his past has seen Layla—hiding in plain sight. There are other odd occurrences: Long-lost items from Layla’s past that keep turning up around Finn and Ellen’s house. Emails from strangers who seem to know too much. Secret messages, clues, warnings. If Layla is alive—and on Finn’s trail—what does she want? And how much does she know?

I Know My Name by C.J. Cooke 35099667

So, from what I got from all I read about this book, it features a main character that has amnesia and literally washes up on a shore in Greece or something like that.

I don’t think I’ve ever even read a book involving amnesia, but the idea of it makes me want to read every book with a premise of the sort. I think that kind of plot already makes for a rather gripping and anxious read, which I absolutely love when it comes to thrillers.

…But what if that’s the only thing you can remember?

Komméno Island, Greece: I don’t know where I am, who I am. Help me.

A woman is washed up on a remote Greek island with no recollection of who she is or how she got there.

Potter’s Lane, Twickenham, London: Eloïse Shelley is officially missing.

Lochlan’s wife has vanished into thin air, leaving their toddler and twelve-week-old baby alone. Her money, car and passport are all in the house, with no signs of foul play. Every clue the police turn up means someone has told a lie…

Does a husband ever truly know his wife? Or a wife know her husband? Why is Eloïse missing? Why did she forget?

36476218She Was the Quiet One by Michele Campbell

This one I got from NetGalley not too long ago, the title really captured my attention and I immediately requested it once I realized it was still available.

I looove this trope of women who realize they don’t really know their husband that well, and that he’s been keeping all these secrets. I eat it up like a feast 👌🏼

I’ll probably read it this summer, maybe by the pool when I go on vacation ⛱

When twin sisters Rose and Bel Enright enroll in The Odell School, a prestigious New Hampshire boarding school, it seems like the opportunity of a lifetime. But the sisters could not be more different. The school brings out a rivalry between them that few ever knew existed. And the school itself has a dark underbelly: of privileged kids running unchecked and uninhibited; of rituals and traditions that are more sinister than they seem; of wealth and entitlement that can only lead to disaster.

For Sarah Donovan, wife of an ambitious teacher who is determined to rise through the ranks, Odell also seems like the best thing that could happen to their small family. But how well does she really know her husband? What lengths will he go to to achieve his goals? And when one dark night ends in murder, who is guilty, who knows the truth, and who has been in on it all along? SHE WAS THE QUIET ONE. Because murderers are almost never who you expect.

Our House by Louise Candlish 35924499

I saw this one for the first time on Abby’s blog and I was drawn to it because of the cover. I really like the colors and just everything about it.

Then, she posted a 4.5-star review and I reaaaally wanted to read it 😄 So apparently this is a story in which someone gets home and there’s literally a family moving into her house?? And then everything starts falling apart and her husband disappears and I am SO intrigued. I am definitely putting this one on my birthday wishlist 😋

On a bright January morning in the London suburbs, a family moves into the house they’ve just bought in Trinity Avenue. 
Nothing strange about that. Except it is your house. And you didn’t sell it. 

When Fiona Lawson comes home to find strangers moving into her house, she’s sure there’s been a mistake. She and her estranged husband, Bram, have a modern co-parenting arrangement: bird’s nest custody, where each parent spends a few nights a week with their two sons at the prized family home to maintain stability for their children. But the system built to protect their family ends up putting them in terrible jeopardy. In a domino effect of crimes and misdemeanors, the nest comes tumbling down.

Now Bram has disappeared and so have Fiona’s children. As events spiral well beyond her control, Fiona will discover just how many lies her husband was weaving and how little they truly knew each other. But Bram’s not the only one with things to hide, and some secrets are best kept to oneself, safe as houses.

Let Me Lie by Clare Mackintosh

35376281I’ve been hearing about this author’s books for AGES now, but I still haven’t read any of them. I’ve started I Let You Go, but only read a couple pages because it was exam period. Maybe I’ll pick it back up soon 🙌🏼

There has been so much hype surrounding this one that it’s impossible to miss it, so I went ahead and read the synopsis one day – and I was sold, so I bought it last week 🎊 Here’s what immediately made me want to get it so bad:

The police say it was suicide.
Anna says it was murder.
They’re both wrong.

WHAT!?!?! I need this in my hands NOW, I can’t freaking wait 😍

The Death of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth Ware 36237273

Once again, I own other books by the author but still haven’t read them. However, I think I might read the latest one first, just because I’m so curious.

So from what I’ve heard, this is about someone who receives a letter about an inheritance, but it wasn’t actually addressed to her – just someone with the same name. However, she could use a bit of money, so she decides to go after this inheritance that doesn’t belong to her. Just this bit of information already makes me want to pick it up, and I will do so very soon. I’ve already pre-ordered the edition you see on the right, so it should be here in July 👌🏼

On a day that begins like any other, Hal receives a mysterious letter bequeathing her a substantial inheritance. She realizes very quickly that the letter was sent to the wrong person—but also that the cold-reading skills she’s honed as a tarot card reader might help her claim the money.

Soon, Hal finds herself at the funeral of the deceased…where it dawns on her that there is something very, very wrong about this strange situation and the inheritance at the centre of it.


So this is my top 8 of 2018 domestic thriller releases that I really want to read and that I’m excited about. Now it’s 1AM so I really need to go to bed and stop looking at books 😅 Hope you enjoyed this little post! 💕

Have you read any of these? Let me know your thoughts in the comments!!

Thank you for reading,
I’ll see you in my next post ♡

June 2018 TBR

So June is here, which means we’re nearing the middle of the year already. I can’t even believe it’s already June??? Every month I’m incredibly surprised that another month has gone by, it’s like it goes by so fast I don’t even notice it until it’s over 😧

I was able to read six books in May while I was studying for all of my tests, so I plan to read waaaaay more in June. I have tests up until the 14th, but after that, I’m absolutely free until September 🎊 So that leaves me with about 16 days in June to read whatever I want. I’m also very bummed that Goodreads keeps reminding me of how I’m 13 books behind schedule 😠 Because of this, I’ve built up an insanely big pile of books that I’m going to try and get to this month 📚

I’m telling you, it’s huge, so let’s jump right in! 👇🏼

805f3-aeneidvirgilThe Aeneid by Virgil

This is a required read for my Roman Culture class (the test is today 😬). Since I’ve already read it before, I just need to re-read the relevant chapters for the class, which means it’ll be a quick read.

 

 

This Does Not Leave This House by Julie Coons Image result for this does not leave this house cover

This book was sent to me by the author and I’ve been wanting to pick it up ever since it got here. It’s about the author’s journey through abuse and abusive relationships, and it’s a very short read, so it’s definitely one of the first books I’ll pick up 😊

 

 

Image result for erin bowman vengeance road coverVengeance Road by Erin Bowman

You might have seen this in this week’s IMWAYR post since it’s my current read. I started it a couple of weeks ago and have been slowly getting through it whenever I can or feel like it.

I’ve heard great things, and I’m enjoying it so far, so I’m looking forward to finishing it! 🙌🏼

 

Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne Image result for around the world in 80 days book cover

This is the book we picked for May and June in a Portuguese book club called ‘Clube dos Clássicos Vivos‘. I wanted to get to it in May but I never got to it, so I’m determined to read it on time for the discussion! 💪🏼

 

 

Image result for lies tm logan book coverLies by T.M. Logan

I got this as an ARC from NetGalley and it was on my May TBR. Unfortunately, I didn’t have enough time to get to it, so I’m transferring it to my June TBR.

Maybe this time I’ll finally read it? It’s a thriller, so I’m 99% sure I’m going to enjoy it 😁

 

The Girl with a Clock for a Heart by Peter Swanson Image result for the girl with a clock for a heart cover

As you may have noticed, I absolutely love Peter Swanson’s books. He has four out and I’ve read two of them. I’ll be buddy-reading this one with a friend of mine so I am veeeeery excited about it 😍

Oh, and today I bought his newest one, so I’ll probably read that one next month! 😁

 

Image result for three dark crowns coverThree Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake

I started this book a few months ago, but never picked it up again. I have a feeling I’m going to like this, so I need to get back to it already!

I buy books when they come out, start reading them and then I put them down and never resume my reading. It’s a terrible habit, really 😅

 

Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas Image result for heir of fire cover

You already know Sarah J. Maas is my absolute favorite YA author, so it’s ridiculous that I haven’t read everything she’s ever written. I own about everything she’s ever written, but I still have like 5 unread books on my shelves 😒

I started this one a while ago, I think when I finished Crown of Midnight, so this is definitely a priority this month. I also plan to binge-read the whole Throne of Glass series in the summer, so I’m looking forward to that 💕

Image result for hollywood keegan allen coverHollywood by Keegan Allen

This was a book I received from St. Martin’s a couple weeks ago. It’s a beautiful photography book, so it’s a rather quick read, although it does have some text in it, such as lyrics or poems.

I’m excited for it, but I’ve yet to figure out how to review it here on the blog. If you have any suggestions of how I should format the review, please leave them in the comments below! 😋

 

The last books on my TBR are all by Portuguese authors and they’re not translated, so I’m just going to mention them 🤷🏻‍♀️

  • Serpentina by Mário Zambujal
  • Ponto de Retorno by Gabriela Simões
  • O Luto de Elias Gro by João Tordo
  • Ensina-me a Voar Sobre os Telhados by João Tordo

As you can probably tell, I’ve chosen a few tiny or quick reads, as well as some books I’ve already started. That’s just my way of finishing as many books as I can 😝

I’m really hoping to finish all of these since I will have more free time. Please pray for my TBR! 😅

What are you going to read in June? Let me know in the comments!!

Thank you for reading,
I’ll see you in my next post ♡

March 2018 TBR

If you’ve seen my February wrap-up, you know I did not read much last month at all. Since March is longer and relatively light in terms of school work, my plan is to make up for the lack of reading up until now.

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According to Goodreads, I am 7 books behind schedule, so I set my March TBR to 5 books, but I’ll hopefully be able to read more! Here they are:

Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas (Throne of Glass #3)

heir-of-fire-3“Consumed by guilt and rage, Celaena can’t bring herself to spill blood for the King of Adarlan. She must fight back…

The Immortal Queen will help her destroy the king – for a price. But as Celaena battles with her darkest memories and her heart breaks for a love that could never last, can she fulfil the bargain and head the almighty court of Terrasen? And who will stand with her?

Good Me, Bad Me by Ali Land

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“How far does the apple really fall from the tree?

Milly’s mother is a serial killer. Though Milly loves her mother, the only way to make her stop is to turn her in to the police. Milly is given a fresh start: a new identity, a home with an affluent foster family, and a spot at an exclusive private school.

But Milly has secrets, and life at her new home becomes complicated. As her mother’s trial looms, with Milly as the star witness, Milly starts to wonder how much of her is nature, how much of her is nurture, and whether she is doomed to turn out like her mother after all.

When tensions rise and Milly feels trapped by her shiny new life, she has to decide: Will she be good? Or is she bad? She is, after all, her mother’s daughter.

The Aeneid by Virgil

“The Aeneid is an epic poem written by Virgil in the 1st century BC.
Its hero is Aeneas, a Trojan who travels from Troy to Italy to eventually found Rome. Some argue that the Aeneid is Virgil’s answer to Homer’s Odyssey and Iliad, combining two genres of the day–travel and war–into one poem. Take that, Homer. No civilization is without a bit of revisionist history: so it was that Virgil picked up the story of Aeneas, which was already floating around at the time, and forged an epic founding myth for Rome. And the Aeneid fit the bill, as it linked Rome with the legends of ancient Troy, glorified stodgy Roman values, and legitimized its emperors as descendants of the heroes and gods of the past. George Washington probably didn’t chop down a cherry tree, but it’s a fun legend to tell the kids.”

Restore Me by Tahereh Mafi (Shatter Me #4)

tbz2meq“Juliette Ferrars thought she’d won. She took over Sector 45, was named the new Supreme Commander, and now has Warner by her side. But she’s still the girl with the ability to kill with a single touch—and now she’s got the whole world in the palm of her hand. When tragedy hits, who will she become? Will she be able to control the power she wields and use it for good?”

 

Strange Medicine by Mike Russell

“We recommend the following prescription: Strange Medicine – weird and wonderful stories for all that ails you. Strange Medicine is a fantastic collection of extraordinary tales of transformation by UK weird-fiction author Mike Russell. If you love the strange, surreal and unusual or if you are just looking for something different, Strange Medicine is for you.”

 

 


I’m really hoping to finish all of these since I won’t have any tests or assignments until April ♡ Just gotta get rid of this slump!! 😅


What are you going to read in March? Let me know in the comments!!

Thank you for reading,
I’ll see you in my next post ♡

January 2018 TBR & POLL

Welcome to the first TBR post of the year! If you read my latest post, you’ll know that I wanted to try something new for my TBRs in 2018. This involves you because I need your vote. Every month, I will be taking a few book titles out of my TBR jar, and I’ll add them to a poll (which you will see below). All you need to do is vote for the book you think I should read that month – and I’ll read whichever one is the winner! Sounds fun, right?

January will be a busy month for me because I have three exams coming up. This being the case, I don’t think I’ll be reading much, at least up until my last exam on the 18th. However, I still want to get some reading done, so I’m setting my TBR to three books + the book you choose. Let’s get right into it…

1. Between the Blade and the Heart by Amanda Hocking

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“Valkyries have one great responsibility: to return immortals to the afterlife by slaying them. As a Valkyrie, Malin has always known that the balance of the world rests on her ability to carry out orders. But when Malin discovers that her mother spared the life of an immortal who was destined to die, her world is thrown into chaos. 

Malin not only wrestles with the knowledge that her mother might not be who she thought—she’s also thrust into the path of a gorgeousblueeyedd guy named Asher who needs her help slaying the rogue immortal who destroyed his family. The balance of the world is at stake. And, as Asher competes with Malin’s ex for her love and loyalty, so is her heart.”

2. The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen

“When you read this book, you will make many assumptions.
You will assume you are reading about a jealous wife and her obsession with her replacement.
You will assume you are reading about a woman about to enter a new marriage with the man she loves.
You will assume the first wife was a disaster and that the husband was well rid of her.
You will assume you know the motives, the history, the anatomy of the relationships.
Assume nothing.

Discover the next blockbuster novel of suspense, and get ready for the read of your life.”

3. Evalene’s Number by Bethany Atazadeh

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“Everyone in Eden is assigned a Number, tattooed on their neck, which determines their value and place in the world. 

On her Numbering Day, Evalene Vandereth anticipates joining the élite. Born in an upper-class family, she knows exactly who she is and what she is worth. Even as the needle breaks her skin, she is blissfully happy. She never considers another outcome, until it’s too late. 

Now 18-year-old Evalene lives in fear, struggling with her new identity, stripped of her freedom and basic human rights. Can she escape her Number? Is anyone else asking the same question?”


All of these books were sent to me, either by the publisher or the author, so this is quite a special reading month. Thank you to St. Martin’s Press and to author Bethany Atazadeh, who is the sweetest ♡

Let’s vote, shall we?


What are you going to read in January? Do you like this format of TBR posts?

Thank you for reading,
I’ll see you in my next post ♡

Blog Plans for 2018 👩🏻‍💻

Happy new year everyone!! 🎆🎉

As a new year arrives, it’s time to set goals for everything in your life. Since blogging is a big part of mine, I’ve decided to set specific goals for this little corner and, of course, I had to share them with my readers. Here they are:

More giveaways

I’ve only done one giveaway here on the blog over the course of one year. I’d say that’s way too low of a number, so this year I’m going to try to bring you more giveaways. There’s one coming up shortly, so definitely be on the lookout for that 😉

Consistent posting schedule

I don’t have a posting schedule, but I would like to figure out one that works for me. I’m thinking two-three posts a week, but I don’t know what days of the week I should post on :/

Free Book Monday

This is something I’ve wanted to do for a while. Basically, the plan is to bring you a post with a book that is free to download on Amazon, that you can just send to your Kindle device or app with one click. I know that a lot of people can’t afford to buy books, or maybe don’t have any secondhand bookstores or libraries near them, so any books that they buy are new and expensive. This way, I can help someone out by providing something they can read for free even on their phone, as long as they have the Kindle app. I’ll bring books from different genres so that it suits everyone!

Posts in Portuguese

I still haven’t given up on this idea 😀 As you might know, when I started this blog about a year ago, I did posts in English and Portuguese. However, unless you have a Premium WordPress plan, bilingual blogs are not very easy to maintain, simply because there isn’t a perfect format that you can use for that. But I will not be defeated!! I’ll find a way to bring some Portuguese into my blog. By the way, if you have any suggestions, please leave them in the comments ♡

More book reviews

I read 37 books in 2017, but only reviewed 24. This year, I’ll be attempting to read 75 books, and I want to post at least 40 reviews. I feel like my blog doesn’t have enough of them, so I’ll try to fix that 🙂

You choose what I read

I’d love to do a poll each month that you would vote on. Basically, the idea is to pull out a few book titles from my TBR jar each month, and leave the titles in a poll on my TBR post for the month. Then, along with the books I previously choose to read that month, I will read the book that you guys vote for. Does that sound good to you?


What are your blogging goals for 2018?

Thank you for reading,
I’ll see you in my next post ♡

Beat the Blacklist 2018 + Happy New Year!! 🎆 🎉

Hi everyone!! So I just found a challenge through LFBooks’s blog and I couldn’t resist joining in on it. It’s perfect for me because it’s all about reading the books that have been on your TBR for a while.

My 2018 Goodreads challenge will most likely be 75 books – a big jump for me, since my goal this year was 30 😅 In this number I am including 40 books from the PopSugar Reading Challenge, and 25 books from this one, the Beat the Blacklist Challenge. That leaves me with 10 books to read outside any specific challenges besides the typical Goodreads goal.

My goal: 25 books from my “blacklist”

I will leave them all listed here once I go through my TBR! ♡

I’m in the Story Sorcerer’s team!!


On another note, since this will be my last post of 2017, I would like to wish all of you a happy new year 🎆 🎉 Here’s to an amazing new year, full of good things – and, especially, good books!! 😄

Thank you for reading,
I’ll see you next year ♡