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Cover Reveal and 10 Fun Facts About The Last July!

With the upcoming release of my very first novel, I thought it would be fun to share some facts about The Last July as it went from it’s very rough first draft to the final edit. Today is also my birthday, and for my birthday, I’d like to share my cover reveal with my blog followers! This has been a long time coming!

  • The Last July was originally in two different POV’s, Penelope and Sampson’s.
  • In the first few drafts, TLJ was a story about a romance between a camper and counselor. It wasn’t until the final two drafts that Penelope was almost 18 and Sampson was slightly younger.
  • The very first draft of TLJ was written in the Spring of 2014 during Camp NaNoWriMo, I didn’t go to finish it until April 2016 when it was only 31k words. It still wasn’t finished! So it pretty much took me three to four years to write this novel, I just took many breaks. Too many breaks.
  • Some of the camp activities in the novel are my favorite things that I did at camp when I was younger. Swimming, hiking, capture the flag, even the mashed potato mohawks!
  • Camp Arthur is based off of the camp I attended as a kid/teen in Ohio, but is set in Tennessee because it’s one of my favorite places to vacation.
  • I’ve hiked Abrams Falls (twice) and it’s a very tough trail! But the waterfall is so worth it!
  • I wrote about five different final chapters, never sure of how I wanted Sampson and Penelope’s story to end. I finally went to my husband to give me their ending. Yay for having a husband who is also an author!
  • In one of the many drafts, Penelope’s friend, Jenny was supposed to be a camper who suffered an awful fate of a bee sting. I quickly realized that was a bit too morbid, I was watching Game of Thrones at the time.
  • TLJ is a stand alone, but I do plan on writing in the world of Camp Arthur again one day.
  • The authors that I got some inspiration from over the years were Sarah Dessen and Katie Cotugno. I love their contemporary summer romances! Hopefully, one day I can inspire someone the way they inspired me!

 

I also made a blog post for the songs that inspired some scenes in the novel, find that one here. And a sneak peak that can be found here.

The Last July is set to come out very soon, fingers crossed. Follow the blog for updates on the release, deals, and pre-order!

This is an exclusive blog post that I won’t be sharing to any of my other social media platforms! So you guys get to be the first to hear the news!

Guys, now I’m starting to feel like an author!

Here’s the cover! Tada!

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Cover Reveal and 10 Fun Facts About The Last July!

With the upcoming release of my very first novel, I thought it would be fun to share some facts about The Last July as it went from it’s very rough first draft to the final edit. Today is also my birthday, and for my birthday, I’d like to share my cover reveal with my blog followers! This has been a long time coming!

  • The Last July was originally in two different POV’s, Penelope and Sampson’s.
  • In the first few drafts, TLJ was a story about a romance between a camper and counselor. It wasn’t until the final two drafts that Penelope was almost 18 and Sampson was slightly younger.
  • The very first draft of TLJ was written in the Spring of 2014 during Camp NaNoWriMo, I didn’t go to finish it until April 2016 when it was only 31k words. It still wasn’t finished! So it pretty much took me three to four years to write this novel, I just took many breaks. Too many breaks.
  • Some of the camp activities in the novel are my favorite things that I did at camp when I was younger. Swimming, hiking, capture the flag, even the mashed potato mohawks!
  • Camp Arthur is based off of the camp I attended as a kid/teen in Ohio, but is set in Tennessee because it’s one of my favorite places to vacation.
  • I’ve hiked Abrams Falls (twice) and it’s a very tough trail! But the waterfall is so worth it!
  • I wrote about five different final chapters, never sure of how I wanted Sampson and Penelope’s story to end. I finally went to my husband to give me their ending. Yay for having a husband who is also an author!
  • In one of the many drafts, Penelope’s friend, Jenny was supposed to be a camper who suffered an awful fate of a bee sting. I quickly realized that was a bit too morbid, I was watching Game of Thrones at the time.
  • TLJ is a stand alone, but I do plan on writing in the world of Camp Arthur again one day.
  • The authors that I got some inspiration from over the years were Sarah Dessen and Katie Cotugno. I love their contemporary summer romances! Hopefully, one day I can inspire someone the way they inspired me!

 

I also made a blog post for the songs that inspired some scenes in the novel, find that one here. And a sneak peak that can be found here.

The Last July is set to come out very soon, fingers crossed. Follow the blog for updates on the release, deals, and pre-order!

This is an exclusive blog post that I won’t be sharing to any of my other social media platforms! So you guys get to be the first to hear the news!

Guys, now I’m starting to feel like an author!

Here’s the cover! Tada!

received_10212052203755287

My Summer TBR

So if you’re like me, you get most of your reading done in the summer because you’re not a huge fan of the 90 degree weather. You would rather stay inside with the air conditioning going and a good book to read. This summer (I count May in with summer, is that weird?) I plan on tackling most of the books on my TBR shelf! I have to read books based on the season usually, this will be the first summer that I have a wide array!

First off, I plan on reading my husbands book The Goblin Wars, this is his omnibus edition goblin warsthat has all three of his fantasy books from the series in it. It’s a huuuuuuge book and I keep on making excuses for why I don’t have the time to read it, but since summer is here, I figure it’s time. If you want to purchase his book(s) you can find them pretty much anywhere, Amazon is the best place. Sometimes there’s specials on the individual book. Be sure to leave a review if you read it! I’m not a big fan on anything other than YA, which is why it’s taken me so long to read this. If you love Lord of the Rings and other high fantasy books, you need to check this one out. I’m so very proud of him for this accomplishment.

 

 

 

Over winter, I read the novella to this book, wasn’t too thrilled with it. Pretty sure I gave itMaybe-Someday-Colleen-Hoover a 1 star review. I thought I’d give the author another shot and read one of her novels and this one is actually based off of the novella from her, Maybe Not. This one has been on my TBR shelf for a month or two now. I know I can knock it out in one weekend, so I’m literally saving it for a rainy day. I don’t have high hopes for this one but I do hope that it’s entertaining and better than the novella. Any Colleen Hoover fans out there? Do you recommend any of her other books?

 

 

 

 

 

All right, I’m late on the bandwagon for this one, but I’ve heard nothing but praise. I just started The Raven Boys so this summer I plan on reading through the whole series. I read Maggie Stiefvater’s  Shiver series and felt like it kind of fell flat after the first book, so I’m hoping that doesn’t happen with this series. So far, I’m sort of enjoying the first book. The pace is great,  and I have no clue what’s going to happen next. These covers sure are amazing though!

 

This next one is on my pre-order list. It comes out May 17th, just in time for summer! It’s 2506378112 short stories from a bunch of different YA authors and the cover is adorable. Pretty much, if you’re as in love with summer YA contemporary romance, this book is for you! Look at all of those amazing authors! Even if you don’t plan on reading any of my summer read recommendations from last weeks post, at lease read this one. A story a day isn’t bad on top of your huge TBR pile.

 

 

 

 

 

I’m sure there will be plenty more summery books that I pick up and plan on reading, but for now this is my MUST FINISH this summer. Follow me if you want to see reviews on any of these books, I will be posting a review on all the books that I read.

Here’s to many cozy, rainy reading days this summer.

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