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Where Did the Time Go???

Published December 13, 2017 by Ashley Townsend

Let’s just pretend it hasn’t been nearly a month since my last post. *headdesk* In my defense, a lot has gone on the last few weeks: Lifelong friends came to stay, I traveled around to different bookstores for signing events (ahhhhhhhh), I’m making progress in Jungle Princess, holiday events occurred, and we’re helping my parents pack for their out-of-state move before Christmas. We’re having a little pre-Christmas celebration before they go and have been spending as much time as possible soaking up our days together. I come from a pretty close-knit family, so my sisters and I have been setting aside a lot of our busywork to just absorb life with them, which is one of the reasons why I’ve been a little absent lately. But fret not, friends, I’ll be back at it soon enough, though I’m going to take a break for a couple more weeks to be a spazz with my amazing fam.

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Mom looks so angelic while Dad, Katie, and I are staging a Christmas tree assault. Bahaha

Just don’t ask me how many books my Goodreads says I read last month because, well . . . What makes the number 2 sound more impressive?

crying shameThe reviews for the two books are at the end of this post. I know it sounds like nothing, but although I couldn’t technically add them to Goodreads, I had the chance to help some author friends out by providing input on their manuscripts before they shot them off for final edits, so that was so incredibly exciting to see their stories before they get added to Goodreads. *flails* And speaking of flailing, have you seen the cover for Fawkes by Nadine Brandes? The book releases in July of next year, and I. Need. This. Now. TAKE MY MONEY!! You can and should add it to Goodreads and pre-order on Amazon (click here), or preferably both. *wink* When Nadine sent me the cover before the reveal, I literally shrieked and did an excited little giddy-up dance around my living room (#noshame). Look at the cover below and try not to drool.

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It’s gorgeous and embossed. “And all the fangirls said, ‘Amen.’” grabby hands

Also, last month I was preparing for a signing event at the Barnes & Noble in Mira Mesa just hours before I was supposed to pick up my lifelong friends from the airport for Thanksgiving week. It was a bit hectic that day, to say the least. The author event was a lot of fun, and I had the chance to meet several local writers that I’ll definitely be keeping in touch with. But my favorite part of the afternoon was getting to hang with my friend Liv and grabbing a coffee afterward. She is just such a sweet, calming presence at these things, and it calms my giddy nerves whenever I see her familiar face in the crowd.

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It was definitely crazy getting ready for the event, Thanksgiving, and my friends coming to stay for the week, but we all had an absolute blast together hopping around San Diego—playing in the water on Coronado Island, taking ferry rides with the most hilarious tour guide possible, having a blast at Sea World (despite the fact that we nearly died from lack of coffee, but churros saved out lives), exploring the tide pools at Cabrillo, and just having a fabulous time catching up with old friends.

If you were following my Instagram during NaNo, you probably saw my word-pics for my work in progress, Jungle Princess. These were so much fun to make, and a few of the images actually inspired new scenes for my wip, so HUZZAH! I told you I would share a few of my favorites on my blog and hope they pique your interest in the story of mermaids and magical islands and monsters and . . . Tarzan. Hmm. I was really go for alliteration there, but I had to sneak his name in somehow. ^_~

And feeeeeeeeeeeeeels.

WHAT I READ: 

“The English Spy” by Daniel Silva ***

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I enjoyed the book and think I would have liked it more if I’d had more time to dedicate to it, so maybe I just wasn’t in the mood for a slower-paced—and what I assumed was a—spy-thriller. Some of the characters were fun, but there was so much politics and unnecessary plot building that I think it became more of a distraction than an aid to the story. Overall, it was enjoyable, I just wouldn’t necessarily recommend it.

“The Afterlife of Holly Chase” by Cynthia Hand *****

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Just in time for Christmas! This book was such a clever take on A Christmas Carol, and from the first page showcased Hand’s unsurprisingly fabulous sense of humor (any Lady Janies out there?). The story really begins after Holly fails her “Scrooge-test” and ends up being recruited by the company that puts the productions together to turn lives around. Usually the self-absorbed protagonist-who-is-guaranteed-to-change-her-ways plot bugs me because you have to drudge through so much of the character’s hideous personality, but Holly isn’t mean-spirited and ends up being really likeable, so kudos to Hand for nailing it. This story was full of heart and character development and quotable phrases and, of course, plenty of laugh-out-loud moments.

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Fangirls and Shipping and Fandoms, Oh My!

Published January 15, 2014 by Ashley Townsend

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Ahhh, Fandoms. Groups of fanatics and shippers who bond over a common interest in television, books, relationships in said entertainment, music, etc. There are big Fandoms, small Fandoms, serious Fandoms, and silly Fandoms, though just about anyone who is a hard-core Shipper tends to get a little carried away from time to time.  Here are a few of the things that we’re anticipating, have always loved, are Fangirling over right now (side note: refer to bottom of page for definitions), and also some nifty explanations as to what Fandoms entail.

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We are officially Downton Abbey addicts! And I am wholly in love with…

Tom Branson (Allen Leech), the handsome Irish chauffeur turned nobleman who stole my heart the first time he stepped on the scene. And I officially ship...

Tom Branson (Allen Leech), the handsome Irish chauffeur turned nobleman who stole my heart the first time he stepped on the scene. And I officially ship…

Branson and the Lady Sybil. Yes, I definitely wished I had fainted and he had carried me away the day I started shipping Sybson. Will I stop shipping?

Branson and the Lady Sybil. Yes, I definitely wished I had fainted and he had carried me away the day I started shipping Sybson. Will I stop shipping?

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Getting jazzed for Captain America: The Winter Soldier!

Getting jazzed for Captain America: The Winter Soldier!

Yes, and also the fact that the movies are so fantastic.

We love Elementary's take on Sherlock Holmes, but this is also scary accurate for a fandom's devotion.

We love Elementary’s take on Sherlock Holmes, but this is also scary accurate for a fandom’s devotion.

Cannot WAIT for Shatter Me Book III, but I think Liz and Kates are fangirling a teensy bit more than me.

Cannot WAIT for Shatter Me Book III, but I think Liz and Kates are fangirling a teensy bit more than me.

This film looks so beautiful, and it stars the actress who plays Sybil on Downton. Sold!

This film looks so beautiful, and it stars the actress who plays Sybil on Downton. Sold!

YES! We've been waiting for them to reboot the series for years.

YES! We’ve been waiting for them to reboot the series for years.

Jamaican Inspector Man, Psych the Musical. 'Nuff said.

Jamaican Inspector Man, Psych the Musical. ‘Nuff said.

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Fandom; noun: a group of devoted individuals engaged in a similar display of fanaticism and dedication over a specific form of entertainment (i.e. T.V., books, music, etc.). A Fandom requires full dedication and most of one’s free time. WARNING! Being involved in a Fandom can result in Pinterest boards dedicated solely to one particular interest/obsession and may end in a loss of followers due to said dedication. It may also cause blurry vision when driving, RLS (restless leg syndrome), rapid eye movement during normal sleeping hours, loss of focus, and also lack of ambition in other areas not pertaining to said interest.

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Shippers; noun: fans of a form of entertainment that cling to a particular fictional relationship. Posters, Pinterest boards, blog posts, helium balloons, and a ridiculous mashing of names to create a new “power” couple pseudonym are common signs that you are a Shipper. In some instances, Shipping may cause one to lose interest in any relationships that exist outside of books or television (i.e. a relative’s engagement, wedding announcements, couples that actually exist, etc.). It is also very common for Shippers of different groups to form a strong dislike of the other group for no apparent reason, other than the fact that _____ harassed _____ before the series even began.

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Fangirling; verb: the action of expressing one’s obsession of a particular interest, which generally involves screaming, giggling, fainting, running, jumping, climbing, making/pinning things, etc.

Fanatic; adj: marked by excessive enthusiasm and often intense uncritical devotion (directly from Webster’s dict.). Some may refer to people expressing fanatic tendencies toward fictional characters (refer to definition of “Shipper”) as being rabid, revolutionists, extremists, mentally unstable, overly involved, etc. Someone involved in a Fandom or a Shipper will most certainly exhibit these characteristics unashamedly and will also encourage fanatical tendencies in others new to a Fandom/the Fangirling universe.

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