Guest Post: "Where I Write" by Sophie Cameron (author of "Out Of The Blue")

Guest Post: "Where I Write" by Sophie Cameron (author of "Out Of The Blue")

Title: Out Of The Blue
Author: Sophie Cameron
Published: March 22nd, 2018
Publisher: Macmillian Children's Books
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Sometimes, I imagine alternate endings to the story: last-minute miracles, touches of magic. I picture how things might have gone, if I wasn’t there. If I’d left just a few minutes later. If I hadn’t been alone. It doesn’t make any difference. One way or another, the crash always comes.
Ten days after Jaya Mackenzie’s mum dies, angels start falling from the sky. Smashing down to earth at extraordinary speeds, wings bent, faces contorted, not a single one has survived.
Hysteria mounting with every Being that drops, Jaya’s father uproots the family to Edinburgh intent on catching one alive. But Jaya can’t stand this obsession and, struggling to make sense of her mother’s sudden death and her own role on that fateful day, she’s determined to stay out of it.
When her best friend disappears and her father’s mania spirals, things hit rock bottom and it’s at that moment something extraordinary happens: An angel lands right at Jaya’s feet, and it’s alive. Finally she is forced to acknowledge just how significant these celestial beings are.
Set against the backdrop of the frenzied Edinburgh festival, OUT OF THE BLUE tackles questions of grief and guilt and fear over who we really are. But it’s also about love and acceptance and finding your place in this world as angels drop out of another.

Where I Write – Sophie Cameron

This is my current writing spot, in my flat in Barcelona. I moved here from Ibiza in January and into this flat just a few weeks ago, so I’m still getting used to it all. So far, I’m liking it a lot – despite being right in the centre of the city it’s really quiet, and the room gets lots of nice light in the mornings. Also, someone across the road is an amazing pianist, and it really adds to the atmosphere when they play. Thanks, anonymous neighbour!

I try to get up early to write here for an hour or so before I start work every morning. I don’t always manage it (I like my bed too much) but I find I usually get my best writing done then. Right now I’m finishing up edits on my second book, but soon I’ll be moving onto drafting book three. There’ll be a hundred times more post-its then!


About The Author:
Sophie Cameron is a YA author from the Black Isle, Scotland. Her first novel OUT OF THE BLUE will be published by Macmillan Children's Books / Roaring Brook Press in 2018. She lives with her wife in Spain, where she works as a copywriter and spends her time writing, reading and learning foreign languages.

I don't know about you, but that writing area looks incredible! 

Who else can't wait to read Out of The Blue? It's out TODAY and you can buy it on Amazon or Book Depository, as well as your local bookstores (subject to availability).

Let me know in the comments, on twitter @LittleMemoirs or on Facebook!

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Book Review: "In Search Of Us" by Ava Dellaira

Book Review: "In Search Of Us" by Ava Dellaira

Title: In Search Of Us 
Author: Ava Dellaira
Published: March 6th, 2018
Publisher: Hot Key Books
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Disclosure: I received this ARC on NetGalley in exchange for an impartial review. As always, my reviews are fair and unbiased.

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The author of the beloved Love Letters to the Dead returns with a parallel story of a mother and daughter each at age seventeen. Marilyn's tale recounts the summer she fell in love and set out on her own path. Angie's story is about her search for her unknown father.
This sweeping multi-generational love story introduces readers to mother-and-daughter pair Marilyn and Angie. To seventeen-year-old Angie, who is mixed-race, Marilyn is her hardworking, devoted white single mother. But Marilyn was once young, too. When Marilyn was seventeen, she fell in love with Angie's father, James, who was African-American. But Angie's never met him, and Marilyn has always told her he died before she was born. When Angie discovers evidence of an uncle she's never met she starts to wonder: What if her dad is still alive, too? So she sets off on a journey to find him, hitching a ride to LA from her home in New Mexico with her ex-boyfriend, Sam. Along the way, she uncovers some hard truths about herself, her mother, and what truly happened to her father.

First Thoughts...

I only just recently bought Love Letters To The Dead, Ava's previous novel, but couldn't help requesting this gorgeous book on Netgalley. There was something so entrancing about the synopsis that screamed READ ME, BECCA!

My Review...

The striking thing about In Search Of Us is that I wasn't expecting for it to move me so much. I picked it up thinking it would be a lighter read than it was, and it totally threw me off my game (in an amazing way, somehow.) Angie, our main character in one of the alternate chapters, has never known who her Dad is. She was raised solely by her Mother, Marilyn (who is our other narrator, taking us into the past). See, Angie is mixed-race, something her Mother can't understand, as a white woman. She knows her dad was African-American, but here she is in the middle, not knowing where she fits in. Marilyn never planned to raise Angie alone, this we find out in the past scenes, and tells Angie that her real Dad has passed. But when Angie realizes that her Mother might have been lying, she sets out for a sense of belonging. Angie searches for her family ties in L.A., intertwining to where past-Marilyn meets James - Angie's father.
I loved the mirrors between Angie and young Marilyn. They had so many things in common (that they didn't even realise) and that lay subtly between the lines. I think that the message in In Search of Us is hugely important, especially for mixed-race people who don't look like one/their Parents. Ava handles this with such care and transparency that was so effortless. But with the highs in a story come the lows, like the whirlwind love story of James and Marilyn, leading to disastrous ends between their families. These tie-up scenes toward the end really tugged at my heartstrings and I felt myself poring out emotion onto the pages.
Overall, though it is a moving and heartfelt read, it's more than that: it's modern, important and oh-so-amazing. I love that the lines of the truth toward the end were blurred so that we might not know everything that happened in the past, especially considering every novel isn't meant to be tied-up neatly at the end. This was such a boomerang of a novel, coming out of nowhere and just stealing my heart. While the chapters bounced oddly, I still can't think of anyone I wouldn't recommend this to. I'll be getting a paperback very soon - it's that good. Four-and-a-half, brilliant stars!

What did you think of In Search Of Us?

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My Pottermore Story

My Pottermore Story

I didn't pay a lot of attention to the houses when I first watched the Harry Potter movies. I began reading the books after the first two movies were released, and even then, the houses didn't appeal to me. But then, the more that we delved into the surface beyond the Gryffindor and Slytherin sorts of rivalry, we got to see the houses at their strongest, kindest and most valued. 

That's when I thought maybe I was a Hufflepuff. 

Yellow has always been a colour I've been drawn to. In fact, it was my favourite colour for a long time growing up. There's something about the warm, bright sunshine effect that floods over me just seeing the tones on paper. I wasn't an official Hufflepuff until I took the Pottermore quiz a few years ago and I was delighted that I became who I thought I'd be! People always tell me that I'm kind and hard-working - even before I tell them I'm a Hufflepuff - and it gives me a secure sort of satisfaction to know there's somewhere I belong. 

Hufflepuffs value hard work, patience, loyalty, and fair play. The house has produced its share of great wizards – not least Newt Scamander, author of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

My Patronus is a Wolf. I'm not sure of the exact meaning of the Wolf Patronus, so I researched a little on the internet to find that it's a common patronus in the Gryffindor house (OMG, what?!) and those with this patronus have a big heart but a darker side to them, although their instincts are to fight for those they love. So I'm actually quite happy with it!

On to my wand! Mine is made of Dogwood wood, has a Dragon heartstring core, 12 1/2 in length and has a slightly springy flexibility! I'm not sure what all that means, but I mean, it looks pretty cool, right? Who wouldn't give to actually have the power to use one of them! Pottermore says that Dogwood wands are quirky and mischievous; they have playful natures and insist upon partners who can provide them with scope for excitement and fun, and that Dragon wands tend to learn more quickly than other types. 

I'm also a Thunderbird! They are said to represent the soul and favour adventure in the world. Pottermore says: named by Chadwick Boot after his favourite magical beast, the Thunderbird, a beast that can create storms as it flies. Thunderbird house is sometimes considered to represent the soul of a witch or wizard. It is also said that Thunderbird favours adventurers. Isn't that pretty awesome?!

I love being a Hufflepuff. It's like having a bunch of mutual friends that always have something in common with you! (Plus, getting all the merch! Am I right?!). I'd like to think that I fit in the house nicely and have some of the characteristics of my house. Pottermore always seems to get it right! You can be chosen into your own house here, too!

So, what Hogwarts House are you? 

Let me know in the comments, on twitter @LittleMemoirs or on Facebook!

happy reading, book wizards!
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How to Become the Blogger of your Dreams

How to Become the Blogger of your Dreams

When I first started blogging, I never thought that I should be any way. My love of Books just turned into wanting to express my thoughts through this platform, but an idealistic "blogger of my dreams" had never crossed my mind. That was until I delved further into the Blogger world. Then I saw so many big names that had made their blogs EPIC and here I was, with a little blog no one had heard of and only a few blog posts to my name.
So I made a plan. And it took a really long time to get to a place where I didn't feel like my blog wasn't worth reading. It's dawned on me that a lot of other people might feel the same way as me; totally overwhelmed by all these big-name Bloggers while we're still trying to find a way through the crowd and be noticed. I compiled a few hints and tips that I've learned over the last few years that I wish I had known a few years ago! I'm hoping that even if this only reaches a few of you, you'll get one step closer to being the Blogger of your Dreams. 

One: Forget Design, Focus on Content

The first thing to remember when you're just starting out blogging, or even a few years down the line, is that Design? It's not everything. Sure, a pretty header is nice to look at, but are you going to care about a header when you're reading the content of the blog? Not really. 
You want to remember that content is your best friend. Everyone will come to your blog for your writing, your voice and most of all, the personality that you radiate through the content. Try to type like you're talking to a friend. Want to use cap locks? GO AHEAD. I do it all the time! It's endearing. Want to use Gifs to express a feeling? YAS. They are a huge plus for me. What I'm trying to say is just come across as you. Because you're pretty darn magical. 

Two: Friends not Foes

If you're making enemies in the Blogging world, you're going about everything wrong. Yes, not everyone is going to like you, or your brand/beliefs, but making enemies isn't the right thing. What you should be focusing on is making connections, including: like-minded blogger friends, brand connections, finding your audience, and most importantly, finding people you can talk about the highs and lows of running a blog with. Find your friends, not your foes. There's enough bad in this world, and surely enough drama, already. I live for three rules of engaging in any confrontation: keep it classy, keep it friendly, keep it vague. So, if you're going to tweet about a topic that's going to cause drama, try being vague about the topic, so it's not totally obvious. (But think about it a lot before ever sending anything that's going to be harmful, and never tweet anything offensive.)

Three: Social Media = free publicity

Have you ever thought about it that way? That social media is basically free publicity for your brand? Well, it is, kinda. Tweeting a link, using hashtags, taking an Insta pic, basically anything, is free publicity for your blog/brand. You can use this to your advantage! Want to reach a particular audience? Use a hashtag. Want to make an image that's versatile across all platforms? My go-to is Canva. It's a free site that allows you to create stunning pictures for your posts. Do you want to go that little bit further and invest in your blog? Try using a call-to-action post on available social media platforms, or purchase an Ad. But basically, all in all, our free social media accounts are the best free publicity you'll ever get. 

Four: Start and Finish your Goals

There's nothing better than a #GirlBoss notebook to get your goals written down. But if you're one of those people that makes a lot of goals but doesn't finish them (I'm kind of guilty of this myself) then I have the perfect solution! Every time you complete a goal, reward yourself. So, if you're needing to write five blog posts about Fashion, reward yourself with something at the end of that task. Or if you want a new book but haven't read your TBR, try reading five books and then reward yourself with that book you wanted! A reward system is the best system, I mean, it works for kids, right? The whole gold star thing might not be your thing, but taking your goals one step further surely is.

Five: Listen to your heart, and your head

There's a saying about that, right? Do you choose your heart or your head more? I personally prefer the method of heart over head, except when it's a life-changing decision. Your heart basically makes 90% of your emotional decisions, whereas your head is more of the logical thinker. But when it comes to your blog, it's both your job and your hobby, so the wires between heart and head thinking and choices can get super messy. I live by the rule that if it's a big decision, go with the choice that scares you the most. Another saying I've seen on Pinterest is that being scared means you're about to do something really, really brave, and that's okay! But if it's a business approach, involves a lot of thought and is long-term, I always go with my head. It's not because it's always right, or anything, but because it's going to have that edge over your emotional-based decisions. But what I'm trying to say is listen to both, because more often than not, you'll know which is right. 

Six: Never forget where you started

I will never forget that teenage girl that felt like books were her only friend, starting a blog, barely a shot in the dark. You have to remember where you started, because there will be thousands more people just like you who are desperate to be a blogger, who are struggling. Maybe they look up to you (which is honestly an amazing thought). If anyone ever asks for a little guidance, never turn your nose up. Remember where you started. Ask yourself if that person who started out would turn away from someone who wanted a little help. That's why I have a HELP page on my blog dedicated to new bloggers. It's because I know how stressful it can be when you don't have a big following or any blogger friends. So never forget that you were once someone with a ten followers to their name, who still didn't know what HTML meant. Trust me, the best things in life come to those who help other people.

So, maybe you haven't become the Blogger of your Dreams yet. But can I tell you a secret? 

I haven't either. 

But we're all in this Bloggers boat together, boosting each other up and reaching for the stars. And I'm hoping my little words of wisdom have given you a bit of inspiration today. 

happy blogging!
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Blog Tour: "The Poet X" by Elizabeth Acevedo (+Giveaway)

Blog Tour: "The Poet X" by Elizabeth Acevedo (+Giveaway)

Hello, book lovers! Welcome to a new week with a spectacular read to start it with! Unfortunately I couldn't read the book because it was an eBook and my eReader is broken, so today I'm hosting an Excerpt instead! I can't wait to read this in physical form when I can.

Title: The Poet X
Author:  Elizabeth Acevedo
Published: March 6th, 2018
Publisher: HarperTEEN
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A young girl in Harlem discovers slam poetry as a way to understand her mother’s religion and her own relationship to the world. Debut novel of renowned slam poet Elizabeth Acevedo.
Xiomara Batista feels unheard and unable to hide in her Harlem neighborhood. Ever since her body grew into curves, she has learned to let her fists and her fierceness do the talking. But Xiomara has plenty she wants to say, and she pours all her frustration and passion onto the pages of a leather notebook, reciting the words to herself like prayers—especially after she catches feelings for a boy in her bio class named Aman, who her family can never know about. With Mami’s determination to force her daughter to obey the laws of the church, Xiomara understands that her thoughts are best kept to herself.
So when she is invited to join her school’s slam poetry club, she doesn’t know how she could ever attend without her mami finding out, much less speak her words out loud. But still, she can’t stop thinking about performing her poems.
Because in the face of a world that may not want to hear her, Xiomara refuses to be silent.


The summer is made for stoop-sitting
and since it’s the last week before school starts,
Harlem is opening its eyes to September.
I scope out this block I’ve always called home.
Watch the old church ladies, chancletas flapping against the pavement,
their mouths letting loose a train of island Spanish as they spread he said, she said.
Peep Papote from down the block as he opens the fire hydrant
so the little kids have a sprinkler to run through.
Listen to honking gypsy cabs with bachata blaring from their open windows
compete with basketballs echoing from the Little Park.
Laugh at the viejos—my father not included—
finishing their dominoes tournament with hard slaps and yells of “Capicu!”
Shake my head as even the drug dealers posted up near the building
smile more in the summer, their hard scowls softening
into glue-eyed stares in the direction of the girls in summer dresses and short shorts:
“Ayo, Xiomara, you need to start wearing dresses like that!”
“Shit, you’d be wifed up before going back to school.”
“Especially knowing you church girls are all freaks.”
But I ignore their taunts, enjoy this last bit of freedom,
and wait for the long shadows to tell me
when Mami is almost home from work,
when it’s time to sneak upstairs.

I am unhide-able.
Taller than even my father, with what Mami has always said
was “a little too much body for such a young girl.”
I am the baby fat that settled into D-cups and swinging hips
so that the boys who called me a whale in middle school
now ask me to send them pictures of myself in a thong.
The other girls call me conceited. Ho. Thot. Fast.
When your body takes up more room than your voice
you are always the target of well-aimed rumors,
which is why I let my knuckles talk for me.
Which is why I learned to shrug when my name was replaced by insults.
I’ve forced my skin just as thick as I am.

Mira, Muchacha
Is Mami’s favorite way to start a sentence
and I know I’ve already done something wrong
when she hits me with that beginning: “Look, girl…”
This time it’s “Mira, muchacha, Marina from across the street
told me you were on the stoop again talking to los vendedores.”
Like usual, I bite my tongue and don’t correct her,
because I hadn’t been talking to the drug dealers,
they’d been talking to me. But she says she doesn’t
want any conversation between me and those boys,
and she better not hear about me hanging out
like a wet shirt on a clothesline just waiting to be worn
or she would go ahead and be the one to wring my neck.
“OΓ­ste?” she asks, but walks away before I can answer.
Sometimes I want to tell her, the only person in this house
who isn’t heard is me.


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Author Bio
ELIZABETH ACEVEDO is the youngest child and only daughter of Dominican immigrants. She holds a BA in Performing Arts from the George Washington University and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Maryland. With over fourteen years of performance poetry experience, Acevedo is a National Poetry Slam Champion, Cave Canem Fellow, CantoMundo Fellow, and participant of the Callaloo Writer's Workshop. She has two collections of poetry, Beastgirl & Other Origin Myths (YesYes Books, 2016) and winner of the 2016 Berkshire Prize, Medusa Reads La Negra’s Palm (Tupelo Press, forthcoming). The Poet X is her debut novel. She lives with her partner in Washington, DC.

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