Hello everyone! For those of you new to my blog, my name is Camille, and I am a Author Mentor Match R7 mentee hopeful. A full-time uni student, I find my escape in writing. When I'm not, you can find me reading (a given for any writer), fostering a new litter of kittens, or volunteering at my local book festival. I've been writing for 8 years, but only seriously in the last 5. What I have to show for this is one shelved project that I worked on in TeenPit and Die For Me, which I plan to submit to AMM.
Some of my favorite books are The Fever King, by Victoria Lee, Carry On by Rainbow Rowell, Half Bad by Sally Green, Wilder Girls by Rory Power, and Vicious by Victoria Schwab. Some of my favorite shows are Doctor Who, Black Mirror, the Flash, and a wide array of anime.
So, what exactly is my manuscript about? Die for Me is a YA speculative with sci-fi and dystopian elements. In an effort to combat overpopulation, Kat and Nic's government established the Vouching system, where one’s consciousness decides whether they would give their life to save another using advanced simulation technology. With a Vouch, you get perks. Namely, the right to live. Vouchless, or UnDesired, Kat is sent to a community with those like her and tasked to find someone who would give their life for her before she is forced to give her own. Desired by many, Nic is awarded the title of Immortal, and made the ruler of their country. Yet he is trapped, stuck between the fear of someone discovering he didn't really earn his position and the pressures of a group biding for power. With shaky alliances, unclear motivations, and a thirst for power, their simulations might soon become reality.
Some parts of my book that I'm particularly in love with:
I think I would make a great mentee because of my dedication. This isn't my first time applying. That was back in Round 5, when I submitted with Die for Me with the belief that it was near it's final form. It wasn't until a rejection and about a year later did it finally click. The plot, the bones on which my story stood, weren't strong enough. With empty holes and storylines that lead to nowhere, I realized I had to make a change. So, I gutted all but 8 chapters of it and completely rewrote it from scratch. Though some of the original story still shines through, it has finally become something I am proud of.
It isn't without it's faults. I am apply for AMM because I know it has the tools to help me work through my patches of dry dialogue, deepen my characters, and give my manuscript a much needed coat of paint. I also hope to gain new insight into the publishing industry, especially as I've never queried before.
I'm excited to get to know everyone in this wonderful community. Happy writing!
Hello everyone, today I am please to say that I will be taking part in the Give the Dark My Love by Beth Revis blog tour, featuring a guest post from the author herself! I am so excited to be part of this tour as I love helping authors promote this book, plus this book is described as a dark fantasy where the hero turns into a villain which I absolutely love. If you love this just as much as I do, check out the guest post and the book, I promise you won't regret it!
Hello everyone, today I will be closing the blog tour for Blood Will Out. This is the first dark thriller I have read in awhile so I was very excited when I found out I was able to take part in this tour! And after my review, stay tuned for a guest post from the author herself!
Hello everyone! Today is my stop on the blog tour for Genesis, the second book in Project Nemesis series. I hope you enjoy the guest post from the author himself, Brendan Reichs and don't forget to enter the giveaway at the end of the post!
Hey guys! So, a few weeks ago I went to Barnes and Nobles, and something amazing happened. I met Romina Russell, author of Zodiac! She was sitting and was signing books next to some random bookshelf, so obviously this was the perfect oppertunity to walk up and talk to her! She was super nice, and ended up coming to my school, which was amazing!
Because she was coming on a Monday, and her newest book Black Moon, the third book in her series, was coming out the next day, I took it upon myself to make Black Moon inspired cakepops! So without further adieu, here is how you can make your very own Black Moon cakepops!
What you need:
- moist cakemix (I picked chocolate to look like deep space, plus it tasted amazing)
- whipped vanilla frosting
- black candy melts (you will be melting these down to coat the cakepops, and if you can't find the candy melts, you can use candied chocolate)
- edible sparkles (I chose white, blue and purple sparkles to match the cover)
- styrofoam( to place the cakepops in as they dry)
- little bags
- lollypop sticks
Here is a picture of all my supplies together:
Step 1: follow the directions on the cake box and bake your cake! Dont worry about making pretty or anything, just put it into a cake pan and bake! But, when entering the time, take the cake out one or two minutes early, so its on the softer side. Make sure that it is fully baked though and not to wet on the inside, but also make sure that it is not overcooked.
Step 2: Take the cake out and use a spoon or fork to mush the cake around. Add one or two spoons of the frosting and mix it in with the cake to make it mushy, and no longer in its original cake form.
Step 3: Get out a big plate and begin to form the cake into tight one-inch in diameter balls. These balls will be the center of your cakepops. Cover the plate with plastic wrap and put it into the freezer for 5-6 hours until they are very hard. You have to make sure that they've been in the freezer for long enough, otherwise they will crumble when you try to put them on the sticks.
Step 4: after the balls have been frozen for 5-6 hours, prepare the coating. you will use the double-boiling technique to melt the coating. The packaging will say that you can microwave it, but that tends to dry the coating out. What you will basically do, is put all of the candy melts onto a sizeable metal bowl. You will then place this bowl over a pot of boiling water. Here is a link to a site that shows you how to do it in more detail, just dont put any butter in the bowl like how she has shown: https://domestocrat.net/2012/11/21/the-anatomy-of-a-double-boiler/
Let the candy(or chocolate) melt for about ten minutes while you continually check it. Mix is from time to time to check the consistency. Dont worry if they are not melted enough (like form me, this black candy coating didnt melt enough), because it wont end up effecting the taste.
Step 5: Take out the balls and place lollypop sticks in them. Make sure they are hard enough.
Step 6: Take the balls on sticks and coat them with the coating( you should probably take the bowl of the oven while doing this). Once you finish coating a ball, immediatly stick it into the styrofoam and decorate it. The coating gets hard quickly, so put the sparkles on fast so they stick. If the coating gets to hard to work with, don't hesitate to reheat it!
Step 7: Let the cake pops dry and put little bags on them. Wrap the bag with ribbon and Voila! Your cakepops are ready!
Here are some pictures of the finished product below!
And or course, here are pictures of the cakepops with Black Moon on the amazing Romia Russell's Instagram!
She took three :P
I had so much fun making these! They tasted great and looked amazing! Let me know down below what you thought about this, I'm trying to do some new types of posts and I reallly hope that you guys enjoyed this! I am so happy that Romina Russell agreed to come to my school. She was a great and inspirational speaker and I had so much fun corrdinating this event with her. Zodiac was so amazing, and I hope you guys check it out! I am going to attach some pictures of the event down below!
I hoped that I got you guys hyped up for Black Moon with these cakepops!
Until next time,
Hey guys! So recently I got to got to the amazing book festival called "YALLWEST". It is an amazing festival that is TONS of fun! Here's a picture of all the wonderful swag that I got for free from YALLWEST this year!
And here is a picture of the ARCs that I received from various publishers from YALLWEST!
YALLWEST this year was so amazing! I got to go to the opening event the night before, where I met amazing authors like Marie Lu, Rainbow Rowell, Ransom Riggs and many others in person! The days of the actual festival were amazing as well, because I was volunteering and I got to hang out in the author green room and escort authors like Holly Black and Danielle Paige to their signings! I got tons of free swag and got to visit some of their amazing booths like Epic REads, Owl Crate, and many more!
This years YALLWEST was so amazing and I am so happy that I got to attend! I cant wait for next year!
Sorry that I took forever to post this, this month has been super busy for me so I haven't really had time to post! I will post more frequently soon! Tell me in the comments below if there are any books that you would like me to review!
(p.s the pictures are from my instagram @the.book.enigma so check it out if you enjoy!)
Hey guys! Recently I got to do an interview with the amazing Evelyn Skye who wrote The Crown's Game! Here' s a link to that!
I hope you guys enjoy It was alot of fun!
Hey guys! So, in honor of the Grammys this week, I am posting a list of my favorite books of all time!!!! (So far). So, here we go!!!
So the first category is my all time favorite novel. And the award goes too...... Carry On by Rainbow Rowell!
This is an amazing book which is the fanfiction of the fictional character Cathy in Fangirl, also by Rainbow Rowell.
The category is my favorite series, an the award goes too... The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare!
This series is amazing and two of my favorite YA characters ever (Simon Lewis and Magnus Bane) are in this series.
The next category is my favorite trilogy. And the award goes... The Half Bad (also known as the Half Life) trilogy by Sally Green!
This trilogy is FANTASTIC but THE LAST BOOK HASNT COME OUT YET ASKDFLSLFJSLF. But it is coming out later this month is YES!!!!!!!
The next category is my favorite dystopian(ish) book. This book is also a book that I reviewed recently. And the award goes too..... More Than This by Patrick Ness!
This book is AMAZING. It is also super weird and trippy but in a good way!!!!
The next category is my favorite sci-fi book. And the award goes too...... Illuminae by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman!
This book is a fantastic sci-fi novel told in a series of computer transmissions. I should do a review on this soon.....
The next(and probably last category unless I think of another) is my favorite contemporary novel! ANd the award goes too...... All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven!
This is an amazing (and kind of sad) contemporary book which is absolutely amazing and really pulled me into the contemporary genre.
So that's it for this year's Book Enigma Grammy Book Awards! I hoped you guys enjoyed! And if there's any book that you would like me to review, please, comment below! Thanks!
Hey guys! So, this blog post will not be one of my regular reviews. Instead I will talk a little bit about what's going on in my life right now. So I have been asking my dad if I can get a new book shelf, new windows, and paint my room for a while now and he finally said yes! So for the next few weeks I might not post that many reviews because I have packed up most of my books into boxes and I have put them somewhere else. So I might post a review on a book that I read awhile ago or I might do something different(I haven't decided yet). Anyway, while packing up my books, I decided to have a little fun!
So, what I did was I basically took some of my hardcovers and turned them into a book Christmas tree(yes, I realize that Christmas was a month ago;) but, alas, I do not really care). This was a lot of fun to make and was super easy. Also, when i was taking all of my books off of my shelves it was also very fun to put my books into piles and to see how tall I can make it! Overall, my book boxing experience was very fun, even though I have a bunch of boxes full of books in my hallway now!
So yeah, I hope that all of you have a great week and if you have and books that you would like me to review, please comment below!
(Also, you may notice the book Carry On by Rainbow Rowell on the top of my tree. So, the reason why that is there is because it is my FAVORITE NOVEL OF ALL TIME!!!)
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Aspiring author who, along with reading YA and with other genres, also fosters kittens, and play the piano and cello!
“A room without books is like a body without a soul.”