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I’m Inspired By … Tomi Adeyemi

Tomi Adeyemi is the #1 New York Times & International Bestselling Author of Children of Blood and Bone – which is simply one of the best books of this century. Tomi signed the biggest book deal EVER for a Young Adult book, and had a movie deal with 20 Century Fox before her explosive debut had even released.

Tomi inspires me for countless reasons, but I will keep this short. The two reasons I will be talking about are: her determination and persistence in landing a book deal, and her wonderful personality.

It is well-known that Tomi Adeyemi could not sell her first book. No agent would pick it up … (a decision I do not understand). Instead of being beaten, she worked and worked and worked on becoming a writing coach, on top of her full-time job, and started to write Children of Blood and Bone. It’s no secret, therefore, that Tomi is one of the most hard working people going. She’s certainly one of the most hard working people I’ve ever come across. Success doesn’t come by itself: you have to work for it, and Tomi did so. She deserves all this success and more.

Tomi’s personality is incredible. At YALC, over 300 people queued to meet her, get photos taken, and get their books signed. While a handful of authors actively complained about their queue lengths, Tomi – and Alwyn Hamilton just for the record – stayed over the allotted signing time to ensure everyone got their books signed. This inspired me so much: an author with as much success as Tomi takes time to meet every single fan waiting.

I told Tomi how much her writing has helped me, and the way she responded was nothing short of amazing. Tomi is a beacon. She is humble, and kind. I’m so honoured I was able to meet her.

There are many more reasons why she inspires me, and I’d like to share her acknowledgment from my book:

I don’t know where I’d be if it hadn’t been for Tomi Adeyemi. Tomi – thank you for being a light in the darkness, for inspiring me to get Miscellany finished, and for motivating me to fight my demons. Thank you for giving me the strength to fight them, thank you for the hugs. Thank you for the support, and thank you for who you are.

I wouldn’t be who I am if it hadn’t been for Tomi. Thank you, Tomi.

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MISCELLANY IS OUT!

I cannot believe it. Miscellany is out in worldwide territories as an E-book, and the paperback will be coming soon as well.

I remember sitting in school as a primary four pupil (I was nine). On the desk in front of me was a sheet of paper with the question: “Where do you see yourself in ten years?”

I wrote: “I see myself as a writer.” While writing it, I was thinking about how wonderful it would be to realise my dreams. Never did I actually think I would have a book published, let alone one published before the age of twenty.

I’m overwhelmed with emotions I can’t describe, no matter how I try.

My teenage years have been the most turbulent of my life. Suffering from on-off depression for six years, writing is what got me through it. Now, finally, I have something to share with you all.

Never give up on your passion because the rewards are limitless. I’m not talking about financial reward, though its nice too. I’m talking about the pride I feel knowing I’ve beaten my demons, my lack of self-belief.  I am a published author.

Thank you to everyone who has ever believed in me, to the people who have supported me, and thank you to everyone who has bought Miscellany already!

Signed copies will *hopefully* be available on my site very soon.

In the meantime, if you’re able, please consider downloading the Kindle version:

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THANK YOU ALL!

 

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Zenith Book Review

 

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Zenith – Sasha Alsberg and Lindsay Cummings

Zenith, written by Sasha Alsberg and Lindsay Cummings, is the first book in the Androma Saga duology. The book is about an all-girl gang of space pirates who are given the mission of rescuing Valen, the son of General Cortas on Arcardius, from Xen Ptera.

I struggle to come up with words which adequately convey how much I loved this book. It’s one of the few books with over 500 pages that I’ve read in under a week. I started it on Thursday 26th of July and finished it on Monday 30th of July. I am a ridiculously slow reader as well.

I didn’t have a favourite character when reading this book because I liked the majority of them. Joint first would be Andi (because she is so sassy), Dex (because I found him funny for most of the book.), Lira (I’m not sure why exactly, but she was amazing). The character I liked the least was Alfie. I can’t explain why, he just frustrated me. Oddly, I wish he was in the book more. Weird.

The character I related to the most was Andi. I have suffered through guilt following the death of a friend, and I spent the entirety of the book wishing I could tell her it wasn’t her fault. The book really moved me with how delicately Andi’s guilt is handled. It took over a year for me to move on after the death of my friend, and I couldn’t have asked for more caring authors to take the trauma and put it into a book. Sasha and Lindsay wrote this amazingly.

My favourite part of Zenith was maybe three-quarters of the way through the book. Dex is talking to Andi and they are having their ‘five minutes’. If you have read the book, you know what I’m talking about. That’s all I can really say without giving out a spoiler. I loved how honestly the scene was written.

I would recommend this book to anyone who loves well-written science-fiction.

The final book in the duology – Nexus – will be out next year (I hope). I cannot wait to read it and find out what happens to the characters.

Rating: 99% (only because I’ll never give a book 100%)

P.S. I’m sorry this review is so short and disjointed: I haven’t been so excited about a book in a long time. This is all I can string together coherently.

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Be Your Own #Goals Review

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Be Your Own #Goals

Be Your Own #Goals by Kristen Martin is, in a word, life-changing. Everything about this book screamed at me to change the way I’ve been thinking from self-deprecating to self-believing. But, not only that, Kristen Martin’s book helps the reader to shift mindset. This is definitely a book I would recommend to anyone stuck in a self-deprecating cycle.

Although I usually do not read personal development books, I am so happy I decided to read Be Your Own #Goals. It was inspirational, motivational, and brutally honest. I cannot imagine how difficult it must have been for Kristen to write some of the things in this book. Her honesty is nothing short of brave.

There are dozens of life lessons held within the pages of this book, all of which I desperately needed to learn. One of which is that if you fixate on something you lack, you’ll only see more lacking in your life. That being said, I do not agree with everything in this book: I don’t think you should behave like you have an endless supply of money if you don’t.

There are a couple of typos in the book, but not enough for it to be distracting. The positivity, and the message, outweigh any typos.

Be Your Own #Goals is one of the most empowering books I’ve ever read.

Rating: 95%

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How Was Miscellany Born?

miscellanyI have been asked a lot about how Miscellany came about, and have always given vague answers for the following reason: it is a long answer. Now, enough of you have asked that I think it’s time to answer the question. Disclaimer: it will be a relatively long blog post.

Since I learned how to write, I have wanted to be an author. For whatever reason, when I was sixteen-years-old I decided I wanted to have a book out before I turn twenty. It terrifies me to know I’ll be twenty next year…

Anyway, some of you will be wondering why exactly I want a book out before I turn twenty. It’s pretty simple: I have written a lot of stories, and even two eternally unpublishable novels, through my turbulent teenage years. My teenage years have not been easy, and I wanted to show that, despite whatever life may throw at you, it is possible to achieve your dreams. So, I set myself the goal of having a book out in my teens as a kind of victory over circumstances. Maybe that sounds cheesy, but it’s how I feel.

I didn’t particularly want my first book to be a full-length novel. I don’t honestly know how to explain why. Well, other than to say my life has felt like a lot of miscellaneous short stories mixed together (which is where the title came from) and I felt it would be disingenuous to me to publish a novel. I hope that makes sense.

I turned eighteen, and was left with the choice of heavily editing previously written short stories, or to write new ones. I had a myriad of ideas. In six months, I think I wrote about thirteen short stories. Choosing my favourites was easy: I simply chose the ones I had the most fun writing.

In the end, I had six stories, out of thirteen. Miscellany therefore comprises the following: Lady Tabitha’s Revenge, When Things Go Wrong, Her Day Off, Final Walk, Mad as a Hatter and The Screaming Woman.

All of these stories are dark for one reason: that’s what I can write. I once tried to write a romance, and couldn’t. I literally got to the fifth page and something exploded…

I got very lucky with my cover designer (Book Beaver) as the first cover they showed me was amazing. There were only three or four tweaks, and the final cover was there, and I could not be happier with the end result.

A lot of people are asking me when Miscellany is going to be published. The dates are not confirmed yet, but I have one in mind. As soon as the dates are definite, I will tell you. I promise. One thing I will tell you, though, is this: it is so close to being finished, and I cannot wait to share it with you all.