Like all good things, this too must come to an end. I hope you’ve enjoyed reading all my past letters and thank you to all the other bloggers who took part in writing their own. I hope you enjoyed writing yours as much as I did! Here is my very last letter in the challenge. Enjoy!
A while back I made up a letter writing challenge that I was going to feature on my blog once a week. I concocted a list of 10 different letters to write to 10 different “people” and I aim to post one every Tuesday for 10 weeks. A few other bloggers are going to take part too and write their own letters on their own blogs so if you follow me on Twitter, keep a look out of those as I’ll be re-tweeting them! Here is letter #9…
Letter #9: A Teacher
So we’ve finally come to the end of my alphabet challenge and tbh, I didn’t think I’d ever get here! I feel like I’ve been writing these alphabet challenge posts for ten years and although at times I found it a bit stressful trying to come up with ideas, I’m glad I managed to complete it. Here’s my last ever alphabet challenge post and I’ve combined X, Y and Z together because obviously they were the hardest letters and I couldn’t manage an individual blog post for each. Thanks for joining me and I hope you enjoyed it! Continue reading
Today I’m taking part in the blog tour for South Beach by Angeline M. Bishop and have a great guest post for you plus some info on the book and where you can buy it. Enjoy!
In SOUTH BEACH, Laila Sheridan, a successful fashionista who attracts male interest with an effortless strut of her stiletto heels, has ended a rocky relationship with Malcolm Khalid, a captivating lothario with a passion for shirking adult responsibilities. She believes partying in glamorous South Beach with her former college roommates is the prescription for getting her swagger back.
When her vacation becomes a media circus that draws Malcolm back into her life and her handsome Psyche marketing colleague, Gray Ryley, arrives on the scene to tame her antics, Laila is determined make the men play by her rules. Gray finds himself torn between anguish and ecstasy when another Lalia-sitting assignment is placed in his hands; he’s asked to hinder Malcolm’s advances and subdue the paparazzi, while wrestling with his smouldering desire to get Laila in his bed.
Will this assignment cause him to disclose feelings that may sever their friendship and jeopardize his career?
Sharing Your Life With Your Girl Friends by Angeline M. Bishop
The best thing about having women friends is being able to get together and share bits and pieces of our lives. We can talk about mundane things like trying to find the right curtains for our newly painted bathroom or we can reveal relationship angst over a bottle of wine. Women need other women to talk to in order to de-stress and to understand we aren’t living in a vacuum.
But can you share too much with your friends?
In the world of Facebook, anyone that wants to be connected to your Facebook page can be considered your ‘friend’. And in reality television, producers place ‘superficial friends’ into a situation just to exploit their fighting when they discover they don’t share the same moral sensibilities. The terms ‘friend’ and ‘best friends’ have such a fluid meaning today when it really should be more resolute.
That’s why I wrote a friendship plotline in second book in SOUTH BEACH about Laila Sheridan and her best friends Dr. Sofìa Barea-Vega and Marina Carter. I wanted to reveal what a long-term best friendship looks like. Up close and personal. It’s funny, shocking, heartfelt, and even catty. But at the end of the day, readers had to know if their friendship was real and true.
The astonishing thing about real best friends is that they know a lot about each other and yet there may still be things that haven’t been discussed or divulged. Now, some people say best friends should have full disclosure on the majority of their life, while others state it depends on the complexity and security of their friendship. I believe everyone needs to determine what type of relationships they want in their lives.
I want my novel SOUTH BEACH to show the connection of best friends that spent almost a decade together and lived together as college roommates and how their romantic relationship choices are affecting how treat each other.
Laila honestly believes she know everything there is to know about Sofìa and Marina because she talks to them on the phone all the time. (They live in three different states, New Jersey, Illinois, and Florida.) But it’s during their vacation to trendy South Beach Miami that she learns even your best friends can keep secrets and tell partial truths just like other people in her life.
I hope you’ll pick up SOUTH BEACH today and share your thoughts on how much you normally share with your best friends in the comment section below.
Angeline Bishop writes contemporary romance fiction and has a growing fan base. Angeline’s novels are thought-provoking, refreshingly entertaining, fast paced, and with a strong romantic elements. She was born in Washington, D. C., but lived most of her life in New Jersey and considers the ‘Garden State’ her home. Her childhood passion for writing led to a degree in English Literature and a membership in Romance Writers of America.
Aside from writing her own novels and blogging, Angeline is the Vice President of the Cultural, Interracial, and Multicultural Special Interest Chapter of Romance Writers of America and enjoys helping authors strengthen their craft. She co-hosts the AMB Talk Radio podcasts each Fall with her pop-culture loving, college-aged daughter. And she’s the founder of the AMB Ovation Awards (The Angie) which provides honor and recognition of authors’ outstanding achievements in the multicultural romance literary profession.
South Beach, the second novel in the Sheridan Series, will soon be following by Wild West and Big East. Angeline also looks forward to launching the Jacmuir Series, a multicultural New Adult series inspired by her college-reader fan base.
To win a $100 Amazon gift card voucher and a copy of book 1 and 2 in the Sheridan Series (North Star and South Beach) enter the giveaway below!
A while back I made up a letter writing challenge that I was going to feature on my blog once a week. I concocted a list of 10 different letters to write to 10 different “people” and I aim to post one every Tuesday for 10 weeks. A few other bloggers are going to take part too and write their own letters on their own blogs so if you follow me on Twitter, keep a look out of those as I’ll be re-tweeting them! Here is letter #8…
Letter #8: An Author
Writing is a future career opinion that appeals to a lot of us bloggers – whether it’s in the form of books, short stories, magazine articles, journalism, freelancing or something entirely different. I admire everyone that takes the time to sit down and write, because it can be a very solitary job/hobby/past-time. To everyone who’s spent weeks, months and years working over a novel, who takes the time to write a blog post every day or writes articles for a magazine.
I’ve always had this notion in my head that I wanted to become an author because lets face it, what book lover doesn’t? Only when I started blogging did I realise how difficult a profession it actually is. I’ve dabbled in stuff in the past – I get all of these weird and wacky ideas in my head and start writing them down only to realise they’re rubbish and swiftly put them in the bin. Really thinking about it now, I don’t think it’s something I’m cut out for. Firstly, I get bored far too easily to sit there writing the same thing for months on end ( hell, I’m getting bored writing this post already! ) and I don’t think I could handle the criticism that comes with being an author.
I know it’s something that you have to deal with in every job role – there’s going to be people that don’t like you and you have to take into consideration in a creative role that there’s going to be people that don’t like your work. I understand all of that and I bow down to those authors that take a negative review on the chin and get on with their day as if to say, “I’ve got a book published so f**k you” but I personally don’t think I could handle those months of hard work just to be made realise by some anon on the internet that your characters aren’t developed enough or your writing style is sloppy.
I absolutely love reviewing books – the good, the bad and the ugly. I’ve come across so many new books and authors since blogging, some of which I absolute adore, others – not so much and I always try and be constructive in my review. I would never slate an author because you’re not reviewing the author – you’re reviewing the book, there’s a big difference and I think I’ve come to realise over the past few months that I’m far more suited to the judging and reviewing side of novels rather than actually writing one.
I would love to have some sort of writing career one day – preferably blog, articles or magazine writing. Ideally, I’d love to have my own little column like Carrie from Sex and the City but about books, not sex! I’m also currently doing an online course in writing children’s books which is something I may consider in the future once I have some more experience. That’s the thing about writing and blogging, you never know where it’s going to take you and what opportunities may crop up next and I for one, can’t wait!
I posted this on Twitter just now but I thought I’d make it “official” and give you a bit more information about it. Basically, a few months ago, I decided I was going to go on a “blogging break”. Not post as much, not stress as much about it and concentrate on other things. Did it work? Nope. I was still blogging, still stressing and my blog schedule was still always in the back of my mind. So I figured in order to give myself a proper break and actually get the benefits that I originally wanted out of this break, I need to be stricter on myself. So that’s what I’m doing. Continue reading