Finding Your Inner Writier with Now Novel *review*

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial. Writing a book has been something that has been on my “list” for several years.  Ideas have come and gone, pages have been written, tossed, and written again; but nothing has ever stuck.  Whether it be the kids, another kid, crazy Mr. Air Force work scheduling issue or just life in general, it just hasn’t happened.  Then I came across Now Novel.  It is perfect for someone who wants a little something else in their writing experience. 

Some people have been known to go old school, write on a type-writer, some can hole themselves away in their office, or bedroom, and type out their thoughts on their computer.  Now Novel does it a little differently.  It’s like a full-fledged support group, on top of being a place to write.  It keeps track of your word-count and overall progress right there on the side panel.  There’s a blog, forum and even a place to get some of your worked critiqued, and no one would have to know who the heck you were.  That is pretty cool.  That is one of the parts I absolutely dread about writing.  Submitting that work to someone to edit it.  I know that I’ll have to do it eventually, and submitting it to someone I know has both good and bad points.  For one, its kind of nerve wracking to basically soul your perverbial soul to someone (okay, maybe not that dramatic).  I’d always be wondering what they thought of me, if they thought I was crazy, whether it was awful…would they really tell me the full truth?  So much stress right?  For those you ( like me!) who enjoy watching things being explained, here’ s short video about the Now Novel process.

Some other cool things about Now Novel is that it really helps almost anyone to write a book.  Some people, like myself, don’t have extensive training or a college education that has to do with writing.  However, what many people do have is a story to tell.  You want to be able to put all your words on paper in a way that reads well to a large audience.  Not everyone will like it obviously, different strokes for different folks, but you want to be able to put your words down in the right way.  A way that will get the most out of it.  With this very cool website they can help you develop your book with a blueprint and expert guides.  Help you get that jumble of thoughts out and looking organized. 

All that being said, Now Novel doesn’t come cheap.  You did get a portion for free, you can create your mood, find your central idea and test that it is the way you want to go.  After that you have to pay for the program.  With that you get access to everything, all the time, as well as a mentor to help you through the process.  There are different levels of programs you can purchase, based off what you believe your needs will be.  For the DIY Writer ( knows what they want and doesn’t need a lot of support) you are looking at $99 for six months, no editing and no mentor.  The programs go progressively up to $599.00 for six months which gets you your mentor, phonecalls with them and editing of up to $3,000 words a month.  So there’s something for everyone.  The FAQ section has a lot of information in it and answered many of my questions about the program.

All in all its a super neat and very unique program.  I could see purchasing something like this if I was super committed to writing and knew that I could finish it in six months; or maybe if I didn’t have three small children running around and was litterally watching my time and money disappear before my eyes.  But you get what I’m saying.

If you’re serious about book writing, and have the cash to do this program I think it would be an awesome opportunity.

Any of my readers writing or considering writing a book?! I’d love to hear about it.  What genre?
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The Book Chat, with Sweet Green Tangerine

Welcome to my first week of participating in The Book Chat.  If you have never visiting Sweet Green Tangerine you are missing out.  She has a fun little link up that takes on a book-related topic every week.  Chat is taking a hiatus (although I’m kind of sad about it and think I might incorporate some more book chatty type things in the blog) for some other fun stuff.  So, stop by Sweet Green Tangerine and check out what else is going on. This week’s topic is ‘Non-Fiction’.


Non-fiction, is probably a staple in my reading, but recently I’ve noticed they haven’t been on my too read list quite as much.  There was about a three or four year period where you would have only seen me with books of this variety….

Zodiac Unmasked: The Identity of America's Most Elusive Serial Killers Revealed 

 I’m a succor for a good True-Crime and/or historical book.  Maybe more like obsessed.  After really getting this blog going I started adding book reviews to it on a fairly regular basis, and before I knew it I was getting books to review left and right.  Most of these books Christian Fiction.  Then someone gave me my first military-themed romance novel, and I was hooked!  There is something about a good fiction book.  If it sweeps you away in the story, connects you to the characters and leaves you wanting more then you have a recipe for an amazing fiction.  But last week I began missing the non-fiction.  Like, really started missing.  My Goodreads account in no way reflects the full magnitude of my previous non-fiction obsession.  I wouldn’t even know where to start to try to remember all of the true crime books I’ve read.  My mom took a picture of me when I was pregnant with my oldest son.  She said she wanted to mark the true depth of my addiction.  The fact that i would reading this…
Hush Little Babies: The True Story of a Mother Who Murdered Her Own Children 
was a little weird I guess.  But hey, I can’t help it.   At that time I was still in school, getting my degree in a related field…so you know, it wasn’t that weird.  So maybe I’m wondering if I’ve run out of good non-fiction to read.  That’s not the case because I don’t have books to read.  I just was checking out my bookshelf (my real one, not my virtual one) and I have some awesome books to choose from.  I think you go through different phases of reading, different things appeal to you; but clearly my true love has been calling me.
If you read non-fiction, what type of non-fiction is your favorite?
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#FF Feature and Follow #167

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Welcome to Feature Follow with Parajunkee & Alison Can Read.  It’s been forever since I’ve participated in this link-up, so I thought I needed to rectify that.  Both of these awesome blogs are my go to for book reviews when I’m looking for a new and unique book to read.   You never know what books might be interesting to someone else, and you might not think to read it.  Following book blogs is a sure fire way to find some cool people and cool books.  For this link-up we also answer a question so that we can get to know each other better.   You can follow me any way you would like!  Make sure to let me know if you are a new follower so that I can make sure I return the favor.  Thank you so much.
Question of the Day: What were some of your favorite picture books as a kid?  If you have kids, what are your favorite picture books to read to them?
I’ve always been a huge book reader.  Reading was an important part of my childhood.  I still have many of the books that were mine as a child.  I remember a book about horses, and loving that.  Little Golden Books where the bees knees, and Amelia Bedilia.  Can you get enough of Amelia Bedelia?
For my kids, Elephant and Piggie books are my number one recommendation!!!  We love them!

They are the best books and all of my children love them.  My little reader reads them with ease.  They laugh hysterically at them and it cracks me up.


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Sunday Social

Well, clearly this is my favorite post because its seriously the only thing I can be consistent about right now. I keep telling myself that this is one of the busiest seasons in my life right now. With three kids, 6,4 and 1…well, there really isn’t too much explaining that needs to be done. Throw in moving in January and a military hubby its a recipe for craziness. So, again I will say I promise to be better. I know that this blog is mostly for me…I mean, you always hope that your blog means something, that people think it IS something, but you never know how many of those people really read your stuff all the time. One can only hope right?

         But, enough of the yammering and the blah blah. time for the good stuff! I can’t wait to see who links up this week and discover some new blogs!!!

1. What is your favorite childhood book?

I remember loving The Bobbsey Twins, especially The Bobbsey Twins Adventure in Washington, which I might have to pull out and read because I live here now. I also read a lot of Nancy Drew and Anne of Green Gables, and the whole series. the Mandie books, are a Christian series that were really great too.

 2. What is your favorite book lately?

well if you are a stranger to my blog then you won’t know this…but if you aren’t one, you know that I’m a crazy book reader!  find me on Goodreads!!  I love reading and I review a lot of books.  I’ve actually been reading a lot of Military Romance books.  Crazy right?  Romance has never really interested me and frankly I had no clue what they were about.  I was always picturing Fabio and what not. But, while some of them are like that, many of them are exactly what they are called, Romance!  They really are all about the romance and not the other stuff. Throw in a uniform and I’m such a succor for it.  My fav so far has got to be Navy Rules.  Check out Geri’s site, and be on the look out for some upcoming reviews!

 3. What is the book you wish you could live in? 

Well, that’s the easiest question ever…probably some Jane Austen…almost any of them really…Persuasion or Sense and Senseability are my favorite.   I love me some Austen.

4. If you could be any character from a book, who would it be and why? 
That’s a hard question!!  Just one?  I’d love to be so many.  Maybe Elinor from Sense and Sensibility.  she’s so strong and brave. She endured so much and lived happily ever after!

5. What is your favorite book turned movie?

so I”m sure you’re going to be sensing a pattern.  there are so many good books that became movies!  Pride and Prejudice (the BBC one with colin firth and not that skinny twig Keira Knightly – yes I’m an Austen snob), but John Grisham’s, The Pelican Brief…excellent book..excellent movie Robert Graysmith’s, Zodiac…and I’m most excited for Cross by James Patterson. His first movies from the books Along Came a spider and Kiss the Girl, were terribly cast and so farrrrr from the book it made me want to spit and I totally fast-forward through most of them.  Drove the hubbs crazy!

6. What is your favorite magazine?
I’m totally lame and boring, but I love my Crochet Magazine, my Smithsonian magazine. I do occasionally get some of the fun, mindless ones. I like LIfe and STyle.  it’s fun and cheap!
Hope your week is awesome!!!!!!
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