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Release Blitz and Review – 1981: Jessie’s Girl by Lindy Zart


1981: Jessie’s Girl

Love in the 80s: A New Adult Mix
Genre- New Adult
Publication Date- February 26th
Published By- WaWa Productions




The road trip from Minnesota to Pennsylvania and back is meant to be the final adventure before four friends go their separate ways in the fall.

Except nothing goes as intended, beginning with the unexpected addition of Catherine Tate, Jessie Keller’s new girlfriend.

Amidst a malfunctioning vehicle, being caught in the middle of a robbery, beer drinking, mosquito attacks, and other teenage drama, the five experience courage, broken hearts, fear, and laughter. Most importantly, they make memories.


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My Review:

*Disclaimer: I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.


Jessie’s Girl by Lindy Zart took me back to the days of watching ‘80s movies. Jessie’s Girl has the coming-of-age trip and the sweet teen romance so prevalent in the ‘80s. The story tugged at my heart with its bittersweet plot of one last road trip for the friends (plus one tag-a-long girlfriend) before they would all be parting ways for college and adult life. Zart’s characters always hook me, and this story was no different. The characters are on the cusp of adulthood and trying to discover who they are while each of them deals with their own personal demons. I instantly loved Hannah with her spitfire attitude and her fierce loyalty. Sam is an endearing character; he truly loves his friends even though he’s also not perfect. Dickie is probably my favorite character. There’s just something about a bookworm I can’t resist. Although I think the story was the exact length it needed to be, I was sad that it ended so soon! This was a wonderful read, and I highly recommend it.


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About the Author:







Lindy Zart is the USA Today bestselling author of Roomies. She has been writing since she was a child. Luckily for readers, her writing has improved since then. She lives in Wisconsin with her family. Lindy loves hearing from people who enjoy her work. She also has a completely healthy obsession with the following: coffee, wine, bloody marys, peanut butter, and pizza.


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Review of Controlled Descent (Restoration Adventures Book 1) by K.M. Herkes

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Genre: Sci-fi, dystopian, romance, mystery


A sabotaged plane leads to a whole new way of life for Justin Wyatt. Already a genius, the plane crash has now given him strange powers. Alison Gregorio lands her dream job at a law firm and believes she has it made. Until her office is blown up while she is away, and everyone she works with is suddenly dead. When a stranger rescues her from a similar fate, Alison finds herself in the same place as Justin, the client her firm believed dead. With the help of Alison and two hired men, Carl and Parker, Justin must find the people responsible for sabotaging his plane before they use Justin’s inventions to wreak havoc on the world.


My Review:

Controlled Descent by K.M. Herkes has a little bit of everything, from science fiction to romance to mystery, all woven seamlessly together to create an excellent read that is hard to put down. Each character is well developed, and several of the characters have intriguing special abilities. The plot is full of action and intrigue, but it’s the characters that make the story the wonderful read that it is. All of the characters are flawed, some of them quite seriously. The characters are easy to identify with because of their flaws, and I became quite invested in how things would turn out for each character. I like how Herkes created a world in the future that is eerily familiar; while it isn’t the world we now know, it easily could be. I think the setting makes this book somewhat unique, and I highly recommend reading it. I’m looking forward to the next Restoration book.


About the Author:

K.M. Herkes

K. M. Herkes writes stories, lives in the Midwest and gets easily distracted by new things. If she isn’t lost in her own imagination or making book recommendations online, she’s outside in the garden, up to her elbows in dirt or wielding power tools with enthusiasm—unless she is at a desk in the local library, where she gets paid to play with books.

Professional development has included classroom teaching, animal training, aquaculture, horticulture, retail operations, and customer service. Personal development is ongoing.  Cats, baking, and flowers are involved. She is mostly quiet with a thirty-percent chance of loud, and everything else is subject to change without warning.

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Posted in Writing Related

I Can’t Finish Any Stories

This wasn’t the blog post I intended to write. But it’s something that has been plaguing me enough that it just came out. So, here it is:

I can’t finish any writing that I start.

Yup, it’s true. I have 8 novels and 4 short stories in various stages, but I can’t finish any of them.

So, I had to ask myself, why?

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Because the truth is, I’ve finished stories before.

I have a story in an anthology, a flash fiction story on my blog, and I’ve completed several stories in a creative writing class I took in college a few years ago. Clearly, it is possible for me to finish a story. So, what has gone wrong that I can’t finish anything now?

I think the answer is that ugly, evil creature known as doubt. I don’t necessarily doubt that I can finish a story so much as I doubt that I can finish anything that’s worth reading. I doubt my ability to write. My writing starts off well, everything flows and I can pound out the words. Then, somewhere around a third of the way into a story, I begin to doubt. I doubt my plot, I doubt my characters, I doubt my words. I’m certain the story isn’t worth reading.

Doubt is a killer. It will cripple. Our minds are pretty incredible that way. If we believe we can do something, we have a much better shot at being able to do it. Conversely, if we doubt we can do something, it’s going to be a lot more difficult to accomplish. I am basically sabotaging myself by becoming so caught up in my doubts that I become blocked.

One of the good things to come from this problem is that I’ve paid close attention to my own writing process and played around with different techniques. I know more about myself and what works for my writing than I did before. I know that I need absolute silence in order to begin writing. Once I’m in the zone, people will be ignored. I can’t write to music because I find it distracts me from what my characters are saying and doing, but I do like to listen to inspirational music before I write to help get me in the correct frame of mind.

The most important thing I’ve learned about myself: I write best when I trust myself. I think this is probably a universal truth for writers. When I trust that the words will come and the characters will keep talking, not only do the words flow better but I also find that my subconscious will help tie all the plot points together, even if I can’t see consciously how they should all fit. (Yes, I do make a rough outline, but the characters never seem to stick to it!)

So, my goal is to keep writing and to trust that I can finish these stories without letting myself get mired in doubt. I also need to remember that first drafts are usually terrible and editing is what makes the story shine. I don’t have to have a perfect story in the first draft! I have so many characters that I love, and I want to tell all of their stories. I just have to trust that I can do it.


Has anyone had a problem like this and have any insights? I’d love to hear other people’s thoughts.