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Curiosity is on Wattpad!

I have posted the first chapter of Curiosity on Wattpad!

This story is one of my favorite when it comes to cast of characters. Curiosity is random and sarcastic and has a heart of gold that sometimes gets her in trouble. Plus, she drives Mace up the wall with her antics! But he does his best to keep her focused…and alive, which is hard when she insists on poking her nose in everything. Then there’s Jack, the dangerously powerful warlock who helps no one for free and his best friend Tobias, who helps anyone and anything. Pink, the slave girl who trusts no one and Princess Anna who trusts everyone. Jack’s little sister Nicki who is just coming into her powers and Ryan, her best friend who currently thinks she’s a guy. And finally, Larah, the tortured sorceress who is willing to do horrendous things to stay alive.

Check out the story and let me know what you think! I’ll be updating it 1-2 times a week. Here’s a link to Wattpad!

And I promise, I will not continue to double post on both Bri Stox and Brewhaha!

Bri has a new site!

So after hours and hours and hours, my author site/blog is up and running! Sort of. I think. Head over there and check it out! And let me know if you have any suggestions. Seriously. Please. I have no idea what I’m doing.

Here’s the link! Bri Stox

Bri’s 2018

Long time no see! Sorry, been busy with both writing and baby goats!!


Meet no name. Her sisters are Dove and Pigeon, but haven’t decided on her name yet. I’m going with birds this year, so if you have a suggestion, let me know in the comments!

But this is a book/writing blog, so lets talk books and writing! Check out my to read shelf:


Yeah…I went a little crazy over Christmas with Amazon… I’m not sure where to start. Maybe Rook. I read one of her other books and absolutely loved it. Then again, maybe something smaller until I have more time, like The Princess Curse. So many to choose from! If you have any you want me to read and review first, let me know!!

Then there are my writing goals. Ya’ll ready for this? I’m not! First, I FINALLY finished the rough draft of Fey. If you don’t remember me talking about that one, no worries. It’s the one I was supposed to finish by September. Of 2016. Yeah. But it’s done! At 122,000 words. The thought of editing it makes me want to hide under the covers. But that’s for later this year, after I go to England in July.

Did I mention I’m going to England in July? For almost two weeks. CAN’T WAIT!! But I have a lot to do before then. Including, but not limited to:

  • Finish my novel in November, The Funeral Ghoul (due date: March 28th)
  • Finish my novel in November, Believing in Magic (due date: June 30th)
  • Put my novel Curiosity on Wattpad (start date: March 7)
  • Submit my 2016 Novel in November, Blue, to agents (start date: March 7)
  • Make an author site (due date: Feb 28)

A little overachieving, but I think I can do it! I’ll be making my author page at the very end of Feb (can we all say PROCRASTINATOR!!) and I’ll post a link on this page. I’ll be posting some short fiction every week. And I’m also hoping some of you will read Curiosity when I post it on Wattpad and give me some feedback.

Then, after London, I’ll come up with a new to do list. I’ll probably be working on Fey and trying to complete The Enchanted Trilogy. Then, of course, there is novel in November. Lots of writing to be done! Let me know in the comments your writing and reading goals for 2018.

Book Review: The Stranger Game by Cylin Busby

Four years ago, Nico’s older sister, Sarah, disappeared without a trace. She was supposed to be meeting her boyfriend in the park but never made it, making Nico the last person to see her sister. After a long investigation and countless false leads, Nico thinks her sister is dead and has given up hope she is every coming back. And a part of Nico is glad to be free of Sarah’s daily cruelties.

Then they get a call. A girl in a children’s shelter claims her name is Sarah Morris. Nico and her parents fly to see her and make a visual identification. Sarah has finally been found. But amnesia coupled with malnutrition and abuse has changed her from the bright, good at everything, casually cruel girl Nico remembers to a kind, gentle girl.

Is this really Sarah? And if she is, what happened to her to change her so much?

This book was very good, a quick fast read. The relationships between all the characters was realistic and intriguing, especially between Nico and Sarah. The author keeps you guessing until the end, but the end was very satisfying!

Genre: Young Adult

Recommended Tea: Chocolate Chai


NaNoWriMo is OVER!!!

And I did it!!! And it’s not even midnight yet. I’m so proud of myself (you know, for not writing the 50,000th word at 11:55). I completed 50,264 of The Funeral Ghoul and…well…21,590 of Believing in Magic. So not quite what I wanted to accomplish, but hey, I’ll take it! I’m hoping to complete them both before the end of the year.

I think one big difference this year from last year is that The Funeral Ghoul is actually moving along very well. There aren’t any huge plot changes needed (yet) and I know mostly where it’s headed (and as I warned Mez, it’s going to be heartbreaking) though the details are a little fuzzy. Can’t wait until I get there!

As for Believing in Magic, it’s harder for me simply because it’s not really moving. It will, I think, in a scene or two. The main problem is that I’m trying to convey how hard it would be for someone with social anxiety to be whisked of to a completely new world with new rules and new ways of doing things. Which means that I find myself describing how hard it is for her to find her new classroom by herself and how she hides in her room instead of having to face the horror of the mess hall…and so the story itself creeps by.

So there’s how my NaNoWriMo went! Let me know if you participated and how you did and what your plans are now! Happy December, everyone.

Novel in November Update

It’s November 8th! How are all of you doing on your Novel in November going? On schedule? Is your book a mess or making it’s way in a logical way? Hopefully you aren’t looking at a blank page, but even if you are, don’t give up! Still 22 days left and you can get a lot down in that time. Let us know how you’re doing in the comments!

As for me, I am miraculously on schedule, meeting my personal goal of 2000 words for each of my stories a day. I may have had to have a bit of a marathon writing session yesterday to catch up, but I’m there. That’s 14,000 words each, totaling 28,000 words in 7 days.

What on earth do I usually do with my time??

Seriously, though, I’ve found if things are going well and I really focus, I can write about 3000 words in 90 minutes. But that’s only when things come easily! So it hasn’t been terribly hard to meet my goals.

The hard part is actually switching from story to story. I have two very different character and two very different tones in the story. Cassie is confident, couldn’t care less that the town has ostracized her, and makes fast friends with Billie. On the other hand, I’m channeling every bit of my social anxiety into Anni, poor girl. She’s terrified of strangers and new situations and she’s surrounded by both.

I’ve found what helps the most to make sure I’m writing the right character and tone with the right story is background music. For Cassie, it’s Evanescence while Anni gets Bethany Dillon. Click on the names for youtube vidoes of their music! They go very well with the tones of the stories.

So hopefully I can keep up with the schedule! Stay tuned for Mez’s update next Wednesday and good luck to everyone writing away this month.

Book Review: The Forgetting by Sharon Cameron

In Nadia’s world, there is the Forgetting every twelve years. Everyone’s memory in the entire city is wiped out. The only way anyone knows who they are, who they love, and what’s going on is from reading the books tied to their wrists and waists. Everyone has one and it is their lifeline.

Only Nadia is the exception. She remembers her life before the last forgetting and she remembers the horror of the weeks leading up to it. The next Forgetting is approaching and already the city is breaking down. Because if everyone is going to forget, there are no consequences. And if you don’t like who you are, you just have to write a new book.

Nadia is also the only one who slips over the city walls and explore the forest surrounding it.  The city has secrets, and no one notices quiet Nadia. Or do they? One day, as she climbs back over the wall, she is seen by Gray, the glassblower’s son. Now she reluctantly has a partner in crime, just as she begins to discover the secret to the Forgetting and the true evil of the city.

This book was AMAZING! I loved Nadia. She was curious, rebellious without being obvious about it, smart, and had to be reminded to talk. And Gray was a great counterpart and romantic partner for her. He was charismatic, charming, and head over heels for her. Which utterly confused her. So great romance without it being the main point of the book. The rest of the characters were also very realistic and interesting, from her family to Gray’s family to the leaders of the city.

The plot was also engaging and had plenty of twists and turns to keep me guessing. I think the author, Sharon Cameron, really thought through all the ramifications of a whole city that forgets. About what happens to people with no books, about how the truth can be manipulated, and about what a terrible power remembering when everyone else forgets can be. It’s fascinating how people have adapted to what is to them a natural part of life. And everything gets explained with very good explanations.

Basically, read this book if you like awesome characters, a fascinating story, and a good romance. Seriously, read it.

Recommended Tea: Chocolate Pu-erh

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Romance



Book Review: Dreamwood by Heather Mackey

Lucy Darrington loves helping her father in his work as a ghost clearer, traveling across America investigating supernatural phenomenon—and then he suddenly leaves her alone at Miss Bentley’s School for Young Ladies. There she is forced to stay while he travels to Saarthe, a logging town where the trees are dying from a mysterious blight. Stifled by the strict rules of the school and feeling a bit betrayed by her beloved father, Lucy takes matters into her own hands and runs away, determined to meet her father in Saarthe But when she arrives, she learns her father is missing after traveling to the Devil’s Thumb in search of Dreamwood, a potential cure for the blight. And no one comes back from the Devil’s Thumb.

Confident her father is alive and she can reach him, Lucy sets out for the Devil’s Thumb with the frustrating Pete Knightley, whose family stands to lose everything because of the blight. And all that stands in their way are sea serpents, the Lupine people, starvation, and a forest that causes horrific nightmares. As they travel, Lucy’s confidence begins to fade. Even if she survives the Devils Thumb and finds the Dreamwood, will she find her father?

Despite my less than stellar review (this book is incredibly full of plot, hard to pick what needs to be in the summary), this book was pretty good. It took me a while to get into it, simply because Lucy annoyed me with her overconfidence, bordering on snobbery at some points. She acts uppity even while she is (and I am) disgusted with herself for acting that way. Fortunately, this is actually a main point of the book, Lucy learning she doesn’t know everything. It just takes her a very long time to learn it, and it frustrated me. A lot.

The plot is fast paced and full of fantastical creatures and magic. While it starts out light-hearted, the book turns very dark by the end (think the beginning of the Harry Potter series compared to the end of the series). However, I think the second half is much better than the first. Overall, a good book if you can get past Lucy’s annoying personality. This is one of the very few times I have found the plot of a book to make up for an annoying character.

Genre: Middle Grade, Fantasy

Tea: Soothing Caramel Bedtime Tea

Summer Reading

Hi guys! Long time no blog! So sorry 😦 Apparently when Mez and I are in the same country, we get nothing done online. But we did read over each other’s manuscripts, and that was fun!

Can you believe summer is ending this Friday? At least here in the Northern Hemisphere. We had some cool temps two weeks ago, but we are back into the summer heat. I love the heat, but I’m a ready for fall with its cooler weather (the better to drink tea with!), the changing of the leaves, and of course, the holidays.

But before all of that, I wanted to share my summer reading. My awesome grandparents took all of us (as in their children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, 40 in total) on a cruise. It was a ton of fun, but me being me, I had to escape into a book from all the people. I read 7 books over the 5 day cruise. Best vacation!

I’ll review all the books in separate blog posts, but for now, here they are!

If you are looking for a new book to read, I highly recommend any of these (ok, I don’t highly recommend Juliet Immortal. It was interesting, but I didn’t really like it). Except for Dreamwood, which is Middle Grade, they are all Young Adult and range from a science fiction to fantasy to a very strange psychological ghost story.  Stay tuned for a summary and review of each, and let me know what you read over the summer!

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