Author Interview: Elliot Brooks, Author of Peace and Turmoil

Elliot Brooks is an AWESOME author I’ve had the pleasure of working with. I’ve loved getting to know her through editing her novel and BookTube (all links to find her on the internet below!). I don’t normally share about books I’ve worked on, but I’ve really loved how Elliot has marketed her book, and I think she has a lot of wisdom to share with aspiring authors.

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The Book We've Always Needed

Becoming by Michelle Obama is so worth the hype, y’all. Listening to it on audio felt like I was having coffee with Michelle herself (she narrates!), learning just what her love and her husband’s love for our country cost her. How it changed her. And how she took that love and forged a path with it—a path for women. A path for people of color. Her passion and love made a way for people to dream big.

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Why an Editing Community Matters

People sometimes ask me how I became an editor, and the first thing I usually say is by getting involved in an editing community.

You can form an editing group in any way you’d like, and sometimes smaller is better. You can create a more organic group or you can join a professional association. Put yourself out there and see what’s right for you!

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Books I Can't Read Soon Enough

Do you ever have that feeling that a stack of books is just calling to you, but you already have a “set” TBR or a list of books you’ve already “committed” to read before you can get to that stack? This is why I’m notoriously terrible with TBRs. I’m a mood reader who is always longing for the next book I can read (which is usually a brand-new release that just arrived on my doorstep). *Sigh*

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What I Do When I'm Overwhelmed

Every January, I have this fantasy that I’m going to ease into the new year with grace, poise, and plenty of time to hang around and read with a cup of coffee in hand. And every January, I’m wrong. What is it about starting a new year that makes our schedules full?

Between my part-time job, freelance work, reading life, family life, and social commitments, I’m overwhelmed.

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How to Plan a Solo Biz Retreat

It’s a new year, and if you’re a freelancer or self-employed (or you plan to launch your business this year!), it’s time to start planning now. Entrepreneurs have to make sure they’re regularly casting a vision—one, three, or five years down the road.

Last January was the first time I had an official “solo business retreat,” and even though many things changed. . .

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New Year, New Reading Priorities

Hi lovely readers!

Happy New Year! Can you believe it’s already 2019? I’m hoping you’ll see a lot more of me in this space this year—and a lot more of my reading life. I didn’t write a lot of “reviews” last year (I use this word loosely because I tend to be pretty casual/ramble-y on this blog and share musings here and there instead of formal book reviews).

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Books to Get You in the Christmas Spirit

I don’t know about you, but I like to read a lot of different kinds of books leading up to the Christmas season . . . light-hearted, fluffy romance books to match the hallmark movie vibes; beloved favorites for nostalgia (Harry Potter, Chronicles of Narnia, etc.); classic Christmas stories; harder-hitting, warmhearted reads to cozy up with by the tree; and of course my favorite Advent books.

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Streams of Mercy by Barbara Duguid

Disclaimer: I received this book for free from the publisher, P&R Publishing. This in no way affects my opinion of this devotional.

I can't believe 2018 is coming to a close soon. This time of year I find myself reflecting on the wonderful books I've read as well as the devotionals I plan to dig into in the new year. I've acquired quite a few life-changing devotionals recently, including Love Came Down at Christmas by Sinclair Ferguson, an advent devotional that I just started.

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Ode to the Bloggers: Why I'm Loving Old-School Blogging Again

I’ve been thinking about this topic for a while now and have wanted to share my thoughts with you, but I really wanted to let it “steep.” I revitalized the blog this year and fell back in love with my RSS reader—keeping it old school—and honestly, it’s giving me life.

I was pretty passionate about blogging in 2011–2014(ish). I’d say those were the “golden years” of blogging for me, even though many bloggers would probably say I was late to the game.

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Five Reasons I Love Audiobooks

I listen, on average, to one or two audiobooks a month. I love them. Every now and then, I meet someone who’s never listened to an audiobook but has always wanted to.

But for whatever reason, it’s hard to get into the practice or habit of listening to audiobooks when you’re not used to it, especially when other forms of entertainment are out there (and I love listening to a good podcast or binging a Netflix show, too!).

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Life Lately: Falling into Fall

I cannot believe it’s almost November. Truly, I’m shocked how quickly time has gone by. The leaves are beginning to change here in Raleigh, life is settling into a new rhythm, and I find myself craving—more or less—time to curl up on the couch with a good book and some peppermint tea.

But my days are full. Full of good things, nonetheless, but still full. Prioritizing reading has been hard, but I’ve been trying to cut myself some slack about that.

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Five "Non-Spooky" Books to Read in Autumn

October is the one month I actually feel pressure to read certain kinds of books, and most of the time, that pressure is welcome.

I love the idea of reading spooky or creepy books in the fall, but sometimes I just can't decide which thriller to pick up, and I end up not reading any spooky books. It's like a weird kind of reading paralysis, and it's just plain silly.

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What I Read in September

September was such a full month y'all. As summer winds down and the fall routines begin, that familiar, cozy feeling is creeping in. The days are getting shorter, the house smells like delicious soup, my wardrobe is full of chunky sweaters again . . . it's all happening.

The beginning of autumn means my schedule is full, too. I'm doing something almost every night of the week.

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1 Kings 1: The King to Come

One of my favorite things about reading the Old Testament is the hidden shadows and types of Christ, waiting to be found like buried treasure. There are so many shadows of good things to come, and I often struggle to see them.

But as I read 1 Kings 1, I pray that the Lord would illuminate his Word and bring me clarity: that the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart would be pleasing in his sight (Psalm 19:14).

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