Musings and Mayhem

(the NPTwrites blog)

10 Spooky Middle Grade Reads for Fall

It's October and Halloween is fast approaching, so I thought this would be a great time to post some of my favourite scary books for kids. I'm not much for blood and gore, so when I read horror, it's more atmospheric or...

September Reading Recap

Summer is still holding on here in Ottawa, despite the rapidly shortening days and the return to school. It's supposed to hit 28 degrees almost every day this week, and I don't remember an October this hot before, ever. On...

My First Author Interview!

With the recent announcement about River of Crows being listed as a finalist in the Canadian Book Club Awards, publicity stuff is starting to pick up and I recently did some author interviews for the very first time, which...
The morning after the tornado

The morning after the tornado

I've been up all night, unable to sleep after yesterday'sĀ tornado. I am exhausted. Have been staring at my computer screen...

Book 3 Cover Reveal Countdown

Book 3 Cover Reveal Countdown

I'm in the home stretch to the Mirror of Wolves (book 2) launch. It's a stressful time, but instead of getting all anxious, I've decided to have some fun with a cover and title reveal countdown for book 3! If you're following along on my Instagram page, we've had two...

March Reading Recap

March Reading Recap

March in Ottawa, where I live, should be a melty kind of month where the temperatures steadily increase. This year, we just keep getting more snow, which is really starting to weigh on me. I'm done with winter and I want it to just go away now. This has also,...

The proof is in the pudding…

The proof is in the pudding…

Okay, so I lied. In this case, the proof is actually in my hand. Literally. There's no actual pudding in this post. (I know, I know... you're terribly disappointed now, aren't you?) But never fear, for I have something better than pudding to share! Behold my shiny new...

February Reading Recap

February Reading Recap

I've spent February working my way through the Keeper of the Lost Cities series, and I'm still loving it. So many parts that had me literally bursting out laughing as I was reading. šŸ˜„ Keeper of the Lost Cities: LodestarKeeper of the Lost Cities: NightfallKeeper of the...

Aaaaannnd… We’re Live!

Aaaaannnd… We’re Live!

I am SO excited to announce that the revamped website is now live! As mentioned before, some parts of the site will look familiar from the old version, while some partsā€”like the dedicated page for the entire Arcanium Sagaā€”are brand new. There are also a lot of little...

Progress on the New Website!

Progress on the New Website!

Well, it's almost 7:30 on a Sunday night and, while I should have spent the weekend working on the next book, I have instead spent both days working furiously away on website updates. And I kind of feel like my eyeballs are about to fall out from staring at the screen...

January Reading Recap

January Reading Recap

I am still chugging along with the writing and editing stuff instead of the reading stuff, so Iā€™ve only got a few books for the recap for January. But that does give me some extra space to say how hugely excited I am about the cover for book 3 of The Arcanium Saga. I...

December Reading Recap

December Reading Recap

I am very late posting my December Reading Recap, but in my defence, I've been pouring all my non-day-job hours into writing the next Arcania book. But I am making up for my lateness with a more-books-than-usual post because I had more free time over the holidays to...

November Reading Recap

November Reading Recap

One of the most common writing tips you'll ever get is that you should read a lot. Read everything. The genre you write in. The genres you don't write in. Anything and everything. Just... read. How fortunate then, that most writers also love to read. In these...

River of Crows Nominated for an Award!

River of Crows Nominated for an Award!

Soā€¦ I have some big book news that I can finally share with you today! A few weeks ago I got a very exciting email from the good folks over atĀ Cybils.comĀ informing me thatĀ River of CrowsĀ has been nominated by a member of the public for a 2022 Cybils Award in the...

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