Friday, April 29, 2016 Haul

It's Friday.  Aren't you supposed to post on Tuesdays?  It's Camp NaNoWriMo (which I'm doing awful on at the moment).  But, I've got lots of tests and school stuff to wrap up for the year, which is both exciting and hectic.

Today is going to be a really short post... with a huge topic.  It's an online bookstore, everyone.

The site is  It's pretty much an online used book store.  And it has everything.  For most books, you can find a hardcover book in good or like new condition for just $4.  Four dollars!  It gets better.  For orders over ten dollars, you get free shipping.  That's always a plus! ;)  You should really go check it out!  I ordered nine books and it was only $40.  That's how to buy all those books that you really desperately cannot live without.  

The Hiding Place, Storm Sire, The Giver, Cinder, The Girl Who Could Fly, Found, Catching Fire, Mockingjay, Torn
So... GO CHECK IT OUT.  It's amazing.  

- Mickayla

Monday, April 18, 2016

The Mystery of the Midnight Trespasser Cover Reveal

Today, I am participating in the cover reveal of The Mystery of the Midnight Trespasser by Hosanna Emily which comes out on April 26!  To see how Alea Harper made this cover, head over to her blog, Elvish Pens, Fantastical Writings.

The Cover...

About the Book

"Rosy growled, and I knew she was pacing the porch. I sensed her uneasiness. Something was wrong. Rosy never barked at cars; why would she choose this one?" 

13 year-old Emily Kessler believes in God, but when she discovers someone trespassing in the middle of the night, can she learn to trust in Him completely? Will she have the courage to solve the mystery with her friends? And when everything falls apart, will Emily be able to keep those she loves safe?


About the Author

Hosanna Emily wrote her first novel at age fourteen.  She is a homeschooled, independent author who is the oldest daughter in a family of eleven.  She enjoys exploring the sparkling creek by her home in rural Kentucky, reading, drawing, learning American Sign Language, and spending time with her family and with her Creator.

To learn more, visit her blog at:

I will not be posting tomorrow because of the cover reveal today!
- Mickayla

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Of Drawing, Writing, and Reading

I haven't done an update on any of these subjects lately, but today I am changing that!  EEEEPP!  April is a crazy month.  Camp NaNoWriMo -- which means nights of staying up late to finish my daily word count.  School -- I have to start wrapping up the school year, which is both exciting and stressful.  Then, I have my Goodreads goals and my endless reading list to keep up with.  Of course, I can't forget to draw...

ALL THIS EQUALS ZERO TIME FOR NOTHING ELSE.  I need the Doctor to pick me up in the TARDIS so I have infinite time to do all these creative things and only missing a second or two of real life.  Now that's how to finish a book quickly. XD


Let's talk about my art.  Over the past couple months, this has been put on the back-burner.  I haven't drawn nearly as much as I would have hoped, but I have so many other things to do.  Drawing didn't have a deadline.  It slowly moved down my priority list.  I was able to sneak a few drawings in, however.  All of four for 2016.

One of them is fan-art for Captain America: Civil War, which is taking wayyyy too long to come out.  ONLY 30 MORE DAYS.  AHHHHH.  I have officially watched the trailer everyday for a week.  I hope I'm not a little too excited.

Another one is fan-art for Star Wars: The Force Awakens.  That movie was epic.  And sad.  It tore my heart out, ripped it to shreds and put it back in.  Anyways, I did this drawing of Kylo Ren, and I'm pretty proud of it.

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The third one is a little sketch of a cardinal.  No idea why.  I think I just felt inspired to draw birds that day.  *shrugs*

The fourth one, I am not going to show you.  *laughs evily*  This one did have a deadline.  When I heard that Jaye L. Knight was doing a contest for a fortress/castle for Samara's Peril, I couldn't resist the opportunity.  I mean, the chance at having my art in a published book.  AHHHHHH.  I finished it just a couple days ago.  I'm not sure exactly what Jaye plans to do with the drawings... show them to everyone, or keep it a secret until the book is published.  I promise you will see it sometime.  Just not yet.


It's April 5.  Five days into Camp NaNo.  I chose a low word goal of 10,000 words, but I am probably going to bring it up to at least 15k before the end of April.

I am working on this new contemporary book about horses.  I finally had a plot bunny that involved horses that's working (so far).  The current title is A Horse's Prayer, but I'm not sure if I am going to keep it.  We'll see when I get farther into the first draft.  I don't have a synopsis put together yet, but I when I do get to it, I will post it.

Here is my status for Camp NaNoWriMo so far...

... I know that I wrote nothing yesterday -- or today (yet).  I have an excuse.  I was reading the best series ever -- well, one of the best series ever.  That brings me to my next section.


So far, I have read 15 books in 2016.  That's 30% through my goal of 50 books for this year.  I don't feel like doing the math right now (I'm lazy), but I think I am on schedule.

Scarlet by Marissa Meyer  Cinder by Marissa Meyer  Charlie Bone and the Red Knight by Jenny Nimmo  Charlie Bone and the Shadow by Jenny Nimmo  Charlie Bone and the Beast by Jenny Nimmo 
Charlie Bone and the Hidden King by Jenny Nimmo  Charlie Bone and the Castle of Mirrors by Jenny Nimmo  Charlie Bone and the Invisible Boy by Jenny Nimmo  Charlie Bone and the Time Twister by Jenny Nimmo  Midnight for Charlie Bone by Jenny Nimmo 
Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins  Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins  The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins  A Time to Speak by Nadine Brandes  The Greatest Book You've Never Read by Marjorie Jackson

That's all the books I have read this year.  My favorite so far is probably... A Time to Speak by Nadine Brandes or either of The Lunar Chronicles books by Marissa Meyer.  EEPPPPPP!!!  THE LUNAR CHRONICLES.  I can't wait to start Cress.  This series is soooo good.  I will probably do a big review on the whole series, which might be very soon.  I love how each book in the series is longer.  It makes to series last longer.  I can't stand for a good series to end.

I think I've covered about everything.  I hope all you Campers are doing great with your word goals.  I wish you luck in this crazy month.

- Mickayla