GLBT Book Month

Hey all, Dani here.

June is going to be a fun month for reading, because I am actively trying to diversify my reading a bit. First, I’m definitely going to be reading some contemporary, some historical, and perhaps even some biographical and nonfiction type books. But, more than that, June is GLBT Book Month.

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Originally The Publishing Triangle established this month as National Lesbian and Gay Book Month in the 1990s, but since 2015 the American Library Association has been celebrating GLBT Book Month. This is the month where the Stonewall Book Awards are given to the books/authors who won, and when the ALA holds their annual conference, including roundtables on the topic.

The Stonewall Book Awards was first awarded in 1971, and since then it has continued to honor those books that hold special merit for the gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender experience, and that is fantastic. You can also find lists for Rainbow Books and Over the Rainbow Books. Rainbow Books are aimed towards the YA reads, and Over the Rainbow books are aimed more towards adults, but both are worth checking out.

GLBT Book Month is a nationwide celebration of authors and writings that help to reflect the lives and the experiences of the entire gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender community, and I think that is great.

I have been seeing an increase in the number of books and even in television shows and movies that include a more diverse cast and a more diverse observation of relationships, and I’m glad for that. Personally I see love as love and as long as I connect with the characters in these fictional narratives the rest of it doesn’t matter.

Basically, throughout this month I’m going to highlight some books and series that just so happen to have gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender characters, and they are still books that I really enjoy because the characters are fantastic and the stories are great. Plus, I’ll be honest, I do ship the relationships too. Those book discussions will be on Tuesdays, but I also have some book reviews on Mondays from stuff I’ve read in the past couple months (and I’ve read a heck of a lot of books).

I’m also hoping to have my first few vlog posts up in June, so stay tuned for that.

Guys, I’m super excited about these GLBT books I’m going to talk about this month. They are so good and I’m also so excited to read even more books outside of my usual fantasy and sci-fi fare. June is going to be an awesome month. I might toss up a tentative June TBR post tomorrow just so you have an idea of what books I’m hoping to read.

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Review: The Crown by Kiera Cass

Hey all, Dani here.

I’ve been reading a lot of books lately, and while I want to do vlog reviews with some of them, there would just be too many for me to record something for each one, so I’m going to start posting some more reviews here. I will primarily post these reviews on Monday. Also, I can’t promise that there will be reviews every single week, but any time I have a book I want to talk about, I’ll get a post finished. However, there will also be some weeks where I will have more books to talk about so there will be bonus posts.

All of my review posts will be marked as Review: Title of Book Here to make it easy to differentiate with my other posts. Anyway, today I want to talk about the final book in the Selection series, The Crown.

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Summary

When Eadlyn became the first princess of Illéa to hold her own Selection, she didn’t think she would fall in love with any of her thirty-five suitors. She spent the first few weeks of the competition counting down the days until she could send them all home. But as events at the palace force Eadlyn even further into the spotlight, she realizes that she might not be content remaining alone.

Eadlyn still isn’t sure she’ll find the fairytale ending her parents did twenty years ago. But sometimes the heart has a way of surprising you…and soon Eadlyn must make a choice that feels more impossible—and more important—than she ever imagined.

My Thoughts

The Selection series has definitely been a guilty read series for me to read. I enjoyed them and thought them fun and kind of light compared to a lot of the other books I read. It actually reminded me so much of sitting down to watch a season of The Bachelor or The Bachelorette.

While I gave the first three books a 4/5 rating overall (those would be America’s story), I liked the last two better. Maybe it’s because I understood the world more, but I think it’s because the participants of the Selection were men instead of women. I just feel like the drama between a bunch of young ladies competing for the hand of one man is just so annoying and ridiculous, and in Eadlyn’s duology, I thought the young men got along quite a bit better.

Eady’s relationships with the guys still remaining in the competition is great, and I loved the development with many of the characters (Hale, Ean, and Henri, especially). I’m trying so hard not to get into anything that might resemble spoiler territory, but if you want to talk to me about anything spoiler related guys, feel free to find me on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.

I absolutely love who Eady picked as her husband, and I’m proud of how much she grew and developed in her duology. If I’m honest, I feel like I was robbed of some time enjoying her story because she got 2 books to America’s 3, and what’s worse than that, The Crown was actually a pretty short book. But so much happened, and I was completely entranced.

Seriously, I bought this book and read it that same day.

So, while I won’t put this series in a list of favorite books any time soon because I think there are so many that are much more rich and complex, I still greatly enjoy getting into this world and following the Selection process.

Where to Buy

I do believe that this is one that can be found wherever books are sold. I picked up my copy at my local Walmart. So obviously you can go to Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-a-million, etc.

Signal Boost: Remedy for Memory by Brista Drake

Hey all, Dani here.

Welcome to a new recurring segment here on my blog: Signal Boost. My hope is that each Friday I’ll share with you a book/author, TV show, movie, board game, video game, etc that I think people should check out. If you’d like to join me in boosting the signal on some awesome or geeky things you love, then please do. And share your book and geeky love with everyone else.

And if you don’t know, I’ll just say it now…yes, I got the idea for this segment from Geek & Sundry. They have a show on their channel called Signal Boost, where you get a new host every four episodes and in each episode the host shares 3 awesome geeky things they think you should know about. Nine episodes have aired and if you want to check it out, you can do so here.

For this first installment, I want to discuss an author friend of mine, Brista Drake. Her first book, Remedy for Memory, came out a year ago. It is a contemporary high school romance story, and I’ll admit that most of the time I’m not a big reader of contemporary books.

However, this is the time of year where I do feel the urge to read some cute fluffy contemporary romance type books. While I wouldn’t exactly call Drake’s debut novel a cute and fluffy contemporary, it did feel pretty true to life. And since it was set in our home state, I actually knew a number of the locations within the story. For example, several characters go on a trip up to Cedar Point, an amusement park I actually worked at for four summers. I liked the real details in the book because it helped to ground the characters for me.

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“After some time, I could talk to people, but I couldn’t say your name. I couldn’t put your name next to how I was feeling. There was something broken, and I just . . . didn’t think anyone could believe me.

So I wrote it down instead. I wrote this all for me . . . For you.”

If Trisha could summarize in one word her entire past relationship with Aaron, “The Baron,” it’d be a long, sarcastic “thanks.” For most of his life, Aaron Madison glorified being the butt of every joke, but after meeting Trisha four years ago, everything had changed.

If there was a time to speak, it was now.

Brista Drake also is a vlogger. You can find her on YouTube as WritingMime. She has playlists created about her writing process, editing and publishing process, and she’ll talk about reading and reviewing and life as a writer.

She’s a cool person and I think more people should check out her vlog and her book.

Well, that’s all for my first Signal Boost. I’ll see you all again next week for more talk of books and geekery.

Review: Chasing Vengeance by Drea Damara

Hey all, Dani here.

First things first, a disclaimer. I was given an e-ARC of this book by Drea Damara in exchange for an honest review.

You’re supposed to add disclaimers like that when you have an ARC of a book, but personally I always find it a bit aggravating. I always give honest reviews, even if the book was written by my best friend…or myself. I mean, I did give an honest review of my own book a few months ago.

Anyway, back to this. I met Drea Damara at Wizard World Chicago Comic Con last year and picked up her first book, The Weeping Books of Blinney Lane because it was about a bookstore with books that literally wept tears, and could transport you to another world. There’s also magic and adventure too. I’m kinda ashamed to admit that I’m still only like 1/3 finished with it. I need to finish it. But, when approached about reading and reviewing Chasing Vengeance, the first of the Trinity Missions, I couldn’t resist.

It’s an espionage adventure thriller type novel, and I’ll be honest…I love espionage related books. I actually took an espionage course in university that was taught by a professor who used to be CIA. This book hooked me from the beginning, and I think the cover is really cool too.

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Summary

Never reveal your secrets…

Trinity, an intelligence organization known only through whispers, specializes in covert action. Heading up this modern-day operation is founder Gerry Strakner and his team of skilled misfits. The key to staying alive lies within their code: never divulge your greatest fears or darkest secrets. But sometimes the past refuses to stay buried…

While his organization is under attack, Gerry must let his favorite operative, Caria, fend for herself against a vicious arms dealer. When he learns that she is caught in the crosshairs, his only hope is he’s taught her enough to stay alive.

Now Gerry must call in an old favor to save Caria. Ivan Skavinsk, a reclusive mercenary, is the one man skilled enough to infiltrate the playing field of assassins. But which side is he truly working for? Does loyalty have an expiration date or will deception burn everyone within its reach?

My Thoughts

I think that Chasing Vengeance highlights Damara’s background and knowledge base perfectly. The book primarily takes place in 2011, but there are flashback scenes as well, which add to the situation or to the character you are following at that time.

The descriptions were well done too. It is clear that Damara has traveled and worked in other countries and dealt with a variety of people and cultures, and I appreciate how those details were used to make this story feel all the more realistic.

Also the web of characters and their relationships, lies, and secrets was wonderfully complex, and perfect for this kind of story. After I was sucked into the story and started really connecting with the characters I absolutely did not want to put it down.

I love that with a lot of intelligence organizations and similar occupations, you are never wholly certain of allegiances, or whether a person is “good” or “evil.” So many of them walk the fine line between the two, living solidly in the shades of grey on the spectrum. That complexity makes the story all the more interesting to me.

Gerry, Caria, and the rest of Trinity are great characters, but in some ways I think my favorite person just might be Skavinsk. Oh, also Jancy. I loved Jancy; she really did think of everything when it came to support and equipment for the operatives of Trinity.

There were so many twists and turns, and secrets, and lies, and complications that made this an absolutely thrilling read for me. I’m really looking forward to picking up a paperback copy really soon. And I’m so glad that this is the start of a series because I would gladly read more Trinity Missions books.

Rating: 5/5

Where to buy

You can pick up copies of this book from Barnes & Noble and Amazon. Paperback copies are available now, but the e-book has a release date of May 28, 2016.

National Readathon Day Wrap-Up

Hey all, Dani here.

I was going to try and have this up yesterday, but I had a lot to do and I was recovering from a very busy day Saturday…and sadly I wasn’t as accomplished on the reading front as I would have liked. Instead I had a twice-delayed Mother’s Day dinner with my mom and had to run some errands and such.

Still…I did read 2.5 books during National Readathon Day.

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I started the day off with The School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani and it was actually a cute and fun read that I really enjoyed. It is a Middle Grade novel that follows two girls from the same village, Sophie and Agatha. Sophie is blond, pretty, and thinks of herself like a sweet princess, so she’s sure that she’s going to be taken to the School for Good, while she thinks her friend Agatha, who is a loner and everyone see’s her as strange and different, must obviously be going to the School for Evil. And yet, when the girls are taken, it is Agatha that is dropped into the School for Good, and Sophie finds herself in the School for Evil. Both girls are sure this is a mistake and work their hardest to try and get switched to the proper schools, but that only seems to cause more problems. I might actually try to do a longer review on this later, but I gave it a 4.5 star rating out of a possible 5 stars.

Then I jumped into The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye. This book just came out so I’ll do a longer review later so I don’t potential spoil anything, but it is a historical fantasy novel that takes place in Imperial Russia. It follows Vika and Nikolai, who are both enchanters, and Pasha, the prince. The basic premise is that people have forgotten about magic, thinking it the stuff of stories. But the Tsar of Russia knows that magic still exists and the time is coming where he will need an Imperial Enchanter at his side. There’s just one problem: there are two people with enchanter abilities, and that can’t last. Magic is drawn from the same source and an enchanter only has full power if they are the only one using the source. The only thing to do is to hold The Crown’s Game, a challenge of five rounds where the two enchanters compete against each other to prove they are the better enchanter. The winner will become the Imperial Enchanter and the loser will die. Things get complicated when Nikolai and Vika are drawn to each other due to their magic, but Nikolai’s best friend, Pasha, also is falling for Vika. I admit that at first I was going to go 4 stars or maybe 4.5 stars, but the last 10 chapters or so cut me emotionally and I ended up giving the book 5 stars.

So, around 9:30-10:00 pm I picked up An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir. It’s been on my TBR for months and I figured it was time to finally read it, even if I wouldn’t be able to finish it by midnight. I did finish it yesterday, so I’ll still give my mini-review here. This story follows Laia, who is of the people known as Scholars, and Elias, who is a Martial (the ruling people). After her grandparents are killed and her brother is taken prisoner, Laia seeks out the Resistance to save her brother. They agree to do so, but only if Laia goes into Blackcliff Academy and spies on the Commandant. Elias is about to graduate from Blackcliff but all he wants to do is be free. He doesn’t agree with how they control things or treat the Scholars or anyone else. He is told by an Augur that if he doesn’t desert, if he stays, then he’ll participate in the Trials to determine the new Emperor and doing so will earn him his freedom. Things get complicated from there, with Laia and Elias being drawn to each other. I wanted to like this book much more than I did. Frankly I found the “draw” between Laia and Elias to be a bit too near to Insta Love, and I thought the connection of Elias and his best friend Helene to be much better. The story did mostly hold my interest until the end, and with the way it ended I am super curious about what will happen in the next one, but the book just didn’t blow me away. I ended up giving it 4 stars out of 5.

Well, I guess that’s it for right now. I have some more reading to get back to, so I will be back tomorrow with another post (a review of an ARC I received that I really enjoyed).

National Readathon Day

Hey guys, Dani here

I know what you’re thinking right now: didn’t you just do a readathon last month? Answer: yes, yes I did. I learned about Dewey’s 24 hour Readathon on a Wednesday and participated that Saturday.

Now this is National Readathon Day, which is hosted by Penguin Random House and the American Library Association, and this event I’ve been planning on for a couple months now.

Not only will there be a whole lot of events both online and off, but National Readathon Day is holding a fundraiser on Firstgiving.com and it goes for a great cause. Funds raised during #Readathon2016 will benefit the Every Child Ready to Read initiative, a program that supports the early literacy development of children in libraries across the nation.

I love promoting a love of books in young children. Storytime is one of the coolest parts of childhood. I’m at the point in my life where friends are settling down and having children themselves and when I’m invited to the baby shower, I bring a package of diapers because those are useful and will most definitely be used, and I get a few books, whether it’s Goodnight MoonThe Very Hungry CaterpillarCurious George, or some Dr. Seuss. So many other people are going to bring clothes and I’m not going to lie, I hate how so many people want to start a tiny person’s life with forcing them into a specific gender role. Oh, you’re having a girl…here’s lots of pink…no, it’s a boy, well here’s all the blue clothes I could find. Books are a bit more gender neutral, and helpful for developing a baby’s mind. So yeah, I buy my friends’ babies books.

Anyway, National Readathon Day is Saturday, May 21, this year, and I have quite a stack of books I’m hoping to get through. Seriously, the month of May has been an incredibly good month for reading, at least for me. I’ve reread all of the Percy Jackson series, and finally finished the Heroes of Olympus series. Oh, and thanks to the lovely ladies of PeruseProject and abookutopia on YouTube, I have found a large number of new books and authors I hadn’t known of or paid attention to before. Now my TBR pile is getting wildly out of hand. Whatever. Happiness is a full bookcase, and I have 6 of those in my bedroom alone.

For Dewey’s Readathon I did fairly well, starting and finishing 5 books. This time around I have a stack of 7 books, though I doubt I’ll get to them all. A few of them I’ve really been wanting to read, a couple are light read palate cleansers, and a couple are for if the mood strikes and I want to read them. Regardless, if I don’t read them on Saturday, I’ll finish them the following week because all of these books are on my May TBR list anyway.

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Literacy is one of the biggest issues I care about. I owe a great deal of who I am and the profession I’ve chosen to my love of books and reading. I am happiest when surrounded by books or when around other book lovers. It’s my favorite thing. Seriously, I’m not even kidding, but if you make me sad or mad and need a quick way to make it up to me, nothing says I’m sorry like getting me either a book you know I want, or just getting me a B&N gift card so I can buy books myself.

Whenever I have felt like my life is spiraling out of control, books are there to help me make sense of things. When I feel like I’m losing myself, I turn to books and they help me rediscover myself all over again. Oh, and of course, there are the times when I feel like a loser because I’m 27 years old and single with no prospects, but hey, I have plenty of book boyfriends so who cares?

Books are my life and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

So, let me know if you’re planning on participating in National Readathon Day. You can follow along with all the action using #Readathon2016 on social media, and please, if you can, consider donating to this event. Even if you can only chip in a dollar or five dollars, seriously, it will make a big difference in the early literacy of children in America.

Thanks everyone. I’ll probably have a Readathon Wrap-up post up either Sunday or Monday so stay tuned.

Guest Post: Check it Out: Suz Korb’s Newest Cover Reveal and Live Novel Writing

Hello, I’m Suz Korb and my new book project is titled: Flutterby Girl. Welcome to this cover reveal blog post, with a twist. And here’s the cover…

The twist is that this book hasn’t been written yet. I’m going to write it live on Patreon. I’ve written a novel live before, chapter by chapter, on my blog. And now I’m doing it again with Flutterby Girl!
I got the idea for Flutterby Girl, then I thought up a title, then I got the cover, and now I’m writing the story. It will go up on Patreon chapter by chapter, daily. You can read each chapter if you become my patron. I’m new at Patreon, so if problems arise I hope I can deal with them quick! It should be easy enough though.
I’ve decided to write my two most recent books live because it pushes me, and it makes my imagination flow more deeply.
Chapter 1 of Flutterby Girl is up on Patreon now and I hope you will join me in this young adult journey.

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Creative Changes

Hey all, Dani here.

First things first, I made an announcement a couple months ago about two conventions Mousai Books was planning to attend this summer/fall. Everything is still good for Wizard World Ohio July 29-31, but right now we are on the wait list for Cincinnati Comic Expo. I was waiting for my income tax refund to arrive before I bought the table and it’s a big popular convention so all the spots filled up before my check was deposited. Hopefully we’ll still get in, but I’ll keep you guys updated.

Also, work started to give me more hours and then I fell even deeper into my book binge so I unfortunately haven’t been able to keep up with the #MayBookPrompt posts. I’ll probably try those again at some point but right now I just can’t successfully fit it into my schedule.

As for reading…I am on my 13th book for the month of May. Yes, I realize today is only May 10th.

I almost forgot how much I love it when I devour books one after the other and forget most other hobbies. I think I’ve watched about 10 hours of TV since April 1st. Last month I wrote 40K words and read 18 books, and I’m on track to read between 26-30 books this month. And guys, it feels so darn good.

I’m seriously going to have to look at my list of DVRd shows and see which ones I can cut out of my schedule. There are several shows that I let stack up until there’s like 8 or 9 episodes on my DVR and then I’ll just binge watch them all one day. If I can wait that long on a show, then I might as well just wait until it’s on DVD and then binge the whole season over a weekend.

I have freed up so much more time now that I’m ignoring the TV. My mind has been a great deal more active these past few weeks so I’m feeling really good about being able to sit down and write…just as soon as I finish my TBR for the month of May. I have a stack of 13 books and I really want to get them finished. If I keep going at my current pace then I’ll actually probably have them finished by May 25th or so.

Then I’ll spend the last bit of May doing some copy editing for Signy Cullen’s new book, Beautiful Liar. Once I’ve gotten her book back to her then I’ll finish the final touches on my draft of Project Death: Revelation and send it off to my lovely beta readers for input. With any luck they can get it back to me and then I can get it all polished up in time to publish at the beginning of July, which will be perfect timing for my convention appearance.

In the meantime, I’m also writing up ideas and loose scripts for the first few vlogs I’m planning on doing. I’ve been spending more time on Booktube and it’s inspired me to go for it myself. I have been thinking about filming book review videos and bookish topic videos for a while now but I’ve always been too nervous about the whole thing. But I’m done being nervous or scared about it. I love talking about books and talking with other book lovers so even if my view count is atrocious I don’t care. Hopefully you’ll come check out my videos when I get started.

Anyway, I really want to get back to my reading now. I re-devoured the whole Percy Jackson series over the weekend, and now I am finally reading past The Lost Hero, the first book in The Heroes of Olympus series. I’m on book three, The Mark of Athena now, so I should be able to read both Magnus Chase and the Trials of Apollo this weekend. I’m almost all caught up on Rick Riordan’s mythology-based books. Yes!

How are you all doing? Reading anything interesting right now? Anything you’d like to recommend? I’ll read any genre if the story and characters sound interesting.

#MayBookPrompt Day 4

Hey all, Dani here.

I’ve been doing more posts on Instagram lately, because the Bookstagram community is awesome. I love seeing all the pictures of books, and the shelfies, and connecting with other readers. I’ve also been starting to seek out BookTubers (book reviewers on YouTube). And I’ve found a few book themed blogs to follow as well. So I’m trying to be a more active member of the community, which is why I’m participating in a couple challenges this month. The one is a photo challenge, #springintomay2016 over on Instagram, and then there’s this #MayBookPrompt challenge, which is happening both on WordPress and Instagram.

I like them both for different reasons. Coming up with the photos each day is fun and makes me think of which books to showcase and how to showcase them best. I enjoy taking photos, but I’m also enjoying this little writing challenge. I usually struggle with shorter fiction; I’ve gotten so used to the expansion and elaboration of novels that writing a short story or, worse, flash fiction, has felt like an impossible task. But I think I’m doing all right with the stories I’ve written so far this month…though, yes, yesterday’s Pride and Prejudice inspired story has actually decided to expand to at least a novella in the future.

So, anyway, it is the fourth day of this challenge, and today’s prompt is: The Fault in Our Stars.

There was a young man I met when I first moved up to college, and I very quickly realized that he would be someone important to me. But let me start at the beginning: we met in the music building, in a little lobby/lounge area. I had arrived a bit too early for athletic band and the doors weren’t open yet, and he was there for show choir.

I figured since we were both in the music building we would have some common interests so I went up to him and said hello. Later he told me that he thought of me as one of those weird freshmen and so he basically just humored me. At the time I hadn’t noticed. We spoke for a few minutes and then parted for our respective rehearsals.

A few days later the school was holding some Welcome Weekend activities specifically aimed at us little freshmen. One of those activities was Giant Twister; they had taped 4 Twister boards together to form a massive playing field. I have to say that it was actually pretty awesome. I had been playing for a few minutes when lo and behold, the boy I had met in the music hall was leaving Campus Center with a bag of books just purchased at the Campus Bookstore.

Again, later he told me that when he saw me he thought he could show the annoying little freshman where her place was and defeat me at Twister.

I would like to say here and now that after two hours he had not won a single game. But that apparently earned his respect and he invited me back to his dorm room to hang out. It was the start of a wonderful friendship.

Except it didn’t take long for me to realize that I liked him as more than a friend. But in matters of relationships I am very introverted and kind of nervous and shy. So I never said anything. I remained a good friend and watched him date girls, and then there was that summer where he thought he might have fallen for a guy. God, that hurt, but as his friend, I would accept it if he was happy.

Three years later he graduated and I spent my senior year without my best friend around. We still kept in touch: texting, Facebook, and occasional phone calls. He was at grad school, and then I graduated and went to grad school myself.

We spent a few years apart, though we continued to chat off and on. Then one day we scheduled a meet-up, and went out for dinner and a movie. It happened almost every weekend for a few months…and then…

Well, then he finally asked me to be his girlfriend. I was floating on air. By this point I had dreamed of it happening for about seven years. Everything was going to be perfect, and in my little daydream fantasies I imagined that his was it. We would date for a year or two, get engaged, then married, and so on and so forth.

To be fair, everything was great for a while. We still talked quite a bit and did dinner and movie dates still almost every weekend, but things never really progressed past that point. 

I wanted it to be more so badly but I didn’t want to push things, so I didn’t. 

I guess we both realized that our friendship was wonderful and we decided to end our romantic relationship before we ruined what we already had by trying to force it to be something it obviously wasn’t.

Let’s be honest though…I still think about what could have been. He’s still my best friend, and I’ll always love him. Hell, I’ll probably continue to be jealous of anyone he dates in future. Some days I even wish we could try again. But would anything change this time around? Or is it just not our fate to share a happily ever after? I guess we aren’t written in the stars at all, or if we are then we are separated by others, and perhaps it will always be this way.

Yet still, I continue to hope. I dream of that happily ever after. And I guess even if he isn’t my partner in life, he’ll still be a part of my future, because it is the friendship of forever.

#MayBookPrompt Day 3

Hey all, Dani here.

Welcome back to Day 3 of the May Book Prompt challenge I am participating in. There are a lot of other fabulous people participating here on WordPress and also over on Instagram, so feel free to check it out. The challenge was created by MahWrites (@emotionaly.inconstant on IG) and thesarahdoughty (@thesarahdoughty on IG).

Today’s prompt is a story I dearly love. I re-read it all the time and I’ve seen several different adaptations of it, my favorite honestly being The Lizzie Bennet Diaries over on YouTube. Seriously, it’s an amazing modern day adaptation of a story most of us already know, and I think it’s done so well. I just love it. I think I’ve watched the whole series of 100 episodes about 6 or 7 times now.

Anyway, Day 3 is: Pride and Prejudice

Beth,

I’ve tried to find the right words for this letter for a couple weeks now and it always comes out wrong, but they need to be said so wrong or not, I have to admit how I’m feeling.

I’m not too proud to beg, not for something I truly believe in. And I do believe in us, in what we could be. I just wish you could see it too. How many nights have we spent curled up next to each other on the couch, reading books and sharing our favorite parts? So many that I’ve lost count. It just feels like a normal part of our forever. 

I’m sure that most people have noticed how much time we spend together, and yeah, we were great friends for such a long time that it’s easy to pretend we still are. You told me how much your parents have been pressuring you to domesticate yourself, especially your mom; she really wants grandkids. I think I blame Jane’s marriage for that.

Trust me, I know what this would mean, how difficult it will be for a time, but I have to believe that it would be worth it. Your parents will accept you, will accept us. We live in an age of possibility, in an age where diversity is blooming, and it doesn’t matter how much people grumble; they will eventually all just accept that two men or two women being in love in no way changes their personal lives.

I just want to be able to go out to the movies with my girlfriend and hold her hand. We’ve been dating for over a year and most of our friends aren’t even fazed by it. I know you’re just worried that someone will see and then tell your mom, but we’ve always known the small-town gossip mill is ridiculous. 

Let’s just tell your parents the truth. I’m at your house all the time anyway, and if I’m being completely honest, I hate having to lie to them. I get that you think your parents are traditionalists, but maybe they’re more tolerant than that, especially when it involves the happiness of one of their children.

This is a serious matter, and I know you need to think about it, but I needed you to know. Hiding this part of ourselves is painful for me. I love you, Beth. And I want to be with you, openly, even if that means having to deal with a few intolerant jerks. 

Yours always,

Darcy

Okay, so this one’s a bit shorter than my last two, and I’ll probably come back around to this in future and add to it, but for now, I’d say it’s all right. What do you think? I might actually have to try plotting this out and expanding it to more of a novella. I’m actually intrigued by the idea of a Pride and Prejudice modern day retelling where Darcy is also a woman.