BAM! It’s Factual Friday! Spooky reads, writer’s tips, and free stuff!

Why do I always post late at night? It’s 10:00pm here in Nashville, Tennessee (not sure how late it is everywhere else!) but by this point, I should probably be in bed. No, I don’t have a normal bedtime but, you know, when I have a Saturday that I don’t have anything going on, I like to get plenty of rest ― and who wants to sleep in until noon? Gross. The you wake up feeling groggy and sick and … This has nothing to do with Factual Friday. Sorry.

Today (or tonight, rather) gentle readers, I am going to throw out some random tips and tricks when it comes to all areas of life (but especially reading and writing!) and maybe do a couple other stuff, too. Oh, also I got a new book which I’m excited to start reading …. just as soon as I finish the rest of my stack! The next book up for review is Survivors: Secrets and I’m almost done with it! Yay!

Anyway, before I go too far down the rabbit hole, time for this week’s edition of Factual Friday. Enjoy!

(BTW, when you see that I’ve listed my bullets as facts… they’re not really facts but it’s Factual Friday so I can’t not)

Fact #1: Did you know that Shutterstock has a free photo of the week?

Say what?! You heard me right. Shutterstock, one of the greatest websites for finding stock photos for the cover shutterstock_285389717of your fantastic book, has a photo of the week every week! Awesome, right?! I’ve been going on every week and downloading the photo of the week because, why not? It’s free and maybe it’ll come in handy at some point! So far, they’ve all been of landscapes but I’ve seen ones in the past that are great stock photos of mysterious characters, foggy backgrounds, and eerie castles! This week’s was gorgeous fall colors with vivid wood in the foreground!

*Insert oos and ahhs*

Fact #2: has free book templates!

Evidently I’m big on free tonight. My lovely father always reminds me that nothing is ever free and that someone is always paying for it but I’m just gonna go with it tonight.

If you’re self publishing and are just using the typical US Letter template for your book but want a small, normal-book-size … book size, but don’t know how, check out! Yes, I know I talk about them all the time (DISCLAIMER: LuLu Self Publishing does not pay me for advertisement) but it’s because I am so thankful for all their templates and cover wizards and awesome tools for writers like me!

LuLu has an assortment of great templates! One complaint is that they don’t carry the standard size template that most YA novels are ― LuLu’s are either a little bigger or a little smaller. But I’m not gonna complain because they also come in hardcover and dust jacket as well as the standard paperback!


(PS, I know it’s normally Will Smith in that photo, I’m just trying to spice things up a little)

Fact #3: Spooky Read: INK.

I promised you a spooky read didn’t I?

So, for some of you, it’s no secret that Halloween and I have a checkered past. Meaning we kind of hate each Unknownother. It’s a mutual abhorrence. But… I’m making an exception in the form of the scary thriller, INK by Glenn Benest and Dale Pitman!

Yes, I know I’ve already talked about INK but I thought I should revisit the horror novel, it being the creepiest month of the year and all (BTW, I will be accepting boxes of chocolates and MREs as I camp out in my room for the next several days until All Hallow’s Eve is over so if you’d like to make a donation, please let me know… it’s for a good cause… namely so that I won’t get eaten by a Hellish underworld demon… I read too many books…).

His studio has become his refuge and his prison—a place of boundless imagination and isolation. Brian Archer, creator of a series of successful graphic novels about a vengeful supernatural being called “The Highwayman,” has become a recluse after the adoration of a female fan turned to rage and violence.

But all that changes when he meets a renowned and beautiful illustrator, A.J. Hart, who carries emotional scars of her own. Their work together is fueled by the unrequited passion they share and a mysterious bottle of black ink that arrives one day at Brian’s doorstep.

The impossibly dark liquid has mystical properties, making their characters appear so real they eventually come to life, reigning terror on those who mean them harm and if not stopped—threatens to unleash an apocalypse on all mankind. Brian must break free of his self-imposed exile and solve the mystery that allowed these terrible creatures into the world.

There is definitely some stuff I don’t approve of in this book but I’d suggest it as a read for Halloween. It is very similar to the new movie (and old book series) that just came out, Goosebumps!

If you’d like to learn more about INK, click the link below:

Group Review on Rose’s Reids



Fact #2,P8%: It’s hard to think at 10:30 at night.

Yep, guys. That’s a fact. It’s also a fact that it’s difficult to write when you’re simultaneously trying to do a last minute check for errors in your soon-to-be-released novel AND talk to your awesome best friend over text AND write an outline for a college paper that’s due the following Monday.

So that’s a wrap, folks! Yep, this Factual Friday was pretty lame but hopefully I’ll get to do my review of Survivors: Secrets over the weekend! I’ve also got a fantastic new book I’m excited to read but I’ll give you all the wonderful details in my Mailbox Monday!

Look for me over the weekend, babes! Hopefully I’ll be bloggin’.

Later, babes!

What’s on your bookshelf?

Postscript: Somebody finally answered that question! Kelly says, “Alienated!”

Excellent, Kelly! GREAT book choice! Who else is patiently/not-so-patiently waiting for Starflight?!

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