Library Trip 12.28.15

  Last Monday, December 28th, I went to my local library and final borrowed books after so many years. It was such a great feeling!

I picked up a lot of graphic novels and two regular novels.

I’m just so happy to be able to borrow books again and I have decided that I will try not to buy anymore books that I haven’t read yet. This meaning that if I want to try reading a new book I’ll go to the library and pick it out there instead of buying it. If I end up enjoying it, I’ll allow myself to buy it. I’m trying to do this because I have bought so many books in the past few months, but I haven’t read them. I feel like this will be a great solution to keeping my wallet in tact.

I’ve kind of been burning a hole through my wallet with buying books.

Speaking of book buying… I bought some books ahaha

Good thing is that I already read the Vampire Diaries ones. 

Until next time y’all! 


Writer’s Block Bookstore

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Store Name: Writer’s Block Bookstore

Address: 124 E Welbourne Ave, Winter Park, FL 32789

Phone Number: (407) 335-4192

Yesterday was the Winter Park Autumn Art Festival where many local artists come out to showcase their gorgeous pieces. Other than the art, one of my favorite things about these festivals is that most stores in the Park Ave area have special sales or discounts going on. Writer’s Block was one of the stores having a special going on where they had 20% off. I can’t really remember if it was 20% off the whole purchase or 20% of every item. I just saw 20% off and was all “YAASSS”.

Cue me dragging my cousin in with me.

I ended up buying two books. Because this post is mainly about the store itself, you can find my post of what I bought here.

Now let’s get on to the store itself.


The store is pretty awesome (what bookstore isn’t, though?). They have a great atmosphere and the place is decorated quite nice.


They have different rooms in the store that you can explore. My favorite is the one that holds all the YA and fiction novels, of course. In some of these rooms they have some cool nick nacks and giftable items that you can purchase…or just play with.


I think one of my favorite things about this store is that it is well lit. I have been to a few bookstores that seem a bit dim and gloomy. Why should it matter that a store is well lit? Well, it changes up the whole ambiance and ambiance can be everything when it comes to business. Better ambiance attracts more people. More people = more opportunities for $$$.


The employees are extremely nice and will have good conversation with you. Trust me. I’ve been to bookstores where you talk to their employees for a bit and you hit that awkward moment where you’re kind of just standing there and smiling at each other. Writer’s Block got you if you’re feeling for a nice chat or small talk.


You also don’t feel like you’re constantly being under surveillance. It’s a businesses job to make sure you don’t steal their stuff, but it’s also their job to have you feeling comfortable. They do have surveillance cameras so don’t think you can just waltz in and get that five finger discount. If you’re a person who does that kind of thing, shame on you and I hope you’re mother sets you straight.


I always feel happy coming into this store. This is a store you must visit if you every find yourself in the Orlando area. Park Ave (the area where this store is located) in itself is a wonderful place for tourists to check out. Heck, you might see me wandering around doing some shopping or stuffing my face with food.

If you live in the Orlando area, please visit Writer’s Block and support your local bookstores!

Make sure you check out these helpful links to learn more about Writer’s Block:

Until next time yall!

The Book Worm


Today, I found sad news The Book Worm, a used bookstore in Orlando is closing. I only recently found out about this store and was pretty stoked to find another used bookstore. It’s sad to think that they will be closing when I just discovered them. According to a post on their Facebook page, the owner has lost the lease to the place and is forced to close down the store forever.

I am writing this post to ask any of you who read this in the upcoming days that live in the Orlando area to go stop by the store and buy something. They are selling books and other merchandise for dirt cheap, so please go and support the owner.

Here’s a few photos that I took of the place during one of my visits:

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Please visit their links:


Here is their information copied off of their site:

422 N Bumby Av
Orlando, FL 32803
Monday – Friday
10:00AM – 5:00PM
10:00 – 4:00

Indie Book Fest 2015

This past weekend I attended Indie Book Fest 2015! It was an amazing experience! 

It was hosted by Tawdra Kandle and Mandie Stevens at the Caribe Royal hotel located near Disney and International Drive. 

Sadly, I bought my tickets too late and was only able to get general admission and not the blogger ticket. 

Day One: Friday

Friday was the first day of the convention. Panels started at 9am, but I was working until 12pm (I ended up getting off later since someone forgot to get their shift covered and we scrambled to find someone) and had to pick up my new phone at 3pm. My phone pick up should have taken less than 30 minutes but the phone guy I was supposed to talk to was held up by a distraught customer who could not get a phone. My phrase for the day ended up being “shit happens.” 

If I had gotten my phone on time, I would have made it to fan-fare. Sadly, my friend and I got there 30 minutes before they were cleaning up and only got to talk to two authors. That’s okay right? Shit happens and you go along with it. 

We got to register ourselves in thanks to the lovely Tawdra Kandle (one of the hosts of the event). We had asked a few people earlier if we could register but no one knew if we could. Thankfully I spotted Tawdra when she was pulling for the raffle tickets prize. She quickly gave us our packets and hooked us up with a wonderful swag bag. 

With the gap to go grab dinner before the Gothic Romance Party, my friend and I drove to the closest Golden Corral to get our grub on (classy, right?). Once we were done we headed back to the convention center and got dressed/did our makeup in one of the bathrooms. To our surprised no one came in so I sprawled out all of my makeup on the counter. 


The Gothic Romance Party was great. There were some “nibbles,” aka a good amount of yummy trail mix for the party goers and a cash bar for those who can drink. Author Melissa Lumis was dressed up in a gypsies costume and did tarot readings. I’ve never had one done before so that was a nice experience.

The music was kept family friendly with a lot of older songs. I’m not a great dancer, but I did dance the Cupid shuffle. It was fun watching everyone else dance. I’m pretty sure if I got up there and let loose peopl’s eyeballs would burn from the sight of terrible dance moves and rhythm. 

Every table also had goodie bags for the party goers to take. 

  The “swag” I picked up on day one. 

Day Two: Saturday

We were pretty tired from the day before so we ended up leaving out of our area late and got there at about 11:45.  We ended up going  to the 12pm panel for getting your story out there. As we waited for the next panel to start, we got awesome badges where you get to pick what type of fairytale character you want to be. I chose to be a werewolf queen. H.D. Smith was really awesome and gave me a short story called Onyx that is about werewolves because of this! 


The panel was very insightful and it made me wish I had made it to the panels the day before. Dan Woods from DRAFT2DIGITAL was the speaker and made some great points about what to do with your stories and how to get more people in your audience. One point that he made that I appreciate so much is the point to put your stories through different sales channels. Recently, I’ve been looking at books by some indie authors and their only sales outlet is Amazon for e-books. I don’t have a kindle or e-reader. I use my I pad and get books off from there. People may have the same situation as me, so having the story in more places makes t available for more people. 

After the panel, we had a gap to get our lunch. We found ourselves at Pollo Tropical. This is when I realized that I left my debit card (aka my only way to buy books) and my license at home. Great. I was so bent on purchasing Dark Awakened by H.D. Smith. 

On the plus side, I did have $6 with me to use for food. At least I wasn’t hungry! I decided that we would drive back to my house to grab my debit and license after the book signing portion and get ready at my house for the “Fairytales and Happily Ever Afters”/Beach party then drive back to the event. It sucked not to be able to buy books, but I had no way of driving home and then driving back in time for the signing. 

The book signing was so much fun! We were given a scavenger hunt to do where we had to go visit all the authors and get their square signed in order to be put in a drawing for an iPad mini. I think we mostly went to every author for all the “swag” rather than for the raffle, though. 

I had an amazing time talking to all of the authors. We even spoke to the ones who weren’t on the sheet too. I was bummed out that I couldn’t get any signed paperbacks, but that totally changed when Ceci Giltenan gave me a free signed copy of her novella Highland Revenge. She said I could have it as long as I would read it and of course I took it! 

When I hit up H.D. Smith’s table I told her what happened with my debit because earlier I told her I would purchase her book at the signing when I got my badge. She offered to give it to me for free but I said no. She still tried to give it to me, so I took it and I told her I would pay her back later. Bless her heart. She said she trusted me. (I did pay her back at the party if you were wondering.)

Again, because I didn’t have my debit I couldn’t buy anything but I did grab all the post cards, fliers, bookmarks, and business cards on every authors table so that I can remember to check out their books; whether it be e-book or paper back. They all worked really hard to write their books, so I think it would be right to get at least one from each (if my wallet allows it)

When we were finished doing our rounds through the tables of authors, we totes our full bags over to the front table to slip in our sheets for the raffle. We took a well needed seat outside to rest our near freezing toes. The AC was up high and probably nearing a polar freeze. A little girl came up to us at one point and said that they hid some books around the place and that we should go look for them…so we did. We walked maybe ten steps and found the copies. 

We had our fill of fun talks with the authors and freebies so we headed over to my house to get ready. Next year, I’m definitely going to try to get a hotel room so that I don’t have to be driving back and forth!

The party that night was great too. I love how the authors, readers, and bloggers were hanging around together and having fun. This time there was food (deserts and pretzels), so we gorged our self on cookies and other desserts. I went as a last minute attempt at a mermaid and my friend went with more of a beachy style. They had some rad fortune cookies where some of them had hidden prizes. To my surprise, I won a signed paperback where I can choose between a book from H.D. Smith or Ceci Giltenan. I chose one of Ceci Giltenan’s books since I already had H.D. Smith’s books. 

This is the stuff I picked up that day: 

Day Three: Saturday

Sadly, I could not make it to any events on this day since I had work and copious assignments to do. Next year, I will definitely plan accordingly! 

Here are the books I picked up during the weekend: 


I hope I can get to these books soon!

I can’t wait for next years festivities. Maybe I’ll see some of yall there? 

Until next time yall!

Maya Books and Music


Store Name: Maya Books and Music

Address: 201 E 1st St, Sanford, FL 32771

Phone Number: (407) 321-6504

Merchandise: Used books, records, DVDs, and CDs

I have wanted to check out this place for so long and I finally made the trip! I did get a bit lost and ended up passing by Eustis, but that was totally my fault for opting to take a right turn instead of a left. At least we made it!



This place did not disappoint me at all. I discovered it through my friend’s Instagram. She posted a photo of herself in a Sanford bookstore and I just had to go to the place myself. A bookstore in Florida that’s near by? Of course I’ll check it out!


The place is located on Downtown Sanford’s 1st street where it is a line of cute shops and restaurants for visitors to checkout. For parking, visitors can either parallel park in front of the shop or find parking in many of the other free parking spots.


 The place is super cozy. They have sitting areas littered throughout the shop where you can just grab a book and chill around for a while. They have a second story loft area that would be an awesome hangout spot, but its staircase was barricaded by stuff.  Under that loft, there is the music portion of the store where there are many records to sift through. I did not really see much of a collection of DVDs and CDs. Then again, I was in awe with how awesome the store was. 


The place kind of reminded me of the bookshop in Maggie Stiefvater’s Shiver series where Sam works. I think that it is because of the loft and I saw old medical books (like what Isabel could have picked up). The records also reminded me of Shiver because Sam liked to sing and in Linger (SPOILER ALERT SKIP THIS PARAGRAPH NOW) he went to a recording studio with Grace.


I really loved the decorations the store had. It was very homey and inviting. They had different patterned carpets covered parts of the wood floors and the sofas were of the comfortable looking type. The lighting was pretty dim, but it added to the cozy ambiance of the shop.


The owner also has a super sweet dog named Layla who will just lay there and look up at the customers. According to the shop owner, Layla loves cookies. She’s an older dog that is very friendly. If you are afraid of dogs, I would still recommend coming into the shop. Layla is very friendly and does not look like she would hurt a fly.


Sadly, I didn’t pick up any books when I was at the shop. They had a wonderful historical fiction selection, but I could not choose a book that I wanted to pick up. I had so many that I wanted to get, however I tried to narrow it down to one. Since I couldn’t choose one, I opted to just comeback again when I have the money to buy multiple books (I was making sure I had enough to grab lunch at the German restaurant next door).


If you ever find yourself in down in Sanford, definitely jot this down on your list of places to visit.


Here are some helpful links:

Until next time yall!

Brek Shea Signing

Okay, I know this isn’t really book related but I got to meet Brek Shea today! Ugh it was such an awesome experience. My friends and I got in line right on time and got the last wrist bands that guaranteed us that we’d get our stuff signed. I had him sign my copy of Lion’s Roar which is Orlando City Soccer’s game day magazine, so you could say this is kind of book related ;P. I honestly just really wanted to share this moment. 

I was drawing while we were in line since the wait was a while and finished my drawing before we got up to him, so I decided to give him the drawing. He likes to paint and what-not so I thought that it would be something he’d appreciate. He actually did seem like he genuinely thought it was cool and his manager person with him thought it was cool too. A-plus for me right? I was ready to pass out from happiness. A-plus-plus for me keeping my cool. I was super awkward though, like I always am. By the way, he smelled great. Weird, I know, but I’m super into smells. I could probably be considered a dog. 

  That white rectangle piece of paper on the table to the right is my drawing. 

Thanks Brek for being rad hope to see you on field soon! 

Lib Con 2015 Pt. 1

 The Rick Yancey Experience 

Yesterday, I attended Lib Con 2015 at the Orlando Public Library in downtown Orlando. Overall it was a pretty amazing experience. 

We shuffled in late to Rick Yancey’s Keynote speech due to me hitting a curb last night and having to go get a new tire put in at 8 a.m. (Which , by the way, took two excruciating hours plus I live about 30 minutes away from downtown and I had to pick up my bestfriend after my tire change). That wasn’t planned in the schedule, but mini adventures are always fun. 

Getting back to us coming in late to the speech, was an amazing speaker. We got their late, but we still made it in time to listen to most of it. I had my wolf journal out and took notes while he spoke. I think he noticed because he kept looking my way, but who knows. He wore sunglasses most of the time so I wouldn’t know. I’m not too sure if I was allowed to take notes, but I saw a woman taking a video the whole time so I thought that it would justify me taking notes (I like taking note since I have a terrible memory and I would like to remember these moments).

I really loved that he had a lot of humor when he spoke and seemed extremely down to earth. Here are a few notable things that I wrote down from the speech:

  • The third book for The 5th Wave is finished and is going through editing.
  • Authors do see most of the posts that you make about their work.
  • Sony Pictures wanted to buy The 5th Wave before it was written.
  • If someone ever asks to use your house for a movie, say no. 
  • Ringer is supposed to be amer-asian.
  • We may or may not see Yancey in the movie. 
  • “No it was supposed to be a Buick” – Rick Yancey
  • The third book will be released after the movie
  • There will be special editions
  • The movie comes out sometime next year (I don’t think I’m allowed to tell y’all the exact date, so I’ll keep my mouth shut). 
  • The first trailer will be coming out sometimes soon.
  • If you have writer’s block, great way to get motivation is looking at your mortgage
  • Why aliens? -> “because they scare the crap out of me.”

 Right after the speech, Yancey had his book signing.  The line wasn’t bad at all. The staff was nice and we even chatted with one about Disney and selfie sticks while we waited for our turn to go up. I’m pretty awkward when it comes to book signings and I kind of just slid my book on the table for him to sign. 

You know when you have so much to say and ask before hand and then it all leaves you when you actually meet the person and you stand there awkwardly? That’s me. 

After we got our books signed we were given 5th Wave bracelets. Black or yellow. Rick Yancey said black would go well with my outfit, so you can pretty much guess which one I picked up…yellow. Just kidding. Of course I’d get the black one. 

Here are some pictures of the program:  



Check out part 2 of my Lib Con experience here