About


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I’m  Heather, a thirty-something wife and mom of two extremely energetic boys. I live in a pretty little beach town in Northwest Florida. 

I have always been a reader. Growing up, I read a lot of Judy Blume, Shel Silverstein and Beverly Cleary and then moved on to my mom’s adult fiction. In high school, classics like To Kill a Mockingbird and The Great Gatsby were required reading and I ate them up. But, by the time I began college, my days of reading for pleasure began to dwindle. Sadly, reading every day became reading every once in a while.

A couple of years after I had my first son I decided to leave my job and come home to raise my family. At home with my three year old, I used any downtime I had to read. But it wasn’t until 2007, and a series of books about angsty vampires (three guesses anyone?), that I fell in love with Young Adult Lit all over again.

I still love my vampire and ghost stories but I have discovered since I started blogging that I really enjoy contemporary fiction: both YA and adult. The bulk of my reading today is in this genre, though I also enjoy high fantasy, science fiction, historical fiction and fantasy, steampunk, mystery/ suspense and even some horror alongside paranormal and paranormal romance. 





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I’m Marlene, a 20-something college graduate who aspires to become an elementary school teacher. I’ve always had a love affair with books but have only recently rediscovered my interest in YA fiction. Right now, I’m making strides to read the best YA titles out there, so I’ll be needing lots and lots of recommendations. Middle grade and children’s book recommendations are also welcome. 

When I don’t have my head stuck in between the pages of a book or in search of my next read, you’ll catch me cheering on the Houston Rockets or the Houston Texans from my living room couch. I’m the type of girl who proudly wears jerseys and t-shirts to support her favorite teams, but who says I can’t be sporty and feminine too? I love makeup! I create new eye makeup looks daily; at times, they are bold and colorful and at others, tamed and neutral; they never turn out the same. I use makeup as a form of expression – just as writing book reviews allows me to express my reading experiences – whether they be positive or negative.

 In the end, no matter the experience, every work of fiction teaches me as a reader; with every page I turn, I learn what works for me and what doesn’t. You’ll just have to wait to find out! I’m honored and excited to be a co-blogger on the Flyleaf Review! 




8 comments:

  1. Thoroughly enjoyed reading your About Page. Well done.

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  2. I'm glad to meet you, Heather. I completely identify with this about page. Except that I just turned forty, have one daughter, and my beautiful beach town is in the pacific northwest.

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  3. Nice to meet you too, Meagan! And I'm 40 now too:) Maybe it's time to update this page! Maybe not...:)

    I used to live in Idaho so I am a fan of the Pac. NW as well:)

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    1. Idaho! I went to school at the University of Idaho in Moscow, and I have family in Sandpoint. Fond memories.

      And no, no need to jump to updating. Let's both just remain "thirty-something" for a while longer. :)

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  4. Hi Heather,
    I am writing to ask if you would review my e-novel: ‘Nightmares and Other Therapy’, to be published by Damnation Books in mid-September. It is not essential that the review be ready before publication. Laura the main female character is seventeen, her boyfriend Michael is a little older. This book is set in England in the early sixties. There are no supernatural elements. If it does not fit within your review parameters, please don’t feel obliged to respond.
    D W Carver

    Blurb: Michael couldn’t understand the nightmares that made him violent on waking, mostly because he didn’t have the courage to think his problem through. Eventually, pressured into entering a mental hospital by his employers he thought that here he would find answers and a way to a better life. He was never more wrong.

    Comments about this story on the Authonomy site from time to time:
    You’ve created a good main character in Michael; he’s likable and sympathetic and the kind of character a reader wants to follow…..I found this book very compelling and feeling for Michael. He is such a character many readers could sympathize with…. What a moving portrayal of a man’s life…. Having got to the end of chapter three I am pretty upset and worried for him. This surely shows how good this is. His character has drawn me in….. I really like the style and the characters, and there's great sympathy when needed….Do finish this, please!….What a moving story. Poor Michael, I just want to give him a hug. I want this to work out right for him. Please post more, I need to know how it turns out….

    http://www.dwcarver.com
    dwcarver142@aol.com

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  5. Hi Heather,
    I am writing to ask if you would review my e-novel: ‘Nightmares and Other Therapy’, to be published by Damnation Books in mid-September. It is not essential that the review be ready before publication. Laura the main female character is seventeen, her boyfriend Michael is a little older. This book is set in England in the early sixties. There are no supernatural elements. If it does not fit within your review parameters, please don’t feel obliged to respond.
    D W Carver

    Blurb: Michael couldn’t understand the nightmares that made him violent on waking, mostly because he didn’t have the courage to think his problem through. Eventually, pressured into entering a mental hospital by his employers he thought that here he would find answers and a way to a better life. He was never more wrong.

    Comments about this story on the Authonomy site from time to time:
    You’ve created a good main character in Michael; he’s likable and sympathetic and the kind of character a reader wants to follow…..I found this book very compelling and feeling for Michael. He is such a character many readers could sympathize with…. What a moving portrayal of a man’s life…. Having got to the end of chapter three I am pretty upset and worried for him. This surely shows how good this is. His character has drawn me in….. I really like the style and the characters, and there's great sympathy when needed….Do finish this, please!….What a moving story. Poor Michael, I just want to give him a hug. I want this to work out right for him. Please post more, I need to know how it turns out….

    http://www.dwcarver.com
    dwcarver142@aol.com

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  6. Hi Heather,

    I'd love to send you an email with a review request, but I can't find your email...

    georgiabellbooks@gmail.com

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