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February Instagram Photo Challenge!

Wednesday, February 1st, 2017

We are so excited about this month’s Instagram Photo Challenge! We’ve never done anything like this before, but we’ve been seeing some great photos posted by fellow book lovers and were inspired to join in.


February Photo Challenge 2017


Though the words on the meme seem quite vague, they are simply meant as inspiration! Take them literally or interpret them however you like. We just ask that they be somewhat book/reading related, if possible.


  1. Content must be your own OR when using someone else’s image, please make it apparent in your caption and credit the artist when possible. Because you know, stealing isn’t cool. Plussss, if you tag someone else and their photo, maybe they’ll be inclined to join us in our challenge! What a great way to grow the group and give a shout out to some awesome pictures.
  2. Aretha said it best folks, “R-E-S-P-E-C-T!” Let’s be respectful of one another in what you post and in your comments. We are hosting this challenge to foster camaraderie, not to tear anyone down or make anyone feel bad. This is a judgment-free zone y’all. So let’s be nice, okay! Also, don’t worry if you think your post isn’t as cool or artsy as someone else’s – you rock in your own right and we wanna see what you’ve got!
  3. Join the party! This is meant to expand our fan engagement and share some book love with a community of awesome peeps. Don’t hesitate to like, comment, and post until your little heart’s content! We want this to be a fun experience for all involved. Even if you can’t post every day for the entire month, just post when you can or when you feel inspired. It’s alllllllll good.

Let's Get Snappin'

Please tag us @inkmonsterbooks and use the hashtag #inkyfebphotos2017. We’ll do our best to respond to all those who post and we really hope to share some of our favorites with you. At the end of the month, we’ll pick some winners at random to send some special prizes too– so post often and post enthusiastically. We’ll be watching!


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Friday Five: Lola’s 5 Fav Series

Friday, November 21st, 2014

A coupla weeks back Aileen tagged me in a 10 favorite novels challenge. I thought about rising to the challenge, but picking my favorites turned into a serious pain in the brainpan. So my natural thought progression was….wellllll, why not cheat?

Instead of my 10 fav books, I’m offering up my 5 favorite series. Nailing down the list was still semi heartbreaking (because Tamora Pierce totally deserves a spot) but I stand behind my choices.

In no particular order:

Dark Lover by J.R. Ward

The Black Dagger Brotherhood Series by J.R. Ward

Ward’s voices just sing to me. That would be enough on its own, but the alpha vamp hotties are the cherry on my froyo.

The Dragonriders of Pern by Anne McCaffrey

The Dragonriders of Pern Series by Anne McCaffrey

I’ve spent most of my life wanting to be a dragonrider. Still waiting for an invite to my hatching ceremony (any day now). Honorable mentions to Crystal Singer and The Tower and Hive. I adore Anne McCaffrey.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling

Ravenclaw forever.

Natural Born Charmer by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

The Dallas Stars Series by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

More fantastic voice. I love almost everything SEP does, and even though IRL football players aren’t my jam, I’m totalllllly sold. Where do I get mine?

Bitten by Kelley Armstrong

Women of the Otherworld by Kelley Armstrong

Elena + Clay are my fav UF couple of all time.

Greyston Holt

Also, hot guy tax. Greyston Holt as Clayton Danvers (Oh Darlin’).

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Friday Five: Lola’s 5 Fav YA Fantasies

Friday, October 10th, 2014

I’ve been reading YA fantasy since way back. I actually started out writing YA, and most of my early work was based on old-school magic and medieval worlds (maybe some of my future work will be, too!). These days, I’m spending more time with romance and UF, but when I want to pick up a satisfying read, I always find myself going back to my old favorites.

Ideally, I would’ve picked five favorite books, but that’s not reasonable for any bookaholic. How could I pick ONLY five? I settled with five series totaling fifteen books. If you’ve missed one of these beauties, please go to a bookstore somewhere in real life or on the Internet and redeem yourself.


5. Abhorsen Series–Garth Nix

The Abhorsen series by Garth Nix

Beautiful necromancy. Need I say more?


4. Immortals Series–Tamora Pierce

The Immortals series by Tamora Pierce

Tamora Pierce’s heroines are always fantastic and 7th grade me would’ve killed for Daine’s Wild Magic. Also important: Numair was my first book boyfriend.


3. His Dark Materials–Philip Pullman

His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman

It took me many tries to get into The Golden Compass. When I finally got it? WOW.


2. A Tale of Time City–Diana Wynne Jones

A Tale of Time City by Diana Wynne Jones

DWJ is one of my favorite authors of all time and her works deserve so much more attention. I stumbled onto A Tale of Time City in middle school and it was my gateway drug into becoming a booknerd. Butter pies, y’all!


1. Song of the Lioness–Tamora Pierce

Song of the Lioness by Tamora Pierce

I keep my books obsessively clean and scowl at people who try to open the spines too far, but Lioness Rampant spent way too many days in my backpack on the way to school to stay pristine. It’s ratty and covered in leaked highlighter and nothing else could so perfectly show how much I’ve loved this series over the years.


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Giving some much deserved love to books.

Thursday, September 19th, 2013

Hey there, readers. This week I’m taking a break from writing tips to gush about some books and series that I’m really digging right now. Sometimes one review/week just doesn’t cut it. Hell, sometimes twenty words just isn’t enough. So here are three books that I’ve read in the last week or so that I have to tell you about. So, without further ado, let the gushing commence.


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1. Doon by Lorie Langdon and Carey Corp — Y’all, I just happened to find this one. It was all due to a sales-y email that I got sent via Publisher’s Weekly, but I saw the cover and was curious. Then, I read the first chapter, and I had to buy. Loved it! A really great YA romance with kind of a fairytale twist. The next book is out August of next year, which means I have a year wait ahead of me for the next one. Brutal!

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2. Styxx by Sherrilyn Kenyon — Every time I think that there’s no way yet another book in this series can suck me in, it does. The story of Styxx has been a long time coming. She goes all the way back, telling it through his horrific upbringing. The times I’d seen him before, I thought there was no way I could connect with him. Yeah, that totally happened. He’s now kind of my fave of all of the Dark-Hunters. Even more so the Acheron. And for readers of the series, that’s saying something.


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3. Until Fountain Bridge by Samantha Young — Basically all of Samantha Young’s romances are awesome. I loved, LOVED, On Dublin Street and Down London Road. I can’t wait for Before Jamaica Lane. (Yes, I totally pre-ordered it already.) But I was completely skeptical of Until Fountain Bridge. It’s a novella that goes back into a side romance that happened during On Dublin Street. Usually, I’m against that kind of thing. I don’t want to read about the romance from the guy’s POV. If the plot didn’t fit in the main book, then it doesn’t deserve it’s own thing. Why rehash something that’s already been told? But this wasn’t exactly that, and I was TOTALLY sucked in. It’s basically a series of flashbacks, but they’re so well written, that I feel right into the flow of the story. If you’ve read the series, it’s a do not miss. If you haven’t read the series, what are you waiting for?!

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It’s the last Friday of August!

Friday, August 30th, 2013


1. This is my last week in LA for the next 11 months. Hopefully London is prepared for the awesomeness that is the Latchams. I’m not sure when I’ll be back before then, but I’m not ruling out a trip back. I’m going to have a new nephew in a few months, and I don’t think Skype will keep me going for long. Right now I’m a big jumbled mess of stress (due to packing/moving), excited (because LONDON!), and sad (goodbyes, even temporary, are hard). A couple of years ago, we did eight months in Albuquerque and one month in Cleveland. We had some of LH’s family and a couple of friends come visit. Which was amazing! Albuquerque was fine, but having those few visitors really made the time go by faster. This move, I have a feeling that the draw will be bigger. At least I’m hoping. Because I’m going to miss both my family and my friends. I heart them bigtime.



2. Packing sucks. Seriously. That’s all I have to say about that.



3. E-Readers might be the best invention ever. Y’all, I have a shitton of books. It’s been confirmed by all who have been to my house. I haul them with me every place I live. However, I cannot haul them not only across the country, but also over an ocean. I’m leaving them behind. (Insert sad face here.) Thank God for e-readers. (I’m of the Kindle variety because that’s what LH got me for my birthday six years ago, but Nook/Kobo/iPad are just as fantastic.) I’ve got almost 700 books on my Kindle, and my e-book library is always growing. I like being able to take it with me wherever I go. It’s never come more handy than now. I’m not so sad about leaving all my books behind. That said, as soon as we move back, those books are coming out of their boxes and being organized on the shelves first thing. Or maybe second thing. (Pro tip: Making your bed should always be first thing when moving into a new place. Trying to find your sheets and make your bed after a long day of moving/unpacking when your body is aching and all you want to do is go to sleep is a special kind of hell.)



4. I’m currently having a book hangover. Yes, I stayed up until after 2AM reading the most awesome book. Yes, I’m having trouble focusing on anything else because I want to go re-read this book ASAP. Also, I want book three in the series RIGHT FREAKING NOW! But pre-orders aren’t up and the author’s website doesn’t say when it will be out. CUE PANIC! I need it. And I need it now! Write faster! Please. 🙂


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5. I’m having a love affair with Burt’s Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream. I’ll admit it. I have weak nails, y’all. I take my vitamins and drink lots of water and they still break. And a month ago I did something that a person with weak nails should never do—I got gels. Oy vey. This Burt’s Bees stuff is amazing. It’s saving my nails! Huzzah! I’m not sure if I can get it in the UK, so I’m going to have to stop by the CVS and grab a bunch. I keep pausing while writing to rub in more. It’s an addiction, but as addictions go, I feel like this one is fairly innocuous.

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My Top Five Werewolf Books

Thursday, August 8th, 2013

Since yesterday I posted up a chapter of my werewolf book, I figured I take a little bit of today talking about my all time favorite werewolf novels. My obsession with werewolves started a long time ago…way before Buffy. I was always I little peeved that Oz totally lost his own personality when he became the wolf. What’s the fun in being a wolf if you lose your identity to it? So, keep that in mind as you go through my list. Each these authors write about werewolves (and other types of were-creatures) as though they keep whatever humanity they had when they shift. At least to a degree.

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1. I have to say, I love a healthy does of romance with my werewolves. That’s why Patricia Briggs is at the top of my list with both her Mercy Thompson Series (which starts with Moon Called) and her spin off Alpha and Omega (which starts with a short story of the same title in the On the Prowl anthology). Her writing is fast paced, and her girls kick some major butt. If you want more to read more butt kicking, then go for Mercy Thompson. And if you’re craving a bit more romance, go Alpha and Omega. Either way, you can’t go wrong. (Side note: Mercy is actually a skinwalker. Her other form is a coyote (not werewolf), but she lives next door to Adam, the alpha of the local werewolf pack. He is HAWT!)


2. Bitten by Kelly Armstrong was one of the first urban fantasy books I read…and I’ve been addicted ever since. The Otherworld series jumps protagonists every few books, but the ones with Elena Michaels as the POV character are my favorite. In Bitten, she really comes into her own, and comes to terms with living as a werewolf. She never looks for the easy way out, and I really admire that about her.

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3. Blood and Chocolate by Annette Curtis Klause. This is the oldest one on the list (published in 1997), and the only down side to this book is that there is no book two! (WTF!) They made this into a really awful movie that seemed nothing like the book. So if you happened to see that, do not be deterred. This is one of my YA werewolf picks, so it’s got loads of that awesome teen angst going on in it. Also, the inner workings of the pack really interesting. Also, the romance. Because, you know me. I looove me some romance. 😉 I just wish there were more of it!


4. Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater. I picked this one, even though it goes against what I said earlier about really loving werewolf books were the characters retain their identity while furry, but I had to include it. She’s so damned original with her take on the werewolf story. In it, the werewolfism is a virus. Shifting occurs during the winter months, and the person doesn’t shift back until it’s consistently warmer…although the in between seasons is really difficult for Stiefvater’s wolves, as they are going back and forth between forms a little uncontrollably. It’s always nice to see a new take on the classic tale. Especially one as well written as Shiver.

5. Stray by Rachel Vincent. Okay, so I know what you’re thinking. This isn’t a book about werewolves. You’re right. It’s not. My last pick is a werecat book. But y’all, it’s awesome. As in, I couldn’t put it down. I brought it with me on a trip home to Texas, intending to read it only on the airplane. But I got home and didn’t relate to my family at all. My nose was firmly planted in this book. The next morning, I made my mother take me straight to Barnes and Nobel to pick up the rest in the series that had been published. It’s a full series now. All six books are out. And let me tell you, Faythe is one tough werecat. When shit goes down in her pride, she digs in and does what needs to be done.

So those are my top picks. Anyone have any others they’d like to add? Am I missing a really awesome book? Let me know in the comments below!

Until tomorrow, ladies and gents!


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Which Jane Austen heroine are you?

Thursday, August 1st, 2013

Ever wonder which Jane Austen heroine you’re most like?

Me, too! I love all of Jane’s heroines equally…well maybe not totally equally, but mostly equally. So, we at Ink Monster created this handy-dandy quiz.

Take this to find out which lovely lady you most resemble. For each question, select the best answer, then tally your responses using the chart below.

1. It’s time to get ready for a party, so I:

a. Put on something clean, simple, and practical.
b. Pull out my latest couture and dazzle!
c. Wish I had the funds for couture, but still work the knock-off.
d. Get myself (and everyone else) ready.
e. Practice dance moves in my room and lose track of the time.

2. When you think of your family, you think of:

a. A therapy moment.
b. How my mother and/or father is my best friend.
c. The embarrassing stuff some of them do.
d. The 14 things I need to do for them today.
e. A beautiful poem, which I will recite for you right now!

3. If it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, it’s a…

a. Shame I have to live with all these ducks.
b. Farmer-thing.
c. Duck, end of story.
d. Likely scenario that I’ll have to take care of it, too.
e. Beautiful act of nature, sniff sniff.

4. When guys start cracking jokes, I:

a. Laugh, unless the jokes are gross and dirty.
b. Laugh so charmingly that everyone notices me.
c. Crack the best one.
d. Can’t hang out for long, unfortunately, there’s always work to do.
e. Laugh a little too hard.

5. Thinking about kissing a guy is:

a. Only a good idea if it’s one guy in particular.
b. Interesting, depending on what I’m wearing.
c. Only happening if I think the guy in question has good character.
d. A very personal and private matter.
e. Sheer bliss; bring it on!

6. I see a quarter on the sidewalk, so I:

a. Give it to charity.
b. Walk right by it.
c. Pocket it.
d. Pick it up for my little sister (she collects quarters).
e. Sing a song about luck and fortune.

Whichever response letter you chose the most often (be it ‘a,’ ‘b,’ ‘c,’ ‘d,’ or ‘e’), then that’s your primary Austen lady, although it’s okay to resemble more than one!

Did you select ‘a’ the most?
If so, you’re most like Fanny Brice from Mansfield Park. You’re a no nonsense girl with a strong moral center that doesn’t need the crowd to tell you who you are and what you think; that’s all inside you and strong, strong, strong! You take pride in your appearance, but you aren’t a fashion plate. The reason? You’ve had your share of hard knocks in life, and those experiences have made it clear what’s most important, and that’s not the superficial stuff. You also hold yourself to high standards when it comes to doing the right thing, and sometimes that means you get frustrated with those who don’t hold to the same morals. As a result, you tend to be very picky in who you like, but once you’ve chosen someone to love—especially a guy—you tend to stay with him no matter what, including if you aren’t sure if he likes you in return!

Did you select ‘b’ the most?
If so, you’re most like Emma Woodhouse from Emma. You’re the natural center of your social world—when you call a party or girl’s night-out, no one wants to miss it! Dressing up is part of the fun and you know how to show off what you’ve got. Family is important to you, and the loving relationships you learned there color your entire life. You’re one of those people that fill the room with your presence, often because your mind and heart go out to everyone in your social sphere. In fact, you spend so much time taking care of your devoted circle of friends, you sometimes forget to pay attention to who and what you want. Be sure focus on your needs, girlfriend!

Did you select ‘c’ the most?
Then you’re most like Elizabeth Bennet from Pride and Prejudice. When it comes to the birth lottery, you didn’t get a lot in terms of family wealth, but you certainly hit the jackpot in the brains department. You don’t have tons of funds for couture clothes, but you’re smart enough to find the right knock-offs so often, no one knows the difference but you. Your intellect is dazzling and often makes you the center of attention. A smart mind leads to strong opinions, too. You’re quick to make judgments, which are absolutely on the money…most of the time. In particular, don’t be overconfident in judging the opposite sex! Sometimes you’ll rush forward without getting all the information you need in order to make a fully informed decision. As a result, your true love could be next door and you might not notice. Be sure to slow down and get all the facts, honey, then full steam ahead!

Did you select ‘d’ the most?
In that case, you most resemble Elinor Dashwood from Sense and Sensibility. You’re lovely, intelligent, and take-charge. You’re the rare beauty who’s also even-keeled and level-headed, able to make the tough decisions while the rest of the world runs for cover. From home to work to friendships, everyone knows they can rely on you to act smart and do the right thing. As a result, you’re the hidden foundation that keeps your family and friends strong. Be careful though! Don’t be so involved in everyone else’s lives that you forget to give yourself time to shine, as well as to find the right partner to shine with!

Did you select ‘e’ the most?
If so, you’re most like Marianne Dashwood from Sense and Sensibility. Your inner life is a tempest of emotions and, goddam it, you LIKE it that way! When you love someone, you adore them. When something displeases you, you HATE it to pieces. You enjoy life to the fullest, taking risks and collecting experiences at a mind-bending pace. Even if you wanted to, you’re not the type to be vindictive, calculating or abusive. Everything you think or feel is on the surface, ready for everyone to see, and it’s all good!  A word of caution: don’t be too quick to give your heart, as most people aren’t as open and good as you are. Find some trusted friends and family for advice, and learn to put the brakes on your inner storm so you make the best decisions in the long run.

How did you do?

Which protagonist are you? Let us know.  Are there other Jane Austen novels and characters should we add? Post your comments below…


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