The Last Atlantean Book Review

The-Last-Atlantean-Web-MediumAbout a month ago, I stumbled across author Emily Hayse’s Instagram profile and saw that she was in the process of finishing writing and editing her latest novel The Last Atlantean. Seeing that it was about Atlantis a place I have always been fascinated by since watching the Disney Atlantis movies, I knew I wanted to read it. So I reached out to her and long story short she accepted me onto her street team and I received a free ARC copy of her book in return for my review.

About the Last Atlantean:

“Watch, ye sons of the sea, your doom is at hand. With soundless storm rises the fate of Atlantis.”

As a lighthouse keeper’s daughter, Hattie has always been able to handle anything the Atlantic throws at her. But when a stranger washes ashore in a storm, she finds herself unraveling a mystery that will change her life.

Caught up in a high-stakes game of intrigue and hidden loyalties, Hattie watches legends take shape before her eyes. But as kings and pawns prepare for a showdown that will determine the fate of an ancient world, she wonders whether she has thrown in her lot with the hero or the villain.

My Review:

I have been so intrigued with this story since the first page. Emily has a wonderful way with words and excellent skills of weaving a captivating story. Her characters are so life like. The book is told from the POV of the heroine Hattie Scrow who is 19 years old and lives with her dad in a coastal town in Maine. Which is another reason I fell in love with the story. I was born in Massachusetts and often visited Maine during the summer months when I lived there. This book has so many great qualities. It has romance, mystery, adventure, suspense, and a bit of fantasy. Now, I must confess, I have not quite finished the book due to some unforeseen personal things come up. However, I can say that what I have read I have thoroughly enjoyed and I look forward to finishing it. If you are interested in all these things, don’t hesitate to buy it. You can find it at the following online places down below.

Amazon Kindle

Barnes and Noble

Amazon Paperback
Emily’s Author Bio:

Author Bio

EMILY HAYSE is a lover of log cabins, strong coffee, and the smell of old books. Her writing is fueled by good characters and a lifelong passion for storytelling. When she is not busy turning words into worlds, she can often be found baking, singing, or caring for one of the many dogs and horses in her life. She lives with her family in Michigan.
Website/Social Media handles:

    Instagram: @songsofheroes

    Twitter: @theherosinger

    Website: emilyhayse.com

    Facebook: /theherosinger

 

The Writer’s Desk

Hell Everyone,

How are you all doing? I hope everyone is doing well and staying healthy amongst this craziness that has befallen our world. I didn’t work this Saturday which was nice. I was able to sleep in and then do some much needed cleaning and decorating of my desk. You can find my newly cleaned desk down below.

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As you can see I have everything I need. I have my research books. Or at least some of them. The rest are on my bookshelf. I have my Pearl Harbor magazines which are all kept in the black magazine holder. I have my Hawaii travel guides and my favorite Hawaiian Bath and Body scents: Oahu Coconut Sunset and Waikiki Beach Coconut. For inspiration, I have added photos of Hawaii and Pearl Harbor as well as a beach saying and Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock Holmes to motivate me to write.

What does your work space look like?

Operation Aloha Writing Update

Writing UpdateIt has been a few months since I’ve updated this blog and discussed where I am with my writing. Part of the reason for this is because I have some ups and downs with writing. Some days I make good progress and other days not so much. But hey, that comes with the territory of being a writer, right? The key is not to force the writing to come. Otherwise it wont work and you’ll fall more and more into the pits of writer’s block.

Anyway, I thought I’d pop on here and tell my fellow followers that I am happy to announce I have finished Act 1 of Operation Aloha. Which means my heroine, Evie, gets to head to the gorgeous island of Oahu! Add a heading

I’m so jealous of her right now! I really wish I could hop on a plane right this minute and head to this paradise island where I can sink my feet in the warm sand of their beaches and explore their history. It would sure beat the weather I’m experiencing right now. Not that I am complaining or anything. It has been pretty decent the past couple of days. A bit windy here and there but thankfully none of that horrendous white stuff. It actually rained today which made me so happy!

Anyway, I’m getting carried away about the weather, back to the update. So now that Act 1 is done, I can focus on Act 2 which will take place in Hawaii. I’m so excited to finally be at this point in time in the story. Because not only will I get to talk about Pearl Harbor and the USS Arizona Memorial but I will also get to bring to the forefront the romance and mystery. Which is so exciting!

I am nervous though because I myself have never been to Hawaii or to Pearl Harbor and the USS Arizona Memorial. And I really want to describe these places accurately. I have seen plenty of documentaries and talked with people who worked at the memorial which has been super helpful.

I haven’t started yet on Chapter 7 aka Act 2 yet because I’m waiting for inspiration and the right words to strike.  Hopefully soon though.

Operation Aloha Writing Update of 2020

OPeration AlohaIt has been exactly 19 days since my last writing update so I thought I would pop on and do the very first one of 2020. First off, though, if you are new to my blog, I’d just like to say welcome and to thank you from the bottom of my heart for stopping by here. I hope you enjoy what you see and come again.

Writing lately, it seems, has been hit and miss. Some days are better than others. I’m currently working on Chapter 5 of my project affectionately nicknamed “Operation Aloha.” As with all my other chapters, this one is structured with two POV’s: my hero and my heroine. Right now I have been working on my heroine’s which has been going slowly. Partly because I had to figure out how to transition smoothly between scenes. However, I think I have finally figured out and hopefully, readers won’t find it boring.

I have to admit, despite its difficulties, Chapter 5 has been fun to write. It has been interesting writing about Thanksgiving and getting ready for Christmas with Thanksgiving and Christmas having already come and gone.

Anyway, current word count is 2,312. I’m looking forward to working on it some more today. Hopefully, finish my heroine’s POV and move on to my hero’s. Things are happening and we are getting very close to finishing Act 1.

The Final Operation Aloha Writing Update of 2019

OPeration AlohaIt occurred to me as I sat down to write this little blog post that this little peak into the progress of my current WIP which I have affectionately nicknamed “Operation Aloha” would be the last update of 2019.

*gasps*

I can’t believe 2019 is almost over. This year has gone by so fast.

Anyway, we must charge on with a stiff upper lip as the Brits would say. Onto the update.

The day before Christmas Eve, writing inspiration just overcame me. I don’t know what it was. If it was the magic of Christmas or I was finally in the mood to write. Whatever it was, I was able to finish Chapter 4.

The neat thing about Chapter 4 is that it is different from its original version with the small exception of one particular scene that had to take place. I kept that scene. But everything else was different. And I love this new version so much more than the original! I feel like this version flows better than the earlier one. There is some mystery and a bit of heartbreak in it as well. Hopefully, readers will enjoy it as much as I enjoyed writing it.

Now onto Chapter 5.  I have a few ideas for it–ones that are entirely different from its original form. It’s just trying to figure out the best way that is being difficult at the moment.

The one wonderful thing though is the more progress I make the closer I get to the actual part of the novel that takes place in Hawaii. Which I am super excited about! And it will certainly make the writing process easier. Juggling two different time zones can be quite challenging.

Well, dear readers, I hope you all had a splendid Christmas and a Happy New Year. Until next time and next year.

 

Operation Aloha Writing Update

OPeration AlohaIt has been a while since I have done a writing update. For the most part, I thought my writing was going well. I mean was slow going but it was still happening. But then I realized that my chapters weren’t working. I discovered, through the help of friend who is also an author that the first chapter needs to include three key ingredients. Otherwise the book will fall flat. These three elements are as follows:

  1. Conflict
  2. Action
  3. Motivation

I may have had some forms of these three things in my original chapter but it was not enough to capture the reader’s attention and keep them wanting to read my story. So what did I do? I decided to go back and rewrite Chapter 1.

That’s rewind for a moment. Most of the books I read (if not all) contain two POV’s: the hero’s and the heroine’s. I love these type of stories and it is a no brainer that I would want to write one. After all, how does that famous writing saying go? Write what we know.

For the new rewrite of Chapter 1, I already knew what I wanted to happen in my heroine’s Point of View so that did not take long. The only issue I had with it was figuring out if I needed to continue or end it the way I did. As for my hero’s POV that was a bit tricky. His is usually rather picky. And is one of the reasons why I decided to go back and rewrite. I hadn’t fully figured out his story.

Obviously when writing a romance, you need to have a plot line that involves them intersecting somehow. I already know what it is going to be but I wasn’t sure if this plot line was enough to keep readers invested. So then I decided to toy around with a different idea which I am hoping readers will enjoy and keep them hooked. Because I have enjoyed writing and I really do love how this new chapter 1 came out.

On a different note, I can’t believe it is already November. I feel like October just started. Oh well. My favorite month has come and gone. Now it is time to focus on the holidays coming up. Yes, I have already started watching Christmas movies and listening to Christmas music. And no, I am not ashamed of having started earlier than I usually do.

Around this time, I always have this burning desire to write a novel set during Christmas. My current WIP is set in December and will have some elements of Christmas such as cutting down a Christmas tree and decorating it. But the main focus of it does not surround the holiday.  This year is no different. I really and I mean REALLY want to write a Christmas story.

The only problem is do I make book 2 a Christmas novel or do I wait another year and focus on the Autumn themed novel that I have always wanted to write as well?

Anyway, I think that is enough of my writing thoughts. I hope your writing is going well especially if you are participating in NanoWrimo this year.

 

 

Writing a Novel Part 3: Characters

Gabby's How to Write Blog SeriesGood evening friends or morning depending on what part of the world you come from. I apologize for the gap between my last post and this one. Life has been rather crazy recently with work, a doctor’s appointment, and driving people around (we were down a vehicle). Anyway, let’s delve right into this week’s topic: Characters.

By now, you have come up with the genre you what your book to be and the setting but a story is not a story without its characters.

The cast of your story can be broken down into two categories: Main Characters and Secondary Characters. What do I mean by main characters and secondary characters? I’m glad you asked. The main character, also known as the protagonist, is the one who is the lead actor i.e. the one the book is about. For example, the main character in JRR Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings is Frodo because he is the one who has to take the Ring to Mount Doom to destroy it. Another example can be found in Agatha Christie’s Poirot series. Poirot is the main character because he is the one who is solving mysteries.

Another important main character is the antagonist. Not all stories have protagonists. If you are planning on writing a mystery, the antagonist is the killer. An example of a protagonist is Sauron in the Lord of the Rings.

Secondary characters, on the other hand, are people that compliment the main characters. For example, Captain Hastings in the Poirot series is a secondary character.

Now, you can have more than one main protagonist especially if the story you wish to write is a romance. To use my current WIP as an example, I have two main characters: my hero and my heroine. They both tell the story.

For this week’s homework, I want you to come up with a list of both main and secondary characters and if you like come up with their names too. One of the best ways to figure out who you want your main character to be is to figure out who you want to tell the story. Which leads into next week’s topic of Point of View. So let me know in the comments below who you have decided to be your protagonist.

Writing a Novel

Writing a Novel Part 2