On my nightstand...

I always have found it interesting what books authors read, so I decided that I would let y'all know what books were sitting on my night stand right now. These are the books that I have not read yet, but am looking forward to reading in the near future.

We, unfortunately, do not have a book store here in the little border town that I live in (I know, what a shame, right?) Sometimes I wonder how I can stand living in a place without a decent coffee shop and a Barnes and Noble (my favorite book store in the world!!). But somehow I do it.

So, how do I get books? Good question. I order them sometimes, but usually I wait until I take a trip back home to Alabama. I load up there, which is the reason I have so many unread books sitting around. The last time I was home, I bought several books, half of which I've already read.

Being an avid reader must be a prerequisite to being a writer. They go hand-in-hand. I haven't been able to read as much as I normally do since I've been working on my second book. Time has not been on my side this past month, but I'm hopeful that them days are over. *fingers crossed* :)

I enjoy letting everyone know what I think about the books that I read, so stay tuned to get my thoughts on each of these. Of course, I don't believe I've ever read a bad book. I don't know if it's just that I'm good at picking out what I'm going to like when I read the cover, or what. But while I may have never read a 'bad' book, I certainly have read some dang near awesome ones. It also helps that I have a vast range of interest.

I am currently reading the first three books of R.A. Salvatore. I will also list my thoughts on these, once completed.

Read on, my friends!



You never know when you're going to be inspired by something. Two weeks ago, my husband and I were on our way to San Antonio, TX. We were doing some antique shopping in a small town right outside of SA, named Castroville. While riding the roads, we stumbled upon this old, beautiful shack. It was obviously in shambles, but it spoke to me.

The cracks in the exterior walls and the rotting wood door frame onloy reminded me how the past still tangles itself with the present, and remnants will still remain in the future. My second book is all about the blending of two times. The brief inspiration of one moment in time will affect my creative view for this next story.

This shack will have a place in Sophie's world. I chose to share it with you so that you can see that anything can be an inspiration. Creativity can be helped, if we only chose to see things in a more appreciative way.

Until Later...

Be Inspired.

Vanessa K. Eccles

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Financial Peace...

Okay, so here's the deal. My husband and I have been on this financial crusade since June. We have made a plan that will ensure that being in debt will be a thing of the past for us. Back in June, we rented out our home. My in-laws had offered to let us borrow their camper for a year. We made the hard decision to move into the camper for a year, so we could pay off almost the entirity of our debt (excluding our home). People keep asking me if I'm serious. Yes. I'm serious. My husband and I and our three little dogs live in a camper trailer as we speak. I thought that this would be the hardest thing that I've ever done, but honestly... it's awesome! I know, that sounds crazy, right? Well, we've been able to pay a lot down already, and we are on our way to being financially secure. This is a big thing for a couple of twenty-something-year-olds. With the help of Mr. Dave Ramsey and his book shown above, we've made the difficult decision to seek financial peace. Although, the radical technique of moving into the camper was our idea, the idea of thinking outside the box for solutions was inspired by Dave. Being here in this camper, leaves me little to do, so I've been more motivated to write. My passions have returned. There are so many wonderful things that have came from take a leap of faith- and stepping outside my comfort zone. Being free from financial burden leaves the mind and heart open to explore new possibilities. So I wanted to let everyone know about the genius that is Dave Ramsey. I encourage each of you- in debt or not- to read up on his theories and his investment ideas... Brilliant! Thanks Dave! ;)

Recent Read

I just got through reading The Host tonight. What an awesome book. I started it about two weeks ago. It was slow go at first, mainly because I don't really like Sci-Fi much. The beginning didn't get me hooked in like the Twilight Saga did, but I gave it some more time. Before I knew it though, I was finding it hard to put down. The night before last, I lay down and picked up my current read, which was this, and started to read a few chapters as I always do, and then a few chapters turned into a couple hundred pages. It seemed like I had just started reading, when the sun came up. Wow. Stephanie Meyer never ceases to amaze me. It was well written, even without the steamy scenes like in New Moon, Eclipse, and Breaking Dawn, it could definately hold your attention. If you haven't read it, give it a chance. It just might impress you too.

First Form Letter

Ahh... I just recieved my first form letter for my book Georgia. I was expecting it though, so it made it a lot less painful. I couldn't help but wish that they had given me some reason as to why they didn't like the book, but the letter was pleasant enough, stating, "This is a very subjective business, and you may very well still find sucess." - Or something to that affect. Well, I sure hope they are right. I really want to believe somewhere deep inside that, despite my skepticism, I will see my book on a book shelf at Barnes and Noble someday. :) No one ever said that this was a very encouraging business, so I'm keeping my head up. I sent to my second agent today, and who knows, maybe I will get lucky.

# 2

I'm officially starting book number 2 today. I've been working feverishly on Georgia, for months now. I am so ready to start fresh with a new life. Sophia my new main character will be a sharing her story with me starting today. I got great joy in writing Lizzie's story (main character in Georgia), but now it's time to work on my second historical romance novel. It will be different than anything that I've ever read, but it will be personal enough to find a way to relate with her. I'm excited about getting started, and I pray that through my words I can find a way to share her story sucessfully. Wish me luck!

Vanessa K. Eccles

Finding an Agent ???

It's been interesting trying to find an agent to represent my first novel, Georgia. I sent out a query letter, a synopsis, and the first ten pages of my novel to my first choice agent two weeks ago. I have not heard anything from her so far, but I hope to soon. I have been unable to decide if I should send to multiple agents at one time. I've read pros and cons, so I'm just playing it by ear. I have heard that authors such as Stephanie Meyer had several rejection letters from agents, before finding one. This gives me a little hope. Of course, I hope that my first agent will fall in love with my manuscript, but I realize the absolute irrationality in that actually happening. All the same though, all I can do is hope for the best. I will keep y'all posted. Fingers crossed! :)

If there are any of you out there in the computer world that are in the same waiting game as me... stay positive. Be inspired and force yourself on to the next project.

Much love,
Vanessa K. Eccles

Road to Publication...

Wow! I have finally finished my book and in the past month I have been dedicating a lot of time to my query letter and the synopsis. Both have been the hardest thing to write so far. I can't tell you how hard it is to put into a few pages of words everything in your book and do it justice. It's been really overwhelming and intimidating to me, but I realize that it is a must in order to get to my ultimate goals. Beware writers when writing these two very important pieces-they could make or break your book! Good luck!

Vanessa K. Eccles