I WROTE ANOTHER BOOK!

 

THE LIES WE TELL, my newest novel, was officially published and released at the very end of May!

Yes, this blog post is literally months in the making.

Basically, I have been trying to find the right time and way to announce this information officially for months now but it’s about time I tell all in a simple misguided post. So, here it goes…

Last spring, I began work on the second book of the Royalty Status trilogy (get THE ENCHANTRESS here or here!) As it turns out, balancing the end of Senior Year AND a second book already in a series became a lot to handle, so during my down time, I resorted to a new story. At first, THE LIES WE TELL was simply a short story that was taken page by page. However, it did not take very long for me to get really invested in the story and curious about what happened next. So, I kept writing. A few friends saw the start of it and became instantly intregued. The story felt as if it was writing itself and so, I continued to write the words as they flew onto the page. This took place during free blocks in the art room to my room at home over the summer. By the end of the summer, the story was complete at about 40,000 words. After editing, re-reading, and all that jazz during free time in cafe’s, the library, and various spots on campus during the fall and winter, I got up to over 50,000 words (the length of an official novel). While the story is clearly not relateable at all towards my life, I couldn’t help but absolutely love what came of it, so I then persued publishing it.

Education is the most powerful weaponwhich you can use to change the world.

This past summer I have been working on the official book trailers for these books and they are finally released! You can watch them here…

You can get both books through Amazon, iBooks, and Createspace and “THE ENCHANTRESS” is available additionally through Kindle. You can also check these books out on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/sarahfhamilton.

Oh, and after you read them, let me know what you think!

Happy Reading!

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Book Blog #2: Fall 2015

 Hello and welcome back to the second edition of BookBlog!

Recently, I have been super busy with literally everything from college to writing and filmmaking, acting…even swing dancing! It’s been very eventful but I have still been keeping up with reading as much as I can. Here are my fall reads!

“Really Professional Internet Person” by Jenn McAllister

I went to Jenn’s book tour event at the Grove in LA the second day I got here and it was amazing to meet her and get a signed copy of her amazing new book! This book is really interesting especially for me because of the fact that it’s pretty relatable to what I do as a young filmmaker, especially throughout high school. It’s been really great reading her story.

“On Writing” by Steven King

I have been meaning to read this for a while now due to the fact that a) it was recommended a while back by a friend and b) I love writing. Luckily, I was able to track this book down at the campus library and I have seriously been enjoying it ever since. Definitely a must read if you’re a writer!

“The Complete Plays” by John Millington Synge

This book is a collection of Synge’s Irish plays, which I read for my first year seminar class. It’s a bit different from what I usually read, but I actually enjoyed it nonetheless and learned more about literature within Ireland, which is always cool. Although the text is sometimes difficult to understand, reading these plays was a great way to learn more about Irish culture.

“Dubliners” by James Joyce

Again, this is another required book for my first year seminar class, but it has been an enjoyable read nonetheless. This book is composed of short stories, again, revolving around Ireland. Reading these have even inspired me to start writing short stories again, however…when do I have time for that again?

“The Black Swan” by Mercedes Lackey

If you have been keeping up with “Once Upon a Time” lately, then I am certain that this title stood out to you! Anyway, I ended up finding this on a free-bee giveaway shelf on campus and it was such a great choice to pick up! Everybody needs to read some fairytales, and this book is perfect to do so.

Oh so very sadly, I have not been able to read quite as much as I would like to due to the wonderful business of my first semester in college, but I still have made it a point to read some books and will continue to do so. Check back soon for all new posts and the upcoming Winter Book Blog where I release what books I’ll read in the winter! Also, you can stay updated 24/7 with the books I read (and write!) on my Goodreads page!

Happy Reading!

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Books I Brought to College

  Hello, there!

It’s Back to School season but this year is my first BTS where instead of going to high school, I am going to college! (By the time that you’re reading this, I’m already there!!!!) It’s a really exciting and overwelmingly-every-emotion-under-the-sun time of my life but I am really happy to share my adventures and experiences here with you.

So, today’s post features which books I am bringing with me to college. I love my bookshelf in my room and all of the wonderful stories it holds, but alas, I cannot take every single one of them with me. (gasp!) I have to make the decisions of which ones stay and which ones go. Now, I have no clue how much room exactly I will have in the dorm for books, so that alone minimizes my options here, but there’s no way I can’t bring some along! Here’s the ones that are traveling with me. (other than just the school’s standards book!) Oh, and of course, due to packing and travel, I have to keep this list way shorter than I would like, but there’s this incredible library on campus that’s totally got me covered! 🙂

“Carpe College!” by Mike Metzler

This book I got while selling copies of my own book at a recent book festival, but after reading it, it was clearly a go-to book for college! It’s all about the process and gave some great inside looks at college life. I learned quite a bit from it and it will definitely provide some help if in case I need to reference it again!

“Southland” by Nina Revoyr

As mentioned in previous posts, the school I am attending recommended this book and I will get the chance to hear the author speak as she visits campus in the fall.

“The Enchantress (a Royalty Status novel)” by Sarah Hamilton

OKAY I KNOW – SHAMELESS SELF PROMOTION!!! But really though, I am bringing a copy of my own book so I can keep it with me and if other friends want to know more about it, I have a copy on hand.

“On the Road” by Jack Kerouac

I have been meaning to read this book since I got it from a friend a year ago and what better a time than while going on my own new adventure? I am super excited to read this story and I love bringing things from friends along with me.

“Hamlet” by William Shakespeare

Not only did I want to bring a book from my Senior year in high school, but I also wanted to bring a play along with me…oh, just acting things… (Plus, Hamlet is my favorite Shakespeare play!)

“Really Professional Internet Person” by Jenn McAllister

I flew into California early for shopping and got to meet my favorite YouTuber, Jennxpenn, at her first stop at the Grove in LA for her book tour! I got a signed copy with a “BAD NIGHT” bookmark and got to meet her. Yes, it was amazing and she is so nice! I am seriously looking forward to reading her book!

“The Secret to Teen Power” by Paul Harrington

This type of book, I can admit, I don’t really read often, but I read this book when I first got it several years ago and (from what I remember) it has a really cool outlook on life and embracing the teen years to the fullest. I thought that it was about time to have it with me to read again and it will be interesting reading it from a new-aged-me perspective.

Those are the books I plan to take with me to college. I’m thinking that during breaks, I can swap out books to keep the list updated. But with plane rides and everything, having quite a few books with me can never be a bad idea! You can always stay tuned to what I am currently reading on Goodreads too!

Oh, and I am also starting up a web series on YouTube to follow my adventures in California! If you would like to keep up with me and see what I am up to (other than when I am here blogging!) then feel free to subscribe to my channel!

Happy Reading!

me

 

*Again, this is not a sponsored post as all opinions are my own.

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Book Blog #1: Summer

 
Hello!

This summer, I have been up to a lot of video making, writing, and also, READING! To help with your summer reading, I thought that I would spend some time writing about the books I have been reading lately.

Southland – Nina Revoyr

I picked this book up during college orientation back in June because it was suggested through the school to read. I am very excited to meet the author on campus this fall as I have enjoyed reading this book! There’s a lot with culture and history of LA, which I find mighty interesting due to the fact that I don’t really know much about LA’s culture yet. The story itself follows a young adult out of grad school who’s father passes away and then she begins to uncover the murder of four other boys as well. Throughout the story, however, she begins to discover family secrets from the past. It’s a really great story that left me thinking and wondering.

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl – Jesse Andrews

This was hands down the most uniquely written book I have ever read in my life so far and I loved it! (Plus, I am beyond excited to see the all-new movie now!) This story rotates around a young filmmaker (who narrates the story in both regular writing, first person point of view, and script), his friend, and a girl who has terminal cancer with very short time left to live. I won’t say too much, but this heartwarming and entertaining book kept me turning pages from start to finish!

Floating Boy and the Girl who Couldn’t Fly – P.T. Jones

I found this book for free at a library giveaway and couldn’t help but read it! The unique story follows a girl who is at a party and sees this boy who can float/fly. After that, wierd things start happening as her brother can suddenly float, the adults of the neibourhood get sick, and kids are gaining wierd powers. Needless to say, I also read this cover to cover and loved finding out what was going to happen next! Plus, I also enjoyed seeing a new view on what it would be like to fly. (which, of course, we would all want to do!)

White is for Magic – Laurie Faria Stolarz

I started reading this on the way back from a trip, which was strange in itself because the author was raised in Salem, MA, which I had just visited! Anyway, the second to the series (in which I haven’t read the first yet!) this magical story captures a young girl who is having nightmares that haunt her regulary and predict future events. She believes that she is being haunted by the ghost of a girl she once knew. To make matters worse, a new student enters her life and they plan to team up to hunt down a killer but it becomes questionable if she can actually trust him at all. I love the magic and witchcraft that was sprinkled throughout this book and I do want to continue reading this series.

I hope that my summer book blog suggested some great reads that you can enjoy! If you liked this post, let me know in the comments, contact me through social media (tweet @LockerStyler), or contact me however you would like. Also, stay tuned for the second Book Blog post for Fall! I’m thinking of making this a seasonal thing!

Happy Reading!

me

 

 

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Book/Movie Duos You MUST Read & See!

Hey there!

Okay, so it’s definitely that time of year again when most of you are starting to look at that summer reading project. For you natural book-loving readers out there, you’re probably long done with the whole thing. As for anybody else, this post has really just been a reminder. Oh, but it is far more than that! I have solved your problems!

If you have the freedom to pick whatever book(s?) you would like to read, I have a list of my favorite books that also have movies! That way, you can enjoy the book and then the movie as well. Hey, sometimes, the project requirement may even be to compare the two! (You’re very welcome!)

Without saying much more, here is a list of the top Young Adult movie or TV/book duos that you can enjoy this summer.

Harry Potter series – J.K. Rowling

The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold

Pretty Little Liars series – Sara Sheppard 

The Hunger Games series – Suzzane Collins

Divergent series – Veronica Roth

The Fault in Our Stars – John Green

Paper Towns – John Green

Me, Earl, and the Dying Girl – Jesse Andrews

If I Stay series – Gayle Foreman

The DUFF – Kody Keplinger

The Help – Kathryn Stockett

That was just a little list to help you get started! I have read and enjoyed these books and whether you have summer reading or just want to read for fun, these are fun picks that I recommend.

Oh, and in case you haven’t already, there’s always my own YA novel, “The Enchantress (a Royalty Status novel)” which you can get on Amazon, iBooks, Kindle, and Createspace! There may be no attached movie to go with it just yet, but you never know what could happen in the future!…

Read On!

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DISCLAIMER: I love these books, but this is not a sponsored post, nor am I affiliated with any of these authors. I am simply recommending all based on my own personal opinion.

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