Category Archives: Publishers

3 lessons learned from growing up and self-discovery before acknowledging Scout’s Honor

Impulsive decisions. Decisions on the fly without a moments thought of how it will affect my future or those around me. Self-discovery. It was my life growing up into a young adult. Similarly, Scout seems to make similar self-discovery choices encouraged by emotion and flattery from older men. 


Although this book isn’t about me and my life growing up, it reminds me of how  I was and the emotional decisions I made in my own self-discovery that affected the course of my life. A very easy to read young adult novel, I think Scout’s Honor is an excellent book with three main lessons to be learned about self-discovery. 

Lesson 1: Choose thoughtfully 

Even at the young age of 14, a young teenager needs to be aware of her surroundings and understand right from wrong. Scout didn’t give her consequences a second thought for the serious action she was taking when approached by a man she knew for years and had her trust. It is very important that decisions be made after careful consideration and as little emotional ties as possible. Emotional self-discovery often occurs in a rush, without a second moment of thought on what may happen next. 

For example, there’s a super cute outfit you absolutely adore at a nearby retailer. It’s the perfect color on you and the fabric is so soft! You really can’t wait to wear it for the next ladies night and hope you get loads of compliments. Without hesitation you go to the cash register and charge it. 

Lesson 2: Consider others

Whenever we make decisions, it affects others around anyone involved. When Scout made the choice to be intimate with these older men, she did not consider how her actions may affect the wives and families of these men. She never considered if the wives may retaliate, be angry, or honorably be understanding and she didn’t think about how it would affect the relationships between herself and the men after their affair was revealed. Slowly, through life experience, she learns to take a step back and consider other people who are in her life. 

In the shopping example, the outfit has already been purchased. But you never gave thought to how you would pay for the bill when it comes or how that money could have been used more wisely, like for groceries to fill your nearly empty pantry. How will not having food affect your family?

Lesson 3: Contemplate the consequences

Throughout her life, young Scout seems to make decisions before thinking through the options and doesn’t stop to contemplate the consequences. At 14 and at 19, Scout doesn’t take even a moment to really consider what the consequences may be for the decisions she would make. Both ocassions encompassed Scout involved with a married man, and a father at that! Yet, she never considered what could happen should the relationships be revealed and how it might affect the family of these men.

In my shopping example, you never considered how payment would be made on that credit card. Finances are already super tight and living off what’s left over after paying bills has been very skimpy, often resulting in many meals of PB&J or cheap ramen noodles. Adding this one purchase actually makes things worse financially. In hindsight, that one purchase was not such a wise choice!

Scout’s Honor

Scout may have taken a while, but she went from naïveté teenager to gullible young adult. And eventually she learned to cope with her past and understand herself better. She gradually figured out how to be honorable to God and herself. Finally, she was able to be truthful to herself about her past, which makes her stronger as an adult. 

Scout’s Honor is a young adult fiction novel that brought me through many emotions, from smitten to worried, concerned to compassionate, angry to shocked. A complimentary eBook was provided for an honest review through BooksGoSocial.com

NetGalley Challenge 2015

I am letting publishers and writers know that I am serious. Serious about helping books succeed.

I am a book advocate!

This is a badge for the NetGalley Challenge 2015.

Challenge Participant

No seriously, I am an advocate 🙂 I love books, I love reading. I can only hope my son will have a love for books like I do.

Unfortunately, I have this thing called “work” that I must go to and it limits my time to do the reading I love. So, I use books and reading as a time to reflect, a time to get away from this craziness people call “life”, a time to just relax.

If you are also a book advocate with NetGalley, please share your experiences as well! Let’s share this love of books!

In Tune with Love by Amy Matayo

In Tune with Love: An April Wedding Story by Amy Matayo is a sweet tale of a young woman, April Quinn, who writes lyrics on napkins, toilet paper roles, and any piece of paper she can get her hands on. April works at a bar where musicians have an opportunity to share their talent. She holds a grudge when lyrics she wrote is heard on the radio and quickly hits the top charts, sung by a former coworker, Jack Vaughn, who must have stolen one of the pieces of paper with lyrics written on it.


April’s sister, Kristin, is planning her own wedding and fires her wedding planner. April soon gets appointed to be the wedding planner with four days to go before her dear sister ties the knot. With no experience and a very low budget, April does what she thinks will work while her sister tears apart her ideas. The wedding singer cancels as well, which her sister decides to hire an old friend, Jack Vaughn, who happens to be in town.
While April and Jack reunite after years of April’s grudge, they hit it off well as April shares what her sister wants. Jack eventually gets the courage to talk to April about those lyrics. Can April forgive Jack? Will Kristin’s wedding be what she dreamed it would be?

This novella took me a while to read as I’ve been suffering from a headache called hemicrania continua. This headache makes it difficult to concentrate on anything and ruins any moment of good moods. But I did get to finish it!

This little love story isn’t really what I thought it would be from the title. I thought since the story started off about April, it would be about April’s wedding, when it was really her sister’s wedding. Maybe since I hadn’t read the whole series of wedding novellas, I started the book without the necessary information needed to understand what’s going on.

Overall, it was a nice light read that took me away from the compassion fatigue I get from work. So, a nice “getaway” for me! I encourage everyone who suffers from compassion fatigue to find a genre of reading to get you away from reality for as short or long as you need it! This novella is one of those great getaways!

In Tune with Love: An April Wedding Story by Amy Matayo is available on Kindle for $3.99.