I've been meeting my word count goals all week, I believe for the first time since 2016. It feels so good to be writing again. My books also have steady sales and KU page reads rolling in (which means rather than buying a cup of coffee with my book money, I'm now able to buy a couple books, or even go grocery shopping with it!) which at some points over the last decade I kind of thought might never happen.
I've also been reading some good books lately, which is always a mood saver for me.
I listened to Stephen King's The Institute in audiobook format on my commute to and from work over the last couple of weeks. It's no surprise that I loved this book. King has been one of my absolute favorites since I was rolling my awkward ass through puberty, and he still knows how to tell a story that wrings emotions out of you. Anger, fear, sadness, joy... The Institute hits all the buttons. Here's the blurb:
In the middle of the night, in a house on a quiet street in suburban Minneapolis, intruders silently murder Luke Ellis' parents and load him into a black SUV. The operation takes less than two minutes. Luke will wake up at The Institute, in a room that looks just like his own, except there's no window. And outside his door are other doors, behind which are other kids with special talents - telekinesis and telepathy - who got to this place the same way Luke did: Kalisha, Nick, George, Iris, and 10-year-old Avery Dixon. They are all in Front Half. Others, Luke learns, graduated to Back Half, "like the roach motel," Kalisha says. "You check in, but you don't check out."
In this most sinister of institutions, the director, Mrs. Sigsby, and her staff are ruthlessly dedicated to extracting from these children the force of their extranormal gifts. There are no scruples here. If you go along, you get tokens for the vending machines. If you don't, punishment is brutal. As each new victim disappears to Back Half, Luke becomes more and more desperate to get out and get help. But no one has ever escaped from The Institute.
As psychically terrifying as Firestarter, and with the spectacular kid power of It, The Institute is Stephen King's gut-wrenchingly dramatic story of good vs. evil in a world where the good guys don't always win.
If you haven't read it yet, I encourage you to give it a shot. If you have read it, please let me know what you thought!
Right now, I'm reading through Shot Girl, by J.A. Konrath, and listening to Joe Hill's new collection of short stories, Full Throttle. I'll let you know my thoughts on those next week.
And don't forget about the giveaway!
Ok, well I have hot coffee to get me through this cold, cold Autumn morning, and lots of writing to do. Thanks for reading, and have a great week!