Is it writers block?

Hi fellow readers! (and authors) After a what seemed like a very long week with a horrible stomach bug I am back to the blog to share my progress on the writing project I am working on. So for the past several months (probably close to a year) I have been working on a new book. So far I have written about nine and a half chapters. The writing has been slow, mostly because of lack of time. Too many things and not enough hours in a day. And with the start of my lifestyle blog Ideas By Dalba (check it out if you have not already done so) I just haven’t been able to really sit down and write.

But as the weeks have gone by I realize I have been hit with what I think is a case of writer’s block. While I do know what I want to write, in a general outline draft sort of way, sometimes finding the exact words to convey my thoughts and ideas and a compelling story eludes me.  Basically, I just can’t find the right words to create this futuristic sci-fi rough backward world that I have started to construct for my characters. While my first book was a contemporary romance (some might classify it as a cowboy romance) I have taken my new writing in a completely different direction and entered a realm in which I have to construct every single thing down to the last detail from scratch. Sure this is fun! Of course it is! Otherwise writers would not write fiction, but it also presents it challenges. It’s a lot of pressure to come up with this totally new world and environment and then add a romance that will keep readers engaged.

So yes, maybe I do have a case of writer’s block because I don’t know exactly what lies at the next chapter of this project. I hope to have this completed in 2017. There is no set deadline for myself since I am self-publishing.  Some advice out there is that the cure to writer’s block is to push through and just keep writing (writing anything) but I think for me short pauses are helpful! I will keep you posted and hopefully, I can post soon that I have advanced and have double the amount of chapters then I had before!

Happy New Year! and Happy Reading!


A Gift For Readers

With all the activity around Christmas and trying to figure out what to get who – I ask myself this question “Do people gift books anymore?” I actually have not received a book in years, and I haven’t given one as a gift in years as well.  Sure I have given children books as gifts because I guess I think it still very important for kids to hold a book to feel the pages to experience everything about reading and stories.

But as adults … is it still important? I come back to the same issue of e-readers vs. books.  Personally, I still read a good old fashion book whenever I can. But to be honest, more often than not I read on a mobile device. The convenience of not carrying yet another item with me to work or in my purse, a purse that sometimes feels like I’m carrying bricks, but I digress, is motivation enough to just read an e-book.  This is not to say that I won’t love a book as a gift! And this gets me back to books as gifts – is this old fashioned? Is it a dying thing amongst adults? Or do you not gift books because maybe you do not know the person well enough to pick out a book for them (reading is often very personal to each individual’s tastes)?

How about you – would you prefer to get an actual book or maybe a gift card to retailers such as Barnes & Noble or Amazon so that you can purchase digital books?

I leave you with these thoughts. Happy reading, feel free to comment below.

XOXO~ Dalba

Know the kind of reader you are!

Hey all! I recently came upon this – a personality quiz from I thought it was a really cool quiz and tool for all of us avid readers. I personally have a wide range of interest when it comes to romance. I usually will read anything that falls under romance. I’ve read historical, science fiction, fantasy, erotica, suspense, paranormal and contemporary just to name some. Honestly, there are so many sub-genres of romance that there is something for everyone.  Categories can get quite complicated – for example under historical you also have regency, Scottish, medieval and victorian. When choosing books to read I go through phases. For several weeks I will only read one romance genre until I get my fill then I will read another genre and that’s how it goes. Eventually I do come back to genres. Currently I’ve been reading contemporary with a sprinkle of historical as you will notice from my to-read list on Goodreads.

2016 Reading Challenge

Hey, happy readers! Welcome to a new week! With a new week comes seven more days full of possibilities to read a bunch more books…hehehehe.  This week I decided to join in on the Goodreads 2016 reading challenge before the year is out.  I have challenged myself to read ten books by December 31st! Yes- this might sound like a lot to some of you. But to be honest I read pretty quickly averaging about 2.5 books per week.  Many people ask me how I read so fast?! Practice, practice, practice! I have always had a love for reading! And ever since my husband gave me a kindle (two to be exact) it was been easier and easier to just have a book at my fingertips.  Since I can also download the kindle app to my phone and computer – yup you guessed it, I can virtually have access to books anytime anywhere. How about you? Have you joined any reading challenges (currently or in the past)?

See below my progress so far! Happy reading!

Xoxo ~ Dalba

PS – I will try to update my reading challenge widget on a regular basis so all can see my progress!

2016 Reading Challenge

2016 Reading Challenge
Dalba has
read 2 books toward
her goal of
10 books.

Sharing my favorites

I’m always curious to see what other people are reading especially when it comes to romance. I have added a couple of books to my “Books to Read”  tab. I think out of all the books that I have read my favorites are definitely time travel romance. From all the books I’ve read in this genre my absolute favorite is still Knight In Shing Armor.   Jude Deveraux writes a spellbinding love story that transports the hero and heroine through time in a timeless love story! If you have not read this book I urge you to do so.  She has so many books that just about any you pick up will be a treat! I would love to hear about what some of you are currently reading! I’m still putting together a list of books for my book club and would like to  add any suggestions you all might have!

Thanks for reading!

XOXO ~ Dalba


First blog post- Getting back to writing

After a long pause, I am getting back into the swing of writing. My site will be much more than just about my writing or the book that I already published ‘A Spirited Heart’  .  I am very excited to try my hand at an online romance book club of sorts.  Where I can read books with friends and fellow readers twice a month.  The idea behind this is that we read two books per month and get together online to discuss the book. I hope at least a few people will join me! If you’d like to join just head on over to my Facebook page!