Introduction to Wetherholt

I’ve had an absolute blast writing my first book Wetherholt and its sequel Wondering. They’re both set in 1870s America and center around two sisters as they write letters to each other of all their doings. My inspiration heavily draws on the themes from Jane Austen and Louisa May Alcott, with focus on family, love, and society.

To give you more of an idea of what the story is like, I present to you…the synopsis!

When Lissie Dairton heads to New York City to visit her aunt and uncle, her only regret is that her older sister Nett can’t come along. Her remedy is to write witty and insightful letters keeping Nett informed of her adventures in the big city—from dealing with their beastly aunt and refusing advances from a ghastly suitor to attending plays with heiresses and falling in love with a dashing Mr. Elwood.

From afar, Nett replies with her usual practicality as she tries to keep her flightier sister’s feet on the ground. But soon, Nett is swept up in her own adventure as she meets the brother of Lissie’s prospective beau. Levelheaded, caring, and sensible, the elder Elwood brother seems like the answer to all her dreams. But what at first seems like happiness becomes confusion as Nett’s almost-suitor begins acting stiff and distant.

Lissie remains convinced that she and her sister will marry the Elwood brothers, but Nett is uncertain. With family disapproval and the seeming disinterest from the elder brother, how can there possibly be a satisfactory end for everyone?

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📚Book Review! 📚 Checked Out by Elizabeth Spann Craig

Checked Out by Elizabeth Spann Craig

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was such a good book! The mystery was just about perfect—I figured out who the villain was only very shortly before they were revealed and that made me really happy. It wasn’t obvious from the beginning who it was, and Ms. Craig gave enough clues that I could start figuring things out. It made me feel like I was detective-ing along with Ann. There were a lot of twists and turns as well as potential suspects, making for a very enjoyable read.

The characters—both the suspects and the non-suspects—were all fun and interesting. My favorite character was probably the new police chief. He was the kind of character I really like, where he’s kind of gruff, but underneath he’s very nice and a little awkward. 😂 His interactions with both Ann and Luna were fun (especially with Luna XD). And Luna herself was a good addition to the story. The kind of quirky children’s librarian who looks a little different but is super nice. The reasoning for Ann helping the chief also made sense. And sure, sometimes Ann was a little reckless, but it never made me feel like “ANN! WHAT ARE YOU EVEN DOING RIGHT NOW?!?”

Also, can I just say how Ann felt so much like a librarian? The book was always describing her days at the library and the different things she helped patrons with. She actually seemed like a librarian and not just “Let’s have a mystery at a library, so I guess she can work there.”

I also enjoyed getting to find out about the murdered man from so many different perspectives. It really showed how people’s opinions and overall judgment of a person can be colored because of their interactions with him.

I also appreciated how the author didn’t go into very much detail about the murders. It’s enough to know that they’re murdered. I don’t need all the gruesome details. 😅

Something else I liked was how the mystery was wrapped up, but other parts felt like they were just starting. I’m looking forward to seeing where the author takes it from here.

The book did start off a little slow, but once the mystery started, it didn’t feel slow at all.

All in all, I highly recommend if you’re in the mood for a cozy murder mystery!

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📚Book Review of “The Coronation” by Olivia Lynn Jarmusch

Ahhh…who doesn’t love a good princess story?!? To me, the fun bit is getting to go to the castle, so for the story to actually be about a royal family living in a castle…well! It’s just a great set up! This is my second time reading The Coronation and I enjoyed it even more than the first! 🙂

There are some *mild* spoilers in this review, but not many. I put the worst offenders down at the bottom 😂 If you want to read a completely spoiler-free review (unless you click view spoiler that is XD ), check out my somewhat-different-somewhat-the-same review on Goodreads!

So first off, the story. It’s a lot of fun! There is a twist partway through that changes the mood quite a bit, but it still ends on a good note for the most part. There are definitely loose ends that I’m looking forward to seeing more of, but Livy ended it really nicely as is. The story hooked me, and I kept reading to find out what was going to happen—even during my second read when I already sort of knew what was going to happen. There are different romances (royalty + unsuspecting tourist, royalty + castle worker, royalty + popstar, and royalty + random person in another country) and it was fun to get to see all the classic types of romances plus some new ones mixed together in the same book.

Next up, the characters! One of my favorite characters is Clark, the lovable father-type cook who most of the children go to when they need help with something. As for the “princes” in the story (aka the heroes), I actually swapped who was my favorite between the first and second read. Last time, it was David the popstar sensation, probably partially because of his amazing song. This time, it was Hanson, the security guard. (Part of why I liked him so much is listed under the spoiler section if you’re interested. All I’ll say right now is “café” 😂) Out of the Royal family, I think either Hope or Chasity was my favorite. Livy also did a good job with giving side characters stories so that they all felt like they were real people and not just there to serve a plot purpose.

The setting! The castle was so much fun. The house was somehow simultaneously cozy and grand. I hope that we get to explore more of Tarsurella in subsequent books because quaint European towns are always the best!!

Random thoughts: Christianity plays a big part in the story, and Livy managed to make it feel pretty natural. A lot of praying, trusting in God, and forgiveness, but she made it more inspiring than preachy. 👏👏

I think I only have two complaints, and they’re not huge. The first is that sometimes there would be some dialogue, and then a sentence explaining what the dialogue was supposed to accomplish, but I already knew what the speaker was trying to get at. So it made the explanation feel a bit redundant. The second is that there were oftentimes commas in place of periods during dialogue tags or dialogue beats. I noticed it a lot more when I was reading the eBook, but once I switched to paperback, I didn’t notice it much at all.

All in all, it was a highly enjoyable read! And Livy, please record David’s song. I want to listen to it 😂

4/5 Stars

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I wish that it showed Hanson actually falling for Chasity. I know it skipped ahead by two weeks, but I always like the “this is weird that I’m liking her because I don’t like her” parts of books and I feel like I missed out a bit on that with him. BUT the conversations with Hanson and Chasity on the beach and in the cave were probably my favorite out of the whole book. And don’t get me started on that café in Paris bit. All I can say is that I *really* hope that there’s a café in Paris in a future book!!!

The terrorist attack kind of threw me for a loop because it made the book feel so different. Especially the whole thing with Asher and those awful messages he was sending. That was a bit disturbing.

Also, I like when Millie grabs the phone from Addison and tries to tell Vanessa that Addison loves her 🤣

Out of the couples (Prince Addison & Vanessa, Princess Bridget & Liam, Princess Chasity & Hanson, and Princess Hope & David), I’m definitely most on the Chasity and Hanson team 😂 Oh, and did I mention the café in Paris?

Wondering RELEASE DAY!!! 🥳🎉🎈 PLUS A Surprise! 😁

Today marks the release of Wondering, the sequel to Wetherholt! In honor of that, I’ve decided to do a SURPRISE!!


The Wetherholt eBook is currently available for FREE!!

If you’re a fan of Jane Austen or Louisa May Alcott, I think you might like my novels. They’re centered on family, friendship, love, and forgiveness. They’re also made up entirely of written letters between characters, which was a lot of fun to write!

Just click on the book to go to the Amazon page and read the description. Happy reading! 😁

The first book! This one is set in 1870.
The sequel! It’s set in 1873.

Wondering Cover Reveal, Release Date, and Synopsis!

Hello you beautiful people!

I’m so excited to get to share all of these updates with you! Wondering will be released October 19th! 🥳

The lovely art is by Jeremy Adams (find him on Instagram @jeremyadams.ink ) and the design is by Victoria Lynn (find her on Instagram @victorialynnauthor ).

Here’s the synopsis which *may* not be quite what you were expecting…

I’m super excited for you all to read the sequel and to find out what everyone thinks!! I update my Instagram page a lot more often than I post on here so feel free to follow me @marissaadamsbooks if you want to stay more up to date on what I’m doing!

Wetherholt Character Sketch: Nett Dairton

And today we learn more about Nett Dairton, the older sister! 🙂 I already did a character sketch on Lissie, so be sure to check that out!

Full name: Antonette Jane Dairton

Age at the start of the book: 23

Birthday: June 6th

About her: Nett is calm and collected. She takes her time in thinking about things, and tries to be reasonable in all that she does. Nett would hate to be the subject of gossip, as she tries to stay out of the spotlight—especially if it was gossip relating to her propriety.

What characteristic of myself is found in her? Nett embodies the side of me that enjoys things to be done just-so and according to what is good and right.

How does she react to the world around her? Nett generally thinks well of people. In fact, she doesn’t like to think badly of people, and often gives them several chances. She doesn’t view herself as a very strong person and tends to try to stay in the background.

Color to describe her: Nett is definitely a blue. She is very calm, considerate, and tries to stay level-headed. Blue is what would be thought of as very normal color, and Nett would be glad to be compared to such a thing. She tries to follow what society deems as “proper”, but underneath, she is secretly rather envious of Lissie’s carefree attitude.

If Nett lived in modern times, what would her job be? Either (1) a music teacher as she would love to teach and is quite gifted at music or (2) a librarian as she loves books and would be thrilled with the idea of getting to introduce them to others.

What is her greatest fear? Not being loved.

What is her greatest dream? Having a normal, happy life.

Have any questions about Nett? Ask away and I’ll be happy to answer them! 🙂


TODAY IS THE DAY!!! Wetherholt officially releases!!! Ahhhh!!! I’m so excited! It’s been such a journey of writing, editing, prepping for release…it’s still hard to believe that it’s actually out now and all my work on it is done! It’s also available on Kindle Unlimited! 🥳

And while you’re reading it, why not listen to some nice rain sounds or music? 😉

Wetherholt Character Sketch: Lissie Dairton

Today we get to learn a little bit more about Lissie Dairton, the younger of the two sisters in Wetherholt.

Full name: Alice Olivia Dairton

Age at the start of the book: 18

Birthday: November 18th

About her: Lissie is a hopeless romantic, daydreaming about her future husband and feeling quite giddy about it. Although she never does anything improper, she is much more likely to be on the edge of impropriety than her sister Nett.

What characteristic of myself is found in her? Lissie portrays the aspect of me that loves having fun and dreaming about the future.

How does she react to the world around her? Lissie is apt to make judgments about people rather quickly, but is willing to revise them if evidence proves them to be different than she thought. She’s pretty self-confident and views unknown situations as adventures.

Color to describe her: Lissie is a bright, sunny yellow. It takes a lot to get her mad, she’ll stick with you through it all, and she’ll always cheer you up. But she can also be serious and gives good advice when she bothers to think about things. She’s not altogether very observant of things in general, but she loves people-watching—especially if there seems to be a romance going on.

If Lissie lived in modern times, what would her job be? Either (1) a barista, so she could people-watch or (2) a florist, as she’d get to work with bright colors and learn the customers’ stories when they buy flowers.

What is her greatest fear? Being alone.

What is her greatest dream? Living an adventurous life.

Have any other questions about Lissie? Ask them in the comments and I’ll answer them!

Sneak Peak of Wetherholt! Nett’s First Letter

Four days until the official release date!! 🥳 After writing and editing and planning so long, it’s crazy how fast this last month has been!!

And here we have Nett’s first letter which is a response to Lissie’s first letter.

To:  Alice Dairton – New York City, New York, United States 
From: Antonette Dairton – Wetherholt, New Jersey, United States

February the Tenth
Dear Lissie,

I find your letter quite amusing, but whatever happened to your penmanship? Certainly, Mama and Papa did not spend so much money on your handwriting so that you may immediately slack off as soon as you begin writing letters. But as you are not writing to me looking for criticisms on your handwriting, I shall say no more.
I was immensely pleased to read your letter and happy that you could observe those people, for I know that is one of your favorite pleasures. I am certain that you behaved most ladylike; I never fear embarrassment from you.
You have often told me how dull our life is in Wetherholt and that things only happen as soon as you go away. I wish I could provide evidence against the truth of that, but I am afraid I can only confirm it.
Just after your carriage disappeared around the corner, Papa told us that a man he “does business with” will be staying with us for a week and that he is arriving tomorrow.  I really think that their “business” will be drinking sherry and smoking cigars, but do not tell Papa that I said that. The man will be staying in our guest room. I am rather alarmed at having a strange man in the house.
Papa was smiling and whistling after the announcement of his guest. I do not know what he hopes the visit will accomplish, but I hope for his sake that it happens.
In other news, Cornelius Snagsby broke his arm while trying to milk our cow. Doctor Wraith set it right and Cornelius is resting in his bedroom in the loft. He insisted he didn’t need our guest room, which is good since Papa’s friend is coming. As I have told you before, I often think that if we had a larger house, we might be able to have more guests.
I would write more, but I must go help Mama. We are in the middle of making bread, and Mrs. O’Neill is preparing a dinner of chicken and vegetables


Be on the lookout for the character sketches of the two sisters!

Have a wonderful day!

Sneak Peak of Wetherholt! Lissie’s First Letter

Hello, hello! Today is an exciting day for two reasons!

Firstly, I can now announce that I will be releasing Wetherholt on Amazon on March 9th!!! That’s just a week and a day! 🥳🥳🥳

Secondly, I’m sharing the first letter you ever see written by Lissie—which also happens to be the very first letter in the book!

To: Antonette Dairton – Wetherholt, New Jersey, United States
From: Alice Dairton – New York City, New York, United States

February the Eighth
Dear Nett,                                                               

I don’t know how I will survive these long two months without you! Aunt Lily says that she wishes you could have come as well, but there “simply was not enough room.” She has about a million guest rooms, and mine is the only one occupied. I do not know what she plans to do with the other rooms. Surely she has no other guests coming! I certainly would not come just to visit her. 
But here I am barely into my letter and already I see you shaking your head at my poor manners. I really am trying, Nett; I simply do not have the same natural talent for politeness that you do. 
The train ride was absolutely horrid. Aunt Lily slept nearly the whole way, and I tried to observe the people around us, but only three people were in our train car: an older gentleman dressed all in green, a young woman with a lace-trimmed umbrella, and the young woman’s very old grandfather. The grandfather nearly fell out of his seat a few times when we pulled into a station, and his granddaughter would loudly exclaim, “Goodness gracious, Grandfather!” That would earn her quite a glare from the man in green, who seemed to be doing some sort of business.
If you were there, you could have helped pass the time, I am certain. As it was, I was on that horrid thing for ever so long with nothing to do. All my books were in my carpet bag, which Aunt Lily had forbidden me to touch, although it was only by my feet.
Perhaps the only good part of the train ride was the stop right before New York City when the train suddenly filled with very interesting people. I will relieve your mind by assuring you that I was very proper; not one person lifted their eyebrow, cleared their throat, or gasped at anything I did. There was one very memorable moment, however, and that was when an extremely nice-looking gentleman who was sitting behind me offered me his newspaper. I took it with great dignity, but I must say I had little notion of what my eyes passed over. For then was my only REAL chance to observe people. Here is what I found:
The gentleman who handed me his newspaper was quite taken with the young lady in the blue dress.
A man with a pipe and quite the stately mustache was also fond of glancing over at the young lady.
The woman in the blue dress was so preoccupied with staring out the window that I doubt she was even aware of the existence of either gentleman.
The wavy-haired boy was too young to really be thought of as handsome, though there was a certain hint of what may come as he gets older.
The older woman constantly spoke to everyone, but nobody seemed to know her.
That, my dear sister, is what I observed on the train. I would tell you more of my journey, but my hand is quite weary and I fear I will fall asleep upon the fresh ink.

Your Loving Sister,

Soon I’ll be posting Nett’s first letter—which is a response to this one. And then we move on to some character sketches! I’m so excited for you all to meet them!

Have a wonderful day!

Brainstorming Your Next Great Idea (Part 3)

Tip #2: Plan it like you eat it.

So. Here you are.

You’ve written your synopsis.

“Now what?” you ask.

Now…well…now you write.

“Woah!” you say. “Hold up! That’s not how writing works! You can’t just start writing to write!”

And my response to you, fellow writer, would be, “Why ever not?”

You see, we’re at tip #2, which if you recall from when you just read it up there, is “Plan it like you eat it.”

And how do you eat?

One bite at a time.

So how do you write?

One word at a time.

And you enjoy each bite. So enjoy each sentence.

Don’t stress over the future words. Don’t stress over the present words. Don’t stress over the past words. (Why would you think about that previous bite of hamburger while you’re enjoying your French fries?)

Editing was invented for a reason. Take advantage of it. The only thing you need to think about right now is getting those words down. And it doesn’t have to be good. Sure, you can polish as you go if you would like, but don’t let everything depend on your words and sentences being perfect as you write them.

Because we all have those sentences we just can’t get right. Think of those as the vegetables on your plate that aren’t your favorite. It might not seem so great now, but they will serve you in due time.

I know you. You’re a writer. You’ll keep polishing those annoying sentences. And polishing them. And polishing them until you eventually get it just the way that you want it.

It’s kind of like Thomas Edison: You didn’t fail. You just discovered 10,000 ways not to write it.

Polish makes perfect, am I right?

The more you polish, the more chances you have at getting it to pierce the reader with what you’re trying to say. The more you experiment with wording, the more you’ll discover who you are as a writer.

Because we want to read you and what you have to say. That’s why we picked up your book. (Congrats on your future publication by the way 🥳)

And while you’re in this stage of messy writing, experiment. Try different subplots. Throw in random characters just for fun. Who knows where these things will lead you?

This past NaNoWriMo, I wrote differently than how I normally do. Normally, I polish as I go, making a pretty good-ish story. But I was so busy last November that I was cramming in my words and not polishing.

Oh boy. My story (still incomplete, though I did make it to 50,000 words!) is…a mess.

But I’m okay with that. Because it’s so messy, I’m cool to rewrite whole parts. Delete stuff I thought of that now doesn’t fit. Add in extra things where it’s needed.

It doesn’t feel like I’m “killing my darlings” as the saying goes, because they aren’t my darlings. It’s more like junk you find under your bed that makes you go, “What is that?”

*tosses hypothetical junk into trash can*

On the other hand, knowing that I wrote junk doesn’t depress me because I know that I can write better than junk. In fact, I’m looking forward to editing, because I think the story idea is really good and I can’t wait to make the words as good as I can.

And sure! Some things you do need to figure out before you start writing. Or at least, sort of figure out. But you can always name your character Bob and then come back with a new name later on. And that special magic thing you don’t have a name for yet? Call it “magic” for now (really creative, I know).

So. Take a seat. (Find somewhere comfy.)

Open your laptop, your notebook, your iPad…whatever. I’m not picky. Make sure you have a water bottle with you. Listen to music if you want. (Rain sounds are brilliant, too.)

Take a breath.





*clickety clackity* <– the sound of you writing your best seller