Didi Oviatt

Author of the Time Waster Series-Super Short Preludes, and suspense novels Aggravated Momentum, The Stix, and New Age Lamians… (blogger)

Fresh New Series… Consecutively Released… #TimeWasters #amwriting

The Time Wasters Series is compiled of short stories that are perfect for wasting time. They’re all titled Super Short prelude  because they ARE just that – stories that lead up a big life concepts or events. Designed to help pass short spouts of time, most of the Time Wasters stories range from 8 to 15 pages. They do each actually contain an entire story that will draw you in, make you laugh, and then allow you to move on with your life. If you want to read, but don’t have the time or are in no mood for a Novel Commitment, then a Time Waster is just what you need.

The first story in the #TimeWasters Series is: Love or Low Places? Super Short Prelude to Love.


Based on a true story, this super short tale of love offers a harsh, humorous, and yet somehow touching glimpse into what could possibly be the norm for young couples today. The Time Waster Series brings about several Super Short Prelude Stories (names have been altered to protect identities) In Love or Low Places: Dana is young wild careless and free, that is until her entire world is turned upside down by a man she meets at karaoke night. Is there really such thing as love at first sight? You be the judge.

The second story in the #TimeWasters series is: Sabotage By Hook & Dog, Super Short Prelude to Adventure



Based on a true story, this super short tale of adventure offers the humorous insight of a couple’s competitive banter, along with the shocking details of a fish hook disaster. The Time Waster Series brings about several Super Short Prelude Stories (names have been altered to protect identities) In Sabotage by Hook and Dog: Dani convinces her husband, brother-in-law and friend to go on a fishing adventure, only to have a disastrous turn of events completely take over.

The third story in the #TimeWasters series: Tramping Beast, Super Short Prelude to a Phobia:


Based on a true story, this super short tale of a phobia offers the humorous insight of a young girl encountering a disastrous event while trying her hand at farm life. The Time Wasters Series brings about several Super Short Prelude Stories (names have been altered to protect identities) In Trampling Beast: While spending time on her cousin’s farm, Diedra finds herself making an effort to help guide an escaping animal back to its rightful place. What started out as a slight fear quickly forms into a lifelong phobia of this particular farm animal.


Q. Are you waiting patiently in a doctors office? A. Read a Time Waster!

Q. Are waiting patiently for your pastries to bake? A. Read a Time Waster!

Q. Are you sitting in your car waiting to pick your kids up from school? A. Read a Time Waster!

Q. Are you hanging out in the food court at a Mall waiting not so patiently for your friends to show up?  A. Read a Time Waster!

Q.  Are you at a restaurant all by yourself, just wondering if you’ve been stood up by your date (or husband)?  A. READ A TIME WASTER!!

THE LIST GOES ON AND ON!  So the next time you have involuntary time to waste, and don’t want to actually FEEL like you wasted your time, then by all means, treat yourself to a light-heart laugh and bury your reading eyes in a Time Waster!!

Several more Time Wasting Super Short Prelude stories will continue to be released… Consecutively… Over the course of the next month!

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Please also enjoy my latest E-book novel. It’s a sweaty thriller AGGRAVATED MOMENTUM


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Teaser, The Stix

He dug around for a few minutes exposing a small, lift from the ground door.   It looked to the Sheriff almost like a door to a storm shelter. “There must be some kinda’ room or bunker down yonder”, stated the larger man, standing post with his rifle. “After you Sheriff” he said looking over at old Sheriff Black.  The smaller of the two farmers handed his shovel to his cousin and lifted the door.  The hinges made a small squeak as it rose from the ground.  There was an old ladder dropping down into the dark lair.

The inside of the bunker was damp and dark.  There were old slabs of wood leaned against the walls of the hole. They were holding up the thin tin roof no doubt. There was no telling how long this bunker had been here hidden, just over a mile out of town.  The three men stood at the base of the ladder, all just a little too nervous to go any further into the dark.  They couldn’t see more than a couple of inches in front of them but the ground was sticky and the odor was unbearable.

“How has no one ever found this place?” questioned one of the young farmers.

“I just wish we had more light.  Maybe we should make a torch”, stated the other. “We could use my shirt.”

They all made the climb back up the ladder.  The farmer removed his shirt and wrapped it up with small sticks onto a larger log while the other built a fire close by to light it with.  It didn’t take them long to get a torch blazing.  The smaller of the farmers spoke up,

“We don’t have long before this thing stops burning so we had better make it fast.  Maybe one of us should stay on top by the door in case the man who put this creepy place together is anywhere close.  I don’t know about you two but I don’t want to be locked in it if the owner shows up on the outside.”

“Your right cousin, it wouldn’t take much if we were all down there for him to lock us in.  I guess since you dug the hole I had better be the one who goes in.”

The larger man Climbed down the ladder and reached up for the torch.  Sheriff Black handed the torch to him, and then followed down the ladder himself.  The room wasn’t big, and now with a fire inside they could see everything.  It was gruesome and overwhelming, even for the evil old Sheriff who was no stranger to blood. The young farmer holding the torch bend over and started throwing up before he even took a step toward Misty’s body.  It had been cut into several pieces and laid out throughout the small one-room spaced out bunker.  The smell was more than he could take. There were also remains of at least one other victim from years before.  Old bones were all that was left.

“I wonder who the other bones belong to?” stated the Sheriff. “And what the hell are we to do with this mess.”  The flames didn’t last long, just as they had predicted.  They turned around and made the climb back up the ladder.

“Well, what was down there cousin?” asked the man waiting outside.

The shirtless farmer collapsed to the ground next to a tree speechless unable to explain the horror he had just witnessed.  “I… I…  We… She…” was all he could manage to spit out.  The Sheriff was able to speak a little more steady yet didn’t quite know what to say either.

“She is in pieces………”


This intense story of two brothers, John and Riker Hounds, and their two closest friends will keep you on your toes from beginning to end. Being in a depression, it is tough times in the community with poverty and sickness. There is killer on the loose and the four are thrown in the middle of tragedy, love, mystery, family ties, and self-defense. They are presented with one roadblock after another in their journey to prove their innocence and avenge the lives of the lost. Will Riker be able to overcome the clutches of evil? Or will it be too late for him to save Chloe, his one true love? You will never predict what each page will bring as you make your way through this fearful tale of infliction. With trouble lurking around every corner John and Riker struggle to keep their lives in order. It explains every angle, view and conflict of each unique personality in the story. Your emotions will run at an all-time high as you make your way through this gripping tale.



I first saw this TAG completed on the Secret Library blog. It’s adorable, and I had to join in the fun! VIEW SECRET LIBRARY’S LIFE IN BOOKS HERE

Find a book for each of your initials. I’ve chosen these books from my ‘read list’ on goodreads.

D- Divergent by Veronica Roth

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I-  In The Best Interest Of The Child, by Felicia Denise Visit Felicia’s Blog!! It’s great, as is this book!  You can see my review of this book here: Book Review 1-18-17: In The Best Interest of the Child, by Felicia Denise 5 of 5 stars @MsFelicia

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D- Dark Places, by Gillian Flynn

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I-  It Ends With Us, by Colleen Hoover!!  You can see my review of this book here: Review: It Ends With Us, by Colleen Hoover. 6 out of 5 stars… (if that’s even possible)

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Count your age along your bookshelf: What book is it?

The 31st book on my shelf is Chosen (House Of Night #3) by P.C Cast and Kristin Cast. This was a great coming of age vampire series!  I read it about 5 years ago. The first three books were great so I just went right out and bought all 12 books in the series.  Needless to say, I only made it through 9 of them and then lost interest… Maybe I’ll have to revisit someday soon, because honestly who quits such a big commitment so close to completion!! (looking back now, I’m a little disappointed in myself lol)

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Pick a book set in your city/country.

For this one, I’m going to be a selfish hag and talk about my own writing. I’ve recently been working on a short story collection. It’s based on true stories about or around my own life experiences. The Time Wasters series is all about small town Utah life 🙂 … You can read more about the first set here: Time Wasters (book 1)

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Pick a book that represents a destination you’d love to travel to.

Eat Pray Love is a beautiful story that touched so many lives!  I would absolutely love to travel to ALL of the places that Elizabeth went to!

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Pick a book that’s your favourite colour.

Me Before You, by Jo Jo Moyes recently changed the cover of her book to reflect the movie for obvious reasons lol…. But, the old cover is red with black and white writing. Red is a gorgeous color, by far my favorite!  And, the contrast of writing is beautiful!

Me Before You (Me Before You, #1)

Which book do you have the fondest memories of?

When I was about 12 years old I refused to read out loud.  My mom just wouldn’t hear of such monstrosity lol… SO  she went out and bought me a bunch the Amilia Badilia books.  Every night before bed she insisted that I read aloud to her for at least 30 minutes.  Despite all of my early protests, it ended up being a very treasured time that I was able to spend one on one with my mom.

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Which book did you have the most difficulty reading?

Recently I blindly agreed to do a review swap with another Indi author without actually looking into the book first. I held up my end of the bargain, bought his book, and forced my way through.  Dispute the fact that he never even purchased my book to read, like at all lol, I still gave his a chance.  After all – every new Indi deserves a shot and who knows what happened in his life that he didn’t have time to read my own, perhaps he forgot – makes no difference.  I genuinely TRIED to get through The Legend Of The Fallen Kingdom. It’s a short book and fast paced, but I still had to force my way through. It skipped so much vital information and jumped in and out of awkward scenes to often.  I just struggled.

The Legend of the Fallen Kingdom

Which book in your TBR pile will give you the biggest accomplishment when you finish it?

I have two good friends that are waiting for me to read Six of Crows.  They nag me regularly so if I don’t dive into it soon, I might end up shot.

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Book Review: Vicious (Sinners Of Saint #1) by L.J. Shen. 5 stars


Hot Hot Hot! Kudos K. J. Shen, way to add some steam in my life!  I’m in complete shock and amazement at the way Shen is able to grasp the heat of the moment, not only by the naughtiness, but by the emotional attachment that you cant help but to have with the characters.  Baron ‘Vicious’ Spencer is raunchy, discussing, and completely ruthless. He IS the man you love to hate.  Everything about his approach and outlook on life in general makes you want to slap him across the face, yet you can’t get him out of your head.  He stays with you always and every part of you wants to pick him apart and learn everything there is to possibly know about him!

Vicious endured a childhood full of tragedy, heartache, physical mental and emotional abuse, and neglect.  Rather than turning him into a victim of life, it transforms him into a hungry monster who aches for revenge. Vicious’s family is filthy rich and he’s forced to practically raise himself in a depressing mansion full of emotional turmoil. He’s a tortured soul and his nick-name ‘Vicious’ fits him perfectly.

Emilia or ‘Millie’ is the same age as Vicious and she moves onto Spencer estate during their senior year of high school, as her parents take on jobs for Mr. Spencer and his wife Jo.

Vicious makes Emilia’s life a living hell. He is VICIOUS!!  Yet there’s a chemistry there, an energy between that’s unmistakable.  It’s borderline overwhelming for each of them, and they deal with this pull to one another in different ways.  Their interactions are hurtful, lustful, raw, and they leave scars that are not so easily mended.  The two are completely intertwined mind body and soul.

There is no holding back, its crude and nasty, but in a perfectly real and honest way… I loved it!




They say love and hate are the same feelings experienced under different circumstances, and it’s true.
The man who comes to me in my dreams also haunts me in my nightmares.
He is a brilliant lawyer.
A skilled criminal.
A beautiful liar.
A bully and a savior, a monster and a lover.
Ten years ago, he made me run away from the small town where we lived. Now, he came for me in New York, and he isn’t leaving until he takes me with him.


She is a starving artist.
Pretty and evasive like cherry blossom.
Ten years ago, she barged into my life unannounced and turned everything upside down.
She paid the price.
Emilia LeBlanc is completely off-limits, my best friend’s ex-girlfriend. The woman who knows my darkest secret, and the daughter of the cheap Help we hired to take care of our estate.
That should deter me from chasing her, but it doesn’t.
So she hates me. Big fucking deal.
She better get used to me.


Millionaire Digest Must Read!

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via 5 Things That Can Make Your Product Go Viral (1 min read) — Millionaire’s Digest

Book Review: One True Loves, by Taylor Jenkins Reid. 3.5 Stars


The story-line of One True Loves is, in my opinion, rich and wholesome. The characters are good hearted and full of love. Emma Blair, the main gal, is full of self reserve and doubt as a teenager. That is until she meets the love of her life Jesse. He was handsome, confident, and popular. He brought her out of her shell and their love developed into something real and pure. Life happened and Emma lost Jesse, for what she thought was forever. Over time, and after much grief and dismay, she was able to move on and fall for another. Jesse turns up alive and ready to rekindle their love, leaving Emma confused and left to chose between him and her new love.

The story bounces around a lot, going back and forth from different time frames. This usually drives me a little nuts, but in the case of One True Loves it managed to bring the story together in a thought provoking, heart tugging way. Bouncing around helped to unravel the story uniquely so that you are able to fully understand Emma’s emotions. It really is a beautiful love story from more than one angle, making the entire plot unique and pure.

Now, the reason for my mediocre rating is this: I felt the pace to be slow and the flow to be dry. The wording choice and the authors approach at writing in general seemed a little to cutesie for my taste. Don’t get me wrong, this style is actually preferred more often than not, but for me it seemed average. To cut and dry. It was predictable and in a way I had to force my way through. It didn’t quite suck me in the way I was really hoping it would have. Perhaps my slight disappointment is partly to blame on the abundance of outstanding reviews and hype. I was built up and up, only to read it and think “Meh” … I did like it. But, I didn’t love it. The story-line was great but I felt like it needed a little bit more spunk and flare.



Named a Best Book of Summer by Cosmopolitan * InStyle * Redbook * Us Weekly * PopSugar * Buzzfeed * Bustle * Brit+Co * Parade

“No one does life and love better.” –InStyle
“Earth-shaking…you will flip for this epic love story.” –Cosmopolitan

“Reid’s heartwrenching tale asks if it’s possible to have multiple soul mates.” —Us Weekly

From the author of Maybe in Another Life—named a People Magazine pick—comes a breathtaking new love story about a woman unexpectedly forced to choose between the husband she has long thought dead and the fiancé who has finally brought her back to life.

In her twenties, Emma Blair marries her high school sweetheart, Jesse. They build a life for themselves, far away from the expectations of their parents and the people of their hometown in Massachusetts. They travel the world together, living life to the fullest and seizing every opportunity for adventure.

On their first wedding anniversary, Jesse is on a helicopter over the Pacific when it goes missing. Just like that, Jesse is gone forever.

Emma quits her job and moves home in an effort to put her life back together. Years later, now in her thirties, Emma runs into an old friend, Sam, and finds herself falling in love again. When Emma and Sam get engaged, it feels like Emma’s second chance at happiness.

That is, until Jesse is found. He’s alive, and he’s been trying all these years to come home to her. With a husband and a fiancé, Emma has to now figure out who she is and what she wants, while trying to protect the ones she loves.

Who is her one true love? What does it mean to love truly?

Emma knows she has to listen to her heart. She’s just not sure what it’s saying.


An Author Must Read on Hooking Readers by Kristen Lamb

How do we sell our stories? That is the big question. It is the reason for craft classes and editing and cover design and agents and editors and all the time on social media. And while platforms and covers and algorithms do matter, there is one tried and true way to sell more books. Write […]

via Three Ways to HOOK a Reader & Never Let GO — Kristen Lamb’s Blog

Why Aggressive Personalities Prefer First Person Writing, and Passive Shine in Third.

Have you ever come across a well developed, well written, first person character that you actually loved who wasn’t opinionated? I sure haven’t! And, there’s a logic behind this fact that makes perfect sense.

The best written first person characters pick apart everything around them. They notice details, and they have a unique outlook on each and every said detail.  This personality trait isn’t merely imagined, its developed.  A writer cannot just think about their characters picking apart their surroundings, they have to own the skill themselves. Being a truly observant and opinionated individual requires a certain mental skill.  Once that particular mentality is mastered, it can be shared with the alternating personalities of your characters.

To write great first person, you have to really dive into the characters head. To write the best first person you need to be an extremely opinionated person in order to master portraying that particular trait in another.


Third person writing is a whole other kind of beast. The ability to accept and understand a variety of opinions is preferable. You need to see the world as an outsider looking in rather than an insider looking out. Third person writers are more often than not quiet observers, only speaking up or out when its necessary rather than on impulse.  They’re a different kind of wise, and consider all prospective before voicing an opinion.

Third person writers mentally tell a story, they don’t mentally experience it.

Each and every writer’s personality varies, just like each and every piece of literature is unique. And yes, of course there are some who are lucky enough (and smart enough) to shine in both writing perspectives.  Saying that they’re well-rounded would be an understatement. What I’m suggesting, is that we look at the numbers, the statistics, and make study of the writing produced, based on personality types.

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Now, I’m no physiological expert.  I didn’t go to Harvard or study the inner workings of the human brain. Nor have I ever studied behavioral analysis in a classroom. Ever…  But I’m a writer, and an observer. (an opinionated one obviously)  So, based on my observations and elaborated opinion, I honestly believe to my very core that individuals who prefer first person usually have aggressive personalities, while writers who prefer third person tend to be passive.

Who are you and what do you write??? Are you writing the right perspective or could you possibly improve in general if you where to switch??  Try both. Decide for yourself. But above all KEEP WRITING!!


My Favorite FB Book Club

The RW BookClub is by far my favorite Facebook Book Club, and not only because I love Reese Witherspoon either. The readers in this group are phenomenal! Seems every time I jump on this page I’m able to engage in a book conversation that is rich, intelligent, and fulfilling. The books recommended by the readers (some based on RW reads, and some not) are always amazing, I’m yet to be disappointed!

If I had to choose one word to describe this amazing closed group of book lovers it would be WHOLESOME. The page is always full of encouraging thought, and honest kind opinions, I absolutely love it. Every time I’ve posted a book that I’m either reading or had just downloaded to read soon, I end up getting a handful of similar books recommended to me, just incase I love the current!! It seems like all of the members are genuine and love books more than they love the attention of loving books, which is humbly refreshing!

So, If you are not already a part of this group, then by all means check it out!  You wont be disappointed! Happy reading friends!!




Goodreads Monday

Goodreads Monday is a meme hosted by the lovely Lauren @ Lauren’s Page Turners

In order to participate, choose a random book from your TBR and show it off!
Don’t forget to link back to Lauren’s post so everyone can check out which books you pick!


I have been seeing this book EVERYWHERE since it was released.  I’m even a member of the RW (Reese Whitherspoon) Book Club on Facebook, so it’s literally flashed before my eyes on a regular basis.  Now, it’s been on my TBR since the very first time I came a cross a review, and I am STILL yet to read it!!  I have no excuse. I’m basically posting this particular book as my pick this Monday as a reminder of what a slacker I am for not reading it yet!  It’s two books down on my TBR as of now, so hopefully I wont bump it out again (I’m just as famous for that tedious little habit as every other book lover on this planet… There I said it!)

DESCRIPTION & Review quotes:

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • With richly layered characters and a gripping moral dilemma that will lead readers to question everything they know about privilege, power, and race, Small Great Things is the stunning new page-turner from Jodi Picoult.

“[Picoult] offers a thought-provoking examination of racism in America today, both overt and subtle. Her many readers will find much to discuss in the pages of this topical, moving book.”—Booklist (starred review)

Ruth Jefferson is a labor and delivery nurse at a Connecticut hospital with more than twenty years’ experience. During her shift, Ruth begins a routine checkup on a newborn, only to be told a few minutes later that she’s been reassigned to another patient. The parents are white supremacists and don’t want Ruth, who is African American, to touch their child. The hospital complies with their request, but the next day, the baby goes into cardiac distress while Ruth is alone in the nursery. Does she obey orders or does she intervene?

Ruth hesitates before performing CPR and, as a result, is charged with a serious crime. Kennedy McQuarrie, a white public defender, takes her case but gives unexpected advice: Kennedy insists that mentioning race in the courtroom is not a winning strategy. Conflicted by Kennedy’s counsel, Ruth tries to keep life as normal as possible for her family—especially her teenage son—as the case becomes a media sensation. As the trial moves forward, Ruth and Kennedy must gain each other’s trust, and come to see that what they’ve been taught their whole lives about others—and themselves—might be wrong.

With incredible empathy, intelligence, and candor, Jodi Picoult tackles race, privilege, prejudice, justice, and compassion—and doesn’t offer easy answers. Small Great Things is a remarkable achievement from a writer at the top of her game.

Praise for Small Great Things

Small Great Things is the most important novel Jodi Picoult has ever written. . . . It will challenge her readers . . . [and] expand our cultural conversation about race and prejudice.”The Washington Post

“A novel that puts its finger on the very pulse of the nation that we live in today . . . a fantastic read from beginning to end, as can always be expected from Picoult, this novel maintains a steady, page-turning pace that makes it hard for readers to put down.”San Francisco Book Review

“A gripping courtroom drama . . . Given the current political climate it is quite prescient and worthwhile. . . . This is a writer who understands her characters inside and out.”—Roxane Gay, The New York Times Book Review

“I couldn’t put it down. Her best yet!”New York Times bestselling author Alice Hoffman

“A compelling, can’t-put-it-down drama with a trademark [Jodi] Picoult twist.”Good Housekeeping

“It’s Jodi Picoult, the prime provider of literary soul food. This riveting drama is sure to be supremely satisfying and a bravely thought-provoking tale on the dangers of prejudice.”Redbook

“Jodi Picoult is never afraid to take on hot topics, and in Small Great Things, she tackles race and discrimination in a way that will grab hold of you and refuse to let you go. . . . This page-turner is perfect for book clubs.”Popsugar



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