Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Follow the Light - Beacon Blog Tour

The book blog tour for Beacon continues today at Independent Authors. Please stop by for a little about the author (me lol!!) and to enter the giveaway. Because you can't win if you don't enter, so come on and take a chance :-)

Before you leave, grab a delicious chocolate chip cookie with walnuts to snack on for your visit.
recipe @ allrecipes

Monday, February 23, 2015

Kai Strand Reveals SUPER BAD

Watch out. Things are about to get really bad

Excerpt from Super Bad:

The classroom door opened and Sandra glanced toward it, along with the thirty other kids in the room. She snickered and raised her eyebrows at Lexa when a young man wearing a Hermes costume, complete with wings fluttering on his heels, floated in.
“I’m not gonna lie,” Lexa leaned over to whisper. “I hope a draft lifts his skirt so we can see what’s underneath.”
Sandra giggled. “My guess is bun huggers. Gold lame to match his shiny winged cap.”
Lexa waggled her eyebrows. “Shiny gold buns. I like.”
The teacher frowned at the young man. “Can I help you?”
“I have a delivery for Sandra Tohler.”
Sandra gulped. This couldn’t be anything besides embarrassing. A tidal wave of heads turned toward her causing her cheeks to flush with heat.
Seeing where everyone’s attention settled, the Hermes guy floated between the rows of desks and came to rest near hers. “Sandra Tohler?”
Reluctantly, she nodded.
He cleared his throat before delivering a soliloquy in a clear, resonating voice that Sandra was sure the students in classrooms across campus would hear.
“Sandra, oh Sandra, my lovely, stormy vixen, hear my humble plea. Your essence has absorbed into my every thought and now I wonder how I will sit for my exams. Will I answer essay questions by describing the intense sable color of your hair, or the enticing moss of your eyes that makes me imagine us lying in each others arms in a fairy forest?”
Sandra’s forehead hit her desk with a loud thunk, her voice a mumble against the surface. “Please stop. Go away.”
But the Hermes guy continued in his orator’s voice. “I’ve relived our kiss uncountable times. Your lips were velvet soft, but demanding.”
A chorus of “Ooo,” erupted through the room.

SUPER BAD The unexpected conclusion to the Super Villain Academy series.

The world is in chaos. Violence and thievery reign. And with the supers still balanced, it’s only getting worse. Without good versus evil, the supers care less and less. In order to restore purpose, the world needs its super heroes and its super villains, but the one who balanced them in the first place is missing.

Sandra’s concern over finding her brother, Jeff, isn’t her only problem. Her pathetic excuse for super powers has left her needing a new ankle. And though she’s still very much committed to her boyfriend, Source, she’s growing unreasonably attracted to Set, the boy who double crossed Jeff by stealing his girlfriend.

When Sandra is taken and held as bait by kids who want to unbalance the super world, it becomes the inciting event that changes things for supers everywhere and forces them to answer the question, “Hero or villain?”
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Super Bad is scheduled for release in June, but there have been whispers of it releasing sooner. Don’t miss out. Subscribe to Kai’s mailing list and be among the first to know.
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King of Bad - Jeff Mean would rather set fires than follow rules. He wears his bad boy image like a favorite old hoodie; until he learns he has superpowers and is recruited by Super Villain Academy – where you learn to be good at being bad. Is Jeff bad enough for SVA?

Polar Opposites - Heroes and villains are balanced. After Oceanus is kidnapped, Jeff learns the supers are so balanced, they no longer care to get involved. Ironically Jeff’s superpowers are spiraling out of control. Will they find Oci before he looses it completely, and will they find her alive?
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About the author:

When her children were young and the electricity winked out, Kai Strand gathered her family around the fireplace and they told stories, one sentence at a time. Her boys were rather fond of the ending, “And then everybody died. The end.” Now an award winning children’s author, Kai crafts fiction for kids and teens to provide an escape hatch from their reality. With a selection of novels for young adult and middle grade readers and short stories for the younger ones, Kai entertains children of all ages, and their adults. Learn more about Kai and her books on her website, www.kaistrand.com.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Less of Me

One of the things that is a necessary evil when it comes to being a published author, no matter what path you take to get there, is that you have to file taxes. This means you have to claim your royalties/earnings for the year, but you can balance that by writing off the expenses for promoting, prizes, conferences, book production, consultations, etc.

Bringing Rayven Godchild back from her chill spot in the wings was great. Under this pen name, I released some steamy titles, mainly the Confessions and Secret Lilies. Under my own name, I participated in the Twisted Earths anthology as well as the first-in-series boxed set, Fantasy Uprising. I also released Beacon, the first book in the Ripped Ties series.

2014 was awesome in many ways. I even jumped on my 2015 goals and was filled with so much excitement until I filed my taxes. There are some realities that are hard to bear. In my reality, I have a feeling there would those who would advise me to stop writing and publishing. Sadly, my sales are trending in such a way that revenue gained won't help me meet the goals I was so hopeful for accomplishing for 2015.

I pondered a Kickstarter, but I could not, in good conscience, do one when I have an obviously difficult time bringing readers to my books or doing the things to increase awareness and intrigue in my stories.

So, I've started looking for a second job, something part-time that will allow me a few hours through the week to do some reading, writing and critiquing.

I had some bold aspirations for this year. My hope is that I don't have to toss my 2015 goals altogether, but rather, adjust them out for a longer term to still see them come to fruition... just not all of them this year.

This means I may be a bit sporadic with my blog posts. Not because I don't like blogging, but rather becasue a part-time job will add a bit of a time-crunch to things lol!

I will write. I will publish. You'll still see me... just less of me.

For those of you who've been with me since I started this publishness journey, I truly thank you. For those who've just discovered me, I thank you as well and hope you can all bear with me as go through a few changes to improve both my life and writng-life situations.

Because I don't want this to be felt, seen or interpreted as a bad thing, please have a slice of deliciousness :-)

Tart with berries, Thinkstock.com

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

What Can Tom Petty Do For You?

I'm so excited to have the always awesome Elizabeth Seckman visiting Publishness today. Please welcome her as she shares about how Tom Petty helped her overcome a writing stuggle.

Take it away, Elizabeth!

Thanks for having me over Angela!

When I was writing Defying Reason, I had a hard time putting my finger on Jo, the heroine.

She was a sort of vague wishy/washy character.

Then one day, I was telling my boys the story of rocker, Tom Petty.

Tom Petty took on the record industry over their unfair treatment of artists. Record companies would give artists advances and then make them "earn out" that money. By the time they paid back the costs of promotion, recording time, etc., the artists could sell millions of copies and still be broke. So, Petty broke his contract by refusing to deliver his next album. Then he paid $500,000 of his own money and recorded that album himself.

That $500,000 put him deep in debt, so then he declared bankruptcy. But he was a free!

Story goes the record companies were furious. They'd have loved nothing more than to tell Petty to take his music and shove it. But Petty didn't care. He was ready to sell his new album out of the trunk of his car before he'd accept their unfair terms.

The record companies knew he meant it. They knew he'd be as happy playing clubs as he would Madison Square Garden. So, they offered him a better contract...which included the assurance that his records would be sold at an affordable price.

Anyhow, my kids, being the youngsters that they are, had no clue who Tom Petty was or what his songs sounded like, so I downloaded a few...and while listening...suddenly...there was Jo.

She was an American girl. Though she was born to a flaky single mom and raised in poverty, Jo still had hope. She still believed that hard work and diligence made dreams come true.

She was raised on peanut butter and promises. And she deserved a happily ever after!









The Blurb:

Jo Leigh Harper comes from a long line of trouble-making, white trash stock.
Tanner Coulter comes from a longer line of wealth-creating, blue blood stock.
Jo graduated college top of her class, moving toward a future full of possibilities.
Tanner dropped out of college, trading a law degree for drinking games and one night stands.

A family crisis throws the rich party boy and the poor genius girl together. The attraction is immediate, though neither one is a heart-in-the-sand-drawing believer in true love. But as the summer sun heats up along the shores of the Outer Banks, so does the connection between them. Maybe, just maybe, they can win at love by defying reason.

 
Author Bio:

Elizabeth is a multi-published author of books for people who are believers in happily-ever- after, true love, and stories with a bit of fun and twists with their plots. The mother of four young men, she tackles laundry daily and is the keeper of the kitchen. She lives along the shores of the Ohio River in West Virginia, but dreams daily of the beach. 

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Monday, February 16, 2015

Pete Riley and The Great Timelock Disaster

AMAZON
(Pssst! Hey, I've got a special visitor today. It's Pete Riley from C. Lee McKenzie's latest AWESOME release and follow up to Alligator's Overhead.)

About The Great Timelock Disaster
There's nothing’s more dangerous than a wizard-in-training. And Pete Riley has just proven it. He's worked a bad time spell--a very bad time spell.

No YouTube, no smoothies, no Manga. Not ever again. Not unless Pete figures out how to reverse his spell and free Weasel and him from Victorian England. 

He has until the next full moon. Only a few days.

Tick. Tock.

(And here's Pete to dish on a few things he likes. Take it away!)
Five Things I Like

Manga for sure.

Slurpees. Absolutely, especially Blue Woo Hoo Vanilla, but that’s because my author fancy’s those.  

Mongoose Mutant Boy’s Bikes. I'm lobbying Aunt Lizzie for that at Christmas 2015.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Serpent Hunt! I've got to see this again and again and again. Great reason for returning to 2015 from the 1800’s, right?

My favorite blue and white striped PJ’s, but do not tell. Weasel will never let me live that down.

(Thanks, Pete. Now C. Lee's got a special announcement.) To celebrate the launch of The Great Time Lock Disaster I'm giving 20 eBooks away. Hope you'll jump in to the copter and go for a ride!


Usually, C. Lee takes on modern issues that today's teens face in their daily lives. Her first young adult novel, Sliding on the Edge, which dealt with cutting and suicide was published in 2009. Her second, titled The Princess of Las Pulgas, dealing with a family who loses everything and must rebuild their lives came out in 2010. Double Negative (2014) was her third young adult novel. Researching it turned her into a literacy advocate. Her fourth YA, Sudden Secrets came out in December 2014. 



When she really wants to have FUN, she writes middle grade books. Alligators Overhead and The Great Time Lock Disaster are now available.

Friday, February 13, 2015

A WORLD APART Stop #4

STOP #4: Angela Brown

About A WORLD APART:

"There are things that go bump in the night, Mr. MacMillian.  It's my job to bump back."
Private investigator Jesper MacMillian was sure he'd seen it all.  After all, in a city like San Francisco, strange is what's for breakfast.  Following a long  recovery after a horrific accident, his life is finally the way he wants it- or at least, close enough.  The only monsters on his radar are the ones that keep him awake at night.
All that changes the day he meets Lena Alan.
Before MacMillian has a chance to brace for impact, Lena drags him into a world where monsters aren't just real, they're hiding in plain sight.  Suddenly, everything he knows is suspect, starting with his current case.  For Lena, a medium since childhood, it's just another day at the office.
For MacMillian, it's the beginning of the end of everything he thinks he knows.

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Excerpt:

Lena sighed and set the cup back down.  "Yeah.  Hate to break it to you, but you've got that about right." She paused.  Why did this spirit seem so familiar?  She narrowed her eyes.  A second later, it came to her.  Her eyes shot wide.  "Oh my god- Jimmy?  What the- what happened?"
The man had been dancing from one foot to the other.  He froze, peered closer at her face.  "Lena?  For real?  I felt something pulling me here, but I didn't realize you were a- is this some kind of trick?"
Lena winced. She hadn't known Jimmy long --he'd only started working odd jobs at the shop about a month earlier-- but already she'd come to like him.  "Sorry.  No trick."
The agitated look returned to his face.  "Then I really am dead.  Fuck, I was hoping all that shit was a dream.  He cracked my fucking chest open, and I... I felt it.  Hell, I watched."
Lena's stomach soured.  "I'm sorry."
He shook his head.  "That's not why I'm here.  Look, my mamío, she was always telling us about souls and good and evil and what happens when you die, and all that shit.  I always thought she was just a crazy old bat who'd had too much plum brandy back in the old country, but she was right.  About all of it.  Something's wrong.  I don't know how I can tell, but I can.  It's like... confused.  Everything's all confused, and something bad's going down, and I-"
Lena held up both hands.  "Hold up.  You lost me.  What's a mamío?  What was she right about?  What's wrong?"
Jimmy blew out a frustrated breath.  "My grandmother.  She's... I'm... shit.  I'm not really supposed to tell you any of this, you being a raklí and all, but... you've heard of the Roma?"
Lena nodded slowly.  "Gypsies."
Jimmy jerked his head in the affirmative.  "Right, well, I'm Rom.  Or I was.  My mamío's a fortune teller.  Most of our women are, but she's the real deal.  At least, she's good at palms and tea leaves and shit.  The rest of it- damn.  I should've fucking listened to her." He raked a hand through his hair, pulled it back and shot it a puzzled look.
Lena cleared her throat.  "You don't have a physical body anymore.  Everything probably feels... different."
Jimmy wheezed out a half-hearted laugh.  "Yeah.  Different." He shook himself, and looked back up at her.  "Anyway, Mamío was always going on about the 'cosmic harmony, and all that.  According to our beliefs, the universe needs a balance of both good and evil."
Lena furrowed her brow.  "You don't sound convinced."
Jimmy shrugged.  "I always was a pretty shitty tsigani.  The kris -that's our, I dunno, internal court system, I guess- kicked me out of the community about a year ago.  Been on my own ever since."
If that bothered him, he gave no sign of it.  Lena swallowed the sympathetic murmur that sprang to her lips.  "Okay, so what about this balance?"
Jimmy started to pace.  "Well, apparently, when something throws it off, things get all kinds of crazy.  So crazy, people say the ancestors will give you signs to warn you about it."
His ethereal form shimmered as he drew a deep breath.  "I wasn't supposed to, but I stayed in touch with my family. Lately, Mamío's been saying her sister keeps waking her up in the middle of the night, telling her something's wrong.  Only her sister died during O Porajmos, back in the forties."
Lena's head pounded.  Three in the morning was too early to be dealing with ghosts, fortune tellers, and the Gypsy Holocaust.  She pressed the pads of her fingers to her eyes.  "Okay.  I agree, that sounds bad."
Jimmy shook his head.  "If I'd just listened... but I thought she was crazy.  I mean, I never told her, but she knew.  She's like that." He stared off into the fake ficus in the corner.  "I should have listened."

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Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Make Way For Another Stop on the Beacon Train

Today is another stop on Beacon's tour around the blogosphere. If you haven't had a chance to check out what's going on, then hop on over to Andi's Young Adult Books to enjoy today's post about "the icing on the cake."

And make sure to enter the giveaway!

Speaking of cake, here's a slice (or three) for you to devour :-)


Monday, February 9, 2015

It's Elemental

Let's embrace the beautiful covers of the Elemental series
*swooning from cover love*

About ELEMENTAL RUSH: Eighteen-year-old Adam Gillman has trained for twelve years to earn a coveted spot on the Supreme Elemental’s elite sentry squad. His brother, Felix, is the commander, but Adam is still thrilled when his official assignment to serve Alexander Pederson comes.

He moves into nicer quarters and can stop getting up at four a.m. to complete his mandated work out time. He still rises early though, because he needs the solitude of early morning to practice his airmaking Element—something that Adam has kept secret from everyone, even Felix, because he can’t be both an Airmaker and a sentry.

When Alex assigns him to kill a group of rogue Elementals, he balks at completing his mission for the first time. See, his only friend is Isaiah Hawking, and he’s the Earthmover on the accused Council. When faced with the prospect of killing him, Adam finds he can’t do it.

He’s well trained in assassination, but he thought he’d be murdering bad guys—not innocents.

When Alex buries the Elemental Academy—and kills over one thousand Elementals—in a fit of rage, Adam’s loyalty cracks. When he discovers that Alex is really a woman, and his brother’s lover, he defects. He hops from city to city, from Elemental school to Elemental school, always escaping only minutes before Felix can embed a knife in his heart or a tsunami can make a classroom his watery grave.

He tries to fight back, but he’s just one Airmaster with exceptional tracking skills. He does his best to warn those in danger, but as the last Elemental school goes up in flames, he knows he needs to get some real firepower on his side.

ELEMENTAL RUSH is a prequel novella to the full-length futuristic fantasy novel, ELEMENTAL HUNGER.


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About ELEMENTAL HUNGER: The second installment in the Elemental series, a new futuristic fantasy for young adults and new adults from acclaimed author Elana Johnson, ELEMENTAL HUNGER is a full-length novel that continues the story that began in ELEMENTAL RUSH, an Elemental novella.

Sixteen-year-old Gabriella Kilpatrick can shoot fire from her hands, which would be great if she didn’t get blamed for a blazing inferno that kills 17 schoolmates. When Gabby is commanded to Manifest her Element, everyone knows what she is: a genetic abnormality. Not to mention guilty.

So she does two logical things to survive.
1. She runs.
2. She hacks off her hair to assume a new role—that of “Gabe”, because in her world, only boys are Firemakers.

Not only does she have to act like a guy, she has to pretend to know everything a Firemaker should know. When Gabby meets Airmaster Adam Gillman, he believes her act and pledges to serve on “Gabe’s” Council. But Adam has the mark of a sentry and spent years obeying Alex, the Supreme Elemental. And Alex wants Gabby-the-genetic-freak dead and gone before she can gather the magical protection of a full Council.

With Adam’s lies that sound like truths and rumors that Alex isn’t really a Firemaker—or a man—Gabby sets out to charter a Council of her own. In order to uncover the truth, Gabby will have to learn who she can trust, how to control her own power, and most of all, how to lead a Council of Elementals, most of whom have more control over their power than she does. If she can’t, she’ll find herself just like those 17 schoolmates: burned and six feet under.

Look for the third and final installment, ELEMENTAL RELEASE, the final Elemental novella.


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About ELEMENTAL RELEASE: Two months after returning to the capital city of Tarpulin with a Council of his own, Airmaster Adam Gillman is ready to start repairing the relationships in his life. Up first: his Councilman and the girl he’d like to be more than friends with, Gabriella Kilpatrick.

But first, he has to figure out how to be the Airmaster his Firemaker needs. In order to do that, Adam attends Elemental training and discovers that to truly command the air, he must first be in control of his emotions. And in order to master those, he has to grieve for the loss of Hanai, make amends with his brother, and earn the trust of Gabby.

Amidst all that, Adam must also learn how to grapple with the jet stream, because a dangerous Airmaster is loose in Tarpulin. And Adam will need to find his emotional center in order to work with the atmosphere and defeat the threat.


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About Elana Johnson: Elana Johnson’s work, including Possession, Surrender, Abandon, and Regret, published by Simon Pulse (Simon & Schuster), is available now everywhere books are sold. Her popular ebook, From the Query to the Call, is also available for download, as well as a Possession short story, Resist

Her self-published novels include two YA contemporary novels-in-verse, Elevated and Something About Love, as well as a YA/NA futuristic fantasy series, which includes Elemental Rush, Elemental Hunger, and Elemental Release.

School teacher by day, Query Ninja by night, you can find her online at her personal blog or Twitter. She also co-founded the Query Tracker blog and WriteOnCon, and contributes to the League of Extraordinary Writers.


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Friday, February 6, 2015

Evergreen in Action - Start the Conversation

When I posted a few of my thoughts on Dr. Martin Luther King, the Civil Rights era, and how we can so easily slip into a new era of terribly warped citizen views if we aren't vigilant, I was humbled to receive comments indicative of showing there are so many others with eyes on the prize of unity and co-existence instead of always looking for ways to belittle each other in the name of raising one "category of people" up.

Donna Weaver did me the honor of sharing the lyrics from a song in the movie South Pacific that really made me get a little teary-eyed at the depth of it's truth. Here they are for "You've got to be carefully taught."

***You've got to be taught
To hate and fear,
You've got to be taught
From year to year,
It's got to be drummed
In your dear little ear
You've got to be carefully taught.

You've got to be taught to be afraid
Of people whose eyes are oddly made,
And people whose skin is a diff'rent shade,
You've got to be carefully taught.

You've got to be taught before it's too late,
Before you are six or seven or eight,
To hate all the people your relatives hate,
You've got to be carefully taught!***

The truth in those words is so scary to think of. Someone has to willingly tell another human being that this person or that person or people who like this or that aren't worth the effort of being treated as equals.

Babies are born crying, no doubt upset they were violently shoved and pushed out of a warm, safe place. They don't understand red is a color. Talking is a form of communication. Holding hands is a way of staying close to someone you care about and that cares about you. They know hunger, thirst, cold, pee, poop. All of those can happen at one time, too (Good LAWD do I remember those sleepless nights and days lol!!) But they don't know hate based on skin color, sexual orientation or religion. These are things that have to be taught.

Because it has to be taught (through relatives, friends, media outlets, etc.), is it ever too late for someone to learn differently?

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Fired Up About Polar Day by Julie Flanders

My Untethered Realms peep, Julie Flanders, has a new story coming out. It's called Polar Day. And once you read the blurb, you'll understand why it's worth getting fired up :-)
About Polar Day
The midnight sun bakes Fairbanks, Alaska as residents gather for the annual summer solstice baseball game. Amidst the revelry and raucous shouts of “Play ball,” a spark alights and a jogger bursts into flames. Detective Danny Fitzpatrick, still reeling from his near death at the hands of vampire Aleksei Nechayev, watches in horror as the man burns alive.

Someone is burning Fairbanks and its residents and leaving nothing but smoldering embers behind. As the city sweats under a record-breaking heatwave and unexplained fires claim more victims, Danny and his colleagues struggle to find an arsonist who can conjure fire out of thin air.

To Danny’s horror, the only one who may be able to help him stop the arsonist is his nemesis Nechayev. Will the vampire help in the hunt for a witch?

Check out Polar Day and more at Julie's Amazon Author Page!

More about Julie:
 Julie Flanders is a librarian by day and a writer all the rest of the time. She is also a television show addict with a particular fondness for Game of Thrones and The Walking Dead and a slightly obsessive sports fan who cheers for the Ohio State Buckeyes and the Cincinnati Reds. Julie is an animal lover and animal rescue advocate who shares her home with her rescued dog and cat. She has written about the joys of pets for outlets such as Cat Fancy, Thrive in Life, and Best Friends Animal Society. Visit Julie at julieflanders.net.

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Wednesday, February 4, 2015

IWSG - Allowing the Pause


Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!

Posting: The first Wednesday of every month is officially Insecure Writer’s Support Group day. Post your thoughts on your own blog. Talk about your doubts and the fears you have conquered. Discuss your struggles and triumphs. Offer a word of encouragement for others who are struggling. Visit others in the group and connect with your fellow writer - aim for a dozen new people each time. Be sure to link to this page and display the badge in your post.


So...

Before I bought a flimsy poster board and added my 2015 and Life goals to it then tacked it up on the wall so I can view it each day, I had a moment of really thinking I'd failed big time. During October 2014, I'd started a manuscript - someting for my Rayven Godchild side - and just knew I could finish it before 2014 came to an end. But then NaNoWriMo happened and I thought, "Hey, maybe I can do a whole different MS for that then turn December into DecNoWriMo for the Godchild story!"

Then...

Life happened... and it doesn't barge in gracefully. Sometimes it's a tripping-falling-flailing interruption that leaves you worked over, worn out and a little worse for the wear. It wasn't unil after I dusted myself off that I really realized I hadn't made any of the progress I wanted on those two stories.

Although I didn't make it a public affair, I had a few moments where I was a yo-yo-ing bundle of emotions, upset for failing like I had. Litte Debbie Swiss Rolls were a friend to my taste buds but an enemy to my waist line.

Then, during a self-pity moment, wallowing in all the things that happened, I recognized one crucial thing: I was equating some instances of not being able to write (like times spent with my daughter) with procrastinating. Uh, that's not right. Spending time with my child is an investment in our relationship, a pretty important thing to work on. I cracked up understanding what my problem was: I hadn't given myself PERMISSION to pause from the uber-tight schedule I'd squeezed myself into.

A huge weight lifted with just that amendment in perspective. I bought that poster and got excited about what I wanted to accomplish for 2015. The two manuscripts will soon be joined by others, but now I'm going to do so remembering there are times I need to "allow the pause." I think my sanity is in tact (or slightly so lol!!!) because of these breaks.

Sometimes we have to know when to say "just a moment, please" and let ourselves breathe. It can be good for the soul.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Where Am I Today?

Thanks to the wonderful peeps at Goddess Fish Promotions for organizing a fantastic blog tour. I'm excited for the fun and wish to encourage everyone to stop by Long and Short Reviews for today's stop. Be sure to enter the giveaway!

If you look at the dates for the tour, you'll notice it's meant to last a while. To do so, it's not the typical daily tour with stops at multiple blogs. It's once a week where you get a chance to enjoy something new about me, Beacon or both.

Enjoy this delicious dessert as my treat to you :-)
Chocolate mousse, credit Thinkstock.com

Monday, February 2, 2015

Join the Hunt!

Find Your Next Great Read Scavenger Hunt
It's your chance to get in on a fun and fantastic scavenger hunt where you win no matter what! You have a chance to discover some AWESOME new reads (Cha! That's a win!) and enter for your chance to win giftcards (if you don't like giftcards, well, why???) along with some pretty great ebooks. Check out the badge, banner (I'm tettible naming these things correctly) and the giveaway under the Readers heading on the left handside of the screen.

Would it be okay to ask a tiny favor and have you share about the hunt, pretty please? If you can, here's a prepared tweet:

Big Reader Event: Find Your Next Great Read Scavenger Hunt - #FindYourNextGreatReadHunt #BookGiveaway @NightOwlReviews

So, have you ever participated in a scavenger hunt before? How'd you enjoy your experience? I've done a scavenger hunt and found myself all excited with the clues or giddy with figuring out pieces to the puzzles. I'd have to say I had fun lol!