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A Big Change

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Today’s post is bittersweet.  Today I’m starting the process of transitioning away from a traditional blog to solely working on Youtube.

It was been a wonderful journey with each and everyone of you these past 8 years.  I appreciate all the memories and laughs.

The reason why I’m switching is because I really enjoy making videos and I just don’t have the time to run both, especially when it’s the same content.

So thank you for being with me on this journey.  If you want to stay with me come find me on Youtube!

 

Goodbye and Thank you.

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Top 5 Favorite Couples

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In honor of Valentine’s Day, I decided to do something a little different this Monday.  Instead of reviewing a book, I’m going to talk about my favorite couples in books and other media.  Let’s get going.

 

5. Percy and Annabeth (Olympians and Heroes of Olympus)

I love these two because they don’t start off liking each other.  They’re barely even friends.  But as the series progress we see them start to recognize each other’s strengths and support each other when lacking.  Their romantic feelings evolve slowly over the years until they finally admit their love for each other and fight tooth and nail to stay together.  They are a good, healthy relationship that I can stand behind 100%

 

4. Daine and Numiar (The Immortals)

I loved this couple when I was younger, but now….the age difference is a little cringy.  But if you put that all aside, they start off respecting each other.  Numair is Daine’s teacher but he never makes her feel inferior.  He pushes her to be more and truly seems to care for her.  Now at some point, their relationship shifted from mutual respect to attraction.  Even they don’t know when it happens.  When they realize that they have romantic feelings for each other, they don’t know how to handle it.  They don’t want to trap the other in a relationship that they might regret later.  Well, that proves to not be true and they have a wonderful marriage built on trust and respect.

 

3. Feyre and Rhysand (Court Series)

If you haven’t heard by now, I’m a huge fan of Sara J Maas.  Of the multitude of couples in her books, Feyre and Rhysand and my hands down favorite.  Rhysand is willing to give up his mate and let her marry another man if that is what it takes for her to be happy.  Feyre takes in Rhysand’s past abuse (to him) and doesn’t try and make him take part in something that he may not have any desire to do.  Both put the other’s emotions above their own.  And we all can learn from that.

 

2. The 11th Doctor and River Song

I’m a third gen Whovian and I love it.  The 11th Doctor will always be my favorite because he’s the real reason why I love Doctor Who.  And when he and River get together it is nothing but pure gold.  I can’t get enough of their sass and love for each other.  They play so well off each other that I can’t take my eyes off them.

 

1. Harlow and Augustine (House of the Rising Sun)

What do you get when a computer hacker who can’t touch people because she gets overloaded with their emotions and an ex-criminal and playboy turn Guardian?  A fucking epic story.  I love these two.  Augustine falls for Harlow the moment he meets her but doesn’t try to push too far.  He respects her boundaries.  Harlow is a whole heap of issues but eventually she comes to terms with her baggage and realizes that he’s not as bad as she feared (and she hates it).  Augustine is not ashamed of his Fae heritage, but Harlow is.  Through him, she learns to accept a part of her that she’s tried to ignore.  They are so different but come together to create this wonderful duo that is unstoppable.  They are their own people, but they are definitely stronger together.

 

Well. that’s all I got today.  Do you have any other favorite couples?  Let me know by commenting below.

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Favorite Fierce Females Characters

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I have partnered up with Ashley from Falling down the Book Whole and a bunch of other lovely ladies to celebrate the kick ass and fierce ladies in both literature and in the real world.  Those who participate in either the Instagram photo challenge, the read-a-thon, or by liking blog post with the #fiercefemalereads tags will be entered into a give away with a litany of prizes that may or may not include my latest book Time of Prophecy, book themed candles, bookmarks, and other wonderful books from fellow indie authors.  Well that’s enough my tagging, let’s get on to the reason why your here.  Here’s my top 5 picks for fierce female characters.  Book or series titles in (_).

 

5. Alanna of Trebond (Song of the Lioness Quartet)

Alanna always dreamed of being a knight but there was only one problem, she was a girl.  Girls learned how to be ladies and married rich lords, not wield swords.  Alanna didn’t let that stop her.  She switched places with her twin brother and disguised herself as a boy.  She earned her shield, often beating boys bigger and stronger than she was.  She worked harder everyday ensuring that she was the best that she could be and earned the respect of the entire kingdom.

Alanna was my first fierce female character.  She inspired me to always try and be the best that I could be and to never take no for an answer.  She didn’t take shit from anyone.  She struggled to balance her knighthood with her femininity, something that she didn’t want to give up.  And eventually found a man who loved all sides of her and wouldn’t try and change who she was.

 

4. Juniper (Wise Child)

Juniper is a witch who lives on the outskirts of a small British(?) village.  She heals the people in the village even though they are suspicious of her.  When Wise Child’s grandmother dies leaving her an orphan, Juniper doesn’t hesitate to take in this lazy, pampered child and teach her the skills she needs to survive and a little of magic.

I wanted to be Juniper when I grew up, and I still do.  She cared for those around her and tried to help everyone, no matter what.  She cared for a leper when no one dared to.  She refused to accuse her friends during a witch trail and saw the good in all people.  She shows that there are different types of strength.

 

3. Feyre (Court of Thorn and Roses) 

Feyre starts off as a young woman who tries to keep her family alive.  Some shit goes down (trying to not spoil) and she ends up stronger than ever.  Feyre destroys herself for those she loves, falls into a dark pit of despair, but comes out on the other side stronger than before.  She faces the dark side of herself and embraces it wholly.  She is willing to fight for what she loves but is not a fighter.  She rather spend her days laughing with her family and painting.

As someone who has depression, Feyre is a character that I can cling to when the voices in my head get too loud.  She’s also a character who is strong without having to be a fighter.  She also isn’t perfect.  She has a temper and tends to lash out.  But her journey out of the darkness and embracing the darkness within is one that I can stand behind 100%

 

2. Lirael (The Abhorsen Trilogy)

Lirael spent her entire life not fitting in with the rest of her family.  She even contemplated suicide because she felt like there was no place for her in the world.  Fortunately someone stepped in and offered her a new path.  She becomes a master magician with a rare gift that could save the world.  She is fierce, driven, but also practical.

I never really felt like I fit in as a kid.  I was tomboyish and more content to read than deal with the drama.  Lirael spoke to me because she too was different and that proved to be a good thing.  She helped me to embrace the things that made me different.

 

1. Fiona Finnagan (The Tea Rose)

Fiona is a simple tea packer with big dreams.  She wants to open a shop with her childhood love.  But all that gets destroyed when her father “dies” and her family descends into a downward spiral which leaves Fiona and her 4yr old brother Seamus the sole survivors.  Her childhood loves makes a huge mistake that forces him to marry another woman.  Desperate and alone, she flees to NY where her only other living family lives, but things aren’t much better.  But she doesn’t cry about it.  She tucks in her skirts and fights tooth and nail to make a life for herself because she realizes that no one will help her.  If she wants something, she will have to make it happen for herself.

I love, love, love, Fiona.  I can’t get enough of her rags to riches story.  She even gets revenge for her family by the end.  Fiona is a perfect example of the strength of woman.  She is smart, fierce, determined, and loving.  The second book in the trilogy has another wonderful heroine, but Fiona is the fiercest of the fierce in my opinion.

 

Here’s the link to Ashley’s initial blog post for more details.  Falling Down the Book Whole

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Lessons learned from my first book release party

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The infamous, all important book release party.  From the moment I sat down to write my first book, I’ve always wanted to do one.  I used to practice interview questions like I was a famous author all the time like we all do…  No?  Just me?  

Any who.  For my latest book, Time of Prophecy, the epic conclusion to The Lost Guardian Trilogy, I decided to give it a whirl and try to make it happen.  And here are some things I learned, the good and the bad.

 

1. Indie book stores are you friend but you can host anywhere.

Most indie book stores are more than happy to host a book release party for a fee.  They usually have something on their website so check before you ask.  But you can also host release parties at Libraries, community centers, small coffee shops, whatever you like.  All you need to do is ask.  What’s the worst they can say.  If you’re a local, local businesses can be very accommodating.  I did the indie book shop route.  The lovely Page 158 books.

 

2. Ask questions

Especially if this is your first time organizing the event.  You may be responsible for advertising or ordering the books for people to purchase.  I didn’t.

 

3. Don’t be afraid to double check and get confirmations.

If a place is supposed to get back to you about your event and you haven’t heard anything back, don’t be afraid to call and double check to make sure everything is still on track.  I didn’t.  I hate to be a bother and assumed that everything was handled.  It wasn’t.  You never know what’s going on with someone else.  A family emergency will push everything out of anyone’s head.  This is your event, your baby.  Make sure it’s to your liking.

 

4. Stir up interest by a giveaway.

I wish I did this because what better way to drum up interest in your newly released book than by hosting a party for those who can’t physically come.

 

5.  Breathe

It’s scary hosting an event.  I had a mini panic attack over the thought of getting in front of people and talking about my book.  What if no one came?  My books kept falling through.  What if it totally sucked?  What if I came off as stupid or whatever?

Breathe.  Breathe.  Breathe.  And maybe take a Xanax.  Remember you are a bad ass writer who wrote a kick ass story.  People will be amazed just by that feat alone.  Remember all the times you pretended to be interviewed?  Well, you’ll fall back into that mode as soon as the questions come.  You can do this and will feel so good once it’s all said and done with.

 

That’s all I have this time.  Remember, always double check and make sure everything is in place before your event is supposed to take place.

 

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Trying New Things

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It’s hard to believe that January is almost over.  But it also feels like it’s been January for a thousand years.  Any who, nothing really writing related today because I’m in the middle of researching some things.  But I figured that it would be a good time to tell you guys about some new things that I have going on.  

New thing #1: Facebook fan page

After talking to Christina, a long term friend, I’ve decided to give the fan page a whirl.  It will be a place where a few of my various platforms converge.  But it will also be a fun place where my readers and I can mingle.  I will add the link to the page below.

 

New thing #2:  I’m on YouTube

The funny thing about me is that my personality doesn’t really come out when I write.  I’ve sort of trained myself to be neutral.  But when I’m talking, I’m more like myself.  So I’ve decided to give YouTube a go.  Now don’t worry, I won’t get rid of this blog.  They’re gonna run the same content (for the most part) until I figure out which one I like the most.  Each has their own benefits and stresses.

 

New thing #3: New features on Patreon

I’ve completely reworked my Patreon page.  Now patrons get access to a small writing samples every Saturday, first to know story updates and events, a really fun segment called “Control the Writer”, along with a ton of other features.  So if any of that wets your whistle, then click the link below and become a patron today.

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Fierce Female February

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Now that we’ve fully settled into the new year, the ever wonderful Ashley over at Falling down the Book Hole has created the Fierce Female February reading challenge.   You can participate in a group reading and chat on the twitter page.  You can also review books based on the prompts in the first picture.  Or participate on Instagram by taking part in the photo challenges.  Using the link below will enter your name in a raffle where you can win all sorts of prizes and just maybe a copy of my latest book: Time of Prophecy.

So let’s get to reading and celebrate all the bad-ass women in literature and history!

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Channeling My Inner Evil

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Writing series can be exhausting.  It’s more of an endurance race than a sprint like a single book.  I like to have rough synopsis of my entire series because it can help me keep key points on track.  When I start, I don’t always know how it will end.  Mostly because my brain is like an ADHD child in a candy store.  I get ideas, characters and what have you all the time.

Getting to the point, over the weekend, I was wrapping up what I thought was going to be the last book in the series when I got a wonderfully wicked idea.   It shocked me to my core.  Normally, I’m a happy go lucky, fluffy writer.  I’m like that because I always want my characters to make it out in the end.  I love happy endings…but this….oh buddy.

So I decided to channel my inner evil author and at some point and time in my new series, I will crush my readers.  I apologize in advance.  And that also means that I will have a few more books than I initially planned.

That’s the life of a writer.

 

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Writing With Depression and Special Announcement

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I hope you’re all doing well today.  Like I said yesterday, I’m a little slow getting back into the swing of things, but I’m working on it.  Before we begin I’ve got a few announcements.  First, I’ve made some updates to my Patreon page here Patreon Page . Be sure to check it out and join to get exclusive content and other goodies.  Second, I’ve decided to do a authortube page as well.  The content will be a bit of the same but there will be somethings that are on the authortube page that won’t be up here.  I’m still debating on whether or not I want to switch or run both, so for now I will do both.  That’s all I have for now, so lets get started.

First let me start off by saying that while I have depression, I am not a doctor and you should always seek professional help for all physical and mental concerns.

 

I started to develop depression in my early teens.  I didn’t want to tell anyone because I had no faith that they could help me.  The only thing that saved my life was to give the demons in my head a safe outlet.  I drew and wrote down every dark thought that came through my head.  In my later years, I finally had to get professional help which was a life changer.

So what does any of this have to do with writing?  Well, as anyone with depression will tell you, it kills your passions.  The things that gave you joy no longer will and it becomes a struggle to do the things that you know you have to.  I have to remind you that these are just generalizations and do not fit every person who has depression.

For me, it means I just lack the energy to do anything.  I can’t focus.  My whole body hurts like I have the flu and all I want to do is sleep.  Now I try to write everyday, but when I’m having a low day I can’t seem to which makes me feel bad and I get even more depressed.  It’s a vicious cycle.

But there’s ways that you can work with and around your depression so that you can still be somewhat productive.

 

1. Work on your social media.

Honestly that’s what I end up doing 90% of the time I’m in a rut.  If you’re the same then why not work on your platform by commenting on other people’s post or just making your presence known.  It takes very little effort and platforming is a crucial part of being a writer.

 

2. Write what you can.

If you can only get a paragraph or a sentence then that’s fine.  At least you sat yourself down and did something.  Small victories.

 

3. Go for a walk.

This helps me a lot.  Sometimes just getting out the house and going for a walk in a park, or to the library, or to your favorite store can help shake the fog off.

 

4. Treat yourself.

If you have something that always makes you feel good like a glass of wine, bubble bath, massage, spay day, manicure, whatever.  Treat yourself.  You deserve it.

 

5. Talk to someone.

This is probably the most important thing that you can do.  Talking gets those thoughts out of your head and into the light where they can’t survive.  Talk to your significant other, best friend, therapist, pet whoever just talk.  If you feel like you can’t burden your loved ones with your “issues” then write them down on a piece of paper and burn it.

 

Question Time.

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How does your depression affect you?

 

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2019 Writing Resolutions

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With the new year comes promises that we make to ourselves to help us grow throughout the year.  More often than not, we fall off the bandwagon and try again next year.  I know I’m bad about that but I aim to be better.  In addition to some other goals that are personal, I have a few writing goals as well. 

 

Goal #1: To write every day

I got a nifty little planner book from a Scribler box last month and I’m gonna use that to track my daily work counts.  I’m planning on writing 12k word a week.  That would equal out to roughly 36k words a month and give me time to do edits and revisions.

 

Goal #2:  To earn 15 new patrons on Patreon

In case you don’t know, Patreon is a platform where lovely people like you can help support independent creators like me.  For pledging a certain amount of money each month you’ll get perks that aren’t available to the general public.  For me that means you get things like Patreon only content, an opportunity to control a writer, and an extra special perk for those of the top tiers.  Click the link here Patreon Page  to head over and check it out.

 

Goal #3 Take care of my mental health

2018 saw a rise in my depression and anxiety to levels that I’ve never seen before.  I didn’t take care of myself which only made things worse and made it harder for me to write the way I wanted to which, in turn, lead to more depression and anxiety.  See the issue.  So this year I need to take better care of myself, physically and mentally so that I can not only be happier, but a better writer as well.

 

Question time?

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What are they?

 

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5 Things That Irritate Me While Reading

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I hope everyone is doing well.  Right now I’m enjoying the first snow of the season.  Any who, I’ve had some people ask me about what I look for when it comes to my book reviews.  I don’t really have a set method per say, just some things or tropes that get under my skin consistently.  So without further ado here are my top five things that irritate me while reading.

Number 1: A world with little to no explanations.

World building can make or break your novel.  There’s a fine line between letting the reader learn about the world as they go and giving them everything in an information dump.  But what frustrates me to no end is when writers introduce their world with it’s strange terminology without any explanation.  Sometimes I have to read a bit two or three times before I either figure out what the hell the author is talking about or give up because I don’t want to get hung up on a small detail.

Number 2: Characters who are bitchy for the sake of being bitchy.

I know that not every character has to be likable but when characters swing back and forth between average and raging bitch like they’re bipolar for no other reason than to create conflict, I’m gonna call you out on it.  On a similar note, when characters themselves are fighting to stay mad at someone then maybe it’s time to rework the relationship.

Number 3: Useless Love interests/Love triangles.

Love is an organic entity, much like writing.  You cannot force it.  If you have to force your characters to like each other, then they shouldn’t be together.  Not everyone needs a love interest.  One a similar note; please, please, please stop making love triangles.  They are the most contrite things in literature.  Almost 90% of the time, the MC doesn’t even care about the triangle, it’s the author trying to get us invested in it.  Please stop.

Number 4: Kicking them while their down.

All writing is about conflict.  It’s the driving force that carries the story along, but sometimes writers channel their inner Satan or whatever and throw one thing after another at their characters.  The constant conflict without comes off as time fillers and a waste of time.  They don’t do anything except play with our emotions and I don’t care.  If you want to make an impact with your conflicts keep them sharp and precise that a well placed blade.  It’s the only way to maximize their impact.

Number 5: Taking forever to get to the point.

This is my number one complaint but number five listed.  I loath it when writers take forever to get to the main conflict.  I don’t mind getting to know the characters or the world but when it’s drawn out for the sake of drawing it out, then most likely I’ll have to put the book down.  My rule is that if I make it through a third of the book and still don’t care, then it goes back on the shelf.  Sometimes it’s my frame of mind that makes it difficult to get into the book but just as often, it’s unlikable characters and slow pacing.

 

Whelp, there you have it.  The five things that I hate when reading.  What are your’s?  Let me know by leaving a comment below!

 

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