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What are my priorities?

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This was my morning the other day.  I like images with my blog posts, but nothing really fit it, so I picked this.

In 2015, 2014, and pretty much every year before it, I had a clear idea of what most important to me.  First, family.  Second, writing.  Third… changed depending and for the purposes of this doesn’t matter.  Just got into the counting of stuff that’s all.  Anyways, my point is that  I had my priorities figured out.

I’m not saying I ran my life like a boss, because usually it was too much one thing (writing, for example) and not enough others (cleaning and exercise, for more example).  Generally, I worked hard, adjusted, and kept at it while having a super clear vision. Except in 2015.  I pwned 2015 like it was a noob.

Then came 2016.  I thought I was just going to kill it.  My plan?  Same thing we I do every night, Pinky year. Try to take over the world. Up my game.

To be honest, it has been an amazing year for me.  Literally, something is always happening.  Mostly good, like getting chickens, my parents visiting, and getting a job.  But, there’s some bad in there too, like spending last week on steroids (please, never again) for the first time ever because I hurt my back so bad it gave me sciatica.  This year has been a total whirlwind!!!!  It has been nothing like how I planned, though.

In addition to priorities, 2015 and previous years had a routine to them.  Obviously from the hints in the previous paragraph, this year not so much.  And as I write this I can’t help but wonder.  Is it that having one (priorities) breeds the other (routine)?  Or was 2015’s success entirely because both were present?  Really doesn’t matter.  Either way, I’m sorely lacking both this year.

I’m also lacking discipline.  When writing was my only job, I could tell myself not watching anime, not playing video games, and taking time away from “fun” stuff made sense.  However, now that I have a job where doing those things is a benefit to me, I find it harder to tell myself I should be writing rather than watching SAKAMOTO DESU GA.  Rather than read a book, I’m more likely to pick up a comic.

And, because 2016 has just been that eventful, I didn’t realize any of this until the start of this month.  So, where have I been?  Busy.  Lost.  Am I back?  Sorry, still busy and lost.  But at least I know it now.  With how things have been, I’m not sure how long until I know what’s going on.  But, when I know, you’ll know.

Stay awesome!

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Interview: Emily Witt

Author Book Review (10).pngMUAHAHAHAHA!

You know what my maniacal laughter that sound means.  Another authors has become prisoner to my blog.  Are you ready to meet our latest test subject guest?

Hiya, I’m Emily. I’m an Australian librarian/archivist living in Canberra. I tend to write romance with a little fantasy thrown in for good measure. When I’m not reading or writing, I can also be found singing in choirs or doing musicals with local theatre groups.

Ooooooo… I like to sing too!  But I sort of follow the Geneva Convention and that bit about torture sometimes, so I’ll spare you this time.  In exchange for my kindness, would you tell me your writer origin story?

I’ve been writing pretty much as long as I can remember. In creative writing assignments in primary school I always went above and beyond what was actually asked because I’d always get carried away. Once we were asked to write about what job we’d do if we belonged to a circus and mine was about three pages long because I wanted to be the ringmaster, lion tamer, acrobat, trapeze artist and probably every performer as well. Everybody else wrote maybe a paragraph. 

Are you sure that isn’t some kind of super power? If it isn’t, that’s a good ground floor attribute to have before becoming a superhero.  But if writing made you a superhero what would be your superpower and what would be your super weakness?

I spent most of my teen years writing fan fiction (mostly of the Doctor Who variety) and thanks to that, I’m quite good at character development and dialogue, but I really struggle with world-building. A lot of my dialogue will stay the same from draft one, but descriptive parts need a lot of feedback and subsequent drafts to get them right.

Gotta love the Doctor!  Though I doubt he’d approve of my experiments.  Speaking of which…  If you could have any superpower, what would you want the radioactive gummy bear to give you?

This is a very good question! Probably the ability to teleport places or at least get there really fast, as I am a fan of a lot of places but not such a fan of the getting there. But depending on the in-universe physics and knowing the limitations of the human body, it’s highly possible that once I got there, I’d be too exhausted or in too much physical pain to actually do anything. I’d have to watch how I used it.

Why don’t you guys check out Emily’s book, while we wait for the gummy to kick in?

AMCFTsmallMost of the young women in Nardowyn swoon over Crown Prince Felipe, but Caitlin has never seen the appeal. When she catches his eye during a royal festival, she has little choice but to begrudgingly go along with his attempts to form a friendship between them, and soon learns that there is more to him than meets the eye.

When Felipe goes to war to avenge the death of his brother, Cait enlists as a nurse to be nearer to him. Here, Cait’s connection to the prince will put her in more danger than she can imagine. But Cait’s never been one to take the easy way out, so if her life is going to turn into some sort of fairy tale, with a prince and a happily ever after, it’s no surprise it will be a more complicated one.

Buy it on Amazon!

Get more Emily Witt on
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Interview: Tiffany Shand

Author Book Review (9).pngIt’s Monday and I’m MUAHAHAHA-ing!  That can only mean one thing.  I’ve captured got another author interview.  Shall we see who fell into our trap came to the blog today?

Hi, I’m Tiffany Shand from Essex, UK. I write urban fantasy and all things paranormal when I’m not being terrorised by my demon cats.

Demon cats?  I think I need to get me some of those.  I think they’d make good henchmen pets.  I wonder where you get those, though.  As for you, Ms. Shand, why did you decide to pursue a life of crime writing?

I’ve been writing stories for as long as I can remember. After I left school due to health reasons writing really helped me learn to cope with that. After doing a creative writing course, I felt inspired to go ahead and publish my first novel. 

I’m glad to hear it has helped you.  Usually crime writing just lands people in Arkham with the Joker Cthulhu.  Of course if you have the right skills, you can escape.  What crime writing skill is your best?

I think the strongest part of my writing is dialogue. I love seeing what my characters have to say.

Weakness?

The hardest part of writing for me is writing descriptions – that’s definitely something I struggle with.

Now, drink this and tell me what result we’re hoping for?

I’d love to be able to teleport, but the downside with that is I probably wouldn’t be able to go everywhere.

Yes, there’s usually some sort of range limit with that power.  Here’s hoping, though!

[CRASH!]

Oh, dear. Ms. Shand escaped on us.  But she dropped this.

Denai Bound Cover.jpgDenai witch, Cate McCray should be enjoying married life with her new elemental husband, Jason. But their arrival in a new city soon has them stumbling headlong into a new case with dangerous connections to the very people that govern their world.

Cate and Jason face opposition from those they once considered allies. Together with their team of enforcers, they must find the killer before anyone else dies.

With danger from all sides and the threat of ancient, dangerous magic, the team must pull together and use all their strength to find their enemy before disaster strikes.

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Eating My Feelings ~ #ROW80 Check-In

4On the same day UNMASKING: LEMON’S THESIS released, an old friend of my husband’s passed away.  My husband had known him since high school and I hung out with the man more than a few times.  My miniature war gaming?  It was this man’s influence.  I watched my husband and him play a game and then he gave me a sheet, lent me some minis, and had me join in.  So, the fact I spent the night before his memorial service (Friday) trying to figure out/playing Heroclix?  Very fitting.  (Though, he might have called it “miniature gaming for card floppers” or something like that.)

So yesterday, Saturday, was the service.  It started then.  Me putting food in my mouth nonstop, not giving a crap if it was good or bad for me.  I just had to like it or it had to look sweet.  I wanted to eat.  I still want to eat.  I’m too tired and sad to have willpower.

But I had it.  Monday through Thursday, I was awesome.  I did most of the stuff I was supposed to.  Household, exercise, and writing were all in balance.  Then the sads started on Friday and…  I just ate more fudge.  I shouldn’t have done that.

UNMASKING: LEMON’S THESIS got two reviews. See, you totally should read it!

I’m giving myself until the end of today to be a sad sack.  I’ll resume exercise and writing properly tomorrow.  Today, being a ball in my covers eating muffins is okay.

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Cover Reveal: A More Complicated Fairytale by Emily Witt

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A More Complicated Fairytal
By Emily Witt

Release day: April 02, 2016

Blurb:
Most of the young women in Nardowyn swoon over Crown Prince Felipe, but Caitlin has never seen the appeal. When she catches his eye during a royal festival, she has little choice but to begrudgingly go along with his attempts to form a friendship between them, and soon learns that there is more to him than meets the eye.

When Felipe goes to war to avenge the death of his brother, Cait enlists as a nurse to be nearer to him. Here, Cait’s connection to the prince will put her in more danger than she can imagine. But Cait’s never been one to take the easy way out, so if her life is going to turn into some sort of fairy tale, with a prince and a happily ever after, it’s no surprise it will be a more complicated one.

author-photo.jpgAuthor Bio:
Emily has been writing since the age of six, but only recently developed the skill of finishing the projects that she starts (and even then, only sometimes). She is currently studying for a Masters in Museum and Heritage Studies and works at the National Library of Australia. In her spare time she can be found watching Doctor Who or curled up on the couch with a hot chocolate and a good book.

You can visit her blog for more information:
http://keysandopenmind.wordpress.com

And also her Facebook page:
http://www.facebook.com/keysandopenmind

Cover design:
Thanks to the very awesome K. L. Schwengel – http://klschwengel.com

Excerpt:
Towards the middle of the afternoon, they came across a wooden stage with a banner across the top bearing the words ‘Alfonso the Magnificent, Grand Illusionist’. On the stage, a man was describing the great feats of illusion that the crowds would witness when the show started in ten minutes. Neither Cait nor Ava had ever seen a magic show before, so they bought tickets and found themselves good seats.

For the next three-quarters of an hour, they witnessed mind-reading, card tricks and even a woman being sawn in half! Even Cait had been on the edge of her seat for that finale.

When Alfonso the Magnificent had taken his final bows and disappeared from the stage, Cait turned to Ava. “What did you think?” she asked.

“That was spectacular!” Ava replied. “How do you think he did that last one?”

“There were two women in the box,” said a hooded man who had been sitting on Cait’s other side. “That’s the only way it could be done.”

“Do you think so?” Ava leaned across Cait a little to speak to the man and in doing so, recognised the face under the hood. She sat back again, quickly. “Cait, it’s -”

The cloaked man held up a finger to quickly quiet her. “Please don’t give me away. I’m trying to avoid my guards at the moment.”

He lowered his hood and Cait realised why Ava had been so surprised. She looked at Ava. “Well, won’t Ginny and Bridget be jealous?” She looked back to Prince Felipe with a wry smile. “Our younger sisters are big fans of yours, your Highness. We tried telling them it was unlikely any of us would see you here, but they kept their hopes up. I’m sure they’re going to be frightfully upset about this.”

“Well, I suppose you were right to discourage them. I’m not supposed to be spending my time at magic shows designed to entertain the masses. In fact, I believe I should be dining with the Princess Royal of Brellalan at this very moment.”

“Then why aren’t you?”

Cait didn’t mean to ask such a direct – and perhaps slightly accusatory – question, not to the prince, but it was out of her mouth before she could remind herself who she was talking to.

The prince did not seem too perturbed, though. “Have you ever had to spend time with women who have been raised only to aspire to one day marry a prince?”

“I can’t say that I have, Your Highness.”

“Then count yourself lucky. I would much rather spend my time at magic shows in the company of such charming ladies as you and your friend, than dining with any of them.”

As he spoke the words, a yell was heard behind them, and the prince looked up with a start. Someone shouted “There!” and a group of red-uniformed men of the palace guard pointed towards Cait, Ava and Prince Felipe.

Glancing back at Cait and Ava, the prince quickly stood and replaced his hood over his head. “It’s been lovely,” he said with a nod, and then leapt across three benches and off in the opposite direction to the guards. They shouted again and ran after him, but Cait saw him quickly blend in with the crowds and silently wished the guards luck. They were probably going to need it.

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