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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Interview: A.B. Funkhauser

Author Book Review (8).pngCome one!  Come all!  See my latest captive author interview!  Let me take off the sheet so we can see who we have today…

I’m A.B. Funkhauser and I’m an undertaker living in Toronto, Canada. When I’m not doing what I’m trained for, I write, lecture, draw, listen to R – E – C – O – R – D – S, and Chill and Netflix. I enjoy long walks in the woods, don’t mind the beach, and love tooling around the chilly Canadian countryside in winter in a convertible with the top DOWN. I wear a tuque when my hair isn’t big and I do say “Eh” and I say it proudly, eh?

Woot!  The interview and my crimes has gone international!!! So, what comic goodness are you reading up there in Canada?

The New York Times Best Seller list never lies, so I’m keeping an eye on ONE-PUNCH MAN, VOL. 4 by ONE and Yusuke Murata and NARUTO: THE SEVENTH HOKAGE AND THE SCARLET SPRING by Masashi Kishimoto. Blame the kids, they got me hooked.

Manga is an excellent choice!  Heck, even Stan Lee has worked in manga.  He had a hand in making Karakuri Dôji Ultimo.  And- Whoa, I better stop or I’ll end up monologue-ing like a villain.  Speaking of villains, got a favorite?  Other than me, of course.

I totally got into Fish in season one of GOTHAM, but now I can’t take my eyes off Penguin. Robin Lord Taylor is AMAZING. Of course, it helps that he’s a snappy dresser and loves his mum, but there’s more to it than that. His relationship with Jim Gordon is so complex and curious. In Gordon he seeks a friend, a brother, someone who can approve of him. It’s touching and heart breaking. Now, when he goes off the wall as he often does, he is high camp: zany, homicidal, funny beyond belief, even at his most sadistic. I think his vulnerable side is a great balance to all the crazy. I keep hoping he’ll find some peace, but then, if he did, he wouldn’t be Penguin.

Well, we villains are quite zany!  Know what else is zany?  Superpowers!  They can be so helpful, but there’s always a price, the weakness.  Tell me which superpower you’d like and I’ll dump the radioactive ooze on you.

Easy! I’d be a more controlled version of Storm. Let it rain a half hour each day between four and four-thirty in spring-summer; let there always be snow Christmas Day; keep the water behind the levees at all times; and let there be enough humidity to keep skins soft and mosquitoes down. What’s the weakness? The planet is busted up into different hemispheres limiting my dream to where I dwell, so many will be left out. That makes me sad.

Tell the lovely people why you’re here today, as we wait for the ooze to take effect.

OFFICIAL SCOOTER COVER.jpgI’m getting the word out on my second novel SCOOTER NATION releasing March 13 through Solstice Publishing and Amazon. It’s a bewdy, combining gonzo mortuary revenge themes with a little bit of romance and a lot of humor. There are many players vying for control of the street they live on, but only a handful will triumph against the evil wafting from City Hall and an over inflated showboat of a fitness guru, all hell bent on transforming a real community with real people into fakey punk plastic. I’m so excited because the unlikely avengers in this scenario are a rag tag crew of funeral directors and a gang of scooter bound sextenarians crusading for the rights of the disabled. The challenges are herculean in that they must put aside civilized behavior—everything they’ve been taught to believe is right—to achieve their ends. The question I hope to leave readers with is: Are these people heroes or villains? What is the difference?

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I made a promise… ~ #ROW80 Check-In

4I just got home from work, which consisted mostly of me watching videos on how to play Heroclix and read THE VISION #1 -3.  Served some customers too, but mostly the other two.  (Best. Job. EVER!!!!)  But between the time change, the dryer incident of doom, shopping, and work… So am done for the day!

You’re probably wondering about the dryer, though.  *deep breath*  So, yesterday (Saturday) I started a load of laundry and took my dogs for a walk.  When we were done, I placed that load in the dryer and hopped on the treadmill for another two miles (because I got new running/walking shoes on Friday and breaking them in).  This was around 10am… After lunch and a shower, around 1pm, the dryer was still going.  I checked and the inside was ice and the clothes were still wet.  Since it is winter here, I set up clothesline in my son’s room and set fans on it to dry.

I didn’t intend to buy online.  But, I was on Lowe’s website and after messing about, I found that they’d have anything in stock to us in relatively short amount of time (24 hours they call to set up delivery).  So around 6pm last night, we ordered.  At 9pm they called us saying between 7:30-noon we’ll get a call about delivery.  At 9:38am they came, the installed, & they hauled away. LOWE’S IS SO FUTURE!!!

Anyways, I made a promise to my friend that I’ll relax about marketing.  I keep trying to figure out “What more can I do?” Which is fine, but not fine when that’s all I’m doing (writing wise).  So I have until noon Monday to deal with my odds and ends.  Then… ALCHEMY (and some UNMASKING #2)!

When is marketing enough?
Daylight savings? Love?  Hate?

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Just Some Writing Stuff Housekeeping

Blanca-001Before it starts raining, I want to get out there and walk the dogs.  So, I just want to make this super quick.

My short story BLANCA, which had been part of the FIRST LOVE anthology, is now for sale on it’s own.  It can be bought for Kindle here.  PDF can be gotten from Solstice Publishing.  $0.99!

Next of note, is I have more people to thank for helping me get the word out about UNMASKING: LEMON’S THESIS.

Thank you to Paul Jessup for hosting my guest post about the choices I made to make UNMASKING feel like a comic.

Thanks to Denise D. Young for letting me geek out on her blog as I explained how hobbies are great assets for writers.

Also thanks to K. L. Schwengel, Emily WittTorrance Sené, and David Leadbeater for spreading the word about UNMASKING!

It feels like a bit of an empty promise, but it is my sincere hope to resume a more normal schedule this upcoming week.  I’m also likely going to return to scheduling my posts instead of live posting them (as I forget that I’m supposed to post them until super late most days so I then push it back a week and vicious cycle).  And (I’ll properly announce this Tuesday in the newsletter) my newsletter will be going to monthly (probably first or last day of the month, because it’s simplest that way).

Okay, time to walk the dogs!
Have a great weekend!  Any big plans?

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