When I was initially approached about doing this blog hop, I
was excited, being like most authors, the chance for some additional attention
was something I could not pass up.Then
I saw that I was going to have to write about Christmas, even worse being what
it means to me, then the trouble ensued.I spent a couple of days wracking my brain on what I could write about,
without coming up with anything.Then I
forgot about it, until an email arrived reminding me of my participating.
Beyond the birth of Jesus and everything I grew up learning,
Christmas to me is about family and friends.It is the time of year where we take the time to care and share with
each other.As I sit here, I think
about how everything l enjoy with Christmas centers around, food, activities
and socializing.Some of the finer highpoints
are going to look at Christmas lights, various meals and assorted gift
exchanges.It is nice to take time to spend
with family and friends.
Over the years, my family and I have been working on getting
back into celebrating.A few years ago,
we decided to skip Christmas, instead taking a trip down to California, hitting
Universal Studios, Disneyland, Sea World and everything else we could find the time
to see.It was so nice to take a break
from the craziness of the holiday season and we liked it so much, years later
we still have not gotten back into the whole routine.
This year is going to be extra fun, with it being my puppy’s
first Christmas.Having a puppy is very much
like having a kid, or so I imagine.There
is the excitement and curiosity.She is
fascinated about everything, which in turn gets me excited.As with Thanksgiving there will be food and
I saw how she enjoyed the many foods we had to enjoy, with Christmas there will
be many more.
What is the name of my most recently released novel?
I snapped this picture today on my phone coming back from a lunch meeting. I thought it was cool seeing the sky being split between sunny and stormy, something I do not see all too often. The picture I took did not do it justice. After I took it, I came to the realization that this has been like me over the past couple of weeks, or so I think, walking along with my head in the clouds. Just kidding! I've been feeling both accomplished and frustrated. I've been getting some things done that I would like to do, but not able to get to other things. Everything in my life seems to be like this right now. I suppose I should be happy that I am content, yet I know it only takes a slight nudge to move content to discontent. Although this is all I had to write about, I thought the picture itself was worthy of the entry.
After receiving several requests from readers who get their books on Smashwords and want to read my books, I have decided to release the Finding Our Way Series Collection early. Know there are more people out there who want to read my books, I could not wait to release. It can be purchased on Smashwords as of now by clicking on the cover art or Smashwords on this post.
Unlike with Amazon, I plan on leaving the series collection up for sale on Smashwords. The cover will be the only difference, being this is the original cover design I was going to go with. The limited version that will release on Amazon will not have the book titles next to the pictures on the cover and the title will include the word "collection."
Although I would be delighted to have my new book out by Christmas, it is not going to happen. All that are involved with the book, including myself have been too bogged down to keep up with all that it takes to ready a book for publication. For over a month I have had an idea of what I want to do for the cover art, yet I have done very little work on it. With the holiday fast approaching I decided that it would be better to take it easy and work on the new book as time allows.
Since I am being honest, I suppose I will share that I have not even been writing. I'm not sure if I needed a break or if I'm not in the mood. I figure since all the work I have been doing over the last year, that I was not going to stress over taking a break. That being said, I have planned most of my weekend to working creatively. Currently, I plan on doing some drawing (with hopes of getting my idea for cover art onto the paper).
I've been doing a whole bunch of reading from a wide range. I have read a couple fellow Indy authors works, as well as some popular titles. So far I have truly enjoyed everything I have read. Now, I need to get on the stick and write some reviews.
My brother introduced me to Game of Thrones. Although I have enjoyed the books, I have to admit that I enjoy watching the series more. However, I did buy the first four books and I am working on reading through them. I finished the first book and I am about a third of the way through the second. The good thing about reading the books is now I know the characters names as well as additional details left out of the series. It is cool being able to talk with my brother and dad about them. It feels like it has been awhile since I have had a common interest such as this with either of them.
Some good news! Well of sorts. I've had a couple of people ask me if I was ever going to put out a collection of Finding Our Way, Tormented Discovery and Drifting. As of Monday I decided that I would in fact put out a collection of all three books. They will be released as The Finding Our Way Series and will contain all three complete books sold together for a discount price of buying them separately. This will go on sale for a limited time, beginning Black Friday and will continue until some time in January (depending on the interest).
Over the last couple of weeks, I’ve ended up taking a bit of a break from writing and drawing.For quite some time I have wanted to get back into reading.When I upgraded my Kindle Fire to a Kindle Fire HD 8.9” I made myself a promise I was going to do some more reading.This has been a promise I have kept.I have been reading through my pile of books, most of which I had been planning on reading for over a year with a few other’s here and there I have found interesting.
What I love best about my new Kindle is it does something I have wished for as long as I can remember.There are times when I am reading a book and want to listen to it while driving in my car.Now I can had the Kindle read it to me when I am unable to read myself.It is an option that I am glad I have.I used to get the audio book of something I was reading, but it would take me forever to find where I was at either listening or reading and it would be annoying.Or I would start listening to a book and read a different one, and then I would mix up the storylines.
The new book is still in the editing process.When I get it back, I plan to add in some stuff that I meant to include when I was writing, along with going through to see what changes have been made.As far as the cover art, I have an idea in my head what I want it to be like, but I have been lacking the motivation to work on it.Drawing is something that comes and goes with me.Usually I get the cover rolling while the editing is being done.This book, has been so different, being it is still without a title and perhaps will be done being edited by the time I start on the cover.
I hurt my foot this past weekend, so much to the puppy and my disappointment we have not been walking.I am looking forward to not having to keep my foot elevated and be able to get out and walk with her.She has been so good, sticking by me as I have been pretty much stuck in bed over the last couple of days.She is such a smart, sweet little girl.I have been glad that the black interior, mainly the leather seats have not been damaged being I have been taking her just about everywhere I go.
Then there is my new addiction, something I am not sure if I should be putting out there just yet.My brother introduced me to Game of Thrones.I watched the first season twice while being stuck in bed.He brought me the second season last night, which I stayed up until I could not keep my eyes open watching.I keep getting told I need to read the books, to which I plan on doing, but not anytime soon.I need to taper off my reading and get back to being an author!
Speaking of which I have been outlining my new work in progress, a book I had an idea a couple years ago and never ended up writing.For years, I have been adding ideas to the file with it, planning on writing the book someday.When I told my editor about it, she practically begged me to write it next.I told her that I would look through my notes and see.It looks like I will finally be writing this book.
Blurb: In the year 2081 our planet survived global warming of an
apocalyptic scale. When the dust settled and the water receded Dr. Anthony
Smith, one of only a few hundred survivors of GWI, started society anew. Having
come to the conclusion that injudicious breeding played a huge role in the
destruction of Earth as we knew it in the twenty first century, he worked
closely with other survivors to isolate the Dionysus gene. This gene has the
ability to manipulate human DNA to ensure that all male children be born gay,
and all female children be born lesbians. A new society is born.
In the year 2300 Dr. Smith’s descendants are ushering in the twenty fourth
century having maintained control of the government that still rules society.
Twins Aiya and Aiyan are preparing to meet their matches and take control of
House Gaeland, the current ruling House. But not everything is as it seems.
Love is Love.. it knows no gender and doesn’t conform to restrictions and
boundaries. Aiyan has found his soul mate in Kaden, the prince of House Devi
that he is matched with and eventually marries. But when the person Aiya falls
in love with tests the boundaries put in place after GWI, all hell breaks
loose. And in the midst of one secret unraveling, another will emerge. There is
a growing anomaly that threatens to destroy over two hundred years of
progression. This anomaly is known as Opposites.
*WARNING* Opposites is a majorly M/M New Adult novel that contains explicit
sexual content and relationships between gay, lesbian and straight couples.