Find Your Joy.

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Can I be honest?

2018 has been a bit of a trash fire of a year, hasn’t it?

Stepping away from the chaotic whirlwind of bad news has been a struggle. Being creating in 2018 has been even more difficult. It’s important to write, even in the middle of the muck.

I think, more than any other time, it’s also important to find happy moments and pursue them.

For me?

This weekend, that meant baking, reading, and video games.

Baking? That went brilliantly. I made Mary Berry’s recipe for profiteroles, photo evidence above. They tasted AMAZING. They also didn’t last the weekend lol. Yum.

Reading? I finally got around to reading Alison Weir’s Jane Seymour, The Haunted Queen, which I enjoyed immensely. I love a good historical fiction. And this one was definitely half fact and half fiction. Brilliantly done though.

Video games? I’ve gotten completely obsessed with the latest Assassin’s Creed game, Odyssey. Epic, brilliant, amazing. Love it so much.

Now, I’m back to writing on my new work in progress–an urban fantasy. Should be great fun.

How about you? What moments of joy are you finding for yourself this year?

Dun, dun, dun.

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Book two in my cottage mystery trilogy is out today.

Are you ready?

Are you?

POND LIVE BANNER
Killer on the loose? Check.
Frogs in the garden? Check.
Playing a twisted game with a killer? Not good.
Bishan Tamboli struggles to recover from his false arrest. He worries the police still aren’t as convinced about his innocence. With his longtime boyfriend, Valor, at his side, he intends to solve the puzzles and catch the murderer amongst their former schoolmates.
He’s fought hard for his independence as an autistic and refuses to throw it all away because of a nameless monster. With friends and family in the killer’s crosshairs, Bishan fears the mystery will bring the end of everything and everyone he loves.

Book Review: Dead in the Garden

Reviews from Bayou Book Junkie:

“As cozy mysteries go, this one is really good. It had enough detail and intrigue to keep me interested, and as I said before, I loved Valor and Bishan.” 4.5 Stars

“This is the first I’ve read from this author and I thought the writing was really well-done. I especially love cozy mysteries and I thought this series fit well within that genre. The author has built a world full of interesting people.” 4 stars

And it was true love.

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This week I thought I’d share just a few of the many reasons Bishan and Valor from The Grasmere Cottage Mystery Trilogy belong together.

1. Poirot.

2. Pudding.

3. School boy bonding.

4. Pudding.

5. Friendship.

6. Patience, on both their parts for different reasons. Bishan is patient when Valor has a rare moment of spoilt pratness. And Valor is infinitely patient with all of the ways being autistic affects Bishan.

7. Opposites attract.

8. They were defeinitelymade for each other.

9. Laughter.

10. A mutual love of mytsery and intrigue.

 

Author Interview: Aaron Speer

Are you a panster or a plotter?
If you asked me this when I first started, I’d say plotter. Every scene. All arcs. Now though? I’d say its 70 30 pantsing.
 
Do you believe in Writer’s Block? If so, how do you kick its arse?
Yes I do. Music is my best weapon. I’m always listening to specific download tracks based on the book I’m writing.
 
What book is your comfort read on a bad day? The one you go back to reread over and over. 
The Godfather
 
Describe your perfect writing space:
Alone. Quiet. In a bedroom or small office type space.
 
Do you write your title first or story first?
Title always
 
And lastly, write a one or two paragraph flash fiction inspired by the last photo or text you got on your phone:

She sent me a photo of tonight’s dinner. Strange, as she had cursed me out not an hour before. She had never sent me pictures of anything like this before.
I began to wonder, was this a message? A chilling warning of the night ahead?
My beautiful fiance had only been released from minimum security less than a year ago. I never asked her what her previous husband’s died of…
 
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I love writing adult paranormal fiction. Vampires, werewolves, ghosts… oh my. I’ve been writing since I was 11 but I’ve always been a dreamer… often getting caught staring off into space as I created stories in my mind.

One of my stories, Night Walker (Undeadly Secrets Series Book 1), won the 2017 Golden Stake Award at the International Vampire Film and Arts Festival held in Transylvania annually. I’m still quite chuffed about walking away with it after facing some great contenders.

The Fourth book in what some refer to as The Undeadly Secrets Saga released in early 2018 and I followed that with my first Contemporary Romance (MMA) release in August of 2018. I also have a short story thriller series, The Independents, and will be branching out into other genres in the coming year.

My favourite activities include spending time with family, dragging my forever patient wife to watch my beloved St George Illawarra Dragons, popping into the movies for the latest blockbusters, going to the gym for my dream body. Or just a body. Anything, really.

My beautiful wife and I welcomed our first child into the world in 2017. My fans declared him the Prince of Speerverse and claimed he seemed to take after me in his want to build the tension as high as possible… making us and our loved ones wait 3 long days for him to make his entrance. My wife and I live with the love of our lives in Sydney, Australia: the setting for the majority of my works.
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Surprise!

This week I thought I’d share five different ways writing The Grasmere Cottage Mystery Trilogy surprised me.

And boy, did it surprise me.

  1. Cinnamon. I won’t say how, or why. But…it was definitely an eye-opening bit of research on my part.
  2. The ending. As someone who doesn’t really outline, I rarely know what’s happening in the end. The person who ended up saving the day was a surprise for me.
  3. Valor’s family, specifically, his little sister.
  4. One death in particular in the first novella shocked me. I didn’t see it coming.
  5. Gnomes.

I can think of a few more, but I don’t want to spoil anything.

Next week, I’ll be back with another post on the series.

Author Interview: Billie Dale

Are you a panster or a plotter?

I’m a panster, with a little bit of plotter hidden underneath. I write as the characters play out their lives in my head..no matter how crazy they can be.
 
Do you believe in Writer’s Block? If so, how do you kick its arse?
 
 
What book is your comfort read on a bad day? The one you go back to reread over and over.
 
Archer’s Voice by Mia Sheridan is my goto, feel good read. Really anything by Mia gets my feels going. If I need writing inspiration I hit up an Amy Harmon book and revel in her genius!
 
Describe your perfect writing space:
 
For now it’s sitting at my kitchen table…but it would be a Starbucks infused, most comfortable office chair in the world and my ideas would flow freely. 
 
Do you write your title first or story first?
Story and let it determine it’s name
 
And lastly, write a one or two paragraph flash fiction inspired by the last photo or text you got on your phone:
 
“Woo Whip,” lights up my phone as a shrill whispered screech pierces the air sending me racing toward the bathroom door. The signature text from my youngest daughter spawn when she needs something while indisposed. A call for help that started when she was first old enough to alone in the bath turned into text lingo when she got her phone.
I tap lightly on the door cause no one and I mean no one is allowed in the restroom while she does her business, it’s a sacred time. My fingers tap lightly on the door, “Mom! Get in here!” She yells. There on the porcelain throne is my twelve year old and with a grumbling growl a gremlin holding a roll of toilet paper races between my legs and out of the room.
“Your pet slowed my roll again!” I laugh, hand her a fresh roll and exit to chase our house Gizmo down before he has time to shred the paper. Unable to locate him, I plop on the sofa where a few second later he appears with his tufty ears and buck toothed grin, offering me the still whole roll as retribution. I pat him on the head and snuggle into his velvet soft fur to watch some Friends reruns.
Just another evening in the Dale residence.
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A blogger by nature and a writer because she got tired of arguing with the voices in her head. She loves and lives the words on the page, whether writing them or reading them her life is consumed by the worlds her head creates. 
 
Her greatest wish is that readers will fall in love with her words as much as she loves writing them and as much as she loves reading others. She loves to create new worlds to explore and loves to write words that will take root in you soul. 
 
Paranormal, New Adult, Romantic Comedy, Contemporary — there is not one box she fits in. She’s a rebel in the author world who writes what her head tells her even it jumps from genre to genre.