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.
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?
The weatherman told us we’d get a little bit of snow on Friday. The bastard lied. We got non-stop thick snow for most of the day and wound up with around eight to ten inches. My dog was not amused.
She hopped around in it for a bit, completely disappearing.
I loved it…right up until the point when both our power and internet decided to go out.
I handled it fairly well. I lived in the Dominican Republic for two years when I was in my twenties, dealing with power outages was a daily occurrence, so I have loads of experience.
What do I do with my time? I reread the Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs (the ones I had in paperback in any case.) I also read a few of Mary Balogh’s novels. Oh, and I made some headway on a less exciting non-fiction book that I’ve been putting off.
My beloved hubby did NOT handle being without power and internet. Accurate depiction of him:
He also whined a bit (and by that I mean constantly), and I ended up feeling a bit like this:
Did you get any snow this weekend?
(And five reasons to love Aled.)
As the release date to The Botanist approaches, I thought I’d share a bit about the two main characters. I fell in love with both of them and hope you do the same.
- He’s a hero.
- Hilariously funny.
- Incredibly hot.
- A Navy SEAL. Who doesn’t love a SEAL?
- Genuinely cares about helping others.
- Great hair. He’s got better hair than I do.
- Plants. More plants. All the plants. He talks to them and treats them like his pets.
- His brilliant mind.
- Courage in the face of a terrible event.
- His optimism.
What makes you a love a character?
Author: Randi Perrin
Title: Virtue and Honor
Series: Earthbound Angels, Book 3
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Release Date: July 29, 2017
Publisher: Hot Tree Publishing
Angela Waters juggles two high-stress jobs: nurse and earthbound angel. On a rare girls’ night out, she intervenes and saves the life of Mason Kearney, a stripper with southern charm and a secret. It’s a move that will force her to contemplate why in all the heavens she puts up with the injustice of being an angel, which leads to a bombshell that challenges everything she’s ever known.
In the midst of falling for the Alabama boy, she’s in for the fight of her life when a demon, hell-bent on taking her wings, shows up at the most inopportune times.
With a family of angels rallying behind her, she’s sent on a mission to learn everything about them, herself, and evil, to save all the earthbounds from an untimely demise.
Can Angela survive with her heart and her wings intact?
Randi has spent her entire life writing in one form or another. In fact, if she wasn’t writing, she’d likely go completely and utterly insane. Her husband has learned to recognize when the voices are talking in her head and she needs some quality time with an empty Word file (the key to a successful marriage with a writer).She lives with her husband, daughter, and four-legged children—all of which think they are people too.
A pop culture junkie, she has been known to have entire conversations in movie quotes and/or song lyrics.
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To cheer myself up about turning another year older, I decided to have a sale & giveaway, several lovely authors and friends decided to take part.
You’ll find both of my novels: Masquerade and Twelve Days free on Amazon today and tomorrow only!
Author Sheila Kell’s brilliant book HIS Desire (An H.I.S. Novel) is on sale for 99c.
Author Lynn Stookes has her Fatal Obsession for 99c.
The prizes are:
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2 copies of Ivy by Dahlia Donovan
HIS Desire by Sheila Kell
Fatal Obsession by Lynn Stookes
Snare by Clarissa Wild
Need You Now by Mika Jolie
Consumed by NJ Flatman
This month, I’m reading:
1. The Creation of Anne Boleyn – Fascinating. Not my favourite Anne Boleyn book, but I enjoyed parts of it. What I didn’t care for is how the book seemed to be an endless complaint about other Tudor historical authors. It got to be a bit annoying and turned me off of the book.
2. Make Mine a Ranger – sexy military men? What can I say, my weakness. Great book, might have to read the others in the series.
3. Cotswolds Memoir – I added this one because I’m going to be working on Judy & Carl at some point, and I think that’s where they’re going to go.
4. Edward III: The Perfect King – (To be read)
5. Frugal and Delicious – Interesting, but…not sure how much of it I’d actually use.
6. An Inconvenient Ward – I’m a sucker for a good Regency romance.
7. Seal The Deal (To be read)
8. The Stolen Crown – I wanted to enjoy this, I really did. But the first person POV just…felt really awkward.
9. A Love Most Dangerous – (To be read)
Last Month’s List:
1. Perseverance (Finished)
2. The Everything Zen Book (Still Reading – there was no way I was reading this in a month lol.)
3. Waking Up Catholic (Finished)
4. Sweating Sickness in a Nutshell (Finished)
5. To Marry an English Lord (Finished)
6. The Fiction Writer’s Book of Checklists (Finished)
7. The Yuletide Countess (Finished)
8. Kitchen Confidential (DNF)
9. Katherine (Finished)