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July 10, 2014

Since I've blogged a few times about my health, I thought I'd give a little update because I have news! It's nice to have news too. Waiting for test results is as bad as waiting for a response about a query. Luckily, my doctor is ahead of the curve in this town and has an online site that I can look at my results instead of waiting for an appointment.

Apparently, I had mono .

I have no idea when I had mono. Or how I got it. But one of the tests results showed I did. The range for the results were 0-20 and I was over 200. I haven't gotten to talk to my doctor about it in detail, but I did stop by the office and make sure I was okay to work (especially since the office orders food from my job.) They said yeah and to make their next order extra tasty. They also said that this was likely the cause of my fatigue and there was little I could do about.

Just freaking peachy. At least things on my Iritis front are looking to change. I got the results back for my HLA-B27 gene test and it was positive. After talking to my eye doctor, I found out that just means I'm more likely to get an auto immune disease like Reiter's Syndrome. Not Rheumatoid Arthritis. I already tested negative for that twice. Whew. That's the one arthritis you really don't want to get. This result just means I may have more tests in my future. I have to discuss what to do next with my doctor when I see him in August.

Lucky me, but at least I'm getting somewhere.
Also, I got through Sara's notes on Snapshots. It wasn't  Picture
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Published on July 10, 2014 20:02

July 7, 2014

After bugging my best friend of nearly 30 years so much that she will probably never agree to do this again, I have Snapshots back from her with any typos highlighted. That means I can definitely move forward with a July 23rd rerelease date, and I would like your help in doing so. I made a nifty little form in Google Docs for you to fill out if you'd like to help me spread the word about Snapshots being available. I am looking for book bloggers, readers, writers, whoever wants to join the fun! Everyone who signs up gets an extra entry into the giveaway. If you donate to the giveaway, you get more entries.

I will be emailing all the details you need (I will be trying my hand at a pre-written HTML post. HUBBY! Help with this please) as the date draws near. If you have any questions or ideas on making this rerelease even more awesome, feel free to tell me in the comments. Loading... Picture
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Published on July 07, 2014 19:23 • 6 views

July 1, 2014

Picture It's time for the Insecure Writer's Support group again. IWSG is posted the first Wednesday of every month. It is the brain child of Ninja Captain  Alex J. Cavanaugh . Get your fears and insecurities out or give words of encouragement. We're writers, let's support each other!

I have a hard time talking about stuff. Like talking face to face to a person. I can blog about some things pretty easily, but I still hold back on the really bad stuff (the kind of bad stuff I really need to talk about.) Finally, this past weekend, I told hubby how lonely I've been feeling the past few weeks (it only took a couple weird tantrums and a few melt downs) and how it's affected my writing. At one point,  I flat out said, "My writing confidence is zero." I had someone in a Twitter chat tell me to let her know when Snapshots was rereleased so she could read it and I had a panic attack. I never get those, but I had to get up and do something calming–which turned out to be dishes. I was on the verge of saying "No, I'm never publishing it." and locking up all my writing.
All that made me eager for IWSG so I could talk about this and have people advise and/or just give a damn. It's a bit weird too. I used to find that support on Twitter and felt like my blog was languishing. But (ever since the A to Z) I've found more support on the blog and Twitter feels more like one giant promotional tool. One could say I did the A to Z Challenge right. =D

Anyways, I just want to say thanks for all the support and encouragement. Please keep it coming. I have to work on rebuilding up my confidence and self esteem again (hubby says I'm not allowed to be a brooding writer because it messes me up too much. Since he has a point, I'm listening.)

One more thing, Snapshots (clink link to read blurb and see the pretty new cover) is going to be rereleased soon and I'd love help spreading the word. If you're interested, you can sign up for the release blitz here.

Another thing, just noticed while finding the link to Snapshots' page on GR. Being Human has 100 ratings. According to GR 94% people like it. How cool is that? I'm going to bump up my confidence a little thanks to that. =)

And one last thing (I promise, this will be the last one) HAPPY CANADA DAY AND FOURTH OF JULY!

Okay, I lied, THIS is it. I had to redo my network blog, so if you were following that way, please refollow to get my posts. Picture
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Published on July 01, 2014 19:47 • 3 views

June 29, 2014

Picture Elsie Elmore tagged me in this hop and given that I'm trying to get Snapshots republished, it's probably a wise idea to try to create some hype. Plus, it's always fun to put Cyc on the chopping block. >8D (Look at the cover, he's glaring at me.)

1. What is the name of your main character? Is he fictional or a historic person?
Cyclop Blaine. He's pretty fictional... or is he. Dun dun DUN!!!!! No, he's fictional.

2. When and where is the story set?
The story is set in modern times. Since I'm rubbish at researching cities, I like to make up my own so I can lay them out however I want, so the story is set in a fictional city.

3. What should we know about him?
Don't let him punch you. Bones will be broken. Cyc is stronger and faster than your average person and had to learn to control his strength because he kept breaking everything. He can also see the future, but who can't? ;)
4. What is the main conflict? What messes up his life?
Being a (very) white boy in a gang makes life complicated. So does having the gang's leader's son as your exboyfriend. Then there's someone from his past that wants to basically enslave him. Oh, and not being able to control his visions of the future makes navigating daily life tricky.

5. What is his personal goal?
To be the master of his own life and not haunted by the nightmares of his past.

6. Is there a working title for this novel, and can we read more about it?
No working title, it's called Snapshots. You can read the blurb on  Goodreads .

7. When can we expect the books to be published?
I hoping to have it published in the next couple months. I just need to do one more typo check, bug hubby and a friend to typo check as well, and BAM! Publishing time.
I am going to tag  M.J. Fifield  because I believe this will help motivate her to keep moving forward on getting EFFIGY published (and she's already posted hers, so there's no backing out for her. XD) I'm also tagging,  Heather Jacobs  because I want to know more about her upcoming debut, WE THE PEOPLE. Picture
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Published on June 29, 2014 19:13

June 26, 2014

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A year after graduating from high school, nineteen-year-old Emma Ward feels lost. She has spent most of her life trying to please her frigid, miserable mother - studying hard, getting good grades, avoiding the whole teenage rebellion thing - and now she feels she has no identity beyond that. Because she spent so many years working hard and planning every moment of her life, she doesn't have any friends, has never had a boyfriend, and basically doesn't know who she is or what she really wants from life. Working two part-time jobs to save money for college hasn't helped her make decisions about her future, so she decides it's time for a change. She leaves home to live with her free-spirited, slightly eccentric Aunt Daisy in a small town that makes Emma feel like she's stepped back in time.

When Emma meets Nicholas Shaw, everything changes - he's unlike anyone she's ever met before, the kind of man she didn't even know existed in the 21st century. Carefree and spirited like Daisy, Nicholas teaches Emma to appreciate life, the beauty around her, and to just let go and live. Between Daisy and Nicholas, Emma feels like she belongs somewhere for the first time in her life, and realizes that you don't always need a plan - sometimes life steers you where you're meant to be.

Life is wonderful, an endless string of blue sky days, until Nicholas is diagnosed with cancer, and life changes once again for Emma in ways she never thought possible. Now it's time for her to help Nicholas the way he's helped her. Emma will have to use her new-found strength, and discover along the way if love really is enough to get you through.


June 27th is the 20th anniversary of my dad’s death from leukemia. For a long time I’ve wanted to honour him in some way, and I thought having the relaunch of Blue Sky Days, a book that was partly inspired by him, would be the perfect tribute. My dad was a wonderful man—smart, funny, kind, and loyal. He was an amazing father, husband, brother, and friend. Even before he died, I knew I wanted to be a writer, and he would listen to my crazy made-up stories with the patience of a saint.

From the 27th-30th of June, half the proceeds from all sales of Blue Sky Days will be donated to the Canadian Cancer Society. If you already own a copy, maybe you’d consider buying the book for a friend or family member? Or buying another copy from a different retailer (like Smashwords, which offers the book in every format)?

I greatly appreciate the support of the online reading/writing community for helping me honour my dad.

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Marie has always been a daydreamer; since early childhood she's had a passion for words and a desire to create imaginary worlds, so it only seemed natural for her to become a writer. She resides in Ontario, Canada, and most days you can find her writing, reading, blogging about writing and reading, listening to U2, watching copious amounts of TV on DVD, or having grand adventures with her nephews and niece. She's a hopeless romantic, an unapologetic eavesdropper (occupational hazard), an equally unapologetic squeeing fangirl, and a lover of swoonworthy book and TV characters. For more on Marie and her books please visit http://sweetmarie-83.blogspot.ca. She also loves to chat with fellow book lovers, so feel free to tweet her @SweetMarie83 any time.</ span>

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Published on June 26, 2014 20:13

June 22, 2014

Are you ready for a centuries years in the making? Okay, so it hasn't been centuries, but it's been a while. M.J. Fifield is here on the blog to reveal the cover of her upcoming novel EFFIGY and share the blurb. If you follow her blog (and you should) you will know that she's been working hard on this story for some time. I'm stoked she is finally letting it loose in the world.

Now, without further ado, are you ready to see the cover? PictureBlurb:
The survival of a once-mighty kingdom rests in the hands of its young queen, Haleine Coileáin, as it slowly succumbs to an ancient evil fueled by her husband’s cruelty.

A sadistic man with a talent for torture and a taste for murder, he is determined to burn the land and all souls within. Haleine is determined to save her kingdom and, after a chance encounter, joins forces with the leader of the people’s rebellion. She gives him her support, soon followed by her heart.

Loving him is inadvertent but becomes as natural and necessary as breathing. She lies and steals on his behalf, doing anything she can to further their cause. She compromises beliefs held all her life, for what life will exist if evil prevails?

Her journey leads to a deceiving world of magic, monsters, and gods she never believed existed outside of myth. The deeper she goes, the more her soul is stripped away, but she continues on, desperate to see her quest complete. If she can bring her husband to ruin and save her people, any sacrifice is worth the price—even if it means her life. Picture About The Author:
Armed with a deep and lasting love of chocolate, purple pens, and medieval weaponry, M.J. Fifield is nothing if not a uniquely supplied insomniac. When she isn’t writing, she’s on the hunt for oversized baked goods or shiny new daggers. M.J. lives with a variety of furry creatures—mostly pets—in New Hampshire. Effigy is her first novel.

Links:
Ravven, the cover artist:   www.ravven.com
My website:  http://www.mjfifield.com/
My blog:  http://mjfifield.blogspot.com/
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Published on June 22, 2014 18:55

June 19, 2014

Picture I'm finally posting a Friday Quick Fic. Had this one written up a few weeks ago, but had obligations where I had to post other things on Friday. 

Who knew skulk meant a group of foxes?

Skulk (noun) one that skulks
a group of foxes
[14th century]

Dogs raced through the brush, their noses to the ground. Horses followed, their hooves pounding the ground as the hunters followed. They raced through the forest, hot on the heels of their prey.
Excited howls signified the dogs had located the skulk’s den.

The hunters caught up to the dogs, pulling them away from the hole. A man reached in, going all the way to his shoulder. He pulled a fox free. The head flopped over, the fabric of the toy dirty from being buried multiple times. The group cheered, happy to carry on a tradition in a humane way. Picture
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Published on June 19, 2014 19:57

June 15, 2014

Picture I am not a morning person. 10am is too early in my opinion. But all this week, and the next few weeks, I will be dragging my butt out of bed for the opening shift at work. Why? The boss fired the opening cook for flipping out on her. It was a lovely wake up call at 6:50am last Friday telling me to come in ASAP. But you can't yell at the boss and she had gotten away with it more than once already, so the boss said "That's it. No more."

At least I know I can handle 6am. I did it when I was the baker. I just plan on taking a nap when I get home for a couple hours because I will be even more tired. Then I should be rested enough to do some writing or editing. That's what I did when I was the baker. Work, nap, write, sleep, repeat.
This might actually be good for my writing.

What I used to work was 9 or 10 to 6. I'd get up, check email and stuff, go to work, get home and make supper, shower and by then it was late and I just wanted to go to bed. Not very good for my writing. We'll see how this goes. It all depends on breakfast because I do not like cooking breakfast and I may stab someone and end up in jail. Oh! Then I will have a ton of writing time. Picture
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Published on June 15, 2014 19:59

June 13, 2014

I should be posting a Friday Quick Fic today, but I am participating in a Friday the 13th book sale, so you'll have to wait until next week for 100 word flash fiction goodness. Picture Are you a freak? (Say yes because it's a good thing to be different. =D) Because I am about to tell you something that can make your entire existence. Right now you can get my book, BEING HUMAN, for just .99 and find tons of other books discounted or FREE over at the BOOKS ARE FOR FREAKS ebook sale .

Grab your Kindle, and get ready for some awesome books! You can enter to win a $65 Amazon gift card and epic other prizes, just for stopping by!
I'll see you there! Picture PS: Yes I made the font bigger so this post would look longer.
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Published on June 13, 2014 13:11 • 1 view

June 8, 2014

I've been doing a lot of book pimping lately. Which is good. I want to help out my fellow authors and spread the word about awesome books. (One day I will have my own books to pimp on this blog. I mean, beside Being Human. I haven't given Tommy much love lately. Maybe I should so he doesn't try to suck my blood.) Today, I bring another cover reveal of my buddy, Angela's upcoming NA novel 23 1/2 Hours to Live. I have yet to come across a NA that has perked my interest.

Until now. (Wait no, I think Jess Sankiewicz has a NA that perked my interest. Still, not many have, so kudos to Angela for doing it.) PictureMini blurb
You're alone in a bookstore. A stranger comes in and tells you he'll be dead tomorrow. He asks you to kiss him....do you do it?

Kaylee Hall knows exactly where she'll be, every day of every week. Mostly at Price's Used Book Store on 32nd street, which is exactly where she is the night Jackson Bennett decided to casually rewrite her life story. With his holey jeans and holey alibis Jackson roars risk taker. Only maybe he's anything but.

Release: July 2014

Website:  http://www.angelakulig.com
Twitter:  http://www.twitter.com/angelakulig
Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/authorangelakulig
Goodreads:  https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22430819-23-1-2-hours-to-live
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Published on June 08, 2014 09:27