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imagesI don’t know if it’s age, the time of year, laziness or what, but I don’t seem to have a speck of energy. In fact, the picture on the left looks like I feel.

So what to do about it? I could just wait and maybe even enjoy the downtime but that doesn’t seem to be working. And there’s the risk of depression. I’m not prone to mood swings. I have, at least in the past, been able to ward them off, but why risk it.

So, a project. Ummm, maybe?  A trip, now I like that idea. A lot — but I’m already planning a get-away in May so guess that won’t work. Writing works but right now I’m just finishing a story and I’m in the process of putting together the submission packet.  I always have to work to stay motivated at this point in the process.

I did a little research about human energy and it’s a pretty complex subject so maybe I’ll just practice a little ‘mind-over-matter’.  Starting with the picture. What if you comb the hair, wash the face, brush the teeth and put on make-up. Better? For sure. Now sling on a feel-good outfit. No… not old stretched out sweats. But, nothing fancy either.  Feel better?

So going into these next few weeks and hoping for sunshine I’m going to get up and get dressed in the morning. And, I’m thinking spring house cleaning.  I always feel energized after a bout of activity. Maybe a trip or two or three out to the nursery.

I’m feeling better already.  What about you? What do you do to dig out of the winter blahs?   image

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Ryan-Survival-600x960Survival is the first book in a new series, Earth Legacy. I just finished reading it and couldn’t put it down.  Think, of our world on the edge of extinction. It’s been one hundred years since the Great War where Earths magic was taken. Magic you might say, but magic is all around us. Again think, visualize spring when earth awakens with blooms that have lain dormant.  Now think, what if spring never comes. This is the world of Survival, a fantasy rich in emotion with characters you’ll remember and action that will keep you turning pages.

Earth is dying and Rianth Royan is the only one left that can free the healing magic that will save it and mankind. The story takes you through her journey of love, betrayal, hope, and courage.

If you enjoy stories like Divergent, and Hunger Games you won’t want to miss the Earth Legacy series.

Enlightenment, Earth Legacy book #2 is available for pre-order.  Can’t wait for my copy.

 

December Blog

25689512Ho Ho Ho, Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays. I love this time of year and what a fun way to end a year.  Only 10 more days until we see 2019.

Today is the first day of winter and we have been getting some nasty weather.  Twice, in as many days, we have lost power.  Not good, but at least it’s at night so I can go to bed with warm blankets and a good book.

Speaking of good books….  I found Noelle Adams with Bookbub. I’m not sure if Hired Bride was free or on sale but a definite find. I hadn’t read anything of Noelle Adams but have since purchased another book.

If you are an author you might want to note the excellent branding that Noelle has. I love marriage of convenience plots and it’s looking like that is the main plot points in her stories.  She also writes in series, but stand-alone books.  I get caught up in her characters so I know I will be picking up stories to follow her secondary characters.

Hired Bride is part of the Beaufort Brides series. There are 3 books in this series. I just started Part-Time Husband (Trophy Husbands) and I love it.

I’ve been watching a lot of Christmas Hallmark movies and the tag I’d attach to Noelle Adams books is “Hallmark story with heat”.  The stories are predictable and sweet but ….,  there certainly is an erotic element in them.  Of course, this is only the second one I’ve read so far and Part-Time Husband is hotter than Hired Bride so I may revise on the heat level as I read more.

Buy yourself a good book for Christmas. It’s a gift you’ll love.

November Blog

UnknownAlthough every day is a day to be thankful, this is Thanksgiving week for those of us who live in the States.  It isn’t as busy for me as it once was when we had the holiday dinner at our house and I spent the days leading up to it grocery shopping and cooking.  All around a full work schedule.  I remember one year when I had just started on the pies (around six in the evening) and all of a sudden I didn’t have any water.  We did have this amazing guy who had put in the well and he came right out.  He fixed the pump, thank heavens it wasn’t the well, though he worked until almost eleven o’clock.  He told us his wife was home baking pies for the homeless shelter.  What an exceptional family. Yes, I stayed up late, but how can you not remember and be thankful for people like these.

I took some time off from writing and I probably won’t be turning out as many books in the future. I love writing though, so I doubt that I’ll ever not have a story in progress.  What I don’t love is promoting and if you want to sell books you have to do it.  So, with the holidays here, and not promoting The Season Of Love last year, I decided to do a little research and found BookBub.  I love it. For one thing, it is as much a service to the reader as the author. Just my kind of marketing as reading is a big part of my life. And, sharing an author I’ve just found or a book I haven’t been able to put down isn’t ‘Marketing’ it’s forming a community to share the experience of a good story.

BookBub sends me out a list of ebook bargains every day.  Some are free. I had just picked up ‘Sold On Monday’ in paperback for $9.99 and it was on the list for  $2.99.  By the way, it is a really good story.   The bargains don’t last long I’ve gone in like a week later and the book was up to regular price but that isn’t a problem for me.  If you would like to join BookBub  click here. 

I made an author page and would love to have you follow me.  It’s a great place to share reading experiences.

Until next time, Wishing you all a Happy Thanksgiving and happy reading.

 

 

 

The Season Of Love

cover500x700I love to write stories. Especially on days when words flow faster than I can type. What I don’t like is marketing. Maybe it’s because I was raised in an era where it was considered bad manners to ‘toot your own horn’. Or in more modern day terms proclaim your own success or accomplishments.  And yet now, to successfully sell something you have to market it. And more and more, that is expected of the author or an artist. Even successful stars are promoting their own movies. At least they are good, even great, at being in the public eye.

I finished “The Season Of Love” late last year. Too late to do much more than get it out there. So this year I’m going to try to educate myself on Marketing/Promoting.  The time is right for a Christmas Anthology, and this blog is hopefully the first in what I hope will be a successful promotion campaign.

The Season Of Love is a collection of five short stories.

Bahama Christmas – Alone on a Christmas cruise, Santa or maybe the Christmas Angel has a gift in store for Maddie

A Divorce for Christmas – It’s a gift that doesn’t need to be wrapped with a bow

The Age Of Love – Ariana, and Joel find meaning in Cougar Love

No Perfect Marriage – Separated parents need to provide a united front. Is the house big enough for both of them and can they live together until after the holidays?

Spontaneous Love – Perfect isn’t the way to a loving happy married life.

If you have suggestions on marketing I would love to hear from you in a comment or email me at LavadaDee@gmail.com  I’m thinking I can use all the help I can get.

 

23184871First of all I owe an apology.  Looking at my blog I realized that it has been over a year since I’ve posted anything.  Every time I’ve done this I swear that I will post on a regular schedule.  I love writing especially the creative side when the story comes together. I hate marketing and promoting, no wonder I’m horrible at it.

With that said, this blog isn’t about me. In fact I’m cheating a little in that it is a cross post. I am a member of the Over The Backyard Fence bloggers group where almost all of the blog members are authors.

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Cracks In The Sidewalk is a story based on true life. The author, Bette Lee Crosby interviewed the Grandparents extensively.  It’s an amazing story of courage, love and forgiveness.  It might not be an inspirational genre, but it was for me as in the end I found myself thinking, “God is Good.”

It’s a story that was thought provoking. For one thing I’m afraid I wouldn’t or couldn’t be so forgiving.  And, yet you could see how the mother and grandparents always put the children first. It was unselfishly never about them.

I hate to risk putting in spoilers but nothing I can say takes away from the impact of the story.  When the daughter, Elizabeth, is pregnant with her third child she is diagnosed with a terminal cancer.  Instead of supporting and caring for her, her husband uses the children to extract financial funds from her father. The grandfather, after financing the son-in-laws failing business for over $100,000 finally says enough.

Elizabeth is forced to move in with her parents when her husband refuses to let her come back home and eventually stops bringing the kids to see their mother and grandparents.

Elizabeth is fully aware that her condition is terminal and wants more than anything to instill in her children that they are loved. She wants to leave them with memories that will insure they never feel abandoned. The bravery of Elizabeth is amazing. As she fights to stay alive and see her children, her parents are right there with her.  Finally with no other recourse they take the fight to court where Elizabeth’s husband is ordered to comply to visitation.

You see the best and worse of humanity in this story. Sometimes it’s so horrible on the ugliness of the husband that it’s hard to believe it isn’t fiction. Can people really be so cruel?  The husband with a failed business and unpaid bills disappears with the children and for years the grandparents don’t know where they are. Not only have they lost their beloved daughter, her children are lost to them too.

This story ends well.  It brings tears, but also in the end you regain faith in humanity.

This is the first time I have read a story from this author and I might have missed it if not for Bookbub.  I joined a few months back and would highly recommend it. I get a list of books everyday. Some are free and others at discounted prices. There is nothing I’d rather shop for than books so I start my day with a cup of coffee and Bookbub selections for the day.  It doesn’t get much better than that.

I’d love to hear from you. If you have a minute leave a comment or drop me an email.

Lavada 

 

 

 

I know those of you who follow this blog are both writers and readers and I try to do posts that speak to both. However this one is for authors or those who might be entertaining the idea of writing.

ALLi-LogoIndie Author Fringe is an online workshop put on by the Alliance of Independent Authors (ALLI). They are putting on the next event this coming Saturday, June 3. It starts at 10:00am Eastern time. But the good thing about Fringe is that you can view the workshop sessions anytime. And you can pick which ones you want to do. I usually try to do one session a day sometimes skipping a day.

There is a wealth of information in the Fringe sessions and on the ALLI website itself. I can’t say enough about the value to Indie authors this group provides.

I will look forward to hearing from anyone who attends. If you have time please get back to us with your comments.