Romance, fantasy, and light horror author.
Click to set custom HTML
Last month I successfully launched my newsletter and this month I am gearing up to release the second! As a treat for my newsletter subscribers I offer a free book for a limited time that is only announced in my newsletter! Plus of course I talk about new releases, writing news and more!
You can sign up here: http://eepurl.com/cS7fM1
I look forward to sharing so much with you!
I am two weeks into my personal fitness challenge and things are going well despite my health trying to get in the way. I have been doing yoga every day and it is getting easier, I feel my body moving better, though balance is an issue for me some days. I still do the best I can each day and keep showing up at the mat. I am also trying to keep up with my daily step goal, though I have missed the mark there some days as I continue to add other exercises to my routine. I am adding abs on most days, and alternating legs and arms, trying to build muscle and strength.
Last Monday I actually went to the gym for the first time in forever. I went with someone younger and in better shape than me, but I didn't die. Okay abs almost killed me, but I was pleased to see that my legs are still strong! As soon as I can logistically figure out how to get to the gym on a regular basis I will be joining and going as often as I can. It felt good to do a serious workout.
I have also been making an attempt to eat healthier of late, this included eating more vegetarian meals. Of course I still have a burger a week, but hey a girl can't be perfect! Still, small steps will hopefully lead to big changes. I have managed to lose about 3.3 pounds in the past two weeks and I hope to see the scale moving lower and lower.
Recently my husband and I went to see Dunkirk, a movie that we have been waiting to come out all year. Christopher Nolan did not disappoint in my opinion. This is a touching and real war movie without being too graphic. It focused more on the young men trapped on a French beach as the Germans surrounded them. Beautiful story telling, for the enemy is not really seen except for some planes, you just sense the fear in the men fearing their impending doom. As with any movie based on a true story, some liberties were taken, but over all this is a wonderful tribute to what happened on that beach. If you are interested in true stories, WWII, or war stories in general then go see this movie. You won't be disappointed.
Today I thought that I would start a new series for my blog, talking about my latest writing in progress! Right now I just finished the rough draft of the first novella in a series that I plan to write called the Port Stone series. It is a high fantasy series, full of magic, elves, and mystery. The two lead characters are strong females that fight their own battles and kick quite a few men's asses along the way.
The first novella will be called Port Stone: Dangers of the Swamp. Think of the horrors and nastiness of a medieval town and you have a good idea what Port Stone is like. Separation of the classes, which of course involves species in a fantasy world, plays a major part in the story.
It's hopefully for a magazine market and I am pretty proud of it. It is out to my beta right now and I hope to have it submitted by the end of the month. I am inspired by my love of fantasy, from JRR Tolkien to George RR Martin to playing Dungeon & Dragons. Hopefully I have found a market for this story, but if not I will get it to my editor and self-publish as this is a story I am really proud of and a fun and new direction for my writing to take.
Stay tuned for more writing updates on my current projects. I'll be talking stories, characters, inspiration, and more! If you have questions I will be happy to answer.
Time for another burger review from the Bob's Burgers Cookbook! This past weekend the hubby and I made the Chile Relleno-You -Didn't Burger. Basically a burger topped with a cheese filled poblano pepper, fried in an egg batter. It was delicious and much easier to make than I originally expected. My only complaint is that I think it needed some sort of sauce and I will figure out one to put on it the next time that I make it and I will be making it again. It gets two thumbs up from both the hubby and myself! This one ranks right up there at the top!
I have been on a bit of a Joe Hill kick lately and recently just finished the last book of his that I needed to read, his collection of short stories 20th Century Ghosts. Now I have to wait for his new release later this year! As with any collection of stories, some are stronger than others. In this collection there are horror stories, much like the novels that Mr. Hill is now known for, mixed with other oddities and strange stories that really are unique. This was an entertaining and fast read and I truly did enjoy most of the stories, as for the ones I didn't like so much, well I'm sure that there are others out there who love them. You can't please everyone all the time. Still I give this collection 4.5/5 stars and suggest you pick it up, especially if you are new to Joe Hill and want a sampling of his writing style. I still prefer his full length novels, but to me the longer the better as long as it is a good story. (sorry I had written a better review by my blog here ate it before I could publish.)
Well it is one week into my 31 day fitness challenge. I have managed to do my yoga workout each day, though some days have been harder than others. I am trying to just be where I am and be happy with it, but I am struggling to get back into yoga shape that is for sure. Still I feel a little more at peace with myself and that is one of the main benefits that I get from yoga, so that is a win if you ask me. I have also been hitting my 10,000 step goal each day. That has not been easy either, especially on days when I work. I don't get as much walking in at work as I would like, so I have to commit time in the morning and at night to getting the steps in. I know that this is good and healthy for me, but it is taking some time from my writing schedule, which of course makes me feel guilty. I need to learn balance and to remember that if I don't take care of myself then I won't be able to write anyways.
So all in all a successful week one on my new fitness regime. Weight loss was only about one pound, but hey that's a step in the right direction! This week I will continue my yoga practice each day and hitting my step goals. I also need to add in some ab work and maybe some weights. I will either do this at home on my own, or I may see if I can hit the gym with a friend. Said friend is younger and in better shape than I, so I must admit that I am rather scared to hit the gym with him. But my husband told me, "I don't care if you are scared, do it anyways." I think that is what I need to do! I'll have a new update next week!
This week I finally got to see The War for the Planet of the Apes, a movie that I have eagerly been awaiting. I liked both of the previous movies in this franchise, always rooting for the apes by the way. I was not disappointed in this movie. It has all that you would expect from a summer blockbuster, lots of action and special effects, but it also has heart. There are some very sad moments in this movie, as well as hopeful ones (well if you are rooting for the apes at least). Woody Harrelson made me root for the apes even more in this movie, for he played an excellent and crazy bad guy. I also love that Maurice, the orangutan that has been in all the movies, plays a bit bigger part. He is one of my favorite characters and provides a lot of heart in this movie. I highly recommend this entertaining movie, especially if you liked the previous two movies. It might be my favorite one in the series, even though or maybe because it shows the worst that humans can be.
Though life and health keep getting in my way, I keep trying to make time for art in my life. Here are the latest watercolor paintings that I have completed. The one is of my twin nieces from a photo of them, in my own cutesy style of course. The other is from one of my favorite video games of all time, Little Nightmares. Both were so much fun and I am happy to say my sister in law loves the painting of her girls and is going to hang it in their room! And as an added bonus the girls actually recognized themselves in the painting! I hope to get some more painting time in this month, it is such a stress reliever for me and I certainly need that in my life.
There is less than a week to enter this fantastic giveaway where you can win 7 books for myself and the other authors of the Passion and Pentagrams group over on Facebook! Just follow the rafflecoper link below and enter to win these awesome books!
Author, artist, jewelry maker and all around creative person. I write in many genres and have a lot of fun doing so. Please take a look around and enjoy!