I tried this a couple weeks ago and sadly no one submitted questions, but I am nothing if not determined, so I thought that I would ask again. Do you have any questions that you have always wanted to ask an author? As this author in particular? Send me your writing and creative related questions and I will answer them on a blog or blogs next week!
Last week I finished the edits to A Whole New Life for Hot Tree Publishing, so I am happy to announce that I am now working hard on edits for The Rise of the Inquisitor! I plan on having this ready to release this November. My lovely editor Leona Bushman is going to help make this an extraordinary erotic novella.So I could not hold out on this cover any longer! You may have already got to see this early if you subscribe to my author newsletter. Stay tuned for a release date coming soon!
I also want to give a shout out to the cover artist for this book, Lillian Asterios. Please head over and check out her page at: http://rachelzellers.wixsite.com/lillianscovers/custom
I have a hard time taking time off, relaxing, and taking care of myself. This has been brought up to me by a couple different friends of late. Not only am I working five days a week at the day job, but I am also putting in about 60 hours in writing and art work. That means that it's all work and no play for Sheri. Sure every once in awhile I go to the movies with my husband, but I work before and after usually. And yeah I take some time to exercise and keep the house running, but I really don't take time for fun. This is something that I am going to work on for the rest of the year.
The problem is I don't really know what to do with myself when I'm not working. My husband and I work completely different schedules, so I am on my own a lot and without the car as he has it. That means I'm at home and working. I feel guilty when I don't work and I feel like I need to put in a full day of writing work even after working at the day job. This pace is starting to wear my already not so great health down. I need to take some breaks, but I truly don't know how. How can I just watch tv or play video games when I know there is writing I should do? I don't know.
I am however going to start trying to take the weekend mostly off. I will be running errands, cleaning my house, spending time with my husband and family. Maybe we will see more movies, go hiking, go bowling, you know do stuff. Maybe that is what I need to focus on, doing stuff rather than writing and working all the time. After all, all work and no play makes Sheri a dull women and dull women have nothing to write about.
Wish me luck on learning to relax from time to time and also share tips on how you relax and fit it into your busy schedule below. I believe there is always so much that we can learn from each other.
I am so happy to announce that edits for my upcoming novella A Whole New Life are done! This book now moves to the next part of production at Hot Tree Publishing! I am so excited to see this book come out into the world. I have put a lot of hard work into this book and I think it is one of my best works yet!
Please head over and add it to your Goodreads page and keep a look out here on my blog and other social medias for further announcements on this project, including the exciting cover reveal!
I am working hard on some watercolor paintings for an upcoming Halloween art show at the OT Circus Art Gallery here in Albuquerque. I am so excited to be part of this show and here is a peak at 3 of the 5 pieces that I might be taking to this show. You can get more information on the event here:
As an author I am always studying and trying to improve my craft, which means each year I grab a copy of the Novel & Short Story Writers Market. It always has great articles in the front that help me learn and then I often find so many new markets for my writing. It's a great book for authors and I highly recommend it to others, but especially newer authors who might be looking for new or their first markets.
As an author I am always reading. I especially love to read writing books, reading and learning about my craft at the same time. I recently just finished How to Write Science Fiction and Fantasy by Orson Scott Card. This is a very practical and straight forward writing book. I have some other books that go more in depth about world building and such, but this one is a great fast read that will make you stop and think about your writing in a very rational way. It really did help me with a current story that I am self editing, and that is the goal of any writing book, to help you with your own work. Since this book is quite helpful and easy to use, I give it 5/5 stars!
So I haven't done a movie review in a bit, but I am back with a big one! This past weekend I went to see It, based of course off the book by Stephen King. Now I will try not to have too many spoilers, but since most people watching this movie have either read the book or watch the old miniseries, there's probably not much that I can spoil anyways.
For me this version of It got many things right. It is a good horror movie in and of itself, plus as a fan of the book it captured the spirit of Stephen King's work very well. Does it have everything from the book in it? No and there is no way that it could. (Plus there is one very controversial scene from the book that just is not something that should be acted out by child actors. If you have read the book you know what I am talking about.) Sure, they could have delved into the lives of the children a bit more, but the movie is already two hours long. Instead it really focused on each child's fears, the very thing that the evil Pennywise feeds off of. I really liked the child actors in this film, I think they portrayed normal kids in a very abnormal situation. They were funny and irreverent. The look and the feel of the film was creepy and some scenes were disturbing as they should be. (For instance Bev's home life.) Pennywise is a disturbing clown, not scary to me personally but portrayed very well. There were some instances of jump scares that while I didn't jump caused others in the packed theater to jump and scream. For purists of the book, they did not get every detail right, but they made a damn good horror movie and I am so glad that the second part has been given the go ahead. I look forward to the continuation of this story with the characters as adults, I just hope that they cast as well as they did for the children. I give this movie 5 stars and recommend it to horror fans and Stephen King fans alike!
Guess who is back reading and giving some book reviews? This lady!
I just finished a fun read, Soulless by Gail Carriger. Vampires, werewolves, a strong female lead, and all set in an alternate English history? Of course I had to read this book! For the most part I really liked this book. I thought that the plot was engaging, with enough excitement and intrigue to keep me turning the pages. The characters were fairly strong, especially the lead character, Alexia. The only real problem that I had with this book is that there is some head hopping that takes place, especially in the beginning of the novel and it sometimes took me a moment to realize we were in someone else's thoughts and it would take me out of the story. The head hopping seemed to happen less as I read, or maybe I just became better at ignoring it. For that reason I am only giving this 4/5 stars. I still plan on reading the rest of the series, but I am hoping that editors have taken care of point of view hop problems. Still this is an exciting paranormal read and I would recommend it to others.
Okay I thought that I would do a fun little blog today and talk about some of my favorite book series, in several cases by doing a top 5 List!
1. The Lord of the Rings Trilogy by JRR Tolkien. This is one of my favorite books/series of all time and is actually the work that inspired me to be writer way back when I was a preteen reading them for the first time. I am still in awe of the world creation in these books and reread it every couple of years.
2. The Entire Harry Potter Series. What can I say? These are fun reads and are my go to books when I am feeling down and want to escape for awhile.
3. The Entire Works of Shakespeare. Yep, I love Shakespeare with no apologies and I actually enjoy reading his work. I'm a nerd what can I say?
4. The Dark Tower series by Stephen King. I've been a huge fan of Stephen King since I was about 10 years old and I really feel like I grew up on the Dark Tower series. Sure it has some weird twists and turns, but that's part of what I love.
5. The Narnia Series by CS Lewis. A great fantasy tale, but has special meaning for me as my grandpa used to read it to me as a child and it helped develop my love of reading.
5. (tie) His Dark Materials trilogy by Philip Pullman. I just love these books. Are they a little dark? Sure, but they are also so interesting and let you look at the world in a new way.
So those are my all time favorite series. Are there more that I like? Sure but I can't make this blog too long. LOL. And I know, the works of Shakespeare aren't really a series, but it's my list so I can do what I want!
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