So I am planning on making 2019 a very productive year. I plan on writing and publishing more than I did last year. I want to create more art and to exhibit and sell, which will include setting up a new etsy store. I am starting up a new YouTube channel for fun and perhaps another avenue to market my work. All of this plus working my day job and having a life. Needless to say I have been pretty busy already this year, but I am also doing something that seems counter productive to being super productive, I am taking time for myself and for some self care.
Now I am the first to admit that it is hard for me to take time for myself to rest and take care of body. But I am learning that I have to take better care of myself in order to be as productive as I want to be. I also have health issues that make taking care of myself a priority. So what am I doing for self care? I am taking time to exercise most days, though I am starting with smaller workouts and slowly growing them. I am taking the time to cook nutritious meal at home, rather than grabbing take out or using premade foods. I am trying to meditate and journal most days of the week. I am taking time to color for fun. And I am making reading a priority. Reading just relaxes and is one of the things that I enjoy most in life. Yes that means a lot of time that I could be writing is spent doing other things, but it also means that I feel better when I sit down to write and the words are flowing better.
Life is a balancing act and I am always learning the balance that works best for me.
I am a sucker for urban fantasy and for box sets that are a great price for several books at once! I was lucky enough to preorder this collection and hope to start reading it soon! But I thought that some of my readers might be interested as well, so I am sharing it here on my blog. It was released last week and is only available for a limited time so check it out now.
Wickedly Dangerous and Sinfully Seductive.
Indulge in 25 breathtaking adventures of dangerous worlds where the lines blur between saints and sinners.
Come meet the creatures that fuel your every lust filled nightmare, where angels are not always encased in a light of righteousness and demons are not always dealing in all manner of debauchery. Where you might just end up rooting for the bad guy…
If you like demonic games, angelic interventions, and thrilling temptations, you'll love this urban fantasy and paranormal romance collection of twisted proportions in Wings of the Wicked.
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Son of Chaos by Lexi C. Foss
Torn by Ditter Kellen
Unsuitable Companions by Erin Lee
Arija and The Burning City by Zachary Paul Chopchinski
Chasing Fate by J.R. Thorn
Soul Collectors by Laverne Thompson
Devil's Claim by Dariel Raye Author & Muffy Wilson
Before the Fall by Colleen S. Myers
Warlock from Wales by Shereen Vedam
Shadowlands: Wings of The Wraith by Khardine Gray
Death's Angel by K.B. Everly & Amara Kent
Angels of the Triad-Sariel by Maddie Wade
Heaven can Wait by Lynda Kaye Frazier
Forbidden Hallow by Carolyn Reilly
Wing and a Prayer by Amy Cissell
Evil in the Highlands by Leona Bushman
When Hunter Meets Seeker by Betty Shreffler
Witch Cast by Erica Gerald Mason
The Promise by Kim Carmichael
Guarding Reese by RS McCoy
Her Shadow Demon by Charlene A. Wilson & J.N. Tomczak
Fragile Magick by Heather Marie Adkins
The Demon's Touch by Anita Hunter & Rebecca Hamilton
Drug runner Emilio Morales is one deal away from being the sole runner from Earth to the upper planets—until his partner attempts a double-cross. Now, Emilio’s stuck in a disabled spaceship with an unpredictable, attractive female who’s willing to help him out if he’ll assist her in retrieving her ship from an impound facility.
Antonia ‘Toni’ Smith is sick and tired of being beholden to men. The only way to guarantee freedom is to get back her bootlegging ship to run her own business again. When Emilio kills her ticket out, she’s forced to rely on him for assistance. Emilio, the most wanted and annoying man in the solar system, is a sexy-as-hell means to an end.
But every plan the duo makes falls apart and every day they spend in each other’s company increases the tension between them.
With the death toll rising and their defenses low, can Emilio and Toni get the happy ending they want, without falling for each other in the process?
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Author Bio: Landra Graf consumes at least one book a day, and has always been a sucker for stories where true love conquers all. She believes in the power of the written word, and the joy such words can bring. In between spending time with her family and having book adventures, she writes romance with the goal of giving everyone, fictional or not, their own happily ever after.
: He poured himself a glass. Turning it slowly, spreading the liquid up the sides and back down, he noticed he wasn’t alone. “Can I offer you a drink?”
“No,” a sultry feminine voice responded. “There’s nothing over there isn’t made in the still or fermented in a barrel.”
“Suit yourself.” Emilio turned and took in the view. Mother Mary.
The woman, a vision of sin, stood angled toward the fancy window display where three floor-to-ceiling panels showcased the twinkling view. She wore a glimmering red dress, which sparkled even more as she turned toward him. Her hair was a pale-white blonde, short and framing her face, giving it a distinct diamond shape. She’d be labeled gorgeous, more than the word could construe, with her eyes the color of whiskey—and not the cheap stuff in his glass. No, the full-bodied swirling amber and caramel colors.
“What brings you to Casa Manolo?” He swallowed a little more whiskey than he intended and did his best to sound suave, but the words came out more like a croak.
“Nothing that concerns you.” The dismissal paired with a smile, a little thing revealing flawless teeth. He glanced down at her one note of defiance—boots. Grav boots to be exact, black and fierce. A deep, soul-encapsulating need clamped onto his brain, a need he’d waited years to experience. This was the woman he’d been waiting for. The type he’d always wanted. The one he’d call his.
He walked closer, eager to see if she took a similar interest in him. “Oh? Well, I’m happy to make this visit less business and more pleasure. Your name is?”
The words escaped his mouth as he glanced at her lips—expressive, full and waiting for his kiss, even when those same lips uttered, “Too expensive for you.”
I have been starting this new year off in a state of horror! Horror anthologies that is! On January 1st I had my first release of the year, the supernatural horror anthology Evil Lurks! Grab your copy now for only .99 cents!
I am also thrilled to announce that I have also received my first acceptance of the year too, this one for a medical horror anthology that should be out within the next month or so! I will keep you updated as the release approaches! What a way to start the new year! This is going to be a great year, I can feel it!
I am so excited today to help one of my favorite authors share the cover of her soon to be released historical romance novel, Darkest Death! Isn't it beautiful? I loved the first book in this series, Darkest Valentine! I am really looking forward to this sequel and I am sure that I will be sharing more with you when it comes out! But for now let's see that cover and hear from Leona!
Hi!! So the time has finally come that the sequel to Darkest Valentine is making its way into the world! Darkest Summer will follow this year as well! You can preorder your copy here: https://www.amazon.com/Darkest-Death-Leona-Bushman-ebook/dp/B07MDV3T6J
Darkest Valentine is 99 cents until the 9th.
In Darkest Valentine, Lillian had a friend who kept threatening to take over everything until I told her story. So I promised her her own story, and she has been patiently waiting. Until now!
Sarah, Countess of York and decrier of false men of the ton, enjoyed a good flirt, but she had her heart set on Lord Archer. Only, for the past four years, he barely acknowledged her existence except as best friend to his sister Hermione. Sarah had hopes that he began to see her as something more, but then the threatening notes started.
Lord Archer also happens to be in the vicinity as each one is delivered. She hates the suspicions rolling around in her mind. However, Father taught her how to watch for treachery, and she couldn't ignore the logic or the coincidence of Lord Archer's presence, nor could she deny the pain in her heart at the thought.
Lord Archer had loved Sarah all her life, but once her parents died, he'd taken a step back, searching for a wife amongst the ton as a proper lord should, leaving her to heal. Instead, he found himself drawn more and more to Sarah as she matured into the perfect woman to be by his side. However, could she handle the secret life he led? Did she know about her father's secret life?
But none of that mattered once she started receiving those damn letters. Someone was out to hurt the woman he loved and set him up to take the fall, and he planned to catch them or die trying. Could he also woo her and remind her of the love and trust of their childhood? Or would the situation keep them apart, or worse, kill the woman he wanted to marry?
Don’t forget, Darkest Valentine, the first book in the series is now on sale through January the 9th for only 99 cents, free on KU. Also available in print!
Leona Bushman is a USA Today best selling author. She is a crazy writer taught by dragons and known as Dragon Queen of the North. She loves to write and paint, even when her muse tries to muck things up. She chases after the three out of the five children still at home, and sometimes after the other two and the grandbaby. She has many hobbies like SCA, quilting, sewing, and gardening. Or, as one blogger succinctly put it, Leona Bushman is a whirlwind made of sheer will with a dash of clumsy to keep her grounded.
She can be found solving mysteries, exploring space, making art, and loving dragons and other creatures of the supernatural at these places:
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I am so thrilled to have not one, but three books nominated in the 21st Annual Critters Readers Poll! I don't even know what to say! The poll is open until January 14th and I could sure use your vote! What a way to start off the new year! You can vote here for all categories: https://www.critters.org/predpoll/
Here for A Whole New Life: critters.org/predpoll/novelr.shtml
Here for Very Friendly Beasts: critters.org/predpoll/shortstoryr.shtml
And here for It's Behind You: critters.org/predpoll/antho.shtml
I just wanted to take a moment to wish all of you a Happy New Year's Eve and New Year! I hope you all have a ton of fun today and tonight, but please be careful out there! Have a DD or get a ride, I think Uber and Lyft both have some discounts and even free rides! Also watch for others who aren't so careful. Be safe for I want to see everyone in 2019! See you next year!!
On the last blog I talked about my writing plans in 2019, now I am going to talk about the rest of my goals for next year.
Let's start off with art. For one, I want to do at least one painting a month. I also want to participate in more art shows and I already have two in the books for early 2019! I also am thinking about opening an etsy store just for my art. We shall see about that though.
I have been playing with the idea of making a YouTube channel and I think that 2019 is the year to do it. I am working on a concept and learning to film and edit and hope to get it up and running early in the year. I will of course post my videos here on the blog too for those of you who might be interested. I am excited to step outside of my comfort zone and try something new.
And of course what would a list of new year goals be without some personal and health goals. I have already been trying to make small changes in my health this year, but I want to do even more in 2019. I plan on walking more than ever, getting back to 10K a day at least. I also am going to keep cleaning up my diet. I am cutting back on sugar and want to eat more salads and veggies. Small changes are the way to go I think. I also really need to get back to doing yoga on a regular basis. And I am thinking about taking a weekly dance class just for fun! I just need to figure out how to balance work, writing, exercise, and life. It is all a work in progress, as am I. Luckily getting more organized is the other main goal I have for the year!
What are your goals or resolutions for 2019? Comment below and let's cheer each other on!
Well I looked back on 2018, so now it's time to look forward towards 2019. I am looking to make 2019 a great year, so I will be splitting this into two posts. This one about writing and the next one about everything else!
So as I said in my look back at 2018, this has been a year where I struggled with writing. Well I am looking to take care of that problem in 2019. Now that I have a set day job schedule and I have gotten used to it I think that I can schedule my writing work much better. I want to become more organized with my writing and make sure that I have enough time to write new material. This means I am going to schedule certain times for marketing and blogging, and leave the rest of my time for editing and new writing. That means that I am going to likely cut blogging back to two days a week most of the time, Mondays and Thursdays. I will still be active but will free up some time for fiction writing. And hey hopefully that will mean better blog content for you to read!
Now as for writing projects for 2019, well I have a long list! First I am proud to say that I already know of one flash fiction piece that will be printed in an anthology next year! And I have two other short stories out on submission as we speak, so fingers crossed. I hope to write at least 6-12 more short stories for anthologies in 2019. I really do enjoy writing short fiction and it allows me to explore different genres which I love. I also want to get back to writing and publishing more shorts of my Gods Behaving Badly series. I hope to get at least two novellas out this coming year. As for the rest of my writing, I want to focus on some longer works. I have plans to write a long novella/short novel romance focusing on a character with multiple sclerosis. I plan on finishing the sequel to my romantic fantasy Quest for Redemption, Quest for Self. I also have a time travel novel, Rivals Out of Time, that I hope to finish in 2019. And if not all of that is enough, I have a four book series about dragons and dragonbornes that I want to write and get at least the first two books out if possible in 2019. That is a lot I know, but you got dream big and push yourself if you want to grow and succeed.
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!