Working it.

I’m way behind on my plans for 2015. I’m not even a third of the way into the next Overwatch book. Yeah, the one I hoped to release in March. Might still make it, by the end of March or in time to have some ARCs at The Novel Experience, if luck can stick with me for just a bit.

 A while ago I blogged about having an Occular Stroke. It seemed like such a small thing. An artery in my eye bursting, and creating some blurryness. Well, turns out it’s a bit more than that. I started getting the injections to help heal it right away, and silly me, I thought they’d just sort of effect me for the day or two after the injection, but it didn’t.

When I went in at the start of Feb to get the last one I told the Dr. I wanted to stop because I’d had more headaches in the past 4 weeks than I’ve had in the past 5 years. (Needless to say I didn’t get much any writing done in January.) And some days, when I don’t have a headache, my vision is just fucked up. I can’t even read anything, glasses on or off, everything is just fucked. No matter how big I made the font on the screen, I couldn’t seem to get anything in focus. I started to use dictation on emails and some things, but I’m struggling with trying to dictate the story because when I write, I don’t really think. I know that sounds bad, but I just sort of get into character and then type, and if I think too hard, I stall out. Well, the dictating makes me think too hard. LOL

The other thing that’s kept me from writing is visiting the Stroke Prevention Clinic. I went there in January to have a shitload of tests done, and they confirmed that I do not have Diabetes, or high blood pressure. My BP is in fact, a bit low, but not at a point of concern yet. My cholesterol is fine, my heart is fine…the only thing they can see that is a risk factor for me is my weight, and stress situations. (And last year was very stressfull for me with two very unexpected deaths and the side effect from those as well as launching the Overwatch series and getting back to my career) They took some blood for more tests (14 Tubes!!) and I haven’t heard anything major, so I’m assuming all turned out well there. However, I still have to go into the clinic and be monitored for my weightloss and stress levels because without a clear indicator of why I had the ocular stroke, they’re saying it was basically a warning sign of a brain stroke to come if I don’t get my shit together, fast.

Yep, nothing like that for a kick in the ass to help me get me back into a regular exercise routine. But, I’ve never been a person who thrives on ‘regular’ or ‘routine’ so it’s hard for me. I made the choice to not worry about being behind on my writing, because stressing about it really is not a healthy thing. :) I hate to disappoint readers, and myself, because I’d planned to have the next Overwatch book for the conference in April, but I have to remember what’s important here, and if I want to keep writing for years to come, I need to find a way to live a healthier lifestyle right now. So that’s taking precedence over everything else, including writing.

I’m also still getting the eye injections (Another one on Tuesday, Yay!) because despite me feeling like it’s getting worse, the Doc assures me it’s working and the swelling has gone down and the fluid is disappearing. So, I’m behind on pretty much everything, but I’m still going. And I’m being a good girl on the diet and exercise front. Mostly. (I was doing good until my stationary bike broke almost 2 weeks ago, now I need to find a gym nearby)

This does mean not getting near as much writing done as I wanted/planned. But I’m still moving forward, slowly but surely, and thats all that matters. When you want something, you don’t give up. Right?

Win an iPad

Some very talented authors, who I am proud to call friends, have a new release today, and they’re doing a kick ass giveaway! Check it out below, and get on it!

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For those who preordered the book, you can send us a screen shot or proof of purchase as well. You can also enter if you gift the book to others, the more gifts you send the more entries you have. REMEMBER THIS IS FOR A LIMITED TIME!! SO DO IT TODAY!! TUESDAY FEBRUARY 24TH!!!

Good luck to all those who enter!!!

PS: There just might be some books already downloaded on the iPad. BONUS!!!

**Amazon release day special 0.99 for preorders plus 48 hours**

male and female bondingFrom two New York Times bestselling authors comes a stunning tale of betrayal and blood…

Simple. The consummate good girl, this is the word I used to describe my life… until my stepbrother Seth came to live with us. Until that point, I’d been a very good girl… but my older, emotionally blocked stepbrother made me want to do very bad things.

With him.

In the course of one night everything changed, and my simple world was torn to shreds. I wanted to hate him. I did hate him. Mostly.

But now he’s back. And nothing will ever be simple again.

The Other Brother is a novel told in three parts. This is part one of three.

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BDSM-A-PALOOSA time again!!

Today is Day Two, and PRIMAL is one of the feautred books. Yes, I’m offering a prize there too, so be sure to go check it out. HUGE prizes for people…check each day, and comment to be entered! If you’ve never heard of BDSM-A-PALOOSA you are missing out. It’s hosted at one of my favorite blogs, by some authors I love. The Smutketeers.

What is BDSM-A-PALOOSA you ask? It’s Three Days worth of posts where the Smutketters feature BDSM authors they like/respect/ enjoy. There’s Book covers, blurbs, and interview questions from the authors featured…and prizes!!

Visit The Smutketeers. each day and check out the authors. I’ve no doubt you’ll see some of your faves, and discover some new ones too! Plus, did I mention the chance to win prizes?

 

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Everyone struggles.

I used to have a poster on my wall that had an image of a person running along a long lonely highway, and in front of them was a hill. Clearly the person had been running along for a while to be out on a highway so empty, and yet, in front of them was this ugly ass hill. The quote below it said. “Success doesn’t come to you, you go to it.”

This is something that has stuck in my mind ever since, and we’re talking a decade ago that I had this image. It’s funny to me that when I think about it now, I took that poster down when I was redecorating, because it wasn’t “adult” enough. You know what I mean? I wanted the room to look professional. Well, it does look more professional, but I often find myself struggling with my own motivation, and I wonder if it’s because I no longer have that, or the other posters, up on my walls to remind me to keep going.

It’s so easy to see other people’s success and think negative thoughts like “What did they do that I haven’t?” Or “Why them? I work harder, have been doing this longer, do it better,” or whatever… but that sort of thinking is a trap. All it will do is weigh you down, and slow you down. Stop thinking about how someone else got something, or somewhere, you want, and make it happen for you, by not quitting, and working for it.

For the past several months I’ve noticed that social media, Facebook in particular, has been slowing me down. At first I thought it was a time thing. That I spent too much time on it, and it stole my motivation the same way hanging out on the sofa watching television all day does. You see, in my world forward movement provides forward momentum-which means when I do nothing, I just want to keep doing nothing. Doing nothing is a sandtrap that is all too easy to get stuck in, so thinking that, I drastically cut my time on FB. I still hop onto social media once a day, but that’s all I’m doing. I’m done using it as a procrastination crutch, because man, its just become way too big of a sandpit for me.

I’ll be blogging more often, (at least once a week), and I really hope that those who want to connect with me will come by because this is where I will be.

I’d love to start a Q&A Day, but I need your help with that. If you have a question for me about writing, myself, my books or characters, either post it in the comments, or use the contact form on the site to email me, and I’ll answer it publicly for you. If it’s about writing in general, I might even see if I can find someone else to answer it. I have a lot of friends who are writers. ;)

This is the first step in my Make Things Happen plan for 2015, because I want to connect with people in a real way, and not just because a Status Update caught their eye.  Plus, it eliminates one of my struggles –less time stuck in the sandtrap, more time writing stories I hope you’ll love.

 

 

 

TNEE Vegas

tnee-sidebar-featured authorI’m getting my shit together for my April trip to Vegas for the Novel Experience Event. I’m so excited. Not only is this huge book signing event, but myself and many other authors have some great ways planned to spend more time with readers and attendees. (and my mom is coming with me, she loves Vegas, and I love to see her happy.)

Thursday I’m going with a group of 18 (so far) to see the Absinthe show at Caesars Palace. It looks to be full of naughty, naughty, fun – just the sort me and my readers love. Friday morning myself and 6 of my author friends are taking 5 readers each to a Buffet Breakfast to hang out and chat. Then Friday night is the VIP signing and I plan to be having drinks with readers after. Haven’t figured out where yet. Maybe I should get on that one?

Saturday is the all day signing, and Sat night, not sure yet either. Any readers have suggestion or request?

For the signing I’ll have copies of 7 titles for sure as well as a couple Bundles that I think will go fast. I’m going to have 3 Overwatch Bundles, and 3 Backlist Bundles. First come first serve. (More on what is in those bundles later.

So…..I thinkI’ve got enough planned, and enough unplanned time to make it a kick ass trip. I can not wait for April 1st!