Monday, August 26, 2013

Happy Thoughts!

Hey everyone! I had to share this, because I find it to be a wonderful thought. I hope it inspires you like it does me. For more inspiration, and to share ideas on what keeps you motivated and inspired, hop over to Falling for Fiction today and check out my post.
What do you have planned for this week? Are you a "Monday" person?

Monday, August 19, 2013

Frustrated Much?

My journey of frustration has lead to some important insights. 
Last year, I started a job. It was only part-time but felt like full time. Trying to learn to balance that with my job as a mother and wife, as well as church duties and writing was difficult. About the time I figured it out, I decided to go back to school!

Brilliant, right?

Maybe. But once again it put me on the frustration roller coaster of trying to find the balance between work, school, being a super-mom, fantastic wife, and wonderful daughter and sister and well as complete any church callings or anything else above and beyond all expectation.

Do you see where I'm going with this?

First thing to remember is: PRIORITIES! You can't be perfect at everything, especially when you're doing so much. Okay, maybe you can, but I make an epic fail and risk my sanity. 

Second thing to remember is: ORGANIZATION and PLANNING go a long way! After you know your priorities, make yourself a schedule and stick to it. Yes, surprises happen, but you can work it out if you're organized. 
I've also come to realize that I don't have to make leaps and bounds in my writing each day. What matters is that I keep moving forward. That I find a little time each day to add a little more to my WIP. I may not finish it as quickly as I want, but I find that getting bits and pieces done each day makes me realize that work IS still getting DONE! It's a great feeling and a great motivation! 
Maybe you're not completing a book each week, but who does? Okay, maybe a few people can pull that off, but not most of us and THAT'S OK! What's important is that we keep progressing, keep learning and write those two beautiful words: The End! What a sense of accomplishment when those words are written. And it doesn't matter if it's a first draft and there's still editing to do, you wrote the story you were meant to write and you FINISHED it!
So, if you've hit a bit of frustration. Take a deep breath, put it behind you and keep working! Keep trying! Take another shot! Never give up on your dreams and NEVER give up on YOURSELF!

And MOSTLY REMEMBER: We are all different. We all have different things going on in our lives. We learn differently, we work differently, and we write differently. Embrace who YOU are and find what works for you, then stick with it!

Have you figured out a routine that works best for you? Any tips to share for others? How's your current book coming along?

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Effortless With You ~ By Lizzy Charles

A huge congratulations to Lizzy Charles on the release of her book, Effortless with You! I've heard great things about this book, and I just got my copy yesterday. I can't wait to read it! I've Lizzy over here for a quick interview. She's absolutely adorable, and has been so much fun to get to know. I know you guys will love her as much as I do!
1. In 30 words or less, tell us a little about yourself.
Midwestern gal with a fierce love of family, a desire to dream, an addiction to great eats, and a bubbly personality who’s easily seduced by the pages of a novel. (30 words! Bam!)

2. What inspired you to be a writer?
Since understanding the concept of a book, I’ve been trying to write. But I never had the courage to pursue it until after the birth of my first daughter.

3. What have you learned through the process of being a author?
I’ve learned that you can never stop learning and honing your craft. That you to celebrate every small step! That you need support, from family, friends, and critique partners (who you’ll discover become your family/friends.)

4. What is your favorite thought or quote?
Oh, I have so many favorites. Normally, I’d quote Albus Dumbledore. But recently I reviewed a letter my seventh grade teacher sent me as encouragement when I was a high-school student. He quoted Anne Frank, of whom he knew I adored.
“Everyone has inside of him a piece of good news. The good news is that you don’t know how great you can be!
How much you can love! What you can accomplish! And what your potential is!” ~Anne Frank
I love her pure enthusiasm and sincere belief, despite her circumstances. This quote seems to be my motto lately.

5. And most importantly... if you could be from any planet (besides earth, of course) which one who you be from?
I’d want to be from Neptune. I’m always entranced by the moon, and Neptune has 14 of them! Also, it’s mostly made of hydrogen and helium, so everyone from that planet would have super crazy high voices. I have a tendency to get a bit squeaky when I get excited. So yeah, Neptune would fit my origin story very nicely! 

I love it Lizzy! Thank you for sharing with us today! And now, a little More About the Author!

When Lizzy Charles isn’t scrambling to raise her two spunky toddlers or caring for premature and sick babies as a neonatal intensive care nurse, she’s in a quiet corner writing or snuggled up with a novel and a few squares of dark chocolate. Black tea keeps her constant and she loves guacamole. She married her high school sweet heart, a heart-melting musician, so it’s no surprise she’s fallen in love with writing contemporary YA romance novels.  

 Book Blurb:
School is out and Lucy is ready for the perfect summer: lazy days at the pool, invitations to the most exclusive parties, and romantic dates with her hot new boyfriend. That is, until she lands in trouble one too many times and her parents issue the ultimate punishment: a summer job. Suddenly, the summer can't end fast enough.
To make matters worse, the job is painting houses with Justin, the most popular, egotistical guy in school. Spending all summer with Justin might be other girls' dreams, but definitely not Lucy's. After all, Justin is cocky, annoying, and a jerk. So what if he's the most beautiful jerk Lucy's ever seen? Or that his grin makes her forget she’s mad at the world? Or that maybe, just maybe, there's more to Justin than Lucy realizes. Only one thing is certain: it won’t be the summer she wanted, but it might be exactly the one she needs.
Find Lizzy & Effortless With You
 Throw Lizzy a shout out and be sure to get your hands on her novel! Thanks for sharing with us today Lizzy!

Monday, August 12, 2013

Switched - Cover Reveal!

Cassie Mae is pumping out books quicker than you can take a breath! And this one is every bit as fantabulous as her others!

SWITCHED by Cassie Mae
will be released by Random House Flirt sometime in December of 2013!

Kayla likes Talon, who's dating her best friend Reagan. Wesley likes Reagan, who's dating his best friend Talon.

Complicated? Just a little bit.

Kayla and Wesley have only one thing in common: loving their best friend's significant other. So when they've had enough lonely nights, they contrive a plan to switch it up. By the end of the year, all four friends will be happy, nestled in the arms of their soul mates. They just need to pull it off without their best friends catching on.

But as their plan unfolds, guilt sets in, and Kayla wonders if Talon is more important than her friendship with Reagan. It doesn't help Wesley is questioning whether Reagan is the girl for him, or if he's meant to be with someone else.

Switching partners looks possible, but it may not be the perfect ending Kayla and Wesley had planned.
About the Author:

Cassie Mae is a nerd to the core from Utah, who likes to write about other nerds who find love. Her angel children and perfect husband fan her and feed her grapes while she clacks away on the keyboard. Then she wakes up from that dream world and manages to get a few words on the computer while the house explodes around her. When she’s not writing, she’s spending time with the youth in her community as a volleyball and basketball coach, or searching the house desperately for chocolate.
Cassie Mae is a nerd to the core from Utah, who likes to write about other nerds who find love. She’s the author of the Amazon Bestseller REASONS I FELL FOR THE FUNNY FAT FRIEND, and is the debut author for the Random House FLIRT line with her New Adult novels FRIDAY NIGHT ALIBI and SWITCHED. She also has a three book deal with Swoon Romance Publishing, including her book HOW TO DATE A NERD. She spends time with her angel children and perfect husband who fan her and feed her grapes while she clacks away on the keyboard. Then she wakes up from that dream world and manages to get a few words on the computer while the house explodes around her. When she’s not writing, she’s spending time with the youth in her community as a volleyball and basketball coach, or searching the house desperately for chocolate.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year!

I'm not talking Christmas, people...
I'm talking the REAL most wonderful time of year...

And I know you agree with me. As soon as the stores start filling up with all this wonderful stuff I get a little giddy inside! In fact, I'd much rather shop in Office Max or Office Depot than at the mall. And I finally took my kids to get school supplies the other day and it was great. It would be even better if I was only shopping for myself, but that's okay. I don't use crayons very much these days but at least I can buy them for my kids. And I definitely slipped in a few cute notebooks for myself.

The only down side to this time of year is the lack of blogging going on, and I'm probably one of the worst! But, as I've meandered back into the blogosphere, I've noticed a lot of others are on blogging hiatus for a while too. So let me just say... KUDOS to you guys who are still rocking it and going strong! That's awesome! I am hoping to get back to blogging once a week on Monday's. I'm crossing my fingers.

So, what are you working on right now? Tell me about your current WIP. Do you love school supply season?

Monday, August 5, 2013

(Never) Again!

Some uber exciting news in the world is the cover reveal for Theresa Paolo's debut novel, (Never) Again, set to be released on OCTOBER 15, 2013!
Trust me - this is one book you do not want to miss!

Just when she had finally moved on…
…He moved back.

When college freshman Liz Wagner hears her ex's voice for the first time since he moved clear across the freaking country, she does what any respectable girl would do: Dive into the girls' bathroom.

Zach Roberts—the Zach Roberts—is back. And he’s everywhere Liz looks—infiltrating her friend group, buddy-buddy with her brother. It’s enough to ruin college altogether. But what choice does she have but to put on a happy face and pretend he didn't leave her vulnerable and alone in a pile of emotional wreckage?

Pretending works, until tragedy strikes and the only person available for comfort is the one person she wants to stay away from. When Zach turns out not to be the jerk she convinced herself he was, but the boy she used to love, Liz needs to decide whether to open her heart again to the boy who tore it out.

And the beautiful cover...
  I'm so excited for this! And congrats to Theresa - the cover is beautiful!

About the Author:

Theresa Paolo lives in the same town she grew up in on Long Island, NY with her boyfriend and Milton, their big eyed goldfish. She has a hard time accepting the fact she’s nearing thirty which is why she writes New Adult and Young Adult books, reliving the best and worst years of her life through her characters. She put her love of writing on hold while she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing from Dowling College. On November 11th 2011 at 11:11 she made a wish. Two hours later she was laid off. Jobless for the first time since she was sixteen she was determined to make her wish come true. Writing became her life again and after many nights of ignoring her boyfriend to spend time with her characters, she finally received the call that all her hard work, finger crossing and eye crossing paid off. She signed with Berkley (Penguin) and her debut novel, (NEVER) AGAIN, a NA romance, will be out in Fall 2013.  When she’s not writing, she’s behind a camera or can be found in the blogosphere or on Twitter, Pinterest and Facebook.