Thursday, December 31, 2015

Good-bye 2015...Hello 2016

Year in Review
WOW…2015 was one hell of a year! My 40th year…10th year of marriage…10th year teaching…TONS of family time and #meaningfulmoments, a new house, a new book and LOTS of writing!

On the writing front, Write More Publications was gracious enough to publish the second Ruby Hood, The Twistedly True Guardian Tale. I also wrote more this year, than I’ve written in previous years and finished the next in the Precious Gems Series, which I hope to have out in 2016. AND I’m currently working on something new, a futuristic fiction set in 2035 after enzymes in GMOs have MODIFIED the people of the world. It’s incredibly fun to create and write!

Clearly, the writing part is great. However convincing people to read a book, and then tell others about it or write a review is MUCH more difficult! Plus, I’m not especially good at promoting myself, but I’m adapting and trying some new things.

There is an upcoming BOOK BLITZ for The Twistedly True Tale of Ruby Hood via YA BOUND BOOK TOURS. If you are a reader, writer, blogger, fan, etc… I hope you’ll consider signing up! 

And, I’ve made my first book trailer for The Twistedly True Tale of Ruby Hood. Check it out…

All in all, 2015 was utterly amazing and I am grateful beyond belief!

Upcoming in 2016
What’s next? GOALS! I don’t make resolutions, but I do LOVE to set goals. Is goal setting about mastering or perfection? Not usually…okay never. I’ll be honest, I’m in it for the journey. Sure the accomplishment or destination is nice, but I have an affection for the trip. Sometimes I make it to my destination, other times I end up someplace completely unexpected. However, I usually have a good time and ALWAYS learn a thing or two. Plus, most journeys are riddled with those #meaningfulmoments I love so dearly.

I do set some very specific goals, but they are always fluid and subject to change at a moment’s notice. However, some are every day constants, meant to provide general directions…purposes…destinations. Here are a few of my absolutes for the upcoming year…
  • Write: as often as possible...if there’s no time, make some
  • Read: at least once a day
  • Live: daily
  • Laugh: hourly
  • Love: every second
  • Learn: every time the opportunity arises

Wishing you and yours a lovely, delightful and wonderful New Year!
Happy 2016!

Friday, December 18, 2015

Holiday Blog with a Splash of Book Blitz

Holiday Blog…You Know…Instead of Nog

With the holidays fast, I am pleased to announce my Christmas spirit is intact and I’m not going to lie, I am super excited to get my holiday on…some festivities, family, good will, down time from work…I can dig it all! And can’t wait! This year, the husband and I wanted original so we went with repurposed recycled gifts from the local and very cool Blu Marble (seriously, check their stuff out)! In between the merriment, I hope to score some very serious writing time! Here’s the latest…

Precious Gems
I am so fortunate to have had the opportunity to co-author this series with the lovely and talented Jennifer Paquette! And it has been a blast working on the next installment!

The first one, “If the Silver Slippers Fit”, released in 2014 and contains two stories, each surrounding the same pair of diamond encrusted Silver Slippers. In the first story, Glinda falls through a portal from Oz and lands in New York City. She has to hone her witchy powers and NYC savviness with a quickness to retrieve her sister’s favorite shoes and get back home. In the second story, Glinda’s youngest daughter, Giselle, finds herself exiled to Vegas and her troubles only continue to mount. With her back up against a wall, she’s left with only one choice: accept a huge burden to protect her family, no matter the cost to herself.

In the second one, “If the Sapphire Slippers Fit”, my story picks up right where the first one ended. Giselle encounters even more problems in Vegas until one day she disappears, but not before she sends a cryptic message to her sister, the Chanceloress of Oz. Grace immediately heeds the advice of Glinda, their mother, and their Aunt Elle. Before long she is transported to Vegas to rescue her sister. Grace struggles to decipher the clues Giselle left behind, especially when she finds herself powerless after a teenager winds up dead. Will she figure out the clues and find her sister before another teenager dies?

****I’ve also complicated matters by throwing in a few gurus, a Greek goddess, a Mesopotamian goddess and a sexy demon hunter. It has been so much fun to write, but I’ll admit I’m only halfway through, so any and all, is subject to change.

Ruby Hood
The first two in the series are completed and on the market. I hope to work on the third and final installment soon. All books are available in ebook and paperback. I even have free review copies! If you are interested in reviewing either or book, please get a hold of me, I’d be happy to send a copy your way. In January, I will be running some promo through YA Bound Book Tours. Are you a reader, blogger, reviewer, writer??? Sign up to join the Ruby Hood Book Blitz!

Haven’t read them yet? Need a last minute Christmas gift?

In case I don’t get another post out for a while…
 Wishing you and yours the very best and brightest holiday season!
Happy reading, writing, and holiday celebrating!