Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Life Update Pt II

Okay, this blog post has been a long time coming, but yay, it's here.

All right, as some of you have probably noticed, I haven't been as active in the past couple of months and it's getting even worse lately.  I'm due with my second child in December and have a big case of pregnancy brain, that between the fatigue and just general blah-ness, I am lucky that I remember what day it is. Most times :)

There's something different this time though.  This may be a bit TMI, but hey it's the only way to explain it. Since June I've been having some periods of bleeding, which has led me to be in the hospital or at the doctor's office. It's gotten a bit worse in recent weeks, but they were able to diagnose me with having a low lying placenta and thus I've been put on rest, including not lifting anything over 5 lbs and no exercise except for walking. Couple that with having a very active 3 almost 4 year old, and it's been kind of hard.  I'm lucky to have my husband and mother around and that helps, but it's not like that every day.

So...where am I going with this?

I have decided to take a break. I know, it seems like I already have, but this is going to be an "official" break. That also means that I won't be blogging for IndieLicious either. Originally the plan was to start my "maternity leave" (I know, it sounds silly when I'm referring to blogging and the like) at the beginning of December, but after everything that's been happening, I can't wait that long.  I can't keep up with the IndieLicious posts, even forgetting to post the sign ups for August until after the 1st because I was being checked out at the hospital.

What does this break mean? It basically means, backing off from social media. I already signed up for the IndieCredible Tour in September, and I'm paired with Natalie, the awesome blogger from Pretty in Pink Books and Reviews so I'll be doing that, but otherwise...not much else. That means no IndieLicious, no more signing up for blog tours etc and just generally taking a break from online stuff.

Writing wise...I'm not sure. I know that I cannot get The Princess and the Stableboy out in time this fall or even by December. That doesn't mean that I won't try to work on it as much as I can, and maybe I'll be able to give everybody updates as to what's going on. I do have 30,000 words written thus far and I know what I have to do and where I have to go, I just need to not have everything hanging over my head.  I will get the book done, I can promise you that, but with  all of us in the house just basically going day to day, I can't tell you when at this point.

Of course it could turn out that things will improve, and I'll be able to focus once more on these things again, but I don't want to say for sure that I could so I'd rather not take the chance.  So, if you'll excuse me, this kiddo is kicking up a storm on my side and I need to kind of get more comfortable on the couch :)

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Ink Slinger PR Blog tour - ENDURING LIGHT by Alyssa Rose Ivy

I'm so excited to take part in the release day celebration of Alyssa Rose Ivy's Enduring Light, the third book in the Energo series.

Synopsis:

Fighting darkness takes light.

Desperate to save James, Charlotte scours Energo for answers with Calvin and Liam at her side.

Kevin and Samantha head to Alaska to find the one item that might destroy Blake, but the search is only the beginning.

As time runs out, Charlotte and Kevin discover that keeping Energo from eternal darkness will take a sacrifice no one expects.

Review:

I'm a big fan of this YA Fantasy/Romance series by Alyssa Rose Ivy.  I was so excited to see that the third book was coming out this year, and jumped at the chance to be part of the tour. I have to say, Enduring Light, did not disappoint.

Told from the different perspectives of Charlotte, Kevin, Samantha and Liam, Alyssa Rose Ivy manages to do something that is very rare: keep all the character voices as distinct as possible so that the reader doesn't have to go back to see who is talking.

As for the story, Blake is getting worse in his desire for control and the five set off. Kevin and Samantha go to find the Onyx and Charlotte, Liam and Calvin search for the scroll that would hopefully provide answers to all the questions of Energo.

It's a quick, fast paced read, and I admit to really enjoying the scenes that were told from Kevin and Samantha's perspectives. They made me laugh, which was much needed in the frenzy of everything happening around them. The author doesn't pull any punches with the twist at the end, which led me to going back and going "Whaaaaaaaat?! What did you just do?!" Believe me, it was something that I didn't see coming, but I'm also grateful to her for making it realistic.

I do feel that the story could have been a bit longer, only because I wanted to know more about what happened towards the end, but I do have hope that James will be deemed worthy one day of getting his own tale. If you haven't read the first two books in this trilogy and you like fantasy and romance, I highly encourage you to pick them up.

4.5 out of 5 stars for me!

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Alyssa Rose Ivy is a New Adult and Young Adult author who loves to weave stories with romance and a southern setting. Although raised in the New York area, she fell in love with the South after moving to New Orleans for college. After years as a perpetual student, she turned back to her creative side and decided to write. She lives in North Carolina with her husband and two young children, and she can usually be found with a cup of coffee in her hand.

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Monday, August 12, 2013

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Friday, July 19, 2013

Blog Tour - Juniper Grove Book Solutions presents DANCING WITH DEATH by Andrea Heltsley

 




Title: Dancing with Death

Author: Andrea Heltsley

Published: May 2013

Word Count: 84,000

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Content Warning: None

Recommended Age: Young Adult/Teens

Synopsis: Murders have plagued the woods in the past, making them a place of fear. Eighteen year old Wendy and her friends become worried when a new string of murders come to their high school.

After a horrible car accident, Wendy returns to school, going from wallflower to popular overnight. Suddenly she is the center of attention, paying more attention to guys and clothes. Things are heating up for Wendy with more than one guy vying for her affections.

As the murderer edges closer to Wendy she realizes things are changing. She is afflicted with nightmares that are all too real and she herself is undergoing unnatural changes. Learning the truth about her past, could be the key to saving her future.

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Title: Dancing with Deception

Author: Andrea Heltsley

Published: April 2013

Word Count: 20,000

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Content Warning: None

Recommended Age: Young Adult/Teens
Synopsis:

How far would you go to keep your nightmares a secret?

Wendy has been struggling with vivid, chilling nightmares that leave her exhausted and horrified. What will Wendy do to protect her secret when she discovers her nightmares are real? Death is coming and he’s coming for her.

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Andrea Heltsley is a biology nerd who decided it was more fun writing than dissecting. She has written four novels and three more will be out in fall/winter 2013. She lives on coffee and reads like a robot. Her husband and two Italian greyhounds usually have to tear her away from the computer...imagine that. :)
 
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