The Sunday Seven: Holiday Crush

Welcome to the Sunday Seven – where I recap the past seven days and lay out my seven writing goals for the upcoming week.

This image to the left is how my brain feels right now. My god, the holidays! At least my cards are done and the shopping is complete! Well, except for one White Elephant gift. That shouldn’t be too hard, fingers crossed. I’ll wrap everything when I get to my parent’s house on Wednesday. I’m proud of myself, but I still feel like I could have done more. That always seems to be the case despite the quickly diminishing bank account. Now, to make it through the next two days without too much strife.

My counselor/therapist told me to work on being in the moment. To let go of expectations and worries of what could have been or will be. Easier said than done, right? I mean, as noted above, I’m concerned about gifts. Still, I’ll try. Being overwhelmed is never fun.

I forced myself to read a book today after not having time all week. I’m glad I did, since I’m stressing over cleaning for the new pet sitter we meet tomorrow. Funny how it makes me feel more productive immersing myself in a story than vacuuming the carpet or scrubbing the vanity. 1) I decided to set my newsletter for once every three months and additionally if I have any special news about releases or appearances. That will begin January 2016.  2) Ezra hasn’t been speaking to me lately. Probably because Tim Cratchett (my main Bah Humbug WIP character) has overtaken my thoughts. 3) I got a little work done on the Starstruck WIP 4) The second Dreamspun Desires idea didn’t get revisited, but like I said before, characters are bombarding me from the Bah Humbug WIP.  5) I’m working on the voice of Tim Cratchett and the opening scenes. Also, his love interest, Chris, is taking shape. Here’s a visual for Tim. But imagine him crankier! 😉
6) Victorian research has been relegated to visual inspiration on some Pinterest boards for now. 7) I read Magic & Mistletoe by Joanna Chambers. It was sweet and well-written.

And now for…

The Sunday Seven

1) I’m not sure this week will see much of anything but Christmas prep and then holiday relaxation. Still, I’ll get ready for the following week with thinking about what my first newsletter will include for January.

2) I’ll bring a notebook with me to California and see what strikes, whether it be Tim, Ezra, my Dreamspun Desires WIPs or something from the Starstruck WIP.

3) I need to begin planning my writing workload for next year. Hopefully, I’ll get a daily planner or Amazon gift cards to buy one 😉

4) I’ll be joining Clare London’s Birthday Blog during the month of January. My slot is January 18th. I’ll have to figure out something fun to do for that post.

5) Research – I’ll probably watch a Victorian movie or two.

6) Read – I’ll definitely have the Kindle with me for the holiday. I can’t wait to dive into something.

7) Enjoy the time with my family and friends. I know this is not a writing goal, but following my therapist’s advice, I’m going to stay present in the holiday festivities. I want to remind myself how much wonder, love. and light is in my life.

Happy Holidays everyone!

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The Sunday Seven: Onward!

Welcome to the Sunday Seven – where I recap the past seven days and lay out my seven writing goals for the upcoming week.

I managed about six of my holiday cards. Only fourteen-ish to go! And I’m trying to do my shopping, but I always want to spend more than I have. What can I say? I love giving gifts!

My first appointment with a counselor is bright and early Thursday morning.  This should be interesting considering I’m not a morning person. However, I’m looking forward to learning how to chase away at least some of this dark fog.

I’m still stoking a fiery creative streak, but letting other things fall by the wayside.  1) My newsletter plan didn’t even cross my mind this week. Hmmm… I’ll have to roll that into next week. 2) Sadly, nary a glance was directed at my Dreamspun Desires project. Still, I did come up with an additional project for the same line that captured my interest. It really is awesome. 3) Ezra didn’t get any love this week either. (Sheesh! What the hell did I do?) 4) Oh yes, I finally got an idea for my Starstruck WIP, involving a photographer and a former bully turned actor. 5) The Bah Humbug WIP is raring to go! Scenes keep playing out in my head. Now, to capture them on paper. 6) Victorian research was a no go. 7) I read quite a bit: Snow Bound by Linnea Alexis, Pure Adrenaline by Nikki Prince, and Cold Feet by Jay Northcote. The stand outs were: Talk Turkey by Bru Baker, and debut novel, The Red Envelope by Atom Yang. Seriously, check ’em out! They really made my week!

And without further ado…

The Sunday Seven

1) Work on a newsletter plan. Work on newsletter plan. Work on newsletter plan. Maybe if I say it enough, I’ll do it!!

2) Ditto with my poor, neglected Ezra! Goal, motivation, and conflict.

3) Outline Starstruck WIP (12k) due May 1, 2016 according to the new ideas that came to me!

4) I’m not going to kid myself that I’ll get anything done on my NaNo Dreamspun Desires book this month. That will go on the back burner until January 1st. Instead, I’ll outline this new idea to make myself useful.

5) Start small with the Bah Humbug book – opening paragraph? A page?

6) Research – something Victorian. I’ll carry around the heavy book if I have to.

7) Read – Checking my Kindle..I have two holiday reads left (if I don’t buy more), but one is an actual novel, rather than a short story or novella. Then I may just jump into the TBR pile.

Anyway, enjoy the week!

Feel free to leave me a suggestion, motivational comment, or inspirational image 😀

The Sunday Seven: Holiday Rush

Welcome to the Sunday Seven – where I recap the past seven days and lay out my seven writing goals for the upcoming week.

The holidays are upon us and I’ve done nothing about it so far. Oh wait, I did buy Holiday cards. My goal is to get them out before the New Year. 😛 Wish me luck!

This last week has been a strange one. I’m in some sort of funk, or maybe it’s something else. Enough to worry me, I even made an appointment with a counselor and my doctor to make sure all is well. I don’t like how I’m feeling, but I’m not to proud to ask for help. Hopefully, the professionals can assist or guide me to a better place. I’ll keep you updated on that front.

My writing hasn’t suffered too much despite my mood. I seem to have bursts of energy and creativity that prevent my productivity from dropping off completely.  1) I updated my website with the basics. It still needs help, design-wise, but that may have to wait until next year. 2) I finished up NaNo with about 19K on my Dreamspun Desires WIP. I’m pleased for now. 3) I didn’t get to work on Ezra, but I’ll carry him over to this week. 4) I gathered ideas for my Starstruck WIP, yet nothing has stuck. 5) I am excited to say I have a nearly complete outline for my Bah Humbug WIP. That one came to me in a rush and I scrambled to lay it out. Maybe one more chapter and it’s ready to write! 6) I didn’t do any Victorian research, however, I did research for the Bah Humbug WIP, since my main character is a paraplegic. 7) I read three novellas! All holiday related – Humbug by Joanna Chambers, Cabin Nights by Ashley John, and The Winter Spirit by Indra Vaughn. Each of them were delightful.

And now…

The Sunday Seven

1) Work on a newsletter plan. I think I’ve sent out one newsletter. And I have subscribers!! I’m pathetic and need to show my readers some love.

2) More words on my Dreamspun Desires submission. I won’t make it to 50k by the end of this year, but I can make a dent in it and get a more solid ending.

3) Character work on Ezra from my first novel in the Victorian Gothic Paranormal series. I’ll concentrate on goal, motivation, and conflict.

4) Get an idea to stick for the Starstruck WIP (12k) due May 1, 2016.

5) Solidify outline for Bah Humbug WIP (18k) due July 1, 2016. Reading all these holiday stories has jumpstarted the idea mill and got me moving in the right direction. Woohoo!

6) Research – crack open the Victorian books or watch something from the period. Still open to suggestions…

7) Read – I have three more holiday reads ready to go!

Have a wonderful week!

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Boughs of Evergreen: A Holiday Anthology to be Released November 21st!

BoE_533x700Boughs of Evergreen is a collection of 23 short stories celebrating the holiday season in all its diversity. Penned by authors from the UK, the USA, Scandinavia and Eastern Europe, these are tales of the young and the not-so-young from many different walks of life.

Themes of family, friendship and romance take readers on a journey through some of the major holidays, both past and present, including Thanksgiving, Advent, St. Lucia Day, Hanukkah, Eid, Saturnalia, Winter Solstice, Yule, Christmas and New Year. In each we find at the very least hope, and often love, peace and happiness.

Proceeds from sales of this anthology will be donated to The Trevor Project. The Trevor Project is the leading national organization [USA] providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) young people ages 13-24. For more information, visit: www.thetrevorproject.org.

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THE STORIES:

“A Friend for Christmas” – J P Walker
“A Midnight Clear” – Debbie McGowan
“From All of Us to All of You” – Ofelia Gränd
“Homme for the Holidays” – Jonathan Penn
“Kiss Me At Kwanzaa” – L.L. Bucknor
“Lion’s Hero” – Alexis Woods
“One Nightstand” – Rick Bettencourt
“Shiny Things” – Amy Spector
“The Bard and his Boyfriend” – Kathleen Hayes
“The Christmas Present” – Larry Benjamin
“The Invasion of Tork” – Claire Davis and Al Stewart
“X-Mas Cake: A Modern Fairytale” – Raine O’Tierney
“A Christmas Tale” – Hans M Hirschi
“A Family Christmas” – Terry Kerr
“A Good Word” – L.M. Steel
“A Little Christmas Magic” – K.C. Faelan
“Always Have, Always Will” – Amelia Mann
“An Angel in Eyeliner” – Hunter Frost
“Boyfriend Goes Home” – Laura Susan Johnson
“Christmas Commitment” – Shayla Mist
“Coming in from the Cold” – Ava Penn
“Holidays with Drum and Bell!” – Matthias Williamson
“Te Amo, You Mushrooms” – S.H. Allan

The anthology in its entirety releases Friday, November 21st. Preorder it here.

My story, An Angel in Eyeliner, will be released individually on December 1st.

Angel in Eyeliner

 

All Mitch wants for Christmas is a quiet holiday free from grief. Patching up the face of the target of a mugging in the back alley of his bar seems to throw that wish right out into the cold Chicago night. But the tatted, pierced, and skinny-jean wearing Keller Graham is fearless and proves to be more than a pair of icy blue eyes lined in black. Keller may be a thief, but Mitch never expected him to steal his lonely heart.

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Meet the Character – Mitch Sterling

280px-FullMoon2010I’ve been tagged by Kenzie Mack to join a group of fabulously talented writers in the Meet the Character Blog Hop.

Kenzie Mack transplanted from the mid-west to California with her husband and four children.  She mistook the drought for part of the sunny Cali climate package.  Snow and almost daily rain are not missed.

A lifelong lover of reading and writing, Kenzie chose the indie path into publishing.  The road wasn’t easy.  There are many aspects needed for the production of a book.  The learning pains were many, but the end product warms her heart every time she sees the cover.

Kenzie Mack is the author of Moon Shadows: A Reader’s Choice Tale (March 2014)B&N

Fresh from a break-up, John’s routine jog becomes a run in with fear when he is surrounded by a pack of larger than life wolves. There’s no time to wonder how these creatures arrived in non-wolf country, CA.  They want a snack and he’s clean out of Scooby treats.

When the alpha arrives, John is given a choice.  Surrender to his previously hidden animal instincts or leave and never look back.  Something in the fierce creature’s eyes holds him enthralled and his decision is made.  By night’s end, his life is changed—forever.

This book is an adult tale which offers a reader’s choice for you to pick the pack’s alpha.  Make it a She-Wolf or a He-Wolf.  Or read both.

Purchase this book on Amazon:  www.amazon.com/dp/B00J12ARHO
Find out more about Kenzie on her website: www.kenziemack.com
Follow her on Facebook:  www.facebook.com/MsKenzieMack
Or Twitter: @MsKenzieMack

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Now to introduce you to Mitch Sterling, the main character of An Angel in Eyeliner (Beaten Track Publishing – part of Boughs of Evergreen: A Holiday Anthology due out November 2014).

BoE_533x700Who is Mitch?

Mitch Sterling is a lonely former combat medic who owns a small bar. Christmas is his favorite time of year and he goes all out when decorating, desperately trying to immerse himself in the holiday spirit and forget about his grief.

Where does An Angel in Eyeliner take place?

The story takes place in Mitch’s bar and attached apartment in downtown Chicago on Christmas Eve.

What won’t Mitch talk about?

Brian, his lover, who was killed on duty in Iraq two years ago. But once Mitch meets Keller Graham, he has a hard time keeping his mouth shut about anything.

Mitch’s Goal?

To have a quiet Christmas free of sadness and full of holiday magic.

The problem?

A tall, skinny-jean wearing, raven-haired man with a pierced tongue and black eyeliner, who Mitch saves from a group of thugs in the alley behind his bar. Keller Graham’s icy blue eyes have a way of drawing Mitch out and making him laugh. The man is fearless and it stirs up feelings Mitch hasn’t had since Brian.

I look forward to sharing Mitch and Keller’s story.

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Meet Next Week’s Authors

Debbie McGowan
debbiemcgowan Debbie McGowan is an author and publisher based in a semi-rural corner of Lancashire, England. She writes character-driven fiction, covering life, love, relationships – the whole shazam. A working class girl, she ‘ran away’ to London at seventeen, was homeless, unemployed and then homeless again, interspersed with animal rights activism (all legal, honest ;)) and volunteer work as a mental health advocate. At twenty-five, she went back to college to study social science – tough with two toddlers, but they had a ‘stay at home’ dad, so it worked itself out. These days, the toddlers are young women (much to their chagrin), and Debbie teaches undergraduate students, writes novels and runs an independent publishing company, occasionally grabbing an hour of sleep where she can!

midnight_clear_boe_533x800Debbie’s addition to Boughs of Evergreen: A Holiday Anthology (November 2014) is A Midnight Clear.

It’s a cold, desperate December when a young girl flees home, in search of food, shelter and the real Santa Claus. Stranded in George and Josh’s hometown, she discovers that the spirit of Christmas can be found in the most unexpected of places. Includes the story of The Little Match Girl, by Hans Christian Andersen.

You can find Debbie on any of the following social media sites:

Twitter:  www.twitter.com/writerdebmcg
Facebook:  www.facebook.com/beatentrackpublishing
YouTube:  www.youtube.com/deb248211
Tumblr: www.writerdebmcg.tumblr.com
LinkedIn:  www.uk.linkedin.com/in/writerdebmcg
Google+:  www.plus.google.com/+DebbieMcGowan
Goodreads: www.goodreads.com/author/show/4401329.Debbie_McGowan
Website: www.debbiemcgowan.co.uk

K.C. Faelan

Many moons ago, with the encouragement of a writer friend, K.C. Faelan wrote her first fanfic story. After a few years, her muse went into hiding, and then suddenly re-emerged, urging KC to participate and write a story for one of the prompts in the Goodreads M/M Romance Group’s 2014 Love’s Landscapes DRitC event. The story she wrote was “If At First You Don’t Succeed,” a romantic comedy about established couple, Evan and Julien and their unsuccessful attempts at kinky sex.

KC prefers to write contemporary male romance, but enjoys reading about them in almost every setting from paranormal, to sci-fi to historical backdrops. She loves men, from the Alphas to the omegas, and all the pretty boys in between. Intelligence and humor whet her appetite. Toss in a course of UST, a dash of angst, season with fluffiness, and she dives right in. Oh, and don’t forget the extra-large side-helping of sex. For dessert, it’s HEA all the way. She loves dark chocolate truffles and candies, and food often plays a part in her stories, and in the ones she enjoys reading.

KC lives in Northern California with her husband and two rescue birds. Their female bird hates women and wishes KC would go play in the middle of traffic or take a long walk off a short pier.

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KC’s addition to Boughs of Evergreen: A Holiday Anthology (November 2014) is A Little Christmas Magic.

It’s the day after Thanksgiving and Ryan Forsyth is helping his friends decorate for Christmas. Little does he know that the weekend will usher in a profound change to his life, a chance for happiness if he isn’t too scared to reach out and grasp it.

Boone Ainsworth has been friends with Ryan since junior high, ever since their mutual friend Greg Hayes introduced them. Since the day they met, no one has stood a chance at claiming Boone’s heart except Ryan, but Ryan is so far in the closet he hasn’t got a clue.

Their happily ever after is just a step away, until a panicked decision changes everything. From that point on, things don’t go smoothly and Ryan and Boone make mistakes that neither may be able to forgive. But it’s the holidays, and Ryan is banking on a little Christmas magic to help smooth the way.

You can find KC on any of the following social media sites:

Goodreads: www.goodreads.com/author/show/8147151.K_C_Faelan
Blog: www.kcfaelan.wordpress.com
Twitter: www.twitter.com/kcfaelan

Please be sure to check out these two amazing author’s next week on their blogs!