To sate the writers soul!

Ooohohoho it feels so good to write! So wonderfully freeing to return to my characters and get this work flowing once more! And the story that is continuously unfolding delights my heart and soul. Something I have missed greatly, more than I think I realized. Added 2,500+ words, that’s great, but not the best part. The best part is reaching a critical milestone in the story that I planned back in the first book, and that’s the sweet spot. It sets up for the second part of Hail out of the three it will contain! I finally feel like I will complete this work, like I’m not a lost cause with too many personal issues that have impeded my efforts. I can feel it, and that’s how I know. It’s so much later than I planned, but I believe I will have this published by March 2020! Taken much longer than I would have liked, and anyone else would I know! So sorry, and thank you to my readers who have been so wonderfully patient and understanding❤️.

I can’t wait to reach back out to my beta readers.☺️

A shuffled game…

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving! Mine was pretty darned good, all things (F-YOU MIGRAINE!) considered :).

Good Lord. I  need to stop saying, “Could things get any harder?” Because life is LEGIT taking that as a personal challenge! Good news first: I’ve been a busy bee writing, and will continue to do so tomorrow :). Painstakingly slow, but I’m getting further along.

The…rough patches. Trying to sell my house and buy another…during the time of year it’s slowest, but all necessary. All stressful. I understand when Gob Bluth says he made a terrible mistake. Real deep, it’s kinda hurtful I understand it so well.

Migraines:  sweet mother of mercy give me relief! I’ve been through the gambit of medications, reached the point now where…it’s botox. BOTOX shots in my HEAD! Nope, not cool brain, NOT COOL! Two weeks back now I found out I was quite allergic to a medication, that was a fun ER trip. Still…it’s been a bit crippling. It’s been a major wrench in my writing progress, unfortunately. The reality is, I’m tripping over my words all the time as of  late. Written, spoken, thought. Forgetting things-I eventually remember, but it’s several, constant bouts of temporary memory loss of things, which is in turn impacting my writing. If life were a physical being, I would have choked it out for this garbage! Oh well. Onwards and upwards…upwards and onwards? Oh, you get the  gist!

My plan is to knock out an almost ridiculous amount of writing tomorrow, after I have a showing of my own home and see another while that’s happening. And my keyboard is messed up, no thanks to my son. Monitor is crooked AF now too. Not a happy mom, not a pleased author, and feeling the feels real strong these days. Should make for excellent material, no?

Coming Home, The Feeling Of

There is something so beautiful about writing. I don’t believe I am the only writer to feel this way, returning back to the work in progress and re-reading what I have already produced feels right! It is something I have missed far more than I realized. It is that feeling of coming home, being where I belong, and I must continue to make this house my home for all my days. The plethora of ideas that have been tumbling from my imagination the last few weeks has been awe-inspiring for me.

As I review what I have already written, and refine some pieces as I go, it makes me giddy! For what’s ahead, I am ecstatic to finish this work. Not to be “done” with it, but to see that final product and present it to the readers. I hope it does not disappoint, that with each book I have written and publish it is a constant state of improvement.

Loving this.

Birthday, R&R, New Nephew!

Aside from reading and reviewing the wonderful works of C. E. Clayton I have been having a whirlwind of the last two years! This month has been crazy, ups and downs, but by far more ups than downs :). I am 35, officially. I went to Colorado with a friend and saw more, enjoyed the state I miss the most, and wish I was there with my family now! I’ve posted pictures in here, as well. My sister had my newest nephew to the batch as of October 22nd, making the 4th Libra in our family! The last few days were difficult, the fresh fear and shock that my sister went through having him (her 4th child/boy) with an emergency c-section was quite the adventure. Not one I imagine she is eager to go through again (the emergent c-section), but oh, how we love him already!

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Writing. I have done some writing. As such, the wheels began turning once more, and the ideas are overflowing! I KNOW! I MUST WRITE! AHHHH! Hah. Well, I will be focusing on it once more, as I put the issues with the Chiari to the side. Now, this does  not mean I am not taking care of myself! It means…I have to see a specialist, out of state, because Texas has No Chiari Specialists, and see one elsewhere. At a later date. I need to finish this book, it pours out of my mind like hot lava, devouring everything else in its path. This will be my focus. Trying to get out an exercise more-walking with my kids, or by myself- and getting this book Knocked Out. I’m honestly already sick of dealing with the Chiari and the plethora of ignorant doctors. So, my energy is better spent elsewhere. I’ll manage this as best I can, for now.

I know where I belong in life at this point in time, and what I need to be doing. Reading, Writing, Praying.

The Monster of Selkirk – Book IV The Intrigues of Arcadia

I cannot fawn enough over C. E. Clayton’s writing, and Book IV did not disappoint! I’ve already begun Book V, but needed to share my review for IV.

See below ;)! I keep impressing, and will continue to, read C. E. Clayton’s work! You are missing out if you haven’t, yet!
The Intrigues of Arcadia (The Monster of Selkirk, #4)The Intrigues of Arcadia by C.E. Clayton

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

😍😍😍 Is this not an appropriate review? No? Alright, fine! I will write a detailed review tonight or tomorrow! Going to start the next book ASAP!

Here we go…Intrigues of Arcadia indeed! Absolute love, rolled straight into the next book already. This book contains so many wonderful bows I can’t help but feel true bliss. Though it does end on a bit of a cliff hanger, it’s not in a way that made me feel crazy/angry! Instead, I was left Elated! You enter a world of political plays taking advantage of our beloved group, using their dire situation to their gain. The benefactor, as much as she can be called, is indeed as shrewd as you can imagine. A perfectly cast character who you know, as a reader, to be wary of for our protagonists. Yet, the benefactor is only one moving part in this game of chess played within Arcadia. Desires for earning higher rank, pirates, loves blossoming, fruition of hopes and dreams all come together to lead into book V! The detail must be appreciated, as I could see and feel all that each character went through. A beautiful balance, for me, of the undercurrent of events, fighting, and romantic endeavors that wavered and crested. Read, Love, Enjoy!

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The words, the reading, the…

Here I am, freshest 35, getting over the flu, and rejoicing for two reasons! One is I have a birthday trip planned for Colorado this weekend that I will make! Two is I received the last two books in the Monster of Selkirk series from the wonderfully gracious author, and equally talented author, C. E. Clayton! 🤩 Starting on books IV this weekend, so excited to see what’s in store for the beloved characters 😁!

Give Clayton’s website a go, look up and get the books, and see what the love is all about 💖!

The Monster of Selkirk: The Machines of Theda Review

Finished this book last night, and as always, I’m enthralled with Clayton’s writing and story telling! Read the review below, or check it out on Goodreads!

(Borrowed the Featured Image above from a goggle search!)
The Machines of Theda (The Monster of Selkirk, #3)The Machines of Theda by C.E. Clayton

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Let me identify first, I graciously received a copy of the book from the author. I have read the predecessors to this book, and will be reading its successors! If you haven’t read the first two in this series, DO! It’s no secret I am in love with C.E. Clayton’s writing, and will always be a fan of her ever growing skill as an incredibly talented author <3!

Now, onto the review :).
This book was such a contrast to the first two it took me by surprise! My favorite experience as a reader is in seeing how authors blossom as they continue to progress in their craft, and Clayton has made impressive progress. The detail that was presented was well balanced with the intrigue and action, introducing new characters that you could completely understand the range of emotions that followed in their wake. We also get to revisit previous characters, which I will say no more on! Throughout this book we get to experience the blossoming relationship between Tallis and Tomas, and I love and appreciate just how well paced things are for the two. Their relationship is not like what is seen in today’s society, but something that should be more aspired to, and that made me love their situation and characters all the more.

Through the discoveries that both Tallis and Tomas experience you are introduced to a land that is steampunk, which I adored. Personally, I have always been fascinated with it, and now I got to experience a taste of it in The Machines of Theda! I read the entire last half last night, foregoing several hours of sleep-that’s how enthralled I was with the book to see where it went and how it ended, and am more than eager to start book IV! For as large of novel as this is, it went quickly, in my opinion. The last half is especially compelling, but I don’t want to ruin this for anyone! Just know our Tally is as brave, and sometimes reckless, as ever, but that’s what makes her so endearing and human.

Wonderful job, Mrs. Clayton! Can’t wait to read the rest of your works!

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Congratulations!

A day late here, rough 1.5 week migraine, but getting on top of it!

Congratulations to the 5 lucky winners in the Blizzard Paperback Giveaway! Those are being ordered for delivery this Very moment! 💖 Notifications will be sent out soon😉.

I haven’t written in a minute, but this morning was an explosion of ideas, things that required sorting and I have the answers for Hail, now! I will finally be able to ease back into writing this weekend 😸🤩❤️😍! Be ready, I can feel this process will move incredibly swiftly!

For those who entered, but did not win, you can get Blizzard on ebook Free through your Kindle! Check back in about another month or so, I’m planning something special 😉!🤶🏻🎅🏻🎄

Days Remaining: Giveaways and Opportunities

There are only 13 days remaining for the Goodreads Blizzard Paperback giveaway, how swiftly time seems to be slipping by (link below)! All my plans for what I would and could do have slipped just as quickly between my fingers. The job I have that pays the bills will of course have to come first. I’m a single parent to two chitlins, and those for the time being are my priorities. That does Not mean finishing Hail is not the very next item, because it is, but it does mean my stress levels the last two months have been through the roof. Managing $3B worth of project work will do that. Health issues on top, concerns for family members health…Prayers, well wishes, and/or positive thoughts would be much appreciated!

Saw the Neurosurgeon Friday, which was terribly disappointing. This particular doctor was using outdated criteria, I was a little bit shocked, but not entirely. It was something I had feared, had been warned about regarding Neuro’s in Texas. Still, more testing is being done and I am all for checking all possible avenues of answers, but where to go from those results? A lot will depend on the results, but I believe maybe a specialist in New York. That was one of the suggestions. Yet, that’s no cheap trip just to see one doctor. Well worth it, I’m sure…but still. I have things to take care of before I can snatch up a ticket to NYC and see one of 20’ish specialists in the US for what I have.

The thing is, there are so many interesting people I’ve met since this diagnosis in May, and many more to come, no doubt! It just lends more to my writing, and I continue my reading. If you haven’t yet read C. E. Clayton’s work, I cannot emphasize enough how much I praise and love her work! If you are a fan of fantasy, and like to see some steam punk, her work is Definitely the way to go. The same goes for Michael Chrobak, if you’re looking for religious fantasy-that’s not blasphemous-his really is incredible. I’m dying to read his third book! They are both wonderfully talented authors, and I wish them All the success!

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