It’s Almost Goodbye 2012

Well, I hope everyone had an awesome Christmas! Mine was good.

I really can’t believe that 2012 is nearly over. The year has had some ups and downs, but the best thing of all was being able to start my writing/publishing career 🙂

We’re still at my boyfriend’s parents and will be leaving tomorrow or Sunday. That’ll give us about a week to finish packing for the move! I’m so excited!
So that means, around mid January I should be able to finally host the post-release day party for Inner Strength! (Remember to pick up your copy if you haven’t yet – I’m planning on having a special contest for those who’ve read it!)

And I’m pretty sure that Survivor (Cats’ Biographies: Book 1) will be released in February! Working on getting that finished up and will settle on the actual date shortly.

For now, Cheers!

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It’s Friday!

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Ok this week went by in a blur… We’re leaving tonight to go spend a week at my boyfriend’s parents – can’t wait for Christmas! 😀

I’ve been busy all day trying to get stuff packed and ready for us to be gone for so long… Didn’t even realize what day it was until I woke up this morning and then was very upset that I hadn’t gotten anything completed beforehand. lol.  Once we get back we’ll pretty much have to move. So this will be a hectic next few weeks, but I’m eagerly looking forward to it!

Still have some Christmas shopping to finish up and will do that in the next day or so. Also have to get the kitties ready to go visit their “grandparents” (yes, we take all five with us 😉 Can’t leave them alone for that long.) Will be going to the hospital to visit my boyfriend’s grandmother who had a stroke and now has to spend Christmas there 😦

Been editing Survivor (Cats’ Biographies, book 1) and am excited to release that (hopefully) in February! And of course working on Inner Peace (Guardians of Ferrum: Book 2) which I am shooting to have released in the spring!

I forgot to mention in yesterday’s announcement – Sakura Designs does offer pre-made book covers for only $20. So if you’re needing one immediately or just maybe wanting to give your book a face lift you should check it out and see if there’s one that would fit you! Here’s the link 🙂

Annnd before I go. Just to remind anyone that hasn’t picked up their copy of Inner Strength 😉 you can get a copy for the Nook or Kindle (remember the kindle edition works on anything – smartphones, tablets, pcs – that have a kindle reading app so you don’t have to own a kindle to still get an ebook copy!) and there is always the paperback.
I’ve been told that the book is awesome! Great read for anyone that likes Steampunk/Fantasy and would make an excellent Christmas gift too! 😀

Ok, better get and finish making sure that everything is ready to leave.

Cheerio!

Sakura Designs

So I finally created a website for my design! 😀

 

If you’re an author and need a book cover or anyone just in need of something design related, check it out and see if there’s something that will fit your needs 🙂

If you’re following this blog you probably already know that I’m extremely nice 😉 I’m just very easy to work and have a very, very fast turn around time; so you’re not going to have to sit around for weeks waiting for me to get your design together.

And even if you’re not in need of anything, if you happen to know someone that could benefit from my services just point them my way 😀

Alrighty Cheers!

Monday Book Recommendation: The Slender Man

Yes, I am finally doing a book recommendation again!

This week it is The Slender Man by Dexter Morgenstern

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I was invited to beta read this book awhile back, even though it’s not a genre of book that I normally read I thought I would go ahead since I’ve read a previous book by the author and really enjoyed it.

It was an extremely interesting book and if you like YA supernatural thrillers I think this would be your cup of tea.

The story is told from the point of view of Alyssa Redwood. Strange things start happening in the tiny town she lives in after a tragic bus accident, that claims the lives of several children, takes place. Children start hallucinating; seeing their dead siblings. Some come down with weird illnesses and others begin to disappear without a trace.
Alyssa started seeing a strange shadow/static figure since the day of the accident. She can’t explain the weird phenomenon, but as more and more children disappear or come down with the illness, she starts to think it has something to do with all the strange things that are happening.
Alyssa really gets involved and starts desperately seeking out answers when her best friend, Shana is the next person to disappear. But are the missing children even alive? Or is the Slender Man an entity that one can even fight?

Now the beginning might be a little slow to some people. I found it gave more background info and better understanding of the characters. But there’s several twists in the story that will keep you guessing and once I had gotten over half way in I found it nearly impossible to stop reading till I had finished it. It might not terrify you as you’re reading it, but once you’re done and are able to think over the story, you just might find yourself searching the dark for the Slender Man.

Excited :D

Ok, I am really excited! 😀

So we found out yesterday that our applications were accepted for the new apartment! It’s a really awesome complex and a major upgrade from anywhere we’ve lived before so I am soooo happy that worked out! No more apartment hunting which is one major stress off the mind.
We move the first week of January, so at most 3 weeks before we get to be in our new place! I’m already planning out some wall murals to paint once we get settled.

We also took our two girl cats to the vet yesterday because they were the only ones out of the five that we hadn’t been able to get micro-chipped yet. We definitely wanted to get that done before we moved so just in case the worst were to happen that they somehow escape. They both did great and we found out that apparently female orange cats are somewhat rare. That just makes our lovely Miss Aqua even more special than she already thinks she is. 😉

 

I did receive the print copies of Inner Strength and they look AWESOME! I am so pleased with how they came out!

 

And tonight I get to go and see The Hobbit! I’m a huge Lord of the Rings/Tolkien fan – for anyone that didn’t know – and so I cannot wait to see it! My boyfriend is taking me out to see it, along with dinner, sort of as my belated birthday. Since it fell on a Monday this year I didn’t get to really do anything so he had told me we’d celebrate it this weekend. So it sounds like a good start to a, should be, awesome weekend!

Well, the cats are all begging for breakfast so I should go appease them.

Cheers!

Know someone that likes YA books?

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Here’s the books that hit the top of my recommendations for 2012!

Inner Strength by Ti’Ana Strife

The Slender Man by Dexter Morgenstern

Dying to Remember by Trish Marie Dawson (or Dying to Forget)

The Witches’ Sleep by Kaitlyn Deann

 

Release Day for “Dying to Remember”

The wonderful author, Trish Marie Dawson, asked if I would like to participate in the blog tour for her brand new release, Dying to Remember, book 2 in The Station Series. All of you may remember I recommended the first book, Dying to Forget a little while ago and so I readily accepted since I was very eager for the release of this book as well.

Well, the day is finally here! Now I’ve already finished reading it, and I must say that the book is an awesome continuation to the story and if you’ve read the first book I don’t see how you could be disappointed. So here’s a bit more about the book and then y’all can go purchase your own copy too 😀

Dying to Remember

Book Description

The next installment in The Station series by Amazon Bestselling Author, Trish Marie Dawson, takes readers on another lively journey through the after-life adventures of eighteen year old Piper Willow. Piper has new challenges to overcome, new names to learn and is faced with a new Station occupation. Did she make the right choice – choosing to stay at the Station and become a Volunteer? Does she really want answers to the questions that never leave her mind? How did the Station come to be? What lies beyond? Who is Andurush and what, exactly, does he want with Piper? She must ask herself once again if she has what it takes…but this time it isn’t about saving lives, it’s about discovering what lies beyond death. Would you want to know?

 

Excerpt

If I thought the exceedingly happy mood that has me perched atop my favorite velvet throne would last very long I’m mistaken after I enter the Ones building. Niles is standing near the counter talking to Laney. I know the moment I see him that he is there to give me news about my volunteering status. Poof goes my throne.

“Hey, Piper. You really are a popular girl today,” says Laney with a tight smile.

“I guess so,” I try and laugh but it sounds more like a vocal seizure.

“Piper, I came to collect you,” Niles says, all business.

“Collect me?” I try and laugh again, but the sound is simply unpleasant so I snap my mouth shut to avoid any more verbal diarrhea, and nod a goodbye at Laney while moving back outside with Niles.

I allow my eyes a few seconds to readjust to the brightness around us. He places an arm loosely around my shoulders as we begin walking and says in a comforting tone, “Before I tell you where we are going and who we will be speaking with, I need you to understand you aren’t in trouble. You’ve done nothing wrong, okay dear?”

I don’t trust my voice so I only nod.

“I’m taking you to see the Mentors and…” he pauses to glance around us, and only when he seems satisfied that no one is close enough to hear, he continues, “…and the Keeper.”

I don’t know what this means. The look on my face must further establish my confusion but Niles only nods and continues to usher me around the fountain, which is currently teeming with teens of all ages, until we reach the Staff building.

Finally, just as Niles opens the door in front of us, I find my voice, “What’s the Keeper?”

“I can’t tell you, but you will see, don’t worry, dear. Remember, you aren’t in trouble, okay?”

We walk down the empty hallway and go through a door into a room that looks nothing like the one where Mallory and I met for the first time in person. This staff room is shaped more like an oval, with no corners on the walls and there are no tables or chairs. The center of the floor dips down a good two feet, creating a sort of recessed bench that matches the curved shape of the room. This is where the Mentor’s sit in a circle. I get over my intimidation of them instantly as my eyes widen at the sight of the other person sitting with them. A man at least a good foot taller than anyone else stands and nods at me. His clothes appear to be all white but it’s hard to tell at first, because the man is glowing.

 

Author Bio

Trish was born and mostly raised in San Diego, California where she lives now with her family and pets. She’s been writing short stories and poetry since high school after an obsession with Stephen King’s ‘The Stand’. After over fifteen years of crazy dreams and an overactive imagination, Trish began her first book ‘I Hope You Find Me’ in December of 2011. When Trish isn’t writing, she’s homeschooling her amazing daughter and mildly autistic son, reading whatever she can get her hands on, or enjoying the Southern California sun. As a strict Vegetarian, Trish holds a special place in her heart for animal rights and dashes into the backyard weekly to rescue lizards and mice from her mini-lab/cocker spaniel mixed dog, Zoey…who is always getting into some sort of trouble.

Trish’s Author page on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/WriterTrishMarieDawson
Trish’s Author page on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B008CQGASU
Trish’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/Trish_Dawson
Trish’s Blog: http://writertrishmdawson.wordpress.com/

You can purchase a copy on Amazon.com

Also check out the contest going on to win some pretty cool Dying to Remember items!

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