Sunday, 27 November 2016

In the Cave: still limping along...



I've been in my cave the last few weeks - partly getting some editing done, partly dealing with ongoing head/neck aches, partly trying to slowly get rid of clutter (mostly on my computer), partly doing a workshop.

The editing had been put on hold for a little while as my iPad decided not to shut off or on. The Apple logo glared at me accusingly - of what, I do not know. Finally managed to restore it. So I can continue my editing on the iPad. I found that since the iPad is not where I usually edit, I can pick up errors easier there. So I'll be adding that to my rounds of reviewing in future.

I mentioned last post I am enrolled in the Self Publishing online workshop this month and while I have been reading the information and checking out the forums, I haven't been able to concentrate long enough to tackle the instructions thanks to the ongoing head/neck issues.  To say this is really annoying is an understatement. I have been looking forward to this workshop for months. I may not get the full benefit of the course until after it finishes but I'm looking at it at least instead of completely withdrawing.

However, I have taken a break from Facebook for a little bit. As much as I like seeing what others are up to, I'm finding I'm there haphazardly. Same with Twitter. I seem to mainly been on Goodreads at the moment because thanks to audio books especially, I'm still getting reading done. Also I think reading uses a different part of the brain than is needed for editing and for following instructions, so I can concentrate on it a little more. I'll be thinking about what is best for me with regards to social media. I may pop up there from time to time, but I'll probably be in my cave for the rest of the year still trying to get some work and rest happening.

Really that's it from me. I may no longer be fast at getting things done but I'm persistent - some would say freaking stubborn but at least I'm moving forward.

Be well. Yia!

~Eleni
x


Saturday, 5 November 2016

Crap week, 100 books read, and self publishing...oh, my!


It's been one of those weeks. I had so much planned to do but alas my health decided to raise it's hands in the air and say 'nup'.
Love to read! courtesy of Pixabay

And I listened. I rested and listened to books. And repeated the cycle.

In so doing, I've reached 100 books read for the year. Yay!

I've tried to fix a bug on the blog with regards to the links. It's not meant to be underlined nor be blue in colour but I just can't seem to work out why it's like that. I'll eventually work it out or the bug will fix itself but it's damn frustrating.



Okay so what else had I been doing before this week.

I undertook a newsletter course via the Romance Writers of America. I had started a newsletter earlier in the year but really didn't get far with it. I thought it was time to look at it again. Alas, when i looked at it again, I accidentally deleted my contacts! Yes, completely dumb. I thought I had been shifting names between lists and didn't realise my error until a few days later.

If you had signed up to my newsletter before October 2016, please sign up again. I really am sorry for the inconvenience. I promise to be extra careful when looking at the contacts.


I'm currently doing an online course via the Romance Writers of Australia on self-publishing with author, Cathleen Ross. I'm hoping for a re-release of one of one of my Musa Publishing titles. Watch this space!

Oh and I'm polishing a manuscript. It's taking a while as I keep stopping and starting, but I made good progress pre this week.


That's all for me for now!

~Be well. Be happy. Be kind.~

Eleni
x


Monday, 31 October 2016

Georgia Carter Mathers: NANO and cover reveal

Today I have fellow Romance Writers of Australia fellow author, Georgia Carter Mathers talking about NaNoWriMo and also revealing the cover for her first book  in the The Making of A Goddess series.

Take it away, Georgia!


National Novel Writing Month is almost here!
If you have trouble finding time to write, NANO is for you.

Lots of writers never finish their novel, and that’s a great shame. One lady in my writing group asked yesterday whether NANO was worth it. My reply was an enthusiastic yes, but I added that I’ve never participated in it myself. One other writer in the group said that it was impossible to write 50,000 words in a month. Why would it be impossible? Of course, it’s possible.

I believe that everyone can and should write, but it is not that easy for some. There is so much bound up in writing. It’s not just a matter of the words on the page. It’s a matter of dealing with the emotions that come with writing. It’s a matter of giving ourselves permission to take time out from our busy families. Yes, put the kids in front of the TV! Ask your partner to watch them for an hour. But whatever you do, schedule time for writing because it IS important. Women have so many responsibilities that it becomes nearly impossible to find a spare moment where we can sit down, think quietly for a moment and string two sentences together.

The power of NANO is in the ability of writers to come together and support each other in an activity that requires us to isolate ourselves. For people who want to write a novel but find it difficult to find time, I think NANO is fantastic.

We all need that support and camaraderie. Even the most experienced writers need that. In fact, sometimes published writers need more support because they put themselves in the firing line of criticism. A writer puts their heart and soul into a book and publishes that book for all to see. It can be such a destructive experience when someone mocks it. And there is always one person who wants to make themselves feel good by making someone else feel bad. Perhaps this is what every writer is subconsciously afraid of, and perhaps for some writers, it manifests itself in an inability to write or an inability to find the time to write.

If that is you, consider your schedule and determine a realistic goal for your writing this month. You might want to write 25,000 words. That is still a fantastic achievement. No-one is going to tell you that you didn’t do well if you didn’t write 50,000 words. And have a look at these fantastic writers who have completed NANO and published their work!

There are badges for milestones as you go, and a lot of fun to be had. If you want to write your book but never seem to find the time to actually sit down and write, then this is your chance. Sign up for NANO today. Tell your online and offline friends what you’re doing, what kind of book you’re writing and how many words you want to write during November. Before you know it, you’ll have an army of friends keeping you accountable!

In fact, I am still to write my second book, so I might see you there! Power to the written word, girls! Rock on.


And now for the Cover Reveal!




(Eleni - Pretty cool isn't it).



Title: Trelloran Seduction

Series: The Making of a Goddess
Author: Georgia Carter Mathers
Genre: Fantasy Paranormal Romance
Print Release Date: December 16, 2016
Publisher: Painless Editing and Publishing
Cover Artist: Nada Backovic


Book description

It begins on the 300th day of 2195 on Volen . . .

There is no such thing as an individual. All the humans think of themselves as units with predetermined roles, and they do not grow old with their lovers. The females are sacrificed when they turn thirty, leaving their male counterparts behind.

Princess Kaitlau is a nymph who can take any form. She is also a refugee. She came to Volen through the charmed window after escaping her prison on Trellora.

King Ganim, the vampire who is thought to have created Kaitlau, must be punished. She had thought he loved her as a father, but that could not be. Although he was never present in the chamber, the king had ordered the priests to repeatedly rape her. Merely punishing her father is not enough. She wants him dead. It will be done.

Kaitlau has been observing a particular rebel killing priests on Volen. He is just the one to help her. But feelings for the rebel start to emerge when he agrees to carry out her assassination plans, and gradually as they work together, love begins to matter more than revenge.



Available in print on December 16, 2016.

The e-book will be launched in March 2017.









About the author

Georgia Carter Mathers finds it hard to describe why she writes. She only knows that she must write. She has been writing on and off since her teens. Always self-conscious, Georgia is enthralled by the world of stories. She holds a degree in Psychology, an Associate Degree in Creative Writing and is currently studying publishing. She loves reading, and she loves writing, especially when her characters argue with her. Georgia lives in Sydney with her husband and son, and she enjoys being able to sleep when she's not busy writing down her dreams and/or nightmares.

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Thanks for joining us in the Taverna, Georgia!

~
Yia!


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Saturday, 8 October 2016

The Promised One by C.D. Hersh - free for limited time

C.D. Hersh are a husband and wife writing team who write paranormal and time travel romance.


From October 7, through October 11 book one of The Turning Stone Chronicles, The Promised One is free! 

This includes in the Australian Amazon store!

Get yours today and start on the shape shifter adventure of three ancient Celtic families. A magical Bloodstone that enables the wearers to shape shift. A charge to use the stone’s power to benefit mankind, and a battle, that is going on even today, to control the world. Can the Secret Society of shape shifters called the Turning Stone Society heal itself and bring peace to our world? Find out in the series The Turning Stone Chronicles.

I know I'm looking forward to reading my copy!


The Promised One (The Turning Stone Chronicles, Book One)

In the wrong hands, the Turning Stone ring is a powerful weapon for evil. So, when homicide detective Alexi Jordan discovers her secret society mentor has been murdered and his magic ring stolen, she is forced to use her shape-shifting powers to catch the killer. By doing so, she risks the two most important things in her life—her badge and the man she loves.
Rhys Temple always knew his fiery cop partner and would-be-girlfriend, Alexi Jordan, had a few secrets. He considers that part of her charm. But when she changes into a man, he doesn’t find that as charming. He’ll keep her secret to keep her safe, but he’s not certain he can keep up a relationship—professional or personal.
Danny Shaw needs cash for the elaborate wedding his fiancée has planned, so he goes on a mugging spree. But when he kills a member of the secret society of Turning Stones, and steals a magic ring that gives him the power to shape shift, Shaw gets more than he bargained for.


EXCERPT:
     The woman stared at him, blood seeping from the corner of her mouth. “Return the ring, or you’ll be sorry.”
     With a short laugh he stood. “Big words for someone bleeding to death.” After dropping the ring into his pocket, he gathered the scattered contents of her purse, and started to leave.
     “Wait.” The words sounded thick and slurred . . . two octaves deeper . . . with a Scottish lilt.
     Shaw frowned and spun back toward her. The pounding in his chest increased. On the ground, where the woman had fallen, lay a man.
     He wore the same slinky blue dress she had—the seams ripped, the dress top collapsed over hard chest muscles, instead of smoothed over soft, rounded curves. The hem skimmed across a pair of hairy, thick thighs. Muscled male thighs. Spiked heels hung at an odd angle, toes jutting through the shoe straps. The same shoes she’d been wearing.
     The alley tipped. Shaw leaned against the dumpster to steady himself. He shook his head to clear the vision, then slowly moved his gaze over the body.
     A pair of steel-blue eyes stared out of a chiseled face edged with a trim salt-and-pepper beard. Shaw whirled around scanning the alley.
     Where was the woman? And who the hell was this guy?
     Terrified, Shaw fled.
     The dying man called out, “You’re cursed. Forever.”

Don’t miss the first of this series that InD’tale said “takes paranormal and turns it on its ear, taking shape-shifting to a whole other level.”


The Turning Stone Chronicles, books 2-4


Books 2 to 4 of the series are available for purchase at Amazon, so you don’t have to wait to read more about the secret society of shape shifters as they battle for control of the world.



Blood Brothers, book 2:
Shape shifter Delaney Ramsey’s daughter is missing, and she is bound by honor to protect the man she suspects of the deed. To bring him to justice, she must go against her code, the leader of the secret shifter society, and the police captain she is falling for.


Son of the Moonless Night, book 3:
Thrust back into the world of paranormal huntress, Deputy Coroner Katrina Romanovski must unravel a string of murders she believes are vampire attacks. When she discovers the shape shifter she’s in love with is the murderer, she must reconcile her feelings for him, examine her life of violence against paranormals, and justify deceiving him in order to bring him to justice.


The Mercenary and the Shifters, book 4
A desperate call from an ex-military buddy lands a mercenary soldier in the middle of a double kidnapping, caught in an ancient shape shifter war, and ensnared between two female shape shifters after the same thing ... him.


Find C.D. at their website and follow on Twitter.


Happy Reading.
~Yia
Eleni 
x

Thursday, 6 October 2016

I luvs to read or feeding the soul + giveaway



October read- print
More time to read
I've always loved to read but over the years with CFS and commitments, my reading had dwindled. Over the last year things have been up and it's been a great boost to the soul.

Even when I wasn't reading, I continued to buy books especially by old and new favourites and writers I know personally. My TBR (to be read) piles both in print and e-book form is huge. Like Himalaya proportions (only slight exaggeration as my family can attest to).

Eleni's Library
Recently I talked about what it was like to have so many author friends and the effect it has on your TBR pile over at Eleni's Library.

I also keep lists of my yearly challenges there, as well as posting the occasional blog post about where I am up to in my reading.

Series Reading 
September read - audio
This week I started posts about my series reading. I read a lot of series, some of which I started years ago and stalled, some which are newer especially thanks to audio books.

You'll find posts on the Authors Beginning with A and Authors Beginning with C (no B authors on my list ATM).

By keeping these lists it keeps me on track as well as in a way making me accountable to my reading. Bestselling author Stephen King mentions in his book On Writing that a writer must read to be a writer.

I agree. Along with the medical reasons, I feel that not reading (well, not much) did affect my creativity. And I'm working on getting it back.


September read -
graphic novel
Currently Reading

Audio
  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Harry Potter, #2) by J.K Rowling 
  • The Spider Goddess (Pandora English, #2) by Tara Moss
  • The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Mr. Churchill's Secretary (Maggie Hope, #1) by Susan Elia MacNeal

Graphic Novel 
  • Welcome to the Jungle (The Dresden Files, #0.5) by Jim Butcher

Print
September read - e-book
  • Darkness Rising (Dark Angels, #2) by Keri Arthur
  • The Misted Cliffs (Lost Continent, #2) by Catherine Asaro

E-book
  • Rise of the Blood (Latter-Day Olympians, #3) by Lucienne Diver
  • Legend of the Timekeepers(The Last Timekeepers, #0.5) by Sharon Ledwith 
  • Helloween by Samantha Combs
  • Boy by Roald Dahl (non-fiction) 


Just Finished Reading
October read -
non-fiction
  • Bride by Mistake (Devil Riders #5) by Anne Gracie
  • Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death (Agatha Raisin #1) by M.C. Beaton (audio)
  • Guilty Pleasures, volume 2 (Anita Blake Vampire Hunter Graphic Novel #1)
  • Master of Love by Catherine LaRoche (e-book)
  • How to Blog a book, 2nd edition by Nina Amir (non-fiction)


Giveaway
And to help you feed your reading soul, comment with what you are reading currently for your chance to get a copy of my paranormal romance short story,  Sealed with a Kiss.




Can a gift from her grandmother protect Lise?



Lise doesn’t believe in vampires. Or so she tells herself. Though, she constantly wears the garnet necklace her grandmother gave her, which wards off the creatures. Andreas, the man she’s attracted to, seems more than a little interested in it. Could there be an ulterior motive?










~yia!~
Eleni
xo








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