Things to Come

Hi ho…hi ho…it’s off to write we go. Or something like that.

I’m excited to say I will be taking a part in a box set with some amazing authors. The theme of that box set …Fairy tale Retellings! It will be released in May. I’ll post the pre-order links as soon as I get the go ahead to do so from the set organizers.

My initial thought was to do one of the classic fairy tales. Then I thought about doing one that was less known. Then there is the vein of thought that maybe you could combine a lesser known with a well known. The possibilities are endless. What would you do? Is there a fairy tale you would like to read a re-telling of?

Anyway…I have much research to do…some of the original fairy tales are more than a little twisted. lol

Until next week…happy reading!

~Jolanthe~

 

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Jiminy Cricket

“A dream is a wish your heart makes, when you’re fast asleep…”

Sounds good, huh? It is too…until you get to this line,

“Whatever you wish for, you keep.”

and you realize that this does not apply to writers. I cannot tell you the sheer number of dreaming moments that quilted so beautifully together, weaving the story just so…that even with intentional waking to jot it down, have become completely lost to me.  I’ve resigned myself to the truth that Jiminy Cricket was not an author. So, I’ll just plan to wake up and get my cussing done with first…I’m certain I will’ve lost something through the sleeping part.

With authorship among the many hats that I wear, I find that lucid dreaming is either my staunch ally, or my dire nemesis. Usually the latter. 2017 was an incredible year, even as it was surreal and exhausting. I made a choice to take on a HUGE production schedule. ((I kept it by the way, much to even my surprise)) And…sadistic fool that I am, 2018 is looking to be equally manic, falling essentially even on the production side, but with additional appearances on the signing/convention side. Don’t worry, I’ve already ordered a new ‘hug-me’ jacket in lime green.

What’s a girl to do?

Well, it seems to me that I need to return to a practice that I’ve sort of scooted away from over the last couple years of crazy: guided meditation for goals. I have purpose when I meditate, usually relaxation, but I’ve not used it for my writing production for a long time now. I think that’s good and bad at the same time and it’s coming full circle. To get bigger, and busier, I need to slow down.

I’m thinking this is step one of my twelve step program to personal growth. Acknowledging the problem:

Since I can’t count on a cricket to get me to the goal…it’s probably up to me. *shrug* Somehow it always has been. 🙂

Til next time, read something awesome!
((OH…and don’t forget about the crossword puzzle blog hop in November…it’s going to be EPIC!!))

 

Challenge accepted…

This week has been demanding, and it had little to do with writing. I started a new job, one that is probably my biggest challenge. It will inherently alter my writing world.

In my lifetime, I’ve worn many hats. I’ve been a librarian, worked for an answering service, a locksmith, a horse trainer, and a receptionist in a law firm, to name a few. Now, I’m a unit secretary/monitor tech for a local hospital. My first two days on the floor had me wondering if I’d made the right choice. Twelve-hour shifts in a fast-paced environ was new to me. The daily work load is incredible. I now have a new respect for the men and women who work in hospitals. CNA’s to unit secretaries to nurses, and everyone in between, work together to care for the patients. These people are selfless, and practically tireless. I hope, one day, to measure up to their standards.

I quickly realized that after twelve hours, there was no energy left in me to work on my WIP’s. Thankfully, my shifts are set up with enough time off to devote to writing. Book signings will now have to either fall on a scheduled day off, or I’ll have to bow out. It’s a sacrifice, but sometimes you just have to prioritize.

Good news is I now have four finished covers for books waiting in the wings. Two of these books will be released soon. The other two need to be finished. I’m close to wrapping up one, then I’ll be devoting all my time on the other one. After that, I’ll be free to finish up book four of my Kindred series.

I’ve set goals and mentally stretched myself to reach them. I’m close. It’s a good feeling.

Until next week,

~ Madison

2nd try

Two Years and Counting

Wow! Two years and two days ago I sent my baby, Beyond the Veil of Whispered Dreams, out into the world to make its debut. Two years and two days ago I became a published author. It seems surreal at times, until I meet those readers and bloggers who have read my story and want more, until I read the reviews from people I may or may never meet.

Have you read Beyond the Veil of Whispered Dreams? Here is what some of the reviews had to say about it:

Exciting new story!
on December 8, 2015
Format: Paperback
3 3/4 Stars! Great start to a new series!
Very promising beginning to a new series! This is a story where the Fae Queen is missing but is found in the human realm. She is no longer in fae form but reincarnated as a human.

Beyond the veil
on September 1, 2017
Format: Kindle Edition
An entertaining and sexy start of a new fantasy series. I enjoyed the tension and romance between the characters. I’m a huge fan of fan so I was excited to read a new story about them.

Fantastic Fantasy Debut
on February 1, 2016
Format: Kindle Edition
Fantastic Fantasy Debut!! If I could just write that I would, but should elaborate, YES!If you are ready for a sensual journey through Jolanthe Aleksander riviting tale of love lost with a sudden twist of drama and betrayal this is the book for you!

Are you ready to give it a read? Just click on the link below the picture.

 Until next week…Happy Reading!

~Jolanthe~

(don’t) Let it Show…

I’m not a big dog in this race…not even close. There are some that think I’m a big deal though, and well versed too…why? Because I learned one lesson in business young and have never forgotten it – Don’t flinch…and I don’t.  That doesn’t mean that there isn’t a full-blown tornado ripping though my soul at any given moment.

I did something a week or so ago, something I never thought I’d ever consider doing again…I pitched a literary agent to go back to traditional publishing. I LOVE being an Indie…don’t get me wrong, there’s just something about the idea of traditional backing, and marketing funds, and a few other perks that are tempting…though only recently. I’ll give it to you gospel…I was shaking in my shoes and nearly yerked my lunch before I got to the door. All in all, there are some great things on the horizon though because of that meeting…and I did manage to keep lunch in. So there’s that too. I just have to re-evaluate how I’m going to travel the road I’ve endeavored to take.

I’m fully confident of my abilities to write and be in the public eye at signings or conventions. I love the energy in a signing room…not gonna lie, it’s a hard habit to break and I have a fix every chance I get. That said, I also know my limitations. Public Relations and Marketing are easily my predominant Achilles heel, and the aspect of the business I struggle forward every inch to gain ground. I have to consider that I may need to go hybrid at the least to be able to have that front get the attention it deserves. It scares me more than a little, but I know I need help.

 

I did not make the decision to leave traditional publishing lightly. Any consideration to go back must be as carefully weighed. Whichever way this road goes, one thing will hold true…you won’t see my frenzy if I can help it. Composure will be me, if I have to stand on my own feet to accomplish it.

Plans made, plans canceled…

I sit here, way too early in the morning, sipping at my first cup of coffee, and rewriting this blog. I was already done with it, but when I woke to thunder and pouring rain, I knew it was going to have to be updated and revised. This was supposed to be a fun weekend. I was attending a book signing at my local library. I’d been looking forward to it because I’d had so much fun at the one last year. Unfortunately, it was canceled. To be rescheduled later, of course. But still. It seems Hurricane Nate has decided to be a bother, and mess up everyone’s weekend plans.

So, now we’re all scurrying around for last minute supplies, and clearing our yards of anything that could become lethal or lost when the winds hit. My daughter and son-in-law have been up all night, and are still at it. Our back yard is well used; filled with potted plants, patio furniture, grills, and odd pieces of lumber for all of their craft projects. It’s a LOT of loose stuff. And a LOT of work to pick up and store, only to drag out again in a couple of days. It’s been a while since we’ve had to deal with a hurricane. Such is life along a coastline. You learn to deal with what comes your way.

For me, I’m hoping to get some writing in. All my electronics are charged, so if the power goes out, I can switch to my laptop. If worse comes to worse, I have notebooks and pen. There’s nothing stopping me from putting words to the page, other than me.

I did manage to finish one of my short stories. Two more to go, and Sully and Larke will be closer to a done deal. I’ve got another book in the works that’s geared to be submitted for a boxed set. Before I get my publisher’s approval however, I need to finish it. I’ve got work to do. There’s a wasted regret that I didn’t get more writing done while I’ve been sitting idle for the last five months. Unfortunately, unemployment isn’t a good mindset for creativity. It is what it is. I’m slowly getting more words to the page.

Till next week,

~Madison

Hurricane Danger Sign and Storm In The Background 3D Rendering

Penned Con Re-Cap

As some of you know, a week ago I was on my way to Penned Con. I can hardly believe it has been a week already. Here is a quick pictorial recap.

The road trip started out with a game of luggage tetris.

I love that we get to set up our tables the night before, which was followed by a pajama party and game night.

 

 

 

 

 

 

I love meeting new readers and introducing them to my stories.

I love seeing readers who have either read Beyond the Veil of Whispered Dreams and are looking to pick up Veiled Path to Destiny, or who have read both and are stopping by to see if I have anything new since Veiled Path was released.

Nothing quite picks up your spirits like hearing a reader who has read your books recommend them to new readers.

 

The Con ended with Casino night. Dave the dealer patiently taught us newbies the rules of the game. Tickets for prizes were won, chips were lost, laughter and team work was in plenty. It was the perfect way to end a perfect weekend.

Over $14,000 was raised for Action for Autism. How cool is that? Next year’s event looks like it’s going to be amazing. If you’re in the St. Louis are this time next year, you should really check it out.

Until next week…Happy Reading!

~Jolanthe~

I LOVE a charity event!

A day late, but recovery from amazing takes time. I spent the lion’s share of the last six days in St. Louis at Penned Con. If you’ve never been…mark your calendars to be there next year for the event’s BIG 5TH!!

I cannot possibly say enough good things about this event or the staff who puts it together. Rick & Amy Miles, with their crew, pull off a phenomenal event bringing authors and readers together for charity…in support of Action for Autism Academy St. Louis. I am still jacked sky-high for the opportunity to stand with them again in the quest. THIS YEAR…with the added monies raised, they topped the 50K mark! KUDOS TO EVERYONE who helped make that happen…as an author, staff member, reader, blogger…whatever the role. You are a hero in my book!


This year, like before, I got to share table space with another of the Bard authors, Jolanthe Aleksander. She’s a rock star! I also got to share this year with the cover model for Book of Mysteries, Eric Jacob. He is such a great sport and, to me, a perfect addition to the event. Between his Care Bear pj’s and his winning ways with the younger attendees…it was a wonderful weekend to spend signing with him.

We raffled off two posters of the cover and had so much fun meeting new to me readers, while spinning the prize wheel with some great author friends from other events who made the trek to the Midwest to be part of the magic. I can’t wait to see what next year brings.

Next up is another charity signing…Glass City Author Event in Toledo Ohio. Last year the event raised money for RISE Toledo, a group that supports survivors of human trafficking. This year is to raise money for VetSports…if you’re not booked, I should have my voice back by then and be restocked. Come by and spend Saturday with the authors in Toledo…it’s going to be epic!

If you have copies of my latest releases…bring them with and I’ll sign them for you. No copy? No problem! I’ll have plenty at my table.

See you there!
Sav

Coming Up Roses . . .

This week has been a whirlwind of activity. It started with cataract surgery on Tuesday morning. The surgery went well, and the doctor is pleased with my progress, though my vision is still blurry. Not real sure what he’s so pleased with. But, I’m told it takes a few days. Things are definitely brighter, if not clearer, I’ll give you that. To be honest, my vision has improved a lot since the surgery. I’m optimistic on that score. I’ll be glad when the initial two weeks are over, though. I’m not supposed to bend from the waist, to avoid putting pressure on my eye. That’s a lot harder than you’d think. I’ve caught myself so many times, and yes, there have been a few oops here and there.

I did manage to wrap up one of my three unfinished short stories. I’m pretty pleased with it, as a whole. Now, I only have two more to complete, then I’ll see about editing, and getting with my publisher. There’s still time for that. I’m not rushing. I’m just happy to be moving forward.

Then, there’s the best news. I got a job offer, and was thrilled to accept. I’ll be a unit secretary/monitor tech for one of the local hospitals. I couldn’t be more tickled, especially considering the hospital is a whole two minutes from my house. Talk about save on gas! LOL After five months of being unemployed, I look forward to joining the ranks of the work force once again. I’ve worked all my life. Sitting idle doesn’t set well with me. Worrying about finances doesn’t help creativity, either.

Now, my life can get back to normal. Gainful employment and writing. My world is looking rosy once again.

Till next week,

~Madison

2nd try

On The Road Again

I’m up. It’s early. So early, the birds aren’t even awake yet. After a night of fighting to make it to the land of nod, and sleep being that ever elusive ship that is hard to catch in harbor especially the night before hitting the road for a signing event, I’m happy to report that I did manage to set sail, landing without incident on the far reaching shores. I’m equally happy to report that I will have 2 travelling companions. YAY! *throws confetti in the air*

Penned Con in St. Louis is this weekend. It is two…well two and a half days of fun filled activity. I can hardly wait. You will happy to know, I did remember to pack clothes. 🙂 As a bonus, the large suitcase I’m using this trip, allowed for packing of my pillow and blanket. Only thing left to pack in the toiletries and face paint.

Take a gander at what is scheduled for Penned

Until next week…Happy Reading!

~Jolanthe~