Monthly Archives: December 2017

My Final Post . . . for 2017

The end of the year has come. I, for one, will not be sorry to see it go. This year was a rough one for me. I’m hoping 2018 will be better, at the very least, gentler. I could use some good mojo.

I did get in touch with my publisher to discuss plans for the coming year. It’s now official. A Destiny Denied is slated for release in April, To Kill A Demon, the Chronicles of Sully and Larke will be published in August, and Heart of Stone will make its appearance in December. Now that I’ve said the words, I must write the words. In addition to these, I need to finish Blindsided so that it will be ready for 2019. Looks like the new year will see my rear firmly planted in the chair. I might need to invest in a comfy cushion. 😉

May the coming year bring you abundant blessings.

Till next year,

~Madison

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Good-bye 2017

I can hardly believe the year is on its final days. It seems to me that the days pass faster and faster with each passing year. Here we stand on the cusp of saying so long to 2017.

I was thinking I would write some insightful end of the year post…yeah…fresh out of insightfulness…lol. We all have things to be grateful for. We all have things we wish we could have avoided or would want to do over. Everything and everyone that has crossed our path and/or challenged us has made us stronger, and maybe a little bit kooky, but that only adds to our charm. 😉

My wish for you in the coming year, is that You rise to meet each challenge that comes your way. That the days filled with love and laughter outnumber those marred by sorrow and tears. May inspiration be a constant companion. And may you find beauty in the little things.

Happy New Year my friends….

Until next year…Happy Reading!

~Jolanthe~

Wherever you are

I could spend a page writing about any number of things, but I find as I stare out the window, watching the soft, lilting cascade of white fall, that I’m content to sit in the quiet. This is my wish for each of you as well. For a moment, a day, or more…I wish for each of you to have, and enjoy, a moment of perfect peace.

For family, friends, community, and everyone who makes us who we are, I want to say thank you and Happy Holidays to you and yours wherever you are.

The new year beckons and will be here before we know it. Until then, love the ones you’re with and say so to the ones who you are apart from.

Peace to us all.
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Put your ego in your pocket . . .

When I was writing Phoenix Rising I was given the best advice I would receive, “Put your ego in your pocket.” This jewel of wisdom comes back to haunt me every time I work on revisions. I’ve started on the edits for A Destiny Denied. According to my editor, I’m going to drive her to drink with my excessive use of the word “and.” She’s a lover of good Scotch, so I seriously doubt I’ll drive her to drink, though I may make an alcoholic out of her. I guess I slammed her good this time around. She did the final read for Save the Last Dance, then edited A Destiny Denied. Between the two books, there were a lot of “ands” to be fixed. The good news is that it’s a lesson learned. I’ll be watching for that particular problem, correcting it as I go, from now on.

Overusing words is a common enough problem. My editor brought one particular word to my attention. While searching for it, I found another one that practically dotted the page. I keep a notepad handy, making a list of those that need to be trimmed to acceptable times used. It’s a tedious process, but valuable in the long run. We all want our story to be the best it can be. I’ve mentioned before that Thesaurus.com is one of my best friends. It still holds true. There are many ways to describe the same thing. There’s no crime in turning to an aid for help. Whatever works for you is my mantra. Luckily, I have the time to fix my story to be a really good one. There’s no rushing to meet the deadline. It’s a nice feeling.

I’ve got plans to release two more books in 2018. Which means I need to focus on writing more. This past year was filled with a lot of setbacks. I’m still here, more determined than ever to make this writing gig work. I never started this to get rich or famous. I’m too practical for that. What I have found out about myself is that I love to write, weaving a dream onto the pages, turning it into a story that people will enjoy reading. Those of you that have shared my journey, I thank you. Stick around, there’s more to come.

Merry Christmas to you and yours. May your holiday be filled with friends, family, love, and much laughter!

Till next week,

~Madison

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It’s That Time of Year

It’s that time of year where we gather together with friends and family to celebrate that holiday which is connected to our faith. Not one is more important than the other, for to say it is is to say that one faith is more important the others.

It is also the longest night of the year. From here on out the days will start to get longer. I cannot express how happy that makes me. I am always annoyed to find myself spending all the daylight hours stuck inside…not to mention, I loathe driving at night. lol

Anyway…I wanted to wish you a Belated Happy Hanukkah,  a Blessed Yule, Merry Christmas, Kwanza Blessings, and to the fans of Seinfeld…Happy Festivus! I know there are more holidays during this time of year that I didn’t mention, and I apologize. No slight was intended. What ever holiday you celebrate, whatever the meaning of the season is to you, I wish you Love and Light, Joy and Laughter, and Happiness.

 

 

Until next week…Happy Reading!

~Jolanthe~

It’s a blur

My apologies for my tardiness this week. I went yesterday morning bright and early to use my Vision benefits for the year before they went hasta-la-bye-bye. SEVERAL hours later…I had, what I hoped, was my temporary lenses in and I was out the door.

Sadly, my eyeballs and I disagree often, and this was no exception…within a few hours, my eyes were glowing red and I couldn’t see much. Removing the lenses didn’t help as my eyes were so  angry that I couldn’t see through glasses a scant few inches from my face. No computer for me.

Today, things are moderately improved, but on the shallow end.

My eyes are still irritated, though now a pink instead of glaring red. I can see, but a lot is blurry. I will have to make a return trip to the ophthalmologist for another round of fun, and hopefully a set of lenses that don’t make me want to scratch my own eyes out. Until then, everything is a blur…so I’m going to cut short. The glare from the computer screen is painful…even as I can’t make much of it out. :/

 

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Priorities and Plans

There are only a couple of weeks left to this year, and I find myself thinking about goals and plans I had for 2017. A LOT didn’t go my way. I’ve reconciled myself with the disappointments, picked up my planner, and regretfully canceled plans.

One of my goals was to get in on a boxed set. Many best-selling authors get their letters from boxed sets. I’m no different. I’d love to be known as a best-seller. And, who knows, it may happen. Just not this year. I’m working on a story that was supposed to be a novella. It was to be edited and ready to turn in by February. As much as I wanted it to happen, there’s no way I’m going to have it ready. This story is already close to novella length, and is nowhere near the end. I have some ways to go before I can even think of presenting it to an editor. I’m good with it, really. It was a personal deadline, and those are flexible. I’m going to let this story work itself out on the pages.

I also want to finish my urban fantasy anthology. I have one last short story to add before I can call that one complete. Once those are done, I need to get back to Blindsided. I feel like I’ve been away from my Kindred a long time, and I miss the characters. My editor notified me that she sent the edits for A Destiny Denied back to me. There’s no shortage of work on the writing front. I just need time to get it all done.

Between work and the holiday season, I haven’t had a lot of time to focus on writing. Don’t get me wrong. I AM writing, just not as much as I’d like to devote to my stories. It will all happen, in its own time.

For now, I’m dosing myself with flu meds (so much for that flu shot *sigh*) and trying to get some rest on my days off, so I can deal with the hectic pace of work.

Till next week,

~Madison

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Joy and Magic

This last week has been a wash, as far as getting any words on the page. The crud that has been going around hit me hard. A week later, I’ve turned the corner on to the street of feeling better, not  100%, but better. I hope all of you manage to escape its cruddy tentacles.

This weekend, the tree will go up for my son, for through his eyes, the magic of Christmas still shines bright. Words will get on the page, because the story isn’t going to write itself. I want to say that my website and newsletter will get done, but I’ve been working on trying to get those done for the better part of the last two months and yet….nada. To say I am not technologically inclined would be a HUUUUUGE understatement. Luckily, I have a local fellow author friend who has agreed to help me out after the holidays. Yay! And finally, shopping will get done. Usually, I like to avoid the crowds and shop on line. However as no one on my list seems to know what they want, I’m going to have to go out among the masses and see what stands out and shouts their name. It’s not as convenient as shopping on line, but there is something fun about finding gifts that way as well.

Whatever your plans for the coming week are, I hope you all find some joy and magic in the season.

Until next week…Happy Reading! 

~Jolanthe~

 

 

It’s the most wonderful time of year

For the past few days, it’s been cold and rainy. Pretty normal for these parts, it’s our usual winter in south Louisiana. Today was a treat. It snowed! Not a few flakes, but a real flurry, with snow on the ground. Enough to take pictures—here’s the proof—kind of snow. For all of you up north that deal with snow every year, I know this means nothing. For us, who get snow every twenty years or so, it’s a big deal.

My ten-year-old granddaughter has never seen the stuff. Unfortunately, she was at school all day, missing out on the magic of white flakes falling from the sky. There’s still snow on the ground, but it doesn’t look as pretty as it did earlier today. We had a snowball fight, neighborhood kids joining in, so she managed to get in a little bit of fun time.

Now, I’m inside, where it’s warm and cozy. The Christmas tree is lit up, as is the smaller Saints tree on my desk. Holiday music by Pentatonix and Trans-Siberian Orchestra is playing on Pandora. As soon as I finish this blog I’m getting in a few words on my WIP. I know I won’t get a lot done, but I’m determined to at least get a chapter or two in before I have to return to work. I’ve been itching to get back to the story.

I’ve also been busy promoting my holiday release, Save the Last Dance. The reviews are starting to come in, and it’s like getting Christmas gifts early. I love to hear that readers enjoy my stories. It encourages me to keep going. If you haven’t read it yet, be sure and grab your copy.  https://tinyurl.com/y7gpzuta

Curl up with a good book on those cold nights, and enjoy the holidays!

Till next week,

~Madison

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Fairytale Cover

This week a cold has been wreaking havoc in my life. However…I did promise a reveal of my fairytale cover to those reading my blog post. Here it is…tell me what you think.

Until next week…Happy Reading!

~Jolanthe~