Monday, September 26, 2016

September MONTHLY READS... #AmReading @AprylBaker @ElleKennedy @MsMonicaMurphy

A new-to-me author with a charming new adult story...
Touch Me Not (Manwhore, #1) by Apryl Baker
A past tragedy has left Lily Holmes burdened with a devastating secret…
Since the death of her twin sister, Lily can’t bear to be touched. Not accidentally, not casually…and certainly not intimately. This makes it impossible for her to confess to her best friend Adam Roberts that she’s in love with him. She can’t give him the sort of relationship he needs, so she watches in silence while he plans his wedding with someone else.
Enter Nikoli Kinkaid, the campus manwhore…
Nikoli is a self-proclaimed connoisseur of women, and he wants to add Lily to his list of conquests, but she wants nothing to do with him—until he makes her an offer she can’t refuse. He’ll teach her to enjoy human contact again, giving her a chance to win over Adam, while Nikoli uses all his considerable charm to seduce her.

The Off-Campus series I discovered through an Instagram post...
The Score (#3) by Elle Kennedy
The Mistake (#2) by Elle Kennedy
The Deal (#1) by Elle Kennedy
New Adult series set in the college hockey world. Each can be read as a standalone but together, they tell the stories of a group of friends. Listen to it on audiobook - it's narrated well.

Monday, September 19, 2016

#WWoW! Author's Craft: Replace the Negative #AmEditing

Tighten Your Copy Yourself
Replace Negative with Positive.
Instead of saying what something isn’t, say what it is.

Find the negative statements and eliminate them. Look for these words: don’t, shouldn’t, can’t, won't, couldn't. Then rewrite them without the “not.” That will most likely mean you'll use a more powerful verb.

Watch what I mean...
“You don’t want to make these mistakes in your writing”
is better stated as
“You want to avoid these mistakes in your writing.”

It’s much more straightforward.

Monday, September 12, 2016

Queen of my Kingdom: A Prince Leaves the Castle #collegebound

My kingdom got a little smaller this month when Peanut left for college. After a summer of preparation, a large celebration with family and friends and then dropping him off at the university, hubby and I drove home alone. Peanut wasn't sitting in his seat, the one he claimed since we first brought him home from the hospital. He wasn't talking sports with his Dad or tapping his foot on my seat. His absence was an actual presence in the space, the embodiment of a missing limb.

Who were the king and I minus one prince? Peanut gave us the gift of parenthood. Before him, we were a couple. After him, we were a family. We are still a family now, of course, but the shift in the family dynamic shook me. After eighteen years, Peanut wouldn't be with me on a daily basis. The relationships between us all would slowly adjust to this new season of life.

We began our new normal. We traveled the two hours home to our other sons where we watched a movie -just the four of us- and snuggled with the animals who also appeared to miss their favorite human. We talked and made plans for the fall. And you better believe it included a trip to visit Peanut on Family Weekend.

Monday, September 5, 2016

Author's Life: #MenieresDisease Resources @MenieresSociety

The fog has been more clear these past few months. My symptoms from the Ménière's disease have lessened and I haven't had a vertigo episode in a while. All has been calm... though a calm life with Ménière's disease still means continuous light dizziness, continuous light tinnitus and fullness in my ears. Those inconveniences, I can live with. I'm able to work*, be active with the boys and perform daily activities. I'm thankful for the reprieve even though I know the disease just lies in wait to attack again.
Ménière's disease is a chronic disorder of the inner ear that causes severe dizziness (vertigo), ringing in the ears (tinnitus), hearing loss, and a feeling of fullness or congestion in the ear.
It isn't the easiest task to find support groups or resources for those with Ménière's disease. But I have found a few that make me feel less isolated. If you know of others, please leave their information in the comments.

* I'm working on book two in the Porter Brothers series. Book one (Coming Home) just released on audiobook and the novella (Never Coming Home) is soon to be released on audiobook too.
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