Viva Las Vegas

It’s been a while since I last posted and I apologize profusely for that, but I’ve just been so busy the past few weeks. Just as the title suggests I recently took a much needed vacation to Sin City.

We were there for 4 days, 3 nights and it seem to fly by way too fast. My Ma and I always have a great time when we hang out and this trip wasn’t any different. We had some amazing food, dropped a few bucks at the slots, did tons of shopping and saw the sights. We were able to make a trip to the Gold and Silver Pawn Shop (home of the pawn stars) and got to browse all of their amazing wares. There was so much to look at, it was hard to take it all in.

I also added another tattoo to my collection! I’ve been wanting another one for a couple years now and couldn’t be happier with how it turned out!

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Isn’t it pretty! 

Even though it was nice to get away, it is always nice to get home. I was getting a bit homesick for my husband and daughter and couldn’t wait to see them when I got back.

In addition to the Vegas trip, I just received my first round of edits from my editor and have started to work on them. I’m slowly getting the hang of all the ins and outs of track changes and I’m learning a lot from my editors notes. This will definitely help me in the future for all of my other manuscripts.

Camping season has also snuck up on us, so we have been slowly getting the trailer ready for our first camp trip of the year. I’m definitely looking forward to hanging out with some good friends and enjoying the beautiful weather we have been having here in Alberta.

I hope everyone is having a great day!

Cover Reveal: Breathless by Jessica Bayliss

Happy Wednesday to all of you! I have another cover reveal for you and I couldn’t think of a better time to do it than Humpday!

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Isn’t it pretty!

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BIO:

They say write what you know, so Jessica Bayliss did. Her story, “Breathless,” was inspired by her own experience running out of air on a scuba dive—except without all the steamy romance and eerie paranormal happenings. Alas, real life. Obviously, she survived. Her genre-bending fiction holds a little something for everyone. A lover of ghost tales and horror since her days scanning VHS rental shelves–admittedly with eyes half-averted from the gory covers–a touch of the mysterious always finds a home in Jessica’s work. Romance with a dash of supernatural. Horror with a bit of humor. You get the gist. Jessica also writes across age groups and is a firm believer in the motto: there is a new reader born every day, whether young or not-so-youngHer work has been published by Leap Books in the recent young adult anthology, “Beware the Little White Rabbit,” and in Issue 31 of Sanitarium Magazine. She has more stories in her head than she knows what to do with and several pieces in the works at any given time, so be sure to keep an eye out for more from Jessica in the coming months.

Website: https://JessicaBaylissWrites.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Jessica-Bayliss/402408229917430?ref=bookmarks

Twitter: https://twitter.com/JBaylissWrites

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/12159517.Jessica_Bayliss

BLURB:

A brush with death brings Leah closer to the ghosts she longs to find and throws her into the arms of the troubled scuba instructor who saves her.

Dale, an Operation Enduring Freedom Veteran, is haunted by his own restless spirits. He’s on a hunt for forgiveness, and the Caribbean Sea is his hunting ground.

The peace they search for lies in the bond they never suspected they shared.

EXCERPTS:

Short: I’m seventy feet below the Caribbean Sea, and I’m out of air.

MAIN Excerpt:

He breathes with me, using his pace to slow mine. It feels like too much. The stillness. Our breath as one. His touch against my face and unyielding gaze locked onto mine. I want to escape up to safety, but he won’t let me.

All I can do is trust him.

And one last tidbit for all of you! 

1.Share with our readers a little about your book. (Remember to make it so they want to read more LOL)

“Breathless” is a romantic ghost about a young woman, Leah, who is traveling alone in the British Virgin Islands. The action begins during a scuba dive at a sunken wreck, supposedly haunted, when Leah discovers her oxygen tank is empty. This story is inspired a little bit from my own experience. I actually ran out of air during a dive about two years ago. Obviously, I survived. But, I’ll tell you, it was pretty darned freaky. In Leah’s case, she turns to one of the dive instructors, Dale, an Operation Enduring Freedom veteran, to get her back to the surface safely. The shared exhilaration of their experience forges a connection between these two. I bet you can see where this is going …

As the tour group moves from the boat to the beach for an overnight campout, Dale and Leah are drawn to each other. They discover they’re each searching for ghosts, but for very different reasons. Throw in a moonlight hike, a salt pond, a bonfire …

I love a little supernatural with my romance, so I set out to give readers a contemporary, real-world story, with paranormal flair.

It’s up to you to decide if Leah’s and Dale’s ghosts are real.

 2. Tell us about yourself and what brought you to writing?

I have a career that is very different from writing, but writing is something I’ve done since I was a kid, although not seriously until 2010. I tried to write my first book in high school, and even got a bunch of chapters done. I have it somewhere in my house. I should dig it out and see how awful it was. I started another one right around the time I began grad school, which took over my life, and I totally forgot about the book. Years later, I got the writing bug back. I found the book I started in grad school, threw out almost all of it, and then finished it a year later. I’ll confess: it was not good, but it was one of the best moments of my life. I wrote my second book the next year while rewriting the first—a task that took three years, and I’m sure an editor would still give me plenty to do on it. Now, I’ve written four novels and a whole slew of short stories, one of which is “Breathless.” In the last five years, I’ve grown so much as a writer, largely from meeting other writers and from practice. I must state: the network I’ve built—these people are incredible. I could never do this without them. We’re there for each other every single day.

3. Do you believe in Bigfoot?

Absolutely not. But we’re Bigfoot fans in our house. My husband, Eric, bought us our very own garden Yeti, complete with a sign, warning everyone to beware. Eric’s Bigfoot impersonation is superb, by the way. Despite my skepticism, one of my future projects will contain a Yeti. My second book is called “Therapist of the Damned,” and it’s about a psychologist who discovers her patients are vampires and all manner of supernatural creatures. I love this concept, although I’m well aware that vampires are a tough sell these days; if I’m never able to get it published, I’ll probably continue to develop the stories, because they’re pure fun. So, one night, over dinner, Eric and I were brainstorming characters for my book. He suggests I add a Yeti to my series, and I’m like, no way. Then, I realize the brilliance of his idea. A yeti in treatment for social phobia! Too perfect. My main character will definitely need a larger couch.

Leap of Faith

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As many of you may know, I’m a bit of a Harry Potter fanatic. J.K. Rowling is an idol of mine and I would love to create something that is even an ounce as good as she did with Harry Potter. I find this quote perfect.

When I first started writing, I was doing just for the love of writing. The story was determined to come out and I was willing to oblige. I never thought in a million years, that I would even consider submitting one of my novels. I was just writing stories that I wanted to read myself.

Finally, one day it just clicked. Why not share this with other people? Maybe it’s the story that someone has been dying to read. You never know right?

Well, once you have finished your first draft and send it out to a few beta readers, you start to have second thoughts on sending your baby out into the world. Not only have you spent months, if not years on getting it just right, you have also left a bit of yourself in those pages. The thought of someone ‘hating’ your manuscript, keeps you up at night and causes you to break out in a cold sweat when you received their email.

But after getting their constructive criticism (that truly wasn’t as bad as you were first envisioning) and take a few days to let it all sink in, you begin to feel encouraged and determined. This was the step that helped me decide if I truly wanted to submit for publication.

If I hadn’t gotten up the nerve to send it out in the first place, I wouldn’t be where I am today.

So, when you are about to do something that scares the Hell out of you… take that leap of faith. What’s the worst that can happen… they say no?

Cover Reveal: Scandalous Intentions by Amanda Mariel

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Intentions
Amanda
Mariel
Pre-Order Date: June 11, 2015
Release
Date: June 18, 2015
Publisher:
Three Worlds Press

Lady
Sarah wants the freedom granted to men, but her only hope is a
notorious rake out to keep his inheritance at any cost. Neither
counted on falling in love.




Amanda
Mariel dreams of days gone by when life moved at a slower pace. She
enjoys taking pen to paper and exploring historical time periods
through her imagination and the written word. Her hobbies include
reading, writing, crocheting, traveling, photography, and spending
time with her family. Some of Amanda Mariel’s favorite places in the
continental U.S. are Harper’s Ferry West Virginia and Sea Brook New
Hampshire. She loves the history that surrounds them and visits every
chance she gets.

Amanda
Mariel lives along the Lake Huron shore line in northern Michigan
with her husband and two kids. She holds a Master of Liberal Arts
Degree with a concentration in literature and has a long standing
love affair with sugary junk 
food. 


Tools of the Trade

This is a great piece of advice.

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You can ask anyone who knows me or rather anyone who has had the pleasure of holding my purse/ diaper bag. It is jammed packed full of “useful” items, everything from My Little Ponies, Barbies, colouring books, suckers, hot wheels and the occasional coupon (can you tell I have a toddler?). But by far my favourite items are my notebook and pen. I make sure I buy a super cute journal, just to keep my creative juices flowing and a funky pen to jot down all of my random thoughts. I have to say even though I bring them with me everywhere I don’t use it as much as I should. (tsk tsk…)

I started by writing everything in tiny 3″ X 5″ notepads that I could easily carry in my back pocket while at work. I still have a lot of them to this day. Granted, a lot of the notes were gibberish (I couldn’t read my own chicken scratch) but none the less they are some of the best tools you can have at your disposal.

So, next time you’re at a book or stationary store, stroll down the notebook aisle and see what kind of creativity you can conjure. Or you could also just let your toddler doodle… that’s always fun!