Indie Spotlight Review: Ingrid, The Viking Maiden by Naomi Jan Kelly

Ingrid intends to be a strong Viking shield maiden. She is determined to prove to her family that she has what it takes, in spite of her small stature and the coddled life they have given her. When she convinces her friend Shelby to stowaway on one of the boats with her she quickly discovers that she may have taken on more than she can handle. Her voyage turns into a magical adventure when she finds her self-shipwrecked and at the mercy of some strange creatures and faces the truth about her hidden memories and abilities. Ultimately, Ingrid must choose between the path she always wanted and one chosen for her.

Watch my video review of Ingrid the Viking Maiden

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What I loved about this book:

  • Grand adventures with unexpected companions
  • Mixing the Viking lifestyle with magic
  • Ingrid grows as a character and learns to rely on her strengths
  • A bit of romance, a strong friendship, and Ingrid finds a rather grumpy new pal
  • Great setup for sequel, I want to know what happens to Ingrid
  • It was a quick and easy read.

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Who should read this book:

  • Fans of Vikings and magical beings
  • Readers who want a taste of romance that doesn’t overwhelm the story
  • Readers who like quirky sidekicks might enjoy Ingrid’s new pal
  • If you like a light fantasy read mixed with a touch of history.

My Personal take on this book:

Well written, easy to read, and entertaining. It kept my attention and I felt satisfied at the end. I enjoyed reading this magical Viking adventure and look forward to the next book from this author.

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You can find Naomi Jane Kelly’s book on Amazon. It is currently available as a kindle unlimited selection.  Visit Naomi’s website to learn more

Have you read a great indie ya, fantasy, sci-fi, or historical fiction book? I would love to hear more.

Cat Vs Tape

Remember the tiny kitten we rescued from the hail storm? She is fully recovered from her ordeal and settled into our lives and … the sink.  We named her Stormie, but I call her Stormageddon sometimes because she is a force to be reckoned with.

 

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A Sinkful of Stormie

 

Don’t let the peaceful photo above mislead you. She can shred a scratching post in 2 weeks, steals hair tie bands, and does daily acrobatics.

Today’s post and the corasponding video was going to be a flip through of my SMASH book and how making it helped my battle my perfectionism. But…. I must have forgotten to hit record while filming.

So, I decided to bring you a smile this Monday in the form of a short clip of Stormie versus masking tape. I hope it brightens your day.

Click here to see the Video of Cat VS Tape

Stormie Attacks Octopus

Stormie attack Octopus AKA her Halloween Costume

New Video: Update on my Goals

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BIG NEWS

I finished the 3rd draft of my novel and shipped it off to the editor. Okay, so I actually emailed it, but “shipped” has more impact. That was my big goal for the summer and I finished it.

I feel like a weight has been lifted from my shoulders. Trying not to get too comfortable with that feeling because I am sure that it will return when my manuscript is returned.

 

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One of the other goals that I completed in the month of August was to read 7 books. I didn’t think it was going to happen because of my heavy writing schedule.  I went on a rambling tangent at the end of the video and listed all of the books that read.

 

I did meet most of my July and August Goals. I made progress on the goals I did not complete, so I count that as a win.

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My new bi-monthly goals for Septemeber and October

  1. Apply Edits and Complete 4th draft
  2. Newsletter
  3. Plan for 2nd Book & prep for Nanowrimo
  4. Post 14 Videos on YouTube
  5. Make Connections on Social Media
  6. Post 14-18 Blog Posts

Personal/Productivity Goals

  1. Work out 2X week – Track Steps 7x
  2. Eat Healthier 5x
  3. Bullet Journal daily
  4. Daily Dash (morning routine + productivity)
  5. Read bible daily 5X
  6. Create Daily
  7. Daily Tangible  Rewards
  8. Read 16 Books

Something Wicked This Way Comes

August Owlcrate Theme

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The theme card for August’s Owlcrate has had me excited for a month.  Let me tell you, the box did not disappoint.  Instead of giving you the normal photo unboxing on my blog, I am simply linking the video. I do love the unboxing blog post and photos but I am having some technical issues with syncing my photos at the moment. Long story short, I have no lovely photos to share with of this box.

Please click here to watch the Unboxing

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As, always thank you for viewing, subscribing and commenting. This box and the graphic above made me a bit too eager for Halloween. How about you, are you a Halloween fan?

Book Love: The Night Circus – It is not what I expected

This book was not what I was expecting. It is not the type of book that I usually fall in love with. Yet, It has earned a place in my book love heart, and you may find a place for it in yours – if you are open to reading it and following it to the end.

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To boil this story down for you, without spoilers, is no easy feat but I will give it a go. This is the story of a different sort of Circus. A circus without animals but laced with magic. The Circus itself was created as a game board of sorts for two magicians who have been raised and trained to compete in a competition. The end game and the rules are not clear to them or the reader at times. Everyone involved with the circus is an unknowing part of the game, and their lives are affected by it in a magical and sometimes deadly way.  The story is full of secrets, performers, magic and a bit of romance.

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So first, let’s talk about what this book is not:

  • Fast paced
  • Action filled
  • An easy read
  • Typical
  • For everyone

If you can get past the things that this novel is not, you might find yourself emerged in the atmosphere of the mysterious circus. I will admit, I did have some issues falling in love with this book. At the same time, I was unable to abandon the book. The bits and pieces of the story came together for me at the end and left me satisfied.

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What I loved:

  • The idea of the story and how it came together at the end.
  • The use of colors. I always love it when writers use colors to enhance their story. I don’t know why I just do.
  • The way the author used detailed descriptions to enhance the atmosphere of the story.
  • Trying to figure out how all the pieces of the story fit.
  • It has a few delightful characters.
  • I enjoyed that some portions of the book are written in 2nd person, although I had trouble understanding why that view was used until the end of the book.

Who should read this book:

  • Those open to the 3rd person omnipresent and 2nd person point of view narrations.
  • If you can deal with lots of description, narration and slow moving pace.
  • If you are unsure about reading it, take a chance. I did, and I enjoyed it.
  • Magic lovers

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I listened to this book on audiobook.  The narrator ‘s voice fits the feel of the book perfectly, but I found it so soothing that I almost fell asleep a few times. I had to increase the narration speed a few times to finish the book with out napping.

Overall, this book is one that will stick with me. It is not a book for everyone and certainly not my typical read, but I am giving it 5 stars because it managed to make all of the plot pieces that are scattered about fit together.  The book provoked some deep thoughts and left me with warm feelings and the urge to eat caramel covered things.

So, tell me have you read this book? What did you think?

 

 

Newsflash… New Video Topics

I am super excited to share my new video plans. I am branching out and adding new topics to my youtube channel. The majority of my videos will continue to focus on writing, reading, and encouraging others in their journey but why stop there? I want to bring you videos related to other aspects of my life as well.

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I am striving to find a balance between my writing life and personal life. I love writing and this year I choose to start treating it like a job. The downside of this is that I fall into the habit of being in a constant state of work and not taking the time to do other things I love. Ultimately, this leads to burnout and loss of productivity.

Hense, the addition of new videos related to productivity, journaling, cooking, art, craft, and even a few haul videos. As a matter of fact, the first Haul video is here. Check it out!

 

 

Next week will be a follow-up video to the haul, featuring how I used the product in my haul. Also in the works is a three-part video series on bullet journaling and how I use it for daily productivity and for writing life. If you are not bullet journaling this is the perfect time to start.

I would love to know what type of videos and topics you would like to see covered! I will be posting occasional polls on twitter allowing you to help choose the videos and topics. You can find a follow me on twitter @authoraprillea

Writing Ritual Tag

It is time for a writing tag! Fellow authors and YouTubers, Kim Chance and Mandi Lynn created this writing ritual tag. I enjoyed their videos so much I decided to play along.

Watch April’s Writing Ritual Video  or keep reading if you are not in video kind of mood.

Writing Ritual Tag Questions:

When do you write? (time of day, day of week)

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  • Monday – Friday.  Mornings and afternoons. I set small a word count or scene goal. When I finish this I am done for the morning if I want to be. Most of the time, archiving the bite sized goal is enough to get things flowing and I continue to write by setting small goals or doing writing sprints.
  • Then in the afternoon, after I finished all of my other tasks I will look over the things I wrote and make small edits and do a few more writing sprints if I am feeling like or have a deadline to meet.

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How do you seclude yourself from the outside world?

  • During the school year, this is easy for me. I simply turn off my phone, remove distractions, and get to work.
  • When my kids are home in the summer secluding myself is trickier because they are my #1 distraction.  I start by making sure their needs are met,  telling them I will be working and they can’t disturb me unless it is an emergency.  A bleeding or dying sort of emergency. If this doesn’t work, I will move my work to the bedroom and shut and lock the door and put in headphone. If it is a nice day, I head outside to the patio to write.

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How do you review what you wrote the previous day?

  • I try to review my work the end of each writing day. Sometimes in the morning, I will read the last paragraph that I wrote.  If I read too far back into what I have written I tend to start editing and that can keep me from advancing in my story.
  • I also review and edit my writing on the weekends when I don’t have any other plans.

What song is your go-to when you’re feeling uninspired?

  • I don’t have a specific song but almost anything by the Chainsmokers or Pink tends to inspire me.

What do you always do (i.e. listen to music, read, watch youtube, etc.) when you find yourself struggling with writer’s block?

  • I like to read writing reference books. This is helpful if my writer’s block is triggered by a problem with my manuscript.
  • If it is simply a lack of motivation that is blocking me I find that creating art related to my WIP can help inspire me to write.  I am not an artist but sometimes creating art can spur me to get excited about writing and get me through a block
  • If I need a dose of audible motivation I will head over to youtube or listen to a writing related podcast.

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What tools do you use when you’re writing?

  • My MacBook air, Scrivener, Grammarly (only when editing), the 5KWPH app for tracking and timing my writing sprints, and my bullet journal to keep track of tasks.

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What’s the one thing you can’t live without during a writing session?

  • quiet and uninterrupted time.

How do you fuel yourself during your writing session?

  • Coke Zero, Water, Coffe and Tea

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How do you know when you’re done the writing?

  • I know I am done when I complete my daily goals, start to get angry or my writing time is up. If I am really feeling my writing that day, I might keep writing until I am too tired to keep my eyes open, but that doesn’t happen often.

 

So, there you have it. My writing routines and rituals, which are subject to change and modification at any time.  I would love to hear your writing routine! If you participate in this tag via blog or video please let me know and don’t forget to check out the video’s of the original creators of this tag, Kim Chance and Mandi Lee.

Kim’s Writing Ritual Video

Mandi’s Writing Ritual Video

My Writing Ritual Video

I am tagging the following youtube authors as well as anyone who would like to participate. Don’t forget to let me know if you do the tag! I would love to know your writing routine

Natalie Roberts

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Emily Bourne