Posted in Bookish Goodies, Books, Inspirational Mugs, Phone Cases, and More, Self Publishing, Society6, Time Management For Writers, Writing

Big Things Are Coming In Febuary

January was a productive month. That is big news for me and for you. It means that big exciting things are coming in February. I am not going to spill all the details today but here are the headlines.

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Do you struggle with finding the time to write? Do you have difficulty writing when it is time to write? I feel your pain because I have been there and done that. The good news is that I have a solution to share with you. Time management is the answer and also the focus of my blog and videos in the month of February.

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The other BIG news is that I finished my writing prompts book! It is one step closer to being in your hands. In February I will be launching and publishing it. I have already started the process of adding beta readers and reviewers to my Book Review team.

Want a free copy of my book? It is not too late to sign up for my book review team. You will receive an advanced reader copy of my book in exchange for your honest review and feedback. What are you waiting for? CLICK HERE

I will have 2 new designs up in my society 6 store next month. If you loved the January design below you will adore what I have coming for you next month. As always, just search for author April in the society6 store, select the design, and then the product you would like the design on. Easy Peasy.

 

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New Book Lover Design Available in My Society 6 Store. 

Excited to see what February brings! Have a blessed and bookish day my friend. XOXO (1)

 

 

Posted in Inspirational Mugs, Phone Cases, and More, Life, Motivation, Mugs & More For Writers, Society6, Uncategorized, vlog, Writing

Motivation Monday: Struggle = Progress Plus Vlog with Writing update.

Difficulties. Roadblocks. Setbacks. The list of obstacles that seem to keep us from making progress and achieving out dreams can seem endless. If we focus on these things in a negative manner it is easy to find out selves in a pit of discouragement.We begin to doubt ourselves and our dreams. We have reached a point in our journey where giving up seems easier than trudging though the troubles.This is a good time to remind ourselves of an important truth.

Video: Struggle = Progress Motivation & Novel Update

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  • Struggle ultimately leads to progress. It is in seasons of difficulty that we learn important lessons. As in nature, intense conditions often birth the most beautiful and sought after things – like diamonds.

Let’s dig deeper into that for a moment.

The formation of natural diamonds requires very high temperatures and pressures. The organic process of diamond formation requires four key ingredients: carbon, pressure, heat and time.

Like diamonds, when we persevere we become stronger. We come out on on the other side of our roadblocks with things that we did not have before. Knowledge is gained. Compassion is born. We are strong and sturdy. We have the ability to shine because of the difficult times we endure.

Imitation diamonds are easy to find and so are people who appear to be something they are not. These may be the same  people who achieve things by taking shortcuts and avoiding roadblocks but in the end they are only shortchanging themselves. True diamonds have a  strength, hardness and beauty that can not be imitated. Strength is built from time, heat, and pressure. Imitations may have sparkle and appeal but they are not true diamonds.

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Watch my youtube Video – novel update and inspiration on this topic

I have experienced this in my own life. From childhood the odds were stacked against me. A family history of alcoholism, mental health issues, abuse, neglect shaped my childhood. I was crushed to see my dreams fall apart after being raped and becoming pregnant at 14. The years that followed were not easy. I struggled to finish school, be a parent, find a safe environment and deal with depression and anxiety. I was not able to graduate high school but I did get my GED and job at the age of 17. Although college did became a reality for me at 20, it was not the path I had dreamed of. I wanted to finish high school, go to college, write books, have a nice house and then adopt children. In that order.

 

That is not what happened. My path was different and very bumpy but it got me where I am today and I am thankful for every painful and joyful moment along the way.

 

So, I encourage you to take heart if you are under pressure and feeling discouraged. You are in the process of becoming a strong, beautiful, rare, and deeply valuable person.  Don’t forget to watch my vlog on youtube. It tackles this same subject & idea from another angle. Plus, you will get my novel & life update sprinkled in it as well.

As, always thanks for joining me.

Have a blessed & bookish day!

 

 

Posted in Book Reviews, Bookish Goodies, Books, Owl Crate, Society6, Uncategorized, vlog

May Owlcrate Unboxing: Comic Explosion Plus Announcements!

It is Owlcrate Unboxing time! Actually, it is way past that. I filmed the video a last week but I am just now getting it posted. This box was worth the wait! Comic Explosion was the theme and OwlCrate had already let us know that we would be getting a Funko Pop figurine. I was beyond excited about that but afraid I would get one I did not like.

Hop over and watch the Video!

Oh my Gosh… I got Wonder Woman! I could not be happier. I adore her outfit and sword. I keep her on my desk with the Wonder Woman Candle that was ALSO in this box! It is tropical scented and I think it has a nice  hint pomegranate. It is adorable sized ( which is small but calling it adorable is a great marketing tool – and accurate. It is adorable. I don’t even care that is not very big.

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Here is a quick list of what was in this months box:

  • Funko pop figurine
  • Adorable sized candle
  • Comic inspired button with coordinating zipper pull/keychain
  • Organic Coffee Candy
  • Art Card
  • Comic layout spoiler card
  • Next months theme card
  • Author Letter & Signed Book Plate
  • Sample Chapter of AFAR  graphic novel
  • Eliza and her Monsters Novel

I enjoyed all the items. I ate the coffee candy before taking a good photo. I thought about photographing the empty wrapper but I decided to discard the evidence of my candy binge. I do love coffee flavored candy.  I don’t like most “hard” candy but coffee candy is the exception.

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The graphic novel sample chapter is impressive. I started reading it but then I spilled coffee on it. Gotta wait for the pages to dry before I finish it. Just call me a coffee klutz.

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I loved the author letter. The letter has become one my most anticipated things in the box. Don’t forget to watch the video – I read part of the letter.

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I have not had time to read the book but I am dragging it along with me on vacation. I love the exclusive cover.

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Please excuse the terrible background in the prior photo. Everything I have done this month has had to be done in a rush and I overlooked some details. I also had a lot of issues filming the video. I kept mispronouncing BASIC words and rambling. I had to edit out a lot of the video.

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Next month sounds like a dystopian theme! I am excited to see if I am right about it. They are also including an exclusive item from the FIZZY FAIRY APOTHECARY.

I think there is still time to sigh up for the June box! Get your box

I also share a few announcements on my video. I have an author newsletter than you can subscribe to.  It will be monthly or bimonthly and feature exclusive content, occasional freebies, giveaways, and news about what is happening with me and my books.

I have new bookish designs, inspirational items, and author related goodies in my  new Society6 store.  You can get my designs on mugs, phonecases, and other products. See my Society6 stuff

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Last but not least, I have an INSTRAGRAM only giveaway going on. You can win one of my society6 items or a Amazon gift card prize pack.  So follow me on instagram, find the giveaway post, like, comment and tag a friend.

See the Post and some of the goodies

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Thanks for joining me! Have a blessed & bookish day!

 

Posted in Bookish Goodies, Inspirational Mugs, Phone Cases, and More, Mugs & More For Writers, Society6, Uncategorized

Introducing my Society6 Goodies!

Looking for writing related products, inspirational items, and bookish goodies? I am excited to introducing these fun designs featured on mugs, pillows, phone cases, laptop sleeves and so much more!


I had intended to introduce my Society6 store when I had more designs and products to share but I want you to be able to take advantage of the Memorial Day Sale that is going on. I love a discount and I can’t resist passing on the savings.

I adore coffee mugs and phone cases but it seems I am always looking for designs I can’t find. That is exactly why I created these.


One thing I love about society6 is the wide variety of products you can get each image on. You can order your laptop skin to match the design on your phone! How fun is that?

Check out the full line of products & images here!