Monday, June 26, 2017

My Biggest Dream in life

  If you're wondering where these posts come from, I'm following (unofficially) this set of prompts here.

 My Biggest Dream in life




Dreams are funny things. They can motivate you or paralyze you. And some would say you can work hard on them and never achieve them, then others would say you can work so hard on them you don't realize you've achieved them. Everyone has some kind of dream, some of work goals, some of life goals.

Some people want to travel.  I do like to get away from time to time. What would be a dream? traveling by teleportation. Imagine popping into a teleporter and going to, say, Italy for lunch? That would be cool! (I'm waiting for the engineers to come up with transporters! Come on, dudes! Time's tickin' away, here!)

 And dreams change. I'm sure many of us have had more than one dream throughout our lives. At age five, what you wanted to be when you grew up I'm sure is quite different than what you wanted to be when you were fifteen, wasn't it?  I know it was for me.

My biggest "what do I want to be" kind of dream, changed throughout life. At 5, I wanted to be...I don't remember what I wanted to be! At 9, I wanted to be a certain goddess super heroine (does anyone remember the Syd & Marty Kroft shows? Electra Woman, Dyna Girl? Secrets of Isis?). Yeah. Those. But I wonder if anyone would even remember her/them. 

When I wasn't dreaming of saving the world and flying and all of that, I wanted to be a songwriter. At 15, I decided, to heck with simple songwriter, I wanted to be a rock star. 

Yes, it's true. I worked hard at channeling my inner Ann Wilson and Stevie Nicks! :) I even wrote a bunch of song lyrics. Even still have some of them too. (No, you cannot see them! *lol*)

At twenty, I decided I really wanted to be a writer. All these years later, here I am.

Out of all that, what is my biggest dream in life? Writing. From the song lyrics I wrote as a kid, to my first novel mss at 18 (no, you cannot see that one either!) to the books I now have on offer, the writing remained throughout. So I guess you can say that's been my biggest dream.


Although,I still wouldn't turn my nose up at the being a rock star part--or traveling to Campania (southern Italy) via teleporter for an eggplant parmigiana lunch! ;)

What about you? What is your biggest dream in life?




 
 
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Juli D. Revezzo is the author of the Gothic fantasy romance LADY OF THE TAROT, now available in Audiobook from Audible and in ebook and paperback, MOURNING DOVE LOCKET, the latest in the Antique Magic paranormal series, also the Celtic Stewards Chronicles fantasy romance series, as well as the Victorian Romance HOUSE OF DARK ENVY, among others. Her books are available at Amazon and elsewhere.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Sunday--where is my transporter? #authorblogs #SundayBlogShare #BloggersBlast


Sunday Post was conceived by Kimberly at Caffeinated Book Reviewer.


Here we are, Sunday again, and I do hope y'all are having a good one. Life has been...well, the usual, these days. Mostly staying inside away from the heat. Reading. I'm partially done with an audiobook I've been chunking away at. I did some work on some guest posts (one up today here at Romance Lives Forever, and one Friday at vvb32Reads, if you'd like to see them.) I've also finished the next stage of revising my next book.

There are even thoughts of the next one. :)

This week saw the Summer Solstice, of course. Unfortunately, I didn't make it to Stonehenge again this year, like some of my blogging friends. Alas, that dream still remains unfulfilled (where is my transporter, damn it!) 

I forget if I mentioned this here, did I tell y'all I bundled Reign of Tarot? Yes, aside from now having the nifty cool audiobook of Lady of the Tarot, now that the series (duology) is finished, I've made a box set. If you'd like to get both REIGN OF TAROT books for the price of one, you can find it at Amazon.


What else did I do this week? Well, I got a book or two.

On the fiction side:

Thief's Blade by C. Greenwood,
Changeling: An Appalachian Magic Novel Book 2 (Appalachian Magic Series) by Debbie Herbert
Nefertiti's Heart (The Artifact Hunters Book 1) by A. W. Exley

and a few non-fiction titles:  Buried Cities, Complete Pompeii, Olympia, Mycenae by Jennie Hall. It's an old one, but if you read my posts from the last week, its subject has piqued my interest.
  
Nothing too exciting (depending on your point of view) ;).

Also Gods of Stonehenge by J.P. Reedman

Are we sensing a theme here? I wish I had a transporter, I'd probably be here and there and all over the place, every single week.

But oh no!

 Here we are in futuristic 2017 and we have no bloody transporters! Come on, science people! You've had fifty-three years to work the problem. It's time to catch up with the science fiction writers.;)

 (We'll get there. According to this, we are.) I would just prefer it to, you know, flying. Of course, there is the danger that if I do go to, oh, Naples, Pompeii, Ireland, or Stonehenge, my husband might have a hell of a time getting me to come back! ;)

Anyway!


Posts from last week.
A dandy new review for House of Dark Envy that I had to post about here.
My 3 greatest strengths/weaknesses/doubts
Summer Solstice
Oh and I posted a review for my last read on my book blog for A Victorian Grimoire by Patricia Telesco.


Anyway, that's been my week. This week I've got some posts scheduled up as I'll be hunkering down doing final work on the book. Yes, that's right, the new book will be coming soon! By next Sunday, even, if all goes well.
I even have a cover to show you. *rubs hands gleefully* Stay tuned!

 And, in order to link on those two sites, here's a picture (are we sick of silly pictures yet? Although, I have to admit, thus coffee cup by kaboompics.com is cute. ;)):


Have a good week, y'all!
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Friday, June 23, 2017

My 3 greatest strengths/weaknesses/doubts

 If you're wondering where these posts come from, I'm following (unofficially) this set of prompts here.
 
  Catching up on several posts.  I'm going to combine a few here, bear with me. 
 
 

My greatest strength:

Tenacity (which some people might see as the flaw of stubbornness ;)). Once I get an idea in my head, if it has staying power, normally, I'll see it through even if it debilitates me. Case in point, a few years ago, I wrote 38k words of a novel in a week. Ouch!


Verbal ability. I can talk up a storm, once you get me going. :) Just ask my friends!
Creativity. Well...I am a writer. :) Hopefully, eloquence comes along with that.


My greatest weaknesses:

1) Self-doubt. Ye gods, I can fret with the best of them! Ever wonder why it takes me so long to put a book out? Blame it on self-doubt and panic. Every manuscript goes through the following cycle: "This is good; this sucks; it's ready, it's not; everyone says it is, I'm sure it is; no it's all wrong; I need to tear it all down and start again"). Even after me and my editors and critique partners have gone over them and over them and over them. Yep, usually, this is what delays me. Plain self-doubt and self-induced panic. Drives my editors and critique partners nuts!

And, confession time, it's also why I hesitate to speak up in a group-like setting (see, social media below). If I had my druthers, you'd look at my stories and not at me, the witch behind the curtain. ;) I'm trying to break that bad habit, if for nothing else than the sake of my business.

2) Over-researching. I do way more research on most of my books than you ever see inside the stories. More often than not, the research subjects preoccupy me for a while even after the books are released. Case in point? Tarot, the interest has hung on even after I finished my series surrounding the topic.

 Another case in point, particularly this month for a WIP I'm almost done with, Italy, Italian mythology, and particularly, all things Pompeii. I don't know how that one will manifest in any yet-to-be-written stories, or if it'll just fade again, (sometimes the intrigue does), we shall see.  On the other hand, I've been intrigued with Italy ... only a scant few years less than I've been with the Celts.

You think my Celtic warrior based PNRs and Welsh-blooded ghost-hunting fictional witches give branding experts a headache next to my Gothic and Victorian-era set romances? HA! Try my heritage on for size. I'm mostly Italian, with a dose of Liverpool Celt (we think). In other words, "Hail Caesar!", "By gods, drive Caesar back into Rome where the despot belongs before he wipes us out!" (Too late!)

That? That's me, y'all. I have a sneaking suspicion that's part of why I write more than one genre, or at least it might be a contributing factor. My sweet maidenly side, and my raging Morrigan Warrior Goddess side, are constantly at (ahem, pardon the pun) war.

Ahem. Like I said, over-researching.

3) Salty snacks. Yes, not chocolate. Shocked, aren't you? I am not a big chocolate lover, like most women claim to be. I go for chips more than sweets. Don't get me wrong, I like a good cake, cookie, or (lately) jelly belly from time to time, but my go-to snack is salty.


My social media hangouts:

Twitter and Instagram have been my biggest lately. My others are in the sidebar. If you'd like to follow me on any of them, please do. :)

Some of these (okay maybe all of them) have been pulled into what makes me me, contributing to my sense of personal power, whether spiritual or just as learning experiences, writing-related, business-related, you name it.

Those are my strengths/weaknesses/doubts. What are yours?

I'll continue these prompts in the next post. Really, the next topic is a bit long to include here. :) Stay tuned!

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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Summer Solstice #WitchBlogWed #SummerSolstice #litha #bloggerblast


Summer solstice, aka Litha, is here once again.. I don't know about you, but I feel like it started weeks ago. (In fact, I was talking to my current narrator, yesterday, who lives in Britain, and she said they're sweltering too!). Since starting to follow the "Wheel of the year" the official holi-dates have always posed a conundrum. 

(Word of the day: Conundrum! I've used it twice already this morning.) 

There's the official belief that the cold/heat doesn't go away/get started until certain dates, that just don't jibe with the reality of the good ole south. (Or to be honest, the modern "We've screwed up our environment" world). Nonetheless, remember, the solstice marks the tilt of the earth toward/away from the sun, so whatever the official weather (1 million degrees or just 90) the energy of the day is evident and important. The flowers are sweltering er, blooming. If you can't stand a bonfire right now (who could?) there are other ways to honor the day.  in lieu of a fire, you could light a yellow, or red candle for your ritual.

For a fire-less version (and hey, don't knock easy ;)), you can go sit outside and take in nature (don't forget your sunscreen!). Maybe pour a  libation to the summer gods--of some iced tea, maybe?

Putting a few ice cubes in your plants to give them (and/or the landwights and faeries!) a break from the heat Personally, I'd think of doing this after sundown. My dad always watered plants after dusk. they hold the moisture better, he said.

It's also a new moon, this solstice so that gives you a bit of opposites to reflect on (the height of summer, being the darkest moon--there's irony for you!)

And you could pop over to Eternal Haunted Summer and check out the latest issue of the zine for some solstice reading. :)

For me, I'm inside with the A/C blasting and, as ever, finishing up a new book that should've been out by now (stay tuned!). :) 

Whatever you plan to do for the day, reading, beaching, listening to your favorite "summery songs" or watching your favorite summer movie, or bonfire-ing in the heat, I wish you all a blessed Summer Solstice (and a stormless summer!)

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Juli D. Revezzo is the author of the Gothic fantasy romance LADY OF THE TAROT, now available in Audiobook from Audible and in ebook and paperback, MOURNING DOVE LOCKET, the latest in the Antique Magic paranormal series, also the Celtic Stewards Chronicles fantasy romance series, as well as the Victorian Romance HOUSE OF DARK ENVY, among others. Her books are available at Amazon and elsewhere.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

New review for House of Dark Envy

Hi everyone. I hope you're doing well. I am writing my fingers off and will have a new book for you soon! Literally fingers off. I ended up hurting again Friday and Saturday and had to take a few days away (so no typing blog posts for me!). 

I also got whacked with a little sideline research that I have no idea what I'm going to do with except that it's one of those things that may or may not be only cool to me. What, if anything, the ole muse makes out of it, only time will tell.


Grr... But the book is in it's final final pre-flight check round, and I hope to have it done... before or after July 4th.

In the meantime, I've found a great review for House of Dark Envy that I wanted to share with you.

From Twitch at Night Owl Reviews:

"I found the story between the pages to be a great read. I cannot help but like the history lessons in some of the story lines. I had no clue how the story or mystery was going to end. Overall there are great twists and turns...I would actually love to read more from this author." ~ Twitch

Cool, huh? Thanks, Twitch and everyone at Night Owl Reviews. :)

Folks, if you've read, and enjoyed the book, please leave a review at Amazon (or on your blog, or both). More are always welcome!



 
 
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Juli D. Revezzo is the author of the Gothic fantasy romance LADY OF THE TAROT, now available in Audiobook from Audible and in ebook and paperback, MOURNING DOVE LOCKET, the latest in the Antique Magic paranormal series, also the Celtic Stewards Chronicles fantasy romance series, as well as the Victorian Romance HOUSE OF DARK ENVY, among others. Her books are available at Amazon and elsewhere.

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My historical romance novel House of Dark Envy

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Bicycle Requiem by Juli D. Revezzo, Gothic fiction, zombie fiction, novelette, Amazon kindle, Itunes
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Passion's Sacred Dance, Celtic Stewards Chronicles, book 1 by Juli D. Revezzo, fantasy, romance, pagan paranormal romance, read free with Kindle Unlimitedfree with Audible trial, Watchmaker's Heart by Juli D. Revezzo, Steampunk romance, Victorian romance, audiobook
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Victorian romance, historical romance, Juli D. Revezzo, historical romance, read free with Amazon Prime, Kindle UnlimitedThe Artist's Inheritance, Antique Magic book 1, by Juli D. Revezzo, Gothic fiction, witch fiction, pagan paranormal fiction
Caitlin's Book of Shadows, Antique Magic book 2, by Juli D. Revezzo, short fiction, free ebook, witch fiction, pagan paranormal fiction
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Drawing Down the Shades, Antique Magic book 3, by Juli D. Revezzo, Gothic fiction, witch fiction, pagan paranormal fiction
Lady of the Tarot by Juli D. Revezzo, Gothic romance, historical romance, tarot
House of Cards, Reign of Tarot book 1, by Juli D. Revezzo, pagan paranormal fiction, witch fiction, tarot-themed fiction, Gothic fiction, supernatural horrorSing a Mournful Melody by Juli D. Revezzo, Gothic fiction, Vampire fiction, short story
Changeling's Crown by Juli D. Revezzo, New Adult, fantasy, romance, pagan paranormal romanceMurder Upon a Midnight Clear by Juli D. Revezzo, paranormal mystery, Christmas romance, pagan paranormal romance, read free with Kindle Unlimited
Watchmaker's Heart by Juli D. Revezzo, Steampunk romance, Victorian romance, read free with Kindle Unlimitedx

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