Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Anticipating spring

How's everyone doing today? I'm doing okay. Getting to work on another manuscript that needs revising, and meanwhile, watching our weather. Go ahead, I know you're going to envy me for this, but with the warm temperatures this (January) month, I'm really getting itchy to get back into my gardening. I have a plan, this year, to swap out some geraniums. See, I had these ones we inherited from my husband's grandmother. She used to just break off pieces and stick 'em in the ground. Wouldn't ya know, the bloody things rooted and bloomed with no effort. Her whole yard was littered with them.

When she passed, we brought several home with us and replanted them. They lived happily in a nice few pots in the backyard for years.

Until this last fall. I don't know what happened, but the whole lot of 'em just dried up, keeled over, died. (I suspect I either under-watered them or under fed them or something. Maybe the heat this past year killed them, but they should've been accustomed to that, since we only moved them a mile from their original home. (On the other hand, this summer Hell decided to freeze over and send all its heat to us, so it's a possibility)


Anyway, the poor things are gone and that corner looks sad and bare. I've been bugging dh to get on over to the garden center so we can get more. Hasn't happened yet, but (with Imbolc upon us!) I hope soon, before it gets too late to repot them, as it looks like we're not going to have winter here at all. :p What are your spring plans?

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Juli D. Revezzo is the author of the MOURNING DOVE LOCKET, the latest in the Antique Magic paranormal series, also the Celtic Stewards Chronicles fantasy romance series, as well as the Gothic romance LADY OF THE TAROT. Her books are available at Amazon and elsewhere.

Monday, January 30, 2017

Blood Ice & Oak Moon by Marsha A. Moore is now available as an audiobook!


One of our favorite fantasy romance authors, Marsha A. Moore, stopped by to tell us a little about her new audiobook, Blood Ice & Oak Moon. Do read on for more on this exciting development in Marsha's career.





Blood Ice & Oak Moon by Marsha A. Moore is now available as an audiobook!

I’m excited to announce the release of Blood Ice & Oak Moon in audio format. Working with the narrator, Jean Lowe Carlson, was a tremendous treat. I’m in awe of her talent. Scene after scene came to life with the exact images I envisioned while crafting my first draft. For her to capture my initial inspirations was nothing short of magic. To hear what I mean, check out the 5-minute sample on the purchase page. Incredible!


Purchase Link audiobook: https://www.amazon.com/Blood-Ice-Oak-Moon-Hollow/dp/B01NAWL0WY/


Genre: Paranormal romance

Description:

Esme Underhill is about to discover a darkness hidden inside her that could destroy her chance for independence and possibly kill her.


Esme’s mother took her young daughter away from Southern Indiana’s Coon Hollow Coven to prevent her from learning about the unusual witchcraft she had inherited. When Esme is twenty-seven, her beloved Grammy Flora passes away and leaves her property in the Hollow to her granddaughter. With this opportunity to remake her life and gain independence, Esme attempts to emulate Grammy Flora as a wildwood mystic who relies on the hedge world of faeries to locate healing herbs. But fae are shrewd traders. When they open their world to her, she must meet the unknown malevolence of her birthright.


Thayne, the handsome king of the fae Winter Court, faces his own struggle to establish autonomy as a new regent. He is swept into the tempest of Esme’s unfolding powers, a dangerous threat to his court. His sworn duty is to protect his people, despite Esme’s beauty and allure, which tear at his resolve.


Both Esme’s and Thayne’s dreams of personal freedom are lost…unless they can trust each other and overcome surmounting dangers.


Series description:


The Coon Hollow Coven Tales series is about a coven of witches in a fictitious southern Indiana community, south of Bloomington, the neck of the woods where Marsha A. Moore spent her favorite childhood years surrounded by the love of a big family. The books are rich with a warm Hoosier down-home feel. There are interesting interactions between coven members and locals from the nearby small town of Bentbone. If magic wasn’t enough of a difference between the two groups, the coven folk adhere to the 1930s lifestyle that existed when the coven formed.


A note to readers: ALL THE COON HOLLOW COVEN TALES NOVELS CAN BE READ AS STAND ALONE BOOKS. The series is about one community, and its residents may pass in and out of various books, but each book has its own unique and special story to be told.



Purchase Link audiobook: https://www.amazon.com/Blood-Ice-Oak-Moon-Hollow/dp/B01NAWL0WY/

Purchase Link ebook: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01LWS4V2G

Goodreads link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/31248013-blood-ice-oak-moon


Excerpt:


From Chapter One: Winter Began





Dear Miss Rebecca Esmeralda Underhill,

Please accept our deepest sympathies concerning the loss of your grandmother, Flora Esmeralda Freestone. She was much loved and well-respected in our community.

As per her documented wishes, the ownership of her property on 10510 East Lost Branch Run passes to you. This transfer has been filed in our office. At the request of High Priest Logan Dennehy, all council members have voted to reinstate you as a member of Coon Hollow Coven after your absence of twenty years.

However, despite Coon Hollow Coven being your birthplace, a majority indicated the lapsed time was sufficient cause to withhold transfer of Ms. Freestone’s ceremonial standing to you, which customarily would accompany a property transference to blood kin of adult age. For explanation of how you may attain ceremonial approval in your name, please visit the council office at 50013 Owls Tail Creek Road.

Enclosed, please find pamphlets describing the expected dress and personal property code of our coven, which adheres to the time period in which the coven was founded in 1935. This is to best protect our witchcraft traditions.

Sincerely,
Nathan Wells
Coon Hollow Coven Council, secretary

Esme’s gaze fixed on the words that acknowledged her as the property owner. She’d never lived alone. First her mom, then a roommate and finally Doug. Esme’s shoulders straightened and chest lifted with strength and independence at the thought of owning her own place. But, why wasn’t she approved for ceremonial status? Her hands gripped the edge of the table, knuckles whitening, and her heart raced. It’s not fair. I won’t be accepted as a healer. Only children not yet graduated from the coven’s secondary school were kept from participating fully in ceremonies. Esme loved learning the ways of a hedge witch and helped Gram every summer from grade school through college. Fascinated with tending Gram’s plants, Esme even studied botany in college.

The research company she worked for had already accepted her request to work offsite and study mystic plants…at the stipulation she be reduced to part-time. She needed work here as a healer to supplement her income. She’d assumed incorrectly that her experience with Gram and college studies would’ve qualified her as an accepted healer. Her standing in the coven would be important to patrons, all except Gram’s closest friends who knew Esme well. An attempt at independence seemed bound to fail before she started.

Her gaze drifted to the name used in the letter’s greeting. She hadn’t seen her full name in print for decades. It didn’t even appear on her birth certificate, which labeled her as Rebecca E. Underhill, one of the many things her mother insisted upon. Mother wanted nothing to do with the coven or witchcraft and said, “Esmeralda sounds too much like a witch. No need to encourage the darkness out.” Grudgingly, she accepted her own mother’s middle name for her child to uphold custom. Esme never understood Mother’s view since Gram was well-respected for her kind and gentle strength by all who knew her.

To Esme’s Indianapolis friends, she was Becky. Only her mother addressed her as Rebecca. But inside, she was Esme. Gram had always called her that, or Esmeray in carefree moments. Her middle name suited the mystic inside Esme, something Gram must have known. If only Esme could use Gram’s last name Freestone. Underhill felt like a lead weight.

Esme set the letter aside and paced the length of the rag runner through the small kitchen. Frustration wound her along a circular track through the sitting room, to her closet-sized guest room, and back. The space was too small to work answers out of her tangled mind. On the second pass, she sank onto the goose down comforter of Gram’s iron bed. Billowing fluff sheltered her from the problems. Gram’s linens, scented with homegrown lavender and rose sleep liniment, comforted Esme and tugged on her eyelids.

She forced her eyes open and pushed herself up and off the bed. Hiding wasn’t the way to begin this fresh start in life. She’d done enough kowtowing to stronger wills, letting Doug and her mother run over her. At the back door, she paused long enough to grab a rain parka and pulled it on as she strode outside.

Gram’s cat, Dove, zipped alongside with a sharp meow, slipping out before the door closed. Esme smiled, grateful the tomcat kept Gram company during her illness. She’ doted on the smoky blue stray that happened into her garden one early fall afternoon and never left. Gram swore he was an omen and chose his name ‘cause of his white-winged breast patch. She used to say, “One day soon my spirit will fly on those outspread wings, and together Dove and me we’ll roam the wooded hills.” Gram loved those hills. Thinking about the hills drew Esme to gather Dove and head outside.

Ice still peppered down, adding more layers to the spiky crystalline grass blades. A breeze blew at Esme’s back. She allowed the wind to guide her toward the woods behind the cabin. At the trailhead, ice coating the bittersweet vine berries glistened the same shade of blue she’d rubbed from Dove’s coat. Alert to the strange color, she followed a line of branches dangling sky blue icicles, each one more fanciful and richer in hue than the last. A beautiful play of light, ranging from cerulean to ultramarine. Even worth the chill at her ankles, which were bare in her cropped jeans.

Whenever Esme paused to marvel at the colored icicles, Dove pawed them and then dodged when they dropped.

Minutes later and deeper in the forest, the ice pelted heavier, and Esme reached for the hood of her raincoat. Strands of hair fell forward, woven with frozen ultramarine threads. The same purplish tint coated twigs along the path. Light from the sky reached this far into the woods since all but the oak trees had lost their leaves. The unusual color couldn’t be caused by light refraction. She’d never seen any rain, sleet, or snow like this, not even in the Hollow. Grammy had taught her a little about omens. Was this a sign?

Esme scurried along the trail, sliding at times and spotting richer and deeper shades of purple and red-violets. At the far side of the woodlot, iris-hued spider webs clung to berry brambles. She gasped at the beauty. Tempted to touch, she extended a hand but at the last instant resisted.
A deep groan echoed from the adjoining property ahead.

She snatched her hand back and scanned for some god of nature angry at her ruinous attempt. Grappling for Dove, Esme crouched behind a thicket.

The cat gave a single hiss, then clung to her leg.

In the distance, a big middle-aged man, both tall and wide, staggered behind a shed, dragging a long, clumsy load wrapped and tied into a blanket. His balding head snapped in her direction, eyes wide and face blanched gray-white. “Who’s there?” His booming voice sliced the delicate webs from their branches. Crimson freezing rain assaulted both trail and yard.

Esme froze, afraid to move and attract his attention. Her heart, drumming against her ribs, threatened to give her away. She wanted to run home. But if the colored ice omen was meant for her, she needed to stay and learn its meaning. Could the man see the omen?

Thankfully, her cover must’ve fooled Baldy. He resumed lugging the limp bundle, and didn’t seem affected by the magical ice.

From between the tangle of branches, Esme studied him.

His wet, black shirt clung to his round belly. Blood-red ice coated his load, tracing the outline of a human body. Smaller than his, probably a female. Was she dead? Of natural causes? Or had he murdered her? The thought wrapped around Esme’s breath and trapped it deep in her lungs. Her legs twitched. Gaze riveted on Baldy, she positioned to bolt from potential danger.

He rolled the body into a depression Esme couldn’t see.

She leaned to one side, bracing herself with a hand on the ground.

Over what looked like a freshly dug grave, Baldy grunted as he shoveled and kicked dirt and large rocks. Clumps of red clung to long strands of his comb-over, now hanging along one ear. Was it ice or real blood?

Dove huddled closer, and Gram’s voice from years ago spoke in Esme’s mind. “Blood ice is stained with revenge.”

Crimson liquid dripped from the man’s eyes and fell from grimacing jowls. The face of a demon.



Author Bio:

Marsha A. Moore loves to write fantasy and paranormal romance. Much of her life feeds the creative flow she uses to weave highly imaginative tales.

The magic of art and nature spark life into her writing, as well as other pursuits of watercolor painting and drawing. She’s been a yoga enthusiast for over a decade and is a registered yoga teacher. Her practice helps weave the mystical into her writing. After a move from Toledo to Tampa in 2008, she’s happily transformed into a Floridian, in love with the outdoors where she’s always on the lookout for portals to other worlds. Marsha is crazy about cycling. She lives with her husband on a large saltwater lagoon, where taking her kayak out is a real treat. She never has enough days spent at the beach, usually scribbling away at stories with toes wiggling in the sand. Every day at the beach is magical!



Social Media Links:

Website: http://MarshaAMoore.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/marshaamooreauthorpage

Twitter: http://twitter.com/MarshaAMoore

Google +: http://google.com/+MarshaAMoore

Pinterest:  http://pinterest.com/marshaamoore/

Amazon author page:  https://www.amazon.com/Marsha-A.-Moore/e/B004NF6E08

Goodreads author page  http://www.goodreads.com/marshaamoore

BookBub https://www.bookbub.com/authors/marsha-a-moore

Newsletter: https://www.marshaamoore.com/Mailing-list.php


This does indeed sound intriguing. I can't wait to hear it! :) Thanks for being with us, Marsha and good luck in the world of Audiobooks! Folks, if you'd like to check it out, see the links above. Enjoy, and as ever, keep reading!


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Juli D. Revezzo is the author of the MOURNING DOVE LOCKET, the latest in the Antique Magic paranormal series, also the Celtic Stewards Chronicles fantasy romance series, as well as the Gothic romance LADY OF THE TAROT. Her books are available at Amazon and elsewhere.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Another week gone--Sunday blog post 16: #SundayBlogShare #weeklyrecap


Sunday Post was conceived by Kimberly at Caffeinated Book Reviewer.

And I can't believe January is almost over.  How are y'all this fine Sunday? I'm doing fine. Got some stuff back from my editor last night that I hope to tackle this week. So, who knows what this week will look like except more reading, thinking, typing.

 On the reading front, I'm about 3/4 of the way done with an audiobook I was able to get my hands on. MAGIC BURNS by Ilona Andrews. I loved the first one, but I've been trying to get to this one for... well? About two years. When I saw my library had the audiobook, I thought it was high time to get it and get the thing off my to be read list! If it stays chilly enough this week, I can see it happening. Might even actually get a review of it up (on my reading blog), who knows? The short version of the "not quite finished with it" impression is that I'm enjoying it. Well... Kate is dealing with Celtic gods (and pagan friends, so far, IA handles them well *knock on wood*). Need I gush more?

I don't have too many plans this week other than that. With Imbolc just around the corner, I look forward to getting into the garden; maybe just not today, specifically (because... brrr! It's chilly, today!). But I have a plan for it this year. :) Not holding my breath, but we'll see.



Blog posts from this week:
Happy birthday, Virginia Woolf
I hate to rehash this one, and sound like I'm harping,  but it is out there so... A lesson in keeping a customer happy. #UnnecessaryWaste
 I thought I had one more, but, looking back, I see I didn't actually finish and post it.Whoops! So, maybe (maybe) that will be up this week.

Upcoming this week: A guest post by fantasy author Marsha A. Moore.

Books acquired: (I shouldn't add more to the list, I really shouldn't!)
Spinster by Suzanne G. Rogers
Magic Burns by Ilona Andrews
Nyssa Glass and the Caper Crisis  by H.L. Burke
Rules for a Proper Governess by Jennifer Ashley *I didn't know (when I picked this up at the library, yesterday) that this was book 7 in the series until just this moment. *sigh*
 The Earl's London Bride by Lauren Royal (*Apparently,  the sweeter [and might I add, slightly shorter] version of one of her other novels.) Different versions of books  by living authors seems to be a thing, now. Me, for the most part, if I've read one I don't generally re-read other versions (Virginia Woolf and Lewis Carroll not withstanding).

Anywho... I think that's it, at the moment. How has your week been?

Related post:
Out with the Old, In with the New, year that is.
A little Sunday business. #SundayBlogShare

 


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Juli D. Revezzo is the author of the MOURNING DOVE LOCKET, the latest in the Antique Magic paranormal series, also the Celtic Stewards Chronicles fantasy romance series, as well as the Gothic romance LADY OF THE TAROT. Her books are available at Amazon and elsewhere.

The pain in Emilie's eyes.... Lady of the Tarot #Gothicromance #18thcentury #8sunday #snippetsunday

Welcome to yet another Weekend Writing Warriors.

I thought I'd share a few lines from my latest Gothic Romance with you this week's Weekend Writing Warriors. Enjoy!

Lady of the Tarot by Juli D. Revezzo, Gothic romance, historical romance, tarot,  French Revolution,18th century Europe, Reign of Terror, fantasy romance


As the carriage driver tittered to the horses, the pain in Emilie’s lovely eyes echoed that in Linton’s heart.

They exited the Maigny’s property as if hell chased them and Linton wondered, did hell’s invisible minions trail him? He envisioned his next visit to Nightingale’s Reste

Linton wished he could spend the day breathing in Emilie’s wonderful scent. Or kissing her. She loved him, but a rogue stole her away even before he met her.

He considered himself a rebel like his father, but he’d never thought of himself as a warrior. For her, though, he might entertain becoming one. He wouldn’t give her up without a fight. What did her nightmares have to do with Bartram, though?




Would you like more? Here's the synopsis:

WHAT THE CARDS FORETELL MAY BE REAL, AFTER ALL

1793: Having escaped the Reign of Terror, Emilie Maigny took refuge in England, trying to come to grips with the life and loss she left behind. When her brother, Sinjon, returns, a terrifying evil swoops down upon her. Nightmares plague her now, providing strange clues ... but to what?

Scottish-born Linton Morrison spent his entire life in luxury, whiling away the hours in intense study of the tarot and the cards' hidden meanings, but until he met the lovely Emilie Maigny, he would never have guessed how important his study might be--to his life and Emilie's survival when terrible evil strikes.

A Cypher is all Emilie needs, but what is it? Is Linton the key? He may charm her heart--and he may be her only salvation.


 Lady of the Tarot is available to borrow with Amazon Prime at, Amazon, in paperback, and in Audiobook.


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Juli D. Revezzo is the author of the MOURNING DOVE LOCKET, the latest in the Antique Magic paranormal series, also the Celtic Stewards Chronicles fantasy romance series, as well as the Gothic romance LADY OF THE TAROT. Her books are available at Amazon and elsewhere.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Happy Birthday, Virginia Woolf


Yes, yesterday was author Virginia Woolf's birthday. Most people know her from their school reading, or that (god awful) movie the hours. I discovered her work in college when a lit professor assigned us To The Lighthouse (right before I got into a car wreck that threw me out of school for a while. Ugh). Mainly her fictional work, but she also wrote essays, short stories, and tons of letters and diary entries. 

Yes, I found her novels a little hard to wrap my head around, the flow of her narrative is not what we've come to expect. Dare I say, it takes work to understand? Her writings are definitely not for the lazy reader. And she didn't bother herself with the "rules". Remember, she was writing in the 19-teens and '20s, so, unlike the writers today, not everything is always wrapped up in a nice little bow. 

And she wasn't afraid to try things no one else had. I mean, think about it? Who else do you know who takes a paragraph out of their narrative to give the point of view to a crab? The Modernists might've played around with the novel's form, but as far as I know, none of them (*coughmencough*) had the balls to do that.

But, to me, I think that's probably what makes her so cool. The fact that I have to wrap my head around her stories makes it worth it to me. One of my favorites? Well, Jacob's Room. I won't tell you why. You have to read it, and follow it all the way to the end, to find out. I wouldn't recommend a new to her reader start with Jacob's Room, though. If you've never read her before, her earlier books, The Voyage Out and Night and Day, especially, are easier reads. But her experimentation, to me, even outside the impact she made on feminism, is what I especially love her for. (It's a shame writers aren't allowed to try such bold experiments, these days...but I digress) Even today, she still inspires me to forge ahead, and try things I maybe haven't before.

So, I have to take this day just to say, once again, happy birthday, Virginia and salute her bravery as a writer and a woman. :)

A smattering of her work:

A few quotes:
“Every secret of a writer’s soul, every experience of his life, every quality of his mind, is written large in his works.” —Virginia Woolf

“So long as you write what you wish to write, that is all that matters; and whether it matters for ages or only for hours, nobody can say. ”

“My writing now delights me solely because I love writing and don’t, honestly, care a hang what anyone says....”

Have you ever read any Virginia Woolf? 

What's your favorite book by Virginia Woolf?

Other links about Virginia:
On Wayne McGregor's ballet Woolf Works
Virginia Woolf: The Highs and Lows of Her Creative Genius 
The Unsaid: The Silence of Virginia Woolf
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A lesson in keeping a customer happy. #UnnecessaryWaste


How are y'all doing? Me, I've been busy as usual. Need you ask? Busy with editing and getting a Sooper Sekret project to a beta reader. :) Now that that's off, I'm toying with a few others (including the Nano 2016 project). Right now, I have one mss I hope to get back from an editor the end of the month and plan to get some short stories and stories for my Patreon subscribers out sometime this year. We shall see.

Oh. I know some newsy bit. Now I don't mean for this post or blog to turn into a product review so the names are changed to protect the evil empire, but for several years (I want to say nigh over a decade), dh and I have happily used a a certain filtering water pitcher, for water for cooking, and coffee and tea. Yes, really, it does improve the taste of our city water. Well, as I said, I have used one (actually two) of these pitchers for years with no problem. Last year, the company that makes them got it into their fool heads to "improve " things.  That "improvement" included filters that no longer work well in the pitchers we owned. After a huge effort, we found similar filters, but it turned out, it would take the damned things several hours to completely drain. To the point of where I started filling them before I went to bed.  Cut to two weeks ago, when I got up in the morning with the intention of, as usual, making coffee. Put in the coffee grounds into the coffeemaker, picked up the pitcher, as usual, and poured.

The top popped open and the three inches of water that was still in the reservoir poured out all over me. Yes, very good, next to an electric coffeemaker! Sure, I needed a shower, but I would've preferred not to get it like that!

With much vile cursing, I cleaned up the mess. Luckily, we had that backup pitcher and so I was able to get that pot of coffee percolating. While the coffee brewed I fired off a polite, yet pissed, email to the company about how dumb they were to change their design. Oh sure, they probably gave some ceo's new son-in-law a job, but damn it,don't force your happy customers to change something they're...well, happy with. That's not the way to keep that customer!

 How I kept from addressing the email: "Dear Fascist Bully-boys" is anyone's guess.

Grrrrr... So, then we had to go out and spend an arm and a leg on the new "improved" pitcher. :( Happy customer? I'm filling the new pitcher as we speak, so that remains to be seen. At least I can use the old ones to water my plants. *sigh*

Sure, this fiasco happened a few weeks ago, but this post is getting long. I hope I've given y'all a good chuckle, at any rate (*picture Juli as a drowned, very angry little warrior queen*)

(Fangirl points to you if you know where "Dear Fascist Bully-boys" comes from :))
So how's your week been?

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Sunday, January 22, 2017

Continuing all the plans...

Sunday Post was conceived by Kimberly at Caffeinated Book Reviewer.
 


And the attempts at scheduling failed again. I'm not sweating it, though. There was just a little news to report this week, anyway. I've been working hard on the various fiction projects. All are getting closer. One, I'm still debating some initial details on. Stay tuned.

On the marketing front.... The Antique Magic series is now available for borrowing with KindleUnlimited/Amazon Prime (except for Caitlin's Book of Shadows, which is still permafree).

I also piddled about with my new camera a bit. I've attempted a couple night time photographs, in the last few weeks. Let me tell ya, those things are harder to do than you'd think! On the 10th, we tried several full moon shots. Sad to report, I'd term them a failure, as even though we got one ("we got one!!" *buzzer*), it was too far off to get fully in focus. Still, we managed...


but... we fouled up the camera settings, trying them. Whoops! Never fear, with some calm-headed finagling, I was able to reset it the way it was supposed to be. I have an excuse! This is the first time my husband ever tried to use a digital 35 mm camera. :) Yes, we can totally blame it on him. I let him handle the thing in the dark. *shakes head*

I tried again a few days ago, and it just isn't possible without my tripod, which I didn't have on me, that the time. But I am learning.

On the reading front, I've been in a reading slump, lately. That's about all I can say about that. I blame having stories in my head to get down. I'd like to add some audiobooks to my reading pile, but that's on my list of things I'd like to do this year: up my books read from last year. Until then ... shall we get to the lists?

Books collected this week:

Lament of the Last Goddess by Jolene Dawe
Flash Gold by Lindsay Buroker
Hunted by Lindsay Buroker
Seduction at the Christmas Court by Jenna Jaxon
Liberty Awakened: Isle of Fangs Book 1 by Alicia Dean (Which, actually, I got through an Instafreebie link)
Touchstone of Love  - Beth Barany


Posts from this week:


More posts are forthcoming this week. :) I even have one scheduled up! Go me! So, plans continue. What are you planning for this week?
 
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Juli D. Revezzo is the author of the MOURNING DOVE LOCKET, the latest in the Antique Magic paranormal series, also the Celtic Stewards Chronicles fantasy romance series, as well as the Gothic romance LADY OF THE TAROT. Her books are available at Amazon and elsewhere.

Friday, January 20, 2017

Attempts at journaling-- #journaling #selfdevelopment

Since I mentioned my new planner, in my last post, I thought I'd continue the topic. Along with everything else, I'm hoping to do a little more paper-and-ink journaling this year. I have tons of blank books, mainly for (if you've seen any of my Youtube Pagan Challenge videos from last year) witchy and tarot record-keeping...

Aforementioned collection of blank books. Apparently, I have a love of polka dots.


...but I've never been particularly dedicated to recording my days. In that, I am no Virginia Woolf, alas. My mind goes blank when I open up my diaries. I can write thousands of pages of fiction, or dozens of emails to my friends about every little minute of the day in excruciating detail but write it down in a diary? For posterity?? Gods, no! Although things like "16 pages in xyz manuscript finished on such and such a day" or "xyz manuscript sent off to beta reader today" I find very handy to have lying around. :) Otherwise, save the paper! Save the trees!

*ahem* Being a writer, after all, involves lots of sitting around and thinking up stories, in front of a computer screen/empty notebook.

But since I'm blogging more often too, I figured handwriting some entries can be doable. Even if it's only journal prompts, based on tarot, or what have you. Below, you see my notes for New Age Hipster's #januaryclarity challenge, day 18*.


journals belonging to Juli D. Revezzo, photo by Juli D. Revezzo
Deck used: The Druidcraft Tarot by Philip Carr-Gomm and Stephanie Carr-Gomm. And yes, this is my polka dot
$2.50 journal you've probably seen on Instagram. No, I didn't fill it up before the end of 2016. Why not continue using it? I don't usually flip over to a new journal until I've filled up the previous one. Waste not! :)


I haven't done day 19 yet (or as I write this, day 20, for that matter). Yes, I don't always manage to cover every single day in challenges like this--I am not, after all, gunning to be a professional tarot reader--but I do enjoy the prompts, especially as a learning tool. Sure, I've had my decks round about a year (depending on what deck we're talking about) and have been learning the subject seriously since then and reading up on it casually for several years before that while writing my novel Lady of the Tarot, but I'm still winging it. At any rate, what I see in those cards there (you see there) is a plethora of 9's, no? The pictures, to me, seem to denote, strength and abundance. Sounds like a good catch phrase for a main character's family. (Impatient muse! Well, I may need a new project before the year gets too old, so I can't damn her too much! ;) Gods know, I have an abundance of projects queued up--did anyone see what I did there? ;) So we shall see.


Ironically, the prompt for day 18 was: how can I create abundance? What I take from that reading, then (or in the combination of the two cards) is: "shore up the defenses"? "Don't quit." But, "it's okay to play hooky, now and then"? Herm.

Anyway, it gives me something consistent (at least for January) to write down in my journal(s), aside from bullet journaling a few stream of consciousness points out of my day. :) (Which seems like what I've always done, but only now has a name?) Or at least, gives me topics to jump start free writing in my journal, without pressure of wondering what to write about my day other than "got up, ate breakfast, read books, edited five pages, laid on the floor staring at the ceiling worrying about said-five pages" right? :)

So, since we're back to the subject of journals, do you keep journals? What kinds of things do you write down in them?

(*I've also tried Patrick's (In the 78 Cards) #yearahead2017 spread. Waiting to see what manifests there! )

Tarot cards, Photo copyright Juli D. Revezzo



 



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Juli D. Revezzo is the author of the historical fantasy FRIGGA'S LOST ARMY, the Gothic fantasy romance LADY OF THE TAROT, now available in Audiobook from Audible and in ebook and paperbackMOURNING DOVE LOCKET, the latest in the Antique Magic paranormal series, also the Celtic Stewards Chronicles fantasy romance series, as well as the Victorian Romances WATCHMAKER'S HEART--now available in audiobook (as well as ebook and paperback), HOUSE OF DARK ENVY, among others. Her books are available at Amazon and elsewhere.

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Banner pic: write in journal/girl with blank journal copyright Walt Stoneburner/Flikr; top pic of journal, author's personal tarot journal, by author.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Planning--a writer's writing life #indie #authorhelp #IndieAuthors #mondayblogs #mondaymotivation

Good morning Hey look, she's done something new? What is that, you ask? Scheduled a post!

I know, breathe. The shock will wear off in a moment. :) Yes, I know, I should schedule more of these ahead of time. Most of the time, however, I can't. I have this idea in my head that, if I'm going to update you on my writing/non-writing life, what if I post a post and then, something important comes up? Do I bombard you, my loyal readers, with another post? Edit the last? Eek!

Yes, I know, silly rationale, but there it is. If the last six months is any indication, you'd think I'd just know to bite the bullet, write the darned post, and schedule it. I mean really, what does it matter when a babbly post goes live? That's my plan for the year, blogwise: try to schedule a few more of these for posting at later dates.


So what's been on my mind this week? Mostly trying to catch up. I have investigated the whole planner craze, even have one (see?), but I can't seem to keep it in my hand.
planner belonging to Juli D. Revezzo, photo by Juli D. Revezzo

Let's face it, I'm an indie author and an occasional blogger. Aside from promotional stuff (blog tours, blog posts, the rare Facebook event, daily tweeting, an Instagram post, or a reminder to get a darned vlog posted, here and there) there's not a whole heck of a lot to write down on the ole schedule.  In fact,*thinks* most stuff I do I can pre-schedule to go live at any given point. (If I remember to get off my duff and actually write them up here before the day I intend them to go live). But since I do have a planner, I'll try to get better using it.


After all, I enjoy looking at the new calendars and I always seem to have a plan as to which one I want when I buy them after Christmas. The problem with buying them after Christmas is invariably you have to set your heart on a few different ones, just in case someone snaps up the one you really want. I've never really been disappointed though;there's always something to pick from.

This year, everyone and their mom are collecting and showing off planners.Even those of us who work at home, writing. I myself like the look of Danielle LaPorte's (except for that price tag: sit down for this--$44). I've even seen some that are (yeah, you should sit down for this one.) $60.

WHAT??? Now don't get me wrong, they're pretty, and I really like Danielle's site, but that's a wee bit too rich for my blood. I've  considered making my own (because you know, expense). It wouldn't be that hard if you know how to use a pencil, ruler, some stickers, I think... but...you know what?
I got that  teeny one on sale at Walmart and a stack of blank books (which I go through like water) for... wait for it....

 $10 total. (you can see I paid less than $3 for the planner above). It doesn't have slots (that I can see) to add more pages, but...*shrugs* I don't know about you, but as most of my day consists of sitting in front of my computer, tapping out new stories [or edits for ones already in progress] or emails to various colleagues and bloggers (see above), and, heck, let's face it, being an indie, even my deadlines are fluid... to invest more than that seems pointless. I can't figure out why I (an indie author) should add another blank-ish book to the pile, on top of my notebooks, journals (where I more often than not just write out what tarot card I pulled that day [an ongoing process, even though Lady of the Tarot has already seen release], or my phone.* Sure, I like having a calendar where I can write down birthdays, anniversaries, and what few appointments I have on what dates (anyone want to talk about that? I have a  few semi-new witchy novels out!), and when I sent my latest manuscript in the Celtic Stewards Chronicles off to various editorial rounds), but a book sized calendar? I've never bought one that I've actually ended up using all the way through. However, never say never. Maybe this year I will utilize that whole planner.

Speaking of planners and inserts and so forth, Love From Mim gave out a freebie blank Monthly planner page. Mine looks like this:

Month at a glance by Mim


Yessiree, I live a pretty darned exciting life, don't I? *lol* (I wonder if I can moosh that page down to make it fit in my Blue Sky planner....probably not)
 
For those of you who work mainly at home (like us writers), have you been sold on planners? Why? And more importantly, how do you use them?

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*which, actually, I don't like as much as I like writing in a blank book.
 
Juli D. Revezzo is the author of the MOURNING DOVE LOCKET, the latest in the Antique Magic paranormal series, also the Celtic Stewards Chronicles fantasy romance series, as well as the Gothic romance LADY OF THE TAROT. Her books are available at Amazon and elsewhere.
 
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These early days of the new year

Sunday Post was conceived by Kimberly at Caffeinated Book Reviewer.
 
For a quick Sunday post, this week has been busy with revisions and looking over my journals for what I've written up so far this month. Paper journals. I'm already full of plans for ye old books, and happy to report I'm further ahead than I expected to be but then, most of my work was done by new year's eve, so technically, it's just continuing.

I also--unofficially--took a page from Bloggiesta and have pre-scheduled some posts. So, look for those this week, (and coming weeks). If you're a longtime follower of this blog--except for guest posts--you know I usually fly by the seat of my pants (like with this post, *coughcough*) so pre-writing blog posts engages a new thought process for me. I guess trying to plot that Nanowrimo book last November paid off elsewhere. We shall see if I can stick to that.

In between that, I acquired a new camera that I've been learning its ins and outs. If you follow me on Instagram,I'm sure you've seen some of my photographic attempts already. I've been playing with it just on manual--and I'm tickled pink that I now have that option, but! I will say, after years of using a fully automatic point-and-shoot, there's a bit of a learning curve, switching to manual.

But it is a new thing to learn, and ya'll know I like that. 


What I'm not sure I can do, blogging about my life being a bit more loosey-goosey,  is make a schedule and stick to it. Sure, there are certain things that fit on certain days; for instance, Music and movie posts seem to naturally fit on Monday, despite the meme title "Shuffle Saturday". They've always been Monday subjects for me, and I'd rather just keep it that way (see "trying to get posts scheduled" above), and naturally, the Sunday Post, will have to stay, well, on Sunday. I've also always liked, when I have them, to host guest authors on Mondays or at latest Wednesdays (preferably Monday, even though it conflicts with Music/Movie Monday). Let's face it, I don't always have anything to say about movies or music once a bloody week. I've been trying to get away from reviewing, altogether, anyway. More time for writing important stuff, like books! :) So...freeform babbling is (trying) to become my new friend. :) But never fear, that schedule will stay the same going forward.

Design.
I would also like to (I know, I know) tweak this bloody boring template a little more. That's going to take some serious looking into code, which takes time away from (see last point) actual writing. We'll see. I was able to tweak the font size (I think?) which has always been too small for my tastes. I hope it helps a bit.There might be a few wonky lines here and there while I figure out what all in the individual posts need fixing thanks to this tweak. (I hate CSS, don't you?!?)

So that's me so far this month. My blogger friends, how are y'all doing with your plans?

 
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Juli D. Revezzo is the author of the MOURNING DOVE LOCKET, the latest in the Antique Magic paranormal series, also the Celtic Stewards Chronicles fantasy romance series, as well as the Gothic romance LADY OF THE TAROT. Her books are available at Amazon and elsewhere.

Monday, January 9, 2017

8 of the best posts from my last blogging year.


Hi folks. I hope you're having a good Monday! If you've been poking around the internet this week, you've seen a lot of blog posts titled "My goals for the year" or some such. I thought I probably shouldn't add to the pile, as I have had a lot of work to do this week.
I've been busy this week, getting some revisions done on something while waiting for final edits for another. *rubs hands* All of which should (might. I hope) see the light of day this year.
More on that soon.
So those are obviously, on my goals for the year. Instead, of making yet another list of things I "plan" to do, I thought I would share some (5) of the top posts from 2016. This was the year that I shifted back to this blog, in, what? June? So I started from there. These were the most popular in that time frame--at least according to the hit counts in my dashboard, a mix of essays, quotes, and guests. :)

 Indie Advent Calendar and deleted scene from Lady of the Tarot (Shucks, y'all liked this one? Thanks!)
What blogging gets done with carpal tunnel 
Every Artist....
Top Ten Books With X Setting--fantasy settings I'd love to visit. 
So it starts, Summer Magic
 
And from my reading blog:
my review of Whimsical Tendencies by Suzanne G. Rogers (which I could've sworn I copied over here but I guess not) did fairly well this year, so gotta give it an honorable mention. :)
 

And so, for your reading pleasure, there you are. My posts from 2016. Thank you so much for reading my blog(s) and  my novels this year! I look forward to this year; I hope you do too!

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Juli D. Revezzo is the author of the MOURNING DOVE LOCKET, the latest in the Antique Magic paranormal series, also the Celtic Stewards Chronicles fantasy romance series, as well as the Gothic romance LADY OF THE TAROT. Her books are available at Amazon and elsewhere.
 
 
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book picture from Pixabay

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Out with the Old, In with the New...year, that is.

Just popping here to wish you all...
happy new year from Juli D. Revezzo


What's on the goal's list for this year? Well, writing. (You're shocked, aren't you? ;))

As I write this, I have projects still in the not ready to go stage from the last several years (although, I do hope to get all of those out  at least to betas and editing this year!). So, new year=new starting line. Not in my agenda. We will see, come next New Year's eve, where all those projects stand. I do, however, believe you will see a new Victorian/Steampunk, a new Celtic Stewards Chronicles book  *knock on wood* and a new Antique Magic book (*knock on wood harder*) this year--and possibly some other dibs and dabs. That's the plan, anyway. No solid dates yet, but I'll keep you posted! Keep an eye on the blog or you can join my mailing list here.

So, the plans for the new year are to hopefully get all those going and/or out. I might do some vlogging, too, we'll see.

Anyway, I hope y'all have a good year.
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Juli D. Revezzo is the author of the MOURNING DOVE LOCKET, the latest in the Antique Magic paranormal series, also the Celtic Stewards Chronicles fantasy romance series, as well as the Gothic romance LADY OF THE TAROT. Her books are available at Amazon and elsewhere.
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Frigga's
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Victorian romance, historical romance, Juli D. Revezzo, historical romance, read free with Amazon Prime, Kindle Unlimited
The Artist's Inheritance, Antique Magic book 1, by Juli D. Revezzo, Gothic fiction, witch fiction, pagan paranormal fictionCaitlin's Book of Shadows, Antique Magic book 2, by Juli D. Revezzo, short fiction, free ebook, witch fiction, pagan paranormal fictionDrawing 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, tarotHouse of Cards, Reign of Tarot book 1, by Juli D. Revezzo, pagan paranormal fiction, witch fiction, tarot-themed fiction, Gothic fiction, supernatural horrorPassion's Sacred Dance, Celtic Stewards Chronicles, book 1 by Juli D. Revezzo, fantasy, romance, pagan paranormal romance, read free with Kindle UnlimitedDruid Warrior's Heart, Celtic Stewards Chronicles, book 2 by Juli D. Revezzo, fantasy, romance, pagan paranormal romance, read free with Kindle Unlimited
Sing a Mournful Melody by Juli D. Revezzo, Gothic fiction, Vampire fiction, short storyChangeling's Crown by Juli D. Revezzo, New Adult, fantasy, romance, pagan paranormal romanceMurder Upon a Midnight Clear by Juli D. Revezzo, paranromal mystery, Christmas romance, pagan paranormal romance, read free with Kindle UnlimitedWatchmaker's Heart by Juli D. Revezzo, Steampunk romance, Victorian romance, read free with Kindle Unlimited
Bicycle Requiem by Juli D. Revezzo, Gothic fiction, zombie fiction, novelette, borrow with Kindle Unlimited

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