Quiet Your Mind by Gerri Brousseau

I’m sitting here today thinking about what I would like to talk to you about. My mind is numb with exhaustion because I was up most of the night tossing and turning, unable to sleep. Although I went to sleep at my usual time I awoke at 12:10 a.m. and couldn’t get back to sleep until after 3 a.m. Why; because I couldn’t get my mind to slow down and my thoughts to quiet themselves enough to allow me to fall asleep.

I have a new release coming out in little over a week, and I’m preparing to write a press release. Now, I’ve written them before so that was not the problem, but I kept turning things over in my head and my mind was running with stray thoughts and the proper wording. In connection with this release there are also contacts that need to be made, appearances, and guest blog articles to be written. And so, my mind was abuzz with activity.

I tossed and turned for hours, got up, went to the bathroom, got a drink of water, and even contemplated having some warm milk. Finally, I decided to read a chapter in the book I’m currently reading hoping that would take my mind off all its busy thoughts. Guess what? That worked. I think I fell asleep with the book in my hand and the next thing I knew the alarm was ringing causing me to nearly jump out of my skin.

This got me to thinking about my readers and how they often times can’t put a book down. How they stay up, losing sleep because they just have to keep reading, only to fall asleep with the book in your hand. Then you find yourself at work the next day in zombie form because of severe lack of sleep. You muddle through your day going through the motions all the while thinking about how you can’t wait to get home to finish that book.

Then there are the writers here among NOP readers, who, by the way, are also readers and experience that which I describe above. Not only are they unable to sleep because they can’t put a good book down, but also because they have busyness of the publication and promotion process that keeps their minds wound tight.

My question to you today, dear readers, is how do you quiet your mind? What do you when you can’t fall asleep?

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Life’s Chapters

If I look up the word chapter in the Merriam-Webster dictionary, these are a couple entries:

1 – One of the main sections of a book

2 – A period of time that is very different from the time before it

In writing, we use chapters as a tool to divide scenes, character points of view and/or actions/sequels from each other. We as authors have some modicum of control. In life, it isn’t always so.

This week my toddler starts preschool and in all honesty, the prospect of starting this new chapter with him is killing me. Of course, I logically realize this is for the best and that my son should be all the better for it but that doesn’t make it any easier. As I’ve thought about this upcoming change, I can’t help but reflect on what it symbolizes. In a book, it is just one more layer peeling back to reveal something more in a story. It can be something of minor or major significance but either way the plot continues to unfurl and grow clearer in our readers minds. In life, it means my toddler is growing up– slowly at times and immensely fast at others.

so what can we do? Nothing really. In a book just as in life, we are usually along for the ride. As I mentioned earlier, there is some further degree of control, but any author who has been controlled by his or her characters knows that even this control can be a farce at times. Lesson to be learned? Enjoy the ride and see where each chapter takes you.

Happy writing this week!

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A Push for Captured and Wattpad by Mandy Rosko

Tonight is the night that the authors of Captured are coming together to start the weeklong push for Captured, hoping to make it hit a NYT or USA Today list.

Also prizes, there will definitely be prizes at the Facebook party on Wednesday ;)

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Since I’m one of the authors that has the smallest mailing list, I’ve been trying to come up with ideas to draw attention to the box set, including making a soundtrack for the entire box set, which I still need to run by the others, and using Wattpad.

My idea was to write a quick short story, as a sort of sequel to Burns Like Fire, the book included in the box set, and put it up on Wattpad for anyone to read. The problem is that I have a tiny following there as well, so I’m not too sure how well that’s going to work out, but I have to say that I’m liking the ability to post my work a little bit at a time and update the story as I go. I enjoy that a lot :) I feel like I get more work done even if it’s only a couple hundred words at a time. Right now I’d say I’m beyond the halfway point. I just need to commission a proper cover for it because right now the cover featured on it is the Burns Like Fire cover, which I imagine a lot of people would turn away from since they might not want to read a short sequel with spoilers of book one and two inside of it.

Hmm, well, either way, I think I’ll continue to use it, and I was curious about how many other people use Wattpad. Do you use it to draw attention to other works? Make shorter stories for free that have nothing to do with other books you have published? Do you write fanfics on it? And how do you like it? I’m still working on figuring out the app since a lot of the writing I’ve done on it so far has been in bed.

I kind of want to get into bed now and get a couple hundred words on it done while the night is still young. I’m weird like that. Anyway! I finally have a picture of the necklace that will be one of many prizes up for the Captured give-away :) Check it out:

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I’ll be getting a couple of these bad boys in the mail soon, and I can’t wait for that. Anyway, here’s the links for the Captured box set if you wanted to check it out

Amazon- http://tinyurl.com/o38kzyg
Barnes & Noble- http://tinyurl.com/peh9taz

Cheers,

Mandy Rosko

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Getting Strange Paranormal-Scope and Giveaway News

We have the rains and the warm days.  Now it’s going to start getting cold in the northeastern United States.  There is an almost electrifying energy in the air.

While I am not qualified in any way to read neither stars nor planets, I am intimately linked to the paranormal in the world in many ways. So are you.

The paranormal-scope is for entertainment purposes only and is not meant to guide your life by.

The week for:

Aries:
Werewolves don’t always travel with the pack.  Sometimes you have to stand on your own two feet and make your own decisions. Do not let other put words into your mouth.

Taurus:
Owls survey the wood at night until the details reveal themselves.  Don’t let any information you receive upset you until you have the facts.  Keep emotions out of everything this week.  Be the owl.

Gemini:
Shapeshifters are great friends. They have a sense of  balance in life.  They know when to give advice and when to be silent.

Cancer:
Dragons know when it’s time to step out of the cave into the open air.  A change of scenery even going out to lunch will change the energy.  Breathe deeply and clear your mind.

Leo:
Faeries know when it’s time to sparkle, and you’re about sparkle this week.  Smile, dress well and be upbeat.

Virgo:
Vampires have befriended you and to your benefit.  They have news of new opportunities.  Be sure to listen and then check it out.

Libra:
Temple cats go to the temple for sanctuary.  It’s a place to rest the brain and be serene.  Find a place that feels the same for you.

Scorpio:
Whales are deep sleepers and dreamers.  They use their rest to energize their long trips.  You need to nap more for energy.  Let your body tell you what it needs.

Sagittarius:
Elves love discussion.  This week you will enter into a lot of discussions.  Look at it as a place to collect information, brainstorm with colleagues, and collaboratively create new connections.

Capricorn:
Pegasus has come to you for one reason. Destiny time.  Time to soar. Don’t let fear hold you back from your true purpose.

Aquarius:
Pixies never get along. Put that aside and listen to all viewpoints so you can collect as much information as possible before making an important decision.

Pisces:
Hobbits don’t care for rumors and neither should you. Avoid the gossipers too.  Start a new hobby to clear your mind and inspire you.

Now for some exciting events happening this week:
Friday, Oct. 24: I will be on my News page on my website as part of JoLynne Valerie’s Halloween blog hop.  I will be sharing news of giveaways/contests on that day.  I will also be sharing a list of all the other blogs in the blog hop.  http://www.susanhannifordcrowley.com

Friday, Oct 24 -31:  I and a pile of romance authors will be on The Romance Studio Spookaloosa http://trsparties.com
spook5_promoSat., Oct. 25-31: On Nights of Passion Blog (right here), the passionate crew, some guests, and I will be doing giveaways on and off throughout the week.  I will kick off Sat. Oct. 25 with the incomparable Rebecca Royce and her shifters and demons.  On Fri., Oct. 31, I will be Stacy Hoff’s guest and giving a very special prize to one lucky contest winner!

Now I’m ready for Halloween!

-Susan
Susan Hanniford Crowley
www.susanhannifordcrowley.com
Where love burns eternal and whispers in the dark!
Vampire King of New York available at Amazon Kindle and print, Barnes and Noble Nook and print and in Kobo

 

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My Favortie Scary Books

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With Halloween approaching at the speed of fright, I thought I’d share my favorite scary stories, all from the pen of the master of fear, Stephen  King.  I have loved Stephen King’s works for at least 30 years.  I’ve read almost every one  and enjoyed  them all to varying degrees. But we all have favorites, right ? So here  are my top 5 scary books from Mr. King:

1)  It.  A group of children try to save their small Maine town from IT, the monster with a 1,000 faces–the most common one being Pennywise the deranged clown. They return as adults to finish the job, even though they must face their greatest fears to do so.  I loved the friendship portrayed in this book, but IT scared the crap out of me .

2) The Stand. When a superflu wipes out 98% of the  world’s population, a cataclysmic battle between Good and Evil ensues using the survivors  as pawns. I remember being sick with a cold when I first read this book, which increased my fear as I read it. And with  the Ebola scare in full swing I don’t  think I’ll be re-reading it any time soon.

3) The Shining. A writer and his family spend the winter in a haunted hotel in the Colorado Rockies. The movie with Jack Nicholson is a horrifying representation of this book. Except the part of the book that scared me most isn’t in the movie. It takes place in a tool shed when the evil spirits try to take over the good guy. Still makes me shiver to think of it.

4) ‘Salems’ Lot.  Vampires take over a small town in Maine. Truly frightening how one bite spreads across the whole town. Great chase scenes too!

5) The Mist. I loved this story of prehistoric monsters attacking a small Maine town (I think it best NOT to live in a  small Maine town) when a government experiment goes wrong. One note of caution: if you like this novella,  DO NOT watch the movie. They changed the ending and it’s horrible!  The book is 100% better!

But King’s scariest book , in my opinion, isn’t on my list, because it’s not my favorite .  In fact, I’ve only read it once because it scared the bejesus out of me:  Pet Sematary.  About a man who can bring things back  from the dead with horrifying consequences.  Brrrr, creepy!

So those are my Halloween picks for scary reading.  Hope you have a frightfully good time with them on a dark and stormy night!

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Halloween, Backing Up Everything, and Other Wildness!

Halloween is almost here, and I’m not ready. At Night of Passion, we as a group of authors Pumpkin Piewith some guests will be doing giveaways. There may be some double posts. I’ve left that decision to the each author who rules the day.

I’m going to be Stacy Hoff’s guest on her day, and I’m having Rebecca Royce as my guest on my day.

I’m will also be appearing at the Halloween Party at The Romance Studio and also be on the Halloween blog hop for Author JoLynne Valerie. I will add more details on Monday with the Paranormal-Scope.

I’ve been going through technological failures too. I always buy the extended warranty on electronics. My phone on/off button ceased to turn the phone off. First I got a replacement phone that had moving zaggy lines through everything. Now I have another replacement that the button for changing screens has to be pushed more than twice to change screens. Yikes. It’s obvious that the replacement phones are reconditioned, since they don’t make that model anymore and the person on the phone admitted to me that they are reconditioned phones. I will upgrade when my contract ends.

In the middle of working last night, my laptop stopped what I was doing to fix corrupted files. Yikes. It is 5 years old and has down an outstanding job. But now it’s very dicey. So I’m back and forth between the computer and writing in a journal. I had a dream which changed the ending completely.  I also wrote most of the novel with a particular beginning, and it was a great for me to start with that scene but now I realize that I will be writing a new beginning with more details.

When you dream a novel, you don’t necessarily dream each scene in order.  I’ve learned from other authors to be prepared to be surprised.

I think it’s a lesson in life too. Be prepared to be surprised.  Now I’m off to back everything up. Let’s say it’s a feeling.  Trust your feelings.

-Susan
Susan Hanniford Crowley
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Spooksville, USA by Stacy Hoff

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Halloween is almost here. Being a contemporary romance writer, it’s incongruous to have a part of me really enjoy the macabre. But maybe, on some level, it makes sense. After all, how can anyone truly appreciate love’s lightness without a little darkness to show us what we’d be missing without it? Maybe that’s why most romance books have a villain.

Last year, to help my family really celebrate Halloween, we took a trip to Salem, Massachusetts. What fun! Salem is happy to embrace its dubious past, and proudly displays a sculpture of Sabrina the Witch from the sixties TV show “Bewitched.”

The town (smartly) transforms itself to Spooksville, USA, to precipitate a very lucrative season. There are ghost tours run by the locals, showing off some of Salem’s more infamous buildings (if you go at night, you can take a candle-lit tour). There are plenty of funky, cozy, indie coffee shops with Tarot cards laying about, ready to serve pumpkin-spiced lattes to the adults and apple cider to the kids. There are also plenty of “haunted house” tours. Some of these “houses” let you choose your level of terror, from “ten” (ohmyGodI’mtotallyfreakingout!) to “zero” (so the little ones can go, too).

Salem also has three museums that are must-sees. Two are about the history witches and witch-trials. One is about a different aspect of Salem’s history—shipping and piracy. All of the museums are great, not only in entertainment value, but in the amount of history they convey. I left knowing a lot more about life in the 1700’s. The number one thing I learned—I’m sure glad I wasn’t alive during those times. Because Salem was as scary back then as it is wonderful now.

I do hope you go to Salem at some point in the future to celebrate Halloween. And don’t worry if you forget your costume—trust me, they sell them everywhere.

Where do you go to celebrate Halloween?

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Desire in the Everglades available now. http://www.amazon.com/Desire-Everglades-Stacy-Hoff-ebook/dp/B00NFSMCYG/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1410289138&sr=8-1&keywords=desire+in+the+everglades

Photo of Downtown Salem at night, in front of the “Bewicthed” statue. Copyright 2013 by Stacy Hoff. All rights reserved.

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