Getting the Print Books Shipped by Mandy Rosko

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All right! Progress is being made on shipping out the books for Patrons 😀 The second batch went out earlier today, and I don’t think it took too long to process everything at the post office, so luckily I don’t think anyone in the lineup behind me wanted to kill me.

By now the staff at the post office hand over many of the stickers that go on these packages for me to take home, because they know how long it takes if they don’t give me the stickers, but even when I fill out a bunch of stuff in advance, it can take a while, which is why the shipping gets broken up like this.

It cost me about $119 to send out 12 books, so yeah, it gets expensive. Thankfully that’s part of what the Patrons getting their books have paid for ^_^

Still, why does Canada have to have such expensive shipping!?!?!?!?! Even when I checked online and tried to find out if printing off my own shipping label would be cheaper, the savings was literally 10 cents per shipment, and getting a business account and card to use with Canada post would only get me 5% off the envelopes and slightly faster shipping

Thanks Canada Post -_-

Anyway, I figure the money I’d spend on paper and ink for my printer, and more tape to tape on the labels, would just outweigh the cost of the savings, so I’ll still wandering down to the post office. Luckily I live really close to it 😀

All in all, I think its close to 36 packages in total that I’ll be shipping out when everything is said and done. I’ll have to count them to make sure. It’s crazy to think about, but there it is, and I’m kind of proud that there are that many readers who want to get their hands on these books in the first place 😀 It’s kind of crazy to think that so many of my print books will exist that I didn’t order specifically for the sake of taking to a signing, but they already had readers for them 🙂

One day I’ll have 100 print readers 😀 Muahahahahaha!

Anyway, I just wanted to share this fun milestone with you, I’m super proud of myself right now and I can’t stop looking at the box with all the books in it 😀

 

Hugs!

 

Mandy Rosko 🙂

If you wanted to grab a print book for yourself, or find out what a Patron is, click here: https://www.patreon.com/mandyrosko

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A Sunny Paranormal-Scope

It’s either hot or rainy. Enjoy what you like the most! Time for hobbies.

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:
Vampires avoid the sun or use sunblock. Sunblock is not a bad idea for everyone. Protect your skin.

Taurus:
Goblins are not great with light in general. Shed more light on a problem that you’ve pushed aside too long. Go to experts.

Gemini:
Mermaids live in the splash of the moment. Be spontaneous and visit new places. Relax as you broaden your horizon.

Cancer:
A siren beacons. Be careful of what others say. Check out thoroughly any new opportunity that involves money.

Leo:
Zombies may be slow thinking but they are fast on their feet. They learn a lot about the history of others. Listen and learn; it will help you in the long run.

Virgo:
Orcs may not be gorgeous, but they are fierce friends if they believe in you. Pay attention to those that genuinely care about you.

Libra:
Wargs are great hunters. Take the time to scent out opportunity for yourself. Be persistent, methodical, and weed out the ones that just aren’t credible or pass the background check.

Scorpio:
Pixies think you are adorable. They will whack you with faery dust. That is good luck once you stop sneezing.

Sagittarius:
Dragons avoid the hustle and bustle of humanity. They seek the high places with clean air.  Plan a getaway to the countryside.

Capricorn:
A werewolf snuggles with you. Someone you least expect is looking on you with fondness.

Aquarius:
Shapeshifters enjoy gardening. Enhance the air in your home with plants.

Pisces:
One elf is a moment of wisdom. Two are a night on the town. Three are a party at your house. Expect unexpected company.

-Susan
Susan Hanniford Crowley, Amazon Kindle Bestselling Author of Vampire Romance
www.susanhannifordcrowley.com
Where love burns eternal and whispers in the dark!

NEW: Vampire Princess of New York, Arnhem Knights of New York, Book 2 available in Kindle!  In Print at Barnes and Noble.

 

 

 

 


Vampire King of New York,
Arnhem Knights of New York, Book 1
available in Kindle and Print and  Barnes and Noble Print

 

 

 

 

 

Vampire in the Basement, Vampires in Manhattan, Book 4 available in Kindle.
Poseidon’s Catch (mythology romance) available in Kindle.
Mrs. Bright’s Tea Room (steampunk romance) available in Kindle.
A Vampire for Christmas,Vampires in Manhattan, Book 3 available in Kindle.
The Stormy Love Life of Laura Cordelais, Vampires in Manhattan, Book 2 available in Kindle and Print and Barnes and Noble Print
When Love Survives, Vampires in Manhattan Book 1 available in Kindle and Print, Nook, Kobo and Smashwords.
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Why Do You Write Like You’re Running Out of Time? By Ripley Proserpina

It’s almost the end of July, and I’m looking at my writing schedule.

Like many other authors, I have a day job. However, I’m lucky because in the summer, I can write full time. Unfortunately, what this can mean is I tend to overextend myself.

Write two books in two months? Sure! Why not?

Umm, because it turns out four thousand words a day is just not going to happen. Not regularly, anyway.

It’s okay, though, because edits for three new releases are finished, and I can’t wait to start sharing those stories! Also- August 15th is my upcoming release!  It feels like Christmas.

 

Finding Truth,is book 3 of The Searchers series.

When those he loves have lied, how can Matisse learn to trust again? 

Matisse Boudreau is the first to admit, he’s not great understanding people. But one thing he knows is true, Nora Leslie is worth whatever puzzle he needs to solve. As Matisse and his best friends settle into their relationship with Nora, things become more clear—forces are at work to tear them apart.

Nora’s been participating in a strange and mysterious psychological study, but she can no longer ignore the voice inside her screaming that Dr. Daniel Murray is more than he seems, and that he does not have her best interest at heart. When Nora pieces together the tragedies that seem to be dogging her, she comes to Matisse with her fears, and he’ll use all his genius to prove her instincts are right. With Matisse, Apollo, Seok, Cai, and Ryan all working together, they’ll discover how truly dark the intentions of the doctor are, and just how committed he is to keeping Nora in his sights.

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6 Tips for Easy Planning for Conference Attendance

Confluence is a science fiction and fantasy conference. Being a paranormal romance author, it’s great that I fit in both the worlds of romance conventions and scifi conferences. I’m going to be on panels, doing a reading and an autograph session at Confluence. Already I’m starting to prepare. How do you make it easy on yourself?

  1. Clothing Card – I pre-plan my outfits so I don’t overpack. That way I’m not stressing what to wear and I have each outfit packed designated for a day or an event.
  2. If you’re an author, you will want to take books (if your publisher doesn’t them to the conference organizers in advance for you) and autographing materials. If it’s a romance conference, you want to bring swag in addition.
  3. Special Envelope – This contains conference registration confirmation, your hotel reservation confirmation, and can contain travel (air or train or bus) tickets. I go to an office supply store to get a clear large plastic envelope to keep th2ese items in. I usually choose pink so I can see it right away and it won’t be misplaced.
  4. 2nd Special Envelope – I use this one for my program booklet when I get there and also my notes for panels I’m on.
  5. Medications and slippers. Feel well and relaxed at a conference.
  6. (Optional – You decide whether you want to take electronic devices beyond your phone with you. Sometimes I will find time to write at conferences but more often I don’t. I’m on late panels and go to parties and hang out with people. These are all great things to do, so don’t be bogged down with a laptop or tablet if you’re not going to use them.)

So don’t pack heavy if you can help it. You don’t want to be lugging stuff around. The object of a conference is to have fun and meet people.

 

 

-Susan
Susan Hanniford Crowley, Amazon Kindle Bestselling Author of Vampire Romance
www.susanhannifordcrowley.com
Where love burns eternal and whispers in the dark!

NEW: Vampire Princess of New York, Arnhem Knights of New York, Book 2 available in Kindle!  Coming soon in Print on July 4th!

 

 

 

 


Vampire King of New York,
Arnhem Knights of New York, Book 1
available in Kindle and Print and  Barnes and Noble Print

 

 

 

 

 

Vampire in the Basement, Vampires in Manhattan, Book 4 available in Kindle.
Poseidon’s Catch (mythology romance) available in Kindle.
Mrs. Bright’s Tea Room (steampunk romance) available in Kindle.
A Vampire for Christmas,Vampires in Manhattan, Book 3 available in Kindle.
The Stormy Love Life of Laura Cordelais, Vampires in Manhattan, Book 2 available in Kindle and Print and Barnes and Noble Print
When Love , Vampires in Manhattan Book 1 available in Kindle and Print, Nook, Kobo and Smashwords.
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Author Interview with Ryan Jo Summers by Stacy Hoff

Hello Passionate readers! Today I have on author Ryan Jo Summers, speaking about “hygge.” Don’t know what “hygge” is? Well, it’s time to find out! Here’s Ryan Jo to explain.

I recently came across something called Hygge (pronounced hoo-ga). Apparently it is a Danish method of creating or cultivating a sense of cozy intimacy and contentment. It’s about making feelings of happiness, friendliness and well-being as part of your everyday world. I live in a hectic, crazy life, so I am totally into checking this out. I have had two traditional released books this year, plus my first self-published non-fiction book this month, with two more traditional novels later this year. I. Am. Crazy. Busy. I. Desperately. Need. Hygge. (or a straight jacket and meds).

Step 1 is spending quality time with friends and family. I can be bad for letting this get neglected. I get busy, have things to do and places to be. However, to achieve Hygge, I need to dust the cobwebs off my relationships and let these important people in my life know how much I value them.

Step 2 is to simply sit by a roaring fire. The concept is to evoke feelings of coziness and warmth. Well, I like roaring fires, love the ambiance they create, however, I don’t own a fireplace. What I do have is an electric heater that simulates burning wood while it emits heat. I like the look of burning logs while I sprawl on the sofa with a blanket, book and cat. Check, I can do this with modification.

Step 3 is keep things simple. Okay, that sounds simple. Suggestion here is instead of agonizing over complicated recipes, make a wholesome soup or roasted chicken. Simple and just as good, if not better. While I enjoy experimenting with new recipes, I love simple, tried-and-true soups, stews and chicken meals with easy-breey prep. So this one is just a matter of remembering, when I stress the small stuff, to let it go and embrace simplicity.

Step 4 is to dim the lights and use candles. Apparently the Danes love their candles. I do not. They look pretty, flickering with a romantic glow. However, I cannot appreciate any scent they give off and I live in fear of a potential fire. I have pets. They are not a good mixture. So to keep my stress levels down, and error on the side of practicality, I think I need to forgo this step and settle for a picture of a flickering candle.

Step 5 is to decorate the inside with the outside. I am totally on board with this one. I love nature and endeavor to bring as much inside as I can. Houseplants trail their greenery like trees and vines. Water cascades from the aquariums like a waterfall. Blues mimic the sky. Artwork resonates with beachy-y scenes. Hygge suggested exposed stones, wood floors, big wooden tables and those piles of logs you need for the roaring fires in step two.

Step 6 is to bake bread. I no longer bake bread, but I like to bake flavored loaves of banana and lemon bread or various coffeecakes, layered and sheet cakes and on occasion, cookies. Like a loaf of white bread, baking is cathartic as you knead the dough and sharing it fresh from the oven with those friends and family from step one is one of life’s simplest and greatest pleasures.

Step 7 is drink cocoa. Preferably real cocoa, cream and milk, served and sipped from a large, heavy mug. Again, I am totally down with this one too. On a nippy night, home from work, feeling chilled, I love a mug of cocoa. That is one of my simple pleasures as I sit with blanket, book, and cat in a dimly lit room watching my fake fire burn.

Step 8 is don’t deprive yourself. Ah, this one is tough. I can talk myself out of nearly any good thing. Case in point– I had a coupon for a free dessert because of my birthday at a local restaurant, with any purchase no minimum. I was so going to do this and treat myself to a hot fudge ice cream cake. Yep, I liked the restaurant, could think of several nice meals that were reasonably priced and topped off with free dessert. Oh yeah! I even picked out the day I would be in town, timed and ready for my lunch and dessert treat. You know what I did? What I can do? Please don’t yell. I was within one mile of the restaurant, with coupon in hand, and talked myself out of it. Yes, really. Pitiful isn’t it? I said it was just as easy and quick to go home instead, find some leftovers and I certainly already had a chocolate bar or something to snack on. So home I went. Hygge would mandate, or at least encourage, I ignore conventional excuses and Go To The Restaurant And Don’t Deprive Myself of something Good. I need to work on this one.

Step 9 is much easier for me. Get outside. It is the balance and living a good healthy life. We need to be inside, because we decorated our inside with the outside, and we also need to enjoy the outside on walks, explorations, strolls with family and friends, and just keeping the balance of in and out. Yin and Yang. Step away from the keyboard and remote and take Fido for a walk, feel the wind in your face. Come home to cocoa.

Step 10 I really love, it’s pick up a book. Yeah, I am always picking up a book. Sometimes to read and sometimes just to move from one pile to another. However, proper Hygge suggests cuddling under a blanket with a book of your choice and just getting drawn into it. I cannot tell how many hours I have done in my life, and the places it has taken me.

Step 11 is simply put down the phone. Hygge is the antidote to modern life. It’s all about embracing experiences and living in the moment. If we are staring at a screen, whether phone or tablet or television or whatever, we cannot embrace or even see the moment. So the Danes suggest setting the phone aside and enjoy the feeling of the moment.

There you go, the recipe for creating happiness in your life.

Title: It Happened at the Park
Genre: Romantic comedy novella
Publisher: Melange Books

Blurb:

Practical city planner, Cassidy Grant, just inherited her sister’s beloved dogs. Excepts she’s a career girl more into heels and matching accessories. She’s not a dog mom. Worse, she is required to take the furry darlings to the dog park.

Jilted at the alter, Ethan Sheppard finally got a dog. And he loves their bonding trips to the dog park. He’s also the secret cartoonist whose drawings poke fun at the city leadership that might hurt the mayor’s chances at reelection.

After Cassidy and Ethan meet, she asks for his help to manage the pups, and along the way, he learns she will be fired if she can’t identify the cartoonist to her boss. But telling her will cost his job.

Media Links:
WEBSITE: http://www.ryanjosummers.com/
BLOG: https://www:summersrye. wordpress.com
FB: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Ryan- Jo-Summers-author-page
AMAZON: https://www.amazon.com/-/e/ B00ACOBJ90

Bio:
Ryan Jo Summers is a North Carolina writer who pens romances with a twist. They may contain any number of elements: Christian, humor, mystery, paranormal, sweet, shape-shifting, or time travel. Her dad is a songwriter and his aunt wrote poetry so writing must be in the family genes.

She makes her home in a century-old mountain cottage, with a menagerie of adopted pets. In her spare time, she likes to gather with family and friends, paint ceramics or canvas, potter in the yard, bird-watching, or read, play chess, Mahjongg or work word-find puzzles. She might take her dog and head deep into the forests and rivers near her home to plot the next big scene or story. Like her dad’s aunt, she writes poetry as a means to cope with life’s pains.

She collects lighthouses, shells, driftwood, and anything to remind her of the shore.

Up Next For Ryan:

In November, Melange Books is releasing another novel of Ryan’s. This is a contemporary romantic suspense mixed with paranormal mysticism, built around the exciting world of horse racing. Here is the tagline and blurb for “Wild Whispers”:

Tagline: Set against the exciting backdrop in the chase for the Triple Crown and filled with mystical surprises. Season is not a witch, but she can make a horse run and Ty’s heart race.

Season Moriarty is part few and part druid. She can see the future and alter it. She welds control over the natural elements of earth, wind, fire and water, as well as manipulating life and death. And she is an accomplished racehorse trainer, able to get any horse to run like the wind. Now Season has landed the dream job that will test all of her skills and abilities.

Ty Masters runs his horse racing business with an iron fist. No one dares to question him. He hires Season based on her reputation. Then they meet. Immediately, she questions him, challenges him, infuriates him, captivates him, and even intimidates him a little.Then she spellbinds him. But can she make a Triple Crown winner out of his willful colt?

Mysterious threats to Ty’s racehorses bring him and Season together in a race against the clock. As the stakes for the Triple Crown rises and the mystery of who wants to destroy Ty deepens, so does the undeniable interest and fiery sparks between them.

Coming November 2017 from Melange Books

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When You Get a Truck Full of Lemons by Heather Novak

I’ve been repeatedly asked, “how do I write while grieving?” I’ve written post after post about it. Five months ago, I lost my mom, and this month I lost both a friend and my younger cousin. My body is a flood of salt water and cookies.

A flooded, cookie-addled brain does not write good books. However, that does not stop the book deadlines. So now that life has given me a giant truck full of lemons, how do I make lemon drops? how do I get words on the page?

What I’ve learned: Each week is different. I find that what worked for me last week will not work for me this week. The key is to keep working. I’m trying to stay on top of my game by rotating a “things that may help” list.

1) Podcasts. I’m a huge fan of Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me, Car Talk, and Romance Between the Covers

Wait, Wait is the NPR comedic news quiz, where I get to learn about current events, listen to interviews, and study comedic timing. Truth is always stranger than fiction, so it’s definitely a character study.

Car Talk is a staple in my house as my grandpa worked with Henry Ford II, my Dad is a ceramics engineer for an American car company, and my husband works for an automotive supplier. This show is the right amount of terrible puns and hilarious advice.  Car problems are  wonderful things to give your character next time they need a good kick in the stomach.

Romance Between the Covers is a podcast featuring interviews with prolific romance writers who we all know and love. It’s a hoot.

2) Songwriting class.

I’m auditing a songwriting class from Berklee College of Music. This class is awesome because it helps me think about my scenes and how they change and flow into the bigger picture. Songs are set up like books – a three act structure that builds off of one central theme. The first act announces the theme, the second act expands on the conflict, and the third act has the twist and conclusion. Sound familiar? It’s great at getting the brain-juices flowing.

3) Walking in nature.

Since it is summer, walking outside is actually enjoyable! There’s something so peaceful about being around trees and bodies of water. I live in a city, so this is not a fool-proof plan, but it’s something I try to do at least once a week. Walking around and letting my mind drift will sometimes help me figure out a plot issue better than just trying to force a solution.

4) Forgiving yourself.

I haven’t figured this one out so much. I am constantly worried about not writing/editing that I beat myself up. I say, “LIFE IS TOO SHORT! I NEED TO GET THE BOOKS OUT!” Recognizing that there is a healthy and productive way to create art and that there is a negative and obsessive way to create art is super critical. If you’re being negative and obsessive, take a step back and refocus. Nothing good gets on the pages when you’re in that mindset.

5) Release your emotions into your work.

I’m not going to lie. My books are probably going to be dark for the next few months. Finding a way to convey what I’m feeling will be not only a cathartic release, but a way to immortalize the memories of my loved ones. 

6) Hang out with your fans – even if it’s online.

I found out that I have fans recently. Like actual fans that aren’t my high school and college friends I’m giving books away to saying, “LIKE ME!” They’ve been WONDERFUL about reaching out and sharing how much they love my current book, Hunting Witch Hazel, and how they can’t wait for the rest of the series (due out this year). It’s great to know that my writing matters to someone. It helps me get out of bed. 

This is what I’ve got so far. Hopefully, the funerals are done for the year and I can continue to focus on my writing. Be ready to cry.

 



On this day in 1910 – Josephine Johnson was born. She was an American novelist, recipient of the Pulitzer Prize in 1935 for her novel Now in November (d. 1990)

 


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Hunting Witch Hazel: Now available
I was happy with my West Coast life – 24-hour pizza delivery and bikini-clad bodies as far as the eye could see. Now I’m in the small-ass town of 
Hayvenwood to extract a ransom to save my little brother’s life. And that ransom is locked inside of the sexiest witch I have ever met, Hazel Evanora.

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Time is Money

I don’t think there would be many people out there who would say that money is not important. It may be a sort of necessary evil to some of us, but at the end of the day we need money to live to some degree. I guess there are areas out there where I could trade, but more likely than not, I need some sort of currency to get by. I work with money every day so this was an easy “necessity” to come up with. When I started giving it more thought though, I really felt like one of the most valuable necessities out there for me is time.

I need more time for work, more time with my kids who are growing up too quickly. As I write this blog, I’m waiting for my email to start working and it annoys me that time is wasted waiting for my system (hence the multi-tasking). Everything seems to be a waiting game and time is the main prize. Time also seems to be where everything leads to. We worry about time to live, time to love, time to work and play. It’s why there are so many sayings about needing more time in a day. Even our whole world revolves around making technology faster, more intuitive and more productive. Why? Because that means more everything… money, productivity, value, etc.

So what about you? Would you agree that time is the most important “thing” out there? I guess you could argue love but then not everyone gets to experience that to the same degree. Our health is also irrelevant if we as a species ceased to exist altogether. And family requires time to nurture and cultivate relationships. What matters most to you? What are your necessities?

Happy writing this week!

 

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