Veterans Day Paranormal-Scope

Thank you to all the United States of America Veterans for your service. Photo Courtesy by Jp Valery on Unsplash.

 

Veterans Day honors the service of our living veterans. This day has been very important to me as I grew up in a military family.

This week starts with a calm but then springs into action

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.

Aries:
Elves are good with business. They are meticulious record keepers. Be careful with your budget especially where it comes to big ticket items.

Taurus:
Mermaids know where not to swim. Riptides can do terrible things to fins. You have budding relationships still in development. Tread water carefully.

Gemini:
Sirens scream due to broken contracts long ago by a particular sailor. Don’t get burned in the same way. Don’t sign until you’ve had any important document examine by legal counsel.

Cancer:
Pixies love to get together and party. This is a great week for you to do the same. Invite all those dear to your heart.

Leo:
Faeries cherish listening to the stories of the elder fae. Visit a family member or friend you are close to. Reminisce about old good times.

Virgo:
Sea Monsters love traveling the world. Use your leisure time for vacation planning.

Libra:
Yetis are thrilled there will be snow in Connecticut soon. It makes them think about holiday shopping. Be a smart shopper. Investigate your possible purchase, and keep all recipts and product information.

Scorpio:
Werewolves are rough with their things. Time to throw out the old and the clutter. The open spaces will make you feel better.

Sagittarius:
Shapeshifters love to play touch football but aren’t good at keeping in touch. You might run into an old acquaintance.

Capricorn:
Vampires are good with details and tying up loose ends like in a book. Take time this week to look at the business in your life, set some goals, and finish the unfinished.

Aquarius:
Dragons enter into agreements that are watertight. They know which dragon is responsible to do what action. You might want to tighten up your life as well.

Pisces:
Big Foot leaves big footprints. Opportunities are coming your way. Investigate and get advice before deciding on one.

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

New: The Vampire with a Blanket of Stars, Arnhem Knights of New York, Book 3 available in Amazon Print and Kindle!
Vampire Princess of New York, Arnhem Knights of New York, Book 2 available in Kindle! In Amazon Print! In Barnes and Noble Print!
Vampire King of New York, Arnhem Knights of New York, Book 1 now in Kindle and 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, Nook, Kobo and Smashwords and iBooks (on Apple devices).
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Where Dreams May Go By Susan Hanniford Crowley

Today’s dream photo is courtesy of Photographer Johannes Plenio on Unsplash.

I write my novels based on my dreams. They come like epic movies often complete with first names, locales, troubles, and plot twists. I write rather unusual family sagas. My main family happens to be vampires.

Readers are very remarkable people. They often share with me amazing insights that they have found in my books. One reader told me that the vampire in my book is really an “every man,” meaning they could identify with all the very human problems the vampire has while trying to blend into a human world. She loved to find out that my vampires go to church.

It’s true. I run on the principle that a vampire is just what he or she was in human life only the things they care about are bigger. It comes from the strigoi (Romanian for vampire). For example, that if a person was a foodie in life, they would be a foodie as a vampire.

One reader told me that she loved The Vampire with a Blanket of Stars because Prince Răzvan is a uniter of different people around a common cause. She also thought he was more romantic than King Max of the Vampire King of New York, although she admitted that she was a big Max fan.

Instead of posting to Nights of Passion, people usually send me messages via Facebook. Sometimes on Twitter. I also get private email as my onlyladyknight@yahoo.com  address is publically posted somewhere. I enjoy every single comment.

While I was undergoing cancer chemotherapy, my dreams were very disjointed similar to getting a piece of a puzzle but they are really from several puzzles mixed together. Laughing. I credit my fellow writers on Writers Helping Writers Facebook Group for helping me through the mess of my mind under chemo. They encouraged me to keep writing even if it didn’t always make sense. Writing would comfort me.

My editor comforted me with the job of proofing The Vampire with a Blanket of Stars.

Still working on the book I promised a friend about my experience with cancer.

So now I am on the other side, recovering from cancer. My brain is actually crowded with books. And last night when my furnace broke, I dreamt I was sleeping in a box with the other homeless of New York City. I have a feeling there’s a book in there.

If you write, follow your dreams. You never know what wonders you’ll learn. If you’re not a writer, I encourage you to keep a dream journal. Dreams give us insights into our lives.

To see a dream journal of mine up close and personal, read The Vampire with a Blanket of Stars. It’s available at https://www.amazon.com/Vampire-Blanket-Stars-Arnhem-Knights/dp/1796926760  I found the series of dreams so exciting, that I can’t wait every night to dream.

Sweet dreams and writing!

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

New: The Vampire with a Blanket of Stars, Arnhem Knights of New York, Book 3 available in Amazon Print and Kindle!
Vampire Princess of New York, Arnhem Knights of New York, Book 2 available in Kindle! In Amazon Print! In Barnes and Noble Print!
Vampire King of New York, Arnhem Knights of New York, Book 1 now in Kindle and 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, Nook, Kobo and Smashwords and iBooks (on Apple devices).
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For The Love Of Author Branding – Halloween Edition

In my last post, I wrote about the joy of reader/writer events. Today, I want to talk about author/book/series branding and how you can go wild with it at Halloween.

First, the Fall In Love With New England reader/writer conference happens around mid-October and I was able to attend for the first time this year. Color me thrilled to learn there was a Halloween costume contest, ‘cause I loves me a good costume contest. If I were a serious number of years younger, I’d be all about cosplay.

Me as a Corvus Ward mage at the Fall In Love With New England Conference

Second, I’ve been lucky enough to appear twice on a You Tube show called The Early Late Night Live Show filmed in New Hampshire. Both appearances were for their Halloween show, so I dressed up in costumes that represented one of the many species I have in my series, the Zodiac Assassins. That allows me to get free attention for my books, and just as importantly, attention for the species I’ve created.

Pestilence Fairy

All of that is part of what’s possible for branding yourself and/or your work, so yay! Even if you aren’t writing paranormal or fantasy, this type of branding is within your reach.

Writing a cozy mystery about a sleuth librarian? Easy.

Writing YA with an orphan girl who masters sword fighting? Super easy since there are Halloween and Etsy stores with costumes and accessories galore. Enough to make your wallet squeal and your significant other yelp from the pain.

Writing a sweet romance about the women in a knitting club? Well, you get the idea.

Writing about a band of lumberjack brothers? Bust out the flannels and go to town. Bonus points if you can find girly flannels and an axe with roses on it. LOL

Just like worldbuilding isn’t just for paranormal or fantasy anymore, neither is branding. Nor is Halloween the only time you can dress up as part of your “look”. I have a couple different gothic-style outfits I wear at book signings or book club events to cement the mood of my books. You can do this too and I highly recommend it. A little thought and a few dollars to get you started, and you have outfits that are reusable and make you instantly recognizable to your readers, and will create a memorable image for your new acolytes!

Do you have a favorite Halloween costume? Do you have ideas for outfits for book signings? Drop a comment and let’s dish!

May your words flow freely,

 

Artemis Crow

www.artemiscrow.com

The Zodiac Assassins series
Available on Kindle and Print, Nook and Kobo

Lyon’s Roar – https://amzn.to/2IB

 

Leona’s Descent – https://amzn.to/2yaDfjW

Libra’s Limbo – https://amzn.to/2q3VkNg

Leona’s Cage – https://amzn.to/2QTbVyp

 

 

 

 

 

Gemini Asunder  Book 3 coming Fall 2019

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Relax

It seems illogical that relaxing would be such a hard task to do, but it is. Not just for me, but it seems for many folks around me as well. First, by the time I get a chance to relax, there always seems to be something to do or someone else will pull me out of that brief relaxation state. Second, to even get the chance to relax is a whole different issue altogether. We move at a go go go pace most of the time and taking a brief pause even seems to induce guilt trips. And I’d say this might be a younger generation thing but that would be a lie as well because most of the folks I speak to daily are close to retirement or in retirement and if anything, they seem to be even busier than those doing the daily corporate America thing.

So why? Why are we always so busy and what is the matter with taking a break? Nothing! The only issue we seem to have is letting ourselves take a break or not stopping others who seem to keep pushing. But we all have our limits and this cannot go on forever. So the moral of today’s teensy weensy rant is to just let yourself be—relax even if that means you need to learn how to say no. Both you and those around you will be all the more grateful for it!

Happy writing this week!

 

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November Begins Paranormal-Scope

 

Photo Courtesy by Krista Mangulsone on Unsplash

Some dogs and cats share a special friendship. Their example is a wish for all of mankind that perhaps someday we will get along.

November is the month of wishes. A wish for friends and/or family to share a sacred meal. A wish for finding the fun in the coming holidays instead just rushing around. November is also the month of NaNoWriMo, which is a non-profit group which has a web site where writers can challenge themselves to write more on their book everyday. They have a tracker. I’ve done it. It can be very helpful. Here is their site: https://nanowrimo.org/

November has always been the month for me where wonderful things happen.

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.

Aries:
WerePuppies tend to go after every ball and bone. It’s similar to human impulse buying. You will see a lot of things you don’t need. Don’t give in to impulses. Save for something better.

Taurus:
WereKittens love to tumble and play with puppies and kittens. A new friend is coming into your life. Let the relationship develop naturally. Spend a lot of time listening to them. It’s important.

Gemini:
WerePuppies are social creatures. Develop your social life. Join a club and make new friends. Share a meal.

Cancer:
WereKittens are naturally curious. Explore new options to learn and discover your world. Take a class. Go to an art show. Visit the farmer’s market.

Leo:
WerePuppies love their friends and family, and nothing is better than getting together to play. Plan a meal and invite friends and/or family to share food and catch up with what is happening in their lives.

Virgo:
WereKittens are great discoverers. They always think outside the box, even while sitting in one. Pursue some new ideas and see where they take you.

Libra:
WerePuppies are amused by the simplest of things. Cut back your spending and be more thoughtful when purchasing gifts. Keep the receipts, just in case.

Scorpio:
WereKittens grow to bond with a special friend. Have lunch with your BFF and revitalize that friendship.

Sagittarius:
WerePuppies tend to love a few toys best and ignore the rest. Declutter your home from all the things that are not needed or just not you anymore.

Capricorn:
WereKittens are confident that they are cute. You may feel down and think you’re not looking your best. Go out and get some new clothes or a new hairstyle. Feel good about yourself.

Aquarius:
WerePuppies love to impress with their newest trick. At work, you will have the opportunity to collaborate. If the other person is as hard-working as you, take it.

Pisces:
WereKittens are always exploring their world. Take a course or additional training to become more expert in your career. Remember to smile. Always just be you.

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

New: The Vampire with a Blanket of Stars, Arnhem Knights of New York, Book 3 available in Amazon Print and Kindle!
Vampire Princess of New York, Arnhem Knights of New York, Book 2 available in Kindle! In Amazon Print! In Barnes and Noble Print!
Vampire King of New York, Arnhem Knights of New York, Book 1 now in Kindle and 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, Nook, Kobo and Smashwords and iBooks (on Apple devices).
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Cancer, Writing, and Living Your Life by Susan Hanniford Crowley

My life has been a roller coaster for quite a while now, since finding cancer and undergoing chemotherapy and surgery. Even though, the tests came back cancer-free or clear of cancer, I still have to take preventative meds and visit doctors and take tests weekly at this point. My body still hurts from the surgery. I am anticipating the same with reconstructive surgery.  That means taking more meds that will fog my brain.

During the long months of chemo, my thoughts became befuddled. At one point I wrote a chapter for a new book. Reading it now, it’s like every other sentence is missing. I thought the whole thing but it just didn’t come out in type.

Even with that happening, I continued to write. Proofing my new book was a better experience, but I have to give applause to my editor of The Vampire with a Blanket of Stars because she really worked hard on it. So did my brilliant Beta readers. The encouraging word from them was that King Max was amazing, but this book was WOW! Even better. That’s great to hear when your world seems to be falling around you.

A dear friend asked if I could write a helpful book about this time in my life. Honestly, I didn’t want to at first, but I value that friend highly. So it will happen.

My hero was my husband who takes care of me, no matter what. When I wasn’t really well enough to go to the conference in New Hampshire, he took me. He watches over every party of my care from the hospital to home. I love him dearly.

My family reminds me why I am fighting to win this and stay cancer-free.
I am the one with pink ears. Even though I was in the hospital the day before, I could not miss Trick or Treat with my grandchildren and children.  That’s why November 1st is National Sleep Day. Didn’t anyone tell you that?  Laughs.

The doctors, nurses, technicians, and staff and fighting with me every day. I appreciate them beyond words.

For additional thoughts by me on cancer, visit:
https://smpauthors.wordpress.com/2019/10/27/you-are-worth-it-by-susan-hanniford-crowley/

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

New: The Vampire with a Blanket of Stars, Arnhem Knights of New York, Book 3 available in Amazon Print and Kindle!
Vampire Princess of New York, Arnhem Knights of New York, Book 2 available in Kindle! In Amazon Print! In Barnes and Noble Print!
Vampire King of New York, Arnhem Knights of New York, Book 1 now in Kindle and 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, Nook, Kobo and Smashwords and iBooks (on Apple devices).
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For The Love Of Reader/Writer Events

If you’re reading this post, the odds are great that you are a fan of books. Correction, probably a rabid fan of books. As my dear hubby can attest, I am a foaming-at-the-mouth, please-take-my-money, perpetually red-eyed reader. I have been since I picked up my first book, and thank goodness, my mother was the same. She fed my hunger for story with shiny library cards, book of the month clubs; I can’t remember her ever refusing to buy me a book. Instead of being the kid waving a candy bar at mom and pouting if she said no, I would wave a book at her and—cha-ching—another sale made.

At dinnertime, if a word was brought into the conversation that I didn’t know, everything would stop with my mom’s demand, ‘Go get the dictionary’. So I would reluctantly put down my fork and knife while shooting my brother a glare that screamed he better keep his mitts off my meal, and return, groaning under the weighty tome that was our Webster’s.

Story scrolled through my mind for years, yet it wasn’t until I gained *cough cough* a fair few years that I decided to turn those stories in my mind into an attempt to write a story. Wow, did the reality of the work involved in crafting a book ever slap me upside the head! I spent years learning how to write a story: structure, emotion, pace were drummed into me, and still I had to work and work to create a story worth sharing.

Then I had to take that next step and put my first story out there for the public. That was not an easy risk to take, but I did it.

Recently, I had the pleasure of attending my first Fall In Love With New England Reader/Author Conference. If you are an author and have never attended this event or another like it, I can’t recommend them enough. My story at the beginning of this post? That journey as a reader is not unique to me; it’s shared by thousands of other booklovers throughout the country. This event brought together women, and a sprinkling of bold men, who all shared a passion for reading. Some of the attendees carried that passion farther and decided to write stories.

Bottom line: we all love story and reader/writer events are a joyous celebration of that fact. As an author, there is another great benefit. You are treated like a rockstar! Seriously, every time I said I was an author, eyes widened, mouths dropped open, and the fangirling began. And this happened despite the fact that they had no idea who I was or what I write.

We bonded over bawdy jokes and games and shared photos of our families (two- and four-legged variety). We shared our favorite authors, paraded around in Halloween costumes, and trick or treated despite the labyrinth that was our hotel. Then we topped it all off with a book signing. By the end of the two days, I drove away not only having made new friends, but the bonds I already had with my writer friends had deepened.

So, if you ever have a reader/writer event come to your community, run, don’t walk to your keyboard and sign up! Or better yet, start your own conference and share the love of story with the readers in your part of the world!

Do you have a favorite author event?

And for those participating in NaNoWriMo, get after it!

May your words flow freely,

 

Artemis Crow

www.artemiscrow.com

The Zodiac Assassins series
Available on Kindle and Print, Nook and Kobo

Lyon’s Roar – https://amzn.to/2IB

 

Leona’s Descent – https://amzn.to/2yaDfjW

Libra’s Limbo – https://amzn.to/2q3VkNg

Leona’s Cage – https://amzn.to/2QTbVyp

 

 

 

 

Gemini Asunder  Book 3 coming Fall 2019

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