If You Write, Plan Your Sick Days by Mandy Rosko

Everyone knows there are some basics that come with running your own business. Even if it’s just a side hustle that brings in some extra cash every month, these rules are key, and should be obeyed at all times.

 

I might leave a couple of things out, and these aren’t in any particular order, but if you want to know the main one we’ll be focusing on, you need only to check the title 🙂

 

Some of the main ones we’ll be getting out of the way will be things like, create a budget, put away 30% of your earnings for the tax man ALWAYS, figure out where you want to be in 5 years, create your work schedule and stick to it as much as possible, and plan out your sick days.

 

The work schedule thing is one I’m a pretty big hypocrite over. I know I need one, but for the most part, I just sit down at the end of the night and start working, then gun it until I make it to my writing goals.

 

The problem is that this can lead me to days where I’ve missed doing other business related things that come with writing.

 

Like marketing.

 

Anyway, you need to also plan your days off, and your sick days.

 

If you’re a writer and this is your living, or your good side hustle, how many days off do you take? Do you need days off from writing at all? Some people will say no, but if you’re one of those people who loves it so much you can literally do it all the time, remember there are going to be related jobs around your writing that might require to you have some time off.

 

Like the marketing, making new connections at social events, you might have a family day coming up, and then there are your sick days.

 

If you’re self employed then you know as good as anyone else that your sick days don’t add up. You can’t take the ten days you weren’t sick one year and add them to another. Your deadlines don’t work like that.

 

But sometimes deadlines can be extended, or if you get sick before the deadline, which also happens, if you’ve started out fresh and got a decent amount of work done before hand, then you can take a couple of days off without worrying about overdoing it ones your flu or cold goes away, and you find yourself in the eleventh hour of when you need to get that book to the editor.

 

I need to work a little harder on everything I mentioned above. Like I said, I’m a bit of a hypocrite when it comes to these things, but I know these things to be true, and I’m still working at them.

 

A little bit at a time, and I hope to climb this mountain and make it to my goals 🙂

 

Mandy Rosko

 

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As The Sun Sets Paranormal-Scope

When I am not well, it looks like the world is upside-down. The torrential rain is headed my way. I must remember to find my umbrella. I’m late today and the sun is setting soon. You know what that means! The vampires have taken over.

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 are endlessly creative with making things, the arts, music, writing, and more. Indulge your creativity this week.

Taurus:
When old vampires gather past arguments are forgotten. Gather with friends and have some fun. Be prepared to meet a new friend.

Gemini :
Vampires look at the peak of health. The rest of us have to work for it. Start with a new cookbook of tasty recipes and explore some health based activities. Check with your physician before starting a new exercise program.

Cancer:
Sometimes vampires are young at heart. Someone special may re-enter your life. Socialize.

Leo:
Vampires love surprises. Unexpected guests are coming your way.

Virgo:
Vampires enjoy the night life and daywalkers love fairs. Go and explore things you haven’t before.

Libra:
Vampires and their money are often parted. They forget which banks they have accounts in. A loan with a friend may be repaid or you may come into some money.

Scorpio:
When vampires are employed they work late into the night. Focus on your projects at work. You will be inspired.

Sagittarius:
When a vampire moves up at work, they often ask for a non-window office. Opportunities are opening up. Keep your eyes open and nose to the grindstone.

Capricorn:
Communication has never been a strong point for vampires. But for you, communication with colleagues is key to success. Pay attention to those emails.

Aquarius:
Vampires never count their chickens before they hatch. Don’t be eager to predict results. Fine tune your collaborative skills.

Pisces:
When a vampire travels a distance to see a friend, it means something. It’s the same for us. You may hear from an old friend.

-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 Amazon Print! In Barnes and Noble Print!
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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.
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Playlists and Sundry Moods…By Ripley Proserpina

I love a good playlist. Back in the day, Stephenie Meyer posted a playlist to Twilight (this was well before the movie). I would huddle in my room, hit the playlist, and float through the book, Linkin Park in the background.

One of the things I’ve really enjoyed while writing my own books is finding the perfect song to capture the mood of the book. So for those of you who may read my books, here are a few of the playlists for books I’ve written (and those I haven’t yet). Click on the title to be led to the playlist. (And click on the book cover for buy links, if you’re so inclined).

Finding Honor

Overall mood- Warrior woman 

Briar

Overall mood- Boston in the fall 

Matched with A Demon

Overall mood- Pissed off and hungry, probably for spaghetti.

Finding Truth

Overall mood- French

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An Excerpt from The Stormy Love Life of Laura Cordelais by Susan Hanniford Crowley

When Vampire David Hilliard falls in love he really falls. This scene is after Laura has become a vampire.

*

When night fell, she woke eager to learn being so new.  She was so vulnerable it scared him.

David took her to the club to meet everyone, and what a mistake that was.  All the vampires wanted to dance with her, inhale her sweet, palatable fragrance.  She was on the dance floor and he could sense the onslaught of potential lovers overwhelming her.  David felt her fear escalate, and then came the unexpected.  She used mind talk without knowing how.

David, I wish you would dance with me.

He heard her and cut in.  She immediately rested her head against him as they danced, and he felt something he had never known.

When Laura raised her face to look at him, their lips came together.  Their fangs knocked against each other.  She laughed nervously.

“With practice, we’ll get that right.”

She nodded.

He tilted her head slightly and moved in for a long kiss.  Something inside of him cried out, this was the woman he could love for eternity, this was his one.

After dancing the hours away, lost in each other’s embrace, they left for home.  When David arrived at his apartment, he handed her the keys.  “I’m giving you my apartment.  Tomorrow I’ll make sure, you’re set up financially.”

Laura shook her head.  “You don’t have to give me your apartment.  Where will you stay?”

“Oh, it doesn’t matter.  With friends.  Out at the cemetery.”  Then he left.  David laughed as he walked down the street, realizing how ridiculous he was to give away his place, not a small gift in Manhattan.

Then she mind talked again.  David, come back.

He returned and knocked on the door.

She opened it immediately.

“You don’t do that in New York City.  Did you even look through the peephole?”

“No.  I knew it was you.”  Then she took his hand.  “I’m afraid to be here by myself.  Can’t you just stay?”

“Okay.  You take the bedroom and I’ll sleep on the couch.”

Laura went into the bedroom to get him a pillow and blankets.  Then she came out with a sad expression on her face.  “Um, David, there’s only a coffin in there.”

“Yes.”

“I can’t sleep in a box.”

“Okay.  I’ll take the coffin, and you take the sofa.”

She sat down next to him on the sofa looking all adorable wearing only his white pin-stripe shirt with her pink panties.  “Maybe we could both sleep on the sofa?”

“I guess.  You stretch out here, and I’ll be your blanket.”  As soon as he was in position, he knew that this would lead to something.

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I wonder what happens next. Giggles. This is from my first series, before the time of King Max. This is the insider’s view of his son David. For those that would like to explore further, The Stormy Love Life of Laura Cordelais, Vampires in Manhattan, Book 2 is available in Kindle and Print and Barnes and Noble Print

Have a good weekend. For those in harm’s way from the dangerous storm in the United States or harm in other places, be safe and keep those you love near.

-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 Amazon Print! In Barnes and Noble Print!
Vampire King of New York, Arnhem Knights of New York, Book 1  Temporarily Offline for an edit and new cover
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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MADly in love with Madrid by Stacy Hoff

On October 10, 2018, the finale of my Building Love series, MAD FOR YOU IN MADRID (Building Love #3) will finally be released! When I started plotting out the story I had only decided on the characters and the general story line. What I didn’t know yet was the location. I knew I wanted a location as fabulous as the ones I had chosen for the first two books in the series, BETTING ON LOVE IN VEGAS (Building Love #1), which obviously takes place in Las Vegas, Nevada, and HOTTER THAN THE CARIBBEAN (Building Love #2), which takes place in Condado Beach, Puerto Rico.

In December of 2016, my family and I took a trip to Madrid. I had just started writing MAD FOR YOU. By the time we arrived back home I knew Madrid would be the story’s location. Everything about Madrid was fascinating. Some highlights of the trip, which even my teenagers loved:

  • Tapas, taps, tapas!
  • The Royal Palace (This baroque-style structure is truly breathtaking. Plus, you get to see an original, first-edition Don Quixote) 
  • The Prado Museum (From Goya to Velazquez, even my kids were enthralled by this world-class collection)
  • Jamon iberico. (No, we didn’t eat any, but man, just look at the pic’s!)
  • Plaza Del Sol (a historic, and completely charming, plaza) 
  • Gran Via (often called the “Spanish Broadway.” I loved this lively, elegant boulevard so much I set much of the story here.) For a picture of this, look at my book cover because Gran Via is there!

Madrid is a fascinating place. It definitely got me hooked on Spain. In fact, a few weeks ago my family traveled back to Spain, this time going to Barcelona and the island of Mallorca. Both places were fabulous. Perhaps I should start another contemporary romance series, this time all in Spain. Viva Espana!

Have you ever been to Spain? Is it on your bucket list?

Hook line for MAD For YOU IN MADRID

A surprise business trip to Spain leads to something even more unexpected—a forbidden romance with the client.

Book blurb for MAD FOR YOU IN MADRID

Lori Cayne is in a tricky situation. Her public relations job has sent her to Spain for a project that is way over her head. Her task is to convince American tourists to stay at a Madrid hotel. Unfortunately, Lori knows little about public relations and even less about the hotel industry. Dealing with the client, however, will be the real challenge. Hotel magnate Daniel Vega is rich, uber-sexy, and the one night stand that wasn’t. That’s because Lori had inadvertently stood him up before things got a chance to really heat up. Now Daniel wants nothing to do with her, personally or professionally.

Daniel Vega is none-to-pleased to learn that Lori will be handling his new hotel’s publicity campaign. Her flaky ways will be hell on his business, and on him. Yet shutting her out is hard to do when the woman is full of surprises and an even fuller heart. Her good nature makes her willing to do anything for anybody. When Daniel’s brother, Elias, asks Lori to be his fake-fiancé at an important event, Daniel is not surprised when Lori agrees. What he is surprised by is the pang of jealousy. Maybe Lori isn’t the only one with personal issues to work out. After all, if Daniel is truly the success he thinks he is, how can off-beat, business greenhorn Lori Cayne emotionally bring him to his knees?

When news of the fake engagement creates a scandal, both Lori’s company and Daniel’s world-wide enterprise may be damaged beyond repair. The damage done to their hearts, however, may be a whole lot worse.

Each book in the Building Love series is a stand-alone novel, complete with: a happily ever after (“HEA”), steamy romance, world-class location, and drama between family members! I’ve included the book blurbs for the other two stories here.

Hook line for HOTTER THAN THE CARIBBEAN

In the Caribbean, the secrets, sex, and scandals are hotter.

Book blurb for HOTTER THAN THE CARIBBEAN

Luis Serrano, the unwanted love child of a hotel construction magnate, is determined to reach his father’s level of success. When Luis finds himself pitted against his half-brother for control over their ailing father’s company, sibling rivalry comes to a head. The stakes are high—the brother that best completes their portion of the Caribbean construction project will gain control over the entire company. To win, Luis hires an interior design firm. But the firm will have to perform difficult work under serious time constraints.

Melanie Merritt is used to sibling rivalry. She’s always been second best to her older sister, the “golden child” of their parent’s interior design firm. Melanie’s desire is to be an artist. She works for her family to appease them. Her newest task is to implement a complex project for Luis Serrano under an impossibly short deadline. If she fails, her family’s company may go bankrupt. But Melanie can’t keep her too-creative ideas away from her family, and the client.

Completing work on time won’t be easy. Especially when dual sibling rivalries threaten to destroy the project—and a passion hotter than the Caribbean.

Hook line for BETTING ON LOVE IN VEGAS

In Las Vegas, there’s no bigger gamble than love.

Book blurb for BETTING ON LOVE IN VEGAS

Catherine “Cat” Warner has problems. The profits from her inns are down. The pressure from her parents is up. Her love life is non-existent. But Cat did manage to get the attention of tough, powerful, gorgeous hotel magnate Ty Orland. Unfortunately, his interest in her is for all the wrong reasons. Instead of wanting Cat, this debonair CEO only wants her land—a parcel he desperately needs for his next big development deal. Too bad, it’s notfor sale. A people pleaser by nature, Cat knows to stand strong. If she caves in to the demands of this sexy, alluring man, it will be her own neck on the line.

Ty Orland has a lot of things going for him. Success. Power. Respect. Unfortunately, he’s also got an old chip on his shoulder and a new financial nightmare. His development deal is going down in flames—and fast. His only way out is if Cat sells him her strategically located parcel. But romancing the land from her is not easy when love gets in the way. The woman is as beautiful as she is beguiling. And Ty no longer knows which prize is more valuable.  

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Can Nature Nuture?

Can green really mean calm, better, nourishing? I heard the most fascinating podcast this week on Hidden Brain. The episode is called Our Better Nature and it asks the question about humans flourishing in our natural habitat, meaning because we evolved in nature over the course of history, would it make sense that having us be around nature would be good for us. The thought is not so foreign when applied to animals (an animal tends to flourish when placed in their natural habitat compared to a cage), but the thought when applied to humans can really make one take pause.

Then again, I have to admit that the whole idea really seemed to click with me as I recently moved to the Carolinas and each morning when I wake up and each evening before I go to bed I’m either standing at the window to look outside or sitting on my back patio, breathing in the fresh air. The green trees, grass, bushes that surround my property are so calming. If I have a tough day at work, my backyard is the first place I seek. I find this interesting as I grew up in a very urban area and have lived in urban areas my entire life until now where I’ve purposely chosen to be somewhere a bit more rural. I appreciate the access to restaurants, shops and theaters that I can find in a city but when I’m looking for peace I search out nature.

Admittedly, I just heard the podcast and this is a research I’d like to look into more, but I can’t say it surprises me and assuming the research holds quite a bit of truth, I can’t help but think that nature just might be a bit of food for our mind, body and soul. Could you imagine the possibilities?

Happy writing this week and for any fellow south/mid-east coasters, please be safe with the storm.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Preparing for Next Year’s Book Signing by Mandy Rosko

I think one of the ladies in charge of keeping this sort of thing organized is on the verge of murdering me. I tend to get everything handed in at the very last second.

I managed to get my name onto the list to be considered for next year’s RTC. I was pretty sure I already filled it out, as well as the form for possibly sharing an ORWA table, but then I filled out the form again and got a bit of a spanking from the lady in charge who was very much no exceptions 🙂

So yeah, I’m not very well organized, but I might have a table at next year’s Romancing The Capitol. I’ll also be attending another signing in October 🙂 I don’t do very many signings. I’m never organized enough to keep track of these things, but I like it when I do them 🙂 It’s fun being able to go to events, to get a full year’s worth of socializing within a couple of days, getting books out to people who probably have never heard of me, and just having a good time in general.

Can-Con is coming up, and I’ve never been to this event before. I’m looking forward to it 🙂 I should be working at the book store again by then, slowly eeking away at my credit card bills so I can hopefully get to another RWA event, but until I know for sure what’s going to happen in that regard, my main focus will be making sure I have books ready to go to Can Con, books ready to go to RTC, and hopefully I can even get another game set up, because the game I ended up doing with Sharon Page was a lot of fun 🙂

So, I’ve got another 11 months to get my swag ready, to get more books written, and to improve on my marketing skills.

 

What are some tips and tricks you use to keep track of your time? As a reader or as a writer, is there anything you do that you find works exceptionally well to keep track of your goals and time?

 

I’d love to hear them!

 

Mandy Rosko

 

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