Precious Time

There is never enough time. I wake up each morning with a list of things to do and as I cross items off, the list seems to grow. This of course, keeps me within a never ending cycle.

This week my little guy starts preschool. It’s too soon but I’m not sure there will ever be a right time. As I spent these past few weeks pondering this change for my family, I also spent a lot of time contemplating our tendency to always be rushing, always be busy. And for what? Does it really make the difference we think it will?

I say “we” as I see it all around me. Folks driving or waiting in the coffee line as they answer texts or emails. Jam packed schedules and meetings filled with laptops or smartphones as attendees attempt to multi-task. It never ends and the more efficiencies we gain, the more we try to cram into our days.

So what do we do with our precious time? I’ve been a huge proponent of taking breaks and slowing down, but that isn’t possible all the time. These days, the pace simply gets faster and faster and if you can’t keep up you’ll get left behind. But what you can do is prioritize and give your full attention to what or who deserves it. Make time matter and you’ll waste less of it. I speak for myself in this reference too as I can’t recall the number of times I have to redo tasks due to not paying full attention.

Now go out, clear your head and write! Good luck and happy writing until next week!

 

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Bad Boy Bear & Nanowrimo Wrap Up by Mandy Rosko

It’s finished! Now I just need to get it edited real quick and it will be ready for a December 20th release! I’m super happy with this. I’ll go over it a little more tomorrow to make sure everything is as cleaned up as possible, and then I think it will be completely done😀

Writing this bad boy was a little harder than I thought since we just got off NaNoWriMo, and it was my best year yet. I got 174K words done. One day I’m going to go for 200K, but I’ll have to make sure that’s on a month when absolutely nothing else is going on😀

Edits are going to be a pain in the ass, but I’m totally fine with that. I can power through them and get them done>:D

 

Happy December reading and writing! I’m going to get some sleep now @_@

 

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Stark Trees Scratch the Night Sky Paranormal-Scope

Chills and thrills are headed our way. This is the time of year our ancestors feared-the growing darkness. It was important to keep the home fires burning and having a hearty meal on the table.

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 about. Keep a schedule and stick to it. Fortify your home against the storms.

Taurus:
Werewolves are prowling for the next opportunity. Watch your budget. Investigate any new business dealing thoroughly.

Gemini:
Bear shifters are fierce in love and work, but a bear hugs is priceless.

Cancer:
An elf can be beautiful to look at, but looks can be deceiving.

Leo:
Gnomes beckon you to travel and expand your horizons.

Virgo:
Pixies can be hilarious. You need more fun in your life. Dine in with friends and watch a funny movie.

Libra:
Faeries are mysterious. There is always so much more unsaid and hidden beneath the surface. Take nothing at surface value.

Scorpio:
Mermaids adore you and send you an unexpected gift.

Sagittarius:
Dragons fly to take a bigger view. It’s time to follow a dream once pushed aside.

Capricorn:
Griffons love courtesy and polite manners. Being such right now can take you far and earn respect by unexpected people.

Aquarius:
Goblins run down your street. Tighten up your security and be aware of your surroundings.

Pisces:
Gremlins cause mischief especially with appliances. Buying a few new things may be in order.

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

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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.
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Early Holiday Shopping: Vampires in Manhattan Series Books 3 & 4 by Susan Hanniford Crowley

Time is flying. We’re in December. Where I am it’s getting colder. Books that give me the warm fuzzies are a high priority on my shopping list. If they are on yours and you love vampires and other paranormal beings, I have two more for you from my first series. They are only $2.99 each on Amazon Kindle.

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Georgia doesn’t know she’s a Harmony. Jobless and about to be homeless, her heart sinks when a hand snatches the coat of her dreams from the storefront window. Then she sees him staring at her reflection . . . the stalker.

Trevor Stenwood, a vampire and Arnhem Knight, is handsome, sophisticated, and tongue-tied every time he sees her. Sworn to protect the supernaturals of the city, he’s fallen for a woman marked for death by demons. How can he save her when she’s afraid of him?

At Christmas time in New York City, will love bloom in the snow?

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Regina and Gregor

They survived one of New York City’s greatest disasters, and on their wedding day in Maine walk into another. Gregor aims to destroy the intruder who claims his bride. Regina must save the man she loves from a deadly curse with her magic. But she doesn’t know magic.

Lorraine and Theo

Everything about Lorraine is broken. She shapeshifts and forgets her clothes. She’s divorced and doesn’t believe in love anymore. Tall, blond, and handsome, Theo, vampire and Arnhem Knight, desires Lorraine, but is it more than lust? Would he give up the Arnhem Knights for her?

Love, furry handcuffs, and a pine tree.

Everyone deserves a little love and some laughs in their life. Happy Shopping and may your holidays be fun!
-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!
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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A Wondrous Boat at Mystic – Mayflower II

mayflower-2-bYou are probably wondering what you are looking at. First the guy with the hat is my husband who is a Mayflower descendant. We went to Mystic Seaport to see the Mayflower II, which is a full-scale replica of the original Mayflower that brought the Pilgrims to  Massachusetts. It’s in Mystic Seaport for repairs at the Henry B. duPont Preservation Shipyard. It’s wintering there and we will be checking on it to watch the progress. For those that aren’t close to Mystic, Connecticut, and would like to watch the progress too, here is the live cam website which also has updates and additional history about the ship. http://www.mysticseaport.org/locations/mayflowerii/

mayflower-1-aI tried to take better photos with my phone but the sun was not in the right place. So a digital camera is now on my Christmas list, and I will just have to keep going back to take pictures at different times to get better pictures. This is the stern of the ship with the round Mayflower emblem.  Unfortunately as Mayflower II is currently being worked on, it is is not open for visiting.  I plan on being there when it sails home to Plimouth and then going to Plimouth Plantation to visit it.

Mystic Seaport is called The Museum of America and the Sea. It has a village with wonderful indoor displays staffed with storytellers, historians, craftspeople, and musicians as well as the ships you can visit. My grandchildren love the Children’s Museum and the Playscape. I’m giving you the site as they have so many things for everyone, you just have to click around and see what you’d like. http://www.mysticseaport.org/

If you’re in Connecticut, visit Mystic Seaport. If you run into me, be sure to say hi.

-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!
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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Sprinting to Paperback by Stacy Hoff

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My latest print release, JOCKEYING FOR YOU, has me thinking about print sales again. Especially since JOCKEYING’s print debut comes right on the heels of the print debut of DESIRE IN THE ARCTIC. http://wp.me/prBca-4RP

If you’re published with a small press like I am, it’s likely that you have your books released first in e-format, followed by print format a few months later (if at all). It’s a truism that many small presses believe most people today are buying e-format books, and focus on e-sales accordingly.

There’s a lot of truth to the power of e-book sales, especially with younger readers. Not to mention the draw of Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited program. Add to this the dwindling number of large brick-and-mortar bookstores; only the “big 5” publishers can afford to absorb the loss from retailers who ship back returned books. Accordingly, many small publishers back off print altogether, or make the print copies they do produce more about “author promo” than about sales.

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But print has it’s advantages. For one thing, print format is needed to enter the romance industries biggest contest—the RITA, sponsored by Romance Writers’ of America (RWA), along with other, well-respected (albeit smaller) competitions for published authors. Print copies can also be sold to indie bookstores, which can not only generate sales that impact the New York Times best seller list, but may also have a kinder return policy for publishers.

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For me, the question of print sales is personal—the biggest advantage of print is my holding a copy of my book in my hands. Thus, I made sure when I was looking at potential publishers I chose one that would be open to print publication. I knew I would not be happy with e-format only. From a sales, promo, and personal perspective, I am glad I went with a publisher willing to do both e-format and print.

My opinion is not universal. There are many authors and readers alike who believe that e-format is “where it’s at.” Please weigh in. I love gathering this data. My hope is to report back with a summary from all those who were kind enough to chime in.

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I’ve Been Gilmored: What the Ending Means by Heather Novak (**WARNING** SPOILERS)

On November 25, I watched all four Gilmore Girl Revival episodes.

I have been Gilmored.

And I’ve solved the ending.

After waiting for nearly 10 years to find my way back to Stars Hollow, I finally made the trip “home” for my birthday. It was simultaneously everything I hoped for and missing things I wanted. What is the issue? We’re all grown up.

**SPOILERS ARE CONTAINED BELOW! IF YOU HAVE NOT SEEN THE REVIVAL, STOP READING! YOU ARE CONTINUING AT YOUR OWN RISK! I SPOIL THE CRAP OUT OF THE ENDING!**

 

**LAST CHANCE**

 

 

**COPPER BOOM!**

 

I’m Rory’s age, although she was a year behind me in school. During the original series, I agreed with Rory and most of her choices (and as charming as Logan is – and HE IS CHARMING – still can’t get behind him.)

But 32 year old Rory?

The hell, girl?

I would NEVER go back to my college boyfriend and be his mistress…which is good because I did just get married…soooo there’s also that. This story line is much more suited to someone in their mid-twenties, but I digress.

I find myself more on Emily’s side! There, I said it.

I grieved at Richard’s absence, although ASP did an amazing job making his presence felt. When Rory entered his study and saw him in the chair? Holy cats. HICCUP SOBS. It was a mess. And then she sat and typed at his desk with her painting right there?

GD. I was done.

Now, the show had some issues. I had trouble keeping up with the timeline, especially in Fall. I couldn’t tell if it was a day or a week or a month later. To be fair, I watched the show with some friends and family, so it’s possible I was just distracted. 

I missed the theme song, which we didn’t get until the last episode. I was thrilled to see Carole King come back! (Ironically, my day job has me working on an event she’s going to be attending, so it was a fun real-life-meets-fictional-life moment.) I laughed hard at the crack to her music. And while I adored the Stars Hollow musical, it was loooooong.

But it was like a reunion for the soul! I’m so glad Melissa McCarthy came back, it was the perfect cameo for her. I missed Max and really wished he made an appearance at Chilton. The recast of Tristan…let’s not even talk about that. And I need to mention PARIS IS STILL ONE OF MY FAVORITES! (Except I can’t even with her and Doyle right now.)

Kirk made a new film. Enough said.

But let’s be honest. You’re all here to understand the cliff hanger. I’m here to help.

I can feel some of you pulling away. I know a huge negative wave has washed through the audience. Yes, at 32 as well, I’m disappointed in Rory’s choices. She SHOULDN’T have been having an affair (AGAIN) with someone. I think she could’ve stayed in politics with her talent. She could have created her own travel blog by now. She was a little too “spoiled millennial” to me, and I found her SUPER annoying in many scenes.

That being said, I also remember this ending was written for a younger Rory. To be fair, if this had happened to younger Rory, I would’ve been devastated. Now, I’m just wondering why the hell she wasn’t up to date on her birth control…(I know that not all birth control is 100% effective even when used correctly, but Rory doesn’t even know when her underwear is. She has to write a note that she needs to break up with Paul. I mean, her irresponsibility level leads me to believe she is not using her birth control effectively or correctly.)

After the last line, the talk with Christopher made sense. SO much sense. It also undoubtedly cast Logan as Christopher. They are pretty much the same person. Charming, attractive, rich, and in a constant battle with pleasing his parents while living his own life, but ultimately choosing money. They want to be in the lives of the “Force of Nature” Gilmores, but they can’t hack it. They don’t have the backbone.

With Logan as Christopher, you know that leaves Jess as Luke. WE FINALLY got a hint of it in Fall.

1) Let’s take a moment an appreciate Jess’s butt in those jeans. Go ahead, I’ll wait.

2) He’s the only one who’s been able to pull Rory out of her ruts. Every serious rut, he’s there. He challenges her to be a better person and own her mistakes as well as her talent.

3) HE IS NOT TECHNICALLY RELATED! It’s a bit “in the close circle” if you will, but he’s a step-nephew who didn’t become a step-nephew until Rory was 32. That’s not even a little weird.

4) He encourages her to write the book. When she runs out and shows him the pages at the end, it’s perfect! You can see it in his eyes and on her face. 

5) THE LONG STARE. Guys, that was it. That long stare was the “beginning.”

So here’s how I see it playing out:

Rory will not tell Logan that she’s pregnant until after he’s married. He will not want to tell his family because then they’ll know about the affair, but he’ll try to be part of her life and pay her off. Rory will struggle with this (because Logan IS charming and crazy hot without a shirt on), but eventually find her backbone and tell him to sod off. 

Gilmore Girls book will become a best seller and land Rory into a lengthy book deal. She’ll stay in Stars Hollow and visit Nantucket to write while raising a mini-me, which better be a daughter. If it’s a boy, however, she’ll name it Richard. During this time, Jess will be around for holidays and whatnot, biding his time.

Eventually, Jess and Rory will connect. Maybe through a health scare with Lorelei/Luke, maybe through someone’s passing, maybe through something terribly exciting…like Doyle picking up one of her books and turning it into a movie! (I think the implication is that the TV show was based on the book here.)

Jess and Rory will finally get married and move to a bigger city, but visit Stars Hollow often. He will continue his publishing and she will continue writing and they’ll make the power couple of the decade.

So yes, despite the cliffhanger, all of the seeds are in place for a Happily Ever After. This was just FINALLY Lorelei’s time. My husband was very glad we got married BEFORE I saw the Luke and Lorelei wedding, let me tell you (I would have wanted the entire thing and our wedding planner would’ve killed me.)

I’m happy with the revival. 3.5 out of 5 stars. 


On this day in 1835 Hans Christian Andersen published his first book of fairy tales.


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