A Day of Remembrance: Memorial Day 2016

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Memorial Day began after the Civil War as a specific day on which to remember those men who died on the Union side during the conflict. After World War II the day was changed to honor and remember the men and women who gave their lives in the service of the United States in any war.

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The day is special in my family because my uncle, John Thomas Jackson was killed in Italy during World War II. He and his brothers served in almost all branches of the service. From the stories in our family John, also called “Peepsi,” was something of a daredevil. He was stationed in Italy and volunteered to go on a scouting mission outside of Salerno and was killed by a sniper. One of my cousins is named for him and my father informed me numerous times that I would had been named after him had I been a boy.

 

I’m sure if you have a member of your family who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our country and our freedom, you’ll also be remembering them this Memorial Day.

Graves at Arlington Cemetery on Memorial Day. Photo is courtesy of Wikipedia and is in the public domain.

Graves at Arlington Cemetery on Memorial Day. Photo is courtesy of Wikipedia and is in the public domain.

 

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Memorial Day Weekend

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I come from a military family. My dad served in the Navy for 20 years. My uncle served in the Army during World War II.  For me, Memorial Day and the days that surround it are a time of reflection. A time to thank the men and women in the United States Armed Forces for protecting us and our liberty everyday. It’s also a time to remember those that served and died for us.

Thank you!

-Susan
Susan Hanniford Crowley, Amazon Kindle Bestselling Author of Vampire Romance

 

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Memorial Day Weekend by Stacy Hoff

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To all my Passionate Readers on Memorial Day Weekend, I wish you a weekend of filled with relaxing walks on the beach, hours spent reading your favorite novels, and plenty of time at the picnic table (hopefully enjoying some awesome barbecue).

I also wish you a peaceful Memorial Day Monday. It is a chance to remember America’s fallen military men and women. It is an  honor they deserve.

Lastly, I wish you quality time spent with family and friends. Nothing in life is more important than being with those we love.

Have a good Memorial Day weekend everyone.

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My Weekend Fling by Heather Novak

Hello Conference Hangover!

SP6The Chicago North RWA threw a SPECTACULAR conference this year called Spring Fling 2016! It was a chart topper for me. Close to home, full of authors I adored, as well as an awesome group of editors and agents (especially one in particular😛 ).

This year’s awesome keynote speakers were Robyn Carr (I KNOW! She’s as amazing as you think she is), Courtney Milan (she floored me, I love her), and *fangirling* Christina Lauren (the combined pen name of long-time writing partners/besties/soulmates/brain-twins Christina Hobbs and Lauren Billings). If you didn’t cry through at least one of these keynotes, then there’s something wrong with you. #tearseverywhere

Fiancé, being the amazing partner he is, drove with me the 5 hours to the conference and was basically the best assistant and fiancé ever. He got me food when needed, ran my pitch with me over and over (and over and over) again, and set up my station for the book signing while I pitched to an agent.

Keynote with Christina Lauren (tears, everywhere)

What I adore about these small conference is the approachability of every author. My girls had drinks with Robyn Carr, I had a talk about agents and promo with Christina and Lauren, and Courtney Milan laid it all on the line about her struggles and successes. I sat next to author Mary Nova at the book signing and we had a blast together.

The conference wasn’t about who was better than who, it was about “how can I help my fellow writer”?  If I were to sum up the weekend: Pitch workshops, critique nights, writing curled up on couches, late night panicked text messages about meeting an agent/editor, learning what to do and what not to do, making new friends, and raising a glass to our triumphs and failures.

If I had to pick my all-time favorite moments…

This panel gave me life! Courtney Milan, Christina Lauren, and Robyn Carr!

1) I went to check in to my agent pitch session. Christina and Lauren were talking to the moderator and I told them, “I’m going to come fangirl over you at the signing, but I have to do a pitch first!” (I literally had ten books from the Beautiful Series for them to sign…)

They asked me about my pitch, gave me a pep talk, and really encouraged me. I nailed that pitch. Like, it was the best I had ever done, and the agent was as excited about the book as me and invited me to send a full manuscript for her review! Then, when I went to Christina Lauren’s table at the signing, the first thing they asked was how the pitch went! (Also, seriously, I love their writing.)

 

Me at my first signing!

2) Meeting fans of my book. OF MY BOOK! I have fans, it’s super surreal.

3) Meeting Clara Kensie. Because her book Run To You is one of my favorites.

4) Hanging out with my GDRWA girls! I loved getting closer to them and sharing our stories.

5) Meeting a very cool agent and her requesting a full manuscript to review:)

 

 

I could talk forever about the fun I had, but I need to get back to finishing my manuscript to submit! Here are my favorite pictures from the weekend:

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Author MK Schiller!

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Author Aliza Mann!

Author Mary Nova and I hanging out! She writes some very steamy stuff!

The epic Robyn Carr and author Roni Hall hanging out during the signing!

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GDRWA authors Linda Bradley and Roni Hall at the signing

Author Roni Hall with the unparalleled Christina and Lauren of Christina Lauren

GDRWA Members who were also in attendance!

 

Were you at Chicago Spring Fling? I’d love to hear about your weekend!

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Vacation… Here I come!

I’m burnt out, but honestly that seems to be the theme lately. Do more with less. Stretch, stretch, stretch. I’m studying and working and being a mom and studying and working and… you get the gist. In a way, it is interesting to see how focused one can become when they are so busy, but at the same time, you know that there is a timeline, a ticking clock so to speak on your happy productive mode.

So… I’ve planned an impromptu vacation. Is it the best time to take one? No, certainly not (I say this in a British accent as I steal from one of the common lines of one of my son’s bed time books), but then when is it? We are always busy and if we aren’t we create things for ourselves to do because we fell guilty we aren’t doing enough. I’m sure some therapist somewhere is nodding their head and has an explanation for this, but to me, it seems perfectly illogical.

I’ve written blogs before about being busy, needing to slow down, stopping to smell the flowers but do we (or I do it)? No, certainly not. I’m not sure slowing down is in our vocabulary. We need to be productive, we need to do, do, do. Why? The work will be there tomorrow, and the day after and the day after. And next thing we know, our lives have gone by and what do we have to say for ourselves. What are you proud of? Any of those busy bee accomplishments you’ve made? For some of us, I’d say yes but a lot of what we dedicate our time to is not always necessary.

My advice for this week? Be spontaneous, plan a vacation, take some time for you. Happy writing this week!

 

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Deadlines! by Mandy Rosko

They creep up on you.

If you’re an artist or any sort of creator, I’d love to know what you do with your deadlines. To you responsibly stick with them and plan for them? Or are you like me and you push them back as far as possible until you’re kicking yourself by the end of the month?

Yeah, I did that to myself again. Writing for a publisher basically means that I need to hand in at least 100K words a month to be happy, and I can do it, I’ve done it and more plenty of times over, but I think it’s time I started slowing down on the side projects if I’m going to get any proper sleep.

And if I want to make time for those painting classes I’ve been desperately wanting😀

Although I have to admit, there’s a nice rush that comes around when release day finally gets here😀 And since Alpha Bear with be released on the 31st of May, this month, I’m a little extra excited😀

I’d love to show an image of my super awesome cover here, but WordPress isn’t cooperating. Just trust me, it’s gorgeous😉

Still, what do you do? Even if it’s just personal deadlines for things like crafting, scrapbooking, anything. What do you do when your deadlines fall to the wayside? And if those deadlines are part of your job, what tips can you share to keep me from being an idiot every month?

Hugs,

~Mandy

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A Shapeshifter’s Paranormal-Scope

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:
Bunny shifters love a world filled with flowers. Bring spring into your home with some flowers and plants.

Taurus:
Bear shifters have been awake and aware for some time now. Things are changing. Be prepared to change with them.

Gemini:
Moose shifters rule. New opportunities are coming your way. Be sure to bellow your thanks to all the right people.

Cancer:
Bat shifters like to pretend they are vampires. You can tell by their lack of style. It’s time to change up the professional wardrobe.

Leo:
Lion shifters have enormous emotional strength. Others will come to depend on you. Be their shoulder to cry on.

Virgo:
Otter shifters play all day. Are you getting in enough playtime? It’s good for your health.

Libra:
Butterfly shifters have extraordinary experiences. Another is coming your way. Seize the day and the adventure.

Scorpio:
There’s a new shifter in town. Learn about them in the company of others. Play your cards close to the vest.

Sagittarius:
A dog shifter is following you around. Are you walking around with extra treats?  Get rid of those treats.

Capricorn:
A cat shifter rubs up against you. You are very loved. You will find the support you need.

Aquarius:
Cow shifters love a sunny day standing out in the field. You too will be recognized as outstanding in our field.

Pisces:
Tiger shifters rule the business jungle. Don’t be fooled. When going into meetings, bring your best game.

-Susan
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