Happy Valentine’s Day

The day of love is here! Usually I’m not too thrilled about it, mostly because I’ve never had a boyfriend on Valentine’s, but this year I’m feeling surprisingly good about the whole thing.

 

I think it’s because I’ve properly planned it out this year for my readers, and have a couple of fun contests planned over on my Facebook Page 😀  I even bought Valentine’s Day Cards this year which I’ll be shipping out to a couple of lucky readers.

 

I think hat was always my main problem with it, seeing all the cute, pink and glittery stuff and not being able to get my hands on any of it. Now that I’ve got a plan for being able to pick some stuff up and show my readers some appreciation, I’m a little more open to the idea of enjoying myself today 😀

 

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What are you up to for Valentine’s Day? Working? Spending time with that special someone? Or a bit of both? 😉

 

Cheers!

 

Mandy Rosko

 

 

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Snowbound Paranormal-Scope & Contest

When the snow is high, we tend to daydreams of warm beaches with balmy breezes floating over our reclined bodies. Well, I do. Laughs. When snowbound, there are certain paranormals that come out to play. Beware.

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:
Yetis are furry and have a fun sense of humor. Engage in laughter with those close. Relax and have fun.

Taurus:
Bigfoot really needs to be warm. Check over your home and make sure you have enough provisions.

Gemini:
Were Turkeys prowl the snow for food. Lock your doors and don’t leave out food for your pets. Feed them indoors.

Cancer:
Werewolves bounce in the snow like puppies. Time for fun whether it’s skiing, skating, sledding, or writing or painting as the snow drifts time. Get inspired for fun.

Leo:
Gnomes love the snow. Time for parties and cooking and snuggling by the fire.

Virgo:
Were bunnies are confused by the snow. This is a confusing time. Lay low and listen to everyone before making any decision.

Libra:
Bear shifters don’t hibernate. They do get romantic. Romance may be in your future.

Scorpio:
Dragons never worry about snow. They can melt out a nice area. Unexpected dragon company is headed your way. Remember they are warmer than their roar.

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

Capricorn:
The Hoth Wampa is dangerous intact, but cut off their arm and you have dandy snow scraper for your car. Translation: Cut big projects into parts you can manage.

Aquarius:
Zombies don’t understand the snow and wander aimlessly. If you can’t focus, catch a nap and things will be clearer when you wake up.

Pisces:
Snow Dormice love tea. It’s perfect when you have a freezing day. Unfreeze your heart and have a cuppa. And remember if you give a dormouse tea, you must give them a biscuit.

Contest: Before you leave, follow this link to the party over at The Romance Studio. I am giving away a signed print copy of Vampire King of New York to one commenter who can convince me I should pick them. https://www.trsparties.com/post-3-family-of-fangs-valentines-party-a-carriage-ride-in-central-park-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: 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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Bad Boys Don’t Care If It’s Valentine’s Day by Ripley Proserpina

Because most of my time not spent reading or writing is now spent watching Gilmore Girls, I’ve started thinking about bad boys.

Gilmore Girls wasn’t a show I watched when it was on t.v.; as a high schooler with a short attention span, the CW had too many commercial breaks for me. Now as a thirty-smmmmm year old, and watching it with actual life experience, I wonder, what is it that makes a guy a bad boy?

So: because I’m nothing if not thorough, I did some research.

First, I dismissed the myths. Leather jackets, slicked back hair, a motorcycle, does not a bad boy make. It’s predictable, and a bad boy is not predictable.

Predictability, or lack thereof, I’ve discovered, is the hallmark of the bad boy. Thinking literarily (which is a word— I double-checked with Merriam Webster), a female character interested in a bad boy is always confused.

What does he want?

Where is he?

Why does he show up at the most unexpected times? 

What does he think? Does he love our female main character or hate her?

Take Fitzwilliam Darcy. If Pride and Prejudice was less well known, and Darcy and Elizabeth’s fate not common knowledge, we the reader would be as surprised as she when he proposes.

A bad boy in breeches… sigh.

Our literary bad boys don’t have to be from classic lit either. Edward (Twilight), Gale (Hunger Games), Four (Divergent), Cole (Wolves of Mercy Falls), The Darkling (Grisha Series), Travis Maddox (Beautiful Disaster). All kept our female main character off-balance. All of them kept us guessing. All of them maintained a poker face and the perfect combination of sweetness and assholery.

There is no case to make for the bad boy, because he doesn’t care what we think, and he’s not here to impress us (except… he kind of is. Because here’s the big bad boy secret— he actually does care, and he’s looking for some special girl to finally give him the acceptance he has always yearned for).

So even if he pretends Valentine’s Day is for losers, it might actually melt his cold heart to get one.

Wondering who your bad boy soul mate is? I found some fun quizzes online. Enjoy.

~ Ripley

http://quizzes.teen.com/quizzes/view/546-Which-Fictional-Character-Could-Be-Your-Boyfriend

https://www.buzzfeed.com/vikky/which-fictional-bad-guy-is-your-soulmate-y65c?utm_term=.pk2LX1g4K#.uax7nok0q

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Contest for Vampire King of New York by Susan Hanniford Crowley

Want to win a print book of Vampire King of New York?  Yes?  Hop over to vampyrekingofnewyork_higres-1https://www.trsparties.com/post-1-family-of-fangs-valentines-party-by-susan-hanniford-crowley/

Be sure to comment and tell me why I should pick you. I will be posting once a day and I’ll let everyone know when I do on Twitter and Facebook. Every time you comment on a different post of mine you increase your chance of convincing me.  So don’t be shy, so click that link. You can only enter over there.

I hope to see everyone over at The Romance Studio’s Valentine Party.

Enjoy!

-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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Cover Reveal! by Stacy Hoff

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I recently announced the birth of my BUILDING LOVE series, with book 1, BETTING LOVE IN VEGAS, to be released in a few short weeks—March 22nd. It’s very exciting for me to launch this new series, and even more exciting to see to the brand new cover. So without further ado, here it is!

I’m so happy with the way this cover turned out. It captures the location of the story, which is Las Vegas. Each book in the BUILDING LOVE series is set in a different fun/exotic/jaw-dropping destination, so each cover will feature where the story takes place. (Book 2, taking place in the Caribbean, will be released October, 2017.)

Below is the book blurb for BETTING ON LOVE IN VEGAS. Let me know what you think about the cover. Did the cover artist accurately capture the feel of the story? For me, the answer is yes!

Book blurb for BETTING 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 not for 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.

THIS JUST IN–PRE-ORDER LINK FOR AMAZON: http://amzn.to/2kAgBvK

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Knowing when to walk away

I wish I could say everything we start as writers ends up as a fantastic book that readers adore and critics rave about. Wouldn’t that be awesome? *pauses to ponder the perfection*

Sadly, it’s far from the truth. First drafts are war. They’re bloody. Our story medics work diligently to tourniquet the worst of the problems as our muses forge onward to the glorious hallowed lands of “The End.”

But when the carnage settles, what we’re left with is often in desperate needs of some editorial TLC. Maybe even some serious rewriting triage. Sometimes, however, what remains should be let go, for its sake and ours.

But how do you know when it’s best to walk away?

I recently found myself in this struggle. It ultimately became what I termed a nuclear writing summit in my brain at about 1:30 a.m. one morning. (I know you fellow writers feel me on this one. These important mental summits ALWAYS happen when we’re trying to sleep, right?). By the time my muse, internal editor and internal time manager concluded their three-way war, the decision was obvious. The story I’d just finished wasn’t worth trying to salvage.

It’s a tough decision. I’m sure that in time I’ll drag the story back out, dust its damaged remains off and resuscitate the idea. But it’ll have to wait until I have time to do so. Decisions like these are never easy.

But in my humble opinion they are necessary. Writing may be a passion, but it is first and foremost a business. Every decision made must contribute to the bottom line. Every delay must be reasonable, necessary and surmountable. That’s how I’m tackling 2017.

It took me quite a while to accept that not every word I write will get published. Not every idea is worth a book. At first I thought the realization would hurt, wound my muse. In truth she’s happy. Relieved. I’ve freed myself from the strangleholds of making a less than book perfect idea work.

What about you? Have you ever walked away from a project or something you started, then realized you shouldn’t have?

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No Magic Solution

Each day I wake up, have the flitting thought that I live in a world of chaos and realize that I’m not sure what to do about it. So what do I do? Nothing of course. The truth is it is all a bit overwhelming and I’m sure I’m not alone in that thought. But my aim is to change it.

I work in the financial services industry and quite frankly, the regulation and subject matter in this industry is endless which leaves me in a state of constantly wanting to know or learn more. For the past few months especially (my current role is more learning than ever before), I’ve taken the tactic of one thing at a time. This fits me as I’m one of those folks who handles almost everything this way (eat all my peas first, my meat next, etc.).

Don’t get me wrong, I can panic just as much as the next person over. But I also realize that life is hardly full of magic solutions for anything. The same goes for our world issues – whether big or small. For me, I’m working more towards helping others. I’m starting through volunteer work and my hope is that it can evolve. The hours I spend here and there, aren’t meant to solve all the worlds issues or even a fraction of them, but they do give insight as to what those around me go through and it’s nice to know that I can help

So next time you are feeling like you just can’t handle something, realize that goals and fixes are achieved through hard work and unity. No magic wands but simply someone who starts off saying they don’t want to simply do “nothing” today.

Happy writing this week!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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