Friday, March 31, 2017

Celebrate the Small Things


This weekly blog hop is sponsored by the amazing Lexa Cain, and co-hosted by L.G. Keltner from Writing Off the Edge and myself. 

What exactly are we celebrating?

Every week, wonderful things happen, tiny things, which make us smile. But as time grabs us up, we forget all about these moments as if they never existed at all. This is the chance for us to reflect back on those and remember that there are tons of things worth celebrating.

This week, I'm celebrating. . .

1) A lovely birthday! My eldest took us out to dinner, and the others are pushing my not-so-talented green thumb with really pretty flowers (I do love them and hope I can keep them alive). And my husband got a beautiful cake - the flowers on this one had me all smiles. So pretty!



2) Things are looking up on the job hunting end. We're praying the right one will slide into place soon (staying patient is always so hard!)

3) Our 2nd car is finally running again! I've been playing hobbit for 3-4. . .5? months now. So the minute I got mine back, I jumped in and drove to town and felt free. . .Free. . .FREE! Watch out world, here I come!

And what about you? What put a smile on your face this last week? See a rainbow? Take an unexpected side trip? Get some writing/editing done?

What are you celebrating?

Friday, March 24, 2017

Celebrate the Small Things


This weekly blog hop is sponsored by the amazing Lexa Cain, and co-hosted by L.G. Keltner from Writing Off the Edge and myself. 

What exactly are we celebrating?

Every week, wonderful things happen, tiny things, which make us smile. But as time grabs us up, we forget all about these moments as if they never existed at all. This is the chance for us to reflect back on those and remember that there are tons of things worth celebrating.

This week, I'm celebrating. . .

1) My youngest's birthday! She's ten now. My, they grow up quick.

2) Wild flowers! Little ones are popping up all across the lawn. Purples, whites, yellows. . .I'm enjoying the view.

3) A four day weekend for the kids! I love not having to wake up to get them on that bus (it picks them up at 6:30 am). If the weather holds, we'll be heading over to my brother's for some sheep shearing and maybe get a little wool and see what we can do with that.


What about you? What put a smile on your face this week? See a good movie? Hear some lovely  Find a missing sock? What are you celebrating?








Friday, March 17, 2017

Celebrate Those Small Things


This weekly blog hop is sponsored by the amazing Lexa Cain, and co-hosted by L.G. Keltner from Writing Off the Edge and myself. 

What exactly are we celebrating?

Every week, wonderful things happen, tiny things, which make us smile. But as time grabs us up, we forget all about these moments as if they never existed at all. This is the chance for us to reflect back on those and remember that there are tons of things worth celebrating.

Whoa! I just realized that it's Friday again. Where in the world did the last week go? Well, here's what I'm celebrating. . .

1) Pay checks! We thought we could give up, but hub's company finally managed to pull through. *whew* That made me do a happy dance.

2) An unexpected scholarship came in for my daughter! Anyone who has kids headed off for college knows how nice those are.

3) Cookies! My son has baked some a coupe of times this week, which always makes my sweet-tooth smile.

And what about you? What put a smile on your face this last week? Survive that snow storm? Hear a great song? Pet a cat or dog? What are you celebrating?








Friday, March 10, 2017

Yay for Celebrate the Small Things!


This weekly blog hop is sponsored by the amazing Lexa Cain, and co-hosted by L.G. Keltner from Writing Off the Edge and myself. 

What exactly are we celebrating?

Every week, wonderful things happen, tiny things, which make us smile. But as time grabs us up, we forget all about these moments as if they never existed at all. This is the chance for us to reflect back on those and remember that there are tons of things worth celebrating.


It's been a rough week. . .my husband's company decided to not pay the employees their wages and gave no notification. So we're scrambling to find a solution, since there aren't many job possibilities here in the middle of nowhere, it's a bit frustrating. Good-bye sleep!

In other words, it's a super YAY for Celebrate the Small Things!!!


This week, I'm celebrating. . .

1) My daughter was on the radio yesterday morning! She's quite the social butterfly, so there's a little story behind this. A man came to pick up his wife at the gym where my daughter's cheer leading squad practices, and said daughter overheard that he works at out small town radio station. So she ran up to him and said, "How about making me famous?" He agreed (with some banter, I'm told) and asked her to come by this morning to discuss cheer leading, the up-coming pep-rally and the big games this weekend. . . that would be good news number two: her school's boy's basketball team is playing at State this weekend. It was fun to listen to her. I admire her pep and out-going attitude.

2) My oldest son swore in to the National Guard Reserve on Wednesday! He's been planning and informing himself for a year now, and finally figured out how to work it all in with his college plans. We're proud of him.

3) Another baby calf! This one is white and gray. . .and of course, oh so cute!

4) Starting the third writing/editing project this year! I've been in a writing slump the past couple of years. This year, I'm determined to up the game and send those pages flying into the world. Lol! It's sad how often I have to remind myself of this goal and force myself to hold to it--I'm going to need my son's drill Sergeant.


What about you? What are you smiling about this week? Did you get a chance to work-out? Buy a lovely pen or notebook? Drink a delicious beer? Wash those windows. . .whoa! Wait up! That's not a smiling thing. . .Find someone to wash those windows for you?????

What are you celebrating this week?

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Cover Reveal: No Rest for the Wicked by Krystal Jane Ruin

I'm so excited to be helping out a good writer friend today as she unveils the amazing cover to her upcoming release! I betaed this book, and I can only give it a HUGE two thumbs up. It has magic, action, a spunky heroine, curses, romance, and all sorts of good things. (I hope she knows that I'd die to read a book 2 soon!)

Anyway. . .

Here's the beautiful new cover and all the greatness to look out for. . .

COMING. . .
MAY 10th!!!

NA Paranormal



Since her release from the psychiatric facility and into the smothering guardianship of her aunt, twenty-one-year-old psychic Tatum Torabi has been sneaking away to sell curses and plagues in the underground, a black market known for illegal and supernatural wares.
Tatum’s unique abilities catch the attention of a hella-creepy trash peddler who offers her a job tracking down people who owe his boss “a favor.” She couldn’t be less interested, but when she refuses, the company forces her compliance by threatening the lives of the only family she has left.
Because tracking barely scratches the surface of what they really want from her. There’s a reason Tatum is so good at making curses, and they want her to use those skills for a much darker purpose.

Will be available at. . .



And a lovely teaser!





And here she is. . .

Krystal Jane Ruin is the author of supernatural and paranormal fiction living in the Tennessee Valley. She can often be found knee deep in Sudoku and other puzzles, in a Youtube hole, or blogging about books, writing, and random things. 



Friday, March 3, 2017

Celebrate the Small Things


This weekly blog hop is sponsored by the amazing Lexa Cain, and co-hosted by L.G. Keltner from Writing Off the Edge and myself. 

What exactly are we celebrating?

Every week, wonderful things happen, tiny things, which make us smile. But as time grabs us up, we forget all about these moments as if they never existed at all. This is the chance for us to reflect back on those and remember that there are tons of things worth celebrating.

This week, I'm celebrating. . .


 Flowers! These are popping up everywhere in the yard. Trees are budding. . .birds singing. Just wish I was ready for Spring.


And what about you? What put a smile on your face this last week? Delicious ice cream? Run into someone you haven't seen in awhile? Buy a neat hat? What are you celebrating?







Wednesday, March 1, 2017

A very simple IWSG


Happy March! Wow, didn't that one come quick this year?
With a brand new month comes the awesome IWSG!!! For those of you who don't know, this is a writer's support group. A HUGE one with all sorts of possibilities. And this is the monthly post, where us writers get together and share our woes or offer encouragement to those who need it.
Want to know more? Then head on over to the super Alex J. Cavanaugh, the guy who started this whole thing and join in.

Special thanks also goes to this month's co-hosts:  Tamara Narayan, Patsy Collins, M.J. Fifield, and Nicohle Christopherson!


This month. . .

I'm simply typing away. Without work, there's no gain.

Isn't that an easy sum up?


As to this month's question:

Have you ever pulled out a really old story and reworked it? Did it work out? 

I've pulled out an old story before, but it wasn't 'really' old. It's more of a story that I'd like to get published someday but realize that it still needs work. It's gone through many edits. Gone through querying years ago and got full requests but ended there.

My gut's telling me that it's still missing something, and I've noticed that the gut is often right. Since I'm in no hurry (this isn't a race), I'm letting this particular MS steam and will wait for the right ideas to hit.

It's not like there aren't other. . .tons. . .mountains worth of stories waiting in line.


What about you? Ready to tear up a MS, jump on it and set it on fire? Doing a happy dance about a good story? Wondering if this whole writing thing is worth the time and trouble? Or are you on the edge of your seat, no longer able to take the suspense?
How's the writing world treating you?