With every book I write, I create a soundtrack that fits the mood and story. For this one, I made it so it followed the story. I put it in the front of the book with the hope that readers will make their own playlist and listen as they read. That may be too much to ask but it makes me happy, so here it is. This is Cecilia's (the main character) playlist:
I've started an official Reader Group on Facebook for readers, fans and other authors.
I finished the third book in the series the other day! The title is ETERNAL. Woo-hoo! Now on to edits and re-writes, the necessary evils. I hope to publish it by late summer, I'm shooting for August. It's a process :)
Also, I will be recording a podcast interview Monday June 25 for Write Now with Sarah Werner. (See link below to check out her podcasts). *This is not when my interview will air. This is only when it's recorded. I'll update you on the air date!*
She interviews authors of all ages and all genres. I've been listening to her podcasts for a long time and they've been so helpful in my journey as an indie author. It's not just for writers, though. Readers and lovers of books will love her podcasts, too, because you get to hear stories from writers, everything from their journey, their personal experiences to their creative process. It's helped me discover authors I love. And she's incredibly easy to listen to, very warm and engaging....I feel like I'm sitting having a cup of coffee with a friend. I could listen to her all day!
Oh! How could I forget? I've started an entirely new project inspired by the me too movement. I don't want to give too much away but it's quite different from the Black Shadows series. The main character is a recent college grad named Peyton and he needs to learn a lesson. Think of the movies What Women Want (with Mel Gibson) or Groundhog Day. That's all I'll say for now. I like to be a tease :-0
I'm also looking for beta readers for Eternal so if you're interested, email me at email@example.com.
Til next time ;)
This is how I live. Life is short. This is why I don't do "normal" things society expects me to do. This is why I spend 12 hours on a Sunday working on my book series (which involves way more than just writing), than going shopping or taking a nap. This is my passion. I'm just doing what it takes. Maybe one day I'll be able to do this full time, but for now, I do it at every possible opportunity and I'm grateful for the time I have. My constant urge to create something may seem neurotic but it is the only thing that gives me this euphoric joy, gives me a high I can't get anywhere else. Sometimes, I'm tempted to be lazy but then I think of how badly I want to hold a book I've written in my hands.
TL;DR : If you want something bad enough, you'll find a way. Don't waste your life just going through the motions.
Just wanted to share my official Amazon Author Page. Don't fret, there will be a few more books there by this time next year!
I'm not a grinch, really. I swear. This is my favorite time of year. I love seeing my family (we are scattered all across the country and I usually only get to see them once a year so it's very special!) and love the cool Florida winter and love giving gifts. I work in healthcare (until I make it big as an author--wink, wink) and talk to patients all day. Almost every single person I come into contact with asks me, "Are you ready for the holidays?" Just know that when you're face-down (or "prone," as we say in the biz) on the table, I'm rolling my eyes.
Is it just me or does that get annoying? Maybe it's because I'm an INFJ and would rather have a root canal than have small talk.
I think maybe they assume I'm married and have kids and so getting ready for the holidays entails endless shopping, baking, and all that jazz. I'm single with no offspring so I do minimal shopping and minimal cooking/baking. (Did I mention I work two jobs on top of writing fantasy thrillers?)
Anyway, I'm getting to the real reason for my post. I've decided to revise the first novel in the Black Shadows Series, The Devil You Know. It's the same book, same story, same characters. Only this time, I'm giving you more insight into Dr. Cecilia Harper. More character development, if you will. I felt like she was the least interesting character and well, that's a problem since she's the MAIN character. The thing is, she is interesting. In my head. I'm just going to show you that now.
Hey, you live and learn.
Stay tuned for the re-launch in January and then the sequel, Shadow House, in March!
6000 words of book three complete! Only about 60-70k more to go. No sweat 😎
This is so fun! I can't wait!! So many surprises in store for you 😈
Be patient with me: the relaunch of THE DEVIL YOU KNOW is set for January. Then SHADOW HOUSE in March and UNTITLED 3rd BOOK in May. The only reason I'm spacing it out that way is to give me time to write the third one so you don't have to wait too long in between books! See, I'm thinking about you, loyal reader :)
Love and dogs and coffee and may all your books have the book smell <3
Til next time,
Best Day Ever by Kaira Rouda
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Brilliant. I devoured this book. I love psychological thrillers, especially the domestic sort, and this did not disappoint. I was captivated on page one. It makes you think: how well do you know someone? Even someone you're married to? Maybe not at all.
Paul is an unreliable narrator, which makes reading the story from his POV addictive and riveting. You truly get a glimpse into the mind of a narcissistic psychopath who can charm just about anyone. You'll be fooled for a while, too, thinking "Sure, he's an egotistical jerk but he loves his wife and would never hurt anyone." Then the intricate web of lies he's spun begins to unravel. There are hints from the beginning of Paul's true self, his violent psychopathic self, but it is still a shock when it all comes out in the end. Perhaps the creepiest part of all is his repeated insistence that this will be the "best day ever" for his wife when he is actually planning her worst day ever.
Now please excuse me while I go read this again. And go find more of her books. Well done, Ms. Rouda, I'm a fan.
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For those interested in ancient history, you'll love this!
In researching all things Celtic (because I'm including more folklore and Celtic history in Shadow House), I came across this ancient language, called Ogham, which is an Early Medieval alphabet used in the early Irish language. I also learned that the druids of Celtic society (the priests), although literate, relied mainly on oral traditions and history, being careful not to write things down for fear that their sacred knowledge would be stolen or misused.
Here is a bed people would have slept in during the Iron Age (approx 750 BC-43 AD, although sources differ greatly on the time period), during which Iron was discovered by the Celts and used for everything from jewelry to weapons.
The Celts lived in roundhouses:
Large families would live in these houses together and would light a fire in the middle for warmth and cooking.
It's so fascinating to see how people lived thousands of years ago!