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Friday, April 11, 2014

New Projects Coming Right Up!




Hi there! Hope everyone is enjoying the warmer weather and sunshine. I sure am.


I've been crazy busy completing many projects on top of a long list of other things. This year I've completed my memoir (so excited!), one children's book (more excitement) and more writing and editing (more on that later).

I'm totally revamping my children's book, Gonzo the Curious Cat with an amazing illustrator! So excited! And nope. This is NOT my secret project. That's still to come. Can't wait to share it with you all!

So stay tuned. I've got a lot to share this year.
Happy spring!

How about you? What projects have you completed? What books have you read that are worth reading?

 
 

 

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

TELL ME WHEN BLOG HOP - Stalking Awareness Tips



Did you know that January is National Stalking Awareness Month?

In honor of Stina Lindenblatt's debut release, she's doing a blog hop to raise awareness of the dangers of stalking.  Kudos to Stina for writing a story propelled around a most well-needed talked about subject!

There are many forms of stalking and you don't have to be a well-known celebrity to become a target.


Here are a few tips to help protect you:



First of all, if you feel you are at risk and need help, please call the S.A.F.E., Inc. 24 Hour Crisis Line 1-800-527-7233



  •  Intuition is everything. Do you get the feeling you're being watched? Do you sense toxic energy from a certain someone? Or maybe the place you are about to visit feels shady. Listen to that gut.


  •  Be aware of your surroundings. You don't have to be paranoid to be aware. It's easy to become a target if you're unaware what's going on around you. Don't put your guard down. Pay attention. Especially if you are walking alone. Don't get distracted by your phone. Predators and stalkers look for easy targets, don't become one.


  •  Don't post family photos to the public. This includes Facebook and Twitter, or any other social media. Save personal news and pics for a private profile. Then again, there really isn't such a thing as private. Use your own discretion. And remember oftentimes photos you post are also usable by the social media outlet you signed up with.  It's always a safe idea not to share the names of your kids too. Also, when sharing photos from a cellphone make sure you set your settings so that it's on private mode. Here's a video on how to stay safe. I've included an easy check list below.


Go under your settings to:


GENERAL
SETTINGS
LOCATION SERVICES
CAMERA

TURN OFF CAMERA


  • Don't check into places while you're there. It's a perfect opportunity to, well, stalk you. Don't mention your location. Nobody needs to know where you are at that exact moment. If you really want to share you've been at a special place, share after you've left. Although, if you share it publicly, I advise not to share the exact location or city.


  • Always keep a pen and paper handy or make good use of a Notes ap on your phone. Jot down license plates to suspicious cars. Better be safe than sorry. Months ago, I watched a true crime episode on TV and the only way they were able to track the predator down was by jotting down a description of the man and his license plate.


  •    If something doesn't feel right, tell someone. Anyone. Unfortunately I once had encountered a stalker experience, and I'm thankful that I voiced my gut feeling to someone. And please don't be afraid to ask for security when entering a store if needed.

Call the police if something suspicious is going down. What you think may be harmless could very well be something worth letting law enforcement know. 


TRUST YOUR INSTINCTS!!! 
Don't question it.



Here are a few blogs offering great tips and stories:


Safety 101: STALKING by Sheri Larsen

Tell Me When Blog Hop: Stalking Prevention by Stina Lindenblatt

TELL ME WHEN: A Personal Stalking Story by Writers Helping Writers




Stina's New Adult novel TELL ME WHEN releases on January 20th!



Amber Scott should be enjoying life as a college freshman. She should be pursuing her dream of becoming a veterinarian. She should be working hard to make sense of her precalculus math class.

She shouldn’t be waking up her college roommate with screaming nightmares. She shouldn’t be flashing back, reliving the three weeks of hell she barely survived last year. And she definitely shouldn’t be spending time with sexy player Marcus Reid.

But engineering student Marcus is the only one keeping Amber from failing her math course, so she grudgingly lets him into her life. She never expects the king of hookups will share his painful past. Or that she’ll tell him her secrets in return, opening up and trusting him in a way she thought she’d never be able to again.

When their fragile future together is threatened by a stalker Amber thought was locked away for good, Marcus is determined to protect her–and Amber is determined to protect Marcus…even if that means pushing him away.


Wednesday, January 8, 2014

2013 Reads




Photo by Martha Ramirez


Happy New Year!

It's that time of year again. Time to share books read the year prior. Although my list is a lot shorter this year but I have a good excuse. :-) 


So here they are, 2013 books read from my TBR pile along with half a dozen novels from CPs:

Christmas Stalking by Margaret Daley

Remembering Wholeness by Carol Tuttle

Poison by Jordyn Redwood

Unremembered by Jessica Brody   FREE Chapters 1-5

What Happened to My Sister by Elizabeth Flock

Let the Sky Fall by Shannon Messenger

The Hidden Son by Dianna T. Benson

The Magic by Rhonda Bryne

The Power by Rhonda Bryne 

How I Lost You by Janet



How about you? What have you enjoyed reading in the year 2013?


Recap:

2012 I read 25 books.  

In 2011) it was 28.

In 2010 44  In 2009 it was 32. In 2008 a total of 30. 

All the books I've read are also listed on my Goodreads profile. Drop by and come connect with me on GOODREADS

You can check out my reviews on my site HERE

Saturday, December 28, 2013

10 Ways to Make Your New Year Count





It's that time of year again; time to get rid of the old and in with the new. 


Everyone has dreams and goals. At least they should. A fresh new year is a perfect opportunity to sit down and map out your ambitions. Don't forget to dream too while you're at it.

I made up a 2014 Goal and Dream Sheet PDF  for all of you so NO EXCUSES :-)

Remember, be specific. Give yourself a deadline and/or add how often you'd like to incorporate a certain something.

Here are some examples:

Yoga 3xs a week
Write for six hours a day
Finish novel by March 31st
Learn to paint by first day of summer (June 21st)
Reach out to someone who could use some help

Afraid you'll make a mistake?

No worries there's no such thing. But if you're truly worried about it, check out this great article by the amazing Michael Hyatt. A must read: 10 Biggest Goal Setting Mistakes


In the meantime, here are a few could-be goals I came up with and ways to achieve them:


Losing weight/Getting Fit:

Pre plan your meals ahead of time. Cook and fill lunches in Tupperware for the week. Stock up on veggies and fruits and wholesome foods. To veer away from temptation, discard not-so-good munchies from pantry.

Set a timer for 30-40 minutes for cardio. And if your memory is as bad as mine, set an alarm every 2-3 hours to eat. Don't wait until your stomach growls to let you know you're hungry.


Need some help eating clean help?


  • QUICK TIP: Buy new cooking utensils and Tupperware to make preparing meals fun. Trust me, this helps!


Procrastination

Set goals per day. No mental notes allowed. Take the time jot them down even if it's as little as three goals. Three goals are better than none. Use the handy little GOAL SHEET I made up for you. I've included Daily Goal Cards too so all you have to do is write down the day's date. Limit distractions. Unplug that phone, email, etc.



Write More
Get that word count in

The only way you'll get to that finish line is one step at a time. One word at a time. Make daily word count goals. 1-2k a day is a great goal. There's no wrong or right number. Do what's best for you and work at a comfortable pace but whatever you do, try your best to reach your daily goals. And if you don't reach them, don't beat yourself up over it. There will be plenty of days to make up for it. And there will always be days you'll surpass your goal and will be ahead. No worries. JUST. KEEP. WRITING. It doesn't matter how bad the words are. ALL THAT MATTERS IS YOU TRY.

Like Forrester says in one of my all-time favorite movies, Finding Forrester. "No thinking—that comes later. You must write your first draft with your heart. You rewrite with your head. The first key to writing is... to write, not to think!"

Keep writing!


Exercise without Distractions

Do you get distracted at the gym by that annoying notification alert when an email arrives in your inbox? I admit it. I'm guilty of it too. Resist temptation. Bring an iPod instead and lock up cell phone in locker. Trust me it'll make for a more concentrated training session at the gym. Besides, you deserve it. For the next hour or two it's all about you. YOU time!

I sincerely hope this helps.

HOW ABOUT YOU? WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTIONS? WISHING YOU ALL A HAPPY, HEALTHY NEW YEAR!!! Watch out 2014, here we come!

X Mart



"All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them."
—Walt Disney



"You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream."
—C. S. Lewis



"A dream doesn't become a reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work."
―Colin Powell



"If you can imagine it, you can achieve it. If you can dream it, you can become it."
―William Arthur Ward



"The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams."
Eleanor Roosevelt



"If you can dream it, you can do it."

—Walt Disney



"Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined."
—Henry David Thoreau



"Be careful what you set your heart on, for it will surely be yours."
—Ralph Waldo Emerson