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Touching Base


Indie Author Day @ the Richmond Hill Central Library

These day’s I find it incredibly difficult to keep in touch with everyone and everything I’m supposed to be doing. And yet, the busier I get the more I seem to “take on” because “someone has to in order to get it done”.

Have you been there before? Are you there right now with me? πŸ˜€

I’ve been busy with my editing business this year and yet it’s still not producing the kind of income I need to help support my family. And yet, the more editing I do, the less time I have to write my own books. I’ve been trying to get Book 3 of The Chronicles of Xannia written for the past 12 months but other projects keep creeping up and taking over — usually because they involve getting paid πŸ˜‰

I’m at a crossroads with my chosen career and keep reminding myself that I’m “laying a foundation”. I’ve got my SFF series that I’m self-publishing, my client editing projects (that keep me grocery money), my Urban Fantasy book (1st in the series) I’m currently querying agents about, a new Medieval Romantic Suspense series floating around in my head demanding to see the light of day, I’m the new VP for the Writers’ Community of York Region, I’m running a giant book event (gearing up for May 2017), and trying to find ways to entice buyers to consider my book when I attend other book events (marketing makes my head spin). I’m also working on contract for a local small publisher as polishing editor and trying to submit a New Adult, Contemporary Romantic Suspense stand-alone for his new Love Knot Publishing line …

I’ve got my fingers stirring so many different pots I’ve let my social media presence slide … for months now.

Don’t get me wrong, I love chatting with you guys about the journeys we take in life and the paths we choose, but I haven’t quite found that balance yet. I keep putting myself last and looking at the All Mighty Buck when it comes to priorities.

This month, though, is NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) and I’m trying to focus only on writing book 3. I haven’t sent out any query letters, I’ve put 3 different editing projects on hold until December, and my Book Fair event staff (all volunteers) are stepping up to help take on a project we were left high-and-dry on with a volunteer who had to step back for health reasons.

I have it in my head that if I can just finish book 3 by the spring, I might stand half a chance keeping to this elusive path through uncharted territory and not lose my way.

What paths are you glad you’ve fought for?

Which ones to do you wish you’d tried harder to keep or want to find a path back to again?

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The End of a Tour…

… but the Beginning of a New Age

I must admit that I have been lax in announcing the winners of my blog tour giveaway. I know who you are, I do! I’m not being lazy and the procrastination in letting you know you’ve won stems from a blissful exhaustion for a hard week’s worth of virtual book touring and an equally long month to my book launch since it became available October 1st.

Knowing that I have a smattering more of guest posts to participate in at the beginning of November and the fact that I’m nearly 10,000 words into writing a new book for NaNoWriMo (national novel writing month)… oh, and did I mention that all my Saturday’s for this month are booked with author events too?

Do you see now why this post is coming a little late? and my fabulous winners have been left holding their breath in anticipation of learning who they are…

Needless to say, I’d like to thank everyone for participating in the tour organized by DKC (Dragon Knight Chronicles) – whether you joined in the giveaway fun or simply read a post or two here or on another host-site… it really does mean the world to me to know you’re out there πŸ™‚

And so, without further ado (or procrastination) the winners of both a prequel copy of Time’s Tempest: The Lost Chapters and Time’s Tempest: The Chronicles of Xannia are…

Alexis Lantgen (USA)


Renee N. Scattergood (Australia)

Rest assured Ladies, I will be contacting you via email within the next 24 hours to make arrangements to mail you your books! Congratulations πŸ˜€

Times Tempest - ebook cover - 850 Time's Tempest - Official Book Cover

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