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Nov
16
Parenting A Teen With Depression ~ YOU Are Not Alone

I’ve been sitting here, staring at this post all day, wondering if I had the courage to push the “publish” button. What you are about to read is very personal and was very hard for me to put into words. So why am I doing it? Ultimately, I guess I don’t have to. But even when you have an awesome support system (thank you Jasen and Mom!) sometimes you feel like you are alone and I don’t want anyone else out there to feel that way. This is as much for me as it is for anyone else. Maybe more. So, here goes!

When you become a parent, I think most of us try to prepare for what may come. At least in some way, right? I mean, we try to prepare for things like, the “Terrible Twos” or the first day of school or potty training or insert milestone here. I think it’s in our nature to try to brace our psyches for these things. What’s the saying…hope for the best but prepare for the worst. Or is it the other way around, prepare for the worst and hope for the best? Regardless, it never works, does it?

You can prepare and plan all you want. Things are working out according to plan, everything is going great…until it isn’t. Something’s off.

All the plans you made go flying out of the window because how do you prepare for your child to be diagnosed with mental illness? Depression? Anxiety? Possible Bipolar Disorder?

I’ll tell you how you prepare for it…you don’t. You can’t. Those are scary words. Verboten words. Words that are whispered into ears behind cupped hands.

Let’s face it, being a parent is hard enough, especially in today’s world. It’s not the same world we grew up in. It’s bigger, louder and more complex than anything we had to deal with.

Now imagine, for a second, that inside this big, loud, complex world you are not only raising a teenager that’s starting high school, but you are also trying to navigate and come to terms with, as well as help them navigate and come to terms with, those scary words.

Depression. Anxiety. Possible Bipolar Disorder.

People don’t talk about these words when it comes to teens. These are words for adults. Teens are just being over dramatic, vying for attention, trying to get their way, parents need to be tougher on these kids.

But these words need to be talked about. They need to be brought to light when it comes to teens. Look at what has come to light with children on the Autism spectrum. Something that was so overlooked for so long is finally given validation. The same needs to happen when it comes to teen mental illness.

Don’t overlook your child’s feelings. Don’t disregard them because they are kids. Don’t tell them to “get over it” because if it were that easy they would have. Don’t ignore. And don’t feel like it’s your fault. It’s not. Let me say that a little louder.

IT’S NOT YOUR FAULT!

You aren’t a failure. You are doing the best you can with what you have to work with.

Get help for your child. If they were hurt you’d take them to the doctor, right? They are hurting. On the inside. Some of them are hurting themselves on the outside.

I’m not an expert in any way, shape or form. I’m just a mom, trying to do the best I can with what I have to work with. I am the parent of a teenager that suffers from mental illness. I’m not harping on my kid because she didn’t get an A on a test, I’m happy she had a smile today. I don’t sweat bad grades or missing homework, I’m glad she didn’t want to hurt herself today. I look at what people say about their kids on Facebook before I head upstairs to get her latest set of meds together, hoping that this is the combination that is going to help her.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m happy for my friends and their kids that are in extracurricular activities, I actually love seeing pictures and reading stories on Facebook and I don’t begrudge any parent for bragging on their kid for any accomplishment in any way. I would “like” those posts a thousand times if I could.

But I’d be lying if I said they didn’t tug at my heart.

I’ve stayed up all night, watching her, hiding sharp objects and pills. I’ve had to stand outside the unlocked bathroom door while she uses the restroom. I’ve had to sit in the bathroom with her while she took a shower so she could shave her legs.

It’s hard. It’s exhausting, both mentally and physically. And if I’m being honest, sometimes I want to quit. Quitting would be easy, but it wouldn’t help her, if anything it would exasperate an already difficult situation. It’s excruciating to watch my child go through this. I feel helpless. Sometimes hopeless. And yeah, sometimes I do feel like the biggest failure as a parent.

The only thing I can think to do is let her know that I see her. I see her struggle. I see her pain. I see her trying to survive the forces inside her own head. I see the things she’s written on her body to stave off the urge to harm herself.

Please, don’t feel like you shouldn’t post a brag about your kid, post away and know that I’m going to like it. That was a win for you, everyone’s wins are different and as parents we need to start celebrating each other’s wins, no matter what they are, because this isn’t a competition.

This is a journey. A long, arduous journey that has a lot of bumps and road blocks in our way. We need to help each other instead of judging each other. It’s easier to judge, I know that, I’ve done it. We all have. But try to remember that all you really know is your circus and your monkeys. You don’t know what someone else’s circus is like. You don’t know their monkeys.

And one more thing, don’t forget about yourself. I have the hardest time with that one, but I’m trying. It feels selfish and you’ll feel like the guilt is about to eat you alive, but you have to take care of yourself.

You might wonder why I’m sharing all of this. I’m sharing my experience because I have looked for something like this online and couldn’t find it. I found many articles on teen depression and how to handle it, recognize it and all of that, but not what it felt like from the parent’s side. I wanted to let other parents know that they aren’t alone. That it’s scary and hard and not to give up hope. We are on med number three and believe me, meds aren’t going to make everything sunshine and rainbows. It’s a work in progress.

But I can tell you not to give up on the sunshine and rainbows, they’re still in your kid and when they let that light shine, soak it up. And don’t be ashamed. Don’t let your child feel ashamed. Be open. Be accepting. And in case you forgot already, you are not alone.


Jul
14
Cover Reveal! Breaking Faith by Joy Eileen!!!

Hidey ho my darling little love monkeys, I hope you are staying cool this summer!! Check out this cover reveal!!

 

Breaking Faith

The JackholeS series part 1

by Joy Eileen

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Synopsis

Faith made the mistake of giving her heart to someone who didn’t deserve her. After making the decision to leave, she sought refuge at a bar full of misfits. They accepted Faith without question, and now they protect her as if she’s family. While putting the pieces of her life back together, she fights to keep her broken heart from falling for the moody lead singer of the JackholeS. A man named Kill. Killian has his own demons to battle, yet Faith brings out his protective side: a side he thought he’d buried long ago. Can Faith and Kill trust each other long enough to leave their pasts behind and find love? Or is the past too overpowering to allow anyone a chance at happiness?
WARNING: This book contains explicit non-consensual sex scenes. It contains strong language and adult situations. This book is not intended for anyone under 18. This is a series so this book does not end with resolution. Don’t worry the second book is already done and the third is being created. 🙂
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About the author

Joy Eileen is a born bibliophile who becomes deeply engaged with her characters, and has devoured more books than she would like to admit. She becomes obsessed with happily-ever-afters, and will read any genre that fulfills that requirement. Evading the library is something she has been known to do, because after befriending the characters returning them would be a heartbreaking event. Books are held hostage on her bookshelf, and any author that makes her ugly cry becomes her sworn enemy. Nicholas Sparks is one of the many on the list of villains.
As a massage therapist, most of Joy’s stories come to her while working. With the sound of classical music, and snoring from a half covered hostage, characters are created. The victim (massage patient) has no idea that while their body is being manipulated, Joy has traveled into distant lands creating landscapes and inhabitants as she goes. Her patients should be wary as sometimes they are pulled into her stories and turned into characters. Hero or Foe? Well, that depends on how they tip.
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Apr
28
Happy Release Day! Illumination by M.V. Freeman!

Hidey ho my sparkly little love monkeys!! Today I have the delightful M.V. Freeman here to talk about her top 11 favorite Romance Movies and the release of her latest, Illumination, the 2nd book in the Hidden Races Series!! So, without further ado, I give you M.V. Freeman!!!

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11 Romance Movies I love

I have a confession, I’m not a romantic movie person. Not really.  For example, I am not a fan of Gone with the Wind—but that’s me.  I know many who adore this movie.  You want to know why I don’t like it? There’s no happy ever after. Yes, I know, I know, the whole point of it was for Scarlett to stand on her own two feet.

But it didn’t resonate with me.

Now of course, I’m an Action/Adventure movie person; movies like 300, Lord of the Rings, The Avengers, Thor, Captain America, X-men are my type of thing. (Yeah, I used to collect Marvel Comics—so there is that). I can argue that there is some romance in there…but I digress.

But I do have a few; well more than a few and here they are no particular order;

Pride and Prejudice. BBC version—Colin Firth, need I say more?! (technically it was a “television series” but I insist it was a movie.)

Pretty Woman. Yes, I adore remakes of old tales, and this one was a wonderfully done.  A Cinderalla story of a hooker and a high powered businessman—impossible odds, but Julie Roberts was a delightful hooker, and Richard Gere really does charming well.

27 Dresses. –Technically, this is a “romantic comedy” another thing I don’t usually watch.  But, I loved, loved the heroine; always a bridesmaid and never a bride and her closet of horrid bridesmaid dresses. The hero was simply a nice guy …heck, I just loved it.

Ever After—Another take on the Cinderella story, with a bit more realism, but included a dastardly Step-mother played by Angelica Houston.  Drew Barrymore  as the “Cinderella” was wonderful, and I always watch it when I’m in need of a happy ending.

10 things I hate about you—with Heath Ledger, and Julia Stiles; probably one of the best Beauty and the Beast stories I’ve ever seen. Sure, it’s a teen movie, but sometimes they are even better than adult ones. The dialogue was exquisite.

GiGi—with Audrey Hepburn, if you haven’t seen it—you must. About a young woman who falls for her Guardian as she is being trained as a Courtesan.  Just yes. One of my favorites.

Sound of Music—yes. I LOVE this movie; the songs, the people. Julie Andrews to me is just a class act—and even though Christopher Plummer may not have cared for his part  I really, really thought he was a fantastically sexy Captain Von Trapp.

Sense and Sensibility—The story of a second family; displaced after the death of their father—the home taken over by their half-brother forcing them to live in a cottage. It stars Emma Thompson, (wonderful actress) and Hugh Grant.  Although, I admit; who I *really* watched it for was Alan Rickman. He was delightful; charming strong and his voice….sigh. This is a gentle romance—with everyone getting a happy ending.

The Holiday—Whocan resist Jude Law? This is a story of two women with messed up love lives who swap their houses over Christmas; and find new loves. It’s wonderful, sweet, and happy. I watch it at least yearly.

The Proposal:  Ryan Reynolds and Sandra Bullock are two of my favorite actors. Sandra plays a high up Executive in a publishing house, and Ryan is her competent frustrated writer lackey-this changes when she is faced with deportation back to Canada she talks him in to being her fiancé; they just didn’t anticipate finding love. Great dialogue and interaction….you have to see it.

This Means War: Chris Pine and Tom Hardy are CIA operatives fighting for the hand of Reese Witherspoon. This is a fun movie. Period. Well yeah, and Chris and Tom; worth the viewing.

What is YOUR favorite romantic movie?  Is it different?

Illumination; (Book 2 in the Hidden Races Series):

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Capricious and free-spirited, Mina Tepes is forever trying to intervene. Some would say she interferes. Her attempt to save a friend worsens a war already waging between her people, the Darks, and their reviled overlords, the Mages. Desperate, she turns to the man who saved her life as child–an enemy Mage named Xander.

As part of the ruling class, Xander Fjordson should never have taken notice of Mina, but even as boy, one look into her large dark eyes and he was lost. As an adult, involvement with her has ripped his world to shreds. Though the war she unintentionally instigated has made them enemies, when she comes to him bleeding and injured, he is unable to say no. He puts at risk what is left of his status and his family as he follows her, knowing in the end he’d have to betray her.

Together Xander and Mina begin to unravel terrible secrets as the war escalates. Soon Xander must choose: save his family or the woman who’s come to mean more to him than his own life

Author Bio: M.V. Freeman lives in North Alabama. A nurse by day, at night she enjoys creating and exploring alternate worlds within our own. She gravitates toward stories of determined heroines and anti-heroes who push the boundaries as they both fight to find their light in the dark.
M.V. is represented by Victoria Lea from The Aponte Literary Agency. Her award-winning and best-selling debut novel INCANDESCENT is the first in the Hidden Races Series. Currently she is working on the third book in the series, while plotting others. When not writing, she can be found reading, cooking, throwing around kettle bells, or making coffee.

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Apr
21
To Fangirl or To NOT Fangirl…

Hidey ho my wee little love monkeys! I hope this big, bad world has been treating you well.

So, my girls recently turned 14 and for their birthday the hubs and I got them tickets to Vans Warped Tour. You see, one of their favorite bands are going to be there and I really want them to have a live music experience because there really isn’t anything like live music. Especially when that live music is from a band you love. I’m super excited to watch them have fangirl moments because I’ve had those moments and it’s a feeling that you never forget.

Now, in my efforts to be a good parent, I have researched said band and listened to all of their music. I follow them all on Facebook, Twitter and the Instagrams. I’ve watched their music videos and subscribe to their guitarist’s vlog. And somewhere along the way of my stellar parenting, I have become a fan of these young men MYSELF. I say young men because I am of an age that I very well could have birthed them. The lead singer for sure.

Here’s my dilemma…when the concert comes, and I’m in the live music moment, do I fangirl right along with my girls or do I keep my cool? Do I rock moderately, clap respectfully and maybe woot a time or two?

Here’s a BIGGER dilemma…will I have any control over it? I have fangirl tendedncies. I know this. I’ve owned this. Will I be so wrapped up in the live music that I turn in a complete fangirl? A screaming, wailing, headbanging, rock-horn-throwing fangirl and make a complete arse out of myself?

THIS IS A SERIOUS DILEMMA PEOPLE!!

Okay, in all honesty, I’m not all that worried about making an arse out of myself. I’m 99.9% sure that this will indeed happen. It’s virtually inevitable. I mean, this song of theirs was one of the driving forces behind the last book in the Divinity Series.

In fact their album, Wretched and Divine: The Story of the Wild Ones, was pretty much all I listened to while I was writing. And I’ll tell you what, that is rare for me. I may find a song or two that speaks to me about what I’m working on, let alone an entire album. ESPECIALLY an album that has actual singing. For the most part I find lyrics distracting when I’m writing and try to just focus on the music but this was the whole shebang! The songs and the speaking parts in between the songs. Oh yeah, there’s speaking parts in between the songs and I’m not gonna lie, that little lead singer has quite the pleasant speaking voice in addition to a very nice singing voice.

And I have a confession to make, the lead singer kind of reminds me a skinnier version of Daniel. Holy crap! I’ve never actually said that out loud! Okay so this isn’t really “out loud” but it kind of is! Maybe it’s just me because Daniel lives in my head and I’ve tried like hell to find someone that looks like what I see when I write him and while I’ve used Chris Evans as an image before, Andy Biersack (that’s his name) is closer to what I see in my head than anyone else I’ve seen in real life. I mean…well shit, just look…

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Balls. I can’t believe I just posted this.

But here it is. Out in the open. I feel slightly freed by this.

I also feel like a giant pervert for admitting this because homie is only 24.

24!

I’m most likely going to hell.

Well, there you have it. Way more than I intended to share, but there it is, don’t judge. Okay, judge. I judge myself. I’ll wave to you all from hell.

Until Next Time,
Patty <3


Feb
17
RELEASE DAY- Love Starts With Z by Tera Shanely!!!

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Love Starts with Z

available 2/17/15

 

Synopsis:
Twenty-four years into the Dead outbreak that ended the world, Soren Mitchell sticks out like a sore thumb in the remains of the human race. She’s an anomaly: a hybrid of human and Dead, created by her mother’s genetic immunity. Like her parents, she’s fierce and strong. But despite their hopes for her happiness and safety, and even though she is no real threat to the colony, she has let the humans muzzle her and confine her within the walls of Dead Run River in search of a cure.

When Kaegan Langford stumbles into the colony with an injured friend draped across his shoulders, her world is turned upside down. Intrigued and affected by her, he asks her to come to Empalme, Mexico with him to fight in the war between Deads and humans. It’ll be a long, treacherous journey to the coast, but she’s had all she can take in the colony.

Battles with Deads, betrayal, injury, kidnappings, and a criminal-run train ride stand between them and the war. But in the end, it’s not just the war with the Deads that could be the death of them.

Tera Shanley’s final book in the Dead Rapture series will thrill your heart…and your braaaains.

Buy Links:

Goodreads Link:https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/24325289-love-starts-with-z?ac=1

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Love-Starts-Z-Dead-Rapture-ebook/dp/B00T9U5EQC/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1423502993&sr=8-1&keywords=love+starts+with+z

Book One (only 99 cents for the month of February! Get it now!) http://www.amazon.com/Love-Time-Dead-Rapture-Book-ebook/dp/B00NO13982/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

Book Two: http://www.amazon.com/Love-Days-Dead-Rapture-Book-ebook/dp/B00OGUXAL6/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

Author Website: http://terashanley.blogspot.com/

Twitter: @TeraShanley

Author Bio:

Tera Shanley writes in sub-genres that stretch from Paranormal Romance, to Historic Western Romance, to Apocalyptic (zombie) Romance. The common theme? She loves love. A self-proclaimed bookworm, she was raised in small town Texas and could often be found decorating a table at the local library. She currently lives in Dallas with her husband and two young children and when she isn’t busy running around after her family, she’s writing a new story or devouring a good book. Any spare time is dedicated to chocolate licking, rifle slinging, zombie slaying, friend hugging, and the great outdoors. For more information about Tera and her work, visit www.terashanley.com.

 

 


Feb
9
Love Starts With Z by Tera Shanely: Excerpt & Giveaway!!!

 

 

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Love Starts with z

available 2/17/15

Excerpt:

It wasn’t until she stood panting over the bodies that she noticed the rope tied from the girl’s wrist to a woman, whose severed head stared back at her, teeth clacking rhythmically. Kneeling, she touched the blood stained rope and frowned. Any similarity between the two Deads had faded over the years of their decay, but they had to be related. Mother and daughter, perhaps, who’d got in a bad spot somewhere and been cornered. Tied themselves together so they’d stay side by side forever.

She wanted to weep for them.

Instead, she drew her dagger upward and freed the mother’s snapping jaws from an unfair afterlife.

She didn’t know how he’d approached so quietly, but Kaegan unhooked the small shovel from her satchel and started digging without a word. Dropping to her knees, she scooped dirt with her hands until there was a shallow grave made for two, and wordlessly, they dragged the mother and daughter into their final resting place. She cradled the child in her mother’s embrace and Kaegan covered them with the rich, black earth.

When she turned, the rest of the team stood in a quiet line near the grave, but she didn’t offer an explanation. She wouldn’t bury every one—couldn’t bury them all like they deserved—but she’d bury the ones she couldn’t live without doing it for. If the team didn’t like it, tough. She was through with apologizing for who she was.

Glaring at Mark, with his face still caked in blood, something loosened deep within her. She’d been sorry for so long, but what for? She was a monster, trying to be human, and dammit, she’d succeeded for the most part. She was a killer, the daughter of the infamous Laney Landry and Derek Mitchell. She’d been trained to fight by Finn and learned survival from Aaron Guist himself. Vanessa had gifted her speed with a blade, and she’d been raised as a daughter of the heart by the greatest leader in the known world, Sean Daniels. She was warrior, friend, ally, and enemy. She was Dead and human, and no matter which side she chose, she was traitor. Tired of apologizing for being different, this was where the winds of change turned into a fucking tsunami. She was a weapon, and they didn’t even know it.

She.

Was.

Soren.

Synopsis:

Twenty-four years into the Dead outbreak that ended the world, Soren Mitchell sticks out like a sore thumb in the remains of the human race. She’s an anomaly: a hybrid of human and Dead, created by her mother’s genetic immunity. Like her parents, she’s fierce and strong. But despite their hopes for her happiness and safety, and even though she is no real threat to the colony, she has let the humans muzzle her and confine her within the walls of Dead Run River in search of a cure.

When Kaegan Langford stumbles into the colony with an injured friend draped across his shoulders, her world is turned upside down. Intrigued and affected by her, he asks her to come to Empalme, Mexico with him to fight in the war between Deads and humans. It’ll be a long, treacherous journey to the coast, but she’s had all she can take in the colony.

Battles with Deads, betrayal, injury, kidnappings, and a criminal-run train ride stand between them and the war. But in the end, it’s not just the war with the Deads that could be the death of them.

Tera Shanley’s final book in the Dead Rapture series will thrill your heart…and your braaaains.

Buy Links:

Goodreads Link:https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/24325289-love-starts-with-z?ac=1

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Tera-Shanley/e/B00G1WIIL4/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1423148621&sr=8-1

Author Website: http://terashanley.blogspot.com/

Twitter: @TeraShanley

Author Bio:

Tera Shanley writes in sub-genres that stretch from Paranormal Romance, to Historic Western Romance, to Apocalyptic (zombie) Romance. The common theme? She loves love. A self-proclaimed bookworm, she was raised in small town Texas and could often be found decorating a table at the local library. She currently lives in Dallas with her husband and two young children and when she isn’t busy running around after her family, she’s writing a new story or devouring a good book. Any spare time is dedicated to chocolate licking, rifle slinging, zombie slaying, friend hugging, and the great outdoors. For more information about Tera and her work, visit www.terashanley.com.

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Jan
30
Cover Reveal! Machine Head by T. A. Brock!!

Greetings my darling little love monkeys!! I have another cover reveal for you, it looks really cool and I’m really looking forward to reading this one with my girls because I think they’d totally dig it! Check it!!!

Where young rule and elders are hunted to extinction… and you decide who’s guilty.


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MACHINE HEAD
An Interactive Novel

Available April 10, 2015


Adults have poisoned the world with their selfishness, jealousy, and deceit. Now it’s up to the young to heal it. First order: eliminate every elder. Second: discover the secret to never growing up. Third: procreate.

Ten Sixty-Four is on trial for treason. The crimes he committed are unforgivable: hiding elders who should be long dead, consorting with illegal untrained young, and purposely botching kill missions. He’s come a long way from the cold, unfeeling, Sleepwalker he began as. He’s still four years from the death age, which means the Hex can’t afford to kill him. If found guilty, he’ll be given to the Machine for reprogramming. But none of that matters because he’s done what no other Sleepwalker has dared to. He’s found love. And he knows something they don’t. Falling in love is the secret to achieving the third order.

Brille has a secret of her own: the elders aren’t extinct. They’re not even endangered. But what the rest of the world doesn’t know can’t hurt them. At least, not anymore than they’re already hurting themselves. There is no more laughter. No more crying. No feelings of any kind. Only in the secret hiding places where the untrained dwell with elders, can emotion be found. Then it’s anger, rage, and hostility. When she finds herself a target of the Sleepwalkers, she realizes she’s not the only one with secrets. Ten Sixty-Four feels. He might even be capable of love. The idea leaves Brille with an emotion she never thought she’d have: hope.

The Hex has convened. A trial will commence. You, a member of the jury, must decide Ten Sixty-Four’s fate, and with it, the future of humanity.


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T.A. Brock spends her days gleefully plucking words from the chaos of life and dressing them up so they look pretty. Then she calls them stories and tries to convince people to read them. Paranormal, horror, and contemporary romance rocks her socks, but anything YA makes her feel young again, so she sticks with that mostly. She resides in the great land of mountains and green things (Arkansas) with her husband, two children, and her beloved Keurig machine, which she has built a countertop shrine to.
For more information, visit www.tabrockbooks.com
For updates on new releases and other fun little bits, sign up for T.A. Brock’s Newsletter HERE.

 

Looks cool right? Be good my little love monkeys and be sure to check it out, Miss T. A. Brock is pretty awesome!!

Until Next Time,
Patty <3


Jan
27
Cover Reveal! Love Starts With a Z by Tera Shanley

Greetings my fantabulous little love monkeys!! I’m happy to be a part of the cover reveal for my zombie sister from another mister, Tera Shanely! Check out the awesomeness that it is!!!

Love Starts With A

 Z

Book Three in the Dead Rapture Series

“She was Dead and human, and no matter which side she chose, she was a traitor.”

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Twenty-four years into the Dead outbreak that ended the world, Soren Mitchell sticks out like a sore thumb in the remains of the human race. She’s an anomaly: a hybrid of human and Dead, created by her mother’s genetic immunity. Like her parents, she’s fierce and strong. But despite their hopes for her happiness and safety, and even though she is no real threat to the colony, she has let the humans muzzle her and confine her within the walls of Dead Run River in search of a cure.

When Kaegan Langford stumbles into the colony with an injured friend draped across his shoulders, her world is turned upside down. Intrigued and affected by her, he asks her to come to Empalme, Mexico with him to fight in the war between Deads and humans. It’ll be a long, treacherous journey to the coast, but she’s had all she can take in the colony.

Battles with Deads, betrayal, injury, kidnappings, and a criminal-run train ride stand between them and the war. But in the end, it’s not just the war with the Deads that could be the death of them.

Tera Shanley’s final book in the Dead Rapture series will thrill your heart…and your braaaains.

Buy Links:

Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/24325289-love-starts-with-z?from_search=true

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Tera-Shanley/e/B00G1WIIL4/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1421862548&sr=1-1

Author Website: http://terashanley.blogspot.com/

Twitter: @TeraShanley

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/terashanley.author

Author Bio:

Tera Shanley writes in sub-genres that stretch from Paranormal Romance, to Historic Western Romance, to Apocalyptic (zombie) Romance. The common theme? She loves love.

A self-proclaimed bookworm, she was raised in small town Texas and could often be found decorating a table at the local library. She currently lives in Dallas with her husband and two young children and when she isn’t busy running around after her family, she’s writing a new story or devouring a good book. Any spare time is dedicated to chocolate licking, rifle slinging, zombie slaying, friend hugging, and the great outdoors. For more information about Tera and her work, visit www.terashanley.com.

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There you go my loverlies, go forth and love up on Tera! Add her books to her TBR lists, follow her on the Facebooks and the Twitters and don’t forget to enter her giveaway!! Be good my little zombie love monkeys!!

Until Next Time,
Patty <3


Jan
9
UPDATE: 2nd Annual Local Author Celebration!

Hidey ho my fantabulous little love monkeys!

HAPPY FRIDAY!!!

As promised, I’m here to update y’all on the 2nd Annual Local Author Celebration

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So, as you see there are going to be panel discussions and I just found out that I am going to be on the Romance Panel from 2:30-3:00.

I’m not even going to pretend that I’m not freaking the hell out. I think I mentioned that before in my last blog. Yeah. As the day gets closer the more I’m freaking out so by the time next Saturday gets here I’m going to be a giant balloon of nervous gas. I’m terrified that someone is going to ask me a question and I’m going to open my mouth to answer and belch. Or fart. Or babble like an idiot. Or, quite possibly, all three at once.

It should be interesting to see what bodily function pops out first 😉

Have a fabulous weekend my darling little love monkeys, stay safe and tip your waitress on the way out!

Until Next Time,
Patty <3


Jan
6
Three Things for the New Year!!!

Hidey ho my little love monkeys!! I hope you all had a safe and joyous New Year’s Day!!

Some exciting stuff happening in 2015 for Yours Truly. Here’s three things…

First off, I’m going to be at the 2nd Annual Celebration of Local Authors here in Santa Clarita on Saturday January 17th from 10am to 3pm at the Old Town Newhall Library!

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Thank you, The Friends of Santa Clarita Public Library for making this event happen!

I gotta say, this is my first event like this and I’m SUPER nervous. I think I’m most nervous about the panel. I’ve never been on a panel before, y’all! What if I get diarrhea of the mouth and just start spewing forth nonsensical words? That happens to me when I get nervous. I just start rambling and I can’t stop. Kind of like right now. I can’t stop typing! Anyway, I’m told my panel is at 10am but I don’t know what the subject of my panel is. Stay tuned for updates on that! Nerves aside, I’ll be there with bells on and bookmarks and some books so if you’re in town, stop by and say HI!

Secondsies, NaNoWriMo was intense but it did get me an awesome start on the third book in the Divinity Series!!! That’s right, it’s happening so stay tuned for updates on that!

Thirds, I’ve had this song rolling around in my head because, well, it’s pretty obvious…

Black Veil Brides – New Years Days from Abel Carita on Vimeo.

As you can see from the little linky thing there ^ this song is New Years Day by Black Veil Brides. One of the twins, Emma (aka Thing 2) started listening to Black Veil Brides at some point late summer/early fall and like a good little parent I had to check them out. I do this when my kids get into something new, I work my research skills just so I know what they are listening to. Turns out, I found my the soundtrack for the third book in the Divinity Series! Seriously you guys, it was like these boys reached into my brain where this book was stored and wrote music for it! I love it when that happens, it’s almost as if fate threw us into this crazy blender and hit the smoothie button because this music was absolutely what I needed to get my writing juices flowing! These guys are very reminiscent of the glamrock hair bands of the 80s, which I love, so if you love rock and roll go check out Black Veil Brides. They’re not unfortunate looking young men, so that’s a bonus 😉

There’s my three things! Do you have three things for the New Year, my sparkly little love monkeys? Let’s hear ’em!!

Until Next Time,
Patty <3


Dec
9
Incandescent by M.V. Freeman is LIVE with Bonus Guest Post!!!

Hidey ho love monkeys! Please help me celebrate M.V. Freeman’s book birthday for Incandescent! Check it out and look at this cool guest post from M. V. Freeman herself!!!

 

Incandescent_FinalFront Incandescent,
The first book in the Hidden Races Series
by M.V. Freeman
When fire meets a force of nature an Incandescent is born.

Laurie Hudson gave up “normal” a long time ago. Isolated from friends and family, she becomes a bartender for an upscale restaurant while she fights to suppress her strange affinity for fire. Around new owner Mikhail Petrov, her careful control disintegrates. She is at once drawn to his urbane, cool demeanor and irritated by his overbearing manner. Now she finds all of her hard won choices being taken away as she is catapulted into a world of Mages, Darks, and mysterious Elementals, all working just below the surface of humanity. As she learns to survive, Laurie realizes her freedom could mean the destruction of the frustrating man she’s come to care for.

A formidable figure in this strange world, Tri-Elemental Mikhail Petrov commands earth, air, and water. He doesn’t give a damn what the untrained Fire Elemental Laurie wants. Her rare power is the key to his freedom, and he doesn’t hesitate to seize her for his use—an act that propels him into a war he isn’t ready to fight. The cost could mean his life and the destruction of his people. With the Mages closing in, Mikhail faces a choice: destroy the fledgling relationship with Laurie to gain his coveted freedom, or sacrifice himself for hers.

Available Now: http://www.amazon.com/Incandescent-M-V-Freeman-ebook/dp/B00PNQG6XG/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1416503786&sr=8-1&keywords=mv+freeman

Author: M.V. Freeman

Title: Incandescent (Hidden Races series, book one)

Genre: Supernatural Romance

ISBN: 978-1-623421-51-9

Release Date: December 9th, 2014

Available in eBook and Paperback

Author Website: http://www.mvfreeman.com/

Twitter: @MVFree

Author Bio:

M.V. Freeman lives in North Alabama. A nurse by day, at night she enjoys creating and exploring alternate worlds within our own.  She gravitates toward stories of determined heroines and anti-heroes who push the boundaries as they both fight to find their light in the dark.

M.V. is represented by Victoria Lea from The Aponte Literary Agency. Her award-winning and best-selling debut novel INCANDESCENT is the first in the Hidden Races Series.  Currently she is working on the third book in the series, while plotting others. When not writing, she can be found reading, cooking, throwing around kettle bells, or making coffee. You can find out more about her here at: www.mvfreeman.com

And now a little guesty post from M. V. herself!!!

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WHO INSPIRED MY CHARACTERS.

One of the favorite parts of creating my stories is the evolution of the characters I write. I base them from the people I see or find. I used to create my characters from my head, but I have found if I have a real person to relate my characters to; I can far better picture the reality of their movements, expression, and better visualize the color of their hair and eyes.  At the same time, I don’t try to describe them too deeply but enough so readers can form their own their own idea of what my characters look like.

That said—I am going to show you what inspired my story, and who inspired my Hero and Heroine, and a bit about them.

My book, INCANDESCENT was inspired by the movie Eastern Promises; a dark movie about human trafficking and Russian Mafia set in England. It was one of the main characters; Nikolai Luzhin, played by Viggo Mortenson who captivated me.  I loved his pragmatic attitude, charm, and at times chilling and brutal efficiency.

From this my hero was formed:  Mikhail Sergeivich Petrov. (Click here to go see a picture of him. http://bit.ly/1tmYAM4 )  Viggo Mortenson was the perfect inspiration.

Mikhail:

Likes:  Vodka, cigars, fine clothes, beautiful women (especially redheads)

Dislikes: Betrayal, ineptness, child abuse, pizza, wearing jeans.

Oddities:  Always has a pair of dice with him, collects action figures.

Mikhail has suffered mightily in his life, seeing his family slowly taken from him. Instead of crumbling and breaking him, it created in him an iron will and a focus to find freedom from those who oppressed him and his people. He’ll use anyone or anything to gain it.

Then he discovers Laurie who gives him hope he hasn’t experienced in a very long time.

Which brings me to the heroine: Laurie Hudson. The inspiration for her came after I found Mikhail. Who would he be attracted to or need?  A fiery, determined woman.  I found her image in the actress Rachelle Lefevre;  (See below)
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Laurie:

Likes:  Sun, shoes, Bartending, her friends, shopping, business, and sharp dressed men.

Dislikes: losing control, eating breakfast, jail.

Oddities: loves reading self-help books.

Laurie wants to fit in, but knows it’s impossible. Estranged from her family, who fears her, she finds a new one with her equally odd friends Nicki and Rachel. She’s found a sense of normalcy working as a bartender, but she yearns for more, knowing it’s too dangerous. She tells herself she’s happy –but she’s not.

Until the night she encounters a very dangerous Russian, who shows her what she is truly capable of.

Do you like having a clear cut vision of the characters you read? Or something less specific?

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There you have it folks, be sure to check out Incandescent!

Until next time,
Patty


Dec
3
Check Out Incandescent!!!

Hidey ho my darling little love monkeys! Please to be checking out this super cool book from one of my Omnific Publishing sister, M.V. Freeman!!

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Incandescent, by M.V. Freeman

When fire meets a force of nature an Incandescent is born.

Laurie Hudson gave up “normal” a long time ago. Isolated from friends and family, she becomes a bartender for an upscale restaurant while she fights to suppress her strange affinity for fire. Around new owner Mikhail Petrov, her careful control disintegrates. She is at once drawn to his urbane, cool demeanor and irritated by his overbearing manner. Now she finds all of her hard won choices being taken away as she is catapulted into a world of Mages, Darks, and mysterious Elementals, all working just below the surface of humanity. As she learns to survive, Laurie realizes her freedom could mean the destruction of the frustrating man she’s come to care for.

A formidable figure in this strange world, Tri-Elemental Mikhail Petrov commands earth, air, and water. He doesn’t give a damn what the untrained Fire Elemental Laurie wants. Her rare power is the key to his freedom, and he doesn’t hesitate to seize her for his use—an act that propels him into a war he isn’t ready to fight. The cost could mean his life and the destruction of his people. With the Mages closing in, Mikhail faces a choice: destroy the fledgling relationship with Laurie to gain his coveted freedom, or sacrifice himself for hers.

PREORDERS Available Now: http://www.amazon.com/Incandescent-M-V-Freeman-ebook/dp/B00PNQG6XG/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1416503786&sr=8-1&keywords=mv+freeman

Author: M.V. Freeman

Title: Incandescent (Hidden Races series, book one)

Genre: Supernatural Romance

ISBN: 978-1-623421-51-9

Release Date: December 9th, 2014

Available in eBook and Paperback

Author Website: http://www.mvfreeman.com/

Twitter: @MVFree

Author Bio:

M.V. Freeman lives in North Alabama. A nurse by day, at night she enjoys creating and exploring alternate worlds within our own.  She gravitates toward stories of determined heroines and anti-heroes who push the boundaries as they both fight to find their light in the dark.

M.V. is represented by Victoria Lea from The Aponte Literary Agency. Her award-winning and best-selling debut novel INCANDESCENT is the first in the Hidden Races Series.  Currently she is working on the third book in the series, while plotting others. When not writing, she can be found reading, cooking, throwing around kettle bells, or making coffee. You can find out more about her here at: www.mvfreeman.com


Nov
11
Entity is LIVE!!!
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“I’d been face to face with some of the most vicious and evil creatures in this world and the next. Heck, I’d even stared into the eyes of Lucifer himself. But I’d never had a deeper, more intense feeling of dread in my life.”

 


SUMMARY
Sometimes I liked to imagine, just for a second, that I was plain old Evelyn with nothing better to do in the morning than lie here with her man.

But that’s not how it was. That’s not who we were…

Evelyn Brighton and Daniel Summers are demon hunters, and they wouldn’t have it any other way. Or would they, given the choice again?

Los Angeles is crawling with demons in disguise, and Evelyn and Daniel are a dynamic and fearless demon-slaying duo. Under the authority of Lebriga Corporation and protection of their Divinity blades, this duo has never felt more ass-kicking against evil or more in love with each other.

But something is rotten in the state of home demonstration parties—and it’s not because a seal’s broken in the Tupperware. Beautiful Illuminations is the latest rage in home-consulting cosmetics, founded by Annabelle Simmons. But beneath the layers of makeup and human flesh lurks Anabael, a disembodied Spectoral demon that inhabits people and steals their physical form. To a spirit like that, an ageless demon hunter has a body to die for.

And Evelyn just might.

As Lebriga battles Anabael mind, body, and soul, Evelyn and Daniel must draw on the strength of their relationship to win the war against the Spectoral menace. But what if winning the war means losing their love?

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Nov
4
Entity Is Live In ONE WEEK!

Greetings my sparkly little love monkeys! So it occurred to me this morning that Entity goes live in one week. That’s seven days, y’all. SEVEN DAYS!!! And to be honest my first thought was…

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Followed immediately with…

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Yeah, I’m a mixed bag of emotion. I’m happy and excited for you guys to get your mitts on the new book but at the same time I get flooded with oh-holy-crap-I’m-going-to-lock-up feelings.

So, like I said, we’ve got the tour coming up and I’ll keep you posted on where the goodies are, keep your eyes peeled on Facebook and Twitter!!!

Until Next Time,
Patty <3


Oct
29
Exclusive Entity Excerpt!!!

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Hey there my little Goonie love monkeys! Firsties, did you see the cover for Entity yet?!? Just in case you haven’t seen it, let me share the deliciousness!

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Don’t lick your screen now, that’s how one might get electrocuted and that’s just not fun. I’m not going to divulge how I know this, but let’s just say I have it on good authority 😉

For secondsies, there is an EXCLUSIVE expert from Entity over at Bookish Temptations for their Blogiversary Blowout!!

Plus, PLUS, they are giving away an ecopy of Divinity AND Entity!!! So…

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to see what Daniel has to say and for your chance to win!!!

That’s all I have for you today, my darlings, I have to get my hind end in gear for my water exercise class 🙂

Until Next Time,
Patty <3


Oct
20
IT’S ALIIIIIIVE!!!!

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Yes, yes it true, I am indeed ALIVE!!!

Considering I haven’t blogged in over a year, you might have been wondering if I’d indeed expired in some nefarious way or if I’d wandered too close to the edge of the earth and dropped off of it.

But I can assure you, I’m very much alive and I come to this little corner of the interwebs to keep all my special little love monkeys abreast of what’s coming up in the following weeks for this old broad.

So, you guys remember that little book I was working on, the sequel to Divinity called Entity? It’s happening and man alive if it didn’t sneak up on me! That’s right, it’s only 3 weeks, 3 WEEKS, away!!!

Mark your calendars, y’all, Entity release date is Nov. 11th!

And get this, the release of the cover is on Thursday! Yeah, THIS THURSDAY!!

And, AND, I signed up for NaNoWriMo so I could get writing on the final book in the Divinity Series.

I swear, I feel like I’m in this swirling whirlwind vortex of whirlwindiness!

But, with the release date right around the corner, you know what that means?!?

GIVEAWAYS!!!

Yep, there will be giveaways every which way you look and I will make sure you know where to find them because dang it, I like y’all!

Nah, like isn’t enough, I freaking LOVE Y’ALL!!!

So keep them eyes peeled here, on Twitter and on Facebook!!

Until next time, my loverly loverly love monkeys,
Patty <3


Sep
30
SMACKDOWN!!!

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That’s right, ladies and gentlemen, LET’S GET READY TO RUMBLE!!!

My boys are all oiled up and ready to get down and dirty!

Representing in the Smart Assed and Enigmatic category, we have Daniel Summers from Divinity, sponsored by Amber’s Reading Room. Okay, so maybe he’s not so much with the enigmatic, but he is just about as snarky and smart assed as they come. Plus, he says things like this

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“I’m going to trace every single line of every single tattoo on your entire body.”

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I’ll tell ya what, he ain’t lyin’!

And, representing in the Swoony and Sensitive category, we have the one, the only, the swashbuckling master himself, Orrin Walsh from Cat O’ Nine Tails, sponsored by Eskimo Princess Review Blog! This category is dead on, because this is how my boy Orrin rocks it

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Orrin’s delightfully naked body shimmered with a light sheen of perspiration in the candlelight as he lay on his side, propped up on his elbow. He tilted his head back as he lifted a slice of mango to his lips and proceeded to seductively tongue the delicate flesh and slowly suck it into his mouth.

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Hells yeah! That’s how Orrin rolls!

So, this is just Round One and I need y’alls help to get my boys into Round Two. All you need to do is head on over to Love Between the Sheets and cast your votes for Daniel and Orrin in their respective categories! And make sure to visit the sponsoring websites, Amber’s Reading Room and Eskimo Princess Review Blog, to enter to win an ecopies of Divinity and Cat O’ Nine Tails!

Now run my pretties! Fly across the interwebs my little love monkeys and vote your paws off!

Until Next Time,
Patty <3


Aug
5
Omnific Angels Giveawayapalooza Event!!!

Greetings my glorious little sparkly love monkeys!!

Today we are kicking off an super fun event, brought to you by AToMR Tours

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It’s a blog hop and we have stops for both Young Adult

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And Adult

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Hop on in and enter to win paperback copies of…

Divinity ~ By Moi
Crushed Seraphim and Bittersweet Seraphim ~ By Debra Anastasia
Divine Temptation ~ By Nicki Elson
and Young Adult Novels Ember and Iridescent ~ By Carol Oates

PLUS join us on Twitter on Thursday 6-8 pm EST for an #OmniAngels Twitter Party where there will be more giveaway goodness!!

What’cha waiting around here for? Go get your hop on!!

Until next time,
Patty <3

 


Jul
16
Giveaway Time!!

Hidey ho my glorious little love monkeys! The wonderful Martini Times Romance has not one, but TWO giveaways running for yours truly! That’s right you can win an ecopy of Cat O’ Nine Tails as well as an ebook pack with Clarity AND Divinity! How do you enter you ask? I’m glad you did! Just follow these links…

Cat O’ Nine Tails Giveaway

AND

Clarity & Divinity Giveaway

Both giveaways are open until July 24th! Now go forth and enter your little sparkly love monkity tails off!

Until next time,
Patty <3


Jul
15
Next Big ThingS!

Greetings my nomtastic little love monkeys!

So one of my wonderful Omnific Publishing sisters, Amber Belldene, tagged me in this really cool Next Big Thing blog hoppity thing and it sounds really fun and I have a couple of big type things I’m working on.

One of said big type things is the sequel to Divinity and the other is The Angels of Omnific Event with even MORE Omnific Sisters, Carol Oates, Nicki Elson & Debra Anastasia! So, because I’m feeling wicked rebellious at the moment I’m calling this my Next Big ThingS (<–see what I did there with the “S”)

So here’s the thing, there’s some questions (I’m picking 3) about the Next Big Thing and since I’m adding the “S” I shall answer accordingly, sound good to you? Yeah, I knew it would 🙂

1) What is the working title of your book(s)? Let’s see, the working title to the Divinity sequel is, Entity. Now, the titles highlighted in The Angels of Omnific Event can all be found here in our Goodreads Group, Angels in Romantic Ficition, join us, it’ll be fun!

2) Where did the idea come from for the book? For Entity, the idea came from the main character Evelyn, she kept banging around on the inside of my head, demanding to have another adventure. And the idea for our Angel even came from the fact that we all have angels in our books, kinda makes sense huh?

3) What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest? Well, let’s see, as far as Entity is concerned, more demon ass kicking, tattoos and some sexy times with Evelyn & Daniel. And the Angel Event, giveaways! Natch! Who doesn’t love giveaways? I know I love the HELL out of ’em!

So, are you a blogger that wants to get in on The Angels of Omnific action? Head on over to ATOMR Tours and sign up!

And just cause I love all my love monkeys so much, here is the kick-ass trailer Carol Oates made for our super fun event!

Music by the always amazing and wonderful Miss Jennifer DeLucy!

Okay, that’s all I have for you today my darlings, all of the highlighted text in this blog are links, go forth and share the love <3

Until next time,
Patty <3


Jul
1
How YOU Doin’?

Greeting my amazing little love monkeys! So…

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Okay, so how many Friends fans are out there that as soon as you saw the title read it ala Joey Tribbiani? Friends has got to be my favorite show of all time, I have seen every episode so many times I could practically recite them and I still laugh every damn time. I probably quote the show daily, now that I think about it.

Anyway, I digress, so how ARE you doing? Me? Well, I just got back from the family vacation and I feel refreshed and ready to write! I’m a good quarter of the way through writing Entity and can’t wait to get back into it. It’s going to be rough being summer vacation for the kids, but I have a couple of things working for me on that.

One, the kids are older and can pretty much entertain themselves. And two, being that they are older and teens/preteens they will sleep all the live long day. I’m not kidding! Here it is, 10:30 am and they are still sound asleep! Man alive I wish I could sleep like that. Heck, if I make it past 7 am, I’ve seriously slept in.

Now normally, that would bug the crap out of me that they sleep so late, but after I thought about how much work I could get done while they were snoozing, I decided them sleeping late wasn’t such a bad thing. Not to mention, if they sleep any later we’re heading into lunchtime territory and imagine all the money I can save on breakfast food. It’s a win/win really.

So, with that being said, I’m going to get the heck out of here and try to get some work done before the beasts…uh, I mean, angelic children, awaken. Have a wonderful holiday my sparkly little love monkeys!

Until next time,
Patty <3


May
30
Omnific Twitter Party Scavenger Hunt!

Greetings my sparkly little love monkeys!

So my brilliant sisters over at Omnific Publishing have come up with this super fun thing, having a Twitter Party and giving away a crapton of ebooks! Here’s the deets…

What: A Twitter Party with Omnific Authors!

When: Friday May 31, 2013

7:00 PM EST

Where: Well, Twitter!

That’s right, Omnific is throwing a party, and you the readers get to be the ones who have a chance to win a present. How? You ask… well here’s what you need to do to win one of four ebook prize packs: Follow the links to the Authors blogs and collect the numbered letters for the secret word. As soon as you’ve worked out the word, enter the word and your twitter handle into the form. Entries are open from the day before the party and close at the end of the party when winners will be announced.
Ebook Packs up for winning –
Young Adult Pack
Reaping Me Softly by Kate Evangelista
Ember by Carol Oates
Shades of Atlantis by Carol Oates
Embrace by Cherie Colyer
New Adult Pack
Streamline by Jennifer Lane
Poughkeepsie by Debra Anastasia
Three Daves by Nicki Elson
Eve of Samhain by Lisa Sanchez
Contemporary Adult Pack
All-American Girl by Justine Dell
Recaptured Dreams by Justine Dell
Cocktails & Dreams by Autumn Markus
Pieces of Us by Hannah Downing
Cat O’ Nine Tails by Patricia Leever
With Good Behavior by Jennifer Lane
Paranormal Adult Pack
Divine Temptation by Nicki Elson
Blood Vine by Amber Belldene
Crushed Seraphim by Debra Anastasia
Seers of Light by Jennifer DeLucy
Divinity by Patricia Leever
Grave Refrain: A Ghost/Love Story by Sarah M. Glover

 

Now, ’bout this entry b’ness, that’s where the scavenger hunt comes in! We (the authors) have all been given a numbered letter and what you (the enter-er) need to do is go around to all of the blogs from said participating authors and gather all of the numbered letters for a secret word! How awesomely fun is THAT?!?! After you’ve gotten the secret word figured out, you just enter it into the little deeliebobber entry form thing below with your Twitter handle and VOILA you are entered! The entries will be open from today until the end of the Twitter party tomorrow #Omnilicious 

And don’t forget to come on over the Twitter party and chat with your favorite Omnific authors! You can follow the conversation by following #Omnilicious

Alrighty, now for my numbered letter

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Just so there is no confusion, that is an “S” not an “8” see, look at the word “Scavenger” underneath 🙂

And one last thing, make sure you head here to for the links to find all of the other numbered letters!

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That’s all my lovely little love monkeys! I hope to see you tomorrow at the Twitter Party #Omnilicious

Until next time,
Patty <3


May
15
Stop The World, I Wanna Get OFF!

Greetings my gorgeous little love monkeys!

It’s been a crazy week and it’s only halfway through AND I don’t see it slowing down for the remainder of the week OR next week. Man alive! For one thing, my oldest son graduates high school in a week. ONE FREAKING WEEK! Okay, who stuffed me into the super fast-forward machine and set it to hyper-drive? I mean, just the other day he was like this

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And then before I could blink he’s like this

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Where does the time go man? So, needless to say I’m running around like a maniac, trying to wrap my head around all of this. I feel like Kate Winslet on the bow of the Titanic but instead of leaning into the wind and feeling all free and easy I feel like I’m careening toward the iceberg and 11ty million MPH. And on top of that my girls, my BABIES, are getting ready to head into junior high the middle boy is getting his learners permit this summer.

Seriously, someone stop this thing!

Okay, yeah, it’s nice to have virtually self-sufficient kids, I’m not going to lie that part is nice. Years ago, when the kids were really small, my mom told me to enjoy it because it all went by so fast and she wasn’t kidding! Time screams by you before you even realize that it’s moving faster than light speed.

Alright, let’s stop this mushy crap before I burst into tears. Again. How about an update on my quest to be fit? Okie dokie.

I’m still walking every day, a minimum of 2 miles. I say that because earlier this week, Monday night to be exact, I sneezed in a weird position and pulled my abdominal muscle really bad. Yeah, I couldn’t pull it doing something cool, I’m the dork that gets thwarted by a sneeze. So, yesterday I contemplated not even walking because the pain was really severe. But I thought about it and decided that I needed to at least try. About 5 mins into my walk, I almost gave in. I almost threw away 2 weeks of progress because I wasn’t keeping up the pace I had been and as I was pushing toward the bridge over Orchard Village Drive (super steep incline) I nearly turned around and headed for home. I was three steps away from it, to be precise. So instead of giving up because I couldn’t do what I had done, I thought on the fly. Instead of really hurting myself by trying the bridge in order to keep with my usual route, I took the round about at the end of the bridge and made three laps around the park instead. Instead of beating myself up because I had to take a step back, I allowed myself TO take a step back to be able to take more steps forward in the future. I realized that a backward step is better than no steps. Taking it down a notch and slowing it down was better than stopping all together.

In short, I needed to get out of my own head and take a look at the big picture. If I would have given in yesterday, I may very well have given in today and tomorrow because I’m hitting a hump. I can see it, I can feel it. It started over the weekend, at the two week mark. It’s harder and I don’t want to do it. I don’t WANT to get up and walk right now. It feels like the “enjoyable” window is closing and I could give in and let it close or I could pry that mofo open and nail that bad boy up because I’ll be damned if I’m going to stop now!

One more thing before I go, I know I’ve been remiss in posting photos for the Photo-A-Day in May, but I have been taking photos and they are all up in a Facebook album HERE!

That’s all I have for you today my sparkly rays of love monkey sunshine! Be good to yourselves and get out of your own way 🙂

Until next time,
Patty <3


May
9
An Ode to Mom

Greetings my sparkly little love monkeys! It’s Mother’s Day on Sunday so I’ve gotten together with my fellow Omnific Sisters to pay homage to those special ladies in our lives.

I’m here to talk about this lady

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Wait, hang on, as much as I love this beautiful photo of my mom, I have to be honest, that isn’t the real her.

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THERE SHE IS! This, ladies and germs is the lady I know. My mom, a lady that isn’t afraid to let the wind in her hair, literally!

In all seriousness there aren’t words to express my love and adoration of my mom. She’s not only my mom, but she’s my best friend.

Yeah, when my brother and I were kids we drove her bonkers. But beside all the times we made her want to pull all her hair out, move to Outer Mongolia, change her name and take up sheep herding, she taught me a lot. She taught me how to be a strong woman, to stand up for myself and not take anyone’s crap. She taught me that being a mom may not be a “glory” job but it is the most rewarding and sometimes the most heartbreaking one that there is. She taught me that it’s okay, as a mom, to feel like you want to pull all your hair out, move to Outer Mongolia, change your name and take up sheep herding. She’s lifted me up when I needed a boost and taken me down a peg or two when it was needed. She keeps me grounded and I know that no matter what, she has my back. She has stood beside me every step of the way through my journey into publication and I’ll tell you what, she is the best little pimper out there! I don’t think there is a person that has met her in recent years that has not heard the words, “my daughter, the author/writer” come out of her mouth because God love her, she will work that into a conversation if she has to bend over backwards and do a cartwheel. She truly is the best not to mention she’s not afraid to do this…

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Or this…

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Or even this…

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Yep, couldn’t ask for a better role model, I just hope that I’m doing her proud.

Until next time,
Patty <3

Oh yeah, I almost forgot the Photo-A-Day in May photo!

Day 9: A Snack

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May
8
Days 7 & 8!

Okie dokie my special little love monkeys, just popping in for Day 7 & 8 in the Photo-A-Day in May!

Day 7 was: Something Beginning With F

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I chose this because it’s a frame, it’s my favorite and it’s filled with photos of my family! That’s four Fs!

Day 8 is: Shape

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This is the space above my fireplace and I chose this because of the copper leaf piece. I found that first and just fell in love with the shape of it 🙂

That’s all for today!

Until next time,
Patty <3


May
6
Day 6-Broken

Greetings sparkly little love monkeys! I hope the weekend was good to you!

Just popping in for today’s Photo-A-Day in May!!

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Yep, that’s my crock pot. Actually, it’s one of my crock pots. Yes, I have more than one but in my defense they are all in different sizes for all of my many crock pot needs. This is my medium size one and the handle is only broken on one side and really, I’m not running around the house carrying around a crock pot. You plug it in, fill it up, turn it on and leave it. So yeah, I’m hanging onto this bad boy for as long as I can.

That’s it darlings, have a great Monday!

Until next time,
Patty <3


May
5
Days 4 & 5!

Hidey ho my shiny little love monkeys! Just popping in for my weekend edition of Photo-A-Day in May!

Day 4: In My Cup. Yes, there is coffee somewhere in amongst the cream 😉

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Day 5: Paper. So naturally I took a photo of my paperback. One that I wrote, with the people that live in my very own little brain 🙂

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Have a great weekend!

Until next time,
Patty <3


May
3
Happy Friday~This Is Really Good!

Happy Friday my splendiferous little love monkeys! Did you grab this week by it’s proverbial horns and take it down like the bitch that it is? You’re fling-flanging right you did!

Dang I hadn’t realized how much I missed doing the “Happy Friday” until just now. So glad to be back in the swing!

Okay this week I started a self imposed fitness program. Why? Well, ever since I got sick in March and had to change my diet I figured, if I was changing what I ate to keep myself healthy, why stop there? And because I was tired of being a sedentary creature. Luckily I’m quite a realistic thinker, shocking I know since I’m a novelist, but in everything outside of my books I am very steeped in reality. I know that I’m not fit and I know that this isn’t going to be an overnight transformation. I also know that I’m going to have to sweat, which I hate to do, and I know that the biggest obstacle that I’m going to face is myself. I know that this is going to be the hardest part, the fight with myself to get off of my ass and get out there and move.

I also have to remind myself that I crawled before I walked, I took baby steps before I walked sure, and that I walked sure before I ran. Period. It isn’t brain surgery. So why is it so hard? Partly because it just is. It’s harder to stand up and do something than it is to just sit back and watch. It’s like that with everything in life so why should this be any different? The answer is simple, it’s not. I need to take the words of Tallahassee from one of my favorite movies Zombieland, “Nut up or shut up” or as I like to say, “Grow a set of tits and just do it!”

Granted this isn’t the first time I’ve tried to get fit but I really think that this is the first time I’m actually serious about it. In my past efforts I let the smallest thing thwart me. A cold, the weather, time, a hangnail…anything that I could think of. I always thought that it was the universe’s way of telling me that it wanted me to stay sedentary and I accepted that. Until now. Take last night for example. Last night I did a faceplant in the front yard. Seriously, I went down hard. Yeah this morning I feel like I got into a fight with a baseball bat and lost but I dragged my ass out of bed, I got dressed and I got out there. You know what? I went farther and faster than I had all week. Today I looked the universe in the eye and gave it the big ol’ bird! Today I said, you may want me fat, dumb and happy, universe, but you are going to have to settle for FIT, dumb and happy!

That is going to be my new slogan!

Oh! I got so worked up about that that I almost forgot about the Photo-A-Day in May! I don’t know why because it’s in the title of this blog,

This Is Really Good!

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I know, you were expecting food right? I thought I’d go outside of the box with this one because sunscreen IS really good and this is my favorite. Okay so I guess when you are looking at SPF 50 it is not so much sun SCREEN but more sun BLOCK but remember, I’m a pasty white, Irish/English girl. My people don’t tan, we hail from countries with no sun. I have two colors, white and red. If I want any shade of “brown” I have to buy it and apply it.

Well, that’s all I have for you today my darling little love monkeys! Stay tuned because I will be posting photos over the weekend as well! Stay safe and move, no matter if it’s for 60 mins or 6 minutes just move!

Until next time,
Patty <3


May
2
Day 2-Morning Ritual

Hola my sparkly little love monkeys! It is Day 2 in the Photo-A-Day in May challenge and today’s photo is “Morning Ritual”

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Yeah. Aren’t I a lucky duck? I mean, who wouldn’t want to start their day with a glass full of baby aspirin flavored sand? But, alas, as much as I loathe just the sight of the Citrucel container, doc says I gots ta take it. And let’s face it, the alternative just really REALLY sucks. So here I am, swilling my gunk and sticking to my high fiber diet.

At least my body is FINALLY getting used to all this fiber. For a good 6 weeks I don’t think that there was a waking moment that I wasn’t farting. Seriously! I mean, I’m not even gonna sit here and tell you that I’m not a farter because I hope to shout I fart more than the average person. And I own it! Hell, I established that fact with the hubs whilst we were still dating. I figured if he was going to marry me, he’d have to marry me farts and all and I wasn’t about to go scurrying off into the other room to crack off a fart. We’d never be in the same room for crying out loud! I know women that wouldn’t even DREAM of farting in front of their man, but dadgum, I’m human and I fart. Guess what, I poop too!

Life’s people, fart it up while you can!

Until next time,
Patty *pphhfft*


May
1
It’s MAY!

Greetings my delightful little love monkeys! Yes, it is May and guess what, I’m not dead!! (Not that it wasn’t close, too close for MY comfort anyway, but I digress)

YAY!!!

Yes it’s May and I figured it was a great time to get back on the horse after a brief respite from blogging. And by “respite” I mean, it’s been 11ty million years since I’ve blogged.

So, what’s new with all of my glorious little love monkeys? Has the world been treating you well?

What’s that? What’s new with ME? Well a couple of things! After thinking it would never happen, I FINALLY got the outline down for the sequel to Divinity, Entity! Man alive, I didn’t think it would ever come out of me but that sucker shot out of my fingers and onto the keyboard like I was bleeding it! No joke, by the end of it I was crying so hard that hubs came home and thought someone had died. I’m so excited! I can’t wait to share little bits with my love monkeys!!

Another thing, starting August 5th, I’m joining some of my Omnific Publishing sisters; Nicki Elson, Carol Oats, and Debra Anastasia for a special Omnific Angels event! Stay tuned for deets, it’s gonna be AWESOME!

And finally, I found this on Facebook the other day

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Yep, it’s a Photo-A-Day in MAY! Doesn’t this look fun? I thought so, so here we go, today is May 1st and today’s picture is “I Bought This”

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Why yes, that IS a melon slicer and yes, I bought it! Isn’t it cool? So, if you feel so inclined join in on the fun! Post it here, post it on your Facebook and if we aren’t Facebook friends, let’s fix that! FACEBOOK!

Well, that’s all I have for you today, I’ll be back tomorrow with another photo! Have a fantabulous day my delicious little love monkeys and stay tuned!

Until next time,
Patty <3


Feb
14
Happy Valentine’s Day!!

Happy Valentine’s Day my love loverly love monkeys!!

Chocolate anyone?

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And you’re welcome 🙂

Now whether you look forward to this day or hate it to its very core I know one thing that EVERYONE loves, FREE STUFF!! That’s right, I said free stuff!

So my awesome and amazing publisher, Omnific Publishing, is 3 years old today and to celebrate, they are giving away 3 Kindles loaded with Omnific titles!

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Wanna see what they are loaded with? Head on over to the Omnific Publishing Blog and check it out!!

A big congrats to my love monkey, Froggy, for winning the Love is in the Air Giveaway! My awesome publicist will be sending you a very special email very soon 🙂

And a SUPER BIG congrats to my Omnific Publishing homegirl, Alice Clayton! The amazing author of the Redhead Series and Wallbanger has just been signed with Simon and Shuster!! Way to go Alice!!

Well, that’s all I have for you today my darlings. Have a wonderful day and a safe and happy weekend!

Until next time,
Patty <3


Feb
6
Love is in the Air Giveaway Hop!

Greetings my sweet little love monkeys!

Yes, it is true, Love is in the Air! As we approach Valentine’s Day and because I love my little love monkeys oh so very much, I’m giving away an e-set of my books! And what better way to do that than join in a Valentine’s Day Giveaway Hop so my little love monkeys get over 100 different chances to win all kinds of cool stuff! Thanks to the lovely ladies at Under the Covers Book Blog for putting on this awesome giveaway hop!

I can tell you, without a shadow of a doubt, that the best Valentine’s Day gifts I’ve gotten for Valentine’s Day are sitting on my couch right now, watching possibly the weirdest episode of Bizarre Foods. Yep, 12 years ago my twins, Erin & Emma were brought into the world, on Valentine’s Day, with only fifteen and fourteen minutes to spare, respectively.  We weren’t expecting them until late March so you can imagine how shocked we were when they weighed in at 5lbs 13oz EACH! Oh yeah, you read that right!

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This has got to be one of my all time favorite photos of them, ever and shortly after this photo was taken they got a hold of my scissors and gave each other a haircut, chopping off all of their hair!

So, tell me love monkeys, what is your best Valentine’s Day gift and/or memory?

Now onto the important b’ness! Here’s where you can check out all the blogs in the Giveaway Hop!


And while you’re at it, go ahead and enter to win an e-set of my books! Yep, you can win an e-copy of Cat O’ Nine Tails, Clarity and Divinity! 

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OH! And a big congratulations to my little love monkey, Laurie, for winning e-copies of Cat O’ Nine Tails, Clarity and Divinity in the Happy Endings Giveaway Hop! I hope you enjoy Laurie!!

Well, that’s all I have for you today my darlings! Enter lots of giveaways and GOOD LUCK!

Until next time,
Patty <3

PS! CHECK OUT THE HAPS OVER AT OMNIFIC PUBLISHING!! DID SOMEONE SAY KINDLE GIVEAWAY? OH YEAH!!! CHECK IT!!!

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Jan
18
Happy Endings Giveaway Hop!

Greetings and salutations in this New Year my fantabulous little love monkeys!

Well, since it has been about a thousand years and nine days since I blogged last, I figured I’d come back with a giveaway because I know everyone likes freebies. I know I do 🙂

So, I joined in on the Happy Endings Giveaway Hop because I’m a sucker for an happy ending. Some people enjoy reading books that will rip their heart out, swing it around the room a few times, throw it to the floor and stomp all over it. And that’s cool, whatever blows up your skirt.

For me, I’m all about the HEA (Happily Ever After) when I read. I mean, a really good HEA will make me cry anyway so if I’m going to cry at an ending I’d rather it be a “happy” cry than a “my-heart-just-got-run-through-a-blender” cry.

So, I’m giving away all of my books because they are all HEA! That’s right, you win an ecopy of Cat O’ Nine Tails, Clarity and Divinity! And since we’re talking ebooks, this sucker is up anyone in any corner of the world! International baby!!

And don’t forget to head over and check out the other blogs in the hop, there is 100 different blogs and every one of them is giving something away, hosted by Reading Romances!

 

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For my part, I’m working the Rafflecopter route again, it’s so much easier for everyone yeah?

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Just click the link and you have several options to enter, do one or do them all for more chances to win!

That’s it my darling little love monkeys, good luck!

Until next time,
Patty <3


Oct
25
Halloween Giveaways!

Hidey ho my spooky little love monkeys!

Are you getting all ready for Halloween? We are in full swing here in mi casa! The Main Street Zombie March is on Saturday and I’m so freaking excited I can’t even stand it!! Not only am I excited to participate and shamble my booty off down Main Street, BUT Divinity bookmarks and tattoos are going to be there! Oh yeah, you read that right! Are you in the Santa Clarita area (or there abouts) and want to get your hands on some cool swag or just want to get your shamble on, come on by Brave New World Comics and join us! It’s going to be super fun!!

And on top of all the zombie fun, Yours Truly is participating in not one, not two, but THREE giveaways!! Halloween is like my Christmas so why not give some gifts out to my little love monkeys? Check out the deets…

There is a chance to win, not only Divinity, but three other Omnific titles via A Tale of Many Reviews!

Also, there is not only an ebook giveaway but there is also a spooky excerpt from Divinity over at Sam, Elena & Rhonda’s Awesomeness!

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AND THEN there is an ebook set of Divinity and Clarity, a swag pack (bookmark and tattoo) but also a box of Runts, the candy that fed the Divinity creative beast over at Romance Junkies! This one has a lot to look at so be sure to click around and see what else is being given away, there are all kinds of rooms to explore! I’m in the Magic Store and oh hey, that cauldron looks inviting *hint hint*

Whew! All kinds of fun huh?! And, of course it’s Thursday so be sure to check out Omnific’s Author! Author! Blog Bounce! to see what’s going on with everyone else!!

Okay, that’s all I have for you my dears, I’m off to work on my zombie costume, these things don’t splatter blood on themselves ya know 😉

Until next time,
Patty <3


Oct
12
Happy Friday Freebie!

Happy Friday my spookity little love monkeys! Did you hollow out this week like a great big pumpkin ready for carving? You’re jack-0-lanterny right you did!

What? Did I say freebie? You’re freakity freaking right I did! You, YES YOU, reading this blog RIGHT NOW can download Clarity, the Divinity prequel short, FOR FREE from Omnific Publishing! That’s right, FO’ FREE!

This is only for a limited time so get while the gettin’s good! And if you could be so kind as to leave a little review or just a rating over at Goodreads, that would be just the awesomest of awesome! Share with your friends, this is a great way to get a taste of what is in store for you inside the pages of Divinity!

Now, onto zombie march news! I’m so excited for the march!! I have purchased the most awesome thing ever, a zombie baby! We’re not talking any old zombie baby, oh no, Horace (yes I named him) doesn’t just sit there doing nothing, he wiggles, growls and laughs when you push his belly! You have no idea how much I love his little veiny head, I can’t wait to put him in a baby carrier, give his a splash of some fresh blood and give him a disembodied finger to gnaw on 🙂 If only I can get my girls to leave him be. Seriously, they carry him around the house and beg to make him wiggle and growl. I swear, they are going to run out his battery before the zombie march can get here.

Alrighty, that’s all I have for you today my darlings. Don’t forget to download your free copy of Clarity! Stay tuned for more blog fun!

Until next time,
Patty <3

 


Oct
5
Happy Friday! Clarity~A Divinity Prequel!

Happy Friday my cheeky little love monkeys! Did you toss this week back like a martini; shaken, not stirred? You’re 007 right you did!

Alrighty my lovelies, you might have seen some talk on Facebook and Twitter about a Divinity prequel short. Well I’m here to tell you that it is true and my awesome publisher, Omnific Publishing, is working diligently to get it up and running for my wonderful readers! Until then, let me share with you the amazing cover and the official back cover summary!

Gasping for air inside an ice-filled tub. Convulsing from an electric shock to the brain. Struggling against restraints that bind and gag…

Just another day at Agnews, The Great Asylum for the Insane.

But for Evelyn, the night is so much worse.

Demons—wearing white coats and crisp white hats—prowled the halls, searching for a patient who would serve as their evening’s entertainment. And from the moment I’d arrived, I seemed to be their favorite play toy.”

A young woman committed to the asylum during the late 19th century, Evelyn knows she isn’t insane, that the creatures she sees and suffers at the clawed hands of aren’t hallucinations. Yet she’s all alone but for their unholy company and the doctors trying to vanquish these “visions.”

All alone but for the others who can see what Evelyn sees, too. And they’re coming for her.

In this short-story prequel to Patricia Leever’s Divinity, we meet Evelyn Brighton before the tattoos—before a century of training and supernatural combat makes her an official bad-ass. Both eerie and endearing, Clarity transports us back to Evelyn’s origins, revealing the crucial turning point that delivers her from misunderstood maiden to deadly demon hunter.

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Now when I saw this cover I couldn’t help but see what it would look like next to Divinity and you know what? It’s looks so freaking COOL!

 And then I thought, you know what, that would make a freaking awesome wallpaper so I slapped that sucker on my laptop AND my phone and you can too! Just right click and save and you too can have Evie as your wallpaper!!

I’m still waiting to hear when Clarity will be released, but I do know what it will be really really soon and of course as soon as mama monkey knows, my little love monkeys will know, so stay tuned!

Be go to each other and have an awesome weekend!

Until next time,
Patty <3


Oct
1
Music Monday: Say WHAT?

Greetings me spooky little love monkeys! Did everyone have a grand time following the Divinity Blog Tour?

I know, I know, I dang near missed the Monday bus, but good lord, it’s been one of those days! Holy Toledo, I didn’t think I’d EVER get to sit down!

Well, now that the blog tour is done, I’m going to be trying to get back into my blog schedule, which means it’s Music Monday time! YAY!!

And since it’s October this month’s blog is going to be chock full of my favorite thing, HALLOWEEN!!! WOOHOO!!!

I’m going to bring you some of my favorite Halloween things, including how things are going with my Zombie March 2012 costume 🙂

So, let’s get this party started!! This song here is very new and albeit not technically Halloween-y, but it is the way I listen to it, let’s take a look at Kiss You Inside Out by Hedley

Like I said, on the surface this sounds like a very lovey dovey song and he just loves her so much right?

Yeah, well, when I here this song, a twisted little horror movie plays out in my head. I’m seeing this handsome dude that goes to bars and picks up unsuspecting girls to take back to his hotel room/apartment/house to seduce. In said seduction, he has his little ritual where he’s pampering them and making them feel all special and stuff until he goes to kiss them…

That’s when my twisted wee brain takes over and I can see him literally kissing them inside out. Hmmm, maybe this is fodder for a new demon in an upcoming book. A demon that literally kisses his victims inside out only to leave the empty husk laying around like a shirt that’s been discarded. And you have no idea how much I giggle when this song is on!

Yes, I realize how twisted this all sounds and I quite possibly need help, but really, “normal” Patty is quite boring and I only let her out when I need to be all serious and junk 😉

By the way, don’t forget that it’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month so get your boobies checked! As much as I loathe the beasts I lug around on my chest, I think dying would suck a whole lot more. So get your mamograms and do your boobie checks! DO IT!

Okay, I’m outtie my squishy little marshmallow peepy love monkeys! Stay tuned, for more blog fun and updates on the Zombie March 2012 costume project!

Until next time,
Patty <3


Sep
27
BLOGFEST 2012 GIVEAWAY!!

Greetings my fabuloso little love monkeys!

It’s that time of year again for the super ultra mega awesome BLOGFEST 2012!! I did this last year and it was just so much fun! It’s like a big ol Blogapalooza! The list of blogs involved is absolutely mind bottling!

How does this work? Well it’s very simple, thanks to lovely Cinnamon at A Journey of Books put everything together on her awesome site…

Just click that little bad boy and prepare to have your mind blow at the staggering amount of blogs!

Anywho, now what everyone needs to do is to link you loverly readers back to A Journey of Books (note the above pretty to click) but also link back to the five blogs under your own blog, so check out these awesome blogs…

Killian McRae
Ruby’s Reads
Lee’s Musings
Love Is A Many-Flavored Thing
Elisa Dane 

And best of all, everyone on the list is having some sort of giveaway!! Oh yeah, you heard that right, so many giveaways your little monkey melons will SPIN!

So, for me, of course I’m giving away an ecopy of my new novel, Divinity! All you need to do is click the link below…

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You have 4 ways to enter, you can do one or you can do all 4 and the winner will be announced when I get back to my blog groove on Monday!

Have a great weekend my foofernoodly little love monkeys!

Until next time,
Patty <3


Sep
10
Music Monday: Demons!

Hidy ho my superdy duper little love monkeys!

Look at me! I didn’t forget to do the Music Monday post today!! GO ME!!

This post is a little hard for me to really do. Why you might ask? Well, you all know I like to add a little visual aid to my posts and this one was a hard to do.

Mainly because I didn’t want to scare the bejesus out of anyone with how I see the big baddies in Divinity. I’m not going to lie to you, they are some pretty gruesome individuals. So, I trolled around the web and I did find some excellent visual images of how I see the demons in this tale, however, the photos were really quite scary and I didn’t want to send anyone running and screaming from my wee little corner of the web. That being said, I did happen across an image that I thought I could share with you. Now, this isn’t an image of demons, those were all just too much, this is of another baddie in the tale, goblins. And I apologize in advance for anyone I might scare.

Heehee! Gotcha! Seriously though, this is how I envisioned the goblins but I love that they are drinking tea 🙂

Okay, I DO have some music to go with the demons in the story! This piece just oozes what the demons are all about, Sweet Dreams by Marilyn Manson.

Now, you’ll notice that this isn’t they official video because quite frankly the actual video creeps me the hell out! Actually, Marilyn Manson himself gives me the heebs but I think that’s what gives this song the right vibe for my demons. Why does this song say Divinity demon to me? Well, let’s look at the first couple of lines of the book, shall we…

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Demons.

They’re everywhere, hiding in plain sight. Lawyers, doctors, politicians, the guy on the corner, the lady ringing up your groceries, your kid’s principal, or the over-exuberant PTA mom who runs every bake sale and fundraiser at the school.

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See what I mean? The words to Sweet Dreams alone speak volumes as to how I envision my demons, but add in Marilyn Manson’s creep factor and it’s a dead ringer. Heck I can practically hear it when I read that part there.

Anywhoo, that’s all I have for you today! Stay tuned for more blog fun later this week!

Until next time,
Patty <3


Sep
7
Happy Friday: Pajama Rules!

Happy Friday my scrunchy little love monkeys! Did you gut this week, stuff it with frankincense and myrrh, wrap it in linen strips and close it up in a sarcophagus? You’re mummerifically right you did!

So, did you see my new trailer? It’s kind of awesome!

Oh, there is the giveaway on Goodreads, where we are giving away not one, but TWO copies of Divinity!

Okay, so yesterday I was reminded of a Facebook conversation I had with my friend Cindy regarding the wearing of pajamas all day and the rules that go with that practice. What reminded me of that? Well, on my way to pick up my girls from school there was a mom walking to the school in what was clearly pajama pants.

Now look, I’m all about owning what you wear and all that stuff, but there have to be some kind of rules in place or otherwise shit like this happens.

Also, as a stay-at-home mom, I’m alllllll about kicking around the house in my pjs all day. HOWEVER, after discussing this with my friend, we agreed that there should be rules for the practice of all day pajama wearing.

Rule #1- If you are going to be in public you MUST put on clothes of some sort UNLESS you will NOT be exiting your vehicle or it happens to be October 31st, in which case the wearage of pajamas is completely acceptable.

Rule #2- At no time is wearing your pajamas to the store okay. Ever. You can toss some sweats or some yoga pants on but your SpongeBob SquarePants drawers need to stay home.

Rule #3- Wearing sweats do NOT count as sweats if you are accompanying them with a pair of slippers. The wearing of the slippers transforms the sweats into pajama pants.

Rule #4- If you have asked yourself, “Hmmm, will anyone be able to tell that these are my pajama pants?” the answer is always a resounding YES! If you even half contemplate that said pants MIGHT pass as actual pants, no, no the can not!

Rule #5- I can’t reiterate Rule #1 enough, it is NEVER okay to wear your pajama pants in public! Sweats/yoga pants are just as comfy as pajamas and they are completely acceptable in public.

By the way, my friend Cindy has an awesome blog, everyone go give her some love will ya?

Alrighty, that’s all I have for you today, stay tuned for more blog fun next week!

Until next time,
Patty <3


Patricia Leever