Wednesday, November 18, 2015

The things I'm Thankful For

Hello everyone, I hope all is well with you. I’m Lisa Orchard the bestselling author of “The Super Spies” series and “The Starlight Chronicles.” I’m participating in a blog tour for my Starlight series and the dates and stops are listed below. There’s also a giveaway, so stop on by and enter! You could win!

 October 27: Independent Authors
November 3: Welcome to My World of Dreams
November 10: The Reading Addict
November 17: Rogues Angels
November 24: BooksChatter
December 1: Lisa Haselton's Reviews and Interviews
December 8: Archaeolibrarian - I dig good books!
December 15: Cover2Cover 

Lark Singer is seventeen years old and already on the way to a brilliant music career. But as she and her band, Starlight, gear up for a competition, life seems to be throwing her a few curve balls. The mysteries of her past seem to be unraveling, and she’s no longer certain she wants to know those answers or how knowing about her past will affect her difficult relationship with her mother. And when her best friend, Bean, changes things between them, all her plans for a musical future are placed in jeopardy. How can she balance her complicated personal life to keep her musical goals on track?

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However, that’s not what I want to talk about today. Since Thanksgiving is just around the corner. I thought I’d write a post about being thankful. At this time last year, I was in the midst of doing chemo. I finished the treatment and I feel that I’ve fully recovered from the ordeal. So I’m especially thankful this year. Here’s my list:

My health
After my bout with chemo and my recovery, I’ve come to realize if you have your health, you have everything. You can’t enjoy your wealth without your health and no amount of money can truly buy good health. So I’m thankful that I’ve recovered and I’m taking better care of myself.

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My Family

I’m thankful for my family. I have two wonderful boys and a wonderful husband. We’re all quite close and I enjoy all the little things, like my children’s conversations when they don’t think I’m listening and their excitement when they learn something new. I love giving them new experiences and seeing that spark of interest in their eyes when they see something for the first time.

My Mom

What can I say? I still run to Mom when my feelings get hurt or there’s some unjust situation I’m dealing with. It’s funny the patterns you developed in childhood are still alive and well today. I called her every day when I was going through chemo. I developed a lot of anxiety and it was my mom who I turned to. I’m thankful she’s alive and well and has been there for me whenever I’ve needed her.

My brothers and sister

I’m thankful for my brothers and sister. I’m glad that they’re all healthy and doing well in their lives. We’ve all had our struggles, but I can see that strong independent streak in all of us. We’ve all become stronger through our struggles and I’m thankful I have such an awesome extended family that I share so many memories with.

My Friends

All throughout my life, I’ve had good friends. I’ve got great memories and I feel very fortunate that I’m still friends with them today. It’s always nice to go down memory lane when we get together. I hope my kids develop the same kind of lasting friendships that I have.

My Writing

I love to write and I’m thankful that I can follow my passion. It’s a great stress reliever and I’m excited about my growth as a writer too. It’s an awesome feeling to see how I’ve improved. J

This is just a small list of all the things I’m thankful for. How about you? What are you thankful for? Leave a comment, I’d love to hear from you!

Monday, November 16, 2015

When Things Take a Left Turn

November brings lots of events with it, family members with birthdays, the increased ramp up of crafting Christmas presents due this year, Thanksgiving and NaNoWriMo. This year also brought an unexpected sad humanity-made detour with the destruction in Paris. I ended up with another detour of a different sort absorbing my time for a few days as well.

I'm used to my characters changing the a story's direction from time to time as the project progresses. NaNoWriMo tends to be the worst for that as I'm a pants-er. This year is no different. I was happily going along and then out of the blue comes a left turn in the story line which affects the ENTIRE story.

That has only happened once before to me. I took the annual GRRWG WinterNaNo challenge and was was supposed to be a cozy mystery turned into an erotic romance with multiple partners. That one was a real surprise. I don't have the vocabulary to write such a book as I tend more towards cozies, thrillers and SciFi when I'm not reading technical manuals.

This particular turn is impacting the entire story and has made it so that I have to change the entire ending. The protagonist has changed mid-stream and I thought I had it straightened out until I sat down to write tonight. Another left turn, followed quickly by a right turn. A brand-new twist that once again changes the outcome and thus the ending of the book. I'm scrambling to get my characters to tell me how the end needs to change and they're refusing to tell me.

I've whine at them, cajoled them, and outright raged at them as I'm trying to make up lost time to get my word count where it “should” be for NaNoWriMo. They're not giving it up. I guess this is my own fault. I'm a proud “pants-er”, I've always been terrible about outlining, even back in grade school. I much preferred math and science over English. So it's no surprise my characters are wishing to torture me.

My question is, do “planners” ever have this happen to them? Do your stories ever take a left turn on you and change the entire plot? Full disclosure: I don't plot either.

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Christmas Stories by Patricia Kiyono

If you like holiday stories, here's a collection of four, available for a limited time, for only 99 cents! Here's what's included:


Christmas Wishes 
Photographer Mitch Carson is tired of big city life. He just wants to settle down in a quiet town with his daughter, Angie. Even that doesn’t quell his fear of losing his daughter to his scheming mother-in-law. Sophie Gardner wants to be a screenwriter. She's ready to leave small-town Zutphen, Michigan, and go to Hollywood. With a theater degree under her belt, she's busy writing scripts while helping out her sister Joanie, who's bedridden with a difficult pregnancy. Unfortunately, Joanie has somehow coerced Sophie into directing the Christmas pageant at Zutphen Community Church. When Sophie and Mitch meet, the attraction is instant and mutual. But each wants what the other is trying to get away from. Can they deny their feelings and pursue their dreams? Or will the holiday prove to them that their true wishes might not be what they'd thought? 

Christmas Journey 
Helen DeGroot is a widow, a mother, and grandmother. Her quiet life in Zutphen includes her children, grandchildren, and church committee work. She can’t shake the feeling that life has something else in store for her. But finances are tight, and her grown sons always seem to need her help. 
Mike Sikkema has a high-powered job at a travel magazine. He’s never had time for settling down with a family. But when his brother tells him about their mother’s health problems, he drops everything and heads to Zutphen, Michigan to help out. Apartments are scarce in the small town, so he rents a room from an attractive widow in his brother’s congregation. 
The road to self-discovery and happiness can be long and painful. Can these two help each other navigate the journey? 


The Partridge and the Peartree 
Phillip Peartree, Duke of Bartlett, dreamed of a peaceful life with a suitable mate until a hunting accident left him scarred and nearly deaf. Resigned to spending the rest of his days alone, Phillip has devoted himself to rebuilding his family estate. But a chance encounter with a lovely young woman in a dusty bookstore rekindles his almost-forgotten hopes and dreams. 
Lady Amelia Partridge has no time for the frivolity of the London social scene. In addition to her work with the Ladies Literary Society, she has a mission – educating poor children in the city. She also has a secret life, one she fears might drive away the young duke who has become increasingly important to her. 

Two Tutor Doves 
Robert Townley prides himself as an efficient and indispensible valet to Phillip, Duke of Bartlett. But when Robert is coerced into teaching the poor children at the duchess' chapel school, he’s out of his element. Thankfully, he has assistance from some of the other servants, including the prickly Miss Brown. 
Jeanne Brown is lady’s maid to the Duchess of Bartlett. She loves working with the children but can’t abide Robert’s lofty attitude toward them. She’d love to put him in his place — but she needs her job. 
When the duchess decides to hold the school’s Christmas party in her home, Robert and Jeanne must put aside their differences and work together to ensure that the holiday celebration goes off without a hitch. Will they be able to endure the partnership, or will their sparks ignite something more?

The Patricia Kiyono Christmas Collection is available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Itunes, Smashwords, and Kobo.