May 26th is Dracula Day, and seeing how I love anything with vampires, this is the perfect excuse for me to look up thirteen facts about bloodsuckers to share with you. (source and source)
PS: I made a video to go with this post if you want to check that out.
I'm stealing these questions from fellow author, K.T. Daxon because they are fun. She was given the questions by Aila Stephens to answer when she finished her book, Broken Tomorrows. Plus, it's a good way to cultivate interest in upcoming books.
I hope you enjoyed my 5 favorites from Tempting Friendship. Feel free to steal this idea from here. Just make sure to give props to K.T. and Aila for coming up with them.
At first, Quinn isn't impressed by Keane. He's cocky and has sex on the brain. The polar opposite of her. Despite their differences, friendship blossoms between the two.
Never one to take things seriously, Keane is an incubus coasting through life without a care. When he meets Quinn, her lack of reaction to him piques his interest. No human has ever been able to resist him.
As Keane and Quinn struggle to understand what is going on between them, something sinister rocks their world. Young incubi are vanishing, and Keane's friends go missing. Someone is after his kind. When Quinn is kidnapped, Keane must uncover who is behind the abductions and reach her before it's too late.
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Today is release day for A Quick Bite...And I forgot to schedule a post here about it. As well as send out a newsletter. Or schedule some social media posts. I remembered all this last night after I went to bed, and I was too tired to get up and do something about it.
I know what I'm doing 100% of the time!
These monsters tickle our imagination.
Sink your teeth into a collection of tales about paranormal creatures that go bump in the night. Each story is told in exactly 200 words and designed to give you a quick bite no matter how busy your day is.
Are you hungry?
You can grab it on Amazon for 99cents or read it for free if you have Kindle Unlimited. Now, I'm off to do the rest of the things I mentioned above. Oh, and if you are on FB, I'm doing a FB live where I answer questions at 2pm Eastern. You should join me.
The first Wednesday of every month is the Insecure Writer's Support Group. Posts go up the 1st Wednesday of every month. Check it out here and join if you need support with your writing. Don't forget to stop by and say hi to the co-hosts: Feather Stone, Beverly Stowe McClure, Mary Aalgaard, Kim Lajevardi, and Chemist Ken!
May 6 question - Do you have any rituals that you use when you need help getting into the ZONE? Care to share?
I'm skipping the question because the answer is simple: no. Instead, I'm sharing a post I wrote on my Patreon that I think pin points why I'm personally struggling to do much of anything right now.
There's a constant feeling of fatigue hanging just under the surface. Which isn't surprising. I've read that a lot of people are feeling sapped and worn by the pandemic. Our lives have all been disrupted in one way or another and it's like we're suffering from collective whiplash.
One thing I've realized that's been draining me is a fear I have. My 9 year old nephew has a compromised immune system. Before this blew up, I was worried about him. I honestly kept expecting a call saying he got Covid-19. When schools were closed for two weeks I was so relieved. That closure has extended, but I still find myself afraid for him. I realized why earlier this week:
I'm terrified of having to attend his funeral. It wasn't long ago that my brother died of cancer. The image of my dad fighting to remain composed enough to accept the flag from a Navy officer is etched in my memory. I can't stand the thought of it being my little nephew. I don't want to see that same expression on my family's faces again. (Just had to stop and walk away before I started bawling.)
So, yeah, it's hard to write with that hanging over my head. News stories about people breaking quarantine in my state to protest not being able to go boat do not help.
I hope wherever you are, you are safe and healthy, and your family is as well. My fingers are crossed that a vaccine will be found and this will be over sooner than later. We can go outside and enjoy interacting with each other again. And most importantly, everyone is safe.
The challenge is over, so now it's time to reflect on how it went.
Last year, I struggled with having energy to visit other blogs, so this year, I wanted to make sure I was consistent in visiting. I put on my daily to-do list to visit three new blogs each day (minus Sunday. I gave myself that day off.) That worked really well and I visited a total of 88 blogs. It's not mind blowing, but I'm happy with it.
I got a decent amount of comments. The first week was good and each week it went down, but that's not surprising. It happens every year. The challenge starts with a bang then fizzles as time goes on. Blogging every day and visiting is draining. This year, I didn't visit back everyone. Mostly because I forgot. Out of the blogs I did visit, I had two favorites. Natasha's Vampire-themed drabbles and Tyrean's Sci-Fi story, Crash.
My own theme was very popular. People loved meeting the monsters and musing about if they would pick them or not as a romantic partner. I got quite a few new subscribers this year, too. I think it helped that the posts were short and sweet, too.
I'm glad I joined again this year. Last year, when I thought I'd have to give it up, made me very sad. I enjoy this challenge and always meet new people. It's left me hopeful I can do it again next year.
* Marie Landry
* A to Z Challenge
* Alex J. Cavanaugh
* Larry Kollar
* C. Lee McKenzie
* A Book Lover's Playlist
* Cherie Reich
* M. Pax
* MJ FiField
* Melissa Barker-Simpson
* Christine Rains
* Heather M. Gardner
* George McNeese
* Lexa Cain
* L.G Keltner
* Sarah Foster
* Chrys Fey
* Kate Larkindale
* Warrior Muse
* Lee Lowery
* Elizabeth Seckman
* Heather M. Gardner
* My Random Musings
* C.D. Gallant-King
* J.H. Moncrieff
* Nick Wilford
* Liana K (Youtube)