Monday, August 18, 2014

You Don't Want to Miss This Book: REMEMBRANDT

Hello friends! Long time no write... Well, for me, at least in the blogoshere.
I had to blog about something that is just fantastic! So HELLO!
My sister-in-law, Robin King, has a publishing deal through Walnut Springs Press for debut novel called:
Robin's novel is due to be released in November 2014. I have read REMEMBRANDT and it is amazing! She revealed the to-die-for cover last week on her blog. Since I love the book and it's cover ever so much, I'm going to show it off here on my blog, too!
Take a look at this pretty little gem:

Find it here on Goodreads. Go ahead, add it to your to-read shelf. You know you want to. ;)
Oh, and the blurb to tempt your fancy all the more:
"Alexandra Stewart doesn't just walk down memory lane, she lives on it. Her eidetic memory records her experiences and plays them back, DVD style. It's great when she wants to ace a test, but not so great when she topples over a cute boy in the hallway and the humiliation plays back over and over and over . . . Brown University seems like the perfect place for the seventeen-year-old to forget her past. Hope for a normal life comes in the form of a handsome new running partner who makes her heart race and body perspire even before she laces up her shoes.

When her Russian professor gives her a puzzle that seems impossible to solve, Alex discovers that he has a secret - one that will catapult her into a world of cryptic codes and covert missions. As she tries to find a balance between the two different worlds vying for her attention, Alex wonders if she can have relationships with the ones she cares about while hiding a clandestine life, uncovering the truths of an underground enemy.

One thing is for certain, whatever happens will be forever etched into her memory. And some things are better left forgotten."
Isn't the cover gorgeous?
I hope you have been doing well.
Writing Jewels

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

And Then There Was Sight

Hi all. It has been some months since I last posted. Where has the time gone? Where have I gone?
I've been here, just not so much in blogosphere-land. Sorry for being out of touch. I am not sure how often I will be posting from here on out, but I wanted to check in and say hello.

What have I been up to? Well, the day job has been insanely busy. I had a breakthrough for one of my book's plots. Gotta love sleepless nights, huh?

Speaking of sleepless nights, something else has played a part of my distance from bloggy-world. I had corrective eye surgery, PRK, on February 20. I decided to go for this eye surgery because I just wanted to see, I mean really see. It is miraculous to not need to rely on contact lenses or glasses to function during the day. To see the patterns on the ceiling when I wake up in the morning is spectacular.

Why did I segue to this topic with sleepless nights? Well, that is exactly what I went through for 4 weeks. The first week was filled with excruciating pain and intense discomfort. Suffice it to say, I was in agony. It was to be expected, and I knew that beforehand. I just didn't expect it to be so debilitating. When I thought I would only need to take off three days of work, it turned in to six. Even after that amount of time, I couldn't see properly. Work was not a walk in the park for a week and a half with having to catch up with emails and projects, being light sensitive and exhausted, and not being able to drive or see a computer screen properly. I had to wake up every two hours during the night to put in eye drops too, not so conducive to a good night's sleep, huh?


After 5 weeks post surgery, I. CAN. SEE!!!

It is pretty amazing and will only get better over the coming months. The pain may have been unbearable and boring being at home in the dark for a week, but I think it will be worth it. It already has been worth it.

I said I was bored. All I could do was listen to audio books, and I listened to four books. Not too shabby.

How have you been lately? Any book plot breakthroughs?


Writing Jewels

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Year of Entertainment: TV and Books

Is it really 2014? Another year has been swept away into the wide expanse of time to usher in a great new year full of numberless possibilities. What a good feeling! Another good feeling is noting all the great TV shows and books I feasted upon last year. As an account, I list them here. Hopefully, you see some that will capture your attention to watch or read!

TV Shows:
  • Switched at Birth seasons 1-2
  • Touch season 1
  • Doctor Who season 7
  • Psych seasons 1-6
  • Lie to Me seasons 1-3
  • Fringe (I have 6 episodes left and I done. Love this show!)
Books: note - bold titles are my favorite reads of the year
  • The Last Guardian (Artemis Fowl) by Eoin Colfer
  • Wings by Aprilynn Pike
  • So Yesterday by Scott Westerfeld
  • The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
  • The Year of Living Biblically: One Man's Humble Quest to Follow the Bible As Literally As Possible by A.J. Jacobs
  • Angelopolis by Danielle Trussoni
  • Until I Die (Revnenants) by Amy Plum
  • The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate
  • The Goddess Inheritance (Goddess Test) by Aimee Carter
  • If I Should Die (Revenants) by Amy Plum
  • The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
  • Arise (Hereafter) by Tara Hudson
  • Inferno by Dan Brown
  • Imaginary Girls by Nova Ren Suma
  • Spells (Wings) by Aprilynne Pike
  • Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
  • The Chaos of Stars by Kiersten White
  • Cinder  (Lunar Chronicles) by Marissa Meyer
  • Illusions (Wings) by Aprilynne Pike
  • Scarlet (Lunar Chronicles) by Marissa Meyer
  • Half-Moon Investigations by Eoin Colfer
  • The Supernaturalist by Eoin Colfer
  • Destined (Wings) by Aprilynn Pike
Through my journey with the written word this year, I have found a new favorite author--that being Marissa Meyer, author of The Lunar Chronicles series. She blew me away with her retelling of Cinderella and Little Red Riding Hood stories. Her writing style is unique and simply amazing. Out of all the books I read last year, I'd recommend hers the most. Oh, I can't wait for the next two books to be released. The dates won't come fast enough. The first two books covers are fantastic, huh?

And of course, TV-wise, I'd recommend Psych for sure, but if you enjoy some good sci-fi, then check out Fringe.

What are some of your favorite reads and watches from 2013? Have you read or seen any of the TV shows or books I listed above? Are you as much of a TV and book junky as me?


Writing Jewels

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Wishing You a Very Merry Christmas

Hello all!

I would like to wish you a truly magnificent Christmas and holiday season. For my post today, I thought this song would bring joy and the true meaning of Christmas into your hearts.


Writing Jewels

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Christmastime: A Beautiful Time of the Year

During this time of the year, there are so many enjoyable activities that tempt our holiday fancy.
It is a beautiful time of the year!
I'm going to spend my time doing the following activities:

Relax like these cute pups...

 Spend time with loved ones...
Perhaps read some more...
Put a puzzle together...
Watch Fringe...
And write...
 This is going to be the life.
What are you doing during Christmastime?
Merry Christmas to all and to all happy writing!

Writing Jewels

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

What the Body Needs...

I attended an essential oils party. I had used a particular oil this company produces some years ago and was only going to purchase it. That was not to be the case.
With a stroke of pure destiny and, I think, a miracle from God, the presenter randomly brought up an oil that she normally doesn't discuss. She passed around the bottle and said we all could taste it. The moment the oil registered with my taste buds, I knew, absolutely KNEW, my body needed this herb. Because of my excitement, the presenter read what the oil is used for.
Oddly enough, it helps with so many physical ailments I have suffered with for over a decade. A little while later, she read from another book of how it can help emotionally. I almost started crying by how spot on it was for me and what I struggle with on a daily basis.
Obviously, I ordered a bottle of it with high hopes that it will aid in my physical and emotional well-being. I did this because my body reacted so clearly that it was for me. I bought it because I need greater motivation in so many areas of my life, especially writing.
This "party" I attended was heaven sent. An essential oil might improve my bodily pains, energy level, clarity, confidence, and so many other aspects of my life.
My eyes cloud over with emotion as I type this. I want to share my stories that are kept prisoner in my brain; my mind that more often than not holds me back. I want to be free. My body must know a path to offer me that freedom. The freedom to create. The simple act of tasting an oil has opened my mind to the possibility of liberation. Sigh.
I hope it works! I will keep you posted. :)
What are your thoughts on the body knowing what it needs? Has giving your body what it needs set you free so you can fully embrace your talents and ultimately life? Has it helped your writing?
Writing Jewels