<![CDATA[Tricia Copeland, Author - Blog]]>Thu, 27 Jul 2017 16:23:04 -0600Weebly<![CDATA[What's your love language?]]>Thu, 20 Jul 2017 15:25:49 GMThttp://triciacopeland.com/blog/whats-your-love-language
The other night my hubby and I were sitting at the table playing dominoes. It's kind of geeky but it's our thing to play a game together in the evening. We sit and talk and play dominoes, Scrabble, or trivia. But, I'm digressing. He started reading my daughter's driving school information while we were playing. I was annoyed he wasn't paying attention to me. But, I let it slide figuring everyone was allowed some personal choice, and it was one night, it wasn't like it happens every time. Then, BAM!, in my inbox the next day is an email about the 5 love languages created by Dr. Gary Chapman. I thought, this is kind of cool, so I took the quiz. It turns out, I value quality time with a person over all other ways a person could show they love me.

Here's what Dr. Chapman has proposed. We all seek confirmation that we are loved, but we value different types of confirmation. He has put these in five categories he calls the 5 love languages.

1. Word of Affirmation - you like hearing the person tell you how they feel!

2. Acts of Service - you value tasks another person does for you!

3. Receiving gifts - it's not about materialism, but it's your cue that the person is thinking of you.

4. Quality time - when that person is spending time with you, just one on one, no distractions.

5. Physical touch - Hugs, kisses, and being held are important to you.

Dr. Chapman's test ranks the importance of each language once you've answered a series of ten questions. Once you complete the test you receive an email explaining more about each love language and your score in each category. Quality time was most important to me, followed by physical touch, words of affirmation, and acts of service. Receiving gifts was last on the list with only a score of 1.

It seems like this can be a cool thing to know about a significant other, child, family member, or bestie! For the most part, I'm guessing we pick up on cues without really realizing it, but if we've missed something, then maybe we could improve our relationships.

Take the quiz and see what you think! It's only 10 questions long! Here's the link or click the button below! http://www.5lovelanguages.com/

Wishing you the best,

5 Love Languages quiz
<![CDATA[Top 10 Awesome Things About College!]]>Thu, 13 Jul 2017 15:36:10 GMThttp://triciacopeland.com/blog/top-10-awesome-things-about-collegeSo I was wondering why college was so awesome and then I thought, duh!

10. Everyone is there to meet new people and make new friends
9. Free activities on campus
8. Huge dating pool
7. Wearing leggings all the time
6. Being independent without adult responsibilities
5. There's always a fun party to go to
4. Pulling an all-nighter is no big deal
3. Napping is a daily activity
2. Living with your best friends
1. Always surrounded by people your own age
So, if you're in college, enjoy! If you're headed that way, remember to take advantage! If you've already been there, take a minute, think about all the friends you made and the good times you had, and appreciate that you never have to take another final!

Confession: I'm inspired by the Her Campus organization and their weekly emails. I love their content on all things college and entertainment! Check them out at http://www.hercampus.com/!

All the best,

<![CDATA[No Magic Needed - The Scents of KofD!]]>Fri, 30 Jun 2017 15:33:45 GMThttp://triciacopeland.com/blog/no-magic-needed-the-scents-of-kofd

Remember back in February when Christy Hires of Superior Earth Essentials and I brought you essential oil scents CALM and FOCUS to help you weather your work and school life? Now we’ve paired up again to help you have the summer travel experience yet with BE WELL and SWEET DREAMS! Boost your immune system and get your best sleep yet with these custom blends!

In Kingdom of Darkness, Camille and her friend Jude, get a crash course in brewing up potions. I have an excerpt from the book for you below, as well as a scents giveaway, but for now welcome Christy back to tell you how she blended SWEET DREAMS and BE WELL to help you stay in tip top shape over the summer!

From Christy...Scent and memory. Brain and body. They are all connected. The project of connecting the Kingdom Journals book to a scent experience has been one of my most favorite projects to date. I love being able to help others incorporate their sense of smell into their creative thoughts and ideas. When I step into my blending room, I find myself transported to a place of possibilities. The scents at my fingertips and the quiet of my space send a surge of excitement through me! As I follow Camille and Jude into their blending room I picture my own little chemistry lab. I can smell their blend of red mandarin, cypress, myrtle, bergamot and cornmint. This blend will help promote sleep during any month of the year but especially summertime as we experience a change in our sleep patterns due to anything from traveling & activities to the longer days & changing weather.

Christy and I welcome you to read all about the red mandarin, cypress, myrtle, bergamot, and cornmint  in SWEET DREAMS and find the scents here! You can scroll down to read an excerpt from Kingdom of Darkness!
Christy's Kingdom Of Darkness Scents
Scents Giveaway

Now for your excerpt! I've chosen a passage where Camille and her maybe friend, maybe enemy, we're not sure yet, Jude, are learning to mix potions! Yes, witch training 101!

The test for the second stage of coven training resembled the first, and both Jude and I passed to the third level, represented by water. The study portion centered on chemistries, potions, and essential oils, much of which would be taught by Maria. I blamed my worn look on nightmares, so the first day she led us through concocting a sleep remedy. She mixed essential oils of Red Mandarin, Bergamot, Cornmint, Cypress, and Myrtle, and I sniffed the fluid.
“Do you feel more relaxed?” Maria asked.
“I just feel bored,” Jude exclaimed, sighing.
“This is often the most trying section for those that favor activity.”
“Well, I’m falling asleep just thinking about blending oils.”
“Here.” She handed him another mixture.
He held it to his nose. “Hmm, smells like some flower.”
“Geranium. It’s arsenic.”
“Oh, God.” He held the bottle at arms-length.
“You let him smell arsenic?” I blurted out before I could check my reaction.
Maria laughed. “He is paying attention now.”
“That woke me up.” Jude paced away from the table and back.
Seemingly for Jude’s benefit, she switched to teaching poisons and their smells and effects. I took notes as she went, hoping I didn’t mix up the Tabun that smelled like almonds, the Soman that smelled like rotting fruit, and Cyclosarin that had a peachy odor.

Find out all about Kingdom of Darkness! Happy Reading!
Kingdom of Darkness website!
<![CDATA[Everything Kingdom of Darkness]]>Thu, 22 Jun 2017 11:28:03 GMThttp://triciacopeland.com/blog/everything-kingdom-of-darkness
My new paranormal novel released yesterday, and I have to say I'm so excited by the reception! Releases are always stressful wondering if everything will go smooth and praying there aren't any glitches. Knock on wood, the few bumps have been very minor. Every release I've learned something new and this was my first pre-order release, so I'm evaluating the benefits of that experience. Overall, this may have been my best release yet!

I wanted to compile all my social media, initial reviews, and images in one place for you guys to wrap your brain around everything that is Kingdom of Darkness! Between my YouTube videos, Goodreads reviews, Pinterest boards, Instagram, and my website I try to paint a picture of what you can expect from my books. Like my other novels, this story takes on a life on of its own and when I immerse myself in it, I fall in love again and again.

In Kingdom of Darkness, the story teller, Camille, is a semi-regular teen. She has moved a lot and that is a challenge but she has solid relationships with her mother and brother. Enter her nightmares about a witch-vampire hybrid teen and her new witch boyfriend (remember Kingdom of Embers) which become hallucinations she can't stop. Camille pours herself into figuring out what's going on, leading her to enroll in a month long camping experience. There she meets Jude, a fellow schizophrenic, who resembles the evil vampire-witch hybrid guy from her dreams. She is immediately drawn to him, but can she trust him? Is the camp an elaborate hoax to capture her? You'll only find out by reading Kingdom of Darkness!

And the biggest news... I've extended my release promotion to allow everyone to take advantage of my sale! Kingdom or Darkness is only $0.99 through Friday, June 23! Check out reviews, Pinterest boards samples, Instagram teasers, and the YouTube trailer below! Follow me to stay up on all the latest images and videos!

The best part about my new release (besides my daughter saying my cover was beautiful and a review calling KofD "edgy" and "cool"- I've never been edgy and cool before) is that the sequel is only 3 months away! It's already written and edited! Who will star in the next Kingdom Journal? Find out Sept. 21!

All the best,

Click here to get Kingdom of Darkness $0.99 thru 6/23/2017 (free on KU)
Click here to get Kingdom of Embers (free on KU)

Kingdom of Darkness Pinterest board

Initial Reviews

YouTube Trailers

<![CDATA[Recent Reads Pt. 4 - The Peculiar Lives of Circus Freaks]]>Thu, 08 Jun 2017 11:35:20 GMThttp://triciacopeland.com/blog/recent-reads-pt-4-the-peculiar-lives-of-circus-freaks

I'm doubling up on my blog posts this week to bring you a snippet of The Peculiar Lives of Circus Freaks! This anthology included stories from a couple of authors I'd read before, about five authors I'd met before, and one new authors to me. Each story focuses on a different character from the traveling circus. In case you haven't noticed I'm kind of into anthologies right now. With limited time, I like that I can pick them up and finish a story in an hour or so! These did not disappoint! Twisted in the novellas were paranormal/supernatural themes as well as love and adventure! Read more from the authors...

The Peculiar Lives of Circus Freaks 

Come one, come all to the Kipling Carnival,
where you'll meet beasts and beauties and everything in between.
Inside the Big Top you'll find daring adventures from:
Tia Silverthorne Bach ~The Animal Tamer trying to deny her own animal instincts.
Amy Evans ~ The Mermaid Prince who’s determined to stand on his own two feet.
Allyson Gottlieb ~ The Magician running from the sins of his past.
Liz Long ~ The Ringmaster, whose last wish is to be in the center ring.
Kelly Martin ~ The Cursed Performer free for one day only.
Misty Provencher ~ The Fortune Teller who takes more than just your breath away.
Mindy Ruiz ~ The Bearded Lady trying to break an ancient curse.
BJ Sheldon takes us behind the circus curtain with her Roadie.
Unveil the mysteries of The Peculiar Lives of Circus Freaks.
Where things are never what they seem.

Get it here!
Amazon: http://amzn.to/2lF2E1X
Kobo: http://bit.ly/2n7Hkzg
iBooks: http://apple.co/2mmPuoV
Nook: http://bit.ly/2n0bmbl

<![CDATA[Recent Reads Pt. 3 - Twisted FairyTales Anthology]]>Tue, 06 Jun 2017 11:38:50 GMThttp://triciacopeland.com/blog/recent-reads-pt-3-twisted-fairy-tales-anthology
Be warned. This quest is not for the faint of heart. Turn back now if you doubt your conviction, for the journey is perilous and the beasts unforgiving.

Well then…if it is adventure that you seek the path lies ahead. Travel with us now down a dark and winding road. We’ll guide you through the Twisted Fairy Tale Forest where demons lurk and dark magic reigns. Steel your mind and guard your heart, brave one, for an ancient evil from a forgotten realm hides deep within the shadows. Fallen angels fly on dark wings. Creatures great and small stalk their prey from afar, waiting for the perfect moment to strike. Fear not. There is goodness here for those who truly see. Heroes conquer and love prevails…but all is not as it seems and not every fairy tale has a happy ending.

The Twisted Fairy Tales Anthology is a collection of short stories written by a talented group of young authors. They have taken the world of classic fairy tales and tilted it on its axis to bring you some of the most imaginative, often terrifying, retellings you’ll ever read.

Contributing Authors: J.M. Bach, Alex Clark, Makayla Desmit, Lauren Frick, Alexander Hartman, Madeleine Harris, Faith Hays, Polaris Jimenez, Emily Lorenzen, and Grey Nebel.

Twisted Fairy tales is a young adult fantasy anthology. I enjoyed each story and their take on these oldies but goodies!

Grab it now! The first 90 days of publication benefits First Book, an organization supporting children's literacy!

Twisted Fairy Tales on Amazon!
<![CDATA[Recent Reads Pt. 2 - Lurking in the Mind]]>Thu, 01 Jun 2017 00:01:13 GMThttp://triciacopeland.com/blog/recent-reads-pt-2-lurking-in-the-mind
Welcome to Recent Reads Pt. 2 - Lurking in the Mind. I don't always pick up dark stories because they can start to pull me under. This collection however was perfect for me! I love that I got a little bit of psychological thriller drama and was able to get out quickly! Yes, you guessed it, I'm a pansy when it comes to horror, but these were great for me, suspenseful with a quick ending! I read 13 stories from authors I hadn't been introduced to before, and got some new work from Amber Hassler and Kathy-Lynn Cross! So, I'll tell you a little more about this anthology.

Lurking in the Mind - a new CHBB anthology and the third installment in the Lurking anthology series.
~Sometimes the most horrifying monsters live within us.
What horrors lurk within a broken mind when left unattended? From alternate personalities to figments of the imagination, our stories will give you... a new outlook on the complexity of the human mind. Follow our authors into the madness … if you dare.
[Disclaimer: While the stories within this anthology are works of fiction, some very real mental disorders, fears and/or characteristics are discussed. Stories may contain sensitive topics such as depression, suicide, self-harm, split personalities, schizophrenia, and more. Please be advised.]

Featuring: 15 authors...
Twisted by Jaclyn Osborn 
Lonely Hearts by Amber Hassler  
When Emily was Here by Kathy-Lynn Cross
Postpartum by Savannah Rohleder  
The Creep by E.M. Fitch  
Blind Justice by Jaidis Shaw 

Tortured Minds by Gina A. Watson  
Lauren by Jacqueline E. Smith  
Verity Incognito by James William Peercy
Gethen by Liz Butcher 
Starved by Ace Antonio Hall 
When I met Hannah by Shelly Schulz 
Did You See Evelyn Today? by Kelly Matsuura  
North Side Asylum by Lily Luchesi   
Obsession by M.L. Sparrow 

Amazon buy link for eBook:

<![CDATA[Recent Reads Pt. 1-War and Pieces-Frayed Fairy Tales]]>Fri, 26 May 2017 12:22:59 GMThttp://triciacopeland.com/blog/may-26th-2017
Once upon a time, in a land far, far away, there were zombies…
That’s how it all started. Authors have created a major problem with stories like Cinder, The Dark Queen, and Asleep, and it’s wreaking havoc here in Ever After. Our queens are fighting for their lives.
Rather like Mother Nature, keeper of the fine balance that’s life in your world, tales that begin with “Once upon a time” were never meant to be messed with.
Now, Ariel is underwater with all the defenses she’s been launching, Aurora hasn’t slept in weeks, and Rapunzel is tangled in… Well, I can’t even begin to tell you.
Rather than try, I’ll let you see for yourself. You and I will talk again afterward—if I survive long enough. So, as our fateful story begins:
Once upon a time, in a land far, far away…

Find out how the story goes: http://www.frayedfairytales.com/season1

Make your own version of these fabulous shoes with the Official Coloring Book: http://bit.ly/FFTColorBook

I’m catching up on my reviews over the next few weeks. This is the first in my pre-summer recent reads 2017 blog series! I’ve read Season 1 of War and Pieces and a word to the wise: download all the episodes at one time! I started reading on a plane flight and each episode is a third of a story or so and fifteen minutes in, I needed the next one! The great thing about these is that they are short so if you’re crushed for time and need entertainment they’re perfect! I liked Tia Silverthorne Bach and N. L. Greene’s Queen Snow (White) and Princess Rose after the happily ever after story and give it a solid 4* for creativity and suspense. If you like a little more adult grit in your fairy tales these are for you! The first episode of Season 1 is free and it’s a good opener! Like I said, I regretted not downloading all three in the beginning! There are ten seasons so you’re pretty much guaranteed to find your favorite princess!
Happy summer and happy reading!

<![CDATA[Kingdom of Darkness - Cover Reveal & Pre-order!]]>Tue, 23 May 2017 11:52:15 GMThttp://triciacopeland.com/blog/kingdom-of-darkness-cover-reveal-pre-order

It's here! The official Cover Reveal for Kingdom of Darkness! I'm so excited! I loved Kingdom of Embers cover and I love this one even more! Here's a little more about Kingdom of Embers, that is now available for pre-order (my first pre-order ever!)!

From the back cover!

“… the previous night’s vision, or whatever it was, ended with a name I heard clear as day, as if the people were in my room. Ivy, the girl and boy recited together.” – Camille

Could her dreams be real? Is she the key to freeing witches from their curse? Of course not, right? Thinking that her only chance at a normal life lay in a new treatment, Camille joins Dr. Antos and a group of teens for a month long camping trip in Iceland. There she meets Jude, a fellow schizophrenic. Dr. Antos invites Camille and Jude to extend their work with him on the island of Sardinia. Camille is suspicious of Dr. Antos’s intentions but her dad goes missing, leaving her no choice but to travel to Italy. Is she walking into a lion’s den or has her illness invaded her reality?

PreOrder (99 cents special pre-order price!)

Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B072HXQDQ9

Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B072HXQDQ9

Amazon CA: https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B072HXQDQ9

Amazon AU: https://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B072HXQDQ9

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35132278-kingdom-of-darkness

... if you haven't read Kingdom of Embers, here's what people are saying!


“A much-needed twist to an old genre.”
“Fantastic twist on the paranormal!”

Kingdom of Embers (Kingdom Journals #1)
Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01MZGHHX5
Amazon CA: https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B01MZGHHX5
Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01MZGHHX5
Amazon AU: https://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B01MZGHHX5
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34103053-kingdom-of-embers

Don't miss Kingdom of Darkness at the special pre-order price!
Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B072HXQDQ9
Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B072HXQDQ9
Amazon CA: https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B072HXQDQ9
Amazon AU: https://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B072HXQDQ9

<![CDATA[Being Me - Spotlight & Giveaway!]]>Thu, 11 May 2017 15:30:30 GMThttp://triciacopeland.com/blog/being-me-spotlight-giveaway
It is so exciting for me to talk about the finale of my series. This book was the hardest and most fulfilling to write! It took me from Amanda's devastation, to her fight for her recovery, through some very rough patches. I won't say more, I can't! This was definitely a book I cried with but in the end also laughed with! I love these characters and was sad to see them go. But they'll always be with me, and who knows, I may have another story to write!

Here's my favorite review of Being Me from Sara of Nerd Girl Official! This is an excerpt. You can read the whole review on the link below!

***Sara, #NerdGirlSara Review*** 5*
Being Me was a great, emotional read. My heart just broke for Amanda and the struggles she went through. ... I had no idea this was the finale of a series, it stood on its own so well. Being Me made me want to go back and read the entire series.

It's #throwbackThursday in every way today as I celebrate my Being Me series with the final installment, Being Me! The finale to the series published just nine months ago and to celebrate it is being offered for $0.99 again through May 20!

Being Me (Final Book of the Being Me series)
IS THIS ME? (Being Me Book 1-FREE!)
the Being Me series books 2-4
US https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01M69H6ZY
UK https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01M69H6ZY
 CA https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B01M69H6ZY
DE https://www.amazon.de/dp/B01M69H6ZY
AU https://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B01M69H6ZY

Giveaway entry
Being Me on Amazon