Thinking back over the past year, I am so thankful for the new people I have in my life. These people are creative, smart, and challenge me to do different things. In addition I feel so grateful for the wonderful friends and family that have been a part of my life for a long time. I wrote a blog on making new friends and keeping the old and the way friends enrich our lives. You can go directly to this blog post at (http://www.triciacopeland.com/1/post/2015/07/make-new-friends-but-keep-the-old.html).
Over the years I have been so lucky to call many different groups and people family and friends. Growing up we would celebrate Thanksgiving at my grandparents house in Florida. The dinner would be spread out on the porch and aunts, uncles, cousins, and great aunts and uncles, would all come together. The kids had their own special kids table so we could get up before everyone else.
In school and college I gained yet another group of friends, some of which became like family. After college and through three different states we have made family and friends that no matter how near or far away enrich our lives. I am so grateful for all these people. From my family, to school friends, mentors, and girlfriends, I am thankful for each.
This year I have had the opportunity to expand that circle even farther with people from the author community. I feel so lucky to have met these people at UtopiaConn 2015 and be able to expand these relationships. If I wrote a list I surely would be typing for a while. From my editor, my formatter, proofreader, design artist, bloggers, who aren't just bloggers, advance copy readers, author friends, girlfriends, neighbors, family, and online circle, I feel so blessed to have all of you in my life.
I wish each of you a wonderful Thanksgiving filled with happy memories!
All the best,
First, I wanted to say thank you to my editor, Tia Bach, formatter, Jo Michaels, proofreader, Mollie Turbeville, all of Indie Books Gone Wild (also see the IF I COULD FLY giveaway on their blogspot http://indiebooksgonewild.blogspot.com/)! They are a fabulous team and I am so grateful for them. Second, I want to thank Daryl. A. McCool of d.a.m. Cool Graphics who did an amazing job on my cover, I love it! (find Daryl at http://www.damcool.com/) I’d like to thank Tia from Mom in Love with Fiction (http://etjrmbach.blogspot.com/), Jaci and Leanne from Us Girls & A Book blog site (http://usgirlsandabook.blogspot.com/), and Amanda from Taking Life by the Books (http://takinglifebybooks.blogspot.com/) for reviewing highlighting my books on their blogs! You guys rock! I’d like to thank my advance copy readers! I so appreciate your early reviews!
To my friends and family who shared my IF I COULD FLY release posts, thank you! It means the world to an indie author to get shares and reviews on social media, so thank you! I am so grateful to each of you!
So, turkey day is next week! I’m looking forward to kicking back with family and enjoying some R & R. Holidays can be fun but they can also be a stressful time for families. When kids have a break from school or are returning from college there can be different expectation. Even with my thirteen year old I already see it. I’m excited to spend time with her and she is excited to spend time with her friends. If you’re a college student at home for the break it may be hard to adjust to the family’s routine and parents may have a hard time letting the student be an adult.
How can you navigate these challenges?
1. Plan ahead. Parents, think about needs of students. Students, be empathetic of parents’ need to spend time with you. Talk about what the expectations and what everyone wants.
2. Discuss house rules and how they may be amended now that the student is more independent. Make compromises.
3. Students prepare parents in advance if your grades aren’t going to be up to expectations. Establish the grade-topic is off limits so the student gets time to relax.
4. Make sure to relax and rejuvenate so you can return to school and have a successful academic year.
Whatever your holiday plans I wish you health and happiness! Happy Thanksgiving!
Happy Monday! I am so excited to announce the release of the second book of the Being Me series, IF I COULD FLY!
IF I COULD FLY is now on Amazon in paperback or Kindle versions at http://www.amazon.com/ dp/B017KT3BXG/
If you haven’t read the first, IS THIS ME?, no worries, it’s not required reading. If you do want to pick it up it’s FREE on Kindle today and tomorrow find the link below, or find on Amazon worldwide!
From the back cover!
After the happily ever after…
Did you ever wonder what the family thinks when the girl rides away with her prince? Amanda’s parents think she’s abandoned her friends, goals, even morals to be with Doug. The assessment is ludicrous, but Amanda can’t convince them otherwise. Their disapproval undermines her self-confidence and she is determined to prove them wrong. To make things worse, Doug has a huge roadblock thrown in his path. Amanda isn’t able to talk about the situation with anyone except Zack, her ex-boyfriend. Can she endure the strain of keeping Doug’s secret? Can her already fragile psyche survive a whole summer with parents who condemn everything she does? Amanda begins to doubt she can, and there’s no castle, no fairy godmother, no magic wand to rescue her.
Buy today on Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/ dp/B017KT3BXG/
See the trailer at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mtg6sN3Im64
Get Is This Me? free on Kindle Nov. 16-17 at http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00YIABVKG
See the Is This Me? trailer at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X1dLeI2gyt0
Connect with me and other readers…
I am happy to announce my friend and editor's release of the third book in her Tala Phrophecy series: Chasing Destiny!
An ancient prophecy set forth her ultimate destiny:
Destroy the lawless ones or Hell’s gate will burst open.
So much has changed since Reagan shifted for the first time. She found the grandfather and brother she thought were dead, reunited with her grandmother and aunt, met a twin sister for the first time, discovered a powerful magic pulsing through their family’s veins, fell in love, and became part of a pack.
Evil also came into Reagan’s life in the form of Rafe, a madman who commands a demon-werewolf army. He’ll stop at nothing to destroy everything good.
Destiny may have determined Reagan’s fate, but she refuses to allow it to define her path. To save the world, she must:
Gather powerful allies.
Call forth a team of angels.
Form an unholy alliance.
Discover an angel sword.
Survive devastating losses.
Along the way, Reagan will discover that strength comes from faith, from believing in the unbelievable, and a new battle cry emerges…With Faith, We Fight
Now Available on Amazon http://amzn.to/1Ppex3J
Add to Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/27385524-chasing-destiny
View the Trailer Video: https://youtu.be/DZjK6q9Zt5w
Other books in the series include:Chasing Memories (Book 1) – FREE http://amzn.to/1PeSBGY
Chasing Shadows (Book 2) – On Sale for $0.99 (regularly $2.99) http://amzn.to/1WpIRPT
Chasing Forgiveness (novella) – On Sale for $0.99 (regularly $1.99) http://amzn.to/1GHnD9i
To celebrate the release of Chasing Destiny, there will be a 12 Days of Giveaways event. Check out the post here, and enter to win a daily prize(s).
Link to post (have here clickable if desired)… http://depressioncookies.blogspot.com/2015/11/12-days-of-giveaways-celebrating.html
Got to go Goodreads for more giveaways… https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/27385524-chasing-destiny
I was given an advance reader copy for an honest, unbiased review. In Chasing Destiny, Reagan must face her biggest challenges yet. In the beginning she believes she has all the people and components gathered to face the enemy. Rafe is literally a demon with legions of evil werewolf soldiers set on becoming the most powerful beings in the world. She is terrified that she will fail her loved ones and those who look to her for salvation. But they have a prophecy and she has a twin sister, a mother, and grandmother with powers of their own on her side. She also has an army of werewolves ready to fight with her. Does she have everything she needs for this battle? Can she lead her pack to victory? Will she be able to keep everyone safe?
Tia Bach weaves a suspenseful and exciting tale. She craftily mixes history with legend, family with friends, and courage with faith to create a story that has equal parts of heart and action! I love this series! You can pick up any of the books and be captivated. This is yet another solid edition to Tia’s resume.
Happy reading! All the best!
As the weather got colder this week and a forecast of snow popped on my weather screen, I started to the think about the months ahead. For many people November and December are a time for getting together with family and loved ones. You may travel to a relative’s house and/or take a vacation from work or school. With end-of-year deadlines or fall finals these breaks are often welcome respites from busy and sometimes stressful schedules.
Holidays and vacations give us time with family and to unwind and relax. However, transitioning back to school or work can be hard, especially when the amount of light in our day is limited and the temperatures are colder. After my first Christmas break away from school, I was shocked when I felt the transition back to school after the holiday was harder than starting out my freshman year. Although I was excited to be among my friends again, I dreaded the stress of my classes. Going back to school or work after an extended break can bring up anxiety or sadness. We may feel pressured by expectations and be concerned about our work load.
REACHOUT.com has some suggestions for easing back into school or work.
1. Set goals for the year or even just a quarter or semester. This gets you motivated and thinking about what you want to achieve.
2. Get involved. Trying a new activity can give you a fun outlet for stress and help you meet new people.
3. Break the ice. Talk to new people in your classes and ask them to get coffee or form a study group.
4. Don’t stick to stereotypes. It’s often easy to put ourselves and others into different groups based on how they look or act. Hanging out with people with different interests can help you expand your friend circle.
5. Express yourself. Release tension by doing something fun. Find an exercise you like, journal, do an art project. Winter months especially can seem dark and depressing. Spruce up your living space by decorating with color. Make a craft like multi-colored 3D magnets for your locker or fridge, fruit garland for your wall or locker, DIY fruit magnets, colorful perler bead key chains (wait my kids make these), get crafty with some fabric and make a fun bag, decorate a pot and pot a plant, or get a colorful rug for your room. For more fun tips you can go to hercampus.com at http://www.hercampus.com/diy/crafts/14-fun-fruity-diys-brighten-your-space?mc_cid=eb466f0e69&mc_eid=80e48a360a.
You can go to REACHOUT.com for more information at http://us.reachout.com/facts/factsheet/going-back-to-school-after-break.
Whatever you find that helps to lighten your mood, do it! Schedule in some fun time with friends, plan a gym schedule, read a book, go see a movie, or make time to do something artsy. Having sessions of time in our week that are fun give us something to look forward to when we’re feeling stuck in the rut of work and study.
Until next time, all the best!
To celebrate November as National Novel Writing Month I am very excited to share this blog's first cover reveal!
Happy Monday, everyone! OMG it's time to reveal the cover, blurb, and an awesome book trailer for the new collective by the award-winning authors of Fractured Glass, IIIII II--also known as 7. Ready? Let's get going! You've waited long enough. First, some info about the book:
Title: IIIII II (7)
Authors: Casey L. Bond, Jo Michaels, Tia Silverthorne Bach, Kelly Risser, N. L. Greene
Genre: Adult Paranormal/Historical
Length: approx. 100k words
Seven marks upon a wall.
Tom may rise, but he may fall.
Through five lives, no one dares mention,
of the sin for which he seeks redemption.
Fates will meet, and you will see,
what will thus become of he.
Are you ready for the cover?
Yeah... Not just yet! Here's a trailer!
Now are you ready for the cover?
Okay, okay! Here you go!
N. L. Greene
All bloggers have special teaser images, so be sure you check them ALL out! Here's the list:
This title hits the shelves January 7!
Well, that's all for today, folks! Until next time, WRITE ON!
All the best,