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Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Friday, 21 April 2017

Five for Friday

When saying goodnight to K, I often say "Goodnight, my Keiden." I said so to him last night and he responded with "Goodnight, my mommy." I was all kinds of goo then. It was really great, because earlier this week I said love to him, and he followed it with a "No, you don't love me" - it was after I told him to behave.

I'm working on doing daily writing for my thesis. Part of it is building in a way to be accountable about it...which is tricky given my tendency to not stick to things that are to my benefit.

My love of carbs and sugar is kicking my oh, so wobbly ass. And now I'm doing some serious thinking on introducing meat back into my diet. It's a how to work with my ethical convictions and health consideration that needs to happen. It's going to be a long hard think.

Whenever I think I've found the right thing to flick my switch from lazy to not, it doesn't quite work. And seriously, it's been incredibly frustrating that one way to deal with a lot of my ish, would be for me to ditch the lazy habit.And I just can't get it to stick. Ugh.

My favourite podcast is going on a break for 3 months from the end of the month. So any recommendations would be appreciated :)


Thursday, 20 April 2017

#RockingMotherhood


You may have seen this #rockingmotherhood tag/post idea doing the rounds. The wonder that is Ella, tagged me...so here goes.


1) I love him like I love no one else. Loving Keiden is a very different love than that of how I love Jerall, which is different to how I love friends, which is different to how I love extended family.

2) Hugs, kisses, cuddles and I love you's are always happening. I believe that physical affection is important, and especially for boys who have the world telling them to be tough. It's something that will stay important, especially in those teen years. So I'm setting it up now for later.

3) I foster his independence. It is so hard to just let him do things, but we do our best to encourage and support him doing things for himself. 

4) I am his biggest cheerleader. It is important to be that he knows he is always supported and loved no matter what. I don't ever want Keiden to feel like he has to earn my love and support by doing certain things. So I cheer when he keeps on trying, I cheer when he succeeds at something and I cheer him for trying and it not working out the way he wants.

5) I let him know that failure is okay. This parenting part of me comes from wanting him to do and be better than I am. I struggle with failure, a lot. So when he tries something and it doesn't work we let him know that it's okay. He can try again. And that different people are good at different things.

6) I teach him respect. This is done by respecting his decisions. I ask for hugs and kisses, and he does the same. It's his body, his decision what to do with it. On the smaller scale, he picks out his clothes, decides from options as to what to eat when out and about, isn't forced to finish a meal, decides on wants to do things with/have at his birthday party and decides from options on what to do over the weekends.

7) I show him that gender doesn't matter. This one is hard, because we're fighting some silly things he gets told at school. Once he said only daddies drive. So although I don't, we made sure to remind him that a lot of the other women in his life do. Jerall and I both do different chores in the house, so he knows it's no one gender/person responsible for something. We show him female heroes, and generally point out how everyone can do cool stuff.

8) I foster his geeky self and other passions.  He loves playing with Lego, cooking and reading. We make sure he has a space to do that. He is currently going through a Star Wars phase - so we listen to John Williams music over and over.

9) I have amazing people in his life. And we make time to see them, so he learns that valuing people and friendships is important.

10) I'm creating an excitement for adventure/exploring/see the world. This is happening with our weekend exploring, finding books, introducing him to new ideas. Adventure is all around us.

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 And now I tag you, yes you ;) Use this if you want.

Specifically I'm going to tag MeeA, Marcia and Cat.


Rules 
  1. Thank the blogger that tagged you and link to their blog. 
  2. List 10 things you believe make you a good mother (this is just a guideline. It can be more or less than 10.)
  3. Tag 3 – 5 bloggers to join in the #RockingMotherhood Tag. 
  4. Grab the #RockingMotherhgood badge and add it to your post or sidebar.

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Book Blitz: Release Day Myths & Legends

So remember this post, and this one? Well today is release day for the box set. And there is a giveaway to go with it.

Take a look :)

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Today is the release day for the Myths & Legends boxed set! Get 20 books from 20 different authors in one boxed set for only 0.99$!

Myths & Legends is a compilation of 20 Full-Length Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy reads currently available to buy for only 99c, including works from New York Times, USA Today, Bestselling, and various Award-Winning authors.

You can find Myths & Legends on Goodreads

20 books in one boxed set for only 0.99$!
Buy the Myths & Legends boxed set for only 0.99$ here:
- Amazon
- Barnes & Noble
- Kobo
- iBooks

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The Authors:
Margo Bond Collins
N.R. Larry
Joanne Wadsworth
J.H. Croix
Madisyn Ashmore
Michelle Madow
Amber Lynn Natusch
Chrissy Peebles
Genevieve Jack
Siobhan Davis
S.L. Morgan
J.L. Hendricks
Lisa Manifold
Corinne O’Flynn
Andrea Pearson
Emily Martha Sorensen
Ever Coming
Sarah M Cradit
Rachael Slate
Olivia Wildenstein
Cael Percy

Release Day Giveaway
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The authors of this box set are hosting a big giveaway to celebrate the release of the Myths & Legends box set! One winner will win a $100 Amazon gift card!

For a chance to win enter the giveaway here:
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Tour Wide Giveaway

During the book blitz for Myths & Legends there’s a tour wide giveaway! These are the prizes you can win:
- 5 Myths & Legends Boxsets
- 3 $10 Amazon Gift Cards
- Various signed paperbacks by the participating authors

For a chance to win, enter the rafflecopter below:
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Thursday, 13 April 2017

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

A little more on the Myths & Legends Box Set

Hiya folks. Yes, it's another post where I'm talking part in a book blog tour. There's one piece of info that should be front and centre. If you pre-order the set, you can get another 17 free reads. Yip, I said 17. So if you're keeping count that is 37 books for $0.99. Which is all kinds of ridiculous.

I've already read two of the bonus books, The Unlikeable Demon Hunter by Sarah Wilde, and Lagniappes by Sarah M Cradit...and they alone are worth so much more than the pre-order price. So treat your book loving self and give this a look.

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Today is my stop during the book blitz for the Myths & Legends Boxed Set. This is the fifth post during this tour. This book blitz is organized by Lola's Blog Tours.

I’m introducing a few of the participating authors and showcasing some of their books/back catalogue.

Ever Coming

Filled with the desire to write books she wouldn’t want her mama to know she read, much less wrote, Ever Coming was born.
Ever Coming is the pen name of an international best selling author who simply wanted some heat with her sweet romances. When she is not reading and writing romances, Ever is usually found enjoying time with her kids and husband.
You can learn more about Ever Coming on her website.

Check out her book Riding Her Unicorn!
Riding Her Unicorn

One broken Jaguar.
One sexy Unicorn.
A whole lot of yummy goodness.

Can a broken Jaguar and a smexy billionaire Unicorn have more than just a hot fling?

Sarah M Cradit
Sarah M Cradit

Sarah is the USA Today Bestselling Author of the Paranormal Southern Gothic series, The House of Crimson Clover, born of her combined passion for New Orleans, family sagas, and the mysterious complexity of human nature. Her work has been described as rich, emotive, and highly dimensional.
You can learn more about Sarah M Cradit on her website

Check out her book St. Charles at Dusk!
St. Charles at Dusk

A father’s threats. A tragic accident. Unanswered questions. Oz Sullivan has finally moved past the tangled web surrounding his brief, but intense, relationship with the young, impetuous Adrienne Deschanel.

Then Adrienne unexpectedly emerges, with no memory of the life she once led. Her desperate attempt to flee the confusing and dark influences in the bayou instinctively propels her to the one face for which she has a name. Oz’s world is once again turned upside down, as he must decide how to help her without losing himself entirely.

Rachael Slate
Rachael Slate

Rachael has explored forgotten temples in Cambodia, kissed the Blarney Stone in Ireland, and stood inside the Roman Coliseum. She loves studying people and cultures, current and ancient. Her appetite for romance began with Lucy Maud Montgomery's Anne of Green Gables, which she later nurtured with a healthy dose of Jane Austen.

As a writer of scorching hot fantasy romance, Rachael blends the lines between mythology, reality, and fantasy. In her worlds, you'll encounter strong, sexy alpha males and the capable women who challenge them. If her heroines can't meet their heroes toe-to-toe, then they'll bring them to their knees.
You can learn more about Rachael Slate on her website.

Check out her book Earth Borne!
Earth Borne

Melita's shadowed past holds a secret that could shatter the centuries-old peace between centaurs and Lapiths. But trusting her heart to Thereus isn't a risk Melita is willing to take twice, even though he swears he's now more wicked than wild. As her enemies close in on the truth, Melita and Thereus will have to choose between protecting her race...and saving his.

Olivia Wildenstein
Olivia Wildenstein

Olivia Wildenstein grew up in New York City, the daughter of a French father with a great sense of humor, and a Swedish mother whom she speaks to at least three times a day. She chose Brown University to complete her undergraduate studies and earned a bachelor’s in comparative literature. After designing jewelry for a few years, Wildenstein traded in her tools for a laptop computer and a very comfortable chair. This line of work made more sense, considering her college degree.
You can learn more about Olivia Wildenstein on her website.

Check out her book Rose Petal Graves!
Rose Petal Grave

ANCIENT SECRETS CANNOT REMAIN BURIED FOREVER.

Founded two centuries ago by a powerful tribe of Gottwa Indians, Rowan was a quiet town, so quiet that I fled after graduation. Staying away was the plan, but Mom died suddenly.
Dad said she suffered a stroke after she dug up one of the ancient graves in our backyard, which happens to be the town cemetery. Creepy, I know. Creepier still, there was no corpse inside the old coffin, only fresh rose petals.
As we made preparations for Mom’s burial, new people began arriving in Rowan, unnervingly handsome and odd people. I begged them to leave, but they stayed, because their enemies—my ancestors—were beginning to awaken.

Cael Percy
Cael Percy

Cael Percy is a #1 Bestselling Romance Author. Her Time Travel Romance Novel, Starlark, reached #1 in multiple categories. When she's not binge-watching boxsets on Netflix, Cael spends her time dreaming up her next book's plotlines - ones all guaranteed to involve: hot, possessive, alpha-men and the captivating women that drive them wild, ensuring that all of Cael’s books are electrifying page-turners that will hold your attention from beginning to end...
You can learn more about Cael Percy on her website.

Check out her book Starlark!
Starlark

On the morning of her wedding, Roma awakens to find that a 21st-century eclipse has swept her through time and space to medieval Ireland—a land bedevilled with strife, conflict and danger at every possible turn.

Soon caught up in an intricate spider’s web of political intrigue, Roma is forced to ally herself and marry a man she passionately hates—a cocky, rugged, silver-tongued Irish warrior—and the only man who can protect her from the dark forces at work on the Emerald Isle…



Myths & Legends



You can pre-order Myths & Legends for only 0.99$ here:
- Amazon
- Barnes & Noble
- Kobo
- iBooks

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Join the Myths & Legends Facebook Party and have a chance to win tons of cool stuff and meet some fab new authors! Join the Facebook party here.

Giveaway
During the book blitz for Myths & Legends there’s a tour wide giveaway! These are the prizes you can win:
- 5 Myths & Legends Boxsets
- 3 $10 Amazon Gift Cards
- Various signed paperbacks by the participating authors

For a chance to win, enter the rafflecopter below:
a Rafflecopter giveaway

Friday, 7 April 2017

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Book Blitz: Myths & Legends Box Set


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Today I'm taking part in the book blitz for the Myths & Legends Boxed Set. 

I’m introducing a few of the participating authors and showcasing some of their books/back catalogue.

Myths & Legends is a compilation of 20 Full-Length Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy reads currently available to pre-order for only 99c, including works from New York Times, USA Today, Bestselling, and various Award-Winning authors! Details of how you can pre-order this special box set are included at the bottom of this post. First off, let’s meet some of these amazing authors!

Meet Genevieve Jack
Genevieve Jack

Genevieve Jack is the international bestselling author of weird, witty, and wicked-hot paranormal romance. Coffee and wine are her biofuel, the love lives of vampires, shifters, and witches her favorite topic of conversation. She harbors a passion for old cemeteries and ghost tours thanks to her years at a high school rumored to be haunted. Although she calls the Midwest home, her heart belongs to the beaches of the southeast, where she spends her days with her laptop and one lazy dog.
You can learn more about Genevieve Jack on her website.

Check out her book Vice!
Vice

Some cravings can't be denied.

Werewolf Laina Flynn longs to break from the patriarchal expectations of Fireborn pack. But when a wolf is found murdered on Fireborn shifting grounds, Laina will do anything to protect her pack, even if it means posing as a waitress at a club that flies in the face of her feminist ideals. Unfortunately, her inner wolf marks the club’s owner, Kyle “The King” Kingsley, as her vice—her metaphysical addiction. He becomes a hunger she can’t ignore…one that could threaten her life, her family, and her pack.

Meet Siobhan Davis
Siobhan Davis

Siobhan Davis writes emotionally intense young adult fiction with swoon-worthy romance, complex characters, and tons of unexpected plot twists and turns that will have you flipping the pages beyond bedtime! She is the author of the Amazon bestselling True Calling and Saven series.
You can learn more about Siobhan Davis on her website.

Check out her book Saven Deception!
Saven Deception

THE TRUTH DOESN'T ALWAYS SET YOU FREE

I've fallen hard for an alien, but he's harboring secrets.
Massive secrets that threaten the very essence of humanity.
How can I give him my heart when his race plans on taking my future?

Meet S.L. Morgan
S.L. Morgan

International award winning author S.L. Morgan was born and raised in California. After 29 years of living in the Sierra Nevada Mountains there, she and her husband began their journeys of moving throughout the United States. Recently, S.L. Morgan and her family have returned back to their hometown of Oakhurst, Ca.
You can learn more about S.L. Morgan on her website.

Check out her book The Legacy of the Key!
The Legacy of the Key

Your journey to a whimsical dimension is one click away!

Reece Bryant is an average college student on Earth, or so she thought.

After setting out to finish settling the last of her father's estate, she is not only faced with the grief of the horrific loss of her father again, but bizarre paranormal events that eventually lead her into a thrilling, yet terrifying situation.

Meet J.L. Hendricks
J.L. Hendricks

J.L. Hendricks is an independent author who enjoys many genres, as evidenced by her catalog of available books. She is currently focused on Scifi and Urban Fantasy, but has also written Paranormal and Christmas books.

Her latest series is a combination of litRPG and Military Scifi with a few space pirates for fun! Let her know what you think!
You can learn more about J.L. Hendricks on her website.

Check out her book Magic’s Not Real!
Magic’s Not Real

Do magic, vampires, and shifters really exist in the seedy underbelly of New Orleans?

Jenna is many things, Lead singer in the all-girls band Voodoo Dolls, shopkeeper extraordinaire, and sister to three awesome orphans, but what she isn't is a wizard. Because magic isn't real and people who think it's real are posers, drunks, and the best customers at the Voodoo Doll House.

Until, you know, someone hits her with a death curse.

Pre-order Myths & Legends for 0.99$!
Myths & Legends
The MYTHS & LEGENDS Boxed Set is a compilation of 20 Full-Length Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy reads, including works from USA Today bestsellers, Bestselling Harlequin authors, and various Award-Winning authors!


You can pre-order Myths & Legends for only 0.99$ here:
- Amazon
- Barnes & Noble
- Kobo
- iBooks



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Giveaway
During the book blitz for Myths & Legends there’s a tour wide giveaway! These are the prizes you can win:
- 5 Myths & Legends Boxsets
- 3 $10 Amazon Gift Cards
- Various signed paperbacks by the participating authors

For a chance to win, enter the rafflecopter below:
a Rafflecopter giveaway

Friday, 24 March 2017

Hi there

Hiya folks,

Just a short and hopefully sweet note to say hi. I've missed blogging, but my brain has also turned into mush. Writing/not writing thesis stuff. Also thinking of things to post or not post on has been tough lately.

How are you doing?

Also hit me up with some post ideas please :D

Friday, 10 March 2017

Thoughts from the ether

Folks, this year is kicking my ass. I'm just not feeling settled with anything. It's unsettling to feel this way. *sigh*

I'm not sure as to how best articulate this, but I'm becoming more and more frustrated with how having a child is regarded as the crowing achievement of a woman's life. Seriously?! Give me kudos for it when my kid is older and a decent person, but to tell me that when I'm feeling ugh about my lack of achievement is not good. Do we tell men who talk about their lack of achievement that it's okay because they have a child? No! So why is it okay to tell women this?



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