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November 2016

1 Month Until Children of Sirphan is Released!

Hello World Out There World!

As you can tell from the title I have exciting news. Children of Sirphan, the second book of the Prophecy Six Series, is being released 1 month from today – December 20th, 2016. I am so pumped to be able to add a second book to the collection and I hope all of you are excited to continue following Liora on her adventures!

With that said I want to give you a little information about Children of Sirphan:

Children of Sirphan follows Liora learning more about her powers and about the Prophecy Six. She soon discovers that she isn’t the only one with powers and that there are five others chosen by the Gods. As she is the first of the Six it is up to her to find them and help them understand/ control their new abilities.

While learning more about her role as the Six’s leader, and fighting with guardians on how she is to act within the Castle of Demor, Liora begins having dreams of a white haired girl standing on a rocky shoreline being swallowed by a flood. Plagued by her dreams and trying to remember/ recover from her own trauma of losing her people Liora is determined to find the answers through finding the strange girl and discovering why she continues to haunt Liora’s mind.

A mystery wrapped in a world of fantasy, approaching social issues in a creative manner with lighthearted/ realistic characters. Find the first chapter of Children of Sirphan HERE.
Want to start from the beginning? Find the first book – Child of the LightHERE.

Not Going to Write Itself

So, this popped up on my Pinterest today and I had to chuckle.

For the last week and a bit I have been reblogging or posting recipes but when it comes to actually writing I have been in a funk. This could be due to the fact I just powered through making all the changes I needed for my final draft to hand it off to my editor to spit and polish, or the fact that I have no idea what to share with all of you.

I’ve been doing a lot of research on book marketing and growing my ‘author’s brand’ so my head hasn’t been on the creative side but on the business side of being a indie-author. This of course has filled my mind with possibly starting a podcast or YouTube channel, which led me to watching/listening to already established authors’ channels, which in the end filled me so impostor syndrome that caused me to curl up in the fetal position and question why I torture myself.

The biggest issue I have is comparing myself to people but the other issue I have is doubting my own abilities. I want to post about my writing experiences or how to come up with characters but I see other more skilled authors doing that… leaving me thinking that maybe my posts are pointless. Maybe I’m afraid of rejections… and sure I’ve published one book and I am about to publish a second book in December but I still feel like I’m not good enough. XD

So, yeah all that doubt and impostor syndrome led me to hiding away for a week until this popped up on my Pinterest. All my thoughts I’ve been thinking about, the third book I’ve been playing out in my head but not writing down, these ideas I have for posts that I’m doing nothing with… they aren’t going to write themselves if I don’t get my butt in gear. Hence this post… which is hopefully the beginning of getting back to my blogging…

I also just realized it has been a while since I posted a Pinterest Writing Quote on here… maybe I’ll bring those back.

Anyways, until next time stay safe, be creative and as always toodles! 🙂

Basic Banana Bread

It doesn’t matter what you call it, Banana break or cake, one thing we can all agree on is that it’s absolutely delicious. I love banana bread because it is one of those foods that remind me of home. A comfort food that makes not only a great breakfast idea, but was one of the staples in my house when I was growing up. The recipe my mother used was that her grandmother used and so today I am going to share it with you.

Prep time: 15 minutes     Cook time: 40-60 minutes

Ingredients:

Dry:

1/2 cup Sugar (white or brown)

1 1/2 cups flour (white or brown)

1 teaspoon baking soda

2 teaspoons baking powder

Wet:

*1/2 cups sour milk

1/4 cup butter (melts)

2 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 cup mashed bananas (2 bananas)

* To makes sour milk add 1 tablespoon of white vinegar to milk and let stand for 5 minutes before using.

Instructions:

In a mixing bowl combine all dry ingredients together (sugar, flour, baking soda, and baking powder). Stir dry ingredients together.

Once all dry ingredients are mixed together add the wet ingredients (sour milk, eggs, vanilla, and butter) using a hand mixer on low beat everything together. Add the mashed bananas last beating them in with the rest of the batter.

Grease and flour a loaf/ bread pan. Set oven for 350F or 176C and bake for 40-60 minutes or until fully cooked. Let cool and enjoy. 🙂

Child of the Light by D.M. Wiltshire | Book Review

The wonderful McKenzie from Bookishthingsandtea blog just reviewed Child of the Light. I understand where she became frustrated with the first book but I do appreciate her honesty and was pleased to hear that she did enjoy reading it. I look forward to hearing her opinion on book two that will be coming out Dec 20th, 2016.
If you want to read more amazing reviews or are interested in learning more about McKenzie/ her blog click HERE!

Bookish Things and Tea

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“I want you to be careful. Words are powerful things, and can hurt people worse than any weapon.”

Blurb (Goodreads)- The world of Gaitan is used to conflict. War has been common place between the northern and southern countries for centuries, but it isn’t their hatred which led to the city of Morza’s demise. The Chaos Singers would say the Gods came down and cleansed the land in a brilliant light to prepare for the ending of the Era. The common folk would say it was an explosion from the evening’s festivities gone wrong. The truth is no one knows what happened that night. Except one. Searching for the cure to the Northern prince’s sickness, Caldor Lefwid discovers the footprints of a lone survivor in the ruins of Morza. With help from his trusted friend, Caldor begins the journey to find the last survivor of Morza and the…

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Empire’s Daughter and LGBTQIA Rights

As the approach of my second book comes out I am sharing a similar concern and opinion as Marian is in regards to LGBTQIA rights. I’m hoping with the recent election that things will continue moving forward and not start going backwards. Love is love is love no matter what form it takes.

I’ve been meditating since early Wednesday morning…about 3 a.m., when I woke up, looked at the news feed on my ipad, said something unprintable, and went back to sleep, what my personal response to Donald Trump’s victory should be. First off, I’m Canadian, and some will think I have no right having any response.  But the election of a U.S. President resonates around the globe, and has implications for all countries…and all life, human and otherwise, on this planet.

I have enormous concerns, about environmental issues, about military responses, and most immediately about human rights.  I am straight, of Angle-Saxon heritage, and past reproductive age, but that doesn’t mean I can’t to some extent empathize with the experiences and the fears of those who are not.  I’m a writer, and that’s what we do, to the best of our ability.

When I wrote Empire’s Daughter, the fact that it was…

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Day 2 Hallowe’en Book Giveaway!

Thought I would reblog this. Spinnings is fascinating and Marian L. Thorpe is able to make the reader become easily immersed in the tales she writes. Check her out! 🙂

Spinnings Final Cover“I had to find reasons to return, to walk the old city, to keep the faerie paths clear…”                                                    In An Absent Dream

“I could see that from each bone, each skull, a fine thread ran, attaching it to the next, and
the next, creating a cat’s cradle that gathered more and more threads as they ran towards and disappeared into the alcoves.”                                                                                      The Spider’s Spinning  

Five Star rated on Goodreads and  Amazon.  Free for Hallowe’en weekend in all…

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Old Word Friday: Quibble & Quibbleism

Hello World Out There World!

This week’s old word forgotten by history is quibbleism. Now, before I explain to you what this word is I’ll have to explain to you what quibble is. Quibble is the act of arguing or raising objections to something. It is a verb and you would have likely hear this word in literature during 1830-1900. Quibbleism is a noun that means ‘the practice of quibbling’. This word was used during 1836 and died off around the beginnings of the 1900s.

How are these words pronounced:

KWI – BELL

KWI-BELL-IS-MM

Examples of these words in a sentence:

The old man liked to quibble with his neighbours.

Or…

There is always a lot of quibbling going on at the courthouse.

Or…

The young lawyer’s quibbleism earned his client a retrial.

Should this word make a comeback?

Asides from it being a fun word to say I don’t think it would make a return to the common language use of today. If someone is writing a book based around 1800-1900 then it would make sense to use this word. A writer may even find the word useful if they are trying to portray a Sherlock Holmes type character. In the end, I do not see this word returning but that isn’t going to stop me from using it. 🙂

Thinking Thursdays: Why Do I Write?

Hello World Out There World!

This week’s Thinking Thursday is going to focus around why I write. Many people have their reasons as to why they put pen to paper. All writers are drawn to writing for their own reasons. Either, they felt a need to write down the story they have inside or they may do it because it comes naturally to them. But, today I want to focus on why after falling in love with writing 12 years ago why I’m still writing.

Short answer:

I love writing because it’s a part of me.

Long answer:

Writing has always helped me escape the real world and figure out ways I am able to approach real life challenges through exploration in a non-real life setting. I can test my ideas through my character interactions and find a way that works for me.

When I was a kid (age 10-13) I was an outsider.

As an only child in a school made up of kids with siblings I found it hard to relate to kids my own age. I was mature for my age and got along better with the teachers than I did with my classmates. This led to name calling like teachers pet, being ostracized from others in the schoolyard, and due to the fact most of the kids at my babysitters had single parents they tormented me because my parents were together.

I understand now that I’m an adult that they were taking out their pain on me. They saw how happy I was and how much people liked me so they thought taking me down a peg would make them feel better. I understand that I was awkward and strange… that I stood out and didn’t fit in so I was an easy target but them realizing that and making my life a living hell made me realize that they didn’t know that from the torture they put me through that I already knew I was the freak in the striped overalls or the girl that no one wanted to be friends with.

My torment happened before bullies were put on the school’s radar. When I was being tormented by my classmates the faculty said it was just, “kids being kids”. They said I was just too sensitive and needed to grow thicker skin. So, when I was pushed down the hill and impaled by a tree root, or the girls in the schoolyard pulled on my pigtails or made fun of my teeth it was ‘all in good fun’. The school system failed me… so I did what I could to survive.

I huddled myself by the front doors at

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recess with my book and read. When I had read everything I could and got tired of the same old happy endings or open endings I felt confident enough to start writing. Sure, I started writing to prove that I could write a better book than those I was reading but I soon realized that I was able to escape easier into a world of my own creation. My characters had the friends I couldn’t make in school. They were able to do things I would never be able to do. The world I wrote had no boundaries asides from the ones I put in place. While I was tortured in reality by classmates that bullied me to feel better about themselves I was able to hide myself away in a world that couldn’t harm me.

People liked me in my world. Challenges didn’t stand in my way because I could always find an answer and soon I realized how small everything outside of writing was. While I worked away on this dream of becoming a writer I started making friends that were passionate about writing or the arts – in high school. As I started to realize I wasn’t alone and wasn’t the only person that the school system failed I knew I wanted to make a bigger difference. I wanted to share what writing had done… what the creative programs in my life had done for me and others like me. I continued my passion of writing into university where soon it became clear that I didn’t need to write to escape anymore.

In university I had friends that liked my quirkiness and loved me for my bluntness. I could hang out with a mature crowd and not be made fun of for my opinions. I could be me and for once in my life I didn’t need a crutch.

Did I still write?

Sure I did… not as much but I wrote more non-fiction than fiction. My stories stuck in reality than flying off on the backs of gryphons to some medieval castle like I had when I was a child. I still had the drive to be a published author one day. I still told people one day I would be an author, but my life was focused on reality. I dreamed about being a teacher and sharing my experiences with my students. I wanted to tell them that things would get better and that if you are really passionate about something that the only person that is standing in your way is yourself. I wanted to tell them that the impossible is possible and that if you work hard enough your goals can become reality.

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After school when my friends moved away and the focus of getting a job was looming over me I needed to find a way to escape. My dream of becoming a teacher wasn’t working out and no one was looking for someone with my teachable skill set for their schools… so instead of being sucked down into a depression I focused my emotions towards writing again. Not as obsessively as I did when I was a child but enough to distract myself from the looming feeling of failure to reach my career goal of becoming a teacher.

To me, writing is relaxing. Writing is a form of therapy where I can get whatever is on my mind off so I can move on. With school done and the realization of having to find a job I didn’t go to school for closing in I knew it was time to make my childhood dream a reality. I sketched out characters and the world I wanted the story to take place. I spent so much time planning, researching, and noting that I never got around to any actual writing. That was until my already crumbling reality suddenly shattered.

When my mother died I needed to escape. A coping strategy from when I was a kid. The real world got too much for me so I hide away within the pages of a world I had created. Those 6-7 months it took to write Child of the Light was enough time for me to work through the loss of the most influential person in my life. Her death pushed me to reach the goal I always put aside for other more ‘realistic’ endeavors. Her death made me take the risk I was always afraid to take.

When I held my first book in my hands I felt like I had done something right. I knew feeling the glossy cover gripped in my sweaty fingers that all that pain that started this journey helped me find my true purpose.

So, why do I write?

Writing gave me a place to escape when I was young and scared. It gave me a voice when I believed I didn’t have one. It helped me work through the problems in my life when I felt like I couldn’t talk to anyone about how I was feeling. Writing became a part of me just as much as the blood that runs through my veins or my heart that pumps in my chest. It has helped me survive all the challenges in my life and was able to show a scared little girl that she could do something when her peers were telling her she was nothing.

Anyways… let me know why you write in the comments down below. I’d love to hear your stories as to how you got started and why you still write. Remember to stay safe, be creative, and until next time – toodles! ^.^

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