Touched by Light Series – Book 2 Title Reveal

First, it was Guardians. The introduction to the Touched by Light Series. You met Riley. You met Rey. Their innocent budding romance. You were introduced to the world of Light and dark, Guardians and Midnight. A world no mortal could see, but Riley knew all too well. (Click here for a refresher.)

Now, we dive deeper. Introducing, Birthright.

The past teaches lessons for the future, and Riley’s past holds all the answers to her shadow riddled life. Foes greater than ever imagined. Darkness bearing down harder on Riley’s world as evil itself comes to collect what it was promised. Lies are revealed. Pain is remembered. And, the very Light that brought Riley and Rey together may not be enough to save her.

Riley has always known darkness and shadows were part of her world, but she hoped moving to a new town had taken her away from them. Her first semester at Bradford University is winding down. The race to save her soul is ratcheting up. Riley clings to the one person she hopes can keep her safe, but it is time she faced the truth. Her entire life has been leading up to her nineteenth birthday, a day her supposed Aunt had secretly prepared her for since childhood. With her past revealed and her fate seemingly sealed, Riley must make a decision that could very well end her life.

Reymend has lived two hundred years without breaking a single rule of the Guardianship, but the moment he met Riley, everything changed. He interjected himself into her life. He touched her delicate skin more times than he can admit, giving her glimpses into a world she knows nothing about. But, the one rule Rey swore he wouldn’t break may be the only way to save his Charge. When the greatest evil ever known comes to collect Riley’s soul, Rey has to face a decision no Guardian has ever had to make.

When all else fails, sing-a-long!

My husband will probably laugh at me when he reads this, but when music just isn’t hitting me right, I resort to musicals. But not just any musicals.

I want the songs that you can sing at the top of you lungs, know every word by heart, and feel deep inside the power behind each word. I want the classics like Sound of Music and Singing in the Rain. I want the new popular wave like Greatest Showman and Rent. I’ll even take animated movie soundtracks like Frozen and Moana.

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It may sound silly, but sometimes the familiarity and ties back to the movie, play, or original signer/actor just gives me more feels than the latest popular musician ever could. Sometimes the emotions these songs produce are more genuine than the music playing from the radio by a musician I would have to Google in order to know what they look like.

Between my daughter and I, I think we have sang every word of every song to the Greatest Showman soundtrack a hundred times. It isn’t unheard of in our house to belt out “Never Enough!” randomly as we walk around the house. Something I know my husband loves to hear! If only life were a musical.

Touched by Light Series – Book 2

The second installment of the Touched by Light Series is on its way! I’m currently aiming for an April release should all continue on the path it is on now.

Jake Clark, my fabulous cover designer who created the cover for Guardians (Touched by Light, Book 1), is on the job! We are working to capture the right design for book 2, and this man doesn’t disappoint. He captures what I want so easily. Such a great artist to work with!

My peer editors are working hard to read my novel by my requested completion date, and one is already done! Huge shout-out to my longest known friend, Corinna, for jumping in the fray and knocking it out so quickly! She has always been one of my biggest supporters in my writing dreams, and I am so thankful to have her in my life.

Lastly, me. I’m just about ready to kick this promo into high gear and introduce Book 2 of the Touched by Light Series to you. I’m starting this week, and first is the title reveal! Check back Friday, 3/8 to find out what the next book of the Touched by Light Series will be named!

Need a refresher on what this series is about? Check out my post: Guardians – Sneak Peek.

Active listening – does it exists?

Do we ever go into a conversation without expectations of what we are hoping to hear?

Think of a time you wanted to have a conversation without any other purpose than just talking. Can you? I don’t think I can either. No matter the circumstance, we always have a reason behind the conversation. We want answers. We’re lonely. We need stimulation. There is never a time you look at someone and just decide to say hello without an expectation of being responded to and for no other reason than to just say hi.

We’re wired for conversation. We crave discussion, debate, and just down right acknowledgement. We have a side to share, a story to tell, and we’ll be damned different we don’t say it, especially if we believe it is relevant to the conversation.

We aren’t programmed to listen to understand; we’re taught to listen and respond. We aren’t mentored to speak without reason; we learn to talk to our point.

If we listened more without formulating a response in our heads as the speaker is talking, we’d understand better. Active listening is paramount in any conversation, but all too few of us actually go into a conversation without finding a way to make a point out of our side of the discussion.

I need a vacation..

saulius-sutkus-403556For the love of everything that is holy, I need a freaking vacation!

I started a new job back in November, and while I have enjoyed the challenge, I haven’t had a real vacation in years! I need a break! My husband will say, but your new job gave you a week off at Christmas. Well, honey, that was only three days more than what you received, and in those three days, all I did was catch up on house work!

Side note: why does laundry never end!!

In all seriousness though, vacations are essential for working professionals. A work/life balance is great, but if you can’t unplug when you are home from all the stress then you really aren’t taking a break. Vacations are meant to unwind, to relieve your mind of the everyday weight, and rejuvenate your self.

I NEED TO GO ON VACATION! Groupon Getaways for the win! Now I just need May to hurry up and get here.

Authors I Love – Meghan March

I have been on a Meghan March kick recently! I love her novels! I have been missing my bread and butter, romance novels, recently, and have decided to go back to reading their steamy goodness. Meghan March isn’t one to disappoint.

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Goodreads: Making the jump from corporate lawyer to romance author was a leap of faith that New York Times, #1 Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author Meghan March will never regret. With over thirty titles published, she has sold millions of books in nearly a dozen languages to fellow romance-lovers around the world. A nomad at heart, she can currently be found in the woods of the Pacific Northwest, living her happily ever after with her real-life alpha hero.. She loves hearing from her readers at meghanmarchbooks@gmail.com.

I have read the Mount series (3), the Beneath These series (7), and the Savage series (3), and I have loved them all! My favorite so far has been the Mount series as there is something so sexy about an underworld alpha that softens when he meets the right woman. I hope to have singular posts about each of the novels I have read of hers, but for now, let me just say how great of a writer she is, and I can’t wait to read her next novel!

Movie Review – Bumblebee

bumblebee-poster-1-1Hubby and I don’t frequent the movies often, but he loves Transformers. The new prequel came out, and he wanted to see it. I don’t mind the Transformers movies, but they just seem to get cheesier with each iteration. Hailee Steinfield is the main character, so I figured, how bad could it be?

IMDb: On the run in the year of 1987, Bumblebee finds refuge in a junkyard in a small Californian beach town. Charlie, on the cusp of turning 18 and trying to find her place in the world, discovers Bumblebee, battle-scarred and broken.

Not a horrible description, but finding refuge in a junkyard doesn’t really cover it. More like, is damaged during battle so badly, he goes into sleep mode until a young girl finds him.

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Movie Review: Jurassic World

jurassic-world-hero-logo-v4I have watched every Jurassic movie that has come out since the original when I was a kid. To this day I still have dreams of velociraptors chasing after me, but I do like these movies. Now that Chris Pratt is in them, I love them even more!

IMDb: A new theme park, built on the original site of Jurassic Park, creates a genetically modified hybrid dinosaur, the Indominus Rex, which escapes containment and goes on a killing spree.

The part Ian Malcom plays in these movies has always been my favorite. Since the very first Jurassic Park movie, Ian is anti-dinosaurs being brought back to the world, and he has some of the best lines.

Your scientists were so preoccupied with whether they could, they didn’t stop to think if they should.

I’ll tell you the problem with the scientific power that you’re using here, it didn’t require any discipline to attain it. You read what others had done and you took the next step. You didn’t earn the knowledge for yourselves, so you don’t take any responsibility for it.

Don’t you see the danger, John, inherent in what you’re doing here? Genetic power is the most awesome force the planet’s ever seen, but you wield it like a kid that’s found his dad’s gun.

And finally, Jurassic World quotes.

How many times do you have to see the evidence? How many times must the point be made? We’re causing our own extinction. Too many red lines have been crossed, and our home has, in fundamental ways, been polluted by avarice and political megalomania. Genetic power has now been unleashed and of course, that’s going to be catastrophic. This change was inevitable from the moment we brought the first dinosaur back from extinction. We convince ourselves that sudden change is something that happens outside the normal order of things, like a car crash, or that it’s beyond our control, like a fatal illness. We don’t conceive of sudden, radical, irrational change as woven into the very fabric of existence. Yet, I can assure you, it most assuredly is. And it’s happening now. Humans and dinosaurs are now going to be forced to coexist. These creatures were here before us. And if we’re not careful, they’re going to be here after. We’re going to have to adjust to new threats that we can’t imagine. We’ve entered a new era. Welcome to Jurassic World.

The story of all these movies has been, even if we harness the ability, should we use it? There is a God-syndrome that is clear in people who believe they are creating or have already created something they believe no one else could do. They think they control the power, the knowledge, the ability to do it over and over again, but as the wise Dr. Malcom continues to say, there is science, and there is God. And these scientist are playing with something they neither understand nor control.

Now that the dinosaurs have been released into the world, it will be interesting to see how it plays out, if it plays out, in future iterations. I can’t imagine there would be much more to play with in the current universe of people co-existing with dinosaurs, but I’m sure these writers will find a way!

TV Show Review – The Passage

thepassagepromo43The new Fox series The Passage is a must watch! It has been a long time since a real TV show has captured my attention, but this show has me begging for more. My husband and I just binge watched the five released episodes and cannot wait for the next one! It’s a cross between The Walking Dead, The Strain, and I am Legend.

Let’s get a closer look.

IMDb: When a botched U.S. government experiment turns a group of death row inmates into highly infectious vampires, an orphan girl might be the only person able to stop the ensuing crisis.

To whomever wrote the description, summary, and tagline, it does not do it justice. We had no idea what we were getting into when we first started to watch this show as the previews were confusing and the synopsis is vague. Based on the advertisement for the series, honestly, we probably never would have watched it on our own, but thanks to my mother-in-law and the author of the book, Justin Cronin, this show is based off of, we gave it a try. So glad we did!

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What is your go to Playlist?

Help! I am in need of a playlist that fits all moods. I use Spotify, and haven’t found one that really speaks to me yet. What is yours? Share you station, and tell me what makes you feel good. I’m running out of ideas, which is silly since there are millions, if not trillions of songs.

Hit me with your best shot! (Please don’t include that song in your playlist. It’s just not a good vibe for me.)spotify-logo-primary-horizontal-dark-background-rgb-0