Hiking

One of the things I have found a new love for is hiking! When I say hiking, I mean a few to multiple miles walk through the woods, on a trail, preferably with a general notion of direction. As long as I end up back at my car eventually, I’m good!

We’ve hiked a total of three times since Memorial Day, so I’m definitely no pro, but there’s something peaceful to be found in the tranquility of nature. I swear I could walk for days in the woods filled with green or through an open field with bright blue skies above.

Our hikes haven’t been very long in distance, but we are building up to it. Even our daughter is getting into it! We did about two miles with her over the past weekend, and I think she likes it too! She was so excited to see a bridge over a river. It was the cutest thing!

We also bought water backpacks for our trips. Even one for our four year old. She loves carrying hers and drinking it out of the tube like mommy and daddy. We are hoping to make an afternoon of it one day and have a picnic, but we’re building to that. She’s still building her stamina to go longer than two miles in an hour..

Overall, hiking for us works. There is hardly any logistics or equipment to think of and remember. We just fill out water tanks and go! Bugs are a problem for my daughter (OK, for me too), but that’s why there is bug repellent right? I’m just excited to do something as a family that doesn’t require a whole lot of extra effort and towing additional equipment. On to the next hike!

Space Travel Frequent Flyer Miles

When you just want to get away, what’s the farthest place you can think of?

I bet you didn’t think of Mars!

That’s right. That tiny red planet just behind us in this solar system is your next go to destination! Venture to Jezero Crater next summer with me, and be the first martians on the planet. I’ve got my boarding pass, and more frequent flyer miles than I’ll ever know what to do with. Are you ready for an interstellar journey?

OK, in all seriousness, just my name is going to Mars, but how amazing would it be to venture to another planet as easily as signing up on a website to go? Talk about a vacation! Almost a year in space travel? Wow!

On NASAs website, you can sign up to add your name to a microchip that will be included on the Atlas V-541 Rocket that will land a Rover on Mars! Part of this Rover’s mission is to not only investigate the planet, but determine if human exploration is possible. What a time to be alive!

Sign you and your family up at the included link, and enjoy the discussion of space exploration!

Birthright Cover Reveal – Touched by Light series

You learned Riley’s secrets. You worried and strategized with Rey. You were introduced to the world of Guardians filled with Light and the darkness of Midnight’s shadows. You read Guardians, book one in the trilogy of Riley and Rey’s story, but this series is just starting.

I now introduce you to Birthright. Pre-order your copy today!

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.

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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Insomniac Rambling – Love and Greed

To be enough for someone in a world full of greed is everything.

No! Just, no!

I saw this on Instagram as a poem someone wrote (not sure who posted it, can’t find it again), and I just need to say no. No, this is wrong. So wrong you can’t make enough U-turns to make it right. Just wrong!

I can see someone attempting to make the argument that maybe they are talking about love. Love is selfless. Love is about giving your all and then some to allow the person you have the feelings for to flourish with you. Love is the opposite of greed, therefore, to have found someone who wants to give you all of themselves is a gift not to be squandered. I get it. I dig it. You’re on the right track, but the first sentence in this post does not capture the idea of unselfish love.

The first sentence goes wrong the moment it assumes you weren’t enough for someone, anyone, in this world. You are always enough! It’s just up to the other person to see it, to know your value as much as you know your own worth.

Next, I read this sentence to say that your measurement in a person’s life is in your control. Again, this is wrong. It ties into the first part, but let me dig a little deeper. Greed is a terrible affliction. Nothing is ever enough. So, to say that you should be able to measure up to that amount of endless wanting, to be able to compete with the constant yearning, and possibly be greater than the desire for more in someone else is completely out of your control. Not only do you have to selflessly give yourself over to the one you love, but they in kind must also forget all pretenses and expectations in a world of over consumption and gluttony and share their selfless love, too.

Finally, to say that finding someone who may hold you higher than all other wants and needs is everything is horribly cheap. I would never want someone who wants me more than some goal or objective they may be trying to obtain. One day, those things they once ignored may suddenly float higher than your pedastool, and then your everything is now your barely something. Only when love holds it’s own category, it’s on permanent residence in two people’s lives will that love be everything.

Go to bed, Lindsay. I know. 🙂

Guardians – Book Tour Update!

Guardians Book Blog Tour brought to you by Bewitching Book Tours is in full swing! Next stop is Momma Says: To Read or Not to Read.

Come on over and see what exclusive bits you may find. I’ll keep you updated on all the stops throughout the tour.

Don’t forget to order your copy of Guardians today! 5 star ratings are rolling in! Vampires and werewolves could never face the shadows the Guardians battle everyday. Click here for more information.

Tour schedule

November 8 Momma Says: To Read or Not to Read
November 9 Ramblings of a Book Nerd
November 12 The Book Junkie Reads (Interview)
November 13 Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer
November 13 T’s Stuff (Interview)
November 14 Supernatural Central (Interview)
November 14 3 Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy, and Sissy, Too!

HAPPY RELEASE PARTY!

Guardians – Release Day Party Continued!

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GUARDIANS

By Lindsay Chamberlin

Released October 31 2018
This giveaway starts November 1, 2018 and ends November 13, 2018.

 

Keep up with me on tour for Guardians release party! Today, you can find exclusives and interviews on:

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To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before – Movie Review

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IMDb: Lara Jean Covey writes letters to all of her past loves, the letters are meant for her eyes only. Until one day when all the love letters are sent out to her previous loves. Her life is soon thrown into chaos when her foregoing loves confront her one by one.

This novel by Jenny Han turned Netflix movie is phenomenal. As a romance writer, I love a good love story. I typically go for the steamy stuff, but this young adult high school romance is wonderfully done. A real life scenario between siblings plays out perfectly, and I found myself envying the sisters symbiotic relationship. Even though there is fluff to this movie that fills the romantic in me with the appropriate amount of awe inspiring moments, this book turned movie tackles tough issues most teenagers traverse like cyber bullying, emotional angst, and finding out who you really are.

I love Lana Condor! She’s a beautiful woman and fills this role perfectly. Her facial expressions are so slight throughout the various scenes emotional appeal, but they hold a huge impact. Don’t even get me started on Noah Centineo! That man is gorgeous! My new actor man crush. There’s a scene where he comes off as cocky with this smirk that makes me melt.

An easy watch, suitable for all ages. I have watched it several times over now and even find myself turning it on for the background noise. You won’t be disappointed. (Don’t tell him I told you, but even my husband enjoyed this movie!)

Writing Competitions

Am I cheap, or am I scared? mac-glasses

I honestly don’t know the answer to that question. I am a writer by nature; a career driven business woman by nurture. The world molded me to pursue a career and climb the corporate ladder while my soul compels me to listen to my muse, to write the characters and their stories for the world to read. I do what I must to make a living, but I do what I want in my free time to keep my soul alive.

I was looking into various writing competitions through a search on Google, and found list after list of open and ongoing competitions. I read a few quick overviews, clicked on a few for a deeper description of the desired submission, but came to one conclusion. Submitting anything into one of these competitions costs money! I found a few free ones, but I do not meet the requirements for most. The ones I do believe I could submit to all cost $XX (double digits) that I’d rather spend on editing or my next book cover.

Then I go to war with myself. Is it really an either/or, or am I just afraid of the feedback? Most of these competitions are just winners or losers, so there really isn’t any promise of feedback, but I know that apprehension is there. I can feel it when I think of submitting my work to be judged. It’s the silliest thing in the world because I self-publish my own novels, for goodness sake! How is this different?

The word “competition” is the only thing I can think of. I’m an extremely competitive person, so the idea of losing is not something that sits well with me. I know I should take a loss and move on. Lord knows I’ve done it numerous times with potential agents and publishers. I just can’t seem to bring myself to do it.

One day. I may even go as far and say, one day this year! Meh, maybe we’ll just stick with one day.

Memoir: Love, Not – WattPad Exclusive

Live, today, is my newest completed project called Memoir: Love, Not. This 22 part, ~60,000 word novel will only ever be posted on my WattPad account, so join now and enjoy!

This book is a tale based on a true story of a high school girl experiencing what she believes to be love for the first time. The boy she falls for may be full of romance and a burning desire for her, but his only mission in her life is to consume her whole. She traverses abuse in every form while trying her hardest to discover her inner strength and who she is really meant to be.

This story isn’t for the faint of heart, nor those looking for fluff. I’ve written fluffy novels, and I promise you, this isn’t one. These events created a person strong and independent and unafraid to take on a challenge, but the past always remains in our minds as a reminder to the path we took to get us here. This unveiling of a trying time in this young woman’s life is meant to inspire choices very different from her own. Read with the understanding that these events are based in reality, but drenched with fiction. Enjoy!


Based on a true story – Memoir: Love, Not

I don’t care if you don’t believe me. This is my story.

I wouldn’t blame you if you didn’t. I mean, my own sister or anyone else I tell doesn’t, so it wouldn’t be anything new, but this is one hundred percent true. As true as I sit in this chair. As true as I scribble in this notebook, waiting to be seen at this free health clinic.

I wish every day that it wasn’t. I hate myself every day because it is.

My life could have been different, but I chose wrong. I know that now. I’m reminded every single day.

It’s gone on for so long that I’m not sure how I can even stop it. The only thing I can think to do, hope to accomplish with writing it all down, is that someday, maybe, it will help you to know which fork in the road you should take.

Maybe you won’t end up like me. Maybe you will choose the right path.

Maybe you’ll have a chance at a life completely opposite of mine.

I hope no one will ever live the life I have.

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***MATURE CONTENT***
This story may contain triggers for strong emotional responses. Warnings will be posted on the various specific chapters such triggers will appear.

This is a very sensitive story. Please be respectful with your comments and feedback.

This is a work of fiction. Any resemblance to actual persons living or dead, business, events, or locales is purely coincidental or used fictitiously. The author has taken great liberties with locales including the creation of fictional towns.