News Day

Hey everyone! I know that I usually do News Day on Tuesdays, but I had some Internet issues over the weekend that put me days behind yet again.

But here we are.

For those of you wondering about what I’m talking about, I share news I pick up around the bloggosphere (or that gets sent to me) once a week, usually on Tuesdays. The news I cover can be anything, from celebrations to cover reveals to requests for help. If you have something you think I should share, please feel free to mail me at mishagericke(AT)blogspot(DOT)com




News from This Blog:

 

A to Z Challenge

I’ll be taking part in the A to Z Challenge, sharing snippets from Endless as I count down to release day on 30 April. 
As such, there won’t be a News Day until May, but please send in news snippets ahead of them if you want me to post it then. 
Thursday Feature

For those of you who missed it, I have a regular space open on the blog for other writing bloggers who want to get exposure to my blog’s audience, regardless of whether the writer is published or not. If you’d like to book a Thurday, please mail me at mishagericke(AT)gmail(DOT)com. 
The first available Thursday is 26 May.

Coming Soon: 

The Thing That Turned Me

I’m fortunate enough to be part of this fantastic anthology with some amazing writers. Check out this trailer to see who’s participating…



Parallels: Felix was Here

Enter the realm of parallel universes!

What if the government tried to create the perfect utopia? Could a society linked to a supercomputer survive on its own? Do our reflections control secret lives on the other side of the mirror? Can one moment split a person’s world forever?

Exploring the fantastic, ten authors offer incredible visions and captivating tales of diverse reality. Featuring the talents of L. G. Keltner, Crystal Collier, Hart Johnson, Cherie Reich, Sandra Cox, Yolanda Renee, Melanie Schulz, Sylvia Ney, Michael Abayomi, and Tamara Narayan.

Hand-picked by a panel of agents and authors, these ten tales will expand your imagination and twist the tropes of science fiction. Step through the portal and enter another dimension!

Out Now: 


Murder & Obsession by Yolanda Renée


Published by Curiosity Quills Press, Murder & Obsession is the third book in the Detective Quaid Series but also a stand alone mystery.

Flames burn between a hardboiled cop and a gifted artist, but soon extinguish as another man’s obsession ignites into an inferno of desire, driving him to destroy the object of his madness…

As wedding bells echo like the ring of toasting champagne glasses in the ice carved mountains of Anchorage Alaska, detective Steven Quaid rehabs his grandfather’s cabin into a honeymoon cottage for his new bride.

When he returns from a hunting trip, Steven’s faced with five police officers, who “Want to talk.” Plagued by two unsolved murders, the Department is searching for answers.

The conversation comes to a deafening halt as the team finds a bloody crime scene in the bridal suite. “Where’s her body?” is a question Steven cannot fathom.

Steven’s jaw clenches and his heart races. Images of Sarah streak through his mind.

The silence breaks as an explosion of accusations vibrate through every fiber of his being.

Steven bolts…

Although running is never the smart thing to do, Steven’s not thinking clearly and his escape into the wilderness of the Brooks Range proves almost fatal.

This Steven Quaid mystery is both personal and heartbreaking.


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That’s my news for today! Who’s amped up for the A to Z Challenge? Want to take part in my Thursday Feature? Looking forward to reading any of the books I shared? Got news? 

Be back tomorrow.

Hey everyone!

Yes yes, I know that today is supposed to be News Day, but I was stuck without an internet connection over the weekend, which means I’m behind a ton of stuff I need to do.

So I’ll be back tomorrow with the news.

Misha

Update Day: Easter Hunting Edition

It’s the last Friday of the month again, but more than that, today is Good Friday, so I wish everyone who celebrates it a blessed Easter.
But because it’s the last Friday of March, it’s time for my Big Dreams/Huge Goals bloghop’s update day.


For those of you who are new to the blog, Beth Fred and I host a bloghop where a bunch of us set huge/hugely important goals. Then we post updates on the last Friday of every month to let each other know how we’re doing. It’s a great way to be accountable, which is the best motivation imaginable to be proactive about achieving our goals and making our dreams our reality.
You’re welcome to sign up. Just fill in the form with what you would like to achieve.


Okay! First things first, let’s see how I did on last month’s goals.
All in all, March wasn’t a particularly good month for me, which resulted in me having a major freak-out recently. Things are getting better now and I did get some things done, so let’s take a look.
My goals for March:
Writing:

1) 60000 words written or 60 hours edited or some combination of the two.
I managed to write 7000 words and edit for 15hours, although I suspect I’ll be nudging this up a bit more over the next few days until the actual end of the month.
2) Revisions to Wo6C3
Haven’t started it yet, but I plan to over the weekend.
3) Rough edits to ES1
One round down. About a million left to go.
4) Rough draft BvB2
I have added words to this and will probably continue to do so until month end.
5) Finish rewrite to DM1
Done.
6) Prep rewrite for SS1
Haven’t started yet, but I hope I can get it done sometime this weekend.
7) Work on concept for CdW
Haven’t gotten to this.
8) Rough draft for StW
This neither.
9) Edits for The Thing That Turned Me and Ghosts of Fire.
Didn’t get any editing suggestions.
Reading:
Read 6 books
Done.

Read at least a few chapters of Les Trois Mousquetaires.
Didn’t get to it.
Networking and Marketing:
1) Send out e-arcs if not done by end February.
Done.
2) Send out posts and information to everyone involved with the Endless blog tour.
I’ve sent out cover reveal info, but still need to do everything else. I’ll probably graft to get this done before month end.
3) Get back into a regular blogging schedule.
Didn’t do too bad, although the freak out and lack of internet from moving house didn’t help.
4) More involvement in one more social network.
This I feel like I managed.
5) Update Amazon’s Author Profiles.
Not done yet.
6) Plan and create A to Z Challenge posts.
I managed to plan the posts and the first twenty are scheduled. I’ll have the rest scheduled by tomorrow.
Life:
1) Create balance for work/writing/life
Ah. The reason for my freak-out. Work has been trespassing everywhere else and I’m not too thrilled about that. But I am actively working at beating it back into its rightful place.
2) Get back into healthy eating habit.
Sigh. This one fell by the way-side. But I WILL succeed here.
3) Continue with vocal training.
Done.
4) Unpack house.
Done.
5) Find new sporting/exercise activity. (Yes, this one will keep appearing every month until I actually get this done.)
Done. I just haven’t started yet. (My brother and I will be going jogging together, which will be a good bonding thing for us too.)
So overall, I actually didn’t do that bad. Just felt like I was rolling a house-sized stone uphill this month.
Goals for April:
Writing:
1) I signed up for CampNaNoWriMo in April, with the goal set at 60k words. (Those of you who’ve been reading these update posts will realize I have a running theme here.) 60 hours of edits or some combination of the two count as well.
2) Revisions to Wo6C3 (In case I don’t get them done this week, which I might not.)
3) Rough edits to ES1 using critique partner feed-back.
4) Add 10k words to BvB2.
5) Revisions to O1.
6) Start rewriting SS1
7) Prep rewrite for VD
8) Work on CdW concept.
9) Add 5k words to StW.
10) See if I can do more than 60k this month.
Reading:
Since I’ve got some huge goals up on the writing side, I won’t be putting too much of a priority on this, but if I can:
Read 6 books.
Read a few chapters of Les Trois Mousquetaires.
Networking and Marketing
1) Send out any out-standing posts for the Endless blog tour.
2) Visit at least 25 blogs every day for the A to Z Challenge.
3) Regular updates on Social Networks.
4) Update Amazon’s Author Profiles
Life
1) Find and maintain a balance between work/writing/life.
2) Cut out refined carbs.
3) Continue vocal training
4) Go jogging at least once a week.
That’s it for me. Anyone else doing CampNaNoWriMo in April? My username is iceangel if you want to buddy up.

How are you doing on your goals? 

Arranging Furniture in My Head

I’ve recently been under a lot of stress. In fact, it’s gotten to the point where it felt like my whole brain wanted to short-circuit. (Not going to give a whole blow-by-blow again, but if you’re wondering what it’s like, you can take a good look here.) 

The thing is that I’ve been having to function under increasing levels of stress for the past two years, and I kind of reached a breaking point over the weekend before last. The funny thing is that I’m actually not as stressed this year as I have been for the past two, but at any rate, I haven’t been in a place where I can honestly say that I can truly breathe easier in the past two years. 
And. 
Sigh. 
This is going to be hard to say. 
Anxiety is a real thing, and last Wednesday was that thing raising its head in a way I hadn’t experienced in years. 
I think it was a build up of little things that kept growing and growing until one extra little thing made me feel like my whole life was getting wasted and that I’d be trapped watching said wastage taking place forever. 
The good thing about all this was that this particular freak-out meant that I woke up to the need to evaluate my life and see where I can smooth things over in order to maximize the odds of me breathing easier in the near future. 
So. What this means for me is cleaning up house, so to speak. Which mostly centers around me using the three public holidays I have (one on this past Monday and two on Easter) to do a ton of things I’ve wanted to do that I kept putting aside for other stuff. 
It’s not necessarily a nice feeling, because right now, I’m feeling like I’m in dire need of a vacation. So in between, I’m taking plenty of breaks and doing things I enjoy. But overall, the idea is to give myself fewer things to worry about, so I can deal with the big stuff more efficiently later.
I’m also instituting changes to my current life-style. Such as… I’m not going to get fired for not looking at mails after hours. So I’m not. Nor am I going to look at mails before 8 a.m in the morning. Nor at lunch. And if I’ve done my duties for the day, I’m going to use my available time to write. (Don’t worry. I am actually allowed to do that by contract.) 
Which means I’m going to start setting myself some goals for my job in the same way that I set writing goals. I need a way to measure my progress. (Which will also help me not feel like I have nothing to show for my time at the end of my work day.) 
But yeah. That’s where I am at the moment. 
How are you doing? Do you also take time to evaluate and adjust? How do you deal with pressure?

News Day

Yes! It’s finally back since I’ve had a few moments in which to go round and find some tidbits to share.

For those of you who are new to my blog, I have a weekly feature where I share news from around the writing bloggosphere. News can be anything from a book deal to a blogfest and everything in between.

If you have a tidbit you’d like for me to share, please mail me at mishagericke(AT)gmail(DOT)com with “News Day” in the subject line.

From This Blog: 

Last Week’s Thursday Feature

Lidy Wilks visited on Thursday to tell us a bit about compiling her new poetry anthology Can You Catch My Drift? There’s also a competition as part of that post, so check it out


Thursday Features

No one booked the next two Thursdays and after that, it’s A to Z Challenge, but I’m still taking bookings for May and after that. At the moment, I still have May 5th and May 26th open, so if you’d like to do a guest post on my blog, please let me know. 
PLEASE NOTE that you can post here regardless of your publishing status. I’m literally keeping Thursdays open for members of this blogging community to get a bit of exposure to my audience, so you can book the place just to give people a taste of what your blog is like, if you wanted. But I do not accept submissions from professional copywriters looking to expand their portfolios. 
If you’re interested in being part of the Thursday Feature, please mail me at mishagericke(AT)gmail(DOT)com with “Thursday Feature” in the subject line. 

Book Releases

Cloaked in Secrecy
T.F. Walsh
(The Wulfkin Legacy #2)
Published by: Crimson Romance
Publication date: March 14th 2016
Genres: Adult, Paranormal

What better way for a pack of wulfkin shifters to remain in seclusion than to hide in plain sight?

Death has followed Alena Novac’s circus family for years, but when the police arrest her brother for murder, she must rescue him before he transforms behind prison walls. With less than a week to execute her plan, a member from the Varlac family who murdered her mother reappears. Now, Alena has to decide whether to make good on her promise to avenge her mother’s death or risk rescuing her brother.

Enre Ulf has one mission – prevent Alena’s father from claiming his territory and slaughtering his wulfkin pack in Transylvania. Enre may have turned his back on his Varlac heritage, but that doesn’t mean he won’t impersonate one to infiltrate the circus clan and take out their alpha. Knowing that his secrets will lead to his demise, Enre takes the risk in order to save his home. What he never planned on was his wolf claiming Alena as his mate.

Now with the police closing in, and the real Varlac threatening them, Alena and Enre must overcome their pasts to save their packs’ futures.

Cloaked in Secrecy is the book 2 in the Wulfkin Legacy series, but can be read a stand-alone-book.


Witch of the Cards
Catherine Stine

Fiera was born a sea witch with no inkling of her power. And now it might be too late.

Witch of the Cards is historical, supernatural romantic suspense set in 1932 on the Jersey shore. Twenty-two year-old Fiera has recently left the Brooklyn orphanage where she was raised, and works in Manhattan as a nanny. She gets a lucky break when her boss pays for her short vacation in Asbury Park. One evening, Fiera and her new friend Dulcie wander down the boardwalk and into Peter Dune’s Tarot & Séance, where they attend a card reading.

Fiera has always had an unsettling ability to know things before they happen and sense people’s hidden agendas. She longs to either find out the origin of her powers or else banish them because as is, they make her feel crazy. When, during the reading, her energies somehow bond with Peter Dune’s and form an undeniable ethereal force, a chain of revelations and dangerous events begin to unspool. For one, Fiera finds out she is a witch from a powerful sea clan, but that someone is out to stop her blossoming power forever. And though she is falling in love with Peter, he also has a secret side. He’s no card reader, but a private detective working to expose mediums. Despite this terrible betrayal, Fiera must make the choice to save Peter from a tragic Morro Cruise boat fire, or let him perish with his fellow investigators. Told in alternating viewpoints, we hear Fiera and Peter each struggle against their deep attraction. Secrets, lies, even murder, lace this dark fantasy.

Available at: Amazon US, Amazon UK, iBooks, Kobo, B&N/Nook, Inktera, Amazon CA, Amazon AU, Amazon IN, Amazon DE

Blogfests

A to Z Challenge

I can’t imagine that anyone missed this phenomenon after all these months, but I just thought I’d remind you guys that April 1 is almost here. If you still need/want to sign up, click here
That’s it for today. 

Got any news for me? Want to sign up for my Thursday Feature? Don’t forget to mail me. Who’s signing up for the A to Z Challenge? 

A to Z Challenge Theme Reveal

Hey everyone!

Today, I’m just doing a quick stop to take part in the A to Z Challenge Theme Reveal.

The rules are simple. If you’re taking part in the A to Z Challenge, sign up here
Then on your blog, do a post to announce the theme you’ll be following this year. 
As for my theme… Well. I know usually I post about writing or editing, but this year I’ll be up to my neck in pre-release activities. For those of you who are new to my blog, I’m releasing a book on 30 April. 
So. To remain sane and to give people a few glimpses into the book, I thought I’d do this: 
In other words, I’ll be sharing A to Z related snippets every day along with a short intro. 
Quick and simple, yes. Which means I’ll be able to visit more of you. Which is good, since I’m also part of this: 
Welcome to anyone new who’s stopping by! Let me know what you think of the theme! 

Feeling better.

Hey all. Just wanted to make a quick stop to say thanks to everyone who’ve been commenting on my post from Wednesday.

I can’t tell you all how much I appreciate your support and advice.

Right now, I’m busy clawing my way out of the doldrums, which is a good thing, since I have three days this weekend (Monday is a public holiday) where I can get myself well and truly in a good place.

Thanks to you guys’ advice, I’m taking a few minutes to try and find a different perspective over everything. Hopefully, doing so will give me a chance to find a solution to my current predicament. But it feels good to feel like I might figure things out.

Anyhow, that’s where I am at present. I’ll be back on Monday with more of a post.

Have a lovely weekend!

Misha