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Week In Review: It's Madness

I'm sleep-deprived and writing this a little bit ahead of schedule because I'm tired of writing quick, thoughtless posts at about 10 PM on Saturdays, so hang on! 
(So tired, in fact, that I just spent several minutes Googling vague terms for the gif I'm about to use, only to realize after I'd found it that I'd actually saved this puppy on my computer a few days ago...)
This week, I transferred all of my files from CreateSpace to KDP after reading this article and whew, let me tell you: something glitched up with Beautiful Chaos and the file became corrupt and needed removed.  Thankfully, I did have the file -- but it was on my other computer (which magically began having issues...again....after I thought I had it fixed).  The compter runs, but not very fast.  At all...and when you're uploading a file that's about 460 pages and doing it repeatedly because KDP didn't want to play nice....?  Mayhem.  Admittedly, the other books I transferred worked fine, b…

Something New: Model Behavior

In the Mount Sterling series, as well as all of my books (present and future) I plan to exemplify healthy romantic relationships.  In today's media, anything but that is represented positively.  People who work things out, are loyal, and save themselves for sole marriage to one other person only -- they simply don't make it into the equation of excitement and drama.  So  I want to depict that in my books!

It's so important to work things out if there's an argument or disagreement.  Why would anyone want to throw away months or years of loving someone just because they messed up?  Obviously, things like abuse aren't acceptable, but if you're willing to abandon a relationship just because you aren't "feeling sparks" or suddenly realized you don't like who someone really is doesn't mean you shouldn't stick around.

Loyalty feeds into this as well.  If you aren't willing to be loyal, to commit your life to someone else, then you probabl…

Week In Review: Insert Snarky Title Here

Hey everyone!  As for a title this week, I've got nothin'.  I've had a raging headache bouncing from my left and right sides since Sunday night, so that's probably why.
Hmm...what happened this week?  Well, I finally finished my "happiness" class, which resulted in more existential crises and angst than most classes so I think they need to re-title the class.  But it's over with, and I'm glad to announce I finally have enough credits in for my psychology minor, which was getting to be a bit worrisome because my college decided to stop offering fresh psych classes during the normal fall/spring semesters!
Currently Reading: Leia and Fawkes by Nadine Brandes
Current Projects: Still working on Something New , but I'm almost done! Current Bible Verse: I can do all things through Christ who gives me strengths (Philippians 4:13 NIV)

Make sure to tune in Monday for a special post!

Book Spotlight: "When Beauty Blooms" by Victoria Lynn!

Hey everyone!  Today I have a book spotlight for a fantastic novelette, When Beauty Blooms by Victoria Lynn.

This is a very sweet story about a young woman struggling to fit in during the Revolutionary War.  I was given an advanced reader copy of it and you can find my full review HERE, but I want to add that it was very easy to fall in love with the characters.  Very engaging!  If you're looking for one more book to read for summer, you'll definitely want to check it out!  It's available now at Amazon on Kindle & paperback. 

When Beauty Blooms Synopsis: 
"Revolutionary War Era England
Marjorie Kirk is a woman with no fortune, no prospects, no family, and no skills.  Or so she thinks.  She is awkward, shy, and the farthest thing from any semblance of a society lady.  
The new minister keeps turning up the most awkward of places and she can't help but feel that her life is doomed to one of embarrassment.  But will her flaws actually be the thing that others fin…

Something New: Creating Geniuses

One goal of the Mount Sterling is to explore how gifted children (and adults) truly operate and integrate into everyday life.  Usually, characters in literature and movies who are depicted as genius or gifted are depicted as pretty arrogant, unpleasant; the kind of person you like because of what they've done rather than who they are.  Think Katniss Everdeen, Tony Stark, even the brooding Bruce Wayne.  They're depicted as something sort of dark and untouchable. 

And I wanted a romance with everyday geniuses because it is something I have never read.  Obviously, folks with higher IQs can and do lead normal lives; they're not always battling armies or overturning governments.  A high IQ can even be accompanied by learning disabilities.  And geniuses are as prone to stupid mistakes as everyone else!  This is something I wanted to display in the series.

Joanna: she's a linguistics master and knows more languages than she can count on her fingers.  But she's terrible at…

Week In Review: "Mamma Mia, here we go again!"

I heard Mamma Mia on the radio today and the lyrics in the title seemed fitting for this week, even though I wanted to scream when I heard the song because I abhor the movie... (the first one, I haven't seen the sequel.)
Why the whole "here we go again" thing?  Well, it's practically a repeat of last week's insanity!

This week, we unfortunately lost two of our juvenile chickens to illness.  In the same breath, we ended up taking in an Australian Shepherd--my family's second--that is a nervous wreck right now because he misses his former family.  Desperately.

And apparently my car has had a twisted-up throttle cable that has been making its engine race and, more recently (as in yesterday) the brakes to not respond well because of said issue.  That is a fun thing to learn as you're whipping into a parking spot and end up screeching into the next one down instead (and by screeching, I mean I was screeching.  Not my car).

Currently Reading: 
Leia by Claudia Gr…