Monday, December 26, 2016

That's a Wrap!

Good Morning All,

I am on my own blog today. I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas. Ours was pretty good. My aunt and cousins joined us yesterday for some good food and fun. Since I really don't have anything earth shattering to share, I am going to wrap up 2016 in a neat little bow and prepare to move on to 2017, where hopefully bigger and better things will happen. Usually, I have plans for the New Year of things I want to accomplish, but this year is blank. My only goals are to finish writing the last book in the Sasha series and the last book in the Forest of the Mist series. That's it. Really. Feels bizarre to have only those two goals.

 The year started out rocky to say the least. I lost my dad late last year and was still in the freshness of the loss. In February, my boss decided to move me to a different department where I had zero experience. Trying to learn a new position kept me occupied, but stripped every ounce of creativity from me. I couldn't write. I couldn't come up with a story line to save my life. I went into a bit of a funk after that. I wanted to write, but I couldn't. It was a catch 22 that made me feel like a failure. In March, my daughter turned 12. We planned a trip for spring vacation. My goal was to get my brain to turn off. The new job sapped everything out of me. I felt like I was only half of the person I used to be. I went through life, but I wasn't living. I just existed.

In April, I turned fifty. I know, hard to believe. We planned a book signing party to celebrate this milestone in my life. The party was fun. I sold a lot of books, talked to a lot of people and felt a smile creep back on my face. A real smile, not the fake one I had been wearing for months. We went on vacation and had a nice time. I was able to relax and decompress.

In May, my daughter graduated from elementary school and then we were into the summer. My fourth book, Sasha Bishop: Shifter released on June 1st. The sales were pretty good and I felt the stirrings of creativity once more. I began to write. A little at a time, but I was finally writing again. I began to feel optimistic, like maybe things would finally straighten out at last, but then life and my job got in the way again.

The summer months were incredibly busy at the office. People were tense and on edge. Tempers were short, especially on high temperature days. Frustrations mounted until I felt like I was being strangled from the inside out. The glimmer of light I  saw with writing again, flickered and died. At this point, I honestly did not know if I would ever finish writing the books. This horrified me. If I wasn't Carly Jordynn, then who was I? I like being Carly. She's fun, she's a writer, she's outgoing. Unfortunately, I could not embrace my inner Carly and felt her slipping away from me.


When school started in the fall, my daughter was in middle school. Things began to work themselves out at work. It was still busy, crazy busy, at times, but I felt like I could handle it. Things didn't seem so overwhelming as they had before. By Halloween, I was feeling much more like my old self. I began to write again. It was like meeting up with old friends that you hadn't seen in a very long time.

The Christmas season brought its own frenzy, but it was the good kind, the kind that made you smile and gave you an adrenaline rush. Throughout the craziness of my life, I still managed to pen a word or two on the books.


To sum it up, I really did not accomplish a lot in 2016. There was nothing that rocked my world. I literally feel like I sleepwalked through most of the year and just woke up the last few months. I feel more like myself again and have decided I will not take life so seriously anymore. When things go south, I will try to find the humor and laugh. When life is so crazy busy that I feel like I can't breathe, I will laugh at the absurdity of it all. So my goals for 2017 are to finish writing two books, not be serious, and to laugh whenever possible.

That's a wrap! Have a great 2017.


Saturday, December 17, 2016

Book Review: WRAPPED UP IN YOU by: Erin Bevan

First, I have to apologize. I was supposed to have  this post up on 12/15/16, but life and work got in the way. It's a little late and for that I am sorry, Erin.

Today I am reviewing Erin Bevan's Christmas book,  WRAPPED UP IN YOU. I LOVE Christmas. I love the crowds, decorations, lights, buying that perfect present, but most of all the magic of the season. It brings out the best and the worst in people.

 WRAPPED UP IN YOU is the epitome of what I like to read and watch on TV during this season. It's light-hearted, romantic, and magical. It whisks you away from reality and into a world of fantasy from the get go. I love the premise of the book, Jenny having three weeks to meet and marry the man who will become Santa Claus. No pressure there, right?

 Poor Logan. Having amnesia is not helping that three week time line at all.  You can almost feel Logan's bewilderment of the situation he has landed in.  You can picture his confusion over wondering if he is already married.

I won't give away any more details, but this story is a Christmas treat.

If you haven't read any of Erin's books, this would be one to start with. She is a truly delightful writer who will capture your heart with her humor and story-telling abilities.

READ ON TO LEARN MORE ABOUT WRAPPED UP IN YOU:

Princess Jenny Claus has thirty suitors to choose from to take on the role of Santa and her husband, and only three weeks to do it. When an outsider crashes into and destroys the toy factory, her Gala and the prospect of Christmas for children everywhere are ruined.

Logan Moss awakens from his plane crash, suffering from partial amnesia. Surrounded by a world he always considered make believe, he has a hard time accepting his new surroundings. Except for one snow princess who he’s deeply fascinated with. And when Logan realizes she only has three weeks to pick a husband, he begins to feel compelled to be that man. Problem is, he can’t remember if he has a wife. With Christmas getting closer, Jenny has to make the hardest decision of her life...duty or love.

INTRIGUED? Order your e-book or paperback version today from Amazon at the link below.

https://www.amazon.com/Wrapped-Up-You-Erin-Bevan/dp/1509211519

A Little about Erin Bevan:

Erin Bevan was born in Southwest Arkansas. She is a wife and mother of three currently living outside of Houston, Texas. She spends her days taking care of her two youngest sons and writes during naps. If not at home with the family, you can catch her at the local Y or in the Starbucks drive thru.

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Monday, December 5, 2016

INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR ABBY REED

Carly's View welcomes new author Abby Reed. Abby  writes young adult science fiction and fantasy novels that ask what if. She has a degree in English Writing and is drawn to characters with physical limitations due to her own neurological disorder called Chronic Migraine. Her debut novel, When Planets Fall, will be published in April 2017 by Soul Mate Publishing.

Abby lives in Colorado with her husband and two fluffy pups. If her hands aren’t on the keyboard, they are stained purple and blue with paint. Find her online at  www.abbyjreed.com


What made you decide to become a writer?

Couple different reasons! As I grew up, stories became my way of processing my teenage angst. If I  ever had a problem, I’d always write and use the characters to work to a solution. It was basically free therapy. Ha. I knew writing would always be part of my life because of this.

I went to college for writing, then only ended up quitting my job due to a neurological disorder called Chronic Migraine. You can only watch so many episodes of Vampire Diaries in a row, so I committed to actually putting my degree to use. A couple books later, here I am!

 Who are some of your favorite authors and why?

Gosh. Tough question. I am a Sarah J. Maas devotee. Everything she writes is beautiful. I also love Susan Dennard’s Truthwitch series. The world building and characters…Lindsay Buroker—her characters never take the easy way out. Marissa Meyer is a fav. And I always buy everything from Rick Riordan and Stuart Gibbs too. The humor! The adventure!

 If you could be any character in any book, who would it be and why?

Kvothe from the KingKiller Chronicles. I played multiple instruments growing up, so I can relate to his passion for music. Plus, I’ve always had a soft spot for geniuses. My other character would be Hermione. She’s a part of the action and a hero without experiencing too much personal tragedy. I like the less-pain option.

 Do you have any hobbies you would like to share?

love to paint. I started doing watercolor portraiture but have moved through acrylic and am now spending a lot of time with mixed media landscape. I also love experimenting with painting migraines. Sounds weird, I know. But I enjoy trying to capture their disorientating feeling. I’ve also been getting into voice and composing. I like mixing sounds and the vibrations of the vocal chords inside my nasal cavity can be soothing during a migraine attack.

 Tell me about your first kiss? Was it magical or not so magical?

There were practically unicorns. My boyfriend took me to a luscious arboretum and proposed to me in the middle of a grove of pine trees. I got a diamond ring and my first kiss that day! (Plus, you know, a fiancé.)

 Do you have another career besides writing? If so, what is it?

I sell my art, but other than that, I actually don’t. Managing my illness takes up so much of my time, I don’t have energy for much else. Unless you count critiquing TV shows, drinking tea, and  taking baths. I am a pro-bath bomber.

 What’s an item on your bucket list that you haven’t done yet?

Someday I would love to try out for local theater. I’m one of the weird people who adore the spotlight. Even if I’m terrible at something, I’ll do it loud and proud. (Which is why you should never sit in on one of my voice lessons.) I’ve always wanted to try acting. I think it’d be similar to writing in terms of getting into character. Expect you’re telling the main story through your body, not the page.

 Tell us the best vacation you have ever been on.

My best vacations are the ones I do literally nothing. I sit. I listen to the mountain wind, to the waves, feel the sun on my cheeks, sleep and read. If I can incorporate nothing into any vacation, that trip is automatically the best.

 Where do you find the inspiration for your books?

I use a lot of fodder from my own life. I really love when characters still have to “save the world” but have to deal with their body in the process. That’s my everyday. Except that instead of taking down a government I’m trying to take down my jumping dogs.

I also understand the frustration of limitations mixed with the incongruent drive to keep going. I mean, I love The Hunger Games. But wouldn’t it be even cooler if Katniss had to deal with a disability while in the arena? That’s why so many of my characters deal with issues such as PTSD, migraines, or an amputation.  

 Is there anything else you would like to share with your fans?


Just that it’s possible to live a fulfilling, satisfying life despite having a severe chronic illness or disability. It may mean you need to adjust your goals and your dreams, but it doesn’t mean you can’t be happy and less satisfied. It’s possible to find a way! Don’t give up! 

BLURB FROM WHEN PLANET'S FALL:

Breaker's home is cleaved by blood. The three tribes on the planet Scarlatti, whose only difference is their blood color, each want to exploit Breaker's valley for themselves. The feudal tension has already claimed red-blood Breaker's leg and his older brother. Now all this 18-year old wants is to maintain the tenuous peace in order to keep his little 'stroid of a brother alive. Malani, a red-blood raised blue, is a kidnapped POW and only wants to return to her adoptive home with her dangerous blue secrets. Luka, a red-blood stewing for trouble, wants to right wrongs done to his family and bath his home in justice.

All three intersect when Breaker discovers a wrecked starship and is given seven days by the green-bloods to fix and hand it over as a weapon. Breaker must decide if aiding his enemies is worth the home he knows and his family's life. War is coming. And war respects no boundaries. And war leaves no survivors.

ARE YOU INTRIGUED?

Abby's book will hit the shelves in April 2017. Tune back into Carly's View on April 15, 2017, for an excerpt and buy links for When Planet's Fall.

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