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Gotta Have Goals (October 2017)

At the beginning of September, I set 19 goals for myself, and I thought it’d do more towards accountability if I actually shared how that went. (Plus, then, NEW GOALS!)

September Report

  1. Pick my son up from his very last day of preschool ever. Take a picture. Don’t cry. (9/1) – SUCCESS! I didn’t even cry
  2. Finish all my last pre-editor edits on The Ruby Blade and get that sucker to my editor. (9/2) – SUCCESS! I totally cried here, though
  3. Drink champagne. (9/2) – SUCCESS! (No tears)
  4. Make an apple pie with the Bean, because he wants to make one for the beer guy’s parents who are visiting. (9/3) – SUCCESS! Kinda, we made a crisp instead
  5. Drop my boy off at his first day of Kindergarten. Take pictures. Don’t cry. (9/5) – SUCCESS! More or less. I maybe got some dust in my eyes. It was really smoky from the fires.
  6. Edit a book for a new client (early Sept) – SUCCESS! (And it is SO GOOD!)
  7. Get my skin checked to make sure there’s no suspicious activity (9/11) – SUCCESS! All is well with my soul skin
  8. Meet with new personal trainer and get new workout schedule set up (9/12) – half SUCCESS! I met with the trainer, but have not yet gotten the schedule set up. 
  9. Write 45K words on Eleanor #4 (sekrit goal is 60K – which is 15K/week and my current average, but see all busy-ness) – big ol’ fail…I’m waaaay behind on my ambitious goal, not to mention the sekrit goal, but still on track to finish by 11/30.
  10. Write 2 chapters on my Raj novella – oops. Totally did not do this. 
  11. Survive the beer guy’s 2.5 week trip to Belgium (I mean, obviously, I’ll survive, but, you know…) – SUCCESS! I ate and slept and only broke the house a tiny bit! 
  12. Keep on top of my day job stuff – SUCCESS!
  13. Write outlines for the first three books in my new series coming out about this time next year and conspire with my cover artist – SUCCESS! I have a long synopsis for the first book and shorter ones for books 2 & 3, have started conspiring with my cover artist, and am working on a marketing plan.
  14. Turn around my article edits SUPAH FAST – SUCCESS! 
  15. Write 4 chapters on SUPER SEKRIT PROJECT – oops. Totally forgot about this.
  16. Actually sleep? I guess? – SUCCESS! I averaged more than 6.5 hours/night in September. 
  17. Start meditating in the mornings again, which means – oops. nope.
  18. Start getting up at 5:30 am again, which means – hahaha. nope. (I am getting up regularly at 6 now, though)
  19. In bed & asleep by 10:45 on school nights – SUCCESS! 
  20. I really want a 20th goal, but couldn’t think of one…

Honestly not bad at all. So much successing. The places where I didn’t completely succeed, though, were all things for which I had not external motivator. Writing my own words with no editor deadline (see sekrit project, Eleanor #4, Raj’s chapters), meditation, getting up earlier, getting the workout schedule down with the new trainer (although, to be fair, I’m waiting for her to get back to me at this point).

I’m not going to set 20 goals in October, but I have five big ones. I’m not going to include things that I know I’ll get done, like finishing up the book I’m currently editing or “have a good time in Mexico.” Instead, these are actual things that I have to work at.

  1. I signed up for a thanksgiving 5K. My goal – to finish it without hating myself, whatever that means for me that day.
  2. I need to be mostly done with Eleanor book 4 by the end of the month.
  3. Stay on top of book marketing and don’t back out because of “hard” or “fear.”
  4. Find a way to forgive everyone who made me angry cry today due to the colossal fuck-up that happened with my Bean’s after-school care situation. Note: this might be the hardest. Note 2: I think everything’s figured out. It was only two hours of Wednesday panic on my part.
  5. Continue to eat 3x/day and get to bed by 11 on work nights. Work on popping out of bed a little faster in the morning. Meditate (with the bean). Moisturize. Self-care.

 

 

Three Things Thursday: Book Contest Edition

Hi! It’s October, which is the best month of the year. A few years ago, I did a All Hallow’s Read giveaway every year in which I sent one (or two) lucky readers a free scary book. I haven’t done that for a few years, but this year, I’m gonna do a book giveaway – but with a small twist. I’m going to make you enter to win copies of my books instead. SO THERE!

There is one way to be entered, but two additional (it is three things Thursday, after all) ways to boost your chances.

  1. Like my Facebook page. You can comment on this or any related post on my facebook page to confirm that you want an entry (previous page likers are encouraged to participate, and can just mention that you want to be entered).
  2. Share this post on Facebook and encourage your friends and family to like me. Well, they don’t have to like me, I can be awkward and difficult at times. They just need to like my page. Please chime in and comment that you’ve shared so I don’t miss it.
  3. Tell me (on the blog or on FB) either (a) what you’re going to be for Halloween this year or, alternatively, (b) what your #1 all-time favorite costume ever was. Bonus for pictures.

So, you may ask, what kind of prize would make it all worth it? Honestly, I’m not sure. I don’t have a lot of cash money to be sharing with the masses, but I can guarantee that the #1 winner will get some exciting snail mail consisting of all three paperbacks autographed and the #2 winner will get voucher codes for all three ebooks.

So, like my page! Share this post! Show me your costumes!

Eleanor Morgan
Books 1-3

Writerly Wednesday: Book Updates

As of *checks watch* about five days ago, I am no longer participating in the Kindle Unlimited program. The reasons for this are myriad and have been covered by other authors in so many other forums. The short version is – Amazon’s Kindle Select payment options have dropped every month since I enrolled (save August, which saw a slight bump back up) and I’m just not getting enough page reads to make the exclusivity worth it for me.

So – The Cardinal Gate and The Waning Moon are available at so many other places now! (I’m hoping to get The Ruby Blade up for pre-order on all those other places, but it’s taking awhile to yank that one from the Kindle Select, so right now, you can only pre-order via Amazon Kindle.)

So – to celebrate my books going wide, The Ruby Blade’s upcoming release, and the fact that it’s October, i.e. the best month of the year, The Cardinal Gate and The Waning Moon are on sale for the entire month for only $0.99 each. Right around 11/2, the prices will be going back up to their regular prices of $2.99 and $3.99 respectively.

So – now’s your chance to snag those ebooks for only $0.99 each! DO EET! DO EET FOR THE CHILDREN! (Just kidding, please do not read these books to your children. There is some Strong Language and Violence and Sexual Content) that makes these super not appropriate for the children.)

Click here to see all the exciting places you can purchase this fine book.

Surprisingly, this book links to all the places you can buy THIS fine book.

 

Happy reading!

Three Things Thursday: Ruby Blade

  1. In case you missed it, The Ruby Blade cover reveal and preorder announcement went up last night! You can pop over to Goodreads and mark it as “to read” and then head to Amazon to preorder your copy!
  2. The book is currently with editor extraordinaire getting once last look-see, and then I’ll be sending out ARCs, having it proofread, and then sending it to my formatter to work her magic.

    There’s probably a wand involved somewhere, too.

     

  3. If you read The Cardinal Gate or The Waning Moon, I’d be beyond delighted if you could head over to Amazon to leave a review for either or both of them. Getting to 50 reviews lets the books get picked up by Amazon’s algorithms, which results in more people seeing my book, and presumably buying my book, which makes it easier for me to keep writing books. (This is also presumably some kind of eldritch magic.)

    Amazon employees at work

Cover Reveal! The Ruby Blade

I am so excited to share this with you guys. I love my cover artist and what she’s been doing for the series, and really think this captures Eleanor and where she’s at with The Ruby Blade.

As much as doing the cover art is one of the most fun parts of the gig, writing the accompanying blurb is my least favorite part.

I mean, I have one, but I think the real winner is the version I came up with Monday evening as I was workshopping this in my author group chat (for the 1 millionth time):

Just buy it. It’s not that bad.

NAKED HOTTUB SCENE!

GOOD FIGHTING!

/and scene

The Blurb

Raj swore he’d pay any price to recover the blade he’d wielded a thousand years ago, but what if that price is Eleanor’s trust?

Eleanor is beset on all sides by supernatural enemies determined to halt her quest to reopen otherworldly traffic between Earth and the Fae Plane. Double-dealing shifters, black magic, and treacherous elves challenge the skills and cohesion of the group.

The chill that threatens to send her dragon half into hibernation does nothing to bank the fires of her desire for Raj—but Florence’s cryptic warning prevents her from succumbing to his charms. Raj is not what he seems and he is hiding something far darker than Eleanor ever imagined.

Will she be able to forgive him or will the truth kill her?

And, without further ado, the cover!

 

Didn’t Skyla do an amazing job?

I’m super excited for you guys to read this book! ARCs will be headed out the end of next week (maybe earlier) and the release is set for 10/31/17.

You can add it to your Goodreads queue The Ruby Blade (Eleanor Morgan #3)  and even preorder it on Amazon (Kindle version only at this point).


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