Saturday, October 27, 2012

I am super excited to have a good friend over today to talk about an amazing series.

Hi Stacy! Thanks for having me here on day seven of my Women of Strength blog tour.

For those of you I haven't had the pleasure of meeting, I'll share a few things about my life. I live in Southern Ontario with the last of my four children still under my wing. In the past couple of years I've had a taste of an empty nest and I'm not liking it, not even a little. With my youngest in her final year of high school, before long it will be just me and my diva dog, ChaChi. At least I will still have the voices in my head to keep me company, so I imagine you will see lots more stories coming from this author.

 I'm here to introduce you to my new Women of Strength Series. This ongoing series is very special to me. If I can instill hope in even one reader who finds themselves struggling, what a blessing that would be. I created all of the covers and went to great lengths to find the perfect image for each woman. Once you have read these stories, I think you’ll agree.
 Juliana spent the entire duration of her marriage a prisoner in her own home. Subject to unspeakable abuse, her escape came in the form of her husbands' sudden death. She must now step into a world, she had almost forgotten existed....

Join Juliana on her healing journey where she learns. Love IS Good.

Rosa is deaf. She was adopted by loving parents after her mother died in childbirth. Rosa teaches deaf children music. At her 21st birthday party she crosses paths with the band manager, Devon Barnes. The first encounter is not pleasant when Devon mistakes her deafness for being rude. Is Devon simply another man who sees her being deaf as also being mentally challenged? Why is she attracted to such a man?

Shani is a woman of color, adopted by loving parents. After her mother's untimely death, she learns a deep, dark secret that makes her question everything about her life and those who loved her.How often do we search for answers and find they are not necessarily what we want to hear? Is time a great healer, or are some things unforgivable?


Coming in November

Kat is the envy of everyone. She owns a successful dinner club, an incredible lakefront property and she is beautiful. The statuesque blonde with ice-blue eyes commands attention wherever she goes. She has it all....or does she? Kat has been harboring a deep, dark secret for quite some time. Little by little her ruse is unraveling. If she doesn't face her demon soon, she stands to lose everything, including her life.


Please leave a comment and I will randomly pick one winner to receive  this calendar magnet for 2013 and this lovely steampunk pewter symbol for woman charm. All names will go in a draw to win your choice of one of these three stories.


Please feel free to visit me on the next stop of my blog tour. You will find the schedule HERE


Woman of Strength - Links to purchase as wells as Info on Contest

Thursday, October 25, 2012

One thing you discover when creating something with your spouse is that sometimes it would be far easier to call in a professional LOL.

Our "project" has taken the better part of six months, started out as a simple paint job and we ended up taking a hammer to the wall (which I admit was VERY cool smashing it in), discovering that the old house once again beat us and had to put the wall back together, decided on the bookcase for the awkward space (smart husband), then the original plan had to be revamped a number of times, discovering renovation is expensive, and that the house is crooked inside, outside, up, down and every which way you can imagine.  I'd honestly never seen my husband as vocally angry and frustrated as he was putting this thing together LOL

BUT....we finally have a bookcase!



I have never denied that we are "just left of centre" so a crooked bookshelf not only fits the house, but it kinda fits us too LOL. 

Best part, as you can see, it turned out bigger than planned and I have lots of room to fill as the years go on.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Stress can be a nasty prison.  It's funny that you don't realize that of course until you are out of it. 

Over the last few weeks, I've noticed a lot of differences--other than the fact I can breath again LOL.

My axiety/panic attacks don't come on as quickly and it is a lot easier to talk myself down from them.  My creativity is back and my muse is on chatterbox mode--I've had to start a notebook with story ideas just to keep up--and that is cool.  General things get done--okay, not quickly or all the time but that is just my natural aversion to housecleaning, laundry etc LOL, but more so than they used to.

Looking back, when I thought I was handling things, in control, I wasn't, and even though I knew it, it still didn't stop me from believing I was.  Cell walls don't have to be made of concrete and bars.


One more thing I noticed last night--I was excited for Monday.  I was looking forward to "going to work".  Mondays used to make me literally sick to my stomach knowing what I would have to deal with....but now, I look forward to it with an excitement I hadn't had in a while.  On top of finding time to do my own writing again, right now I'm working on editing two very different stories this week for two wonderful clients and can't wait until their books are available for you to enjoy them as well.

THIS is what I was meant to do.  THIS is what it feels like to work at a job you truly enjoy.

And because I love it so much, I am working in the background with a business plan to build it into the business that I want it to be.

www.stacydholmes.com

 

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

One of my most favorite people has a new release out.  Natasha Deen has written a brilliant YA full of adventure, humour and not your typical magic. 


For the last two years, human Aponi Runningbear has been training to be part of Grime, the magical police division tasked with protecting humanity from SOAP terrorists. But things aren’t going well. She’s barely keeping up with her studies, failing the physical component, and her Generalized Anxiety Disorder is making her bad days even worse. When her team is given the chance to find a missing coworker and stop SOAP from producing a DNA-altering drug that’s killing humans, Aponi grabs hold of the chance to show she’s meant for Grime. But as the investigation heats up, she’s forced to deal with the tormentor from her past, dead bodies, and the certainty that SOAP’s going to win this battle. Humanity’s dying, Grime’s in trouble, and she’s failing…does a foster kid really have what it takes to save the world and herself?

Available now on Amazon


And don't miss the first in the True Grime series.  Both are a great read for youths and adults alike!


Grime cop and teen fairy Pepper Powder lives for one thing: protecting the human species from magical zealots who seek to eradicate them with Violent Illness of Unusual Resistance and Strength (humans call them “viruses,” but their mistake is understandable. The very young often get their words wrong.). When a terrorist leader releases a necrophage bomb, it not only decimates Grime headquarters, it turns Pepper into the magical world’s first fairy amputee—but she’s not going to let a little thing like a missing leg stop her. To catch her criminal, and prevent him from unleashing a V.I.U.R.S in one of the human world’s biggest shopping centers, West Edmonton Mall, she goes undercover as a human. But once Pepper's theories of humanity collide with the reality of bullies, cliques, and environmental destruction, will she still believe humanity's worth saving?

Also available on Amazon


Visit Natasha's website at www.natashadeen.com  



Monday, October 15, 2012

The cow is officially ready for Halloween

Thursday, October 11, 2012

I realized that there is one interesting thing I have learned in my journey of losing weight and getting healthy, and it is the very same thing that can be used in anything from world wars to story characters to arguments with your children--choose your battles.

Case in point: being a nice wife and in town recently, I had taken my husband a Timmy's (coffee) to his work.  Well, turned out that he had just received a coffee...along with a box of donuts.  Pretty donuts, yummy donuts, delicious sparkly donuts.

Of course my first thought was, PLEASE offer me one! 

When he eventually did, however, I said no.  Not because I didn't want it or I COULDN'T have it or I HAD to be good because I still have thirty more pounds to lose.  No, it was simply because after a quick, honest assessment at that moment, I decided that I was good, I didn't need it, didn't crave it.  Yes, it was a donut so of course I wanted it.  But I decided at that point that right then, I was strong enough to say no, so I did.  Because I knew there would come another time when I wouldn't be so strong.  Where a celebration would come where I knew I would want to take advantage of the sweets to be had.  Or the stresses of the day would wear me down, and where chocolate would become my lifeline to sanity and my having a piece would be best for all involved LOL.

So I chose to say thanks but no thanks and take the victory over that particular battle.

My theory is that depriving myself only makes me want it more, but knowing that it is okay to have it when needed keeps the moderation factor at the forefront of my mind and gives me a great ego boast and feeling of control when I CHOOSE when the need is great and when I can simply appreciate the site of a pretty donut without devouring it.

And, embarassing as this is to show the world, I simply want those others struggling with weight or self-confidence to see that small steps work, small realization like the above--choosing the battles to win, and choosing the battles to concede to--and making small healthy choices that you can live with on a daily bases, giving yourself a break after a "bad" day, moving more and realizing that a simple walk clears the mind as well as does the body good, that for just sticking with it, you CAN become the person you want to be both inside and out...


...and feel good about your efforts and results.  And believe me, I'm not aiming for model thin or even where all the BMI and reports say someone my age, size etc should be; I am simply trying to find the place I can say yeah, this is where I feel good for me. Because first and foremost, I've learned that you have to do it for YOU.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Those changes I've been talking about involve a new office environment.  Through a long and arduous decision process and minor group of events, I have returned to working from home. 

Now, I can't say that I am not happy to be doing so.  The benefit to the children alone is so worth it--I am no longer so stressed out that I seem to be in a permenant bad mood and am now the cool mom who makes homemade afterschool snacks and who goes grocery shopping Friday so they don't have to go with her on Saturday LOL. 

Another benefit of my new office environment is my co-worker.   Though his "workspace" is right beside mine, he is very quiet, doesn't bug me when I'm in the middle of a file, nor does he rant and complain about every little thing.  At the same time, he is a VERY good listener and a wonderful partner to bounce ideas off of, not to mention funny and a great companion around the water bowl.  We even started having walking meetings first thing in the morning to get our mind and bodies ready for the day. 


But, as with all changes there are also many challenges.  The obvious one being how to make a financial contribution to help support the household.  While I am working on my writing of course, it is a slow process from writing to production (assuming of course you get the contract). 

Happily though, I now have the opportunity to amp up my freelance editing work.  So feel free to visit www.stacydholmes.com and share the site with friends, groups, loops or people you know who may be interested.

Oh, my co-worker is calling--must be time for tea and biscut break :)

Friday, October 5, 2012

Following along the same lines as last post, that would mean that Thanksgiving is right around the corner...literaly.  So, I am not going to think too far ahead, but I am hoping to have a few projects sent out in the next few months, or at least finished in preparation for sending out.

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

October? What Happened to February?

Seriously, how do you clearly remember sitting at the same desk at the end of January thinking the month went sooooooo looooonng and then glance up and it is October?

Well crap, my resolution list didn't even get a dent in it. 

I'd make a new one, but really, why put myself through that when I know it may not get done the way I want.  And I've been trying a new system....staying in the moment.  No more what ifs, what was or what's to come, but just dealing with the present, here and now.

So, right now, I am trying to find my routine working from home.  It's only been a week or so, but still, trial and error right?  Well, the first thing I learned is that I get oodles more done on my own writing if I work on it first thing after the bus and the dog is walked, and especially before the internet is turned on.  Then, after a couple hours of writing intersperced with laundry or filling the dishwasher, I check emails and websites, find the list of info details needed as I wrote etc.  By then it is usually lunch and afterwords, getting down to everyone else's business whether the contract work or editing.  So far, so good.  Let's give it a couple more weeks though to see if it progresses as well as it sounds.  For now though, I am happy with the work that is being done on all levels, just have to figure out how to make it pay better LOL.