This Is My Life

$$$I’m not sure if you all know, but February 2nd was my 47th birthday.

I got a gift…

This was not a gift I wanted…

This is what I got: $100,000.00 tax bill… I’m not sure I’m over the shock of it yet. This is all because when my husband moved to New Zealand for work he got a dividend from our Australian business (construction company) and it put us in the next income tax bracket… hence the fricken huge bill.

On a good note they tell me the taxes I do in 2016 I won’t have to pay anything as my Husband will have everything done in NZ. So if you don’t hear from me for the next little bit. I’ll be dealing with the ATO and trying to scrape together as much as I can to pay this damn bill.

In other news… Yes I’m still working on The Connelly Chronicles 2: Beautiful Goodbyes… I hope to have it finished by the end of next week. I have been doing edits on Intended Mates 1: Lay Your Body Down (which I’ve just signed a contract for)… Also I have been doing edits on The Freedomers 1: Zephania’s Chance… So I haven’t been completely slacking off and freaking out. I’m still waiting to hear back about Wardens Of The Guild 1: The Real You

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A Year In Reflection

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2016 was going to be my year… but then life got in the way. I’m not saying it was a bad year, but it certainly could have been better.

The kids are doing fine at school, so that has all been great. Although, my son, Ethan has been offered a position in an Alternative Year 10 Class at his high school for next year. Which in a way I think will suit him better than regular year 10 classes… most of the classes will revolve around setting up and growing a vegie patch business… they sell the produce to the teachers. At the end of the year they get to spend the money on something. I’ve had meeting at the school about it… which i was told the mornings will be spent on Maths/English/Science and all will revolve around the vegie patch business. In the afternoons they will either be playing sport or working in the vegie patch, & each Friday they go out and learn some kind of trade… makes more sense to me, because at the end they will come out knowing something useful—instead of like regular year 10 where each subject you may be learning about different things and nothing links up.

I’m also proud of Ethan for getting a job, and paying back the loan for his motorbike…

Emily is still waiting to hear back from the uni to see if her change of bachelor has been accepted (from Business to Law—she’ll get there in the end). I’m hoping she finds out soon as then she can start organising books etc. Plus she will be moving out of home and into a share house with one of her uni friends… so it means I’ll have my office back. I love writing in my recliner, and will do so on the days I’m watching the cricket, but honestly, I get more done when I work in the office, and lock myself away from the world.

I’m also proud of Emily for picking up the slack now the hubs is in NZ. For also picking up Ethan when he has to work late, as I can’t see in the dark.


Dare I say it—I have two great kids—even if they do drive me insane most days.

My husband has moved to New Zealand for work. Eventually I will join him, but right now that just isn’t possible… this is what’s been stressing me out the most. Mainly because I have been dealing with the taxes, houses, co-owned properties, and I’m glad to say that after July 2016 I should be done with the taxes at least. I am tired of all the bullshit that goes with keeping them up to date. At least my husband has to deal with it after that.

Writing wise I didn’t get as much done as I would have liked to… again I put this all down to stress. Please let 2016 be a little less stressful—that’s all I’m asking.

Moments to be proud of:

  • Expirmentals 2: Running into Zero Tolerance
  • The Diamond Rose 1: Gateway to Kalethia
  • Storming Love~Flood: Adrian & Lockie
  • Hollow’s Trouble
  • The Lines of Marsden 3: You Make Me Die in Pieces
  • Hidden Hearts 1: Harder & Harder to Breathe

And for completing:

  • Hidden Hearts 2: One last Kiss Goodbye (extended & revised version)
  • The Freedomers 1: Zephania’s Chance
  • Wardens of the Guild 1: The Real You

And for mostly completing:

  • The Connelly Chronicles 2: Beautiful Goodbyes

This year I have found difficult to write anything. I swear to God every time I sat down in front of the computer, some family drama would jump right in front of me. Hopefully next year I’ll be able to concentrate more on the important things.

Over the past year, I have done a lot of reading… most of it I have enjoyed immensely, while others left me scratching my head and thinking WTF! Yet I still found myself going back and reading old favourites ~ MMMF.

AKM Miles, Alexis Morgan, Andrew Grey, Bailey Bradford, Carol Lynne, Cassandra Clare, Charlie Richards, David Eddings, Dean Koontz, Diana Gabaldon, Gabriel Evans, J.K. Rowling, Joyee Flynn/Flynn Eirie, Kerrelyn Sparks, Lynn Hagen, Lynsay Sands, Mary Calmes, Sean Michaels, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Stephani Hecht, Stormy GlennOf course I’m sure there are many more people I think are fantastic authors.

Once again in 2015, I participated in being a judge for the Rainbow Awards—this is something I love doing, as I get the opportunity to read authors who have never crossed my radar before. Some of them I have already sought out more of their work. I will more than likely do it again in 2016.

I sadly had to pull out of being one of the co-organisers of the Hop Against Homophobia & Transgender blog hop. I seriously just don’t have the time to keep up with everything… though I have offered to keep open the HAHAT Facebook page open for everyone else… To be honest I’m not even sure I’ll have time to participate in DRitC next year… It’s always a great honour to be able to write a story from someone else’s prompt. Mind you, I’m not sure I’ve even come close to matching what they wanted… speaking of next year, my first ever DRitC: Shadows on the Heart is getting a major make over and extension done. I just need to add more detailed information if I ever have a hope in hell of writing #2: On the Flipside of Reverse.

As a family we are also striving to become healthier… not that my son needs to lose any weight (as over the last year he has dropped 12kg) now he just wants to tone up. If he wants to get fitter, I’m not going to stop him. Emily will be living across town so she can do what she wants (I’m not exactly sure how much she has lost). As for me I’m mainly changing my diet by cutting out any and all junk food. Not that I’m really a sweets eater, but I know I drink more coffee than what’s good for me. So more water and less sugars—more fresh foods and less packaged foods. I promise to give a monthly update for the whole of 2016 (this is probably more than you ever wanted to know about me, but I figure if everyone is keeping tabs on me then I will stick to my goals). Have no fear of calling me out on it if I start to let things slide.

I have many plans set in writing for the year ahead. Tomorrow I’ll be posting my 2016 writing schedule list. It will be great of everyone could drop me a line to keep me on track as the weeks roll by. More importantly stop me from getting an attack of the slack-itus.

What’s Going On

36764_105130762871417_6990716_nWell for the last two days I have been doing edits on The Lines Of Marsden 3: You Make Me Die In Pieces… Hopefully now they will go out to formatting and galley proofing—ust got an email from Christie N, and yes, we are off to formatting.
I have a touch of insomnia again and the odd moment or two I do sleep. I have had the strangest dreams. So each morning I get up I’ve been writing out notes on my dreams… hence the reason I have pulled Flagstone Creek Pridelands… I have been writing notes all 3 books in the series:
1) Battle Scars
2) Waiting For Superman
3) Liam’s Lullaby
B - NI’ve also been working on other stories as the jump out in my mind. Sadly I probably have 6 stories on the go at the moment It’s more for most of them I have been making notes on where the stories are headed and making sure I have the series notebooks filled in and up to date.
1) The Connelly Chronicles 2: Beautiful Goodbyes
2) The Gaean Prophecy 1: Admetus Gaea
3) The Freedomers 1: Zephaniah’s Chance
4) Flagstone Creek Pridelands 1: Battle Scars
5) Day Walkers 1: Real You
6) Expeimentals 3: Messages From The Dead

What’s To Come in 2015

I have been slacking off of late because I’ve just had a very bad bout of Ross River Fever—not something I would ever wish on anybody. The truth is, this bout his hanging on for all it’s worth and making my life hell, but it’s time to make some changes.

collectorcard-2.5inx3.5in-h-frontI have to re write some of the synopsis for The Line Of Marsden 3: You Make Me Die in Pieces only because I lost what I had down for chapters 14-18… I seriously need to get my head back in the game and get this story finished before my editor and publisher start to get cranky with me.

Synopsis needed for my 2015 schedule

TEB  MLR  FBP  GR  NSY

  1. The Connelly Chronicles 2: Beautiful Goodbyes [done]
  2. Hidden Hearts 1: Harder & Harder To Breathe
  3. Experimentals 3: Messages From The Dead [done]
  4. Lancaster’s Way 3: Pre-loved [done]
  5. DRitC 2015: Hollow’s Trouble
  6. Moon Runners 2: I Won’t Let You Go
  7. The Gaean Prophecy 1: Admetus Gaea
  8. Toowoomba Boys 4: Securing The Heart
  9. The Diamond Rose 2: So Pretty On The Outside
  10. Quaide’s Crossing 1: Meghan’s Way
  11. Sons Of Evenmore 3: Fear The Scarlet Moon [done]
  12. The Lines Of Marsden 3: You Make Me Die In Pieces [done]
  13. The Lines Of Marsden 4: The Trail Of Red Roses [done]

OUT NOW ~ Running Into Zero Tolerance

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Blurb:

When there’s nowhere left to run—prey you find Zero Tolerance to keep you safe.

While searching for his missing brother Linc O’Hare stumbles across his mate and willingly gets kidnapped to save a man whose name he doesn’t even know. Having his mate live a life of slavery is not on Linc’s to-do list, and he plans to rectify the situation.

Gideon Church knows no other life than the hell he’s been living. Escaping with Linc is the best day of his life—until he realises his whole life has been a lie. With the help of Linc and the inhabitants of Zero Tolerance will Gideon be able to separate the lies from the truth and figure out just who he really is.

Today’s Agenda

B - TDRI got up this morning and found Galley in my inbox for Gateway to Kalethia. I have done and sent it back to Fireborn Publishing for it’s release on March 6th. I’m pretty sure my part in this is now done, and I can plot out book 2: So Pretty On The Outside… I’m just not sure which characters it will be yet—Tori & Darkan, or Wynn & ???, or Brannan & Ollian.

collectorcard-2.5inx3.5in-h-frontToday I’ll be working on trying to get as much done on You Make Me Die in Pieces as possible. It feels like the closer to the end of the story I get, the slower I seem to be writing.

Updates

B - UDI have now finished the second round of edits on Storming Love: Floods ~ Adrian & Lockie. I don’t think there will be much more to do. Kris J has been amazing… I’m hoping to be able o share the cover with you all soon. Well, as soon as I’m allowed to that is

collectorcard-2.5inx3.5in-h-frontAlso The Lines Of Marsden 3: You Make Me Die In Pieces is getting closer to the end… I love writing this series, but I’ll be glad when this book is finally finished. Mainly because I really want to write the next one. I have so many idea’s buzzing around inside my head.

(BLOG) SOV 2-Wind WalkersI have added to a page here in case you all want to take a look-see at my blog story from my other blog—The Sentinels Of Varnuse. I’ll keep adding to it each time I do another post over there. I’m onto the second story in the series (1) When The Walls Come Tumbling Down, & (2) Wind Walkers.

B - TCCThough as I have said before the next story on my agenda is The Connelly Chronicles 2: Beautiful Goodbyes. I think I’m finally over the block I had about a certain scene in the story… and if not then I will write around it and fix it at the end….

B - QCI’m also working on another story for them as well Quaide’s Crossing, but so far I haven’t got much more then initial character planning and the setting up of the town and surrounding areas.