I have to admit that I've been very lazy since the Christmas break... my body feels like it's on holidays (or wants to be on holidays). This is something I really need to get out of or I'm not going to achieve anything before university goes back at the end of February. One thing I've tried not to be too lazy about is my photography, especially since I'm determined to complete a 365 project this year (that's taking a photo every single day... so far I've taken 14 YAY!!!).
During my photo project I've really discovered that it takes a lot of patience and practice to learn a new technique. I suppose it takes a lot of practice to master any skill (writing included with that), and boy it's been fun, and a bit scary, trying to learn this new technique. I've become really interested with underwater photography and really want to take some shots, but I'm learning that it's not as easy as some people make it look. For one, in murky water you can't even see what you're taking a picture of or if the picture's even turned out properly until you get home, and two, trying to focus on the subject when I can't even see the model is really hard... but I'm having fun learning, but I think I might try taking my experiments to a pool with clear water where it's more likely to turn out properly.
I guess I'll just have to keep practicing and hope I'll end up getting these shots perfect.
Is there anything that you've struggled to master? Do you believe practice will make anything better?
It's a brand new year, which means new resolutions and new plans/goals that I'll hopefully be able to keep. And boy do I have lots of plans that I am aiming to meet this year, including releasing the sequel to Shadow Embraced andstart working on a dark time travel story, as well as a multiverse/parallel universe story with my brother.
First off, what can a new years be without resolutions. This year my resolutions (which I'm planning on keeping), are:
Complete writing my WIP horrors (and I have quite a few sitting around)
Attend a convention
Keep up regular postings of my blog
Commenting and participating on social media regularly
Complete a 365 photo project
That's not a lot to achieve this year (right?)... And as with the last point, I have decided to take up the challenge of taking a photo every single day of the year... last time I took this challenge I made it to day 6 before I ran out of momentum, but this year I'm determined to get the challenge done and create a lot more images like the one above (which was taken New Years day at sunrise).
I hope all of your Christmas's and New Years were happy and lots of brilliant adventures lie ahead.
I just want to say have a happy holidays and Merry Xmas to everyone, and I'm just going to take a little break and be back on the 5th January with a new resolution to post more regularly to this blog. YAY! So, in the meantime enjoy the holidays.
Today is the day! The Shinigami Eyes Book Blitz, hosted by Dark World Books, starts. Come on over and stop by all the stops over the next week. Just click here to find out all the fantastic blogs that are participating in this book blitz.
Since it's such a big day, later on I'll also be announcing a special promotion for Shinigami Eyes that will last throughout the entire tour, so stay tuned.
I know I have been absent for a while, but I have needed to work out some health issues of late and haven't been in the right mindset to blog about anything substantial. But now I'm back and ready to jump back into blogging, and writing, and just letting my creative juices fly.
Anyone that knows me is well aware that I have become obsessed with photography. These days I'm literally thinking of as many photographic ideas as I am story ideas, but don't worry, that's not getting in the road of my writing. In fact, I'm actually thinking about how I can photograph several scenes (even the covers) of the stories I'm writing.
One thing that I'm learning from being behind the lens, as opposed to just writing out the words to describe a scene, is that not everything will turn out as expected. Yeah, I can write a scene and mold the words to fit the story in my head, but sometimes for photography the picture in my head does not even come close to matching the final outcome. There are lots of obstacles that can occur when trying to create a piece of art through the lens, whether it be the sun (yep, the damn sun coming out and ruining the shot), limited props, location or even some things might be an impossible feat. Where it's easy to write about someone walking on the roof, it's a totally different thing when trying to photograph it, still mucking around with trying to get the right angles of the model's hair and movement.
The above image is one that really didn't turn out like how I pictured. For one, we were meant to find the ocean baths to fully submerge the model in water, but didn't feel like lugging all the equipment down all the stairs in the midday heatwave. Two, the damn sun. Yeah, I didn't check that my shadow wasn't in the picture before calling it a day. The editing of this photo made me one very proud girl as it was the first intensive Photoshop experiment and I was happy to be able to remove the shadow from the picture (even if I'm the only one that likes it).
Things might not turn out as expected, but it's always good to try and put a positive spin on what you have and perhaps it will turn into a good thing. Well, I'm out of here for the night, but don't worry, you'll be seeing me around a lot more, with a lot more images, and a lot more stories as my brother and I continue working into the new year to bring you more stories.
How do you turn unexpected things into positives? Do you have any hobbies or skills that you are proud of?
Today I'm proud to be a part of the 'Mistletoe & Hollywood Book Blitz', hosted by Dark World Books. To view other stops on this tour just click on the banner.
Mistletoe & Hollywood
Jack Eversea and Evan Weston, two of
Hollywood’s hottest young actors had their hearts stolen by regular down
to earth girls, and we lived and laughed and loved their stories in the
Eversea Series and in the Desire Resort Series. But what happened when the books were over?
How did each couple choose to spend their first Christmas? Was it sexy, emotional, stressful or heartwarming?
Perhaps it was everything and more…
My Star, My Love (An Eversea Series Novella) by Natasha Boyd
Movie star, Jack Eversea, has decided to
brave his history with England and take the love of his life, Keri Ann
Butler, home to meet his mother for Christmas. He’s been back in
California and Keri Ann’s been busy with art school, and they are
desperate to spend three weeks together over the Holidays.
But Jolly Old England does weird things
to Jack. And despite his super sweet “twelve days of Christmas” gift
giving, Keri Ann can’t quite work out of he’s about to propose or
regrets bringing her home. Is he still questioning whether she can
handle a few paparazzi, or is he doubting Keri Ann’s commitment to their
The magnetic couple is back in a fun,
sometimes poignant, and super sexy story about acceptance, love and how
to make love quietly in a creaky old house with one’s mother down the
Many Times, Many Ways (A Desire Resort Series Novella) by Kate Roth
Vacation is over.
Danielle was escaping her monotonous
life at a sexy beach resort when she first fell under the spell of
Hollywood hunk, Evan Weston, but now they’re trying to make their
relationship work in the real world.
While they’re both hopeful for what lies
ahead, the only question is whether or not their desires for the future
are one and the same.
Things have always moved quickly between
Evan and Danielle, but Danielle can’t stave off the lingering anxiety
she has once she finds out about Evan’s big plans—and even bigger
Christmas gift. Can she continue to let go of the worry that plagues her
so the man of her dreams can give her the life she never imagined she’d
Where did you come up with the inspiration behind the book?
NB: I wanted to write a book about how
it feels to fall in love; when every single interaction, look and thought
regarding the other person takes on monumental impact. When it’s all you can
think about. I also wanted it to be part Cinderella story, but where Cinderella
doesn’t really need to be saved and the prince is not exactly perfect.
When Natasha brought me the idea of bringing my
characters from Last Resort back for
a holiday novella I knew I had more to show for them. The novella for Mistletoe & Hollywood came so
easily. It proved to me how much I love Evan and Danielle.
What inspired you to write your first book?
NB: I’ve always
written. I love to write.But recently we
moved to a new area and I wasn’t working, my youngest was in school, and I
didn’t know many people. So one day I sat down to write and just kept going.
My debut novel, The Low Notes, is the first book I
ever finished. I started writing versions of it as far back as high school.
Forbidden love has always called to me and The
Low Notes is my take on the ultimate forbidden romance.
What books/authors have
influenced your writing?
NB: Every book I read
inspires me in some way.I read across
so many genres that I don’t believe I specifically have much of anyone’s
influence in my writing.
So many authors! Everyone
from Emily Giffin to Joe Hill. My very first inspiring author was Katherine
Applegate. She wrote a YA series I devoured as a teen and it really propelled
my love of fiction.
What was your favourite
scene to write?
-->It’s funny. I get
asked this question a lot, and every time I really need to think about it.I think the scene when Keri Ann and Jazz get
drunk together. It comes right after Keri Ann gets kicked in the gut
(metaphorically) and inspired to get her a** into gear about her art and her
future and life in general.There’s some
great banter between the two friends too when Jack shows up.
Ooh, well my favourite was
a scene I can’t share without giving major spoilers! But I loved being able to
write a few more love scenes for Evan and Danielle. Those are always fun and
they are one of my favourite couples I’ve written—their chemistry is off the
What was the hardest part
of writing your book?
Believing I could do it.And
trying to write it as if no one would ever read it. You know that phrase ‘dance
like nobody is watching’? It’s the same with writing.
It was hard for me to just
tell the holiday story. A part of me wanted to keep going and show their entire
life but that would’ve made for a long and incredibly fluffy read since I want
them to be happy.
How do you overcome
-->The best solution
for me is to open a new document and write my characters in a totally made up,
stupid situation. That way I usually find out where they actually want to go
(instead of where I was forcing them to go).
I usually try to read
something or see a movie. Unwinding and getting my mind on something else
usually breaks me out of a block.
What are your current
NB: Finishing Jazz
and Joey’s story.I had to put that
aside for a while to work on Deep Blue Eternity (formally known as The
Cottage). It will be out in March 2015.
I’m currently working the
next book in the Desire Resort series and a novella in my Confession Records
What book are you reading
-->The Bone Clocks
by David Mitchell
I’m reading Stronger With
Him by JA Hensley. I’m loving it so far!
If you could have dinner
with any fictional character who would it be and why?
NB: It would be a dinner party because I could never pick just one.Can you imagine a dinner companion who was a
“good” vampire, and who had been stuck as a teenager for a hundred years?
Fascinating.What about President Snow
(Hunger Games)? He would be a totally scary dinner companion but man, do I have
some questions for him.I’d really love
to have dinner with Mrs. Weaton, the elderly neighbour from my Eversea series.
Boy, she lived a life. I’d love to know more! KR:
I have a sick love for Nick
Carraway from The Great Gatsby. I’d
love to meet him!
Do you have any advice for
NB: Ha ha!Write like no one is reading, but publish
like everyone will.Give yourself
permission to write an imperfect first draft, but don’t release anything less
than what you deem to be perfect. There’s a long road between the two, don’t
get pressured to take a short cut, and don’t quit because it’s a long road.
Keep writing! I always say
be a writer first and an author second. Your passion and your love for writing
should be what keeps you going.
About the Author
Natasha Boyd is a writer with a
background in marketing and public relations. She holds a Bachelor of
Science in Psychology, and lives in the coastal Carolina Lowcountry,
complete with Spanish moss, alligators and mosquitoes the size of tiny
birds. She has a husband, two sons and a cat named Tuna. Eversea is her
first full-length novel.
Inspired by music, film, art and the
wealth of stories she has heard through her career as a professional
hair stylist, Kate Roth decided to get real about her love of writing in
2008. She signed up for a course after-hours at the local high school
called ‘So You Want To Write A Book?’. Indeed, she did! For years Kate
had been dreaming up love stories in her head and she’d even managed to
write a few of them down but it was that class that gave her the drive
to finally do something more with her ideas. The ideas haven’t stopped
flowing since. She enjoys writing in all sub-genres of romance and even
has a few surprises up her sleeve for the future. She is a small
business owner and lives in Indiana with her husband, Adam and their