Sunday, December 30, 2018

Rainy Thoughts: 2018 Year in Review

It is actually a pretty cold day here in South Texas. I'm currently lounging around my home in joggers and a Golden Girls shirt I made my senior year of high school. Today is going pretty great until I inevitably have to go to the grocery store. Anyways, I've been seeing some other bloggers write their reflections for the 2018 year, so thought it was time to do mine. As I reflect on this year's things, I can't help but feel like I'm a little, excuse my French, badass.


I would say that this year has definitely been my year. My year of being bold and taking control of what I want to do in my life. Of course, I had my downs as much as I had my ups, but I feel like I came out conquering and fighting the demons. Here is my year in review for 2018!

Side Note: I wrote about most of this stuff in my Rainy Thoughts segment of my blog, so these are just small tidbits.





Getting Laid Off


At first, I felt that this was a little embarrassing to talk about, but now I know that when I talk about it, I'm not the only one. Of course, I was upset and felt that I was a failure, but in truth, God had other plans for me. I moved back to my hometown about a month later, so I knew that it was just a sign.


Moving Back Home

This is something I'm so happy that I did. I moved to a different town for 2 and half years and I was plain homesick for the majority of the time. I am very happy that I was able to move back and be part of my family and friend's life again.


Getting Married

After about 2 and a half years in the making, my day finally came. I got married and it was perfectly imperfect and I loved every second of it. Sure, I was exhausted at the end, but it was definitely worth every penny that my husband and I saved and I couldn't have asked for anything more 💙 You can read more about my wedding in my previous post.

Dream Vacation 

I had my dream honeymoon destination in Japan this year. Let me tell you, realizing that you are on the other side of the world is incredible. I definitely fell IN LOVE with Japan and it really opened my eyes to travel. You can read all about it on my post about falling in love with Japan.



My Best Friend Got Married!

Yep, my best friend and I got married the same year, just 1 month apart. And yes, I cried like a baby. I'm so happy for her and even though we're both married, we'll always hold a special place in each other's hearts. She is actually the person I talk about in my post about dating your best friend. 



Getting a Job in With My Degree

Yes, the laid-off story does have a happy ending. I did find a full-time job that actually incorporates my Associates and Bachelors degree and I couldn't feel more fulfilled by that. I think just having a secure job just makes me feel happy though.


Starting Lyra Classes

Lrya, or better known as the Aerial Hoop, is something that I have been wanting to do for a while and I finally just took a chance and went on with it.



The Inevitables

One of my biggest accomplishments this year was finishing up my first self-published book, The Inevitables. It was a book that I worked months on and I am happy to say that you now buy it on Amazon. Feel free to also visit my author site to receive some monthly updates!



Looking Towards the Future

There were so many other wonderful things that happened this year, but this was just some of my highlights. As the 2018 year is coming to a close, I can't help but get excited for the new year. I have so much planned for 2019, including another international trip, working on another book, working on creating new videos for YouTube, buying a house, and making lots of new memories with all my family and friends. 

Cheers to a New Year!

What plans do you have for the new year? Let me know in the comments below!



Saturday, December 15, 2018

Book Review: Heavenward by Olga Gibbs


It's been one of those weeks you guys, but it's getting better and by the time this post goes live, it'll be  the weekend and I'll be snuggling up with my cat, drinking tea and watching anime with my husband 💙 Anyways, so I have been seeking out different book blogging groups, one of them being Lone Star Literary, another Reads & Reels and the book that I'm writing about today is actually a tour book from Fraser's Fun House.

Synopsis


With the power to end the world, would you protect humanity when it broke you or would you take revenge?

Meet Ariel: a quiet, unnoticeable girl with an incredible gift…

Ariel never had an easy or pleasant life, but the arrival of three gorgeous strangers meant her measured life is turned upside down, as she discovers that angels exist.
Now against her will, she’s drawn into an ancient celestial conflict, where her powers will decide the fate of humanity.
Deceived, threatened, hunted and now on the run, who can she trust?  

Author Bio


Olga Gibbs lives in a leafy-green town, nestled amongst the green fields of West Sussex, England. She was writing from the age of fifteen, mainly short stories and novellas and was a guest columnist for a local newspaper. When she is not dreaming up new adventures for her imaginary friends, she does outreach work with teenagers.
She is currently writing a second book in the "Celestial creatures" series and another stand-alone psychological crime thriller book

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Book Depository: https://www.bookdepository.com/Heavenward-Olga-Gibbs/97819164

Review 

I enjoyed the dialogue of this book. Some authors have trouble with dialog, but Olga has a natural instinct and it shows well with Heavenward. The dialog is relatable and easy to follow and doesn't feel out of place, or strained or awkward.

The beginning of the book also really brings you in. The first chapter was very intriguing and made you want to read further on.  This is just another awesome trait that Olga has a knack for.

What I didn't enjoy was the pacing of the book. It starts off fine, but then feels slow and then starts to pick up again it just really has this roller coaster effect. I found that a little frusterating, because it would get interesting, then felt that the pacing just left me dry at times.

Other than that, I recommend this book for your teenager. This book definitely has some teenage romance going on and they would definitely relate.

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Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Rainy Books: The Janus Witch


THE JANUS WITCH
by
MICHAEL SCOTT CLIFTON
Genre: Paranormal Urban Fantasy / Romance
Publisher: Book Liftoff
Publication Date: September 1, 2018
Number of Pages: 372 pages

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Malice vs Love
A beautiful witch, a member of a murderous coven, is torn from her medieval world and transported to East Texas. The passage leaves her with no memory of her previous life. She falls in love with a young pediatrician, but her dark past threatens to reassert itself…and make her a threat. 

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PRAISE FOR THE JANUS WITCH:

This book is filled with magic, intrigue, excitement, and fantasy. Michael Scott Clifton is a truly gifted author.  -- Teresa Syms, Readers’ Favorite

This novel was an absolute page turner with action and great character development. I enjoyed every minute of it. I'm excited for the next work by Mike Clifton. -- Bronwyn Pegues, Librarian, Longview Public Library

“Michael Scott Clifton weaves and casts a magical spell in his fantasy romance The Janus Witch. A must read for any Fantasy Romance, Urban Romance, or Paranormal Romance enthusiast!" -- Ranay James, Author of The McKinnon Legends: A Time Travel Series

A continuous flow of witchery and energy that kept this reader captivated until the end. -- The Electric Review, 5-Star Review





Past or Future? Nature versus Nurture.
Guest Post by Michael Scott Clifton



The premise of The Janus Witch revolves around the age-old question of environment or genetics. Which one truly drives who we are, or more importantly, what we will become? Does good parenting, or a stable and loving home life, guarantee children who themselves will become productive citizens and good parents? What about the children of felons, or worse, murderers or other violent offenders? Are they bent from birth to engage in abnormal or criminal activity?

If my thirty-eight year career in public education has taught me anything, it is this; nothing is certain, and nothing is predetermined regardless of a child’s background or parentage. I’ve seen students from good families who have been given every advantage, yet some of these same students still end up on police blotters, unable to stay out of trouble, keep a job, or sustain stable relationships. Other students come from dismal backgrounds with dysfunctional families, and even violent, abusive parents. Despite these enormous obstacles, they still find a way to succeed. I have known many who became doctors, engineers, and other skilled professionals. Most importantly, despite not having a good parental role model, they managed to become decent, loving parents themselves.

Here are some examples of famous celebrities who overcame the odds:

Oprah Winfrey grew up in poverty on a pig farm, where she often wore potato sacks for clothes. Born to unmarried, teenaged parents, she was raised by a grandmother until six, then moved to Milwaukee to live with her mother, a maid. Later she moved yet again and was sent to live with her father in Tennessee. Today, she has a net worth of $2.9 billion.

Demi Moore was born in Roswell, New Mexico. Her father left the family months before she was born. Her mother later remarried, and they lived in a succession of trailer parks. Both her mother and stepfather were alcoholics whose turbulent relationship was marked by numerous acts of violence. A high school drop-out, today her estimated worth is $150 million.

Leighton Meester (Blair Waldorf on Gossip Girl) was born in Fort Worth, Texas. At the time of her birth, her mother was serving a federal prison sentence for drug smuggling. Nursed for three months in a halfway house, her mother was sent back to the penitentiary and Leighton was raised by her grandmother until the age of eleven—when her mother was finally released from prison. Today she is worth an estimated $5 million dollars with a bright future in the film industry.

 In The Janus Witch, what would be the outcome if a violent, murderous witch completely lost memory of her previous life? In fact, what would happen if on this clean slate, a man who was kind, compassionate, and loved her deeply was introduced into her life? Would this love change her? Would she respond in kind? Could this love overcome her vicious past? Which face, the past or future will she choose? Ah, there’s a good story here. Get a copy of The Janus Witch to find out.




Michael Scott Clifton, public educator for over 38 years as a teacher, coach, and 
administrator, currently lives in Mount Pleasant, Texas with his wife, Melanie, and family cat, Sadie. An avid gardener, he enjoys all kinds of book and movie genres. His books contain aspects of all the genres he enjoys...adventure, magic, fantasy, romance, and relationships. He has been a finalist in a number of short story contests. Clifton’s fantasy novel, The Conquest of the Veil, won a First Chapter Finalist award. Professional credits include articles published in the Texas Study of Secondary Education Magazine. Clifton’s latest book, The Janus Witch, the July Book Cover of the Month, is a featured book on the We Love Indie Books website. Currently, Clifton is completing Book I of The Conquest of the Veil, which will be released in March 2019. He can be reached at mike@michaelscottclifton.com.






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