Announcement!

Hello, Everyone!

The day has FINALLY arrived! I have a release date for Samantha Jane Taylor (<- that link is for the series information). My beloved book will be launched January 26, 2017! In celebration I have set up a giveaway for book one, you’re welcome. The giveaway will be through Goodreads. It will start October 18, 2017 and end November 10, 2017. 

I am so excited I just can’t contain it! Seriously jumping in my seat right now.

Now, all of you may be asking me what the book is about. So here is a quick description.

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000446_00061]Being kidnapped is one thing. Being sold and then kidnapped is another. That is how Samantha’s new life began. At the young age of nine she was taken away from one mother and handed off to another. This new family was much different. The new mom taught Sam how to be sexually appealing to receive “love” from men. It was confusing and stressful, but the last thing Sam wanted was to be handed to someone new. She struggled and learned all that her mom wanted her to learn. When Samantha turned eighteen, she began searching for her sister. Her sister was lost to her all those years ago when she was sold and kidnapped.
When the siblings do find each other it is tense between them. Things tend to get complicated when you think every man has to believe you are sexy in order for you to feel loved. Jealousy and confusion mix into a deadly concoction as the sisters try to rekindle the bond between them.
Can they learn to love and accept each other? Can Samantha overcome her ideas of love and begin to see it in a healthy way?

 

AHH!!! I am excited for all of you to read this. It is two years in the making. I cannot even begin to describe the feelings mixing inside of me right now. Thankfully, for the time being, joy is winning over all of them.

Okay, here are the few things for all of you to do. One, add Samantha Jane Taylor to your Goodreads “to-read” lists. Two, go add your name to the growing list of people out for book one! Three, keep an eye here, because I am thinking of doing a giveaway on here of both books. Four, please, please, please, remember reviews are important and leave one for every book you read.

That is all for today.

Be free and keep reading!

Ta, ta.

At any time if you think, “Hey, Astrid, you should do a post on [fill in the blank].” Send me an email to penname.books@gmail.com or comment below.
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Books

Hello, Everyone!

Last week’s schedule change was no good. I am going back to my original schedule. Seeing as I have had more people reading and following me lately, I thought it would be a good idea to do a quick intro to all of my books/ series. I promise to make it quick.

I’ll start with my debut novel: Recovering is an Art

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Description: Between the years 1995 and 2013 there were a total of 65,668 non-student and 31,302 student female victims of sexual assault*. This number has increased. Recovering is an Art is about one of these victims and how she struggles to recover from the trauma. This is the first book in a series about people that live through taboo topics. It is my way of speaking up for others. Find more about the series HERE.

*Source: Sinozich Langton, Sofi Lynn (2014). “Rape and Sexual Assault Victimization Among College-Age Females, 1995–2013” (PDF). bjs.gov. US Department of Justice.

Next is book Two in the Recovering Series: Samantha Jane Taylor 

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Description: Samantha was taught to see sex as a tool for feeling loved and beautiful. When all you know is how to be overly sexual, it is difficult to create lasting relationships, but Samantha doesn’t see that. She refuses to see it; even when a long-lost sister comes into her life.

Keep and eye on my social media to find out the release date and how to (possibly) get an early copy.

Also note that both of these books have graphic scenes.

 

 

The next book that started another series of mine: My Other Half

My Other Half Cover New B- front

 

Description: When a strong Alpha woman ends up with a half human mate she is peeved. Her mate, on the other hand, is happy to have answers to questions he has had since muscles and a mysterious tattoo sprung up on his body. Watch as the two collide in a way that neither thought possible.

Book Two in Wolf Series: The Healer Who Needed Healing

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Description: Unconditional love has not been part of Andy’s past. When a man offers just that, it is difficult for her to believe it. Will his persists help or hinder the growing relationship?

I had a few people ask about Andy’s background after reading the first book, you will find out answers to all of those questions by reading book two.

On this site I have the background stories for my inspirations for these books find it and more on this series HERE.

 

Last series I have is called the Mind Series, it all started with: Absinthe

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Description: Absinthe is a young prosperous artist with an extra special gift. She is a mind reader. The artist mainly uses her gifts to create the pieces her clients want. However, when one of her clients thoughts leak into her brain, she feels she only has two options. Stay and fight a man that means to kill her or run for the rest of her life.

Book two is not out and I have temporarily placed it on my hold shelf. The second book is going to need a lot more brain power than I currently have to spend on it. However, you can find out more about it and the inspiration behind this series HERE.

 

 

That is all for today.

Be free and keep reading!

Ta, ta.

At any time if you think, “Hey, Astrid, you should do a post on [fill in the blank].” Send me an email to penname.books@gmail.com or comment below.
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Updates!

Hello, Everyone!

I just wanted to let all of you know that I now have a Facebook and Twitter account. Over the next few days I will be working out the kinks. I am looking for and setting up programs to help me post and stay connected to all of you. You can find me on all kinds of social media now.

Facebook

Tumblr

Twitter

Goodreads

Instagram

Amazon

I will be spreading out what I post on each of these sites. That means that other than my writing prompts, you will see something different on each platform. So follow me on all of them!

That is all for today.

Be free and keep reading!

Ta, ta.

At any time if you think, “Hey, Astrid, you should do a post on [fill in the blank].” Send me an email to penname.books@gmail.com or comment below.
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Writing Prompt Wednesday

Hello, Everyone!

I know I am late, things have been hectic, but here it is, as promised, weekend in a post. For those that do not know what I am talking about. I was stuck over the weekend and that is what I am using as this prompt for mt post.

Weekend in Hellfire

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My husband and I are introverts. We like hanging out with other people, but prefer to be alone. “Stay in doors, no social anxiety there!” Our brains tell us. In order to get out of our house, to prevent crippling anxiety and depression, we go camping. We enjoy hiking, often with our heavy equipment strapped to us via backpack. However, this time, we decided to do some easy camping with off-roading. Our black Jeep Wrangler gets stuffed to the brim with our camping gear and food. My dark blue backpacking backpack is filled with our clothes. We always bring at least one of our backpacks, just in case we have to backpack out of our camping spot. On this particular trip, this backup plan became a very real possibility.

We arrived late in the evening. Just a few hours before dark. Hubbin, my nickname for my husband, and I had camped in this area several times in the past and had not worried about how late it was getting. As per usual, we set up camp in almost no time. We have a system. I get the small two person tent set up while Hubbin takes care of the fire and chairs. Fitting poles together and stuffing our temporary home with our shared pack and sleeping bags is no more than five minutes of my time. The rest of the site can take a bit longer. The place we went to this time has pits already set up for your fire. All we had to do was stack our logs and then Hubbin and I also like to keep at least two gallons of water next to the pit too. Just to be on the safe side, we use a shovel to clear any dead, dried leaves and pine needles away from the pit as well.

Our site was set up, and we were relaxing back in our chairs; breathing the fresh clean air around us and enjoying the birds chirping. As silly as it can be, I did bring my tablet with me. Hubbin was sitting and relaxing his mind while I worked on editing Samantha. It was enjoyable. Eventually we both grew hungry. Hubbin made us some juicy corn and some tender turkey-dogs. With our bellies full, we watched as the sun turned the sky a myriad of colors. Orange, pink, red, filled the once blue heavens. It seemed as if minutes later we were together watching the stars twinkle in a dark night.

Hubbin had a book on his phone that he had planned to read, but his phone was dying. In our haste to get out of the house, we forgot our portable charging pack. So he went to our car to charge the phone. I sat by our fire still editing and listening to the night sounds. It was then that I heard a terrible noise. My Jeep was rumbling and rattling, in a very bad way. I ran to our car.

“Babe, the car, listen.” I said as I hastily the door open.

Hubbin and I shared a look of worry then he shut off the car. With flashlights in hand we went to the hood and popped it open. I do not know much about cars; my job is to hold the light while Hubbin checks it out. Coolant was sprayed about our engine. The underside of our hood had fourteen inches of the greenish liquid dripping down on the filthy parts below.

“That can’t be good.”

“It’s not…” Hubbin began searching for the leak. “Look up coolant leak.” he mumbled towards me as he grabbed the light from my hand.

“Okay.”

After several minutes of searching, we found what we needed. We hoped it was a leak in the water pump seal. With that in mind, I quickly packed up our site and doused the fire. Hubbin began trying to use some “trail tricks” to help the car work. He also wanted to keep it together enough for us to drive out and to the town below us instead of us having to hike out.

Ten miles to the nearest motel and another three to the best mechanic in the area. We were on a mountain, in an OHV (Off-Highway Vehicle) area. This means there is a lot of dirt and plants, but a whole lot of nothing else. Not even a mile down the mountain, we heard a new noise and smoke billowed from the hood at the same time. Hubbin shut off the car with another grumble. We, once again, popped the hood. The filthy state of our engine was the same, but as we looked at our serpentine belt, we saw where the new noise came from. The belt had snapped.

“Shit,” Hubbin swore, “Okay, so no alternator, that means no battery, and no belt means no power steering and the coolant problem means that our radiator can overheat. Damn it. This will be difficult…we got this, right?”

I stared at the hairy man I had loved for years. “Umm…yeah.” My lungs filled with air as I tried to clear my mind of the impending panic. I needed to be calm, to think rationally. “Okay, we have a flash light. That will be your lights.”

“Right, and I can bump-start the jeep as needed for the brakes.”

“Right, let’s go.”

We did. I hung half way out of my window holding up our flash light as Hubbin fought with the steering and brakes all ten miles down the mountain. The car stayed off as well as the lights this was to conserve the battery. When our brakes began to give out, Hubbin would stick the car into second gear pump the clutch and let our beast of a machine roar to life. Once he was able to brake again, he would turn the car off once more. With it being so late at night, we coasted into the closest motel and called it a night. There wa nothing more we could do to fix the car until morning. The hotel, thankfully, had one room left. It was a smoking room. As you can imagine, it was sour with the scent of stale cigarettes. After airing out the room, we showered and passed out in the cozy bed.
Now the next morning is when I wrote the book review post and let all of you know that this prompt was coming, but a few more details of this trip came that day, and later that night. So, instead of ending this post here, which is what I had planned earlier, I am going to finish my story.

You know how in movies things go from bad, to worse? Often times I find myself saying things like, “That wouldn’t happen in real life! There is no way!” Yeah, well that is what all of you may think after I tell you this.

California, where I live, has been having record breaking fires this week. Guess where we had been camping? That’s right, right where those damn fires ended up.

Let me back up a bit though. So Saturday night is when we got the motel. Then Sunday, no mechanics were open, so we had to stay another night. Now I have a difficult time sleeping at night. I can sleep all morning, but at night, it is a struggle. So I was up at two in the morning watching TV. It was then that I saw the news about the fires. Santa Rosa was being hit hard. People were being told to leave their homes; some had to leave their pets. Eventually they had to shut down the freeway. It was/ is heart wrenching.

It wasn’t until ten in the morning on Monday that we found out that several fires had broke out. They were surrounding the area that we had ended up in. Hubbin and I were stuck in Ukiah, CA. We were fortunate.

Our house is far from the fires, we already had a place to sleep, we had enough money to get food or whatever we needed. In fact, the only thing we lacked was a working car and Hubbin’s medication. Once the mechanic opened up that one problem of ours was taken care of. As for the other thing, he wasn’t going to die if he could not get them for one day. Plus, we had the ability to call his doctor and have them send the pharmacy the prescriptions. We were far more well off then the surrounding people.

Over the next twenty-four hours we heard countless stories from people that left their house, farm, and livelihood behind. Animals were released into the wild in hopes that they would run from the fire and survive, but many of them will not make it. We heard from people that lost everything they had ever owned. I had never really stopped to think about people that live through natural disasters.

Of course, I always said “poor them,” or a mild, “I wish I could do something.” But I never stopped to think, what would it be like to have whatever I was able to grab in five seconds and nothing else. I mean really think about that. Everything you own is gone. The house that you struggled to earn money to buy, gone. Your place of business is burnt down, gone. All the family photos, important papers, ash. People have no homes, jobs, clothes, beloved items and their pets are gone.

Personally, I would lose my mind over something so tragic. So yeah, my weekend was difficult. I had to call out for a couple of days for work, but at least my home, family, and pets are all safe. My weekend was cake when I stepped back and looked at the bigger picture.

You can find out more about the fires and learn how to donate HERE. Hubbin and I do not have the funds to donate money, but in the next few days, when we are not working, we will be donating our time.

All of you stay safe, and if any of you are, or know someone, going through all of these natural disasters, I wish there were words that I could say, or write, that would make it all better. For now, good luck and may whatever omnipotent being you believe in be with you in these troubling times.

That is all for today.

Be free and keep reading!

Ta, ta.

At any time if you think, “Hey, Astrid, you should do a post on [fill in the blank].” Send me an email to penname.books@gmail.com or comment below.
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Book Review (Dragon Mystics by Jaymin Eve)

Hello, Everyone!

I kid you not, my car broke down while my husband and I were camping. That means that at this  moment (Sunday, I am writing this post now and scheduling it for Tuesday), I am sitting in a very small, and smelly motel room. The mechanics don’t open shop until Monday. It has been an adventure. I may  write the story, with embellishments, for my writing prompt Wednesday post. As for this post it is the second book to the one I reviewed last week. You can read that review HERE. If you already read it, then let’s get on with this one.

Dragon Mystics by Jaymin Eve

Dragon Mysitic

Astrid’s Description: As usual, I do not want to give away what was in the previous book. I will just say you continue to follow Jessa and her four boys.

 

Now let me start this off with some numbers:

Times she used “yeah” and “sure” to write something like this “Yeah, I know I am a badass…” -160

Times author said someone or thing, was badass or awesome- 25

Times author swore- 186

Times one character flipped off another character- 18

Number of times I was thrown for a loop and had no idea what would happen- 0

I was very disappointed with this book. You know I felt that the first book was okay, and that it was the new ideas the author brought to the table that had me reading more. This book was sloppy, predictable, and the main character is annoying.  She spends most of her time talking about how great she is. Then she walks right into a trap that you can see from a mile away. On top of all of that, we got to have some of these “gems”.

“Despite my shitted off stance…”
*source Dragon Mystics by Jaymin Eve page 24

Her what stance?

“And all of them appeared to be distrustful and suspicion.”
* source Dragon Mystics by Jaymin Eve page 55

You mean suspicious?

We also get several hand fulls of words that need an “s” or are past tense when they should be present. Oh, and I cannot forget that the characters that flip-flop on their personality when it is conviant for them to do so.

Allow me to jump back to the swearing number. If you have read my blog for a while, then you know I have no problems with swearing in writing. I have a problem with it when it is used as a crutch. When it keeps an author from having to dig deeper for words to describe something or someone. This was the problem for this book. One of the characters (who I might add is talked about but is not in this book and only in one scene in the first book) is described as Jessa’s BEF (bitch enemy friend). The creativity is dead in this book. It was a bummer.

I stopped reading 88% of the way in. I could not take anymore of the terrible writing.

That is all for today.

Be free and keep reading!

Ta, ta.

At any time if you think, “Hey, Astrid, you should do a post on [fill in the blank].” Send me an email to penname.books@gmail.com or comment below.

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Writing Prompt Wednesday

Hello, Everyone!

One announcement before we head into our writing prompt. I Will be changing up my posting schedule a bit. I noticed that a lot of people do blog posts on Mondays, and I do not want to get lost in the crowd. So I will be posting book reviews on Tuesdays and writing prompts will still be Wednesday or Thursday. Now on to our writing prompt.

Writing Prompt: Write a myth about what the eclipse means.

Eclipse to Death

The day the glorious light hides is a day that the silly humans find to be an entertaining one. In truth, it is not. I am what the humans call, alien. On my planet we have created peace. No one has to work, and those that want to can study the sky above us.

I, along with thirty others, have been implanted here on Zictar, or as you call it, Earth. After studying the people, lands, and history of Zictar we believe this “eclipse” the humans are so fond of is actually my race trying to tell us that something is wrong. There is something on my planet and that we must be heading back to Laki. My comrades and I are worried that we will not reach home in time to help.

So all of you celebrate all you want, but we will mourn the possible losses we are about to find.

 

That is all for today.

Be free and keep reading!

Ta, ta.

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Book Review (Dragon Marked by Jaymin Eve)

Hello, Everyone!

This is the first book in a series. Any who read regularly knows that I like to review a whole series in one post, but I did not have time to finish the series. So, I will be splitting this one up a bit. Sorry about that.

Dragon Marked by Jaymin Eve

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Astrid’s Description: Yet another in your face alpha wolf story. She is a badass that only hangs out with the Compasses boys. They are quadruplets who as strong and wanted by every girl. Though they will have sex with most girls they meet, only Jessa, the alpha wolf, is in their hearts. She is part of their pack and she loves it. Things get a little challenging when Jessa learns some major secrets about herself. it causes problems with her relationships and is a pushing force for her to do something stupid.

 

I liked this story enough to read the next one, but there are problems with it. First off, Jessa is one of those people that talks about how awesome she is and what not. I kind of hate those characters, they get annoying. Though the rest of her characteristics are not too bad. I was also bothered by the fact that she was treated like an invalid by the Quads (those boys in her pack) She could be seen as a much stronger character if the author would SHOW us how strong Jessa is and not have Jessa tells us how awesome she is.

Other than those things, I did not mind the story. It was different than other shifter books I have read. That ability to bring something new to a table that is written about often is what drove me to read the next book in the series. I hope that she is able to keep my interest.

This book is currently part of the Kindle Unlimited Program. You can download the e-book and the audiobook.

 

That is all for today.

Be free and keep reading!

Ta, ta.

At any time if you think, “Hey, Astrid, you should do a post on [fill in the blank].” Send me an email to penname.books@gmail.com or comment below.

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