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Ode to Love

Deep Love

While chatting with a friend of mine, the subject of love came up. Don’t ask why, but it did. I pride myself with my art of the written word. The same cannot be said with verbalizing my thoughts. I blanked. Utterly and completely lost my brain. It was frustrating and awkward as hell for me. I mean, seriously, I write for (part of) a living. How could I not put a sentence together about how my first real boyfriend got into my brain? It’s simple, really. Love.

Those four letters send me into a bundle of knots. Why? Because I haven’t had the best of luck when it comes to the subject. But back to the original question: How did that guy get in my head/heart all those years ago? Of course, I went with the obvious things I could remember about my high school love. He was a musician who wrote me songs; he accepted me for me; he made me feel wanted; he had a rockin’…er…body (among other things); and when I met his eyes, I felt at home.

I’m happy to say my definition of love has expanded from what my 17yr old brain thought love was. I know you were worried there for a minute. Now, 11 years later, I can see exactly why I fell in love with him. But only after wallowing in how mute I become when the love subject arises, naturally. I’m a writer. I never proclaimed to be good at on the spot questions unless I’m acting at the theater but that’s a whole other blog post we’ll get to another day.

Love comes in different shapes, sizes, and depths. I’ve learned a lot since my first love experience. I posted a link on my Instagram this morning that perfectly describes how I love. I couldn’t come up with the words yesterday during my friendly conversation because… dur… I like to think over responses before I say them. Must be a writer/introvert thing about me. Anyway, I love deep. So deep that it hurts. As you can guess, a heartbreak with deep love is even worse. Sometimes, I hate how I love because I’ve had to learn to box that love away in fear of exposing the power once more. The sad reality is too many use and abuse the love.

I’ll try not to get too metaphorical here, but imagine a castle with a dragon. As per the fairy tale, I’m the queen (Yes, queen. I don’t need a man to rule) inside. In the beginning, the dragon is just a sprite and drawbridge is down. As time progresses and heartache intensifies, the dragon  grows larger and additional walls are built to protect the queen because each man she dares to love steals little pieces of her heart when they leave. It’s a fortress now with an enormous dragon and deadly moat.

So, to answer my friend’s question of how did that guy got my heart and head, I can honestly say it’s because I had rose-colored glasses when it came to what I thought love should be. Love isn’t a guy singing in your voicemail or even a kiss that makes your toes curl. They may be facets that show bits of love, but shallow acts aren’t love. For me, love is accepting someone (as screwed up as they may be) and continuously choosing them. Looks fade, love shouldn’t.

I’m a deep lover. I don’t want to fall in love because I’m afraid of what will happen if/when love fails. I do a lot of divorce law for my day job, but I’ve been jaded by this for a while. Still, I crave love. A deep love like I can offer. It’s the fear of losing that deep love and another chunk of my heart that keeps me from falling. The heart tattoo on my shoulder may look like a tribal thing, but it wasn’t meant to be one. It shows the divots of heartbreak. No matter how one might try to push the pieces back in place, it’s a tattoo just like it’s heartache. You can’t put it back together. You can only hope to find a love that will help fill in the cracks others made.

Maybe, just maybe, there’s a guy out there who can befriend the dragon outside the kick-ass castle. Maybe, he’s patient and won’t give up when feelings are deflected. And maybe, I’ll realize that some guys are worth the pain. I don’t need a prince charming. I can write one of those any day. I’ll take a flawed man with a genuine heart.

Want to know about deep love? Check out this article.

https://thoughtcatalog.com/bianca-sparacino/2017/04/let-me-tell-you-about-people-who-love-deeply/

All right, so this is probably the most personal and open blog post I’ve written here. I’ll be sure to post something light next 😉

Enjoy your weekend.

*Tessa*

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Book Review: Valentina by Cristina Hodgson

Okay, so I have to post a review on this book because I’m obsessed with Chantelle Rose.

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“There’s beautiful…and then there’s you, Chantelle Rose.”

That line is my absolute favorite in this book. A brilliant sequel to add to Cristina’s successes! I read the story in one sitting because it’s THAT good. Chantelle is on journey and wow it takes her everywhere. I’m so happy with how the story unfolded and the man she ends up with because otherwise there’d be a revolt 😉 Looking forward to the third installment to this series. More Chantelle, more Robbie, and much more mystery!

I’d been in a bit of a book slump lately. I’m happy to say, Chantelle brought me out of it. Note, you MUST read book 1, A Little of Chantelle Rose first otherwise you’ll be lost on this story.

So, check out both books in the Chantelle Rose series today. You won’t regret it.

 

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Spring in Iowa

It’s been a little time since we last spoke. I’ve been holing away trying to write the sequel to Assassin By Day. So far, I’m at ~40k words. Yeah, not the greatest given the time-frame, but I’ve been working on other projects as well. Seeing how I put a June deadline to submit on myself, I better start moving on it.

Supposedly, it’s Spring in Iowa. Not buying that line since it snowed yesterday and the windchill is 9F at the moment. I guess that’s all part of living in the Midwest. Ironically, this weird weather kind of makes sense with how I’ve been feeling about writing. Some days, my pen is hot and I’m a writing fool. Other days, I struggle to form words.

At times, it’s downright impossible to get into the writing mode. I’m sure other authors would agree with me. Between day job, mom life, and the rest of life, my stories get put on the back burner. Well, no more. I don’t do resolutions–because they don’t work for me– but it’s mega important to carve out time for my stories.

Now, maybe that I’ve said this, my fingers will fly over the keyboard and my publisher will have the manuscript by May. Fingers crossed 😉

P.S. The working title for my sequel is Catalyst at Night.

~Tessa

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Never Judge a Cocktail Bar by its Cover

Hello, lovelies! Today, we have a guest author post by Isabella May. Check it out!

Cocktail Bar

Thank you so much, Tessa, for inviting me to appear on your blog today. I’ve written a fair few articles now about my brand new novel, The Cocktail Bar, but there is one subject that my main character, River Jackson, is desperate (with a capital D) to set the record straight about…

Not every cocktail bar is comprised of an alphabetical list from ‘Between the Sheets’ to the ‘Screaming Orgasm’!

In fact, you’ll find neither for sale in River’s bar which takes pride of place (at least in the fictional world… and my head) in Glastonbury’s High Street; the most mystical town in the UK.

Why? Because River likes to think he does things differently, and with a little finesse. He’s recently moved back to the town of his roots (and a whole variety of animosity) after a decade on the road touring every dot on the globe with his band, Avalonia. And he’s collated one epic scrapbook full of recipes to coax the locals away from their cider and in the direction of the Frisky Bison/Pisco Sour/Little Tickle.

Oh, and if you’re after the drabness of the Daiquiri… you’ll only find it in watermelon. Strawberry is sooo yesterday.

River doesn’t do Happy Hour either – well, he does; he just doesn’t advertise it. The last thing he wants is to attract the teenagers and their incessant squeals as they attempt to order, well, Sex on the Beach.

Finally, River will only ever serve you two cocktails of an evening. In his approximate words, the cocktail is to be savoured, not devoured. You wouldn’t eat a three course meal during a production of The Phantom of The Opera at the theatre; in the same way, you’ll never get him serving up more than two cocktails of an evening in his bar.

  1. Then there’s the small matter of the magical Mexican elixir he’s been bestowed with courtesy of a wise and spiritual sage named Mercedes who he ‘just happened’ to bump into while he was hitchhiking from Guadalajara to Tequila. It’s going to change the lives of the first three customers who order it, don’t you know?

One thing is for sure: If you think you’ve experienced it all when it comes to cocktail bars… River Jackson’s take on mixology will leave you shaken AND stirred!

 

And if this has whet your appetite to find out more about the unconventional tipples that appear in River’s Somerset-based bar – and Mercedes’ very important contribution to it, here’s the blurb for the book:

Rock star, River Jackson, is back in his hometown of Glastonbury to open a cocktail bar… and the locals aren’t impressed.

Seductive Georgina is proving too hot to handle; band mate, Angelic Alice, is messing with his heart and his head; his mum is a hippie-dippy liability; his school friends have resorted to violence – oh, and his band manager, Lennie, AND the media are on his trail.

But River is armed with a magical Mexican elixir which will change the lives of the Three Chosen Ones. Once the Mexican wave of joy takes a hold of the town, he’s glad he didn’t lose his proverbial bottle.

Pity he hasn’t taken better care of the real one…

http://myBook.to/thecocktailbar  – universal Amazon buying link

 

Bio:

Isabella May lives in (mostly) sunny Andalucia, Spain with her husband, daughter and son, creatively inspired by the sea and the mountains. When she isn’t having her cake and eating it, sampling a new cocktail on the beach, or ferrying her children to and from after school activities, she can usually be found writing.

As a co-founder and a former contributing writer for the popular online women’s magazine, The Glass House Girls – www.theglasshousegirls.com – she has also been lucky enough to subject the digital world to her other favourite pastimes, travel, the Law of Attraction, and Prince (The Purple One).

Isabella

 

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Author Q&A-Heidi Catherine

Happy New Year!! Hope your holiday season was fabulous. I’m here today with a brilliant author, Heidi Catherine, who is going to chat for a few minutes about her upcoming release with Crooked Cat Publishing. Just look at this cover! It’s gorgeous.

Final Cover Soulweaver

Okay, now that we’ve successfully ogled the cover, let’s get to some Q&A’s. 

  1. What was the first book that made you cry?

I haven’t thought about this book for years! What a fantastic question. It was an old book, called A Time to Love, A Time to Mourn by Paige Dixon, and was about an eighteen-year-old boy with a terminal disease. I read it a few times as a teenager and was fascinated with the way it would make me cry. I’d be interested to read it again now to see if it still has that kind of impact on me. I’m guessing it probably would. The older I get, the more I seem to cry over books!

  1. If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?

I’d be tempted to tell myself to write the story I’d love to read, but then I wouldn’t end up writing all those failed manuscripts that turned out to be my best learning experience ever. So instead I would tell myself to be patient and hold onto the belief that everything happens for a reason. As much as I wanted to get published years ago, it wouldn’t have been the right time for me. Right now is so perfect. My kids are at a good age, where I can really focus on what I’m doing and I feel that I have enough life experience behind me to give my writing some depth.

  1. How do you select the names of your characters?

Usually the name just comes to me, but if I’m having trouble, then I’ll either trawl through baby naming websites, or I’ll go for a walk and ask the character to tell me their name—sounds a little kooky, but it often works! In The Soulweaver, my main character is a girl named Hannah, which I chose because it’s soft and pretty, which suits her. But when I chose the name of her soulmate, who she’s been connected to for hundreds of lifetimes, I decided to go with another name that is a palindrome (spelled the same backwards as forwards). So I went with Reinier. Although, this is never explained in the book and was done purely for my own entertainment!

  1. How long on average does it take you to write a book?

Usually six months from the initial brainstorm to a draft that I’m happy with. But of course sometimes it happens much faster than this and other times it takes much longer. I have some manuscripts that have been sitting on my computer for years and I’m still not happy with them. One manuscript I’ve been tinkering with for twenty years, which is a little embarrassing!

  1. Where did you get your inspiration for this book?

I was a very curious child and one day I asked my mother what would happen if a widow remarried, only to one day find herself in heaven with two husbands. My quick-thinking mother told me that in heaven there’s no jealousy, only pure love. I really liked that answer (and I still do!) and over the years I thought about this a lot. This was my inspiration for writing The Soulweaver. I wanted to put my main character into the position where she has two men that her soul has loved in different times and she has to choose between them.

  1. What did you enjoy most about writing this book?

I loved the way it transported me to another world. We were renovating our house at the time and one day the builder interrupted me to ask me a question. He laughed and remarked that when I’m on my laptop I seem to be in another world. He was so right! It would take me a few seconds to realise someone was talking to me and be able to pull my brain out of my Soulweaver world and back into the real world. It’s the same sort of feeling as when you’re reading a really good book. It’s very addictive!

  1. Do you have any more books coming out in the next year?

I hope so! I’ve written Book 2 and Book 3 of The Soulweaver series and I’d love for them to be released next year. I’ve also just released a prequel novelette for The Soulweaver, which is called The Moonchild and is available on Amazon for free.

Thank you so much for stopping by, Heidi. Congrats once again. I look forward to reading all the books in The Soulweaver series. Below are the links and blurb for Heidi’s book. Be sure to Share with your friends/family/crazy strangers on social media 😉

Blurb & Buy Links:

The Soulweaver by Heidi Catherine

She’s loved and lost him a hundred times across a thousand years. She can’t bear to lose him again.

Lin’s dreams are haunted by faces of people she’s never met. Unable to shake the feeling she’s lived before, she’s drawn to Reinier—a stranger whose soul is heartbreakingly familiar from a time gone by.

Reinier helps Lin unravel the mystery of her past life as Hannah, a girl who sacrificed herself for her true love, Matthew. As Lin falls hopelessly in love with Reinier, her memories of her life as Hannah sharpen and she finds herself unable to let go of Matthew.

With her heart torn in two, Lin must decide whether she should stand by Reinier’s side or track down Matthew and fight for his love. What she doesn’t know is that her decision will ripple across our troubled planet, affecting far more lives than just her own.

Winner of Romance Writers of Australia’s Emerald Pro award, The Soulweaver is a story that will change the way you see the world.

The Soulweaver order link – myBook.to/thesoulweaver 

The Moonchild FREE prequel order link – mybook.to/themoonchild

Want to be a friendly stalker? Check out Heidi’s links:

Website – www.heidicatherine.com

Amazon author page – http://www.amazon.com/author/heidicatherine

 Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/HeidiCatherineAuthor

 Twitter – @heidicatherine

Instagram – http://www.instagram.com/heidicatherine

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Nifty November

It’s Monday again. But hey, it’s November and that means it’s my birthday month. Whoop whoop! Anyone out there participating in NaNoWriMo? I’m (technically) not this year. I’m nearly done with the first draft of Mishka’s sequel. My goal is to have it out in 2018 sometime. I’ll keep you updated.

Good news, I had my first book signing this last weekend at Plot Twist Bookstore in Ankeny, Iowa. Great news, I sold out! Always a good feeling for an Indie author. I believe the bookstore will have a couple copies in case you missed me.

I’ll finish up by posting two new 5 star reviews for Assassin By Day. If you’ve read it, don’t forget to post a review to Amazon and/or Goodreads. It helps us out, believe me.

VINE VOICEon October 29, 2017
Format: Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Complex plot and terrific pacing that kept me guessing all the way through this romance. Felt real suspense as I became invested in Mischka’s quest to uncover secrets about her past and her mother’s death. And the men her in life, new and old…tugged at my heart too.
on October 31, 2017
Format: Kindle Edition
Mischka’s mission to find out things kept in her past was gripping. And the men the story keep you interested in the story more. Compelling, and intriguing plot. Good book.
If you still need to download your e-book copy or paperback, here are the links.
mybook.to/assassinday
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Q&A with Isabella May

Isabella May is incredible. Don’t believe me? Check out this blurb about her upcoming book Oh! What a Pavlova:

Kate Clothier is leading a double life: a successful jet-setting businesswoman to the outside world, but behind closed doors, life with Daniel and his volcanic temper is anything but rosy.


Some days – heck, make that EVERY day – cake is her only salvation. 


Slowly but surely, the cities she visits – and the men she meets – help her to realise there IS a better future.

And the ley lines of Glastonbury are certainly doing their best to impart their mystical wisdom…

But will she escape before it’s too late?

Wow! That sounds intense and is already downloaded to my Kindle. I absolutely love the name too 🙂

Link: myBook.to/pavlova

Isabella and I sat down for a little fun Q&A. Here’s a snippet of our conversation:

1. What was the first book that made you cry?

Isabella: Watership Down. I had two pet rabbits – Candy and Floss – at the time, and even now I can’t think about the story for too long before tears begin to prick at my eyes… seriously.

2: What is your writing Kryptonite?

Isabella: Coffee – just the one, but coffee!

3. If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?

Isabella: Jot everything down! I only seriously started to brainstorm book ideas ten years ago. Think how many great ideas we lose simply because we didn’t have the self-belief to record them!

4. How did publishing your first book change your process of writing?

Isabella: I have much more of the above word nowadays: self-belief. I also write faster (not in a ‘churning them out’ kind of way… I hope), I think we learn how not to write a book through writing and re-writing our first book. I was stunned to have written my second novel in a matter of months, but the words flowed, the inspiration never lost its momentum and I just went with that, trusting it would turn into something that equated a novel.

5. How do you select the names of your characters?

Isabella: I try to bear in mind the age and the era of both the characters and setting. That’s important credibility-wise. I also try not to have characters appearing in the same scenes with names starting with the same letter… or names that rhyme… It may sound a little pedantic, but, as a reader these are the first things I pick up on in novels and they do have a tendency to bug throughout the book and even confuse. If you have a James and a Jack in the same chapter – along with a Sara and a Savanna – it can become tricky to remember who is in a relationship with who!

6. How long on average does it take you to write a book?

Isabella: I’ve gone from around seven years for ‘Oh! What a Pavlova’, to nine months for my second novel, The Cocktail Bar. I guess I will know the real answer to that when I have written book three.

7. Where did you get your inspiration for this book?

Isabella: I had a burning desire to dispel the myth that a violent relationship is violent all the time: it’s not always the case. I also wanted to create a story which showed that the victim of domestic violence often lives two (or even three or more) very different lives. Behind closed doors is one thing, but often the Shiny Happy side of that very same person in the work place/with friends or family/in the public eye can be 180 degrees different. This separate life is very often their coping mechanism. In Kate Clothier’s case (she’s the protagonist in my novel), her outer life involves much comedy, cake and travel. Yes, it’s a huge contrast but without that distraction to keep her somewhat level-headed, she’d probably be dead.

8. Do you have any more books coming out in the next year?

Isabella: Not this year… however on February 13th 2018, The Cocktail Bar will be published. I am super excited about this one, having written it in a much shorter period of time. It’s another foodie/drinkie, comedic, spiritual, travel-based read packed full of jump-off-the-page characters. Once more, it’s set in the mystical town of Glastonbury, UK, but the main character, River Jackson (ex rocker of the indie band, Avalonia), travels to Tequila, Mexico and Prague too. There’s a love triangle, the Mean Girl from hell, loads of exotic cocktails, a magical Mexican elixir that goes AWOL, a fall out between two sisters over the artist, Sting… and a whole heap of ‘miracles’.

9. If you could spend the day with one author (living or dead), who would it be and why?

Isabella: Just one? I am going to say Paulo Coehlo then. And I would eke out every ounce of spiritual wisdom from him (as well as his secrets to being so flippin’ successful as a writer).

10. What genre do you enjoy reading?

Isabella: Lots! My own writing crosses genres and so my reading trends follow suit. At the moment I am reading a cosy crime mystery novel – which is very unusual for me as I hardly ever dip into this genre – but I am actually really enjoying it! I love contemporary fiction, literary fiction, good romcom and chicklit now and then too… but just because it’s a lighter read, it does need to be really well written and unpredictable. I also love tales with a spiritual thread and uplifting non-fiction. I’m a huge Hay House fan. And I love nothing better than to curl up with one of Nigella Lawson’s cookbooks, which is like a novel in itself!

11. What genre do you write and why?

Isabella: The easiest way to give my genre a label is to call it contemporary fiction. In reality my current novel straddles contemporary, domestic noir, comedy, a hint of chicklit and even, at times, a hint of the literary. ‘Oh! What a Pavlova’ could also be classed as a Mind Body Spirit read too… or travel fiction. I’m one of those irksome authors who just loves to break the rules…

12. What did you enjoy most about writing this book?

Isabella: The endless hours of creativity stretching before me with a coffee in hand!

13. Is writing your full time job or do you moonlight?

Isabella: Writing is my full-time (part-time) job. I am lucky in many respects to be able to say that. However, my kids go to Spanish school which not only finishes at 2pm each day… but they also have a whopping 11 week vacation in the summer. And then of course, when you consider the amount of marketing all authors have to do to be half successful nowadays, I don’t think any of us have the luxury of calling writing a full-time job any longer.

14. If you suddenly became famous overnight because of your books, what is the first thing you would do?

Isabella: Shake up the publishing industry by organising a great strike until all writers are paid/paid properly, and recognised entirely for their craft! Publishers (and here, of course, I am not talking about mine!) offering laughable royalty fees would be a thing of the past. This would also have the fantastic ripple effect of *hopefully* sending many a ‘celeb’ author on a much-needed writing course/into early writing retirement, because their ghostwriter ‘counterparts’ would be taking much more of their hard-earned glory on the front cover of their work, leading to more room on the shelves for the rest of us.

Amazing chat! Thanks for coming, Isabella. Want more from this special lady? Here’s how to get in touch.

Author Bio:

Isabella May lives in (mostly) sunny Andalucia, Spain with her husband, daughter and son, creatively inspired by the sea and the mountains. When she isn’t having her cake and eating it, sampling a new cocktail on the beach, or ferrying her children to and from after school activities, she can usually be found writing.

As a Co-founder and a former contributing writer for the popular online women’s magazine, The Glass House Girls – www.theglasshousegirls.com – she has also been lucky enough to subject the digital world to her other favourite pastimes, travel, the Law of Attraction, and Prince (The Purple One).

She has recently become a Book Fairy, and is having lots of fun with her imaginative ‘drops’!

Oh! What a Pavlova is her debut novel… and her second novel has already been submitted to her publishers: watch this space…

You can follow Isabella May on her website and social media here:

www.isabellamayauthor.com

Twitter – @IsabellaMayBks

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/IsabellaMayAuthor/

Instagram – @isabella_may_author

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5 Star Review

Okay, so if you weren’t at my online release party, I want to reiterate how important reviews are to authors. If you were there, this is just a repeat, so excuse the redundancy.

Every single review helps Amazon decide which author books to promote to potential readers AND helps move me up the bestseller lists.

Your review doesn’t need to be long, so a one-liner, paragraph or even a ‘Awesome-sauce story’ works for me!

If you loan the book out or borrow it from a friend, you BOTH can (and should) leave a review! It’s the best gift you could give an author (besides buying the book).

Leave your review here – mybook.to/assassinday

For Goodreads: Just copy and paste it over here – https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36066265-assassin-by-day

Now, on to my 1st 5-star review. Eeek! Thank you so much! Love it!

*****A racy, pacey thriller of a read! This is such a different book and besides Tessa Robertson’s exquisite and very clever use of language, what I most love is the lead female breaks all the rules! So refreshing. I was unable to put this story down. Definitely a writer to watch…*****

Can’t wait to read more of the reviews that come in. 🙂

Leave your review here – http://books2read.com/fate

For Goodreads: Just copy and paste it over here – www.goodreads.com/book/show/34862225-appointed-by-fate

❤ Tessa ❤

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Release Party!

Assassin By Day is LIVE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Commence dancing like a fool because I’m stoked!!!!!!

If you didn’t already know, I’m hosting a Facebook party pretty much ALL day long and I’m giving away prizes 🙂 🙂 🙂

Check out the ‘Events’ tab to join the party: https://www.facebook.com/authoringtessarobertson/

 

On another note: OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Okay, I think that’s all for now.