Read ORACLE – London Olympics Crime Thriller

Read ORACLE – London Olympics Crime Thriller

I’m excited to be a part of the blog buzz announcing Oracle’s release! Congratulations J.C. Martin! Check back here during her fabulous blog tour when we have a little Q and A later this month. For now, please go check out her book:

About Oracle:

With London gearing up to host the Olympics, the city doesn’t need a serial killer stalking the streets, but they’ve got one anyway.

Leaving a trail of brutal and bizarre murders, the police force is no closer to finding the latest psychopath than Detective Inspector Kurt Lancer is in finding a solution for his daughter’s disability.

Thrust into the pressure cooker of a high profile case, the struggling single parent is wound tight as he tries to balance care of his own family with the safety of a growing population of potential victims.

One of whom could be his own daughter.

Fingers point in every direction as the public relations nightmare grows, and Lancer’s only answer comes in the form of a single oak leaf left at each crime scene.


About the Author

J.C. Martin is a butt-kicking bookworm: when she isn’t reading or writing, she teaches martial arts and self-defence to adults and children.

After working in pharmaceutical research, then in education as a schoolteacher, she decided to put the following to good use: one, her 2nd degree black belt in Wing Chun kung fu; and two, her overwhelming need to write dark mysteries and gripping thrillers with a psychological slant.

Her short stories have won various prizes and have been published in several anthologies. Oracle is her first novel.

Born and raised in Malaysia, J.C. now lives in south London with her husband and three dogs.

Connect with J.C. Martin: Website | Blog | Twitter | Facebook

Do you schedule your writing?

Do you schedule your writing?

The image here is my little blog calendar. I find it to be both helpful and inspiring when it comes to tracking my blogging. Here it is all loaded up and ready for April’s A-to-Z Challenge. Having done this a couple of years now, I know I work better with a plan. For the A-to-Z, I plot a week in advance so when it comes time to write the posts, I have somewhere to start my thinking. 

Keeping a schedule is also motivating. It’s easy to keep up with the schedule when you’ve got momentum going for you.  Notice I chose to share the snapshot from April… *slides July’s page out of view* 

The same is not true for my writing schedule. Well, I don’t actually have a writing schedule, although I do slate out time almost every day for writing. The funny thing is that it is so hard to actually stick to that time. Why is that?

Everyone has distractions. And mine are not unique: family, working from home at the same desk where writing takes place, feeding people, the internet in general, social life…

I have a quote about writing time that sits right in front of my face daily. Decorated with fun stickers just because:

So, if JK Rowling struggles to protect her writing time, I can’t be alone in this. So, how do you do it?  How do you maintain your writing time?  Are you singing the same dirge along with me? Are you able to sit for every stolen moment or are you like me and require larger blocks of time to get into the groove and really let the juices flow?

This doesn’t take into account those times when you’re just unable to squeeze a single word out of your keyboard. I have a theory about that which I’ll address in a future post.

What say you?

Restart – A Thursday Haiku (and other stuff)

*checks calendar to make sure it is actually Thursday* And yes, I’ve made that mistake before. ;)

Greetings! I always feel this strange angst whenever I step away from my blog, as if there is some dark Minister of Blogging who will come along and smite me for not holding my own. Do you ever feel like that? I blame the Bronx nuns from my Catholic School upbringing for the self-imposed guilt.

I went looking for an image to use for today’s theme “Restart” and discovered that RESTART is actually the name of a pop boy-band out of Brazil. Who knew? Don’t they look like a faux-band made up for a movie? Like the Wiggles meets That Thing You Do? Doesn’t each of them look like a celebrity made up to be a Brazilian boy-band member?

I keep thinking Orlando Bloom for the guy on the left, and Steven Tyler for the dude in the glasses. Right? Can you see it? I have yet to cast the other two young men, suggestions welcome. Although the guy on the right is channeling Sean Penn as Jeff Spicoli at the mo. Anyway… on to today’s Haiku.

Every day. The chance.
Let go. Release heavy past.
Restart. And restart.

I enjoy blogging and LOVE connecting with the blog world, but sometimes this sister needs to take a break. What have I been up to?  Well…

WRITING: I’m trying my damnedest to stick with my schedule and get my edits completed on my novel. This has taken such a long time to complete but I would be remiss if I ignored all the growth and learning that took place over the course of writing and editing this book. I’ve thought about shelving this one so many times, but I can’t let it go yet.

READING: I’m almost done with BLACKBIRDS by Chuck Wendig. If you enjoy his blog, you’re going to love this book. BLACKBIRDS is a can’t-put-down urban fantasy that wastes no words in getting to the dark and bloody meat of young Miriam’s battle with fate and her own psychic demons. One of those books that clings to your brain with long curly talons. The kind that dig in.  Click the links… go get it.

LISTENING: Lately I am on Spotify listening to Strict Joy (live version) by Swell Season. On my list of things to do before I die: Front row for The Frames in Ireland somewhere (if they ever tour again, please tour again!) some day featuring Marketa Irglova for some gems from Swell Season.

Otherwise, around there parts there has been a little camping, pool lounging, nonprofit event making, mountains visiting, calendar unbooking, words with friends playing, drawsome drawing, sporadic tweeting, major decompressing, down hunkering, crystal meditating, yoga contemplating, grindstone nosing, and one night of rather awesome giant moose watching.

What have you been up to this summer?