Introducing: The Spellbinder’s Mark by Alison Pensy

This week is a week for cover reveals!  Check out this new beauty: The Spellbinder’s Mark from Alison Pensy! Runes!

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Kat had spent much of her life trying to fit in and be normal, the gift she possessed made her attempt to do so all the more challenging.

Abandoned as a baby, she often wondered about the strange scars on her back, wondered about the kind of person who would do such a thing to a defenseless infant. But when she barely escapes being mutilated for them, Kat has to consider there may be more to the marks than just horrific abuse.

Scared and on the run, she has no other choice than to accept the help of a man she knows she can’t trust. When he pulls her into a world she did not know existed, Kat has to question whether or not she made the right decision.

Set in the same world as the popular Custodian Novels series, this book can be read as a standalone novel or as a compliment to the original series with many of the beloved characters making an appearance.

This book contains mild sexual situations and language. Suitable for 16+

Book release date – March 30th, 2015

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Cover Reveal & Giveaway! FINAL DEATH by Rose Garcia

I am pleased to be able to share with you the cover of FINAL DEATH, book 3 in the The Transhuman Chronicles series!

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FINAL DEATH, the 3rd book in the series is coming April 2015!

About the book:

Dominique has conquered the evil within her, only to find her one true love now has to kill her. Desperate to save her friends and loved ones from sharing her fate, Dominique ditches her companions in an effort to protect them. With Trent left for dead in the past, she has no idea that Infiniti and Fleet have banded together, facing their own adversity as they struggle to find her.

Sure of nothing, and trusting someone from first life who promises to be on her side, Dominique decides to set out on her own mission: kill before being killed. With time running out and her friends in hot pursuit, Dominique is hell bent on finishing what was started nine lives ago. Or finally face her final death.

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About the Author:

5dc0e4d9041e0ad8986c1c.L._V142798419_SX200_Rose Garcia is a lawyer turned writer who’s always been fascinated by science fiction and fantasy. From a very young age, she often had her nose buried in books about other-worlds, fantastical creatures, and life and death situations. More recently she’s been intrigued by a blend of science fiction and reality, and the idea that some supernatural events are, indeed, very real. Fueled by her imagination, she created The Transhuman Chronicles–a series of books about people who have overcome human limitations.

Rose lives in Houston with her husband and two kids. You can visit Rose at www.rosegarciabooks.com

Perfectionism is a Myth #IWSG

It’s time again for the Insecure Writer’s Support Group, the purpose of which is to share your own writerly insecurities, offer guidance, and encourage others in the wonderful online writing community we’re in. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds! This wonderful project is brought to you by Alex J. Cavanaugh and co-hosted this month by Gwen Gardner, Dolorah, Sarah Foster, and M. Pax! 

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Advice.  

Perfectionism.

This is what you should do. 

In order to be successful you must…

There is so much advice out there in the world, and in the writing world in particular, about how to do it all right. It’s so easy to get caught up in all the how-to’s, must-do’s, and best practices that need to happen in order to make everything perfect. As if there were only one way. As if there were a right path. If you made a list of all the things you “should be doing” in order to find success and make it all perfect, it’d be a mile long, and growing daily!

At the root of this issue is a desire to do your best, to get your best work out there. And that’s a good thing. Last year, I found myself in the throes of this. I was struggling with all these internal battles about how make my book the best it can be, how to plan the perfect launch, how to sell a million copies and take over the internet.

But while fighting for time to get all my ducks in a row and trying to make everything go exactly right, I felt totally out of sorts. I was forcing it. I couldn’t get my head around all of the things I had to get done and found the whole process of writing and publishing and marketing to be completely overwhelming. I am usually pretty mindful of letting things happen organically. But somehow I found myself tangled in this crazy cloud of “should be doing” that was making me nuts. Then I had a conversation with a friend of mine about her website and things changed. Oddly, it was something I’d known all along.

Back in the day when I was a graphic and web designer, I’d meet with clients to discuss their new website and their business and their plans. I’d consult on marketing, and help them develop a plan to transition. So when a friend asked for help with this stuff, I put on my consulting hat and helped them see things more clearly. One thing I almost always tell someone when they seem overwhelmed by launching a new website (and it happens a lot, that feeling of being overwhelmed) is:

Start where you are. 

Don’t worry about getting it all perfect from the launch. It’s enough to design the site, let alone fill it with new content and develop relationships in your community to help broaden your reach. You don’t need to wait until you have all the pieces in place. Why not start where you are and build from there? The beauty of this is that it’s all fluid and you can build and learn as you go.

Start where you are. 

Then I realized this applied to me, too. It applies to most situations. When I let that sink in to my own feelings of overwhelm, those feelings fell away. I was instantly in a different frame of mind. Suddenly had permission to step back, to do what’s working, and move forward without this pressure. Granted, all the things that needed to happen still had to happen, but my mindset was changed. I’d turned off that ticking mental time bomb.

Talk about liberating.

This morning, as I was juggling life and writing and schedules and plans. I reminded myself to take a step back and take stock of the things that are not done, things that I haven’t started, and things I totally forgot to do. I sat for a few minutes and updated my to do list and allowed myself to breathe. It will never be perfect. Ever. In fact, I think we need to do away with the idea of perfect. Perfectionism is a myth. But if I give myself permission to start where I am, if I allow myself that… I feel like I’m already ahead.

So, to anyone out there who is feeling overwhelmed, to those of you out there who struggle with perfectionism, I offer this:

Start where you are.

Do you struggle with perfectionism? How do you cope when you’re feeling overwhelmed?