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Inspiration

 

Hello everyone, I hope all is well with you. I hope you all had a Happy Thanksgiving. I know I did. This year was certainly better than last year, that’s for sure. Now it is officially Christmas Season. My favorite holiday, but enough about that, this isn’t a Christmas post…not yet anyway. 🙂

 

I want to talk about Inspiration.

 

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What inspires me to write? There are many things but here are a couple that I’d thought I’d share with you.

The first is a note from a fellow author, who purchased my first book “The Super Spies and the Cat Lady Killer.” She bought it in hopes her reluctant reader would be inspired to read. This is a direct quote:

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“Lisa Orchard is like the best writer EVER” ~according to my daughter, who until recently, never read a book voluntarily. Her next statement was, “You’d better get the rest of the series.”

Yes, ma’am. Going to buy them now! 

Here’s the review they left on Amazon:

My 12 year old daughter says:

I loved this book so much because it was so exciting. All the cool moments in the house were really creepy. It made it feel like the girls were going to come to the end of their road. It was super suspenseful. Please keep writing more books like this!

I say:

My reluctant-reader daughter inhaled this book–twice! She came rushing into the room at least three times an hour with breathless updates on the adventure. Definitely an engaging read for kids who like a little mystery.

This made my week. It just felt so good to inspire someone to read. I immediately began thinking of ideas for the next book in the series, even though I’m in the middle of a new one with new characters. I’ve got a couple of ideas brewing so we’ll see where they go.

My kids also inspire me to write. They’re so proud of my accomplishments. My oldest has read two of the books in the series and he told me they were awesome. I’m hoping by sticking with my writing, they’ll see how the hard work pays off and they’ll learn to follow their own dreams and aspirations.

My boys are learning so many valuable lessons with my writing. Just the other day, I was talking with a friend and she told me about another author who bought enough copies of her own book to get on the New York Times Bestsellers list. She told me this as an idea for marketing.

I relayed this information to my husband and told him that I didn’t think I’d get a big sense of accomplishment if I made it to the list that way. My son was present during the conversation and this was his response.

“Mom, that’s cheating.” He wrinkled his nose and shook his head.

I was cheering inside, while on the outside, I just smiled. My son has an excellent moral compass and it’s so nice to see it. My hubby and I did at least one thing right. 🙂

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So there you have it. Two things that inspire my writing. How about you what inspires you? Leave a comment, I’d love to hear from you!

 

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My TBR and a Quick Thank you!

 

Hello everyone, I hope all is well with you. I don’t know about you guys, but I’m here in the Midwest and we’ve had our first snowfall for the season. My plan for this season is to burrow in and get some reading and writing done. I’m almost done with my WIP and I’ve already got another idea simmering in the recesses of my brain. J

That’s great you say, but what’s on my TBR list?

I thought you’d never ask. 😉

 

Right now I’m reading:

 

“A haunting and mesmerizing story about sisterhood, family, love and loss by literary luminary Edwidge Danticat.

Giselle Boyer and her identical twin, Isabelle, are as close as sisters can be, even as their family seems to be unraveling. Then the Boyers have a tragic encounter that will shatter everyone’s world forever.

Giselle wakes up in the hospital, injured and unable to speak or move. Trapped in the prison of her own body, Giselle must revisit her past in order to understand how the people closest to her — her friends, her parents, and above all, Isabelle, her twin — have shaped and defined her. Will she allow her love for her family and friends to lead her to recovery? Or will she remain lost in a spiral of longing and regret?

Untwine is a spellbinding tale, lyrical and filled with love, mystery, humor, and heartbreak. Award-winning author Edwidge Danticat brings her extraordinary talent to this graceful and unflinching examination of the bonds of friendship, romance, family, the horrors of loss, and the strength we must discover in ourselves when all seems hopeless.”

The next couple of books that I plan to read are:

 

“When all choice is taken from you, life becomes a game of survival.”

Five teenagers from different parts of the country. Three girls. Two guys. Four straight. One gay. Some rich. Some poor. Some from great families. Some with no one at all. All living their lives as best they can, but all searching . . . for freedom, safety, community, family, love. What they don’t expect, though, is all that can happen when those powerful little words, “I love you,” are said for all the wrong reasons. These are five moving stories that remain separate at first, then weave together to tell a larger, more powerful story–a story about making choices, taking leaps of faith, falling down, and growing up. And figuring out what sex and love are all about.

TRICKS is informed and inspired by living near Las Vegas–a big teen prostitution scene–and by the fact that teen prostitution is not exclusively the result of kids running away from abuse. Kids from “better” families are selling themselves for hefty sums in order to finance addictions or even just to buy jewelry or clothing. In some cases, parents prostitute their children for the same reason. So what happens to the kids who are asking themselves, and asking us, “Can I ever feel OK about myself?”

Highly charged, TRICKS is a gripping experience that turns you on and repels you at the same time.

 

Five teens victimized by sex trafficking try to find their way to a new life in this riveting companion to the New York Times bestselling Tricks from Ellen Hopkins, author of Crank.

In her bestselling novel, Tricks, Ellen Hopkins introduced us to five memorable characters tackling these enormous questions: Eden, the preacher’s daughter who turns tricks in Vegas and is helped into a child prostitution rescue; Seth, the gay farm boy disowned by his father who finds himself without money or resources other than his own body; Whitney, the privileged kid coaxed into the life by a pimp and whose dreams are ruined in a heroin haze; Ginger, who runs away from home with her girlfriend and is arrested for soliciting an undercover cop; and Cody, whose gambling habit forces him into the life, but who is shot and left for dead.

And now, in Traffick, these five are faced with the toughest question of all: Is there a way out? How these five teenagers face the aftermath of their decisions and experiences is the soul of this story that exposes the dark, ferocious underbelly of the child trafficking trade. Heartwrenching and hopeful, Traffick takes us on five separate but intertwined journeys through the painful challenges of recovery, rehabilitation, and renewal to forgiveness and love. All the way home.

 

I also wanted to give a huge shout out of Thanks to some great authors, reviewers and bloggers. These people have been very helpful in helping me get the word out about my books and I truly appreciate them!

If you have a few minutes stop by their blogs and say hello and check them out, you’ll be glad you did!

 

Kay Springsteen at https://kayspringsteen.wordpress.com/

Dianne Bylo at http://tometender.blogspot.com/?zx=4587a3ef8ad762a5

Sharon Ledwith at http://sharonledwith.blogspot.com/

Melanie Macladie at http://haveyouheardbookreview.blogspot.com/

Paul Hewitt at http://paulrhewlett.weebly.com/

Sherry Gloag at http://sherrygloagtheheartofromance.blogspot.com/

Iris Blobel at http://iris-b.blogspot.com/

Tara Ellis at http://taraellisauthor.blogspot.com/

Linda Lee at http://www.lrwlee.com/

Tressa at http://www.wishfulendings.com

I’d also like to thank Goddess Fish Promotions. They’ve done an excellent job for me on my blog tour. Here’s their link:

http://goddessfishpromotions.blogspot.com/2015/10/nbtm-starlight-chronicles-by-lisa.html?zx=ccff7e282d9d8b

 

I’m also very excited to be working with Magic of Books Promotions. I’ve got a blog tour scheduled with them for the end of December and I’m already impressed with their work! Here’s the link for them as well:

http://magicofbookspromo.blogspot.com/

 

So there you have it. My TBR List and my thankful list. What are you planning to read over the holidays? What are you thankful for? Leave me a comment, I’d love to hear from you!

 

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A great Christmas Giveaway!

 

 

The Emblazon Kindle Christmas Giveaway began Tuesday, November 17th and ends Tuesday, December 1st. That’s two full weeks for a chance to win your adolescent a new Kindle pre-loaded with over fifty ebooks for your tween. Just visit HERE to enter the Rafflecopter for a chance win this awesome gift for your tween girl or boy!

Over 50 ebooks for your tween! Enter now!

 

 

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Your Health is Everything

Hello everyone, I hope all is well with you. I have to apologize because I haven’t been doing a lot of writing for my blog. I’ve been participating in a blog tour and I’ve been busy with those guest posts and my latest WIP. It’s coming along and I’m almost finished with it. I’ve also just thought of another story I want to write! It so exciting when the creativity is flowing and I struggle to keep up.

If you want to check out the guest posts on my blog tour. The tour dates and stops are listed below. Don’t forget about the giveaway! You can enter and win!

October 27: Independent Authors
November 3: Welcome to My World of Dreams
November 10: The Reading Addict
November 17: Rogues Angels
November 24: BooksChatter
December 1: Lisa Haselton’s Reviews and Interviews
December 8: Archaeolibrarian – I dig good books!
December 15: Cover2Cover 

But enough about that. What I want to talk about today is developing healthy habits, because I believe if you have your health you have everything. For me that means I’m trying to stay away from processed foods. I’ve increased my intake of fruits and vegetables and decreased my intake of carbohydrates and sugar.

In my opinion, sugar is an insidious detriment to our health and it is added to many processed foods. Did you know that sugar has the same effect on our brain as cocaine? This is rather unsettling don’t you think? So I’m trying to stay away from too much sugar. In my research I’ve found that sugar causes inflammation in our bodies and chronic inflammation can cause cancer. Here’s an article about the foods to avoid because they cause inflammation. So you see our diet is very important for our overall health.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/03/21/inflammatory-foods-worst-inflammation_n_2838643.html

I’m also stepping up my exercise routine. I go for hikes through the woods, because I love walking in nature and it relaxes me. I’m back to working with my free weights too, just to increase my overall strength. My bout with cancer has had a negative effect on my muscle tone and I’m trying to get that back.

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Exercise is important even at the cellular level where cancer starts. Our cells perform better when we exercise. They get rid of their own waste better and perform their functions better. In my opinion, exercise increases the efficiency of our body.

Exercise is also a great stress reliever. Stress is another risk factor for poor health. So I’ve also worked into my healthy routine stress relieving activities. One of those is hiking. (I kill two birds with one stone with this one. :))

My other stress relieving activities are my writing 🙂 and reading. Anything that’ll take me away from the stressful situation for a little while has a positive effect on my health.

I also feel that a positive mental attitude is important so I’ve been working hard on dealing with the negativity that can sometimes creep into our daily lives and turning it into something positive. After all, we want to spend as little time as possible wallowing in negative emotions, wouldn’t you agree?

So there you have it. My health regime. What are you doing to stay healthy? Share your ideas, I’d love to hear from you!

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Need some Inspiration? Check out this poem by Max Ehrmann

      Hello everyone, I hope all is well with you! I’m back today and I’m sharing with you one of my all time favorite poems. Sometimes in the noisy confusion of life we become sidetracked. I have this poem on a plaque and whenever I’m feeling out of sorts, it grounds me and inspires me. I thought it might do the same for you! Thanks for stopping by, I hope you enjoy the poem! 🙂
      Desiderata
      By Max Ehrmann
      Go placidly amid the noise and haste,
      and remember what peace there may be in silence.
      As far as possible without surrender
      be on good terms with all persons.
      Speak your truth quietly and clearly
      and listen to others,
      even the dull and the ignorant;
      they too have their story.

Avoid loud and aggressive persons,
they are vexations to the spirit.
If you compare yourself with others,
you may become vain and bitter;
for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.
Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.

Keep interested in your own career, however humble;
it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.
Exercise caution in your business affairs;
for the world is full of trickery.
But let this not blind you to what virtue there is;
many persons strive for high ideals;
and everywhere life is full of heroism.

Be yourself.
Especially, do not feign affection.
Neither be cynical about love;
for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment
it is as perennial as the grass.

Take kindly the counsel of the years,
gracefully surrendering the things of youth.
Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune.
But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings.
Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.
Beyond a wholesome discipline,
be gentle with yourself.

You are a child of the universe,
no less than the trees and the stars;
you have a right to be here.
And whether or not it is clear to you,
no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.

Therefore be at peace with God,
whatever you conceive Him to be,
and whatever your labors and aspirations,
in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul.

With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams,
it is still a beautiful world.
Be cheerful.
Strive to be happy.

Max Ehrmann, Desiderata, Copyright 1952.

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Blog Tour for “The Starlight Chronicles!”

I’m just bumping this up to the front again! This is a great series for your teens and adults like it too! 🙂

Hello everyone! I hope all is well with you! I’m doing a Virtual Tour for “The Starlight Chronicles” and I’m giving away a Ten Dollar Amazon Gift Card to people who enter the rafflecopter! Listed below are the stops and the dates! Stop on by and learn about me and this great new series that I’m proud of! 🙂

TheStarlightChroniclesBox1400x2100Lark Singer is seventeen years old and already on the way to a brilliant music career. But as she and her band, Starlight, gear up for a competition, life seems to be throwing her a few curve balls. The mysteries of her past seem to be unraveling, and she’s no longer certain she wants to know those answers or how knowing about her past will affect her difficult relationship with her mother. And when her best friend, Bean, changes things between them, all her plans for a musical future are placed…

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Please Welcome Tara Ellis!

Hello everyone, I hope all is well with you! I’ve got Tara Ellis here today and she’s sharing her new release with us! Check it out!

Bloodline New Cover high resSixteen-year-old Alex is your average teen who thought she’d be spending the next few years suffering through high school…not saving the world from an alien plague. But when a rare meteor shower unleashes something otherworldly, she finds herself at the center of a five thousand year old conspiracy.

Guided by cryptic clues left from her deceased father, Alex is plunged into a strange world predestined since ancient times. As the mystery unravels, she discovers her bloodline is anything but average.

Pursued by both the people she loves and an unknown enemy, Alex is forced to rely upon her instincts and the help of her friend, Chis and loyal dog, Baxter. Together, they race against time to find a cure. Will Alex have the courage and faith to survive?

About the Author:

 Author Tara Ellis lives in a small, rural town in Washington State, set in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. She enjoys the quiet lifestyle with her husband, two teenage kids and several dogs. Tara was a firefighter/EMT (yes, you read that right) and worked in the medical field for many years, before committing herself to writing young adult and middle grade novels full-time after life threw the MS curve-ball at her. (she still dabbles in teaching CPR)