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How to write a book when you live with your parents

Posted February 19, 2018 by Emily in Events and Features, Guest Post / 0 Comments

By: S. Usher Evans

*** From Emily*** Sush has started an incredible campaign to be debt free by selling books and flipping houses. Her house flipping Instagram is fantastic. (https://www.instagram.com/housesfullofwhit/) Plus she’s prolific author. Demon Spring is her third series but she has books planned out til 2020! She’s the only person I know who has such a concrete plan for her life. I admire her for it so much! Her story is incredible and she’s here today to share with us a little bit about how she makes it work***

Hi, I’m Sush, I’m 31, and I live with my parents. 

No, I’m not your typical millennial. I’m a house-flipping full-time author, and I decided about a year ago to sell my house, move in with my folks temporarily, and then buy and flip houses until I could live without a mortgage plus have a few renters on the side. While I could write a novel on what I learned this year alone with house flipping, today I want to talk about how I was able to complete my latest series, Demon Spring, while living with my folks.

My folks are wonderful people and I am eternally grateful that I was able to live with them so I could position myself into a more debt-free life. However, after living by myself since 2011, having other humans in the house was definitely a change. Writing, for me anyway, has always been something done in private. And not only that, when I’m anxious, I have a hard time focusing (which leads to more anxiety). Living with a retired mom who’s always around has been a challenge.

But it’s not insurmountable. So I’ve listed a few coping mechanisms I’ve developed that helped me stay on track this year.

  1. Noise-canceling Bluetooth headphones

This one kind of goes without saying. The nice thing about Bluetooth headphones is you can get up and walk around with them on. So you don’t get the interruption to your music when you get up to munch.

  1. Classical music

I have ADD (or whatever they’re calling it now), so sometimes, music with lyrics just distracts me further. When I’m feeling especially scattered, I’ll go with some classical music on Pandora. A few months ago, I bought the London Symphony Orchestra’s 50 greatest classical pieces. That way, I can turn off the internet when things get tough, and still have my Carmen.

  1. Have your own space

To make matters more complicated, I work from home. The first thing I did when I moved into my parents’ house was to set up an office. A place with a monitor and keyboard and my stuff where I can plug in my laptop, close the door, and get to work. The dogs, of course, come barging right in. But the space is mine.

  1. Starbucks

There’s something about leaving the house, going to a coffee shop, and plugging in your headphones that knocks all the anxious, unfocused thoughts out of my brain. I wrote probably three quarters of Demon Spring at the Gulf Breeze Starbucks. Find a routine that works for you—and use those free rewards when you get them.

  1. Give yourself a break

Especially if you’re in a temporary space, you have to allow yourself the space to fail. Some days, the anxiety and the noise was too great, and words didn’t get written. Some days, I spent the day holed up in my room with headphones to catch up. The point is: you’ve got this. Just maybe not as perfectly as you envisioned when you came up with this crazy scheme.

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About the Book

How to write a book when you live with your parentsResurgence by S. Usher Evans
Series: Demon Spring #1
Published by Sun's Golden Ray Publishing on February 20th 2018
Genres: Adult, Urban Fantasy
Format: Paperback
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Demon hunter Jack Grenard's life changed three years ago when his wife was brutally murdered by the very demons he'd been hunting. At the urging of his partner Cam Macarro, he's starting a new life in Atlanta, hoping he'll find the man he used to be. But on a routine hunt, they come across a new type of demon--one that saves instead of kills.

Meanwhile, demons across Atlanta are preparing for the quadrennial uprising of their Underworld brethren. Worse yet, there's a rumor the so-called king of the demons, Bael, will appear for the first time in over a century. Jack and Cam must uncover the truth about the mystery woman before all hell--literally--breaks loose.

Resurgence is the first in a new Urban Fantasy trilogy from S. Usher Evans, author of the Madion War Trilogy, Razia, and Lexie Carrigan Chronicles. It will be released by Sun's Golden Ray Publishing in February 2018.

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About the Author

S. Usher Evans is an author, blogger, and witty banter aficionado. Born in Pensacola, Florida, she left the sleepy town behind for the fast-paced world of Washington, D.C.. There, she somehow landed jobs with BBC, Discovery Channel, and National Geographic Television before finally settling into a “real job” as an IT consultant. After a quarter life crisis at age 27, she decided consulting was for the birds and rekindled a childhood passion for writing novels. She sold everything she owned and moved back to Pensacola, where she currently resides with her two dogs, Zoe and Mr. Biscuit.

Evans is the author of the Razia series, Madion War Trilogy, and Empath, published by Sun’s Golden Ray Publishing.

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SST Guest Post: C.V.Wyk’s Book Recommendations 

Posted January 28, 2018 by Emily in Blog Tour, Guest Post / 0 Comments

SST Guest Post: C.V.Wyk's Book Recommendations 

I’m so glad that I can host C.V. Wyk’s book recommendations. There’s no greater compliment than when someone comes back and says that they loved the book I recommended! I love a lot of these, some I haven’t read and a few, well, we will have to agree to disagree. What do you think about C.V Wyk’s favorite books?
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With most things, I think variety is the key when it comes to reading. Everyone has a favorite genre, but reading outside of your comfort zone or preferences is always a good idea, too. Books are the cheapest form of travel, so why not go somewhere you’ve never been? To that end, I’ve broken down my list of books that I think everyone should read by category and genre.

 Fantasy:

This is my personal favorite, so I thought I’d start here. If you prefer the fantasy side of things, I think the Avalon series by Marion Zimmer Bradley and the Sevenwaters series by Juliet Marillier offer rare female-centric narratives as well as magic and folklore. Phillip Pullman’s His Dark Materials is the adventure story you need after finishing The Hobbit, and it’s one of those rare series that crosses sci-fi, fantasy, and MG fiction. More recent favorites of mine are V.E. Schwab’s Shades of Magic series and Neil Gaiman’s Stardust.

Sci-fi:

One incredible element of great sci-fi is allegory. Even stories that are set 10,000 years into the future can be relevant and accessible. A caveat here is that some books can be socially or ethically problematic, especially as they age, but they can still be worth reading. One of my favorite science fiction series is Dune by Frank Herbert (that world-building, I mean, wow). John Scalzi’s Old Man’s War is an incredible book that tackles colonization, militarization, and identity with a clever twist and lots of humor. Others are classics for a reason: Brave New World (Aldous Huxley), Ender’s Game (Orson Scott Card), Starship Troopers (Robert Heinlein), Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (Philip K. Dick), I Am Legend (Richard Matheson). These stories aren’t perfect, and some may even challenge or offend you. But I think they’re worth reading if only to learn more about yourself and how you view the world.

 Historical fiction:

Hands down, The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller, which I’ve been raving about ever since I read it last year. Such an incredible book about one of the oldest historical stories we know. Alice Walker’s The Color Purple is one of those books that you’ll put down and just think about for days and days afterward. Equally important and representational books include Beloved by Toni Morrison, Daughter of Fortune by Isabel Allende, and Night by Elie Wiesel. One of the most interesting historical fictions is Elizabeth Kostova’s The Historian, a massive, genre-mixing tome that is only somewhat about the infamous Count Dracula.

MG & YA:

The usual suspects are here—the Harry Potter series (I read the first book when I was exactly 11 years old), the Chronicles of Narnia, The Giver (Lois Lowry), and The Outsiders (S.E. Hinton). Additionally, Matilda by Roald Dahl became my hero, Speak (Laurie Halse Anderson) was one of the first books I read that spoke about sexual assault amongst teens, and Jacob Have I Loved (Katherine Paterson) is a heartbreaking and uplifting coming-of- age story about two sisters.

 Fiction:

These are books that I’ve loved and hated, that have made me cry and laugh, and that I’ve always remembered even after reading hundreds more. They are all different (the “fiction” genre is a wide one), but I think they all evoke something in the reader, and for that alone, I think they’re worth reading—One Hundred Years of Solitude (Gabriel Garcia Marquez), The Kite Runner (Khaled Hosseini), Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen), Lord of the Flies (William Golding), The Handmaid’s Tale (Margaret Atwood), A Clockwork Orange (Anthony Burgess), and Fight Club (Chuck Palahniuk).
I’m sure there are so many more that I’ve left off, but these books are a start. Some of them will probably make you uncomfortable or even angry (they did for me), but I don’t think that’s so bad. The best books are the ones that not only entertain you but also force you to think and feel, and I think these accomplish that.

About the Author

C.V. Wyk is the author of BLOOD AND SAND, debuting from Tor Teen January 16, 2018. Born and raised in Los Angeles, CA, Wyk has lived in five states in the continental US (and hopes to add a few international locales to that list). Prone to wanderlust and getting lost, Wyk likes to explore local hiking trails, mountain ranges, dark caves where nefarious mythical creatures undoubtedly reside, and libraries. She currently lives in Maryland with a precocious mini poodle and a demanding guinea pig. In her not-so-spare time, she enjoys playing MMORPGs, kayaking, coding, staring listlessly at blank walls, and nursing a totally healthy coffee addiction.

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Nice Try Jane Sinner by Lianne Oelke: Spotlight & Giveaway

Nice Try Jane Sinner by Lianne Oelke: Spotlight & Giveaway

Nice Try, Jane Sinner by Lianne Oelke Published by Clarion Books on January 9th 2018 Genres: Young Adult Pages: 432 Format: Paperback Source: the publisher Buy on Amazon Goodreads The only thing 17-year-old Jane Sinner hates more than failure is pity. After a personal crisis and her subsequent expulsion from high school, she’s going nowhere fast. Jane’s well-meaning parents push her to attend a high school completion program at the nearby Elbow River Community College, and she agrees, on one condition: she gets to move out.   Jane tackles her housing problem by signing up for House of Orange, a student-run reality show that is basically Big Brother, but for Elbow River Students. Living away from home, the chance to win a car (used, but whatever), and a campus full of people who don’t know what she did in high school… what more could she want? Okay, maybe a family that understands why she’d rather turn to Freud than Jesus to make sense of her life, but she’ll settle for fifteen minutes in the proverbial spotlight.   As House of Orange grows from a low-budget web series to a local TV show with fans and shoddy T-shirts, Jane finally has the chance to let her cynical, competitive nature thrive. She’ll use her growing fan base, and whatever Intro to Psychology can teach her, to prove to the world—or at least viewers of substandard TV—that she has what it takes to win. I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does […]

Posted January 21, 2018 by Emily in Blog Tour, Giveaway, Review / 0 Comments
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Review: Society of Wishes by Elise Kova and Lynn Larsh

Review: Society of Wishes by Elise Kova and Lynn Larsh

Society of Wishes by Elise Kova, Lynn Larsh Series: Society of Wishes #1 Published by Silver Wing Press on January 29th 2018 Genres: Urban Fantasy, New Adult Format: ebook Source: the author Buy on Amazon Goodreads First book in the Wish Quartet, a new-adult, urban fantasy series BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR. Josephina Espinosa makes her living as a hacker-for-hire in the Lone Star Republic, a remnant of the fractured U.S.A. That is, until the day she and her best friend are gunned down in a government raid. With her dying breath, Jo uses magical lore passed down from her grandmother to summon a wish-granter. Her wish? To save her friend’s life. Except wishes have costs, and for Jo, the price is the erasure of her entire mortal existence. Now, as the most recent addition to the mysterious Society of Wishes, Jo must form a new “life” alongside the seven other members, one of which being her savior himself. Living as an occupant of the Society’s lavish mansion should be quite the perk, but while it is furnished with everything its inhabitants could possibly need, it lacks one thing—freedom. Her otherworldly identity crisis takes a backseat, however, when Jo learns that the friend she sacrificed everything for is headed down the same path to ruin. Jumping in head-first, Jo uses her newfound magical abilities to protect him, only […]

Posted January 10, 2018 by Emily in Review / 1 Comment
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Nice Try Jane Sinner by Lianne Oelke: Spotlight & Giveaway

Nice Try Jane Sinner by Lianne Oelke: Spotlight & Giveaway

Nice Try, Jane Sinner by Lianne Oelke Published by Clarion Books on January 9th 2018 Genres: Young Adult Pages: 432 Format: Paperback Source: the publisher Buy on Amazon Goodreads The only thing 17-year-old Jane Sinner hates more than failure is pity. After a personal crisis and her subsequent expulsion from high school, she’s going nowhere fast. Jane’s well-meaning parents push her to attend a high school completion program at the nearby Elbow River Community College, and she agrees, on one condition: she gets to move out.   Jane tackles her housing problem by signing up for House of Orange, a student-run reality show that is basically Big Brother, but for Elbow River Students. Living away from home, the chance to win a car (used, but whatever), and a campus full of people who don’t know what she did in high school… what more could she want? Okay, maybe a family that understands why she’d rather turn to Freud than Jesus to make sense of her life, but she’ll settle for fifteen minutes in the proverbial spotlight.   As House of Orange grows from a low-budget web series to a local TV show with fans and shoddy T-shirts, Jane finally has the chance to let her cynical, competitive nature thrive. She’ll use her growing fan base, and whatever Intro to Psychology can teach her, to prove to the world—or at least viewers of substandard TV—that she has what it takes to win. I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does […]

Posted January 1, 2018 by Emily in Blog Tour, Giveaway, Review / 1 Comment
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Cover Reveal: Society of Wishes by Elise Kova and Lynn Larsh

Cover Reveal: Society of Wishes by Elise Kova and Lynn Larsh

I love urban fantasy so I am so excited for this new New Adult novel by Elise Kova and Lynn Larsh! New adult means there is some definite potential for steaminess and Elise is an expert at making me want to cry. The synopsis also has me on pins and needles. Summary BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR. Josephina Espinosa makes her living as a hacker-for-hire in the Lone Star Republic, a remnant of the fractured U.S.A. That is, until the day she and her best friend are gunned down in a government raid. With her dying breath, Jo uses magical lore passed down from her grandmother to summon a wish-granter. Her wish? To save her friend’s life. Except wishes have costs, and for Jo, the price is the erasure of her entire mortal existence. Now, as the most recent addition to the mysterious Society of Wishes, Jo must form a new “life” alongside the seven other members, one of which being her savior himself. Living as an occupant of the Society’s lavish mansion should be quite the perk, but while it is furnished with everything its inhabitants could possibly need, it lacks one thing—freedom. Her otherworldly identity crisis takes a backseat, however, when Jo learns that the friend she sacrificed everything for is headed down the same path to ruin. Jumping in head-first, Jo uses her newfound magical […]

Posted December 14, 2017 by Emily in Events and Features / 1 Comment
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Rockstar Review and GIVEAWAY: Ever the Brave by Erin Summerill

Rockstar Review and GIVEAWAY: Ever the Brave by Erin Summerill

Ever the Brave by Erin Summerill Series: Clash of Kingdoms #2 Published by HMH Books for Young Readers on December 5th 2017 Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult Pages: 464 Format: Paperback Source: Free for Review, the publisher Buy on Amazon Goodreads Ever the Divided. Ever the Feared. Ever the Brave.After saving King Aodren with her newfound Channeler powers, Britta only wants to live a peaceful life in her childhood home. Unfortunately, saving the King has created a tether between them she cannot sever, no matter how much she’d like to, and now he’s insisting on making her a noble lady. And there are those who want to use Britta’s power for evil designs. If Britta cannot find a way to harness her new magical ability, her life—as well as her country—may be lost. The stakes are higher than ever in the sequel to Ever the Hunted, as Britta struggles to protect her kingdom and her heart. I received this book for free from Free for Review, the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.This is a SEQUEL! I reviewed the first book, Ever the Hunted, last December I enjoyed Ever the Brave, but not as much as the original. My old favorite characters were there. I love Britta and Cohen. However, now that Britta has […]

Posted December 4, 2017 by Emily in Blog Tour, Giveaway, Review / 0 Comments
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SST Review: This Mortal Coil by Emily Suvada

SST Review: This Mortal Coil by Emily Suvada

This Mortal Coil by Emily Suvada Series: This Mortal Coil #1 Published by Simon Pulse on November 7th 2017 Genres: Science Fiction, Dystopian Pages: 432 Format: ebook Source: the publisher Buy on Amazon Goodreads Catarina Agatta is a hacker. She can cripple mainframes and crash through firewalls, but that’s not what makes her special. In Cat’s world, people are implanted with technology to recode their DNA, allowing them to change their bodies in any way they want. And Cat happens to be a gene-hacking genius. That’s no surprise, since Cat’s father is Dr. Lachlan Agatta, a legendary geneticist who may be the last hope for defeating a plague that has brought humanity to the brink of extinction. But during the outbreak, Lachlan was kidnapped by a shadowy organization called Cartaxus, leaving Cat to survive the last two years on her own. When a Cartaxus soldier, Cole, arrives with news that her father has been killed, Cat’s instincts tell her it’s just another Cartaxus lie. But Cole also brings a message: before Lachlan died, he managed to create a vaccine, and Cole needs Cat’s help to release it and save the human race. Now Cat must decide who she can trust: The soldier with secrets of his own? The father who made her promise to hide from Cartaxus at all costs? In a world where nature itself can be rewritten, […]

Posted November 19, 2017 by Emily in Blog Tour, Giveaway, Review / 2 Comments
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Rockstar Arc Review: Into the Black by Ava Jae

Rockstar Arc Review: Into the Black by Ava Jae

Into the Black by Ava Jae Series: Beyond The Red #2 Published by Sky Pony Press on November 14th 2017 Genres: Science Fiction, Young Adult Pages: 360 Format: Paperback Source: the publisher Buy on Amazon Goodreads The world ruler is dead, technology foundational to their society destroyed, and Safara is on the brink of collapse. Half-human, half-alien Eros is the rightful heir to the world throne, but before he can return to the capital, he’s abducted by a rebel group of humans who call themselves The Remnant–and won’t release him until he swears to help them overthrow the very government he’s inheriting. With Eros missing, ex-queen Kora is determined to stave off mad grabs for the throne. But as royalty from across the territories flock to the capital, and a new charismatic candidate takes the spotlight, Kora sets off into the desert with a skilled prince-turned-bounty hunter to find Eros before it’s too late for both the future king and his kingdom. I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.YES YES YES YES When I reviewed Beyond the Red last year, I said that the only thing wrong with it was that it was a stand alone novel. I really felt like the story wasn’t finished and […]

Posted November 14, 2017 by Emily in Blog Tour, Giveaway, Review / 0 Comments
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The best & worst about social media with EXPELLED GIVEAWAY

The best & worst about social media with EXPELLED GIVEAWAY

JIMMY Patterson sent me a copy to check out, and is partnering with me for this giveaway! Today I want to offer you the Best and Worst things about social media. It’s a lot to consider, putting yourself out there all the time. BEST You get to meet all the best people! There’s always someone to talk to. It’s fun to know that you are making a difference and helping people find great books. WORST What you put on the internet never ever goes away and it’s important to remember that. Once you put yourself out there, you can’t pull it back and you can’t control it. It can be really scary! That’s a little like what happens in this book, EXPELLED   About the Author James Patterson received the Literarian Award for Outstanding Service to the American Literary Community from the National Book Foundation. He holds the Guinness World Record for the most #1 New York Times bestsellers, including Confessions of a Murder Suspect and the Maximum Ride series, and his books have sold more than 350 million copies worldwide. A tireless champion of the power of books and reading, Patterson created a children’s book imprint, JIMMY Patterson, whose mission is simple: “We want every kid who finishes a JIMMY Book to say, ‘PLEASE GIVE ME ANOTHER BOOK.’” He has donated more than one million books to students and soldiers and funds over […]

Posted October 23, 2017 by Emily in Giveaway / 0 Comments
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