Introducing…Forged Steel by H.A. Titus!

Today, I’m pleased to help my friend, H.A. Titus, in the reveal of her debut book cover!

Downtown. Coffee shop. 2 AM.

One minute, Josh is firing off sarcastic remarks at his best friend Marc – the next, they’re running from shape-shifters. Apparently, even best friends don’t share all their secrets.

Now Josh is in danger. He can see the monsters among the humans.

When Marc is kidnapped, Josh finds himself pulled into the schemes of the fae courts, and throws in his lot with Marc’s allies: the lovely Larae, a human named David, and the fighter, Eliaster. But what began as a rescue mission becomes something much more involved…

And all Josh wants to do is get out before it’s too late.

Forged Steel coverForged Steel is a new adult urban fantasy by H.A. Titus, releasing on July 17th. It will be available in print (Amazon) and ebook (Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, iBooks, and Scribd) If you’d like a chance to win free books, ask questions, and hear trivia about the writing/publishing of Forged Steel, there will be a Facebook event party on July 17th from 7-9 pm eastern time on the author’s page, H.A. Titus Author.

The first five chapters are available for preview on Wattpad.

GIVEAWAY!

Hey, readers!

Just a quick update to let you know that if you’re a Goodreads member, you can enter a giveaway to win an ARC of The Darby Shaw Chronicles Box Set!

I’m giving away 5 copies now through July 10th. I have a few more copies that I’ll be giving away later this summer or in early fall, so if you don’t win on this round, you can try again! 🙂

 

Goodreads Book Giveaway

The Darby Shaw Chronicles by Liberty Speidel

The Darby Shaw Chronicles

by Liberty Speidel

Giveaway ends July 10, 2015.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

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Page update:

Due to the fact of my son’s bone marrow transplant, this page is in hiatus until further notice. Hopefully, come August or September, things will have calmed down, I’ll be home, and I will be able to give the time and energy necessary for regular or semi-regular page updates. Don’t think I’m not writing–I am–but my energy levels are such that I’m afraid of spreading myself too thin.

Please follow me at my author page: Facebook.com/LibertySpeidel to stay up to date with any writing I do during this time, and please visit my son’s page: Facebook.com/AlexanderSpeidelTransplant where we’ll have updates on how he’s doing.

See you in the autumn!

–Liberty

Six Things I Learned From Looney Tunes

Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck were a core part of my growing up years, just as much as Nancy Drew was.

And, thanks to the magic of VHS tapes (yes, I sadly still own one of these machines), my kids are getting to know the Looney Tunes as well. For some reason, they have an affinity for Elmer Fudd… why, I’m not sure. But, c’est la vie.

As we’ve been rewatching cartoons that I’ve probably seen (and enjoyed) hundreds of times, I’ve come to the realization there’s several important lessons you can learn from Porky, Wylie, Bugs, and the rest of the gang.

  • Know what hunting season it is.
    This could be crucial to your survival. Elmer Fudd was constantly being told it was duck season or rabbit season. Daffy Duck always wanted to trick poor Mr. Fudd into getting Bugs, and would take down the rabbit season signs.

  • When in doubt, ask the game warden.
    This should go without saying, but poor Mr. Fudd would’ve had a lot less headaches if he would have just asked a game warden! Of course, there was that one cartoon, where Bugs shows up dressed as a game warden, and Elmer laments, “Oh, Mr. Game Warden, I hope you can help me. I been told I can shoot wabbits and goats and pigeons and mongooses and dirty skunks and ducks. Could you tell me what season it weawy is?”, to which Bugs replies, “Why certainly my boy! It’s baseball season!!”

  • Pay attention to your words.
    Bugs Bunny was notorious for switching up during an argument over what hunting season it was. Bugs: “Duck Season!” Daffy: “
    Rabbit Season!” Bugs: “Rabbit season!” Daffy: “Duck! Fire!”

    Good way to get your beak blown off.


  • Everyone has an agenda.
    Daffy Duck liked to take advantage of a situation. Whether it was finding a cave full of treasure, or trying to trick Elmer Fudd into shooting Bugs Bunny, if it involved personal gain, he would do it.

  • Know when to declare war.
    Bugs Bunny, in my favorite cartoons featuring him, tended to be an innocent bystander… but in many ways, he wasn’t. When faced with a cantankerous opera singer in “Long Haired Hare”, he twice brushed off the singer’s need for no other music first as the singer being a music and rabbit hater. When faced a third time by the singer’s unpleasantness, he declares, “Of course you realize this means war.”

  • Know when to give up.
    Wylie Coyote and the Roadrunner have many, many instances of knowing when to give up by Wylie Coyote. But my favorite instance is when Wylie and Bugs are going at each other in a battle of wits. After many attempts involving countless ACME products to get Bugs which always backfire, Wylie finally shows up at Bugs’ “door” and states, “Allow me to introduce myself: my name is Mud.”


So, tell me, do you have a favorite “lesson” from the Looney Tunes? Or from any cartoon for that matter?

Until next time,

Self-observation

In the last few weeks, I’ve made some realizations about myself that I’m not proud to admit–in fact, I haven’t even told them to my husband yet.

I definitely lack self-motivation. A lot.

Now, if I’m in a time crunch, or my family’s stomach’s depend on it, I can get things done.

But, even my writing suffers because of my lack of self-motivation. Probably why I’ve been working on my novel for six years, another for more than four. Sure, it’s difficult to get things done when you’re a stay-at-home mom. But, I know many women who run rings around me. (I also know many women who are amazed that I get the amount of writing done I do… they just don’t see what other areas suffer because of it.)

I’ve noticed this mostly because I’ve been working on a time-sensitive project haphazardly (non-writing related) since May. In theory, if I had 2 – 4 uninterrupted hours to work on it a day, I’d have it done by now. Yeah, that hasn’t happened. In fact, the more I don’t work on it, the less I don’t want to work on it… and I feel like a failure because of it.

And, it’s not like I’m over-committed. It’s definitely not that. It’s the fact that I can’t motivate myself, and to a lesser extent, I can be very poor at time management. My husband instinctively knows what part of the problem is: this little thing called a laptop with an internet connection. Which is also why I’ve started staying off of the computer on Sundays, and a good part of Saturdays. Still, being off the computer just means I’ll distract myself with other things… reading a book, baking bread when I don’t really need to, etc. Not that these things are bad, just not necessarily important.

I’m sure I’m not the only one out there who lacks this important skill. Maybe you’ve been struggling with it, and maybe you can offer some tips. To-do lists, for me, sometimes help, but not always. I’m more apt to ignore it than anything. For instance, I had a to-do list of 4 things for the weekend. I got two done. Oh brother.

Anyway…

Until next time,

Under Construction!

Just a note to let you know I’ll be doing some upgrades over the course of the weekend, time permitting. So, if you come across some broken links or if things don’t look quite right, that’s the reason. I’m not a CSS or HTML expert, but am trying to learn. 🙂

Thanks for your patience.

–Liberty

What Questions Do You Have?

Due to some crazy-ness and sickness in my house this last week, I never got a chance to write this week’s blog post. I remembered it around 1 o’clock this morning.

Ugh.

I hate weeks like this.

How about we do this: what kinds of questions do you have for me? Ask, and I’ll try to answer them this week in this post or a second post. They can be anything, though I reserve the right to limit personal-type questions if they’re too personal. 🙂

Though, I really can’t guarantee an answer if the question regards the founding of the universe. 😉

Until next time,