Saturday, December 31, 2016

Update From My World

Another year is almost over and as usual, the ride has been a thrill.

It's also had its moments where I wanted nothing more than to halt its ascent and leap off the roller coaster.  Surely the fall would be far more exhilarating than the difficulty of another climb 😉

Here I am, wondering how I made it to the end of the year, while glimpsing back at how far I've come...

Some of my writing highlights of the year:

  • Released book two of Theia's Moons in February!
  • Attended my first Comic Con as a vendor and not only sold a number of my books, but I learned a great deal about the industry, along with taking a dive into the dreaded role a salesperson!

  • Eyes Wide Shut received a Reader's Favorite award, which to some might mean nothing, but to me it was a huge highlight of my year.
Reviewed By Divine Zape for Readers’ Favorite
Eyes Wide Shut is book one in the Theia's Moons series by Niki Livingston, a riveting intro into a series that is very promising for young readers. The citizens of the Moon are peaceful, having forgotten the old warring days that drastically cut down their numbers. Malkia, the chosen one, the Leader of her people, couldn’t rest until certain that they are safe. Chosen by God to lead her people, she gets signs of impending danger. Now she must protect them from very powerful enemies. This book chronicles their struggle to remain safe and alive, the frustrations involved in the journey, and the startling truths that will rock their world and perhaps the world of readers.
The opening lines – although a dream, which I never love for an opening – are mesmerizing and offer great insight into the world of the protagonist. I loved the sense of mystery already introduced from the very beginning of the story. The reader is gripped from the start, transported to a dream world, a world where they are still children, but the beauty of the tale and the powerful prose doesn’t diminish in any way. It only gets better as the characters evolve and the conflict intensifies. Niki Livingston is a gifted storyteller and it is wonderful to note that her story is told from a perspective that will appeal to young readers. Aside from the entertainment, Eyes Wide Shut teaches readers some important elements of leadership. The presence of God in this story could be symbolic of the values around which true leadership is built. Eyes Wide Shut is a thrilling read.

I have sold a number of books this year, but it has not been as high as I would like.  I'm setting new goals for 2017 and I hope you all stay tuned for all the writing projects I will be releasing and publishing throughout this next year!

Book three of Theia's Moons is going through an edit by myself and I'm planning on having it in my editors hand by the end of next week.  The book cover is being worked on and will be ready for its reveal by the end of January.  I will update soon on the actual release date, the book title and when it will be available for pre-order.  And for those who haven't began reading this series, I have printed books available to purchase on my website or the ebook and printed books are available on Amazon.

Thank you to all my readers, along with my friends and family who have supported me throughout my journey.  Your loyalty is noticed and I truly appreciate your love and encouragement!

Friday, December 2, 2016

It's All In My Head

It's closing in.

Honestly, I believed this was a step in my life I could avoid. A distant reality, never to come to pass.

But here I am, hurtling along, unable to halt the inevitable.

Four decades on this Earth 🙊

Seriously.  What happened to the time?

Twenty years ago, I was attending classes up at Utah State University, working two jobs and spending my time off being a rowdy college student with my roommates and friends.  It seems like it was just yesterday.  Until I remember what really happened yesterday.  Nope my two children crucified that memory.  Shot it right between the eyes.

Fifteen years ago, I was a young mother of two, exhausted from my long days and never ending nights.  Not to mention, I had absolutely no clue what I was doing.  I still look back to those days and wonder how we all survived.

Ten years ago, I was finishing up the last year of my bachelor's degree, juggling two young children and all their overkill of homework and activities, as well as working full-time.  It's no wonder my hair began to fall out shortly after graduation 😁 And yes, those are VHS videos behind me.  Shhhh...

Five years ago, I made a leap of faith.  I chose to stop sitting on the sidelines and rose up like a fierce lioness, never looking back on the life that I left.  I found my voice and owned my life.  Tower of Terror, baby.

What will the big 4-0 bring me?

I do know this...

  • I still feel like I'm 20.  Until I'm around 20 year-old's and then... well then I feel ancient.
  • The older I become, the less I care what others think of me. Although there are those split second moments where I think, "oh no, what will they think of me?", but it's quickly followed by, "who the fuck cares what they think of me."
  • Life rarely goes as planned.  In fact, life is a bitch with an axe and a bottle of tequila.  Hold the lime.  She uses that to drip into our wounds, followed by the salt of our existence.
  • Life is also like "a box of chocolates".  Same philosophy as above, just better tasting and far more exciting 😚
  • I'm not the same person I was twenty years ago.  I'm not even the same person I was five years ago.  I hear that's a good thing.  Always growing and evolving, becoming a better person and taking the lessons I have learned so far and applying them to my life.
  • Giving is better than receiving.
Being in the last month of my 30s feels bizarre, although yes... I realize it's all in my head.  My journey as an author has taught me the value of support and friendship to those who are working their ass off to be the best they can be in this life.  That being said, my sprint towards my 40s has to be done in style.

If you are an artist of any kind, writer, photographer, sculptor, painter, musician, etc. I would LOVE to support you on your path, while releasing the last days of my 30s out into the universe.  Every single day for the next 31 days, I will purchase a creation by an artist.  As well, over the course of 2017 I will choose a day to highlight that piece of art on my blog and all my social media.

If you are interested in having one of your books, albums/songs, paintings or any piece of art featured by me, please leave a message in the comments below with a link to your website and place to purchase.  If it is something I know I would enjoy, I'll contact you and will purchase the item within the next month.  If it is not something I would be interested in, but you commented and it is appropriate for my readers and followers, I will share it on all my social media.

Let's make this fun.  Spread the love and may Theia's light shine favorably upon you 🌚🌏🌄

And as always, check out my books 😘