New book out! Enter The Frost Bloom Garden!

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On Amazon NOW: http://amzn.to/2fTgwi3 $2.99 RELEASE DAY SALE!

 

Romarin has survived to make it to book 2! Relocating to London from California hasn’t been easy–and especially with friends like these. Now that she’s gained some trust, and more importantly realized that the only approval she needs is her own, Romarin is out to do good, and discover what the Supernatural London Underground has in store for her. Must we hunt a murderer on a killing spree? Why yes, this is an Urban Fantasy novel after all. Add in a humorous (though some parties might not agree) kidnapping plot, a journey to the alternate Changeling world, and Demetri the author’s usual twists, and you’ve got most of the ingredients for The Frost Bloom Garden! What it really needs now is for you to read it. Frost Bloom wouldn’t be the same without the amazing readers of The Supernatural London Underground!

 

The Frost Bloom Garden Blurb:  As if the supernatural London Underground couldn’t open up any further, Romarin is immersed in different cultures, struggles, factions—and the revelation of her first dangerous foe—that make the hidden world what it is: treacherous. As a detective in pursuit of a Jack The Ripper type killer, Romarin’s sole purpose is to destroy evidence of their secret world, reminding her of how blurred all of their roles are, and that the price for that could very well be one’s life. With rumors of a safe haven, an island where people like her can be free and understood, perhaps she won’t need the cure she vehemently seeks. A cure for a broken heart however, that’s another story. And a cure for a burning heart? That’s just impossible.

Go check it out! This could be your next favorite series!

Also, Book One is only .99 for a limited time!

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My book Launch party is December 1st from 5-7 pm! I will be giving away Merchandise that has not yet been released! Don’t worry if you missed it! You can enter a few hours after too!dramafreereleaseevent

What I learned visiting my main character’s city of origin.

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In October I took a trip to Anaheim California. It is the city that Disney is in, and you can reach a beach in 30-60 minutes. I looked forward to taking the trip because my main character is from California, and moves to London for The Supernatural London Underground Series.

Below are side by side pictures of Laguna Beach (Romarin is from somewhere near Long Beach) and Dover Beach in England:

I love these side by sides. You see a difference in the waves, the trees, the clouds, and both of the pictures were taken in October!

Anaheim had chili mocha frappuccinos, and London had chili powder drinking chocolate (Paul A. Young)!

In the fiction series, Romarin moves to England at 19, the place she was adopted from. Her parents kept her safe for so long, and in book 1,  she comes to realize that they might be keeping some truths from her too! Romarin’s friends back in California were superficial and it was easy to hide her powers from them–Until the accident. Her new friends in London are dark (some superficial, yes) and a little damaged, and I think my love of London reflects back on the reader.

California was beautiful and sunny, but not so warm when I went this October. I live  closer to the east coast, and this was my first time “out west”.

While I love the sun and  especially the beach, there is just something about London that I love, and have much more of a connection to that city than I do any other. There is something about the history of it, and I love the noise in the city (I love NYC too!).it’s also more fun to go out at night in a big city, and much more to do!

I have a stronger connection with my main character now that I understand the place she came from. While Romarin’s character and I are different in many ways (she isn’t the character I based on myself), I think we can both agree that there is something about London that fuels creativity and complexity. The history of London makes anything possible in creative writing, and for me, the setting has allowed my books to essentially write themselves. Traveling is the single greatest source of inspiration, and if you want to write, you have to go to your setting.

Why your book review is so important! It matters! (and how to write one)

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If you want a voice in this world, the one you use in your book review carries MASSIVE sway and influence. It can can influence your peers to check out a book they might love,  and also help authors get free advertising and exposure, so they can keep writing yoru favorite series.

So authors write books, and they’re out there… BUT… people can only see these books if there is advertising leading the way to them, just like any other business. It’s hard to budget for ads when the upfront cost of a book (proofing, editing, cover design, formatting, distribution) is as high as it is. See an interview with different authors here (Cost to self-publish a book) , but the short version is that $150 (she barters for services)- $1650 is the average. Between you and me and the internet, my books have been around $800 to produce. I save my allowance for nearly two years to put out the first one.  What if I told you that there is something absolutely free that you can do to help authors get free advertising on amazon? Keep reading.

The life of an author. You know we like to write books, but you don’t know that we HAVE to write books, and it’s how we healthily cope with the world around us, just as you read to relax an enjoy a moment to yourself. If we didn’t write books or have time to, i’m not sure what would happen. I think most writers would agree with me that we write because we need to.

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Writers are living in a world where 6 publishing houses and a handful of literary agents can decide their destinies. They’re told that their work isn’t about how great it is, it’s about what will sell. When you walk into a book store, the books you see are the ones agents decided would sell, and that’s it. Maybe they are great books, but we can all name a few books that leave us shaking our heads thinking “How did this become a best-seller?” Think about certain..ahem…books, the next time you want to dismiss a book that was produced by an independent author who contracted services and produced theirs through amazon.

So often I see posts from authors who didn’t realize how hard this would be, and how they have to scale back on their writing to work their day job, or abandon it all together. Now is the time to give them your support. You’ve been through tough times too, and they’re trying to write books to help you through those. Please consider leaving a review to help a writer through their tough times.

If you want to see your favorite series go on, all you have to do is:

Post a review!

It’s just one review that you can post different places, but the two most important are amazon and Goodreads. writeareview.jpg

See! See! Your voice matters so much!!!!

The best part of Amazon is that when they start promoting books, they promote it to the audience that is most likely interested. You could help someone find their new favorite series! What’s not awesome about leaving a review?

Now that you know how incredible you can be in leaving a review, you might be asking what to put in one.

First Sentence:

  1. Summarize the book in the first sentence using mood, genre, and location.                     *Example: “”Mirror” was a dark tale about supernatural people living in London, but it did have its humorous moments.”

Body (pick 1 or all 4!):

  1. Describe what you liked or disliked about the characters.
    *Example: “Relating to Romarin and her quest to find out her heritage was easy, but I didn’t appreciate Travis’s use of bad language… then again he did grow on me by the end. Like a narcissistic tumor on my ereader screen.”
  2. Described what you liked  or disliked about the plot (twisty, steady, suspenseful, romantic?)
    *Example:”I liked the twists that kept me reading and how the supporting characters were revealed as an introduction to the series. I didn’t like that the main character was only in serious danger maybe 3 times during this book. I get she has problems to sort out, but I need more action.”
  3. Describe your reaction to the plot.
    *Example: “The book really picked up for me on chapter four. I had to stay up late to finish the entire thing!”
  4. Tell about your favorite part or scene.
    Example: “I don’t want to spoil it, but I loved when we found out that Row’s adoptive mom was keeping something about her birth parents a secret from her. I don’t think how she reacted was overkill at all.”

Pick your headline:

  1. Choose a headline for your review last. It can be a summary sentence (“Great start to a new series”), your reaction (“I read this in the stock room at work because I couldn’t put it down”), or a recommendation ( “A must read for people who are enamored with London and the paranormal”).

DON’T do these things in your review:

  1. Spoil the book. Avoid specific spoilers about the plot.
  2. Say “This isn’t the genre I usually read,” and then give it two stars. This really hurts authors’ careers. If you know you won’t like the book genre going into it, it’s not fair to slap a low review on it. You just wasted your own time too.
  3. Leave 1 or 2 star reviews. You can contest me on this one, but now that we know how NOT leaving a review hurts authors, just don’t leave a review if you don’t like it. I say this because I do not leave 1 or 2 star reviews, this happens most often because the book has not been proofed or edited, which happens sometimes. My philosophy is that I cannot be helpful in leaving a low review. Your opinion could differ.
  4. Not read the book. (I know “don’t not” is horrible language but stick with me.) Honestly, the hard truth is that if you get lost or confused, you’re probably reading in some distracted fashion or skipped through a book. Authors have their plots thought out, and if they have beta readers and editors, someone would have noticed if the plot wasn’t cohesive. I run into this with my book because my main character’s power is to gain memories of people by drinking their blood. Some people can’t follow as she absorbs a new personality, or find the mixed up memories “convenient”, when it is explained as her powers and not a random plot device. If you are looking for a book with twists and changes to keep you on your toes, don’t complain that it does in your review. Now that the band-aid is off, the saddest thing about this is that you might be missing an awesome book! I feel this way about reviewers who have a huge TBR list. Slow it down and stop skimming. Sit back and enjoy it, and feel free to tell us that the review will take longer than you thought. We’d rather you enjoy our work than skim, even though a review before or on release day helps us a ton!

One last note–you can post to amazon anonymously.

Get your code name ready, because you don’t have to reveal your true identity. After you hit “Write a customer review”, you will see this screen:

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Hit change, and you can pick Fredward as your name.😉

I  hope this was helpful! Get out there are leave your review, because it’s your mark on the world, and your opinion matters!

Thank you readers, blogger, and friends!!!!

xoxo

The Triquetra Symbol Across Cultures

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When I started my book series, I needed something that tied the main character to her past. As a (minor) spoiler, the triquetra necklace Romarin dons in London in book 1 a Mirror Among Shattered Glass is a symbol her birth parents left her with, but no one knows why. Could one of the characters in book two be onto something?

I like The Frost Bloom Garden because it explores the different meanings of the Triquetra according to the characters she comes across. I like to think good things come in threes, but I can’t convince everyone!

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The Triquetra in the Supernatural London Underground: 

Rodger from the bar, who is a Libertine (a new age vampire), likes to think that the triquetra’s past present and future mean nothing to him because his is immortal. He also reflects that his friends for the next hundred years will be the same people, immortals, so he laments that he needs to have good communication with them.

In Celtic cultures, The symbol means to love, honor, and protect. The triquetra is often seen as a celtic knot. Coreo from the alternate Changeling dimension points this out in The Frost Bloom Garden.

Having first seen the triquetra on Charmed, I am familiar with its meaning of the maiden, mother, and crone, its role in wicca.

And of course, the triquetra can also be linked to the holy trinity, father, spirit, and ghost, as well as the inverse.

To one character, Audin, his symbolism of the triquetra extends to  John Paul Jones’s use of it on the Led Zeppelin album cover, Led Zeppelin IV (in book 1).

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We will know for sure what the triquetra means for Romarin  in Book 3, as the trilogy comes to a close. This symbol is a timeless one, that lends itself to many great things that come in threes.

Book two is available for pre-order here:

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Because We Fear

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Part of growing up is realizing that the influences and role models, those ones who helped to shape your personality and interests as an artist, don’t have to like or appreciate your voice in any way even though you have delighted in what they have offered the world for so many years, and that seems to be the biggest lesson I am learning this year as a human. This is by far one of the most interesting things I have had the pleasure of learning about how we interact with each other.

There is a musician I grew up listening to that keeps posting things across social media, in light of the turmoil we have seen this year. So many horrible things have happened, but the good has been there as well. I love music, and maybe she isn’t a “hero” per se, but she’d be like what a sports player or speaker is to you. Someone you look up to.

In 2016, I have been called both an “asshole” and “narcissist” in social media posts detailing one of my favorite musicians political opinions. The posts are aimed to call me names based on my actions and opinions, and because I don’t identify with everything this musician has to say. The posts have to do with reforming laws, and you guessed it, the 2016 presidential election for America.

I have no idea why I’m open-minded or want to help people, but I do know that I want to be a humanitarian upon retirement. I also know that I need a plan and can’t expect resources to appear overnight, so I like to reflect.

When I was in middle school I learned about how George Washington warned about starting political parties, and it made sense to me.

“There is an opinion that parties in free countries are useful checks upon the administration of the government and serve to keep alive the spirit of liberty. This within certain limits is probably true; and in governments of a monarchical cast, patriotism may look with indulgence, if not with favor, upon the spirit of party. But in those of the popular character, in governments purely elective, it is a spirit not to be encouraged. From their natural tendency, it is certain there will always be enough of that spirit for every salutary purpose. And there being constant danger of excess, the effort ought to be by force of public opinion, to mitigate and assuage it. A fire not to be quenched, it demands a uniform vigilance to prevent its bursting into a flame, lest, instead of warming, it should consume.”- Washington’s Farewell Address 1796

Read Washington’s full address here

Over the years of voting in elections, that warning only got more relevant. Even though I didn’t vote for the candidate who won this year, people are mad at me because I’m not affiliated with one of the two main parties, and therefore by not picking the “lesser of two evils” this time, I should be ashamed of my vote, and am at fault for all of the things that didn’t happen yet. I could have voted for the most selfless, kindhearted, and morally sound person in the world, but to some it doesn’t matter if I’m not subscribed to the dual party system. Voters wonder why we are stuck with “bad” choices when they keep feeding the dual party system, and the dual party system has trapped people so that they keep doing the same thing over and over again.

To my surprise, this musician was calling anyone who voted independent in this election a narcissist. The key feature here is that if you didn’t vote for her candidate and her candidate only, that you were wrong. She did not acknowledge any other possibilities. It doesn’t matter to her what you stand for, it only matters to her what you stand against. This really shows how quick we are to condemn our differences as humans. It shows our need to play offense and single people out instead of coming together.

So what is going on then when people in the public eye lash out and let you know that any opinion that is not the same as theirs is utterly wrong?

I think we’re afraid. The world is a crazy place. We see things happen now, and we’ve seen things happen in history, and it’s hard to shake those images. We call people names in order to try and protect ourselves. We feel like we need to do something, and at the time it feels right to say mean things anyone who feels differently than us, despite their intentions. We want to align ourselves with people who have our ideas because that is our safe place.

Aligning ourselves with certain groups might help us feel safe and make voting “easier”, but it also makes us quick to separate ourselves from people who have different or even slightly different viewpoints. Everyone I know who has ever practiced organized religion has told me that they don’t agree with some things, so I’ve come to learn that we can’t put clear labels on people and pretend that we know all of their thoughts.

I don’t get to decide if you are “a bad person”, and you don’t get to decide that I “don’t care”. Plain and simple, it’s not fair if we do either.

So when I see people who have inspired me through art and music (the things that make us human) being afraid, I will not abandon them. Their experiences mean something to me and so do their opinions. They are afraid for their families and friends, and while it is scary, I don’t want to be scared any more.

Please look to your support groups if you are having a tough time and are frightened. Look to people who support you, and know that people who look different than you can support you too. Some people don’t have supportive friends and families, and a lot of them have found their way despite horrible odds. I think that you can overcome this. Treat people like humans, not party labels.

Remember: The more messages you spread concerning hate, even if they are not your own, let the people who want to scare you win. You could be spreading their message easier for them when your original purpose is to try and help. Think about who you are helping get ahead when you share things across social media.

I know I want to be a humanitarian because I couldn’t possibly be a politician and navigate our system. Thank you to the people who strive to do so with integrity, and I am always hopeful that we can learn to treat each other with kindness.

-Romarin

Goodreads Giveaway going on NOW for book 1!

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Hello bloggers! I have a Giveaway going on now for Book One, A Mirror Among Shattered Glass.

Though I think ebooks are great and read my first one last year, paperbacks are still my favorite!

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This is an Urban Fantasy Novel that is the first in a series, and the second book is coming out on December 1st of 2016. So soon!

Win an AUTOGRAPHED COPY of the 1st book in the growing Supernatural London Underground Series! “A Mirror Among Shattered Glass” follows dark, imperfect characters and the story of the daft American girl who will change everything for them.

A Mirror Among Shattered Glass (Book One): Unable to contain the deadly nature of her family secret and powers, nineteen year old Romarin Demetri hails from California, USA, to unearth her heritage as a descendant of serial-killer, Countess Bathory, the woman that lent Dracula his legend and cursed Romarin with an appetite for blood.

Unenthusiastic about relocating to her birth city of London, a charming paranormal investigator with claim to the throne could change her mind, as he leads her to the only living and distant relative she has: a raven-haired recluse named Talia, who has taken refuge in an old castle in the heart of the city and doesn’t seem to have a heart of her own.

After a rough introduction to the lethal, inappropriate, and enchantingly sarcastic people she calls her housemates, perhaps the other misfits will be her first true friends; However, as much as these people are like her, they still have hidden vendettas, a taste for revenge, and will struggle between what is just and what will settle their psychological upheaval.

There is only one way for Romarin to become part of the Supernatural London Underground: Can she be the one who challenges them to put down their ghosts and demons and make their world together?

Join the giveaway here: https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/210021-a-mirror-among-shattered-glass

Thank you for participating!

New Release: Teabreeze Part II

 

Romarin supports other Indie Authors, and would love for you to check out the books that might tickle your fancy! Your new favorite author could be waiting…

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🍃 🍂 ☕ Teabreeze part 2 ☕ 🍂 🍃 Kyle Perkins & Lila J. Vale Pre-order TODAY Pre-order TODAY!!

 

***Trigger Warning*** This book contains adult content. Reader discretion is advised. This is book two in the Teabreeze serial, many events and references will not make sense if you have not read the first installment. It has been a long year for Alex and Eve. Rebuilding their relationship and forgiving each other for past mistakes has proven to be a rocky road. They’ve endured bitter therapy sessions and blame throwing – all while the world goes to shit around them. As it turns out, escaping Teabreeze was the easy part. To top it off, bizarre things start happening a little too close to home and it becomes more difficult to brush them off as sheer coincidence. As the world spirals into madness, the couple starts to realize that while they may have let go of Teabreeze, it hasn’t quite let go of them. #JointheCult

 

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New Release: Screams in the Darkness

Romarin supports other Indie Authors, and would love for you to check out the books that might tickle your fancy! Your new favorite author could be waiting…

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Author: Sabrina Samples

Genre: Erotic Thriller

Series: Dark Screams Book 1

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**Trigger Warning**

This story contains cutting and other suicidal tendencies.

This story contains strong BDSM

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After attempting suicide Alexandra Parker was dropped off and forgotten about in the local asylum. But the attempts didn’t stop and the cutting only got worse. Alexandra would soon find other ways to make the screaming in her head disappear. After being one of the asylums most violent patients, she finds that one of the orderlies has caught her attention.

Brandon isn’t what he seems, under the surface he has issues of his own. It is through her infatuation that Alexandra learns that the quickest way to recovery is to submit to Brandon and the demons he hides beneath his tongue. Is she ready for all that his submission entails?

She was his cure, but he was her disease.

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New Release: Girl Divided

Romarin supports other Indie Authors, and would love for you to check out the books that might tickle your fancy! Your new favorite author could be waiting…

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Ellis Calhoun and Vivian Parker share a lavish New York lifestyle, but their relationship is anything but conventional. Driven by his need for control, Ellis, a mysterious and sexy corporate raider, feeds off Vivian’s desire to submit, before she herself was even aware of that desire. But soon, unexplained urges that aren’t her own begin to drive a wedge between them, challenging Vivian’s identity as Ellis’s subservient lover. Even stranger, she has no recollection of her moments of defiance. Vivian loses time and memories for no reason she can understand. But maybe there’s an explanation after all…Delphine. GirlDivided is Book One in The Binding Series, a story of what happens when the real world and the supernatural world collide. Enter into this realm of mystery, intrigue and kinky sex in this paranormal romance series.

 

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Blond without the “e”: describing hair in writing. Show don’t tell.

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Today’s entry is about writing mechanics, and even though I am well into my Dear Author blog series, it’s always good to share and exchange information with others about the writing process.

This morning (or when I started writing this post) while I was making coffee I ended up watching a video about Madonna’s hairstyles. Facebook is a time-sucker. They interchanged “blonde” and “blond” in the text, so it was time for me to share what my editor explained to me.

Hair is important, and not just when you’re Madonna. It’s the first thing and sometimes the only thing casting directors pay attention to when choosing people to play younger versions of a protagonist (mismatched eyes in flashbacks are a huge pet peeve for me).

I’m not alone.🙂

Back to the point…What should you keep in mind concerning writing about hair color?

Blonde, is usually feminine, whereas blond without the “e” is masculine. The English language doesn’t pay too much attention to gender, however, the blondes are something I notice greatly now. When in doubt, sticking with “blond” is acceptable for boys and girls alike. I like using the two different forms just as I use different spellings for accents.

Locks. I hesitate to use “locks” because to me it means dreadlocks, or I get the vision of Goldilocks in my head, and all of her ringlet curls. It isn’t a word I usually use to describe men’s hair. Locks to me means curly and separated. I will have characters with  dreadlocks at some point and don’t know why they haven’t showed up yet. Two have already been written.

Colors. I know you probably have colors down. Black. Brown. Red. Blond. and then some extras too: Raven. Platinum. Ginger. If you find your colors stagnant, a thesaurus will do the trick.

THE MOST IMPORTANT THING OF ALL CONCERNING DESCRIBING HAIR:

“Telling” what hair looks like is not describing hair to the best of your abilities.  When you describe a character’s hair or eye color, it should never start with “He had -such and such color- hair.” That is a telling description and interrupts the reader, and now I’m going to get distracted and go watch Deadpool. There has to be action going on with your hair description to keep me interested in your book.

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Ways to show hair:

1.Movement from the character to show emotion. Your character moves his or her hair some way, showing us they are nervous or amused. Yeah, tucking hair behind the ear gets old, but not if your character has protruding ears (true story), just don’t use it for everyone. If your character is running a hand through their hair, what does that tell the narrator? “She ran a hand through her hair, which meant that she was____” nervous? thinking? contemplating something? Did a character fix his hair subconsciously because his crush just walked into the room? There are many emotional reasons for your characters to move their own hair unless they “Shane it off” (buzz cut), but even then, your character can scratch an itch on his scalp to show you the color of short hair. One great way to describe hair is my showing the behavior your characters shows in moving their own hair.

2. The hair is moving. When you characters naturally move, their hair might too. “I nodded, and my black ponytail grazed the middle of my back,” would show that a character has long, dark hair. “She looked downward, making the brunette fringe around her face fall into her azure eyes,” describes the hair color and eye color, and perhaps behavior, in that she is looking down. The wind can move the hair. A breeze from a shutting door can. Another character can move another characters hair (especially depending on your genre and the character’s personal bubble). Something external will always be there to move hair.

3. Hair can reinforce a dialogue tag or expression. “‘Not really,’ she said, her red hair blazing angrily around her face as she shook.” Hmmm, I made someone mad, didn’t I?  “His eyes were empty, and his pin-straight dark hair sat just as still as his expression.” In that example the hair is matching his face, but again, it’s not about the hair, it’s about the movement or lack of movement in the character.

Your characters need to pop off of the pages and become 3-D, especially after you spent weeks writing your book! WEEKS! MONTHS! YEARS! Hang your sentences that start with “He had” or “She had” in describing hair, and play with movement and dialogue. Don’t give a missing person’s description of your character when you want them to be present.

Luckily, most writers can go back and edit their books later, and if you do so, it’s worth the time to rework showing descriptions of visual attributes and finding the places in which you were a little too telling.

Happy writing! Make sure you follow my blog for more tips!