I’m Here…Sort Of – Writing and Coffee Reading Writing

Hey, Hi, Howdy, Hiya doin’ everyone?

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Things have been a little hectic lately, hence I’ve been a bit M.I.A from thee blog. I wanted to pop in and say, “Hey,” and just leave a little update for those bored enough to read this and are interested. *high fives you for reading* 

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So, good things. Well, my company, Coffee Reading Writing, LLC. has had a great start to the new year. Our huge flash sale for Valentine’s went brilliantly! It was so overwhelming, in the best way, seeing the response and support. Lots of gifts were purchased for friends and loved ones. We had put it out there that we would decorate the ones being sent out as gifts. It was so much fun getting all festive with them. I almost wished we could be there to see some of the reactions to their festive LOVEMUGS.

We have a few exciting things set up for the next few months coming up. We’re working hard to built CRW to reach all coffee loving, booknerds and writers out there. I’ll share some of the upcoming news with you all here soon.

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In the midst of all the good business stuff, I’ve been sick a lot lately, lots of annoying migraines and some personal family stuff so it’s been a little difficult to be as efficient as I had planned to be for the new year. When life has felt overwhelming, I’d just tuck myself in bed, find a fun, quick read and disappear for the rest of the day. It’s been my therapy to staying sane.

Writing. My poor writing. It’s constantly on my mind. The days I’m not busy with CRW or working at my part time at the paint and party studio, are of course, the days my brain and body shut down on me, causing my writing to take another rain check.

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It’s frustrating when the only thing holding back your writing, is you. Do you know how many of my book ideas would have already had first drafts done by now? GR!!! One writer blogger I’ve followed for years updated on her publishing news and how she’s having difficulty finishing her second book’s draft. Today, she posted the blog and this picture of her desk area struck me like a zap of electricity.

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CATHERINE RYAN HOWARD – ‘BOOK ONE/TWO EPISODE 4: 3 MONTHS TO GO (WHAT?!)’

It’s little reminders to herself as she sits in front of her computer and struggles with writing. The post-its say:

  1. Trust the process.
  2. Keep going.
  3. It’s only a first draft.
  4. Ps. Um…”dream job” — Remember?!

It was so perfect for how I’ve been feeling that I just had to jack it from her.

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As always, coffee is my friend. My constant affair, lover. It gets me through the days. Today. Today, all my good coffee had ran out. All I have is this accidentally bought-turn back up blend that no matter how much I tweaked it, just didn’t taste good. No car today to run out and get the good stuff. Gr. After being sick for 4 days, in bed–except for when I dragged my ass to work and smiled when I had to–I woke today, growled, rolled off the bed and was determined to attack my shit piled high to-do list only to realize….no good coffee. I felt Thor’s rage up there, only, I wanted another coffee blend, dammit!

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That’s my update folks. So good stuff, some great, some…well, not so great but hey! Tomorrow’s another day. ‘Dream Big. Work Hard,’ right? Right!

Here’s to getting shit done, friends! HUZZAH!

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RELEASE DAY BLITZ & REVIEW: ‘Fighting Solitude’ by Aly Martinez

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Fighting Solitude is Book Three in the On The Ropes Series by Aly Martinez and is Quarry’s highly anticipated story.

Now Available!

Amazon US: http://amzn.to/1HToXGM

Amazon UK: http://amzn.to/1OgAs7R

Barnes & Noble: http://bit.ly/1NU89lo

iBooks: http://apple.co/1Qu2XTZ

Kobo: http://bit.ly/1lsjHQt

**Each book in the series can be read as a standalone**

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Blurb

I was born a fighter. Abandoned by my parents, I spent my life forging my own path—one guided by my fists and paved with pain.

Untouchable in the ring, I destroyed everyone who faced me, but that’s where my victories ended. Outside the ropes, I repeatedly failed the few people who loved me. Including my best friend, Liv James—the one person I’d die to protect.

Even though I didn’t deserve her, Liv never stopped believing in me. Never gave up. Never let go. After all, she understood what I’d lost, because she’d lost it too.

Liv was everything to me, but she was never truly mine.

That was going to change.

I lost my first love, but I refused to lose my soulmate.

Now, I’m on the ropes during the toughest battles of my life.

Fighting to be the man she deserves.

Fighting the solitude of our pasts.

Fighting for her.

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Fighting Silence (Book One) On the Ropes

ONLY $0.99

Amazon UK: http://amzn.to/1Lhhn62

B&N: http://bit.ly/FightingSilenceBN

Kobo: http://bit.ly/1A2cSnr

iBooks: http://bit.ly/1zbJT0u

Fighting Shadows (Book Two) On The Ropes

Amazon US: http://amzn.to/1HE3kt8

Amazon UK: http://amzn.to/1faAHHy

B&N: http://bit.ly/1CaD9rN

Kobo: http://bit.ly/1LKEurE

iBooks: http://apple.co/1TcpHIa

REVIEW – This Booknerd’s Thoughts: 

Oh man. I don’t even know where to start with this. I have been sitting on these thoughts and emotions for almost two weeks now. I was dreading this review because I didn’t know if I would be able to deliver a spoiler-free one and NOT bleed and yell and cry all over this damn post. So, I decided, YES, this will be SPOILER-FREE reivew but to fully and honestly share with you how I feel about this book, I will be assisted by the help of gifs. Yes…all the GIFS. Here we go.

First, let me say; when I read book one, ‘FIGHTING SILENCE’ (which I LOVED), I was shocked by what a wizrd storyteller Aly Martinez was. I tell everyone, I feel like I lived a full life through that book. SO MUCH HAPPENED, beautifully and perfectly fleshed out that I thought, for sure, we were nearing the end of the book. I check my kindle and lo’ and behold, we were only at 25%. TWENTY-FIVE PERCENT! How the hell was that possible? It was miraculous and I loved it!

Going into book three, ‘FIGHTING SOLITUDE’, I wondered if it was a one-time magical fluke in book one. NOPE! Here I am, feeling the SAME thing about the book probably nearing it’s end and when I check, ironically enough, AGAIN, it was only at 25%. There was still so much story left and I was giddy and shocked. Aly Martinez is a wizard!

If you read book two, ‘FIGHTING SHADOWS’, then you know our Quarry and the tragedy epilogue/prologue at the end leading up to his book. Book two was about his brother, but we saw Quarry and his relationship and friendships in book two. Well, book three finds us looking at an adorable nine year old Liv and beastly looking ten year old Q. From the beginning, their unique friendship had me tilting my head and happy sighing.

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As they grew older, I was loving the bond and care for one another they were forming. Oh, them hugs.

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Then…well, then the teen years struck and someone from book two makes their actual first appearance into their lives and let’s just say, I was NOT a happy person.

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I literally felt the pangs that Liv felt.

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And well…things just got worse.

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And, I hated the world for Liv.

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Then, tragedy struck and everything shifted. They shifted in directions I didn’t want them to go.

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So many times in this book, I literally felt my chest squeeze. My eyes watered and i didn’t know how to feel about Liv’s position. I was mad at Q. In all logic and retrospect, I get it. I get why certain things happened but I wish the outcome were different. Even if they were better for it as individuals and together.

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By the end, I felt so conflicted. I LOVED Q AND LIV! I LOVED THEIR STORY. But there was one MAJOR factor to their story I just couldn’t reconcile with. It hurt too much. No it wasn’t cheating. All was right and fair. I apologize for lack of clarity but I need to vent while equally keeping it spoiler free. LOL

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You see, every time Q said, “Every. Single. Day.” All I could think was, “LIES! Stop saying that! Because you didn’t EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. Liv did! You didn’t!” Again, apologies. You’ll understand after you read.

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Here’s the crazy part. Liv and Q ARE meant to be. I ship it, so hard! It’s the ONE unreconcialable factor that stayed heavy with me. She never loved another. She watched while never loving another. But their love turned beautiful. Their ending was heart-warming. I have never felt so conflicted about a couple’s journey as I did with Q and Liv.

Do I recommend this read? ABSOLUTELY! Aly Martinez, as I said is a wizard. She’s a fantastic writer who will make you FEEL! Even feel things you may never have wanted to feel. Ha.

This was a 4.5 stars for me. Only because of that one factor that was a huge plot piece in their story that just killed me. All the same, I will definitely read anything Aly publishes next.

About the Author

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Born and raised in Savannah, Georgia, Aly Martinez is a stay-at-home mom to four crazy kids under the age of five, including a set of twins. Currently living in South Carolina, she passes what little free time she has reading anything and everything she can get her hands on, preferably with a glass of wine at her side.

After some encouragement from her friends, Aly decided to add “Author” to her ever-growing list of job titles. Five books later, she shows no signs of slowing. So grab a glass of Chardonnay, or a bottle if you’re hanging out with Aly, and join her aboard the crazy train she calls life.

 

 STALK HER: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads

 

 

 

 

VALENTINE’S DAY LOVEMUG FLASH SALE FROM COFFEE READING WRITING

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It’s that time of year; the month of love! While everyone else scurries to find the perfect red rose, delectable chocolate goodness, and bling bling gift that will make his or her eyes sparkle, why not do something a little different?

 

Welcome to our LOVEMUG FLASH SALE!

 

My company, COFFEE READING WRITING wanted to share the love and have a fantabulous FLASH SALE before Valentine’s Day!

 

Check out our YouTube announcement!

Would you like us to decorate your order as a GIFT?
No problem! Be sure to leave us a note when placing your order on Etsy letting us know it’s a GIFT and we’ll be sure to give it an extra little touch of love.
Don’t miss out on this great flash sale deal available through 2-7-16 (Sunday) and have them shipped in time for Valentine’s Day!
Buy your lovebug a lovemug for this Valentine’s Day.

RELEASE DAY BLITZ: ‘Chasing Spring’ by R.S. Grey

Title: Chasing Spring
Author: R.S. Grey
Release Date: Feb 1, 2016
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I thought I’d left Blackwater, Texas behind for good. I didn’t belong in the small town, but my dad wouldn’t listen. He dragged me back home in his beat-up truck and dropped a bomb along the way: Chase Matthews was moving in with us. He was the golden boy of my high school, my former best friend, and the last person I wanted sleeping across the hall. His presence was too great a reminder of the ghosts I was trying to forget.
I didn’t ask for a hero. I don’t want to be saved.
To me, Lilah Calloway meant late nights sneakin’ out, moonlit hair, and sparklers in July. She was my best friend until the day she left and I’d assumed Blackwater had seen the last of her. Then, like a tempest, she rolled back into town for the final half of senior year. The chopped hair and dark devil-may-care attitude warned most people away, but I knew if I fought hard enough, I could find the lost girl.
I didn’t want to be her hero. Some girls don’t need to be saved.
I am a lover of books, chocolate, reality TV, black labs, and cold weather. Seriously, if I had it my way, I would be curled up on the couch with all of those things… everyday.
I live in Texas where I spend my free time writing and reading. My favorite authors include Mindy Kaling & Jonathan Safran Foer. I’m a comedy geek and love all things “funny”. Women like Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, and Mindy Kaling are definitely the biggest inspirations for my writing, though I think my work tends to skew a bit smuttier than theirs.

 

My Company: Coffee Reading Writing’s YouTube Channel

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Hey friends!

Some of you may know about my company that I co-own with my close friend, Melody. We create custom designs for mugs that relate to all things Coffee, Reading, and/or Writing. Get it? For now, mugs are the focus but we have ideas and plans for the future. We will eventually (don’t know when, yet) add other types of items to the shop. But, for now, mugs are the name of the game.

You can check out our mugs here:

http://www.CoffeeReadingWriting.com

During the new year, our youtube channel got a slight content makeover. For those who watched us before the new year, you may remember both Melody and I being in front of the camera. Well, for personal reasons, Melody will be staying behind the scenes, meaning, only I will be gracing your presence. At, first, that freaked me out. One, I liked feeding off Melody on camera. Two, would you guys even stick around and want to watch videos with just me on them. After releasing the last four videos (we had to temporarily put our past videos on private), all of our viewers have been amazing and supportive! We’re excited for this new year. We have many ideas and a possible big opportunity already lined up for the first half of 2016. As soon as all of it gets finalized, I’ll share about it.

The vlog channel features a lot on the topic of writing lately. It’s the most requested topic and being that both Melody and I are currently in the writing process, we’re more than happy to talk about the subject. Here are our current videos! Feel free to check them out, LIKE them and SUBSCRIBE!

HAPPY NEW YEAR : CHA – CHA- CHANGES

HOW I PLAN MY NOVEL IN 5 STEPS

THE AUTHOR TAG – 10 QUESTIONS FOR AUTHORS

OWLCRATE UNBOXING – JANUARY 2016

Stayed tuned, we have tons more videos planned! We’re working on another bookish reader mug after the amazing response to the mug we exclusively designed for December 2015’s THE BOOKISH BOX and hope to get that made and released in the next month. Check out our social medias to know all the things! We repost tons of amazing selfies from our fellow mug loving customers!

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RELEASE DAY BLITZ: K. C. Lynn’s ‘Act of Salvation’ is here!

 

Title: An Act of Salvation (Acts of Honor Series #2)
Author: KC Lynn
Release Date: January 27 2016
Purchase Links
Amazon US  |  Amazon UK  |  Amazon CA  |  
TBR Link: Goodreads
Synopsis
Sometimes two broken pieces make a whole.
He’s the one she’s always loved.
She’s the one he could never have.
A forbidden night of passion resulted in years of heartbreak when he walked away. Now she’s in danger and needs his help. 
Trust doesn’t come easy for FBI Agent Nick Stone, especially when it comes to love, but he’ll risk it all for Katelyn Slade. 
Including his heart. 
Bullets fly, betrayals are exposed, and the flames from their past ignite.
His protection might be what saves her but in the end she will be his salvation.
This is Book two in the Acts Of Honor series, the spin-off series to Men Of Honor. It’s Nick and Katelyn’s story and is told in dual POV, has an HEA with no cliffhanger and it can be read as a standalone. However, I highly recommend that you read the Men Of Honor series prior, as characters play recurring roles in both series.
 
 
 
 
Excerpt

He begins moving inside of me with slow, exquisite strokes, his eyes never leaving mine. He looks at me in a way I’ve longed to have someone look at me my whole life. Like I matter, like I’m important…like I am more. When it’s time for him to go back this is what I’ll remember. This is what I’ll keep close to me on the nights I ache for him, to remember that someone looked at me like this once. Even if I don’t get it for a lifetime, it’s better than not getting it at all.

Just like the man himself.

Reaching up, I cup his strong, stubbly jaw. He encircles my wrist and kisses the inside of it, right over my tattoo.

No words needed.

As more tears begin to fall he leans down and catches them with his lips. “Feel me, Kate. Feel nothing but me.”

“I do. You’re all I feel.”

“Just us,” he whispers.

“Just us.”

Purchase Links
Amazon US  |  Amazon UK  |  Amazon CA  |  

Amazon AU  |  B&N  |  itunes

MY THOUGHTS:

 Oh man! Everything K.C. Lynn has written has been so good. I’ve enjoyed immensely each heroine and hero. I’ve loved reading a new book of hers and seeing the familiar secondary characters from previous books. And as always, K.C. will give you super sweet, super HOT and sexy, with a huge dose of crippling heartbreak. Katelyn and Nick. Man, oh man. They both had such sad and broken pasts that created demons they carried alongside them for too many years.

She’s loved him since she was eleven years old. At eighteen, our hero had to follow his dreams. Years later, a suspenseful circumstance brings them together and all of their dark secrets and demons come to light.

I absolutely loved these two. They stole my heart in every way. The pace of the story keeps you turning the page, and the moments between Kate and Nick tug your heart, leaving you wanted so much more once you’ve finished reading. K.C.’s story just get better and better. She writes these completely relatable characters you can’t help but get invested in as if they were real. You laugh with them (a lot!), you cry with them, you route for them and swoon when these men just get it right. I loved this story and definitely recommend it for a feel good read with a touch of sexy and suspense.

About the Author

K.C. Lynn is a small town girl living in Western Canada. She married her high school sweetheart and they have four amazing children: two lovely girls and a set of handsome twin boys. It was her love for romance books that gave K.C. the courage to sit down and write her own novel. When she is not in her writing cave, pounding out new characters and stories, she can be found living between the pages of a book, meeting new tattooed, hot alpha males with very big…Hearts.

 
Follow KC

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Giveaway

4 – $25 Amazon Giftcards

The Writing Game is Strong

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Freaking-FINALLY!

For those who’ve been around reading about my writing journey, you would know how it’s been a bit of a struggle. Editing. Flippin’ editing. I tried. I fought to make it happen. It took a long while to realize, the changes and rewrites necessary for my dystopian story was going to be a HUGE project for the benefit of the story, I also came to terms with the fact that I’m just not ready to write it. I mentioned in a recent blog that I finally made peace with that and chose to focus on my post-apocalypse story first.

Though I made the decision, there was much prep work I needed to do. It had been many months since I last drafted and worked on that story. I needed to refamiliarize myself with it. There were some character mapping and history that I needed to figure out and write before diving back in. Well, last night, I did it! All the prep work is done and I’m ready to start drafting where I left off–chapter 5. I’m really excited for this story. It’s a challenge. It’s darker than what I’m used to writing but I just feel it in my bones; it has great potential to be good. That’s where the pressure intimidates now. It can be really good…only, if I make it good.

I’m squirming, staring at that blank page thinking, “Oh, please let me do this story justice.”

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I shared details with my close writer friends and they’re excited and mentioning how good it sounds and I’m like, “Yay…holy shnickies, can I deliver now?” It’s why I was being so meticulous about the important details and making notes everywhere so I wouldn’t forget to write in said details.

Today is the day.

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As freaked out as I am, I have all the tools I need. I need to trust them and remember, the first draft will be shitty and that’s okay. I need to give myself permission to write shitty, as my friend told me. Editing will be my friend. I don’t fully believe it yet because it knocked me on my ass last time but the revision process will be my friend because that’s where I’ll be able to move things, take things that didn’t work out, add what’s necessary and make my manuscript all pretty and shiny for her one day debut.

Here’s to finishing chapter 5!

HAPPY WRITING, EVERYONE!

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