Holiday Hosting: Chance to Win Books by Jo Robinson

Celebrate car in fireworksHello my friends.  As this year draws closer to a close, I feel a sense of gratitude, because I am sincerely thankful to each of you.  It’s been a very difficult year for me. Though that is because of a facet of my life that I don’t blog about, a few of you know some details. But that’s all beside the point. You — my friends here at Teagan’s Books, are often what gets me through the week.

I celebrate each and every one of you.  In doing that I decided to take time, before I get ready for the office, to give you a chance to win e-books from the extraordinary Jo Robinson.  That’s right — free books!  Jo is launching a new book, Echoes of Narcissus. So keep reading.  You’ll want to eat-up Jo’s books.

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Now let’s get a wiggle on — heeeeeer’s Jo! 

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Donna thought there was something wrong with her. That she was suffering from a mental illness that has caused her husband to despise her, distance himself from her, and cheat on her. She blames herself for the desolate, miserable thing that is her marriage and her life. Then she comes across a book that will change everything for her, and reading it, she discovers that there’s nothing wrong with her mind at all, but that there is something very wrong with her husband instead. Marco, she realises, is a malignant narcissist. A text book case. He has a real and documented mental disorder, and that he’s been controlling, manipulating, and abusing her for decades. The sudden full knowledge of all that he’s purposely done to her enrages her. Not sure how to leave after thirty years of what she finally knows has been intentional mental and emotional abuse from him, and believing that she has nowhere to turn, being so physically isolated, she bides her time.

Then she meets and befriends a group of unusual people who share her passion for gardening, and so begins her journey to escape. She joins her new friends in their project to assist elderly people in old age homes care for their small gardens, as well as secretly supplying those suffering from painful and terminal illnesses with medicinal herb and plant remedies, including illegal plants such as cannabis. As weeks go by, she delves into her memories, relearns what it is to be respected, liked, and loved again, and slowly she formulates a plan to safely leave her dangerous husband. But unbeknownst to Donna, Marco is in serious trouble, and has desperate plans of his own, and absolutely no regard for her safety.

** This is a work of fiction, but malignant narcissists really do exist, and it is a recognised mental illness. Unfortunately, many people never realise that they are involved with a narcissist, because their actions are so demonically bad as to be unimaginable and unbelievable, and so they spend their lives in misery, depression, fear, and isolation. If only by the accidental reading of a fictional story, I hope that this book will help even one person, unknowingly suffering narcissistic abuse, to realise that they don’t have to, and that it’s never too late to start over, be happy, be fulfilled, to love and care for yourself, and be truly loved and respected by others.

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Available now from AMAZON

Jo Robinson very recently returned to her homeland, South Africa, after having lived in rural Zimbabwe for eighteen years. Her obsessive affection for the African continent, most humans, and all creatures feathered and furred are what inspire her writing. She is the author of African Me & Satellite TV, the science-fiction/fantasy series Shadow People, and a couple of short stories, which will be free to download from Amazon from 26 to 30 December, Fly Birdie and The Visitation.

To win eBook copies of Shadow People and African Me & Satellite TV, send Jo a message from THIS page.

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My Workspace Blog Hop

Albuquerque at nightWelcome to the My Workspace Blog Hop.  When smart, funny, and talented, Jo Robinson tagged me for this bloghop I did a double take.  “What workspace? ” I thought.

When I lived in the desert southwest I had a detached house with a little work room I used for writing and crafts.  It was not a large house by most standards, but it was much bigger than the townhouse I’ve been renting since I moved to my nation’s capital.  (And I’ve been lamenting the complete lack of storage space ever since…) So — I don’t actually have a workspace now, but here’s what I do have…

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After hunching over my laptop on the coffee table for a few years, I found this perfect little tilt-able laptop desk on wheels. The photo isn’t really how the laptop desk is positioned. This was just the only half decent looking view I could give you.

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Editorial Staff

I squeeze the tilt-desk between the sofa and coffee table, allowing the table to give me extra “desk” space and (as you see) room for my big coffee mug.  As the day goes on, the mug might contain tea (usually iced), or seltzer with fruit juice.  The coffee table is also a staging area for my editorial staff, pictured here.

When I’ve finished, I roll the laptop desk behind the sofa so that it’s mostly out of the way.

My living room is small enough that I can also run a cable from my laptop to my TV, to stream Netflix or YouTube. (I don’t have a smart TV, so it has to connect to something.) So sometimes I listen to Bob Proctor or Louise Hay or Mike Dooley while I work, for a dose of positivity.

How I Work

It seems like I can’t participate in any of these things without bending the rules.  Since I didn’t have a workspace or a story behind it to show you where I work, I’ll show you a little about how I work.  I haven’t tried any of the writer’s tools I’ve been hearing about. What I developed a few years ago works so well for me, that I haven’t investigated them.  Most of my process is electronic. For longer works I make a detailed spreadsheet. Here’s a snip of the one for Three Ingredients.

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I use “Styles” in word, and use the navigation pane to see an outline of what I’ve done and easily find things I want to further develop. This requires using the “headings.” I make headings for ideas, in the order I expect to use them. Then I convert the notes into manuscript as I go.

Here’s a snip from a work in progress so you can see what I mean. I break the outline structure down more while I’m working the idea, using headings down to three levels.  As I move from “ideas stage” to “draft” I cut back to just heading level-1, because I only want my table of contents to one heading-level for the book.  You’ll get the idea — below I have a draft of chapters 1 and 2, and part of 3, but the other headings are still notes.

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Atonement, Tennessee by Teagan Geneviene

“Atonement, Tennessee” click here.

Sometimes I make hand-written notes, but not too often.  I don’t have the time/energy I’d like to focus on anything except work.  Ideas don’t often pop into my brain unexpectedly, since I’m preoccupied with non-writerly things.  However, National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is an exception to that.  I carry a notebook with me during November, and I keep it beside the bed at night.  I’m not a good sleeper, so once in a while the midnight idea comes along. (I did the draft of Atonement, Tennessee during my first NaNoWriMo.)   Talk about scribbles — yeesh…

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You know how these blog hops work — I’m supposed to tag other people. You have also probably noticed that I rarely find anyone who wants to be tagged. So, as is my custom — Tag — you’re it if you want to be.  Anyone who wants to take up the torch feel free to do so. Hopefully you’ll link back to this post if you do your own.

However, Siobhan Daiko graciously agreed to be tagged. I can’t wait to see what she does. Her general environment is breathtaking and fascinating to me. No matter what her workspace is, I know I will be intrigued.  Visit Siobhan and learn about her excursions in Italy and her beautiful book, The Orchid Tree.

As you saw, I don’t have much to show you for my workspace. No interesting snacks, or anything very inspiring. I just realized I could have taken a picture of my office at work, but that’s even less interesting.  So here are a few writers at work who are much more intriguing.

Hugs,

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Agatha Christie

Agatha Christie

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Terry Brooks

Terry Brooks

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Charlaine Harris

Charlaine Harris