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About MER

In a land where the sea grows restless, the summer breeze turns to ice and sleet, and Mother Nature has plans of another sort, dark and supernatural forces begin to unfold, fighting to unite the broken prophecy.

In the midst of a tangled web lie the Castlecrays, a family with deep tragedy and mysterious secrets, who are torn apart and forced on a treacherous journey. Coming from a time when kings rule the realm, knights fight for honor, and eminence is power, the children of Castlecray are thrown into a unknown magical ambiance where nothing is as it seems, and bedtime stories come alive right before their eyes.

Sweeping from a land of severe and savage seas to the sparkling underwater spires of a magical unknown world, this is a tale of lords and ladies, knights and nobility, traitors and trolls, who are all intertwined in a weaving maze of conspiracy and deception.  Amidst gallantry and guilt, love and loss, the Castlecrays find their fate to be in the hands of their enemies, of each other, and of their new mysterious  allies, the Wavekeepers—all vying to keep the balance between good and evil, land and sea, in a fight for the ultimate desire; the power of MER.

 

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10 ways to know if you’re a mom who blogs/writes.

#1. Your so knee-deep into the post/chapter you are writing that you don’t realize you just agreed your son could have ice cream and gummy bears for lunch.

#2.Your keyboard has gunk stuck in the crevices from todays breakfast, yesterdays dinner, and the last month’s worth of meals.

#3. Your daughter says, “I want to be like mommy when I grow up and stare at my computer.”

#4. You stay up WAY too late because that’s your only “alone” time to type, and wake up suddenly the next morning with little square mesh marks on your face, to find your daughter saying, “Mommy, you fell asleep on your ‘puter again.”

#5. Your significant other tells you they heard you talking in your sleep last night and it sounded a lot like “”Where’s the em dash key!?”

#6. You’re driving your kids home from school, and while they are bickering in the back seat, you hear yourself shout, “If you don’t knock it off I’m gonna take you guys to the bookstore again,” and they immediately behave.

#7. Your son says he wants to go as “a blogger” for Halloween.

#8. You find yourself telling your kids to do their chores, picking up the “blog” poop, and “reading” the cat.

#9.You see little fingers reaching under the bathroom door as you sit on the throne with your lap top, trying to finish the last few paragraphs.

#10. You find yourself actually saying “comma” inbetween adjectives when talking to your kids.

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My Mornings

Some people think being an author sounds so glamorous. Well since I started writing regularly, nearly a year ago, this is what my mornings look like…and my afternoons…and my evenings. I’m not complaining (I thoroughly love my children), but my life is like everyone else’s; cooking breakfast, dishes, doo doo diapers, “he’s touching me,” “she hit me,” packing lunches, bath time, laundry, bed-time stories, and then repeat the next day. And sometimes I find a little slice of the day to write.
This morning was especially fun when my alarm didn’t go off and nothing seemed to be going right, when my daughter comes in looking like Beavis and says “I’m stuck.” I looked at her and amidst the burnt waffles and screaming toddler, I stopped and laughed my booty off. So did my daughter. It’s times like these where everything gets put into perspective.
Enjoy what you do, no matter what you do.
Whether it be a stay at home mom/ dad, a business person, or a glorius author, step back and take a deep breath amidst the chaos and you just might find a little bit of serenity, love and laughter.
I love my mornings.

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My first book blurb for MER: Secret of the Wavekeepers

This is my first book blurb ever. “No wonder”, you say,”it’s also your first book”. Everyone’s a critic, and that’s where you come in. I would love some feedback on my description before it goes on the back cover. And here it is…

In a land where the sea grows restless, the summer breeze turns to ice and sleet, and mother-nature has plans of another sort, dark and supernatural forces begin to unfold, fighting to unite the broken prophecy. In the midst of a tangled web, lie the Castlecrays, a family with deep tragedy and mysterious secrets, who are torn apart and forced on a treacherous journey. Coming from a time of when kings rule the realm, knights fight for honor, and eminence is power, the children of Castlecray are thrown into a magical ambiance where nothing is as it seems, and bed-time stories come alive right before their eyes. Sweeping from a land of severe and savage seas to the sparkling underwater spires of a magical unknown world, this is a tale of lords and ladies, knights and nobility, traitors and trolls, who are all intertwined in a weaving maze of conspiracy and deception.  Amidst gallantry and guilt, love and loss, the Castlecray’s find their fate to be in the hands of their enemies, each other, and their new mysterious  allies, the Wavekeepers, all vying to keep the balance between good and evil, land and sea, in a fight for the ultimate desire; the power of MER.

Ta dah! Needs a little tweaking doesn’t it? Especially the last sentence, which is the longest run-on sentence ever! Hahaha!

What do you like about it? What don’t you like? What would you change? What do you want to know more about?

Leave a comment and help out a rookie writer. Thanks!

May the power of words be with you -Jade

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Debut Author and Virgin Blogger

This will be a day marked in history… my first ever blog post! Let me tell you a little about me and why I started this blog.

It was a dark and stormy night… well no, actually it was a hot summer afternoon in Las Vegas, NV. I was visiting my best freind in the whole wide world for summer break (she had just broken my heart and moved to Vegas from where we grew up together, our hometown of Tucson, AZ,) and since we had already watched Ice Cube’s “It was a good day” MTV video at least twenty times, we figured we’d find something better to do.

My friend then suggested that we write. “Write?” I said.

I had always loved reading, some of my first favorites being from Anne Rice’s “The Vampire Chronicles,” Madeleine L’Engle’s “A wrinkle in time,” to John Grisham’s “The Client,” and Stephen King’s “IT,” but it had never occured to me that I could do what they do, write.

We both got out a pad of paper and pen and started to write poetry, while listening to Tom Petty, Smashing Pumpkins, The Cure, Counting Crows, Nirvana, Radiohead and countless other 80′s and 90′s faves. I now have three full journals of poetry from just that summer.

And it stuck. Writing, I mean. From there I couldn’t stop. I lost my interest in poetry and began writing short stories, my first being a collection of shorties, “The Apartment Complex Chronicles,” which I wrote when I moved into my first apartment…shocking, I know. Someday I think I might actually publish them (after LOTS of rewriting and editing.) Haha.

Then when I picked up my first guitar and taught myself how to play, using Jewel’s “A piece of you,” tabs book, I figured that I may as well write my own songs. From there, I joined a chick rock band as lead singer and rhythm guitarist, and we swept Tucson’s dive bar scene for two years, having the best times of our lives.

While going to college, I realized that I LOVED my writing classes, and hated everything else, and considered having that as my major. But life, and dreams, got in the way and I ended up taking time off from school to work at a myriad of jobs, like acting and doing stunts at an Old Western theme park, being a photographer’s assistant, waitressing and bartending, all the while still passionately reading and writing.

When I met my better half, I decided to go back to school; this time for something altogether different, Interior Design. That stuck and I graduated in 2007 with my degree, just a few months before my pink little chubby baby, Abigail, was born.

That was almost five years ago. Since then, I had opened my own small window coverings business and did freelance interior design on the side, but never forgetting my love of books. And then one day, about seven months ago, I had an epiphany!

I was going to finally do it. And I did….write a book.

That brings me to this first ever blog post, my love of writing. I hope you will join me on my new adventure, “MER: Secret of the Wavekeepers,” due to come out on Nook, Kindle, and for sale on Amazon.com by Thanksgiving or early December, (exact date TBA.)

It’s going to be a crazy ride, I guarantee it!

Is anyone else out there starting to write their first book, or venturing to do something they’ve never done before? I’d love to hear about it. It will help me to feel better about my rookieness. 🙂

May the power of words be with you -Jade

 
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