Friday, June 18, 2021

WRITER'S NEST - Prix Gautney

 Good morning, everyone!

We are ready to take a drive today. You see, Prix's Writer's Nest is not in her home.. Are you ready? The bus is running and the AC is running. 

Describe your writing nest
The aroma of fresh baked bread wafts through my writing nest every day. I write in a little corner of our local Subway on a long bench seat, tucked away from the crowds ordering sandwiches, salads, and pizzas. An outlet and free WiFi satisfy my technical needs, and a wide, sturdy table provides the perfect “desk” on which to write. All of my novels are handwritten in spiral-bound notebooks, and this corner provides the ideal spot for writing.


What is it about this space that inspires you?

This space is away from windows, which gives my eyes a chance to relax since they are sensitive to light. Also, it is away from home. If I attempt to write at home, there are too many distractions that pull me away from writing—dishes and laundry to wash, sweeping, dusting, animals to care for, food to prepare, etc. When I write in my little corner of Subway, the distractions are no longer present, and I accomplish what I set out to do. And the light background music and quiet chatter provide the much needed “white noise” that helps me focus.


Has finding your space been an evolving journey?

Finding my writing space has been a journey on its own. Over the years, it has evolved from writing on my bed or at our public library, to a table at McDonald’s, then one at Subway. I wrote on Friday and Saturday evenings at the Subway in our local Wal-Mart when my children were younger, and that worked well for a while. However, the background noise became too overwhelming, and I eventually sought out a new space at our stand-alone Subway on Main Street. Funnily enough, my daughter eventually landed her first job at that Subway, and when I went there to write, it was also an opportunity for the two of us to bond any time she had caught up on her work.



previous decor
Anything you would change?

Personally, I would change the d├ęcor back to the old style. I tend to respond to warm and dark colors, partly because it sets the tone for what I write. My novels take place in the forest, and surrounding myself with forest colors anchors me in that world. Alternately, I would create a home office separate from the house that would function much like my current nest. However, knowing me, I would still allow myself to be distracted by every task left undone in my house. At present, writing away from home works best.

Thanks for taking us on a tour. I think I'll sit over there and have a sandwich.. I'm way behind on my next book. 

Remember, you will find copies of Prix's books: Season of Crows and Season of Madness by clicking on the title. Be sure to follow Prix on her social media sites!

   WEBSITE   BLOG   FACEBOOK   TWITTER   INSTAGRAM   

All my best
~Angela






Thursday, June 17, 2021

WRITER TIP THURSDAY - Prix Gautney

Good morning, everyone!

 I hope you're enjoying getting to know Prix Gautney as much as I have over the years.

Today, as part of Prix Gautney week here in the studio, we get an important writing tip from her.



For those wishing to create their own nest, I’d recommend finding an extremely comfortable seat—one that would support them for hours. Then surround themselves with colors, objects, books, and anything else that might provide inspiration. If they have a window with a view, that’s even better. Ultimately, it’s important to experiment with textures, comfort, noise, etc. until the right mix is achieved.

I really like what she says about 'experimenting with textures, comfort, noise, etc. until the right mix is achieved.'

One thing I've learned from all of our guests is that you won't find your perfect space right out of the box. Like making your house into a home... you'll need time, trial - and error - to find what works for you. 

Remember, you will find Prix Gautney by clicking any of the following links:

   WEBSITE   BLOG   FACEBOOK   TWITTER   INSTAGRAM   

We'll be back tomorrow to see Prix's writing space. You won't want to miss her digs!

All my best
~Angela


Wednesday, June 16, 2021

WEDNESDAY REVIEW - Season of Crows

 Good morning, everyone!

I know I'm going off the norm this week. That's my life - and my choice - when Bob is home. This is his last week and I'm gone the last four days. 

Today, I'm talking about Season of Crows by Prix Guatney.


NOTE: Prix is no longer with this publisher but you can find used copies of this as well as Season of Madness on AMAZON

I'm not a big fantasy reader. I much prefer a cuddle-up with a Hallmark movie/ story kind of reader. That said, Prix has the ability to create a world you want to be a part of. You want to run amongs the tree roots and rocks, following the creatures as they go about saving their home.

As someone who lives in a rural area, I know about crows! Thieves and bullies they be, so I was on the fighting side with the Walnut Keepers as they fought for the only home they know. Like people, the creatures use what they have and call on their courage to help in their defense. 

Bob calls me Dr. Doolittle for many reasons... the squirrels, snakes, turtles, birds, deer, mice .... none of which are afraid of me and will often sit where they are while I talk to them.

Like Wind in the Willows, Watership Down, Tales of Peter Rabbit, The Willows in Winter and similar adventure reads, this is one book you will want to read... perfect for curling up underneat a shade tree on a hot summer day and rooting the Walnut Keepers on! I'm giving SEASON OF CROWS:




You'll find Prix on the following social media locations:

    WEBSITE   BLOG   FACEBOOK   TWITTER   INSTAGRAM   

All my best
~Angela




Tuesday, June 15, 2021

AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT - Prix Gautney

 Quick Note - Remember, the review of Season of Crows will be posted tomorrow.

Today, I'm shining the spotlight on author, Prix (Pree) Gautney

I first met Prix at an Ozark Creative Writers Conference several years ago. Talk about a talented writer! This woman places 'high' (as in lots of first places!) in the writers competitions at the conference. She is amazingly talented... as you'll see when you read her first two books Season of Crows and Season of Madness. 

Prix sees stories in the most unusual of places. As romance authors, we people watch, Prix watches forest creatures.  Let's meet, Prix Gautney.


BIO:

I live on a small farm in southern Missouri with my two amazing children and an ever-changing number of cats, chickens, and vegetables. Though I enjoy writing Middle Grade/Young Adult Fantasy, I also love to write picture books. Every story is written longhand in spiral bound notebooks, and I later type them into my computer. I prefer the flow of the pen over the click of the keys and the mild onslaught of radiation from my laptop. And I wouldn't have it any other way.

From her blog profile, I also learned her favorite movies are anything that takes place on a plane or in outer space, has zombies or is a period drama. Her interests include organic gardening and her favorite books are Watership Down and Birth of a Firebringer. Prix's writing style has also been compared to Kenneth Grahame (Wind in the Willows)

Tomorrow, I'll post my review of the first book in the Evershade series (there are 2). Then Thursday, Prix will share some sage writing advice. Friday, we'll look inside her writer's nest. I hope you'll come along!

In the meantime, you'll find Prix on the following social media locations:

    WEBSITE   BLOG   FACEBOOK   TWITTER   INSTAGRAM   

All my best
~Angela


Monday, June 14, 2021

MONDAY MOTIVATION

 


Hello, everyone!

I did not realize until today that I totally skipped my Monday post the past week! Time does get away from me once Bob comes home. As I type this (Sunday), he is in his man cave (where the temperatures are much more bearable!), giving me time to get some things caught up.

Looking back at my Goals for the first week of June, I did not manage to get all of my June blog posts done but have been working on them every week. The only blog that has suffered of late has been my creative blog. That said, my Stampin' Up! business is beginning to pick up so I'll be showcasing that on a more regular basis there.

With the world flinging open the doors, music venues and the entertainers I promote are keeping me busy. Actual concerts, CD release parties, and the new CD releases to be reviewed, the music blog is beginning to shape up again for the first time in months.

Thanks to all of my new followers across the board on Instagram and Twitter. Your support means the world to me. 

This is Bob's last full week home, so here's how things are shaping up:

* Finish blog posts through end of June
* Garden planner together, new garden beds constructed and planted. 
* 10,000 words on An Ozarks Homecoming

I should have most of the first point done by the time you read this.
Monday (today) I'll finish getting the pages at least in the garden planner. Bob and I will work on the beds tonight and tomorrow night then I can plant the weekend after he goes back to work.

On that note, last week I transplanted 155 Roma tomato seedlings into cottage cheese-sized containers, as well as those larger 8 qt pots that roses come in. I also transplanted 14 slicing tomatoes and green peppers into 4" pots. I'm hoping to get the zucchini and cantaloupe planted tonight.

Daytime heat indexes are just killer! We wake up to them - and I'm up at 5 a.m.! Still muggy in the evenings but some things just can't wait.

As to the final point, I'm taking Thursday - Sunday next week at a hotel to do nothing but write and prep for July. June 19th, there is a FREE writers conference on -line. There's still time to sign up to join us!

The conference takes place in the middle of the day on Saturday so on either side of that as well as Thursday night and all day Friday I'll be writing. 

I have a great guest lined up for us this week. I will be introducing you to another Cassville writer. Prix Gautney writes Juevenile Fiction/ Fantasy/ Magic. I'll shine the spotlight on her tomorrow as well as review her first book - Season of Crows on WEDNESDAY (as opposed to the usual Tuesday). Then on Thursday, Prix will share a writing tip then take us inside her unusual Writer's Nest on Friday.... proving you can write ANYWHERE!  

All my best

~Angela

Tuesday, June 8, 2021

AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT & REVIEW - RaeAnne Thayne

 Goodmorning, friends...

Okay, I'm slipping in here around noon CST but it's morning somewhere! Maybe even as you're reading.

Today, I'm shining the spotlight on RaeAnne Thayne.


Check out, RaeAnne's website and you'll find a vast amount of great stories - as she states - 'stories of hope, healing and heart'.  She has some great series to get lost in, including the Brambleberry House collection. She has also been in several collections with other authors such as Jodi Thomas, Susan Mallery and Robyn Carr just to name a few. 

Until I began setting things up for this blog post, I have to admit I've ready several of RaeAnn's books over the years but did not realize she had so many series'.

Here's a bit about RaeAnne from her website:

BIO:

I’m not one of those people who knew from birth she was destined to become a writer. I always loved to read and throughout my childhood I could usually be found with a book in my hands. To the disgust of my friends, I even enjoyed creative writing assignments that made them all groan. But I had other dreams besides writing. I wanted to be an actress or a teacher or a lawyer.

Life took a different turn for me, though, when my mother made me take a journalism elective in high school (thanks, Mom!). I knew the first day that this was where I belonged.

Through it all — through the natural progression of my career from reporter to editor — I wrote stories in my head. Not just any stories, either, but romances, the kind of books I have devoured since junior high school, with tales about real people going through the trials and tribulations of life until they find deep and lasting love.

I had no idea how to put these people on paper, but knew I had to try — their stories were too compelling for me to ignore. I sold my first book in 1995 and now, more than 60 books later, I’ve come to love everything about writing, from the click of the computer keys under my fingers to the “that’s—it!” feeling I get when a story is flowing.

I write full-time now (well, as full-time as I can manage juggling my kids!) amid the raw beauty of the northern Utah mountains.

Even though I might not have dreamed of being a writer when I was younger, now I simply can’t imagine my life any other way.

Okay, probably one of the longest bios I've shared but I wanted you to see her journey from that young girl to today, finding her passion along the way.

Today, I'm reviewing His Second-Chance Family - part of The Women of Brambleberry House.   With seven books in this series, I can see my amazon account getting hit hard.  From what I can tell from this book, there are three main women. Abigail, who owns the house, then Sage and Anna. In this book, we have an idea of Sage's story, so I'm going to assume that is a previous book I have yet to read. However, with the way RaeAnne has written this book (based on the story content), all of the books stand alone... you don't go into a story feeling as if you missed something, but more that you want to read the other to find out how something came to be. 

In His Second-Chance Family we meet Sage and Anna as well as Abigail (in theory) and two people who knew each other as teen-agers, been hurt deeply by other loves then brought together for that 'healing' RaeAnn likes to include in her stories. 

I think you know that second-chance loves, whether they be trying love again with someone else or reuniting with a former love, are my favorite stories to read and to write. This book hit all the notes for me. Julia Blair returns to Brambleberry House for a fresh start and finds herself still head over heels in love with a boy from her past, Will Garrett. Mind you, Will has grown up and while Julia is there to regain her footing in life with her two children, Will is a bit slower to let painful wounds heal. 

I'm giving His Second-Chance Family..



The copy of His Second-Chance Family that I purchased had a bonus story by Patricia Davids, so I'll be coming back to review hers in a couple of weeks.

You'll find all kinds of great information on her WEBSITE and can catch up with her on the following social media links:

FACEBOOK   TWITTER   INSTAGRAM   GOODREADS   PINTEREST

AMAZON AUTHOR PAGE


I'll see you back here on Thursday for a Writer's Tip!

All my best

~ Angela











Thursday, June 3, 2021

WRITER TIP THURSDAY - Neil Gaiman

 Good morning, everyone!

The first Thursday in the month means we are back to see what sage advice authors can share. Today, I'm sharing a video from Neil Gaiman. This is actually an introduction to his MasterClass. I've heard great things about the MasterClass series. 


You'll find Neil through the following social media links:

WEBSITE   FACEBOOK   JOURNAL   TWITTER   TUMBLER   

Have you taken one of the MasterClass'? If so, please share your review in the comments section below.
All my best!
~Angela