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Navel gazing

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I’m currently on holiday in the UK. At the moment we are staying with friends and I’ve been chatting with Nik about body image. I’ve been struggling with my weight and the older I get the harder it is. Gone are the days when I could eat what I want and stay thin. I was active and thin and now well I’m sort of motherly and plump. On holidays that gets worse. All those yummy puddings to try. All those choices on menus. It’s very hard to balance enjoying yourself and staying fit and healthy. Okay let’s rephrase that last sentence. Not exploding out of all my clothes from being a shovel faced eating machine.

I was kind of bitching about my body to Nik, about my thickening middle and looking like a mutant coffee bean. We started talking about body image. When I was young I was thin, but I had rather large breasts. You know I really hated them. I hated the attention they drew. Coming from an abused childhood going through puberty and then attracting unwanted sexual attention was really hard. It messed with my head in a big way that never really went away. I really hated having large ‘boobs’ for most of my life. It’s only now that I’m older that I feel better about my body or so I thought.

These days I’m obsessing about my weight. Now I can either just accept how I look or I can lose weight. Losing weight is proving hard but I do have some control over that part of me, if I really was serious about it. It is hard though, particularly with my lifestyle-desk jockey by day and writer who is desk bound in the evening.

My obsession about my weight is not just about body image. (I’m hedging I think) Being overweight for me is usually a sign that I’m sick. I get sludgey, my digestion goes haywire, my cholesterol gets ridiculous etc. I feel better and healthier about 10 kilos less than I am now.

But the bottom line is we all spend way to much time thinking about body image. We are conforming to some ideal that either we have created ourselves has been put there by the images that we are bombarded with by media. I’m not being pro-or anti obesity. I am overweight and I don’t think it’s healthy. It’s a product of a society of excess. We have in the western world more food and food choices than ever before. But that’s another issue…

If I go back in time, being slightly plump was fashionable. Call me Rubenesque, though really I’m not quite there yet. Lah! You see how hard it is to fit an image?

So navel gazing (if I could see my belly button) should reveal to me a body that is beautiful as it is, where it is. It’s the only one I’ve got. Most parts of it work appropriately. I can see, hear and talk. All blessings that I take for granted.

I wish we could be happy with the beauty we have, rather than measuring ourselves against an ideal but that’s life to a certain extent. I’m going to try from now own to accept who I am and try to be healthy, which means being a bit more trim, but my body is fine as it is.

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It’s here!

I was so caught up with the release day and all the other stuff going on I forgot to post.

To help get the word out about The Sorcerer’s Spell I’ve been out on the web.

Where am I on the web?

I have been gallivanting around the place, talking about the new book, The Sorcerer’s Spell, or talking about aspects of writing.

Here is where I have been and you can catch up with what I’ve been talking about.

ARRA release day blog

SE Gilchrest: Character interview with Annwyn Godwin

 

Leisl Leighton’s blog where I talk about shifting from straight science fiction and fantasy to paranormal romance.

 

Darkside Down under blog.

 

Soon to be on www.christinaphillips.com ,which has an excerpt

Write Bytes with Keziah http://www.keziahhill.com

Happy reading and to check out a copy of  The Sorcerer’s Spell. It’s weird about the link because the cover isn’t there. Apparently just for me, there’s a glitch.

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It’s nearly here

So The Sorcerer’s Spell is out on Friday 1 August. That’s like the day after tomorrow. OMG! There’s not too much out by way of reviews yet, but it’s quite exciting just the same.

At over 80,000 words, The Sorcerer’s Spell is a decent size. It’s my second paranormal novel out this year and set in a different universe to Bespelled: it also has a different publisher (Harpercollins Impulse)

It’s quite interesting that this book is coming out just when I’ve started working on a sequel, currently titled The Changling Curse. I’m quite enthusiastic about the new story. It’s always fresh and exciting to start a new story. Of course, what you put down in the first draft is never the amazing thing you expect it to be. It takes a lot of work to get it there.

I’m heading overseas in less than two weeks. Off to Loncon 3 (London, August) and also British Fantasy Con (York, September). We’ll be off for six weeks. Egads! That sounds like a long time but when we work out where we’re going it’s not long enough.

I will be working while travelling, but keeping it to essentials, such as answering emails and I have some edits coming (for the other me) so it’s important to get those done.

I will try to load up some piccies from the trip. Just to make you all green with envy.

And before I head overseas, I’ll be at RWA Conference in Sydney 8-10 August. I’m wearing my get up from New Orleans on Friday night for the leather and lace. I just have to find someone to help me with my corset! I’ll also be at the book signing so drop by and get a book mark, a usb or a pen…something!

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It’s getting closer

The Sorcerer’s Spell is up on Netgalley for those of you who are interested in reviewing it. Marketing told me that they had 40 requests in the first day, which is a lot apparently. It’s quite exciting!

I have some great marketing stuff with iBooks, but unfortunately I haven’t been able to get it to work on WordPress. Probably it’s my tech savviness, awesomeness not!

The Sorcerer’s Spell – Dani Kristoff

In other news, Spiritbound, the prequel to Bespelled has been accepted for publication so expect to see that in the new year. I love this story so much. Grace and Declan getting in on. I’m nearly finished the first draft of the sequel Invoked. This story has proven to be a bit troublesome.

When I get back from the UK I’ll be starting on The Changling Curse, the next installment in The Sorcerer’s Spell. It’s going to be more werewolf. You will know what I mean when you read, the Sorcerer’s Spell. (BTW this is listed as erotica).

I have a stack load of edits to do for the other me at the moment and I’ll be working on those while travelling in the UK.

While in the UK I’ll be at Loncon 3. I’m not on any panels or anything, but I’ll be hanging and I’ll have postcards for the books. I’ll also be at British Fantasy Convention in York in September.

And I should mention I’ll be signing in August at the ARRA book signing that is to be held as part of the Romance Writers of Australia conference in Sydney.

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Cover love-The Sorcerer’s Spell

So I have it finally, the cover for The Sorcerer’s Spell put together by the team at HarperCollins Australia. The Sorcerer’s Spell will be out with Harper Impulse, but I believe it is called AusImpulse on 1 August.

Like wow, that’s so fast but seems so slow, which is ridiculous to think. Traditional publishing can take 18months to 2 years from acceptance to publication. Digital is so much quicker. And yet I find I’m full of impatience. I must be a product of this modern world as I seem to be wanting it and wanting it now.

Anyway here is the cover. There are preorder links at the bottom of the page. It’s categorised as erotica so it is a hot, hot paranormal romance. A bit about the cover. This is a story where one woman is body swapped by a sorceress, hence the two faces.  in the image. Also the cover has to stand out as a thumbnail. Let me know what you think.

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Publisher page here

Pre order at various places

https://itunes.apple.com/au/book/the-sorcerers-spell/id847666414?mt=11

https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Dani_Kristoff_The_Sorcerer_s_Spell?id=MJkaAwAAQBAJ

http://www.amazon.com.au/The-Sorcerers-Spell-Dani-Kristoff-ebook/dp/B00J7GIAPK

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/c/dani-kristoff

And it’s cheap. Less than a cup of coffee.

 

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Back from the RT Convention in New Orleans

I’m back. I’m jetlagged but doing okay. I’m still in the process  of catching up with the laundry. I’m sure the universe will be a safer place when all my underwear is clean.

RT was amazing. It was big. It was daunting. It was chaos and fun. New Orleans was a melting pot of cultures and excitement and I’d go back again one day.

I shopped…a lot. I did tours. I stayed at a fabulous Bed and Breakfast called the Canal Street Inn. (link below) and as it was in mid town I had to take the cable car every day and that was an interesting experience. I got to see some of the real New Orleans, although a lot of tourists ride the cable car or street car.

When I’m more settled I’ll put up some photos.

Highlight of the tours for me was the night swamp tour with Cajun Encounters. The guide was great. The rest of the people on the boat were so funny, I laughed my head off. I got way to close to an alligator but I took the photo anyway. The sound of the swamp was amazing at night.

I hung with Keri Arthur a lot. We have similar shopping tendencies and we walked heaps. It was so much fun. We may be dangerous together when it comes to shops. I met some readers, mostly in queues for things. An hour in a queue can learn you a lot about someone. I gave out some Aussie souvenirs and postcards with Bespelled on them.

Here is the link to the Canal Street Inn. It was so wonderful. The Innkeeper is Monica and she was very helpful. The breakfasts were different each day, introducing elements of southern cuisine like grits. There was even some nice red wine in the evenings if I was home. Link.

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Round up-April

Things have been pretty hectic on the personal front, particularly over Easter where my mother almost died and our cat died. We are devastated by the loss of our little cat. He was ginger, so friendly and pretty. My mother has picked up and has developed a different personality after a stroke. My mother has been bedridden for a few years, but it is really, really hard to see someone you love just fade away a bit at a time.

I had a birthday in April. Yes, I’m bull headed!

A few things on the cards for me in May. I am heading to the USA on the 10th of May, making a beeline to New Orleans and the RT Convention. My first! So if you are going to be there and you see me, do say hi. I’m excited to be going to New Orleans, but sadly in the knowledge that I can’t eat fish as I appear to have developed an allergy.

I’m waiting on the cover of The Sorcerer’s Spell to make an appearance and as it hasn’t I won’t be able to bring bookmarks etc to the RT Convention.  On the other hand, there have been some lovely reviews of Bespelled lately, some on Goodreads and another on Amazon. I’ll put the links down below.

I’ve been writing sporadically lately, mostly because of what’s happened with my mother. When emotional stuff happens, my head fills up with a kind of gunge and it takes a while for it to clear and to be able to think again. This time I really thought she was going and it was a confronting experience to say goodbye, to grieve and accept. Of course, my mother turned that on it’s head, which is also a bit destabilising to say the least!

On the writing front I’m working on a third story in the Bespelled world called Invoked. I’m not sure how it’s going to turn out. It has more world building in it (across the series)  but it is also a bit darker than the other two. We’ll have to see.

I also have to knuckle down and get started on The Changling Curse, which is the sequel to The Sorcerer’s Spell. This one is going to be a bit more on the erotica side. I’m saying this because The Sorcerer’s Spell is listed as erotica. I shouldn’t be surprised. It was rather hot!

Meanwhile, I can’t believe how fast this year is going. It’s May already and with me being away in New Orleans, the month is going to go very fast. I’m hoping to finish the first draft of Invoked in May. It was meant to be April, but enough said. I’ll be writing on the plane I think.

Here are the links to the reviews. Thank you  lovely reviewers. It feels amazing when someone likes what you’ve done and really gets it. If you read Bespelled don’t forget to drop me a line. I need pick me ups these days with family illness’s etc.

The first review is here on the Amazon.com site.

The second I found on Goodreads

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/911419129?book_show_action=true&page=1

 

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