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 #FridayFreebie

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Mystic Brew is free today and tomorrow. If you haven’t read it, grab it now.  Available on Amazon.

Mystic Brew is a dark and twisted tale of friendship, secrets, and coffee.
Jane, a socially awkward writer, watches the world from the safety of the back corner at the Mystic Brew Coffee Shop.
A chance meeting, with vivacious redhead Margo, forces Jane out of her shell and into the world around her.
What secret is Jane hiding? Will Margo succeed in bringing Jane into the light? Or will the ghosts reemerge?

 

As always if you enjoy the story leave a review on Amazon and/or Goodreads. Indie authors live and die by reviews. Anything as simple as “I like it” is much appreciated.

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Have a good weekend.

-CK

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Mystic Brew

With a new release on the horizon, I wanted to offer up a #free cup of Mystic Brew.  This short story will be free on Amazon April 8,2016. Get it while it’s hot!   Just click on the link below.

Mystic Brew - High Resolution(1)

Mystic Brew is a dark and twisted tale of friendship, secrets, and coffee.
Jane, a socially awkward writer, watches the world from the safety of the back corner at the Mystic Brew Coffee Shop.
A chance meeting, with vivacious redhead Margo, forces Jane out of her shell and into the world around her.
What secret is Jane hiding? Will Margo succeed in bringing Jane into the light? Or will the ghosts reemerge?

Happy Valentine’s Day!

   It’s national chocolate day! Oops. I mean Valentine’s Day.100_9298

It’s also the last day of Mardi Gras break. It’s back to work and school in the morning. We had a great break until Friday. Late, or early depending on how you see things, Friday my oldest started vomiting, that lasted for HOURS. I don’t know what it is about a school break, but someone’s going to get sick. She’s better now and at the moment- no one else has gotten sick. I’ve sprayed the entire house down with Lysol and washed all her linens. I thought about dipping her in hand sanitizer, but decided that’s frowned upon.

I took my youngest with me to the salon. I was in drastic need of a trim and highlights. Yes, you can be in drastic need of highlights. I was getting too grey, now I’m too blond 😦 My husband loves it! Anyway, the young one decided to get her hair trimmed and straightened. I have stiff-straight hair. My children range from fat, bouncy curls to ringlets. To them having their hair straightened is an event, I refuse to buy a straightener. She walked out of the salon and required a quick photo so she could text all her friends. I also refuse to buy them a phone. She’s pranced around the house for days. As soon as water touches it, it’ll curl back up. Kids are so funny.

Enough rambling. On with Row80 goals:

Participate in the weekly Health/Fitness Challenge at church.  Goal this week attend two workout classes and one day on treadmill.  Let’s be honest. The only exercise I have had is chasing beads at a Mardi Gras parade!

-Read 4 books a month, roughly 1 book a week.  I’m still reading Crimson Claymore by Craig A. Price Jr and I finished the ebook Let’s Get Visible . I just picked up the Stan Lee biography from the library, it’s a graphic novel! I may have to burrow under a blanket and read that. I don’t think I can wait. Of course I’ll have to steal it from my children first. 3/4 read.
-Edit book 2 in my mystery seriesNada! I’m tossing this goal for now.
-Work on self-publishing Book 1. On hold. I’m making this my critique group project. It’ll take awhile, only 5,000 words at a time.
-Institute Meatless Monday.Total fail this week. Does fish count as meatless?
-Keep up with the local Critique Group.  Done!
-At some point I need to write a story I’ve plotted. Still at 1000 words. I have a conundrum. I was wanting to use a certain fandom as a backdrop (something the characters are all interested in), but I’m not sure what legal issues are involved with that.

Edit/publish Coffee.   Done! Mystic Brew is out in the world. It’s my first time using KDP select. Because of that, it’s only available on Amazon.  In honor of Valentine’s Day it’s free the 14th and 15th. If you are tired of pink roses and hugs and kisses, give it a try. If you haven’t read the blog post click here.  That’s it, no more shameless self-promotion.

I feel like a weight has been lifted. Having my short story published makes me feel so much lighter. I don’t know why, but it does. I plan on publishing two more this year. I spreading them out a bit. I think making decisions about my WIP has helped as well, it had started to feel like a dead weight.  Sometimes it’s hard, as a writer, to look at the paths to publication and find a place in it. Sometimes you have to make a new path. Later on you may find that it didn’t work, but at least you tried.

How did your week go? What must read book did you find this week?

-CK

Mystic Brew

Guess what? It’s #NewRelease day!

 

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Let me introduce you to my new release, Mystic Brew. A short story that dives into the dark side of friendship.

Blurb: Mystic Brew is a dark and twisted tale of friendship, secrets, and coffee.

Remember how your mother told you not to talk to strangers? That’s great advice.
Jane, a socially awkward writer, watches the world from the safety of the back corner at the Mystic Brew Coffee Shop.
A chance meeting, with vivacious redhead Margo, forces Jane out of her shell and into the world around her.
What secret is Jane hiding? Will Margo succeed in bringing Jane into the light? Or will the ghosts reemerge?

 

Currently Mystic Brew is only available on Amazon, $0.99.

It’s the perfect treat to ward off the sticky sweetness of Valentine’s Day.

If you enjoy reading Mystic Brew, leave a review on Amazon, Goodreads, or your blog.

If you would like to stay up to date on publishing news and events, sign-up for my newsletter.

-Caren Rich

2016 Goals

Christmas break is almost over, school starts tomorrow. Yippee! The kids aren’t quiet as excited about that as I am. I’ve had very little time to dedicate to writing, but I’ve thought about my goals and how I want to attack them.

My overall yearly goals:

1. self-publish my first mystery novel
2. read more
3. get healthy
4. build a newsletter
I love #3. Can’t wait to see how long that one lasts! I’ve taken those four and adjusted them for Row80. Be sure to click here to read other blogs participating in Row80. Leave a word of encouragement.


Row80 Round 1 Goals

-Participate in the weekly Health/Fitness Challenge at church. It runs from Jan. 6- Feb. 28. I regretted signing up for this about 5 minutes after. I must attend each class and exercise. Yuk!
-Read 4 books a month, roughly 1 book a week. I’m doing the Mother-Daughter Reading Challenge with my girls. A book a week isn’t much, but it allows extra time for crazy weeks when nothing gets done.
-Edit book 2 in my mystery series. This is a holdover from December. I have a huge stack of things that need to be edited. Sigh. The only way I can see to do this is to assign days to edit. Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday are edit days.
-Work on self-publishing Book 1. This round that means- participate in a manuscript swap and send MS to editor. I’ve just received the manuscript I need to read. Every time I think of sending mine to the editor I get queasy. I’m not used to spending that kind of money on myself. It’s a bit terrifying. My target date for publication is August 1. Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday are days I work on this.
-Institute Meatless Monday. The slamming door you hear is my oldest threatening to move to grandma’s house. She’s a full carnivore and hates vegetables. I may have to do a mostly meatless. I don’t want her to starve to death.
-Keep up with the local Critique Group. I’ve had online critiques, this is the first “live” critique group I’ve been involved with. I now know why it’s so important. Nothing beats having eight separate pair of eyes. Of course that means I have eight critiques to return.
-At some point I need to write a story I’ve plotted. I have two waiting in the wings and I want to work on them before the fire is gone. May have to see how the above goes and tweak the schedule a bit.

Edit/publish Mystic Brew. This just finished critique group. I hope to have this ready by March 1. It’s a dark short story. Very different from what I have previously published. Full of twists and turns.

Wow. It always feels overwhelming when I write the goals up. I have to remind myself that it just takes a little time each day to accomplish. I have to show up and work every day. I’m easily distracted, so I need to make a list daily and stay focused.

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For those of you that were in the last Round of Row80, you may remember we were working on a room for my oldest. I’m happy to say, it’s finished. We moved her in two days after Christmas and she’s been rearranging it daily.

 

It’s hard to see in the photo, but she has assembled a Lego army of mini-figures to take over the world!

What are your goals for round 1?

-CK