Just Over Here - Adulting and Stuff

Hello Beautiful People!

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Since completing The Caelian Cycle, I've been on a sort of hiatus. My brain needed to reset after being in Sadie's world for over a year. Since publishing SHIFT: I read a TON of books, beta read for other authors, finally decided to move from a nose stud to ring, and dyed my hair blue.

You know... grown up things. 

But that doesn't mean I haven't been busy working on my next novel. Space Captain novel has been in the works since March, but with me finalizing SHIFT and working on promotional stuff - including my first book signing - and getting started into another school year. I haven't had much time to work on the actual writing of Space Captain.

I have, however, been hard at work on the "outline". My outlines are more of a general idea of where the characters should go, but usually I don't follow my own rules very well. Those pesky characters sometimes change the story for me. :D

On that note, I will say that Space Captain novel will be labeled as a New Adult instead of Young Adult - only because the characters are in that age range and not because there's explicit bedroom action.

With fingers crossed, I will be writing daily starting October 1st (after I pack up my family and move). If I can resist the urge to procrastinate, then - according my my schedule - I should be good for a release in early 2017. 

Stay Awesome!

I'm Not Dead...

Well, obviously because who is posting all these Book Reviews and Blog Tours.

Seriously though, I have been a little M.I.A. in the personal blog post department. Blogging has never been my strong suit. Coming up with subject matter that’s interesting? UGH… who do you think I am a writer? Oh... wait...

Yeah Okay. I write stuff about things, but I take many hours to fine tune my ideas before spending even more hours writing them. Then heaping another few hundred more hours with edits and promotions... Books take a lot of time, but somehow are hella easier than ONE. SIMPLE. BLOG. POST.

That being said, I am going to try to make time for personal posts. Even if the only thing I have to say is – today I wrote some words and parented some children. That’s interesting, right?

Right?

In the spirit of blogging here is my update: kids = unpredictable, self = stressed, family = love them, friends = both wonderful and tragic, and books = excited.

With my family selling our house and our move looming in the distance, writing has been a thing I do when I’m not cleaning my house for a showing or running around looking at other houses to buy. SHIFT has finally received a release date of July 22nd 2016 and will conclude The Caelian Cycle. I’m sad to see Sadie’s story come to an end, but at the same time thrilled to start on a new project.

Earlier this year, I decided to jump ahead in my Works-In-Progress line to write a stand-alone novel to honor my JanMom BFF who passed away in March. This novel had nothing more than an idea and some working thoughts on character development (unlike the duology I have been working on for almost a year while writing The Caelian Cycle).

Since finishing SHIFT, I have spent what little free time I have researching and developing this new world set in a different part of our galaxy. Not everything has been set in stone, but I have a working plot and an interesting history for my new set of characters.

I can’t wait to share it with you, but until then check out SHIFT on Goodreads or Amazon and please leave reviews – indie authors depend on them in order to sell more books. 

Until then - STAY AWESOME!

End of March Roundup

Hello Beautiful People!

This was supposed to post on March 31st... Oops! 

March has been one hell of a month. It started off fun and full of adventure as my family went on our yearly big camping trip. This year we went to Big Bend National Park. We went last fall, but it was with my husbands grandparents and we didn't have much say over what we did or where we went. 

 Camping in Big Bend, Texas

Camping in Big Bend, Texas

But we loved the area. Especially me - I fell in love with a little town called Marfa, a little hipster town in the middle of the dessert. The town is filled with both modern culture and history, but what attracted me the most was their mystery lights. Especially since - while I'm finishing Shift, I've been working on my next book which is set in a desert town in southwest Texas. The mystery lights fit with the lore of my next world and I just adored being able to immerse myself in Marfa. 

Other than a little book research, my family and I hiked a lot and enjoyed the ABSOLUTELY amazing view of the night sky at Big Bend. The park is one of the few places in America that can boast having low light pollution, making the night sky brilliant. My future Space Engineer son (his idea, not mine) enjoyed looking through his new telescope at his favorite constellations.

 My future Space Engineer listening to a lecture on Solar Flares.

My future Space Engineer listening to a lecture on Solar Flares.

 One of the Big Telescopes at McDonalds Observatory

One of the Big Telescopes at McDonalds Observatory

While in the area, we visited McDonalds observatory where my son and I got to listen to a few presentations on mapping the night sky and solar observations - Yes, my 5-year-old son was interested - he hates to read, but will listen to an astronomer drone on and on about zodiac constellations. My entire family went to the star party where we had the chance to look through their telescopes at differently heavenly bodies. Our favorite was Jupiter and three of his moons.

I'm so glad my family had the chance to get away and have such an amazing time together, but as we drove home I received some news that shook me to my core...

If you have read any part of my acknowledgements in The Caelian Cycle or just know me in person, I am a member of a group of women/moms who all had children the same month and year. We call ourselves the JanMoms. We're a tight group who have multiple get together's throughout the year. We share joys and heartaches. We are a support group. 

I was close to one amazing woman in particular, Jo. She and I bonded over our love of geek culture, anime, and fan fiction. It was Jo who encouraged me to write and publish my book. It was Jo, along with Kathryn (another awesome JanMom), who read Lost before anyone else. 

Needless to say, we were pretty thick. 

 Jo & I a few years back

Jo & I a few years back

On my way home from vacation, I get the news that Jo passed away. She had been struggling with some issues due to a surgical complication for months and her body finally gave out, but it was a shock to me. Before I had left, she had gone home and was doing better. During the vacation, we had no electricity and a signal was hard pressed to come by so I didn't see that she went back in to the hospital.

I was blindsided. 

Her passing tore my heart in two, but not just because the world lost an amazing woman. My heart broke for her husband and daughter - who is the same age as my son. With help from my fellow JanMom's I was able to go to her funeral the weekend after we got back from vacation. It was hard to witness, but I'm incredibly glad I had the chance to say goodbye.

The rest of March flew by in a blur, there was Holy Week, my grandfather's cancer came back, and another funeral to attend. Next thing I know I'm looking at April. I hope that I find peace in April. 

With lots of love!!! Stay awesome.

Revelations.

Hello Beautiful People!

Writing Shift has been a difficult road. Between the holidays and New Year funk, I got really behind on my schedule. Then I hit a wall - Not only do I just don't want to write, but everything I write is crap. CRAP I tell you. Thank GOD for the editing process. 

There's nothing I can say to explain just how horrible it is when, as writer, you go through this self-hate mental block. It's so hard because as I am writing, I am mentally rolling my eyes at myself. This crap-fest going on here doesn't just apply to my novels - no it has spilled over into my freelancing jobs. So, I decided that I needed a new lease on life and possibly a break. 

I have recognized that I've given myself undue stress by setting deadlines. Isn't freedom one of the reasons I chose to self-publish? YES.  So, I'm not longer allowing myself to stress about getting my books out fast (sorry those who are patiently waiting the releases).

Secondly, I've taken a short sabbatical with my freelance work and my family had decided to do a little traveling when my husband can get a way. It's going to be awesome! I cannot wait to share our adventures. 

Stay tuned. Soon I will reveal a teaser image for Shift followed by the playlist. I'm trying to set up a cover reveal tour, so we will see how that goes. I honestly cannot wait to share the cover for Shift. It is amazing and probably the best one out of the series. It's my favorite - for sure.

Until then... Stay Awesome!


January: an update

Hello Beautiful People!

Hi! How are ya?

Well... I have been in a bit of a writing slump lately. January is ALWAYS the worst month for me - seriously. Life is overwhelming right now and that is after I have all the other "new year" things to deal with. The beginning of the year has always been full of too much LIFE STUFF that I can never seem to find the time or motivation to do anything besides make sure the kids are being taking care of and well... exist.

However, things have been looking up. There has been a huge re-working of our daily schedules that made me fall behind on my word count goals so sadly, I will probably have to push back SHIFT's release until April 2016

Fear not! All the Tyner's are adjusting and *fingers crossed* everything will be OKAY.

With the extra time until SHIFT's release, I have some cool things planned that will (hopefully) pump everybody up. Those things are Shh-Shh-Secrete-Quite. However I can tell you that in the next few weeks, I will be able to get the blurb (maybe have the playlist ready) and have a cover reveal for SHIFT - so that's awesome.

Finally, I decided to host a few book tours on the site. Not a whole bunch because ain't nobody got time for that. I've been considering this for a while because I want to help promote other self-published authors and to be transparent - the traffic to my site wouldn't hurt. Also, I'd like to read and review the books that interest me.

Love you guys! Here's to February 2016 arriving with it's 29 days of getting my life back in order. I CAN DO THIS!

Stay Awesome!!!

 

2015: A Year in Review

Hello Beauties!

This year has been crazy. There have been blissful highs and some craptastic lows, but if I had to give 2015 a label it would be: BEGINNINGS. There had been more than a fair share of drama this past year (which for an introvert is like THE WORST). HOWEVER, other than having a house that wouldn’t stop breaking, raising/homeschooling an emotional 4-year-old and his “needs an anger management therapist” 2-year-old sister, and enough external family issues that Jerry would probably book us for a few episodes… There was one constant through it all:

My writing. 2015 has been the year of writing for me and that is the biggest and most satisfying beginning of 2015. I finally realized my dream! 2015 is the first year since I started writing that I said to myself “I WILL PUBLISH”.  

Publishing Lost has been one of my greatest accomplishments and it has also been a huge learning experience. Never would I have ever expected the amount of work outside actual writing there would be. Marketing has been a thorn in my side, but I have eventually navigated the waters and overcame an almost crippling fear of putting myself out there. (Mind you this is all online – talk to me about my books in person and I’ll clam up and blush fire)!

2015 has been the year of:

  •          131,000 words written
  •          432 book related emails
  •          180ish new followers on Twitter & Facebook
  •          104 novels read
  •          33 Blog posts – which is more than I have EVER written
  •          5 solid NEW ideas for upcoming novels
  •                3 finished books
  •                1 W.I.P.
  •         0 sanity - which I'm considering an accomplishment

2015, on a personal front:

  •        Two healthy, intelligent children who grow every day
  •        A husband who continues to be supportive and amazing
  •        3 family camping trips
  •        A newly acquired camper which will allow us the ability to do more in 2016
  •        Sadly, less time and motivation for the gym.

Overall, 2015 has been a success (although I really need to take time for fitness again). The week after Christmas is the time to look back on our accomplishments and take that momentum to push further in the following year.

May 2016 be the best year yet! 

Stay Awesome in 2016!!!


Christmas Anxiety

Hello Beautiful People,

Every year, I enter the holiday season with mixed emotions. For example, I am always ridiculously saddened by the thought of a year ending, but in the same breath, bouncing in my seat excited to see what the new year will bring.

I'm not sure if I mentioned this before, but I struggle with anxiety. Usually it comes in the form of worrying about random things until I feel like I can control whatever messed up scenario my brain has concocted at the moment and usually it is very morbid. Such as last night, my family was riding home after a lovely dinner with my grandparents. We had Christmas music blaring. We were singing off key and in order to keep my two-year-old awake for the 20-minute ride home, I had the lights on and was encouraging her to dance to the music just like mommy. Well, at one point during the merriment my brain decided to throw in this random gem “If we had a car crash right now, I’m glad this will be the kids last memory of me.”

Whoa. Right? Welcome to my mind.  

Those random thoughts will sometimes just spike my anxiety for a few seconds or more often send me into a few spiraling minutes of obsessing over details, but there are times my anxiety stems from my own personality.

I write YA and love to read YA books (and more recently I’ve been enjoying a few “adult” paranormal novels). Everyone who has read the genre knows of at least one character who’s introverted. It seems to be a thing just like red haired girls and alpha males. Although, the introverted trope attached to many main characters sticks to the same “I’m a shy, loner who prefers books to people and hates being in crowds” theme who I’m sure many introverted people can relate to, it is not how I relate to being introverted.

Sure, I seriously do prefer books to 95% of humanity and I definitely can identify as a loner at times, but that is not who I am. There isn’t much that is “shy” about me. I’m quiet (until you get to know me) and I’m introspective, but I do know how to be in a crowd and will sometimes enjoy it - although how long I last before I’m ready to recede to my cave is another matter altogether.

My identity as an introvert stems from my desire to limit my time with people who don’t rank high on my importance scale and spend my limited social energy on those who truly matter to me. So here’s my Christmas dilemma… every year, I am excited for Christmas. For the family. The food. The presents. The joy on my kids (and nieces/ nephews) faces. It’s ALL super awesome. BUT I hate it all the same.

Christmas is just that time of year where everyone expects a large piece of your time/energy and you feel obliged to give it. It's the season for giving after-all. There is not enough “me time” to recharge so I can get back out there and be a smiling bundle of Christmas joy. Instead by the time Christmas rolls around, I’ve been pulled in so many directions and obligated to do so many activities that I am a veritable Grinch.

Which is another thing I hate.

So this year, I have been using my “say no if I really don’t want to” rule that I enforce throughout the rest of the year. It’s 8 days till Christmas and I’m still feeling Merry and excited for the many Christmas celebrations still waiting. It’s been a serious improvement on my mental health and I have even been able to sneak in quite a bit of writing time (unlike every December since I started writing in Junior High).

I hope I can keep this momentum going and if you struggle with anxiety or are just an introvert struggling to stay Merry this season – don’t overwhelm yourself and try (I know it’s hard) to let those worries roll off your shoulders.

Merry Christmas and Stay Awesome!

Inspiration Board - John

Hello Beautiful People!

This week has been full of excitement on the book front. I finalized lots of plans for our Caelian Crew and finally decided on a name for the Kian novella that will be released before the final installation of The Caelian Cycle. 

Writing has been hard on me lately. My family of four live in a pseudo-tiny house. Honestly, it's only 200 square feet bigger than an official tiny home - I think we deserve some credit. In order to make room for some adjustments (ie: we REALLY wanted to start having family meals), I had to move my writing nook in my bedroom. Usually that wouldn't be a big thing, but my daughter - bless her heart - will only nap in my room & she's the lightest sleeper in the history of humanity. 

That leaves me in a pickle since MY time to write is usually limited to nap time. BUT thank the stars for husbands who are SUPER AWESOME. Mr. Tyner has been coming home from work and corralling those munchkins to give me a few spare minutes a day to get some work done.

Hopefully, this will be a short lived hiccup.

Now! Back to the blog title. Today we are looking at:

John

So John is one of my favorite characters. I'm not going to lie, I have mad love for Sadie's entire crew, but John is a special blend of people who I admire for their carefree attitude - an attribute I do not have. 

First, his name - John. It's no surprise to those who know me that I would name this particular character after my crazy baby brother. John (my brother) has always been the one person who comes around and... BAM! I'm in a good mood. He is a joker, a little man-whorish - you know I love you, bro - a fighter, but mostly he's just plain good-natured. My John, works with adolescences with mental illnesses and wants to get his masters degree so he can be a therapist for autistic kids. That takes a special kind of person and I'm so incredibly proud to be his sister. 

Book John is also a mixture of a few ladies in my mommy group - JanMom's. A year ago, I went to a get-together with about 23 of the 190 ladies in our group. We've "known" each other for 5 years by this point, but I had never been in a group situation with any of them before.  Needless to say, I was petrified and I made the mistake of telling the group before catching my flight.

Now, If you ever meet me in real life, I'm reserved and bashful. Eventually, I'll warm up to you and you'd probably wish I'd shut up. But that is not the point of this story. My first day with the group, I had my personal space invaded in many MANY ways. Let's just say that when writing Lost, I think I may have subconsciously put a few things that happened in the book. 

It was probably my psyche's way of dealing with the trauma. :D

Anyway, book John has so much love and life to give that he's an intricate part of Sadie's group. He balances the group - not just with his masculinity, but his carefree nature is what probably keeps that particular group of teenage girls grounded. 

See you again next week! Stay Awesome!


Did You Miss Me?

Hello Beautiful People!

I'm baaaaaack! Our vacation to south Texas was awesome - except the whole rainy part at the end, but it's Texas and weather cannot be predicted. However, I realized two things on this vacation. 1. I really need a DSLR camera. Pictures taken on your phone just don't do the scenery justice and 2. I'm so glad I decided to set my second book series in that area because now I have a legit, tax right-off excuse to go back. Just look at this:

 Big Bend National Park

Big Bend National Park

This trip came at an awesome time because I REALLY needed a break. I've been working on some final touches on the third and final book of The Caelian Cycle's outline and finished the preliminary's on a Caelian Cycle Novella that will be released before the final book next year. YAY! 

MIND. BLOWN.

I didn't set out to write any novella's, but Kian's story kept begging to be told. (Plus, I know a few fangirls who love themselves some Kian and I aim to please).The novella is from Kian's perspective and WILL NOT contain spoilers to the series (it will have hints though), but will open up some of the mystery to Kian's past and explain some of the weirdo choices he has made throughout the series. 

This week, I will resume my weekly inspirational board posts, finishing my Caelian Crew from Lost. I haven't quite decided if I'm going to do the norms or start on the new characters from Bound to celebrate it's release next Monday. Which reminds me, this is your last week to purchase Lost for $0.99.

As always, STAY AWESOME!


So Sorry...

Hello lovelies,

I'm so sorry I haven't been active lately here or in my social media accounts. Things have been crazy around here: mom-cations, home school, and next week a family vacation.

When I get back, we will be getting on the bandwagon because Bound will be releasing soon. I'll post an excerpt and maybe a few more tidbits about the characters. Before I leave on Sunday for family vacation/ research for the next book installment (no Caelian Cycle), I'll post my inspiration board for John.

Until then, please accept my humble apologies. 

Stay Awesome!


Pluto Obsessed.

 Photo from NASA's Instagram account.

Photo from NASA's Instagram account.

Hello all you beautiful people!

I've been scouring the Internet for all things Pluto. How could you not after seeing Pluto's big heart? I've been showing my kids pictures and telling them how New Horizons launched before they were born. My daughter, being the sassy two year old was indifferent. But my son has been excited to learn more. He's got a invested interest in space since he want's to be a space engineer. When I showed him this picture, he asked why the planet has giant heart cutie mark. Bless his little heart.

My generation has collectively been on a roller coaster ride of emotions involving Pluto. We will always regard it as the ninth planet. How else would "My Very Excellent Mother Just Served Us Nine Pizza's"? I just can't think of a mnemonic that would work with just 8 planets, or at least one as awesome.

It amazes me how humanity is starting it's expansion into space and I wonder how advanced our technology will become in the next few years. Hopefully by the time my 4 year old officially becomes a space engineer, he will be able to build a human colony on Mars or be involved in the creation of a spaceship that takes human's on a deep space mission Star Trek style.

Stay Awesome!

Sweet, Sweet Summertime

Hello beautiful people!

I'm so sorry I haven't been active on the website or on twitter as of late. I've been taking a little break to enjoy the amazing weather we're having in Texas this summer.

If you have never lived or visited Texas in the summer, let me just gush how AWESOME this year has been. Usually by July 4th, the grass is turning brown from no rain and the heat. The heat index would be in the 110's daily for at least three weeks by now. It usually is in the low 80's at day break, which means you could break a sweat walking to your car at 6 FREAKING AM.

This spring/ early summer we had weeks of rain that shifted everything in our state. The grass is green, we've been blessed with a cool breeze, and the mornings are a lovely 75 degrees. 

In Texas, you can never take good weather for granted because it could shift dramatically and be Hell on Earth any day now, hence my absence. Kids gotta play and this girl needs to soak up the sun while catching up on her reading. 

Stay AWESOME!

PS: Lost will be on Tour from July 6th - 24th, so my social media will be blitzed out.