The Migraine That Ate My Day

I swear, the worst feeling in the world is that I’ve wasted my day off. The other day at work was crazy, and I was looking forward to having the day off the next day. I planned to go to the gym and do my swim-spin-run combo, finish the outline for my winter project, and maybe start working on the second draft of my current project. Oh, and watch Donnie Darko, which was just put on Netflix and which I haven’t seen in almost 10 years.

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Unfortunately, my brain had a different plan for me.

I’ve dealt with migraine headaches since I was 5 years old and was actually hospitalized because they were so severe the docs thought I had a brain tumor. Turns out it was just migraines! They were much worse when I was younger, to the point where I used to have to carry an Imitrex injectable with me to class because I couldn’t commute back home if I had a migraine. Oh, then there was the time my ex-husband and the choir director had to carry me back to the bus in Mexico because I had one so bad I was getting shutter vision! Good times.

So when I woke up at 3:30 this morning with a migraine bad enough for me to feel nauseous, I knew the day had gone sideways. It was one of those migraines where every time your head throbs it feels like an ice pick stabbing through your skull, and I resigned myself to taking one of my Fiorinal and laying down on an ice pack. Then I tried to go back to sleep in the vain hope I could get up and run. That was a big old “nope” because my head hurt so badly that I couldn’t sleep. The bottle says 1 to 2 capsules of Fiorinal so I took a second one and got a fresh ice pack about an hour later. Luckily, my freezer is filled with ice packs for just such an occasion.

Finally, around 8:00 I was able to concentrate enough to be bored by Twitter but my headache still wouldn’t let me write. I did the rational thing and downloaded a crossword puzzle app on my phone and proceeded to blow through a number of easy puzzles. It was enjoyable, and another round of medication, a meal, eleven hours and a forbidden Dr. Pepper later, the headache was starting to fade. I did another crossword and sat down to work on my outline, certain that if I was able to finish it my day off wouldn’t be completely wasted…only to find that I’d already finished it and don’t remember anything about it.

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Thanks a lot, brain.

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The Legacy’s Origin by Dawn Brower

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What makes a person a witch?

For those living in sixteenth century Scotland the very word witch is terrifying. Everyone is afraid of witches, both to be accused of one, and to be cursed by one. In a series of events beyond their control one family faces their ultimate fear and the consequences they can’t escape.

The very idea of witchcraft becomes all too real for the Dalais family. Caitrìona Dalais Guaire, Sorcha Dalais Creag, and Niall Dalais are torn from their homes and put on trial. Their very lives are at stake, and everything points to their eventual demise.

In an act of desperation one of them arranges for the children to be secreted away to safety. Only time will tell if they are successful and if their legacy will live on…

This is the first book in our Enduring Legacy series and it tells the story of the original three magical siblings. It is from this book that everything else flows, and while it’s not essential to read it to enjoy the series, I highly recommend it. Dawn has done an amazing job creating a world that I’m thrilled to be a part of, and I’m looking forward to reading everyone’s books. The Legacy’s Origin kicks off the series, with the next book by Amanda Mariel available in September. I look forward to seeing you all in the world of the Dalais family!

Available today at all your favorite retailers!
https://books2read.com/legacyorigin/

Preorder The Search For Sam Today!

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Today’s the big day! You can preorder The Search For Sam today! Unlike my other two books, you can buy this one at any of your favorite retailers! So if you want to read about Tilly and Jacob, but you have a Nook or Kobo reader I’ve got you covered.

This is the first time I’ve been part of a series before and I hope I’ve done the Dalais family justice. The only thing I ever did that was remotely similar was in college when we were given a shared world in which to write stories. It was so much fun that I wanted to try and do something similar with a friend but unfortunately we didn’t get too far past the planning phase. This series gave me a lot more freedom and I had such a great time writing it, so I hope you’ll enjoy it and the other books in the series.

I am beyond thrilled to be a part of the Enduring Legacy series with so many amazing and talented women, and I can’t wait to read all the books myself. The next book coming out after The Legacy’s Origin is Amanda Mariel’s One Enchanted Kiss, and you can preorder it right now at any retailer!

Preorder on Amazon here:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07DT3SCVH/

My friends who prefer Nook or Kobo formats – or just about any other format under the sun – can also preorder it using the links here:

http://www.books2read.com/SearchForSam

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Also, today is the last day you can get Drowned History for free! Tomorrow the price goes up to $1.99. Still a great price but getting a free book is even better, right?

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07B9SDHKP

Drowned History – Free This Weekend!

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My new book Only a Rogue Knows is now available on Amazon for Kindle and in KU! To celebrate, I’m offering Drowned History for FREE this weekend! If you haven’t picked up your copy yet, now is the time to do it.

If you haven’t read any of my work and want to check it out, the book will be free on Amazon from Friday, June 15 through Monday, June 18! Tell your friends, too, the more the merrier!

If you do pick up a free copy, be sure to leave me a review and let me know what you thought about it! And if you absolutely hate it, let me know too. I don’t offend easily and appreciate constructive criticism. It wasn’t my favorite part of my English minor but it really helps develop a thick skin because college can be petty.

Follow the links below to get your free copy of Drowned History, and pick up a copy of Only a Rogue Knows while you’re at it! Don’t forget, The Legacy’s Origin is also available to preorder at any of your favorite retailers!

Drowned History – FREE

Only a Rogue Knows – $0.99

The Legacy’s Origin – preorder for $0.99

 

Training Journal – Military Miles Half Marathon

img_3737I’ve been a little quiet about my health, both mental and physical, because I always feel like no one wants to hear about it. You’re here for books and kittens, after all! Last week, however, was extremely rough for me as I suffer from chronic pain in my hands. It was bad enough that I became somewhat depressed about things and was feeling a little hopeless, so I decided to handle my physical issues in my favorite way – running all the miles!

I went to Dr. Google and looked up June races, and found one in Las Colinas called the WW Military Miles half marathon that looked promising. After a little bit of internal debate and a conversation with Charlotte, I signed myself up for 13.1 miles in the Texas heat.

Now I know I said I would never run another race in the summer after the Badass Texas half but I was certain I’d do better because the elevation wasn’t so crazy. Also, they gave me really nice socks (pictured above).

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The race was pretty good! I didn’t do better than the Badass half but I definitely enjoyed it more up until the last 3 miles when I once again felt like I was baking. They were awesome about keeping us hydrated and trying to keep us cool with iced towels and water every mile, and a lot of the course was shaded trails. It was hot and I was exhausted from finishing a book the night before, but it was a lot prettier and I just feel better running under the trees.

I finished with the exact same time as last month but I’m proud of myself, and I feel so much better. My hands are still killing me but hey, I don’t run on my hands! I got so down about what I’m having trouble doing that I completely forgot what my body is still capable of doing. I also wore shorts again because good gravy, Texas is hot in the summer.

Also, bonus kitten pic of Robin Lord Tater Tot snoozing!

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Only a Rogue Knows – Now on Sale!

onlyarogueknows_mediumIt’s Tuesday, so you know what that means! Tacos? Yes, that too. Today’s a special Tuesday, though, because it’s the release day for Only a Rogue Knows!

Cordelia Whittemore went from being the daughter of a successful businessman to nobility when she married Lord Arthur Whittemore, and is looking forward to her new life and starting a family.

All of that comes crashing down around her when she discovers her husband having an affair, and finds that he wants to divorce her as soon as possible. The only snag is that his ailing father’s will requires them to remain married or Arthur – and by extension, Cordelia – will lose everything.

At her sister’s urging, Cordelia takes up piano again and uses her music as an escape, hoping every day that she’ll be free one day to find someone who truly loves her.

When Arthur employs solicitor Victor Pembroke to find a way to get around the conditions of his father’s will, Cordelia sees more than just an opportunity to be free of the Whittemore estate. From the moment they meet, she knows that Victor is the man she wants to be with in every possible way.

Tragedy strikes at a party hosted by Lord and Lady Whittemore, and it’s up to Victor to keep Cordelia safe before her husband’s past threatens both of their futures.

Originally part of the Every Rogue’s Heart box set, this is a revised and expanded edition whose heart is the same while having enough new material to be worth buying again. Plus, look at that cover!

Available today for $0.99 at Amazon.com for Kindle or free with Kindle Unlimited!

Get your copy now!

The Search For Sam Cover Reveal

RL_TheSearchForSam_EL_MediumI am extremely excited to reveal some news I’ve been sitting on for quite a while!

This fall, 13 amazing authors will be bringing you a series of magical love stories! The Enduring Legacy series follows the descendants of three siblings with magical powers, and I’m over the moon with happiness that I’m one of the authors in the series. Take a look at the cover of my book, The Search For Sam!

This gorgeous cover was created by Victoria Miller, and the other covers in the series all have a similar feel so they’ll look beautiful on your shelf if you buy the paperbacks. Take a look below to see all the covers!

What is The Search for Sam about? Well…

Four hundred years ago, Sorcha Dalais Creag and her siblings were put to death on charges of witchcraft but their children survived to carry on the Dalais bloodline and pass on the magical gifts they possessed.

Tilly Dallas and her grandmother Delphine live a quiet life creating herbal medicines and helping neighbors with their gift of Empathy, until Sam Beauvoir goes missing, the latest victim in a string of children’s disappearances. Jacob Pierce refuses to give up hope that he will be able to bring the children home alive. He’ll need Tilly’s help to convince the families of the missing children to trust him.

The Enduring Legacy series kicks off June 19th with The Legacy’s Origin, followed by One Enchanted Kiss on September 4th, with another release every Tuesday for 13 weeks. The Search For Sam will be available September 18th, and preorders will start very soon. I hope you will enjoy reading about Tilly and Jacob as much as I have enjoyed writing them!

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