Sausage Casserole

Ever open the refrigerator to make dinner. Only to realize as you are looking on every shelf that you forgot to take something out of dinner. Don’t fret you’re not alone. It was this exact situation that I came up with the idea for this meal. It is super simple to make. It has become a favorite dish of ours.

Ingredients

1 Roll Breakfast Sausage

6 Potatoes Sliced

1 Cup Cheese

½ Onion Diced

2 Tbl Butter

Dash Salt

Dash Pepper

Dash Basil

Dash Tony’s Original

Directions

Wash the potatoes. Don’t worry about peeling them, all the nutrients are in the skin, so I always leave them on. Cut in quarters then slice all six potatoes. Next, dice up the onion.

On medium heat, add butter in the skillet to saute onion. Then add the sliced potatoes along with the breakfast sausage. Stir continuously breaking up the meat and allowing to cook thoroughly.

Once the meat is fully cooked, remove from the heat and drain the grease. Return the skillet to low heat. Add herbs to spice to taste before spreading the cheese all over the top of the sausage and potatoes. Allow the cheese to melt before removing the skillet from the heat.

Serve in bowls or plates, makes four servings. Total preparation 15 minutes and cooking time roughly 30 minutes for a total of 45 minutes to prepare.

You can garnish with fresh herbs to make it look more exquisite.

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The Elite Series Book One – Dragon Fusion Release!

I can’t believe it! The Elite Series Book One, Dragon Fusion, is live on all major ebook retailers. You can buy your copy now!

PURCHASE DRAGON FUSION

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El was an average fifteen-year-old kid. Who set out for a quiet walk in her small-town park to relax before having to conquer an English report. However, El never expected to see sparks fly out from her fingertips…

Totally blindsided, El learned the truth of her identity, realizing her whole life had been a lie, and she wasn’t sure she was ready for the upcoming changes.

El’s newfound powers frightened as well as excited her. Finding help from an unlikely ally, a dragon, El must decide if she should embrace her destiny or walk away from a world in peril. A spark begins to ignite within her. Will the fire that brews inside sway El in her decision to embrace her destiny?

Paperbacks will be available in the future. I will let you know when.

THANK YOU

Writing this book as been has been a wondrous adventure. I want to thank everyone who helped me in the process of the creation of this book.

Yes, this is a little late. Unfortunately, I was sick on the actual launch day. Don’t fret my Covid-19 test came back negative. It was just an infection.

With half a year left, I am working on editing Dragon Squad, which I hope to have out before the end of the year. I can’t wait to reveal the cover with you all.

Book three I am writing. If you have noticed, I have removed Book Three’s Title. I am thinking I might be changing the title, consider the direction the book is going.

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Yay! Happy release Dragon Fusion, this is the beginning of a fantastic series. Thank you for being apart of my adventure.

Scribblersquest (A Writer’s Journey) – Weekly Update 6/19

Welcome! It’s Friday again, are you ready for the weekend. I know I am, it will be relaxing even though it is jammed pack with activities. A beach birthday party on Saturday for two kids, this is for my granddaughter as well as us, my husband’s boss is throwing the party. Then on Sunday, we’ll have some friends coming over for a barbecue, smoke fish on the menu we can’t go wrong.

Coronavirus Update

Well, Texas is opening back up, the number is once again climbing with the coronavirus patients, making a new one-day high for the seventh time in eight days. With over a thousand new cases, local officials are urging residents to be more mindful of social distancing, plus wearing their protective gear such as masks.

The Officials fear the actual number of cases is higher, due to many people haven’t been tested. As of now, there is a 3,129 new case, 97,200 total confirmed, and 2,084 deaths in Texas and a 2,182,285 total confirmed, 118,279 total deaths in the United States, per John Hopkins, with these number, please stay safe out there.

Writing – A Chance to Say Thanks

I would like to thank Ted Huntington from the Authors Networking Group for mentioning me in Share Tuesday, plus all the beautiful things he stated about my writing. Please check him out on Facebook Ted Huntington, he is the author of Doug Maxwell.

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A way to keep you on track as to your writing assignments. Yes, a post-it note board, always you to see what needs to be done. IF you need to reorder, you can move the post-it notes around, putting them in the priority order you need to accomplish the task at hand. You can even color-code them by the project. Once you have finished with the task, you can tape them to a piece of paper, placing them within a notebook or in a box. It’s good to have for reference when writing either your blog or a book. It’s also great to have as a scrapbook to reflex on at the end of the year. You can share with others all your accomplishments.

I mean, I don’t know about you, but when your working on a blog, social media, Videos (YouTube), writing books, as well as other projects, it’s not hard to get overwhelmed. A good planner is essential in keeping things organized as well. I recommend a planner with a monthly, weekly, and daily section. A monthly section to log in everything you need to accomplish for the month. The weekly one to break down the project by the week. Daily I would do the morning of, you never know what might happen to screw up your schedule. Wake up with a sick kid, an unexpected friend pop in for a visit, or you might not feel good yourself. This way, you won’t have to whiteout the whole day. You can just write what is happening, so you know what to schedule for the next day. When planning your day, use block times with extra time in between projects for the unexpected thing that is bound to happen. It’s Murphy’s Law if you schedule your calendar full everything will go wrong, If you leave extra time then things go smoothly.

Blog Recommendations – Food Lovers

I chosen food for this week, in honor of Father’s Day. They say a way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. I don’t know if that’s true or not, but according to my husband, he said it’s false. Anyway, we all love food, who can resist a tasty dish, bona petite.

In Dianes Kitchen She has some lovely dishes, healthy too. Who knew healthy food could look so delicious. One day I will get around to making a lot of these receipts, but for now, I am choosing the ones I have the ingredients on hand to prepare dinner.

Vintagekitchen.org, has some amazing healthy foods as well as some delicious sweets. I must say, I have never heard of Lilac Syrup until I found this website. It is one dish I will be making myself, to explore its taste. I love trying new receipts, I don’t want to eat the same thing all the time.

Almost Italian, with these scrumptious receipts, I hope you’re hungry because if your not, you will be by the time you get done looking at all the receipts on this site.

All this food is making me hungry. I will be finding something to make from one of these sites for tonight’s dinner. It looked good; I just hope I have enough chicken to make it.

Father’s Day – A Bit of History

It’s a day of honoring fatherhood. In Europe (Catholic countries), March 19 is the date of celebration, which is the same day as Saint Joseph’s Day since the Middle Ages. In the United States, Father’s Day created by Sonora Smart Dodd. It is celebrated on the third Sunday of June, starting in 1910. Yep, that’s right this Sunday is Father’s Day, so remember to let your father know how much he means to you. Smile, I hope everyone has a fantastic Father’s Day.

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Scribblersquest (A Writer’s Journey) – Weekly Update 6/12

Welcome to my weekly update of what is going on with Karen Carnahan’s life as a writer. Each week I share with my readers so they can have a chance to get to know me, personally and professionally. As I go through the learning process, I share my experiences as an Author/Blogger, plus informative things I’ve found on this journey.

Personal Things

It has been a sad beginning of the week for me. On Sunday, my dad let me know that my Uncle (his bother) died, may he rest in peace. I’ve been in a blah mood all for three days.

I tried hard to focus on my work; however, my granddaughter has had other plans such as tea parties. The good thing is I have figured out how to have a tea party while I type. I can imagine what it will be like when I go to edit. 😊

The internet keeps going down to make matters worse. Amazing the power of the internet can shut you down faster than anything. I move onto the next thing on the list that doesn’t require the internet, like cleaning my house.

Or I go somewhere else to do an essential part of writing, which is observing people noting how people interact with themselves as well as others—logging it into a notebook for future reference with a character. One of the places I like to observe people is on the beach. I have seen people be sweet as pie to one another, while others can be as mean as an alley cat. Kids can lead the world in making friends; they have no fear. Adults should take lessons from them. I have to say I enjoyed the beach. The only problem with the beach is the sun. Once I’ve been in the sun for an hour or so, I’m looking for shade. Grateful, there is a restaurant close by, with a shaded porch.

Coronavirus Update

Well, now that good old Texas has reopened about 50%, the case of Coronavirus is on the rise. Three days straight, Houston has had a rise in case we are at level two, which means wear your protective gear, be careful don’t go anywhere unless necessary. I don’t know if we will get back to level one. I hope not, I know, for a fact, we can’t survive another stay at home. Yes, my hubby got a job; however, he’s making half of what he made before the stay at home order. It will be a while before we climb out of the hole financially. I am pretty sure we are not alone in this situation. It has been hard for many people. As you go out to do your errands, please be safe.

New Book Cover

On a more positive note, I selected the mock-up for the Dragon Squad – Book Two of The Elite Series, which is being done by Andrea Fodor, CReya-tive. She does fantastic work. If you need a book cover, please check her out; her covers sell like hotcakes. They sell within minutes of her posting them.

You’ll have to stick around to find out the reveal date of Book Two’s cover. I am excited; I can’t wait to share it with you all. Oh, anyone who has signed up, to join my adventure, will get received puzzle piece of the book cover reveal a week earlier than all others.

Blog Recommendations

I chose taglines for this week’s blog recommendations, seeing I had to come up with the tagline for the Dragon Squad book cover. I figured I would share what I have found out about taglines:

Thoughtsonfantasy.com What Makes a Good Book Tagline? By Nicola. This post has a list of taglines that worked, even ones that didn’t work. Also, a list to let you know what to include when making your tagline. You want a catchy tagline for people to remember.

Writershelpingwriters.com How to Write a Tagline for Your Book (And Why You Need To) by Angela Ackerman. This post gives you the description/example of a Logline as well as a Tagline. Both are good to know how to use.

Personally, I took the info from both of these blog posts when coming up with the tagline for the second book. I have to say I learned a lot from these posts.

Thank You

I hope you enjoyed what you read within this post. If there is anything you would like to hear, see or improve, please let me know within the comment section.

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Why Should You Use A-List, You Ask?

Good question! Using a list will allow you to make your packing experience so much more pleasant. When you’re trying to remember everything you have to do while preparing for your travels. Especially when you are packing for the entire family. I know once you get out and about after being locked up from the Coronavirus the last thing your worried about is a list, but it could come in handy.

 Timeframe

When planning your vacation, your time limit to prepare will depend on the size of your family as well as your destination. I recommend going over your list at least two weeks in advance. If you have a large family you may want to do this soon.

Why so early, you ask?

This gives you plenty of time to review the list in case you need to pick anything up at the store. Also, if you need to do any updates say call the airport, train/bus station for the amount of luggage you’re allowed, weight limits plus to confirm your transportation is still a go. Plus, if you need any additional paperwork, you might be required to bring.

Primary Items

It’s amazing how we use these items every day, yet when we go to pack for a vacation, we seem to always forget at least one thing.

Don’t sweat we all do this; you are not alone.

Oh, if you have children of any kind, it only gets much harder. They think of only the things they want to take not the necessities. Leaving you with spending more of your budget you hadn’t planned.

Just imagine all the things you have to remember when packing for an infant or toddler. Yes, it can be a nightmare. A check-off list makes this a lot easier to remember all the small items required, i.e., Gas Meds, Orajel, Tylenol, Cold n Cough, thermostat, nail clippers, and binky’s the list can go on. You get my point right. Not to mention if you are a new parent, this can be even more stressful to remember everything.

Extra Items

You may even want to add other items you plan on taking like googles, flotation devices, sunscreen, skies, snowboard, and anything else to entertain you children. Maybe you want to add extra items for yourself like the book you bought a month ago haven’t had the time to read.

I have learned the best way to ensure I have everything is by not checking the item off until I have put it in the luggage. It never fails I could have it set on the bed check it off my list. It never makes its way into my luggage. I get so frustrated with myself when this happens. No, I am not saying you are as bad as I am when it comes to this. Things happen; there are tons of distractions this day in age. Doorbell, cell phone, kids, television, and etc.

I now always make sure it is in the luggage before I place the checkmark next to the item this way I know without a dought I have the item I wanted packed.

 Hotels

Choose a hotel to meet your needs. I like the sites to show pictures of the rooms as well as the amenities.

The bad experience I had gone off the website to book the room with the amenities got to the room wasn’t even like it had been described. Long story short we found another hotel moved the same night.

This is the list I use when I look for a room now:

Safety is the number one factor. Even some of the nicer hotels this day in age can have people doing drugs within them. Not good when you walk down the hall to smell snuck weed. Talk about a smell you’ll never forget. It smells just like the animal spray. The best thing is you don’t have to have a tomato bath to get off the smell; however, you may want a shower after smell it.

You may even want to call the local authorities to check of criminal activity within the area you plan on staying. This will allow you to be prepared if pickpocketing, human trafficking or any other crime is high.

Campsite

If you have a route planned out, you may want to schedule stops in advance to ensure availability. During the summer months, campgrounds tend to fill up quick people who don’t realize how hard it can be to find an empty spot. Not to mention a campsite to include all the amenities you are looking for so your family has a wonderful time.

Vacations are hard enough without being able to find a beautiful place to stay. Believe me when I say the more delightful facilities fill up fast.

My husband and I decided to take the kids camping we decided to go to the state park. Little did we know one it now cost to camp at a state park but two they were full. We had driven hours from our home, we got lucky for the fact my husband had a family member who had some land not far from where we were planning on camping. We ended up camping there instead. It was an experience we all laugh about still today.

Documents

You think this is crazy to put on your list but it’s not. Why well if your driver’s license is in your wallet/purse, you will be sure not to forget them. Other items such as insurance cards, any discount cards like AARP, choice rewards, and etc. can be useful when you travel.

 Adequate Funding

Most people rely on their bank card and/or credit card when they travel, plus they may have a little bit of cash on them.

You want to be safe with your bank and/or credit card. Do they offer a wallet feature where if your card goes missing, you can lock your card till it is found? This is a good idea to find out before you travel. Not all banks have this feature.

You also will want to get with your bank to inform them of your travels. Some banks don’t allow cards to be used out of state for fraud reasons. To keep from having your vacation disrupted due to not being able to your use card till the next day when you can get ahold of the bank. Imagine you are at a restaurant you go to use your card to find out it has been declined. Nothing more embarrassing, especially if you don’t have the cash with you on hand to pay your bill. Add it to your list to do before you leave your home.

Don’t plan to use only your bank card. If it were to get lost/stolen or decided to quit working, you could be left with no funds to enjoy your vacation. It is wise to diversify your funds i.e., traveler’s checks, prepaid cards, and/or credit cards.

Meal Preparations

You will want to review the area in which you plan on traveling. You might have an idea about what type of restaurants you’ll want to visit. Along with getting to know the cost so you don’t end up with an unexpected surprise bill in which wipes out half your spending fund to take away from your fun. When you are busy with everything, this can be overlooked when planning the cost of food in another state or aboard.

Why should you use a list, you ask?

Good question! Using a list will allow you to make your packing experience so much more pleasant. When you’re trying to remember everything you have to do while preparing to travel. Especially when packing for the entire family.

 Timeframe

When planning your vacation, time limits to prepare will depend on your destination. I recommend going over your list at least two weeks in advance.

Why so early, you ask?

This gives you plenty of time to review the list in case you need to pick anything up at the store. Also, if you need to do any updates say call the airport for the amount of luggage you’re allowed, weight limits plus to confirm your transportation is still a go. Plus, if you need any additional paperwork, you might be required to bring.

Primary Items

It’s amazing how we use these items every day, yet when we go to pack for a vacation, we seem to always forget at least one thing.

Don’t sweet we all do this; you are not alone.

Oh, if you have children of any kind, it only gets much harder. They think of only the things they want to take not the necessities. Leaving you with spending more of your budget you hadn’t planned.

Just imagine all the things you have to remember when packing for an infant or toddler. Yes, it can be a nightmare. A check-off list makes this a lot easier to remember all the small items required, i.e., Gas Meds, Orajel, Tylenol, Cold n Cough, thermostat, nail clippers, and binky’s the list can go on. You get my point right. Not to mention if you are a new parent, this can be even more stressful to remember everything.

Extra Items

You may even want to add other items you plan on taking like googles, flotation devices, sunscreen, skies, snowboard, and anything else to entertain you children. Maybe you want to add extra items for yourself like the book you bought a month ago haven’t had the time to read.

I have learned the best way to ensure I have everything is by not checking the item off until I have put it in the luggage. It never fails I could have it set on the bed check it off my list. It never makes its way into my luggage. I get so frustrated with myself when this happens. No, I am not saying you are as bad as I am when it comes to this. Things happen; there are tons of distractions this day in age. Doorbell, cell phone, kids, television, and etc.

I now always make sure it is in the luggage before I place the checkmark next to the item this way I know without a dought I have the item I wanted packed.

 Hotels

Choose a hotel to meet your needs. I like the sites to show pictures of the rooms as well as the amenities.

The bad experience I had gone off the website to book the room with the amenities got to the room wasn’t even like it had been described. Long story short we found another hotel moved the same night.

This is the list I use when I look for a room now:

Safety is the number one factor. Even some of the nicer hotels this day in age can have people doing drugs within them. Not good when you walk down the hall to smell snuck weed. Talk about a smell you’ll never forget. It smells just like the animal spray. The best thing is you don’t have to have a tomato bath to get off the smell; however, you may want a shower after smell it.

You may even want to call the local authorities to check of criminal activity within the area you plan on staying. This will allow you to be prepared if pickpocketing, human trafficking or any other crime is high.

Campsite

If you have a route planned out, you may want to schedule stops in advance to ensure availability. During the summer months, campgrounds tend to fill up quick people who don’t realize how hard it can be to find an empty spot. Not to mention a campsite to include all the amenities you are looking for so your family has a wonderful time.

Vacations are hard enough without being able to find a beautiful place to stay. Believe me when I say the more delightful facilities fill up fast.

My husband and I decided to take the kids camping we decided to go to the state park. Little did we know one it now cost to camp at a state park but two they were full. We had driven hours from our home, we got lucky for the fact my husband had a family member who had some land not far from where we were planning on camping. We ended up camping there instead. It was an experience we all laugh about still today.

Documents

You think this is crazy to put on your list but it’s not. Why well if your driver’s license is in your wallet/purse, you will be sure not to forget them. Other items such as insurance cards, any discount cards like AARP, choice rewards, and etc. can be useful when you travel.

 Adequate Funding

Most people rely on their bank card and/or credit card when they travel, plus they may have a little bit of cash on them.

You want to be safe with your bank and/or credit card. Do they offer a wallet feature where if your card goes missing, you can lock your card till it is found? This is a good idea to find out before you travel. Not all banks have this feature.

You also will want to get with your bank to inform them of your travels. Some banks don’t allow cards to be used out of state for fraud reasons. To keep from having your vacation disrupted due to not being able to your use card till the next day when you can get ahold of the bank. Imagine you are at a restaurant you go to use your card to find out it has been declined. Nothing more embarrassing, especially if you don’t have the cash with you on hand to pay your bill. Add it to your list to do before you leave your home.

Don’t plan to use only your bank card. If it were to get lost/stolen or decided to quit working, you could be left with no funds to enjoy your vacation. It is wise to diversify your funds i.e., traveler’s checks, prepaid cards, and/or credit cards.

Meal Preparations

You will want to review the area in which you plan on traveling. You might have an idea about what type of restaurants you’ll want to visit. Along with getting to know the cost so you don’t end up with an unexpected surprise bill in which wipes out half your spending fund to take away from your fun. When you are busy with everything, this can be overlooked when planning the cost of food in another state or aboard.

Activities

Most of the time, when we choose a vacation area for the events going on in the area, we have chosen.
• Shopping venues
• Restaurants
• Amusement parks
• Boardwalk
• Beach
• River
• White water rafting
• Water skiing
• Snow skiing
• Snowboarding, etc.
Whichever you decide to do, you’ll want to check out the prices of the activities to ensure you have enough money allotted for all the activities you wish to participate in.

Emergency fund

You’re going to want to make sure you have an emergency fund. Most people don’t consider this as part of a budget for a vacation. However, It is crucial not to jinks anyone but should your car break down or someone gets hurt/sick, you need to have some extra cash available for these surprises which always seem to happen on vacation.

Final Prep

Don’t forget to put your list in your suitcase, this way you ensure everything you took with you comes home. How? You put a line through your check to make an X this way; you have double-checked your list not to leave anything behind.

You may even want to add the things that you have purchased while on your vacation.

Nothing like getting home your tired you need to charge your cell phone to realize you left it behind plugged in next to the bed at the hotel. This has happened to me. It is annoying.

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I hope you have a safe vacation where ever you go.

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30 Days Left to Book Launch

I am excited to announce there are only 30 days left for the book launch of Dragon Fusion, the First Book in The Elite Series.

If you have read my blog posts, then you know I have been researching to prepare for this day for a while. I am getting anxious. I want everything done now, that way I can relax to enjoy the week before and one launch day. Not sure it will happen that way, but a girl can dream.

I have spent almost three years getting this book completed. Now that we are at this point, it is a fantastic feeling of accomplishment. I have to say writing Dragon Fusion Book One of The Elite Series, was a nightmare. It was a learning experience the whole way through. I made some bad choices that cost me dearly, money, and time-wise. However, I’ve read many websites, blog posts, and watches many YouTube videos which paved the way for Dragon Squad Book Two of The Elite Series to co much faster.

Everyone invited to the Launch Party, which is an online event to be held on July 7, 2020, at 7 P.M. central time. Location Facebook under Karen Carnahan Facebook Scribblersquest events. I look forward to seeing you there; you do want to miss out. Join my hubby and I for some fun.

Coming Soon!

What fun will we have?

Great question! Unfortunately, since this will be an online event, you’ll have to bring your own drinks🍸🍺☕ and snacks🌮🥨🧁🍫🍪🍩. However, we are still going to have a great time together. Come join the fun via the internet, yeah, it’s not as personable, but hay this day in age, it’s as good as we can get. 😁

Activities to look forward to:

  • Live (Yes, I will be speaking live. It will be interesting, I know).
  • We will be playing games.
  • With games come prizes. Who doesn’t love free stuff? I know I do. Woo Hoo!
  • A reading. I will read to you some of the novel so you may get a taste of enticement. Either live, or I will upload a video.

We will also have a grand prize, (but I am not telling you any of the prizes. You will have to participate in order; to find out what they are.

Are you ready to party with this new author? I will be looking forward to seeing who my fans are on this fantastic adventure. The book is up for preorder; please check it out at Karen Carnahan Anyone who signs up to join my adventure for my newsletter will be put in for a special prize drawing.

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Scribblersquest – Planning Is Everything

 

 

I have enjoyed this week has been relatively relaxing. As I told you last week, I have been researching doing an online book launch due to everything being closed. Well, I have been planning the launch. You would think it would be easy to plan a party. In-person I can knock it out with no problem; however, doing it online is a bit different—more details on this in Sundays Post (June 7th).

 

Have you ever made a list, then wondered how you were going to get it all done?

 

This was me this week. I made a list so I could put it on my calendar. Only to realize there wasn’t enough space in my calendar for everything. I am going to have to rethink my calendar for next year. I have to say running your own business, whether it be an Author to Construction you have to organize. Plan things out; otherwise, you would get lost in the wind tunnel of things to remember in your head.

I recommend a calendar with an area to have a checklist. I would write down on a separate sheet of paper all the things you need to get done I would do a monthly, weekly, then by day. Prioritize them before putting them into your calendar. I know a lot of people like to do it either on their phone or computer. However, I like it written down in front of me. I want to see what I have to get done, especially since I am busy on the computer all the time or my phone. I don’t want to have to switch over to my calendar to see what’s next or if it time to switch to the next project.

Time can be of the essence; as a writer, you have to break things up throughout the day so you can keep yourself on task to allow the work to flow. An example would be; take 30 minutes to do a sprint writing on your current book. Then move onto editing a chapter. Next, you write a blog, then do another sprint writing. Moving on to check emails, social media, eat lunch, and exercise. I think you get the idea. It can be nerve-racking to keep track of everything, plus add in your normal daily life things like laundry, to cook dinner, kids, and meetings or phone calls. You got it craziness.

The cool thing, which is the part I love, is placing a checkmark next to the item on my list, showing it’s completed. Also, it gives me a reference to show me everything I have done for the week. It a sense of accomplishment when I look at the list of things I have done. Yeah, it puts a smile on my face.

 

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Exercise

 

I have started this week to incorporate exercise into my daily routine. One thing about us writers is we sit so much we sometimes forget to consider our health. I have to say. After some of my exercises, I was able to come up with some great idea that allowed the words to follow, as I wrote.

So, the next time you get writer’s block, go out for a good long walk. Take a friend to talk to or listen to music, leave the writing at home. You might be amazed at how easy things come to you after you’ve cleared your mind.

 

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Writing

 

As for my writing this week, I worked on the back blur for Dragon Squad Book Two of The Elite Series; plus, the tagline. Yes, this means I will be getting the book cover done soon.

I will let you know at a later date when the book cover will be revealed. Anyone that has signed up for my newsletter will get to see the reveal a week earlier than everyone else as a thank you for being a loyal fan.

 

Blog Recommendations

 

I only have one for you this week. I want to focus on blogging. As a writer, you have to find a way to drive traffic to your website or newsletter to get your fans to follow you.

I have chosen to write a blog with a newsletter, which of course, you know for you are now reading it, and thank you for doing so.

This week I checked out the following:

           Chasing Foxes – Grace has some great ideas to help you with your blogs, from content, planning, freebies, and Pinterest templates. To help you build your audience, to have a fantastic blogging platform.

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Book Review – Daughters of the Sea Memoirs by Hiep Thi Le

I enjoyed this novella. It was an eye-opener about how people in Da Nang, South Vietnam, lived. I have to say it was sad what this young girl had to endure at such an age to survive. The emotional stress in which she endured while her family when through the necessary process of escaping a dire situation.

I have to say it is a scary reality of what Hiep and her sister Hoa had to endure as young children. Hiep starts her story with the New Year celebration. Plus, she explains how life is in her town Da Nang, South Vietnam.

Hiep’s father and brother disappeared in the middle of the night. Fear of what the future might hold for her as well as the rest of her family. The people in the village started to whisper, and the police came to take her mother away. She was left with her siblings to fend for themselves.

Upon mom’s return, mom had to work many hours to provide for the family. One night she came to wake Hiep taking her out to the docks hiding her telling her to stay put. Sitting within the dark, all alone terrified, not knowing what was going on when her mother returned. She took Hiep placed her on a boat in a hole next to her little sister. The only thing her mother said, “Find your father,” before she disappeared.

No idea the direction the boat headed, the only thing Hiep did know was there were others aboard the ship. As they approached the checkpoint, Hiep’s younger sister awoke, as she yelled out for their mother. Fear of being caught ran through the boat; people wanted her silenced so they could make it through the checkpoint.

The boat made its way out into the open China Sea. The only person to care for them was their father’s best friend, who was the Captain of the ship. Running into a storm, everyone feared the sea would take them with the high waves; however, they made it through with many more issues before the ship arrived into a port. Being rescued by the Royal Navy, who told them had to stay aboard until cleared to go on land.

Even after cleared to leave the ship, they didn’t get to go far. A warehouse became their new home. It was packed full of people. At least there were other kids for them to hang around. It gave Hiep time to learn to be in charge, for she had the guts to rule the nest of kids.

Being moved from the warehouse to a Refugee camp was a bit better. There were still rules, but they had more freedom. Eventually, they left flying to the dreamland of the United States.

Hiep didn’t allow the trauma from her youth to hold her back. She went on to live the American dream of becoming a Famous Actress. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hiep_Thi_Le.

I would recommend this book for Mature Audiences due to the emotional turmoil this child went through.

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Scribblersquest – Chat and Spin Radio

Well, this week has been a busy one for me. However, it has been most enjoyable. My husband started a new job. Yay! We are now getting used to a new schedule. Plus, I have my granddaughter full time; I am incorporating her into my daily schedule to allow time for her but still get my work done.

Radio Interview

I don’t know if you saw the post, for it was an extremely short notice about the interview scheduled on Monday, May 25th; if you heard it, thank you for tuning in. They emailed me the recording the next day. I listened to the whole program from that night. I have to say I will be listening more they play some awesome music, which I enjoyed listening to, I am now a big fan. I put my headset on and dance around the house as I get my daily chores done.

It was great being on the air with Ron at Chat and Spin Radio. If you have never heard of Chat and Spin, they are an internet radio station that serves the United Kingdom and internationally 24/7. Feel free to check them out. 

I have to say I was nervous. Of course, my dog Rosco never barks. I get on air with Ron, and he barks continuously. As soon as the interview is over with he stops barking, go figure. He’s like a kid when you get on the phone they pick that moment to get loud or get into a fight. It’s like they know you busy with something else.

Challenges

As a new author, it’s hard to get the word out for all in the world to know, “Hey, my book is for sale. ”Most people be like, “Who are you, and why should I buy your book?”

I have been researching how to go about getting the word out and get people to become fans. I have found some great things which I will be implementing. I look forward to the fun I will be enjoying with my fans who have joined my adventure. So don’t miss out.

I have learned about #bookstagram on Instagram, which I will be using in the future with all my writing posts.

Should anyone know of another site, please leave it in the comments to help your fellow writer.

Current Work    

Well, this week, I have made some changes to my website KarenCarnahan.com; please feel free to check out the new changes.

I made it easier to access your favorite store. I also put out information about Book Two and Book Three.

I also set up a contact me page. If there is something you would like me to address within my blog or if you are seeking an answer to a specific question. Please send me a message via my contact page.

I am still working on editing Dragon Squad – Book Two in The Elite Series.

I’ve started to rewrite Dragon Mage – Book Three in The Elite Series. In case you missed last week’s blog, my file vanished from my OneDrive, ☹ it was horrible all six chapters gone.

I have come up with another idea for another Series, more on that once I decided for a fact if it’s something I will take on at this time. I might wait until I have finished with The Elite Series.

Blog Recommendations

 I checked these Blogs out this week, great advice on planning a book launch. This has been great advice, though it will be hard to implement some of it since a lot of places are still closed due to the Coronavirus.

How To Throw The Best Online Party Ever by Barnes and Noble. I was researching since the book store that was near me has closed. I am looking into doing a virtual launch for my book due to come out on July 7th. Also, I believe it will be more in my budget at this time considering the hit we took with the Coronavirus.

How To Throw A Book Launch Party by Book Cave. I have to say, after reading this blog, yeah, an online book launch might be useful, but I have to wonder if an in-person one wouldn’t be better. Especially if you can get the local media involved. Something to think about, I will have to get this some serious thought plus discuss this with my husband. Maybe I can do both?

How To Throw A Book Launch Party That Isn’t A Waste Of Time by Chris Robley. Ok, this makes me want to run I can feel the nerves building already. However, it has excellent advice to set up an in-person book launch. The question is we move so much do we know enough people in this area to do one at a venue?

Well, with this information, I tried to look up a venue to have my book launch. Unfortunately, due to the Coronavirus, everything is still closed. It looks as if I will be scheduling an online book launch.

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Radio Interview

Can you say Ecstatic?

Yes, it’s me right now. I’ve been invited to an interview with Ronald on Chat and Spin on Monday, May 25, 2020, at 4:35 Central Time to discuss The Elite Series, Book One, Dragon Fusion.

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Available on July 7, 2020

at the following retailers:

Preorder at:

Barnes and Noble Nook

Apple

Rakuten Kobo

Google Play

Indigo

Angus & Robertson

Mondadori

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Will be available upon launch date:

Amazon

 

About Chat and Spin

They are a 24 hour Internet Radio Station covering the UK & International. Please feel free to check them out Chat and Spin.

Please follow Chat and Spin by hitting the like button on their Facebook page.

 

Thank you

I hope you will all join me in this fantastic event. Sorry for the short in length as well as in notice. Things unfolded quickly, leaving a short time to prepare. I thank all in advance for taking the time to tune in with us.

I want to thank Chat and Spin for this wonderful opportunity.

 

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