Was it the book, or was it me?

Lovely Souls,

After fighting tooth and nail, for years (since I was 15), I have done it. With the help of God, my mother, and a handful of very, very special people whom I adore, I can say that I have finished a first draft. THE first draft of the book that should have been written years ago. But who’s to say I wouldn’t have appreciated completing it as much as I do in the moment?

A PM to one of my writer sisters of FB pretty much sums up my current mood: 16 days; been fighting with this book since I was 15. So, this finish… this WIN is very meaningful- especially who I wrote it for.

Mommy, I know I’ve got a long way to go, and this is just the first step, but thank you for believing I would write this book one day. 

Who knows, maybe I’ll share my pre-finished thoughts with you all one day; just know this book and I battled with each other, as much as I battled with myself, because the subject matter is out of my comfort zone, along with me not wanting to be judged for writing something like this.

But I didn’t write it for me. I wrote it for every single one of you who will read it one day. Because this is a story the world needs. One day, it’ll be pretty and everything it was intended to be.

For now, I’m going to (possibly) eat another mango, sit in my happy, peaceful thoughts, and read TRUST ISSUES by (one of my author Big Sisters) Danielle James.

Until next time,

Keep flying high!

Angel Mystique xoxo 

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My Love/Hate Relationship With Writing.

Lovely souls,

This might come as a surprise, but I have been in the writing gutters. I think Writing PennyWise has captured my sparks, my energy, and my motivation, and is taunting me with it. He’s mercilessly begging me to ‘Float, too!’ and just fade into oblivion as a never-to-be-accomplished writer. Seriously, my entire soul has been fighting just to truly get some rest. And I hate that I’m dealing with this extended burnout (and have been dealing with it truthfully since 2017).
But, I now know and have acknowledged the reason why my writing and creativity has suffered so much over the course of the past two years. I’m sure you all want to know the reason behind my strained silence- and my failed attempts at staying off social media- to do what I promised myself I would do, which is write! Because at the heart and deepest depths of me I am a creative writer.
I’ve been in school for almost 24 years of my life. I started school at the age of three and have been going non-stop until April 17th of this year. This year, after obtaining my MHA, I have decided I need to live a little. More like live a lot. Typing thousands of words a week already for school for challenging, then coupling that with my own, personal writing was a serious struggle.
Fast forward to right now: working 9am-5pm Monday-Friday at a job I LOVE, Just finished moving temporarily. Getting back into the flow of even thinking about writing and sitting in front of another laptop screen for a couple of more hours a night … is going to take some time for me to get used to. But I’m going to do it. I even have a master plan- and a secret weapon I will be utilizing to fast-draft my very first drama novel !!!

To say this first book (that will be my first 50,000 plus word novel) will be a labor of love isn’t necessarily true. It’s been more like a labor of hate and a path lead in pure, bright, red blood. This idea … this story and I … have fought tooth and nail for YEARS. YEARS! I drafted it some time ago, exactly the way the story came to me- verbatim. I hated it. I hated the original concept, because the original structure of the story isn’t what I typical write. I’m a romance writer; not Carl Webber (one of the greatest church drama writers and black male writers in my mind). Needless to say, the original idea left a bad taste in my mouth. Now? Right now? After tweaking it a bit and fully accepting that I can make this story my own, I’ve settled into it. Settled into the fact that I’m going to be writing it. That I’m ready to write it; ready to release and birth it out of me- once and for all.

I know it’s going to be one of the most trying novels I will pen this year; I’m ready though. If not, my conscience will eat away at me, and nothing else I ever write will flow freely. At least that’s what I’m been telling myself for the past year and a half.

So, as I head into my writing cave, to free myself of these internal chains that have held me down, what about you, lovely souls? What are you working on; what’s your latest passion project? Are you struggling just like I am, or writing all the words freely?

Come talk to me. It’s been a while, I know. I’m back- with open arms and listening ears.

Until next time; Keep flying high,

Angel Mystique x

The Devil’s Advocate By Ashley Jade

THE DEVIL’S ADVOCATE (Devil’s Playground #2) by Ashley Jade

Release Date: February 4, 2019
Genre: Sexy Psychological
Cover designer: Lori LovesBooks Jackson
Photographer: Wander Aguiar

 

 

The Devil’s Advocate (Devil’s Playground #2) is AVAILABLE NOW!!
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Haven’t read book one yet?

The Devil (Devil’s Playground #1) is on SALE for 99¢!!
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Apple Books: https://apple.co/2UTSvvG
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Add to Goodreads:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/42854804-the-devil-s-advocate

 

 

Blurb:
One man thinks I’m a saint.
The other thinks I’m a sinner.
One man lives in the public eye.
The other lurks in the shadows.
One man wants to use me for his own needs.
The other wants to use me for his revenge.

One man will get what’s coming to him.
The other will get what he deserves.

They told me good girls get rewarded.
But I’ve been bad. Very bad.

I made a deal with The Devil…and I liked it.

 

 

Excerpt
“This is mine while you’re with me.”

All mine. I kiss the column of her throat as I lift her hips, steering her movements. “No one gets access to your cunt without begging me for permission first. Understand?”

Her eyelids flutter closed as she matches my rhythm. “And if they don’t?”

I sink my teeth into her collarbone and thrust deeper, causing her to flinch. “I’ll slit their throat…and make you lick their blood off the floor.”

I hold her stare as I pump into her harder.

If she thought I was kidding…she doesn’t anymore.

 

 

About the Author:
Ashley Jade loves to tackle different genres and tropes within romance. Her first loves are New Adult Romance and Romantic Suspense, but she also writes everything in between including: contemporary romance, erotica, and dark romance.

Her characters are flawed and complex, and chances are you will hate them before you fall head over heels in love with them.

She’s a die-hard lover of Oxford commas, em dashes, music, coffee, and anything thought provoking…except for math.

Books make her heart beat faster and writing makes her soul come alive. She’s always read books growing up and scribbled stories in her journal, and after having a strange dream one night; she decided to just go for it and publish her first series.

It was the best decision she ever made.

If she’s not paying off student loan debt, working, or writing a novel—you can usually find her listening to music, hanging out with her readers online, and pondering the meaning of life.

Check out her Amazon page and Facebook page for future novels.

She recently became hip and joined Twitter, so you can find her there, too.

She loves connecting with her readers—they make her world go round’.

 

Connect w/Ashley:
Website: https://ashleyjadeauthor.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Ashley-Jade-Author-788137781302982/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/ajadeauthor?lang=en
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ashleyjadeauthor/?hl=en
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14175946
Bookbub:https://www.bookbub.com/authors/ashley-jade
Amazon: https://amzn.to/2RGsIJ9

 

Pretty Little Mess Blog Tour

Lovely Souls, let me introduce or reintroduce you to a lovely favorite of mine: Carmel Rhodes!

Here is news about her latest release! Max and Ellie are a couple you NEED to pick up!



Title: Pretty Little Mess 
Author: Carmel Rhodes 
Genre: Romantic Comedy 


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I’m having an out of body experience. At least…I think. Isn’t that what it’s called when your spirit abandons you to watch—from a safe distance, with the appropriate amount of judgement—while you make questionable decisions?

Yup, one of those.

I want to shout, “STOP ELLIE, DON’T DO IT!” But spirit me doesn’t have a voice. So I watch as she…I…we? Makes a sex contract with her…our…new boss.

This is a good time to mention the 45-minute HR meeting we sat through last month expressly forbidding this sort of thing.

In our defense, Max is ridiculously hot, and I…we may have accidentally quit.

With a sigh, I look down at the bodies pressed against the wall of the executive office.

Yup, we’re totally screwed.













Writer of words. Mother of Joy. Wife of Compassion. Carmel likes to write stories about real people who go through real struggles and come out the other side stronger. She also likes to write smut. Welcome to her brain. It’s a little screwed up, but always well intended.  





So, go support my friend and pick up PRETTY LITTLE MESS! I’ll be back with more news soon!

Keep flying high!

Angel Mystique x

 

A Thirteen-Day Streak & Realizations

Happy 2019, Lovely Souls!

How it this year going for you so far? For me? It’s been… interesting to say the least. I started out this year writing strong; determined to write at least 667 words a day, so that I could write 20K in a month. Originally, I had 4 projects planned. A three-novel series, with each book clocking in at about 60K; my last project of the year was going to be a polyam* suspense book. But, needless to say, once I pulled out my laptop and starting writing, nothing close to any of my pre-planned projects came on the page. Instead, i wrote 13 days of snippets. Some shorter than 667, some longer. That’s when I knew something was wrong. Then, on day 14, I had my first zero day and broke my first, personal “writing chain”. Here is what my days looked like, as far as word count:

Day 1: 683

Day 2: 792

Day 3: 702

Day 4: 682

Day 5: 1424

Day 6: 672

Day 7: 215

Day 8: 85

Day 9: 392

Day 10: 119

Day 11: 135

Day 12: 185

Day 13: 105

Day 14: 0

I’m not as disappointed in myself as I have been in the past. I find that to be growth. I’m happy that I am not crumbling under the mental pressure that I was in the past. So, what does this mean for me? Well, with wrapping up my MHA and writing not only for classes but for myself as well, it’s been a struggle. The balance has been a struggle. Today, I don’t know if I am going to keep writing snippets I am not emotionally invested it. I might take a week off, read all the things I can, and then return. Even the muses I found for a story aren’t speaking to me. As pretty as they are, I need to listen to them.

Right?

Be well, Lovely Souls.

Until next time.

Keep flying high,

Angel Mystique

From “Hiatus” to “Finished Test Novella”

Hi, Lovely Souls!

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving yesterday! I, myself, had a day full of rest and relaxation. It was much needed.

I know I was supposed to be taking a break from writing this year, and I tried to fight that. Oddly enough, from 10 November until 21 November, something magical happened.

I finished my very, first (actual) romance novella. In. 11. Days. Yes, I typed it all. *grins* 

25,505 words in total, plus it now has a title. I am still in suspended animation or something, because I cannot believe a life-long dream of mine (in part) has been accomplished. It was a test idea. Something to prove to myself that I could, in fact, write and finish a novella.

And I am so proud of myself and happy, also. My Alphas and APs, I totally salute you all. Because without you, I could not have done this. So, from the bottom of my heart, I thank you. And I love you all. I don’t know whether I am going to publish it right now (after editing it some). It might be one of those stories that never sees the light of day. Who knows, but I wrote and finished the thing. 🙂

So, in other news, while taking a bit of a mental break, I’m planning my first series of books. And I’m leaning heavily toward this series being my debut series of novels. The genre?

It’s a toss-up between contemporary romance and PNR (ParaNormal Romance). I really haven’t decided yet. But I have started a secret Pinterest board. I’m taking the rest of the month and all of December off for grad school- so that when January 1 comes, I am ready to go.

What’s been going on in your writing lives?

Keep flying high!

Angel Mystique x 

THE MOREAU ESTATES: FORBIDDEN FRUIT BOOK 2

Lovely Souls,

I am so happy to introduce you all to one of my favorite romance authors Danielle James! Her latest release (her 19th published novel) just went LIVE!

If you haven’t read her work, I highly suggest you give her a try!

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Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07JYNPHZR
Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07JYNPHZR
Amazon CA: https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B07JYNPHZR

Blurb

I wasn’t supposed to fuck my boss’ wife.
But she was a flame and I was a stupid ass moth.
Everything about her made me want to get burned again and again.

She was amazing and dangerous but I couldn’t let lust lead me forever.

Then I found her.

But this wasn’t a moth getting burned by a flame.
This was tangible.
Her light didn’t burn. It sustained.
I’d do anything for her love…
I’d even grow the hell up.

I would walk through fire for her
I’d shout it from the rooftops.
But I had to be careful not to shout too loud because shouting from the rooftops that you were in love with one of your students came with serious consequences.

Go 1-click this. Right. Now.

Until next time, lovely souls!

Angel Mystique x