My book is free this week!

It’s done! It’s published! And it’s free for the next 5 days!

85 kindle pages of YA psychic/paranormal/dystopian goodness for you to read, enjoy, and comment on! It’ll take an hour to read, and five minutes to review! (But please be nice, this is probably the scariest thing I have ever done!)

http://myBook.to/I-Dream-Of-Fire 

The link should take you to your appropriate country’s Amazon site. Let me know if it doesn’t work, and/or if you don’t see it as being free between April 18 to 22.

If you’d like to read the first few posts of my author’s blog, here it is: www.daphnejameshuff.com 

Happy reading!

My secret project

I was going to post this yesterday, but didn’t want people to think it was an April Fool’s, because it most definitely is not! I mentioned a “secret goal” in my new year’s post … I set myself the goal to publish a book on Kindle this year, and it’s almost done!

Part of the reason I’m talking about it now, before it’s out, is for accountability. I have had a few close friends helping me A TON during the writing and editing phase, and that has helped make sure I actually finish it. But I could still chicken out and not hit that final “publish” button, so here is my more public accountability push (without going super public and talking about it on Facebook. Which I still will, but only once it’s actually out!).

I’ll be using a pen name, and will have a separate author website and blog, which I will share soon. This blog wasn’t supposed to be all about bébé and kind of automatically morphed into that because, hello, it’s a huge part of my life. It was hard to not write about the journey of writing, since it has occupied hours and hours of my time the past few months. So I’ll see how things go and if I end up merging the two blogs/sites or not.

It’s a shorter book, less than 100 pages, so a quick read for your morning commute. Or, if you’re like me and only have time to read for about 10 minutes every night, it’s a few days of reading. It’s a young adult dystopian because that is pretty much all I read right now. Though recently I have been reading more Neil Gaiman and have lots of fairy/fantasy ideas swirling around in my brain…

So there it is, my secret project of 2017! Stay tuned for more news, hopefully by the end of the month (if I can stop distracting myself with the fun non-writing tasks like “pick serious author profile picture” and “decide on color scheme for website”).

My favorite tumblrs

The internet is a magical, wonderful thing. It can make you incredibly productive, or suck hours and hours of productivity away. Assuming that if you are catching up with blogs right now, you are probably in the latter situation, so here are a few of my favorite tumblrs to waste time on. Please share your own, because helping others to waste time is also what makes the internet such a wonderful thing.

 

Men taking up too much space on the train. STORY OF MY LIFE! Not to be read on a Sunday or you will lose all desire to go to work the next day.

 

Boys Clubs. Speaking of work, this is slightly related to my job in HR, so I can totally justify sending it to colleagues along with instead of tumblrs about cats.

 

Beyonce Art History. Though sometimes I wish art was still my job.

 

Mean Girls of Panem. Mean Girls + Hunger Games. You’re welcome.

 

Notes to my future husband. A few of the more PG-rated excerpts (the rest is mostly R!):

HUNGER GAMES. I would totally kill you last.

AS YOU WISH. Every once in a while, I’m gonna turn to you out of the blue and say “Farm boy, fetch me that pitcher.” You’d better know the proper response.

 

Writers and Kitties.  Favorite writers and cute cats. What’s not to love?

 

Brides throwing cats. Just in case you need more cats, here are some (I hope!) photoshopped at weddings.

 

Reasons my son is crying.  Uhhhh, I’m actually taking a break from this one for the next few months, or I’ll just curl up in a ball and hide for the next 18 years.

 

Suri’s Burn Book. If you don’t know who Suri Cruise is, then you probably won’t know who anyone else is who she talks about, and you probably won’t think it’s funny. My tiny bit of brain space that isn’t already being used to keep track of these (mini)people finds it hilarious.

 

Kate Middleton For The Win.  My favorite of favorites (or should that be favourites?), though sadly looks like updates have definitely ended. My love for all things royal amuses French people to no end. My argument is always that they cut off the head of their king, but we just moved away. So admiring/mocking from afar is très American, non?
Kate Middleton For The Win

(I may or may not have already bought a few of the same Seraphine maternity dresses she wore. But as I am due in July, studied art history, have a sapphire engagement ring, have a middle name Elizabeth, and am several months older than my husband, we are basically the same person anyway.)

 

What I’m reading

My parents like to say that my first work was “book.” I personally think this is more family legend than actual fact, because what kind of crazy baby says “book” before “mama” or “dada”? But I suppose it is possible, and I certainly grew up to be a voracious reader. Not like, on a “Time enough at last” level, but I’ve definitely been known to spend entire weekends ignoring everyone and everything in favor of getting really really into a book.

At any given time, I am reading between one and three books, usually only two at a time though. One at night and one for the train to/from work (and lunchtime, except recently I’ve been eating out with colleagues, which is good but I am always a little bummed not to have my extra reading time).

My train book has to be something to keep me interested, something to make the time go by quickly. I alternate between YA cheesetastic (= rereading Twilight) and a more “serious” grown-up book that Amazon suggests for me. I’ve tried non-fiction/humor like Bill Bryson, but it sometimes seems like I should be taking notes. There’s so much interesting information, yet I almost feel like it’s for school somehow. What I need in the morning is a story that grabs my attention, something I want to keep reading, that will make me work hard so the time passes quickly and I can get back to reading! Alternatively, it also makes me look forward to going to work, because I’ll limit myself to only reading the book in the train, so all weekend I am waiting for Monday. Well, not all weekend, but you get the idea . . .

I almost always pick an “old” book to read at night, something I’ve read once or twice (or five or six times) already. If I read something new, I’ll stay up all night wanting to finish it (you know you do it too!). So I pick the familiar stories, dropping off in the middle of sentences, sleeping soundly with the knowledge that my characters will do what I know they’re supposed to do in the end.

Sticking with a familiar book at night helps keep me in the universe of my train book as well. I think once I started rereading two different YA dystopian series at once, and had to stop because I kept confusing the different worlds. I try and vary the genres of my two books, never reading two mysteries at once or two overly romantic books (there is such a thing as too much swooning!).

So, what am I reading right now? My train book is “Dark Places” by Gillian Flynn, and it’s definitely keeping my mind off the commute! My bedtime book is “The Mysterious Benedict Society” by Trenton Lee Stewart, that I’ve read so many times I’ve lost count. It’s written for younger readers, but it has that magic that makes me feel like a young reader again, not like a boring grown-up who shouldn’t be reading stuff like this.

But I’ll be done with both pretty soon, and I love recommendations, so what are you reading?