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Hello All!

I am sorry that I have been away for so long! I have been going through some personal life stuff and working on another project as well. I am glad to be back and hope to be more consistent in the time to come.

As a gift for my absence; allow me to announce my new novel Daughter of Athena. Currently I am in the process of searching for an agent for this particular work, so wish me luck on that. I will add the description here so that you can see what I have been working on. Hope you like it!

Amara is a 25-year-old woman and a dragon slayer created by the government to protect the City of Athena. 80 years ago, Chicago was attacked by dragons for an unknown reason. Causing devastation throughout Earth and forcing a rebuild of society. When the new government was formed, a program was enacted to protect Chicago called the Daughters of Athena. All of that changes when another attack on the city changes everything Amara thought she knew. In the midst of the attack, Amara is kidnapped by a group known as The Sacred Scales. The Sacred Scales reside in the settlement known as New Chicago. A place where those who wish to escape the tyranny of the government find refuge.

 The Sacred Scales believe that the key to saving Earth from destruction is to worship the dragons as the Goddesses they believe they are. Here, Amara meets Joslyn, the current leader of The Sacred Scales and the rebellion against the government. Though, all is not as it seems with the dragons, the government, or The Sacred Scales. When Amara helps strike a deal for the dragons with Cyra, the leader of the remainder of the government, she learns more than she bargained for. War and Chaos ensues, leaving Amara to choose where her loyalty truly lies.

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Yay!

My book signing at Barnes & Noble was far more successful than I thought it would be. I actually sold out of books. That is so unbelievable. Thank you to everyone that made that happen!

While I know Imitatore isn’t perfect and could probably use another revision (I am highly impulsive and don’t think things through sometimes); I am glad to see that people are interested in it and even enjoying it. It is a book you have to have some patience with, this much I know but give it a chance.

I hope to build upon things in the second book. So all of the questions that people have to Imitatore will most likely be answered later down the line.

I am also working on another novel that I am really excited about that. I will tell you more once I get closer to finishing it. I also have to decide exactly what I want to do with it. While self-publishing is great, it is a lot of work on my part as well. So there are things I have to consider.

Anyhoo, that’s all I have today. Hope everything is going well for everyone else!

Much love

A. Rose

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Complicated

So my book signing at Barnes & Noble is Saturday. I am thrilled to get this underway and hope the turnout is good.

I have been going through and dealing with some very complicated things in my personal life. Suffice to say, I am trying to push through but that does not seem to be working much anymore. I continue to write because it distracts me from that reality but sooner or later I am going to have to be honest with myself.

Mental illness is a tricky thing. Its a hard thing. Its a complicated thing. One day you’re fine, the next day you’re not and you’re not even sure why. I haven’t been okay in a while even though I have been telling everyone that I am. I wear a mask in everyday life but that mask is starting to crack and fall apart. My ruse at some point will no longer work. I do not want to go into much detail about everything as there are people I would prefer not know everything.

This post ended up being sadder than I expected it to be but if I can’t be honest on my own blog, where else can I be? Mental illness is kicking me in the face. I am treading water and no longer have the energy to even try and swim. I find solace in my writing because besides my relationship, it’s about all I have left to cling to.

But again, on a lighter note. I hope to see you at my signing Saturday if you’re in the area. Good tidings and happy days to you all.

A. Rose

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Another Journey

I have been away writing and working on promotion, things like that. I also have to be honest and say that I have been slightly isolating myself as well. I am on a new mental health journey and it is taking a bit of a toll on me.

All my life, I have been the girl with anxiety and depression. That’s what it has always been, nothing more, nothing less. I am reaching a point in my life and journey where I am now realizing that it may be much more than that. I have to get an assessment and confirm what this is before I tell anyone. Just know that I am still here, still writing, and still very thankful for you all.

I hope to see you at my book signing on April 7th!

A. Rose

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Hi-Yo!

I promise I am still here! I have just been so busy and so sleepy that I keep forgetting that I have a blog to keep up to date with. I have been working on writing mostly. I also sent Imitatore to an agent just to see what would happen. I am not expecting much from that endeavor but I figured it doesn’t hurt to try. It has already been getting such positive reviews and it’s only been out for a month or so now. I realize that this probably doesn’t actually mean anything but I’ll never get anywhere if I’m too scared of putting myself out there.

I am also currently working on another book! Title is to come but I am super excited about this story. I feel myself growing as a writer with every chapter I churn out, so I am really proud of that. What I need to work on is outlining (I rarely ever actually do it). Most of my writing is basically shooting from the hip but I need to find some structure somewhere. It is definitely a process but I’m sure I’ll get the hang of it.

Besides all of that. I will be signing books at Barnes & Noble on April 7th! Join my mailing list for more information about that!

Thank you all for being here! You are greatly appreciated!

A. Rose

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Finding the Fountain of Youth- Book Review

Finding the Fountain of Youth by C. A. King

Finding the Fountain of Youth by C.A. King is a fun and exciting tale of mermaids and mythical legends. A young outsider named Nadine slowly finds her place in the world by embarking on an unlikely quest to save it. C. A. King does well at tell the story with efficiency while keeping it light-hearted and funny. I would love some more backstory on Nadine, the mermaids, Merliance, and Pandora but other than that, I had fun reading this book. I am excited to check out the rest of the series as well, I have become a little attached to Nadine and her journey. I also really liked the diversity in this book and the strong female characters, so bonus points for that.

 

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Writing, Writing, and More Writing

That’s pretty much what I’ve been up to. Well that and a ridiculous amount of self-promotion. Also, reading since I’ve had some time. This is my version of busy and it is a version I enjoy. Couple all of this with school and I’m surprised that I have any time to sleep.

It’s exciting to be doing things I love to do, that’s for sure. Keeping up with these things will be another struggle all its own. I tend to lose motivation rather suddenly and then next thing I know is that I’m spending all my time napping. That usually means it’s time for my medication to be adjusted. Chronic fatigue sucks and since mine is a symptom of my clinical depression, it just makes it worse. If my chronic fatigue comes back, then I know a depressive relapse is just around the corner. I don’t want to deal with that again. Like, I literally just got out of a major depressive episode that was actually pretty scary for me. I don’t know if I could handle it all over again. Inevitably, I will most likely have to but I would rather not think about it.

I have been feeling a lot better since I started my medication but my chronic fatigue is slowly creeping back. I am just exhausted no matter what I do. So I have an appointment Friday so I can head this off and adjust my meds before it’s too late. Hopefully all I need is a simple adjustment and not an entire change. Getting used to new antidepressants is the worst.

For now I’ll continue to push through and hold on to doing the things that I love.

A. Rose