Today I am delighted to bring you a guest post from the lovely Lilliana Rose, author of the Pagan Pleasures series, as part of the blog tour for the book Solstice Sizzle!
Much like myself, Ms Rose has a weakness for a good notebook, and she’s here today to discuss her love of them as a writer!
I love the excitement of having to start a brand new notebook. It’s a point of my writing journey where I’m buzzing with potential of what stories I can fill in the pages. I get excited selecting a new notebook from my stash. Will it have glitter on it? Or the TARDIS from Dr Who? Or maybe one which has affirmations written on its pages that can act as motivation to help me keep at it? I look through them wondering which one will catch my eye and call to me to pick it, to use next. I love this selection process. I look at each notebook and see if it somehow speaks to me in the moment, and wants to be written in. I think I’m a stationary nerd! What can I say? I love stationary. But it is a little more than that. It is all part of my writing process. It is fun, and these notebooks inspire me. They’re part of my creative journey to help to call in the ideas that I can use in stories.
I usually have quite a few notebooks waiting in my writing desk in readiness. But when going to get a new notebook the other day I discovered that I didn’t have many left. Well, actually I only had one – lucky! This is so not like me. Usually I have too many, to the point where I begin to wonder if I will get around to using them in this lifetime. And that maybe I just need to stop myself from buying more. But I can’t help it. It’s one of my addictions.
When I’m out shopping and happen to walk past notebooks, I find it very difficult not to stop. If I stop I’m doomed to buy! This isn’t a bad thing, well as long as I keep in my budget. It’s the style of the book, the image on the front, how widely spaced the lines are inside, and the thickness of the paper, and if it catches my attention, then I just know this will be a flow on in helping me to catch ideas. In a way, the notebook is my butterfly net, which I use to capture the butterflies, each unique, which are my ideas. These notebooks are an important tool for me as a writer. And they impact on my creating process in a positive way. So, I take my notebook shopping very serious – in a fun sort of a way.
It feels great to have filled so many notebooks with my creative writing. I felt even better having an excuse to go to the shops and buy more. I must have had a writing frenzy as my notebook stocks are low. Or I’ve been robbed. Or busy writing my stories by hand more than I realise. Either way, it’s exciting because it means that I can take a moment from my writing schedule for something that I find fun, and which will nurture my writing process.
Then, I can’t wait to fill them with words – and the next stories I want to write, which are bursting in my mind to be born into life with ink.
More about Solstice Sizzle
Johan Rogers is a sharpshooting family lawyer who is close to burn out. This is affecting his ability with the Magiks and his once reliable skill as a medium. On a whim, he’s come south to Edi’s shop, Crystal Sands, for a break over the summer solstice. He’s looking for fun, nothing serious, and definitely no commitment.
That’s how things start with the stunning Nova. But then a side of him he’s repressed to be a lawyer begins to emerge. Can he get a handle on his emotions, or will Nova help him to realize his full potential with the Magiks?
Nova McGinnis is struggling to find her unique skill with the Magiks. She’s been repressed too long, and despite Edi’s help, her ability is erratic at best. It’s been nearly a month of trying and she’s made minimal progress. Frustrated, she sees Johan as the perfect distraction.
It was meant to be just a summer love affair, but things are developing into something more lasting. Will a hot love affair prevent Nova from discovering her Magik ability, or help her?
More about Lilliana Rose
Lilliana is an Amazon Bestselling author, who writes romance in the subgenres of contemporary, paranormal, steampunk, and rural. She enjoys helping characters overcome problems, or issues, and the misunderstandings that often plague relationships, to help them fall in love. Whether it city heels being replaced with country work boots, or some magic beyond this world, or cogs and gears and corsets, each story shows how love can prevail.
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Don’t forget to check out all the wonderful blogs taking part in this tour!