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Book Hangovers and how best to find a cure.

Hi everyone,

The following blog post was originally submitted as “a sample of my work” when applying to be a blogger somewhere. As it’s been a few months and they’ve not gotten back to me I’ve long come to terms with the fact that’s a big and silent “Thanks but no thanks”. This means I have decided to share it with you all here. Why waste a good blog post, right?

So here it is:

The other day a friend posted one of those ‘funny quotes’ in their Facebook timeline that was about Book Hangovers. It read:

Book Hangover: Inability to start a new book because you’re still living in the last book’s world.

Now I think the reason I find this so amusing is because I can totally relate to it! That resonating feeling – when putting a book down for the last time – of the adventure continuing on, despite the pages having stopped. The joy of a happy ending, the anxiety of a cliff hanger awaiting its sequel, the sorrow of the final death of a beloved character. It still tingles through you, draws your mind back to it over and over and makes you recoil at the thought of picking up a different book and having to find a new world to enter. How can you be expected to do that? Don’t they know what you’re going through right now? They did it! They won, lost, lived, died, but they are your friends and they are just there beyond dull old reality. How could you possibly think of turning your back on them now and find new friends?

But is there a cure to this painful sensation? I mean, you’ve just bought a great pile (virtual or otherwise) of new books and you were simply dying to read them. You can’t abandon them now just because of a hangover. What is the hair of the dog cure? Does anyone know?

Well, you could go for a walk and try and clear your head. But doesn’t that tree remind you of the one they first met at? And that newfie being walked in the park nearby, did he wink at you… or does he just remind you of that demon in a dog suit who had you laughing so hard? Damn it, this walking is just reminding you of them. You need to try something else.

Real work, be it housework or one of those paid jobs where you sit in front of a computer all day long looking busy. No, that’s no good… as when the boss isn’t looking you’re just going to google who you think would be the best actor to play your character’s favourite role if and when it becomes a film.

You know what I’ve found is the best cure for the Book Hangover? Blog about it, write a review, get all your thoughts about how great it all was down on paper, erm the screen, and it will help you find closure. As, yes, closure is the only cure to this horrible affliction. Even if the book had a happy ending, you’re suffering from loss now it has ended. You need to accept that loss, focus on it, weave it into the best review you can give… and then move on. Set it free, clear your mind and reach for the next book.

Think of it as your homage, your dedication to a lost love, now the story has finished. Think of it as some aspirin and a greasy egg and bacon roll for the soul. Let it cure that hangover… and let’s not stay up til three in the morning with the ‘One more chapter, I can do it’ mantra that you know is just going to leave you with another Book Hangover the next day.

Until next time,

Janis. XXOO

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Posted by on January 8, 2015 in Writing


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I’m on tour with Isis, Vampires and Ghosts – Oh My!

So it’s been a week since Isis, Vampires and Ghosts – Oh My! was let loose into the world and so far so good. In the mean time I’ve not been sitting there waiting for the money to roll in as, well, that’s not how it works for an emerging Author and not what I set out to achieve. I write as I enjoy it and I share my stories in the hopes others will enjoy it too. And, so far so good! 🙂

What I have been doing this week is a virtual book tour with Bewitching Book Tours, and I’m loving it! I highly recommend any emerging Author wanting to get their books noticed (whether paper or an eBook) to invest in a virtual book tour. And I highly recommend Roxanne at Bewitching Book Tours if you’re writing in the paranormal or urban fantasy genre.

Yes I know a virtual book tour doesn’t physically take you anywhere and it’s not as glamorous as being able to swan in and out of a book store smiling for pics and signing autographs… but let’s face it fellow emerging Authors – that isn’t going to happen for the majority of us, no matter how good our books are.

Don’t poo poo the virtual book tour as it is a fantastic way to get exposure to your work. Throw in a give-away to entice the readers and you can double your following of fans on social media. Now you have their attention though, it is up to you to keep it. The tour has done its magic and it’s now time to do your own.

A virtual book tour is definitely a worthy investment – if you find the right one that best matches your work – and shows your book off to far more people interested in that genre than an ad on say Facebook ever could. Go the virtual book tour! 🙂

As for me, what am I doing on my tour? Well, below you will find my schedule. I technically should have blogged about this last Monday when it started but my sharing and caring hordes have passed on a couple of different winter bugs to me and so I’m a little behind in my asset shaking. Still, the links to where I’ve already been are still valid so please feel free to go check them out. Not just for my work but for the other awesome Authors out there shaking their assets just as hard.

My tour schedule:

September 1 Guest blog
Mythical Books

September 2 Spotlight
Cassandra M’s Place

September 3 Interview
Pembroke Sinclair.

September 4 Spotlight
3 Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy,Sissy. Too!

September 5 Spotlight
Deal Sharing Aunt

September 8 Spotlight
Lisa’s World of Books

September 9 Spotlight
Jodie Pierce’s Ink Slinger’s Blog

September 10 Interview
Roxanne’s Realm

September 11 Guest blog
Fang-tastic Books

September 12 Guest blog
The Creatively Green Write at Home Mom

September 15 Interview 
Bewitching Book Tours Magazine

September 16 Top Ten List
Darkest Cravings

September 17 Spotlight
Deal Sharing Aunt

September 18 Spotlight
Soaring Eagle Publicity

September 19 Interview
Eclipse Reviews

September 20 Spotlight
Cover Reveals

September 22 Character Interview
Author Karen Swart

September 23 Spotlight
Sapphyria’s Book Reviews

September 24 Top Ten Comfort Foods
Cabin Goddess

September 25 Spotlight
Share My Destiny

September 25 Review
Paranormal Romance and Authors That Rock

September 26 Spotlight
CBY Book Club

September 29 Guest blog

September 30 Interview and review
happy tails and tales

**Please note: I have been having difficulties with WordPress actually REMEMBERING the links in the list. I have added them repeatedly and they work… and then they stop working. It is a WordPress fault. So if a link is not working, please just copy it and paste it into a new browsing window. Sorry about this, but as said – this is a WordPress fault.

There you have it, my virtual book tour. I hope to see you around the sites and there is always the option for you to come and say hi to me on my Author page on Facebook or to tweet me on Twitter.

I’ve really enjoyed the interviews and blog posts I’ve done so far and I send out a big thanks to Roxanne and all the people who opted in to host me on this tour. You are all awesome and emerging Authors appreciate your help… well, this one does anyway. Thank You!

Until next time,

Janis. XXOO

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Posted by on September 6, 2014 in Uncategorized


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How to write about Maths and not be boring… and Why?!

Okay, so this week I’m getting back into the whole ‘this is a writer’s blog so write about writing’ theme. Though the different Doctor Who things were pretty brilliant weren’t they? From what I’ve heard I’m glad they didn’t show the after part here in Australia. And, seriously, if you’ve not seen it yet, go watch Peter Davidson’s Five(ish) Doctors 🙂

Right, back to wearing my ‘I’m an author’ badge with moulting glitter and all and talk about why exactly I felt I could write about Maths and make it interesting. My first question is, did I really write about Maths? Or just include it in my story as the bubble gum and sticky tape holding the real story together? And secondly, I’ve discovered Maths isn’t actually boring! Yes, I was as shocked and surprised myself when I came to this realisation. So calm down, grab a choccy and a cuppa and read on.

Now, for those who don’t know me, I simply loathed and despised Maths at school. From being rather ill during my primary school years and therefore missing out on learning about fractions properly to, thanks to same illness, missing great chunks of Maths in high school, I sucked at it. Add to that some well-meaning teacher felt I could get into more universities if I did the highest Maths available (which was Maths 1 and Maths 2 back in my day)… all it did was really prove I sucked at it. In exams my answers tended to include a lot of question marks and smiley faces.

My brother is smart, wickedly cleverly smart and ate Maths for breakfast. (This is a compliment by the way). And he is only two years older than me and so I tended to end up in all the same classes he’d just been in and therefore it was assumed I would thrive on the Maths just as much as he did. I even had teachers say to my face “Your brother was excellent at this so you’ll be too”. Er, pass! Did you not notice the extra book I tend to pull out during Maths? The non-school issued one full of pictures and stories I was working on? And, seriously, it may be due to the great gaps of Maths I missed while being sick, but the moment letters were brought into equations I just had no clue. When asked to determine what ‘x’ was I often just looked at the teacher and replied “Well, if you don’t know what it is, why on earth did you add it?” *sigh* No, Maths and I never go along. In high school, add to that Physics and all the science teachers knowing my sciencey father and their frustration at my complete lack of enthusiasms in anything that I couldn’t blow up or set fire to… *double sigh* I was not destined to be a Mathematician or Physicist.

However, being a writer, I did spend many hours just staring at the world, fascinated in how nature was so clever in all she did and how man could often be rather clever too in building things and making them last so long. In more recent years I’ve really started getting into architecture. No I can’t spout the names of great architects or even waffle on about certain styles and forms. Like any sort of art, if I like it I like it. I’m attracted to certain forms and buildings and think “What a clever person to turn their thoughts into something so physical and amazing.”

With this new love of man-made form and structure I started looking at the amazing wonders made by nature that had similar near mathematical precision in their creation. Seriously look at a gerbera and its petals some time, or a snail shell… even a spider’s web or ant’s nest. Look at the structure and beauty and just think nature made that. How did it get it so precise and structurally sound? It’s not as if snails and spiders learn Maths in school before they trot off to make their shells and webs… despite what children’s shows say.  How exactly? Amazingly… it’s all down to Maths and Physics. Which is what brought strength to my story idea of Maths That Stays and Hidden Logic. The world, all around us, exists as it is subconsciously following equations that, with the correct formula, give the desired result. Which is pretty much what the Maths in my story is all about. Rogan has basically stumbled across one of the equations that helps hold the universe together and has learnt to tweak it in such a way he can use it to his advantage. I mean, yes it is obviously fiction here people… but the concept is still mind blowing. Well, it is to me anyhow and if it’s not to anyone else then I’m not only easily amused, but my mind is small enough to be blown by the merest thing. 😉

I’m going to embark on the second book in Bonnie’s life shortly. In it I will try and delve deeper down into this new found fascination in Maths and Physics and try and make it as interesting (and funny) as possible for the readers. If any of my Physics teachers are reading this, I’m sure they’re sobbing hysterically that I’ve finally realised how awesome physics really is, rather than just sitting there either heckling them or pretending to be taking notes but actually working on my latest story. Well done Physics teachers, it took nearly twenty years to sink it, but you did it!

Now I’m not setting out to encourage people to throw themselves into a love of Maths and Physics in the vain hope one day Maths That Stays will be a real thing. Hell no! But I will state I expect ten percent of the royalties please! 😀 No, if I can show people that you can use Maths and Physics in a fictional book of light hearted humour and enjoyment and therefore make it seem not so dull in the class room, that is enough for me. Seriously, the world is an amazing place and a lot of it really is down to stuff Newton was waffling on about in his day. What a clever man!

I really do feel I’m getting into that repetitive waffle stage and so I know I may not be making the point that I’m really trying to make. Just know that cause and effect is what our lives are made up of, and that’s the second law of thermodynamics… isn’t it? I always remember the third one more, which was about entropy and really only because Adric and the fourth Doctor discussed it in Logopolis. 😀 What, my love of Maths can’t include Doctor Who? You’ll be banning me from Star Trek next and then there will be trouble!

Okay, so the point I’m trying to make is yes Maths and Physics will appear deeply dull and horrific ordeals to the most of us as we go through the school system. But they really are pretty amazing despite all the numbers, letters, squiggles and stuff. And, to be honest, if I had my time over again, I would really love to try and wrap my mind around real physics just that little bit more. Sadly, I do wonder how hard it’d be to teach this old dog any new tricks. I honestly feel my eyes would glaze over and the latest story idea would soon be drowning out the drone of my lecturer. It really is far more fun writing about fictional Maths than learning the real stuff. But study hard all the same… as one day it may just click and you’ll look at the world and think “Oh my…”

Do I feel people are put off that Bonnie’s Story is about Maths? In a way I do, which is why its original title of Maths Story bit the dust as soon as someone decided to take the risk and publish it. That titled sucked. 🙂 Why did I keep Maths in the subtitle? As I said earlier, the Maths of this fictional work really is just the bubble gum and sticky tape holding the real story together. Why encourage Maths in the first place? Well, this one really comes down to those annoying pictures that pop up in social media a lot. You know, the ones that say things like “I’m another day older and I’ve still not used algebra”? I hate to break it to you, but every single day of our lives algebra is happening all about us. Just because you’re not putting pen to paper and doodling out those numbers, squiggles and letters, doesn’t mean algebra isn’t happening to you. Scary isn’t it? And yet, pretty darn awesome too. 😉

Until next time,

Janis. XXOO

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Posted by on November 30, 2013 in Writing


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