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Happy New Year! The Year of the Unicorn (Cissell II)

Last August, I typed my New Year’s goals for you after declaring my own year (still working on the calendar system, but I can tell you right now, February is gonna get more days. Possibly at the expense of September. I hate that month).

I haven’t been very present on this blog. Or anywhere, actually. Although things aren’t as bleak as they were last summer, it’s still been an intense year.

I published two books last fall, the first two in a new series.

I started January with shingles, which resulted in constant pain (mostly gone now) and some hearing loss. I went through an entire season of all-to-frequent contact with my lawyer, but after almost 9 months, was able to finish that labor in a great place to protect my child for the next 11 years.

I also published A Wing and a Prayer and hit the USA Today Bestseller list!

I went to Belgium and Czechia.

I got married.

I published another book – like three days later.

A book cover. Green background with standing stones. A woman with long, dark, curly hair and white skin is on the cover. The title is "The Lost Child, An Eleanor Morgan Novel by Amy Cissell."

We celebrated my kiddo’s 1st Liana-versary with hiking and presents and cake and decorations. (I didn’t quite get the layer colors quite right, but she assured me I can keep practicing every year until I do.)

And here I am, almost through August. Ready to send my kid off to 2nd Grade. And even though all the big stressors of the last 12 months are mostly gone (I’m married, my kid is doing pretty well, the legal stuff is over for now, I got four books out in the last 12 months), something still isn’t right.

But you know what? It’s fucking New Years. Last year was the Year of the Phoenix. I had 12 goals.

  1. Feel comfortable in new job by my birthday (2/24 in case you need time to plan your celebratory activities) – done
  2. Publish five books & 1 novella by the end of the Year (8/14/19) – not quite; 3 books & 1 novella
  3. Find three new clients for the editing business I share with the Beer Guy – We have worked with 3 new clients (and then some!)
  4. Get married – Done
  5. Have the most awesome honeymoon ever – Super done
  6. Find a physical activity I super enjoy and do it regularly for fun (preferably trail running) – still in progress – more on that in a minute
  7. Develop a regular at-home yoga practice – hahaha. no.
  8. Stay meds compliant. I’ve never managed to be compliant for more than 6-8 months. I’m currently, as of New Year’s Day, five months in on my current medication. There will be the added challenge of switching providers and insurance. – passed with flying colors. I’m 17 months in, managing the dickish new providers, and making things happen.
  9. Find two really good pairs of jeans. – eh. Yes. Kinda. I’m happy with my new affinity to leggings.
  10. Learn to appreciate massages. – done. I get monthly massages and they are wonderful.
  11. Become more comfortable with self promotion. Still working on it, but if you want to check me out on Amazon, I welcome your participation!
  12. Develop an elaborate framework for the Cissell calendar and Cissell astrology. – well, I created a graphic for Cissell II. So that happened.

I found out this week that I have pretty sever sleep apnea, which has almost definitely been contributing to my depression and exhaustion. During my sleep study, I stopped breathing about 25 times each hour, meaning I’m waking up every 2 minutes or so.

I’m also upping the dosage on my crazy pills. This was the dosage that was recommended by my old psychiatrist a year ago, but when I switched to Kaiser, the new shrink didn’t believe I was bipolar (despite an almost 20 year history of getting independently diagnosed by several psychiatrists) and didn’t want to increase my dosage. So I’ve been coasting along at this ‘not quite therapeutic enough’ level for just over a year while doing my best to avoid the crummy shrink. (Did you know at Kaiser, you can’t just switch therapists or psychiatrists. It is a process of 3-4 months. Fortunately, crummy shrink was on vacation this week and I got to talk to her substitute. He was fantastic and is going to be my temporary guy until I get a permanent placement again.)

So – time for my New Year’s resolutions for this, the second year of Cissell.

  1. Find a fairly inexpensive place to vacation abroad. (Don’t want to break my streak of getting a passport stamp every year since 2016).
  2. Finish the Eleanor Morgan series and add at least one Oracle Bay book to my list.
  3. Work on marketing skills.
  4. Use CPAP machine religiously and find out what it’s like to be rested again.
  5. Learn to be more vulnerable. Strength /= lack of emotion. Ask for and accept help.
  6. Make time, 3-4x/week, for exercise. Even if it’s just 20 minutes.
  7. Rediscover my love of the trails, whether it’s hiking with my daughter or running by myself.
  8. Biweekly swim dates with the child.
  9. Monthly blog posts
  10. Quarterly fancy dates with my husband
  11. Stop frequently and watch in awe as my daughter grows up and completes second grade. Be there when she needs me, but staying a few steps back when she doesn’t. (Also, force her to ride her damn bike already, I mean I was riding before kindergarten C’MON!) Let go of the things that don’t really matter (biking) and work on the things that do (swimming) and find a way to enjoy soccer momming.
  12. Court balance and self care.
Rocks balancing on rocks - five total - in front of the ocean.
Bonus: spend more time in the water, whether it’s ocean, lake, river, or swimming pool. Water is my happy place.

What are your goals as you move into the Year of the Unicorn?

First Hand Knowledge – Release Day

My sixth book released today! I am pretty excited to have First Hand Knowledge out in the world – for so many reasons. I’m slowing down a bit now. Turns out that my publishing schedule was a wee bit ambitious.

BUT BUT BUT! Here it is! Book 6!

First Hand Knowledge

Welcome to Oracle Bay, the town where the local psychics were already expecting you! Once the playground of various divinities, it’s now the home of their preternaturally talented descendants.

Tourists come for the psychics, the quirky shops with punny names, and the quaint, small town vibe, but they stay for the Autumn Bazaar organized by the head of the psychics’ union, Misty Greene. Born and raised in Oracle Bay, she’s known Joseph McEwan all her life. What she doesn’t know is why the affable kid she knew in high school turned into the town crank when he took over the family goat farm.

Burdened with the weight of family secrets, Joseph struggles to maintain his life in Oracle Bay and his grumpy façade. When the pressure causes Joseph to pull his crowd-pleasing goat cheeses from the Autumn Bazaar, tensions with Misty come to a head. When she confronts the cantankerous farmer about his perceived sabotage, the friction breaks with a kiss. But secrets, mistrust, a mysterious stranger, and some missing goats all conspire to keep Misty and Joseph apart. Will they be able to get over a decade of bad blood compounded by mutual distrust to find Billie Holiday, Joseph’s prize goat, or will Joseph’s desire to keep his secrets outweigh his desire for Misty? Most importantly, will everything be resolved in time for the Bazaar?

It’s available now in ebook across all platforms and will be in paperback very, very soon.

If you haven’t grabbed book 1, yet, now’s your chance!

$0.99 Books!

Additionally, you can grab a copy of Wings of the Wicked – a set of 25 novellas (including Oracle Bay #2.5, “Wing and a Prayer”) for only $0.99. It comes out on January 8, 2019 and will – like all the novellas – be a walk on the wilder side!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And finally, through 12/4/18 only, The Cardinal Gate is on sale for $0.99! If you haven’t grabbed your copy yet, now is the best time to do it! It isn’t scheduled to be on sale again for a long, long while! There aren’t quite as many puns, and there are many, many more f-words and adult situations, but the Eleanor Morgan books are just as fun as Oracle Bay!

Schedule Update

As I mentioned above, I’m slowing down a bit. That means that the next Oracle Bay novel, Belle of the Ball, won’t be out by the end of the year. However, I am planning on getting it out before the next Eleanor Morgan book (The Lost Child, scheduled for the end of February). I just need a chance to breathe and regroup.

Let me know if you have any questions or comments or requests! Want me to name a character after you/your cat/your narcissistic ex? I am here for you! Happy reading, everyone! Enjoy!

 

It’s Here! It’s Here!

Not in the Cards, the first book in my new series, is out! Right now! Like, you can fucking buy it, and it will instantaneously appear in your ereader of choice.

You can pick up what I’m throwing down for $0.99 now, or $3.99 whenever the price goes back up.

When my first book came out, I was super tense. I assumed it was because it was my first book. Turns out, every book has the same effect.

Have a great weekend. Enjoy Sandy and the psychics; there’s a lot going on in Oracle Bay.

Oh Hey! Welcome back, me!

I am just returned from 2+ weeks abroad. The trip had many exciting happenings – and by exciting, I mean unexpected.

I will be back with some pics and a recap of some of the better parts of the trip (it’s not all beer), but for today, just wanted to drop a reminder that The Broken World will be out in exactly seven days! Seven. That’s next Tuesday.

On a scale of one to ten, guess how freaked out I am about this?

BUT EVERYTHING WILL BE FINE I SWEAR.

 

Anyway…

I had a great trip, got to see my kid for several hours yesterday, slept like a log in my very own bed last night, and am still awake today at 3:15 pm. Things are…not bad.

The Beer Guy & I at the Cliffs of Moher

The Drombeg Stone Circle in County Cork

Trinity College Library’s “Long Room”

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Tongue-tied Tuesday

I am at a rare loss for words. That could be because all I’ve done for the last few months is word. Write words. Read words. Edit words. All I can talk about/think about/dream about is writing and editing. Not clever blog posts – only boring ones like this.

BUT – if you’d rather have less boring words, I’ve got some for you!

The Cardinal Gate is on sale for $0.99 through 3/20/18! It’s the only time it’ll be on sale for <$1 this entire year.

If you want to take the plunge into Eleanor Morgan and want an even better deal, the box set of books 1-3 is now available and is $5.99 through 3/20/18. That’s a nearly $5 savings over buying all three at regular prices.

And, if you’re all caught up and just eagerly awaiting The Broken World, it’s currently available for pre-order for only $0.99. (Price goes back up to $3.99 on – you guessed it – 3/20/18, which is release day!)

As a bonus, if you pre-order The Broken World as an autographed paperback directly from me, you can get it for $12 (plus shipping) instead of $14.

Pssstttt…..

The Waning Moon (#2) and The Ruby Blade (#3) are, of course, also available if that’s where you’re at in the reading order.