Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!!! #Christmas #vacation #NewYear


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Starting today, I am on vacation and I wanted to be the first to wish you (and your loved ones) a Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!!!

2014 has been an amazing year and I can’t wait to see what 2015 brings! New adventures? New friends? New discoveries? Bring it on, I say!

What are your resolutions/goals/dreams?

Whatever they may be, make a plan to be the best YOU you can be! You are a beautiful person and with each experience, lesson learned, challenge you are one step closer to the person you were destined to become.

I’ll reveal my resolutions when I return on Monday, January 5th!

My gift to you, awesome readers:

Starting today, you can get discounted prices on Princess of the Light at these two retailers:

Smashwords (E-Book): https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/469480?ref=PrincessoftheLight (coupon code: LD97X)

Createspace (Paperback): https://www.createspace.com/5008419 (coupon code: G36C4RAW)

Use the coupon codes from now until Sunday, January 4th, 2015 to save HUGE! Remember part of the proceeds will go directly to local food banks to help feed the homeless and less fortunate. :-)

Princess

See you in the New Year!!!

MRS N aka N. N. Light

N. N. Light Editing Services Now Accepting New Clients #amediting #editingtips #NaNoWriMo


editing what is it

I love this quote and it is really how I feel as an editor. My goal when I am editing is to make it better while keeping the writer’s style firmly in place. A reader should never question for a moment that the writer didn’t write 100% of the work. Every writer is different and their voice is unique. A successful editing job is when I fix typos, grammar, voice, plot holes and the reader doesn’t even know I was there.

With NaNoWriMo ending in just two weeks, there will be several writers in need of editors. I am scheduling clients now for December and going forward into 2015. If you need an editor, this is what I provide:

-Developmental Edit: This is considered by many in the industry as big picture editing. I will analyze the overall structure, clarity, voice, theme, character development, plot, pacing, and other inconsistencies.

-Content Edit: A comprehensive edit focusing on language issues and organization of existing content at the paragraph-by-paragraph level. I concentrate on tightening up sentences and offering suggestions.

-Copy Edit: Correcting spelling, grammar, punctuation, syntax and word usage, while preserving the author’s voice. I check to make sure there is a consistent style and format (e.g., treatment of capitalization, punctuation, numbers, hyphenation, use of abbreviations, etc.).

-Proofreading: The final step before publication and I take this very seriously. I check the overall manuscript to make sure there is nothing out of place and free of errors.

I charge by the word and depending on what needs to be done, the range is between $.009 to $.150 USD. I take Paypal and offer a two payment plan to make it easier for the author.

I offer, free of charge, a sample of my editing. I do this so I can see what needs to be done and so you can get a feel for my editing style. We are partners in this and it’s so important we’re a good fit. I ask for a 500-1000 word sample.

If you are interested or know someone who needs an editor, please email me:

NNLight [at] outlook [dot] com

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MRS N aka N. N. Light

What Grabbed You This Year? A Blog’s Top Ten #blogging #inspirational #gratitude


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It’s the end of the year and that means it’s award season! I thought I’d get in on the action and hand out awards too!

I have written a lot of blog posts this year and I am always amazed by what is popular and what is not. So… drumroll please… here are my top ten blog posts of 2014!!!

  1. STOP! Do NOT Talk to the Book Reviewers!!!
  2. 15 Thankful Reasons Why I Love Being a Writer #amwriting #ASMSG #MondayBlogs
  3. Failure: Don’t Fear it but Embrace it!!!
  4. The Super Secret Trick To Improving Your #Writing #WritingTips #AmReading
  5. One Kind Word: Kindness A-Z
  6. Princess of the Light: An Update
  7. Compassion: The Glue That Holds Us Together
  8. I’m an Ethical Author… Are You??? #EthicalAuthor #ASMSG #MFRWAuthor
  9. Staying Positive While Publishing
  10. 5 Pitfalls to Avoid When Writing the First Draft

During this time of the year, I thank you for reading and sharing these blog posts (and all the rest). You, dear followers, are the reason why I love to blog. You are special to me and I cherish your comments.

Keep spreading the Light!

<3 MRS N aka N. N. Light <3

Thank You #Readers for Grabbing THIRSTY FOR WATER Tuesday!!! #kindle #KU #YA


Thank you Blogging

THANK YOU!!!! Yesterday I ran a free promotion of my Young Adult Short Story, Thirsty for Water, and readers like you took advantage. I thank you all from the bottom of my heart! The highlight for me was this Amazon Rank:

Product Details

WHOO HOO!

If you missed it, you can grab Thirsty for Water for only $.96!!! You can’t even buy a chocolate bar for that! If you have Kindle Unlimited, you can read it for free!

http://www.amazon.com/Thirsty-Water-N-Light-ebook/dp/B00O98EL3Q

TFW

Blurb:

Juliet can’t wait to graduate from high school and finally move on with her life. History class seems so last week when Noko appears, pleading for her help. History comes alive like never before and Juliet must decide how she can help Noko and his village before it’s too late.

***If you read it, all I ask is that you give an honest review over on Amazon and/or Goodreads. As an indie author, word of mouth is the greatest Christmas gift you could give me!*** :-)

MRS N aka N. N. Light

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Would You Give Everything You Have? #kindness #homeless #gratitude


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You see someone in distress. Do you help them get home or do you ignore them?

I read this amazing story of kindness this morning:

Homeless man gives student last $6, repaid with fundraising campaign

A HOMELESS man has embodied the spirit of Christmas giving by offering a student his last $6 so she could get a taxi to get home safely after a night out.

Did you read it?

Okay good.

I love this story because of the homeless man. He gave everything he had to make sure she got home. It is so selfless and we could learn from him. When we give from the heart, we can change our little corner of the world!

Kindness can come from anywhere and when it does, be filled with joy!

Spread the Light, like this homeless man!

:) MRS N :)

2014: The Year of New Feats #reflection #goals #dreams


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The year is coming to a close and as I reflect back, it has been a year of new feats, detours, dreams coming true and such an overabundance of joy!!! My life just keeps getting better and better! So let’s go back in the time machine (don’t ask how I got it) and travel back to the first blog post of the year:

http://princessofthelight.wordpress.com/2014/01/01/happy-new-year-welcome-2014/

“May Light always surround you;

Hope kindle and rebound you.

May your Hurts turn to Healing;

Your Heart embrace Feeling.

May Wounds become Wisdom;

Every Kindness a Prism.

May Laughter infect you;

Your Passion resurrect you.

May Goodness inspire

your Deepest Desires.

Through all that you Reach For,

May your arms Never Tire.”

― D. Simone

 

Happy New Year!!! It’s the first day of 2014 and I am filled with hope, joy and Light!  A brand new year to discover new adventures and experiences.  A brand new year to be the best You ever!

 

I love the quote above because it is what I wish for you!  I wish that all 365 days of 2014 be filled with living your life to the best of your ability.  Whether you make resolutions or not, setting goals for yourself to living the life you have always wanted is a good way to kick off the year.  Here are my goals for the year:

 

-Write every day in my blog, concentrating on the craft of writing.

 

-Write a weekly blog post for PVB Daily

 

-Sign with a Publisher/Literary Agent and schedule publishing (or get published) of my first book, “Princess of the Light”

 

-Write Book Two in the “Princess of the Light” series

 

-Continue to walk every day to stay healthy in 2014

 

-Show kindness and Light to every person I encounter either online or in person

 

-Open my eyes to all that life has in store for me and relish in the simple pleasures

 

-Live in the moment and inspire others to do the same

 

-Love my beloved MR N unconditionally and show unconditional love to all (even those who have hurt me in the past)

 

-Eat chocolate every day (hey, I gotta live my version of the perfect life, right?)

 

I wish you the very best of 2014 and I can’t wait to share with you all my exciting adventures this year!!!

These words are filled with hope and it makes me smile. The end of 2013 was absolutely horrible and the Ice Storm almost doused my Light. I looked to 2014 as the year where it couldn’t get any worse, right?

As I look back, I am proud of all I accomplished. Here is a summary:

  • I expanded my blog and wrote every day. I concentrated on the craft of writing and doubled my followers.

  • I signed with a publisher and parted ways, ending up self-publishing my debut novel, Princess of the Light. The journey to publication was filled with ups and downs but I wouldn’t trade it for all the gold in the world. I learned so much about the publishing industry, my internal strength and what it means to be a professional author.

  • I am writing book two in the Princess of the Light series and I am excited to get back to it come January.

  • I am proud of my walking feats. Over the past year, I walked every day (sometimes more than once) and am in the best shape of my life. I continue to lose weight and I am filled with energy. :-)

  • Spread the Light is my mantra and I tried hard to embody it. Everyone I met or encountered this year, I tried to see the best in them and showed kindness. It wasn’t easy but it was a great learning experience. I found myself being happier and more positive.

  • I tried a lot of new things this year and opened my eyes to all that life has to offer. I wasn’t afraid as much as I used to be and that is a HUGE thing for me. :)

  • No matter what was going on in my life, I cherished the simple pleasures. Little things like holding MR N’s hand while relaxing out on our solarium watching the world go by, watching a good movie, listening to music and savoring good eats.

  • 2014 was the year of living in the moment for me. I wasn’t worried about the past or the future. I chose to live in the moment because tomorrow I could be dead. With that perspective, I relished my little corner of the world and experienced amazing freedom.

  • I love MR N with my whole heart and my love for him grew by leaps and bounds this year. It just keeps getting better and better.

  • The last one was the easiest to keep. It’s a tough one but I ate chocolate every day. ;-)

What have you done this year? I suggest you go back to your resolutions and reflect. I think you’ll be amazed how much you did and how you are a different person than you were in January. You’ve grown and become wiser. :-)

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Until tomorrow,

MRS N

#KindleDeals: THIRSTY FOR WATER is FREE Today Only!!! #ASMSG #IAN1


Back in September, I decided to try my hand at writing a short story. I was looking for something new to capture my heart and before I knew what happened, Thirsty for Water was born. It’s very short and I’m very excited to offer it to you for FREE! Hurry, this special offer is for today only!!!

TFW

Title: Thirsty for Water

Author: N. N. Light

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

Blurb:

Juliet can’t wait to graduate from high school and finally move on with her life. History class seems so last week when Noko appears, pleading for her help. History comes alive like never before and Juliet must decide how she can help Noko and his village before it’s too late.

 

Kindle Unlimited: http://www.amazon.com/Thirsty-Water-N-Light-ebook/dp/B00O98EL3Q

Don’t have a Kindle? Download the Kindle App here: Amazon.com Kindle App 

Governments of Windemere: Gaia


MRS N, the Author:

More cool information about the series Legends of Windemere by Charles Yallowitz. :)

Originally posted on Legends of Windemere:

City of Gondor from Lord of the Rings
City of Gondor from Lord of the Rings

A while back I wrote about how the kingdom of Serab works.  Well, John W. Howell asked another question about how the smaller governments work in Windemere, so I’m going to briefly explain the unique ones this week.

First up is Gaia:

This is the biggest city of Windemere when it comes to population, barely edging out Gods’ Voice.  It is on the western coast and is near the mouth of the L’dandrin River, making it a major port city for trade and transportation.  Gaia is also called the Western Sister City and that’s pretty much all you need to know before I delve into the leaders.

While Gaia falls under Serab, which is the major kingdom ruled by Duke Solomon, it has it’s only local system.  These are the Grand Counselors who meet in secret to discuss laws and issues. …

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MY FAVORITE THINGS BLOG TOUR~ Princess of the Light #ASMSG #MFRWAuthor #Paranormal


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December is here and I am so excited to be a part of Kylie Betzner’s Inaugural My Favorite Things Blog Tour!! Yes, just like Oprah, authors have our favorite things about our books. I am to share my favorite character, scene and quote from Princess of the Light. (Click here for all the info on the blog tour: http://litchicblog.wordpress.com/2014/12/01/my-favorite-things/)

Princess

 

Blurb:

Gabriel, the Archangel and Messenger of God – yeah that Gabriel, visited Mary Miller. He told her, as the key she is destined to spread the Light and vanquish the Darkness. Her first assignment is to restore the soul of the Walking Man. Sounds simple enough until she’s thrown in the face of evil, and then Joe Deacons enters her heart. This battle just got a lot more complicated. She must complete her mission without losing all she loves.

Favorite Character: 

I know it sounds cliche but my favorite character is Mary, the Princess of the Light. She is brave, strong and a warrior princess. Yet she she has a soft side too. She is scared and worries that she cannot defeat her enemies. The fate of so many is a heavy burden and in one instance, she can no longer be strong. She’s at Joe’s office and here is an example of her emotional state:

Joe pulled me into his arms and his strength seemed to seep into me. I had the weight of the world on my shoulders and it was a burden. Joe understood and wanted to help me. There was a slight shade of darkness to him, but given what just happened, I assumed it must be some anger fighting to rear its head.

 

I pulled Joe closer, and before I knew what happened, instead of comforting him, I was crying. Fear, sadness, anger, revenge, doubt, and even relief, were suddenly swirling around my heart. What if I couldn’t banish Lisbeth for good? What if those innocent people died in the fire? Why didn’t Lisbeth and Than just go away? I will make Than pay for what he did to André and scores like him! What if I am not strong enough to deal with all the evil in this world? What if I cannot kill those demons when the time comes?

 

Where was all this doubt coming from?

 

I hugged Joe close and in a jagged whisper said, “What would I do without you?” I looked up into his eyes and whispered, “I couldn’t be the Princess without your strength and love.” The slight darkness I had seen shadowing him now faded away.

 

Joe smiled and with his arms still wrapped around me whispered, “I’m always here for you, Mary. You are my soul mate and I love you with every cell in my body.” Joe bent down and gently kissed me.

Favorite Scene:

My favorite scene has got to be the luncheon scene where Than, the demon, interrupts Mary and Penny’s lunch. The last few times Than and Mary have spat, Than always had the upper hand. But in this scene, Mary is stronger with the Light and lets the Light guide her. For the first time, she realizes who she is and how powerful she is with the Light. Enjoy!

My smile suddenly went rigid as the hairs on the back of my neck began to rise. It had been silent on the demon front. Maybe I’d relaxed too soon.

 

Now, I was on alert and I heard the rustle of angels beginning to surround me. Something was amiss. My eyes darted from one person to another looking for whoever it was. I looked back at Penny and tried to warn her, but Than appeared too quickly.

I narrowed my eyes and waited for him to make the first move. Than placed a hand on Penny’s shoulder and total fear fell across her face.

 

Than said nonchalantly, “Miss me?”

 

I raised my hand. Purple arrows shot out of my palm and pierced Than’s hand that was resting on Penny’s shoulder. I knew the arrows wouldn’t hurt Penny because she was filled with the Light already.

 

I smiled as snidely as I could at Than. To Penny, I said, “Sweetie, why don’t you go to the washroom while I have a chat?”

 

Penny nodded and grabbing her purse, bolted from the chair.

 

Than gracefully sat down and smiled back at me with an ugly grin. “Tsk, tsk, tsk, such displays of power are hard to explain to the press. Didn’t Gabriel teach you anything?”

 

I took a sip of my lemonade. “Why don’t you sit down and take a load off? I imagine it’s hard to carry around that entirely misplaced ego.”

 

Than replied in my mind, “Let’s stop playing these games, little girl.”

 

I laughed and said with a smile, “Been on vacation, Than?”

 

Than narrowed his eyes.

 

I heard Gabriel’s voice in my head. “Try to get him talking about what he has been up to.”

 

I slightly nodded and said calmly, “I hear you’ve been preparing your own grave?”

 

Than’s lips twitched in annoyance. “Beautiful woman, you have no idea what I have planned for you and the rest of this pitiful world.”

 

Than’s wink turned into a wince as my purple Light blinded him. He snarled, “Stop that, witch.”

 

I started tapping my right index finger on the table. I leaned in and whispered, “Never call me that again!”

 

Surprisingly, Than just put on his sunglasses and looked at me. He flashed me an oddly enchanting smile and said sweetly, “Look, I do not want to argue. I came here to talk.”

 

There was no way he was really up to any good, but I was too curious not to hear him out. “Are you admitting defeat then?”

Than snorted and said, “Hardly. But I think that you do not realize the bigger picture. You want to save the soul of André and that is fine. I have released my hold on him and you can have him.”

 

What?

 

Than continued, “But you have to stop cleansing demonic ground. There is a balance of good and evil in the world and you are upsetting that balance. You need to allow humans the right to choose.”

 

I paused and waited for the other shoe to drop.

 

Than nodded and continued, “The Lord gave all his children free choice. Giving you free reign to destroy all evil was wrong.” A lie is always best sandwiched in a truth.

 

I saw his gleeful smile and narrowed my eyes. “The truth, Than, is that you are full of deceit and soon you will be begging for the eternal life you mock. You’ve already made your choice.”

 

Than swallowed hard.

 

I glanced toward the men at the other table—they still seemed totally unaware of what was taking place.

 

I leaned in close and whispered, “I suggest you take your demonic guard and leave this table now before I make you pay for the lies you have told.” I snapped my fingers and the four demons surrounding Than appeared.

 

Than looked to the left and saw that I dropped his veil. He put his hand up in defeat. “That is your answer, then?”

 

I nodded and leaned back in my chair. “Refuse me and all of hell will burn just like this.”

 

Than choked on his tongue as a radiating, purple fireball hovered above my now open palm. My thoughts had control of it, but it seemed to only be visible to me and the demons in front of me. No one else in the café seemed alarmed, or even to notice what was going on.

 

Weakly he whispered, “Little girl, I will burn your soul.”

 

I laughed and said, “Now, if only you could believe that.”

 

“Lisbeth is coming. I tried to warn you.” His eyes looked sad and with a mocking snap of his own fingers, he and his demons were gone.

 

I sighed and shook my hand. The fireball disappeared and I closed my eyes. Gabriel’s presence was still in my mind.

 

“That went well, Princess.” Gabriel purred. “Lisbeth will be the one demon to focus on.”

 

I sighed and thought, more threats and more battling. How am I supposed—Gabriel was gone.

Favorite Quote:

I don’t want to give too much away except to say Mary encounters Lucifer. He tries to tempt her to the other side and this is her reply:

“I am not your slave,” I spoke clearly. “I am the Princess of the Light, and you have no power over me. I am the key that was foretold and your time is coming, Lucifer.”

Want to get your own copy of Princess of the Light?

Buy Links:

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/469480

Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/princess-of-the-light-nn-light/1120170709?ean=9781502438454

Amazon.com: http://www.amazon.com/Princess-Light-N/dp/1502438453

Amazon Canada: http://www.amazon.ca/Princess-Light-N-ebook/dp/B00N19FDKO

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I had such a great time on this blog tour! Thank you, Kylie, for creating and hosting it. Please check out the other participants including Lara Willard !!!

MRS N aka N. N. Light

Are You a Christmas/Hanukkah/Holiday Angel? #Mondayblogs #inspirationalthought #holidays


Are you a Christmas/Hanukkah/Holiday Angel?  Do you have the Christmas/Hanukkah/Holiday Spirit living in you?

I have the Christmas/Hanukkah/Holiday Spirit living in me every day but it is extra bright this time of the year. During the holidays, I strive to give more and to make more of a difference. The reason? It’s not because I have to or that it is expected of me. I do it because my heart calls me to do something, to be the Light, to be someone’s angel. Whether it is donating money, time, food, and clothing or even smiling to everyone you meet, it all makes a difference.

I am a huge fan of Trans-Siberian Orchestra and have all of their music! Three years ago,  I heard a song that made me stop and listen. It speaks a simple message of helping your fellow people and this is the message I’d like to share with you this week. Listen to it below and let the song light up your heart!

Old City Bar – Trans-Siberian Orchestra

In an old city bar that is never too far From the places that gather the dreams that have been

In the safety of night With its old neon light It beckons to strangers and they always come in

And the snow it was falling the neon was calling the music was low and the night Christmas Eve

And here was the danger that even with strangers Inside of this night it’s easier to believe

Then the door opened wide and a child came inside that no one in the bar had seen there before

And he asked did we know that outside in the snow that someone was lost Standing outside our door

Then the bartender gazed through the smoke and the haze through the window and ice to a corner streetlight

Where standing alone by a broken pay phone was a girl the child said could no longer get home

And the snow it was falling the neon was calling the bartender turned and said, not that I care

But how would you know this? The child said I’ve noticed if one could be home they’d be all ready there

Then the bartender came out from behind the bar and in all of his life he was never that far and he did something else that he thought no one saw when he took all the cash from the register draw

Then he followed the child to the girl cross the street And we watched from the bar as they started to speak Then he called for a cab and he said J.F.K. Put the girl in the cab and the cab drove away And we saw in his hand That the cash was all gone From the light that she had wished upon

If you want to arrange it this world you can change it If we could somehow make this Christmas thing last

By helping a neighbor or even a stranger and to know who needs help you need only just ask

Then he looked for the child but the child wasn’t there just the wind and the snow waltzing dreams through the air

So he walked back inside somehow different I think for the rest of the night No one paid for a drink

And the cynics will say that some neighborhood kid Wandered in on some bums in the world where they hid

But they weren’t there so they couldn’t see by an old neon star on that night, Christmas Eve

When the snow it was falling the neon was calling and in case you should wonder In case you should care why we’re on our own Never went home on that night of all nights we were already there.

This week, be someone’s Christmas/Hanukkah/Holiday Angel and by giving of yourself you will be spreading the Light!!!  :-)

<3 MRS N <3

Why Should You Publish in Ebook Format?


MRS N, the Author:

Valuable information for all authors! :)

Originally posted on Nicholas C. Rossis:

Frankly, I’m surprised this is even asked anymore. And yet, I did encounter the question a few days ago. I consulted Author Marketing Ideas,  Vox.com and, of course, Author Earnings for some interesting statistics on ebooks.

EBooks are on the rise right now. Having an eBook allows you to offer your audience a new way of reading your book. Nowadays it seems just about everyone owns a tablet or some kind of eReader and prefer to read on these devices.

From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's books
from vox.com

The healthy state of the book market owes a lot to ebooks, as the trendlines are negative for print. The data about e-book sales and print sales are never fully clear, but we do know that total book sales in 2013 was almost $15 billion, according to the Associations of American Publishers. That’s a 14% increase since 2008. E-books accounted for $3 billion. If we took…

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