Book Spotlight: The Christmas Lights by Rachael Kosinski #MFRWAuthor #UF #bookpromo

The Christmas Lights FINAL
Book Title: The Christmas Lights
Author Name: Rachael Kosinski
Genre: urban fantasy, historical romance, adventure/writing
Book Blurb: 
“Where do Christmas lights come from?”
Those tiny bulbs of color that burn on a Christmas tree,
Or outside a house to shine in the night.
Does anyone really know where they originate?
What if someone told you
They weren’t intended for Christmas at all,
But really for a miracle?
That they were for love, a desperate idea, to light a boy’s way home?
In that case, you must have some questions. What boy? What love?
Have a seat. Allow me to tell you a story.
Exclusive Excerpt:
“Because your father requires…a dowry, of sorts. A guarantee you’ll be well taken care of.”
Emmy’s hand turned sweaty. “Oh, Louis. What does that mean?”
I swallowed the sour taste at the back of my mouth, nerves trembling in my fingers. “Our engagement lasts until December twenty-fifth. If by that time I’ve not returned—”
“Returned?” Emmy’s gaze burned me. “Louis, where are you going? Won’t my father give you a job?”
I didn’t move and barely opened my mouth to let the words escape. “He’s got me a job.”
I loosened my shoulders and shrugged. “Marks Brothers pays their floor workers very well.”
“I’d stack inventory outside, in the clean air, and I’d work with a few fellows who’d watch out for me…”
“…I hear factories in London are much safer than here.”
“London! Louis, Louis, what are you talking about?” Emmy grabbed my face.
I squinted at two sparkling brown orbs. Was she crying?
“No.” Emmy covered her mouth with a hand. “No, you aren’t going to London. How could you? No one loves you there. No one knows you there…”
Your father seems to think it is my home country.
“Emmy. Emmy Emmy Emmy.” I held her close, stroking her hair. “I don’t plan to work there.”
She sat back. “What?”
“I’ve heard Mr. Godfrey talk about them. A London factory is the last place I should work. Your father means well, but I can’t do that. They wouldn’t take a blind boy.”
“Wh-where will you go, then? How on earth will you make money?”
“I have family in Paris. Mother says they have wine vineyards. I’ll work for them.”
“That…” Emmy’s fingers traced the veins on the back of my hand. “That’s much safer.” She was silent for the longest time. “You’ll be safe? And come home quickly?”
I pulled her hands away and stood, playing with the ring on her finger. “I will. I love you.”
“Emmy. I don’t have a choice. You want to marry me, don’t you?”
“Of course I do. But, Louis…”
“Yes, love?”
“How long will you be gone?” How long? How long to board a ship, to find a place I’d only heard about, to earn and save an impossible amount of money? How long, indeed.
I set my expression. “I’ll be home by Christmas.”
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Author Biography:
Being an author is the best job in the world. At least, that’s what Rachael Kosinski has decided. On any given day she can sit atop Westminster palace alongside a thief as he listens to a crown princess spin fairytales, or scour an Egyptian temple for hidden chambers laid by Ancient Greeks, or wander Europe with a boy as he tries to gather enough wealth to marry his betrothed. She can cry, rage, laugh and scheme in front of her laptop for hours as long as coffee is at her side—and she wouldn’t want it any other way.
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Laughter is Good Medicine #AprilFoolsDay #laughter #inspiration


I’m a big proponent of laughing! In fact, I highly recommend it. It works wonders and is clearly the best medicine.

Today is April Fool’s Day and while I don’t participate in practical jokes, I love to laugh! So in spirit of the day, here are few seasonal jokes to make you laugh:

Q: Can February March? A: No, but April May!

Q: Why is everyone so tired on April 1? A: Because they’ve just finished a long, 31 day March!

Q: What do you get when you pour hot water down a rabbit hole? A: A hot cross bunny

Spring Fever: Four high school boys afflicted with spring fever skipped morning classes. After lunch they reported to the teacher that they had a flat tire.

Much to their relief she smiled and said, “Well, you missed a test today so take seats apart from one another and take out a piece of paper.”

Still smiling, she waited for them to sit down. Then she said: “First Question: Which tire was flat?”

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Laugh, be merry and smile! Today and every day!


Has Life’s Challenges Got You in a Choke-Hold? #inspiration #motivation #affirmations


Are you dealing with a lot right now? Do you feel like giving up?

Listen, we are struggle and go through bad times. I know how you feel. You’re down for the count and can’t move. One challenge after another piles on your shoulder and you’re paralyzed.

“Why is this happening to me?”

You scream to the Universe for help.

I don’t have all the answers but I do know that when I am in the valley of darkness, I learn a little bit more about myself and how strong I am. Every struggle I have gone through has honed me to be a better person. Difficulties have chipped away at my selfish behaviors and revealed a prism of Light.

Instead of asking why is this happening to you, ask yourself this:

“What can I learn from this and how can I overcome this adversity?”

Take the perspective off of the negative and switch it to the positive.

When faced with difficulty, how do you overcome challenges? What advice can you give to those struggling?


A is for Angels Everywhere by Debbie Macomber #atozchallenge #bookreview #books


Welcome to the A to Z Challenge and let me start off this month of book reviews with one of my favorites.


My Review:

This is actually two full novels in one.  The first story is called A Season of Angels.  It is the story of three angels named Shirley, Goodness and Mercy and their inspiring assignments.  Gabriel is short-staffed and has appointed Shirley, Goodness and Mercy to help three people in time for Christmas.  A funny yet touching story about three people trying to find what they desire most, with the help of some wacky angels! A great read and perfect for Christmastime.  The second story is called Touched by Angels.  The same 3 angels are sent down to New York City to help 3 people discover what a miracle really is.  Honestly, I preferred the first story to the second but both are excellent together!

My Rating:

4 stars

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Have you read this book? What did you think about it? 

March #TakeControlTBR Challenge Results #bookreviews #amreading @kimbacaffeinate

On March 1st, I started a book reading challenge called Take Control TBR hosted by the lovely Kim Caffeinated. If you missed my post where I talked about my goals here it is: 

My goal was to read and review six books. These are the six book I read and reviewed.


The Scarlet Cord




shadow study

You can read my reviews over on Goodreads:

I had such fun doing this challenge that I might do another one come May. Thank you to Kim for hosting it! I had a blast! :)


Find What Makes You Unique and Hold Onto It #MondayBlogs #affirmations #identity

major league II

I watched Major League II last night and there was a scene that really stuck with me. Rick Vaughn (Charlie Sheen) is a pitcher struggling to get out of a slump and doesn’t know what to do. He chucked his “Wild Thing” persona in an attempt to be more presentable and lost his ability to pitch effectively. Jake Thomas (Tom Beringer), the manager, knocks on his door. Jake is trying to be supportive and see how his pitcher is holding up under the pressure. The conversation goes something like this:

Jake: I’m gonna need you for a couple of innings from the bullpen.

Rick: I’m ready.

Jake: I mean it. the pitching staff is really worn thin.

Rick: What? Don’t you think I can do it? I can do it.

Jake: Listen Rick, I don’t know what’s happened to you but you’ve gotta find what makes you you and be that person.

(Jake walks out the door and Rick looks at himself in the mirror)

Rick: What a prick.

Rick’s lost his identity when he tried to become something he wasn’t. He tried to over-think baseball and for anyone who has played the game, you know that’s the worst thing you can do.

What makes you unique?

Each of you has a unique set of skills and abilities. You are special and never ever change! Find what makes you unique and hold onto it!

I learned a lot from Major League II last night. As an author and writer, I have been comparing myself to others recently. The truth of the matter is that I am a unique writer and author. I’ve been blessed with the talent to tell a story and inspire others in the process. It took a baseball movie for me to see it.

Never, ever compare yourself to others! There is no one alive or dead who has the same thoughts, feelings and life experiences as you! Be unique!


Beer for All Seasons: A Through-the-Year Guide to What to Drink and When to Drink It #Beer #bookreview


Book Blurb:

Best-selling beer author Randy Mosher leads you on a delicious tour of beer-tasting opportunities through the year. Organized by season, the book guides you through all the best summer fests and seasonal beer releases and helps you make the most of Craft Beer Week, Oktoberfest, and much more. It also describes the best beers to drink in each season — the ones that are perfect for lazy summer Saturdays, barbecues with friends, traditional Thanksgiving dinners, and icy winter nights. Fun, fresh, and full of inside information, A Beer for All Seasons will be on every beer lover’s wish list.

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My Review:

The world of beer has always been one of sophistication. Just ask any serious beer drinker. I grew up surrounded by relatives who loved beer. German and Irish beers were at every family get together. I, myself, am allergic to hops so I cannot imbibe.

I saw this book and instantly started reading it. Let me tell you, I was not disappointed. I love the colorful photographs and graphics along with the informative text. I learned all about the history of beer and when to drink what kind of beer. My favorite section was titled, “Beer for the Easter Basket”. Who could resist that?

I am personally buying this for my grandfather for Father’s Day. He’ll love it!

This book is perfect for the beer connoisseur and novice alike.

Thank you to Netgalley and Storey Publishing for allowing me to review this fantastic book!

My Rating: 5 Stars

Writing in the Present Tense: A Guest Post By @CYallowitz #amwriting #writingtips #ASMSG

MRS N, the Author:

An Insightful blog post about present tense writing from my friend and fellow fantasy author, Charles E. Yallowitz. Enjoy and please share!


Originally posted on Kylie Betzner:

ZMyvtXQ1 Author Charles Yallowitz

Thank goodness it’s finally Friday! Am I right? And thank goodness for guest bloggers. After an entire week of laying sick in bed, I would have been hard-pressed to produce an interesting blog post with any content whatsoever. So, lucky for you, I’ve invited Charles E. Yallowitz, author of the fantasy adventure series Legends of Windemere to guest post on my blog today. This time he’ll be speaking about ‘Present Tense Writing.’ And just so you know, I’ve sealed all the exits and windows, so you can’t run away. Haha! Just kidding, you’ll enjoy this.

The reason I asked him to speak on this topic was because his series is written in Third Person Present Tense. What does this mean?  That he’s insane? How about I let Charles take it from here:

This style means that you are watching events unfold as they occur through your own eyes instead of…

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Make Time For What Matters #timemanagement #inspiration #motivation

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Are you making time for what matters?

Our days are filled with people and projects pulling us in all directions. Time management is more important than ever. My question above get to the crux of the issue. Work is important and deadlines need to be met. But are you sacrificing something else in the process?

When I am scheduling my day, I make sure to leave evenings free. Why? This is the time I spend with MR N. Come 5:30 pm, my priority is relaxing and spending quality time with him. Not only is it healthy for my stress level but it solidifies our relationship.

Today, make a list of five ways to incorporate what matters into your schedule. It could be spending time with your significant other, children, best friend, sibling, family, etc. It could be spending quality time by yourself. No matter what it may be, make time for it.

When you make time for what matters, you create balance in your mind, body and soul.


6 Time Management Tips to Excel for #Authors #Writers & #Bloggers

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Are you struggling with time management?

Guess what? You’re not alone. Many people struggle with this. I sure did.

One of the first things I learned as a writer/blogger/author is to manage my time effectively. Trust me, it was hard. I’m a creative person and it goes against my nature to be organized. I’m more of a go with the flow type of person and when I started writing full-time, it became evident that I needed to prioritize projects and tasks.

Ask a published author what’s the key to being a success, they will tell you time management. One of the authors I admire told me the other day, “Listen, you’ve gotta push down your rose-colored glasses and get to work. This is serious business, being a professional writer, and prioritizing is the key.”

I took the advice to heart and started thinking about ways writers, authors and bloggers can be more effective. I came up with five tips and they come directly from my experience.

1- Get a planner. I personally enjoy a paper one that I can keep beside me throughout the day. It has enough space for me to jot down everything I need to do in order as well as schedule future appointments. This is crucial for me as a blogger and book promoter as I need to stay on top of what’s being featured on my blog and when. If I didn’t have my planner, I’d be completely lost. If you prefer a digital one, there are many apps out there that can help you stay organized.

2- Every morning, prioritize your to-do list. I do this as I am having my breakfast. I look over all that I must accomplish and star the ones that have an immediate deadline. Things that must be done right away get first priority and then I move down the list.

3- Schedule your social media time. I have found this to be a huge time-saver. I’m a social person and I can literally waste the whole day on Twitter and Pinterest. It feeds my creative juices. I schedule my tweets and limit how much time I spend on social media. This way, I still can waste ten minutes here and there throughout the day catching up with friends and clients while still being productive.

4- Give yourself permission to say no. There will be moments when your planner is full and a fellow writer/author/blogger will ask for help. They need your assistance with a blog post or reading a WIP are just two example of this plea for your assistance. Give yourself permission to say no. Politely tell them you are swamped and then decline. I know how you feel. You feel guilty and figure you can squeeze their project into your already crammed schedule. Here’s the thing, you will be stressed out completely and something will suffer (most likely your sanity). It’s perfectly okay to say no. Explain you’re under a deadline and would love to help them in so many days when your schedule permits.

5- Reward yourself. At the end of each week, I reflect on all that I accomplished and give myself a little reward. Hard work deserves a gold star and treating yourself is a sure-fire way to keep you motivated. You are your own boss and you have to encourage yourself. I have a post-it note by my work station that says, “You are the employee of the month”. It makes me smile and inspires me to keep at it.

6- Balance your work time with your personal time. I observe this struggle among my fellow writers/authors/bloggers and this is possibly the most important tip of all. You need balance. It’s easy to get consumed in the writing life and forget to come up for air. An idea hits and you are off and running. Nothing else matters except for writing and books. I experienced this first-hand when my debut novel was released last September. It was all I talked about and some of my friends started to roll their eyes. “Can’t you talk about something else?” It was an eye-opening moment. I realized I needed to be more than my writing, more than my book, more than my blog. I started talking about all the stuff I love and balance was quickly restored. Take a break when needed. Blog about more than your book. Engage with your followers and allow them to see the real you. I did and it helped me tremendously.

Time management will not only make you a better writer/author/blogger but will make your life a lot more fun!

Do you have any time management tips or tricks? Please share below.