The last book, A SLITHER OF HOPE ended on a cliffiest of cliff hangers and so yeah, I was ready to know what had happened to Ray and Kade, being fond of both of them after spending two books getting to know them quite well and all their hangups with life. So finding out their story went to Hell in the second book just about broke me and my hope was stuck on the fact there would be a third book!
Thank the heavens I got to be a part of this blog tour though, because once I knew this story was out there, I really did not know how long I could hold out reading it. Lucky me! I got to read it early along with getting some closure for myself. Having finished it though, the ending led me to believe that there could potentially be a spin-off series. Hmmm... and while I didn't get a chance to grill Lisa on dangling character development and happy endings and her newest projects, she did take the time to write up a guest blog post on relaxation. Something that eludes me a lot what with all the books on my TBR pile vs. how many book review blog posts I should be getting up to even out the ratio of must read to has been read.
Beth, thank you so much for having me today! *waves to all the readers…like a madwoman*
I’m a bit of a loon when it comes to working and relaxing. When I get sucked into a project, I become a bit of a workaholic. I’ve been known to work twelve to sixteen hours a day. Once, when I was on deadline I clocked a full eighteen hours. That was a crazy day. And, so you don’t think I’m Superwoman or anything, these days aren’t the norm. Some stories and characters take longer to sink into, some require weeks, months, even years of work before I can drift off into that all-obsessive mode where laundry and dishes pile up to the stratosphere and the fridge and freezer become black holes.
One of my best tips for writers is this, take a break. Sometimes being overworked will help bring forth an idea from the dark depths of the creative abyss, and sometimes it will only burn you out until you can’t even think of work for days afterward. If you can avoid burnout, I recommend doing so. Now, taking a break could be anything from, stretching for two minutes, going for a walk, getting something to nibble from the kitchen (oh! don’t trip over that pile of stuff you were supposed to put away a week ago!). It could also be, taking a long bath, reclining on the couch, reading a book, watching TV, or going to a concert. I love to read, love it, but sometimes after staring at words all day, looking at more doesn’t put me in a relaxing mood. (Also, I have problems reading when I’m in the middle of a project, as I’m almost always subconsciously thinking about my world and characters and I don’t want another author’s work twisting up my thoughts, but that’s just one of my special brand of weird quirks).
Personally, I’ve used all of this stuff to help manage my stress, though my favorites are TV, movies, and videogames. For TV, Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead, Arrow, The Flash, The Big Bang Theory, Grimm, and Supernatural are some of my favorites. I also just finished Netflix’s Daredevil. Masterfully done. I’m such a huge Marvel comics fan that it’s been challenging for me to really love some of the marvel remakes—though I do love what I’ve seen from The Avengers so far. The easiest way to unwind, flip on the DVR or pop in a funny movie. Really, a good laugh is great for relieving stress.
Nothing pulls me out of slump faster than a good game. Give me something fun to focus on, and boom, I’m a wide-eyed ten-year-old again. Fire up the PS3 or PS4 (yes, I have both) because nothing beats the all-immersive world of gaming. Some of my favorites are anything Lego, zombies, or in the action/adventure genre. I’ve also been known to die really well in many different versions of Call of Duty. Lately, I’ve been pretty heavily into Dying Light (a really cool take on zombies), the Borderlands series (a very entertaining post-apocalyptic Mad Max type game), and Legend of Zelda (yes, I still have my original Nintendo and favorite gold cartridge game).
Working is great, I’m all for it, but everyone needs downtime. Find your happy place and relax, after all, life’s too short—especially if you’re a character in a George R. R. Martin novel. ;)
ABOUT the BOOK:
Title: A Matter of Time (Angel Sight #3)
Publication date: eBook June 9, 2015 / Paperback August 18, 2015
Publisher: Month9Books, LLC.
Author: Lisa M. Basso
Rayna entered Hell to save Kade. Kade entered to protect Rayna. Both have failed. Centuries of Kade’s demons are unearthed when he is brainwashed and used as a Fallen pawn. In the freezing pits of Hell, Ray is beaten and tortured, pushed to her breaking point. She takes a stand, firing back at her attackers though she’s only begun to understand the true strength of her wings. A strength she will need once she uncovers the evils that await on Earth. Together they find solace, alone they will fight.
ABOUT the AUTHOR:
Lisa M. Basso was born and raised in San Francisco, California. She is a lover of books, video games, animals, and baking (not baking with animals though). As a child she would crawl into worlds of her own creation and get lost for hours. Her love for YA fiction started with a simple school reading assignment: S.E. Hinton’s The Outsiders. When not reading or writing she can usually be found at home with The Best Boyfriend that Ever Lived ™ and her two darling (and sometimes evil) cats, Kitties A and B.
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