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Happiness.

Hi Lovely Readers,

Maybe it’s just my perception, but I think that in today’s day and age there is a huge focus on people against the world. By this I mean that in a way we are told that to show kindness is to show vulnerability and to show vulnerability is to show that we are not in fact perfect. As a high school student, I often see teenagers putting up emotional shields so that they cannot show their peers when they’ve been hurt by something another person has said. I also see a trend where individuals define themselves by their number. They need to have x amount of likes on their instagram posts or x amount of whatever on their social media platform. If I’m honest, I’m guilty of taking down pictures if they haven’t gotten the number of likes that I wanted. I have stopped doing this because I realize just how harmful that thinking is. I have come to the firm conclusion that I want people to genuinely like my posts and the number isn’t as important as the intention. As a disclaimer, I am in no way one of those people who think that social media is negative and on the contrary, I think social media has changed the world in a positive way. It has expanded communication and I definitely think it has encouraged education and empathy (I can write more about this in a later post if anyone wants me to).

As a whole I have seen a LOT of people, lumping myself into this group, who rely on external sources for happiness. They depend on relationships, grades, parties, etc. to give them joy. Now don’t get me wrong, all of those things could potentially bring some form of happiness if they are healthy, but when they aren’t there is a problem. Personally, I have a hard time with mistakes. Many of my friends and family members would, and have, describe me as a perfectionist. If something I submit to school isn’t satisfactory or if events don’t unfold in a way that I planned them to I get really down on myself. Something that I have come to realize, and I am no way an expert, is that we need to be the source of our own happiness. As weird as this might sound, you need to be your own best friend in order to be someone else’s. This is absolutely something that I have been trying to work on and hopefully someday I’ll get there completely. That is essentially the point of this blog post: if you’re stressed out about something or are blaming yourself for something take a moment to BREATHE. Sometimes the answers you are looking for don’t come right away and sometimes they don’t come in the way that you expect them to. Every situation is what you make of it and with positivity the whole world looks brighter.

Also, to all of my French bloggers and readers, I am so sorry about the tragedies that have been brutally inflicted upon your country. There are not enough words that I can use to describe how I feel, but stay strong and you have my support and love.

Love Always,

Kiss 4

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Sisterhood of The World Blogging Award

Hi Friends!

I was nominated for this award with different questions back in 2014, and when Tanya at A Book Paradise nominated me recently, I was super excited to answer new questions for the award! Thanks so much Tanya!!

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The rules are:

-Give a shout out to the person who nominated you

-Insert the award’s logo into your blog post

-Respond to the questions you were given to answer

-Choose ten bloggers to nominate and pose ten questions to them

Tanya’s Questions for me were:

1) Who is your favourite artist at the moment and why?

I don’t necessarily have a favorite artist right now, but I’m loving the song Here by Alessia Cara; I relate to it so much!
2) What is your favourite season and can you pick a book to match?

My favorite season is winter and I choose Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone because it makes me feel cozy and refreshed like winter.  Also, for some reason I always associate the series with winter. I’m not sure why! They do play the movies on TV a lot around that time…
3) Who or what inspired you to start a blog?

I actually started blogging on a different blog with a few of my friends called Pages in Paris but I then wanted something that was just my own creation so I started The Novelty of Life!
4) What would be your dream job and why?

My dream job would be an author. I would love to create worlds that people can get lost in and inspired by. I think writers are not given nearly enough credit, because they really make a difference in people’s lives in a tangible yet intangible way.
5) Name a bookish trope that you hate seeing in books

I don’t really know if I have one!
6) Pick three qualities that you like about your personality

I like to think that I’m a good listener, have a positive attitude and treat people kindly.
7) What is your favourite book you have read so far in 2015

My favorite book so far is probably either Every Last Breath or The Jewel. 
8) If you could pick a fictional world to live in, which one would it be and why?

Hogwarts because it’s Hogwarts.
9) How do you organise your bookshelf?

I have a rainbow bookshelf (I also have ones that aren’t organized) and so my books are organized by the colors of the rainbow.
10) Name one weird thing about yourself. 

I’m pretty germaphobic.

My questions (re-using most of the ones I created when I previously did this):

  1. If you could travel anywhere, where would you go?
  2. Why did you become a book blogger?
  3. What is/was your favorite/least favorite subject in school?
  4. Which character from any book do you relate to the most?
  5. If you could meet any author who would you choose to meet?
  6. If you had the chance to eat lunch with your favorite book character, who would it be and what would you say to them?
  7. Do you prefer hardback or paperback books better?
  8. Do you re-read books? Why or why not?
  9. What is your most read genre of the year so far?
  10. What is your favorite place to read in?

I tag:

  1. https://brewingupbooks.wordpress.com/
  2. https://islandgeekgirl.wordpress.com/
  3. https://lovelypagesreviews.wordpress.com/
  4. https://dreamingthroughliterature.wordpress.com/
  5. https://marinesbooks.wordpress.com/
  6. https://dreambydaybookclub.wordpress.com/
  7. https://belleofthelibrary.wordpress.com/
  8. https://victoriajaynesbooks.wordpress.com/
  9. http://thereadingdate.com/
  10. https://escapeintopages.wordpress.com/

Thanks for awarding me Tanya!!

Love,

Kiss 4

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Armistice Book Tour

Hi Everyone!

As soon as I read the description for this book and saw the cover, I knew I had to agree to do the book tour! It seems so interesting and I can’t wait to read it!!

Back Cover

Synopsis:

A Gift … A Prophecy … A Curse …With Junie Cauldwell’s 16th birthday comes an unexpected gift—she’s a witch, one in a long line of powerful women who either mastered their magic or fell under its spell. Junie’s mother was one such victim, a spiteful woman who harbors a secret about their extraordinary bloodline. Social outcast Junie has only ever found comfort in two things; her best friend Miles (a boy who suddenly seems much “friendlier” than ever), and Armistice Manor, a remote hotel run by her vivacious Aunt Melinda. Things are different at Armistice this visit however, and not just because Junie is learning about her abilities. Unusual guests from the hidden land of Lothea fill the rooms, all seeking one thing: protection. When her aunt disappears, Junie is forced to navigate Lothea’s wild and enchanted terrain to find her, accompanied by a motley band of exiled residents. But no amount of preparation readies the young witch for what is waiting on the other side of her new life … or who.

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S. Marie Carlson was born in 1987 and raised in the rural countryside of Western Wisconsin, where she still resides. She spent her childhood creating many stories and then drawing the people in them. As she grew, more and more time was spent focusing on the art side of her brain and she managed make her entire senior year of high school Art classes with a few study halls. Soon after high school S. Marie Carlson married her best friend and a year later they had their first child. Having a child brought a love of childbirth and all things natural living to S. Marie Carlson and she soon enrolled at Birth Arts International to become a Labor and Birth Doula. After serving women for 5 years, S. Marie Carlson decided to bring both of her loves together and now illustrates, writes, serves the women in her area, and shares the truths of the Gospel of Jesus Christ whenever she gets the chance.

Social Media Links

Website: http://www.smariecarlson.com

Email: smariecarlson@gmail.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/smariecarlson

Twitter: @smariecarlson

Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/smariecarlson

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/1smariecarlson

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/smariecarlson

Fun Facts about S. Marie Carlson

  • Born in 1987
  • Has raised goats, pigs, chickens, rabbits, ducks, geese, and cows.
  • Was going to study Animation at the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design (MIAD)
  • Has encapsulated many placentas for the women in her area.
  • Is an only child.
  • Loves cats. Dogs are cool too but the kitties hold a special place in her heart.
  • Is an herbalist and loves to learn more about the natural medicine God has left on this earth for us.
  • Dreams of one day living in a modern Victorian with a tower.
  • As a child her two favorite musicians were Hanson and Michael Jackson.

Interview Questions

Do you have any strange writing habits (like standing on your head or writing in the shower)?

I don’t necessarily write in the shower, but the best ideas always come to me while I’m in there. I should invest in some waterproof paper.

Just as your books inspire authors, what authors have inspired you to write?

J.K. Rowling, Stephenie Meyer,
How important are names to you in your books? Do you choose the names based on liking the way it sounds or the meaning? Do you have any name choosing resources you recommend?

I try to go with names that fit the personality of the characters and have the same sound of the emotions I am trying to portray in the book.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

At least 12 books to my name with illustrated editions and many more children.
Were you already a great writer? Have you always liked to write?

No, I loved drawing the stories in my head, but eventually fell in love with both.
What writing advice do you have for other aspiring authors?

Never give up. Write a little every day. Write for yourself and no one else.
If you didn’t like writing books, what would you do for a living?

Something involving art, or supporting women in labor.
Are you a plotter or a pantster?

I think I am a little of both.
Do you read your reviews? Do you respond to them, good or bad? Do you have any advice on how to deal with the bad?

Yes, I do read them. I try not to respond to them. On dealing with the bad. Not everybody is going to like your book. It’s that way with everything, art, books, food, anything. Don’t let it get to you and just push on. Think of it as something to use as a tool to improve yourself.
What is your best marketing tip?

The readers are always right. Booktube, and blogs are your best friends.
What is your least favorite part of the publishing / writing process?

Editing. Don’t get me wrong, I love my editor and everything she does is amazing. But, I just don’t like to go over everything I already wrote and building upon it or taking something away that I thought was awesome. Most of the time … my editor is right.

 Is there one subject you would never write about as an author? What is it?

Erotica, I think that is about it.
Is there a certain type of scene that’s harder for you to write than others? Love? Action? Racy?

… I … don’t … know …
Is this your first book? How many books have you written prior (if any?)

Yes, Armistice, is my first book. I have started many, and have quite a few chapters laying around just waiting to be worked on.
What are you working on now? What is your next project?

I am brainstorming a novel about Auschwitz.

What is your biggest failure?

Not spending enough time with my family.

What is the biggest lie you’ve ever told?

That I did my homework.

Have you ever been in trouble with the police?

No.

Have you ever gotten into a bar fight?

No.

Characters often find themselves in situations they aren’t sure they can get themselves out of. When was the last time you found yourself in a situation that was hard to get out of and what did you do?

I think I live a pretty boring life, as I don’t know if this pertains to me.

Do you drink? Smoke?

No and Nope. Chocolate is my sinful indulgence of choice.

What is your biggest fear?

I used to be afraid of being alone. But thanks to finding Christ I don’t worry about that anymore. Now my biggest fear is … well actually … I probably couldn’t name one at the moment.
Where is one place you want to visit that you haven’t been before?

Transylvania
 If you were an animal in a zoo, what would you be?

I think I would be a panther.
If you could have any accents from anywhere in the world, what would you choose?

Cockney! Think Hagrid, the caterpillar from the Labyrinth or Eliza from My Fair Lady
Do you have any scars? What are they from?

Yeah, a nasty one on my right knee. I wiped out on my bike in our gravel driveway.
What were you like as a child? Your favorite toy?

Barbie Dolls.
Do you dream? Do you have any recurring dreams/nightmares?

I do dream. I haven’t had any dreams that come back frequently, but I do remember as a child I had the entire movie of Snow White play in my mind like I was watching it on the television.

Kiss 4