Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Review of 2018 Goals and onto 2019 Goals



Well, I was supposed to go over last year's goals and document my new ones last week, but I was too busy writing instead of slacking for once.

So here we go:

Last year's goals:

#1: Create a schedule:

I started out amazingly with this one. I got the My Shining Year Planner by Leonie Dawson, along with an hourly planner and kicked ass. ....Until I started Chantix. Then everything fell apart by February.



#2 Create a budget:

I did pretty well with that because it was even in the workbook... and then my book sales plummeted.


#3: Write a Will

Damn it! I STILL need to do this!

#4: Work on Health

Just like with the Chantix, I started strong, stretching and taking my vitamins, and then it went to hell.... except for a couple great things! I QUIT SMOKING! That wasn't even a goal, but then my roommate got COPD and had to quit and my son came to live with me full time, so I quit for them. I also cut out Sprite and now drink zero calorie sparkling water.

Just for quitting smoking alone, I'm going to call that a win.

#5.) Produce at least one Audiobook.

Hahahaha nope. Didn't have the time or money to do that.

#6.)  Do at least one local book signing.

That's a big regret. The Chantix insanity lasted almost five months. After that, I'd fallen behind on all my writing and was in a constant state of catch-up.

#7.)  Write 4 books for 2018.

I wrote two full Hearts of Metal novels, one half of a Brides of Prophecy novel, and a quarter of my new SECRET book idea.





#9 Begin NEW secret idea book

NAILED THIS ONE!!! 

#10.)  Be good to my loved ones.

I feel like I pulled this one off as well.

#11  Get Little Beast on the road

Hahaha. I did not have time to do any car work aside from my daily driver.

#12: Put Engine in my son's truck.

Kent did that. Does it count?

#13: Learn how to airbrush flames. 

Alas, I didn't have time to play with my airbrush kit last year, but I really hope to this year. I did do some kickass scratchboards though.

So... 3 1/2 goals out of 13. Not good.

MY 2019 Goals


I'm not going freaking 13 of them this time, lol.

1.) Have realistic expectations for myself. 

I think when I was working three jobs, and juggling between writing and marketing, I got too used to working 18 hour days and burned myself out. Which is probably why my productivity took a nosedive for 2017 and especially 2018. That said....

2.) Go back to having a schedule and planner.

Since I have to rebuild by business, I didn't get Leonie Dawson's planner this time, though I HIGHLY recommend it if you're generating more than $500 a month on your business. She also has a cool life goals workbook as well.

But now I'm trying this one. Only on Day 8, but I'm doing well!




3.) Write 27000 words a month.

It's my eventual dream to get 30K a month and average 1K a day, but I feel like I should have days off for emergencies or just days off to live. And 27000 a month is enough to net me a book every three months!

4.) Get one more tooth fixed.

My teeth are in bad shape. Already had to get one more pulled because it wasn't salvageable. Hopefully I can get my book sales up enough to start putting money aside for that.

5.) Get my son driving and insured. 

He's saving money enough to cover a couple months of insurance, but he needs more driving practice.

6.) Write a Will

THIS WILL BE THE YEAR, Damn it!

7.) Keep a better log of income and expenses.

Self-explanatory.

And that's it. Seven goals and most about writing. Yes, I'll still attempt to market, but writing will be my priority. I have a new series coming, several more Brides of Prophecy books to write, and a new series to plan.

I hope everyone else has an excellent year!!! 

Monday, December 31, 2018

My 2018 Recap



2018 wasn't the greatest for me. I failed on so many of my goals and had some major setbacks. However, there were some big triumphs. too!

January: 

Forbidden Song Released!



 This was by far my most difficult Hearts of Metal book but it seems to have been well-received.
I also had a great start with my 2018 goals, keeping to a schedule on my planner and making my wordcount goals.

Then because my roommate had to quit smoking due to COPD, I had to quit too. I started Chantix, which immediately helped me reduce my smoking, but it made me too sick to write so my progress died.

February:

I had some Dental work done, got down to 3 cigarettes a day, then two, then one, then smoked my last on the 14th. Unfortunately, aside from making me sick, the Chantix made me insane AND affected my cognitive abilities.

So I tapered off the Chantix and took up vaping to keep me from picking up a cigarette.



March:
I completely quit the Chantix,  and got started making vape juice. If it weren't for vaping, I'd pick up a cigarette right away.

Then in tragic news,  Kitten, Kent's grumpy old lady cat, passed away. :(



April:

I finished Tempting Beat. My brain was still messed up from the Chantix, so it took longer than anticipated. However, it was a really fun book and more light-hearted than Forbidden Song was.



May: 
Kent and I went to Reno for RT! We had so much fun and met so many new friends and I almost sold out of books! You can read the full recap HERE


When I got back, I also wrote an outline and pitch for a book series in a subgenre I've been wanting to write all my life. I STILL can't tell you all what it is, but the reveal WILL be coming soon.

June:
Tempting Beat  released.
The last effects of the Chantix FINALLY wore off and I got back into writing swing. I immediately started kicking ass on the final Hearts of Metal book.
Due to treats from Kent and my friends, I also got to go to some concerts. I saw Buddy Guy at the Fox Theater and Dead and Company (again) at The Gorge. (Again).





Only downside of June was that my beloved laptop started falling apart. The keyboard had to be held in with cardboard and the casing literally started breaking apart and cracking and had to be held together by electrical tape.



July:

Due to donations from readers and selling huckleberries, I got a new laptop. If I hadn't had debt from my dental work and expenses from the convention and reduced book sales, I would have been fine. So I am still overwhelmed with gratitude for those who helped me with half the cost of a replacement.



August:

I did a lot of writing and started working on my battle vest. As a metalhead, it's about time I made one.



September:

I finished Heart Throb, painted the back patch of my vest, AND writing went well on the new project.



October:

Writing went awesome, so did Halloween.

I also got the cover designed for Melding Souls, Brides of Prophecy 6! It's available for PreOrder!





November: Heart Throb released. The last Hearts of Metal book.
Sadly, my writing progress on the new projects tanked. I don't know if it's pressure from NaNoWrimo, the start of the holiday stuff, or what, but I NEVER have a good writing month in November.



December:
My writing progress sank lower, but that was because of Christmas preparations. I did a lot of art, though. You can check out the rest in my previous post.


So even though I was thinking it was a shitty year, there were a lot of good parts. Still, I hope I do better next year. My 2019 goals should be up tomorrow or the day after.

I hope the rest of you had a good year, and if not, have a better 2019 as well!

Saturday, December 29, 2018

Check out my artwork and book discounts!


I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas! This year I did four scratchboards for Christmas gifts. 
This one took me forever to finish, but it was worth it. Kent loved it.  Here are the other ones I did.


Anyway, onto the discounts! First up, 
Well, it's $1.99 on IBooks, Nook, and Kobo, but Amazon is weird, I guess.
And finally, the Scandals with Bite Box Set is half price everywhere except Amazon. 
Everything goes back to full price on the third, so grab em while you can! Also, don't forget that the new Brides of Prophecy book, Melding Souls, is available for PreOrder!
Next week, I'll post an excerpt, so stay tuned. I'll probably also do a quick 2018 recap, but nothing like the ones I used to do because they take a lot of time and my year kinda sucked. Hopefully, my newsletter provider will also put the edit pictures feature back. 
Until next time, thank you so much for being one of my readers!
(Hugs)
Brooklyn Ann
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Series by Brooklyn Ann
Scandals With Bite
(Regency paranormal romance)
Books do not need to be read in order
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Brides of Prophecy
(Paranormal Romance/ Urban Fantasy)
Also don't need to be read in order until book 5...kinda
Prequel: Tesemini (Free)
Wrenching Fate (FREE!)
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Hearts of Metal
(Contemporary Romance)
Standalones that intertwine
-----------------------------------------------------------
For excerpts and special content, visit BrooklynAnnAuthor.com

Friday, December 14, 2018

FREE READ for the Weekend!

Hey everyone!
Great news! My fantasy romance novel, Conjuring Destiny, is FREE for the weekend!
You can get it on 

This one reads as a standalone and happens at the same time as the events of Ironic Sacrifice, the book you get free when you sign up for my newsletter. 
Other News:
I'm working hard on Melding Souls, the sixth book in the Brides of Prophecy series. If you missed the earlier announcement, it's available for PreOrder now!
Go HERE to read the blurb and choose your preferred ebook store.
Also, Heart Throb is available in paperback!
You can order it HERE and still get it in time for Christmas, either for yourself or for someone who would love a rock star romance featuring a grumpy bass player.

LIFE NEWS
I've been struggling with the usual winter depression and anxiety, but still managing to be productive. Today is my 10 month anniversary for quitting smoking as well!
I'm also doing a lot of crafts for Christmas gifts. Here's a Grateful Dead themed scratch board I did for one of my friends
Do any of you make homemade Christmas presents? If so, let me know!

Until next time, have a wonderful weekend!

((Hugs))
Brooklyn Ann

Series by Brooklyn Ann
Scandals With Bite
(Regency paranormal romance)
Books do not need to be read in order
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Brides of Prophecy
(Paranormal Romance/ Urban Fantasy) 
Also don't need to be read in order until book 5...kinda
Prequel: Tesemini (Free)
Wrenching Fate (FREE!)
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Hearts of Metal
(Contemporary Romance)
Standalones that intertwine
-----------------------------------------------------------
For excerpts and special content, visit BrooklynAnnAuthor.com

I love hearing from readers! If you have any questions or comments, feel free to send me an email!

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

COVER REVEAL for Brides of Prophecy 6 and Turkey Recipe!

Surprise, surprise!
Here's the cover of the 6th Brides of Prophecy novel!
Here's the blurb:
They’re from two different worlds….
For months, Beau Thompson, bass player of Rage of Angels and novice mage, has been fighting a secret crush on Artavian Calla, healer sorcerer, and apprentice to the King of Aisthanesthai.
But with a big war coming and a tenuous alliance between sorcerers and vampires to be negotiated, there’s little time to pursue love. Or maybe Beau’s just scared, since he’s only had brief flings.
Yet each completes the other.
As magic returns to Earth and Rage of Angels are recruiting vampires to fight an evil would-be god, the sorcerer and the rock star spend more time exploring their attraction. And together, Beau and Artavian might have the power to save their friends, and maybe both of their worlds, from a returning enemy.

Release date is February 18th!!
Not only that, but it's also already on Preorder!
You can preorder Melding Souls on
This is the first m/m romance I'll have written. I never intended on writing a m/m romance, until I wrote Wrenching Fate and knew that one day Beau would find his love.
I hope to have a teaser for you in early December, but for now, here's a recipe for TURKEY!!!
Required Materials: 
Roasting Pan
Aluminum Foil
Turkey Baster
Meat Thermometer

Ingredients:
1: 15-20lb turkey (If larger may need to increase other ingredients)
1-2 stalks celery
1 large orange
1 onion (I prefer sweet)
1/2 to 1 clove of garlic
1 big carrot or 8-10 baby carrots
1 1/2 to 3/4 bottle of ginger ale (2 liter)
1 can chicken broth
1 bay leaf
2 tbs. thyme
2 tbs. parsley
2 tbs. sage
1 tbs. lemon pepper
1 tbs. Seasoned Salt (Johnny's or Lawry's is best!)

(I know it's a long list, but it's totally worth it!)
Okay, here we go.

Preheat oven to 350
Mix thyme, sage, parsley, lemon pepper, and seasoning salt in a small bowl
Chop the onion, carrot, and celery
Peel the garlic and split into segments
Peel the orange and split into segments

Line the roasting pan with enough foil to cover the turkey.
Remove the neck and giblets from turkey
Rub the herb mixture inside both neck and rear cavities of the turkey and a little on the outside.
Stuff turkey with chopped onion, carrot, celery, garlic, orange segments, and bay leaf.
Place turkey in roasting pan.
Pour all chicken broth and half required ginger ale into the cavity.
Truss the turkey and pour more ginger ale over bird and around it.

Make a foil tent over the bird, but try not to have the foil touch it.
Baste periodically and remove foil to allow turkey to brown 45 min to 1 hr before done.
Turkey is done when thermometer inserted into thickest part of the thigh reads 180 degrees.

Here is estimated cooking time by weight:
10-15 lbs = 3 3/4 -4 1/2 hrs. 15-22lbs = 4 1/2- 5 hrs
22-24lbs = 5- 5 1/2 hrs. 24-29lbs = 5 1/2- 6 1/4 hrs

When turkey is done, remove from oven, cover, and let stand 10- 15 min before carving. This allows the juices to resettle.

Bonus Gravy Recipe:
Ingredients: (To taste and as needed)
Turkey drippings/ marinade
Milk
Cornstarch
Parsley
Thyme
Sage
Salt (if needed)
Black Pepper

Using the turkey baster, remove as much liquid from turkey as you need and heat it to boiling in a medium saucepan
Mix cornstarch with milk and add to boiling turkey drippings,
Slowly lower the heat and blend with a whisk.
thicken to desired texture and in the meantime season to taste with herbs and pepper. Try not to burn your tongue!

Happy Thanksgiving to my US readers, for my out of the US readers, you can still make an excuse to have turkey. ;)
Until next time, 
((HUGS))
Brooklyn A 
Series by Brooklyn Ann
Scandals With Bite
(Regency paranormal romance)
Books do not need to be read in order
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Brides of Prophecy
(Paranormal Romance/ Urban Fantasy) 
Also don't need to be read in order until book 5...kinda
Prequel: Tesemini (Free)
Wrenching Fate (FREE!)
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Hearts of Metal
(Contemporary Romance)
Standalones that intertwine
-----------------------------------------------------------
For excerpts and special content, visit BrooklynAnnAuthor.com

I love hearing from readers! If you have any questions or comments, feel free to send me an email!

Friday, November 16, 2018

Heart Throb is available in paperback and other e-book formats!

Hey everyone! Heart Throb is now available on
and iBooks!
I am so sorry for the delay in having the book available on all outlets. My publisher's copyeditor got sick, which slowed down everything.
But it's here now, and to those of you who picked up the advance copies on NetGalley and Booksprout and reviewed it, I can't thank you enough. Thanks to you, Heart Throb is the #1 New Release in Heavy Metal!

GIVEAWAY!!!
There's also a free copy of Forbidden Song up for grabs through an Amazon giveaway. Go HERE to enter!
OTHER NEWS: 
Brides of Prophecy 6 will go on preorder soon. Hopefully next week! 
I will also be sharing my Thanksgiving turkey recipe because it's YUMMY.
Until next time, thanks so much for being one of my readers!
(Hugs)
Brooklyn Ann
__________________________________

Series by Brooklyn Ann
Scandals With Bite
(Regency paranormal romance)
Books do not need to be read in order
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Brides of Prophecy
(Paranormal Romance/ Urban Fantasy) 
Also don't need to be read in order until book 5...kinda
Prequel: Tesemini (Free)
Wrenching Fate (FREE!)
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Hearts of Metal
(Contemporary Romance)
Standalones that intertwine
-----------------------------------------------------------
For excerpts and special content, visit BrooklynAnnAuthor.com

I love hearing from readers! If you have any questions or comments, feel free to send me an email!