Friday, September 13, 2013

My taste of London!

What can I say about London? Well, for one...THERE IS NO PLACE LIKE LONDON! 

I'm not particularly world traveled, but I have no regrets about making LONDON my FIRST at a new world traveler.  And it may sound cliche, but I have definitely been bitten by the travel bug.  The city was absolutely magnificent. So much culture, history, and beautiful architecture. I often walked around holding my breath, thinking how incredibly cool it felt to be in a city so old and historic. From the Clock Tower of London, to hearing Big Ben ding-dong in the distance as I walked the stone floors of Westminster Abbey, London Bridge, the beauty of the parks that lay scattered across the city, and Buckingham Palace. A PALACE, you guys, a PALACE! It. Was. AWESOME!

Being an avid reader and movie fanatic, you could imagine my mind instantly retrieving memories of images and description of places out of some of my favorite movies and book. Letting my mind wander as I sat in a local pub, enjoying my very FIRST ale where John Keats and Charles Dickens use to hangout back in the day. Whaaaaaaaa? Yup. That was me! And strolling the streets where the Sylvia Plath and D.H. Lawrence once wrote and lived. I could have had a stroke. Luckily, I pulled it together enough to snap a few pictures. 


There was something so lovely about the smell, the texture of the air, the richness of languages that surrounded me everywhere I walked...

Oh, that's another thing...someone should give Londoners a freakin' trophy! These people take walking and the great outdoors to a whole new level. But it was easy to see why they love being out-of-doors as much as they do. The parks and scenery are SPECTACULAR! 

I hesitate to admit this, but walking across London Bridge had me so giddy and awestruck...I almost wet my pants.  Mostly, because I walked sooooooooo much, getting lost more times than I care to admit. HEY! Tubes are tricky. Any who, I would often forget to find a "toilet" in the midst of my self-induced chaos, until I would find myself standing in the middle of a GINORMOUS bridge without a bathroom in sight.  I'm positive EVERYONE who saw me recognized me as the  total cheesy American tourist that I was. But I didn't care...I WAS IN LONDON!

I'm truly grateful to my friend, J, for putting me up for my stay. YOU ROCK, DUDE! Oh, and I'm definitely taking you up on your offer...EUROPE 2014! Woop woop!

So there you have it. My taste of LONDON! 

If you have any travel stories, please share. I'd love to hear about some of the places you've all been or even would love to visit. I'm always up a new place to explore!

Happy Writing & Happy Reading!

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

The beginning of a new chapter...

Well, the world is finally beginning to make a little sense again. Slowly but surely my life is getting to a point of stability. This past year of my life has been, for the most part, the craziest and most difficult I've ever had to navigate. I've become quite ill at times, due to the stress and worry of it all, and have also fought depression quite fiercely. There would be some mornings when I would wake and wonder why I was even here. And at times find it nearly impossible to focus my mind enough to function let alone be myself. It became not just a random struggle...every second of everyday I fought the doubt and fear that threatened to consume me.

In a sense I was drowning in a life that no matter where I turned, I was faced with nothing but more darkness and uncertainty of what my future held. 

But, as always, there was always one thing that could bring my calm in the midst of the storms I seemed to continuously encounter in my life. Writing. So I dove in and gave myself permission to truly get lost and enjoy the one thing that still brought me joy. Even if the words I put down were AWFUL, it still felt so great to pour out this part of ME.

And so now, as I end this chapter of my life, I'm on the verge of beginning a new chapter. A new life. A life on my own and in a new city. I get the opportunity to start over. And I can finally see this as the wonderful gift that it is. While I'll admit that I'm completely petrified of what the future may or may not hold, I'm simultaneously excited about finally taking MY LIFE off hold. I've been standing on the tracks of my life, stagnant, and wondering where I'm headed in my feels good to actually be moving forward again.

My writing over the past year has been spotty to say the least. For that, I apologize. But what I've learned above all else is that writing is and continues to be a comforting form of salvation for ME. I'm currently in revamp mode for the first book of my Origin series, THE ORIGIN REPORT, and prepping for a revamp release that will include the story being available in e-book and hardback format, plus an additional chapter. 

At this time, I have chosen to un-publish TOR, but will re-publish within the next two weeks once formatting and new edits have been completed. Yes, I know. It seems to be a never ending process with me, but it's a learning process and I am definitely learning. 

And I'm the first to admit that I'm not particularly great at balancing the level of social media interaction that some of my peers operate on AND my writing. I've therefor made the choice to find balance and order in the way that best suits me. 

While I understand there are particular methods some people use in proceeding in publishing. For me, at this stage, I'm content to focus on what I love most...writing.  But I will continue to be available to those who wish to reach out to me. It's just at this time, with the craziness of my life on top of writing my series and beginning a new project, I simply have to prioritize in order to keep myself on track with what matters most. It's not that I don't enjoy social media (Facebook and Twitter)...but they tend to be a bit too distracting for me and I really don't want to make this into something that's not enjoyable or feel as if I'm splitting myself too thin. 

I want to thank all those who have continued to reach out and have offered support. It has meant the WORLD to me! I will be around and I'm always watching. *wink*

Happy Writing & Happy Reading!!!

PS - Oh! Did I mention that I just returned from holiday (<-- love saying that!) in the BEAUTIFUL city of LONDON?!?! Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee! That post will be up in the next day or so! CHEERS!

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

THE ORIGIN REPORT is now available!

It's here, it's here! It's really FINALLY what-took-you-so-goshdarn-long-you-slacker-of-a-writer HERE!!! 

That's right! Book one of my Origin series THE ORIGIN REPORT is now up and running on Amazon. *screams* So, *ahem* please rock on over to Amazon and get in on some of this author's DEBUT action. *wink wink* And while you're at it...tell a family member, tell a friend, tell a neighbor, tell your imaginary friend and their neighbor to go grab their copy TODAY!

 I simply can't express how crazy-nauseous-nervous-excited I am to finally be at this moment. But I am here and this is only the beginning...

The year is 2083…six years since the global outbreak of the Strip-Virus.

After the deadly virus spread across the planet, leaving mankind inescapably on the verge of extinction, a new world leadership, the Intelligence Alliance, rose to power with one sole mission in mind…the survival and preservation of the human race.

When physician, Dr. William Carland, citizen of District 6-149; is contacted by a man from a past he can’t remember, he'll soon discover that some truths are far from reality and some realities are in fact the real cover up.

 THE ORIGIN REPORT is now available on Amazon.

** Print copies coming soon!

Wednesday, May 22, 2013


I have to say this has become one of the most thrilling and exciting times of my life.  And being that I'm a total music addict, I had to share what has been one of the key reasons for my HYPE-NESS (yeah, totally made that up) in honor of my official author DEBUT!

It's finally happening...the coming release of book one of my Origin series, THE ORIGIN REPORT!!!

And, like always, I've been rocking out to some great tunes, but this song specifically for the last two weeks has had me pumped and wild-crazy excited!

I'm claiming this entire year as the year...I'M TAKING MY DREAMS HOSTAGE!

Tune of the day:

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis ft. Ray Dalton - "CAN'T HOLD US"

I hope you all have a great day! 

Keep Writing! Keep Reading! KEEP BELIEVING!!!

~ BK

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Tune of the Day

This particular tune I enjoyed playing over and over while writing one of my favorite characters in the ORIGIN series.  Enjoy!!

"Shiver" by Lucy Rose

Happy Writing & Happy Reading!!

Monday, May 6, 2013

The potholes of PUBLISHING!

I love hopping in my car and simply cruising down the highway, windows down, music up and the world sort of blurred out as I simply enjoy coasting down the open road.

So, running across a pothole during my pleasant drive is always a JOLTING experience.  I'm finding publishing, particularly self-publishing, to be a very jarring experience at the moment.  But I must confess I am learning a lot along the way.  There are many things that sometimes aren't revealed in the success stories, little details that you simply never really think of until it's finally your turn. Or, in this case, MINE!

But I must say learning has turned out to be a fundamental process of groundwork that I think, in the long run will show itself to be the BEGINNING of something truly LIFE CHANGING!!!

I ardently apologize for the delay on THE ORIGIN REPORT...but have been wisely advised that it's best to do things properly the first time in order to fully benefit in the long haul.

But, the door of opportunities continue to present themselves and I'm grabbing them up with both hands.  I want to thank everyone who has encouraged and supported my up to this point. It's been a harrowing journey, and I realize that it's actually only just begun!

Happy writing & Happy reading!!!

Wednesday, May 1, 2013



It's FINALLY here!!! YAY!  That's right, the day has come!  It's here and I'm not quite sure what to do with I'll just let it speak for itself.


I have to say, I LOVE this cover! It's perfect! And the Tribune symbol looks freaking AWESOME!  It's almost as if it's floating on the page.  

So, I realize I've been pretty hush-hush lately, but obviously I had a pretty good reason. *big smiles*  This is one of the projects I've been tackling like a crazy-woman for Project #PUB2013!  It's my NEW short-story e-book series.  I'll be honest, I can't express how crazy-nervous-anxious-excited I am at finally taking this step.  But also how happy I am to have been part of something that challenged and pushed me in a creative direction I never would have thought to pursue before.

So, without further ado...THE ORIGIN REPORT!


The year is 2083…six years since the global outbreak of the Strip-Virus.

After the deadly virus spread across the planet, leaving mankind inescapably on the verge of extinction, a new world leadership, the Intelligence Alliance, rose to power with one sole mission in mind…the survival and preservation of the human race.

When physician, Dr. William Carland, citizen of District 6-149; is contacted by a man from a past he can’t remember, he'll soon discover that some truths are far from reality and some realities are in fact the real cover up.

The Origin Series, Book One
***Available SOON!!***
Stay tuned...

Monday, March 25, 2013

Diana Ross - I'M COMING OUT

Tune of the day.... Diana Ross - I'm Coming Out

Let's do this!!! BOOOOOOOOOM!!!

Friday, March 22, 2013


I really need to get in a better habit of posting…but with so much going on in my life, I sometimes can’t get my brain to cooperate with me enough to simply sit down and write out a post. 

But, we’ve come to a compromise and so here I am! But gosh!!! Where to even start?!?!

With so many wonderful things happening all around me, from many of my friends getting published, turning 30 (ACK!!!), to weddings, bouts of illness, writer conferences and me planning my FIRST international trip…it’s safe to say I’ve become beyond distracted and maybe a tad bit distant from those that I never wished to distance myself from.  But I hope that along this journey that I'm on, I can rectify many of the wrongs I've done and re-establish those bonds I've come to cherish so much.

I will confess...there were many time over the past few years where it was very easy for me to play the “you’re not good enough game”, to become discouraged when all around me it seemed like all my friends were getting published, finding agents and signing movie deals. Life just seemed to be working out for every, BUT ME. For there I was...sporadic, at best, when it came to my writing, and my creative juices running dry at the most obscure of moments. Where the heck was my MOJO going anyway? I wish I could vacation as often as it did. But, in all truth, I truly began to question whether I had what it took to do this.  To see my dreams through and to finally fulfill on so many years of expectations.

With three completed novels under my belt, a pile of rejections in both paper and email form, that spanned the last six years of my life…it just felt like the gleaming future I was so desperately fighting for just didn’t include…well, me.

But something happened in January of this year that completely propelled me to a place I thought I could never find again.  With the pushing and support of my family and friends, along with the rather unexpected meeting of another fellow writer in my area…I’ve been thrust back on the path I thought was possibly never meant for me.  Now I’m presently participating in a writing project with two other writers and feel as if I am more focused and determined than ever. PLUS, with a deadline looming before me, it definitely means ready or not, I’M COMING OUT!!! LOL!  Especially, with my competitor’s cap FIRMLY in place and an excitement that I haven't felt for my writing in a long time.  For those who are interested, I will be publishing (self-publishing), for the first time EVER this year, and will let the marbles fall where they may. It's time. No more holding back...this is something I want and I MUST release my fears and fight to fulfill my dreams.

Project #PUB2013 is DEFINITELY in EFFECT!!!

2013 has definitely started off to be a SPECTACULAR year! With TWO major events coming up that have me completely GIDDY with joy and excitement!

1.  I’ll be attending UtopYA Con 2013, June 28- June 30 in Nashville, Tennessee.  Crazy excited to finally put faces to names and mingle and meet some of the amazing people I’ve met on twitter.

And finally…*drum roll*

2. In August I will be making my first trip across the big pond…LONDON HERE I COME!!! Yup! That's right! I will be spending 8 glorious days in LONDON and can’t wait to see how quickly I can get the attention of SCOTLAND YARD! *wink wink* LOL!

So, that’s just a taste of all that is going on in my life.  I’m pretty sure I will have quite a bit more to reveal as my first deadline approaches. But at the moment I’m trying to allow myself as few distractions as I can.  To everyone who has continued to offer your love and support, I can’t express how truly touched and appreciative I am. THANK YOU SOOOOOO MUCH!!! 

To my TWEET pals…YOU GUYS ALL ROCK!!! Yes, I know, I have a lot of catching up to let's get this party started!

Happy Writing & Happy Reading

Friday, January 25, 2013

It's HERE...INTERRED by Marilyn Almodovar

Happy Friday! It's FINALLY here!!!

Well, I must say, this has defnitely been a truly anticipated event and now that it's finally here...I'm beyond proud and excited! AHHHHH!  I am so very, VERY proud to present not only a debut novel but a BRILLIANT debut author, one of my dear fellow DREAM WEAVERS...Marilyn Almodovar and her debut novel, INTERRED!!! WOO-HOO!!!


*happy dances and hip bumps* FOR ALL!!!

Born in Ft. Huachuca, Arizona, Marilyn ("Lyn" to me) is an avid lover of words, with reading tastes that range from Victorian all the way to Stephen King.  And it has been this deeply rooted love for words, accompanied with her passion for writing, that has allowed her to escape into other worlds.  Having lived abroad, and a self-confessed citizen of the world, she is fluent in French, English, Spanish and basic knowledge of Italian. I know, I know...SHOW OFF!!! Hehe. Kidding, Lyn. Kidding!

But it has been Lyn's passion, hard work and insatiable imagination that has now led up to the debut of her novel, INTERRED, book one of her Chronicles of the Interred. CHECK IT OUT!


"Time has never been an issue for Baxter Jacobs, but then she never knew she had the ability to Bend it.

As her sixteenth birthday approaches, Baxter inherits a pendant that will change her life. Connected to the pendant is a dark and mysterious young man named Declan Ashdown. Trapped in a Time loop for the past 122 years, Declan needs Baxter’s help to escape. The only problem is, she has no idea how to do it.

To acquire the power she needs to free him, she’ll become one of the Interred, those whose Magical abilities emerge as they come of age. When she does, she’ll discover that Declan isn’t the only one interested in the fact that she’s a Time Bender.

As the Interment arrives, Baxter knows this will be no Sweet Sixteen. A vengeful relative and ruthless Council are determined to control her. Declan’s powerful and charming descendant, Jack Ashdown, claims he can save her. She’ll soon have to decide who she can trust, and how to master her new abilities before Time runs out."

You can purchase your copy of INTERRED today, now available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

For more information on Lyn and her work you can visit her website.  You can also find Lyn on facebook and twitter (@LynAlmodovar).

Happy Writing & Happy Reading!


Saturday, January 5, 2013

What happened to BLAIRE?!

WARNING: This is a very long blog. Turn back now or forever hold your peace.

So, being that I was absent for suuuuuuuch a long time, I thought maybe I should at least take the time to explain my sudden vanishing act.  To say the least, 2012 was a year of many downs.  But to better tell this story I think I'll Quentin Tarantino it. We'll start at the end, work our way back to the beginning, then pick up somewhere in the middle and then...HAHA! I'm kidding.

Okay, okay...I'll just tell it. 

Late 2011 I began experiencing some really intense headaches.  But these headaches weren't just a simple pain in the head, these particular headaches were beyond excruciating. I began experiencing extreme disorientation, dizziness, blackouts, nausea, vomitting...basically, I felt like a walking side effect of some black market drug that failed to get approved by the FDA. LOL!

To say the least, I was MISERABLE! *sigh*

After a trip to the emergency room, and a nice little (okay, tearful) chat with my family doctor...I was referred to a Neurologist where they took blood, gave me the old poke-poke-stab-stab treatment, scanned, and took great pleasure in prodding me.  After all was said and done I learned that I suffered from migraines. I know!! Womp womp. Not exactly the most earth shattering diagnosis.

"Migraines?! What are you, Blaire? A wimp?" Honestly, I was so glad that nothing more serious had showed up, considering how awful I felt, that I didn't care how wimpy I seemed.

But yes, ladies and gents, I definitely felt like a wimp. A sobbing, fetal position, thumb sucking wimp. But as it turned out, not only was I suffering from migraines, but a rare form called Status Migrainosus.  But I didn't care what they called it, since by this point I had sustained a consistent, non-stop migraine for three months straight...and simply wanted nothing more than to make it GO. AWAY!! I had lost more than 30 pounds (in three months) due to extreme nausea and my inability to hold down food, and the "headache" was thoroughly kicking my butt.

I was soon admitted into the doctor's care to begin treatment, with the FIRST priority being to stop the cycle (my migraine). And all I can say is, thank goodness for DRUGS! And I mean the legal kind, not the crack kills kind.

After three days of straight treatment (on some pretty powerful meds), the migraine I had sustained for three months was finally gone. HALLELUJAH! But little did I know that my journey had only just begun. The next seven months would be the darkest and most frustrating days of my life.  For what I didn't understand at the time was that stopping a cycle did not mean the end of more to come.  Now it became a race to figure out how to keep from getting them over and over again for such long periods of time.  Now you'd think this would be a simple solution (well, I certainly did)...after all, it's just a headache (of sorts), take some extra-strength Tylenol and get some sleep.

Well, by this time my insomnia was completely out of control and I was suffering from a serious case of fatigue. I was sleeping maybe two hours a night, sometimes not at all because the pain was so intense. When I was awake, I was typically immobile, disfunctional, and completely incoherent when I attempted to communicate. It was as if my mind had completely abandoned me, and I was alone in a dark room with nothing but pain for a companion.  I felt alone and completely robbed of my life. It was as if the pain and zombie-like state I was now in, due to my body having to adjust to the new drugs and reoccuring migraines, had completely taken over. And it was like a completely different person surfaced, locking the old me away.  My emotions were all over the place, and I never knew how I would feel one day to the next.  I know it must sound so dramatic to say it that way, but this had become my world, and it consumed me.  I was, to put it bluntly, a walking zombie disaster.  These months would come to be a long stretch of trial and error with the doctors, through process of elimination, trying to figure out the appropriate treatment and dosage for my particular condition and situation. I was forced to completely change my diet in order to avoid trigger foods that could spark a migraine, my whole routine changed, and I found myself taking meds just so I could perform the simple tasks of getting out of bed each day.

Yes. It would take seven months to finally find a medication that worked for me.  Meaning I was migraine free for at least six weeks at a time. HURRAY!!! It wasn't perfect, but in my mind a step forward was still a step forward. I was able to get out again, work out, I was up to my usual 5 hours of sleep and it finally seemed like I could see a light at the end of the tunnel. But my joy would be short-lived, because in early October things took turn, and I began to have seizure like symptoms.  And similar to before, I experienced extreme pains in my head (like a migraine) but now I was losing feeling in limbs, as well as experiencing muscle spasms in my face and body.

Talk about a NIGHTMARE!!

Without even hesitating I was back to my Neurologist, and it was discovered I had a condition known as Occipital Neuralgia.  SHEESH!! I just couldn't seem to catch a break.  I was once again really bummed out and completely disheartened that things weren't looking as great as I had hoped. And I'm sure, like me, you all must be wondering...WILL THIS EVER END, BLAIRE?!

Yes, yes I promise this post will end very soon. Haha!

It has now been three months since my final diagnosis and I am pleased to report that my migraines have definitely become more manageable and occur much less and far in between.  And my "episodes", for the moment, seem to be under control.  WOO-HOO!!! *HAPPY DANCES* I am still required to take daily meds at this point, and will most likely need them for the rest of my life, along with regular checkups to monitor any changes or additional symptoms that may pop up.  But I am so grateful to finally feel like I'm getting back to myself again.  The windows have been opened and my dark room is now filled with light. I will admit that I hated losing so much time, having neglected my writing and all of you for so long, and without any explanation. I'm so sorry about that. But I'm sooooooo glad to be blogging again, and hope 2013 will be a little kinder than 2012.

Any's great to be back! And I hope to continue to be around in some form or fashion until I kick the bucket!

Happy Writing & Happy Reading!


Thursday, January 3, 2013

The Great Gatsby move trailer

Okay, I couldn't resist and had to sneak this one in, too.  HEY! I have a lot of time to make up for.

As some of you know, I'm a huge movie fan. HUGE! Some would call it an unhealthy obsession, but I'm sticking with "fan."

Well, I recently went to see Les Miserables....GREAT film, by the way.  A definite B+/A grade film in my book.  Which isn't bad, considering it was nearly three hours of me having to focus and sit still in a theater seat all by myself. Haha! The music, the acting, THE STORY...well played, Victor Hugo. Well played.

But leading up the FEATURE of the day...I saw THIS, and knew I couldn't keep this gem to myself.

ONE. I'm a HUGE Baz Luhrmann fan.  Man is brilliant with a camera.  But not only that, he both writes and directs his films, and he is most known for his The Red Curtain Trilogy, which includes Strictly Ballroom, Romeo + Juliet and Moulin Rouge!  I also really loved AUSTRALIA. He's one of the reasons why I divide my passion of writing between screenwriting and novels.


TWO. F. Scott Fitzgerald is sort of my McDreamy of the literary world. Yes, I said it. Mad crush on the guy. Oh, that Zelda was one lucky doll! Hehe. ;)

But this trailer completely sold me HOOK, LINE & SINKER!

*ahem* Well, helloooooo, LEO!!! *girly giggle*

The Great Gatsby

The Great Gatsby is set to hit theaters in May of 2013 (in the US).

Happy Writing & Happy Reading!


Soooooo, wow, yeah...I'm so out of practice with this.  Part of me feels like I need a refresher course, "How to blog with the PROS." Haha! Okay, now I'm beginning to sound snarky and that was not my intent here.

So, 2012 is over and gone and all I have to say is...SAYONARA, lady!!! HAHA!

Wow, what an...interesting year.  Yeah.  Yeah, interesting is definitely a good word for it. I won't go into the long drawn out details of it all, but it's safe to say that it wasn't exactly my year, but I SURVIVED. WOO-HOO!!! And despite everything that's happened it still feels like, at this point, I have so many great opportunities/paths set before me, and at this moment all I keep telling myself is to KEEP PUSHING FORWARD.  I really hate that my writing has suffered so much because of the curve ball that life has thrown me, but it's really nice to have this to still come back to.

I'm not sure if anyone is even listening anymore...but just so you know, I'M STILL HERE.  Just a girl.  A little altered, but still trying to make her mark in the world. But you know something, LIFE is definitely a journey. And I can confidently say that I'm so glad to be in the situation where I'm still lucky enough to still have the chance to fight for and realize my dreams and passions.

For those of you who are interested as to what I've been occupying my time the past few months. Weeeeeeeeell, I've been READING! Hah. I know, pretty lackluster but I have, like an INSANE person! Just devouring novel after novel. New authors and old familiar favorites.  When I feel my brain no longer can handle the voices of my own characters, I completely dive into the stories of other writers.  It's simply a great escape and also a form of encouragement to me.

While I have been writing here and there, going to quite a few films, and overall just figuring out what comes next for me. The landscape of my life has drastically changed, so much so, it's almost unrecognizable and now I find myself having to find a way to fit into a new landscape.  It's almost like I'm starting over, having to redefine who I am and my purpose.  Which is both scary as hell and exciting all at once.

But something about this, putting my rambling thoughts into words, and those words out into the void...THAT, for some reason, always feels familiar to me.  No matter what is going on out there, this always feels right. You's nice to have that one solid in your life you know you can always come back to.

And to those who have constantly reached out to me throughout this trying time, not knowing how much it meant to will FOREVER be in my heart.

So, here's to 2013!!! May ALL of YOUR dreams come true. (Yeesh, I hope Disney doesn't come after me for that one.) And for those of you who know me, this should not come as a surprise...a little kick off the year tune! I know, I know.  I've posted it before...but I LOVE this song! ENJOY!

"Good Life" by One Republic

Happy Writing & Happy Reading!