*No links are provided because you gotta do a little of the work on your own and I am not a product promoter.
Here at Serpentine Creative we support all our veterans! Enjoy this day in honor of your dedication and service to your country!
NaNoWriMo has officially begun! I have looked forward to this month of intense productivity all year. Unfortunately, now that it has arrived I am finding myself with a severe lack of motivation. I don’t know if it’s all the crazy that’s happened or maybe my excitement is causing a bit of stage fright this year. Whatever the issue, I hope to remedy it soon.
NaNoWriMo Project: Secret of Ceres 3
NaNoWriMo Day One Word Count: 0 🙁
It’s Thirsty thursday and I know you all are just dying to read more delectable and tantalizing paranormal Romance from yours truly. To make it simple I have created this list of my current catalogue on Amazon*, including upcoming releases that are currently available for preorder. Go ahead and Dive in. These titles are sure to get you more than a little wet.
Peace, Love & Happy Reading!
*Amazon Affiliate Links Used
DISCLAIMER: This is a vent post. All opinions expressed are solely my own.
Twitter is where hope goes to die. Anytime I’m feeling good about my day, all I have to do is check Twitter (okay, Facebook too) and poof my good mood is gone. Why, you ask?
*Okay so I’m going to try and stick to book twitter here, as we all know anything relating US Politics is an automatic s**t show.
For every post announcing a new book, or writing workshop, for every person giving a word of encouragement or advice; there are fifty million plus others who have something negative to say. By no means am I saying not to post your grievances with problematic storylines, cover art, or people in general. It’s actually kind of great sometimes to just scroll twitter every once and awhile to thin out my TBR. That being said, there is just too much real life BS going on that it’s becoming too much.
Take for instance the recent to do with an AOC’s problematic storyline/ hero.
No idea what I’m talking about? Get the rundown here. https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3522832254
TW: racism, colorism
Should the work be critiqued, hell yes! Should the critiques hold more or less weight depending on who wrote them? Maybe?
As a Black reader, I read a crap ton of problematic things across the romance genrescape (If that’s not a word I just made it one. You’re Welcome!). I DNF or don’t even buy books if my Nope meter gets pinged. That being said, I don’t typically leave more than a low star rating on said books because sometimes it’s traumatizing AF to have to hash out why exactly I feel something is problematic. Especially for books like this one where the offending party is another person of color. We POC readers get enough trauma from non POC and non own voices works.
In short: Stop asking POC to continually shoulder the burden of calling out problematic BS!
I’m not going to do too much more venting. Even writing this was more exhausting than I thought it would be.
For Non BIPOC readers and reviewers:
It’s okay to call out problematic stuff as long as you understand that not everyone will be okay with what you say or how you say it. Somewhere a BIPOC maybe silently agreeing and thanking you for putting in the work they were too exhausted to do. However, we will also call you out if your review is equally problematic. Such is life.
For BIPOC readers and reviewers:
No matter where you fall on the spectrum of opinions about this issue. Remember that your time and effort are valuable and you alone reserve the right to decide how and when you spend it.
That’s all I have for y’all. Stay safe, stay sane, 2020 is almost over.
Peace, Love & Happy Reading!
@StellaLove4Life on Twitter and IG
The Secret of Ceres is not much of a secret anymore…
Enora Circinus is surrounded by death. Undercover as a medical examiner, it is her job to ensure the supernatural community of Langsmith remains under wraps. Despite the resistance working to expose the Aura to the human world. Jaquis Andromeda, leader of The Resistance and notorious playboy, is the last man Enora should consort with. Their undeniable attraction turns Enora’s life upside down.
On the verge of supernatural civil war, can Enora reconcile her duty to keep the Aura’s secret and her feelings for Jaquis before the world as they know it ends?
Ebook ISBN: 978-1-7347301-2-8
Print ISBN: 978-1-7347301-3-5
The last month had been an extremely emotional rollercoaster for me. I am finding myself at a loss for words to describe exactly what I’ve been feeling. I tried taking a break from social media, I tired avoiding the news. I’ve tried journaling and focusing on work. All in an effort to protect my peace.
I am here today to say that protecting your peace is important but as a black female my peace is relative. I don’t think I have ever lived in peace. My existence is one of constant fear, constant pressure to do the right things, say the right things, be the right things to everyone around me. It is a defense mechanism instilled in me from birth. As mechanism I find building within my own children. It is painful and disheartening to share this legacy of struggle with them.
That is why I and Serpentine Creative are choosing to be vocal in our support of the current protests. I am tired but I must fight for the change I want for my children. The same change my ancestors worked so hard to achieve for me and the rest of my generation.
Stella Williams & The Serpentine Creative Team
It’s been a month or so since the shelter in place, stay your butt at home for the sake of humanity order went into place. I have come to realize that staying productive during this time means completely different things to different people.
Some are using this time to tackle those cliche New Year resolutioons of learning a new language and losing weight. Others like me tried that the first week and quickly realized we just aren’t cut out for the madness.
I get wanting to be productive but these are understandably stressful times. Not all of us have the luxury of working from home. Not all of us have the luxury of a job due to the massive layoffs that have been happening. I don’t want to be all doom and gloom about this situation. Now that is something easy to do.
I want to focus on the positive. I want to focus on the fact that it is spring, that skies are clear over usually polluted cities. That Dolphins are swimming closer to shore, and that we are facing a great shift in our way of life and thinking about work life balance in a whole new way.
So this is a note from my home to yours. Now is the time for self reflection and course correction. Now is the time to do the things you “never have time for”. Now is the time to prioritize your health both mental and physical. Stay safe and stay creative in all your endevours!