Stella’s Bookish Gift Guide 2020

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  1. Audible Subscription
    • Not everyone has the time or free hands for physical books or e-readers, this multitasker friendly option will keep you caught up on your reading and to-do list!
  2. E-Reader
    • Kindle, Nook, Ipad, even a generic brand will do if they are savvy with book format conversion
  3. Books
    • Books are always a good idea! One or more to suit your budget.
  4. Gift Card to Bookstore
    • Don’t fret about which book to buy just load up the card and set them free to browse
  5. A signed book from a favorite author
    • PS I sign all books purchased through my site!
  6. Whimsical bookmarks
    • Homemade or store-bought, bookmarks are always welcome for the print book lover
  7. Book Box Subscription
    • No local bookstores or time to shop? Consider a book box. Reading convenience for the not so picky reader.
  8. Book/ Library Scented Candle
    • Books are our happy place! Bring that familiar scent to any room and watch the magic happen.
  9. Book themed throw blanket
    • nothing is better than getting cozy with a book and a blanket
  10. Uninterrupted Time to Read
    • Keep it simple! Give us time, space, and all the tea and cookies!

*No links are provided because you gotta do a little of the work on your own and I am not a product promoter.

Happy Veteran’s Day!

Here at Serpentine Creative we support all our veterans! Enjoy this day in honor of your dedication and service to your country!

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It’s that time of year!

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 🙁

Turn Up Tuesday!

It’s turn up tuesday! By that I don’t mean getting sloshed and partying. That will be saved for later tonight after I finish this intense schedule of word sprints.

Today I will be turning up my productivity. I have several lovely projects in my to be written cue and with NaNoWriMo coming up. What perfect way to prep for the long haul by clearing some of the smaller projects from my plate.

2020 has been a rough year for me. I have had major lulls as a creative followed by several major highs. Then there is all the turmoil around the country as there are those who still in this day and age that are still in denial or are whole heartedly backing racist and harmful global ideologies.

I don’t want to get too deep into that right now. I just wanted to make a light and fun update post. I hope you have all enjoyed Earnest: Secret of Ceres 3 or have at least added it to your reading cue. I will be rounding out the series with a fourth book that I plan to tackle for NaNoWriMo. Stay tuned for updates and sneak peeks to come in the month of November. I will also be wrapping up my Langsmith Shifters soon. After Bird of Prey, there will be two more installments of your favorite shifter community.

Aside from Ceres and Langsmith, I am exploring the darker side of my creativity. I have had a thriller in the works for the last two year and I just might finish before the end of 2021. I am being hopeful because I tend to bounce from project to project. I also have a light hearted contemporary series in the works.

Like I mentioned earlier it has been a rough year all around so I’m going to use today and the next few months to spur my creative drive and get my massive project list whittled down and ready for your enjoyment next year.

In the meantime, feel free to reserve or grab your copies of my currently available work!

Peace, Love, and Happy Reading!

Stella Williams

Thirsty Thursday Reads

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!

Stella Williams

*Amazon Affiliate Links Used

Maura’s Men Trilogy

Hot Vampire Loving and diabolical villain you can’t help but to love.

Xander’s Claim – Interracial BWWM Vampire Romance

Claude’s Conquest – A sinful seduction tale.

Shane’s Redemption – Redemption comes in many forms.

Maura’s Men Complete Trilogy– Additional Origins bonus short

Secret of Ceres Series

Black Girl Magic and Steamy Black Love

Ferocious– Mystery, Intrigue and sexy self-gratification

Dauntless– The personal and Professional collide in the follow up to Ferocious

Earnest – Death and Daring Feats await in this tale of forbidden love.

Langsmith Shifters

Alpha Shifters Shorts

Coy Wolf– Alpha Wolf Shifters

A Night Divine – Mardi Gras Themed Fun.

Bird of Prey – A Sexy Eagle Shifter meets her match.

Anthologies

Eternal Bite: A Collection of Vampire Stories

His Soul to Keep- Alien Vampire Romance

Big City Heat: Contemporary High-Rise Romance

Charity Anthology Benefiting Equal Justice Alliance

Felling Bechet- Black Contemporary Romance

Unpacking…

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!

Stella Williams

@StellaLove4Life on Twitter and IG

Earnest: Secret of Ceres 3

Fall in Love with Enora & Jaq in the third installment of the Secret of Ceres Series!

Enora’s Life

is

DEATH

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

AVAILABLE NOW!

Protect Your Peace

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.

BLACK LIVES MATTER

Stella Williams & The Serpentine Creative Team

A note from home

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!

Yours Truly,

Stella Williams

Social Distancing & The Writer Wk2 Update

I honestly have lost all track of time. I don’t know if its been two or three weeks of social distancing/ staying my butt at home. Have I really been staying home as much as I should? Have I accomplished anything of importance during this period of isolation?

The answer to both of those questions is absolutely not. I’ve had bi weekly appointments for Physical Therapy, gone shopping at least twice this week and although I have written something these last two weeks it hasn’t been anything I should be focused on.

I thought I would be okay with being at home all the time. I didn’t realize just how much time I actually spend outside of my house until now. From weekly meetings to a plethora of appointments, I may be home for most of the day but evenings I spend at least two three hours a day outside of the home. Now everything has moved online and my massive pajam collection is falling short of my daily needs.

This is not me complaining. I promise to do better this week with staying home and with writing. I have deadlines that I can’t miss so I am going to buckle down and get it done. I hope you all are keeping to the social distancing guidelines better than I have at this point.

Peace, Love, and Happy Reading/Writing!

Stella Williams

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