Finding Flow in the New Year

Some of us had time off during the festive season. For those of you who didn’t, I hope you can find time and space to rest and recharge. This year, I took a full week between Christmas and New Year’s. I didn’t allow myself to work on anything book or writing related. I love to write. But being an indie author brings many other things that have to be done, other than writing books. I realized that I quite dedicated to my little book business, and thus I don’t tend to take conscious breaks. Especially at a time when travel and adventure has been off the table.

So, I consciously took a full festive week. It was great. I read a lot. I went on nature hikes with my hubby in the winter cold. I cozied by the fire with festive Christmas beer (brewed by my favorite brewery). I had a tonne of fun in the kitchen! I have a passion for learning how to make French pastry. I have a French pastry idol, and have taken his master class, and bought his book. That poor book sat on my shelf, alone. Over holidays, I opened it up and dove right in. I was quite proud of my execution of the homemade jam-jam style cookie, the ever so sweet chocolate chip cookie, and tiramisu. I love how this type of baking requires a slow, focused pace. I love the art of it, and creating something so divine to the sight and the taste buds!

The festive break was also a time to connect with people that I love. And to spend some real quality time with my hubby. It felt good to be completely away from the computer and the office.

Yesterday, Monday, January 3, marked the intended day of my return to the office. It didn’t happen. I was quite run down from my festive and fun week. I recognized that, and I took a full rest day. This morning, I feel quite different. I feel good, relaxed, and in a full state of flow. I have some hefty and exciting goals for this year to realize some visions. I am overly excited about them. I wanted to fling myself right back in. But, if there is one thing I have recognizedd this past year, it’s that I don’t want to be in a state of force. I want to push myself when I know I need it, want it, and it is right. But, when I know my being needs a break, I want to back off. This is something I have not always been good at. Sometimes, I have been terrible at this.

This year, I seek flow.

I will achieve my goals, bringing my visions to reality. I want to do it in a healthy state of creativity, passion, and oneness with my physical, mental and spiritual beings.

This week I will translate my visions for my projects into concrete actions. I have decided to start with the first four months of the year, as I have some big targets for May. Instead of madly jotting down all the things that need to get done, I will start by reflecting on what these visions truly look like to be in a state of success. What success means to you is the most important thing in defining a goal. I will then identify those tasks for each month and week that will take me to my idea of of success for each of those projects. The whole time, I will seek to be in a state of positive energy, passion fueled creativity, and trust in my talent and comittment.

Sound good? Do you want on this train? Stay tuned here. I’ll share my journey, the steps I am taking, and tips along the way.

10 Days of Halloween – Horror Inspired Cocktails

One of the best parts of Halloween is the candy, right? What better pairing for your bowl of sugary treats than a horror inspired, dark and delicious cocktail?

I have come across a few good ones lately, but this one takes the cake. I have added it to the official cocktail menu for the Virtual Halloween Party that will be in full motion tomorrow night to welcome a new book into the world! This cocktail idea was so kindly donated by The Haunted Walk.

Do check out their cool page. And do share your horror inspired cocktails here. There is always room for more on the menu…

SPOOKY Free Books!

It’s Halloween month! That means it’s time to start packing in the Halloween fun. It’s a time for dressing up, putting on makeup, eating candy, watching scary movies, and reading spine chilling books!

Just for you, little demons, a bunch of FREE spine chilling reads.

Happy reading.

BOOK SALE for CRIME LOVERS!

You know I love a good book sale. The only thing I love more that a good book sale is SHARING a good book sale!

Today I bring to you a killer sale on crime books. This is a great collection for you crime lovers.

The cherry on top is…oh, this is too exciting…IF you have not grabbed your copy of Final Track (the first book in the 80s Metal Murder series), it is on for $0.99 during this sale!

Get your copies now! This sale is only on till the end the week.

Happy reading!

A Book Launch Success!

It’s official. The Omens Call has successfully launched. And to say that I am excited is an understatement.

The project has been very special to me. It was my first collaboration with another author, and the first anthology that I helped to put together and bring into the world. I loved the entire process. I loved working with another author. When you find the right person to work with, one who is aligned with your work ethic, and who’s creativity you admire, then ‘working’ together doesn’t feel so much like work. I am thrilled to now have collaboration and anthology experience under my belt, and am super charged to continue on in my author path.

Being able to foster the brining to life of fantastic stories by talented authors was such a reward! I love good stories. I love good books. I love sharing stories by other authors. Thus, everything about this project was hugely positive for me.

And, of course, being able to push my limits and write my own horror story was also a challenging and exciting part of this as well.

I am very proud of how this book turned out.

You can grab your copy here, and go here for more details.

Lunch Time Live Stream Book Launch!

I am THRILLED that my story, Hallowed Killer, is going to be in print, published by Blood Rites Horror! Yes!

Help me celebrate! One week from today, join me for a lunchtime special live stream.

I promise you readings (that will prickle your spine), time to ask your questions (whatever you want, little demons), and a toast to celebrate my horror writing success (it’s always five ‘o clock somewhere, right?).

The live stream will go directly to my author page. You can also follow along as the details of the unleashing are fleshed out!

See you soon….

Last Day: Book Sale and Freebies!

Hello, my fellow demons! I am dropping in to provide you with a couple of delicious promotions that are nearing their ends.

BOOK SALE – All of these are dark reads. All of them are $0.99 or free on Kindle Unlimited.

FREEBIES: All of these are delicious free bites for you to get a taste of some amazing authors.

Happy reading, little demons!

An Immersive Weekend for Readers and Writers

It’s here!

It’s Friday the 13th (Mwahaha), and I am PUMPED up as I do final preparations for a wicked weekend of FREE presentations, sessions, and socials for book lovers.

It all starts of (for me) at 6 pm TONIGHT. I’ll be doing a killer presentation on True Crime – What Content is out there, WHO is binging it, WHY we love it, and HOW to capture it on the page.

Next up, right after Evil Fanatics, I’ll be dipping in to the Noir @ the Bar. I’ll be reading, along with some really cool other authors, some 70s Acid Laced Serial Killer Thriller stuff. Mmmm…delicious.

Tomorrow (Saturday), you’ll find me dishing out a healthy dose of inspiration, and ‘Yes You Can’, at Write Your Book One Word at a Time! Join me for some motivation, empowerment, and walk away with powerful mental tools to climb your own mountain – whatever that may be.

And, FINALLY, I close out the weekend with some Demon Fun! Join me, and a fellow demon of mine, to take a look at embracing your inner darkness and leveraging it to write dark and market your books.

It all starts TODAY at 1 pm. Grab your FREE ticket, and attend as many sessions at you want.

See you there!

My Fiction Writing Journey

During the first two years of writing fiction, and attempting to produce a full novel, the process was slow, for me. There were tears. There was a lot of sweat. And…maybe a little blood?

I declared the start of my fiction writing journey to be officially happening in the fall of 2017. There had been a gap between writing and producing my non-fiction work, I had continued to plunge myself into the local writing community, and just attended my favorite, local writing conference. With no particular goal, or project, in mind, I attended a plethora of presentations and discussions, all on topics that intrigued me. I met a local Detective, and was blown away by his presentation on principles of investigations. It stirred within me the passion for true crime books and shows that had been swelling within me for a long time.

I decided I wanted to know if I could write a novel.

I had no idea what that meant, really. But, I knew I wanted to try. It was a strong desired pulsing in my gut. I had to forge forth and let the journey unfold.

I did make a plan, of course. And that plan was derailed from time to time, of course. That is life. But if I’ve learned anything from the ventures and projects that I’ve thrown myself into, it’s how you respond to such derailments that really matters.

I remember the first year of researching and trying to write. At times, I could have sworn I was trying to extract blood from a rock. It took me a while to get it. To be able to let go, let my imagination run wild, and to write freely, words falling on the page. What a glorious moment that was when I realized I’d found my flow.

Now, looking back, and staring at my author page, I am grateful, delighted, hell, I’m ecstatic, that I have continued to set goals and to work hard, and to find my own writing process.

Today, four and a half years after declaring my fiction writing journey has started, I am thrilled to be able to share my author profile here. Eeeeek!!!

First line up: my core series. An 80s metal dark crime series, comprised of two full novels and a novella. The third in the series is planned for launch early 2022.

I have had two short horror stories published! Yes! Someone else loved my story enough to publish it in their works – TWO TIMES! I am also collaborating on a horror anthology that will be released in Oct (The Omens Call). I had no idea I would be working with others, and co-creating an anthology!

Share with me. What journey have you embarked on? Where are you at? What successes have you had? What are you struggling with?

And, please, believe me when I say: YES YOU CAN!

Another Book is HERE!!!

I’ve been silent. Well, I haven’t exactly been silent, but I haven’t blogged.

I love writing my blog. I am so happy to be back doing it again.

As the new year opened up, I buckled down and focused. My second novel was basically done. Written. Beta read. Edited. Cover designed. Only the last push through the production side of things remained. It was nitty and gritty work…but it’s done!

I am hard on myself. I am sure a lot of you can relate. Thus, as I took my final peruse through my creation before unleashing it onto the world, I was delighted at how delicious I found it. Yes. Dark. Delicious. Infused with my stamp.

I present to you, Acid Track. A 70s acid rock laced serial killer vs detective dark tale. The sequel to my debut novel Final Track. I am proud of it, and thrilled to be rolling it out.

The cherry on top of the acid rock laced thrilling ride is the PARTAY that I am throwing to celebrate! YOU are invited. It may be virtual, but it will be a sweaty, head-banging rock out night! I hope you can join me from wherever you may be in the world. CLICK On the invite to sign up and participate. From costume contests to song requests for the 80s metal legends Nรถize Bรถyz, there are plenty of killer ways to participate in this once-in-a-lifetime-80s-metal-infused-70s-acid-rock-laced-book-launch-partay (or at least until the next book release)!

Acid Track goes live on March 12. Stay tuned for pre-order and party deets, or follow along on FB, Insta, or join Julie Hiner – Author | MailerLite.