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Wednesday, October 26, 2016

A day in the Life of Author, Jeffe Kennedy of The Tides of Bára + #Giveaway



I get asked a fair amount about what a day in my life looks like, and I usually pick other questions to answer. Not because I’m a super private person (in fact, I’m not) or because I don’t want to share.
Mainly it’s because my life is so boring.

It’s kind of like back when Take Your Daughter to Work Day started and a bunch of us were like “Okay, but won’t she get bored watching me type on the computer all day?” This is my day.

But this time I decided to give it a go. Let’s just see.

I sleep until I wake up. This might seem circular, but my point is that I no longer set an alarm. Since I went to writing full time a year ago, which meant no more working two careers, so hopefully less cramming in of All The Things, I decided to try finding my natural calendar. I do try to get in bed between 9 and 10 o’clock (see end of day), but when I wake up seems to depend on the season more than anything. In the summer I was waking up around 5 when the chorus of bird song started. Now that the sun doesn’t rise until about 7:20, I often sleep until about 7. I have a Fitbit that tracks sleep, and I’m fascinated that I do, as I long suspected, sleep longer in the wintertime.

Circadian rhythms for the win!

When I get up, I first feed my two Maine coon cats. We have priorities in our household.

Then I exercise – either a jog on the dirt roads through my gorgeous rural neighborhood in New Mexico or lifting free weights at home.

After that’s done (and I weigh myself *sigh*), I make myself a soy milk latte – right now with pumpkin spice coffee from Trader Joe’s, yay! – two eggs over easy, sourbread toast – right now with pumpkin butter from Trader Joe’s, yay! – and get on the treadmill desk to start my day.

I start at 0.5mph, checking email, social media and often checking in with the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers (SFWA) chatroom. If I owe a blog post, either to someone else or for my own site, I do it then. Every 30 minutes I change my treadmill speed, varying from 0.5 to 2.2 mph. Once blogging is done, I go offline and write or revise, depending on what I’m working on. I really don’t like if I get to that later than 10am and usually it’s substantially earlier.

I break for lunch at midday – pretty much whenever my husband has it ready – and then I write and revise until around 4pm. I tend to feel muzzy at that point. I’ll tend to business then: emails, finances, other business. Then it’s wine o’clock! Hooray!! I’ll read for an hour or two, depending on when I knock off. When my husband has dinner ready, we watch a movie together, or maybe a series we’re streaming.

Whenever we’re done, I’ll get in bed and read for a while on paper, to slow my mind down. I try to be in bed by 10, as sometimes I’ll read a while. You all know how that goes! But most of the time I’m sleepy and drop off soon after, to start again the next day!
What did I tell you? Not all that exciting. ☺





32180104The Tides of Bára 
(Sorcerous Moons #3)
by Jeffe Kennedy
Kindle Edition
Expected publication: October 29th 2016 by Brightlynx Publishing
A Narrow Escape

With her secrets uncovered and her power-mad brother bent on her execution, Princess Oria has no sanctuary left. Her bid to make herself and her new barbarian husband rulers of walled Bára has failed. She and Lonen have no choice but to flee through the leagues of brutal desert between her home and his—certain death for a sorceress, and only a bit slower than the blade.

A Race Against Time

At the mercy of a husband barely more than a stranger, Oria must war with her fears and her desires. Wild desert magic buffets her; her husband’s touch allures and burns. Lonen is pushed to the brink, sure he’s doomed his proud bride and all too aware of the restless, ruthless pursuit that follows…

A Danger Beyond Death…

Can Oria trust a savage warrior, now that her strength has vanished? Can Lonen choose her against the future of his people? Alone together in the wastes, Lonen and Oria must forge a bond based on more than lust and power, or neither will survive the test…


Sorcerous Moons Series


About Jeffe Kennedy
Jeffe Kennedy is an award-winning author whose works include novels, non-fiction, poetry, and short fiction. She has been a Ucross Foundation Fellow, received the Wyoming Arts Council Fellowship for Poetry, and was awarded a Frank Nelson Doubleday Memorial Award. 

Her most recent works include a number of fiction series: the fantasy romance novels of A Covenant of Thorns; the contemporary BDSM novellas of the Facets of Passion; an erotic contemporary serial novel, Master of the Opera; and the erotic romance trilogy, Falling Under, which includes Going Under, Under His Touch and Under Contract. 

Her award-winning fantasy romance trilogy The Twelve Kingdoms hit the shelves starting in May 2014. Book 1, The Mark of the Tala, received a starred Library Journal review and was nominated for the RT Book of the Year while the sequel, The Tears of the Rose received a Top Pick Gold and was nominated for the RT Reviewers’ Choice Best Fantasy Romance of 2014. The third book, The Talon of the Hawk, won the RT Reviewers’ Choice Best Fantasy Romance of 2015. Two more books followed in this world, beginning the spin-off series The Uncharted Realms, with The Pages of the Mind in May 2016 and The Edge of the Blade in December 2016. 
She lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, with two Maine coon cats, plentiful free-range lizards and a very handsome Doctor of Oriental Medicine.
Jeffe can be found online at her website: JeffeKennedy.com, every Sunday at the popular SFF Seven blog, on Facebook, on Goodreads and pretty much constantly on Twitter @jeffekennedy. She is represented by Connor Goldsmith of Fuse Literary.




GIVEAWAY:
Jeffe is giving away to one reader; 1.) a print copy of The Pages of the Mind (US/Can) OR 2.) an ecopy of the first two books in the Sorcerous Moons series. Winner's choice. To enter, just fill out the rafflecopter below. Good luck!




3 comments:

jodi marinich said...

great post today

erin said...

congrats to Ms. Kennedy on the new release! This series sounds fabulous! Thanks for sharing!

Mary Preston said...

I think I would get sea-sick on a treadmill desk.

Not boring at all.