Death by Bicycle

Last month I took part in a Bewitching Blog Tour for Winged Reaper, the second book in my Reaper Series ,and I wrote a post for I Smell Sheep where I discussed my teenage fear that I would die while riding my bike. After it was posted that I realised I’d left out one major death defying occasions when I almost lost my life while on two wheels.

I was riding with a friend, heading for a fun filled day of window shopping and people watching. We were teenagers. We had no money to do real shopping and back then there were no such things as mobile phones to entertain us so people watching was it.

I was in the lead, on the edge of the road to keep out of the way of passing traffic, when a very very very large bag of something fell off the back of a truck and landed right in front of me. As uncoordinated as I am I have no idea how I avoided crashing into it, while my fiend was hyperventilating because of how close it had come to landing on top of me.

If you’d like to check out the blog post and read about other times when my bike was nearly the death of me you can check it out here  – http://www.ismellsheep.com/2016/10/shelley-russell-nolan-guest-post.html?m=0

Happy reading!

 

 

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Awesome October

October is shaping up to be an awesome month. Winged Reaper, the second book in my Reaper series, was released on the 1st of October. Cue the happy dancing. I celebrated with a 20161002_202101family dinner and got to wear a new winged skull necklace made for me by a friend.

On the 8th of October I will be attending Writefest in Bundaberg, spending a whole day catching up with friends and talking writing with people who get that stories and characters are clamouring to be heard in my head. They have them in their heads too.

Then on the 17th of October 20161001_192128-2Winged Reaper and I will be heading out on a Bewitching Blog Tour. If you want to follow along, check out the dates and stops listed below. I’m really looking forward to catching up with readers and sharing Winged Reaper with the world.

Winged Reaper Blog Tour

October 17

Hart’s Romance Pulse

www.HartsRomancePulse.com

Feedmeinbooks

https://feedmeinbooks.wordpress.com/

Share My Destiny

http://sharemydestiny.blogspot.com

October 18

Books,Dreams,Life

https://staceyschneller06.wordpress.com/

The Silver Dagger Scriptorium

http://silver-dagger-scriptorium.weebly.com/

Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer

http://www.coffeeaddictedwriter.com

October 19

Mello and June, It’s a Book Thang!

http://mellojune.blogspot.com

Eskimo Princess Book Reviews

http://eskimoprincess.blogspot.com/

October 20

Butterfly-o-Meter Books

http://butterfly-o-meter.com/

Book Crazy Scrapbook Mama

https://bookcrazyscrapbookmama.blogspot.com/

Infinite House of Books

http://www.house-of-books.com

October 21

The Book Junkie Reads

http://mileythebookjunkie.blogspot.com/

Traci Douglass

http://www.tracidouglass.net

Sylv all about books and films

http://www.sylv.net

October 24

I Smell Sheep

http://www.ismellsheep.com/

A Night’s Dream of Books

http://anightsdreamofbooks.blogspot.com/

Sapphyria’s Book Reviews

http://saphsbookblog.blogspot.com/

 

The Re-Release of Lost Reaper

Today is release day for Lost Reaper with my wonderful new publisher, Atlas Productions, and I was interviewed by the local paper about being re-released and the impending release of the second book in my reaper series.

Here’s a link to the online version of the article if you would like to check it out – Interview

I’ve been happy dancing all day, and am really looking forward to the release of Winged Reaper on the 1st October. When not scaring the kitties with my crazy dance moves, I’ve been busy jotting down ideas for the third book in the series, Rogue Reaper.

Check out my events page for places I’ll be appearing with print copies of Lost Reaper and Winged Reaper all ready to sign. Can’t wait to share my reapers with you all.

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Kitten Tales

Life has been a roller-coaster the last month or so and it all started with the death of the Demon Cat.

As beautiful as he was cantankerous, Jackson was a cat to be reckoned with. Determined to live life on his terms, he made sure his human family knew he was boss. But a life lived on the edge had a time limit and unfortunately his had run out.

Then Little Miss Justice had a medical mishap and I was prepared to curl up in a ball and cry for a week at the thought of losing her too. But she pulled through and was soon back to her sweet cuddly self.

In the middle of these kitty cat catastrophes I was notified that my publisher was winding down operations and I had to find a new home for my Reaper series. This was a blow, but I picked myself up and decided it was time for some good news. So I adopted another kitten from the same animal aid group that I adopted Justice from.

Max joined the family and we all fell in love with him, especially Justice. Max wasn’t too keen on her at first, but after a couple of days the two of them were romping around the house together and then curling up for a nap.

With the arrival of Max my spirits were lifted and life got even better with the news that my original publisher had recommended my work to another publisher. Within days I was offered a contract with Atlas Productions for my Reaper books and we are in the process of getting Lost Reaper back out into the world, soon to be followed by the sequel Winged Reaper.

I’m sure life will continue to throw ups and downs at me, but with two gorgeous kitties to cuddle up to I’m ready for it.

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Marching Along

We’ve hit March already and I’m still playing catch up from last year. But instead of panicking about how far behind I am, I’ve decided to reassess my goals. There are always so many projects I want to work on, but not enough time and energy to do so effectively. This means I’ve got half a dozen unfinished projects lurking in files and crying out for attention.

So I’ve decided to stop worrying about what I didn’t get to last year and will focus on more realistic goals and deadlines for 2016. That means taking it one day, one week and one month at a time, and giving myself some leeway for all the spanners that life likes to throw in every now and then.

For March that means doing a read through of Winged Reaper before I send it off to my beta readers. While I wait for their feedback I will finally be finishing a novella I started during NaNoWriMo a couple of years ago.

I’m also taking time out to attend a Queensland Writers’ Centre workshop in Gladstone. Not only is this a chance to learn something new, I get to spend time with a fabulous bunch of writers, meeting up with old friends and making new ones. I love being around people who don’t think it’s strange that I go weak at the knees in front of a stationery shop (love my notebooks) or that I carry on conversations with my characters in my head.

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