Did you know that I am a rare, precious gem in humankind?
Okay, so it is pretty funny. Only a bit above 1% of the 95 million people who've taken the 16 Personalities test so far have the INFJ personality type. (Introvert, Intuitive, Feeling , Judging). Then, this small group is further separated by Turbulent (me) and Assertive (so-not-me but I like to think I am).
In my day job as a school librarian, my "Advocate" label makes complete sense in this context. I was proud to see that come up in my results. "Diplomat". Okay, sure. I can see that sort of. (A little digging showed me that us Diplomats tend to emotionally eat so there's that.)
A quick peek at the strengths and weaknesses of this personality type really makes a good case for the accuracy of this test. Yes, I am creative minded but can't solve a technical problem to save my life. Yes, I am very decisive. Very. Enough said. And my convictions have changed over time to reflect what I believe is in the best interest of humankind instead of just Mandy. Yes, I am a perfectionist. I want to be praised for a job well done rather than being a good person. (Maybe one day I really could be an assassin then? I don't know.) Finally, yes, I burn out easily. I give and give until I drop like a used space shuttle launch rocket.
One of my besties though? ENFJ-A. Extrovert and Assertive, but I think the A should be for Awesome! Extroverted, charming, and giving. Selfless to a fault (seriously, it's listed in her weaknesses section as it should be.)
I started to wonder...how much does that play into our friendship? We're only 2 letters apart, and it's a perfect combination. We laugh a lot, keep each other motivated, share each other's burdens, and have a (mostly) thoughtful relationship. Perhaps it's this 2 letter difference that makes it magical.
Well, I'm off to test my husband and my theory! Let me know! What are your results? Are your besties close to yours?
Don't know? Here's the link to the free online test:
P.S. Stay tuned! I am going to take the test as Vita and Tristan! Results to come...
According to my Cats of 1986 wall calendar, today is Friendship Day. I decided to bake some oatmeal cookies for the first day back to school tomorrow to show my friends/co-workers my appreciation for them, but I wouldn't share that information until I was confident that my recent string of BAD SUMMER BAKING experiences is finally over. (I'll save you the recap, but the cookies turned out fine.)
Showing that you care in a way the other person can understand and appreciate has been the downfall of many-a friendship. My friends are amazing at this, you guys!
A small card here.
A bottle of hand sanitizer there. (As a librarian, hand sanitizer is my WORLD.)
A wildly inappropriate meme dropped into your inbox because "this reminded me of you".
A two word text that doesn't mean anything to anyone else but somehow spans the hundreds of miles and nearly 20 years of friendship jumps out at you and envelopes you in its warm glow.
I'm a lucky gal. I'm taking a cue from my friends and showing YOU how much I appreciate YOU through a little giveaway!
Books have been really influential in bringing me closer to people whether it's been through reading, being a librarian, or writing my own books. So, I've created a "Friendship Day Giveaway"! The winner will receive 2 signed paperbacks of "Before I Shatter" and "After I Break" and cookies to share with one of their friends. In the entries for this giveaway, I mention a magic word in this blog post. The magic word is:
Unfortunately, I am only able to offer this giveaway in the United States. (Sorry, my international friends!)
Today is the cover reveal for After I Break by Mandy Peterson. This cover reveal is organized by Lola's Blog Tours. The cover MSN Art Studio (Maduranga Sampath).
After I break is a direct sequel to the first book Before I Shatter.
After I Break (Before I Shatter #2)
By Mandy Peterson
Genre: Science Fiction
Age category: Young Adult/ New Adult
Release Date: July 28, 2017
You can find After I Break on Goodreads
You can pre-order After I Break for only $0.99 here:
Excerpt Chapter One
The first book in the series!
Before I Shatter (Before I Shatter #1)
Vita must make the choice:
About the Author:
Mandy Peterson grew up all over Nebraska and eventually settled down there with a family of her own: husband, daughter, and son.
When she isn't writing about herself in third person, Mandy the high school librarian can be found digging through young adult and new adult lit. An avid reader of all genres (but she secretly told me she loves sci-fi the most), you will usually see her with her nose in a book or face to her Kindle app, iced or blended coffee drink in hand. A former roller girl and roller derby referee, she can also be found watching roller derby online or dragging her family behind her to cheer on teams in person all over their great state.
You can find and contact Mandy here:
There is a cover reveal wide giveaway for the cover reveal of After I Break. This giveaway is open international. One winner will win a $10 Amazon gift card.
For a chance to win, enter the rafflecopter below:
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Welcome to #50 on your scavenger hunt list! My name is Mandy Peterson. I'm the author of sci-fi "Before I Shatter", its upcoming sequel (releasing in 6-8 weeks!) "After I Break", and urban fantasy novella "Double-Back Charmer" in the "Ever in the After" charity anthology! If you want to know more about any of the released titles, please click on the covers below. They'll take you straight to my favorite place to shop online: Amazon! "Before I Shatter" is 99 cents right now, and "Ever in the After" is $2.99 (but free if you read in KU!).
Because Amazon is my favorite place to shop online, I'm also offering my own giveaway in addition to the grand prize giveaway for the scavenger hunt.
Finally, the moment you've been waiting for! My secret word is:
Best of luck as you enter! I've provided the link to #51 below as well as a link to the grand prize entry. If you're a little fuzzy on the rules, scroll down to my previous post. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to reach out and ask either by posting a comment here, finding me on Facebook, or reaching out on Twitter.
On to #51, Audrey Gray!
Finally getting back on my feet and I am so excited to share with you this fantastic giveaway opportunity with over $1000 in prizes. Yeah, it's kind of a big deal. Check out the rules and 'how to' below then visit me again June 1-7 for your chance to win!!! EEEEEE!
In June, the Alliance of Young Adult Authors is sponsoring a massive young adult scavenger hunt. This is a chance to meet some new authors, grab a bunch of free books, and sign up to win a whole bunch of epic prizes!
RULESEach author will be given a special keyword, which will be bolded and all caps like this: BUTTERFLIES. All you have to do is visit all the author's sites in this order, write down the special keywords to discover the short story, then enter the giveaway with the completed secret legend HERE. There will be one main giveaway for the main prize, but most of the participating authors will also have smaller giveaways for free books, amazon credit and author swag, so make sure you read their post carefully to see what else they're offering while you're on their site for the keyword.
THE MAP (PARTICIPATING AUTHORS)
Starts June 1st!Just go through the "treasure map" above to find the keywords and reconstruct the secret legend. Once you've got it, enter for the grand prize HERE. Don't forget to keep an eye out for other giveaways or free books as you search for the keywords, most authors will be offering their own prizes as well.
For rules, updates or trouble-shooting, make sure to check out this main post which will stay updated.
Have you ever been cracked?
Have you ever been barely able to get out of bed in the morning because... you just can’t?
Can’t live up to the expectations.
Can’t take care of anyone – not even yourself.
Can’t put on pants.
You’re trapped in a million little pieces scattered on the floor. You don’t know if you’re waiting to be put back together again like Humpty Dumpty or if you’re waiting to be tread into tiny grains of sand by the unyielding boots of others.
That photo on your wall from senior year with the wide grin and radiant eyes is an image of a complete stranger.
You’ve rallied so many times; it’s impossible to build up the strength to assault the demons whispering in your ear, hanging onto your pants legs (hence no pants), and shuffling your feet.
I’ve been there. Lord, have I been there.
Here’s how I got out of the wasteland:
No "April Fools".
The seed was planted long before, when I was still the girl in the photos with her arms slung around new friends in new places. A simple song download by an indie band from somewhere in the middle of the country. Not my usual style but I liked it. Even though it was about drag racing, it spoke to me. I listened to it over and over when I felt like my frustration and anxiety needed an outlet.
“Light ‘em up, and watch me go!”
Years later, on the cliff of a failed marriage with a 10 month old child caught in the wreckage, it was me too afraid to sleep at night. Too beaten down to believe that I could be anything good. Ever. Too scared to do anything but focus on my child and getting us on our own.
My big brother stepped in as he had so many other influential nights in my life and took me out to do something I had never done before: drink (legally) at a bar and listen to live metal bands.
At a time in my life when everything was Dave Matthews Band, the music (and alcohol) was bracing. Everyone knew each other and seemed like a family with my brother as a kindly if creepy uncle. Between rounds, I tried to hide away. So scared. So unbelieving that I could find any sense of belonging amongst these people.
And it happened.
One band in particular captured me from the very first note. In the madness, I felt the power of the guitar seep through my pores. The bass and drums rattled my chest cavity. The vocalist’s growls mirrored the pain I felt.
I felt validated.
I felt understood.
I felt an iota of strength that was buried deep inside of me awaken...
One of my tiny pieces began to rumble.
It didn’t happen all in one night.
I looped this music whose roots had been in the song I had downloaded years earlier. Many others found their way into my rotation:
An all female metal band whose songs were brave and daring. They told me that I was beautiful because of what I had been through, not in spite of it.
A country/metal mash-up band who reminded me of days along the river and reminded me that I was a bad mamma-jamma.
Mainstream classic metal bands who taught me that life isn't supposed to go the way you planned.
With each one, they delivered a powerful message:
FIGHT. YOU MATTER.
They gave me the tenacity to completely rebuild myself as someone new.
Made of metal.
So if you are in pieces, take heart. Fortification is coming, and it may come from the most unlikely of places.
Disclaimer: I actually wound up marrying the bassist of that magical band, and we found out that he was ALSO in the band with the drag racing song all those years ago! True story. You can't make that up.
Here's an old band photo: (My very talented husband is on the far left.)
Why re-release a book that just came out less than 8 months ago?
You deserve an answer - especially if you invested your hard-earned money in the first edition!
First, I found an editor while I was writing the novella for "Ever in the After" (coming at you April 1 but you can preorder now on Amazon for just 99 cents!). Want a confession? I was very very nervous about sharing my work with an editor. Some editors can be overbearing, silence your voice, etc. I knew I didn't want that. My stories may not be perfect, but they are mine. You know? So, I got a fantastic recommendation from another author friend of mine, and this editor is awesome. We have a great relationship. I trust her to help me tell Vita's story better than I could alone.
Second, I am hoping "Ever in the After" raises a ton of money for Lift 4 Autism. By providing better quality books, I can help do just that.
Third, one thing was really bugging me, and I had the chance to 'fix' it. Vita's relationship with James. Some of you are nodding. Yes, I know. I got it. :) If you are puzzled, I don't want to put any spoilers on here, but I did attach a handy document below that you can see all the major changes made from the first printing to this new one.
So, if you have an old paperback, you have something amazing and no longer available! Gone are the washed out photos of my daughter's sunburn (seriously, that's what that X is from) on the first page of each chapter. Now there are beautiful scene separators instead of *****.
The new ebook is professionally formatted (she does good work, y'all!).
And now I get to completely focus on bringing you "After I Break". My hope is to publish May 1, but I have to be honest. I'm not going to rush through writing it to meet that day. You deserve the best book I can deliver - an honest ending to Vita's story. And I intend to deliver.
All my love,
Today, I'm so excited to share the wonderful cover for Ever in the After: 13 Fantasy Tales. This anthology of fantasy/SFF short stories has been put together in aid of Lift 4 Autism, and releases April 1st, 2017. 100% of the proceeds will go to Lift 4 Autism. Annnnnd it features a brand new novella written by yours truly and I'm sharing the cover here first!
So, let's take a look at the gorgeous cover!
Isn't it beautiful?
The cover was designed and created by Stephanie Keyes, and it fits the stories in the anthology perfectly.
About the anthology...
In Ever in the After, 13 authors come together to explore fantastical realms full of supernatural creatures, dark intrigue, and spells that may--or may not--be curses.
This anthology features work by:
A must-have fantasy collection full of surprises, secrets, and strong teenagers who know what they need to do to succeed in these mystical realities.
Add Ever in the After: 13 Fantasy Tales on Goodreads now! Buy your copy of Ever in the After: 13 Fantasy Tales on April 1st, 2017!
Know what I like?
It's ungodly how much I enjoy doing dishes, shampooing carpets, dusting shelves....not sweeping and mopping. NEVER sweeping and mopping. But almost everything else. I love it. Headphones on my ears and either music I can sing along to or waaaay inappropriate comedy blasting away, I can clean up a storm and have a ball.
Know what I don't like?
A lot of other stuff.
Waking up early.
Going to visit the elderly. (Egads! I know that's a rough one to admit.)
Picking up not-my-underwear off of the bathroom floor when we've been married for 8 years now and can't-you-learn-to-do-this-for-yourself-what-if-I-die-is-there-going-to-be-an-awkward-pile-of-man-panties-in-the-bathroom-during-the-wake?
Trying on clothes that don't fit correctly.
Writing something and feeling like it's not working but IT MUST! IT MUST! (not really)
Giving up valuable reading time for aforementioned cleaning time.
Working when my kiddos have the day off of school and missing that time with them in the morning when they are calm and sweet.
Here's the thing: we all have to do stuff we don't like. It's kind of what makes the world go 'round.
You - going to work or school when it's the last thing you want to do is what keeps us as a society going.
You - cleaning when you'd rather personally test an atomic bomb on your house instead is giving yourself, your pets, and your family a safe space they can be proud of.
You - driving to see family that you might not really want to hang out with over your ONLY day off.
You - doing that homework.
You - waking up early to exercise. (More power to you! Do an extra lap for me!)
You are a valuable part of our global society. You can do the difficult/mundane/un-motivated stuff.
YOU contribute more than you know. So keep rocking it.
Mandy Peterson is the author of "Before I Shatter". She is also a mother, wife, librarian, book reviewer, and self-proclaimed chocolate connoisseur.