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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Children's Picture Book!

Hi Everyone!
I wanted to let you know that I'm finally finished with my children's picture book! I haven't decided if I'm going to submit this to an agent or continue with my self-publishing route. It's been something that I've been debating...this book is so precious to me because it is inspired by my daughter, Haley. The pictures in the book took a lot of hard work and dedication and I had a lot of fun writing it and reading it over and over to my daughter.

Either way, whichever route I decide to take, I will definitely document my journey! I haven't submitted a picture book for a literary agent before, so I'm going to have to do some research on the proper format on submission. I've read articles that some agents don't require illustrations and to not include them. I will definitely need to do some homework over the next few weeks! If any of you have had experience submitting a picture book before and are open to give advice, please let me know. I would greatly appreciate it!





Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Trip to Universal Studios Hollywoood

Went to Universal Studios over the weekend and ran into one of our favorite stars -- Lucille Ball!

We got the buy a day get 2014 free, which to me, is an amazing deal! If you haven't gone, you seriously have to visit. Check out some pictures from the rest of the day:





















Ended the day with the great Alfred Hitchcock

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

reVAMP Life

This past year, I've been going through a rough time. I wanted to commit to my blog, to my books, and I've tried to get lost in the world of my imagination, but it was no use. I literally put my love for books on hiatus.

It began in the last few months of 2012. My whole world turned upside down and I honestly didn't know how I would recover. I don't want to get into details, because - well, it's still hard for me to talk about, but I want you to know that I'm OK. Actually...I'm more than OK.

Now, one year later, I'm slowly getting back to where I want to be. I've been presented with opportunities, that I'll admit, were nerve wracking and still are - but I'm taking all the opportunities that I can get. I've decided not to make a resolution on New Years day, but to start right now. I started to write down all of these things that I want for myself and I created a motivation board for me to stay on track and pursue my dreams. I wanted to share with you my thought process on how you can do it too!

Sitting down to think about all the things that you want for yourself could either be scary because maybe you don't know what you want yet, and/or it could be very rewarding.

Start by asking yourself the following questions:

PAST
What were my past goals?
What barriers or concerns prevented me from reaching those goals.
What careers or hobbies did I do in the past that I enjoyed?
Was I happy?

PRESENT
What do I do now?
Do I enjoy this career?
Am I happy?
Is my current career something that I see myself continuing?
If I can do anything in the world, no barriers/nothing stopping me, what would it be?
What do I think it will take to get me to where I want to be?

FUTURE
What are my future goals?
Where would I like to see myself 1 year from now?
5 years from now? 10 years from now?

The questions may come easy for some, but for many, it might take some REAL thinking. I mean REAL thinking. Take some time to really think about your goals and what you want for yourself and you family. This is not a test, you're not going to get graded on it...but the sooner you figure it out, the sooner you can take the next steps toward your goal.

I hope you have a wonderful evening! Read my next post in a few days.

Tootles,
Ley

Monday, June 10, 2013

Book Review and Knick-Knacks

Hi Everyone!
Book Reviews by Lynn has posted a review of Reborn (A Goddess of Night Novella: Book One)! You can also read the review on Amazon.com!

I also wanted to share my love for Knick-Knacks with you.
I was at the Village in Otay Mesa this weekend and went into Francesca's Collections (one of my faves) and found this phone cover. I absolutely love little knick-knacks and sayings and this had both, so I thought I would share this cuteness with you. Happy Monday!

Sunday, June 2, 2013

New Layout

Hi Everyone!
If you're a regular visitor, you may have noticed the new layout for my blog. I wanted to try something new because I've had my old layout since I started blogging...so I thought it was time for a change. We'll see how functional it is and I'll decide if it's a keeper (for now).

Struggles:
A lot has been happening lately and I've been going through my own personal struggles. I feel like this past week just kicked me in the stomach. But yesterday, I realized that I have to take the bad with the good. We choose a path and we never know how it will turn out. Sometimes it is the wrong path and other times it's right. But every time, even if things go right, a course of action can steer it wrong. It's all about choices. I know that we all go through our own battles. What seems horrible in our life right now, may not even compare to what's going on in another person's life...we just need to take a deep breath, re-evaluate, and think hard about our next decision.

Bright Side:
As we speak, my illustrations for the next book I'm working on is uploading and I'm ready to get started on adding color! I'm really excited about this book and I'm hoping that children and parents enjoy it too!

What's Next:
I will be working on the illustrations for the next week and then run it through editing.
Since school is out for the kiddos, I have the summer to work on the next two books for the children's series AND the third book for the Goddess of Night series.

I'll keep you updated with my next post on Sunday!

Tootles,
Ley

Monday, May 27, 2013

Upcoming Books for 2013!

Hi Everyone! I know that many of you are anxiously waiting for my third installment in my Goddess of Night series, but I took a brief hiatus from Vampires and Witches - for a good reason. I wanted to focus on the relationship book and children's book I've been working on. Both books will be released this year.

Relationship Book 
I know...I'm an Urban Fantasy writer, but as I've mentioned in earlier posts, I have many interests and would like to explore my writing skills. With my degree in Psychology, it was only natural for me to delve into the world of relationship and self-help therapy. This book will focus on handing breakups with straight-forward wit and humor!  

Children's Book 
My daughter was the inspiration of my upcoming series "Haleykins." She absolutely LOVES to read, so I wrote something special for her last year. After writing it, I decided that I should create a collection of illustrated books based on Haleykins and her adventures. Haleykins is a kid detective who likes to solve mysteries. The first book is a Halloween edition and will be released this year.  

Third Installment of the Goddess of Night Series 
Don't worry! Once I have finished and published these two books, I will definitely get back to writing the third book! I can't stay away from Lily, Xander, and the rest of my characters too long!

I'm excited for you all to read these books! If you are interested in writing a review for any of my books, please let me know! You can email me at ley@leymesina.com.

Tootles! 
♥ Ley

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Luna Love Giveaway Hop March 8-13

 

Lunar Love Giveaway Hop
Hosted by: I am a Reader, Not a Writer & Bookworm Lisa.
When: March 8th-13th
Winner Announced on: March 14, 2013
Open to: U.S. and International residents

Seven (7) winners will be chosen for this giveaway and will receive an e-book copy of Reborn ( A Goddes of Night Novella: Book One). 

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All participants must be at least 13 years old or older to enter. 
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