Dancing with the Muse

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Dancing with the Muse

Since receiving a concussion in February of 2018, I have been struggling with writer’s block and can’t dance with my muse. I’ve read several books on the subject trying to find help. They suggest that you just have to push forward, or find a new routine, or and I love this one “Just write.”

I’ve tried all of those things, but sadly none of them have really worked for me. It’s not like I don’t know how to write a book. I have over twenty novels published. Then I read a self-help book that stated the only way to reconnect with your creativity was to take care of yourself.

I had a sudden epiphany. When I wrote those first books back in 2011, I was recovering from an illness that put me into bed for about six month. I couldn’t do anything except take care of myself.

Now in 2019, I am taking care of many things: family, friends, a new house, being temporarily separated from my husband, two new puppies, and the list goes on. I worry about what the puppies are chewing on in the backyard when I’m not home. My youngest granddaughter has been diagnosed with in toeing and I worry she will need surgery. My husband has diabetes and I worry that he isn’t eating correctly. Finally, my biggest worry, will I get a book finished this year? So many worries, so little time.

But what I haven’t been doing is making myself happy. Taking time to ponder the mysteries of the universe, playing, laughing, or taking time to smell the roses.  Because all my energy is going into worrying, I haven’t had the energy to write.

Being a panster, I need time to think, dream, and visualize. My characters are trapped in a bubble I can’t seem to break. Now that I am aware of the problem of being scattered by too many worries, I am taking time to sit still and put my worries on hold. The bubble is getting thinner and I can see a few scenes coming together. I have hope and a few chapters are written.

I still don’t have a book done, but with baby steps, I can see one coming closer. I just need to remember to take care of myself, first. It seems selfish to do so, I know. Like you, I am expected to care for everyone else and put my needs last. But the creative process doesn’t allow it. You cannot dream up new worlds and new people unless you focus within.

So if you can’t seem to find your muse to dance with and create, I suggest you take the time to be yourself. The you that likes to play, sing, dance, and dream. Keep at it and those worlds will start to come closer and those characters will begin to whisper in your ear. Then the magic can happen and the words will appear on the page.  How do you take care of yourself so you can dance with your muse?

2018 Events

Getting a concussion may have knocked me down and made me push back my release dates, but it didn’t put me out of the game. So if you’ve been wanting to come and meet me and have me sign your books, this is where I’m going to be!

My first Author Appearance will be at SASS18:

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This signing is smaller and more intimate than some of the big ones. So if big crowds aren’t your thing, this is the one for you. For more information go to: https://www.facebook.com/events/406848246430994/

I will also be at Sweet Virginia Breeze!

 

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I will be a featured author at this event. Come have lunch with me. For more information: http://www.romcon.com/interest-list

I am really excited about traveling to both of these book signing weekend events and bringing my paranormal romances. Hope to see you there,

Caryn Moya Block

 

Winter Wonderland Scavenger Hunt

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Hi Readers,
 
I’ve got a treat for you. I’m one of the sponsors of the Night Owl Reviews WINTER WONDERLAND Scavenger Hunt.
 
During this event I’m going to help you find some great new books. Make sure to check my featured title out along the way.
 
The grand prize is a $100 Amazon Gift Card. The total prize pool is over $900.
 

It’s Here – Fiery Magic

If you Pre-ordered Fiery Magic, you should have received it at midnight last night. If you were waiting until it went live, now is the time to click through to your favorite eBook retailer. I’m sure you’re going to love Candace and Haytham’s story.

Fiery Magic

 

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Book Three in the Witch Guardian Romance Series

Haytham Luften is an Air Witch Guardian supporting his team members while fighting Blood Cult members and the Marwolaeth possessed. He never expected to be gifted with a Destined One, or to hear his uncle, head of the Air House, threaten to renounce him if he dared claim the one woman who could share his magic.

Candace Kindle grew up on stories of “destined love” and sharing her magic with one special person. But with the Marwolaeth attacking, true love will have to wait for another day. Following her brother’s advice she walks through a dimensional portal to take shelter with her mother and finds herself a slave in a land ruled by Dragons. There’s only one person who can save her, the Destined One she walked away from.

Apple     Amazon    Amazon UK    Barnes&Noble     Kobo     Smashwords

Fiery Magic – Sneak Peek#3

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If you like stories with magic, dragons, and witches, you’ll love this book of fantasy, adventure, and most of all — romance. Pre-Order your copy today!

  Coming September 6, 2016

fiery-magic GIFFiery Magic

Book Three in the Witch Guardian Romance Series

Haytham Luften is an Air Witch Guardian supporting his team members while fighting Blood Cult members and the Marwolaeth possessed. He never expected to be gifted with a Destined One, or to hear his uncle, head of the Air House, threaten to renounce him if he dared claim the one woman who could share his magic.

Candace Kindle grew up on stories of “destined love” and sharing her magic with one special person. But with the Marwolaeth attacking, true love will have to wait for another day. Following her brother’s advice she walks through a dimensional portal to take shelter with her mother and finds herself a slave in a land ruled by Dragons. There’s only one person who can save her, the Destined One she walked away from.

Now Available for Pre-order:

Apple     Amazon    Amazon UK    Barnes&Noble     Kobo     Smashwords

Fiery Magic – Sneak Peek#2

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If you like stories with magic, dragons, and witches, you’ll love this book of fantasy, adventure, and most of all — romance. Pre-Order your copy today!

  Coming September 6, 2016

fiery-magic GIFFiery Magic

Book Three in the Witch Guardian Romance Series

Haytham Luften is an Air Witch Guardian supporting his team members while fighting Blood Cult members and the Marwolaeth possessed. He never expected to be gifted with a Destined One, or to hear his uncle, head of the Air House, threaten to renounce him if he dared claim the one woman who could share his magic.

Candace Kindle grew up on stories of “destined love” and sharing her magic with one special person. But with the Marwolaeth attacking, true love will have to wait for another day. Following her brother’s advice she walks through a dimensional portal to take shelter with her mother and finds herself a slave in a land ruled by Dragons. There’s only one person who can save her, the Destined One she walked away from.

Now Available for Pre-order:

Apple     Amazon    Amazon UK    Barnes&Noble     Kobo     Smashwords

Fiery Magic – Sneak Peek #1

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If you like stories with magic, dragons, and witches, you’ll love this book of fantasy, adventure, and most of all — romance. Pre-Order your copy today!

  Coming September 6, 2016

fiery-magic GIFFiery Magic

Book Three in the Witch Guardian Romance Series

Haytham Luften is an Air Witch Guardian supporting his team members while fighting Blood Cult members and the Marwolaeth possessed. He never expected to be gifted with a Destined One, or to hear his uncle, head of the Air House, threaten to renounce him if he dared claim the one woman who could share his magic.

Candace Kindle grew up on stories of “destined love” and sharing her magic with one special person. But with the Marwolaeth attacking, true love will have to wait for another day. Following her brother’s advice she walks through a dimensional portal to take shelter with her mother and finds herself a slave in a land ruled by Dragons. There’s only one person who can save her, the Destined One she walked away from.

Now Available for Pre-order:

Apple     Amazon    Amazon UK    Barnes&Noble     Kobo     Smashwords

Fiery Magic – Coming Sept. 6, 2016

If you like stories with magic, dragons, and witches, you’ll love this book of fantasy, adventure, and most of all — romance. Pre-Order your copy today!

  Coming September 6, 2016

fiery-magic GIFFiery Magic

Book Three in the Witch Guardian Romance Series

Haytham Luften is an Air Witch Guardian supporting his team members while fighting Blood Cult members and the Marwolaeth possessed. He never expected to be gifted with a Destined One, or to hear his uncle, head of the Air House, threaten to renounce him if he dared claim the one woman who could share his magic.

Candace Kindle grew up on stories of “destined love” and sharing her magic with one special person. But with the Marwolaeth attacking, true love will have to wait for another day. Following her brother’s advice she walks through a dimensional portal to take shelter with her mother and finds herself a slave in a land ruled by Dragons. There’s only one person who can save her, the Destined One she walked away from.

Now Available for Pre-order:

Apple     Amazon    Amazon UK    Barnes&Noble     Kobo     Smashwords

Captivating Blog Posts

Rose on pageAs an author, you would think that writing Blog posts would be easy for me. Nope, I never know what to write. If a book is coming out then it’s easy for me to figure out what needs to be said. But, when I just want to connect with my readers, I agonize over what to put in front of you.

So I’m going to ask you, my reader. What do you want in my blog posts? (Please leave a comment with your answers)

Here are some ideas:   Writing tips

                                    Personal Inspiration Stories

                                    In-depth character reviews

                                    Pet stories

                                    Daily diary tales

                                    Quotes

                                    Poetry

I’m sure there are many more topics not listed.

I need to hear from you! I want to connect and I need help doing so. I feel like the girl at the dance that nobody notices. Let’s dance, give me a topic. I’ll share what I know and you can pick my brain clean.

I’m waiting to hear from you,

Caryn

Book Trailer – Trapped In Shadow

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Book Four in the Shadow Walker Tribe Romance Series

Stacey Johnson is all about secrets. She’s an operative for the government and kills people on command. Love has no place in her life. Even when she dreams about Hugh Thunder Hoof, the one man who makes her wish for a different lifestyle. With him she can believe that happy endings are possible.

Hugh Thunder Hoof, Shadow Walker, left the service after being injured. Now he walks with a slight limp. The one thing he still craves from that crazy lifestyle is his last partner, Stacey Johnson. When she shows up in his life five years later, he thinks he’ll finally get his wish. But Stacey isn’t going to make it easy on him and once again when the mission is finished she disappears. Only this time, he’s going after her.

Now available:

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Trapped-Shadow-Walker-Romance-Series-ebook/dp/B01D6NA95S

Kobo: https://store.kobobooks.com/en-us/ebook/trapped-in-shadow

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/trapped-in-shadow/id1102557637?mt=11

Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/trapped-in-shadow-caryn-moya-block/1123656995?ean=2940152966640

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/628966