Starbucks dodge taxes but not my tastebuds… Worst title ever

I almost didn’t post this week. I’ve been super mega busy with editing Veil of the Corrupter and for anyone who hasn’t noticed, it’s friggin Christmas!!! Which means decorating, listening to Mariah’s “All I want for Christmas is you” on repeat and spending ridiculous amounts of money while my husband yells “Rabble Rabble!!!!” and tries to hide his wallet from me.

Little does he know I’ve put a lojack on it… I’m kidding! I have my own money, I’m an independent woman and all that…

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No but srsly I want his money to buy dancing santas…

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As you all know, Christmas makes me giddy.

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It also means that Starbucks have some new delicious themed drink. This year I tried the Peppermint Frappucino and I know some people hate Starbucks for ethical and economical reasons, but I just want my Christmas drink ok, leave me alone. I refuse to let you ruin my special holiday.

Anyways, for those who visit my little blog for book stuff, here are some fun facts you should know…

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I will be announcing the release date for Veil of the Corrupter at the end of December. It will be available for pre order through amazon on kindle and paperback, as well as smashwords and itunes.

Bloggers or reviewers who are interested in an E-ARC of Veil can send me a message. I would LOVE to hear from you!

I will giving away autographed copies of The Empyrean Key in paperback, both here and at goodreads.com, also at the end of December.

I am working on a new YA Fantasy book that is a loose retelling of Beauty and the Beast. I’m hoping to get the first draft nailed down in the new year.

And now for those who just looove my midweek motivators…. Guess what?

IT’S CHRISTMAS THEMED !!!!!!*FREAKOUT*!!!!!!

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EDIBLE: Pavlova – A Kiwi classic. It’s all meringue (Fun Fact: I never spell meringue right, I mean, that’s not what it sounds like; meringue, that doesn’t seem right. I bet the inventor spelled it wrong and everyone just went with it), whipped cream and fresh summer fruits like strawberries, grapes, kiwifruit and passionfruit. YUM. When this is on the table I feel like Christmas just exploded on my face! Wait. What?

VISUAL: This was tough because Christmas is not traditionally associated with hot dudes. Most guys in Christmas movies are dads who wear festive jumpers and a good pair of slacks. Oh but wait. Die Hard is kind of a Christmas movie. It takes place during Christmas, and who’s in Die Hard? Bruce “Yipee-ki-yay Mother#@!!@*#” Willis that’s who! Rather than a festive jumper he struts about in a bloody wife-beater wielding a Beretta 92F. Awww yeah.

AUDIBLE: Mariah Carey is straight up cray-cray but when this song is on the radio you better move aside because Jo is about to RIP.IT.UP.

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Hi. My name is Jo and I was a WoWaholic… and I LOVED it

When some folks look back on their accomplishments they see a beautiful montage of time with friends or starting a family. For others it might be reaching career goals or achieving the dream you never thought would come true.

This is mine.

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Once upon a time, I played this wicked game called World of Warcraft and boy, did I play it A LOT.

I was Guild Leader (be jealous) of a Horde guild called Hellhounds of Chaos.

No. We weren’t all uber lame basement dwellers.

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Well. Maybe some of us were. But mostly, we were awesomesauce.

I raided with the best group of people I’ve ever met. Sometimes when I’m bored out of my nut, I think back on the amazing adventures I shared with these kick-ass players and wish I could go back and do it all again.

The game will never be the same but luckily my good friend David (a.k.a Ole’ One-Glaive) recorded many of our legendary moments, which are now forever immortalized on youtube.

Warlords of Draenor – the latest WoW expansion – released this week. I’m trying my best not to play, I have editing that needs to get done and if I install that game, you’ll be waiting years to get Veil of the Corrupter.

My husband did grab it however and he swears it’s the best expansion since Burning Crusade. Now, if you’re a WoW player and you experienced the epic wargasm that was Burning Crusade, then you’ll realise that such a statement is a pretty big deal. BC was the shizzle.

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I need strength right now to resist. Just when I think I’m clean, Azeroth wants me to do lines with it in the bathroom.

This however did inspire my Midweek Motivators. It’s a homage to video games. I could do a zillion of these based on video games, so let’s just call this Part One.

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EDIBLE Rashuns. The delicious cheesy snack of all true gamers. But be prepared for scrummy orange cheese dust on your fingers and keyboard. Is it worth it? Hell yeah.

VISUAL Duke Nukem. I know. Duke Nukem Forever was a terrible game but don’t judge The Duke based on that. He is the King of Badassery with such phrases as “It’s time to kick ass and chew bubble gum… and I’m all outta gum” and of course “COME GET SOME!!!”

AUDIBLE M4, Part 2 by The Faunts from the game Mass Effect. Fantastic tune but you know what, it plays in that Kael video I just shared! You don’t want to listen to that again! You deserve fresh video grooves! So instead, enjoy a suitable substitute, “Want You Gone” from Portal 2.

I can’t be bothered updating the graphic so just pretend, ok?

You know. If this post was suppose to stifle my video game cravings it has failed miserably. Maybe I’ll just play some Sims 3. Remodelling bathrooms isn’t as immersive as crushing the Alliance.

 HoC! HoC! HoC!  HoC! HoC! HoC!  HoC! HoC! HoC!

 

So… Sick… But Must… Midweek… Motivator…

So I’ve been sick for the last few days and it’s been horrible.

At one point, I was incapable of getting up from the couch and could not find the remote. I was forced to watch Geordie Shore for hours until someone came home and saved me.

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I mean. I probably could have gotten up, and it turned out I was sitting on the remote. But that’s all in the past and there’s nothing we can do about it now, is there?

The best part of my week however has been discovering the show Defiance. Yes, yes, I realise this has been around for awhile. But as previously stated, I am always late to the party.

It helps that Defiance stars my lady crush, Jaime Murray. I ❤ her much.

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So unfortunately, I’ve been super unproductive this week. Thankfully, my Midweek Motivators helped get a little editing done. Enjoy!

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EDIBLE: Chocolate Seashells. Belgian chocolate filled with delicious roasted hazelnut praliné.

So one time, I bought a box and ate every single one …

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VISUAL: Benedict Cumberbatch. Sherlock himself and the best thing about the ‘meh’ Star Trek 2 movie. I don’t care about terrorists on Earth. That’s something we have to deal with in reality every day! Get your butts back in space and discover new worlds and new civilisations!!!!

Also. Those Klingons were VERY disappointing.

AUDIBLE: Black Sheep by Metric. You might know it from Scott Pilgrim VS The World, which is in my Top 10 movies by the way. It’s got a great whimsical sound and fab lyrics. Must have on your alternative playlist.

So that’ll about do it from me. Now, I must rest and regather my strength, for there is much laundry that must be done and it will not do itself.