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Panic attack coming up! Plus, a little Olympic talk…and a fic rec

The closer I get to a release, the closer I get to losing my mind. All those little voices in my head (yes, there’s more than one, got a problem with that?) start to overwhelm me a bit.

The loudest one always says No one’s gonna like it!!!

Yes, I know it’s bullshit. No story of mine ever goes to the publisher without a couple of opinions at least and so I know they are very likable stories.

But with two coming so close together, I think the insecurity gods are working overtime to try and drive me nuttier (Yes, nuttier. I am well aware of my level of insanity and I’m completely comfortable with it.)

Meanwhile, I’m still working on my cover release for Wrapped Up in Chains and I think that will come at the beginning of February. I love it so much and can’t wait to share it with you.

Also coming in February is my Valentine short story Breaking Cupid’s Curse. It’s part of the Torquere Press anthology Conversation Hearts and I hope you all love Charlie and Beau as much as I do.

Also on my mind? The Olympics. They start February 6th in Sochi, Russia and I will be keeping one eye on the news. Have I suddenly become a sports fanatic? Nope! I do wish all the athletes well and hope they all have a stellar Olympic experience, but I have to admit I’m a little concerned. About what? There’s two things really.

The first is security. There have been some people who seem very determined to do as much damage as they can as close to the venues as possible and I’m worried about the safety of all the people who will be attending, athletes and spectators alike. I guess all we can do is hope that the Russian security forces can pull away from their persecution of the LGBT community long enough to keep everyone safe.

And therein lies my second concern. I’m curious as to what effect having the eyes of the world on them will have on those who are so bent on punishing anyone who even mentions the word rainbow.

The way I see it, it could go a couple of ways. They could decide to let up on the hatred and the public beatings…or it could have the opposite effect. The childish “I can do whatever I want and you can’t stop me” kind of attitude. It could make things a whole lot worse for a lot of innocent people.

I’m also curious to see what the people attending will do. I’m not sure how I feel about someone taking a stand in the middle of the Olympic stadium. I’d hate for anything to steal the spotlight from the athletes who have trained so long and hard and deserve every bit of attention and accolades they should be receiving.

On the other hand, is there a better time to make a statement than when the eyes of the entire world are focused on one place? The thought of letting the rainbow flag fly in any way shape or form in support of not only the Russian LGBT community but also the LGBT community in general has a little part of me hoping for something to happen.

Whatever happens, I hope that everyone has an amazing time and that everyone makes it home safe. Oh and “GO CANADA!!!

And now for my fic rec.

I read and reviewed Fish and Ghosts by Rhys Ford and it was a marvelous story. I love a good haunting and mix in funny, hot and sweet men and I’m hooked. Tristan and Wolf are adorable together and throw in family drama and a ghost dog and you have a fantastic story that will run you through ever emotion there is!

Get it here at Dreamspinner: http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=4522 or

Here at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Fish-Ghosts-Rhys-Ford-ebook/dp/B00HLME45W/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1390403632&sr=1-1&keywords=fish+and+ghosts

And please check out my books here at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=ntt_athr_dp_sr_1?_encoding=UTF8&field-author=Cindy%20Sutherland&search-alias=digital-text&sort=relevancerank

And here at Dreamspinner: http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/index.php?cPath=55_454

Also, I’m still dreaming about being someplace warmer and a lot less slippery! Take a look at this gorgeous sunset taken by my friend Anthony.

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I’m always so busy but nothing ever gets done…with a fantastic fic rec.

So, Christmas has come and gone along with the new year. I didn’t make any resolutions because I believe that’s just setting yourself up to fail. I am trying to get back onto my healthy eating thing and once my dad’s knee has recovered enough, we will be going to pick up the treadmill my cousin Joanne has waiting for me so I can get some exercise. Thanks for your patience Joanne.

I thought about trying to go for walks in the snow, but to be honest, when it’s not too freakin cold, it’s too damned slippery. I’ve fallen twice this winter so far and messed up my shoulder a bit so I’m gonna keep my activities indoors until the weather is a bit more Cindy-friendly. I’d like to join a gym come March but since Curves closed, I’m a little intimidated about joining one of the other gyms in town. Fat chick working out beside the muscle bound guys and perky girls? Might sound motivating but mostly it’s just depressing…and a little scary. My self-esteem can only take so many catty remarks and disgusted looks before self-preservation and my big mouth kick in. We will see.

What else is going on? I’ve gotten through the first set of edits for Breaking Cupid’s Curse, which is coming from Torquere Press on February 12th as part of their Conversation Hearts Anthology. I’ve also done the first set of edits for Wrapped Up in Chains, approved the amazing cover the art department came up with and approved the blurb for the story. I’ll be having a big cover reveal thingy coming up when my lovely adviser from The Blog of Sid Love and I come up with a plan. Thanks Dani! I’m very, very happy with the cover and I’m excited to share it with you all. WUIC is coming from Dreamspinner Press in late March or Early April. Please don’t judge my shameless plug.

Let me tell you though, this whole editing more than one story at a time thing is very difficult and nerve-racking, especially as they are coming from two very different places in my head.

Throw my WIP into the mix and there are a lot of things going on in this head of mine. I’m hoping to make some changes in the near future that will mean I’m less tired and have more time to write where I’m not nodding off with my head on keyboard.

I’d promise to be less distracted by my social media in the future but you all know that just ain’t gonna happen. I’ve made some pretty awesome friends that I keep in contact with there and also, I follow some amazing people, some of who make me laugh on a regular basis, while others sometimes make me cry. Being house-bound because of the weather sucks but I do find a few places to get my kicks.

Other than that? I’m doing my reviews for the Blog of Sid Love and hey, getting free reads AND being able to voice my opinion? You all know that’s heaven for me!

And speaking of my opinion…I have an amazing fic rec for you. Christmas Kitsch by Amy Lane is a wonderful story full of characters you can’t help but fall in love with. The innocent and oblivious Rusty will steal your heart while Oliver and his love for Rusty will make you smile. You will want to wrap them both up in your arms and keep them safe from everyone who wants to hurt them. I had as many tears reading this as I did smiles, and sometimes I had both at the same time. Trust me when I tell you, if you’re feeling down, this is the book to bring you back up.

You can find it here at ARE: https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-christmaskitsch-1370399-149.html

or here at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Christmas-Kitsch-Amy-Lane-ebook/dp/B00H6A52QO/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1389065853&sr=1-1&keywords=christmas+kitsch

or here at Riptide Publishing: http://riptidepublishing.com/titles/christmas-kitsch

And as usual, you can find me here at Dreamspinner Press: http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/index.php?cPath=55_454

And here at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=ntt_athr_dp_sr_1?_encoding=UTF8&field-author=Cindy%20Sutherland&search-alias=digital-text&sort=relevancerank

I’d also like to share this pic that a friend of mine took. I love it and when I look at it, I’m reminded that not every place is living in the deep-freeze like I am and that eventually, summer will come back.Thanks Ty!

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