The Excitement Grows

I’m not sure whether to sing, dance or shout with excitement. Our girls are coming home. I’ve not seen them since March 2019 and my husband and son, since November 2018. It’s going to be a huge Christmas this year. We can’t wait to hug them both, and I’m sure there will be plenty of tears involved.

The first to arrive will be Bonnie, their cat. At this time, I’d like to thank everyone who assisted with helping my daughters raise money to bring Bonnie home. She has helped both girls through their mental health issues over the last few years. A wonderful companion. It’s going to be fun to introduce her to Nero, my cat. We have to make arrangements to get Bonnie from Quarantine, ten days after she’s arrived. I’ve decided to go and collect her, so here is hoping the lockdown levels have dropped and I can get in and out of Auckland without any issues.

The girls arrive a week later and will have a two-week stay in a hotel. No idea which one yet since there are several around the country. Depending on where they have to stay, we will fly or drive and pick them up to bring them home.

Next steps! We’ll need to pack our house and move to another, because it is too small and we’re only allowed one cat and three adults. The hunt has started, though we have to be careful date wise due to parcels. We may have to wait until after Christmas. We shall see. I suppose it depends on the landlord as well. There are a few lovely houses out there, the rent is now prohibitive. One of the units beside us was $250 for a two-bedroom place, was recently refurnished and updated to healthy home standards and they are now charging $450. I’m totally horrified. My eldest daughter also mentioned the house we used to live in up to Sept 2017 has gone from $310 to $520. Some minor alterations. It was a three bedroom with a small garden. Nice house, though not up to standard when we lived there. It looks like we’ll be paying anything from $500 upwards for a decent place now…

Off track again…

Meanwhile, we can’t wait to see our daughters.

Forever Mine – Cy & Rylan Book Cover Reveal.

BOOK COVER REVEAL & PRE-ORDER FOREVER MINE – CY & RYLAN A WOLF SHIFTER ROMANCE

Plaisted Publishing

Finally… It’s arrived. My book cover for Cy & Rylan’s story of true love. A Wolf Shifter Romance with murder and mystery surrounding two lovers as they learn about each other. Looking at their differences, how to live together, how to grieve together. A unit and family. You can PRE-ORDER HERE

Publishing 30th June 2020

Created with GIMP

SYNOPSIS

Cy is an Alpha wolf-shifter, heir to his father’s pack. Cy is also gay, something his father won’t accept. In fact, he’s already lined up a female mate for him. A woman Cy hates.

Cy found his true mate ten years prior. He waited and watched, praying for salvation.

Rylan Jessop is from the other sides of the tracks. Not good enough for the elite of the pack. A university graduate due to a scholarship, Rylan returns home and accepts a date with Cy. They mate. At first, Rylan is horrified, he wanted other…

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My first LGBT Hater?

I’m not sure whether to be shocked, annoyed or angry.
I’m probably a mixture. 

Today I shared a post of me up and coming release on FB in a group I’ve been a member of since 2015. I’ve posted all sorts over the years. After all, I’m a multi-genre author. I write what the muse says.

This new release is the first in a collection of Novella’s called ‘FOREVER MINE’ It follows the journey of various couples. How they met! How they fell in love! Why they are hiding! Even a bit about who they are hiding from. It is true love. 

Here in New Zealand…just so you know.  Any human can marry any other human, your gender is irrelevant these days. LOVE IS LOVE…after all God made us all and loves us all.

One of the FB groups I posted to, I have been a member for five years. It’s been a good five years too, well until today when I found my membership PENDING. The only reason I saw this is because… First of all, there was an angry emoji on my post, I didn’t think much about it. I started to scroll through the group promos, then decided to edit my post to include the blurb/synopsis…whatever you call them. I clicked on the three dots… and nothing happened. This is when I noted I could like and share the post, but I couldn’t comment on it. It was like comments had been turned off, except they hadn’t.  I scrolled down to other posts and it was the same.  Went back to the top of the group to find my membership in PENDING…

Hang on… I’ve been a member for years, why would it suddenly be PENDING…It was like my membership had been revoked. Not happy. Conclusion…My post had been reported by the person who put an angry emoji on my post. It was the only thing I could think. I suppose I could be wrong.

I messaged the ADMIN…who I happen to know and we’ve chatted before… Still waiting for them to get back to me. If i end up losing this group because of one person. I will be peeved off (to be polite) I’ve been careful to make sure all my posts are relevant and follow FB guidelines and have avoided FB Jail so far as well. 

Does this person not like LGBT Romance or images of men hugging? Who knows. If I get an answer from Admin, I’ll update the post. Meanwhile, I’ll stay with the conclusions I have. Oh here is the image. Let me know what you think?

Forever Mine Teaser One

BLURB

Cy is an Alpha wolf-shifter, heir to his father’s pack. Cy is also gay, something his father won’t accept. In fact, he’s already lined up a female mate for him. A woman Cy hates.

Cy found his true mate ten years prior. He waited and watched, praying for salvation.

Rylan Jessop is from the other sides of the tracks. Not good enough for the elite of the pack. A university graduate due to a scholarship, Ryan returns home and accepts a date with Cy. They mate. At first, Rylan is horrified, he wanted other things from life.

Mated, he finds himself loving Cy and taking a stand against Cy’s father who is furious. Cy takes the lead and their adventure begins as they travel across America to Canada, learning to love and getting to know each other.

Will they get their ‘Happy Ever After’?

This is the first novella in a series called ‘Forever Mine’. Mature content
due to a new relationship. LGBT Romance.

Welcoming Nero to the Family

Nero joined us during lockdown – level three, in New Zealand. He was shy, quiet, jumpy and literally hid underneath the sofa in our lounge for close to twenty-four hours. After which he made a bee line for my darling husband. Here was I thinking…Typical bloody boy and their male counterparts.

Just so you know. We’ve never had a male cat before. He’s totally different. Our last cat was Sylvia. She was an outside cat and the Queen of the street. Sadly she went missing after following my husband to work. She was about eight years old. I hope she’s in a good home now. We never did find her. The other cat we had at the time was Matilda Norman. She was a mental health Hazzard from being shouted out for to many years. We adopted her when she was twelve. She calmed down a lot though still scratched the furniture. She also became more social and we could cuddle her. In her previous home, she’d bite you.

Anyway back to Nero. 

It was five a.m in the morning. My husband was getting up for work – yep he’s one of the ones who worked through the pandemic – He had breakfast and sat on the sofa to put his shoes on and along came Nero. He ended up having a tummy rub and I, blerry eyed watched on impressed. He still wasn’t ready for me, though came out to investigate during the day. Every time I moved he’d shot back under the sofa again and not come out. Then my son arrived in the lounge. He ended up having more tummy rubs. One peeved off mother. Nero even rolled side to side for my son. I started to wonder when he would get used to me.

He started to sleep on the mat by our kitchen, he’s stand up on his hide legs if someone was eating or something caught his attention. The first person he curled up with…My husband. I sulked… Maybe Nero was going to be my husband’s cat instead.

The days continued. He woke at five am most morning, ending up jumping on me, I presume to wake me to feed him. This means he started to curl up with me. I was finally winning the cuddle war.  A few days later I got one of those wand toy and a pet basket.  Hubby wasn’t amused with the basket because none of our girl cats ever used them. Nero… loved it and…triumphant…I have proof.  He also loves playing with the wand toy…of course it had to be a pink unicorn handing on the end…sadly it was the only one the shop had left’

Here are a few photos of our new family pet. The darling Nero…who ignores his name.

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Meet Sweet, Sexy Mirage

Special Agent Mirage

My latest teaser for Hidden Secrets

Come and meet sweet, sexy Mirage with her long purple hair, lush curves and killer heels not forgetting her phoenix tattoo.

Who is SHE

This was an interview I did of WORDS i did with Anita Kovacevic at her blog Anita’s Haven.  It was fun to do.  ENJOY

https://anitashaven.wordpress.com/

Who is SHE? – Claire Plaisted

Claire Plaisted, a New Zealand force of nature in the form of a mother, author, editor, publisher and book promoter, has agreed to take some time to do my no-question interview and say what my key words mean to her…

CLAIRE PLAISTED

DREAMS

What are dreams? Where do they come from and what do they mean? In the literal sense, I have no idea. Dream Therapy isn’t something I’ve touched in my life so far.

Going back to my childhood my dream was to marry, though not a red head…Oops.  After 25 years of marriage to my darling redhead, I found it was the best thing I ever did.  Of course, as your grow and change your dreams for your future change as well.  By the time I was at High School I wanted to be a computer tech. Computers were just starting to emerge to the public and at schools.  I loved them.  Uploading from a tape recorder, drawing houses with a set of numbers in a certain sequence.  It was cool.  Then came the disappointment.  I wasn’t allowed to take computer studies because it was just a fad… Another oops.  Never mind I plodded onwards.  Never really getting the career I wanted. It seems reality was going to wipe away my dreams.

Growing up we used to receive gifts from New Zealand. The country and culture intrigued me. I had a new dream. I wanted to have a holiday there. I got that dream in 1989 and for once, I never looked back. You see I fell in love and ended up living in New Zealand. I love this country, the culture, my family. It is an amazing place to be, though a tad expensive these days.

All I dream for now are grandchildren.  Going to be waiting a long time for them, so meanwhile I enjoy my friends’ photos of grandchildren on social media.

STRESS

Stress to me is a negative word which I try to remove from my life as much as possible.  Like a lot of people, I have depression.  Most of the time I’m lucky and it doesn’t rule my life, however there have been times then I have literally disappeared into a fog and taken several weeks to shift the stress away from me so I can recover.  With every negative which touches me, I try and find the positive within. I also suffer anxiety in various situations. To be totally honest my crashes generally arrive if or when several negative things happen at once.  The rest of the time I deal.  

RELEASE

Release a breath of satisfaction of surviving another day surrounded by those I love and those who love me.

SUPPORT

Support is something you give and can receive in life.  I am one of those people who likes to give support, to help people find the positives, to teach and show them what is possible.  I support my family with love as I do with my friends. I must admit I am not good as asking or taking support when I need.  I tend to think I am self-sufficient, when I know I’m not. I block it away and keep moving forward.

I love to see people grow and change. One lady in particular who I admire is Patty Fletcher.  She has changed so much in the last two years, growing and taking back her positive attitude. Building on what she knows and learning new things to better herself. Enjoying her life more and helping others where she can.  Her strength is amazing.

Support is also what I do with my marketing magazine, helping Indie Authors get their books out there.  I have no idea how widely shared the magazine is. I think it does need more support to make it grow.  The thought of how many I email it to who don’t open it at all…is to a degree sad.  I am hoping to find a way to gather more support and keep the light burning. I am amazed the magazine has been running for over a year. 

MODEL

With the world model usually comes those stick thin women who walk down the runway.  Well with me it was models of a different kind. Airfix Kits, be them figurines of kings and queens, ships, animals and aeroplanes. They brought us hours of JOY and family time.

ISSUE

Children or magazine.  They are different, though both have a life of their own.  I have three out of four beautiful children.  All grown up now, though my son is in his final year at high school.  All still live at home though perhaps not for much longer.  You see it is travel time, though I’ll cover that as part of JOURNEY.

Magazine – I issue a free marketing magazine out every month for Indie Authors and those who support them.  It helps to widen everyone’s social media presence.  It covers all genres and is family friendly. With ‘The Indie Publishing News’ magazine doing so well I have recently started one up for Erotic Indie Authors.  The first issue goes out this month.

JOURNEY

My journey in life not just in writing and business.  Life has a way of making you realise every moment is different and for a reason.  Your life is your journey to learn what you need to know, perhaps what you missed in a different life.  We are all born to a body, though our souls continue until they have learnt what they need to go to the next level.  We all live for a reason—it is finding the reason that is your journey.  Are you there yet?

Personally, I have no idea.  I had a wonderful childhood even though I didn’t have many friends.  I journeyed through been bullied from age 7 – 18.  How it affected me, how it affects different people—is what you need to learn to move forward.  Some don’t, which is very sad, though I believe when your journey is over, then it is over. 

I have had many different types of journeys in this life giving me a wide range of information, ideas and learning which I can share. These experiences have made me who I am today. Though I’d probably not like anyone seeing deep inside me. That stone wall won’t be toppling any time soon and when it does god help me.  

I have had several journeys with my children – from perfections to disabilities.  What a learning curve that was and still is today. As a mother I am over protective, which is probably why my children still live at home.  Four journeys through birth, several journeys though death and the best journey of all is with LOVE.  My husband is amazing. He is my world. Our journey in marriage and family has had many ups and downs, though we stay strong and committed to each other, looking forward to travelling and retirement.  Our next journey starts later this year or perhaps next year.  We shall see.

RELEVANCE

I suppose there is a lot of relevance in my life these days.  In the past walking in my ancestors’ footsteps became my family history research.  These days my writing of books moved my journey towards publishing and helping others.  Life interconnects in many different ways.

JOY

Joy is my marriage, the birth of my children and one day (hopefully) the birth of grandchildren.  Joy is family, respecting, helping, learning, teaching and so much more.  It is positive energy which I love to share. Joy is a hug and a smile. It is an acknowledgement of so much the human race is missing.  I wish JOY was the thing which made the most profit in this world and then perhaps we could be at peace with each other.

HAVEN 

My Haven is my sanctuary of peace and love of the positive life I try and lead.

Claire’s news

The latest book by me is Princess of the Earth.  It is an old story which I have republished after reworking it and making a new book cover and teasers.

It is about a young girl called Zoe who have her own journey of discovery with myths and legends which she only thought were stories.  With Fairies, Nymphs, Old Father Time, Gaia on the good side and Cronus, Trolls and Ogres on the bad side it is a battle to see who wins the day.


Links for Claire

www.plaistedpublishinghouse.com

www.claireplaisted.wordpress.com

www.billionaireromances.wordpress.com

www.twitter.com/rotosis1

www.facebook.com/groups/indiepublishingnews

www.facebook.com/groups/ghostlywritesanthology

www.facebook.com/girlieadventures

www.facebook.com/garrettinvestigationbureau

www.facebook.com/billionaireromances

Dear Claire, thank you so much for sharing this side of you with the readers! Happy journey!