Valhalla Bound… A tribute to my dad.

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Jerry Rocky Potts

April 6, 1956 – June 6, 2017

Today marks a full month since my dad passed away. Obituaries are expensive. So what a better way to pay tribute then on my blog.

Jerry was the youngest and only son to Richard and Mary Potts. He had 2 older sisters, Bonnie Potts and Penny Reedle. All waiting for him with open arms and a beer. Maybe a smack as well.

My grandfather Richard was a steel worker. And the family traveled all over the US as he worked on bridges and dams, most notably the Oroville Dam. He had plenty of ghost stories and tales he liked to tell about living in the southern states. The family came back to California and settled in Santa Maria. This is where he met the love of his life Eva Thomas.

They were married July 5, 1975, and at one time managed a motel in Merced. But mom got pregnant with me and they moved back to Santa Maria. I was Born in November 1979. My dad stated he was over protective of me. One halloween someone said something negative and lost an eye. I was dad’s son. I climbed trees, stole his whiskey shots, got to excited watching Rocky and wrestling.

18 months after I was born Sara was born. We lived in Santa Maria until I was about 6. We relocated to Atwater, where dad and mom got jobs building ladders and Windows. Soon mom went and got her CNA license and dad became a truck driver. Which he did until he retired. Jerika surprised us in 1991. Making the last of the Potts girls. Then we were living in Winton where we grew up, and were known by our dad. You were one of the Potts girls lol.

Dad loved motorcycles, a nice cold beer,  preferably Budweiser, a good movie, usually with Bruce Willis, and good music.

He left me with a love/hate relationship with zombies, a love of movies, a dark sense of humor, and the love of rock music.

His stories will live on. My favorites being he had dinner with Albert Einstein, and met Metallica at the McDonald’s in Fresno.

For those who knew him. Knew he was an asshole. But he was our asshole. And he never turned down our friends when they were in need of help. A lot of them became family knowing our house was a safe place.

RIP dad you will be missed, but at least I knew you were proud of all that I am. And he loved my mom, me, my sisters, and cousins so much.

Memorial will be July 29th.

Rediscovering Myself…

It has been a while since I posted. I am here  I am alive. I am waking up…

For the past year and half I have been hit with this crippling depression. When I thought about writing I would get a bad headache or cry. I love writing… But with this disease I could not find pleasure in anything. i couldn’t even read, and I LOVE to read. After a few doctor visits and a change in some medications. I noticing parts of myself that I missed.

In the past month I have read more then I have in a while. It’s back! The tickle, the need to write is coming back. The fun part, in which I didn’t notice I had lost, singing in the shower. I caught myself, but didn’t stop.

So Mondays I am going to be posting stories as I try to rediscover myself. Wednesdays I will post about writing. And Fridays will be Fan Girl Fridays. I have a lot of things to share.

So look forward to more from me, also cover reveals! I do plan on having The Opposite Side Book 2 out this October. I have an awesome cover to show. I also have one for my Starstruck novel Rock my Stars. I am hoping for a Winter release.

Dakota Trace Stops in to talk about her new book! #blogtour

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3744330 – napa valley vineyard sunset on a grunge background.

Hi everyone!  Before we kick this crazy stop off, I’d like to take a second to thank the lovely Ellie Potts for allowing me and my cranky muse hijack her blog for the day.  Ms. Ellie is a veteran recipient of Livvy’s antics and the fact she let us come back….well that’s a miracle. Speaking of muse…where the hell is she?

*looks around*

Well, damn.  I could’ve swore this was supposed to be the next stop on our tour…  *pulls out list*   “Yeah, today’s the 13th.  *narrows eyes*  I definitely shouldn’t have trusted her to keep to our schedule….something must have distracted her again.

“That would be my master.”

*turns to see redhead just behind me*  Wow, Alyce!  I wasn’t expecting you to be here. *flushes*  I swear I’ll deliver on my promise.  Just as soon as I get the rest of the stuff back from Livvy.  IN fact, she was supposed to bring the next item here…and as usual she didn’t pay attention.

“That would be this item, correct?”   *holds up ginger*

Yeah, that’s it.  How did you get it from her?

*arches a brow*  “Like I’m gonna let her bring something so evil into my home. Do you know what Sir would do if he caught a glimpse of this…”

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“Ummm, something tells me it doesn’t have anything to do with food…”

*shudders*   Highly unlikely.  Ever since he read in one of Nicky’s books about ginger being used to…ah…stimulate…certain areas, I’ve had to keep him out of the produce section at the grocery store.  There was no way in hell I was letting your muse in the front door with one.”

Poor thing.  *struggled to hold in my laughter*  But I can totally understand, no one wants something like this….*takes the ginger* …put where the sun don’t shine.  Maybe I should have a talk with him?

*eyes widen*  “No! Don’t do that, he’ll say I’m topping from the bottom again.  And lord knows I don’t want a repeat of what happened last time.”

Too true. *wrapping an arm around her and giving her a brief squeeze* you’re secret is safe with me.   And thanks for bringing to me. It means we’re one step closer to find all the items to make you a delicious pie.

*turns to readers*

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3744330 – napa valley vineyard sunset on a grunge background.

Just in case you missed it, we’re hunting down the items my dang muse stole, so I can make Alyce and her sweet daughter a pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving….all you have to do is enter is enter each clue on the rafflecopter thingy below.  And you’ll earn a chance to win a pretty cool prize from me.   A complete signed print set of the Doms of Napa (1-3), a paracord flogger that I’ll be getting back from Livvy, and some pretty sweet swag.

http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/1884b4e416/

“I’ll be drawing a winner from the entries on the 19th and posting it on my author facebook page.   Now, I’m off to go wrestle away that flogger from my stubborn muse.  *scratches chin*  Did I forget anything?  Oh yeah, I guess I did.  Benevolent Master, will be on sale up throw the 18th, for $2.99 (which is nearly half off of the original $4.99 cover price.)   So clicky here if you want to save, because on the 19th, the price goes back up.  😀

Again a big thank you to Ellie Potts  for allowing me to take over her blog today.  Be sure to catch me and Livvy tomorrow at V.S. Morgan’s blog.

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3744330 – napa valley vineyard sunset on a grunge background.

To find out more about Dakota’s Work – CLICK HERE

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Cover Reveal for Krys Janae’s If I Should Wake

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If I Should Wake
 

by Krys Janae
Publisher: Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing (Independent)
Edited By: Christa Cunningham
Cover Artist: Kris Pittman, C & K Designs
Release Date: October 18th 2016*
*subject to change. Pre-Order announcement to follow.
BLURB:
Quote 1 - Bridge - If I Should Wake“Take the gift you’ve been given, and use it well…”
That was the last thing he ever said to me before he passed, and now he’s gone.
I can’t stay in Gillespie now. I’m going back to Blackwolf.
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After several years away in the big city across the bay, Kassandra Drake rejoins her hometown of Blackwolf and tries to slip back into her old small-town life. Although things seem to be mostly where she left them when she made her departure years ago, she has to quickly make some decisions about her personal life. From her old friends, to an old flame, she reconciles with some and pushes away others.
Then, she meets the mysterious Caine Michaels at Archer Manor. Kassandra starts to experience things she never had before—strange occurrences—ranging from being starstruck, having flashes of déjà vu, debilitating headaches, and haunting dreams she hoped to leave behind in the city.
Kassandra soon finds herself in the company of the wealthy big-shot, Marcellus Ambrose. Try as she might, she cannot resist his requests for long. Mostly because his lackeys are a little out of the ordinary. With their help, she starts to piece together the true fortune inherited from her grandfather, the late Franklin Drake. Kassandra rapidly and eagerly grows into her role as she’s introduced to this newunderground world. While battling her own inner demons, Kassandra is forced to come face-to-face with the real evil stalking her steps.
Krys - Author PicABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Krys Janae, also known as Krys of All Trades, is an author, musician, voice-over artist, actress, gamer and geek from central California, and is a proud pet mom of her cats Lucy, Nova and Clementine. This is her first original novel after her debut novelFalling Stars (sequel to Ellie Potts’ Seeing Stars) released in March of 2015.
Find out more at KrysJanae.com, or follow her on Facebook / Twitter / Instagram / Snapchat / Tumblr @MsKrysD
…or on YouTube – Krys Janae

It’s been a while…

A lot of things happened over the summer some good some really bad. Of course we went to our annual pirate fest in June, and we stopped in at the California Academy of Science in San Francisco. Great place for the nerd in me to hang out for the day. I got to touch a dinosaur bone, mark that off the bucket list. But July was not so nice to my family. I lost my dog, almost lost my husband, suffered illness, and had home and mechanical problems. August brought in some good luck so far. My great niece was born yesterday. It was a hard birth, but mom and baby are fine. Miss Kinsley Maryann has some lungs on her. Today I finally have an itch to actually write. Because of the rough summer I have had no urge to even look at my computer or even work on anything. So maybe I can get back to it.

The Eccentric Lady El, Time Traveling Cryptozoologist #steampunk #justforfun #pirate

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Good morning my awesome readers. Today me, my hubby, and our friends journey up north to modern time San Francisco. Here we plan on snapping a picture of the elusive T-Rex, enter a rainforest, and much more. All willing we survive the gas carriage ride up.

Tomorrow we will travel back to the golden age of piracy. Vallejo is home of one of the biggest pirate bashes of the year. We shall be hanging out with the great crew of the Silver Realm. I will be on the look out for mermaids, the kraken, and I have a few questions to ask a sea witch.

You can follow my journey on my Instagram http://www.instagram.com/fangirlellie

As a reminder the jumping genres giveaway hop is underneath this post 🙂

Jumping Genres Giveaway Hop

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I like to write romance because it is a cross boundaries genre. You can jump from fantasy to sci-fi to contemporary to historical. I am not just a romance reader though. The last hop I talked about AVI who was one of the main authors who made me love reading when I was younger.

51+jiFY4cqL._SX332_BO1,204,203,200_Recently I just read Coreyography: A Memoir by Corey Feldman. I usually don’t read biographies. Most are not my cup of tea. But first off the writing was very well done. And I have to say that Corey Feldman does not blame anyone for what happened, but just explained the circumstances that made him a drug addict. I am a huge nerd of 80’s movies. He was my favorite Goonie, and of course my favorite Frog brother. To read how he struggled while he made these movies made me so sad. And when they became jokes to us oh so and so got DUI, and so and so was drugged up and arrested. But there is a reason for it, and it makes me sad. It made me sad that these kids I grew up watching went through the trauma they did. I am glad he made it though it, because not a lot of them did. For those who like me love movies of the 80’s this is a big recommend.

Blurb: Lovable child star by age ten, international teen idol by fifteen, and to this day a perennial pop-culture staple, Corey Feldman has not only spent the entirety of his life in the spotlight, he’s become just as famous for his off-screen exploits as for his roles in such classic films as Gremlins, The Goonies, and Stand by Me. He’s been linked to a slew of Hollywood starlets (including Drew Barrymore, Vanessa Marcil, and adult entertainer Ginger Lynn), shared a highly publicized friendship with Michael Jackson, and with his frequent costar Corey Haim enjoyed immeasurable success as one half of the wildly popular duo “The Two Coreys,” spawning seven films, a 1-900 number, and “Coreymania” in the process. What child of the eighties didn’t have a Corey Feldman poster hanging in her bedroom, or a pile of Tiger Beats stashed in his closet?

Now, in this brave and moving memoir, Corey is revealing the truth about what his life was like behind the scenes: His is a past that included physical, drug, and sexual abuse, a dysfunctional family from which he was emancipated at age fifteen, three high-profile arrests for drug possession, a nine-month stint in rehab, and a long, slow crawl back to the top of the box office.

While Corey has managed to overcome the traps that ensnared so many other entertainers of his generation—he’s still acting, is a touring musician, and is a proud father to his son, Zen—many of those closest to him haven’t been so lucky. In the span of one year, he mourned the passing of seven friends and family members, including Corey Haim and Michael Jackson. In the wake of those tragedies, he’s spoken publicly about the dark side of fame, lobbied for legislation affording greater protections for children in the entertainment industry, and lifted the lid off of what he calls Hollywood’s biggest secret.

Giveaway Time!!

I am going to be giving away a super secret giveaway bag. Books, swag and more. I will say there will be something 80s, some secret but special stuffs, and a couple books. How does one apply for said giveaway. I have a question. What is a new genre you have tried and liked that you thought you normally wouldn’t and what book do you highly recommend. Make sure you leave your email.

http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/0e6394be35/?

So like always check back for more recommendations. I am trying trying to catch back up on my reading. 🙂

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Love Thy Self…

I’m going to take a step away from the writing and talk about self image. Maybe it can be used as a character builder. Or rather would you create the perfect character if you have low self-esteem? Or would you be comfortable making your main characters as flawed as yourself?

It took me a long time to love myself. It was harder when I didn’t have an older role model that would have helped me with some of the “girl” stuff. But I was never really into the “girl” stuff. Make-up made my face feel gross and itchy, and well I don’t think my lips were created for lipstick in general. I feel more comfortable in jeans and a t-shirt, and I choose to be comfortable then dressy. So as I write my characters they are mostly natural, and not to dressy, unless the scene calls for it.

I guess I was lucky that my parents didn’t really care too much about dieting and all that. Although I did wish they were a little more self conscience on the junk we ate. I see girls with self image issues. Ones who have to be on a diet, because their parents had self image issues, because they watched their parents diet most of their life. It’s sad because there are beautiful people out there who think so low of themselves. And it’s sad that these beautiful people will unintentionally possibly pass their low self-image to their children.

Of course other then low self-esteem, the need to diet all through life, never being comfortable in your skin, never being good enough. Also creates the bullies, and those who are bullied. By learning to love your flaws and being okay in your skin you prevent that. Just remember there is only one of you, with one life, do you really want to spend it hating yourself? That doesn’t seem like a good way to live.