Balancing Life and Writing by Jacki Kelly – Guest Post and Giveaway

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Balancing Life and Writing

Balancing Life and Writing should be pretty easy to do. When I started writing full time I decided one of the things, I wanted to do was treat writing like a job. I told myself I would get up early – no later than 7:00 AM and I wouldn’t move from the computer until I had at least written over one thousand words. After lunch I planned to return to my desk and write until early evening.

Well the plan sounded good, but it was a lot harder to implement. As a writer working from home, I was amazed at how many things vied for my attention; the dog, the laundry, the sink full of breakfast dishes, my friends who wanted to chit-chat, that re-run of the sitcom that I’d already seen five times. The list goes on and on. When I was trying to complete In Pursuit of Perfection, I went to the library each day and parked my butt in the chair until I had completed my goal.

What I now realize, is that creative people can’t always fit their processes into a mode or that the model has to be flexible enough to ebb and flow with the creative muse. Sometimes an idea or the ideal way to end a scene comes to me after I’ve finished writing for the day. I can’t ignore the perfect ending to a scene that’s had me scratching my head for two weeks, so at any time it’s not unusual for me to have a pad of paper or a computer near, just in case I need to jot down an idea, sentence or phrase.

So even though, I’ve come to recognized that my writing process doesn’t fit neatly into any box, neither does my family or friends. What I’ve found that works for me is to block time for the people that are important to me. To give my creative brain a rest, I need to recharge, reconnect and laugh with real people, not the ones I’ve created on the page.

So when it comes to balancing life and writing, sometimes the balance is in favor of family and sometimes it’s in favor of writing. The important thing is I need to be happy with where I choose to spend my time.

The next man in Macy Rollins’s life must be perfect. She’s had enough impostors and isn’t willing to settle for anything less. All she has to do is get through the company contract negotiation season and she will get that promotion she has been working so hard for. Avery Malveaux – one of Philadelphia’s most eligible bachelors – has been hired to work with her as legal counsel for the company. From the moment they are forced to work together tensions are high and expectations are low. He questions her ability, she questions his intentions. After Macy is suspected in an accounting shortage, she accuses Avery of betraying her confidence. Has she once again been deceived by a man she thought she could trust? Can she clear her name and win her job back? And can there be any hope for Macy’s pursuit of perfection.

Enjoy an Excerpt

He held her waist as they danced and pulled her closer. She fit into his arms, as if they were made for each other. “So, do you forgive me for my callous comment?” He tilted his head to look into her light brown eyes.

“I’ll think about it. I work very hard for English and wouldn’t do anything to put the contract negotiations at peril on purpose.”

“I get that. I was out of line.”

She nodded. Her eyes softened enough to let him know that hurdle was now behind him. He relaxed a little. Her long, regal neck, the soft feel of her skin, and the sparkle in her eyes made concentrating on his dance step impossible. Seeing her in a different environment made her seem like a different person. So why wasn’t she already taken?

The song ended, but he didn’t want to stop talking to her or let her disappear into the crowd. Not yet. There was no guarantee he’d get another opportunity to hold her this close again.

About the Author:Men and women have always sought the promise that only love can offer. Jacki invites you into an intriguing world where romance abounds around every corner and down every street. You’ll be amazed at the crazy things we do and don’t do for the promise of love.
Jacki has been writing since her fourth grade teacher made her keep a journal for a grade. Now she does it to keep track of all the fascinating and heartbreaking moments that life throws our way. Poetry, personal essays, short stories and novels have all occupied space in her heart and her hard drive.

Jacki lives in the northeast where the winters are too cold and the summers are warm. But, she wouldn’t trade it for anywhere else, well maybe for a fabulous house on the sunny sands of Miami Beach in February. Her loveable husband and adorable floppy eared dog endure her long periods behind the computer creating happy-endings for her amazing hero and heroines. Romance makes the world go round and Jacki is enjoying the ride.

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  1. James Robert says

    Another great book to discover. Thanks so much for sharing this with us.

  2. Thanks for hosting!

  3. Rana durham says

    The books ?looks so interesting and something I would enjoy reading !is there any books you wish were a tv show or movie?

  4. Sounds like a book I will enjoy reading.

  5. Thanks for the giveaway; I like the excerpt. 🙂

  6. Nice writing, sounds enticing.

  7. Great post, sounds like an awesome book!

  8. Dale Wilken says

    Sounds Really great.

  9. rana durham says

    what genre would you like to write next ?

  10. rana durham says

    i love this and cannot wait to see more. Will you write any suspense ?

  11. rana durham says

    who would you like to collab with to write book and why

  12. rana durham says

    have you ever written a screnplay before?

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    who would you like to write a book with ?

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    what’s your favorite trilogy ?

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    what book would you like to rewrite and why ?

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    what do you like about writing ?

  17. rana durham says

    what is your advice to someone who wants to become a writer ?

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    what do you think makes a person great writer

  19. rana durham says

    What do you think about cliffhangers in books ?

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    what do you like to see happen in the future with your writing ?

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    how do you decide on a cover for your books ?

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    i love this cover and thanks for the reviews.

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    Who’s your favorite writer of all time?

  24. Sue Cooper says

    I enjoyed your post about balancing life and writing; I never really thought about creative people having to do this differently.

  25. rana durham says

    what do you look for when selecting a book cover ?

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