Balancing It All by Bernadette Marie – Guest Blog and Giveaway

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Balancing it all by Bernadette Marie

If you only know me as a writer and you see the list of books I have published, the coming soon list, and the list of things I’m planning you’d think all I do is write. Truth is I’m also a wife, mother of 5 hockey playing sons, and a publisher.

Those who do know me wonder how I get it all done. They are convinced I never sleep. But the truth is I get 6-8 hours of sleep a night. I have lunch with friends. I once in a while even date my husband. And I spend a lot of time in hockey rinks.

My balancing act comes attached with a timer! Yep! I guess you could say I do things in spurts—even writing. I know that my house needs attention so many hours a week. My body needs the same. I have a two days a week I dedicate only to publishing. The other days I focus on writing, but I allow some publishing work as well.

As a rule you should get up at least once an hour and walk. So every 20-30 minutes my timer and my schedule change a bit. I have a running list of what needs to be done. I focus on one task until don, but it might take me 2-3 20-30 minute surges to get through it. But in that time something else was tended to.

Perhaps I have a little ADD in there. Can’t keep focused on one thing for too long. But that works for me. Timer chimes and it’s time to refocus for a few minutes then back to work making sure all aspects of my life get a little bit of me in a day.

5_8 Cover_Home RunIn one moment Christian Keller’s life was changed. Now as he picks up the pieces he wonders if he can possibly recoup what he lost.

Victoria Lincoln had a promising future with Christian until an accident took the life of her sister and left her as guardian to her two small children.

Their lives have gone in different directions, but Christian and Victoria’s paths will cross again. It will take a lot of change to pick up where they left off—if either of them can.

About the Author: 5_8 AuthorPicBernadette Marie has been an avid writer since the early age of 13, when she’d fill notebook after notebook with stories that she’d share with her friends. Her journey into novel writing started the summer before eighth grade when her father gave her an old typewriter. At all times of the day and night you would find her on the back porch penning her first work, which she would continue to write for the next 22 years.

In 2007 – after marriage, filling her chronic entrepreneurial needs, and having five children – Bernadette began to write seriously with the goal of being published. That year she wrote 12 books. In 2009 she was contracted for her first trilogy and the published author was born. In 2011 she (being the entrepreneur that she is) opened her own publishing house, 5 Prince Publishing, and has released contemporary titles and has begun the process of taking on other authors in other genres.

Bernadette spends most of her free time driving her kids to their many events. She is also an accomplished martial artist, working her way to her second degree black belt in Tang Soo Do. An avid reader she loves to meet readers who enjoy reading contemporary romances and she always promises Happily Ever After.

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  1. Thank you for hosting today.

  2. Karen H says:

    It’s interesting to read how other people handle the balancing act of daily activities. Not easy, especially in this day and time. Sounds like you have your act together!

    kareninnc at gmail dot com

  3. Elise-Maria Barton says:

    I really like the timer idea Bernadette Marie: my 28 yo daughter tends to be all over when she tries to get things done as well. I’m going to use your method to see if I can’t get her more focused. We’ll both thank you if it can help destress her! Your posts always have at least on nugget of useful or info~ thanks for sharing.

    ilookfamous at yahoo dot com

    • Bernadette Marie says:

      Oh that just made my day!!!! 🙂 Thank you Elise-Maria! I hope it helps. At least for 10min at a time I feel like I got through something. Because if I don’t set those little goals for myself I can sit at my computer for 9 hours and never have accomplished anything! I’d love to hear how it goes!! Good luck!!

  4. Rita Wray says:

    Love reading about your balancing act. I’m a huge hockey fan, you must be very proud of your sons.

  5. Juliee Fitze says:

    Book sounds great can’t wait to read it .

  6. nice way to balance

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

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  8. Quilt Lady says:

    I would love to read your book. It sounds awesome and I love the cover. Thanks for the great giveaway.

    quiltlady110 AT gmail DOT com

  9. Mary Preston says:

    I find that I get a lot done if I organise & then just do it.


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