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Tuesday, December 11, 2012

"When I'm not writing..." by Terri Rochenski + giveaway!

 Terri Rochenski Our guest today is Terri Rochenski, one of the authors of a new anthology from J. Taylor Publishing called MAKE BELIEVE. The anthology also contains stories by J.A. Belfield, Jennifer M. Eaton, J. Keller Ford, Kelly Said, and Lynda R. Young. Some of the stories are fantasy, some are paranormal romance, and they all sound good!

Terri is on a blog tour promoting this release and we're pleased to have her visiting us on Tynga's Reviews. I hope you'll enjoy getting to know her. There's also a tour-wide giveaway so make sure to enter.


When I’m not writing I’m trying to keep my house clean. Between my two little angels, two pain-in-the-bum cats, and a house under construction … yeah. Not easy. What makes this even worse is that I’m borderline obsessive compulsive when it comes to keeping things tidy.

Messy toy room (which is really our tiny living space), drives me insane. My Little Ponies, Little People, doll house & its basket of accessories, dolls, stuffed animals, blocks, books, puzzles—all strewn around as though a twister went through our little town.

Must. Put. Away.

The hubs always asks, “Why do you clean up after them all the time? They’re just going to do it again.” And I reply, “If I don’t clean it up (and make them help of course) they won’t play anymore.”

Helps too that I won’t be tripping over stuff and be forced to look at the mess for hours on end. Makes me fidgety. Anxious. Gotta do it. That’s all there is to it.
And these two … Peyton and Brady. Yes, we’re football fans.

Terri Rochenski Peyton and Brady

They’re cute, but that’s the only nice thing I have to say about them. Litter, shedding, clawing furniture. Yup. Me no likey anymore. If the hubs & girls didn’t adore them they would be homeless, scrounging meals OUT OF DOORS, and pooping in the dirt rather than sneaking into our tub.

Yes, I said tub.

Brady is fond of using it as her potty. We try to keep the bathroom door closed, but with a 2 ½ and 4 yr old going in there a few times a day … well, stinky disaster strikes!

Lastly, the worst part of my daily living when not writing—the construction zone. My contractor hubs bought this …

Terri Rochenski house1

And here is how far he’s gotten …

Terri Rochenski house2

Lookin’ good, right???

HOWEVER! In the mean time we are living on the 1st floor while under construction. I have a daily dose of sawdust, drywall dust, and plaster everywhere. And did I mention we have no front yard to speak of? It’s pure dirt. Mud when it rains. Imagine what my entrance looks like after plumbers & electricians have been cruising in & out all day.


Trying to not go nuts keeping a clean house is what I do when I’m not writing. Sad, huh? No hobbies. Just vacuums, mops, & rags for this stay-at-home / housewife.

If I need a break? Library time with my girls, or we go to the park & swing on the swings.

This is only for a season, so I don’t complain to the hubs. He’s got enough on his shoulders without wifey nagging. ;) I just grin & count my blessings that I have a roof over my head and a hard-working hubs who is talented enough to make this shack into a kick@$$ house!

Some day.

Some day soon.

The sooner the better.

Rant done. Gotta go pick up some toys …


Thanks for visiting us, Terri! Enjoy the rest of your blog tour and happy holidays!

For more information about Terri and her books, check out her website or follow her on Facebook or Twitter.

To see the other stops on Terri's tour, click on the widget below!

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Here's the scoop on MAKE BELIEVE:

Make BelieveSacrificial Oath by Terri Rochenski
An impetuous act unwittingly makes Alesuela the fulfillment of the Sovereign’s Blood Oath to their Goddess. In five days, she’ll be forced to make the greatest choice of her life: become the virginal sacrifice already promised, or force the man she loves most to die in her place.

With an impossible choice in front of her, she searches for ways to undo the oath, and in her quest, finds not everything in her life is as she expects.

The Amulet of Ormisez by J. Keller Ford
There is only one way to save Elton Fletcher’s brother from an insanity-ridden death.
After years away from home, fighting for his people, Elton returns to discover his only sibling, Cayden, possessed by greed and malice, and responsible for malicious, unthinkable deeds. Cayden, though, isn’t the only one afflicted by the Amulet of Ormisez, and Elton finds himself in yet another battle, where the price of failure could be his own life.

Birthright by Lynda R. Young
Christa can mask the pain and hide the scars, but running from a birthright is impossible.

She’s tried to escape her grief by fleeing to a small town in Florida. Much to her frustration, the locals think they recognize her even though she's never been there before. To make things worse, a man named Jack spouts outrageous theories about her.
Both spur Christa to bolt, to start fresh yet again, but there’s something about Jack that intrigues her enough to stay. The only problem? Someone else wants her to leave, and they won’t stop until she’s dead.

Petrified by Kelly Said
A mysterious storm has replaced summer with winter, devastating crops and smothering Castle lands in snow. Prince Sterling August stands alone as a leader, lost in personal grief as well as a desire to help his people but with an inability to do either.

The answers he needs await him, but without Lochlyn, a woman who’s just as isolated as Sterling, he’ll never see what stands before him, cloaked in illusion.

Last Winter Red by Jennifer M. Eaton
Emily is a Red, a woman whose sole purpose in life is to produce offspring. When her husband dies and leaves her childless, she risks her life and forsakes the safety of Terra—a disease-free city born after the nuclear holocaust. Beyond its boundaries, she knows, survives a man with whom she can be properly paired.

The Outside, though, holds secrets the government struggles to keep, and what Emily discovers on her quest for a mate will change her life forever.

Escort to Insanity by J.A. Belfield
From a charity auction, to a stroll in the park, to the craziest night of her life. Nicole Harrington can’t help but wonder how a simple event went so drastically wrong.

Of course, the male escort she booked is wholly to blame. Not only charming but shrewdly intelligent, Benjamin Gold drags Nicole into a platoon of unimaginable problems—ones from which she’ll have to find the courage just to survive.

Read an excerpt of each story

Purchase: Amazon



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Authors, would you like to visit and share with us? Please email me at jennblogs (at) gmail (dot) com and we’ll set it up!


Born and raised in the Toronto area, Jenn moved to St. John's, Newfoundland, eight years ago for school. She's still in school (thankfully on another degree!), now trapped in her dissertation. When she's not dissertating, which happens more often than it should, Jenn spends her time reading, watching movies, playing volleyball, travelling, and enjoying the local music scene. Her latest addictions: yoga and Almond Crunch cereal.

11 People left their mark' :

  1. Thanks so much for having me here today!

    *update* We've moved to the 2nd floor of our 'new' house. Now the downstairs is a disaster. *sigh*

  2. Good luck with the house! We've progressed beyond toys to books, school papers, and endless craft projects. Always something new to clutter up my house...

  3. LOL. Love the post. Hope the construction is done soon. For your sake.

    1. Probably another 2 years. Sigh. Just keep pluggin' along....

  4. I loved this post and enjoyed the pics. I used to have black and white cats - Spooky and Casper. What is the estimated time the construction will be done? You and your hubby have made fantastic strides. Pretty soon it will all come together. It will be so nice.

    1. Maybe I'll have to swing back here w/ updated pics. Perhaps my next tour ... ;)

  5. Love the post, and best of luck on your book tour ... and getting the house finished! :)

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