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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

"When I'm not writing" with Isabo Kelly + giveaway!

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Surprise, my lovelies! We're reviving "When I'm not writing" and our very first guest is Isabo Kelly, the author of the Fire and Tears series from Samhain. The second book in this series, THE DARKNESS OF GLENGOWYN, came out last month and I'm so pleased that Isabo was able to visit us as part of her blog tour. She's written a lovely post about her life outside of writing and there's a tour-wide giveaway for you to enter at the end of the post.

Welcome, Isabo!

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Just like most of the other authors in these posts (which I’ve really enjoyed reading!) I don’t really have a lot of time outside of writing, writing related work, and family. Mostly, when I’m not writing, I’m looking after my boys (5 years old and 16 months old). The boys keep me pretty busy. In fact, my idea of an excellent holiday is a weekend in a hotel room with just my laptop and nothing to do but write. And sleep. I don’t get a lot of that anymore so sleep would be nice, too.

Outside of writing and looking after the boys, I do manage to squeeze in a few other things. Of course I love to read! When I can, in between writing projects, I try to take a whole week off to do nothing but read (and look after the boys, and do laundry, and…well, actually, not much house cleaning gets done. I’m a terrible house keeper!).

For family adventures, we all regularly go to sporting events. Mostly baseball at the moment because it’s baseball season *g*, but also the stadiums are very friendly to small children who can’t sit still for long periods of time. My not yet 6 year old is on his seventh season with the NY Mets. 

We love to travel when we can manage it around the school schedule, and often those trips are tied in with some sort of sporting event. (As an aside, I get to go to some pretty awesome places in the name of my husband’s beloved sports, so I’m a huge sports travel fan. I highly recommend it.)

On those days when there’s no sports and no travel and I absolutely have to do something that isn’t writing or being mommy, I play a lot of Sudoku and Mahjong on my phone. *hangs head* I’m an addict. I actually play Sudoku to wind down before bed—my brain doesn’t always like to turn off. I used to do cross-stitch and crewel a lot, but that particular hobby had to be set aside (for now) due to lack of time. I do still tend to hoard cross-stitch projects though. I can’t resist the autumn themed stuff!

Oh and I watch a lot of The Big Bang Theory—maybe too much because I pretty much have most episodes memorized. What can I say, it’s easy on my brain and the lads are hilarious.

So that’s about it. My life at the moment is all writing, and kids, and family, (and no cleaning) and the occasional baseball game. And way too much Sudoku and Mahjong. And not a single thing about it that I’d change! *g* 

Except maybe hiring someone to come in and clean for me because, really, I am not good at it.

Thanks for having me here today!


Thanks so much for visiting us, Isabo, and enjoy the rest of your tour! For more information about Isabo and her books, you can visit the following links:

Website | Facebook | Twitter | Tour Schedule


Here's the scoop on THE DARKNESS OF GLENGOWYN:

The Darkness of Glengowyn by Isabo KellyThey’ll risk forever death for one last chance together…

Fire and Tears, Book 2

Nuala of Glengowyn hasn’t left her home city in over a century, but not by choice. Her skill as a weapons master has made her a prisoner of her people. Held apart, protected in the extreme—until Sorcerers attack the human city of Sinnale.

Sent to supply her unique magical arrows to help the humans, she is far from free. The elf king and queen have sent a bodyguard, a fearsome warrior whose reputation has no rival. The only man she has ever wanted. Einar of Glengowyn.

Einar is known as a battle-crazed destroyer, so feared among elves he’s called by a single name: Darkness. And he has only one weakness—Nuala. Their union is forbidden, for melding their magics could destroy Nuala’s gifts. Yet as they journey to the war-torn city, no royal decree is a match for two hundred years of pent-up desire.

But even if they escape the war zone, their lives still hang in the balance. They must confront their sovereigns and prove love makes them stronger—or face their deaths.

Product Warnings: This book contains a deadly elf hero, a heroine who’s his match, a lot of sexy misbehaving, some hard language, racing through the streets, owls, arrows, evil Sorcerers, wicked minions, and a very dangerous elf king and queen.

Read an excerpt (click on the Excerpt tab)

Purchase: Amazon


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There's a tour-wide giveaway: one (1) $40 gift card and three (3) e-copies of BRIGHTARROW BURNING. Follow the Rafflecopter instructions to enter!

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Isabo KellyIsabo Kelly is the award-winning author of numerous fantasy, science fiction, and paranormal romances. Her life has taken her from Las Vegas to Hawaii, where she got her BA in Zoology, back to Vegas where she looked after sharks, then on to Germany and Ireland where she got her Ph.D. in Animal Behavior.

Now Isabo focuses on writing. She lives in New York with her Irish husband, two beautiful boys, and funny dog. She works as a full time author and stay-at-home mom. 


Do you guys have suggestions for who you’d like to see featured on the blog? If so, you can make your suggestions on this page. No guarantees that your favourite authors will be able to participate but we’ll try!

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


Tynga is a 32 years old mom of two, from Montreal, working as a lab technician in an hospital specialized in heart disease. In her free time, she enjoys reading all things Paranormal and photography.

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12 People left their mark' :

  1. Thanks so Mich for having me here today, Jenn. This was a fun post to write. :-)

  2. Great works of fiction and thanks for the giveaway!

  3. You're new to me. How do you come up with names for things in the world you have built?

  4. Thanks, Mike!

    Viki, thanks for commenting! I do a lot of playing with letters to come up with names. Sometimes I search baby name sites for inspiration. And I've gathered a lot of words living in Ireland so I tend to create stuff that sounds vaguely Irish :-)

  5. Your a new author to me but the storyline and the except have sold me and your now on the list! Thanks for this great giveaway. I love your storyline because it has just about everything and that's what I like. I hope I get to read some of your work - thx.

  6. Thank you for sharing. I like to know about the "glamorous" world of a writer.

  7. Looking forward to starting this series!

  8. Katiria Rodriguez21 May 2014 at 17:20

    Awesome post I am also not a very good house cleaner I totally understand that these books looks and sounds fantastic! thanks for the awesome giveaway!

  9. Kathleen, thanks! I hope you enjoy my stuff.

    Mary, LOL. Yup, the writing life is all glamour :-)

    Maidenveil, thanks! Hope you like it!

    Katiria, nice to meet a kindred spirit :-)

  10. Thanks for the great giveaway!

  11. Love the sound of the series. Always great finding new authors and series. Can't wait to start it.

  12. Sounds really good, thanks for the giveaway