Planning with Anxiety.

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As much as you try and plan plan plan for everything to keep any anxiety at bay, anxiety is always hovering, because things failing are a stick anxiety uses to beat you with. You can’t plan for late buses, for there not being a computer free to use in the library, for the rain, etc. So it’s how you deal with the disappointments. You can bring a book to read while you wait for the next bus, you can find an internet cafe, or a McDonald’s for WiFi, and you can keep an umbrella on you in case of rain.

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Book Blitz. Cupcakes and Crooked Spoons. Charity. B.

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Cupcakes and Crooked Spoons

by Charity B.
Publication Date: June 11, 2018
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance

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*Tavin*
Ever since Toben told me to make my first birthday wish, I always wish for the same thing: for us to run away to a beautiful place where they won’t ever find us or hurt us again. He’s the only person in the world who loves me. I love him too. He’s says we’re the same, that we’re halfpeople. He tries to protect me from the monster. The monster does’t love us, but Toben says we don’t need him to. Toben is all I need. He’s the reason I keep waking up every morning, in this scary life, praying for the day my eyes stay closed.

*Toben*
Tavin is the most precious thing in my life. She gives me a purpose. I love her more than the air in my lungs, and it’s because of her that I’m able to hang on to some semblance of who I once was. His sinister cruelty has taken its toll, causing something to change inside of me. She can’t ever know the things I’ve done. The things he’s made me do, and the things I’ve done because of my own darkening heart. She wouldn’t understand that I did those things for her. Everything breath I take, every soul I crush is for her. It’s all for her.

Trigger Warning: This novel contains drug use, explicit sexual content, violence, extreme child abuse, and sensitive subject matter which may be triggering to some readers.

Sweetened Suffering

Sweet Treats Trilogy
by Charity B.
Publication Date: April 22, 2018
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance

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Tavin:
The problem with getting what you’ve always wanted, is the chance of losing it. Before I met Alexander, I was blissfully blind, unaware of what was possible. Now that I’ve seen the colors of his world, I don’t know how to go back to the dreariness of mine. As much as I want to allow myself to dream of a life that I never knew was possible, the doubts still dig their claws into my mind and I fear the darkness of my past will destroy it all.

Alexander:
Not my wildest dreams or darkest nightmares could have prepared me for the intricacy that is Tavin Winters. As sweet and gentle as she is, the violence and torment that has been woven into every day of her past remains evident. He will pay for what he’s done to her, and I will do my best to give her the serenity she deserves. However this plays out, I will always love her and I will always protect her…even if it’s from herself.

Trigger Warning: This novel contains drug use, explicit sexual content, violence, child abuse, and sensitive subject matter that may be triggering for some readers.

Candy Coated Chaos

Sweet Treats Trilogy
by Charity B.
Publication Date: February 15, 2018
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance

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Alexander

Being with Tavin is like eating those candies that start out sweet and then turn so sour, your eyes water. When she’s happy, her radiance is stunning, but her glow is dimmed by her dark secrets. I knew from the moment I laid eyes on her, sucking on that lollipop, that there was something unique about her. I was right in more ways than one, and while I don’t know the extent of suffering that her life entails, I’ll do whatever I need to, to convince her she can trust me. I just need to hang on to her long enough to do that.
Tavin

When he wraps his arms around me, and his warmth makes me feel safe, it’s easy to pretend that this is real. I knew going out with him was a bad idea, I just never imagined it would go this far. It was only supposed to be one night. One night to feel like a normal girl. I didn’t plan for this and now, every day that passes puts us deeper in danger. All I can do is make the most of every moment with him, so when the time comes for this to end, then at least we’ll be left with beautiful memories.

Trigger Warning: This novel contains drug use, explicit sexual content, violence, and sensitive subject matter which may be triggering for some readers.

About Charity B.

Charity B. lives in Salem Oregon with her husband and ornery little boy. Candy Coated Chaos is her debut novel and has more titles preparing for release in 2018. She has always loved to read and write, but began her love affair with dark romance when she read C.J. Robert’s The Dark Duet. She has a passion for the disturbing and sexy and wants nothing more than to give her readers the ultimate book hangover. In her spare time when she’s not chasing her son, she enjoys reading, the occasional TV show binge, and is deeply inspired by music.

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4 Questions with Shelby Eileen.

Shelby Eileen

Tell us about you, and your writing (themes, influences etc.)

Hi, I’m Shelby! I’m a writer but I can’t seem to talk about myself very eloquently or much at all. I’m Canadian and queer and a Gryffindor and not very interesting! My first poetry collection, soft in the middle, was very introspective and dealt with love and heartbreak, body image, growing into my asexuality and exploring my romantic orientation. It was basically a book about all these things that I had been feeling for a long, long time and writing them down was a way of making them known and letting them go. My second poetry collection, sunfish, is incredibly different. It focuses solely on family relationships and with this one, I actually had some very specific influences. Kehlani’s debut album, Reyna Biddy’s A Psalm For Us, a short story called The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, and the novel You’ll Miss Me When I’m Gone by Rachel Lynn Solomon all played a really key part in writing sunfish. I love to draw inspiration from lots of different art mediums, obviously!

What are some of the ways in which you promote your work, and do you find these add, or eat into, your time writing?

I rely heavily on twitter to promote my work, with some promotion thrown in on Instagram. I don’t do much besides talk about my writing and post links to where my books can be found and purchased. I don’t think promotion really affects the time that I have to write, but it does greatly affect my mental health in a fairly negative way. It’s extremely hard for me to ask for attention because I feel like I don’t deserve it, I guess. I get very self-conscience and hypercritical of myself in the way I talk about my work. It is not easy having to self-promote when you have imposter syndrome or are generally an insecure person.

What projects are you working on at present?

Right this second, I’m not doing anything because sunfish has JUST been released. I have lots of wips to get back to when I feel ready though. I’ve got ideas for a few contemporary YA/NA novels, a NA paranormal story, an adult romance, and 2 halfway finished poetry projects. I can definitely see myself getting more poetry out there before anything bigger.

What does poetry mean to you?

Poetry, to me, is honesty. I’ve never written from a place of total fiction or elaborate story telling with my poetry, and I’ve not really read much of that sort either, so I definitely see and appreciate the truth in poetry. It really comforts me to both read and write pieces that shine light on something that’s been kept in the dark for too long. Poetry and candor are just so closely intertwined for me.

sunfish

A poetry collection exploring fractured familial relationships, fresh grief surrounding the death of the author’s grandparents from years before, and living in the loss of what could have been. Many of these poems are letters- whether they’ll make it to who they’re meant for is a wearisome wondering, a mystery to be solved in the next life.