I’m hosting a guest post today by Rose Shababy, author of “The Blue Effect”, the book I reviewed yesterday, and enjoyed reading! I hope you enjoy the guest post!
I sat down recently to write a different guest post as part of a blog tour I’ve been doing for the release of my debut novel, The Blue Effect. The blogger gave me several topics to choose from, one being “A Day in the Life of…”
I ended up picking a different topic because it didn’t specify a day in the life of who. Did they mean one of my characters? Me? My cat?
Even as I wrote about a different topic, I couldn’t help thinking about it.
Surely, I told myself, it couldn’t be that hard to write about myself. And I thought about my day to day life and realized what a boring topic. I’m pretty sure a day in the life of my cat would be far more exciting than mine.
Think about it. She lounges about, eating and sleeping and playing with her cute little catnip toys while I’m at work immersed in paperwork, fielding phone calls from sometimes unhappy customers, and dealing with the usual banalities of an office job.
Even when I’m not at the day job, I’m in my home office writing, researching, thinking and dwelling on my books and stories. Meanwhile, the cat is exploring the outdoors, getting her belly rubbed by other family members, laying in slumber in whatever patch of sun she can find.
Yeah, the life of a cat sounds pretty sweet. Not very glamorous, but then, neither is my life.
That’s what it takes to achieve your goals sometimes. Dedication, a lot of work and long days. I’d like to say I see an end in sight, but who knows how long it will take me to reach my dreams, or if I’ll ever reach them at all.
The idea of never accomplish what I’ve set out to accomplish is kind of a downer, but I’m pretty sure it doesn’t matter in the least. Ralph Waldo Emerson said “Life is a journey, not a destination.” And it’s true.
My journey can be seen in my writing. Everything you need to know about me, about my life, is there in those characters and ideas and stories.
I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.
The Blue Effect
Author: Rose Shababy
Genre: Adult Urban Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Blue Brennan is jaded and bitter despite her pinup girl looks and quick wit. Night after night, she scours the Seattle club scene looking for someone or something to fill the emptiness inside.
When she meets the mysterious Kasey, her world stops… literally. He claims she has the ability to control time and stuns her even further when he reveals his own gifts.
Blue is inexplicably drawn to Kasey and reluctantly enters his world filled with a new breed of humanity. They’re misfits like her, blessed or cursed with powerful abilities, struggling to hide their differences from the rest of society.
Then the group discovers a nameless, faceless sociopath with nightmarish powers; and he’s coming for Blue. She’s left reeling when they discover her gifts are the key to defeating his terrible evil and saving them all.
Now she must race against the clock to harness her own powers and save her new friends. Can she be more than a renegade? Can she be a hero too?
Rose Shababy and her family reside in eastern Washington State. Rose grew up in the Northwest but swears she’s going to move to warmer climates someday. She’s claimed this for over 20 years, however, and has yet to move more than 75 miles away from her mother.
Rose has a deep love of all things Star Trek and yearns to travel the heavens, as well as an intense desire to be bitten by a radioactive spider. Unfortunately she sucks at science and math so she hasn’t been able bring her dreams to life, instead living vicariously through books, comics, television and film. She hopes to someday make a million dollars so she can afford to buy her way to the international space station, but she’d settle for being able to fly around the world and leap tall buildings in a single bound.
Rose also loves to cook and worked for years in a gourmet Italian grocery and deli where she learned to hone her skills. She prepares culinary masterpieces for her family, but fervently wishes the dishes would wash themselves. Especially now that her dishwashers/children are nearly grown and only one still lives at home.
Rose likes to use her free time wisely. For instance, she likes to daydream, will often read for hours until she falls asleep on the couch with an electric blanket and a warm tabby cat curled up on her hip, as well as spending cozy weekend days watching Syfy movies like Sharknado and Mega Piranha with her husband.
If Rose were a cartoon animal, she’d prefer to be a wise old owl or a sleek and sexy jaguar, but in reality she’d probably be a myopic mole with coke-bottle glasses.