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Monday, November 12, 2012

GUEST BLOG and giveaway: Dianne Hartsock


This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. Dianne will be awarding a $10 gift card from All Romance Ebooks to a randomly drawn commenter during the tour. Click on the tour banner above to see the other stops on her tour.

Time Management: Juggling plates and I’ve already broken three

Publisher: Can you add another 15k to this story by the end of the week? *smash!*

Daughter: You said we’d go to lunch today. Why are you still on the computer? *crash!*

Job: We need you to go from part time to full time. *kaboom!*

So how does one juggle time trying to be a full time parent, floral designer, and writer? Answer? You can probably guess it… Very carefully!

I’ll give you an example of my typical day/week. Keep in mind; this might not be practical or even desirable for anyone else. I just know it works for me. Sorta.

Okay! Up at 7, shower, dress, and on the computer by 7:30.

7:30-9: Social networking, guest blogs, dealing with email. Yes, and playing too much on Facebook! If I’m very lucky maybe I’ll even having time for my WIP.

9-1: Breakfast, go to work and create with flowers. Then home for my half-hour lunch. *way too short!* Check email, answer comments on guests spots wherever they may be that day.

1:30-6p.m.: More playing with flowers. The shop is also a gift/coffee/book store so a lot of dealing with customers, also.

6-9: Home, visit with hubby *smile!*, dinner, family time, back on the computer by 9.

9-12a.m.: Writing guest blogs *like this one*, socializing, edits, writing on WIP!

I also have two days off during the week, Thursday and Sunday. This is definitely family time, errands, and when I do the bulk of my creative writing.

As you can see, a very full schedule and quite the balancing act. But more often than not, I’ll have a day like this one. I’m sitting here in my writing room *I finally have one!* looking out the picture window on a sunny day, fall colors in the trees and garden, and blogging about my newly released book. Sure, writing is hard work; no one said it would be otherwise. But there’s nothing I’d rather be doing, and when I receive that cover art for a new book in my inbox, it’s all been worth it.

Here’s to hoping you can find your own balance in life!

About the Author:
After growing up in California and spending the first ten years of marriage in Colorado, I now live in the beautiful Willamette Valley of Oregon with my incredibly patient husband, who puts up with the endless hours I spend hunched over the keyboard letting my characters play.

I have to say, Oregon’s raindrops are the perfect setting in which to write my slightly twisted tales. There’s something about being cooped up in the house while it pours rain outside, a fire crackles on the hearth inside, and a cup of hot coffee warms my hands which kindles my imagination.

Currently, I work as a floral designer in a locally-owned gift shop. Which is the perfect job for me. When not writing, I can express myself through the rich colors and textures of flowers and foliage.


Darkness is spreading in the world with only the powerful Agenor family to oppose it. In the guise of a stone gargoyle atop the castle walls, Adrian has protected Philip, the young heir, since birth, watching him grow from childhood into a strong but lonely man without love.

When the clan chief, Philip’s father, is murdered by those he trusted, Adrian resumes his human form to better protect his beloved Philip. And finds his love returned. As lovers, their passion is all-consuming, but as they fight against treachery from within, will their love be enough to stem the dark tide sweeping the land? And will it be enough to keep Adrian’s heart alive…


Goddess Fish Promotions said...

Thank you for hosting today.

Debby said...

It is tough to juggle everything. I have issues with that and I am not a writer.
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diannehartsock said...

Thank you LASR for having me as your guest on your lovely site today!

diannehartsock said...

Hi Debby! I'm glad you made it by. Life just gets crazy sometimes, huh?

Anonymous said...

Quite a day, I am glad mine is a little easier. I like the blurb of the new book. Shifter m/m can be very interesting and more romantic. Thanks for the gifts.

diannehartsock said...

Thanks for stopping by Suzzanne! I've only recently discovered shifter romances and love them!

Anonymous said...

Yikes, exhausting schedule! But the book sounds lovely...


elaing8 said...

I wish I could keep a schedule. Things keep popping up and throw me off :)
Philip's Watcher sounds really good.Looking forward to reading it.

diannehartsock said...

Hi Vitajex. Yes, sometimes my days are very exhausting! If you have any secrets to make them easier... :)

diannehartsock said...

Hi Elain, so glad you made it! I couldn't get anything done without a schedule, believe me.

Juliana said...

Thanks for the post! I love MM shifters!
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gigi said...

Thanks for the great post!


diannehartsock said...

Hi Juliana! I'm developing quite a thing for m/m shifters as well. Yum....

diannehartsock said...

Hi gigi, so glad you made it over!

Loveless3173 said...

Wow!! That is seriously one hell of a hectic schedule!! like... really! LOL..
But so glad you can fit your books in there. >o< I love em! lol...

Gonna try to be at all the stops! I look forward to the rest of the tour!


diannehartsock said...

Hi Judi! Thanks for coming by. At the moment I only have one project going, which gives me a little time to read again. Love that!

Yvette said...

Shifter romance is one of my favorites.

diannehartsock said...

Hi Yvette! Nice to see you here. :) Shifters...mmm....

Urb said...

You are both organized and energetic! I could not handle half if that! Thanks for the post.

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diannehartsock said...

Hi Urb! I TRY to stay organized. Some days are better than others. :)

Anonymous said...

People who love what they are doing have that extra energy to keep a super busy schedule.

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Emily said...

Wow, you're a crazy busy person! I'm surprised you have time to write. Good luck juggling everything!