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Shock the Clock: Wisdom About Time Management by Writer Jeanette Levellie

Jeanette Levellie Shock the Clock cover

Are you a procrastinating procrastinator? Or just a busy bee?

You are not alone.

Well-loved writer and prolific speaker, Jeanette Levellie, is a recovering perfectionist and accomplished multi-tasker. This is why, in her third book, Shock the Clock: Time Management for Writers and Other Creatives, Jeanette presents a unique approach to time management based on personality types.

If you have kids, friends, and/or pets, work a day job, or got an A+ in Procrastination 101, you will benefit from the tools Jeanette has learned and used to write and publish hundreds of columns, stories, articles, and three books—in her spare time.

Unlike other time management programs, this unique approach helps you focus on your strengths and minimize your weaknesses to make the best use of your limited writing or other creative time.

Here, a few thoughts from Jeanette:

What inspired you to write Shock the Clock: Time Management for Writers and Other Creatives? I noticed that all the time management books I’d read were based on the writer’s personality type—mostly Choleric, or Type A—which doesn’t work if you are an introvert or ditzy, like many writers. I decided to write a book that addressed how you can manage your time, based on various personalities.

How would you describe this book to someone in a 30-second blurb? If you got an A+ in procrastination, can’t find your car keys, and might need a lifetime pass to Clutterbugs Anonymous, you can benefit from this lighthearted approach to managing your time and getting more writing done.

How did you research or plan your book? I planned the book based on classes I’ve taught at writers conferences on time management, which were well-attended and from which I received a lot of positive feedback. I also threw in some funny articles on clutter control, a list of 40 tips and secrets I’ve discovered (the hard way) for saving time, and a bunch of fun cartoons drawn by my artist son.

What do you hope readers will take away from your book? I hope writers and other creatives—from artists to musicians to movie producers to Play-doh sculptors—will be encouraged by God and my words so that they can learn to manage time, even if born disorganized and discombobulated like me.

Sound like a winner? I thought so. You can pre-order your copy of Shock the Clock over at Amazon. And RSVP to Jeanette’s launch party — games and prized included — over on Facebook!3 final

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About Jeanette Levellie: A spunky pastor’s wife of thirty-plus years, Jeanette Levellie authors a weekly humor/inspirational column, God is Greater, a popular feature in her local newspaper since 2001. She has published stories in Guideposts anthologies, stories in Love is a Verb Devotional with Gary Chapman, articles in Christian and secular magazines, greeting card verses, and poems for calendars. She is also a prolific speaker for both Christian and secular groups, and loves to make people laugh while sharing her love for God and life.

Jeanette is the mother of two grown children, three grandchildren, and servant to four cats. She lives in Paris (not the French one), IL, with her husband, Kevin. Her hobbies include dining out, talking baby talk to her cats, avoiding housework, reading, and watching old classic movies. 

Learn more about Jeanette, and her other books and projects, at www.jeanettelevellie.com.

Terms of Surrender Released!

Terms of Surrender by Sheila SeabrookTerms of Surrender is finally here. This is book 2 in my Rocky Mountain Romance series and I’m already hard at work on book 3.

As the mother of two boys, I always thought my youthful secondary characters would mirror my children. I mean, I love the male species, whether they be young, old, or anywhere in-between. I love writing from their point-of-view, and with two wonderful boys and a loving husband, I have plenty of opportunity to delve into the male psych.

But then my youngest sister gave birth to a couple of sweet little girls, and I fell in love with my two precious—and precocious—nieces. Naturally when I began to write Terms of Surrender, and Laura and Lisa slipped onto the pages, their personalities picked up many of my nieces’ traits.

It seems I’m destined to write about manly men who are surrounded by females of all ages.

Here’s the back cover blurb. Enjoy!

A woman in need…
ER nurse Harley Jane Davis has dedicated her life to helping others. Now she’s the one in trouble, and the only person she can rely on is Gage Toryn—the man she’s secretly been in love with for years.

A man on the edge…
Gage would do anything for Harley, except give in to the hungry passion that sparks between them. He’s hiding a terrible secret, one guaranteed to destroy any chance at a relationship. And even though Harley haunts his dreams and makes him want to be a better man, he knows she could never love him if she learned about his ugly past.

Family, future, forever…
When a situation with Gage’s brother endangers Harley and his nieces, Gage offers them refuge in his home—and the battered pieces of his heart. But can he overcome his fear of commitment and open up about the past? Or will his secret destroy his last chance to have a relationship—and a real family—with the only woman he’s ever loved?

To read an excerpt, click here.

While Terms of Surrender is still rolling out to all of the major online bookstores, it’s currently available at the following:

Ebook: Amazon USAmazon CAAmazon UKSmashwords
Paperback: Amazon USAmazon UK

Am I Selfish?

Am I selfish to want more time for myself, my writing?  Does it make me a bad person that I’m happy my kids are attending summer day camp for the next two weeks?  I mean, I did sign on as Stay-at-Home Mom.  When we married, it was agreed that my husband would assume the work/financial support role while I took on the house and kids.  Eventually it was understood I’d transition back into the workforce, once the kids were out of the house…

But I’m writing and publishing NOW, despite the fact it will be half a dozen years before my youngest moves out to college.  So technically, I’m breaking the agreement.  But I can’t help it.  I love to write.  I want to write.  And something needs to fill my days other than household chores, else I go mad.

So it’s with enthusiasm and joy that I dropped my kids off at the camp this morning.  I’m starting a new project, looking forward to a new release… 

Life is good.  Life is fulfilling.  Yet I feel guilty.  Okay, I don’t harbor a LOT of guilt, but I do have some.  Is it me?  Am I alone? 

I know mothers who work “outside” the home experience a conflict between duties, families and chores pulling at them as bosses and coworkers do the same.  But in my case, I’m bringing this upon myself.  Voluntarily.  I don’t HAVE to work.  I WANT to work.  I’m happier when I work, creating, sharing.  I need to work.  It’s an outlet.  It keeps me sane.  Yet sometimes, I can’t shake the feeling that I’m “sneaking” it in between the layers of my real life.

Maybe when I earn enough to support myself and the family I won’t feel this way.  Maybe not.  I’m not sure.  I’m conflicted.  Anyone else feel the same?

 

Coming Down from Vacation

Went to Colorado for spring break with the family and I’ll tell you, vacation really unplugs me.  So far out of my routine, my mind disconnects and I lose track of the flow for everyday life.  A good thing, I know (unless you have 100 things going on that need attention!).

But we can all use a break and what better place than the Colorado Rockies?  Especially this time of year.  Blue skies, warm temps, not much snow (but who noticed?).  There was plenty enough on the ski runs!

I have a girlfriend who invites the family and I out every year to stay with her for a week and while we don’t always make it, we do enjoy the years we can.  After all, this is the woman responsible for introducing me to my husband.  Back in our younger day, we were on spring break, took a ski trip and spotted the handsome devil in a bar in Vail (not the advisable place to meet one’s future spouse, but suffice it say, 16 years and 2 kids later we’re doing just fine).

So we have somewhat of a soft spot for this location.  And now that the kids love it (and my girlfriend, her dog, her sense of fun and spirit of adventure…), we all enjoy the trip!  But alas, reality hits and the vacation ends and it’s time to return to the daily business of living.  And now it’s time for me to move back into the “zone” and prepare for spring. I have vegetables to plant (and harvest — my sweet onions are nearly ready!), a WIP to finalize and prepare for May release, a blog hop to launch—and then of course there’s summer break to look forward.  Hello beach, here I come!

Life is good.  How about you?  What do you do to unwind? Do you find it difficult to plug back in?

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