My Pint-Sized Rock of Happiness & Health

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Hang out on my Instagram (or, really…everywhere I am) for any length of time and you’ll see that I’m madly in love with my little dog, Rocky. My sons joke that in the case of a fire, I’d save him instead of them–to which I reply they are nearly seventeen years old and can save themselves, while Rocky is a helpless little buddy with itty bitty legs. He needs me.

But the truth is, I need him.

He hasn’t been officially trained to be a service dog, but he provides me service every single day. He knows when my ME/CFS/FM is flaring, when my pain is high or my energy low. He lies with his warm, soft body pressed against mine and just breathes. His steady, deep breathing eases my own, calms my mind, and helps me to get the kind of restorative rest I need.

I love him with all my heart. Okay, there’s some room in there for my sons, and hubby, too. Room for everyone! Somehow, Rocky helps with that, too. He’s a miracle is what he is.

I love this infographic on all the benefits of owning a dog. Because, find the right furry friend and you’ll not only be happier, but healthier, too. I am a believer! Are you? Tell me about your doggies–bonus for pictures! And if you haven’t found your “one” yet, check out PuppySpot.com.

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What is a Super Mom?

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There’s lots of talk about “super moms”. Women tell each other, “Wow, you’re a real super mom” when they hear someone else speak of all they do for their children. It’s not a put-down…necessarily. But it’s not always a compliment, either. Or rather, it’s one of those two-faced compliments.

One face is saying, “you’re doing a great job!” while the other face is saying, “I don’t do all that stuff for my kids and I get angry–I bet she never gets angry–and I screw up all the time and look how nice she looks when I’m just wearing yoga pants and haven’t put on any makeup. Man. I suck! I’m the worst mom ever!”

Few women would ever dare say, “I’m a super mom!” Who would have the guts? Who would even think that? Especially right after Mother’s Day when every mom everywhere is recovering from a day of guilt and shame and doubt.

Yet, I have the nerve to declare in my bio that I, Ali Cross, am a Super Mom.

Because I get tons done in a day? Because I am raising perfect children who are always showered, teeth brushed, dressed impeccably? Because my children get straight A’s, are never late for school, never miss school, are never sick in a day? Because I cook healthy dinners, pack delicious lunches and feed my children healthy breakfasts every day?

NO!

I am a Super Mom because I care. Because I am doing all I can, every day, to love and serve and help. Because I worry. Because I am grateful for the two beings I am entrusted with.

I am not perfect. Oh, there are so many, many ways in which I am not perfect. But …

I AM a Super Mom … and so, my friend, are you.

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Check out this Giant SciFi/Fantasy eBook Sale!

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Andrea Pearson is awesome. She regularly has these multi-author events. This time, she’s gathered more than 110 authors, with every book in the promotion only 99cents!

Go here, see books listed by their movie rating (isn’t that cool?), and discover new stories to dive into! (My book, Blood Crown has joined the party – if you haven’t picked it up yet, now’s your chance!)

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Have a great day, everyone!

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My Latest Book, FROZEN SOULS, is Here!

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A Big Deal for Little Me!

Today marks the birthday for my book, Frozen Souls, one of the first twelve stories to be included in the new Kindle Worlds Runes Universe release. This is the first YA Kindle World and it’s a huge honor to be included alongside NYT bestselling authors like Tawny Stokes and Stephany Wallace and more. Not to mention Ednah Walters, the creator of the Runes Universe, herself.

Celebrate With Us!

Today there will be parties all day long on Facebook! I think the partying lasts even beyond that, but today is a big day, and *I’m* hosting the party at 3:30 (MST) for a whole hour. Please come keep me company.

PLUS,
I’ll be giving away a signed copy of Frozen Souls.

Now, there’s something you need to know … You will never be able to BUY a copy of Frozen Souls. It will only ever be available in digital, unless you win a copy. I’ll be giving them away over time, but there will only be 25 copies ever in print. They’ll be numbered and pretty darn special, I think.

JOIN THE PARTY!

Pick it Up Today!

Sai Luk is more comfortable with the dead than the living. For 900 years, he’s been shepherding souls to Valhalla and keeping company with souls; careful not to let anyone breach the walls around his heart.

As a sixteen-year-old slave girl, Elpi Moros found her soul mate among the Jin’s vast army. For the briefest moment, they knew happiness. But when Sai is killed on the battlefield, she drives a knife into her heart, unable to face a lifetime without him. She’s been escorting souls to the underworld ever since, enduring an eternity with a broken heart.

Destiny drove them apart, but when they’re both given missions in Kayville, Oregon, their love draws them together. With competing assignments and dueling destinies, will Sai and Elpi choose to honor their masters, or their love?

BUY ON AMAZON

 

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How to Create a 3D Cover for Your Book (with Photoshop)

| About Marketing, About Publishing

Wow, well I can do a lot of self-service things in indie publishing, but for the life of me I have not been able to create 3D cover images of my books! And as you probably know, this is uber important for various marketing efforts. Gah!

But tonight I kept looking, kept trying and huzzah! Finally figured it out. AND it uses a FREE Photoshop action that will rock your world.

You’re going to want Photoshop, either Elements or one of the more expensive options (I use Photoshop Creative Cloud). There’s also a free 30-day trial you can get.

You’re also going to want to pull up this website: PSDCovers.com.

And finally … watch this video! It’s super easy to follow and the whole process is amazingly easy. Hope this helps someone else out there!

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Pretty Lunch Ladies Who Make Delicious Food?

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It’s gotta be a joke right? Oh, but it’s so much more. It’s danger and mystery and super exciting! It’s The W.H.O. Files: Potions in the Pizza by Mikey Brooks!

 

Ten-year-old twins Ethan and Emmy’s parents have never told their kids what they do for a living. Then just before Halloween, Ethan, Emmy, and their best friend Jax discover a HUGE secret: could their parents actually be . . . witch hunters?

Buy it now on Amazon!

I read an ARC of Potions in the Pizza and I so loved it! It’s fun and smart and has a fantastic mystery. I think you’ll love it, too!

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How to Be Authentic (the simple version)

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A couple weeks ago, I was sitting in the ladies’ church meeting. I love them, but they’re usually a pretty sedate affair. We sing a hymn, have a lesson, share insights and spiritual experiences, stuff like that. One day, my favorite teacher surprised us with a little something outside the box.

Still, I felt reserved and careful, like I was holding myself back. Which, honestly, is typical of how I often feel in life, not only in church.

Instead of a hymn, we sang the 80’s song “I’m Walking on Sunshine” by Katrina and the Waves (who I’ve actually seen in concert! Woot!).

 

At first, we sang the song as church women. It was nice. It was fine. But as we sang this free and liberating song, something inside me kind of snapped. But in a good way. I decided to have fun. I decided not to think about where I was or who I was with, but rather who I am.

I let all my inhibitions go, and sang.

Now, I don’t know if everyone around me made the same decision at the same time, or if my example had something to do with it, but suddenly this whole classroom filled with benign church ladies was a-hoppin’!

And that’s when I had an epiphany.

In order to be yourself,
you have to let go of your inhibitions.

It sounds easy, but most of the time we’ve been holding onto those inhibitions like they’re our shield against the outside world. Heaven forbid someone think we’re weird, dumb, or … gasp! … fun.

I’ve been trying to let go of mine. So far, I’ve only been about 80% successful, but it feels good to be trying. Hey, that means that 20% of the time I’m feeling more like my true, authentic self. I’m free. I’m alive.

I am weird. I am a goof and a dummy. I am all kinds of awkward and while I might not be fun, I’m having fun. And man, that feels good!

So play along with me, my friends. Try lightening up a bit, and let your bad self shine.

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The Runes Universe is the Real Deal!

| About Ali's Books

I participated in a HUGE Cover Reveal for the Runes Universe last Friday and WOW! What an experience! I felt like a little tiny baby just barely learning how to sit up, but I did it! It was so much fun and pretty amazing to see the way Ednah Walters’ fans love her Runes Series. I hope they enjoy my contribution to the Runes Universe!

He’s a Valkyrie, she’s a Grimnir. Their love is frozen in time.

Sai Luk is more comfortable with the dead than the living. For 1800 years, he’s been shepherding souls to Valhalla and keeping company with ghosts; careful not to let anyone breach the walls around his heart.

As a sixteen-year-old slave girl, Elpi Moros found her soul mate among Genghis Khan’s vast army. For the briefest moment, they knew happiness. But when Sai is killed on the battlefield, she drives a knife into her heart, unable to face a lifetime without him. She’s been escorting souls to the underworld ever since, enduring an eternity with a broken heart.

Destiny drove them apart, but when they are both given missions in Kayville, Oregon, their love draws them together. With competing assignments and dueling destinies, will Sai and Elpi choose to honor their masters, or the love that claimed their hearts, long, long ago?

COMING SOON TO AMAZON!

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Finally! There’s a New Book Coming Out!

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I’ve been super hush-hush about this one, too since it’s part of a brand new Kindle World!

Lucky Me = Lucky YOU!

I am so grateful for this opportunity! Ednah Walters writes kick-butt stories set in a world just like ours where the Norse gods are real and Valkyries and Grimnirs reap souls for Hell or Valhalla. And Amazon has picked up this Runes Series for it’s own Kindle World! AND, I get to be one of the twelve authors chosen to be the first to release books in this world! Lucky Me!

To spread the news and, of course, to celebrate, there are amazing events and giveaways planned to reveal to you each of the twelve stories and authors involved in this release. Lucky YOU!

I hope you’ll join in on the fun, enter to win prizes, discover new books and new authors, and help us spread the news! Thank you! xoxo

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Finish the Desolation Series for Free!

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Now’s your chance to find out what happens to Desi and Michael, James, Miri, Longinus and Fiahre for free! If you’ve already read it, please consider leaving a review! I hope you enjoy the story!

Destined (Desolation #3)

The fate of Midgard will be decided.

The goddess of Helheimer is bent on reclaiming what once was hers. The nine worlds are drawn into war, over Hell, over Earth, with innocent humans as collateral.

When all seems lost, Desi discovers the meaning of the spark that lives within her and is offered her final choice: eternal peace or the weight of Thor’s Hammer in the battle for Midgard.

DOWNLOAD NOW FOR FREE!

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