Shifty Business Book tour and #Giveaway (2/10)

02 January 2013

Shifty BusinessShifty Business (Bend-Bite-Shift Trilogy Book 3)

Gerry Hinton thought she had the perfect career as an operative for the Company. Her next assignment should have been another "mission accomplished", but hell was delivering hand baskets that day.

When a little girl gives a mysterious silver box to Gerry, her world self-destructs. Suddenly under constant mental attacks, the only person who can save her is her partner, Nicky--but nothing comes without a cost. Secrets buried deep in the past begin to rise, threatening everything she holds dear.

If she can't out run her past, can she save her future?

About Author Olivia HardinOlivia Hardin

About the Author – Olivia Hardin realized early on how strange she was to have complete movie-like character dreams as a child. Eventually she began putting those vivid dreams to paper and was rarely without her spiral notebooks full of those mental ramblings. Her forgotten vision of becoming an author was realized when she connected with a group of amazingly talented and fabulous writers who gave her lots of direction and encouragement. With a little extra push from family and friends, she hunkered down to get lost in the words. She’s also an insatiable crafter who only completes about 1 out of 5 projects, a jogger who hates to run, and is sometimes accused of being artistic, though she’s generally too much of a perfectionist to appreciate her own work. A native Texas girl, Olivia lives in the beautiful Lone Star state with her husband and their puppy Bonnie.

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Witch Way Bends (Book 1 of the Bend-Bite-Shift Trilogy)

Bitten Shame: (Book 2 in the Bend-Bite-Shift Trilogy)

Shifty Business: (Book 3 of the Bend-Bite-Shift Trilogy) (Volume 3)

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Daily Energy Drains... Or why I always have music playing

Yesterday, I shared where I draw my personal energy from, today; I'll share with you which everyday tasks take up most of my energy.

On any given normal day, it was always picking up the toys left out from the previous night. I spent the hours while all three kids were in school roaming around the apartment picking up all the toys that they didn't get before going to bed. Then after all the toys were picked up, I would start cleaning; now if you read yesterday's post you know that when I need an energy boost I start a playlist and instantly feel rejuvenated, but when it comes to doing the same tedious tasks every single day, I get slack in doing them.
Since living in this small two bedroom apartment with three kids isn't really conductive to keeping a spotless place, I often found myself doing the same things every day, and don't get me started on laundry. i never knew such little people could go through so many clothes! Living in an apartment that does not let us have a washer or dryer, I have to take the laundry to a laundromat every time. So, I'd spend an hour each night gathering up and sorting all the clothes; then after getting the house mostly clean, I would pack everything up in the car and take it all down to the laundromat. Mind you this was not an everyday task, more like every other day, but I felt as though I was always doing something with the laundry. I will be so glad when we get into the new house this month, it comes with a washer and dryer.. No more lugging those baskets from the house to the car!

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One more thing that I find sucks the energy right out of me is HOMEWORK! With all three kids in a different grade, you can guarantee that each day someone will have homework. I try to let the kids do most of it by themselves, but find that if I do not stand watch they will zone out or do something totally different than what they are supposed to be doing. Sometimes I felt as though I needed to go back to school to become a teacher, just because I often times have to re-teach the kids something they learned that day. It seems as if most things do not stick with them after coming home.

So, what daily tasks do you find drain your energy the most?  Do you have any homework tips for this frazzled mom?


This blog post is part of NaBloPoMo January 2013.  The theme this month is “Energy” and today’s prompt was “Which daily tasks take up the most of your energy?”  Check out other great blogs that are participating and feel free to join the fun!