Alyssa here: It is my very, very great pleasure to introduce to you Madeline Martin, a writer I’ve known for a few years now. She will soon be experiencing one the best days an author can have, a debut release! A debut only comes one in a lifetime, after all. 🙂 And even more, she’s worked exceptionally hard for it while balancing family in a way that makes me want her to be my mom! Take a little time to get to know Madeline, and then enter the giveaway by commenting below!
It’s 9:30 at night and though I look like I’m sitting in a high-backed chair in an air conditioned Florida home, I’m really lost in seventeenth century Scotland where waves crash against the jagged rocks and a castle towers into a brilliant sky. There’s a man in a kilt – a great, strapping man with a knee-buckling brogue – and the beautiful English maiden who has captured his heart. They’re leaning in toward each other, the temptation for that first taste of love hot and hungry on their lips.
The pat of bare feet sounds against tile.
Then, just like in the Princess Bride, my hero and heroine freeze in their locked, unfulfilled embrace and I’m popped back into modern day reality at my dining room table with a cup of cold coffee in front of me.
I glance toward the hallway just in time to see YoungestMinion, defyer of sleep, come around the corner with her tousled blonde hair spilling over bare shoulders and an overloved, pink-gray baby blanket wrapped around her torso.
She gives me that shy smile other people fall for and says in a sweet voice. “Can you please get me some water, Momma?”
I hit save and get up from my chair. I know after the water will be an extra hug and a kiss and another tucking in.
I know it’ll take a few minutes to get back into my writing.
I know this won’t be the last time I’ll be seeing YoungestMinion emerge from her room for a completely “legitimate” reason.
This is one of the many ways being a single mom while working a full time job and trying to build a writing career is not easy.
Time is a precious commodity and one I often find myself incredibly short on. I’ve had to learn to manage time in such narrow increments, I’ve dubbed myself an official “Time Scraper”.
One of the things I decided long ago was that I would not write while the girls were awake. I don’t want them to look back on their childhood and see me slouched in front of a glowing laptop. Nor do I want to see them as teenagers and wonder how many books ago I’d missed out on them being children.
When they’re awake, we’re silly and we have fun. We bake cupcakes and decorate fairy houses and do dance offs and train for crazy races. And though it makes time a little snug for me, I don’t regret it.
I also don’t see my children as a hindrance – rather the opposite. They’re the biggest cheerleaders I could ever hope to have. In fact, the only time they ever go to bed without waking up once is when they know I have to talk to my agent. They are enormously proud of my accomplishments and will tell anyone who will listen about my book coming out. They even starred in this adorable little one minute promo video for me: http://www.madelinemartin.com/minion-reasons-to-read-deception-of-a-highlander/
The minions are also an incredible inspiration to me.
They make me want to be a stronger woman, a harder worker, a greater role model. I want them to look at me and see someone who loves them and can still be a mother who accomplishes her dreams.
The biggest sacrifice I give up to accomplish my writing and the time I spend with my girls is sleep. I usually only get about 5 hours a night, but it affords me enough time to do what I want and it’s a sacrifice I gladly make.
What sort of sacrifices do you make in life to achieve your dreams? Whoever answers will be entered for a chance to win an ecopy ARC of Deception of a Highlander before its release date on April 28, 2015.
To pay a seemingly impossible debt, Mariel Brandon has become a spy for Aaron, one of England’s deadliest minds. Aaron’s latest mission for the sharp-witted and daring Mariel is to find two people in a heavily fortified castle on the Isle of Skye, a castle headed by the clan MacDonald and the powerful Kieran. Mariel is to seduce Kieran and get him to take her to Skye. If she succeeds, Aaron promises to let Mariel’s young brother go, and to free both of them from their debt. If she fails, her brother will die.
What she doesn’t count on is craving Kieran MacDonald almost immediately upon meeting him. Now Mariel must keep a secret from Kieran—one that could get them both killed—as she tries to form a plan that will save her brother, get her out from under Aaron’s thumb once and for all, and keep her in Kieran’s strong arms forever.
Madeline Martin lives in Jacksonville, Florida with her two daughters (AKA OldestMinion and YoungestMinion) along with their two cats: SketchyCat who stares at walls and eats fuzz and LapCat who has a shoe fetish and enjoys Kung Pow peanuts. All shenanigans are detailed regularly on Twitter.
Madeline graduated from Flagler College with a degree in Business Administration and works for corporate America. Her hobbies include rock climbing, running, doing crazy races (like Mud Runs and Color Runs) and just about anything exciting she can do without getting nauseous. She’s also a history fan (really more of a full on history dork) and loves to blog about random curiosities from her research.
After living in Europe for over a decade, Madeline enjoys traveling overseas whenever she can. Her favorite place to visit thus far: Scotland.
Writing has been a passion of hers since she was a child and now she finally gets to see her lifelong dream come true with her first book, Deception of a Highlander to be released April 28, 2015 followed by Possession of a Highlander on August 11, 2015.
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