December 2013
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    I can say with great relief that I am feeling much better than in my last newsletter, although it did take a full six weeks, a couple of doctor appointments, and a stomach scope to figure out what was wrong. I'm not sure how long this was going on, but (I believe because I had my gallbladder removed a couple years ago) I had bile leaking up into my stomach. This caused it to get inflamed, even bleeding a little, which then caused my constant nausea. I'm currently taking medication for it and feel pretty much back to normal now, especially since I've FINALLY been able to sleep. I also found out, besides reacting to gluten, I actually have a wheat allergy, as in the doctor thought I should be prescribed an EpiPen, just to be safe. I didn't see that coming, but considering how I feel after I've accidentally been glutened, it doesn't surprise me. So now, even if I didn't have Celiac, there's absolutely no way I could go back to eating wheat again, ever. Oh yeah, I'm also allergic to mice. :P
    Now, with feeling better, I've had a ton of work to catch up on. I really got behind. I've been working on editing when I can, although it's being frustratingly difficult still. I'm not sure what this will mean for my publishing schedule. I'll just have to see going into next year. The holidays are a particularly bad time for getting stuff like this done. Especially with all the jewelry stuff I've been doing lately. Running an Etsy shop is way more work than I anticipated, but I'm still loving it.
    Speaking of jewelry, I've become obsessed with wire jewelry. It is incredibly beautiful. I always wanted to get into it, but wasn't sure when I should make the investment. Well, I decided to get supplies for Christmas so expect some new wire jewelry to show up in my Etsy shop in the next few weeks. I'm highly excited about it. Plus, I put in four separate orders to JoAnn Fabrics last week during their Thanksgiving and Black Friday sales on jewelry making supplies, so I'm looking forward to creating some new designs.
    And if you missed out on my 20% off jewelry sale, don't feel bad. From now until Christmas, you can get free shipping on any order of $10 or more from my shop. :) Just use the code HOLIDAYSHIP.
     Today is the last day to get any of my previously published books in paperback as well as many from my awesome fellow indie authors for 20% their usual price. You can see the list of books on my blog here. Also includes a fun giveaway!
     Speaking of giveaways, I'm holding my very first giveaway on my blog. Enter today through December 11th for a chance to win a necklace of your choice from my Etsy shop. There are several ways to get entries. Two winners will be chosen. Click here to go to my blog and enter.
     Well, my next newsletter will be in 2014. I'm quite excited about the new year. I'm anticipating a lot going on, both for me as an author and personally.
    Hope everyone has a lovely Christmas and New Year!
Time to share another story snippet. Again, I've chosen a part from Resistance. It took a while for me to decide on one that wasn't too spoilerish. My last snippet featured my main guy, Jace. This one features my main girl, Kyrin, and her twin brother.

    Kyrin peeked around to make sure no one had overheard Kaden disrespect the goddess. “You know, you could’ve just let me do this myself. You must be starved by now.”
    He shrugged, but Kyrin had never known him not to be hungry.
    “And you could’ve just let me tell Master Zocar it was Elise’s fault we were late.”
    Kyrin dunked her brush in her bucket, shoulders sagging in a sigh. “What would that have done besides make more enemies?”
    “Nothing, maybe, but at least the right person would’ve been blamed instead of you   . . . again.”
    Another little smile tugged Kyrin’s cheeks. He may be impossible at times, but without his care and concern, she wouldn’t have survived the last ten years. “Let them all blame me. It’s not like I can sink any lower in their estimation between being an Altair and branded for life as the ultimate snitch.”
    Kaden’s dark brows sunk low, voice sharpening. “Grandfather was the traitor. I don’t see why we all have to live with his shame. And it’s not your fault Master Zocar and the other instructors use you all the time.”
    “I know,” Kyrin sighed. Every time they brought her into their offices to ask about the other students’ behavior or told her to keep an eye on someone, she hated it. “But why fuel the fire?”
    Kaden made a face and went back to scrubbing. They could complain all they wanted, but when had that ever changed their circumstances?
Copyright © 2013 by Jaye L. Knight
    JewelBeat is a royalty free background music site I stumbled upon recently. If you've ever put together a book trailer, you know how hard it is to find good, royalty free stock music at an affordable price. JewelBeat tracks are only $2.99 a piece, and they have a great selection compared to some places. I haven't purchased anything from them yet, but I already have a track picked out for a Resistance book trailer.
To Win Her Heart by Karen Witemeyer is one of my favorite historical romances. Actually, I highly recommend all of Karen Witemeyer's books. She is a fantastic author. Her books are ones I pre-order months in advance, no questions asked. You can read my reviews of her first four books here.
I'm again spotlighting a blog post written by K.M. Weiland. It's one she just posted on Sunday and addresses character voice and deep POV, which is exactly what I'm working insanely hard to accomplish while editing Resistance.
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