#AuthorLife with Brenda Drake




My New Year Resolution is all about getting organized and having balance in my life. Here are five of the things I’m using to accomplish it.


1. Bullet Journal. I’m excited about this one. Not only is it creative, but it’s also also a fun way to keep track of to-do lists and record what you did for the day. Even space to enter your thoughts for each day. Something fun to look back on later in life and for your loved ones to look back on your life once you’ve passed to the hereafter.


2. Bedtime Alarm. It’s on your iPhone. Not sure if other phones have it. I’ve been using it for a few months already. Since I can get lost in writing or binge-watching things on Netflix and nudges me when it’s time for the bedtime I’ve set in it, and it gently wakes me in the morning.


3. Pacemaker goal setter on https://www.pacemaker.press. You can set your writing goals and know exactly how many words or pages you need to write each day to finish your book on deadline.


4. Relax Melodies App. You can play soothing melodies to help you fall asleep and keep you snoozing until morning. Go here for more information: https://www.ipnos.com/apps/relax-melodies/


5. Trello to create boards for current projects. It also can take place of a bullet journal if you’d rather keep records and schedules on an app or on your computer. Check it out here: https://trello.com/



Check out Brenda’s new release, Analiese Rising!



When a stranger gives Analiese Jordan a list of names before he dies, the last thing she expects to see is her own on it. Not. Cool. Her search for answers leads to the man’s grandson, Marek, who has dangerous secrets of his own. Both are determined to unlock the mystery of the list.

But the truth is deadly. Analiese is a descendant of the God of Death, known as a Riser, with the power to raise the dead and control them. Finding out she has hidden powers? Cool. Finding out she turns corpses into killers? No, thank you.

Now the trail plants her and Marek in the middle of a war between gods who apparently want to raise an army of the Risen, and Analiese must figure out how to save the world—from herself.






Brenda Drake grew up the youngest of three children, an Air Force brat, and the continual new kid at school. Her fondest memories growing up is of her eccentric, Irish grandmother’s animated tales, which gave her a strong love for storytelling. With kids of all ages populating Brenda’s world, it was only fitting that she would choose to write stories with a bend toward the fantastical for both younger readers and the young at heart. And because she married her prince charming, there’s always a romance warming the pages. Her favorite books are The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis, Kings Row by Henry Bellamann, and Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins. When she’s not writing, she hosts workshops and contests for writers such as Pitch Wars and Pitch Madness on her blog, and holds Twitter pitch parties on the hashtag, #PitMad. In her free time, Brenda enjoys hanging out with her family, haunting libraries, bookstores, and coffee shops, or just reading someplace quiet and not at all exotic (much to her disappointment).

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