There is a famous saying: “Luck is hard work meets opportunity.”
I remember watching an interview with Will Smith and he answered a question with a spiel about how when he was young, his father would often tell him that very saying. The day his block buster film Independence Day was released in the U.S, his father called him up and said “Son you know what I always said to you.” And Will answered “Yes there’s no such thing as luck, I know dad.” To which his father replied “Son, forget that, you are one lucky son of a bitch!” Independence Day went on to break all box office opening day records. It was, I guess, a marketing stroke of genius.
My mother always said “It’s not what you know, it’s who you know.” However she is one of the hardest working people that I know. She runs her own successful small business which she started with nothing but a dream and few hundred dollars, there were those that thought she was nuts. She’s had many setbacks and some failures. She has seen hard times in the industry, survived bad partnerships and times when she couldn’t afford to employ staff, recently she had a robbery. Every day she is there and she is happy to be there, because she loves what she does – sure she can’t afford a nice car, but she learns everyday– at times with more resistance than at others. As a master she remains a student. Amazingly she relies on friends and volunteers and they come because my mother has that way about her, a love of her industry that is infectious and she is generous to a fault. So it isn’t luck that has kept her afloat for nearly ten years - its love and hard work. At times I thought, give up and go on welfare, but she doesn’t do it for money, she does it for a life. At heart she never wanted to be rich. She learns and meets more people every day she is there, who in one way or another enrich her life. It is her journey and her vision of wealth. And it’s better than sitting at home, or working in a dead end job. There is method in her madness.
She has taught me so much, about business, about life and about success, just by observing her all these years. And that is worth its weight in gold, that’s an education you can’t buy – that I am lucky to have. She has lead by example and she has always been there to help me, and anyone else who needs it. Success is defined by you and it can be doing well at something that you love. If you are lucky to find what that is for you, run with it. Work hard at it.
People who are successful aren’t afraid of failure, they fail far more. They just don’t dwell on it. They don’t self sabotage. I have learnt to ignore the haters, don’t let the bad energy from anyone else renew through you. Take the high road.
Achievement is made through timing, hard work and good marketing but on a basic level it’s you taking risks, creating your own opportunities. The longest journey starts with the smallest step, one out of your comfort zone. People see the achievement, but what they don’t see is the nine times you tried and were denied. We learn far more through our mistakes and our setbacks.
Inadvertently my mother taught me to have goals and to make a plan in order to find my fortune and If you chose a job you love you will never work a day in your life. I believe you find your own luck, but only if you look for it and recognise it when it comes.
Most things are a matter of perspective. What others view as hard luck may be a learning curve and what others view as your good luck is actually the result of years of toil, endured so that when you met your opportunity, you were ready for it.
But then there are those who are just lucky, they had a different path. Be happy for them their luck might rub off on you!
- Tina Smith, Author of Wolf Sirens
Eternally Cursed to Love & Not Purely Desire…
Temperatures rise as the flames of longing still burn in the thrilling sequel to Wolf Sirens Forbidden. The legend continues. Apollo, god of deadly plague, conspires to undo his sister’s legacy. The wolves exist between two worlds, one in the town another in the forest.
Prophecy says hunters and wolves are cursed to a mutual attraction. Increasingly, each successive slayer becomes more alluring to the wolf. The predestined enemies struggle, to both resist and contain their fierce rival in a conflict powerful enough to tear two worlds apart.
A shadow has fallen over the heart lands of myth and reality. The chosen is reborn broken-hearted, in the scorching embers of grief. Devastated, Lila trains tirelessly as the assassin. She must submit to deliver justice and protect the innocent of Shade.
But is it love or revenge which motivates her?
Will the huntress or her heart prevail? Breaking away from the call of destiny and fearing betrayal, Lila makes a desperate escape in search of her lost beloved. The intensity between two ancient enemies ignites. The history of the wolf pack is revealed as devotion and desire in the underworld reaches fever pitch.
If The Bite Doesn't Get You, Then the Fever Will
My unbreakable heart had been pulled out by the roots.
The next day Cresida drove me to school, in Reid’s bumpy cobalt blue jeep, again. Unfortunately the days came and went as though the world didn’t note his absence and every day I was stronger, despite the loss. As we pulled out of the driveway heading toward school, curiously, I saw a 'For Sale' sign had been erected on Ben’s front lawn. He hadn’t appeared in days. I dared not ask what had happened to the reclusive old man. It was the end of summer and the days were mostly green, warm and still. The air smelt of roses and jasmine. I began to despise the country.
On this day in the high school parking lot Cres waved to some other students. Under my puffy eyelids, I looked up slowly to recognize some familiar figures approaching at a casual pace. The broad figure dressed in black with ripped jeans made me focus. Reid was obviously back at school and a flood of confused feelings vibrated through me. He had dropped out previously, so he was now placed in Jackson’s year. He was still thinner than he had been and his raven hair was longer, shaggy. I watched as he tucked a tuft behind his ear. As the three figures joined us, I tensed. This was going to be more difficult than I had expected. The intensity of bringing us together created an invisible storm. I wanted to shoot him down and this time I wouldn’t miss.My face was pressed into annoyance in a rare show of emotion. Whether he was or wasn’t lying about Sky, his days were numbered. I glanced at him and yet more anger mounted and smouldered within me at his every relaxed breath.
Giny carefully mentioned the school counsellor’s request to speak to me. My heart sank as I wondered how long I could avoid it. I knew to the outside world we were a group who had tragically lost two close friends in nearly as many months: Lily, then Sky. Everyone knew Cresida's story, and her closeness to me was viewed as the two of us sharing a common link - of loss. On the inside however it was a very different story.
I began to uncover in my purgatory a new layer to my suffering. I became everything they knew I would.
Tina Smith is an herbalist, dog lover, Piscean and mother with a fondness for strong female protagonists. A love of the fantasy genre and the deep exploration of dark and evocative subjects inspired Wolf Sirens Forbidden. The sequel Fever further unfolds the tale of the heroine femme fatal, on her journey in the underworld between the lands of myth and reality.
“Rich, complex, and deeply fascinating. Smith’s creation stands apart from other books in the genre. Wolf Sirens has raised the bar for paranormal romance.”- Kevis Hendrickson, author of Rogue Hunter
"Smith weaves a thrilling and beautifully crafted tale that sinks its fangs in and refuses to let go."- Michael Alexander, author of The Vessel
“Fever does not disappoint! Tina Smith captures her readers on the first page and leads them on a fast-paced journey full of suspense and adventure as heroine, Lila, struggles towards the truth.” - Beverley Eikli, author of A Little Deception
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The sequel Wolf Sirens Fever. Many are Born, Few are Reborn. By Tina Smith.
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