Tuesday, February 18, 2020

100 DATES AND A WEDDING by Stephanie F. Tumba

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100 DATES AND A WEDDING
By Stephanie F. Tumba
Romance

100 Dates & a Wedding recounts Valérie’s love affair in London and shares the lessons she has learned. She tells about her worst experiences and the lessons she learned from them. His disappointments, his joys and his own ambiguities are shared without concession.

But the questions that every woman asks herself are the following: how to manage her love life after a divorce? Or how to handle a breakup after a long relationship? How to believe in love again after being disappointed? And between the rules of English love, the long-awaited text messages, the misunderstood messages, the expected loves, the over-interpreted words and the language barrier, Valérie experienced incomprehension and shock. cultural in all its splendor. And finally, somewhere between appointments, Hello / Goodbye and Shots Ass, Valerie finds love.

100 Dates & a Wedding is a romantic diary that will make you laugh heartily; it is full of raw emotions and a testament to the Garbage culture we live in today. But beware! 100 Dates & a Wedding does not criticize men, he spreads an inspiring message through Valérie’s dates: you have to kiss some frogs before finding Prince Charming!




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Amazon France → https://www.amazon.fr/dp/1073571890







The film ended, we left the cinema. The atmosphere was still so strained that I allowed myself to take a cigarette (something I have never done upon a date).
Chris asked, "Can I have a cigarette? I need to relax now, I am still fuming."
I replied a bit reassured, "Indeed."
I gave him one, and we both lit up.
A few seconds later, a guy came and asked for a cigarette. He sounded French and really friendly, but I did not even have the time to respond and chat with him. Chris took him by the neck and shouted, spitting in his face, his eyes full of anger, "Do you think that this lady has an off-licence shop?"
I couldn’t believe it! Not again! “Leave him alone, please Chris! You’re scaring me. Why do you act like that?”
"This son of a bitch doesn't respect ladies," screamed Chris, his eyes infused with raging nerves, and he kicked the poor French guy, who collapsed head-first on the floor – all for a cigarette. I was horrified and frozen. A few tourists passed by, horrified by the ordeal. The French guy ran away, surely beating Usain Bolt’s athletic world record.

Utterly mortified, I burst, “I'm leaving! You’re nuts! I can’t take it anymore!" I started running towards the road to get a taxi.

“Valérie, Valérie! I am so sorry! Please wait! I like you.” He caught my arm and kissed me awkwardly. The kiss wasn't reciprocated.








Born and raised in Paris, France by Congolese parents, Stéphanie Tumba is a London-based international entrepreneur with interests in fashion, leisure, production, publishing, toys and hobbies and property.

Since Stéphanie Tumba’s been a kid, she always had an overflowing Imagination with a slight tendency to hyperactivity. Today, business lady by day and writer by night, she has always read and written songs, poems, or stories sometimes short, sometimes long, sometimes comical, occasionally sarcastic and sometimes dark & suicidal, depending on her mood, the music she has in her mind, the people she met and the amount of alcohol drunk on the day.

She strives to achieve a life that is balanced between her business interests, the projects and causes she is passionate about, and her friends and family.

Recently, we are thrilled to announce that she has released her first novel called 100 Dates and a Wedding and is now available on Amazon and other platforms.

Website: www.100datesandawedding.com
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Monday, February 10, 2020

Knock, knock. Don’t be scared, it’s me, your writing process by Eva Mackenzie @evamackenzie #fiction #writing #zombies #scifi

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Knock, knock. Don’t be scared, it’s me, your writing process.

By Eva Mackenzie

When I began writing, I did not understand what I was getting myself into. I just assumed that because I liked to tell stories it was enough. That passion would carry me through all the ups and downs of the process. Believe me, I’m not downplaying passion for writing. I’m saying you're going to need a lot to keep up with the rigors of storytelling. The process is long and arduous. It also takes skill, learned and practiced by telling the stories you have.

So, here is a list (not exhaustive) of what I do each time I have a new story.

First, it always begins with the seed of the story. The idea. This can be something as small as ‘why would this person do–this thing?’ Once the seed is planted, I use outlining to bring my story idea into a coherent line of ideas that will be my story plot and character arcs. You need both. I am a hard-core plotter and will write out detailed scene cards for each chapter. The more information the better. Sometimes what I think will happen doesn’t, but the last thing I want to be is a ship at sea with a million different ways to travel, but no clear direction. This happened with my first novel and it took over ten years to finish.

Once I have a working outline, I write the first draft. This is the proverbial sand pile that will later be built into a beautiful castle. But if I don’t outline, I might miss something that will make my story great, so I am all about throwing as much sand (ideas) into the box before I build it up. I cannot edit as I write for this very reason. I would be perpetually improving something that may get thrown out later.

Once I have the story, I like to put it away for a few days/weeks if my schedule allows it. Ideally a month, but with publication deadlines and having all the balls in the air at one time, this is not always possible.

Next I read the story. I try not to make any changes at this stage, of course I always break this rule. Especially because I am reading the first draft on my computer, making small changes is so easy to do. One day I will stop this, but not now.

After my read through, I do rewrites. This is big picture things that brings my story into the second draft phase.
If I use a developmental editor, it will be after the second draft is complete. I will send it off and get a lovely letter back, stating what worked and what didn’t. This is very helpful for me as I write plot driven novels with a treasure map template. So, I need to provide the map to the readers, at the same time not giving everything away. You don’t want your readers scratching their heads at the end saying that made no sense. Yikes.

Then, once I have all my rewrites done in accordance with my editors’ recommendations, I will reread it. I lost track of how many times that’s been, but there are a few more to go. Yes, you will read your own novel a lot!

Then I will polish with line/copy edits. Oh boy, it’s all starting to come together and I am not hunched over my books so no one can accidently reads it…
This is what I label as the third draft. This is my work as pretty as I can get it myself and it takes combing over a ton to get to this point.

Next, I reread, then off to my copy editor.

Once I get the angry red track-changes document, back, I get very excited. I will accept or reject these suggestions and again, reread. Once I am entirely happy with what I have, I send for my proofreads.

I get the proofs back and I reread it. Then I send to my formatter who sends me back a copy, and I reread for the last time… Wow.

This process can be tedious and sometimes I wanted to skim the rereads, but to get your book the best it might be, put the work in.

Thank you for hosting me and happy writing everyone. 





Eva Mackenzie is an author who enjoys twisty, emotionally engrossing tales. Her debut novel has been a work in progress for over a decade. Under the urging of a loved one, it’s finally finished.
She is a wife and mother living on the east coast. When she isn’t writing, she is spending time with her family, training for her next marathon or reading stacks of suspense novels. Some of her favorite authors are Minka Kent, Dean Koontz, Tami Hoag, and Lisa Jackson.
Her latest book is BURIED IN MY PAST.

WEBSITE & SOCIAL LINKS

Website  → http://evamackenzie.com

Goodreads  → http://goodreads.com/evamackenzie

Facebook  → http://facebook.com/eva.mackenzie.3762


  



She’s desperate to stop the panic attacks. But the truth won’t set her free…

Jamie Kendal sees life through the bottom of a bottle. After surviving assault and betrayal, she is forced back to her hometown to care for her mother. Not long after her return, she’s plagued by terrifying slivers of memories from the night her twin brother disappeared forever…

Unearthing new evidence, she’s shocked to learn she’d been found wandering in the woods that same night—covered in blood. More than one person from her past hid the haunting truth that’s bubbling to the surface. The deeper she digs into the horrors from her past, the more she fears almost anyone could be a killer, including Jamie herself.

Can Jamie expose what happened that night, or will she join her missing brother?


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Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Character Interview: Amiranda: Princess Amiranda and the Tale of the Deciduous Forest's Amiranda @#characterinterview

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We are really excited to have Amiranda here with us today at Blogging Authors! Amiranda comes from the inside pages of John P. Adamao's new book, Princess Amiranda and the Tale of the Deciduous Forest. Take it away, Amiranda!



What is your name?

   My name is Amiranda, and although I feel like an ordinary girl, I am actually the Princess of my home village, Luxing.  My mom and dad are the King and Queen of Luxing and I am an only child. 

What do you look like?

    I have long, brown hair and my nose has a bit of a ski-slope to it, just a tiny bit.   

Where are you today and what are you doing?

     I am at my father’s castle… he always has me preparing for life as a noble.  I have my own butler named Jove and my own chef named Kistoffe.  Jove makes sure I practice piano, get dressed in the morning, and do all my studying, and Kistoffe cooks my meals for me.  He is a wonderful chef, but I wish he would learn to create some new recipes… nothing extravagant… just different.  Everyday is more of the same thing I guess…   

You come face to face with your worse enemy. How do you react?

     I don’t know… I don’t really have enemies.  I tend to treat people how I like to be treated, so I guess I would be nice to them?  I guess it all depends how mean they are… but I would try to be nice.

How would your parents describe you?

     I don’t really see my parents all too much… my dad is busy running things at the castle and my mom and I aren’t really close.  My caretaker, “Nana,” she is the one that takes care of me mostly and we have a close connection.  I think she would describe me as kind, and inquisitive… definitely inquisitive. 😊

Who is your best friend?

     That’s an easy one… my dog “Peatie.”  He is always at my side, tripping over my toes.  He is still a puppy and goes nowhere without me.  Whenever he can, he licks the tip of my nose.  It tingles when he does. 

Are you faith-oriented?

      I believe there is good in all of us, and I strive to be good.  With my strict-upbringing, my parent’s always stress how important it is to do the right thing… for the good of the whole town of Luxing.  After all, it is a big responsibility.  However, I often wonder… how do I rule over all these people when I don’t really know to much about them?  I guess my father knows what’s best and I have to trust him. 

Are you married or in a relationship?

      No, I am only a teenager.  I am always in the castle so I don’t really meet anyone my own age… although I do see kids playing in the distance sometimes from my castle window.  I often wonder what it would be like to meet them, and play would them… and if they would like me.  They play in the fields, and sometimes they get their hands or clothes dirty… something I would never be allowed to. 

Do you have children?

      No but perhaps one day I will.  And if I do, I would teach them everything they would need to know about being a normal kid… that is, if I were able to.  Fact is, I never really had a real childhood, but I would love to let my children live a normal life, if given the choice.      





An instant classic tale portraying the life of “Amiranda,”an innocent and brave princess, who unwittingly sets out on a quest that will ultimately determine the fate of her entire kingdom.
From her castle window, Amiranda would gaze at the beautiful countryside below-always watching carefully, always observing everything. Gradually the princess realizes that she knows very little of the small kingdom over which she would one day reign. Nevertheless, Amiranda would never disobey her father’s wishes, especially the one to never enter the mysterious dark forest, which borders their kingdom. That is, until one day when she would have no other choice.

Amiranda will take a journey that will lead her on a wild adventure, where the decisions she makes will determine the fate of many lives-the lives of her animal friends, her family members, those who dwell in her kingdom, and her very own life as well. Travel along on this trip where Princess Amiranda hopes to find the missing piece in her existence and ends up trying to achieve the impossible….




John Adamo is a Long Island-based author and songwriter who has copyrighted more than four hundred poems and has both written and composed numerous songs and short stories. Music has always been an integral part of John’s life, as he has performed at different venues all across Long Island—both as a professional pianist since the age of seventeen (one year after his father passed away) and also as a disc jockey / emcee for various private parties and public events.

This is John’s first formal work, which was originally written as a screenplay and copyrighted in 1998. John has always had the visualization that an animated movie would one day be made from his work. The author wanted to put together a story unlike any other, and one that could be enjoyed by people of all ages … both young and old alike. A story that reinforced good values, covered common ethics, and taught morals as John feels those important criteria are so often left out in today’s modern fairy tales.

After having the screenplay sit on his shelf for nearly fifteen years, John felt that it was finally time to let the world know the life and world of Amiranda—a Cinderella-type princess who has everything in the world that a princess could possibly ask for, but is still missing something more in her life. With your help, John hopes that he can help fulfill Amiranda’s aspirations, hopes, and dreams. Last but not least, John hopes you like Amiranda’s story just as much as he enjoyed writing it … Enjoy!

WEBSITE & SOCIAL LINKS

Website  →   www.princessamiranda.com

Facebook  → https://www.facebook.com/amirandabook

 

 

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

WEEKS: A Book by Jasyn T. Turley #fiction #writing #zombies #scifi

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WEEKS: A Book

By Jasyn Turley

WEEKS was for me growing up, a game played between my cousins, brother and myself and had no real storyline to it. First we were just playing around with multiple sub-genre themes of Science Fiction, including some horror aspects. Eventually, me and my family moved to Independence, Missouri where our friend Katie joined us and the theme became rooted in our adventures of a zombie apocalypse. At first, our characters didn’t even have steady names. But in the end, we came down to just calling ourselves: Phil, Tim, and Dakota, the names of my three main protagonists’.
           
Years rolled by and we continued with our game, until the summer of 2009, where I decided it would be fun to write out our adventures into a book. Thus our little game had evolved into a novel which I would continue to revise, rewrite and expand upon for the next 10+ years. Oh did I expand on it. Eventually, my three protagonists mentioned above became wholly different than the versions of them we had played as. A fine line developed between game and book, and after this writing became an obsession for me.
           
Now, WEEKS is its original piece and in 2016 I decided that the newly revised Rough draft I had written was going to be its final makeover. So over the next 3+ years, I worked tirelessly to self-edit, critique and research to make my final rough draft as good as I could make it. Over the years I’ve developed drafts and ideas for more stories and have worked on them on the side, but WEEKS Book One is my firstborn, and seeing how it was the first book I had sat down and written out it must be my first book published and sold.
           
The Characters Phil, Tim, and Dakota share a bond that I find mystically enthralling. That bond between brother & brother and brother & sister is so beautiful and the closeness a person can develop with their siblings (being blood related or surrogate) is something I treasure and hold dear. Thus Phil, Tim, and Dakota exhibit a bond that cannot be compromised with; their unity and love will drive each one of them to the point of risking certain death for each other and it was a primary goal of mine to implement this in their chemistry. Not to mention I enjoy watching people come to a close intimate relationship with each one another, but intimate doesn’t necessitate romance. Siblings can be intimate with one another in close fellowship to the point that there exist very few walls and barriers between them.
           
Another element of WEEKS that took a primary concern for me was the use of more monsters other than just zombies. It’s something I note in a lot of zombie-themed projects that mostly there are just zombies and nothing more. And well there’s nothing wrong with that formula, I find that creative endeavors involving zombies can sometimes use a little extra spice, and therefore I decided to add that spice without saying too much!
           
I can spend all day talking about WEEKS, but in the end, it’s just a unique experience I was blessed with growing up. The fact that I discovered my God-given passion for writing and can use this talent for not just self-satisfaction and to share it with the world, but to, and I believe, advance his kingdom at the same time. Well, I love it and I hope everyone, secular and non-secular, will find enjoyment in reading about Phil, Tim and Dakota’s adventures.






Jasyn T. Turley was born in Wyandotte County, Kansas City, Kansas; and lives in Independence, Missouri. He is an independent author and full-time custodian. He holds an Associates in Arts degree from MCC KC Community College. He started WEEKS Book One back in the summer of 2009 and has been continuously working on it, and its sequels, since then. He has more science fiction and fantasy books in the works that he plans on releasing in the future. You can learn more about Jasyn, WEEKS Book One, and future projects at https://turleybookinn.com/.

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Phil, Tim, and Dakota are three survivors taking refuge in Atlanta, Georgia. The year is 2027, ten years after a nuclear fallout decimated the known world and left it in shambles. With hordes of the undead flooding their once safe home and a city now depleted of all resources and supplies the three must make a daring gamble. To trek across the States and Canada, looking for a new place to call home; safe from the monsters that plague the lands.

In their daring gamble this trio encounters more than just zombies. They are relentlessly pursued and hunted by both an old and new nemesis’. Trying to survive and stick together, no matter the odds, they must rely on their faith, bond, and past experiences to live through their tribulations. In this world, a fool's chance is usually their only chance.

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Writing: The Story Behind Pokergeist by Michael Phillip Cash @michaelpcash #writing #pokergeist

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Writing: The Story Behind Pokergeist

By Michael Phillip Cash 
My uncle Kevin is obsessed with poker. One day, he called me up, as both talk about gambling and poker quite frequently, and he said he had a great idea for book. Being he isn’t a writer, he wanted me to have the idea. What would you do if you had a ghost telling you what all the other player’s cards are. I was floored, and I piped the title Poker…geist. He began cracking up and I knew this was my next story.  I began write the story arc of Clutch and Telly that night.  Days later I had the entire story beat out.  Three weeks later I had one of the best scripts ever written. Four weeks after that Pokergeist the novel was born.


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Michael Phillip Cash is an award winning screenwriter and novelist. He’s written many books and screenplays in the horror, suspense, thriller and fantasy genres. He resides on the North Shore of Long Island with his wife and children.

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Website: http://www.michaelphillipcash.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/michaelpcash
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MichaelPhillipCash

Title: POKERGEIST: A HAUNTING ON LONG ISLAND SERIES BOOK 4
Author: Michael Phillip Cash
Publisher: Chelshire, Inc.
Pages: 265
Genre: Humorous Fantasy

Sometimes life, as well as death, is about second chances. Luckless Telly Martin doesn’t have a clue. An awful gambler trying to scrape by as a professional poker player, he becomes the protégé of world famous poker champion Clutch Henderson. The only catch…Clutch is a ghost. Telly and Clutch must navigate the seedy gambling underbelly of Las Vegas learning to trust each other in order to win the elusive International Series of Poker, repair their shattered personal relationships and find redemption in this life and the hereafter.

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