Monday, September 18, 2017

Zoom with us Today! l Gary & Susan Eby @EbyGary

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Disclaimer: You are completely free to reject everything we have to say about spirituality.  But why don't you talk to us face-to-face? It's all free. All you need is a webcam/mike connected to your computer.  Then you can Zoom with us!
 As you know there are many great books out there.  The key and trick to success rests squarely with your marketing approach.  How do you get people to visit your blog?
We suggest you start by asking questions.  Try and hit upon something in your book that will draw people into your world.  For example:
"We promise to make you smile, warm your heart, and provide you with some relief from real life problems.  Are you interested to find out the differences between religion and spirituality?  Have you ever questioned why you are here on earth and what your true purpose might be?
Want to ask questions about spiritual healing for depression, anxiety, stress, addictions, relationships, and health challenges?
Would you like to know more about yourself?  You may not be as far off the path from joy and happiness as you may think you are.  Relationships can be healed, problems can be dissolved and what seems like major issues can be brought down to size.  Nothing is impossible."
See where we are going with these questions? Try to engage the reader in reasons to visit your blog via new and interesting approaches.
 Let's talk.  Let's connect.  It's all good.  It's free.  Check it out.
Here's a quote from one of the reviews on our book: "Reflections: A Journey to God":  
"...I would mention the manner in which they managed to incorporate in their book a touching dose of feelings, emotions and life lessons, captivating me, as a reader, down to the last page.
But, what I mostly appreciate is the way in which Gary B. Eby and Susan Eby mixed the realism of nowadays with the concept of a “self -discovery journey.”
If you would like more information about our Zoom process, please visit us here: http://reflectionsinspirit.blogspot.com/  Just scroll down to "Zoom with the Authors".
Oh... let us know if Zooming caught your interest.  You can even try it out yourself.  Smiles...
Joy on your Journey, Gary and Susan Eby.
About the Authors

Gary Eby is a retired social worker, mental health counselor and addiction therapist. He writes about self-help and spirituality. Gary loves playing the piano, the drums and walking on the beach with his wife, Susan. His motto is "Choose the positive, because it's all good!"
Susan studied philosophy in college. Some of her favorite philosophers are Socrates, Plato, William James and St. Thomas Aquinas. She is currently enjoying Emerson's mystical essays. We have conducted an interview with them.
Their current book is Reflections: A Journey to God.

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About the Book:

Title: REFLECTIONS: A JOURNEY TO GOD
Author: Gary & Susan Eby
Publisher: Christian Faith Publishing
Pages: 268
Genre: Spirituality/Self-Help/Healing/Poetry

BOOK BLURB: 
Our disclaimer: you are completely free to reject everything we have to say about spirituality. What we believe in is not that important. What really counts is what you believe that gives your life meaning, direction, and purpose.
This book is about our personal stories with Spirit and what we've learned along our journeys. We're sharing it with you because it might help you on your own journey to God. We only ask that you read this book with an open mind and heart.
We suggest you pick one of these spiritual essays. Ponder it, meditate for a while, even read it out loud. Allow yourself to feel the words and the light, which may lead you to discover the better life you truly deserve.

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Monday, September 11, 2017

WHERE I GET IDEAS FOR WRITING FICTION l Gaelle Lehrer Kennedy

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I’ve always wondered what brings people into a room together or onto a street at just that time, and where their journeys are taking them. This can give rise to many stories. Sometimes, one truly captures my imagination.

For example, the love story in Night In Jerusalem came to me on a movie set. We were filming on a blazingly hot day, dressed as lightly as possible. A young Hasidic woman in long black clothes and a wig kept coming out to look at us from her balcony. We spent most of the afternoon shooting there, and she kept reappearing. I realized she was attracted to one of the crew members who had unbuttoned the top of his shirt, exposing his chest. I sensed how strongly she yearned for contact. The gap between us could have been crossed in a few paces, yet we were centuries apart. I imagined what it would be like to be her, what courage it would take for her to break free, how she might do it. Decades later, I wrote her story in Night In Jerusalem.

I set the book in Israel at the time of the Six Day War, which I experienced firsthand. I remember vividly huddling in shelters with other women, listening to Arab radio news reports proclaiming victory while we contemplated how we would end it for ourselves. It turned out, of course, that the war went the other way. We were to live! Winston Churchill wrote that there is nothing as exhilarating as when someone shoots at you and misses. Emerging from that shelter sure was exhilarating! It also brought up questions that have been with me ever since - why does it take such courage to truly love, how impossible it seems to bring peace to the world, and, of course, how “God works in mysterious ways.”  The characters in Night In Jerusalem, and their responses to the challenges they encounter, express different points of view that I share, even as they conflict with each other.

There are endless ways to work with these themes - it’s a matter of grounding them in a time and place with characters you love. As you get to know the characters, they will tell you more about themselves. That’s when the story begins to reveal itself, often in surprising ways.

About the Author

Gaelle Lehrer Kennedy worked as an actress and writer in film and television in the United States and Israel. Night in Jerusalem is her debut novel, which she has adapted to film. She lives in Ojai California with her husband and daughter.

She writes, “I lived in Israel in the 1960s, a naive twenty-year-old, hoping to find myself and my place in the world. The possibility of war was remote to me. I imagined the tensions in the region would somehow be resolved peacefully. Then, the Six Day War erupted and I experienced it firsthand in Jerusalem.

I have drawn Night in Jerusalem from my experiences during that time. The historical events portrayed in the novel are accurate. The characters are based on people I knew in the city. Like me, they were struggling to make sense of their lives, responding to inherited challenges they could not escape that shaped their destiny in ways they and the entire Middle East could not have imagined.

I have always been intrigued by the miraculous. How and where the soul’s journey leads and how it reveals its destiny. How two people who are destined, even under the threat of war and extinction, can find one another.

Israel’s Six Day War is not a fiction; neither was the miracle of its victory. What better time to discover love through intrigue, passion, and the miraculous.

Writing this story was in part reliving my history in Israel, in part a mystical adventure. I am grateful that so many who have read Night In Jerusalem have experienced this as well.”

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About the Book:

Title: NIGHT IN JERUSALEM
Author: Gaelle Lehrer Kennedy
Publisher: PKZ Inc.
Pages: 246
Genre: Historical Romance

A bewitching love story that is also an extraordinary portrait of Jerusalem, its faith, spirituality, identity, and kaleidoscope of clashing beliefs, Night in Jerusalem is a novel of mystery, beauty, historical insight, and sexual passion.
David Bennett is invited to Jerusalem in 1967 by his cousin who, to the alarm of his aristocratic British family, has embraced Judaism. He introduces David to his mentor, Reb Eli, a revered sage in the orthodox community. Despite his resistance to religious teaching, David becomes enthralled by the rabbi’s wisdom and compassionate presence. When David discloses a sexual problem, Reb Eli unwittingly sets off a chain of events that transforms his life and the life of the mysterious prostitute, Tamar, who, in a reprise of an ancient biblical story, leads both men to an astonishing realization. As passions rise, the Six Day War erupts, reshaping the lives of everyone caught up in it.

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Tuesday, September 5, 2017

TO OUTLINE OR NOT TO OUTLINE l Jennifer Chase

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There is no wrong way to write a book. If you can imagine it, then you can write it. Just sit down, gather your thoughts, and do it. At least that is how I feel about what it takes to write a novel. There are two types of writers and they are loosely referred to as either an outliner or a pantster. There are varying degrees of both of these types of approaches, and any writer will undoubtedly tell you which one best describes them.

As for me, I’m an outliner. It’s just how I roll. I’m one of those people who have lists and even lists for my other lists. You know the type—being obsessed by organization. I find that having an outline gives me a solid roadmap through my story before I sit down and write it. That doesn’t mean that you cannot change something, go in another direction, or even add or remove a character. When adjusting an outline is what I refer to as taking one of those side roads from your roadmap.

TO OUTLINE: DETAILED SNAPSHOT OF THE STORY

Benefits: It gives a complete overall view to the story before you begin writing. You’ve spent the time to work out any questions, inconsistencies, or lags in the storyline. You can see the entire story play out and can decide if you want to change anything that appears to be a problem. It will shorten the rewrite time later. You will be able to see if you need more research, tweak the storyline, or if a particular character needs more development. One of the most important aspects of outlining is that it will almost guarantee no writer’s blocks or not knowing how to end the story. What a relief!

Drawbacks: It can take more time than expected to work out an outline. The outline may become too detailed and eat up time from your budget process before you ever write your first chapter. It could also cause the story to become stilted—taking away from the more organic flow of writing. You don’t want your crime story to read like a dull police report.

NOT TO OUTLINE: JUMP RIGHT INTO THE STORY

Benefits: Just because you don’t have an official outline doesn’t mean that you don’t have some notes or simple guides as you write. It’s not as if you’re wearing a blindfold sitting in front of your computer and someone yells, “GO!” It just means that you don’t want to take the time to complete a full outline. You would rather have the freedom to create and not be bound by notes and detailed scenes, but to just write. It gives you the opportunity to create in a less stressful manner giving a freer tempo to the story. If you foresee obstacles or a need for more research, you can complete these tasks as you go, or when you’ve completed the first rough draft of your story.

Drawbacks: It can be easy to write yourself into a corner of not knowing how to proceed or when to end the story. It may seem workable in your mind, but in reality, it becomes a stumbling block. Not creating a more detailed outline may cause the first draft to have more rewrites than with a more completed outline.

It’s basically up to the individual’s personality and writing habits to find out if outlining, or not, is the right fit. My advice, try them both and you’ll immediately know which side of the writing fence is the most comfortable.  

About the Author

Jennifer Chase is a multi award-winning crime fiction author and consulting criminologist. Jennifer holds a bachelor degree in police forensics and a master's degree in criminology & criminal justice. These academic pursuits developed out of her curiosity about the criminal mind as well as from her own experience with a violent sociopath, providing Jennifer with deep personal investment in every story she tells. In addition, she holds certifications in serial crime and criminal profiling.  She is an affiliate member of the International Association of Forensic Criminologists.

Her latest book is the crime thriller, Dead Cold.

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About the Book:
                                                              
Title: DEAD COLD
Author: Jennifer Chase
Publisher: JEC Press
Pages: 326
Genre: Crime Thriller
BOOK BLURB: 
What happens when one California community has a disturbing spike in homicides? It catapults cops into a deadly game of murder. Frozen human body parts hideously displayed at the crime scenes offers a horrifying interpretation that only a sadistic serial killer could design—and execute.

On the hunt for a complex serial killer, vigilante detective Emily Stone must face her most daring case yet. Stone’s proven top-notch profiling skills and forensic expertise may not be enough this time.

Young and ambitious, Detective Danny Starr, catches the homicide cases and discovers that it will test everything he knows about police work and the criminal mind. Can he handle these escalating cases or will the police department have to call in reinforcements—the FBI.

Emily Stone’s covert team pushes with extreme urgency to unravel the grisly clues, while keeping their identities hidden from the police. With one last-ditch effort, Stone dangles someone she loves as bait to draw out the killer. She then forces the killer out of their comfort zone with her partner Rick Lopez, and with help from a longtime friend Jordan Smith. A revelation of the serial killer’s identity leaves the team with volatile emotions that could destroy them.

The killer continues to taunt and expertly manipulate the police, as well as Stone’s team, and as they run out of time—they leave behind everyone and everything—in Dead Cold.

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Guest Post Video: How to write fiction like a best-selling author? by Award-winning author Swiyyah Woodard @swiyyah

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About the Book:

Title: DON’T CALL ME CRAZY! I’M JUST IN LOVE WITH GOD
Author: Swiyyah Woodard
Publisher: Swiyyah Productions, Inc.
Pages: 229
Genre: Inspirational / Motivational / Romance / Christian

BOOK BLURB: 

Because of God, nothing will stop Anika from marrying the love of her life, not even paranoid schizophrenia. You don’t want to miss this spiritual journey filled with inspiration and power.
This book is insightful and perceptive. Inspired by a true story. Few people consider the God factor in mental health. Join Anika and journey with her as she receives revelations from God while on her walk to overcome mental illness and naiveness towards religion. Required reading for High schools and colleges.

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Book Excerpt:

     Anika begins to lose her mind. While continuing to stare at the television set, Anika sees a vision of Jesus. He appears to her in just as perfect form and image as the paintings on Mary’s wall. She then hears Jesus speak, “I am the son of God.” Then just as fast as he appears, he leaves her vision.
     “Did you see him? Did you see Jesus?” Anika turns and looks at her friends. Words are stuck within their throats.
     “Did you see him? Did you see Jesus?” Anika repeats once more.
     “Anika, you’re really scaring us. I thought you were Muslim?” Mary says.

Anika then feels as if someone was controlling her thoughts. “Forgive yourself.”  

She then begins to ramble, “Atoms are neither created nor destroyed. There was always an existence. You have to take baby steps to understand how this existence works, where we came from, how it started. Don’t jump from A to Z. No, you must go from A to C. Take a break. It has been painted. First there was nothing; it was blackness, pitch blackness. There was first the black hole. A plumber can understand the black hole. There was a white light. The creator is positive energy. We all have a little bit of positive energy. A person of positivity can change your life without saying a word. We try to increase positive energy which is the same as increasing spiritually. Once we are of that same positivity as the creator, we become one with him. Only a few souls have reached this level of existence. The rest of us are growing spiritually so we can reach that level.“

     It appears to Anika that she is making sense as she began to explain herself, justifying her words.

   “Positive times positive equals positive. Negative times positive equals negative. Therefore, if you have any negativity in you, you cannot become one with positivity.”

   “The creator is all positive energy. Negative times negative equals positive. If you learn from loads of negativity you will learn from your mistakes and become all positive. It’s mathematics. Everything stems from mathematics. Less than a cup of wine is what I need to rest. Don’t want to scare away this beautiful spirit controlling my thoughts.” While holding the sides of her head trying to rid her racing thoughts, she runs into the kitchen and pours herself a cup of wine. She then thinks, “no one will ever have to go through what I went through again!”

Anika takes a look at her past to see how in the world she got to this point in her life.

About the Author


Swiyyah Nadirah Woodard was selected as a Bay News 9 Everyday Hero, which was seen by two million viewers, for publishing a book and teaching the community about her own battle with mental illness. She was hospitalized six times and misdiagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia. Her first book, Don't Call Me Crazy! I'm Just in Love, became required and suggested reading in Reading, Writing, Abnormal Psychology, and General Psychology classes at a four year Institution. 

She was born in the housing projects of
Saint Petersburg, FL. Her father left when she was three so she was raised in a single parent home. At the age of five she was
molested by her eight year old brother. She later started school, she had slurred speech and didn't care to make friends so she was bullied by her peers. At the age of eight, she wanted to kill herself because a girl wanted to fight her. She looked into the medicine cabinet for medication. Thank God, she couldn't find any.

As a teenager she was physically abused by her step dad. The abuse was so severe, God blocked it from her memory. At the age of 20 the brother that molested her committed suicide, which was devastating to her and the entire family. Swiyyah has always viewed herself as normal. She never received any disciplinary problems in school, made good grades, and received her BA degree in Psychology from the
University of South Florida.

When the doctors misdiagnosed her with the most debilitating mental disorder known in mental health, paranoid schizophrenia, she denied it. She questioned their expertise. She refused to take medication. She was then hospitalized six times. Her family took a picture of her at her worst and that's when she knew she needed help. She has been taking medication now for ten years without a relapse.

She is now a published author and a National Inspirational Speaker. Her first book is entitled, “Don't Call Me Crazy! I'm just in Love,” and is inspired by her true story. 

She was raised Muslim and the revelations she received from God and placed in her books, didn't make any since until she meet her Christian husband 14 years after her first relapse. 

Please contact Swiyyah to book speaking engagements, life coaching, author and speaker coaching, radio and TV interviews, or to purchase her books at 727-495-3217, Swiyyah@swiyyah.com.

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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Character Interview: Shane Parsons l Brett Armstrong @BArmstrongWV

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Rather than just do a character interview, I want to do something a bit more fun and add to the tapestry of the Tomorrow’s Edge trilogy.  This isn’t in the main body of Day Moon, but is a look at something happening behind the scenes that contributes to events of the book. 
(SYSTEM NOTE: Begin interview : Shane Parsons : 2039- 10-15 21:05:35 UTC-4)
Amar: Good day, Mr. Parsons.  I’m Agent Hain Amar of the NSA. Thank you for agreeing to speak with me.
Shane:  No problem, though I really don’t know why I’m here.  The agents didn’t make it seem like this was a “by-my-choice” kind of meeting.
(SYSTEM NOTE: Papers shuffling)
Shane: “So, why exactly am I here then?”
Amar: One minute please.
Shane: Ok…
Amar: Born-Lancaster, PA on June 12, 2018. Parents-Bill and Karen, divorced.  Average scores on university admittance exams. One note from a high school math teacher: “Clever pupil, but lackadaisical above all else.”
(SYSTEM NOTE: Finger tapping on table)
Amar: One sibling, Ellie Brahn, 26, of Newhaven, CT.  Two nephews Jordan and Jacob, three and five respectively.  You work in the university hospital in addition to attending courses.  No pets, no school extracurriculars, avid video gamer, and “looking for love or something like it” on social media. Just let me check one more thing…
(SYSTEM NOTE: Increased rate of tapping indicates anxiety in subject)
Amar: Ah, there. Sorry for the wait. I just wanted to review your file.
Shane: My file?
(SYSTEM NOTE: Subject exhibits apprehension)
Amar: Yes?
Shane: Why do you have a “file” on me?
(SYSTEM NOTE: Subject displays signs of irritation and potential for aggression. Biostatistics analysis started. Blood pressure and heart rate evaluation under way. Agent remote alert pending)
Amar: Shane, may I call you Shane?
Shane: You already knew that’s my name. It’s in your “file” on me, right?
(SYSTEM NOTE: Subject has elevated heart rate and blood pressure. Subject hostility meets threshold. Advise change of tactic. Agent alert sent)
Amar: It is, but I think you misunderstand the purpose of our meeting.
Shane: Really? Because I’m pretty sure you guys kidnapped me in the middle of the night and have been keeping me held up here with no answers for who knows how long.
Shane: Well you know of course. Since you know “everything”, right?
Amar: I apologize for the lapse in your care. Our office has been swamped with the situation.
Shane: Situation?
(SYSTEM NOTE: Subject biostastics stabilizing. Tactic effective. Alert sent to agent)
Amar: Yes, your apartment complex was the target of a terrorist strike. We’ve had to bring in everyone for questioning. Particularly after the detonation.
Shane: Detonation?
Amar: Yes. Yes, I apologize. I forgot you couldn’t have seen reports of the apartment building’s destruction.
Amar: Which is really why you are here. You’re an acquaintance of an Elliott Calhoun are you not?
Shane: …
Amar: Of course you know him. He is, or was, your present roommate. How well do you know him?
(SYSTEM NOTE: Subject biostastics show no variance on goading. Advise change of tactic. Alert sent to agent)
Amar: Let me ask it this way, how did you come to have contact with Elliott?
Shane: He and I had a class together his first semester.
Amar: Interesting. Aren’t you a couple years older than Elliott?
Shane: Yeah, he is in that advance placement program, right? He is already about to graduate.
Amar: And you have a few years left, yes?
Shane: Well, yeah. You try working shifts in a hospital ER and still balance a full course load.
(SYSTEM NOTE: Subject is engaged in dialogue. Subject biostatistics confirm a passive state. Ideal conditions to press for information present. Alert to agent pending)
Amar: That is quite impressive. Your “file” says you saved a man on drugs from jumping out of a window. He was quite violent I’m told. Very heroic of you.
Shane: …
Amar: You don’t consider yourself a hero, do you?
Shane: Anybody in my position would have done the same. Wouldn’t you have?
Amar: I would like to think I would. But twelve other staff members didn’t act when you did. That is heroism.
Shane: If you say so.
(SYSTEM NOTE: Subject reticence noted. Psychological evaluation complete. Complicity highly probable. Pursue primary agendum. Alert sent to agent)
Amar: I do.  Which is why your country needs you now. Your friend Elliott, his intelligence impressed you when you first met, didn’t it?
Shane: Elliott is a good person. That’s why we are friends. I know you’re dancing around what you really want to ask, so can we cut out all this nonsense and get to it? I’m pretty tired and hungry here.
Amar: Of course, you probably haven’t eaten much since Elliott failed to bring you your dinner the other night. Strange for a loyal friend to forget something like that. .
Shane:
Amar: The truth is we are looking for Elliott. We believe he is in danger. You aren’t very familiar with his cousin, John McIntyre, are you?
Shane: Never met him. Just called Elliott a few times.
Amar: A few times recently, actually. Would you like to see summaries of the chat logs?
Shane:  I’ll pass.
(SYSTEM NOTE: Subject wavered in resolution. Likelihood of complicity almost certain)
Amar: Mhm, well. They are innocuous, but many of John’s other correspondences haven’t been. John has been planning the attack with an Asiatic terror cell for nearly a year. We have reason to believe John has Elliott hostage, perhaps using him for his extensive expertise with digital devices and software.
Shane: Elliott would never…
Amar: Willingly aid a terrorist? Are you sure?
Shane:
Amar: Has his behavior lately been, suspicious?
Shane: He wouldn’t help by choice. They’d have to force him.
Amar: How might they do that?
Shane: Probably threaten Lara…
(SYSTEM NOTE: Subject has divulged unintended information. Suggest staggering expressions of compassion and aggression to achieve maximum results)
Amar: Lara? Do you mean Elliott’s classmate Lara Hopewell?
Shane: No, I mean his girlfriend, Lara Hopewell. Or at least she was going to be his girlfriend.
Amar: Why only “going to be”?
Shane: I called her looking for him when he didn’t come back to the apartment with the pizza he promised. I heard another guy snoring in the background.
Amar: And it wasn’t Elliott?
Shane: Ha, definitely not. The snoring was about three octaves below Elliott’s register.
(SYSTEM NOTE: Aggression unnecessary. Subject exhibits regret. Alert sent to agent)
Amar: You seem unsettled by this.
Shane: He’s my friend and like I said, if he would turn his back on his country, it would be for her… and I’m pretty sure she was hardcore cheating on him.
Amar: Do you think she could be involved with the terror plot? Perhaps the man she was with was John McIntyre. We know so little about Lara. Her family keeps an usually low profile. Do you know anything about her that might help direct the investigation?
Shane: Just that she wasn’t at a great hotel. I could kind of make out things in the background. I haven’t seen a hotel that plain and tech-less since, well, ever.
(SYSTEM NOTE: Beginning search for hotel images featuring simplistic floor plans and amenities in 10 square mile area. 20 square mile area. 50 square mile area. 100 square mile area)
Shane: Listen, I can’t say anything about Lara or John, but Elliott is no traitor. He’s no terrorist. He’s a little too trusting though, so anything he’s mixed up in, it isn’t what it looks like. Okay?
Amar: I understand. Thank you for your time Mr. Parsons. We will take everything you said under advisement.
Shane: Am I free to go?
Amar: Absolutely. I will direct one of our agents to drive you home.
Shane: Um, I think I would prefer a friend’s house. Seeing as my apartment was blown to pieces.
Amar: Oh, right. Of course. Anywhere you like.
(SYSTEM NOTE: Shuffling of chairs and footsteps nearing room exit. Interview complete, after-action analysis beginning)
Shane: Great. Oh. Just one thing, how did you know Elliott didn’t remember to bring dinner back to me? That happened before he got mixed up in this, right?
Amar: “File” remember?
(SYSTEM NOTE: Subject heart rate increasing)
Shane: Ah. Super. Thanks.
Amar: Take care Mr. Parsons.
(SYSTEM NOTE: Subject tagged by agent for enhanced surveillance)
About the Author
Brett Armstrong, author of the award-winning novel, Destitutio Quod Remissio, started writing stories at age nine, penning a tale of revenge and ambition set in the last days of the Aztec Empire.  Twenty years later, he is still telling stories though admittedly his philosophy has deepened with his Christian faith and a master’s degree in creative writing.  His goal with every work is to be like a brush in the Master artist’s hand and his hope is the finished composition always reflects the design God had in mind.  He feels writing should be engaging, immersive, entertaining, and always purposeful.  Continually busy at work with one or more new novels to come, he also enjoys drawing, gardening, and playing with his beautiful wife and son.
His latest book is Day Moon (Tomorrow’s Edge Book 1).

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Title: DAY MOON (Tomorrow’s Edge Book 1)
Author: Brett Armstrong
Publisher: Clean Reads
Pages: 389
Genre: Christian/Scifi/Dystopian

BOOK BLURB: 
In A.D. 2039, a prodigious seventeen year old, Elliott, is assigned to work on a global software initiative his deceased grandfather helped found. Project Alexandria is intended to provide the entire world secure and equal access to all accumulated human knowledge. All forms of print are destroyed in good faith, to ensure everyone has equal footing, and Elliott knows he must soon part with his final treasure: a book of Shakespeare's complete works gifted him by his grandfather. Before it is destroyed, Elliott notices something is amiss with the book, or rather Project Alexandria. The two do not match, including an extra sonnet titled "Day Moon". When Elliott investigates, he uncovers far more than he bargained for. There are sinister forces backing Project Alexandria who have no intention of using it for its public purpose. Elliott soon finds himself on the run from federal authorities and facing betrayals and deceit from those closest to him. Following clues left by his grandfather, with agents close at hand, Elliott desperately hopes to find a way to stop Project Alexandria. All of history past and yet to be depend on it.

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Writing Killers: Procrastination l Esmae Browder @esmaebrowder

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You have a plan. You’ve created a writing To Do list. You’ve cleared your schedule and informed your family you are diving deep into your writing cave—no interruptions allowed. It’s time to sit down at your laptop, open the file you’ve been thinking about for a while, and let the magic flow.
But something distracts you. It’s a stray thought about the dishes. Did you do them? How many are in the sink? Is someone else going to clean them up or will they sit there until later? You should probably take care of them now.
Okay. Done with dishes. Now time to make the magic happen.
Wait. Have you checked your blog stats yet? Wasn’t there a reply you were supposed to make to someone’s tweet? Is your Facebook status still accurate? Maybe you should update that now while you’re thinking about it. Come to think of it, wasn’t there an episode of your favorite TV show on last night that you DVR’d? Better watch it now or else it will bug you while you’re writing.
Does any of that sound familiar? If so, you’ve been in contact with a total writer killer: procrastination. It sneaks up on you sometimes, eating at what your precious writing time before you even realize it. When writing my latest novel, Bite Thy Neighbor, this was a problem kept encountering. There was always something else that needed to be care of. 
It’s not that doing the dishes isn’t important or that your social media obsession is wrong. If you’re an author working on exposure for your career, Facebook and Twitter are an important part of getting people to learn about you. You have to take care of those things, and let’s face it, dirty dishes stink. The thought of food hardening on them minute by minute disturbs me on many levels.
But those are just distractions.  They keep you from spending your time on completing your novel or short story. You have to let them go and write. You’ll never win the big prize, you’ll never be published, you’ll never have the accolades if you don’t do the work. When I finally convinced myself of this, the words for Bite Thy Neighbor flowed. 
I developed a writing routine which helped me avoid procrastination.  My summer writing schedule looks like this:
·        Thirty minutes for social media/blogging. Once done, turn off ringer on phone. Put phone in different room.
·        One hour for writing
·        Fifteen minute break—check email/dishes (or other task)
·        Back to writing for another hour.
Naturally, creating a schedule will depend on your own unique needs. Notice this is my summer schedule. My entire routine changes in the fall. Think about what is manageable for you and then stick to it! Good luck and happy writing! 
About the Author

Esmae Browder is an ex-catholic school girl who loves romance and vodka tonics. When not reading a spicy novel, she enjoys creating them by combining elements of well-known tales and updating them for our modern world. She is the author of the Naughty Shakespeare series, as well as, the paranormal romance Bite Thy Neighbor—a sexy Dracula meets Wisteria Lane style novel.

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Title: BITE THY NEIGHBOR
Author: Esmae Browder
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Pages: 300
Genre: Erotic Paranormal Romance

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Some neighbors suck...literally.

Quirky Maisy Harker spends her time daydreaming about her sexy husband, Jensen Helsing. Though their marriage is one of convenience, Maisy wishes the sparks of heat she feels around him were reciprocated. Sexually starved, she also lusts after her mysterious neighbor, Adam. True, his incisors do look a bit sharp, and he never seems to drink or eat anything—but hey, maybe that’s how he keeps that yummy, drool-worthy physique!
Yet Maisy knows something’s not quite right, and it isn’t long before she learns Adam is a centuries-old vampire embroiled in a gypsy curse placed on the women of her family. All her female ancestors have been drawn to the vampire and bound by his desires, experiencing a terrible side effect of the curse and resulting in death.
It's up to Maisy to find a way to break the curse once and for all before she, too, falls under his spell.

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Monday, August 21, 2017

Money-wise, Writing Is Often Iffy. So, Why Write? l Evy Journey @eholychair

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Someone once said the urge to write is born.  I know people who write volumes of journals that hardly anyone but they and someone close to them ever read.  They are driven by those words. 
Writing is not exactly what you do if you want an adrenaline rush. While it’s an adventure, it is a solitary one and mostly of the mind and, often, also the soul (or spirit or whatever you call that nonmaterial sum total of who you are). And it can be punishing in its own way if you want to push it further than your hard drive—from nights glued to your computer, to months of editing, revising, and proofing, to the ego-busting heartbreak of rejection letters—all before you see your words in print. 
You may actually wonder why anyone would go through all that, particularly because monetary returns are usually iffy unless you’re a salaried writer or a fiction writer with a large following. Or you’re a celebrity or someone who’s gotten media attention for doing something notorious or crazy.
Or, unless you’ve written erotica.
But people write books for reasons other than money. Just ask memoirists for whom the need to get rid or at least make sense of psychological baggage finds expression in words on paper. Writing about a painful experience is cathartic. Even the process of turning your draft into a work worthy of publishing and sharing with a broader audience can help heal your psyche. More detached from the experience, you see it in a different light, changing your perspective and teaching you a useful lesson.
But you don’t have to spill your guts in a memoir. You could write fiction. Alice Walker, author of The Color Purple says writing is
“a matter of necessity and that you write to save your life is really true and so far it’s been a very sturdy ladder out of the pit.”
Writing can and does heal. In fact, Writing Therapy joins Music and Art Therapies in the arsenal of psychotherapy/counseling techniques that professionals use.
After spending my first six years with my grandmother in a quiet house full of books, I returned to live with my parents and three rambunctious brothers. To cope with feeling out of place, I wrote my thoughts and feelings in a notebook. Nowadays, I think I’ve finally matured and I’m reasonably comfortable with myself.  I write, not out of psychological pain. Instead, I write about what fascinates me: exploring what it means to love, mostly from a heroine’s viewpoint. But you cannot take loving outside the context of a how you live your life. So, ultimately, my stories are about life, about real issues women and men face.
I love this particular quote from Ray Bradbury:
“You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you.”
Evy Journey, 2015 SPR (Self Publishing Review) Independent Woman Author awardee, is a writer, a wannabe artist (since she was nine years old), and a flâneuse (feminine form of flâneur). Her pretensions to being a flâneuse means she wishes she lives in Paris where people have perfected the art of aimless roaming. She’s visited Paris, even lived there a few times as a transient; that is, she stayed from two to six months.
She's a writer because beautiful prose seduces her and existential angst continues to plague her even though such preoccupations have gone out of fashion. She takes occasional refuge by invoking the spirit of Jane Austen and spinning tales of love, loss, and finding one’s way—stories into which she weaves mystery or intrigue and sets in various locales.
In a previous life, armed with a Ph.D. and fascinated by the psyche, she researched and shepherded  the development of mental health programs. And wrote like an academic. Not a good thing if you want to sound like a normal person. So, she began to write fiction (mostly happy fiction) as an antidote.

Evy’s latest book is the contemporary women’s fiction, Hello, My Love.


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Title: HELLO, MY LOVE
Author: Evy Journey
Publisher: Sojourner Books
Pages: 317
Genre: Contemporary Women’s Fiction

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In this modern-day tale inspired by Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, bright, beautiful law student Elise Halverson looks forward to a promising career. Falling in love is low in her priorities.
Well-known playboy Greg Thorpe is engaged to be married when he meets Elise. He finds her so unlike the women he used to date and he’s deeply intrigued. Distrusting the image she has of him, Elise avoids him.
But Elise’s parents invite Greg to their frequent dinner parties. There, Greg and Elise butt heads. She’s surprised to find that, behind his rich playboy persona, he’s intelligent and engaging.
The night before his wedding, they give in to their mutual attraction. Although Elise expects nothing more from that night, Greg is in for trouble. His jilted fiancée strikes back, intent on revenge.
Two years later Greg and Elise get a second chance but they find that the way to their happy-ever-after is not so easy.
At the core of this women’s fiction is a literary and realistic romance spiced with a twist of mystery. Hello My Love is Book 1 in the series Between Two Worlds, a family saga about three strong women.

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