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Welcome to Day 5 of the “WHISPERS OF THE PAST” Blog Tour! @RobertaEaton17 @ @4WillsPub

Welcome to Day 5 of the “WHISPERS OF THE PAST” Blog Tour! @RobertaEaton17 @ @4WillsPub

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GIVEAWAY: (5) eBook copies of WHISPERS OF THE PAST. For c chance to win, simply leave a comment on the  authors’ tour page as well as any other tour stop.

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It is my pleasure to welcome a group of talented authors who have collaborated in the publication of the paranormal anthology. Today’s post is by Jeff Bowles.

Please help me welcome Jeff. Jeff, the floor is yours!

 

The Dream You Can’t Wake Up From: Writing A Peaceful Life I’ve Never Known by Jeff Bowles

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I was having waking dreams around the time I wrote A Peaceful Life I’ve Never Known. I was also knee deep in a revived appreciation for the music of the Doors, but that’s kind of a secondary factor. In the dreams, I could be and do whatever I wanted. I could fly, own a sports car, win the lottery.

Most tellingly of all, I could be a rock star, which is something I’d craved since I was ten years old. Before I considered myself a writer, I was a singer-songwriter and a performer. I never actually got anywhere with it, but music has always been a part of my story. I’ve got an aptitude for it, you see. It just comes naturally, and it always has.

When I had the idea to write A Peaceful Life, I knew I could inject my horror story with a sense of reality. I knew intimately the ups and downs of being a stage performer, of playing in a band, of arriving at creative and personal destinations you’re not sure you bargained for. I’m also a student of rock music history. It’s a cliché tale at this point, but also a timeless one.

What happens when all your dreams come true and you hate very minute of it? Well, if you’re my antagonist, Douglass James, the answer is both novel and terrifying. This is a horror story, after all. A Peaceful Life I’ve Never Known is loosely based on some of the highlights of Jim Morrison’s life and career.

The Doors were one of the most popular and successful rock groups of the 60s, of all time in fact, but Morrison’s fate was tragic and mysterious. Nobody knows if he died of a drug overdose or not. The French police who investigated his death in a luxury Paris hotel did a poor job proving or disproving anything, perhaps blinded by the late singer’s celebrity or maybe even covering something up.

Jim Morrison will always be one of those pop music cautionary tales. Dead at the age of twenty-seven at the height of his fame, depressed, overweight, and addicted to heroin at a time in his life that should’ve been a celebration. But Morrison had never been a happy individual. His bandmates often said he was crazy, and indeed, he may have been schizophrenic or at least severely bipolar.

In an interview with Rolling Stone Magazine, Jim once declared he was possessed. Apparently, when he was a boy on vacation with his family, his father had driven by a terrible car accident on a deserted Nevada highway, and the ghost of an elderly Native American man entered his body and sealed his fate.

Morrison was a natural talent, with a baritone growl that could send chills through any audience in the world. But he wasn’t particularly functional. Even though he and the rest of the Doors had become wealthy in the years since their 1967 debut, he lived out of hotels and had only one prized possession: a black ‘67 Shelby GT500, which he cruised around in whenever he felt caged. Which was often.

At the time I began writing A Peaceful Life I’ve Never Known, I had just bought a big Doors CD box set and was listening to every single album the band recorded on a daily rotational basis. Then I started to read a couple Doors biographies, and in short order, those damned waking dreams started up. Sometimes they’d be beautiful or inspiring or at least fun, but at other times, they’d manifest in startling ways. A waking dream is simply a dream in which you know you’re dreaming. So in essence, you’ve got control of it and can mold it into whatever you desire. In my case, however, control was only a part-time proposition. Night after night, the dreams got away from me, and though I remained consciously aware in that half-twilight state, dark and twisted imaginings crept in from the corners of my mind. I kept dreaming of a killer rock star. That’s who Douglass James is. He’s Jim Morrison if the real-life rock legend had one day decided that old spirit rattling away within him deserved a little time in the light.

I had to write the story, because if I didn’t, the waking nightmares would haunt me well into the daylight hours. I used my skills as a musician and a lyricist to form a plot in which James absconded with a young nobody guitarist to, as it were, write one last song and pass on his ghastly legacy. Then I went a step further and imbued the story with a sense of personal history, mostly on account of those Doors biographies.

Though the events of Douglass James’ life are distinctly different from the life and times of Jim Morrison, the dark spirit and wild, primal, sexual power of the doomed front man are essential to its telling. I mean, consider the name. Jim’s middle name was in fact Douglass, and really, who else could this guy be? My troubled rock star is a clone really, at least in spirit.

Eventually, the waking dreams cleared up. I haven’t had a single one in all the years since I wrote A Peaceful Life. Sometimes I wonder if they weren’t somehow given to me, granted in a way, from some ethereal source not unlike Jim’s famous possessing spirit.

Then again, maybe I was just listening to too much Doors music. Break on Through, People are Strange, The Crystal Ship, Love Me Two Times, these were the songs that in part helped define a generation. They’re also dark and mysterious, just like the man himself. Jim never killed anyone, but that doesn’t mean his story is all wine and roses. Ultimately, the real tragedy of his life is that he never learned to be happy. I hope you enjoy my little tale, but maybe not too much. Nothing’s more twisted than a dream you can’t wake up from.

 

Whispers of the Past by [Booth, Kaye Lynne, Cheadle, Roberta Eaton, Goodswen, Julie, McHargue, Laurel, Rosch, Arthur, Turner, Stevie, Bowles, Jeff]

Book Blurb: 

A paranormal anthology with nine stories from six authors, including the winning story in the 2019 WordCrafter Paranormal Short Fiction Contest, A Peaceful Life I’ve Never Known, by Jeff Bowles.

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https://books2read.com/u/38EGEL

 

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Jeff Bowles

AUTHOR BIO:

Jeff Bowles is a science fiction and horror writer from the mountains of Colorado. The best of his outrageous and imaginative short stories are collected in Godling and Other Paint Stories, Fear and Loathing in Las Cruces, and Brave New Multiverse. He has published work in magazines and anthologies like Tales from the Canyons of the Damned, Podcastle, the Threepenny Review, and Dark Moon Digest. Jeff earned his Master of Fine Arts degree in creative writing at Western State Colorado University. He currently lives in the high-altitude Pikes Peak region, where he dreams strange dreams and spends far too much time under the stars.

Amazon page: https://www.amazon.com/Jeff-Bowles/e/B01L7GXCU0

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New Baby

Yay! I’m a grandma of two granddaughters now!

 

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I planned to go to Portland, Oregon early last week to be with my daughter Mercy when she delivers her second daughter. I also wanted to help with watching the two-and-a-half-year-old granddaughter. Because of the coronavirus, Mercy and I decided it’s for the safety of me and the little ones that I postpone my trip. So, I stayed and prayed for them.

On Sunday, Mercy went to the hospital at 5:00 a.m. with 7cm dilation. She video called me at 9:00 am before taking a nap. Baby Nora was born at 12:30 p.m. weighted 6 lbs. 7 oz. Her husband Will sent me a couple photos right after the baby was born. Mercy video called me around 1:00 p.m.

The doctor discharged her on Tuesday afternoon, even though the baby didn’t eat too much and didn’t have too many pees and poos yet. Because of the Coronavirus, the doctor sent her home with distant support. She called me again yesterday when she was feeding the baby. They’re very happy.

Again, I learned to trust God even though I worried about Mercy and the care of Autumn. Their friends in the neighborhood watched Autumn when Mercy went into labor. Because of the Coronavirus, Will is working at home. He started taking paternity leaves. After they get on a routine, he still can work at home. It’s so good to have him working at home in times like this.

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Book Reviews – Just Her Poetry by D.L. Finn and While the Bombs Fell by Robbie Cheadle

My two book reviews – “Just Her Poetry Seasons of a Soul” by D.L. Finn and “While the Bombs Fell” by Robbie Cheadle

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Just Her Poetry Seasons of a Soul by D.L. Finn

Just Her Poetry Seasons of a Soul by D.L. Finn is a collection of poetic paintings of nature through the seasons. The vivid imagery creates a virtual reality for the readers to share the author’s experience. Sitting on her deck bathed in the warm sun, surrounded by sky-reaching cedar, redwood, and Douglas fir trees, Finn observed the colorful flowers, bees, birds, and quietly watched the animals while accompanied by her pets. As a nature lover, it’s a privilege to be in the company with the author to appreciate the beauty of nature. This poetry is also an honest outpour of the author’s deep emotions through her states and stages of life. It reflects the anguish, pain, fear, anger, dilemma, love, acceptance, strength and hope. Poetry lovers will enjoy the refreshing songs of nature and the heart.

My favorite lines from Spring and Summer:

The gentle breeze…
Blows away the remnants of winter.
The blue skies showcase the beauty…
In an abstract painting of an untamed scene.

My favorite lines from Fall and Winter:

My soul sways like the trees,
Both rooted firmly in the ground.
Water pours out of the sky.
The winds pound furiously.
Trees bending, but not breaking.
They ride the storm out.
Then, in the silence, the snow.
A temporary frozen situation.
That soon disappears back into fall.

My favorite poem from Emotions

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You are always safe here I try to reassure.
Your eyes flicker with hope for a brief moment,
But suspicion quickly replaces that hope
I know your trust is hard to come by.
Yours has been shattered into many pieces.
I cannot find all those pieces—yet.
I won’t give up though until I return them to you.
I’ll find a way to relight the hope in your youthful eyes.
Bit by bit I will search with as much help as I can find.
It’s not going to be easy, but that doesn’t stop me.
Others may give up—I won’t.
Because I know once you are safe and loved
Some day…some day…the light will shine again.
All your pieces will be put back together.
And all of you can be whole once again.

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About the Author

D.L. Finn is an independent California local who encourages everyone to embrace their inner child. She was born and raised in the foggy Bay Area, but in 1990 relocated with her husband, kids, dogs, and cats to the Sierra foothills in Nevada City, CA. She immersed herself in reading all types of books, but especially loved romance, horror, and fantasy. She always treasured creating her own reality on paper. Finally, being surrounded by towering pines, oaks, and cedars, her creativity was nurtured until it bloomed. Her creations vary from children’s books, young adult fantasy, and adult paranormal romance to an autobiography with poetry. She continues on her adventures with an open invitation for her readers to join her.

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While the Bombs Fell by [Cheadle, Robbie, Eaton, Elsie Hancy]

My Review

“While the Bombs Fell” by Bobbie Cheadle and Elsie Hancy Eaton is a story based on Eaton’s true experience. While it is not a history book of WWII, it contains many details of the hardships, rations, and simple joy of the family lived through the unpredictable bombing.

Elsie recounted her wartime memories as a four-year-old girl living in the town Bungay, East Anglia, England in 1942. Germany bombed England, and the air raid sirens were part of her “normal” life. When sirens came on, the family rushed to the bomb shelter.

The family lived on the farm with cows and vegetables to help to supplement their rations. Items such as bananas, oranges, and lemons were unknown fruits to Elsie. Families those days kept the books of coupons used to purchase rationed items such as clothing and meat. Despite the freezing cold, Elsie’s family only had enough energy to light the fire in the living room. At nightfall, all the rooms were dark except the living room. The young children took baths, but the adults and older children used the bowl in the scullery to wash themselves. They used the same bowl to mix batters and dough and wash the dishes.

Regardless of the bombing, children continued to attend school. Elsie started school in 1942 and enjoyed simple learning and fun, such as playing with modeling clay and singing.

Elsie remembered going to the movie and saw Back from the Front. She got some wool and knitting needles for her birthday present. Her first knitting had many holes from skipped stitches. Elsie kept it as a memento.

Robbie Cheadle is known for her children’s books and recipes. In this book, she included two recipes during WWII, the Lord Woolton Pie, and the Potato Pastry.

The book is a well-told story. It reminds me of my parents’ experience during WWII. They retreated from the city to live in a village where they had a farm to grow pigs, chicken, and vegetables. My older sister’s job was to feed a 500-pound pig. The farm sustained them until the war was over.

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About the Author

Hello, my name is Robbie, short for Roberta. I am an author with six published children’s picture books in the Sir Chocolate books series for children aged 2 to 9 years old (co-authored with my son, Michael Cheadle), one published middle grade book in the Silly Willy series and one published preteen/young adult fictionalized biography about my mother’s life as a young girl growing up in an English town in Suffolk during World War II called While the Bombs Fell (co-authored with my mother, Elsie Hancy Eaton). All of my children’s book are written under Robbie Cheadle and are published by TSL Publications.

I also have a book of poetry called Open a new door, with fellow South African poet, Kim Blades.

I have recently branched into adult and young adult horror and supernatural writing and, in order to clearly differential my children’s books from my adult writing, I plan to publish these books under Roberta Eaton Cheadle. My first supernatural book published in that name, Through the Nethergate, is now available.

I have participated in a number of anthologies:

  • Two short stories in #1 Amazon bestselling anthology, Dark Visions, a collection of horror stories edited by Dan Alatorre under Robbie Cheadle;
  • Three short stories in Death Among Us, an anthology of murder mystery stories, edited by Stephen Bentley under Robbie Cheadle;
  • Three short stories in #1 Amazon bestselling anthology, Nightmareland, a collection of horror stories edited by Dan Alatorre under Robbie Cheadle; and
  • Two short stories in Whispers of the Past, an anthology of paranormal stories, edited by Kaye Lynne Booth under Roberta Eaton Cheadle.

 

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Smorgasbord Posts from Your Archives 2020 – Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #50 – Tree Stories by Miriam Hurdle

Sally Cronin kindly posted my tree stories. Head over to check it out and let us know what you think!

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Welcome to the current series of Posts from Your Archives in 2020 and if you would like to participate with two of your posts from 2019, you will find all the details in this post:New series of Posts from Your Archives 2020

This is the first postfrom poet Miriam Hurdle and this week Miriam shares her wonderful garden and its abundance of fruit trees and other bee friendly and colourful bushes.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #50 – Tree Stories by Miriam Hurdle

This week Ann-Christine gave us the theme for Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #50 – Trees.

Here are some of my tree stories.

I’m thankful for having many trees in our front yard and the garden in the back of the house.

Our county is named Orange County known for the orange groves. In 1948, a vast forest of five million Valencia orange trees grew on 67,000 acres…

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Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #89: A River Runs Through It

The theme for Lens-Artists Photo Challenge this week from Amy is A River Runs Through It. She said the theme title for this week is borrowed from “A River Runs Through it” by Norman Maclean

Here are the photos from my travels.

“Don’t push the river, it will flow. Don’t push the love, it will grow.”  Unknown

1.Moulton Falls Regional Park,Fall River 2017.08

Enjoyed the sun at Fall River, Moulton Falls Regional Park, Washington

 “A river cuts through rock, not because of its power, but because of its persistence.” – Jim Watkins

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Fall River, Moulton Falls Regional Park, Washington

“Life is like the river, sometimes it sweeps you gently along and sometimes the rapids come out of nowhere.” – Emma Smith

3.Germany Cruise on River Rhine from Bonn to Cologne 2013

Took a cruise on River Rhine from Bonn to Cologne, Germany

“Stones make no splash on a frozen lake.”  – Steven Erikson

4.Boston 2004

Overlooking a frozen rover from the hotel in Boston, Massachusetts

 “A river has many curves, but it always reaches the ocean.” – Donald L. Hicks

5.Tagus River, Toledo, Spain 2016

Overlooking Tagus River, Toledo, Spain

“Intelligence is like a river: the deeper it is the less noise it makes.” – Unknown

6.Cruise on Columbia River 2016.09

Enjoyed a dinner cruise on Columbia River, Washington

 

 

Stay tuned for Tina’s (Travels and Trifles) LAPC #90 on March 28th. 

 

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #89: A River Runs Through It

 

 

 

Book Reviews: My Maine: Haiku through the Seasons by Bette Stevens and A Soldier’s Children by Jan Sikes

My Two book reviews –  My Maine: Haiku through the Seasons by Stevens and A Soldier’s Children by Jan Sikes.

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My Maine: Haiku through the Seasons by [Stevens, Bette]

My Review

In her poetry book My Maine: Haiku through the Seasons, Stevens showed the nature she experienced in the Pine State of Maine. The presentation of the book reminded me of attending a concert to watch the performance of the Italian composer Antonio Vivaldi’s violin concerti “The Four Seasons.” In each season, Stevens opened the curtain and presented the sights and sounds in the nature. For the taste, a lobster dinner was in order. The performance of each season retreated toward the end and invited the next season to come in; and the audience gave a standing ovation.

“Spring Awakening” began with the ice slowly melted, rivers and streams sang, to the birds, animals blossoms awakened, and ended with:

Standing ovation
Awaiting next performance
Tulip petals bow

“Summer Songs” began with a bright sun high in the sky, the energy of prancing creatures, dancing flowers, flapping birds, to delicious lobster dinners and ended with:

Restless autumn leaves
Sit, swaying in the background
To summer’s last song

“Autumn Leaves” began with the radiant rustling leaves, flocks went on the southbound journey, folks heaped up firewood, to harvest time, family gathering, and ended with:

Radiant leaves—now
Memories in our scrapbooks
Seasons travel on

“Winter Tales” begins with the frozen polar winds, Christmas time for family and friends, children enjoyed the holidays, to neighbors helped each other shovel the snow and ended with:

Tale of winter’s end
Written in morning shadows
Crocus petals rise

It was a great pleasure to be in the audience of Stevens’ well composed concerti. I still can see the seasonal colors and hear the joyful sounds. The author included her own beautiful photography, the interesting facts and symbols of Maine. Readers will enjoy this poetry collection.

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About the Author

Inspired by nature and human nature, author Bette A. Stevens is a retired elementary and middle school teacher, a wife, mother of two and grandmother of eight. Stevens lives in central Maine with her husband on their 37-acre farmstead where she enjoys reading, writing, gardening, walking and reveling in the beauty of nature. She advocates for children and families, for childhood literacy and for the conservation of monarch butterflies (milkweed is the only plant that monarch caterpillars will eat). The author is currently (2019) working on two poetry collections. MY MAINE: Haiku through the Seasons (Poetry & Photography Collection (2019).

Stevens’s children’s book, THE TANGRAM ZOO and WORD PUZZLES TOO! was first published in 1997 by Windswept House Publishing, Mt. Desert, ME; a second edition was self-published by the author in 2012. AMAZING MATILDA, Stevens’s second children’s book, self-published in 2012 won a 2013 Purple Dragonfly Book Award (Honorable Mention for Excellence in Children’s Literature – Ages 6 and older category) and also placed #9 on The 2013 Gittle List for Self-published Children’s Picture Books. Stevens has written articles for ECHOES, The Northern Maine Journal of Rural Culture based in Caribou, Maine. In 2013, the author published her first book for the YA/Adult audience: PURE TRASH, a short story of a boy growing up in rural New England in a family whose poverty and alcoholism mark him as a target for bullying by young and old alike. This short story is a prequel to Stevens’s début novel DOG BONE SOUP (KCT International Literary Award Top Finalist 2017). Stevens is currently working on two poetry collections. MY MAINE, Haiku through the Seasons (Poetry & Photography Collection/JUNE 2019).

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A Soldier's Children by [Sikes, Jan]

My Review

The short story of A Soldier’s Children is a delightful and quick read. Jan Sikes depicted a fourteen-year-old Jenny who was assumed responsibility to run the household and care for her seven-year-old sister. Their mother abandoned them for more than six months. Their father was missing at war. Jenny worked part-time at an amusement park and took her little sister Emily along. Emily went missing and scared Jenny. The amusement park owner Mr. Park helped to locate Emily. Jenny learned to be careful making sure the safety of her little sister. After the summer, Jenny and Emily started school again. As Jenny watched other high school girls holding hands walking on campus, she wished to have lived a carefree life like those girls. The story came to a surprising ending.

I find this story and the characters believable. There are many children assumed responsibilities as adults due to the dysfunctional home with alcoholic or drug-addicted parents, or divorced parents. These children would be fortunate if they could beat the social system to keep their heads above the water or make a life of their own. This story is well written. Highly recommended.

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About the Author

Multi-Award winning author, Jan Sikes, has been called a wordsmith by her peers.

She published four biographical fiction books about the journey of two people moving through adversity in order to grow and learn to become better humans. She believes with all her heart there is something worthy of sharing in these stories. Bits and pieces of wisdom, hard-learned lessons and above and beyond all, love…True love that you read about in fiction stories and yet this is truth. The old saying that truth is stranger than fiction fits these stories.

She also releases a music CD of original songs along with each book that fits the time period of the story. Why? Because the stories revolve and evolve around a passion for music.

She has published a book of poetry and art and nine short stories.

She is widowed, lives in North Texas, volunteers at music festivals, has five incredible grandchildren and serves on the Board of Directors for the Texas Authors Institute of History, and the Executive Council at Rave Writers’ Int’l Society of Authors. She is also a member of the Writer’s League of Texas and Authors Marketing Guild.


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Welcome to Day 1 of the “NO PEDIGREE” Blog Tour! @NonnieJules #RRBC #RWISA @4WillsPub

Welcome to Day 1 of the “NO PEDIGREE” Blog Tour! @nonniejules #RRBC #RWISA @4WillsPub

GIVEAWAYS:  (2) eBook copies of NO PEDIGREE & (2) $5 Amazon gift cards!  You must leave a comment on the author’s tour page  and any other stop along the tour to be entered to win.

I’m excited to host the Blog Tour for Nonnie Jules. Please read on to find out her amazing experience in writing this book “NO PEDIGREE.” She has wonderful insight and advice for your book writing!

 

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Hi, and thanks for dropping in on Day 1 of my NO PEDIGREE blog tour!  I’m so grateful to Miriam for sharing her space with me today as I share how this story came about.

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THE ORIGIN OF NO PEDIGREE

On January 12, 2020, two words came to me in the middle of the night, by way of a dream.  Whatever dream I was engaged in at that time, paused for a moment, allowing me to sit up in bed, reach for my iPhone and type ‘NO PEDIGREE’ into my notes.  Mind you, because I’m an author, any thought that randomly pops into my head, has the potential to become another Nonnie Jules read.

The next morning, I rush into my office and create the book cover for NO PEDIGREE … again, I didn’t have the full concept of the story in mind at that time, but something was pushing me, almost forcefully, into the creation of the title and the cover.

Because my work schedule is so hectic between the editing work that I do with 4WillsPublishing and the two book clubs that I lead, the only way this book would ever see the light of day in 2020, was if I put it up on Amazon in a pre-order status;  and since it had been a while since I’d published last,  I was determined to do that immediately.

Now, you can put your book up on Amazon in a pre-order status without having the manuscript ready to go, but, I’m pretty sure you need a book blurb if you want any pre-order sales, so the next thing I did was stand in front of my computer to pound one out … and, if I must say so myself, it was (almost) perfect.  Let me tell you why.

I would assume that when most writers plan their books, the concepts are front and center in their minds.  Not so for me this time.  When I began to write this short story, I didn’t have any clue as to the direction it would go in.  I hadn’t given any thought to how it would begin, and I certainly had not any plans for the ending.  I decided that the blurb I had quickly pounded out, would serve as my compass.

For most of us, the story is written first, and then the blurb follows.  Working from the inside out this time, gave me a new appreciation for my backwards writing process.

When I’d get stuck in the writing, I’d return to Amazon and re-read that blurb.  I did this time and time and time again throughout the writing of the entire story.

This worked so wonderfully well for me, that I have decided to use this process going forward with all my future books.  Title, book cover, blurb – from those three very important elements, my stories will be born.

Faced with a self-imposed deadline of initially two weeks (what can I say, I like to challenge myself), I knew that I would have to steal the time to write, edit and proof this story many times over.  Due to many different and unforeseen circumstances, I ended up changing that release date, not once, but twice. Finally, it released on February 18, 2020 – later than planned, but still a lot quicker than it would have, had I not used this process.

My advice to you … the next time a story comes to you in or out of your dreams, don’t wait until you have the entire concept mapped out to begin working on it – that can sometimes take years.  Go on and dive right in, creating and designing all the other elements that will complete your book, and then let those elements serve as the tools you use to build a great read.  Many who know me, know that I’m an action kind of girl.  If I have an idea, I don’t want to sit on it – I want to act on it. I don’t like talking about things, I like doing things.  This can be you, too.

The moral of this story is, contrary to popular belief, sometimes you do have to put the cart before the horse.  The horse might be doing the pulling, but if not for the cart and the goods it’s carrying, what would the horse’s purpose be?  Even if the cart isn’t moving, it’s still housing valuable and precious cargo.

 

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BOOK BLURB…

Growing up on the wrong side of the tracks, Baylee never quite fit in… anywhere. She was taunted and teased because her clothes had no designer labels, and spit upon because her only pair of shoes had holes in the bottom. The butt of many jokes, she was excluded from all social activities, sneered at by the parents of her peers after school as she waited for the bus, watching them drive away in their fancy cars; assaulted in the most unthinkable fashion.

Having been born to a white father and a black native American mother didn’t make things any easier. In fact, that circumstance made her life ten times harder – until the day she made them all stand up, take notice, and regret every ugly word and deed they had inflicted upon her.

 

 

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR…

Hi, I’m Nonnie JulesPresident & Founder of RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB {RRBC} and RAVE WRITERS – INT’L SOCIETY OF AUTHORS {RWISA}.  As a writer who values the (polished) written word, it is my mission to help my fellow authors understand that their reputations as writers should be treated as rare treasure, and that the only way to be taken seriously in this business, is to ensure that your writing (no matter the forum) is impeccably written and well edited.  If not, you’re just another “Joe” with a pen who was the first to raise his hand when Amazon asked, “Hey, any old Joe out there wanna publish a book?  Don’t worry, it doesn’t have to be good and there’s absolutely no hard work involved.”

FYI:  If you don’t care what you put out into the world, you’re just a laughing stock in the literary community … and your name is “Joe.”

To learn more about Nonnie and how to connect with her, please drop in on her RRBC Author Page!

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Thanks for spending time here with me today, and Miriam, thank you so much, once again for having me on your blog!

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