Writing Goals for 2019

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Hello again everyone!

It’s the beginning of the new year and like many people I’m making resolutions. Most of the resolutions revolved around my books and I’ll get to them in a second. But first, I wanted to reflect on how my writing career went in 2018.

Early in the year, I had a psychic reading from Mini Truth, Psychic. (Had to give her a shoutout). During my reading, she revealed that my life’s path is to be a writer, which is very accurate.

This year, I had lots of new writing opportunities come my way. During the summer, I was offered a job writing for Soap Opera Spy, where I write about the latest rumors surrounding Y&R and B&B. Then in September, I became a columnist for The Chairshot, a wrestling site where I discuss the latest WWE stories.

Aside from my freelance work, my career has an author continued to grow. In September, I published Westmore: Endless Devotion, the eighth volume in the series.

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I also participated in the holiday anthology Twelve Tales A Telling along with authors J.C. Wing, A.K. Lawrence, Lark Griffing, Tracy Gilmore, and Randy Brown. We created a collection of stories inspired by the holiday song Twelve Days of Christmas. We each picked two days and had to write a story inspired by the gifts. I choose two turtle doves and seven swans a swimming.

Now, that I’ve reflected on 2018, it’s time to move on to my goals for 2019.

I’m hoping this year I will publish at least 2 books, maybe 3, but we’ll see how that goes.

One of the books will be Westmore volume 9 (yes, there will be more to tell with the families). As for my other book, I haven’t figured out what that’s going to be. I’ve got a lot of stories that are incomplete and I need to finish them. I just haven’t figured out which one to work on first, so I may need your help choosing one.

Well, I better head to the writing cave if I want to get a headstart on reaching my goals.

Wish me luck!

 

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2018 in Review

Strength

2018 is about to come to an end and I’ve had a chance to reflect back on everything that happened this year. Let’s just say this year was filled with heartache and a lot of challenges. While it was difficult, everything that happened made me into becoming a stronger person.

If any word described 2018 for me its strength, so let me take you on my journey for the past year.

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As I stated before, there was a lot of heartache this year. The most recent tragedy was the death of our believed cat Pudding. He passed away on December 14th, and it happened so quickly. We had him for 13 years, and he came up as a stray. When we were living at our old apartment we used to bring him in at night, then let him out during the day so he could ramble around. Then he got hit by a car and had to have his leg amputated and he became a house cat.

His death hit us hard and we’re still grieving his loss. But that wouldn’t be the only tragedy we’d suffer this year.

In February, my grandmother passed away at the age of 91. Anyone who knew my grandma would tell you that she was a strong, independent, and caring person. She loved helping others and as she got older, she still loved to get outside and do her yardwork. But within the last year she had gotten weaker and by February she had gotten worse.

It’s been difficult without her here. I miss how she used to worry about the slightest thing or how she’d fuss about someone who drove her crazy.

After her passing, I had to step up to become the head of the household because my mother wasn’t in the best of health (I’ll get that to a second).

As you all know I’ve mentioned in the past, I have a fear of driving. Well, I’m happy to report that I overcame my fear. A good family friend Teresa got me behind the wheel again and helped me regain my confidence. I’ve been driving for almost 9 months now and thanks to the help of my dad, I was able to get a new car.

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It was important for me to drive again because I needed to overcome my fear and another reason is because I needed to take care of my mother. For a while, she’s been dealing with some memory loss and in recent months it’d gotten worse. It was so bad that there were days she couldn’t remember grandma had passed away. We took her to the doctor and we were informed that she’s in the beginning stages of dementia.

I’m still living with my mom and I’ve taken on the role as her caregiver. It’s sad to see how the dementia has affected her. She does have vitamins and medicine she takes to help keep her dementia from getting worse. I hate to see her this way and I wish she didn’t have to go through this. The only thing I can do is take care of her the best I can.

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As you can tell, this year has been rough, but it’s made me a stronger person. I’m not going to lie, I do have my moments where I break down and cry, but then I calm down and move forward.

Heading into the New Year, I know there’s going to be challenges, but I’m ready to tackle them head on.

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New Release: Christmas Joy by Samantha Jacobey

 

 

 

 

Christmas Joy (Sweet Christmas Series Book 4)

 

Samantha Jacobey

 

Genre: Contemporary Holiday Romance

 

Lavish Publishing

 

142 pages

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Life isn’t always sweet, even for girls called Candy.

 

Candice Parker married Gerald Ford on Christmas Eve two years ago following a massive blizzard. The year before that her family was left homeless when a fire burned their apartments to the ground. Fortunately, fireman Gary had been on call and led the team that rescued Lanelle and Dakota from the blaze.

 

Last year it all came to a head when Caroline joined their household as the nanny and housekeeper when she revealed the fire had been arson. Following the discovery, a sinister plot unfolded that almost killed them all.

 

To say Candy is dreading the arrival of this typically happy holiday would be an understatement.

 

However, she does have one thing going for her this year. Gary has convinced her to adopt rather than try for a baby of their own and a new addition will join their family just in time to change Candy’s view of Christmas forever.

 

Pushing through her self-doubts, Candy must embrace the desire within her to become Joylana’s mother and champion for life, but will she have the strength to be the mom she wants to be after all the hardships she and Daks have faced in the past?

 

 

 

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Sweet Christmas Series: 

 

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Christmas Candy (Sweet Christmas Series Book 1) 

 

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Christmas Eve (Sweet Christmas Series Book 2)

 

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Christmas Carol (Sweet Christmas Series Book 3)

 

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Christmas Joy (Sweet Christmas Series Book 4)

 

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Anyone who knows me could tell you, I am a friendly kind of person, never met a stranger and take up conversations anywhere at any time. I work hard, and my mind never seems to shut down, as I wake up often in the middle of the night with ideas pouring out and demanding to be dealt with. Of course that means much of my books were written in the middle of the night.

 

I grew up and still live in the great state of Texas where everything is bigger, where we have warm weather and a central location. I love my state, my town, and my family, which includes my four sons, my significant other, and many friends as well.

 

I have thoroughly enjoyed writing the books that are currently available and hope you will enjoy reading them just as much. And of course, there will be many more stories to come.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interview with Ingrid St. John

Since her childhood, Ingrid has been in love with thriller, mysteries, and horror. She grew from reading Nancy Drew and Francine Pascal to reading Brandon Massey, Michael Romkey, and Tananarive Due. It was after watching A Nightmare on Elm Street that inspired her into writing her own stories. In addition to her love of writing, she is the founder of 1287 Pictures, a production company that will produce horror and thriller films.

Ingrid currently resides in Northern California, and is looking forward to thrilling, and scaring you with more to come…

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AUTHOR INTERVIEW

When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

In 6th Grade when I wrote my first soap opera. It was something for fun to have my friend’s read during recess. It was solidified the same year when I wrote a book of poetry for an art project and it won an award.

How long does it take you to write a book?

For my novella it took three months.

What is your work schedule like when you’re writing?

Mainly at night, sometimes between 2-4 hours per night.

What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?

I like building dialogue where physical altercations follow afterwards. 1980s’ Dynasty was excellent in that regard.

How do your books get published?

My debut novella HaUNTED is published independently through Southern Owl Publications.

Where do you get your information or ideas for your books?

Research for medical and police based dialogue, the news and scenarios that I concoct in my head.

When did you write your first book and how old were you?

10 years old.

What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

I love watching horror movies. Cam and Pooka are on my watch list as a must see. Collecting vinyl, music is such a vital part of my life. Baking, hiking, playing really bad pool, collecting and reading graphic novels and comic books.

What does your family think of your writing?

When my mother threw away my soap operas when I was younger I did bother to share with her anymore. Fast forward to 2018 and she asked if she could read HaUNTED and she really liked it. My niece enjoyed the book as well, along with my boyfriend who promotes it every chance he gets.

What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?

That I can be as descriptive and intense as I want.

How many books have you written? Which is your favorite?

HaUNTED is my first and my favorite, naturally.

Do you have any suggestions to help me become a better writer? If so, what are they?

Be yourself. Create characters and stories of your choosing. Every writers approach to drafting the story will be different. Some like to outline, others may work on the characters essence. Dedicate to write even if it is an hour a day. Make your area where you write a haven that you want to come to until the book is completed.

Do you hear from your readers much? What kinds of things do they say?

Sometimes, most post their reviews online. One reader said they really enjoyed the story and did not put the book down until finished. Others want a sequel.

Do you like to create books for adults?

Yes. The subject matter in my books are adult themed.

What do you think makes a good story?

The plot, tone, characters, and the overall universe the story is in.

As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?

Become an actor, which I did.

Any books in the works?

Yes. It will be the second book to HaUNTED. Not necessarily a sequel however, it introduces a character that is mentioned in HaUNTED.

What are your plans for the future?

Staying focused on the present, one day at a time, as I have a lot planned.

HaUNTED: A Novella

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You never know who you can trust…

Camille Isaacs has all that Hollywood devours – likability, looks, talent, and mass appeal. Her career is on the verge of stardom until a savage attack leaves Camille scarred and uncertain of her future in Hollywood. Now on the mend and getting her life and career back on track, Camille finds herself prey to a predator as she is faced with another demented attacker. Camille has a choice to make. Take her life back, or succumb to the perils that have been thrust in front of her yet again. Is the attacker coming for revenge, or is it a copycat? It’s survival of the direst circumstance. Can she make it out a second time?

Amazon Paperback: https://www.amazon.com/HaUNTED-Ingrid-St-John/dp/1980873178/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=

Amazon Ebook: https://www.amazon.com/HaUNTED-Ingrid-St-John-ebook/dp/B07C7HBT4K/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=

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Please visit Ingrid’s pages:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ingrid.stjohn.1

Twitter: https://twitter.com/IngridStJohn

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Ingrid-St.-John/e/B07C7ZZJVC/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1

 

 

Blog Tour: Serene by Diana Nixon

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SERENE

by Diana Nixon

Shattered Series (Story, #3)

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Blurb:

I used to think that my life was a picture of perfection. I had everything a twenty-five-year-old woman could wish for: a loving family, friends, a dream job and a fiancé who thought the world of me.

Until the day I lost it all… Including my ability to see.

The car accident took away not just my vision, but also a part of me that I was sure I would never be able to get back.

And then I met him… Stanley Burke. A kind of a man I thought didn’t exist anymore: understanding, loving, supportive and generally too good to be true.

Without effort, he breathed life into my frozen heart, making it beat faster than ever before.

He became a light that my eyes would never see again. He made me feel things that were long lost and forgotten.

Only I couldn’t give him what he deserved.

Because in my pitch-dark world, there was no place for love…

“I’ve never been so scared of losing someone in my entire life… Then again, I’ve never had anyone as important as you are to lose…”

*****COMING DECEMBER 14th*****

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About the author:

Diana Nixon is an International bestselling author of contemporary and fantasy romances. A Master of Law, she never thought she would betray the world of law and dive into fiction. But once her first book – Love Lines – was published, she realized that writing was her true passion. Since then, she has written 19 more books. She can’t imagine her life without her fictional characters and she never stops thinking about the new storylines that haunt her dreams. She’s married and has two daughters – her biggest source of inspiration. She loves music, traveling, coffee and chocolate. She believes that writing is the best cure for everything that can be healed with words. 

Diana Nixon’s books are being translated into Spanish, German, Russian, French, Portuguese, Italian and Greek. 

Diana Nixon is the founder of Inks and Scratches, a literary magazine  intended to help authors of all genres find readers and spread the news about their writing all over the world. 

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Website: www.diana-nixon.com

Twitter: @DianaNixon9 https://twitter.com/DianaNixon9

Instagram: @authordiananixon https://www.instagram.com/authordiananixon/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/authordiananixon/?ref=settings

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/diananixon96/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5814368.Diana_Nixon

Amazon:https://www.amazon.com/Diana-Nixon/e/B007PY0IMO/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1519224711&sr=8-1

 

 

Peter Blade Cover Reveal

Greetings Everyone!

Today, I’m pleased to be hosting the Cover Reveal for my good friend and author Y. Correa. Her newest book Peter Blade will be released on Halloween and she stopped by to share the a little bit about the horror story.

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Title: Peter Blade
Author: Y. Correa
Genre: Psychological Drama
Release: October 31st, 2018
Available: All major book retailers
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Blurb:

Autumn 1970, Manhattan, New York

“♫ Life gives you surprises but Surprises give you life, oh Lord … ♪”

A single night can carry both contempt and horror.

The notorious Peter Blade is on the hunt … just like many nights before. Adhering to his father’s words, “You’ve got to get deep into the gut, that’s how you’ll be able to bleed the animal. It’s the only way to get him clean …” Peter ensures that every hooker he kills is bled to pristine flawlessness.

Dancing with the phantasms of a murky past and the reality of an ominous present, Peter Blade trades places with his victims for the foreboding remembrances which cometh after dark. This night is entrenched in the unexpected and Peter finds himself contending with life and death. From dusk to dawn, Peter Blade is inescapably haunted but to what end? Which could be worse, living the terror or dying by its hands?

Update

Update

It’s been 6 months since I last posted on this blog, but a lot’s going in my life so I decided to give a quick update about everything that’s happened.

Earlier this year, my grandmother passed away. It was sad for our family, but she lived a long life at 91 years-old and we have lots of cherished memories of her.

After her death, I had to step up and take care of things. My mom and I moved into my grandmother’s house three months ago. I’m still trying to unpack all our stuff, and I’ve been going through the boxes in the basement, and sorting out what needs to be kept and what needs to go. I’ve also had to take on a lot more chores now that we’re living in a house. I take care of the yard work, laundry, and take care of the pets.

It’s been a little bit stressful the past few months, but there were some good moments.

As you may be aware, I had a huge fear of driving, which kept me from getting behind the wheel. But I decided it was time to overcome my fear and I enlisted the help of our family friend Teresa. She took me out for driving lessons and within a matter of weeks, I’d gotten over my fear. I do admit sometimes I still get nervous, but now I’m a road warrior and you can’t keep me out of the car.

Aside from driving, I’m also getting back into my work routine. I’ve been working on some new stories, plus I got a new job as a writer for a soap opera site.

Well, that’s all I have to share for now. I promise I’ll do a better job of keeping the blog updated in the future. I’ve got a couple of blog posts in mind, so stay tuned for the new posts.