Please Welcome My Amazing Friend Reece Bridger to the Blog Today!

Reece is a fellow Ravenswood Publishing author. We’ve struck up a friendship over our mutual love of writing. Despite our age difference, we have wonderful chats about our passion, proving writing and the dedication to the craft has no bounds.

Ladies and gentlemen, I give you Reece Bridger – Author / Fantasist / Professional Dreamer / Voice Actor

Reece Bridger

I gave Reece four questions to answer:

What are you working on?

The story I’m working on right now is the Buan Trilogy, the first segment of a saga made up of fourteen books or more in total. The first of the trilogy, soon to be re-released with Ravenswood Publishing, is ‘The Perfect Mortals’. The story, which was originally self-published in early 2013, revolves around a family of four siblings living sequestered in the middle of a war-torn, monster-riddled continent. The bloody memories of their past haunt them in the present, and promises to form greater challenges for the future. But, their future takes a drastic turn when they are chosen without any foreseeable reason by their Goddess to be endowed with fantastic and powerful gifts to combat the return of an age-old enemy to the nation. The trilogy focuses on them as they fight against monsters, foreign enemies and their own shortcomings to reach the true cause of their suffering and defeat it once and for all.

How does your work differ from others of its genre?

I believe my first book differs from others of its genre because, despite being filled with arguable clichés and reused common ideas, the main characters have their personal issues to deal with associated with growing up and facing a harsh world that they aren’t prepared for. It explores the effects of unwanted power and responsibility, with no one around to help them. In some ways, it’s a coming-of-age story, but those elements are by no means the main focus; the story takes much more precedence than the characters’ adolescent struggles.

How does your writing process work?

My writing process is somewhat lax in comparison to more renowned and well-experienced authors. Being a full-time student has limited the time I can spare to write. But, that being said, I have managed to get at least 1,000 words in most days when I don’t have other things to worry about. During the summer holidays I always try to write 5,000 words on any day where I don’t have plans, whether those words are spent writing my next book, editing the current ones, or writing the script for my upcoming web series ‘Zoolaplex’. I try to progress by around 5,000 words total through at least one medium per day. As long as I have enough to drink, some good music in the background, and a clear plan of what I want to happen in my head, then it all just seems to write itself most of the time.

Why do you write what you do?

I suppose the reason I write what I write is because I love the story and I want to share it with the world. The story acts as a premise for the rest of the saga and, even with all the plot twists that I’m putting into Buan, I can say without a shadow of a doubt that the rest takes it up a notch. Furthermore, I want to prove that my Aspergers doesn’t hold me back from achieving my dreams; I’ve been told too many times in the past that my condition will limit my opportunities and keep me from having the same standard of life as ‘normal’ people in the future. I want to prove to everyone who shares my condition or has a similar one that what those people say isn’t true. You can still achieve your dreams no matter what stands in your way.

The Perfect Immortals

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FIREFLIES Takes the Silver Medal in the Paranormal Fiction Category!

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Honestly, I have no clue if I’ve won any prizes but right now, I’m thrilled I won a silver medal!

 

Tonight I’m Getting Personal and Sharing my Amazing High School With You

Life is made up of choices. One of the best choices I ever made was Western Senior High School in Baltimore, MD.

Western High School: A National Blue Ribbon School

Western High School, founded November 1, 1844, is the oldest all-girls public high school in the United States and is one of the city’s and the nation’s most distinguished institutions of learning. The programs at Western have been designed and are implemented to provide opportunities for our students to develop and enhance their academic and artistic abilities. As our students are challenged during the school year, it is our greatest hope that they will accept responsibility, grow intellectually and be successful. With the guidance, assistance and direction of our staff, we believe that they will acquire the necessary skills to continue their education so that one day they will effectively lead this powerful nation and become viable citizens of the community.”

Tonight, a fellow alumnae shared a new video about Western and I had to share it with all of you.

My years at Western were some of the best years of my life. I blossomed, explored and evolved so much as a person during my time there. I cried my eyes out on graduation day. Not because I was happy but because I didn’t want to leave.

The friendships I forged during those years live to this day. The diversity and strict, accountability for your own education was such a blessing. It is a blessing of sisterhood that I still carry with me. My eldest sister Barbara attended Western and she was by far one of the most intelligent women I ever knew. It was an honor to be accepted and an even greater honor to attend classes, sing in the choir, participate in many clubs and activities and most of all, get to know young women from every walk of life throughout Baltimore.

I’m so proud of the woman I have become. I know the education and encouragement I received during those crucial teenage years at Western, play a tremendous part in who I am today.

If you live in the Baltimore Metro area and have a daughter who is about to enter high school, I strongly encourage you to check out Western. The benefits last a lifetime.

If you have a few minutes, check out this video.

Western High School Alumnae Trailer from Markim Multimedia on Vimeo.

Time Flies, Cleaning Sucks and Hello Monday Blues

This was by far the fastest weekend I can remember for quite some time. I’m not kidding.

It feels like I just walked out of work on Friday and here it is one o’clock am Monday morning. I cleaned, watched the kiddies a bit, caught a couple movies on cable and did a good bit of writing and yet I feel like time is just blowing past me.

I worked on edits to post a few more chapters of “An Unfortunate Son” but they still need a bit of dusting before I’ll post them. If you are one of the few who are following along, bare with me. I’m hoping to have them up some time tomorrow.

I had an interesting conversation at dinner the other night. A coworker has retired and we celebrated with a dinner for her last Thursday. It’s always nice to get together occasionally with your coworkers outside of work. Who has time to chit chat and share anecdotes about family and life events while at work unless you sit right next to someone all day long? It was fun to hear some of their stories and to discuss off the wall things.

One of those things was how most of us women at work wish we had housekeepers. Imagine how much free time we’d have to actually live our lives if we didn’t have to pick up after everyone and could come home from work to a healthy dinner and a clean house?

Ahhhh it’s those little things that make me happy.

Then, the discussion went on–or rather I went on to say that if I ever become a best selling author, I won’t waste my money on jewelry, three hundred dollar bags and shoes or even clothes but rather just use it to have more free time. Oh and then the driving thing. I would never drive again unless I wanted to. My goal is to downsize my things and gradually find my way into a minimalist life. I’m so over clutter. The more evolved I become as a human being the less I need.

Since work is but a few hours away, I once again find myself with those Monday blues. The anxiety of Sunday nights is depressing. I only want to write. I only want to immerse myself in telling a story.

Until then, I make the best of life and am just grateful to have a job I enjoy and coworkers who make it even more enjoyable. There are so many who do not. Someday soon, writing full time will pay the bills and on that day, I’ll hire a housekeeper. 😉

Have a wonderful night my friends.

Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious

Wikipedia says: The roots of the word have been defined[4] as follows: super- “above”, cali- “beauty”, fragilistic- “delicate”, expiali- “to atone”, and -docious “educable”, with the sum of these parts signifying roughly “Atoning for educability through delicate beauty.”

According to the film, it is defined as “something to say when you have nothing to say.”

Today was up and down. 

Up: I had three very cool features on the web. Two were interviews on two different book web sites and one was a feature on “Fireflies.”

Book Reader Magazine: Featured Author P.S. Bartlett
Awesomegang: Book Feature – FIREFLIES
Awesomegang: Author Interview – P.S. Bartlett

UP: I recieved my set up questionnaire from PubSlush for my campaign. Taking second place in the Pitch contest this week has definitely brought so many gifts and rewards. With this book funding campaign, I just might be able to take “The Blue Diamond” for a free spin or two on the big wheel of advertising. Marketing is expensive but great marketing sells books.

Down: I tried a new shampoo and conditioner this morning and my hair stunk. It smelled like I’d been hiking in the woods. I actually put hand lotion in my hair to mask the smell because it was so bad. I’m very sensitive to certain smells and this one just annoyed the hell out of me.

After work, I attended the farewell dinner for a coworker who is retiring. Tomorrow is her last day. We’ve been working together nearly ten years. I’m sad and I’m really going to miss her…a lot.

Near the end of this marvelous gathering, I felt a hot flash coming on. Unless you’ve had one, you have no idea how horrible you feel. I felt sweaty, funky and nauseous, topped off with my woodlands hair. I dashed into the house and went straight for a cool shower and my old shampoo. I felt 100% better. Fresh, clean PJ’s too and I smelled like flowers and Irish Spring again.

UP: I received a phone call at nine pm from one of my dearest friends who moved to Ocean City, MD many years ago. If we’re lucky we get to see each other twice a year. I smiled for almost an hour as we chatted.

Life is funny. No matter what happens in the course of the day, I can always count on my writing. I count on my continued growth as an author and my gradual ascent to where I know I’ll be when the time is right and I’m ready for it. The universe knows best so I will continue working hard to create stories that I love in hopes that YOU, the reader will love them too.

Why the Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious reference at the top?

Because although I just told you all about my day, deep down, with every amazing thing that has happened in my writing life in the past week and a half…I’m still speechless.

The best days of our lives

Thank you for reading.

An E-Mail that Blew My Mind – Second Place in the PubSlush-BookLogix Pitch Contest!

Is this real life?

I’ve been asking myself that for a week now. I entered this contest a few weeks ago. I pitched “The Blue Diamond – An Ivory Razor Adventure.” I love this book so much. This means more to me than anyone could possibly know.

Hello Peggy,

Congratulations! You are the second-place winner in the Fund Your Book Contest from Pubslush and BookLogix!

We will be in contact soon with more information on your prize from BookLogix.

I have also copied in Justine from Pubslush, and she and her team will be in touch with you about the prizes from Pubslush.

One Second Place winner will enjoy:

  • Gold Pubslush Prep package (see details below)
  • Exclusive Kickoff on the BookLogix Community Page on Pubslush
  • Free Book Cover Design from BookLogix
  • Author Feature on the Pubslush Blog and BookLogix’s Blog
  • Pubslush tote in the mail

Thanks so much and Congratulations!

Angela DeCaires
Publishing Director
BookLogix
  1. Publish. Print. Sell.
1264 Old Alpharetta Road, Alpharetta, GA 30005
Pubslush
 
Yes…I actually took a picture of it on my phone. Admit it, you would too.
I am beyond honored, thrilled, thankful and blessed right now. Thank you all for your support, encouragement and friendship. I’m over the moon.

I’m Back! I’m Fired Up! I’m Ready to Rock ‘N Roll and Sell Some Books!

I really hadn’t planned on blogging tonight but it’s midnight you see and that means my brain is on fire. 

The past few nights my brain was on baby needs which is immediate and sweet and full of chubby hugs and smooches but I need to get down to business.

I need to sell some books. 

I had a brain storm while I was at work today. Okay, it was more of a monsoon and all I could think about was going to Miami for the Readers’ Favorite Awards and meeting and mingling with hundreds of other authors and readers and putting myself out there and saying, “Hi! Nice to meet you! I’m P.S. Bartlett!”

No, I won’t be yelling it but you get the idea. However, right now I am faced with the need to sell books. I hate thinking about selling books. Not because I don’t want to sell books but because it takes a tremendous amount of time and ingenuity to get in front of the right people to buy them.

We have no choice. We have to think about it. We have to do it. Otherwise, we’ll never become as successful as we dream to be.

Granted, my day job is in sales and marketing so I can do it with my eyes closed. However, I’m in B2B sales in the copier and printer industry. Besides books being printed on paper, that’s where the relationship between the two ends.

My struggles are as follows:
  • Finding readers for my books
  • Writing More Books
  • Finances
  • Time
  • Editing
  • Family needs
  • Day Job
  • Marketing

Just to name a few.

However, I’m not here to whine about the same issues we all have. I’m here to ask you for your business. I’m here to ask you to buy my books. All day long I ask people for their business and I usually get it. Why? Because in the copier business, there is plenty of competition but I KNOW we’re the best.

The same goes for my books. If I don’t believe they’re awesome, who else will?

Of course we all feel this way about our work but if we don’t put ourselves out there and ask for our readers to buy our books, then what’s the point? I love my books. I want my readers to love them too and thankfully, many do.

So tonight my lovies, I say let’s ask for our shot at this author business. Don’t be shy. Don’t spam, harass or badger but don’t sit back and wait for your customers to come to you. I want to go to Miami and I can’t get there without book sales. So, I’ll continue to look for ways to find you. ALL OF YOU.

If you love Historical Fiction novels that are character driven, filled with love, loss, drama, laughter, romance and atmosphere, buy my books.

They are waiting for you. I promise, they won’t let you down. 

myBook.to/HopeFromtheOcean 

http://mybook.to/FirefliesPSBartlett