A Tale for the Ages | My First #Novel on #Giveaway

FIREFLIES is Free on Kindle until October 23, 2018.

A couple reviews:

5 Stars: “This novel is a beautifully written work of love, family values, and a soulful connection to the spirit world. It reflects the time when countless migrated to the US to escape hard times in their own homelands . It shows how fragile life was then, and how through love and prayer almost anything is possible. The characters become your friends as their lives entwine with the spirit world and their day to day existence. You laugh and cry as Ennis leads you threw his short but meaningful life, only to feel goose bumps as the novel concludes. Definitely a must read”

5 Stars “This novel is a beautifully written work of love, family values, and a soulful connection to the spirit world.”

 

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I #Failed | Good – Now Go Fail Again – A #Writer’s Tale

Yeah so…I think I’m ready

Ready for what you may ask if you care…

Ready to get back down to the business of writing something worthy of your read.

Something worthy of myself and my abilities. You see, as a writer…especially a writer with a day job, family, other obligations etc. etc. and a husband who likes to talk…A LOT, (yeah I know what you’re thinking, most women would be ecstatic) I get distracted beyond measure.

To be honest…no, to be truthful, I’ve allowed myself to become distracted…repeatedly for over two years. I craved it. I went on a quest for distraction.

I’ve sworn to myself almost daily that I would write. I do in fact write quite a bit for my day job in sales and marketing but that’s content and copywriting. It’s creative in a different way. Yes, I’m telling stories about a product or products to sell them but I’ve neglected the most important product I have…myself.

For three years, I was immersed in writing books, editing books, choosing covers, designing covers, publishing and marketing my books. Once I went independent there was no going back…or so I thought. Today, I realized I’ve failed myself. I’ve failed my readers. Looking back, my doubts that I’d ever succeed as a writer crept slowly in like the sunset and it stayed dark. Not North pole dark or Alaska or something where you know in a month or two the sun will rise again. I’m talking eternal night.

If you read anything on my blog, especially this week, you’ll see I went on an adventure. A real life adventure and was out there in the real world doing real world stuff with real people. What I’ve discovered is I have been in a terrible rut and although I enjoyed my adventure tremendously for the most part, I was terribly uncomfortable in my own skin. I felt restrained, stressed and even weary at times because I created this monster. The monster being me. The monster who has so much crammed into her brain all the time now with no outlet that I find it nearly impossible to relate to anyone outside of my closest circle. I can’t even open up my feelings anymore unless I’m about to explode. I feel backed into a corner and yet I crave the corner and press further and further into it until that’s all there is.

It all started when I finished my last book. It was collaboration that was beyond wonderful yet beyond excruciatingly painful at the same time. The whole process of rewriting a book in my own voice caused changes in my creativity that I could not have foreseen for it was immediately after the book was closed on that endeavor that I became stagnant. This was worse than writer’s block, this was flat lining.

I couldn’t see it. I couldn’t feel it anymore. My insatiable hunger to pour out my very heart and soul into words became a tangible need to avoid it at all costs. I tried…I really tried. I’d sit for hours in front of a blank screen. One of my dearest writer friends / a real friend, encouraged me and did her level best to lift me up and turn the lights back on in my brain but all I could do was write a few chapters, tear them apart, write them again and them slam my laptop closed.

It hurt. I cried. I ate…way too much. I felt alone and lost and worst of all, a complete and utter failure.

Seven books. I wrote and published seven books in the span of three years. Obviously I had stories to tell. They have pretty great reviews and some have won awards so I must have been doing something right. I spent more money than I made, on marketing, and even gave away thousands of kindle copies just to get my name out there. I’m no different than any other independent author in that respect and I know that. I’m just an example of that quote, “The moment you’re ready to quit is usually the moment right before the miracle happens…don’t give up.”

After three years of nonstop writing and publishing…no miracle. I let go.

I felt like no matter what I did, I was never going to reach the level of success I wanted. Not fame or fortune, although money wouldn’t hurt but I wanted that best seller status. I wanted to see my books out there…everywhere…

That’s where I fucked up.

Then this quote hit me hard…

But first, I had to admit to myself that I didn’t quit…

I GAVE UP.

I started because of the voice in my head that evolved into a story about a little boy with special gifts who kept nagging me to tell his tale.

I started because for 48 years of my life, or at least as far back as I could recall, I always wanted to be a writer. I knew there were stories I needed to tell. I knew I could make it happen and all I had to do was sit down and write.

Of course there was a whole lot more to it than that but I didn’t know and I didn’t care and I knew failure at that time wasn’t an option. All I could think about from the time I woke up in the morning until the time I went to bed at night was writing. I chomped at the bit all day until I could get on this old keyboard and tell you all about my imaginary friends. I was excited and alive inside…

Alive inside.

Alive on the page.

Alive in my heart and in my mind and filled with dreams and goals and stories.

Somehow they all became clouded and the voices stopped. There was no cataclysmic event. There was no physical or emotional turmoil. There were changes of course in the real world but nothing outside myself caused this. This was an internal failure. A break down of the spirit and joy writing had given me because it became so much about business and promotion and selling and numbers and fear and doubt…and failure.

Well, today, I started hearing the voices again. I started feeling deep inside a spark of desire and hunger.

I started shaking off the pressure of finishing both my book series’ and perhaps finishing one of the other novels I was writing that are stand alone’s and pitching them to agents. I got ideas for a few other books as well and hurriedly jotted them down, as we do so I didn’t lose them.

Failure is a fact of life.

We go where we have to go, inside of ourselves and sometimes, a fishing trip or just shutting out the noise of day to day life can open a window in your mind and allow you to see yourself even in the dark.

I withdrew not only from the world but from myself because I was disappointed in my failure to achieve the goals I thought I wanted. Now I see what I wanted wasn’t the truth of it. I had to fail. I had to go through this darkness to understand I had lost that part of myself in the process that gave me the gift and the desire to write in the first place.

Did I say I’ve read A Song of Ice and Fire THREE times in the past year? Yes, all of the books in the series. I’m obsessed with George R.R. Martin’s writing and even listen to the audiobooks on my commute. I’ve been studying that master for a year. Inside and out I’ve studied him and I still don’t know half of his genius but nothing will stop me from trying to achieve it. So at least the last year hasn’t been a total literary loss. I’ve been studying and absorbing the craft as much as I can.

Now, I need to go forward.

This will be a process. This will be a rebirth of sorts for me but I’m no longer in the dark. The sky is lighter and the sun is just below the horizon.

Fuck money. Fuck best seller status. Fuck all of it. I just need to write and write often and well.

If the miracle happens so be it.

The real miracle is just knowing I have an outlet for this ballooning information and imagination inside of me that has reached critical mass. Inspiration is everywhere now. Pictures. Sounds. Music. Nature. Sleep. It’s everywhere.

I’ll not force it ever again. I won’t guilt or pressure myself to write. That’s a poison I won’t swallow. There is something that keeps playing in my mind now though. It’s a quote from the Game of Thrones television show. It’s an exchange between two of my favorite characters: Jon Snow and Ser Davos Seaworth.

 

#Video Book Review of Demons & Pearls by Katherine Hemmer

Several months ago, I saw Katherine was starting a channel for video book reviews. Being the daring soul that I am, risk taker to the max, I decided to send her Demons & Pearls and ask if she wanted to review it. She messaged me back and said she was interested. I sent her a copy via mail and the deal was set.

I didn’t hear from her for a while so of course as we authors often do, I worried she didn’t like it and decided against doing the video. Then I thought, hey, it happens and even if she didn’t like it and did the review, it was at least worth a shot. Any publicity is good publicity as they say.

Suddenly, a couple weeks ago she messaged me and told me she had read it and that the video review would be up soon. Tonight, she posted it and here is the video. If you enjoy her review, please like the video and subscribe for more reviews.

Check out this great pirate adventure book from P. S. Bartlett! Spoiler alert: I gave it 4.5 stars!

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Link to her Amazon Page:
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Hope you like this video and subscribe to my channel.

Check out the first book review I did:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6WlnP…

A Big Thank You and An Added #Bonus! #FREE #Audiobooks!

First I’m sending out a HUGE thank you to everyone who participated in my free ebook promo last week!

Secondly, if you haven’t tried Audible before, you can try it free for 30 days and get FIREFLIES free in the process!

That’s right! Follow my special link for your free 30 day trial and get FIREFLIES for free too! 

The offer is risk free and you can cancel it at any time!

Here’s what some readers and listeners are saying:

 Amazing couldn’t stop listening 

Great story with a surprise ending, like nothing you have ever read before. Definitely will be reading more from this author.

 Great listen and well worth the credit 

I received this book to listen to while on a road trip with my Mom. We both thoroughly enjoyed the book and the miles just passed by quickly. We were disappointed to reach our first destination 8.5 hours in because we wanted to continue to listen. This book keeps you entertained and captivated. Heather Jane Hogan is becoming one of my favorite narrators on audible. I would and have recommended this book to others. I look forward to the next book in this series.

Completely Absorbing

This story has a piece of the past, of several generations, as well as the ever consuming present, all put into the story line that carries you along with the characters through a growing spiritual and emotional time into a future life.

A Mystery Wrapped in much love

Well-written, good strong, distinct characters. Great storyline. This family of eight’s love & tolerance (which is the bedrock of level-headedness) allow it to deal with an extraordinary development through to resolution. The main story occurs over the course of a week or two. The six children range in age from 5/6 to 18. You don’t realize until three quarters through the book that the main thread running through all may be a mystery. If I say anything else that would be a spoiler.

Thank you all so much again! 

Happy Valentine’s Day! Can You #Help Me Out?

As you know,  I’ve been bombarding you with the news that ALL of my #Kindle books are free this week.

Today, I ran a Freebooksy promotion for Fireflies and it’s going like hot cakes!

As of this writing, the book is sitting at #100 on the Kindle top 100 Free list!

Did I mention today is also my birthday? 🙂

If Fireflies could make it to the #1 free Kindle book on Amazon, that would be the best birthday present I could get!

Please share with your friends and let me know you shared it, so I can enter you to win a free audiobook of either Fireflies, Hope From the Ocean or Ivory Dawn.

Here’s the link to go and download Fireflies right now!FREE BOOKSDon’t forget! ALL of my books are free this week!

Thank you so much for reading and sharing!

HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY!

Check out this awesome Valentine offering from author Scarlett Flame!

Author guest post!

Check out this awesome Valentine offering from author Scarlett Flame!

To celebrate Valentine’s Day, I have one of my top 100 bestselling books on offer for you.

A Valentine’s Bind: Manchester Dominants and submissives.
This book won Top in the #Erotica category, and 5th overall in the 2016 Top 50 Self-published books Worth Reading on Readfree.ly.com.
Nominee in the erotica category Summer Indie Books 2016
Go on treat yourself it is a BARGAIN
and #FREE to read on KU too

Newly edited and updated ready for your delectation
✰♡*•˛˛•*✰✰♡*•˛˛•*☆♡*•˛˛•*☆
A Valentine’s Bind: Manchester Dominants and submissives Book one

★*´¨)¸.•´¸.•*´¨) ¸.•*¨)¸.•´¸.•*´¨) ¸.•*¨) ¸.•*¨) (¸.• **

#FREE to read with #KindleUnlimited
99 cents US
99 pennies UK
Available in paperback

When University student Nicky Johnson decides to make an impromptu visit to a #BDSM club with friends she get more than she bargained for. The alcohol fuelled evening finds her asleep on her sofa the next day, suffering from memory loss. But who brought her home? #Dominant Dariel Pearson shows her that #spanking and submission can be empowering. Will this be a life changing experience for Nicky? This New Adult contemporary romance is a steamy, sexy tale of love, dominance and #submission.

http://amzn.to/2u1tAfM
Addictive! 3 April 2017 Loved this book! This was the first book I read from Scarlett Flame and it definitely won’t be the last. I didn’t want this book to end. I couldn’t put this book down. I’m really hoping there’s a follow up.

Delicious Bylucyr.on July 13, 2017 Format: Kindle Edition | Verified Purchase
Five dominant stars for this delicious read! Scarlett Flame writes scenes s hot as her name! A sweet, hot combination of dominance and submission.

5.0 out of 5 stars Steamy!
ByRachel from BehindClosedDoorsbookreviewon December 27, 2017
Format: Kindle Edition
Amount of sex 4 / 5
How explicit 4 / 5
Story 4.5 / 5
Overall: 4.5 / 5 (Rounded to 5 / 5)

A Valentine’s Bind is the first book in the Manchester Dominants & Submissive series by author Scarlett Flame. This quick read had me completely enthralled and I read it in one sitting! The story was well written, and the characters were engaging.

In this story, Nicky wakes up after a night of drinking with her friends…The scenes were so darn hot that I recommend you have a spare pair of panties nearby!

A definite add to your TBR list!

*********
Don’t forget to check out my other books, including my latest Top 100 International Bestseller
“From Willing Sub To Enslaved Captive”

Nominee for A Golden Flogger Award
For Dark Erotica
Winner in the 2017 50 Best Indie Books of the Year

Come and join my readers group on Facebook​ 

To celebrate Valentin’s Day, I have one of my top 100 bestselling books on offer for you.

A Valentine’s Bind: Manchester Dominants and submissives.

This book won Top in the #Erotica category, and 5th overall in the 2016 Top 50 Self-published books Worth Reading on Readfree.ly.com.

Nominee in the erotica category Summer Indie Books 2016

Go on treat yourself it is a BARGAIN

and #FREE to read on KU too

Newly edited and updated ready for your delectation

✰♡*•˛❤˛•*✰❣✰♡*•˛❤˛•*☆♡*•˛❤˛•*☆

A Valentine’s Bind: Manchester Dominants and submissives Book one

★*´¨)¸.•´¸.•*´¨) ¸.•*¨)¸.•´¸.•*´¨) ¸.•*¨) ¸.•*¨) (¸.• **

#FREE to read with #KindleUnlimited

 99 cents US

99 pennies UK

Available in paperback

When University student Nicky Johnson decides to make an impromptu visit to a #BDSM club with friends she get more than she bargained for. The alcohol fuelled evening finds her asleep on her sofa the next day, suffering from memory loss. But who brought her home? #Dominant Dariel Pearson shows her that #spanking and submission can be empowering. Will this be a life changing experience for Nicky? This New Adult contemporary romance is a steamy,sexy tale of love, dominance and #submission.

http://amzn.to/2u1tAfM

 Addictive! 3 April 2017 Loved this book! This was the first book I read from Scarlett Flame and it definitely won’t be the last. I didn’t want this book to end. I couldn’t put this book down. I’m really hoping there’s a follow up.

Delicious Bylucyr.on July 13, 2017 Format: Kindle Edition | Verified Purchase

Five dominant stars for this delicious read! Scarlett Flame writes scenes s hot as her name! A sweet, hot combination of dominance and submission.

5.0 out of 5 stars Steamy!

ByRachel from BehindClosedDoorsbookreviewon December 27, 2017

Format: Kindle Edition

Amount of sex 4 / 5

How explicit 4 / 5

Story 4.5 / 5

Overall: 4.5 / 5 (Rounded to 5 / 5)

A Valentine’s Bind is the first book in the Manchester Dominants & Submissive series by author Scarlett Flame. This quick read had me completely enthralled and I read it in one sitting! The story was well written, and the characters were engaging.

In this story, Nicky wakes up after a night of drinking with her friends…The scenes were so darn hot that I recommend you have a spare pair of panties nearby!

A definite add to your TBR list!

*********

Don’t forget to check out my other books, including my latest Top 100 International Bestseller

“From Willing Sub To Enslaved Captive”

Nominee for A Golden Flogger Award

For Dark Erotica

Winner in the 2017 50 Best Indie Books of the Year

Come and join my readers group on Facebook​