MEET CHRYS FEY, AUTHOR OF A FIGHTING CHANCE, PUBLISHED BY THE WILD ROSE PRESS

Hello Everyone,

I asked Chrys to talk about her favourite scene because most of the time that scene keeps us writing our books or reading other authors book. Listen to what she has to say.

Chrys Fey

Answer: My favorite scene in A Fighting Chance is actually right in the beginning, in chapter one. It’s just so cute and sweet and funny that I can’t help but to smile and laugh and melt. It’s a scene that shows Thorn’s personality and introduces two new characters.

For the sake of my readers who may not have read Frozen Crimes yet, I’m not going to talk anymore about this scene, but I will share it below.

Me: So, can A Fighting Chance be read as a stand alone?

Chrys: Yes, you can read A Fighting Chance as a standalone story, but if you plan to read Frozen Crimes, do not read the excerpt below, because it reveals something big, and I don’t want you to get mad at me for spoiling this for you.

Me: Thank you, Chrys, for dropping by and I wish you all the best for A Fighting Chance.

A Fighting Chance is in the The Disaster Crime Series If you would like to check out the series, The Disaster Curse, Book Seven of the series is free for a limited time only.

Listen to what Chrys says: I wrote The Disaster Curse to answer a few lingering questions readers may have after reading A Fighting Chance, and to tie the whole series together with a neat, shiny, perfect little bow. Plus, there was one disaster that I hadn’t written about yet. *wink*

EXCERPT from A Fighting Chance:

Not daring to move, he listened to the sound of her shoes when she went to the back.

Something cracked into his kneecap.

“Ow.”

Reagan’s toy rattle lay on the ground next to him. He shifted to see her standing in the bouncer, with her hand on her hip and her small, round face scrunched up in a glare that clearly said, “You’re such an idiot.”

“You do take after your mom,” he muttered.

Beside her, Ryan tilted his head back and let out baby giggles that reminded him too much of Donovan making fun of him.

“And you’re just like your dad.”

He bent down and picked up the rattle. “Promise to not hit me in the head?”

Reagan eyed him.

Skeptical, he gave the rattle back to her.

She took it and bashed it on her bouncer a couple

of times, not taking her glare off him.

“What did I do?” he asked.

She let out a huff.

“Okay, so I screwed up.” He glanced toward the hallway. “What should I do?”

Ryan leaned forward and babbled something in baby language. Reagan turned to him and shot back a string of gibberish. She lifted her left hand and moved it from side to side, signaling Ryan to let her handle this. Ryan leaned back against his bouncer, as if to say, “Okay. This will be entertaining.”

Thorn gaped. “My God, you really are like your parents.”

Ryan burst into giggles again.

Reagan shook the rattle urgently to shut him up. Then she pointed the rattle at Thorn and went into a long speech that he couldn’t understand, and yet…he
could. He nodded when she went quiet. “I’ll do my best. I promise.”

A smile bloomed on her face, and she let out a happy squeal.

“What was all that about?”

Thorn looked to see Amanda standing a few feet away.

He pushed to his feet. “It’s a secret.”

That had her smiling. “You’re cute with them.”

“They’re the cute ones. They make me look good.”

He moved to his place on the other side of the counter, giving her the space to go to her place behind the desk. “Um.” He took a deep breath. “Would you like to go out with me some time? For dinner?”

Amanda’s eyelids popped open wide.

“Or…or lunch?”

She still didn’t respond.

“Brunch? No. Not brunch. Who goes to brunch? Coffee? Or if you don’t like coffee…water. We can get water.” He winced inwardly. Did I ask her out to get
water? 
He wanted to smack himself. Who does that?

Apparently, he does.

“You can think about it and let me know…sometime.” He glanced once more at her face. Her eyes were wide, her mouth parted slightly, and he wasn’t sure if the blood had drained from her face or not, but she appeared paler. Part of him wanted to apologize. Had he overstepped? Was he way out of line thinking she felt something for him?

He turned to leave. That would be the last time he ever listened to a baby.

***LAUNCHING A WEBSITE***

TheFightingChance.org is a website dedicated to domestic violence and sexual assault awareness. Inspired by the Disaster Crimes series.

***GIVEAWAY***

Prizes: Hurricane Crimes (Disaster Crimes 1) and Seismic Crimes (Disaster Crimes 2) eBooks (mobi or epub), Hurricane Crimes Playing Cards, Girl Boss Sign, and a Volcanic Blast Scented Candle

Link: https://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/23d974a92670/

Chrys Fey

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Chrys Fey is author of the Disaster Crimes Series, a unique concept that blends disasters, crimes, and romance. She runs the Insecure Writer’s Support Group Book Club on Goodreads and edits for Dancing Lemur Press. https://www.chrysfey.com

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CONGRATS #RRBC 2020 RAVE #AWARDS WINNERS! @RRBC_Org @Tweets4RWISA #RWISA @nonniejules

2020 RAVE AWARDS WINNERS!

Pat Garcia

Went into my office yesterday morning, turned on my computer, and received a sweet surprise that I didn’t expect.  My colleagues at the Rave Review Book Club (RRBC) had chosen me as Second Place Winner for the MEMBER OF THE YEAR AWARD. It took me a day to let it soak in.

Thank you, RRBC. All of you are great people to be around. It gives me great satisfaction to be recognized as an author among you. 

Shalom aleichem,

Pat Garcia

Pat Garcia

Welcome to Day 10 of “THE ENIGMA THREAT” Release Blog Tour! @enigmaseries @1rburkey @4WillsPub @4WP11 @RRBC_Org #RRBC

Charles Breakfield and Rox Burkey

Hello Everyone,

I am most pleased to have Charles Breakfield and Rox Burkey on my blog today. I first met Rox upon my return to RRBC. She hosts the RRBC’s EYES ON THE BOOK SHOW.  The show is fantastic.

Both Breakfield and Burkey have something to say. The Enigma Threat, Book Twelve of their series can be pre-ordered now. I have already pre-ordered my copy.

They are also giving away a $25 Amazon Gift card & (10) e-book copies of the “shorts” in the Enigma Series.

BLURB:

In the new digital world, there is no tolerance for privately owned supercomputers. Globally, computers are hunted and destroyed for the greater good, by the new cyber police CESPOOL. The information this group receives is manipulated by subversive hidden machine learning devices, the MAG running on the dark net.

Judith and Xiamara are freebooters who steal machine time for their PaaS, porn as a service business. The machine they chose for delivery is the last untapped supercomputer not in the hands of a sovereign. Their activity is spotted by the MAG, but the renegade R-Group steps in to alter the outcome. Leroy teams up with Zara to help these opportunists escape prosecution. They are drafted as reluctant participants in the fight.

Jacob and Quip are trapped in the Chihuahuan Desert trying to reconstruct the base of ICABOD’s logic core. The stress of their isolation is taking a toll. Their wives and children are safe in Brazil for the time being, but Interpol is prowling for answers.

The R-Group has assembled a way to communicate with orphaned satellites. While the next R-Group plans the ultimate honey pot to trap their nemesis who is driving their corrupted agenda. The odds are against R-Group’s success, but they have creative surprises on their side.

The stakes have never been higher. The R-Group young and old must rise to defeat the MAG.

BIO:

Breakfield is a 25+ year technology expert in security, networking, voice, and anything digital. He enjoys writing, studying World War II history, travel, and cultural exchanges. He’s also a fan of wine tastings, winemaking, Harley riding, cooking extravaganzas, and woodworking.

Burkey is a 25+ year applied technology professional who excels at optimizing technology and business investments. She works with customers all over the world focusing on optimized customer experiences. She writes white papers and documentation, but found she has a marked preference for writing fiction.Together they create award-winning stories that resonate with males and females, as well as young and experienced adults. They bring a fresh new view to technology possibilities today.

Below Breakfield and Burkey share some good advice to new aspiring writers.

Authors are often asked for their advice for new aspiring writers. We have a few opinions we thought we would share. 

People start writing for so many different reasons. Sometimes it is a critical life situation such as an illness for someone close, caretaking of a parent or child, or death; other times, it is for entertainment or fun.  

The first thing we put on our list for aspiring writers is to define, Why are you writing? We suspect you have a terrific concept for a story, poetry, self-help guide, how-to, etc. If you bring this concept to reality, you will want to sell the published piece before starting your speaking tour. If that aligns with your thought, you will need to do some homework to reach your goal. Below are some steps we have found helpful.  

Once you determine why you are writing, you can easily slide into the next item on the list, Who are you writing for? This is undoubtedly important for the age group or market you wish to target. 

Children’s books, for example, have word usage appropriate for specific age groups and graphics to increase the engagement time of the related age. 

Young Adult, or YA as is the common term today, have situations and character types which are more appealing to that age. There are several genres for this target audience. If you want to understand how much segmentation goes into book publishing, review the over 70 current publishing genre categories available for your work. 

Knowing your audience’s likes and dislikes is critical. It might help to visit the library or a local bookstore to gain additional insight into the particulars of a genre you are considering. Fans of some genres such as romance have specific expectations the write needs to fulfill or be ignored to death. Use the library and bookstores to learn what your competition is for a given genre. This information is also useful for your marketing plan development.

Once these two steps are completed, you should be able to isolate What genre are you writing? Is your choice fiction Fantasy because you had a dream about Dragons and Fairies living in a beautiful world of make-believe that you create? Did you live through your child becoming an opioid addict, and you want to help others with a non-fiction self-help book? Perhaps like us, you want to leverage your professional career in technology but weave compelling stories selecting elements of people, places, and things that have really happened but are much more fun than fiction. Remember the cardinal rule of fiction writing: it has to make sense! (Non-fiction doesn’t have that requirement) 

Whatever story you tell, identify the market and reader expectations. Children’s books for ages 6-10- or first-chapter books as they are sometimes called, should use the typical 4,000 to 15,000 words delivering somewhat complex subjects and stories. However, they do not contain adult subjects as they are supposed to be fundamental life lessons. Our counsel is not to lead with Quantum Computing or advance physics when approaching the children’s market. Each market has rules to help target the market as readers have certain expectations for the book they want. If you put forth a romance novel without a kiss and cuddle, it won’t sell.

As you put together your thoughts for writing your masterpiece, the next consideration is When is your story taking place? Regardless of genre or fiction versus non-fiction, once you set on a timeframe, it is essential to carry that from start to finish. And remember, it can be as simple as writing in first person or third person. 

Lastly, you need to consider Where is your story occurring? If you decided to write a fictional Western Romance, there are requirements such as a western setting. No digital electronics are seen. When a hero and heroine need to fall in love, they may face turmoil, which they need to overcome separately or together, depending on the distance and communication methods you establish. Additional research on the genre you choose will help keep the timeframes correct. If you are writing about a historical character based in France in the 1500s, then the surrounding area highlighted in the story should be appropriate to that time, rather than descriptions from a 2019 travel brochure. Nothing ruins a reader’s experience of your work with made-up research or incorrect facts. Remember, the Internet knows everything and tells all.

Our book series is considered Fiction – TechnoThrillers. People use smart devices and other technology elements to weave into relevant storytelling that can occur to any adult today in work or at play. Security and cyber thugs are vital elements we leverage to keep the intrigue and mystery moving from start to finish. 

One last thing we’ll add to your list, making it a plus 1Will your book only be for digital eBooks and printed media, or will you be offering an audible as well? We decided to take our properties into audibles as well so people can hear the drama. We are lucky as we have a virtuoso as our narrator. Maybe yours is a property that should go straight to audible and skip the printing. Just a word to the wise, if you believe audible formats are for your work: just reading your property out loud is NOT the same as having an excellent voice actor delivering mesmerizing characterization of your story to an audience. It’s the difference between listening to a grade school play versus a sensor-round movie with professional actors. Your target audience will punish your work for a shoddy audible. 

Lots to consider, but we believe you can accomplish your dream. Many people will help guide you. Ask an author. It takes a lot of work to get your product to market, then it takes a lot of marketing. Success can take time. Be patient and do not give up. We are still learning; most writers are. 

With our latest book in the series, The Enigma Threat, we hope to gain support for creating a screenplay.  Toward that end, we set up a Kickstarter campaign aligned with our live date of January 8th, 2021, book release. We have created the ebook, paperback, and audible formats to release simultaneously but are seeking help for screenplay creation. We invite you to check it out. 

Breakfield and Burkey can be contacted on the following links:

Email:            Authors@EnigmaSeries.com

Website:       www.EnigmaBookSeries.com

Blog:              https://EnigmaBookSeries.com/the-enigma-chronicles/category/blog-statement/

Connect and follow on Social Media:  

LinkedIn:      https://www.linkedin.com/in/charlesbreakfield  and

https://www.linkedin.com/in/roxanneburkey

Twitter:        https://twitter.com/EnigmaSeries  

and https://twitter.com/1RBurkey

Facebook:    https://www.facebook.com/TheEnigmaSeries/

YouTube:      https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC6Vz4x5ctTnx3yUhZk1OJkw

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

Instagram:   https://www.instagram.com/enigmabookseries/

Bublish:        https://bublish.com/author/breakfieldandburkey

RRBC:            https://ravereviewsbookclub.wordpress.com/about-breakfield-burkey-enigmaseries-rrbc-rrbc_community/

To follow along with the rest of the tour, please visit the authors’ tour page on the 4WillsPublishing site.  If you’d like to book your own blog tour and have your book promoted in similar grand fashion, please click HEREThanks for supporting these authors and their work!

Shalom aleichem,

Pat Garcia

Meet Jan Sikes, the author of Ghostly Interference, Published by The Wild Rose Press

Jan Sikes

I met Jan Sikes on my return to Rave Reviews Book Club (RRBC) after a three- and half-year absence that could not be avoided. 

I got to know Jan Sikes better during a Zoom event that she sponsored. It clicked between us. She’d gone through many situations, and like mirrors, they reflected problems I’d had in my own life too. 

Thus, it is a great pleasure to have her as a guest today at my author’s website. I rejoiced with her. I’ve read some of her stories and can testify that they are, as Tony the tiger on the Frosty Flakes commercial says, GREAT!!!!

Welcome, Jan. It is an honor to have you here. Take it away. 

MY WRITING JOURNEY

My writing journey began in 2010 after my husband passed away in 2009. I never had any ambition to be a writer, although I’ve been an avid reader all my life. From the time I could decipher words, I have devoured books. But I never dreamed of being a writer. 

During the years I was married to Rick Sikes, I wrote and recorded songs, and before that poetry, but never in my wildest dreams did I think of writing a book. 

Let me back up. 

The story of my life with Rick was one that could fit the definition of “truth is stranger than fiction.” Over the years, many people who passed through our doors would make the comment, “Someone needs to write your story.”

I agreed that someone should. But I never thought it would be me. I awoke one morning to the thought and realization that if I didn’t write our story, I’d have to tell the entire thing to someone else. So, on that day, I decided it was my job to tell it. 

The first writing class I took at a local community college was a screenwriting course. I thought I was going to write a movie script. Within the first fifteen minutes of the class, I realized the story was too big for a movie. It would have to be a book. 

Nevertheless, I enjoyed the course and learned that scriptwriting and novel writing rules are the same. You can apply the same three-act play structure to books. You need a beginning, a setup (Act One), a middle (Act Two), and a conclusion (Act Three). The ‘show don’t tell’ rule also applies to both forms of writing. So, the class was definitely not a waste of time or money. I learned a lot. 

From there, I wound up taking other creative writing classes both in Texas and Colorado.

I tackled the story, which spans over a forty-year time-period. 

While writing a true story doesn’t require world-building or plotting, it requires fitting many puzzle pieces together. 

I started writing the story in first-person POV and got stumped right away. Because the story was so personal, I couldn’t write it that way. So, a friend suggested I create fictitious characters to tell the story through. It was a lightbulb moment, and thus the characters, Luke Stone and Darlina Flowers were born. 

It then became more comfortable to back out of the story and let the characters live it.

It took four books to tell the story from beginning to end. All four have won awards, and I’m super proud of them. 

I often tell people that if Rick Sikes hadn’t left me such a big story to tell, I most likely wouldn’t have embarked on this writing journey that has now consumed my life. 

To date, I have published five novels, a book of poetry and art, and ten short stories. You can find them all on my Amazon Author Page.

I see no end in sight. I love telling stories and entertaining people! 

Ghostly Interference is my first fiction novel. I would be honored if you’d pick it up, read it, and leave me a review! 

Jag Peters has one goal in his quiet comfortable life—to keep his karma slate wiped clean. A near-miss crash with a candy apple red Harley threatens to upend his safe world. He tracks down the rider to apologize properly. Slipping into a seedy biker bar, he discovers the rider isn’t a “he”, it’s a “she,” a dark-haired beauty.

Rena Jett is a troubled soul, who lives in a rough world. She wants no part of Jag’s apology, but even while she pushes him away, she is attracted to him. When he claims to see a ghost—her brother—can she trust him? And could her brother’s final gift, a magical rune stone with the symbol for “happily ever after” have the power to heal her wounds and allow opposites to find common ground—perhaps even love?

BOOK TRAILER LINK: https://youtu.be/NHaLVSe_flI

BOOK PURCHASE LINKS: 

AMAZON: https://www.amazon.com/Ghostly-Interference-White-Rune-Sikes-ebook/dp/B08KW1KFMW/

BARNES & NOBLE: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/ghostly-interference-jan-sikes/1137871003?

KOBO: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/ghostly-interference

iTUNES: https://books.apple.com/us/book/ghostly-interference/id1535082886

GOOGLE PLAY: https://play.google.com/store/books/details?id=PCwNEAAAQBAJ

JAN SIKES

SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS 

http://www.jansikes.com

https://jansikesblog.com/

http://www.facebook.com/AuthorJanSikesBooks

http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00CS9K8DK  (Author Page)

Thank you, Jan for visiting. I look forward to reading Ghostly Interference this week. 

All the best. 

Shalom aleichem,

Pat Garcia

And Maybe, Just Maybe/Und Vielleicht, Nur Vielleicht by Pat Garcia, German Translation by Juliane Eppendahl

Christmas daringly denies the law of buoyancy,
It floats above the water,
Stilling the storms within us,
As we recognize that helping others is necessary to maintain life itself.

Good Morning Everyone,

Merry Christmas!

Here in some parts of Europe, Christmas is still being celebrated. Today is the second Christmas Day in Germany. I hope all of you took the time to relax and think about the reason Christmas is the highlight of the year for many of us.

I have formed my Christmas thoughts in a poem and have had it translated into German for my German readers. Whenever I have something translated I turn to one of the best translators I know. So, I give my heartfelt thanks to Juliane Eppendahl, for translating my poem into the German Language. She is a German wordsmith, and she infuses the spirit of my words into the German edition of this poem. She’s become more than a translator; she has become a friend, and I am thankful.

Shalom aleichem,

Pat. Garcia

And Maybe, Just Maybe  

In A Way,

Christmas is 

That teaspoon of hope mixed with faith.

A kind of faith that puts our expectations

beyond the realm of what we can do for ourselves.

In A Way,

Christmas is opening our eyes to the realities around us.

Not the gifts, or the cookies, or the warm family gatherings,

But the sensitivity to recognize the hunger in the world,

The Borders with wired fences, 

The Children abandoned or kidnapped,

The Women brutally murdered or raped,

While we soothe our consciouses

By singing Deck the Halls with Boughs of Holly.

In A Way,

Christmas is a wake-up call,

Demanding that we cut out the bullshit,

Stop talking, discussing, and planning,

And start doing,

Taking the initiative to help those unfortunate, 

By opening our borders,

And letting others enjoy the opportunities most of us didn’t appreciate,

Until Covid-19 introduced itself.

In A Way,

Christmas is stepping out of the boat,

Knowingly knowing we might sink.

We consciously move toward the call, 

The pull, 

The invisible Being who created us.

We humble ourselves in awe 

At the Source that sustains every breathing moment of our existence. 

We don’t see Him;

We don’t feel Him;

But we know He’s there, 

Because we’re still breathing.

In A Way,

Christmas means taking responsibility.

Helping to feed someone other than ourselves.

Putting a warm coat on a person that can’t afford one,

A toy in the hand of a child,

And making someone else happy besides ourselves.

Christmas daringly denies the law of buoyancy,

It floats above the water,

Stilling the storms within us,

As we recognize that helping others is necessary to maintain life itself.

And Maybe, 

Just Maybe, 

Christmas is that wake-up call,

Pleading for us to love others like God loves us,

Unconditionally,

From the heart,

And the coldness in us melts,

The busyness in our lives cease,

Strife turns to peace,

Forgiveness slays unforgiveness,

And maybe,

Just maybe,

That’s Christmas.

_________

Und vielleicht, nur vielleicht  

In gewisser Weise

ist Weihnachten 

der Teelöffel Hoffnung, gemischt mit Glauben.

Eine Art von Glauben, die unsere Erwartungen

jenseits dessen befördert, was wir selbst tun können.

In gewisser Weise

bedeutet Weihnachten, unsere Augen für die Realitäten um uns herum zu öffnen.

Nicht für die Geschenke oder die Plätzchen oder die gemütlichen Familientreffen,

sondern die Empfindsamkeit, den Hunger in der Welt zu erkennen,

die Grenzen mit Stacheldraht, 

die Kinder, die ausgesetzt oder entführt werden,

die Frauen, die brutal ermordet oder vergewaltigt werden,

während wir unser Gewissen beruhigen,

indem wir Weihnachtslieder unter dem Tannenbaum singen.

In gewisser Weise

ist Weihnachten ein Weckruf,

der verlangt, dass wir mit dem Schwachsinn aufhören,

dass wir aufhören zu reden, zu diskutieren und zu planen

und anfangen zu tun,

die Initiative zu ergreifen, um den Unglücklichen zu helfen, 

indem wir unsere Grenzen öffnen

und anderen die Chancen geben, die die meisten von uns nicht zu schätzen wussten,

bis Covid-19 an die Tür klopfte.

In gewisser Weise

ist Weihnachten, aus dem Boot zu steigen, 

wissend, dass wir untergehen könnten.

Wir bewegen uns bewusst auf den Ruf zu, 

den Sog, 

zu dem unsichtbaren Wesen hin, das uns geschaffen hat.

Wir beugen uns in Ehrfurcht 

vor der Quelle, die jeden atmenden Moment unserer Existenz aufrechterhält. 

Wir sehen Ihn nicht;

wir fühlen Ihn nicht;

Aber wir wissen, dass Er da ist, 

weil wir immer noch atmen.

In gewisser Weise

bedeutet Weihnachten, Verantwortung zu übernehmen.

Zu helfen, jemand anderen als uns selbst zu ernähren.

Einem Menschen einen warmen Mantel zu geben, der sich keinen leisten kann,

ein Spielzeug in die Hand eines Kindes zu geben

und jemand anderen als uns selbst glücklich zu machen.

Weihnachten verweigert sich kühn dem Gesetz der Schwerkraft,

es schwebt über dem Wasser,

und stillt die Stürme in uns,

während wir erkennen, dass es notwendig ist, anderen zu helfen, um das Leben selbst zu erhalten.

Und vielleicht, 

nur vielleicht, 

ist Weihnachten dieser Weckruf,

der uns auffordert, andere so zu lieben, wie Gott uns liebt,

bedingungslos,

von ganzem Herzen,

und die Kälte in uns schmilzt,

die Hektik in unserem Leben hört auf,

Streit verwandelt sich in Frieden,

Vergebung überwindet die Unversöhnlichkeit.

Und vielleicht,

nur vielleicht,

ist das Weihnachten.

__________________

Many thanks to all of you for following my blogs, my Facebook pages, my Instagram, and my Twitter. Your comments on my blogs and Facebook pages have helped me achieve closure to a most difficult year.

Take care and be safe, and have a great crossover into 2021.

I hope to see all of you there.

Shalom aleichem

Pat Garcia

REMEMBERING THANKSGIVING, A POEM BY Pat Garcia

It’s not about turkey, yams, or stuffing,

Thanksgiving 2016

But the pleasure of gathering to share a meal.

It’s not about money, expensive toys, or outrageous shopping,

But the realization that grace has been extended to see another year almost past and go.

It’s not about closing our doors to visitors and hugging everything for self,

But opening the heart as we reach out to the unfortunate in some unique way. 

Thanksgiving,

An opportunity to show gratitude,

Instead of just talking about it. 

Thanksgiving,

Becoming conscious of the reality that there is Someone more significant than you and me,

Who knows more than we could ever fathom to understand,

And whose love for us is boundless.

Thanksgiving,

A day set aside to give special thanks to God. 

Happy Thanksgiving, Everyone! 

Be blessed.

Shalom aleichem,

Pat Garcia

Shout Outs To The RRBC Writers’ Conference & Book Expo, And The Romance Writers’ Of America Conference By Pat Garcia

After an extremely busy August, it is time for me to sit back and reflect and send out a shout of gratitude for the two excellent writer conferences that I attended.

 

August 10th thru the 16th was the RRBC Writers Conference and Book Expo. To say that it was professionally done is an underestimation. There are not enough superlatives to describe what took place in me at the conference. It was an online conference that was superbly executed and had much to offer. Not only books but fun things as well, like Bingo. Yes, Bingo. I didn’t win anything, but it was fun to be among authors and share or listen to their day-to-day routine.

 

The conference was engaging. I lost sleep following it, but it felt soooo good. I personally have it on my calendar for next year, and I hope that two or three of my books are published so that they can be exhibited on an author’s stand that I will have at this great event.

 

The second writer’s conference was held by the Romance Writers of America. This was their first digital conference, and it was fantastic. The keynote speakers, the live sessions over marketing and planning, and the appearances of agents willing to share their know-how and experience were excellent.

 

Each of these conferences expanded my writing expertise. I left each of them more knowledgeable than I was before I attended, and that is what conferences are all about.

 

Shout outs to all the leaders and teams who made these two conferences possible.

 

Shalom aleichem,

 

 

 

Pat Garcia

The Rave Reviews Book Club’s Fifth Annual Writers’ Conference and Book Expo by Pat Garcia

 

The  RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB’S Fifth Annual Writers’ Conference and Book Expo starts today and runs through August 16th.  There are a lot of good things happening at this Online Expo. Besides the authors having their own bookstands featuring their books,  there is a scavenger hunt, Amazon Gift Certificates, fantastic classes being offered at a price that we writers can afford, and Bingo with prizes.

This Writers’ Conference and Book Expo provides educational information that lets you know what is happening in the publishing field. I personally attended a conference four years ago and was wowed at how professional the Writers’ Conference and Book Expo was conducted.

For those interested in attending, I have put the title in a hyperlink below, which will connect you directly to the venue when it goes live.

5th Annual WRITERS’ CONFERENCE & BOOK EXPO

Shalom aleichem,

 

 

 

 

Pat Garcia

Many Thanks! It Is Encouraging To Be Encouraged

 

 

Hello Everyone,

The WEP Winners have been announced. The competition was stiff. There were so many great entries. Every year the step ladder of the WEP rises higher.

Congratulations to the Winner, Kalpana, and to the Runner-up, Cyndi Summerlin. As for the Encouragement Award, it went to me, Pat Garcia,  and I am truly thankful.

Have a great day.

Shalom aleichem,

 

 

 

 

Pat Garcia

Me, Myself & I

 

Having entered into this world early on a Tuesday morning, I am an early getter-upper. Getting up pass seven in the morning gives me the feeling of having missed some part of the day. So, I am usually up and about by five in the morning.

As a writer and singer this sometimes bring me into conflict with myself. If I am in my world, my writing flows and time does not exist. I’ve stepped outside of time zone and before I know it, the next day has appeared.

According to some people in the medical field, eight hours of sleep a day is mandatory for the human being. If so, then I differ from the norm. I have appointments to be at, practices for concerts, or have tasks and responsibilities that only I can settle.

Thus, the website project the image of me as a writer and may sometime connect with my musical world. So many times, we think that artists do not encounter the daily challenges, frustrations, problems, and disappointments that everyone else encounters. But that is not true. Artists who strive for excellence  grapple with challenges, changes, disappointments, frustrations, hurts and loss. We go through deep valleys.

Our success does not lie in the fact that these things are alien to our lives, but to the fact that we are learning how to master them, by facing daily the events that confront us, even if we are afraid of the outcome.

 

Shalom aleichem,

 

 

 

 

Pat Garcia