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Welcome to Day 2 of the 2021 RWISA “REVOLUTION” Blog Tour! @Jinlobify @RRBC_Org @RRBC_RWISA @Tweets4RWISA #RRBC #RWISA

Joy Nwosu Lo-Bamijoko

Welcome to Day 2 of the RWISA “REVOLUTION” Blog Tour! We’d like to introduce you to an amazingly supportive RWISA member, Author, Joy Nwosu Lo-Bamijoko.  Take a peek at her writing below…

A LIGHT IN THE TUNNEL

I don’t know about the rest of you, but my new year started on November 3, 2020, when Biden was pronounced the winner of the presidential election. I went to bed that night early because I needed to be alone in prayer for God to rid America of the worst four years of this country’s political life. I did not want to see the results trickling in, especially as the first results did not favor Biden.

This has always been my practice. Even when the team I’m rooting for is playing, I never watch the game. I would rather wait for the end of the game to know the results. The live game always gives me something near to a heart attack. This was why I didn’t wait up to watch the results of the election as they came in. I wanted to wake up in the morning to the news that Biden had won!

It was with great trepidation that I woke up the next morning, November 4, 2020., to find out who won.  First, I turned my Television to CNN, and saw Van Jones in tears. I didn’t know why he was in tears, but I joined him. In my head, I had concluded that anything that would cause Mr. Jones to cry could not be good. Slowly, it started to dawn on me that his tears, my tears were tears of victory. Biden had won! Glory to God for He had answered my prayers! I forgot my aches and pains and did a jive! What a glorious day it was!

For me, Biden’s win opened up for people of goodwill, many positive possibilities. The first thing I felt was that the gloom which hovered over everything sane, the sense of despair that dogged the last administration’s tenure, the fear about where all the damaging rhetoric was taking us, and the danger of the divide, had all dissipated. I felt the sun shining again. My hopes for the future of this great country returned. I knew that all would be well again.

When Trump threatened the results of the election by refusing to acknowledge defeat, or concede, at first, I thought it was a passing whim. Somehow, deep inside me, I was strong in my belief that God had spoken. The deal was done. Nothing and no one could overturn the results of the election!

The funny thing about all this, is that while we were rejoicing here in America about Biden’s win, in Nigeria, some misguided individuals were carrying about banners of a Trump’s win. I couldn’t understand how the business of the American elections had become the business of Nigeria. Relatives from Nigeria started texting me to sympathize with me. A cousin from London texted to warn me about an impending war in America. I texted him back asking him where he would want me to run to. The cousin humorously replied, from frying pan to fire! That’s a Nigerian idiom meaning from bad to worse.

I remember that day very clearly. In fact, we were having a fun time on the RRBC chat forum when I turned on my Television and saw, in horror, Trump and his cohorts moving to the USA Capitol. Well, he promised to march with them, then he snuck away. I alerted the RRBC chat members who were still talking about everything mundane on WhatsApp. It was horrible! How could one man hold this country to ransom? Why was Trump trying to ruin my new year’s resolutions?

There is a saying that goes, our happiness is in our own hands. There and then I decided that Trump or no Trump, this election was done. Biden won! God had spoken, and thanks be to God! The whole world, and I mean, the whole world was in jubilation!

Before Biden’s win, I prayed to God for him to win. After his win, I upgraded my prayer. This time, I prayed that the two outstanding seats in the Senate should go to the Democrats so that Biden would be able to do a good job for the country without being blocked by the Republicans. I still remember what they did to the Obama administration, so I prayed night and day for those two seats to go to the Democrats, and now that they have those seats, my prayers have changed again. I have started channeling my prayer for Biden’s safety and good health. I am sure he needs both. I’m sure you will all agree with me that he looks so frail every time we see him, and his voice sounds so tired when he speaks. May God sustain him!

This year is looking good already. I am able to write again. Last year was one of my worst writing years. I couldn’t write at all, and this had nothing to do with writer’s block. I could see my stories. Sometimes, I would jot somethings down, and then, that feeling of hopelessness…  like the end was near, would overwhelm me. I would ask myself, why bother? Rather than write, I would sit and stare into space, and dream. Although I was not putting anything down on paper, I would rehash everything in my head.

With the country calmer now, my worries have started to melt away. I can now focus more and stay on course. I can’t believe that in just two days, I have written two blog posts. In short, I am back!

I am happy that Biden is on course, too. He is not allowing anything, to distract him. When the country is on course, we are all on course. I pray that God will help him to heal America and pull America back from the hole which the last administration had plunged it. America deserves better. We deserve better.

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Did you enjoy Joy’s writing?  Then please, help us support her and her work along this REVOLUTION tour! We ask that you click on the author’s RWISA Profile below and visit all of her profile pages – some offering more insight into the member and others showcasing the author’s talent.

Lastly, we ask that you support this member as well as the host of this blog, by sharing this page and the author’s profile pages across all your social media platforms.

RWISA Profile

What Joy has to say about RWISA…

Check out Joy’s book…

“PREGNANT FUTURE”

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Now, we’d like to give you a chance at some of this awesome promotion for yourself!

Have you written that book or short story you want the whole world to know about? Are you looking for a great way to promote your creative endeavors? Perhaps you’re seeking to add some prestige to your body of work! If this sounds like you, we invite you to come on over to RAVE WRITERS – INT’L SOCIETY OF AUTHORS, otherwise known as RWISA.

At RWISA, we invite and accept into membership only the very best writers the Indie community has to offer.

If your work is exemplary and speaks for itself, stop by the RWISA website today at RaveWriters.wordpress.com and find out how you can submit your sample of writing for consideration.

We’re an exclusive bunch but we’d love to have you join us!

NOTE:  If you’re looking to improve your writing while taking another route to membership into RWISA, while you’re at the site, visit RWISA UNIVERSITY!

Thanks for dropping by and don’t forget to leave the author a comment below!  To follow along with the rest of the tour, please visit the tour’s home page!

Welcome to Day 1 of the 2021 RWISA “REVOLUTION” Blog Tour! @HealthMN1 @RRBC_Org @RRBC_RWISA @Tweets4RWISA #RRBC #RWISA

Harriet Hodgson

COVID, WRITING, AND ME:  A FREELANCER’S TALE

John and I lived in a retirement community in the heart of the city. We chose the community for its closeness to Mayo Clinic and its many support services. Though we lived here for more than a year, we felt like we were living in a motel. Several months ago, John and I felt so badly we thought we had Covid-19. I called 911 and we took “his” and “her” ambulances to the ED (Emergency Department).

Both of us were tested for Covid-19 and the results were negative. As it turned out, John had advanced prostate cancer. I had cellulitis, a bacterial infection that can be fatal, and was treated with antibiotics. After six days in the hospital, I was dismissed. John stayed a few more days.

Because I had been in the hospital, the retirement community quarantined me for two weeks. It was a serious quarantine. I had to set trash and laundry outside the front door for pick-up. Whenever someone came to the door, I had to wear a mask and practice social distancing. The retirement community didn’t allow visitors and we felt isolated and alone.

“Staying in my apartment is driving me crazy,” a neighbor shared. She wondered if I was going crazy too.

“I’m writing like crazy,” I answered. Because I’ve been a freelancer for 40 years, I was used to working at home. However, being John’s caregiver took up most of the day. But I am a disciplined writer and sheltering at home sparked my creativeness. In fact, I wrote five children’s books.

Covid-19 has increased the need for grief resources. This made me think about how children grieve. For example, teens may turn to peers for comfort rather than their parents. The more I thought about children’s grief, the more concerned I became. With a BS in early childhood education and an MA in art education, I could be of help.

I wrote two books … a workbook for grieving kids ages 5-8 and a workbook for grieving kids ages 9-12. I contacted a grief publisher I had worked with previously and both books were accepted.

My co-author and I finished a leadership book, Ready, Set, Lead! Leadership can be learned, and we think it begins in early childhood. Our picture book is a rhyming poem. The first half defines leadership, and the second half tells kids how to become leaders. We also wrote a companion art activity book.

Weeks passed. I spent more time on caregiving than writing. I knew I had to practice self-care to survive. The grief workbooks are illustrated with doodle art. Though I have a graduate degree in art, I never heard of this art form. What was it? I researched doodle art online and started doodling. To my surprise, I discovered that doodling provided respites from stress.

If doodling helped me, it could help others.

I started writing a book for teens, Grief Doodling: Bringing Back Your Smiles.When I was writing I was almost in a trance. Grieving kids don’t need tomes, they need concise resources. Grief Doodling is the first book I have written and illustrated. My current publisher accepted the book and I contacted influencers—experts who might write reviews. Eight experts responded and their positive words are on the back cover.  

Late in November of 2020 I realized John was dying. He knew it and I knew it. Since John was paraplegic and needed more care than I could provide, he was moved to short-term rehab. After two staff members tested positive for Covid-19, John and I were re-tested. John tested negative. I tested positive and was quarantined again. Thankfully, I never developed any symptoms.

At a time when I wanted to see John more, I saw him less. I didn’t see him for a month. Though we stayed in touch by phone, calls weren’t the same as seeing each other face-to-face. John called several times (which was difficult for him) to say “I love you.” Three days after my quarantine was up, John died. I posted a notice of his death on Facebook.

Nonnie Jules let RRBC and RWISA members know about John’s death and many contributed funds for sympathy gifts. The gifts just kept coming—a food basket, cozy blanket, comfort stones, blessing cards for women, musical jewelry box, and more. Every gift sparked tears. I wasn’t alone. RRBC members had my back and were family.  I am grateful for their kindness and support.

Life had another surprise for me. Three months before the release date, Grief Doodling received a first place award in the self-help category. I was thrilled and am still thrilled. I had a book trailer made for the book and posted it on Facebook. Advance sales are going well, and I hope the book trailer generates more sales.

One of the reasons I write is to figure things out. I researched end of life care and took notes about the tasks I had to complete before John died. I am hard at work on another book.  The purpose of the book is to help spouses and significant others understand the present and believe in a future.

The pandemic is hellish and tragic. All of us know someone who tested positive, gotten the virus, or died. Yet if we look carefully, we can find grace in sorrow. I was able to see the blessings in my life—one-on-one time with John, understanding that every life is a miracle, and writing five children’s books. At age 85 I’m still working part-time, giving Zoom talks and workshops, competing in the book business, and setting goals.

John was amazed at my writing output and often joked, “While you’re up, write me a book.” I love to write and working on a new book gives purpose to my days. I think John would be pleased and proud.

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Did you enjoy Harriet’s writing?  Then please, help us support her and her work along this REVOLUTION tour! We ask that you click on the author’s RWISA Profile below and visit all of her profile pages – some offering more insight into the member and others showcasing the author’s talent.

Lastly, we ask that you support this member as well as the host of this blog, by sharing this page and the author’s profile pages across all your social media platforms.

RWISA Profile

What Harriet has to say about RWISA…

Check out Harriet’s upcoming release…

“READY, SET, LEAD!” 

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Now, we’d like to give you a chance at some of this awesome promotion for yourself!

Have you written that book or short story you want the whole world to know about? Are you looking for a great way to promote your creative endeavors? Perhaps you’re seeking to add some prestige to your body of work! If this sounds like you, we invite you to come on over to RAVE WRITERS – INT’L SOCIETY OF AUTHORS, otherwise known as RWISA.

At RWISA, we invite and accept into membership only the very best writers the Indie community has to offer.

If your work is exemplary and speaks for itself, stop by the RWISA website today at RaveWriters.wordpress.com and find out how you can submit your sample of writing for consideration.

We’re an exclusive bunch but we’d love to have you join us!

NOTE:  If you’re looking to improve your writing while taking another route to membership into RWISA, while you’re at the site, visit RWISA UNIVERSITY!

Thanks for dropping by and don’t forget to leave the author a comment below!  To follow along with the rest of the tour, please visit the tour’s home page!

Meet Author JQ Rose On Her Arranging A Dream Book Tour!

JQ Rose in her Mustang

I first met JQ in the Insecure Writers Support Group created by Alex J Cavanaugh. What struck me was her ability to make her characters come off the page and talk with you. She writes Fiction and Non-Fiction.

JQ is a wordsmith, and I am delighted to have her on my author blog. We, writers, know how lonely a writer’s job can be. So, I have asked JQ to talk about the characteristics or traits of writers who succeed.

Thank you so much for hosting me today, Pat. I love your suggestion of sharing what I believe are the characteristics needed to be a writer. I am not saying I have every one of these qualities because I am a work-in-progress myself. But exploring and naming the features certainly made me think. 

Readers, you are invited to add to the list of characteristics. 

Two lucky commenters will be drawn to win a PDF copy of Arranging a Dream for one and the other will win an e-copy of Romance and Mystery Authors on Writing loaded with helpful tips on writing, publishing and marketing. 

The Characteristics of a Writer

I listed the characteristics in no order of importance.

Devotion A writer must love what she is doing. If not, the book or essay will never get written because we all know the first draft is junk. If a writer is not devoted, she will tear up the pages and give up. Rejections will knock her off her feet, and she will never try again. But when devoted to creating her piece, her belief and determination will be challenged, but she will keep writing.

Organization As a writer, we wear many hats. Indie authors must keep track of writing, editing, formatting, publishing, marketing, and business decisions. Traditional or indie authors must organize their research for a story, save the manuscript files to choose the correct one for editing, keep track of promotions, posts for a blog, email and social media. 

Imagination Remember when you were a kid, and you would act out stories with your friends or make up poems for your mom? Fiction writers never lose that creativity. Non-fiction writers need imagination too to send the clear message of the book or essay to readers in an interesting and new way.

Intelligence Although no one wants to admit it, I am telling you only smart people can write! I know it sounds like bragging, but it is the truth. 

Discipline If a writer cannot set aside a time when penning a project and keep that appointment, the writing will never be finished.  Making time in your schedule for creating a project  and sitting down to do it will develop the habit of writing.  

Wordsmith Writers need to know a variety of words to clearly describe places, characters, and emotions. Reading enlarges your vocabulary. Become a wordsmith using Thesaurus.com. The Emotion Thesaurus series by Becca Puglisi and Angela Ackerman are valuable aids for writers. Sense of Humor  Mark Twain and Janet Evanovich are masters when it comes to including humor in their stories. Even a horror story or murder mystery can use a light touch within the pages. 

Thank you, JQ for taking the time to share your thoughts on the characteristics of good writers. JQ Rose’s Memoir is out.

Blurb:

In 1975, budding entrepreneurs Ted and Janet purchase a floral shop and greenhouses where they plan to grow their dream. Leaving friends and family behind in Illinois and losing the security of two paychecks, they transplant themselves, their one-year-old daughter, and all their belongings to Fremont, Michigan, where they know no one. 

Will the retiring business owners nurture Ted and Janet as they struggle to develop a blooming business, or will they desert the inexperienced young couple to wither and die in their new environment?

Most of all, can Ted and Janet grow together as they cultivate a loving marriage, juggle parenting with work, and root a thriving business?

Follow this couple’s inspiring story, filled with the joy and triumphs and the obstacles and failures experienced as they travel along the turbulent path of turning dreams into reality.

BUY LINKS:

Order from your favorite digital bookseller: 

 UNIVERSAL LINK  https://books2read.com/Arranging-A-Dream

Paperback at amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Arranging-Dream-J-Q-Rose/dp/0228615542/

I have purchased my copy already and look forward to reading it. If you would like to know more about JQ or contact her, here is a short bio and her contact links.

Bio: Whether the story is fiction or non-fiction, J.Q. Rose is “focused on story.”  She offers readers chills, giggles and quirky characters woven within the pages of her romantic suspense novels. Her published mysteries are Deadly Undertaking, Terror on Sunshine Boulevard and Dangerous Sanctuary released by Books We Love Publishing. Using her storytelling skills, she provides entertainment and information with articles featured in books, magazines, newspapers, and online magazines. 

 Blogging, photography, Pegs and Jokers board games and travel are the things that keep JQ out of trouble. She and her husband spend winters in Florida and summers up north with their two daughters, two sons-in-law,  four grandsons, one granddaughter, two grand dogs, four grand cats, and one great-grand bearded dragon.

CONNECT ONLINE WITH J.Q. ROSE

J.Q. Rose blog http://www.jqrose.com/

Facebook http://facebook.com/jqroseauthor

Telling Your Life Story and Memoirs Circle FB Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/telllifestories

The Rose Courier Newsletter Sign-Up https://landing.mailerlite.com/webforms/landing/m7v2z3

Please leave a comment below to enter the drawing for Arranging a Dream: A Memoir or Romance and Mystery Authors on Writing. Deadline to enter is 9:00 pm ET, February 11.

Thank you for dropping by.

Shalom aleichem,

Pat Garcia

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

Author Links:

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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