Friday, July 21, 2017

Flow Friday

Welcome to Flow Friday! Poetry lovers, kick back and enjoy the read!

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"Deceased Denise" by Terry James
 
Upon a stone one night she sat, a lovely corpse in midnight black.
And on that stone was etched “Denise”, and for seven years she’d been deceased.
The dress she wore was torn and frayed, her face was pale and part decayed.
Heavy on her heart did weigh, a chain that kept her there to stay.
It was her lover’s face she longed to see, to feel his kiss, to set her free.
But all she did was sit and cry, you see, she did not have her eyes.
Now not too far away from her, each night another corpse would stir.
He stared at her with abated breath, he’d loved her long before his death. 
He’d try to reach her from his grave, but his own chains they never gave.
Each night he tried to call her name, each night the end result the same.
Never would he feel rejoice, you see, he had no throat or voice.
So forever they were cursed apart, forever never joining hearts.
A loathsome end to this saddened tale, of star crossed lovers whose love had failed.
But for those who live and love they yearn, remember here a lesson learned.
For those with eyes they need but see, and those with voices need but speak. 
 
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"The Hood Tells No Tales" by Shatika Turner
 
So I wanted to hear a story
One that for once does not bore me
Keep me intrigued
Alert
So I looked out the window thinking “Yea, this will work”
Saw the corner boys doing their usual
Pants on low
Pockets full of dough
So soon as 5-0 came around
Pounding footsteps was the usual sound
Seen the new mother sittin on her stoop
Wondered if she ever contemplated going back to school
Her baby daddy ain’t no good
Steady “swaggin” around the hood
He says he gets money
But I find that funny
Because the baby don’t have necessities
The parents poppin pills like daily festivities
Seen a body drop the other day
I had to quickly look the other way
Another young life gone to soon
Because now and days everybody wants to live the life of a “goon”

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Every Friday, I will showcase one or two other poet's work. If this is something that you are interested in participating in, please click on this link and fill out the form. Poems will be posted in no particular order so be sure to keep an eye out for yours!😉

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Authors in the Spotlight 7/20

In today's Authors in the Spotlight, we have author Joe Evener!

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Name: Joe Evener

How long have you been published? My first book, "The Heart of Seras: Journey to Seras" was published in 2013. My second book in the series, "The heart of Seras: The Elders" came out in 2015.

What's the worst part about being published? The worst part, if there is one, is not being able to type fast enough to get my books out quicker.

What's the best part about being published? That's easy, seeing the labor of my hard work and ideas come to print.

Are you self published or did you go through a publishing company? I am published through Rogue Phoenix Press.

*What are the highs, if any? The high point is that my work is made available to the public, and people are enjoying them.

What is the name of your book(s)? My first two books are part of a series, The Heart of Seras series. The first one is Journey to Seras, the second one is The Elders.

Was it/were they an easy write for you? Yes, the ideas came to me easy. I started writing my book series in 2005 during my first year of college (I was 41 years old at the time), after being inspired by a freshman writing class which had the first three books of Harry Potter as textbooks, and Classical Mythology 101. After that, the story just flowed.

What's the hardest part about writing a book? Finding time – besides being a husband, father, and grandfather; I'm a 5th grade language arts/social studies teacher, and a high school track coach, so finding time to sit down and write is he hardest part.

What's the easiest part about writing a book? The ideas. I have a pretty active imagination and that makes coming up with stories to tell pretty easy. I love reading, especially fantasy books – The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, Chronicles of Narnia, stuff like that. I also loved comic books growing up. So I used to make up stories just to have fun and escape for a while. I love my current series, The Heart of Seras. It's something I have been working on since 2005. I just finished book three, "Revelation," and I have three more to go before it's finished. After that, I have seven – eight other ideas I can't wait to work on.

Where can interested readers purchase their copy of your book(s)? My books are available on Rogue Phoenix Press, Amazon, and Barnes and Noble.com in print and ebook.

Do you have any future projects in the works? Yes, book three "Revelation" will hopefully be out later this year. I also have a dark romance book in the vein of "Lolita" that I am really excited about, and it's in the final editing stage.

*Is there a tentative release date? No, for either. I am hoping for a late fall release for "Revelation," but I have to do a final edit on the other before I continue with The Heart of Seras series.

Do you have any social media sites that you would like to share with my readers? Yes! People can follow me on Facebook, on Twitter; and on Instagram

Thank you for you time and I look forward to reading more from you in the future! Thanks again.

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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Authors in the Spotlight 7/18

In today's Authors in the Spotlight, we have author Jacquelyn Wiles.

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Name: Jacquelyn Wiles

How long have you been published? I have been published since June 10th, 2016.

What's the worst part about being published? There is nothing bad with being published.

What's the best part about being published? The best part about being published is gaining new readers, and meeting amazing authors to network with.

Are you self published or did you go through a publishing company? I am self-published through Createspace.


*What are the highs, if any? The highs are being able to do everything on your own, in your own time.


*What are the lows, if any? The lows are that you have really market to gain a new audience.

What is the name of your book(s)? My published book is Don't Trust A Stranger.

Was it/were they an easy write for you? It was very easy to write, it's partially a true story with some made up scenerios along the way.

What's the hardest part about writing a book? The hardest part about writing a book is getting rid of writer's block, Sometimes you can really be into writing and then all of a sudden during a scene you get stuck.

What's the easiest part about writing a book? The easiest part about writing is throwing words together, you can always go back and change how you want something to feel and sound later.

Where can interested readers purchase their copy of your book(s)? Amazon, Createspace, and Barnes & Nobles online are a few places my book can be found.

Do you have any future projects in the works? I have two new books in the works, the sequel to Don't Trust A Stranger is You Can't Trust Anyone then a horror novel called Neighborhood Nightmare


*Is there a tentative release date? I have no release dates for either book at this moment, but it will be soon.

Do you have any social media sites that you would like to share with my readers? My Facebook, my Twitter, and my Instagram


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Saturday, July 15, 2017

Flow Friday

For those of you that know me, or even know of me, you will know that I love poetry. 20 years ago, my literary career began with writing poetry and it will end with writing poetry. So far, I've written three poetry books and two children's poetry books. I've also written and endless amount of poems that have yet to be published. However, more than anything, I love reading another's words and seeing what it is that I can take away from them. I have a secret lust for well written word play and an addiction to the way words can make me feel.






















To show just how much I love poetry, I have decided to do a "Flow Friday" in my blog. Every Friday, I will showcase one or two other poet's work. I've always been one to share another poet's work; it's what I did in my first two books. If this is something that you are interested in participating in, please click on this link and fill out the form. Poems will be posted in no particular order so be sure to keep an eye out for yours!😉

To kick off "Flow Friday", I'm going to share one of the longest poems that ever I've written. I hope you enjoy the read. Have a great night and I'll see you next Friday for more poetry from talented poets!


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“Obsessed” by La Kata E.K.

From afar, you stand there watching her,
Since that’s all that you can do,
No longer allowed to be near her,
Poor guy… She’s pulled away from you…
An acquaintance you were in the beginning,
But over time a friendship grew,
While you developed a love for her,
It wasn’t the same from her point of view…
All she wanted from you was friendship,
Her husband’s name, on her arm, a tattoo,
A couple of messages might’ve gone too far,
But to her husband, she always stayed true…
Somewhere, however, lines became crossed,
And your feelings for her turned into,
Something that was no longer a comfort,
But that of a friendship’s taboo…
For awhile, you kept your feelings hidden,
To show her, you didn’t think fair,
It was if you were playing a game with your heart,
Kind of a lonely man’s truth or dare…
You were available when she needed a shoulder,
A hand to hold, it was yours that was there,
The more she needed you, the closer she came,
To finding out feelings that you just couldn’t share.
Over time your love for her turned into obsession,
You two were soul mates, on that you would swear,
But none was the wiser, especially her,
That around you, was a dangerous air…
You began feeling like she should’ve been with you,
The fact that she had a husband, you just didn’t care,
You felt that the two of you had a connection,
One that she, with her husband, just couldn‘t compare…
There were moments that you tried to distance yourself,
A complicated choice, but she even agreed,
But those moments seemed like they dragged on forever,
And for her, you always felt this need…
You never could handle her absence too well,
To come back, sometimes you would beg her and plead,
As these moments continued to drag on forever,
Between the lines, is where she started to read…
A beautiful flower was what she assumed she created,
From the friendship that started off as a seed,
Over time she began to realize that her beautiful plant,
Was nothing more than your average weed…
The pain from the reality that she was starting to see,
Was enough to make her heart want to crumble and bleed,
But what hurt even more, was the girl’s permanent decision,
That into the background, was where she would recede…
No one was the wiser, not even the guy,
When he found out that their friendship was through,
But she had to remain honest within herself,
And to her husband, faithful and true…
She never really felt like the need for explanation,
Because her heart was already heavy and blue,
And why go through the pain of saying goodbyes,
When you can bid a phantom adieu…
Out of all of the people that she considered her friends,
He was special because he was one of the few,
Over time she developed a special love for him,
That continued growing as the friendship grew.
I guess what I’m trying to say by telling this story,
Is how no one was the wiser or would’ve had a clue,
That while you were becoming obsessed with her,
All along, she was obsessed with you…

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Authors in the Spotlight 7/13

In today's Authors in the Spotlight, we have author Yomeica Webb!

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Name: Yomeica Webb 

How long have you been published? Since January 2017

What's the worst part about being published? Scrutiny and limitations

What's the best part about being published? Marketing and exposure

Are you self published or did you go through a publishing company? Both 

*What are the highs, if any? Assistance and promotion, less work on your part because you have help . With self publishing, I get all of my royalties and that is the best ever.

*What are the lows, if any? Self publishing requires a lot of investing money and time. Publishing companies want royalties.

What is the name of your book(s)? "Meet the Tears": Attention please and NYC's Melting Pot KIDZ: "You can touch my hair"

Was it/were they an easy write for you? I couldn't believe how easy it came to me.

What's the hardest part about writing a book? Work and business interruption - other books come to mind.

What's the easiest part about writing a book? The concept flowed perfectly.

Where can interested readers purchase their copy of your book(s)? Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Goodreads,and my website

Do you have any future projects in the works? Yes, definitely.

*Is there a tentative release date? May 20th 

Do you have any social media sites that you would like to share with my readers? Facebook and my website.


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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Authors in the Spotlight 7/11

In today's Authors in the Spotlight, we have author Connie B. Dowell!!

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Name: Connie B. Dowell

How long have you been published? I published my first book in May 2014 and haven’t looked back.

What's the worst part about being published? What's the best part about being published? The answer to both these questions is reviews. An awesome review can make your day. It’s fantastic to know that somebody else hopped into a world that sprang out of my head and had a great time. A negative review that teaches you something might sting, but is still ultimately a good. The worst, though, are negative reviews that don’t teach me anything about how to be a better writer. They’re just a bummer.

Are you self published or did you go through a publishing company? I happily self published my young adult fiction and nonfiction, but I’ve recently gotten serious about picture books. Because of different marketing concerns (and, frankly, wanting to see what’s on the other side of the fence) I’m in the throes of querying for once with those books.
 
*What are the highs, if any? One big high of being self pubbed is getting my hands in every part of the process, even if I’m not the one actually doing it. It’s excellent training for a broader publishing career one day down the road.
 
*What are the lows, if any? One big low is that there is still a bit of stigma about self publishing, because anybody with enough time and stubbornness can do it. It’s always a loaded question when a layperson asks your publishing method. Are they going to assume you self pubbed because you couldn’t crack it the traditional way? For the record, self publishing was a first choice for all the books I’ve chosen to put out in that method. I was attracted to the entrepreneurial aspect.

What is the name of your book(s)? My two works of fiction are The Poison in All of Us (a YA mystery set in 1918) and The Orchid Caper (a YA heist comedy that’s high on silliness). Both of these are series starters. My first book was a nonfiction aimed at entering college students, called You Can Love Writing: A Guide to Get through Your College Papers and Like It.

Was it/were they an easy write for you? A bit of both, honestly. There were easy parts (getting into character for Ian and Darlene in The Orchid Caper and hitting my nonfiction voice for YCLW) and tougher stuff (research for The Poison in All of Us was a blast, but took forever and involved multiple trips to different special collections libraries and deciding the exact scope and outline of YCLW took probably as long as the actual writing).

What's the hardest part about writing a book? Butt in chair writing time (or standing at standing desk if I’m feeling like being healthy). This has only gotten tougher after having kids. It’s so easy to overlook the little bits of time when I’m “destressing” but really just goofing off and it’s also easy to let worries about my work prevent me from moving forward.

What's the easiest part about writing a book? The shiny new idea stage. Especially if I have a chance to explore that semi-out loud with a glass of wine and my husband nodding along, sometimes just letting me wander, sometimes suggesting things or asking questions.

Where can interested readers purchase their copy of your book(s)? You can find all my books at
Amazon, Barnes and Noble, (some of them) at iBooks, and (some of them) at Kobo.

Do you have any future projects in the works? *Is there a tentative release date? Oh my gosh, tons! I’m researching and plotting book 2 of the historical mystery series, plus a tie-in short story. I’m working on a tie-in short story for The Orchid Caper, and plenty of picture book manuscripts, as well as two podcasts. Oh, and my fingers have been itching to do a few comics, so you never know. I’m hoping to have both shorts and book 2 of the historical series out by the end of the year.

Do you have any social media sites that you would like to share with my readers? You can find all the stuff I do at http://conniebdowell.com and you can find me on Facebook and Twitter. Thanks, LaKata, for having me on the blog!
 
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Thursday, July 6, 2017

Authors in the Spotlight 7/6

In today's Authors in the Spotlight, we have author Camilla Stevens! 

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Name: Camilla Stevens

How long have you been published? Since June 2016.

What's the worst part about being published? Putting yourself out there is very hard. You are completely vulnerable and exposed. I don’t knock negative reviews (and sometimes find them very helpful), because people are entitled to their opinions, but they still sting, more than I care to admit.

What's the best part about being published? The fact that even one person out there in the world is reading my work. It still amazes me, especially when I get positive feedback.

Are you self-published or did you go through a publishing company?
Self-published. This started as a hobby born from love of writing. I never even bothered trying a publishing company because I still want this to be fun for me and I think bureaucracy would kill that part of it.

*What are the highs, if any? Doing what I want, when I want. So there! ha ha.

*What are the lows, if any? Having do all the work myself, even if it’s finding the right people to do the work for me.

What is the name of your book(s)?
One Night, Mr. Wright & Mr. Wrong, Mr. & Mrs. Wright, Sweet Seduction, So Wrong, Slugger Fever (Publishing summer 2017)

Was it/were they an easy write for you? Yes and no. I have NO trouble coming up with stories. I’m a panster, which means the stories just flow from me without an outline. Unfortunately my brain works faster than my hands and by the time I reach the 70% mark or so I’m itching to move on to the next story in my head. Don’t even get me started on the editing and read-throughs!

I also have fun with my work. I love humor and try to incorporate it in my books. It really makes it easy when you’re laughing along while you write…or better yet, catching those feels. Then I know I’ve done a good job.

What's the hardest part about writing a book?
Self doubt. I read a lot so there’s a constant struggle of comparison, even with authors outside of the genre! There are those that humble you with their brilliance in the written word. Then there are those that humble you with their massive following. It can all drive you crazy.

I just hold on to the that saying: Comparison is the thief of joy.

What's the easiest part about writing a book? The modern era! I won’t plug the services I use but thank goodness for everything out there that makes publishing a book as easy as typing and hitting send. I love that I’m able to share my work with the world this easily!

Where can interested readers purchase their copy of your book(s)? Right now I’m strictly on Amazon Kindle: purchase or Unlimited. I plan on publishing everything in paperback as well by the end of the year.

Do you have any future projects in the works? Right now I’m working on a series of Stand Alone books about Texas Men (because they’re awesome!), (tentatively) called the Texas Troublemaker Books.

After that it will be a series of Stand Alone books about International Men (because they’re awesome!), called the International Lovers Books.

See what I mean about no problems coming up with stories? Lol.

*Is there a tentative release date? I’m setting up a schedule to publish every two months. A lot of the books above are works in progress that have been set aside to return to. Each of the series will have at least three books.

Do you have any social media sites that you would like to share with my readers?
Twitter (I’m very casual there), Facebook Author Page, and my website.


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