The song, Through The Eyes Of A Child by Air Supply, is the epitome of my website, my brand, my passion… It’s all about love and living your dreams.
Some say fantasy is for children. I see magical imagination as a powerful gift. Is it so hard to remember the dreams of childhood? In those days, I could be a princess, or a pirate,or anything my heart desired. I dreamed of castles and kings––but life dims the fantasy of youth. I wanted that feeling back again, the magic of pure innocence, of childhood hopes and castles in the sky.
It wasn’t an easy trek to find the path to my childhood dreams. But eventually, I did, because I never gave up. And now I write, with hope I inspire others to find their own destiny.
The pursuit of happiness drives everyone’s decisions. We search for happiness in relationships, jobs, our homes and careers. We also end things hoping to find happiness––divorce, career changes, and moving away. And we buy things to make us happy, too––but newness fades like the waning smell of a once new car.
How exhilarating to see life as a child again––to chase dreams like elusive butterflies. Everyone has the power within them to change their destiny––to use the past to propel them forward…Just look through the eyes of your inner child, remember your dreams, and do what you love…take a leap of faith and be inspired.
My newest release
Beneath The Lake
shares a heartwarming tale of
star-crossed love and second chances
in an unforgettable time-slip romantic suspense.
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A ghost town buried beneath Atlanta’s man-made Lake Lanier reportedly lures victims to a watery grave. But when Lacey Montgomery flees from an eerie stalker, she plunges into the lake and awakens in the arms of a stranger in a lost town, 34 years before she was born.
Bobby Reynolds, smitten the moment the storm-ravaged woman opens her eyes, sparks fire to melt ice into a stream of molten desire. Can Lacey battle bootleggers, defy twists of fate and find the key to a mysterious portal before time rips them apart or will their star-crossed spirits wander forever through ominous shadows beneath the lake?
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What if you were given a Christmas miracle? I love mystical stories. The kind that leave a warm tingle all over me with a tiny “what if” tinge that lingers long after the end. That’s why I love writing magical mysteries and romantic suspense with a sprinkle of supernatural. Mix them all together and shake gently, what do you get? A Christmas gift that shares part of my soul…a gift for everyone who stops by my website. The Gift, is book 2 in my Destiny Series. A magical Christmas story that will steal your heart:
Savanna Bradford was given a magical chance to change her destiny…Her impulsive reaction to her boyfriend Ryan’s proposal spirals her into a rendezvous with fate. How could she choose between her dreams and the love of her life? Savannah panicked, took off to the solace of the lake despite the impending snow storm. She had to think, but her brief sabbatical didn’t include getting stuck in a ditch in the middle of nowhere, or spending the night with an enigmatic old woman from the twilight zone. Was it fate, or had her accident thrust her into a comatose dream? And will she discover that the mystical gift from her bizarre encounter holds the key to her true destiny before it’s too late?
If you like The Gift, you’ll love the unique magical twist in every DESTINY story.
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Before I start writing, I quickly check social media to see what my author writing friends are up to. When I see posts like — I wrote 5k this morning OR let’s do a 1k hour sprint — I instantly get a nauseated feeling in the pit of my stomach. Which is better… counting words verse words that count?
I’m very happy for the authors who are able to dedicate most of their day to writing and are able to get a word count like that done. But I also wonder…Are those words clean and smooth? Do they go back and edit several times?
I only have a few hours of the day to write. I’d like to spend more time writing, but daily life doesn’t allow it. I’m also a slow writer. I visualize the story as the scene happens, and I write the words to the best of my typing ability…and hope I don’t have lazy fingers syndrome. I don’t aim for perfection, but I try my best to not overuse words and to avoid making loads of typos.
While I would love to be included in the group that writes higher word counts, I’m content with writing one to two pages a day. And at the end of the week, my goal is to have another new scene to send my beta readers that is somewhat clean work, as I don’t feel they should have to cross all my T’s and dot all my I’s.
My author tip is to not set a word count goal so high you can’t reach it. Everyone’s day is different. Everyone’s writing speed is different. Be you, and write what you can. We all get to The End eventually. Count on the words to get you there, and don’t let the word count control you.
Darlene resides on the East Coast of Canada with her husband, daughter, and Yellow Lab. When not working on her next book, she enjoys spending time with her family. An avid reader since childhood, Darlene loves to develop the many stories swimming in her head. She writes heartwarming contemporary romances with a focus on plot-driven page-turners.
Nothing thaws the chill faster than a warm winter kiss.
She’s been on a flight from hell for over eight hours, lost four hours of daylight, and arrived in temperatures twenty degrees lower than accustomed to. Disliking winter for a reason she refuses to discuss, Danielle Lerato would rather be anywhere than in Redford Falls. She needs to get the job done and return home before getting caught up in the small town’s charm…and the arms of the handsome, brown-eyed restaurant owner.
Andrew Haley’s first encounter with the buttery blonde didn’t go so well, and he well-remembers the chill of the glass of water she dumped over his head. Now, two years later, a raging storm drops Danielle back into his life. She’s determined to leave, but he’ll do whatever it takes to convince her to fall in love with Redford Falls…and him.
If I hadn’t lost my voice I’d never have written my first manuscript. As a result of a botched operation, the slightest background noise (a car motor, wind, conversation) made my voice inaudible. Since my ability to speak loud enough for others to hear was limited, I was unable to work.
But to me it was devastating. All those important thoughts bouncing around in my head, and they couldn’t be expressed. My favorite activities ended…lunch with the girls, dinner out with my husband. I felt isolated and alone, a challenge for someone who likes to talk as much as I do.
But it was this very silence (and the mind-numbing boredom of watching endless TV talk shows and game shows) that led me to sit down one day at my computer and start typing. The first words were incredibly difficult, but writing grew easier each day, until one day I typed those magic words…The End.
…covered in a thick layer of dust, but the very act of writing challenged my mind and led me into new worlds I never imagined. Now I have three romantic suspense novels published by The Wild Rose Press. My voice has improved, and I can talk with the best of them, but my life changed forever that day I typed that first word. Remember: when one door closes, another opens.
Join a critique group. If you can’t find one in your neighborhood, join www.critiquecircle.com, an on line group of fellow writers and readers who earn credits by critiquing member’s writing. The support from that group improved my craft and provided me with a sense of community.
C.B. Clark grew up in Canada’s Northwest Territories and Yukon. Graduating with a degree in Anthropology and Archaeology, she has worked as an archaeologist and an educator, teaching students from the primary grades through the first year of college. She enjoys hiking, canoeing, and snowshoeing with her husband and dog near her home in the wilderness of central British Columbia.
Twelve years ago, sixteen-year old Carrie Ann Hetherington, pregnant with the child of a murder suspect, fled the small town of Cooper’s Ridge for the anonymity of Seattle. Now, faced with a family dilemma, she must risk her carefully reinvented life and return to her childhood home.
Eighteen-year-old Declan McAllister’s prom date is found beaten and strangled to death, and he becomes the prime suspect accused of the grisly crime. Now this successful Dallas businessman returns to Cooper’s Ridge to find the true murderer and finally lift the cloak of suspicion he’s faced all these years. In his quest to prove his innocence, he must join forces with the woman who shattered his heart to find a devious killer who will stop at nothing to protect a shocking truth.
Caught up in a menacing web of secrets, deception and danger, they struggle to overcome past betrayals and present danger. Can they tear down the barriers they’ve erected around their hearts and rediscover true love?
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I can count on one hand the number of days it hasn’t rained so far this month. I know they say April Showers and all, but come on. New Jersey has had more than its fair share, I’d say. I’ve always been someone who enjoyed a good rainstorm. Opening up my windows or doors and listening to the rain stream down has given me a strange sort of peace. I enjoy a powerful thunderstorm even more. But what I’ve come to realize is there can be too much of a good thing. Enough with the rain. The question is how does your mood affect your life?
I’ve also realized that my moods are tied to the weather. Even though I like the rain, it definitely makes me more lethargic and passive. Today, though, the sun was shining for almost the entire day and it was warm. So warm that I didn’t have to wear a jacket, and for someone like me, who is always cold, that’s saying something. Immediately, I felt more energetic and more positive. It made me wonder …
I know for a fact that as the days get longer, and darkness doesn’t fall until later in the evening, I’m happier. During those long winter months when it starts getting dark by 4:30, I’m content to lock myself away and get in pajamas as soon as possible. But now that the sun doesn’t really start to set until about 8, I can get so much more accomplished outside, because mentally, my day isn’t over until it’s dark.
Perhaps less obvious, smells change my mood, too. All I have to do is walk down the street and smell someone else’s barbeque or fire pit and my mind immediately goes to everything I love about the warm weather. The sun on my skin, the beaches, the get-togethers with friends. All things to look forward to as the weather changes.
What kinds of things are your moods tied to?
Congrats to K.K. Weil for winning our Awesome Bewitching Authors’ May Author of the Month Award. Be sure to visit her highlight on ABA’s autor/reader store at http://authorscornershop.com
K.K. Weil grew up in Queens, but eventually moved to New York City, the inspiration for many of her stories. Weil, who attended SUNY Albany as an undergrad and NYU as a graduate student, is a former teacher. She now enjoys writing her own dramas and lives near the beach in New Jersey, where she is at work on her next novel. And speaking of her novels…don’t miss this one!
Griffin Stone knows the stats. Sons of abusers become abusers. This is his single fear.
After witnessing firsthand his parents’ tumultuous marriage, Griffin worries that he, too, harbors an explosive dark side. Can he escape from his father’s rage-fueled ways or is he destined to become part of the cycle?
Unable to persuade his mother to leave and wrestling with his resentment towards her for staying, Griffin volunteers at Holly’s House, a safe haven for abused women. Through sculpture, Griffin gives these women pieces of themselves they’ve long forgotten. Holly’s House is the only place where Griffin finds peace and purpose.
Frankie is an aspiring photographer, finding beauty in things most people miss, including Griffin. Griffin is attracted to her free-spirited, sassy attitude but fears Frankie will trigger the most intense part of him, the one he must keep buried.
Frankie’s got to get her act together. Her anything-goes behavior is leading nowhere fast. She’s hopeful that her latest hobby will be a building block for the future. But when a stranger appears on the other end of her camera, looking as complex as he is handsome, Frankie thinks this might be just the change she needs.
I’ve found that, with my busy schedule, I just cannot give the attention I need to give to promo. But, in today’s world, it’s imperative that authors work hard to establish and maintain a social media presence. So when you need help, grab some Me Only Time and Me Writing Time. Instead of spending money on promotion sites, I’ve hired a PA (personal assistant), and I use a promo service that sends tweets and Facebook posts out DAILY for me. The cost is very reasonable. (It’s my daughter’s service, so I know it’s reliable – But, I pay her) I still do my own promo, to a degree, but her service is sort of like a computer program running in the background, always sharing and gaining exposure for me, while I focus on my writing (and editing), and only worry about random promo. (If you wish to check it out, I’ve included her information below)
One of the most important things a writer can do is establish a habit of writing every day.
Every day. Even if it’s just five minutes, carve out some MWT time. (Me Writing Time). You can read all the how-to books and take all the workshops in the world, but if you don’t write regularly, preferably every day, all those things are a waste. Establishing a solid, daily writing habit is one of the best things you can do for yourself. This is something I need to do as well. I have so many projects and commitments, that I often ignore my own writing. Not only does my career suffer, my soul suffers. Writing is a joy, a release, a necessity. And when I don’t indulge, I feel unfulfilled. So, let’s make a pact together. Each of us find at LEAST fifteen minutes a day, every day, that we devote to writing. Not research, not revising, not reading what we’ve written, but WRITING.
1) Decide what time of the day is best for your 15 minutes
2) The day before, write a scene note, a little summary of what you’ll be writing about
3) Set an alarm for your MWT
4) Before the alarm goes off, pull up a blank document that ONLY contains your scene note from the day before
5) If possible, get away from the Internet and any other distractions. A new location is a good idea, when you can, a coffee shop, a park, a library, etc.
6) When the MWT time rolls around, set a timer and do NOTHING except write, for a solid 15 minutes. Even if it’s crappy, even if the words won’t flow, write anyway. If your mind is a blank, then write something like this: I know I should be writing my scene about when Mary learns that her sister is dead and she would be shocked and grief stricken. What would she DO though, would she cry, scream, call someone, (or, other related sen-tences/questions such as this, so that at least you’re getting something down.)
7) When the timer goes off, congratulate yourself on a job well-done (Or, if you’re ‘in the zone’ keep writing). Say, “Great job, Alicia (well, you don’t have to call yourself Alicia. You can insert your own name there). You rock! Look at what you accomplished. It’s not ready, but it’s written, and if it’s written, it can be improved and completed. See you to-morrow, same time, same place.”
8) Then REPEAT!
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that can be beneficial or a group, such as SprintWriters on Facebook, which I joined but have sadly neglected.
Even if you aren’t a writer, whatever your passion is, carve out some time for it. Regardless of what is going on in your life, you’ll feel better if you treat yourself once in a while, weekly or even daily if you can. Take a few hours away to relax and watch ducks in a pond or go bowling or sit in an ice cream parlor or coffee shop and decompress, people watch, play golf, whatever it takes to give yourself a little boost to focus on YOU for once, instead of others.
If you’re an over-worked single mother (or father), a care-giver for an elderly parent, working two jobs, a stay-at-home mom or dad, you CAN find time for yourself. It’s important to do so for your happiness and your mental well-being. And, you know what? Doing so can make you a better mother, father, employee, daughter, son, wife, friend, etc, etc. You’ll feel more like tackling what others need, and less resentful, if you know you have some MOT (Me Only Time) time to look for-ward to.
So…let’s start this now. Who’s with me?
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I am a suspense and paranormal author in Edmond, Oklahoma, and I have dreamed of being a writer since I was a child. I attempted my first romance at age 10 (featuring a hero who looked just like Elvis Presley), and I still have the tattered, pencil-written copy.
I lead a very busy life, but I manage to find time to read my favorite authors—Michael Connelly, Dennis Lehane, and Lee Child to name a few—and watching (and rewatching) my favorite shows like The Walking Dead, Dexter, Justified, Friends, and too many other sitcoms to name. But, my greatest passion—other than my family—is writing, and I am exceedingly blessed that I get to do what I loves most.
Amidst a blizzard, paranormal debunker Camille Burditt arrives at Devil’s Promenade in Oklahoma to research a supernatural ‘spook light’ phenomenon for her latest book. There she encounters a ghostly being, which she dismisses as a figment of her imagination. But as the apparition becomes too persistent to deny, Camille realizes the woman’s ghost is quite real—and that her demise was not accidental.
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That’s easy. Your Muse is Inside You. The last year and a half has been a transformative time for me. Not only did I become a published author, I also became a hybrid author by self-publishing five other books. My first novel took me ten years to write while my last few eBooks took me less than forty-eight hours.
Because I’ve learned how to find my muse. I’ve heard many writers talk about how elusive their muses are, but I don’t agree with this assessment. If you realize where your muse lives, you can access it anytime. How? By understanding that your muse is within you. Everything essential to creativity resides within you. Creation is natural to all humans and for authors that creativity equals eBooks, novellas, and/or novels.
Through going within – specifically through meditation. Meditation is every creative mind’s friend. When you quiet your mind and your external surroundings, it’s amazing how much calmer and more centered you’ll feel. Through the practice of meditation I’ve begun to change my entire life – from increasing my writing speed to losing forty-one pounds. When you allow yourself to be in quiet for a period of time (anywhere from three to thirty minutes) every day, magical things can happen to you. Creativity flows much easier through a quiet, serene mind.
You’re worth the time, and if you’re feeling drained, it’s likely because you’ve been doing things for everyone but you. Some people exercise, some cook, some take a long hot bath. So next time you feel blocked – or maybe even like you’ve hit a brick wall – trying setting aside some quiet time for yourself. Whether it’s meditation, walking in nature, or even taking a nap – taking the time to take care of yourself will not only make you feel better. It’ll make you more creative.
It’ll awaken your sleeping muse!
Jeannie Hall is a multi-published nonfiction and fiction author, hailing from the Southern United States. She writes the nonfiction “Writing in my Jammies” series of personal development books, meant to help others find more peace and happiness in their lives.
For her romantic thriller fiction stories, she uses her experiences growing up in the Deep South and love of nature as backdrops for her books. Jeannie enjoys writing intense and dark plots which twist in unexpected ways around her characters. She believes the best characters come from difficult and sometimes tragic pasts, building them into stronger women and men.