I finished my second book and sent it out to beta readers Sunday!!!! Between Bad Moon, book signings and festivals, several book review deadlines, and recurring insomnia, I wasn’t sure I’d finish it in time. I’ve always told myself I’m not a procrastinator, I just work better under pressure – that’s my excuse, anyway. Now, on to write the book blurb – which, like queries, is sometimes harder to create than the book. And I’m still catching up on blog visits!
In honor of Halloween, ghosts, and black cats everywhere,Sarah is on sale at $2.99 for only one more week! Visit Amazon to get your copy.
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This is a different story for John. It is in the Family Life genre and tells the story of brotherly love, riches to rags, redemption and a little paranormal thrown in. Normally John writes thrillers but this time he has stepped into a different place. This book was written with love for the story and the hope it will be an enjoyable read.
Here is the blurb:
When a former pro football star and broadcaster, now a Wall Street maven is accused of insider trading, will he be able to prove his innocence and expose those who are guilty?
Greg and his boyhood pal dreamed of big success in professional football and then later in business. Greg was the only one to live the dream. Now the founder of an investment fund Greg is faced with a routine audit finding by the SEC. The audit points to irregularities and all the tracks lead to Greg. The justice department hits him with an indictment of 23 counts of fraud, money laundering, and insider trading. His firm goes bust, and Greg is on his own.
His best friend knows he is innocent but has been ordered under penalty of eternal damnation not to help.
If you enjoy stories of inspiration, riches to rags, redemption, brotherly love, and a little of the paranormal, Circumstance of Childhood will keep you riveted.
Here is an excerpt.
I look down at my drink and wonder what will happen tomorrow. My daughter Constance wants to come and visit. She lives in New York, and before all hell broke loose, we didn’t see each other often. I missed her so much, and it seemed as if I had to beg her even to talk on the phone. Now, it’s like she wants to be here every weekend. It’s only an hour’s flight by the shuttle or three by train, so she can come when she wants. I just can’t figure out why she got so clingy. I have my troubles, but it doesn’t have anything to do with her. No use in asking her husband either. Though a nice enough guy, I always wonder if he has someplace important to go when I visit. He never sits still and stays busy on the phone or at the computer. He makes a good living, but it seems a person could take an hour to sit and talk. I’d looked forward to some kind of relationship when he and Constance got married. It’ll never happen with him.
When I take another pull at my drink, I notice the burn feels less. It happens every time. First sip initiation, I call it. It’s like the first puff of a cigarette, hits hard then, after, nothing. I decide to let Constance pretty much have the agenda tomorrow. She and I have not had a chance to talk about anything deep for a while. It could just be that she blames me for her mother running off with that guy with the house on the Hudson. He has a title, and the old gal couldn’t resist, but I think the daughter always felt I should have done something. Her mother’s sleeping with another guy and what the hell can I do about that?
I’ll just go with the flow. If she wants to go out, we will. If she wants to stay in, we can do that too. I better think about getting some food in the house. Of course, we can always order take out. I need to move on to my drink and let this go. Tomorrow will be what it is. I remember the day she was born. I looked down at her in my arms and promised I would do anything for her. I love her more than life itself, and I hope we can somehow get to the root of whatever’s wrong. She sounded strange on the phone this morning, and I feel helpless to do anything about it. I hope she opens up when she gets here.
For some reason, I feel tired. Perhaps I’ll go ahead and finish my drink. Maybe I’ll just go home and forget the burger. First, though, I’ll just shut my eyes for a minute. My hands feel good when I put my head down.
“Hey, Greg,” Jerry says. I barely hear him. “What’s the matter? You taking a nap? Greg?” I can feel him shake me, but I have no interest in waking up. His voice gets further away, and I think he says, “Oh, my God, Sophie, call 911, quick.” Now the room goes silent.
John began his writing as a full-time occupation after an extensive business career. His specialty is thriller fiction novels, but John also writes poetry and short stories. His first book, My GRL, introduces the exciting adventures of the book’s central character, John J. Cannon. The second Cannon novel, His Revenge, continues the adventure, while the final book in the trilogy, Our Justice, launched in September 2016. The latest Circumstances of Childhood a family life story is available as of October 1st, 2017. All books are available on Amazon in paperback and Kindle editions.
John lives in Port Aransas, Texas with his wife and their spoiled rescue pets.
I knew Shelley Wilson as a YA fantasy writer before discovering she was also an author of self-help books. She’s here today promoting the release of her newest book, How I Motivated Myself to Succeed. Welcome, Shelley!
I’m delighted to join Teri on her lovely blog as part of my book tour for How I Motivated Myself to Succeed. Thank you so much for having me, Teri.
So, who am I?
I’m a multi-genre author of non-fiction self-help and young adult fantasy fiction.
My latest release, How I Motivated Myself to Succeed is being dubbed as the sequel-that’s-not-a-sequel to my bestselling book, How I Changed My Life in a Year. I write a personal development blog (www.motivatemenow.co.uk) as well as my author blog (www.shelleywilsonauthor.com) where I share book reviews, author interviews, and random musings about writing. I was thrilled to win the Most Inspirational Blogger Award at the Bloggers Bash in 2016, and scooped second place in the same category in 2017. I’m a single mum to three teenagers and a black cat, love pizza, vampires, and The Walking Dead, and have a slight obsession with list writing.
Here is an excerpt from my latest release, How I Motivated Myself to Succeed which you can buy via Amazon UK or Amazon US:
Committing to the mammoth resolution challenge I set myself, and dedicating twelve months of my life to achieving a string of tasks, could be considered by some as madness. Most sane people typically only pledge to complete one or two items on their New Year’s resolution list, if that!
To be able to complete these goals I knew I needed to look, not just at the big year-long project but at my life in general. Could I fit everything in? After all, I was a single mum with three children who demanded a certain amount of my time. I was also running my holistic health business and working five days and two evenings a week.
As my mum often tells me, if you want something doing, ask a busy woman. I’ve found this to be true. When I look back over pockets of my life, I can’t recall how I managed some of the things I did. For many years, I worked in the sales department of a prestigious hotel in Warwickshire. I worked four days a week and had to enrol my children in after-school clubs. I’d do a day’s work then ferry them to various extracurricular activities, help them with their homework, organise dinner, go through the kids’ bedtime routines, and then begin my household chores. Don’t get me wrong, that’s nothing special, as I know there are gazillions of women and men doing the very same thing across the globe – but have you ever stopped to think ‘how the hell do we do it?’
The key to achieving success in anything we do is being organised. Every woman I know has a knack for multitasking in some way, whether that’s juggling home and kids, or managing a career and lifestyle, or perhaps they deal with a mix of all of the above. Organising your life and your goals takes away that bubbling panic and scatty brain fog that accompanies your overwhelming thoughts. Have you ever wanted to do something but can’t quite verbalise your idea? Do you find there are too many thoughts whirling through your brain and you find it difficult to ground yourself? Organisational techniques are vital in helping us calm the nerves and rationalise our feelings.
I talked about planning in the previous chapter, and how writing down our goals can help us stay focused. I stand by this technique as it’s one of the main contributing factors for me achieving everything I set out to complete. But what about all the other stuff? While we plan out our incredible goals, and prepare a project planner for our exciting new opportunities, who does the shopping? Who cooks all the meals? When does the bathroom get a decent scrub?
Nine times out of ten, our resolution list is abandoned because ‘real life’ gets in the way. It might be our ultimate goal to shed two stone in weight, but notoriously, the third week of January is when we discard those promises we made to ourselves and scoff our way through the leftover mince pies. Our habits do have a lot to do with this self-sabotage, and I’m going to talk about that later, but for now, I want to share the basic techniques I used to streamline my life, organise my home, and take the stress out of everyday living, leaving me with plenty of spare time to commit one hundred per cent to my resolution challenge.
I’d like to finish with a huge thank you to my delightful host, Teri, for allowing me to share a corner of my world. Thank you for reading and be sure to check out the other host spots for more inspiration, motivation, and a sprinkle of fun.
If you would like to read more then take a look at Shelley’s new release, How I Motivated Myself to Succeed, out now in paperback and eBook, and packed full of information on self-care, freeing yourself from fear, organising your life, and much more.
If you happen to be in the neighborhood, I’ll be doing a book signing at Half Price Books in Bowling Green, KY this Saturday, September 30th, from 1pm to 3pm. Drop by and see me – free candy for everyone!
Get ready to add to those towering TBRs, folks – Bad Moon Rising starts this Sunday! Thirty-one plus horror/thriller indie authors featured throughout the month of October right here on Books & Such – make sure to visit daily and bring your friends. Any help spreading the word is greatly appreciated – retweet, reblog, re-your social media of choice. Participating authors are listed below:
Teagan Riordain Geneviene
Michael Patrick Hicks
Angel M.B. Chadwick
Justin D. Lambe
Will Macmillan Jones
I don’t have many short stories under my belt, unless you count what I was required to write in school. When offered the opportunity to contribute to a time travel anthology, the ideas ran rampant in my mind, screaming and begging to be let out. To Getting What We Deserve was such fun to write, and is included with twelve other short stories by some very talented authors.
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Thirteen authors answer that question with short stories about time travel. Go back in time to right a wrong, forward to see the future. No jump is too large, no method unfeasible, no lesson beyond learning.
• Visit the past to learn a family secret.
• See the formation of a future dictatorship.
• Assume responsibility for weaving the fabric of time.
• Travel back in time to WWII.
• Use a family heirloom to solve problems.
• Wear an inheritance to visit ancestors.
• Leave a dystopian future for the hope of something better.
• Make history come true in an unexpected way.
• Fight evil fairies to protect a chosen angel.
• Live with the childhood memory of visitors until the day they arrive.
• Seek medical help for a memory issue and get way more than bargained for.
• Discover that with great power comes great responsibility.
• Uncover the secrets of a pharaoh’s tomb and curse.
Do the characters observe or interact? Is the outcome better or worse than the original timeline? Read these stories to learn how far they go, how they get there, and what happens when they return.
The scope is virtually limitless, definitely timeless.
For the month of October, Books & Such will again be featuring Bad Moon Rising, 31 days of horror/thriller writers! If you’re an indie author of horror/thriller books, and would like to be featured, send me your info. This is an opportunity not only for free publicity and book sales (hopefully), but also to crawl out from under your colossal TBR piles and buy more books! Each post will feature one of your releases, a blurb, author bio, contact links, buy links, and a short interview. If you’d like to include a giveaway or have alternative ideas for your post, I’m open to suggestions.
This is the third year of Bad Moon Rising and spots tend to fill up fast, so if you’d like to be included, email me at email@example.com.