All Authors Blog Blitz

Posted in Book Trailer, Books, Creativity, Interviews, Promoting, self-publish, Writing with tags on June 15, 2014 by Junior

Today I am taking part in the All Authors Blog Blitz put on by Y. Correa and the All Authors Magazine. (a very well put-togther magazineyou should have a look)

I am featuring Debbie Boswell on my blog today. She is the author of House of Mirrors

Meet Debbie…

Debbie Boswell has a B.S. in accounting and an Enrolled Agent license (E.A.).  She is also the owner/manager of Crafts by Grace, a cottage industry in which she makes candles, soap and designs T-shirts.  Debbie co-wrote and co-produced her first screenplay, OPEN/CLOSE, through the Brooklyn Young Filmmakers Center.  House of Mirrors is her second novel.  Debbie resides in Brooklyn, NY where she was born and raised.

Here is a little bit about her journey in coming up with her novel, followed by the book trailer…

The first step is always the hardest. 

I was at Grand Central, watching the lunchtime crowd and worrying about a schedule I had to prepare that afternoon.  I’d never done that particular one before and in the anal attentive world of public accounting, perfection wasn’t an option.  I got my head chewed off by a tax manager once for not having the staples aligned evenly on a tax return.  To this day, I can’t staple my income tax return without developing a nervous tic.

As I observed workers hurrying back and forth with their Styrofoam cups or grabbing that quick bite before dashing back to the office, it hit me:  I hate my job.  Co-workers sighing loudly and scratching themselves before the day begins, permanent scowls branded on their faces, the schmoozing, the backstabbing.  This lifestyle wasn’t for me.  I needed to make a change.

I always wanted to work for myself.  I assumed it would’ve been accounting-related, but deep down, my soul was crying out for me to write.  I was writing stories ever since I was a little girl.  I used to get this spark every time our class went to the library or whenever I had to write a story, had art class or rehearsed for the school play.  While commuting to work or during lunch, I was reading books and magazines on how to write a manuscript.  I fantasized about seeing my novels in bookstores, even better, having them made into film!  Oddly, that spark returned during these activities.  I knew then what I wanted and if I wanted to feel that zest for my job again or for life, I was going to have to be true to myself.  I wasn’t an executive.  I was a writer.

However, the pressure to conform overrode my desires.  Fear of going against social mores kept me trapped.  So, I remained where I was, losing pieces of myself overtime, enduring nervousness and emotional abuse in the cutthroat environment of corporate America where I also faced the possibility of fading into oblivion.

Yet something inside of me kept saying, You don’t have to accept this lifestyle.

But fear is powerful.  It prevented me from taking the necessary step to make a changeuntil I got a little push, more like a shove—from a totally unexpected and unrelated incident.  I was figuratively, pushed into a pool without any water.  Devastated, hurt and angry, I took stock of my life and finally found the courage I needed to start living for me.

Gradually, I walked away from the corporate life.  Was it scary?  A little.  Adjustment always is.  Even starting this website is intimidating.  Plus, there’s risk of criticism and rejection.  Then again, I was experiencing that in academia, then in the work world.  Why not go through it while doing what I love:  writing?

Traces of my misadventures in accounting are in my debut novel, Miriam’s Journey.  The turning point I reached after that shove provided some material for my current novel, House of Mirrors, which ironically, which would’ve been my first novel, but after writing the first hundred or so pages, I decided that I wasn’t ready to write this particular story yet, so I put it aside.

The pain that led me to take that first step into writing produced two novels, my own business, Crafts by Grace and a screenplay but that’s another story….

You can also find out more about Debbie here: CraftsByGrace

Announcement – State of Horror: Illinois Story List

Posted in Uncategorized on May 22, 2014 by Junior

Junior:

The story list for ‘State of Horror Illinois’ has been released. Jerry Benns of Charon Coin Press is doing a great job in working with the authors in putting it all together. Glad to be part of it.

Originally posted on Charon Coin Press:

Stateofhorror_Illinois The selection process for State of Horror: Illinois is completed with authors notified. Now it is time to share the great news with the fans of the anthology series.

This round of selections was difficult because there were many impressive stories, but only thirteen available spots. The level of great storytelling was beyond my expectations and the selection process was more challenging than I would have thought. In the end, choices were made based how the stories fit together in the overall collection. I am excited to work with this group of authors in the coming months as we put the final touches on the State of Horror: Illinois anthology and begin our promotional campaign.

Without further delay, let’s present the stories set to appear in Charon Coin Press’ State of Horror: Illinois anthology. The stories and names listed below are not in the order they will appear in the…

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Authors Supporting Our Troops comes to a (technical) end #ASOT2014

Posted in Uncategorized on May 16, 2014 by Junior

Junior:

The event is done and the books are heading out. Glad to be involved and thanks to Armand Rosamilia for all his hard work.

Originally posted on Armand Rosamilia:

The t-shirt design comes in a variety of colors.

Today is Thursday May 15th 2014, the cutoff date for the Authors Supporting Our Troops event started in mid-January. I had to set this date because, while the four months going have been awesome and the support overwhelming, it was beginning to overwhelm not only me but Special Gal and two rooms of the house. 

A fraction of this year's book donations.

When I began this venture (thanks to author Joe McKinney, who did a smaller version last year), I was hoping for 500 books to ship overseas. I got about five times that amount, and every day brought another box of books and more excitement as I opened the box, cataloged and photographed and posted the books on Facebook. 

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It also let me see how very cool and generous people could be as well. Authors and non-authors alike donated money to help with the shipping costs, many people purchased special shirts we made for the event…

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RELEASE: The Sirens Call Issue #14 – Old School Horror

Posted in Uncategorized on May 10, 2014 by Junior

Junior:

A Great Free Horror eZine! Proud to have my flash fiction story “Purgatory” as part of the release.

Originally posted on The Sirens Song:

Sirens Call Publications has released the 14th issue of The Sirens Call themed Old School Horror!

2014_April_ezine_coverWith 109 pages of flash fiction, poetry, short stories, it’s an issue you’re going to want to download for FREE!! With an interview and photography from Tanja Jurkovic as well as an interview from Daniel Durrant, author of Climate Change, there’s a little something for everyone.

Don’t forget to share it around! Why not? It’s free!

Download Issue #14 of The Sirens Call!

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Cover Reveal for “If Death Should Love Me” by C. Desert Rose

Posted in Book Cover, Books, Paranormal, Romance, Writing with tags , , on May 1, 2014 by Junior

I am pleased to spread the word for fellow author, C. Desert Rose, in her cover reveal of If Death Should Love Me

I have read some short stories by Ms Rose and look forward to more of her works.

CovIDSHere is the blurb:

A dull roar, that’s all I could hear. Souls, that’s all I could see… So many people. Some good. Some bad. Some breathing. Some barely breathing. All souls. It was funny what you could see when you stood in the middle of the Emergency Room. Who survived. Who didn’t. All of them, every one, a soul. A soul for the taking.
So begins your introduction to the floating, clustered world of souls that will have such influence on Sophia, the young Puerto Rican-American girl who has just lost her closest ally, her grandmother, “Abuela”. It is just after the funeral, at the cemetery, where Sophia meets the tall, almost angelic man who will play the most unexpected role in her life.
A love story. A fantasy. An adventure. If Death Should Love Me tells a tale of “fate” far beyond the normal meaning of that little four letter word. How else would you explain why Sophia wonders what would happen If Death Should Love Me?

To learn more about C. Desert Rose please visit her website:  http://cdesertrose.com

Cover Reveal “Rising Darkness” Night Dreams #3

Posted in Book Cover, Horror, Nightmares, Paranormal, Promoting, Writing with tags , , , , on April 22, 2014 by Junior

Rising Darkness will be released May 1st in ebook and print. Will be available in all bookseller stores.

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Authors Supporting Our Troops

Posted in #ASOT2014, Armed forces, Books, Supporting with tags , , on March 21, 2014 by Junior

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Anytime I can be a part of something that promotes a really good cause, I try to get involved. I follow fellow author, Armand Rosamilia on WordPress and Twitter, so it was not too hard to see what he was up to in organizing an event named: ‘Authors Supporting Our Troops 2014′. Upon reading the history of the idea, he ran into horror/zombie author, Joe McKinney, and the two talked, and soon Armand was getting this organized and off and running.

The #ASOT2014 involves authors sending their signed books into Armand, who will in turn have them shipped out to our service men and women in Afghanistan and Kuwait for starters. Fundraising to help with shipping costs can be found here – t-shirts similar to the ones on the image above.

The last total that I know of books collected from authors all over the country, was over 1900, but I’m sure that the total has climbed since then.

As our brave men and women deserve our thanks, prayers, and praise for doing what they do, passing along a book to read, one that may take them away from the dangers they face, if even for a short time, is well worth the effort, and the very least we can do.

Enjoy and come home safe!

Thanks again to Armand Rosamilia and everyone else involved with this great cause!

~ALJ~

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