Reconnecting to the Craft

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I am on a new journey. One that has taken me down a path I never anticipated traveling…writing screenplays. What I have come to realize, and most of you who are writers worth your salt already know this, is studying your craft is more critical than I paid attention to. Every writer should spend a few hours a week just studying the craft of writing.

Whether you read a book, not for pleasure sake, but to truly learn from another author, take a course, read blog articles (be careful here…Ha), or take the time to study a new aspect of writing, this is a task worth your time. Write every day-about anything, or on your current WIP-but do it. AND study your craft. Research your genre, read books about it, study other authors good and bad. You can learn just as much about what NOT to do as you can about what TO do by reading the works of inexperienced authors.

While I am humbled by this truth – I should have respected learning growth more – I have now discovered it’s value. Join me, won’t you? Let’s learn more and become better writers.

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New Release The Haunting of Destiny Dove – July 18, 2022

Hello Readers,

I’m back with a new release. A Young Adult Horror titled The Haunting of Destiny Dove.

Destiny Dove is the only survivor of a tragic car crash that killed her parents and baby brother. A teen uprooted from her home, she is forced to live with her New Age Grandmother, whom she’s been taught her entire life to fear. If that’s not enough, Destiny soon discovers she has developed the family gift of being able to see and talk to ghosts, The Shade Sight, her grandmother calls it. Grams Rose will be the one person who can help her understand her haunted destiny. When Destiny meets hot hunk Jake Turner and his jealous girlfriend Amy, sparks immediately fly. Jakes sees Destiny as a new kindred spirit, while Amy sees her as a threat and is determined to ruin Destiny’s life at Blake High. But when Amy’s mother, an antiques dealer, buys Amy some old furniture, it comes with a lot more than anyone bargained for. Only Destiny stands between Amy and an ancient ghostly evil so strong it might just take the entire town of Arcadia down with it. When called upon, can Destiny forgive and draw upon her new gift to save Amy and a group of local teens from certain destruction?

Get Your Copy Today! Pre-Sale Here

If you would like to post a review, you can get your review copy Here

Looking forward to getting more novels out to you in the near future. Happy Reading!

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Taking a Break

Hello Readers,

Just wanted to let you know I’m taking a break from the public author world for a little while. Be assured that behind the scenes I’m very active building my next best-selling novel. Never fear, I shall return, but for now, my books are not for sale. Looking forward to interacting with all of you again soon. Take care and stay safe.

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Last Week to Buy My Books On Sale

Good Morning Readers! This is the last week to get my books on sale. Grab ’em while you can. Great chance to get all my books at rock bottom prices. Please share with your friends. On all distribution channels, but here is my Amazon page.

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Finalist in the CIBA Laramie Book Awards

A project I’ve been working on with my husband has reached an exciting level. The Gamble: Lost Treasures, A Civil War Novel Based on True Events has reached the Finalist level in the Chanticleer International Book Awards in the Laramie Division for Westerns/Civil War/Pioneer books. This book has been a labor of love for many years. We have not published it yet, but stay tuned for details on that. We are very proud of the attention it has received so far. Please join us in our happiness at this level of award. The Grand Prize winner will be announced in September.

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Author Gives Back

Good Morning Readers. I hope we are all well and for those that are struggling, my prayers are with you all. In light of this dastardly virus, I’m putting my books on sale at .99 cents where possible, and at least 60% off of the list price as a way to make it easier for you to have something to fill your stay at home hours. The prices may take a few hours to change, so check back if you don’t see them at 1.20 or lower. Some are even free on Smashwords. Here is my Amazon page for ease of selection. Remember it may take a few hours for the sale price to hit, so be sure to come back.

Here is the Smashwords link to all the books I have available there.

I love to interact with my readers, so if you enjoy a book please let me know and reviews are very nice as well. Stay safe and well, keep social distancing in the front of your mind. Remember it’s not about you, but who you might unknowingly infect. As my blessed grandmother used to always say…This too shall pass. ❤

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Dragons Abound. New Release Today!

If you enjoy paranormal stories and like to read about dragon shifters, check out the now stand alone Book Two in the Soul Fire series, Child of Grace.

After a horrifying encounter with the Bride of the Dark Lord, Hunters of the Cross Gabriel and Grace Rome are paying a terrible price. Not only did Grace lose the child she carried, but Medea, the Dark Witch, bonded her to the Soul Fire Stone. Forever doomed to take the form of a dragon and do the witch’s bidding, Grace is forced to destroy the very human lives she’s sworn to protect. Not to mention, she’s forever separated from the love of her life and his passionate embrace.

Gabriel is determined to separate the dragon spirit from his wife’s soul and return her to human form. Together with the Archangel Michael he searches to find a way to break the curse of the Soul Fire stone. He’s located the Dark Witch and is eager to exact his revenge, but Medea has a soul shocking surprise for the couple. Even with all the powers of the Cross at their disposal, they couldn’t have foreseen what is about to change their lives forever. 

If you haven’t read the first story, it all begins here in Soul Fire.

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Fun Time By All at the Tampa Bay Times Reading Festival

I attended the Tampa Bay Times Reading Festival on Saturday 11/9/19 and had a blast. The weather was so nice. Sorry to my friends up north, suffering from all that snow and bad weather. It was a balmy 78 here in the Sunshine State. (That’s a cold front for us) Met some new readers and friends. So many interesting people to meet, and as always I love talking about reading and writing. Thanks to all who stopped by my booth.

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Jackson’s Corner – Tip # 4 Keep Your Head High

Look at me! I had some professional portraits done by Artisan Inspired Images, and even though it may not be very humble, I think I look pretty sharp. Which leads me to this week’s tip.

Writing is hard. Getting published is even harder. My human mom, Kelly Abell, has been down that long road, and still has goals she hasn’t attained. But, I heard her offer some tips to another author who was feeling down, so I thought I’d share them with you.

  1. Keep writing because you love it, not because you want to get rich.
  2. Don’t let rejection define you as an author. If you get valuable feedback, which is rare, incorporate it and learn from it.
  3. Stay patient. Traditional publishing takes a long time.
  4. If you want an agent, try to meet them in person at a conference.
  5. Continue to practice and improve your craft.
  6. If you want to self-publish find a good company to help you with editing, covers and formatting so your book looks professional.

Please share other tips you’ve learned along your writing journey. I’m off to chew my bone now. Have a great day!

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Happy Release Day!

A Champion’s Hero is now live! Read the first chapter for free here then grab your copy today!

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