A special message for my writerly friends

Working in healthcare during a global pandemic has a way of stripping you of any sort of carefree facade, not gonna lie. Additionally, I think it also confirms the need for us to be nice to one another and do what we can to help each other.

So with both those thoughts in mind, this blog post is going out to any of my fellow authors who happen to stumble across my blog, let’s get real with one another. Writing is hard!

Yes, the actual writing as in getting-words-on-paper is difficult, especially for those like me who are emotional writers and need to wait on the muse to speak before the prose will flow (my pathetic attempt at being pithy, please ignore).

But every step is not without its own stumbling blocks from editing to publishing. We all have that particular part of the journey that is especially daunting to us, but really they are all hills we each have to climb and hiking is hard work!

Of course we do it because we love it and we really love the privilege of sharing our words with others, but it’s also okay to admit that it can be tough to plow through some parts of the trek calling writing.

Because of all that, I wanted to share with you a little bit of help. Marketing is really hard. There are, sadly, a lot of predators out there who want to scam you out of your promotional dollars and will skip away down the creeper path with your money in their pocket and not deliver any services for your investment.

Fortunately I’ve had the privilege of meeting Jackie Shephard through one of my beloved writing friends Luna Joya. Jackie is an awesome human all around, but she also has been supportive and open to helping my personal writing journey. Why is this worth mentioning? Because Jackie offers services and support to all authors and you can peruse her comprehensive packages down below. Lighten your authorly load by contacting Jackie immediately and seeing how this fabulous lady can help you reach your publishing goals.

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Book Review! COFFEE GIRL by: Sophie Sinclair

Mackenzie “Kiki” Forbes finds herself in a pickle.

Either become her snarky sister’s nanny, or move halfway across the country to work as assistant-to-the-stylist of a country music star. Neither job sounds ideal, although bedazzling cowboy boots may be a hell of a lot more interesting than ironing her brother-in-law’s underwear. But life on the road as the errand coffee girl for a sold-out tour leaves much to be desired. That is, until Kiki meets her sinfully sexy new boss’s boss…

Tatum Reed’s career is flying high. He’s up for country music’s Entertainer of the Year and he’s headed out on a nationwide sold-out tour. So why does he feel like it’s all about to implode? His superstar ex-girlfriend seems determined to make his life difficult, his opening act is a handful, and the new girl on his tour, the feisty brunette, is quickly getting under his skin. In this crazy world of showbusiness Tatum needs to learn who he can trust, but that doesn’t come easily, because the one person who holds all the cards may just throw them down and walk away.

Life in the public eye is never all it’s cracked up to be, which has both Kiki and Tatum questioning what they’re really doing with their careers, and their hearts.
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Book Review! THE ROSE CONTRACT by: Scottie Kaye

Raena Barren was born with a secret: of all the magic users in the kingdom of Soma, she is the only one who can hide her power. As a child, she used this magic to help her survive on the streets–until she saved the life of a strange boy called Jorr Portent. He rewarded her with a job in the castle of Soma–and Raena spent the next ten years falling in love with him. 

But while Raena’s life as a servant is sheltered, Jorr’s world is one of spies and assassins. When Raena comes of age, their paths will diverge forever… unless Raena can earn a place by his side. To become one of Jorr’s operatives, however, Raena must get to know her own body, and outsmart the deadly people around her. She must also sell her innocence to whatever man pays the most… even if that man can’t be Jorr.
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Book Review! ONCE BLESSED, THRICE CURSED by: Coralie Moss

In this first book of the Sister Witches Urban Fantasy series, Clementine Brodeur must unknot her dead mother’s tangled legacy before the clock runs out…

I’m Clementine, youngest of three sisters, and my magic is making me lose sleep.
I see memories the dead leave behind.
Which becomes painful when those memories belong to my mother.

Alderose, Beryl, and I need clues to find someone our mother protected. But viewing Mom’s memories–caught in story threads only I can see–will force me to experience the moment she was attacked by the Fae.

I know I can find my way through this.
However, my sisters don’t like my history of “leap now, look later” escapades.
They’ve had my back for over twenty years. Why wouldn’t they have it now?

The reality is we have forty-eight hours to find someone our talented mother could not.
If we don’t succeed, someone’s going to die.

And the story threads refuse to reveal if the one who will die is one of us.

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Book Review! GRAVE FORTUNE by: Nancy E. Polin

Gifts are not always welcome…

The accident which claimed her husband’s life left Dana Chambers with a unique ability.

Gifts are not always beautiful…

A long ago promise puts Alex Kelly in the reluctant role of guide and protector.

Gifts cannot always been returned…

270 years of life is more than Joseph ever wanted, but the long road may have just become a bit more interesting.

For some gifts are destined to evolve…

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Book Review! BROKEN WINGS (Storm Crows MC) by: Allegra Grey & Emily Sloan

A dark country road leads newly-graduated Ashlyn Davis to the site of a terrible accident and the side of a dying man. Braving a storm and her total lack of internet or emergency training, she stays with him until help arrives. Under the blood and broken bones, her rescue is hot as hell—and twice as forbidden. As the Vice President of the Storm Crows MC, Joker is danger personified, but Ash forges a friendship with him and finds the steadiness she desperately needs in the unlikeliest of places.

But the danger that nearly killed Joker is far from over, and Ash brings her own brand of trouble. Can their friendship ever become something more? Or will danger—or death—keep them apart?

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Book Review! SOUL RECKONING by: Nancy E. Polin

Rowan O’Herley figures the old tavern bequeathed to her by her uncle is a chance at a fresh start. When otherworldly presences begin to make themselves known, she soon realizes she inherited much more than just a 200 year old building.

Luke Meunier holds a tragic past close to his chest. When he sees Rowan O’Herley for the first time, he’s drawn to her but can’t bear the thought of getting close. He’s determined to erect a wall between them, but when he realizes she may be in the very same danger that killed her uncle, he can’t help but get involved.

For some vengeance is powerful beyond the grave and can only be satiated when it is steeped in blood…

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Book Review! THE MAGIC SERIES: BOX SET by: Coralie Moss

Visit Salt Spring Island in the Salish Sea, where caretakers of the apples of immortality are vanishing. The earth witch charged with protecting the orchards is on the cusp of losing her magic. And the druid investigating crimes of the magical kind is carrying deadly secrets.

Calliope Jones, novice witch and single mom, must protect her family while fulfilling the mission she never signed up for: to fix the system of magical replenishment that broke long before she was born.

But first she has to survive her Blood Ceremony and a night inside the persnickety Mother Tree; try to keep her sons–and their magic–from blowing up; and save Tanner Marechal from the annoyingly persistent hellion capable of breaking him completely.

Hello my lovelies! Once again I’ve managed to bring you a story (well, technically speaking, in this case storIES) that are completely unable to be classified.

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Book Review! OFF THE RECORD by: Skye McDonald

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The steamy Nashville summer just got a lot hotter.

Nick Field’s motto is “live free.” The huge promotion he just got at work is great, but producing a pop star’s debut album isn’t going to change his life or anything. There’s always room for unwinding and having fun.

Mel Thomas works 24/7 as the media manager to America’s newest heartthrob. Building his image and writing her career make-or-break article are the stories of the summer. There’s no room to go off script.

Ten years ago, Nick and Mel were high school sweethearts. Reunited by chance, what should’ve been ancient history reignites into a passionate present. Too bad there’s no future in it.

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Book Review! BENEATH THE LIGHTS by: Taralynn Moore

Jill and Marc have shared a bond since childhood. Drawn together by broken family ties, they grew in friendship, then in love. Now married, they face the struggle of keeping their kismet relationship kindled while often apart. Three kids only add to the pressure. Follow their story from the start as they continue to find their way back to each other, heal family connections, and build a life for their children they never dreamed possible.

Beneath the Lights takes you on a sweet journey of a childhood friendship turned lifelong love, and all the beauty and brokenness that comes along with it. A quick trip of a novella, but a soulful story full of heart.

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