Wednesday, June 19, 2019

June 19, 2019

Today isn't the best day of my life. I am in Ochsner hospital in Kenner, Lousiania. I was just informed that I will have to have surgery as soon as possible to remove my gallbladder and to remove a cyst on my liver. I am alright emotionally and I am centered. I have been meditting and sending healing energy. I will let everyone know the rsults of the surgery.

I also want to thank everyone for the prayers and uplifting. I know that I am surrounded by people who care about each other and support one another. I will get over this hurdle and be back to my normal self real soon.

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INTRODUCING THE MUST HAVE READ BY EMERALD WILSON-BEY: THE PERFECT CUSHION

The second book from Emerald Wilson-Bey, The Perfect Cushion promises a captivating read. Based on real-life events, the riveting tale follows four young adults as they embark on a journey to discover their real selves.

Tessa, is a beauty, lives up to her name, standing at 5"5, she is fit, long and lustrous curly hair along with intelligence and sparkling green eyes. Tessa was the apple of her father's eye and went on to graduate from high school and embark on a successful career. However, being a housewife and have a family was always her goal.

Tessa's brother Dennis is the mirror of his father, standing tall at 6"0, his chiselled features and bright green eyes would have set him up in the modelling world, however, all he has ever wanted was to fill his dad's notable shoes. Tessa's best friend Whitney, often mistaken for her sister, coming from a competitive family of tennis players, high flying executives and social royalty, Whitney has an artistic side and her sights are on Broadway. Lastly, there is Devin, Tessa's unforgettable on-off boyfriend, who can never seem to turn off his heart for Tessa. As the only child of computer software developers, Devin's goal in life is to make money, he doesn't care how, all he knows if he wants it. As they figure out their future, they also learn they have a lot more in common than they ever imagined. The trick is now to learn how to live and survive with this new knowledge.

Emerald Wilson-Bey was born in Washington, D.C and is a proud entrepreneur and business owner. A mom, a keen traveller and gives back to her community via a variety of charities. Staring her own business in 2012, The Wilson-Bey Group Multifaceted LLC, and in 2014 she published her first book, My Nights with the Shah: How Not to Date a Celebrity.

Taking on a different direction for her second book, The Perfect Cushion details real-life events of four young adults as they learn different facets of their lives.

Launching in stores and online on the 13th July, The Perfect Cushion is sure to become a hot read of the summer. Immerse yourself into the world of Tessa, Dennis, Whitney and Devin and discover what binds them together forever.




Monday, June 17, 2019

The Pitfalls When an Author Converts Their Book to an Ebook Kindle Format

June 17, 2019

Monday mornings are always busy for me as I catch up on emails and return phone calls. Unlike the song, Rainy Days and Mondays, it doesn't get me down. In fact, Mondays are a vibrant time for me as I set my goals for the week. Usually, these goals include writing, editing, marketing, and swimming. I'm always doing something. This week won't be any different as my grandson has a swimmeet, I just finished launching BECOMING MISS IZZY, I am finalizing NEURO CONFINEMENT, and I am starting a new path in my blog, called HERE WE GO.

HERE WE GO won't be a live podcast; however, I will be doing video interviews with authors, musicians, artists, and filmmakers. I love the trend and think it is time. I hope you enjoy the series as it progresses. My first interview was with Sue  Zook, co-author of BECOMING MISS IZZY. Take a look.


I have already slated my next two guests, C J Kruse, author of A GUIDE ON HOW TO CALM DOWN. QUICKLY. EFFECTIVELY. WITHOUT SAYING SOMETHING STUPID and Cheryl Long author.





The Pitfalls When an Author Converts Their Book to an eBook Kindle Format

by Dr. Melissa Caudle


Write. Edit. Publish. Distribute. The process every published author goes through. Sounds simple enough, but in reality, that four-step process could take months to years for an author to complete. There is one problem with this four-step formula -- authors are thinking as writers and not publishers. Nowadays, authors must think like publishers because there are so many books available on just about every topic in the world. For your book to sell, it must meet publishing standards. It isn’t enough for an author to only write, publish their paperback, and then publish their eBook by uploading straight to Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP). There is so much that goes into formatting; so, why would you skimp when it comes to formatting your Kindle eBook? Don’t you want it perfect like your paperback? You hire editors, you hire cover designers, and sometimes you hire someone to market your paperback book. Why wouldn’t you hire a professional Kindle eBook company to format your manuscript? Don’t you want the best eBook possible?

    When an author attempts to format their eBook for Kindle Direct Publishing, several pitfalls happen to a manuscript -- you stand the chance of:

·         not embedding the proper chapter tags,

·         not creating a clickable table of contents,

·         not embedding sections,

·         not embedding proper page breaks,

·         not having your images equally proportioned,

·         not embedding links in the front and back matter, and

·         not having your eBook compatible with all eReaders.

Then, when the author uploads the file to KDP, they get error messages, and the formatting interior is jumbled. It becomes a vicious circle as you attempt on your own to fix the issue only to cause another. Frankly, it is a headache. Sometimes, the eBook gets approved, although it is a mess, and when your eBook goes on sale on Amazon, viewers can look inside of your book before they buy. If it is a jumbled mess, they pass on your book and move to another, which means you left money on the table. Why would an author risk so much when there is an affordable solution to the eBook Kindle Format sorrows?

   
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Luckily, there is help for authors who desire a perfect Kindle format eBook that will be compatible with all eReaders. So take a look at Ebookifi, a company that offers Kindle formatting for your eBook. They have converted hundreds of books and they guarantee their work. They want you happy with your eBook, and they bend over backward to make that happen. As a company that focuses on Kindle eBook formatting, they keep up to date on eBook publishing trends including being able to convert eBooks into multiple languages. Face it, readers are used to professional industry standards when they read an eBook, and that is what Ebookifi does. What I find particularly valuable is that every manuscript submitted to Ebookifi is reviewed by one of their professional eBook formatters who are trained. They never use any automation services that turn up junk codes for your readers, and because each manuscript is reviewed by a staff member, they take into consideration your book’s tone and platform. All the hassles go away for you in formatting your eBook, and you get a professionally formatted Kindle eBook.





Sunday, June 16, 2019

HAPPY FATHER'S DAY BOOK SALE

June 16, 2019

Happy Father's Day to all fathers. I hope everything goes perfect for you. For those of you who don't know what to get your father, how about a copy of  my novel THE KEYSTROKE KILLER or A.D.A.M. THE BEGINNING OF LIFE. for this day only, I have put them both on sale.  I must say, that didn't work for my husband. He wanted a not to cook and go out for a steak dinner.



Tomorrow is the big day for Sue Zook and Mary Lazsarski because BECOMING MISS IZZY goes on sale.



THE PERFECT FATHER'S DAY BOOK


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THE SECRET OF THE SEED BY COSMIC THERAPY


Author website Link: www.transparency-tv.com


Tell your readers a little about yourself, where you grew up, where you live now, where you went to school etc. Let them get to know the personal you.

Forgive me; this part is always the most difficult for me. I set intentions to try and stay as anonymous as possible with my passion projects because it helps me stay focus on being of service and sharing my gifts and talents. So, I enjoy moving silence lol. However, I too must shine my light and have committed to my own cause in that way as well. So I humbly accept every opportunity to do that and am thankful to you for this one. Ok, let's see. I was born in Warren, Ohio. I moved around quite a bit as a child living in GA, VA, CA, and OH. I joined the ARMY right after high school. I have a B.A. in Early Childhood Development and an M.A. in Applied Behavioral Analysis. Ended up in CA for fourteen years and I currently have lived in Deltona, FL for the past two years. My wife and I have a beautiful two-year-old daughter who is almost three going on twenty-three.

What inspired you to author this book?

I wrote a cartoon series called Nahlas Universe about a little girl with TWO mommies who learns some of life's greatest lessons through singing, playing and just being herself. Based on New thought Ancient Wisdom and the "7 Spiritual Laws for Kids" by Deepak Chopra. I then thought bout how much my daughter and I enjoy reading together and the pricelessness of that quality time. So I decided to turn those episodes into books that can be quality time for other families.

Where did you get the inspiration for your book’s cover?
The books cover was inspired by a mix of my families favorite things, like sunflowers, rainbows, beautiful sunny days, and of course the treasure of the hidden message.



Who has been the most significant influence on you personally and as a writer?

My wife and I have read a book to our daughter every day since she was born, and so many of them have influenced my writing today. The infamous Dr. Seuss, Lisa Mccourt, Marty Kelly but also many small self-published ones just like my own.

What were your struggles or obstacles you had to overcome to get this book written?

Life happens period, and I have had my more than fair share of adversity. I am a disabled vet suffering from PTSD and depression; normal obstacles can seem insurmountable. Through relationships, both personal and internal battles, to motherhood, to just life my biggest obstacles is always getting out of my own way. 
Tell your readers about your book. 
The Secret of the Seed is about a little girl names Nahla who is super excited to plant her try own seeds. On her journey, she prepares for the best day ever. Unknowingly, headed for one of the greatest lessons about self-discovery. Bright, vivid colors, beautiful illustrations, and a few Cathy songs offer automatic child-appeal, but the book packs a universal message for people EVERYWHERE!

How did you come up with the idea of cartoon TV? Tell me all about it.

My wife and I have a two-year-old daughter. As she began showing more interest in TV and talking last year, I just noticed that so many children videos, nursery rhymes, and stories showed only mommy and daddy. Then one day she asked what's daddy? We told her some kids have a mommy and daddy, and some have different families like hers. Soon she became more and more inquisitive. Especially when the baby shark song went viral and all of the finger family songs. It merely broke our heart that she was searching for something that seemed missing because that was all she saw on TV.

One day I said let's mix this up a bit and searched for cartoons or nursery rhymes with two moms and two dads. I entered lesbian cartoon mom in google and it yielding zero results. I thought OMG how many things yield zero on the World Wide Web!? I found maybe three total videos after lots of digging. So after being saddened, I just felt a fire go through my heart and I said this had to change. It is 2019 Same-sex marriage has been legal for four years yet we still act like it is something kids aren't supposed to see, and I don't agree because this is what my daughter sees every day. This is her “normal” she has two mommies. I began doing more digging and decide to be the change. My wife helps me set the youtube page up, and I started teaching myself how to animate by watching youtube videos. I then started doing research and found out the mental health risk associated with the lack of this representation. Being a suicide survivor myself; I do not want my child or any other child to become a statistic, so I just knew it was my purpose to bring this to light. I am now able to pay for some better quality videos will have the book published in a couple of weeks and am on the way to getting more exposure and spreading more awareness.



Who is your target audience, and why?

I truly believe that my messages are universal. Cosmically therapeutic message for the child in all of us. Every person is childlike in some stage of their life where you are learning something new or encountering a situation you have never faced, etc. It is important to connect with that part of ourselves and encourage and empathize and forgive and love the way we would any other child.


If you were going to give one reason for anyone looking at your book to read, why should they buy it?

Because it is driving a bigger cause, which is to reduce youth suicide rates, youth suicide rates dropped by fourteen percent when same-sex marriage became legalized nationally. This means when children see themselves reflected positively in the world they live in, then they feel more hope for their future. Thus, making material like mine imperative on a preventative level.

What do you consider your greatest success in life?

One of my greatest successes in life is longevity in relationships. It is an amazing blessing to know someone long enough to see them grow literally and figuratively. I value and cherish the few long them relationships I have with my closest friends, family, and loved ones. They take real time, care, attention, and effort to cultivate, and I am proud of that.

What one unique thing sets you apart from other writers in your genre?

I believe wholeheartedly that I am the only person who can see the world through my perspective. So that is what sets me apart, my perspective, it is coming from the most real part of me. The part that is invisible.

How do you overcome writer’s block?

I overcome writer block by identifying certain shows, music, or books that inspire me and taking a moment to watch, listen, or read when I feel stuck. However, I always make my self touch it every day. Even if I sit and stare at the screen for an hour, or write one word. I do it consistently because the blocks will come and go and as long as you don’t give up you will make progress until you are finished.

What one piece of advice do you have for new authors.

My advice would be to be consistent and trust the process. One of my favorite sayings is the best way to eat an elephant is one bite at a time. So remember to keep the bigger picture in mind but fall in love with the process, with the small daily things that add up because that is where most of your time is spent.

Tell your readers anything else you want to share.

I would like to spread the word about my #shineyourlight campaign to raise awareness on the influence social policy has on youth suicide rates and that LGBT youth are four times as likely to be a statistic. To encourage others to shine their own lights, live in their transparency to give others permission to do the same.



Saturday, June 15, 2019

The Big Misunderstanding - How to Calm Down Before You Say Something Stupid

June 15, 2019

I woke up this morning to a gorgeous sunny day and then out of nowhere, a summer rain shower. I planned on going on a morning swim, but changed my mind and decided to sit and listen to the rain as I drank my coffee. Before I could take the last sip, Mr. Sun came out to play so I enjoyed my morning swim. Swimming is my exercise of choice. I mention this because as authors we tend to sit for long periods of time writing lost in our characters and their plot twists not realizing we need to take care of ourselves too. So, make it a point to exercise and take breaks while you are writing. Your body and brain will thank you for that.

I have some exciting news. I am adding a new feature to my blog - I will be starting a podcast called Here We Go! In my podcast, I will discuss various author writing tips, marketing strategies, and interview authors, filmmakers, musicians, and artists. My first guest is the fabulous Sue Zook, co-author of Becoming Miss Izzy which launches on June 17, 2019, and published by Absolute Author Publishing House. The premiere for the interview is for today at 5:00 p.m. Please join us for the premiere on Facebook where you can interact with Sue.




The Forbidden Affairs Of Eva: What would you do if your one-night stand turned out to be your boss? Kindle Edition by Isabella Skye


Eva, a pretty, hardworking woman is out to give dating a second chance after discovering her long-time boyfriend, is cheating on her with another woman.


Eva Tatum finds shelter in the hustle and bustle of her prestigious job at a renowned tech development company. In spite of her mother and best friend Jessica's constant attempts, she refuses to give dating another chance. Eva thinks she is content succeeding in her work life, but on a very silent and quiet night, her beliefs are put to the test when she meets a pair of mysterious, handsome looking men at a Christmas party. 


After spending a steamy night full of fun with both, she is certain they will never see each other again – but will the many twists and turns of life prove her wrong?


What will you do if your one night romance eventually turns out to be your boss?


If you are looking for a romantic thriller that will keep you spellbound, then look no further: you have just found it.


The Forbidden Affairs of Eva will hold you enthralled until you get to the end of the story.





THE BIG MISUNDERSTANDING
by C J Kruse

It felt like a mistake the moment I did it. Here I was, handing a stranger $600 cash. We’ll call him Steve. I had just discovered him on Craigslist. His ad seemed legitimate, and I was relatively new to hiring contractors.

As a practice of his, Steve told me that he needed half of the money upfront and the other half upon completion of the job. I didn’t like the idea but saw how it was necessary. After all, he did need to buy supplies before starting. So, I gave him the upfront payment, and we went our separate ways.

Steve told me he would show up Monday morning to get started. However, when Monday morning came, he wasn’t there. I waited an extra half hour before calling, trying to give him the benefit of the doubt. I didn’t want to be too strict or unreasonable right off the bat. However, after another half hour, there were still no signs of him.

I got on my phone and dialed his number. The phone rang for a while, and nobody picked up. I reached his computer-animated voicemail. I tried a few more times. Eventually, he answered.

“Hey man, what’s going on?” I said.

“Oh, hey,” he said. “Sorry I couldn’t make it out there... my delivery guy never arrived.”

“Oh, no problem,” I said. “Let’s just pick a different time.”
Steve agreed to come later on instead at 5 o’clock pm. But, when 5 o'clock eventually rolled around, he wasn’t there. Again, I had to call him and track him down, and again, because he did not answer the phone the first few times I called. Finally, when he did answer, I asked him what was going on, “Hey man, this is the second time. Is everything okay?”



He proceeded to give me some story about a family emergency that had come up and told me that he’d have to come back tomorrow. I was definitely beginning to feel the full sense of regret that had been with me since the beginning. But, I didn’t want to be hasty. I gave him another chance.

The next day rolled around and again; Steve never showed up. Again, I had to call him to ask what the heck was going on. That’s when he told me that he wouldn’t be able to do the job after all and that he would have to give me my deposit back. Frustrated, and not knowing what else to do, I said:

“Okay. When can you do that?”

“How does 9 am sound?” he asked.

“9am is perfect,” I replied.
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Friday, June 14, 2019

Never Stop Running and Jessie Drumm

June 14, 2019

Yesterday I had the awesome experience of holding a roundtable interview with three of my audiobook narrators and today I will introduce one of them to you and provide you an excerpt from the upcoming audiobook. Audiobooks for me are a whole new world for me. Frankly, I never had listened to one until people asked me if my novels were going to become one. So, I did my due diligence and listened to about twenty audiobooks before I jumped in to find my voice, or voices in my case, for my books. The first author I'll introduce you to is Jessie Drumm who is narrating my book Never Stop Running. The audio files are being finalized and we hope to unveil this audiobook within the next six weeks. Take a look at Jessie's interview and get to know her as I do.



JESSIE DRUMM


AUDIO NARRATOR FOR NEVER STOP RUNNING



Tell your readers a little about yourself, where you grew up, where you live now, where you went to school etc. Let them get to know the personal you.

I grew up in Amherst, Massachusetts, and I currently live in Newtown, Connecticut. I studied French, Theater, and Italian at Ithaca College and French Business at The University of Paris. I later earned a Masters degree in Teaching French from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. I also have a certificate from Teachers College Columbia in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. I love languages, as you can see!

What inspired you to become a narrator?

I am a full-time world language teacher in a middle/high school in Westchester, New York. I was inspired to become a narrator after narrating several educational videos for my school. I was told I have a very professional, soothing voice, and I also love studying accents. I decided to explore the option of voiceover/narration work since I was missing the opportunity to perform theatrically, which I had so frequently when I was younger. I used to read all of my books aloud when I was a child and I read now to my daughter. Narration felt like a natural field to try.

Do you have a preferred genre?

I really love psychological, suspense thrillers and mystery novels. I love any book with engaging characters and a plot line that makes you want to do nothing other than read/listen.

What has been your favorite section or chapter you narrated from my book?

This is a tough call! I might have to say my favorite was the chapter entitled “Behold the Knights” from Never Stop Running because I really enjoyed the accent. In terms of dramatic portrayal, I’d say Sebastian’s accident and the 911 call were exciting to narrate, because of the wide range of characters and emotional complexity I had to portray in those scenes.

LISTEN TO EXCERPT "BEHOLD THE KNIGHTS" NARRATED BY JESSIE DRUMM





What were your struggles or obstacles you had to overcome to produce an audiobook?

I am very new to audiobook production, so learning my software and editing tools was challenging. Also, making myself a schedule around another full-time job and being a mom of a young child made recording difficult at times. Another challenge was the range of accents in Never Stop Running. I did my best to research them and recreate them, without characterizing or stereotyping. 





What production companies do you work with?

I currently work for myself!

What one unique thing sets you apart from other narrators?

I believe my background and experience with languages and linguistics sets me apart from other narrators. I research the etymology of words and their regional differences, which I find very fascinating. I put a lot of care into the actual syntax and significance of what I’m reading.

How do you prepare your voice before narrating?

I brush my teeth and put on chapstick! Sometimes, I also drink mint tea or oil pull (swish coconut oil in my mouth) to prep my voice. I warm up by reading a few passages before I hit record.

Do you have a preference for fiction or non-fiction? Why?

I prefer fiction because I love portraying a variety of characters. I enjoy bringing scenes in the book to life and do my best to give each character a distinct voice or tone.

How do you go about marketing your audiobook?

Facebook and Instagram are the main social media I use. I also work with hundreds of interested teachers and students who are curious to hear my performances, so word of mouth goes a long way in marketing as well.

How do you choose the books you want to narrate?

I look for an engaging text that lures me in. I look for something I consider to be well-written, with characters I feel I could convincingly portray.

Describe what your recording studio? Also, please submit a picture of it.

My recording studio, like many new voiceover artists, is my walk-in closet! It’s a treated space, in terms of having carpet and lots of clothing to absorb echoes. There is no external noise at all. (I hope you don’t mind, but I’d rather not include a picture of it.)

What is your preferred equipment in microphones, headsets, software, etc?

I really enjoy my Audio Technica headphones, my AKG P420 Project Studio Condenser Microphone and I prefer ProTools for software.

What one piece of advice do you have for new narrators.

I am a new narrator myself, but my biggest piece of advice would be to allow yourself as much time as possible to learn your equipment and software before you take on projects. Also, assume that everything is going to take longer than expected so that you time manage appropriately. Finally, be patient with yourself and know that mistakes along the way are entirely normal and expected.

Tell your readers anything else you want to share.

It’s been an absolute pleasure working with Dr. Melissa Caudle on Never Stop Running and I hope you enjoy it! I’ve grown quite attached to the characters and will miss them once production is entirely complete.



BOOKS OF THE DAY


There Ariseth Light in the Darkness: A Novel of First Century Galilee by JV Love

Three wandering souls. One miraculous teacher. A story of love and forgiveness…

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In ancient Palestine, three survivors struggle to find solace in a world of brutality and bloodshed. Azara is studious, headstrong, and committed to her ideals. Jonah is pure and virtuous, but his heart has been darkened by the evils of man. And Vitus is a Roman soldier battling for order and progress when he is unexpectedly confronted with a different kind of war…
Separated by miles of dangerous lands, and decades of turbulent history, these three wandering souls set off on a journey beyond their imagination. Their travels will test their faith and culminate in an encounter with a mysterious rabbi from Galilee—a teacher who up ends their lives with his revolutionary message of love and compassion…
A man called Jesus of Nazareth.


Author JV Love blends meticulous research with an absorbing, heartfelt story. There Ariseth Light in the Darkness is an epic biblical adventure that sweeps readers into the lives of its unforgettable protagonists.

THE LITTLE BOY WHO FOUND THE CHAPEL

written by Michele Denise Gilcrease, illustrated by Eric Rider Gilcrease
Email: adrielking12@ outlook.com

The Little Boy Who Found the Chapel is a story about a boy named Ethan who is befriended by a boy named Alex. This story takes you on an adventure as Ethan realizes being himself is enough, although he is poor, laughed at, and set apart from the other kids at school. No matter the challenges that seem hard in his life and bring him down, he faces those challenges on life's path with the help of Alex, who knows how to be a friend when others don't. Through this friendship, Alex helps Ethan to see himself through God's eyes. Alex knows God. He helps Ethan find the most important knowledge of his own worth, and that's when his greatest friend becomes God. Ethan finds this out at an early age. Through the good choices he starts to make while watching his friend and making similar choices, Ethan sees his life in a whole new light through God's eyes. God sees Ethan's worth, and this teaching changes him for the better. He finds himself at new doors that lead him into the chapel. As the doors open, he walks in and sits down; for the first time, he listens to the Holy Spirit. While he sits there, he finds out that he is more than just Ethan.
 


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