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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Thursday, June 13, 2019

How to Calm Down

June 13, 2019

There is no time like the present to take a deep breath, and slowly exhale. As I have matured, I learned that if we didn't take care of ourselves, nobody would. So, I make it a point to keep myself as healthy as possible. By healthy, I mean I try to maintain my body and my mind. My mother is famous for tellng me tht I am the true "Miss Pollyanna." Who? A long time ago in a galaxy far away... just kidding. When I grew up there was a book, Pollyanna, a 1913 novel by American author Eleanor H. Porter, considered a classic of children's literature. The book's success led to Porter riting a sequel, Pollyanna Grows Up (1915). Eleven more Pollyanna sequels, known as "Glad Books", were later published, most of them written by Elizabeth Borton or Harriet Lummis Smith. Further sequels followed, including Pollyanna Plays the Game by Colleen L. Reece, published in 1997. Due to the book's fame "Pollyanna" has become a byword for someone who – like the title character – has an unfailingly optimistic outlook -- that's me. I embrace what is described as the Pollyanna principle.

I'm not the only one. Apparently, Miss Izzy is too. In Becoming Miss Izzy, written by American authors Sue Zook and Mary Lazsarski, Izzy embracest he Pollyanna principle and this book is destined to listed among one of the greatest children's books, just like Pollyanna. Parents and Grandparaents would be remissed if they didn't purchase this book for the middler schooler.







The Connected Agenda by Kristie Leonard

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Kristie Leonard was born in 1989, which makes her just the right age to write about technology and the internet. Kristie hardly recalls life before the internet connected each one of us with the world. Growing up in Maryland and attending college on the West Coast, Kristie made use of the ability to live in one place while keeping a foot in the other.
The seed was planted for The Connected Agenda, a serial featuring Kay Whatley who took her own experiences with technology and the web to help a friend. Good genes helped as her mother was a topnotch hacker back in the day (more about Mom later!). Kay’s friend Chip has found himself in over his head in a foreign money laundering scheme. Kay enlists the help of Aussie hacker extraordinaire, Norbert, to work with her to find out where the money is being funneled and by whom.
Kristie Leonard will have you eager to discover what happens next. The Connected Agenda is a fast-moving serial that will keep you guessing – will Kay be able to save Chip from his technological nightmare? Will Kay realize her tech skills are not insignificant and perhaps meant for something bigger?
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CATCHING A MIRACLE by Mark J. Spinicelli
https://catchingamiracle.com/
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Eight-year-old Shelly White is admitted to St. Theresa’s Hospital for Children for cancer treatment. In the meantime, she strikes a friendship with her fellow roommate Kristin, who is also undergoing her own battle with cancer. Dr. Gregory Wall manages the patient care for both children working tirelessly to pursue the treatment options that are available. He knows all too well that his best efforts may never be enough to save them.
In a mystifying episode that later comes to be known as St. Theresa’s first official miracle, Shelly’s cancer seemingly disappears overnight to the utter amazement of Dr. Wall and the rest of the team at the hospital. Sadly, Kristen is not as fortunate. She eventually succumbs to her illness, even as Shelly makes her way out to leave the hospital as a fully cured and healthy little girl.
Fast forward to thirty years later and Dr. Shelly White now works alongside Dr. Wall at the same hospital with a mission to save as many children as possible from cancer. She also starts the Kristen Foundation in honor and fond memory of her roommate who did not have the same privilege of coming out of her illness alive.
At a fundraising event in aid of the foundation, Shelly meets advertising executive Nicholas Harris who, she soon realizes, is going to play a crucial role in changing her life and that of her patients though a cure for cancer. Nicholas and his father Salvatore have their own reasons for wanting to be part of the same journey.
At this point, far from ending on a predictable note, Catching a Miracle soon enfolds into an unexpectedly fast-paced thrilling story involving the race to find a cure for cancer, the fight against corporate greed, and the involvement of powerful political entities who will stop at nothing to prevent the cure from being found.

CALMING DOWN – the stuff that DOESN’T work !!!
By C J Kruse
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We try a lot of things to calm down. Some of us count backwards from 100. Some of us walk backwards in a circle motion, trying to break our pattern. But, for all the things we try, it would be helpful to know what DOESN’T work. Here is a list of ineffective techniques we often use in our attempts to become calmer. How to calm down:

SAYING “CALM DOWN”

This is when we think that calmness can be commanded. Someone is worked up, and we say, “Calm down.” Not only are we doing something ineffective, we are being rude.

Because, when we tell someone to calm down, we are basically telling her that she doesn’t have legitimate reasons for being worked up, which usually only makes her more frustrated.

This is our least effective (and most commonly used) technique.

WAITING

This is when we think that time equates to calmness. The problem is that time doesn’t make us calmer. In fact, it often only makes us more upset, because we don’t spend that time allowing the calming process to occur. We spend it dwelling on our fears and frustrations. If we’re not careful, time will only fan the flame of our bad emotions — giving them power to keep us worked up.

SOLITUDE

This is when we think that being alone will make us calmer. It doesn’t really ensure that we’ve stopped raging. It only ensures that we aren’t sharing our space with anyone while we do it. If we want solitude to help us, we can’t just distance ourselves from other people; we must also distance ourselves from those destructive thoughts and feelings that keep us excited.

PRETENDING

This is when we try to act like nothing’s bothering us. It usually provides an instant sense of relief, albeit a frail one. Because, it really just makes us more fragile. More afraid of our bubble being popped, which is threatened by all the real things we find bothersome.

ELIMINATING PROVOCATION

This is when we try to shelter ourselves from what is bothering us. The issue with this is that we allow ourselves not to deal with the real problem. And, we often end up eliminating challenges that could strengthen us, as well as people who we would be better off having by our sides.
This is when we try to numb our discomfort with false anesthetics. We turn to junk food, video games, internet-surfing, or even drugs and alcohol. It doesn’t offer real improvement, because real solutions don’t just help us escape our problems; they help us deal with them.



AGGRESSION

This is when we attempt to relieve our stress by becoming hostile — usually, towards whatever we view is the source of our stress. While there are some healthy ways to take out aggression, such as beating on a drum set or a boxing bag, it is very easy to misplace our aggression unhealthily, adding more damage to what has already been done.

RECIPROCATING BAD BEHAVIOR

This is when we attempt to fight chaos with chaos. Your kid throws a tantrum, and you throw a tantrum back. Your husband gets loud and crazy, and you get even louder and crazier. In the movies, it works. In real life, emotional problems don’t go away by bringing more emotional problems into the equation. The only real cure for chaos is order. We can only improve a bad situation by bringing to it what it is lacking.

MAKING UP FOR IT LATER

This is when we think we can reset the balance in our lives by making up for our bad moments with good moments. After we flip out at our spouse or scream at our kids, we decide to go above and beyond. Maybe we make a nice dinner. Maybe we take our kids to the fair and buy them toys and ice cream. The problem with this is that it fixes what isn’t broken and fails to fix what is. Because, the problem in our lives isn’t that our good moments aren’t good enough; it’s that our bad moments are really bad. So bad, that they spill toxicity into all of the other moments in our lives. They create 99% of the regret and remorse that we walk around with the rest of the time. The other major problem with this thinking is that it is self-enabling. It allows us to continue our bad behavior — falsely assured that there is no need for us to practice restraint in the present moment.

If you like what you’ve read here, and would like to find out what actually DOES work, check out THIS BOOK, available for preorder now!