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Getting By With A Little Help From My Friends

With so much information out there on the internet, with so many websites to sift through, anyone wishing to get information to a targeted market is up against a lot of competition.

As writers, we look to our friends and family to spread the word and, of course, they always come through.  And within our online community, we are fortunate enough to have other writers and readers who open their blogs freely to lend a hand as well.

I want to take this opportunity to thank those bloggers who helped me reveal my new cover of Souled this past week.  Please support them by visiting their blogs.  They really are awesome peeps!

Angela Peart, Author  

From Sarah with Joy

Crazy Four Books

A Dream Within a Dream

I Like These Books

Lizzy’s Dark Fiction

What’s on the Bookshelf

Tracy James Jones 

The Readiacs 

Cherie Reich, Author

An Avid Reader’s Musings 

Reading in Paradise 

Fangirlish 

Book Lover’s Hideaway

And a huge thank you to everyone who shared on Facebook and Twitter!

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Time To Soul-e-brate!

Soul attachment, as common as a cold, and just as easy to be rid of… sometimes.  Would you know if another entity had hijacked your body?  If you did, what would you do?

Lose yourself in the story of Maksim and Seth, old versus young, good versus badass.  Available on Amazon in ebook format now, with the print version  available within a few weeks.

What 17-year-old boy wouldn’t be tempted by the promise of power and control – no matter what form that promise came in?

Seth knew exactly what he would do with power and control. He’d be well on his way to a wrestling scholarship, his dad could stop working so hard to make ends meet, and he’d forever have the heart of his girlfriend, Sandpoint High’s most beautiful girl.

For Seth, the temptation was much too strong to resist. And why should he? The way he saw it, he had everything to gain.

But when he unknowingly invites another soul to share his body, Seth discovers that not all power is good – especially when it was never his to wield. And when the soul reveals its true intentions, will Seth have the strength to fight it or would death be less painful?

And just for kicks… Check out location pictures and the story behind the making of the cover.

In honor of Souled’s release, I’m giving away a copy, either ebook format or print.  Just leave a comment and I’ll put your name in hat and draw the winner’s name next Tuesday!

Until then… be careful what you buy online!

 

The Day I Became a Writer

In the June 2005 edition of Writer’s Digest Personal Writing, my 100-word response to a question they had posed was published, along with many other writers who had similar experiences.  The question?

Has anyone ever read your journal without permission?  And, if so, what happened?

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Like many other journal keepers, I had been faithfully making entries in my journal since my mother had given me a leather-bound book, complete with a little key.  I had a special pen – a pretty pink pen – to scribble in whatever thoughts popped into my head at the time.  It was great!  Kind of a clothing-optional beach for my mind.  Some days the entries consisted of how I hated my brothers teasing me or the fact that I had major crushes on their friends (Russ, you were always my favorite!).  As I got older, the entries grew with me.  My first hit of a cigarette, my first kiss, how I hated my mother and her stupid rules, cutting classes and drinking beer.  I filled hundreds of pages with words I was afraid to say out loud – to anyone.  I included poems and songs that were both dark and light.  I ranted and praised.  I laughed and cried.  I created a world where only I existed; standing on the edge of a well where I dumped out my heart and mind into a place I thought was safe.

I’m not really certain what led up to that day that changed the dynamics of my life, but I do remember coming home from school one day and finding my journals lying on my bed, all of them opened and apparently read by the one person I thought I could trust.  I would have expected this invasion of privacy from my brothers, but definitely not my mother.

Yeah.  I was busted on so many levels and I was surely going to burn in hell.  I back-peddled, I lied.  I had to explain myself, explain my motives – as if anyone should have to defend their heart.

On that day my secrets became hers.  But that wasn’t enough.  Apparently she was so horrified with the workings of my mind, she offered up my journals to my high school counselor for inspection, obviously convinced I was on my way to juvenile hall.

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I’m not sure what was worse – knowing I was about to face purgatory or the humiliation I suffered every time I caught my counselor watching me as I walked past his office.  He never said a word to me, but he didn’t have to.  His eyes said it all.  My secrets were his, as well.

So I had been burned torched, but I healed.  And I continued to write – still unguarded – only I wrote with the knowledge that others would read my words.  And although I didn’t recognize it as such, that was the day I became a writer.   After all, isn’t that what being a writer really is?   Writing exposes us.  It doesn’t matter how carefully worded the sentences are or how well our own personalities are disguised as our characters.  Our stories put our fears and insecurities out for public scrutiny.   We lay out the loose ends of our souls, hoping that someone won’t start picking away at the threads and unravel what we have so carefully woven, but whether or not they do, we continue to write.

Before my mother died, I shamelessly pressed her for the answer to a question that I dared not ask for 13 years.  Whatever became of my journals?  She gave me a combination, but to what she didn’t tell me.  To this day, I still don’t know.

So if you happen across a few wayward journals with entries written in pink, with mention of a boy named Troy, feel free to thumb through it.  My life is an open book and I’m certain the makings of a great story are in there somewhere.

So I ask you the same question that Writer’s Digest asked of me:  Has anyone ever read your journal without permission?  And, if so, what happened?  I’d love to hear from you!