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Lakewater Press Holiday Blog Hop and Giveaway (Day 6): Mia Kerick

 

For the holiday season, we at Lakewater Press thought it would be a good time to share who we are with a little holiday blog hop.

Between December 1 and the 24th we’ll share holiday interviews with our authors and the Lakewater Press staff. It’s an excellent opportunity for us to get to know each other a little better, and to give our readers a peek behind the scenes–or pages!

Perhaps you’ll even find a new blog to follow, or your next favorite book!

(Be sure to read all the way to the bottom for our holiday giveaway!!)

 

Today’s interviewee:

 

Name and LWP affiliation: Hi, everybody! I’m Mia Kerick, a YA author of LGBTQ fiction. I look forward to Lakewater Press’ release of All Boy in October of 2018. I actually can hardly wait! (Not particularly patient here.) I LOVE my characters Jayden and Callie. Their story needs to be told.

Your blog (url): I have recently created a new YA blog! It is www.miakerickya.com. I had so much fun putting it together—I used a “diverse people” theme, which runs throughout the blog. Check out all of the tiny adorable people illustrations on each page—they are EVERYWHERE! I made all of the designs on canva.com myself. (Creating this blog was kind of like playing with paper dolls, which was something I loved as a kid and possibly would still enjoy as an adult.)

Where do you live? I live in Gilford, New Hampshire (USA). It’s a small town and is very rural—no malls or tall buildings, and not even a Starbucks or Panera! L But there are plenty of hiking paths… J (which I stay away from during hunting season.)

What are your chances of having snow on Christmas Day? Chances are pretty good that we’ll have a “White Christmas.” In fact, I can remember plenty of white Thanksgivings and one surprisingly white Halloween. Snow starts early in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire.

Do you have any favorite holiday traditions? We end up running around to visit relatives for all of the holidays in search of good meals, since it’s commonly known that I can’t cook. We go to my in-laws’ house for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. My sister’s house for Thanksgiving and Easter. But I love it when all four of my kids come home and we all hang out together. I pick the first day of their Holiday Break that we all can be in the same place at the same time—more challenging that you may realize with four kids ranging from high school to college to law school— to decorate a tree that we grew in the back yard, and my husband chopped down and stood in our living room. Most of the ornaments we have were purchased for my kids… by me… and reflect their changing interests. I still buy them each one every year that reminds me of what they like or are currently involved in. Once decorated, our Christmas tree ends up looking like the Land of Broken and Misfit Toys, because over the years the ornaments have been dropped and broken by little hands. Lots of dancer ornaments with missing limbs—when dropped, extended resin arms and legs snap off easily—hang on our tree. We have a Ronald McDonald ornament that reflects my son’s three-year-old’s obsession with the hamburger clown sporting a huge crack across his bright red waist band and more headless puppy dog ornaments than you can count. We never throw the damaged ones away, though, because the memories are priceless. I treasure this annual event as it brings us together and allows us to celebrate ways we’ve grown and changed and in some cases, stayed the same.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mia’s four kids’ at home, Christmas 2016

 

Egg nog: Yes or No? Yes, but I mix it with skim milk to cut down on the calories. And I refuse to think about raw eggs while I’m drinking it. Not my thing…

And sometimes I mix it with rum. Hehe…

Are you an artistic gift wrapper or a basic “paper & tape” warrior? I am the Gift Bag Queen.

Do you have any special holiday memories that include books? Are there any specific titles you remember? I actually made tiny book ornaments for each of my four kids’ first Christmas’, in which I described their first Christmases from morning til night, complete with pictures. When the(now young adult) kids find them each year in the big red holiday bin, they rush to show them to me, and I gush over what adorable babies they were. Truthfully, I still think Ali, Demi, Sisi, and Chris are pretty cute. And they’ll always be my babies.

What is your earliest book-related memory? I would have to say that the first book I remember having a major impact on me was Are You My Mother? by P.D. Eastman. I sympathized with the desperate predicament of the lost baby bird looking for his mom. It affected me, probably too much. However, we need a new version of this book that takes adoption and non-conventional families into account, don’t you think?

Do you write/work during the holidays? I write and work when I am motivated and when it is necessary, for example, if I have a deadline. But I’m sure to spend “quality” and “quantity” time with Mr. Mia and the kids whenever they’re around. I’m kind of sentimental that way.

Can you share what you’re working on now? I am in the editing process for a YA LGBTQ novel, My Crunchy Life, which will release next summer from Harmony Ink Press, as well as another YA book with a new publisher who hasn’t announced me yet so I can’t spill the details, although I really want to. LOL. I look forward to starting the editing process with Lakewater Press for All Boy, which will release in October of 2018 on National Coming Out Day.

I have also started a new YA LGBTQ novel called Dead Sea, but editing and promotion for other books keeps pulling me away. Here’s a little sample from Chapter 3:

Kyle

 

I usually only remember the dreams I have about Grandpa. I can’t call them nightmares—I’m not prone to that kind of thing. They’re detailed dreams—lifelike, I guess. Ones that wake me up—cold, but also sweaty—and make me think about shit I usually ignore. Like what’s right and what’s wrong… and why I do the twisted crap I do. But I remember last night’s dream, probably because I couldn’t get back to sleep after it shook me awake. And it wasn’t a nightmare, either. Last night’s dream had nothing to do with Grandpa, but it got to me somewhere way down deep—like a punch in the gut.

It started with David’s eyes. And what’s most messed-up is that we weren’t drowning in the ocean when the dream started, so I wasn’t gawking at him like he was the last living being I’d ever feast my eyes on. We were at school, in the lunchroom. I been there a thousand times, but this time was different. Maybe it was different because I wasn’t working somebody over for lunch money or sweet talking the lunch ladies to see what they’d fork over for free. I was sitting in the back corner by the window, across the table from David Dubinsky, eating tacos. And though tacos are a personal favorite, they’re not what is memorable about the dream either. It’s his eyes I remember.

When I first looked at them, they were blue and wide. I wanted so bad for them to seem thankful, because, shit, I saved his ass. But his gaze was blank. Soon his eyes grew narrow and dark and pissed-off, though, like how he looked when he first saw me in the ocean on Saturday afternoon, and got the picture that I wasn’t going to leave him there to drown. I wanted to know why he looked so mad—and if it was me he was mad at—but we were eating, not talking, and I got that I had to figure it out without asking questions. But before I could come up with a reason, his eyes turned blue again… I watched them morph from black to gray to dark green to blue. And I waited for the emptiness to seep back in, but it didn’t. I just saw pain in his eyes, and I hated it. I felt guilty, like I was the one who hurt him—and knowing me the way I do, I probably did. Still, I couldn’t look away. His gaze trapped me, which sounds completely nuts, especially for a guy like me, the king of assholes, but there it is.

What are your goals for 2018? Okay, I’m going to be honest… I want one of my books to win an award. I love the books I have written that are releasing in 2018. I think they are some of my best. I’ve accomplished this goal in the past with lesser known literary awards—but I want a big one this year. Is that too much to ask for?

And I want to continue to #RESIST… I hate to be political, but then, no I don’t. As a liberal Democrat, I want ALL of the HUMAN RIGHTS. For EVERYBODY.

 

 

 

 

 

Mia at in-laws’ house, Christmas Day 2016

 

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Lakewater Press Holiday Blog Hop and Giveaway (Day 5): Kate Foster

 

For the holiday season, we at Lakewater Press thought it would be a good time to share who we are with a little holiday blog hop.

Between December 1 and the 24th we’ll share holiday interviews with our authors and the Lakewater Press staff. It’s an excellent opportunity for us to get to know each other a little better, and to give our readers a peek behind the scenes–or pages!

Perhaps you’ll even find a new blog to follow, or your next favorite book!

(Be sure to read all the way to the bottom for our holiday giveaway!!)

 

Today’s interviewee:

Name and LWP affiliation: Kate Foster, Editorial Director

Blog URL: http://lakewaterpress.com/index.php/blog-2/

Where do you live? Gold Coast, Australia

What are your chances of having snow on Christmas Day? Well, absolutely zero if I stay home! Christmas is during the summer on this side of the world which means hot, humid, and delightful! Back in England, where I lived in the south east of the country until my mid-thirties, it snowed once on Christmas Day; otherwise it was cold, grey, and drizzly. L

Do you have any favorite holiday traditions? Christmas Day has changed a little for me since moving to Australia. It’s the same but different, and I’m pretty happy to embrace the new traditions we’re creating as a family. I mean, a lot is the same, like we always start the day opening the prezzies Father Christmas left in our stockings; then we pile into the lounge together in the hope he’s left more under the tree. My husband and I enjoy a cappuccino and a glass of Buck’s Fizz whilst the prezzie opening occurs. Breakfast is always pain au chocolat with strawberries and blueberries! But from then it has changed immensely, because during the next few hours whilst dinner is prepared and we chill, we phone England to wish the family merry Christmas and tend to have a swim because it’s usually so freaking hot! However, to answer the question a little more precisely, my favourite part of the day has to be the evening tree presents. My dad’s family always handed out a final flurry of quirky gifts in the evening when the sun had set, and it’s a tradition we don’t want to let go of.

Egg nog: Yes or No? No. It’s Buck’s Fizz for me!

Are you an artistic gift wrapper or a basic “paper & tape” warrior? Basic paper and tape, I’m afraid. But I’m a wrapping machine and it’s all about quantity not quality! I see the whole experience as a type of therapy: bottle of wine/beer, big pile of gifts, wrap and move, wrap and move.

Do you have any special holiday memories that include books? Are there any specific titles you remember? No specific holiday memories really, but I don’t believe I’ve had a Christmas go by when I haven’t received at least one book as a gift! My book haul each Christmas is impressive. The one title that definitely draws those Christmas smells and feels from the bank at any time of year is The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe. There was some woodland close to my home in England and when it did snow or was freezing during those winter months, the whole place would ice over and sparkle and light up like Narnia.

What is your earliest book-related memory? The Enormous Turnip. I remember reading it over and over and over again but they are very distant memories, only snippets. A clearer memory is from when I was probably six and reading Enid Blyton behind my raised desk lid in class!

Do you write/work during the holidays? My kids have their big summer holiday over Christmas so I definitely don’t produce as much work then as during other times of year, but I always try to spend time on my own projects, as well as keeping in touch with the Lakewater team, networking, socialising with readers, and so much more. So, erm, yeah, I work!

Can you share what you’re working on now? Well, maybe … I am in the midst of reading and editing several titles Lakewater will be releasing next year. Some are sequels and some from new authors. We have spies, friends, blood, and love, to name some of the themes.

What are your goals for 2018? To continue bringing more incredibly entertaining titles to the hands of readers, and meeting and mingling with more amazing readers and authors every day.

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Lakewater Press Holiday Blog Hop and Giveaway (Day 4): Jodi Gallegos

 

For the holiday season, we at Lakewater Press thought it would be a good time to share who we are with a little holiday blog hop.

Between December 1 and the 24th we’ll share holiday interviews with our authors and the Lakewater Press staff. It’s an excellent opportunity for us to get to know each other a little better, and to give our readers a peek behind the scenes–or pages!

Perhaps you’ll even find a new blog to follow, or your next favorite book!

(Be sure to read all the way to the bottom for our holiday giveaway!!)

 

Today’s interviewee:

QUESTIONS:

Name and LWP affiliation: Jodi Gallegos Acquisitions & Marketing Assistant

Your blog (url): Jodigallegos.com

Where do you live? Grand Junction, CO

What are your chances of having snow on Christmas Day? Pretty slim in my opinion, and based on my research (because I love to research!) my town has had only 18 Christmases with more than a trace amount of snow since 1893, and only 3 of those had more than an inch of accumulation. (*considers moving north*)

Do you have any favorite holiday traditions?

My husband, sons and I usually start the Christmas season on Thanksgiving night when we watch Christmas Vacation for the first of several times. We host a potluck for our extended family on Christmas Eve. Christmas Day is all about relaxing (after the early morning wake-up call & present unwrapping)

Egg nog: Yes or No? Yes

Are you an artistic gift wrapper or a basic “paper & tape” warrior? Wrapping paper & tape. With my kids though, all my wrapping paper is superhero or Star Wars theme. We have very little feminine or “pretty” paper.

Do you have any special holiday memories that include books? Are there any specific titles you remember? I remember the glow of the Christmas lights on my very first Little House on the Prairie books. Several years later I remember the thrill of opening my first two Stephen King books: Cujo and Christine. They were all I’d asked for & it was so hard to decide which to read first (I settled on Christine).

 

What is your earliest book-related memory? I remember going to the book-mobile with my babysitter every week during summer. My best memories though, are of laying on the floor of my mom’s side of the bed reading her books (Clan of the Cave Bear & Flowers in the Attic). She never said anything about it. I like to think she was of the enlightened belief that as long as I was reading, it didn’t matter what.

Do you write/work during the holidays? I stay busy with my day job during the holidays. I don’t usually write or edit though. I take the slower pace of those few days to relax, read & watch movies.

Can you share what you’re working on now? I’m revising my YA light fantasy. I’m also working on a sequel to my NA romance that is releasing Dec 5th, 2017.

What are your goals for 2018? To have two new books ready for submission. Find at least one more top notch submission for Lakewater Press. Read lots. Vacation.

 

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Lakewaterpress Holiday Blog Hop and Giveaway (Day 3): James L. Weaver

 

For the holiday season, we at Lakewater Press thought it would be a good time to share who we are with a little holiday blog hop.

Between December 1 and the 24th we’ll share holiday interviews with our authors and the Lakewater Press staff. It’s an excellent opportunity for us to get to know each other a little better, and to give our readers a peek behind the scenes–or pages!

Perhaps you’ll even find a new blog to follow, or your next favorite book!

(Be sure to read all the way to the bottom for our holiday giveaway!!)

 

Today’s interviewee:

Name and LWP affiliation: James L. Weaver – LWP Author

Your blog (url): www.jameslweaver.net

Where do you live? Olathe, Kansas – a suburb of Kansas City. The name means beautiful or fine, and Olathe served as a stopping point at the Oregon, California and Santa Fe Trails.

What are your chances of having snow on Christmas Day? As of now, “a wintry mix” is possible which means we’ll be sure to get a mix of rain or sleet to make the roads treacherous for traveling and embolden my desire to move to Phoenix.

Do you have any favorite holiday traditions? We have the holiday present opening tradition of going in order from youngest to oldest. The next person cannot go until the previous person has had ample time to unwrap, admire and thank the giver of the gift profusely. During big family gatherings, this can be an exhausting experience.

Egg nog: Yes or No? Dear Lord, a thousand times no. Step One of drinking egg nog? Throw the carton in the trash.

Are you an artistic gift wrapper or a basic “paper & tape” warrior? I am a warrior. As long as the paper covers the gift and there is so much tape that the opener can’t locate a seam to start the unwrapping process, I am happy.

Do you have any special holiday memories that include books? Are there any specific titles you remember? One of my favorite memories involves the Lord of the Rings books. One Christmas, we bought my dad a J.R.R. Tolkien calendar that had this really cool artwork from Lord of the Rings. I sat on my dad’s lap and he told me the stories of each one of the pictures.

What is your earliest book-related memory? Reading “The Hungry Thing” by Jan Slepian and Ann Seidler when I was in kindergarten. We did a school play where I got the role of The Hungry Thing and asked for shmancakes and tickles and feetloaf and gollipops. I think the costume was just a bed sheet and a cardboard sign hung around my neck that said “Feed Me”.

Do you write/work during the holidays? I seem to have a hard time using my vacation throughout the year, so I usually take off work for the two weeks around Christmas and plan on getting quite a bit of writing done.

Can you share what you’re working on now? Right now, I’m working on Book 4 of the Jake Caldwell series. I’ve written a few chapters as I knew exactly how it would start, but was a little fuzzy on how it would end. I’m working on outlining the rest of it as we speak. I have the ending done (since you have to know where you’re going) and am plotting the middle to get me there. I don’t want to give too much away on the plot since it follows directly on the outcomes of Blackbird Road which is Book 3 of the Jake Caldwell series.

What are your goals for 2018? 2018 should be a great year! Blackbird Road will be released in early 2018 and Book 4 later in the year. Two books in one year will be pretty ambitious, but we’re going to do it! There’s also some potential fantastic news about my first self-published book Jack & Diane that I’m hoping to share. It’s been polished and revamped (and available on Amazon). I also plan to start outlining a book featuring Bear Parley, Jake’s best friend and everyone’s favorite character from the Jake Caldwell series. So, it should be a very busy writing year in the Weaver house!

 

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Lakewater Press Holiday Blog Hop and Giveaway (Day 2): Emma Wicker

 

For the holiday season, we at Lakewater Press thought it would be a good time to share who we are with a little holiday blog hop.

Between December 1 and the 24th we’ll share holiday interviews with our authors and the Lakewater Press staff. It’s an excellent opportunity for us to get to know each other a little better, and to give our readers a peek behind the scenes–or pages!

Perhaps you’ll even find a new blog to follow, or your next favorite book!

(Be sure to read all the way to the bottom for our holiday giveaway!!)

 

Today’s interviewee:

Name and LWP affiliation: Emma Wicker. A/NA acquisitions and creative director.

Your blog (url): www.elwicker.com

Where do you live? On the US Star Ship Voyager.

What are your chances of having snow on Christmas Day? Slim, but not impossible.

Do you have any favorite holiday traditions? Yes! I love eating pigs in blankets on Christmas morning for breakfast.

Egg nog: Yes or No? I’ve never tried it! It’s not really a ‘thing’ here in Britain on the US Star Ship Voyager.

Are you an artistic gift wrapper or a basic “paper & tape” warrior? I try to be artistic, I really do. So… I would say I’m a failed artistic gift wrapper. The replicator does a great job, though.

Do you have any special holiday memories that include books? Are there any specific titles you remember

? I once got The Complete Works of Hans Christian Anderson for Christmas from my Aunt. That was cool. Might try a holo-novel this year.

What is your earliest book-related memory? Probably when I threw a tantrum because Bilbo wasn’t the main character in Lord of the Rings. I refused to read on when I discovered that. Stubborn.

Do you write/work during the holidays? Of course!

Can you share what you’re working on now? I don’t know. Do you have level 10 clearance?

 

What are your goals for 2018? I want to find a stunning romance for Lakewater Press. Something like Mia Sheridan – you know, grips your heart from start to finish and makes you ugly cry but cheer with happiness too. That’s a big goal of mine.

 

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Lakewater Press Holiday Blog Hop (Day 1): Barbara Quinn

For the holiday season, we at Lakewater Press thought it would be a good time to share who we are with a little holiday blog hop. Between December 1 and the 24th we’ll share holiday interviews with our authors and the Lakewater Press staff. It’s an excellent opportunity for us to get to know each other a little better, and to give our readers a peek behind the scenes–or pages! Perhaps you’ll even find a new blog to follow, or your next favorite book! (Be sure to read all the way to the bottom for our holiday giveaway!!)

Today’s interviewee:

Name and LWP affiliation: Barbara Quinn Author Your blog (url): Fiftyshadesofgrayhair.wordpress.com

Where do you live? I split time between Bradley Beach, NJ and Holmes Beach, FL What are your chances of having snow on Christmas Day? I’m usually left Dreaming of a White Christmas..about 20% chance of snow in my NY/NJ area. Do you have any favorite holiday traditions? I come from a large Italian-American family so FOOD is a religious experience, especially at Christmas time. Christmas Eve is a seafood extravaganza.On Christmas Eve we celebrate The Feast of the Seven Fishes, but it can rise to 13 after arguing. It’s a wonderful night, filled with all manner of fish dishes, embarrassing stories, and much laughter and yelling. Egg nog: Yes or No? Nooooo! Are you an artistic gift wrapper or a basic “paper & tape” warrior? Um..gift bags are my savior. Do you have any special holiday memories that include books? Are there any specific titles you remember? I liked reading The Night Before Christmas to my son. And now I enjoy reading it to my Grandson. What is your earliest book-related memory? I was about 5 years old when I boarded the book mobile for the first time when I was growing up in the Bronx, NY, I couldn’t wait for the day the book mobile, a van filled with books for lending, made it’s stop on our block. I loved climbing the steps up, studying all the shelves and oh, the smell of paper and anticipation My favorite book as a kid was The Light Princess. I remember my dad reading it to me at bedtime. It’s a story about a princess who lost her gravity and had to be tethered to the earth. Do you write/work during the holidays? Yes I write during the holidays, but not as much as so much is going on. Can you share what you’re working on now? I’m working on a retelling of the Dickens classic A Christmas Carol. What are your goals for 2018? To write more!   The pictures are of me in my Christmas finest with my Grandmother. I soon removed the dress and stole, er, borrowed, my brother’s Viking outfit present which held more attraction than my own doll gifts

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Thankful-for-Readers Giveaway #sundayblog #yalit #giveaway

Thankful-for-Readers Giveaway  turkey 1

 

 

This November, I’m again reminded of all the things I’m thankful for.

My husband. My children. My grandchildren. All my family. Friends. Home. Service Dogs. Pets. The mountains. My job. My faith. The scent of fresh rain after a storm. The satisfaction that comes from hard work. My love for writing and the written word. Books. Having a book published and another coming soon. The list goes on and on.

But today, I’m especially grateful for the readers who purchased my book, for all who left me a review on Goodreads and Amazon, and for the readers who’ve yet to meet (and hopefully fall in love with) Bethany and Jeremiah.

So to say thank you for the amazing people that you are, I’m giving away a signed copy of Butterfly Bones with swag and a $20 Amazon gift card on Thanksgiving Day.

How do you enter to win? Simply follow me on Facebook, Twitter, my blog, or Instagram, and post a GIF of a turkey, or if you already follow me, instant message me on Facebook or DM me on Twitter and tell me how Bethany spends her Thanksgiving (from the story), and I’ll enter you into a drawing for the prize.

May the best turkey win!

Gobble, gobble, gobble!                     turkey

Rebecca’s social media links and buy link for Amazon

www.thecaterpillargirl.wordpress.com

Twitter handle: @Carpenterwrites

https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100008366882974

https://www.amazon.com/Butterfly-Bones-Metamorphosis-Rebecca-Carpenter/dp/0994451172/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1484193252&sr=8-1&keywords=butterfly+bones+rebecca+carpenter

Also available at Barnes and Noble

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My First Year as a Traditionally Published Author

A First-Time Published Author’s Year-in-Review

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November. One year ago my young adult contemporary science fiction, Butterfly Bones, was released to the world. It was one of the highlights of my life. I had worked toward the goal of becoming a traditionally published author, as well as revised and perfected my book, for five years. The rush that followed was a tidal wave of adrenaline and pure happiness. I had an amazing launch party at our local botanical gardens and butterfly house. A few days later I sat in Barnes & Noble for a book signing. The sky was the limit.

But then another book signing fell through—and then a date to speak with teens at a local school library was canceled. Nothing my fault. Just a conflict of schedules. My hopes weren’t crushed. I had many more opportunities to look into. But between my sixty-hour-a-week day job and the reality that due to state regulations I have to be in my classroom at all times, my opportunities dwindled—right along with my spirit.

That’s okay. I can move to social media. I can turn this around.

In came a wonderful publicist to help, hired by the press that signed me. The woman had wonderful, proven ideas: blog monthly; set up a newsletter for followers; interact on Face Book, Twitter, and Instagram; Look for any opportunities to swap blogs with other writers and do promotional giveaways; Enter my book into contests; Set up an Amazon author profile, as well as one on Goodreads; Interact with people on those sites; Create an author brand; The list went on and on.

At first I tried to do it all. I busted my butt as much as I possibly could, even having the publicist comment several times what a great job I was doing, but I couldn’t keep up with everything, and slowly, little by little, I gave up on everything. I was a failure. And with that failure came depression—the worst I’ve ever experienced in my life.

But that’s not the worst of it.

Not only do I work 60 hours a week, I also work part time as a copy editor and do the final edits on all books coming through the press, and I was writing my second book in the series. On top of that, I have a spouse who is in poor health and can’t be left alone for long periods of time. But that’s still not the worst of it.

In my drive to sell myself and my book, I became bitter and cold—pushing aside my husband, my children, and my beautiful grandchildren—all because I was “too busy.”

The depression settled even deeper. I found myself in a black hole, choking, sputtering for any semblance of a life—of happiness. I no longer liked who I was. Even my husband said I had changed.

And he was right.

At rock bottom, I determined the only way to find myself again was to step back from everything and reevaluate my life goals, separating the things of most value from those of least importance. It was during this process that I was slapped across the face with a “Ghandi” moment: I’m the hero of my own story. I determine my own happiness.

With this newfound outlook, I created a plot twist. I put my family where they need to be—first. I lessened the amount of copyediting jobs that I’m taking on each month, and I try not to feel guilty about turning down opportunities if they aren’t right for me and my family.  I still have a long way to go with marketing myself, but I decided in order for me to move forward without becoming “overwhelmed” again, I’m going to take one thing at a time.  And I’m not going to punish myself for what I can’t do.

The most important thing an author can do to sell more books, is write more books. So that’s my focus. The rest will fall into place.

So have I had a stellar year of book sales, and did I become a famous author? Not even close. But I did find myself along the road, tattered and beaten, and I pulled myself up, brushed myself off, and now I’m moving in the right direction. The journey might be slow, the path difficult, but it’s my journey—my story.  Baby steps. And I’m totally fine with that. #writer #writerslife #sundayblog #amwriting #yalit

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Book Cover Release – The Summer Springsteen’s Songs Saved Me

 

The Summer Springsteen’s Songs Saved Me
Barbara Quinn
Published by: Lakewater Press
Publication date: October 24th 2017
Genres: Adult, Contemporary

Coming home to catch her husband with his face between the long, silky legs of another woman is the last thing Sofia expects—and on today of all days. But, after scratching an expletive into his Porsche and setting the cheating bastard’s clothes on fire, she cranks up her beloved Bruce and flees, vowing to never look back.

Finding solace in the peaceful beachside town of Bradley Beach, NJ, Sof is determined to start over. And, with the help of best friends, new acquaintances, a sexy neighbor, and the powerful songs of Springsteen, this may be the place where her wounds can heal. But, as if she hasn’t faced her share of life’s challenges, a final flurry of obstacles awaits.

In order to head courageously toward the future, Sofia must first let go of her past, find freedom, and mend her broken soul.

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Author Bio:

Barbara Quinn is an award-winning short story writer and author of a variety of novels. Her works have appeared in print, online, and in audio form, and her stories have received honors that include nominations for the Pushcart Prize and being chosen as Best of the Web. She’s a Founder and former Publisher of the Rose & Thorn Journal.

Barbara and her husband love to travel and have visited 47 states and five continents. She’s ridden a camel in the Canary Islands, hiked on Machu Picchu, attended the opera in Vienna, and spent time in an absinthe bar in Budapest. When she was 19, she hitched across Europe with a backpack. For a time, she owned a motorcycle, and a pink-suede biker jacket.

As a lawyer, she held the position of North Salem Town Attorney, and Westchester Assistant County Attorney, and spent time in private practice, writing everything from zoning ordinances to manure pile rules. Before that, she worked at many jobs including, process server, lingerie sales clerk, waitress, and postal worker. She’s a native New Yorker, born in the Bronx, and raised there, on Long Island and in Westchester. She enjoys spending tiime with her grandson Ammo, her son Bret, and Gianna. Barbara welcomes email at BAQuinn7@gmail.com and would love to keep in touch via twitter.com/BarbaraQuinn

Her novels include: 36C, chick lit/women’s fiction, Slings and Arrows, paranormal romance/dark humor, Speed of Dark, inspirational fantasy/coming-of-age, and Hard Head, suspense/romantic and paranormal elements.

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