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MER Book Release Extravanganza and Giveaway!

THE TIME HAS COME LADIES AND GENTLEMEN! THE RELEASE OF MER!

LAUNCH DATE: 1/13/13

And in celebration we will be doing some MERtastic giveaways!

GRAND PRIZE CONTEST WILL RUN FROM SUNDAY JAN 13th- THURSDAY JAN 17th!

FACEBOOK GIVEAWAYS WILL BE THURSDAY JAN 17th ONLY!

GRAND PRIZE RAFFLE GIVEAWAY!Online release flyer mer

*GRAND PRIZE

$50 Amazon Giftcard.

*2nd GRAND PRIZE $25 Amazon Giftcard.

*3rd GRAND PRIZE $25 Starbucks Giftcard.

FACEBOOK GIVEAWAYS! (Must LIKE MER on Facebook here and join the Mer Book Release Extravaganza!)

*A chance to have your name (first, middle, or last) be featured as a character in the next book, tome #2 of the MER series+ an autographed copy of MER tome#1!

*We will also be giving away a total of (5) copies of MER, your choice of print or Kindle throughout the day and

*A total of (6) $10 Amazon gift cards will be given away throughout the day.

RULES:

FIVE WAYS TO WIN THE GRAND PRIZES:

1. Comment on this post between Sunday Jan 13th – Thursday Jan 17th (leaving your name and e-mail address) to receive 1 entry for the GRAND PRIZES.

2. Purchase a book between Sunday Jan 13th – Thursday Jan 17th and receive 5 entries for each copy purchased! Go here for kindle or here for a print book to be sent to you, forward the receipt to authorjadephillips@gmail.com with your name and contact info.

3. Go to MER’s Facebook page here between Sunday Jan 13th – Thursday Jan 17th and LIKE it ( if you haven’t already) to receive 1 entry.

4. Watch the MER booktrailer here on YouTube, then comment with your name and email address and like (on youtube) and then share it on Facebook to receive 5 entries! Or just watch it below and comment to earn 1 entry!

5. Tweet to win. If you are on twitter, copy and tweet any of the 5 tweets below between Sunday Jan 13th – Thursday Jan 17th. Each tweet will earn 1 entry. You can only tweet each once per day, so you can tweet 5 times a day and earn up to 5 entries a day. So if you tweet all 5 tweets all 5 days that’s 25 entries! (Make sure to keep the tweets exactly how they are so I can keep track.)

Like Starbucks coffee? WIN $25 GC and many more prizes. Join the MER book release party! Now until the 17th! @JadeMPhillipshttp://wp.me/p2PmSa-26
MER BOOK RELEASE PARTY EXTRAVAGANZA! WIN a $50 AMAZON GC and many other prizes! Now until Thursday 17th! @JadeMPhillips http://wp.me/p2PmSa-26
#FREE $50 & $25 AMAZON GC, $25 Starbucks GC! Join the book release party for MER and WIN! @JadeMPhillips http://wp.me/p2PmSa-26
 Contest going on now! WIN $50 & $25 AMAZON GC’s $25 STARBUCKS GC, and free books! MER release party! @JadeMPhillips http://wp.me/p2PmSa-26
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*You will have 5 days to get in your GRAND PRIZE entries. The entries will only be given from Sunday Jan 13th – Thursday Jan 17th. They will not count if done before or after. Now if you haven’t quite got it yet (HaHa!) the contest runs from 1/13/13 through 1/17/13, where it will end with a bang with the Facebook event on the last day!  Winners will be announced on Friday Jan 18th.

Mer book release!

Happy Birthday MER!
Balloons, party hat, and wine glasses not included.

WAYS TO WIN THE ALL DAY FACEBOOK GIVEAWAYS AND MINI PRIZES: You must go to MER’s Facebook page here and LIKE it (which will award you 1 entry towards the GRAND PRIZE if done Jan 13th-17th) and you must join the event MER BOOK RELEASE EXTRAVAGANZA! There will be contests, games and trivia all throughout the day for a chance to win the mini prizes, and even from the comfort of your own laptop, i-pad or smart phone. You do NOT have to be there all day, just check in every so often to join in on the contests. (Rules will be posted on the event page during the mini contests which will be posted randomly throughout the day of Thursday, Jan 17th.) And the winners will be announced the next day (Friday the 18th!)

Thank you so much and good luck! And may the power of MER be with you!!

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WRITING INSPIRATION FOR THE HOLIDAYS OR ANYTIME

With the holidays right around the corner, and all that comes along with it, like get-togethers, drowning in waves of presents, brightly colored wrapping paper, bows and glitter, you may find it hard to stick go your normal writing regimen. I know I have. And that is why I’m putting together a post about writing inspiration and motivation. We will hear from three very talented authors and their inspirations. Where do you find yours? Is it going off to be alone and listening to music? Taking a walk? Chocolate?
Here are some of my personal faves:

1. Get comfortable and kick off your shoes! I know it may sound silly, but being barefoot helps me to relax and sluff off the hustle and bustle of everyday life, especially during the holidays.(It also doesn’t hurt that I live in the desert where it’s 80-100 degrees most of the year!) So yes, here in the southwest, going barefoot is completely acceptable. So get comfy, and put on your coziest pair of pajama pants, kick off your shoes (or put on your fluffy bunny slippers, for those of you in colder climates) and get to writing!

2. Visualizing to music. I like to put on whatever music suits me at the moment (whether it be the classical Pachelbel’s Canon in D, or the hip-hop hit Let me Love you by Ne-YO.) I close my eyes and let the music take my imagination away, creating scenes of my novel in my head, like the trailer for a hit movie. It really is much cooler in you brain than it sounds! Haha! This is a great way to dream up new possible scenarios for your story. Warning: this can cause a goose bump effect.

3. Get some fresh air! After an all-day writing marathon (or even just a couple of hours), you just have to take a break. Leave your lap-top, pen and paper, and head outdoors or somewhere you can stretch your legs. I like to take a walk (well it’s really more like pacing up and down the street in front of my house where there is a gorgeous view of the mountains.) This is where I come up with some of my best ideas! As I walk, I take deep cleansing breaths-in between arguing plot points to myself. (My neighbors are probably like “there’s the crazy lady again, talking to herself.” LOL!)

And honestly, I feel more inspired to write during the holidays. I think it’s due to that warm fuzzy feeling created by all of the twinkling lights, warm fireplaces, and oh-so-good comfort foods. Unfortunately this is the busiest time of year for most people, and it can get a little hectic; all the more reason to come up with your own writing inspirations to help you get your creative juices flowing!

Now let’s hear from three amazing authors and learn about their writing inspirations and techniques.

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Mandy White, a horror/thriller novelist.

Mandy, why and when did you start writing?  I have always enjoyed writing, but was shy about showing my work. Five years ago I started working as a freelance content writer and graduated to novel-writing from there.

What are your writing inspirations? And what motivates you?  Any quiet time is good for inspiration, because I can escape into my head where the stories are. I work out a lot of story ideas while I’m walking my dog or driving.

Do you have a unique technique for writing motivation that someone may have never thought of? I do a lot of brainstorming while relaxing in a hot bath. I usually bring a pen and notebook with me and take notes whenever ideas come to me.

Oooh, a hot bath. That’s a great idea! Do you write during the holidays, and if so, how do you find time? I find writing is a good distraction from the stress of the holidays. We don’t have large family get-togethers, so our holiday season is reasonably sane. The best time for writing any time of year is early in the morning while the rest of the house is still asleep.

Quiet mornings are the best! Awesome ideas Mandy!

Her featured novel : Avenging Annabelle –  A Canadian thriller

Avenging Annabelle

A desperate father seeks justice after his daughter is abducted and he is wrongly accused of the crime. Meanwhile, a dangerous predator is still on the loose, already making plans to take his next victim. Annabelle appears in Jim’s dreams, showing him things – things he doesn’t want to see but must if he is to solve the mystery of her disappearance and have his vengeance on the one responsible.

Thank you so much Mandy White! Now, how can we get our hands on your book, Avenging AnnabelleAvenging Annabelle is currently enrolled in Kindle Select, so the e-book is exclusive to Kindle at the moment here. Paperback and hardcover editions can be purchased from Lulu.com here.

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Jolea M. Harrison, an epic/fantasy and science fiction writer.

Why and when did you start writing? At a very young age I decided I had stories to tell. There were these constant images going through my head and so I started writing down what was going on in them. These images, sometimes just a single one, evolve into novels if I let them.

What are your writing inspirations? What gets you in the mood to write?  Music inspires me to write, but I can’t listen to it when I’m writing. It’s too distracting, but if I get stuck in a scene I’ll turn on my iPod and listen to something new or music I haven’t listened to in a while. And movies – There will be times when I’m in a movie theater, watching the latest blockbuster and out of nowhere I’ll see something from the film that triggers my imagination and off I’ll go. The movie is forgotten. This can be extremely annoying…and expensive.

LOL! That can get expensive! Do you have a unique technique for writing motivation that someone may have never thought of? I live near Washington DC and go into town as often as I can and frequent the numerous art galleries there. One of my favorites is the Hirshhorn, as well as the Corcoran Gallery and the National Gallery of Art. These are places where quiet contemplation is encouraged, so I can sit in front of a sweeping masterpiece, I like landscapes, but sometimes portraits as well, and dream of what is happening and why. Nowadays I use my phone to jot down thoughts that come into my head. It’s great because no one looks at me oddly while I’m sitting there staring, when in fact, my mind is on another planet.

Wow! Art is a great idea for inspiration! Do you write during the holidays, and if so, how do you find time? I do some form of writing every day – whether it’s creation or editing or formatting – I’m usually immersed for some period of time in the creative process. Some may not think formatting especially creative, but coming up with the perfect look for your words qualifies in my mind. Writing is built into my daily schedule, so finding time for everything else becomes the problem. I still have to put up my Christmas decorations, and shop! I generally try to get all that done by Christmas Eve, lol.

Good luck on getting that Christmas shopping done, Jolea!

Her featured novel: Chosen – 1st book of the Guardians of the Word fantasy series

Chosen

Chosen is a fantasy adventure – location; Hell, Purgatory, the Demon’s Lair, and Hell is everything it’s cracked up to be. Dynan Telaerin finds himself on a corpse-strewn hillside, charged with saving the soul of his ancestor, desperate to avoid the monsters and minions who want to eat his soul. Chosen is the first book of the series, The Guardians of the Word. The Chronicles are Chosen, Myth, Telepath, Legend, Union, Adept, Seer and King

Thank you so much! Now, where can we get your book, Chosen? You can pick up Chosen – a free digital e-book from Amazon and Barnes and Noble at these links: Amazon – here. Barnes and Noble here.

Thanks for having me on your blog! Your welcome Jolea Harrison!

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Mathieu Gallant, an open-minded multi-genre author, specializing in Science-Fiction and Apocalyptic and Horror.

Mathieu, why and when did you start writing? I’ve always been a writer at heart, but as chasing the dream of becoming a professional, I started about five years ago when I realized I might be able to finish the first draft of the book that would become Darkness Falls and When the Levee Breaks.

What are your writing inspirations? And what motivates you to write? I find inspiration in a dark, quiet room that allows me to really think deeply without interruptions. I think finding some time for quiet contemplation is a gift in the hustle and bustle of today’s wired world. I think more people should put time aside in their schedules to enjoy a bit of life unplugged.Also, I watch the news on TV, read news online and generally try to remain knowledgeable about the happenings in the world around me. I try to discuss the information I’ve gathered with others to get an idea of what people think about it.

Do you have a unique technique for writing motivation that someone may have never thought of?  I find using a writing journal is an extremely important aspect of my inspirations, for a few reasons. First, writing ideas down means I won’t forget them later on. Second, sometimes the act of brainstorming in a journal can be the catalyst for new ideas. Also, I find writing by hand is a great way to counter that dreaded bout of writer’s block. When using the journal for this purpose, don’t be afraid to write ANYTHING that comes to mind. Jot it all down because you never know when something important will come out. Resist the urge to self-censor and just let it all out. You won’t be sorry.

A writing journal is a fantastic idea! I think I may try that myself. Do you write during the holidays, and if so, how do you find time? I’ll write any time I get the urge, holidays or not. Lately it seems there’s a lot of competition for my attention, so late nights are best for me. I love sitting at the kitchen table with the lights off, staring out my back window at the lights of the city. There’s plenty of inspiration there.

Great stuff from Mathieu Gallant! His featured novel.

Darkness Falls from the Outage series. It’s a mix of sci-fi and apocalyptic. Here’s the blurb, straight from Amazon:

Darkness Falls is a frame novel, a story within a story. Primarily, it tells the story of one man, Robert Hendricks. We first meet him in 2179 onboard an alien star ship approaching Earth. He is the lone human on the ship and it will be the first time he sees his planet in over 150 years. He has been away so long, in fact, that Hendricks has very little in the way of actual memories of his home. The only thing he knows for sure is that his feelings about going back are far from positive. This is a problem for his extra-terrestrial hosts, the Gulran. The Gulran have a growing interest in this sector of the galaxy and Earth is vital to their plan. With Hendricks as an ambassador the Gulrani High Arbitor, Gorak, thinks the mission has a good chance of success. Without the human’s help, he’s not so sure. In order to ensure a positive outcome – but also to help his troubled friend – Gorak hypnotizes Hendricks and, through his recollections, travels back with him to the Earth of 2026. For Hendricks, the end begins with a total blackout of North America. It doesn’t take long for him to learn that the line between order and chaos is as thin as a stream of electrons flowing down a copper wire.

Thank you so much Mathieu! Now, how can we get our hands on your book Darkness Falls?  It can be downloaded at Amazon.com here. It’s also available in a few local bookstores in Saint John, New Brunswick.

The sequel to Darkness Falls, When the Levee Breaks, will be available soon after the new year.

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So now you’ve heard it from three amazing authors with really unique writing inspiration techniques; from relaxing in a hot bath to art gazing and keeping a writing journal. And don’t forget my favorite, kicking off your shoes! Haha!

If you have any other interesting methods of writing motivations and inspirations please leave a comment so others can take away that precious knowledge! Thanks for reading with us today and have a fantastic holiday!!

And may the power of words be with you!!
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CREATING A MAP FOR YOUR FANTASY NOVEL

An ongoing trend for fiction and fantasy novels is having a map for the reader to follow along with, just after the title page in the book. It is also very helpful for the author and the development of their fictional world.

When I first started writing my young adult fantasy novel, MER, I was like “A map seems way too difficult.” But I REALLY wanted one. And despite my inhibitions, I dove in head first. Hell or high-water I was going to have a map for my book, even if it meant handing my two-year-old a paper and crayons, and calling the scribbles my map. (Hey that’s not such a bad idea! Hahaha!)

I’m going to talk a little about my experience with creating my map for MER, soon to be released in late December, along with other methods of either creating or obtaining your map. And don’t worry, you absolutely do not have to be Michelangelo to create a map. I am no artist, believe me! Here is a step-by-step how I created mine.

METHOD #1 HAND-DRAWN MAP (This is always the first step, even in the following methods)

ITEMS NEEDED:

*paper (duh)

*tracing paper or vellum

*pencil and eraser

*Markers, colored pencils, or crayons (I was only half-joking about the crayons. That is actually what I used to color my map.) 🙂

*Reference Maps (Atlas, globe, print-outs of real life maps, your favorite fantasy book with a map.)

How I started was by picking a continent (fantasy novels, for some reason, usually have one super continent as their world to start out.) My inspiration was Greece. Don’t ask me why. I think I just liked the way it looked and it was surrounded on three sides by water and islands (which I needed lots of.) 😀

greece map

Image courtesy of Kevin Anderson, Flickr Creative Commons

 

 

I started out with just a bunch of circles, squiggles, and lines. It looked terrible! (That’s the way it’s supposed to look at first.)

Once you’ve got something that you generally like as your footprint (the outline of the continent and maybe some general towns from you story etc…) then it is time to start adding lakes, castles, towns, villages, rivers, mountains, roads etc. Now this is where the tracing paper or vellum comes in. As you refer back to your story and start transferring landmarks to your map, you will need to make changes (more than likely, A LOT of them, LOL!) Like, “Wait! I need a castle here, and this river needs to move.” And instead if erasing your little heart out, place the tracing paper over your original drawing, copying what you like and changing what you don’t. This is tedious and, in my opinion, the least fun part. But the fun part is, as you do more and more drafts, your map will start to clean itself up and start to look more like a map!

Then after adding what towns, castles, and rivers that are in your story, you will need to start filling in the dead space, otherwise your map might look a little barren. Make a list of names that you might like for your landmarks.

I referred to George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire maps, and (not ever copying) took inspiration from his name styles, but putting in my own twist and keeping true to the theme of my story. I came up with some cool names like Castlebridge, Saltstone, Duskenford, Eve’s Port, Dawn’s Port, Fish Eye Lake, Frozen River, etc… Adding these extras is also super beneficial in the development of furthering your story (say you are doing a second book in the series.) You can refer back to your own map to see where your character’s journey might take them, (and not have to break from your writing to come up with the perfect name for that dumb river they have to cross!! Haha!)

Here is a list of Landmarks your map may have.

MAP LANDMARKS

  1. Castles
  2. Towns
  3. Villages
  4. Churches (I use very little religion in mine, so I have no marked churches.)
  5. Ruins
  6. Rivers
  7. Lakes
  8. Swamps
  9. Oceans
  10. Seas
  11. Roads
  12. Forests
  13. Mountains
  14. Bridges
  15. Ports
  16. Islands
  17. Compass

Don’t limit yourself to this list (as I’ve probably forgotten some things LOL!), but reach for the sky! This is your masterpiece, your creation, do with it what you want. There are no limits. This is fiction we are talking about here!

Once you’ve finished matching the map to your story, filling in dead space, and naming all of your landmarks, it’s time to color in your map. If you only want black and white (which will be one-dimensional) you probably won’t want to color it, but if you want color or even grey scale, you will want to, to help differentiate water from land, etc.

Now if you are an artist and feel that you have a masterpiece, by all means, use this as your map. I definitely couldn’t, Haha! You will just need to format it to size, according to your publishers guidelines, or have it formatted for you. There are many low-cost formatters out there on google. The one I used is April Martinez, mail@aprilgem.com. She formatted my book (and map image). Just e-mail an inquiry and she will send you back a list of prices.

METHOD #2 HAVE IT PROFESSIONALLY RENDERED

Now that you have your rough draft, you could always contact a Graphic Artist or Cartographer to have the drawing digitally and professionally rendered for you. This is what I did.

I scanned my wanna-be-map into my computer (if you don’t have a scanner go to Kinkos and get it put on a jump-drive or disk). I then sent it (along with a list of all of my towns, castles, rivers, mountains, etc..and their correct spellings) to my Graphic Designer/Artist friend, Juan, as a rough draft. From there he worked his magic and Wallah! A beautiful map! (Soooo glad I didn’t have to do that part. I’m techie-illiterate. LOL!) Find Juan C. Heinrich here on facebook http://www.facebook.com/jchstudio. There is also a guild of cartographers who use various software to create fictional maps for a commission. You can find them here http://www.cartographersguild.com/

And here it is again! Woo hoo! MER‘s Map of Merenia! I had no idea my book could have such an amazing map!

METHOD #3 DO IT YOURSELF DIGITALLY

Now I’m not going to pretend to know a lot about this, as I said earlier I’m computer illiterate when it comes to stuff like this. BUT I will tell you some software you may use if you would like to try it yourself.

You will still want to do METHOD #1 and create a hand-drawn draft of your map.

A. PHOTOSHOP/ MS PAINT

You can scan your map into Photoshop or Microsoft paint and digitally manipulate it to insert text (landmark names), do a cool watery effect, create mountains, city and castle symbols, etc… Here is a good blog post on doing your map via Photoshop http://www.brodt.dk/peter/maps.html.

B. SPECIALIST MAP-MAKING PROGRAMS

AutoREALM, which is a super cool software created by Fantasy and RPG geeks to create maps. (No offense, I am one of those too. Not the kind of geek that creates software, of course, but the kind that plays Final Fantasy and does ALL of the side quests.) Haha! Download AutoREALM for free here http://autorealm.sourceforge.net/

Now, after that information overload, let’s take a break and look at some well-known authors who used maps in their novels.It all started with the grandfather of fantasy maps/ fictional world development, Tolkien and his Lord of the Rings. This is the Map from The Hobbit, the prelude to the Lord of the Rings.

the map of the book the hobbit

A few other well known’s are…

George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire (HBO Series A Game of Thrones)

 

Robert Jordan’s A Wheel of Time. (One of my favorite series!)

C.S. Lewis’s The Chronicles of Narnia (LOVE!)

As an author or author-to-be of a fantasy series, you more than likely will have one of these in your home library. If you don’t,which I would find hard to believe :D, I strongly urge you to get one and study it and its usage of maps.

Thank you for reading about map creation with me today! I wish you lots of luck in your writing journeys. And don’t ever, ever give up! It can be overwhelming, especially if you are self-publishing, to put all of the pieces together by yourself. Just take a deep breath and keep on plugging on!

Please leave a comment if you have any other helpful information on map creation for your novel. Or even if you don’t I’d love to hear from you!

Please LIKE my book, MER on facebook here http://www.facebook.com/merbook1  to read cool snippets and get updated info on the book release!

Please follow me on twitter here http://www.twitter.com/JadeMPhillips

Thanks! And may the power of words be with you!

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10 ways to know if you’re a mom who blogs/writes.

#1. Your so knee-deep into the post/chapter you are writing that you don’t realize you just agreed your son could have ice cream and gummy bears for lunch.

#2.Your keyboard has gunk stuck in the crevices from todays breakfast, yesterdays dinner, and the last month’s worth of meals.

#3. Your daughter says, “I want to be like mommy when I grow up and stare at my computer.”

#4. You stay up WAY too late because that’s your only “alone” time to type, and wake up suddenly the next morning with little square mesh marks on your face, to find your daughter saying, “Mommy, you fell asleep on your ‘puter again.”

#5. Your significant other tells you they heard you talking in your sleep last night and it sounded a lot like “”Where’s the em dash key!?”

#6. You’re driving your kids home from school, and while they are bickering in the back seat, you hear yourself shout, “If you don’t knock it off I’m gonna take you guys to the bookstore again,” and they immediately behave.

#7. Your son says he wants to go as “a blogger” for Halloween.

#8. You find yourself telling your kids to do their chores, picking up the “blog” poop, and “reading” the cat.

#9.You see little fingers reaching under the bathroom door as you sit on the throne with your lap top, trying to finish the last few paragraphs.

#10. You find yourself actually saying “comma” inbetween adjectives when talking to your kids.

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My Mornings

Some people think being an author sounds so glamorous. Well since I started writing regularly, nearly a year ago, this is what my mornings look like…and my afternoons…and my evenings. I’m not complaining (I thoroughly love my children), but my life is like everyone else’s; cooking breakfast, dishes, doo doo diapers, “he’s touching me,” “she hit me,” packing lunches, bath time, laundry, bed-time stories, and then repeat the next day. And sometimes I find a little slice of the day to write.
This morning was especially fun when my alarm didn’t go off and nothing seemed to be going right, when my daughter comes in looking like Beavis and says “I’m stuck.” I looked at her and amidst the burnt waffles and screaming toddler, I stopped and laughed my booty off. So did my daughter. It’s times like these where everything gets put into perspective.
Enjoy what you do, no matter what you do.
Whether it be a stay at home mom/ dad, a business person, or a glorius author, step back and take a deep breath amidst the chaos and you just might find a little bit of serenity, love and laughter.
I love my mornings.

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Debut Author and Virgin Blogger

This will be a day marked in history… my first ever blog post! Let me tell you a little about me and why I started this blog.

It was a dark and stormy night… well no, actually it was a hot summer afternoon in Las Vegas, NV. I was visiting my best freind in the whole wide world for summer break (she had just broken my heart and moved to Vegas from where we grew up together, our hometown of Tucson, AZ,) and since we had already watched Ice Cube’s “It was a good day” MTV video at least twenty times, we figured we’d find something better to do.

My friend then suggested that we write. “Write?” I said.

I had always loved reading, some of my first favorites being from Anne Rice’s “The Vampire Chronicles,” Madeleine L’Engle’s “A wrinkle in time,” to John Grisham’s “The Client,” and Stephen King’s “IT,” but it had never occured to me that I could do what they do, write.

We both got out a pad of paper and pen and started to write poetry, while listening to Tom Petty, Smashing Pumpkins, The Cure, Counting Crows, Nirvana, Radiohead and countless other 80′s and 90′s faves. I now have three full journals of poetry from just that summer.

And it stuck. Writing, I mean. From there I couldn’t stop. I lost my interest in poetry and began writing short stories, my first being a collection of shorties, “The Apartment Complex Chronicles,” which I wrote when I moved into my first apartment…shocking, I know. Someday I think I might actually publish them (after LOTS of rewriting and editing.) Haha.

Then when I picked up my first guitar and taught myself how to play, using Jewel’s “A piece of you,” tabs book, I figured that I may as well write my own songs. From there, I joined a chick rock band as lead singer and rhythm guitarist, and we swept Tucson’s dive bar scene for two years, having the best times of our lives.

While going to college, I realized that I LOVED my writing classes, and hated everything else, and considered having that as my major. But life, and dreams, got in the way and I ended up taking time off from school to work at a myriad of jobs, like acting and doing stunts at an Old Western theme park, being a photographer’s assistant, waitressing and bartending, all the while still passionately reading and writing.

When I met my better half, I decided to go back to school; this time for something altogether different, Interior Design. That stuck and I graduated in 2007 with my degree, just a few months before my pink little chubby baby, Abigail, was born.

That was almost five years ago. Since then, I had opened my own small window coverings business and did freelance interior design on the side, but never forgetting my love of books. And then one day, about seven months ago, I had an epiphany!

I was going to finally do it. And I did….write a book.

That brings me to this first ever blog post, my love of writing. I hope you will join me on my new adventure, “MER: Secret of the Wavekeepers,” due to come out on Nook, Kindle, and for sale on Amazon.com by Thanksgiving or early December, (exact date TBA.)

It’s going to be a crazy ride, I guarantee it!

Is anyone else out there starting to write their first book, or venturing to do something they’ve never done before? I’d love to hear about it. It will help me to feel better about my rookieness. 🙂

May the power of words be with you -Jade

 
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These are the musings of an amateur author, whose mission it is to create new worlds, seek out new plot lines and torture characters like no one has ever done before.

Pollyanna's Perspective

Love it or hate it, I promise to always be me.

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Evil Squirrel's Nest

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No matter your mood, there’s a great book to suit it.

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