Friday Facts- Can’t Call It Fun

March 24, 2017

Sexual Assault- It happens.635960597167003479-1947247885_stop sexual assault

  1. 1 in 6 women and 1 in 33 men will be a victim of sexual assault.
  2. Every 98 seconds someone experiences this.
  3. Good news! The number in the US has fallen by more than half since 1993.
  4. Still…only 6 out of every 1000 rapists ends up in jail.
  5. Every 8 minutes the victim is a child.
  6. 60,000 children are victims in a year.
  7. 55% of the assaults occur at or near the victims home.
  8. 12% occur at or near a relatives home.
  9. There is help and healing!!– https://www.rainn.org/about-rainn (Rape, Abuse, Incest National Network)
  10. A Definition- Sexual assault is a sexual act in which a person is coerced or physically forced to engage against their will, or non-consensual sexual touching of a person.
  11. Another place of healing!!– http://www.joyfulheartfoundation.org/about-us/our-story  This was started by the actress Mariska Hargitay who plays on Law and Order SVU. 

    “But what really opened her eyes—and subsequently, her heart—was the fan mail she received. The letters didn’t say, “I love your show. Can you send me an autographed picture?”  They said, “I was raped when I was fifteen. I’m forty now and I’ve never told anyone.” Survivors were disclosing their stories to her, many for the first time.

    The fact that these individuals were revealing something so personal to someone they knew only as a character on television demonstrated to Mariska, and to all of us, how desperate they were to be heard, believed, supported and healed.

    Her response was to create Joyful Heart.”joyful-heart-1

  12. How You Can Participate! If you love to write or read, check out this great auction doing wonderful things!!!!!!!!!!

https://www.writersforhope.com/about

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Book Gorilla- Good For Writers, Good For Readers

March 21, 2017

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http://www.bookgorilla.com/

 

Writer- “Are you an author? Just click here to see how you can submit (or update) information for your own free BookGorilla Author Page. Each author’s page accommodates a brief bio and a full listing of their Kindle titles.”

Reader- “Imagine a single daily email, tailored to your personal reading preferences, featuring the best deals on the best Kindle ebooks, either completely free or at deeply discounted bargain prices.”

 


New Release! Echoes In Time

March 17, 2017

AWAY FROM THE FRONT

Roark Foster kills at work. Truly. As a sniper for the Green Berets, he’s snuffed everything ever asked of him, including all emotion. That last part was easy. After the tragedies of his youth with a Native American heritage, his heart had to go—which makes it all the more difficult to return to Esterloch, NY, to settle the estate of his recently deceased mother. And to deal with the desperate stranger he finds lurking in his yard.

…AND INTO A MINEFIELD

Dr. Monica Peterson’s first step was to hide. That’s why she came to this tiny upstate town, fleeing everyone and everything to stay safe. Next will come Plan B, when she thinks of it, but until then her secrets will stay her own. Yet one intractable soldier calls out to her with his hard eyes and harder body, promising both solace and ineffable danger. For the past is not a war you can escape, and every step with Roark will lead toward an explosion: of old enemies, of hidden pain, and of a love that can erase all want.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06XNPPWGN

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/711309

Echoes in Time

 

 

 


Link Of The Week-Instafreebie

February 28, 2017

This is a site that is great for readers and writers! It’s a win/win for both sides. Check it out!new-2016-instafreebie-branding-teal

https://www.instafreebie.com/

“About us

InstaFreebie was created in 2014 with a mission to accelerate great stories and big ideas. As the book world’s leading platform for exclusive access to sneak peeks, advance previews, and special giveaways, we live our mission every day and give readers a chance to SEE IT FIRST™.

Instant Connection

For our author partners, See It First means an instant connection to engaged fans in our rapidly growing reader community. InstaFreebie builds the trusted and lasting connection to the right readers–the ones authors knew were there all along.

Freedom to Discover

For our reader community, See It First means having the freedom to explore and discover authors they’ll love–the ones readers were hoping for all along. Exclusive access to great stories and big ideas before anyone else lets readers See It First before they buy, before they review, and before they share with friends and family.”


Link of the Week – Morguefile

October 25, 2016

Being a blogger and writer of a newsletter, among many other creative hats, I find that I’m often in need of stock photos. No doubt I’m not alone. There are loads of great sites out there that offer both free and paid royalty free pics—Depositphotos, Dreamstime, CreativeCommons, iStock, Bigstock, to name just a few.

Here’s another to add to the list—Morguefile.  http://www.morguefile.com/

Morguefile is “a community-based free photo site, and all photos found in the Morguefile archive are free for you to download and re-use in your work, be it commercial or not. The photos have been contributed by a wide range of creatives from around the world, ranging from amateur photo hobbyists to professionals.”

For those who like to take pictures, Morguefile also offers a daily photo challenge called #Quest. Check it out! http://www.morguefile.com/quest/1

 


Roller Coasters and Crabs

August 18, 2016

On this roller coaster of publication, writers expect to be faced with a certain amount of, let’s say, excitement. We hear the unmistakable clackety-clack-clack on the way up the ride of publishing a book. Feel the adrenaline build as we teeter on the top of the first dive. Throwing our arms high or hanging onto the bar, we plummet down, down, down picking up speed. Hairpin curves with sales, rankings, good reviews, harsh criticism, and how we will be received by our peers.  It’s all part of the fun, right? Right?cc - rf - TexasCycloneSunset640

This summer, the roller coaster took me by surprise by blasting me through a barrel roll. First, I received scores from a prestigious contest I did not final in. Oh, you know how this story goes. The book is either incredibly awesome or the reader would rather drink antifreeze before turning one more page. I’m usually good with that. It means that my writing has produced extreme emotional reactions. But when one of the judges not only claims the book had no satisfying ending but that it wasn’t even a love story, well, that floored me. Most of you know that I write historical romance, paranormal romance, and some erotic romance. Romance is always a central theme in my books, no matter the genre. I’m having a hard time wrapping my head around how a judge felt that the book failed to meet the requirement of a happily ever after love story. Where did I go wrong? Did I go wrong? Maybe not. I try to remember that this is just an opinion of one person and that’s okay.

But wait.  Three different reviewers have given three of my books high accolades in recent days, including the one mentioned above. For them, my tales are a real pleasure to read. I should be overjoyed, busting at the seams. And I am, truly and humbly. While poking around Amazon, I stumbled across another review written several months ago that basically states  my characters suck, my writing sucks, I suck. This was not a malicious attack, but rather someone who simply hated my book. Regardless, it still stings. And this is why I don’t make it a habit of reading my reviews. Then there is the personal message a reader sent to me via social media and another who emailed me just this week. Both ladies took the time to reach out to me, to say they really love my books and want more.

Round and round my emotions go. Yep – I’m a little green in the gills. I know I’m not the only one. Fellow MuseTracker Stacey has experienced the same thrills and chills. And I’m quite certain that most of our writer friends and acquaintances have, too. The stomach-dropping dips are simply part of the ride.

Stacey, a pillar in my support system, probably won’t remember this, but she once said, “You’re a creative crab.”

Huh?

Imagine if you will a basket of crabs. There’s always one who tries to escape but the other crabs in the basket will keep pulling it back down to certain doom. The would-be escapee crab is the creative crab and the other crabs are critics. All this is true whether you are a newbie author or a seasoned pro. The unsavory opinion of one or two really poisons the pot. It is always that bad review or awful contest score that sticks with us, almost negating all the praise. Almost.

We shouldn’t let the critic crabs keep us down. We can climb out of their basket, yes we can. We must remember all the acclaims, successes, happy readers, and, most of all, stay true to ourselves. Dismiss the negativity, honest or otherwise, grab ahold of the rim, and pull yourself up.

Ours is a path that will surely have its ups and down, topsy-turvy flips, and bone-jerking turns. So buckle and enjoy the ride.

Anyone care for melted butter with their crab legs?

 


Hump Day Kick Start – Puppy Love Edition

August 10, 2016

Hump Day Kick Start – for your muse, a writing picture prompt, or just a visual treat.

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I couldn’t find an Olympic-themed prompt for today. But if this pic doesn’t bring about Olympic-sized feels, I don’t know what does. There is a special bond between a man and his dog.

Bonus if you know who this is. Otherwise, tell me about him. What is the expression on his face? Fear? sadness? Retrospection? Is he missing the woman he had given his heart? The one who he had also given the puppy to? What happened? Did he just reunite with his lost pup? Or maybe he is having to give it up. Could he be gazing at the humongous mound of dog poo, wondering just how he was going to clean it up?

Love to hear your take. Or just caption the pic.