Tuesday, October 17, 2017

There's a chill in the air...Can you feel it?






FALL...my favorite time of the year. The air is cool, The leaves are turning and my favorite Holiday is right around the corner                                              Halloween.

Which is kind of ironic because I'm afraid of anything that goes bump in the night.
I'm the biggest chicken. I hide behind my children when we watch anything scary on TV. I get nightmares if I read, or watch anything that even hints at a horror theme.
I think Steven King is an amazing author, but one I cannot read.

So you ask, why does this spooky holiday excite someone like me who runs from noises in the dark, and still hides from the boogey man.

It's simple...Chocolate...yep, I'm in it for the candy.

                  And the Pumpkin pie flavored coffee.

Yummy...What's your favorite part of the fall? The colors, cooler temps, fuzzy sweaters or bags of candy? Just like me.


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Saturday, September 30, 2017




                                   WHAT HAPPENS WHEN LIFE GETS IN THE WAY


My writing was my passion, my escape. I loved to get lost in the characters lives. It helped me escape some of the madness in mine. I would listen, and sympathize, as authors talked about writers block that plagued them. The thought of not being able to fall into my story made me cringe. Then it happened.


                                       MY CHARACTERS GREW QUIET

I'm sure they thought it was in my best interest, but they should have asked me first. Two years ago my life was pretty complicated. I worked a full time job, took care of my sister who has MS and was dealing with family members battling with depression. I needed my writing, I saw it as my only vice. I know what you're thinking, but alcohol was not an option. I have one drink and I'm gone. I had to stay clear headed. My stories helped me escape, but my time to write became less, and less. I struggled in front of a blank screen, mostly out of guilt. My time was so divided, and my husband saw my writing as a wall between us. The voices grew quiet and I finally closed my computer, ending that part of me. My heart broke but I knew my focus needed to be on my family.

                                                 DEPRESSION SUCKS


I struggled to keep everything running smoothly, but depression will suck the life out of you. I watched my husband fall deeper, and deeper, into a world I could not control. I was helpless. I also had to watch my son work through his transition from active duty military to civilian life.  Then my sister. God love her. She was my anchor. She would work through things I should have helped her with just to give me a break so I could focus on the other issues around me. To make a long, heart breaking, story short I will fast forward.

My life is still crazy. I continue to work full time, and love my job. My sister is still with me and her MS is progressive. So we enjoy the little things she is still able to do. But depression still sucks. It's a daily struggle with the ones I love. I think we have a handle on it, for today. I sympathize for all who struggle everyday with this disease. Doctors push medication, friends give advice. Loved ones get frustrated and want you to just get over it. It's never that simple. You fight everyday, one small step at a time.  But one good thing has happened.

                            I HAD A DREAM, AND THE STORIES RETURN

It was such a great way to wake up. I guess my life has calmed enough for my characters to start talking again. And I'm so very grateful for that. It's like a loved one has returned home. I'm working on a new website, up dating this blog. Starting my News letter back up. So much I want to do, and I know that I'm in a good place to do it all.

So stay close, I will have some amazing things to announce. Which will include parties, contest and of course some amazing prizes to be won.







Saturday, February 20, 2016

Bad reviews-Oh My. What’s a Writer to Do?



                              Ever get a bad book review?  

Every author has. What to do? Can you do anything? Should you do anything? Want my advice? Here it is for what it’s worth. First, don’t sweat it. Bad reviews happen. It’s a fact of life. Second, no matter how much you want to do it, never respond in kind. Whatever you do, don’t attack the reviewer in person, or on the internet, anywhere.  In the end, right or wrong, you will lose. You will be the bad guy. Some writers have actually confronted the reviewer and it didn’t turn out well for the writer.  Besides, what is one bad review in the scheme of things? If you really need to do something, yell into a pillow, or at the top of your lungs to no one at all. Jump up and down, punch a wall, or a punching bag. Write a letter to the reviewer, but don’t mail it. Rip it up. Write yourself a blog post, but don’t post it. Do anything to get it off your chest, but don’t publicize it. Then, take a deep breath and write it off. Brush yourself off and move on. After all, what is a bad review anyway even if it is made public? On amazon et al.
    Face it, not everyone is going to love your book. It never fails that someone out there is just going to hate your book for one reason or another. No matter how well written your book is. No matter how good the story is, someone is going to attack it and put it down. It may not even be your book they actually hate. Perhaps, they got up on the wrong side of the bad, or lost a bet. Sometimes, that is all it takes for someone to write a bad review. Personally, after years of reading and writing reviews, I’ve come to see a pattern in reviews on line. See if you see the pattern the next time you’re on-line. Where there are a lot of good to great reviews for anything, not just books, there will always be one or more bad reviews for that same item. Usually it’s not much of a review, just a few words that they didn’t like it. Others are quite detailed and hostile. Don’t sweat the bad reviews. Any review is better than no review. As most celebrities and those in the fame game will tell you, there’s no such thing as bad publicity, except the publicity you never receive. Bad reviews-Oh My. What’s a Writer to Do?  Nothing, just brush yourself and move on. That’s my humble advice anyway. Keep writing, move onward and do your best! That is all anyone can do.
    
Cheers!
S. J. Francis
Advocate for the underdog, and cat, et al.

In Shattered Lies: "It's All About Family."  Available for sale now from Black Opal Books, on-line retailers and indie booksellers.
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Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Help we welcome TJ's Virtual Book Tour featuring Kyra Dune






 
 
BLURB: A woman on a mission.
Bound and determined to bring a criminal to justice, Quicksilver will chase him across dimensional space to do it. As a Guardian it’s her sworn duty to protect both realms from the threat he poses. But when she finds herself alone, wounded, and in desperate need of help, she is forced to break a taboo among her kind. In order to save herself from death, she has to drink the blood of a human. What she doesn’t count on, is what happens next.
A man with nothing left to lose.
After the death of his parents, Dustin was left in the care of the foster system, but thanks to a kind hearted social worker he finds himself living easy enough on his own in the house his parents left him. Life is steady, if a little bland, until he stops to help a bloody, naked woman on the side of the road. He has no idea how his world will change with that one simple act.
A chance to mend two broken hearts.
With an undeniable attraction growing between them, Dustin and Quicksilver work to stop the criminal bent on killing them both. But will the unexpected appearance of a pyrokinetic from the second realm be a help or a hindrance?
 



BUY LINK - Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Quicksilver-Dual-Realm-Novel-Novels-ebook/dp/B014LR466Q



Kyra Dune was born in Oklahoma, but spent most of her life travelling with her family. She is the author of more than twenty fantasy novels, including: Shadow of the Dragon, Elfblood, and Firebrand. As a child, her favorite stories were those that told of ordinary children being whisked away to magical lands. She has yet to find her own secret wardrobe or rabbit hole, but she hasn’t given up the search. You never know what might be waiting over the next rainbow.
 
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Amazon Author: http://www.amazon.com/Kyra-Dune/e/B00A5WOHGQ


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Tuesday, September 8, 2015

"Fairy tales, Folktales, Fables!"




Several years ago, I travelled to my childhood home in the Czech Republic and raided my bookshelves in hopes of loading my treasures into a suitcase and bringing them with me to California. It was then that I re-discovered my first love. One by one, I took out my many books of fairy tales and leafed through them, inhaling the scent of pleasant memories, nostalgia, and a bit of dust. Then it hit me. What happened to the genre? Disney has managed to obliterate everything that fairy tales stood for by patching them up into a nice and neat happy ending, and the contemporary authors who claim to love them have fractured them, in the literary sense, either twisting them upside down and inside out or setting them into modern day environments.

This sorrowful realization spread through my body and evoked actual physical pain. Three "F" words escaped my lips in a throaty cry: "Fairy tales, Folktales, Fables!" That was the day I set out on a journey of saving them, their magic, and their monsters!

I started a Once Upon a Time… series that returns to authentic storytelling, dark settings, stark characters, and the not always happy, yet very satisfying endings that work with the content. While I draw inspiration from folklore, my plots are original and don’t focus on the damsel in distress who ought to be saved by a knight on a white steed. I don’t draw a clear line dividing the good characters from the monstrous ones, for each good contains something bad, and each bad contains something good. Just like the society and cultures on which the fairy tales were a commentary, the Once Upon a Time… series explores the limits to which the characters would go in order to gain what they most desire. And, of course, there’s magic!

Excerpt from Enchanted



"Shush!" Dethdemona shooed her daughter off. Then, as if she hadn’t heard Mathelda’s questions, she took the cauldron, set it on the tree stump, and poured into it the liquids from all the vials at once. The brew immediately started to bubble. "Now for the final ingredient…" The witch bent down to pick up the pointy knife. "I should have foreseen why the potion didn’t work," she said as she approached Rosalynn. Dethdemona lifted the knife to her stepdaughter’s neck. Rosalynn’s blue eyes widened with horror, then shut tightly at the same moment Mathelda’s throat issued a high pitched shriek.

Excerpt from The Serpent King’s Sorrow



On the first anniversary of her father’s death, Eleanor found herself in the deepest state of hopelessness ever known to mankind. Her insides twisted with agony, for she had failed as a ruler. Her mind gnawed on her soul, for she had not lived up to her word. And her body had surrendered to hunger, for she had been giving most of her meals to the small beggar children in the royal courtyard. In all her sadness, Eleanor crawled under her father’s bed, as she did not think she deserved to lie in it, and waited for Death.

He appeared out of nothingness like he had when he came for the king. His grim voice filled the chamber with an echo whose message resonated deep inside the queen’s soul.


About the Author

Anne Rowan had always dreamed of becoming an astronaut because she was intrigued by the infinite prospects of the Universe. One day, however, she got lost in a book and discovered a completely different universe. She called it Imagination, and she can be found wandering through its limitless corridors, sorting out ideas, and creating stories from them.



Award-winning author Anne Rowan holds a B.A. in English Literature and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing. She divides her time between the Czech Republic and Southern California, where she lives with her husband, two children, and Poe--the cutest ugly dog in the world.



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Thursday, August 27, 2015

Help me Welcome L.T. Kelly hosted by TJ's Virtual Book Tour







BIO

L.T. Kelly lives in rural Lincolnshire with her husband, two children and a mentally unstable Cockapoo named Mylo.

She enjoyed a successful eleven-year career in the Royal Air Force which put plenty of stories in her writing cap.

L.T. now divides her time between writing, being a wife, mother and an Emergency Medical Dispatcher for the ambulance service. It's the writing that keeps her sane.




BLURB:

When high school drama teacher Cassie Thornton finds herself drowning in a failing marriage, she struggles to get her head above water. Her husband, Robert, is a workaholic science professor at Oxford University with a sordid secret. After eight years of marriage, Robert’s blatant disinterest in her forces Cassie to demand they go on a vacation, hoping it will reunite them.

Gorgeous Jared Peterson is the cream of Hollywood actors. His squeaky clean image, coupled with his outstanding results at the box office, has earned him respect industry wide. That’s until his cunning fiancĂ© and co-star goes on a rampage, setting out to destroy his reputation. How else could he cope with her betrayal except to escape Tinseltown?

When Cassie and Jared meet on the island of Majorca, it sparks a life changing chemistry between them. Jared refuses to continue with his career without her by his side. Cassie must decide whether to give up life as she knows it, or leave it all behind to give their love a chance.

LINKS
Resplendence Publishing: http://goo.gl/h8VW5E
Book Trailers:
Falling into You: https://youtu.be/4UgihZ13bTs
Falling to Pieces: http://goo.gl/NE70vV
Kissing Cassie: https://goo.gl/Z0boHW




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Thursday, August 20, 2015

Pumpkin Spice, Cooler Temps and Football, What my next book will center around,

     What do you look forward to when August rolls around?


I love my Pumpkin Spice coffee and Football. I enjoy the NFL, but College is my favorite.



I do have a few teams I love to support. On the NFL side I am a long time Dallas Cowboy, and Pittsburg Steelers Fan. Grew up in PA, but my heart lives in Texas.



In the College scene I am a loyal UT Longhorn and an LSU Tiger fan.  Those two colleges happily took my money so I faithfully follow their teams.


I've attended an NFL game, and a College game. I prefer the energy during a college game. Especially at LSU. Amazing field and team.

Are you a football fan, and if so do you prefer college or pro?

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Now back to writing. Maybe I will have my hero a buff football player who's favorite place to hang out is Starbucks. My kind of man.