Monday, January 2, 2017

Happy New Year!

Wow, I cannot believe that 2016 is behind us.  Where did it go?  I'm sure most of you are feeling the same way and are wondering what 2017 has in store for us. LOL

As 2016 came to an end, I did some soul-searching about what I wanted the coming year to be for me as a wife, mother, and grandmother.  I'm so blessed to have a loving family, who are supportive of my crazy quirks, as well as the time I devote to my writing and everything it entails. However, I need to remember not to get so wrapped up in my writing, that I forget to live.  So, as far as a new year resolution, that is one I plan to work on.  While I love my writing, it's easy to get lost in that world. I do believe that I need to budget my time better and actually live my life more, not hidden behind a keyboard.

Now, as far as to my writing career in 2017, I plan to finish the huge editing project I've been working on for most of 2016.  When I took on this project I had no idea how much of my time it would take.  It's the debut publication for an author, so it had some issues.  Writing a trilogy for a debut project was quite daring, but I must say, it's a great story and I believe it will be a success with the reading public.  If you are a fan of Military Thrillers, I'm sure you'll enjoy this offering from first-time Author G.N. Kenyon on Amazon.

I also have some great books of my own to finish writing.  I often speak of "the voices", so I'm going to blame them for my partially written books.  Nothing is worse than to be plugging along on a great story and suddenly "the voices" go completely quiet.  Or, be working on one story and the characters from another decided they want some attention.  If I were to say this to a mental health person, they would probably want to send me to a padded room with a fancy new jacket that ties in the back. LOL

One of the books I need to finish is my Paranormal Thriller - 4.  I'm probably at least 2/3 of the way through it, but for some reason, I keep getting pulled away from it.  I'm not sure why, but I guess the characters are still working out the exciting ending.  Yes, I said it.  I believe it's the character who tell the story.  I'm just the means to get their stories on the printed page.  4 is a wonderfully dark and twisted story.  Imagine a vengeful spirit destroying the lives of the descendants of the man who killed his family over 200 years ago.  I must say I've had fun writing this story and look forward to getting it finished.  It's loaded with all the twists and turns my fans have come to expect from my work, so I promise you won't be disappointed.  I just hope the characters wake up and start talking soon.

Another book I need to finish the next installment of The Dragon's Blood Key.  Book 1 was my first attempt at writing YA Fantasy.  It was something I never thought I would do, but sometimes the characters give a writer no choice.  For those of you who don't know how The Dragon's Blood Key came to be, one morning I awoke with a story burning in my mind.  I was possessed, unable to do anything other than put the story down in the written word.  I've had a story take control of my thoughts, but never like The Dragon's Blood key did.  I couldn't sleep, I barely ate, but 2 weeks later, it was off to the editor.  I must admit that I was surprised to see the direction the story went. Cassy, the heroine, finds herself caught up in an ancient struggle against a power of pure evil in a far off realm. As her quest unfolds, she soon learns her life will never be the same again.  She also learns that heroes come in all forms.  In book 2, Cassy finds herself pulled back to Walandra to face the Evil Queen again and save those she loves from a horrible fate.  You can find book 1 on Amazon.

I'm not sure which of these stories I will work on first, but either way, I'm sure you'll enjoy the finished product.  Hopefully, no other "voices" will pull me in a completely different direction, but who knows?  Sometimes, it's just best to surrender to their desires and let the story write itself.

Another fun project I'm doing is a weekly Blog Talk Radio show.  Deadly Reads Radio - Journey into the Night has been a learning experience and a pure delight.  Lisa Vandiver and I have met so many wonderful people since our debut show October 2015, and we plan to continue bringing our listeners a quality show for their enjoyment.  Beginning January 19, 2017, our shows will be dropped to 30 minutes.  With everyone's schedules, we decided it would be best to go to a half hour show.  We figured if a sitcom can do it, why can't we? I guess our guests like the idea too because we're already booked well into February. LOL  You can listen to our live shows on Deadly Reads Radio, or our past shows on our YouTube Channel.

I hope this post finds you excited for this new year and all its promise.   Happy New Year, and may ALL your dreams come true.

Monday, December 12, 2016

The Spirit of Christmas is in the air

I love this time of the year.  The bright decorations, cheesy Hallmark Christmas movies, and our favorite Christmas music always seem to warm my heart.  In the spirit of the season, I thought it would be fun to share a handful of my favorite Christmas songs with you... and yes, some will show how old I am. LOL

Now, my favorite since childhood and it still makes me cry...

I hope you've enjoyed these wonderful Christmas songs as much as I do each and every year.  Merry Christmas, my friends, and I wish you all a blessed New Year.

Monday, December 5, 2016

My Favorite Time of the Year

As we enter this joyous time of the year, our minds often fill with memories of Christmases long ago.  The happy memories of baking our favorite Christmas treats, preparing gift baskets for the less fortunate and opening our front door to see carolers singing our favorite Christmas songs. The treasured memories of Christmas mornings when we gathered together as a family around the Christmas Tree and watched the joy on everyone's face as they opened their brightly decorated packages.  Christmas is a magical time.  Sharing our love with others and reaching out to those in need.

As I write this post, our Christmas Tree is shining brightly, filling my heart with those treasured memories.  When I close my eyes, I see my mother busily preparing all the treats we came to expect each Christmas.  My mother always went all out for Christmas.  During the month of December, if you came to our house you'd find your favorite Christmas treats placed on crystal serving plates, waiting for you to enjoy.  The house was always festively decorated and she always made sure Christmas music was playing in the background during the day, and at night we would watch the same Christmas shows we had watched the year before... and yes, I often cried.

These memories are what inspired my Novella, Saying Goodbye: The Christmas Gift.  I poured my heart and soul into the story as I came to terms with painful issues in my life.  So often we bury the pain we feel over events in our lives. So much so that we allow them to keep us from truly enjoying the precious gifts life has waiting for us.  Writing this fictional story allowed me to put to rest some issues in my own life.  I hope it touches your heart and allows you to do the same.

Saying Goodbye: The Christmas Gift is no a story of loss.  It's a story of hope and love.

Available on Amazon for only 99 cents
and with Kindle Unlimited

Thursday, November 3, 2016

A Night of Mystery

We are excited to have Mystery Author Judy Penz Sheluk joining us on Deadly Reads Radio tonight. Her debut mystery novel, The Hanged Man's Noose, the first in the Glass Dolphin Mystery series, was published in July 2015 by Barking Rain Press.  Judy then went on to write Skeletons in the Attic, her second novel, and the first in her Marketville Mystery series which was published this last August by Imajin Books.

Judy has written several more exciting stories for readers to enjoy and I look forward to getting to know her better tonight.

I hope you will join us for an hour of lively and interesting conversation at 9pm central time (10 eastern, 8 mountain, or 7 pacific).

Judy's Social Media Links - Website  Facebook  Twitter  Pinterest  Amazon 

Monday, October 31, 2016

I'm SO excited!

I'm excited to announce that my Novella, Saying Goodbye: The Christmas Gift is available for Pre-Order on Amazon for ONLY .99 cents .

Saying Goodbye is a touching story of love, loss, and opening your heart to the wondrous things life has to offer.

Reviews on Amazon

5-Stars  I have read other books by Linda Barton. This is definitely different from her other work, but she did not disappoint. Saying Goodbye is a heartfelt story about the true meaning of life. No, life is never a straight line; moving forward through trials and tribulations sometimes means having to forgive ourselves and let go of the past, and the sooner we realize that, the better. I loved this story from beginning to end. It really pulls at your heartstrings.

5-Stars  I have been a fan of Linda L Bartons for some time now and I have to say this is completely different from everything she has written. She has a talent for keeping you in her stories so well that you can't put her book down because you are afraid you will miss something awesome. This story hits close to reality because we all share a loss similar to this story in one way or another. Having lost my own mother close to Christmas myself, it brought back memories of happiness, sorrow, and even pain. It's a story of love moving forward through trials, tribulations and getting to Say Goodbye. Linda as always puts her heart and soul into everything she writes and this is one of those stories you will not want to miss. I highly recommended it!

5-Stars  I have read other books by Linda Barton. This is definitely different from her other work, but she did not disappoint. Saying Goodbye is a heartfelt story about the true meaning of life. No, life is never a straight line; moving forward through trials and tribulations sometimes means having to forgive ourselves and let go of the past, and the sooner we realize that, the better. I loved this story from beginning to end. It really pulls at your heartstrings.

5-Stars  Linda is a very talented writer. I enjoyed the book so much l could not put it down. I could picture every single word in my mind as l was reading it. Will be reading more of her books.

4-Stars  This is a wonderful story of a woman's Christmas with her family, with its subsequent loss, gain, and heartwarming understanding of Life, and Death. A highly recommended read.

5-Stars  This was an amazing story and an easy read. It put a smile on my face the whole time I was reading it. It brought up wonderful memories for me and had a bittersweet ending. Take the time to read it and hopefully, it will stir up wonderful memories for you too.