Saturday, September 16, 2017

I must say goodbye


I've had fun with you here on Blogger but I've made the decision to move my blog to Wordpress. I invite you to join me there for some more fun posts and adventures in blogging. A few of you may recognize some posts from here, but I enjoyed them so much I wanted to share them with my new friends too. My new blog is: WELCOME TO MY WORLD - ENTER THE MIND OF A WRITER.

I will keep this blog open for a while as I get everything set up on my new one. I hope you'll join me as I continue my adventure in blogging.

I want to thank you all for your support and I wish you all the best - Linda

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Another FUN show on Deadly Reads Radio


I was thrilled to have Screenwriter/Author Doug Richardson return to Deadly Reads Radio.

Doug Richardson is an American Screenwriter and Novelist who specializes in Action Movies and Thrillers. You can learn more about Doug by visiting his website. 

Doug returned to talk with us about his latest installment of Lucky Dey Thriller series, now available at Amazon.  As always, we shared lots of laughs while we caught up with him.

You can listen to our show with Doug and other great guests on our YouTube Channel.

Friday, September 1, 2017

Important Shows on Deadly Reads Radio


Many of you know I also have a YouTube channel called Deadly Reads Radio.  On our shows we talk with those in the Publishing and Entertainment industries about their projects and careers.  However, we, at Deadly Reads are also proud supporters of Essure Awareness.  

I'm sure many of you have never heard of the Essure Birth Control Device, and many of you who have were told it was a safe procedure with no dangerous side-effects.  My daughter-in-law was one of those women.  However, all the promises of a carefree form of birth control ended in tragedy for her. Failing health, intense pain, and other issues are what Essure gave her.

After meeting several women on the Essure Problems Facebook page, I decided it was time to alert women of this not only dangerous, but DEADLY device.  Below is our first show in a series, where women who are suffering from Essure called in and shared their stories.  This is an important series for women to educate themselves before allowing Essure to be put inside their bodies.  Please listen to their words, and then share it with every woman you know.  We must prevent women from falling prey to a sales pitch that is not only a lie, but may cost them their health or even their lives.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Texas Strong

Well, it looks like Harvey is FINALLY leaving Texas. I cannot believe all the destruction it has left behind since first making landfall. As I watch the news reports of all the flooding, I cannot help but cry at all the loss. Last night, Harvey hit our little corner of Texas with full force. My husband and I stayed up into the wee hours of the morning watching the rescues of those facing the water flooding into their homes.

I cannot begin to say how proud I am of the first responders from the Federal level all the way down to the city level, as well as private individuals. Watching the military helicopters pulling stranded people up to safety, and the police officers going around their communities in dump trucks picking up people and taking them to safety has made my heart burst with pride. Then watching the average citizens who have come with their boats and ski-doos and spent long, hard hours of going up and down the flooded streets, getting people and pets to safety has restored my faith in my fellow Americans.

We are still in a flash flood warning until 4:30 am, Thursday morning, but after that, we are supposed to have several days of sunshine. Once Harvey is officially gone, the work of cleaning up and rebuilding begins. I know Texans will be up to the task because Texans don't know how to give up.

Thank you all for your prayers and God Bless Texas.





Sunday, August 27, 2017

Prayers for Texas

Many of you may not know but I'm a proud Texan. I may not have been born in Texas, but I will be here until it's my time to leave this life.  I love this state and its people with their independent spirit and strong faith in God.  Texans are a unique breed.  It's true that everything is bigger in Texas.  However, what I believe that means is it's because Texans always do things in a big way.

Now to the reason for this post.  The news media has shown the world the devastation Texans are facing with the arrival of Harvey.  Thousands upon thousands of Texans have lost everything with no promise of this storm letting up for several more days.  The rain just keeps coming, hour after hour.  Some areas are still suffering the strong winds along with the endless rain.

For those of you who have never faced a hurricane, I can tell you the destructive power is something you can never imagine in your worst nightmares.  The wind sounds like a freight train barreling down on you with the rain coming at you like bullets.  Then you have to worry about the tornadoes that appear suddenly out of the clouds, adding to the destruction.  I have experienced fires, floods, tornadoes, and even earthquakes, but NOTHING matches the terror a hurricane brings.  The power of a hurricane shows us just how small we truly are in the scheme of things.

As of this morning, we are feeling the effects of the outer bands of Harvey as it makes its slow move eastward.  The reports of how it will more than likely continue until Thursday are unbelievable.  I cannot imagine the about of destruction it can do in that time.  I worry for those in its direct path.  I worry for our daughter who is a police officer in one of the communities having a problem with flooding at this time.  Being a first responder, she cannot evacuate.  She has to stay to help keep her community safe.  While I'm proud of her, as a mother, I'm also worried for her safety.

As I write this post, the rain continues to fall.  We are blessed because our home is dry, and we still have electricity, phone service, and Internet service.  I'm praying that we live to the north enough that we don't get a direct hit should Harvey decide to swerve back out into the gulf and gather more strength.

I know Texans will survive this brutal attack from Harvey.  I know Texans will pull together and rebuild.  Heck, Texans are a tough and resilient breed.  So, as I close this post I ask for your prayers and well wishes for Texas.  Harvey may have kicked us in the teeth, but he hasn't knocked us down.



Friday, August 25, 2017

Laughing and Learning


Bestselling Indie Author Mike Pettit returns to Deadly Reads Radio for an evening of informative and lively conversation. Lisa and I are always thrilled when Mike drops by for a visit on Deadly Reads Radio.

He's a wealth of information about the Indie Publishing World with his tips on branding and marketing.  We have learned so much from him and I'm sure you will too.  An added bonus is Mike is a fun interview.  I'm just thankful he is patient with Lisa and me because if there is something that can be screwed up you can bet we'll do it.

Mike is also a Bestselling Author of over 30 exciting action-packed crime novels, as well as books in the western genre and true life stories.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Lot's of fun on Deadly Reads Radio


We had a great time chatting with Vince Guaglione about his books and writing career.  Vince has written a wonderful series of books on the grieving process after losing a loved one and how to he learned to overcome the pain.  I was a little weepy during the show because of my recent loss.  However, in spite of my occasional tears, we had a great time.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Why Do I Write?

Why do I write, you ask?  I've often asked myself that very same question.  The other day when I was scrolling down my Facebook newsfeed, I came across a post by a fellow author.  She had announced that she was no longer going to write because she felt as though her career was going nowhere.  I cannot begin to tell you how sad that made me feel,  However, I must confess, I've felt that same sense of utter failure before myself.

Writing is one of the most difficult things I've ever done.  You spend long hours sitting at your computer, creating what you hope will be the next great masterpiece. You then spend endless hours of rewriting, editing and rewriting some more before you feel it's ready for the REAL editor.  Of course, while the Editor has your manuscript, the story haunts your mind with questions of the plot twists you should have added or deleted before handing it over to someone else.  No, writing is not for the weak of heart.

I know that each Author has their own stories of mistakes they've made.  We just need to realize that anything stupid we may have done will not be the death-nail for our writing careers unless we allow it.  When I had my meltdown over a huge mistake I made early in my writing career, my husband gave me to best advice.  He said to go on the reviews of a few famous authors and read their 1-star reviews.  He said if they can survive their mistakes, then so can I.  You know something, he was right.

I now live by the motto... My writing career is going to have highs and lows.  I will learn from the lows and enjoy the highs.  So, whenever I feel like the publishing world has kicked me in the teeth, just brush it off and soldier on! 

I now write for my MY enjoyment, and should others discover my books and enjoy them as well then that's just the icing on the cake.  If the day ever comes where my books are read by millions I'll enjoy the ride.  However, if my books are only read by a few I'll still enjoy the ride.  You see writing is my personal enjoyment.  I love developing characters that come to life on the pages.  I also love to invoke a wide range of emotions on the pages of my books.  I guess you can say that writing is my drug of choice.

So, back to where I started this post.  Several people commented on the Author's Facebook post, trying to convince her not to give up.  I, for one, wish she just takes a little time off to recoup and try to remember what she LOVES about writing.  If her only goal was to be picked up by a publishing company and become a famous author then maybe her decision was the correct one.  However, if she started writing for the LOVE of writing then her decision should be easy.  Just write and not worry about anything else.

If you want to know more of what I do, I invite you to go to my website.




Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Things that go bump in the Night

I had a GREAT time today with 'The Horrorcist' from London, England on his podcast. He let me share some of the supernatural and downright scary experiences I've had in my life . Once he gets the podcast ready, I'll be sure to share the link for the show. On a side note, he has the cutest British accent and is an absolute joy. For those of you who know me, yes, I was my normal silly self.

He has even agreed to join us on the Deadly Reads Radio Podcast for our Halloween show. I want to line up my social media friends to call the show that night and share their scariest true stories of the things that go bump in the night. If you have a bone-chilling story, let me know and we'll get you set up to join us on the show. I'll let you know the date and time of the show at later time.


If you'd like to share your scary story, contact me at lindabarton@deadlyreads.com

Friday, July 14, 2017

These stories will not be on the nightly news!



I’m so honored to have Robert Rangel joining us today.  Robert and I have been friends since he was a guest on the Deadly Reads Podcast, so I figured it was time to let him share with us here on my blog what makes him tick as an author, and what made him decide to enter the world of writing.

First, here’s a little background:

Robert resides in Los Angeles, California. He has lived an interesting life before becoming an author.  He’s a retired Detective of the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department, a retired bodyguard for Royal families from three different countries, and is currently a background investigator for police hires.  As you can see, we will have lots of fun stuff to chat with Robert about.

Robert has written an important book that needs to be read by the public.  The Red Dot Club is the first-hand account of Law Enforcement Officers who faced death at the hands of criminals and lived to tell their stories.  Having read his book myself, I must say it provides a rollercoaster of emotions for the reader.  With each word and knowing the stories are true as told by those who lived it, I found myself filled with a wide range of wrenching emotions.  From tears to anger, The Red Dot Club is a MUST read to fully understand what our Law Enforcement Officers face every day they put on that badge, and that they are people just like you and me.  They have families who pray every day they will come home after their shift.  Unfortunately, some don’t, and others are forced to overcome life-changing injuries.  Robert has written a book that takes you into the minds of those who have faced the unthinkable, and he did it in a way to pay respect for those who lived the nightmare of joining The Red Dot Club.

Hi Robert, I’d like to thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedule to drop by and allow us to get to know you better.

Thanks. It is my pleasure to share some of my experiences with you all.
You have quite an interesting resume.  Would you mind sharing with us why you decided to go into Law Enforcement?

One of the things on your resume that I find interesting is your time as a Royal bodyguard.  Would you share with us what that entails and why you decided to take on such a job?

Wow, what a loaded question! I worked for the Royal Family of Brunei, the Royal Family of Saudi Arabia and the Royal Family of Malaysia. I had just retired as a peace officer as a result of numerous injuries. I had broken my knee, (a right tibial plateau fracture, you can look it up). I had and still have a bullet in my right humerous from a shootout.  So…I was looking for something to do. They say that in life it’s not what you know but who you know. In this case, it’s true, as one of my ex-partners hooked me up with the Director of Security for the Royal Family of Brunei and the rest is history. My first book, The Organ Grinder’s Monkey details what working for that royal family is like. To paint a picture, if you will, of a very highly paid slave, but he is still a slave. A slave is someone who is expected to be available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Thus, I was this man, a highly paid slave. I’ve actually had comments from several people that said they enjoyed reading this book more than The Red Dot Club but I disagree. However, The Organ Grinder’s Monkey is a fascinating and fun read full of twists and turns, backstabbing, power grabs, laughs, unbelievable scenarios, and it’s all true.

I’m sure most of us would like to know what The Red Dot Club is.  Can you explain how you came up with that title and why?

When I was a patrol deputy, we, of course, handled every type of situation imaginable. Some of our calls were extremely HOT situations. When I say HOT, I mean dangerous. To give an example, in my first week on patrol we had six murders in my area. That is not counting the people who were shot, stabbed, or beaten who did not die.  One of my partners and I would say either before or after handling those situations that we could have made the suspect a member of The Red Dot Club. This, of course, meant that we could have shot them. The red dot is the mark a bullet makes at its entry site. I never forgot the saying and I thought it was an appropriate title for my book about officers who were shot in the line of duty.

When you asked me to read your book, I must confess that I had no idea what I would find in those pages.  Can you please tell us a little about what it was like to research and write The Red Dot Club?


As a member of The Red Dot Club yourself, can you tell us how it affected you to write this book?

I am a pretty healthy guy. Writing this book almost killed me. I had stomachaches, I had headaches, I had sleepless nights and I could not eat. I found I had to sprint to write the book because I could not stay in the horror of the stories for too long. To write the book, and to tell these brave heroes stories, I had to live the shootings as I interviewed the officers, and then I had to live them again when I wrote them. I had to live their experience. I had to feel their horror, their loneliness, and their terror. It was an absolutely horrifying, terrifying and debilitating experience for me to have to do this over and over again. I still have nightmares.

I know the stories in this book are difficult to read.  Can you tell us what you hoped this book would do to those who read it?

I wanted to bring awareness to the public of what and who cops are. I want the public to understand that the little video of an officer involved shooting is so much more than the five seconds of the shooting you see on your television screen. I want the press to understand that they do not understand what they are saying when they report on a shooting and give their opinion as to whether is was a good shooting or not. No one but the officer who went through getting shot understands what it is like to not know if you will live or die. The Red Dot Club tells it like it really is. No selective editing.  The stories are in their purest and raw form.

Can you share with us what kind of response you’ve received from others in Law Enforcement pertaining to this book?

I have had overwhelming thanks from everyone for finally telling the truth. Some of the officers in the book have thanked me for telling their account because they could not tell it themselves.

After reading this book, I found myself wanting to hug our daughter and keep her safe. She is also a Law Enforcement officer.  Can you tell us as family members the best way to help those who have faced the situations spoken of in your book?

Let them talk. Let them vent. I think it’s impossible to understand what it’s like to be forced to shoot someone else. We are peace officers for a large part because we view life as precious and we promise to protect it. Then sometimes to save a life we have to take a life. This is more difficult for most officers than people realize. Officers who shoot others probably think about the event almost every day…forever.  I have no problem talking about my shootings. Other officers might. I think it’s good to talk about it in a safe environment. Encourage them to do so. And if they cuss while doing it, understand that there is a lot of anger about being forced to do the unthinkable. It is just coming out as a forceful voice. Don’t judge, let it be.

I understand that you are now working on the second book of this series.  Can you tell us a bit about it?

The title is The Red Dot Club: Victim’s Voices. It’s a phenomenal book. Again, we have officers who fight for their lives in real life shootings, but I have included other officers who lived through horrifying on the job experiences. The point is that most officers are victims also.

When do you expect its release?
It’s done. I’m waiting to see if a major motion picture/television studio I met with is going to do a television series. If so, then I’ll release the book and market it with the, ‘Soon to be a television series’ slant to it.
Where do you see these books going in the future?

I think every American should read this book. One of my reviewers on Amazon said this and I agree. To quote, “Our society needs to read these stories and learn from these heroes that we civilians do not understand what we ask of those who volunteer to protect the rest of us. Democrat, or Republican, liberal or conservative, every citizen should read this book.”

I’m sure everyone would enjoy reading some short snippets from your book. Would you mind sharing a few with us?

Here are three excerpts:

“The pain in my stomach then hit me hard…I felt wetness on my stomach…I put my hand there and then pulled it away looking at my fingers. I was horrified. It should have been blood…It was a clear gooey fluid with flecks of red in it. Oh my God, what is that?”
~~~
“It’s just like I’m standing here talking to you…Fudge, I see the bullet leave the gun and fly at me. I could see the copper tip of the bullet with the muzzle flash of the gun behind it, and it was spinning straight toward me.”
~~~
“I was thinking I was going to die. I was thinking Puppet was going to die. I was scared and sad. It was going to happen. I was going to die.”

Okay, last question.  What is your ultimate goal as a writer?

I would like to raise awareness by telling truths, the experiences that people live through. I would like to do this in a variety of areas and situations. Would it not be so cool to be able to understand others and what they have gone through?

I’d like to thank you for spending this time and allowing us to get to know you better.  Is there anything else you’d like to add?

My books will make you laugh. They will make you cry, and rip your hearts out. They will be the unfiltered truth. If I ever fail to do this I will no longer write. God bless each and every one of you!

As you can see Robert is not only a talented author but is an all-around nice person.  I hope you will not only check out his book, The Red Dot Club but also follow him on social media.

Facebook   Twitter    Amazon    Website 




Monday, June 26, 2017

To write or not to write


Just keep writing... only if it were that easy.  I have spoken to other writers who claim they face this same issue from time to time.  We come up with a wonderful idea for a story, we begin working on the plotline, creating a new world for the characters, and may even get a good distance into the story, and then something unthinkable happens... we run into a hundred foot wall.  No matter how many times we go over our notes, reread what we've written so far, NOTHING seems to come to mind on how to continue.  So we do the one thing that drives us all crazy.  We set our wonderful new story aside and wait for something to flood into our minds so we can continue.

The only problem with doing this is most of us have far too many unfinished books waiting for us to open the file, continue writing, and eventually publish.  I am trapped in this quandary at this time.  I was working on my paranormal thriller, 4 and going along at a good pace.  Then it happened.  My mind went blank and the characters stopped talking.  I had started this story a couple of years ago, but for some reason, I can't seem to get it finished.  I love the story and those who have read parts of it say it's great, so why can't I seem to stay focused on it?  I was finally able to finish Heart Tires and get it published.  I was so pleased with how it turned out.  I made it a perma-free novella, so I invite you to go grab a copy if you haven't already.

Here is where I stand at this moment.  I have my paranormal thriller, 4 and the second installment of the Dragon's Blood Key waiting to be finished and published.  Both are great stories and deserve my best effort.  However, I can't seem to focus on them and give them the love they deserve. I know it will happen. I just hope it's sooner than later.

I'm sure those who spend their days stressing over their masterpiece know where I'm coming from.  I'm sure readers just want us to finish our stories so they can enjoy them.  However, sometimes writers find themselves stuck and unable to continue until their inner voices guide them.  Yeah, I know, it sounds crazy, but that's how it goes in the mind of a writer. LOL

I want to thank you for reading my ramblings and I hope you will follow me on here and my other social media.  Wishing you a wonderful day, and happy writing and reading.

You can find Heart Ties on:
Amazon & iTunes  (This link works for ALL Amazon & iTunes stores.)

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Monday, May 29, 2017

A love through the ages


**New Release on Amazon for only 99 cents**
Death. Is it the end or merely a new beginning?
From a child, Shane felt as though at one time he had been someone else. His dreams haunted him with the memories of a different life and his death. Is there more than this life? Do our souls move on, or does our life-force cease to exist?
Sometimes in this life, our souls touch another, and we find ourselves helplessly drawn to them. This is a special gift, not to be denied. This is Heart Ties.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

I did it!


I can't believe I FINALLY finished writing Heart Ties.  This book has sat on the sidelines for far too long, while other projects took its place.  Last night as I typed the final paragraph, I not only felt a sense of pride for completing another book, but also excitement.  When I had first sat at my desk and typed the opening words of this wonderful story all those years ago, I knew this would be a book that would touch the hearts of those who read it.  So, realizing it was far overdue to clean out my 'Books to be Finished' folder, I chose Heart Ties first.  I must admit that I'm glad I did.

It's now in the editing process, getting its polish and shine.  I look forward to offering this wonderful story of Eternal Love to readers everywhere and I hope they will enjoy reading it as I did writing it.

Here's a little tease from the unedited copy - 

“Mommy, I didn’t mean to do it! I didn’t want to die!” Six-year-old Shane bolted upright in his bed, tears flowing down his cheeks and soaked with sweat.

“You’re alright, baby. Mommy’s here,” Patricia sat next to Shane who was trembling with fear. “Did you have the bad dream again?”

“Yes; I was flying in the airplane, and it crashed into the water. I tried to stop it, but I couldn’t,” Shane whimpered, hugging his pillow. “Mommy, why did I have to die? I wanted to go home, but I died in the water. She was waiting for me to come home, but I couldn't do it.”

Patricia was at a loss for words. Shane seemed to have this same dream at least twice a month, and she had no idea how to stop them. Patricia clearly remembered the first time he had the dream. He was three years old and had awakened screaming, NO over and over. Once she had calmed him down, he told her of how the water was cold and dark. He told her how he had tried to escape, but the water was all around him.

"I was mad, Mommy. I died. She would be sad because I broke my promise."

Friday, May 19, 2017

It's FRIDAY!


Wow, what a week.  I don't know about the rest of you, but I'm looking forward to the weekend. Between working on an editing project for a first-time author, making more premade ebook covers, and trying to squeeze in some time to work on my own WIP,  I need a couple of days to relax and just breathe.  

I decided to write this blog because I wondered how many other Indie Authors out there feel the same.  Do you seem to find yourself burning the candle at both ends?  Do you have a LONG list of books waiting to be written, or do you have a few books you've started but for one reason or another they never seem to get finished.  Yeah, me too.

My current WIP is a story I started 4 years ago.  It's not like it's an epic novel of over 100,000 words.  Nope, it's a simple romantic novella of eternal love and reincarnation.  Now, most people would wonder why I haven't finished writing it yet, and to be honest, I wish I had an answer.  My husband says it's because I have ADD when it comes to my writing.  I think it's because I have too many fires going at once.  From the work, I do for Deadly Reads Author Services and trying to squeeze in time for my own writing the hours seem to disappear,  I often wish I could clone myself. Yeah, I know, it's wishful thinking but it would be nice.  LOL

Anyway, I'm hoping to finish that sweet, romantic novella - Heart Ties any day now.  I'm sure you'll love it as much as I do.

Thanks for dropping by and let the weekend begin!

















Monday, May 15, 2017

Doin' the Happy Dance!


A while back I blogged that I was working on Premade ebooks covers to offer for sale on the Deadly Reads website.  Well, after HOURS and HOURS of work, I'm excited to announce we have several great looking ebook covers available for several genres.  

So, if you are an Indie Author, looking for the perfect cover to showcase your masterpiece novel, drop by and take a look.  We will also be adding more covers on a regular basis.  Our goal is to provide a quality cover that doesn't break your budget.  We also do custom covers.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

34 Years Later


I woke up this morning with a smile on my face.  Now, I'm not saying I don't normally have a smile on my face, but today, May 4th is a special day for me.  You see, 34 years ago today I married the perfect man for me, Bob Barton.  I'm not saying he's perfect because no one is; it's just that he understands me.  Bob loves me in spite of my mood swings (menopause sucks), he puts up with the endless hours I spend at my trusty laptop, and he never once complains when I go days with no makeup and messy hair.  You see like I said he's perfect for me.

One of these days I need to write a short story of our time together.  We've had some interesting things happen over the years.  I can honestly say that my life with Bob has allowed me to fulfill my bucket list with some things I never would have expected. **The above picture was taken on one of our many cruises.**

Happy Anniversary, Bob.  
The first 34 years were amazing.  I look forward to the next.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Made Me Smile


As authors, we often wonder what kind of reach we've accomplished with all the different social media we have at our fingertips today.  In the pursuit of reaching readers, we've all started our Facebook Pages, Twitter accounts, Instagram, Pinterest, and several others.  We then get a website and/or blog.  When I think of all the different options we have to reach readers today, it's quite overwhelming.

When I sat down all those years ago and began writing my debut novel, I never realized how there was more to being an author than just writing stories.  I had the foolish idea that I would write the next Bestselling Novel and publishing companies would fall all over themselves to sign me as their next STAR...boy, was I wrong.  After receiving a few letters stating that my book didn't follow the "rules" of its genre, I decided to go the Independent Author route.  I'd never heard of Indie Authors. Heck, I had no idea one could publish their own work on sites such as Amazon and Smashwords.

So, after hiring an editor, a formatter, and having a great cover made; I was ready to jump into the cold waters of publishing.  I must admit at first I was completely lost.  However, over time I met some of the nicest people on Facebook who had already published their books and figured out how to avoid most of the landmines of being self-published.  It's a wonderful community of Independent Authors.  They go out of their way to help each other and are willing to share ideas that have worked for them.

Now, what brings me to this post today?  I've never been much of a blogger.  I have high ambitions to keep it active and full of entertaining posts, but I seem to always find myself busy with other projects.  When I came on here today, I had plans to write a post on a different subject.  However, after checking the blog's stats, I knew what I wanted to say.....THANK YOU.

Seeing the number of views and all the different countries everyone is from has brought a huge smile to my face.  Here is the list of countries where people are from who have read my little blog - United States, Slovakia, Germany, France, Isreal, Canada, Japan, and Portugal.  Isn't that amazing?  I cannot begin to say how humbled I feel.

Now, I'm not going to promise to post daily or even weekly.  I am, though, going to try to do better.  Who knows, maybe over time, I'll get the hang of this blogging stuff and have posts that will be worth the time you've given me.

Thank you again!

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Friday, April 21, 2017

Coming up for air...whew!


There are exciting things happening at Deadly Reads. Over the last few weeks, Lisa and I have been working hard on creating Pre-Made ebook covers to offer for sale on DeadlyReads.com. These will be for the Indie Author who want a great cover for a bargain price. As Indie Authors, ourselves, we understand how expensive it can be to get a quality cover. Of course, we will be offering custom made covers as well.  You'll be able to find them on the Author Services area of the website.  We're hoping to have the covers available in the next couple of weeks.
Also, we've had requests to resume our Deadly Reads Radio shows. After leaving Blog Talk Radio, we had decided to take a break before resuming the show as a YouTube Podcast on our Deadly Reads YouTube Channel. Doing the shows was a true joy, and we look forward to spending some time with the wonderful guests wanting to join us on our new adventure in Podcasting.  I will post the information for our first podcast.
If you want to listen to our past shows, you can find them HERE. 

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

I'm doin' the Happy Dance


When I published my debut book in 2011, I was as green as they come.  I had no idea what it took to be a Self-Published Author, but over time I decided it was best to learn as much about the self-publishing industry as possible.  So, I buckled down and began. I have to say I never would have done it without all those great YouTube instructional videos. LOL

Over the last several months I have been busy working on projects for other authors through Deadly Reads Author Services.  First, there was a Military Thriller Trilogy for a first-time author where a complete edit, formatting for print and e-book, and covers for print and ebook were performed.  The next projects were 2 children's books where I did all the illustrations, formatted for print and ebook, and made both covers.

I put in some LONG hours on those projects, so when I sent the last book today to the happy author, I felt as though a thousand pounds was lifted off my shoulders.  Now I get a breather to work on my own stuff before the next projects begin in a couple of months.  But which project should I do?  I guess I'll put the names of my books waiting to be finished into a hat and see which one is the winner.  LOL

If any of you need help getting your masterpiece ready for publication, I'd love to give you a quote.












Monday, February 20, 2017

This Will Make Your Day


I was on Facebook and came across this fun video.  Once I watched it, I knew I had to share it with you.  So often we get so caught up in the drudgery of life that we forget to enjoy ourselves and all the gifts life provides.  In the time, this video has been up on YouTube is already has over 25,000,000 views.  After you watch it you'll understand why.

Take a moment to watch this wonderful video and I know you'll be smiling and dancing just like I am...enjoy!!

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

A BIG change at Deadly Reads Radio


Deadly Reads Radio, Journey into the Night has been on Blog Talk Radio since we debuted October 2015.  While we've enjoyed our time on Blog Talk Radio, we have decided to take our show on a different path.  In fact, tomorrow night, Feb. 16th is our last show on Blog Talk Radio at 9 pm CST.  The author, Stephen Thorne wanted to do a Pre-Recorded show, and I have to say that we had a blast.  He was quite amusing. LOL

Starting next month, we will be doing our shows as a Podcast on our Youtube Channel.  We will have the same format of interviewing some of the most interesting and fun guests, and I promise that Lisa and I will still be as silly as ever.  We will also have it so listeners can still call in and speak with our guests.

I have to admit that I'm a bit nervous about the change because this means a whole new learning experience for me.  But, I figure if I could learn how to do the tech stuff on Blog Talk, I can on our new format. LOL

I hope you will continue to listen to our shows, or if you haven't yet that you give us a try.  Lisa and I have been blessed with those who have agreed to come on and spend the evening with us, talking about the exciting things they do in their careers.  We've interviewed Bestselling/ Award Winning Authors and others in the Publishing Industry, Actors and Actresses, Movie Makers/Producers/Directors/Screenwriters, and those in the Music Industry, 

So, follow this blog if you haven't already, and get ready for announcements of our exciting new shows.  Lisa and I have come a LONG way on this journey, and we've both grown as interviewers along the way.  We look forward to meeting more talented people and bringing back some of or favorite past guests while providing you, the listener, more quality shows.

You can listen to our past shows here -   2015   2016   2017

You can also follow us on our Deadly Reads Facebook Page,  Twitter, and Website.






Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Boding Evil is now FREE!


I'm excited to announce that my ebook, Boding Evil is now FREE!  What's even more exciting is you not only get one bone-chilling story but TWO!  I invite you to go to your ebook outlet of choice and grab yourself a copy and then curl up with two great tales of things that go bump in the night.

Book Description 
Boding Evil – It WILL find you!
Evil lurks in the small town of Greer Springs, lying in wait for its next victim. Excited to fulfill a lifelong dream, nothing could have prepared Gene Mason for the horrors his family faced when they moved into a house with a dark and deadly past.
While Boding Evil is a fictional story, many of the situations portrayed were inspired by actual events told to the author. Some will say the events depicted in this book are merely objects of a fanciful imagination, but for those who lived through them, the events were quite real.
Included is a  bonus story titled: Sacrificing Souls.
Amazon     B&N     iTunes

Monday, January 30, 2017

Empower yourself with Joel Boggess


I am so excited to announce that Joel Boggess will be a guest on Deadly Reads Radio this Thursday, Feb. 2, 2017, at 9 pm CST. (10 eastern, 8 mountain, or 7 pacific)


 A speaker, podcaster, and author, Joel shows people how to find empowerment, meaning, and success.

Joel can also speak openly and with authority on:
  • How to launch a #1 bestselling book:
  • Podcasting for fun and profit;
  • How to launch a #1 podcast;
  • Inside secrets for getting booked on TV as the expert;
  • The 7 Mistakes most Podcasters make and how to Avoid Them.
I know this will not only be another fun show, but also very informative. So, mark your calendar, have a pen and paper ready, and tune in with us. I'll have my pen and paper ready. LOL

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.