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.