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Readers, Writers, Let The Lovin’ Begin: Massive Blog Hop

She’s hosting the block party:

I’m just pluggin the hop and spreading the love!

Check these brilliant #Writer’s blogs as well. They be Friends…and they be talented.

Sleepless Dreams: Allie Burke

Cat Get Off My Keyboard!: Nicholas Denmon

Giveaway ends September 7th.


Do You Feel Me? Guest Post by Michelle Leighton

To Feel or Not to Feel…

Do You Feel Me by blue id

Those are our only two choices, right?  Sometimes I wish there was a happy medium, and for some people, there just might be.  But not me.  I feel.  Boy, do I feel!  I can’t turn it off or choose what to feel about.  I just feel.  Yes, there are times when it’s more inconvenient and painful than others, but you can’t have the good without the bad.  It’s that inescapable, bone-deep, ache of it all—the happiness, the sadness, the desperation, the euphoria—that both compels me to write and litters a blank page with description.

To me, a good book is all about how it makes you feel.  If I can feel the pain and angst of the characters, then I can also feel their happiness and passion.  And that’s what I really want.  I want to triumph with them, to conquer, to win, to succeed against all odds.  But in order to do that, I have to feel challenged and heartbroken, downtrodden and hopeless—I have to feel the pain that they feel, even if it’s just for a little while.

Have you ever been furious at the end of a book?  Or completely, devastatingly heartbroken?  Me, I hate books like that, primarily because they have made me feel so deeply that I can’t get past the anguish of it all.  I carry it around for days as if it’s my own.  But you know what?  That’s the sign of a well-written book, even if I hated that it ended badly.  The author’s objective was undoubtedly to make me feel and guess what?  It worked.

That’s what I hope to achieve with my books, minus the lingering devastation.  I want to suck readers into the world of my characters.  I want them to feel the heartbreak of rejection, the desolation of loneliness, the crushing weight of failure, but only to accentuate the positive.  In the end, I want them to feel the pure joy of finding true love, the sheer relief of making it to the top of the mountain, the utter satisfaction of achieving the impossible.  To my way of thinking, if you carry a smile for a couple hours after you finish one of my books, I consider that I’ve done my job.  I’ve brought some happiness into your life, if only for a little while.  And can’t we all use an extra “win” every now and again?

Thank you, Michelle. I for one agree and feel the writing. This was a reminder. That writers must pour themselves into their writing. Into the worlds,  the very hearts and minds of their creations. I mean they don’t have to but why wouldn’t we? When we make a conscious effort to feel, our world and the ones we’ve created intertwine. The end result is depth, realism and heart. The characters, be they Frodo, Pip, Frog or Toad, Winter, Ocilla or L’orrah, will do as we say. Before they submit to our whims, however, I believe he or she may ask: “Do you feel me?” Whether we answer yes or no determines how they will react. They may stay still, arms crossed. Others may twiddle their thumbs waiting. When we search their pain and joy, triumphs and losses, then it begins and sometimes, more often than not, he or she will lead us in a direction we never thought we’d go. They reward us. Any writer would agree. And any reader will know whether or not we are being real.

You want to be a better writer? Search your heart. Then put your self in your m/c’s or protags shoes…or high heels. Or clogs or whatever sort of footwear suits them. I for one have so many pairs of “shoes”…and I love it.

Be blessed.

You can find Michelle on Twitter, on The Indie Spotlight and be sure to follow her blog!

Great things are coming Michelle’s way. Be there to watch and give her a hand in support!

What say you?


Megg Jensen, Ya Author of Anathema

Megg Jensen

Reychel is a slave girl surrounded by magic, lies and manipulation. Her best friend disappears in the middle of the night leaving Reychel to face her fifteenth birthday, the day her master burns his brand into the back of her bald head, alone. She’s sheltered from the outside world and doesn’t have any hope for escape, but when people desperate for freedom ask for her help can Reychel learn to believe in herself?

1. Megg, how syked are you to see your words in print at this level? You are on Barnes & Nobles PubIt! Teen bestseller’s list!

I was stunned, to put it mildly. But I know I have to keep up the momentum. Maybe someday I’ll break the top ten?

2. Indie. Firstly, for the reader’s that are unaware, what is an “Indie”?

An indie is an author who’s decided to go it alone, without the an agent and traditional publisher.

3. Why are you an Indie?

I’m not against agents or traditional publishers. This was just the right option for me. My goal is to have people read my book and that’s something I can achieve as an indie.

4. Other than having pretty much all the say in your books development, what would you consider the best part of self-publishing?

Control. Especially control over my covers. I’m not an artist, but I always have a particular image in mind. I’m lucky I’ve found a designer who works with me to make the images in my head real.

5. For those debating whether to take the chance or risk, whichever sounds better, :}, what advice would you give an aspiring writer that would help in their decision after the writing is done?

I would tell every writer to make a list of their goals. Is their main goal to have their book in all the big bookstores? Then go traditional. Are they willing to take some risks, even the risk of falling flat on their face in failure? Then go indie. Look, the market is a big unknown. There are traditionally published authors hitting it big and some indies are making millions. It shouldn’t be about the money, since it’s not guaranteed in either arena, but about the writer’s personal goals.

6. Lastly, Megg, without giving too much away, how does Reychel differ from other heroine’s?

I think Reychel is different because even though she’s told she’s something special, she doesn’t buy it. She finds strength in herself, in the girl she was before everything changed. She takes nothing for granted.

Megg Jensen. She writes about magic, mystery and fantasy, which is this Writer’s personal favorite, ahem. 🙂 She is an inspiration for all writer’s, young and old, who are contemplating self-publishing as a means to get their precious stories “out there.” An inspiration to us all.

Aspire No More.

Pick up Megg’s book and stop by her place. Also “Like” her fan page, today!


The free give-away has ended! Congratulations to the winner, Lindsay Cummings! Enjoy Anathema!

All others thank you very much for the awesome comments and keep ’em coming! I’m bound to have more give-aways and more excitement to come!

Be blessed!


Excitement Just Because

I have added a comment feature and “Like” button for my Facebook Fan page on my Author/Book site.

 

G’on over to my site and peruse, but stay awhile.

 

Trust me it’s worth it. 🙂

TymothyLongoria, Author of The Stories


The Stories:Book One

Every rumor begins with truth.

Every tale must be told.

 

 

In this epic fantasy…

 

Legends will be reborn.


A bit of my official Unofficial soundtrack

The Stories:Book One. I couldn’t write without music. Well, okay, maybe I could, but it wouldn’t be the same.

In no particular order, save for Chapter One

Chapter One. PsychoSocial by Slipknot

Remember When It Rained by Josh Groban

Come Back by Watership Down

Rebirthing by Skillet

Fade Away by Diecast

46 & 2 by Tool

heartbeats Broove

Strength In Numbers by Times Of Grace

New Fire by Sent By Ravens

Who We Are by DoublEdge

Whispers In The Dark by Skillet

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The Sky Burns Red by Perception of Intent

Them boys got it.


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