Hi everyone! I have been busy working on my first book for publication. I am very excited to unleash the unfiltered mouth of my main character on the world very soon. To keep up to date on everything Justine; I ask that you sign up for my newsletter at authorleighlennon.com. Along with following the newsletter; you will be privy to give aways and special offers.
I am also getting ready to send The Last Breath to my editor with a tentative release date of November 1st, 2017. If you have enjoyed Julia’s story; I will be posting more information on her release too!
I want to express thanks to all of those that have supported me. This is truly a dream come true seeing my stories in print. As always you can follow me on twitter and Facebook (Succulent and Sassy Reads) in my Facebook group page!
As I continue with this blog; I have started another blog that will showcase the talents of indie writers! I will showcase authors and their books on my new blog and ask you all to follow me while I bring attention to this industry.
You can catch my new blog at firstname.lastname@example.org
Below are the short list of authors I have featured or their review! Be sure there are more to come!
I want to showcase this new author. I have read her first book and I’m looking forward to this next one! Check her out; this newest book releases tomorrow! (6/22/17)
Hey, everyone! It has been a long time since I have posted. I am in the middle of indie publishing. It is not an easy road to travel but like I tell my kids, most things worth pursuing can be hard work.
Anyway, I want to share with all of you a New Blog I am starting to bring focus and light to the indie publishing world. Please check out my blog and if you can, sign up to follow it. It was brought forth with a passion I have for those that go against the norm in this business and publish books on their own. Please help me shine the light on the quality books in the indie market!
You can follow us at intoindies.wordpress.com
Sometimes you are not aware of what you are supposed to do until you are deep in the trench of warfare. When I was a young expectant mother, I read books about parenting and everything that goes along with it. However, it wasn’t until I was immersed in diapers, burping, nursing and the other thousands of little tasks that were associated with being a mom; did I understand what I really needed to do to calm this new baby I loved desperately.
I used this analogy because I have read books on writing and indie publishing along with resources that would give me tons of ideas to pull from. Just as my parenting story above, I had no idea what I was truly getting myself into as I started this process.
First let me start by saying I have had a lot more experience making mistakes than I have had with making the right choices. I take solace in the fact that I will hopefully have this system streamlined as I start on the second book in my series. It has been a humbling experience as I realize and accept the mistakes I have made and I work through them to bring my dream of being published to fruition.
With that being said, I wanted to spotlight a website that has given me many resources in the past several weeks as I piece together this process for myself. I am a big fan of Aly Martinez. She is an indie author I have been following and I enjoy her books. She is speaking at the Indie Tea Conference and during one of her Facebook chats; she mentioned it would be in Charlotte NC this year. That is in my backyard and so I searched for information concerning this event; not aware of what it even was.
In this little divine intervention, I found a plethora of resources that are as valuable to the indie writer as a stethoscope is to a doctor. Two indie authors, Whitney G. and Nicole London started the sight, wanting to inspire other writers trying to break out in the romance genre and they share what they have learned with newsletters and podcasts. This conference provides workshops and panels hosted by leaders in this industry.
On the site itself, there is a list of cover designers, editors, promotional companies, photographers and formatters. These are all vital services the indie author needs to publish a quality book, even if you aren’t in the romance genre. It has lent me so much information that I feel almost (and I said almost) comfortable now in this journey I have embarked on.
Check them out at http://www.theindietea.com.
As always, happy writing to all of you!
I recently finished The Hypnotist’s Love Story by Liane Moriarty and felt pulled in two different directions with my reaction to this book. This author was able to paint a visual portrayal of a delicate issue where the reader has sympathy for the antagonist of the book; where without this type of representation; this character would have been hated. Being able to achieve this is a true gift of any author and Liane Moriarty pulls it off effortlessly.
Within this book, Ellen is a hypnotherapist in Sydney whose life takes a drastic turn when she meets Patrick. Ellen had been in three long relationships that never really materialized into what she had imagined for her optimal long-term relationship. At the age of thirty-five, she finally takes the plunge—desperate for a family, she turns to Internet dating. After a couple dates with Patrick, a single dad whose first wife died tragically, she can see a deeper commitment with him. That is when he reveals that an ex-girlfriend is stalking him. In Ellen’s mind, this makes Patrick more desirable—if an ex-girlfriend wants him this desperately; then he really must be a catch.
I am not condoning stalking at all and within this relationship, it is apparent Patrick’s ex-girlfriend; Saskia is in need of severe therapy. Stalking is a serious problem and I sympathize with any victims of this sort of crime. However, this is where the author paints a story that shows another side—one of the stalker. Within the book, there is a sympathy that runs deep for Saskia. Her story is revealed in a first person point of view and the reader gets a sense to why a person could turn to this lifestyle. Later on when Patrick reveals more information to Ellen about Saskia, she realizes Saskia is actually a patient of hers under an obvious pseudonym.
Normally, I give very few spoilers in my reviews but I feel I need to address some of the reasons I was able to sympathize with the stalker in Saskia. First off, after Patrick’s first wife passes away, he brings Saskia into his life and she bonds immediately with the infant son of Patrick and his late wife. She took over all parenting duties for the young boy and Patrick allowed this with out a fight. Then he decides just a month after Saskia loses her mother (and her only family) that it is time to end their relationship after three years. Later on in the book, he does mention to Ellen that he had wanted to break up with her earlier but due to the illness of her mother that would be in bad taste. However, that doesn’t stop him from breaking her heart just a month after she buried her mom. That also meant that the little boy that Saskia had essentially raised and bonded with, was out of her life forever.
I didn’t want to like Patrick and it was not until the end of the book that Patrick was redeemed in my eyes. I did feel for him though; his life was turned upside down by this women. By the end of the book, Patrick’s character grew on me and I was glad for how his life turned out. I loved Ellen who was the main character throughout the story. My favorite part of the book that really showed the type of person she was—was when she realized Saskia broke into her house and baked them biscuits. What did Ellen do with the biscuits? She ate them. (Saskia was nothing compared to Glenn Close; there was no boiling of rabbits.)
Some things to keep in mind with this book from the same author that gave us Big Little Lies; The Last Anniversary and The Husband’s Secret is that this book is more of a women’s literary fictional piece and not one of a thriller or mystery like the books mentioned above. There is not a big twist that leaves the reader completely for a loss of words. This doesn’t make the book any less entertaining. I found myself in stitches at times and of course this subject matter was very thought provoking. All in all, it was a sweet story with a resolution for both sides.
As I am approaching the deadline that I have set for myself in the indie publishing world that I have been living in for the past few months, I have come across a horrible companion. Based on the title of this article, you guessed it right—it is the mother of all cohorts—self-doubt. Along with this little chum hanging around me is his best friend called second guessing.
The solution sounds easy—make a decision and just stick to it. Yes that is all I have to do yet those little buggers keep me company more than the people that live in my house.
I want my first book to be a reflection of myself and because writing is so subjective, it makes the author vulnerable in so many ways. I will know the right decisions for these many doubts when I least expect it. However for those that have had to make so many of these decisions on your own with little advice; it is a constant battle of yourself vs. the self doubt that lingers.
So what am I second guessing you ask. Well since you asked so kindly I will tell you. Everything from the ending of my book, to the title and the cover that I just can’t quite decide on. Yet, I know I work best under pressure and though I am not happy about the two little buddies that are hanging out with me, I do have confidence that I will figure it out—eventually.
If anyone else is experiencing cohabitation with these two colleagues that love to wreak havoc onto a person’s life; please share your encounters below! I would love to hear from you.
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