Tuesday, May 28, 2013

She Lays With the Lilies

And drum roll please, this is my fourth ebook that has been published a few weeks ago. One of the things I really liked about this publisher was the incredibly fast turn around time. I sent all the work in and whatever links I wanted to and next morning I have an email with a link for the book.

She Lays With the Lilies is a bit of a different book for me. Actually, that is not fair of me to say. I like to stand by that I write stories regardless of genre because I want to tell the story. And this story is no different. The only difference is there is a lot of love and happy sex scenes (now we are talking a sizzling Harlequin here). When I was approached to write for this publisher they asked for romance and I said I can do romance but can there be a supernatural element with bit of mystery. I got the green light and thus the story was born.

She Lays With the Lilies is a romance/mystery short story. And this is what it is about in a little bit of a nutshell. Carter Masterson meets Alora Dune in freshman year at college and it is love at first sight. Right before their junoir year in college, she disappears with out a trace and Carter tries everything he can to find her but never does. Three years later, she returns and she needs his help. But Alora is a lot different than she used to be- because she is dead.

The publisher gave me this coupon code ER93L and this allows you to get this book FREE.  This coupon code is good for Smashwords. It is available on all formats such as Kindle, Nook, Ipod/phone/pad and even PDF. Here is the link for the book on Smashwords: She Lays With the Lilies. If you decide to buy this book, please, please leave feedback. I don't care if it is mean or nice as long is it honest. I want to be a better writer and the only way I can do this is if my readers take a few minutes of their time and write an honest review. I really appreciate it if you do.

And if you like the story or any of my other stories share the links with your friends and tell them about it.

Gratitude is never seen but always felt.

Sunday, May 19, 2013

And Some Random Thoughts

Yes, I know it's been two weeks or more since I posted. I wanted to the other day but who knows what I did instead.  I have all these random thoughts I want to put to rest from my head and mosey on.

Random Thought #1 (More like bitching I guess)

I just had my fourth ebook published (more details on the next post, I promise) and while I was working with the publisher, they wanted a picture but I didn't give them one because I am not ready for pictures. I was told by them that is was okay but if I want to make a name for myself, that I should have a picture. What? Who the hell looks to see what the author looks like to see if they want to read a book. That should only work for celebrities because that is why people buy the book anyway. I don't understand why a picture should matter. What matters is if the story is good or not. Anyway this is a short story even though it is an ebook. I know one thing I don't care what the author looks like. I had no idea what JK Rowling looked like until way after I bought the Harry Potter books. My opinion is- it shouldn't matter.

Random Thought #2

I am becoming more frustrated with myself and my lack of editing skills. One of the biggest complaints I am getting from people I am working with is, lack of editing even though I am editing. I am missing words. My damn brain reads too fast and I fill in the missing words with out even knowing it.  The sad part is, I really do have good editing skills, that is when I am working on someone else's work that is.  I want to pull hair out but I don't. I wish I knew how other people fixed this problem. When I am as famous as Stephen King, someone else will do it for me.

Random Thought #3

Am I writing? Not really. Should I be? Most definitely. I make a lot of excuses but the truth is I am holding myself back. I should give myself a whipping and refocus on what my dreams are and how I have an amazing opportunity right now because I have the time to write and there is still money coming in.

Random Thought  #4

Facebook is pretty useless for me. I write about this or that and all the only sound is crickets. I need to find other avenues to tell people about my work (all of  my work)

Random Thought #5

Where oh where are the thunderstorms? It has been a long time since we had a hell of a thunderstorm, where the power goes out and all that jazz.  We had a little bit ago when I was doing some grocery shopping. The lights actually flickered off and then came back on. There was hail but when I came out it was just pouring and of course I had to put the stuff in the cooler so my ass got soaked.

And that is about all today.  When we meet again, the moon will have married Io and the asteroids rain on the ocean.

Sunday, May 5, 2013

The Butterfly Effect

I am not talking about the movie, The Butterfly Effect, but the theory. The Butterfly Effect is based on chaos theory and I will try to explain it as simple as possible. It is the effect of one object having a profound impact on an unrelated object. According to the wiki page, Lorenz (the theorist) describes the effect as a formation of a hurricane due to a butterfly flapping it's wings weeks before. This is a thoery that is important in time travel and it brings us to the topic of the day.

I just finished reading 11/22/63 by Stephen King. In the book, the main character Jake is guided to a small hole in his universe that takes him back in time to 1958. His friend, who is dying of cancer, wants Jake to go back to 1958 and live there to stop the Kennedy assisination. At first, he is apprehenisve but agrees to do it.  Along the way, he changes small bits of history and discovers that nothing has really changed. He does stop the assisination and when he comes back to the present, the world is very different. So he goes back through the hole and resets time again.

And I draw the conclusion, that things happen for a reason. In the novel, Jake is met with obstacle after obstacle to stop the assassination and he even knows the past does not want to be changed. Many of us wonder, what would our lives be like if I made this choice? In the science fiction show, Fringe, meddling with time is just that. A watcher interferes with someone in an alternate universe thus everything changes for both universes.  Eureka is another, the main group of characters go back to 1948 and don't really seem to change anything but when they come back they are on an alternate time line. It is the Butterfly Effect.

In my own life, I had a choice of three colleges. If I would have the one in Connecticut or the one in Florida, I would have never meant my husband or had my daughter so I am glad I made that choice. And we all have big choices like that but the butterfly effect works on the small things as well. Look at the movie, The Chosen One, where Rob Schneider is chosen to bring snow back to a mountain in South America. How does he does this is  by saving a bird in New York City.

There are signs all around, I really believe this, that show us we are on the right path. Perhaps dreams or deja vu or a combination of all of them. If there is a god or destiny or whatever it is that pulls the puppet strings, there is a reason things happen. I believe you make your own destiny but I don't know because it seems like something is already forged for you. Like the teacher who wants to be this or that but finds themselves teaching, touching a student's life who then changes the world for the good. The Butterfly Effect.

But why, if there is free will and things happen for a reason then is there really free will? Who controls this? Maybe we do create our own destiny. What is about, The Secret, where you ask the universe something and it will give it to you (positive thinking)? Do we as young people form our own destinies as children and the universe ensures that happens. In both Fringe and 11/22/63 there are people who know and understand the time of the universe. In Fringe they are called Watchers in the 11/22/63 they are just known as the "green card man" but their job is pretty much the same keep control of time. What makes those people special, I will never know.

So if things happen for a reason, are we supposed to sit back and do nothing? I think that would be the worst thing. Since forging your own way in the world, shows you where you should be. You need to fall back to rise further right.

May a sunny, warm, summer Sunday be with you.