Monday, January 22, 2018

Discovering New Places As A Writer

Since being a writer means I spend large amounts of time in front of my laptop, I have to allow myself the opportunity to explore places in creative ways, while in my personal space.
Here’s some ways I love to go on adventures from my desk to help me build some of the worlds I develop in my stories.


Artist are creative souls. I enjoy the color, textures and expression of all forms of art. I spend hours sometimes walking through and absorbing art at various local museums or art festivals. I take notes, ask the artist about their pieces and allow myself to imagine certain inspired works as living things.


I search youtube to explore trip reports from people that share specifics about being an ‘insider’ or ‘visitor’ to a new place that seems interesting or that I want to delve deeper into for my story idea. Sometimes it makes me so interested in a place that I decide to visit there for an exploration vacation.


I enjoy creating a collage that I work from of the places, creatures and people that I want to explore in a story I am writing or thinking about. I may just sit and look at that place for hours while jotting down notes.


I use music list to use while I am writing that I believe gives the feel for each one of my characters. I write to the music or play it as I am thoughtful about my collage of the world I am building.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

My New Non-Fiction Book Planned for 2018

Empowered Steps

Is an endeavor that's been teasing the back of my mind for the longest. Many peers and friends have told me I should write a book on how I get motivated to do so much, experience so much, accomplish so much. Being an engineer, author, mother of four, homeschooling mom with kids who completed college way before what's considered normal, wife and entrepreneur has been challenging.

Truth be told, I never really sat down to consider that what I was doing for myself, my friends, my peers, my kids was anything special ~ until many people told me it was.

So in order to share several series of what I considered successes in life, I am starting to speak and coach people on  how to create their own Empowered Steps. There will be a series of books released that focus on aspects where we can empower ourselves.


Please take some time to visit my website, facebook page, and blog. Be inspired this coming year.

Empowered Steps Blog:
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I am hosting some feeler events in January 2018 in Oahu, HI. Then plan on having an event in May in Maryland. The website will be updated with additional events as they are scheduled.


The book is planned on releasing in the Spring. I am having some beta readers and active participants go through the book and put in action my methods explained there. 

Spring 2018 is the target date. Stay tuned for cover reveal.

Friday, December 22, 2017

Insatiable Darkness New Release and Giveaway!

Coming March 3rd, 2018

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EmVee didn’t know what to think about this new town her father’s passion for boxing lured them. It was an unlikely location for her to pursue her dream of going semi-pro. Just when she started getting used to the school with gorgeous jocks and strange cheerleaders, the depth of the danger her father’s choices dangled them in front of became clear. EmVee hoped Silas and Kayson will be able to help her uncover the mystery identity of the person who is threatening her family. The question is, will she survive to expose the mystery. [Pre-quel, Vigilant Series, Caged Fire Book 1: Coming Fall 2018]

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Monday, November 20, 2017

Poetic Freedom is available in Paperback now

Creative Expressions Literary Services is pleased to announce the Cover Reveal of Poetic Freedom by Frank Preston. The reveal will run on October 30, 2017.

Author Name: Frank 'ThatGuy' Preston

Book Title: Poetic Freedom

Release Date: November 4, 2017

Genre: Urban Slam Poetry/YA/NA

Synopsis: A raw, gritty, urban poetic expression with an exploration of choices we have to make at the crossroads of life. The thoughts are honest, harsh, but hopeful. A perception of the media that feeds us, the spirituality that we cling to, the expectations of the society we are a part of, and how a young man fights to decipher, decide and climb the path not easily traveled, but most strengthened.

Author Bio: Frank 'ThatGuy' Preston, is an artist with a powerful  voice. His journey as a comedian, author and motivator didn't come easily and has lead him to have give back to the community by coaching kids, co-creating new sports, and sharing his growth through comedic videos, in person performances, his art and writing. He challenges the minds of his readers to see life through a different scope. As a speaker he explains the difficulties of life as a minority in a world that doesn’t accept him, and how anyone who is mistreated for their differences can overcome them to grow to be great. Frank positions himself as many other artist, writers, and speakers of today, but stands apart in his ability to speak the truth with no bounds.

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Saturday, November 18, 2017

Publishing Burn Out for the Small Press Indie Publisher

I think we've done it. I've hit the burnout brick wall of lack of energy and motivation to finish out this year with yet another release.

How did I get to this point?

Re-branding, formatting and promotion of my backlist.

Yes, for all of them but my Middle Grade novels which I just decided to put off until I write one more book in the series.

Also, throw in a two new releases of my own, one new release I co-published with my son, and one release that was going to be published in November, that I finished but the collaborating authors needed to move back.

I am tired.

Also, the financial investment in this endeavor of updating my backlist was costly, but worth it.


As a small press or indie publisher, I get to decide when to push a project out. I am thinking I will do just that for my project and series.

I have no more gas and want to drum up some for Nanowrimo this November.


Monday, November 6, 2017

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Marked by Fate: A Young Adult Fantasy and Science Fiction Box Set

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Champions rise, shadows fall and magic rules in Marked by Fate: A Young Adult Fantasy and Science Fiction Collection. Battle alongside gods, travel across foreign lands, and fall for handsome heroes in this action packed young adult collection featuring witches, shifters, angels, cyborgs, and more. Venture to oceans deep with mermaids, fly upon the backs of dragons, or speak with ghosts in this group of 26 coming of age novels from some of the best writers in the industry today, including USA TODAY and NEW YORK TIMES bestselling authors.

The friendships are real and the romances are breathtaking. Travel through new galaxies, explore fantastic fairy tales, take down dystopian governments and escape urban fantasy worlds. Full of time travel mysteries and paranormal lore, Marked by Fate is a box set with a message — that all women, no matter the age, can conquer their fears and heartaches to become the fierce, strong heroines they were always meant to be.

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USA Today bestselling author, Kristin D. Van Risseghem
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International bestselling author, Kelly St. Clare
Amazon bestselling author, Raye Wagner
USA Today bestselling author, Ednah Walters
New York Times bestselling author, Erin Hayes
USA Today bestselling author, Siobhan Davis
New York Times bestselling author, Jamie Thornton
Award-Winning author, Debra Kristi
Amazon bestselling author, Sarah K. L. Wilson
Amazon bestselling author, Hilary Thompson
Amazon bestselling author, Ingrid Seymour
International bestselling author, Jeanne Bannon
USA Today bestselling author, Melle Amade
USA Today bestselling author, Lena Mae Hill
Award-Winning author, C. J. Anaya
International bestselling author, Jackson Dean Chase
Award-Winning author, D. L. Armillei
USA Today bestselling author, Emily Martha Sorensen
Amazon bestselling author, Amalie Jahn
Amazon bestselling author, Dionne Lister
USA Today bestselling author, J.L. Weil
Amazon bestselling author, Alisha Klapheke
USA Today bestselling author, Angela Fristoe
Amazon bestselling author, Meg Cowley

Monday, October 16, 2017


Welcome the best Harry Potter Giveaway EVER! Here’s what’s up for grabs:
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Monday, October 9, 2017

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Tuesday, October 3, 2017

KICKOFF to YA Scavenger Hunt Oct 3rd to 8th


Directions: Below, you'll notice that I've listed my favorite number. Collect the favorite numbers of all the authors on the ORANGE TEAM, and then add them up (don't worry, you can use a calculator!).


Entry Form: Once you've added up all the numbers, make sure you fill out the form here to officially qualify for the grand prize. Only entries that have the correct number will qualify.

Rules: Open internationally, anyone below the age of 18 should have a parent or guardian's permission to enter. To be eligible for the grand prize, you must submit the completed entry form by October 9th, at noon Pacific Time. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.

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Today, I am hosting LISA MANTERFIELD on my website for the YA Scavenger Hunt! 

Lisa Manterfield is the award-winning author of A Strange Companion and I’m Taking My Eggs and Going Home: How One Woman Dared to Say No to Motherhood. Her work has appeared in The Saturday Evening Post, Los Angeles Times, and Psychology Today. Originally from northern England, she now lives in Southern California with her husband and over-indulged cat. Learn more at 

Find out more information by checking out the author website or find more about the author's book here! Her WEBSITE, and her book, SMALLEST THING.

The very last thing 17-year-old Emmott Syddall wants is to turn out like her dad. She’s descended from ten generations who never left their dull English village, and there’s no way she’s going to waste a perfectly good life that way. She’s moving to London and she swears she is never coming back.

But when the unexplained deaths of her neighbors force the government to quarantine the village, Em learns what it truly means to be trapped. Now, she must choose. Will she pursue her desire for freedom, at all costs, or do what’s best for the people she loves: her dad, her best friend Deb, and, to her surprise, the mysterious man in the HAZMAT suit?

Inspired by the historical story of the plague village of Eyam, this contemporary tale of friendship, community, and impossible love weaves the horrors of recent news headlines with the intimate details of how it feels to become an adult—and fall in love—in the midst of tragedy.

And don't forget to enter the contest for a chance to win a ton of books by me, Lisa Manterfield , and more! To enter, you need to know that my favorite number is 9. Add up all the favorite numbers of the authors on the ORANGE TEAM and you'll have all the secret code to enter for the grand prize!


Deleted Scene from The Smallest Thing
“You need to see this.”
It’s a message from Deb with a link to a YouTube video. “Love in the Time of Plauge” is the pithy title some dim bulb has come up with and then misspelled.
“Thanks,” I message back, “but I think I’ve seen about as much plauge—and plague—as I can stomach. Don’t need to watch it online when I’m living it here.”
“True enough, but I think you’ll want to see this. Just look.”
I sigh and flop back on my bed. Had it come from anyone else I would have told them where to stick their stupid video, but Deb wouldn’t be insistent if it wasn’t something either really important or really juicy. I click on the link, sit through the banal car insurance ad and watch the spinning dandelion clock until the video loads. It’s only had about 100,000 views, so it’s either not very good or it’s just getting started. Obviously no cute cats will star in this one.
I recognize the setting immediately—the haphazard tree line, the protruding limestone rocks, and the curving bowl of Cucklett Delf. In the bottom, the stream that marks the border of the village glistens in the midday sun, so that it looks more like an electric fence than a passable band of water.  I can’t see anyone in the frame so I’m not sure what I’m supposed to be looking at. “Um, a little editing would be nice,” I say to the screen. I’m about to give up and close the window when something moves at the top of the screen and a figure emerges from between the rocks. I don’t need to see her take more than a couple of steps down into the Delf before I recognize her.
It’s me.
At first I’m not shocked to see myself on screen. I’m probably in a million videos out there, mucking about with friends, clowning for the camera, and generally making an arse of myself for the entire world to see. But there’s something different about this video. Even though I’m not much more than a growing dot on the screen, there’s something intimate about the scene. Something about me doesn’t look right. It’s the way I move, the way I look at the ground as I walk, as if I don’t care how the camera sees me. Finally I realize what it is: I’m acting normal. I’m not posing and preening, or giggling and pretending to be shy about performing; I’m just walking out in nature on my own. I’m just being me, minding my own business.
A sickening feeling erupts in the pit of stomach. I have no recollection of this video being shot. This is not the work of a friend. I’m not going to look up into the camera and grin any second now. I’m not going to say, “Are you getting this?” right before the video cuts out. Someone has taken a video of me without my knowledge and the thought of being watched, unaware, makes my insides pull into themselves.
I try to think when this could have been taken. Was it since the quarantine? Judging by the angle, someone must have shot it from beyond the boundary. The only time I’ve been close to the edge of the quarantine zone was to see Ro.
My stomach sinks. Ro? He couldn’t have. The foundation on which I’ve built our relationship begins to shake, but right before it crumbles, Ro walks into the frame. I’m so relieved he’s not behind this that I forget for a moment that I’m being filmed by a hidden stranger. I watch the scene unfold as Ro and I hurry down to our respective sides of the water. The memories of seeing him that day start to trickle back in. He was so afraid of the quarantine and worried in case we were caught, even though we weren’t breaking the rules. With a frustratingly safe distance between us, we talked and I trusted that things were still okay with us. Once the quarantine was lifted we’d be together again, we said. He said he missed me and couldn’t wait to touch me again. I remember how I’d flirted, how he’d egged me on, how I’d…
I feel the color wash from face as I see myself as 100,000 people have already seen me. I thought I’d been seductive, but as I watch my little performance, seductive isn’t the word that comes to mind. I look ridiculous, teasing Ro with my T-shirt inched up. I look like a model in a tacky car magazine, posing with my eyes wide open, like any brain cells I ever had have evaporated, leaving my skull an empty shell.
I can’t watch anymore. I need to call Ro. I wonder if he’s seen it. He’s going to go through the roof. I’m helpless, trapped here, but he can find out who did this and get it taken down before another 100,000 people see it. I can’t let myself think about how this video got to Deb, how many people I know saw it before it made it to her. For the first time ever, I’m glad for the quarantine, so I don’t have to face anyone who knows about this. Maybe by the time the quarantine lifts, this will all have blown over too. I can’t help thinking that I’m making two hopeless wishes in one sentence.
I’m just about to close down the video when I see something in the video that freezes me dead. I must be mistaken. I rewind the section and there it is again. It’s just a split second, but there’s no mistake. I turn my back on Ro, further humiliating myself with my “seductive” antics. And when I do, he turns too. And just for a flash of a moment, his eyes meet the camera and he grins. It’s as if to say, “Are you getting this?”
I stare at the face of the person I thought I knew and I see everything through new eyes. All the missteps I’ve pinned on myself, all the excuses I’ve made for him, and now he’s provided me with evidence of his true self. I feel as if I’ve been stripped away from myself and all that’s left is a cartoon skeleton. It stays erect for a moment longer, before crashing down in a pile of useless bones.


To keep going on your quest for the hunt, you need to check out the next author! S.A. Larson author of Marked Beauty.

Monday, October 2, 2017

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Thursday, September 28, 2017

Back To School Bundle with Carry Me Home, author Jessica Therrien

Carry Me Home Release Day Party!

To celebrate the release of her latest novel, Carry Me Home, author Jessica Therrien is hosting a HUUUGE BACK TO SCHOOL BOOK GIVEAWAY! The giveaway includes nearly 50 books, all from different authors. Keep scrolling for prize info and how to enter the giveaway.


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