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Guest Post: YouTubiness by Jonas Lee

A little something I wrote for my friend Kate during her time away.

Kate M. Colby

YouTube… just let that site register for a moment.

cameraNow, what do you look at on there? Most of the time, for me, I watch a variety of three genres: gamer videos, dub-step dancing and movie trailers. There is an entire world of information, entertainment, nonsense and animal videos. Where does an author / book lover rate in that grand scale of things? Heard about Pluto lately? It’s rather lonely for an author out there right now. Can it change? I hope so. The next generation of authors are going to be more social media cognizant and try to reach as many platforms as they can.

Personally, I have my own channel (equipped with playlists) and I plan on developing it over time to make it something for fans to look at. It currently takes a look at various authors in stages of their careers as an interview. We talk…

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The Person in the Author

I think if you were to go to a majority of my classmates, workmates and people I have met casually along the way, you’d have no real scope as to my personality. I’m not trying to be shy or pious in any way, it’s just who I am. It’s who a lot of us are, just staying in the background, observing the world. Some people are easy to open up to, they just have that ease to them.

Now, the best way people who don’t know me can start getting to know me is through my books. It’s not just a ploy to have you read them, but characters have to come from somewhere and as much imagination as I have, I tend to let my writing flow the best when I can let go and bring forth pieces of myself. Now, it’s not to say I am each and every one of my characters, but elements of them are inside of me. Whether in actuality or in hopes, it’s a tool helping me along the way.

With Carter, anyone who knows me will attest to the snarky attitude and the rather hasty rush into scenarios has me written all over it. Other elements of him are derived from people in my life, characteristics I wish I had and the basic interactions he has along the way with other people.

Upcoming books will have hints to other sides of my persona and give people a well rounded view of me in real life. That said, if I write a villain and they are guano crazy, do try not to take that as a reference to me… well mostly. We all go a little mad sometimes.

Think of the books you have read or written. Do you see a personality trait emerging? Who have you read enough of to say that you might know them to some extent?



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Minutes Before Sunset Release Day!

Go and pick up a copy of my friend’s re-release through Clean Teen publishing! Super excited for her.

Shannon A Thompson

Minutes Before Sunset has officially released!

Available through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Goodreads, and everywhere.

(You can also pre-order Seconds Before Sunrise and Death Before Daylight)

Available now! Available now!

I’ve also make a special “thank you” video that you can now watch via my YouTube channel, Coffee & Cats.

Minutes Before Sunset, book 1

CoverTwo destinies. One death.

“Her kiss could kill us, and my consent signed our death certificates.”

Eric Welborn isn’t completely human, but he isn’t the only shade in the small Midwest town of Hayworth. With one year left before his eighteenth birthday, Eric is destined to win a long-raging war for his kind. But then she happens. In the middle of the night, Eric meets a nameless shade, and she’s powerful—too powerful—and his beliefs are altered. The Dark has lied to him, and he’s determined to figure out exactly what lies were…

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Fourteen Daughters

Since January, I have had fourteen daughters and a couple of brothers. Seems outrageous, but being a coach on a softball team, there is a sense of family. For months I got to witness, coach, laugh and get frustrated by a whole baker’s dozen of teenage girls. Granted, one is my own and I feel the experience has pulled us closer together. The other thirteen have shown and shared parts of their eclectic personalities, but after a rather quick seven months, it is over.

I’ve seen them all come together as a team in unlikely circumstances and crumble in moments when they should have overcome. They all share different levels of friendship but are always there for each other to pick themselves up when needed. Team sports do that, they bring out the best of us as long as we remember it is a team and no one is above or beyond having a bad moment, a bad play, a bad inning or a rough game. We bring ourselves to the field and for a brief hour can let go of whatever troubles or stresses we have waiting for us when the game is over.

The brothers I mentioned are the other coaches I was lucky enough to stand with. Both have shown me different sides of what it means to be a coach, bringing their own unique talents of focus and motivation with them. They are older than I am, so as the younger, I get to see more of how they work instead of working alongside. In return, I get to spend more time learning about the players and how they operate. I’d say it’s an even trade.

Some of the players couldn’t finish out the season and sadly won’t get to have them in the tight-knit family again. They will all go on to do great things and pursue their passions in life even if not with the team. In all it has been a great season and I am thankful for the coaches, the players and the families who allowed me to experience what having thirteen other wonderful daughters could be like.

Until 2016… Adrenaline forever!



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AWRW Book Review: A Time To Reap, by Author Jonas Lee @AuthorJonasLee

April was kind enough to test out my genre. Come see what her thoughts were!

A Well Read Woman

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Pemberton Academy is not just a school, it’s a gathering place for the children of the future that are afflicted with Temporal Displacement and Telepathy; in short, time travelers and mind readers who have been diagnosed with this “disease.” The Academy is not all as it seems after an explosion nearly takes one of its classmates, but not before Carter Gabel rescues her by using an unknown symptom related to his described illness. An unsanctioned group called the Program begins taking notice as the two classmates exhibit stronger abilities when they are together. Carter’s sense of reality begins to unwind as he learns more about his estranged father’s involvement with it all.

Carter will have to overcome the past of his father leaving, the present of an unknown adversary hunting him down and a future that seems to change with each decision he makes. He…

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Post a Quote Challenge (Day 3)

Hello Everyone,

I am on the final day of the Post A Quote Challenge. Thanks to both Kate M. Colby & Zach Chopchinski for simultaneously thinking of me in this instance. One of these times, I’ll get you first. 

Here are the rules in said challenge:

* Post one quotation a day for three days (they can be from other sources or one of your own).

* Nominate 3 other bloggers to participate per post.

* Thank the blogger who nominated you.

Today’s quote is by a comedic genius, but as it is not funny, just read and appreciate the words.

How true is that?

Now, my last batch of nominees (feel free to participate or not):

Jay Kristoff (mainly because I know this person won’t, you’re welcome non-victims)
Kylie Betzner (this is what you get for being funny)
Maria & Mallory (because they operate off one site, it’s technically one person)



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Post a Quote Challenge (Day 2)

Hello Everyone,

I am on day two of the Post A Quote Challenge. I’m sure everyone will want to thank both Kate M. Colby & Zach Chopchinski for nominating me! 

Here are the rules in said challenge:

* Post one quotation a day for three days (they can be from other sources or one of your own).

* Nominate 3 other bloggers to participate per post.

* Thank the blogger who nominated you.

Today’s lovely quote is by the immortal Stephen King. It could be no truer if it were spoken by a reader, writer or reviewer.

Who hasn’t been transported magically to somewhere else when reading. We could never live enough lives that authors provide us the opportunity to experience whether realistic or completely out of this world. I only wish I could read faster and more often to experience all that there is to offer.

Now, my next batch of nominees (feel free to participate or not):

Shannon A. Thompson

Nina Soden

Lizzy Baldwin



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Post a Quote Challenge (Day 1)

Hello Everyone,

I’m sure a lot of you have been seeing the Post A Quote Challenge. Thankfully, people like me enough to nominate me for things like this. I want to thank both Kate M. Colby & Zach Chopchinski for nominating me! 

Here are the rules in said challenge:

* Post one quotation a day for three days (they can be from other sources or one of your own).

* Nominate 3 other bloggers to participate per post.

* Thank the blogger who nominated you.

So, now we come down to it, first day selection. I decided to take it back old school and simultaneously simplistic. Something heartfelt that speaks to everyone. So who could do it better than good old Theodor Geisel aka Dr. Seuss.

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This not only speaks to me as an author, but as a father, a husband, a friend and just a human being. We should never be so afraid of our own voices to not let them be heard. It doesn’t always mean we’re right, but it proves we’re alive and thinking on our own.

Now, my first batch of nominees (feel free to participate or not, I’m picking on those that I don’t know that well today):

Millie Ho

April L. Wood

Katy Upperman



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Bring on the Popualrity

Writing stories and entertaining others is my number favorite thing to do. I do it for fans and the art of constructing words into mental imagery for people who want to escape a life of commuting, responsibilities and reality altogether. Popularity is always a back burner hope for all authors, I think.

Speaking for myself, I could stand to be more popular. I hope that doesn’t come off as too pompous, but I only want to reach more people. In the Sea of Indies, most of our marketing base consists of fans and word of mouth. People sharing reviews, posting quotes, adding captions on Goodreads and tweeting some of their favorite moments brings in new curiosity. And with it, we can feed our imagination to other.

So, when I say I want to be more popular, I just really want to entertain as many readers as possible. More than that, I love interacting with them. I will never be a writer who doesn’t reply to an email or tweet. That said, a big thanks to Pau over at Pau’s Castles and my new Filipino following. I look forward to seeing you all enjoy it!