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Jacqueline E. Smith {Showcase}

Jackie

I haven’t done this for awhile, so I figured changing up the usual day wouldn’t matter. In the Indie author realm, there are thousands of us. We float around hoping to gather enough people clutching for our stories or our experiences. Jackie is one of those people that if you’re lucky, you happen upon because some day, she’s going to be nationally famous.

On top of a positive spirit, Jackie is one of those creative geniuses that take a story and not have to confine it to one genre. Her stories add mystery, intrigue, paranormal, humor and a smidge of romance. Acting through her own publishing company of Wind Trail Publishing, she is working on a third installment to a very popular Cemetery Tours Series.

If anyone has had the pleasure or reading or chatting with her, you know Jackie is an awesome lady and I hope for her continued success in this business where we float into one another, all thankful when one of our own does well as we strive to fill those same expectations.

Buy Her Books!!
Cemetery Tours

Between Worlds (Cemetery Tours) (Volume 2)

Places to Find Jacqueline Smith

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CemeteryTour…
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/sho…
Blog: http://jackiesmith114.wordpress.com/
Pinterest: pinterest.com/windtrailpub/
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Jacqueline-E.-S…
Tumblr: http://jacquelinesmithauthor.tumblr.com
LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/jacquelin…
Google+: https://plus.google.com/u/0/+Jacqueli…

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My Writing Process Blog Tour

Good morning, Imaginators!

Today, I am posting my part in the great Writing Process Blog Tour! This is a great way to answer questions nobody asked me directly. It’s like I’m reading your mind right now, almost. Some of you need to turn down the nudity…seriously.

First and foremost, I have to thank my lovely friend, Lizzy Baldwin from MyLittleBookBlog. Lizzy and I have been appreciating each others blogs for a while now. She was kind enough to be my first reviewer when I was still in editing stages and continues following me. She has a great site, please go visit her.

On to the next portion, the Q & A:

What am I working on? Currently, I have a lot of pots on the stove and diligently attempting to stir them all. My first book that I plan on releasing in July (Indie-Style) is A Time to Reap. It follows the musing anecdotes of Carter Gabel who is afflicted with a genetic abnormality taking place in the future where people unpredictably travel back in time. Additionally, I am working on wrapping up the sequel to said series. AND I’m collaborating with the exquisite, Reenie Denver on a possible new story. We’re just starting to think of how to tackle our dynamic duo, so it’s in the beginner stages. Beyond that, I’m plotting out ideas for a YouTube channel and other marketing possibilities. So…working on a couple of things.

How does my work differ from others in its genre? Hmm, well it’s a conundrum just to ponder realistic time travel and such. Now I have to dive into what makes me special? That’s almost worse. My work (seriously) differs from others in the same caliber because I take you through not one shade of color but a spectrum. You won’t just be entertained with the plot, you will chuckle, then laugh, then feel the depth of drama, the romantic element between characters and the anger associated with decisions they’re faced with. And those colors can change from page to page in some areas. Be as prepared as you can for the twists.

Why do I write what I do? Why a YA-based story dealing with time travel and other nuances? Well, I originally started this story as a means to engage some readers while I attempted pitching my first complete work. Honestly, taking the pressure off from that more serious piece allowed my creativity to just explore. A Time to Reap reflects a lot of my personality through it in terms of being lighthearted.

As far as writing this type of story versus straight horror, mystery or romance, I think there is a different genre waiting to be born. All of these sub-genres don’t really speak to the gravity of emotions a certain type of story can take you on. I say this because when I think Sci-Fi, I don’t really think of my book. I think of space travel and phaser guns and shit. It’s not a fantasy filled with fairies or dragons. It’s not a horror with an unspeakable foe of nightmarish proportions. It’s life … with a twist. Fragile, wonderful, explosive and packed with the determination to entertain the reader in various ways.

How does my writing process work? Generally, I get ideas while driving. On occasion you might find me “talking on my speaker phone” when I’m actually playing out dialog aloud. I start with a little notion of what I want to accomplish and just start hammering the keys. At some point after the first page, I get lightning flashes of ideas on what a character would say or how character development might take place or simply a cool “look” that floats in my head. I swear I generally have to redo the first few paragraphs because of something I contradict later because I like it better.

Additionally, I could not get far without some music playing off my Bose ear buds. It’s usually melodic dubstep. Mainly, it has no lyrics I need to focus on and provides a beat keeping my mind constantly engaged. On certain circumstances, I actually paired my typing speed to the beat and the result was an action packed scene I dare not spoil.

Not to sound like a juggernaut, some times I have every intention of writing. I sit down and it’s like brain constipation. Pushing a thought out is borderline aneurism inducing. It’s rare, but in those instances I need to either read or get on the Netflix for something to kick-start me.

OK! That part is done. I could babble on and on, so it’s a good segue to the next and last portion of the Tour. The next round of talent!The following authors are set and ready to post their own section of the tour on July 7th. So, in order of their response to me:

{Ryan Attard} – I stumbled onto Ryan’s page through another blogger as I’m sure we’ve all done. I was listening to the podcast he has for this author and I enjoyed his random musings and entertaining rattles about whatever topic graced his mind at the time. Ryan is the author of the Birthright series, his second novel released a few weeks ago and you should check out the blog, read the books and let him know I sent you!

Ryan at Amazon and on GoodReads

{Reenie Denver} – I honestly saw a comment from Reenie on the Opinionated Man and followed the link down the rabbit hole until I made it to her site. And yes, I am collaborating with her currently an a project out of her element. Reenie has a very steamy page filled with the kind of things you should not read at work or small children. But…yes, there is a but, she also is able to craft her words into more than one area. Her short stories as well as her poetry display those characteristics remarkably. You should have clicked on something by now and know what I’m talking about.

{Honorable Mentions} I tried to get a few others, but they had either recently gone through the tour or were unavailable. Special thanks to Shannon A. Thompson and Sarah J. Carlson for taking part already and letting me know.

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Masha {Showcase}

This Thursday, I’m stepping out of the norm. It’s not a blogger or author. I was fumbling around the Internet the other day and serendipitously came across an artist. I admit, I gain morbid fascination for performance attempts and failures, so I watch a lot of things. After I heard the first 20 seconds I was sold on today’s showcase.

Masha is a singer. And if any of my previous posts haven’t highlighted it enough, I believe emotions connect an audience to the artist. Whether they sing, write or perform, emotions make us feel a part of a much larger world. One song and I instantly felt the passion she was conveying. I’m still honestly shocked that such an illustrious gift is not already being surrounded like free money in the street.

So, in honor of that, I tell you now, go HERE and have a listen. If you don’t find the beauty in the song or in her voice, then I don’t know what’s wrong with you. I guess in a way, I expect her to have hundreds of thousands of followers and the simple act of receiving a reply back on a tweet (God I hate saying tweet) made my day feel complete. I guess in a miniscule way, I can relate. I have fewer followers than most bloggers & authors but knowing my potential, as the kind I see in Masha, makes me feature her today.

If you’re wondering what her sound is similar to, I immediately want to reply with nothing! It’s unique. But since that answer sucks, imagine if you spliced together Alanis Morissette, Janis Joplin, Lana del Rey and a secret ingredient. Then put that combination into a young woman. That is Masha. (lol, Masha-up)

Please, please, PLEASE share, link, repost, recirculate, reuse and recycle this!

LINKS

Masha’s Page

Twitter

Facebook

YouTube

InstaGram

Sound Cloud

PURCHASE on iTunes: Stupid, Stupid Dreams

Gotta Click Em All!

I usually end with, you can thank me later. Shit, in this case I’ll just say it now. You’re welcome!


 

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Shannon A. Thompson {Showcase}

This Thursday’s showcase can truly go to none other than Shannon A. Thompson. Mainly, Shannon has been a blogging/author inspiration to me in different forms AND she also has a new release available today. Yes, TODAY! Seconds Before Sunrise is the sequel in her Timely Death Trilogy and I am certain is going to draw twice as much attention.

When most authors get above 5,000 followers, let alone above 10K, the responses and replies get fairly limited or sporadic at best. Shannon has amused my questions and responded to every email I’ve sent her, thankfully! A published author since the young age of 16, Shannon continues to foster stories and work toward a personal goal of opening an affordable art school (help her out).

So, go buy her books and if nothing else, check out her site. I have peppered various links below for your amusement:

Amazon

GoodReads

WordPress

Facebook

Twitter: @ShanAshleeT23

Instagram

YouTube

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I may have gotten link happy…


 

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Jeyna Grace {Showcase}

This Thursday, I am showcasing one of my very first bloggers that I actually followed. Jeyna Grace is a fabulous author and blogger, releasing weekly posts of her work. She has a wonderful fan faction piece for Harry Potter (CHECK IT OUT). Additionally, she releases periodic short stories and has recently started one entitled Battle for Oz: Exitium. Oh, did I mention she is currently offering the first of this series for free?? (Better CLICK HERE)

Check out her page for all the wonderfulness she provides and, as always, you can thank me later. (Oddly enough, nobody ever thanks me…)

I’ll throw this out to the Twitterverse as well since it links back to free stuff. Oh and she’s awesome, let’s not forget that.


 

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Jodie Llewellyn {Showcase}

This week’s showcase author might fall on a late Wednesday for us, but in the spirit of her timezone, this Australian native will hopefully see this post on its original Thursday.

Jodie Llewellyn is on point this week for my author Showcase. She comes from a land down under (where the woman glow and men plunder – had to get that out). She talks about a wide range of topics from a writing to fan-based questions.

I enjoyed her post from last week mainly because I like knowing perspectives of people when it comes to Self-Publishing v. Traditional. Click the link below and have a go.

Self Publishing vs. Traditional Publishing.

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Amanda Lyle {Showcase}

This Thursday’s showcase features a blogger that always makes me take a step back and chuckle. InsidetheLifeofMoi covers a range of topics from the Man Flu to Facebook Pet Peeves. She’s interesting to say the least and her applicable stories always provide whimsical imagery along the way. I don’t know a lot personally about this blogger past her being entertaining since there wasn’t much for contact info, but please go and give Amanda Lyle’s site a look and enjoy this all to familiar tirade on the world that is Facebook. Feel free to thank me later.

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My Wonderful, Amazing, and Talented Guest Bloggers

I’m included!! Scroll down, I’m in there. There’s even a picture. Mark your calendars, people… May 25th. Thanks, Shannon!

Shannon A Thompson

ShannonAThompson.com officially hit 16,000 followers! 

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These are purple periwinkles from http://www.democratdad.com. These little flowers will be symbolic in my upcoming novel, Take Me Tomorrow. This picture is also symbolic to how grateful I am to be continuing to grow with everyone. Thank you for supporting me. Thank you for growing with me. And thank you for believing in me. My work is a piece of my soul, and I plan to share as many pieces as I can. These flowers show a sliver that will soon be exposed. Thank you for embracing it. You are as beautiful as how much these flowers mean to me. I also added an Extras page for all readers as a special “thank you.” I hope you enjoy checking it out as I release more information.

Over the next two weeks, I am signing out of ShannonAThompson.com. But don’t worry! I am not…

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Deidra Alexander {Showcase}

Blood Guardian.

The link above will take you to this week’s Showcase Blogger. I’ve gone through many tabs at Deidra’s site and love her drive as well as her ideas. Very entertaining teasers making me want to read the full book. I hope you will take the time to give her a look and you can thank me later!

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Brittany Foster {Showcase}

This Thursday’s showcase is featuring Brittany Foster. She’s a Wordsmith, it even says so on her blog. Brittany is very talented at writing, editing, blogging and marketing. This post of hers below was a great one and I couldn’t help sharing because it made me think back to my first “actual” book. Follow her along her own journey and thank me later!

Quoth The Wordsmith

4680_81036482638_4835733_n I remember my first hardcover vividly. It was around my seventh or eighth birthday, and I was staying at my grandparent’s house for the weekend, as usual. I am a child of spring, so that day the heavy warm breeze tousled the tulips and confetti bushes that sit below the old wood-framed windows and that grasp at your legs as you walk by. The sun was high and bright. One of those suns that makes water sparkle like diamonds and grass shimmer like a field of emeralds. I was a flower child, tasting the wind and taking life from the budding trees and using it to fuel my passion for making decadent mudpies.

My grandfather called me over to the basement door and, swirling and twirling, I obeyed. My grandfather (Pips, to me), is a tall man with black hair and authoritative eyebrows. He has a black mustache that sits just…

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