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Catch Your Breath

In the oncoming vacation train heading right for me, I keep thinking of posts to write and plan and etc… For myself, and I think a lot of bloggers, there comes a moment when I think I have absolutely nothing else to say or offer to the viewing masses.

Then, one thing I was discussing recently with a budding author friend of mine was the moment when your first book is getting ready to enter the touch-up stages. Editing is nearly done, all that’s left is cover art, formatting and release. We both agreed the feeling is like going under water and having to plan your breaths so you don’t choke. I can remember, it was a nerve-racking experience feeling that moment on the edge and realizing I should jump, I had to jump.

In retrospect, I learned a lot from my own mistakes. One of the most prominent is the feeling I wasn’t ready and time was slipping away. There is never a “right time” for that first step in anything we do. Think back to any number of first-time experiences and tell me you were perfectly prepared for what happened next.

As an author, you learn as you go, like most of life. Never be too afraid to fail. We all do it to some extent, just catch your breath and realize the first step is the hardest. Each step afterwards gets easier and there is a silent community of helpful people standing behind you ready to help as best as they can.



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Shannon A. Thompson – Cover Reveal – Death Before Daylight

My wonderful friend, Shannon A. Thompson, has graciously allowed me to stay in her inner circle and help debut the cover to her third novel in the Timely Death Trilogy.

Below, you will get an exclusive sneak peak into the new cover, a brief synopsis of the book and some links to offers through Goodreads and her social media. I hope you head on over to her site and become a fan just me.

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Letter from author, Shannon A. Thompson

It’s here! It’s here! The final cover of The Timely Death Trilogy has finally been released. A special thank you goes out to Clean Teen Publishing and this lovely Member of the Dark who is helping share this message today. Minutes Before Sunset, book 1 of The Timely Death Trilogy, re-releases on July 28 – with an all new interior and exterior – and both are beautiful. Seconds Before Sunrise follows on August 25, and Death Before Daylight (the only novel of the trilogy to never see the shelves before) is finally getting it’s day . . . hehehe . . . Well, it’s releasing September 15. Even more exciting? You can win prizes throughout all of these events and more by becoming a Member of the Dark . . . or a Member of the Light. Check out the details below! I look forward to speaking with you!

Shannon A. Thompson (a.k.a. SAT)

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Synopsis:

Two eternities. One ending.

“Harmony would only come with destruction.”

The moment Eric and Jessica are reunited, they are torn apart. After the appearance of a new breed of shades and lights, the powers shift for the worse, and all three descendants find themselves face-to-face in the Light realm. When Darthon is in control, the last thing everyone expects is to finally hear the truth.

While Jessica learns the reason of her creation, Darthon’s identity is exposed to Eric—and only Eric—and Eric can no longer defend himself. With the eternities of the Light and the Dark resting on Jessica’s shoulders, she must choose who she will be—a light or a shade.

In the end, someone must die, and the end is near.

Dark Activities:

Become a Member of the Dark (or Light) by emailing ShannonAThompson@aol.com. Your email will never be given out, and you are not required to do anything, but you will win more prizes the more you participate.

Win a paperback of Minutes Before Sunset via Goodreads! https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/131705-minutes-before-sunset

Pre-order Minutes Before Sunset: http://www.amazon.com/Minutes-Before-Sunset-Timely-Trilogy-ebook/dp/B00WTRV9FC/ref=reader_auth_dp

Stay Updated via The Timely Death Trilogy FB page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Timely-Death-Trilogy/227663240691565

Visit the Extras Page: http://shannonathompson.com/novels/a-timely-death-trilogy/extras/

Pin your favorite photos from The Timely Death Trilogy Pinterest board: https://www.pinterest.com/AuthorShannonT/the-timely-death-trilogy/

But most of all . . .

Stay Dark,

~SAT

 

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Shannon A. Thompson – Cover Reveal – Seconds Before Sunrise

I have the extreme pleasure of once again taking part in a cover reveal for the one and only, Shannon A. Thompson.

Below, you will get an exclusive sneak peak into the new cover, a brief synopsis of the book and a little background into Shannon herself. I hope you head on over to her sight and give her a look and become a fan just like I have.

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Message from the Author:

The Timely Death Trilogy began as one teenager’s nightmare and morphed into a real-life dream of authorship. The entire trilogy re-releases with new covers and new interiors this summer and fall by Clean Teen Publishing. I hope you’ll check out this dark vs. light trilogy (mainly because the “dark” side is the good side…maybe), and I especially hope you’ll consider becoming a Member of the Dark! Each time there is a special event, you can participate and win prizes—like spotlights on my website, books, and more. Simply email me at shannonathompson@aol.com, and I’ll send a badge over to you. We might even have coffee together.

Thank you for reading about this dark journey,

~SAT


 

Two nightmares. One memory.

“Chaos within destiny. It was the definition of our love.”

Eric has weeks before his final battle when he’s in an accident. Forced to face his human side, he knows he can’t survive if he fights alone. But he doesn’t want to surrender, even if he becomes the sacrifice for war.

Jessica’s memory isn’t the only thing she’s lost. Her desire to find her parents is gone and so is her confidence. But when fate leaves nightmares behind, she decides to find the boy she sees in them, even if it risks her sanity.

Go check out the YouTube video to go along with it. CLICKETY-LINKS

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About the Author:

Shannon A. Thompson is a 23-year-old author, avid reader, and habitual chatterbox. She was merely 16 when she was first published, and a lot has happened since then. Thompson’s work has appeared in numerous poetry collections and anthologies, and her first installment of The Timely Death Trilogy became Goodreads Book of the Month. She is currently represented by Clean Teen Publishing, and Seconds Before Sunrise will release this fall.

As a novelist, poet, and blogger, Thompson spends her free time writing and sharing ideas with her black cat named after her favorite actor, Humphrey Bogart. Between writing and befriending cats, she graduated from the University of Kansas with a bachelor’s degree in English, and she travels whenever the road calls her.

Visit her blog for writers and readers at www.ShannonAThompson.com

Join the Dark:

Goodreads

Facebook

Pinterest

Extras

Amazon



 

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Video Interview with JB Salsbury

This weekend, I was able to have a sit down with my one and only Literary Godmother, JB Salsbury. She helped me out answering questions and reminding me how to stay on the path to becoming a diligent writer. She’s a best selling author, has five published books and another one on the way.  Come and take a look if you haven’t already and if you are an author or soon to be published author and dare to put your face on the internet, feel free to email me, address is below!


Please leave a like or a comment! If you are an author and might be interested, email me: JL.Fiction@outlook.com

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Video Interview with Zachary Chopchinski

This weekend, I tried my damnedest to start an interview on time. Well, my skills of preparation are still evolving and I started late. Then I ruined in, and then 10 minutes later, we began. The entertaining Zachary Chopchinski, the Zach Chop if I may, was nice enough to rearrange his schedule to accommodate my rather fluctuating one. We had some laughs, a few giggles and a handful of chuckles. Dare I say it, I found a friend on the Internet today. If you can’t watch it, at least listen:


Please leave a like or a comment! If you are an author and might be interested, email me: JL.Fiction@outlook.com

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Shannon A. Thompson – Cover Reveal – Minutes Before Sunset

A fellow author and friend, Shannon A. Thompson invited me to partake in her unveiling of the new cover for her kick-off / re-release of the first novel in her Timely Death Trilogy. Changing to a new publishing house, Clean Teen Publishing, has helped her with a new cover and the first book in the series will be available once again July 28th.

Below, you will get an exclusive sneak peak into the new cover, a brief synopsis of the book and a little background into Shannon herself. I hope you head on over to her sight and give her a look and become a fan just like I have.

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Two destines. 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 told, even if the secrets protect his survival.

Jessica Taylor moves to Hayworth, and her only goal is to find more information on her deceased biological family. Her adoptive parents agree to help on one condition: perfect grades. And Jessica is distraught when she’s assigned as Eric’s class partner. He won’t help, let alone talk to her, but she’s determined to change him—even if it means revealing everything he’s strived to hide.

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About the Author:

Shannon A. Thompson is a 23-year-old author, avid reader, and habitual chatterbox. She was merely 16 when she was first published, and a lot has happened since then. Thompson’s work has appeared in numerous poetry collections and anthologies, and her first installment of The Timely Death Trilogy became Goodreads Book of the Month. She is currently represented by Clean Teen Publishing, and Minutes Before Sunset releases on July 28, 2015.

As a novelist, poet, and blogger, Thompson spends her free time writing and sharing ideas with her black cat named after her favorite actor, Humphrey Bogart. Between writing and befriending cats, she graduated from the University of Kansas with a bachelor’s degree in English, and she travels whenever the road calls her.

Visit her blog for writers and readers at www.ShannonAThompson.com

Join the Dark:

Goodreads

Facebook

Pinterest

Extras

Amazon

I hope you enjoyed this look into Shannon’s upcoming splendor and if you’d like to ask her some questions, I’ll be having a live interview with her March 28th @ 10am MST over on my Google+ / YouTube channel.

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Video Interview with Kate M. Colby

This weekend, I had the wonderful experience of testing out Google Hangouts with an author and budding friend of mine, Kate M. Colby. With the technical help of her husband, Daniel, we were able to setup a live YouTube / Google Hangout Air interview. We dive into some randomness and through a few trial and error issues (on my side) we were able to get one going. Please, at least go and hear the interview, click on the link below and see what Kate has to say:


Please leave a like or a comment! If you are an author and might be interested, email me: JL.Fiction@outlook.com

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Audio Interview with Nina Soden

I had the chance to work with a great author on this new endeavor of mine. I’m going to try and get some video or audio interviews with some of your favorite Indie authors. Up first, Nina Soden was gracious and patient enough to work with me. I asked her a few questions and if you ever wondered what she sounded / looked like, go check out the video here:

Please leave a like or a comment! If you are an author and might be interested, email me: JL.Fiction@outlook.com

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Highlights

If anyone reads off a Kindle or a Kindle app, have you noticed the dotted underline? Granted, I’m pretty oblivious once I’m in a story but noticing it the other day reminded me of the things I enjoy seeing from a reader. I am always so elated once I am able to see a reader respond. Not review necessarily, but things like stumbling on random quotes, thoughts and the things readers share simply do it for me. The following one made my day in two ways:

  1. I loved that this made her laugh
  2. I ended up laughing because I totally forgot I wrote it (you know how hard it is to make yourself laugh?)

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What to Get Your Author on Their Birthday

(hint, hint)

Your favorite author or an author you know has a birthday, just like everyone else. Granted, you may not know them personally, but you’d like to still recognize their special day. What to get them though..? Hmm… well, luckily, I’ve listed some suggestions varying from free to pretty darn inexpensive.

  • Like their social media site(s)
  • Post on one (or all) of them
  • Buy one of their books (examples below):
  • Already bought it? Read it? Well, leave them a review of some sort.
  • Already done all of those things? Why not share their site with friends, family, co-workers? Never know, your unknown artist may blow up one day and remember the people that got them there… Can you imagine a J.K. Rowling or E.L. James fan that helped them out?

If you haven’t guessed, it’s my birthday. I’m now off to drink coffee, lay around in my sweats and watch a Star Wars marathon. Hope you are all having a great day!!