A Time to Die, A Time to Live, A Time to Reap, The Next 1000 Miles


As much as I try to stay to a certain day a week to post, I will inevitably have one or two of “these” weeks. Going from so much involvement and interaction with my cover reveal last week, wrapping up two giveaways from Goodreads and getting an updated proofing of my book had me going every direction, with no clear intent mind you.

Planning, as boring as it sounds, is necessary. Knowing when, how, where, and most importantly WHY an author does something is really the cornerstone to moving forward. My lack of planning has been rectified by great friends, family and fellow authors willing to pitch in before I tumble over a cliff.

For anyone not on the Internet last week, here’s a quick shot of the next cover:

A Time to Die

I know what you’re thinking…

Annnnd, you’re right. Thank you…or you’re welcome. Both.

After the week started winding down, I found myself trying not to seek your attention without a real purpose. I love sharing and chatting and liking all the things you do, but I’ll still try to limit myself to a couple posts a week, a few random pics and all the updates on the new book as possible. Otherwise…

…itchies start setting in.

For anyone still reading and interested in stats, I had 1,626 people register to win A Time to Reap and 743 register for A Time to Live. That’s over 2,000 entries!! I was sitting back like…

So, if I see you out there, don’t be alarmed if you get an attack hug.

If you are reading this and want a copy of your very own, there are links on the titles above in two different formats, Kindle and Paperback! Until next time, peeps!


Cover Reveal, The Next 1000 Miles, Upcoming

Cover Reveal

Good morning everyone! With the unfortunate theft of my editing budget, the release date got pushed back. But that doesn’t mean I can’t continue to share! So, today you will be seeing my official cover in the completion to the Legend of Carter Gabel series. It’s been a very fun journey and I’ve met some amazing people along the way. Most that are helping me are linked below, so please go and check them out!

Also, as an added gift, I have my book available for pre-sale on Amazon for only $0.99! So, CLICK HERE and the link will take you to where you can invent less than a dollar for a great surprise in the months to come.

Without further ado…


Carter Gabel saved his own life, and rescued his city from destruction. But, after the Pirates forced him into hiding, he spent years holed up in Crighton, city of ghosts. Just as he thinks the world has forgotten him, a knock on the door interrupts his life and as he opens it, his next journey begins. An unexpected foe waits for him at the end to challenge everything he knows and all that his future holds. What must Carter do to survive? And what does he sacrifice to become a legend?

A Time to Die

Please feel free to share this post as much as you can and please comment. I love comments!

A big thanks to all who are helping me today!! Click on them to see their sites and all their own work:

Kate M. Colby


Lizzy Baldwin

Zachary Chopchinski & Layla of course!

JB Salsbury


Shannon A Thompson





Nina Soden

Jeyna Grace

The Next 1000 Miles

Cover Revealings?

The time is coming when my final book is almost ready to depart on the last leg of its journey to the editors. March 24th is the special day. You know what that means? COVER REVEAL….

Except, not yet…

I’d like some help from anyone willing to coordinate a reveal with me through their blog, site, social media, what-have-you. Any takers: JL.Fiction@outlook.com I’d like to do it on March 27th, two weeks from today. If you don’t volunteer, I’ll have to track you down individually.

In other news, I met up with my alpha reader (my dad) last week and talked out some of the things needing work on this last installment. Some very helpful ideas springing me from a stale point and into an ending I’m pretty happy with.

This is a helpful side-kick into a comfortable tower of praise.

Ultimately, I am very happy to be done with a series. I never knew how difficult ending one could be and this is a moment where I realized writing by the seat of my pants would be a lot easier if I’d just planned and plotted out some major points along the way. Live and learn, right?

Anywho, I hope everyone is having a great Monday, don’t let it do this to you:

Fight back and let’s find our way to Friday!


The Next 1000 Miles

Who’s With Me??

We live in a virtual world. Most of the people I’ve made friends with over the past year has been online. And since the majority of those are writers… I’m thinking road trip!

So, I was chatting with my good friend, Shannon A Thompson, this past week. Whatever led our convo to talk about conferences is lost now, but the turning point was when we started saying how it would be great to meet other authors from WordPress. *ding-ding*

Of course!! Why not try and find a conference where like-minded people can meet at some point. So I proposed the notion to a couple of other friends, Zachary Chopchinski & Kate M. Colby, and they agreed a road trip would be awesome! Well, why not spread the invite??

Next year, plan on attending the UtopYA Con in Nashville, TN. Pertinent info I have gathered so far is below, but if you think you can swing it, wouldn’t it be great to at least attend and see some of the familiar faces of the authors we see here on a regular basis? I’m going, barring a cataclysmic event or poverty. I hope I can see you all there with us!!

UtopYA Con

Registration date is June 21st, 2015 for the 2016 conference. Vacancies fill up within days, so be ready.

Cost is not set, but a half table (3ft) went for $200 this year and double for the full table. You can request to share a table with someone of your choosing (no set guarantees).

Refunds are given 60 prior to the event if you find out you cannot make it.

Did I mention that I am going?? <— Reason enough right there!


I Cannot Be-“Lieb” It

Liebster Badge

Come on, you smirked…at least inwardly. I could have chosen a title like Take It or “Lieb” It or Growing, “Liebs” and Bounds!

Pun Dog

No? Fine.

I have been graciously nominated for my second award, ever. It might be a chain mail award, but I still dig it. It’s marketing with a fun twist in my book. So, I would like to thank the lovely Lizzy Baldwin from MyLittleBookBlog for giving me this award/homework assignment. She is a joy in my blogging life and everyone should go look her up and see how she’s doing. Bring a casserole or the blogging version of a housewarming gift.

I had to honestly look up what the hell this award was about before I committed others to the same honorable Q & A. After a lot of research (okay 10 minutes of Googling) I came across articles galore. I’ll link to one here. For your piece of mind, it’s like an electronic, blogger high-five (and/or fist bump, slap on the rear, etc). Good game, bloggers.

So, I have to answer my blogger’s questions, list 11 facts, and then devise my own fiendish questions for the weary souls I shall pass this award along to below. I’ll try to group this in my own OCD fashion.

My Victims Nominees:

Kate – Full Frontal Nerdity (Her stuff cracks me up. Good game!)

Sparkle Bumps – SparkleBumpstheBookWhore (Who doesn’t feel good after reading the blog title alone? And yes, I don’t know her actual name. It’s like a secret identity or stage name or something)

Heather – The Awkward Life of Heather (I enjoy her candor and open nature of relating her life. If I saw her on the streets, you’d get a jumping high-five)

Carly Watters – Carly Watters, Literary Agent (She always posts helpful things and asks for feedback. I don’t see many agents getting this award, but then again, I don’t follow many agent blogs. Carly fulfills my needs… um… Fist bump?)

11 Facts:

  1. I hold a Bachelor’s degree (History) as well as a Master’s degree.
  2. I panic when insects fly near my face. ( I activate mad, ninja-dodging skills at that point)
  3. I can quote nearly the entire movie, “Clue.”
  4. I am super stubborn
  5. Green Lantern is my favorite superhero (Not the movie though, sorry to say, it sucked…a LOT)
  6. I would take a philosophical debate over any topic, any time.
  7. I am right hand orientated, but left eye dominant
  8. I almost named my daughter Mathilda
  9. M&M’s magically disappear if they are around me (No idea how that happens)
  10. I have astigmatism in both eyes
  11. As a child, I thought being a garbage man was my career path because it looked so awesome!

Blogger Questions:

1) Describe your blog in three words?

– Witty, Humorous & Helpful

2) If you could live the life of a character in any book who would it be?

– Christopher Robin, ponder that life.

3) If you suddenly found £500 pounds in your wallet, that had magically appeared but you had to spend it that day, what would you do with it?

– (This was homework, it equates to roughly $850) And if that was in my wallet, I would most likely pay off my tax registration fees and then use the rest on kitchen improvements in my house.

4) What cocktail describes you best?

   – I don’t drink enough beyond beer and/or shots to know drink names. But I would consider myself to be a drink you misinterpret at some point and has an initial bitterness to it with a sweet aftertaste that keeps you wanting more? Drink it in. That sounded sexual… skip that thought. 

5) Favourite childhood author?

– Childhood? Pretty sure Dr. Seuss rocked my bookshelves.

6) You are in the middle of a zombie attack, and you can only grab one item from your bathroom to protect yourself…what would it be?

– First, why only one? Second, my bathroom contains nothing worthy of a weapon unless I wrapped a bar of soap around a towel. Since that would be two items, I would have to go out on a limb and say the tank lid? It’s heavy and I can still swing it.

7) Coke or Pepsi?

– Pepsi

8) Music act you would most like to see live in concert?

– Lana del Rey. That chick is awesome!

9) Do you have any tattoos? If yes..what? and if no…are you planning on any?

– Plenty. On my right arm I have symbols depicting emotions like rage, hope, jealousy, fear, etc. Did I mention I’m a Green Lantern fan?

10) Harry Potter or Twilight?

– Harry Potter. The brooding twinkle vampires don’t do it for me.

11) What are your thoughts on jelly?

– Great in a sandwich as long as it stays inside the bread? Key ingredient to lots of BBQ recipes? Is there a right answer here?

My 11 Questions:

  1.  You are able to scratch one thing off your bucket list, no matter what it entails. What is it?
  2. You can listen to any band/artist (live) in their time period. Who would you want to see?
  3. If you could collaborate with any artist/author/professional on a project, who would you choose?
  4. Would you rather live in a zombie apocalypse (Walking Dead) or an electronic apocalypse (Revolution)?
  5. Why to number 4?
  6. Pop Tarts or Toaster Strudel?
  7. Favorite smell?
  8. You can have one super power. What would you choose?
  9. What is your worst habit?
  10. What do you find to be your best quality (physically or mentally)?
  11. What keeps you from having your dreams come true?


Enjoy the next half hour of replying, nominees!!