Save Up Your Pennies!

Good afternoon, let’s jump right into it!

Next Friday, A Time to Die will be going to the editor. From there, it shouldn’t take longer than a couple of weeks before I have my final draft back. From that point, it’ll jump right into the lap of a formatting artist and finally, a revised full cover piece from my cover artist to wrap it all up.

What’s that mean for you?

Well, if all goes according to plan, there will be a final installment of the Legend of Carter Gabel series in your hands in less than a month!!

I will of course keep you more up to date as the weeks progress along this last slide into home base. But, as we know, occasional downfalls occur. And with them, things could get hinky.

Hinky = Effed Up, without making grandmothers cringe.

What will happen from there? I can only hope good things. I have a lot of pots on the stove cooking, in terms of new reading. I need everyone’s help in making sure I can serve them up though. If I go Indie, that’ll be a long time to wait at the pace I’ve set. But, the more and more people’s hands my book gets into, the better chance I have of delivering stories.

Sooooooo, share your thoughts out there with a review if you haven’t already! Or tell a friend looking for a good book. Or if you didn’t like it, donate your copy to a teen group like Boys Club or Girls Inc or your local library.

Indies thrive off of word of mouth and if we get enough help, you can be one of those people saying, I knew him when… I remember chatting with him once…. or I actually got to meet them before the movie ever got made! How cool will you be?

Sorry, no one’s as cool as BW

Two Minutes (4.21)

There are those days and sometimes weeks where you are thrown into a world of shit. You may see it coming, fear it coming, but lo and behold, here it is. For some people it may be financial, emotional, physical or psychological. In the midst of it, if you happen to get into a fight with another person, the problem only amplifies.

What I’m learning is that fights have a unique ability to both cloud the truth with misconceptions and illuminate all of your own faults. In a way, it’s like deconstructing an object to try and put it back together properly. In a lot of cases, we revert to putting things back together in the only way we know how and it’s the same piss-poor situation all over again. Every now and again, you get a chance to improve and make it better. The trick with improvement is seeing the whole picture and making sure it’s what’s best for everyone, self included.

I hate fighting, mainly because it highlights my own inadequacies and affirms all of the things I already doubt in myself. And I don’t know what it was, but something clicked for me. The worry is worse than actually doing what I fear all along. This is both in terms of my private life and my professional life.

That hot ball of wire in the pit of my stomach can all go away if I just stop worrying about how the “what if” moments, and completely rule them out. I’m trying to put a positive spin on a lot of dark thoughts, which as an author tends to happen. So many emotions get bottled up only to focus and write them out into a story somewhere and when you have no story to write, they eat away at your mind like acid. I’d like to say that everything feels grey and colorless, but realistically, it feels like I lost my sight and I’m trying to remember what colors look like.

Main point, as terrible as it feels to go through these moments of deconstruction, there is a relief in the possibility of making myself better.

Balance

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!


 

Last Chance Giveaway

Today is the last day you can register on Goodreads for 1 of 2 copies of A Time to Reap! Almost 1200 people have signed up for the chance and the window closes at midnight tonight. It means a lot to see that number higher than any of my previous giveaways I’ve ever done so please share.

A Time to Reap

And, let’s not forget that the sequel giveaway ends on April 1st. Both links are listed below. Have an awesome day and let an Indie out there know their fan base!

A Time to Live


Goodreads Book Giveaway

A Time to Reap by Jonas     Lee

A Time to Reap

by Jonas Lee

Giveaway ends March 30, 2017.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

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Goodreads Book Giveaway

A Time to Live by Jonas     Lee

A Time to Live

by Jonas Lee

Giveaway ends April 01, 2017.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

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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…

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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

Olivia

Lizzy Baldwin

Zachary Chopchinski & Layla of course!

JB Salsbury

Liz

Shannon A Thompson

Heather

Haddie

Tina

Galit

Nina Soden

Jeyna Grace

Review Faces

As an author, my general nature is to want everybody to read my story AND simultaneously hoping no one ever does. It’s a strange dichotomy, I know, but I think I just love entertaining and hate when that falls short.

Regardless, thanks to SnapChat, I have put together a wonderful skit of some of the faces I get when seeing reviews…enjoy.

Two Minutes (3.17)

Some of you may have seen my post the other day about the person who hacked my PayPal account and siphoned out the equivalent of my editing cost. <insert angry tirade here>

Then I had a haircut and when I walked into the salon, my hairdresser looked pretty much like how I felt, generally unhappy. She asked about my day, I asked about hers, chit-chat ensued. Then after I relayed my woeful tale, she proceeded to tell me about hers. She and her husband had recently moved and as a splurge, they hired movers. Fun right?

Only issue was, once the movers were gone, she noticed her cash and some of her jewelry was also missing. She won the worst day award, hands down. My money will come back to me (same as hers), but her wedding ring and other items handed down to her aren’t replaceable. Beyond that, it was their home. My online account can get redone, credit restored, etc. Anyone who has had a break-in knows how vulnerable and fragile and angry that can make you.

I guess my point is, someone always has it better than you and someone always has it worse. Strive to be the example of what better looks like for those that are struggling.

And to the person who took my money, I hope you have a constant static shock on everything you touch in life. #blessed

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!

 

Two Minutes (3.10)

I have heard something this past week and it applies to everyone, not just authors. Fear of Missing Out (FOMO) or Fear of Missing Something (FMS) is one of those things we can all feel at times. For me, I feel I’m writing an idea that’s already been done before or the genre craze it’s in will pass. For others it might be the rush to finish a project, advance quickly in your career, get skinny quick, etc. 

FOMO is something that can influence us all at some point or another, but really it just increases a sense of anxiety we can do without. Ever had someone utter the phrase, “just breathe”? Well, no shit, right? Otherwise I’d die. 

It really should be something like: take a deep breath, hold it until you think you’re going to be uncomfortable, then a little longer. Wait for it… and when your chest starts to hurt, try to remember what was so important? When you breathe in again, isn’t it the best? One: you’re not dead, hooray! Two: it’s an exercise reminding you how the everyday, no-thought-required things don’t mean a lot until you take away the effort of just letting them happen. I could have used blinking instead but what fun is that compared to suffocation, right?

FOMO is a lot like having a suffocation feeling all the time. Do you want that in your life? Me either! Point is, just breathe normally and relax. Life is going to happen whether you force it or simply let it happen. 

I picked up the notion of this topic from a great podcast called Petal to the Metal. Feel free to check them out and let them know I sent you! (It will confuse the shit out of them)

The End of the Beginning

Sorry about Monday, everyone. I tried to hold it off, but it was just too powerful for me to stop.

But hey, with Monday’s, I’ll be bringing you updated posts on book progress, upcoming events, and all the little things in between. As some of you may know by now, the last installment in the Legend of Carter Gabel series is in the primping stages.

Which is basically a whole lot of reading and annoyance at my own levels of thought and continuity. It’s a lot like this:

Then… once I’ve polished it up as best as I can and get it to a decent level of reading I will turn it over to the professional editors. The pain and horror will be intense and humiliating, I’m sure. Like so…

Afterwards, I’ll have the final installment of my first series. It will mark the end of the first leg in my journey towards becoming a full time writer, at least that’s the dream.

With all of that, I will be wanting some help from any fans and friends interested in an ARC with the intention of posting reviews and promoting for me on release day. I’ve got about 5 who committed in the past, but I think 10 is a nice number to have, so if anyone is interested, please let me know so I can add you to the list.

To anyone and everyone; thank you for reading this, liking anything I’ve posted and being close by me on this initial plunge into something I love doing. I hope to see you close by as I start out on the second leg of this wonderful journey.