Monday, November 16, 2015

Meet author Jan Sikes

I'm happy to share my blog with with fellow member authors of Rave Reviews Book Club as part of the RRBC's Pay It Forward Week. Initially introduced by author Bethany Turner, the concept of Pay It Forward is to profile, promote and propel another fellow club member to new audiences for the day.

This month I have the honor of hosting Jan Sikes.


Jan has authored four books about the journey of two people moving through adversity, growing and learning about life and love. Interestingly, though she uses fictitious names, the books chronicle her life and relationship with her husband, the late singer-songwriter, Rick Sikes.


This North Texan incorporates bits of wisdom and hard-learned lessons in her fiction stories and hopes to reach readers in a positive way.

Her titles include:


Flowers and Stone 
Nothing could have prepared Darlina Flowers for the reckless Texas rogue musician, Luke Stone, to come stampeding into her life like a team of wild horses. Their love ignited into an ever burning flame, enduring a cruel twist of fate and injustice. A compelling true story based on the lives of  Rick and Jan Sikes.


Rebel Texas musician, Luke Stone, loses everything in life that he treasures when he is arrested and convicted of a crime he did not commit. How does a man deal with that kind of devastation? Not only is he locked away in a cage, he's left behind the woman who holds his heart.

Broken and alone, Darlina Flowers struggles to go on living without the man she loves so completely.

Follow their journey through shackles and chains, drugs and gurus as they fight to find their way to freedom.





With empty pockets and a heart full of dreams Luke Stone leaves behind the nightmare of fifteen long years in Leavenworth prison, not giving it a backward glance.

Eyes firmly on the future, he boards a Greyhound bus bound for Texas…for freedom…for the one who holds his heart. The unjust conviction no longer matters and revenge haunts him no more. Darlina Flowers, the woman who takes his breath away, waits ahead and with her by his side, nothing can stop him.
And the soon to be released, Till Death Do Us Part

Jan brings a special energy to her work. With each book, you can purchase a CD of original songs corresponding with the time period of each story! For information on book/CD packages, visit JanSikes.com.

In 2003, Jan and her husband Rick created RiJan Publishing, a publishing site for independent authors and musicians. Check in out at rijanpublishing.com.

Like Jan's Facebook page at: www.facebook.com/AuthorJanSikesBooks

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Teenage Poetry

Teenage expression via angst-ful poetry circa 1983
A little look back in time to my teenage years, my heartbreak and maybe a little bit of anger, too? Definitely a whole lot of drama!


This was typed with an old-fashioned electric typewriter. Notice the correction of 'd' in the word 'heard' in the third poem. Back in the day we used correction film. It was a gummy-like transferable Liquid Paper on a small rectangular slip of plastic called Ko Rec Type. Simply line the little square over your mistake, depress the erroneously struck key again, and voila, the space was whited out. It wasn't perfect, but word processors for personal use were still a few years away.

Monday, October 12, 2015

#FrightFall Wrap Up



One book is all I got to.


Finding time to read was quite tough for me this go-round. I'm in the middle of revising my own book, taking a writing class and renovating a room of my house. Last night, I gave myself just enough time to finish Spirit Legacy, coinciding with the end of #FrightFall Read-a-thon week.

I have to say, I didn’t have many expectations going into this book—Which totally had nothing to do with the author or any detail I found online about it. I just am simply not much of a paranormal-story kind of gal. I like romance and realism, and except for a few rare cases, I tend to avoid genre series altogether—though I truly seem to be the minority with that. Spirit Legacy is mostly what I don’t read, so I went into it merely looking to be entertained, possibly a little spooked, too.

The writing style of E.E. Holmes was pleasant surprise. It was skillful, and a true pleasure to read. I fell easily into the story.

Upon the opening, we immediately get a sense of who Jess Ballard is—she’s artistic, somewhat of a tough loner who is used to a no-frills life. And, she has scary dreams she doesn’t understand. Her mother’s death occurs in the prologue and the first chapter begins with unanswered questions about the death, but Jess is forced to move on and adjust to her new settings; a new life calling home an upscale Boston residence with an unfamiliar aunt and uncle, and starting her freshman year at St. Matthews College.

At school, Jess makes friends easily and meets handsome, smart and athletic Evan Corbett. With this flicker of romantic interest, I was hooked. Holmes brings us into the story so effortlessly that when the first apparition appears to Jess, I almost forgot I was reading a paranormal story.

He was too bright in the darkness, illuminated from some unseen source.

Through credible turns of events, Jess realizes ghosts are not only attracted to her, but are seeking her out.

Evan died on campus the year before. He’s a ghost.

Plagued by questions she can’t find answers to, Jess enlists the help of a campus parapsychology professor and that’s when the spooky things really begin to happen! Jess comes to learn of the heritage passed through her deceased mother’s bloodline. She is a Durupinen—A keeper of the doors that separate the worlds of the living and the dead. It is her calling to open the doors and help those trapped souls to whatever lay on the other side.

Here and there, Holmes injects bits of notable prose into paragraphs that made the passage of the book even more palatable.

Foil-wrapped leftovers and take-out containers populated the fridge, teetering on each other like an edible game of Jenga.

Sitting so, he gave the impression of a seeded dandelion in a pot, stretching toward the sunlight.


Spirit Legacy is the first of The Gateway Trilogy. It ends leaving the reader craving more knowledge, but thankfully without a cliffhanger. A great read for paranormal fans.

So the question is, will I continue onto book 2? From the way this book ended, it seems likely the author will bring many of the interesting St. Matt's characters into play again, and I would enjoy that, but as well written as Spirit Legacy was, I probably won't continue the series. This is based on the lack of a definable romantic interest—and the price tag. On Amazon, an e-copy of the second book, Spirit Prophecy, is $6.99. I suppose that's a fair price, especially considering I got the first book for free, but I'm just not enough of a paranormal fan to be tempted to buy it. If I could pick it up at the library, that might change my mind.

What's your thoughts about romance in a book? Important, or not so important to your reading pleasure? 
And, what about price? Does the cost of a book stop you from picking it up?

Read as part of #FrightFall read-a-thon (http://seasonsreading.blogspot.com)



Monday, October 5, 2015

Being Civil during Civic Duty

Photo morgueFile/southernfried
Ever wonder what it's like to serve Grand Jury?


For more than 15 years, I have periodically received a summons to serve on Grand Jury. Up until the last few years, I was a stay-at-home mom, with young children, and therefore permitted to postpone. This past August, I was summoned once again, and truthfully, I was curious to go.

It seems most people misunderstand what a Grand Jury does. Many asked me how I was picked and what kind of case I was on. There isn’t just one case, there are many, and there’s no selection process. As your civic duty, you are asked to volunteer (they don’t give up until you do). Unlike a trial or petit jury, Grand Jury is one of the first procedures in a criminal trial. These are private proceedings where assistant district attorneys (ADA) present accusations against defendants. After hearing witness testimony, in most cases, police officers and detectives, a Grand Jury determines whether or not there is ‘reasonable cause to believe’ an individual has committed a crime. If the majority of jurors agree with the charges, it returns a ‘true bill’ whereby the ADA can begin a formal indictment.

On that first Monday in August, out of the several hundreds summoned, there were only about 106 who were actually ready and willing to serve. From this 106, we divided into four groups of 23. My name was selected for Riverhead 9B, and I sat among the others assigned with me, watching the crowd dwindle down to the last 14 people. The others walked away that day, scot-free of the month-long sentence. The rest of us sat, awaiting our fate, through another round of lottery pulls, this time for foreperson and acting foreperson for each of the juries.

As luck would have it, my name was drawn a second time—this time for foreperson. I didn’t know exactly what the job entailed, but I was quite certain I wasn’t the right person for it. I nearly raised my hand to refuse the position, but too embarrassed, I kept silent. When they called my jury’s acting foreperson, a woman to my right stood. We smiled at each other, immediate allies.

The auditorium was addressed by a judge and sworn in as a whole, and then 9B was separated and secreted away to a jury room on an upper floor. A plainclothes, weaponless juror officer greeted our group. He ushered us into a windowless, circular wood-paneled room. There were four stadium-like elevated rows of cushy blue chairs. The officer pointed to the back of the room, to the highest level, where three chairs flanked a long, Formica desk, and told me to take the middle seat. My acting foreperson joined me, taking the seat to my left. Once everyone was settled, I was instructed to pick a secretary, and we were left alone, inside the room.

I looked at these strangers, all of them facing forward, away from me, and I asked for a volunteer. Crickets chirped—not a peep or so much as a muscle tic from any of them. I didn’t know names and wondered if I would be forced to pick, ‘eenie meenie miney,’ until amid the cringing silence, one hand finally arose.

We were a diverse jury group, hailing from as far west as Centerport all the way east to Mattituck. Part of my foreperson duties included taking attendance, and by the end of that week, I knew everyone’s name. I was also responsible for swearing in witnesses, reiterating the defendants’ charges to my fellow jurors, counting votes and signing paperwork. There weren’t any tangible benefits to the job of foreperson, but I took pride in it, and was pleasantly surprised when one of the men pulled me aside to compliment the way I handled the position.

The majority of cases involved drug arrests and were fairly interesting. The assistant district attorneys were amicable. As a whole, we enjoyed their willingness to stay with us an extra few minutes after our decision was handed down to explain the backgrounds of the defendants and sometimes tell a few jokes. They made our civic obligation more enjoyable.

The most onerous part of our time spent at Riverhead Criminal Court was the daily repeat of ‘hurry up and wait.’ Most mornings, 9B arrived at 10:30 a.m. only to sit for an hour or so in the waiting room—a room with a long table, many chairs, water cooler, microwave and an assortment of jigsaw puzzles and books—before we received a case. In some instances, we sat until noon and were released to lunch. After lunch, a similar scenario followed, but most afternoons, we heard cases.

To keep busy, we talked; some read; two brought in their laptops. One lady clipped coupons. A few women brought in yarn and needles. I befriended a Bellport woman who inspired me to finish a crochet project I started years ago. An Italian man regaled tales of his move from Italy to the United States as a young man, and every day he spoke of the delicious food he ate, always ending with, “It was so good,” and inevitably making us all hungry. One day, he brought in pastries, spurring others to do the same.

At the end of our four weeks, 9B had talked, laughed and lunched together, and it was bittersweet to say goodbye to these people who were no longer strangers. I am happy to report though, I have plans to get together with four of the ladies next week. Two of them are new Facebook friends, and the jury secretary invited us all to his upcoming musical gig at an East End winery.

My time serving on grand jury duty was memorable and I gained several friends in the process. In the end, I'd say it was not only a positive experience for me, but a beneficial one as well.

Article appeared in the Suffolk County News

Saturday, October 3, 2015

#FrightFall Read-a-thon

Fall reading

http://seasonsreading.blogspot.com

So I'm about to start another read-a-thon with Seasons of Reading's #FrightFall

Date: October 5-11

There's only one rule to #FrightFall, and it's that we must read ONE scary book (which can be a thriller, mystery, Gothic novel, or similar for those who are faint of heart).

I don't typically read thrillers or any of the above types of books, but for this one week, I'm going to expand my horizons and try one or two. Who knows? Maybe I'll find new genre to love!

My first selection is
by E.E. Holmes

This was free on Amazon when I found it, but Prime and KU members can read it for free anytime. I'm extremely picky about downloading free books, but this had good reviews on both Amazon and Goodreads, and the synopsis was appealing:

“The Gateway is open...” These cryptic words wake college student Jess Ballard from a terrifying dream into an even more terrifying reality. Jess' life has never been what anyone would call easy; doing damage control in the wake of your nomadic, alcoholic mother doesn't exactly make for a storybook childhood. But now her world has fallen apart just when it should be coming together: her mother gone—dead under mysterious circumstances; her life uprooted to stay with estranged relatives she’s never met; and there’s something odd about some of the people she’s been meeting at school: They’re dead.



Thinking about joining in? You can join #FrightFall from Facebook, Twitter, or Goodreads.
It's free, you'll get to know other readers, and best of all, there's prizes!
Click here to check it out and join along:

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

A little about what I like to read...

Sucheta over on Scribbling Owlet was kind enough to do a Q & A with me about my favorite books. Check out the interview here:

https://scribblingowlet.wordpress.com/2015/08/02/readers-nook-qa-with-suzanne/



Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Author Visit



A shout out to the Sayville ladies book club who asked me to come to their monthly meeting in August 2015 to discuss Saving Toby. Thanks to the host, Leslie who fostered the idea and the other ladies: Tina, Deb, Dot, Rachel, Judy, and both Pats for the in-depth look at the story and its characters. What a warm, lively and fun group. Good eats, too!

Book Clubs interested in an Author Visit 

I'd love to be a guest author at your book club meeting, too. If your club meets in the Long Island area, a personal visit could be arranged. Clubs that meet outside the area can be done via video call, such as Skype. For considerations, email me at suzannemckennalink@gmail.com.

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Summer Read-a-Thon



I was invited to join the blog, Seasons of Reading's "High Summer Read-a-Thon." It's not a contest, but an inspiration to read.

A quote from the event's organizer, Michelle, True Book Addict:
"I hope you're ready to take a much needed break from your summer whirlwind, jump in the hammock and get some good reading in. I know I am!"

The official dates are July 20th through the 26th. Sign up at the Seasons of Reading blog here: http://seasonsreading.blogspot.com/20...



Hope you will join us, and read! 



Up first on my TBR is "Ugly Love" by Colleen Hoover. This New Adult book is one of Hoover's newest and has gotten lots of love from readers. I enjoyed the last book I read by this author, "Maybe Someday." Hoover writes 3-D characters that her readers get emotionally invested in.

I've read some negative reviews of Ugly Love, but they haven't deterred me. If anything, they've made more curious to read the book and see if I will like it.


#HSreadathon


Ugly Love


I finished this Wednesday. Here's my thoughts:

Tate is a 23 year-old nurse who moves into her older brother's apartment in San Diego to finish up a Master's degree in nursing. 24-year old pilot, Miles Archer is her brother's neighbor. He conveniently lives right across the hallway. I loved the way we are introduced to Miles—the day Tate moves in, he's stone cold drunk in front of the apartment door, making it impossible for Tate to get inside. A great opener!

Immediately we know, Miles is a damaged soul, but Hoover makes us fall in love with him. And, of course, we want Tate to heal his broken heart.

The story is told from dual-POVs, mostly Tate's, and I started this book immediately engaged in the storyline, but there is so much repetitiveness in Tate's thoughts and actions, it made me fall out of love with the writing

Despite the repetitiveness, Ugly Love did have some great moments. The flirtation between Miles and Tate smolders. Hoover writes steamy love scenes without making them feel like porn. No slang or rude body part names. I appreciate that. Because, hey, if I wanted to read about raunchy, detailed sex, I'd be reading erotica!

I couldn't wait for Miles and Tate to get together, which I didn't have to wait too long for, but the hooking up comes with rules.

Never ask about the past. 
Don’t expect a future.

Though Tate would like a more conventional relationship, she accepts the rules, and they embark on a sex-only exchange. The story is mainly about their sexual relationship, and Miles frankly, treats Tate like a dishtowel, calling on her whenever he wants sex. Worse, she accepts her dishtowel fate, placating Miles in his attempt to avoid having any tangible feelings for her. I so wanted Tate to rebel—to have some self-respect. She does eventually, but in my opinion, it comes too late in the game.

What didn't work so well for me was the way Hoover switched to Miles' backstory POV every few chapters.
It was supposed to be serious and tell us how 17-year old Miles became 
so damaged that he didn't want to 
love again, 
but the text was centered, and
had words that got larger and were bolded and 
w
    e
        n
            t 
in different directions, 
and felt silly instead of dramatic. I felt like I was reading a 
                                 
Colleen Hoover is on the rise. With a growing repertoire of novels, she has garnered a horde of avid fans. Ugly Love is her 8th book.  I fear I set my expectations too high for this one, and it just didn't affect me the way I had hoped, nor leave me with a book hangover. 

Update: Congrats to Colleen Hoover. Ugly Love is being made into a movie. An author's dream! Here's the link for the trailer: movie version of Ugly Love. I'm interested in seeing if the screen writers can add an element to the story that I felt the book was missing. 


Diary of a Christian Woman: How I used 50 Shades of Grey to Spice Up My Marriage

Thursday: The next book on my TBR is a book by RRBC author (Rave Reviews Book Club) Rebecca Reilly. I highlighted Rebecca and her books in a previous post. In blogging about her, I became interesting in reading her book, "Diary of a Christian Woman: How I used 50 Shades of Grey to Spice Up My Marriage."

As part of the club's goals are to read and support other member's work, I happily purchased a copy of this. I was intrigued because I'm been married twenty-something years and have read "Fifty Shades."

I started the book this morning and finished in 2 hours. It's only 130 pages, but it was entertaining and reads really fast.

This is a book about how Phoebe, a 39-year old woman, rediscovers pride in her body and learns to bring intimacy into her routine, and sexually dried-up 19-year marriage.

While I am Christian and spiritual, I'm not devout in my practices. The title "Diary of Christian Woman…" might scare off some lesser religious readers. Yes, Phoebe is a God-fearing, gentle woman, but it's my strong opinion that any woman, married with children, will immediately connect with Phoebe and her struggles. 

Some quotes that resonated with me:

No one tells you before you get married how much work that sex requires.

Erotic power flows out of a woman when she believes she looks sexy.

Conversely

… it is difficult to be sexually carefree with your children only a room away.

Reilly deals with a taboo subject with lots of laugh-out-loud humor and grace. At times I was just as frustrated with Phoebe's husband, George and her circumstances, as she was, because the book contains a great many truths—life tires you out, and most couples are not intimate enough to share their fantasies.

For those aware the spark is missing from their marriages, this book gives not only hope, but offers the reader a bit of guidance in how to go about starting to remedy it.

Quick, easy read that I highly recommend.


A Virtuous Woman


I started A Virtuous Woman by Kaye Gibbons, but wasn't able to finish it by the end of the read-a-thon, and am still reading it. 

A few years back, I read "Ellen Foster," also written by Gibbons, and really enjoyed her writing style. I am already liking the character building in this one and sure I will be done with it soon. 





Post wrap-up

Even though I was only able to read two books and start a third, I call this a success because during the read-a-thon, I wasn't able to only kick back and read. I still had to go to work and do summer stuff, like go to backyard parties and spend time with family and friends. Despite the day-to-day distractions (as I enjoy the people in my life, I use the term 'distractions' loosely), I found time to pick up a book and read, and I love reading, so it's all good!






Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Indie Pride Day


Wednesday, July 1st is worldwide #IndieBooksBeSeen Pride Day, a day where independent authors hit the social media airwaves and make ourselves known. If you're a self-pub author, take a photo of yourself with your book(s) and hashtag it #indiebooksbeseen. If you reader, help support the movement by reading indie authors! 

















We're growing in numbers. Join the movement!
On Facebook: IndieBooksBeSeen FaceBook
On Twitter: #IndiePrideDay OR #IndieBooksBeSeen
On the Web: http://indiebooksbeseen.blogspot.com.au





Friday, June 26, 2015

Local Author Fair

I was happy to be part of Sachem Public Library's Local Author Fair last Saturday.

The place was filled with enthusiastic book fans and I had the opportunity to hand out book marks, while introducing Toby and Claudia to several interested attendees. And I even signed a few books.

It was nice to meet other fellow authors, too. It was a a lot of fun.




Favorite new shirt! 

"It's a Toby Thing. You wouldn't understand" 
.... (but hopefully you do!)

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Meet Author John W. Howell

I'm happy to share my blog with with fellow member authors of Rave Reviews Book Club as part of the RRBC's Pay It Forward Week. Initially introduced by author Bethany Turner, the concept of Pay It Forward is to profile, promote and propel another fellow club member to new audiences for the day.

This month, I have the honor of hosting John Howell.

John has authored two full-length books and is in his creative chair pumping out a third.  His most notable published work is the fiction thriller, My Grl, rated a Five Star Award by the book review site, Readers' Favorite. (Read review here: Readers' Favorites)


Synopsis: John J. Cannon successful San Francisco lawyer takes a leave of absence from the firm and buys a boat he names My GRL. He is unaware that his newly-purchased boat had already been targeted by a terrorist group. John's first inkling of a problem is when he wakes up in the hospital where he learns he was found unconscious next to the dead body of the attractive young woman who sold him the boat in the first place. John now stands between the terrorists and the success of their mission.

Reviewers rave that My Grl is a fast-paced thriller with unexpected twists and turns, and hair-raising action. 

To read a chapter or see the book trailer, visit John's website: johnwhowell.com

Click here to find My Grl on Amazon.

John has also authored several short stories which you can read for free on his website. They include: Never Give Inn, The World Darkly, Misunderstanding, The Day After New Year’s Day


John is a resident of the a barrier island in the Gulf of Mexico off the southern coast of Texas.
Visit him at johnhowell.com
Follow him on Twitter: @HowellWave




Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Meet Author Rebecca Reilly

I'm happy to share my blog with Rebecca today as part of Rave Reviews Book Club's Pay It Forward Week. Initially introduced by author Bethany Turner, the concept of Pay It Forward is to profile, promote and propel another fellow club member to new audiences for the day.

So without further adieu, let me introduce Rebecca Reilly!


A Published Author Many Times Over




Author Rebecca Reilly is the indie author of of an impressive catalogue of six books in multiple genres. 


Her titles include:

Children's Books

Haunting Megan

Into Dark Waters  A murder mystery at sea

 

Diary of a Christian Woman is a humorous look at sex and marriage. It sounds like an amusing and interesting page-turner. This book on my reading list, and I'd like to share the synopsis.

Synopsis:
Food is not a great substitute for sex, but it’s all I’ve got.

It’s not that I’m not happy in my marriage. I am. George is a good man, and I love him. I love our two children. I love our home. I love our church. And I love my job. I love everything I have.

And I’m bored out of my mind.

I know God created sex for marriage. And not just for beautiful people, either. Sex is supposed to bind a man and wife; to give them an intimacy they share with no one else. Sex is supposed to be fulfilling. And fun! I think we’re supposed to want to have sex with our spouse.

I look at the college students walking around the campus where I work, and I think they are getting way more out of sex than I am.
And that is just not fair.

George and I did it by the Book. We are the ones that should be tingling, panting, and dripping with lust. We’re the ones who should be the models of sexual satisfaction. I should feel as the bride in Song of Solomon felt: “Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth, for your love is more delightful than wine….Take me away with you–let us hurry. Let the king bring me to his chambers” (Song of Solomon 1:2, 4).

But even Song of Solomon hasn’t helped spice up our boring chambers. And most of the time, I think George would rather have wine. I needed something else. I needed more specific instructions to liven up our life. But where does a sexually uptight, Christian woman (with a reputation to protect) go for help?

More about Rebecca

Rebecca is a self-proclaimed lover of laughter, dreaming, pondering, and writing. She keeps busy wearing many hats such as a Pastor, a Health Coach, a Massage Therapist, a Zumba Instructor, a musical theater Director/Producer, and a Writer.

Rebecca has been happily married, the mother of two, grandmother of one, and lives in Northern California.


Find out more about Rebecca on her website: 
Rebecca Reilly - Author
On Twitter: @RebeccaReillyL 
On Facebook: Facebook.com/RebeccaLynnReilly


Monday, April 27, 2015

Meet Author Beem Weeks

AN ACCOMPLISHED AUTHOR

Author Beem Weeks is the indie author of the historical fiction/coming-of-age novel, Jazz Baby, a book quoted as being "wonderfully authentic" and the author a "magician with words."

THE SYNOPSIS: 

While all Mississippi bakes in the scorching summer of 1925, a sudden orphanhood casts its icy shadow across Emily Ann Teegarten, a pretty young teen. Taken in by an aunt bent on ridding herself of this unexpected burden, "Baby" Teegarten plots her escape using the only means at her disposal: a voice that makes church ladies cry and angels take notice. "I'm gonna sing jazz up to New York City," she brags to anybody who'll listen. 'Cept that Big Apple-well, it's an awful long way from that dry patch of earth she used to call home. So when the smoky stages of New Orleans speakeasies give a whistle, offering all kinda shortcuts, Emily soon learns it's the whorehouses and drug joints promising to tickle more than just a young girl's fancy that can dim a spotlight . . . and knowing the wrong people can snuff it out. Jazz Baby just wants to sing-not fight to stay alive.


With 57 reviews, Jazz Baby ranks a 4.7 out of 5 stars! 
Check it out on Amazon: 

NOW, A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR

I met Beem through Rave Reviews Book Club, a virtual book club made up of networking authors and readers who help promote each other. Beem is not just a RRBC member, though; he has taken on the position of Review Coordinator for the club. In getting to know Beem, I've found that he is not only an indie-author, but a staunch supporter of other indie-authors. He's surely a guy you want to call friend. 

Beem has built an online presence through Twitter and by hosting a blog page, entitled appropriately enough, "Beem's Blog, It's all about the indie!" (https://beemweeks.wordpress.com). On his blog, Beem talks about his experiences with writing and self-publishing, and offers some advice. He is also kind enough to highlight other independently-published authors, giving his peers a chance to talk about their books and tell a little bit about their creative process, or in some cases, be a little silly.

Beem's been writing since he was a kid and says among his literary influences are Daniel Woodrell, Barbara Kingsolver, and Stephen Geez. As a teenager and young adult, he wrote concert and record reviews for a small publication. 

Along with Jazz Baby, Beem has also authored several short stories, poems, essays, and recently released a short story collection entitled Slivers of Life


FOLLOW Beem Weeks on TWITTER:
@BeemWeeks and @voiceofindie




Check out RRBC. Membership has great benefits! 

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Author of the Year

I am proud to announce that I snagged this year's Author of the Year on Double Decker Books in the romance category for Saving Toby.

Thank you to all of you who voted!

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Risk-free way to try out new authors

Shout out to Public Libraries!

Visiting your local public library is a great, risk-free way to try out new authors


Did you know that, like the general public, libraries sometimes order books from Amazon, too? If you want to read a book by an independent author (or any published author), but you're not ready to make a financial commitment to buy it, ask your local library to order it! The libraries around me – Sayville, Bayport-Blue Point, South Country, Sachem and Patchogue-Medford – all have paperback copies of Saving Toby. For a new, fairly unknown indie author like myself, this kind of support, not to mention exposure, is awesome!

Side note: The libraries here on Long Island are all linked. I don't know if this is true of other areas/states, (*feel free to chime in and let me know) but here on Long Island, if a local library doesn't carry the book you seek, you can go online and click on the LI Link: Expand Search and browse a much larger catalog source! With a quick 'inter-library exchange' you can barrow any listed title, all formats — book, CD, ebook, audiobook, etc. So, for instance, if you wanted to read Saving Toby, you could log into your library's website, or visit the helpful adult service desk, and request it! Fabulous! 


All the more reason to love your library! 



Here's the website to my own hometown library: http://sayvillelibrary.org

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Author of the Year nomination!

I can hardly believe it, but I have been nominated (Me? Yes, me!) by the book blogsite Double Decker Books for their 2014 Author of the Year Award!

Cast your vote for at: http://doubledeckerbooks.blogspot.com/2015/01/vote-today-for-your-favorite-author-of.html

Winners will be announced on Facebook March 1st

(https://www.facebook.com/pages/Double-Decker-Books/761744677191008?ref=hl)