Day: November 2, 2017

Watching Glass Shatter – FAVORITE CHARACTER POLL

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Have you read Watching Glass Shatter? Why not choose your favorite character from the core family? Choose today but you can also change your mind through the end of the poll on 11/20 when the blog tour ends. Character descriptions listed below. If your favorite isn’t listed, you can write one in. The favorite character chosen as the winner will be revealed on the last day of the tour along with a special big reveal about what’s next for fans of this debut novel!

Are you excited to become an honorary member of the Glass Family?

Character Bios

Benjamin: Patriarch who dies leaving behind a widow and 5 sons. Runs a prominent Connecticut law practice but harbors a very painful family secret.

Olivia: Matriarch who becomes a widow when her husband dies in a car accident.  Runs several philanthropic organizations. Passive-aggressive mother of 5 sons.

Theodore (Teddy): Eldest son. Following in his father’s footsteps to run the family law firm. Married to Sarah and trying to have a baby. The pompous fool who harbors his own secret.

Matthew: MBA Graduate. Manages the firm’s finances. Married to Margaret with 3 young daughters. Sports fanatic.  The Golden Boy who harbors his own secret.

Caleb: Middle child, became an architect. Moved away to Maine with little contact with the rest of the family. The Runaway who harbors his own secret.

Zachary: Finding his own way through life. Raising his 5 year old daughter while fighting his ex-girlfriend for custody. The Former Drug Addict who harbors his own secret.

Ethan: Youngest son. The heart of the family who became a doctor. Contemplating an engagement. The Momma’s Boy who harbors his own secret.

Diane: Olivia’s younger sister. Voice of reason in the family. Protector of all. Divorcing husband. Harbors no secrets of her own but learns them all throughout the story.

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Book Summary

A contemporary fiction novel focusing on a New England family’s drama set in current times. The wealthy Glass family has lost its patriarch, Benjamin Glass, sooner than expected. Benjamin’s widow, Olivia, and her 5 sons each react to his death in their own way while preparing for the reading of his will. But it is Olivia who receives a very unexpected confession from her late husband about one of their sons that could shatter the whole family.

Prior to revealing the secret to her children, Olivia needs to figure out which boy Ben is referring to in the confession he left her in his will. While the family attorney is searching for the mysterious Rowena Hector whom Ben says holds the answers, Olivia asks her sons to each spend a week with her as she isn’t ready to let go of the past. But when Olivia visits her sons, she quickly learns that each one has been keeping his own secret from her.

Olivia never expected her remaining years would be so complex and life altering, but she will not rest until she is able to bring her family back together after Ben’s untimely death. Will she be able to fix them or will the whole family implode? We all need family. We all want to fit in. We’re a mix of quirky fun!

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My Novel: Father Figure (Week 13 – Thursday, November 2nd, 2017)

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It’s been a few weeks since I posted the current status of my second novel, Father Figure. As many of you know, my debut novel, Watching Glass Shatter, launched 3 weeks ago and has taken over a majority of my time. In between marketing plans, book review, blog tours and promotions, I have been slowly making progress with all the edits for the next round of Father Figure beta reading. When I set a date, I don’t change it unless absolutely necessary; I’m happy to report I am still on target for an early 2018 release. Below is the current status:

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Status: Thursday, November 2, 2017 – Week #13

 

Round 1 Edit – The First Draft

  • Every potential change suggested by the initial beta reading team has been reviewed, digested and addressed with the exception of 3 major items that all require a dedicated about of time where I can focus and plan. This is where I need to start turning off the internet for 4 hours each day to dive into the details without interruption.  To give you a flavor of what I am referring to:
    • Add more raw/griping emotion to the initial few chapters and remove/move some of the background information (Get less wordy and get into the action!)
    • Tighten up the character details, voice and tone for 1 protagonist who is a little too wishy-washy (Be clear on what she wants from others!)
    • Lengthen and draw out the ending a bit more to keep the suspense even more climactic (Don’t end this journey so quickly!)

 

Next Steps: Plan for Upcoming Week

  • Complete editing for 2 of the 3 key areas, as noted above
  • Read entire novel aloud with a focus on dialogue and point-of-view to ensure everything is consistent, clear and distinct
  • Determine who is interested in being a beta reader for Round 2 (target for readers to review from 11/20 to 11/30)

 

What’s on the author’s mind?

  • How believable do readers expect the plot of a novel to be? For example, if in reality, a situation occurs 2% of the time, and the book takes advantage of that situation, is it fair to judge the author or book by calling it out as unbelievable? Some say books should push the envelope and encourage limitless boundaries. Others feel if its a contemporary novel it should be something more common and relatable. I tend to fall somewhere in the middle. If the actual occurrence of the situation happening is fairly minimal, but still achievable, I think the author should do as much as possible in the novel’s narrative, dialogue and tone to clearly explain and show why even though it’s rare, it can happen. How do you feel?
  • Sometimes a character in a book is going on a journey and has certain beliefs or ideas about life. It may be different than the readers’ beliefs or expectations on how the journey should happen. There may be less action and more conversation in the story to help the character determine their goals. How do readers feel about this being a bigger part of the plot of a book? For instance, if someone is trying to make a decision as part of their story arc, is putting them through a few situations that might see like inconsistent behavior for them considered ‘acceptable’ or ‘frustrating’ to the reader? How do you feel?

 

I appreciate everyone’s input and feedback. Thank you and have a great week!

 

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Summary of Father Figure (only read if you’re new to the book)

  • Amalia Graeme, sheltered and abused for most her life in Mississippi, longs to escape her difficult family and small hometown in 1984. When her older brother returns with his best friend, Amalia is tempted to have her first experience with a boy that summer. As they head off to college for her first year and his senior year, she begins to learn about life and love, battling her loss of innocence with the attraction she’s developed to an older professor. After she suffers a few personal tragedies, Amalia is forced to head back home, uncertain how to handle the permanent impacts on her life and future. No matter where she turns, someone or something always takes away her possibility of hope.
  • Brianna Porter is desperate to discover the purpose of her life, develop confidence in who she is, accept the consequences of who she has fallen in love with, and discover her father’s identity. Set twenty years in the future in New York City, there’s a connection between these two women’s stories that is about to be discovered. As Brianna stumbles upon her mother’s old journal, she learns a shocking secret about her father, rocked by a truth that could completely change the future. It may be too late to deal with the impacts of unleashing a history that was meant to stay buried for many reasons. When it leads to someone’s death, Brianna must come to terms with the choices she’s made and what is left of her own future.

 

About Me
I am a writer. I recently published my first novel, Watching Glass Shatter, with multiple 5-star reviews on Amazon and Goodreads. I am writing my second novel, Father Figure, with plans to finish and submit it to a publisher in December, 2017. As part of the process to engage with my fans and followers, I am publishing a weekly status on the progress of this second book. For a description of this book, check out the post where my friends and followers voted for this book as my second novel.

Beyond these two books, I have a number of short stories, poems and other novels in various shapes and forms. I also read A LOT. First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at https://thisismytruthnow.com, where you’ll also find TV & Film reviews, Tags, Awards, Age/Genre/Book Reads and Author Alerts, as well as the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge.

You can also access my social media profiles to get the details on the who/what/when/where and my pictures. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Vote in the poll and ratings. Thanks for stopping by. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators.

365 Challenge: Day 235 – Paperback

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Paperback: a soft-covered version of words in a book that people read

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About three (3) weeks ago, my debut novel was published in electronic form, available for sale via Amazon. Earlier this week, the paperback version was officially released and is also now available for sale via Amazon @ http://mybook.to/WGS

I am extremely excited to share this news. I waited a few days to announce it as I wanted to get the book in my hands and start reading it, but someone beat me to it. I won’t have my own copy until Saturday — isn’t that amusing! It worked out as this person was able to confirm the proper version, edit/format and look-n-feel, enabling me to let everyone know it’s officially in multiple versions. It’s a larger paperback, too, about the same size as a typical hardcover. As of today, between Amazon and Goodreads, I have over 40 book reviews, averaging a 4.8 out 5 on the star-ratings scale. I am grateful for everyone’s support, positive feedback and promotion for the upcoming blog tour which will kick off on Sunday 11/5. See the schedule below. Thank you!!!

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REMINDER: Tomorrow kicks off my new ‘Author Alert’ segment with our debut author spotlight. As a small teaser: He’s a fellow blogger… I just started reading his book this week… and you may already have chatted with him! The post will launch at 11am EST tomorrow. I’m excited to kick this one off with a special 365 Daily Challenge Word and a new logo to use on Fridays for the Author Alert segment.

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About Me & the “365 Daily Challenge”

I’m Jay, an author who lives in NYC. My debut novel, Watching Glass Shatter, can be purchased on Amazon @ http://mybook.to/WGS. I’ve always been a reader. And now I’m a daily blogger. I decided to start my own version of the “365 Daily Challenge” where since March 13, 2017, I’ve posted a characteristic either I currently embody or one I’d like to embody in the future. 365 days of reflection to discover who I am and what I want out of life.

The goal: Knowledge. Acceptance. Understanding. Optimization. Happiness. Help. For myself. For others. And if all else fails, humor. When I’m finished in one year, I hope to have more answers about the future and what I will do with the remainder of my life. All aspects to be considered. It’s not just about a career, hobbies, residence, activities, efforts, et al. It’s meant to be a comprehensive study and reflection from an ordinary man. Not a doctor. Not a therapist. Not a friend. Not an encyclopedia full of prior research. Just pure thought, a blogged journal with true honesty.

Join the fun and read a new post each day, or check out my book reviews, TV/Film reviews or favorite vacation spots. And feel free to like, rate, comment or take the poll for each post. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators.

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