365 – November 2017 Posts

365 Challenge: Day 236 – Mask (Author Alert: Jordan Antonacci)

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Mask: (a) something we all wear to protect our identity, or (b) 365 Daily Challenge word for 2017 debut novelist and today’s author alert — Jordan Antonacci

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Authors are often a mystery to their fans. Sometimes you read a book without knowing (or caring) about the author — it’s the story you must devour. Often the author is shy and doesn’t have a huge following or social media presence. And on the rare occasion, several of the author’s personality traits show up in one or two of the characters in his/her books. It’s almost like authors wear a mask both to those who read our books and even sometimes to ourselves. In today’s post, I’m exploring the concept of the word ‘mask’ and how it relates to today’s featured author, Jordan Antonacci. Not only is he a interesting new novelist whose book debuted last month, the cover of his novel ‘The Author’ contains a picture of a mask… let’s dig into this one a little further…

I began chatting with Jordan earlier this year over a book review one of us posted… I can barely remember my own name lately, so good luck figuring out which book it was. The point… I thought he was a pretty cool guy. At 23, he’s found his passion and already churned out his first novel. I was lucky enough to read a few chapters during its early phase; I recall thinking he had a lot of talent and a good knack for drumming up suspense and thrills. A few months went by while we chatted each week about books, movies, 365 Daily Challenge words… and then, BOOM! — He’s publishing his book. Kudos to him for taking things so far in such a short time. When he agreed to also be the debut on my Author Alert series, I asked him what message he wanted to most share. He said:

“In chasing after what we want, we often leave behind what we had. We burn bridges, cut ties, and close doors that can’t be re-opened, no matter how much we knock. Too often when we get what we wanted, it’s only after that we realize it’s not what we thought. Too often…when we let something go, it’s only after that we realize what it truly meant to us. Every action has a reaction; every decision, a consequence.”

It’s good advice; inspirational in many ways. Once Jordan takes off his mask, there’s an intelligent and thoughtful guy waiting to be heard and read. When we talked about the best way to represent him in this segment, he left it to me… I thought that was fair, but  when I asked him how he felt about the mask being a reference to ‘Phantom of the Opera,’ he mentioned had hadn’t seen it. Oh, the poor guy, should I roast him for that? It’s one of my all-time favorite stories… so I could roast him, but I let this one slide.

Below are some key things to know about this author, but at the end of this post, you’ll see the permanent page I’ve added to my blog. You can return to check out more on who he is, what he’s writing and how to buy his future work. I started reading his novel this week and will probably finish it and post a review early next week. So far, he’s kept me intrigued and curious what’s going on in this serial killer mystery. He and I share that in common — we love stories about serial killers and artful murders. Now, before anyone worries, it’s only a healthy interest in fictional characters who are completely out there and insane. We love them because it’s fascinating to see the creative ways in which people get hurt or caught, and Jordan has come up with some immensely detailed scenes! Let’s get to the basics of how to contact or read more about him as an author:

Description of ‘The Author’

A heart-wrenching story of longing, loss, vengeance and consequence.  How far would you go to rebuild the life you let break? Forensics expert Troy Graves has helped solve a lot of crimes, but he can’t seem to put back together the pieces of his own life. After years of chasing a serial killer known as “The Portrait Killer”–TPK–through the streets of Laguna Niguel, Troy has lost his wife as well as himself. Desperate and eager for the freedom of a fresh start, he decides to take matters into his own hands. Going behind the back of his Lieutenant, Troy takes on the role of Lead Detective, hunting the streets of Laguna Niguel for the one thing that haunts him. But when he puts a face to the monster, Troy only sees opportunity, and does something unorthodox–he asks the killer for help.  Seduced by his lust for greed, Troy seems to forget that every action has a reaction, and that befriending the Devil doesn’t go without consequence.

You can purchase the book at:

https://www.amazon.com/Author-Jordan-Antonacci-ebook/dp/B076BFLZJN/ref=la_B076DL77LJ_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1508199196&sr=1-2

It’s critical to support new authors when they first launch a book. As I’m going through this with only two-days advanced knowledge (my debut was 10/8, his is 10/10), I’m sharing all that I learn with him to help him be successful. If you’re interested in thrillers, mysteries and suspense novels, it would be a great opportunity to support a new artist. You can read a few of his chapters through his blog or you can ask him for a copy in lieu of a review. He’s approachable, friendly and working hard to build a future in writing books. I’m excited to finish reading his novel this weekend and will post a review very soon.

To see more about Jordan Antonacci on ThisIsMyTruthNow, check out his dedicated author page where future content and books will added.

Thanks for stopping by this first edition of the Author Alert.

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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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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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365 Challenge: Day 234 – Stranger

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Stranger: a person whom one does not know or with whom one is not familiar

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‘Stranger’ is one of those words that immediately evokes something negative in my mind. We tell children to stay away from people they don’t know. We doubt the honesty of someone we do not recognize. New or weird things encourage fear and nervousness. It’s probably healthy to have a normal level of apprehension over those things that feel strange to us. Where I try to push myself in these areas is to look at how I can convert the negative into the positive whenever I’ve deemed something I interact with as ‘strange.’ It certainly doesn’t work in all cases, e.g. children should always stay far away from people they do not know unless a familiar and friendly adult is also with them. But we should push ourselves to try new things in case we eventually find something we actually like or find a way to become comfortable in a slightly stretched out skin.

In the past, I was uncomfortable meeting new people because I didn’t know what to say or do. I don’t like small talk. I felt awkward figuring out topics. Although I love silence when I’m alone, it’s not a good feeling with someone you don’t know. While I am still a little uncertain at times around others I’ve just met, blogging has taken this fear away in many ways. I no longer worry about what to talk about with a stranger. I have so many new topics and ideas from everyone here, plus my confidence and voice have become stronger. It’s turned into a positive experience now when I meet someone new and find a way to bond or connect, even on something trivial or fleeting.

On the flip side, when I walk down the street, if someone I do not know tries to talk to me, I am immediately uncomfortable. ‘Stranger Danger’ flashes in my mind — and I’m an adult. The world we live in today is a scary place and I always worry that I need to look over my shoulder. Living in NYC in some ways gives you quite a thick skin; you learn to watch for things more acutely as there are more people and very different people around you at all times. Different in terms of attracting every sort of person from all industries, all walks of life and all hopes and dreams. If I lived in a smaller town, I might not worry when a random stranger walked up to me; that’s often considered normal. It’s not the case here, but it’s also something I learn to handle each and every day.

It’s scary when an incident like yesterday’s NYC terrorist attack happened several blocks away from me; it also reminds me to be leery of strangers as much as I am trying to find a way to open up to new people. I also don’t want to put on a mask of fear every time I walk out the door. In the end, I try to find balance in being safe, taking educated risks and keeping my guard up when someone new approaches me. Strangers live all around us. Many are good people. Many are just as afraid of us as we are of them. Sometimes it’s worth taking a chance to get to know the stranger who might end up becoming your friend or confidante.

Credit for today’s 365 Daily Challenge once again goes to Janet for suggesting this word. It took on a different meaning this week for me. Isn’t Janet great?

 

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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