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365 Challenge: Day 257 – Self (Author Alert: Christy Birmingham)

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Self: (a) a person’s essential being that distinguishes them from others, especially considered as the object of introspection or reflexive action, or (b) 365 Daily Challenge word for today’s author alert — Christy Birmingham

If you are new to the ThisIsMyTruthNow blog, the 365 Daily Challenge, or the Author Alert segment, check out the About Site section from the main menu. 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 she is, what she’s writing and how to buy her future work. Christy and I met about 3 months ago over some inspirational posts that we had both been sharing around the same time. I followed her, she followed me… and we started seeing a bunch of similarities in our voices, plus she’d written a book and I was in the middle of publishing mine. What a great way to kick-start getting to know each other even more. I bought her book a few weeks ago and started reading a few pages each night before bed in the last week. Stay tuned for a review, but you can read a sneak peak below.

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Social Interactions and the Sense of Self

The sense of self can be affected by what goes on outside of the body, specifically in the social realm. Although I strive for an unwavering self-identity, I admit to being knocked about by negativity in my environment. It alters my sense of “I,” whether temporarily or permanently. It was with this in mind that I organized my poems for Versions of the Self.

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The reality is that we aren’t living in a cocoon. Although at times I would like to be in that cocoon – it’s safe, dark, and warm – it would also be lonely. And that’s not going to help me in continuing to grow in life. It would feed on the very depression that I take steps not to give in to day after day. Instead, I put myself out there and hope someone will be kind in how they receive the interaction I put forth in my personal and professional pursuits. Sometimes it is a positive social interaction, and other times it’s a swift elbow to the emotional gut.

But, really, life wouldn’t have so much color to it if there weren’t those interactions. And each color – as noted on the cover of Versions of the Self – alludes to a type of social interaction. There are many types of relationships we form, in addition to the special one we have to ourselves. There is friendship, romantic relationship, spiritual, and many more.

And while up to this point I have spoken only about how the sense of self is affected by others, it works the other way too. “I” can affect positive change in others and also encourage a more destructive path.

So, what to do with this information? I processed it in poetry, and I continue to live it daily. It is a reminder to take care with those whom we reach out to. Take care with words and actions, even if we are low on sleep, have recently received bad news, or are just plain in a bad mood.

It is also a reminder to deal with the bad that comes our way through our relationships as well as we can and to be grateful for the good interactions when they occur. Let us not let those negative moments keep us from the more positive ones. And there will be positive ones. Never give up hope in that.

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Find Christy Birmingham blogging about ways to enhance your life and live fully at When Women Inspire. Also, you can find her on TwitterPinterest, and Google+

[Alert Interruption from Jay — Thanks to Christy for participating in this week’s spotlight. I finished her book and enjoyed it greatly; my review will post later this weekend. There were many poems that spoke to me, but I’ve cut/paste a few lines to give you a taste of the intensity and connections throughout the collection. I fully recommend reading this one.  I’d post more poems, but you need to go check it out to see all that beauty. Enjoy…

 

“I want to alter my recipe,

Lighter on the ridicule and

Heavier on the gratitude

If I am here to speak,

My tongue learns to pronounce properly

The language forming within me.”

 

To see more about Christy Birmingham on ThisIsMyTruthNow, check out her dedicated author page where future content and books will added as she publishes them and I review them. I am currently in process of reading the book and will post a review in the next few days.

Thanks for stopping by this edition of the Author Alert.


 

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 250 – Relentless (Author Alert: Didi Oviatt)

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Relentless: (a) ‘a force to be reckoned with’ or (b) 365 Daily Challenge word for today’s author alert — Didi Oviatt

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If you are new to the ThisIsMyTruthNow blog, the 365 Daily Challenge, or the Author Alert segment, check out the About Site section from the main menu. 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 she is, what she’s writing and how to buy her future work.

Today is extra special due to an offer from the author to everyone reading this post… read below to find out… and you can thank her yourself by following her!

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Hello there This Is My Truth Now readers (and hi Ryder!).  Allow me to introduce myself before I proceed to barge my way into Jay’s blog for the day. My name is Didi Oviatt, and sometimes I consider myself to be a professional make believer. I write suspense novels and short stories, but to stop myself from getting carried away by talking too much about myself, which I’m good at *wink wink* let me first dive into Jay’s 365 word of the day!!

I think I’ll follow the lead of Chauncey Rogers. In his Author Alert on Jay’s blog last week Chauncey chose the word of the day (chicken), and did all the breaking down of this word rather than letting Jay do it. Now, because this is the big Book Blog Tour banner month for James J. Cudney’s novel Watching Glass Shatter, I feel like he could use the break today. [Alert Interruption from Jay — Yes, totally. I am grateful to you!]

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I’m choosing the word Relentless! I love this word, and for so many great reasons.

The word relentless is really a force to be reckoned with. It’s an adjective and it’s very definition states: oppressively constant; incessant. Some of the official synonyms listed for the word Relentless are: Persistent, constant, unabating, and even never-ending.

See, I told you, it’s quite a powerful word, right?!

Today when I think of this word, the very first thing that comes to mind is Ryder and his relentless love of chasing birds. The second thing that comes to mind is Jay and his relentless dedication to this perfectly executed blog, along with his relentless love for writing and producing such amazing literature and blog posts. Jay, you’re a fantastic human and I couldn’t be any more grateful to be here today. [Alert Interruption from Jay — Shh, I’m just me!]

The third thing that comes to mind with this powerhouse word of the day, is the character is my new release. Her name is Autumn, and the book is called Search For Maylee. You see, Autumn’s niece Maylee vanished. The last time anyone seen her was three years ago right after Autumn dropped her off in the parking lot of her High School. The case file was eventually placed on a dusty old shelf to grow cold and forgotten, yet Autumn refuses to let it go and give up. Autumn is RELENTLESS!

Autumn fights through her fears and anxiety in order to take matters into her own hands. Upon tracking down a current address for an old lead, she sells everything she has and moves across the country to find him…. and watch. Autumn has no intention of confronting this man, but rather to stock him in hopes of finding anything that might lead her to Maylee. What Autumn finds is far beyond anything she could have imagined. And, because of her relentless dedication to finding her niece, she continues to push through no matter what heart wrenching circumstance is wedged in her way.

I’d like to invite you all to read Search For Maylee and find out for yourself just how relentless Autumn and this case truly is. In honor of Jay and his invitation in having me here, I’ve lowered the price of Search For Maylee to 99 cents TODAY ONLY (Kindle edition only) special for the readers of This Is My Truth Now!

[Alert Interruption from Jay — See, I told you she’s awesome and generous and cool! Now follow her site and blog to get more great deals and news in the future!]

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Search For Maylee PURCHASE LINKS:

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Search For Maylee BLURB:

Since Maylee was abducted from her high school the very month of graduation, her Aunt Autumn has never lost hope in finding her. It’s been three years. Autumn has finally reached inside herself and found the courage to track down an old lead. She moves across the country to find him. Will Autumn be able to pry Maylee’s case back open? More importantly, what will Autumn uncover in the process of searching for Maylee?  It’s a cold dark world we live in, and she is about to find out just how cruel it can be. Strength and determination are on Autumn’s side and she will do whatever it takes to either bring Maylee home, or to deliver the justice she deserves.

Didi Oviatt’s Bio:

Didi Oviatt is an intuitive soul. She’s a wife and mother first, with one son and one daughter. Her  thirst to write was developed at an early age, and she never looked back. After digging down deep and getting in touch with her literary self, she’s writing mystery/thrillers like Search For Maylee, Aggravated Momentum, The Stix, and New Age Lamians(a trilogy to be). Along with a six- piece short story collection called the Time Wasters. She’s also collaborated with Kim Knight in an ongoing interactive short story anthology The Suspenseful Collection. When Didi doesn’t have her nose buried in a book, she can found enjoying a laid back outdoorsy life. Time spent sleeping under the stars, hiking, fishing, and ATVing the back roads of beautiful mountain trails, and sun-bathing in the desert heat plays an important part of her day to day lifestyle.

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Author/Social media Links:

https://didioviatt.wordpress.com/

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https://www.facebook.com/didioviatt

https://twitter.com/Didi_Oviatt

http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7207389.Didi_Oviatt

https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/DidiO

https://www.instagram.com/didioviatt/

 

[Alert Interruption from Jay — Thank to Didi for making this week’s Author Alert super easy for me. She and I met months ago but have built a great connection among authors and bloggers. You must check her out… there’s books, magazine articles and true depth and courage to build connections across the world. Congratulations to Didi!]

To see more about Didi Oviatt on ThisIsMyTruthNow, check out her dedicated author page where future content and books will added as she publishes them and I review them. You will also see my review at that link — and let me tell you, it was a GREAT Book. You won’t be disappointed and you may just find a new favorite to follow.

Thanks for stopping by this edition of the Author Alert.


 

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 243 – Chicken (Author Alert: Chauncey Rogers)

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CHICKEN: (a) type of domesticated fowl (b) a coward; one lacking in courage or (c) 365 Daily Challenge word for today’s author alert — Chauncey Rogers

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If you are new to the ThisIsMyTruthNow blog, the 365 Daily Challenge, or the Author Alert segment, check out the About Site section from the main menu. 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.

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Hello readers! My name is Chauncey Rogers, and Jay’s honored me with the privilege of being the second author alert. I’ve taken the liberty of writing up my own introduction. James is amazing, but I couldn’t let him do everything!

I chose the word chicken for the 365 Daily Challenge word. Hopefully, you’re wondering why, otherwise this will probably be very boring for you.

First, let’s talk about chicken as an insult. Hopefully everybody’s seen the Back to the Future trilogy. If you have, you know that nobody calls Marty McFly chicken. At least, not without Marty immediately buckling to peer pressure and kicking off some action sequence or other. Why? Because Marty really is a coward, whose great fear is to be seen as a coward by others. It reminds me of a quote from one of my favorite books, The Lost World by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle:

“I may have said somewhere in this chronicle that I am too imaginative to be a really courageous man, but that I have an overpowering fear of seeming afraid. This was the power which now carried me onwards.”

I suppose my point is that fear can force us to be brave, to take risks, to dare mighty things. Trepidation and the label of chicken may sometimes force us to play the part of the bold and brave, rather like Anna in The King and I, who whistles at fear until she discovers her courage. And, once forced to play the part, we may learn that it suits us just fine.

But I suppose we’re here to talk about me, not just cowardice and courage. So, how does it tie together?

I began writing professionally out of fear. When I’ve spoken with people about it, some have commended me for my bravery in going after the difficult and oft-unrewarded goal of being a novelist. Others (I assume) have known better than to compliment me on what they deem to be a fool’s mission. And I must admit, the task is daunting and often frightening. It’s scary to invest hundreds of hours and thousands of words into manuscripts, all the while wondering if maybe I really am just wasting my time. I believe anyone who writes in hopes of moving some unknown reader has felt that anxiety.

And yet, it was fear that started me on this path, and a greater fear that keeps me bravely–some would say–moving forwards each day. And that greater fear was this: That I would never try, and thus never know.

When I finished schooling, I, as everyone does, stood at the hub of many different life paths. I knew what I wanted to do–what I’d always wanted to do, since I could hold a pencil and scratch out words onto paper. I wanted to write. I wanted to create characters that readers could care for, and then bring both characters and readers through a perilous forest of danger, twists, cliff-hangers, and words, until both readers and characters arrived at an ending that we had all made together.

But I don’t think that the desire to write would have been enough in and of itself. Fear had its role to play, and it continues to play a part in my writing life, as I’m sure it does in all our lives. I was afraid of being stuck doing something I didn’t love doing. Afraid that I’d live out my life always intending to write, and that here and there I might scribble down a couple hundred words, maybe outlining and beginning stories, but never finishing any of them. Driven by that fear, and empowered by my darling wife’s courage and confidence, I’ve chosen to write full time and try to build a career as a novelist.

So why do I write? Because I’m a chicken, and I was afraid of the uncertainty, regret, and unending what-ifs that would have come with any other choice.

How long I’ll be writing may be another question entirely, and one whose answer I don’t know. Have I made a fortune? Not even close. But I have written two novels, and they’ve both been well received, if not widely received. For now, we’re living very cheaply, working hard, and holding on to the promise of the next sale, the next glowing review, the next novel finished. If our stamina runs out before we catch this dream, then we’ll at least rest easily knowing that we tried, and we’ll have to let that be enough. Until then, we’ve chosen which fears to stand up to and which fears to be pushed along by. And, in that sense, I’m okay being called a chicken.

But that wasn’t my only reason for choosing “Chicken” as today’s word. The other reason is that my debut novel, Home To Roost, is about chickens. It’s a piece of dark literature, based on the true story of a chicken my family owned some ten years ago. I blended the life story of that chicken–a bantam rooster named Brad–with a series of mysterious events that occurred that same time around our small family farm, and told the tale from the perspective of Brad the rooster. As I said, it’s dark literature. On Amazon, I classified it as “Literary Horror.” Readers have compared it to Watership Down blended with Stephen King, or Animal Farm mixed with Lord of the Flies. Both of those claims sound pretentious to make myself, but hopefully you can excuse me for reciting them back to you.

[Alert Interruption from Jay — I’m reading the book in early 2018; maybe I’ll claim it too!]

In keeping with the earlier theme of courage and cowardice, Home To Roost is a story of those same traits. Characters within it are driven by fear of death, fear of loss, and fear of change. Quite a bit of courage is summoned by some characters, but not always with the best results–especially as they permit passions to rule their decisions. But I will say no more! If you’re curious, you can pick up a copy! It’s on sale this week, and I think you’ll find it worth your while, even if it were at its full price.

  •      Do you write full time, no specific other day job?

Yes and no. I spend most days writing, but every now and again I’ll go out as a day laborer. I enjoy it quite a bit. Most of what I do is just spade work–literally digging holes and trenches for people. But it lets me meet new people and see inside their homes, which, creepy as it may be, provides wonderful inspiration and material for my writing. And I get some exercise and a paycheck, both of which make my wife happy.

  • What else makes you ‘distinct’ to mention to everyone?

I suppose I’ll mention two things. First is that I write clean books. I know that some readers really appreciate knowing that there won’t be graphic violence, sexuality, or language. Of course, elements of all three of those things might appear in my stories, but I try to keep the language and sexuality from forcing a blush, and the violence within the PG-13 boundaries.

Second, is that I believe that the reader’s imagination plays an active and important part in the storytelling. That theory allows me to focus my descriptions in a way that some other authors may not. I tend to focus my descriptions on movement and contrasts of light, and not details like character’s facial features or room decor.

I experimented with this in my second novel, Cleaving Souls, where I honestly don’t recall any physical descriptions I made for my characters. Skin, eye, and hair color are left to my reader’s imagination, as are many other aspects of the character’s physiques. Although I don’t mention those things about the characters, readers whom I’ve asked to describe the protagonists all could. They provided detailed descriptions of how the characters looked–descriptions which they’d invented on their own, yet felt certain had been included in the book. Why? Because their own creativity was actively running while reading, and created the physical look of the characters to match the personalities in the book. In that way, I feel my readers get to connect more with the story, because they are helping to create it, even if they don’t know it. (And, as a second shameless plug, Cleaving Souls is also on sale this week. Jay did a great review on it two weeks ago. And for the record, it really isn’t all that scary! Or maybe it is. I can be a poor judge of that sort of thing, I suppose.)

[Alert Interruption from Jay — It’s psychologically scary as you don’t know what might happen, which leads to over-active imaginations… maybe it’s just me. Perhaps a bunch of viewers will take our recommendation to read it, then tell you if it’s scary. Deal?]

That would be fine with me!

  • Home To Roost and Cleaving Souls are both horror novels. Is that your genre? What are you working on next?

At this point in my writing, I’m not ready to commit to a genre. I don’t think I ever will be. Home To Roost is slower and more literary, with a long burn before the ending. Cleaving Souls I crafted to be more of a thriller–shorter, with a faster moving plot. Both have a reasonably strong horror element.

My next book is more of an adventure and romance story than anything else, though. I’d love to give some specific details on it, but I’m still hammering a lot of that stuff out. But the original idea came from my daughter, who wanted me to write a Cinderella story. That’s already been done a million times, but I think I have a new enough take on it to make it worthwhile. And, with how cute my daughter is, I had to at least try.

My initial plot idea for it was that a gang of thieves and con-artists were going to pull of a royal heist–swap out the famous glass slipper for one that the protagonist–a tough, hard-hitting heroine crew member–could fit into, thus fooling the prince, gaining access to the palace, and stealing the “happily ever after” away from the original characters (if their plan worked, that is). The story has changed and evolved since then, but I suppose that gives you the rough idea.

  • What about your role as a blogger? You’ve got some posts to check out…

Yes, I do blog. I think mostly I just see what other bloggers are up to, and which books people are getting excited about. But I do post sometimes. My blog is called “The First Million Words.” The idea is that it takes a million words before a writer is any good. I’ve got a long way to go to reach a million words, and the blog is the chronicle (more or less) of my journey towards that lofty word count. I post (or intend to post) bits about my life, marketing experiments, writing thoughts, creative writing snippets, storytelling principles, and reviews.

  •      You read a lot. Do you have any favorite books, authors, or characters?

Well, our son’s middle name is Samwise, so I suppose you could call me a fan of Tolkein, The Lord of the Rings, and Samwise Gamgee. I would not deny it. We’re also big Star Wars fans (Yes, even the prequels. And, yes, the books, too). In fact, May 5th may be our daughter’s favorite holiday, owing to the fact that it’s when she gets to see the next Star Wars movie–and I don’t mean the latest movie. I mean the next one. We started her on A New Hope and are making her watch them in order, with one year waiting periods.

But I’ll just try and fire off three answers for each of those categories, since I’ve already talked enough.

Favorite Authors: Brandon Sanderson, James M. McPherson, and J.K. Rowling.

Favorite Books: Jurassic ParkA Sand County Almanac, and Lord of the Flies

Favorite Characters: Samwise Gamgee, Hannibal Lecter, and Winnie-the-Pooh

[Alert Interruption from Jay — This is why I like you so much!]

My apologies to all readers for being so long winded. I swear, my books are more streamlined than things I put up on blogs! Thank you, Jay, for giving me some digital space to talk about myself. If anyone ever wants to connect, I try to be very reachable. Drop me a message any time, or just comment on this post!

Chauncey Rogers is also on…

 

[Alert Interruption from Jay — I loved seeing this side of Chauncey, having a chance to be a viewer on my own blog as someone else–someone great–took it over for a day!]

To see more about Chauncey Rogers on ThisIsMyTruthNow, check out his dedicated author page where future content and books will added as he publishes them and I review them. Thanks for stopping by this edition of the Author Alert.


 

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 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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If you are new to the ‘ThisIsMyTruthNow’ blog, the ‘365 Daily Challenge,’ or the ‘Author Alert’ segment, check out the “About Site” section from the main menu.

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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Author Alert: William Shakespeare

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As part of our Author Alert series, we’re now on our fourth week and I’ve completed 500 reviews on the ThisIsMyTruthNow blog site. This week, I’ve selected… William Shakespeare!

 

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William Shakespeare (1564 – 1616) wrote 37 plays and 157 sonnets. You can find more about him on Goodreads or Wikipedia.

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He married Anne Hathaway and had 3 children. She looks great for being nearly 500 years old, but given she’s an actress, she probably has tons of people taking care of her! Oh… that’s right, it’s a different Anne Hathaway. Silly me. I get them confused a lot… probably because I’ve read at least 21 out Shakespeare’s 37 plays. See below for links to all the reviews. I should probably keep on reading…. which one…. feel free to suggest a good one I’ve missed. It’s been a while and although a re-read might work, something “new” is even better.

  1. Sonnets (1590 – 1610)
  2. Richard III (1591)
  3. The Taming of the Shrew (1593)
  4. Comedy of Errors (1594)
  5. Romeo & Juliet (1595)
  6. A Midsummer Night’s Dream (1595) — would love to do a re-read some day
  7. Richard II (1595)
  8. The Merchant of Venice (1596)
  9. Much Ado About Nothing (1598)
  10. As You Like It (1599)
  11. Julius Caesar (1599)
  12. Hamlet (1600) — favorite tragedy
  13. The Winter’s Tale (1600) — least favorite of all!
  14. Twelfth Night (1601) — favorite comedy
  15. Measure For Measure (1603)
  16. Othello (1603)
  17. King Lear (1603)
  18. Macbeth (1606)
  19. Antony and Cleopatra (1606)
  20. The Tempest (1610)
  21. Cymbeline (1611)
  22. Henry VIII (1613)

 

I adore Shakespeare and took a 4 month course on him in college (many years ago). Saturday mornings 9 to 12… some days, I wasn’t sober enough to have a lot of input, and I think my grade showed it. It was the only class where I didn’t have at least an A-. Very disappointed in myself. Now you probably are too!

I also love the movie Shakespeare in Love. Have you ever seen it? I wonder if that is representative of who he really was… I might have fallen in love myself. And then there’s Shakespeare in the Park.

To see the actual author page and all the reviews, click here. All 20+ reviews I’ve completed are there…

The Cat Who series I adore has a book with Shakespeare in the title by Lilian Jackson Braun.

What’s your favorite thing about Shakespeare? What other things have you seen / read about Shakespeare that weren’t actually his own writing?

 

About Me

I’m Jay and I live in NYC. By profession, I work in technology. By passion, I work in writing. Once you hit my site “ThisIsMyTruthNow” at https://thisismytruthnow.com, you can join the fun and see my blog and various site content. You’ll find book reviews, published and in-progress fiction, TV/Film reviews, favorite vacation spots and my own version of the “365 Daily Challenge.” 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… see how you compare! Each month, I will post a summary of a trip I’ve taken somewhere in the world. I’ll cover the transportation, hotel, restaurants, activities, who, what, when, where and why… and let you decide for yourself if it’s a trip worth taking. Feel free to like, rate, comment or take the poll for each post. Tell me what you think. Note: All 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.

Author Alert: Diane Mott Davidson

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As part of our Author Alert series, we’re now on our third week and I’ve completed 400 reviews on the ThisIsMyTruthNow blog site. This week, I’ve selected… Diane Mott Davidson!

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Diane Mott Davidson (1949 – Present) writes cozy mystery fiction. To learn more about her, you can check out her profile on Goodreads, Fantastic Fiction, Wikipedia, Facebook and Harper Collins publishing website. Though she doesn’t write novels anymore, you’ll occasionally see a fun post or recipe.

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Book Series – Goldy Bear Schultz Culinary Mysteries

This is truly one of my favorite cozy mystery series and I am sad that it finished in 2013. I didn’t know it was the end of the series and finished reading #17. It felt like it had come to an end, but I assumed it was just a nice conclusive book. Then I checked out some articles on line and learned it was the last one. How sad!

It takes place in a small town outside of Denver, Colorado, where Goldy Bear is a caterer who ends up solving crimes. When she marries Tom, she becomes Goldy Bear Schultz. Each book is usually 25% recipe and 75% mystery story. Always humorous and fun, they range from strong mystery to very lightweight. Easy reads in about 4-hours.

Key Characters

Goldy: Primary sleuth. Mother to Arch. Best Friend to Marla. Wife to Tom. And mentor / boss / mother figure to Julian. She’s been almost killed a few times, and almost killed her ex-husband (Arch’s father) who physically and mentally abused her.

Marla: Goldy’s best friend who follows her to Aspen Meadow, Colorado. Rich divorcee. Helps with the sleuthing from time-to-time. Searching for her next husband. Julian’s aunt (although not known at first).

Tom: Aspen Meadow Police. Falls for Goldy and they eventually marry. They want to start a family together. Step-dad to Arch. Tough but good guy.

Arch: Goldy’s son from her marriage to ex-husband. He’s a teenager for most of the book, learning how to deal with his mother’s antics. Good kid, always respectful and caring with family and friends.

Julian: Marla’s nephew. Had some family issues and ended up coming to work for Goldy during his college years. Brilliant cook. Very sweet guy who has some dating issues.

  1. Catering to Nobody (1990)
  2. Dying for Chocolate (1992)
  3. The Cereal Murders (1993)
  4. The Last Suppers (1994)
  5. Killer Pancake (1995)
  6. The Main Corpse (1996)
  7. Grilling Season (1997)  — least favorite
  8. Prime Cut (1998)
  9. Tough Cookie (2000)
  10. Sticks & Stones (2001)
  11. Chopping Spree (2002)
  12. Double Shot (2004)
  13. Dark Tort (2006)  — most favorite
  14. Sweet Revenge (2007)
  15. Fatally Flaky (2009)
  16. Crunch Time (2011)
  17. The Whole Enchilada (2013)

Diane also wrote a cookbook full of Goldy’s recipes and general life musings. You can see more at:  Cookbook. Though I’ve never cooked any recipes, the desserts sound amazing. And to think… you too can eat the murder weapon from some of her crimes!

Link to the Diane Mott Davidson page where you will be able to return in the future to see when I post new reviews and book thoughts. For now, I’ve posted reviews on all 17 books in the series.

About Me

I’m Jay and I live in NYC. By profession, I work in technology. By passion, I work in writing. Once you hit my site “ThisIsMyTruthNow” at https://thisismytruthnow.com, you can join the fun and see my blog and various site content. You’ll find book reviews, published and in-progress fiction, TV/Film reviews, favorite vacation spots and my own version of the “365 Daily Challenge.” 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… see how you compare! Each month, I will post a summary of a trip I’ve taken somewhere in the world. I’ll cover the transportation, hotel, restaurants, activities, who, what, when, where and why… and let you decide for yourself if it’s a trip worth taking. Feel free to like, rate, comment or take the poll for each post. Tell me what you think. Note: All 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.

Author Alert: Jenn McKinlay

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As part of our Author Alert series, we’re now on our second week and I’ve completed nearly 350 reviews on the ThisIsMyTruthNow blog site. This week, I’ve selected… Jenn McKinlay!

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Jenn McKinlay writes romance, humor, suspense, and mystery fiction. To learn more about her, you can see her profile on Goodreads, her personal website or her Facebook profile.

Two of my favorite things about Jenn McKinlay is her creativity and her down-to-earth and humble personality. You can tell by all her posts [on Facebook about her family, vacations and the writing process] that she is a genuine and caring person. Reading things like those posts about an author help readers feel close to the people who create the stories they love, which in turn develops a strong fandom for the books being written. And she has a lot of books… mostly serial fiction… many of which I’ve read across multiple series. See below for some highlights.

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Book Series – Library Lovers Mysteries

Lindsey Norris, director of the Briar Creek Public Library, in Connecticut, has returned to her hometown after losing her position at a bigger library. She’s inherited an interesting group of employees at the new library, plus she’s falling for a few of the people who live around town. The book currently has 8 in the series and often focuses on books and libraries as part of the mystery thrills. Lindsey is a great character, full of fun and surprise. She seems a little reticent to get into a relationship, but it’s getting better. I can’t wait to meet her parents, especially having seen what her brother was like when he was the center of a mystery.

Book Series – Library Lovers Mysteries — Favorite Series

  1. Books Can Be Deceiving (2011)
  2. Due or Die (2012)
  3. Book, Line & Sinker (2012)
  4. Read It and Weep (2013)
  5. On Borrowed Time (2014)
  6. A Likely Story (2015)
  7. Better Late Than Never (2016)
  8. Death in the Stacks (2017)

Book Series – Cupcake Bakery Mysteries

The Cupcake Bakery mysteries feature owners Melanie “Mel” Cooper and Angela “Angie” DeLaura and contains 9 books in the series. These best friends are also openly embracing the dating world and trying to decide which one belongs with their male best friend! Reminds me a little bit of Hannah Swensen from the Joanne Fluke cozy mystery series.

  1. Sprinkle with Murder (2010)
  2. Buttercream Bump Off (2011)
  3. Death By the Dozen (2011)
  4. Red Velvet Revenge (2012)
  5. Going, Going, Ganache (2013)
  6. Sugar and Iced (2014)
  7. Dark Chocolate Demise (2015)
  8. Vanilla Beaned (2016)
  9. Caramel Crush (2017)

Book Series – Hat Shop Mysteries

Scarlett has left the US after a disastrous and public break-up, deciding England may be a better place to re-start her life. She comes to visit her cousin and helps run the hat shop, finding murder wherever she goes. I love cozy mystery books that take place in England. I’ve only read one to day, but just purchased the next two which are due to arrive this week. I’ll read them in June. The series has 5 books to date.

  1. Cloche and Dagger (2013)
  2. Death of a Mad Hatter (2014)
  3. At the Drop of a Hat (2015)
  4. Copy Cat Murder (2016)
  5. Assault & Beret (2017)

In addition to the above 3 series, Jenn also has some other books:

Book Series – Bluff Point Romance

A romance series featuring the dogs who in the main character’s lives. Contains 3 books in the series either currently published or about to be published.

  1. About a Dog (2017)
  2. Barking Up the Wrong Tree (2017)
  3. Every Dog Has His Day (2017)

Note: If there is an active link, I’ve completed a review.

Link to the Jenn McKinlay page where you will be able to return in the future to see when I post new reviews and book thoughts.

About Me

I’m Jay and I live in NYC. By profession, I work in technology. By passion, I work in writing. Once you hit my site “ThisIsMyTruthNow” at https://thisismytruthnow.com, you can join the fun and see my blog and various site content. You’ll find book reviews, published and in-progress fiction, TV/Film reviews, favorite vacation spots and my own version of the “365 Daily Challenge.” 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… see how you compare! Each month, I will post a summary of a trip I’ve taken somewhere in the world. I’ll cover the transportation, hotel, restaurants, activities, who, what, when, where and why… and let you decide for yourself if it’s a trip worth taking. Feel free to like, rate, comment or take the poll for each post. Tell me what you think. Note: All 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.