Life really does happen! Thank goodness for friends!

I started this blog over a year ago because life happens and it waylays your plans. But I try to have faith that even though my plans went awry, God, the universe, that energy of pure love, whatever you choose to call it, had other plans for me. I’ve always held firm to the belief that God puts me where I need to be, when I need to be there, and He hasn’t let me down.

I’ve always wanted to be a writer, an Author like Margaret Mitchell with “Gone with the Wind”. As a young girl, I imagined myself growing up to be Hemingway, in the Keys, sitting on a dock, my feet dangling in the water, puffing on a cigar, a neat whiskey in my hand, pondering the next words that the universe would find profound and awe inspiring. Well, I got close to part of it. In the evenings, I sit on my porch in Oklahoma, a glass of wine in front of me and a cigarette or vape held between my fingertips, music playing and my mind drifting to the next scene I’m going to write.

I’m still reaching for profound and awe inspiring. But I want to share a blog with you from my friend and mentor, Alicia Dean. I can’t tell you how grateful I am for her friendship. Please check out her blogs on ROSEOFPROSE.BLOGSPOT.COM.


Helping a Friend by Alicia Dean

I met a new writer friend a few months back through my first cousin once removed, Michael. (I used to think he was my second cousin, until a comment on a blog post set me straight. Do you know the difference? I have trouble remembering, but there IS a difference J) But I digress… This writer, Tina Fausett, is Michael’s neighbor, and he brought her to one of our Friday Martini Club  get-togethers. I liked her instantly! She’s personable and lovely, and has quite an interesting past. Coincidentally, she had just submitted to The Wild Rose Press, although another editor had her manuscript. I asked the editor if I could take over, and I did, but unfortunately, while her writing and her book are excellent, it wasn’t really a fit for TWRP. However, I encouraged her to self-publish. But, since the book left off on a cliff hanger, and since it was to be continued, and since it was very long (well over 100,000 words), I suggested she publish it in installments, making it clear that each one was ‘to be continued’ and setting a price of 99 cents for each appx 20,000 word installment, and releasing them 3 weeks apart.

She liked the idea, and we began working together. I am helping with edits, covers, uploading to Amazon and a little with marketing.

The first installment releases this Tuesday. It is not up for pre-order, but we plan to put the next installment up for pre-order with each release.

What do you think about an ongoing saga like this? I’ve been thinking for a long time that I would SP a soap-opera type continuing saga in this same manner, so this is good practice for me (if I ever get it written, after I write the two current projects that MUST get written soon!!). To me, as long as readers know it’s to be continued, they won’t feel cheated. Let’s hope I’m right! J

Tina is just now getting her Facebook page up and running. If you don’t mind, she’d love some likes:

Here is the cover and blurb:

A jealous, malevolent wife hooked on prescription drugs, a husband caught between reality and erotic fantasies, and an angel cast from heaven, are all bound together by their hatred for one woman whose spells and manifestations catch them in a downward spiral towards hell…Gina Faulkner, thought to be a voodoo queen, owner of Swamp Witch Pickles in New Orleans, is the center of it all.

Bane Colton, dangerous and cocky, sees Gina at the French Market and the game is on. He makes up his mind he’s going to break the feisty redhead with the infamous kinky reputation, body and soul. And Gina’s ready to be a player, until Bane’s estranged and demented wife, Beverly, wants him back.

Enter enigmatic Darsh, known to many as the Angel of Death, who’s watched over Gina since she was fifteen and has loved her almost as much as he’s hated her. Now they would come face to face. He could save her from certain peril, but could never save her from herself. Would she destroy them all? At the very least, a shift in the universe was coming.

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