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Thursday, September 26, 2013

On Differences

There are people who don't like Star Wars. Gasp! The horror! How in the world can that be? Star Wars. Really? It's not possible. No Way! There is no freakin' way someone couldn't like Star Wars.

Yeah, there is.

It's all a matter of opinion.

As an artist (writer, in my case), my dream is that everyone would instantly fall in love with my creations. I have this vision in my head that angels would sing and people would dance in the street praising the latest words I put on page. (Okay, I exaggerate. But you get the point.) It's not reality, nor can it ever become such. The truth is, people have their opinions.

I for example, (please don't throw things at my blog) don't like the movie Les Miserables. Own it. Seen it. Don't like it. That doesn't mean the actors are bad, or that the singing is horrible. It just means that I'm not a fan. I am; however, a big fan of Victor Hugo. I studied him a lot while I was in France and used some of his passages to advance my skills in French. And it doesn't mean I don't like musicals. I just don't like that one.

One of the fantastic elements about life is the fact that we're all different. Because of these differences, colorful ideas and creations intertwine and flow among us to create the universe. We perceive the world through senses built on experience and taste. If we were all the same, we'd all wear the same clothes, listen to the same music, and (gasp) write the same stories. And that would be boring.

So like what you like. Do what you do. And share what inspires you.

Happy Reading.

~ Jamie



Friday, September 13, 2013

Clean Books for $0.99 Today


Hi everyone. I've teamed up with a group of fantastic authors to present clean books for $0.99 today. That's right, all books listed above are $0.99. Today only. And, here's the bonus, they are all clean reads. No sex, no swearing, and no graphic violence. Just visit http://cleanauthors.com/ for the list and links to all the books.

Happy Reading.

~ Jamie

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

I've been a Bad Blogger

I'm here. I promise. This time of year is my busiest. Getting the kids ready and back to school, amping up for the holiday season at work, writing, and editing like crazy. There's no excuse for leaving silence on this page; however, my mind has not been too far away.

I wrote three books so far this year. Yep. Three. First is a book called In Forgotten Dreams. It's book four in the Stone Portals Series and is the most intense installment yet. I can't wait to share it. Rhiannon learns the secrets to the stone portals and discovers who Darian really is. Second is a book called Jesse Wolfe and the Lost City (or something like that--I keep changing the title.) It's a middle grade novel about a boy in the 1850s. Jesse and his twin brother Jack escape exploding trains and dangerous bandits while searching for their father and the lost city of gold. Third is a book called Dead and Gone. It's the sequel to my zombie book. The apocalypse is here and Ryan Moon is caught in the middle. With no one left to help him, he must survive attacks from the infected and escape the clutches of his girlfriend's dad and the National Guard. I also started a fourth book, but quickly realized I need help with the genre. It's a love story I'm calling Wedding Dresses. I need to read a lot of Nicholas Sparks book before I'm even close to ready to tackling a story like this.

I've also been editing Under Darkened Skies like mad. It's the longest book of the Stone Portals series and super intense. My zombie book, Dead and Beloved, is out testing the waters of agentland. I'm more excited about this book than any of my others. This book was a thrill to write and response from my beta readers has been fantastic.

So there you have it. I've been busy, just not busy on this blog. I'm sorry. I'll do better. In fact, there's some exciting news coming next week that I'll be sure to share here. Until then,

Happy Reading

~ Jamie