Despite the odds, both Sox and Emma dare to be different and eventually overcome their challenges!
22 Aug 2015 Leave a comment
in Book up dates, Life's Unscripted Moments, Recomended YA books, Reinbow farm horses Tags: Backyard Horse Tales, Bargain E-Books, Children's E-Books, Dyslexia, Equine Handicaps, Jackie Anton, Overcoming life's roadblocks, Reining Horse introduction
Despite the odds, both Sox and Emma dare to be different and eventually overcome their challenges!
03 Jul 2015 1 Comment
Until this hellish bout of terror my worst nightmares were occasional out of body experiences that left me disoriented but relatively unscathed.
Writing in the wee hours of the morning before dawn even considers brightening the new day is commonplace for me. Inspiration often comes to interrupt my slumber, and I fire up my computer or latch on to the notebook kept on the nightstand. I jot it down before the brilliant revelation escapes.
Many of my works have a paranormal twist woven into the plot, but I don’t write horror.
I woke in a cold sweat and realized the room was like a deep freeze as well as black as pitch. I couldn’t see my hand in front of my face. So I reached out in the direction of the nightstand to flick on the small lamp.
“What the hell?” I scrambled to my feet from where I assumed I had toppled from my bed. Must be a power outage, flitted through my still foggy mind. My bare toes were getting numb, and then I realized I wasn’t standing on the plush warm carpet of my bedchamber. The surface beneath my feet felt like frozen cobblestones.
“Tom?” I called out to my husband. No response.
“Kaila!” My large black German Shepherd slept at the foot of my bed and should have been at my side once I fell out of bed. Or Did I?
My heart was bruising the inside of my ribcage and I was beginning to feel lightheaded. The thought occurred to me that I was still asleep and suffering a heart attack. I pinched myself, hard. “Shit!” that hurt, but didn’t alter my reality.
The air was getting foul. It was the odor of urine; I vividly remember that smell gagging me when I would walk the halls to my mom’s room in the nursing home. Was I in one of those places, and if so how did I get here? Perhaps the fright had caused me to loose control of my bladder and the odor was coming from me.
I began to hope that I was dead and residing in purgatory. That scenario was definitely more appealing than being blind and confined in a nursing home, or being locked away in a cold dark prison by a maniac.
“Okay. God, where the hell am I?”
I heard a door slam and the reverberations traveled across the floor and up my legs, similar to aftershocks from a major earthquake. I heard my mother’s voice tell me “I thought you were smarter than to cuss when you’re talking to God.”
“Mom, are you here too?” No answer. It was probably my subconscious merely tapping into my memory of her voice. Then a heavy breathing filled the room. I covered my ears to block out the sound which brought to mind the heavy breathing of a phone stalker, but amplified a thousand times. Again the huge metal sounding door slammed and the awful breathing stopped.
“Hello, is anyone there?” Nada! Zilch!
I decided to pray, a bit more respectfully, that I would once more see the sun rise and not be trapped here until I died, or if I had already left the earthly plain that I wouldn’t be stuck here for eternity. “Lord, I mean, I wasn’t that bad. Was I?”
The above blog was a writing challenge that came my way via the promocave podcast to write something that makes you uncomfortable. A subject that you have never tackled previously.
Comments on this post are most welcome.
Author Website: http://talesbyjackie.com
01 Jul 2015 Leave a comment
in Book Signings and Special Events, Book up dates, Recomended YA books, Reviews Tags: Adult Fiction, Adult Romance, Adult Romance Award Winner, Book Signing Event, Crime Thriller, Escaping Abuse, J.M. Anton, Jackie Anton, Mystery, PTSD, Romance a, Short Stories, Uncharted Storms, Vietnam era, Wind River Refuge, YA Fiction
Author Alley will be part of the annual Larchmere Festival, a community street fair that will also include special sales of antique, vintage and art items by Larchmere merchants, friends and residential neighbors.
13015 Larchmere Blvd.
Shaker Hts., OH 44120
Author Anton will join other local authors from 12noon to 4:00pm to greet fair goers and book enthusiasts. Authors will be signing their books selected by Loganberry for this event. Jackie Anton’s Ya to Adult short story collection in “Uncharted Storms” will be available for purchase. Bookmarks will accompany each copy sold on Saturday during the Larchmere Festival.
Uncharted Storms http://youtu.be/CTdtZIsYDUM
This mystery thriller with a paranormal twist and a turbulent love affair won the Next Generation Indie Book Award in the Romance Category. Early reviews are exciting:
5 Star review By Jack Magnus for Readers’ Favorit:
Wind River Refuge is a romantic suspense novel written by J.M. Anton. It’s 1973, and Jax is on her way home for Christmas break to Wyoming, from the east coast where she attends college. She’s expecting her friend Dexter to be picking her up from the airport in Denver; however, a call to her step-mother Maggie reveals that the dark and brooding Garrett McBride, Dexter’s cousin, is waiting for her at the airport. The two are instantly at odds with each other: he doesn’t approve of her behavior and language, and she doesn’t trust his flying abilities or the plane he came in. Garrett is suffering from PTSD after his service as a helicopter pilot in Vietnam. Jax was orphaned and abused as a child by her foster-parents. The two are definitely wrong for each other, but somehow sparks keep flying.
J.M. Anton’s romantic suspense novel, Wind River Refuge, is fast-paced and exciting. The setting in Wyoming is stunning and beautiful, and the descriptions of the horses and cattle herding are marvelous. I particularly enjoyed the psychological thriller aspect of Wind River Refuge, and Anton’s original take on the police procedural genre. While this book is classified as a romance, the underlying suspense plot is strong and flows throughout the story. I also enjoyed Garrett’s Native American ancestry and the involvement of his relatives from his mother’s side. Anton creates a lively and plausible world in Wind River Refuge, peopled with real and compelling characters. It’s an enjoyable and suspenseful romantic thriller and is highly recommended.
Book two of the “Troubles in Love-Land” Series has completed its final revision following the editing process and multiple proof reads. We are awaiting the cover to publish the e-book. Look for release date on this blog within the next two weeks.
Cassandra: Night Shades is slated for release August 31. 2015 at your favorite e-book place of purchase. Smashwords will have it first.
I have a request in for a booth at the Medina County Fair August 3 – 9, 2015. More on this later.
Have a terrific Fourth of July.
Stop by at Loganberry if you are able. Click on their link above to find out more about this fascinating bookstore.
E-book Uncharted Storms: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/uncharted-storms-jackie-anton/1118931568?ean=2940045770101
Print Book for Uncharted Storms:
Jackie’s Square Market Place: http://mkt.com/jackie-anton/
Author Website: http://talesbyjackie.com/
12 Mar 2015 Leave a comment
in Book Marketing Ideas, Book up dates, Fantastic Book Deals, Recomended YA books Tags: Book Promotion vs writing time, Fan Perks, Free book previews, Giveaways, Jackie Anton, Marketing Ideas, Reader Giveaway, Short Stories, Uncharted Storms, Young Adult
Time for an update on my 2015 marketing exploits. Earlier today I read a post on another blog where advice was given to an aspiring writer who wanted to know where to start with a published work. The blogger’s advice was to “just write.”
That sounds kind of trite, but then the pearls of wisdom, “hold yourself accountable.” One thing that I picked up on was to create a blogging and writing calendar with project deadlines.
Okay, I created this blog and my writing project calendar. Writing related topics on Thursdays, Sunday odds and ends, and Tuesdays horse related topics. Wednesdays are usually my marketing day. Since each week only has seven days that leaves me only three to dedicate to develop new manuscripts,revise existing works, and edit. Somewhere five books are waiting to be reviewed.
Oh! I forgot that I have to finish the book trailer for “Uncharted Storms.” A small disclaimer here: the collection of short stories and its stormy cover had absolutely zero to do with the record-breaking winter and early spring of 2015. I will cover some of the problems involved with making your own video book trailer in a later post.
I uploaded a free story from the paperback version of Uncharted Storms yesterday. Here is the link to “Wicked Winds.” http://www.wattpad.com/110305926
A few months back I uploaded “Terra Beyond 2012.”
Vote for your favorite. Then comeback to this blog to let me know what you think of the Wattpad experience.
On my Calendar for the last half of March.
A six week fiction workshop begins at the Brook Park Library next Wednesday evening. In addition to learning and networking with other writers, which I hope will prime the writing pump, this workshop could also fall under the marketing end of things.
Valley Tack Shop’s annual midnight sale. Friday March 27th will mark the fifth year that I will participate and sign books for repeat fans and meet new ones. This is always a fun evening with wonderful savings, door prizes, and more.
Sign up for my newsletter by emailing me at email@example.com type in the subject line 2015 Newsletter sign me up. Leave me a message if you would like the first chapter of the soon to be released novel “Cassandra: Night Shades.
Author Website: http://talesbyjackie.com
Autographed Print Books:
Valley Tack Shop, Inc. Valley City, Ohio
03 Feb 2015 1 Comment
It’s hard to believe that almost a month has past since my previous update: Marketing efforts for the year are off to a decent start. Uncharted Storms is finished and in print: The PR Campaign on the publisher’s end kicked off with this press release: http://www.24-7pressrelease.com/press-release/awardwinning-author-releases-new-collection-of-short-stories-400815.php
The 24-7 original press release has been picked up and distributed by media outlets around the US. I’ve only visited half of the sites at this posting, and my current list is slightly over one hundred. This is the first publisher that has had a marketing plan that included this as part of the book release without an extra charge.
“Uncharted Storms” the paperback is being offered at a pre-order discount thru February at an introductory discount. More information on this will be in a separate post.
Pre-orders are being taken at Valley Tack Shop, Inc, and customers can pick up their autographed copies and book mark the week before, or at, the annual midnight sale on March 27th. I am looking forward to visiting with all the great folks who have purchased my books at past midnight sale events.
Marketing is not this writer’s preferred way to spend precious hours, which I would be much happier spending on writing or working with my horses. Marketing ranks up there with cleaning out the dog pen.
Not being Mrs. Money Bags, hiring someone else to do this isn’t going to happen in this life time. On February second I singed up for an intensive four week marketing course.
My project for Marketing 101 is “Cassandra: Night Shades.” This novel has been going through some growing pains and plot changes since it was originally conceived in late 2012.One of my homework assignments is to decide who my potential readers are and what will interest them in my book as opposed to thousands of other books offered in a genre.
Okay readers here is a chance to weigh in. The book trailer was linked in the previous post. Take a look at it on Youtube, or view it and some excerpts on my website. http://talesbyjackie.com.
Add your comments at the end of the post.
Did the trailer and excerpts intrigue you?
Are you a lady or a guy?
Demographic: Age 20-30, 31-49, 50 or over?
Do you own an e-reader? If so what price point attracts you?
Thanks for whatever help you can offer this struggling author in my attempt to get the word out.
Short Description from Youtube trailer:
Cassandra Hoffman orphaned at the age of five was raised by her maternal grandmother. Two decades pass when she is confronted with her father’s attorney.
She comes to realization that her dad lived through the car crash that took her mother and brothers in 1985.
Casey meets a previously unknown nemesis as she searches for answers, but she also finds the love of her life.
Will the lovers be able to stave off the influence of a powerful enemy who’s determined to keep them separated?
Beta Readers Wanted:
Please leave an e-mail address and name at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to be a beta reader for my rewrite of “Fateful Waters.” The 2015 version will be the first in a series featuring the characters introduced in Fateful Waters.
cover update to be featured
on this blog soon.
05 Jan 2015 Leave a comment
This is the year to shake things up a bit. This writing blog will be undergoing a content change: More book updates, excerpts, and short stories. Old favorites like Bella’s Journal, Buddy’s Blog, and occasional items of interest to my faithful followers will still be part of this blog. Author Interviews will be handled on the A to Z Review Blog along with Author Blog Tours.
The new look and content on this blog will be an extension of my website http://talesbyjackie.com, which will also be getting a facelift for 2015. This blog will be easier to update and interact with my fan base. My news letter will be posted here, fans can e-mail me at email@example.com.
A New Publishing Adventure for 2015.
Uncharted Storms is in the print process with Progressive Rising Phoenix Press, and a print proof is on its way to me as I post this. Some problems have popped up with compiling the six short stories. It seems that several stories in one book are harder to layout than a single novel, or illustrated chapter books. I mean who knew? Not me for sure.
There is always a learning curve with a new publisher. I am a hands on kind of person and a bit of a control freak, but the folks at PRPP have been patient and very helpful. Stay tuned for the release date of the paperback.
I am working on a book trailer for Uncharted Storms, and it will air here soon.
A Rewrite for Fateful Waters.
“Fateful Waters” was released in 2012 as an e-book and later that year as a paperback. It was my first adult novel published. It is getting a facelift and some new content. Watch this blog for release of the new free e-book and the plans for the print book.
Cassandra has been over two years in rewrites since it was my 2012 NaNoWriMo project winner. Cassandra is with the final editor and proofreader. It is in the hands of several beta readers. More on this release and pre-order information in a few weeks. Here is the book trailer link. http://youtu.be/_kF_zqq0Uus
In the works for 2015.
“Backyard Horse Tales 3: Don’t Call Me Love” is slated for release in 2015. For those who have been waiting the release of Love’s completed tale and read the prelude, as you know this filly can be unpredictable. She decided that she wanted her story to depart from the two previous books in the series. So the little stinker got herself horsenapped in an effort to top Sox and Frosty’s tales. Is it any wonder this author’s hair is gray?
Sandy is also working on a concept for a new trilogy. The working title for my 2014 NaNoWriMo winner was Annie O Book 1. Annie’s story begins in 1980 Cleveland. Take a sneak peak at Annie O by reading a “Tumble in the Snow” one of the short stories in Uncharted Storms. The e-book is reduced until 1/25/15 as part of the contest to win the print version. (see the previous post on this blog for the entry form and details. Go to this Smashwords link: http://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/jackieanton click on the Uncharted Storms title, at checkout enter coupon code YN42D, then pick your download.
Next blog: Marketing 2015 Style.
26 Nov 2014 Leave a comment
in Book Marketing Ideas, Book up dates, Recomended YA books Tags: Black Friday deals extended!, Book Contest Entry Form, Discounted E-BooKs, Fighiting off the winter chill, Jackie Anton, New Book Release, Short Stories, Uncharted Storms
Answer the questions below to win an autographed copy of the 2015 paperback version which includes bonus short story:
A winner in each age category.
14 to 19
20 to 35
36 to 40
41 to 55
Prime Time readers 55+
Terra Beyond 2012
1. How old is Erica when her story begins?
2. Where was she when the ground began to quake?
3. Something fell on her there. Do you remember what it was?
4. What color was the Earth the last time Erica viewed it?
5. Who’s voice keeps Erica calm when she realizes where she is?
6. Do you remember the name of the new world where Erica ends up?
7. What is the name of the ambassador sent to greet them?
8. What do you think the ambassador really looks like?
9. Eric’s adventures are just beginning. What other strange aliens do you think she will encounter, and will they be friendly or present a danger?
10. Most of the passengers who arrived with Erica are in their early teens or younger. Do the aliens have a sinister reason for the young age of the new arrivals? Also, do you think that only Earth Children and animals were transported to the new world?
Questions 8 – 10 are fun questions. A chance for you to help shape Erica’s adventures and destiny. Use your imagination and picture yourself on the new world with Erica. What will you find there? Note: If I incorporate one of your ideas, I will credit you in the extended version of Erica’s tale and see that you receive a copy when it is finished.
Attach your numbered answers to an e-mail with your name and age group. Winners will be notified on Jan. 31, 2015 by e-mail and posted on this blog http://jackieanton.com/
Email: Entries to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Go to the Smashwords link below, click on the Uncharted Storms title, and enter the code YN42D at checkout, for a 33% discount on the e-book, if you don’t already have it. Increase your chances to win the new print release by returning your entry before the code expiration date. Coupon code expires 1/25/15.
https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/jackieanton Once you are finished at checkout you will be able to pick the download of your choice. You will also find instructions to gift the e-book to a friend or family member.