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Author of suspense novels Search For Maylee, Aggravated Momentum, The Stix, and New Age Lamians. As well as the short story collection Time Wasters and (co-author of) The Suspenseful Collection.

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Musicians and Authors: Comparison in Conversation! Benedict and Didi (Guest Post, Part 2)

Yesterday Benedict Roff-Marsh (B) and I began quite the in depth conversation about the similarities in musical and bookish artists and their journey. What we’ve unleashed has been shocking!  So much so that we’ve extended the conversation into a two day segment! Exciting, right?! Yesterday Benedict finished off with a lingering question about what has been done differently…  This is what I (D) have to say about it:

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B- Final question from yesterday:You appear to have had some success getting nice feedback on your books. Can you try to help us understand what you did differently from those who get nowhere?”

D: To be honest, this conversation is blowing me away with the similarities between music and literature production/distribution. I never would have guessed that two completely different worlds could be so alike. I wish I could offer a straightforward answer to this questions, but yet again my thinker seems to be peeling back layer after layer of complexities.

I feel like there are so many artists with the same potential of greatness as Zeppelin and Cash, and even Skynyrd out there just waiting to be discovered. The problem is digging themselves out of the masses. Clearly, quality mixed in equal portions with originality is a must for success. Period! No matter what route one climbs to get to the top, they absolutely must have a product worth reading/listening to!

But, what next? Once one’s work of art is master crafted, what can be done that’s different, that stands out? My main approach has been finding balance between all options available. Building my own platform in the blogging community as well as social media is a big step. I personally strive for honest and real communication. I don’t see other authors as competition, I see them as peers to work hand in hand with and to learn from.

I support others in the same fashion as I’d like to be supported. I don’t just put my work out there and use some random sense of false entitlement in expecting people to read it because I’m me. That logic seems a little silly to me, naive and egotistical. If you want others to support you, then you need to support them too. Kind of like the, ‘it takes a good friend to have good friends’ approach. Person-ability is huge, and eventually you’ll be noticed in the right places by the right people. Make a big enough splash in the right body of water, and you’ll attract the bigger fish.

I still have so much further to go, and so much more work ahead. Luckily for me… personal drive, consistency, and the dedication to continue learning is on my side. I’ve done something different with each book I’ve produced. Some experiences were positive and some were negative, but ultimately they’ve all be learning ones! In the words of Einstein, “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, and expecting different results.”

So, what about you? What have you done different to stand out, and to think outside of the box in your mission to bring something worthy of a platinum record to the masses?  What resources do you recommend to that artist out there with the potential of being the next GAGA, aside from wearing an outfit made of raw meat?

B: Well you just resoundingly smacked the wood holding device on the head!

Yes, it is shocking how many people feel they deserve accolades for just showing up. And only “just” in so many of those cases. I guess it is part of the silent revolution the world is going through where each individual now has the freedom to do what they will (and hopefully intend no harm). With Freedom comes Responsibility.

Because it is so easy to make a record it means that those records (or books) aren’t well conceived. They go chugga, chugga, chugg and think they made music. Noise isn’t music, isn’t Art.

It isn’t Art so no one is really moved enough to engage – to be moved by it to buy, comment…

Responsibility is hard work, but without hard work you can’t make anything outstanding. Steve Jobs of Apple fame worked super hard to make computers, iPods, iPhones, iPads etc magical devices to use and changed the world that way. Other providers put out devices that may have been technically better but Apple changed the world we live in as they did the hard work that engaged people in their feeling bone.

What have I done: oh geez that is a hard one, as for years I simply stopped really trying. I made my music and did what I could to make it better and better. Album finished I popped it on Bandcamp and my website and moved on to the next project. Interestingly I saw sales appear to be inversely proportional to what I perceived as the musical improvement of the project. Either I got lost in technical ecstasy or audiences didn’t key into more melodic work.

I decided many decades ago that I wasn’t fitting anyone’s definition of what I should be, so I would strive to be as uniquely me as I could. The reasoning I had was that at least I would be happy with my records and maybe some time in the future there would be a few other people who would get what I was doing and appreciate that.

Lately, I feel that there is a glimmer of an onrushing train. Maybe there are a few fans in the carriages as it is my take that there are people now actively searching for something that is real and genuinely human as opposed to the Lady Gargle/Trailer Swift prefab we have been spoon-fed for the last few decades.

Advice I have been pouring forth in my Tutorial section for years now is actually exactly what you said: make great Art, present it well, build connections with peers and be a decent person with everyone you deal with. Past that is not yours to control – yet oddly the less you try to control the more life seems to help out on your behalf.

As for resources, I think that so many have forgotten the greatest resource we have available which is other people. The Internet really siloed each of us as individuals. It let us be islands but the greats were always a team effort. There can be frustrations in working with others whereas the Digital Audio Workstation, Word Processor, YouTube etc. software is always under our total control. That feels great but also doesn’t push us to the extra leap of greatness that having someone else in the process can. This is why records had Producers and books had Editors. I think acts would be well served finding ways to either pay good people to take these roles or at least bounce things off each other to allow the challenges to be given and overcome. “Yeah that song has potential but…”

I think creators working together (as we currently are) is a great part of the way forward in the new post-Publisher landscape. Matter of fact my next article (in Draft form) is about exactly that.

link : https://benedictroffmarsh.com/tutorials/

D: Benedict, you’re an inspiration! I hope that more artists out there will strive to authenticity-of-self as you have, for all of our sakes. Same goes for books. I can’t wait to see the deserving and truly talented writers step up and stand out in originality! The cookie cutter stories out there are swarming, and everytime an excellent story that stands above the rest is presented it truly is a breath of fresh air!

Thank you so much for taking the time to have this conversation with me! It’s been a pleasure!

B: Thank you to you too Didi. It is always nice to feel less alone, less siloed, in this world of creation in which we have found ourselves.

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One Hell Of A Bookish Month!

So much bookishness has happened with me in the month of October. I was sitting here staring blankly at my computer today, struggling to pull a little bit of write-spiration to the surface, when it hit me… You know, I could probably get away with taking the last two days of this month off because after all, it’s likely been the best bookish month I’ve had all year!!

First off, every single one of the books I’ve read and reviewed have been Fantastic!  So much so that I’ve given the last five books on my read-roster either a 4 or 5 star review, and the last three have all been FIVES!  I think this is some kind of record. Insanity! This never happens, it’s been an excellent reading month, if you want to check out the reviews here they all are:

The month of October also brought about so many milestones, celebrations, and collaborations!  Far more than any other month in 2017(yet).

I did my very first guest post. It was on the When Women Inspire Blog, and it turned out fantastic! I was able to talk about motherhood, which is my favorite subject there is, period. Change of Seasons: Coping as a Mother (Guest Post)

I was able to Interview my favorite author of all time Colleen Hoover!!  We addressed the Bookworm Box and her feeling about giving back to the public and charities. My Interview With Colleen Hoover!!

 

Also, as most of you may know I released my latest novel Search For Maylee!!  I’m so damn excited about this still!  The official release date was Oct. 6th. Since then I’ve had a Blog Tour with several stops hosted by Reads & Reels,(check out all of the reviews in the tour by clicking on the R&R link!) Along with a few interviews!!

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As far as milestones go, I’ve had a couple of BIG ones!!!  Not only did I reach the 1000 followers mark here on the blog, but I’ve also reached my one year Blogiversary!

Lastly, but most definitely not least(ly??) lol… I have marked one of my books down on price for most of the month. Because it’s the scariest month of the year here in the U.S. and we celebrate all things awful tomorrow on Halloween. The psychological thriller that I released last year, Aggravated Momentum, has been marked down to 99 cents!  If you haven’t grabbed your copy, then you may want to do so because tomorrow is the last day of the sale!

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WHEW!! I think that’s it, my October in a nutshell… For some reason I feel like I’m leaving something out. Of course. Hopefully I got it all though!  So here’s to an excellent month for everything bookish in my world. May there by many more, just as phenomenal!  Although, I have a feeling it’s going to be hard to top!

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Flash Sale! The Suspenseful Collection $.99

Kim and I have a lot to celebrate, so we decided to mark down the price to our short story collection so that our readers can celebrate with us!!  Between the up and coming release of my new novel Search For Maylee, Kim’s nomination for best romance of 2017 for A Stranger In France, and our new magazine writing adventure with The Conscious Talk Mag, we can’t help but to raise our glasses!

So if you wish to celebrate with us, please enjoy our short story collection for the dropped price while it lasts!  Enjoy!

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For Mature Readers Only:

A suspenseful novel with a twist. Eight short stories, by two suspense authors, from diverse backgrounds. From opposite sides of the Atlantic these stories have been created. One author started the tale and the other ended it. No discussion, no pre-planning, but yet their stories are seamless. With just creativity and the use of writing prompts, to craft one tale, with two different writers. This anthology of suspenseful, fast paced and engaging tales covers multiple genres. From heart felt romance, crime, fantasy, and steamy historical fiction. There is a story for everyone!

Steamy Historical Crime Fiction: It was The First Time I Killed A Man.

It’s 1972 and New York’s first female serial killer Lisa Vanacilli is in the hot seat again, ten years after her conviction of murder to the first degree and innocent plea. The ruthless but sexy reporter Tiffany Low cracks Lisa for a confession… at a price. Lisa is strong, courageous and says it how it is. This story has been extended due to reader’s demand. And is only for adult readers.

Psychological Fiction: Every Time I Hear That Voice From The Basement.

George appears to be harmless. The local neighbourhood geek on the outside, married to Jolene. In reality, he’s a very disturbed man. His path crosses with Dana, the local check out girl. This is a psychological suspense story with a twist.

Crime Fiction: The Entrance To The Tunnel Is His Only Way Out.

Juan is a wanted man, and an ex-gang member on the run from Atlanta to Mexico. With a hundred grand in cash stolen from his ex-boss, he meets an unlikely fate in Mexico. A fast-paced crime fiction story.

Contemporary Romance: When His Hands Run Up My Thighs I…

Love has no time limit, age limit or use by date. Sarah now in her fifties is reunited with her long-lost love Joshua. They last had contact in 1961. In the present day, thanks to the advancement of technology their paths cross. A heart-warming and modern tale, about long distance love, that will leave you warm inside.

Suspense: We Only Said Goodbye With Words, I Died A Hundred Times:

In 1963 Russian Femme Fatale Mila Petrov is London’s top Madam. Her entertainment house is booming, she has a team of London’s strongest women behind her. Unfinished business from her past creeps up and haunts her. It’s nothing she can’t handle. A suspenseful historical tale, with a strong femme fatale.

Fantasy: The Ones Who Live At The Bottom Of The Ocean, Come To The Surface.

A beautiful coming of age story, featuring sixteen year old Zoe and her mother May-Li. Myth becomes reality, as Zoe finds out who and what she really is. Her mixed descent reveals more than what meets the eye. This fantasy story is set against the backdrop of a Greek island and Hong Kong, China.

Suspenseful Crime Fiction: Guilty As Charged, In Self-Defence

California’s sassy, tough, and likeable defence lawyer Catherine has taken on a case so high profile, if she wins she’ll become a partner of Martin Law Firm. Defending forty six year old Mrs. Chevelle. An ex Las Vegas show girl, now a Hollywood wife, on trial for the murder of her high-profile husband. She claims she’s innocent. Readers are taken on a fast -paced journey on a mission to seek the truth.

Contemporary Fiction: It’s A Man’s Man’s World:

A beautiful modern tale showing the love and appreciation of a woman. James Brown said it right when he said, “it’s a man’s man’s world, but it would mean nothing without a woman or a girl.”

Author Spotlight D.E. Haggerty #AwesomeAmazonAuthor #FollowFive

D.E. Haggerty

D.E. HaggertyD.E. Haggerty was born and raised in Wisconsin but thinks she’s a European. While spending her senior year of high school in Germany, she developed a wicked case of wanderlust that is yet to be cured. After high school, D.E. returned to the U.S. to attend college – ending up with a Bachelor’s degree in History at the tender age of twenty while still managing to spend time bouncing back and forth to Europe during her vacations.

Unable to find a job after college and still suffering from wanderlust, D.E. joined the U.S. Army as a Military Policewoman for five years. While stationed in Heidelberg, Germany, she met her future husband, a flying Dutchman. After earning her freedom from the Army, D.E. went off to law school. She finished the required curriculum but jumped ship and joined her flying Dutchman in the Netherlands before the graduation ceremony could even begin.

In Holland, D.E. became a commercial lawyer specialized in IT for over a decade. During a six-month break from the law, she wrote her first book, Unforeseen Consequences. Although she finished the novel, she hid the manuscript in the attic and went back to the law. When she could no longer live in the lawyering world, she upped stakes and moved to Germany to start a B&B. Three years after starting the B&B, she got the itch to try something new yet again and pulled the manuscript for Unforeseen Consequences out of the attic. After publishing the book, she figured she may have finally found what she wanted to do with her life and went on to write Buried Appearances.

When her husband found a job opportunity in Istanbul, D.E. couldn’t pack fast enough. She spent more than two years in Istanbul furiously writing and learning everything she could about the publishing world. This is when D.E. wrote her popular The Gray-Haired Knitting Detectives and Death by Cupcake series.

When the pull to return to her adopted home became too much, D.E. upped stakes and moved to The Hague where she’s currently working on her next book.

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Fat girl Begone! is her eleventh book.

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Genre: Romantic Comedy, Contemporary Romance

Published: May 1, 2017

Word count: 71,300

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I’m a total mess. My boyfriend dumped me – get this – because I diet too much. Not because I’m fat, mind you. Of course, this spurs me into the diet-fitness-revenge-plan of the century, which leads me to the gym and a scorching hot personal trainer. I even manage to make some cool new friends, including a millionaire if you can believe it. Things are looking up! Naturally, that’s the moment my ex decides he wants me back, the personal trainer asks me out, and my millionaire male buddy decides to throw his hat in the ring. But that’s not enough drama. No, not for me. Because I’ve also lost my job and decided to start my own business. Just call me Ms. Drama.

Warning: Bad language, bumpy roads, and embarrassing moments ahead. But there’s also more than a bit of romance and even, if we’re lucky, love. Fingers crossed.

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Review: Launch, by Jeff Walker 2.5 of 5 stars

MY REVIEW:

I’ve read a lot of motivational self help books, but not many business how-to’s – so all in all, I don’t have much to compare this book to. That being said, I’m really not that impressed.  There were a couple of great tips and maybe even a few of those Ah-Hah moments where things just kind of made sense in the world of advertising.

The upside first (because I’m an optimist and WAS actually able to find something good about this book): Jeff walks you through his system in releasing new product on-line in a certain systematical way that will maximize your sales right out of the gate. It’s easy reading. I was able to make it through the book in just a couple of days, and I did learn a few things, so I’d say it wasn’t a total loss.

Now, lets cut the crap and see this book for what it really is: Ramble Ramble Ramble. This entire read was one big long drawn out sales pitch for Jeff’s other money grubbing ventures. And then, as if that’s not enough, every few pages there’re links to take you to even more sales pitches. It was like a 206 page brag post telling you to buy his tutorials because of how awesome he is for being such a successful salesman. Even the success stories of Jeff’s “students” weren’t even about them so much as they were about Jeff and how much he and his work did for them.

Out of the entire book, I would estimate there to be about thirty pages that actually held rich educating content that was worth reading.

All in all, I’m not a fan, and no I will not be purchasing anything else of Jeff’s. If you are considering reading this book because you want to learn his launch process (which does work don’t get me wrong!), then I would suggest a summarized version. There are some excellent things to be learned, if you can handle wading through the rest of the bragging rambles to find it. (You can basically take the description below, copy and paste it over and over and over and over – for 206 pages, and there you have it… The entire Launch book)

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“Launch” will build your business—fast. Whether you’ve already got a business or you’re itching to start one, this is a recipe for getting more traction.

Think about it—what if you could launch like Apple or the big Hollywood studios? What if your prospects eagerly counted down the days until they could buy your product? What if you could create such powerful positioning in your market that you all -but- eliminated your competition? And you could do all that no matter how humble your business or budget?

Since 1996 Jeff Walker has been creating hugely successful online launches. After bootstrapping his first Internet business from his basement, he quickly developed an underground process for launching new products and businesses with unprecedented success.

But the success-train was just getting started—once he started teaching his formula to other entrepreneurs, the results were simply breathtaking. Tiny, home-based businesses started doing launches that sold tens of thousands, hundreds of thousands, and even millions of dollars in sales with their launches.

“Launch” is the treasure map into that world—an almost secret world of digital entrepreneurs who create cash-on-demand paydays with their product launches and business launches.

Whether you have an existing business, or you have a service-based business and want to develop your own products so you can leverage your time and your impact, or you’re still in the planning phase—this is how you start fast. This formula is how you engineer massive success.

Now the question is this—are you going to start slow, and fade away from there? Or are you ready for a launch that will change the future of your business and your life?

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