"Reckless Beginnings" Journey

Video Book Trailer – Reckless beginnings

It’s here! The book trailer video

I was hoping to share this with you last week but it wasn’t ready when the previous newsletter went out. So I’m squeezing in a short blog because I wanted you to be the first to see it.  I’ve been anxious to see this and I have to say I’m extremely happy with the finished results for the book trailer video for Reckless Beginnings. It delivers drama, suspense and questions for the reader, wanting them to know more. Let me know what you think.

More Updates

A date has been set for the launch party/book signing at the Frazier Park Branch Library on October 13th at 3:00 pm.

  • Food and beverages will be served
  • The video trailer will be played
  • A reading of the prologue will be given
  • Everyone will receive Reckless Beginnings souvenirs
  • Each book purchase receives a raffle ticket
  • Raffle drawing prizes: Amazon Fire 7,  $25.00 Amazon Gift Card, Cavey’s Pizza Gift Certificate, Gift Bags.
  • Questions and discussions
  • Book signing

I hope to see you there!

That’s it for now. While I continue to promote Reckless Beginnings, book two, Better Endings is in the works and I’m pleased with its progress. I’m about 20,000 words in and I can’t wait to share it with you someday.

Following Reckless Beginnings journey

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The Synopsis of Reckless beginnings
Video Book Trailer - Reckless beginnings
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Reckless beginnings Book aesthetic
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Cover Reveal
"Reckless Beginnings" Journey

Cover Reveal for Novel Reckless Beginnings

It’s here! Cover Reveal

I thought this day would never get here. My book Reckless Beginnings was submitted for publication in July 2017. Finally, after months of editing, tweaking, and many frustrations, I am able to reveal the cover to all of you that have followed me on this journey. Getting to this stage has been a long grueling 13 months. So with no further ado; HERE IT IS! Drum roll, please 🙂

Cover Reveal for Novel Reckless Beginnings

So What do you Think?

I hope you like it as much as I do. I love the soft matt colors that capture the mood of the main character Tammy mellows, who finds herself at a crossroads in her life. Struggling to recapture her identity and make sense of the chaos that surrounds her. This image shows her contemplating the decisions she has to make and whether she will make the right one.

I would love to hear your thoughts about the cover in the comments below. Did it live up to your expectations? If you saw this cover on a bookshelf, would it captivate your attention?  From looking at the cover, is it a book you would purchase?

More updates

Now that the cover has been unveiled it’s time to give you some insights on other projects that have been happening during the preparation of the book launch.

I’m a Luster Lexicon Winner

Cover Reveal for Novel Reckless Beginnings

A few months ago Luster Lexicon ran a contest for their Writer’s Spectacle. A place where they feature eight winning authors on their site for a month. I decided to give it a go and submitted myself as a contender. A few weeks later I received the first round of detailed questions, submitted my answers and was elated a week later when I was informed that I would be moving onto the next round. Again I answered more questions and submitted my answers.  A month went by without hearing nothing. Then over the past weekend, I was told I was one of the eight winners and I would be featured on their site.

I would like to thank Luster Lexicon for this opportunity. Click here to read my interview. 

My First Podcast Interview

Cover Reveal for Novel Reckless Beginnings

I will be having my first podcast interview on August 27th with Thrills & Mystery Podcast.

It will go live on September 10th. Having never done an interview before, this is a nail-biting event for me. Wish me luck! If I’m able to post the interview here, I will do so.

Launch Party/Book Signing

Cover Reveal for Novel Reckless Beginnings

The launch party/book signing event will be held at the Frazier Park Branch library. This is also where we hold our monthly book club meetings. I meet later this week to schedule a date. We are thinking somewhere around mid-October. Once confirmed I will post on the site.  I hope to make it a fun event with raffle prizes for a kindle-white, gift certificates, book giveaways along with bookmarks, bags and other fun items. I’ll plan on doing a reading and make some time for discussion and questions.   If you are in the area, come, join us.

Sneak Peek at the Prolog is Coming Soon

If you read the interview on Luster Lexicon, you probably noticed there was a little excerpt from the prolog of Reckless beginnings. That is a tiny piece.  I will be posting the full prolog, only for my readers in about two weeks. So be sure to open those newsletters so you don’t miss it.

Virtual Book Tour

Cover Reveal for Novel Reckless Beginnings

A virtual book tour is scheduled for the month of October with Goddess Fish Promotions. I am also a host for this site which is why you see the host banner. This tour will make 8-10 stops a week on different book blog sites which will include, interviews and giveaways, plus a 30-day promotion on Twitter.

Reckless Beginnings Book Giveaway

If you are a member of my newsletter, you are automatically entered in the drawing for one of the first signed copies of Reckless Beginners. The drawing will take place on the launch day – October 4th. If you haven’t signed up yet, here is the link. Win a free copy on Reckless Beginnings.  

Good Luck!

A Big Thank you!

As the book launching day draws closer, I want to give a big thank you to all my supporters and followers who have been on board since day one. You are all amazing and I hope you enjoy my debut novel, once it reaches the stores.  I hope to have some more updates in the upcoming weeks.


Author's Corner

Interview & Book Review with Author Paulette Mahurin

Interview & Book Review with Author Paulette Mahurin
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Author’s Corner – Interview & Book Review with Author Paulette Mahurin

It was an honor to read Paulette Mahurin’s novel, His Name Was Ben and find out what inspired her to write the story story and what advice she gives to new writers. Below you will find my honest review and the interview.

About the Author

(Copied from author’s page)

Paulette Mahurin is an international best selling literary fiction and historical fiction novelist. She lives with her husband Terry and two dogs, Max and Bella, in Ventura County, California. She grew up in West Los Angeles and attended UCLA, where she received a Master’s Degree in Science.

Her first novel, The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap, made it to Amazon bestseller lists and won awards, including best historical fiction 2012 in Turning the Pages Magazine. Her second novel, His Name Was Ben, originally written as an award-winning short story while she was in college and later expanded into a novel, rose to bestseller lists its second week out. Her third novel, To Live Out Loud, won international critical acclaim and made it to multiple sites as favorite read book of 2015. Her fourth book, The Seven Year Dress, made it to the bestseller lists for literary fiction and historical fiction on Amazon U.S., Amazon U.K., and Amazon Australia. Her fifth book, The Day I Saw The Hummingbird, was released in 2017 to rave reviews.

Semi-retired, she continues to work part-time as a Nurse Practitioner in Ventura County. When she’s not writing, she does pro-bono consultation work with women with cancer, works in the Westminster Free Clinic as a volunteer provider, volunteers as a mediator in the Ventura County Courthouse for small claims cases, and involves herself, along with her husband, in dog rescue. Profits from her books go to help rescue dogs from kill shelters.

Continue reading “Interview & Book Review with Author Paulette Mahurin”

Goddess Fish Promotions

Book Blitz: Her Desert Prince by Marie Tuhart

Book Blitz: Her Desert Prince by Marie Tuhart - Virtual Book Tour

Book Tour  -Book Blitz: Her Desert Prince by Marie Tuhart

This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. Marie Tuhart will be awarding a $10 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour. Click on the tour banner to see the other stops on the tour. Continue reading “Book Blitz: Her Desert Prince by Marie Tuhart”

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Book Review – THE ROOSTER BAR by John Grisham

My Bookclub’s Review – The Rooster Bar – by John Grisham

Book Review - THE ROOSTER BAR by John Grisham
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The book club I belong to at our local branch library has just finished reading The Rooster Bar by John Grisham. We discussed everything from the cover, the plot, characters and also compared it to his other books. I’ve posted our review along with questions you may want to ask at your own book club.

About the Author

Long before the days of becoming a New York Times Best Seller, Grisham worked as a lawyer at a Southaven Mississippi law practice, squeezing in time to write early in the mornings and during courtroom recesses. Continue reading “Book Review – THE ROOSTER BAR by John Grisham”

A day in my Life

Memories of a Father Missed

July 12th Stirs Memories of a Father Missed

July 12th, 2010 – A date set in stone

 Dad, I remember the phone call like it was yesterday. It was one of the worst days of my life. Eight years ago today the caller told me you had passed. I fell to my knees and sobbed. We had just talked the day before. We had laughed and joked and I had hung up the phone feeling proud to call you my father. Within twenty-four hours you were taken from me and I kept asking myself why? Continue reading “Memories of a Father Missed”

Inspirational Quotes for Readers & Writers

Inspirational Quotes for Readers & Writers

Inspirational Quotes for Readers & Writers

Wise words for the mind

Who doesn’t love quotes? Here are some of my favorite inspirational quotes for readers and writers.  For me, they serve as daily reminders as to why I like to read books and write. Sometimes they can be inspirational. Giving me a little nudge when needed. Other are humorous and make me laugh.

I like pining my favorite ones to my mirror so it’s the first thing I see in the morning or the last thing at night. Others have a place around my desk so I see them every day. It’s hard to pick just one, I have so many favorites. All of which I can relate to. Becuase I have so many favorites I decided to make a wall out of them. But I didn’t want it to be just the quotes alone. I wanted them to be displayed in an attractive way and appealing to the eye. Adding an image that somehow relates to the quote does the trick.

Welcome to my wall of quotes. Every week I find a quote that uplifts me, dress it up and add to the wall.

They can also be found on any of my social media accounts. Feel free to follow me.

Do you have a favorite quote? Let me know in the comments below. Maybe I will use it on this wall.



Inspirational Quotes for Readers & Writers by famous authors

Inspirational Quotes for Readers & Writers by famous authors

Inspirational Quotes for Readers & Writers by famous authors

Inspirational Quotes for Readers & Writers by famous authors

Inspirational Quotes for Readers & Writers by famous authors

Inspirational Quotes for Readers & Writers by famous authors

Inspirational Quotes for Readers & Writers by famous authors

Inspirational Quotes for Readers & Writers by famous authors

Inspirational Quotes for Readers & Writers by famous authors

Inspirational Quotes for Readers & Writers by famous authors

Inspirational Quotes for Readers & Writers by famous authorsInspirational Quotes for Readers & Writers by famous authors

Author's Corner

Interview and Book Review With Author Debralynn Fein

Interview and Book Review With Author Debralynn Fein – Author of Aaron and Me, Works in Progress

Interview and Book Review With Author Debralynn Fein

I had the pleasure of reading Fein’s latest novel. Below you will find my honest review and an interview with the author. The interview is entirely in the author’s own words.

About the Author

Interview and Book Review With Author Debralynn Fein

(Copied from the author’s page.) I’ve been writing professionally since 2002. My articles and stories have appeared in The Wee Ones Magazine, and Hackwriters.Com, run from Falmouth College of Arts. I also published a short story in the Greenwich Village Literary Review, entitled Family Pictures and articles in Early Childhood Examiner. I attended Stony Brook University in 1978 and 1979 with a major in English Literature, and, also earned a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education from Queens College, City University of New York, in 1987. I have a fresh voice, readers will enjoy. Continue reading “Interview and Book Review With Author Debralynn Fein”

"Reckless Beginnings" Journey

What is a Book Aesthetic? And why I made one for my novel

What is a Book Aesthetic?

What is a Book Aesthetic?

A book aesthetic is a group of pictures/photos that relate to a story or even possibly tell the story. Basically, this collage of pictures represents the aesthetic of the story you are trying to tell. But it doesn’t have to be about the entire story. You could do a collection of aesthetics, each representing a character in your story. Or maybe a scene in your book. Aesthetics are a great way to add visuals to your novel and bring aspects of your book to life, not only to yourself but also to your readers.

Ideas for Book Aesthetics

Once you begin thinking about different types of aesthetics you could create for your book, the list can be endless. Here are a few ideas.

  • Create one for each character in your book
  • A city/town where the story takes place
  • A business/dwelling/building
  • vehicles used in the book
  • Hairstyles & clothes worn by the characters
  • An action scene
  • The mood of the book
  • Tell the whole story in pictures (This is a fun one)

Character Aesthetic for “Reckless Beginnings”

Here is the aesthetic for my main character Tammy Mellows. I had a lot of fun with this one and I plan on posting other character aesthetics in the upcoming months, prior to launch day.

This one shows Tammy at the young innocent age of fourteen when the reader first meets her. With a strong desire to move to America, she takes on a waitress job to try and save for what she called the America Fund. Over time life becomes a roller coaster of ups and downs but one thing keeps her grounded. I tried to capture each of these emotions in the Aesthetic. I also included a quote that expresses Tammy’s life at some point in the book.

When making an aesthetic, you not only want to capture images of possible look-a-likes but also the moods. Look for facial expressions, quotes that set the mood. Even colors will set a mood.

The fun thing about these is that you can keep adding to them. When I come across images or other quotes that describe Tammy, I will add them to the collage of pictures.

What is a Book Aesthetic?
Main Character Tammy Mellows – “Reckless Beginnings”
Raymond, Tammy’s forbidden lover. She couldn’t escape his eyes. They had to keep their affair a secret. Her father could never find out. Fascinated by the drug, Tammy was willing to try it. But would she go through with it?


How to Make a Book Aesthetic

The first thing you’ll want to do is gather pictures that reflect your story. You could use your own or use stock photos off the internet. All of the photos I use are stock photos. There are three sites I use solely for this purpose. All of them are free to use and have a great selection of photos to choose from.

Once you have your pictures saved on your computer, you’re going to want to organize them into a collage. For this I use  Canva. The site is easy to use. and you can upload all your pictures on to their site. Pick the template “Picture Collage” and have fun, arranging your photos on the blank template provided. The best part is. It’s free!

When it comes to adding a quote or adding more pictures to the board, I use Pinterest. This site is a wealth of information and there are some wonderful ideas that are great for this project. Oh, and the best part is, I can link each image that I save to my Pinterest board to this site. How great is that?

So there you have it. If you are an author, I highly recommend creating some of these for your books. Give your readers visuals of your story and characters. Use Aesthetics to promote your book. People tend to remember images rather words.

Over the next month, I plan on making more aesthetics for the other characters in my book. I hope you will check back to see what I came up with.

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Book Review- The Woman in the Window by A. J. Finn – A Bestseller

Book Review- The Woman in the Window by A. J. Finn

I belong to the Frazier Park Branch Library book club. We read one book a month and meet every other Tuesday. We have just finished reading The Woman in the Window by A. J. Finn and thought I’d share our review with you.

Book Review- The Woman in the Window by A. J. Finn

About the Author

(Copied from the about author page) THE WOMAN IN THE WINDOW has been sold in 43 territories around the world and is currently in development as a major film at Fox 2000, starring Amy Adams, directed by Joe Wright, written by Tracy Letts, and produced by Scott Rudin. I really want a cameo in the movie, in case anyone asks.

I spent a decade working in publishing in both New York and London, with a particular emphasis on thrillers and mysteries. Authors I published or helped acquire over the years include Robert Galbraith (aka J. K. Rowling), Agatha Christie, Patricia Cornwell, Carl Hiaasen, Sara Paretsky, and Nelson DeMille.

Now I write full-time, to the relief of my former colleagues. THE WOMAN IN THE WINDOW was inspired by a range of experiences: my lifelong love affair with suspense fiction, from the Sherlock Holmes stories I devoured as a kid to the work of Patricia Highsmith, whom I studied at the graduate level at Oxford; my passion for classic cinema, especially the films of Alfred Hitchcock; and my struggles with agoraphobia and depression. The result, I hope, is a psychological thriller in the vein of Gillian Flynn, Tana French, and Kate Atkinson, among others.

Stuff I love; reading; swimming; cooking; dogs; ice cream; travel. (Note that third semicolon. It’s crucial. I do not love cooking dogs.) Given the chance, I’d seriously consider cloning my late yellow Labrador, Tugboat (2001-2012) — one of history’s few truly perfect creations. I collect first-edition books and divide my time between New York and London.

The Synopsis of “The Woman in the Window”

Anna Fox lives alone—a recluse in her New York City home, unable to venture outside. She spends her day drinking wine (maybe too much), watching old movies, recalling happier times . . . and spying on her neighbors.

Then the Russells move into the house across the way: a father, a mother, their teenage son. The perfect family. But when Anna, gazing out her window one night, sees something she shouldn’t, her world begins to crumble—and its shocking secrets are laid bare.

What is real? What is imagined? Who is in danger? Who is in control? In this diabolically gripping thriller, no one—and nothing—is what it seems.

My Review

Book Review- The Woman in the Window by A. J. Finn

This was a page-turning, nail-biting unable to put down thriller with so many twists and plots that it had me guessing through the entire book.

The main character Dr. Anna Fox, a depressed psychologist with a drinking problem and also suffering from agoraphobia, spends her days looking through her binoculars at her neighbors.

Separated from her husband and daughter, but the reader has no idea why until later in the book, but we know she talks to them often

Becuase of her illness she is cut off from the outside world, her only connection is what she sees through her binoculars. One day while watching the family across the street she witnesses something terrible happen but Anna has a hard time getting anyone to believe her but she’s determined to get to the bottom of what she saw and prove that she isn’t crazy and just imagined it.

Overall all this was a fantastic read and one that was hard to put down. I highly recommend it.

My Overall Rating

Book Review- The Woman in the Window by A. J. Finn


COVER DESIGN – 5 STARS – Great eye-catching colors that grabs the readers attention. 

CHARACTERIZATION – 5 STARS – Each character was well developed and had their own distinguished quirks.  Anna especially was excellently written. How her illness was portrayed was spot on. 

STORY & PLOT 5 STARS – Couldn’t put the book down, The plots and twists had me kept turning the pages and the ending was a huge surprise.


Questions to ask at Your Bookclub

Book Review- The Woman in the Window by A. J. Finn

Do you belong to a Bookclub? Are you planning on or currently reading The Woman in the Window?  Below are a set of questions you may find helpful pertaining to the book.

1- What did you think of the main character; Anna Fox? Did you like her, if not, explain why?

2 – At what point were you drawn into the book?

3 – When you find out the truth about Anna’s Family were you shocked?

4 – How do you think the author portrayed the illness agoraphobia? Did you know much about it before you read the book?

5 – Do you think the author purposely dropped red herrings to distract the reader. What do you think about them? Which was the biggest?

6 – The title The Woman in the Window – do you think that refers to Anna or the woman she saw in the window?

7- What was your favorite part of the book?

8 – Did you guess the ending? Was it satisfying?

If you have read this book I would love to hear your thoughts on it.

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