Vote for My Book in Authorsdb #firstlines Semi-Finals Contest

I’ve entered my book, Vampyrie, in the AUTHORSdb First Lines Contest and would very much appreciate your vote.

Vampyrie by Tina Frisco

Go to AUTHORSdb and scroll down to Submit your Vote/ Review. Voting ends May 28, 2018.

 

Judging is based on three questions:

Do these first lines pull you into the story?
As a reader are you invested in reading more?
Do you feel involved in the story quickly?

 

These are the first lines in Vampyrie:

“Where in the blazes am I?” Phoebe mumbled under her breath, afraid someone might be listening. “And how in the world did I get here?” She crept along the cold stone wall, carefully placing one foot in front of the other.

 

AUTHORSdb is a wonderful place to meet fellow authors and showcase our work.

I usually don’t enter contests and don’t quite remember why I entered this one! But now that I’m invested, I might as well promote it and enjoy the ride 🙂

Thank you so much! ❤️
Advertisements

Reblog ~ 49 Days In 1988: Week 16 – Closing Doors

I was thrilled to be Hugh Roberts‘ guest last month on his 49 Days In 1988 series. He shares snippets from his 1988 diary and takes us on a trip in his Music Time machine, featuring songs from the 1980s chosen by his guests.

Glimpses by Hugh Roberts

Buy Hugh’s book HERE

I enjoyed being a part of this series and thank Hugh for inviting me. Now over to Hugh 🙂

 

*************

 

49 Days In 1988: Week 16 – Closing Doors

Click here to read the first week of this feature, and follow the links at the end of each post.

***

London – April 13th, 1988

Well, I certainly will not rush into things as far as Dean is concerned. A phone call from him this evening meant another long conversation and a dinner date tomorrow evening. We both get on well, and I hope it lasts. It may all be happening far too quickly, after Stewart, and I may be on the rebound, but the waters around Dean seem calm and steady. I wonder if he sees the same in me? Afterall, Stewart is still on my mind and we’ve that upcoming meetup we promised each other.

It looks as if I could be moving again soon. We were told tonight that the house is on the market. It came as quite a shock to all of us. I do enjoy living here with the other guys. However, after a long talk with Stephen, we’ve decided to look for a flat together. Afterall, we get on so well, and I’m sure it’s not a bad idea, so as from tomorrow we start looking at the rental market. 

There’s no panic on finding a new place just yet, though. It could take up to six months to sell the house, so at least we have plenty of time on our hands. On the other hand, we could be out by July or August. Hopefully, by then, Stephen and I will be well-settled somewhere new! Fingers crossed.     

#London #music #bloggers #city #LGBTQI #LGBT

***

Welcome to this new feature for 2018 on Hugh’s Views and News. In this feature, I’ll be sharing snippets from my diary of 1988. We’ll also take a trip in Hugh’s Music Time machine to hear some songs from the 1980s which have been chosen by some specially invited guests.

#author #authors #books
Author, writer and blogger, Tina Frisco

This week, my guest is the author, writer and blogger, Tina Frisco. Not only is Tina a published author, but she’s also a singer and songwriter. She has performed publicly in many different venues. Born in Pennsylvania USA, she attended nursing school in New York and now lives in sunny California.

Tina has published three books, one of which – Vampyrie: Origin Of The Vampire, we’re going to feature today. Released in December 2016, if you like stories about creatures that have a blood addiction, then add this book to your ‘must-read list.’ Here’s the blurb about the book.

What if vampires were not the undead, but rather the dying? What if there were two factions among vampires: the sustained and the unsustainable? And what if those factions were at war with one another over the life of a young woman who promised them a future? Vampyrie brings the myth of the vampire into the realm of possibility. 

Phoebe Angelina Delaney is a reluctant genius and compassionate hothead. She finds herself in a pitch-dark underground and doesn’t remember how she got there. Did she drink too much alcohol and wander off in a stupor, or was she kidnapped by a malicious element determined to make her life a living hell? 

Sir Michael Alan David is a vampire – an enigma, charismatic and mysterious, who weaves in and out of Phoebe’s life. Does he intend to use his title as a ruse to draw her closer to an unearthly fate, or is he a cloak-and-dagger knight in shining armor

Too many secrets have been kept for too long. Phoebe must unravel the mystery in order to survive. Two major characters from the author’s first novel, Plateau, join forces with Phoebe to battle the demons in Vampyrie.

Vampyrie by Tina Frisco

Continue reading to see which song I chose 🙂
Thanks so much for stopping by ❤️

Reblog: On Facing Death

Author and blogger Karen Ingalls featured my article On Facing Death last week, and I’d like to share this with you now. Karen has received several awards for her blog, as well as for her book, Outshine: An Ovarian Cancer Memoir.

Visit Karen’s blog HERE

Outshine by Karen Ingalls

Buy Karen’s books HERE

Many thanks to Karen for sharing my article. Please visit her blog, comment and share. Thank you for stopping by ❤️

*************

My mother faced death many times and had three near-death experiences. She said, “There is nothing about death to fear.” In the last year I have had several friends and a family member pass away. It is always difficult for those of us left behind, but I am at peace knowing that they are free of pain.

In our society we tend to not talk about our own mortality, but it is a reality. I believe the more we have dialogue about our individual beliefs, questions, or fears the healthier we each will be living for whatever time we have on earth.  (Karen Ingalls)

Tina Frisco - author picture

It is my pleasure and privilege to welcome Tina Frisco, author, blogger, singer-songwriter, RN, activist, who daily deals with a chronic illness. Death is a difficult thing to face, but Tina puts a different face on it.

On Facing Death

Facing death is a life-changing experience and one that most of us fear. The first time I faced this monster, I paced and cried, ranted and cursed its arrogance. The second time, I tightened my mid-section and refused to acknowledge it; but I couldn’t sleep. The third time, I took in a deep breath, sat down, and closed my eyes. In a flash, I saw myriad lifetimes pass before me – incarnations I was fortunate to have lived.

What is it about physical death that throws so many of us into a tailspin of grief, anger, and denial? Is it not knowing whether life continues beyond the body? Is it not knowing what awaits us on the other side? Is it not wanting to leave the glorious sensations afforded us on the physical plane? Whether or not we believe in an afterlife, death is often viewed as The Grim Reaper.

Not believing in life after death implies that spirit – the dynamic force animating us – dies with the physical body. But that scenario begs the question: Where did spirit come from in the first place? It can’t be traced scientifically in the same way we trace a being from zygote to birth. So is spirit a mere product or side effect of brainwaves and a heartbeat? In contrast, believing in life after death is based solely on faith. Or is it?

Continue reading…

#Author Interview: Gigi Sedlmayer

Gigi Sedlmayer is an author, architectural drafter, and maker of soft toys. Her Talon series has won several awards, including Book Excellence Awards Finalist.

Find Gigi’s books HERE

Please join me in welcoming Gigi to my blog.

Author Gigi Sedlmayer

Tell us a little about yourself.  I was born on 19 May 1944 in Potsdam, a suburb of Berlin, Germany. My family escaped to the West just before the infamous wall went up. We moved around a lot in Germany and I had to change Schools a lot. Have lost track about that. But it influenced me, not to make any friends anymore, because I would lose them anyway again. Finally settling in Munich where I studied architectural drafting. 1965 I met Albert in the drafting school. 1967, December, we got married. 1975, May, my husband and I moved to New Zealand. Here I made soft toys, because of language problems. Colorful parrots, sleepy tigers, koalas and many more. 1988 we decided to adopt and became adoptive parent of twin girls the year after. 1992 we moved to Australia. One year later I was diagnosed with cancer, withdrawing from everything, but still did my duties as wife and mother. After two years still under the living, I decided to do something out of my life. Since my husband wrote a book about the adoption of our girls, I thought I might could start writing something, since I couldn’t go working any longer. I started to write some short stories and send them into competition. I didn’t get first price, but was highly commended. One of the stories was about Matica and Talon. That was the start to write the Talon series.

What is the title and genre of your latest book? Who published it?  My latest book is called: TALON, ENCOUNTER and was published by Aurora House, Australia. Genre? My books are for all ages, from young to old, because everyone should read them, to know, that they are not alone, when they have some affliction and they can’t be cured.

Talon Encounter by Gigi Sedlmayer

Tell us a little about your books.  Children suffer from all sorts of affliction (even if it it’s only wearing glasses in their early years, as it was with me) and through my books they can learn to stand firm and learn and even understand how to cope with everything, as Matica did, the main character in my books. She had to learn it in her early life. (Most children have) Children can and should find a “Condor” as Matica did. Not literally a condor as Matica has, but every child or adult for that matter, they are battling with none curable afflictions, should find something that let them forget what is happening to them. Finding “that” would help them to overcome that.

Parents can read my books to younger children so they can see that they are not alone, but that they can overcome their affliction in a positive way, not in a negative way.

Talon Connected by Gigi Sedlmayer

What inspired you to write your first book?  I say: Children with special needs or with disability, or are handicapped don’t have an illness, so there is no cure and it’s not contagious. They want what we all want, to be accepted.

That’s what inspired me to write the story of Matica and Talon. To overcome it all, and have a good life.

When I was a young teenager, coming out of school, and before I went to the drafting school, I worked in my father’s place for two years. Since I was good with writing at typewriters, (the nice old ones, not a computer) I wrote manuscripts and some papers. But having time between, I wrote short stories for myself. It was fun.

What inspires you to write in general?  My motto was and is: “Teaching Children Self-Confidence through Service to Others.” Children today face immense pressure to fit in with their peers. (As I faced in my own life) This pressure is leading to record rates of depression among preteens and teenagers and this to suicide. Parents look for ways to build their children’s self-esteem; however, teens look to their peers and popular culture for acceptance rather than their parents. This puts parents in a challenging situation. Most children of this age group have issues with acceptance and this is explored and resolved in a positive manner within the story line of the Talon series. Matica shows children and teens that they can overcome great obstacles with love, patience and a selfless attitude toward helping others and experience exciting adventure on the way.

In a sense, Matica is me. (I am not handicapped but faced lots of rejection in my life as well.) Matica and I we are one person and we were looking for acceptance.

Talon Flight for Life by Gigi Sedlmayer

What authors have most influenced you? How and why? I was reading a lot and still read a lot, but all these authors didn’t influence me to write.

My husband did. He wrote the story of our adoption. And that did it. And the fact that I couldn’t go working anymore after I survived cancer but realized that I was still alive.

How do you write – outline or free flow?  Free flow. Sometimes I discuss something with my husband, then I write it down.

What is your current writing project?  I am writing on my sixth book in the Talon series, called: TALON, WINDSONG.

Tell us something you do when writing (your secret sin) that no one knows about?  Laughing and crying with what I am writing. (I am very emotional)

Talon On the Wing by Gigi Sedlmayer

Do you ever get writer’s block? If so, how do you deal with it?  No, I never had and I never will have writers block. Firstly, I don’t let it come, and secondly, when I put my fingers on the key board, the ideas spilling out of my hands. When I think beforehand about what I should or what I will write, nothing comes. But as soon as my fingers touch the key board, my books are on the screen, the ideas are flowing.

Have you received any awards? If so, what are they?  I was finalist with “Book Excellence Awards” and Finalist with “The Independent Authors Network.” Both with the first book: TALON, COME FLY WITH ME

I also got “Bronc” for the fifth book, for ‘First line competition’ with “Authorsdb.” Also silver for the cover competition for first book, with “Authorsdb.” Also gold for the cover competition for fifth book, with “Authorsdb.” Also 5-star reviews for book ONE and book TWO with “Readers Favorite.”

What do you enjoy doing when you’re not writing? Any hobbies? I love traveling with my husband, 4×4 touring, swimming, gardening, handcrafting, painting, cross-stitch pictures, reading, fossicking and enjoy good adventure DVD’s or going to the movies.

Talon Come Fly with Me by Gigi Sedlmayer

What do you wish to say to your readers?  Be open minded when you read my books. There stands a lot between the lines, even it is written as an adventure. Never give up, even everyone and everything is pointing against it. Determination brings you to places, giving up, you go nowhere.

What do you hope will be the everlasting thoughts for readers who finish your books?  They are books of hope and determination and unconditional love. Because these things will bring you to places, because we are in fact all connected. And, Matica’s disability is her greatest strength. So, it can be for you as well, will be for you. If you have the determination. Bravery, honesty and love. And still, one can have adventure. You will meet danger on the way, laughter and tears. And we are all connected.

*************

BLURB: Talon Encounter

Will they manage to fulfill Elcano’s wishes to spread his ashes over the mountain?

Planning their big holiday in Australia, Matica is devastated. What will await her back there? Will she lose the birds? Will they stay and wait for her? And most of all, will she cope without her beloved birds?

To overcome her fear to lose the birds, she is flying endlessly with the birds and has many adventures and near misses.

Talon Encounter by Gigi Sedlmayer

Buy Gigi’s books HERE

Connect with Gigi:  Website   Twitter   Facebook   LinkedIn   Google+   Amazon   Barnes & Noble
My thanks to Gigi for being a guest on my blog.
Thank you so much for stopping by  

Writing Links…4/30/18 – Where Genres Collide

Traci Kenworth is an author-blogger who regularly shares a roundup of writing links. Her posts are a massive undertaking that consumes a good deal of time in preparing.
Thank you, Traci. You exemplify the heart and soul of thoughtfulness ❤️

*************

Writing Links…4/30/18

fantasy woman with rope
woman with symbols, rope

Writing Links…4/30/18

Traci Kenworth

Fantasy/Dystopian/UF/Paranormal/SF:

  1. http://colleenchesebro.com/2018/04/22/smorgasbord-sunday-interview-the-militant-negro/
  2. http://storitorigrace.blogspot.com/2018/04/why-editor-isnt-bad-guy.html “It seems in Hollywood and even in other circles (not to give a rap and not to say that all self-pubbed authors are like this but this is frequently the case in self-published circles), the editors are the bad guy. They’re the evil grumps that keep the writers from writing freely. I noticed this trend particularly when I watched How to Lose a Guy in Ten Dayswith a friend. Contrary to what the story was trying to portray, what the editor was asking for wasn’t that unreasonable. In the media examples I have these women are not the purest of character (which I also don’t like since I know many editors who are some of the nicest people you could meet), so I’m not defending their attitudes, but I do want to point out that the “obstacles” they’re giving the protagonist are really just what it takes to make a career as a writer.”
  3. http://legendsofwindemere.com/2018/04/27/book-marketing-6-top-ways-for-indie-authors-to-make-self-published-books-more-discoverable-and-more-competitive-on-amazon-by-jyotsna-ramachamdran/ “Amazon Kindle SEO is the process of using keywords to have your book rank higher in Amazon search results than other books. If you’ve put blood, sweat and tears into writing a book, you want readers to find and buy it!”

Romance/Women’s Fiction:

  1. http://romanceuniversity.org/2018/04/25/overcoming-your-fear-of-the-semi-colon-with-editor-theresa-stevens-2/Do you rewrite sentences just to avoid using a semi-colon? Editor Theresa Stevens explains the proper usage of the semi-colon, narrative compression (what’s that?), and the importance of creating a likeable character as she critiques another RU reader submission.”
  2. http://romanceuniversity.org/2018/04/27/writing-with-emotion-by-laura-drake-2/ “My goal is to learn something about craft with every new book I write. The Sweet Spotwas my lesson in portraying emotion. All I can say is, thank the writing Gods for Margie Lawson. I knew what I wanted to say before her classes, but didn’t know how to get it on the page.”
  3. http://storyempire.com/2018/04/27/friday-book-cover-kindle-in-motion/ “There’s a new craze on Kindle (at least, it’s new to me) called Kindle in Motion. The books can be read on any device that reads Kindle books, but the covers and insides have motion (hence the name, of course. ) that can be viewed on certain Fire tablets and on the free Kindle iOS and Android apps.” I need to see this!

Continue reading…

Source: Writing Links…4/30/18 – Where Genres Collide

The Alchemy of Consciousness | Dreamwalker’s Sanctuary

We are living in a time of great upheaval, the time prophesied across many cultures and religions. One of the most important things we can do is stand in our personal power and envision a world whose moral force is love and peace.
Sue Dreamwalker is a woman who exemplifies this dynamic. Her writing is uplifting, always encouraging us to come from our hearts. Her latest post suggests we consider the power of thought in the now, with an eye toward the future. I hope you will visit her inspiring BLOG ❤️

*************

The Alchemy of Consciousness

The alchemy of consciousness that created you and me

Is nudging us to lift our hearts to open and begin to see

That the branches we stand upon within the Tree of Life

Keeps us reaching upwards, as you walk away from strife.

And from the lofty view, as we gaze back upon our path

We see the culmination of our thoughts that create such wrath

So, stand within your power, The elixir of your Light

As you open up your Vision, create a brand-new Sight.

Know that your thoughts are the paint in all you do

You can either paint in bright colours or allow fear to dim your view.

© Sue Dreamwalker Oct 2017.

~~~

Nature despite all that the seasons throws at her, she never gives in. No matter how cold or how much snow or rain has covered those new shoots, she pushes on through and ALWAYS Blooms. Giving us her best with what she has been given.  I often feel for the animals who must at times be as confused as we are, but they continue to be motivated to survive and thrive.  They never give up, no matter what is thrown at them, they learn to adapt, or they don’t survive.

Spring brought us a weeks grace here the other week when temperatures soared to record highs in the UK for April in 70 years, It lasted a week, then plummeted back to normal, and once again the wind and rain has set in. While I know in other parts of the world Snow and cold temperatures have lasted longer than normal, While in other parts Floods never seen before have been happening.

No matter what the world is showing us at the moment, be it in extreme weather or extreme behaviours, we have to be more like nature, and keep on keeping on, just being the BEST we can be.

Time is precious.  And we all of us spend far too much time worrying over things out of our control.. At times I want to rant and rave and shout my rage at what I know to be.. Yet doing so is only adding to the Chaotic energies . . .

Continue reading . . .

Memoir Bytes – #Domesticabuse – how to recognize the signs and leave

Debby Gies, aka D.G. Kaye, recently published an
article on domestic abuse. She shares a personal
experience and lists the signs of an unhealthy
relationship. In case any of you missed it, I’m sharing this important post.  #Recommended
Debby is the author of six outstanding memoirs that cover the topics of a neglectful mother, traveling tips, menopause, relationships, and more.

D.G. Kaye Amazon Author Page

Buy Debby’s books HERE

Visit Debby’s superb BLOG to learn more about her ❤️

*************

D.G. Kaye Author

“Oh c’mon Deb, you never give a guy a chance,” my bestie Bri lectured on. “You have too many stipulations about dating before you let anyone into your life.”

I was managing an office for a PR firm when I met ‘him’. He’d drop by once a week to pick up work as a freelance editor, After five or six visits and a couple of flirty chats with ‘him’ he’d asked me out for dinner and I accepted,

‘He’ was somewhat handsome and at least gave some interesting conversation. He mentioned his failed marriage and almost had me feeling sorry for him. But as I am ever the skeptic, I always believed there are two sides to every story. It only took me a few more months to discover why he was most likely the ‘dumpee’.

We continued to date despite my nagging little doubts about things I couldn’t quite put my finger on, but my inner alarm system signaled something was amiss with this man, yet, my curiosity got the better of me. So I continued to date him. ‘His’ personality went from hot to cold – sometimes acting affectionate and sometimes downright mean – a streak I learned to fear.

Almost a year had passed and as so many of us do in life, I got complacent. I was in my early thirties when I had brainwashed myself into thinking this was the lot I was dealt, so I better make the best of it, instead of asking, Is this all there is? Don’t I deserve some of those tingly butterflies in my stomach when I’m kissed by the man I’m supposed to be loving?

Six more years went by I spent with ‘him’. In the earlier stages I had resolved myself to thinking that if I left, maybe I’d never get married. I settled for a roller coaster relationship. I thought I could ‘fix’ him. I thought nobody’s life is perfect. I learned to dance around his moods and fits of anger with great caution. After all, I’d made my choice. And like many other women in my situation – women who feel compelled to stay in toxic relationships, I thought I was stuck in that relationship for life.

It took a good few years until I realized myself, and with the constant badgering of friends and loved ones that I became a shadow of my former self. I became quiet, complacent, and had lost any self-esteem I’d worked so hard my whole life to build by allowing a man to demean, threaten and possess me. I would spend the last three years of that relationship making plans to get out of it. But finally I was free. It wasn’t as easy as just picking up and leaving as there became financial issues involved and threats I had to weigh out – would he make good on his word that if I tried to leave he’d make sure that nobody else would have me?

After my escape…

Continue reading…

Source: Memoir Bytes – #Domesticabuse – how to recognize the signs and leave

Smorgasbord New Series -Starting this Saturday – Meet the Book #Reviewers.

Because Amazon has made it difficult for us to post reviews on multiple sites, Sally Cronin ~ better known as the Energizer Bunny of the Blogosphere 🙂 ~ is starting a new series that will showcase reviews written and received by authors. Hop over to her blog for details.  #Recommended

Smorgasbord - Variety is the spice of life

Now that Amazon is blocking us from posting on multiple Amazon sites unless we spend $50, it is up to us to spread reviews as widely as we possibly can. Whilst my followers are not in the millions, they do come from over 40 countries on all the continents.. except from the frozen north.

I did notice today that at the bottom on my account on Amazon UK for each of the books that they have put a link to Amazon US at least.. Unfortunately it does not work the other way with a link on the US site back to the UK. Small steps but it is better than nothing.

Would you like to see more reviews about this item?

This series is all about the reviewers.

There are people who regularly review books on a daily or weekly basis and…

View original post 787 more words

Chaos: Blessing or Curse? – Guest Post by Tina Frisco

My thanks to Chris Graham, The Story Reading Ape, for
hosting me once again as a guest on his excellent and
supportive blog
How do you deal with the chaos in your life? Do you face it, ignore it, deny it, or run from it?
Share your thoughts with us ❤ 

 

This past winter was a difficult time for me. Family issues, chronic illness, and an irrational and unpredictable government challenged me to cope on a daily basis and left me depleted. I wanted to shut the door on the chaotic energies flooding my being, but empaths do not seem to have a choice in this matter. We can, however, choose the way in which we cope. Cope! I was in coping overload and heading for a meltdown. Then I came upon the two quotes in these images, and I remembered…

Chaos 3b
Background image courtesy of Pixabay CCO

 

We are in the storm before the calm. We are on the threshold of The Golden Age of Enlightenment, prophesied by the indigenous peoples of most cultures around the world. With renewed hope, my health began to improve.

If you find yourself tiring more easily, on an emotional roller coaster, readily distracted, searching for common words when writing or conversing, or coping with myriad other anomalies of character and being, consider that you might be treading the waters of chaos; a chaos not necessarily of your own making. But do not lose heart! We are exactly where we are supposed to be.

The Universe is cohesive, resilient, sweeping, and powerful.

As Above, So Below

Continue reading…

Source: Chaos: Blessing or Curse? – Guest Post by, Tina Frisco… – Chris The Story Reading Ape’s Blog

Marion On My Mind – Guest Post by, Emily Gmitter…

Emily Gmitter shares her memories of and love for her elder sister, Marion, who crossed the Rainbow Bridge a short while ago. Losing a loved one can be devastating and makes us consider our own mortality; but Emily lightens this weighty subject with humor and beauty. #Recommended

Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog

Sing it out … sing it out!” My sister Marion would encourage me as I practiced a song I’d hoped to perform at karaoke some night. “That was beautiful! You should absolutely sing that one!” she continued, scrunching up her face and pumping her arm in the air with earnest enthusiasm.

Then came the day when I realized she was tone deaf. How did I learn that? Well, we had another sister, Lena, who, age-wise, fell between Marion, the oldest of eight children, and me, the middle child. Lena encouraged me just as Marion did, but Lena loved to sing, too, although we’d never heard her do so.

One day, Lena decided she would take singing lessons. Marion and I were then routinely treated to Lena’s practice sessions which consisted of repeated—and memorable—renditions of You Light Up My Life.“Sing it out … sing it out! That’s beautiful!” Marion…

View original post 438 more words

Inspiration, Author Promotion, Various Musings

The Hejhej blog

Another blog that you dont need

Anna Dobritt -- Author

Where the imagination soars on glowing wings! May the words ever flow!

Revolutionary Musings

My everyday thoughts as they come to me

Its good to be crazy Sometimes

A view from the inside of going through the minefield of the British benefit system if you are disabled and the ups and downs of coping with mental illness

celinelingg

Book Blog

%d bloggers like this: