What’s Goin’ on?

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Yes, I know months have passed no blogs, writing prompts, short stories or even throwback Thursday. Truth be told I was ill for a little while, I got better, then  I had writer’s block then I found my mojo again!! So I have been away from my blog, writing my novel ready to send over to an agent who has expressed interest in my work. I feel the pressure…because it’s an AGENT, not self-publishing or even a publisher. I’ve been down the traditionally published route before, but this time all these years later it just feels sooooooo different in a good way.

I feel like this time, I want to write something even better than the work I am most proud of. It’s also tricky as this story is told in two different eras… in two parts so research and accuracy are also piling on the pressure, but I can do it.

Also, y’all know Didi right? My co-author… that bad ass from the USA, well I’m juggling writing The Suspensful Collection #2 with her, it’s well overdue. We have all the stories just a few things to tweak, so it’s all go go go!

That’s where I’ve been… that’s what’s goin’ on.  The next blogs will be snippets of my latest work, and also … come here… no, no closer, closer listen up. Didi and I have a surprise for you coming soon. Shhhhh don’t tell her I let the cat out of the bag okay? Cool, talk soon! I hope everyone’s well?

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Book Review: A Stranger in France by Kim Knight

Thank you! I am humbled by my five stars, especially from a male reader. *blushes^

This Is My Truth Now

Love comes in all forms. Sometimes you fall in love, then out of love. It happens. As it did in A Stranger in France by Kim Knight. Kate is a wonderful heroine. Unfortunately, she’s emotionally abused by an alcoholic husband. When he pushes her beyond reason, she escapes to France to visit a good friend. She meets a stranger and falls in love. Everything becomes quite wonderful quite quickly. But then it gets a little complicated. She wants out of her marriage. She wants to love her new boyfriend. Can she make it work? If she can’t, I’ll take ’em!

I’m not a romance reader. This book might change my mind. Knight builds a beautiful character in Kate, and I believe her journey and approach to how she wants to fix her life. I’m sad when she encounters trouble. I’m happy when she wins. It happens a lot and…

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I’ve been away writing for MONTHS! I even forgot my password to log in…THANK YOU FOR YOUR FIVE STAR REVIEW FROM A MALE NON- ROMANCE READER!!

*FACEPALM* I  love that I’ve caught the eye of a non-typical reader. As always I am grateful for every readership, reviewer lover and hater… yes even the haters! I better crack on writing. I hope everyone is well.

 

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Lessons in 34 Years…

Word! Since I’m 35 I’ll add one more.
35. I agree, being a bitch will never make you feel good, but sometimes some people need humbling * raises an eyebrow*, and you may be their life’s lesson with the humbling that they need to learn… so if need be embrace the inner bitch. Just sayin’

Thirty four years seem like a long time.  In my case, after living about 5 different lives, I know a thing or to about this thing called life.  Growing up from my schooling of K-12; I attended approximately 9 different school, lived in seven cities and three different countries.  Nope, we were not a military family.  Life just moved us around.  I obtained my first job at the age of 14 and in the last twenty years have had 12 different jobs.  Yup, I have done one thing consistenly… I’ve kept my life moving from place to place and definitely job to job.

Honestly, as an adult my life is not any different.  After turning the magical age of eighteen, I have moved around more than most people.  I’ve lost places due to financial hardship, and consistently stayed moving back to my parent’s house.  Why do I tell you all…

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Random Thoughts: What Astrology Taught Me About Writing… The Time Is Now

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Before I started to write this post I had to step out into my garden and take a deep breath.  It’s late 11pm but I’m in a random reflective mood, I’ve not blogged in months so here goes some random thoughts…I can’t believe the journey I have been on this last year, personally and as a writer.  For a year in August I’ve been editing a magazine and writing non-fiction. During this time I’ve had the pleasure of going back to Astrology, as I have written to horoscopes for Concision Talk Magazine. I fell into Astrology, Tarot and all that good stuff when I was about sixteen, that’s another blog post. Anyway, as you read this now in June 2018 Mars the planet of action, determination, goals, motivation war and conflict has gone retrograde. This basically means moving backwards from an Earth’s perspective, during this time it’s when we are forced to revisit old ground, anger can come out for some depending on circumstances, it’s not a time to start new ventures things come to completion normally.  Also, it’s a time of focusing directed energy as Mars’ forceful motivation, determination and ass-kicking energy is in full force!

The interesting thing about a planet’s retrograde is that is happens in a ‘house of life’ for us all, depending on your birth chart where exactly. For me when I pulled up my chart on the 26th June the day the planet went into retrograde until the end of August, the retrograde is happening in my 5th house, the house that’s linked to creativity, romance, children, life’s pleasures and enjoyment.  This told me, this is the house I need to go back to creativity, what I love and look at old projects.

What is even more interesting about a Mars retrograde is that it happens every twenty-six months roughly, if you look back at the dates and times for yourself personally, you’ll have an idea of lessons you need to learn in your own life, or themes in your life etc. For me the retrograde from 2010 were largely based around my marriage, the home and family and creativity. You’re not going to believe this, I looked at my Astrological birth charts during the retrograde periods as far back as 2010, in 2016’s retrograde I realised I wrote my first novel, got my first publishing deal and that novel turned out to be an award winning novel, the retrograde took place in my 4th house of life which is connected to the family, home, recent past and your foundations.  ( Back then I was not following Astrology as I once did all my life, and had no idea this transit was happening in these areas). However, I was going through some shit! Massive changes which lead to me being free to write and so I did…  just before the current retrograde Mars almost two years later I started to write another romantic suspense, sent over three chapters to an agent who requested the full book from me, this was in late 2017 early 2018. I moved country  just as she come back to me, and had the magazine going so writing fiction slowed. If I’m honest, I never really could get into writing the fiction again I was loving the non-fiction of the magazine. Now, under this Mars retrograde in my 5th house of creativity, romance and life’s pleasures  clearly I’m being pointed to go back and prompted not miss the chance with the agent who is interested in my work…  write that damn book. I also, really miss my ‘home’ of fiction writing, you can take the editor out of the writer but you can’t take the writer out of an editor is how I feel. I found it so enlightening and awaking this week to study Astrology and notice  that during the last Mars retrograde, I wrote my first full 90k word novel during the exact three months it took place! Every day I wrote, like a crazy woman forget editing… and it showed LOL. I just wrote and later down the line polished the book.

Astrology teaches you so much in life! ‘As above so below’…. my break from fiction writing is clearly over as of this month. I’ve set the challenge, Mars’ retrograde will unleash the fiction writer in me again, and yes you better believe that agent is going to snap up my book like it’s the best thing she’s read this year!  I am I’m going back to that manuscript I feel a stronger writer… even if I was badass before *wink.

People check your birth charts see what this Mars retrograde can mean for you, if you believe in all that ‘mombo jumbo’ it really can move you to where you are meant to be! If you have no clue how to do it, I’ll do it!  It will take me like two seconds to pull up a chart using your birthday, location of birth and time of birth just email me! Don’t miss out on any opportunity or where you are meant to be when these cosmic changes transit, remember as above so below! The time is now!

 

Silver Tongued Temptress: Release day is here!

This lady is a very good romance author, I read the first book and loved it. Check out Sara!

Sara Ackerman, author

I am super excited my third and final installment of the Westby Sisters is available for purchase. Silver Tongued Temptress follows the life of Beatrice Westby, the reclusive and rebellious oldest sister of the Westby clan. She was a hard one to write, but I am proud of the results. Check out my Facebook page for a contest. Click here: 

Two reviews are in:

Angel Gebeau

June 27, 2018

Format: Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
The second in the series is still my favorite, but couldn’t put it down until the end just the same. Beautiful conclusion to the Westby trilogy.

greekgal82

June 27, 2018

Format: Paperback
This is the second book I’ve read by Sara Ackerman, and it won’t be the last. As always, the author blends romance, history, and making you…

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Book Review + Book Tour: ‘Go Home Afton’ Suspense, Crime Fiction 4 GREAT stars! @AuthorBrent @AuthorBrent

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Go Home, Afton

Length: Novella
Series: Afton Morrison, Book 1
Release Date: June 25, 2018
Format(s): eBook
eBook Price: $0.99
Tagline: We all wear masks.

Book Blurb:

We all wear masks, and Afton Morrison is no exception.

A small-town librarian with a dark side, Afton, twenty-six, has suppressed violent impulses her entire adult life. Impulses that demand she commit murder.

Blending her urges with reason, Afton stalks a known sexual predator, intending to kill him. But her plan, inspired by true crime and hatched with meticulous care, is interrupted by a mysterious figure from her past. A dangerous man that lurks in the shadows, watching, threatening to turn the huntress into the hunted.

Go Home, Afton is the first of four parts in a new serial thriller by author Brent Jones. Packed with grit and action, The Afton Morrison Series delves into a world of moral ambiguity, delivering audiences an unlikely heroine in the form of a disturbed vigilante murderess.

Kim’s Review 4 Great Stars

I’ve been hiding away for a while,  I’ve not blogged in ages but one thing I have been doing is reading and writing! I snapped up the chance to read and review the first part of this series mainly due to the blurb and gene. ‘Packed with grit and action’ will always be a book with ‘Kim’s read’ all over it…. so let’s get into the review. Thank you to R & R Book Tours for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

I read this book in record time, I was drawn in from the first few pages. What I really enjoyed while reading was the style in which the story is narrated. Yep, first person from the crazy character’s POV. I find if done well I’ll be hooked and I was, Afton is one crazy b*tch  and her altar ego is even worse in such a good way! I have a feeling due to the nature of this story she is meant to leave readers feeling this way, personally I say hats off to the author for resonating with readers like this. His writing style and creativity is  very GOOD. As a male writer portraying a crazy lady there were no stereotypes, or anything that made me as a female reader think ‘where does this guy get his thought process or inspiration about females from?’ The worst thing is when a crazy character is not really that convincing. Afton is strange….  well done author!

I also really liked the development of the other characters especially Tia, the air head who crosses paths with Afton the reason I won’t say to give spoilers. What I enjoyed was the contrast in character between Afton and Tia, there was a third female also the mother of a young boy, she was a totally different female character also. I enjoyed the variation. The storyline was engaging for me as a reader I did want to know what happens next, it kept me turning pages.

Go Home Afton is an interesting read as you can’t really place where it’s going to end up, at one point I thought I could see what’s coming. I was trying to stay one step ahead with how talented writers tend to write in this genre, and I was WRONG LOL the author totally lost me and I could not second guess his creative storyline. The ending left me with my mouth open like ‘where is part two at?’ Because, I was really engaged and never expected it to end as it did on the cliff hanger! When my phone pinged with the second book sent through from the book tour company,  I’d be fibbing if i said, I never fist punched the air a little in excitement. Yes, I will read part two and three if there is one as I really do need to know ‘ who dun it’… there’s one dead body, blood on the floor, a motive from a character I briefly met and know very little about, evidence has gone missing, one character saw ‘who dun it’ but how will they prove it?  It all seems like a recipe for a rather excellent suspense, crime thriller series. I’m excited. 🙂

So, why not 5 full stars?… in all honesty backstory did it for me, I understand Afton’s issues due to how she is portrayed which is great, but I would have loved to have experienced how, why, when of certain things that happened to her that have  put her in the place she is now, the trauma. Maybe this is in part two, I’ll read it and find out! For just .99$ I’d recommend that crime fiction, suspense and thriller lovers grab a copy on Amazon. Really well executed suspense thriller Brent, keep going!

 

Meet The Author

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Bio:

From bad checks to bathroom graffiti, Brent Jones has always been drawn to writing. He won a national creative writing competition at the age of fourteen, although he can’t recall what the story was about. Seventeen years later, he gave up his career to pursue creative writing full-time.

Jones writes from his home in Fort Erie, Canada. He’s happily married, a bearded cyclist, a mediocre guitarist, and the proud owner of two dogs with a God complex.

 

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