The annoyance of marketing on social media, you’ve all been there once or twice – share your woes in the comments.


1. Groups that have a bazillion stupid rules. You can only post book sales Tues at midnight and blog Sunday before noon.  Don’t post any links, only write in the thread. You can’t write in the thread, only in comments. Don’t share your new releases… 



Do you have any clue what a writers schedule actually looks like?
Most of the time I don’t even know what day it is, never mind which group allows me to post when – 



2. OR when I post a blog link, or a link to a sale, or to a friends page and admin has to jump into the comments and say “tell us about your post instead of just dropping links.”


I’m on this end of my computer saying, “SERIOUSLY!” The links tells you exactly what it is! So now I have to waste more time writing up a write up to a write up – yeah I said it and I’m sticking to it. 




3. Writer admins that non-stop comment about writing structure. They continue to insist that you can’t write without plotting and planning first. Many of them are down right insulting about it as well.


Well guess what, unless you are going read my books, still insist I need structure and then offer to edit for FREE, I say shut-up! I have a way and you have a way and Jo-Bob  has his way – so there are other ways. It’s called art for a reason. 




And I wont even get into the fake accounts or Perverts! We’ve all seen it and just don’t get the point. 

Share your tales with us too. 

The Scent of You is the Death of Me.


I am not a fan of screaming poor me from the roof tops and generally lean away from those who are. However, when the air we breath has already become less than tolerable,  then the masses all douse themselves in chemicals – things have to change.

There is a known, and studied, disease labelled (MSC) – multiple chemical sensitivities. Not that I want to say I have any disease, or scare others into thinking they do too, but the proof is in the air.



It’s all around us, and people need to understand the consequences. Scent free places, such as hospitals, or doctor’s office, (the most common), are that way for a reason. Reactions to scents for those with MSC, can cause disabling health effects, such as headaches, (migraines), dizziness, cognitive impairment, breathing difficulties, heart palpitations, nausea, mucous membrane irritation, asthma attacks, to the severe Anaphylaxis.


hailey-kean-111977-unsplashAbove is the most important point here. For those of us afflicted we are not complaining because we don’t like the way you smell, we are complaining because it’s detrimental to our daily enjoyment of life! I can lose 1 -4 days of work. And all that time with loved ones while I’m in bed suffering. Lose my writing time. AND have to cancel functions that I’ve planned months in advance.

It’s truly a debilitating affliction.


You can still wear deodorant, perfume, wash with your favorite shampoo, but what you need to do is keep it light.

I wear perfume, and yes, I have to find one that’s suitable to my issue, and one tiny spray is it, but If anyone were to hug me, they tell me I smell good. That is all you need. Not the entire room for two hours after you’ve vacated it knowing you were there.


Sadly, the beauty industry likes to entice people with heavy scents. There are some simple hand lotions, (that my co-workers love – sorry guys), that cause instant headaches within a three-foot radius of me. From cleaning products, including Green Works, (which is supposed to be no harsh chemical fumes – but it’s the worst), to laundry products, candles, room fresheners, and more, it’s all hurting us.

I wrote this to try and bring a bit of enlightenment to those around us who over-scent. Please think before you spray, who are you wearing this for? The masses or yourself?  Be kind and stay minimal.


And share this with your stinky friends! 🙂

Sincerely stressed, Theresa Jacobs.

An author to aspire to, Karina Bartow


Welcome Karina, please tell us about your books, genre, stand-alone or series.

Forgetting My Way Back to You, my newest novel coming out October 15, 2018, is a love story about high school sweethearts, Charlee and Hunter, who reconnect after a decade-long estrangement. Their reunion goes much better than expected, until Charlee falls off a horse and loses every memory she has of Hunter. The twist enables him to play a heroic stranger and make her fall back in love with him, but it turns out a bit more difficult than he anticipates.

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Check out the Forgetting My Way Back to You book trailer at


I’ve also written mysteries. My debut novel, Husband in Hiding, was released in 2015 and was the first of a series that follows a deaf detective. None of its sequels have been published yet, but I hope they will be someday.


How long have you been writing? 

10 years

Are you traditionally published, or self published?


Does writing energize or exhaust you?

Most times, it energizes me, but if I’m writing a part I have several times before, that can be tiring.

How many hours a day do you write?

Usually two to three

Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with bad or good ones?

In my short career, I haven’t received too many reviews yet. The ones that have come in have, thankfully, been good, but I always get nervous.

What was your hardest scene to write?

I struggle with the action-packed scenes, such as the final takedowns in my mysteries and the accident scene in Forgetting My Way Back to You. Even when I’m watching them in movies and shows, my mind just blanks out most of the details, so my brain must be wired that way. Once I get the right nudge from my writing coach or editor, though, I figure my way through.

What is your favorite childhood book?

I love the Raggedy Ann & Andy series and Winnie the Pooh.

What is the most difficult part of your artistic process?

How connected it is with your emotions. It can be hard to motivate yourself to write a happy scene when you aren’t happy, or to write an argument when you are. Sometimes you just need to write what you’re feeling and save it for the appropriate time…or delete it during editing!

Who is your favorite author and have you ever tried to emulate them?

Nicholas Sparks. His style inspired me for sure. I love how simple it is, yet how it stirs your emotion, and I try to do that.

What book changed your life?

The Bible

Follow Karina Bartow below:




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Be sure to stay tuned for, Writing 101, with Karina and others as special guest writers – coming this fall.

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Busy Bee – the writers life

You want to be a writer? This is what a writers life looks like – and this is without young kids.


Begin each day early. I like to social media in the mornings before the day job. Some people prefer to write a little.

Work on covers, banners, logo’s, or think of new ways to grab a readers attention.

Here is my new banner.


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Ordered through Beatties, my local (and employer) office supply store. Check out your local places to get the best service for your money.
Or busy preparing stock for the upcoming show in Oct, where I’ll be selling my books. If you’re in the Southern Ontario Canada or Niagara Falls/Buffalo USA area, come on out and see the show.

Recent Orders
30 CONTENT – Sudden Death
15 CONTENT – Cataclysm
30 CONTENT – Kept
20 CONTENT – The Cimmerians
30 CONTENT – Wife ‘n’ Death


All while editing two books and beginning to write another … COMING SOON…

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Writing 101 will be free for everyone – ETA Late Sept



The Used to be released Late Oct Early Nov!









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And my new WIP – Cover ready due late winter – early spring… so stay tuned.







AND writing articles for and this weekly blog.  Imagine what I could do if I didn’t have a day job 🙂


Now Imagine what you can do and get to it!


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How does a scientist write books for kids? Find out here.

Introducing Paul Ian Cross

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Hi Paul, tell us about your books, genre, stand-alone or series.

Hi Theresa, thanks for having me! I’m Paul Ian Cross and I’m a children’s author and scientist from London, UK. I work in clinical research (developing new medicines). I very much enjoy my science career but I also have a real passion for writing stories!

How long have you been writing?

I loved creative writing and art at school; but I was also good at the sciences. I ended up doing a biology degree and went into a science career. I always loved writing but I didn’t think I would be good enough. I now understand that most writers feel that way! I have been writing fiction on and off for around five years, but I’ve been doing it part-time for two years now.

Are you traditionally published, or self published?

My first books have been self-published but I’m hoping to move into traditional publishing as well.

If self-published when/why did you take that route.

Breaking into children’s traditional publishing is so difficult that I decided to build a profile first. The best way to do that was to publish my own stories, gain feedback from readers and develop my writing. I hope to submit a manuscript to traditional publishers later this year, but I’ll also continue to self-publish some of my work as well. I feel that a ‘hybrid’ approach will become a much more popular method in future, as you get the best of both worlds.

Does writing energize or exhaust you?

I’d say it’s a combination of both. I think plotting and developing a story really energises me, but the writing process through to editing and polishing the manuscript can become exhausting. Yet, I still love it and I can’t imagine doing anything else anymore.

How many hours a day do you write?

I aim to do at least one or two hours a day. I realised that I make a lot more progress by building writing into my day rather than trying to doing everything in large bursts.

Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with bad or good ones?

I do read reviews as I feel that the readers’ perspective is so important to help you develop as an author. There are always some reviews that don’t add any value but more often than not, reviewers will help show you areas where you need to develop your writing. This can only be a good thing in my opinion.

What was your hardest scene to write?

I found it very hard to finish my first novel, The Lights of Time. As a time travel story I wanted the time travel elements to fit together and this was very challenging to do!

What is your favorite childhood book?

One book that comes to mind is my first picture book, Zeeb and the Martians, by John Webster and Ian McCullough. This was the book that started off my love of science fiction, so I probably wouldn’t be writing today if it wasn’t for this book!

What is the most difficult part of your artistic process?

I find there are always excuses not to write and you must actively make it part of your day. The creative process needs time and a lot of effort.

Who is your favorite author and have you ever tried to emulate them?

I have so many favourite authors. I love Kelly Barnhill and Abi Elphinstone. I would love to follow them in their footsteps and have an award-winning novel!

What book changed your life?

A eureka moment came for me at the age of twelve, when I saw a photograph in the newspaper of a Tyrannosaurus rex chasing Jeff Goldblum. A movie with real dinosaurs! Well, they looked real enough to me. My interest sparked instantly. As an avid dinosaur fan, I looked forward to it with great delight. After some careful research, I discovered the upcoming movie was actually based on a book. I couldn’t wait for the summer release, so my Mum bought me a copy of the book instead: Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton. Using a combination of scientific theory and well-crafted storytelling, the book fascinated me. I read it from cover to cover in a matter of days. Me, a reluctant reader, who couldn’t usually get passed the first chapter.

Is there anything you want us to know about you or your books?

I’m really excited to launch my first upper middle grade novel, The Lights of Time in July. I’m currently looking for beta readers so if anyone is interested, please do get in touch on!

Thank you for having me! 😊

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How to write multiple stories at once.

Or, at least, how I do it. Okay, not literally at the same time.

I found that I have done this since I began writing seriously, while I was working on edits with my first novel, I was writing another.

But editing one and writing one are two different things. On many occasions, I am writing two completely separate novels.



It’s not hard, and it’s not confusing, as people tend to ask when they inquire about what I’m working on.


Those of you who have followed me since the beginning know I am writing a sports figures biography, (it’s a secret until it drops – summer 2018). This is setting up meetings and talking and note taking. Next, I sit down and write out what we discussed. Draft one is complete, now we’re fine-tuning the details, and draft two will be done shortly. A project as such doesn’t take up much free time, as I can’t sit and write creatively for hours on end, I can only put into what it needs.


That leaves me plenty of creative time. I wasn’t sure what to write next, and I like to flip through my notebooks and see what idea’s I’ve jotted, or shorts I’ve written that could be expanded. I had written a two-page story entitled Wife N’ Death, which many readers commented they would love to see as a novel. Bingo. I began this novel and it’s in the works.


Simultaneously, an idea that my dad created for a story keep niggling in the back of my mind. His tale has espionage and intrigue and intelligence and is a challenge for me. One evening I decided to just get the beginning in, the easy part. And it snowballed into a grander idea, with added characters and plot lines.


I write the bio Sundays after my meetings. I write my creative horror when I’m in the mood for light spooky fun, and I write my dad’s novel when I’m feeling bored and in need of deeper thinking. (There is also flash fiction, articles, and a tv show at all times in progress too.)

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Sat mornings I write this for you 😊

That is the secret to writing multiple books at once – do it with inspiration.

What are you working on? Share in the comments.


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