Beat Nov blues with free reads

November 1 – 5 anyone can read two of my ebooks completely free, just click the links below.

KEPT

Twelve massive ships leave the dying earth, heading into the great unknown, seeking new life among the stars.
One of the ships, GIA, crashes on Kepler, which is already inhabited. Now at the mercy of the alien race, the humans are held in an underground cavern.
Would they still have gone knowing that they would be stripped of all humanity?
Under the constant eye of the aliens, a few men discover there may be a way out of the cavern.
But to where?
How will they escape and what will they encounter if they succeed?

HANDSOME

Being handsome has its advantages and affords him easy access into people’s homes. They quickly learn you can not judge a book by its cover when they pay the ultimate price with their lives. He didn’t ask to look the way he does, nor to lose his loving mother at such a young age. Dealing with unwanted memories, he will find a way to erase his past by cleansing the city as he sees fit.
Detective Marcy Gagon, finds at times her relationship with the lead coroner, Krista Jones, a harder case to crack than the one she’s trying to solve. She feels alone in the hunt for a man whom she believes is a serial killer. The Chief of Police refuses to entertain the possibility that Toronto has yet another serial killer until she can bring him solid proof. But when another couple are killed within 24 hours of the last, Marcy gets the push she needs, and new leads come pouring in. Fully engulfed in her job, she also learns a deeper secret to her girlfriend’s past that only strengthens their bond. Hot on the heels of a killer, Marcy must somehow bring his reign of terror to an end without letting her personal life interfere.

Give the gift of writing

I’ve created this fun prompt workbook to help awaken the imagination and get your hand moving. Working on paper deepens the visceral connection to any story. It’s a perfect gift for writers of all ages.

Below are a few snippets from within the book.   
 

After each prompt are 3 to 4 lined pages for your story.

There are 43 prompts, with more lined pages at the end to keep you writing. The fun part is, it’s your book, so write from my inspiration, or take what you will from the creative images. Have fun and get writing!



Available in large paperback or hardcover.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B09HR4MS53

https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B08JB7MKL6

Are you still there?

I’ve been lax in everything writing this year, no need to go into details—you get it. Shockingly it’s taken me literally a full year to write 50,000 words for book two of my Detective Gagon series. I thought I should pop in and make my presence renown and perhaps a few of you might be waiting for this. It’ll be heading off the editor this week with plans to drop in August.

Blurb in the works :

Detective Gagon is called to the sewers of Toronto, an unusual location for a homicide. While she’s racing to find answers, another person is murdered miles away, inside their home. Both victim’s eyes were removed. Distracted by secrets she’s keeping from her girlfriend, Dr. Krista Jones, Toronto’s lead coroner, a young police cadet offers his help; she gets him involved in a way that risks her own career. On a race to stop a serial killer, and desperately trying to help Dr. Jones shed her past, Gagon traps herself in a web of deceit. Overworked and stretched thin, ultimate choices have to be made before more people die. Can she solve the case, help Dr. Jones, and keep her career intact? Ride along with Detective Marcy Gagon and find out.

SELLING BOOKS ON TIKTOK –

I heard TikTok is a good place for authors to be.

Yes I’m old. Yes I’m learning as I go.

And in spite of what others have said about it being a waste of time…

I posted this 60 sec video about supporting other indie writers by buying their paperbacks. No selfie, no talking, just books.

Guess what?

Over 200 views in 24 hrs and people messaging me asking for my indie book recommendations. I may not be selling my books yet – but I am perhaps selling yours!

Why say no to ANY free advertising?

WHY?

Are you on TikTok? Friend me @authortheresajcbs

We are more than one thing.

When I hear authors saying, “Stick to one genre, you’ll be more popular”, I get IRKED. I am more than one thing; you are too.

At my day job, I work in multiple departments to keep busy. If I’m having a slow day in administration, I can hop on the phones and take sales, or join the retail team to cash out customers. Heck I’ve even gone to the warehouse to pick product.

At home I’m a wife, a dog mom/walker, a chief, a cleaner, gardener, furniture assembler, financer, and the occasional handy-assistant. (Husband is all that too — that’s the point)

So why when I write must I work with one tool? Well, guess what, it’s not going to happen anytime soon. I enjoy testing the waters of new ideas. The characters for each genre are so vastly different, too. This helps me stay fresh, innovative and bring more to my fans than same ole’ same ole’.

What are your roles in life, do you stay with what you know, or enjoy dabbling in everything? Share your thoughts with our fellow readers. OR make the case against me as to why staying true is the ultimate.

Need an editor, mentor, sounding board, or have questions about your work? Check out https://camaplot.com/

Everything Somewhere …

Welcome one and all, let me introduce you to a young up and coming author, David Kummer. His new book, Everything Somewhere will be coming out soon and I got the opportunity to chat with him about it. Read his interview below. Please drop a comment, ask questions, and be sure to check out his website at the end for a sneak peek at chapter one!

How did this idea begin?

This book originated from a few different ideas and intentions. One of the first and major ideas was to write a book about my hometown, specifically the people and stories that make up the place. That hometown, Madison, Indiana, is a major character in the book, though under the name of Little Rush. I tried to write honestly and openly about the good and the bad, from different point of views.

That idea evolved into two major themes throughout the book. Everything, Somewhere is all about normal life. Sure, there are some incredible things that happen, ranging from the unlikely to the improbable, but everything is about accepting and treasuring average life. Writing this allowed me to explore the idea of a normal life, what that means, the pros and cons, and this eventually led to another big topic. Writing about mental illness and suicide gave me the chance to write a heartwarming but brutally honest story about the state of today’s teenagers, but also adults. Balancing these two themes and a plot full of big characters, big ideas, was an incredibly rewarding experience. I have no doubt that it’ll be just as rewarding for you to read.

I've seen you mention on social media that this has been one of your most difficult books to write, why?

This book is the most open I’ve ever been about mental illness, suicide, and substance abuse. Not everything in the book is stuff I’ve experienced personally. Instead, I tried to paint a realistic and brutal picture of what the average teenager goes through nowadays, but also with adults and their own struggles in mind. I chose the POV characters specifically to show the town and major issues from all different angles.

While this makes the book dark and gripping, there are hopeful moments as well. I think the honesty and openness that I put into the book are what make it such a captivating read. There’s something for everybody, pieces of life that are relatable and hardships that we all face. In that same vein of thought, there are heroes and friends that we all know, relationships we long for or maybe have already. I can’t wait to share it with everyone!

What did you edit out of this book?

There were a few plot points and threads that I took out of the book. Some were fully developed chapters, others just paragraphs, but I do have one story to share.

One part that you might find interesting occurred near the beginning of the book. One character is named Willow. There were two chapters written out where she interacts with a friend who is moving out of town, and it’s sort of a goodbye scene meant to foreshadow some events later in the book. The chapters were good, but I decided not to include them. For sake of brevity, sure, but also the friend’s character never got developed enough. Trust me, in the end it was a good thing, though it did have a few killer lines I held onto for later use!

What do you plan on writing next?

I’ve got a weird thriller/mystery/kidnapping story mix that I’ve already written. It’ll need a few rewrites and lots of editing, but I’m super excited for how it’ll turn out. That book is one I’ll consider querying, maybe finding an agent for. It’ll be really fun to advertise, since the hook is pretty great. It’s been a while since I wrote something so exciting or action-packed, but also dark. It’ll be a blast for everyone, as soon as I get time to work on it! College gets in the way a bit.

What’s your favorite under-appreciated novel?

For this answer, I could easily have said “Where the Crawdads Sing,” but instead I’ll go with something a bit more obscure. I’ve written about it extensively on my blog, because I have some really weird/cool stories to go along with the book review, but “The Little Stranger” by Sarah Waters is wildly good! It’s the kind of book I wish I could have written.

While the book is a thriller and a mystery, the beautiful writing takes it from being great to legendary. The plot itself is slow-burning and unnerving, one of the most memorable. There are hints of love and of ghosts, the struggle of grief. It’s all put together perfectly and sticks to your skin even after you’re finished. The last page is, I think, the best closing I’ve ever read, as haunting as the whole book that preceded it. There’s even a movie, if you’re into that sort of thing! So, yeah, this was kinda just another book recommendation. You’ll thank me later.

https://davidkummer.com/

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