Release Day Blitz: “Forever’s Fight” by Marissa Dobson


Forever's Fight Cover ImageForever’s Fight

by Marissa Dobson

Forever Creek Shifters #1

Paranormal Romance

Fighting for love and family.

Patrick O’Reilly left behind his medical practice when he and his siblings were forced into hiding. Determined to live through the war against their species, they vow to serve their kind. Patrick will risk it all to ensure none of them end up as experiments in a government lab.

Clarissa Greenwood worked all her life to become a scientist, and to get the position at Hathaway Medical where she thought she would be able to find cures for diseases. Instead, she is witness to experiments on shifters. Disgusted by the truth, she gathers as much information as she can, and flees. She wants no part of the experiments—even if the cost is her life.

Shifters Underground was created to serve their species, not to help a human who had worked for one of the organizations that was hunting them. A message from a trusted shifter leaves them with no other option but to search for a woman who might be able to help them. A treacherous journey brings two destined mates together. Now Patrick and Clarissa must work together to protect not only each other, but all the shifters who fight for their lives, for love, and for family.

Publisher: Sunshine Press

Publication Date: March 24, 2015

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Marissa Dobson Author PicBorn and raised in the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania area, Marissa Dobson now resides about an hour from Washington, D.C. She is a lady who likes to keep busy, and is always busy doing something. With two different college degrees, she believes you are never done learning.

Being the first daughter to an avid reader, this gave her the advantage of learning to read at a young age. Since learning to read she has always had her nose in a book. It wasn’t until she was a teenager that she started writing down the stories she came up with.

Marissa is blessed with a wonderful supportive husband, Thomas. He is her other half and allows her to stay home and pursue her writing. He puts up with all her quirks and listens to her brainstorm in the middle of the night?

Her writing buddies Max (a cocker spaniel) and Dawne (a beagle mix) are always around to listen to me bounce ideas off them. They might not be able to answer, but they are helpful in their own ways.

She love to hear from readers so send her an email at or visit her online at


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My Standard Query Letter – by Tracy James Jones


Hi friends.  After reading so many posts lately on writing query letters and behind years of struggling to get mine written just right, I wanted to share my final design with you.  For those who write, I really don’t need to tell you how important this document is in regards to pitching your work.  No matter what your work is about, I have found there are certain simple rules that one must always follow.  Keep it simple, direct, and one page only.  Introduce yourself and your submission.  Tell what your work/submission is about, (usually a blurb).  Speak about your writing history and accomplishments.  And then close.  For those who still struggle with this, I sincerely hope my example will be of help.  Best wishes. ~ Tracy J.

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Dear (Agent, Editor, Publisher, Producer) BY NAME

Greetings.  My name is Tracy James Jones and I am an independent author, blogger, book reviewer from Dallas and Waxahachie, Texas.  I am writing to request permission to submit my 60,000 word, multicultural, romantic drama novel, “Secrets & Lies,” for possible representation.

 “Sometimes a need for keeping secrets…

Can be just as intriguing as a reason for telling lies…”

  “Secrets & Lies” is an uncensored, character-driven, emotional journey into the private lives of four central characters and their desperate struggles to survive in the shadows of life-altering secrets and lies. At the heart of the story is a beautiful transgender woman of color who questions her personal worth as she fights to keep the life and love she has always wanted. Even the elements of true confessions get lost in translation as the details of who these people really are brings them together in a surprising, yet necessary finale that will change their lives forever…

In addition to my writing, I am also a reader for various novel award events that include the Rainbow Novel Awards, The RONE` Awards (Romance Novel), and the HuffPost 50 Memoir Novel Contest. My work has been featured on a number of sites and blogs, including The Huffington Post, and one of my short stories, “The Crush,” was requested by the International Baccalaureate Organization to add to their Middle Years Education Program, language and literature teacher support material. This story will be available to classrooms around the world for the next seven years, with French and Spanish translations pending.  My extended social media networks include my blog, Facebook, Pinterest & Twitter.

In closing, I sincerely hope this information will enlighten you to consider taking me on as a client. Thank you so much for your time spent in reviewing my query and I look forward to hearing back from you at your earliest convenience. Have a great day.


Tracy James Jones


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Call for Submissions: Greatness Magazine



Call for Submissions: Greatness Magazine

It’s official – our new LGBTQ youth magazine is still accepting submissions!

About Greatness magazine

Greatness magazine will showcase the freshest art and writing by, for, and about LGBTQ youth. The magazine invites youth from Canada and around the world who identify as LGBTQ to write and create art about the world they see around them: their dreams, their activism, their work, their worries, their interests, and their humor.

So far, we’ve received so many amazing submissions! We’re still accepting submissions until the end of the month, so let’s get the word out. We want this magazine to be something special, so the more queer youth who take part the better.  Thank you so much!

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The Game: 10 Interesting Things About Me by Tracy J.

Many of my amazing, talented friends have been playing along with this new game where we have to list 10 things we’ve done/experienced that would make our lives an interesting story. Well, as I so carefully posted, outside of everything I have already shared, all the other interesting things in my life are either too weird, too scary, or too personal to share.  I promised I would give it a try, so here goes…

  1. My quiet, but internationally successful short story, “The Crush,” is based mostly on a true story.  Mine.  It was written one month prior to my class reunion and I had no idea it would end almost exactly like the story until it happened.
  2. When I was in college and went on Spring Break to Las Vegas, I met someone who became one of the greatest loves of my life. Despite strong efforts on both our parts to get the other to relocate, it never happened. To date, we have a long standing friendship based on love and respect for each other. We never speak about the emotional difficulties we put each other though during the past.
  3. I’m a spiritual person. I believe in God and trust his judgment over anything anyone says about who He loves and what He hates.  I cannot speak for others, but I’m this way because I know the miracles that He has performed for me and my life.
  4. Most of y’all already know that I met Tom Cruise when I was a featured extra in one of his movies. That wasn’t the only movie set I was on, so I met a few others as well.  The kindest was a then teenage Winona Ryder, Jason Robards, to name a few.  Rob Lowe was also on this other set, but I didn’t meet him and I skipped that later chance after the film was over because I didn’t go to the wrap party. Working on films was fun and there were some really down to earth people I got the meet.  Also, there were some who were so downright rude I refuse to mention their names or ever watch a movie they are in again.
  5. When I was 17, I spent the summer in Leesville, Louisiana where my father’s Roofing company was working on a business project. I met a young married couple from Michigan and we became fast friends.  On a lunch date with her we had a deep conversation that led her to telling me something private about her husband.  It was secret I am still bound to keep to this day.
  6. My book, “Secrets & Lies” came to me in a reoccurring dream. I originally wrote it in short story form and featured it in my collection called “The Inhabitants of Magnolia Park.”  After that was done, the dreams started again right where the short story left off.  And that is where the full length novel came from.  The new main character, Bren Searcy, in some form, is based on me.
  7. In my youth I was a curious type only child. As I grew older my curiosity about things in life were always with me, especially when it came to understanding myself.  Long story short, experience really is a great teacher, but I know why it was said that curiosity killed the cat.  It almost did.
  8. I have traveled a lot in my life and it was an adventure I will always cherish. The best was Sandy, Utah. Beautiful city with beautiful, friendly people. The worst was the Hollywood Walk of Fame.  Things got really weird down there when the Sun went down.  Seriously scary. Getting back to the car was like a matter of life or death and I dare not say why.
  9. I was a foster parent for right at 15 years and a caregiver for the sick and elderly as well. I am thankful for what I learned about older people, children and life throughout those years.
  10. If I had to name three people who had a great/positive impact on my life, it would be what I learned about Martin Luther King Jr., my maternal grandmother and my dad. It is an honor to be inspired by a generation that lived through some of the hardest times in life and still turned out to be the best people in the world. At the end of my life, I hope to be remembered as to have been just like them.

And there you have it.  I really didn’t think I could do this, but once I started thinking over my life I found some interesting things that I could share without over sharing.  Some things you just have to keep private, but it was fun to share with you the things that I could.  ~


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