Chasing the Dream through 2016 – Tracy James Jones

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Hello, Friends.  Please forgive me for such a long hiatus, but sometimes real life gets in the way of keeping up with things.  In the last few days I have been updating my Portfolio, which includes published books, flash fiction pieces, book signing tours and events, photos, news articles and more. Altogether the portfolio is up to 35 pages! Considering this thing goes all the way back to my college days, I never realized how much I had done until I took the time to look.  It’s too much stuff to add in a post, so I will add a screenshot to give you some idea.

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Anyway…  This post is about catching up on all the things I did in 2016 as I prepare for new adventures for the coming new year.  First thing this year I went to New York to be in a movie!

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Storyline: This feature-length documentary seeks to explore the many shades of being gay by what connects us all: love. The film will look at love through 360 degrees of parents, children, and generations. The participants will represent a large range of age groups, ethnicities and professions. They are male, female and those who are still yet to be defined. http://www.betweentheshades.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/betweentheshades/

For those who aren’t aware how this came about, let me explain.  Near the end of 2015, I met Emmy-winning NY Film Director Jill Salvino online.  It seems social media was working it’s magic again for this connection as Jill was conducting a fundraiser for a documentary film “Between The Shades,” and I offered to share her promotion on all of my online pages.  As we got to know each other and became fast friends, while she was interviewing people for the film, she eventually picked me as well.  So, in February 2016, I took my first flight to New York to be featured in a documentary film. After all those early years of just being an extra in films, I am finally IMDb listed! No idea where this will lead but I happy to report that the movie is presently being submitted to Film festivals for 2017.  I’ll keep you posted on premiere locations and dates. One more thing, there is a list of celebrity moments in this film, including Kathy Najimy (“Sister Act” movies & “Hocus Pocus!”)  Can hardly wait to meet her in person.  Watch my teaser video here and catch the others on YouTube and the movie’s Facebook Page.

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Also in February, I had a book signing the following week at a local Dallas Library.

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And then there was this…  My first newspaper feature with the Dallas Voice!

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http://www.dallasvoice.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/Dallas-Voice-02-26-16.pdf

September 2016: InD’tale Magazine Feature.

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December 2016: Equality Vodka “I AM” Promotional Modeling shoot. 2017

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“A portion of sales from every bottle benefits the advancement of LGBT Equality.”

Because even in the face of adversity, we must keep pressing forward for our equal rights.

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One last thing.  I finally broke down and wrote the pilot script (limited series) based on my novel “Secrets & Lies.”  I hope to start pitching this to studios very soon.

In closing, I just want to say thank you for sticking with me, even through the difficult times, and know that I appreciate every one of you.  Cheers to a successful new year for us all.  Hugs & Love, Y’all!  ~ Tracy J.

 

InD’tale Magazine. The November issue is out!!

It’s Thanksgiving time and WE’RE thankful that the November issue has published!!! Along with all the fun and informative articles and interviews, we have a full pictorial of InD’Scribe Conference and the RONE awards. Check it out! And… Have you signed up to have it delivered directly to you? If not, why not?!? It’s completely FREE!!!  http://indtale.com/

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“Unknown,” Hooked #3 by Bestselling and Award Winning Author, Charity Parkerson

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Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000026_00024]Title: Unknown, Hooked #3
Author: Charity Parkerson
Release date: 7/28/2016
Blurb:

Malik loves hating Logan… or hates loving Logan. Hell, even he doesn’t know.

Three years ago, Malik met the man of his dreams. Everything stopped for him, so his world could revolve around Logan. Eight months ago, Logan walked away, leaving Malik with one burning question—why?

No man on the planet has ever stolen Logan’s heart the way Malik has. As much as Malik claims he loves Logan, Logan knows the truth. He’ll always come second to Malik’s boxing career, but that’s not why Logan left. He has his reasons, and he can’t share them with Malik. But a love this real and strong, it won’t be denied.

When Malik finally learns the truth, he’ll stop at nothing to win back the man he’s barely surviving without. But even Malik doesn’t know if there are enough words of love to overcome the hatred he’s spewed these past months. When his friend, Ryan, steps in, determined to help, Malik reluctantly accepts. But will Ryan become the glue holding them together, or will he tear them apart?

An up-and-coming fighter, with a marriage on the mend, and a friend who wants in the middle in the most delicious ways… it’s a future Unknown.

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Excerpt:
This is an exclusive unedited excerpt. All rights reserved.
Copyright © 2016 Charity Parkerson

“Have you ever been or are you currently in an abusive relationship?”

Malik snorted at the asinine question. “No.”

The male nurse, who couldn’t have been more than twenty-two, scratched something out on the notepad in his hands before focusing on Malik once more. “Are you being held against your will?”

Malik looked around, searching for hidden cameras. “Is this a joke? Are you fucking kidding me right now?”

The nurse’s gaze moved over Malik’s bruised and battered body. “I assure you these are standard questions, Mr. Harris.”

“Are they?” Malik asked, hearing the aggravation in his tone. “Because I have to say, no one’s ever asked me this bullshit before, and I spend a lot of time at the E.R. A lot.”

The guy’s bland expression never faltered. “I could get you the number to a place where they help people like you get out of bad situations.”

Shifting positions, Malik opened his mouth ready to blast his unwanted champion when the door to his room flew open. Logan strolled through, stealing the oxygen Malik needed to argue. It had been three months since he’d last set eyes on Logan’s gorgeous blue eyes. His perfect body and blond hair always turned heads everywhere he went. At one time, Logan’s presence alone was enough to fix every fucking thing in Malik’s world. Now, Malik knew the truth. Logan’s beauty masked an ugly heart.

“Jesus, just what I need. What are you doing here?”

Logan’s gaze moved over Malik. His expression gave nothing away. “I’m still listed as your emergency contact.”

“I’ll be sure to fix that. You’re free to go.”

Snagging a chair with his foot, Logan dragged it closer to Malik’s bed and sat. “Shut up, babe,” Logan said before focusing on the nurse. “What’s your name?”

The guy visibly swallowed. “James.”

Logan’s smile turned sexy in a way that never failed to get the man his way. “What’s the prognosis, James?”

James glanced between Logan and Malik. His nervousness fled and his shoulders squared as he focused on Malik. “I’ll go get that number for you.”

Malik bit back a groan as the man scurried from the room, leaving Malik alone with Logan. His eyes skirted Logan’s way without his permission. Logan’s hair was shaved on the sides and thick on top. It stood on end, making Malik want to run his fingers through it. That thought pissed him off.

“For real, why are you here?”

Instead of cowering, as any sane man would have, Logan’s face softened. “I told you—I’m still listed as your emergency contact. Are you okay? Sam said you were out cold for much longer than usual. You scared the shit out of me, baby. Don’t do that shit. You know my heart can’t take it.”

Crueler words had never been spoken than the ones leaving Logan’s lips—lips he’d loved to kiss, lingered over. Crossing his arms over his chest, Malik looked away. He needed to protect his heart. “It’s just a concussion. I’m sure it won’t be the last. See? No big deal. Feel free to leave.”

Bestselling and Award Winning Author,