“If you want something in your life you’ve never had, you’ll have to do something you have never done.” – Author JD Houston
Those few magical words by Mr. Houston stood out to me for so many reasons when I was looking for something profound to begin this post. Without question, I have spent many years wishing to be heard in concern to my writing, as long as I didn’t have to be seen too often to promote it. Not sure if it was low self-esteem, social anxiety or what, but long story short, I wanted my work to stand out on its own until I had no other choice. Being the introvert that I am, for reasons I still do not recall, it took the support of a lot of great people in my life to coax me out of the shadows and into the light. The catalyst being that if I truly wanted to take my work to the next level, then I was going to have to step out of my comfort zone and do something I am usually afraid to do. Thanks to a lot of chatting, blogging and networking throughout the month of February, I stumbled into an unforgettable journey that can best be described as being an introverted Indie author’s dream come true. And it was an adventure that I dared myself to take all on my own.
It was February 11th when I stepped into DFW airport for a three-day trip to New York City. For someone who had never been to NY, all the scary thoughts were there in the back of my mind, but I kept the faith that as long as I kept my wits about me, then all would be just fine. And it was. The weather was a bit cold, biting at times really, because the temperature was 26 degrees and constantly dropping the whole time I was there. (When I left Texas it was about 70 degrees.) I didn’t get to sight-see as I had planned because it was just too cold, but I did take the time to admire whatever I could.
The next day, February 12th, was the event that took me to New York in the first place. In my notes, the best way to describe it was like this; “As a former background extra turned indie author/aspiring screenwriter, I had long since given up any expectations of ever appearing on a movie screen. Thanks to Emmy-Winning Director Jill Salvino, I am in NY to make my debut in the documentary feature film “Between The Shades.” Yep. That’s what I went for. If you read my bio you would know that a lifetime ago I was seriously into acting, but gave that up for writing. It’s still difficult for me to describe my emotions at being chosen for this amazing project, but I can say that Jill, the director, and her whole crew were the most wonderful people I have ever met on a movie set. The many other guests who were there to be featured were impressive and friendly as well. If I had been there on the Celebrity day shoot, I would have likely lost my mind. Overall, it was an experience more beautiful than even I can put into words.
After my return from NY, I had a few days to catch my breath and wrap up all the things that needed to be taken care of while I gone. The main thing was getting ready for a book signing event at a Dallas library. By February 17th, I was all good to go. Unknown at the time, a Dallas City Councilwoman, past and presently running, was in attendance. I actually spoke to her and gave her all of my contact information and didn’t realize who she was until the next day. The turnout was small but the outcome was promising for future events, making new friends and interacting with interested readers.
Considering that I had been doing emotionally well with all that I had done this month thus far, I decided to reach out to various local media outlets with my story just to see what else I could do while I was still brave enough to do it. Near the end of the week I received an invitation for a featured interview with staff reporter James Russell at the Dallas Voice, the premier media source for LGBT Texas. This too, was one of those moments that my mind was blown because I knew if I was ever going to reach a wider local audience, this interview would definitely help. I think I was the most calm for this than even I expected to be. The interview/photo shoot was February 22nd and the paper came out February 26th.
“Purpose is the reason you journey. Passion is the fire that lights the way.” – Unknown
So, here at the end of this post, I need to reflect on a couple of things. Though I have no idea what this month-long adventure will do for me or my work in the future, it has, without question, allowed me to feel some level of confidence in myself. Humble and thankful as I will forever be, it feels really good to have stepped out of the shadow of my fears and did something important for what I know I always wanted to do. As is, I am just one voice for those who are rarely seen, hardly ever heard, and often misunderstood, and this journey has made a great big difference for me no matter how long it lasts. So please be encouraged to follow your dreams no matter what obstacles that may stand in your way, including yourself. I am a living witness that when you least expect it, the world of unexpected wonders will open up just for you.
Thankful hugs to all of you for stopping by my page. Be safe. Be strong. Be you. ~ Tracy J
BETWEEN THE SHADES is a feature film documentary that seeks to explore the shades of being gay by exploring what connects us all: our desire to love.
Our documentary speaks to those who have found being in love easy, difficult and for some, even impossible. It is for the ones that have yet to hold a hand or experienced their first kiss.
Fifty people will be preselected to participate and share their stories for our film. We will conduct 16 -18 interviews per day for three days with the subjects being either single or as couples. There may be a few surprise visits and clips from some people you may already know.
The participants will be given prompts such as best first date, worst kiss, craziest relationship, what people would and would not do for love, etc. The answers to these prompts will be cut together with the intent of showing the commonality of love.
Emmy-winning Director Jill Salvino – http://www.betweentheshades.com/
From Director Jill Salvino;
BETWEEN THE SHADES is a feature film documentary that seeks to explore the shades of being gay by exploring what connects us all: love.
Fifty people will be preselected to participate and share their stories for our film. We will conduct 16 -18 interviews per day for three days with the subjects being either single or as couples. There may be a few surprise visits and clips from some people you may already know. The participants will be given prompts such as best first date, worst kiss, craziest relationship, what people would and would not do for love, etc.
The answers to these prompts will be cut together with the intent of showing the commonality of love.
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About this project:
Recently, I found myself reflecting on a flippant conversation I had about the “type of gay” a close friend of mine was. It was an innocent conversation on the diversity of our mutual gay friends. I began to wonder about all the different gay identities there are and how hard it is to define that experience.
I want to create a documentary that is accessible to all people that will shed light on the many perceptions of what it means to be gay.
Our documentary speaks to those who have found being in love easy, difficult and for some, even impossible. It is for the ones that have yet to hold a hand or experienced their first kiss.
Kickstarter Link: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/betweentheshades/between-the-shades
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Director Jill Salvino
A highly decorated creative director who has collected over 200 industry awards including an Emmy. Jill Salvino has a feature length screenplay in development and has directed several shorts. Taking it for Granted was shown in over a dozen film festivals across the US. Her other shorts are: The Sonnet Project, currently touring in England, and Lies People Tell, premiered in The Perdro Film Festival. Between the Shades is her first documentary. She is a member of Promax, a long-standing chair of the Telly Silver Counsel, and a member of the New York Women in Film and Television. Cinéwomen has created a feature on director Jill Salvino for the current issue of their net review.
Hello to all of my reading friends and colleagues. I know I have been M.I.A. on here for a good while now, but trust me, I have good reason. But before I get into all of that I would like to share with you this quote I found a link to early this week.
“Becoming a writer is not a ‘career decision’ like becoming a doctor or a policeman. You don’t choose it so much as get chosen, and once you accept the fact that you’re not fit for anything else, you have to be prepared to walk a long, hard road for the rest of your days.” ~ Paul Auster
Thank you, Mr. Auster, I couldn’t have said it better. The only thing I would add to it is that if you are a reader/book reviewer, and guest judge for novel award events, that hard road is gonna have some lovely bumps in it along the way as well. With those words in mind I have to share with you a long list of projects that I somehow managed to juggle over this past year.
For starters, this year has been crazy busy with me reading novels and stories for at least three Novel Award events.
1. Reading for the RONE’ (Romance Novel Awards – event held in Vegas but I missed it because I went to the coast – Biloxi, Miss. – with my family). Check out my cool badge in the sidebar. I love it! http://www.indtale.com/2014-rone-awards
2. The Rainbow Novel Awards (LGBT Event). One last book to read for this one and am I done! http://www.elisarolle.com/index.html
3. And I’m still not sure how I got the job, since December 2013, I’ve read over 80 submissions for the AARP/Huff-Post 50 memoir contest. One of my favorites actually ended up as a top 10 finalist. (Yay!) The winner gets a big cash prize and will be published by Simon & Shuster. How cool is that? http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/11/25/memoir-contest_n_4323330.html
By that, you should know I have not had time for much of anything else. I won’t have the heart to read anything else for a good while. Mental overload is the best way to describe what is going on in my crazy head. I’m suffering from too much information as it is, but I have loved every minute of it! (Smile)
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It has been a while, but I am very happy to report that I am about to take part in a fantastic blog/radio interview. This one is hosted by J`son M. Lee, a man who wears many hats in the entertainment business, including owner of Sweet Georgia Press, a media, news, and publishing company based in Baltimore, Maryland. http://www.sweetgeorgiapress.com/ I am beyond words in thanks for the opportunity to be interviewed by J`son for his live broadcast on September 24th. Please check out the post and if you would like, please tune in to the show. I am beside myself with excitement over this event and hope I don’t embarrass myself from being so thrilled!
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For those who are not familiar, I was one of the indie authors featured in last year’s IndieVengeance Mass Book Signing Event in Dallas. That was an extremely wonderful opportunity for me and getting the chance to hang out with so many authors that I had only met online was beyond amazing. We had authors from coast to coast USA, plus 1 from Canada, and 3 all the way from Australia! If you missed it, you can read all about it here: https://tracyjamesjones.wordpress.com/2013/10/11/indie-vengeance-day-weekend-begins/ or search my blog for ‘Indie-Vengeance’ and all the pages will come up.
So now, again in October 2014, the IndieVegeance Day Event is on again. Though we may not have all of the authors in appearance from last year’s event, we do have a big mixture of returning authors and one young lady, who came out to see us and is now a published author herself, will be included in the mix. A few new authors will be joining us as well, including a children’s author from Spain! How about that? Check out the promotional photo below. If possible, we would love to see you there!
October 25th, 2014, I will have a solo book signing in Denton. I am also working on at least three other events in the Dallas area, so please stay tuned for more details. Should I have one close to home, I will certainly be sure to pass that information here, twitter, and my Facebook author page.
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My final news has nothing to do with writing or reading at all, but it is a feature event that will showcase me and my book “Secrets & Lies.” The occasion is a gallery photo exhibit this November in Syracuse, New York. Before I jump all out of my skin over it again, let me share the story of how this came about…
It was sometime this summer that I met an up-and-coming New York Photographer online. At the time, he had a fundraiser going for him to be able to travel across the United States taking photos of transgender and gender non-confirming individuals for a gallery event and possible table book. The point of the project was to showcase these types of people and what they have to offer the world outside of their sexualities. On his website he had a form for people who would be interested in being in his project to fill out with their personal stories. Well, being that I was on break from reading at the moment, I filled out the form. Next thing I knew I was on his list because he said he loved my story. (Wow!) So, he left New York – Syracuse – August 18th and traveled the northern states all the way across to L.A. On his way back, he traveled the southern states, but when he found he could not make it through Texas because he wanted to spent time with his family in Oklahoma before heading on to Little Rock, Arkansas, he asked me to meet him in Oklahoma City to take my picture. How cool was that? (It was a great weekend for pictures and I had a blast). Now that his travels are finally over, he has posted that he will be showcasing those he had photographed in a gallery event in November, and I will be featured in this event!
The event is called The Transcending Gender Project and if you would like to know more about it or would even like to be a part of it, please following this link: http://www.transcendinggender.org/ Sorry to say that I will not be able to attend the event in person, at least not this one, but I will share one of the photos and the information about the gallery event.
505 Hawley Ave.
Syracuse, New York 13201
When: November 8th & 9th, 2014
P.S. – If you are in the Syracuse area, please stop by the event and be sure to tell the Photographer, Rhys Harper, that you got the information from me. He will love that!
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Whew! That was a lot of information, huh? Yeah, I know. And the year isn’t even over yet. I have no idea about any other events, but I promise you all that I will keep you informed as best as I can. Thank you so much for staying with me throughout this post. You guys are the best. Big hugs & much love ~ Tracy J.
by Charity Parkerson & Regina Puckett
Not good enough for heaven but not bad enough to burn, Kylie has a slight problem. She’s dead and trapped between the realms.
Left with no options, she follows Detective Liam Stone on the hunt for her killer. Death has left Kylie invisible but does nothing to dampen her desire for the sexy detective. Instead, it gives her the freedom to do as she pleases with his body, and what a delicious body it is.
Liam’s determined to solve Kylie’s case but as the clues uncover an underground world of demonic torture and pacts, Liam must face his own secrets or the flames of passion won’t be the only ones the couple will have to face.
Inside Scoop: Parts of this tale are graphically violent, but other parts might leave you drooling for a ghost or a demon of your own. Look out for the brief but hot F/F scenes in the bedroom and the shower.
A Romantica® horror erotic romance from Ellora’s Cave
Amazon Link: http://amzn.com/B00HYZ06YE
She died on this corner. It seemed strange it would be right here where she caught the bus each morning and evening. She couldn’t recall why she had been there at that exact time but it didn’t change the outcome. She was dead.
She had been brought up to believe things would be different when this day came. There would be light, trumpets…peace. Kylie had none of those things. Instead, she stood looking down at her lifeless body in shock. Maybe this is what happens when you’re murdered. That thought lingered on the outer rim of her disbelief.
“At least my nails still look good,” she said tilting her head to get a better look at the rounded pink tips she’d gotten done the day before. At her statement, the man hovering over her empty shell lifted her hand from the ground and inspected her nails.
“It doesn’t look as if she tried to defend herself.”
No shit Sherlock, she thought with a roll of her eyes. She craned her neck attempting to get a better look at the man’s face. He was big and rugged looking, as if he hadn’t shaved in at least a week. The beginnings of a dark beard covered his chin but in a harsh contrast to his dark hair, his eyes were a light blue almost exactly the same shade as the sky. He was a sexy one she realized with a pang of regret for the life she had lost.
“Thank God I wore my good panties.”
He lifted her skirt. “Underwear’s still in place. She doesn’t appear to have been raped.”
“Put that down you dirty little bastard. Sheesh! Who is this guy?” He dropped the material and smoothed it down over her knees. It was a sad day when a girl ended up murdered on a street corner and couldn’t even hold onto her modesty afterward. Damn, why hadn’t someone as sexy as him wanted to check out her girly bits while she’d still been able to enjoy it? Typical.
Charity Parkerson is an award winning and multi-published author with Ellora’s Cave Publishing, Midnight Books, and Punk & Sissy Publications. Born with no filter from her brain to her mouth, she decided to take this odd quirk and insert it in her characters.
*2013 Readers’ Favorite Award Winner
*2013 Reviewers’ Choice Award Winner
*ARRA Finalist for Favorite Paranormal Romance
*Five-time winner of The Mistress of the Darkpath
*Named one of the top 10 best books by an Indie author in 2011- Paranormal Reads Reviews
*Best Paranormal Romance of 2012- Paranormal Reads Reviews
Connect with her online:
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Borrowed Wings, has received the Children’s Literary Classics Seal of Approval.
Memories won first place in the 1st WSBR International Poetry Contest. This poem may be found in her book of poetry, Tilting at Windmills and Words.
Slowly Drowning won second place in the 3rd WSBR International Poetry Contest. This poem may be found in her poetry book, My Words into the Beyond.
Sir Galahad Comes to the Rescue won third place in the 3rd WSBR International Poetry Contest. This poem may be found in her book of poetry, Ramblings and Dreams.
Her collection of poetry, Fireflies, won 2013 Turning Pages Poetry Book of the Year.
She has been writing for over forty-five years. She lives in Tennessee with her husband of over forty years. She has two grown daughters and four grandchildren.
She writes sweet romances, horror, inspirational, picture books and poetry. There are several projects in various stages of completion and there are always characters and stories waiting for their chance to finally get out of her head and onto paper.
Please come and visit me at http://www.facebook.com/regina.puckett1
Awww. Yay! I was nominated for the Liebster Award by my new author friend Jackie Smith @ http://jackiesmith114.wordpress.com/2014/01/14/the-liebster-award/ . Thank you, Jackie. You are too kind for this. Big hugs and much love to your ongoing success.
The rules for Liebster Award are as follows:
- Each nominee must link back the person who nominated them.
- Answer the 10 questions which are given to you by the nominator.
- Nominate 10 other bloggers for this award who have less than 200 followers.
- Create 10 questions for your nominees to answer.
- Let the nominees know that they have been nominated by going to their blog and notifying them
As much as I would love to send this award further, I am sad to say that it will have to end with me without nominations or questions. So much work to do and never enough time. I hope you understand. And much love to Jackie as I will answer the questions she has sent to me. If you can, please visit her blog, my friends. Jackie is a sweetheart.
And now my answers to the ten questions asked of me…
1) What is your favorite book? For the new year I am sad to say that I have not found a new favorite. Stepping back to the past year my favorite was “Embrace” A YA Paranormal Adventure by Stacey Rourke.
2) If you could do anything in the world, what would you do? Travel. So much of the world I would love to see.
3) If you had one superpower, what would it be? Teleportation. :o)
4) If you could visit a fictional world (i.e. Narnia, Middle Earth, Hogwarts, etc…) for a day, where would you go? Oz.
5) Where is your favorite place in the world? Home
6) If you could meet three people from any time in history, who would they be? Martin Luther King, Marilyn Monroe, my maternal great-grandmother.
7) Why did you start keeping your blog? First to showcase my writing and then to support others in the writing business.
8) What do you hope to accomplish in 2014? Movie contract for one of my screenplays/novels.
9) What is your favorite thing to do on a rainy day? Sleep.
10) If you could be any Disney Character, who would you be? Hmmm…. :o)
Thank you, Jackie. This was fun. Always a pleasure to keep in contact my friend. Big hugs!
“Fall into Romance” Blog Hop!
September 13th to 21st, 2013
Hello, my friends! It is my absolute pleasure to announce my participation in the 2013 Romance Reviews “Fall into Romance” Blog hop. This is a first for me and I am totally thrilled to be able to sponsor some of my favorite romance authors during this amazing hop event. It has been brought to my attention that there are over 100 bloggers participating in this event and there will be a link (Hot Button!) available on all of our pages for everyone to use to jump from one hop page to another. (Being linked together like that is the most amazing thing ever!) So if you are a fan of reading romance, from traditional, to erotic, to the lgbt, or any other form of romance in between, please be sure to check back on Friday – September 13th and join in on the fun!
And oh, one more thing. Before it all begins, please take a moment to register at our Host’s home page at http://www.theromancereviews.com/hop.php. Should everything go as planned, there should be an assortment of prizes along with a lot of fun in between, which includes the chance to read some amazing authors along the way.
So what type of romance novel(s) will I be sharing? I’m thinking a paranormal romance author/novel series because I personally like those the best. And just to be honest, I already have a few great authors and novels that I can hardly wait to share with you.
Big hugs to you all and I look forward to hearing from you soon. ~ Tracy J.
Sponsored by The Romance Reviews
Ten years ago it was 2003. I could not tell you one single thing that was going on around me, outside of writing and breathing, unless I dusted off some of my old diaries or did a little background research, neither of which I planned to do for this post. This post, for no other reason, is to share a piece of my writing life history because that year was the publication of my very first novel. Though it was intended to be a three book series, it would be 8 long years before I tried writing a novel again.
The book was called “Searching For Eden – The Story of Stacy Christian.” It wasn’t my first attempt at creative writing, but it was the one that managed to get published at a time when self-publishing was considered the absolute worst thing any writer could do. I said “so what” because I wanted to write and whether it was well received or not, it meant a lot to me to see that book in print. I was young and hard-headed too and being told “no” was not an option I would easily accept. I may have had some second thoughts about some of it later, especially the editing, but I never regretted it. I loved that book because the story idea was mine and mine alone and it was then as it is now a writing dream come true. Because of that very book I am a happy indie author today. But as I saying…
“Searching For Eden” was initially based on an amazing young guy I met with a group of college friends on a spring break trip to Las Vegas. With a little creative flair I changed the central location to Texas, added a life or death situation for the title character, and wrapped the whole story up with a little bit of sex, new friendships, and a whole lot of drama. The original title was “For The Love of Stacy Christian,” and not to give anything away, I changed the title because it was a bit too personal for all the characters involved, especially me. After the book was published, I managed to make a great connection with Hastings Entertainment, based here in Texas, and set out on my first book signing tour. The tour, which took me all over Texas, Arizona, and even Nevada, was more than a dream come true for a self-published author. I had the best time of my life. What made it even better was meeting so many wonderful people and making new friends. The icing on the cake is what I am going to share with you hereafter.
Okay… What first-time author would not get a kick out of seeing their name on a marquee sign? To be honest, I didn’t even see it, let alone expect it. I was nervous enough. My aunt who was with me saw it first and took a photo of it for me. (LOL) Can I say I giggled all the way home?
Also, while I was still in Texas, I had a signing event at Hastings in Denton and spent the weekend with one of my college friends who was by then a Teacher’s Assistant at the University of North Texas. Through him I got the opportunity to attend my very first frat party with art shows the first night and live bands the next. Can I say I had a blast! (Giggles) It was at one of those parties that I was introduced around as I handed out bookmarks and flyers for my book signing that I met a beautiful young man who would eventually send me my very first fan letter. He was the most handsome guy ever, (I write with a girlish grin on my face), and from the moment we met I would never forget that he was just as much a beautiful person inside as he was on the outside. (And super smart too!) Is it weird to say that we held hands like we were old friends from the moment we met until the time he left? (Sigh). Anyway, going on with my tour, when I finally made it home, I found he had sent me an email that would steal my heart forever.
Ah yes, I always want to giggle every time I read that. His calling me a “multi-faceted beauty” got me. At the time of this email the internet was still fairly new, but I still keep a printed copy of it along with all the memorabilia from my tour. In case you are wondering, no, I have no idea whatever happened to this guy and I have never tried to find him either. What matters is the life long impression he left on me and for that I will always treasure that amazing moment in time.
For now, I guess that is about it for my blast from the past. After that tour was over, keep in mind it was a road trip, I had planned on going out again. Hastings was already prepared for me to make another tri-state run, but to my dismay a family crisis came up, then real life got in the way, and then an unexpected issue with my heart. It took me a while to recover from that, but everything worked out fine. Eight years later I was finally writing again. To date, I have several published novels, short stories and my blog. Ten years later I have somewhat quietly gained a little bit of success from everything I learned from the beginning. Ten years from now? I can only imagine.
About the book: For now, “Searching For Eden” is not available in ebook form, but the print book is still floating around until that old contract runs out. Once everything dies down later this year after the conventions and such, I will work on getting it redesigned for ebook and someday in print through amazon. If you are curious about the book now, here is a bit of information about it. At the present the book would be classified as New Adult – Adventure Drama.
-The Story of Stacy Christian –
Stacy Christian ran away from his family and home in Anaheim, California when he was seventeen years old, and never dared to be seen there again. He didn’t run just because he wanted to, but because he had to, or he would have been dead by the light of the next day. . When he was finally far away enough to catch his breath, he found himself in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Though he was out of place in the extravagant city of money and power, Stacy managed to survive the mean streets with a promise of living the good life, thanks to his chance meeting with a rich and beautiful socialite, Bethany Foster-Thompson. She would introduce him to a life he never dreamed.
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By the time he was twenty-one, Stacy had been transformed from a street-wise kid into a well groomed, well-spoken young man, despite the lustful deeds he had performed to get there. Whether he was happy or not had everything to do with his desire for Bethany, against his distaste for her dashing, but devilish younger husband, Devin. Financially, Stacy was living the life he had always dreamed, but emotionally he was still far from escaping the nightmares of his life’s past.
It was just after a hard night at work that Stacy received his first deadly reminder of his past in the form of a warning. His second clue came while on vacation with the Thompson’s at South Padre` Island, Texas, in which the couple were brutally attacked, leaving one with a bloody lump, and the other near dead. For the sake of his own life and future, Stacy flees the scene only to find refuge in the protective arms of five Texas strangers.
In a short time, Stacy disregards his troubles and becomes more involved in the lives of his new Texas friends. He soon finds himself caring for them more than he ever thought he could, but before long, they are suddenly involved in the horrid events he had been trying to avoid. In the end, it is for the lives of his friends that Stacy comes face to face with his enemy, past and present, before someone else ends up paying for the mistakes he had been trying to forget. For the life he hopes to escape, and the future he seeks to find, this is where his journey begins, “Searching For Eden…”
Hi my friends. I have spent the last several days working on a long overdue post because I have been sitting on some great news for a while now. The original post was a long-winded but heartfelt tale about my struggles at being an Indie Author, my adoration for other Indie/Traditional Authors, friends and fans, my blog, and all the amazing things that have happened for me and my writing this year. After getting stuck somewhere in what I was saying, I decided to just to tell the news and let it go. I will say thank you all so much because without you (the internet and social media) I would not have been able to make it this far. Just needed to say that I appreciate you so very much.
And now the news:
- In February I received a letter from NOW Magazine -(http://nowmagazines.com/) offering me a featured spot in their Fall issue. I recently completed the interview portion of the article and the photo shoot is scheduled for mid-July. Considering how things can easily change with print media, I cannot be certain as to when the issue will be released other than November. I promise to keep you updated as the information comes in. This is a first for me and I have to say that I am jumping up and down in my skin.
- Thanks to InD’Tale Magazine (http://www.indtale.com/, I was chosen to be a Guest Judge for the 2012 RONE` (Romance Novel) Awards. The awards ceremony and convention event will be held in August at the Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino in downtown Las Vegas. http://romancenovelconvention.com/ Guest Judges will be announced at the ceremony event and I am doing my best to be there in person for this wonderful opportunity.
- My novel – “Secrets & Lies” – http://amzn.com/B005G5L36O – was nominated for an indie ebook award in the Best Chick Lit/Women’s Literature category. We didn’t make it as a finalist, but the nomination was a first and I am very proud of the book for making it that far. From a forgotten submission, the full manuscript was recently requested by a small press publisher.
- And finally, I have great news about my short story “The Crush.” For those who don’t know, “The Crush” is a little romantic circular tale about innocent admiration that was initially featured on my blog in September 2011. To date, it is the mostly viewed post on my blog. In 2013, I decided to release the story for free in ebook form on smashwords and this past May the story became a feature on the Huffington Post.
Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/tracy-james-jones/
At the end of May, first of June 2013, I received an email request from The International Baccalaureate Organization http://www.ibo.org/ asking for permission to add “The Crush,” to their Middle Years Education Program language and literature teacher support material. From the letter I received, the story was read and previously used by one of their affiliated teachers as an example of good practice for her class, bringing it to the attention of her IBO Team Leader, who deemed the story worthy of use in their world-wide education program. (Please follow the link to find out more about them). Anyway, I am happy to report that sometime in the new school year “The Crush” will be available to classrooms around the world for at least the next 7 years and will be translated into French and Spanish as well. This, is one of the greatest honors I never expected and I can honestly say that no matter whatever else comes from my writing, I will forever treasure this moment for as long as I live.
And there it is. The long list of things that has kept me on an invisible seesaw for the past several months. Thing is, some of this stuff has yet to happen, and oh, I just realized that I have one more thing to add.
- In October of this year, I will be a participating author in my first Indie Author Convention in Dallas, Texas which will include several bestselling indie authors of various genres from coast to coast, with some coming in from as far away as Australia. The itinerary for this convention is still in progress, but I do know that there will be a mass book signing event at Half Price Books in North Dallas, and hopefully a lot of media coverage for us all. In the coming months I will be sure to update information for this event and for all of you in the local area, we would love for you to come out and join us.
Okay. I think I am all caught up. As always, I want to thank you all again so much for being there in support of me. I know I have been slacking on my blog but at least I have let everyone know exactly why. Before too long I will be back at my work desk happily posting all the latest news, releases, and other events in regards to all of my talented independent friends in the business of entertainment writing. Until then, big hugs and much love to you always. ~ Tracy J.