Music Muse Monday: Brika Demons

Music Muse Monday: Brika Demons

This is part of Dire Cravings playlist. I have a lot of Brika on there. She’s just soulful and I love the sound of her voice along with the music selections.  Hope you enjoy the song!

Song: Demons

Artist: Brika

Album: Voice Memos

Composer: Briana Alexa Martinez & Julio Reyes Copello

Year: 2014: Track 11

And Momma always said
No one’s really gonna care
For you in the
Outside world
They’re big beasts
And full of lies
You better keep to yourself
And stay real quiet
In the outside world
But I can’t believe you
And I can’t see
Who don’t want to be loved
And what went wrong in your life?
You say you just want to go and be loved
And Momma always said
No one’s really gonna care
For you in the
Outside world
There are demons
And they’ll spit you out
Better wear a mask
And stay indoors
In the outside world
But I can’t believe you
And I can’t see
Who don’t want to be loved
And what went wrong in your life?
You say you just want to go and be loved
Be loved, loved, loved, loved

Random Acts of Writing

Random Acts of Writing

There is so much to say about writing randomly. I do it all the time. I have tons, and I mean tons of notebooks, sticky-notes, and well, paper. Some might even say I’m a bit crazy with all the things I write down. But today started off as any other day. I woke up, (I’m on vacation so score there) and I decided to sit down at my computer and get my writing on. *What you don’t know is that it’s really Tuesday night, and not Wednesday morning* which is when this post will go live. But that’s a different issue altogether right? Right.

I was talking about random acts of writing. Well, I’m taking a marketing class right now, and one of the things it talks about is planning a content schedule that will crush your goals. Do I want to crush my goals? Hells yeah! I have this template and it says publish twice, two weeks apart to get started, and then of course, build momentum from there. If you haven’t figured it out yet, this post is a random act of writing, and if you read this. KUDOS to you! I’m testing out my mad marketing skills and I’m wondering how many people have read this post? Laughed, or thought, “geesh, I just wasted x amount of time reading gobbly gook.

Thanks for reading my gobbly gook!

 

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Cover Reveal: Coloring Under the Covers

 

 

 

 

 

COLORING FOR A CAUSE
PROCEEDS TO BENEFIT THE ROSE

Welcome to the world of Coloring under the Covers: Volume 2 …
 Do you enjoy reading and getting to know the authors who create your fictional worlds? Use this coloring book to fulfill your artistic side and relax while adding to your “To Be Read” list.   Take this coloring book to events—have the author sign their page, color the page, then pick up the e-book or the paperback and see what all the fuss is about.
  With easy-to-follow QR links to the featured books, as well as the authors’ websites, this is the ultimate reference for the “must read” books of the year.
Be on the lookout for future volumes as you color for a cause. Each volume will help support a different charity. 
Coloring under the Covers … accept no substitutes.
At Beyond DEF and E-BookBuilders, we love books. We edit, design, ghostwrite, market, layout, and all things in-between. And don’t get us started on the books we read aside from the ones we see for work.
 
Tiffany Fox is the Redhead behind Beyond DEF; she’s the editor’s editor.
 
Deena Rae is the Amazon behind E-BookBuilders.
 
Between them, they have worked on some of the most amazing titles on the shelves since 2010. They want to share their love of books with you in this coloring book.
 
Each two-page spread contains a coloring page showcasing the author’s book, as well as the book description. We have included easy-to-navigate QR Codes to aid in purchasing the book or stalking the author.
 
Grab your fancy pencils and a glass of wine and prepare yourself to spend a relaxing time putting your artistic spin on some of the most beloved titles on the market.

ABOUT THE BENEFICIARY

Our Mission

Every woman deserves quality breast health care. Every woman deserves The Rose.
The Rose reduces deaths from breast cancer by providing access to screening, diagnostics, and treatment services to any woman regardless of her ability to pay.The Rose addresses any barrier that might keep a woman from caring for her own needs.  Studies show women often put personal needs on hold while tending to the needs of others. Many women cite cost and lack of access as reasons they delay preventive services. Yet, early detection mammography screenings are the most powerful weapons in the fight against breast cancer – which is 98% curable when detected early. For the woman who puts everyone else ahead of her own care, The Rose encourages her to take care of Me2.
Every service offered by The Rose is available to the uninsured through one of many sponsorship programs. In fact the whole purpose of the Empower Her® Sponsorship Program is to ensure any woman has access to breast cancer screening, diagnosis and care. From the initial screening mammogram, through diagnostic procedures such as ultrasound and biopsies as well as access to treatment — all are part of the “quality breast health care” offered at The Rose.
Same day diagnosis, special programs for young women, on-site physicians dedicated to breast health care, advanced digital technology — all reflect The Rose’s emphasis on quality and excellence. The Rose collaborates with the best medical organizations in Texas and reach women from Matagorda to Shelby Counties. 
Our service area has no boundaries,
our caring has no limits.
FAQs
Q: Who is at risk for breast cancer?
A: All women are at risk for breast cancer. The majority of women diagnosed with breast cancer have no other known risk factors.
Q: What are the risk factors that put a woman at higher risk for breast cancer?
A: A personal history of breast or ovarian cancer, a relative who had breast cancer before menopause or in both breasts, a personal history of breast biopsy showing atypical hyperplasia or carcinoma in situ, being young at the time of your first period, starting menopause later, never being pregnant or having your first child after age 30 and having the mutated breast cancer gene BRCA1 or BRCA2
Q: What steps can I take?

 

A: Age 20 -39: Conduct monthly breast self-examinations and have a clinical breast examination every year. Women under age 40 with a family history of breast cancer and other concerns about their personal risk should consult a trained medical professional about risk assessment and when to begin screening mammography.

 

Age 40 and older: Conduct monthly breast self-examinations, have a clinical breast examination every year, and an annual mammogram.
Q: When should I do a breast self-examination?
A: The best time to do a breast self-examination is the same time each month. For menstruating women, the self-exam should be performed after the menstrual period has ended when the breasts are less tender.
Q: What is a clinical breast exam (CBE)?
A: A clinical breast exam is performed by a trained medical professional, includes visual examination and palpation (feeling) of the entire breast and underarm area, and is performed in both sitting and lying down positions. Women age 40 and older should have both a clinical breast examination and mammogram each year.

MEET THE CREATORS

Tiffany Fox is a graduate of Missouri Southern State University with a Bachelor of Science in sociology. Currently, she is pursuing her Master of Arts in publishing. Since 2012, she has dedicated her life to her passion for literature. Tiffany has focused her skills on creative marketing strategies to further help authors achieve their literary goals. In the last couple of years, she has pushed her horizons in publishing and event coordinating with several successful author events called Indie Mashup. Along with her passion for marketing, her obvious obsession for books has allowed Tiffany to become a pivotal reference expert in editorial publishing. Authors are guided in an extensive, hands-on approach as she edits their manuscript, molding it into a beautifully polished novel.
Deena Rae is the Digital Director of The Book Connection and owner of E-BookBuilders. With 20 years in the background of professional independent publishing, she took the plunge and decided to do it full-time in an effort to help move The Book Connection into the e-publishing arena. As a formatter who uses HTML, she has made E-BookBuilders the company to depend on for difficult-to-format manuscripts and non-fiction. Even with a multitude of best-selling authors on her client list, she is more than prepared to take a new author and show them the process and answer any questions an aspiring author might have.

 

Happy Release Day!

Happy Release Day!

Escape to Indulgences resort, where love and romance blooms. 

Eight USA Today and bestselling authors have come together to take you to Aragon Island, where you will join couples as they discover what romantic escapade the island has in store for them.

This collection includes…

MIDKNIGHT’S KISS by Victoria Zak & DL Roan. Will an unexpected fantasy ignite lasting love?

A pretend date for a wedding becomes all too real in YOURS FOR THE WEEKEND by Lana Williams.

UNDERTONES by Xyla Turner. A divorcee and wounded hero share a fantasy in paradise.

SUMMER IN PARADISE by J.D. Monroe. Two old high school friends get a second chance at love.

COWBOY IN PARADISE by Hildie McQueen. After losing the love of his life, a cowboy finds it again at Indulgences.

FRANKLIN’S HEART by Olivia Gaines. A marriage in trouble finds new life with an escape to paradise.

A GAME OF HEARTS Tigris Eden. Best friends travel to paradise for A Game of Hearts

A Game of Hearts 

Dumped by her boyfriend of three years just a few days before their anniversary and planned trip to an island paradise, a place where fantasies come true– a resort called Indulgences–Zoraida Lemes is forced to do a little soul searching, and what she discovers is not what she expected. Especially when her best friend from childhood, Mateo Vargas, expresses an interest in being more than just friends.

Now everything is up in the air. Including her friendship with Mateo.

One almost steamy night sets the two on a journey that Zoraida may or may not be ready for, but Mateo hopes she is as the two indulge their fantasy with a game of hearts.

When I first started working on this project. The only thing  I was sure of, was that Mateo and Zori were going to be friends first, before they became lovers. I talked to a good friend of mine who helped me pick out there names, and then I plotted the entire book. From beginning to end. Two friends who grew up next to each other, both wanting the same things, but at different times. When it comes time for one to stand up and make their move, well, you can only imagine what happens.

Normally when I write, I don’t have pictures to help me push through. My characters tell me what they look like, but Zori and Mateo insisted I had inspiration. It could be because this was my first official Latin couple. So I searched, I found my male, and my female, well lets just say she resembled Christina Milan, but I had to settle for a stand in, with some extra added imagination. Not saying that the picture was bad, just all wrong as far as attitude to match the body.

Zori                                                                                                                                       Mateo

 

 

 

 

Once I had my images, it became all about the two of them, dancing around one another before finally colliding. I really enjoyed writing their story, and I hope you do to! Remember, Escape to Paradise is only .99 cents but for a limited time! Below is the play list I listened to as I wrote their story.

Friday Fearless Female: Guest Author Anne Conley

Friday Fearless Female: Guest Author Anne Conley

The best protection any woman can have … is courage—Elizabeth Cady Stanton

Elizabeth Cady Stanton was a contemporary of Susan B. Anthony, and although less well-known, she still has a lot to say to modern women.

This quote resonates with me, especially because I am scared of everything.  I’m not an adrenaline junkie, storms terrify me, and if I could wrap my car in bubble wrap for all forays out of the house, I’d be much happier.

However, that just won’t do.

Life is about taking chances, especially in my chosen career—writing and publishing.  While I can happily live my life never getting on another airplane or motorcycle, I can’t not write.

And that requires courage of a different sort.

Good writing involves putting the characters in situations where they will grow. Finding some hidden truth inside themselves.  Not only that, but it’s necessary to take risks with plot and conflict, and that can be scary as an author.  The heroine is already in trouble?  Let’s throw something else in the mix to make it worse!  Depending on the trouble and the wrenches we throw into the mix, the characters we have birthed will suffer much more at our hands.  As much as we laugh and joke about that, it’s still guilt-inducing for me.  And readers get angry.  That’s a risk we have to take.

The entire act of indie publishing is a brave thing, as well.  I’ve already been rejected by the publishing houses who are supposed to know everything, right?  When I first began this journey, I felt like I was going over their head, so to speak, and publishing anyway, after they’d essentially told me I wasn’t worth it.  That’s ballsy too.

It took courage.  Courage I didn’t have.

And throughout this process, I have learned so much about myself.  I’ve learned I can truly do anything I set my mind to, something I assumed my parents just told me to make me feel better.  I’ve learned I can support my family through creative efforts.  I’ve learned I CAN touch people’s lives and make them better.  I’ve learned how to push through my failures.

And these things have made me even stronger.  And in that strength, I am protected by my courage to take risks.  Risks with my characters, the situations they find themselves in, and the other characters who help them discover their own inner strength.

So I project my insecurities on my characters in different ways—either by making them fraidy cats, like myself, or the fearless woman I wish I was.

And it’s cathartic in a way I can’t even explain.  But through this journey of writing and exploring different characters’ faults and foibles and helping them grow, I have found myself.

And I am a strong woman.

And so are you.  Just find your courage, and you’ll be protected.

 

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