Writing and Publishing

Writing and Publishing, Guest post by Kristin Anderson Cetone

Have you ever had a vision of a story book character you would like to create?  Have you ever thought of a story book theme you would like to develop around this character?  Did you develop this idea or put it to sleep for several years? 

Writing and Publishing, Guest post by Kristin Anderson Cetone
Winner of the Mom's Choice Silver and OneBookAZ Awards!
This is how Buckaroo Buckeye-A Little Nut with Big Dreams was born.

From my life experiences and my family experiences and my education experiences, I wanted to weave a story book character and theme around these.  I wanted to tell my personal story which everybody’s story isa life journey of self-discovery and overcoming the bumps and bullies and setbacks along the way.  I wanted my story book to be inspirational to those who face struggles on their pathway to their self-discovery success.  I was inspired to write this story because of the many struggling readers I had worked with over the years.  They were bullied and excluded and had low self-esteem until one day with guidance and nurturing and determination they could read!

Now, what kind of character did I want, to deliver my message?  I thought of my own backgroundborn and raised in Ohio, the Buckeye State.  Then it came to me.  A buckeye nut seed!  From such a tiny seed that holds all the dreams to become a mighty tree it starts its journey and must persevere.  The challenges it faces to sprout and grow strong through soil, cold winters, and squirrels eating them, but with proper nourishment, this tiny little nut seed survives to realize its dream of becoming a mighty buckeye tree!

WE are born with a tiny little nut seed that contains our hopes and dreams to one day achieve!  OUR pathways are strewn with challenges and setbacks along the way, but with proper nourishment and guidance from family and culture, education, and life experiences we can achieve! So, I sat down and wrote my words to my story.  Not too many words, and not too long of a story but make sure it has the beginning dream, followed by the journey, ending with the dream achieved! But what was my little nut seeds dream?  Que lรกstima!  You must read the story!

Now, I had to bring this tiny little nut seed to life and make it relatable, so I decided he needed to transform at some point into a cute little human like character that was more identifiable to children and their parents.  Well, I had always loved to daydream about the old wild west and cowboys as a little girl growing up in rural Ohio.  Why not make him into a cowboy!  Cowboys wore chaps.  Let’s give him chaps out of a buckeye nut husk.  Cowboys wore kerchiefs.  How about an oversized red one?  After all he is a teeny, tiny little nut seed.  And of course!  Cowboys wore cowboy hats and my character needs a BIG one, since he’s so tiny! 

My story was written, the character was created, now it was time to bring the two together.  What was my character’s name and what is his story?  After some brainstorming with my husband, he got his name.  Buckaroo Buckeye!  And next, his story line: A Little Nut with Big Dreams!  What do buckeye trees do?  They grow more buckeyes, of course!  And more life journeys for me to write!  So three buckeye nut seed sequels were created.  They all get their start…oops, can’t say because if I do, you will know the ending to the original story of Buckaroo Buckeye!  Happy Trails.

Next starts the most challenging journey for the writer getting their book published.  I chose self-publishing, so I could trademark my character and maintain control over the fidelity of my characters and their stories.  Self-publishing is not an easy journey.  Perhaps I will share that story another time.

Buckaroo Buckeye grew out of author Kristin Anderson Cetone's imagination and joy of reading.

Writing and Publishing, Guest post by Kristin Anderson Cetone
Born in Dayton, Ohio, she traveled many miles before putting down roots in the Arizona desert. Influenced by family, education, life experiences, and a desire to teach others, Mrs. Cetone discovered her purpose---just like Buckaroo Buckeye did.

Her true calling and passion is writing and helping others become successful readers. She created Buckaroo to encourage children to believe in themselves and follow their dreams while dodging the bumps and bullies along the way. Reading will help guide the way. Being a Reading Specialist, she has also created Nuts About Reading™ an informal, supplemental, online reading service. She shares her insights and suggestions to help parents strengthen their children's reading process and become successful readers.

Her joy now is to inspire and help kids to find the Buckaroo Buckeye in themselves.

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Audio Excerpt: Call To Arms by Rachel Amphlett

Audio Excerpt: Call To Arms by Rachel Amphlett

Title: Call To Arms
Author: Rachel Amphlett
Narrator: Alison Campbell
Length: hours minutes
Publisher: Saxon Publishing⎮20
Genre: Mystery, Police Procedural
Series: Detective Kay Hunter, Book 5
Release date: March 5, 2018

Audio Excerpt: Call To Arms by Rachel Amphlett
About the book

"If you want to see your daughter alive again, listen carefully."

When the body of a snatched schoolgirl is found in an abandoned biosciences building, the case is first treated as a kidnapping gone wrong.

But Detective Kay Hunter isn't convinced, especially when a man is found dead with the ransom money still in his possession.

When a second schoolgirl is taken, Kay's worst fears are realized.

With her career in jeopardy - desperate to conceal a disturbing secret, Kay's hunt for the killer becomes a race against time before he claims another life.

For the killer, the game has only just begun....

Scared to Death is the first book in a new crime thriller series featuring Kay Hunter - a detective with a hidden past and an uncertain future....

If you like the Kim Stone series by Angela Marsons, Peter Robinson's DCI Banks
series and the Erika Foster series by Robert Bryndza, discover Rachel Amphlett's new detective novels today.

Audio excerpt:

Audio Excerpt: Call To Arms by Rachel Amphlett
About the Author:

Before turning to writing, Rachel Amphlett played guitar in bands, worked as a TV and film extra, dabbled in radio as a presenter and freelance producer for the BBC, and worked in publishing as a sub-editor and editorial assistant.

She now wields a pen instead of a plectrum and writes crime fiction and spy novels, including the Dan Taylor espionage novels and the Detective Kay Hunter series.

Originally from the UK and currently based in Brisbane, Australia, Rachel cites her writing influences as Michael Connelly, Lee Child, and Robert Ludlum. She’s also a huge fan of Peter James, Val McDermid, Robert Crais, Stuart MacBride, and many more.

She’s a member of International Thriller Writers and the Crime Writers Association, with the Italian foreign rights for her debut novel, White Gold sold to Fanucci Editore's TIMECrime imprint, and the first four books in the Dan Taylor espionage series contracted to Germany’s Luzifer Verlag.


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Interview with Natashia Brewer

Interview with Natashia Brewer

Tell us about your latest book.

Biblical Proportions is a story about twin brothers who are music executives in their family business, the dynamics of this book was inspired by the story of Esau and Jacob from the Bible.  James and Edward are polar opposites, but they find themselves in the battle of a lifetime.  These two gentlemen where fighting the consequences of some bad choices and the only way out was to strengthen their faith and surrender to the will of the Lord.  They found their strength, peace, and their purpose along the way.

Interview with Natashia Brewer
What did you edit out of this book?

I didn’t edit anything out of the book.  Once the book came back from the editor, I enhanced some of the scenes.  I treat my books like a project (I have an extensive background as an IT project manager) so I conduct a ton of planning upfront.  I identify the type of story I want to tell.  Then I identify the number of chapters.  By this time, I know the types of characters I want to be included in the storyline.  After all that is done, I identify everything that I want to happen in each chapter (building the story intensity along the way).  When all that is done, I just start writing.  I not had to edit out any part of the two books that I have written thus far.

Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with the bad or good ones?

I welcome and appreciate all reviews good or bad.  I recognize and accept that my books will not appeal to everyone that reads it.  I don’t get consumed with it because I know that I’ve done the best that I could do in that moment.  If I do get a bad review, I hope the person provides examples or ideas on what needs to be improved.  I would take those things into consideration when I write my next book.  I will say you have to weed out the noise because all criticism isn’t constructive – be discerning

Interview with Natashia Brewer

How long did it take you to write your book?
It took me three weeks to write the book.  It was actually finished in October 2017.  However, I knew it wasn’t time to release it.  I took another week after the editing process to rewrite some scenes in the book

Where can a reader purchase your book?

Do you believe in writer’s block?
I believe that there is a such thing as writer’s block and I also believe that in order to get through it you need to write.  Not continue to write your book, but to step away from it and write something totally different.

If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?

Don’t be afraid to step outside of your comfort zone and stretch yourself.  There are beautiful things and experience outside of that comfort zone.  Set yourself free!

Interview with Natashia Brewer
What is your work in progress? Tell us about it.

My work in progress is my life’s story that is titled, There Was Power in the Pain, From the Pit to the Palace.  It will take the readers on my journey to overcome the odds that were stacked against me. 

What are your thoughts on self-publishing verses traditional publishing?

I have self-published both of my books and I feel that going this route give you more control and potentially higher returns.  However, it takes a significant amount of time and effort to get your book in front of your target audience.  If you go the traditional publishing route, you will have access to more exposure with press and other media outlets.  You will have to work to do to sell your books, but it is less backend work that the traditional publisher handles.  So there are pros and cons to both.

When you’re not writing, how do you spend your time?

When I am not writing books, I am writing songs/creating music or speaking.  If I am not doing any of that, I am enjoying time spent with my family and friends.

Interview with Natashia Brewer


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Book Showcase: Your Rhythm by Katia Rose

Book Showcase: Your Rhythm by Katia Rose

Title: Your Rhythm (Sherbrooke Station, #1) 

Author: Katia Rose 

Publication date: May 24th 2018
Genres: Adult, Comedy, Contemporary,Romance

About the book:
Book Showcase: Your Rhythm by Katia Rose

You know what they say: save a snare, bang a drummer.

Kay Fischer is well aware of what they say, and she intends to ignore it completely.

After her first step into the world of music journalism ended with a screw-up so royal it deserved a crown, Kay’s been struggling to re-stack the building blocks of her career. Salvation comes in the form of Sherbrooke Station, the latest alt-rock craze to grace Montreal’s legendary music scene.

A front page feature on the band everyone’s talking about seems like a foolproof shot at success, even after Kay meets their drummer. Matt Pearson might have a smile sexy enough to be the eighth deadly sin and a passion for music so powerful it makes her heart ache, but Kay’s got things under control.

She’s a professional, goddammit, and a professional would not get tongue-tied over a source, even a source who’s a six-foot, tattooed rock god with an affinity for tight jeans.

A professional would not find herself opening her door at an hour long past midnight to pull said source inside and lead him to her bed.
No, that’s not at all what a professional would do.

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About the Author:

Book Showcase: Your Rhythm by Katia Rose
Katia Rose is not much of a Pina Colada person, but she does like getting caught in the rain. She prefers her romance served steamy with a side of smart, and is a sucker for quirky characters. A habit of jetting off to distant countries means she’s rarely in one place for very long, but she calls the frigid northland that is Canada home.

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Book Showcase: A Reason for Living by Julian Jingles

Book Showcase: A Reason for Living by Julian Jingles

Title: A Reason for Living 
Author: Julian Jingles

Category: Adult Fiction, 382 pages
Genre: Historical fiction
Publisher: iUniverse
Release date: January 17, 2018
Content Rating: R

Book Showcase: A Reason for Living by Julian Jingles
About the Book:

It is the mid-1960s in Kingston, Jamaica, and the country is steeped in social, political, and economic inequities. Howard Baxter, the heir to a real estate empire, has no interest in seeking or managing wealth. Painting and deflowering Jamaican maidens are his passions. As he combs the streets looking for greater meaning in his pathetic life, it soon becomes apparent that Howard's journey will not be easy.

Bernaldo Lloyd, a member of the Baxter clan, is a medical student who is sensitive to the hopelessness of the Jamaican masses. Inspired by his close friend and Howard's cousin, Ras Robin Pone, and their ties with the Rastafari movement that calls for social and economic equity, Bernaldo is determined to overthrow the corrupt government. As Howard, Bernaldo and Robin become influenced by America's Black Power and Civil Rights movements demanding equal rights for African Americans, the women in their lives both love and criticize them. But when revolution breaks out, Howard finally discovers a purpose for his twisted life that leads him in a direction he never anticipated.

In this tale of love, passion, and self-discovery, two Jamaican men become caught up in a 1960s revolution that reveals injustices, oppression, and a purpose for one of them.

Praise for A Reason for Living:

“Riveting, touching on micro and macro relationships of love, sex and politics, and the search of Jamaicans for the essence of their existence, with many compelling scenes and very touching, sensitive dialogues.”
- Dr. Basil Wilson, New York Carib News

"A Reason for Living is a highly complex work that pits sense against sensibility. Emotions surge, transforming men in unfathomable ways. And as love and revolution march in lock-step, Jingles might well have earned a place among the region’s more interesting writers."

“The author, filmmaker, entrepreneur did not wile away five decades as a bystander but may have calculatedly used the hiatus to toil in order to reveal a compelling novel about the creative and volatile ‘60s in Jamaica.”
- Vinette K. Pryce, Caribbean Life

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About the Author:

Julian Jingles has had a professional career spanning 52 years writing for publications such as the Jamaica Gleaner, the New York Amsterdam News, JET magazine, the New York Daily News, and the New York Carib News. He began work on his novel A Reason For Living in 1966, a teenager just graduating from high school in Jamaica. In 1967 he went to work as a journalist at the Gleaner Company, the oldest published newspaper in Jamaica, and the Caribbean. He has written, produced, and co-directed three documentary films, production managed several music videos featuring Kool and the Gang, Steel Pulse, the Main Ingredient, promoted several music concerts, and a stage play, along with investing in several entrepreneurial projects in America, and Jamaica.

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Excerpt: Bound by Alexandrea Weis & Lucas Astor

Excerpt: Bound by Alexandrea Weis & Lucas Astor

Title: Bound (A Magnus Blackwell Novel #2) 
Authors: Alexandrea Weis & Lucas Astor 

Published by: Vesuvian Books
Publication date: April 17th 2018
Genres: Adult, Supernatural

Excerpt: Bound by Alexandrea Weis & Lucas Astor
About the Book:

Magnus Blackwell’s past is about to catch up with him.

An evil force has seized New Orleans. Pestilence, suffering, and darkness cloak the city. The citizens are scared and need their mambo to guide them, but Lexie Arden can’t help anyone. A diabolical presence has taken Lexie’s power and severed her ties with the other side.

Magnus Blackwell is fighting demons of his own. Torn between his devotion to Lexie and a spirit from his past, Magnus’s loyalty is put to the test. He must revisit his sins to uncover the key to the hatred ripping the city apart. If he doesn’t, Lexie’s reign as mambo will end.

Their search for answers leads them deep into the darker realms of voodoo—until a desperate Lexie does the unthinkable, and Magnus can do nothing to spare her from her fate.



Will went to the doors leading to the balcony. “Do you hear that?”
Lexie got up from the sofa, and as soon as she came up to him, a low buzzing came through their back door. “What is it?”
Will hooked her waist. “Get behind me.”
“Just do it, Lexie!”
She curled into his back with her hands on his shoulders, looking around the nape of his neck while he reached for the door handle.
The buzzing got much louder when he cracked the door.
Her breath coming in quick gasps, she stared out into the night.
A wave of black shot up from the courtyard as if alerted by the light escaping from their door. The humming became deafening. Her eyes adjusted to the dark, and then Lexie became paralyzed with terror.
Flies, thousands of them, swarmed like a flock of birds, dipping and rising with a single mind. While poised over the pond, their mass obscured the floodlights from the adjacent buildings.
Aghast, Lexie’s nails dug into Will as the swarm pulled into a giant ball. A black wave flowed over the mass, bending and twisting in different directions, forming a shape.
“Have you ever seen flies do that?” Will mumbled.
Never taking her eyes off the object, she whispered back, “No. Never.”
Right after Lexie spoke, the ball suddenly contracted into a tight, flat orb.
She could not see the flies anymore, but their buzzing remained. Depressions sank into the orb; two eyes, a dip where the nose should be, and a thin line for the mouth.
The face reminded Lexie of a large black skull.
The skull then exploded, and the flies flew off in every direction.
“Holy shit!” Will slammed the doors and set the bolt. “What the hell was that?”
Lexie went around him to the window and peeked outside.
The only things hovering above the pond were a few bright beams from a neighbor’s spotlight. The flies had disappeared.
She stepped back, trembling. “It’s a warning.”
 “Any idea who’s sending it?”
She rubbed his back, eager to feel his warmth. “No, but I’m sure I will find out soon enough.”
“Are you all right?” Magnus arrived in her living room. “I came as soon as I felt the black presence nearby.”
“We’re fine.” She looked up. “Just spooked.”
“Who are you talking …?” Will’s voice faded. “Oh my God. Is that …?”
Lexie held her breath as Will stared openmouthed at Magnus. “Can you see him?”
Will closed his mouth and cleared his throat. “Oh yeah.”
She rubbed her head, fighting the tension headache coming on. “This is all I need.”
“Others have seen me, why not him?” Magnus maneuvered closer. “It’s a pleasure to meet you, Will.”
Will’s cheeks blanched, but he managed a courteous nod.
“Yeah, it’s nice to know you’re real.”
Magnus smugly grinned. “I’ve always been real.”
A long lapse of silence followed as each of the men—well, man and ghost—sized the other up.
Since she’d first met Magnus, Lexie longed for Will to see him, to know he existed. Her wish finally granted, she questioned if seeing Magnus was good for her husband. Will had stayed on the fringe of her world, opting to support her in any way he could, but leaving her to run her responsibilities without his assistance. She’d preferred things that way, seeking guidance from Titu instead of Will. He had his architecture firm and she her shop. Could they go back to their comfortable existence, or had the tide turned?
“Why is this happening?” Will staggered backward. “Why am I seeing him?”

About the Authors:

Excerpt: Bound by Alexandrea Weis & Lucas Astor
Lucas Astor is from New York, has resided in Central America and the Middle East, and traveled through Europe. He lives a very private, virtually reclusive lifestyle, preferring to spend time with a close-knit group of friends than be in the spotlight.

He is an author and poet with a penchant for telling stories that delve into the dark side of the human psyche. He likes to explore the evil that exists, not just in the world, but right next door behind a smiling face.

Photography, making wine, and helping endangered species are just some of his interests. Lucas is an expert archer and enjoys jazz, blues, and classical music.

One of his favorite quotes is:  “It’s better to be silent than be a fool.”  ~Harper Lee (To Kill a Mockingbird)

Excerpt: Bound by Alexandrea Weis & Lucas Astor
Alexandrea Weis is an advanced practice registered nurse who was born and raised in New Orleans. Having been brought up in the motion picture industry, she learned to tell stories from a different perspective and began writing at the age of eight. Infusing the rich tapestry of her hometown into her award-winning novels, she believes that creating vivid characters makes a story memorable. A permitted/certified wildlife rehabber with the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries, Weis rescues orphaned and injured wildlife. She lives with her husband and pets in New Orleans.

Excerpt: Bound by Alexandrea Weis & Lucas Astor


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