Angel Baby

Let’s hope that he gets justice.

Free Bird

It was the worst day of my life. This day changed my life forever. It is ingrained in my memory like cement. That night has replayed in my mind over and over again without ceasing. It’s like a never ending tragic movie that just doesn’t seem real- yet it is very real.  After receiving the phone call that he was missing, I was driving as fast as I could with my heart beating out of my chest. I already knew what happened. In the depths of my heart, I expected the worst. As we turned down the street, it was like the scene out of a movie. Fire trucks, police cars, and crowds of rescuers and neighbors were gathered around the house, searching, confused and panicked. My heart sank and chills ran up my spine. So many cars were there, we had to park down the street. As we frantically…

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ANNOUNCING: Yecheilyah’s 1st Annual Poetry Contest

For the poets among us, here’s your chance!

Colleen Chesebro ~ Fairy Whisperer

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Hi, everybody! I am excited to share with you Yecheilyah’s First Annual POETRY Contest, right here on my blog. Read the instructions below, because you are going to love this!!

From Yecheilyah:

“It’s no secret I love poetry. In fact, my entrance into Indie Publishing began this way, with a collection of poems. I have been performing since High School and writing them since middle school. I’ve traveled to perform, entered contests, and have been filmed. Remember that you can listen to my poems and follow me on my new Soundcloud page HERE.”

“I have wanted to do this for a long time and Renaissance: The Nora White Story is the perfect excuse. In my upcoming release poetry plays a significant role. Nora meets such famous poets as Langston Hughes and even gets to recite a poem of her own. For this, to celebrate the release of book one in the…

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Irony of Feminism

Exactly. More young women need to adapt a mindset like Malala. With enough of them like her and women could rule the world.

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Amidst all the cacophony made on feminism and women issues on a lazy Sunday, I pondered why this issue is so important these days.

From politicians, celebrities, human rights supporters and college going girls, everyone wants a piece of feminism. What actually is feminism – first attempt to provide baseline definition of a common basis of all feminism may start with assertion that feminism concern themselves with the women’s inferior position in society and with discrimination encountered by them because of their sex.

Belonging from a landmass, where girls are considered useless in many parts of society made me think why we blame only patriarch mindset for discrimination. How much women themselves are responsible for distress condition of other women? Recently, during US elections I read an article “How much women are responsible for Hillary Clinton’s loss?” As per data, millennial men (65%) supported her than women (47%).  I believe…

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#1 MinFicton: The Woman in the Street by Pamela D. Beverly

I’m taking Nortina’s one minute fiction challenge at https://lovelycurses.com//2017/06/12/Mondays-one-minute-fiction-week-of-June12/.

Here’s my contribution:

I got to her before he did.

“Don’t touch her!” his commanding voice rang out.

I stopped short for a second but bent down to give aid.

Yecheilyah’s Book Reviews – The Love Labyrinth by Pamela D. Beverly

Pearls Before Swine

Title: The Love Labyrinth

Author: Pamela D. Beverly

Print Length: 201 pages

Publisher: Pamela D. Beverly (March 12, 2017)

Publication Date: March 12, 2017

Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC

Language: English

ASIN: B06XKGFQ5R

*I received this book as a gift from the author*

When Noelle Harrison meets Clark Johnson on her way out the church doors, she immediately discerns that his kindness is not appropriate for a married woman. Already we can see Noelle struggling. Should she go out to lunch with the young, fine, Clark? He claims he just wants to be friends, is that possible? Can a married woman be friends with another man without romance being involved? This is the question I asked myself as Clark and Noelle made plans for lunch.

The plot thickens as we discover that Mr. Wayne Harrison is a workaholic who is always away on business. In fact, he is so…

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5 words to describe life with MS…

Dinosaurs, Donkeys and MS

It’s World MS Day! And this year the theme is ‘Life with MS’, so me and Dizzy have thought of 5 words that sum up life with MS for us!

  1. Unpredictable

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2. Exhausting

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3. Frustrating

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4. Challenging

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5. Enlightening

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These are mine and Dizzy’s five! We’d love to hear your top 1, 3 or 5 words if you have a chronic condition or maybe just your favourite words to sum up life?

Dizzy would also greatly appreciate any help with finishing off her equation. 🙂 xxx

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Book Festivals – Are they Worth it?

2012 Book Fair

Image Credit: Virginia Festival of the Book

Yesterday I participated in a local book festival.

Can’t get those six hours back.

A big goose egg.

Zero.

Nada.

Zilch.

And no, the photo above is not from the book festival I was a part of yesterday although I did attend that festival about five years ago.

At yesterday’s festival, there were probably more author and vendors than customers. And from what I could see from my table, those that were there weren’t buying much. Those authors lucky enough to have any sales seemed to be children’s authors.

Is it the demographic? I’m wondering. The genre? I don’t know.

Do you?

Or is just basically a crapshoot?

The hours I spent writing, editing, proofreading, having my manuscript proofread, edited, formatted, deciding on a cover design, working on my blog, marketing.

Spending money.

Lots of moo-lah.

Why? What’s my motivation?

I’m starting to wonder ’cause this ain’t my first rodeo. I’ve participated in several with my first book, albeit costly when I add up the cost versus what I actually sold.

As for yesterday’s book festival, it’s not like I didn’t try to help the cause. I advertised it on my Twitter, Google+, Facebook and Amazon Author Pages several times as the time grew near.

Where’s the support? The readers?

How about where you live? What are your thoughts?

Are people coming out?

Are they buying?

Is there simply too many books on the market?

I’d like to know.

 

Is There Bias Against Unknown Authors When it Comes to Advertising?

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Let me preface my post by first stating that I think that the concept of Goodreads is an excellent one–to bring readers and authors together. To that, I have no dispute.

And I know, it’s free to join.

I recently published by second novel, The Love Labyrinth. I’ve been a member of Goodreads since mid-2012, about the same time I published by debut novel, Relations. I hosted two giveaways in the past but I was eager to find other ways to advertise on the site for my new book. Well, it is very expensive, at least for me and I told them so. Heck, some of us haven’t even sold enough books to pay for the work it took to have it published (editing, covers, etc.)

Now don’t get the impression that I don’t spend money for advertisements. I have done so in the past and I am currently doing so with my second book. I expect to pay. Something. However, the placement and advertisement of books on Goodreads’ website seem to be geared to those authors that are already well-known, best-selling authors or authors well on their way to being both well-known and best-selling. And if I had the kind of the money they expect us to fork over, I’d probably be both, too.

Therein lies my dismay. How then, do those of us authors who aren’t well-known or best-selling yet, get exposure and play with the big boys of the literary world?

Why can’t it be more equitable for us all?

What do you think, fellow authors and readers? New authors or those of us who are trying to make our way in the industry of writing and self-publishing, cannot afford to spend thousands of dollars to advertise on Goodreads or anywhere else for that matter, sometimes on one ad. Don’t even get me started on why advertising costs so much in the first place or we’ll be here all night.

So, in essence, our voices are muffled, purely based on economic opportunity and not on talent. And well-known/best-selling authors continue to have an advantage. Their ads are seen and ours aren’t, because we can afford to purchase them in the first place.

How about you? Do you think there is bias in advertising when it comes to authors? Or do you think I’m barking up the wrong tree?

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – New on the Shelves – Pamela D. Beverly – The Love Labyrinth

There can indeed be three sides to every story. Spotlight of my new book, The Love Labyrinth on Sally Cronin’s Cafe and Bookstore.

Smorgasbord - Variety is the spice of life

Delighted to welcome Pamela D. Beverly to the bookstore with her latest novel contemporary romance, The Love Labyrinth published on March 17th 2017.

About the book

Noelle Harrison is a hard-working wife and loving mother to two young sons. Although supportive of her husband Wayne’s professional pursuits, she rails at his constant out-of-town travel to conferences and seminars. What about her needs and wants? Then one day on her way home from church… There are two sides to every story. Or maybe three.

Buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Love-Labyrinth-Pamela-D-Beverly/dp/099867320X

Also by Pamela D. Beverly

About Relations

Frank Ellis has it all-good looks, a charismatic personality that draws people to his financial seminars in droves, and a multitude of women for the choosing. Unfortunately, it isn’t enough anymore.

As Frank leads one of his entertaining seminars on financial planning, one audience member captures his attention-the beautiful Delilah Carpenter from Savannah, Georgia. Bewitched…

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