Fall/Winter Goals, Books, Updates

Hello to my beloved readers! My post frequency so far this month hasn’t been on the same level as previous months, but I’ll continue to post new material at least weekly. In my self-publishing/blogging journey so far, I have learned so much and taken on more than I realized I was capable of handling. I spent a considerable amount of time promoting my blog before I published Reflection in the Music, but when it came time to really start pushing and focusing on the book, the majority of my time went into self-promotion, which totally wore me out! Let me say, when you’re trying to network and read other blogs/books/articles and leave feedback and share/retweet/repost you can quickly lost track of time and not have any time left to work on your own projects, if you’re not careful. So for the past couple of weeks I’ve been mentally trying to regroup and focus on my next project I plan to release in the coming weeks, Sunlight, Coffee and Roses.

This next book is a collection of short stories and poems, which I’ve been building up for the past few months, but as I sit down to arrange and edit the stories I’m finding that I’m not as satisfied with them as I initially thought and feel the need to write totally new material. It’s probably just me adding unnecessary stress onto myself and the stories are great just the way they are. Still, I had intentions of releasing this book at the beginning of October. It is now mid-October, which means I’ve missed my self-imposed deadline. If I had made it, that would’ve meant that I released two books at roughly the same time, which was a tall order. LeTaraWrites is a one-woman show and my title aside from indie author and blogger is also mom and employee, so time is a commodity I must use sparingly and accordingly. I have early to mid-November in mind for the potential release date, which I have every intention of making. My goal is to have both books published by the end of the year and I’m halfway there.

I’ve also begun work on a project I intend to release in early spring 2017 entitled Drive, which you can read a few samples by going to the category entitled ‘Drive’ on the side of the page if you’re viewing this on a computer—you’ll have to scroll a little ways towards the bottom of the page if you’re viewing this on a mobile device. It’ll be my first novel, as Reflection in the Music is a novella—a short novel, and I’m sure it’ll be even more torturous to write than my first book was. Call me a masochist, however, because I wouldn’t have it any other way. The writing is actually the easiest part, of course. The real torture comes in the publishing arena; designing my book covers, designing the book interiors, finding test readers, expanding my social networks, etc.

I have a slew of ideas for books to keep me busy for quite some time and I look forward to seeing how those seeds blossom. I also look forward to the day when this blog is no longer only a labor of love, but that I can enjoy the fruits of my labor. I spend about as much time maintaining this blog and creative writing as I do working my job, but that’s what you do when you want to pursue your dreams. Although it certainly is work, it is work that I can easily get lost in because it is something I care about. It is work I don’t mind doing because I feel as though I am putting my talents of which I am aware to use, as well as discovering new talents I never knew I had. Ultimately, that’s what this is all about. I’d love to get rich from writing, but experience is what I value more than monetary gain—though I’m definitely trying to earn a living, make no mistake.

As I push forward, I take with me the feedback I’ve received on Reflection in the Music so far, which has been mostly positive, and I create more work for you to consume. I’ve been praised for my character development and my ability to project my characters and ideas, which is what I was aiming for. I love a good character-driven book, and that’s exactly what I strive to create: characters that readers can get to know and relate to.

Just because I’ve been sharing these on all of my social media sites, I feel it is definitely appropriate to share them here—screenshots of feedback I’ve received from various parts of the web about Reflection in the Music. Feel free to check out the excerpts I have posted and order your digital and/or paperback copy if you feel moved to read the rest of the story.

Reflection in the Music e-book – $1.99

Reflection in the Music paperback – $9.99

I’ve said it in previous posts, I’ll say it in this post and I’ll say it in future posts: Thank you for taking the time to read anything I write. Thanks especially to those who purchase anything I create. You don’t have to invest your time and you certainly don’t have to invest your money into me or my work, but I am so grateful that you have for I cannot succeed in this without you. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Concrete Hike

An excerpt (a very rough draft) from my book Drive: No Mirrors, No Looking Back

She would not let panic set in. Not yet. The lines were out to the streets, blocking traffic. If she could get in, she’d probably need a push to finally get her to a pump. To stop or not? She decided not and kept driving in hopes that she’d come across one gas pump somewhere within a half mile radius that wasn’t bagged or blocked off before her car shut off. More

My Current Book Release

I’ve chosen to take a more difficult road, forgoing selling my books through the major retailers and instead selling them directly. It is for both financial and personal reasons I have chosen to do this. For one, I want to have as much creative control over my work as possible. Secondly, I’d like to have as close of a connection to my supporters as I can over the internet. By selling my books direct, I know a little about who buys my work and the people who buy my work know a little something about me. My eBooks are available as .epub and .pdf and my paperbacks will be autographed. Hopefully, if you have decided to invest in my career, you’ve already had a chance to read through some of the pieces I have published on this site and are familiar with my style. FYI, I like to say a lot in a few words, so you can expect my books to be quick but powerful reads. If you’re a member of Goodreads and you’ve read anything written by me, please leave a review or leave a little feedback in the comments below. Are you ready to buy? Just click on the link below to visit my bookstore or visit the My Books tab to order a paperback.

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My current eBook release: Reflection in the Music

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Melissa is lost and hasn’t the first clue of where to find herself. Pea can’t let go of her past mistakes, which is suffering her present and future. Sherri thrives on her vanity, but even the most vain finds herself falling short. Jane just wants to start over and make amends, but how does one mend a broken heart? Life has a funny way of connecting the lost and confused. Some mistakes are meant to be made and some wounds aren’t meant to be healed. Some wounds don’t want to heal. Despite the shortcomings and differences, these ladies find themselves all singing the same tune. Beauty, passion, art, fear and love all had their hands in the composition of the ladies’ song—a song that reveals the deepest layer of each one’s being.

Read excerpts here.

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Memories of Zing

An excerpt from the novella Reflection in the Music:

“It needs just a tad more garlic, I think,” Pea said when she tasted filling for Omar’s stuffed pasta shells. “I can definitely see where you’re going with this, but there’s still a couple of elements missing for it to really be what I’m guessing you want it to be. Garlic is it. And maybe a little something to add a little kick. You know…zing!” More

Upcoming Projects September/October 2016

I’ve been writing since I can remember. I’ve had a love-hate relationship with the idea of writing full-time and potentially being a starving artist. I strayed away, but I couldn’t stay away. Some days ideas fill my head and I can’t function until I pick up a pen and a sheet of paper. I officially had my first novel idea in 2012. I started, wrote more than 20,000, then let life get in the way. I’ve written some other things since then; blog posts, SEO articles as a ghostwriter, poetry and short stories. Last year I became fed up and engaged in much prayer and reflection to figure out what the heck I was doing with my life and what kind of example I was setting for my young daughter. One year ago in October I got the wake-up call and opportunity of a lifetime that prompted me to take steps towards using my natural-born talents as a writer. Should I pursue slam poetry? Maybe I should start a blog. I already had blogs that I had abandoned…why start another? Maybe I should just get back into the habit of writing, period. Well, it seems only fitting to announce the release of two completed projects during the month that I officially began my literary pursuit. The first is my debut novel (technically a novella) Reflection in the Music. Here’s a little synopsis: More

Too Little, Too Late

 

An excerpt from the novella Reflection in the Music:

It had been two weeks since she lost him. Pea had several regrets in her life. Her biggest regret was allowing her other regrets to interfere with her love for the man who passed away, the father of her unborn child. For what seemed like the thousandth time she reread Isaiah 55:8. For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways. More

Past vs Present

An excerpt from the novella Reflection in the Music:

Jane and Sarita sat across from each other at the kitchen table. Several moments of silence passed between them as they examined one another. One of them was Sly’s past and the other was his present and soon-to-be future. Jane placed her hand on her swollen belly and wondered how the heck she had gotten to this point. She could’ve kept her own husband, if only she had the desire to compete with his drug habit. Unfortunately, that was one of the downsides of the music industry that she had worked so hard to avoid herself, knowing her addictive personality. There was a reason she split with James, her husband, when she was younger and it was the same reason that she split with him after she had gained a few more years’ worth of life experience. Too bad that wasn’t enough to stop her from returning to him. Too bad that addictive personality kept her bouncing back and forth between James and Sly. Had she been in more control over her habit, she wouldn’t be Sly’s and Sarita’s new roommate. More

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