Hi, beautiful readers! Today, author Rox Burkey is interviewing me on her site. I'd love for you to visit and show her (and me) some love by leaving a comment. Enjoy! :-)
Tuesday, June 29, 2021
Hello, beautiful readers! I'm so excited to share with you my newest short story, The One Chosen: A Diasodz Short Story. When the Rave Reviews Book Club ran their 90-Day Alpha/Omega Short Story Contest, this story begged to be written. For those of you who have enjoyed my Chronicles of the Diasodz series, you are in for a treat! :-)
This story explains the love story of Valerie and Nolan while also explaining how the love triangle of Nolan-Valerie-Drake began. Throughout the series, each character shares his/her recollection of this moment, but a funny thing happens with one's memory when he/she tries to recall the realities of the past. So, for those of you who've read my series, this short story will give you the facts. Lol!
If you haven't read my series yet, that's okay. Technically, this short story happens four hundred years before my series begins, so you won't be lost at all. In fact, I'm hoping you enjoy the story so much that you just have to start the series. ;-)
So, here it is! It's just $0.99, so you will want to grab it and devour it. Plus, as always, there's a sneak peak to the next novel I'll publish in a couple of months. Happy reading! :-)
Nolan is a master trainer who has taught thousands of fledglings throughout his life. He has never had a relationship with a student nor does he plan to.
When Nolan and Valerie are thrust together on a routine mission, nothing goes as planned. If they want to survive, they will need to trust each other. But how do you trust someone who has rejected you? Nolan and Valerie must find a way or lose each other forever.
Friday, May 7, 2021
Welcome to Day 2 of #TheEnigmaFactor Blog Tour! @enigmaseries @4WillsPub @4WP11 @RRBC_Org #WorldPasswordDay
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By Breakfield and Burkey
Outside events inspire and impact each of us differently. Perhaps that is how we effectively bring both gender viewpoints into our stories. Our readers and listeners are an even mix of genders and a broad age range of adults. We take actual events from our personal and professional experiences and interweave them into our stories. For the series, it is why we begin with a technology challenge to solve and then layer on travel, relationships, cybercriminals, intrigue, and splashes of humor. To a degree, these stories are like life, only more fun.
Sunsets and sunrises are appreciated by us both, yet our reactions and comments are different. We like to travel with our respective families and for business. We have traveled to many cities and multiple continents. We discovered each of us take photos of the morning's rising splendor or the vibrant blaze of the evening before the sun winks out. Color variations from the clouds, temperature, geolocation, and time of year make each event unique and memorable. Often, we take those colors to paint a scene. You might find a photo in our workspace of a riotous sunset to help launch our writing into overdrive.
Children's laughter is another element we each deal with differently. Breakfield finds it cute and funny when a child laughs with delight. Burkey cracks up, frequently unable to contain herself for several minutes. Just so you know, crying, kicking, and fussing children inspire us to seek shelter from the storm or, if appropriate, try to calm them. Both of us have our respective grown children, who, in our minds, are much better behaved than most of the youngsters we see during travel today. Yes, we box the ears of our characters, the adult ones, the cyber thugs, or darknet actors in our TechnoThriller series. It is funny how misbehaving children we've observed are woven into our evil geniuses.
Breakfield is particularly fond of motorcycles, especially those with a Harley emblem. He enjoys long rides, exploring the winding country roads with no speed limit, so he can make up his own. Several of his more outrageous motorcycle excursions inspired a portion of The Enigma Factor. Our two primary characters, Petra and Jacob, have a date on the backroads of Long Island. Burkey is fonder of driving cars fast. She knows several officers on a first-name basis. Her first new car purchase, like ever, was a luxury, smart-car. The capabilities of this vehicle were used for an outrageous, plausible event in The Enigma Wraith. Sometimes we save these inspirations for other stories, or they occur in the right place or at the right time for a story gap.
Travel encourages lots of ideas. Breakfield and Burkey enjoy trips for work and pleasure with our respective families. Breakfield does most of his two-wheel riding across Texas with the small towns, beautiful historic state parks, outstanding wineries, and miles of two-lane roads. Our respective work trips have crossed multiple continents with cities many people only read about.
Istanbul's beauty, people, and rich history are used in The Enigma Dragon as a backdrop for some dodgy people. London is another target in that story with details of streets experienced and visited. Our fondness of the sights, sounds, people, and activities will eventually make it into one or more fictional tales.
People we know are often incorporated into characters. For example, Breakfield's Galway, Ireland buddy became a target our cyber good guys of the R-Group helped in The Enigma Wraith. John C. helped review the contents and terms of the draft copy. He laughed at the voice characterization he received in the audible format by our voice actor, Derek Shoales, but John enjoyed listening to this story. One of Breakfield's technical counterparts made it into The Enigma Source. Even though he was cast as working for the bad guys, we didn't have the heart to whack him in the story.
People are the best inspiration for Breakfield and Burkey, but you'll need to discover that when you read our series. Stay on the lookout for the bank robber and alleged wife murderer who Breakfield knew. It is chilling to have FBI agents question why you were trying to sell financial investments to a bank robber looking to invest or real estate to someone laundering his drug money. Hey, Breakfield didn't know what they did for a living, but thankfully, those two are incarcerated today. As the title of this article states, inspiration comes from the most unlikely places.
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Monday, April 26, 2021
The adventures of Sir Chocolate and Lady Sweet is in poetry form. Michael came up with the idea of Sir Chocolate and Lady Sweet and many of the characters contained in the books when he was ten years old. His ideas were such fun that Robbie decided to turn them into little verse books for his entertainment. The book contains recipes for children to make with adult assistance.
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Robbie Cheadle's Sir Chocolate children's picture books are written in sweet, short rhymes which are easy for young children to follow and are illustrated with pictures of delicious cakes and cake decorations. Each book also includes simple recipes or biscuit art directions which children can make under adult supervision. Her books for older children also incorporate recipes that are relevant to the storylines.
Children's picture books - available as a square book and an A5 book (co-authored with Michael Cheadle):
Sir Chocolate and the strawberry cream story and cookbook
Sir Chocolate and the baby cookie monster story and cookbook
Sir Chocolate and the sugar dough bees story and cookbook
Sir Chocolate and the Condensed Milk River story and cookbook
Sir Chocolate and the Sugar Crystal Caves story and cookbook
Sir Chocolate and the Fondant Five story and cookbook
Sir Chocolate and the Ice Cream Rainbow Fairies story and cookbook
Middle school books:
Silly Willy Goes to Cape Town (includes five fun party cake ideas)
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Saturday, April 24, 2021
Hello, beautiful readers! Today I have the pleasure of sharing with you a wonderful author, Miriam Hurdle. She's on a blog tour for her newest book, Tina Lost in a Crowd. Please join her in welcoming Miriam to our space.
Hi Yvette, it’s my pleasure to be here on your lovely blog Thank you so much for your generosity to host my Book Release Tour and allow me to share my process from pen to publication with your readers.
The Making of Tina Lost in a Crowd, Part 6
Formatting a Picture Book
There are boxes of children’s books in the storage from my teaching days. I picked about ten books to study how they positioned the images and text. Some have bleed (the images flow over to the margin) and some without bleed. Some pages have text without images, and some have text layered over the images. My conclusion was to have the book fully illustrated with bleed, and have the text inserted over the images.
Formatting a picture book with bleed is a different story than without bleed. So, I hired a designer to do the job. He could insert the text for me, but I had a preference of the appearance.
After I received the pages of illustration from Victoria, I inserted one layer of white rectangular shape with round corner, then inserted another layer of text over the shape.
When I finished inserting the text, I created a file with the pages in a correct sequence for the designer to use as a reference. Then I sent this reference file and all the pages of the illustration to him to format for the eBook and print book according to the requirements of Amazon and Barnes & Noble.
Tina invited her friend Erica to attend a popular Tchaikovsky’s Spectacular concert on a summer evening with her parents. During the intermission, her dad left the seat to buy some snacks. Tina and Erica followed him wanting to use the restroom. The shoving crowd pushed them away, and they lost sight of him. It would be impossible to fight through the 18,000 people to find him or go back to Tina’s mom. What would the girls do?
This story tells about what happened to Tina and Erica after they got lost. Children can adapt to the learning from different situations they may observe or encounter. Adults could have discussions with the children about the situations to help them develop problem-solving skills.
Amazon.com: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B091M586M7Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w?ean=2940162309741
About the Author
Miriam Hurdle is a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI). She published four children's books at twenty-six years old. Her poetry collection received the Solo "Medalist Winner" for the New Apple Summer eBook Award and achieved bestseller status on Amazon.
Miriam writes poetry, short stories, memoir, and children's books. She earned a Doctor of Education from the University of La Verne in California. After two years of rehabilitation counseling, fifteen years of public-school teaching and ten years in school district administration, she retired and enjoys life with her husband in southern California, and the visits to her daughter, son-in-law, and granddaughters in Oregon. When not writing, she engages in blogging, gardening, photography, and traveling.
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Amazon Author’s Page: https://www.amazon.com/Miriam-Hurdle/e/B07K2MCSVW
Twitter: https://twitter.com/mhurdle112Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Miriam-Hurdle-Author-100123351515424
Friday, February 26, 2021
WELCOME TO DAY 9 OF THE #RWISA “REVOLUTION” BLOG TOUR! #RRBC @nonniejules @RRBC_ORG @RRBC_RWISA @TWEETS4RWISA #RWISAREVOLUTIONTOUR
"A LIFE ISN’T WORTH LIVING IF NOT IN SERVICE TO OTHERS "
I'd like to begin by thanking two of my fellow RWISA Authors who were also on this tour, Joy Nwosu Lo-Bamijoko and Linnea Tanner, who both had the courage to write about, or reference the ills of our world, that many would like to keep deeply hidden. I speak of hatred and systemic racism. Again, thank you both for your courage to write with such substance and I hope that it is still resonating with all who read both of your pieces. I am honored that your words are a continual ring in my ears.
The theme of this year's REVOLUTION tour is A NEW YEAR - A FRESH START, and with that theme in mind, I'd like to share my thoughts on what a fresh start in this new year looks like for, and, to me.
My quote above, "A life isn't worth living if not in service to others," is what gives my life meaning and purpose. RRBC and RWISA came to be because I didn't see enough service being spread around the web when I came aboard. I noticed a ton of selfish behavior, "me, me, and more me" attitudes, and a strong indifference to lending a hand to help the next person climbing after you, also reach the top. I felt myself drowning in an ocean of "gimme," and surrounded by a nation of takers. In my mind, I had to do something.
With the inception of RRBC, the rules of the land were (and still are) that members support members. Some came aboard and quickly embraced the concept, either because it was inherently part of their makeup, or because they realized it was the fastest route to gaining support for their own agendas.
And then, there were the others - the takers and the ones from the land of "gimme." They came aboard in droves - taking all that they could, and once they realized we were on to them, they quickly abandoned their squatter positions. By the way, we do so appreciate their exits as they made room for the uber-supportive members I'll reference below.
The members on our roster who are constantly being profiled, promoted, pushed, and honored, are the members who show, by their actions, that they are living in service to others. They don't make excuses, they make a way. They don't see a tweet and merely re-tweet it, they click the link first to see how they can support their fellow members even more and even better. They don't re-tweet only tweets with their Twitter handle included. And their social media feeds? Well, they are clogged with promotion of others!
Their support doesn't stop there. These members consistently show up to support in a myriad of ways, including the following...
- following along member blog tours, leaving comments and sharing the posts on social media
- hosting fellow members on their blog tours, such as our "SPOTLIGHT" Authors
- sitting in the audience of member interviews on our RAVE WAVES shows,
- showing up to our book club discussions to support BOOK OF THE MONTH Authors
- purchasing, reading and reviewing fellow member books from the RRBC & RWISA catalogs
- sharing members' RRBC AUTHOR PAGES and RWISA PROFILE PAGES to social media
- sharing members' books directly from Amazon, along with the purchase links and book covers
- visiting members' book trailers on YouTube, leaving comments, and sharing to social media
- following members' blogs and websites and ensuring that they are active in these blogging communities
- and even showing up to participate in club activities, to ensure that our organizations remain fluid and not stagnant and boring.
These are but a few ways that the supportive and active members of RRBC/RWISA ensure that they are exhibiting a life of service to others, especially on social media. We are not an organization interested in supporting those who don't support others. If you show me that I'm not that important to you, then why would I go out of my way to place you on my special pedestal of support? If you're not purchasing, reading and reviewing member books here, then guess what, you will never find yourself in the BOOK OF THE MONTH hot seat. Why would we tell others to run out and support you, when you don't bother to show up to support them? And by the way, showing up is more than just sending out tweets and re-tweets. It takes so much more than that to create success.
2020 was a hard year for all of us, but 2021 rolled right in, giving us a clean slate to write new, more positive chapters in our life stories. Lucky for us all, this new year opened the door wide for us to make positive changes.
So, today, I ask you, what kind of life are you living? When we drop by to support you and we peruse your Twitter feed, will we see that you are in love with you, OR, will we smile when we see how hard you're pushing someone else? When we look out into the gallery of our RAVE WAVES shows and our monthly book club discussions, will we see your pretty smiley face, OR, will we see only the beautiful faces of those who typically show up with their amazing support? Will you be counted among the many (who do nothing to support others) OR, will you be proudly counted among the few (who do more than their share to push others to the top?) Where will you stand when the roll is counted? With the givers or the takers?
Yes, it's a new year, and also the most perfect opportunity for a fresh start! If you have been straddling the fence, finding it hard to get down, take that leap of faith and jump right in ... somewhere ... anywhere you can make a positive difference in the life of someone else. When you support others, you are supported ten-fold within RRBC/RWISA.
Did you make a New Year's Resolution on December 31, 2020? I didn't. I made an Intention, and that is, I intend to continue sharing and educating as many as I can on the importance of living a life of service. Less selfishness and more selflessness will continue to be my mission's slogan.
I'll ask once more, which road will you take?
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