Scarlet Book 1 A Witchy Beginning Updates…..


I finished writing book 1 a few years ago, and then gave it to a few beta readers which was a huge wake up. I have the makings of a good story I just need to add in details and descriptions in the story. I need to make the characters more believable and make the story really shine. I’m going to add cell phones, and even include her adoptive parents. Luxor and Crystal Crest History is thrown in as well, and Scarlet is a researcher at heart. Hell, I have a whole collection of metaphysical book and creature books to bring my worlds to life. It’s a lot and in doing all the movie watching, television shows, and life in general I’ve made my world more believable. I’m reading more writing related books too in order to develop my craft more since you never stop learning. I recently finished typing a stack of stories going in Tales From Behind the Counter and I put that aside to focus on the rewrite of Scarlet book 1. I need to get that off the ground and into the hands of readers since book 1 is the foundation for book 2. I will include a prologue or something to catch readers up on the book 1 events. I’m learning the importance of branding so you will see cool covers, and the retail one will be updated too. I hope to make this full time instead of part time. I love interacting with readers, and I hope to have more books out in the future.

Until next time,



Hate the Editing Stage of Writing? Check Out These Helpful Tools


I love these suggestions for apps to use, and it can only help.

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Hey guys, Today Nancy Lin is here to help us with what might just be THE suckiest part of writing. But part of being a great writer, is also learning to be at least a good editor. We all need professional outside eyes on our work, and Nancy is here to help you get the most bang for your buck.

Take it away, Nancy!


Editing is a necessary part of writing, but not all writers are great editors. As a writer, I find it helpful to get a second opinion, because I’m not able to see every single error. And this isn’t just me.

You might think you’re the next Shakespeare (which are pretty big shoes to fill). Once you stop basking in your own ego, you can be more realistic about your writing ability. And chances are you’re not.

Professional editors are useful, and, in some cases, they’re…

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#MREReview Mondays Menu 15 Mexican Style Chicken Stew:


I’m still having issues with my internal webcam, and I went ahead and got an external one to solve the issue. I want to make more videos for book reviewing, and to talk about my author journey. But anyway here is the review.
Mexican Style Chicken Stew
Santa Fe rice and beans
Cheese filled pretzels
Cheese spread, Jalapeño
Crackers, vegetables
m and m’s
Beverage, carb fortified
Spice, red pepper
Accessory packet A
Flameless ration heater
Hot beverage bag
Cheese filled pretzels taste like those combo snacks. The M&M’s are still fresh. The cracker tasted good with the jalapeño cheese spread.
The Sante Fe style Rice with beans was okay, but I loved the Mexican Style Chicken Stew.

Overall it was a good meal for a soldier.

Until next time,


Q&A with Jessica Samuels


Another interview I did

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Please welcome the beautiful Jessica Samuels to the blog this week!


12036386_10207448790475882_4493229659624464002_nWhat are your ambitions for your writing career?

I want to publish enough books to write full time, have a strong fanbase, and publish and write more stories readers love to read and ones I love to write.

Give us an insight into your main character. What does he/she do that is so special?

I’ll give you a little insight on Angeline from AngelWitch. She is a retail worker at Kyle’s General Store and she finds out she is more then just a special human. She is part angel and part witch, and it leads her to discovering her angel mate Felix who is her protector and she even gets to meet her real parents since they kept her a secret to prevent the bad angels from getting her till it’s time to come into her power.


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Scarlet Book 1 A Witchy Beginning Update:



Book 1 is finished and I was waiting for the beta readers to get back to me, and it took time which was understandable. I have all the feedback I needed now to revise it, and that is what I’m going to do. I’ve printed the entire thing out, and even the reader notes. I looked over it some, and the relationship between Scarlet and Nathan needs to be developed more. The powers are going to be scaled back. Nathan is a vampire with a dark magic obsession, and Zion is a powerful vampire that is enslaved by him. I put this off for the longest of time because of the work required, and me thinking I couldn’t do it because of the fact that I was overwhelmed. Now I know I can because I wrote this a few years ago, and I’ve grown more confident since then. I’m going to rewrite the entire thing, and develop the relationship to make the readers see why he is such a bad person. He has a history and a past. I want to show people it, and then they will understand. I also want to show the effects of someone in an abusive relationship too since it’s something people can relate to. The possessiveness and controlling behavior is enough to go insane over. I also owe it to my readers since I now have sold copies of book 4 and The Killer Contract Agency. I’m sorry for putting it off since I’ve been working on different projects and not focusing on the ones the most important. The Scarlet book 1 is the closest to being finished since the rough draft is done. All I need to do is revise it, and give it to more readers before getting it revised. Then copy edits for grammar and stuff then after I get the cover art I can hit publish. I actually have people reading my book, and I want to get something published since I have not been pushing things out, and the last book I released was a few years ago. I want to make this a full time thing which means writing and publishing more books. Well that’s enough for now. I have to get back on it…

Until next time,


The Story Behind The Killer Contract Agency


I’ve never told anyone the story before behind The Killer Contract Agency, and I should since it’s a story many people can relate to. I was bullied a lot in middle school and high school. They were awful to me making fun of my height, and gossiping about me behind my back. I hated it, and it made me so angry I wrote a story about me getting revenge on them. They made me that angry…I spent a ton of time writing it, and I had it with me during my yearbook class. A girl in school read it, and turned it in to the teacher. The teacher turned it into the counselor, and then I was called in the office. They had the vice principle, school psychologist, and even the cop too. They asked me about it, and I told them it was a work of fiction, and that I really don’t plan on hurting them at all. At the time I don’t even know where the bullies live much less would go out of my to do that. They told me why couldn’t I write about happier subjects. It was stupid too, and I wound up revising it some.
I made it to first person, and changed the story so it wouldn’t seem like she was a cold blooded killer. I added romance and some more stuff to make it work and then it was better then it was before more updated too. They also called my mom, and she told them that she was the one who told me to write it in the first place. I’m happy it’s over, and I look back on it and laugh. I see the same teacher and a part of me wishes to tell her about it, but then I don’t because it’s when I’m at work. A part of me will though, and high school was horrible for me. I know I’m not the only one who was bullied. It’s horrible and unfortunately it doesn’t stop after high school. The best way to deal with it is take the high road and ignore it, or you can find an insult horrible enough to make them leave you alone. I tried apologizing to a bully just to stop the drama and bullshit she was causing her reply, “Don’t waste your breath it’s not worth it.” Too bad I can’t make work bullies go away easily since I’ve been having issues with that I tried standing up for myself and unfortunately me getting frustrated leads to me crying since I can’t go off on them…It’s one reason why I can’t wait to stop working retail since it has more drama behind the scenes then a barrel of monkeys. I’ll show you what I mean in the book Tales from Behind the Counter.

Here is the description of it:

Salina Sinclaire is a Malian hunter, and after she is nearly burned alive by one she is contacted by The Killer Contract Agency. Wielding the powers of The Bracelet, and with her mentor Carter by her side she exacts her revenge by taking out the Malians responsible for her near death.
After dispatching a Malian something big is happening with the Agency, and Operatives are dying. Will she solve it before it’s too late? Or will she fail and the Agency as she knows it is destroyed?

An excerpt:
We left, and I headed to the records office to get the file of the bully that stole my ex-boyfriend, and tried to kill me; the one who tricks and kills humans for pleasure. Everything I’ve been doing lately led to this moment. Since her lackey was dead, it was time to stop her once and for all. Once she’s dead, my past can finally be laid to rest. But in my heart, I knew that I wasn’t just doing this for me. By killing her, I would be saving many human lives.
I hurried to the Records Room on the first floor with Carter by my side. I opened the door to the room, and Zack was sitting behind his desk.
“I need Laurice Wingfield’s file,” I said. Once it was finally in my hands, a thrill of excitement ran through my body. The manila folder was like the Holy Grail of missions. I was finally going to quench my thirst for revenge on her. And after this, I will be free of my contract. Then, I can go on with my life. I’m definitely taking a long vacation with Carter after this and will get plenty of much needed rest.
“Let’s go to my room, and we can plan the kill there,” I said to Carter. “This is the moment that I’ve been waiting for.”
“Your wish is my command,” Carter said as one corner of his lips curled into a smile. “This is your kill after all, and it will allow you to move on with your past. Not to mention, you’ll be saving the lives of many humans.” Then he placed his hands on my shoulders and looked into my eyes. “This isn’t just about revenge; it’s about saving people, too.”
I nodded, understanding. No matter what she did to me, the most important thing was that we were going to be saving many human lives.
We took the elevator to my room on the third floor. I sat on the bed with the file in my hand. This is it … the moment that I had been waiting for. I now get to know all her dirty little secrets. I opened it and flipped through the pages,
Name: Laurice Wingfield.
Age: 20
Type: Stormer; can control lightning, cause hurricanes and tornadoes. Volatile level: 5
Emma Johnson, 19: Killed to alienate Salina Sinclare, but she really wanted Salina dead to prevent her from becoming an Agency operative. Laurice friended her after she found out that she was one of Salina’s good friends. Her body was found with a gunshot wound to the head. Jealousy played a big factor in her death. She didn’t want Salina to have any friends and was jealous of anyone close to her.
Roger Anderson, 18: Laurice used him to make Salina jealous with him, toying with his emotions. He was Salina’s ex-boyfriend, and Laurice slept with him in an effort to make Salina kill herself. Roger was a toy to Laurice. She used and abused him to get what she wanted.
The list of her victims went on and on until it finally came to me.

Salina Sinclaire, 18: Laurice tried to take everything away from her, like her boyfriend and best friend out of jealousy. But it failed, since she is still alive. Laurice placed mud in her locker, and tried to burn her alive in order to get rid of the last of the Sinclaire line.
After I told Carter what was in her file, he smiled. “You deserve your revenge on her since she killed the people that you care about. What is her address?” he asked as he looked over my shoulder and I told him. “That’s near where my ex-wife used to live.”
“You know where this is?” I asked. It was an address in Luxor. Carter nodded. “Let’s go take her out. I’ll drive.”
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