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April 20, 2017

Meet American Author Miranda Brock

 
Today I like you to meet Miranda Brock, American Author of the novel SOULSDISCOVERED”. From an early age Miranda Brock has always loved fantasy and adventure everything. Since she doesn't live in a world of enchanting powers, mythical beasts, and things unbelievable she has decided to write about them. Born in southern Illinois, where she still resides with her husband and two children, she grew up running through the woods, playing in creeks, and riding horses.
 
What started out as writing poetry grew into short stories and eventually led to her first novel Souls Discovered. Miranda lives in the country where she finds inspiration in the simplicity and beauty around her. With the help of coffee and good music she writes whenever she gets a chance
 
 
Author name: Miranda Brock
Genres: Fantasy, YA, Paranormal
Country: United States
 

Spin away with young Autumn as she finds a seemingly innocuous gold necklace on her family's farm and inadvertently uncovers her destiny as The Keeper. Autumn's discovery of the necklace activates the 'Window' and alerts both good and evil forces to her whereabouts. Autumn's life is changed forever when she loses her family, but is saved from the brutal attack of enigmatic enemies called Dehmons.
 
Seven Searchers who have awaited her arrival come to her aid, save her life and eventually convince her of their mutual destiny. Unbreakable bonds of friendship and love are formed between Keeper and Searchers, and this bond unlocks power to search out and kill the dead-eyed evil Dehmon souls.

Miranda when did you first start writing?
I first started to seriously get into writing when I was around twelve. I started writing poetry and it evolved from there. I took a creative writing elective in high school and that really boosted my passion for writing.

Was being a writer something you always aspired to be?
I've always enjoyed reading and writing but having a writing career wasn't something I seriously considered until after college. I love horses and studied equine science in college. I wanted to get into equine genetics but writing was something I always came back to. Writing was something I was  doing and going back constantly so eventually I figured since it was something I loved so much I may as well go for it.
 
What would you like to achieve as an Author?
I would love to write books that people remember, books that impact their lives. I want my books to be an escape. It's one reason I love fantasy. If I can take someone to a different world, even for a little while, then this while thing is worth it.
 
What is your best advice based on your own experiences so far to other Authors?
Support your fellow authors. I've found that most of the time if you help someone out, they'll help you back. Especially in the indie community of authors. We're all in this together so supporting others supports you, as well.
 
What genres do you read and review to support your fellow Authors?
Fantasy, and it's sub-genres, are my favorite. I also really enjoy science fiction and the occasional romance.

 
A quote by you or your Life motto?
"Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail."- Ralph Waldo Emerson. I have so many favorites but this one really speaks to me. I'm the kind of person that likes to try things in my own way, which is one reason I self-published. Everyone was always telling me I needed to find an agent and a publisher and I thought Nope, I'm going to try this my way.

Thank you very much Miranda. It was my pleasure to have you on my blog. I hope many readers will discover your book. Keep up the great work and all the best. Lots of love, Lily

 
Miranda Social Media Contacts
 

April 03, 2017

Read My Mind the Free Blogger Magazine is finally here!

http://www.nassima-design.com/RMM/spring2017
 
  
 
While you are reading the spring edition, my team and I are working on the summer issue. We love to hear your thoughts, so please don’t hesitate to leave a comment here and let me and my RMM Team know which article you enjoyed reading the most and why? Also which of the writing contests do you like the most and why?


BLOGGER TEAM & COLUMNS SPRING EDITION
Publisher, Concept, Head Writer, Layout: nasSima-design
The Travel of Mind: Bibiana Krall
The Publisher Mind: Rachel McGrath
The Historical Mind: Annelisa Christensen
The Life of my Mind: Angel M.
Trevor’s Mind on Hollywood: Trevor Pacelli
The Inspirational Mind & LilyWoods Mind: Lily Amis
Grants Mind on Life & Grants Mind on World Sport: Grant Leishman
The Literature Mind: Guest blogger Elaine R. Chissick
Music Judges:
Welsh Singer James Kennedy
Swedish Singer Carl Lindquist
British Composer James Oldrini
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March 29, 2017

"Teddy & Lily"

"Teddy & Lily - True Friendship is Unconditional Loyalty" is the perfect gift for your BFF"

 
About the book "Teddy & Lily"
 
Do you remember the first Teddy you ever got?
Do you remember the person who gave it to you?
 
Teddies symbolize love and friendship, in many cultures. It doesn’t matter how old you are and it doesn’t make a difference whether you’re a girl or a boy, a grown-up lady, or a man. Everybody loves Teddies, because they’re just so cute and cuddly.
As we get older, life changes. Relationships end and family and friends go their separate ways. All we are left with are the lovely memories we cherish in our heart. But the love for our favourite Teddy never changes. Teddies don’t leave us, like people do. They are loyal friends for life.

Who or what inspired me to write the, "Teddy & Lily" story?

If I had to answer this question with only two words: Two-faced people! I’m still working on the last part of my trilogy, “Definition of Love” and during the research and writing process, I looked back over the people who had came in and out of my life. I analyzed relationships with family members, friends, and working colleagues and came to one sad conclusion: Humans are regrettably the most unkind, ungrateful, dishonest, and disloyal of friends.

Just recently I was once again disappointed by a few humans, who only pretended to be nice until they got what they wanted. Lies and dishonesty are something that makes me sick to my stomach. What makes me more furious is when humans behave badly and disrespectfully but seriously think they got away with it, by fooling and pretending nothing ever happened.

That’s how I came up with the idea to write this book from Teddy’s point of view. The story is inspired by true events from my memoir “Destination: Freedom”.

Teddy & Lily Official Book Trailer

Blog Review for "Teddy & Lily" by Author & Blogger Grant Leishman
Blog Review for "Teddy & Lily" by Author & Blogger Carol Ann Kauffman

A wonderful Review for Teddy & Lily by Author & Blogger Rachel McGrath
Goodreads reviews for Teddy & Lily - True Friendship is unconditional Loyalty

My Teddy Collection
This Illustrated book about love, friendship, and loyalty, with original pictures of “Teddy & Lily” and an item from “My Teddy Collection”, on Society6.com, are a wonderful gift for your BFF!
 
I hope you enjoy the story and find an article from the "My Teddy Collection" for your loved ones! Lots of Love, Lily xx

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March 22, 2017

Meet Australian Author Tima Maria Lacoba

 

Author name: Tima Maria Lacoba

Genres: Paranormal/Gothic Romance

Country: Australia

 
Today I'm delighted to introduce you to the wonderful and gifted Tima Maria Lacoba. She’s a paranormal, urban fantasy romance writer, who loves to include a bit of history, a bit of suspense and lots of thrills in her books. Her Dantonville Legacy Series—although set in modern-day Sydney—spans a two-thousand year period, and the ending of an ancient curse.

Both Bloodgifted and Bloodpledge, the first two books in the series, were in Amazon's Top 100 in Gothic Romance. Bloodgifted was also awarded 4th place in the Atlas Award, and Top Ten in the annual Choclit Competition.

Tima lives on the Central Coast, an hour's drive north of Sydney in Australia.  She was a practicing archaeologist, having worked on amazing digs around the world. After several years in the field she was drawn to teaching and ended up as Head of History in a local high school.  It enabled her to take her students overseas to visit various archaeological sites in Europe and Britain. It was a way for her to combine her love of history with travel, and share it with others.

 
Tima is the Author of the Dantonville Legacy series.
What’s a girl to do when she learns she’s the key to breaking a centuries-old family curse? Become dangerously intimate with a jaw-dropping vision of male hotness hiding a secret agenda of his own.
Nothing could be simpler.
Or is it?
Primary school teacher Laura Dantonville is about to find out.

Enjoy this action-filled sexy paranormal romance that will have you laughing aloud in one moment, and biting your fingernails in the next. Get your copy today!
 

Tima I could ask you so many questions about Archeology, but we focus on Writing and your books today. Tell me when did you first start writing? Was being a writer something you always aspired to be?

I first started writing in 2009 when an idea for a story came to me. It was while I was researching my masters thesis in Roman archaeology at Hadrian’s Wall in England.

I never intended becoming a writer. It all happened by accident.

What would you like to achieve as an Author? I’d love to be successful enough to earn my living writing full time.

What is your best advice based on your own experiences so far to other Authors?  Don’t enter the writing profession to become rich. That’s a fantasy. Less than 1% are lucky enough to live from their books.


What genres do you read and review to support your fellow Authors?  
I love paranormal romance/urban fantasies, historical romance and good crime thrillers.

A quote by you or your Life motto? Forget what lies behind and strive for what lies ahead.
 

Thank you vey much Tima. It was my pleasure to have you on my blog. I hope many readers will discover your books. Keep up the great work and all the best. Lots of love, Lily


Tima’s Social Media Contacts



A list of Timas Book titles until today 2017
Laura’s Locket (short story)
BloodGifted, Bk 1 The Dantonville Legacy series
BloodPledge, Bk 2 The Dantonville Legacy series
BloodVault, Bk 3 The Dantonville Legacy series






 
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March 15, 2017

Meet British Author Joey Paul


Author name: Joey Paul
Genres: Young adult – crime, mystery, paranormal, romance

Country: UK
Official Website

Today I like to introduce you to the brave and very talented British Author Joey Paul. Joey is an indie author, exploring the young adult crime genre. She's 35 and has been writing since she was retired from her job on medical grounds at the age of 19. Joey is a recent graduate from The Open University with a BA (Hons) in Health & Social Care and plans to write for as long as she has ideas or until someone tells her to stop! She has released nine books in total so far, with two more due out in the summer of 2017.


Joey is the Author of the book Destination: Unknown. To those who know me, imagine what I felt as the Author of the memoir Destination: Freedom, when I read the title of Joey's book. Such a strong title and yet so different then what I had expected.


"Harriet has a complicated life. She cares for her chronically ill Mum, while trying to juggle school and a social life. She’s tired, overworked and underpaid.

Yet, one day she sees what she thinks is a ghost, but ghosts don’t exist do they? And they especially don’t help you travel in time, right?

Now Harriet has a murder to solve, all the while trying to make sure no one finds out about the secret behind that stone in her back garden.
"

Joey thank you for taking the time to stop by at LilyAmis.blogspot.com. Tell me when did you first start writing? Was being a writer something you always aspired to be?
I started writing when I was thirteen, but at the time it was just a bit of fun, something that would pass the school lunch break and I did love creating worlds. I had always planned to be a doctor, from the age of five, that was my dream. Life changed that for me as my asthma got worse when I was at college and I had to drop out. So I went to work, doing this job and then that job and then life delivered another blow, I got sick with M.E and Fibromyalgia, along with my asthma worsening, I couldn't work a conventional job and was retired on medical grounds at the age of nineteen.

The prospect of spending the rest of my days unable to work terrified me. It was then that I picked up that first “book” I wrote at thirteen and tore it apart, rebuilding it from the bottom up. It filled my days and I actually found that I quite enjoyed it. When that was done, I turned to an idea I'd had for years but never written done. Ten days later, I had a second book, and from there on, I was writing all the time. I wasn't first published until 2005, when I was twenty-three. It was with a vanity publisher, and at the time I thought that would be it, the only book of mine to sit on other people's bookshelves.

In 2011 though I realized that I could self publish through Amazon, and that's what really kick started me writing again. I had stopped to concentrate on getting my degree, but once the books were being released, the writing bug bit me again and now it's pretty much my work. I've finished sixteen books, released nine with books ten and eleven being released later this year. I'm working on books seventeen and eighteen and I really couldn't imagine doing anything else!


What would you like to achieve as an Author Joey?
I'd like to finish telling my stories. I'd like to keep writing until I have no more stories to tell. Of course that's never going to happen, but as for achieving something, my goal every time I release a book is to sell one copy. I know it sounds silly, but one copy means that someone out there wanted to read my book, and hopefully it resonated with them. Long term goals, I'd like to finish both the trilogy I'm working on, and the new series I just started. As an author, I'd like my books to reach the people who need to hear those stories. That would be really nice.


What is your best advice based on your own experiences so far to other Authors?
Two things: get an editor – do not skimp on this one it will bite you in the arse and you'll regret it immensely!

And make sure your cover is professionally done. Trust me, I didn't do this and it messed with my sales and I'm still paying the price for it now. The cover is what draws the eye of the reader when they're looking for a book on Amazon or in a store and a bad cover will kill sales. So will lots of mistakes, grammar wise, spelling wise and even plot wise.

That's my best advice, though I do have one more piece. Keep going. It's tough out there, it's hard and it takes a lot out of you, but keep going. You have a story to tell, even if it takes you ten, fifteen years to get it told, keep going!


I love your postiive energy Joey! Bravo! Tell me what genres do you read and review to support your fellow Authors?
I like young adult, but I find myself mostly drawn to the crime & mystery genre. I will pretty much read anything if the blurb catches my attention and as far as reviews go, I try to review the majority of books I read, even if it's just a rating on Goodreads.

A quote by you or your Life motto?
Life is not measure by the number of breaths you take; but by the moments that take your breath away.(As someone with serious lung issues, this resonates with me!)


Beautifully said. I wish you the best of luck on your writing journey Joey and of course my best wishes for your health. Keep up the positive attitude. You are for sure an inspiration for many people and I’m very happy to know you. God bless you.
Lots of love, Lily

Joey Paul Social Media Contacts
AmazonAuthor Page
Smashwordspage
Goodreads
Blog
Twitter
Facebook
Instagram
YoutubeChannel
Anyother page

A list of ALL published Book titles by Joey until today 2017
Blackout
The Friendship Triangle
Lynne & Hope
Waiting On You
Destination: Unknown
Dying Thoughts – First Touch
Dying Thoughts – Second Sight
Dying Thoughts – Third Wish
Dying Thoughts – Fourth Week







Copyright Pictures: Thank you at Joey Paul.


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