Hello! Long time, no post!

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Hello everyone!

Yes, I know it’s been a long time since I posted something. I haven’t had internet for a while at home and we need to get a new internet card soon. I have been trying to write again but my brain just doesn’t want to think for some reason. Ugh! I’ve hit a major writer’s block wall. Don’t you hate when that happens? But I do have a few ideas that I need to work on, but I’m in the middle of trying to write a story now, just need to do some research on it first so that I make sure it’s legit when you read it and you’re not sitting there going, “What in the world is she talking about?” haha. But if you have any books that you have recently put out that need some attention, let me know and I will put them on the blog here. Also, if you’d like to have an interview or do a guest blog, by all means, please e-mail me at JamieLKaplan@hotmail.com and I will get it underway.

Until next time!

Jamie L. Kaplan
Author, Online Innocence, Death on the Aisle
Facebook: http://www.facebook/JamieLKaplanAuthor
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/JamieLynnKaplan
Blog: https://jamielkaplanauthor.wordpress.com

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Guest Blog: Stephanie Faris, “30 Days of No Gossip”

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Today, I’m welcoming Stephanie Faris, author of the middle grade novel 30 Days of No Gossip. Her book comes out this Tuesday, and today she’s sharing her 20-year journey to this point. We’re also giving away an autographed copy of her book, so be sure to leave a comment to be entered in the giveaway!

Around the Publishing World in 7,300 Days

by Stephanie Faris

Thanks for having me, Jamie. I’m so excited to be here!

They say there’s no such thing as an overnight success. I’m inclined to agree.

When I wrote my first novel, there was no Facebook, no email, and the world had never heard of something called a “blog.” There was just me and a very bad, pre-Windows 95 computer.

Yes, that was a long, long time ago!

There was another major difference between the world today and the world of 1993. Young adult fiction, at that time, was a completely different thing than it is today. I wrote my first YA book in the style of the YA books I’d grown up reading. Books like Sweet Valley High and those teen romances that featured cheesy teen models on the cover–that was what teens read in the 80s.

I wrote that first book, then began researching. My research revealed that the young adult market was, to put it nicely, dead. I actually found that in a book. (We didn’t have Google in 1993!) So I moved on to romantic comedy and spent a few years trying to get published in category romance. Silhouette and Harlequin were publishing romantic comedy in the 90s. That changed, too.

I took a brief respite from writing novels in the 00s and, when I came back, romantic comedy had died a swift death. Chick lit murdered it. I tried writing the romantic comedies I’d written before the 00s, only to have it immediately dismissed as chick lit. Nobody wanted a comedic, clunky heroine anymore. But I quickly found the best news of all.

Young adult was selling!

Thank you Stephenie Meyer. And J.K. Rowling. And everyone who brought it back to life. Only, I had another important lesson to learn. I learned it as I set to work creating cutesy YA stories similar to the ones I’d read growing up. I sent those books out, only to be told my voice was too young for YA.

What? Too young? But…this was the same style Francine Pascal and Carolyn Keene used for their teen books. All of those teen love stories I read as a tween had that style, as well. If YA was now edgy and dark, what were tweens reading?

This discovery lead me to middle grade. I fell in love. The books had the same fun as the ones I’d read as a tween, only they actually featured girls on the cusp of adolescence.

What did I learn from my 20-year journey? Many things. But, most importantly: the publishing world will change. If you’re lucky, as I was, someday those changes will lead you to your perfect niche.

30 Days of No Gossip by Stephanie Faris

Hey Everyone! Lots of new stuff this week!

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Hello all!

Just wanted to post an update on here, letting you all know what’s going down. There are a few things coming up this week. One of them being a book promo, a giveaway, AND a guest blog! Yep, that’s a lot, I know! Plus, I have come up with some new story ideas and will be writing again very soon. I have at least 2 book ideas ready to go. So excited about that! Just not sure which one I want to start with first, haha. But it’ll be a surprise, that’s for sure. I haven’t written in a while due to my recent bout of depression. But now that it’s over with, I’m ready to get back to it. I believe that is all for now. Just wanted to make my weekly post deadline (yeah, I have a bad memory so I have it remind me to post weekly, or else, I’d forget about this little thing. I don’t keep up with these very well).

Until next time!

Jamie L. Kaplan
Author, Online Innocence, Death on the Aisle
Facebook: http://www.facebook/JamieLKaplanAuthor
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/JamieLynnKaplan
Blog: https://jamielkaplanauthor.wordpress.com

Book Promo: Amy McGuire’s “The Hope Valley” Saga

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Here is a book promo for author Amy McGuire’s “The Hope Valley” Saga, hosted on Smashwords. Below is a link to the books where you can buy both “The Heart’s Discovery” and “World’s Apart” for $4.99 each!

Smashwords Link for The Heart’s Discovery: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/146706

Smashwords Link for Worlds Apart: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/267736

Leave a review for her as well, if you can.

Until next time!

Jamie L. Kaplan
Author, Online Innocence, Death on the Aisle
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/JamieLKaplanAuthor

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/JamieLynnKaplan

Interview and Book Promo

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Below is an interview I conducted with author F.J. Thomas, as well as a book promo for her book coming out this month. Hope you enjoy!

1. How did you start your writing journey?
Initially I started in high school writing poetry and songs. In my thirties I got a little more serious and started writing equine related articles and started a couple of books. But it took me ten years to actually finish my first romance novel.

2. What was the first book you ever wrote?
Actually the first two books I finished were completely unrelated to this romance that I just sold. One was a non-fiction on how to get healthcare claims paid and the other was a picture book. I queried both of them extensively but haven’t had any luck. Since then I’ve written two more children’s books and am about half way through with another non-fiction and romance. I’ve always got several projects in the works!
3. What books do you enjoy reading?
I just did a proof read of Cooper by Tell Cotten. It’s his third western. I love his style of writing and he does a great job with fun dialogue and subtle humor. Another author I enjoy is Elle Marlow who writes romance. She’s a friend of mine and you can see her personality so clearly in her writing. She has a great voice and she does a terrific job with creating characters and colorful stories. I can’t put her books down!
4. What genres of books do you like best?
If I had to narrow it down to just a few, I would say suspense or paranormal. The horse girl in me loves a good western though. If a romance is good, I can get carried away.
5. How did you feel the first time you ever got a book published?
My first book will be coming out on March 5th  with Solstice Publishing on Amazon. Every step of the process from getting that first offer from Solstice to seeing the book cover for the first time has just been a phenomenal journey. I have to pinch myself every day to make sure it’s real! It’s been a dream of mine since I was in high school to become a published author and well, I won’t tell my age but let’s just say it’s been a long time in coming!
6. What is your approach to writing, how do you get started?
With each project, I learn something new about myself and what works best for me. For me, story ideas are the easy part  – I’m constantly observing the world around me and thinking too much. What is a little more difficult is fine tuning characters and story pace. I’m learning more and more that I’m one of those writers that does best with a lot of structure so that I know where I’m going, otherwise I head off in a diferent direction that you could write a totally separate book about!. I’ll do a detailed character list. Then I’ll outline the book and write a base synopsis. For each chapter, I’ll also do a bullet point outline so that I stay on track. I’ve turned out to be a lot more structured than I ever imagined when it comes to writing!
7. What made you want to start writing?
I always say I think too much. For me writing has always been a way to let out some of those thoughts without talking someone’s ear off! I think when you constantly have a lot of new ideas that are overwhelming at times you almost have to write. That’s the way it is for me and it always has been as long as I can remember.
8. How many books have you sold so far, of all the books you’ve published?
I sold Lost Betrayal to Solstice Publishing in December 2013. It’s the first and only book I’ve sold so far. There’s some interest in the next romance book that I’m working on and I hope to have it sold by this fall.
9. Do you have a Facebook page people can “Like” to know more about you?
Yes – F.J. Thomas Author  (I’ll email you the link tonight)
10. Are you published in any big stores like Barnes & Noble, Walmart, etc?
At this time Lost Betrayal will only be on Amazon but Solstice is planning on moving all their lines to Barnes & Noble online. My eventual goal is to see my writing on the shelves at Walmart, lol!
11. List any blogs, websites you have that people can visit.
Blogs – http://fjthomasblog.wordpress.com/  http://qheventer.wordpress.com
My Farm website – www.fairweatherfarmtn.com
Twitter – @F_J_Thomas
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https://twitter.com/F_J_Thomas
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fJTHOMASAUTHOR1
Title: Lost Betrayal
Author: F.J. Thomas
Synopsis: Sage is just getting her life back together when a tornado touches down and destroys her family ranch in northern Georgia taking her hopes, her dreams, and the very horse that the ranch’s future hinges on. An ex rodeo cowboy with a past, Garrett has sworn off rodeo and the last thing he needs is entanglement with a woman on a wild horse chase but there’s too many unanswered questions, such as how a horse could stay gone so long. Refusing to believe her horse was killed in the storm and refusing to give up on the ranch, Sage begins the journey of rebuilding her life once again and searching for the horse that to her, holds the past, and her future. Garrett’s past and a malicious betrayal jeopardize her efforts. Is she strong enough to push past the hurt and the lies in order to get back all she holds dear?Release Date: March 2014I’d like to thank F.J. Thomas for her answers and look out for her book, Lost Betrayal, available on Solstice Publishing, http://www.solsticepublishing.com
Jamie L. Kaplan
Author, Online Innocence, Death on the Aisle
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