Happy New Year 2015: Mj’s Year in Review

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This year has been a long and hard one and I’m so glad 2014 is finally gone and in the past.

My debut novel, ‘A Telltale Secret‘ was released worldwide on April 10th, 2014. While I’m very proud of this accomplishment, It’s bittersweet because I’ve had to part ways with my publisher. I have not let this drag me down though, as you will soon learn as you read on!

The Summer of 2014 was difficult with the passing of my paternal grandmother and niece. My grandma was a huge part of my life and while she’s at peace, I still miss her dearly and probably always will. She loved that I was writing and she loved hearing about my query journey. She always encouraged me to keep going. I’m very grateful that she had the opportunity to read ‘A Telltale Secret‘. I’ll never forget the look on her face when she first held it in her hands. My niece Kristen was 24 when she passed away. She was such a beautiful girl and she had so many friends, having touched so many lives. She was a college graduate and she had such a bright future. She was also a big supporter of my writing and always had something encouraging for me, to say.

The month of November was both happy and sad, too. A few days before Thanksgiving, my Aunt Gracie, my grandmother’s sister, passed away. She made really yummy Italian Sauce and I will so much miss hearing her swear in Italian. It was so funny! On November 29th 2014, I submitted a 50,000 word novel to NaNoWriMo. I’d never written a novel in less than a month before, so it was so amazing to do it. I tried a few times before, but never completed a novel on time. I guess I can give the real credit to Perseverance. The title of that book is ‘Angel of Darkness‘.

I skipped the holiday season this year because I just couldn’t get it together. I couldn’t get myself into the spirit of the holidays. So, instead of finding my nearest neighborhood dog, tying antlers to it’s head and stealing Cindy Lou’s tree, I began working on ‘Secret‘, my rewrite of ‘A Telltale Secret‘.

As I’ve been writing, I’ve been making Teaser Posters as well. I want to start posting them, but I really want to see My Author Page on Facebook reach 2,000 LIKES. I’m so close!

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Secret

I’m very happy with where my rewrite is going. I’ve switched from the first person point of view to the third person. I feel this is allowing me to create much more realistic characters. I think this time my readers will be able to see and understand them the same way I do. I’ve also removed some characters and added new ones. This is also working out so much better for the chemistry between everyone and it feels much more balanced. This story is dramatically different from the original and I am loving it so much more!

My Current Word Count is 22,480 Words with 95 Pages. 

My Target Word Count is 65,000 Words.

My Editor-Gemma Williams

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Gemma’s Writing Page on Facebook

If you’re wondering how long we’ve known each other, my best guess is 2 years. Gemma Williams caught my attention quick, the All-Star stalker of my life that she was. She was at one time, my most active follower on my Facebook Author Page and she probably still is.

We bonded over Yoda and The Minions. It’s amazing what two people can do when they combine their imaginations together. We soon began talking about forming our own publishing company together. When I parted ways with my publisher, we decided it was the perfect time to start the formation of Maidenstone Press. 

We plan to release ‘Secret‘ under Maidenstone Press together, as well as the four remaining novels in the series and it’s prequel trilogy. I believe that with Gemma’s exceptional ability to edit and proofread, my story will be written in it’s very best version. She’s a massive influence over my rewrite and I’m constantly talking with her about it. I am very lucky because she’s not afraid to be honest with me and tell me when I need to change or omit something, and she always has some ideas for something different. She tells me what I’m doing wrong and what I’m doing right. She’s one of those people who makes me wish she had windows in her forehead, just so I can see how her mind works.

Gemma is a graduate of the University of Hull in England, with a degree in Sociology and Criminology. She’s the Co-Owner of Maidenstone Press and she’s the Head of Books and Editor with I’m With Geek.

She’s been working on a story of her own for some time now, but is hoping to complete a 1st draft in 2015. I’m really excited because I love her writing. She has the potential to be the next JK Rowling. That’s how amazing her writing is and how much I believe in her. I’m very lucky to be her Beta Reader because I get to see what everyone else has to wait for. I promise, it will be worth it when you all finally get to read it, too!

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Mine and Gemma’s Goal for 2015 together, is to make it onto the New York Times Best-Seller’s List as an Author/Editor Team. We want to do it Independently with Maidenstone Press.

With a little bit of luck, we’ll be able to do that and go even further!

Keep Watching for my Cover Reveal and Release for ‘Secret‘!!!

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‘A Telltale Secret’ is Now Officially Available WORLDWIDE!!!

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It’s Officially OFFICIAL!!! ‘A Telltale Secret’, Book One in my ‘A Telltale Destiny’ Series was Released WORLDWIDE on April 10th, 2014!!!

It’s Available on Kindle and Nook, with Paperback on Amazon. ALL OVER THE WORLD!!! The Paperback is also available on the Broken Bars Publishing Website!!!

*Proceeds from the sales of each and every copy of my book benefit (RED). (RED) Provides ARV’s (Anti-Retro Viral) Medications to Those in 3rd World Africa who are Afflicted with HIV/AIDS. My Goal is to Raise $25,000 for (RED). My Goal for 2015 is to take a Mission Trip to 3rd World Africa and be a Physical Part of Bringing an AIDS FREE Generation into the World in 2015. Each and Every one of my Readers is IMPACTING 3rd World Africa. Every Dose of ARV’s is EQUAL to Another DAY OF LIFE!!! I will be an Activist in the Global Fight Against HIV/AIDS Every Single Day for the Rest of My Life. I am inspired by my Husband Danny, who was Born HIV+ and Now Lives his life with AIDS.*

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‘A Telltale Secret’

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Blurb

Willow Rain lives in a seemingly perfect world with her sister and their nanny, on a planet where those who are deemed useless seem to vanish without a trace, along with those who speak of the forbidden keys. When she gets her chance to be of use, she begins on the path to her destiny when the magical key from her dreams is set in her possession. With it, she embarks on a journey to another world in search of her parents and slowly she uncovers the mysteries that surround her family’s past, present, and future. When she uncovers the deepest secret of them all, the difficult path ahead of her reveals the true purpose of her life

Come with me and discover what became of the people of Atlantis!!!

Where You Can Find ‘A Telltale Secret’

Amazon in Paperback

Kindle US

Kindle UK

Kindle Canada

NOOK

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*PLEASE SHARE ON FACEBOOK, TWEET, and RE-BLOG!!! THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!*

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The Official Release of ‘A Telltale Secret’

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 The Official Release of ‘A Telltale Secret’
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Hello Everyone!!! My Official Release Event for ‘A Telltale Secret’ is ONLY One Week Away!!! I am so excited, I want to jump out of my skin. I have MANY Giveaways planned, and could not be more grateful to the Authors and my Publisher for ALL of their Donations!!!

This is an Event You DO NOT want to miss!!!

JOIN My Official Release Event on Facebook

Here for you, ALL of the Donations and Links where you can find ALL of the Generous Donors!!!

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Broken Bars Publishing

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Broken Bars Publishing is Offering a FREE Publishing Contract to ONE Lucky Person!!!

Broken Bars Publishing on Facebook

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Author Ronnie C. Dawson

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Author Ronnie C. Dawson is Donating a Copy of his Book, ‘Irreconcilable Differences: Til Death Do Us Part’ for Every Copy of ‘A Telltale Secret’ Purchased on the Broken Bars Publishing Website, so you get 2 Books for the price of ONE!!!

*When You Purchase ‘A Telltale Secret’, You are contributing to the Global Fight against HIV/AIDS. Proceeds benefit (RED), which provides ARV’s (Anti-Retro Viral) Medication to those in 3rd World Africa who are Afflicted with HIV/AIDS. My Goal for 2015 is to go on a Mission Trip to 3rd World Africa and be a part of bring an AIDS FREE Generation into the World.

Author Ronnie C. Dawson on Facebook

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Author Mj Rain

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I will be Giving Away a Paperback Copy, Kindle Copy, and Nook Copy of ‘A Telltale Secret’. I’m also Giving Away 2 Necklaces Inspired by ‘A Telltale Secret’.

Author Mj Rain on Facebook

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Author Gwen Selix

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Author Gwen Selix is Donating a Kindle Copy of ‘Shadows of Pandora’ and a Signed Bookmark.

Author Gwen Selix on Facebook

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Author Kate Marie Robbins

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Author Kate Marie Robbins is Donating E-Copies of ‘Indigo’ and ‘Aine’s Freedom’ in Whichever Format the Winner Chooses.

Kate Marie Robbins on Facebook

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Author K.M. Herkes

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Author K.M. Herkes is Donating E-Copies of ‘Controlled Descent’ and ‘Flight Plan’ in the Winner’s Choice of Epub, Mobi, or Smashwords.

Author K.M. Herkes on Facebook

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Author Mindy Larson

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Author Mindy Larson is Donating a Signed Paperback of ‘This Morning I Woke Up Dead’.

Mindy Larson on Facebook

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Author Clarissa Wild

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Author Clarissa Wild is Donating an E-Copy of ‘FIERCE’.

Clarissa Wild on Facebook

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Author Viv Drewa

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Author Viv Drewa is Donating a Copy of ‘The Angler and The Owl’ in the Winner’s Choice of Kindle or Paperback.

Viv Drewa on Facebook

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I’m With Geek

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I’m With Geek will be holding a Contest in which You will have to ReTweet their Post on Twitter for a Chance to WIN a Kindle Copy of ‘A Telltale Secret’

I’m With Geek on Facebook

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Speak Your Mind Radio

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Brenda Williams, Host of Speak Your Mind Radio, is Donating an Author Spotlight on The Air with Lots of Listeners!!!

Speak Your Mind Radio on Facebook

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Kristi Christensen

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Kristi Christensen is Donating a set of the Nail Art she created, Inspired by the Cover Art for ‘A Telltale Secret’ from Jamberry Nails.

Kristi Christensen on Facebook

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Diamant

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Twin brothers and writing partners, Diamant are Donating an E-Copy of ‘If Looks Could Kill’, a Night Boys Novel.

Diamant on Facebook

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Wendi Starusnak

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Wendi Starusnak is Donating a Signed Paperback of Detached.

Wendi Starusnak on Facebook

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*With the Purchase of ‘A Telltale Secret’, You are Directly Impacting those in 3rd World Africa who are Afflicted with HIV/AIDS. Proceeds from the sale of each and every book are committed to (RED). (RED) Provides ARV (Anti-Retro Viral) Medication OR Days of Life to those in 3rd World Africa who are Afflicted. Help me be an Activist in The Global Fight Against HIV/AIDS. Help me Bring an AIDS FREE Generation into the World in 2015*

***PLEASE SHARE ON FACEBOOK, TWEET, AND RE-BLOG!!! THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!***

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