My first book, The Hard Way! Here is a little description…
Before starting his freshman year of high school, Paul Jones’ best friend moves away. He meets Anik Hatcher and starts hanging out with his friends who like to cause trouble around the city. What they do at the Homecoming football game, pressures Paul to become a key player in their most harmful prank yet. He learns the hard way that choosing friends and making decisions, good or bad, have consequences that could change his life.
Have you gotten a copy of The Hard Way yet? Check out Amazon.com now through August 25th and pick up a $.99 ebook copy. Here is a link to it.
And be sure to check out the Facebook Event that I will be involved in tonight at 7:00 PM eastern. It is an author takeover. I will be taking an hour to promote The Hard Way and get my name out there. It is a week long event with many YA authors (ones that write for the Young Adult Genre). Be sure and stop by and follow the thread and make a comment!
The Facebook event is called I <3 YA Books August 2018. The time slot is currently listed under the name of Sharon McAleer.
But most of all, there is a lot of creativity, work and fun.
Be sure to take a look through them and like your favorites.
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On August 22nd, I will be participating in an author takeover. I will also be having a $.99 sale on the ebook version of The Hard Way from August 22-25, 2018. Be sure to pick up a copy if you haven’t already.
Last week I started a business building class called From Author to Authorpreneuer. I’m looking to revamp things with my business to get the name out there and sell more books. As part of the class, we are creating a morning routine to get into a writing groove for the day. It includes 15 minutes of journalling.
One morning while doing my journal, a couple of books came to mind which discribe my writing journey. One is Oh the Places You Will Go and Harold and the Purple Crayon.
According to Wikipedia, Oh the Places You will Go, was published in 1990 and was the last book Seuss ever published. It is a story where an unnamed character (could be you) leaves town and gets to the “waiting place”, where people go to wait for the next thing to happen. Dr. Seuss leaves us there to go on our own adventure to see all of the places we will go. This book is a favorite to give when someone in your life is embarking on a new adventure like graduation or a new job. I have been to many places, fictional and real, in my writing. Just never know where the next place I will go will be.
Harold and the Purple Crayon was published in 1955 by Crockett Johnson, a pen name for
a popular cartoonist and children’s book illustrator David Johnson Leisk. Crockett was childhood nickname for Leisk.
Harold is a four year old who creates his world by drawing it, with his purple crayon. Who wouldn’t want to be able to do that? The book is about going on an amazing adventure of imagination which authors and artists do when they create their works.
We are all inspired by different things, whether it is an event, person speaking, or something we read. Whether it is achieving a goal or helping us get by a challenge, what inspires us ultimately helps us make things happen.
One of the reasons I write for the teen and young adult audience is I want to mentor them through my writing. I hope someday someone will read one of my books and be inspired to do something that may be hard for them to do without some support. Like saying no to peer pressure or reporting the bully to a teacher.
I have been inspired by many others in my life and on my writing journey. That inspiration has helped me work through some challenges get to where I am today. Have you been inspired by someone or something to meet a challenge or achieve a goal in your life? Let me know in the comments below.
It has been quite a busy month for me since I last posted. My day job continues to be busy in transition and the main project in the writing house these days is editing The Bully’s Way. I am about half way through the first in depth read through. There has been a lot of work done so far and I am excited about how the story is coming together.
With all that has been happening in our world, Jim and I made the time to do something fun. Jim’s mom is a big Laurel and Hardy fan, so we took her to The Heights Theater in Columbia Heights, Minnesota to see the Laurel and Hardy Comedy Festival. They featured five short films from the 1930s. Hog Wild was one of the five we saw and I enjoyed the most.
According to their website, The Heights Theater is the Twin Cities classic theater experience. From the old fashioned decor to an organ player who plays before the show. We really had fun watching the movies in an old fashioned theater environment eating popcorn together. The way things were before dolby sound, 3D picture viewing and the plush recliner seating found in today’s theaters.
A little history, it was constructed in 1926 by Gluek Brewery heir, Arthur Gluek as a prohibition real estate venture. It was originally just a neighborhood theater featuring local area actors and “high class vaudville acts” but became a place for upscale first run movies and old time favorites.
Jim and I were introduced to the venue this year by close friends of ours who we went to see the movie Harold and Maude with in April. For those of you who don’t know, Harold and Maude is a cult classic released in 1971. It is a dark comedy where Harold, one of the main characters, is obsessed with death and falls in love with a much older woman who teaches him about living life to the fullest and that life and not death is the most precious gift of all. The current owner of The Heights Theater used to work at another local theater, the now closed Edina Westgate Theater. Harold and Maude had been shown there for quite a long time. From 1972 to 1974, it ran for 115 weeks and 1956 showings.
For more information about The Heights Theater and what their upcoming shows are, here is a link to their site The Heights Theater. I really recommend checking it out. And if you find a movie you would like to see, be sure to buy your tickets online ahead of time. When we arrived at the theater yesterday, both sessions of Laurel and Hardy had been sold out. Good thing we shopped early for our tickets. One more note, Have you been wondering what my young adult book, The Hard Way is about? Well, here is your chance to get a free preview of chapter one! All you have to do is subscribe to my email list and you will be emailed a link to the free preview. What does subscribing to my email list get for you? A quarterly newsletter highlighting a few of my book reviews and other news from my writing house. So, if you have been curious about what my book is about, why not check it out! Please note, for all of you who have gmail, after you confirm your subscription to my email list, your email for the free preview link will probably wind up in your promotions inbox. That is what happened to me when I tested it. Have a great week!
Good Morning! Here is the Monday Morning Blog! Hope you had a great weekend.
I finished reading Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand yesterday. I was drawn to the book for two reasons. One, I love the author. I wrote a post about her. I was looking for significant events that happened on May 15th and found out it was her birthday. Here is a link to that post. May Holidays continued
She also wrote the book Seabiscuit, which I enjoyed. You know, the book set during the depression about an undersized race horse who beats the odds and wins? They made a movie out of it like they did for this one. I remember taking my Godson to see it at our local theater when he was ten. He is going to be twenty-five this year. What a great memory!
The second reason I was drawn to the book is for the story itself. Not only is it about aviation, but it is also putting World War II history in the context of someone’s life story. That of Louis Zamperini, an Olympic runner and a bombardier in Army Air Corp. His B-24 bomber crashes into the ocean, he is captured by the Japanese and becomes a POW. I enjoyed reading it.
Staying in that reminiscing frame of mind, I wondered about what my first blog post was about. I scrolled through my one-hundred and eighty-six published posts and found the very one. It was posted on July 6, 2014. Here is a link.
It was a pretty basic post since I was just learning how to blog. The title was only a date and it didn’t have any pictures or tags. It is a reminder we all started someplace. Things have changed quite a bit since then.
Current projects from the Writing House-
Working on promoting my book, The Hard Way. There is a link to purchase it on my website under the books tab.
I also the first edition of my quarterly newsletter coming out this month to share upcoming news and announcements. What will it contain? Some items about mareketing and little bits about The Bully’s Way, book two in The Way Series coming out in October 2019. Be sure to sign up under the subscribe tab to receive your copy.
Happy Wednesday! Hope you are having a great week!
Valentine’s Day is kind of a fun holiday. I know some people get bummed out about not having the romantic dinner or flowers. It is kind of the girl’s dream right? I have had those feelings at a time in my life.
When I was out shopping last weekend, I saw something that made me smile. Two brothers, both under the age of ten, were walking together each one had a shopping basket with a box of valentines in it. They each had a different kind.
I have fond memories of sitting at our kitchen table when I was a kid, with the class list, writing one out to each of my classmates. And getting to school and dropping one in each of their handmade boxes.
How about the conversation hearts? I loved and still love those. I think I read everyone of them before eating it.
These are the things I think of for Valentine’s Day. Be sure to give little messages of appreciation to those around you today. Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be all about a dinner and flowers. It is about sharing love with one another.
Good Morning! Here is the Monday Morning Blog. A little later than normal this morning. Santa had a busy day yesterday getting ready.
Merry Christmas! Hope you were able to wake up to the gracious gifts Santa brought last night. Did you get up early with your kids? Or like us, thank goodness, were able to sleep in with our teenagers?
Are you making that list and checking it twice? Still looking for some book ideas for your teen reader? Last week we talked about the younger teens. This week we will talk about older teens, which I consider to be high school aged readers.