Monthly Archives: March 2014
“There is no passion to be found playing small – in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.”~ Nelson Mandela
What is your passion in life? Do you paint, write, play music, act or whatever it is you choose, how is it meaningful to you? Are you actively engaging in this passion? If not, why? Describe the most difficult as well as the most rewarding aspects of pursuing your passion. Do these challenges and rewards make your passion more engaging?
Reflect and write! 🙂
“When I am working on a book or a story I write every morning as soon after first light as possible. There is no one to disturb you and it is cool or cold and you come to your work and warm as you write. You read what you have written and, as you always stop when you know what is going to happen next, you go on from there. You write until you come to a place where you still have your juice and know what will happen next and you stop and try to live through until the next day when you hit it again. You have started at six in the morning, say, and may go on until noon or be through before that. When you stop you are as empty, and at the same time never empty but filling, as when you have made love to someone you love. Nothing can hurt you, nothing can happen, nothing means anything until the next day when you do it again. It is the wait until the next day that is hard to get through.” ~Ernest Hemingway
“The sisters and brothers that you meet give you the materials which your character uses to build itself. It is said that some people are born great, others achieve it, some have it thrust upon them. In truth, the ways in which your character is built have to do with all three of those. Those around you, those you choose, and those who choose you.” ~ Maya Angelou
We all have people who have shaped and molded our lives through their thoughts, words and deeds. For good or bad they have left a lasting impression.
Create a character based on the qualities of four impressionable people from your life. They can be people from your past or your present. You can focus on their positive or negative characteristics but try to capture their memorable qualities. Reflect, write and most of all, have fun! 😉
I am super thrilled to show you the beautiful cover for my newest and upcoming novel, Entertaining Angels. Again, my cover artist was Natasha Brown, and she is super talented. She brought my disjointed vision to life, and I don’t think I’ll ever be able to thank her properly.
I can’t wait to publish it, which I’m hoping will be in May. That’s what I’m estimating anyway. But, I couldn’t wait any longer to show you my beautiful cover!
About Entertaining Angels:
Madison Andrews can’t face her reflection in the mirror. All she sees is a big, fat nobody. Yet, deep inside she longs for something more, something that’s not skin deep.
Along comes Zach, the new guy in school. He’s smoking hot and totally out of her league. She somehow catches his eye, and he makes her feel beautiful for once. But just as she gets close to Zach, her nerdy best friend, Chase, won’t let Madison doubt her true beauty, no matter how many meals she skips.
Even as Madison begins to realize that she is more than what she thinks, darker forces are at work, darker than the lies and mocking from her peers, stopping her from amounting to her full potential. Can Madison find true happiness in her own skin?
Are you a book reviewer? If so, please sign up for an ARC (Advanced Reading Copy) of my novel here.
Emerald Barnes graduated with a B.A. in English with an emphasis on Creative Writing at Mississippi University for Women. She resides in a small town in Mississippi and has the accent to prove it.
She mainly writes suspense/thrillers in the YA genre, but she dabbles in other genres and her books are enjoyed by all ages! She’s constantly working on new novels and has more ideas than she knows what to do with. She blogs which takes up more of her time than she anticipates but loves it so very much! She’s also a volunteer at the World Literary Cafe which is amazing, and she is a crazy grammar nazi who proofreads novels!
She’s an auntie to three beautiful nieces and two handsome nephews who take up the other half of her time, but she couldn’t imagine spending her time in any other way!
She’s a Whovian, a little bit of a nerd, a reader, a writer, and a family-oriented person. God is number One in her life, and she thanks Him continuously for His love and favor.
Connect with Emerald:
Where am I touring?
Rachelle’s Window — Guest Post
The Writing Realm — Interview
ssteinwriting — Interview
Sitting On The Porch With Lynn — Guest Post
Angel Breath Books — Guest post
Totally unrelated to this tour is my interview with Angie Brashear.
Sheila Deeth — Guest post
Ever On Word — Guest Post
A.R. Silverberry — Guest Post
Nike Chillemi ~ Crime Fictionista — Guest Post
“Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.”
~George Bernard Shaw
What would happen if you were given the power to re-create who you are as a person ? Not your appearance, but your characteristics…your thoughts, knowledge, emotions, talents etc. What, if anything, would you change? What would you keep exactly the same? Would the “new you” be more optimistic, stronger, braver or perhaps more creative? Would you give yourself a new skill or ability? Now, what’s stopping you from trying to become that “new you” ?
Reflect and write! 🙂
Maui is lush mountains, cloud forest and exquisite birdsong—but for Detective Lei Texeira, arrows break that peace.Someone is stalking poachers that are capturing Maui’s rarest birds, and Lei pursues the case with her usual leap-first, look-later style—but will she be able to catch a killer, save the birds, and still make it to her own wedding? Shattered Palms is a roller coaster ride from the top of Haleakala to the beach and back again, with extinction at stake.
Author Toby Neal grew up on the island of Kaua`i in Hawaii. After a few “stretches of exile” to pursue education, the islands have been home for the last fifteen years. Toby is a mental health therapist, a career that has informed the depth and complexity of the characters in her books. Outside of work and writing, Toby volunteers in a nonprofit for children and enjoys life in Hawaii through beach walking, body boarding, scuba diving, photography and hiking.
The Lei Crime Series ™
The Lei Crime Series ™, by Toby Neal, debuted with Blood Orchids in Dec. 2011 and have become genuine online bestsellers, with ebooks downloads of over 500,000. Leilani Matsumoto Texeira, the protagonist, is a local girl detective with a complicated past that strikes a chord anyone who wants to learn something about the “real Hawaii.” Lei leaps before she looks into solving crimes that draw the reader into the issues of life in the islands—including cockfighting, sex crimes, art smuggling, human trafficking, drugs and poaching. In each book Lei goes to a different island—in Blood Orchids she’s on Big Island, in Torch Ginger she goes to Kaua`i, in Black Jasmine she’s on Maui and in Broken Ferns, she’s on Lanai and Molokai, in Twisted Vine she’s back on Oahu. The books have been positively reviewed on GoodReads and Amazon and average 4.5 stars on hundreds of reviews including the following: “Now that I’ve finished them all, I am going to have to join LTA (Lei Texeira Anonymous). Toby Neal knows how to engage and involve the reader. This series is a must read for all fans of mysteries, a true tour-de-force. I for one, cannot wait to see what she comes up with next.” (Paul Janes-Brown, reviewer)
“A good book is an education of the heart. It enlarges your sense of human possibility what human nature is of what happens in the world. It’s a creator of inwardness.” ~Susan Sontag