To celebrate the release of my comedy-romance WHAT’S A MAN TO DO? on SMASHWORDS and AMAZON, I will be giving away five copies of my book on each website. All you have to do is respond to this blog post, explaining why you would like to win a copy of the book, and from which website you would like to receive it. I look forward to your participation in my giveaway, and hope that you enjoy my book.
I wish everyone, and their family and friends, a happy and safe Thanksgiving, with plenty of good times, delectable food, and great conversation, looking forward to Christmas, and the New Year ahead.
Here is a preview of my upcoming comedy-romance WHAT’S A MAN TO DO? which I hope you enjoy.
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Today was a particularly humid but sunny summer’s day, and sunshine poured into Mike’s living room windows. Mike had submitted his advertisement to the newspaper the evening before, and it would be appearing in today’s edition. For the first time in a while, Mike felt as if he was actually happy, if a little wary, of the radical new direction he was taking with his life. He arose from bed refreshed and relaxed, something he had not experienced in weeks. He knew that life was not all wine and roses, and things sometimes happen to stop people from getting into a rut.
Mike recalled the online version of the newspaper, and raced over to the computer to see if his advertisement had appeared. He noticed it had, and Mike began to make breakfast. Mike thought he might as well start rehearsing for his new job, and was wearing only his boxer shorts this morning, preparing breakfast. Any which way, it was hot, as only a sultry summer’s day can be, and Mike was comfortable wearing the little he was.
Mike remembered Janie, and that he had not spoken to her for a few days. Mike wondered what she would say about his new job, and knew her opinion would be helpful to him. Throwing caution to the wind, he turned on his CD player, and inserted a CD of his favorite Latin rhythms. The infectious nature of the music quickly got to him, and Mike began to dance, humming away happily to the tunes. Mike danced around the room, singing along to the songs, a broad smile on his face. At this point, Mike heard a knock on the door, and wondered who would come so early to see him. He danced out into the living room, and opened the door, forgetting that he was wearing only his boxer shorts.
“Mike!” Janie said, her mouth open in shock.
“Hi Janie!” he said, with a wide smile.
“What’s going on?” she said, seeing Mike in his boxer shorts, and noticing the music in the background. “Have I come at a bad time?” she said.
“No, not at all, come on in – if you’re asking if someone’s inside, no, I’m all alone,” he said, and with this, Janie passed through the door and into the living room. Mike continued to hum along to the music, which made Janie even more confused. She had never seen Mike act this way before, and it piqued her interest. Apart from this, she had never seen Mike wearing so little, and this made her a little uncomfortable around him. Janie sat on the sofa, and Mike made himself at ease in the armchair close by.
“Mike, I know it’s summer and everything, but shouldn’t you be wearing a t-shirt or something?”
“No, I’m okay. So, how’ve you been?” he said, hitting an imaginary drum to the music, Janie smiling at Mike’s antics.
“Oh, you know, the same, busy with business at home, but happy. We haven’t talked for a while, and was wondering how you were. How have you been since you left work?” she said, with great concern in her eyes.
“Oh, I had one rejection after another, some employers even said I was too good-looking for them,” Mike said, curling his lips, making fun of them.
“What?” Janie said. “Is that the criteria they use now? They must be in trouble if they’re resorting to that.”
“They must be,” Mike said, with a wicked smile. “So, I’ve decided to take things a different way.”
“What do you mean?” Janie asked, adjusting the jacket on her pantsuit, and seating herself into the sofa.
“Well, I’m going to try something completely different, something totally unrelated to what I did before. Like some coffee?” Mike asked.
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Want to read more about Mike’s employment dilemma, and exactly what he does for a new job? WHAT’S A MAN TO DO? is available now for pre-order on Smashwords, Barnes and Noble and Apple I-Tunes, and will be released on these bookstores on December 4, 2013, and afterwards on other bookstores.
Mr Mystery Man is now ready to reveal his identity from behind the dartboard and he is…Mike Anderson, the friendly, fun-loving former broker at Jackson & Oates.
He has had a rough ride lately in his working life, and is branching out into uncharted territory with his new job after being let go from his broking position. Many slings and arrows have been directed towards him as of late, and it feels as if life has been weird and wacky ever since he lost his job.
He has elected to try something new and different in his life, but will this radical change be the antidote to his employment dilemma? Will Mike adjust to his new job, and the multiple obstacles and hurdles thrown his way? Will he rise above all of this, or be taken for a ride he never expected? And, will this hamper his relationship with his best friend Janie?
These, and many other questions will be answered with the release of my romantic comedy WHAT’S A MAN TO DO?, which will be released on December 4, 2013. You can preorder your copy now through Smashwords by clicking on the book cover below, and it is coming soon on Barnes and Noble, Kobo, and The Apple I-Tunes.
You have just completed your full-length novel, or short story, and are about to release it to the world. It may be your first work, or one of many that you have written. You feel a sense of elation that it is finally finished – from the many hours of brainstorming, honing the initial concept of the idea, the many hours itself it took to produce the work, to finally seeing it through to the very end. You’ve proofread it as best as you could, and also beta readers have assisted you in catching all those little grammatical, and bigger story inconsistencies that can sometimes occur. Well, there is only one thing left to do, and that is…sit back, and give yourself a big pat on the back for coming this far. Apart from this, I believe, though, that it is also fruitful to congratulate ourselves in a further way after completing our story.
The act of rewarding oneself for finishing a story is something that, with the speed of life, we may sometimes not do. It raises one’s feelings of accomplishment, and that you yourself value what you have done. Congratulating oneself can take any form, for example, if you love eating chocolate, you may (over!) indulge yourself just once (or several times!!) for a job well done. This is something which is individual from person to person, and does not have to be anything overly elaborate or expensive. You may wish to spend your normal time writing doing something else, such as watching TV, going for a drive, spending quality time with the family…whatever one’s heart desires. You may wish to spend a few days away from writing, and relax a little. Whatever you do, be sure to take the time to enjoy it, because there are many more stories waiting to be told in the world, and the addictive nature of writing itself will beckon you again towards it!
Mystery man has emerged slightly from behind the dartboard where he was hiding his identity, but is still unwilling to show his face. He has just made a decision which feels correct in some ways, but which he is not totally sure about. After doing something for so long, he is branching out into another arena, and this is the most difficult decision of his life. He feels like retreating into his shell for a little, but his inner voice tells him that he cannot do this, and that to survive he must lose his inhibitions, and take his life down an entirely different path…
There are many times when we are writing our stories that we have a big scene where a major event takes place between the characters. Does the scene shine in its execution, or fall flat? I myself find when I am rewriting a draft this can occur, and that a scene which should be prominent, adding to the action, and opening up other story possibilities, does not deliver this, but, this can be remedied very easily. The reactions of characters to an event in the story, or to each other, can add depth, and reveal more about the characters than we originally envisioned.
This is something, though, that should be picked up in subsequent edits after the first draft, when we are perusing the story cafefully for any inconsistencies or deficiencies. I believe the main key is that we put ourselves in the position of our characters, and think what they would do in these situations. Sometimes having a character not react to a situation immediately, or having this delayed for plot purposes, is also useful, but, in any which way, if it is true to the character and story, then all the better. What are your thoughts on this?