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Snippet of WIP

It’s a cold morning…brrrrr…..

Personally, I think the cold weather slows the blood and caffeine flow to my brain. I know you’re thinking…don’t you have heat in your home? The answer to that is yes…yes, I do. But your logical question has absolutely nothing to do with my theory why forming coherent thoughts and sentences this morning isn’t working so well for me. lol

That being said…I thought I’d share a snippet from a WIP that has the working title of Unexpected Treasure (subject to change) This snippet is unedited and also subject to change. As of right now, there is no release date, because it’s not even the story I’m suppose to be working on, but was the one demanding attention this past weekend. lol One MUST obey the Muse lest she decide to give you the silent treatment when you need her most, and that’s never a good thing.

So here you go…

“My apologies,” he started, releasing his hold on her coffee, “I didn’t mean to startle you.”

“Um, no problem.” She responded, though she was pretty sure that wouldn’t have been the case if her keyboard had been bathed in the yummy caffeinated goodness of her turtle latte. “Thanks for the quick save.”

“It was the least I could do,” he responded, his voice tinged with an accent that sounded Scottish, or maybe Irish.

Shaela picked up her drink, bringing the plastic lid to her lips, not only to moisten her mouth, but to keep it from gaping open at the smooth-as-butter tone of his voice.

“I don’t mean to intrude, more than I already have…” he smiled down at her sheepishly, “but would you mind if I sat with you?” He swept out his arm towards the front of the coffee shop, “It seems to be a full house today.”

Shaela leaned to the side, peering around his tall body, to see his assessment of the crowd was right. She’d rarely, if ever, invited strangers to sit with her. In fact, she usually made it a habit to look engrossed enough in what she was doing that those who were looking for an empty seat were hesitant to disturb her concentration. It wasn’t that she was a snob, she just wasn’t a big fan of small talk. She got enough of that at work. Sighing, she sat back in her seat and smiled up at the charming stranger who had just saved her laptop from certain doom. Leaning over to remove her bag from the unoccupied chair, she replied to his question, “Of course.”

The scrape of the chair legs across the tile floor was barely heard over the cacophony of voices, music, and whirring of various coffee machines that had mere minutes ago been nothing but white noise, and was now a battering ram to her ears. Taking a sip from her cup, she fought to keep her brow from wrinkling in annoyance from having her peaceful interlude interrupted, even if it was by a handsome stranger with a mega-watt smile invading her space.
©Jolanthe Aleksander 2017

Until next week…Happy Reading!



Taming a dragon

I finally took the plunge and invested in speech recognition software. Interesting is as apt a descriptor as any. I can’t decide how I feel about it yet. I do know however that the office door will be closed far more often. My dragon has sensitive ears and evidently the house is noisy. Funny, I have always considered it quiet. Wonder if that’s a message I should be hearing?

I have discovered that my m’s and n’s need clearer enunciation as well. I suppose we all have something like this…I hadn’t noticed though until my dragon could not clearly define a few words. In that respect, the dragon has already been helpful.

You may be wondering why I’m telling you this, and the answer is I have no idea. 🙂

Actually, it is perhaps for some perspective. I have once again proposed an extremely aggressive schedule for this writing year and am hoping that the ability to dictate books and leave my hands free will help with production of the things I have decided to take on. HOPE being the operative word. I have decided to give it a month or two to see how it goes.

Once again, I have 8+ events on the agenda for this year and have been tagged or sent info on a couple of others. I LOVE getting out to events to meet readers and talk shop with the other folks trying to bang out stories…but, it back logs me nearly every time as I get no writing done, or deadlines get shuffled.

Right now, on my calendar in addition to the events I’ve already mentioned, I have a handful of releases to coordinate for other authors of the house here, I have 2 box sets/anthologies that I’m participating with for April release and a couple of others I’m waiting to hear on for fall, I have 3 releases of my own that I’m working on for 2017, and after talking to a co-author from a previous release, there have been quite a few enquiries about where a few story lines might go and if there is a possible spin-off to be done…the short answer there is I don’t know. It will take some time and careful consideration, which means shuffling priorities to squeeze in. What’s a girl to do?

Being an author is so much more than stringing together words anymore…even those who are contracted with the big houses are finding that more and more of the responsibilities are falling into their laps. A writer is a writer…but also a PR person, a marketer, perhaps a designer for swag, covers, or clothing, a financial consultant trying to manage the budget to go to events or not, buy pens or paper swag, redo a cover, buy an ad, afford a promotional price reduction…the list is enormous.

Being a writer nowadays is like trying to tame a dragon – from the front end while the fire is on the tip of their tongues, the heat is oppressive, and the changes of being incinerated never quite die off. It is exhilarating and exhausting, exciting and yet terrifying. There is no drug like it, and no adrenaline rush can quite compare to the feeling when you pull yourself out of the free fall scant millimeters from face-planting thirty seconds before the deadline expires. Me? I’m well singed and a bit crisp in places, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.




You’ll know it when you FEEL it.

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I think as a reader I can tell when the author is in flow. I think as a reader I can also tell when they are not. For me, this is part of the driving force to writing as I try to smooth the transitions and hide the pages that were written in a manic panic as the deadline loomed. It may not be that the sentences are any less polished, or the editing isn’t right on point…I think it is a feeling that we have as we build our vision of the world we are reading.

I’ve said it before, readers are SMART…but they are more than that too…readers are sensory, and writers need to remember this. The words are often trying taskmasters as they fight for a place on the page, but we have to remember the goal and the end result as we work, or we will just as surely toss the reader off the tale and miss holding their focus if we do not do the whole process in favor of the deadline.

As the red pen here at EBB I’ve said it many times to multiple authors…I would rather put out a book late that is right, than one time completely wrong. What about you? Would you rather have a book right on time or early…if it means that it is less than what you expect?

I didn’t think so.

Resistance is futile.

I can do a great many things. Marketing however, is not my strong suit. I have learned and expanded the cadre of my knowledge over the past few years, and gotten better too, but I still have a lot to learn. I have also learned when it’s time to call in the cavalry.

As such, I took a leap and retained the marketing assistance of someone who knows far more than I can hope to learn in the next five years…so let’s see how this goes eh? Starting tomorrow…I’ll have a whole lot more going on than the election. 😉

I finally managed to get my personal website back up too. Mind you, a few pages are still under construction, but it’s up and you can register for my mailing list there. I’ll get the blog, gallery, and book pages up and running soon, but I have a deadline I need to hit for words first. 😉

THANKS for sticking with me on the rollercoaster of my writing career! I look forward to seeing you somewhere out and about soon.


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I have had more than a few people ask me why I chose the dragonfly as my  personal symbol. It’s really quite simple. I’ve always been fascinated by them and what they represent.

“The dragonfly is generally associated with the symbolic meaning of transformation. Here are common meanings for this animal totem:

  • Change and transformation
  • Adaptability
  • Joy, lightness of being
  • Symbol of the realm of emotions, invitation to dive deeper into your feeling
  • Being on the lookout for illusions and deceits, whether are external or personal
  • Connection with nature’s spirits, fairies realms”

Dragonfly Spirit Animal

Until next week…Happy reading!




Weather inspiration

I am a firm believer that the main focus of the holidays should be spending time with family. My hubby and I spend a lot of time together as we always do the shopping together. We spend a little less time with the kids because they can’t go with us. To make up for that loss of time we each do things with the kids on our own.

This weekend I wanted to finish up the shopping so Friday the hubs and I finished up with the kids. Saturday I took my daughter with me to run errands and finish up. She went with me to get my nails done and of course got hers painted and festive, to pick up the popcorn that we sold as a fundraiser for her dance team, switch her phone over and then to the mall. As you can imagine the mall was crazy this close to Christmas. We still had fun and made the best of the craziness.

As fun as all of this was it still didn’t quite feel like the holidays are right around the corner. The warmer weather that we have been having makes it hard to get in the spirit. Running errands in just a sweatshirt in December just doesn’t feel right.

With the craziness of our weather has come a lot of fog. When we started this morning it was really foggy. My daughter mentioned that it was a little creepy to walk to school in the mornings in the fog. We then drove past a cemetery shrouded in fog. She looks over at me with a smirk. “Mom, here is the scary movie moment. Is someone going to jump out at us?”

As a writer it was a very proud mom moment. I loved that her mind is creative enough to instantly come up with something to go along with the fog. It also gave me an idea for one of my upcoming books. As I will take inspiration from anywhere it is always very special to get it from my kids.

My daughter has always had a very active imagination so maybe she will follow in my steps and write. I know that whatever she does with her life, as she is only 12 and has plenty of time to figure it out, it will be creative. As she is figuring it out she can continue to inspire me to follow my dreams and create the worlds that my characters live in. Between her and my son I have plenty of ideas that they inspire to keep me going for quite a while.

Until next week, keep your eyes open and find your inspiration wherever it comes from.


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The world around us

As  a writer I get inspiration from everything around me. I was told recently that I have too many voices in my head. I have to disagree. I am never lonely because I can escape into my head and enter another world. I feel sorry for the ones that have not figured out how to do that yet.

I have story lines for two more books and another series running around in my head all wanting their story told. I have stepped away from writing for a short period of time so that I can make my first series as good as it can be. The voices are very impatient in waiting for me to get to them. While I may not be writing right now, I am still getting ideas and fine tuning the story lines that are marinating.

The simplest of actions that someone else does and they don’t look around to see the impact that action has caused is something that immediately draws my attention. While they are too busy to notice the world around them I am quietly standing on the sidelines taking it all in. Not only the actual ripples that occur but also the possible ones continuously run through my head.

I find it useful to watch people when they don’t know they are being watched. I can then see how other people react to different situations without influencing their reaction. Most of the time it is strangers that I see in passing but there are times that someone in my inner circle will do something and my mind jumps up and has another scene roughed out.

As a writer I try to get the big picture in there. If all I did was write a book in the way that I would react to every situation my books would get pretty boring really fast. As I said I am an observer and nobody wants to read about an observer. Readers want the action and the drama that comes with it. While I am not prone to participate in drama it helps that I have a teenage son and a preteen daughter. I am learning all anyone could ever want to know about drama and then some!

While anyone is going about their day and just living their life they don’t expect to help to inspire a book. There are so many people that I have never met but have just seen in passing that have inspired many of the chapters that I write. I would love to thank them for their help but that would defeat the purpose and since I don’t actually know who they are quite impossible.

As you go about your day just keep in mind that you may not know it but the chances are good that the actions and movements you make during the day could very well be inspiring someone. It may not be an author, but it could be something as simple as inspiring someone to be kinder in their interactions with others, or to give the forgiveness they have been withholding.

Every action creates a ripple. What we do with those ripples is up to each of us.


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Write It Yourself

I think there is a common question that most authors are asked. “Where did you get your inspiration for your book/s from?”  There isn’t one right answer, as inspiration can spring at any time, any place, by anyone, and anything. The trick, of course, is taking that spark of inspiration and turning into something that closely resembles a book.

There are a lot of us who day dream. (Who knew all those teachers in grade school would eat their words about my daydreaming…lol) Daydreaming allows us, well me at least, to see the scene before we write it. We can stare off into space for hours. Anyway, I digress…..

Where did the inspiration for Beyond the Veil of Whispered Dreams spring from? There’s a Toni Morrison quote that I absolutely love, “If there’s a book you really want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.” Is there a particular story I’ve been waiting and waiting to be written? There WAS. I got tired of waiting (patience isn’t one of my virtues), and wrote it myself. 😉