Blog

Author Spotlight

Author Spotlight- Darkness Sleeping: Origins of Morgana Le Fay by Jen Pretty

This week in the Author Spotlight is an indie author and personal friend of mine, Jen Pretty.

Magic won’t abide innocence…

…and Morgana’s time of innocence is long past.

Searching for a home, Morgana treks through the wilderness to find the convent where she plans to spend the rest of her days. Circumstance or maybe destiny has other plans.

Accompanied only by her horse, she races away from certain death and straight into the jaws of fate looking for a land she knows only by name: Avalon.

Magic and power come with deadly consequences and she will have to decide if she is ready to risk everything to get what she needs, or accept her punishment and never find her birthright.

Morgana knows one thing: something dark is sleeping inside her…

…and waking that darkness may be the only way to save her life.

What early reviewers are saying:

“Captivating”

“An exciting and entertaining read”

“Excellent take on an old theme”

Here’s the link to Jen Pretty’s webite for more information about her and her other books. https://jenprettyauthor.com/?fbclid=IwAR3mODavye_NqQ1t0hh0ctrc_k3XQcy7AXpDo_yQU8axepF0pCX1iGVnJts

https://booksovereverything.com/2019/10/13/review-darkness-sleeping-by-jen-pretty/

Author Spotlight

Compelled to Murder by E. Raye Turonek

Compelled to Murder is a suspenseful, gripping story of one man’s vengeance. When tragedy strikes, leaving his marriage on the rocks John Slater searches for the person responsible for his own affliction. As the body count increases, John finds himself in a dilemma in which he’s gravely unprepared. Compelled to Murder is an eventful page-turner that leaves the reader shocked and enlightened.

Check out these links to find out more about E. Raye Turonek.
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC6CqfquyPjXqEkbSepmnrjQ?fbclid=IwAR0od3jonVoo1VO-ypbpbcC3tJfIH-5tK9n50P-dqOWF3nD1nat83Pmh2aU

https://erayeturonekbooks.us/?fbclid=IwAR0RMM7kDDe8mLvTLSv1-dqOa3zXGIMgSRlIlJWRePzeqkD_7L-fiIAqR64

https://eray.campaign-view.com/ua/SharedView?od=27218d28c96aa859e10175034e470e9681185630859ca1fd0&cno=11a2b0b20ba148d&cd=1794c6c403fb7396&m=2&fbclid=IwAR0RMM7kDDe8mLvTLSv1-dqOa3zXGIMgSRlIlJWRePzeqkD_7L-fiIAqR64

 

 

Reviews

5-Star Review for Breaking the Cycle of Abuse: My Journey from Victim to Survivor.

Customer Review

Amazon Customer

Reviewed in Canada on March 6, 2020

Hannah Reinbeck tells her history of trauma with clarity and honesty. I especially appreciated the way she peppers the story of her past with her inner monologue of today. It gives an additional layer of insight into how survivors work through and reflect on the events that shaped them.

Reinbeck’s generous spirit of forgiveness—that she offers in ways that don’t compromise her own healing—is admirable to behold.

A great read from start to finish.

img_20191214_1141538790584062602410393.jpg
Reviews

5-Star Review for Breaking the Cycle of Abuse: My Journey from Victim to Survivor.

img_20191214_1141538790584062602410393.jpg

Andrew

Reviewed in the United States on March 2, 2020

Format: Kindle Edition

 

#MenToo, #MeToo, Abuse comes in many forms, Educate Yourself, Speaking from Experience, Stigma/Taboo

Choose to be part of the solution

In this blog post, I would like to share my thoughts and opinions about something I read yesterday.

While on Facebook I came across a post on one of the (women entrepreneur) groups that I am a member of. Due to the controversial issue, the post was taken down just before I was able to leave a comment. Good on the admins/moderators for taking it down as it had nothing to do with the group; it was a means of getting people fired up and turning on each other.

The article was titled, “#notmetoo” and written by a female that shared her thoughts about the #metoo movement and how it has gone from raising awareness to being used to exploit people. I don’t have an issue with this opinion, as I tend to agree.

I feel that many people don’t really understand what the #metoo movement is all about, nor do they care enough to research the topic. The #metoo movement is about raising awareness, showing just how many people (not just women) that have endured sexual harassment and/or sexual assault. The movement created a platform for many of us (myself included) to know that we are not alone and to show our support to those that choose to come forward.

Is anyone forced into coming forward? No.
You don’t have to out yourself, nor do you have to share your experience.
There is no action for you to take unless you want to.

The author of the article thought that most women have experienced being sexually harassed, what’s the point of saying anything? It was her experience that when it happened to her at work, she said NO and she didn’t have to take any action. The word No was enough, so she didn’t feel like the #metoo movement applies to her.

The author mentioned that if women were stronger, more assertive and weren’t so scared, that they wouldn’t need the #metoo movement and encourages others like her to start a #notmetoo movement.

Here’s the problem I have with that logic. Speaking from my own experience, I was a child, my NO didn’t solve the problem. During my first job out of high school, my No didn’t solve the problem. Some victims are drugged, date raped, overpowered, ganged up on, restrained. Our No, assuming we could get it out was not respected.

Good for her and good for the rest of you that have never had a sexual act of violence forced upon you. Good for you that your No was respected. While you feel that the #metoo movement doesn’t apply to you, you don’t get to diminish the meaning behind it. By doing so, you are basically saying boo-hoo, suck it up, we all get harassed, deal with it.

Trust me, I have been dealing with it, dealing with it for 30+ years because there is no magic cure. I will never be 100%, none of us will ever fully recover.  During times of extreme stress or fear, we all react differently. We either Fight, Flight, Freeze or Fawn. How nice it must be to know how you would react to an act of sexual violence when you haven’t experienced it. Those of us that tend to Freeze or Fawn should not be mistaken for as weak.
Tell me, for those strong, assertive types, if you witness another person being sexually harassed/assaulted, would you help or would you look the other way thinking, suck it up!

The idea of starting a #notmetoo movement is absurd and hurts the rest of us that are trying to recover, looking for support, finally having the courage to speak up. Speaking up IS part of our recovery, so don’t joke about it, make light of the subject or diminish the significance.

The notion of a #notmeetoo movement is as ridiculous as straight people wanting their own “pride” parade. Be glad you don’t need one because your rights and mental health aren’t in danger. You are not the ones being silenced, or not believed when you finally do come forward.

In my opinion, those that are for the #notmetoo movement are part of the problem. Choose to be better, choose to be part of the solution. What do you have to lose?

Sexual harassment is not tolerated in the workplace and Sexual Assault is a CRIME, both of which are never okay.

 

 

 

 

 

#amwriting, Author News, Book Promotion, Book Sales, Goodreads, Self-Publishing

Local Author Showcase

89099177_559838911552910_3767712562372673536_o

As promised, I’m here to share my experience with my first Author event.

  • Location: The North Grenville Public Library in Kemptville, Ontario.
    When: Saturday, February 29, 2020
    Event Planner: Pam Welling, she also organizes the Writers’ Circle group that meets at the same location on Monday evenings.
    Authors in attendance:
  • Ian Angus
  • James Bertram

  • CJ Butler (cjbutler.net)

  • Jen Gilroy (jengilroy.com)

  • Kate Heartfield (heartfieldfiction.com) 

  • Michael Hurd (enterthewitness.com)

  • Mike McCann (theplaidraccoonpress.com)

  • Anna Myatt

  • Emily-Jane Hills Orford (emilyjanebooks.ca)

  • Lydia Peever (nightface.ca)

  • Jen Pretty (jenprettyauthor.com)

  • Hannah Reinbeck (reinbeckstudio.com) 

  • Dr. Jackie Schoemaker Holmes (empowermentforresilience.com)

  • Jagjeet Sharma (cod.ckcufm.com/programs/91/info.html)

  • Michel Weatherall (michelweatherall.allauthor.com) 

  • Michael Whittaker

Genres represented: Fiction, Fantasy/Fiction, Aurthorian/Fiction, Horror, Children’s Literature, Poetry, Global Economics, Nonfiction, Memoir, and Local History.

The local library was a great location, ample space to set up 16 authors in one room and a separate space to hold the Author Panel for readings and questions.

The residents and readers in the area showed their support. The turn out was amazing! Steady but not so busy that we (authors) felt overwhelmed. The event was well organized; from the planning, the preparation, and the setup. The staff on duty were attentive and helpful, offering the authors snacks and beverages.

Overall, a great experience and one I am looking forward to doing again.

 

#amwriting, Amazon Kindle, Author News, Best Selling List, Book Promotion, Book Sales, Goodreads, Leave a Review, Self-Publishing

Author Spotlight

I’m working with a fellow indie author to help promote other indie authors, like ourselves.

What we plan to do is find other authors, readers, book reviewers to join us to feature a different author each week on our blogs, websites, Facebook, Twitter and any other social media outlets that we have an account for. This is like a #writerslift taken to the next level.
The books that I do happen to read, I will leave a review/rating on Amazon, GoodReads and here on my blog under the REVIEWS page.

If you’d like to be featured under my Author Spotlight, please send me the following information:

  • Send a Link to your Amazon sales page OR
  • Send an image of your book cover WITH a short blurb about your book. I will copy/paste what you send.
  • If you’re holding a promotion, please let me know the date(s) so I can coordinate your time slot to benefit your needs.
  • If you’re contacting me through email, please use Author Spotlight in the subject so I don’t think it’s spam.

If I require more information, I’ll let you know.

What’s the catch? No catch. No cost. Just pay it forward.

If you have an account on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or any other social media account that you can share the work of other indie authors, please pay it forward. If you read their book, please leave a rating/review.

What do you have to lose?

Your book will be showcased for one week before a different author is rotated in for their week in the Author Spotlight.

During your time in the Author Spotlight, I will share, retweet, bump the post twice before you are rotated out. So, if I put you in on Friday, I’ll bump, share, retweet again on Sunday and again on Wednesday.

This idea is still a work in progress, I’m open to suggestions.

You can contact me here under the CONTACT page on this blog, through Facebook https://www.facebook.com/hannah.reinbeck.9 or Twitter https://twitter.com/HReinbeck

I’m looking forward to featuring your book under the Author Spotlight!

!!!!! EDIT/UPDATE!!!!!
Here is the link to the group on Facebook. If you are an indie author and would like to have your book(s) promoted to 1,000’s of readers for FREE, please check us out and find out how.
https://www.facebook.com/groups/2973320619354947/