Tag: Beth Barany

Cover reveal for the collection of ten sweet romance short stories

Available today: AUTUMN’S KISS

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Autumn’s Kiss

I am pleased and excited to announce this sweet and clean romantic collection, available today, exclusively on Amazon. My friend, Beth Barany, has a short story in this collection featuring Rose and Julien and is the continuation of their time-travel love story that began in Touchstone of LoveCongrats Beth! 

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Ten sweet stories of love. Ten great authors. Ten ways to celebrate Autumn.

Falling in love is timeless. From a sexy medieval stonemason to a small town shopkeeper—Regency England to Napa Vineyards, this selection of Historical, Contemporary, Paranormal and Time-Travel short romance stories is sure to capture your heart.

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Be sure to visit all ten authors’ home pages to enter their giveaway.

Just CLICK on their names!

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AUTUMN VOWS. Patricia Kiyono.  Contemporary
For 30 years, busy wife and mother Yolanda Murray pushed aside her career for family. With the kids grown now, it’s her turn. But her husband Craig needs surgery, and his worries extend far beyond his health issues. Will this couple survive the changes in the autumn of their lives?

CAROUSEL MAGIC. LaVerne St. George.  Contemporary.
For Thomas Martin, feelings don’t get in the way of business. As the new owner of an amusement park, he’s determined to replace the old carousel with video games. Mayor Ginger Fairchild is equally determined to save the vintage carousel. Can the carousel’s magic touch two more hearts?

THE FALL APPLES AND MR. CRAIGSON. Kathy Bosman.  Contemporary
Trina knows most men are out for her money, so a fantasy rich husband acts as her shield. She hires attractive Seth Craigson to cut down unwanted trees, certain he won’t discover her secret. As Trina’s heart leans toward Seth, he sees past her lie. Does he accept her for herself or see only her wealth?

FALLING IN LOVE AGAIN. Beth Barany.  Paranormal/Time Travel
Sexy Medieval stonemason Julien relies on his fiancée Rose to adapt to 21st century life and struggles to find his place in modern times. Holding down two jobs to support her and Julien in expensive San Francisco, software expert Rose has no time for romance. A weekend getaway may provide just the spark these time-crossed lovers need.

A HARVEST OF HOPE. Debby Lee. Historical
After putting away a crooked bootlegger, Meggie and Luke Preston set out for California, hoping for a second chance at life. When their past catches up with them, Meggie must find the courage to face the issues that have driven a wedge into her marriage… or she may lose everything.

THE LONELY SHOPKEEPER. Cindy Flores Martinez.  Contemporary
Lately, Judy has been too busy for love. Running a small business in her hometown occupies all of her time. When she meets Graham, a visitor from Scotland, it’s chemistry at first sight–and impossible. He’s not here to stay. She’s not willing to move. What will happen when they fall in love?

RUNAWAY LOVE. Nicole Zoltack.  Historical
After harvesting his crops, the last thing Corin Jannings expects is rescuing a woman tossed from a runaway horse. A woman who can’t remember who she is. She’s highborn, obviously, so it’s only a matter of time before someone comes for her. And since she’s a lady, Corin cannot dare risk falling for her.

SOFT BURGUNDY NIGHTS. Ruth Roberts. Contemporary
For the first time since she was abandoned, Jessica Rayne has a real home and her dream job as manager of Marchetti Vineyard. After ten years, Rafaele Marchetti has returned from New York, still bitter over his father’s mistakes. Rafaele may take away everything Jessica’s worked for… or make her dreams of love come true.

VIKING FOR HIRE. Jo Grafford. Historical
Branwyn O’Tyre is convinced her estranged brother plans to arrest her for witchcraft, so she drinks a protection potion before he arrives. A Viking sea captain, living under a curse, witnesses her magic and offers her an escape if only she will help him. The hitch? If she fails, Branwyn’s heart will be his forever.

THE WITCHING WELL. Kristy Tate. Time Travel
Celia Quinn holds Jason West responsible for the demise of her grandmother’s dress shop, so when she takes a sip of water from the witching well and is transported back to Regency England, Jason West is the last person she wants to see–or kiss.

Watch the trailer for this unique collection of stories.

You know how much I love romance, writing it, reading it, and living it. This is an important collection in the romance community. Be sure and pick your copy up soon.

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Enjoy! 

Available today! Tell your friends. Thanks!

It’s not possible to write a novel in a month. Is It?

I’m glad you asked that. Yes, it is possible to write a book in a month. But first, have you ever asked yourself some of the following questions?

  • Have you had the desire to write the next great American Novel?
  • How about writing a novel that will influence people?
  • How about writing a crime drama?
  • How about writing a comedic journey?
  • Have you wanted to write great stories of passion and heroism?
  • Have you ever wanted to see if you could write a novel?

If you’ve ever thought any of those things and writing a book is your goal, the next National Novel Writing Month – November 2014, is approaching fast.

In the writing world we call the month of November, NaNoWriMo – National Novel Writing Month, and the challenge is to write a 50,000-word book in 30 days. Sound impossible. Not so. I myself have written two books during the last two years. One is in the editing process right now before I start shopping it around to publishers.

You might ask,How can I possibly write a book in a month?” How can I accomplish such a Herculean feat?

Simple answer: One day at a time, one word at a time.

There’s got to be some story idea burning in your soul itching to get out, and you’re the only one who can tell it. Writing a novel in a month’s time doesn’t equate a perfected book ready for publication, but it’s a start, a time to put down on paper what you’ve been thinking about for months, if not years, follow characters you’ve created on journeys that exist only in your head.

But you might ask yourself, “I’m not really a writer, or I’m just new to the business of writing, how do I get started?”

For me it was something I had to think out before I started putting fingers to keys. I’m not a plotter, one who has to make sure the novel is planned scene-by-scene so they can envision the face of their reader as the shock of the next scene smacks into them. No. I’m not that kind of writer.

I’m a pantser, a fancy term for one who writes by the seat of their pants. I don’t plot out each chapter, each scene to the very end of the book. I have a general idea where I want to go, but I allow the characters themselves to dictate where we’re headed. Sometimes I’m as shocked by what flows through my fingers as I know my readers will be. I’ve written all my novels by the pantser method, and I have ten completed manuscripts and two more nearly ready for publication to show for it.

So yeah, I know NaNoWriMo can work. I’m a living testimony of that.

Something happened last year when I began to write a story of a fireman who falls in love with a nurse and is betrayed by her when she chooses to marry someone else. What I wish I had done in advance was my research. I didn’t know anything about fireman – their living quarters, trucks, equipment, clothing, ranks, etc. Neither did I know much about nurses – their training, their knowledge regarding diseases, therapy and surgery. It would have been nice to have  had that research prepared before I curled my fingers over my keyboard.

This year I’m going to get exciting pre-writing help from my friend and book coach, Beth Barany. She and her writer/teacher husband, Ezra Barany are offering a month-long training to get prepared to write a novel in November, and I’m going to be taking their challenge.

Prepare for Nanowrimo. Oct 2014 30-Day Writing Challenge.

I know this sounds like an ad, and you’d be right. It is an ad for something that will assist you in getting your feet wet before you plunge into the deep, dark pool of writing. If you’ve hung back on the edge fearing you might drown by being thrown into the deep end before you knew how to paddle, this is your opportunity to learn how to swim. Beth has the authoritative ability to take people who only dream of being a writer and turn them into a great writer by giving them the tools to live the dream. She can turn you into the “Michael Phelps” of writing.

But it’s time for you to trust yourself to jump into the water.

Of course, you don’t need to have help to write a novel in 30 days, but what if you could write a novel worthy of your dreams, wouldn’t you take the plunge?

I invited you to stick your toe into the writing water and get wet. Join us!

Join Beth’s 30 Day Writing Challenge for Novelists. 

MEET MY CHARACTER BLOG TOUR: Detective Marc DeLuca

I am very thankful to Beth Barany for asking me to be a part of this terrific blog hop recognizing the love we feel for our characters. I owe a world of gratitude to Beth, the fantastic fantasy author of Henrietta, The Dragon Slayer – Book 1,   Henrietta, The Dragon Stone – Book 2,   Touchstone of Love,  A Christmas Fling,  and Parisian Amour.  She has also written many books on the writing and publishing. Check those out on her author page.

Beth has been my friend and mentor for a few years now. She has coached me to complete at least five manuscripts and helped me publish one. She is my inspiration, my teacher, and my swift kick-in-the-britches when I slack off.

It has been my pleasure to be instructed of her and to have read her fine books and novellas. I can’t wait to read her newest work, almost titled, “A Green Man.”

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00Beth1Meet Beth: Award-winning author, Beth Barany has been making up fantasy and adventure stories all her life. She writes magical tales of romance and adventure for women and girls to transport them to new worlds where anything is possible.

In her off hours, Beth enjoys capoeira, reading and watching movies, and traveling, with her husband, author and singer/song writer Ezra Barany. Beth Barany lives in Oakland, California with her husband, two cats, and over 1,000 books.

WEB  / FACEBOOK  / TWITTER / AMAZON

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Now I’d like introduce you to the hero of my new novel, “Sunday Punch,” and sequel to “Fight Card Romance: Ladies Night,” by Carol Malone / a.k.a. Jill Tunney: 

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My Hero – Detective Marc DeLuca Hardboiled, soft-hearted and hot

What is the name of your character?  Is he/she fictional or a historic person?

Detective Marc DeLuca was introduced in my first novel, “Ladies Night,” as the arresting detective of my heroine. He later proved that he was an honest cop and fair man by helping my hero find the real killers. Marc is a fictionalized character, but to me he’s as real as one of my brothers – but a lot more handsome – just don’t tell my brothers.

When and where is the story set?

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The City – Los Angeles, Calif 1950

Marc’s story is set in 1955 Los Angeles. It’s at the heart of the restructuring of the Los Angeles Police Department when Chief Parker was trying to clean up Law Enforcement’s tarnished reputation. At one time, it was hard to tell the cops from the bad guys.

What should we know about him/her?

Marc DeLuca is a hero. His weakness – vulnerability. He’s Personality Type 5 on the Enneagram Personality Scale – The Investigator, because he is conscientious, ethical, has a strong sense of right and wrong, is well-organized, discerning, realistic, and noble. He makes a great detective because he’s always searching, asking questions, delving into things in depth with a strong need to test the truth. His fatal flaws are being afraid of making mistakes, perfectionistic tendencies that can make him resentment and impatience. He was accused by his ex-fiancée of being detached, moody and irrational.

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My Heroine – Helene Dominic Tortured, lonely and quite a dish!

What is the main conflict? What messes up his/her life?

Someone is killing Mickey Cohen, the gangster’s warehouse guards. Marc’s finally got lucky because one of the workers in an automobile warehouse has seen the killer. Only one problem. This kid’s eighteen, has the muscles of the Incredible Hulk, and is watched over by a long-legged, dark-haired beauty Marc can’t resist. He’s got to keep the kid and his lovely sister safe all the while trying to pin the wrap on the right thugs before all three of them end up on the slab.

What is the personal goal of the character?

Marc believes he must be strict with himself or he won’t be perfect. He wasn’t perfect enough for his first fiancée and she left him. By attempting to create his own brand of perfection, he often creates a personal hell and pushes all other women away. He has been listening too closely to his inner learned voice from a horrific childhood experience when he was seven years old. He killed a home intruder who was trying to murder his parents. He is now led to perform for the “greater good,” all the time because of his passionate search for perfection in the human race. His main goal is to fight down the need for perfection and allow someone else in – someone like the heroine and her beautiful dark eyes soothe his flawed soul.

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My New Novel – Fight Card Romance: Sunday Punch

Is there a working title for this novel, and can we read more about it?

It’s going to be the second in the Fight Card series after Ladies Night. It’s called: Fight Card Romance: Sunday Punch. A Sunday Punch is the type of boxing hit that won’t will put your lights out until next Sunday.

When can we expect the book to be published?

Sunday Punch should be hitting the e-Shelves by Christmas time 2014.

Fight Card Romance: Ladies Night   /  FACEBOOK  /  TWITTER

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Now I’d like to introduce you to  more wonderful writers you should get to know. Next Monday (August 25th), you’ll be able to check out their Meet My Characters posts on their respective blogs: 

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Author, Marsha Casper Cook

Meet Marsha: Marsha Casper Cook is the author of six published books like It’s Never Too Late, Virginia Templeton Stories, and Love Changesand 11 feature-length screenplays, a literary agent with 15 years of experience and the host of blog talk radio show A Good Story is a Good  Story for over four years. She and her guests discuss writing and what’s new in the entertainment field. Marsha has also appeared as a guest on other network shows and will continue to make frequent visits to other shows.

Wanting to help new writers reach their goals, Marsha founded the literary agency Marcus Bryan & Associates in 1996, and achieved signatory status from the Writers Guild of America (WGA) within two years. In that capacity, she has represented more than 100 screenwriters and authors, and has also optioned books to movie production companies. Marsha has spoken about her work and the craft of writing to a wide range of audiences including bookstores, schools, museums and local cable and will continue to speak to the media.

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Author Anna del C. Dye

Meet Anna:  Anna del C. Dye was born in Valparaiso, Chile, and lived amongst some of the world’s most famous beaches. After meeting Rodney Dye, a native of Idaho in her hometown, Anna traveled to Utah on Christmas Eve and married him two weeks later. Their love story, “Why Him?” was published by Covenant in the book entitled Tender Mercies. Anna and Rodney reside in Taylorsville, Utah and are the parents of three princes and a princess. Anna works with her community and has been able to collect more than 2000 books that she distributed at: Legacy Hills Care Center’s library, American Preparatory Academy, Bennion Elementary, Majestic Elementary, Monroe Elementary, Baccus elementary and LTUE.

Anna is an accomplished, multi-award winning author. One of her short stories entitled “Amerine—Fairy Princess,” won an award in the Oquirrh Writers’ contest. “A kingdom by The Sea” won first page award. “Book three of the Silent Warrior Trilogy, Elfs in a Conquered Realm,” won a Bronze medal from the League of Utah Writers, and her book “Shahira and the Flying Elfs” won Honors. Anna’s works started with “The Silent Warrior Trilogy,”  the beginning saga of her YA Elf Series. This series includes seven stand-alone books. She also published “Emerine’s Nightmare,”  a children electronic book. She is fluent in Spanish and English.

WEB       /   EMAIL: author@annadelc.com

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Author – Margo Bond Collins

Meet Margo:  Margo Bond Collins is the author of a number of novels, including *Taming the Country Star*, *Waking Up Dead*,  *Fairy, Texas*,  and *Legally Undead*.  She lives in Texas with her husband, their daughter, and several spoiled pets. She teaches college-level English courses online, though writing fiction is her first love.

She enjoys reading romance, urban fantasy, and paranormal fiction of any genre, and spends most of her free time daydreaming about heroes, monsters, cowboys, and villains, and the strong women who love them.

WEB  / FACEBOOK

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Author – Glenda Horsfall

Meet Glenda:  Glenda Horsfall was born and brought up in the beautiful city of Edinburgh. From an early age she was an avid reader. She became engrossed in reading romance novels in her early teens and promised herself that one day she would sit down and write her own. That dream has now been achieved with the publication of her first novel ‘Playing for Keeps’.  A tale of domination and submission the story is also a romance with a Happy Ever After ending!

Glenda now lives on the Fylde Coast of England with her own hero. She has a grown up son and three beautiful grand-daughters.

Having worked for many years as an Accountant, she loves being able to let her creative imagination run wild as she creates romantic stories for you to enjoy.

WEB  /  TWITTER  / FACEBOOK

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Author – Sandra Masters McCart

Meet Sandra:  Sandra Masters McCart is a retired executive who believes she should have been born in England during the Regency Period.  She is passionate about romance and historical novels, most of her writings about the heroine-hero relationship have dual story lines and subplots, which introduce sub-characters written with subsequent series in mind, and sexuality which ranges from sensual to explicit.

She is a prolific writer and continues to hone her craft. She also devotes some of her time to writing novels of contemporary romance geared to the older heroines and believe that romance is not necessarily the province of the young. Not The Last Dance and Someone I Used to Love are two such novels.

However, her first love will always be for Regency Romance. There are three books ready for immediate marketing. One Night With A Duke, My Divinely Decadent Duke and My Night With A Rogue Duke or as she likes to call them, the DUKE stand-alone series.

WEB  /  FACEBOOK

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Author – Margaret Fieland

Meet Margaret:  Born and raised in New York City, Margaret Fieland has been around art and music all her life.  Her poems and stories have appeared in journals such as  Turbulence Magazine, Front Range Review, and All Rights Reserved.

She is one of the Poetic Muselings. Their poetry anthology, Lifelines, was published by Inkspotter Publishing in November, 2011.  She is the author of  Relocated, Geek Games, and Broken Bonds, published by MuseItUp Publishing , and of Sand in the Desert, a collection of science fiction persona poems. Her chapter book is due out later this year.

WEB  /   BLOG  /  POETIC MUSELINGS

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Author – Julie Eberhart Painter

Meet Julie: Julie Eberhart Painter and husband, Shaw, Bucks County, PA natives, moved from their home to Dallas, TX from Philadelphia in 1960 and returned eastward via Kankakee, Il, Dayton, Ohio, Cleveland, and then settled in Atlanta, GA. In 1987, she and her husband moved to Daytona Beach, FL for an offer too good to refuse. That’s when she began to write books. They traveled all over the world for 30 years playing duplicate bridge, whenever possible, and always reading. She volunteered in nursing homes in three states. In Florida she joined a hospice team as a bereavement co-facilitator. Many stories, circumstances and rural and foreign accents inspire novels and short stories. The names were changed to protect the “innocent.”

Her nonfiction e-book, From the Inside Out, a volunteer looks at staying motivated, is considered a best seller on the Net. In 2011, I took advantage of my knowledge directing a sanctioned duplicate bridge game to create Kill Fee, a cozy mystery in which the main character inherits fifteen million dollars from her “murdered” uncle. Kill Fee won the Coffee Time Romance & More Best Book award in February 2012, and the Champagne Books Best Book Award for 2011. Medium Rare, sequel for Kill Fee, released in December of 2012. MuseItUp released Daughters of the Sea, redo of Tahitian Destiny, a paranormal based on a Polynesian legend in January 2113.

Books are available from the publishers or Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Morning After Midnight, a southern saga, debuted in January (Skillet appears here).

WEB  /   TWITTER  /  FACEBOOK  /  LINKED-IN   Julie is a regular blogger on The Writer’s Vineyard

You’re Invited To My Book Launch Facebook Party!!

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You are cordially invited …

You are invited to join 5-Star Reviewed Author, Carol Malone on February 28th from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. PST to celebrate the launch of her FIGHT CARD ROMANCE: LADIES NIGHT! If you are a fan of pulp fiction, Los Angeles in the 1950s, boxing, or suspense with a healthy dash of sweet romance, then you don’t want to miss out on her launch party.

On this last day of the Month of Love, Carol requests the pleasure of your company. Because she adores her friends and fans, she wants you to come anytime during the hours of the party and hob-knob with celebrated authors, book mentors, and coaches who have influenced Carol’s writer’s journey. She too will celebrate them for their contribution to the publication of LADIES NIGHT.

Who are my biggest influencers? 

If writing a book takes a village, I wish to express my gratitude to my little hamlet. Thanks to Tim Malone, husband and dearest critique- who’s writing his own sci-fi book. Thanks to Paul Bishop – the Co-Creator of the Fight Card Series and an author detective stories – my mentor and challenger. And thanks to Beth Barany – my kick-in-the-pants muse, mentor and book coach.

And … PLEASE, don’t forget about the giveaways – all right here on this FACEBOOK EVENT WALL.  

What will you get – you’ll have to come by the event and see. I can give you a couple of hints –00Gloves 

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What is “Fight Card Romance: Ladies Night” all about, you may ask?

Think Rocky meets the Untouchables …

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Los Angeles, 1954 … Gangsters, crime, boxing – and young love …

Jimmy Doherty, a hard-luck orphan from the south side of Chicago, was mentored in the sweet science of boxing by Father Tim Brophy, the Battling Priest of St. Vincent’s Asylum for Boys. Jimmy’s fists were good enough to take him to LA where he has begun his rise up the local fight-cards. He has big plans to be a contender and even bigger plans for Lindy – his trainer’s only daughter, who’s sweeter than apple pie and harder to resist.

But when Lindy is arrested for killing a boxer with ties to gangster Mickey Cohen, Jimmy is forced to join forces with the arresting detective – who would like to do much more with Lindy than put her in handcuffs – in a desperate search for the real killer.

Love can be murder – in or out of the ring …

Amazon link to the paperback version of Ladies Night: http://amzn.to/1gAcO6s
Amazon link to the Kindle version of Ladies Night: http://tinyurl.com/mh4brlz

 

Passion in small steps.

My whole life has been lived in the pursuit of finding what I’m good at and trying to meld that passion with my actions. It basically took me a lifetime to discover I had a small amount of passion in the field of telling stories. Since I was a little girl and alone a great deal of the time, I loved to make up happy tales.

DollHouseI used all kinds of objects to create stories. When I didn’t have enough little people for the doll house I got for Christmas one year, I used my mom’s discarded thimbles. They made terrific children because I could write the kid’s name on the top each wooden thimble.

My scenes were played out in the rooms of my tin doll house. I was the consummate mother giving advice and love to my brood of children. No matter how much trouble my children got into, or the conflict I suffered through with my husband figure, my stories always ended in happily-ever-after, love unconditional, and usually some singing. (I had a huge Julie Andrews addiction as a child.)

So my desire to write romance grew out of a life lived believing in happily-ever-after. Even though life is harsh and for some the dream of forever is not a reality – yet, I still cling to the belief. My spiritual upbringing won’t allow me to believe otherwise.

The dictionary suggests passion is any powerful or compelling emotion or feeling such as the opposites of love and hate. Passion is a fervor, zeal, or ardor. Often the Atonement of Christ is referred  to has his “Passion,” from the Latin passus, because of what He suffered. So with passion, there is a component of suffering for what we want, or submitting to requirements or demands to obtain our passion.ChristPassion

Writing is my passion. I’ve come to discover on my journey into writing, that I’ve got a better voice defending the underdog, uncovering those individuals fighting impossible odds to overcome an insurmountable situation. My passion discussed by my book coach and friend Beth Barany from an article she wrote on the passion of writing on the Blog DIVINING THE MUSE. Please read it, it’s good stuff.

Quote from the article: “One of my clients is passionate about the underdog in boxing and wrote a compelling tale set in gritty 1950s Los Angeles. Her love of the sport and the times shines through in her story, Ladies Night, A Fight Card book by Jill Tunney.”

Without passion, our lives will become dull, meaningless and what we accomplish mediocre. None of us want that. So your commission today is to figure out what you’re passionate about, if you haven’t already done so. What fires your soul? What drives you forward, gets you out of bed each morning? What creative outlets do you have to put your passion into? Are you fortunate enough to be working with what you’re passionate about? There is real happiness in being passionate about your work. Doesn’t it make you glad to go there everyday? It should.

Whether you’re a writer, or not, you have creative outlets. Put your whole heart into what you choose and strive to be passionate about it. I promise you, you’ll feel like you’ve conquered the world.

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