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Cover Look Sharpe!

Cover Look Sharpe!

This is the first book in Karen Perkins’ Valkyrie series I’ve read, and right from the beginning I was drawn into the world of English aristocract turned privateer, Henry Shape. The descriptive detail in the writing had me feeling as if I were standing right along side Henry as he made his way in his new life as a privateer after the death of his father and failing family finances. It had me anxious to continue the voyage and read more from this excellent writer. A must read for anyone who loves stories of high adventure, privateers, and romance on the open seas!

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Cover InThe Spirit Of Forgiveness

Cover InThe Spirit Of Forgiveness

This is a short, but sweet, post. I’m absolutely thrilled to announce that my second book, In The Spirit Of Forgiveness, is now available on Amazon, Smashwords, and OmniLit. Additional e-venues will be announced as they become available. We are working diligently to have it available ASAP on B&N (Nook), and Kobo (Book One is already available on Kobo here, and B&N here), so do keep checking back often for updates. If you purchase an e-book copy and would like to have it autographed, you can do that here.

 

For those who prefer to have a paperback copy, you can also order a print version of Forgiveness via the Amazon page (In The Spirit Of Love is currently already print enabled on Amazon), and we are working diligently to get this function up and running, so again, check back often. You can also order directly through me by sending me an email request on my website at www.damcclure.com.

I’m also excited to share that I’ll be doing another podcast interview with Eat, Sleep, Write’s host, Adam Scull on Friday, June 13th – no this is NOT bad luck! Once it is scheduled to go live, I’ll post the information and link here and on my Facebook and Twitter @debbiemcclure59 pages. If you’d like to listen to my previous two podcast author interviews, please check them out here, and here (this one was an exciting paranormal mystery roundtable author interview with me, USA Today’s bestselling author Tonya Kappes, and UK’s bestseller Karen Perkins).

 

Here’s the exciting blurb to In The Spirit Of Forgivness, the new much anticipated novel, the sequel to In The Spirit Of Love:

 

Death can hold as many uncertainties as life.

Destiny brought them together, but greed could tear them apart. In England for a much-deserved vacation, Claire Jacobs has fallen in love. However, fate has played a cruel trick on Claire, and now a mystery more than a hundred years old could take her happiness, as well as her life.

Sir Richard Abbottsford, of England’s grand Kent Estate, has finally reunited with his true love. He never imagined it would take more than a century for that to happen. But the past and present are intricately entwined, and as the lovers soon discover, sometimes even death is not an end.

As Claire and Richard struggle to adjust to the obstacles of their unique relationship, they are forced to deal with a vengeful foe determined to put an end to them both—forever. Time has kept the mystery of Sir Richard’s death tightly shrouded, but the heart has a way of overcoming even the most impossible. A little magic can’t hurt either.

Loving a ghost isn’t easy.

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Thank you,

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Success through Failure

Success through Failure

As an emerging writer, I’m often faced with having to work through my fear of failure. It seems as if I’ve failed at so many things, I should be an expert at it by now. My first marriage failed dismally, and I’ve failed at virtually every job I’ve ever taken on. Then I got into writing, and the very nature of that beast means I’ll be met with failure, rejection, and more failure. I’m not a masochist, honestly. I’m just determined to continue moving toward what I do want, rather than settling for something close to it.

For years I was a single parent, raising two kids, and living on the poverty line. I had no job, no money, and was at the lowest point in my life. I couldn’t see how I was ever going to turn my life around, but I always thought I would. I believed that I could achieve better than my circumstances at the time. I was right, but it didn’t come easy. It never does.

When I talk to people who attend my book signings and library readings, I hear so many of them tell me they always wanted to DO something. They had a dream that they let slip through their fingers. Or worse, they feared failing if they tried. I get it. I know what it is to face your fears, and try to step beyond them. I also know that failure isn’t just a possibility when you reach for your dreams, or a life you want to have, it’s guaranteed. What helps me is to remember that I’m not alone. In fact, I’m in some of the greatest company possible. JK Rowling comments often that she felt like a colossal failure for most of her life, before publishing the Harry Potter series of books. Jack Canfield, co-author of Chicken Soup for the Soul, received 144 rejections before landing a publisher. And virtually every well-respected inventor or luminary has experienced failure on a HUGE scale. So, I figure I’m okay.

Moving Toward Success

Moving Toward Success

Failure leads to learning, and learning leads to success. One can’t happen without the other. I also know that, just like Rowling, had I succeeded at any other job, I would never have begun to write, or stuck with it for so long. That’s the beauty of  life; we don’t know what’s around the next corner, or whose lives we touch.

Just today I watched a video interview featuring writer, Lisa Nichols, the author of “No Matter What”. I was fascinated by her story. Lisa talks about how, in her college days, one of her professors told the entire class that Lisa was “the weakest writer he’d ever met”. That fuelled a fire under Lisa, and she went on to become of the world’s most renowned writers. She didn’t set out to be a writer, but when the opportunity came, she went for it. That woman deserves the praise and accolades she receives, not only for writing, but for speaking out.

With the upcoming release of my second book, In The Spirit Of Forgiveness, I too have begun to take on public speaking engagements. Talk about overcoming a fear of failure! Before becoming a published writer, I’d never dreamed of speaking in public. The very thought terrified me. But I knew if I wanted to get the word out about my work, I was going to have to get over it. What I discovered surprised me. Turns out I love it, and others claim I’m good at it. I soon realized that I had nothing to fear. Those who had come to hear me speak only wanted me to share what I already knew about novel writing and publishing. I could do that. I was confident that I could provide some value to what they were seeking, so I relaxed and enjoyed the process. Even more than the speaking part though, I enjoyed the Q&A that followed. I love hearing the questions and connecting with people. Public speaking offers me a forum to do this, and I love it, so I’ve begun to expand and offer other topics relating to motivation and encouragement for groups, companies, etc..

Stepping Up to the Mic

Stepping Up to the Mic

A few months ago, I participated in my first podcast interview at Eat, Sleep, Write. I was keyed up in fear for days in advance, but on the day of recording, I relaxed. I realized it was just like public speaking in front of an audience. I was there to share what small knowledge I had on the topic of writing and publishing, and of course, my work. It went beautifully, and was fun. As a result of having said yes to the host’s request to do the podcast, it lead to him asking me to pull together a roundtable discussion podcast with two other paranormal mystery writers. I was thrilled. I knew who I wanted, and I knew I wanted it to be as interesting as possible for listeners. As a Canadian writer, I wanted an international feel to the next podcast, so I invited UK’s Karen Perkins, best-selling author of Thores-Cross, and USA Today’s best-selling author, Tonya Kappes, to join us. What a resounding success that has been, with the podcast going live today at eatsleepwrite.net! It was such fun learning how other authors work within the paranormal mystery genre in very different ways. Karen focuses on the darker side of paranormal, Tonya infuses humour into her paranormal mystery stories, and mine, as romantic paranormal mysteries. My point is, if I’d allowed my fear of failure to stop me from accepting the first interview, I would never have had the opportunity to work with Adam again, or with Tonya and Karen on this one.

Now, I’m a HUGE fan of Walt Disney, and Disney World in Florida. Ever since my parents took me and my three siblings to the Magic Kingdom back in the ‘70’s, and after years of watching Disney movies, I’ve had a thing for “Uncle Walt”. What I’ve loved is the man’s ability to move through failures, and he had lots of them, while using his imagination to visualize a future like none other. Many, many times throughout my life, I’ve had to hold on to my visualization for a better future, and I still do, every day. Imagination isn’t just about fantastical or magical books and characters, it’s the corner stone behind virtually every medical and technological development known to man. Someone has to first have the imagination to conceive of the idea, and that’s truly amazing, but its not enough. After all, As Lisa Nichols says, “Vision + Action = Success; Vision + Inaction = Wishful Thinking.” Wishful thinking is NOT enough. We have to be willing to put the action into place and DO something to move us forward to success. Without it, we go nowhere. That’s where so many go wrong. They rely on wishes, good intentions, and visualize the heck out of something, but they stop short of actually doing what’s necessary to achieve their goal.

The other thing I’ve learned is that to succeed at something, you have to have Guts. You have to believe you have the right to achieve the outcome you want, and just go for it. So many times I didn’t try hard enough. I knew I wasn’t giving my previous jobs my all, and so wasn’t really surprised when they didn’t work out. But when I discovered my passion for writing, I knew going in I’d have to pull out all the stops. I’d have to push myself and not allow failure, rejections, or a lack of imagination for the future stop me. It isn’t easy. In fact, it’s damned hard, but it’s worth it. I’m still struggling to make ends meet, and my writing career is far from stellar yet, but I’ll keep pushing, striving, and writing, until it’s as good as I can possibly make it. Oh, I’ll still also wish upon lots of stars, because that’s part of the magic of being human. More importantly, I’ll add a hefty dose of action behind the wishes.

Going to the Ball

Going to the Ball

I guess I’m like Cinderella; I want to go to the ball and dance with the prince at the palace.

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Modern Technology

Modern Technology

I’d never heard of Podcasting, and YouTube was something I watched, but didn’t really understand. Anyone who knows me, knows I’m no techie. I say it all the time, and it’s true. My hubby is my go-to guy for all things technical, from the computer, television, to the family car. Needless to say, when I was contacted by Adam Scull, the host of the Eat, Sleep, Write, a podcast dedicated to writers and readers, I had to ask the question, “What’s a podcast?”.  Adam went on to explain that a podcast is essentially similar to a radio broadcast, except the podcast is done via Skype and sent over the internet. Once live, it can be downloaded directly from his website, iTunes, or a host of other sites ESW is featured on. I was intrigued and excited to participate, but nervous too.

That initial contact resulted in me once again stepping outside my comfort zone. I’ve talked about this before, and as the old adage warns, “nothing ventured, nothing gained”. So, I was ready to veture forth yet again and try out this podcasting thing.

To prepare, I listened to about three or four different podcasts with other writers, I wrote down some of the questions I heard Adam ask others, and in addition to the few questions he asked me to provide him, compiled a few answers. Yep, I’m a planner and researcher. I don’t like going into things blind, so I prepare as much as possible. When it came time to record the podcast, I’d already had a brief testing with Adam via Skype, which went a long way to easing my anxieties about putting myself, and my voice, out there. We chatted about how the interview would go, and generally got to know each other a little better.

On The Air

On The Air

The morning of the taping, I took Adam’s suggestion and “dressed for radio”, which means dressing for business, even though I knew no one other than Adam would actually see me. I already knew that being in the right state of mind often includes looking the part, smiling into the phone, or in this case, the microphone and computer screen, and relaxing. It went remarkably easy and I found the whole experience fun and exciting. It took Adam about a week to edit the podcast and download it to go live. I gotta tell you, when he emailed me to say our session was now live on the website and iTunes, I was nervous as heck. I’ve heard my voice on family video recordings, and never like the sound of it – it doesn’t sound like I hear it in my own head, but I hear that’s normal.

We happened to be visiting my son and his girlfriend, so they listened to the podcast with me and my husband. At the end, my son looked at me and said, “Wow mom, you sounded pretty good!” I was relieved, giddy, and excited, although I still didn’t like the sound of my own voice. I honestly don’t think I really took in much of anything, other than listening to make sure I didn’t sound completely ridiculous. In the end, I was pleased with the finished product, and was proud of myself for having taken another step outside that comfort zone.

When Adam asked me to facilitate a  second podcast that would be a roundtable discussion with two other writers in the paranormal mystery genre of my choosing, I was thrilled. This would be even more fun, since I’d get a chance to introduce a couple of other writers I’d been followng on social media for several months. I felt both women would be great additions to the discussion, and chose to reach out to Karen Perkins of LionheART Galleries in the UK, and Tonya Kappes in the US. My thinking was to introduce a “global village” aspect, with writers from three separate countries who are all writing in the same genre, but with vastly different takes on what that means.

Last Thursday, August 8th we “met” on Skype for the first time for the podcast taping with Adam. Once again he made everyone feel relaxed and at ease with the questions he lobbed at us, encouraging us to interact. It was fun, informative, and another great experience for us all. Of course this podcasting thing is also a fantastic marketing and promo vehicle for each of us, and I believe helps in our individual branding. There is talk that that last podcast may be done as a YouTube video as well, depending on how the finished product looks, but even as an audio podcast, I’d be more than happy. Of course if he uses the video, there’s the personal anxiety of how I look, not just sound, to the general public, but I felt it was a great success and so did Karen and Tonya. Apparently Adam thought so too, since he invited us all back for a second roundtable discussion on a date tbd in October, 2013, with new topics. It certainly didn’t take any cajoling to convince the three of us to agree to participate.

Together

Together

To me, the podcasting/iTunes/YouTube thing I embarked on wasn’t just about marketing and promotion, although of course that’s a large component. It’s also about connecting with readers on a different level, branding, and also about reaching out to other writers and inviting them in to participate. It’s about sharing the experiences and learning from one another. That’s one of those bonuses we so seldom get to see, but can create, if we choose.  It’s also about extending yourself and accepting new challenges. From these two recent experiences I’ve learned that I enjoy public speaking, that others who’ve listened to the first taping enjoy it, and that I have a lot to learn from others, like Karen, Tonya and Adam, who are walking the same road I am. I like that.

If you get a chance, please do pop over to www.eatsleepwrite.net and/or iTunes to check out the podcasts and other great information Adam is sharing there, then take a few more moments and leave comments and share the information with your own circles of people who might be interested in these podcasts. For my own direct podcast, go to my website at www.damcclure.com and click on the “Author Podcast Interview” link.

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