Vol. #24: Showcasing (3) More Awesome Gang Authors!!

Hello Everyone!

Is your Tuesday flowing for you so far this morning? It is officially March and the last month of winter here in New York City. As I have said quite a few times before, I thank you for checking out my 16-year-old son John’s “Call To Action Marketing” business (hashtag #CTAMarketing). This post is intended to share even more work of some independent authors, such as myself, and earn some good karma in the process. Why not offer you a taste of a variety of authors with different content? Let me know if you have discovered a new author during this “Showcased Author Series”? My objective is to pick out different authors that offer a variety of media content. For the record, I know nothing about the author other than what is showcased in the author article that was shared, via Awesome Gang. Feel free to copy and paste and share this content on your blog, if you like. As an author, if you want to add more information, drop it down in the comment section below and I will edit and add at my earliest convenience. For now, I’m connecting with the authors in an effort to build my author network. Hopefully, they will follow me back on social media. I’m game to cross promote each other on social media as well. Just let me know or re-tweet one of my posts and I will automatically return the favor on Twitter. I’m totally cool with many ways to help each other market each other. When you are a small content creator, it is important to help others out. I’m even submitted #ConstructionTales to both Awesome Gang and Book Reader Magazine last week. When I’m ready to release my children’s book Not All Girls Play With Dolls on Amazon, I shall submit again at that time. My first children’s book #NotAllGirlsPlayWithDolls is to empower young kids to pursue their passions even if it is not normally the tradition in their society. Do you have any requests for a specific author or style of content? Let me know your various suggestions down the in the comment section below. For now, here are (3) showcased authors down below:

Showcased Author- 1.) Jose Santana

Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I’m an IT professional by day and author by night; I’m also a dad to a teenager soon to be an adult; I enjoy a variety of activities, from an active fitness lifestyle to water rafting in the summer and binge watching movies/shows or playing video games in winter. Road trips are something I enjoy. I read across different genres—poetry, supernatural/horror, fantasy, and science fiction—and disciplines like philosophy, mythology, and psychology, which have informed my philosophy and writing as a whole. Currently, I have written one book and two more I plan to launch by Halloween of this year.

What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
The Cool and Warmth of Hearts is a poetry collection of romantic poems where many of the poems in it go as far back as high school and spent most of their time archived on DVD discs until in 2019 I revisited all of my written work and pursued the path to be a self-published author. This poetry collection contains an overarching theme with sub-themes about love and romanticism where the inspiration varied from personal experience, second-hand observations of family, friends, and more; also philosophy in my dealings with the concept and anecdotes of those experiences. In addition, I received further inspiration by the works of classical poets from Shakespeare era to Lord Byron and Emily Dickinson that helped further inspire this collection with form, meter, sensibility, and imagination.

Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I haven’t really thought about this, but I have a writing routine outline in steps and I don’t always adhere to every step, but it guides my focus and revisit when there is an area I feel lost or stuck in. Sometimes I’ll listen to classical music while writing or in between every writing session I would get up and walk around until I identify the chosen words to write and I have instances where I have writing bursts—sometimes I write in the early morning before work or sometimes after work or spend most of it on the weekend because of my weekday job. Lately, I have separate writing days from reading, research, and marketing which has been helpful on which activity to prepare for the day.

What authors, or books have influenced you?
Poets from 1500 to 1800 definitely played a big role in their varied style and diction; however, I kept revisiting specific poems or poets I enjoyed the most, like William Shakespeare, Andrew Marvell, William Wordsworth, Lord Byron, Edgar Allan Poe, and Emily Dickinson, that influenced with each revision I made in the book.

What are you working on now?
I have two books planned for release on Halloween Day of 2022; one is a poetry collection on the shadows of human nature and a short story collection of supernatural horror—think Edgar Allan Poe, Arthur Machen, and H. P. Lovecraft.

What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
As a first-time author, I found having a marketing strategy and picking a couple of marketing channels to reach readers. In my case, that’s email marketing with a reader magnet and Instagram because of its popularity with poetry; a book launch strategy is also important to have at minimum two to three months before launch day in order to set up your book for success. Also, I recommend reaching out to genre specific book review bloggers, bookstagrammers, and lining up discounted or free promo days with book promotion sites (FreeBooksy, AwesomeGang), ARC reviews (harder to come by if you’re new but paid services like Book Siren can help with that), editorial reviews, word of mouth with family and friends. In short, plan a marketing strategy with two marketing channels and a book launch plan to ensure you have time for reach outs to help promote awareness of the book.

Do you have any advice for new authors?
If you aspire to be an author, see it through no matter what—I always wanted to publish a book for many years and I doubted my ability to do so until I found the courage to put pen to paper or in my case finger to keyboard. I recommend reading on the craft of writing and also publishing and marketing too. Develop a ritual to help reinforce good writing habits and stick to a schedule with a deadline. It helps to let people who are supportive hold you accountable; join a community of like-minded writers if it helps you stay accountable. Writing is a lonely endeavor, and it’s important to remember why you write and why you want to publish a book—of course you will do it for yourself; however, if you plan to do it for the long run, remember the value you provide to the world with your written words those who wants to read your book and find joy and insight that brings them value will motivate you every time you have doubts about writing your book.

What is the best advice you have ever heard?
I live by the motto “Amor Fati”. It means “love your fate” basically accept it, embrace it, love it, and make the most of it and don’t waste time hoping for a different (past) fate. This doesn’t imply take to things as they’re, but your response to it plays a role in shaping your next thought, behavior; especially when you have aspirations to write a book, and the next one and draw meaning for the value you get to provide not just yourself but also for others and take pride in it and be humble by your experiences, “Amor Fati.”

What are you reading now?
I’m reading a variety of books in fiction and nonfiction right now; I usually organize my reading list based on my next writing project, in this case I’m reading the works of H.P. Lovecraft, Edgar Allan Poe, Classic Supernatural Stories by Barnes & Noble, Laws of Human Nature by Robert Greene and a few more to help inspire my next two books.

What’s next for you as a writer?
My dream is to become a full-time author that provides outstanding books for readers to enjoy and cherish; I’m designing my life towards that lifestyle and one day transition away from a day job into one where I could produce several books a year and engage with a community of both writers and readers.

If you were going to be stranded on a desert island and allowed to take 3 or 4 books with you what books would you bring?
Complete works of William Shakespeare
Complete works of Edgard Allan Poe
The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri
Complete works of Lord Byron

Author Websites and Profiles
Jose Santana Website: https://jasantana.me/
Jose Santana Amazon Profile: https://www.amazon.com/J.A.-Santana/e/B09QXVY4QF

Showcased Author- 2.) Brohdny Ricketts

Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
Brohdny Ricketts, attained his Master of Social Work at University of Southern California in 2019. Ricketts did most of his undergraduate work at University at Buffalo, he graduated from Empire State College with a B.S. in Human Development in 2017. After serving a tour in Iraq 2006-2007, Brohdny was an active-duty soldier until he medically retired from the Army in 2012.

Brohdny became a youth group leader, a drummer on the worship team and a Deacon for one year at Winchester Community Church 2013-2018. Brohdny was born in Canada, moved to Jamaica where his family lived at one years old, came to America at the age of eight to New Jersey, move to Western New York area in 2010 and is now a Fulltime RVer traveling the U.S. since March 2021.

While fulltime RVing Brohdny and his family do a Mobile Ministry to help homelessness by handing out “Blessing Bags” whenever they see a homeless person.

Brohdny, is the main actor “Rerehab” and was nominated for best actor at a New Jersey film festival. You can watch short film on Prime Video.

Brohdny is the CEO of The Walk 615, LLC. Brohdny is also the Vice President of Konde Visions Inc.

What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
The Way of Life: Jesus is His Name. What inspired me is my desire to help people improve their quality of life spiritually.

Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I do not think so! I don’t think its unusual, may be unusual to other though.

What are you working on now?
I am working on a daily devotional and a book that talks about the Anarchy of Christ.

What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
This is it, I am a new self publishing author

Do you have any advice for new authors?
Just start writing and get out of your head. Just write without an intent to publish and you will have a lot of literature to put into a book.

What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Turn a negative into a positive.

What are you reading now?
365 days of prayer for men.

What’s next for you as a writer?
To continue to self publish and become a best selling author

If you were going to be stranded on a desert island and allowed to take 3 or 4 books with you what books would you bring?
The bible, who moved my cheese, Garden City, and Jesus Unmasked

Author Websites and Profiles
Brohdny Ricketts Website: https://twrfa.com/
Brohdny Ricketts Amazon Profile: https://www.amazon.com/~/e/B09R98C7BH

Showcased Author- 3.) JRC Cox

Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
By day I work in the video games industry, by night I write for fun. Kings of the Land is my first full novel, and the beginning of an action adventure series I have planned out. Before that I warmed up by writing three children’s books with my young daughter, set in our Farland Valley universe.
When I’m not working, writing, watching action movies or doing stuff with the family, I love to read. I’m a big fan of urban fantasy and crime thrillers, sometimes in the same book.

What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
Kings of the Land

It’s an action adventure book series idea I’ve had in my head for over 15 years. Kings of the Land is actually the prequel to the main idea, but I found it needed to be written first to enable everything else to make sense. Also, as well as loving a good adventure book, I also love castles, so this was a great excuse to combine the two.

Do you have any unusual writing habits?
About 95% of the book was written on an iPad typing on the touch screen with one finger. Either I think a lot more than I write or I’m just very slow.

What authors, or books have influenced you?
Jim Butcher, Benedict Jacka, Stuart MacBride, and in the past Matthew Reilly.

What are you working on now?
Book 2 of the Kings of the Land series. I’m about 160 pages in.

What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
So far it’s been word of mouth, Amazon advertising and Facebook.

Do you have any advice for new authors?
I’m just writing for fun, as I enjoy my day job making video games, so I don’t have any pressures on me. However I still want to write the best books that I can. Therefore I get lots of people to test read my book before I release it and give me feedback. I highly recommend spending a good amount of time on getting feedback and editing your book. Though maybe don’t take quite as long as the 14 months that I did.

What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Never give up, but make sure you’re having some fun along the way.

What are you reading now?
The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson

What’s next for you as a writer?
I’ve planned four books for the Kings of the Land series, to tell the full story from beginning to end, so that will keep me busy for a while.

If you were going to be stranded on a desert island and allowed to take 3 or 4 books with you what books would you bring?
Storm Front by Jim Butcher
Fated by Benedict Jacka
Cosmos by Carl Sagan

Author Websites and Profiles
JRC Cox Amazon Profile: https://www.amazon.com/JRC-Cox/e/B01C7PRVUM/

Thanks for swinging by to check out all of this great author content that I have shared with you today. There is a bonus with getting to learn about some new authors that are out on the market. Perhaps we have found a future best seller? Let me know, in the comment section below, if you either like or dislike the author showcase content? I’m also sharing my latest (8) podcast episodes that are listed down below from The Verbally Disastrous Podcast, via links for Spotify & YouTube down below. If you are into reading on a Kindle, check out my newest short story release that belongs to my Construction Tales-Told By A Woman Kindle Vella Library short story series on Amazon down below. This new short story #11 is entitled, “Juggling Motherhood & Working With The Tools”. This short story covers my life as a widowed, single mother in the era when I juggled both motherhood and my career as a journeywoman electrician. The previous short story is #10 is entitled, “Early Life Lessons & Characters To Meet As An Apprentice”. If anyone has read any of my other previous short stories, by all means, let me know what you think? Check out the links for my book #ConstructionTales down below. I’m multi-tasking being at work while sharing with you my blog posts. Enjoy your Tuesday and be safe now that we are back to the work week. I wish you a great morning/afternoon/evening on your side of the globe and a restful or productive day!

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I recently shared my latest short story that has been loaded up to my Construction Tales-Told By A Woman Kindle Vella Library on Amazon. This is short story #11 entitled, “Juggling Motherhood & Working With The Tools”. This short story covers my life as a widowed, single mother in the era when I juggled both motherhood and my career as a journeywoman electrician. I share the various challenges I faced and lessons learned along the way. The previous short story is entitled: #10: “Early Life Lessons & Characters To Meet As An Apprentice”. I decided to write about some life lessons such as guarding your personal information, managing nasty rumors, combating sexual harassment, gender discrimination, and racism. Overall, the construction culture has improved dramatically over the past 25-years. Developing both a thick skin and a sharp tongue are key tools needed to survive various jobsite antics. I hope you learn something from this short story. There are more to come. These short stories are now also available as Verbally Disastrous podcast episodes.

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Leslie M. Jasper

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