Vol. #44: Showcasing (3) More Awesome Gang Authors!!

Photo Credit: The Verbally Disastrous Podcast- (2) New Episodes On Spotify

Hello Everyone!

We made it to another Friday!! What are your weekend plans my friend? Any celebrations going on your side of the globe today? My youngest son Johnny had a birthday on Monday. A year from now, he will be a legal adult. I’m planning on spending the weekend with my two sons and some cousins. I’ve made a cake and some snacks to aid in the weekend celebration. They want to hit Six Flags New England this weekend. I’m not sure if it is going to be a wash-out or somewhat of a decent day on Saturday. Here’s a gentle reminder that my first children’s book entitled, “Not All Girls Play With Dolls” is now live on Amazon in both paperback and as a Kindle, an iTunes e-book, and for Nook via Barnes & Noble!! As of today, the Barnes & Noble Nook e-book is still pending approval. I intend on having the audio version of the book as well. Have you ever worked on getting a children’s book online? Are you a budding author who just launched your book/podcast!? It’s important to have all of the social media platforms and build your brand via networking with others. I find great power in the hashtag as well. My hashtags are #LeslieMJasper, #ConstructionTales, and #VerballyDisastrous. Share with me your hashtag and connect with me on social media. If you could also network with my 16-year-old son John’s “Call To Action Marketing” business (hashtag #CTAMarketing), that would be helpful and highly appreciated. 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 recently shared some free marketing websites in a blog post. I’ve even submitted #ConstructionTales to both Awesome Gang and Book Reader Magazine recently. I recently submitted my children’s book to Awesome Gang and Book Goodies while currently working on other avenues. My first children’s book #NotAllGirlsPlayWithDolls is intended to empower young kids to pursue their passions even if it is not normally the tradition in their society. Here are (3) showcased authors down below:

Showcased Author- 1.) Fleury Sommers

Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
My grandmother came from a ranching family in Montana. She was proud of her heritage and loved to travel. Mother kept many of her artifacts, including cowboy chaps, Japanese kimonos, tortoiseshell cigarette cases, photographs of stern settlers who survived Indian attacks, and others. We ate meals around a table used on the ranch to feed the cowboys. These objects, belonging to and used by real men and women, suggested to me that history was more than the simple and dry facts we were encouraged to memorize in school.
Later, I began to read history more seriously. I don’t suggest in any way that I’m a scholar, but it does strike me that many of the cruelties inflicted on people derive from rancid ideas, ideas that are popularly supported – at least for a time. The next question, of course, is what happens when people are confronted by such an idea and its consequences. When and how does the little guy take a stand?
Years ago the narrator in a Jodi Picoult book (I forget which one) mentioned in passing that a character was a candidate for involuntary sterilization in Vermont. “Vermont?!!” I thought. “Couldn’t be.” I’d assumed those laws were primarily passed and enforced in Southern states. That thought stayed with me and was the germ that resulted in “Warrensburg,” a tale of a Virginia family’s fight against the eugenics movement when it threatened one of their own.
I don’t remember the precise genesis for “Beautiful Angels,” except that blaming the Jews for the bubonic plague was a popular idea irrationally embraced and in the face of clear evidence of innocence. Yet, the embrace of this “truth” resulted in thousands of deaths by starvation and burning all across Europe. “Beautiful Angels” is the story of a small group of unlikely allies, united only by their common humanity, who take a stand against the mob in their own small village.

What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
“Bayview Boulevard,” not yet published, is the story of an onshore whaling community during the golden age of whaling in the early to the mid-19th century. Although whaling made investors rich and their communities prosperous, beneath the enviable veneer, these communities and their families grappled with and were roiled by the divisive issues of the day including slavery, women’s rights, and others. Part love story and part coming of age story, the book also touches on the little-known, but an important avenue of escape provided by the whaling community for fugitive slaves.
I genuinely don’t remember how I stumbled on this idea since whaling has never been of any particular interest and I’ve always thought that Herman Melville could have used an editor. An onshore whaling community, however, provides ample fodder for someone interested in how ideas affect lives and behaviors.

Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I doubt it. I write in the morning and usually aim for a certain number of words. Sometimes, it’s a slog, a painful and slow process. Sometimes it comes easily. I suspect I’m not alone in this approach.

What authors, or books have influenced you?
During Covid when we were all house-bound, I read or re-read all the old Ross Macdonald books, the wonderful noir detective stories set in California in the mid-50s. I stumbled on the glorious “All the Light We Cannot See” and the little-known, but beautiful “The Tilted World,” a story about the 1927 Mississippi flood. I read Neil Gaiman for the first time and loved him, and I tried reading a couple of Pulitzer Prize-winning books I will not name that produced an uncomfortable level of irritation.

What are you working on now?
A story about Philadelphia in WW1.

What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I am feeling my way with promotion sites. My website is fleurymillssommers.com

Do you have any advice for new authors?
Early on, I joined Romance Writers of America. Although I learned romance writing wasn’t for me, I’ll be eternally grateful for the craft I learned from that wonderful organization.

What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Neil Gaiman said something like “I’ve always read, but then I learned to read.”

What are you reading now?
James Lee Burke.

What’s next for you as a writer?
More of the same: reading, learning, writing.

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?
Something light, but uplifting: a Dean Koontz “Odd Thomas” book
Something stunningly beautiful: “All the Light We Cannot See”
Something dense (in case rescue is slow): Maybe the Bible – to contemplate all my sins.

Author Websites and Profiles
Fleury Sommers Website: https://fleurymillssommers.com/
Fleury Sommers Amazon Profile: https://www.amazon.com/Fleury-Sommers/e/B00CK7SL4I/

Showcased Author- 2.) Quanda R. Graves

Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
My name is Until. I’m from Los Angeles, California born and raised. A poet, author, journalist and entrepreneur. So far, I have written two books and currently working on a third.

What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
The name of my latest book is entitled Dreaming Of A Place “On The Wings Of My Imagination”. What inspired it? The state of the world today. I just wanted to provide the minds of the world some temporary relief of its current state. Give a blissful moment, a brief escape to breathe.

Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I don’t believe so. Outside of, I have a different pen for different genres.

What authors, or books have influenced you?
The authors and books that has influenced me are the following: Nikki Giovanni, Terry O’Neal, Walt Whitman, Dudley Randall and many more to name a few. A few books are, The Moments, The Minutes, The Hours by Jill Scott, A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf, A Poet and Her Book: Autobiography of Edna St. Vincent Below by Jean Gould, and The Bible by God and many more.

What are you working on now?
Wow! That is a loaded question. LOL! I’m working on so many fruits. In a nutshell, I’m working on QS Simple Treasures & Greetings, my latest book that has yet to give me title. My next poetry CD and a wonderful cup collection I’m excited about.

What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
My best method to promoting my books is my website. Please visit at http://www.untilnomore.net.

Do you have any advice for new authors?
Yes I do. Learn yourself, in terms of what makes you happy. Learn to be a little selfish with your time, and your whole being. Set boundaries now, so when writing takes over, people understand why you don’t want to be bothered. Lastly, two in one, take on a belief system to help you get through those challenging times, (mine, is Jesus). Also, enjoy life, live, and while living, work to be of great character so you can feel amazing about you because, how else are you going to become inspired to inspire others. smile

What is the best advice you have ever heard?
From my mother – 1. Delight thyself in the Lord and He will give you your heart’s desire. 2. God bless everyone all the time, just not at the same time. Your time is coming, so be patient and wait on Him.

Random – Be you, because everyone else is taking.
Random – If you’re being anyone else other than you, you and the world is missing out. How dare you not be original. LOL!

What are you reading now?
Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams by Matthew Walker PhD.

What’s next for you as a writer?
Publishing my latest book by the end of this year.

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
Round The Corner
Sweet Lavender
A Room of One’s Own

Author Websites and Profiles
Quanda R. Graves Website: https://untilnomore.net/until
Quanda R. Graves Amazon Profile: https://www.amazon.com/Until/e/B00ZB51GBQ

Showcased Author- 3.) Moena Salman

Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
Mechanical engineer but very fascinated by history especially the pre-history and philosophy that is why I wrote my first book “Egypt History and The Ancient Wisdom”

What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
Egypt History and The Ancient Wisdom

What authors, or books have influenced you?
Antony west

What are you working on now?
The Pharaoh of the exodus
the History of the Israelites in Egypt

What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
Amazon

Author Websites and Profiles
Moena salman Website: https://www.jossefsalman.com/
Moena salman Amazon Profile: https://www.amazon.com/Jossef-Salman/e/B09THC991W

Thanks for blessing me with your review of all of this great author content that I have shared with you today. Hopefully, you are enjoying the author summaries of 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 sharing with you my blog posts this afternoon while juggling work. Try to enjoy your Friday now that we are heading towards another amazing weekend. I wish you a great morning/afternoon/evening on your side of the globe and a restful or productive day!

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Link To Construction Tales: Volume I: A Woman’s Journey To Become An Electrician (Paperback & Kindle) On Amazon:

Link To Construction Tales: A Young Person’s Guide To Accomplish Anything In Life (Paperback & Kindle) On Amazon:

U.S.A.: Use This Link For The Audio Version Of My Book #ConstructionTales On Audible:

United Kingdom: Use This Link For The Audio Version Of My Book #ConstructionTales On Audible:

France, Belgium, Switzerland: Use This Link For The Audio Version Of My Book #ConstructionTales On Audible:

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VERBALLY DISASTROUS PODCAST EPISODE LINKS:

Here is the link to the Verbally Disastrous Podcast on Spotify:

Verbally Disastrous-On Spotify

Verbally Disastrous! Season #1, Episode #43: Part A- Tramping In Cali! on YouTube:

Verbally Disastrous! Season #1, Episode #44: Part B- Tramping In Cali! on YouTube:

Verbally Disastrous! Season #1, Episode #45: Part C- Tramping In Cali! on YouTube:

Verbally Disastrous! Season #2, Episode #46:Early Life Lessons & Characters To Meet As An Apprentice On YouTube:

Verbally Disastrous Podcast! S#2, Ep. #47: Part A- Juggling Motherhood & Working With The Tools on YouTube:

Verbally Disastrous Podcast! S#2, Ep. #48: Part B- Juggling Motherhood & Working With The Tools on YouTube:

Verbally Disastrous Podcast- S#2, Episode #49: Just Released Not All Girls Play With Dolls!! on YouTube:

Verbally Disastrous Podcast- S#2, Episode #50: My First 7 Weeks As A Site Safety Manager on YouTube:

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.

Construction Tales- Told By A Woman: (11) Kindle Vella Short Stories On Amazon!!

The Verbally Disastrous Store On Tee-Spring:

The Verbally Disastrous Store On Tee-Spring

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Cheers!
Leslie M. Jasper

-Author And Host of the #VerballyDisastrous podcast now alive on many platforms that include: Acast, Amazon Music, Anchor, Apple Podcasts, Breaker, Castbox, Deezer, Google Podcasts, I Heart Radio, Listen Notes, Overcast, Pandora Podcasts, Player FM, Pocket Casts, Pod Bean, Podchaser, Podcast Addict, Podcast Gang, Radio Public, Reason, Soundcloud, Soundtrap, Spotify, Stitcher, Tune In, and YouTube.

-The Audio Blog: Verbally Disastrous Podcast And Construction Tales Blog. Now available on: Acast, Amazon Music, Anchor, Apple Podcasts, Breaker, Castbox, Deezer, Google Podcasts, I Heart Radio, Listen Notes, Overcast, Pandora Podcasts, Player FM, Pocket Casts, Pod Bean, Podchaser, Podcast Addict, Podcast Gang, Radio Public, Reason, Soundcloud, Spotify, Stitcher, and Tune In.

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