Vol. #46: Showcasing (3) More Awesome Gang Authors!!

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

Hello Everyone!

Well folks!! We are back to another Monday so make it a productive one and get through it hour by hour!! How was your weekend, my friend? I hope you had a kick ass weekend doing exactly what you wanted to do. If not, make it a goal for the future. I planned an absolute fun-packed weekend with my two sons and some cousins & friends. They snacked on cake, cookies, pizza, drinks during the weekend celebration while playing video games and trash talking. Despite the threat of spotty moments of rain, we indeed hit Six Flags New England this weekend too. The beauty of the periodic rainy patches made it a weekend where the crowd was small. We went on back to back rides and I even got a headache in the process. I went to a go-kart racing track with my guy that I’m dating on Sunday. That was an absolute blast!! I’m in a new relationship and it feels absolutely amazing like a giddy teenager for now. 😛 In case I have not previously mentioned it (sarcasm), 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. At this point, I have no idea as to when it will be released. I’m giving a fair warning that it is only the words and no illustrations. I intend on having the audio version of the book as well. I need to try to work on the audio version this weekend. 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 shared some free marketing websites in a blog post so go look for it if you could use some free marketing. I’ve even submitted #ConstructionTales to both Awesome Gang, Book Reader Magazine, and Book Goodies along with my children’s book #NotAllGirlsPlayWithDolls while currently working on other avenues. The 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.) Billy J. Barnum

Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I just released my 2nd book which I am extremely proud of.

What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
The Unbelievable Believable More Tales from the Baron. People that have bought and loved my 1st book asking will there be another.

Do you have any unusual writing habits?
Sometimes I can’t sleep at night and the words and vision take over so I have to get up no matter what time it is and write them down.

What authors, or books have influenced you?
I have not been influenced by any books or anybody. I just write and hope people enjoy my works.

What are you working on now?
Nothing. My new book was released March, 30th 2022 and I leave it up to everyone who reads it if there should be another. If I get great reviews and many requests I will then put myself in the frame of mind to plan on and hopefully start another.

What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
Twitter and Facebook have to be the #1 best promotion. I have many friends and supporters on there.

Do you have any advice for new authors?
If you put your hard work into it and wrote it and think it’s good enough then release it and let it fly.

What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Dream Big!

What are you reading now?
Sometimes a poem or two that sounds interesting.

What’s next for you as a writer?
Watch my new book take flight and watch to see how high it soars.

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?
A newspaper to read about days gone by news events and both of my poetry books.

Author Websites and Profiles
Billy J. Barnum Website: https://www.talesfromthebaron.com/
Billy J. Barnum Amazon Profile: https://www.amazon.com/Billy-J-Barnum/e/B07YSZRDL2?ref_=dbs_p_pbk_r00_abau_000000

Showcased Author- 2.) ETHAN KOIL

Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I currently live near Bristol, in the UK. I’ve previously written 8 (unpublished) novels: Floating Hair is my 9th, which I have self-published.

What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
Floating Hair. The starting point was Salem’s Lot by Stephen King, which is my favourite of his novels. I just liked the idea of a character living in the town as a child, and having a traumatic experience. He leaves, becomes an adult, and goes through a tragedy: returning to the womb-like safety of his childhood town. His childhood trauma then ties in with the adult plot.

Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I usually write between 2 and 4 in the morning.

What authors, or books have influenced you?
Stephen King was the author who inspired me to become a writer: Salem’s Lot particularly influencing me.

What are you working on now?
I am currently working on a sequel to Floating Hair.

What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I’ve had some success using Amazon Ads, albeit the costs greatly outweigh the royalties from sales. Bargain Booksy and Robin Reads have been the 2 most successful promotion sites so far. Will be interested to see how my promotions across the 5 awesomebookpromotion.com websites perform in April!

Do you have any advice for new authors?
Every author is different. By all means listen to what works for other authors, but don’t feel obliged to follow their advice.

What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Don’t wear grey and green together.

What are you reading now?
Complete ghost stories by M R James.

What’s next for you as a writer?
Continue working upon my Floating Hair sequel.

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?
Fellowship of the Ring, The Silence of the Lambs, A Christmas Carol, and Complete Books of Charles Fort (I’m cheating a little, but I’ve got them in a single volume!)

Author Websites and Profiles
ETHAN KOIL Amazon Profile: https://www.amazon.com/ETHAN-KOIL/e/B09NQZD9Z5

Showcased Author- 3.) S.M. Nottage

Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
Taking The Plunge is my inaugural novel, after having 5 non-fiction books published some years ago. Writing fiction has been such an enjoyable experience, in terms of the creativity and freedom it offers, and connecting with readers via bringing stories and experience to life.

What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
In short, Taking The Plunge named itself. The novel’s protagonist (Anna) is stepping out of her comfort zone in terms of the swimming adventure that is proposed to her, and in her personal life when she is caught between two romances and must make a choice.

Do you have any unusual writing habits?
LOL, I’ve never thought about unusual writing habits. Writing at dawn works well for me. I like to visit the places about which I’m writing, in order to experience them directly.

What authors, or books have influenced you?
Many authors and books have provided influence, for which I’m immensely grateful. Reading Sarah Waters’ novels first gave me the idea of writing myself. I like to read widely to experience different writing styles, to understand how other authors bring their ideas to life.

What are you working on now?
I have the completed basic structure for Troubled Waters, the sequel to Taking The Plunge. I’m working on how the characters, including new ones, interplay, and their motivations are revealed to readers.

What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
To be honest, I’m still learning the best way to promote books. Surprisingly, some seemingly obvious ways haven’t worked, and word-of-mouth has been more effective than I expected.

Do you have any advice for new authors?
Just write. Be yourself. Read other authors. Have a trusted critic (in my case it’s a friend who is good at being honest) who can help make your ideas better by seeing what you’ve missed.

What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Understand the landscape around your novel, i.e. how does it compare / contrast to other novels in the same genre.

What are you reading now?
I’m reading poetry at present, to expose my brain to different ways of articulating ideas, which I’d like to incorporate into my next novel.

What’s next for you as a writer?
I’d love to get more feedback from readers about Anna and Taking The Plunge, and incorporate it into the next novel in the series, Troubled Waters.

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?
That’s a tough question. I loved Sally Friedman’s ‘Swimming The Channel: a memoir of love and loss.’ Anita Shreve’s ‘The Weight Of Water’ captivated me when I read it. Perhaps ‘Catcher In The Rye’ because it was the first time I had been exposed to that style of writing.

Author Websites and Profiles
S.M. Nottage Amazon Profile: https://www.amazon.com/S.M.-Nottage/e/B09RPL5L73?ref_=dbs_p_ebk_r00_abau_000000

Your guest appearance on my blog peeping all of this great author content that I have shared with you today is highly appreciated. 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 blast through your Monday despite the fact that it’s a Monday- I feel your pain! 🙂 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:

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

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

https://my-store-c1f946.creator-spring.com

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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