Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Bullying Leads to Suicide

"It often requires more courage to dare to do right than to fear to do wrong." -Abraham Lincoln
I don't often voice my opinions on current events, but every now and then I have to speak up. In light of something that happened in our little corner of Texas, the above quote seemed especially relevant.

You see, a little twelve-year-old girl took her own life this past week. No, I did not know her, but apparently she was being bullied both at school and on social media. Her profile picture shows a smiling face befitting that of an angel. And now--NOW--students are flooding her page with messages of love.  
I can't even begin to express the sorrow and anger I feel, and yet child suicide is no longer an infrequent occurence. Some news reports stated that suicide is the third most common cause of death in children ages ten to fourteen. 
Why am I writing about this in my usually book-laced blog? Is it because suicide has touched my own life? Not really, although it certainly has. This time it's because I taught this age group for many years
--ages ten to twelve--and I know how easily this sort of thing can happen. It only takes one or two ugly comments to ruin a child's day. Pile comment on top of comment and over time, it can obviously ruin a child's life.

Besides, I had to write about it. Writing is what I do. When something bothers me, or hits too close to home, I write about it. I only wish that sweet little angel had lived long enough to develop such an outlet. Maybe another child will be touched by her death. Maybe that other one will cease to be a bully. Or perhaps that other one will open up and let someone else share his/her burden before it's too late. 

If we keep talking about it, maybe it will happen.

  • If you or someone you know is battling depression or have ever considered taking your own life, help is available. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a free service for anyone needing help. Their number is 1-800-273-TALK.

For Valrie Stover, Rest in Peace little angel. 

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Who Should Play Ella, Anson, Chet, and Nick?

Lilac Lane, my new suspense novel, would make a fantastic movie. No, that isn't hubris talking. I write what I like to read and also what I would like to see on the big screen, (or the small screen for that matter. Big Lifetime fan here.)

So, who would I want to play the main characters in the movie? First, a little synopsis of the book: Ella and her son, Nick, escaped her ex-husband's drunken wrath once. They made a new life in a new town, Stutter Creek. But now Anson is out of jail. Is that him driving by the house late at night, causing the strange noises in the attic, making the lights flicker on and off? And if it is him, can they survive another round with a madman?

Okay, so we've got Ella, the young mother. She is trying to make a go as a restaurant owner and single parent. I think a young Sandra Bullock would be perfect to play Ella. Girl-next-door tough, that's what she'd need to be.

As for Nick, there is a young actor named Ty Simpkins. I think he has that slightly haunted quality my Nick would need.

Chet Boone could be played by Mark Wahlberg. Tough, tender, handsome in a goofy sort of way, and a good father. That would be Chet's character to a T. I would have chosen Paul Walker. He would have been the PERFECT Chet.

Now, as for Anson--the bad guy--check this out and tell me what you think. 

Yep, that's Robert Pattinson. I think he's supposed to be a good guy in this movie, The Rover, but he looks crazy to me. I could definitely see him busting through a door with murder in his eye. The question is, does he wear a size twelve boot as in this little snippet from the novel:

         He shattered the old wooden door from the inside with one well-placed kick from his size twelve boot.

         The chair was still beneath the knob, but the entire top panel of the door had splintered. In the moonlight coming through the kitchen window, Ella could see his massive silhouette.
         With another kick, the entire door disintegrated. Shards of wood flew in all directions. The red kitchen chair went scooting across the floor until it hit a piece of debris and flipped over on its side.

Afterthought: Okay, tell me your thoughts. Where have I gone wrong? Who would you cast in the movie?

Saturday, August 30, 2014

An E-Z Way to Stay Up-to-Date with Your Favorite Author

Would you like to know the moment your favorite author has a new book available? It's as easy as click, click, click!

Amazon offers this feature through the Amazon Author's page. 

All you have to do is go to Amazon, type your favorite author's name in the Amazon search bar, then click on the author's page when their photo comes up. 

Once there, click on the following words on the upper right side of the page:
That's it, now you will get an email every time that author--in this case, me--has a new book available!

Go here for my Amazon Author Page

and you will see what I mean. While there, you can also get a FREE sample of any (or each) of my books sent directly to your Kindle. I love this Amazon feature. It's just like browsing in a brick-n-mortar bookstore. I use it all the time. And if by some chance you don't have a Kindle, just download the FREE Kindle App!

Afterthought: Don't forget to treat your author to a review when you finish your book. Reviews are almost as good as chocolate. ;-D

Thursday, July 31, 2014

$229/Kindle Fire HDX Giveaway for August! Enter, Enter, Enter!

It's time for August's $229 Kindle Giveaway Hosted by I Am A Reader.

Enter to win 1 of 2 great prizes both valued at $229. Winner’s choice of a Kindle Fire HDX or $229 Amazon Gift Card or $229 Paypal Cash!

The first prize is available via the rafflecopter below. The 2nd is available only to those share this giveaway. You can find info on how to enter the 2nd giveaway in the rafflecopter.

August Kindle 2014

Win a Kindle Fire HDX, Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash ($229 value)

The winner will have the option of receiving a 7" Kindle Fire HDX (US Only - $229 Value)

Or $229 Gift Card (International)

Or $229 in Paypal Cash (International)

Sponsor List

I Am A Reader
Feed Your Reader
Author Kimber Leigh Wheaton
Author Inger Iversen
Candace's Book Blog
I Love to Read and Review Books :)
{A Leisure Moment} A Casual Conversation about Our Love for Literature
J.L. Weil
Kelly Walker
Talia Jager, Author
Jessabella Reads
Laurie Treacy, Author
Claudia Burgoa
When I Grow Up I Wanna Write A Kids Book
Kimber's Life
More Than a Review
Lori's Reading Corner
Author Ann Swann
Dana Masting
Bonnie Blythe Pure Romance
Bella Street Weird Romance
Morgan K Wyatt
Njkinny's World of Books & Stuff
Reviews from a Bookworm
Jenn's Book Reviews and Giveaways
Me and Reading
Words Wit and Wisdom
Marie D. Jones
Good Choice Reading
A & E Kirk, Author
Margo Bond Collins
Christian Bookmobile
Biscuit & Books BOOKTUBE
Illusio & Baqer
Bound 4 Escape
Helen Smith (author)
Gin's Book Notes
Author FA Michaels
Author Steven Brown
Against Idleness & Mischief
Rayna Noire
Author Deb Atwood
Laurie Here
Danielle @ Coffee and Characters
Author A. Wrighton
Chelsea Author Promotions
Author Lynda Raymond
LeahSay's View

Sign up to sponsor the next Kindle Giveaway here:

Giveaway Details

1 winner will receive their choice of a Kindle Fire 7" HDX (US Only - $229 value), $229 Amazon Gift Card or $229 in Paypal Cash (International).

There is a second separate giveaway for bloggers who post this giveaway on their blog. See details in the rafflecopter on how to enter to win the 2nd Kindle Fire HDX 7", $229 Amazon Gift Card or $229 in Paypal Cash.

Ends 8/31/14

Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use an Gift Code or Paypal Cash. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Kathy from I Am A Reader and sponsored by the participating authors & bloggers. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.

a Rafflecopter giveaway