Prioritize Your Time

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I have been working hard to get Trial of Marriage 2 completed, and it got me to thinking about when I decided to take the gigantic step into the world of self-publishing. The things I know now, I wish I knew then because the journey would have been a lot smoother and less stressing then it was back then. Do I have any regrets? No, I do not, but I would have done things differently. Nonetheless, over the past year, I have learned so much, which is why I try to share as much as I can about some of the things I encountered.

Early on when I started blogging one of my articles touched base on where does all the time go? With work, projects and writing on my agenda, there never seems to be enough time in the day to get everything completed. Throw in family and unexpected things that come up, yes it can get quite challenging, but I figure as long as I am being productive in my daily routine and accomplishing something, it’s good enough for me.

I do try to follow “working tips” as best as I can, but as stated in the article, Work Tips:  How Do You Prioritize Your Day? “Much of what consumes our days tend to be tasks that are urgent – a last minute emergency – for OTHERS.“ Can you share what you do to stay on track during the day?

I hope you have a great weekend folks!

R. Lynn Archie

Website:  www.rlynnarchie.com

Audible.com | Free Audiblebook of Your Choosing

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At Audible, they are offering new members only, a chance to try out an audiobook of your choosing, free for a 30-day trial.  If you have an Amazon account you can use that information to sign in and start your free trial; otherwise, you will have to create a new account with Audible.

If you decide to start a membership after the trial concludes the charge is $14.95 (monthly).  If not, just cancel before your trial ends so that there is not a fee assessed.  I am personally trying out the free trial, and like their announcement states, you can choose any audiobook your heart desires, so it’s not a bad deal to sample.  For anyone interested here’s the link to the website, www.audible.com.

R. Lynn

Website:  www.rlynnarchie.com

Book Review: Earthman Jack vs. The Ghost Planet

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First let me say this is not romance book, but science fiction.  Every now and then I do like reading something different.  I have to say that “Earthman Jack vs. The Ghost Planet” was an enjoyable read. The book is about fifteen year old Jack Finnegan, an average teenager who has had his share of childhood problems and inadequacies.

And, it’s in this fifteenth year that a radical change transforms his life. It is an adjustment that centers on Jacks’ school acquaintance Anna Shepherd, Mr. Shepherd (Anna’s dad and Jack’s teacher) and Mr. Green (another teacher). People he thought he knew; however, what a surprise for him when he learns they are not what they betrayed themselves to be. Also, if that is not enough to comprehend, Jack has to deal with unsavory Deathlord aliens who are wreaking havoc and destroying anything and everything that crosses their path.

I like the growth that Jack’s character achieves along the way turning him from a laid-back teenager into a more focused and responsible individual. The things Jack endures are more than he ever could have envisioned. In this book, you will come across zombies, different alien races, spaceships, a princess and more.

I would put this book in the young reader’s category only because of the dialog used; I think a pre-teen/teenager would have a deeper appreciation for it. Nonetheless, if you are an adult that enjoys reading science fiction stories with lots of action, adventure, and bits of humor thrown in here and there, then this story is right up your alley. It was a fun read, and I’ve already referred this book to a few young readers.  For more information on this book you can visit http://matthewkadish.com/.

Until later,

R. Lynn Archie

website:  http://www.rlynnarchie.com

Love vs. Career: Pre-Release Copies

I’m excited to be releasing my new interracial romance eBook Love vs. Career. I’ve gained so many followers over the months that I wanted to do something to say thank you. As a result, I’ve decided to give away twenty free pre-release copies to the first ones to respond during the week of July 15th. All you have to do is click here to email me or use info@rlynnarchie.com. In the subject field, put “Pre-Release Copy” and in the body please state if you would like a PDF, Mobi, ePub, or Kindle format. Take a look at the description below.

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Marissa Andrews thinks her life is on target after graduating from college summa cum laude and landing her first successful marketing job. She feels happy with her dream job, along with light-skinned, caramel hunk James, her older boyfriend “slash” boss. Things for her are not looking too shabby.

Unfortunately, everything praiseworthy does not always stay that way. And, when James’s freshly college graduated daughter Becky steps into the picture and starts working for her dad, with her comes nothing but trouble, topped off by a nasty attitude. The strong woman that Marissa is factors into a decision to walk away from a job that she loves because the drama isn’t worth it.

It is a move that brings unexpected consequences into her life. If there is one thing that she has learned from her partnership with James, it is that work and personal relationships entwined are bad karma, and definitely should not be combined. A golden rule that she vows to live by from here on out.

Only, one thing she does not know is that sexy green-eyed entrepreneur Roaman Stuart is about to make her acquaintance and put that promise to a test.

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~Read a Chapter Sample~

“Marissa, calm down!” James shouted trying to take control of the situation. She was pissed because the three main accounts she managed, he wanted handed over to his daughter Becky.

“Today is the day I’m either going to quit or lose my job. There’s no way in hell I’m letting those accounts go to your daughter! Do you realize all the time and energy I put into signing those companies? I’d be a fool to let them go — and let me throw in you’re the bigger fool for even suggesting such a thing!”

“Excuse me, but I am in the room. Don’t speak as though I am invisible!”

Marissa ignored Becky and continued her enraged explosion. “Look, I understand she’s your family, and how proud you are she graduated from college, but she doesn’t have the knowledge to keep these accounts afloat.”

“Marissa, I made this decision …”

She quickly cut him off. No way was Marissa interested in his explanation. “Your decision James? To what, ruin this company? She’s new to this profession and has much to learn. Give Becky some of my smaller accounts and let me mentor her so that she can learn the ropes.”

“Mentor? I don’t need mentoring. Listen sweetie, my dad is your boss, as well as CEO of this firm, so he can do what the hell he wishes! The fact that you’re sleeping with him means nothing, so turn yourself around, and retrieve the files he asked for, pronto!” Becky demanded.

Marissa wanted to knock the sarcastic smirk off of her hot pink stained lips. Marissa prided herself on being able to handle stressful situations, but this arrogant hussy made her blood boil. It took a lot of willpower to not grab a hold of Becky’s scrawny neck, and strangle the living hell out of her. She wanted to reason with James, but if he was going to allow his daughter to talk to her in such a disrespectful tone, then this was not the workplace in which she should stay. Marissa had graduated from Reuters, the top university of her field. Not only was she valedictorian of her class, but she graduated summa cum laude with a Masters in business and marketing. That alone made her heavily sought out with offers from multiple firms that wanted her on their team. Out of her top three job offers, it was James’s employer, Wayne Advertising and Marketing (WAM) that she decided to accept. At the time, James was only an executive director; however, he carried himself with dignity and ran the company respectively. WAM was highly sought out for its work and expertise. About two years after she became a part of the company, the founder, Mr. Wayne, decided it was time to semi-retire being he was getting up in age. James had been such an excellent protégé Mr. Wayne promoted him to CEO, a move that permitted James to oversee the agency in his absence.

“Becky, please step out and give Marissa and I a moment to talk.”

She eyed Marissa evilly as she slowly walked out the office. Her long, silky black weave with cherry red highlights swayed back and forth as she strolled out and closed the door behind her. Marissa knew her hair was fake because Becky changed the length and color just about every other month. Plain and simple, his daughter only worried about being a fashion whore. The sleeveless black mini dress she wore was not at all professional attire. It had a sexy dress quality with a triple-layered short skirt and a surplice neckline that displayed a sassy, stylish look. The dress was perfect for clubbing, not so much for the office.  As long as Becky looked sharp she knew that James wouldn’t say anything. He stepped in front of Marissa and held her waist as he looked down into her angry brown eyes. She was not the typical girl he dated because not only was she gorgeous from head to toe, but she had brains. He had dated many women of all different races, but this African American beauty had an influence on him that he thought was not possible again by any woman.

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Love vs. Career officially goes on sale July 26th, and will be available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

Converting Files Into Different Digital Formats

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In this day and age, more and more people are turning their files into stunning digital books (eBooks), manuals or interactive apps. It’s just a matter of converting your original document into a format that is suitable for delivery over the internet. All this means is you need to convert your original file into a PDF or ePub format.muO79BA

I’ve been wanting software like this and out of nowhere it fell into my lap. And, because I love sharing so much I’m passing the links along to you:  http://ebook.online-convert.com and http://calibre-ebook.com. I have yet to use it, but I’m pretty excited to try it out. I will have to let you know at a later date what I thought about it.

R. Lynn

Book Review: Beasthood by A.Z. Green

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Typically I would watch something in this genre over reading it, but the book description piqued my interest from the beginning. First off, let me say kudos to the author for writing such an intriguing dark fantasy. The plot centers around Jaz, a teenage girl that is about to experience a life changing discovery.

The book starts off with an intense incident happening to Jaz and she has strong hesitation in accepting the given explanation. This presents such a problem it disrupts her livelihood sending her into therapy with her mom’s sister. The story builds with each chapter. Then enter her dad’s sister, an aunt she knew nothing about who shows up offering to take her on a trip to a spa resort. She goes with her aunt; however, the trip is not as she thought and instead of relaxing as she had planned, she finds herself held captive. Only she doesn’t get it is a safety precaution, for herself and others until she is willing to accept newfound information about her origin. And, the fact that she is so stubborn doesn’t help matters. Weeks continue to pass by and accidentally, she gains possession of a diary, a book that holds valuable information and answers questions from the past and gives insight to current situations she’s facing.

I like how A.Z. vividly describes every little detail in-depth perfectly. There are numerous characters throughout the book, though I only connected with the main ones in the center of the storyline. And, let me say she does them proper justice in providing layers of their presence so that readers can get to know them well. Her book doesn’t tell it shows one hundred percent. Every emotion I felt, as well as every event taking place, held graphic elements, which intensified my reading experience with this story. There are two that stand out the most: 1) A fight scene between Jaz and Fraya. The intensity level can be compared to watching a WWE match. 2) The other was a scene toward the end of the book in which Jaz play tug and war with conflicting emotions. It was easy to relate with her in having to deal with the effects of decisions made by one key person playing a prominent role in her life. My opinion is A.Z. did a splendid job bringing that moment out to the fullest.

The only issue that left me unhappy was the partially unresolved ending. And let me be clear, the ending wasn’t bad. It’s just a preference thing on my part for I like things cleared up at the end. Overall, Beasthood is a well written book from beginning to end. I gave the story four stars, and I wish there was more flexibility to do something in between, if so I would have given it 4.75 stars. So I look forward to following the series, I need my answers:-) Miss Green you’ve gained a fan here.

Beasthood is available on Amazon:  http://www.amazon.com/Beasthood-Hidden-Blood-Series-ebook/dp/B00CYBFTWC/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1373315365&sr=1-1&keywords=BEASTHOOD

Also available on Amazon

Ideas on Being a Good Writer

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What makes a good writer? Well it’s certainly not getting in front of a computer and typing with no concept of what you’re writing about. There’s no written strategy that is concrete, but there are things you can follow to achieve becoming a better writer. For me, I know when I get a book that I cannot put down, and also intrigues me to keep turning pages, it’s clearly written by a good writer.

A point to keep in mind is you want to grab the reader’s attention from the very first page. Another thing would be when you create your characters, make them come alive and pop—if you can get the reader feeling emotion you’re on the right track.

I’ve heard that the best thing about writing is being able to express what’s on your mind; a comment that I have to agree with whole heartedly. My early years in school, I was never one to be able to communicate the way I wanted because I was extremely shy. However, through my writing I excelled. Writing was my refuge in which my thoughts fluently poured out into bright vocabulary. No awkward moments or sounding stupid; just me being creative and insightful.

I will say that new writers can learn from experienced ones, and all it takes is simply reading. The more you know, the more you will improve in your vocabulary and your writing style, among other stuff. That’s what I think it takes to be a good writer. My advice for someone new starting out would be never give up and strive for the best.

Have a great weekend!

R. Lynn

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Writing Advice

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When I write I use my words as a communication source to express my ideas, turning those thoughts into novels or short stories. Writing for me is as natural as breathing and I do it because I love it.

This brings me to marketing guru and best-selling author, Seth Godin. He’s been called the “the ultimate entrepreneur for the Information Age” and in an article I recently read, he generously offers nineteen pieces of advice for aspiring writers.

The top three were really solid suggestions so I’ve listed them below:

1. Lower your expectations. The happiest authors are the ones that don’t expect much.

2. The best time to start promoting your book is three years before it comes out. Three years to build a reputation, build a permission asset, build a blog, build a following, build credibility and build the connections you’ll need later.

(I think this is good advice, however speaking only for myself, this one is unrealistic to me because I’m not that patient.)

3. Pay for an editor. Not just to fix the typos, but to actually make your ramblings into something that people will choose to read.

(If your budget does not allow for an editor then you should really make good use of your spelling and grammar check.)

Hope some of the tips helps some. Have a great day.

R. Lynn

Website:  www.rlynnarchie.com

The Falling of Love by Marisa Oldham (Book Review)

Spring is in full effect, and because of that I’ve made it a necessity to refill my library. From time to time, you will see books pop up that I will be adding to my “Interesting Books to Read” list. Today I start off with romance novel, The Falling of Love (The Falling Series) by Marisa Oldham.

BOOK REVIEW

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The Falling of Love by Marissa Oldham

The story starts out with teenagers Grace Hathaway and Ian Taylor, a miss matched couple as seen by their high school peers. Grace is a gentle beauty who’s sweet and on the cheerleading squad where newcomer Ian is the new “rocker” boy in school, and not kindly welcomed. Regardless of what everyone’s thinks the two grow to love each other very much.

Their feelings for each other are bottomless, and you would think that it would soar high from there, but it doesn’t, and that’s because there are undisclosed family circumstances that Ian has found hard to share with Grace. When she’s finally informed of his troubles, she sheds new light onto his problem and finds a solution that makes their days happy again. Sadly, it’s short lived due to their nonstop longing desire. An emotional pull that interrupts their fairytale world, and forces them to delve into adulthood sooner than later.

From there it only plummets downhill due to a new location and Ian’s constant tug of war. On one hand, he has Grace, the love of his life whom he declares he would do anything for; but then, on the other hand, he’s fighting an enormous battle for another love that he’s finding difficult to end.

The story contains a lot of in-depth situations that will pull at your heart. There are also other noteworthy characters that play significant roles throughout the plot. I find it to be an enjoyable read, and an emotional wrenching love story that will be hard to put down.

Her book is available on Amazon. Please visit her website, http://authormarisaoldham.bravesites.com/the-falling-of-love,  to find out more about her novel and other locations where it can be purchased.

Enjoy your weekend,

R. Lynn

Website:  www.rlynnarchie.com