It took a few weeks, but the edits for the first book were finally finished with the help of my two Beta Readers.
You see, Inkitt has a monthly book publishing contest and my entry was a bit late. The deadline is October 31, and I just barely got mine in just late last night. My entry was for all three of my novels for the Soul’s Little Lie saga. (The fourth book I haven’t even gotten started on, save for a bunch of notes)
You can read the free eBooks here, but there is a limit to 100 copies.
Contests usually scare me though. That’s why it’s taken me so long to get up the courage to enter one until last night, more like at the beginning of this month. I don’t expect to win this month, but who knows. Hopefully I can enter the same works into next month’s contest.
So, please give my novels a good read through. Post a review, pass the links around to your friends and let’s all see how this turns out.
To celebrate the publication of my first novel, I’ve created a limited edition shirt of the book’s cover.
Make someone step into the mystery of Soul’s Little Lie when you walk down the street wearing this limited shirt. Order yours in 6 days in Adult ($20) and Kids ($15) sizes.
20 shirts each for a limited time only.
For more information go to my site: tarabdobbs.com or find me on Twitter @tarabdobbs
More designs coming soon. Check back in a week for more details.
My first novel is now in my hot little hands!
My mother ordered the first one and it came today. I feels surreal to old my first work like this. I’ve dreamed of this day since I was little. I’m calm, but happy. I’m calm, but ready to work more into book 2. (having some writer’s block, argh) I want to get outside in this beautiful weather and dance and party with my dear friend Robert. Robert…oh dear Robert! It was you who pushed me to talk to Eden Glenn. It was you who kept insisting that I hook up with Rebel Ink Press. It was you who pushed and pushed me into the right direction to see my dream come true.
To my Parents – Thank you for reading thousands and thousands of novels in this family home over the years. For reading all kinds of genres – Romance, Military, Sci-Fi, Fantasy, and Mystery. Thank you for keeping as much of your book collection as you could every time we moved around the country. Thank you for putting up with my emotions as I pushed to get what I always wanted – my dream to come true!
To my MPHS classmates – you know who you are! Thank you for believing in me and thanks for tolerating my first manuscript back in school. (THAT piece will never see the light of day) Thank you for being my cheerleaders as I kept writing. Thank you for the party to jump start me out of there. I miss you all so much!
To Dave – Thank you for being there for me throughout this whole experience from 2003-present. Brainstorming with me. Believing in me. Pushing me to write. Being my archival guy. Being there when I cried. Being my first reader and mild editor. For being there for me throughout it all.
To Robert – Thank you for pushing me toward Eden Glenn Thank you for giving me the courage to talk to her on FB. Thank you for helping promote my work and being there when I needed a shoulder to cry on. Thank you for putting up with my fears and doubts.
To Eden Glenn – Thank you for pushing me toward this goal in the beginning publishing process and throughout. Thank you for being my mentor, for teaching me the basic noob learning curves. Thank you for cheering me on. Thank you for answering all my questions, and there will be more.
To my Publisher – Thank you for believing in my writing, in this story and the stories to come. Thank you for being patient with me even when I may have been confusing at times. Thank you for teaching me how it all works. I love learning this business! Thank you for believing in me. Thank you from the core of my heart and soul.
Now, to relax a bit, dance a bit in the glow of my happiness and re-read book 2 to get back on the ball again.
Soul’s Little Lie: Whispers In The Hall coming soon.
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In case anyone can’t find the links to my book for purchase….
Soul’s Little Lie:
Vivian Warren has been practicing magic all her life and has finally found herself face to face with her spirit guide. The sorrow in the man’s eyes compels her to go with him on a journey to his home in Lowell, Massachusetts. Hot on their trail, Detective Jacob Umari must uncover the link between this mysterious man with Vivian and a cold case file. The Soul’s Little Lie series is a haunting, psychological soft horror mystery filled with love, fear, and a glimpse into the workings of a broken heart.
Excerpts can be found here:
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I’m so happy to announce the paperback of my first novel Soul’s Little Lie has arrived! It is a print on demand type of book. Mind, I did not self publish. My books are published by Rebel Ink Press.
You can order it here at Createspace.com: https://www.createspace.com/5464094
The paperback is in the final stages to be on Barnes & Noble shelves. I will announce that as soon as everything is done.
Please leave reviews at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, OmiLit.com and AllRomanceEbooks.com
Enjoy the hauntings of Vivian Warren’s mind, will she get out of it alive? You’ll have to read it to find out.
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I just finished 28 pages (size 12, Times New Roman style) on my computer. It looks great all printed and there are possibly two locations in which it can be broken up into two separate chapters. However, the way these 28 pages read is like one very large chapter. In physical book format or digital tablet reader format, how large would this chapter actually come out to in the end? For that matter, how large does a chapter have to be so not to overwhelm the reader? I’ve read chapters that are two pages long in a physical book and thirty pages long or longer. I would love to see how these 28 pages happen to look in full book format just to cure my curiosity.
Oh, the temptation to share the 4th novel of the Soul’s Little Lie series with all of you, but I can’t…..I mustn’t. It does need some clean up, but not much. I love the last two pages of this chapter so much I’ve found myself re-reading it aloud so far six times in the last few days. I just love this part of the story, but it would be bad form of me to share it this early.
What I should be doing is continuing on chapter 2 of SLL: Broken Roses instead. This part though, oh this beautiful part of book 4 called to me this month. It wanted to be written and now that it has, I feel I must keep going, but…but….I need to continue with book 2 instead like a good girl. I must not disappoint my publisher if I am to get that contract.
Oh, that story is so moving. I wish I could share it, but it’s best to wait.
Nearly two weeks ago, June 28th, my beloved laptop died. I had that computer since 2009. It was my beloved companion and co-worker in my writing projects for my first novel “Soul’s Little Lie”, some new short stories and some new novel ideas, including the continuation to Soul’s Little Lie of three other books. I had my whole life on that laptop. I truly loved it until its last breath.
Thankfully, with the help of my best buddy – intuition (gut feeling mixed with images of the coming future), I backed up all my current novels onto disc. I even backed up my art reference pictures for my art classes and whatever else I could. Then, that day on June 27th, I decided to do some serious updates. It wasn’t me that had killed the computer, it was the power supply in the device itself. I could not shut the computer down, I got that legendary blue screen of death. I tossed and turned in my sleep hoping this was only a dream.
Took it to Best Buy to get the hard drive removed and get some extra files out of it. Thankfully the hard drive was not damaged. The Geek Squad clerk suggested I get this USB port drive to drive hook up transfer device. My friend Robert was there with me, a fellow computer geek. I had bought a brand new HP computer that day, too. Took it home, set it all up and began to transfer my old C Drive to the new one with this USD port thing. Well, as soon as I clicked the C drive, it went black. Turns out that there were not options to transfer particular files only. Instead it transferred my whole Vista OS to the new Windows 8 OS and they canceled each other out. Went back to get my money from the USB port device, transferred some more files onto a thumb drive from the old hard drive and then called HP the next day.
Thank you Huricane Arther for stopping FedEx from delivering my recovery OS for my computer! It took two whole weeks and with the July 4th weekend, it made it that much longer to get here. Today, thankfully it made it. I’m typing this new entry from my now fully working computer.
While I waited for the recovery discs to arrive, I didn’t stop writing or reading. I hunkered down and studied my ass off by reading: The Complete Handbook of Novel Writing by the Editors of Writer’s Digest. I’m half way done. I’ve marked up important areas all throughout the whole book that strike a cord with my thinking. There are sections of this non-fiction that I thought I was the only person who ‘went through this’ or ‘went through that’ as a new writer. I never knew other writers thought this way of ‘odd tactics’ or ‘odd behavior’ while flushing out a new novel. I was captivated by this book. I could not, and still can’t, put it down! It’s like a one on one process with your favorite literary teacher and English teacher at the same time. A ‘free’ one on one course in writing in the comfort of your own home with no worries of college debt!
In between reading, I would jot down notes here and there in my purple note book for the current novels I’m working on. Any idea that would come to mind. I’ve found myself making notes in certain pen colors: Pink for Soul’s Little Lie, Orange for SLL: Broken Roses, Green for SLL: Metal Staircase, Blue for SLL: Cloaked Mirrors and Teal Green for other story ideas that are separate. If older notes had other colors, I’d draw a star in the proper color in which I made the current notes in. This way I could find the novel notes I needed at a quick glance. Oh, of course don’t forget that I wrote down which pages to continue from. The notes are a bit jumbled up, but at least I can find them easily.
As a new future author I can’t stress this enough – BACK UP EVERYTHING!
It does not matter what it is, anything that is of importance to you should be backed up. Granted I should have backed up my documents much, much earlier, but at least I got it done in time. At the time the only thing I cared about backing up was my novels. If those had died, even the sections of the 4th book and notes which I had not sent to Dave yet, I would have DIED! I would have freaked out so bad! I got lucky this time paying attention to my intuition. Sometimes, a well worked intuition technique won’t always do the trick.
To close this entry: When your computer has died and you need something to do, continue to write notes of your current novels. Read books that interest you about your writing. Continue studying your craft while you wait for that all important package for your beloved computer. And always – BACK UP EVERYTHING!