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Nov. 21st last day for book prints

My contract is ending with my publisher come December 5th.

This means the digital copies will be removed from stores sooner than later.

The paperback copies will end printing November 21st. If you want to buy a copy, head to your book store soon before they are gone. Click the link below for all online stores –

https://tarabdobbs.com/buy-souls-little-lie-here/

If you follow my newsletter or Twitter, you’ll know I posted a 30% off sale coupon code from Create Space. I won’t post it here, sorry. You’ll have to join my newsletter to get such goodies or find it on my Twitter page.

As of right now, I’m almost finished with chapter 25 of book 2.

That’s really about it.

Thanks.

Coming To The Home Stretch

I’m nearly done with writing my second manuscript for book 2 Soul’s Little Lie: Whispers in the Hall. I figure I have 5 more chapters to go. I could be done by late October or sooner. We shall see.

My goodness, I haven’t posted anything on my blog in a month or more. This time I want to showcase my progress from my dry erase board of the past few months. On each photo, about four of them, it will show my regular life schedule that also mingled with my writing.

You’ll probably notice a great gap in mouths and gaps in between weeks. Writing is hard at times, especially when that pesky writer’s block kicks in. The story is all there, it’s just life stresses keep you from writing. The darkness inside you of the doubt you have in your craft tries to weight you down with that massive or even small writer’s block. It’s no joke when people say: writing is hard.

What they mean by ‘writing is hard’ isn’t the writing part of typing up and hand writing words on a page, it’s getting the words out from your mind to your fingers to the blank page. That blank page can be intimidating at times. You just don’t quite know how to put the words together in telling the story of what scene or situation or conversation comes up next from where you left off.

Now that I’ve broken free of this nasty writer’s block that lingered for a collective total of six months or more, I’m almost done with the story. This second book has been the hardest cause you ‘feel’ as though the story is done with just that one first book, but oh know, it’s far from over.

At NorWesCon 2016 author Jennifer Brozek gave me some well needed words of encouragement that I will never forget:

“The hardest part in writing a book series is that second book. Most beginning writers have the hardest time writing a second book cause inside they believe that first book is the finished story. If you can show that you produced a second book in a series, that will help you get noticed by publishers. Until then, just keep writing and finish that second novel.”

I may have not repeated exactly her words, but it’s damn close to my ability in remembering them.

Now, onto what my work load looks like. Mind, I write on the board what I have produced and what happened in the day later in the evening. I don’t write a deadline to myself. It psychs me out and upsets me.

I gave up on the original idea of making a deadline, with posting a timeline of each week of which chapters to write, as seen in the first image on the left for the month of February.

In the second image, June 23-July 20, 2016 I began showcasing my real home life of what an author goes through in between ‘writer’s block’ and real life and then finally the writing that flows. Same thing for the third image of July 21-August 17, 2016.

What I used to do back when I wrote the first Soul’s Little Lie manuscript was, I kept all of this in my head of how I was producing chapters. Writing 1 chapter a week or more which spanned a total of 9 months. This time for the second book, it’s been a fussy child to me. I’ve been working on the second novel since late fall 2014. What really bogged me down in my writing for the first year or two was the constant interruptions of my elderly parents. They could not respect what I was trying to achieve. Now, you can see I’m more focused far, far away from them.

To add, I’ll do this little ‘writer’s tag’ questionnaire that I found on Jenna Moreci YouTube channel.

#1 What do you eat or drink while writing? – Maxwell House Coffee w/ International Delights Creamer of a flavor I’m in the mood for, usually it’s Almoretto Cafe and sometimes tea, but in between each cup of coffee, usually 2 cups one in the morning and one at night, I’ll drink a few 8oz water bottles of water. Oh, I don’t eat while I’m writing. I’ll take my food into the living room or watch videos on YouTube while I have my snack or lunch or dinner. Never, ever while I’m writing will I eat.

#2 What do you listen to while writing? – I have a large eclectic collection and it all depends on my mood in the scene I’m working with. I have a few soundtracks strictly for Soul’s Little Lie series. I arrange them in order of the story and use that song that comes up next as a ‘tuned in’ marker for my mind.
#3 What is your biggest distraction while you’re writing? – The negative hurtful words of my mother telling me I’m no good at anything. That then turns into a few days to a few weeks of depression and fear about my work. That emotional manipulative bs of my mother’s voice really hurts my time in the hours I could be writing.
#4 What is the worst thing that has happened to you while writing? – My first manuscript that I wrote by hand, that then I typed onto a Mac computer back in 1996 in computer class, decades later the hard floppy discs became corrupted and I lost all the files of all 200+ pages. Thankfully I printed the file out way before the corruption occurred and I have only one copy left. Recently though, 1 out of 3 hand written notebooks of said first original manuscript, along with 3 hard bound notebooks, artwork sketches, other odd notes and 2 hand written poetry books are in limbo at the USPS Distribution center in Federal Way, WA. The mailing location address was ripped off somehow and I’ve been waiting ever since, for nearly a year, for the box to return to me. I’ll have to just drive down to Federal Way location to get it that way even though I LOST the tracking number in the process of my move back to WA. Yeah, I’m on edge about that and that’s part of my writer’s block. I want my novel materials to come home to me so badly.

#5 What is the best thing that has ever happened to you while writing? – Currently getting Soul’s Little Lie book one published. Gotta consider each publication is a stepping stone to something bigger for my main goal.
#6 Who do you communicate with while you’re writing? – I don’t talk to anyone while writing. No one really should talk while they are writing cause you have to focus your whole energy onto your craft. If you must talk to someone, make sure it’s during a break so you can write down the notes during your talk. Or, just talk to yourself, since that’s where your writing is coming from – your inner soul.

#7 What is your secret to success and your biggest writing flaw? – I don’t have any ‘success’ to speak of yet. I just have one book published and have many more to write that will get published when they are ready. My biggest flaw would have to be – doubting myself and ‘listening’ to my mother’s harsh words. I have to break that habit if I am to ever succeed to my main goal.
#8 What is your inspiration? What makes you productive? – Music, my mind and my dreams that I remember when I wake up in the morning. Seeing that massive goal at the end of all of this. Can’t tell you what that final goal is, it’s a secret.
#9 What is one thing that you do or that other writers do that is super annoying? – There is this one author, I won’t say her name, that I met at NorWesCon2016. She kept on boasting this at the panel and in public at her booth – “I just want the fuck it all money!” Let’s just say, putting the cart before the horse and boasting that the cart can move, when it can’t, is a bad bad thing to do in one’s writing career. I don’t care how many books you’ve published or who your publisher is or how many you’ve sold. You don’t boast about wanting the ‘fuck it all money’ cause there is no guarantee of that ever happening. She was also very rude in how she spoke to me and other fledgling authors as though she was the ‘bell of the ball’, the ‘I’m better than you, cause I have this publisher’.
#10 Are you willing to share something you’ve written? – Since book 2 isn’t finished yet, I don’t want to share that just yet. I’m really not too keen on sharing book 1 either cause I need to clean it up for republication. I’m so sorry, but not at this time. I want to make sure both books are finely polished before sharing them in small bits.

Well, that’s all for today. A fairly long blog post as of late. Hope you enjoyed reading it and got a visual in how I do my work. If you’d like to see more my writing in what I’m up to, follow me on Facebook and Twitter.

Beta Readers for Book 2 Needed

I’m in need of some Beta Readers for my second novel – Soul’s Little Lie: Whispers in the Hall

I’m almost done with the book and just need a little bit of insight on how it is coming along. I’m up to 19 chapters and only have a few more to go. I know it’s not necessarily good to have Beta Readers start reading a new book when it’s not completely finished, but I just need a push from you folks.

What I need from you is to post a comment at Soul’s Little Lie Saga Facebook page that you are willing to help me with Beta Reading. The more Beta Readers I have the better outlook into the book I will get. More eyes on the book of things I haven’t noticed that need to be addressed will help me greatly. I’ll then contact you by PM to ask for your email so I can send you the file.

In the email will house a small questionnaire to follow in highlighting key factors in the in the book.

For example:

Consistency

Engagement

Character Development

Sentence Structure

How does this chapter make you feel in wanting to continue reading?

 

If you are interested or know someone who would be interested in Beta Reading my second book, please follow the instructions above. I will contact you soon.

Thank you.

Soul’s Little Lie art for sale

Attention readers and art collectors –

I’m selling one of my pieces as an 8×11 signed and dated glossy print for $15.00 (or best offer) plus $10 shipping and handling.

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Sorry for the edges. In later copies, the edges will be cleaned up. I printed out that one just as a test for the printer,

The illustration depicts (Left to Right) – Brandon Elwood (whom won’t appear fully until the third book), Vivian Warren and Frankie Bellington. Below are – David Geraci, Jacob Umari and Davon Tucker (Davon’s debut is in book 2, which I’m currently working on).

If you would like this print, please post a comment at any of these Facebook pages:

Tara Dobbs Facebook

David Geraci

Jacob Umari

Frankie Bellington

Davon Tucker

Or….you can post a response on Twitter

Any questions, please let me know.

 

Author Facebook Page Hop…

Hi everyone!… Today is the ‪#‎RebelInkPress‬ Author Page Hop from 9am-11pm EST on Facebook. I’ll be giving away the Ebook of my novel Soul’s Little Lie to anyone who posts their email on my author page of the pinned post.

 Please stop by RIP book sales page for the August Anniversary: http://www.rebelinkpress.com/on-sale-now.html Thank you and have a nice day. Come back soon.

Author Take Over… Rebel Ink Press Readers Club

At Rebel Ink Press Readers’ Club, once you join you’ll get to see all the fun we’ll be having starting this Monday at 2pm EST for the Take Over, Nick and myself and other RIP authors all this month. I will be doing a giveaway or contest prize, don’t know which yet, of these two scrapbook pages I made. The character profile drawings are made by Noiry from DeviantArt: http://noiry.deviantart.com/ I colored the printed sketches with Copic Marker and used all the extra goodies that I had stashed away. Both pages are signed and dated on the back and are in a clear scrapbook sleeve.

There will be a QnA, Ebook giveaway, behind the scenes of my books, and more.

One lucky winner will receive these. I can’t wait to find out who. So, please come join the fun, ‘Join’ Rebel Ink Press Readers’ Club to get a chance to win these pages.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1660579664153917/

Book In My Hands

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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.

 

 

Soul’s Little Lie paperback at Amazon and BnN

In case anyone can’t find the links to my book for purchase….

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Souls-Little-Lie-Tara-Dobbs/dp/1940315786/ref=la_B00UIESXFC_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1432588266&sr=1-1

Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/Soul-s-Little-Lie?store=allproducts&keyword=Soul%27s+Little+Lie

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:

Part 1 – https://www.booktrack.com/content/read/f9430a21c6fc415fbd24a3fd1e551b60

Part 2 – https://www.booktrack.com/content/read/ad7ad8ce917245e4a671158035242ed0

 

Chapter 1 of Soul’s Little Lie excerpt

Chapter One

Jacob Umari looked feverishly through cold case files, even the old ones that were now considered training material by the Bureau. There was one file that caught his eye: Lowell, Massachusetts. Sticking out of the folder was some old parchment paper that felt like animal skin. A tingle drifted through his fingers and down his spine as he lifted the file from the box. Looking down the dimly lit rows of shelves, he saw a shadowed figure a few shelves down under a light fixture.

That case is closed. Is this what you really want?” Jacob asked calmly, lifting the heavy parchment out a little trying to read the words written in black ink that looked to have oxidized over time. Upon closer inspection he saw the words were in ancient Gaelic and Latin. Looking up from the folder toward the figure again, the only response was a slow nod before he turned away, his black trench coat trailing behind. Running after him, all Jacob saw were rows of shelves,the man seemed to disappear. Taking out his cell phone, Jacob speed dialed his friend Frankie.

Hello,” Frankie answered, inform somewhere inside his home in California.

I think I’m going to need your help on this,” slipping the file folder under his jacket, Jacob made his way to the elevator. “Could you meet me at the Commons in three days? I know it’s short notice, but I really need your help. This whole mess just got a lot more complicated. I feel her presence. She’s near.” Jacob spoke fast, almost nervous.

****

Get up, soldier!” the man demanded. “Get up!”

Carl awoke with a start seeing he’d fallen out of bed, looking down at a tight woven blue carpet floor beneath him. Lifting himself off the floor he looked around to get his bearings.

Attention, soldier!” the man roared again to which Carl looked around frantically. There was no one in the room with him.

Wiping the beads of sweat off his brow, Carl picked up a white under shirt off the fabric chair, slipping it on as he stumbled around. The loud, bellowing deep male voice echoed through his ears again. Feeling disoriented, he fell to his knees. Scrambling back up, his fingers found the hotel card key on the dresser.

You’re pathetic!” another male voice bellowed.

What are you doing here?” Carl asked, stumbling a little to the bed, his hands shaking. No one answered. Catching his breath, he sighed, “What am I doing here?” Blinking, Carl looked around where he was again, “Yeah, that’s right. I need to get going, but…” he paused, slipping on his shoes, “I don’t know. Do I really want to?”

Standing before the mirror on the dresser, he wiped his face again looking himself over. Looking to the right of the mirror he saw a man sitting on the bed near the bathroom. He looked awfully familiar. Too familiar. Turning around swiftly in hopes of catching the man in the flesh, Carl found there was no one sitting on the bed.

You know you want to. You just have to pull yourself together,” the familiar male voice affirmed.

I don’t know,” Carl breathed, his words shaky as they left his lips, “I don’t know if I can do this.”

Of course you can. We talked about it for months. For years. You have no choice. You’ll have to pick up where I left off,” the male voice trailed off into the distance as though moving through a wall.

Carl waited with baited breath for the male voice to appear again, but nothing came. Turning the small faucet in the bathroom, Carl splashed water on his face.

I have to do this. It’s the only way to get to him,” Carl said at last. Grabbing his car keys and pulling on a button up blue shirt, as he walked out of his hotel room with determination.

 

Links were to buy the novel…

Part 3 of Soul’s Little Lie in stores…

Go here: https://tarabdobbs.com/buy-souls-little-lie-here/ were to buy all parts of my first novel: Soul’s Little Lie.

Paperback is due May 10th.

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