#LifeBooksWriting: Week 7

My book ‘movie’ dream cast.

I don’t really know what this means, actually. Dream cast for one of my books, or dream cast for one of my favorite read books?

So, you get both.

First, here is the dream cast for my first book, Throwback:

Jeremy & Livy

 Sara, Jenna & Maggie

Rosalie & Joe

Want to know more about this cast of characters? Here are my buy links for Throwback.

Amazon: http://tinyurl.com/oho8n6b
Amazon Canada: http://tinyurl.com/nvhbayk
Amazon UK: http://tinyurl.com/puwpbk2
B&N: http://tinyurl.com/orrjsrp
kobo: http://tinyurl.com/nroet9j
iTunes: http://tinyurl.com/p3t6eaq

SAY WHEN by Amy Vanessa Miller

Second, here is the author-constructed dream cast of a book I had the privilege of reading before it’s release. Say When by Amy Vanessa Miller. It’s a great read and these character selections are spot on! You should go mark it to read on Goodreads, here –> https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25492697


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#LifeBooksWriting: Week 6

My Top 5 Books and Why

This was a tortuous task. I have thought about this a lot. A LOT. So much, that this post is two weeks late! I couldn’t even narrow it down to 5. I’m listing 7, and this doesn’t even breach the surface of how many books I’ve read that I categorize as favorites. So, here we go (and these are in no particular order of favoritism).

Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery – this was the first book (that I can remember) that my grandmother ever gave me. I instantly fell in love not only with Anne but also with reading. This is where is all began.

Needful Things by Stephen King – I’ve been reading Stephen King books since I was eleven. This is also my grandmother’s fault. She had no qualms over letting me read Christine and Pet Cemetery on the weekends I would stay at her house. We also had movie marathons of Evil Dead, Nightmare on Elm Street and any zombie movie that was available at the video store (hey, kids, in the 80s we used to rent videos, on VHS, at a physical store…we had it rough). My grandmother was a horror fanatic and an avid reader. In those two aspects, I followed right along in her footsteps. I cannot tell you how many Stephen King books I’ve read, or even how many I own, but if I haven’t read it, and I see it at a store or on sale on Audible, I snatch it up. That man can weave debauchery, gore and profanity into poetry. Needful Things is my favorite because of the theme: manipulation of the desperate. It depicts just what people will do when over powered by greed. Of all the Stephen King books I’ve read, it’s resonated with me the most.

The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte – I love books of all of the Bronte sisters, but this one is by far my favorite. I think mostly because its main character is a woman who branches out and breaks the stereotypical mold of her time. She’s disliked by many because of it, but she continues on with her head held high. Very inspirational and positive for women.

Hopeless by Colleen Hoover – I love all of Colleen’s books (do you see a pattern here…I LOVE books), but Hopeless had a twist that knocked me on my ass. The feeling I got when I reached this twist was epic. It was even better than when it was revealed that Andy Dufresne escaped from Shawshank, or that The Narrator and Tyler Durden in Fight Club were the same person. Best. Twist. Eva.

Marrow by Tarryn Fisher – This book was brilliantly written. I hung on every word. My favorite part is how the main character takes justice into her own hands. I live vicariously through Margo when I’m angry over the real injustices of our world.

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (entire series) by Steig Larson (majority) and David Lagercrantz – Lisbeth Salander is an all around badass and a whiz hacker…she taps into my nerdy side. The story of the missing girl from the first book and Mikael Blomkvist’s determination to find the truth drew me in, but Lisbeth kept me reading.

The Martian by Andy Weir – Nerd Alert! This book combined a lot of scientific details about Mars, space travel, botany, mechanics and chemistry with efficient use of sarcasm and the F word. I loved every single page of this story. Mark Watney is my forever favorite book boyfriend (I know, I weird).

So that’s it in a nutshell. It at least gives you a glimpse into my crazy book world. What’s your top 5 book list? Comment here or hit me up on facebook/zeiajameson


#LifeBooksWriting: Week 5

For the first Friday in June, my #LifeBooksWriting topic is “A Day in My Life”.

Uh…prepare to fall asleep.

Because I’m a full time working mom with addictive habits that include reading and writing, there is not much time for excitement. So, here you go…

*I wake up around 4:30 am, with all intention to work out. Instead, I usually head into my very quiet living room, because the rest of the house is sleeping, and read or write

*The 6:30-8:00 am scramble: shower, brush teeth, fix hair, makeup quickly enough to get out of way of hubby before he has to get ready. Get up the Little because it takes her 4 years to go potty and we have to plan time for that. After the toilet struggle, brush her teeth, brush her hair, get her dressed. Iron clothes for me and Hubs, get dressed. Head to kitchen to prepare juice, snacks, lunch, coffee. Select stuffed animals special enough for the car ride to school. Get on shoes. Kiss Hubs goodbye.

*Motherf***ing traffic – 45 minutes of traffic to drive 3 miles to school and 5 miles to work.

*Work, work, work, work, work (8 hours on repeat)

*Motherf***ing traffic – hour to an hour and a half to drive 5 miles to school, 3 miles home.

*Workout, maybe.

*Hang time with the Little. Dinner. Bath. Storytime. Bedtime. Delay, delay, delay. “I want water.”, “I have to potty.”, “This teddy bear isn’t working for me.”, “My pillow is too purple.”, “My pillow isn’t purple enough.”

*Chores to tidy up the house.

*Alcohol of some variety

*A little laptop time (like right now) for social media and other A.D.D junk.

*A couple of hours watching TV and talking with the Hubs that seem to pass by in 5 minutes.

*Bed until 4:30 again.

It’s hectic during the week, but all in all, I love it. I am very blessed with everything I have – except the motherf***ing traffic.




#LifeBooksWriting: Week 4 (1 week late)

Catching up on my #LifeBooksWriting assignment, last week, I was supposed to discuss my character inspirations.

That’s a tough one. So far, none of my characters have been based on any particular person that I know. This is going to sound completely insane, but my characters introduce themselves to me. They speak to me and tell me about their personalities. They set up scenes themselves. They are all their own entities within my head – I just give them a bigger voice when I put them on paper.

Now, before you recommend me to a good shrink, I want everyone to know that I enjoy every single bit of the process. Just as I love reading books, and entering worlds with characters that other writers have created, I feel blessed that my characters speak to me and allow me to create worlds of my own that hopefully other readers can get lost in.

Have questions about specific characters? Post below or hit me up on social media.


#LifeBooksWriting: Week 3 (two weeks late)

So, I fell slack on this task and I’ve missed two of the LifeBooksWriting topics. Tonight, I will catch up. The third week’s topic was “6 Book Marketing Tips”.

#1-#6: I have no clue. I suck at marketing. Seriously. I’m a writer, not a salesperson. Of course, I want you to read my books, but I want you to read them because you chose to read them, not because I asked you to. With that said, if you don’t make your books appealing, no one will read them willingly and unsolicited. So, here is what I’ve learned in the 14 months I’ve been a published author.

#1: Make your cover attractive. Hire a professional designer if you don’t know how to create your own cover. Put whatever you want on the cover, but the design needs to be appealing enough for a potential reader to want to move on to read the synopsis of the book.

#2: Make your synopsis riveting. Sometimes writing the synopsis is the hardest part of publishing a book. If you don’t lure a potential reader in with the few sentences of the synopsis, they aren’t going to give the rest of your book a chance.

#3: Opt to provide a sample of the book on Amazon or whichever marketplace you sell your books. Giving readers a sneak peak can get them hooked to where they want to finish and buy the book to do so.

#4: Use social media. Not to push your book, but to make real connections with readers, bloggers and other authors. Those connections, if genuine, will eventually provide you with a good “word of mouth” network, which can sell your books faster than any other strategy.

#5: Write a great book. Seriously. Put your heart into it. Make it the best. And have someone (if not multiple someones) that know what they’re doing edit the shit out of it.

#6: Don’t be a dick. If readers try to reach out to you, be grateful. Be humble. In the end, the way you treat others, especially on the interwebs, will impact your business of being an author. Even if someone comes at you spewing negativity, the best ways to respond are either not at all or to kill them with kindness.

That’s all I’ve got. If you have questions, comment below, shoot me an email or find me on facebook (facebook/zeiajameson) and/or Twitter/Instagram (@ZeiaJameson).