December 30, 2011

my new years wish for YOU! :)

i love new years eve!! it is one of my most favorite days of the year! i associate it with new beginnings, the pursuit of dreams and realizations and goals fulfilled... and of course, my most favorite... MAGIC!

new years eve to me is magical. it's an evening filled with wonder. and hope. when our eyes and hearts seem more open than usual to the possibilities of what's to come... what will the upcoming year hold for us?

my wish for everyone in this 2-0-1-2 is...

that we are all blessed enough to follow our hearts. to feel as though we are doing what we are meant to.

that when we hear our soul's call, urging us to do that certain something that seems impossible, THAT WE AT LEAST TRY TO DO IT!

i hope that we all have the doors to our hearts open wide. and when those doors open, we feel things in ways we've never felt before. we see things through clearer eyes. we feel things through a fuller heart.

i hope that 2012 shifts our perspective. i hope we all start seeing our world differently. through heart shaped glasses instead of dollar signs. i hope we see riches defined less with the amount of money in our pockets, and more with the amount of love we are giving and receiving. sure, love doesn't pay the bills at night- but money doesn't warm your soul.

i hope that we are all blessed enough to realize what it was that we were put on this earth, in this lifetime, to do- and that just the realization alone brings us more internal peace than we've ever known before.

i'm really not sure that i can say it better than Oprah did on her finale. it held as much meaning for me then, as it does now. i hope when you read this, you find yourself shaking your head YES in agreement. i hope it speaks to you, the way it spoke to me.

"What I knew for sure from this experience with you is that we are all called.

Everybody has a calling, and your real job in life is to figure out what that is and get about the business of doing it.

Every time we have seen a person on this stage who is a success in their life, they spoke of the job, and they spoke of the juice that they receive from doing what they knew they were meant to be doing. We saw it in the volunteers who rocked abandoned babies in Atlanta. We saw it with those lovely pie ladies from Cape Cod making those delicious potpies. ... We saw it every time Tina Turner, Celine, Bocelli or Lady Gaga lit up the stage with their passion.

Because that is what a calling is.

It lights you up and it lets you know that you are exactly where you're supposed to be, doing exactly what you're supposed to be doing.

And that is what I want for all of you and hope that you will take from this show.

To live from the heart of yourself.

You have to make a living; I understand that.

But you also have to know what sparks the light in you so that you, in your own way, can illuminate the world."


Happy 2012 everyone! let this be the year that we each go out and find what illuminates us, and light up the world with our inner glow!

December 23, 2011

my next release...

when i first started writing my debut novel, "In Dreams," i never intended for it to have friends. what i mean is, i never realized that it would be a series. but once i finished the first draft- i knew i wanted to write more.

i was in love with my characters and they were NOT DONE with me telling their story. i mean seriously, between cooper, austen, katherine and taylor- it's a wonder i get anything done other than think about them. lol

it became obvious to me what i had to do.

write a book about them that took place in the past. because the past is so often referenced in this first book, it made the most sense. and it felt right to me. i often do things based on my feelings and my gut instincts.

at least i try.

so i am writing this second story. i promise you i am.

it just has not been getting the attention it deserves.

and in all honesty, for whatever reason, i had always intended to release a completely seperate book next (chance encounters). and that book is done and is currently being edited.

but it doesn't seem right to release that book next.

it doesn't FEEL right.

i think the right thing to do is to finish writing the follow up to In Dreams (currently titled Before the Dreams), and release that next.

I will release Chance Encounters, i'm just not sure when. there are still some things about it that i'm not happy with- so... i don't want to release something that i don't feel great about. you know?

i don't want to release anything just for the sake of releasing ...SOMETHING. i want to be proud of what i put out there for y'all to read. something is missing with this story. or lacking. or maybe it's just that everything about that story feels different to me- written with my head instead of my heart.

i don't know.

but i really want to put out Before the Dreams next! so i will be working hard on that story, so i can finish it and get it to my editor! i will tell you- this story is breaking my damn heart.

you're welcome. lol


xoxoxo happy holidays everyone!

December 16, 2011

In Dreams is Featured!

hi y'all! tomorrow is DAY SIX of the Indie Book Blowout...

on 12/17... IN DREAMS will be one of the featured titles of the day!

you still have until 12/24 to pick up your e-book version of In Dreams for only .99 cents.

and per usual, THANK YOU so much for your support.

it's funny, i was talking about support today on my other blog. and how surprising it's been to see WHO has supported me in my book writing and who hasn't. it's been shocking, sad, awesome, happy... all kinds of emotions.

people i expected to support me, haven't.

and people i didn't even think of (like high school friends) have blown me away by their love, support and encouragement.

there's so much that goes into writing and publishing a book. especially if you're an indie / self- published writer like i am. i mean, obviously i have to write my book. and getting a complete first draft takes me a few months. but that first draft is exactly that- just a draft. it changes SO much in between that first draft and what i actually publish. okay, maybe not THAT much- i mean, the story doesn't change, but things get added too- developed more- hopefully it gets better. that's the goal. might not happen. lol

but writing is just the first step because then i have to design and photograph my cover. and format the book for paperback. and format it for kindle. and format it for smashwords. and i know that all sounds stupid, but dammit- it's time consuming! but you already know this because i've talked about it a million times, so i'll shut up now. lol

anyway... it's friday! i have a photoshoot this weekend. two actually. :) and i just found out we're going to steamboat springs this summer for a baseball tournament. FUN! right? anyone there from SS, colorado? lol

have a great weekend everyone!

December 11, 2011

being an indie author

means i call myself things like an "indie" author... or that i "self pubbed" ... basically, without asking for it, i'm now part of a club. a group. because i self published, i'm a part of indie authors who also did the same thing.

the thing is- the shift is happening. no longer does self publishing = shitty books. there are some damn good self published books out there. some really great writers who couldn't, or didn't, get representation from an agency, or a publishing house.

it's cool though- because most of the indie authors i've come across? are truly nice people. they are helpful. and inspiring. and encouraging.

we ALL want one another to succeed. because the more indie authors who break the "norm" and succeed, the more regular readers stop to take notice of what's out there.

because honestly, that's the hardest part for me about self publishing.

no one helps you market your books. no one gets a million people to hear about your book and then insists that they buy it. i spend days upon days online doing social marketing for myself and my book(s). i mean that i have to set aside full and complete days when i will do NOTHING else (no writing, no designing, no notes) except comment on blogs, ask people to read and review my book, post on goodreads, facebook, twitter.

it's a lot of work. and i know it may not sound like it to you, but i guess it's just time consuming. and it sucks when you don't seem to get ANYTHING out of it. it sucks when you spend a shitload of time marketing your book, but you get zero book sales out of it.

anyway... the new elite group that i'm a part of (indie authors, remember)... we're having an INDIE AUTHOR BLOWOUT!

12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS BOOK SPECTACULAR!!

hundreds of e-books, all genres, all for only .99 cents!!!!!

http://indiebookblowout.com/


i don't even have a freaking e-reader, but i'm going to download some of the books because there are some fantastic sounding books on this list! (i think i can read them on my phone, or computer, maybe??)

my book, IN DREAMS, will be featured on DAY SIX of the blowout!

anyway, it's a great way to discover new independent authors and maybe find some great stories! you can also enter to win a kindle! pretty cool eh?

help spread the word... or shout it out on twitter?

you guys are the only help we have. so THANK YOU.

if you buy from indie authors... thank you for the support.

truly.

xoxo j

links to other blogs/authors in the #indiebookblowout

http://sherry-roberts.com/2011/12/12-shameless-reasons-to-shop-the-indie-book-blowout/


December 9, 2011

tweet. tweet.

i keep forgetting to ask y'all if you are on twitter! so... are you?

of course you are!

well follow me, so i can follow you back and we can TWEEEEEEET about things like cupcakes, puppies and the vampire diaries! eeek! :)

@realjsterling

xo

December 6, 2011

12 days of christmas- indie authors!

hey everyone! it looks like the 12 days of christmas E-Book EXTRAVAGANZA is set to start in the next week or so!

there are hundreds of e-books of all genres for only .99 cents!

woo hoo! i am participating and my book will be featured on day 6!

links to the blow out soon!!!!! :)

please note- these apply to kindle/amazon linked books.... support your indie authors!


and THANK YOU!