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The prequel to The Truth She Knew is now available. ibe-jao-mh-cover-ebook

Official Blurb:

Do you ever think you know things, but realize that you don’t know jack?

That was me.

I thought I had the world in the palm of my hands.

Senior year was a breeze, complete with raging parties, a hot girlfriend, and a future all laid out for me.

Life was perfect.

Christ, was I wrong.

And when everything started crumbling down, there was not one damn thing I could do to make it stop.  Life started spiraling out of control, one letdown and setback after the next.  And now, suddenly, I’m trapped in a hurricane of hell that I can’t escape.

I’m Walker Farren,

And this is only the beginning. 

***This also includes a preview of the Amazon Bestselling book, The Truth She Knew
*** Ages 17+ Contains language, sex, and violence
*** This is book is .5 in a series

Download your copy here:
Amazon: http://amzn.to/2eHDQ3P
B&N: http://bit.ly/2x9RHK2
Kobo: http://bit.ly/2gITZJW
iBooks: http://apple.co/2iL0SeC
GooglePlay: http://bit.ly/2eHzSrP

I hope you enjoy it!

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I’m moving to http://www.jaowenby.com where I will continue to blog and much more. If you realize your missing posts, just check your subscription. We tried to assure everyone moved over. If you need to sign up again then, just click the blog button and on the right side, you can subscribe again.

Don’t miss the other exciting features including a newsletter, giveaways, and autographed copies of my new novel.

I can’t wait to share the journey! Thank you for all your support and I’ll see you there!

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Have you ever met someone, just chatted away like you’d known them for years, and then learned they had done something big? That just happened to me, and as I was reading her email, I busted out with “Oh crap she’s famous!”

Who am I referring to? Let me introduce Darlene Craviotto to you. I’ve reviewed her book, “An Agoraphobic’s Guide to Hollywood – How Michael Jackson Got Me Out of the House” a while ago, and raved about how well written it is. I did know that Darlene had written screenplays as well, but after seeing her résumé, my mouth dropped open.

We are going to have some fun. I’m listing Darlene’s bio and professional resume for you to view. She has also offered copies of her book, “An Agoraphobic’s Guide to Hollywood – How Michael Jackson Got Me Out of the House”,  to 5 awesome winners. The grand prize receives not only a copy of her book, but can ask any questions concerning screenplay writing etc. If you have dreamed of your story on the big screen, this is your chance to get the inside scoop from someone who worked in Hollywood! To enter the drawing, please subscribe to my blog if you aren’t already, and leave a comment that you would like to enter the drawing. It’s that easy. In a few more days, I will post an interview with her as well.

Before you read her information, I’ll just say she acted in a movie with Helen Hunt.

Darlene Craviotto Bio:

Darlene Craviotto started her Hollywood career as a tour guide at Universal Studios while performing in a local repertory theatre at nights. Her first break was being cast as the romantic lead opposite Don Knotts in the world premiere of the play, A Good Look at Boney Kearn. As a result of her performance, she was cast in her first feature film, co-starring with Kathleen Quinlan, and Bibi Andersson in the critically acclaimed I Never Promised You a Rose Garden.

Soon after completing the film, a car accident prematurely halted her film-acting career, and Ms. Craviotto turned to screenwriting. She was first hired as the executive story editor for the David Jacob’s (Dallas) CBS series Married: The First Year. Turning next to long form projects, Ms. Craviotto wrote the NBC television film, Angel Dusted where she once again acted, this time co-starring with Jean Stapleton, and Helen Hunt.  She also co-wrote Sentimental Journey, the CBS television film.

Next followed Love Is Never Silent for the Hallmark Hall of Fame on NBC, which won numerous awards including an Emmy for Outstanding Drama Special, and also garnered Craviotto an Emmy nomination for outstanding writing.  Other awards for the movie included the Amade Unesco Award, and the Christopher Award for best television film writing, as well as Humanitas and WGA nominations for outstanding writing.

Ms. Craviotto’s first feature film, Squanto: A Warrior’s Tale, was released by the Walt Disney Studios and won a Movieguide Teddy Award when it was selected as one of the “Ten Best Family Films” of the year.

For the stage, Craviotto wrote, Pizza Man, which won both the L.A. Dramatist Award and Dramalogue Award as best new play of the season. Published by Samuel French, Pizza Man has been translated into eight languages, and has been produced all over the world.

Returning to UCSB in 2005 to finish a B.A. in Feminist Studies, Ms. Craviotto received an URCA (Undergraduate Research & Creative Arts) grant for her senior thesis research on Philadelphia’s Central High School’s 1983 gender integration. The 50-minute film that resulted from that research is No Girls Allowed and it is Ms. Craviotto’s first directing venture.

Ms. Craviotto’s “The PediatricianVisit,” was anthologized in the A Cup of Comfort series (A Cup of Comfort for Mothers & Sons) in 2004.  Her narrative non-fiction An Agoraphobic’s Guide to Hollywood – How Michael Jackson Got Me Out of the House was published by Front Door Books in 2011.

Darlene Craviotto’s  


  • “False Prophet”   screenplay           Warner Brothers                1999-2000
  •  “Wild Horses”   screenplay      Jerry Bruckheimer Prod.         1997-1998
  • “This Crazy Thing Called Love”   screenplay  Jerry Bruckheimer Prod.  1996
  • “The Deptford Mice”     screenplay     Jim Henson Prod.         1995
  • “Iron Man”          screenplay         Touchstone                         1994
  •  “Squanto”             screenplay                 Disney                    1993

                        —Movieguide Award/Outstanding Family Film

  • “No Language But A Cry”    screenplay       Disney                 1992
  • “Peter Pan”      screenplay     Michael Jackson Prod.              1991
  • “Snakewalk”          screenplay             MGM/ Pathe                 1990
  • “Man in the Box”     screenplay        Disney/Amblin                 1989
  • “The Girl”            screenplay       Roland Jofe/Warners          1988
  • “Sanctuary”                  screenplay              HBO                 1987
  • “Gizelle, Save the Children”  teleplay        Lorimar/CBS         1986
  • Love Is Never Silent”  teleplay   Marian Rees Assoc./ Hallmark/NBC  1985
  •                         —EMMY award for outstanding television film 1985                        —Amade-Unesco Award                        —Christopher Award

                            —WGA Nomination/Outstanding Writing

                            —Humanitas Nomination/Outstanding Writing

  • “Pizza Man”        theatrical play            Samuel French    1986

                        —Dramalogue Award

                        —National Repertory Award for Playwriting

  • “Shadows”                        screenplay              20th Century Fox   1983
  •  Sentimental Journey”     teleplay                        CBS               1983
  • “The Ride”                                    screenplay              Motown Features  1982
  • “American Made”             screenplay                   CBS Features   1981
  • “Angel Dusted”               teleplay and co-producer        NBC   1980
  • “Dallas”_______”Black Market Baby”/teleplay____CBS__1979
  • “Married: The First Year” story  editor/writer  (series) CBS 1979

Please visit Darlene’s blog at http://darlenecraviotto.com/

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tears When a book causes tears to run down your cheeks due to emotional turmoil involving the main character, it’s obtained one of its goals. A good goal. A book needs to grab the reader, pull them in, and not let them go until the last page.  A well written book evokes emotions in its readers.

I just read “Point of Retreat” by Colleen Hoover. My emotions flew all over the board. I became so angry at the main character I wanted to choke her. I cried, and I don’t mean a tear welled in my eye, I mean they streamed down my face, in more than one place in the book. And, right when I felt I couldn’t take anymore and neither could the characters, I got smacked with one more thing not going their way. I actually cussed at the author! Then, I smiled, and said “Well done Colleen Hoover, well done.” This, to me, is an excellent example of evoking emotion in your reader.  (Note: If you’re interested in reading this book, read “Slammed” first. It’s the beginning of the storyline.)

We all know there’s a lot of information concerning writing, some good, some not so good. There are blogs, articles, books on outlining, plot, characters, genres and non fiction. What surprises me, is that I haven’t seen much information on creating emotion. I believe this is an extremely important key ingredient to the recipe.

What do you think?

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shhhOkay, don’t tell my husband, but I’ve got a new love in my life. I’m not quite sure how it happened, so let me back up a bit.

I’ve had mixed feelings concerning self publishing for a long time. As a writer, I hold that dream of obtaining status along with Stephanie Meyer, J.K. Rowling and Suzanne Collins. Self publishing, I just wasn’t sure if it would work for me. (Ah, I just saw eyebrows arch at me. Please hold)…At the same time, I understand the control of your own story, and that’s huge, right?

I decided I should read some self published books, look at reviews, marketing, and just gain an understanding of the overall process. And I did. I read several self published books, and I swore them off. I felt that no way in the world would I group myself in that category based on what I’d read. (More eyebrows? Please hold, don’t hang up on me yet) I felt sorry for the authors, some of the books were terrible. That’s hard for me to say, because I respect anyone learning the craft, it’s hard! However, putting poor material out there, oh dear…One thing I already knew, and now reinforced a hundred fold, publish nothing without and editor. A good editor. I know some people disagree with me, and that’s okay. However, I think we can all find examples of what writing looks like without an editor.

While searching for a book to read, to escape and relax, I found a website. I love cats, so I thought I’d take a look. I didn’t find cats though. GalleyCat is a site concerning book publishing, and within their site, each week, they have a list of the top 10 self published books from Amazon, Barnes and Nobles and Smashwords. I’m intrigued, so I take a look, then I look at the books they have listed, then I’m so curious I want to know what made these books sell so well. I purchased one, then I purchased another, and another. I read five awesome self published books! I’m stoked, my faith is renewed! There’s hope again! I’m hopping around the house in my pj’s like a kid in a candy store!

I suggest you visit GalleyCat. They are full of great information. I get updates on the publishing industry, and other helpful news that helps me as a writer. I also use them to  choose some great reads, and to support authors who are having great success.

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I just received an email from mediabistro.com where they featured an article concerning Kickstarter and the money raised for publishing.

I thought I’d share it since I’d posted about Kickstarter yesterday.

“Publishing projects raised $15,311,251 on Kickstarter last year, but only 30 percent of attempted projects succeeded. There were 5,634 publishing projects launched, but only 1,666 of those projects actually got funded. 1,170 Comic book projects were attempted, but 542 succeeded–raising $9,242,233 for the year. AppNewser has more statistics about Kickstarter’s big year. Check it out: The company earned almost $320 million in pledges last year and successfully funded 18,109 projects … According these numbers, the… read more>>

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Authors-Writing1When Jason Brick, and Harvey Burgess asked if I’d like to participate in a questionnaire, I thought it would be a great way to share and connect. For those of you that aren’t familiar with Jason, or had the pleasure to meet him, I’ll recommend his website. Jason is also from Portland, Oregon and a freelance writer. He has valuable  information on his site. Please visit Jason at Brick.Comma.JasonThatWriterGuy.

Harvey’s a published mystery author who I’ve interviewed on my blog.  Click here to read. His site is: http://kisshergoodbye.authorsxpress.com. Did I mention I can’t wait until his next book? AND 50% of royalties from “Kiss Her Goodbye” go to StandUpToCancer organization.

I’ll also recommend other authors at the bottom of this post. So stop by and visit them.

1) What is the working title of your next book? “Tears In the Sun”

2) Where did the idea come from for the book? I’d written a short story, and after some thought and encouragement from others, I decided to work on the novel.

3) What genre does your book fall under? Fiction

4) What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition? I could normally answer that question when I begin writing, but I haven’t decided yet.

5) What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

It’s the story of a young woman torn between her own needs for an identity, and the needs of her mentally ill mother.

6) Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency? I’d love an agency, but I’ve also considered self-publishing. The jury is still out.

7) How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript? I’m just beginning, so a while 🙂

8) What other books would you compare this story to within your genre? Funny, I’ve searched the last several days for realistic fiction, and although I’ve sound similar books, nothing like mine. “Mommie Dearest” maybe.

9) Who or what inspired you to write this book? A lot of factors contributed to this story, but I believe the last piece was a conversation I had with Darlene Craviotto. She encouraged me to write it.

10) What else about the book might pique the reader’s interest? “Tears In the Sun” is a story concerning a young woman who deals with a mentally ill mother.

Here are some great authors I’ve chosen to participate in the fun:

Dena Weigel Bell, whose blog you can find at:  http://denaweigelbell.wordpress.com/

Sandra Bellamy, who can be found at: http://quirkybooks.wordpress.com/

Dan Stone at http://firstadream.com/
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