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I haven’t actually written a post for a while, but I hope everyone has enjoyed the reblogs.

If you follow my FaceBook page you know I’ve been busy running through edits with my editor and that the title of my novel changed from “Hidden Tears” to “The Truth She Knew”. My editor felt the new title encompassed the story on a much deeper level.

We are currently working on the cover as well as the blurb and I should be finalizing those soon. The other exciting news is that “The Truth She Knew” has changed from a stand alone novel to a series. I’m currently 30 pages deep into writing book two.

I also sent the novel to my first beta reader and here is a little bit of what she had to say.

“I cried, I laughed, I was hot mad, and I couldn’t put this book down. For the first time in my 46 years, I took a book with me to run errands and read it while waiting at the drive-thru! I’m going to dream about book 2 tonight just so I can know what happens next.”

I’ve learned so much from working with a professional editor and moving through the process of publishing. I’ve been surrounded by wonderful people that are supportive and excited. I don’t know what I’d do without them.

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Silenced MemoriesI’m really excited to have the opportunity to interview Brittney Sahin. She recently released her debut novel Silenced Memories with a second on its way. This is a great book to curl up with during the cold nights. Brittney brought strong writing, good character development, and a fun plot to her readers. It’s always great to see the success of good writers!

Without further delay, here’s Brittney!

Brittney, thank you so much for taking time out of your busy schedule to interview with me. First, congratulations on the success of your novel. I know it’s exciting when you see your hard work rewarded. I’ll jump right in with the questions.

Me:  Where did the idea for Silenced Memories come from?

Brittney: Believe it or not—part of my book stemmed from an idea I had back when I was a kid (in regards to the female character) . . . the other half –well, I have no idea where I get my ideas to be honest –they sort of creep up on me!!

Me:  What was your favorite character to write in Silenced Memories? Why?

Brittney: Michael Maddox. It’s fun to create the ideal man for your protagonist (at least ideal for her)!

Me:  Who designed your cover?


Me:  Do you write to music? Quiet?

Brittney: Both. I like to have dance music on (low) in the background while I work. I write faster I think.

Me:  What one item do you need to write? Special mug? Pen? Pillow? Cat? Pup? (I have a minion USB that I am convinced helps increase my writing power!) lol

Brittney: Honestly—the only thing I need is not anything tangible –just time J Working around my toddler’s schedule means I only write when he lets me J

Me:  Did you use an editor? If so, would you like to recommend them?

Brittney: Absolutely! Sarah Norton is the Chief Editor at wordsRU.com. I had developmental editing, copy/line editing, as well as proofreading through wordsRU.com

Me:  What was the most important thing you learned working with an editor?

That everyone needs one.  🙂 They really just help you see things from a totally different perspective. Plus, they point out the obvious things you miss & push you to write better than you thought you were capable of.

Me:  Are you an outliner or a panster? If you outline, is there a particular method you prefer?

Brittney: I outline. In fact, I had my editor critique the outline to my 2nd book, so I could get some feedback on the plot before I even started writing (hoping to save time from any major future rewrites). …But, with that said, I also let my characters take me on a journey while I am writing, and sometimes they take me somewhere I hadn’t planned (so I go back to the drawing board and modify my plot outline to work with the new changes).

Me:  I saw your announcement concerning completing the first draft of your next novel. Can you tell us what to expect in your next book?

Brittney: I am pretty excited about this book. Title still unknown (hardest part for me!) – It is def. more intense and suspense-driven (action packed) than I had anticipated, so I went back and added some romance so I would still be within the parameters of a “romance suspense” novel. But it involves Homeland Security, secret agencies, chemical terrorist threats . . . and of course—a man with a sexy Irish accent J

Me:  What would you say was the most valuable lesson you learned while writing Silenced Memories?

Brittney: Since it was my first book—I learned how to be a self-published author. Now—I am no longer a first-time author (I have some experience)—and just completing the process has helped me tremendously with my 2nd book thus far.

Me:  Do you have any words of wisdom you would like to share with new writers?

Brittney: Print your book and edit it 1-2 more times when you think you are already done . . . When I ordered the proof for my paperback, I found errors that both my editor(s) and I missed—because it was like reading the book for the first time (and it opened my eyes to a few issues). Thankfully, I had time to fix the issues, before the eBook or paperback went on sale!

Thank you again, Brittney.

I highly recommend this book. And, if you enjoy it, please support an author and leave a review. You can purchase on Amazon just click here! Also, visit Brittney’s blog at https://brittneysahin.wordpress.com/. She offers support for other authors as well.

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I wanted to share J.C. Conway’s post with everyone. If you haven’t grabbed one of his books, this is a fantastic time to do so! Read on!



Hearts in Ruin 3d

“Compelling insight into the cut throat world of academia and a certain savagery that exists in terms of competitive edge and power.”

“kept my attention from start to finish”

“strong willed, intelligent protagonists… You don’t have to know archaeology or even understand when they discuss strata… entertaining and modern… easy read and a great book.”

“I had to hide from family…”

“melds a serious story with a wry sense of humor that keeps it a light and happy romance”

“The hero is a lovable and sexy beta hero and the first kiss scene is the best I’ve ever read. The heroine is bold, self-confident and competent, and I want to be just like her.”

“entertaining and informative novel”

“a wonderful portrayal of sexy archaeologists doing a legitimate archaeological dig.”

“This book didn’t make it to my list… I finished it. [Conway] weaves great sense of humor and light romance into a serious and intriguing story with interesting facts and realistic view of an archaeological dig.”

“I found this story to be fascinating.”

“A very enjoyable and entertaining read.”

HEARTS IN RUIN is available in Print and all e-Book formats from the following and other major outlets:




An anthology of short stories, including:

Early Retirement
Separation Anxiety
The Bender Beamer
Letters to the Luminiferous Aether
Seed of Doubt
November Elf
and more…

Available as a Kindle e-Book for $2.99


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A science fiction short story in the foreseeable, star-faring future about human love, sacrifice and hope. First published by Mindflights.

“Gentle Push by J.C. Conway is such a creative science fiction short. There’s a great deal going on, yet the pace never feels rushed.

“Conway is an excellent writer. His style is engaging, his characters full realized, and his work is beautifully edited.”

Available as a Kindle e-Book for $1.29



A science fiction short story in the star-faring future about industry, loyalty, and the value of minding one’s own business. First published by Perihelion Science Fiction.

“EVEN THROUGH THE FULLERENE-GLASS filter, the stream of Nickel-78 plasma brightened the work station transition chamber. It was a big leak … bigger than any Gina had seen. It reminded her of the early stories, when solar miners earned their hazardous-duty pay.”

Available as a Kindle e-Book for 99¢



A modern-fantasy-based short story about teen angst and uncertainty. First published by Residential Aliens.

     “Well written, understated and poignant.”

Available in e-Book formats from the following and other major outlets:

iTunes Bookstore

Barnes & Noble


A romantic science-fiction short story. Amy is caught in a boson-vault experiment gone wrong. The world as she knows it depends on fixing the problem. But is there only one option? And does she have the right to decide?

First published in The Lorelei Signal. Available in e-Book formats from the following and other major outlets:



A science-fiction short story first published in The Colored Lens.

It’s Murphy’s job to make sure his centuries-long interstellar colony mission arrives in one piece, and he has at his disposal the resources of the entire vessel and its advanced caretaker programs to ensure he meets that goal. With nothing in their path and a vast store of redundant systems, what could go wrong?

Available as a Kindle e-Book for 99¢

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A western short story first published in In Vino Veritas.

A cattle drive, a stray bullet, a sip of bourbon and a prayer. With the closest town doctor a day away, Luke has little more to rely on than the strange brew his trail boss has saved for just such an occasion… 

Available in e-Book formats from the following and other major outlets:



Lawyers in space.

A terraform defect attorney at an off-world deposition with a failing anti-psychotic field.

First published in Perihelion Science Fiction. Available in e-Book formats from the following and other major outlets:

iTunes Bookstore

Barnes & Noble



A modern teen fantasy short story. First published in The Lorelei Signal.

Carolyn is on a fairy hunt. She has the book, she has the time, and she knows where to look. But is fairy magic, and its source, something Carolyn is ready to face? 

Available as a Kindle e-Book for 99¢



A science fiction short story. First published inNewMyths.com.

When the laws of the land meet the laws of quantum physics they forge a new meaning for the state of legal separation–and for Judge Bell, the results are appearing rather skewed.

Available as a Kindle e-Book for 99¢



This post was originally posted at http://jcconway.com/ where you can read additional posts from J.C.

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A few weeks ago I wrote a book review for “Evertaster”. I’d like to introduce the author, Adam Sidwell, who has kindly taken a few minutes from his busy schedule to talk with me.

Adam, thanks so much for stopping by. I have to ask my burning question concerning part of “Evertaster“. Where did the joggling of the bovines idea come from? lol LOVE those happy, smiling cows!

Joggling of the Bovines comes somewhat from Tillamook, Oregon where you will see the most amazing udders dragging on the ground they are so big! They are as big as you or I, and they produce the most delicious cheese and ice cream known to man. Even Storfjell would approve of the fruit of those bovines, the nectar of moooo that comes out of those babies. It tastes so fresh when you eat it right there in Tillamook. So I thought, what if you could get it fresher? What if you could churn the butter while it was still inside the cows? This is the best, proven method of doing so.

What was your writing process like? Did you outline? Did you have a writing schedule? 


When I write a story I like to outline the idea in a few brief sentences and then take notes about character, settings, plot outlines. These are very loose. I like to think about them for a few months, usually while I’m working on another project. I let it percolate. There’s a magical moment when that mixture ripens just enough and you have just enough detail and understanding of the characters’ struggle that the story pops out of your head. That’s when I begin to write. Once I start, I dont’ stop. I usually write 2000 words a day. I finish my first draft in 90 to 120 days. After that I step back for a few weeks and think about something else then go to revisions. When it’s revised 3 or 4 times. When I’m confident enough in the draft, I send it off to my agent and we continue to revise it together.

So, you do have an agent? How did you find them? 


I do. Her name is Alyssa Henkin of the legendary Trident Media Group in NYC. She’s great, and she’s always been fighting for Guster. I found her by sending out queries, and one magical day she replied and said she was interested in the book!

Did you consider self publishing, or only traditional publishing? What was that process like? 


Evertaster is actually a new hybrid of self-publishing and traditional publishing. I describe it in detail here: How an Unknown Debut Novelist Became An Amazon Bestseller in a Single Day http://www.evertaster.com/2012/06/16/how-an-unknown-debut-novelist-became-an-amazon-bestseller-in-a-single-day/

Can you share a bit about your marketing process? 


Certainly! The secret is to tell everyone! Tell your grandma, tell your dad, tell your high school friends and kids from your 3rd grade class. Above all, make sure you tell Jen Owenby! You have to build up to the launch day and build a following on either Facebook or twitter or YouTube beforehand, then be willing to engage those readers individually. For me, it’s really fun, because I get to talk to people and hear what they think about the book. 

Using Facebook as a platform for an online launch, my debut novel Evertaster shot up into Amazon’s top 100 list in a single day. It rose as high as #51 in overall books and claimed the #1 spot in Children’s Mystery right next to John Grisham’s latest novel and one of the Percy Jackson books. On that day, Evertaster passed up many of the currentNew York Times bestsellers as well.

And this all happened without the help of a publisher or an experienced marketing team. My agent at Trident Media Group was astounded at Evertaster’s immediate viral success, and she’s been around the publishing block. She said she’d never seen anything like it.

There were certainly a number of circumstances involved, but the Facebook Online Launch Event was a powerful tool to help Evertaster rise so high. Here’s why:

Facebook allows users to create events that differ from wall posts in the following ways:

  1. Events have a specific time and date associated with it.
  2. Friends can join, then decline or accept the event.
  3. Friends can invite other friends.

In the months leading up to the launch, I was very excited to tell all my friends about the book and show off the killer cover art that was being done by Goro Fujita, Dreamworks concept artist.

So naturally I wanted to show it off, and Facebook was a great place to do that. It is the perfect platform for authors to announce to the world and their friends that their book is coming out, especially because it allows so much interaction. In the months prior to the launch, the fan base for Evertaster grew to over 2,250 fans. Some of those were friends, but the overwhelming majority were not. This was an incredible place to start for the online launch event.

After you’ve created your Facebook event, you can click on “invite friends” to spread the word. You can also encourage others who are attending the event to invite friends as well. The advantage to having a specific time and place for your event is mostly this: people will remember to buy your book. We set our event for 12-2pm on launch day, and people were clamoring about it beforehand. It’s like having an online party — one that stretches across the world — and nobody has to get into their car or dress up to go. Once they get there though, they are expecting something fun. So in the case of Evertaster, I released a snippet of the book trailer I’d promised them. Then we also did a video recap of how things went. You can think of other creative media to share as well. It allows people to feel they’re part of something larger — which they are, and really makes for a fun hour in the middle of an otherwise boring work day. It is a great way to celebrate with the friends and fans of the book.

And the result? Well check it out:

How has “Evertaster” changed your life now that it’s reached the top 100 on Amazon? 


It’s given me the encouragement to move forward. It’s a scary thing, when you put your work out there. It doesn’t mean you are a millionaire if you hit the bestseller list. It doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll even be able to make a living writing yet. But what it does mean is that there is a wonderful audience for your work that is beginning to grow, and it’s very exciting. It means that I get to write the rest of the series!

Will there be a follow up to Evertaster? A movie?


Well, we do have a mini movie: Click Here to see it.
And I’ve been approached by people looking to make a movie out of Evertaster. But those things take time, often decades to materialize. So right now I’ll just concentrate on writing the sequels. Look for Evertaster- the Delicious City to come out sometime next year! There will be 3 in the series.

What one piece of wisdom would you like to share? 

The person you have to prove yourself to most of all is yourself. People will try to tell you that you can’t follow your dreams. You know what? Most of the time they’re right. But if you set a small goal, and then accomplish it, and then move on to the next one, you will know inside yourself that those dreams aren’t dreams anymore — they’ve become realities. Always do the right thing, I say.
 Adam, Thank you for your time and words of wisdom and encouragement to all the writers.
Please feel free to check out “Evertaster” here.
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I’m offering a giveaway, if I have enough people wanting to participate.

In a nut shell, read “An Agoraphobic’s Guide to Hollywood: How Michael Jackson Got Me Out of the House” by Darlene Craviotto, post a review on your blog, and be entered into a drawing for a $25 Amazon gift card, an autographed copy of Darlene’s book, and an opportunity to talk with Darlene concerning screenplay writing!

There are guidelines, so for further detail, please email me that you want to participate, and I’ll send the guidelines to you. My email is jenowenby@live.com

I look forward to hearing from you, and you can read the first few pages of the book to see if you’d like to continue. Just click here.

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Evertaster” by Adam Glendon Sidwell, is the most creative and fun story I’ve read in years! If a mid grade novel isn’t for you, then read it to your children, grandchildren, kids you babysit, or a gift for someone’s birthday. It will inspire them to use their imagination!

“Evertaster” brings not only an imaginative plot, but characters that you identify with no matter your age.

Guster, the main character, is a particular eater, and has the gift of ample taste buds, which often lands him in hot water with his mother since he refuses to eat her meals. Mom has four children, Mariah the oldest, Zeke who should not be behind the wheel of a car, Guster, and the baby Henry Jr. The last thing she has time to deal with is Guster’s pickiness. However, out of sheer desperation, she takes the family to downtown New Orléans, in hope of finding something for Guster to eat. After locating a pastry shop, Guster meets the Master Pastry Chef that gives him an antique eggbeater, and then proceeds to die. Exasperated and stunned, mom and crew begin to leave when the Red Chef appears and wants the eggbeater. He will stop at nothing to obtain it, and the secrets it holds within. The journey begins.

My favorite part was Joggling the Bovines! I laughed out loud as I visualized these men with their cows. It’s funnier than the milkshake commercial for Hardee’s/Carl’s Jr. If you want to know more concerning joggling bovines, click here.

“Evertaster” reached #1 on Amazon its first day. I hope you will join us on the journey of “the one recipe”, and would love to hear your opinion.

Adam Sidwell just tweeted me saying the Evertaster Trailer is now available!

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I just purchased “Evertaster” today. What is “Evertaster” you ask? I asked the same question.

The title sounded interesting in itself, so I hopped over to Amazon to take a peek. Hmmm, it’s a middle grade novel. I read books about serial killers and vampires, and I’m forty-one, so why would I be interested in this book? I’ll tell you why. The idea is original. I applaud original. I’ll applaud original all the way to the bookstore to purchase this book, or in this case, to Amazon!

The first few pages show great promise with pace and characterization, and might I mention, chocolate. Oh yes, my favorite food.

Here’s the description on Amazon:

“A legendary taste. Sought after for centuries. Shrouded in secrecy.

When eleven year-old Guster Johnsonville rejects his mother’s casserole for the umpteenth time, she takes him into the city of New Orleans to find him something to eat. There, in a dark, abandoned corner of the city, they meet a dying pastry maker who tells them of a legendary recipe called the Gastronomy of Peace — a recipe created hundreds of years ago, shrouded in secrecy, sought after by connoisseurs everywhere and rumored to be so delicious that whoever tastes it will never want to eat anything else again. When they’re forced to flee for their lives, Guster, his clever sister Mariah, and the rest of the Johnsonvilles set out on an adventure that will take them to ancient ruins, faraway jungles and forgotten caves, where they discover that their search is more than just a quest to satisfy Guster’s cravings — it is a quest that could change humanity forever.”

After reading the description, I’m curious about the author. Let me introduce Adam Glendon Sidwell:

“In between books, Adam Glendon Sidwell uses the power of computers to make monsters, robots and zombies come to life for blockbuster movies such as Pirates of the Caribbean, King Kong, Transformers and Tron. After spending countless hours in front of a keyboard meticulously adjusting tentacles, calibrating hydraulics, and brushing monkey fur, he is delighted at the prospect of modifying his creations with the flick of a few deftly placed adjectives. He’s been eating food since age 7, so feels very qualified to write this book. He once showed a famous movie star where the bathroom was. Adam currently lives in Los Angeles, where he can’t wait to fall into the sea.”

Ok, this guy sounds fun! I’m on board. Hop over to Amazon for the introductory price and read it with me. http://www.amazon.com/Evertaster-Legends-Adam-Glendon-Sidwell/dp/144147384X/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1339646495&sr=1-1

I’ll be following up with a book review. I hope you’ll join me, and share with your children, grandchildren or any other kiddo that loves great stories.

So, let your inner child out to play, and read “Evertaster”!

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