Monday, January 13, 2014

Blog Switch With Brinda and Chasing Anya

Thanks for all of your encouraging words on my IWSG post last week. I'm a sales guy, and our lives revolve around our numbers. But I believe all the work I'm doing behind the scenes will eventually lead to finding more readers. I'm willing to sacrifice short term sales numbers.

I was out of town all week, and I'll be working to catch up with everyone.

I am planning a little blog tour for Dragonfly Warrior in March. If you're interested, please click HERE and fill out the short form.

Rusty posted an in-depth interview with me today. Go check it out HERE.

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Five Things I Shouldn't Have Done in 2013

When Jay Noel and I decided to trade blogs for the day, we thought it would be fun to do this reflective topic. Then I tried to sit down and narrow this list. Sheesh! In hindsight, who can limit a list like this?

#1. Hit My Husband's New Car. My husband is a very calm sort of guy. So when I backed up into the car he'd owned for a couple of weeks, he didn't blink an eye. Of course, that may have been because he was asleep at the time. He did awaken to my very loud ranting about why he'd parked his vehicle behind me. This was followed by his very logical explanation of the purpose for a rear view mirror. And side mirrors. And checking behind you when you back up in a vehicle. No. Matter. What. 

Maybe I should have checked. Don't tell him I said that.

#2. Discovered Netflix. Friends have talked about Netflix for years. I snootily responded, "I don't watch television." Aside from my lack of free time, I actually thought there wasn't much that interested me on the tube. Wrong. I want to watch everything. I started with Sons of Anarchy, added Breaking Bad, became mesmerized with Arrow, and have Dexter on my to-watch list. I'm addicted. 

#3. Said "Never." That thing about never saying never is true. Because inevitably you will eat your words. Not to be too vague...but yeah, I'm keeping this one vague. I said I would never do something in my writing career.  Of course, I ended up doing it. 

#4. Discount altitude sickness as a possibility. I went to a writers workshop near Denver, Colorado. I've been to other mountains in the past. I wasn't really worried about altitude sickness, but I took the vitamins just in case and only because the writing coach, Margie Lawson, said to take themWhen I arrived, I was sicker than a ten-year old leaving the carnival tilt-a-whirl ride.

#5. Ignored blogging. Can I blame it on #2? That's a cop-out. Honestly, I got a little frustrated with everything (except Netflix) in 2013. I'm not blaming it on the time that it takes to blog. But I do need to set a more reasonable schedule for myself in 2014. There's an issue with pushing something completely to the back burner. When you quit exercising, eating right, or BLOGGING, it's tough to get back into the habit. 

I'm looking forward to a productive and fun 2014. Anything you learned or regret from 2013? Make sure to visit Jay's list at 

Watcher of Worlds
By Brinda Berry

On Amazon /  Kobo  /  All Romance /  B & N   /   Renegade YA

Senior year should bring fun, friends and happiness. Not portals, treachery, and murder.

Seventeen-year-old Mia Taylor, gatekeeper to an interdimensional portal, wants nothing more than to heal from her romance gone wrong. Illegally falling for her co-worker Regulus had been a huge mistake. But when Regulus goes rogue to hunt down a murderer, Mia must forget her broken heart and use her unique abilities to save him. Traveling across dimensions, she enters a strange and hostile world where a rebel faction holds the key to their escape. Her gift of synesthesia is in high demand, and a secret organization of the otherworldly kind has her in their sights. But sabotage and murder may be the least of her worries. Her ex-boyfriend wants a relationship. Her dad wants her to act normal. Her friends want her to stop moping. Who knew faking happy would be the easiest part of senior year?


Brinda Berry is the author of The Waiting Booth (Whispering Woods #1),Whisper of Memory (Whispering Woods #2), and  Watcher of Worlds (Whispering Woods #3). She also contributed a short story to the anthology, Wild at Heart, Vol II.

Currently working in higher education administration, she spends her days thinking of ways to improve education for college students. Brinda spends her nights devising exciting tales that involve teens who might be saving the world.

Connect with Brinda on the Web:


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And now, I'd like to announce the release of J.L. Campbell's latest novel, Chasing Anya!

Been there. Done that.

Feisty and independent, Anya Davies lives by her own rules. The one thing she’s hell-bent on avoiding is a conventional relationship. Nor is she interested in romance, thanks to her abusive ex who refuses to stay in the past. The second complication in her life is a secret that condemns her to constant guilt and a solitary life. A series of near misses and escalating threats are a third and worrying factor. Only a special man would understand or live with Anya’s challenges and demands.

Casual not having that.

Enter Christophe Mondesir. Two years ago, Anya dumped him without explanation. An accidental meeting shoots Anya back on Christophe’s radar. He refuses to be denied and plans to breach the fortress Anya has built around her heart—if she’ll commit to more than a casual liaison. He’s also determined to find out what she’s hiding. That’s if the stalker who’s after Anya doesn’t end her life first.

Genre:  Romance, Women's Fiction
Content/Theme(s):  Sexual Content (not graphic), Post Abortion Sydrome, Relationships, Spousal Abuse,
Release Date:  January 13, 2014

Publisher: The Writers' Suite

Author Bio: J.L. Campbell is a proud Jamaican, who is always on the hunt for story-making material.

She writes romantic suspense, women's fiction and young adult novels. She is the author of Anya's Wish, Chasing Anya, Contraband, Christine's Odyssey, Dissolution, Distraction, Don't Get Mad...Get Even, Retribution, Saving Sam and Hardware (written under the pen name Jayda McTyson).

Social Media
Goodreads: JL Campbell
Twitter:     @JL_Campbell
Facebook:  JL Campbell
Amazon:    JL Campbell


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Congratulations to both ladies!
Brinda, your husband was probably calmer than I would've been had you hit my sports car.

Rusty Carl said...

Sorry you banged into your husband's new car. But it was probably something that needed to happen, you know, to keep it humble. I hope Netflix does't derail your 2014 like it did your 2013.

And congrats to JL on the new book!

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Congrats to Joy!

I took all of November off from blogging and it did take me a week to get back into it.

Jay Noel said...

Alex: I would have freaked out, that's for sure.

Rusty: I'm a Netflix fiend. I don't watch a lot of tv, or go out to the movies much, but Netflix is how I get my fix.

L. Diane: It's very tough to get back into blogging after such a long hiatus. One time, I swore I was just taking a month off, and I didn't come back until 6 months later. It was like starting over!

DEZMOND said...

Thanks, Brinda, for the fun post at Jay's pub :)

J.L. Campbell said...

Thanks so much for posting, Jay. All signed up for yours,
Congrats to Brinda on her release. As she pointed out, so true that when you stop blogging for a while.. It takes time and effort to get back in gear.

Jay Noel said...

Dez: Thanks for stopping by and reading it.

Joy: I like the comparison Brinda makes with blogging and eating right/exercise. Fall off the wagon, and it's tough to get back on there.

Brinda said...

Alex- I can't imagine you not being calm. You seem very laid back online. lol

Rusty- I've tried to think of the Netflix thing as a tool for research on good storytelling.

L. Diane- My breaks were longer and more frequent. I was a total FAIL.

Jay- Thanks for having me here!

Dezmond- Jay's pub...I like the sound of that. :)

Brinda said...

J.L- Love your cover and blurb. Congrats!

Julie Flanders said...

You cracked me up about Netflix, Brinda. That's why I haven't signed up for it, I'm already a tv junkie and don't need more temptation. Love Sons of Anarchy by the way. And love the idea you and Jay had for these posts, fun!

Congratulations to Joy!

David P. King said...

Trading blogs ... that sounds like a fun idea. Glad you were able to hack your way into Jay's blog, Brinda! :)

Michael Offutt, Phantom Reader said...

Brinda, I think your blog is fantastic so if that's what you call "ignoring" then you fail, girlfriend *snaps fingers.

Jay Noel said...

Brinda: This was a fun idea! Thanks for coming up with this.

Julie: If you're already a TV junkie, Netflix would be a BIG problem. For sure. You'd get nothing done.

David: This is the only hack I endorse. SPAM free too.

Michael: Yes, her blog is fantastic for sure. *double snap

Maurice Mitchell said...

Your husband sounds like a very calm spirit Brinda! This is a great idea Jay and I'm off to Rusty's!

Jay Noel said...

Maurice: VERY calm!

Robin said...

Brinda, your car story made me think of an incident with my ex-husband and his truck. I didn't like to drive it because my car was a small compact. But, he insisted that I drive it in the pouring rain and wanted me to back it into a small garage. I told him I really didn't want to do it, but... He wanted to stand outside in the rain and guide me. It was raining so hard I couldn't hear a thing he was saying and I, of course, scratched one side of the truck. He was furious. We were going on a trip and he wouldn't speak to me for the first three hours of the drive. That marriage was a barrel of laughs. Sounds like you got a keeper! And I am intrigued by your book. I guess I need to read the first two!!!

Congrats JL on your new book. It sounds like it has a bit of everything in it. Romance. Suspense. Intrigue. Yay!

Brinda said...

Julie- I can't wait for the last season of SOA. That season finale stressed me so much.

David- It has been fun to switch. Also, Jay let me in. No hacking necessary. :)

Michael- Thanks for the sweet note. I feel better.

Brinda said...

Maurice- Yes and thank goodness for that.

Robin- I'm lucky. I can't imagine that car ride. :0 In my defense, it was the first time my husband parked a car there. I daresay it will be the last.

Michelle Wallace said...

Trading blogs? What a good idea!
I must say that Brinda's comment made me smile: I snootily responded, "I don't watch television." Well, I don't watch too much telly either, and I'd hate to get addicted to it because there's not enough time as it is...
Congrats to Joy on the release. Great characters!
Writer In Transit

Brinda said...

MIchelle- Jay and I had fun talking about the same topic. Yes, I am very much lacking TIME.

Tammy Theriault said...

I'm all for "casual sex" . wait what? sorry, got distracted.
GIRLS - great job and good luck! JAY - sale me something and I'll forgive you! :D

Shelley Munro said...

How high up was this mountain, Brinda? Just curious. From what I've heard Margie Lawson's courses are amazing. I've done some of her online courses. That must have been a plus for 2013.

Elizabeth Seckman said...

Oh that Netflix! I have dwaddled away whole weekends there. I too must find my balance. Not doing myself any favors with my sporadic, half baked approach to writing.

Jay Noel said...

Michelle: I'm the same way. I just don't watch TV either. Just don't have the time.

Tammy: Lol. That was awesome!

Shelley: It's tough to do anything when you're that sick, though. When I went to Denver, I constantly drank water...which means lots of trips to the restroom.

Elizabeth: Yes. While watching Netflix, I experience what's called "lost time." Lol.

Brinda said...

Tammy- You are a riot. :)

Shelley- I'm not sure. Apparently too high for me. ha!

Elizabeth - 2014 for me- Less Netflix, more writing.

Emily R. King said...

Brinda, lol about the car. And Netflix rocks. Can't wait to read your new book!

Great cover Joy!

Crystal Collier said...

LOL! Who doesn't want to trade Netflix for blogging? Kidding, kidding. Brinda, that was great.

Jay--I want to sign on for the tour, but I'm booked into April. Shoot me an email and I'll set you up with my soonest Writerly Wednesday. =)

M Pax said...

Congrats to Brinda! Netflix is a hoot. Arrow and Breaking Bad were completely addictive.

Congrats to Joy on another wonderful book! She's such a gifted writer.

Jay, I can host any Wednesday in March except the 26th. I don't remember what I checked on the form... but an excerpt would be great. But if you pick the 5th, you have to do an IWSG post. :) Or we could trade posts on the 26th. Up to you.

Christine Rains said...

Congrats to JL! And great post, Brinda. Last year I should have been more lenient with myself. That's what I'm trying to do this year, but I'm pretty tough on myself.

Brinda said...

Emily- Who knew I could do so much damage driving in reverse?

Crystal- It's certainly even on the time. Back to regular blogging for me...

Mary- The hubs and I are afraid to start Dexter. At least Arrow didn't have many seasons to date.

Christine - Thanks! We are always tough critics on ourselves. Writers! *shaking head*

cleemckenzie said...

Trading blogs is a great idea. I was surprised and delighted to find you here, Brinda. It reminded me I haven't been stopping in to say hi often enough. Thanks.

Cindy said...

I can relate to this list..especially the blogging problem.

Brinda said...

C. Lee- Hi! Thanks for reading. Jay and I had a good time with this.

Cindy- I'm glad I'm not alone. :)

Anonymous said...

I can't wait to read Joy's latest book.

I've had parking mishaps as well.

I've never really been too high up in altitude. I wonder if I'll get sick.

Mr. Shife said...

Netflix is awesome. Thanks Jay for making me aware of these two awesome ladies. The world is full of amazing people. Take care buddy.

Lexa Cain said...

Brinda's post is so funny!!! Her books sound awesome, and I love to read them. Congrats to JL on her new book - does that lady ever slow down? I'm such a slacker next to her...

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