Souled is Moving

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This is a tough thing to post, but I want to be sure my energies are utilized the best they can be. We were on day 6 of the campaign and at 17%. In order for this to succeed in reaching the goal I chose, I should have been over 30%. So I chose to stop the All or Nothing Kickstarter and relaunch it here with a better goal and more flexibility.

WAIT! HEAR ME OUT!

art by Junior’s Digital Designs

That isn’t a bad thing, really.

In fact, it just means I’m going to go about this another way. I wanted the Kickstarter so I could get a decent print run but that’s not the only way to publish a book.

Instead, I relaunched this on Indigogo. Any funds I raise will cover your rewards and printing in a smaller quantity. The good news about this, with the nature of my plan, is there will be no risk to either you or me. Those who order a book, will get their books. No matter how much is raised.

We also won’t have to wait as long for delivery of the books.

So head on over and get your books!

Less Than 1 Day Left for Early Bird Special

There’s less than 18 hours left if the $18 early bird special of Souled featuring:

  • Autographed Hardcover Copy of Souled
  • Digital bookmark
  • Digital Download of Souled
  • Printed Autographed Bookmark
  • Digital Characters Card – a digital photo of the main characters
  • Printed Characters Card – Printed card featuring the Characters
  • Souled Sticker
  • TY Message from Ethan, Alyssa, Jason and Brody from SOULED

A Writing Update

I want to thank all my family, friends and readers for all your support during my writing journey. You’ve been there while all four of my picture books have been traditionally published. There may be a fifth one on the way…time will tell.

If you’ve been following me, you know I also started a whole other writing project and wrote my first middle grade novel. As I transition from the writing phase to the publishing phase, I am tackling another first for me- I’m choosing to independently publish my novel.

There are many reasons for this such as gaining higher royalties and control over my content, but the biggest one so far is how much I enjoy being part of the whole process. I find it fascinating and I’m always learning something new.

As the book passes through its final edits, I will be preparing for the printing stage. In order to meet the costs, I will be running a pre-order campaign using the Kickstarter platform. I haven’t started it yet as I’m still planning all the fabulous rewards for you. For this to be successful I need all of your support and I want you to be the first to hear about when it goes live. Why? Because the first day will be a one day deal only for a super deal. Sign up here to get the updates (I also send freebies occasionally). Make sure you add me to your safe list. Just by joining my group ,you will be helping me while being the first to access updates and my freebies.(Psst a cover reveal is in the works!)

Once again I am so grateful for all of you. Signing up is the a sure fire way of showing your support and ensuring you have the latest information.

Jen’s Writing Tip #5 It’s Fiction,But Is It Real?


The 10-year old hero of your story meets the villain. Before your hero jumps in a car, flies a plane or a space ship, make sure these elements make sense. Is your story set in a normal, human world where you wouldn’t see these events, or is it set in a new world – maybe another planet. In our every day life, it would be hard to believe a young child would fly a space ship or plane. But, if you created a world in your story where this is the norm, flying a spaceship to catch the villain may work nicely. When you are trying to sell your work to an editor and the reader, you want to make sure your story makes sense and the reader can “see” the events happening. Readers are clever and they sense when a character is being true to the story. If the reader feels cheated, we loose the reader. So go ahead and write that fabulous story! When it’s finished and your readers read that fictional story – will it feel real to them?

Of Atlantis: Part Two of the Prologue

Okay. As promised here is the second part of the prologue from Lanaia Lee’s Of Atlantis. Enjoy the ride! I found it tons of fun.

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Archimedes mother gave him a puppy and hoped this would provide much needed companionship for her very lonely son. Archimedes was very careful of how he played with the
dog because of his extraordinary powers. One day while playing, the dog jumped up on the child
and scared him. He was still too young to control his powers, so he pushed the dog aside when
right before the boy’s eyes, the dog just disappeared.

The child had not meant to hurt his only friend, the puppy he so loved, but Archimedes
still did not know how to control his very special gift. The child honestly believed it to be some
sort of demonic curse which saddened and frightened him.

Archimedes loved all kinds of animals, even insects. He saw them as his only friends. He
walked over to his mother’s roses and listened to the birds as they sang. The bees buzzed from
the rose bushes, going about their business and their most important work.

One bee found its way to Archimedes and stung him, hurting the child. Archimedes did
not know that after a bee stings someone it dies. So, the small child said, “Where are you? You
hurt me. If I find you, I will kill you.”

His nanny standing close overheard this and admonished him, “Archimedes, you should
be ashamed. A child of your age shouldn’t say such things!” His nanny kept a safe distance from
the boy because she, just like every one else, feared the young child’s capabilities. His nurse
continued, “You should come inside now. It is almost time for your nap!”

Archimedes replied stubbornly, “I don’t want to go inside. I want to play some more!”

But his nanny was very persistent and kept fussing at the child.
Archimedes’ frustratration boiled within his very being. He wanted to hurt her, but he
knew this is wrong, so he took a deep breath and went inside with his nanny. He followed his nanny to his bedroom, where she cautiously tucked him in his bed for a nap. Archimedes watched his nanny until he saw that she was gone. Then he jumped out of bed, and very quietly made his way to his mother’s chambers. When he arrived there, he slowly opened the door and peeked inside.

His mother, Queen Cheris, pulled a brush through her hair when she spied her small son.
She smiled at him and with open arms she cried out, “Archimedes, come to me.” The child ran
and they embraced. Archimedes really loved his mother as a true friend and protector. He never
sensed fear from his mother.

As Cheris held her son, she noticed the child felt warm. She mentioned this to Archimedes and then poured her son a cool glass of water, which he greedily drank. Cheris then said, “I know you didn’t have lessons today as your teacher took ill. What did you do all day?”

Archimedes answered, “I played in the gardens all day by myself. Mother, can I have
another puppy to play with? I promise to be careful so I don’t hurt this one. I just want someone
to play with. I hear the others playing outside the wall and I feel so bad. I have no one to play
with. Everybody is afraid of me.”

Cheris looked down as she answered her son, “Let’s see what we can do about getting
you another puppy. I know you are lonesome my son, but when you are older, I promise you will
understand everything.”

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There you have it! Stay tuned for part three tomorrow!

A Sneak Peek of OF ATLANTIS

I have a treat for you all today. Lanaia Lee, author of Of Atlantis shared the prologue of her book with me. I was so enthralled with the story that I wanted to share it with you. I found it intriguing since I connected with the main character right away. When you’re finished reading part one of the prologue, feel free to leave a comment and share what you think.

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Archimedes, heir to the throne of Atlantis, played alone in the courtyard of his home, the palace. His father, the King, always seemed to be gone fightin bloody battles with his enemies.

On this day, Archimedes’ father, King Lionus, left for another battle, and the young child worried if his father, whom he so loved, would return to him or fall in battle like so many others did when they clashed with enemies.

Across the courtyard, near his mother’s beloved roses, he saw his nanny in deep conversation with two members of the palace guard appointed as the child’s bodyguards.


Archimedes could always tell his body guards felt very uncomfortable around him, because he was no ordinary child. At only four, he could feel their discomfort in his presence.


The last time King Lionus had gone into battle, he had come to say goodbye to his son, totally dressed in his full battle regalia. At that time, Archimedes while playing in the courtyard he saw his father and ran straight to him with open arms. When he got there, his father pulled away. Lionus told the poor child, “Keep your distance! Be a man like me and say goodbye the way I would. That is the way I taught you, so that is what I expect!”

Archimedes tried his best to hide his tears from his father, because his father would think him weak. The child knew even his own father feared him because he was different but helpless against it.

King Lionus said, “I came to say goodbye because I will be gone this time for a couple of months. You are a prince and I expect you to conduct yourself in this way during my absence. It is very important that you act like a man, especially for the sake of your mother. She worries enough, and I don’t want you to give her any more reason to do so.”


Archimedes looked at his father after secretly wiping the tears from his eyes and then said, “I totally understand what you ask of me sir. But I do wonder will you return? I just don’t want you to die. I just love you so, Father.”

King Lionus bent down on one knee to face his son, “Archimedes, you don’t have to worry. Don’t I always return? I am Atlantis, and killing me is no easy task. You know I have been wounded several times, but I have always returned. It is my destiny to rule this country, so I shall return. I know my subjects and you and your mother need me, so I always return. Just be a man for your mother and let Lord Uric help you with your studies. It is important to me that you behave and be a good boy.”

Archimedes answered his father, “I will do my very best to be a man for mother sir, but I will miss you father. I love you father!”

For a moment the child softened the heart of the King, and the King started to reach out for his son. But then the fear of his son took over so King Lionus, said, “Goodbye son,” then he turned and walked away.
Archimedes watched his father walk away from him, until he could no longer see him.

On the other side of the wall around the perimeter of the courtyard, Archimedes could hear the laughter of other children as they played. The child started to think about what the other children might be playing such as hide and seek, or maybe even tag.

Their laughter made Archimedes sad, because the other children always shied away from him fearing his strange abilities. This made Archimedes a lonely child. As he listened to the other children it made him wish he didn’t have powers. His powers made him feel like he was not as good as the others. The poor child longed just to be normal.
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That’s all for today. Come back tomorrow for part two. Thanks for sharing your prologue with us Lanaia!