Filling it out!
My good friend, Twitter and otherwise, gave me the idea for this post…that’s Eden in the picture, looking all intense and provocative! Eden is a supporter extraordinaire of authors, unselfishly giving of her efforts and time to let the world know about some really great authors. Eden is involved in many projects that deal with Art, Music, and Literature. Aside from writing some excellent quasi-steamy short stories that mirror human behavior and need, she has written a psychological thriller entitled, Stranger at Sunset (Buy sites: Amazon CANADA: goo.gl/HPiIiH – Amazon US: goo.gl/YhKSmz – Amazon UK: goo.gl/U3pZtP).
Read it and enjoy! The cover is beautiful and appropriately chosen, don’t you think? Let your imagination dwell momentarily on the cover, then go inside and read the book. You’ll see what I mean…
The idea for this post?
In her New Year’s blog post (Jan. 1, 2015), Eden talked about ‘filling a notebook’ with all the myriad emotions and events that touch our lives from year to year. That got me to thinking about some of the subjective, likely argumentative blog posts I wrote in 2014 – of a political and/or religious nature. This is not an apology for those posts because ‘branding’ means letting people know who you are and why you are. It is true, however, that one can alienate readers with views that go counter to their own.
When I started my blog some years ago it was to be about writing, about how we live by the mandates of our DNA, our heritage. So, I wrote about the beauty of a Mexican beach on the Sea of Cortez, about my early mobile and emotional life, about the important aspects (to me) of writing. As I went along I wrote about political issues that bothered my biased conservative side, to the point where my anger was likely revealed. That can all be well and good to let people know where you stand on issues, but it can drive some away from your blog.
This year, I intend to keep my political prejudices minimalized and write more about writing and how words beautifully strung together can excite and titillate, write more about the beauty of life and the world. Having said this, I cannot promise to stay completely mum on issues that affect my beloved country, my children, and my grandchildren. It is not likely to change anyone’s belief system as, in the end, we truly are who we are, but by voicing my core opinions I can at least feel better about myself.
Reading over what I’ve just written it appears that not a whole lot is going to change in my blog posts of 2015. The posts will be honest, part of my core, and there will mention of my books – with the hope I can induce you to purchase one or all and read it/them.
On Eden’s blog you will find author interviews, her forthright comments. She is a great supporter of authors and their works. You can find her at twitter.com (@edenbaylee) and at edenbayleebooks.com.
It’s my hope that the new year of 2015 will be happy and prosperous for you all and that the world’s wisdom can find ways to solve some plaguing issues and problems. For me, I’ll be ‘filling out’ that notebook of mine in 2015, hopefully touching on matters that have some significance in all our lives.
Billy Ray Chitwood – January 2, 2015
Now, for my promo this week, I bring to your attention fiction that is tantalizingly delicious with its romance – a love triangle no less – its suspense, and, even, its evil. The novel is a film-noir read and I believe it moves along at a crisp pace. The characters, I suggest, are drawn well, either to be fondly embraced or to be considered angrily. The novel is entitled, The Reluctant Savage, and it has 5-Star Reviews. Give it a read and, if so disposed, write your own amazon review. Like other authors opine, books without readers and reviews are like unpeeled bananas! (What!? Authors opine that thought!?) Oh, well, I could beg!
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