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When Did Support Die?– Guest Post by Christine


As part of my Enchanted Summer Games, I gave the participants a chance to do a guest post on either one of my blogs. I’m happy to post the first entry now. It comes from a woman who I interact with on Twitter. We connected because of a mutual admiration of, The Great One, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. She and her young daughter have been participating in my games daily. We’ve come to find out we have a hell of a lot of things in common. I’m enjoying getting to know her and her beautiful family. This is the reason I cooked up these games. It warms my heart when she tells me that competing in the games has brought her closer to her daughter through the friendly rivalry going on and time spent playing the games.  The participants were told that they could write about any topic they wanted. Yet this woman chose to make her blog post about me! She suffers with a medical condition and is a mother of two! And she finds time to show support for little old me. That’s something I take note of and will never forget. Now on to her post. 

When Did Support Die? by Christine

I joined Twitter ~3yrs. ago, all be it to follow Dwayne “Rock” Johnson, an to my surprise met quite a lot of people who took the same interest as me, not just “Rock” related ,but wrestling and reading. Through the years I have gained n lost a few followers, but “the best ones” Thank God have stayed around. I am ,with my daughter Bethany, playing a game hosted by a GR8 Follower..now better known Friend May Torres. She has written a book called Enchanted Island (which I am enjoying reading) an has come up with #EnchantedGames to allow her followers an friends to get to know her n each other better. It pisses me off with all the people on her list and mine that a handful play along. I ask WHY? ..The events are fun an the questions an tasks allow her to know you better and vice versa. It doesn’t take up all your time(as I am a Mom of 2 n go to rehab for my bone disease everyday).I am having a great time playing game n meeting new people but most of all learning MORE about May who I have been following for so long. I do understand that everyone’s life is busy, but 10 minutes of your day isn’t a lot to get to know more about your “friend” an give her support. Who knows one day you may need support an “word of mouth” to get your projects n dreams off the ground, yet your past actions might make it that much more TOUGHER. So I say Where is the support an not just pertaining to this but in life in general ?

**This is the daily post I mentioned above regarding the task of guest blogging today**

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Hooray! For Second Chances


So, here’s what’s happening. A few years ago I published my first novel, Enchanted Island. Fast forward a few years and I’m re-releasing the book. I made a few mistakes the first time around which I’m correcting now. You see, I passively marketed while secretly hoping my family and friends would lend a helping hand. I must say a handful, and I mean one hand, did actually purchase and read the book. Those people will always be remembered and appreciated. My only problem is I have close to 300 friends on my personal Facebook page and just under 10 of them jumped on board to support me. It’s true they don’t really owe me anything. But still, isn’t it nice to have the support of your peers? I think so.

Time went on and I saw that they weren’t particularly interested in anything I had to say regarding my book. I was so proud of myself for stepping up and seeing this thing through. Most people don’t. I know whenever I see a friend or even a distant acquaintance involved in something cool, that I’m so thrilled for them. I jump right in and support however I can. My mistake was wishing that people would do the same for me. I was wrong. When the book was just coasting along with trickling sales here and there every month, I resigned myself to the fact that, I’m not going to make it. I became resentful and even stopped writing for a while.

Every now and then I’d get a burst of inspiration and resume my feeble effort to market my work. There came a point in time nearly two months ago where I got this fire in my belly once again. I finally came to terms with the fact that I couldn’t really count on my inner circle to help me get to the next level. When I saw everyone around me taking care of themselves, even the ones I helped at some point in time, I just had had enough.

It came time for me to get out there and mingle. I needed to connect with people so they could get to know what I’m all about. It’s important for me that people see who I am and what I’m about. I came up with a fun way to help make this happen. To celebrate the new look for my book I have a summer-long contest going. If you follow my blog you know about the Enchanted Summer Games. The games are a way for the readers to get to know me and a little about my book. I received the proof yesterday and gave it a once over. I’m happy to say, Enchanted Island is now available in paperback with the new cover and also for Kindle devices. Hooray! For second chances.

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Enchanted Island with new cover and new attitude.

Paperback copies of  Enchanted Island are available here


Blog Update


I’ve decided to separate my business posts from my personal posts. Here is where I will continue to share my triumphs, disappointments and even those pesky rants. Specifics about my writings and upcoming projects can be found on Written by May Torres. I do hope you will hop on over and follow.  See you there 😉

P.S. 😀 Even though I know you’re rushing right over to the new blog, I want to share this post about a fun idea I’m thinking about>> Enchanted Summer Games


Dreams That You Dare to Dream Really Do Come True


With my first novel, Enchanted Island, I dedicated it to my children. I simply said ” Dream Big.”  Up until I completed and published Enchanted Island I had not lived up to that statement.  I suppose you can say I was brought up to just do the minimum to get by in life. I was encouraged to get a city job with good benefits and sit at a desk for the rest of my life. While that is fine and dandy for most people, it just wasn’t for me.  There really isn’t anything wrong with finding a job, getting married and having 2.3 kids and  a dog.  It’s your everyday American Dream.

From a young age I knew that that kind of life was not for me. I’m more inclined to do something that has me running around and on my feet all day. I’ve worked at desk jobs and was terribly miserable. I’m more of a hands on person. I like to be up and about helping people or doing something with my hands. ( Hey behave yourselves 😉 )  Unfortunately I was wired to want to do so many different things at once, and that doesn’t really fit into being productive in our society.  You know the saying, “Jack of all trades, master of none.” I believe that the saying has negative connotations. I could be wrong there, who knows?

I just like to do so many different things that I can’t settle on just one.  Our society is just not set up to support this type of personality.  You go through your school years and when you get to High School and College you have to declare majors. You’re expected to pick that one subject, study it and then find a career to support yourself in that field. Again, there is absolutely nothing wrong with that. It’s just that some people (me) don’t fit in that particular box.

First of all, if you study so many different subjects you’re going to go broke doing so.  Secondly, if you’re lucky enough to afford schooling for every subject matter you’re interested in, try changing jobs in all of the fields that strike your fancy. No one will want to hire you because you’ve bounced around so much. I know employers want to know that they are hiring a person who will stick with them, I’m just saying! Just because a person has many different interests and would love to pursue most or all of them doesn’t necessarily mean the person is flighty or a flake.

So someone like me is forced to go into business for themselves. I took what I was passionate about, kids, and I made it work for me. So now I have a day care in my home. I find myself now wishing to follow other dreams.  I’m left feeling like, maybe there’s something wrong with me. I look around and people have chosen careers and work at it until retirement. Why am I not happy doing that? Why do I bore of something and want to move onto something else. Society tells me that there may just be something wrong with me. I never really did feel like I fit in.  Am I one of those “creative types?” You know, the type person people make fun of.

All I know, is that the older I get, the more important it is for me to live out my dreams.  I always loved writing so, with my friend R.C. Berry, we wrote books and published them. That was a huge thing for me. Now I’m onto fulfilling something just for the fun of it.  I’ve taken on trying to meet my favorite male entertainer! Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson! I think I love him…like…seriously 😀  You can follow along on my journey to make that dream a reality here on my Journey to Wrestlemania blog. Find out what I’m up to these days with my gal pals R.C. Berry and Ms Ang.  I’m learning to live my life, with the knowledge that,  the dreams that you dare to dream really do come true.


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It’s Been a While


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It’s been a while since I’ve blogged.  I have taken some time to concentrate on new projects. It seems people in my social circle are enjoying my first crack at writing a novel.  Enchanted Island has been available since April 2010 and, now through Amazon.com for two months.  It seems like its been a hundred years since its release.  It’s a slow painful process, promoting the book.  There were plenty of people showing interest once they knew I had written a book.  When it was time to put the book out there, all I heard was crickets 🙂 Despite the slow process, I’ve managed to sell half the first edition copies printed.  So now I have started on a new story. It doesn’t have a title as of yet but, it’s most probably going to be classified as Fantasy.  Along with the new book project, I’m planning a sweet 16 birthday party for my daughter coming up in August. My son just graduated from high school two weeks ago. So, I’ve been pretty busy.  And if that wasn’t enough, I’m preparing for an event called FaerieCon. Yes, you read it correctly. I went last year and had a ball. This time I will be attending as a vendor. I will be selling my book and some other handmade items. It’s a big deal, lots of people come from across the country and even from out of the country, to attend.  I’ve been busy crafting a few things to put up for sale. I’m also going to get back into making my own natural product, such as lip balms,lotions and body washes. I used to make them before and loved it but, then life got in the way. So it’s a very busy time for me.  I don’t mind though. I needed a little breather, so I decided to catch up with my blog because, it’s been a while.


Interview With May Torres


This was an interview conducted a couple of months ago. Thought I’d share it here

Gearing up for the release of her first novel, Enchanted Island, Author May Torres gives us an in-depth look at her inspiration, and what life is like as a new writer. Enchanted Island is due to be released late March 2010.

Visit http://touchepublishers.com for a chance to pre-order the book. Limited amounts available for the pre-order. Act soon, before it’s too late.

Touché Publishing: So, Ms. Torres, you’ve just completed your first novel, Enchanted Island, due to be released next month. We’re looking forward to that. I have to ask you, first of all, What inspired you to start writing?

May Torres: I was inspired to start writing on a more serious level, because I wanted to change the circumstances of my life. I run a home business and, I still wasn’t able to be totally comfortable, financially. I have two teenagers, and college is coming faster than I care to think about. I didn’t want to continue struggling. It’s not the thing I want my kids to remember the most. I want them to see that anything is possible, once you apply yourself.  My daughter was also getting heavily into reading. She was also a driving force in my writing. I wanted her to have something to read that she identified with. I’m hoping it inspires her to follow in my footsteps. In whatever path she chooses

Touche Publishing: Have you always wanted to be a writer?

May Torres: I have always enjoyed writing, I just never realized that I wanted to be a writer. It was just always a part of my life. My only problem came, when it was time to share what I wrote. It’s probably the reason I never pictured myself as a writer. I got over that eventually (laughs) . Better late than never.

Touche Publishing: As far as writing goes, who would you say you admire most, and why?

May Torres: Oh! I love Stephen King. He’s a master storyteller. I could only hope to have an ounce of his talent. His characters are so well crafted, you feel like you know them personally.

Touché Publishing: Let’s talk a little about Enchanted Island. Where did the concept for the story come from?

May Torres: From the beginning, I knew I wanted to write a story with a Latina heroine. It was very important to me, to have my Puerto Rican heritage spotlighted. That’s when I decided, that my story had to be about Puerto Rico. Once the other concepts,like karma and past lives came into play, I knew it had to include the history of Puerto Rico.

Touché Publishing: I did notice there were a lot of themes dealing with Karma and past lives in your book. It was one of the things I loved most about it. It made me wonder. Do you personally believe in past lives and Karma?

May Torres: Yes, I’m a firm believer in Karma. I try to live my life in away that will not incur negative Karma. As long as I keep my intentions pure, I believe I can shape the circumstances of my next life journey, should I have one. I believe that, there is something very real to the past life theory. I just believe that our energy never dies,and it has to go somewhere (smiles)

Touché Publishing: Being of Latin heritage, what personal significance does this book hold in your life?

May Torres: The Puerto Ricans, are such a proud people. I just wanted readers to partake in the culture of a nation other than, let’s say, Mexico. It seems that, whenever there’s a latino/hispanic presence in the main stream media, it’s centered around the Mexican culture. Don’t get me wrong, any exposure is better than none. It really means so much to me, to portray a different culture. Although, we’re all Latinos, there are differences. I hope, that I help to get other Latinos to bring forth their stories.

Touché Publishing: That would be great! I did notice there was a lot of culture and history in your book. In your research, were there parts that you found especially important or, perhaps even, shocking to you?

May Torres: When I was younger, I was taught in school, about Christopher Columbus discovering America. It wasn’t until I was older that I thought about the fact, that there were people already living here in America, for years. It was important for me to write about it, and provoke thought in our young people. I was shocked to find out about the horrendous practice of cutting the limbs of slaves, if they didn’t produce the correct amount of gold or cotton.

Touché Publishing: Yeah, I thought that was horrible. When I think about some of the situations in your book, like that one for instance, I wonder, was it very hard to write a book geared more towards teens and young adults?

May Torres: Writing a book geared towards the young adults was challenging, at times. I didn’t want to dumb the story down, yet didn’t want to get so complicated, that they put the book down. It was a balancing act all the way through. I wanted to make sure I included things that younger readers could relate to and, at the same time, keep parents satisfied with the content.

Touché Publishing: I know we touched on this before but, I see you dedicated your book to your children. How instrumental were they in your becoming a writer?

May Torres: I dedicated the book to my children because they really are the reason for me pushing myself to write. Like I said before, I want my kids to remember something other than struggle. I want them to be proud of their mother for believing in herself. It’s all that matters to me, that my children believe in themselves.

Touché Publishing: Seeing as how you did write for a younger audience, it stands to reason that you may serve as an inspiration for young writers, especially minorities. Do you have any advice for any aspiring writers out there?

May Torres: I mentioned earlier about believing in yourself. That is a must! Even when it feels like no one is supporting your dream, push ahead. Use the Law of Attraction as your guide. If you think it, it will manifest in the physical world. Envision yourself getting to the finish line. If you find it difficult to keep up with that train of thought, fake it, until you make it. What I mean by that is, behave as if you’ve already achieved your goal. It’s all about having
a positive attitude and outlook on life.

Touché Publishing: Thank you for sitting down and talking with me.  I’m really looking forward to your new release, and wish you much success on your future novels.