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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

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I Wonder…


I wonder if people are hesitant to pick up Enchanted Island because they think that they wouldn’t relate? Yes, there is a Puerto Rican flag on the cover. Yes, the heart of the story takes place in Puerto Rico. Yes, 3 of the 4 main characters are, indeed, Puerto Rican. Yes, you will learn the history of Puerto Rico. What you will also get is an adventure. You will follow along as four young people come of age. You will fall in love with these youngsters and watch their transformation into young-adulthood. They go through the same situations as any one of you.

Not that I was surprised, but I had people, not of Puerto Rican heritage,  tell me that they could so relate to the main character, Gabby. We each have issues and circumstances that we wish we could change. Really, at the core, we are more alike than not. We mostly all want the same things out of this thing called life. We’re all on this life journey together; sometimes facing horrendous situations that do not discriminate.  No matter where you come from. No matter the language you speak or the color of your skin.

Some of us come from a warm loving family and some not so much. Everyone falls in love and  we make and lose friends. We face obstacles and fight to overcome them. These are just some of the things that the characters in my book face. Will this persuade you to take a chance on Enchanted Island? I wonder…


I Want You to Know Vol.2


Of everything I’ve written about on my blog, the most popular post is one about Alanis Morissette. I can’t really blame anyone, she’s amazing! I get a steady stream of hits each day on that post. So…I ask myself, should I write more about this wonderful artist? Then I think, this is not a blog specifically about Morissette. This is a blog about little old me. My random thoughts and a little about my writing.  Some months ago I wrote a post titled “I Want You To Know”  just so my readers could get to know me better. I will continue where that post left off. Hope you enjoy getting to know me a little better 😀

I want you to know:

  • I have fallen back in love with the WWE
  • I am a huge Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson fan (Who doesn’t love him? 🙂 )
  • I saw Avatar 4 times in the movie theater and about 15 times more at home
  • I love Halloween
  • I hate to be tickled(Especially my feet)
  • I’m becoming even more of a recluse in my “old age”
  • I can’t stand some of my family members 😦
  • I don’t like bullshitters. Just stop! Ugh
  • I like body art. ( I have 5 tattoos and want more)
  • I have girl crushes
  • I believe in karma and past lives (hey don’t judge me)
  • I love horror movies
  • I can’t swim in deep water
  • I’m afraid of heights
  • I’m not a crybaby but I will cry easily when I’m extremely happy or a sad movie (Damn you, Gladiator!)
  • I’m fluffy
  • I finally learned how to ride a bike in my 30’s
  • I also got my driver license in my 30’s (failed the road test 3 times)
  • I’m a city girl now living in the country. (Ask me how that’s going for me)
  • I have a problem walking over manholes and subway gratings on the sidewalk
  • I DO NOT do roller coasters(I’m a chicken shit)