March 12/15 Release – SCROLL: Keepers of Genesis II by DB Nielson!

Please join in me in a combined blitz for SCROLL: Keepers of Genesis II by DB Nielsen with Good Tales Book Tours on Thursday, March 12th!

I’ve read the first book entitled “Seed” and very much enjoyed it. It has several elements that are also found in my book/series “Crave”, so if any of you are looking for another read along the same lines, please consider this series. 🙂 you won’t be disappointed!

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Title: SCROLL
Series: Keepers of Genesis II
Author: DB Nielsen
Release Date: March 12, 2015

Seventeen-year-old Saffron Woods is haunted by strange voices as if from a distant past. With the SEED’s sentience awakened, these mystical voices intensify, forcing Saffron to acknowledge that she has also inherited its legacy of dark secrets, intrigue and death. Venturing out alone, Saffron is driven to locate an ancient manuscript charting the location of the only undiscovered Wonder of the Ancient World, the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, gateway to the Garden of Eden. But last seen in the Library of Alexandria, the SCROLL is long thought to be lost.

Saffron meets Finn, the compelling caretaker of Satis House who appears to know more than he is willing to reveal. Knowing she cannot trust him, Saffron is drawn to this rebellious figure who seems to both threaten and protect her. But her feelings for Finn are complicated by the charming yet inscrutable Anakim, Gabriel Chevalier, who offers her his invaluable assistance in locating the elusive manuscript.

Torn between competing passions and facing an increasingly implacable enemy, the Grigori, Saffron struggles to find the SCROLL which holds the secrets to the past and the key to the future…

Available on: Amazon

Author Bio:
db nielsen was born in British Hong Kong and immigrated to Australia in childhood. db likes to travel the world with family; dividing time between residing in Sydney and visits to the cathedrals, crypts and museums the world over, doing research for new projects. The author is a university lecturer in Linguistics and Semiotics, and continues to teach English Literature and Language whilst writing fiction.

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Author Spotlight-D.B Nielsen

Jessica Wren Fiction

We all remember the classic novels we read in high school literature class. At the time we groaned, but as we got older, we have developed a deeper appreciation for them. Among other things, D.B. Nielsen in her novel Seed: Keeper of the Genesis I casts a new light on two of these novels, Jane Erye and Great Expectations.

Seed revolves around identical twins Saffron and Sage but focuses mainly on Sage. The studious, bookwormish Sage is the polar opposite of her outgoing, fashionista twin, but the two nonetheless share a close bond. One day, Sage decides to visit her father, a renowned archeologist, at the British Museum where he works on classifying and studying ancient Mesopotamian artifacts. After seeing the so-called “Seed” she begins to experience vivid and sometimes terrifying visions. During that same visit, she meets Dr. Elijah St. John Rivers, with whom she feels an instant connection…

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Fifty Shades of… Heaven?

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3 Simple Phrases To Tell People To Use Instead Of (the rather insulting) – “Why Don’t You ‘Just’ … ”

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Today I’m speaking out about something that I’ve run across once too often, in the hope that it will help both the ask-er and the ask-ee. It is the question, “Why don’t you ‘just’….?” Other common variations might be, “Why wouldn’t you ‘just’…?” or, “Couldn’t you ‘just’ …?”

I’m sure that on very rare occasions this approach might shed light on some previously un-thought-of, useful solutions, but far more often than not, this phrase just alienates the listener and causes them to feel dim-witted and inadequate.  Or make them angry and conflicted, because why would they be angry when someone is just offering ‘help’? I’m sure there are those who say this that mean well, but instead are insulting beleaguered and stressed souls everywhere – exacerbating the problems when they are already feeling overwhelmed. Especially timely right now with the current holiday preparations racing toward (hopefully) completion, this is the perfect time of year to examine this issue. I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one to get slightly irate when someone, usually right after I’ve mentioned some difficulty or conundrum I’m dealing with, says, “Well, why don’t you just… (fill in the blank)?”

Huh. The most obvious thing in the world… ‘Cuz… it is.

The recipient of this ridiculous phrase is invariably thinking…. ‘Really? Oh, wow, I wish I’d thought of that…’ (Insert sarcasm font here – sarcasm really does deserve its own font…!) It rather connotes a sort of condescension, implying a complete and utter lack of faith in the listener’s intelligence and problem-solving capabilities.

Listen. Come on… if it were really were as simple as ‘just’ anything, why would you think they would not already utilized your particular brilliant strategy? I mean, really? If there were a ‘just’ – any ‘just’ – in this particular situation, don’t you think they would have done it already? How can you ‘just’ blithely assume that the person you are conversing with would have overlooked or dismissed such a solution? Chances are, they’ve already gone through several possibilities and your fantastic idea did not make the cut.

Now, I get that most people don’t actually mean to be insulting – most are truly thinking they are helping when they say this, so this is why I have brought this up. People… it’s not helping.

So what are the reasons people say this? I’m guessing most often it’s to try fix the other people’s problems. Perhaps they feel they know what’s happening, on the surface, but with no real familiarity of what the inner fabric of another’s life really consists of or what they are capable of. Maybe with a few, it’s simply a lack of empathy, plus they enjoy steam-rolling others to do what they think others should be doing.

And, well – talk is cheap.

For the record, whatever the reason, to everyone out there who might employ this phrase — please – stop. ‘Just’ stop (see what I did there? ;-)).

It. Does. Not. Help. At all.

Now pay attention – here’s the HOW TO part of this article…. If you find yourself beginning to say the “J” word or tempted to say anything even remotely similar, STOP, and instead employ one or more of the following:

Option number 1 – Say nothing. If in doubt – simply trust that others have the intelligence to figure it out and do the right thing for them, and are working through it at their own pace, the way they need to.

Option number 2 – Before saying anything (if you must), ASK someone if they are looking for your opinion. Many times they are not. But – if they want your opinion, do not – I repeat, do NOT – revert to, “Well, why don’t you just….?” A heartfelt offer comes from an entirely different place than assuming you know more or better than the other person.

Option number 3 – (CAUTION – this option is for only the advanced or extremely brave) Say only, “Can I help?” And mean it. Then follow through, without any expectation that they should do anything that you might think they should. The look of gratitude from those who truly do need help will be worth more than any feeling of superiority of providing (unwanted) solutions.

So, now that you’re equipped, there’s no excuse to ever again say, “Why don’t you just….?”  With some reflection and compassion, I hope that you will see fit to strike this phrase from your lingual repertoire forever. Be kind.

Now – go ahead and share this with anyone who might need to read this. You know who they are.

😉

Walk Your Talk. Use Those Boots. You Know What They’re Made For.

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Step up. Walk your talk.

Hmm. Such simple words; such a simple concept. However, not so simple in execution, or so it might appear from the state of our society, where both preachers and miscreants abound. One has only to compare someone’s Facebook page to what their ‘real’ life looks like to see that some people just don’t get it. I’m sure my mother wasn’t the only one who said we were given only one mouth and two ears because we’re supposed to listen twice as much as we’re supposed to talk. I would like to humbly add to that in the same spirit, and say we are given one mouth and two feet for that very same reason.

Okay, so then what does this mean? Other than wielding a great sword of truth and decapitating all the monsters, of course…?

On the surface, of course, most would agree that ‘walking your talk’ means to actually do what you say you’re going to do; to behave in line with what you believe and what you might preach to others; for your inner life to line up with your outer life. Easy, right? Right. Ha. Perhaps there are a few nuances to sift through first.

First, and obviously, it’ll be different for different people, as we are all operating at various levels of responsibility, and all at different places in our lives, dealing with all sorts of demands chosen or foisted upon us. All of us are brought up with a set of programmed values that we may or may not keep with us for the duration of our stay here on Earth. If we’re very lucky, some of us see through these illusions early on, through introspection or other means. Sometimes it takes a major life crisis. For some — or a lot — it never happens, at least not in this lifetime.

Going a little deeper, walking your talk denotes responsibility to integrity, purpose and action. Or decisive inaction, in certain circumstances. When one is walking the talk, who a person truly ‘is’ goes right down — or should I say through — to the soul. I think most of us are born this way — true, genuine to our soul — but then break away from ourselves for various reasons and create masks to hide behind in order to cope with things that happen, or to manipulate others to get what we want. Changing back to our natural state of being — often takes great personal pain and incredible sacrifice. Maybe this is why there seems to be so few. Did I mention badass? No? Well, here it is, then. It takes guts and grit, along with insightful, dedicated soul searching, honest reflection of your own motives, then trusting the beat of your own drum and making a stand, determining how we want to go forward from now on. It often means that these ‘walking’ people can have a reduced tolerance for the ‘talking’ bullshit — not that they necessarily call the ‘talkers’ all of the time on their crap, or are harsh, but generally absent themselves from the ego-bloated garbage flying around. Unless pushed. Then watch out. That is NOT a beast you want unleashed.

So what does this look like?

Harmony. Balance. Peace. Flaws. Scars. When one is walking their talk, they live authentically. They are being who they really are, inside and out; they match. There’s little inner conflict, so little outer conflict. They live presently, in the moment. They are really there when you look into their eyes while having a conversation. This means that not only are they behaving well, but they are living their truth from the inside out. Interacting with one of these people means you can trust them at the deepest level. It means creating no drama. It means safety.

Sound boring? Maybe, to some. But on the flipside, you have someone with passion, verve, excitement and genuine enthusiasm, someone with real, not fake power, because they tapped into something much, much larger than themselves. These are the people who, because they unattached to bolstering their ego, are present and with you in the moment, and are the problem-solvers, the solution-makers. They are, at that very moment, a channel for all the solutions that ever were or will ever be, sifting subconsciously through every possibility that fits the criteria for the present moment and situation. No, that doesn’t always mean that the ‘talkers’ might like or agree with what they come up with, but sometimes that could be because the ‘talker’ might not want to do the work required in that solution. Because the ‘walkers’ open themselves to the moment, these people are the innovators, the idea people, the people who are in sync with their inner genius; pretty useful people to have in your corner, I’d say.

This does not mean that if you walk your talk that life will be easy. It’s not. But it does get simpler. No more constructing or maintaining a tremendous, ponderous facade, no more posturing and competing and one-upping others, no more blathering on about stories about yourself or others that aren’t true, no more trying to keep track of the hundreds of little or big lies, no more pouring your precious energy into things that do not really matter.

Yes, even when it’s hard. Yes, even when it’s excruciating. Yes, even when you try so hard and all you can do is bleed…. At least it’s real.

I adore the phrase, “Do no harm, but take no shit.” I love that. It’s simple; freeing. It means we do not have to put up with shit that’s of not of our making. Use those boots now. You know what they’re made for.

So — how about a whole lot less talking, and whole lot more walking. Translating to shutting one’s mouth, and just being and doing the right thing.

We can do it. I know we can.

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CRAVE — on Sale — only $3.33!!

 

Hey — just a quick shout out to you all to check out my Amazon page — SALE going on right now for the E-book version of my book CRAVE— now on special for only $3.33!!

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Any buzz would be awesome!!! And now back to the business of musings…..

Humble, Epic Badassery. Yes, I said ‘epic’. And badass. (And Welcome!!)

Hey! You found me! Yay! Welcome to my, er, random musings!! Thank you for reading.

So… ‘Humble, Epic Badassery’? Bit of an oxymoron? …Perhaps. I’ll let you decide.

But writing, at least the kind of sustained, prolonged, dedicated, purposeful writing that it takes to fully complete a novel, edit and cut it, live, breathe, cry and bleed oneself onto the page (or laptop!) lends itself to a kind of schism within. Actually more like infinite worlds riddled with untold schisms. Hence the seeming humble/epic oxymoron alluded to above. Simply to traverse those myriads of splits of alternate realities along the road to arrive at one’s destination (or today’s stop, anyway), to survive these schisms and be able to carry on requires a specific type of constitution to stay sane. Or relatively, functionally sane. Some days… well, some days are better than others.

But wait —- First, please let me get one thing out of the way… About this very first …’blog’ of mine… I have been extremely hesitant about beginning an author’s blog. I resisted for a long time, for two reasons. Well, actually three — I’ve never liked the word “blog” itself — it sounds like something someone grossly intoxicated with a mouth full of melted marshmallows and peanut butter garbled out while being on the receiving end of a shock treatment. While at least part of that might sound like bliss to some, few of us would argue that those are conditions that anyone would consider conducive to word-crafting. Two — I have an intense aversion to the self-gratifying attention-seeking that goes on sometimes in the world of blogging. That being said, there are exceptional posts by talented writers that are very self-aware, genuine, informative and conscientious, and I am grateful for their fire, passion, humility and authenticity. They light up their corner of the world and beyond. I will sincerely endeavor to be real here, and bring to the table only what is genuine. And three — by far the most pragmatic — I sometimes have the need to mentally absent myself, go ‘off the grid’ for periods of time, and withdraw underground into my subterranean world where my characters are the only ones I converse with in more than grunts and gestures. LOL. I haven’t come to an easy solution for that one yet. This may still be an issue for me but I guess I’ll cross that bridge when I get there.

Okay, back to today’s subject. Humble, epic badassery. The incredible demands required of producing a full length manuscript can lead to delusions that can be difficult to identify as delusions. The more time one spends in one’s own head, traversing the myriad of convoluted labyrinths there, muttering to oneself, jotting down the random and not so random thoughts as they come by means of whatever materials are at hand — even if all that one has are a rock wall and pocket knife — the more reality blurs. (Ooohhhhhh…. the colors….) Um, what was I saying??

Right. So… those schisms within can cause some very significant issues, but sometimes, in the very fortunate ones, a certain fortitude, a sparkling depth, a certain grit, a level of endurance and shedding of ego rarely seen or required of other mortals. This can, at least in some, develop a warrior spirit. This is the spirit that says in the face of grinding hardship, without pretense or preamble or giving an inch, “I got this. I’m not going anywhere. Bring it.” Of course, this is often the end product of incredible pain, innumerable blows, and countless inelegant tumbles. But this is exactly what the product of hard, solitary, disciplined, internal work produces… the hyper-aware and non-delusional badass. Yes. Let that sink in for a moment.

And all the humble pride (humble, epic badassery) that goes along with those hard-earned, perceived-undesirable scars and unsightly limps and beautiful crooked noses is exactly the point. People rarely see the painful, humble processes, just the resulting scars and imperfections. Very occassionally, a masterpiece. Fine. Let it be, let them think whatever they will. Go within. Be scarred. Be beautiful. Be rare. Be fierce. As I believe Hemingway said, “Write hard and clear about what hurts.” This is what I would like to remind you — of the extraordinary perfection that is to be gained along the road through all the obscure pursuits and wrong turns and crippling injuries that one might think — at the time — they can never recover from.

I will say it. You will recover.

And you will be epic. And badass.

Also, Scotch helps. A lot. Sometimes Irish whiskey. And wine. Excellent companions in the witching — I mean writing — hours. Just sayin’.

So, here’s to being raw and honest and funny and fierce…!!!

Cheers. 😉