Monday Blog: School Daze, Part One

Monday Blog time! In keeping with my back to school theme for the month, I have a two-part blog about my characters’ time (and my time) in high school. This week, its part one, and it’s all about the time I spent in Creative Writing in high school.

I had been writing books for myself since an early age, and I often spent most of my spare time reading and writing. It wasn’t until my senior year in high school, that I discovered my “voice”. I was finally able to get into the Creative Writing class that was being offered, and it was the first time I felt like I was in a class with my peers. I was surrounded by other people who loved to read and write as much as I did! I finally found a place where I belonged. I worked on even more books because of this class. And, my writing improved. My greatest challenge, was letting other people read my writing, since I had only ever written for myself. But I was grateful for that, because it forced me to start working outside of my comfort zone.

I was able to use some of my experiences in high school in my writing in the years that followed my graduation. Some of those experiences can be found in the first Our Lady book, but I’ll save that for the next blog….

Until next Monday…

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Monday Blog: Age Appropriate

With school back in session across the country (and possibly the world, I know I’m reaching right now!), I wanted to cover the age ratings for the Woolaston Entertainment books. Some of the books available from WE may not be appropriate for younger readers. All of the ratings are available on the Book page of the website, and are listed with each series of books.

 

Books by June E. Parris

My fellow author/mother writes paranormal fiction, which is appropriate for readers 12 and older. Her first book, The Kindness of Strangers, is about a newlywed couple who try to repay a kind gesture done for them by another couple, and end up with a surprise. Her second book, A Rose Left Behind, is a ghost story which involves a little girl.

 

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Fortune’s Wing

Fortune’s Wing

This is my first series, and it’s rated 12 and older. This fantasy series is about a young man who learns he is part of a prophecy to either save or destroy the world. There are no violent scenes, no swearing, or anything else that should be considered inappropriate for middle-school age readers.

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Valentine

Now we’re heading into older reader territory! Valentine is for the older teen crowd—17 and up. There are a few shoot-outs, and yes, people do get killed. Put it this way: if you would allow your 17-year-old to watch “Law and Order”, then I’m sure they’ll be okay reading Valentine. This series is about a 19-year-old woman who just wants to protect her family from the mob (aka The Syndicate). Adults will like this one, too.

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Valentine Apart

This is the companion series to Valentine. It focuses on characters apart from the main character, Valentine, herself (hence the name, Apart). Some of the humor can be a little crude, or dark, and considering the stories are mainly about the some of the hitmen in the original series, I would rate this one 17 and older. If you have a younger reader who you think may be mature enough to handle it, I would suggest reading the books yourself first, and then making a decision. There’s no more violence here than in a Marvel movie.

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Our Lady of Righteous Rage

My favorite (and largest) series. Punk rock, cats, and life experiences…what’s not to love? The original book, simply titled Our Lady of Righteous Rage is rated 14 and older. This is the censored version; the one with the purple cover. All of the other books, are rated 17 and older, due to the amount of swearing. It’s not excessive, but I feel I should give everyone a head’s up, because there is swearing. It begins as a coming-of –age story, and evolves into something much more. However, adults will enjoy the musical aspect of the series: I make all kinds of references to bands and music from the 1970’s through today. This series is basically my little love letter to all of the bands who have inspired me, especially Green Day.

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The Witch of Fulton Lane

The Witch of Fulton Lane

I labeled this one 17 and older, simply because it involves witchcraft. No, there is no devil worship. I have heard of a few people who didn’t want their kids reading the Harry Potter series, because they thought it involved devil worship of some kind. This is completely untrue. The main character, Dylan Maycriss, is a young Black woman who happens to be a witch. She is a follower of Wicca, she casts spells, and reads tarot cards. Psychics and tarot card reading, are also interests of mine, and writing this book gave me an opportunity to explore the subject matter much further.

There you have it. Nothing to be afraid of! If you’re looking for some new books for your kids and/or students to read, give W.E. books a try! Or, if you’re just looking for some interesting books for your own reading pleasure, I’m sure you’ll find what you’re looking for with W.E.

Our Lady of Righteous Rage: Extended and Uncensored eBook will be FREE Sept 14-16

https://www.amazon.com/Our-Lady-Righteous-Rage-Uncensored-ebook/dp/B01E1PZNUQ/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1534884355&sr=1-1&keywords=our+lady+of+righteous+rage+extended+nicole+woolaston

See you next week…

To Jump or Not To Jump

I don’t know if any fans of Steve Harvey are reading this, but he wrote a very inspirational book, titled Jump: Take the Leap of Faith to Achieve Your Life of Abundance. This book is meant to encourage people to do the things they have been too afraid to do. To step out on faith, take chances, and hope for the best. I recently jumped: I moved from New York to Virginia, to get a fresh start and gain some new perspective. Now, you’re probably thinking: people do that sort of thing all the time. Let me tell you how I got here.

Thirteen years ago, my mother and I moved from Virginia to Georgia, to be closer to her family. Her brother (my uncle) Donald, convinced us that our lives would be better if all of us (aunts, uncles, cousins, etc) were closer together. The rest of the family had migrated to Georgia from New York and Indiana over the years, and it could be  the first time most of the family would all be living together in one state. So, we moved. I had a cat, which I was forced to give up on the very day we left, because Donald neglected to say, he didn’t want any pets in his house (BTW: we would be staying with him and his girlfriend until we found an apartment). That was one of the hardest things I have ever done, and it still haunts me to this day.

After a few days, it became clear to Mom and I, Donald hadn’t fully discussed his plans with his girlfriend, who flipped out a few times over the fact that we were living in “her” house. Donald ignored the situation, until an argument escalated one night, and he decided to put us out. At midnight one night, Mom and I found ourselves searching for a hotel to stay in, so we basically became homeless. We eventually moved to New York to stay with a great aunt, and after about a year or so, we managed to get an apartment. All of our belongings, however, were in a storage unit in GA, and it took some time (and money) to bring everything to NY. 

Fast forward a few years, to a landlord who never mentioned his house was in foreclosure, and evicted all of his tenants, including us. Another one of my uncles, Arthur, heard about our situation, and offered us a place to stay at his house in GA. He also said he had made an investment in Iraqi dinars that he was about to cash in, and he would share some of the money with us. We moved our belongings into another storage unit in NY, and returned to GA. As it turned out, Arthur hadn’t been paying his mortgage either, and was on the verge of losing his home, because he had spent all of his money on Iraqi dinars and had stopped working. If my mother and I had known any of this prior to moving, we would have stayed in NY. Once Arthur realized we knew things were falling apart for him, he put us out. Once again, we found ourselves homeless. Again, a great aunt took us in, in NY. (BTW: Arthur later lost his house and was forced out by the bank).

Here we are, in 2018. My great aunt passed away, and once again, my mother and I found ourselves having to make some tough decisions. We decided, it was time to JUMP. It was time to make some real changes. Family had put us in this position in the past. My great aunt’s son would eventually sell the house that had been left to him, and we would want us to move. So, what was the next step? Remain in overpriced NY, or live somewhere that was affordable? We were paying $600 a month for a room. We could pay that or slightly more for an entire apartment in VA. So, we jumped, and we moved back to VA, where I had spent my childhood.

Now, I’m not telling you this in order to gain sympathy. I don’t want you to feel sorry for me in any way, because I don’t feel sorry for me. I gave my family a chance (several chances, in fact) to be a part of my life, and they screwed me over every time. But hey: the universe sees all, and payback always comes around. Donald cheated on his girlfriend, put her out of the house, and married the woman he cheated with. Things aren’t going so well between them now. Arthur lied to us and his children about losing the house, and he eventually did lose it, and had to live with other relatives. I don’t think he has accepted the “Iraqi dinar scam” yet, though. So, why am I telling you all of this? 

I want everyone who reads this, to remember something: you can NEVER give up. Life is hard. The people you think should have your back, often don’t. Sometimes, you find yourself in a situation you didn’t ask for. But, it’s moments like that that define us. You learn who you are; how strong you can be. I’ve been homeless more times than I ever expected to be. I’ve had $5 left to my name, and have had to chose between eating, or putting gas in my car in order to get to work to keep my job. I’ve sold the jewelry I inherited from my grandmothers, in order to eat. I’ve lost precious things, and given up a lot of things that matter to me. I’ve even been robbed. But, through it all, I’m still here. 

By moving from NY to VA, I JUMPED. I’m literally staying in a hotel with my mother, until we find an apartment (which will be soon, hopefully). The future is very uncertain, but that isn’t a first for me. I’ve been here before. Sometimes, you have to step out on faith. Sometimes, you just have to believe that things will work themselves out. Sometimes, you just have to JUMP. 

Monday Blog: Back to School; WE is Relocating!

It’s September, everyone! Fall is fast approaching, which means it’s time for students to go back to school. This month, I’m going to discuss the series I’ve written, which series is appropriate to younger readers vs older readers, and there will be a few discounts for eBooks! Plus: I have a BIG announcement concerning the future of W.E.

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Did you have a Summer Reading list? Did you finish it? Not to worry! With the first day of school approaching, you can still read some new books and start the school year on a high note. If you like fantasy, Fortune’s Wing is the book for you. If you prefer action and drama, you may want to give Valentine a try. If you like punk rock or musical fiction, Our Lady of Righteous Rage may be your thing. Like paranormal stories with ghosts and witches? You my like The Witch of Fulton Lane. The online store is currently out of stock, with the exception of a few copies of the censored version of Our Lady, but you can always purchase my books via Amazon’s website.

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Woolaston Entertainment is Relocating!

I have some news. Woolaston Entertainment will be relocating! I will be moving W.E. (and myself) to Virginia. This is something I have been considering for a long time, and now it looks like it’s going to happen. I am taking my baby back to its original home, in Hampton. With the sale of all of the first editions of the books I published thru Xlibris, I will be able to start fresh with copies of the newer editions. This means, I will be able to expand the online store. So, I’m in the process of making this happen, and I will keep everyone posted throughout the process.

While I’m in transit between NY and VA, the Monday Blog may not be available on woolastonentertainment.com. However, it will be available on my WordPress site: woolent.wordpress.com. Until next Monday!

EBook Extravaganza!!!!

I’m having a sale on some of my Ebook titles in September. The following titles will be FREE (yes sir, free!) on the dates below:

Valentine: Sept 1-Sept 3

Fortune’s Wing: Sept 7-Sept 9

 

Our Lady of Righteous Rage: Extended and Uncensored: Sept 14-Sept 16

If you’ve never read any of these books, this will be a great time to check them out. They will be available in Ebook form on Amazon, for Kindle or Kindle App. Thanks!

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