Avengers: Endgame was my EVERYTHING

I’m used to seeing a Marvel movie during its opening weekend. However, since I moved from NY to VA, I’m still in a state of transition. Plus I have a day job that takes up more of my free time than I would like it to. So, I didn’t see Endgame until a few days after it came out. But, it was worth the wait. 

I’m not going to talk about the movie too much, because there are still a few unfortunate souls out there who haven’t seen it yet. SO, no spoilers here! I will say this: I’m thankful, it wasn’t just three hours of action. There was a story as well. And a lot of heart. And crying. In fact, when you go see it, if you haven’t already, bring tissues. Lots of them.

I waited 10 years for this movie, and it didn’t disappoint me at all. I loved everything about it. A few of my questions were answered, a few fan theories were proven to be true (I won’t tell you which ones). But go see Endgame. 

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10th Anniversary of “Fortune’s Wing”

If you’re an indie author, one of the most exciting moments in your life, is the day you get to see something you wrote, make it into print. Publishing a book, is a BIG DEAL. While there are a few naysayers who don’t believe self-published authors are real authors, I strongly disagree. A published book is a published book, no matter who the publisher is. Writing is a passion of mine, and has been an important part of my life ever since I learned to write. Publishing a book, was a childhood dream. So, when a copy of my first published book landed in my hands, needless to say, I was very excited.

I wrote the original Fortune’s Wing back in 2002. I searched for a publisher and a literary agent for a few years, but my search turned up empty. I began to think, I would never get my work into print. Then, I decided to try self-publishing. I found a company called Xlibris, which offered different publishing packages and was known as a “Print-On-Demand” company (or, POD). It cost me a pretty penny to get the job done, but in May of 2009, Fortune’s Wing finally made it into publication. The artwork featured on the cover of this first edition is mine, and I was happy to see my name on the cover of a book! 

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first edition of “Fortune’s Wing”

So, here we are, ten years later, and there are three published books in the Fortune’s Wing series. I have 25 published books under my belt, and I’m working on more. I have since changed publishers, and I’m currently using Amazon’s Create Space/KDP.  This was my first book, first series, and I’m very proud of it. This month, on my website, Woolaston Entertainment, I’m offering the books in the series for half price, and this includes the Bundle. Of course, you can also purchase the books from Amazon and Barnes and Noble But they won’t autograph it for you. I will. 

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Fortune’s Wing

Here’s to 10 years of Fortune’s Wing!

“Our Lady” Promo

This month I’m celebrating the publication of the eleventh Our Lady of Righteous Rage book (and Woolaston Entertainment’s 25th book), with a special promotion. Sunday, April 14 through Saturday, April 20, all of the Our Lady books listed in the online store, will be half price. Yes, half price! Next week will be a great time to add some new books to your shelf, and get to know Amy, Nick, Dee, and all the others.  So be sure to check out Woolaston Entertainment Store starting Sunday! 🙂

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April 5th and “Rock N Role Model”

After months of writing, re-writing, editing, and struggling, at last, I have published my 25th book. Rock N Role Model is the latest addition to the Our Lady of Righteous Rage franchise. This one is a companion book, much like Novocaine or Biologicals, and it’s a stepping stone to the book I will release later this year, Rise, Resist, Reform.  

Even though the book became available today, April 9, the publication date is listed as April 5.  I chose this date for a few [odd] reasons.

April 5 is Aidan Sirci’s birthday.

Aidan is a character in the series, and to some of my readers, he’s a favorite. When I began writing the series back in 2015, I decided to list certain characteristics about each character: birthdays, favorite colors, physical descriptions, etc. I chose April 5 as Aidan’s birthday.

April 5 is an important date for Our Lady

April 5 is also Zak Bagan’s birthday.

I’m a HUGE fan of the show “Ghost Adventures” on Travel Channel. The truth is, I had forgotten until recently, that lead investigator Zak Bagans happens to share a birthday with my Aidan. Maybe its a silly reason, but I don’t care. 

April 5 is the day Kurt Cobain died.

Aidan actually makes a reference to this in Rowdy. In the first chapter, he asks Amy if she’s aware Kurt Cobain died on his sixteenth birthday. Kurt took his own life on April 5, 1994, and was found on April 8.  

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April 5 is an important date for Our Lady. April 5 also marks the day a book in the second phase of the Our Lady was published. Phase One covered Amy and company establishing themselves. Phase Two will focus on all the work they’re about to do, and the lives they’re going to change. It will require more song writing, more artwork, and more work in general.  But I love a challenge, and I’m looking forward to continuing the series.  You’ll know Phase One from Phase Two, because the cover designs will differ from one another.

I hope you enjoy Rock N Role Model 🙂

Rock N Role Model on Amazon

Confidence Boost

Happy Saturday, everyone! I wanted to share a piece of good news. I started my Books For Books Campaign at the very end of February, in order to increase sales for my website, and make donations to organizations in need. So far, it’s been one sale here, one sale there. It’s slow going, but it is only the beginning of March, so I decided to remain hopeful. But you know how it goes: you try something new, you go into it with high expectations, and when it doesn’t go as planned, you feel a little let down. Then, a customer reached out to me on Facebook’s Messenger. She asked about some of my books, and we talked about writing and publishing. I figured, maybe she’ll order a book, and I can match the order with a donation. The following morning, I checked my email, and received an unexpected surprise. 

She had placed a $100 order! She order ALL of my bundles, and two copies of The Witch of Fulton Lane. I was completely shocked. I contacted her to make sure the order was correct (and it was). I thanked her for the order, and I let her know her books would be in the mail by Monday. Even now, I’m still in shock.

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My first major order!

This order isn’t just a boost for Woolaston Entertainment. It helped me regain my confidence as a writer and a business woman (just in time for International Women’s Day, which is even more awesome!) Plus, I will match the order by donating books to the organizations I selected. 

To my customer: I promised not to mention you by name in my posts, but I have to thank you again for your support. I greatly appreciate it 🙂

Even when things look dark, and you feel like what you’re doing is pointless and you feel like saying, “Forget it. I’m done. I give up”, you have to keep going. Sometimes it takes a long while to get to where you want to be, but you will eventually get there.

I’m still matching purchases through my Books For Books Campaign: I will donate a book for every book that is purchased. 

Thanks for reading. 

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Books For Books Campaign Update

March 2, 2019: The second official day of my Books For Books Campaign. Technically, it had a soft launch at the very end of February, but the official start date was March 1. The good news is, I received the first 2 orders yesterday! A copy of The Kindness of Strangers and a copy of A Rose Left Behind, both by June Parris (my mommy!) were sold, and will be shipped on Monday morning. This means, second copies of both books will be donated in order to match the order! So, I’m happy to say, Books For Books is off to a good start.

If you’re reading this and would like to participate, please visit the Store on the Woolaston Entertainment website, and order a book. I will match your order by donating to one of the 7 organizations listed on the Homepage. You can also Tweet using the hashtag, #BooksForBooks 

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Books For Books Campaign

March is coming, and it’s time for me to pick a new theme for a new month. I’ve been thinking about this particular idea for some time now, but I hesitated to go forward with it. But hey, it’s 2019, and this is the year for bold moves and fresh ideas. With that in mine, success or failure, I’m doing this.

I’ve created something known as the Books For Books Campaign. With the Store on the Woolaston Entertainment site up and running, this is the perfect time for me to make this move. For every book that is purchased through the Woolaston Entertainment site, I will donate a book to a library or organization in need. I have a list from the ALA (American Library Association) website or libraries and organizations that need books. I’m going to select three from that list, and donate to them. In order for this to work, I’m going to need everyone’s help. If you’re reading this, I hope you will consider joining me in this campaign, so I can put books in the hands of readers who need them. If you would like to recommend a library or organization for donations, please feel free to do so! You can leave the info in the comments on this post, or via the contact page on woolastonentertainment.com  

This campaign is for March, but I’m going to start it now during the month of February. Thank you in advance, and I’m looking forward to donating as many books as possible! 

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