Happy Monday, folks! Welcome back to the Monday Blog. This week’s topic: how well do you know Our Lady of Righteous Rage, the series? I have created a 20-question quiz for readers to test their knowledge! The questions are pretty easy, and it’s just for fun. The higher your score, the more knowledgeable you are! The highest possible score is 20 points, so if you want to test your knowledge, I wish you the best of luck!
Whether you’ve read the series or not, I believe you’ll still enjoy the quiz. If you’ve read the series, it’s a fun way to find out how much you may actually remember from it. If you haven’t read the series, this may pique your interest.
In other news, I have outlined the remaining chapters of Righteous (46-95, to be exact). Hopefully, I will have the first draft completed by mid-April or so.
Also, I’ve made a change to the Author’s Corner requirements, so please have a look!
Happy Monday, everyone! This week, I’m thinking about all of the things that inspire me to write. I like to keep my mind active while I’m working on a book, and one way I do this is by reading material that relates to what I’m working on. I also engage in activities that relate to what I’m working on (if I can). I’m currently writing the first draft for Righteous, book four in the Our Lady of Righteous Rage series, so I’m doing a few things to keep me inspired.
Music: I’m a huge fan of Punk Rock, and that’s the basis of this series. I also listen to Indie Rock, a little Goth, and a few other genres. I always listen to music while I’m on the bus or the train, but lately I’ve been making more of an effort to listen to it while I’m writing. The bands I’m listening to at the moment are:
Green Day (of course)
The Killers (“The Man” is my new work-out song)
Fall Out Boy
Portugal. The Man
IAMX (I heard “Look Outside” on How To Get Away With Murder, and now I’m in love with it!)
Fleetwood Mac (“The Chain”; thank you Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2)
Bauhaus (“Bella Lugosi’s Dead”)
That’s just the short version of the list. I can’t even begin to tell you how much music is on my phone, or how many CD’s I own (yes, I still listen to CD’s).
Guitars: I still have two of my electrics, Billie Joe and Jack. I recently donated Dillinger, my Maestro by Gibson. I’ve been spending more time with them. My goal is to get better at playing power chords. In the meantime, playing is relaxing. I used to be lazy and sit down every time I played. One day I stood up without realizing it, so that’s an improvement. I recently taught myself to play “Smile Like You Mean It”, by The Killers.
Reading: I’ve said it before, and I’m going to say it again: READ THE GENRE YOU’RE WRITING FOR!!!! When I’m working on anything Our Lady related, I read a ton of material about Punk Rock, music, and thumb through issues of Alternative Press and Guitar Player. I recently finished New York Rock by Steven Blush. Being a New Yorker who loves rock, I really enjoyed reading this book. It contains a lot of history about New York bands, like Velvet Underground and New York Dolls. I’ve read books like Please Kill Me and Everybody Loves Our Town, but this book was focused on New York, which made it extra special.
I believe finding things to inspire your writing is essential. Listening to music, playing my guitars and reading books and magazines that are music-related, helps me keep my brain focused on my writing, and I manage to get more writing done. If you ever find yourself facing a case of Writer’s Block, you may want to give this a try.
Greetings, salutations, and all that jazz! Welcome to the first Monday Blog for the month of March! Before I begin, I want to give a shout-out to my mother and fellow author, June Parris. Her birthday was on Friday. Plus, her second book, A Rose Left Behind, is currently available on Amazon!
This week, I have two topics for you, so let’s get started…
The Author’s Corner
I came up with a wonderful idea last week. I created a new page on the Woolaston Entertainment website, called “The Author’s Corner”. I’m going to post info about other authors here, for a small donation (seriously, you can donate as little as $1). I will post a picture of the author, the cover of their book, a bio, info about the book itself, along with links to the author’s website and social media pages. All donations will go towards keeping the website up, and covering the costs of shipping donations to libraries and other organizations. The info posted on this page will remain posted, until the author asks me to remove it. I hope this goes well. I have already received a donation from an author who didn’t want me to post anything, but wanted to donate anyway (thank you!). This isn’t just for authors: bloggers, writers, etc, can participate.
Our Lady Gets Righteous
I began working on the fourth installment of the Our Lady of Righteous Rage series last year. Then, I put it aside, to work on other projects. I resumed working on it last month, and I am determined to finish the first draft by the end of April. So, most of March will be devoted to Our Lady. Since my eBook giveaways were successful in February, I may have another giveaway this month. We’ll see how it goes.
Welcome to the first Monday Blog of February! I have plenty of good news for you. This month is Valentine Month, and not just because of the holiday. I’m celebrating the five books in the Valentine series. There’s a give-away going on this week: Kindle versions of Valentine and Valentine 2: The Patron Saint, are FREE!!! Between February 5 and February 9, you can get both eBooks for free, if you have a Kindle or the Kindle App. I’m using this promotion to introduce Valentine to a new audience. If you decide to download either book, and you like what you read, please take a moment to post a review!
Dee Seybrook: Rock N’ Roll Diva
Yes, I finally finished my twentieth book! Dee Seybrook is currently available on Amazon in the form of a paperback. I will release the eBook in a month or so. The story follows Dee’s rediscovery of punk rock while Aidan and the band are out on their first national tour. Consider this book to be a teaser until Righteous is ready.
A Rose Left Behind
My mother and fellow author, June E. Parris, has just completed her second book! A Rose LeftBehind is the story of a special paranormal secret one family discovers within the walls of their home. It should be available for sale by the end of February.
At long last, December has arrived. December is one of my favorite months, because of several reasons: Christmas, snow, time off from work, my birthday…and most importantly, Woolaston Entertainment’s birthday! This year, Woolent is turning 23. Yes…23. There are a few milestones that took place this year, but, before I get to them, let’s go back to the beginning…
I started watching Sailor Moon on UPN, in Hampton, Va. I made sketches of the characters I had been visualizing for months. The first one to come to life on paper, was a black cat named Vanessa. From there, I began writing furiously and drawing during every spare moment I could find. I started drawing comics and writing my own books. Little did I know, 23 years later, all of that creativity would pay off. Watching anime and reading mangas, writing books and drawing comics, would lead to a series of paintings, learning to play the guitar, and publishing 19 books. No matter how far Woolaston Entertainment goes or how old it gets, I always attribute everything to Summer 1994, when everything got started.
W.E. may have been born in 1994, but things REALLY kicked off in 2009, with Fortune’s Wing. But let’s go through the years, as I can remember them:
1994: W.E. is born!
1997: Enos, W.E.’s first series/comic is created
1999: first short story publication in Polaris Literary Art Magazine
2000: my artwork is published in Polaris Literary Art Magazine
2002: Fortune’s Wing is written
2005: my first attempt at teaching myself to play guitar (a failure which later inspires creation of Our Lady)
2009: Fortune’s Wing is published
2010: Valentine is published
2011: Fortune’s Wing: Second Flight is published; first 2 W.E. books featured at A.L.A. convention in Washington, DC
2016: First book signing at Barnes and Noble, 2 W.E. books available via Hampton and Norfolk public libraries (this may have occurred in 2015, but this is when I can remember discovering this for myself!)
2017: Jon and Olivia comic featured in Bear Facts newspaper, published 19th book, The Witch of Fulton Lane, 2 W.E. books available via Queens Public Library, W.E.’s website becomes self-sustaining
It’s Monday, so it’s time for the Monday Blog. This week, in honor of Emo Month, I wanted to talk about the use of symbols and witchcraft in The Witch of Fulton Lane.
We’re surrounded by symbols. Some of them are obvious, while others are not easily recognizable. One of the most misunderstood symbols, is the pentacle, the star inside a circle. In Fulton Lane, Dylan wears a pentacle around her neck for protection. This is NOT an evil symbol. If the star was inverted, that would be associated with the devil, or Satanism. Here’s a fun fact: the symbol on Converse high-tops, is a pentacle. Give yourself a moment to absorb that.
Witchcraft is an important part of Fulton Lane. Dylan is a witch, and she does cast a few spells throughout the story. She also performs tarot card readings, and speaks with the dead. Don’t worry: I didn’t throw a bunch of random information into this story. I did my homework for this one. I wanted to incorporate witchcraft into this story, not just for entertainment purposes, but because I wanted to cast a positive light on the subject. People tend to fear the unknown and the things they don’t understand. I hope, after reading this book, people will become more interested in learning about the subject, rather than simply dismissing it as evil.
Greetings, everyone! Monday Blog time! This week, I wanted to discuss Valentine 5: The Queen’sFold, The Witch of Fulton Lane, and provide an update about Righteous.
Valentine 5: The Queen’s Fold
If you’ve been keeping up with the previous blog entries, you may have been wondering, “Is that all she’s going to say about Valentine 5?” Fear not! I’m going to talk more about it, right here. When I first introduced Val Entienne, she was on a road trip to save her father. She wanted to find him alive, but if he was dead, she was going to avenge his death. Val ended up helping Melinda St James, a fourteen-year-old girl whose parents had died, and was on her way to live with her grandparents. Instead, she joins Val on her trip to L.A., and ends up living with her afterwards. This is where Val’s real adventure begins: she gets into a fight with a mob boss, shoots a few people, and puts her life on the line to keep her friends and family safe. She even travels to Italy, and learns about the history of the Entienne family. So, after all of the fighting and shooting and killing, between meeting and befriending hitmen and accepting her place in the Syndicate, how does the story of Valentine end? It ends the only way it can end: with a bang. There’s a difference between reputation and action; a legend and the truth. The final book, brings everything full circle.
The Witch of Fulton Lane
I had been wanting to write this book for a very long time, but other books stood in the way, and I wasn’t even sure of where or how to start. Finally, I figured, time’s a-wasting, so I needed to get started. I’ve been into astrology, the paranormal, and psychic powers for years. I’ve had many readings done, and I also read tarot cards. So, there’s a little bit of me in the main character, Dylan Maycriss. Dylan is a witch, and I’m not just name-calling here. She is a Wiccan, is a believer in the occult, and, as you will read when the book comes out, she does have supernatural powers. But what Dylan can do, won’t be the heart of the story. Of course, you’ll have to wait until the book is available to see what I mean.
Update on Righteous
I don’t want any of you to think I’m shelving this book forever. Between Righteous, The Witch ofFulton Lane, and Valentine 5, I was stretching myself way too thin. Plus, I have a few side projects I’ve been working on for other people. In order to give Righteous the attention it deserves, I thought it would be best to postpone working on it until January 2018. This way, I’ll be able to give you the best version of the book I can possibly give, instead of rushing through it.