Monday Blog: December 3, 2018: 24!!!!!

It’s December!! Woolaston Entertainment’s unofficial birthday month! I came up with it in the summer of 1994, but to make things easier, I celebrate it’s birthday on the same day as mine: December 1st. Together, we’re another year older, and a little better.

This is the first blog for the month of December, the final month of 2018. I’m going out with a BANG: the online store is up and running! All of June Parris’s titles are available for sale, and so are most of mine. I will add more over the next week or so, but for now, there are plenty of books for readers to choose from. There are also bundles available for specific series, so you can purchase the entire series and save a few coins. Who doesn’t love saving money? 

So, what took me so long to create an online store? Simple: fear of failure. This is something I’m sure many people can relate to. I finally got over my fear, and took a giant leap forward. Rise or fall, this is something I have put off long enough and it’s time to move forward. 

This month I’m celebrating 24 years of writing, drawing, painting, and creating. I will reflect on all things Woolaston Entertainment, and talk about all of the things I’m planning for 2019 as well.

On a side note: The NY Giants won their game on my birthday weekend, so HOORAY!!!! See you next week. 

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Monday Blog: Nov 5, 2018: Tips for Creativity

Welcome to the first blog for November! As most of you probably know, November is NaNoWriMo, or National Novel Writing Month. This is the time, writers do their best to crank out a novel, within thirty days. Can it be done? Sure. Sometimes, the hardest part is simply getting the writing done. Writer’s Block can sneak in and steal your creativity. It happens to every writer. This week, I’m sharing some of the things I do when I need a boost of creativity.

 

Words from a bucket

Grab a sheet of paper, a pen or pencil, and a bucket (or a hat, or some kind of container). Make a list of at least thirty words: names of people, objects, names of places, colors, etc. Leave some space between each word, because when you’re finished making your list, your’re going to cut each word apart. Fold up the words, and drop them into your bucket, hat, or what have you. Shake it up. Now, without looking, draw three words from your bucket. Your assignment: write a short story,   using the three words you have chosen. You can also clip words and lines out of magazines and newspapers to do this.

 

Get descriptive

Sometimes I have a little trouble describing things, such as everyday objects. So, here’s a tip: look around your room (whatever room you’re writing in), pick a random object, and list as many things about it as you possibly can. If you came up with five things, pick another object, and try to come up with eight things. 

This activity will require at least one other person. Grab a magazine (a decorating or gardening magazine works best for this). Choose a page that has a picture of a house, or the interior of a house, or a garden. Write a description of it. Then, have someone else read your description, and look through the magazine and try to find the picture you described, based on your description. Obviously, don’t include things like “page 241” in your description. 

 

Meditate

Believe it or not, this can make a HUGE difference. Sitting quietly and listening to the sounds of the room can be very relaxing. Silence allows your mind to wander, and you’ll be surprised at the ideas you’ll come up with, when you’re focusing on nothing. Or, listen to some relaxing music. You can search for “meditation music”on YouTube, and come up with a ton of free results. 

These tips help me, and hopefully, they’ll help you too.

 

On a side note, today is Guy Fawkes Day:

Remember, remember! 
    The fifth of November, 
    The Gunpowder treason and plot; 
    I know of no reason 
    Why the Gunpowder treason 
    Should ever be forgot! 

 

Until next Monday.

Monday Blog: Oct 29, 2018: Erin Michaels: Spooky B

Welcome to the final Monday Blog of October! Sorry its late, but I’m having issues updating my other website. However, despite the technical difficulties, the month is ending on a high note for W.E.: I published my 24th book! Erin Michaels: Spooky B: An OLORR Halloween Book, is now available in paperback form on Amazon.  In this book, Erin covers all of the things that scare her…and all of us.

Publishing was a little challenging. My new laptop didn’t come with Microsoft Word, but thankfully, I was able to use Google Docs instead. Create Space and KDP were recently combined, however, there is a downside: cover design templates. The templates that were available on Create Space, aren’t available in KDP. So, if you’re publshing a book that’s the continuation of a series you started in Create Space, good luck trying to create a similar cover for the continuation of the series. It’s a little annoying, but I’m sure I’ll find  a way around it.

 

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Some of the experiences Erin mentions in Spooky B mirrir my own. For example, when she mentions the Merchant House Museum, that really happened to me. I did see an orb, and I did photograph what I believe is the spirit of a woman from the previous century. The pics are in my instagram account somewhere, and on a flash drive. I’ll re-post when I find them.

Spooky B is available here: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1728846269/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1540861217&sr=8-1&keywords=erin+michaels+spooky+b

Until next week!

Tarot Readings from Dylan Maycriss

October will soon be upon us, and Halloween is fast approaching. This is the time of year, I like to explore my Gothic side, and my interest in the paranormal, more than usual. This year,I’ve decided to try something new. This October, throughout the month, tarot card readings will be available on woolastonentertainment.com, from Dylan Maycriss of The Witch of Fulton Lane.  I wanted to find a new and interesting way to promote the book, along with the upcoming sequel, The Age of the Daughter.  Beginning October 1st, hen you visit my website, there will be a place for visitors to request a FREE tarot card reading from Dylan. I’m considering posting a daily tarot card pick as well, but we’ll play that one by ear for now. There will be an option for visitors to make a donation, but again, this will be optional. Also, please keep in mind the readings will be for ENTERTAINMENT PURPOSES ONLY. I’m really excited about this and I hope everyone will check it out. 

Blessed be!

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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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A Woman’s Place in “Young Kelly McCormick”

You’ve probably read stories about mob bosses or seen a few movies about underground networks of criminals. In the majority of those stories, the major players are men. In the world of the Valentine series, while the men seem to be in charge, in reality, its the women who are doing most of the work and running the show. (SPOILER ALERT AHEAD IF YOU’VE NEVER READ VALENTINE!)

Val Entienne, the title character of the Valentine series, is a young woman who knows how to handle a gun and was practically raised within the Syndicate (The Syndicate is the network of mob bosses, criminals, hitmen, etc). Both her father and her uncle worked for John Rafferty, who is known as the Head of the Syndicate, until her uncle was killed and her father decided he was ready to get out. Val unknowingly becomes part of The Syndicate the day she fires a weapon and saves her father’s life (BTW: she’s only six years old when this happens). From that day forward, she develops a reputation that has the toughest men in the Syndicate afraid of her. 

Val is just one of a small handful of women in the Syndicate: there’s hitwoman Lola Vencent, who once worked for Rafferty, Mac Avery, a freelance hitwoman, Kelly McCormick arranges hits here and there, and one of her best employees, Jo Fuentes. And I can’t leave out Barbara O’Riley, friend of Lola and fellow hitwoman. While there are plenty of men working in this business, these are the woman with the most widely known reputations. They’re the ones you turn to, when you need a job to be done right. Stiil, for the most part, these women are still treated like underlings: second-class citizens who don’t deserve to have a higher rank within the Syndicate. At one point, Rafferty even refers to people like Lola as “garbage men”, because all they’re good for is taking out the trash. 

Rafferty’s greatest enemy in the Syndicate isn’t another mob boss–it’s Val Entienne. When she makes a trip all the way out to California to rescue her father, she sends a message to the rest of the Syndicate: women don’t have to “stay in their place” anymore. They are just as powerful and just as important as the men. When you read the upcoming Young Kelly McCormick, you may learn that this movement didn’t necessarily start with Val…it started with Kelly. 

Young Kelly McCormick goes back in time to Kelly’s life as a twenty-year-old woman, living with her father and uncle out on Long Island. Her father works for the Syndicate, and its no secret. Kelly takes after her father, in the sense that she’s a problem solver. She does a favor for a man who ends up becoming her right hand, and she shows all of the men in the Syndicate, women are good for more than just being eye-candy. Her place in the Syndicate changes over time as she moves up in rank (if you’ve read the ending of Valentine 5: The Queen’s Fold, you know exactly what I’m talking about). 

 

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The heart of the story in Young Kelly McCormick is the idea that a person’s gender makes no difference when it comes to getting the job done. Kelly is the first woman to make a mark within the Syndicate of her time, and she creates an opening for women like Val and Lola. Without her, Val, Lola, Mac, Jo and Barbara wouldn’t exist. 

Young Kelly McCormick will be available for sale on Amazon later this month.

 

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SOLD OUT!!!!

Just wanted to share some fantastic news! All of my copies of 1st editions of Fortune’s Wing and Valentine are officially SOLD OUT! GONE! FINITO! I am so excited about this, because it means I can start fresh with the new editions I published via Amazon’s Create Space. SO, the Xlibris editions are finally gone. All orders will be fulfilled this week, so thanks again!!!

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