Would you like to review ANOTHER FIVE MINUTES?

ANOTHER FIVE MINUTES is scheduled to be released 08/24/18! 🙂

 

Scott wants to help Brooke find her missing twin, but he might not be able to. He’s damaged, and she needs a hero. Can he be the man she needs?

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Want to read a full blurb? Click here: https://destinybooze.wordpress.com/2018/04/27/another-five-minutes-cover-reveal/

Review copies are available now. If interested in receiving a free .pdf or .mobi file for your honest review, send an email requesting a review copy to: destinyboozeauthor@gmail.com.

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Published in: on July 14, 2018 at 4:50 pm  Leave a Comment  

ANOTHER FIVE MINUTES – Cover Reveal

Another Five Minutes will be available soon! 🙂 Are you ready to see a cover?

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What do you think? Do you like it?

 

Loving him is easy.

Fearing him is necessary.

Trusting him could be a deadly mistake.

Born deaf and living with an anxiety disorder, Brooke Hartley manages life in five-minute intervals. It’s all she can do to get out of bed each morning. She’s hidden inside her sister’s apartment for over a year.

Everything changes when Brooke’s sister goes missing. Her fragile world crashes. She is desperate to find her, and she’ll need help.

Haunted by a past he needs to forget, Scott Derrico keeps to himself until his gallery manager, Autumn Hartley, suddenly disappears. He is forced out of his isolation to help a woman that needs him with a terrifying intensity.

Scott tries to deny his attraction to Brooke. He doesn’t want to get emotionally involved but he craves her like nothing else. And, for her, he is a dark and sexy diversion to overcome her fear.

With a genuinely flawed and relatable heroine and a mysterious and protective hero, you won’t want this love story to end. You’ll beg…for another five minutes…

Characters Can’t Be ALL That!

Beautiful, smart, kind, humble, strong, courageous, and on top of all that, funny too… Sounds like the most amazing heroine, doesn’t it?

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Actually, it reminds me of one of my first heroines from a story never finished and never looked at by a publisher. That’s a blessing. I would not want that work representing me today. It was fun to write, but I still had a lot to learn. For instance, my heroine needed a few flaws.

Characters can’t be perfect. They need to feel authentic. They’re human, right? Well, they typically are in my genre anyway.

The issue wtih perfection is readers can’t relate to it. And that is a problem. If readers can’t connect with your characters, they’ll stop reading. I know I will. The more I relate to the characters, the more invested I become in the story.

It makes sense, right?

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So, if your character is crazy smart, consider also making her a klutz. I can relate to that more than I would like to. 😉

Or, if your character is sexy and well spoken, consider giving her a junk food habit that keeps some unneeded weight around her hips. What woman can’t relate to that? Ha ha!

Another level of characterization is perception. What flaws do others see in your character verses the flaws she perceives in herself. Perception is a powerful tool. If the character believes it, the reader will too.

Who would have thought perfection could ever be a bad thing? So, when building your heroine, don’t forget the bad with the good. Flawed characters are some of the best!

Happy writing! 🙂

 

Published in: on March 26, 2018 at 1:04 pm  Leave a Comment  

Another Five Minutes is Finished! :)

The end… Is there any better feeling for an author than typing those words?

Would you like to know what my next release will be about? I’m so in love with this one! 🙂 The heroine inspires me. Brooke Hartley deals with a debilitating anxiety disorder every day. She’s also deaf, but her inner strength brightens her story! I hope you love her as much as I do.

Here’s a quick blurb:

Needing him is easy.

Fearing him is necessary.

Loving him could be her biggest mistake.

Born deaf and living with an anxiety disorder, Brooke Hartley manages life in five-minute intervals. It’s all she can do to get out of bed each morning. She’s hidden inside her sister’s apartment for over a year.

Everything changes when Brooke’s sister goes missing. Her fragile world crashes. She is desperate to find her.

Haunted by a past he needs to forget, Scott Derrico keeps to himself until his gallery manager, Autumn Hartley, suddenly disappears. He comes out of isolation to take Brooke under his wing and search for Autumn.

Scott tries to deny his attraction to Brooke. He doesn’t want to get emotionally involved but he craves her like nothing else. And, for her, he is a dark and sexy diversion to overcome her fear.

With a genuinely flawed and relatable heroine and a mysterious and protective hero, you won’t want this love story to end. You’ll beg…for another five minutes…

Fighting the Hermit Complex

Hello, my name is Destiny. I’m often shy, introverted, private, quiet, and too sensitive at times. I have a very small network of people that I would consider close to me.

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In Stephen King’s The Tommyknockers, the main character, Bobbi Anderson, is a writer suffering from the hermit complex. She’s isolated, living alone on a large piece of land, just her and her best friend, a beagle that stays by her side.

It sounds like heaven, doesn’t it? 😉

Of course, as most of you know, Bobbi ends up finding something strange buried on her land, a thing jutting out of the ground. We don’t know what it is, but we understand it is something not good. There’s a certainty that this thing is evil in nature. It compels her, drives her almost to madness in her obsession to discover what it is.

Maybe Bobbi needed more friends. Maybe she needed a girlfriend she could visit and say, “Hey, am I going crazy?”

Of course, Bobbi doesn’t go to a girlfriend. She’s a loner. She suffers from the hermit complex.

I fight against the hermit complex every day. It’s not just a physical thing. It’s a state of mind. I internalize almost everything. If I’m uncomfortable, I’m going to tuck in my shell and ignore you.

I’m a writer. It makes me happy. It’s my dream come true. But, it takes a thick skin at times.

How about you? Are you an author? If you get a rejection letter, do you let it bring you down? Do you want to go and hide in your shell? How about when you get a bad review?

Even worse, are you hiding in fear of only the possibility of a rejection or bad review? Putting your writing out there takes guts. You are exposing yourself. You must accept the feedback, and some of it will be bad. That’s a promise.

Here’s another promise. To truly find your purpose, you need to face those fears that are blocking you. Chase your dreams. Follow your heart. Do the things that make you forget to eat. Do the things that make you want to get up every morning. Do the things that bring you joy. If that’s writing, then put that pen to paper right now.

Fight the hermit complex! Network with others in your field. Prepare yourself for success. You have to see it coming to get there. No more hiding!

Published in: on September 19, 2017 at 7:35 am  Leave a Comment  
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Chase the Dream

I recently accepted a new job. It’s everything I could have thought to ask for. I make a lot more money. The location is close to home. My boss is awesome. I love my coworker. I don’t have much to complain about.

But, my world hasn’t felt right since I started that job.

Money matters. You have to have it to provide for the basic fundamentals of life. If you have more of it, you can afford some luxuries. Everyone wants nice things. They make you comfortable. They can make you smile. And, let’s face it, it’s awesome to be able to buy the things you want.

But, of course, money isn’t everything. That’s the age-old adage, is it not? I believe that to be true. I’ve never been highly motivated by money. I’m driven by joy and peace. I want meaning and purpose.

I thought I was chasing meaning and purpose, but I swear the universe is sending me a message that I need to reevaluate things. Am I chasing the dream or the fortune?

I’m working more than I ever have. I missed my son’s orientation at school for the first time ever. His grandma took him. Thank God for her. She is my angel, always helping me whenever I need her.

I’m not reading. My eyes are too tired in the evenings to concentrate on small print. It truly makes me sad. Before my eyes got so bad, I would read most days. I love it. It’s my escape from the world.

I also haven’t been writing. I’m too tired by the time I get home . I walk out of the office feeling like I’ve been run over by a truck. I think I must stay very tense all day to do that to myself.  The fatigue is starting to take a toll. I’m cranky, and I don’t like it. That’s not me.

Writing is my dream. It’s my therapy. Without it, I won’t feel “normal.” I have to get back to it.

Authors, have you had similar experiences when you don’t have time to write? Or readers, do you struggle to find time to read? How do you deal with it? Can’t we change the work week to four days? Every Friday can be designated as national book days! 🙂

Happy reading and writing, my friends! Don’t forget to make time for the dream!

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Published in: on August 27, 2017 at 8:53 am  Leave a Comment  

Resurrect Romantic Suspense!

My favorite genre of romance is romantic suspense. I bet you could have guessed as much, because that’s what I write. But, I love, love, love to read a great romantic suspense story! I’ll tell you a little secret. I spend much more time reading than writing. 😉

I feel like I’m a minority in my chosen genre lately. What do you think? Do you still enjoy a good romantic suspense? If not, why? Have you grown tired of them? Please say you aren’t tired of them!

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I did a poll on Twitter. Between Contemporary, Historical, Suspense, and Paranormal, suspense came in dead last, the percentage so low it was heartbreaking. Historical and paranormal tied for the lead. I’m so sad about this, fellow readers!

So, can we resurrect romantic suspense? Is there still hope for my favorite books, or should I try writing in another genre? What’s your opinion?

Published in: on July 18, 2017 at 6:32 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Another Five Minutes Blurb

Here is a the first blurb for the current work-in-progress. What do you guys think? Does it sound good?

 

Needing him is easy.

Fearing him is necessary.

Loving him could be her biggest mistake yet.

 

Born deaf and living with an anxiety disorder, Brooke Hartley manages life in five-minute intervals. It’s all she can do to get out of bed each morning. She’s hidden inside her sister’s apartment for over a year.

Everything changes when Brooke’s sister goes missing. Her fragile world crashes. She is desperate to find her.

Haunted by a past he needs to forget, Scott Derrico keeps to himself until his gallery manager, Autumn Hartley, suddenly disappears. He comes out of isolation to take Brooke under his wing and search for Autumn.

Scott tries to deny his attraction to Brooke. He doesn’t want to get emotionally involved but he craves her like nothing else. And, for her, he is a dark and sexy diversion to overcome her fear.

 

With a genuinely flawed and relatable heroine and a mysterious and protective hero, you won’t want this love story to end. You’ll beg…for another five minutes…

Published in: on March 13, 2017 at 11:46 am  Leave a Comment  

Readers are right to expect free books.

Please don’t read this blog title and shoot me! 🙂

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More and more authors are getting frequent complaints their books are priced too high. Some have even said they are asked why their book isn’t free. In today’s market, people expect free books. That is a simple fact, and I can see why.

The book world is completely oversaturated with free books. As a reader, I could get by with never buying another ebook again if I didn’t want to. I have the BookBub app on my phone. If you haven’t downloaded the free app, I would highly recommend it. I get daily announcements to let me know which books are out there for free. Yay! I love free!

Free books are a great marketing strategy for writers. It’s a proven method for getting readers to try one of your books. Some of them will even come back and purchase a book from us starving writers. Thank goodness! Someone actually bought my book!!!

With that said, free books are also a strategy for struggling authors or new authors to get people to read their books. They aren’t giving the books away for a set time frame as a promotion. The books are simply free. The author does not want any reimbursement at all. What they want is readers to read them. They are desperate to get their name out there.

And guess what? These authors are still struggling even though they are giving the product away! That’s how oversaturated the market has become. Free books should be easy to give away, but sadly, that’s not the case.

Have you noticed all the constant contests out there? All readers have to do to win a free book is leave a comment, but many will not be bothered. That’s too much effort when they can click over on Amazon at any given time and pick from a whole list of free books. Why enter a contest they might not even win?

I’ve seen New York Times/USA Today bestselling authors announce on Facebook they are giving away 30 free copies of their new release. Why? They need reviews, and readers aren’t willing to take the time to leave a review without a little bribery. They are busy folks. I can understand. I bet those authors, though they are very popular and very successful, still have problems getting reviews even giving away their product for free.

So, where does this leave authors? Is it possible to make a living in a market where the value of our product has decreased to free? It seems very few authors make a living in this industry.

I love reading free books as a reader, but as an author, if I can’t sell my product, I can’t pay my bills. The book market is getting super tough, my friends. What are your thoughts? Are readers right to expect free books?

Published in: on September 23, 2016 at 12:23 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Another Five Minutes

I like to write an introductory poem for my books. I did it for my first published novel. A few readers said it was cool… Their praise made me feel pretty awesome. So, now I do it for every book, you know, because feeling awesome is cool. Here’s the new one for my current work-in-progress. What do you think?


I feel time slipping away.

Will you please, please stay?



Give me five more minutes, please.

I am begging on my knees.



I fear losing you so much.

Promise me at least one last touch.



You belong to me, of course, you know.

And yet, there you go.



The emptiness instantly imprisons me.

Please, my love, return and set me free.



The silence and anxiety echo inside these walls.

With you gone, I am nothing, nothing at all.



My ache churns, my passion fueling hate into flames.

It is torture and death to endure such pain.



Come home so I may breathe again, my love!

Let me show you what we are made of.



One more chance for you is all I give.

Return to me if you want to live.



No other may have you, it's true.

When I die, my darling, so will you.



Five more minutes I delay for your sake.

An eternity it shall be before we wake.



You and I are one soul bound together.

Our love is forever.



Destiny Booze
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