Treat Rejection Like A Badge of Honour, Says @MccauleyJay #Crime #Thriller

How to Avoid the Rejection Blues

Being a writer, makes one constantly aware of how little people care when reading your book if it is not their cup of tea. Rejection is part and parcel of life. You cannot avoid it. People and their reading ability, their enjoyment of the subject matter, their engagement with your work, is all very subjective. You cannot control people’s feelings. You cannot control their perceptions. Rejection forms a major part of their reaction. How you handle that is how you handle life itself. If you can’t handle rejection then you are in the wrong game. Publishers habitually ignore, dismiss and reject on the basis of nothing more than a whim. Just ask JK Rowling. She needed to beg borrow and steal just to survive. No one wanted to know her. No one wanted to care. It was her own resilience and self-belief that got her through varying levels of rejection.

And it is not always the work that is the problem. It could be the circles you move in. It could be the subject matter is not fashionable. It could be that there is so much content out there that your voice will always struggle to be heard. If you honestly believe that your work is credible then you must believe in the process. Walls are hard to break down. Opinions are difficult to change. Eventually however one person, one voice, one idea will surface to support your work. There is no such thing as an overnight success. Despite what you read. Despite what you hear. There is no fast track to success. To celebrate an achievement, to reach a goal, to deliver on promises, you have to work at it. Nothing comes easy. If it does then you are not trying.

As a writer I can only suggest you soldier on. Never be afraid to learn and always give it your very best shot and then, if people still say no, at least you have tried. Luck is always a major part of the game but I believe you create the atmosphere for that love to manifest itself. If you work at it your ship will come but only if you work at it.

Rejection? Treat it like a badge of honour. It makes us who we are.

King of Sunday Morning

The King of Sunday Morning is a geezer. Not in the traditional sense of the word as in old man. This geezer is a face, a wannabe, a top notch bloke. He is the greatest DJ that never was. He should have been. Could have been. Would have been. Now becoming a has-been.

Tray McCarthy was born into privilege but with the genetic coding of London’s violent East End. Having broken the underworld’s sacred honour code, it is only his family’s gangland connections that save him. But in return for his life, he must deny that which he has ever known or ever will be and runs to Australia where he is forced to live an inconsequential life.

But trouble never strays far from Tray McCarthy and eventually his past and present collide to put everyone he has ever loved in danger. He must now make a stand and fight against those that are set to destroy him and play their game according to his rules.

Set against the subterfuge and violence of the international drugs trade, The King of Sunday Morning is the tale of what can go wrong when you make bad decisions. Tray McCarthy has made some of the worst. He must now save those he holds dear but in the process gets trapped deeper and deeper into a world where he doesn’t belong.

“I want three pump-action shotguns, about twelve sticks of dynamite and a blowtorch”


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Genre – Thriller, Action, Suspense, Gangster, Crime, Music

Rating – PG-18

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Author Interview – Laila Ibrahim

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Are you a city slicker or a country lover?

City slicker

How did you come up with the title?

I really wrestled with the title.  Then one day when I was re-reading it I realized how important the flower was to the story. It held so many layers of meaning in the story.  And I suddenly knew that was the title.  I love “The Color Purple” by Alice Walker.  It felt resonant and honoring to have a color in the title.

Why does the cover have a purple crocus?

In my mind I pictured something completely for the cover.  The designers at CreateSpace made two mock ups:  the one I suggested and the one that I chose to be the cover.  I immediately loved their idea.  The background is actually a Yellow Crocus.  It is obscure, yet obviously there when pointed out. That is a great metaphor for the novel.  The story of Mattie and Lisbeth was repeated over and over in plain site, yet it is obscured in history.

How do you feel about self-publishing?

I am very grateful for it.  Yellow Crocus would not be in the world without it.  Ironically when I first published I made the Kindle edition as an after thought.  But that has proved to be the best way to get Yellow Crocus into the world.

Do you know your neighbors?

We are very close to many of our neighbors.  We have weekly potlucks in the spring.  I noticed the other day that I have keys to about 6 houses for the folks around me.  I love being connected to the people around me.

Have you included a lot of your life experiences in the plot?

I think you can tell I am a birth doula when you read Yellow Crocus.  As I wrote the birth scenes I realized how rarely we read about child birth and breast feeding in novels, yet they are such an important part of life.  I wanted to capture the intensity of birth and the intimacy of breastfeeding.

When I imagined Lisbeth at different ages, I channelled different children in my life.

Yellow Crocus 

In 1837, Lisbeth Wainwright is born to the white mistress of a sprawling Virginia plantation. Seconds later, she is delivered into the arms of her black wet nurse, Mattie. For a field hand like Mattie, her transfer to the big house is supposed to be considered an honor—except that the move tears Mattie away from her beloved grandfather and her infant son, Samuel. But Mattie is a slave, with no say in the matter, and so she devotes herself to her master’s daughter, though she longs to be raising her own child. Growing up under Mattie’s tender care, little Lisbeth adopts the woman’s deep-seated faith in God, her love of music and black-eyed peas, and the tradition of hunting for yellow crocuses in the early days of spring.

As the years pass, Lisbeth is drawn slowly back into her white parents’ world and begins to learn the ins and outs of life for a high-born young lady. Still she retains her connection to Mattie, befriending Samuel and drifting comfortably between the two worlds. She accepts her parents’ assertion that their slaves depend upon them for guidance and protection, yet that notion becomes more and more difficult to believe as she gains awareness of the inequality of life in the big house versus the slave quarters. When, on the threshold of her society wedding to debonair Edward Cunningham, Lisbeth bears witness to a shockingly brutal act, the final vestiges of her naiveté crumble around her. Just twenty-one years old, she is forced to choose between what is socially acceptable and what is right, a decision that will change her life forever.

This compelling historical novel chronicles young Lisbeth Wainwright’s coming-of-age during one of the most difficult chapters of American history. Lisbeth’s powerful bond with Mattie makes her loss of innocence in the face of society’s ugly secrets all the more heartbreaking, and yet it is the courage she learns from her stand in mother that enables Lisbeth to blaze a new path for herself. Yellow Crocus offers moving proof of how the greatest social change often blooms forth from small personal acts of love.

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Genre – Historical Fiction

Rating – PG-13

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Author Interview – A.M. Griffin @AMGriffinbooks #LovingDangerously

Are you reading any interesting books at the moment? I’ve got about 150 books in my TBR. They all sound interesting and I’m hoping to finally get through them all. I keep telling myself that I won’t buy another until I can get this list down, but I just picked up Breeder by Cara Bristol the other day. I think maybe I’ll remove the “Once Click” option on Amazon and see if that helps to curtail my buying spree.

What contributes to making a writer successful? Readers! A writer cannot be successful without a reader base. Keep in touch with readers, engage them. Readers will let you know if your characters are on point or if you’ve missed the mark. While we can’t make everyone happy, a collective reader base will help to guide a series.

Do you have any advice for writers? Never give up on their dreams. Writing is often solitary. I would suggest making writer friends. Friends will help you bounce ideas around and they can also help serve as emotional outlets or comic reliefs. With friends you’ll find that what you are going through, they probably are or have before.

What do you do to unwind and relax? I like to read for pleasure and watch mindless television. Since I’ve become a writer it’s been harder and harder to read for pleasure. Instead of reading I begin editing the book which makes it seem like work. If I can get past the first few chapters of a book I’m happy. That means I’m so engrossed in the story that I’m forgetting about “work”. There’s a few authors that I know can get me wrapped up in the story, Dean Koontz, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Joey W. Hill are just a few.

Do you have any upcoming appearances that you would like to share with us? In May I’ll be in New Orleans for RT. This is my first time at RT and I’m excited about it. I’m even hosting a party with some other author friends. I’m looking forward to meeting with readers and signing books.

What made you want to be a writer? My mother writes so it was something that I grew up seeing and being around. I remember growing up and she’d always be at her desk on her typewriter. I didn’t know then that’s what I wanted to do, but as the stories in my head began to take shape and my characters became louder and louder I knew what I had to do. Eva from Dangerously Mine (Loving Dangerously #1) was the first character that I wanted to complete. She’s so strong that it was no way that I couldn’t have ignored her any longer.

Dangerously Hers

Jess hates aliens. After the invasion that destroyed Earth, the extraterrestrial bastards sold her to a brothel as a sex slave. She may have escaped but the old memories and fears still linger in the dark corners of her mind. Supposedly Sonis is just the place for her—somewhere safe, where she can heal and start fresh. She’s almost hopeful…until she meets Rasha, her new boss.

Rasha, captain of the Sonis Royal Guard, is a warrior through and through. He’s huge, sinfully sexy and could have any woman on Sonis—but the woman he wants is Jess. He’s very much an alien and Jess knows she should hate him or at least be wary, but whenever he’s around, she loses control. She tells herself it’s only sex—amazing, mind-blowing sex like nothing else she’s ever experienced—but there’s something about Rasha that shakes her soul. The feel of his skin against hers, the look in his eyes as he touches her—they make her want to believe it’s possible to find love and begin again.

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Genre – Science fiction

Rating – R

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Author Interview–Derick Parsons @1_DerickParsons

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What’s your favorite meal?

Ham, cabbage and roast potatoes, cooked by my wife.

What color represents your personality the most?


What movie do you love to watch?

I’m not a big movie lover –books are infinitely better- but I loved As Good As It Gets, with Jack Nicholson.

How do you feel about social media websites such as Facebook and Twitter? Are they a good thing?

I have no interest in Facebook or Twitter. I don’t use them and I don’t see any point to them. I don’t feel the need to share my every thought and move and I have no interest in following the random burblings of other.

If you could do any job in the world what would you do?

I’m already doing it; writing is everything to me.

What are you most passionate about? What gets you fired up?

Almost everything, from racism to pollution to sport. Ask me a question and watch me rant!

What makes you angry?

Bad drivers and politicians.

What’s your most embarrassing moment of your life?

That’s way too private to ever share, but it happen in Egypt, on the Nile, and involved a chef with sketchy notions regarding hygiene.

Are you a city slicker or a country lover?

A bit of both; I like to have every convenience nearby but with plenty of fresh air and open spaces on my doorstep. Which, conveniently, I have.

How do you think people perceive writers?

As nutcases. Which is hard to argue with.


Why has a beautiful young woman been committed to an insane asylum? What is the truth behind a shadowy past containing drug use, promiscuity and murder? What secrets does she hold that others will kill to keep HIDDEN? These are questions that psychologist Kate Bennett must answer if she is to save her patient’s sanity…and both their lives. But Kate has secrets of her own, and a dark past of her own that will come back to haunt her.

HIDDEN is a thriller, set in Dublin, but it is also a voyage of self-discovery for Kate, as she uncovers not just the truth about her patient but some truths about herself.

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Genre – Mystery, Thriller

Rating – PG-18

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The Island of Lote by Emily Kinney @theshadylady

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How do you think people perceive writers? I don’t think people perceive writers, and it annoys me. We really aren’t in the general consciousness of the populace. Unless you are a lit-head yourself, you aren’t going to care about or consider a writer. For the most part, we are a mysterious species, mostly referenced, but rarely discussed and seen even less. Which is so stupid. Writers, author, what have you, are awesome. We’re rock stars. It’s about time people started realizing it.

What’s the reason for your life? Have you figured out your reason for being here yet? Absolutely. I’ve known for a long time. I’m here to love and serve God with my whole being, and to bring glory to His name with everything I do. Beyond that, I want to become a Master Storyteller and join the ranks of the Greats. Plus, just be a kind and loving person; put some goodness in the world.

How important are friends in your life? Extremely important. I wouldn’t be who or where I am today without my friends. They don’t even realize how important they are to me. Even though I try to show how much I love them, I fear it doesn’t always translate clearly. And I want it to. I often worry about stuff like that.

What does love mean to you? Everything. ‘We are driven by love’, as it says in The Story-Artisan’s Creed. It drives everything I do.

What social issues interest you the most? I’m big on education and nutrition. I would love to help out with school reading programs. The education system in America is simply atrocious right now, and it makes me so angry.

Who do you admire? A lot of amazing people. Maya Angelou, my angel, Toni Morrison, Eminem, Catherine M. Valente, Doris Day. They’ve all impacted my life in one way or other.

What are you most proud of accomplishing so far in your life? Not giving up when I could have.

The Island of Lote

Milo Hestler is a lonely, unusual, fourteen-year-old girl. She is constantly moving from home to home with her oblivious parents. The only friend she has is her conscience, whom she has named Bob. Her only comforts are cooking and listening to hip-hop.

When her family moves yet again, Milo is bullied mercilessly by her classmates. Such treatment prompts her to travel to Australia for summer camp. During the plane ride, Milo awakens to find the plane deserted and about to crash.
After parachuting into the ocean, she discovers she is near an island. Milo passes out, and upon waking, learns she was rescued by a boy named Simon, who is cute, but can’t speak English. Not able to understand him, she accidentally says yes when he asks her to marry him.

He leads her to a small town on the island, where they locate someone who can translate for them. Milo is outraged to hear that she is engaged to Simon and wants to call it off, but learns that this island has rules that cannot be broken. She must go through with the marriage against her will.

After learning about the trick he played on her, Milo hates Simon, though it is obvious that sixteen-year-old Simon really likes her. What will happen next on The Island of Lote? From her earliest memories, Emily Kinney has wanted to be a writer. She lives in Maine. “This book is just the first of many to come, rest assured.” Publisher’s website:

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Genre – Young Adult Fiction

Rating – PG

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Author Interview – Beca Lewis @becalewis

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How do you feel about social media websites such as Facebook and Twitter? Are they a good thing?

I think they are useful, and I am happy they exist. However, It’s a balancing act to find a way to be professional with them, and still build a community of people that care what you do.

If you could do any job in the world what would you do?

Happily, I would do exactly what I am doing now – writing, coaching, speaking.

What makes you angry?


Are you a city slicker or a country lover?

I am both. I have happily lived in downtown Los Angeles, and happily in the country. Home is definitely where the heart is, and not an environment. I do admit now though, that the country and quiet has seeped into my soul and it would take some adjustment to go back to the hustle bustle of a city.

Who designed the cover?

I design our covers, but with design help (and photos) from my daughter Laurie Lewis-Knoedler at

Who is your publisher?

I had a “regular” publisher for my first book, but ended up forming my own publishing company ( and publishing myself.

Why did you choose to write this particular book?

Living In Grace: The Shift To Spiritual Perception is the book I had to write. I knew if nothing else happened in my life, if I wrote and published that book, I would have accomplished what needed to be done.

What was the hardest part about writing this book?

Getting it right was the hardest part.  I kept teaching The Shift® System to test out what I was writing about, and then putting the book in the order that worked the best in classes.  I wrote the book over at least 4 times, and over a 5 year period before I was satisfied with it.

Living In Grace

“A refreshing and powerful new look at the results of shifting perceptions to your true spiritual nature.” Alan Cohen, author of My Father’s View

A profound, thought provoking guide to shifting perceptions to reveal what is hidden in plain sight: heaven on earth.

If you are tired of fooling around with material-based thinking that only puts Band-Aids on problems, and if you are ready to choose spiritual perception and the spiritual solution, than Living In Grace: The Shift to Spiritual Perception is the answer.

In this book, I will guide you through powerful-proven-practical-perception-shifting exercises and personally teach you useful tools for shifting anytime, anywhere, and any situation.

You will find yourself restudying the book over and over again because each time your perception shifts you will experience greater insight into Reality.

Living In Grace, provides practical tools like The 7 Steps To Shift and an eight step-by-step system based on the word GRACIOUS, which makes the necessary process of perception-shifting easy to remember and simple to use.

Chapter by chapter, the reader is taken on an inner journey that encourages her to achieve her goals, and in so doing, lead a spiritual life.

This book will be a constant companion for every advanced or beginning student of spirituality. It provides answers about the nature of God, and his children, for every honest seeker of Truth simply and elegantly.

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Genre – Spirituality, Non-Fiction

Rating – G

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Author Interview – Adrian Powell @AuthorAdrian

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Do you have any tips on how writers can relax?

Since a majority of writers write inside their home or place they feel most comfortable I would tell them to go somewhere they have never been before and just be. Don’t think, don’t wonder just live in the moment. I also found this helps me with writer’s block.

If you could do any job in the world what would you do?

I would travel the world learning from different cultures and people and writing amazing stories that inspire and empower readers.

How do you feel about self-publishing?

I think it is great. I think it gives a chance for stories to be told that probably would have never seen the light of day. I also think it turns the market to a “readers market” because of so much inventory readers find and select whatever they want to read versus selecting from a limited selection.

What book genre of books do you adore?

Currently I love reading books about business and self-development. No matter how many I read I always find ways to improve myself.

What books did you love growing up?

When I was a child I wanted to be a zoologist so I read countless books on big African cats such as lions, cheetahs, and leopards etc. Looking back I can say that was the moment when I realized the power of books and how they can place you in a world different from your own.

Up, Up, in the Air

Kenny wants nothing more than to learn how to fly high in the sky like his favorite cartoon character. But with everyone discouraging him, and no one willing to teach him the fundamentals of flight, will Kenny’s dream ever get cleared for takeoff?

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Genre – Children’s Book, YA

Rating – G

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