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New Release! Jawbreakers by Krystol Diggs

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Check out this YA novel by author Krystol Diggs, newly released. 

 

 Jawbreakers coverSynopsis: Zoela Best is the new girl at school. Trying to get used to the new school and people she meets Vincenza Catucci. They are two peas in a pod until the “Jawbreakers” make their presence known and tortures the girls with bullying and hazing. Vincenza and Zoela are asked to be a Jawbreaker and the two are ecstatic. But, the leader has a trick up her sleeve to turn the two girls into frenemies. Will they see the danger ahead or will they put an end to the Jawbreakers once and for all?

 http://www.amazon.com/Jawbreakers-ebook/dp/B00B527CKI/ref=sr_1_10?ie=UTF8&qid=1359224872&sr=8-10&keywords=Krystol

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/jawbreakers-krystol/1114225225?ean=2940016042862

LevetteBlog: Jawbreakers is a book that is near and dear to my heart. Being bullied when I was just a freshman in high school, I can relate to what the main character, Zoela endures. Although bullying has a greater effect today then when it did when I was in high school, it’s still a big epidemic that is going on today. Statistics show that there is at least 77% of students who are bullied verbally, psychically, mentally, and verbally. In my case it was just verbally but that was all it took. But, I will say that it has made me a better woman today and I am able to over come it. Some children aren’t lucky today. They are loosing their lives with suicide which is such a tragedy. No one should want to end their life from being ridiculed on. I started writing Jawbreakers when I was reflecting on my high school experiences. I was only bullied for one  year because I switched schools, but It still happened and it’s apart of my growth as a person. I hope that readers of all ages mainly Young Adults take something from Jawbreakers and help someone who may be going through or know someone who is affected by bullying. Please help them before it is too late. Writing this story has taught me to respect everyone in spite of their downfalls and short comings. Enjoy the read and be blessed. Krystol

13 Extreme Tips for Writers Series by L.Leander

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I’d like to announce the release of my two newest offerings – two short booklets for the beginning writer.  Since I began my self-publishing journey in June of 2012 I’ve had to “fly by the seat of my pants.”  I’m not alone – there are lots of other Indie authors out there who have been doing the same thing.

These books are intended for the author who is new to publishing and needs an easy guide to use for a roadmap.  The books are a compilation of my thoughts, tips and links to guide the user to success.

I thoroughly enjoyed writing non-fiction, although I am happy to be back at work on the second book in my fiction series, INZARED, The Fortune Teller, scheduled for release in March of 2013

So, drum roll please, let me introduce you to the 13 Extreme Tips for Writers Series.

13extThe first book, 13 Extreme Tips to Self Publishing, is a concise guide for the Indie author who seeks to publish their first works.  I’ve included some of the things that happened to me, links I found useful, and coaching to help authors avoid some of the problems I faced.

The second book is 13 Extreme Tips to Marketing an eBook.  Like the self-publishing guide13marketingtipscover this booklet is short and to the point.  Marketing is one of the hardest things I’ve had to do as an Indie author and  included are lots of helpful links and tips.  Branding yourself and your books, blogging, and how to use social media for marketing are some of the chapters included.

There’ll be more books in the 13 Extreme Tips for Writers series later in 2013.  At the moment I am focused on finishing the second book in the INZARED series and a mystery I started several years ago titled Tithe by Murder.

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Favorite Book of All Time

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TIEbookmemebuttonIt’s the last day of the 30-day book MeMe.  I thought I’d be relieved but I’m a little sad. I’ve really enjoyed revisiting the books I’ve read in my lifetime and there are so many that I didn’t include!  Books have always been a part of my life.  My mother started reading to me when I was a baby and by the age of 2 or 3 I could recite most of the Mother Goose Rhymes.  I love getting lost in a good book.  It takes me to another world, an escape into a place where I can observe and interact with all the characters, celebrate their joy, feel their pain, try to solve a mystery, or learn how to do something.  Picking just one book is nearly impossible for me.  There are a few I’ve read over and over and will continue to revisit.   There are some I put down because they didn’t interest me and weren’t worth reading.  But if I have to pick just one favorite it’ll be (drum roll please!) A Girl of the Limberlost by Gene Stratton Porter.  I absolutely loved the books by this author when I was growing up.  They took place in the midwest so I could identify with the surroundings.  Ms. Porter’s characters are memorable and the story lines simple but refreshing.  If you haven’t ever read anything by this author I suggest you do so – her books are a treat not to be missed!

What’s your favorite all-time book?  I’d love to hear your thoughts!

 

Favorite Title

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TIEbookmemebutton30 Day Book MeMe – Day 28  Your Favorite Title.   I’m picking Snow Falling on Cedars by David Guterson.  Not only did I love the book, the writing and the suspense, I loved the movie as well.  I have always thought the title has a flow that makes it like poetry when you say it.  So, that’s my pick.  What do you think?  Agree?  Disagree?  What’s your pick?  Leave me a comment!

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The Most Surprising Plot Twist or Ending

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Day 27 of the 30-Day Book MeMe.  I have a couple of books in mind but I’ll go with The Talented Mr. Ripley by Patricia Highsmith.  The last part of the book leaves the reader breathless and reading without stopping to find out what the “oh so talented” Tom Ripley is up to.  When When you feel you can’t stand another minute of the suspense you find out the answer and it’s a book you’ll not soon forget.

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A Book That Changed My Opinion About Something

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Day 26 of the 30-Day Book MeMe.  Wow these questions are getting hard!  I’m having toTIEbookmemebutton dig deep to find the answers.  Now let me see…..ah, I’ve got it!  The Killing Fields by Christopher Hudson.  The book is based on true facts – atrocities that occur during the early 1970s in Cambodia where the communist Khmer Rouge are trying to overthrow the American backed government of Lon Nol.  Although I was a young adult during the time this happened, my husband was stationed in Germany and we didn’t see the terrible effects of Vietnam, even though many friends suffered and died.  I read this book much later, but it brought the graphic horror of war to life and made me rethink the opinions I had previously entertained.  The book isn’t “good” reading because it’s very graphic and hard to digest, but it definitely sheds light on the happenings in Cambodia and the Vietnam War.

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A Book I Wish More People Had Read

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TIEbookmemebuttonThis is Day 24 of the 30 Day Book MeMe.  I wish more people had read The Color Purple byAlice Walker.  Not only for the subject matter, which is riveting, but for the beautiful symmetry in the book.  The scenery and characters have remained in my mind forever. What’s a book you wish more people had read?  Leave me a comment and we’ll talk about it.

A Book I’ve Wanted to Read For A Long Time But Still Haven’t

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TIEbookmemebuttonDay 23 of the 30 Day Book MeMe.  My answer?  The Catcher In The Rye by J.D. Salinger.  I’ve planned to read the book for years but have just never gotten around to it.  Guess I’d better put it on my to-do list for 2013.  I know the story, but I’d like to read it first-hand and decide for myself what I think about the book.

Got a book you’ve always wanted to read but haven’t? What is it?

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Favorite Book I Own – Book MeMe Day 22

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TIEbookmemebuttonThe Official Scrabble Players Dictionary – my daughter bought it for me for my birthday last year.

It’s something I’ve always wanted (the hardcover edition) and never bought for myself.  I’m an avid Scrabble player and I love words, what can I say?

What’s the favorite book you own?  Leave a comment and let me know.

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