Random First Lines #2

They had been together for twenty-five years. She hadn’t loved him at first, but he thought that had changed at some point. Now, he realized he had been mistaken about that.

As he felt his breaths becoming more and more shallow, and increasingly painful, he wondered what it had been that pushed her over the edge. He hadn’t seen it coming. As a matter of fact, he had convinced himself that she was happy. The ropes binding him to the bed and the knife sticking out of his chest proved that wasn’t true.

He found it hard to focus on his own thoughts. Death was surely not far off. His last conscious thoughts were of her. Would they believe her when she told them she hadn’t been with him willingly all these years? Were her parents still alive? If they were, how would they feel when their long-lost daughter came back into their lives after a quarter century?

 

I got the first line for this HERE

Be A Part Of The Process

Teresa's Think Tank

As an author, I am always looking for ways to improve. Whether it be how I market myself and my books, or simply the quality of my writing, I want to be better! I can’t think of any better way to do that than to get feedback from other people. I believe I have come up with a way to accomplish this goal that will be fun for everyone involved…

Teresa’s Think Tank

 

Teresa’s Think Tank will be a small group of volunteers gathered in a private/secret Facebook group. Together we will discuss what you think works and doesn’t work as far as how I’m using my platform as an author. I plan to start with no more than 20 members. If there are other authors involved in the group, you will be allowed to ask for advice on your own platforms as well. I would like to try to keep at least a 50/50 balance of authors to readers. (Yes, I know authors are readers as well!)

Here’s what I need from members:

  1. Have a gmail account. I will be uploading my current works to be reviewed exclusively by members as I am writing them. This will allow members to have the chance to read my stories before they are completed and provide feedback on what they like/don’t like about it before I submit it to be published.
  2. Have a Facebook account. You can’t be a member of a Facebook group if you don’t have an account! The group is invite only and will be the place we have our discussions.
  3. Have a Twitter account. This isn’t 100% mandatory, but it would be helpful as it is the social media platform I am most active on.
  4. Be willing to participate. I’m not asking you to dedicate hours of your time to this. I would like to see at least some kind of interaction once a week. If you volunteer, but later decide you don’t want to continue, no offense will be taken.
  5. I will be offering gifts/giveaways occasionally to members. These will likely only be available for US residents as international shipping can be very costly. It is not required that you be a US resident, but if you choose to be involved and don’t live in the US, please understand you may not be eligible for all of the perks. I will do my best to find things that are cost-friendly for any international members.
  6. Be a fan of the mystery/suspense/thriller genres! This one is actually pretty important seeing as how these are the genres I usually write. If you hate them, I doubt this will be something you enjoy being a part of.

I think that about sums it up! If you would like to be a part of Teresa’s Think Tank, there are several ways to let me know:

a. Contact me on Twitter

b. Contact me on Facebook

c. Send me an Email: tfhurstauthor@yahoo.com

d. Comment below!

Keep in mind that I am limiting the group to only 20 members to start. If I feel like a larger group will be helpful and manageable in the future I’ll post again asking for volunteers!

10 Random Books/Authors

I asked my fellow authors to pitch me their books on Twitter. I had around 30 responses, and I’m sharing 10 of them with you! (Note: I haven’t read any of these yet, but that will change!)

  1. The Fairy Stepmother Inc. by Maggie Hoyt (Twitter: @fairystepmuminc):  If the world were fair, Evelyn Radcliffe would be a successful businesswoman. Instead, she’s got two dead husbands, two teenage girls obsessed with marrying princes, and not a single fairy godmother in sight.

2. Daughter of Man by Jacob StevenMohr (Twitter: @jacobstevenmohr): An immortal barbarian is all that stands between us and the monsters at our door. One young soldier is all that stands between her and madness. Can he keep her sane until the fighting is over? Or will her rage destroy everything around her – including him?

3. Cracks in the Tapestry by multiple authors (Twitter: Tapestry_Group): What happens when the mundane meets the extraordinary? Magical NASCAR races, sailors and sirens, magical rocks from the heavens, missionaries and dogmen, family returned from the dead, and much more. Take a peek through the Cracks in the Tapestry.

 

4. The Polyandrist by Mason Malone (Twitter: @masonmalonecom): Bedding Gordon is the easy part. Keeping it from Nolan and Greg long enough to get the payment from Erica proves more difficult than she initially thought it would be. It becomes tougher still when Erica is murdered.

 

5. Dyrwolf by Kat Kinney (Twitter: @katkinneywrites): Lea has spent her whole life training to kill werewolves Now one is stalking her in her sleep. When she finds a shifter caught in a trap, she knows he’s the white wolf from her dreams. Not that it matters. He’s one of them. And they’re at war.

6. Unkillable Joe by Joe Vallen (Twitter: @JoeVallen1): “Unkillable Joe” is about a sub-par comic creator (who the narrator hates) named Joe. Joe is confronted by his own characters and things get progressively out of control until the narrator is forced to protect his own reality. [Anti-Suicide undertones]

7. In the Belly of the Beast and Other Tales of Cthulhu Wars: A Cthulhu Wars Novel by Ben Monroe (Twitter: @_BenMonroe_): Post-apocalyptic Lovecraftian survival horror! It’s “Silent Hill” meets “the Hills Have Eyes.” In the Belly of the Beast and Other Tales of Cthulhu Wars: A Cthulhu Wars Novel

8. Heaven nor Hell by Clinton Love (Twitter: @clintlove4real): A succubus, her half human son, and his ghost girlfriend tear up strip clubs, fight a demon hunter named Bunny, and risk divine retribution, so they can sneak into Hell, cause a riot, and steal the Devil’s pet rock.

9. The Wanton Interim: 13 Stories to Eat You from the Inside by A.E. Lee (Twitter: @BOCArnie): When do your fears take over? The moment between choice and chance, when anything is possible. A look into our base urges, through the sands of time, The Wanton Interim waits. 13 Stories to Eat You from the Inside.

10. Mark of the Beast (Jackson Dark Novels Book 1) by Trevor Wooten (Twitter: @TLWooten_Art): Jackson Dark is a Savannah, GA based freelance artist, supplementing his income as a private investigator. Now the mafia boss who got away with murdering his friend 5 years ago, is primed to take over Dark’s current city.

 

I hope you will consider reading one of these books and showing some love to these authors by following them on their various platforms. Most importantly — make sure to leave reviews for books/authors you love!

Authors: Do You Need Help?

Struggling With Your Facebook Author Page_

I want to help you increase engagement on your Facebook Author Page! Here’s what I’m offering:

Package 1: $10 – I provide you with 7 graphics to share on your page. At least 4 of the graphics will be designed specifically with your audience in mind. The others will be more generic book related graphics (created by me) to help spark conversation.

Package 2: $15 – Same as above PLUS: I will schedule the posts for you (if you want) and share them on my page as well. (I have over 1700 followers at this time.) This is a weekly service with a weekly price. No commitment for more than one week at a time.

Package 3: $20 – Same as above PLUS: 3 additional personalized graphics, one Twitter share/mention (I have just under 4k followers at this time.), and I will engage in the comments on each post to help boost conversation. This is also a weekly service with a weekly price. No commitment for more than one week at a time.

To help ensure your satisfaction, before payment is made I will provide you with one graphic as a sample of what you can expect. You will absolutely have final approval of all graphics! If you are not satisfied with the services provided, a full refund will be issued!

I will only be taking on a limited number of authors at this time. I don’t want to overwhelm myself and not be able to provide the absolute best work possible. If you are interested in purchasing one of these packages, please contact me through the contact section of this blog!

Random First Lines #1

As a way to help me get back in the writing groove, I’m going to be using a Random First Line Generator to write quick blog posts. They won’t be fully formed stories, but more word vomit to spark my creativity. Maybe I’ll come up with something worth pursuing further. Let’s see what happens: 

More and more people were refusing to obey the laws of the land. Some claimed it was because the newly appointed leader blatantly broke the laws herself. Others claimed it was because they were approaching the end of times. Me, I believe they did it for no reason other than they were assholes who knew they could get away with it.

Being the introvert that I am, I watched from a safe distance for years as society crumbled around me. I could see it happening. I left my house less and less as the years passed by. Eventually, I got to the point where I was having everything I needed delivered directly to my house.

At first, the few friends I had mocked me for not feeling safe outside of my home. As time passed, they began to see I wasn’t actually crazy. I don’t have any friends left now. They’ve all either completely isolated themselves, as I have, or fallen victim to the daily atrocities of the world surrounding us.

My windows are covered with metal. The only time I see daylight is when a delivery arrives. Most of my orders are delivered by drones. Actual delivery drivers are few and far between these days. It’s considered one of the most dangerous jobs in the country. If a real person delivers one of my orders, I make sure I add a hefty tip for them. No amount of money could convince me to do that job now.

When a package arrives I receive a notification on my phone. I check my exterior cameras to make sure no one is in the immediate area. If everything seems to be clear, I grab my shotgun before quickly opening the door and grabbing it off the doorstep. It only takes a few seconds, but it’s the most terrifying part of my life. I just know that one day, I’m going to open that door and someone will come out of nowhere to end my life.

 

To Thine Own Self Be True

true Over the last month I have done a lot of soul-searching. I realized that one of the issues I was dealing with was the fact that I wasn’t being true to myself online.

I wasn’t being fake by any means, but I was censoring myself for the sake of my “career” as an author. You hear it over and over again in writing circles. You shouldn’t say or do anything that might offend someone. You shouldn’t speak out on political or social issues lest you should lose a part of your audience. It’s not good for business.

To that, I say: I no longer care.

Let me be clear. I’m not the type of person to say or do something for the sole purpose of offending someone. I’m never trying to hurt someone’s feelings. However, I am not the type of person to keep my mouth shut when I feel strongly about something. I’m vocal about my views and beliefs. They are strong-held and important to me. Remaining quiet to simply appease someone else is not my style. It makes me feel fake, and I don’t like that feeling.

With that being said, I am removing the filter. If I see something and feel the need to speak about it, I will. Don’t be surprised to see me involved in a spirited debate. I actually quite enjoy them as long as they remain civil. I understand that this type of thing is not for everyone. That’s fine. I hope I don’t lose you as a follower, but if I do, I won’t hold it against you.

The biggest thing for me is that I know what I need in this life to be happy. One of those things is being authentically me in every aspect. I hope you can all understand and respect my decision.