Share the Love
When a young girl starts to learn about the different ways to say it, she finds that every culture and faith has their own way to express the “Golden Rule”. Celebrate the love of diversity and acceptance in this beautifully illustrated tale.
The reviews are in
“The world is filled with so much harm and hurting right now, and The Golden Rule gives me hope that there may, indeed, be a better tomorrow in store for us.” – Readers’ Favorite
“This is a book that every person should read regardless of age.” – Keep Calm and Novel On
“The Golden Rule by Jessica Marie Baumgartner is a quiet reminder of the instinctive decency of children in interpreting the best that their religions (or life philosophies) can offer.” – The Pirate Learning Tree
Jessica’s motto is: Adventure first, then write! When not running around exploring nature and chasing after two smaller versions of herself, she also…feeds the bunny. Somehow in there she has found the time to author the The Golden Rule, Embracing Entropy, Siren’s Snare, Tale of Two Bookends, and My Family Is Different. She also works as a freelance editor and is a current member of the Missouri Writers Guild and SCBWI. Her articles and stories have been featured in a wide variety of publications such as Chicken Soup for the Soul: Inspiration for Teachers, Outposts of Beyond, Circle Magazine, and many more.
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Here is the synopsis!
Nathan is terrible at relationships…
Just ask his absent father, his controlling aunt and uncle…or his ex-girlfriend, Sarah. All he wants is to spend the summer before his senior year relaxing in the sun without any conflict or drama. But when he lays eyes on the beautiful, married mother of three at the opening of a yacht club, all bets are off.
Jacqueline McCarthy’s life is nothing but a façade…
Her husband is a disgraced former athlete who prefers to have his ego stroked by other women. Jackie fills her empty days with yacht club events with other bored, wealthy housewives she can’t stand, and she’d give anything to truly connect with someone.
When she meets Nathan and asks him to watch her children, she is captivated by the handsome, charismatic young man with a swimmer’s body.
Jacqueline’s attraction to Nathan doesn’t go unnoticed and one particular vindictive gossip is determined to expose what she considers an unsavory secret.
Her campaign of rumors and innuendo—and eventually physical evidence—draws the attention of friends and strangers alike, and threatens to bring their world crashing down.
However, sometimes those who are quickest to judge are the last ones who should be throwing stones…
This a question that I’ve seen countless times over my writing career and wanted to weigh in. If you follow any book blogs or book related accounts on social media, you’ve probably seen the term “indie author” used before. While there are countless memes that say “support indie authors,” there’s also a fair amount of confusion as to what the term really encompasses.
Much of this blame falls on the word itself. People take indie to mean independent and therefore, self-published. That’s a fairly logical train of thought.
Except for the fact that indie is a term that’s been used in the arts, including literature, for far longer than self-publishing has been a prominent practice. Indie films aren’t necessarily completely funded without studios and indie music isn’t always recorded without labels. To say that indie books must only be self-published takes an unrealistic deviation from the way we’ve used the term for decades.
Indie doesn’t mean independent. It means, independent from a major backer. The film, music, and publishing industries all have similar structural hierarchies in the sense that the top is dominated by a few huge companies, with smaller companies further down the ladder and self-funded artists at the bottom of the ladder.
For publishing, indie encompasses the books outside the big five: Hachette, HarperCollins, Macmillan, Penguin/Random House, and Simon & Schuster. Vague, right? Well, it’s kind of supposed to be.
All the word “indie” reflects is the lack of a behemoth company producing the book. For those looking for a term than separates self-published and traditionally published books, you’re in luck. There’s an easy way to tell the two apart. Self-published books are self-published and traditionally published books are published through a publisher.
So why the indie label if we have easier terms to tell books apart based on their production history? There’s a simple answer for that too. Aesthetics.
Calling yourself an indie author is a lot more fun to say than telling people you were published at a small press. Say “indie” and “small press” out loud if you don’t believe me. Furthermore, the word “self-published” is still stigmatized by many people. In that regard, indie serves as a euphemism to use to those who may not check out your work otherwise.
Is it useful? Those memes exist for a reason. Some readers do like to feel like they’re supporting the underdog. There is of course, the flipside, the people that may view indie works as of a lesser quality. There isn’t really a right or wrong answer.
There is however, something to be conscious of with labels. I see authors who both traditionally and self-publish call themselves “hybrid authors,” a horrifically clunky term. Calling yourself a hybrid author essentially validates the self-publishing stigma as you admit that there’s a difference between traditionally and self-published work.
Beyond that, it’s a branding nightmare. Do you think an average reader knows what a hybrid author is? Do they care?
As an author, you need to be conscious of the image you project to your readers. I see authors complain that their blog posts aren’t translating into sales when their blogs are basically all writing talk that an average reader wouldn’t find interested. I created ASOBAW to have a place to talk about books, while my general interest articles remain at my author site.
Does the indie label matter? Kind of. I don’t particularly think of it as a big selling point, but the amount of people who fumble to define an intentionally broad term is concerning. Pick your labels wisely and for good reasons.
There’s a disclaimer at the top of this site that explains my policy on blog tours. While you’ll see various promotional posts for other authors on ASOBAW, those are all from authors I know. Those posts aren’t cross-promotion as there hasn’t been a single instance where I’ve agreed to host an author here in exchange for promotion of my own work. I do it because they’re my friends and I know this is a tough business. Some of these people have hosted blog posts for my new work (which you should buy), but that’s also because they’re my friends.
I get e-mails and messages from people asking if I’ll post or tweet about their book in exchange for them doing the same for one of my books. Plenty of people do this and there’s nothing inherently wrong with it. We have a flooded market and it’s hard for any author to get publicity.
I always refuse these requests, as well as any that say something like “I’ll gladly share anything of yours.” It’s nothing personal. I’m just not interested in telling my fans to buy something because there’s something in it for me.
If I wanted to have my work promoted by people I don’t know, I’d hire somebody or I’d ask bloggers who I know to help. That’s their role in the literary circle of life. Mine is to write and to spread the word about my own books (which again, you should buy). To help my friends promote their own books isn’t a job, but rather something friends do for each other. For strangers, not so much.
This post is not meant to be condemnatory toward the practice. If you’re an author who cross-promotes, go right ahead. You don’t need to justify yourself to anyone, nor do I in choosing to publicly state that I’m not an author who does that.
One of the beauties of publishing in this day and age is that I get to interact with my fans quite frequently. I see their messages and I respond to them. A relationship has been formed. One that does involving one party trying to get the other to buy something from them (plug number three to buy my books). At this in this scenario, I know that what’s being sold is worth buying (because I wrote it).
The exciting day is finally here! Dead Batteries Tell No Tales: A Prequel to Five High School Dialogues is out!
Here is the synopsis:
Public transportation is a new experience for Amber. So is not having access to a cell phone. Luckily, a classmate named Jason is there to help. During their travel, Amber quickly learns that her perspectives on life aren’t quite the same as her peers. As they make their way home, they try to break down the foundation of their social structure in this exciting prequel to Five High School Dialogues.
The Dialogues are truly a unique series in today’s market. This book is perfect for high school students and their families. I encourage you to pick up a copy for the low price of $1.99 on kindle!
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As Earth dies, leaving its inhabitants struggling to survive, an alien race offers an unimaginable option: to relocate humans to their own planet on the far end of the universe. The Campbells, one of the last surviving families, quickly realize humanity’s hope for survival may come with a price. Accepting a new way of life, acclimating to a new atmosphere, and trying to fight against a universe that seems set on tearing them apart offers many struggles. Can the Campbell’s make it through, together? Amazon
I used to have nightmares about this. I would wake up screaming as they forced me to leave. People giving up; abandoning Mother Earth. The thought alone caused my heart to race, my under arms to sweat.
Here I stand clutching my children, one on each side, as we prepare to be torn away from everything that’s tangible. Before me, a gargantuan structure glares from above. This beast, this ship is supposed to save humanity, or at least what’s left of it.
I’ve lived through mass devastation. It’s hardened me enough. But leaving? It still scares me.
We have no idea what’s out there for us.
My husband has faith in the alien colony that is aiding us. They made contact just in time. Said they had revolutionized their space program and stumbled upon our signal.
I don’t know what I believe.
As the line moves forward, I pull my girls along. They stumble ahead with fright, carrying their backpacks strapped to their bodies. Our packs are the only human luggage allowed on the crowded craft. But that’s not what they’re worried about.
It’s not the new race they fear. Or even the new world. It is the missing presence of their father.
He has his duty. He’ll stay with his men until we pilgrims are secure, then meet up with us in a smaller craft. I’m glad for it. They’ve already had to break up some fights. People get pretty riled up in situations like this. It’s good to have someone who remains behind to keep order for a while, and to try and find any last survivors before leaving.
Finally we’re ascending the dock and I’m able to see our temporary home. It’s nothing like I imagined. The smell is what draws my attention first.
“Eww mommy.” My youngest daughter, Gwen, pinches her nose.
The odiferous enclosure is beyond human comprehension. I’ve smelt plague pits, leaking sewage, the rank smell of sea life left to rot on beaches. Although this isn’t as horrendous, it does make my eyes water. Despite the nausea I’m fighting, I grind my teeth. “Gwen, these people are saving our lives. Don’t insult them.”
Jessica is the author of: The Embracing Entropy Series, Siren’s Snare, Tale of Two Bookends, and My Family Is Different. Her stories have been featured in numerous publications such as Everyday Fiction, The Lorelei Signal, Fiction on the Web, The Horror Zine and many others. She is a member of the St. Louis Writer’s Guild and is always weaving new worlds in the webs of her tales.
You can check her out at www.jessicamariebaumgartner.com.
Embracing Entropy is a Printed collection of a series of three novellas.
This printed collection includes the novellas By the Stars, Wish for Survival, and Perfect Chaos.
The novellas are available in electronic format on Amazon.
As part of the Witches: Tea Party blog tour, I got a moment to sit down and chat with the author of this newly released novella. Check out our Q&A below.
Every author has a story about how their work first came to them. Tell me a little about how you came up with Witches: Tea Party.
Women kicking ass? The Devil? Well, it’s all me, isn’t it. I was looking to write something featuring a witch, or some witches, and I started playing with the idea of them historically. I was thinking of having the whole story set hundreds of years ago. Then, when plotting The Devil’s Hand, I considered writing them contemporarily. The Clucky Bucket scene is what swung it for me. As I planned it, it had to be modern. I felt I would have struggled defining characters and themes without things of this period.
Who is your favorite character in Witches and why?
Well that just has to be Excalibur. I mean, how can it not be? She’s the feisty, sulky, loud-mouth of the group who’s always got your back. Plus she likes fried chicken. How much fun is that?
The major characters in your novella are female, but obviously, you aren’t. How difficult was it to write in-depth characters of the opposite gender?
It’s a cake walk. A lot of men say that writing developed female characters is tough, but I ask them why? They’re people. They are characters. Honestly it’s a bug bare of mine when writers say how hard it is.
Your story begins with the Salem Witch Trials. How much research did you have to do regarding the accuracy of the descriptions?
While I don’t usually do a lot of research I do for historical events. A lot of people will know the truth of what happened, and sometimes even purchase a fiction book based within a time period because of that, so I think it’s really important.
The majority of your stories are horror based – what is it about this genre that you prefer?
Gotta love the scares, right? I’ve always been into the genre, even from an early age. I used to read (still own, in fact) The Little Vampire books, by Angela Sommer-Bodenburg. I watched Nightmare on Elm Street too young. I suppose I got the taste for it, and it stuck. It seemed only reasonable that I stick with it with my writing.
What is your favorite work of literature?
I truly adore Infinity Welcomes Careful Drivers. That, and the Star Wars screenplay. What? It’s a work of literature.
If you could rewrite any story, with a slight twist, what would it be?
I always wanted Tiny Tim to go postal on old Eb Scrooge in an orgy of blood, beating the crazy hallucinating old man to death with his crutch. A retribution killing. So…that.
Can we expect more from the Witches?
Of course! Although Tea Party is an enclosed story, it’s very much the beginning for the coven. I’ve already started planning two further books.
What’s next for author Mark Taylor?
I have the third part of the Devil’s Hand coming out in March, and the fourth and final part sometime later in the year (and the paperback omnibus), although I have two further stand-alone books to add on next year. I have two more Witches books on the cards. I’m currently plowing my way through a dark science fiction novel that I’ve been contracted to write, and I have another dark science fiction novel in editing called Trinity, and a half finished detective noir horror/thriller novel, Vampire Blue.
Mark Taylor’s debut novel crash landed on planet earth in 2013. Its dark brooding style benchmarked his writing and has led to further releases of novel and short story collection alike.
While most of Mark’s work is macabre, occasion has it that he will write about kittens and daisies. Just not very often.
Some say he is a product of his environment, others, a product of his own imagination.
In Salem, 1692, Marie-Anne witnessed the death of her friend and confidant, Sarah Good. Charged with being a witch, Sarah goes to the gallows to protect Marie-Anne, a true witch.
Three hundred years later, Marie-Anne, under the name Mary Anson, vows to put things right.
With a new coven – Dina, Excalibur, and Lady – Mary puts in motion the steps to right what went wrong…and what followers is a chase across the country, a chase against time, pursued by monsters and darkness…