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EPIC 3 DAY WEEKEND – BOSTON COMIC CON…

This past weekend Aug. 8-10 I had the pleasure of having a table by some AMAZING artist…

Nicholas Kole

Erin Cardiff

Anne Szabla

Brenton Barnes

Shouri

Mariessa DeVincentis

Kate Bresnahan

Amanda Boucher

Rich Woodall

To name a few…it was an epic weekend of amazing artwork, people, and just a great time all around. I’m still recovering from my first Comic Con where nerds from all over come to unite and be themselves with no judgements or fears. It was AWESOME! I can’t wait to do another one. I went on a button collect spree and I bought a lot of great buttons. For once I actually took a lot of pictures and the rest of the post is just that…pictures from Comic Con! Enjoy 🙂

I also enjoyed the networking of the event…I would love to one day work with any of the artists I met at this event. I could already see a lot of their styles working on current and future writing projects of mine 🙂

 

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A Few Updates

First of all I’m hard at work on many things and I just wanted to take a moment and post an update of what I’ve been doing an what’s to come…

First, I’ll be at Boston Comic Con Aug, 8-10…I’m so freaking excited. You can see more about the event at http://www.bostoncomiccon.com

Second, I have an author and a trivia app for Android it’s FREE so feel free to grab it to stay in the loop… https://play.google.com/store/search?q=shakuita+johnson&hl=en

Third, my next book is scheduled to release Aug. 15th…I’m nervous, excited, and freaking out! I also will be having a party for it Aug. 23-24 so if you would like to attend here is the link… https://www.facebook.com/events/278233899035002/

Fourth, I have a new website up and running. For the most part it’s done but there are some pages I’m working on making better… http://www.authorshakuitajohnson.com

Fifth, I will be attending the New England Writers Signing Oct. 4, 2014 at the DCU center in Worcester, MA… for more info on tickets and what not look here…. https://www.facebook.com/Newenglandwriterssigning

Sixth, I’m working on a spin off series for Dark Indiscretions that will be called The Dark Indiscretions Chronicles and I hope to have the first book out in Oct 2014…

Seventh, my Double Blog Tour/Cover Reveal tour is going on now and I plan to do a post with the links once it’s done so every can see what’s going on but for now you can enter the giveaway here…  http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/50333b101/

Lastly, the sign ups for A Prequel blog tour are open right now… https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1Fgt4ypE1ab9D4S_J3arXN5421pxq0-dm3MAEBht9370/viewform?usp=send_form

That’s all I have for now….I’m sure once I hit publish I will think of a thousand other things but until next time 🙂

Why Short Stories Are The Devil

So I started a short story for an anthology that I will be a part of coming out in December. I went in all extra excited BUT as stories tend to do, it took on a life of it’s own. Seriously!! There was a 10K word limit and I have to FIGHT to keep it close…It ended up being about 10700 when all was said and done and that’s before edits…

 

Now I’m sure you’re saying to yourself “who the hell cares” and you would 9 times out of 10 be right but I’m venting of a second. Short stories are the damn DEVIL….especially when you find yourself with an idea that decides to get bigger and bigger and now you are leaving out so much detail that you end up hating yourself and resenting your story. By the time I was done with it I didn’t even want to look at it…in fact I just sent it to my editor without even reading through it first which is sooo not like me. I at least try to read through it once to catch little things and maybe add or delete here and there but with this story I was so disgusted with myself and that I couldn’t take it where I wanted it to go that I was like I’M DONE!!!

 

Now there is a plus to this sad rant that I’m having…I know I will be expanding the short into a FULL LENGTH to release shortly (2-4 months) after the anthology because I want to give my readers the best of my work. Plus I really liked the idea and I really want to spend more time with the characters then I was able to. I think it may even be a big enough word to be two or three books. That’s how far out of left field this story idea came. Until I do that I won’t be 100% happy with the product I’m putting out BUT I know longer want to print it out just so I can ripe it up either 🙂

Look Before You Leap…

Blog Post – Look Before You Leap

When it comes to matters of the heart there are an abundant of quotes…

I hold it true, whate’er befall;
I feel it, when I sorrow most;
‘Tis better to have loved and lost
Than never to have loved at all.

-From Alfred Lord Tennyson’s poem In Memoriam:27, 1850

‘Tis absence, however, that makes the heart grow fonder.

-The contemporary version appears in The Pocket Magazine of Classic and Polite Literature, 1832, in a piece by a Miss Stickland

“If you love somebody, let them go, for if they return, they were always yours. If they don’t, they never were.”

-Khalil Gibran

These are just a few used when dealing with the heart and love. I say all that to say this…

Love can make people do unusual and unexpected things. It can make you reject all that you’ve ever known and change the person you’ve always been. It can be an unhealthy obsession or the best thing that ever happens in your life. I believe everyone has a soul-mate. I believe the mythology of the Greeks about soul-mates to be the closest explanation of how I also feel about the word.

It is said that humans originally consisted of four arms, four legs, and a single head made of two faces, but Zeus feared their power and split them all in half, condemning them to spend their lives searching for the other half to complete them.

-Plato on soul mates

Again I said all that to say this…I believe in Soul-Mates…I believe in giving my all in a relationship and not holding back because until I prove otherwise the person that I’m vibing with could be the missing half of my soul. Here is my problem, I believe in love so much that I put my whole heart into my relationships. Even when those relationships don’t work out, when the next one comes along I’m just as open, caring, and giving. I don’t look before I leap. Why do I do this? I could tell you a number of reasons like blaming horoscopes (I’m a Scorpio), loneliness, or a number of other reasons. What I do know is that I give 110% in my relationships and I’ve tried everything imaginable to make sure they work. I hear stories of couples being together from their first date even after sleeping together, high school sweethearts, blind dates, you name it I’ve probably heard the love story. Am I bitter? Maybe, no one wants to be alone and if they say they do I think they aren’t being honest with themselves. Now am I saying settle for the first thing that comes along and shows you attention? No. You have standards, don’t lower them. There is someone (soulmate) who will not only meet them but surpass them.

I was married for 3 months because I leaped before I looked. Even when I knew in my heart that it wasn’t meant to be, I let what I believed should be happening to cloud my good judgment. My common sense. I listen to sappy love songs and I find myself waking up in the middle of the night with tears stained on my pillow. I give myself pep talks about finding love when I least expect it and I hate it. I absolutely hate it. When I do meet someone and I think we click, everything is going well, and then BAM! things change. I start to feel like I’m not good enough. The texts go from every morning, night, and hour in between, to I feel like I’m a stalker vying for the attention that I should have. It’s like a complete 180 and it in turn only makes me feel like I’m doing something wrong. I start to question not only myself but my sanity. What am I doing wrong? Like I said I hear all the love at first site and we had sex on the first date and now we’ve been together 5, 10, 15, 20+ years and the only thing I can think in response is, Mm…anytime I’ve had sex on the first day I didn’t get a phone call the next day. Doesn’t matter if we had been texting weeks prior to said first date. Again I ask, what am I doing wrong?

Recently I’ve met a super cool guy. We talked for weekends through the phone before we even had our first day. Then we had a second dinner date, and spend the 4th together for our third and now I’m beginning to let past heartbreak confuse and bewilder me. If I don’t get a text back right away I’m nervous. I start to second guess myself…am I texting too much, is this the same amount of texts I was sending before, is he bored of me already? Yes I’m a head case and neurotic. I can’t help it…I have anxiety and it seems to skyrocket when beginning a new relationship (is it even a relationship, does 3 dates a relationship make). So are there really soul-mates and if so where the hell is mine?

It’s The Little Things

Well, well, well…I finally freaking did it. What’s it, you ask? It is finish my BA for Psychology after 10 years…that’s what IT is!! To say I’m excited would be an understatement. I am just so freaking stoked. Not only will I now have BA but I also have an AA in Logistics from my 8 years being the the United States Air Force. I am in a very different place from where I was 10, 8, or even 1 year ago. I have 3 works published with hopefully 5 more added to that number before this year is out. I’ve met some wonderful and not so wonderful people on this author journey that I have embarked on. I have my first signing coming up with Boston Comic Con, I’ve made an official author website, I’m getting the hang of the whole social media thing (well some days at least), and most importantly I’m having fun. I will also be attending Authors In The City (AITC) next year in March…the tickets are already on sale. Check out the pinned post for details on that. Also if you are interested in being apart of my street team just click here.

For all you Facebook fans I have an amazing giveaway going on here, (just look out for the pinned post) and I’m planning a huge multi author 4th of July giveaway here. So make sure you check back to enter.

For anyone interested I’m accepting participants in my Double Blog Tour/Cover Reveal here, there are review opportunities for the first two books in my Dark Indiscretions Series, as well as chances to interview me.

I’m currently working on I guess what you would call a spin off or companion novellas to my Dark Indiscretions Series which will be called The Dark Indiscretions Chronicles, detailing more intimately certain characters that aren’t detailed as much as I would have wanted in the Dark Indiscretions Series. I also have 6 books planned in a Sci-Fi, Steampunk, Fantasy type world that I want to start working on at the beginning of the year. I’m really excited about it and will even be possibly using a friend as the model on the covers.

I have so many book ideas that it’s become crazy to keep them all separate. I’ve been using Scrivener, which I love! The layout and organization is amazing. It’s especially helpful since I want to release an Insider’s Guide once the Dark Indiscretions Series is complete. Well that’s enough of my ramblings for today! Happy Sunday and for all the True Blood fans, I hope tonight’s episode is better than the last!

It’s The Little Things

Well, well, well…I finally freaking did it. What’s it, you ask? It is finish my BA for Psychology after 10 years…that’s what IT is!! To say I’m excited would be an understatement. I am just so freaking stoked. Not only will I now have BA but I also have an AA in Logistics from my 8 years being the the United States Air Force. I am in a very different place from where I was 10, 8, or even 1 year ago. I have 3 works published with hopefully 5 more added to that number before this year is out. I’ve met some wonderful and not so wonderful people on this author journey that I have embarked on. I have my first signing coming up with Boston Comic Con, I’ve made an official author website, I’m getting the hang of the whole social media thing (well some days at least), and most importantly I’m having fun. I will also be attending Authors In The City (AITC) next year in March…the tickets are already on sale. Check out the pinned post for details on that. Also if you are interested in being apart of my street team just click here.

For all you Facebook fans I have an amazing giveaway going on here, (just look out for the pinned post) and I’m planning a huge multi author 4th of July giveaway here. So make sure you check back to enter.

For anyone interested I’m accepting participants in my Double Blog Tour/Cover Reveal here, there are review opportunities for the first two books in my Dark Indiscretions Series, as well as chances to interview me.

I’m currently working on I guess what you would call a spin off or companion novellas to my Dark Indiscretions Series which will be called The Dark Indiscretions Chronicles, detailing more intimately certain characters that aren’t detailed as much as I would have wanted in the Dark Indiscretions Series. I also have 6 books planned in a Sci-Fi, Steampunk, Fantasy type world that I want to start working on at the beginning of the year. I’m really excited about it and will even be possibly using a friend as the model on the covers.

I have so many book ideas that it’s become crazy to keep them all separate. I’ve been using Scrivener, which I love! The layout and organization is amazing. It’s especially helpful since I want to release an Insider’s Guide once the Dark Indiscretions Series is complete. Well that’s enough of my ramblings for today! Happy Sunday and for all the True Blood fans, I hope tonight’s episode is better than the last!

Welcome To The Real World

Hello. It’s been awhile. To say I started my journey full of excitement and wonder would be correct but I’m slowing losing the excitement and starting to wonder what the hell was I thinking.

The job search is hard as hell and most places that do want to hire are commission jobs. Now I wouldn’t be adverse to taking one of these positions but I’m trying to buy a condo and it just won’t happen with a commission only job at the moment.

So I’m at a loss of what to do really. Hope my books mysteriously sell a million copies overnight? One can only dream until then I’m going to try not to put myself in a mental hospital worrying about it. I can always sleep in my car right??

The Time Has Come

Wow!! It’s been a long time since I wrote a blog post. Sorry about that. So much has been going on. I’m working on the first draft of my new book, I’m transitioning from military life to civilian, I’m moving (YAY), looking for a new job, taking my last class for my BA, finished up an AA, working on a small 10K story for a multiple author release, went to Mississippi for a week, met Kresley Cole!!, Jennifer Probst, Emma Chase, Lisa Renee Jones, Alice Clayton, and Christina Lauren for the Belles on Wheels tour, and the list goes on and on and on. It’s been a crazy couple of weeks.

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Hopefully I finish the first draft of the book I’m working on (my longest one yet, just hit 50K last night and I have about another 10K to go) and I’ll post a small snippet 🙂

I also started making my own key chains for my Dark Indiscretions Series. I’m totally addicted now. They aren’t finished yet, still need to add two pieces 🙂

Keychain

So what’s everyone else been up to? And Happy Memorial Day!

Signed Paperbacks Announcement

Ok…now you can buy signed paperbacks from me for $14 (hope that’s not too much…it includes everything even shipping) from my website it’s on the Home screen at the bottom 🙂 Let’s see how this goes ❤ Right now it’s set up for Dark Indiscretions and Dark Indiscretions: Monster Unleashed (which should be in stock towards the end of the month since it’s only releasing tomorrow in Ebook) but you can put your orders in as late or early as you want so spread the word bird!!!

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http://sljay1184.wix.com/shakuita

Dark Indiscretions: Monster Unleashed Release Date

Hello all! How are you? I’m just taking it one day at a time and trying not to burn myself out you know…my work days are counting down and so are the days to my finished degree. I’m excited and nervous for both. I have big plans this year and we aren’t even halfway into it yet. I can’t wait to start the next chapter in my life….

Speaking of next chapters book 2 in my Dark Indiscretions Series is scheduled to release April 15th!!! Yes you heard right that’s only 4 days from now. I’m so damn stoked it’s not even funny. There is currently a blog tour going on for it and a giveaway linked with it…here is the mobile friendly link…

http://tinyurl.com/o9ljz7a

Here is the direct link as well…

http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/88b6446/

 

As soon as I have the purchase links for Dark Indiscretions: Monster Unleashed I will be posting them everywhere 🙂 For now here is the Goodreads link….

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20570459-monster-unleashed