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About Love, A Collection of Short Stories

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Book Description:

Tired of the same old love stories, of boy meets girl in a mixed-up world? Carly Compass strives to give her readers originality in stunning, thought provoking short stories. About Love, is a collection of stories,and poetry that examines all facets of love. The ancient Greeks had six words for love: Eros, sexual passion; Philla, deep friendship; Ludus, playful love; Agape, love for everyone; Pragma, longstanding love, and Philautia, self-love. The Oxford dictionary has four definitions of love, and within those definitions there are sub sections and that is when love is used as a noun. As a verb, there are more definitions. Love is complicated. Love is a human necessity and can be beautiful, vexing, and a tremendous source of motivation, simultaneously. This collection of poetry and prose scratches the surface and plays with love everlasting in a thought provoking, humorous display of love in its many guises that will surprise you.

Book Excerpt:

Desiree

 The garden party spilled out onto the cobblestone road of the tiny village. Desiree descended the small hill looking down upon the landscape, noting the tiny white twinkling lights that sparkled and lit up the designated area. A fair-haired young man of in-discernible age walked swiftly up to her, kissed her passionately on the lips, and just as quickly turned and walked away. Standing still from the shock of it, she became incensed at the utter audacity of this young man.

She soon found her footing and followed after him. He wasn’t going to get away with it! She was determined to give him a piece of her mind. The young man’s pace quickened as she pursued him. He vanished through a cellar door in one of the cottage’s outhouses.

Desiree thrust open the door with a passionate fury of her desired intention to find darkness and a stone staircase leading down into the abyss. Her psyche was so bruised, and her intention so clear, that fear of the unknown never entered her mind. Slowly, she descended feeling the air and atmosphere cool exponentially with each step as goose bumps rose on her flesh; the cool air went straight up her white frilly frock, sending chills through her body as she continued.

She heard in the distance, stone on stone rubbing together, as she descended the spiral stone staircase and soon heard the click clack of hooves on stone, like a horse trotting, and the ripping of cloth, like a Hulk transformation. She reached the bottom and entered the grotto of a limestone fortress, with torches blazing from the walls.

Now all she heard was the lilt of flutes, and the murmur of congenial conversation and laughter as she adjusted her eyes to the lighting. The smell of sweet wine, and something roasting in a nearby pit entered her nostrils.

All fell silent as she advanced. The entourage of toga clad natives bearing laurel leaf crowns, stopped basking in each other’s glow and sipping wine from their golden goblets to take note of her. Now all Desiree could hear was the gurgling of a babbling brook, and the crackling of burning fire.

Desiree looked off into the distance to find the fair-haired boy that she had followed.

Pan stood proudly with a devilishly mischievous aura, exuding sexuality from every pore. He displayed a knowing grin on his Rex Harrison face, framed by unruly curly brown hair.

He looked straight into her eyes with a burning desire and smiled, revealing brilliant white teeth. Desiree’s eyes followed his curly brown locks down his broad hairy chest and muscled build as chills went down her spine, she shivered a moment.

There was a familiarity there in his eyes. She felt their deep connection. Desiree smiled sweetly, remembering him, as if their paths had crossed innumerable times, for centuries.

Instantaneously, she knew he was her spiritual companion and then she started to recognize everyone, as the throng of people gather around her in greeting.

Euphoria set in, she was so happy to be there with all the people that she loved and loved her! The multitude enveloped and embraced her in a welcome that she never had experienced in this lifetime, but knew was familiar. The gathering offered her food, song, stories, music, dance, wine and merriment!

This went on for hours…until Desiree woke up with a feeling of orgasmic ecstasy! She felt refreshed and light-hearted.

She stretched out, eyes closed, wanting to hold…

End of Excerpt.

Thank you so much for your time and attention.

I must get back to writing, there are only three weeks until, About Family, A Collection of Short Stories is out! 

Take care until then, feel free to contact me with any questions.

The Journey and Process to Self Publishing.

My Journey and Process Writing the Electric Series.

It is difficult to believe that it has been 10 weeks since Book 6, The Finale of my Electric series has been published.

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Sales are good and the reviews are still coming.

This has been a spectacular journey spanning the last three years.

Starting on Facebook in March of 2014 I developed my platform across all social media six months before publication in late September and early October, publishing each book, a week apart, has proven to be quite successful. Ideally, an author would want to have all their promotional items made before publication, some suggests, two years before you publish. I made it up as I went along, creating this website in July that same year trying to attract readers.  I had a release party, after some reviews of the three book series came in, with 33 authors from around the world, in November, that lasted three days. You can learn more here in an Article by fellow Author Graham Watkins.  After the holidays I started to write and publish books, 4, 5 and 6 the following years! I just came up on my three year anniversary since I started this and all six books are finally out! This article will examine the process of how it all came about. Enjoy a snippet of book 1:

Find my books, and reviews here: download your free eBook while you are there!

In Book 1, the reader is introduced to an average American family. I wrote this for posterity and tried to stay true to the trials and tribulations that raising a family entails. I added for enhancement of the storyline a stalker and many clues to upcoming events to see what might transpire. Here are some reader responses:

In book 2, the reader gets a deeper glimpse that all is not as it seems, giving heed to the old adage that you can take the ten people you admire most in the world and put their problems in a bag and then switch bags with any one of them and you will always want your bag back. The reader learns more about the main character, Gina, as she begins to stumble.

Here is how some of my readers reacted to Book 2:

Considering cameras are in everyone’s hands and installed at almost every traffic light, bank, parking lot etc… and our society has become filled with exhibitionist, posting and tweeting every event in their lives across all social media and with the popularity of reality television shows, we have all become voyeuristic in nature too. So I decided to add the voyeuristic piece to the storyline. In book 3, stunning new developments are revealed and the story reaches a crisis of epic proportions with two characters dead and a cliff hanger as to how and why! Enjoy an excerpt from book 2.

Here are how some of my readers reacted in their reviews:

I had these three books written at the beginning of my journey. Originally, that was going to be the end, but at the last minute I decided to end with a cliff hanger and flush out more from these characters. I announced that I was writing a forth book in the series and got to work immediately. In the following year, 2015, I made book 1 free, which made me a best selling author on Amazon, and decided to combined all three books at a discounted rate. Learn more here.

I considered my readers and their reactions, and they were always at the forefront of my mind while creating book 4! Here the reader is introduced to an afterlife that I created with influences of Albert Brooks, from his movie, Defending Your Life and Rebecca Rosen’s book, Awakening the Spirit Within. With a rise in popularity of television shows like, John Edwards, and The Long Island Medium, I went to town to imagine and create what the afterlife might be like, with many messages and a lot of heartfelt meaning. I published book 4 in April of 2015, and here is an excerpt.

 And here is how some of my readers reacted to book 4:

I left another cliff hanger and had to proceed. While learning the ins and outs of promoting on social media and especially on twitter, I had been confronted too many times with pornography. Sadly upon further investigation I was shocked and appalled at how women were either willingly or unwillingly portrayed. With all the fuss and popularity of E. L. James’ Fifty Shades of Grey, I decided that I wanted to understand and delved into the BDSM scene in book 5, all while balancing, and deconstructing the aforementioned storyline. I published book 5 in 2016. Enjoy a short excerpt:

Here are some of the reactions of my readers:

Now I was presented with wrapping up the storyline and through many volatile happenings in my personal life, I forged ahead and completed the series in the beginning of 2017. Here is an excerpt from book 6:

And finally, here is how my readers reacted to book 6:

Publishing all three of the first books within weeks and the last three  books within a year and a half, I suggest having the series completed in advance and publish each book within a few weeks of each other as I seemed to have lost that initial excitement that I experienced with publishing the books  a few weeks apart. Each book can be read as a stand alone, but I am sure you will want to read every word.

One of my readers created movie posters as to how he saw the books. You can see Shadrach Del’Monte’s work here.

I am currently working on getting these books into paperback editions that should be out by the end of May 2017. I have decided to forgo using Roman Numerals as chapter headings in the 187 chapters work, choosing instead to use numbers for each book, for example in book 1, the chapters will be 1-1, 1-2 and so forth, in book 2, 2-1 and 2-2 all the way through the series that I think will look better for the print edition and be less confusing in general.

I am simultaneously working on a three book series of short stories: About Love, About Life and About Family due for publication starting, September 31st, through November 2017 and another series about women and their misunderstood witchy ways, working title, Rituals Lost, coming April through September, 2018!

I will have both series completed before publication, to try and grab onto that initial excitement that I experienced with the publications of the first three books.  Although the collection of short stories will not have any cliff hangers, there might be a story or two continuing on the character from my Electric series found within the collection along with poetry and some stories that were previous published in Literary Magazines that are no longer in print.

I will post about these new releases in the coming weeks and months ahead, sharing excerpts and book cover design ideas.

Before you go be sure to check out my goodreads reviews contained on this website I have read ten great books this year and you might like to learn more. Also feel free to look around my website for previous published articles with tips on social media as well as free chapters from the Electric series…

Thank you for your time and attention. Until next time, think about working a little bit each day toward your goal to bring about great achievement, not over night, but little by little, each day building something, to reach your authenticity. That is how I did it and will continue to flourish. No one is an over night success, it takes hard work and consistency to reach your goal in anything you want to accomplish.

Ya’all come back now, ya hear…there is more to discover.

Last Sneak Peek

If you haven’t yet, download Electric, The beginning, Book 1 to catch up on the fun of the series before Book 6 comes out on 2/1/2017!

As promised this is the last sneak peek or Tuesday Teaser before the release of my final book in the series. Continue reading Last Sneak Peek

Happy New Year 2017

Happy New Year!

Here, as promised, another chapter of Electric, The Finale, Book 6!

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CHAPTER CLXVIII

THE NEW YEAR

Gina walked into the living room, wearing her terrycloth robe and slippers with her hair up in a towel.

“Good morning beautiful! How did you sleep?” Don asked from the chaise lounge.

“Good!” Gina said, holding her shoulders down and throwing her arms out at chest level, she made a perfect pirouette, spinning three times in her clunky slippers, before Don interjected, “Whoa there, slow down!”

“I am just so happy, or at least I am trying to be!”

“Well, you should be.” Continue reading Happy New Year 2017

The 12 days of Christmas

I wrote a review of my favorite book, which turned out to be a not so humble brag. I have to admit that Simple Abundance, A daybook of Comfort and Joy, had a very profound affect on me and I just wanted to give Sarah Ban Breathnach a huge shout out, because her book changed my life.

You can find all Goodread book reviews on my website by clicking here.

Unfortunately, I am going to have to postpone the publication date of Electric, The Finale, Book 6 until February 1st, due to  conflicting schedules, and some extraordinary events that have made it impossible to publish by, January 1st.

I will however, publish another free chapter of Electric, The Finale, Book 6, on January 1st, to keep you going until the book comes out.

In keeping with the Simple Abundance Theme: I wanted to share my  12 days of Christmas, previous published on my Facebook Author page, that can be read anytime of year.

“On the first day of Christmas, I gave my true loves: The gift of my undivided attention.” Sarah Ban Breathnach Continue reading The 12 days of Christmas