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About Family Is Live

About Family is live on Smashwords

and Amazon!

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It has been an extraordinary journey getting these three books out this year! I will be busy with the release party this weekend and I hope to see you there.

About Family, Book Description:

From the author of the Electric Series comes a stunning new book, About Family. Carly Compass has compiled a collection of short stories about families. Who can you count on in a crisis? Who stands up for you and supports you in your endeavors? Is it the biological members known as blood relatives? Or have you gained a group of friends that stand by your side? About Family examines these different scenarios in thought-provoking stories that are sure to entertain. Issues between siblings, mothers and daughters, husbands and wives, children and their parents and vise versa are all thoroughly examined in these twisting tales that reveal our strengths and weaknesses.

About Family, Excerpt:

Ivory Tower

Part 3

{Parts 1 and 2 are published in, About Love)


Sally Costanzo gave Jesse Worthington one last, long and lingering kiss before she opened the Jaguar X type door and jumped into the backseat, giggling.

“So, you two are a thing now?” her mom, Sheila asked, as Sally slammed the door.

“Yeah,” Sally said, putting on her seatbelt.

“Well, you don’t have to be so obvious about it,” Sally’s sister, Jemma huffed from the passenger seat.

Sheila shifted into drive with her foot on the brake, clicked on the left turn signal, looked into the rearview mirror and watched Jesse sauntered to Dr. Worthington’s SUV. Jesse’s 6’4” frame hopped into the black Escalade parked behind her. Sheila shook her head, and looked into the side view mirror and merged out of the parking spot.

“When did it become official,” Sheila asked.

“A few days ago.”

“You do know that Jesse is my professor’s son.”

“Yeah, I know. I know,” Sally said, rolling her eyes looking out the window as they drove.

“Did you know that Dr. Worthington was parked right behind us?”

“No,” Sally said shifting uncomfortably.

“A kiss good bye is fine. Keep it short and sweet,” Sheila said.

Sally hissed and huffed in the backseat.

Sheila knew there was nothing she could do about it, besides Jesse was a very handsome boy and not a bad catch, but the timing of this couldn’t be worse. Sheila left Dr. Worthington’s class and drove to the high school to find her professor parked right behind her. What a mess!

They arrived home and everyone went about their activities. Sheila had to get dinner on the table and write a paper for her Fiction Writing class. The girls went upstairs to their rooms while Sheila prepared the meatloaf, popped it in the oven and went downstairs to the computer to write her paper.

“Dinner,” Sheila called out an hour later.

The family gathered around the round table set for five.

“I got the lead in Marvin’s Room,” Jemma said.

“Congratulations,” Sheila said, passing the green beans.

“That’s terrific honey,” her father, James said, as he passed the mashed potatoes.

“Not another play,” her brother, Donny groaned.

“So, when do rehearsals start?” Sheila asked taking a bite of her meatloaf.


“What time will you need to be picked up?” Sheila asked.

“My parking permit came in today. So, can I take the van?” Jemma asked.

“Sure, you can drive Sally in the morning and I will pick you up in the afternoon,” Sheila said looking at Sally.

“Okay.” Both Sally and Jemma agreed.


 In the preceding months, Sheila continued the grueling schedule of working and going to school while maintaining the family routine.

She had a strict schedule for maintaining the house with dinner on the table every night. She would get home from school most days and find Jesse on her couch. Jesse now had his own car and would drive Sally home, hang out and have dinner with the family most nights.

Sally would attend Dr. Worthington class where he always seemed to nudge in a comment into the writing prompts that seemed personal to Sheila as if Jesse was going home and reporting everything to his father about his experiences in the Costanzo home.

“Remember about character development, does your character make their bed every morning, or do they leave it in shambles? What does that say about them?

“Is dinner promptly on the table every night or do they order fast food? All of these literary devices give your readers clues to who your characters are. Don’t state the facts, reveal them in small doses. We don’t want a grocery list of telling, but subtle nuances showing that enable the reader to draw their own conclusions.”

 Sheila tried to navigate the situation as best she could, feeling self-conscious and inhibited in his class, knowing that any paper she handed in could be seen by Jesse and thereby seen by her daughter, Sally.

Winter slowly shifted into spring, the crocus gave way to the daffodil and with it torrential rains. One Friday night during a particular bad thunderstorm James shouted, “the power is out,” as he looked out the window.

“Oh my god! What about the sump pump?” Sheila asked running to his side.

“I’ll go check it,” James said with Sheila following close behind. They grabbed the flashlights and went downstairs.

“The water is coming in,” Sheila said in a panic as she watched the water level rising, bubbling up from the sump pump pit and quickly spreading to the dirty laundry laying on the floor. She immediately picked up anything that was on the floor and remembered the power strip for their computer and ran into the office to make sure all of the electrical plugs were up and off the floor. She lit candles so that they wouldn’t run out of flashlight batteries when she heard a gigantic roar of machinery.

“What was that?” Sheila asked as the roar continued to reverberate outside the house. The couple went upstairs to investigate. James poked his head out of the sliding glass door as the rain pelted down on him and looked in the direction of the noise and saw their neighbors had, “Generators.”

“Oh shit, we need a generator” Sheila said. “Where can we buy one,” Sheila asked James.

“I don’t know, Home Depot, or the hardware store.”

“Why don’t you see if we can plugin to the neighbor’s generator while I look around,” Sheila said grabbing the yellow pages.

James put on his raincoat and went outside. He saw a figure wearing a hooded yellow rain slicker two doors down and called out, “Ron.”

Ron turned his head and greeted James as the rain came down in sheets, “It looks like a bad one,” he yelled over the roar of the generator and thunder clapping overhead, extending his hand to James in greeting.

“Yeah. We don’t have a generator. Sheila is in the house calling stores right now. Can I plug into yours until we find one?”

“Sure,” Ron yelled. “But you better get one. This happens all the time.”

“Really,” James yelled surprised.

“Unfortunately, yes.”

“I’ve lived in Clancy for sixteen years, ten blocks north of here and we never lost power.”

“Yeah, it has something to do with the power grid. But you have to keep your sump pump going or your basement will flood.”

“The things they don’t mention when you buy a house,” James shouted, shocked. “Okay, thanks. Let me get my extension cords and I’ll be right back.”

End of Excerpt

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Be on the look out: I will be Spotlighted on Christy Kate McKenzie’s blog, Pink Heart Society, for the month of March!

Stay tuned for my New 3 book Series, Rituals Lost, coming out in June of 2018! The first book will be a #freeEbook

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.

Happy New Year 2017

Happy New Year!

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

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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

Tuesday Teaser

Thanksgiving is just two days away and I am sure you are all busy preparing your feast.

I want to wish you all a very Happy Thanksgiving. I know that I am thankful for all of you, my readers and for family and friends to gather around together this time of year.

It has been a rough year for us as my niece died on May 25th of a mysterious genetic disorder that her sister has now been diagnosed with. So prayers out to Katie, now that they know what they are dealing with she has a much better chance than her sister did. Please keep her and her two little daughters, Sammy and Amelia in your prayers.

My mother-in-law is still on a swift decline with Alzheimers disease. There is no easy way to deal with this disease and so prayers and patiences is all one can offer and have to give with this challenging illness.

Most recently my son’s cat has taken a turn for the worse. I try to imagine myself at his age, 31! I had four young children to raise and keep safe. Sadly, I never could have done it in today’s economy, but somehow I survived.

My son has three cats to support and he has done well for the past ten years. Here is how the story began: Continue reading Tuesday Teaser