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SITD cover The drive to work was always a trip of contemplations. Thinking about my parents burned bright on my mind. It’s never easy to survive tragedy and bounce back into the swing of everyday life. I never really paid attention to the low volume radio but the extra noise kept me company. I used to love waking up early to get my day started but lately I wasn’t much of a morning person. I lost my father in an accident, and my mother couldn’t handle the loss. She had a nervous breakdown and is in a mental hospital, so really I lost both parents in one awful moment. It’s a challenge for me to get up and go on with my life like nothing has happened. Just getting out of bed sometimes makes me feel like I am betraying my parents.

Ever since the car accident I have excruciating headaches. I went into the kitchen and pulled out the drawer that my medication was in. At the moment I was taking prescription pain killers, sleeping pills, and sometimes anti-depressants. I hadn’t needed to take those pills in a long time. I tried to deter the pain from gaining force. If it didn’t, I was going to have to cancel my date with Christine and go straight to bed. The headaches are almost blinding at times, and literally feel like a hammer is banging inside of my brain. Every time I think about the trip I am reminded of the worst day of my life.

I had just gotten back from a weekend ski trip in Aspen with some girlfriends, including Christine. It was mid-winter and my flight was delayed for several hours due to a terrible snow storm that hit the area. My dad, a surgeon at Milford General Hospital picked me up from the airport after a thirty-hour shift; the staff was low because of the storm so he decided to stick around to help out as much as he could. We were both pretty tired but it never occurred to me that dad was not in any kind of shape to drive. It was 4:45 on a Thursday morning, and it was dark and freezing cold. Sleet came down pretty hard, and made the roads very slick. It looked like dad was doing fine, and I always felt safe when he was behind the wheel. Mom was waiting for us with hot cocoa and I was so excited to see her and tell her about my trip.
The ride was long and I dozed off a few times. I woke abruptly to the sound of skidding tires and a sudden swerving motion. Dad’s head was slumped down over the steering wheel, his glasses were crooked and his eyes were closed.
“Dad! Dad! Wake up!” I yelled. I yanked off my seatbelt to shake him with force. The car was spinning out of control. His head bobbed up and down and his eyes lazily open and closed. I grabbed the steering wheel and tried to scoot over as close as I could towards him and reach for the break with my foot. The car was going too fast and bumped and swayed through the light traffic. The car sped up and then everything went black.

I’d never been a “normal” person. Ever since I was a child I’d had experiences that were hard to explain. For example, I frequently had “flashes” that showed me glimpses of the future. I also remember times when a small light would emerge from my fingers, and I was able to move things using the light. Sometimes I saw things in my visions as well, like shadows and creatures. I could also see an aura around people—usually either a bright blue color or a muddled gray. Sometimes I’d seen a red aura, which for some reason really scared me. I’d tried to ignore these abilities, and there were times when I refused to admit that strange things were happening…

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Marketing my urban fantasy novel Swept into the Darkness (Chronicles of the Celestial) Book one has been quite a challenge. I officially kicked off the paperback release with a Facebook release party, which took place November 27, 2012. That event was a great success. The next step in the promotional process will be a Book Blast, which will begin within the next few weeks, followed by a book tour. I finally made time to start my official author page on Facebook which is already on the verge of obtaining 100 “LIKES.” I hope to make that milestone and go beyond. Advertising on FB and Night Owl Reviews will be next in the process. In the mist of me working on all of this I am working on Book Two and Three simultaneously. Having my book reviewed is another aspect that is very important to me. I already have two reviews and expect more to trickle in as time goes on. My Goodreads promotion is also on the list of things to do. I have been spending so much time on promotion that it has taken away from my writing. With winter break fast approaching, I plan on finishing book two and hopefully I will have the chance to start the editing process so I can meet my 2013 publishing deadline. The second review to my book is also great. It is included below. It really is an honor to have the opportunity to have your work read by other people and to be understood as a creative entity. It’s a great feeling to have people to recognize, respect and be open to being exposed to part of a person that is so dear and sacred to them. To give an unknown author a chance to express themselves and be heard is magical. I really want to thank those who have given me that chance and believe in the work I create.
5.0 out of 5 stars Well Earned Review, December 9, 2012
By aerstad – See all my reviews This review is from: Swept into the Darkness (Chronicles of the Celestial) (Kindle Edition)
A great, well written read.
Take me to another world and show me all the things that go on – on these other planes.
Such an interesting read. Love reading about Angels, good and bad, and the fight that goes on between them.
But what an awesome twist that I certainly was not expecting ——-A new breed, and one that I have never even thought of.
Hooray for LaTaeya. You did a wonderful job making this your own story.
Also with the Greek Mythology, Egyptians, amongst the Angels and other creatures, I can’t wait to read a book 2, which I
sure hope there is going to be one.
What else can I say other than you have created a believer out of me, and made me a follower of your work.
Happy Reading!! L.L

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The first book in my Chronicles of the Celestial series, Swept into the Darkness had a book release party on Facebook this past Tuesday.  In celebration of the paperback release, the party consisted of many games and activities to encourage readership.  As an incentive several prizes will be given away to the winners.  The theme was centered on angels and vampires, which is a major component in the books. The event was well planned by host Jessi Gibson, and the turnout was impressive. The whole experience was really amazing.  The fast paced event gave me the opportunity to interact with so many people that were interested in my book.  I am looking forward to having another event when I release the second book in the series “Swept into Betrayal.”  Thank you so much to Jessi Gibson and everyone that supported me during my release party.  It is very special to be able to connect with you the way I was able to.  Thank you.

Right now I am currently typing the second book and working on PR for the first book.  The PR process is never ending.  I am looking for readers to review my book, so if anyone is interested in reviewing Swept into the Darkness Book one, feel free to contact me at Lataeya.com

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Happy reading And Writing

L.L

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So much has been going on with my book since I last blogged about Swept into the Darkness.  The paperback version on my book will be coming out early October and will be sold on Amazon.com.  Currently I am reading the proof copy of the paperback.  I will be making some subtle changes within some of the chapters. It’s amazing the mistakes you can find even after you have read and reread the book several times and even had it edited multiple times!  October is also Indie Author month, and to celebrate all Indie authors I will be participating in a Facebook book promotion.  The event has been extended until the end of November so I will have a book cover spot on November 26th.  Also my official book release will be coming up soon and the actual dates will be announced via my site and twitter once I get those dates approved by my book release host.  That event will also take place on Facebook and will be by ” SPECIAL INVITATION ONLY.”  I am in the process of obtaining some nice prizes for my upcoming Goodreads promotion which will be announced within the next couple of weeks.  In addition to that I am looking for readers to review my book.  So if anyone is interested in providing me with a review please drop me an email and I can send a PDF copy of my book to be reviewed.  I am only looking for the serious reviewer.

As I am working on promoting Swept into the Darkness Chronicles of the Celestial book one, I am typing up book two and writing book three.  Busy, busy, busy.  Please note that this weekend I will post part three of my fall movie preview series.  I know that many of you have been coming on to look at my previews.  I apologize for being late with part three.  I just have been so busy with my book not to mention that I have a new baby at home.  🙂

Happy reading and writing!!!

L.L

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As my pregnancy comes to close, I find it harder and harder to stay on top of all things I need to do when it comes to my writing.  Being pregnant is an extremely life altering venture that can be a full time job on it’s own.  It’s something that is very difficult to get used to.  And what I am going through is just the beginning (so I have been told.)  As far as Swept into the Darkness book one is concerned, I am very pleased that I was able to have the book published before the baby arrived.  Now I will continue to promote it.  It’s all about getting the word out there to interested readers.  I am taking one step at a time with my promotion.  My book trailer is complete and I am in the final stages of reviewing it before it is published on You Tube.  I am waiting for my book to finally enter the Smashwords Premium catalog and as soon as that happens I will submit my official press release.  Advertising and book tours and other promotions will follow in a timely fashion.  I am still writing book two, I was calling it Swept into Revenge, but with the changes of events and characters I ended up changing the title.  The new title will be announced in the next few weeks.  The interesting part about being pregnant is the fact that I have not been able to sleep, so at night my mind comes alive with the many elements that make literature such an intriguing and creative thing.  The plot to book three is in the works and I even have had time to really study the details of book one and book two in ways that answers lots of questions and reveals more about the Chronicles of the Celestial Series.  Swept into the Darkness Chronicles of the Celestial book one is available for purchase at smashwords at https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/Lataeya

Happy Reading!!

L.L

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I miss blogging.  I have been so busy lately that I can’t hardly find the time to blog anymore.  I am still working on edits for book one in my series “Swept Into the Darkness.”  I just made it to chapter nine.  I think I am making good progress considering that I have a personal time line to be finished.   My mom and husband think I am rushing it and putting too much pressure on myself but I don’t think I am.  I am just anxious to get moving with my project.   I am writing chapter five of book two which has some interesting developments.  I am introducing new characters and my main character is definitely going through some major changes.  With Christmas break coming up, I actually hope to finish book two and at least start book three.  “Swept Into The Darkness” ended up being over 270 pages and way over 80,000 words, so for the next two books I am shooting for at least 60,000 words.  If I go a little over, no big deal, but I can’t make the next couple of books so lengthy.  I would rather stretch out the series before I make them too long.

Until next time my friends

Happy Reading and Writing!!!

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