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As we all start the recovery process from Hurricane Sandy, slowly I have started to get back on track with everything.  My heart goes out to all the families that lost their homes as a result of Sandy.  May God be with you and deliver you out of this disheartening period in your lives.

I usually don’t blog this early but the baby is sleeping and work is delayed because of the snow so I decided to take this opportunity to write a long overdue blog post.  I will begin with updates concerning Swept into the Darkness Book one.  My promotion was delayed because of the storm, but now things seem to be falling into place again.  I am waiting for the latest edition of my proof to arrive, which I ordered a few moments ago.  As soon as I review it and approve it, the paperback will be available for purchase.  I am striving for perfection and that takes time, patience and money.  It’s amazing how long and tedious publishing a book can be.  On my original timeline, book one and two were supposed to be published and available to readers.  When it is finished it is finished.  Despite all the work that comes with publishing, I really love it.  The more I write and work on my books the more passion I gain for my craft.  The feeling is indescribable.

Announcements will be made on my blog as well as via Twitter and Facebook once the book is up for purchase.  My Facebook release party is in a couple of weeks.  I am just waiting to confirm my official date and will announce that once I get more info on that.  If you cannot wait for a paperback, Swept into the Darkness is available on all distribution channels as an eBook, which includes Barnes and Noble and Amazon.com

Book two in the Chronicles of the Celestial Series will be titled Swept into Betrayal.  The book is in the process of being typed.  It is complete but I am making some changes as I go along.

There are many promotional events that are being planned for the release of Swept into the Darkness.  As they begin to unfold I will make sure that they are announced.

Be Safe, Happy and Healthy

Happy Reading and Writing

L.L

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Well Summer is still here, which is a good thing, but I will be excited for the fall to arrive so I can resume with my book promotion, start the process of publishing the paperback version of Swept into the Darkness, the first book in my Chronicles of the Celestial series.  After the the release of the paperback I will be doing everything that comes with the release of a new book.  I did finish writing the second book in the series which is now titled Swept into Betrayal.  There were some major changes that I made with some of the characters and events so the name change fits into what is going on with the storyline. I found a few new prospects when it comes to book promotion, and I plan on using all the tools I can get my hands on to get the word out.  Now It is about increasing book sales.  The book is indeed a great and exciting read and there is no reason why readers would not fall in love with the series.  I am excited to start plans with the upcoming tour as well.  I did some reasearch and noticed that there are many good companies willing to host my tour.  As of now though, I have not decided on which company will host my book tour.  My book was published in June and there is still just as much work left to do now than ever.

As I continue to recoup from childbirth and settle into motherhood, I learn something new everyday from my baby.  As I write this, I have to stop and check on him since I hear him making noise…… It so so nice to finally have my son out in the real world but I must admit it is very hard.  Even with lots of help from my dear husband, mother and mother in law I am exhausted beyond words.  I don’t know how I am walking at this point.  I see the purpose of full-time, live in nannies.  I applaud all those that help to take care of babies and children for a living.

Despite everything that has happened over the past few months, and weeks that has brought me complete happiness, being in the house for so long has taken a toll on me.  I think it is making me more tired just being inside.  The weather is really too hot to take the baby out, so staying in under the Ac is the best option.  This is the first summer that I have had to remain indoors for most of the summer.  I still have a couple more weeks before I am able to drive again.  This last thing I did was see TDKR which was wonderful.  It made me appreciate Christian Bale even more as an actor and person after the movie theater tragedy.  This weekend I am looking forward to my first glass of wine in almost a year.  I know I have been ranting for some time, but I hope that this month I will have the chance to have some freedom and venture off out somewhere else besides the movie theater.

Still Reading Deadlocked.  Actually had to stop my evening reading due to my new schedule, but I plan to resume this weekend.

Happy Reading and Writing

L.L

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Well Summer is still here, which is a good thing, but I will be excited for the fall to arrive so I can resume with my book promotion, start the process of publishing the paperback version of Swept into the Darkness, the first book in my Chronicles of the Celestial series.  After the the release of the paperback I will be doing everything that comes with the release of a new book.  I did finish writing the second book in the series which is now titled Swept into Betrayal.  There were some major changes that I made with some of the characters and events so the name change fits into what is going on with the storyline. I found a few new prospects when it comes to book promotion, and I plan on using all the tools I can get my hands on to get the word out.  Now It is about increasing book sales.  The book is indeed a great and exciting read and there is no reason why readers would not fall in love with the series.  I am excited to start plans with the upcoming tour as well.  I did some reasearch and noticed that there are many good companies willing to host my tour.  As of now though, I have not decided on which company will host my book tour.  My book was published in June and there is still just as much work left to do now than ever.

As I continue to recoup from childbirth and settle into motherhood, I learn something new everyday from my baby.  As I write this, I have to stop and check on him since I hear him making noise…… It so so nice to finally have my son out in the real world but I must admit it is very hard.  Even with lots of help from my dear husband, mother and mother in law I am exhausted beyond words.  I don’t know how I am walking at this point.  I see the purpose of full-time, live in nannies.  I applaud all those that help to take care of babies and children for a living.

Despite everything that has happened over the past few months, and weeks that has brought me complete happiness, being in the house for so long has taken a toll on me.  I think it is making me more tired just being inside.  The weather is really too hot to take the baby out, so staying in under the Ac is the best option.  This is the first summer that I have had to remain indoors for most of the summer.  I still have a couple more weeks before I am able to drive again.  This last thing I did was see TDKR which was wonderful.  It made me appreciate Christian Bale even more as an actor and person after the movie theater tragedy.  This weekend I am looking forward to my first glass of wine in almost a year.  I know I have been ranting for some time, but I hope that this month I will have the chance to have some freedom and venture off out somewhere else besides the movie theater.

Still Reading Deadlocked.  Actually had to stop my evening reading due to my new schedule, but I plan to resume this weekend.

Happy Reading and Writing

L.L

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Well Everybody.. I am back!  Back as a completely new person, with a new role…   My little bundle of joy entered the world on July 5th.  Its been quite an exciting challenge adjusting to motherhood and recouping from the delivery.  This is actually the first time I have sat in front of my laptop in weeks.  I am not really sure how long it has been but to tell you the truth it feels really good to be blogging again.  It feels great just to get my thoughts down and fingers back into the flow of writing.  My book promotion plan has been put on hold until I can get my son on an official schedule.  I know I have mentioned the schedule before but it is harder than I thought it would be.  My time really revolves around him at this point.  As far as my book is concerned I will be sticking to my original plans which includes submitting my press release, promoting through goodreads, twitter , Facebook and all of the other sites that encourage self publishing.  The paperback will be released early fall which will also be the beginning of my book tour launch.  I need to obtain some book reviews.  I will start the process of that as well.

My latest book profile can be found on bookdaily.com under my name LaTaeya Lane or the title of my book Swept into the Darkness.  The profile is still fairly new and I am still in the process of updating and making changes to the profile.  Also my video trailer is up and running live on you tube, so if people want to get the gist of what my book is all about you can click on the video link on my book page or just go directly to YouTube and type my name Lataeya1 or enter the book title Swept into the Darkness.  For the month of July I will also be participating in the Smashwords summer book promotion.  My book Swept into the Darkness: Chronicles of the Celestial Book one will be available for fifty percent off.  Download your copy today.  Stay tuned for coming updates.

I finally got my copy of Charline Harris’ DeadLocked.  I just started so I am very excited to see where the story will go.

Happy Reading and Writing

L.L

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My life has been filled with constant changes over the past nine months, but especially over the past few weeks.  I’ve been so busy with preparing for the arrival of my son, my book promotion and writing the next book in the series that I hardly have time to jot down whats going on in my blog.  First of all at this point in my pregnancy I am ready to have my baby and somewhat return to normal.  The nights are the worse for me.  It is so hard to get a decent nights sleep.  My son plays and wiggles around like he is having a party or something.  It starts around ten.  He will settle down for an hour or so and by midnight he is all over the place.  I will watch tv sitting up and close my eyes when I can, before I know it, it is around four in the morning.  This is the time when he really comes alive with so much energy.  It seems like the best sleep I get is in the latter morning hours between five and eleven.  I’ve done a lot of research and most of the books and internet sites say the same thing.  They say that most babies in the womb start the show their newborn patterns during this time in the pregnancy.  If that is true I will be working hard to put my baby on a schedule as soon as I can.

When it comes to my book Swept into the Darkness, I am doing everything I can to get noticed as a serious author.  I am now a goodreads author and have my book and profile all set up.  It is still a work in progress.  I never realized how challenging promoting yourself on goodreads could be.  Its one obstacle at a time but I will do my best to make it work.  I published the book through KDP so now my book is up live and available for purchase on Amazon Kindle.  I am so very happy that worked out because I was a little worried when I found out that smashwords was having some distribution issues with Amazon Kindle.  The links to purchase my book can be found on my Book Page on this site.  I am still waiting for Barnes and Noble to have my ebook stocked and available.  I have no idea what the delay is but I am getting very frustrated over waiting and checking the status and not seeing my book up.  It is so very important to have my book available to the major channels so that everyone has the chance to get it on whatever reading device they have.

Book two in my Chronicles of the Celestial series is progressing very well and at this point I will be able to soon start entering it into my laptop.  I will be working on preparing book one for the paperback edition to be released early this fall, so I am looking forward to all the new changes, improvements and developments that this summer will bring inaddition to the fall.

Happy reading and Writing

L.L

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 Snow White and the Huntsman directed by Rupert Sanders and starring Kristen Stewart, Chris Hemsworth, and Charlize Theron tells the classic fairy tale with a very dramatic twist.  The struggle for power, beauty and immortality are the basis that supports the over all theme of good vs evil.  Kristen Stewart plays a Snow White that is rarely portrayed when it comes to fairy tale princesses.  The character demonstrates strength and perseverance as she sets out on a journey to survive being hunted, avenge her father’s death and to save the kingdom from permanent darkness.   Unfortunately  I feel that Stewart was not a good choice for the role of Snow White.  I understand the goal of  the casting director but Stewart did not do a good job with the character portrayal.  I just saw her as a modern girl who was thrown into period costume, making an attempt to portray a fairy tale princess.  Her mannerisms were way too Bella like, and I kept seeing Bella push through the Snow White character.

On the other hand the Queen played by Theron was a perfect choice of casting right along with the Huntsman played by Hemsworth.  Both characters had a very interesting story that continued to draw movie goers deeper into the fairy tale.  The darkness within Theron was extremely engaging, the more you saw her on camera the more you wanted to learn about her character.  Charlize was by far one of the best evil queens I have seen on silver screen.

The special effects and costumes were stunning and engaging.  They did not over shadow the mood of the movie or the storyline.  They both added to the realness of the environment.  The effects were used in methods that told the story in a way that our imaginations could only visualize.  The fantasy world demonstrated a vast array of creativity and innovativeness.  I was completely drawn into the elements of the magical land.

One major down fall in the movie was the portrayal of the dwarfs.  Played by various known actors, collectively they were not a major component to the story line like in the classic story.  The casting director should have picked real little people to play the seven dwarfs.  There are lots of little people actors out there that should have the opportunity to demonstrate their acting skills.  They would have also presented a more authentic feel representing their part of the story.

The movie has some good action that will keep you interested.  I give this movie three stars.

Happy Reading and Writing

L.L

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As January comes to a close, and winter officially sets in, So has so many other things in my life.  On a sad note, I lost a friend from High School to Cancer.  Molakia Motley was a dear friend to many.  My heart goes out to her family and those who were extremely close to her.  We went to grammar school together and high school.  She was truly a bright light and the world lost a very special person.  I know she is in Heaven at Peace.  It’s so hard to think that she is no longer on this Earth.  It leaves an emptiness.  Almost feeling like a gap or a hole in your body and spirit.

My pregnancy is going pretty well, but I came down with a terrible cold last week.   I have been sick in bed since last Tuesday Night.  I was not even able to make it to Molakia’s services.  I am struggling to get over the hump and expect to make a full recovery within the next few days.  I guess the cold just had to play it self out.  Now I have to watch everything, I got the ok to take over the counter meds that are safe for the baby, but it is sill on a limited basis.  Which is annoying.  I am so used to just running to CVS and grabbing a bottle of Vicks Ny Quil and boom Im back on my feet  within two days.  During that time I was not in the mood to do any type of writing, but I tried to push through it when the urge came along.  Of Course that is the reason why I didn’t get the chance to see Underworld Awakening last weekend.  I hope to be able to take a trip to the theater sometime this weekend.

I just finished reading and editing the last chapters of Swept into the Darkness, and will be doing one more read through before I officially submit it to my editor.  After I send the manuscript to her and everything goes smoothly with all the finalizations, the book will finally be available for purchase on Smashwords and several other e-book formats.  I am not rushing to have the paperback released, but it will be released in time for readers to enjoy it for the Spring or Early summer months.  As I go though the third dose of rereading my work I will be looking into advertising packages and also preparing and setting up a Midwinter Book tour.  Right Now I will be hosting two book tours.  One in Midwinter to present my debut Novel to the Publishing world and the Second in the Summer to garner all the attention and attract readers to experience an unforgettable journey.

I am extremely proud of my self and have over come lot of challenges along the way.  Once Swept into the Darkness  is on book shelves I will resume with writing book two Swept into Revenge.  I can’t express how excited I am about this project and look forward to a bright successful future in the Publishing industry.

Happy Reading and Writing!!!

 

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