Diamond Joe a Synopsis

Need a feel good story, this is it!

 

The horses finished in an upset as the favorite lost to a relative newcomer.  Samantha Thomas grew up on the farm but wanted so much more than slopping pigs.

Her dream was realized when a visitor in town learned of her love of horses.  Hiring her to train his horse, she eventually rode it in local races.  Before long, she and Thundercloud were making their way into the hearts and minds of other enthusiasts.

Riding the horse to victory, the owner sold the horse to visiting Prince.  The new owner, much like many in the stands, had no clue that the real gem was Sam, not the horse.

Diamond Joe, the man, was in the stands with his new son in law when Thundercloud came in from behind, pulling off an upset that would be history for years to come.  His daughter was also in the crowd, but she was only there for her husband, Steve, and her father.

After the death of her father, and a year later her husband; Donna sold her home and went to be with her mother.  Vera, her mother, passed from the flu, leaving her alone on the plantation. Dealing with a new horse that Steve, her husband, had purchased left her little time to socialize, not that she wanted to.

Teaching Journalism at the local university, Donna buried herself in her work.  The plantation was a respite from the real world.  When one of her students, an up and coming quarterback, argued with her about her draconian ideas on journalism, she saw in him the same spark that she had seen in her husband.

Dane showed an interest in her, which aroused the woman inside her.  Learning of his desire to date her niece, she put that fantasy on hold.  Hiring him to do some handyman work, Dane learns of her real love, the horse ‘Diamond Joe’ named after her father.

Not telling Donna the entire story of Sam, he alludes to her that Sam could train her horse.  Inviting Samantha to her place, Donna soon learns that love comes in all sizes and shapes.

Was Samantha interested in her money, or something else?

Read the story, tell me what you think.  I love this novel as have many of my readers.  Check it out.

While we are all on ‘time out,’ why not read a love story with horses and racing as a subplot?

 

Much love -TW

Schadenfreude already Selling after release today Thanks!

Lacy’s new boyfriend makes Christian Grey look like a choirboy. Can we truly love a bad guy? See for yourself!

Hello and Happy Saturday!

If you follow me here, you know that I am a busy person.  I don’t let the grass grow under my feet.

After giving agents plenty of time to ‘ring me up,’ I released Schadenfreude, Captives of Pleasure Island on both Amazon and Smashwords last night.

To the many of you already reading about Lacy and her harrowing experiences with Ben, Thank you so much!  

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Analytics show that Smashwords has already had hundreds of hits on this book alone.  Amazon only gives me sales but…You people are buying it!  That warms my heart; it truly does!

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I love this story so much.  My emotional investment in my characters is incredible.  When they are sad I am.  When they are happy, I am too.  It is much like the tail wagging the dog!

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Many have no idea what Schadenfreude is.  The textbook definition is deriving pleasure from someone else’s pain.

Again in the textbook scenario, it might be like, your sister in law that you despise lost her job.  You smile inside while putting on a face of faux concern. That is Schadenfreude.

Now, in my novel, I take its meaning a little darker.  You see, Ben makes Christian Gray look like a choirboy.

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The most significant problem I had is making these two characters lovable while arcing them in such a way that you the reader would find them redemptive.

This novel is by far my most intricate and yet most satisfying as I genuinely love the characters and the story.

As always if you find typos get in touch with me at www.authortwscott.com.

If you genuinely want to do me a ‘solid…’  Leave me some feedback on the site, which you bought it.

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With enough feedback, Amazon will promote it and guys, I work a day job, and I write.  I would love to just write for you.

I have several WIPs that I am going to go back and address in the near future.  If you bear the title of agent and you snoozed on this one, there are plenty of others in the pipeline.  Us the link and say Hello!

Hugs and much love -TW

Coming soon to a book store near you!

When a small town girl hooks up with the most dangerous man in the world, the story gets intense.

Last night I allowed Stephen Hawking to read my latest novel to me.

Don’t buy that?

Yeah, he is dead, but his spirit can still be here cant it?

Ok, you got me, my MacBook, which I had to get so I could use Vellum, does a bang-up job of reading my novels back to me one chapter at a time.  Why on God’s green earth would I do that?

You, You’re, and Your are three reasons, and the list goes on.  Our minds know what we wrote, and our eyes will gloss over the mess-ups much like those stupid little things on Facebook, that says if you can read this you’re a genius.  PFFT! Anyone can read them!

Stephen or the apple will not gloss over the clumsy sentence or suit vs. suite or breath vs breathe.  If it does not sound right, stop and edit.

 

I use three methods of editing, at least three.

Word, as I am writing.

Pro writing aid, although I must tell you it is prone to screwing up and Grammarly.

As I am putting the manuscript into Vellum if you want the chapter, titles to be something other than Chapter 1, etc you need to edit them.  That is what I do.  Pick a chapter, write the name and then let ol’e Stephen read my chapters to me.

Please don’t mistake my mocking of his animated voice as anything other than humor.  Truth told that is one person that I would love to have met.  I have all of his books and have absorbed them, as he was genuinely brilliant.  He is also a bit of a hero if you think about it.  How many of us would just lay down, roll over and die, if that were us?

Anyway, I tease, but that is all it is.  No disrespect meant, implied, or even thought of remotely.

So what about my latest novel?

Ok, if you like Beauty and the Beast, you will love this story.

If you liked House of Cards, you would love this story.

If you like Christian Gray, you will Effing love this story!

Let’s see if you like Romeo and Juliet…you will love this story!

If you are an agent and not contacting me…you are messing up.  I am close to self-publishing as I genuinely despise the query letter process.  It sucks… “if you never hear from us consider it a pass…PFFFT!”

I know that Bezos and Corker will make the brunt of the money, but at least it will get out there, and you the readers will get to give me some feedback.  With all of these novels, I must be getting close to hitting a home run.  Damn a sports analogy!

This story will have you laughing, crying, ‘horny’ guy or girl… and if you are one of the cam girls I write about, ladies…buy this book and read it. I just about have step-by-step instructions in there on how to make money being a cyber porn star.   My eyes!  I think I am going blind from researching this subject.

MFC yes My Free Cams should make this novel required reading!

One of my twitter followers, bless her heart, had on her bio, Cyber Slut!  Darling thank you for posting that because I am here to tell you, had I not followed your link, I would never have known any of this existed.

During my research, I discovered there are multiple sites like this, all with a thousand ‘models” or more on each, trying to make it as a ‘model.’

Darlings I am not judging you one bit. At least learn how to do what you are doing, so you make money for your efforts…Yes…I have some detailed instructions as my ladies try to figure out how to entice girls to prostitute themselves out in such a way to come to the island.

“Come to the island…Can’t you just hear some big man with a Jamaican accent inviting you to ‘the island?”

Cannot say this in my book but, here on the blog I can say ‘there is no short guy saying ‘the plane the plane!”

I made a few changes to the cover art, which if some Agent should find they will probably get a professional to do it but, for now this is what it will most likely look like.

Still reading?

Want the pitch?

Go to my website www.authortwscott.com find the contact page and come say ‘hello.”

For the rest of you…Thanks for the follows.  I honestly do appreciate it when you hit that subscribe button. Some of you take the time to comment, and I love that too.

Much Love  -TW

 

 

My Newest Re-Write

Foiling a hijacking attempt on her way to cover an explosion in LA, soon put her in the crosshairs of a secret organization known as the ‘inner circle.’

Friends,

I was so despondent over this weekend’s shootings, I crafted this huge blog about it.  I did not post it, however, as I don’t want to cause those of you in other countries to deal with our, or my pain.

Some people are just so stupid they don’t disserve to be breathing air, or taking up resources.  They are in fact defective and should be sent back to their maker for evaluation and repair.  Arghhh!

How are you doing?

I hope wherever you are, that you had a good weekend, and are doing productive things with your life.  I don’t think I say this often enough so let me say it now. 

Don’t just tell those around you that you love them, show them!  Hug them tight, and let them know how much they truly mean to you!

In writing stories or novels we are told to ‘show, don’t tell.’  Folks, carry this with you in life.  Show them!

So here is the deal…

I wrote this novel a couple years ago.  The concept of the story is this ex-air force pilot leaves the military and works for a news desk.  I love strong women and many of my characters are exactly that.

Her story is, she is recruited by this organization that I refer to affectionately as the ‘inner circle.’

I researched every conspiracy theory I could find. I then weaved many of them into this story.

I don’t care which gender you are, you will fall in love with Kelly.  She has her own Twitter account… Kelly McGuire@KellyMc69912926

Much like a Dan Brown novel, I take you from one corner of the world to the other, as we search for and destroy the bad guys.  Like many of my novels, there is enough ‘love’ to keep most of you entertained.  I even have something for you 50 shades fans.  ‘I am one of those.’

I wish I had been bold enough to be the first to do such a novel.

If you love action, drama, intrigue, and oh yes, sweet revenge, Presidential Assassin is for you.

I have rewritten it after an editor went through it for me.  The newest version also has a new cover, so look for this cover (above) when you are spending less than a cup of coffee for over a 110K words of entertainment.  (ebook)

I will also be producing a print version which, believe it or not, I make less money on.  Amazon and its partners make the bulk of it.

Pitch:

News Anchor, ex-Air Force Pilot Kelly McGuire, had no idea her life was about to change forever.

Foiling a hijacking attempt on her way to cover an explosion in LA, soon put her in the crosshairs of a secret organization known as the ‘inner circle.’

Those in the circle controlled the demigods while balancing ‘chaos and civilized.’  They either assisted the demigods; or removed them from power, by any means possible.

The demigods needed a governor. This ancient society, set up by the Illuminati, also known as Skull and Crossbones, were the ultimate sovereign over the elites.

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My goal is for one of my thirty-odd novels to go viral, so I can capture the attention of some publisher or agent, that is not afraid to invest time and $$ in my work.

Query letters take four hours each.  I can write a chapter, possibly two chapters in four hours…Which is a better use of my time?

Writing to you guys is a better use of my time, to be blunt.

Hey, I am dead serious about what I said about loving your friends and family.  If you are in good with the man upstairs, (and even if you’re not) you might offer up some kind words for those folks in El Paso and Dayton. I am sure they are still reeling in California as well.

If you’re not in good with him, maybe it is time.

Much Love, and I do mean that…-TW

Valentines day Sale just for you!

Are you open to love?

With Valentine’s day a few days away I wanted to give you all deal from me to you.

A significant sale on one of my favorite romance novels regularly priced at $4.99 This month of February 2018 Diamond Joe is going for $2.99.  Don’t wait.

What happens when two women meet for the first time and click?

Donna is a Journalism professor at a small college in South Carolina. Working with her students to make sure they learn, she never just gives away a grade.

Steve, Donna’s husband a Journalist for the New York Times, takes ill and passes away with pancreatic cancer.  Selling their house in the city, Donna moves out to her parent’s plantation. Forty-five minutes from town living on over a thousand acres of land, Donna is content to live there with her horses and the seabirds as her company.

Dane, a young student from a farm in Iowa, takes Donna to task about her criticism of his work. The theme from Mrs. Robinson plays through her head as she contemplates what she will do with the young Quarterback.

Messing with his mind, she has him read a book about one of England’s famous dominatrix’s planting a seed in Dane’s head to stir him up.

Fate would play into their lives as Dane has a friend back in Iowa who happens to train racehorses and Donna had one that needed training.

Sam, short for Samantha, flies out to South Carolina where both the two ladies learn more about themselves in one day than they had in a lifetime.

Diamond Joe is about love, courage, and passion as Sam overcomes many obstacles to take Diamond Joe to the Kentucky Derby.

You will laugh, cheer, and cry as you make your way through this well put together novel. TW does not believe in sad endings so take heart!  Diamond Joe is one of those books you will want to read again and again.

Thanks for the follows, tweets and of course purchases!

Much Love

-TW

The Girl Next Door Updated

Greetings!

Many of you have downloaded and read, The Girl NextDoor.  I know, it has some parts that make you cry, but those are happy tears, yes?  Good stories should evoke emotions as well as entertain.  If Hallmark ever did movies with same-sex lovers, this would be one hell of a movie!

If I told the absolute truth, which I always try to do, some parts of this book still cause tears to mess up my vision, my nose to run, and my cheeks to become damp.  And I wrote the story!

The Girl Nextdoor is a rags to riches tale, which is uplifting in many ways.  It is also slightly naughty so Hallmark would probably have to delete some of that, which would be a shame.

I love the story, and telling about the struggles with Anorexia in a story format is unique, thanks for pointing that out.  Yes, it is a lesfic, and I am unapologetic about that.  When you understand that the differences between the male and female are not that great, then you can get into the story.  I happen to believe that love is magnificent wherever you find it.  As long as love is not used as a weapon, to me, it is excellent and worthy of a story.

Since many of you have offered some feedback on the story, I went back and fixed some typo’s, and I embellished the story a little here and there. The more that I write and edit my own work, the better I become.  I have this love-hate relationship with Grammarly but if you take the time to learn why it doesn’t like this or that, soon your writing will improve, grammatically speaking.

If you want to re-download The Girl Nextdoor, I think you can from Amazon without cost since you already bought it once. The modifications that I made did not change the story, I just embellished some small portions.  Wordsmithing this paragraph or that is what we writers do.  Much like we artist do when we look at a painting we did years ago.  We want to touch it up.

Thanks for your patronage and your support!  I recently released Ghost Signal from Colorado Springs which is a super fun sci-fi that I know you will like.  There is lots of science and love and romance. This could be a movie for regular TV.  Ghost Signal of Colorado Springs is actually YA!  I know, I can write things that kids can read…LOL  Lets face it, naughty is fun to write and read but this book is well worth your time, and it is so reasonable in price.  $2.99 for damned near 90 thousand words of adventure!

 

-TW

Here is the new teaser for The Girl NextDoor..

 

Sally’s life was about to change as it was past time for a new  “Adventure.” Magic from Scotland would play into this adventure as the Pixies were good at guiding the humans. It was after all their job.  In this rags, to riches story, Sally Spent much time alone entertaining herself by mimicking the musicians on TV never dreaming that she would use those talents for her next big adventure.

Finding love in an unusual place for a girl from South Carolina, Sally had no idea that the Pixies were involved. Guiding her and her future friends in a fantastic adventure that included romance, and music while dealing with health issues, created a bond that would withstand the test of time.

The Girl Next Door is an adult read. Thanks so much for your patronage and your support!  -TW

My Happy Place, Where is yours?

Having written many different novels covering multiple genres I often get questions posed to me about why this or that?

The truth of the matter is simple.  What I was writing about at that time excited me to do so.  What inspired me to write about that subject is another topic.

Some subject matter in our society today is “forbotten” (forbidden) by some group of people who think that they have some right to be its curator and arbiter for all time. Guess what; you don’t own shit!

In the UK I could be in trouble for some of my subject matter as they don’t have freedom of speech.  If I say something about some group that is hateful I would be called the hate monger.  In your vernacular UK, that is stuffed up! I would vote those cockwombels out of office if it were me.  If you like what I write, you should have the right and ability to read it.  If you don’t approve of my writings, take your business elsewhere.  Vote with your purse.

Now truth told, the folks in the UK are some of my most loyal customers, so thank you so much for that!

As a writer I can write about Race, Gay issues, straight issues, political issues, I can even write about romance. LOL

Writing fiction with gay couples has been something that interested me in that I have many gay friends.  I care about them as one might care for a brother or sister.  Whether I agree with their lifestyle or not, does not give me any right to judge them.  Male-Female romance has been done to death.  How many ways can Boy meet a girl and come through some struggles with misunderstandings or biases that they must get through before they reach happily ever after?

“Come on; it has been done to death!”  I like strong female characters.  I think the world needs more strong women or female characters.  Don’t confuse that with ultra-feminism, it is not that.  Women are not all airheads as they are often portrayed, and I seek to break that stereotype.

Have you ever watched a Hallmark movie where the leading male figure just made you say EWWW!

It has happened, but not too often.  I wanted to ask the producer or director “what were you thinking?”

Some men are just creepy, and I guess some male directors don’t see it.  There have been movies in the past where the leading lady had to say all the sweet nothings to someone else as the leading man was a douche.   I love the back stories like that.  When Hollywood just misses the mark, it warms my heart strangely and wonderfully. Why? It lets me know that nobody is perfect and even with all of their resources they screwed up.  Much like finding typos in professionally edited books I feel a little less worried about a there instead of a “their.”

Why am I talking about movies?

Your characters must work not only for you but your audience. When creating your characters, you need to keep in mind who your audience is.  The tropes are just that, as the creator, it is up to you to put a different spin on them. The story must have some appeal to it.  Why would someone want to pick up your book?

We all judge a book by its cover.

The cover art must pique your audience’s curiosity.   I liken it to junk mail.  I get stacks of mail every day.  Someone wants to sell me a product or service.  The phone rolls to voice mail if I don’t know the caller, I don’t allow salespeople to get past the receptionist, so how do they sell to me?

How do you sell to your audience?

In my junk mail, each piece of mail gets about 3 seconds of my attention.  Three count them three seconds before it ends up in the circular file cabinet.

The subject matter must be photographic, and it cannot be cluttered.  I need to determine if I want to give it more than 3 seconds within three seconds time.

Your cover should be just as inviting.  What does your cover say?

In my novel Diamond Joe, I do this.

On the cover of Diamond Joe, I show a young lady running on the beach in a bikini. Under her is a superimposed racehorse.  Within three seconds you know it has something to do with a female jockey. You know that horses are involved.  The name of the book tells you something about the possible storyline as it is “Diamond Joe.” Who or what is Diamond Joe?  What does that have to do with this young lady?

In the very uncluttered text, I have “A heartwarming story of courage of love.”

Now within three seconds, you know enough about this book to either pick it up to look inside or keep looking as you have a thing against heartwarming stories.

Free advice from me to you.

Junk mail must be created similarly, and most often it is not.  Just to assist those that put out such mail, if you put a letter opener inside your letter, you are guaranteed to get more than 3 seconds.  If you put your logo and contact information on that letter opener, you are going to have your company information on that person’s desk or in their hand every morning when they go through the mountains of junk mail. One more trick, if it is just a letter make sure that when they pull the letter out of the envelope, your business card falls in their lap.

We could talk more about logos, but that is indeed outside the scope of this blog.  I am after all talking to authors or writers that want to write a book, not companies who want to sell stuff.

Once you open up that cover, what are you looking for?

The tease the hook, why buy this book?

Tell us something about this girl on the beach or the horse, what is it about her that will compel us to dig a little deeper.  Who is this Diamond Joe?

I have read this book a dozen times since it was published.  Yes, I am on the hunt for typos and grammatical errors, but the entire truth told, I love the characters and the story.  Each paragraph excites me, and that is what I began this blog about, why do I write what I write.  I love what I write!

Since I love most of the classics, I would guess that what I love about them and what I write, might be in line with what Austin, Hemmingway or Dickens might have penned.

If after this much time, and that many reads, and I still want to curl up with it, with a cat or my “mews” (muse) and a warm blanket with some hot tea close by, that should tell you something.  The winter is a particular time for me and warm blankets. Tea and cats along with a good book are pure gold! Now if you add some excellent Merlot, Dark Chocolat and a crackling fireplace, I might have to pick up Cyber Subs or Perpetual Palpitation and switch to something a little more naughty.

May you find your happy place and take the time to enjoy it as I try so hard to do.  Life is precious don’t waste it! Find your Happy Place!

Much Love -TW