Hey folks! Today I’m happy to introduce you to Joy Frawley and her story Two Worlds, Two Men!
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Joy Frawley is an author and writer of the upcoming romance novella; Two Worlds, Two Men due to release on October 2014 by Resplendence Publishing. Joy lives in beautiful Traverse City, Michigan relishing in living the life of the classic “townie” with her two dogs Piggs and Diggs.
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I asked the author, “If you could share one major writing tip, which could assist other writers in their goal of publication, what would it be and how have you implemented it in your own career?
If I had one major writing tip, which could assist other writers in their goal of publication, what would it be? This is the question I ponder and it is not as simple to narrow it down to one thing as you may think. There are many things that I believe helped tip the scales in my favor to become published. But if I had to pick one major thing it would be to stay true to yourself. By that I mean don’t allow anything to deter you in your goal to become published. Life is filled with obstacles and people always whining about the injustices of the world. Don’t pay attention to them. They are not you and their experiences are not your own, nor is an obstacle a permanent blockage. It can be a stepping stone. You will be the one to determine your success. How? By going onward no matter what because becoming published is important to you. You deserve it.
Personally, I had very little support in becoming a writer let alone published. I was more likely portrayed as a crazy loon or the quaky relative at the holiday party. No one saw me as a writer and all I got was grief if I took the time to share anything about my goals with anyone. It was futile and depressing. So I stopped talking to anyone about it. I stayed true to myself by eliminating unnecessary obstacles from people who simply didn’t believe in me. I didn’t pay attention to statistics about how hard it is to get published. I didn’t pay attention to stories about how hard it was to complete a manuscript and get halfway through the book and suddenly be faced with writers block. None of this mattered to me then and very little does to me now because I believe in myself.
So if you are in the midst of writing your book and gave up or if you have been taking a beating on rejections take heart. You are not alone in the struggle. However, you are alone when it comes to having the most powerful weapon at your disposal to obtain your goal of becoming published. What is it? It is the gift of staying true to yourself no matter what. This is the single most important tip I can share because if I had listened to everyone else I would still be unpublished. Be true to you and see it through.
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Jocelyn and Neely are having a perfectly pleasant dinner at the Sheep Heid Inn when it happens: Jocelyn suddenly finds herself sitting across the table, not from Neely, but a strange man dressed in medieval garb. This man is no apparition. His eyes, the deepest brown, clearly look on her in intimacy; his touch causes her pulse to rise. Jocelyn realizes two things: from his clothes, he is clearly an aristocrat, and that she, Jocelyn Stewart, seems to be in some sort of romantic relationship with him! Minutes later Jocelyn returns to Neely, in the present day, weak and terrified. Together they begin to unravel the forgotten past and find themselves facing the reality of medieval Scotland. A strange world steeped in folklore and superstition; where life begins and often ends with the sword. As Jocelyn travels back to medieval times she learns that the man she keeps seeing is no other than Sir Colin Campbell of the powerful Campbell Clan. When Jocelyn is with Colin, she wants never to leave his side; then she returns to the present and cannot imagine herself with anyone but Neely. Jocelyn struggles with a choice. Which man will gain her heart when both offer such different love? She is in love with two different men in two different worlds.
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Jocelyn looked around for the driver who was supposed to be waiting for her arrival with a sign. She had hired someone to pick her up because, as an American and first-time visitor to Scotland, she had figured it would be less stressful.
She didn’t see the driver anywhere; then, just as she started feeling nervous, she saw a man holding a sign with her name on it. And what a man he was! He was broad shouldered, strong and had dark brown hair with reddish tints. He exuded masculinity like some cologne, and even across the airport, she thought she could smell it. Smoothing her unruly hair, she started to walk over to him.
The man, seeing her approach him, took a step toward her. “Are you, Jocelyn?”
When he spoke her name, she found herself frozen in place unable to respond. She’d heard this voice before; she knew this voice. This man spoke her name exactly like the dream she had had all those years ago! She had been stirred awake in bed by a voice of a man, who spoke her name with a Scottish accent. His voice was gentle and low; as if he wanted to gain her attention, but not cause her alarm. Jocelyn had clutched the sheets to her chest and stared out into the darkness of her bedroom almost feeling his intimate presence beside her. She lifted her hand up to her ear having sworn his warm breath had brushed her skin. Jocelyn remembered she had turned her head, anxiously, toward the pillow next to her and almost thought she would be looking into the eyes of a stranger; yet she had not been frightened. This man, his voice, somehow comforted her.
Now, she stood in the airport and caught her breath as she faced the man before her. Her eyes searched his face for something; though what it was she wasn’t sure. Jocelyn felt her heart beating so fast she was certain the man could hear it as memories flooded her mind of that night so long ago when he or someone spoke her name in the darkness. Was that the reason for her vacation to Scotland? Was she unconsciously trying to find the man?
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Joy Frawley will award a $25 Amazon/Barnes and Noble gift card to one randomly selected winner during the tour. CLICK HERE to enter to win! Readers, follow the tour and comment; the more you comment, the better your chances of winning. The tour dates can be found here: Tour Schedule
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Joy Frawley, thank you for stopping by today!
Love & blessings to all! ❤