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Monday, April 14, 2014

Welcome fans and fellow lovers of literacy and the arts. This week we are putting up the sign, Writers Wanted...who would like to be featured on the JLB Creatives Blog. So be sure and share this post with your writing friends too.

We are seeking qualified, featured authors to appear on our blog. We need to fill up the 2014 calendar with authors who are worthy of discovery! AND you don't have to be published by JLB Creatives Publishing to be featured - how cool is that? We believe there are so many awesome authors out there who deserve as much exposure as they can get, and we love to help by sharing the news about them on our blog. If you're interested please follow the instructions in the top box above this main post titled, "Be Featured On The JLB Creatives Blog!"

Here's how our features work. We put out the new posts of the featured authors on Mondays. Your post remains live until it drops off the main page (this page). Once it drops out of the timeline it goes to the archives. This means your post is always available on the #JLBCP blog. 

We offer a TON of ways you can be featured. Everything from author interviews to excerpt extravaganzas, to author splashes and beyond! These different Post Styles are listed in detail on our Blog Submission Guidelines. You may request the SGs by following the instructions listed in the top box above this main time line of posts.

We are open to many genres, though we do not promote anything we find obscene or slanderous. This too is also explained in more detail on the SGs. 

If you'd like to see the authors we have featured throughout the years scroll down and check out the right side bar for the archives (somewhere about a third of the way down).

We look forward to hearing from you and getting you on our schedule, as well as your author friends. 

Until then, stay casual, live life to the fullest, and have a piece of chocolate for us!

Your blog host,
Author Janet Beasley

Monday, April 7, 2014

Meet Author Stephen King

Hello - and welcome to the JLB Creatives Blog. We hope your week is going well, and you're ready to discover another awesome author. This week we bring you author Stephen King. 

His post is short but sweet - and we're certain you'll become an instant fan when you read what he has to say about his life and his writing...

Author Stephen King

The Southern Influence

“You can take a boy out of the South,” they say, “but you can’t take the South out of the boy.”

They’re right, you know.  I’m evidence of that, I claim, as I sit, write, and munch on a snack that is about as stereo-typically southern as they get: boiled peanuts.  In fact, once upon a time, doing one of my writing gigs up in Alaska, I introduced my boss to the pleasure of the soft, salty orbs, and he became hooked.  That was unfortunate, because the snack was pretty much impossible to purchase up there; you had to boil your own raw peanuts for hours.
But, yeah, that’s me.  I grew up in a small town in Mississippi, and part of me has never left.  Granted, my southern accent was beaten out of me in high school in California, and in the years since, my military experience and my later travels took me around the world.  I’m still, though, a Southern Boy at heart.

The influence shows up in my writing.  My first series, consisting of four books so far and another due out this fall, is about a woman who finds out one day that she’s married to Ares, the god of war.  Oops, there’s something I forgot to tell you, honey….  She also learns that Aphrodite, his ex-wife, wants him back.  It’s a fun series of adventures set around the world, even inside an active volcano, but I couldn’t help making the god of war’s favorite snack one of my all-time favorite vegetables: fried okra. And yes, okra is still a veggie to me even after you deep fry it.

My latest work, the first installment of which is due out March 15th, is southern through and through.  It’s a tale of a Mississippi girl who learns that she’s the daughter of the elf king, and thus is, based on a weird elf tradition, next in line to be queen.  What follows is a lightly-told sequence of adventures in the fantasy world of Kiirajanna, one that is full of dashing love interests, dangerous and beautiful fairy tale beasts, and a whole mess of heart-blessing. 
Now to get back to work on the second installment of that series; hope you enjoy the first.

See y'all later!

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We'll catch you next week!
Until then - stay casual, live life to the fullest, and have a piece of chocolate for me ;-)

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Monday, March 31, 2014

Meet Author Darlene Foster

Greetings! Glad you're here. This week we are featuring author Darlene Foster with an author interview. We're sure you'll like what she has to offer the literary world. Her writing talent, creativity, and dedication to the craft shine through in every word.

Please welcome the stunning. . .

Author Darlene Foster

Let’s say you’re thinking about going on once in a life time vacation…how exciting! What are some of the places you’d consider, and what would you do while you’re there?

I love to travel and a once in a lifetime adventure for me would be a trip to Australia and New Zealand. I would so love to see Ayers Rock, the Sydney Opera House, koala bears, kangaroos and so many other amazing sites and animals only found down under. I think it would be a fabulous setting for my main character, Amanda Ross, to have an adventure.

What book or books are you currently working on? Can we expect a new release soon?

I am currently working on Amanda in Alberta - The Writing on the Stone, the fourth book in the Amanda travel adventure series. I expect it to be out late spring or early summer 2014.

What kind of animals, birds, or fish do you like best? Do you have any pets - how many do you have – and what are their names?

I love animals of all kinds (so much so I don’t eat them!) I have always been fascinated by camels and feature one in my first book, Amanda in Arabia – The Perfume Flask. His name is Ali Baba and he’s pretty cool. There is a dancing pony named Pedro in Amanda in Spain – The Girl in the Painting and a smart Maine coon cat called Rupert in Amanda in England – The Missing Novel. I currently live with a black cat named Monkey who sleeps at my feet while I write.

Forget about make-believe super powers…we’ll never have them – bummer, I know right? But good news…TRUE super powers come in different forms such as a great attitude, a wonderful personality, loving kindness, and other cool traits like those. Who’s the one super hero in your life, and what is their TRUE super power?

The super hero in my life is my Dad. He taught me to never give up and to value family and friends. He was a hardworking, honest, caring cowboy with a great sense of humour. He didn’t have much education but he was the wisest person I ever met. He could strike up a conversation with anyone at anytime; he had a genuine interest in all people. He believed you could always find something good in anyone if you looked hard enough. He’s been gone for seven years but I remember his wise words and kind deeds everyday.

We all love stories – especially yours! Would you be willing to give the readers a synopsis of your current book?

In Amanda in Alberta – The Writing on the Stone, Amanda is visited by her English friend, Leah. Amanda enjoys showing her out-of-town guest many interesting Alberta sites and activities. They visit the Calgary Stampede, Head Smashed in Buffalo Jump and the Royal Tyrell Dinosaur Museum to name a few.  When Amanda finds a stone with strange writing on it, she doesn’t think it’s very important until someone wants it bad enough to put her and Leah in danger.

Creativity. Where does yours come from? This is something writers are asked about much of the time.  Would you be so kind as to elaborate on where you get your ideas and what sparks your creativity?

I get my ideas from my travels and the people I meet.  Every place is so amazing and everyone I meet has a unique story. I love listening to people as they relate ordinary occurrences.  Being out in public gives me so many ideas; on the bus, at the beach, shopping, in a coffee shop, etc. Reading also sparks my creativity and I try to read a variety of books. 

How much time do you devote to writing? Daily – weekly – monthly – whenever the urge strikes?

I talked about writing a book for a long time but “Never got around to it”.  A few years ago when I wanted to write about my travels in the Middle East, I decided I needed to make a plan. So I resolved to write at least one hour a day and I stuck with it. Now I write two hours a day, usually in the evening after work and dinner with my husband. It is now a habit.

If you could personally thank one person, or several (living or not) for giving you the strength, determination, and perseverance to continue in your writing who would you thank?

Other than my Dad of course, it would be my Grade three teacher. She introduced me to the world of travel by creating such fascinating classroom activities. For instance, she had us dress up in sombreros and serapes, gave us Spanish names and cooked chili con carne for us when we studied Mexico. She made me want to see the world. She encouraged me to read and to write down all the stories that I made up in my head. She also gave me my first Bobbsie Twins book. (Which I still have.) I looked her up a couple of years ago through the wonders of the internet. She remembered me after all these years and we arranged to meet. I was finally able to thank her after all those years.

Who is your favorite character that you have created? Tell us about him or her and why you are so fond of them.

My favourite character is Amanda Ross, the main character in my travel adventure books.  She is an ordinary twelve year old full of curiosity. She is adventurous, brave and kindhearted. She sees the best in people and always wants to help those in need. Sometimes she is naïve and too trusting whitch gets her into trouble. She values her friends and doesn’t like to upset them. I am fond of her as she is the sort of girl I would have liked to have been when I was twelve.

If you could spend a day with an author, who would it be? And of course we’ve got to know why.

If I could spend a day with an author it would be Jane Austen. I have loved her and her books for a long time. It would be fun to have a cup of tea with her, listen to her witty remarks and gain some insights into her creativity. She created the most amazing characters who could be anyone’s neighbour. She made ordinary people interesting.

Thanks so much for being here Darlene - I hope the fans have had as much fun as I have getting to know you and discovering more about you and your writing. 

OK readers, now it's your are some cool links where you can connect with Darlene and best of all, buy her books!

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TWITTER HANDLE: @supermegawoman

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Until next week - stay casual, live life to the fullest, and have a piece of chocolate for me!

Your blog host, 

Monday, March 24, 2014

Meet Author Shira Barak


We hope you enjoyed our 5 week series of getting to know the JLB Creatives Publishing Team. If you didn't get to catch all 5 weeks, not to worry - simply scroll down and visit the archives listed on the right hand side of the blog.

This week we return to our author features, and this week we are featuring the wonderful. . .

Shira Barak

Perhaps the first thing you will think of when imagining India is its diversity. There are many languages used in every state. With 28 states and 8 union territories, it has unique traditions, and most importantly, traditions in terms of its food. In fact, food from one region may actually be totally foreign to those living in other regions.

Religion and climate are two factors that have significantly influenced the development of cooking styles and food habits in India. North Indian cuisine is ancient, steeped in tradition, diverse, and an amalgamation of different ethnic influences. Gourmet fare of North India is typically associated with the food cooked in the courts of its royalty, principally those of Mughal emperors in Delhi and Lucknow. It is distinguished by the proportionately high use of dairy products such as ghee, milk, paneer, and yogurt. The common string that distinguishes and runs through most of it is the use of various spices that create flavor and aroma.

Religion has a great contribution to India's culture and tradition. It has deeply affected the North Indian’s eating traditions. Hinduism, per se, advises respect for all life forms and has subsidized the dominance of vegetarianism. One effect of this on cuisine is the use of lentils and beans as the main sources of protein instead of fish and meat. Even though cows are sacred to the Hindus, milk is considered favorable, including milk products such as cottage cheese or paneer, curd, and milk solids. Spices are liberally used to provide variation in the vegetarian diet, but certain sects of Hinduism forbid the use of garlic and onions in food, and due to that, substitute flavorings such as ginger, cumin seeds, and cashew paste have been merged into the cuisine. Later, with Muslim rule being established, the cuisine began to reflect Islamic influences. The chief alteration from traditional Hindu cuisine was the use of fish and meat. Meanwhile, unlike Hindus, who are vegan, and Muslims, who are prohibited from eating pork, most Christians do not have restrictions on the kind of meat that they eat. The Mughal influence resulted in meat-eating habits among many North Indians. Lamb and goat meat are found as ingredients of many recipes. Fish and meat are cut into small pieces to make flavored curries, which was a common use for large families when meat and fish were not affordable.

Climate varies across the country, and as a result, each region is characterized by distinct food habits based on what is locally available. These differences have been erased somewhat by modern transportation, which increases their availability, although much of Indian food—especially vegetables—are grown and eaten locally.

A typical North-Indian meal consists of chapatis or rotis, which is unleavened bread that is baked on a griddle; rice; and a range of side dishes like fried vegetables, dals, curries, chutney, pickles, and curd. The varieties used and the method of preparation can vary from one region to the other.

North Indian cooking features the use of the "tawa" (griddle) for baking flat breads like roti and paratha, and a "tandoor" (a large and cylindrical charcoal-fired oven) for baking breads such as kulcha and naan. Their main courses like tandoori chicken also cook in the tandoor.

Traditional Dip of Mashed Eggplant

Servings: 3

Total Preparation Time: 25 minutes
·                    1 large eggplant
·                    1 tsp cumin seeds
·                    1 large, finely chopped onion
·                    1 tsp fresh ginger, minced
·                    1 tsp fresh garlic, minced
·                    3  medium ripe tomatoes, diced
·                    1/4 tsp turmeric powder
·                    1 Tbsp coriander
·                    1 Tbsp cumin powder
·                    1 Tbsp garam masala
·                    3 tsp red chili flakes
·                    1 Tbsp coconut oil
·                    3 Tbsp fresh cilantro, chopped, for garnish
1.                  Rinse eggplant, dry, and coat with oil.
2.                  Turn stove on high and use tongs to hold the eggplant over the heat to burn the skin and to soften the eggplant.
3.                  Let cool, remove the skin, and mash the flesh, set aside.
4.                  Sauté ginger, garlic, onions, and the remaining spices, cook until tender.
5.                  Add tomatoes and mix well.
6.                  Add the mashed eggplant and mix well again.
7.                  Serve hot, garnished with fresh chopped cilantro.

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I don't know about you, but I'm ready to run to the kitchen and get busy - 
but first I want to grab a copy of Shira's cookbook! 
You can do the same by clicking on the pic below...


Monday, March 17, 2014

WEEK 5 of 5 Meet the JLB Creatives Publishing Team: Author Elise VanCise ~ Media Director

First things first!

This week, especially today, is very special to many of us Irish folks out there. So before we dive into Part 5 of our 5 Week Mini Series we want to wish all of you a very Happy St. Patrick's Day!!!

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Author Janet Beasley

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And now, back to our regularly scheduled program. . .

Welcome fans and followers. We're so glad you have taken the time 
to stop by the JLB Creatives Blog.

You're just in time to join our 5 week mini series of posts. Over 5 weeks we will be introducing you to the JLB Creatives Publishing Team members to give you a feel for those who are willing to dream with you. 

Because we see no team member more important than another, and the fact that it takes this entire team to bring to fruition the professional publications they do, the #JLBCP team members will appear in alphabetical order:

Week 1 Feb 17, 2014 ~ Dar Bagby  Senior Executive Editor
Week 2 Feb 24, 2014 ~ Janet Beasley  Founder/Owner and CEO
Week 3 Mar 3, 2014 ~ Jean E. Lane  Senior Financial Director
Week 4 Mar 10, 2014 ~ Connie Thompson  Graphics Design Director
Week 5 Mar 17, 2014 ~ Elise VanCise  Media Director

Welcome to final Week 5 of our mini series

~Elise VanCise~

What does the JLB Creatives Publishing media department do for authors?

I’m very glad you asked. Hi there my name is Elise, I am the Media Director for JLBCP. It’s my job to make sure authors have a strong platform and the tools to make their book a success.

My own author career began in 2006. I was a total novel novice with a 54,264 word book fresh out of NaNoWriMo. With eyes as big as saucers when I realized everything I had to deal with as a first time self published author.

Since then I have had the ultimate pleasure in learning from others whose media and marketing skills are Jedi level. I don’t claim to be a marketing Jedi but I have gained some awesome experience and resources. I can’t wait to share that knowledge with our JLBCP authors.

We, in the media department, know that it takes more than just putting a book on the shelf to get sales. If your book isn’t successful then neither are we, therefore JLBCP will be right along side the author using social media and other marketing strategies to ensure just that.

What kind of strategies does JLBCP offer in their basic publishing package? To begin with we will be blasting press releases down every news and entertainment avenue we can find, both domestic and internationally. Those releases will go to newspapers, magazines, internet news, social media and entertainment venues.  Anywhere we can find a place to shout about your fantastic book, not only when it’s released but also after, we’ll do it.

Our extra services go the extra mile when it comes to platforms. For an extra charge we are available to build your author media platform from the ground up, or tweak the platform you have to work for your needs. We will organize blog tours, host author parties on social media, and in the future give our authors the chance to appear at local area events and book signings. Whether you are an experienced author or this is your first book, JLB Creatives Publishing is your go to place for platform development, social media marketing and more.

After listening to what authors found the most annoying about publishing companies, we have put in place a new way of doing things. One of our best qualities is that we communicate with our authors throughout the publishing process. Each of our department heads will be in contact with you when your manuscript reaches their hands. You will enjoy the benefit of having access to each dedicated department head for correspondence.

Working with JLB Creatives Publishing is a dream come true. I hate to use a cliché, or sound repetitive as I know other team members have said it. . .but there really are no other words to describe the experience of being involved with such a dedicated team of individuals. I feel we truly are,  Bringing Light to the Literary World.

If you would like to know more about JLB Creatives Publishing we encourage you to visit our website

Would you like to know more about Elise? Visit the Meet the Team page on the JLBCP website, her own website or her blog

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We certainly hope you enjoyed our 5 week mini series of Meet the JLB Creatives Publishing Team. For more information you can check out our FAQs here on the blog or visit our website

Here's wishing you a stellar week ahead!
Until next time - stay casual, live life to the fullest, and have a piece of chocolate for me!

Your Blog Host
Author Janet Beasley

Monday, March 10, 2014

WEEK 4 of 5 Meet the JLB Creatives Publishing Team: Author Connie Thompson ~ Graphics Design Director

Welcome fans and followers. We're so glad you have taken the time 
to stop by the JLB Creatives Blog.

You're just in time to join our 5 week mini series of posts. Over 5 weeks we will be introducing you to the JLB Creatives Publishing Team members to give you a feel for those who are willing to dream with you. 

Because we see no team member more important than another, and the fact that it takes this entire team to bring to fruition the professional publications they do, the #JLBCP team members will appear in alphabetical order:

Week 1 Feb 17, 2014 ~ Dar Bagby  Senior Executive Editor
Week 2 Feb 24, 2014 ~ Janet Beasley  Founder/Owner and CEO
Week 3 Mar 3, 2014 ~ Jean E. Lane  Senior Financial Director
Week 4 Mar 10, 2014 ~ Connie Thompson  Graphics Design Director
Week 5 Mar 17, 2014 ~ Elise VanCise  Media Director

Welcome to Week 4  - Connie Thompson

The past 25 years in the Publishing Industry have been a time of epic upheaval.

Technology has progressed at a staggering rate and I, as Design Coordinator for JLB Creatives, have been involved in the industry changes as they have evolved.

            The internet has also wrought tremendous changes – both good and bad – and part of what is happening is that everything has taken on a cold and impersonal edge due to the lack of face-to-face meetings.

            We here at JLB Creatives want to assure you that you will receive personal attention from each member of our team. As your manuscript progresses into the Design/Layout Department, I can assure you that your project will be handled with the utmost care and that it will receive my personal attention.

            We want you to LOVE what our team produces for you and we want you to know that we are very amenable to tweaks and changes to your book design along the way.
            Our attention to personal requests is what sets JLB Creatives above the rest of the publishing industry. We care about your book project and your happiness is our main concern.

            We strive to put the ‘human’ back into human service and you can expect that we will treat your project as special as you are.

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Until next week - stay casual, live life to the fullest, and have a piece of chocolate for me!

Your Blog Host
Author Janet Beasley

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