What Scares Me the Most by P.J. Fiala – Guest Blog and Giveaway

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As an author, what scares me the most is…

Critiques.

I have always wanted to be a writer. It was actually a running joke between my husband and I for years. Something would happen and he would say, “There’s a subject for your book” or “Put that one in your book.” We’ve been married for 29 years, so you can imagine, there were many things tucked away for the day I would write.

I finally started a job in late summer of 2012 which I absolutely hated. Terrible environment, horrible policies, no support for anything, egotistical, lazy bosses. I decided, it was time to finally write and maybe one day I could put that job behind me. I sat down to write my first book, Second Chances, and it was written in two months. Then came the first book in the Rolling Thunder Series, Dog Days of Summer and soon after the second book in the Rolling Thunder Series, Rydin The Storm Out. Sweet, right?

Not sweet. Writing the stories is the easiest part. You can write the best book in the world, but if no one knows about it, it doesn’t matter. Getting the word out is the hardest part. It’s a fine balancing act between self-promotion and marketing your work and yet not sounding like a broken record.

So, I set out to learn the world of marketing and publishing hoping to make my splash in that very large pool. What I learned, and continue to learn, is that there is a lot more to learn. There are many, many helpful independent authors out there who have taken me by the hand and helped me with this process. There are just as many people who can’t wait to knock you down a few pegs.

Every author will also tell you that every author has a different writing style than any other author. That’s okay, in fact, it’s better than okay, it’s fabulous. That means as readers, you get a variety of writing styles, authors and stories. It wouldn’t be very interesting if everyone wrote the same way, would it? When writing a review for a book, I would like to challenge all readers to answer the following questions in their reviews:

1. Was the story interesting? Sure you may have liked things to end differently or go a different way, but then you should write it. This was this particular author’s idea and they put it to paper and offered it to you for entertainment. There should be some reward for that.

2. Did it make you smile? Was there any part of the book or story that brought a smile to your face?

3. Did it make you cry or mad? If it brought any emotion out of you, it must have been a pretty good story, or you wouldn’t have gotten emotionally involved in it at all.

So, maybe you would have changed the beginning, middle or ending. Maybe you didn’t like a certain character. Maybe you thought a situation should have a different outcome. If you thought any of those things, you were involved in the story. When writing your review, please keep in mind, as an author, I have these stories running wild in my head. I’ve taken the time, energy, expense and emotional toil to bring those characters to life for you, the reader. That should count for something, shouldn’t it? My ego may be too fragile for reviews, but, being a writer shouldn’t be about people being mean for the sake of being mean. Be constructive, offer good comments as well as negative, if any, and be generous. After all, without authors writing stories to entertain you, you would be reading, well nothing.

9_9 Cover_Dog Days of SummerOwning Rolling Thunder Motorcycles, Inc. and raising his twin sons was top priority in Dog’s life. That was until he met Jocelyn James, the sweet, loving, single mother of Gunnar, a young man who works for Dog.

Joci raised Gunnar alone all of his life after her cheating, dickhead of a boyfriend ran off with another woman. She finished school, started her own graphic design business and hung out with friends and family. The last thing on her mind was men! That is until she met Dog.

The chemistry is undeniable. The passion is incredible. The family bond is like no other.

Enjoy an excerpt:

There were times like this when Joci wanted to burst out laughing it felt so good. The wind in her face, running through her hair, the sun warming her skin, the roar all around her, seven hundred-plus pounds of pure unadulterated power between her legs, and she was controlling it all. Gliding through traffic with her son, Gunnar, just a few yards in front of her, feeling all the love and joy God made for her, just her. Yes, these were the times Joci enjoyed. She smiled as they came up behind a car and floated over to the left lane to pass. As she watched, Gunnar glided easily past the car, his dark hair pulled into a low ponytail, the two little kids in the back seat watching him and smiling at each other. You could tell they were thinking, Someday, I’m going to do that. Then as she pulled up alongside to pass them, they started smiling and pointing at her, one of them turning to the adult in the front seat and saying something causing the driver to look over at her as she passed him. He smiled at her, and Joci smiled back at the reaction; it happened often. She could almost hear the kids in the back: Look dad, a girl on a motorcycle.

She easily pulled in front of the car and continued on down the highway to their destination. She loved this life, this group of people that she had, at least, this in common with. A few minutes later, Gunnar and Joci put their turn signals on to turn off the highway, onto a frontage road, and into the parking lot of Rolling Thunder Motorcycles. They navigated the last few shoppers straggling out at the end of the day.

Gunnar worked at Rolling Thunder Motorcycles as a mechanic for the past year. He loved working here. He loved the people he worked with, he loved the customers and their bikes, he loved building bikes, and lately Dog had let him help in the design on some of the custom bikes they were known for. And well-known they were becoming. Dog built some of the hottest bikes around. He had recently been in Rider magazine, and showcased on several “biker” shows. His reputation for building beautiful, custom, mechanically sound bikes was becoming legend.

About the Author:9_9 AuthorPic_Dog Days of SummerI was born in a suburb of St. Louis, Missouri named Bridgeton. During my time in Missouri, I explored the Ozarks, swam in the Mississippi River, and played kickball and endless games of hide and seek with the neighborhood kids. Spending summers in Kentucky with my grandmother, Ruth, are the fondest childhood memories for me.

At the age of thirteen, my family moved to Wisconsin to learn to farm. Yes, learn to farm! That was interesting. Taking city kids and throwing them on a farm with twenty-eight cows purchased from the humane society because they had been abused was interesting. I learned to milk cows, the ins and outs of breeding and feeding schedules, the never ending haying in the summer, and trying to stay warm in the winter. Our first winter in Wisconsin we had thirty-six inches of snow in one storm and were snowed in our house for three days! Needless to say, I wasn’t loving Wisconsin.

I am now married with four children and two grandchildren and a new one on the way this summer. I have learned to love Wisconsin, though I still hate snow. Wisconsin and the United States are beautiful, and my husband and I travel around by motorcycle seeing new sites and meeting new people. It never ceases to amaze me how many people are interested in where we are going and what we have seen along the way. At every gas station, restaurant, and hotel, we have people come up to us and ask us about what we are doing as well as offer advice on which roads in the area are better than others.

I come from a family of veterans. My grandfather, father, brother, two of my sons, and one daughter-in-law are all veterans. Needless to say, I am proud. Proud to be an American and proud of the service my amazing family has given.

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Comments

  1. Thanks for hosting!

  2. Thank you so much for hosting.

  3. I liked the excerpt, thank you.

  4. Loved the except and especially liked the author pic! 🙂

  5. #2 would be fun in a review

  6. Lori Hopkins says:

    I loved what Ms. Fiala wrote about What Scares Me The Most. I may be one of those who are hurtful…I don’t mean to be really. But when a story is actually incoherent,and you have no idea what is going on or where you are in a story, you get very frustrated. I try pinpointing things out, and give specifics, but until that author has fixed the book dramatically, I will not give it another minute of my time. Life is too short to read a bad book. There are way too many good ones out there.

    • Lori, I agree with you on an incoherent and messy story. I also get terribly frustrated when reading a book that has not been edited. When I encounter this, I always email the author and let them know there are issues that should be corrected. Sometimes, its a matter of them not realizing. AND, you are correct, there are way too many good books out there to waste your time on one that isn’t to your liking. Thank you for posting. Happy reading!

  7. The reading was interesting

  8. Jen Frederick says:

    I love your picture and the excerpt. Sounds like a good read.

  9. GOOD LUCK WITH YOUR BOOK AND THANKS FOR THE GIVEAWAY!

  10. I enjoyed getting to know the author.

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