“THE BLUE DIAMOND – THE RAZOR’S EDGE” Cover Reveal!

Originally posted on Author P.S. Bartlett:

Although my latest book will not be released until early October, I’m excited to present you with my amazing cover, created by Amber Rendon of Novel Idea Design for GMTA Publishing.

Friends of my blog, I give you the cover for “THE BLUE DIAMOND – THE RAZOR’S EDGE!”

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Ivory Shepard didn’t want to be a pirate when she grew up but she didn’t plan on being orphaned and alone at thirteen with her three cousins either. 
After a Spanish raid in Charles Towne left them with nothing, Ivory held her cousins together, trained them to fight for their lives and led them to a life of quiet refuge on the banks of the Ashley River. Out of reach of the hands of unscrupulous men, they found life on the farm a tolerable substitute for the traditional alternatives life would force onto them—until the night the pirates showed up.
Setting foot…

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Why the Funniest People Are Sometimes the Saddest

Originally posted on TIME:

I always feel a more intense sense of loss when a fellow alcoholic or addict commits suicide. Possibly because I have thought about it obsessively for years, and slit my wrists on multiple occasions until being forced into rehab and getting sober a year later at the age of 18.

No one will ever know exactly what Robin Williams was thinking and feeling when he made the decision to end his pain the way he did. But I do know he wasn’t seeing himself the way the rest of us saw him.

I first met Robin in 1998 when he came into the Comedy Cellar in New York City to do a guest spot. Comedians tend to be impossible to impress and love to stress how we’re impossible to impress when bigger, far more famous comedians come in to perform sets.

But on this particular night, I noticed that none…

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Review Blog Tour: Larkin’s Letters by

Originally posted on Tsukime Reads and Reviews:

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Author – Jax Jillian
Publisher – Tate Publishing
Genre – Contemporary Romance
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As Ryan Boone struggles to come to grips with not being able to keep a promise he made to his dying wife, Larkin’s Letters propels readers into the mind of Ryan as he struggles with frequent visits from her ghost and a series of letters she left behind.
Ryan has worked hard to become one of Hollywood’s most sought-after actors, but no matter how famous he became, he always remained loyal to his childhood best friend, Larkin James. When Larkin is diagnosed with leukemia, Ryan sacrifices his career to be by her side and in turn realizes how much he had always loved her. Throughout Larkin’s sickness, Ryan promised her he would never let her die alone. But we learn that not all of our promises are always within our control.
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~~~Blog Tour and 5 Star Review~~~ Larkin’s Letters by Jax Jillian

Originally posted on 4bookwormsunited2014:

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Genre – Contemporary Romance
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As Ryan Boone struggles to come to grips with not being able to keep a promise he made to his dying wife, Larkin’s Letters propels readers into the mind of Ryan as he struggles with frequent visits from her ghost and a series of letters she left behind.

Ryan has worked hard to become one of Hollywood’s most sought-after actors, but no matter how famous he became, he always remained loyal to his childhood best friend, Larkin James. When Larkin is diagnosed with leukemia, Ryan sacrifices his career to be by her side and in turn realizes how much he had always loved her. Throughout Larkin’s sickness, Ryan promised her he would never let her die alone. But we learn that not all of our promises are always within our control.
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*Review Blog Tour* Larkin’s Letters by Jax Jillian

Originally posted on ajsbootyliciousbookreviews:

 

 
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Author – Jax Jillian
Publisher – Tate Publishing
Genre – Contemporary Romance
 
 
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As Ryan Boone struggles to come to grips with not being able to keep a promise he made to his dying wife, Larkin’s Letters propels readers into the mind of Ryan as he struggles with frequent visits from her ghost and a series of letters she left behind.

Ryan has worked hard to become one of Hollywood’s most sought-after actors, but no matter how famous he became, he always remained loyal to his childhood best friend, Larkin James. When Larkin is diagnosed with leukemia, Ryan sacrifices his career to be by her side and in turn realizes how much he had always loved her. Throughout Larkin’s sickness, Ryan promised her he would never let her die alone. But we learn that not all of our…

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Larkins Letters Review

Originally posted on Bibliophile Reviews:

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Author – Jax Jillian
Publisher – Tate Publishing
Genre – Contemporary Romance
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As Ryan Boone struggles to come to grips with not being able to keep a promise he made to his dying wife, Larkin’s Letters propels readers into the mind of Ryan as he struggles with frequent visits from her ghost and a series of letters she left behind.
Ryan has worked hard to become one of Hollywood’s most sought-after actors, but no matter how famous he became, he always remained loyal to his childhood best friend, Larkin James. When Larkin is diagnosed with leukemia, Ryan sacrifices his career to be by her side and in turn realizes how much he had always loved her. Throughout Larkin’s sickness, Ryan promised her he would never let her die alone. But we learn that not all of our promises are always within our control.
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Larkin’s Letters Review Tour Update

Day 2 has ended on my review tour and I have been so humbled by the reviews that Larkin’s Letters has been getting the past two days. There have been so many amazing comments about the story, and the writing. When I sat down about 2 years ago to write this story, I would have never imagined that I would be any good at it.  Some of the reviews have been so incredibly humbling and when I sit and read through them, I think to myself, “Really?  Me?  I’m getting these great reviews?”  I am so excited and I can only hope that this will lead to bigger things for Larkin’s Letters.  I am posting all of the reviews on my review page but here is one of my favorites from today:

“OMG! – It has taken quite a while to compose this review :o … Not because it was bad, but because it was too good, too real & too heart wrenching! … Get a big box of tissues handy & make sure you have plenty of time to read, coz you won’t want to stop turning the pages once you get started!
- I really prefer happy endings, but I had a feeling this may not have one which I will NOT clarify one way or the other at this time with a spoiler ;) … If you start to feel some situations seem predictable, just wait & hang on to your seat, coz you’ll be thrown a curve as you continue turning each page, desperately waiting to see what comes next! … I normally don’t like to read a book when it’s written with letters, but I do love how the author writes from each of the 2 main character’s POV’s & makes it clear whether it is a letter from the past or a current happening :)
- I have to say that this is one of the saddest & most poignant yet beautiful love stories I’ve ever read! … Every single word touched my heart from the first page to the last! … Get ready for a breath taking, yet gut-wrenching emotional roller coaster ride that is expertly woven by this amazing new author! … If I didn’t know in advance that this is Jax Jillian’s first book, I would have thought I was reading a Nicholas Sparks book or a seasoned NY Times best selling author’s works, seriously!! …
- Yes, I cried a lot & at times my vision was so blurry, I had to stop reading :o … I felt like my heart was literally breaking as if I were actually experiencing this novel myself! … So make sure you don’t miss out on this fabulous 5 star work of fiction!! … I know we’ll be seeing accolades for this talented new author & I can’t wait for her next book! ”  -Deb Burchfield

22 tips from Stephen King

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Wish I could follow #18…if only…

Originally posted on Kim Hooper: Writing by Night:

As one of the most successful and prolific writers that’s ever lived, I’d say Stephen King is a pretty good source for tips.

Source: Business Insider
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1. Stop watching television. Instead, read as much as possible.

If you’re just starting out as a writer, your television should be the first thing to go. It’s “poisonous to creativity,” he says. Writers need to look into themselves and turn toward the life of the imagination.

To do so, they should read as much as they can. King takes a book with him everywhere he goes, and even reads during meals. “If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot,” he says. Read widely, and constantly work to refine and redefine your own work as you do so.

Steve (can I call you Steve?), you’re killing me with this…

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Larkin’s Letters: “Wow, Wow, Wow”

“Wow wow wow.
What a book. This book is written in a series of letters and that type of book is one of my favorite styles of writing to read. This book tells the story of a friendship that starts in childhood and continues to adulthood that turns into a love story. Larkin’s letters tell the story of Ryan Boone whose an actor and his childhood friend Larkin. And Ryan comes to see Larkin after she is sick and does anything and everything in his power to help Larkin.

She has written him letters and in these letters we hear the love story of Ryan and Larkin.

Have you tissues handy it will make you tear up.”

Connie McElfresh, Drue and Sassy’s Reviews

http://drueandsassysreviews.blogspot.com/2014/08/review-tour-larkins-letters-by-jax.html

Another 5-Star Review For Larkin’s Letters

“I’m not even quite sure where to begin with this book. I know I can say this without a doubt, if you don’t cry when reading this book then you have absolutely no humanity. This book really hit home with me because I had a good friend who passed away from cancer shortly after I finished reading this book. It was so very difficult to put myself in his wife’s place, having to mourn, and finding a way to move forward in life without him. Granted, they had two kids together so she really didn’t have any other choice. She had to keep going and being strong for her boys. However, no matter how strong you are, you always need those around you to lift you up when you stumble and fall.

This superbly written debut novel is one you should not pass up, even with the sadness it makes you feel, that connection. You just can’t help feeling what Larkin and Ryan felt for each other and the feelings they have at what is happening to them, this novel overflows with emotions and that is why it has earned a 5 Star rating from me, when a book can make me feel all the emotions as the characters do, it deserves 5 Stars!”

Lynn Barrett, Sassy Southern Book Affair

Read the entire review here:

http://sassysouthernbookaffair.blogspot.com/2014/08/blog-tour-review-for-larkins-letters-by.html?zx=2230b13f3ae02f7f

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