For July, ONE BY ONE Is Only .99 Cents!!!

I hope everyone enjoyed their Independence Day. I stayed inside where the A.C. is. Why? Because I hate the heat LOL.

To celebrate my birthday month, I’d like to give readers a gift. My debut novel is only .99 cents instead of the regular price of $2.99.

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What people have been saying so far about ONE BY ONE:

“The horror really explodes in the final third of the book and a tangled mess is successfully straightened by the end, a feat which had seemed impossible just a few pages earlier.”–Beaird Glover

“The novel definitely made me feel for the characters and that’s quite hard to do in suspense/mystery.”–T.G. Davis

“The reader has an inkling who’s behind it all, through subtle hints and sheer intuition, but it turns out they’re wrong? Or are they?”–Jordanna East

“A politically correct assortment of nine 20-somethings heads off for a lakeside weekend, absorbed by their transient sexual pairings, petty spats and long-running, if shallow, relationships, all of it described in a style approaching the clinical. Ah, but there’s a madness in author Yawatta Hosby’s method! That same cold detachment persists as their sojourn in a remote cabin becomes a waking nightmare.”–Anthony Land

“I will only say what seems to be may not be the real thing until the very end. Now, to understand that you will have to see for yourself how this author has magically put this story together for the reader.”–Arlena Dean

If you’d like to take a chance on a new author and love thrillers, mysteries, suspense, psychological headgames, then ONE BY ONE is only .99 cents on Amazon, Barnes&Noble, and Smashwords.

Happy reading!

Keep smiling,

Yawatta Hosby

Book Review: Blood In the Past By Jordanna East

***I received a free copy in exchange for a book review***

Ten Years Ago.

Jillian Atford falls for an older man, a handsome Philadelphia cop, whose mystery is that he’s married, a reality Jillian refuses to accept. Lyla Kyle finds her mother dead on the floor from an apparent suicide. She blames her philandering father and wastes no time taking her revenge. Detective Jason Brighthouse Sr is in the wrong place at the right time to attempt to save a colleague from his burning home. When neither of them make it out alive, his teenage son can only harp on their last argument. He shoots himself in the head…with his father’s gun.

Three lives. Three deaths. One story.

To understand the future, you must visit the past. The Blood in the Past: an introductory novella to the upcoming Blood for Blood Series, coming Winter 2013.

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I loved this 8 chapter book. The opening was very interesting. It started out as Jillian and Mel getting mugged on the subway platform. This led to the married cop Calvin coming into Jillian’s life. Jillian was depicted as mousy–boy don’t let her demeanor fool ya. She shocked me in an entertaining way. She became obsessive about her relationship with Calvin (which he was a jerk by the way), which led to her attacking his wife. With no witnesses, does she get away with it? You’ll have to read to find out. Lyla was the typical good girl, so her actions surprised me too! You never know what will make someone snap. I was rooting for her (I don’t know what that says about me LOL); it helped that her dad, Calvin, was despicable. Someone had to teach him a lesson. Plus, when will people learn that it hurts a lot of people when they cheat.

It was cool how each chain of event led to something more crazy. All from misunderstandings. I like that Jason has suspicions of Lyla because she didn’t cry at the funeral. Jordanna East had a brilliant talent with plot. The novella had good pacing and all the scenes were important to moving the action/suspense along. I’m a fan of her writing style–she gives enough details to have you hooked as a reader without dragging the action down by overdescription. She should be very proud of her debut novella, and I’m looking forward to reading more of her works.

My favorite lines: 1) Lyla felt a jab of guilt when the man sped toward the house. He shouldn’t have gone in. He should have waited for the fire department. He never came out. 2) Anywhere remained a concept Jillian clung to because it meant their happiness. 3) She remembered glaring at the gunman the entire time, daring him–no, willing him–to take the crime a step further. His eyes had widened in terror, unused to his prey challenging him, Jillian had even surprised herself that day, realizing then how damaged she was.

And damaged these three main characters truly were. Besides suspense and thrills, the story also had drama elements. The characters had sad backstories, making me feel a bit sorry for them. I liked the psychological mess behind it all–I’m a firm believer that the scariest stuff is what can happen in real life. And people who seem normal, yet waiting for their psycho side to come out without a care in the world will always put chills down my spine.

I RECOMMEND this book to read.

Keep smiling,

Yawatta Hosby

Six Degrees of Separation

Yesterday, I met my writer’s group. We were pretty productive; I’m proud of us 🙂 We came up with future goals as a group as well as individually. That’s why I love The Procrastinators. We motivate each other without adding too much pressure. We’d really like to connect with local writers. Different groups meet at different times and have their own members and set of goals and rules, so it’s hard to meet people. But there should be a way to stay connected. We created The Procrastinators Writing Group page on Facebook if anyone would be interested in liking our page and keeping in touch. Our plan is to share news about writing events, contests, writing tips, etc. that we come across. Hopefully, our page will be informative as well as sharing our personal experiences in the publishing industry.

It’d be cool to hear of local book signings. I want some autographed books gosh darn it hee hee. I have two, which is better than zero. One author from Pennsylvania, the other from North Dakota. The beauty of  the U.S. Postal Service. You never know who you may come across. You never know who’s career will skyrocket. I’d like to be able to say, “I knew him/her when he/she was first starting out…” So cool!

Cool facts I learned during my meeting:

  • Freaking Nora Roberts lives close by!!! For some reason, I assumed she lived in North or South Carolina. How awesome that she’s less than 12 miles away!!! Don’t worry–I’m not a stalker hee hee.
  • My writing buddy, Pam, met J.A. Konrath when he was first starting out at the Borders Bookstore in Michigan. How awesome!!! He managed to have a decent presence in trade publishing before he decided to become a self-publisher. I bet almost anyone contemplating on self-publishing or not has heard of him. That’s pretty cool that she met him before he became so popular.

Isn’t it interesting how six degrees of separation works out? For any writers out there, how do you stay connected with other local writers? Have you even tried or do you think it’s a lost cause?

Keep smiling,

Yawatta Hosby

Day 11 (Miss You Grandma)

MAY 12, 2013 – 1,544 WORDS

Some anniversaries are hard to forget, especially if it’s in remembrance of a tragic event. Today was my grandma’s birthday; she passed away in 2008 on Mother’s Day (it was May 10th that year). So thinking of her birthday was bittersweet. I’m not the wear-my-heart-on-my-sleeve kind of gal. I keep everything bottled up.

Even though I was distracted, I managed to go past the 1,000 word minimum. Thinking of both grandmas kept me motivated to continue. In 2008, I lost my other grandma on December 21st. Let’s just say, I don’t look at Mother’s Day nor Christmas in a positive light anymore. My grandmas had supported my dreams of being an author when I was a little girl. I hope I’m making them proud. They always encouraged me to stop being so shy and pursue my dreams. To get passionate about something.

I’m passionate all right–I’m passionate about psychology. Why do people do the things they do? Why are some people normal while some are crazy? Why are some sociopaths while some are psychopaths? Why are some takers while some are givers? I think my curiosity is why I love plot so much. You need plot to move the chain of events along.

Something did excite me today–I received my NYC tickets in the mail! It’s official I’ll be in New York City on Saturday, June 1st 🙂

Keep smiling,

Yawatta Hosby