Saturday, July 2, 2022

Hello!

 Hey It's Carly and I'm back. I have been down with a bad case of writer's block for the past six months. I have three WIP's and have barely written a word on any of them. Today, a story jumped into my head that actually got me excited for the first time in a long while. I have made some notes and hoping this will finally lead to the thaw.

Do you guys ever get to the point in your creativity where everything just suddenly stops? I love writing and creating stories...it blows when that dries up. You kind of feel lost. Over the past six months I have had story ideas come to mind, but they would not produce a full book. Some are funny, others serious, but all great little stories. This got me to thinking...not everything has to be a book. That made me step back for a moment. My whole writing career has been about books, which I dearly love. Getting to share my vision with my audience is a wonderful feeling. That thought though, "it doesn't have to be a book" has stuck with me.  The writing industry is forever changing. Authors have more opportunities than ever to get their work out there for people to enjoy. 

One of my most successful blog post was when I wrote about a local landmark that was being torn down. There were so many positive reactions to that blog. I just re-read it the other night and three things happened. First, it brought back a lot of memories. Second, Thinking of those memories made me remember other great stories from that time. Third, I wrote what I enjoyed. Don't get me wrong, I like writing for young adults and the silliness, humor, fantasy, romance, and down-right unbelievable you will find in Carly Jordynn books, but that blog post was real. The memories were real and I realized, I have a lot of great stories bottled up inside me.

What does that mean? It means this blog is going to undergo another change. I am not going to pressure myself into sticking with a schedule. I am so not a schedule keeping kind of girl. If somebody want a guest spot on this page, they are welcome to participate, but for me, when it is just Carly, I will write about what I am feeling passionate about, I will write about a cherished memory, or I will tell you a story...one that's too small for a book or as a short story. It may be a couple of paragraphs or it may be a couple of pages, either way, I hope you will enjoy them.

Keep checking back. I plan on posting at least once a month (don't want to pressure myself too much, LOL). It may be more depending on what is going on in my world. Until then, have a great July and a safe and happy Independence Day.

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Carly Jordynn is the author of young adult fiction. You can keep up with all things Carly at the below links.

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Monday, November 29, 2021

Guest Blog from Sally Brandle, author of Sapphire Promise

Please welcome author Sally Brandle to Carly's View. Sally's newest book, Sapphire Rose, is available now on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Apple Ibooks, and Google Books. 

Sally's Blog Post:

December 7th marks the 80th Remembrance Day of Pearl Harbor. I didn’t realize the worldwide effects of the horrible day until thirty years ago when I met Iris, a Dutch-American, WWII survivor. Her privileged life as an eighteen-year-old was transformed by the bombing in both a wonderful and terrifying way. Sapphire Promise is an enhanced memoir which tells her historically accurate story of courage, and determination over a six-year time frame.  

Iris and I met as hospitality volunteers at the Seattle Art Museum in the 1990s. During those shifts, I heard bits and pieces of her incredible younger years in Batavia, a Dutch East Indies colony (now Jakarta, Indonesia). She rode horseback through the jungle with her pet monkey! She’s pictured here a few years ago with my 31-year-old gelding-once a horse lover, always a horse lover.


About 90% of the events in Sapphire Promise are true. I fictionalized a few scenes (with Iris’s permission) for flow. Board members of The Indo Project (people of Indonesian/European descent) endorsed the portrayal of Iris’s colonial life prior to the Japanese invasion. 

It amazes me each time I reread Iris’s story and realize how young and sheltered she was when these life-changing events transpired-and how tough it must have been for her to keep a positive attitude. She’ll turn 98 on December 8th and remains grateful and upbeat. To many engaging and uplifting women’s stories of the Greatest Generation were never written. Iris and I are proud of this book.

 


BIO of Sally Brandle:  

Multiple-award winning author Sally Brandle weaves slow-burning romance into edgy suspense, motivating readers to trust their instincts. Growing up as a tomboy alongside helpful brothers prepared her to work in a male-centric industry and raise respectful sons. She takes pride in creating action-packed stories featuring strong women who find men deserving of their love. Her unintentional heroines conquer their vulnerabilities and partner with heroes to outwit cunning villains. Historical research and consultations with a variety of experts proved invaluable while she penned her fourth published novel, Sapphire Promise. Sally’s rescued Tuxedo cat, Shepherd dog, and Blue Heeler are her companions during long spells of writing or bouts of tormenting weeds in her garden. Afternoons she often spends riding on the wind with her thirty-one years young Quarter Horse. 


Buy Link:


Sapphire Promise
is available from: 

Amazon in eBook, paperback, and Large Print  https://www.amazon.com/Sapphire-Promise-Based-loyalty-unfailing/dp/194423201X

Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/sapphire-promise-sally-brandle/1139543401

Google Books: https://books.google.com/books/about/Sapphire_Promise.html?id=I9ZqzgEACAAJ

Apple IBooks app

Soon to be released as an audio book narrated by Justine Eyre

Social Media Links:

Website (EVENTS tab-offers for FREE BOOK CLUB zoom appearances):  http://www.sallybrandle.com  

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100012840931763

Blog link: https://smpauthors.wordpress.com/author/sallygfrog/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sallybrandle/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/sallybrandle

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/18116238.Sally_Brandle

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/sallybrandle/


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Carly Jordynn is an author of young adult, new adult, and middle-grade fiction. You can follow Carly at the following Social Media Sites.


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