NEW BEGINNINGS

Every new year there is an abundance of thought about new beginnings. We go over the events of the last year and set goals for the new life before us. Someone once kept a log of his new years resolutions:

2009: I will not spend my money frivolously.
2010: I will pay off my bank loan promptly.

2011: I will pay off my bank loans promptly.
2012: I will begin making a strong effort to be out of debt by 2013.
2013: I will be totally out of debt by 2014.

2014: I will try to pay off the debt interest by 2015.
2015: I will try to be out of the country by 2016.

 

I guess we all like to think of new beginnings as a place of escaping from old problems. It is a fact that every new beginning means something has to end. Problem is, we often feel the past is so painful that the future is just too hard to visualize. 

Maybe we need to be like the caterpillar. When he believes he has reached the end of life, the butterfly has just found a new beginning. Let’s resolve not to look back on what might have been and simply look forward to what will be. 

Have a Happy and joy filled New Year. If you have time– check out my new book series

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The Sequel

Several of my books received comments suggesting a sequel. Never wrote a sequel so the suggestions stirred my inner places and I decided to try. I love reading sequels as I have a bond with the characters and want to see them in different situations, but writing a sequel is a different story.

I decided to try with my novel CATCH and RELEASE, which won several awards and has a popular following, a helpful item when you expect people to know who the characters are in the book. But what about the people who don’t? I just couldn’t start a dialog between Jennifer and Steve if the reader had no clue who Jennifer and Steve were from other interactions. (If you never read CATCH and RELEASE, you can now easily identify with my quandary).  I found a sequel was similar to weaving a tapestry where you use enough old material to make the reader comfortable yet add lots of new things to make the story exciting.

I hope I wove properly, but only the reader will be able to judge. The new book will be out in October and is called “HOOK, LINE & SINKER” and is a continuing adventure of Dr. Steve Sanders and Special Agent Jennifer Blade. If you don’t know these two people and can’t wait for October to read HOOK, LINE & SINKER, then go to Amazon and pick up a copy of CATCH and RELEASE. (Click here)

Here is the cover from Catch and Release:BookCoveraudio3x3.do copy

And here is the new sequel:  final cover

And here is the promo: 

You can always find more at Amazon (click here)

Or my Website (click here)

Would love to have your thoughts:

Heavenly thoughts for writers

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A lot of communities are now known as “Gated Communities” which simply means nobody gets in unless they’re invited. As I entered one of these communities, I suddenly realized according to general religious consensus, Heaven is a “Gated Community”. The Pearly Gates keep out unwanted visitors and protect the residents from bad people. I guess St. Peter is supposed to be the “cop at the gate”. Hmmm, for what’s supposed to be a friendly place to live, it doesn’t sound so good from that perspective.

Anyhow, the reason I got into thinking about heaven was a joke a writer friend told me. Goes like this:

A writer died and was given the option of going to heaven or hell.

She decided to check out each place first. As the writer descended into the fiery pits, she saw row upon row of writers chained to their desks in a steaming sweatshop. As they worked, they were repeatedly whipped with thorny lashes.

“Oh my,” said the writer. “Let me see heaven now.”

A few moments later, as she ascended into heaven, she saw rows of writers, chained to their desks in a steaming sweatshop. As they worked, they, too, were whipped with thorny lashes.

“Wait a minute,” said the writer. “This is just as bad as hell!”

“Oh no, it’s not,” replied an unseen voice. “Here, your work gets published.”

Sad but true.

J.T.Twerell is a practicing psychologist in Manhattan, New York and author of several award winning books including:

Signal 30 – Readers View Reviewers Choice Book of the year 2011
Catch and Release – Top winners at London Book Festival, Los Angeles Book Show and Beach Book Fair 2013
Off the Hook – Winner at Feathered Quill Book Award and Southeast Book Show 2014
Catch and Release – Winner Best AudioBook at 2014 Paris Book Festival
Dragon’s Orb – Honorable mention – 2014 Paris Book Festival
Dragon’s Orb – Winner Best Mystery – 2014 Beach Book Festival

Visit his website at www.JTTwerell.com or go to Amazon.com click here

To write or not to write

Having just finished the arduous task of getting a book published, I am in the place of wondering why I write.
Winston Churchill once said “Writing is an Adventure. To begin with, it is a toy and an amusement. Then it becomes a mistress, then it becomes a master, then it becomes a tyrant. The last phase is that just as you are about to be reconciled to your servitude, you kill the monster and fling him to the public.”
Anyone who has ever taken on the task of putting thought on paper can agree with that understanding. However, I would add, once you fling it to the public, then you become a drooling idiot who tries to get people to read the thing you once loved so much.
I guess writing a book is like raising a child; you always love them, they make you very happy and cause you great pain. But in the end, you wouldn’t live life without them.
If you want to visit my “child” Click here. While your there tell it I love it even if I grumble a lot.

New Audiobook OFF THE HOOK

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Award winning OFF THE HOOK is now on audiobook. Laura faces her fears and finds love for her journey and for herself. Give a listen.

To order or find more information click here 

A great adventure

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A few years ago I decided to try fiction as a creative tool. One of my better decisions. Not sure I will ever like marketing, but do love writing. Thanks to all who supported my new phase of life. 

J.T.Twerell is a practicing psychologist in Manhattan, New York and author of several award winning books including:

Signal 30 – Readers View Reviewers Choice Book of the year 2011
Catch and Release – Top winners at London Book Festival, Los Angeles Book Show and Beach Book Fair 2013
Off the Hook – Winner at Feathered Quill Book Award and Southeast Book Show 2014
Catch and Release – Winner Best AudioBook at 2014 Paris Book Festival
Dragon’s Orb – Honorable mention – 2014 Paris Book Festival
Dragon’s Orb – Winner Best Mystery – 2014 Beach Book Festival

 

Passion

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I was thinking about passion the other day and how important it is to life. Some people think passion is just some sex thing, but in reality it means: fervor, ardor, enthusiasm, eagerness, zeal, vigor, fire, energy, fervency, spirit, fanaticism.

Why is passion important? To me, without passion, life is a routine that becomes a place we get stuck. With passion, life is an adventure.

Bill Cosby, a great comedian and truly a thinking philosopher, once said,

 “Anyone can dabble, but once you’ve made that commitment, your blood has that particular thing in it, and it’s very hard for people to stop you.”

One of my passions is writing. It is just something that makes my life an adventure. Ray Bradbury, a great writer, once said about writing,

“Love it. Fall in love and stay in love. Write only what you love, and love what you write. The key word is love. You have to get up in the morning and write something you love, something to live for.”

What’s your passion? If we don’t have some reason to get up in the morning, then we will probably just stay in bed till we die.