If Not For Kim…

Back in 2005…I quit my job…sold my house…and…set out to be a…fulltime…author…

Of course…I made an effort to do the things…authors…were supposed to do…among them being…social networking…and…as much as I hate to admit it…online life was different then…Facebook was around…but I’d never heard of it…so…I joined a Ryze group for entrepreneurial women…

It was there that I met…none other than…Kim Emerson…the woman was everywhere…encouraging others…offering marketing tips…giving workshops…coaching clients to be their best…and…to be honest…she totally intimidated me…not that she tried to…I just felt so inadequate around someone so accomplished

In fact…I felt so inadequate…and all the other women seem so accomplished…that…I almost never posted…anything…period…but…even in my silence…I watched…I read…I knew that…Kim…was someone special…

Then…came the crash…AKA…I ran out of money and had to go back to work…I’m still not sure where Oprah was in all of this…I was convinced she was going to discover me…anyway…I admit it…I was jaded…I was angry…I locked…Bertha…in a box and shoved her in the closet…after covering her mouth with duct tape…and thought my writing career was over…

Wrong…

One day on Facebook…I ran across a group…MasterKoda.com…a group for writers…founded by…drumroll please…Kim Emerson…honestly…I hesitated…I wasn’t a writer anymore…well…I had started this blog…but…I wasn’t a real writer anymore…but…what the heck…I joined…

And…with Kim’s warm welcome and encouragement…I did come out of my shell bit by bit…but…I still wasn’t a writer…

Until…

November 30, 2011…Kim posted…last call for the author makeover contest…with a link for the rules…the deadline was midnight…it was seven o’clock…and I go to bed early…I had to write one page on why I deserved the Ultimate Author Makeover

I can’t tell you everything I wrote…but…I remember it ended with…I’m not sure I deserve a second chance…but…Bertha…does…

And…Kim and her judges agreed…Bertha…got her second chance…her prize was a professional litflix book trailer…but…Kim didn’t stop there…she also interviewed me on Readers Rocking Radio…and…continued to encourage me…as…I once again…became a writer…

If not for Kim…I’m not sure I would have ever written…Becoming Bertha…if not for Kim…I’m not sure I would have ever learned the balance between working fulltime…and being an author…oh who am I kidding…even Kim with her super powers…couldn’t teach me that…if not for Kim…I wouldn’t even be in the relationship that I cherish…

If not for Kim…the list is too long to write here…but…suffice it to say…if not for Kim…I don’t think I would be who and where I am today…

Interestingly…I started out writing a happy birthday post to Kim…and…it seems that it has been all about…me…which at first embarrassed me…but…Bertha…reminded me…Kim’s deepest joy comes from helping others…seeing them succeed…so…hopefully…knowing that she has changed my life on so many levels…brings her joy…

But…I do want to mention…a few things just about her…

Kim has lived one of the most interesting lives imaginable…from riding wild horses and unicycles…to living with wolves…literally…to teaching high school…to wearing a bowler hat when she writes…to owning Master Koda Select Publishing…to mentoring hundreds of writers…to being a mother and grandmother…to writing a bestselling young adult novel with a killer cliffhanger…you name it…Kim has probably done it…or will say…yeah…just give me a minute…I’m in

So…where did the cliffhanger come from…from Digitus 233released last year…right before the world didn’t end

A group of teens are caught in a web of deceit. Will they break free of the world’s controlling power or are they doomed to die trying?

It’s really a great book…in fact…I bought a copy for the school last year…and…had a couple of football players read it…to see what they thought…they immediately sent Kim an email…asking for the sequel…and…you know what a tough audience the football team can be…but…not as tough…as…ex-husbands…and…Kim’s…gave her a five star review for…Digitus 233…so it must be good…

So…please join me…in wishing Kim…AKA…KD Emerson…a very happy birthday…you can find her on…FacebookTwitterAmazonMKSP…her Author Blog…or…donning a cape…and leaping over high buildings…just look up…I’m sure you’ll see her…

Jane

PS…Thank you Kim for helping me to be the person I am today…

PSS…Kim has been so busy helping others…that she hasn’t quite finished the sequel…but…I have it on good authority…that it’s gonna be worth the wait…

Tooting the Horn…Tammy Novak…

The mind…is a strange and unusual thing…at least mine is…I would have sworn…on a stack of Bibles…no lessif I did that kind of thing…that I had recently had my friend…and bestselling author…Tammy Novak…as a guest on my blog…

Wrong…

Although…I was so convinced…that I spent quite a good bit of time…looking for it…of course to no avail…

Bertha…just laughed…saying that…mind games…or…tricks…were in keeping with…Tammy’s new book…The Abduction of Lilly Waters…a psychological thriller…about…a pregnant Beth who is escaping an abusive boyfriend with her daughter Lilly…

Here’s a clip…

“Sucking in her fear she tried once again to unlock the stubborn bathroom lock. Finally, she was able to get it to click and she threw the door open. It slammed with a loud thud against the side wall. She didn’t know how much time had passed. It must’ve only been several seconds, but seconds when a child’s safety is concerned is too long. The bathroom was empty; Lilly was gone.”

I have to say…the book is powerful…it grabbed me…and…I had to hold on for dear life…as it took me through one twist after another…until the very…unexpected…end…

When…Tammy…isn’t writing…she’s a middle-grade teacher…wife…mom to four busy boys…and a great friend…not necessarily in that order…she is originally from Connecticut and currently resides in Arizona…

She has several other books in the works for children and young adults…and…I can’t wait to read them…

Bertha…pointed out…that…Tammy and I do have one big thing in common…and it isn’t our gripping writing style…rather…both of our books are illustrated by our sister…

So…a big shout out…to Latisha Wood…for such an excellent cover…

I hope you’ll check out…The Abduction of Lilly Waters…I know you won’t be disappointed…

You can also find Tammy…on…her websiteFacebook…and…Twitter

Jane