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ANOTHER SET OF FANTASTIC REVIEWS!!!

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ANOTHER SET OF FANTASTIC REVIEWS!!!
Thank you Ruthie – appreciate you guys so much!!!

CAPTIVE – Ruthie Taylor rated it 5 of 5 stars

This is a fantastically good book. It is so well written that pages almost turn themselves as the story unfolds. I missed a night’s sleep because I just couldn’t stop reading. The subject matter is definitely harrowing, and yet it is told in such a calm way, that it almost isn’t – which is crazy, but just how it is. I am sure that there is more angst to come, but the ending is perfect – no cliffhanger, just hope.

All I can do is suggest that you read it – keep an open mind, and see just how strong a person can be.

Thank you Ms Jacobey, an absolute treat; now safely in my reread collection.

BOUND – Mar 18, 2014 Ruthie Taylor rated it 5 of 5 stars

Wow! I am so invested in this story that I just read straight through till I finished … with a cliffhanger ending

The author writes with such an easy style and has an amazing story to tell. My emotions were high, low, worried, smiling at little victories and delighted as Tori’s story progresses. I love the way in which multiple stories are being intertwined, so that the reader dare not make assumptions, as they will be shattered, I am sure.

If you haven’t yet read Captive, then please read it first, or you will miss the whole point of this story. There are back references that refresh the memory, but that is all. Anyway, how you could you not want to read the first in this great series. I can tell I am in the for the long haul.

(Luckily I am in the very privileged position of having book three ready to go!) – WICKED READS REVIEW TEAM

And just so everyone knows – book 3 will be out MARCH 25th!!!

A New Life Series – Rerelease!!!

THEY ARE DIRTY, GRITTY AND OH, SO MUCH FUN….

Captive – A New Life Novel…

To what lengths would you go to break away from a life filled with pain and suffering?

Tori Farrell has lived a dangerous life. When you grow up with a Motorcycle Gang of Mercenaries and Drug Lords like the Dragons, a normal life is more like a fairy tale. For years, she accepted her dark reality, a world consisting of drugs, sex, violence and murder. In the end, she learned the most valuable lesson: survival.

After years of being ruled by the Dragons, Tori uses her skills of seduction and assassination to free herself from the grasp of the people who vowed they would never let her go. Taken in by the FBI, she fears not everything is what it seems, and soon finds herself lost in a web of lies and deceit. She thought getting away from the Dragons would put her on a path to a new and better life, but now she must face the cold hard truth… there is always a price to be paid.

Bound – A New Life Novel…

Raised by bikers and held by the FBI, Tori Farrell has literally walked over dead men to get to where she is today.

When she broke the ties to her dark and twisted life with the Dragons, she thought it would give her a fresh start and a chance to live a normal life. However, she soon discovered the demons from her past have no desire to let her go.

Bound to a halfway house under orders of the FBI, Tori takes things day by day, working to move forward and to face her own addictions. With her true identity a mystery and no family to turn to, she must learn to accept the love and support of those around her. When a mysterious and charismatic man walks into Tori’s life, she believes she’s finally found someone who wants her for who she is. But sometimes danger doesn’t hide cloaked in darkness…it comes out into the light of day in the form of a smooth talking bad boy who appears to be everything you’ve been looking for, but is really the one thing you should be running from…

Entwined – A New Life Novel…

Nothing is more cruel then getting a taste of something you’ve fought hard to reach, only to have it ripped away, sending your world into a tailspin.

Tori wants to put the past behind her, but it’s a daunting task when you have the FBI trying to force you back into the life you’ve escaped. When she gets a visit from a ghost out of her past, it could be the leverage they need to do exactly that – put her back into the game of murder and deceit.

Tori decides to run, in an attempt to protect her new friends, by fleeing from LA. Wanting a place to call home and feel safe from the madness, she sets out with a plan to disappear and hide in anonymity. Her plan only holds one flaw – a man she can’t shake, who won’t take no for an answer. Who is this mysterious stranger and what does he want from her? Tori will soon discover that getting a new life means she must first lay to rest the demons of her past.

Introduce yourself to Tori’s story and get CAPTIVE –
ONLY 99 CENTS at AMAZON
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00J1AO3JE

 

Continue her story and get BOUND –
ONLY 1.99 at AMAZON
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00J1AO2C2

~~~ COMING SOON – ENTWINED ~~~
Look for it March 25, 2014!!!

 

A New Life Lives On!!!

Gosh, it feels like ages since I have made a post. Been really busy I can assure you. The event in Houston was fantabulous – loved it so much I can’t wait for the next one!!! 

My new publisher – LAVISH PUBLISHING – has been working hard this week for the re-release of books 1 and 2 for the series (shhhh they are getting new names, but I can’t tell you what they are yet =D) BUT – the series name A NEW LIFE SERIES is here to stay WHOOP!!!

I am actually very excited about that bit of news, as it means my followers will not have a hard time transitioning to the new look. Oh, and speaking of new looks, did I mention the WONDERFUL covers that the books will be getting? And the new names are really great too… You guys are gonna love it, I assure you.

The blurbs are superb as well – Danielle Jamie and I spent a few hours and got those all lined out, so I can’t wait to share those with you either… OMG and the teasers for book 3 – I can hardly wait!!!

Ok, I think I will go get some more work done… Oh but I will let slip one more tiny bit of news – we are looking to release BOOK 3 sooner than first anticipated, so look for it SOON!!!

Making Flyers – teasers!!!

I made some new flyers for the Release Party for book 2 – they turned out so great!!! I just had to share them with you guys… there is a short blurb on each book and a brand new passage from each (teasers!!!)  Be sure to leave a comment and let me know what you think!!!

book 1 flyer – Life of Recovery

book 2 flyer – Life of Doubt

Life of Doubt Teaser

It has been such an AWESOME DAY… I wanted to leave you guys with another Life of Doubt Teaser… This is a little meeting of the FBI agents who are working on Tori’s case….

   Remaining after the room had cleared, Dr. Bennet, Warren La Buff, and James Godfry sat in the tiny chamber. Leaning back in his chair, La Buff lamented, “I think we should have brought the judge in on this. He isn’t going to be too pleased when he finds out he was duped.”

   “How is he going to find out?” Dr. Bennet countered. “The only way anyone will ever know is if her identity is discovered and a birth certificate is located, which it won’t be. Otherwise, no one will question my judgment.”

   La Buff narrowed his eyes at the doctor’s words. “Don’t get cocky. You better hope no one finds out. I cannot believe I am even involved in this.”

  Godfry gave him a wry grin, “Like you have never done anything that wasn’t by the book. Come on, this is perfect. The judge signed the papers.” He turned his palms toward the ceiling, indicating his hands were clean and continued, “The girl practically works for us already. All we do now is give her a few weeks on her own, and then we reel her in. You guys can get her off on her little assignment, and when she is done with that, we offer her a full time job doing what she is best at.”

   The three men stared at each other, considering what Tori Farrell was best at, the pause in the conversation growing long. La Buff nodded slowly, “All I can say is, you are fucking with a girl who has murdered about a dozen of the worst men we have ever had on the books. You better hope she never finds out you did this to her on purpose, under false pretenses. I don’t think she would bat an eyelash taking care of any of us in the same manner.”

Introduce yourself to Tori’s story and get Life of Recovery
~~~ NOW ONLY $1.99 at Amazon~~~
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00FV0WE62
http://www.scribd.com/doc/175110282/A-New-Life-Life-of-Recovery

Continue her story and get Life of Doubt
~~~ $3.99 at Scribd ~~~
http://www.scribd.com/doc/191333821/Life-of-Doubt

I Can Twitter!!!

Oh my god – I get it!!! I have been messing with twitter off and on for weeks and could just not get my head around what the heck it was all about. So you guys leave me some comments here if I am or am not on the right track.

Twitter is like a massive instant message system. With like 140 characters per message. That means if you have a lot to say, too bad, you have got to cut it down. That is not really the hard part though.

The hard part are these silly hash-tag things. I just could not understand, but I refused to give up. So I played around with it, looked at other people’s tweets, did some clicking, and it is too funny… #anewlife has almost no one using it, and #lifeofrecovery had 3, including me. That is hilarious. The thing I have run into most during normal searches is OVERUSE and not being able to find my book when I am looking for it with one of those.

Now, I think what is supposed to happen is you are supposed to use tags that are popular, and I have that covered. So far I have tried out #goodbook, #suspense #romance, #romantic #suspense, #ebook, and #amazon.

Most of those get a good deal of traffic, but #amazon you can’t even keep up with. I love this!!! I want to make little tweets that have pieces out of my book just to attach the tags now, isn’t that funny? And here a few weeks ago I was thinking about not using it at all.

I do have one thought though… is it possible to over tweet?  I mean, I don’t want to run everyone off, now that I have over 70 followers – which I want to thank Up All Night Book Blog for most of those. If you haven’t gotten in on their drawing for a signed copy of my book, you still have about a day left.

Anyways, I hope that I don’t run anyone off, but I will probably start doing more tweeting now that I get how the silly thing works and see where it leads. Another new adventure – weeeeee.

 

If you want to follow me, I would love to have you, @SamJacobey, and feel free to retweet anything you like… I am loving this.

Reflecting Upon the Past

I woke up early again today – just before 4 am. I have been sick, and still not really feeling myself. Unsure of what I wanted to write about today, I just scrolled through my blog and read my posts, reflecting on what they said. Then, I realized what I want to say most today.

Reflection is something I don’t think we spend enough time doing in our busy world today. I know for myself, I do reflect about things, or obsess about events, but that worry over how things should have gone or what should have happened isn’t really reflection. It reminds me of JFK, where the “who and the what” are just for show, and keeps us from getting to the important part… the “why” of things.

True reflection is an honest evaluation of some event, why it was what it was. For example, when planning a lesson, a teacher goes through several stages, from gathering materials and planning, to implementing and instructing, and finally reflecting. That last piece is often left out, but is necessary if he or she is going to objectively look at the effectiveness of the lesson and carry that on to the next one.

So how does this apply to everyone else? Well, for starters, it reminds me so much of Dr. Phil, and his “and how’s that working out for you?” I have had a few people say this to me over the years, and to be honest it was a real eye opener. For example, it is far more effective than a lecture could ever be, as it requires self reflection and honesty from within. I have adopted it for myself, and try to use it when ever I can to get the people who are complaining about some aspect of their lives or some turn of events that seems to be recurrent in their lives to think about why this is actually happening rather than focusing on the events themselves.

There is that old saying, something about those who do not learn from their mistakes are destined to repeat them. We can’t learn if we don’t take the time to reflect, and with so much activity going on around us, who has time for that? I guess that is one reason I have learned to be an early riser, normally getting up at 5 am and not waking anyone else in the house until 6 am. I do this so that I have that first full hour to be calm and gather my energy for the day. It also makes me see more clearly, having the quiet without interruptions to impede my train of thought.

Specifically, I am loving this blog. More than I thought that I would, and looking back at my first few posts I can see and am reminded of how unsure I was about putting so much out for other people to read. However, I am now grateful that those posts are out there, and that I can look back over this whole process and… reflect. I can now see why journals are so effective for people who are wanting to grow and change, and I definitely recommend doing some type of blogging or journaling to anyone and everyone pretty much. You never know what you are going to learn about yourself when you have it in writing to go back and read.

Where in the world is Tori Farrell?

Haha, couldn’t resist. And those of you who get the reference know what I am talking about…

Ok, so I have been working on promoting my book, trying to get ready for the second one to release etc. Speaking of which, I sent in the final paperwork this morning, so as soon as Life of Doubt clears the final content evaluation, it will go to press YIPEE!!! But I digress…

So, in the midst of all this heavy promoting business, I have been working with numerous blogs and reviews who are giving away copies of my first book, Life of Recovery. I have learned how to gift ebooks and have given away quite a few of those, but I also have been sending out paperback copies, signed mind you, as well.

I love giving things away, call it a weakness. So I honestly have been having a field day with this, and make a trip to the post office several times a week to mail out these books (I am working on my second set now). My son, my baby, the last one in the house, is eleven. He has been helping me out so to speak, little buddy that he is, and today we were mailing a book to Europe. He has been keeping track and knows that we have sent them to Ireland and Mexico as well. Of course this is an ADULT novel, so he has no idea what the book is about, but he knows that it is important to me, and therefore important to him as he is still mama’s boy.

Of course, being that young, he still does not have a strong grasp on world geography and where these places actually are on the globe, and so we hit upon a teachable moment. Those of you who are educators and parents know exactly what I am talking about – that moment when the desire to know something or some other crazy thing happens where a person just has an epiphany about some… thing. And I got this idea…

I love my fans and I love sending out these books to them, especially to these far away places. So, we are going to get a world map to hang on the wall here in the office – kind of like a situation room where someone is investigating a crime or tracking something globally, and mark all of the places that we mail one of my books. Isn’t that great? Well, we think that it is, and I know it is going to be special to both of us as we go through this fun and exciting process.

So, I have about 12 more books on my shelf that are set to be given away on blogs here in the next few weeks. If you keep an eye on the front page here, I have devoted that space to letting you guys know where the hot spots are for give-aways. And of course, I have another box of books coming in about 2 weeks and will be lining those up for give-aways as well. Your job will be to keep spreading the word about my stories and signing up to win so that my son and I can continue to play our little game and see just how far out into the world our favorite heroine will go.

BOOK BASH BABY!!!

Harmony Science Academy of West Houston

22400 Grand Corner Dr.

Katy, TX 77494

February 22, 2014 from 9 am to 6 pm

Me and a few dozen other authors will be there to meet and greet and sign our books!!!

I am SOOOOO excited right now, I couldn’t hold it any longer and had to make a post….

If you don’t already have a copy to bring, there will be copies of both books,

A New Life: Life of Recovery  AND Life of Doubt available in the bookstore.

This is down by Houston, and I am hoping to see lots of you there!!!

Here is the official blurb…

Harmony Science Academy of West Houston
22400 Grand Corner Dr.Katy, TX 77494
WHEN
February 22, 2014
9am – 6pm

Finally… a Blurb Worth Sharing =)

I worked on this all day today – and with the help of a fellow author DAMIAN STEVENSON, this is what we came up with…

Book 1 – A New Life: Life of Recovery

The Dragons raised her to be strong. They taught her how to kill. They got more than they bargained for…

Now she is free, or so she thinks, but can she truly escape her brutal past, finding true love amidst the sex and intrigue?

Tori Farrell is on a mission to find her true identity, to break the ties to a dark underworld for good, and to save the people she cares about most – the family she has never known.

She wants a new life, but first she must lay to rest the demons of her past.

 

I made a poster for it too…

Book 1

I really like this – it was a day well spent!!!

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