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I have been left speechless…

I have been working very hard to promote the New Life series, and it has been quite an exciting and time consuming endeavor. Tiring would be another way of putting it. I work 40+ hours per week at my job, plus every waking moment that I possibly can on my books. Even when I am not ‘working’ on them, I am thinking about them, and I am consumed by the story that will not let me go until I have spilled it all onto the pages. I have thought of this story every day for years, and once I started putting it down, I found that it does in fact have a life of its own. I have 2 books left to write of the 7, and I have often wondered if working this hard is really worth it, or if I am really just wasting my time.

Today, I had two reviews posted for CAPTIVE that have answered that question for me. In essence, these two ladies had left me speechless, and I have been thinking of little else all day. I knew I was going to make a post for this. I have not had time to make posts regularly in ages, but for this, I will make an exception.

The first review I found as I was leaving for the school, and was accompanied by an email apologizing for how long it has taken for her to read and review my book. No apologies are needed. Every review that is given, I appreciate from the bottom of my heart, but I would never want anyone to feel obligated to provide a review. The second I found when I arrived at work and was finally able to log into my computer and peek at Amazon to check my rank and facebook before the the mad rush of my day. That is my routine; I center down and see where I stand, then set it all aside and spend 8 hours straight being a teacher, with a 24 minute lunch. After that, I get to go home, and work on this until I go to bed, and am very pleased to do so.

Today, I realized that so many people love my story. I already knew that many people liked it. I have gotten good reviews before, and have fans that have become like friends because of facebook and the way it lets us get to know each other, even though we live across the country and around the world. Today was different. Today, one of those ladies called my work ‘a masterpiece.’ That my friends, took my breath away.

I am not going to post the reviews here. Instead I am going to give you a link at the bottom, and you can go and see all of the reviews that my books have been given. All of the heartfelt comments that my followers have left upon my wall at Amazon. That is after all what I want you to do when you read my stories; feel something. Feel angry, feel scared, feel happy. If you don’t, then I am not doing something right, and that is the hardest part for me, accepting that I am doing it right.

The two reviews that were posted today are moving, as are many others, and I am finally able to say, I did a good job. Maybe now, I can stop worrying about what I should have done to make it better, and just let the rest of the story be what it is.

In the end, I hope that you enjoy all of my story, but I already know that you won’t. I chopped it up into 7 parts. Some parts are graphic; some are painful. A small amount is sweet, and there is even some sad. There will be tension filled pieces to the tale, and there will be times of peace, growth and introspect. The eye of the hurricane is what I call book 3, and I know it is the best so far for some, and too slow and calm for others. I smile to myself when you tell me these things, because I know things I cannot share, as far as what is in the past and what lies ahead for our growing cast.

It wouldn’t be fair for me to spoil this journey that you are now on, this path that my books will lead you down. So instead, I will leave you with a word of thanks. Thank you for reading and sharing my world with me. Thank you for your reviews and for your messages. I appreciate every single one, and every one of you.

And remember, you aren’t going to like everything that happens to our girl Tori, or everything that she has or will do, by the time we reach the end. But, I can pretty much guarantee that one thing is safe to say – there will be parts that you love, and you won’t be sorry that you read it, either.

 

Amazon review links…

Captive –  http://www.amazon.com/Captive-Book-Formerly-Life-Recovery-ebook/product-reviews/B00J1AO3JE/ref=cm_cr_pr_top_recent?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=0&sortBy=bySubmissionDateDescending

A New Life: Life of Recovery (original title and cover) – http://www.amazon.com/A-New-Life-Recovery/product-reviews/1493104322/ref=cm_cr_pr_top_recent?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=0&sortBy=bySubmissionDateDescending

 

Bound – http://www.amazon.com/Bound-Book-Formerly-Life-Doubt-ebook/product-reviews/B00J1AO2C2/ref=cm_cr_pr_top_recent?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=0&sortBy=bySubmissionDateDescending

Life of Doubt (original title and cover) – http://www.amazon.com/Life-Doubt-Book-Two-New/product-reviews/1493106902/ref=cm_cr_pr_top_recent?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=0&sortBy=bySubmissionDateDescending

 

Entwined – http://www.amazon.com/Entwined-Book-New-Life-Series-ebook/product-reviews/B00J7F2NTA/ref=cm_cr_pr_top_recent?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=0&sortBy=bySubmissionDateDescending

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!!!

In the Midst of Chaos

This morning I am finding myself pulled in so many directions, I just want to sit… and do nothing. My son has been sick for a couple of days, and I have had to miss work to care for him, so I feel entirely out of sorts right now. Plus, we got a new dog which is totally shaking up our routine. I swear he needs more attention than the kid does, (I am laughing about this of course, as he is a pup and it is to be expected.) And being sick, my little one needs his mommy, which is so cute since he is the last one at home.

The good thing is, I finished the edits to Recovery (notice the new name!!!), and it is now in the hands of my new publisher. For those of you who have not heard, I did sign with a traditional publisher. They are a smaller firm, which I totally love because I will get personal attention, and yet they don’t charge me to do stuff with my books, which means they only get paid if my books do well. I love this, as it puts the emphasis where it belongs – on making good quality books for my readers!

We are going to revamp the covers on books 1 and 2, and I can’t wait for those to be released with something that looks less ‘self-helpish’ and more engaging. As many of you know, I am getting great reviews for what’s on the inside, and it is time the outside looked as good.

We are also going to make some changes to the titles, so the books will be easier to locate in searches, which is great!!! The series will be shortened to Life Series, or maybe it was Life of… Series. Not sure there, but it will be one of those two. The books will become one word titles… Recovery, Doubt, Love (coming in May), and so on, which is also a vast improvement. There will be a re-release on those first two, and we will have more control over pricing, so I can’t wait to see what kind of deals they come up with to promote them.

Finally, I took book one and totally overhauled the interior. There were quite a few typos that needed fixed (10 is too many to me and was driving me nuts), and I was able to streamline 2 of the chapters that I never really liked the way they flowed in the finished work. The story itself is the same as it was, it just looks and feels better without compromising anything with the overall outcome. And of course, I did not have to pay someone to make the changes, which is the best news of all.

I am starting on the Doubt interior today, and I will be cleaning up those few errors that were in that one as well. However, I was already on to my old publisher by the time it came out, so it is in a lot better shape over all and so the changes inside won’t be nearly so much or as noticeable, as they will pertain solely to correcting grammar stuff. I am going to add one thing to it though… I am going to give it a Prologue about the note that Eli wrote inside the German Fairytale book, and I may release that here on my blog at some point for those of you who already purchased Life of Doubt. As much as I want to sell copies, I wouldn’t want you to buy it all over again just to see that.

Gosh, this is just what I needed. I think I am ready to get to work. Have a great day everyone!!!

Release Party – Life of Doubt

Book 1book 2 cover

OFFICIAL RELEASE PARTY – LIFE OF DOUBT is FRIDAY 5-8 PM
https://www.facebook.com/events/590704887668951/

Buy your copy of Life of Recovery for only $1.99 at Amazon
and use your purchase to register to win a Signed Hardback
copy of Life of Doubt AND a $25.00 Amazon Gift Card!!!

Register your purchase (Book 1 OR Book 2) on the Event page on Facebook

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

Continue her story and get Life of Doubt
~~~ $3.99 at Amazon ~~~
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00HELI95Q

See extended excerpts at Scribd…

http://www.scribd.com/doc/191333821/Life-of-Doubt

Weekend Giveaways for A New Life: Life of Recovery

UPDATE – it looks like everyone who started over the weekend finished on time – thank you all for participating and a HUGE thank you to all the pages who hosted for us!!!

 

 

Guys – I have been coordinating with several blog sites to line up a huge giveaway weekend event for A New Life: Life of Recovery, so those of you who have been wanting to win a copy, get your clicker finger ready!!!

I will update this post with links as they become available, as it looks like we will be hosted by 10 different bloggers… that will be 10 signed paperbacks up for grabs, plus at least 10 ebook copies!!!!

Oh, and if you haven’t noticed, I LOVE to send my girl around the world, so if you are outside the states, you are STILL ELIGIBLE TO WIN – So lets see where else in the world we can send our heroine TORI FARRELL

You can follow me here – on facebook – or hit up my twitter – see the contacts link for more information

UPDATE – a few still have not posted their giveaway (we will get it eventually I am sure) but feel free to hit these guys up for your chance to win!!!

I will leave this page up until all have cleared, as some have notified me they will be late in posting…. WEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE

FOLLOW THESE LINKS TO REGISTER – EACH LINK IS ANOTHER OPPORTUNITY TO WIN

jUST CLICK AND FOLLOW THE DIRECTIONS ON THEIR SITE…  ENJOY  AND  GOOD LUCK OUT THERE!!!

1.  Completed – thank you so much Scandalous Book Blog for hosting us on facebook!!!

2.  Completed – thank you so much Book Babblin on Facebook

3. Complete – thank you Panty Dropping Book Blog on Facebook!!!

4. Completed – thank you to Baby Cakes Book Blog on Facebook.

5. Completed  blog spot for A Love Affair with Books – thank you for hosting!!!

6. Completed – thank you We Like It Big Book Blog on Facebook!!!

7. https://www.facebook.com/BookwormBridgettesWorld will be opening their giveaway at midnight to run through midnight on Wednesday WOOT!!!  If you don’t want to go through FB, this link will get you there as well… http://bookwormbridgette.blogspot.com/2013/12/Samantha-Jacoby-Spotlight-Giveaway.html?zx=d6ae5f9bac10a946

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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

Book 2 – Life of Doubt Trailer Video

Once again, I have been forced to work things out for myself. I paid someone to create a trailer for Life of Recovery and Life of Doubt weeks ago, and so far all I have gotten is a sad video for the first one. And by sad I mean… I hated it. That would just not do.

I got up this morning at normal time, 5 am, made coffee and set to work on the second video, Life of Doubt. I had already mapped out the song I wanted to use and the items that were to go into the video. All I had to do was figure out how to use the movie maker and upload it… how hard could that be?

It actually took about two hours for me to figure out how to use the program effectively, getting all of the timing exactly as I wanted it, and to complete the video. It also took another half an hour to get it uploaded, but it is done.

Now all I need is for a few people to go look at it and tell me what you think… so how about it?

Life of Doubt video link:    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kbjUuUEDGdI

 

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