L.J.’s Blog

L.J. Taylor to Appear at the Southwest Florida Reading Festival

Hi There: For those of you who will be in the Fort Myers, Florida area this weekend, come out and see me at the Southwest Florida Reading Festival this Saturday, March 21, 2015, from 10-4, at the Harborside Event Center & Centennial Park, in the Fort Myers River District.  I'll be at Waterview Publishing, LLC's table in the Indoor Marketplace. The festival is free and promises to be...

“Just Dreams” Audiobook is on the Way.

Hi There: I've been away so long that you've probably been wondering where I've been and what I've been doing.  Well, in addition to trying to get my new law practice off the ground, I've been working on creating the audiobook version of "Just Dreams." I auditioned 18 separate voice actors to narrate the audiobook.  When I started this project, I had no idea how hard it would be.  I didn't...

Nanowrimo 2014

Hello there: So, here we go again, participating in Nanowrimo a/k/a National November Writing Month.  Maniacs from all over the world (you have to be a little out of your mind to be a writer) sign up on www.nanowrimo.org and vow to write 50,000 words of a new novel from November 1 through November 30th.  It must be a new and not an existing project.  The object of Nanowrimo is to turn off...

L.J. Taylor Interview With Ella Curry on Black Author Network Radio

I had my first radio author interview ever yesterday evening on the Black Author Network Radio Show.  I was so nervous before the interview but Ms. Curry's friendly conversational style quickly put me at ease.  During the interview, Ms. Curry asked me questions about my book, my message, my plans for the future, etc.  and I got to read an excerpt from my novel "Just Dreams."  She liked the...

“Just Dreams” Now Available in Paperback

Hi there: You have no idea how happy I am to announce that "Just Dreams" is now available in paperback format.  After a month of trial and error, it is now possible for you to purchase a hard copy of the book (as opposed to the e-book) and have it autographed by me at some point during one of my upcoming public appearances or when you see me around.  To get a copy, just go to the "Books" page...

Just Dreams – A Dream Come True

After years of attending writers seminars and conferences, whipping out first drafts during National November Writing Month, rewriting and editing, researching and plotting, and querying numerous editors and agents alike, I bit the bullet, hired an outside editor, and released my debut novel "Just Dreams" on August 31, 2014.  "Just Dreams" is now out on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo and...

Looking Forward to Thrillerfest 2014

I'm really looking forward to attending Thrillerfest this year.  Several of my favorite authors will be there including Anne Rice, Scott Turow, Brenda Novak and so many more. There will be great fiction writing seminars offered including a special seminar given by the F.B.I. for more accurate portrayals in novels.  The conference also offers fantastic opportunities to network with agents,...

Transitions

Hey there: So I didn't make it to the third level of the 2014 Amazon.com Breakthrough Novel Award Contest.  But that's okay.  I got some very useful feedback from the Amazon.com Vine Reviewers that will enable me to make my novel "False Love" that much better.  I'm thrilled to have made it as far as I did in the contest - further than I've ever gotten before. Meanwhile, back at the ranch, my...

Camp Nanowrimo

While I wait with baited breath to find out whether I made it to the third round of the 2014 Amazon.com Breakthrough Novel Award Contest, I'm participating in Camp Nanowrimo and finishing "Caged Dreams" - the third romantic suspense novel in my "Dreams" series featuring the Brooks family. Camp Nanowrimo is an offshoot of National November Writing Month ("Nanowrimo") - a writing event that takes...

I Made It To the Second Round of the 2014 Amazon.com BreathThrough Novel Award Contest!

Hi There: This is the third year that I've entered the Amazon.com Breakthrough Novel Award Contest. In 2012 and 2013, I was kicked out of the contest during the first stage (the pitch stage). This year, I made the first cut and made it to the second stage of the contest. This is how it works: The contests accepts 10,000 entries in five categories: General Fiction, Romance, Mystery/Thriller,...