Dream Big

30-Dec-2019

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Twenty-nineteen was an incredible year. In what seemed to be in the blink of an eye, this year has been incredible, surprising, challenging, and yet inspiring. There have been so many things that have happened this year, so much to be thankful for, so many people to thank, and I am so proud of what I have achieved...

Incredible as it was, after almost a nine year wait, Seventh Star Press said yes to my fantasy novel The Amulet of Elements. As many of you well know, getting my book published was a longtime goal of mine, and for it to have finally come true was the best thing ever. I want to thank first Stephen Zimmer, and Holly Marie Phillippe for believing in my words enough to bring me into the SSP family, thank you both so much. I am so grateful to have met you, and so blessed to call you both familia. A lot of work went into the creation and publishing of this novel. Many long hours and months were put into this passion project, Holly worked with me on editing, Stephen formatted the...

21-Oct-2019

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a·chieve·ment

/əˈCHēvmənt/

noun

  1. a thing done successfully, typically by effort, courage, or skill."to reach this stage is a great achievement"

2.

the process or fact of achieving something.

"the achievement of professional recognition"

rec·og·ni·tion

/ˌrekəɡˈniSH(ə)n/

noun

  1. identification of someone or something or person from previous encounters or knowledge."she saw him pass by without a sign of recognition"

2.

acknowledgment of something's existence, validity, or legality.

"the unions must receive proper recognition"

val·i·da·tion

/ˌvaləˈdāSH(ə)n/

noun

  1. the action of checking or proving the validity or accuracy of something."the technique requires validation in controlled trials"

    • the action of making or declaring something legally or officially acceptable."new courses, subject to validation, include an MSc in Urban Forestry.”

    • recognition or affirmation that a person or their feelings or opinions are valid or worthwhile."they have exaggerated needs for acceptance...

16-Sep-2019

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There comes a time in everyone’s life when a great change occurs. It could be one of many different things like, getting married, having children, losing a friend or loved one, or we welcome a new friend to our circle making them family. Today, I am so pleased to share that the time for our Dream Big family to grow has come...

The Dream Big show has been on a sabbatical after the release of Season 4 back in February, due to my debut novel coming out, but now it is time to start planning the next new season. Over the past year we have lost a few members of our Dream Team; today being the anniversary of losing our good friend Taylor Johnson the day after we had finished filming the Season 4 Finale. He was a very special part of the team, and my mentor. I have tried to follow the path that he envisioned the direction of the show to go in, and I think that he would have been quite pleased that I have kept my word to him. I had told him from the beginning that I would listen to what he had...

9-Sep-2019

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I can not tell you enough how incredibly proud I am to share with you all the things that has happened within the past few weeks...

My debut high fantasy novel The Amulet of Elements was published by Seventh Star Press, and was released August 27, 2019 the day before my birthday. The emotions that I had felt on that day was indescribable. I have never felt so relieved, nervous, excited, happy, and disbelief all at the same time. I never thought anything could top that until the author copy of the book came in. I made sure to share the moment with everyone so I went live on my Facebook page. Again, the emotions ran high, and were so overwhelming that I couldn’t believe that the book I had given my all to, and tried to get published for almost nine years was finally in my hands. The blood, sweat, and tears that I had put into my word document was now a printed book. I know that I was overjoyed, and also at the same time sad, because my dad was never going to be able to read it. I do hop...

22-Jul-2019

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It has been almost nine years since I wrote my very first novel. I spent well over eight years trying to get it published. I have over a hundred rejection letters, that I have saved. I had grown used to those rejections, that I had expected them. I had people to tell me to give up, to write something else and move on. Even when I had wanted to cry; I had no more tears to fall on my pillow at night. I had wanted to give up so many times. I almost did several times in fact, but I could never bring myself to quit. There was something deep down inside of me; a little voice that told me not to. 

I am so glad that I had listened...

Now it has officially been almost nine years since I wrote my first novel, and I am here to say that I am glad; no—that I am eternally grateful to all the powers in Valhalla that I have never given up. It is going to happen! It is going to finally happen! My debut fantasy novel is being published by Seventh Star Press and released on September 3, 2019! Yes, I know t...