Menyone’s Journey to the Red Carpet by Menyone Deveaux

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Hero’s come in all shapes and sizes.  The story of Menyone Deveaux is definitely a hero’s tale. The Hollywood actress provides a very intimate look at her life’s struggles and journey from a seemingly bitter beginning to a very sweet ending.   Written as an autobiographical narrative, this pint-sized book tells the full story of how Menyone’s escaped Hollywood’s sordid underworld of sex, drugs, a little voodoo, and rock n roll.  The story begins in Menyone’s hometown of Chicago where she experiences her first true heartbreak: the death of her father.  Not only did she have to accept his untimely demise, but she had to deal with the emotional backlash of his infidelity and subsequent battle with AIDS. From there, Menyone ventures off to college where she meets and marries the love of her life.  Yet, that love would soon prove that all fairy-tales aren’t ‘happily ever after’.  It would later be a daring move to Los Angeles, in pursuit of her dreams, that would lead her into the arms of a sinister lover who tries to end it all.
Although this book is not as polished as a New York Times’ bestseller, it definitely tells an ‘a-list’ story. If you love a good underdog story, you will love this book.  Minus its mechanical hiccups, I managed to root for this young starlet with every turn of the page.  In the end, she manages to not only realize her dream of acting but she becomes a super hero by saving herself.

Meet J.A. Stinger!

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Jennifer Stinger is the author of the Generations series:  Generations Beyond and Generations Unbound. Both titles are nail biting stories about the unimaginable.  If you like science fiction and fantasy based books, then you definitely should dive into this series.  Read more about her life and books below.

 

How long have you been writing?
I’ve been writing for many years. Early on, I would practice my characters and character development on an online forum. This is actually how I met my now husband and co-author.

What is your most recent literary/artistic project? 
We published the second novel in our series about a month ago. However, I plan and plot our books out so we have the next four projects already in the works. Two of them are for another series that runs in tandem with the Project: Generations series. It has the backstories of some of the characters so readers will have a better understanding of how they came to be the way they are.

What inspires you to write? 
The most honest answer I can give is life. Life and the little things around me will sometimes spark an idea that I take with me and run away with it. I’m a people watcher and I will use those interactions as the inspiration for scenes.

Who’s your favorite author and why? 
I would have to say that my favorite would be Diana Gabaldon. I started reading her novels when I was in high school and the books were passed between myself, my mother, and my aunt. I remember being so excited when the next book in her Outlander series would come out. I’m more than excited that it was made into a TV series as well. However, she’s responsible for my unrealistic expectations for men.

What advice can you give to other authors or writers? 
Be patient. Don’t rush to get your book out. One of the biggest mistakes you can make is putting an unpolished work in the hands of readers. First impressions mean so much and your name, your picture, is your brand. People remember.
Where can readers go to find out more information about your work? 
I do my best to keep my website up-to-date. It can be found at http://www.jastinger.com. I am always open to being contacted on Social Media as well. My information is also on that site.

Read more about the Generations series below.

 Project Generation

Generations Beyond
Hidden, buried deep within the government’s archived files of failed military experiments lays a troubling secret. For years, 1953 to 1972 to be exact, a team of doctors and scientists tried unsuccessfully to alter test subjects, hoping to build living, organic weapons for the future.

Now, years later, grandchildren and great-grandchildren of the original test pool are different, superior, and dangerous. Project Generations was spawned, a systematic collecting, or scrubbing, of an experiment gone awry. The Generations are hunted, collected, and eliminated before someone discovers the key to controlling them…or perhaps someone already has.

Generations Unbound
LA. Montana. Virginia. Colorado. Jonathan Cross must find a new home for himself and his new charge, Gabriela DeLuna, after the tragic events that shattered his world. The decorated Special Forces Army Captain must learn a new skill set, how to blend in with his new cover as an older brother to Gabriela and keep her safe after an attempt was made for her. Who is after her and why? Do they know where they are?

 

Is Self-Publishing Profitable?

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Admittedly I’m a bit of a skeptic when it comes to self publishing success stories. Don’t get me wrong, I fully believe that self published authors have what it takes to reach phenomenal success in the field of publishing.  My skepticism is mainly directed towards mass media reporting of that success.  Think about it.  Traditional publishing houses have dominated this industry for centuries.  These power companies have forged impenetrable  relationships with media outlets, distributors, libraries, and publishing clearinghouse.  To think that their influence in mass media is silent would be naive.  Now maybe I’m a bit of a conspiracist, but it would not be to the benefit of top publishers to tout the success of the underdog (a.k.a self published author).
I believe our success is always underrepresented.  According to an article written in Nougats Blog, only 40 self published authors make money.  Purportedly this is based on information directly from #Amazon.  Now if this information is true, then  Amazon has  provided a  valuation of  self published authors that is rather bleak.  Fact is, according to their February 2016 Author’s Earning Report – self published authors account for a big chunk of ebook sales, even surpassing top publishing companies.  The book selling giant also reports:
  • 4 of Amazon’s overall Top 10 Best Selling ebooks were self-published indie titles
  • 10 of Amazon’s overall Top 20 Best Selling ebooks were self-published indie titles
  • 56 of Amazon’s overall Top 100 Best Selling ebooks — more than half — were self-published indie titles
  • 20 of Amazon’s overall Top 100 Best Selling ebooks were indie titles priced between $2.99 and$5.99
Those numbers are pretty impressive if you ask me.  Now I get that these sales may not be indicative of whose actually turning a profit; however, the accuracy of that information will always be skewed in favor of the big publishing houses. The presumption is that if a self published author hasn’t become successful by scales, then he/she probably isn’t turning a real profit. Yet for many indie authors, any amount of success is profitable and worth the journey.
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