Monday, December 19, 2011 | By: Lynny Prince

Christmas time is here!

MERRY CHRISTMAS! Oh, how I love this time of year! The stress of the season, the family drama, the tons of money we spend without thought of repercussions to come with the January credit card bill – a wonderful time of year indeed! If you're like me, you need a break about now, but how to get one is the question.

I offer a bit of advice that I read on another site and post it here for all of us. It's great advice and I encourage each and every one of you to heed it, if you need to. It's not worth getting your panties in a bunch over the stress of the holidays. Save that for the New Year when the bills come in! LOL

By Sven Gustafson 

  The holidays aren’t always full of joy and merriment for everyone.
With all the parties, family gatherings, anxiety over seeing the uncle who drinks too much, and pressure to cook, clean, buy gifts for everyone and mail out photo cards of your family, stress and depression can easily cloud out the holiday spirit. (Throw a child’s birthday in the mix and it’s easy to feel consumed by the month of December, lemme tell ya.)
But have no fear, we’ve got tips on how to stay above the fray this holiday season:
  1. Go for a run. Or walk briskly, or snowshoe if there’s snow. Lift weights or chop wood if that’s your thing. Just exercise to burn off the stress (and extra Christmas cookies), will ya?
  2. Find a way to relax, be it through yoga, meditation, taking time to read a book, (MINE!) or by treating yourself to a massage.
  3. Keep focused on what’s important. It’s not vital to make the perfect fruit cake or follow the family traditions of making a back-breaking Christmas dinner every year. Sure, it’s nice to eat great food, but the holidays are more about gathering with family or friends, affirming your faith and enjoying the company of others. It’s OK to look for shortcuts.
  4. Set a budget. In my family, we often make it clear beforehand that there will be gifts only for the children, not the adults. It helps to keep costs from spiraling out of control. And to remember that money and gifts don’t make Christmas or Hanukkah magical.
  5. Look for opportunities to break the mold and enjoy a non-traditional holiday season. It’s been a while for me, but I have fond memories of enjoying Christmas Eve while camping or with a group of friends in a city where I don’t usually spend the holidays. Or look for opportunities to volunteer on Christmas Day. Sometimes it’s rejuvenating to break out of the norm.
Like I said, good advice!

I hope you all have a wonderful holiday and I look forward to bringing you more news in the New Year! 2012 is the year of the Ghostkiller......stay tuned!

Til then I wish you love, peace and frybread grease!

Lynny Prince
Friday, December 02, 2011 | By: Lynny Prince

HAPPY DECEMBER!



Hello friends,

WOW! What a whirlwind the past few weeks have been! I hope you are all doing well and did not overindulge too much over the holiday! I actually didn't, it was after the holiday that I got mixed up with all that fast food again. Being so busy its hard not to, but I am back at it now and eating healthy again. (My arteries thank me every time I take that baby aspirin, too LOL)

I am super excited to tell you that the long-awaited release of my book, "Scattered Leaves: The Legend of Ghostkiller" is finally happening! This newly edited version comes complete with a brand new cover! I chose to continue to use the painting by Daved C. Behrens titled "Founding Fathers" not only because of the powerful statement that the painting makes, but also because SL fans, and those new fans who've seen the book and have been waiting for it to come out, expect to see it on the cover.

 I just LOVE this new cover and hope you do, too! I had the opportunity to catch up with David, the artist of this incredible painting, and he told me his website is undergoing major revamping (I know all about that lol) so if you try to visit his site (www.davidbehrens.com) please note that it might not be working just yet. (FYI I include his web address in the book)


So, I keep saying this is newly revised and edited, and it is. My editor spent the past several months working on this with me and boy, did she ever do a great job! As any writer/author knows, it is impossible to edit your own work. Your brain does not see mistakes because in your mind, it all makes sense and flows just fine –  (Ever see those emails where you can read all the words even though they are misspelled? Yea, like that.) but for your readers, not so much. Anyway, this book is now the best it can be and I am so proud of it!

Also included in this revised edition is a forward which gives an historical overview behind the story. This is very important because the history plays such an important role. Not only does it set the stage by providing the base of the story through the Great Sioux Uprising, but it puts a face on the Dakota involved, and paints a different picture by telling their side of this story. A lot of innocent lives were lost, but that is true on BOTH sides. Readers must also understand what drove the Dakota to such extremes that they started the war in the first place. I am not a history teacher, but I think there are enough facts in this book that everyone will get the idea. Like I said, I am super excited about this version of the book and can't wait for it to be released. What's that? When, did you ask?

DECEMBER 10 is the big day! UPDATE: ORDER YOURS NOW! order the book and get it personalized by yours truly. I am offering this only until I run out of the books I have, so if you haven't ordered one yet and want it signed, you better get it quick!

I have a new book trailer, too! (Of course!) check it out and let me know what you think.


There are a few changes to this trailer that reflect more about the story.

"The Spirits have a Story to Tell". . .INDEED!

Well, that's all for now. I am so looking forward to my next blog where I will talk about my brand new company, Ghostkiller Entertainment. So many good things are happening right now, and I can't wait to share it with those of you reading this! Even you haters out there!! 

So til next time, love, peace and fry bread grease!

Lynny Prince

Thursday, November 17, 2011 | By: Lynny Prince

Sending you all holiday cheer!

Can you believe its almost Thanksgiving? Time sure is flying by and it won't be long til Christmas arrives, as well. As we give thanks during this holiday season, let's not forget to pray for those less fortunate than we are; the homeless, the jobless, the sick and the down trodden. And as we enter into this holiday season, keep in mind those that are affected by the words you speak, keep them sweet, for you never know which ones you'll have to eat! (one of my grandmother's favorite sayings!)

Stay tuned – next week's blog will have all the info related to the release of the revised edition of Scattered Leaves: The Legend of Ghostkiller, and the big reveal for the new cover!

Keep the faith,
Lynny  
Sunday, October 23, 2011 | By: Lynny Prince

Review of Under a Prairie Moon- a novel by Madeline Baker

"Under a Prairie Moon," was one of the first romance novels I ever read, and one that impacted me as a writer so much, I plan to adapt it to film in the future. It is such a fast, easy read, and keeps you turning the pages to see what will happen next. I just love this book, and though I'm not a romance writer, Madeline inspired me in my early writing and gave me the courage to go for it!
Madeline also writes vamp romances under the name Amanda Ashley. Grab every opportunity to read her books, because you won't be disappointed!

I tried to keep spoilers at a minimum, but there are a few here. Read at your own risk! Enjoy!

Under a Prairie Moon
This is a wonderful story of romance and the paranormal, and is the book that made me a huge fan of Madeline Baker.

In this story, widow Kathy Conley inherits her husbands family farm after his death. No one has lived in the house for quite some time, and when they do move in, no one stays. Turns out, the place is haunted by the ghost of a man who was wrongly accused of trying to rape the wife of the original owner.

Dalton Crowkiller, tough, good looking, half-breed Native American, was lusted after by the farmer's wife, Lydia Conley, who threw herself at him every chance she got back in 1873. One night in the barn, Lydia attempts to seduce Dalton and when he won't reciprocate, she screams rape, quickly prompting his hanging.

Fast forward to present day, Kathy, who is overcome with grief over the loss of her husband, busies herself fixing up the old farm house. One day, she finds a diary jammed in an old dresser drawer and here she reads the story of how Lydia lusted after Dalton, the ranch hand. As time passes, Kathy hears and sees things that she can't explain and eventually discovers that the ghost she is seeing is that of Dalton. A relationship develops, which she explains away as her being a grieving, lonely widow. One day, Dalton talks her into buying a horse, and while riding together, they pass under the hanging tree on the property and are propelled into the past.

Given the chance to clear his name by changing the past, Dalton and Kathy express their love for one another in the past, but will they lose each other in the future?

I won't give anymore away, but I can tell you that this is one of the books that inspired me to write paranormal thrillers. Madeline Baker has a way of drawing you in, and keeping you there. I could not put this book down and have read it at least 20 times! If you love romance, time travel and good looking Native American men, this book is for you! Excellent read!

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Thursday, October 13, 2011 | By: Lynny Prince

Revisiting the Journey

Hello everyone!

I hope you have enjoyed the guest author series I've featured here since August. I must admit that having guest's sure freed me up for pressing issues that I've had to deal with with the book and movie. Not having to write on the blog myself has given me some free time to finish the screenplay, which I have done. Not an easy task, but at least now there is something solid to hand over to interested parties, and yes, there are many interested parties.

What's going on with the movie? I've heard this a million times over the summer. The slump in progress with the movie was necessary to get things in order. As it was before, things were just kinda thrown out there without any real direction. Not so anymore. I will be once again posting on it's progress in the near future!

There are new friends everyday on the FB page, so I would like to take this opportunity to share a past blog for those who might be stopping by.

The following blog entry was from December of 2010, almost one year ago. It speaks for itself, but will be informative to those just getting to know me and what I'm all about – just a humble author trying to do good through a medium open to anyone who has the desire to listen within, sit down and write about it.

And now, I give you, "With a Lump in my Throat..."

When I was on my way out of town this morning, my cell phone beeped alerting me to a new message on my Facebook wall. A dear friend posted a link to a New York Times article regarding the hangings of the Dakota 38. As you all know by now, this is the subject of my book, Scattered Leaves: The Legend of Ghostkiller.

I wasn't driving the car, so was able to click the link and go to the page. As my eyes scanned the small screen of my phone, which is difficult enough to read at my age, I found it even more difficult to see with the tears that welled up in my eyes. It was an article that talked about the 38th Indian who was hanged by mistake. His name was Chaska- the character Ghostkiller in my book is based on this man. Chaska kidnapped a woman and her children during the uprising in order to save them from certain death, which he did. In my book, Ghostkiller came to Moccasin Flats (a fictitious name for Mankato) from South Dakota Territory after he heard the news of his mothers' starving people. Consequently, he was caught at the wrong place at the wrong time during the round up and hanged.

As I read the article, my eyes widened when I got to the part where they were talking about a public pardon. It is important not only for the government to acknowledge what happened to Chaska, but also to educate the public about what happened during that time to cause the Uprising in the first place. This was my mission when I wrote the book. I knew I needed to write it in a format that could be easily understood, but also be widely accepted by the masses. What better way to do that then through the love of reading? Now it has gone to the next step and into the Hollywood realm of movie making and I am thrilled with the aspects of reaching millions of people with this important story! If people understood the catalyst behind the uprising, perhaps a better understanding all these years later could heal some old wounds.

I have always said, "I am just the vehicle by which their story traveled to the paper," so while reading this article, I allowed the lump in my throat to grow and didn't try to swallow it; I released the tears and let them flow down my cheeks, and as I did I heard the pain and sorrow of 148 years worth of past atrocities cry out through the veil of time and space in which our past survives today. I pray that these things will come to light in every possible medium, and that one day these spirits will indeed rest in peace.

Mitakuye Oyasin,
Lynny Prince
Monday, October 03, 2011 | By: Lynny Prince

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: TRACY KRAUSS- GUEST AUTHOR

Rejection - and I mean hard core, downright heart wrenching 'this really stinks' rejection - was the best thing that ever happened to me in terms of my writing.

I'm a compulsive writer. It's just something I do. I've been writing for over a quarter century, and in those early years, I was happy to just pound away at my typewriter while my kids were taking their nap, dreaming that someday I'd get published, but not really believing it could ever happen. It was enough to just 'get the words out' and I figured if it ended up being nothing more than personal therapy, so be it.

Then, at one point (and I'm not exactly sure when that shift took place) I started to think that maybe - just maybe - somebody might actually like to read what I'd written. I took my first tentative steps toward sharing, starting with one of my daughters who was a voracious reader. She came back, manuscript in hand, with a semi-detached, 'bored' expression, saying, "It was okay."

Hm. Not exactly what I had hoped for, but I took it as a sign that a 14 year old really wasn't my best critique option, or I needed to go back and change things. In the end I slashed that manuscript to pieces and totally revamped it, sure that NOW it was worthy of someone's attention. I went online, (we had now entered the personal computer era) and started researching publishers.

To my surprise, most publishers did not take unsolicited manuscripts. I needed an agent. WHAT? Nobody ever told me that!! (You're getting the picture how really, really GREEN I was ...) I was imagining how I'd ship the finished book off to several publishing houses and then let them fight it out as I negotiated the best contract.

Instead, what did end up happening totally transformed my writing life. I send my manuscript to an agency that offered critiquing services. If things weren't too bad, they'd go on to post your work on their site for potential agents and publishers to see. If it wasn't up to standard, they'd at least offer a critique. Sure that I would be a shoe in, I waited with anticipation for their response.

Ouch, ouch, ouch. I got three different perspectives on my work, and all three were brutal. All the classic 'Show not tell', awkward phrasing, not moving the story forward, POV head hopping ... on and on it went. Once each and every one of these problems was pointed out, I couldn't believe I had missed it. It just seemed so obvious. I had spent so much time in my own head, that I literally did not see the forest for the trees.

I have since had the wonderful opportunity to be the recipient of many, many more such rejections! I've taken to embracing criticism, because I realize that in most cases, it will make me a better writer. The trick is, you have to detach yourself emotionally and see negative comments as roads to improvement. Actually applying what is suggested helps, too!

Many queries and many rejections later, I finally signed my first contract in 2008, with my first novel – AND THE BEAT GOES – an archeological thriller, leasing in 2009. This first contract was with a POD publishing house, but had many of the perks that traditional houses offer:

-My book was professionally edited

-It cost me nothing

-I receive royalties

-There is a ‘buy back’ clause from the supplier so that book stores can buy and send back copies if they want to.

Happy with my initial success, I went on to publish two more books with the same publisher. This time, my contracts were a bit more akin to ‘self publishing’. MY MOTHER THE MAN-EATER was a ‘joint venture’ contract, where I paid a nominal fee, but the publisher took on the bulk of the costs. PLAY IT AGAIN was a ‘pre-sales’ contract where the publication process only kicked in (at no cost to me) once 100 books were pre-sold. I’m happy to say the book is now in production. (Incidentally, both books were nominated for an ‘Indie Excellence Book Award’ and MAN-EATER even went on to best seller status on Amazon when it first released in the Contemporary Romance category.)

So what have I learned from all this? There is still a lot of stigma when it comes to POD publishing, but when it comes right down to it, quality is still the best way to sell books, whether you publish the traditional way or you go a self pubbed, indie or strictly ebook route. I’m glad I didn’t take the easy route and self publish right away. All those early rejections taught me that good writing is the best thing you can do for yourself and your writing career. I’ve since signed with an agent and hope to see book number four, WIND OVER MARSHDALE, find a publishing home the traditional way. I don’t think that would have been possible without all the lessons I’ve learned the hard way.

Without that early wake up call, I'd still be in my own little world, writing for an audience of one. (And I don't mean God!) How has rejection transformed your writing?

Tracy Krauss

the creative process from a Christian perspective

Tuesday, September 20, 2011 | By: Lynny Prince

IN THE SPOTLIGHT — RICHARD STOOKER — GUEST AUTHOR


Trying to pinpoint the precise beginning of a novel is like remembering a dream from start to finish -- some important part always remains buried in your subconscious mind.

I'm glad I wrote Virgin Blood when I did, because I doubt I could now.

I had been working for years as a Social Security Administration Claims Representative -- specializing in Supplemental Security Income -- for years, and feeling frustrated.

I'd seen and heard too many horror stories -- the kind that are merely gruesome, sad and sickening, not supernatural.

Maybe I dreamed up Janie Braxton because I wanted somebody on SSI who was a winner, for a change.

I'd already discovered for myself (it's not in any writing books I can recall reading) a technique to increase dramatic, emotional impact: make the hero as weak and powerless as possible. It's the David and Goliath Effect, or just plain leverage. The weaker your hero, the more thrilling their ultimate victory.

I'd been interested in the Cahokia mounds, and so writing Virgin Blood gave me the excuse to visit the mounds. They're a UNESCO World Heritage Site, but probably not one person in ten in the St Louis area knows much about them. I also got to read Robert Silverberg's book on the mound builders. Because the Cahokians lacked writing, not much is really known about their beliefs, but some opened mounds contain remains that appear to have been sacrifices.

The writing process was a constant revelation. I plotted out the main events, but some things couldn't be foreseen. When I finished the writing, I thought it was perfect, but I decided to make sure. I sent it to the original "book doctor" firm, and they decided to accept it.

For months, Dave King and I sent the manuscript pages back and forth (before email). I noticed a curious pattern. Whenever he tried to use his own words or thoughts, I hated what he tried to insert into the novel.

But that forced me to look at what he saw as a problem, and then come up with my own solution.

Thanks to Dave, Virgin Blood is coherent, polished and unified.


That did cost money, more than I could really afford, and so I wouldn't recommend it for any novel you're not convinced is already close to being good enough. But it was certainly a terrific education.

So then I tried to get it published. By that time, I was burned out on sending unsolicited novels to publishers, even though the science fiction/fantasy/horror field was still friendlier than most other genres. I'd simply had it with having publishers hold the manuscript for a year or two, then return it with a form rejection slip.

I knew Virgin Blood deserved better.

So I started sending it out to agents.

But publishing was still in a recession, and none of them wanted to touch it.

In the late 1990s I used a now forgotten publishing software to produce a digital version of Virgin Blood, but that went nowhere.

Thank goodness for Amazon's CreateSpace and Kindle.

Virgin Blood is not breaking any sales records, but at least it's available.


Richard Stooker has retired from the Social Security Administration and is a freelance writer. You can check out Virgin Blood at:
Tuesday, September 13, 2011 | By: Lynny Prince

IN THE SPOTLIGHT - Author Miriam Pia, guest blogger

How did I get published? Well, in reality, Alethia Publishing of India is bringing out my first novel within the upcoming 12 months. They are a real and small publisher. It is taking about 5 years for this novel to find a publisher. I had an agent for one year. That helped me put the novel out to Kindle owners at Amazon.com. Thanks to email, the Writer’s Market and the PDF, I was able to have my novel’s manuscript treated like so many others: it was politely rejected 30 times and rudely rejected a few times before being accepted by a real publisher. The other successful authors report that this is pretty normal, and nothing to get upset over. In that respect, its like American men trying to get laid. Even though women like that sort of thing, most of the women are going to say No, either politely or rudely MOST OF THE TIME.

In the very first place, I was published in small newsletters - including one put together by Edie Zsuzsics who worked as the Philosophy Dept secretary where and when I helped out as a sort of ‘work study intern’ for the professors who were around 50 years old at the time. Her Write Way Newsletter published one of my poems and short stories.

Time Between Times and Pagan Dawn published me a few times back in the 1990s and at the turn of the Millenia. In 2003 I had a breakthrough and actually got paid. Its 2011 and I’m still working on getting enough to = earning a middle class living, but was upgraded to ‘paid writer’ for a while now.

The books: Be Diversity Competent! By Jermaine Davis, The Complete Guide to Investing in Mutual Funds by Alan Northcott, Moving to the USA by Expatriot Focus are books that I ghostwrote 30%+ of. Their idea. My favorite was the one for Jermaine but my favorite for pay was one I can’t even mention due to confidentiality agreements.

That's it. Most of my contracts I found at Guru.com

Miriam Pia
Larrison, Okrongli & Smith


To find out more about Miriam, please visit:
http://www.uranianfiction.webs.com/



Wednesday, September 07, 2011 | By: Lynny Prince

IN THE SPOTLIGHT - AUTHOR CORAL RUSSELL- guest blogger

The DIY Indie Publisher by Coral Russell

I know I should consider myself a self-publisher because Indie is usually associated with Small Presses, but I think the new wave of authors taking the reins and publishing their own books via the Internet and specifically eBooks are Independents in the true sense of the word.

As a life-long reader, I was a die-hard paperback fan and thought I'd never switch to reading eBooks. All that changed last year and I haven't looked back. I love my Kindle and a survey revealed that once readers switch to using eReaders, they don't go back to pBooks. I fall in that category.
So when the fiction-writing bug bit after winning a contest (I've been writing non-fiction for a long time), it was natural for me to look into publishing eBooks instead of pBooks. That look lasted seven months and is still ongoing. Here's what I've learned so far:

Write a darn good story or at least a story that you would want to read or at least a story that you are extremely happy with.

Write a short story that compliments the genre you're writing your novel in, then give it away – feedbooks, wattpad, BookRix, and others sites are great for this. Include it in an anthology-you have writing friends, don't you? Collaborate. Include it in an anthology for charity-everyone likes contributing to a good cause and there are a ton out there (i.e. No Trees Harmed for First Book).

It's good to be a control freak. If you enjoy every aspect of the process of creating an eBook, then the only thing you may have to pay for is a book cover and for sure, editing. Editing is a must. Editing separates the writer from the hobbyist. Also if you enjoy the process, then you will be happy no matter what the outcome.

Adopt the motto – I don't know any strangers. That is fairly easy and painless with the Internet and social media. Don't know the first thing about building a blog, Twitter, Facebook, Google+, Lunch, Blogcritics, etc.? The Indie Book Collective has great seminars to get you on your feet. My daughter announced one day she wanted to build a homework robot. I told her, that's called the Internet, honey. If you have any problem or are unsure of how to do something, Google it. Someone, somewhere in the world has had the same problem and probably offered a solution.

Get to know your reviewers. You need good, honest, objective reviews and you can get them on shelfari, goodreads (eBook Giveaways group), LibraryThing (Member Giveaways), Reads, Reviews, Recommends blog, and more. Cozy up with blog tours – Novel Publicity, Nurture Your Books, Author Blog Tours, Indie Book Collective, BLB Book Tours – some are higher priced than others, so pick what you can afford. OR, you can go it alone. I add book review sites to my blog roll all the time and these three sites make it easy to find blogs that may be interested in reviewing your masterpiece – BookConnector, Step-by-Step Self Publishing, The Indie Book Blog Database.

Want to pay for reviews? If it's good enough for the first self-published million eBook seller, John Locke, it's good enough for you. He used 15 Dollar Reviews (I'm going undercover there to give you the low-down on that soon), and BookRooster (already went undercover there and blogged about it).

Support your fellow Indie authors. Tons of ways to do this through networking, collaboration, book reviews, exchanging forewards, linking to your books, sharing, retweeting, guest posts, etc.

And this is just the tip of the ice burg. Sound like a full-time job? It is. I have a calendar set up with the times to do the different activities I need to do so I won't spend too much time on any one project. But it is working, I sell every month and those sales are increasing every month. Good luck and feel free to connect with me, I'm always interested in meeting new Indie authors!


Coral Russell reads/reviews Indie authors on alchemyofscrawl.wordpress.com, Check out her Stalker Package to connect. She has written The DIY Guide to Social Media Marketing and eBook Publishing, Playing with Fire, Twelve Worlds, and the upcoming Amador Lockdown.





 
Wednesday, August 31, 2011 | By: Lynny Prince

IN THE SPOTLIGHT - Carl David - guest author


My latest book, "Bader Field; How My Family Survived Suicide" took me almost 30 years to get published. It began as homage to my father, my hero who was felled by a major coronary at age 58. I knew that I was going to write this memoir for many reasons. The world needed to know the greatness of this extraordinary being but more so for my children, not yet born. It was a times very painful to dig deep and relive certain episodes and events in my life so it took decades to finish the book.

Along the way I pitched dozens of major publishers, knowing this would be of interest to the mass public. Nearly every one responded that the work was well written but too personal. After all, my father was not of celebrity status to them, so who was he....? I was deflated and at times discouraged, thinking perhaps the format was wrong. I wondered about re-organizing the entire work; starting from scratch. But I persisted and refused to give up. I would find the publisher who "got it" no matter how long it took.

In early 2008 I was directed by an agent friend to Nightengale Press, a small publishing house that I was told would very likely want to work with me on this project. I spoke with the owner/publisher herself (Valerie Connelly) and explained the book to her. She asked that I email it to her and she'd get back to me in a week; that it sounded wonderful. I was cautiously optimistic. The week went by and I didn't hear so I called her to see if I had made the cut.

"Absolutely, I love it." My heart pounded with newly found excitement. "With one condition" she continued. "Anything, I've got but one chance to get this right so what do I need to do?" I asked. "We want you to rewrite it, Movie Style." I had no clue as to what movie style meant but agreed, "Sure, no problem, what's movie style?" She proceeded to explain that she wanted dialog, that I needed to Show it, not Tell it. I nodded in acknowledgment and was given a crackerjack editor (Yvonne Perry) who showed me how to dialog, she didn't tell me.....

In six weeks with the help of my editor, mission accomplished. I loved it. It really came to life. The characters were now three dimensional and vibrantly real. The reader would be one with them and myself, sharing all of our experiences as if they had lived them.

Some time after it had been on the market through Amazon and all of the other online vendors, we felt it was missing something that would give the first glance incentive to look further. The title was too vague. Was "Bader Field" an airport, a baseball field, or what? No clue unless someone read the back cover. After very careful consideration and deliberation we decided to include the subtitle, "How My Family Survived Suicide." That would give a very powerful insight as to what was in those pages.

It has made a dramatic difference. I have been promoting on my website www.carledavid.com and on LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter and on the many book sites where I am a member. I am trying to raise awareness to the devastating issue of suicide and the impact it has on the surviving family members and friends. I have done a lot of media work, television, radio and magazine interviews, hoping to save lives by letting those on that edge of desperation that there is help for them, that they are loved, and that there is always a better way. I will not relent or retreat from this quest as I take my darkest days and do something of benefit for others with them..

Carl David
www.carledavid.com
215-735-2922
carledavid@gmail.com
Thursday, August 25, 2011 | By: Lynny Prince

In the Spotlight: Kenneth Weene, guest author


A Home After Retirement

I’d always wanted to be a writer. Little things had gotten in the way: an education, a career, marriage and family – just doing what life demands. After all, how many people earn their livelihoods and take care of their families writing novels and short fiction? I had the love but not the cojones.
Age has few advantages, but I did appreciate retirement. I was tired of helping people. It might seem an easy job, but being a shrink really exhausts – not so much the body as the psyche. It’s hard work to care. Retirement meant having time, the time to relax and especially the time to write. Not just the poetry and short stories I’d tossed off to unwind on weekends, but really write.
It was fun. It was easy. Most importantly, my writing was pretty good. I ran it by other people, and they said, “Ken, find a publisher.”

We had moved to Arizona, and I found a local vanity press. We brought out an anthology of my work. People liked it. Some asked if I’d ever considered writing a novel. Had I? Of course I had. In fact,  there were a couple already underway. More support. More suggestions from people with no idea of how difficult writing is. I hemmed and hawed and avoided until my wife asked me why I was bothering to write if I was afraid to do something real with my work. It was a fair question, especially from her. She had been a painter, and I had often gone with her to galleries to ask them about showing her work. It had been my job to stand in the doorway of each gallery so she couldn’t leave until she had made the painful advance to the gallery director.

Being her support had taught me something. The owners of those galleries had no more idea of what to show than you or I. One time she showed the director a book in which every painting had been sold – some to famous people. He looked through the photos and told her that her paintings weren’t commercial, that they wouldn’t sell. I figured publishers were no more likely to have good judgment than gallery owners, but what the heck?

I bought one of those books that list all the publishers and started looking at listings. I knew that without fame and starting so late I would be lucky to find a publisher. I said to myself that if it was meant to be it would happen. I checked off three small houses that seemed to have some idea that writing mattered. Only three because I thought I’d see if there was any useful feedback form those first sure failures.

I sent the the query letters. I went with Widow’s Walk because it was a good read, somewhat traditional in format, a love story, and set conventionally.

I got back one response. “Send us the book.”

That was from All Things That Matter Press. I don’t mind giving them a shout-out; they’ve been great. We just signed a contract for my third novel, and they are ever helpful and supportive. Surprise, finding a publisher had been easy.

I should have known there was something wrong with that picture. First came the editing. That took time, effort, and discipline. Next came checking the galleys – more time, effort, and discipline. Then the book came out. Wow!! Yay!! Hooray!!

That’s when the work really started. I didn’t realize how much work goes into marketing once those books are published. Now I spend half my time doing anything I can think of to get attention. For example, I write guest blogs like this one. If you’re enjoying my style, perhaps you’ll take a look at my website and check out those books. See what I mean?

If you are a new writer, I would say that finding a publisher is sort of like finding a new house. It’s difficult but in these times not so impossible, but once you move in be prepared for all the work; that never ends. Retired? Who’s retired? I’m an author.

Brief Bio
A New Englander by upbringing and inclination, Kenneth Weene is a teacher, psychologist, and pastoral counselor by education.
Ken’s short stories and poetry have appeared in numerous publications including Sol Spirits, Palo Verde Pages, Vox Poetica Clutching at Straws, The Word Place, Legendary, Sex and Murder Magazine, The New Flesh Magazine, The Santa Fe Literary Review, Daily Flashes of Erotica Quarterly, Bewildering Stories, A Word With You Press, Mirror Dance, and The Aurorean.
Ken’s novels, Widow’s Walk and Memoirs From the Asylum are published by All Things That Matter Press.

To learn more about Ken’s writing visit: http://www.authorkenweene.com
Tuesday, August 23, 2011 | By: Lynny Prince

In the Spotlight: A new way to blog

Hello blogger fans,

I trust that your summer is going well? I certainly hope so!

I have been on the road for most of the summer; sort of a working/scouting mission that just came to an end. (really just a pause!) I have met so many wonderful people and experienced so many things, it's been quite a summer so far and I can't wait to get back out there.

I am humbled beyond words at the kindness and willingness to help that I have been shown by people in the movie industry. Just awesome! I guess if you're a good person who goes in with a clear head, a concise plan and the right attitude (no over-inflated ego), they take you seriously. Apparently, it works because they are listening. To find out who "they" are, you'll just have to stay tuned!

At the moment, I am busy trying to get caught up email, blogging, and of course, writing. I am tying up loose ends and am preparing for the best :)

As far as the blog is concerned, I am much too busy to commit to a bi-weekly blog so, I am incorporating something I have seen on other author blogs-I thought it would be interesting to see how other authors have gotten published and what they are doing to get it done, and as it turns out, they really want to tell their stories. I recently put out an invitation for fellow authors to guest blog and the response has been overwhelming! They all agree that this is a great way to showcase themselves and also to give a behind-the-scenes look at what authors go through on their way to the book shelves.

I'm calling it, "In the Spotlight" and our first author will be highlighted this week. I hope you enjoy it.

Until then, take care, be blessed and be sure to tune in for updates on my website-there's a lot coming up!

Love and strength,
Lynny Prince
Thursday, June 30, 2011 | By: Lynny Prince

There are two sides to every story.....

Hello blogger fans,

The subject line of this blog reflects what I have been going through these past two months. Much turmoil mixed with realization that has awakened my spirit even more. I give thanks everyday for the lessons I am learning and the ways in which our Creator guides me and blesses me. I could not do anything without the guidance of the Tunkasilas and the Creator, nor would I even try.

So, the subject line became the opener for my NEWEST VIDEO which promotes the book, Scattered Leaves: The Legend of Ghostkiller. I love this video and had the honor of shooting in my ancestors neck of the woods. Footage shot on location was great fun, but this video doesn't contain the best footage....that comes later and you'll just have to stay tuned to see where it shows up!

I sent out an important update on the mailing list this morning, and I hope you're on it. If not, please sign up here. There will be many updates in the coming months, so you'll want to be updated, I'm sure. If you're following my blog, you most certainly must be a fan! (or a stalker, and if that's the case, please state it on the sign up sheet so I'll be sure to leave you off the mailing list lol)

I've hired someone to take care of my Facebook pages. A "social net worker," but don't worry, I will still occasionally post myself and personal messages will be brought to my attention, too, so I'm still accessible. I am simply much too busy now to maintain everything myself. This is a GOOD thing! Please remember to sign up on the mailing list, because there will be news exclusively for you that will not appear here.

I hope you are all having an incredible summer and I'll post again soon!

Love, peace and many blessings on you from our Creator!

Lynny Prince  
Sunday, June 19, 2011 | By: Lynny Prince

Special request....

As you all know I'm an author, but what many of you might not know is that I also write poetry. Like my mother before me, I am also a poet and it is one of my most beloved pastimes (besides riding horses, of course!) I plan to publish a book in the future of my mother's poetry and will include some of mine, as well. I'll keep you posted on that :)

When I was younger, I wrote with all the teenage angst I could muster, then as I grew older I usually wrote when I was upset. It was a great outlet, and that poetry helped a lot when faced with emotional delimas. Now that I am older, I mostly write about spiritual experiences because I have learned that the spirits that protect me are listening.

I was recently asked by a fan if I would consider sharing one or two of my poems on my blog. I enthusiastically agreed. I usually share my poetry on Facebook, but this one is new and I have not posted it yet. My Facebook page is where I share a lot of my work with the fans of the book, Scattered Leaves: The Legend of Ghostkiller, but my FB page is private, so you have to be a friend to see my posts. For those who are not, come on over and send me a request! In the meantime, this is for you, and its also for anyone who loves poetry. I give you "Spirits". Enjoy!

  

Spirits are moving me
Quietly soothing me
Keeping me focused and pure
Helping and guiding me
Standing beside of me
Of this I'm certain and sure
The way that I walk
And the way that I talk
Is carefully spoken and soft
When I speak of their names
And the truth they contain
I feel love from the angels aloft
They know me
They mold me
Sometimes gently scold me
When my heart feels like losing its faith
But they're patient and kind
Always taking their time
And are always my saving grace

© 2011 Lynny Prince all rights reserved
Monday, June 06, 2011 | By: Lynny Prince

The Journey Continues....

Since I hired an attorney, (and everyone went a little crazy) things are finally quieting down and I am able to focus my energies on finishing up Scattered Leaves: Beyond the Legend, the second book in The Ghostkiller Trilogy. Of all the negative things I have been faced with lately, the one thing I've learned is to keep a clear head, don't say anything in anger, stay positive, and let the spirits lead the way. It's been a very interesting ride so far, to say the least. I'm happy to report that everything is FULL STEAM AHEAD! (Details later)

Now, getting back to the business of book writing- I am dedicating this blog to those who understand what it means to be a writer. I read something this morning that honestly put it into words better than I ever could. I found the following quote from Winston Churchill and decided to share it here:

“Writing a book is an adventure. To begin with, it is a toy and an amusement; then it becomes a mistress, and then it becomes a master, and then a tyrant. The last phase is that just as you are about to be reconciled to your servitude, you kill the monster, and fling him out to the public.”

It's easy for people who don't write for a living to judge those of us who do. It's nice to know that down through the ages there are those who really understand and have left quotes, such as the one above, that remain timeless. Thank you, Winston Churchill!

I am busy as a bee with query letters lately. I intend to find a literary agent who can place me with a legitimate publishing house. The goal is to get these novels out to the people who enjoy my work and the sooner the better.

My advice for this week is when it comes to business, always, always keep it professional and don't ever settle for less. Surround yourself with positive and never allow the negative in. It is the most important thing you can do.

Til next time....


Peace and love,
Lynny Prince
Thursday, June 02, 2011 | By: Lynny Prince

Go BIG or go Home!

I have never been the type of person to depend on anyone else, but when it comes to business, doubly so. In this business, you take care of your business or you're out! So, it is with this in mind that I write today's blog.

When I started this journey 7 years ago, little did I know what the future would have in store for me, but I knew where I was going with the book. I knew when I wrote it that it would be a movie because I saw it in my head; I simply wrote what I saw! What a magnificent way to write!

Along the way, I met many, many people who were excited about my project and wanted to be involved. Those same people became my friends and are still with me today and I thank the Creator for bringing them into my life! These same friends are helping me now pursue the things I'd only dreamed of.

When you have a dream, dream big. Don't settle for small potatoes, go for the GOLD and don't let anyone stand in your way no matter what. When one door closes another opens, and people in this business will come and go. Your dream remains. And if you stick to your guns, nothing is impossible.

Today, I am re-posting an article about the success of someone who started out kinda like I did. In fact, our stories are eerily similar....

Excerpt from J.K. Rowling bio found here:

"I had been writing almost continuously since the age of six but I had never been so excited about an idea before. To my immense frustration, I didn't have a functioning pen with me, and I was too shy to ask anybody if I could borrow one. I think, now, that this was probably a good thing, because I simply sat and thought, for four (delayed train) hours, and all the details bubbled up in my brain, and this scrawny, black-haired, bespectacled boy who didn't know he was a wizard became more and more real to me. I think that perhaps if I had had to slow down the ideas so that I could capture them on paper I might have stifled some of them (although sometimes I do wonder, idly, how much of what I imagined on that journey I had forgotten by the time I actually got my hands on a pen).
I began to write 'Philosopher's Stone' that very evening, although those first few pages bear no resemblance at all to anything in the finished book. I moved up to Manchester, taking the swelling manuscript with me, which was now growing in all sorts of strange directions, and including ideas for the rest of Harry's career at Hogwarts, not just his first year. Then, on December 30th 1990, something happened that changed both my world and Harry's forever: my mother died.

It was a terrible time. My father, Di and I were devastated; she was only forty five years old and we had never imagined - probably because we could not bear to contemplate the idea - that she could die so young. I remember feeling as though there was a paving slab pressing down upon my chest, a literal pain in my heart.

Nine months later, desperate to get away for a while, I left for Portugal, where I had got a job teaching English in a language institute. I took with me the still-growing manuscript of Harry Potter, hopeful that my new working hours (I taught in the afternoon and evening) would lend themselves to pressing on with my novel, which had changed a lot since my mother had died. Now, Harry's feelings about his dead parents had become much deeper, much more real. In my first weeks in Portugal I wrote my favourite chapter in Philosopher's Stone, The Mirror of Erised.

....And so I set to work in a kind of frenzy, determined to finish the book and at least try and get it published. ....I wrote nearly every evening. Then I had to type the whole thing out myself. Sometimes I actually hated the book, even while I loved it.

Finally it was done. I covered the first three chapters in a nice plastic folder and set them off to an agent, who returned them so fast they must have been sent back the same day they arrived. But the second agent I tried wrote back and asked to see the rest of the manuscript. It was far and away the best letter I had ever received in my life, and it was only two sentences long.

It took a year for my new agent, Christopher, to find a publisher. Lots of them turned it down. Then, finally, in August 1996, Christopher telephoned me and told me that Bloomsbury had 'made an offer.' I could not quite believe my ears. 'You mean it's going to be published?' I asked, rather stupidly. 'It's definitely going to be published?' After I had hung up, I screamed and jumped into the air.....And you probably know what happened next."

If it happened to her, it can happen to you, too. Don't give up the dream! Never give up!

All my best,
Lynny


Tuesday, May 24, 2011 | By: Lynny Prince

Tips for the Uneducated Writer

"If those bad words come, I let them come in one ear and go out the other. I never let them come out of my mouth. If a bad word comes in your ear and then comes out of your mouth, it will go someplace and hurt somebody. If I did that, that hurt would come back twice as hard on me." ~Wallace Black Elk, Lakota~

I write this this morning under the guise of an author, but I am really hurting as a human being today. As a person with real feelings and emotions, it hurts me deeply to know that people can be so cruel with their words.

I used to be the type of person that, when verbally attacked, I would attack back. After all, my gift with words is a gift that I can use anyway I want to, but then I would be abusing that gift, wouldn't I?

Walking the narrow path of this Red Road I am on, I have learned that integrity is more important than sparring with others, but especially with someone who doesn't even know me personally. I have come to learn that the old saying "like water off a ducks back" is really a literal cleansing in disguise and I practice that on a daily basis. Besides that, I would never abuse the gift given to me (the gift of writing) to hurt another human being. I stand in my truth and that's all that I do. When it all falls down around the rest, I will still be standing tall.

An uneducated writer, to me, is someone new to the business and is learning the hard way. That's me. These lessons I am being taught are needed, I know, but the hurt I feel this beautiful morning goes deep into my soul. I will, however, persevere and stand strong and walk with my head held high; things my mother taught me to do, for with integrity, I will rise above with a smile on my face and the knowledge that I have done my best; with fortitude I will conquer all that is put in my path, and with courage I will carry this story to who can nurture it and give it the proper respect.

My ancestors guide me, and for this I am truly grateful for without them, there would be no stories. As I have said before in this blog, people who view me as "just another white person" are looking at me through a closed mind. All they see is a white person who is trying to ride on the coat tails of a full blood. I don't find validity of who I am through my husband, I find it through my own people, my own DNA. I walk the way of my people, who have always had dignity and respect for others and I relish the fact that I have my mother's genes; the same genes that reflect the virtues bestowed upon me by her, which include a kind and forgiving heart. I don't need anything else.

Hollywood is but one place on a map, filled with people who want something for nothing, but that's not me. Never has been, never will be. I am thankful for all that I have and all that I will have. The spirits know my sacrifices and are taking care of me and my family and will continue to do so, of this I have no doubt.


So I close this blog today with a few reminders to other uneducated writer's out there:

*Do your homework.

*Create a solid platform

*Write a great bio.

*Write a great query letter. 

*Get an attorney. (Beg, borrow or pawn to do so.)

Research these things until you feel you have done the absolute best you can do, AND THEN FLY!

But above all else, stay true to yourself ...those who mind don't matter, and those who matter don't mind.

All my best,
Lynny Prince 
Thursday, May 05, 2011 | By: Lynny Prince

Tornadoes, Atlanta and the book business, oh my!

Hello again everybody....

As most of you know, I just got back from Atlanta where I was included in meetings with some very high profile attorneys for the movie company. The meeting went well and my husband and I were happy to be a part of it, helping out in the pitch as best we could. We went through that terrible outbreak of tornadoes to get down there, and to say that the trip was terrifying is putting it mildly. I took videos all the way down there and kept my FB page updated, as well. My friends and fans of the book nervously kept up with our trip, some checking the radar and helping us to navigate through the worst of the storms. Later, when I saw the damage on TV, I was floored. Areas that we drove through were devastated and it is hard to comprehend just how bad it is unless you see it firsthand. I even got a pic of one of the tornadoes as we outran it!


I tried to take video on the way home, however my camera on my phone would not cooperate so that didn't work out. I feel that somehow I was not to video tape it so I left it at that.

Yesterday I met and hired my own attorney. Its costing me a bundle, but it must be done if I am to protect myself. I had a pretty good grasp on what I needed to do legally concerning the psycho screenwriter and the most recent psycho journalist, but it was good to hear it first hand and know that I am fully protected against those who wish to defame me and/or steal my story.

I also found out that I am an entity LOL I own the trademark on Scattered Leaves: The Legend of Ghostkiller which makes all things Scattered Leaves my intellectual property. I can issue a license to use it and make a few dollars off of that, as well. Nice to know in a business where I am swimming with sharks. And what a relief to know that I am protected now from those who wish to try to take advantage of me and my naivete.

So, present and future authors be warned; get an attorney. Even if you have to beg, borrow or steal to do it, get one because I can guarantee you that in this business, no one will look out for your best interests except you.  

The new and improved Scattered Leaves: The Legend of Ghostkiller book will be out very, very soon! Maybe we should ask Kyle Ghostkiller about that? Hum....marketing ideas out the wazoo here!!

Stay tuned and be blessed!
Lynny Prince
Friday, March 25, 2011 | By: Lynny Prince

History in the Writing

Today I'm posting an article I found this morning while doing a bit of research for the next book. While this is informative and gives links to other sites of interest, it also brings to light the tragedy that happened in Mankato, Minnesota all those years ago. But most importantly, I am posting this for the boy who was working on the documentary titled "Dakota 38", the story of the Dakota Sioux who were ordered hanged by President Abraham Lincoln in 1862. This boy committed suicide. This puts a modern, human face on this tragedy not only because it happened recently, but it proves that what happened to the Dakota Sioux isn't something in the past that we must move on from. These are open wounds that have remained gaping since Columbus landed and the need for healing is itself an open wound. A commemorative ceremony posthumously pardoning Chaske is necessary, but a healing for a race of people is not something that can be accomplished on the concrete steps of a building somewhere in Washington or Minnesota. (please see the FB article on Chaske if you don't know his story)This goes much deeper, down into the bowels of what we as a human race have done to each other. Yes, times were different then and we place more value on human life today than we did in the 1860's, but through my research and life experience I have learned that the racial lines are alive and well and certainly not drawn in the sand. They are engraved in concrete and it's going to take a monumental event to crack it open - a healing of global proportion that can only be accomplished through a medium that can reach hundreds of thousands of people. What do you think that is?

Dec 26, 2010

Sunday, March 06, 2011 | By: Lynny Prince

The Business of Moviemaking- it can get ugly

So, this blog is about the process of book to movie, and maybe some of you reading this have had a bit of experience in that area - I have not. I am new to this business, and there are times when I feel like that proverbial lamb led to slaughter. Its difficult to hand your baby over to strangers, trusting that they will nurture it and care for it as you have. Your book is like your spouse; your characters, your children. You spent months or years writing it, and then polishing it, grooming it, convincing people to buy it and finally, signing the adoption papers for the film adaptation, which to me was like giving my children away to strangers.

There are a lot of things I've learned in the year since I signed that contract, and my first lesson was from a business associate whom I was writing the script with. Turns out, she was plagiarizing my work in a T.V. pilot she was working on with someone who just happened to be associated with the producers I signed with. The casting director read my book and found the plagiarism right there in the script that was submitted for the T.V. pilot-copied from my book VERBATIM! Hello? Wake up call ensues. To think that this person, who I entrusted with my story, would betray me like that, was like being punched in the stomach. You'd think that would have tainted my view of this business, and make me fearful to trust again, and boy, did it ever! So, who would have suspected a wannabe journalist would do something similar? Not me!

It ended with her attempt at blackmail and extortion. Wow.

This twisted person now has personal information about me, along with my manuscript, and refuses to agree to destroy it. She is now threatening me with it, sending hate mail, and has proven to me and the entire production team just how sick she is. Its sad, really. To think that she has my manuscript in her possession makes me sick, like she has kidnapped my child. (The book is copy written in the safety of the Library of Congress database, so that's not an issue.)

My point is that I am swimming in shark infested waters, and if I want to survive, I am going to have to do what others before me have done. I've made it a point to be accessible to everyone, and I'd hate to have to stop talking to fans. But it's a scary thing to feel like I'm at the mercy of some crazy persons whim or will.

There is no such thing as bad publicity. Even the worst criminals have become famous when their story appeared on the nightly news. I guess I just have to wait and see what this latest psycho decides to do, but I'm not worried about it, because I have signed with a movie company that has MY and THEIR best interests at heart and they're not about to let some wannabe journalist or psycho wannabe screenwriter do this project harm. (The high priced attorneys will see to that.)

I am protected by the laws that govern good people, too. The spirits will protect me and this story, of this I am sure, and lets not forget, karma is an incredibly righteous balance of nature.

Til next time, love, peace and frybread grease,
Lynny Prince!        
Saturday, February 19, 2011 | By: Lynny Prince

A New Day Dawns

This morning dawned with a muted sunrise that lit the world with a positive light, regardless of whether I thought it was sufficient or not. The horizon became lighter and lighter, and tho the sun did not shine outright, I knew it lay just beyond the clouds that covered it in their loving embrace. I knew the sun was up and shining despite what I could see with my own eyes. A promise from our Creator that that gift is always there and has been for as long as anyone can remember.

And so it is with this path I am on. This movie is not an easy one to make. There have been numerous setbacks and personal tragedies that I won't go into here, however, its such an important story that all those involved will not allow anyone or anything to get in the way of the ultimate goal- to make a movie that tells the story of how the west was won by the Sioux.

Time and again the spirits have shown us all that they are the ones who are telling this story, that the Tunkasilas are hearing our prayers and answering them at the will of our Creator. Even no answer is an answer.

We are small. We are pitiful. We are significant beings smack dab in the middle of a spiritual experience that is taking us all to new heights. The pitfalls and personal dilemmas are numerous, but where would we all be without the guidance of the spirits right now? Locked in a mindset of despair? The spirits are here. They are real. They are guiding us all, in every minute of our lives. Pray to them. Set out food for them. Acknowledge them. They are your relatives, your people. With their help, I know I can do anything, and so can you.

As a writer, I am expected to put into words what others can't, or what they wish they could, say. And so it is with Scattered Leaves: The Legend of Ghostkiller.  I have heard from so many who have read it, that it touched their lives in a profound way and that the spirits that I've written about have shown many of you that they are real. The characters, save Ghostkiller, are supposedly fictitious, but they are real, as well.

I am Kyle Ghostkiller. I am Father Wilson O'Rourke. I am Mason Crow Walker, I am Chase Riley and I am Nina Bolton Ghostkiller. To know me and my struggles, know them, because I have felt everything they feel. It's an awesome journey, friends. Glad you are all along for the ride.
Friday, February 18, 2011 | By: Lynny Prince

Words from the Other Side

Hau Mitakuyapi-

"While the essence of the past is still fresh in our minds, we must change it in a way that will impact all people. To wait another minute longer is to allow the wrongs to continue to deplete space behind the veil, something that we as a human race cannot allow to happen. We CAN change the past. When our grandfathers and grandmothers died, their spirits were trapped in that circumstance. It is only through our deeds of good will that the spirits of the wrongly departed will be released from the chains of their circumstance; chains that bind us all in the black mass of wrong doing. The same black mass that haunts us in "Scattered Leaves: The Legend of Ghostkiller."
-Kyle Ghostkiller

While listening to a sample of the movie score this morning, it struck me that this is really happening. This small town Kentucky girl is involved in something much bigger than she could have ever imagined. Spirits have been with me my whole life, and I am actually writing a memoir of how they have manifested themselves to me. There are gifts that they have bestowed upon me that I will never reveal publicly, but I will say that they help me write, which is evident from the above piece.

This journey is one of simple discipline. The spirits are patient with me and do their best to show me who, what, when, where and how. Through prayer and ceremony, I've learned how to listen. But it did not come easy. This burning desire in my heart to make things right for the People is something that has haunted me since before the book was first conceived. An elder told me its because I carry DNA that I hold in very high esteem and my own people desire to be set free from the chains of their circumstance.

I do not reveal family names online, or even my own Lakota name, because as soon as you post things like that online, it becomes someone else's name or family. Its important to keep these things to yourself and protect them and hold them in the highest possible regard that you can. Your family deserves it. The spirits deserve the respect and you owe it to yourself to keep these things sacred. I do not have a Cherokee name that I know of, tho I do know the name of one of my earliest grandmothers who was Cherokee. This blood comes from my mothers' father.

I am but a humble servant to our Creator. Anyone can do what I have done with this book, all you have to have is the drive and desire to make things happen, remove "can't" from your vocabulary, and above all else, learn to listen to the Tunkasilas.

Who owns the past? Our ancestors do. And they deserve to be heard.

The Spirits Have a Story to Tell....and they tell it in The Ghostkiller Trilogy
Friday, January 21, 2011 | By: Lynny Prince

Happy New Year!

Wow, is it 2011 already? Seems Christmas was just yesterday....

There's new information coming in, in regards to the Dakota 38; letters were discovered that were written from the prison before the hangings in Mankato that paint a stark picture about this dark time in American history. Make no mistake, this was the largest mass execution in United States history, and there probably would have been more hanged that day, but Abraham Lincoln commuted most of the sentences to prison time. Some say it was because he didn't want to give America a bad name to the European countries, but I'm no one to judge that. I'm no one to judge anything. I'm just a writer who wrote about it all. Which brings me to the next order of business.

I have my fingers in all kinda pies these days, but what better way to educate myself? And really, that's what we are doing when we research. As you all know, I am working on the second book now, and researching The Trail of Tears. This research is just as upsetting because some of the stories I am reading about are horrific, much like the horrific ones I read in my earlier research in regards to the Sioux. Terrible, tragic stories of death and destruction, genocide and heartbreak. I am looking forward to finding the ones that address the survival stories, for this is something I can really relate to.

I am a survivor myself. We all are survivors, whether it be childhood horrors, relationship fiascoes, financial blunders or self-inflicted anomalies, we survive. We have to! Its in our DNA to be survivors so it makes sense that we fight to survive. I don't try to pretend to know how much my ancestors suffered on the Trail of Tears, but I do know that they did. They faced things that I pray our generations down the line will never have to face!

I'll post a few lines from the new book soon....have to give you all something to whet your appetite, after all! It is shaping up to be a great read and I want to thank all of you again for your support! You are the ones who can make or break the success of these books and I never forget that!

Have a wonderful Friday!

Love, peace and frybread grease,
Lynny