Short message tonight – What a great week behind me…

I’ve had family here for few days for a lovely visit, and I’ve sneaked editing of Book Two of the Trilogy in. I’m not gonna meet me 1st (self-imposed) deadline, but I will chug forward. When I Look to the Sky is getting closer to reality!

I just got home from work and did my daily ritual…. check Kindle to see if books are moving (THEY ARE!!!) and then to see if there are any reviews (THERE WAS!!!)

One review… TEN POWERFUL WORDS – and they made me cry…

“Amazing. What an emotional ride. It touched my very soul.”

WOW – my day can’t get any better……

In the words of my favorite band, “Have faith, BELIEVE!”

Love, Barbara

Oh! What a night!!!

Last night was an INCREDIBLE “next step” for me! I told y’all a while back that I was stepping out of my comfort zone, last night was the night!


I was nervous – something you don’t know about me – I AM NOT A FLAMING EXTROVERT! My friends never believe this – that’s because I KNOW THEM! I’m not anxious at all around people I know! Put me in a place where I don’t know people, and OH MY GOODNESS… TOP IT OFF BY PUTTING ME IN FRONT OF PEOPLE TO TALK ABOUT MYSELF, heart races in a big way!!!

Last night was the Meet the Authors Night at the Black Horse Winery in Orange Park. It was nice mingling with the other authors, and the guests before the program began. Their questions and comments helped me feel a little more at ease. Everyone was very interesting, but one writer that I spoke with, Chris Hejmanowski, was very personable, knowledgeable, and made me feel comfortable from the first words of our conversation (check out his website –  http://chrishejmanowski.com/ ). We talked about our work not fitting “the traditional molds”. I’ve been told that my work isn’t Contemporary Romance, instead  they are LOVE STORIES – I think I like that better anyway, but there is no “bucket” for Love Stories. We talked about taking chances and later he told me he was proud that I took a chance.

When the program began, I was ready… my cheat sheet of notes to talk about myself, my experience on this journey, and my books, in my hand and ready! My turn to talk…(ACKKKKK!!!!!!!) I decided not to use my cheat sheet – just speak from my heart, and DO NOT MAKE EYE CONTACT WITH ANYONE! But I looked up at Dr. Hejmanowsk made me feel at ease, and I just started talking. AND I LIVED THROUGH IT! ha ha!

I LEARNED SO MUCH FROM LAST NIGHT’S EXPERIENCE, and I am ready to move on, finish my next LOVE STORY and see what happens. I learned that I need to explore more ways to better my work, more ways to promote my books – AND ME 🙂   I have some groundwork to get started and homework to do.

It was a great personal AND professional experience and I am SOOO glad I participated!

Thank you to my friends and family who were there to support me, and special thanks to YOU for standing behind me – literally, so I didn’t have to LOOK AT YOU! ha ha ha!

I will have pictures to put up soon.

I am blessed!

Love, Barbara

Time to git’r done!

Ok.. Ok… I HEAR YOU!

I’ve been nagged enough, no wait….. pushed and bitz’d at… no, that’s not good either… GENTLY NUDGED – YEAH, THAT’S IT!

DEADLINES: (thank you @Jeff Manalo for your subliminal messages – now you need to get busy too!)

1) Finish the draft for Book Two of the Trilogy – When I Look to the Sky – by Wednesday January 23rd – definitive – achievable – and….. I can say I have completed the draft on Wednesday evening when I take part in the Meet the Author Night!

It’s not just my friends who are asking – I’m getting emails from readers asking the same question – WHEN WILL THE NEXT BOOK BE READY? – I LOVE THIS!!!!!!!

2) Get the draft out for edits, corrections, changes and “this doesn’t work” or “I LOVE THIS” feedback! Set a deadline to have the inputs back to me by February 15th.

3) Cover ideas to work with my cover artist by February 6th

4) Have edits and corrections done by March 1st

5) Send final work out to proofers March 1st with a March 15th request for return.

6) Cover deadline (I <3 U Jeff!) March 22nd (there will be pizza nights between now and then! ha ha ha!)

7) Upload for publication (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3R5gHF0vzew – please listen!) by MARCH 31st.

So there’s my PLAN OF ACTION – with deadlines because “Goals are dreams with deadlines” Diana Scharf Hunt

Now… I must get busy, I have a deadline to meet 🙂

Love, Barbara


Excited to share this with you…

I almost have the first draft of When I Look to the Sky – Book Two in the Rock and Roll Trilogy – ready! Someone SPECIAL gets first peek (because she won the right at a Chance Drawing for the Oakleaf Relay For Life!) I will still have work to do when she gives it back, but IT’S A STEP!

My other EXCITING news is that I pulled Rock and Roll Never Forgets – Book One in the trilogy – from the distributor I published the eBook through; lessons learned are part of life, RIGHT? It went LIVE on KINDLE SELECT yesterday and in 12 hours I’ve had more downloads than the first 2 weeks through the other distributor.

It’s been a busy time and I am ready for some quiet time, but alas…. THINGS TO DO, PEOPLE TO SEE, PLACES TO GO!  🙂

Thank you for following my journey!

Love, Barbara

PS – this is one of those places to go! Scroll till you find someone you know 🙂

January 23: Meet the Authors, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Black Horse Winery, 420 Kingsley Avenue, a block west of Park Ave. (Hwy. 17) on the south side of the street. We cosponsor this event with winery owner and winemaker Kiyoko Fiedler, who offers this and other cultural events featuring local musicians, poets, artists and writers.

Chris Hejmanowski, M.D., Collider<br /><br />
Dr. Hejmanowski draws on his experiences deployed with the U.S. Marines in Al Taqqadum, Iraq. The idea took form during “quiet moments” while leading a Shock Trauma Platoon along the Syrian border. His passion for the mysteries of science and religion plays a major role in how this story unfolds. It traces the adventures of characters whose lives collide and intertwine as they face off with an evil beyond their comprehension. You will never view science and religion the same again after reading this book. Military trained in Emergency Medicine, Dr. Hejmanowski started out as a flight surgeon. He’s worked at the Naval Medical Station in Portsmouth, Virginia, and at NAS JAX. Following a decade in the military, he is an ER physician in the Jacksonville area. See the Charlie Patton profile on him, “Physician grapples with faith through science fiction novel.” (Florida Times Union, Jan. 15, 2013, Metro Section, p.1) His website includes a gold mine of links to sites for learning about the scientific behind his work. http://www.chrishejmanowski.com/index.php  **Be sure to share the science links with anyone (kids, teachers, parents) interested in learning about science in smart and engaging ways. Topics include “Fun Physics for Kids,” “Cool Universe Images,” and more.<br /><br />

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Dr. Hejmanowski is writing his next science fiction thriller, Jesus Rock, set amid a devastating full-scale war in the Middle East. At 7 p.m. the 23rd, he speaks about writing Collider, his first full-length novel. </p><br />
<p>Barbara Stewart, Rock and Roll Never Forgets<br /><br />
Barbara’s second book of romantic fiction is based on the “soundtrack of her life.” We learn the story of Beth Morgan, whose determination to meet her favorite band leads to a chance encounter with her idol, musician Andy Stevens. The book follows Beth through the peaks, valleys, and plateaus of a relationship lived in the spotlight, caught between demands of the music business and her struggles to stay in the shadows. In the end, it's all about what the heart can't hold back. Barbara works in healthcare and lives in Middleburg with her husband, Gene, and their cat, Kooky. A volunteer for the American Cancer Society, she received the Hope Award for volunteerism in 2009. https://barbarastewartwrites.com/<br /><br />


Mary Jane Hayes, Emma’s House of Sound<br /><br />
A lifelong friendship with a deaf schoolmate inspired Mary Jane (“MJ”) to write this book. Geared toward early readers, the story shows how easily deaf children are misunderstood and explores the world of a profoundly deaf child. Emma was adapted as a stage play and performed at the Limelight Theater in St. Augustine and at the Cummer Arts and Gardens. The book is inspirational, promotes understanding, and motivates children without hearing impairments to understand the experiences a child with healing disability. MJ also wrote Emma’s Freaky Sneakers and other books. http://www.emmashouseofsound.com/<br /><br />

  Robin Montesano, M.S., Clues to the Cause Questions for a Cure:<br /><br />
The Poisons Causing Multiple Sclerosis Worldwide<br /><br />
Millions struggle with Multiple Sclerosis (MS), an incurable, debilitating disease. Robin’s MS diagnosis came in 1992. By 1995, she was wheelchair-bound and continued to deteriorate physically. Today she dances, sails, plays piano, and can even hold a child. The book expands on research conducted as part of her Master’s degree in Human Nutrition. It includes insights from her interviews with people with MS around the country. The book shows readers with MS and their families how to investigate their own personal environments to discover clues to the source of the condition, helping them get proactive instead of reactive—to create a healthier living environments for themselves and their loved ones. Robin was named MS Mother of the Year (2003). She presented her work at the Harvard Medical School Biomedical Careers Fair (2004). http://www.cluestothecause.com/<br /><br />
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 Future “Meet the Authors” are scheduled for 2013: February 27 (2 spots left), March 27, and April 25, all at Black Horse Winery, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Contact me directly if you’d like to participate as an author.

Clay County Writers is a writing group sponsored by the Florida Writers Assn. Monthly meetings (the third Wednesday) are devoted to presentations by writing experts and authors discussing areas of their expertise. Our programs focus on the art, craft, and business of writing.

To learn more about the Florida Writers Assn., go to: http://www.floridawriters.net. Be sure to visit our blog, claycountywriters.wordpress.com and join us on Facebook at “Clay County Writers”

Looking forward to seeing you at our next meeting! Be sure to spread the word.

Warmest wishes,

Maureen Jung

Group Leader, Clay County Writers

A New Year…

…a new RE-solution!

I’ve said it this way for a long time. I don’t do resolutions because I break them, but if I think about it as a RE-solution it’s a different perspective. I’m not making a promise to myself to change this or that – I’m thinking about a SOLUTION to what I already know needs to have focus – a RE-solution! I know what to do – so I’m going to DO IT….

A motivational speaker – Jon Gordon – came to my work a while back and now our desktop screen savers carry little messages of the theme of his talk – Viva la vida – Life is life – LIVE the life – Long live life – Livelihood…

One of the screen savers tells us to pick one word to focus on to change our lives. Here’s Mr. Gordon’s blog on the subject:


As I read this and thought about it this morning, way too many words came to me. I thought about making one of my WORD OF THE DAY words to combine them all, but suddenly that word that I love popped in my mind and I was smacking myself in the back of the head because I KNEW IT WAS THERE ALL A LONG! It’s my favorite word, so HOW did I not come up with it right from the start? BECAUSE I WASN’T LISTENING TO MY HEART…


I have HOPE for many things in 2013 and that includes my RE-solutions. I won’t list all of my HOPES here, but I know what they are, and besides….. it’s MY WORD!

Now go pick yours, and make 2013 the best year you’ve ever had! I’m going to HOPE that for all of you. Happy New Year!

Love, Barbara