Help for Indie Authors! Introducing “Indie Author Promotions”

Are you an Indie Author struggling to get your name out there? Are you lost in the whacky world of writing? Overwhelmed by Twitter, Facebook and CreateSpace?

If so, this new service for Indies is just for you!

Bestselling Author Lisa V. Proulx has created Indie Author Promotions with the desire to help struggling authors by “Giving Indie Authors Roots So Their Dreams Can Grow.”

A published author since 2004, Lisa wants to share her experience with authors who need help when it comes to promoting. With services such as: Book Promotion, Proofreading, Copy Editing, Featured Author Interviews, Tweets Only, and help with Facebook, Twitter, and Createspace, Lisa has created a “one stop shop” to benefit authors with her experience.

She will also be adding Book Cover Designs soon!

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How it all got started

Two years ago, Lisa met an out of work Irishman, Chris Rush, who was visiting the United States. He wanted to be a screenwriter, and after talking to him and hearing his passion for writing, she decided to take him under her wing. She convinced him to go back to work and write a book instead of a screenplay.

She worked with him for two years, giving him names of editors, graphic artists, and even became a second set of eyes for his work by proofreading every word he wrote. Finally, his first book, a horror novel, “Folklore” was born and Lisa even set up his first book signing in his native Ireland in June 2016. He invited Lisa to be his special guest author at a signing in Dublin. This was his first book signing ever and Lisa’s first European one.

Since then, Chris’ career has taken off! His books are now sold all over Ireland and he has been interviewed multiple times by newspapers, on radio, and on television. He was even invited to join the Paranormal Research team of Ireland (PRI) where he gets to live out his dreams of being a ghost hunter.

I got to sit down with Lisa who was eager to talk about her new venture.

                                                                                                So Lisa, tell me a little bit about yourself.

Hi, I am the bestselling author of 10 books, I’ve been ranked in the Top 100 Authors on Amazon Memoirs for 2014, 2015, and 2016, and I have been a newspaper feature writer and columnist for 16 years.

What is Indie Author Promotions and how did it come about?

I wrote my first book in 2004, Puncture, and it went nowhere. I continued to write a few short books that did the same thing, they just sat there. It took me years of learning, reading, studying, and just plain hard work, to figure out what I was doing wrong and what I needed to get the ball rolling with my books. Indie Author Promotions came about when I decided that so many Indie Authors needed help and I wanted to show them the ropes to help get them started.

 

What were you doing wrong?

I didn’t know how to promote or how to engage with my audience. I was just trying to sell a book instead of what I should have been doing and that was to become a friendly face and become someone my readers could get to know and hopefully like.

 

Do you see a lot of authors making the same mistake?

Oh absolutely! I see it all the time. Some new authors get on Twitter and do nothing but say, “Buy my book!” No one wants to hear that or buy a book by someone they are not connected with. Sometimes you might see a book that looks interesting and you buy it but people want to engage and know there is a human behind their posts and their tweets.

 

How can Indie Author Promotions help a new author or one who is struggling?

I can help them because I was them. I offer affordable pre-packaged social media programs designed to engage their audience. To me, I would rather work with a fellow Indie Author instead of a large corporation who will charge you a lot of money and not take a personal interest. I am very hands on and don’t let you fly alone until you are ready.

For example, when Chris’ book came out in March of this year, I didn’t just forget about him. I promoted him all over social media. I helped him with flyers, letters, book signings, and even booked him for his first American signing which he had in October of this year. Although he is now flying on his own, he still comes to me for advice and I am so proud of him! I see his Facebook posts and his Twitter tweets, he listened to me and is doing a great job of promoting himself. He travels all over the place doing book signings, interviews, and he is living his dreams as a paranormal investigator.

Two years ago, he was a struggling out of work wanna be screenwriter who had no clue how to get started. Now, he is living his dream!

 

Hearing a story like the one with your Irish friend is very impressive. What made it work for Chris?

He listened to me. He did everything I told him to do and he didn’t do anything I told him not to do. He was passionate about being a writer and he listened, plain and simple.

 

So dreams really can come true?

Absolutely! I am a firm believer if you can see it, you can achieve it.

 

Tell me about the service to be a Featured Author on a bestselling author’s blog.

This is a really neat service! I interview you, gather photos, links, and feature you on my Author Blog.

One author interview on my Author Blog will include: Interview with you, photos of you and your book (s), and links to all outlets that sell your book. I then promote you for one week on the blog that will go out to thousands of followers on Facebook and Twitter plus be retweeted by my followers, and their followers, and so on.

I also promote you on the Indie Author Promotions Facebook page. On the day of the interview, I will send you the link so you can promote it too! It’s a pretty cool deal! I make you the star and feature you for one entire seven days!

All for $50 for one week!

You also offer proofreading and copy editing?

 

Yes, I am a certified Proofreader and Copy Editor and I do all the work myself at reasonable rates.

 

Did I hear correctly, you will soon be offering Book Cover Designs?

Yes! As an Indie Author I either pay for my book covers to be designed or I create them myself. Both ways have been great and both had caused me grief. I am not just an author, I am also an artist. It all comes down to being someone an author can trust to take care of their baby (their book) and you can trust me.

 

This all sounds so exciting and I can’t wait for Indie Author Promotions to take off! Where can an Indie Author contact you?

Thanks so much! They can email me at IndieAuthorPromotions@peoplepc.com or check out my website and contact me through the site www.indieauthorpromotions.com

 

Testimonials

(There are many more on the site, however they were not clients of Lisa’s at the time)

“Lisa really could not do enough for me. She made the process seem so easy and pain free, something I will always be thankful for. Being a person who will always look for a second set of eyes to look over my work, I would have no issue recommending her. Lisa’s promoting and support has helped me gain so many new contacts and followers, she really knows how to get your name out there.” Bestselling Irish Author Chris Rush, author of “Folklore” and the soon to be released, “All Shall Suffer” coming Friday, January 13, 2017.

Thanks for stopping by! ♥

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http://www.lisavproulx.com

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The Benefits of Learning a New Language

When I was a little girl … I was obsessed with I Dream of Jeannie.

When I saw this beautiful woman with long blonde hair shimmy her way into a magic bottle, I knew then I wanted to be a belly dancer.

However … it was not until I was 43 years old that I embraced the chance to learn how to dance and within a few short months, my instructor asked me to dance in her troupe and I belly danced for several years.

When I was a little girl … my father tried to teach me to speak French, his native language.

However … he said I was hopeless. He said, “I don’t understand you Lisa, you are a French kid but you are speaking French like an Italian kid. Nowhere on either side of your family are you Italian. I am French Canadian, your mother is French and Cherokee Indian, so why are you speaking Italian?”

I had no idea. It just came out that way.

Although frustrated and insulted, he taught me a valuable lesson that day … be a sponge and soak up all the knowledge that you can.

If someone offers you a free class-take it.

If someone knows something you don’t-embrace and learn from that person.

If someone has valuable information that may help you in your career, your relationships, your life-listen to them.

Over the years, I’ve regretted not knowing another language, I’ve regretted not being able to speak my father’s native tongue, and I’ve regretted not learning enough from my father while he was here to teach me.

So … at 49 years old, I decided to learn another language. I was going to show my father, who passed away in 1986, that I can do this. I can learn a new language, master it, and show him I can do this.

And now … well now I can speak Italian.

A little – un po!

But the point is, I’m learning and I didn’t think I was too old or too stupid to figure it out, I just wanted to learn something new and I didn’t let anything stand in my way.

Scientists have proven that our brains are a muscle and like our biceps, the more you use them, the stronger they get.

There are many benefits of learning a new language. Studies have found that speaking two or more languages is a great asset to the cognitive process. The brains of bilingual people operate differently than single language speakers, and these differences offer several benefits.

  1. You become smarter

Speaking a foreign language improves your brain by challenging it to recognize, negotiate meaning, and communicate in different language systems.

  1. Your decision-making skills improve

According to a study from the University of Chicago, bilinguals tend to make more rational decisions. Bilinguals are more confident with their choices after thinking it over in the second language and seeing whether their initial conclusions still stand up.

  1. You improve your English

Learning a foreign language teaches you the mechanics of language: like grammar and sentence structure. You become more aware of language, and the ways it can be structured and manipulated.

Knowing these skills can make you a more effective communicator, a sharper editor, and a stronger writer. Language speakers also develop a better ear for listening, since they’re skilled at distinguishing meaning from discreet sounds.

Guess what? These things are good! 🙂

So think about it, when was the last time you learned something new? Just for the fun of it or for the passion of enriching your personal growth.

Let me leave you with a quote from Matthew Lesko:

“It’s never too late to change. It’s never too late to make your life more worthwhile. By the time you reach 50 or 60, you have a good chance of making it to 80 or even 90 years of age. And you might as well be doing what you really want to be doing in the next 40 years of your life, if you didn’t have the chance to do it in the first part.”

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Meet Roberto Vento-Entrepreneur with a Big Vision for his Future

Many people are tired of working 9-5, wasting away at a job they despise, or working for someone else’s dream to come true while watching their own dreams get farther and farther out of reach.

However, Roberto Vento, 26, is out to make a change and not only is he making a difference in his own life, he is changing the lives of others as well!

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Roberto was born in New York City to a large Italian family, he lived in Queens, New York, then moved back to Italy when he was 12 years old. He grew up in the ancient town of Gualdo Tadino which is in the province of Perugia in northeastern Umbria.

He moved back to the states about three years ago, first living in Chicago and he now lives in San Antonio, Texas where he currently works as a Biomedical Technician with New Vision Endoscopy.

He has a dream of making the world a better, safer place and he is on “a mission to help people escape the rat race and live life on their own terms by living the laptop style.”

A Positive Attitude and a Passion for Change

Roberto, a firm believer in the law of attraction and having a positive mindset, has been making huge strides in his online business and encourages others to join him. “I want to help everyone! Persistence is key. Know what you’re after, set goals and GRIND to make it happen!”

Roberto also has aspirations of being a motivational speaker and his love of reading motivational books, especially those by Tony Robbins, is giving him the inspiration to get started. “I really started implementing everything that I read in my day to day life and I really want to be the best I can be in anything and everything I do.” Currently he is also hosting weekly online webinars to help others find their way.

“A positive mind will always give you positive results,” says Roberto. “Don’t waste time and thoughts on what you don’t have! Instead, use that time to set goals and GRIND! So that one day you can have everything you’ve ever wanted! Because, if you think about it, that time is going to pass by anyway, it just depends on you and how you’re going to use it.”

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“There is absolutely nothing we can’t achieve … everything is possible! It all comes down to HOW BAD DO YOU WANT IT!”

With an amazingly optimistic attitude, the drive and determination to see his dreams come true, and a passionate and loving spirit, Roberto Vento is well on his way to achieving success. He is one to watch out for … the future is in his hands!

“It’s truly becoming an amazing journey!”

To learn more about Roberto and his business, and find out how he can help you get started too, please check out his Facebook page Roberto Vento Facebook Page

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Thanks for stopping by!

♥ Lisa ♥

Lisa V. Proulx’s website

 

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Meet Irish Horror Writer Chris Rush

Have you ever heard of the Banshee (bean-sidhe) in Ireland?

The word Banshee means Faerie woman or woman of the Faerie mound. Many legends exist surrounding the Banshees and just how evil she is meant to be.

I admit, I didn’t know a lot about her until I meet Irish horror writer Chris Rush. we have a unique story. I met Chris and his girl Amy two years ago in Florida. They were visiting America from Ireland and Chris told me about a screenplay he was writing. I was intrigued and wanted to hear more.

I offered to help Chris get his work out there and now, two years later, his first book FOLKLORE is being released today, March 21st! I am so proud of him.

Chris lives in County Wicklow, Ireland and has been a fan of horror for as long as he can remember.FOLKLORE is his first book and he has already begun writing his next one.

I was fortunate to sit down with Chris and share his good news with you. Enjoy!

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Author Chris Rush

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FOLKLORE by Chris Rush released March 21

1.) When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

Back in the summer of 2013 I said to myself I would really like to take on the challenge of writing a horror story. So I began writing a horror screenplay. I was excited to see if I could I actually do it.

2.) What inspires you to write in the horror genre?

I have always loved horror movies and anything else horror for that matter. Anyone that knows me knows that it’s my favorite genre. If I was to say what inspires me to write horror it would be people’s reactions to it. I am always amazed witnessing people being unsettled by what they see and hear, that’s how I feel you know if you have done a good job or not. 

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3.) Where do you get your ideas for your writing?

When writing I say to myself what is the best way to mess with someone’s head? I try picking something ordinary and make it terrifying. I could literally be driving, or talking to someone and an idea pops into my head and I say to myself “Yeah I’m going to use that” 

4.) Who are your favorite authors and why?

Very good question, to be honest this may sound extremely cheesy but I believe that a favorite can change over time. I believe that if someone’s work can stick in my head over time then that’s a job well done. I will never criticize anyone’s work because first of all who am I to criticize? And second of all, horror is such a broad topic that anything could be defined as horrific to any person. To answer the question, an author that stands out to me is Stephen King. I’ll be quite honest, I have read only one of his books. But why you may ask? Because he is without question one of the first authors you think of when you hear the word horror. Also in my opinion the amount of books he has written is a great accomplishment and also the amount of them that have been developed into movies speak for themselves. I feel that that is an incredible achievement that someone takes something that you have put on a page and turns it into a visual display.

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5.) In your opinion, what key parts of a story make it great?

A key part for me that makes a story great is if the reader can actually relate to what they are reading. For example, if you talk about a creaking floor board in a house late at night in a story, 90% of the readers may say to themselves, “Oh crap I hear that a lot too!” Another key part of a good story in my opinion is make nothing safe. For example, things in a horror story don’t always have to happen at night – make the reader feel that it isn’t safe during the day either. Finally, description -the more descriptive the more the reader will feel it.  

6.) What activities do you do for inspiration?

When writing Folklore I had my favorite music playing in the background. I feel it can help getting the mind working. I am a huge fan of Metallica, Fear Factory, Slayer, Exodus, Alice in Chains … the list goes on!

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7.) What advice would you give to others who are interested in pursuing a career in writing? 

Do it! I never thought I would be at this stage but look, I did it. It takes time and hard work but trust me it is worth every bit.

8.) What is your ultimate goal/dream concerning your writing?

My goal is without a doubt to keep writing and finding new ways to scare people. A dream would be to be considered a good horror writer by horror fans around the world.

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9.) What do you want your fans to get from your writing?

In one word, scared! I want my fans to read one of my books and say, “Crap this could happen to me!” I want my fans to want to read more, which means that I first of all have to do a good job to engage them within my story. Also I want my fans to enjoy my story and believe that I did the horror genre justice.

10.) Any final thoughts?

Yes first of all thank you Lisa for all your help along my journey. I want to thank anyone that takes the time out of their day to read my story. Finally, I’m going to keep writing horror and hopefully making every single person happy (in a sense) that they actually read a book I wrote.

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Thanks Chris for a great interview and congrats on your new release! I am sure this is the beginning of a long and exciting writing career for you!

Thanks Lisa and remember – my goal is to scare you as much as possible and make you second guess turning off the lights.

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FOLKLORE by Chris Rush is available in ebook and paperback on US Amazon.com

Folklore, by Chris Rush on Amazon.com

Amazon UK

Folklore available on Amazon UK

Chris was recently featured in his hometown newspaper, The Wicklow News!

Chris Rush interview in The Wicklow News

Chris’ website

Official Website of Author Chris Rush

You can meet Chris at one of his book signings this year (more to follow):

June 6, 2016

The Gutter Bookshop

Temple Bar Dublin

With very special guest, bestselling American author Lisa V. Proulx

October 10, 2016

Beans In The Belfry

Brunswick, Maryland, USA

Photos from a recent experience Chris had at ScreamVention in Dublin

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Chris and Kane Hodder who plays Jason in Friday the 13th

CHRIS AND CANDY MAN

Chris and Tony Todd who plays The Candyman

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Official Website of Author Lisa V. Proulx

 

 

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Meet The Dead Files Steve DiSchiavi and hear about his new project “Blue Plate”

Hey everyone! Hope you’re enjoying your summer! It’s been a real scorcher here in Maryland and although I like the heat, it’s been a little too hot for me! Today we are on day 8 of a 12 day heat wave.

It is so hot here, I feel like I am wearing black during August in Rome (my Italian friends will get that).

I can’t believe how fast the summer is flying by. Before ya know it, we’ll be hearing Jingles Bells playing at the local Walmart.

I love this time of year and when I think of summer, I think of fireflies, porch swings, and food.

I also think about good friends and neat places to eat and that’s why I am excited to introduce you to someone special today.

He’s not only a cool cat, a happenin’ dude and an all around good guy, he’s one of my closest friends … please meet Steve DiSchiavi, co-host of The Dead Files.

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Steve was kind enough to sit down with me recently and asked me to share some awesome news with you and I can’t wait to tell you all about it!

He’s doing a side gig that is funny, cool and so amazing! I am so proud of him and so happy for him too!

If you love food, love to laugh and you love Steve, you are gonna fall in love with “Blue Plate” …

A Real Blue Plate Special

It’s been said truckers know the best places to eat but that may not always be true. Truck drivers will eat where there is enough space to park their big rigs, it doesn’t necessarily mean the food is any good.

So when you’re hungry, whom can you trust to point you in the right direction?

Well, here’s what you don’t want: You don’t want to eat in a seedy part of town while you watch one of the oddball locals looking into your car. You don’t want to pay high ball prices for a sub-standard meal and service and you don’t want to eat something that looked good on the menu but ended tasting like … well the menu.

What you want is somewhere safe, you want to be served by friendly, law-abiding citizens and you may not always want a gourmet meal every time you go out. Sometimes you just gotta have a steak and a baked potato.

It’s no secret police officers know the communities they patrol. They know the streets, the people and no they don’t just eat donuts. They eat real food just like the rest of us and who better to give you a recommendation on the best local eateries than a local cop.

That’s the premise of the new online show “Blue Plate” which is hosted by the handsome and charismatic Steve DiSchiavi. Many of you may know Steve as co-host of The Dead Files on The Travel Channel and he took this side project to show his fans a funnier, lighter side to his personality. Most people don’t get to see another side to Steve but in this new online series, you do!

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“Most people think I’m this very serious guy who never laughs or cracks a smile,” says Steve, “and when I’m working, I have to be that way. I take my job very seriously. However my friends know there is another side to me and I wanted the fans to see that side too. Plus it involves one of my favorite pastimes, eating!”

The show follows Steve and his production crew of hungry men, to various cities in the United States, approaching the local boys in blue and getting the best recommendations on where to eat.

Steve, who was born and bred in Brooklyn, New York, spent 22 years as a Homicide Detective for the New York City Police Department. He is also a Marine.

As co-host of The Dead Files, he travels all over the country investigating homes and families that are plagued by terrifying paranormal circumstances. It’s in his nature to help, to rescue, to keep others safe and to be empathic toward another person. It’s a natural fit.

It’s also in his nature to be open, friendly and downright approachable with everyone he meets and the idea for “Blue Plate” is another natural fit. It suits him! Good food, good company and good times. What more could a man want?

With his sociable demeanor, he found approaching the local police quite easy. “Most of them didn’t know who I was but they were interested in helping a former police officer. They were all more than happy to get involved.”

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Steve on the lookout for the best homemade food in Galveston, Texas
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The idea for the show, which is currently being shown on The Travel Channel website, came to Steve about two years ago. Traveling with the show gives him the opportunity to meet some of the coolest people and eat at some of the most amazing places. Often the production crew members turn to food apps on their phone to seek out the best food.

However Steve thought, why not ask the local police in the towns where they’re shooting for advice about the best places to eat. “Every week I’m somewhere on the road in America.”

Since he cares so deeply about his fans, he wanted to take them with him in a sense, give them an up close and personal view of the life of a retired cop, and he came up with the idea for a new show.

The name “Blue Plate” was the brainstorm of a good friend and with Steve’s idea, the show was born.

However, with all the food shows out there, what makes “Blue Plate” different? Steve explains, “It’s different because it’s not a food show about food, it’s a show about eating it! I’m not eating crazy things, I’m not preparing a gourmet meal, and I’m not a food critic. I’m just a regular Joe who enjoys a good meal. You don’t have to have deep pockets to eat decent food. Yeah, there are a million food shows out there but ‘Blue Plate’ is unique in its approach.”

Plus it’s not just a show to watch cops eat. Although I must admit, there is something kinda hot about a man in uniform eating a meal called “The Big Nasty!” 🙂

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Steve finds the best seafood restaurants in Texas by land and by sea

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You’ll get a behind-the-scenes look at how the food is prepared, you’ll meet the people behind the aprons and hear local stories about these quaint out of the way places, that in some cases, you wouldn’t know was there and you would drive right by them.

Currently, only two episodes of “Blue Plate” are available for viewing and Steve hopes that will change. He also hopes the show will make it to television. “I am encouraging the fans to check them out and by gauging their responses it will give the network a good indication of its success. The more fans like it, the greater chance it has of being picked up.”

The shows are good family fun, full of “cop humor” and as Steve says, “Great for everyone to watch.” His goal is to give his fans a good laugh while exploring some of the local cop’s favorite eateries and introducing fans to some amazing dishes.

Yes, they are a hoot to watch! Trust me, you haven’t lived until you see a New York City boy eat a Cow’s Cheek Sandwich and suck the juice from the head of a crawfish deep in the heart of Texas.

In one episode, Steve is served a very large plate of delectable Cajun goodness, and is amazed at the amount of food set before him. Steve laughs and says, “I’m eating like I’m going to the chair!”

Well Steve … everything is bigger in Texas!

Steve is very grateful to his fans and is humbled by the outpouring of love he gets from them. “I appreciate all the support I get from the fans of The Dead Files and now hopefully fans of Blue Plate as well. Please let me know if you like the show and share it if you do. Thanks.”

For more information check out The Travel Channel and search “Blue Plate” http://www.travelchannel.com/

Thanks for stopping by! See ya on the flip side! Enjoy! ♥♥♥

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Lisa V. Proulx is a bestselling author of ten books, is ranked in the Top 100 Authors on Amazon Memoirs 2014 and 2015, is a Certified Life and Grief Coach and is an Inspirational Speaker.

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♥ Meet Amy Doyle ~ Irish Make-Up Artist! AmyLouiseMakeup ♥

Hi everyone! I want to introduce you to a dear friend of mine. Her name is Amy Doyle and she lives in Arklow, Ireland. Not only is she a wonderful and loving person, she is a very talented makeup artist!

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Amy Doyle, Professional Makeup Artist from Ireland with AmyLouiseMakeup

I met Amy while we were both on vacation in Florida and we became instant friends.

Recently I got a chance to sit down and talk to Amy about her new business AmyLouiseMakeup.

So Amy, thanks for joining me today! I’m sure my readers would love to know more about you.

Where are you from?

“I am from an area in Ireland, called Arklow which is a town in County Wicklow on the east coast of Ireland. A little known fact is that it was founded by the Vikings in the ninth century and was the site of one of the bloodiest battles of the 1798 rebellion. It is a beautiful area!”

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Sounds exciting! How long have you been interested in makeup?

“Well I’ve loved it from a very young age and have always been interested in makeup. I think it makes ya feel good when you are wearing it. I really started getting interested in makeup in my young teens and I have always worn makeup.”

Tell us about your new business, AmyLouiseMakeup.

“My AmyLouise Makeup is something I recently started. I do makeup for all occasions. Weddings, Debs, Parties, Balls, Christenings! I also do free makeup competitions to get in practice for myself. I do anything for any occasion from bridal to 1950s!”

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Do you have a favorite makeup style?

“My favorite makeup would have to be the dark smoky eyes. I just love them with a set of long lashes and a pure flawless foundation.”

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Do you apply makeup to men as well?

“No, just women.”

What is your dream job?

“My dream job would be to work at a makeup station or become famous and work for a superstar and on television shows!”

How can someone get in touch with you?

“My Facebook page is https://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/AmyLouise-MakeUp/1547626405486854 or they can call me in Ireland at 0871133763.”

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Thank you for joining me Amy! I wish you the best!

“Thanks Lee! I had a lot of fun and I look forward to hearing from your readers!”

Some lovely examples of Amy’s talent!

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Dramatic winged eye liner and a golden brown smoky eye

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Classic 1950’s

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Lovely Bridal

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Soft and Natural

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Amy and her baby

For more info on Amy and AmyLouiseMakeup, please check out and Like her Facebook page! ♥

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A deathbed promise fulfilled-Why I Wrote WEEDMONKEY (photos!)

When I was a little girl, my mom wanted to be a writer. She wrote short stories in the vein of her favorite television show, The Twilight Zone, and she did research on areas of historic interest in our hometown.

I would see her typing away on her old typewriter and watch in awe as she created piles and piles of papers, all part of a manuscript, being thrown into a box.

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My beautiful mother Victoria

What she was working on was her life story which she called WEEDMONKEY.

Weedmonkey is a Southern term for the word whore and this ugly word was being used to describe her mother, my grandmother, Maud.

My mother grew up during the Depression and was forced to live in coal mining camps throughout Appalachia. As a child, she was subjected to child molestation, the KKK, murder, homelessness, starvation and ridicule for being the daughter of the town whore.

MA, GERALD, JESSE AND MAUDMy uncle Gerald, my grandfather Jesse, my grandmother Maude and my mother Victoria (Ruby)

She grew up hating her mother who was taken away when she was nine years old and while she was gone, she and her brother were put into foster care, starved and abused.

MA AND UNCLE GERALD PHOTO

My uncle Gerald and my mother Victoria (Ruby)

When her mother returned, she did not know her husband or her children and my mother could not understand why she had changed.

At 16, my mother made the decision to leave Kentucky and the only life she had ever known after discovering her prostitute mother was having an affair with the young boy my mother loved.

She grew up with hatred, resentment and shame for the woman she called Mom and it was not until her mother’s funeral, did she learn the horrible truth, the reason for her change and the reason why she became the town whore, a weedmonkey.

I knew this book meant a great deal to my mother. I also knew that she was afraid to do anything about it out of fear of being scorned by her family, most of whom were still living.

She put the book away many times only to talk it about again and I grew up feeling that Virgie, the name my mother gave the main character in the book, was my friend even though she was my own mother.

In 2005, my mother said she wanted to work on the book again and asked if I interview her once a day for at least an hour. This way her thoughts could be contained and she would have clear notes to look back on. I agreed and so it began.

Oftentimes, she would stop, cry and say no more. “I can’t do this, it’s too painful.”

1956 Flood at Red Creek

Red Creek, Kentucky after a flood

I gave her the time to reflect but urged her to continue. I stressed the importance of this book being brought to life although I could see the old wounds were still fresh and very raw.

Although a kind, loving and gentle woman, my mother carried a lot of pain in her heart.

DICIE, PETER AND FAMILY

My great grandmother Dicie, a full blooded Cherokee who brought my mother back to life when she was born dead in 1929. She was mother’s mentor. Her husband Peter and their children. My grandfather Jesse is the little one.

In 2006, my mother was diagnosed with terminal cancer and given three months to live. She was 77. We talked often about Weedmonkey in those last few months and I knew how much it meant to her to have it completed. Sadly, it was not meant to be.

As she lay dying, she asked me for a small favor. Would I please finish the book and write it for her. Although I was at a lost for words, I said yes.

She only asked that I do a few things: the book must be called Weedmonkey, the main character must be named Virgie Hopkins, and the cover must say Mama, Mother, Whore.

After her death, it took me a few years to even look at her pages. I was grief stricken beyond words and mourned not only the loss of my mother but also the death of her dream.

I finally decided it was time to do something with the book so I searched for her notes and her interview. However, in the confusion of her death, they had been misplaced.

I went to bed one night and asked for my mother’s heavenly guidance. Where are your notes? Your interview? If you want me to work on this book, I have to know where everything is!

That night I had a dream. I was standing in my mother’s kitchen, opening up the cupboard over her desk and the dream ended.

The next day I went to the cupboard over her desk and was met with two large pills of papers. I took them all out and went through them one by one and there at the very bottom of the pile was Weedmonkey.

MALLIE VICTORIA AND TWO CHILDREN

My great grandmother Mallie Victoria and two of her children. I was given her name Victoria as my middle name. She and her husband were very wealthy and owned Ward’s Emporium in North Carolina.

However, this was not a book in completed form. It was typewritten pages, all with carbon paper, there were multiple versions of chapters, duplicates of the same pages, scribbled handwritten notes, papers that were torn and words scratched out. How in the world was I ever going to make any sense of this mess?

It took several months to sort it all out but I kept thinking how important it was for her to have her story told and I did it.

I got the book published and within a year, it was on the Amazon Bestseller list and went to #1. It ranked me into the Top 100 Authors on Amazon Memoirs and was being sold in local bookstores such as Turn The Page owned by famed romance novelist Nora Roberts. I have even had two book signings there!

MA PHOTO SUBMITTED 1900X2850 - TITLE EVEN HIGHER July 11, 2013

So, you see, this is what this books means to me. I kept my promise to my mother as she lay dying and I hope I have made her proud.

WEEDMONKEY

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