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I am not an author in this post until I tell you that I am.

I am a mother, a wife, the keeper of a large home (including an in ground pool – Lord help me) and a small business owner that supplements my husband’s wages so we can pay for college, another new home, and well other shit – like new sneakers for my nine year old that are dead in a week,

I have always loved stories and movies. However, my business is making knots on a board so I can’t look up often and I have to be mindful of my work ALL the time.

I discovered Audio books (an APP) a place that for 21.00 a month – I could download a book a day. So – I did.

I had NO idea who Jay Crown over was. Emily Snow who? even Nora Roberts? Duh. I would have never sat down out of my business time to read FSOG. (sorry!) I have shit I got to do and it ain’t pretty when I don’t participate for even 5 hours!

So I listened to all of them.  ALL – OF -THEM. I listened to more books that there were days in 2014. I know people’s work. It isn’t until after I listen do I go on social media and check them out – struggling just to get their name in a God damn news feed on a social media site. SMDH

I am an author now. I wrote a fantastic book called Plastic Confidence. Sorry – but after being told so many times and rereading it? Well – I did! I have 56 reviews and not one review is LESS than 4 stars. So why isn’t it selling even for 99 cents this week? Poor marketing (I did everything I could) people don’t want to buy? (Meh – they could spare a buck. They probably spent that in tax today on something.) Readers don’t have the time or the mental health to add ONE MORE BOOK to their carousel.

Would you promise ONE more author to read their book when you can’t even squeeze it that one book you are supposed to review for a blog?

GUILT is tearing our blogs down. No one has the time because everyone is writing a book and there aren’t enough readers to keep up with them.

BOOM. Then there was no one. Except me , making my knots, listening, laughing, and crying to new audio books.

COST? HELL NO they aren’t free and no author should ever make their book free. I did that once. 25K downloads and no reviews. Why? Because as a reader, I will never have the time to read all the books that came out in 2013 – let alone 2014. OH but I did!!!! I know more indies than just about anyone. The true indies that put their stories to audio so it gives people a chance to live life.

Oh – off course there – so no – they aren’t free BUT whisper-sync drastically changes the price when you have ALREADY purchased the book through amazon. Not sure of total cost but another way is to ask the author for a gift. It’s lame but they have them – and like everything – we don’t know what to do with them.

If they can’t gift it – It is the cost of what readers should be paying bc otherwise – (Social Problem #1537 people with more eBooks than it is possible to read in the next 12 months on their kindle –  are hoarders. Collectors of book covers. That is the biggest insult to an author ever.Worst line ever “I think I got that book on my kindle during a free day and I will be moving that one up!” )

Reading was supposed to be pleasurable. This year has proven (by signing cancelled, blogs shutting down, authors quitting, haters killing themselves for the best meme) that is another world of inadequacy, understaffed, over-runned with really LAME excuses.) I am guilty. Read Unmarked – I sold out and for TLOG – I have to live with that forever. tsu isn’t going to help my sales. Nothing is.

But I sell my audio books through Audible, iTunes, and whisper sync. People love my narrator and readers THANK me for a great story while they had to make that drive. I am so happy my book wasn’t read under pressure or because of guilt.

Download the Audible app and find out what FREE books you have come with a free audio and actually make those deadlines. You might hate it at first but eventually it is the story that binds us.

We live in a world where this is necessary. There are too many pressures. Press play and make dinner.

Alisa Mullen

Author of Unsettled, Unchosen, Unrequited, Unmarked

Plastic Confidence

One Missing Link

Pen name Kaycee Veil for R-rated novellas

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It is with great sadness and true humility that I will be postponing Artificial Love until ??? – My editor, whom I trust BECAUSE she is on the same page as my career, read the first draft and said – “You are not publishing this book next.”

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After her explanation – not because it isn’t a good story or well written – I understood that she had my publishing career in mind. She could have edited it, taken hundreds of dollars, fed me a line of bullshit, and went on her merry way. She said, “Get off the phone, Mullen. You have a new novel to write and this one is shelved.”

After a long talk with my PA – “Following the Sun” followed by “Both of Her” will be written and released in my own time. The royalties on the 8 books I wrote and the 2 audio-books released in 2014 are still amazing and well – I won’t release something because readers want it. I will release books that I put ALL of my heart and terribly deranged imagination into.

Plastic Confidence (US – http://bit.ly/uspcam UK – http://bit.ly/ukplasticconfidence) will remain at .99 until the audio is released but AL – well – if you want the premise of that story as it stands – go one click Unmarked and then say – Alisa will never publish formula writing – never. Unique, raw, and original. Like all of my art.

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On to my year 2014 – https://www.facebook.com/alisamullenbooks?ref=bookmarks

Have you ever thought about writing a book?

Want to know how to get it published?

It is an amazing feeling to hold your first book while staring at the screen of your second novel. No matter what people say – publishing a novel is an extremely prestigious accomplishment. It trumps my Summa Cum Laude BA and my MSBA with a 4.0 GPA. It sometimes trumps every other job I have ever had because writing has and always been a healthy way to escape into another world. It takes me at least an hour to decompress after a 10K word count day.

I am not saying that sweeping trash in a high school at night or working with adjusters on insurance claims is less important to the way the world of commerce spins. The difference is obvious. People can live without my words but can I? It is far more important to me than sometimes my own self-preservation. I can get so lost in writing that I have no sense of time – or even what month it is. Sound crazy? Good – because authors are.

What is the downside? It may look glorious to the outside world but it isn’t. My first editor charged me $1200 to make five changes to Unsettled. I thought that was normal. Being a trusting person, I allowed a woman to overtake my life for six weeks. It was her envy, which by the way I have lost dozens of so called friends and family to envy, that made her shit all over my name. It wasn’t until her supporters came forward – clearing my name and the amount of apologies I received were overwhelming. I did appreciate the “innocent judgement” (Insert judge slamming down gavel) but that didn’t mean that staying a self published author became awesome. Yes, it has been an interesting first year. Day by day, my shield gets thicker, my trust grows fainter, and the true fans don’t need to follow up with what I ate for breakfast to one click my book.

I have been screwed over in this industry that I can’t even count anymore. Large Indie and Published Authors have also expressed that my Indie issues are not uncommon. Blogs have favorites. Signings will always be a place where readers want to meet one or two authors (with the exception of a few) and where I have seen respectable authors and models so stinking drunk that it was unfathomable.

Although cover models are fleeting, showing an average of an 18 month career – they actually gain everything from authors whereas authors don’t get shit from models joining them at said signings. Would people still stop at your table if you didn’t have eye candy? Sure BUT they won’t buy a book from you. They will get their photo of him and her and walk along. That is the majority – again there are exceptions.

I have a team. It took me nearly a year to find these people. I have an amazing editor, an amazing cover designer, and a personal assistant who tells me what to do and I don’t have to ask her to accomplish something more than once. Her professionalism, out of the box thinking, and true desire to see my books succeed are in every action she displays. She NEVER says I’ve got your back and you have my word to know that she does and more. For you aspiring writers, if you hear those two lines – run faster than a cheetah. It is bull shit talk. People either have the passion to step out of their comfort zone or they tail gate those who do. Be the 5% who actually follows their dream.

People will step all over you for money and social media attention. SO – my year is over. I am proud of my words, proud of my mistakes, and proud to be an international best selling author. Only 5% of that 5% ever really sell more than 500 copies of a book. I am proud to say I am one of them – whether or not I ever make USA Today. What is most important is trusting my editor when she says “Start again” and thank God – she understands me enough that I can’t be proud of a formula.

I wish everyone a healthy Christmas and New Year’s. I am so pumped to write about bowling, Nate Wilson, and Sunny, the spitfire that can’t be nailed down for fiver minutes.

Rock on Peeps. 2015 may be on MY terms but it will be even better – knowing that people can’t get all of me anymore. They just get my words and support to other indie authors who I KNOW hasn’t had a peachy road either.

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BOOK SUMMARY

What happens when the past rears its ugly head and messes with who you thought you were? Will it break down all your walls and set your whole world on fire?

Meet Julia Delaney, a.k.a Jules, the lead singer of Love Sick Ponies, sex superstar, and a heart full of rocks. She loves them and leaves them, a bad girl through and through.

That is until she meets Brennan Curtis, a fan boy, a wannabe friend, and the only one who can possibly tear Jules’ walls down.

When the plastic snaps wide open, Jules finds herself in a vulnerable and awkward situation with Brennan and her band.

Jules’ journey of self-discovery started at a young age and her self- image, which is engrained in her brain, might just be there for life. Desperate to alter how people view her, she realizes that she might never be able to escape the past.

Follow the past ghosts into the now for the emotional roller coaster ride you all expect from Alisa Mullen.

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“OMGthis book is so good. I love Alisa’s books but this one is my favorite by far. I was on the edge of my seat.”

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Reviews of Mullen’s Previous Work:

“Once again Mullen never ceases to amaze me.” – Evocative Book Reviews

“Mullen has a lot to answer for, in my opinion. She wrote these characters that sucked me in and then flipped everything I thought about them upside down.” – Give Me Books

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Mullen is the author of Amazon’s best-selling books (in multiple categories) – The Chosen Series.

Mullen grew up in Maine and has lived in many cities across the US. She likes to travel but craves to travel to places in her mind. She combines life experience and imagination on paper. She has been a writer since she was eight years old and throughout schooling, she wrote poems and stories.
Mullen has a BA in English and an MS in Non Profit Management. Despite her need to help other less fortunate than her, nothing has ever felt more satisfying than writing. She published her first book “Unsettled” in February 2014. “Unchosen” and “Unrequited” were both released in May 2014. “Unmarked” – Book #4 will be written in 2015 and it will center around Sean, a secondary character in the series so far.

Mullen released a suspense novella, “One Missing Link” in May and her next novel is The Good Bye Trilogy’s “Plastic Confidence” (Book #1)due out in August 2014. “Artificial Love” and “Elastic Hope” are the 2nd and 3rd books in that trilogy.

In her rare off time, she enjoys laughing and goofing off with her husband and their two children.She loves the beach, Estate Sales, Blue Bonnet season, and macrame.

Mullen currently lives in South Texas and likes it there for now. Mullen owns a macramé necklace business, Devika Knots, which she started with her daughter in 2009 and it has become a great part of her life. Many times her whole family will go out to the markets to be around other artisans and farmers. She and her husband look forward to one day owning an RV and following their noses around the country year round

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THREE

 Itwas a week after Krysta had given me the OUIJA board and I had forgotten allabout it. Emmy, Angie, and I were outside on my lawn, within eye sight of mymother, playing Scrabble. I hated Scrabble. Our daily play dates were becomingso dull and we grasped on to whatever we could to keep our friendship alive. Wecouldn’t go biking. We couldn’t play in our fort in the forest behind Emmy’shouse. We couldn’t do anything fun.

Angieplaced the tiles down to make the word Donkey on the board after Emmy playedthe word Rocket. I threw my pieces up in the air and growled out infrustration. Stupid Scrabble. At theleast, I could have been winning but no. I was so done with being a boredtwelve year old. Mom looked up from the newspaper ten feet from us and gave mea disapproving look. It was actually the look she saved for when I was being atotal brat. I was getting that look a lot lately.

“JulesDelaney! Why are you acting like you are two years old?” Mom snapped at me. Thetwo other girls looked wide eyed as their eyes jumped from me to my mother andback. I started to cry and ran into the house, yelling that I hated my life.This was the worst summer ever. Not even the glorious time I had had at campcould make this summer a memorable one. I felt like a hostage. No, I was a hostage.

Ithrew my head into my pillow on my waterbed and sobbed. Minutes later, Emmy andAngie were standing against my bedroom wall, waiting for me to stop my cryingfit. I was embarrassed that I had ruined our game.

“I’msorry that I ruined the game,” I whispered, as I hiccupped in my post cryingfit. My friends were prisoners, too, but I seemed to be the only one taking itso hard.

Bothgirls climbed on top of me and we all hugged. I heard them muttering that theyhated this summer and they just wish that we could go play on our own for justone day. I nodded, as I sniffled, and tried to muster up a smile for them.

Theycould barely smile back and we all knew why. This was the worst summer in thehistory of all summers. Emmy got up and started eyeing everything in my roomwith fascination. I did have a cool room. I watched her go through my CDs andbooks. When she saw the OUIJA Board, she picked it up. As she turned the boxover and over again, she smiled broadly.

“Iplayed this once with my cousin in her back yard! It was so much fun! I beggedmy parents for one but Mom and Dad said it wasn’t a nice board game for thehouse,” she said. She was clearly excited. She could have the stupid thing ifshe really wanted it.

“Ohyeah? Krysta gave it to me. We played it about a week ago and it didn’t doanything,” I replied, noticing Angie peering over at the box with interest.

“Let’splay it now,” Emmy clapped her hands with glee. She giggled to herself as shestarted to open the box. I inwardly sighed. I didn’t want to play another boardgame. I officially despised them all. They were mind-numbing. Nevertheless,Emmy hardly came up with ideas when we played anything so Angie and I got onthe floor and waited for Emmy to set it up. When all of our hands were inplace, we peered at one another expectantly.

“Whatdo we do?” Angie inquired.

“Wesay hello and ask them who they are,” Emmy announced, nodding in determinationdown to the board. “So I will ask. Hello. This is Jules, Emmy, and Angie. Wewant to talk to you. Are you here?”

Emmyasked as she looked at the board with rapt attention.

Isighed and just watched Emmy and Angie. I loved my friends and I didn’t knowwhat I would do without them. They were keeping me together this summer. I hadnot even noticed that the pointer was moving. Emmy smiled and Angie lookedconfused. I looked down to see that the pointer was right over “Yes”.

“Hey!Did you guys move your fingers?” I chided, startling them both. The boardhadn’t moved a lick when Krysta and I had done it. Nothing. Now it was clearly on the word “Yes” and I yelped, alittle freaked out. I started to pull my fingers back.

“No,don’t,” Emmy admonished loudly. “Leave them on or they will leave.” Who wouldleave? What the hell was going on? My upper body started to shake which made myfingers a little shaky, too. I took a few calming breaths to make them stopmoving.

Ifirmly laid my four fingers back on the pointer, never losing the connection.Thank God I didn’t break the connection or whoever would have left. Wait, did Ibelieve this? I looked around to see if the other girls were as quizzical as Iwas. Was this thing actually real? Emmy looked amused and Angie was intrigued.I was scared and hoped I wouldn’t pee my pants.

“Who…are… you?” Angie asked very slowly, but her voice shook noticeably. A hugebubble of unease rose in my chest and I swallowed really hard. I watched ourfingers–looking to see if any of them were moving, even if unintentionally. Butwe were all still. We were hardly touching the plastic triangle as it flewacross the board with disjointed speed. G–R–A–C–E

Weall gasped. Angie’s eyes got so wide, she looked like a bug. A beetle. Emmydidn’t look so amused anymore.

“Youare Grace? You were just murdered!” I screamed at the board like it was goingto yell back at me. I started to sweat and I watched the two other girls’mouths drop open. Either they couldn’t believe that we were supposedly talkingto Grace or that I had screamed murder at the board. Either way, no one wassaying anything as we waited for a response. The pointer moved to “Yes”, movedaway, and went back to “Yes”. Yes, it was Gracie. Yes, she was murdered.

Emmycleared her throat and it looked like she couldn’t get her mouth to work. “Who…who killed you?” Emmy asked. We all watched the board with rapture. The pointerdidn’t move. Several seconds went by. Just as I was going to ask again, thepointer slowly moved. We watched it as it slowly went through the three letterword. It was going so slow, we were all holding our breaths for it to stop onone letter. When it did, we looked up to each other with horrified expressions.

D–A–D

Thepointer quickly zipped out of our hands and landed on “GOOD BYE”. I couldn’tbreathe. Tears were in Emmy’s eyes and Angie was shaking her head in disbelief.

“Herdad killed her?” Emmy asked softly.

Icouldn’t believe it. It was a dumb game and one of my friends had just punked me.Someone punked me and that pissed me off and made me feel a bit of relief. Ithrew my head back against the wall and exhaled in relief. I would make themplay again. I will watch them very carefully.

“It’snot real,” I stated firmly. I picked the board and the pointer up and threwthem in the box. I stuck it in my closet on the highest shelf. I turned aroundto see both girls looking at me like I should know what to do next.

“What?”I asked.

“Shouldn’twe tell someone?” Angie asked. Moments passed in silence.

That’swhen I knew. If Angie moved the pointer, she wouldn’t be asking me this. If itwas Emmy who moved it, she would be objecting to telling anyone. She was toonice to lie.

“Tellthem what? We played the OUIJA board and it said that Gracie’s dad killed her?”I asked incredulously.

Theyboth shrugged. I shook my head at them. Sometimes, my friends were clueless.

“Tellyou what,” I started. “Tomorrow, I will bring it to Angie’s house. We can do itagain. We can ask her if there is proof.” I said, as I started flipping througha Seventeen magazine. Pretending that I wasn’t scared was hard, but both girlslooked convinced as they made their way out of my room to meet their parentsoutside.

Minuteslater, Mom and I waved to the cars. I apologized for my outburst as she put herarm around my shoulder.

“Mom,does anyone think that Grace’s father is the one who killed her?” I tried toact cool about it but she eyed me with little bit of suspicion.

“Idon’t think so,” she said slowly and wearily.

Inodded my head and went back to my bedroom. I didn’t sleep at all that night. Iknew who had murdered Grace and there was nothing I could do about it.

Thenext day, I fumbled with the OUIJA board box before I gave up, by stuffing justthe board and the pointer into my backpack. Mom had called for me to go for thethird time and I rolled my eyes at her impatience. She didn’t know thatimportant things were being prepared and I, too, couldn’t wait to get with myfriends and try to talk to Grace again.

Thethree of us begged our parents off and headed into Angie’s room. The Offspringand Goo Goo Doll posters adorned her walls. Angie was also an amazing artistand had several of her canvases leaning up on every wall, with open and driedup oil tubes littering her floor. The smell of her room sometimes made Emmysick but for me, it was relaxing to be among creativity. I hadn’t found my realhobby yet. I liked to sing along with male lead bands because my voice was lowenough. That, however, was the extent of my musical talent.

Itook the board and pointer out of the backpack and tossed it on the bed.

“Weare not doing that where I sleep at night,” Angie scolded me. I nodded inunderstanding while Emmy gracefully took the board and with great care, as ifshe was going to break it, placed it on the floor like she had done theprevious day.

Wequickly sat down, placed our fingers at the same spots, and look at each other.Without asking a word, the pointer moved to yes, move away and then went backto yes.

“Sheis here,” Angie whispered. “What do we ask?”

Thepointer moved and we watched as it moved from D to A to D. It did this twicebefore I realized that she would probably leave again.

“Whatam I going to be when I get older?” I asked in a hurry. “Oh, this is Jules.”

Thepointer didn’t move for a while as I thought about an early death. Would I getolder? Was it like Krysta? Because last I had heard, Kent was fighting with herover the phone. A lifetime they would not last. Finally it moved. Slowly itmoved to S. It sat there for several seconds. What was I going to be when Igrew up? A singer? A songwriter? A salesman? A sales clerk? Oh god, I was goingto be pathetic.

Thepointer moved quickly to L. I couldn’t come up with anything before it moved toU. Then rapidly, it shot over to T. The pointer gained momentum and repeatedthe word. S–L–U–T. S–L–U–T. I looked at my friends in confusion.

“What’sa slut?” Emmy whispered. We both shrugged our shoulders and then Emmy asked thesame question. I didn’t see what the pointer answered but she looked just asdumbfounded as I did. I blanked out, trying to figure out what a slut was. WhenAngie asked, I was about to jump up and run to a dictionary but I couldn’t letgo before we were done. Emmy and I both stared off at something in the room asAngie got her answer. I looked down to see the last two letters were Z-Y. Angiegasped and withdrew her hands from the pointer. Without her fingers, however,the pointer made its way to GOOD BYE.

Weall started talking at once about how the board was a fake and one of us wasmoving it. When I asked them why it moved on its own without our hands theprevious morning, I was met with silence.

Angiegot up and with shaking hands, put the board and the pointer back into thebackpack. Emmy cleared her throat.

“Let’sgo play hopscotch,” she said numbly. We all nodded. As we made it out of thehouse, Angie’s mom came up and clearly she had been crying. She hugged Angie sohard and then continued to hug both Emmy and I, as well.

“Mom,what is it? Why are you crying?” Angie asked.

“Oh honey. They got him. Grace’s killer. They found evidence and he was arrestedthis morning. You are all safe now. It is so sad for her family but such arelief to us parents,” she said grimly. Her head fell back as she wiped themascara from under her eyes.

“Who?Who killed her?” Emmy shakily asked.

“Itwas her father, dear. He is a very, very sick man. But that isn’t your problemso you don’t need to worry about it one bit. Here, let me get you some candymoney and you can walk down to the corner store,” she said as she scurried outof the room and gave us each a five dollar bill. We all looked at it perplexed.

“Isit too little? I can get more,” she said, sounding panicked. “You girls havebeen holed up for three weeks now. Maybe I should get more.”

“No.”We all said it in unison and Angie’s mom nodded slowly. We filed out the frontdoor and started walking on the sidewalk in a line. We didn’t say anything allthe way to the store. We all knew who had killed Grace. But the shock that theboard was right was what made us realize that we probably couldn’t escape whowe would be as we grew up.