New Novel, The Fire of Revenge, Writing

365 Days of Wants

Taming of the Shrew
Taming of the Shrew — Wikimedia Commons

The Last 365 Days

Where does one begin to figure out if the last 365 Days were what we wanted? More importantly, how on Earth do we decide what we want for the next 365 Days without forgetting something important.

It reminds me of the cliché of the girl who wants to be the beauty queen and she answers the interview question with “I want peace and love for everyone.”

Stage._Sleeping_Beauty_BAnQ_P48S1P12564Well, I want peace and love for everyone, too. But, I also want–

Need I say more?

I want my books that I published in 2014 to be read by people in 2015.
I want my next book to come out, The Fire of Revenge, to rock the socks off readers everywhere.
I want to be loved.
I want peace of mind.
I want…I want…I want…

But, what am I willing to do for it?

Now. There’s the question.

What are you willing to do for what you want in 2015?

The Next 365 Days

My next book, The Fire of Revenge, must involve evil and suffering. Why?

Well, because it wouldn’t be very revengeful, if it didn’t.

Writing about suffering and evil people is NOT easy.

Have you tried it?

The cartoon of the Taming of the Shrew (see above) shows Catherine II, faint and shying away from William Pitt, who appears as Petruchio, and Don Quixote on horseback (a lean and scarred George III whose authority has been usurped by Pitt). Seated behind Pitt are the King of Prussia and a figure representing Holland as Sancho Panza. Selim III kneels to kiss the horse’s tail; a gaunt figure representing the old order in France while Leopold II renders help to Catherine by preventing her from falling to the ground.

Back in its day, it was considered an unpleasant depiction of despicable people.

Even after looking at horrid pictures (like the cartoon), watching terrible news broadcasts, and having the flu the last two weeks of 2014, I still find it hard to think evil or to conjure up images of suffering. Trust me. An image of me vomiting my guts out would not be pretty.

Despite all the horrible news we seem to always see plastered everywhere, commercials that ever more seem to be full of the horrors of life, I can still find happiness. I guess it is the Pollyanna in me. Yes, another cliché.

I want light and cheery.

I want sun shine and lollipops.

But, I’m supposed to be seeing evil! Ugh!

Everything I read speaks about the need to avoid the squeaky, clean life of Beaver Cleaver or Doris Day.

Gees, McGees! Why?

Because they say it’s not entertaining enough. It’s not sad enough. It’s not grab you by the balls enough.

But, it is HARD to write! (Think of Snoopy and Woodstock sitting on top of Snoopy’s dog house screaming).

Yes, it is gut wrenching hard to write. I totally understand what the masters like Stephen King or J A Konrath mean.

Writing about suffering and evil changes my happiness quotient–I have to look inside myself and I don’t always like what I see.

Now what do I do?

How do I go on?

Must I keep on suffering?

Ah, the games a foot.

Stay tuned.

I must consider my wants!

 What are your wants for 2015?


There you have it. My “new” resolution for 2015. I need to learn how to write horrible, suffering involving evil people.

Before you go, consider signing up for my newsletter: The Newberry Tales and share this post with a friend. Spread the love, if you will. It will cut down on my suffering.

Always with Cheers and Smiles,

The 365 Days of Wants was first published on Pam B. Newberry’s Writing Adventure Blog on January 2, 2015.

Photo of Queen by Conrad Poirier [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons


Book Two, Drawing Winners, New Novel, Read Along, The Fire of Revenge

Working on Book Two — It’s Christmas!

Merry Christmas!

Christmas cake made by Shelia
Merry Christmas Cake by Shelia

It seems like it was only yesterday when I posted Three Things I did on Sunday. Where did November go?

Time flies when I’m in my writing zone. I decided to take part in NaNoWriMo with the Writing Writer’s Group. I was chicken and chose not to sign-up on the NaNo website, but I did set a goal — 50,000 words in 30 days. I made it to 47,000 words. So, I got close. Closer than I thought I would. Looking back, I knew I was sitting at my desk a lot, but I didn’t realize an entire month went by me.

Postit Burning

Now, here it is December. In fact, we’re five days away from Christmas. I managed to get my  Christmas cards done last week. But, I haven’t done any kind of shopping. I’m working on finalizing Book Two, which has a working title of The Fire of Revenge. What do you think?

While trying to figure out how to celebrate the holidays, I thought about how much I appreciate my readers and followers. It is because of you and your support, I’m able to live my dream. I wanted to be able to connect with you more closely.

Books on display
Books on display at Wohlfahrt Haus Dinner Theatre Book signing (12-13-14)

With the holidays upon us, I know I feel that it just comes so quickly and leaves just as fast. The idea of giving books as a gift is good because, at least for me, the gift lingers a while (yes, I’m a slow reader).  Since the release of Book Two is not until spring, I wondered, what could we do until then?

You’ve read The Fire Within or you’re getting ready to read it; it’s on your list.

The Fire Within
The Fire Within

But why do it alone? During January and February, on my Author’s Facebook Page, we’re going to read The Fire Within, book one of the Marine Letsco series together. If you’ve already enjoyed the novel, then you can relive your favorite scenes, share your favorite quotes, or predict what you think will happen in Book Two!

You say that you don’t have a copy of The Fire Within? Here’s hope!

Enter to win one of 5 (five) autographed copies by signing up for the Newberry Tales newsletter right here:

The drawing will be held using a random number generator with the names of those subscribed to the newsletter as of December 31, 2014. Winners will be notified here as well as in the Newberry Tales newsletter on January 01, 2014.

If you can’t wait until then, you can purchase it here:

The Letter: A Page of My Life
The Letter: A Page of My Life

And, what about The Letter?

You say that you’ve read it. That’s fantastic! We’ll talk about it, too. And, you can share your favorite scenes, quotes, or thoughts too! And, if you must get a copy, you can purchase it here:


Now, for the announcement of the October Drawing Winner:



And for the Winter Drawing Winner:



Their names were listed in the Newberry Tales Newsletter and they both have contacted me. Karen and Lynne each selected a copy of The Fire Within. If you haven’t signed up for the newsletter, be sure you do today! It will be one way we can stay connected in 2015.

What fun things are you doing over Christmas and to kick off the new year? Let me know in the comments.

May each of you have a blessed holiday season and may you enjoy a good read, too!
Writing for you with peace, love, and mistletoe!
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New Novel, Newberry Tales, Newsletter, The Fire Within

One reason to signup for my Newsletter

Sign up for Newberry Tales Newsletter

In honor of the release of my first novel, The Fire Within: Book One of The Marine Letsco Trilogy, I’m having a Give-a-Way drawing for one free copy!

It’s an exciting time!

Since April, at various book signings, I’ve asked people if they would like to join my newsletter by signing my “Help Build My Newsletter Subscribers” sign-up sheet.

Twenty-seven of you have done so.

Now, that The Fire Within is about ready for release (Saturday, August 9, 2014 to be exact)—I have taken the time to learn how to set up and get my first Mail Chimp Newsletter going!

Newsletter debut
First newsletter from Newberry Tales

So, for those souls who have already signed up to receive my newsletter, you will receive an e-mail announcement about the release of The Fire Within.

If you have not already signed up, do so now, by signing in on the Newsletter subscription form on the right hand side of any page or go to the Welcome page and cursor down to the bottom and you will see it the form there. You will not find it here on this blog page.

While you’re doing that, consider signing up for my blog posts. Future blog posts will be delivered to your mail in box. You don’t have to come to this website each time I post. But, feel free to drop in and visit when you want to see the latest book cover or read the latest news.

And, if you are wondering, the newsletter and blog posts will not be duplicates of the same information.

How to get a free paperback copy of The Fire Within?

First chance…

I have twenty-seven names of friends I’ve seen at book signings who have provided me with permission to include their e-mail addresses in my newsletter e-mail database.

If you have not signed up for my newsletter at a book signing or I have not personally asked you if I may sign you up, and you want to be included, please go to my website ( today before 6:00 p.m. EST.

On the Welcome page, scroll down to the bottom where you will find a form to subscribe to Newberry Tales Newsletter.

Your name and e-mail address (required) will be automatically stored in my newsletter database.

Then, later this evening, I’ll have a drawing from all those subscribed as of 6:00 p.m. EST on August 3, 2014 for one lucky person to receive a free copy of my debut novel, The Fire Within!

Don’t fret, if you are reading this post and you see it is after the deadline, I’ll have another drawing for a free copy later in the week. So check back!<

Happy Days!

P. S. If you can’t wait and want to buy a paperback copy, go to my CreateSpace page where you can buy as many copies as you like. The book will be available in eBook format on Amazon in a couple of weeks.

THANK YOU for your support!


Caribbean, Cruise, Murder, New Novel, The Fire Within, Thriller-Romance-Suspense

The Fire Within is Close…

It’s getting closer…

The Fire Within

will be here before you know it!!!

Book Cover of The Fire Within
The Fire Within: Book One of the Marine Letsco Trilogy

Make plans now to drop by and visit with me at

The Museum Shop

located at

975 Tazewell Street,
Wytheville, VA  24382

The release in paperback format of The Fire Within – Book One of the Marine Letsco Trilogy is set for

Saturday, August 9, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Bring a beverage…Come by…Sit for a while…and let’s TALK murder!

The following are pictures from my Pinterest board giving clues about The Fire Within


Inspiration for a book's character.
The inspiration for Marine Letsco, the protagonist, in my novel, The Fire Within. Such beauties…Hedy was also a spy in WW2 and stole crucial intelligence from the Nazis for the US. She loved and was an inventor! When asked how to look glamorous, she tartly retorted “Any girl can look Glamorous, just stand still and look Stupid.” PP: Women in Science…
Cruise ship cabin
Picture of the cruise cabin that Marine could stay in while on a cruise to the Caribbean


Dinning room on a cruise ship.
Scene of a dinning room view described in The Fire Within while Marine cruises to the Caribbean.


St. Lucia, Antigua
The island at St. Lucia, Antigua where a murder is to take place while Marine is on a cruise.


Picture of Jack Daniels Manhattan
Jack Daniels Manhattan, Marine’s favorite drink.


Black workout outfit
Marine’s work clothes that she uses when she dresses for work as an assassin.


Phoenix Fire
The theme of The Fire Within — Like a phoenix rising out of the ashes, Marine Letsco, the protagonist in my next novel, will become someone again.


If you’re intrigued and want to learn more, read an excerpt and follow this Blog to stay up to date on the latest about Marine!