Grab Your FREE Chapter Preview of Syphons A Novel – (Synopsis)

A free chapter preview of Syphons is available by clicking here! Here’s my new synopsis for the back cover of my novel, Syphons. A hot new sci-fi available on May 3rd, 2019. (Just in time for “May The 4th Be With You”.) Here’s the synopsis again for your reading pleasure: Curvy, Fierce AND A Total…

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10 Reasons Why Cats Lay On Your Keyboard While You’re Typing (Humor)

You just sat down in front of your laptop. Grabbed yourself a cup of coffee or maybe popped open your energy drink. And, then your cat appears out of thin air. As your beloved companion makes their way towards you, you realize that it’s a trap and they are blocking you from creating the next…

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Fun in the Sun With D. A. Smith Writes – Goals Update

Hiya literary fans, As I write this, I’m sitting at Sunset Park. Sunlight sparkles down on the dancing waves. Boats and wave runners are filling the relative silence with the growl of their motors. The sky is bright, blue, and clear. And, the breeze brushing against my skin is unexpectedly cool, but refreshing for mid-April…

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You Don’t Miss Something ‘Til It’s Gone

It’s funny, the old saying that goes like this: You don’t miss something until it’s gone. The last couple of weeks, I’ve been worried about how to sustain my disabled mother and myself financial. I have a lot of pressure on my shoulders as a 24-year-old who has been working full-time for almost a decade.…

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Someone Made My Day at Starbucks and 19 Days Left in the SYPHONS Giveaway!

Hiya literary fans, It’s 19 days until 4 winners will be chosen to receive one of the following: A copy of Syphons Or A $25 Starbucks Gift Card I believe this is my fourth giveaway. Last four times I gave away $20 bucks. So that’s like $80 dollars worth of prizes. Crazy cool! Anyway, I…

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Rant: Never Stay In A Toxic Workplace

I don’t understand how I keep finding myself on this end of the corporate ladder. I’m at the bottom, no longer near the rungs, I’ve done everything I assume imaginable to keep a job. But of course, I get chopped like a pile of iceberg lettuce leaves for a salad. I hate writing about losing…

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Syphons Spring Book Giveaway (30 Days Til Drawing!!!)

Hiya literary fans, I’m letting you know that there’s a brand new giveaway. Since, Syphons will be available on May 3rd, 2019. I wanted to celebrate and thank all of my supporters by giving away the following: 3 – Copies of Syphons (ONE copy per Winner). 1 – $25 Starbucks Gift Card to (ONE) Winner…

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Hey! It’s Time for An Update & A New Giveaway (Coming Soon)

Where did March go? I can’t believe it’s already April and less than 31 days from the release of my novel, Syphons. Check out the blurb below: Blurb: CURVY, FIERCE AND A TOTAL RIOT! SOLSTICE BELLATRIX HAS ALREADY DIED ONCE, AND SHE IS NOT ABOUT TO LET HISTORY REPEAT ITSELF. WHEN SOLSTICE AWAKENS IN A…

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Need a Proofreader? Try Sarah Bailey with Twisted Tree Publications

Hiya Literary Fans, Welcome to the first week of April. Proving that old adage that April Showers brings May Flowers. And, speaking of May, on May 3rd, 2019, my debut novel Syphons will be available for paperback and kindle edition. One question that I’ve noticed pop-up in my social media feeds as a new writer…

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Confessions #2) Social Media – Friend or Foe when it comes to Writing?

I’m looking back at my list of confessions as an aspiring author and I’m starting to realize the first couple of confessions were ludicrous, funny, and yes at times insane. But, I’m going to try and make some sense out of my confessions and use them to explain the bigger picture with certain things. Yes,…

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New Cover Design for Debut Sci-Fi Novel, Syphons is Here! (Yay!!)

It’s here. Are you ready?

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I’m So Sick of This Broken Record of a Conversation!

This important lesson is one that has taken me a few years to learn and inculcate in my life. Don’t take to heart what other people say. In the past, someone could mention one hurtful phrase about me and it would crush me. Today, I’ve survived so many other hurtful things that it doesn’t phase…

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Confession #1 – Avoiding Social Time for Writing Time

A few months ago, I started posting mini-confessions through my Instagram and Twitter accounts and have decided to explain the madness behind the post. I have roughly 20+ confessions and more to come. So, be prepared, here goes nothing. My confession above comes from the fact that in my youth and early adult years I…

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Why is Asking for Money so Difficult for New Writers?

What do stockbrokers, insurance agents, and the kid down the street selling lemonade on the corner all have in common? They want your money! You knew where I was going with that question. Here’s the next one, why do writers have a hard time asking for money or to be paid what they are worth?…

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How to Find Beta Readers When You Are Just Starting Out?

I published my first urban fantasy short story last year November without having a beta reader test it out first. I don’t regret publishing, but I know that beta readers add an extra edge to stories especially when you are going the self-publishing route, like I am. My current work in progress, Syphons a sci-fi…

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