Monday, January 13, 2014

Meet Author Joseph Rinaldo

JLB Creatives has some BIG NEWS!

In our years of service we have learned one thing...dreams are not for the fainthearted. They take dedication, perseverance, and a passion that won't quit. JLB Creatives is humbled to say, they are seeing their long awaited dream come true at the onset of 2014.

As the new year settles in we find ourselves, here at JLB Creatives, achieving a massive goal. The feeling is indescribable. We caught a vision in the far distance, then forged toward that horizon. Through blood, sweat, and tears came forth the achievement we set our minds to. And now, we are excited to share with you our BIG NEWS!

Please allow us to introduce to you, 
the JLB Creatives Publishing Company.

JLB Creatives has been diligently preparing for one year to bring authors a fresh choice in submitting their work for the prestigious opportunity to have the backing of a true publisher. 

The JLB Creatives Publishing team consists of both trade and self-published authors. Together this team has been working hard, creating a finished product that holds the perfect blend of trade and self-publishing.

Janet Beasley
CEO of JLB Creatives Publishing
Author of the Hidden Earth Series
Owner/founder and CEO, author Janet Beasley, said, "Over the last several years JLB Creatives has taken pride in networking with industry professionals who have a heart to serve the literary world, in fresh new ways. We developed working relationships then invited a select few literary enthusiasts to become part of the JLBC Publishing team. The team we have put into place brings to the table a combined total of over 100 years experience in the industry."

JLB Creatives Publishing delights in bringing forth manuscripts that are written by authors ranging in age from 8 - 108! True life stories, creative fiction, westerns, non-fiction, fantasy, sci-fi, science "faction," fairy tales, steampunk, and fully illustrated/full color children's books give you an idea of a few of our interests. 

Beasley went on to say, "Excited doesn't even begin to cover how we feel. We are looking very forward to seeing what comes our way as far as submissions. And now that I've mentioned submissions, we are welcoming submissions at this time for any genre - though we will not accept anything obscene or slanderous."

For more information, or if you are an author seeking to be considered for publication, we invite you to read more information, and discover our Submission Guidelines at

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Author Joseph Rinaldo
Now...on with the show!  This week we are featuring the amazingly talented author, Joseph Rinaldo. JLB Creatives has had a connection with this author for over 3 years and counting. We are excited to have Joseph be a part of our blog, and hope you enjoy getting to know him and his writing talent.

Author Splash Feature
for Joseph M. Rinaldo

Greetings. I am Joseph Rinaldo, and I have written four books that are available on Amazon. The latest, Valerie's Retreat, follows the life of a forty-one-year-old woman who happens to fall in love with a man sixteen years younger. My wife is sixteen year older than I am, so that might have helped foster this idea for a book. The jokes Valerie must endure, such as, "Do you have to cut his meat for him?" are actual barbs my wife received during our dating process. Like Valerie, I also worked in a bank. Unlike Valerie, I never considered robbing the bank where I worked.

Valerie doesn't consider herself a "Cougar". Franco, her boyfriend, happened to attend the same church singles dance on the same night. They talked, talked some more, went on a date, and presto- they're boyfriend/girlfriend. That's how it happened with my wife and I. "Cougar" makes the women dating younger men seem somewhat predatory. That isn't the case at all with Valerie, or my wife. For the record, my wife never considered robbing a bank either. Well, maybe considered, but never planned it out.

In A Spy At Home, another book of mine, the protagonist sees his life's work as a CIA field operative as a complete waste. We've all had jobs where we felt that way, right? Even if the job isn't completely unrewarding, certainly you've had days like that.

What I'm trying to show you is that I enjoy writing characters that are a lot like you or people you know. The former CIA agent from A Spy At Home has the added dilemma of wondering what will happen to his son if he dies first. The son has Down syndrome, which means he is mentally retarded. You'll have to read the book to find out what happened to his wife, but this man's problem is one I've considered. My daughter has Down syndrome. If my wife and I die, what would happen to her? 

As writer I guess a part of me winds up in the books I write. Of course, a whole lot of the books are only my imagination.

If you are in a book club that discusses one of my books, please feel free to contact me via Facebook or my website, if you'd like me to attend your session.

Twitter handle:  @jmrinaldo

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We hope you enjoyed this week's feature author. Be sure to visit his links, buy his books, like his page, and follow him on Twitter. (Trust us, he's well worth it!) 

We would love to hear from you if you would like to be featured just like Joseph! Follow the instructions above the post at the top of the page. 

We look forward to hearing from you. 

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