Thursday, May 15, 2014

Book Release Day for Pickford Community Library Young Writers Workshop students!

Release Day is always a big event here at JLB Creatives Publishing but this one is extra special to us. Today we release not one, but two books written by members of the Pickford Community Library Young Writers Workshop (YWW).

What makes this so special you ask? Well the fact that these awesome reads are written by high school students with a passion for writing and books as big as any professional author.

About the YWW Program
The Pickford Community Library, which is centrally located in Michigan's Eastern Upper Peninsula, is home to a Young Writers Workshop where students from the area learn the techniques and practices of becoming published authors. They have combined some of their stories in an anthology that includes short stories, essays, and flash fiction.

This is the second year the group has published their works on Smashwords and made the anthology free of charge to the public. It is published pro bono by JLB Creatives Publishing of Mt. Dora, Florida, home of one of the co-instructors of the group. The other co-instructor is from the Eastern U.P.. and together they teach their sessions via Skype. The students range in age from grade six to college, and there are sessions geared to both newbies and returning authors.

This year we are very proud to release the 2014 Pickford Community Library's Young Writers Workshop Anthology of Short Stories, Flash Fiction, and Essays 

Written by young authors Chelsea Ross, Edyn Nettleton & Amy Lehigh

You can get this book FREE on Smashwords HERE

Also released today New Adult  sci-fi thriller Protective Measures by YWW author Jessica Arman 

Imagine being stuck in school forever. Living there, working there, and eating every meal there. That’s what Taryn and every other kid from her town has to do. What they don’t know is that this so-called slave school is run by Taryn’s father. This secret will lead to heartbreak and despair. Freedom will be had, but not without a heavy cost. 

You can get this book FREE on Smashwords HERE

If you haven't had a chance to read the 2012-2013 Pickford Young Writers Anthology of Short Stories and Poetry

With stories and poetry by Amy Lehigh, Bailey West, Chelsea Ross, Dar Bagby, Janet Beasley, Jessica Arman, Katie Arman, Taylor Green

You can get this book FREE on Smashwords HERE

Be sure to get your copies today for your collection. One of these brilliant young writers may become the next New York Times Best Seller on your bookshelf. 

Congratulations to all the Pickford Community Library Young Writers! 

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

WEDNESDAY FEATURE "Spark Your Creativity"

#Nature #Outdoor #Hiking #Trees
This week's photo takes us to Flat Island Preserve Nature Trail, Florida.  
Janet has titled this photo, "What a "Fun-guy!"

Happy Creating!

On Wednesdays we will be posting a photo taken by our CEO, author Janet Beasley to help inspire authors, painters, musicians, and other awesome artists. We've titled the new feature, "Spark Your Creativity." How did we come up with this? Read on...

When Janet isn't hard at work in the literary world, you'll find her and her husband kayaking the crystal clear, spring fed rivers of Florida. Janet's second passion next to writing is photographing nature as they glide through the serene settings these rivers have to offer. She and her husband also enjoy traveling the US, so you'll also be seeing some of Janet's
photos taken from hikes and journeys she and her husband have done nationwide. She has used her photos time and again for her own inspiration when it comes to many of her stories, and decided she would like to share the same inspiration with the literary and arts world.

And not to worry if you're not inspired this week, come back each Wednesday to catch a glimpse of what could "spark" your next amazing piece of work. And if you don't want to wait until next Wednesday, we'd like to invite you to visit our JLB Creatives Photo Gallery on Flickr where the photos are always free to download and use as book covers, business cards, wallpaper, etc. All we ask is that you give credit where credit is due - perhaps by something as simple as adding a credit link to the JLB Creatives/Janet Beasley Flickr site in your book or on your presentation. 

We hope you enjoy our new Wednesday feature, "Spark Your Creativity." And we want to let you know, if a photo inspires you to write a story that you would like to have considered for publication by JLB Creatives Publishing, be sure to visit our website at where you'll find our company's history, be introduced to the publishing team, discover our Submission Guidelines, and may submit your work for consideration.


Monday, May 12, 2014

Meet Author Angela Castillo

Welcome to the JLB Creatives Blog. So glad you're here. There is so much going on, you may wish to consider being a follower of our blog to keep up with all the cool things that will come your way each week.

This week we are thrilled to feature author Angela Castillo. She has chosen our Excerpt Extravaganza. And if you would like to be featured like Angela, simply follow the instructions in the top box above our posts for the easy to follow instructions to get started.

Now without any further delay, please help us welcome...

Author Angel Castillo

The Amazing Adventures of Toby the Trilby


Adventure Seekers, Young and Old, Join Toby, Small, but Bold ...

He was born underground, at the edge of the world’s destruction. Twelve years old, Toby has never seen the sun. Created by six scientists who accidentally gave him cat ears (and a tail), Toby decides to leave the safety of his cavern world to seek answers. Did anyone survive the Great Destruction? Why has he been hearing a mysterious Voice? And, most important of all, does he have a soul?

Book Excerpt

The procession came to a sudden halt. Coils of serpentine brilliance stretched before the leader of the group. Calmly and without a sound, the man found two sticks and gently moved the snake to the bushes on the side of the path. The march continued.
Small, stifled sounds drifted over the people’s shuffled footsteps. Was the fair-haired girl crying?
The path widened, then split in two, circling a large swamp. The glossy, black edges seeped past the view of the torchlight. Patches of slime floated on the surface of the water. A dock made of logs and rope jutted out towards the center, with extra sections of rope coiled to the side. Chunks of rock served as a crude staircase to reach the edifice.
The people placed torches on stakes set a few feet apart. The flames made eerie shapes as they flickered in the breeze. The leader approached the girl. When he turned his face, Toby glimpsed an ancient scar that slashed through his cheeks and lips, disappearing under his white beard.
The man grabbed the girl’s bound hands and jerked her towards the dock. She screamed and tried to pull away. A younger man yanked her back and slapped her face. The sound echoed through the swamp.
Help her. Toby fought the instinctive cry in his head. He watched, useless hands gripping branches at his sides, while the men forced her up the steps and to the end of the dock. The girl’s shoulders slumped and silent tears coursed over the bright red mark on her beautiful face.
The scarred man raised his hands high in the air. His wild eyes glowed in the lights.
“Oh, Natura,” his voice warbled.
“Natura,” the crowd echoed.
“Most beautiful Goddess,” the man continued.

“Giver of good and terrible things.
Milk sours early,
trees bear bitter fruit,
our children are fitful.
We respect your wishes.
Tiend has come.
We give you this child.
Take her into your body
to nourish your soul.
Take her, and we humbly pray for favor.”

Images of human sacrifice flashed through Toby’s mind: Incas’ offerings of life and limb, stone alters of the druids. Escape from the horrific truth was impossible. This girl would die. Even while he gripped the small penknife, his spirit protested the very idea of plunging it into living flesh. Could he hurt someone, even to save another?
The men grabbed the girl’s bound wrists and lowered her into the water. The action seemed absurd. No sharp weapon, no blood shed.
Water lapped at the girl’s knees, harmless at first. She struggled. Inch by inch, her body sank into the mud.
“Please don’t do this!” she pled. “Why would your goddess want me? I’m just a girl! Please help!”
The oldest man turned and took his torch down from its stake. The rest of the crowd followed his motion in a single, swift abandonment and filed back down the original path.
Toby wondered if their action was ceremonial or if the people were too squeamish to watch the death of the innocent girl. Whatever the reason, the opportunity surpassed all hope. While his heart screamed “forward!” his brain told him to wait. He counted to one hundred, then snapped on his flashlight and crept to the edge of the pit.

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We hope you enjoyed reading Angela's excerpt. Be sure to check out her website, connect with her on FB, and/or  hop on over to Amazon to read more about her book and purchase your copy today!

Until next time - stay casual, live life to the fullest, and have a piece of chocolate for us! 

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