Friday, September 19, 2014

It's Getting Closer...and We Can't Wait! Come Learn from John Dufresne

Florida Heritage Book Festival - St. Augustine, Florida - Book Sales - Workshops

Get ready for the Florida Heritage Book Festival and Writer's Conference happening late September 2014. This is a super chance for literary lovers - both authors and readers. There will be tons of books for sale, plenty of educational opportunities, and the privilege to visit the one and only, beautiful Flagler College. 

Being that JLB Creatives Publishing will be an active part of the festival, we'll be listing a festival "nugget" from the line-up every Tuesday and Friday right here on the blog.


September 26, 2014
2:45 – 3:45 

John Dufresne –"Narrative Transport: Letting the Plot Guide the Writing of Your Story"

Plot: A central character wants something, goes after it despite opposition, and as a result of a struggle, either wins or loses. Let’s take our definition of plot as a starting point and see how we might let the necessary plot do our thinking for us and lead us, quite naturally, to considerations of characterization, theme, tone, point of view, setting, and so on. This is how you, as a writer, might go ahead and think with your plot and begin composing your story, and how you might, in so doing, create the emotional and intellectual experience your reader hopes for.   Gamache-Koger Theater

Thursday, September 18, 2014

JLB Creatives Publishing's Connie Thompson appearing at the EUP Book Fest

JLBCP Head of Design, Connie Thompson will be representing the company and our fantastic authors at
The 1st Annual Eastern Upper Peninsula Book Fest, sponsored by Creative Endeavors. Connie will be there with books from our fabulous authors for purchase. If you're in the area, stop by and say hello!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

WEDNESDAY FEATURE "Spark Your Creativity"

#Deer #Forest #Woods #Animals
This week's photo takes us to Tahquamenon Falls State Park, Michigan's U.P.  
Janet has titled this photo, "Through the Leaves"

Happy Creating!

On Wednesdays we're 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.


Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Don't Miss Anne Dalton at the Florida Heritage Book Festival

Florida Heritage Book Festival - St. Augustine, Florida - Book Sales - Workshops

Get ready for the Florida Heritage Book Festival and Writer's Conference happening late September 2014. This is a super chance for literary lovers - both authors and readers. There will be tons of books for sale, plenty of educational opportunities, and the privilege to visit the one and only, beautiful Flagler College. 

Being that JLB Creatives Publishing will be an active part of the festival, we'll be listing a festival "nugget" from the line-up every Tuesday and Friday right here on the blog.


September 26, 2014
1:30p - 2:30p

Anne Dalton – “How I Stopped Worrying and Learned How to Love Copyright”

Using five legal horror stories as examples, attorney Anne Dalton shows authors how to protect themselves and their writing. Fair use and copyright are ever-changing areas of the law. Learn what’s new, what’s hot, and how to apply it to your craft. Highly interactive and useful handouts too. Q and A included. A fun session on a serious subject.    Markland House

Monday, September 15, 2014

Get inspired with A Life Renewed by Lisa Andrews

About A Life Renewed: 
In 1995 twelve-year-old Lisa was diagnosed with AML leukemia. Two years later, after many chemotherapy treatments, radiation, and a bone marrow transplant, Lisa returned to "normal" life. She had maintained a positive attitude throughout the treatment process, but with each new chronic illness, Lisa became more and more bitter and resentful.

In 2003 Lisa finally realized this and began a healing process. She relived her past experiences by keeping a journal and talking to God about what was really going on at the time, sharing her honest thoughts, beliefs, and emotions. In doing so Lisa found freedom from the bitterness, anger, and doubt which had gradually set in and taken over her life, faith, and relationships.

The ten years she recounts in this book are marked by sicknesses and struggles, but ultimately Lisa's story is one of healing, which gives hope to those of us who are still suffering.

Available through most retailers in Print and Ebook 

About author Lisa Andrews:
Lisa holds a BM in Vocal Music Education and a MA in Ethnomusicology. She enjoys learning about other cultures. She and her husband, Charles enjoy cooking, listening to music, writing music, and spending time with friends and family. They hope to author additional books in the near future.

A Life Renewed Excerpt: 
Chapter 1
“Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in
your minds because of your evil behavior." Colossians 1:21

In sixth grade I thought everything in my life was
lining up perfectly. I had finally become great friends with
some of the most popular girls at school. I was a part of the
in crowd,” which was something I had longed for
since first grade. I had to make a few sacrifices along the
way, but at that point in time it was all worth it. I stopped
respecting my parents and started swearing. Actually, I
tried to insert profanities into as many sentences as I could.
I never swore around my family, only at school and
with friends. Now all I needed to feel complete was a cute

My attendance at church slipped, too. I didn’t really
like any of the church kids. In my opinion they were
dorky, and I did not want to be associated with them. We
were in completely different places in life. I became a
Christian when I was five, but it didn’t mean anything to
me. Basically God wasn’t a part of my life anymore, and
I was getting along fine. I couldn’t tell the kids at school
about being a ChristianChristian kids were nerds, and I
didn’t want to be identified with them. Plus, I had changed
a lot since I was five. I was no longer a nerdy little
Christian. I was a mature preteen who had figured out the
truth about life. I could handle everything on my own, so
what was the point of going to church? Periodically I
would go to church. I made sure I had all of the books of
the Bible memorized in order, both the Old and New
Testaments. This helped me hide my true spiritual condition.
I couldn’t let any of them know that I had changed.
As far as anyone knew, I was just like all of them: a nice little
Christian girl who thought being a Jesus freak was more
important than popularity.

The reality was that my priority was popular, and I
would give up ANYTHING to be one of the popular girls.
Not only was I popular, but I was also doing well in
basketball. I was a starting forward on the A team. I won
the award for Best Bank Shot. I was talented at the
piano, too, but that wasn’t something to flaunt. Athletes
were cool, not musicians.

I took pride in a lot of things in life: my basketball
stats, my mature friends, and my new “mature” language.
But while everything was perfect on the surface, I
wasn’t the most content person on the inside. I was a very
angry, defensive kid. Deep down I didn’t like my new
way of life, but it was what I had to do. I felt very evil
inside, but I didn’t want to go back to being a nerd. I
remember getting so frustrated on the basketball court that I
would be in tears—not because of the game but because I
felt awful about some of the things I said to girls on the
other team.

And I started having some physical problems, too. I
was acquiring a lot of large bruises all over my body, but
I couldn’t remember where they came from. One time my
sixth grade homeroom teacher asked me, “Why do you
have so many bruises all the time?” I jokingly replied,
“Oh, my dad beats me with a stick.” She didn’t find it very
comical, but I honestly didn’t know where they came from.
And it wasn’t just the bruises. I would get this pounding in
my head all the time. I would walk across the street after
getting off the bus, and my head would start pounding. I
could literally hear my heartbeat. And then, if I would get
up from sitting down, I would start seeing spots, as if I
were going to black out. Sometimes I would black out for
a couple of seconds. It was really odd. Finally, it got to the
point where I mentioned something to my mom. She said,
“Well, if you really think it’s bad enough, I’ll take you to the
doctor. But just to warn you, they’ll probably have to do a blood
test.” The thought of needles and blood made me want to faint.

So I decided to wait and see if my conditions improved.
After all, I was always considered the “wimpy” one in the
family and I didn’t want to overreact again. As time went on,
however, my symptoms worsened. I distinctly remember one
basketball game in particular. We were scrimmaging against the
B team, and I was going up for the shot when a girl elbowed me
in the mouth. I remember thinking, God, I can’t stand her! Then
everyone looked at me in fear, and one of my teammates screamed,
“Lisa, your mouth is bleeding!” I put my hand up to my mouth
and it was covered in blood. I ran into the locker room, crying
because I thought I was going to pass out. I grabbed some
paper towels and collapsed on the bench.

My mom came in and said, “Wow, you must’ve gotten hit
really bad.” Actually, I did not get bumped very hard. And
it was a relatively painless injury. But my mouth bled for
at least ten minutes before it finally stopped. I had to miss
the rest of the game.

A couple of weeks later, our school had a natural gas
leak, and we were released from school early. Volleyball
tryouts were canceled, so I had a free day. I was planning
on getting together with some of my friends and going to
the mall. When I got off the bus, my head was pounding so
loudly I could barely hear the bus drive away. I came
inside and said, “Mom, I think it’s time to go to the
doctor.” So we made an appointment for 4:00 that evening.
I had no idea that this doctor visit would drastically change
my life forever.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Big Event Tonight on FB for our author J.D. Karns

Hop on over and join the book release party online from 7p - 8p EST online on Facebook at

There will be prizes to try and win, chat live with the author and team members of JLBCP.

Hope to see you there!

To read an excerpt, place an order, or discover more about this amazing 82 year old author who has written a WWII novel based on a navy man's journal visit

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