Friday, February 20, 2015

Time Flies When You're Having Fun!

Welcome to the JLB Creatives Publishing Blog. A great place to gather information, possibly discover something new and cool now and then, be inspired, and most of all have fun!

JLB Creatives Publishing Team is always having fun of some sort. Whether they are at their weekly team meeting, or out on the road attending and speaking at conventions, conferences, or events, this team of literary divas is continually looking for the next FUN thing. 

This year is going to be a year of incredible fun with new ideas coming your way from this ground breaking publishing company.

2014 was JLB Creatives Publishing's debut year, and the accomplishments of "fun-ness" abounded! In addition to taking aspiring, top notch authors through the publishing process, JLBCP became members of FAPA, UPPAA, and FPEA. They joined forces with other industry professionals to bring about unique ways to get the word out for their authors. Their one on one service with their authors throughout the publishing process became their signature service. The team members shared the fun speaking to school groups, 4-H clubs, and at conferences and conventions nationwide regarding several different aspects of the literary world. And their uncanny knack at putting together eye-catching presentations put them on the map nationally.

When it comes to their line of business JLBCP is all about quality, not quantity. The JLBCP team lives by the words, "We create literary masterpieces, we don't just print books." Authors around the globe are starting to pick up on this tag line, and are discovering they are being treated as authors should be before, during, and after the publishing process.

A brand new addition in 2015 for JLBCP is their Steampunk Line of cosplay guns, props, jewelry, etc. In the near future you'll be seeing a line of unique steampunk, diesel punk, and cyber punk products crafted by BeaslePunk. It's almost a crime to call BeaslePunk's imaginative work, props only. Many of their creations definitely fall into the art category, and are being considered for use as upscale decor in themed establishments. This creative team's work is amazing, and has stopped many in their tracks as they pass by the JLB Creatives Steampunk booth at festivals and events. Why not bookmark the JLBCP Steampunk Page now and keep checking as product is coming soon! And if you're a Steampunk author, you're welcome to make a submission from the JLB Creatives Publishing website at  

And wait till you catch a glimpse of the next amazing literary project coming from JLBCP. It is being kept under wraps until its pre-release event hits the scene late spring/early summer. Give the JLBCP literary divas another couple of months and you're going to be blown away by their latest horizon-conquering, writing-wizardry idea that has been in the works since summer of 2014. This idea is so far out of the box, JLBCP decided to do away with the box completely and create with no boundaries. It's going to take some hefty pioneering and creative marketing to present this idea to the masses, but not to worry...the JLBCP divas are just the ones to serve as the "Davy Crocketts" to make it happen!

Event appearances and speaking engagements are already being scheduled for 2015, so be sure to stay tuned to the blog for the latest events where you'll find JLBCP's team. And of course the Pickford Community Library's Young Writer's Workshop is underway for the year, so you can expect to see this year's aspiring author's next anthology published late this spring.

Thanks for stopping by. And remember, time flies when you're having fun!

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Thursday Prompt: Urban Legends

This week let's have some fun with urban legends. I'm sure you've heard most of them, or maybe your town has one of its own. Some legends are funny, but most are meant to give warning or be frightening. This week's story will be dark fiction or horror and a minimum of 1,000 words, based on an urban legend. Here are a few you can choose from.

1. Sewer Gators
This legend is usually centered around large cities like New York, but I'm sure there's a few rogue sewer gators in rural America. The legend states these monstrous creatures came from abandoned pets that were flushed before they became to big to handle.

2. The Vanishing Hitchhiker  
This one has long been a favorite. You pick up a young girl/guy alongside a dark road. You give them a lift home but after pulling into the driveway the hitchhiker has suddenly disappeared. You knock on the door to make sure they got in alright but instead are told he or she had been killed on that road years before.

3. Buried Alive
This one can barely be considered an urban legend considering how often people have been buried alive. In fact, in the past many coffins were even equipped with strings that ran through the ground and were connected to a bell not far away. This way if anyone did happen to be buried alive they could pull the string and get the undertaker’s attention.

Okay, take your pick or use a local urban legend. Shape it into your own dark fiction. Can't wait to see what you've written!

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Spark Your Creativity!

Every Wednesday we offer you a special photo taken by our CEO Janet Beasley to help spark your creativity. Whether you're an author, a painter, a musician, or clay sculpture artist we think you'll find her photos very inspiring!

"Just You and Me..."

Happy Creating!

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Mardi Gras

Hello fans - welcome to the JLB Creatives Publishing Blog. Today begins the celebration of #MardiGras! Have you ever, or thought about ever incorporating a Mardi Gras theme into your novel? Being it is such a unique event it can bring an added twist to plots in your romance, fantasy, paranormal, and mystery novels to name a few.

If you're not familiar with the history of Mardi Gras, you may want to do a web search to gather some inspiring ideas to add this festival into your story. One place to start for info is on the History website at MardiGras 

We invite you to come on over and follow our Mardi Gras and Carnivale board on Pinterest where you'll find a multitude of captivating photos to ignite your imagination for your next novel!

Monday, February 16, 2015

Help us bring thunder to The Untold Legend: The Warrior Queen

The untold legend is about to be revealed! The story of the mighty warrior queen Voda and her true love Kendrick. We need YOUR help to make sure Queen Voda's story reaches every realm.

How? That part is easy just join our Thunderclap campaign below. You can choose to send the message letting everyone know The Untold Legend: The Warrior Queen has been released on February 24th by choosing to send our preset message one time by your Facebook, Twitter, or Tumblr account. You can choose more than one as well to truly spread the word across the kingdoms! Again this message will only go out to your accounts one single time at Noon on February 24th.

If you would like to join the heralds in celebration of this fantasy romance novel's release then click the blue "Join this Thunderclap" button below and add your realm to the release celebration!

The Untold Legend: The Warrior Queen

Voda of Monarch never once believed that she would end up as a queen,  but after finding herself in a horrible situation, she ends up as the new ruler. Now she must choose a husband and finds she cannot, because her heart belongs to Keldrick, the king of the faraway land of Ameri. Their forbidden passion for each other must be denied. A marriage between the two would be unsuitable, almost impossible.

After being thrown into a dangerous situation, and being rescued by her heart's desire, she finds it impossible to deny her love. Keldrick promised only one night of passion, and then separated herself from temptation, Voda, being a warrior, faced many battles that only brought her closer to her beloved Keldrick. How dangerous could a marriage between these two desperate souls be? The two struggle through cruelties and war only to discover that in the end, love conquers all in this untold legend.

About the Author: Amy I. Long
Amy I. Long is an award-winning author. She landed the "gold" in the 2013 Indie Excellence Awards and
has been gaining recognition ever since. Amy was raised in Sanford, Florida. She is working toward a bachelor's degree in molecular biology and hopes to apply that knowledge to the field of disease control.

She loves watching sci-fi movies, reading historic romance novels, studying history, Medical botany, and astronomy. The inspiration for this book was Boadicea (Boudica or Boudicca), a queen of a Celtic tribe who led an uprising against the occupying forces of the Roman Empire.

Amy says, "I especially like strong, outspoken women of earlier days but little-known in modern times. Perhaps that is what sparked my enthusiasm to write about my own queen."

For more about The Untold Legend: The Warrior Queen you can visit Amy's Website QueenVoda

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