Monday, 31 December 2018

Newsletter (Summary of the Year) 2018

Hi from my corner of the world,

I hope this post finds you happy & loved.

Are you excited? 2018 is almost over, just a couple of hours to go and then we'll be starting the first day of a brand new year. I find it to be a most exciting time of the year and I always feel as if the New Year is going to bring so many new and exciting opportunities. Sometimes, the year just flies by, one day after another, but I still feel an optimistic enthusiasm for what might be.

Every one is always making New Year's Resolutions, but I think it should be called: New Year's Challenge. Maybe then we would achieve what we set out to do.

For 2019, my New Year's Challenge is going to be that I find myself worthy. To believe that even though the years are edging deeper into my skin, and gravity is pulling a lot harder on my cheeks, I am beautiful just the way I am. That's going to be a mighty challenge, because sometimes I have to look a photo over a hundred times before I decide if I should post it or not - and most often I don't. I never used to feel this way, though. It's only now that I am becoming less photogenic and don't look like the girl I remember. Is this a vain challenge, I wonder? Maybe. Maybe, not. I think learning to love myself just the way I am, is the ultimate challenge.

What's your challenge? Tell me on Lynette's Facebook Page. You can message me too, I try to answer every single message I receive.

This year I was fortunate to be invited to St. Mary's School in Derry/Londonderry to give a talk on my books for their Reading Week 2018. Although, I was nervous and my voice was shaky and I couldn't string two words together, I enjoyed it. There, I also met a girl who said she had read all my books, and she even recognised me from my profile picture. For a second, I felt famous.

Lynette Ferreira - St. Mary's School, Derry - Reading week 2018

I am also going into 2019 a little lighter than I have done before on my journey as a self-published author since 2008. I am trying to be a lot more focussed and trying to put all my energy into story writing, which has been lost along the way and it's been more about marketing & promotion, than anything else.

Last week, I deleted my Twitter account and my YouTube account (I was sorry to loose my playlist but sacrifices had to be made). My G+ account is just an empty shell with a banner. I used to have two websites and a blog. Yes. You read that right. A total of THREE, which had to be updated constantly, get traffic continuously, and so on, and so on.

Now, I only have my Facebook Page (& Instagram) and this website.

After one more Newsletter from my (deleted) Wix site, there will be no more, and instead I will be posting here every Monday. So, if you are interested in my ramblings, and you think you might forget, sign up at the bottom of this page to receive updates in your inbox via my blog feed, or like my face book page.

Slowly, but surely, I am carving out a minute here and there. During the past ten years, it's been non-stop. Writing, publishing, promoting and marketing 24/7 365. I hardly took a day off in 3,650 days, and this year, my mind just went: 'Whoa. No more.' It has to be easier.

So, it's been a slow writing year.

Books I've published this year. (Don't blink, otherwise you'll scroll right past.)

Dead Girl
Published: March 3, 2018

Dead Girl - Lynette Ferreira
They call the place where they are kept The Land of Odd, a school where, after having undergone the change, she and nine others like her will train to become the buffer between humanity and disaster - that is, if they make it through the change.

Derek de Beer releases a dangerous virus at Heathrow Airport and causes the world to slip into the dark ages with a speed that could not have been foreseen by the CDC.

It is tough being away from their parents and their old friends, but when Genesis discovers the lead scientist is keeping secrets about the outside world, she must look deep within herself for the courage to embrace her destiny - with a little help from her new zombie friends.

Young Adult Fiction / Romance / Clean & Wholesome
Young Adult Fiction / Zombies

Available in eBook, Paperback, Hard Cover & Audio Book

Paper Hearts
Published: June 10, 2018

Paper Hearts - Lynette Ferreira

Growing up, Megan O’Brien believes she can become anything she wants to be, do any job she sets her sights on, and she has never been anything but focussed on her future career as a Gaming Developer.

Now, her story is to be completely rewritten when Donovan transfers in from another school, and charms her pants off – literally.

Her ambitions never included teen motherhood, so she has to decide: Adoption or Abortion. She does not want to consider the third option of parenting. No. Way.

Paper Hearts is a story of how a girl, named Megan, finds the strength to triumph over adversity and to make her dreams come true, despite life throwing her a curve-ball in the form of David.

Young Adult Fiction / Love & Romance
Young Adult Fiction / Social Themes / Pregnancy

Available in eBook, Paperback & Hard Cover

That's all the news I have for now.

Stay Safe!
Lynette X♥X♥