Monday, March 24, 2014

Books to Film

Have you ever had dream to become reality? Well, I did. Last year my publishing company, Siri Enterprises, along with a few friends, and a lot of prayer, took the pages of the first book of my Heart Series, Once You've Touched The Heart, and turned it into season 1 of The Heart TV series

Yes, it was real....LIGHTS -CAMERA-ACTION, type real. 

The Heart TV Series aired on February 15th 2014 and played 1 hour, for six weeks straight. What a BLAST it was. Just ask fellow Hot MAMA's, Angie Daniels and Loretta R. Walls, along with fellow author Nikkea Smithers. They were on set watching the magic come to life.

Imagine this....6 weekends, 6 am - whenever, food - maybe, water - from time to time. If anyone say anything about fine men and body oil, well... it was a dirty job, but somebody had to do it. It was grueling,  I tell you, grueling,  mad fun. LOL!. We had a blast filming an entire season in 18 days. The outcome was pretty damn good. 

Soon, yes, very soon, you will have the opportunity to see the entire season on DVD. Keep an eye on: for the latest information regarding the release of DVD's and the start up of season 2 of The Heart. 

Here's what's so amazing about this. 

Independent authors came together, to accomplish this feat. It wasn't easy, and it broke my bank account, but it was certainly worth it. Here's why. Authors came together to help a fellow author see her books come to life. They asked for nothing in return. Their motivation was to hep me accomplish a dream. No one can ever tell me there is no sisterhood in this business we call publishing, for the existence of The Heart TV Series proves that to be falsehood. 

To fellow authors, Nikkea Smithers, Loretta R. Walls, Angie Daniels, Victoria Wells, Lutisha Lovely, Suzzetta Perkins and Morgan McCoy, and those who wished us well, I want to say thank you, for your support. 

Here's to each and everyone of you who dare to BELIEVE. 

In other news, prepare yourself for the release of The Book of Joshua II - BELIEVE. The date...... has not been released...yet. HOWEVER, you may want to get your pennies ready, for it could drop without notice....

Blessings, until the next time,
Iris Bolling 

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

I went back to high school today

I spent the day in Roanoke, VA at Forest Park Academy. Sherri Saddler invited me to come and speak to a group of 12th graders about reading and writing. 

When I was in high school, I pretty much hated everything about it. If I had a teacher like the ones I met today, I probably would've been sad when I graduated because I had to leave them. Don't get me wrong, I had some great teachers. Mrs. Johnson, I'm looking at you. :) 

But the teachers at Forest Park Academy -- the principal and vice principal too -- are simply awesome. Why? Because they want the students to read. And they saw the value in romance novels and contemporary fiction. I had a discussion with some students about one of my favorite authors, Eric Jerome Dickey. 

You can tell when kids want to learn and when they have adults stoking that fire. I saw that today. That was an awesome sight. 

Giving back is amazing because I really think I met the next New York Times Bestselling author today. I bet she doesn't even know it yet. 

And you know what, it didn't hurt my 37-year-old ego a bit when someone mistook me for a student. LOL! 

Happy reading.

Friday, March 7, 2014

Quality: Are Readers Asking For Too Much Now?

Quality:  Are Readers Asking For Too Much Now?

After months and months of observation, I always wonder in the back of my mind as an author if I'm giving my readers enough in the stories I create.

I've come to the honest conclusion that there is no magic solution to satisfy every reader that tries your work. It's simply not a feat to be attained; we all have different tastes for that very reason.

Variety is still the spice of life. (No pun intended against my novel, "Spices of Life" I promise.)

With that being said, there are still some that are brave enough to push the literary envelope within the short story world and series realms.

Are authors short-changing readers with short stories? How many are too many in a series? What if the readers enjoy the quick, sweet reads in between waiting for a full-length novel from an author they adore? There are less reviews and more complaints about rushed story lines, lack of character development, price gauging and horrific editing (if any at all.)

To add another layer to the conversation, are the readers demanding more of the characters and what they bring to the series at hand? How do you say no and end a good thing that has gone on for a while? When is enough truly enough?

This is only scratching the surface and rest
assured, there is more to come from the world of HOT M.A.M.A.!

Until then, mark your calendar for June 7, 2014 to attend the HOTTEST LUNCHEON on the East Coast! The HOT M.A.M.A. Fly Hat Society Luncheon in Morrisville, NC. Click the link below to register. Bring your friends and be prepared to have a blast!

Open your mind and explore everything...
Loretta R. Walls aka Embue #nucherte

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Cover Reveal/ Release News: Loving the Lawman

Hey, Y'all,
March is shaping up to be an exciting month. I've been crazy busy with writing, visiting with book clubs (which I absolutely love doing), and keeping up with the rest of my crazy existence. Still, at the top of my list of important doings' is attending to my duties as Head Mama In Charge. So I'll always stop by here, to let you know what I'm up to, at least once a months or so.

***Important Note About the Fly Hat Society Luncheon***
The date of the luncheon has changed to June 7, 2014. Why, you ask? Because our original date fell on Easter weekend. Since planning began last fall, that was a little snafu I didn't see coming. Anyway, you can still grab your tickets by clicking the handy red Eventbrite button on the sidebar, over there=====>
Don't wait as we are limited to 40 total attendees.

Very soon, I'll be releasing the third book in the Roses of Ridgeway series- Loving the Lawman. This book has been a long time coming, and because of family and personal obligations I've had to push the date back...twice. Now, I'm happy to say it will hit your various eBook retailers in less than two weeks! So, without further ado, here's the cover...

Loving the Lawman
Roses of Ridgeway, Book 3
March 14, 2014

Ain't it purdy? LOL. This is the ebook release- the print book will be out this summer. On release day, you'll be able to download it to your Kindle, Nook, iPad, or whatever device you use.

To celebrate the release, I'm throwing a party on Facebook. There will be music, giveaways, and lots of silly acting, and the best part is, you don't even have to leave your house. I hope you'll join me on the event page.

Loving the Lawman Virtual Release Pajama Jammy-Jam
Friday, March 14
7:30-10:30 PM EST
Click here for the event page.

In addition, at the end of this month, I'll be giving a workshop on writing, right near my neck of the woods. If you're in the Fayetteville NC area, and you're interested in writing a book, I'd love to have you stop by. The event is FREE.

Word By Word: The Basics of Writing a Book
Saturday March 29, 2014
2-4 PM 
Headquarters Library 
300 Maiden Lane
Fayetteville, NC

That's it for now. I'm posting this on the fly, as I have lots of writing to do, as well as editing and planning for this release. If you've read this far, do me a solid and share this post, so folks can get an eyeful of my cover. I'd really appreciate it.

Until Next Time,