Book Trailer & Release Date


Good morning/afternoon. After much deliberation with myself, I have decided to release my novel on January 21, 2022. I am a bundle of nerves to the point where my anxiety is grinning like a Cheshire cat from the backseat.

I am sure a lot of authors have felt this way, and along with other emotions for their first time. It doesn’t matter if it’s they’re traditionally published or self-published; the swarming of mixed emotions would still occurred.

Not only have I chosen this month because it’s, well, the first month of the year, but mainly because it is my dad’s birthday month. He was born on January 6th. (May he rest in paradise.) Though he’s not physically here anymore, I still want to honored him in some way. And, I finally was able to buy him a headstone.

I’m not going to get all mushy right now, but this month means so much to me than the month I was born.

Well, I have named one of my characters after my dad and mirrored the behavior of the two. That part was unintentional, and character “spoke” to me to keep going, so there’s that.

The book trailer, (you already know what it is) is to share a visual of the main characters, and so on. While looking back at the video, a thought hit me that I haven’t done an interview with my character, Caitlin like I’ve done with Paris and Trent. Hmm, we shall see.

So, tell us in the comments, what your first time publishing a novel was like? And if you haven’t publish yet, what are your thoughts about doing so and feelings about it?

Thank you for reading, and watching.

— Pamela 💜

Music sample created by: My Daughter

Interview with Paris – Click here

Interview with Trent – Click here

(I don’t own rights to the music. Photos and videos credit: pexels.com, bookbrush.com, and storyblocks.com.)

Final Sample Reading #MondayBlogs


Good morning/afternoon everyone! I hope all is going well with you. The thing with each new year as with any day or month, is to do self-reflection. And to continue to heal parts of me and do any cleansing, whether it’s spiritual, physical, or both, it is needed.

More on that for another post.

I would like to share with you the final sample reading from Secrets Unveil. If you haven’t read the previous sample, you can do so here.

I plan to release the novel this month. I am also still working on the release date and I will keep you updated. I promise.


Chapter 2

“Hey, Paris! Are you coming with us to the store?” A red-haired girl called out to her as she adjusted the straps of her backpack over her shoulders.

Paris’s chestnut eyes took in the two girls she would be studying with and mentally rolled her eyes.

Kayla knew she was supposed to be hanging out with Sean this evening. Still, since he usually likes to cancel out on her, Kayla thought she could save her the trouble by getting her to hang out with friends who enjoy her company.

Standing at five feet, three inches tall with shoulder-length auburn hair, Paris has skin the color of cinnamon and naturally arched eyebrows. Though she likes being around others sometimes, she considers herself a loner.

“Nah, you two go ‘head. I’ll be fine. Sean texted me earlier that he was still coming,” Paris told her. She started walking in the north part of the Science Building and onto the sidewalk from the parking lot. She knows she wasn’t supposed to be standing out by herself because of the school rules. No female student is supposed to be left alone when the sun goes down. And given five minutes, it was getting close for the sun to set.

She knows she wasn’t supposed to be standing out by herself because of the school rules. No female student is supposed to be left alone when the sun goes down. And given five minutes, it was getting close for the sun to set.

“Okay, now, if he doesn’t show up, call or text one of us to come back and get you. Don’t walk like you did last time. The store isn’t that far, but that doesn’t mean you need to do it,” Kayla went on, expressing concern for her.

Paris nodded her head in response, not feeling it. It was pointless, and she felt like it was also fake. An aging security guard was standing nearby, observing the surroundings with his hands on his hips. Oh, I feel so safe, Paris thought sarcastically.

“Trust me, I’m good. Sean can’t possibly be late or a no-show, again!” After the girls said their final farewells, Paris let out a huge sigh and saw that Sean wasn’t waiting for her like he said he would in his black Mustang. With the conversation she just had with Kayla about him, her mind immediately went to the thought that he was running late for sure, or worse, a no-show.

“Don’t do me like this, Sean!” She rummaged hastily through her purse for her Samsung cell phone and cursed.

The phone went black, and when she tried to hit the side button, nothing happened. She was infuriated. How did her cell phone die so quickly? The last time she checked, it was at forty-five percent, and that was the last hour!

She figured she had enough time to make it home to charge it since she left her charger there or could have used Sean’s. Now, she has no idea if he was trying to call her; however, it still doesn’t make any sense why he’s not there right now in the first place!

Paris turned around, fed up with the waiting around. She contemplated using the phone in the school to call him. As soon as Paris spun on her heels to do so, she ended up running smack dab into a tall guy with dreadlocks hanging down inches from his buttocks. She gasps.

This dude is so damn fine; she was mesmerized. Paris tried to remember where she saw him

As soon as Paris spun on her heels to do so, she ended up running smack dab into a tall guy with dreadlocks hanging down inches from his buttocks. She gasps.

This dude is so damn fine; she was mesmerized. Paris tried to remember where she saw him because he looked so familiar, but her brain and mouth failed to work at the moment.

Source: Final Sample Reading

Secrets Unveil Sample Reading #MondayBlogs


Hi, everyone! I would like to share with you a sneak peek of Secrets Unveil coming in January 2022. It is Book 1 of The Secrets Series, and I am excited to share this with you. Enjoy, and tell me what you think in the comments.

Chapter 1

Trent froze in his tracks and dropped his phone. What he feared would happen is now happening. ​ “Paris, call my folks and tell them to come down to the precinct. I love you.” Trent told her, not taking his eyes off the policemen.

“Trent, I love you! I love you! You know I will!” Paris wailed. Tears fell madly down as she watched the officers grab him by the shoulders to escort him to their squad car.

All because of her.

It’s all because of Paris why Trent was being taken away like a common criminal. She didn’t take their love seriously as he did, and now they both have to pay the price in some kind of way.

“Don’t cry. They have nothing on me. Dry your eyes and do what I asked.” Trent kissed her lips before being taken away. He looked back to see her falling to her knees, crying while her mother tried to console her.

Be strong, my love. This is not the end. I’m not going to leave you and Junior. I love you both.

* * *

January 2018

Trent Devereaux stared at his reflection in the golden oval-shaped mirror and saw the grave look of a guy on another mission. Though, this one has nothing to do with putting together a plan execution-style. No, it has something to do with a particular someone who pulled at the strings of his heart two weeks ago at a club called Crystal Dance Hall. The club is on the outskirts of Columbia in South Carolina, where Trent had never known of the club’s existence. It wasn’t his type of scene anyway, but someone requested him to be there.

Trent epitomized the fantasy for most women and some- a reality. For others, including men, a living nightmare. He has no qualms about this nor the willingness to change the hearts of those who refused to see the positive attributes he possessed.

Genesis: A Long Time Coming #fiction #MichaelJseries


Photo by Augusto Lotti on Unsplash

Continued from: Genesis: If Only I Knew Before Now

I saw a look of horror stretched across my mom’s face. And my “dad” Jarren appeared angry as he would normally be when I’m gone too long without him knowing about it. When I got out and got my tote bags and extra bags for myself and the family, Mr. Xander rose out of the car like he was on a mission.

Next thing I knew, my “dad” angrily approached him and started shouting.

“What the hell your ass doing here?”

“Excuse me, Jarren. Karena, tell Michael that I’m his biological father.” When Mr. Xander said that, we all looked to my mom who just stared back at us.

Out of the corner of my eye, I saw Cynthia walking up. Damn, if only I knew before now.


If only I knew before now that Cynthia was going to show up unexpectedly, I probably would have done something to change the course of action. But no, it was too late now, and both of them was looking at my mom with different expressions on their face. I stared her way waiting just like them for her answer.

My mom glanced nervously around quickly in a 180 degrees turn. She diverted her eyes to the two women who were sitting on the porch talking animatedly about us probably. Then, my mom made a gesture for us to follow her and we all ended up going into the backyard.

My sister, Tiana calmly motioned for Cynthia to follow her and I was glad she did. I did not for the sake of my embarrassment for her to witness and hear what’s going to happen. It was too much to deal with at this time.

“So, anyone wants to tell me why Mr. Xander is saying what he’s saying?” I asked after seeing the three of them exchanged looks as if those looks could kill. I just want them or my mom rather to stop beating around the bush and just say what needs to be said already. I hate when people prolong the inevitable.

My mom lightly touches my arm and smiles sadly. The answer was in her dark brown eyes and all I could do was slap my hands against the side of my head. I really didn’t need someone else to tell me what I already know by now. Though, I feel like it was better if I could hear it from my mother’s mouth, whenever that will be.

“Michael, sit down for me, please.” And I did, a little too quickly.

As my mom took a seat next to me. I saw out of the corner of my eye, both of my dads exchanging words in a heated fashion. This weekend had gone from strange to upsetting for me. I love my mom, don’t get me wrong, but this is out of character for her to do.

“Michael, yes, Xander is your biological father.” She actually rubbed my hands like she would do when I was a kid, and when she would explain something to me she felt I need understanding more about.

Well, I receive my truth. I already guess I should have known how Mr- uh, my birth dad treated me all along. The fact that they all knew for so long, but not that long because I’m not that old, it made me wonder if adults can ever be trusted.

“How do you feel about that, son?” my mom was asking, but any words after that was drowning out by the sound of loud arguing. I turned my head and saw my dads up in each other face, fists balled up at the sides, faces twisted in anger.

“I told you, you couldn’t keep me out of my son’s life forever!” I heard Xander say. The fatherly love that shone through his eyes when he mentioned “son” was taking the word weird to a whole new level. I mean, I feel this way because this is still new to me. Then again, this may me think about how my other dad who raised me knew he wasn’t my father yet still raised me as his own.

“You think just because you laid with my wife and she had your son that you going to keep showing your face and disrespect me? Huh? Get the hell out! You had your say. You spent time with your son, now-get-the-fuck-out. Now!” My dad Jarren was shaking and his skin appeared flushed. The stare he gave Xander was enough to engulf the man in hellish flames. I have seen him angry before, but not to this degree to Xander.

There was no way I am going to come between and stop to big grown-ass men from fighting. They are both at six feet or above and weighing perhaps 250 pounds I’m guessing. And there’s me who is 5’9 and weighing 138 pounds. Yeah, I know. I should stay out of it.

“Hey! Stop fighting!” My mom yells out, rushing over to them.

I stayed where I was and shook my head in astonishment. Like adults wanted us to do is to stay out of their business, even if it is about me I am staying out of it.

As I headed to go back to the house through the back door, one foot on the first stone step, a baritone tone called my name. I saw that it was my dad Xander.

“Michael, follow me to my car, quickly!” He grabbed my arm and before I know it he had me sprinting along with him back to his car.

“Wait! Why am I leaving with you?” I voiced, but it went on deaf ears as he literally pushed me into his car.

As I got my composure and sat up, I looked out of the window and heard my mom yelling for me to get out the car. Everyone started talking at once to the point it was becoming deafening. I was lost at what was best for me to do. My mom and dads were all angry and telling me what I should do.

At that point, I did what I wanted to do because some things haven’t changed for as long as I can remember. And that is the three of them constantly arguing and fighting over me. From keeping secrets to pushing me off to go with Xander somewhere all these years to controlling my entire life. I had enough so I got out and announce that I was going to my friend Craig’s house for the rest of the evening.

They were baffled but I didn’t care. I felt drained and adults don’t ever think how their actions can affect the child(ren). It was too much at once that I can bear. As I started walking, I saw Cynthia coming out of my house. She rushed towards me and gave me a hug.

I looked back at my parents and told them I was going to Cynthia’s instead.

©2020 Pamela E. Hester

PressThis: Atticus Review [2021]: Is it Worth it? Pros, Cons, and Features #MondayBlogs


I have recently came across a writing software in my email that is fairly new, (well, new to me) that looked like it my be useful for someone. It is known to be an all-in-one writing software for authors and the article is informative. The software, Atticus, sounds like it is worth a try when it comes to writing your book and formating.


See a review of the book writing tool called Atticus. Learn about its features and how well they work in this detailed overview. Will you be able to use it for your next book? Find out here!

What is Atticus?

Atticus is a software that currently gives authors an excellent way to write, and format their books at a lower cost and with equal results as a program like Vellum. However, one day it will be the all-in-one solution for writing, formatting, and collaborating.

Atticus not only has a ton of features at launch, but also boasts a HUGE number of upcoming features that will make it the be-all, end-all of writing software.

How Does Atticus Work?

Atticus is currently both a word processor and a book formatting software. You can write, edit, and export your novel with ease.

You start in the dashboard where you can create a new book or upload an old one (there are a variety of ways to import a book that I’ll get to in the features section).

atticus dashboard

Then you’re brought to the word processor element of the program, where you can create chapters (or front and back matter elements), and begin writing. In this section, you can drag and drop chapters or sections just like you can in Scrivener, and are offered an array of writing tools.

In the next couple of weeks and months though, there will be a whole slew of new features added to the writing section of Atticus, to really make this one of the most fun, aesthetic and helpful book writing software out there – without being complicated or convoluted. We’ll talk about this later, but we’ll be focusing on adding writing goals, special writing modes, analytics, character or note cards, and more.

From there, it lets you format the book and export to ebook or print, to use in KDP, IngramSpark, Draft2Digital, or wherever you sell your books.

Alice in Wonderland Formatted Using Atticus

In the future, there will be more features as well, including tools to keep you motivated, organized, and even collaborate with other authors.

In other words, it has everything that the top formatting and writing software has, and there’s more coming to make it the best in the industry.

Atticus Cost

The cost of Atticus is one of its strengths. Programs like Vellum cost $199 for just eBook and $249.99 for ebook & print book capability.

Atticus, on the other hand, costs only $147 for unlimited books and ebooks.

Plus, that price is for a lifetime purchase. $147 will get you the current version of Atticus, plus all future updates.

So, you get all the capabilities as before, but for a fraction of the cost.

Complete List of Atticus Features

Atticus is packed full of features, so for this review we’re going to break down all of them one by one.

1. Cross Platform Use

This is, by far, the strongest feature that authors have been asking for. Package like Vellum are not available outside of a Mac, and their website even says that they do not plan to create a Windows version, so waiting is not an option.

Atticus, on the other hand, is available not just for Mac, but for Windows, Linux, Chromebooks, as well as in your Internet browser.

2. Ease of Use

Atticus was designed to be intuitive and easy to use, while not sacrificing functionality. You shouldn’t have to watch a whole course just to figure out how to use a piece of writing software.

That sets it above other programs that might have a lot of features, but also a huge learning curve.

3. Autosave, Cloud Storage, and Backups

The Autosave function makes it easy to keep from losing your work. All you have to do is write and format, and it will take care of the rest.

The books in Atticus are saved to the cloud. Everything is saved on secure servers, meaning you can access it from anywhere, and you don’t have to worry about your computer breaking down and losing all your data.

Additionally, you have the option to backup your books, either one at a time, or all at once. It’s secure and you therefore you don’t have to worry about losing your work.

4. In-app Spell Check

Atticus is set up to have spell check natively in the app, with further plans to integrate ProWritingAid in the future. While we’d like to integrate with Grammarly, it’s a bit of a difficult company to work with and the way they designed their program, it’s a bit problematic – but we’ll keep trying.

5. Footnotes/Endnotes

endnotes in atticus

Footnotes and Endnotes are also a function of Atticus, making it comparable to Vellum, and also ensuring that those of you who write nonfiction, academic papers, or any other instance where you’d need a footnote, you can add them with Atticus.

6. Offline Use

While Atticus is cloud based, you can use the program and all of its features offline if you so choose.

To do this you can to download the Progressive Web App (instructions here) onto your computer or smart device, or you can log in with a browser before you go offline. That way you can take Atticus with you wherever you need to go. The only time you’ll need to be connected online is either initially login in, when you upload a document, export a document, and when you collaborate (a future feature).

7. Exporting Options

export feature in Atticus

Like Vellum, Atticus will export an EPUB-format eBook, as well as a PDF file for print.

Unlike Vellum, however, Atticus will also export to a DOCX file, which makes collaborating with editors that much easier.

Note: Even though Amazon no longer accepts MOBI files for eBook, Atticus will be coming out soon with a MOBI export so that authors can send MOBI files to their ARC team or Beta Readers.

8. Importing Options

Atticus also allows you to import a document, if you are taking an old book and importing it into Atticus, for example.

Atticus currently supports DOCX, RTF, MOBI, and EPUB file types for importing, with more options on the way. What’s great about this is that incase you need to update a previous submitted m MOBI file, it’s easy to drag the MOBI file into Atticus, make your changes, and export it as an EPUB so you can resubmit to Amazon – cause remember, Amazon no longer accepts MOBI files. This alone should be a major time saver.

9. Device Previewer

atticus device previewer

To see how your manuscript looks when formatted, Atticus boasts a device previewer with 14 different device possibilities to preview, including print.

Currently, this feature is being updated to include pagination, so that it functions more like an actual eReader device or a print book. But you can still get a solid sense of the style of your book, including its font, the chapter header, the table of contents, etc.

10. Chapter Splitting

button to split chapters in Atticus

Atticus allows you to split a chapter from any place in your manuscript. This is useful if the manuscript import fails to detect the beginning of a chapter, or if you’ve written a chapter, decide it’s too long, and want to divide it into two.

Along with this feature is the ability to merge chapters as well, should that be necessary.

(Click link to read more features Atticus has by the founder, Dave Chesson.)

Source: Atticus Review [2021]: Is it Worth it? Pros, Cons, and Features

What do you all think about Atticus? Does it sounds like something you may try?