Monday, September 10, 2012

J.L. Campbell -- Guest post Distracted Book Tour

        You've undoubtedly been seeing a lot of this lovely lady around the blogs and now this A to Z alumnus is here on our blog.   You've still got a chance to enter her contest and obtain a free book download.  And now I present to you J.L. Campbell.

I’ve done the A-Z Challenge now for two years and both times, I felt like the Little Engine That Could, “I think I can, I think I can…” Each time, the Challenge helped me do more than I thought I could in 26 days. By extension, some of the blog hops and challenges we participate in as a community help us organize and structure our work. For example, some pieces of flash fiction I’ve written for the Romantic Friday Writers will eventually go into a novel.

Distraction started life as my 2008 National Novel Writing Month project. The story is one of those that came as a gift and didn’t take long to complete.  In Distraction, Dionne, Kyra and Justine face a range of problems, however, with each other’s support they get though some difficult times.

I believe the organizers of the A-Z Challenge have come up with something that resembles the relationship these women share. The team hasn’t stopped at a post-event write up, but continued this blog; a home base and support system for those who participated and a hub to encourage new people to check out the A-Z. I see this effort as a touchstone for what can be achieved when we are disciplined, determined and resilient. Plus, the A-Z Challenge has been a great way to nurture new friendships.

My vision of friendship is encompassed in Distraction and I’d like to share that with you, along with some things Jamaican. In A Baker’s Dozen: Thirteen Steps to Distraction, you’ll see Dionne, Kyra and Justine where they were a year before the start of Distraction. The book is a free download during the run of the tour.

Leave a comment here and you’ll be entered to win an e-copy of Distraction. At the end of the Friendship-is-Forever tour, I’ll be giving away a main prize of a Distraction note pad & pen and a $10 Amazon gift card. The second prize is a paperback copy of Distraction. Enter on the Rafflecopter here.

Thanks to the A-Z Challenge Team for having me. You guys rock!

J.L. Campbell is a proud Jamaican and the author of Contraband, Distraction, Dissolution, Don’t Get Mad…Get Even, Giving up the Dream and Hardware (pen name Jayda McTyson). Campbell is always on the lookout for story making material, loves company and can usually be found lollygagging on her blog at http://thecharacterdepot.

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I was the first to sign up on the first A to Z, That is my claim to fame on Blogsphere. I have really enjoyed all of the challenges and it made a difference to my blogging life. Also I met Arlee earlier this year and it was great to see the person behind this excellent yearly event.


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J.L. Campbell said...

The challenge has definitely changed things for us bloggers.

Many thanks to the challenge gang for hosting.

Tina said...

Hi J.L, and very nice to meet you. I love books about friendship - as I've been blessed with a core group of wonderful "call at 2 am no problem I'll be there" friends.
Now off to enter all the drawings and claim my free book! What a nice thing for you to offer us!
Tina @ Life is Good
(Co-host of the A-Z)

J.L. Campbell said...

Hi, Tina,
Good to meet you too. You can't do better than having a bunch of reliable friends. I thought giving something of value would be a nice touch to add to the tour.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

The Challenge does force us to stretch. I've done it for three years now and don't intend to quit.

Michelle Wallace said...

Hi Joy! I love the analogy...

I've completed the A to Z challenge for 2 years now... it has definitely been a great platform for meeting new friends and re-connecting with old ones too...

J.L. Campbell said...

True that, Alex. the Challenge pulls from from us.

Michelle, like you, I know a lot more people because of the challenge.

cleemckenzie said...

Great way to connect up your tour with A-Z. Congrats!

J.L. Campbell said...

Arlee and the team, many thanks for having me!