Sneak Peek at Broken

Chapter One

Whoosh- the metro train went flying by as my hair got
caught in the wind and started blowing all around my face. I buried down into my scarf a little farther in hope to stay warm as the train brought through more cold air.
It’s my favorite time of year: the snow is starting to fall, the Christmas lights are up, and the air smelled of sweet ham and bakery treats. The train came to a halt and there she was, Sophia Padgett, my best friend and sister by adoption. You could always spot her in a crowd. She is a 5’7”, pale, slender woman with beautiful long blonde hair and bright green eyes. She was one of those women who made a whole room turn around and look at her.
“Soph,” I yelled as I took one hand out of my pocket to wave. “Soph, I’m over here!” We always met at the metro station to walk home together, mostly because neither of us wanted to walk alone at night and partially because it had become a habit.
At a young age both Sophia and I were very successful thanks to her parents constantly pushing us to be better. We finished high school at fourteen and went off to college at fifteen. I received my PhD and Sophia finished med school by the age of 23. It was only two years later Sophia opened her own plastic surgery practice. As for me, my degree was just a piece of paper; it may have helped me start my magazine, but really it only made me look good on paper, but I finished with a PhD in Journalism.
I started Extra Points as a blog while getting my Master’s. It was part of the curriculum for a class, but Extra Points developed into much more than just a blog after a few months. EP became known nationwide quickly, but my passion was baking so I started an in-home bakery that catered to high end clients for their lavish parties.
With Sophia owning her own plastic-surgery practice, she could make her schedule fit however she felt in the morning. If she had had a long night she would go in late, unless she had already scheduled an early appointment. Most of the time her earliest appointment was 10 a.m. because she hated waking up early. She ran over and hugged me as if she hadn’t seen me in years.
“I am so happy to see you,” she said.
“What happened at work today?” I asked. We
started walking up the stairs to the street level and start our way home.
“You know the usual. Except today I had a very handsome man stop by the office. Lucky for me I was the only one at the front desk to help him,” she said.
“Why did he stop by the office?” I asked. It was so rare to hear about a handsome man stopping by her office because she never went to the front desk.
“He was stopping by to tell us that his ex-wife will be trying to charge him for a few procedures, but the courts have blocked her from charging him for miscellaneous procedures. She can make him pay only for the things that she must have to live. Of course, rarely does anyone need plastic surgery to live.” she explained.
The look on my face must have given her the seriously look.
“Hey, don’t judge me. A man can still be handsome and going through a divorce.” she said laughing.
“I’m not judging just thinking. Do you really need that sort of drama in your life?” I said.
“Well no, but he was still nice to look at. I also don’t believe he realized I was the doctor.” she said.
“Okay, I’ll cave; tell me what he looked like,” I said smiling.
“He was tan and had on a tailored suit that fit his body so perfectly. His face had high cheek bones and was very strong in appearance. His eyes were dark and cold. It was like looking into a dark forest,” she said.
“Wow that does sound handsome,” I said, dreaming about the unknown man.
As we approached our building the doors opened for us. We lived in the beautiful penthouse about 15 minutes from the train station. It was big enough that each of us had a master suite and an open floor plan.
Our home looked like something out of a magazine, and it was still so amazing that we could live and own this place. Our living room was huge with a floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace. Above the fireplace sat the theater-style television; it was almost too big for us. The flooring was black porcelain tile with a white furry carpet. A glass-top coffee table adorned the carpet and one large and one small white leather sofas surrounded the carpet.
There were also two white fabric chairs with words written on them at the head of the carpet facing the television and a black side table that sat in between them.
The kitchen changed into more of a farm style kitchen. The refrigerator was stainless steel and more restaurant style so we could have plenty of room for my baked goods and food for us to eat. The countertop was a stainless steel, but the island counter top was a dark mahogany wood with a farm style white sink in the middle.
After we had moved in we decided to move the kitchen a bit farther into the living room and move the dining room into the kitchen to make it a large eat-in kitchen. We then made a farm-style table out of rich dark mahogany wood. Each side had long bench seats that had white fabric, and the two chairs on either end were mint- green fabric. The table sat in the room that had floor-to- ceiling windows on all the walls. You could sit at the table and enjoy a beautiful view while eating.

I hope you have enjoyed a little sneak peek into Broken!! Tomorrow the book will be released on AMAZON.

That Summer Day 

That Summer Day Vol. 1
 

 
 
 
A day where the sun seems to shine forever, spring gives way to summer and everyone is celebrating with picnics, playing on the beach, and just having fun. Stories about this day are yours from eight very talented authors.
 

 
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Fun in the sun turns into a nightmare after a murder.

 
A summer reunion ignites romance.
 
City vs Country: which one will prevail?
 
Goldilocks and Baby Bear like you’ve never seen them before
 
A promise leaves them wondering about the future.
 
Summer Solstice on a distant planet provides adventure, romance, and mystery for two, star-crossed lovers.
 
Can a stranger save her?
 
The fate of the world lies with a conflicted angel
 
 

 
The longest day of the year. Fun in the sun. Renewing friendships. Continuing traditions. Adventures of all sorts. K.A. Meng, Debbie De Louise, Stephy Smith, Justin Herzog, K.C. Sprayberry, Candace Sams, Margaret Scott, and Alex Pilalis bring you stories to entertain on this very special day.
 
 
 
And a very special story…
 
 

In a split second, the future Keaghan Graham dreamt of shattered into a million pieces, along with the remnants of his broken heart.
 
He escapes in search of an end to the inconceivable pain he feels after an unimaginable loss.
 
Will a chance meeting with a triad of Magical beings give his life purpose again?  
 
He learns that nothing happens, simply by chance.
 
 

 
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Every twist in fate will reveal his destiny in the exact preordained moment in time it was meant to.
They are preparing Keaghan to become one of the twelve warriors of the Zodiac Illuminaries of Ravenokh.
Will he rise to the challenge and accept the call of the universe?
Enlightenment awaits just beyond the Cusp of Magic.
 By Summer Solstice 
Be sure to head over to amazon and grad a copy today! 

New Short Story 

I hate that I have been away for a while. I have been so busy writing and editing that I haven’t had time to update! 

I am so excited to announce that I am being published in That Summer Day Anthology out on June 21. 

There are other AMAZING stories being published in the Anthology as well!
K.A. Ming 

Debbie De Louise

Stephy Smith 

Justin Herzog 

Sadie K Frazier 

K.C.  Sprayberry 

Candice Sams 

AlexPilalis


So many amazing stories by great authors. Be sure to keep an eye out and get your copy.  


My journey to becoming a published author

Until about 2 weeks ago I was just a writer with unpublished fiction work and published journalist work. However, I was holding onto a contract for publication of my very first book, I had the contract for a month at that point. 

I was holding onto it because I had 60 days to make a decision on whether I’d sign with Solstice Publishing or not. 

My husband and I were in the middle of buying a home and I was putting off having a lawyer look over it. To be honest I was also putting it off because I had sent my manuscript to several other publishing houses and was waiting to hear back. 

I want to make one thing clear I did not settle with Solstice because no other publisher wanted to publish my work. I signed with them before I had every query answered because I felt they would be a great fit for me. 

After having a lawyer look over the contract and talking to my family I decided I would sign it. I signed my contract the same day we signed for our house. Needless to say it was a very exciting day and I couldn’t be happier with the decision. 

Now I chose to publish traditionally instead of self publishing. I have a lot of reason of why a chose to publish traditionally, a few being: I didn’t want to have to try to walk myself through the whole publication process alone; I wanted to have a group of people that would have my back; and I didn’t want to have to pay several different people (editors and designers) in order to publish. Also anyone can self publish anything (whether good or bad) and going the traditional route I faced a lot of rejection. I am sure I will also face more when the book is released. 

The upside to traditonal publishing is you get all the help in editing, designing, layout and they put it up for you without paying a penny upfront. A lot of publishers also print or do print-on-demand. Whereas doing self publishing you pay people to do all of that, which is not cheap, then if you print it and you have to find bookstores that will carry your book. 

The upside to self publishing is you keep all the money from sales. But my question would be is it really worth it, you don’t make a profit until you’ve paid yourself back for the editing, designing and printing. That is the only upside I see, there may be more but not that I’ve seen. 

With traditional publishing you also have help with promoting your book(s). 

For me traditional publishing had more upsides than self publishing. However, if you are self publishing good luck to you and I hope you have great success (I wish the same for all of those traditionally publishing as well). 

How I was able to get a contract! 

BEFORE YOU START THIS PROCESS MAKE SURE YOUR MANUSCRIPT IS FINISHED! Most, if not all, publishers won’t accept an unfinished manuscript. 

  1.  I did A LOT of research on publishers that publish my genre.
  2. The best thing to do is google (yes really) romance/YA/sci-fi/mystery publishers. Make sure you are using whatever genre you are writing for. 
  3. I sent out my manuscript to all publishers I thought would be a good fit and that were looking for my genre. **note: you will run into publishers that are not taking submission or are only seeking particular genres/sub genres. 
  4. ALWAYS made sure my format was set to the format that the publisher was looking for (this is an absolute must)! You should be able to find submission guidelines for each publisher (they are all different) 
  5. Then it is just a waiting game. Sometimes you will hear back quickly but most publishers tell you it could take up to 12 weeks. Which is a really long time to wait but it is worth it. 

There are a lot of other blogs out there that tell you every single step you need but that’s the basics. 

Also you may see a lot of blogs or people in Facebook writing groups telling you that you need an agent to be published. You do not need an agent; let me say it again. YOU DO NOT NEED AN AGENT. I received a contract without an agent. 

So far on my publishing contract… 

Since I signed two weeks ago not a lot has happened, haha. Again this is just part of it. 

Right now I have done my headshots for the back of the print book. 

I have written my author bio, blurb and set up all my social media accounts. 

I have also searched for ideas for my cover and sent them to the cover artist. I have already received it back! 


That is probably the best thing so far, getting my cover art back! 🙂 I couldn’t be happier with it. 

So now I am waiting for an editor to start helping me with edits. I am sure we will go through a few edits and then and final review before it’s released! 

Solstice Publishing has been amazing so far and I have made a few acquaintances, which is always nice. 

<<< C U R R E N T L Y >>> 

Currently I am working on the Mending book two of the Unwritten Series as well as a few other books. A different book, I think I’m gonna name If only he knew, I am unsure if this will be a single book or a series, and a poker series. I have also started thinking about some children’s books I want to write. Some of these I only have the plot and the characters down but will hopefully start working on them when I finish Mending and If he only knew. 

First ever blog post

Hello,

I guess saying hello is how I am suppose to start this, lol. I am extremely new to the blogging world and I am still unsure about what I will blog about daily or weekly. Right now its all up in the air but I figured I should go ahead and start with this because we all have to start somewhere, right?

If you’ve read my Learn more about me page you probably already know that my is Margaret Scott, just got married this past May so I am coming up on a one-year anniversary. If you haven’t read it, you should. I like to think I’m a pretty awesome person.

I don’t want to be referred to as a blogger because I am actually a writer, I am paid to write on a daily basis, and I will have a published book out soon.  I haven’t been the biggest fan of blogs or bloggers, as a journalist I have my reason, but I do find some useful and I hope mine is as well, but that’s neither here nor there and I would never bash another blog or blogger. I figured if I am going to be an Author and I already am a published writer I should probably blog for readers.

-So, here we go-

Currently, I am the Sports Editor for the Bedford Bulletin newspaper, which is located in a small town in central Virginia. I manage all the social media accounts for the Bulletin as well as write weekly articles, columns and feature stories. I also take photographs, mostly of sports for the bulletin but sometimes of people or things for feature stories. I absolutely love this job because I was able to combine my passion of writing with my love for sports.

Outside of my career, I am a soon-to-be published author, which if you follow me here you will learn more and more about. I was blessed with the ability to write and write well. I also dabble in photography, meaning I love it but I am no professional. My best photography work comes from sports and landscapes. I also have my own etsy shop where I sell custom made postcards for any occasion. I am recently started making printables and maybe I will post some freebies on here for views to have.

I love working in design, photography and writing. So I guess you could call me an artist of sorts. I am fantastic with indesign, illustrator, photoshop, lightroom, and basically the whole Adobe Creative Suite. I am definitely not a painter or someone who can draw (I promise you don’t want to see my drawings). But writing, design and photography are all different types of art.

On to my works in progress; so as a writer my brain works a lot differently. I can be talking to someone and one word they say can give me a brilliant idea for book. Of course, not all my brilliant ideas will become books. Some are just ideas and that’s all they will be, but some ideas turn into a 200 pages novel and that is when I feel like I have accomplished something. Right now, I am writing a series, the first book has already been offered a contract, YAY. In this series it will either be a saga, trilogy or a series. I have decided yet, mostly because I let the characters go where they need to go.

In this series I have finished book one and start book two. I also have a third book in progress but it is a different book, has nothing to do with the first series. I am unsure of whether this book will be a stand alone or will be a saga, trilogy or series. I also have two other books in progress, neither relating to the ones above.

I am currently in the process of writing a children’s book and my sister-in-law is helping me with illustrations because as mentioned above I am not good at drawing. The other genre I write is romance, some erotic, explicit, some not. I am not a fan of romance books that aren’t a little down and dirty because relationships aren’t all rainbows and unicorns so I try not to make my book all rainbows and unicorns.

I hope this was a great look into a little bit of me, and trust me this isn’t everything there is to know about me. But, if you follow me I guess you will learn a lot more about me.

I guess this is where I will stop for now- I believe most of my posts will be about writing or design. Possibly even posting a few snippets of books I am working on.

Thank you,

MPS