Focus on 1 Thing

To be successful at anything there is one common thread among successful people. Now, preparer your mind for this concept. Are you ready?????? Here it is. Focus On 1 Thing. When you focus on one significant thing in your life nine times out of ten it will eliminate other things . Here’s an example.

When you take 60 minutes out of the day to focus only on exercise, nine times out of ten it will eliminate the need for medication such as high blood pressure, cholesterol or other medical issues excess weight cause.

Let’s look at writing. You have a deadline for a story. Take a seat, focus on your story and write for a designated timeframe. When you do, nine times out of ten, you will end up with a story by your deadline. That will eliminate the stress of that date creeping up on you, along with the long hours into the night, or days of a quick snack or junk food to fuel the extra hours you trying to take your body through. Not to mention eliminating the guilt you will feel for messing up the 60 minutes you spent on exercising earlier in the day.

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If you want to expand your reader base, take 60 minutes a day to focus on just that. Research your audience. Focus on what they do? Where they do it? Then find a way to go to them to introduce your work. Expand your reader base by one or ten, it doesn’t matter how many. This will eliminate some the anxiety or inner turmoil you feel on release day.

Focus on sleep at night. Put a timer on the television, or radio. Close your eyes. Sleep. A good night rest relieves stress and tension. It rejuvenates your body and your mind and eliminates the dragging feeling you have sometimes in the morning.

There are a lot of people who brag on multitasking and that’s okay. Successful people concentrate on 1 thing at a time. Have you ever hear the saying “Jack of all trades, master at none”? Become the master at one—YOU.

There are 24 hours in a day. Break it down to accomplish what you want out of life. You want to lose weight. Take 30-60 minutes each day and focus on exercising. You want to expand your readers base, spend an hour focus on nothing but promotions, or finding your readers. You want to write a book. Set aside a timeframe when you will focus on nothing but that story. You want the energy to do it all again the next day? For eight hours focus on nothing but sleep.

Focus on 1 thing.

Just a few thoughts from Inside The Heart.

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Until the next time



Life is funny. You think you’ve started this hobby of writing and suddenly you find yourself involved in the big business of publishing. Well, it wasn’t really suddenly. I mean it did not happen overnight. However, the little hobby is now a business. Yay, SIRI AUSTIN ENTERTAINMENT LLC. Check us out at:

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Did I see this coming? No. But man it has been a ride…… Let me bring you up on what has happen since the last time I blogged here, (coughing to cover the embarrassment) since 2013.

Novel number 15 was published last month. Series number four is one book away from completion and I am now the Executive Producer for my own television series, entitled….wait for it….The Heart.

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That’s right, I took my very first series, The Heart and made it a political drama   for television. Yes, we did casting calls and hire actors. We wrote scripts breaking book one, Once You’ve Touched The Heart, into scenes. We interviewed and hired crew members to film. And then, we just did it. We use several locations in my hometown, Richmond, VA. Filmed for six weekends and then edited for just as long. Then we aired for six weeks on the CW-Richmond network. And guess what?????? This is the best part. We are about to do it again for season 2 of The Heart. I have written six episodes from book 2, The Heart of Him, for filming this summer and airing around February 2016.

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Does this sound insane or what? Yes, I went from sharing the adventures of getting into the world of publishing to adding the world of production to it. Now take a minute and think about that….. It seems like a natural transition.

We write to share our stories, characters, and imaginations with readers. Producing those stories for television, web-series or movies, is a natural way to give your readers another aspect of your stories. First you put them between the pages of a book, then you bring them to life for the big screen. Natural progression.

So now, I have two worlds to share with you. The Adventures of a Self-Published Author and The Adventures of an Indie-Producer. There I’ve changed the name of my blog to Inside The Heart. Form now on I will be sharing the things from publishing, for that is my first love and things from behind the scenes of The Heart with you. I think Inside The Heart covers just about everything.

Talk about following a dream. Are your ready for the ride?

As always you can find me at: or

Until the next time,

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“What if I undress you with my mouth, kiss every inch of your body, then ravish you until you scream?”

He carried her over by the fireplace, which was lit, putting a glow on the room. “I have another idea.” He peeled her leather jacket off, dropping it to the floor. “To show you how forgiving I am-” he pulled off her boots, “-I’m treating you tonight.” Next he pulled her sweater over her head, leaving her standing there in tight jeans and a black lace bra. Xavier dropped to his knees, then pulled her to him. The first kiss landed on her navel, as his hand unzipped her jeans. His tongue dipped into the crevice of her navel. His hands traveled inside the back of the jeans, then down the back of her thighs as the material uncovered her, revealing black lace panties.

He sat back on his haunches and slowly took in her body from head to toe. He pulled the blanket from the back of the chair, and spread it out on the floor in front of the fire, which crackled in the background. He placed one arm around her waist and the other under her knees, then placed her gently on the blanket. Standing above her he slowly began to undress. The jacket was thrown to the side. His sweater was next, revealing each ripple of his six-pack, one at a time. The sweater was thrown to the side pulling his braids, causing them to cascade around his broad shoulders. Then he unzipped his jeans, stepped out leaving his arousal standing proud and erect. His dreamy brown eyes held hers as he took a single red rose from the vase above the fireplace. “Welcome into my dream Nicole Brooks.”

With the bud of the rose, he drew a straight line from the tip of her nose, down her cheek, between her breasts, down her stomach, between her legs, down her thighs, then tickled the bottoms of her feet. “Allow me to introduce you to my fantasy.”

Taking the rose petals from the stem, one by one, he dropped them onto her body, until the sweet fragrance filled his nostrils. He knelt between her legs and was overwhelmed by the mixture of her scent and the roses. He stretched out on the floor between her legs. “You know, one of the most sensuous things about a woman is her unique scent.” He pulled her pants down her legs. “Your scent sends my testosterone into overdrive.” He licked his fore finger then touched her bud. Her body jerked. “Sensitive. I like that.” His long, thick finger dipped inside of her. He pulled it out, then sucked it. “You are so sweet.” Spreading her legs, he held her thighs down, licked her from top to bottom then dove in. His hand massaged her inner thigh as he gave her the tongue lashing, he hoped, of her life.

Nicole couldn’t believe the sensations the rose petals were having against her skin. It felt as if she had been blanketed with silk. As each petal dropped Xavier’s eyes darkened. Was it the feel of the petals or the look of pure desire in his eyes that was causing her body to react as if she had been caressed? She didn’t know. Then his wet finger touched her and the blood began to pump furiously throughout her body. When he replaced his finger with his tongue, lavishing her, all senses flared to attention, relieving her of all control. Blood whooshed through her mind as if she were in a wind tunnel. Everything went blank for seconds, then slowly returned.

Xavier lay there on his elbows watching her body react to his assault. He decided then and there, nothing was more beautiful than Nicole when her body exploded…nothing.

Reaching for his jeans, he pulled out a condom, slid it on then braced his arms on both sides of her easing into her pulsating inner lips. No other part of their bodies touched as he withdrew, then eased in again. Looking down at her, he knew there would never be anyone else for him.


Adventures of a Self-Published Author – Part II

Adventures of a Self-Published Author

Part 2 – Action

Sorry, it’s been a while since the last post, but I’ve been a little busy with the self publishing business. The last time we were together I shared the beginning of my journey into the literary field – The Plan. You always have to have a plan. The next step is putting your plan into action. Believe me when I say, THIS IS EASIER SAID THAN DONE.

The most frustrating part of my journey was determining where to go once my first great master piece was complete. The 50 pages I told you about last time turned into 800 plus pages. The large number of pages didn’t bother me because I was telling a story. As long as the story flowed it didn’t matter how long it was—right? WRONG! The number of pages did matter, or so I found out. I digress; let me go back a little.

After completing my master piece, I began researching where I should go from there. The answer was The Writer’s Market. It’s a book that is published every year on where & how to sell your fiction novel, or short story. It has a wealth of information for anyone that is looking for an agent or a literary home. It tells you who handles what type of stories. For example, if you are writing a romance novel you wouldn’t want it to go to a publishing house that handles science fiction. You want it to go to a publishing house that handles romance. Here is the main lesson for this blog, DO YOUR RESEARCH.

Research? Hum, what are you trying to find you ask. Good question. You are trying to find a good fit for your master piece. You are trying to find the right publishing house and/or agent to market your novel. Some publishing houses have different imprints, so you need to research that also. For example, an imprint could be sweet romance, suspense romance, urban romance, erotica, or Christian romance. If your book is erotica, you don’t want to submit it to the Christian imprint, though the visual of the Christian agent reading your submission would be interesting, you are setting yourself of for a rejection. So take the time to research where and who you want to submit your master piece.

My research was enlightening, to say the least. There are hundreds, if not thousands of publishing house out there. But I persevered and found several publishing companies that I wanted to submit my novel to. Did I mention THIS IS EASIER SAID THAN DONE? Oh, I did—okay. This is where my problems began.

To submit a manuscript, to an agent or publishing house you have to do two things, other than write the book. You have to write a synopsis and a query letter. WHAT? WHY? Don’t they understand I’ve written a 190,000 word master piece? I don’t have any words left to write a letter or a synopsis. He–, (four letter word) I don’t even know what a synopsis is, for real. Sigh—, more research!

According to Webster a synopsis: a condense statement or outline; an abstract. Yeah, that helped—not. In the literary world a synopsis tells the major point and events of your book in a concise and accurate manner. In other words tell someone what your book is about without re-writing the entire story. I am going to be very honest here; I still have not acquired this skill. This is probably the number one reason why I self-publish. But I did try to write the synopsis.

Then there is the query letter. Well, this is a little easier than the dreaded synopsis, but still a difficult task for me. A query letter, as I understand it, is the attention getter. This letter is sent to an agent or publishing house as an attempt to get them interested in your novel. If your query letter is done well, the agent or publishing house may request your complete manuscript for review. So, what do you put in a query letter. Ahhh—more research.  You definitely want the opening statement to catch the interest of the reader.  Agents and publishing house received thousands of letters each day from eager new authors, and some of us not so new authors. Their time is limited, so you need your letter to capture their attention with the first line or two. Paraphrase the word you use when you are telling a friend about your book. How do you get them excited and eager to read your book? Do that with your letter. Then tell them about you—your experience or your connection with the topic of your novel. Most of all remember, you are trying to get them to believe in your story as much as you do. Sell it to them. Okay, I did that.

Now, it was time to submit my master piece. I sent the query letters, the synopsis and the first three chapters of my book to the top three publishing house of my choice. Now, all I have to do is sit back and wait for the bidding wars to see who would have the honor of selling my novel. LOL! Ahhh, that was so funny.

Let me tell you, when I received the first rejection letter, I shrugged it off saying, “they just didn’t see the greatness.” The second one came, I simple said, “oh.” The third one gave a little more than “I’m not interested.” It stated the general story was good, but the word count was off the chain. You may want to consider making it two books instead of one. Hence, the creation of Once You Touched The Heart and The Heart of Him.

Writing the next great master piece is one thing. Getting it into the readers hand is another. Publishing is a business, whether you are with a publishing house, or self-publishing. Like any other business you have to work, and I do mean work hard at succeeding. The first step is learning all you can about the world of publishing. Take the time to research any and everything about how to get your great master piece into the hands of the reader. That, after all is the goal—right?

Well, let’s see. We talked about planning and action. So what’s next? Ahhh yes, making the decision—Traditional or Self-publishing.

Until the next time,