The Author promises a gritty story, and I think it what we would get.
Roadside by Angie Dokos released a few years ago in the New Adult Romance genre.
Zayne finds Serena’s lifeless body off the side of the road one morning. She has been beaten and left for dead. As she recovers, they become the best of friends. It doesn’t take long for Zayne’s feelings to grow stronger. Will the fear of ruining their friendship keep them from taking a chance on love?
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Throughout my childhood, I loved to write. I would make up stories all the time. As an adult, I had a million ideas for stories, but they weren’t leaving my notebooks or computer. My daughter got a bright idea for her senior project, she would publish a book. We discussed it and decided she and I would write, edit, publish, and promote a book. Well, life happened and she didn’t stick with it. I was too attached by that time and had to figure out what was going to happen with our characters, so I kept writing. A couple years later, Mackenzie’s Distraction was published. After that, I started writing another one. The following year, Roadside was published. Click on over to Amazon and check them out.
by Angie Dokos
I am super excited to be a guest on Vivi’s blog. My name is Angie Dokos. I was born a reader and grew to be a writer. Okay, so the reading took a few years, but in the meantime, I was having someone else read to me. I work in the office of an automotive manufacturing company. I grew up in the North Georgia mountains in the small town of Blue Ridge. That’s where I get my accent that everyone talks about once they hear me speak. I enjoy hiking and love to travel. I currently live in the Atlanta, Georgia area with my husband and children. I published Mackenzie’s Distraction in 2016 and Roadside in 2017. I’ve been working on my third book for almost three years now. My goal is to have it ready to publish by the end of the year. Speaking of goals, that is what my post is about today.
Why do we set goals? I think the main reason I set goals is to improve myself. I strive to do more, to be more. I want to use the abilities that I’m blessed with. Goals can bring meaning to our lives; they can help us find our purpose and make us feel more accomplished.
When setting goals, some of the questions we should consider are:
What do I need to change in my life?
What new skills would I like to learn?
What can I do to help others?
What habits do I need to make or change?
What actions do I need to take to reach my goals?
One of the most helpful things for me is to write my goals down. It makes them more real. I feel more committed to them if I put them on paper. You can write them in a journal, make a vision board, or whatever. Get creative with it. My vision board for my third book helps encourage and inspire me. And it serves as a constant reminder.
I’m going to quickly go over the goal-setting strategy known as SMART. I’m sure many of you have heard about it.
S = Specific Example: I can’t just say my goal is to write a book. It leaves it too wide open. I have to be more specific than that. I could say my goal is to finish my first draft by July 24th.
M = Measurable Think about how you will know when you reach your goal. Example: A person may say they need to lose weight. They need to be specific and they need to be able to measure it. They can decide to lose five pounds in two weeks. By the end of the first week, if they’ve lost two pounds, they’ll know they are on the right track.
A = Achievable It needs to be possible. Example: I can’t say my goal is to save $10,000 by the end of the year. Given my salary and bills, my budget would not possibly allow me to do that. I need to do some math and decide how much I can save out of each paycheck to come up with an attainable amount.
R = Realistic In my opinion, this is a lot like attainable. You have to ask yourself if it is possible. I can’t set a goal to write a book within six months. I have to consider that I have a full-time job and a family to take care of. And I need at least a few hours of sleep each night, so I can’t complete a book in six months. Many people can, I’m just not one of them.
T = Timely I feel that this one can be with measurable and/or realistic. Set yourself a deadline, but make sure it’s attainable. And make sure your results and progress are measurable so you can tell if you are reaching those deadlines. If you have a vision board or journal, track your progress. Like many authors do with their word counts, for example.
A few more tips:
Have a friend that will help hold you accountable and will be your cheerleader.
Award yourself, even for the small victories. And if you fail, just start again. Or try a new method. It’s okay. Just don’t give up.
Don’t always plan to start on the first of something. Many people start at the first of the year or month or week. It doesn’t have to be that way; just start. Start now! Start today! And keep going.
You’ve got this! I believe you can do whatever you set your mind to. It takes effort, but you can make it happen.
I hope this post has helped in some way. Maybe it just serves as a reminder of things you already knew. Maybe it taught you something new. Either way, I hope you got something out of it.
Thank you for allowing me to be a guest. I hope to see you around the blog world.
- a signed paperback.
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