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Always Ametra

Duality – The Prologue

Copyright © 2018 Ametra S. Rayford. All rights reserved. She crouched, shivering as she forced her body deep inside the crowded closet. Wiping the tears from her cheeks, she couldn’t help shuddering as her fingertips grazed the clots of blood and flesh that she’d been sprayed with. Gritting her teeth, she fought to maintain control though she felt the bile rising as her stomach churned. An ear-splitting scream mingled with the guttural gurgles that resembled…

Growing Pains

There are times that it becomes necessary to change and grow based upon surroundings and circumstances. As a writer, I’ve made many changes within various projects with the purpose of enhancing or showcasing the work. Some of those modifications were easier to make than others. Duality has been out for roughly six months now, and I am still enjoying the exhilaration of publishing my debut novel even while working on Vitae, which is due to…

Programming Note

Lots of thought has gone into this, and I’ve realized that I’m spread a bit too thin at the moment. I’m juggling a full-time job, writing my second novel, still doing promotional work for my debut novel, and myriad other things. As a result, blogging has fallen by the wayside. It isn’t that I don’t enjoy blogging – I do – I just don’t have as much free time as I once did to post…

#WritingCommunity on Twitter

In my opinion, there’s a lot of work involved with being a self-published author in addition to what it takes to write a novel. We don’t usually have a “machine” behind us; a group of individuals working for and with us to help us to become a success. A self-published author might need to outsource an editor, cover designer, and publicist – or he/she has to become all of those things. This is where networking…

Great Storms That Begin Small

I have spent the last month or so doing my best to get my life right. I don’t mean that on any dramatic, over-the-top, monumental scale. I only mean in terms of writing, working on my “brand,” and finalizing plans for future projects. It is a lot. That is definitely not an over-exaggeration; I actually do have a lot on my plate. And, it’s fantastic! That is not a complaint at all. I am absolutely…

Full Circle

When writing the initial draft of Duality, I had a completely different personality and ending in mind for one of the main characters. Even his name was different from what it eventually became. It’s so funny to look back now at the initial character outline, comparing that to what he eventually transformed into, but it ended up being for the best. Once the novel was finished I loved him even more. But, what was even…

The Curse of the Family Business, Part Two

My previous job-related post ended after I revealed that my boss wanted to “gift” me with the return of a shift she took, but not the same one I had before.  Instead, she wanted to give me the shift she dangled before me a few months earlier.  I turned her down because the entire scenario seemed sketchy to me – at best.  I wondered if there’d be any further backlash, and stepped up my efforts to…

The Return of Taste This! #food #cooking

It’s been quite a while since the last installment of Taste This! That’s not to imply that I haven’t been cooking; just that I haven’t been as diligent with regard to taking the step-by-step photographs that usually encompass a Taste This! feature. Today’s recipe is the most versatile that I’ve presented so far. It’s by no means fancy or complicated. It can be eaten alone as-is, as a side dish, or used as a base…