Thursday, January 29, 2015

Blog post 6: three personal traits I am proud of

I think if I would have posted earlier I would have said that's a hard one. But I watched an incredible video this afternoon about out significance and how we are important enough that Jesus died for us so...I better have some traits I am proud of because I was created for big things.
1. I have what I like to call Discernment.  An intuition for people.  Sometimes it's a good thing but often times it kind of stinks because it makes it difficult to have friends and relationships.
2. I have an ability to teach others
3. I am a good listener and more importantly a good listener.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015





Title: Dominick (A Prequel to Inferno)

Author: Kara Jemal

Genre: YA dystopian

Release Date: March 2015

Publisher: Glass House Press


Blurb: Dominick Grant had the perfect life: parents who loved him, a beautiful girlfriend, and a best friend who always had his back.  He knew who he was, and how he wanted to live his life.

But in Dominick’s world, that choice belongs to someone else -- a totalitarian government that dictates the lives of its citizens, decreeing that Dominick must be separated from his girlfriend and forced to work for the very government he detests. 

The question is...will Dominick accept his predetermined path, or risk making his own choices and bringing his world crumbling down around him?  


About the Author:

Kara Jemal is the writing duo of Kara Leigh Miller and David Jemal.

Kara is a 30-something, stay at home mom, multi-published romance author who enjoys writing across a variety of genres & categories: adult, young adult, new adult, romance, dystopian, and thrillers just to name a few. When she's not writing tall-tales of love, she's spending time with her family, friends, and good books. 

David is a nineteen-year-old college student with a background in real estate who is eager to breathe life into the many stories and characters banging around in his head.  When's he not writing, he's reading or working out. 



Sunday, January 18, 2015

blog post 5: My Guilty Pleasure

Lately my guilty pleasure if watching Kingdom.  It may not seem too guilty but when you live in a house where the most common thing on the television is a sporting event, well then getting to watch an actual show is pretty exciting.  I love this show.  I first started watching it because I use to kick box and even though it is MMA, it's close enough.  I love the characters and the writing and I especially love that Nick Jonas is gay!  Yes gay!  I think it is brave to do this in a show that is about fighting, to have a gay MMA fighter is awesome.  Unfortunately they are on a season break but I will be there when it comes back on.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015


So excited to have Main Attraction a part of this!  Release day is tomorrow! Can't believe I get to be with these awesome authors
So how many of you read books and bookmark the *good* scenes to go back to later for a quick reread....or you just skip the story altogether because you need a little something-something to put you in the mood for your significant other? (Oh, come on, we all do it wink emoticon )...
Well, I've been up to a little something...myself and 19 other authors to be exact have been up to something...We have joined with Jasper Ridge Press to bring you SKIP TO THE GOOD PART...A collection of each of our steamiest sex scenes. more bookmarking your kindle is needed because the -good scenes- are all right here. All (20) of us have given one of our best sex scenes from an already published novel and compiled them into one book. We figured it would allow you all to discover some new authors by reading the scenes that matter the most wink
And the best news is it's only - 99 cents

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

not my favorite topic on my blog challenge

Number four on my blog challenge post is my earliest childhood memory.  I have to say that I can't really say what my earliest memory is but a part of my life that stands out is when I was seven.  I had an older friend, she was eleven, and she got me in a ton of trouble.  I guess you could say the tough years for my mom were my sevens.  :)  We pretended to shop lift, I wanted to be called Tony ( shrugs), I rode my bike under the highway and to a mall without permission, and threw rocks at some kids until one hit him and split his head open.  Oh and my friend hit my brother in the head with a baseball bat, knocking out his front teeth.  I guess these memories stick with me because it was a though time in my life and a time when I learned how to say no and stand up for myself.  My dad sat me down and told me I had a chose to make. Either tell her I couldn't be her friend anymore or get use to being grounded the rest of my life.  I marched to her house and told her I couldn't be her friend anymore.  Strange that at seven I decided how I wanted my life to go.  I didn't want to be that kid.  And to this day I don't do well with people telling me what to do or following a crowd.  I became my own person at the young age of seven and even though it has been lonely at times...I like who I became and the lessons those early years taught me.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Third Blog Post of the Year: The Meaning of my Business Name

This is a fun question for me!  The name of my business is RAVEN BOOKS AND DESIGN.  The story behind it....
Well besides the fact I tend to name my characters Raven in honor not only of my business but because of the story behind it.  So enough stalling.
I named my business RAVEN because the raven is my talisman.  I love Native American legends and believe I was chosen by the Raven to represent it. I was chosen by a very specific Raven when I was seven--when it attacked me!  I was minding my own business riding my trike around and WHAM!  a raven dive bombed me and began to attack.  It got wrapped up in my hair and my grandfather came and saved me. It attacked me two more times before my parents took me into out cabin.  The Raven banged against the windows trying to get in...until my dad beat it with a tennis racket.  Okay bad ending for the story.
So I feel a connection to Ravens and named my business after them  I wear a raven necklace and a vial of sacred sand from the Navajo Reservation in honor of my talisman.

Friday, January 2, 2015

Twenty Things About ME!

January 2nd and on to my first blog post for 2015!  To start the year off I am going to make a list of 20 things about me!
I will try not to repeat things I have already touched on....
1. I have written 6 books. Three are already out and I have two releases in March
2. I write under a pen name and under my actual name
3. I took up rock climbing this December...because my son did and if I want to hang out with him I needed to as well
4. My super power is knowing what a movie is in less than 15 seconds.  Like name that tune but with movies.
6.  I grew up in Seattle
7. I was a model for The Bon Marche (Macy's) all through high school
8. Was a model for back to school fashion shows for Seventeen Magazine
9.  I was Ms. Washington and participated in the Ms. America pageant in Florida a week after 9/11
10. I was in the top ten in the Ms. America pageant
11.  I modeled lingerie in the middle of a store in front a bunch of boys from my high school who found out I was there.  EMBARASSING!
12.  I speak Spanish fluently
13.  I love my dogs almost as much as I love my kids
14.  I married my soul you babe
15.  My favorite place to vacation is Moab Utah
16.  I like to ski but I am not very good at it
17.  I am a teacher
18.  I didn't speak at school until I was in the fourth grade (I am painfully shy)
19. I almost died from a staph infection in my head and had three surgeries before I was free of the infection
20.  I am allergic to everything tough there but I think it is mostly new info.  HAPPY NEW YEAR!