Tuesday, July 22, 2014


UPDATE regarding my new release

Hello, thank you for visiting my blog today. I’m Rebecca Scarberry (@Scarberryfields on Twitter), author of the hit novella, Messages from Henry, Rag Doll, Jumper series of children’s books, and Where Love Takes you (written in collaboration with Francis Potts:@FPotts on Twitter).

It looks like I won’t be publishing the fourth book in my Jumper series of children’s books, JUMPER SAILS, until September of this year. I really hate to delay this book for so many young children have been waiting patiently for the next book. My young fans are also waiting patiently for me to get Jumper on TV. I’m doing my best. I’m still waiting to get the copyright in the mail. I want the copyright because it lasts forever and holds up in a court of law. Many film producers are patiently waiting to read the script for  the episode I’ve written. One of them is affiliated with Disney. Please cross your fingers I can get Jumper, the funny talking red ball on TV.

Here’s a preview audio clip of book one, narrated by one of my favorite authors, Jessie B. Tyson (@JessieBTyson on Twitter):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uV_SsTa2Abo&feature=youtu.be

Friday, July 18, 2014

NEW RELEASE COMING SOON!

Hello. Thank you for visiting my blog today. I’m @Scarberryfields on Twitter and author of Messages from Henry, Rag Doll, the Jumper series of children’s picture books, and Where Love Takes You.
Next month I’ll be self-publishing the fourth book in my hit Jumper series of children’s picture books. It’s tentatively called JUMPER and FRIENDS. The funny talking red beach ball will be back to thrill age four and up by telling them about his latest adventures away from the toy store, Little Tykes Toys & Bikes.
I’m so pleased that not only children love these books, but parents as well. I’ve tried very hard to not only entertain the little ones, but their parents as well. Mission accomplished!
This is the cover for volume one in the series:
 

Thursday, July 17, 2014


I desperately need your help entitling the 4th book in my popular Jumper series of children’s picture books. Jumper is a friendly talking red beach ball owned by Tony, a four-year-old toddler. In this stand-alone book, Jumper goes tubing on Wannabe Lake, goes to his first magic show, goes on a hay ride before Halloween, and has great fun riding in the bucket of Tony’s favorite Christmas gift, a miniature electric tractor. I only want the title to consist of three words. Link to book one if you’d like to read the sample: http://smarturl.it/ij1p4x  tominopictures@gmail.com tominopictures@gmail.com

Monday, June 9, 2014


BLOG TOUR

Hello. Thank you for visiting my blog today. I’m Rebecca Scarberry (@Scarberryfields on Twitter). I’m author of Messages from Henry, Rag Doll, The Jumper series of kidlit, and Where Love Takes You.

I hope that you enjoy your visit and will go on to sample the blogs of other writers, highlighted below. We are part of a growing international community of writers, working to introduce each other’s blog to a wider audience. Anne Allen, http://www.findingmother.com/writers-blog-tour-turn/ Christine Findlay, Chair of Bookmark Blair (Blairgowrie Rattray and The Glens Book Festival) in Perthshire, Scotland, invited us to take part. See www.efindlay.blogspot.com

Gillian also invited Rita Roberts and Michelle Higgs  to follow her on this tour.

Now it’s my turn to answer the 4 questions posed:

1.      What am I working on?

I’m not working on anything right now, but I have another twisted short story like Rag Doll rattling around in my head.

2.      How does my work differ from others of its genre?

I’ve self-published six books in four different genres. I’d say Messages from Henry is unique due to the hero, Henry, being a homing pigeon. It’s a highly original novella and very popular with all ages. My short story, Rag Doll, has many twists and turns, a unique setting, and a huge twist at the end. Some are now calling me the new O’Henry. My Jumper series of children’s books is unique because Jumper is a funny red beach ball, telling all about his adventures away from the toy store, Little Tykes  Toys & Bikes. So many parents and grandparents told me the little ones they read the books to want Jumper to be made into a children’s television program. I’ve finished writing the script for one episode (per the request of two film producers). I’m in the process of getting the copyright. Where Love Takes You is the sequel to Messages from Henry. I feel that it’s unique because it’s not only a transatlantic romance set in England, but most of it is about racing pigeons. Yep! It turns out Henry isn’t a homing pigeon after all. Henry and his mate, Cecilia are racing pigeons.

3.      Why do I write what I do?

I simply write because it’s fun and I want to continue to entertain readers worldwide.

4.      How does my writing process work?

I start out with one main character and decide who will be telling the story. I then decide what the setting will be. I make an outline. The outline consists of a brief description of the beginning, middle, end, and all of the characters. There are only two books I’ve written where I didn’t do it this way. Those books are Messages from Henry and Rag Doll.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Author Spotlight
Author, Des Birch is in the Spotlight!!

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 Hello. Thank you for visiting my blog today. I’m Rebecca Scarberry (@Scarberryfields on Twitter), author of Messages from Henry, Rag Doll, Jumper, Jumper Bounces Back, and Where Love Takes You. Des Birch is an excellent author and I hope you enjoy getting to know him better.


Rebecca: Would you please tell us a little bit about your nationality and where you live?
Des Birch: I was born in Limerick, Eire.  I came to England when I was less than a year old, so I don’t remember much about Ireland, apart from the occasional holiday.  The hospital in which I was born didn't have facilities for children, so I had to be moved to another hospital.  Unfortunately my mother was too ill to be moved, so I didn’t see her for the first few months of my life.
Rebecca: What books do you have published and do you have any works that you’ve written, but not published?
Des Birch:  I published Beyond Dark Waters, The Redemption, The Diary of an Innocent, and Different Eyes. I am currently working on two sequels to ‘Beyond Dark Waters’: ‘Above And Beyond dark Waters’ and ‘Somewhere Beyond Dark Waters’.  I am also working on a novel called ‘The Road To Chequered Sunlight’.  This shows the making of as well as the mindset of a mass murderer.  It is very violent and very explicit and so it will be published under my nom-de-plume ‘Juliandes’.

 
Rebecca: What do you do when you are not writing?
Des Birch: I work full time as a welder.  I enjoy pottering around in my home workshop, making things from wood.  I fish with mine and Julie’s boys and generally love being out in the countryside.
Rebecca: Before you self-published, did you send any of your manuscripts to any traditional publishing houses?
Des Birch: Yes.  My first novel was published by Pearl Press.
Rebecca: Have there been any times when you can’t concentrate until you write a story or poem that’s stuck in your mind?
Des Birch: This is something I wish I could control!  It happened recently with a poem called ‘The Kingdom’.  It was so clear in my mind that everything else I was writing was swamped.  The worst case of being distracted was when I was working on ‘Somewhere Beyond Dark Waters’.  There was something wrong with the structure and I wasn’t really certain that ‘Above And Beyond Dark Waters’ should not have been written first.  At that point another book ‘Lamia’ shot into my mind, demanding to be written first.  Who was I to argue?  I wrote ‘Lamia’, am now working on ‘Above And Beyond Dark Waters’ and have decided that after about 130 pages, I will need to completely restructure ‘Somewhere Beyond Dark Waters’.  Confusing times!
Rebecca: Have you won any awards for any of your books?
Des Birch: I was lucky enough to have been awarded the ePublishing Writer’s Award of Merit for my book ‘Beyond Dark Waters’.
Rebecca: Before I self-published you were my mentor and you were extremely helpful. Have you ever considered doing this again for other aspiring authors?
Des Birch:  It is very kind of you to say so.  I always like to help people, but since I work as a welder all week, time is at a premium.  I don’t think I would refuse to help anybody who might ask, but it would have to be a minimum involvement on my part.
Rebecca: Do you dream of any of your books being made into a movie?
Des Birch:  My children’s series begs to be made into a movie.  Reviews cast it as ‘An important book’ and one which should be ‘Mandatory reading in schools’.
Rebecca: If you could be anything except for a human what would that be?

Rebecca: I’ve seen pictures of you on Facebook where you’re petting tigers and swimming with sharks. Can you please tell us about this?

Des Birch:  This all stems from my love of wildlife.  When I was about 10 years old I saw a shark cage on our black and white TV.  I swore that I would one day be looking through those bars at a top predator.  A few years ago I fulfilled my dream off the southern coast of South Africa.  This is also where I took the opportunity to interact with big cats.

 
Rebecca: Have you ever published any sexy stories?
Des Birch: I’ve written a few but not actually published any.  If you allow it Becky, I’ll attach my favourite one to this interview.
Rebecca: Of course. I’m sure everywould love to read it. I’ve posted it below:

 THE WAIT

   The queue was long in the dark, dismal room.  People waited like sheep, standing in endless lanes, occasionally shuffling forward, only to continue with their lonely vigil.  ‘They’ were in charge; ‘they’ said when you could move forward to your fate.
   She looked around her nervously.  Officials in plain clothes stood around nonchalantly, but she knew that they were really secret police.  Cameras viewed them from every wall, watching for the slightest hint of change in the faces of the men and women, resigned to their fate.
What would it be like this time?  She glanced around her again, but he was not there.  Perhaps nothing would happen!  More people entered the room, their looks immediately compliant with their surroundings.  She shuffled forward again.  As the angle of her view changed, her eyes were drawn to the dark paneled door.  Her heart missed a beat, for she knew what lay behind that door.  She had been taken through it before.  She shuffled forward again, rounding one of the bends, when she saw him.  His back was to her but she would know him anywhere.  This tall, blond, muscular man in a plain white, short-sleeved shirt; the man who had first led her through the dark paneled door.
She stood there looking at the ground, trying not to call attention to herself.  Perhaps he would not notice her.  She looked at the long queue in front of her and as he turned and smiled, she knew the fate that awaited her.
“Come with me,” he said as he took her roughly by the upper arm and led her towards the paneled door.
She made a weak attempt at struggling, but it was more for show than as a serious attempt to break free.  There were looks of pity on the faces of the others, but also of relief that it was not they who were being led away.  Suddenly, boredom was what they sought.
She was pushed into the almost empty room as the blond man closed the door.  There was a large table in the centre with restraining straps at the four corners.  She backed up against the wall, a cold shiver running over her skin.
“Are you ready to hand over the book now?” he asked as he stood in front of her.
She stood silent, her eyes lowered.  He took off his shirt in readiness for the task ahead, his muscles bulging.
“I see that you’ve not yet come to your senses!”
He spun her round to face the wall, leaning her forward to balance on her hands.  She was paralysed in that position as his hands slid around her body and began to unfasten the buttons on her blouse.
“Are you sure you won’t hand it over?” he asked as he lowered her arms, slipped off her blouse and sprang the catches on her bra, sliding it from her shoulders and dropping it to the ground.
He turned her round to face him.  She made no effort to cover her naked breasts.  His hands cupped them, squeezing the nipples.
“I do have ways of making you hand it over,” he said menacingly.
“Then you’d better do your worst, Claus,” she said as she threw her arms around his neck and pressed her lips onto his.
Her trembling body was obedient to every touch of his powerful arms.  His hands and mouth contorted her body until she cried out in ecstasy.  He easily picked her up, her limp body resigned to his will as he placed her on the table.  She obediently stretched out on the cold surface,   as he restrained her wrists with the straps.  Then his hands tore at the rest of her clothes until she lay naked, feeling the straps being tightened around her ankles.
Now he could slow down, teasing her body with his hands and lips, certain in the knowledge that she couldn’t escape.  She moaned at his touch.
“Please!” she begged; “Oh please!”
She thought of the people standing in the queue who would hear her pleas.  They would feel pity at a young girl being tortured.  If only they knew!  The door was not locked.  Anybody could just walk in and see her lying there spread-eagled naked on the table.  Perhaps they would join in with the ‘torture’ and Claus would have to let them, otherwise their secret would be known.  Her feelings grew more intense at this thought.
He lay on top of her and she gasped as he entered her.  He moved slowly at first, agonisingly slowly until her body strained at the bonds.
“PLEASE!” she begged.
The people in the queue would once again feel pity for her.  His movements grew faster and more powerful.
“Are you going to hand over the book?” he gasped.
“No! No! No!  Oh GOD, Nooooooo!
“Are you sure?”
Yes! Yes! Yes!  Oh GOD, Yessssssss!
Suddenly she was dressed again and standing at the front of the queue.  She obediently handed the book to the woman behind the desk.  The woman glanced at her, tearing out the first page and stamping the military insignia on it.
She picked up the book and returned it to her bag.  Putting her money in her purse, she headed for the front door.  The blond man held it open for her.  She tapped him on the arm and he bent down to hear what she had to say.
“You were magnificent!”
“Thank you madam,” replied the bemused man.  “We’ll see you again next week.”

“Oh I do hope so,” she said, as she left the post office and looked forward to the next pension day.

The End

Des
 
Rebecca: Thank you so much for answering my questions. It’s been a pleasure getting to know you a little bit more.
Links:

Beyond Dark Waters: http://smarturl.it/qoyq4z
The Redemption: http://smarturl.it/alx6ok
The Dairy of an Innocent: http://smarturl.it/ggrogm
Different Eyes: http://smarturl.it/hr7bfp

 

 

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Author Spotlight
Author, Diane Major in the spotlight!!
Hello. Thank you for visiting my blog today. I’m Rebecca Scarberry (@Scarberryfields on Twitter), and author of Messages from Henry, Rag Doll, Jumper, Jumper Bounces Back, and Where Love Takes You. I’m thrilled to spotlight Diane Major (@DianeMajor1 on Twitter). I love her books and could hardly wait to get her answers to my questions. She has just released a sequel to Like Hell Itself,  and it's fabulous!
 

Rebecca: Would you please tell us where you live and a little about it?
Diane: Hi Becky, and thank you for this spotlight. I live in the North East of England and am fortunately surrounded by my family. The North East was a coal mining area which has declined since the pit closures and now the recession, but life goes on!
Rebecca: Who or what inspires you to write fiction?
Diane: I’ve always wanted to write, but life got in the way. What with, marriage, then children, and a busy career, it was impossible to fit it in. As a child I wrote a fantasy adventure book which has long since gone. However, my mum can still remember it.
Rebecca: Would you please tell us what books you’ve published, what genres they are, and what your favorite genre to write is?
Diane: I have published books for adults, young adults, and children. The genres include fantasy adventure, a dystopian novel, science fiction, as well as ghost stories. The books are:
Children of Fury - adult – paranormal romance/fantasy
I Am Nine – adult/young adult –dystopian/fantasy
Enmitus and Enmitus The Children – adult – science fiction/fantasy
Flint and Amorphous – adult/young adult – science fiction/fantasy
A Very Complicated Molecule – adult/young adult – science fiction/paranormal/fantasy
The Mason and Bess Series (3 books) – children – fantasy adventure
Like Hell Itself (2 books)

 
 
 
 
 
 
As for my favourite genre, all of my books have an element of fantasy adventure. Therefore, I enjoyed writing all of them. I did, however, find the children’s books a welcome change to the much longer more mature novels.
Rebecca: Can you please tell us who some of your favorite self-published authors are?
Diane: Ha! Well, I love your books, especially Rag Doll. John Dolan is very talented, and if you’re looking for fantasy, then there is Ruth Watson-Morris. There are so many really good indie authors about that I couldn’t possibly name them all!
Rebecca: Do you have a favorite time or place you write most of your books?
Diane: Now that’s an easy one. I write whenever I get the chance. I sit at the kitchen table as it gives me the best access to lots of coffee. I sit there with my daughter’s cocker spaniel at my feet when I’m dog sitting.
Rebecca: If and when you get writer’s block, what do you do to get past it?
Diane: Well, a couple of glasses of wine or some vodka or diet coke usually work. ◕‿◕
Rebecca: If you could ask one question of any author that’s dead or alive, what author would you ask, and what would you ask?
Diane: Which author? My answer is . . . I have no idea. Lol. Hmm. The question I’d like to ask all current authors would be about motivation. Yes, I have written and published several books, but sometimes I wonder if all the time involved in publication is worth the effort. And is all the time marketing worth the effort? Then I tend to think, but this is what I want to do. So, how do all of you other indie authors remain motivated in this world of publishing?
Rebecca: Do you aspire to become traditionally published?
Diane: Yes, deep down I suppose I do. However, it isn’t of any great importance. It’s just a bit of a dream.
Rebecca: You have a wild imagination and this is one reason I love reading your books. Have you had this great imagination of yours since you were a child?
Diane: Absolutely! As I said previously I actually wrote a book. It was also usually me who organised the other kids when it came to games and the like. ◕‿◕
Rebecca: Do you have any advice you’d like to give aspiring fiction writers?
Diane: I think you have to be brave. If it’s what you want to do, go for it. It’s unlikely you’ll sell many books, make any money, become famous, or see your book turned into a TV/film, but if you enjoy writing do it for yourself. You might face criticism. Take it. Not everyone likes all genres or even individual stories. Some readers pick up on what might be perceived as small errors and make a lot of them. That’s their prerogative. Learn from it or if you feel it’s unfair, ignore it. You might not have much cash for editors, proof readers, and covers. If this is the case, use your contacts. I have to say there are people out there who will help. You just have to find them. If you feel, as an individual, that you have no more stories to tell; then you can always put down your pen. There are many authors out there and you’re up against traditionally published authors, people in the know, famous people, etc, etc. You have to be realistic about your expectations. 

Rebecca: Thank you so much for answering my questions, Diane. Such a pleasure to know you and have you on my blog. Marketing is very stressful, but we can't stop now. Our fans are waiting for us to publish another book. Ha! Ha!
Diane’s Links:
Amazon author page: http://smarturl.it/tpvonm

 
 
 

Friday, February 14, 2014

NEW RELEASE

Thank you for visiting my blog today. Today I've released the 2nd book in my Jumper series of children's picture books. The book is in ebook format and paperback. It's called JUMPER BOUNCES BACK. It was written to be read to age four through seven. Age eight and up seem to be able to read the book without any problems. Children and adults alike think it's an action packed, humorous story about a red beach ball that escaped from a toy store enclosure. Jumper is the red beach ball and he's telling the story. Many parents are telling me that their children would love for Jumper to be made into a television program. I'll be pursuing this after I publish book three in the series.

You can buy this book just about everywhere. The Amazon links are: http://tinyurl.com/pjylxzo http://tinyurl.com/nluhk3q