Do you have a Circle of Trust? Find out why you should with a writing tip from J. R. Richardson and a giveaway!

Good morning!  First of all, I can’t thank Sophia enough for having me here this month. I’m already picking up some great tips from my fellow authors at Soul Mate Publishing and putting them in my pocket for the future. 

It didn’t take me long to decide what writing tip I wanted to share today.  I kind of say it a lot, so I’m glad to have the opportunity to share it here, as well.  Many of you may already follow this rule of thumb. For anyone who isn’t as yet, though, here it is:

Include a variety of supporters in your circle of trust.

(pic from – photo – Robert De Niro – Meet the Fockers)

What I’m saying is, it’s great to have people pre-reading for you that are your cheerleaders. The people who tell you they love your writing and OMG that was awesome what you did there. They are the best to have around, no lie, it’s that feel good, I-got-it-right emotion that keeps us going, yes?

But don’t forget to include the people who are going to be slightly brutal with you, as well, because without that balance, you will never grow.

And yes, sometimes it’s a hard pill to swallow but you have to remember, these people are there to help you, to support you, they care about you. They would never, ever do or say something they didn’t think was going to better you.  Sometimes you’ll take their suggestions, sometimes maybe not, but every time, you will learn something new.

I received this fortune out of a cookie quite a while ago, but it is taped to my laptop to remind me I need critics, otherwise, I’d be perfect, and I don’t ever want to be perfect.

J.R. has teamed up with myself and fellow Soul Mate Publishing authors for a Halloween giveaway extravaganza. No purchase necessary, just enter with the Rafflecopter below and the random winners will be announced on Halloween. 


J.R. is giving away a copy of her paranormal romance, Cursed be the Wicked. To find out about the rest of the titles, click here.


All of J.R.'s titles are in the gallery below, scroll down to read the back covers and click on over to Amazon to buy!


Find J. R. Richardson:




Cooper Shaw lives his life under a pen name and enjoys the anonymity it provides during his journeys across the globe as a seasoned writer for a travel magazine. When his job lands him in his hometown of Salem, Massachusetts to cover the famous Festival of the Dead, he soon realizes that he can’t stay invisible forever as he faces ghosts from a past he’s been trying to forget ever since he left.

 The city holds nothing but bad memories for Coop until he meets a quirky young woman with an old soul and curious insights by the name of Finnley Pierce. While she acts as his tour guide through a town he thought he knew, Finn helps him unearth the truth of his childhood and might even begin to open up his heart.

By unraveling the mystery of his father’s murder, Coop may finally accept who he is, where he came from, and perhaps even realize what he wants for his future.


Title of the short: Lost in Christmas

Blurb: Crystal Springfield spends the holidays by herself, in the cabin her parents used to bring her to as a child.  It gives her the quiet solitude she craves during her time off but when a tall dark and lost stranger gets trapped at the cabin with her by a snow storm, Crystal soon realizes just how alone she’s been all these years.