I AM GRATEFUL FOR ALL OF YOU! THANK YOU, COOKIE CAKES!!!

fullsizerender-27Yesterday my debut novel, Even Tough Women Can Crack Like Eggs Sometimes, was released. I ended up mostly resting due to a sinus thingamajig, which has me doing the same thing today. I only opened my computer to type this up to say THANK YOU TO EVERY ANGEL WHO DOWNLOADED MY BOOK YESTERDAY. It is because of ALL OF YOU my book is A BESTSELLER, A HOT NEW RELEASE and the reason I can add BESTSELLING AUTHOR to my title. You have made a little girl’s prayer, a woman’s reality. I am in tears as I type this, so please forgive any and all typos. There aren’t enough words to express what is in my heart, and thank you doesn’t seem to even touch the surface. I am blessed to have some AMAZING women in my world and two of my angels. Beth Prentice and Tanya R. Taylor kept me posted on my ranking. I finally lifted my stuffed head to see for myself after Beth told me I hit #58. And when Tanya shared a screenshot, I realized my rump better grab a screenshot or two. At first, I thought I was too stuffed to comprehend what was going on. I cannot believe I held the #2 spot in Hot New Releases for two days. I snapped that in case I was too feverish. I am still processing all of this, so please forgive me if I am radio silent – or semi silent for the next several days. I will be resting and working behind the scenes. I completed four books in two months and now I do not know how to have an “off” day. If I am not on my computer writing, I am writing by hand and handling the publishing side of things. I will take off tomorrow to spend it with my trio of blessings and RELAX. I’ll let ya know how that turns out. 😉dmtobthank-you-monkey

I want to thank Tanya R. Taylor for standing beside me through this entire journey as an author.; while excavating, experiencing and reliving the pain, Tanya , encouraged me and reminded me how TOUGH I was. And when the agony was excruciatingly unbearable, my Bahamian sister crawled along with me. I could not have done this without my Rosary and my Taylor family. Thank you, Rosary, with all my heart…now get to bakin’! Giggle.

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TOUGH Journal Entry Saturday 10/22/16

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As I write this nestled in my New England condo, tears fall splashing on my HP Gold Luxe. My trio of blessings want to make Mommy better with kisses and love and I greedily inhale it like a fish out of water gasping for air. The tears are bittersweet as I know this is the last weekend Even Tough Women Can Crack Like Eggs Sometimes will ever be a manuscript. In four days, a piece of me will head to my editor and then go on to retailers to be released as my first book on November 22, which is a month from today. One month. There are no coincidences in my world, so it is sheer divinity this journal entry is written today. I am listening to Imagine by the prolific John Lennon; moments before it was Let It Be by the brilliant Beatles. I am not a “Beatle-head” as I used to tease my ma. My mom was. She was over the moon for Paul. As a teen, she wanted to marry Paul McCartney. I remember being grossed out to the max hearing this. Eeww! I still am. J My mom is no longer with me on earth but she is with me as I type this. It breaks me to pieces knowing she isn’t here to share this moment with me. I know, I know, she is looking down at me, but it is not the same. It isn’t. It isn’t for the unwanted little girl who came miraculously into this earth with the chips stacked against her; nor is it for the woman who is finally letting the scars of her childhood be a badge of courage to sport proudly because she made it through. I made it through. We made it through. Right now, I want my Mommy. I want her to hold me as I cry and grieve the yesteryears that were a chaotic nightmare. I want to apologize for not realizing how tough she was. I want her to know I forgive her because she did the best she could at twenty being surrounded by vultures who let fear rule them instead of love. I want to say, “I’m sorry, Mommy, I didn’t fully realize what you went through until I started writing this book. I am sorry with all my heart. I love you, Mommy. I miss you so much.”

So, as I move into the final hours with my novel all to myself, I am reminded it is another loss I will be experiencing since being temporarily placed in New England. In fact, it will be my third. And for those who know me, know 3 is my number. 3, 13, 33, and 333. A woman I once knew kindly told me it was the trinity. I remember smiling because it summed it all up for me and my life’s voyage.

The third loss was the catalyst for my debut novel and for that I will always be grateful.

When I release my manuscript to my incredible blessing of an editor, Tanya R. Taylor, on Wednesday and she polishes it to near perfection, please know you aren’t just getting a book by Diane Morasco, you are getting a piece of her.

Thank you for sharing this phase of my life with me. I appreciate it more than you can even imagine.

Enjoy your weekend!

ADMSM

Morasco Musings: Writing, Editing, Publishing and Gratitude!

On July 3rd I began writing my debut novel, Even Tough Women Can Crack Like Eggs Sometimes. I was blessed to share my early work with some phenomenal women. Truly lovely women who encouraged me to step around the desk and finally claim my “Author Credentials” by reading the first – raw – three chapters.

Raw. As is. I was blown away by the feedback I received from such an amazing group of ladies – all bestselling authors – about my first draft. It was this sustenance that fortified a childhood prayer of becoming a published author. I want to thank the terrific women for their direction, pom pom waving and understanding. Thank you with all my heart for the leadership: Traci Andrighetti, Parris Afton Bonds, Sibel Hodge, Diana Layne, Gina LaManna, and Tanya R. Taylor.

Since I began Even Tough Women Can Crack Like Eggs Sometimes in July, I have written two other novels, Tough Wisdom to Transform Your Thoughts (Even Tough Women Can Crack Like Eggs Sometimes, Book 2) and Inspirational Anchors to Ground You Through the Waves of Life. Nope, I am not a machine. I have even taken over 30 days off from writing to handle the publishing side of things since July. Yes, I know. I am stunned myself. I did write Tough Wisdom to Transform Your Thoughts (Even Tough Women Can Crack Like Eggs Sometimes, Book 2) and Inspirational Anchors to Ground You Through the Waves of Life the old-school way, with a pen and a pad. As I write this, I am thinking about LL Cool J’s Bad lyrics, “You want a hit give me a hour plus a pen and a pad.” YESSS, HONEY! I am going to play it as soon as I finish this post to celebrate. 

So, what is on my agenda for the rest of the month? I have to wrap up Even Tough Women Can Crack Like Eggs Sometimes to send to my prodigious editor – I #amwriting and #amediting. I will type up both Tough Wisdom to Transform Your Thoughts (Even Tough Women Can Crack Like Eggs Sometimes, Book 2) and Inspirational Anchors to Ground You Through the Waves of Life.

In November, I will be participating in NaNoWriMo with my Aussie mate, the lovely Beth Prentice. What is on tap for NaNoWriMo? I will be writing Spirits Unleashed (An Old Sea Harbor Novella) to be released on December 30th. 

I want to thank Tanya R. Taylor, Beth Prentice and Summer Prescott for being my trio of writing angels. And…

Summer for encouraging me to have an Author Page. *Grumble*

Tanya for the suggestion of my nonfiction website – MorascoNonfiction.*Oy! Grumble*

And, Beth for my upcoming cover reveal for Inspirational Anchors to Ground You Through the Waves of Life. *Grinning*

As always, I am grateful for my trio of blessings – Gin, Hope and Zeus.

Enjoy, Todd!

TOUGH Journal Entry Sunday 10/16/16

This weekend’s #amwriting #amediting #amrevising of Even Tough Women Can Crack Like Eggs Sometimes has been brought to you by Cube’s Check Yo Self (Remix) [Explicit]. I have been blasting this version from O’Shea’s third solo album from my Bose on repeat.

Apparently, the Bronx Girl and Jersey City Cookie Cake needs this to get through these agonizing chapters. I am shaking my head ‘cause the lil’ Borough Babe™ inside likes to remind me of my formative years. Hahaha!

Ya can take the chica outta of the BX but obviously the BX isn’t having any of that Lawn Guy Land raised nonsense. Giggling!

Shout out to Grandmaster Flash and The Furious Five for The Message, the song Cube sampled. ; ]

Enjoy your week, cookie cakes.

ADMSM

Tough Wisdom to Transform Your Thoughts (Even Tough Women Can Crack Like Eggs Sometimes, Book 2)

final-jfidmtoughwisdomtotransformyourthoughtstough-book2-4a-lgrIn Tough Wisdom to Transform Your Thoughts, Diane Morasco, author of Even Tough Women Can Crack Like Eggs Sometimes, offers 113 inspirational gems to help you develop a confident, loving mindset and encourages you to embrace the life you have been gifted with.

Morasco will share with millions of Tough Women around the globe the simple, yet reflective lesson to tap into the strength within themselves and lead a happier, more fulfilled existence by transforming their thoughts with tough wisdom to reshape their reality. Transforming your thoughts will change your perception of life and ultimately, how you live. If the spirit is nourished, the universe responds, energetically guiding you to create a superlative life that will propel you to thrive.

In this collection of inspirational gems, including: Affirmations, declarations and meditations that offer direction, illumination and sustenance to refocus your thinking, you can stay aware, encouraged and grounded daily, constructing transformative miracles in your life.

This book will help to nourish your core with strength and wisdom as you are gifted with all that you need to set sail on your spiritual voyage.