Anna's Way (Ditch Lane Diaries Book 2)
D. F. Jones
Released May 3, 2016
Author Email: Jonesmedia@comcast.net
Book Title: Annaâs Way (Ditch Lane Diaries 2)
Author PEN Name: D.F. Jones
Author Location (for press releases) Nashville market
Name of series and book number in series: Ditch Lane Diaries, Volume 2
Genre: Paranormal Romance Angels with metaphysical and visionary elements. Secondary Genre: Fantasy Angels
Publisher: Jones Media
Date of Publication: May 3, 2016
ISBN: 978-0-9861227-2-9 Paperback
ISBN: 978-0-9861227-1-2 E-book
Number of Pages: 296
Word Count: 87,670
Formats available: E-book and Paperback
Cover Artist: Amanda Northcutt, Jones Media
About the Book:
It's a pinch of City of Angels with a smidgen of Constantine and a dash of Michael. The Ditch Lane Diaries begins in 1977 and follows three childhood friends (Anna, Ruby and Sandy) from college to adulthood. Love and joy, heartache and tears, held in the hands of destiny by divine supernatural forces and powers. A healer, a dreamer and a soul reader on life's journey of discovery to true love and how to use their divine gifts.
A splelunking adventure changes Annaâs life forever. She receives the ability to heal through a divine power and meets her guardian angel, Ralph, who teaches her how to use her gift. Anna's power grows stronger with every passing year as does her drive to become a doctor. When Anna receives an out of state scholarship for medical school, her love for Jerry has her torn. She has been in love with Jerry for most of her life. Does she pursue her dream, her divine calling at the risk of losing true love?
The Ditch Lane Diaries is a paranormal romance that includes angels and demons with metaphysical and visionary elements fighting an angelic war over Earthâs humans. The many twists and turns give the reader plenty to contemplate over life choices. The Ditch Lane Diaries is for readers Adults 18+ and trending Women 35+ with a medium heat level.
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Meet the Author:
D. F. Jones
After years of developing creative advertising for my clients through my media company, I had the compelling desire to write something for myself. If you love to read and get immersed into the characters of a book, then you will catch a small drift of how incredible it is to write your characters and breathe them into life. I fell in love with writing and trust you will enjoy my books.
A little about me: After graduating MTSU, I landed a job as a broadcast consultant at the ABC Affiliate in Nashville, which led to me opening my ad agency. Iâm happily married to the love of my life and my best friend, KJ. We have two gorgeous sons whom I love and adore more than life itself. I love to laugh, and my husband keeps me in stitches!
Connect with D. F. Jones:
Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/D.-F.-Jones/e/B011YUN8HG/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1462367833&sr=8-1
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1685136070
Books by D.F. Jones
Rubyâs Choice Ditch Lane Diaries, vol. 1
Annaâs Way Ditch Lane Diaries, vol. 2
Sandyâs Story Ditch Lane Diaries, vol. 3 coming soon
Antique Mirror, a short story
Advice for those who want to write or new authors
It is important to cultivate friendships with other authors. They have been where you are now. Write daily and never give up. See your story through until the end. Anytime I get an idea I write it down. Whether itâs a napkin or my IPhone. I have thousands of pages of notes. I came by this quote, the writer is unknown, but it has stuck with me âGet it written, then get it right!â
If you are going to self-publish find a good editor, proofreader and formatter. Hire a professional to design your cover.
Editor: A good editor will make or break your book. You donât have to stay with an editor or a publisher if you are uncomfortable with their feedback or lack of feedback. Read the fine print of any contract. If your gut is telling you something isnât right, trust it and move on. Writerâs Beware is a site which offers insights on individuals and companies that do not have good reputations. Review this site!
You need to find an editor that works in your genre. Itâs important to relate well with your editor. If it doesnât work or your stressing about it, look for someone else.
Beta Readers: During your second pass find Beta Readers Theyâre a godsend. Listen to their comments. If you have two or three betaâs saying the same thing, then it is a good rule of thumb to revisit your manuscript for a tweak.
Proofreader and formatter: You may want to find a good proofreader after your manuscript has finished its last pass. By the time you make it through your third pass, your brain has a tendency to auto correct mistakes. My brain auto corrects in any passâ¦.And then lastly, find a good formatter. You want your manuscript to be polished. An editor, proofreader and formatter will help you accomplish your goals.
Bookcover and marketing. Hire a professional. If you are not a designer, then donât design your book. If you want to be taken serious, then have a seriously professional book cover, website and even social media ads.
Once youâre book is published, donât rest on your laurels. Start writing again even if you only write scenes. Remember, not everyone will like what you write, at the end of the day, it is your book. As long as you love it and youâre happy, then someone out there will love it too.
1. When do you write and how often? I write either in the morning 7-9 am or from 9 pm-12 midnight. Iâm a night owl. Iâm most productive at night. There are times when I write all day long when the mood hits me. But, as I rule, I write two to three hours a day. Any more than that and you risk burnout.
2. Can you tell us about your current work in progress? Sandyâs Story is the third installment of the Ditch Lane Diaries, coming this fall. Sandy has a secret that no one else knows except her guardian angel, Baldric the Warrior. The storyline delves into the growing relationship between Sandy, the clairvoyant or soul reader and Baldric the Warrior and the rules of Heaven that prevent them from being together.
3. What inspires you to write? Music. Annaâs Way starts in 1977 and takes the girls to the middle 1980âs. I made playlists on Spotify for Rubyâs Choice and Annaâs Way. The readers may just click the link below to listen to Anna'a Way by DF Jones Author
4. Whatâs your favorite item on your writing desk? Photos of my smiling sons.
5. Whatâs your favorite genre and why? Paranormal Romance, Fantasy with metaphysical and visionary elements. I also like writing about Time Travel.
6. Any advice for those who want to write or new authors? I still consider myself as a newbie. It is important to cultivate friendships with other authors. I have met so many wonderful authors. I know a lot more now than I did last July when my debut novel, Rubyâs Choice went live. I made the decision to self-publish. Itâs important to research. Join writerâs groups. Attending writing workshops. Write daily and never give up. See your story through until the end. Whether itâs a napkin or my IPhone, I have pages and pages of notes. Do not allow any negative comments or reviews to stop you. I love my books and I want readers to love them. However, I know everyone will not like my books. In the end, itâs my book and I love them!
7. What do you do when you are not writing? What do you do for fun? I love spending time with my family and friends. Whether its going concerts, restaurants or football games. Laughter is the key to happiness. I try to live by my momâs motto, itâs better to laugh than cry.
8. What else would you like to share with your readers? Life passes by in an instant. Be happy in life. Donât let the darkness and negativity get you down. My new tagline line that I sign in my books, âMay love light the way.â Corny maybe, but I like corn!
Interview with Jerry McDaniel
I meet Jerry for our interview at his Tech World offices. Itâs a sleek grey and black building with floor to ceiling windows. His receptionist Sarah takes me to the second floor where his assistant Kaye meets me at the elevator doors and offers me a cool glass of sweet tea and I accept. Itâs late summer and Tennessee is scorching hot.
The door to Jerryâs office opens and he is smiling down at me. This gorgeous six foot three blond with piercing blue topaz eyes reveals the most irrestible dimples. He has broad shoulders and narrow hips. The kindness in his face puts me at ease at once.
Jerry: Welcome Ms. Jones. Iâm glad to meet you. (I go to shake his hand and he hugs me which makes me a little weak in the knees. Jerry radiates light and his laugh is infectious.) Iâm a hugger. Come on inside and take a seat.
D.F. Jones: Thanks for meeting me today on short notice. Hey is that a Chris Chambliss jersey? My dad is a huge Atlanta Braves Fan.
Jerry: I love baseball and I love the Atlanta Braves. My dad took me to games as a kid and I got hooked. (Jerry is wearing a white buttoned down polo with a pair of bluesjeans and cowboy boots. It accents his golden, sun-kissed tan. His eyes hold my gaze and I nervously take out my notepad.)
D.F. Jones: So, Jerry, what made you go into software development?
Jerry: (He chuckles) Iâm not sure youâd believe me. Letâs just say it was divine providence. I kinda have a gift for writing code. I also hit the market at the right time. Do you believe in destiny? ( He sits beside me on the leather couch and turns to face me, placing one arm on the back of the couch. His colgne is a heady combination of spice with a touch of vanilla and I feel myself getting a little light headed.)
D.F. Jones: Well, yes, I do believe in destiny. Do you? (This time Jerry burst out laughing and I start laughing too, although Iâm not sure what Iâm laughing about.
Jerry: Good, me too. Do you believe in angels?â
D.F. Jones: Hey, Iâm the one that's supposed to be asking the questions here. But yes, I believe in angels. Do you?
Jerry: (He drags his fingers along his beautiful face. He has the face of an angel) Iâve met angels. Thereâs actually one in the room with us now. Luwenia, show yourself.
(I turn around abruptly but I see nothing amiss. Jerry shook his head.)
Jerry: I tried, but sheâs a little shy around new folks. Sheâs a warrior angel.
D.F. Jones: (The hair on my arms stand straight up and I feel a prescence in the room. I shift in the seat uneasily. ) Huh, so, where are you from Jerry?
Jerry: (He leans back against the couch) Iâm from Everglade, Tennessee. Itâs a peaceful place with a slow, gentle rhythm to everyday life. Everglade has two-lane streets lined with hundred-year-old maple trees and, in the distance, the rolling hills of the Highland Rim. Everyone knows each other and you can leave your doors unlocked at night.
D.F. Jones: (I smile) It sounds like a wonderful place to live.
Jerry: It is, you need to drive out Salem Highway one day and stop by the general store, one of my best friendâs works there. Ruby makes the best bread.
D.F. Jones: Sound delicious. Jerry, what do you want from life?
Jerry: (He scratches his head and looks toward the ceiling like heâs contemplating the answer. Then he pins me a look that has the air backing up in my lungs) I want happiness. Success is great and I love to spend money, but happiness will make the rough spots smoother. I want to marry the girl of my dreams if she says yes.
D.F. Jones: Sounds like you have someone in mind.
Jerry: Aw, I do. I love her something awful. Just being in the same room with her makes my day and nights worth living.
D.F. Jones: (I sigh) Could you describe yourself to me?
Jerry: (He tilts his head to the side) Iâm a country boy, raised on a farm. I work in the city, but my heart is on a tractor cutting hay on my dadâs farm. Fresh air and hay bales, just nothing like it in the world. Iâm loyal and honest too. ( I believe him)
D.F. Jones: So, what do you do to chill out? And what do you do with your friends that you donât normally donât do with your family?
Jerry: I love hanging out with my girl and my friends. Thereâs not much that I donât do with my family. Iâm an only child and Iâm close with my family. I love them. I like music and I love to boogie! (He laughs and throws his head back and I chuckle. There is no pretense with Jerry. He seems truly genuine.)
D.F. Jones: You mentioned your girl. Was it love at first sight or did you will fall in love over time?
Jerry: (He chuckles again) Well, it wasnât love at first sight. I dated her best friend in high school. She practically had to hit me over the head. But it was love at first kiss. From the first moment I kissed her, I knew I would never feel the same again.
D.F. Jones: Sheâs a lucky woman Jerry. I hope she knows it. Well, thatâs about it. I appreciate your time.
Jerry: Oh, Iâm the lucky one because she loves me too. Youâre very welcome. You stop by and see me anytime youâre in this neck of the woods. (We both stand and I start to shake his hand) You know Iâm a hugger.
Jerry gives me a hug and walks me all the way to my car and even opens the door. His chivalry and kindness are quite remarkable. Yes, his girl is very lucky indeed.