Book three KINDLE edition is now available for purchase! Those of you that pre-ordered it is ready for your reading pleasure! Please get your reviews in. I sooo appreciate everyone’s support with my writing endeavor. I have to admit I’m excited to see what you think. ENJOY your journey into the Unseen Universe!
Jorja DuPont Oliva
Chasing Butterflies in the Unseen Universe-COMING SOON!
Hello dear friends!
Book Three is COMING SOON! November 2015 it will be available to the public.(fingers crossed!) I’m really excite about this. I have been asked by many if this is the last in the series. I have to say yes. BUT and that is a big but, there is a lot of area’s that I can branch off from. (So it’s not the last you will ever hear from the characters!) I have a lot of really cool things I am working on. I have a few short stories I plan to publish real soon. I also have a poetry book in the works. I have some really cool holistic approaches to heath care I have been trying out and plan to do a few blog post to share what I think. Book number 3 ! I still can’t believe it! I’ll give you a little peek….
Ripley seeing reflections
“Look at the stars, see their beauty. And in that beauty, see yourself.”-Draya Mooney
The year is 2056 and at eighty-six years old, in a world whispering-nothing is the way it was, I, Ripley Smith Watson, stand closer to the end of my journey. At least it felt like time danced by faster these days. My husband passed the year I turned eighty. That point of my life, my journey had ended. Brightest of days had long since passed. Questions of where I would go at the end of my journey called life, were a constant these days. Would I have a legacy to leave behind for my family, my daughter Lindsey, and my grandchildren? Will I be just a memory for them? Did I teach them well enough? Was Dee right with her belief of transition? Was Lizzy right with the idea of heaven existing? I was never much of a believer in spiritualism or organized religion. Things were just as they were. I never questioned that matter. From years of working for my father at the hardware store and eventually the hardware store became my store, I saw life just as I did hardware. I called my belief Hardware-ism.
You need good tools to build a home or a happy life for that matter. Each tool has its job to help in creating each life and you build your own desired outcome. May it be a home, a child’s tree house and even a bridge to cross over a river.
I considered myself more of an atheist back in my younger days than I am now. Now, I teetered on the fences of belief, the fence I built with my tools…(Unedited version)
COMING SOON!!! Chasing Butterflies in the Unseen Universe
Jorja DuPont Oliva
Are any of your characters based off of real people?
Of course. All of my characters are based off of real people. One Character could have at least 5 people in the combination. I write off of feeling and emotion. My characters come from how people make me feel and that attachment to them. I wanted to do my writing that way to see if people who I know, could find themselves in the story. ()f course mostly in book one.
Where did the idea of BUCKETS come from?
I am in the bar business.(Yes I own a bar with a dear friend) I have been in the bar business for 20 years. We were 23 and 21 years old when we started out in the business.(Crazy right? That why the story needed to be written). BUCKETS was also a vision of another business I had with the same dear friend. So I combined the two in the story. I am still part of that business but now I play more of the book-keeping and prep cook roll. (Of course that is by choice, because I need time to write-right?) Check out this video-
That is us!
Is book one and two based off of your real life?
Book one started out to be a memoir of my life… yes, but manifested into some greater. I will say now, that it is very similar to my life story, the trials, the learning and the rewards. Kind of like a blue print or an outline. Book two, I went more from my imagination although the trials, the learning and the rewards also came from my life experiences. (Being in the bar business you see many lives up close and personal. Almost as if you have lived it your self. At least it is like that for me.) By the way, I probably have heard thousands of stories over the years as I served beers, and that I am very thankful for.(lots of writing material)
What character do you feel you are most like?
All of them. Okay I am probably like Lizzy the most. Occasionally I see a hint of me in Dee, Ripley and even Johnny.(I was a tomboy growing up, I always loved nature and I love butterflies.) As for Lizzy, I am not as innocent an naïve as she appeared to be either. ( sure I was at some point in my life.) I wrote Lizzy that way to see her growth a little clearer or help the reader feel it a bit. We all were innocent at one time and face it, we all have a little demon in us.
Why did you write book one as a blue print of your life?
As I stated before, it started out to be a memoir. As I started writing I realized that friends and family knew my real story-Right? So I wanted to add some mystery, puzzle, and magic, make it fun for them to figure it out. They were going to be my fan base-right? So it may not be actually what happened, but it should spark a memory of what really did happen. I know that is what happens for me when I read books that are similar to my life.
What is the most important meaning you were trying to accomplish in both of your books?
This is the hardest of questions to answer. I wanted to help people learn about themselves from the events that play out in their lives. (everything happens for a reason.) To see those friendships that are destined to make each of us whole. The fact that sometimes terrible things may happen in your life but end up being a blessing in disguise. I believe that every person that enters into your life, offer you gifts. Maybe something you were suppose to learn or even just support through difficult times. I was blessed to have been born into an awesome family and never really experience a dysfunctional life or very many hardships. I am a very empathetic person almost as though I can feel the pain of others going through hardships.(Probably why I was always a pretty darn good bartender.) With that being said, I tend to want to be that same support for others. As for the meaning, there is always something to learn if you open up your awareness to it and the base of it all is LOVE , RESPECT, and ACCEPTANCE for one another.
What was the reasons for the quotes to begin each chapter?
I have a great love for the written word. They were put there for me. Throughout my life I have learned a lot about myself.(I do a lot of soul-searching). I have gained a lot of wisdom that I see many people still struggling with. I would find that wisdom and eventually run across a quote that matched exactly as to how I would interpret that particular situation. It is a lot like the Indian proverb-Wisdom comes only when you stop looking for it and start living the life the Creator intended for you. – Hopi
To be continued….
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Friendships are the Magical Gardens
manifested on a swing.
Friendships are the trees in the Mystical Forests
patiently waiting for spring.
Friendships are the Unseen Universe
where the stars are a line.
Friendships are the constellations
the future may find.
Friendships are the cool fall breeze
that gently will blow.
Friendships are the glistening river rocks
as the waters flow.
Friendships are the twinkling of stars
shining in the night.
Friendships are the perching eagle
preparing to take flight.
Friendships are the magical sounds
of the pounding rain.
Friendships are the comfort and strength
to those in pain.
Because of written words
friendships will never die.
Butterflies are friendships and
always were meant to fly.
Friendships are kindred and always real.
Friendships are precious not even death can steal.
Today I decided to jump… on the band wagon. May I say this was very hard for me to do. This is a subject that hits very close to my heart. This week was very hard for me because I saw how everyone was jumping on the Robin Williams band wagon. Some for personal gain others because it hit home for them. It hit home for me as well. I did want to tell my story to help those needing that help but also didn’t want to jump on the personal gain band wagon. Chasing Butterflies in the Magical Garden was written to help people deal better with the suicide issue. It was the main reason I wrote it. SIGN #1. It was based on actual events that played out in my life. This is a subject that is very hard for people to talk about and I too struggle with. I’m not a wonderful writer but I will improve in time. My intentions for writing the book was help someone (Even if it is only one person) See how beautiful our lives can be especially after over coming hard obstacles life throws at us. What made me decide to write Chasing Butterflies in the Magical Garden? I had a story that suicide impacted. I had beautiful relationship, beautiful memories and beautiful moments were created because of tragedies like this and others that were prevented. Something I always say to myself when looking back… if we wouldn’t have survived that, then the other wonderful things would have never happened.
Why I decided to jump was…I believe in signs! I believe they come from God. They are to help guide us in the direction best suited for us. I’m not out to convince anyone of this but it is how I believe. I believed he was helping me through the writing process of Chasing Butterflies in the Magical Garden. Why you ask? Because I got signs! Yep, I sure did. (That will be another book)- Writing this blog Signs were slapping me in the face again! I scrolled Facebook daily reading quotes from Robin Williams and all the movies he had played in. My favorite movie of all time was “What Dreams May Come” I loved it so much that when it hit DVD my husband bought it for me. I have literally watched it a hundred times and each time I found something I missed. Ironically that movie was about suicide SIGN #2. Then Becky Pourchot (a fellow author) had a blog-Thanks for the Camel-thetransparentauthor.wordpress.com- SIGN#3 Take a look at it and you can understand more. That moment I started to look for “MY SIGNS” I realize there were many.(I am only mentioning the ones that stand out the most.) and if I should even blog about this subject. Then I look on Amazon my review page and see two really bad reviews of my book. (No that wasn’t a sign) I was devastated. My heart crumbled as though it was being ripped from my chest. (I secretly had been waiting for a bad review) I never expected to NOT get a bad review, just was not expecting them to be that negative.(Almost down right evil). I was very close to stopping myself from writing any more, at least for the public. That being announced, which too was very hard for me. I saw myself sinking like a rock, wanting to stop communicating and rereading them over and over. (Mind you I have 33 awesome reviews) but I dwelled on the two bad ones. Why you ask? I suppose it is part of our human nature. I sat staring at the bad reviews and said a prayer to God. It was something like this…
I’m ok that I got the bad reviews. I’m not asking you to make me a better writer or them a nicer reviewer. I am asking you to give me strength to continue writing, continue helping people with my writing. My intentions are good intentions and that is all I ask of you. I will work hard as I am able. I will become better on my own. I am asking you to help me help people coup with life tragedies, imperfections and losses.
Not long after, I signed onto Facebook the first picture that showed up on my computer screen SIGN#4-I KID YOU NOT!
Yep, a BUTTERFLY and Robin Williams- notice the quote! My words, even if they are simple, they can reach a greater number of people. My idea’s may be strange but they too can reach people. So my question is (to myself) could I change the world? Maybe not but if I can change one persons life, I’m a step in the right direction!
Thank you God…because today I write…
Book two of the Chasing Butterflies Series is almost ready for your reading pleasure! I’m very excited! I will be honest, I surprised myself with this one. I have improved a great deal in my writing and imagination. This all has been a great learning experience for me. I plan to keep writing and continue with MICHAEL RAY KINGS wonderful GO WRITE and YOU CAN”T GO WRONG classes. There will be a book three with this series -I have started researching already! I do plan to venture into more uncomfortable work in the future! Here is the cover for CHASING BUTTERFLIES IN THE MYSTICAL FOREST! I can’t wait !!! We are looking at October 2014 as publishing date.
Jorja DuPont Oliva
Dee and Lizzy are chasing butterflies once again, this time in the mystical forest.
Life is often something other than what we think it is. And, when darkness takes over, we can stay in the shadows, or step out and search for the truth, which brings light.
Dee’s search takes her to the Mystical Forest where secrets are abundant. As she grapples with what is real and what is not, Dee’s precious friendship with Lizzy may be at stake.
Alone in her travels, will Dee find her true path? Will her quest for happiness be found in a mysterious childhood chest? Can the family curse she discovers be broken? Is Dee’s fate to be alone her entire life? The answers lie somewhere hidden in the mystical forest.
Is anyone truly meant to spend their entire life alone? In Chasing Butterflies in the Mystical Forest, Dee searches for the truth, to free her from darkness and solitude. As Dee grapples with what is real, and what is not, Lizzy can only keep faith, so it doesn’t consume their friendship. Once again, a lesson can be learned: things are not always what you think they are…
I know…I know Book one just came out. I am still smiling like the joker with that but I CAN”T STOP WRITING! I haven’t been sleeping with all the ideas I have for the next book. I had started It just before my first was published. I wanted to take my time with it BUT now that the new year approached and pressure from my readers for another book…Well I’ve got my butterflies back and I’m so excited to get this one done. I’m 1/4 of the way and plan to work each night on it until it’s finished…that is a promise! I learned something about myself this year…I am a people pleaser! I tend to neglect things that I feel are important to me to please others. Now I have found my happy medium. My writing is important to me and you reading my stories is important to you. Thank you for the wonderful reviews and most of all thank you for wanting more! Here is a little taste of book two!(Possibly-I never know which way the story will go until I get there!)
Dee is struggling with the thought of being alone for the first time in years. After discovering her near death experience has opened her eyes to the other side- the spiritual realm. Secrets lurk around every corner that she steps. There is questions needing answers. Everything she thought about her family history were lies of convenience. Dreams of the past taunt her into discovering she has broken the curse put onto her family centuries ago-or has she? A childhood chest opens her up to a world she has imagined to be her fate. Searching for truth is the only answer and Lizzy is the one to show her the way.