About J. L. Campbell

National Bestselling Author, J.L. Campbell writes in a range of genres. Campbell, who hails from Jamaica, has penned forty books. She is a certified editor, and book coach. When she’s not writing, Campbell adds to her extensive collection of photos detailing Jamaica’s flora and fauna. Visit her on the web at amazon.com/author/jlcampbell or  www.joylcampbell.com

ABB Mother’s Day Edition

Today is a very special day for mothers the world over. We may not always feel appreciated but on this particular day our children pull out all the stops to show their love.

When I was twelve years old, my father died. At the time, I had just entered high school. Making that adjustment was difficult enough without having to deal with grief and the financial changes.

It was a challenging time for my mother, who provided everything for the next seven years of high school and pre-university studies.

We experienced some lean years, but I never went to bed hungry and if I lacked anything, I never noticed. By example, she taught me how to work hard and be resilient.

Twenty-one years have passed since she earned her wings but I’ll be forever grateful for the many sacrifices she made for me. She passed just two months after my son was born and she always wanted grandchildren, so his birth made her happy. She didn’t live long enough to see me become a published author, but I know she’d have been proud.

Here’s hoping you still have your mom around and if not, cherish the memories.

In keeping with my family values, one of the stories that affected me most while writing it was Dissolution. It’s about a Jamaican family that goes through a season of upheaval because of a sibling that comes to the family unexpectedly. Dissolution is a rough ride, but the characters are dear to my heart. If you enjoy poignant stories that involve large families and smart kids, be sure to try Dissolution.  

Making Time For Things We Love

 

In the last two years, when I was at home for a while, the days seemed to be everlastingly long. Half the time, I couldn’t tell what I’d done with each day. At the same time, all the things I needed to do didn’t seem to get done.

Now, I’m still working from home some days, but they go by so quickly, it’s hard to reconcile the fact that so much time is passing. That brings to mind all the things I enjoy that I don’t do enough of—blogging is one of those things.

As I scrolled through my posts recently, I was reminded of how much I enjoyed the blogging community and that I’ve lost contact with a fair number of people whose company I used to enjoy. Visiting other writers’ blogs was fun and I learned so much about places I was unlikely to visit. Plus, the writing community is filled with so many wonderful people.

These days, most of the writing I do is fiction and rest is for work. Sometimes, at the end of the day I’m so exhausted I can barely think, much less write. More than ever, I’ve been thinking how important it is to make time to do the things we love. Life is so short and goes by in a flash.

I’ve been trying to make more time for reading and I’m hoping I can practice my calligraphy because it has been a while. Gardening seems to be a distant thing in my rearview mirror. It’ll take some doing to switch things up, but I’m game. Life is about living to the fullest and that’s what I am to do.

What are some things you like to do but find you aren’t indulging in them anymore?

Speaking of time, I’d like to introduce you to a character who refuses to acknowledge that her relationship has changed over the years. She has become the woman scorned but has no intention of making that her permanent situation. At least not without a taste of revenge. https://lrd.to/absolution

7 Lessons for 2022

We’re already into the second month of a new year, but I’m still learning from the stuff I did and didn’t do last year. Here are a few things I’ve come to recognize.

Some things will never get done, no matter how hard I push. Even though I diligently put them on a list, somehow I can’t seem to get those jobs ticked off. I’ve learned that nothing gets done before it is ordained for me to complete it – even if I fight to accept what is.

I can do anything, if I stay focused. Lists work wonderfully well for me, as long as I stick to them and actually look at them once in a while. 2021 taught me that I am a master at slaying impossible deadlines, but I’m aiming to be more focused in 2022.

Knowing when to say ‘Stop!’ Many of us would be amazed at the amount of time we waste aimlessly scrolling through social media sites. After realizing how many minutes I was using up by gawking at things that didn’t concern me, I developed the habit of saying, no more, you’re wasting time! That has been enough to get me to pull back and continue with some productive activity I should have been doing anyhow.

Stop comparing. Besides being a time suck, gazing over the fence can lead to comparison. Gee, Suzy Success is doing so well … and here I am, not even making a dot on this landscape. Comparison will steal contentment every time. I’ve tried over the past year to be more grateful. It is important to realize we’re all on different journeys and that life is a marathon and not a sprint.

Choose friends and associates with care. At times, we get caught in the trap of drifting into relationships that are not always mutually beneficial. Sometimes, it’s only when I’m in the boat and rowing like mad that I realize not everybody is moving those oars in the same direction. I’ve learned that less can be more, and synergy is super important when I’m aiming for my version of success.

And the bonus stuff I learned this year—When God says yes, no man can or will say no. I’ve proven this so many times in one year that it’s unreal and I’m grateful for the many mountains He has moved for me.

Also, even in small things, I can be a source of inspiration for others. When I don’t believe anyone sees what I’m about, a random comment reminds me that while people might not say anything most of the time, they notice what I do.  I also tell people around me to operate with a spirit of excellence. Go beyond what’s expected, even if you’re the only one who knows about it. This way of doing things has rewarded me in amazing ways. I’m sure you can say the same thing as well.

If you haven’t picked up your copy of Unforgettable Courage, be sure to do so. This #0.99 boxed set is a sweet romantic suspense deal you won’t want to miss.

Together, they’re like oil and water, but they can’t stay away from each other.

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Enjoy the rest of your week!

7 Must-Dos in 2022

Around the start of the new year, many of us would have already decided how we’re going to improve ourselves and our lives. We create lists of goals we plan to achieve. But just looking at, or thinking about everything on our plates can be daunting. When we become overwhelmed, we shut down and very little gets done.

For 2022, I’ve decided to do things a little differently, starting with the fact that I didn’t do any kind of graphic to share how many books I published in 2021. If I had, I’d have been comparing it to the larger number I produced the year before and you know how that goes …

We women tend not to take good care of our mental health. Fact is, if we’re not in optimal shape, we can’t take care of others. Here are my suggestions for making life just a little easier on ourselves.

  1. Don’t assume a task is going to be hard to do before you get started. Worrying about it builds up a lot of anxiety that’s often a waste of time once you get started and everything flows together smoothly.
  2. Stop worrying about things that may never happen. Ninety-nine per cent of the issues we worry about never become reality. Don’t buy trouble. Live in the now. Even if you have challenges, remember they don’t last forever.
  3. Enjoy the present moment. Life is short and when we’re old and can’t do the things we used to, that’s when we’ll look back and see how much time we wasted. Time and energy used up thinking about challenges that didn’t happen cannot be restored.
  4. Whatever is on your heart to do, do it now. Whether it’s a course in baking bread, crocheting, or writing a memoir or novel. Today’s the right time. Just. Do. It. Visualize what you want, then chase after it as if someone is trying to take that dream away from you.
  5. Rest. That’s it. Get enough sleep to give your body the chance to repair itself. Our brains and bodies and will not operate at the level they’re meant to if we keep cheating on sleep.  
  6. Read every day. Aside from learning new things, the written word (especially in the form of fiction) can take you away from your current circumstances and transport you to places you may have only heard about. Be an armchair explorer. It doesn’t cost you much.
  7. Nothing is as important as your peace of mind. Preserve it with everything in you. As best as you can, stay away from toxic people who suck the joy out of you. Pray. Meditate. Preserve your peace. Strive to be happy.

Go forth and enjoy your year!

For today only, my romantic suspense novel Grudge, is free to download at lrd.to/grudge

Corra Bingham is on an island vacation, recovering from a bad break-up, when she realizes she’s being stalked. Against her wishes, a determined police office, Phillip Denham, takes her under his wing. Using his skills as a detective, he races to find answers that will prevent Corra from ending up on a slab in the morgue.

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