I have been notified by the Author Show that I am a finalist in this contest. It is very exciting to be considered. The final round runs through December 3rd. If you have a moment I would appreciate if you could stop by and vote. There are many authors listed and you can vote for three.
Some people say you can't go home, but it's just not true in Amarillo.
The opportunity for me to work for a few weeks in a local hospital happen to coincide with a multi year high school reunion October 6-7th.
It was so nice to see all the people that made such an impact on our lives in high school. Some of us have remained close since grade school. We have spread across the U.S. and chosen varied professions, but the smiles across our faces never changed.
We danced, laughed, stood together for multiple pictures to carry us until we find a time to meet again. Our hair and waist lines may of changed but not the memories. Group pictures showed that we still remember school spirit no matter the year you graduated.
It seemed a good time to have a book signing for Archidamus. Barnes and Noble accommodated me so that I could present my newest release to my hometown. There were people waiting when I arrived and they continued to stop, ask questions and buy Archidamus.
Amarillo has much to offer from beautiful sunrises to sunsets. The people are friendly and the town is growing. If you happen to be driving down I-40 and have some extra time, stop, eat, shop and enjoy the hospitality of my hometown.
ARCHIDAMUS by Janet K. Shawgo – Mystery & Suspense, Crime Thriller, Paranormal
Author(s): Janet K. Shawgo
Genre(s): Crime Thriller, Mystery, Supernatural, Thriller/Suspense
Publisher: North Loop Books (2017)
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AmazonGoodreadsAuthor's WebsiteOne of the NSA’s most talented agents, Zaveen “Zack” Keens, reads the agency’s unofficial notes about a soldier turned ruthless mercenary, murderer, and now her deadly adversary – Archidamus, the man she’d injured and almost stopped. Zack must learn everything she can and hone all her abilities in order to save her kidnapped fiancé and defeat the formidable murderer.
In another city, a man reflects on his first violent encounter with Agent Zack and recognizes that underestimating her is a grave mistake. As his finger follows the jagged cut on his face, he vows to kill her. Archidamus never forgets.
This suspenseful thriller introduces characters with paranormal skills that complement their survival and spy training. Knowing the agents’ capabilities, the reader begins with a confident feeling, like when you bet on a sure thing at the race track, but then you find out that your horse had an unreported injury and suddenly, what you thought was a sure bet, leaves you with growing concerns. Likewise, the reader learns that these skills come with side effects and that this killer is always several steps ahead of the NSA. And Archidamus has secrets of his own.
Zack can read minds even from a long distance, which took some getting used to for her new partner Lane Brigham, who reveals that he has some surprising mental abilities of his own. Just as these two agents get comfortable with their skills, Zach’s fiance’, Eric, is kidnapped by none other than Archidamus. They follow the trail through several states in the U.S. and across the Atlantic to Ireland and Austria. A ransom message arrives but is it already too late?
Let the reader beware, Shawgo’s writing builds a creeping suspense that will keep one engaged in the chase and through the murderer’s evasive steps. The knowledge of weaponry, some of it unique for a thriller, along with skillfully plotted strategy serve this thriller well.
Author Janet Shawgo has written four award-winning historical and romantic novels. Archidamus is her debut thriller. As with her other books, she’s created memorable characters in dynamic situations. Before putting pen to paper as an author, Shawgo served as a healthcare worker for thirty-two years, twenty of those as a travel nurse. Her past informs her writing in the way her characters emote concern and empathy throughout the story.
Archidamus is a paranormal, suspenseful thriller that also tells a story of the strength of loving bonds with friends and family. Love is the glue that holds a strong defense in place. Is it enough, though, when pitted against the face of evil in a twisted man who never forgives and never forgets?
Saturday August 5th in Orlando Florida at Disney Springs FAPA held their author conference and awards banquet.
Archidamus was awarded a Silver Medal in Mystery category! I am honored to have won this honor and appreciate the hard work the members of the association for a lovely and exciting evening.
You just finished an Awesome book! You loved every page, character, and the entire story line. You hope there is a second or third book to follow. The best thing you can do is leave a review and let the author know. Reviews help us know that our readers either love, like or if the book was not their cup of tea.
Reviews can be short, long or just a star, but the main thing is to go and do it.
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THRILLER & ADVENTURE
Archidamus is featured on American Book Fest. Great books to read so stop by and check it out!
As authors we try to get our names and work out to the public. One way to do that is through all types of contests. I would love for you to go and read my essay and vote.
Page to access/read the essays: http://wnbnetworkwest.com/WnbAuthorsShow50Writers2017-VotingPage.html
Direct voting page: http://50greatwriters-2018-phase1.questionpro.com/
I have added a small section from my essay.
I have often thought about the men and women who write. What inspires them? It could be personal causes, a love of history, life experiences, or just their imagination. It seems there are many subjects to choose and expand upon. Writing poems and telling stories was a childhood enjoyment for me. My inspiration to put words to paper began in Amarillo, Texas. As a high school senior the creative writing class was an extra credit. The teacher was known to all who had sat through English with her. She was a respected woman who inspired all of us to be the best we could be and follow our dreams. The class was filled with students who invoked laughter, and tears, challenging one another through the written word. The time I spent in this class created a love for writing.
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Nurses have change tremendously over the years. We have gone from stiff white uniforms to colored scrubs, and left our white nurses caps in a memory box. What hasnt changed is the bond between nurses knowing we can count on one another in all times.
As a travel nurse I go from city to city, state to state working in my designated area. I work in Labor and delivery taking care of high risk mothers. I would like to say my job is always joyous but that is not always the case. I take one day at a time and give all that I have to care for my patients.
Over the years I have become accustomed to packing up the car and putting the pup in the front seat and off we go. It doesnt meant I dont have a home. You know that when you take an assignment there will always be a place to go back to and chill for those precious days you have off between jobs.
When you travel you become a tourist and you take advantage of the places you go. Museums, art walks, summer events, winter solstices, you become a parat of the community while you are there. I have traveled to Europe, Bahamas, Jamaica, with nurses I met on assignment. You grow as a person when you meet new people. If you become a travel nurse you will find Adventure and make life long friends.
While traveling across the United States I found a love of history. One day I thought it would be a good idea to try and write a book about a travel nurse. I began to do research and found that women have traveled to heal for centuries. I was fortunate to be on assignment where I could go to Gettysburg and walk the fields and areas I included in my first book Look for me. I took advantage of all I could in the cities I traveled. While at home in Galveston I took the tour at the Air Museum. I was able to be taken through a B-17 Bomber and given history that made it possible for correct information in my second book Wait for me.
I began with healers from the Civil War and it led to two more books. Wondering if anyone liked my books I began to enter them into contest. After publishing five books I have been honored with over thirty awards. I have found a love of writing. Traveling doesnt always make it easy for me to find time to write but I try to balance when I can.
What is ahead for me as a traveler and author?
At this time I have six more books in the works. I hope to have several of them published for my readers. I also want to possibly retire.
It has been a great journey for me. There is much left to experience and I hope to do it with open arms and mind. Dont let life pass you by! Reach out, grab it and hang on for the ride of your life.
Thank you to those who came by and bought Archidamus. To Suzanne Roberts and her wonderful staff your kindness is appreciated.
Please join me on Saturday July 8th from 2-4 pm. I will be signing Archidamus my Paranormal Thriller. I will have goodies and something special for those who purchase a copy.
Having events for book releases can bring a lot of smiles to people and you. I have had several events for book releases and it is always a joy to see the smiling faces of winners. Many have sent pictures, posted on Facebook, twitter and other social media. I have to admit that my favorite part is meeting winners and personally giving them their prize.
Delivered a necklace from my new book Archidamus and exchanged books with Award winning author Fabiana Martinez, 12 Random Words.
Prizes and Lunch with Tonni Callan of Mc Kinney Texas. Tonni is an avid reader, blogger and has a passion for raising chickens! She is a lovely lady and happily supports Authors of all genres and types, be it traditionally published or Indie.
Happy Mother's Day to all those wonderful ladies who gave all their love to us! Hug her and tell her how much she means to you today. I'll be sending my love in a prayer today.
Received word today on being honored with being a winner in the Adventure category, through Independent press awards. Please check out all winners and honorees for this years awards. There will be a book you might want to read. http://www.independentpressaward.com/2017winners
My 2nd 2017 is the official release date for Archidamus. Physical and e book copies will be available through Amazon, Barnes and Noble, apple and many more. To celebrate this date I will be having an event on facebook. www.facebook.com/events/1816436108678676/
Swag is an important part of any event and mine will have some awesome goodies to be given to winners. Its always a good time at my events. So please join me May 2nd from 7-9:30 pm on Facebook. This is Texas time.
Five Stars for Archidamus from Readers Favorite.
Official release date May 2nd!
Archidamus has won its first ribbon in Chanticleer Book Awards. The honor was in Paranormal, Category mystery thriller. Archidamus also placed as a finalist in Clue and Somerset.
Archidamus has finally received a release date for the public! May 2nd 2017. But if you just can't wait for a copy of this Thriller contact me at janetshawgo@gmail. com for a copy. Payment details will be sent to you upon request of book.
You have been asked to talk at a book club, women's group, history class at a high school. What might assist you in bringing your book to life? A living person from that book. But how is that possible? You as the author have the ability to bring those characters to life. How you ask? With costumes!
Costumes can be a wonderful tool to help your audience get in the mood for a great evening or afternoon.
Costumes bring your characters to life and the closer you can get to that era the better for you audience.
Don't forget props from your books and era too. When you have something tangible for readers to touch it further brings your story to life.
Sara Dahmen and her family. Award winning author of Doctor Kinney's Housekeeper. Historical fiction set in the 1881.
Costumes like novels all tell a story. As an author you can only enhance your story by adding something to your conversations with readers.
Just like setting a nice table at your signings a costume can bring someone that hadn't thought about buying or reading your novel to a purchase and invite you to her book club.
Enjoy the story you have written and spent so much time on. Dress the part and engage that person who has stopped by to see what you are all about.
When you enter Readers Favorite Book contest you will notice something different on the entry form.
Each year Readers’ Favorite donates books and income to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Check the box below if you would like to help bring aid to kids in need.
"On behalf of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, and especially on behalf of the children and their families, we want to thank Readers' Favorite and its authors for your kindness and generosity."
Then there is a place for you to make a donation if you so desire. I have been a supporter of St Jude and will continue. It was an honor to have my book for sale and to know the money will go to a worthy cause to help children.
It was a beautiful day for the Miami International Book fair. Thousands of people were walking the streets checking out the hundreds of booths with books, art work, comics, t shirts, posters, and some great food. The area for chidlren was outstanding and included all types of programs for them to be involved in that day.
I found a book on traditional Chinese Medicine, research information needed for my next historical fiction. If you could imagine it you could find it there at the fair.
Find me again displayed for sale at the Miami Book Fair!
Eddie Price volunteered to man the booth on that Saturday! He took a moment to have his picture taken with me. (below)
As an author you write, edit, worry, rewrite and send to our publishers. Once the book goes from your computer to theirs you are now at their mercy. The January 1st release date of Archidamus has been delayed by my publisher again. My sincerest apologies to you my readers, But hang in there with me!! Archidamus will be out in 2017 and I will have an event.
Just remember the words of Aaron Reece Caydon...If you are a patient man, all things will come to you.
Demand for travel nurses will continue to increase!
Demand for travel nurses will continue to increase!
Maybe you are a nature person, or you like the beach, travel assignements can be almost anywhere. Texas, Florida, California, Idaho, Wyoming, Alaska, Hawaii all have the need for nurses.
You might even find that person who loves an adventure as much as you do!!
I was recently interviewed by Linda Thompson from The Author Show. The pod cast will be aired December 22nd 2016 and January 3rd 2017 all day. Just go to http://www.theauthorsshow.com/ and click on Find me again to hear the interview.
I was happy to talk with Linda who has a way of making you feel immediately at ease with her warmth and interest in you as an author and person.
Please take time to check out The Author Show and my interview.
Nurses and the Holidays
Purple Heart Awards are presented to staff nurses injured in the bombing of the Brink Bachelor Officers' Quarters on Christmas Eve, 1964. Four nurses were injured. Seen here are (probably), left to right: Lieutenant Barbara Wooster, Lieutenant Ruth Mason and Lieutenant (junior grade) Ann Darby Reynolds. US Navy Headquarters Support Activity Hospital, Saigon, Vietnam. Naval Historical Center Photograph (NH 93962).#VietnamWarMemories
Have you ever thought about the Nurses that work the holidays? Have you questioned why anyone would choose a profession that keeps you away from your family on such important days? Who would put their self in harms way and be thousands of miles away from a home that is safe?
The answer is Nurses. Nurses spend holidays away from loved ones and go where they are needed most. Travel Nurses take contracts from coast to coast to fill in where there is a need, many join the military.
When the call came during war, women answered. They left and traveled away from family and friends. Women have been in the field helping through all wars. ( The photo below is from WWI.)
In the air, on land or sea, men and women will go. Holidays turn into a regular day when emergencies come. They see to those in pain, help to calm the frightened and assist to bring new life into the world.
It doesnt mean that we dont take the time to celebrate. That we are grateful for a life that helps others. We decorate the halls, nurses stations and some times tents, the places we call home.
This holiday take time to wish those who are in the service of others a Merry Christmas.
We'll be there waiting, helping, caring for you.
I love an adventure, to travel and discovering new places.