Hello lovelies! It gives me great pleasure today to host Bailey Baxter and her new book, “The Mirror of Doom”! For other stops on her Goddess Fish Promotions Book Tour, please click on the banner above or any of the images in this post.
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The Mirror of Doom
by Bailey Baxter
GENRE: Middle Grade
What would you do if you got stuck in another world? 12-year-old Tim Hunter and his two older siblings panicked. Just a little. (Can you blame them?) Unfortunately, the only way they can return home is to steal a magic mirror from an evil queen. Yes, that’s right. Evil! To make matters even worse, enemy soldiers, horrible creatures called galrogs, and even a dragon will do anything to stop them. Do they have what it takes to make it home alive? There’s one way to find out. This fun, fantasy-adventure for middle-grade readers is available on Amazon.com.
What’s Keeping You From Pursuing Your Dreams?
Come on… you know you have them. Deep down inside, you feel like there’s something you were “made” to do. A purpose only YOU can fulfill.
But things get in the way, don’t they?
One of my dreams – my desire to be an author – goes way back to my childhood.
Oh, I toyed with other career ideas – like being a nurse or a pirate. But I can’t stand the sight of blood – and I never could get behind senseless pillaging – so I kept going back to my true love.
But here’s the thing. I let my brain get in the way.
Back in that day, self-publishing was not even an option. You had to go through traditional publishers and agents. And the chance of your manuscript being accepted was small.
Even worse, I remember reading at the time that only 20% of authors could survive on the money produced by their books. Just 20%!
That meant I had an 80% chance of failure.
Those odds were unacceptable to me. So, I put my dream of writing books on hold.
Like a dutiful, responsible daughter, I followed my parents’ advice and studied business and marketing in college. I took jobs supporting computers, working at a bank, and managing an accounting office. But the whole time, I was unsatisfied and unfulfilled.
I even became a freelance copywriter, which allowed me to write for a living. And it wasn’t enough.
A dream is a dream.
Look, I’m not going to say pursing your dreams will be easy. Frankly, it was quite the opposite for me. I worked for more than 10 years (on and off) on my first book, “The Mirror of Doom.” That meant I sacrificed my free time during lunch hours, nights, and weekends to make it happen.
Was it worth it?
I fulfilled a dream.
I just want to encourage you. I don’t know what your dream is. I don’t know what obstacles stand in your way. But take steps toward fulfilling it today.
It doesn’t matter if all you can manage are baby steps. Just keep moving in the right direction. And one day, you will see everything fall into place.
You, too, will see a dream come true.
Ron started down the hallway toward me. “Timmy, give Kat her diary back, or I’ll take it from you myself.”
He would, too. But I wasn’t about to give him the chance.
I turned and threw myself against that mysterious closed door, giving the glass knob a big twist. It opened suddenly, and I found myself stumbling forward into a dark room. Quickly regaining my balance, I shoved the door closed. It took a bit of fumbling in the darkness, but I found the key and quickly turned it.
Locked. And just in time, too.
The doorknob jiggled.
“Timmy, open this door,” Ron said.
Ron’s fist slammed into the other side of the door with a loud bang. “Open the door, runt!”
“Go away. I’ve got some reading to do.”
“Timmy!” Kat practically screamed my name through the door. “If you even open my diary, I will kill you. Do you understand?”
Oh, I understood all right. But come on! Kat’s diary was usually guarded more closely than Fort Knox. This could be my ONLY opportunity to see what’s inside. I’d be crazy NOT to read it!
I slid the little book out of my pocket and stretched out my other hand to feel for a light switch — and froze, my heart pounding. I heard a noise. It sounded like a footstep.
And it seemed to come from inside the room.
Bailey Baxter is the pen name of a somewhat successful copywriter who writes online "junk mail” for health supplement companies. She's been writing stories since childhood. In fact, when she was 12, Bailey wrote and illustrated tiny books that she stapled together and passed to her friend during class. (She was never caught.)
Bailey grew up in Ellington, CT – a small town where cows outnumbered people 2 to 1. She currently lives in Asheville, NC with a mischievous Shih-tzu named Lucy. Fortunately, Asheville is weird - and proud of it - so it gives her plenty of inspiration and plot ideas for new books.
Her first book, The Mirror of Doom, was inspired by a certain pesky brother named "Jimmy" and the childhood desire to find a wardrobe to a place like Narnia.
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