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GHOSTS OF THE PAST 4 Days Ago Have you ever opened up some of your long forgotten poems, short stories or novels? Painful right? The document is probably littered with vague pronoun references, unnecessary shifts in tense and fused sentences. Even worse, there are sections of the story that don’t contribute to the plot, insignificant characters and mawkishly sentimental underlying messages. If you’re like me, the first thing you do is plant your face in your hands (a.k.a. the “Face-palm”) and try not to cry. Afterwards, you stare at the Delete button, tempted to obliterate all proof that this story or poem was once yours. Finally, after waging a war with your conscience, you decide to live and let live, leaving the document alone, but lamenting about how terrible your writing once was. But wait, that’s not fair. Your old work shouldn’t be some dark secret that needs to be hidden from the world. It should be a testimony of what you’ve accomplished. Not only did the “old you” put a lot of effort into that story, but the work is a reminder of who you as a writer once inspired to be. It’s a roadmap of your writing life. Sometimes, we as writers are very hard on ourselves. We have to be because we’re constantly pursuing perfection. However, we forget that we didn’t just learn how to write overnight. There wasn’t some magical gift bestowed upon us by a divine being. No, we had to start somewhere and work at it, and those old documents are a symbol of that. For me, once the shock wears off of how bad my writing once was, I realize how beautiful these works really are. Because behind the jungle of grammatical errors and turbulent plot hooks is a vision I once had. I see Justin Alcala, the writer who wanted to give readers a little scare with his horror stories. I see Justin Alcala, the yarn spinner who wanted to give a fresh perspective on legends and folklore. I see Justin Alcala, the young man who wanted to make people happy by telling great stories. All too often, we authors get swept away by the power that comes with having your works published. I know I get a real kick out of talking to my publisher about cover art or sending new ideas to my editor. It’s fun to put your work onto bookshelves. But we can’t forget about the fundamentals. We need to remind ourselves why we started writing in the first place, and those old tales are just the thing. So the next time your dusting off an old manuscript, remember what those pages really mean. The words may tell a bad story, but the history of its creation is its own sort of autobiography.

A Dead End Job is the perfect Stocking Stuffer

The Ghost of Christmas Future has his own intern, and they’re looking to give season’s beatings to anyone who tries to cheat Death. Put this award winning urban fantasy novel in your cart today!

Readers Love A DEAD END JOB by Justin Alcala

Join Justin Alcala’s Book Tour this week!

Join me all this week for my 42 book-blog site tour! I’ll be answering questions about A DEAD END JOB, and my other books, telling stories and giving bad life advise.

All the tour stops are listed here:
November 8:
1: Literary Gold
2: Wake Up Your Wild Side
3: Westveil Publishing
4: Travel the Ages
5: Stormy Nights Reviewing & Bloggin’
6: Sadie’s Spotlight
7: Author Deborah A Bailey blog
8: Ilovebooksandstuffblog
9: JB’s Bookworms with Brandy Mulder
10: Coffee and Wander Book Reviews
11: Jazzy Book Reviews

November 9:
1: Fabulous and Brunette
2: All the Ups and Downs
3: Long and Short Reviews
4: Tina Donahue Books – Heat with Heart
5: The Pen and Muse Book Reviews
6: Wendi Zwaduk – Romance to Make Your Heart Race
7: Independent Authors
8: Hopelessly Devoted Bibliophile

November 10:
1: Andi’s Book Reviews
2: FUONLYKNEW
3: The Avid Reader
4: It’s Raining Books
5: The Obsessed Reader
6: The Faerie Review
7: Eye-Rolling Demigod’s Book Blog
8: Momma Says: To Read or Not to Read
9: The Key Of Love

November 11:
1: Aubrey Wynne: Timeless Love
2: Read Your Writes Book Reviews
3: Welcome to My World of Dreams
4: Seven Troublesome Sisters
5: Locks, Hooks and Books
6: Harlie’s Books

November 12:
1: Gina Rae Mitchell
2: Kit ‘N Kabookle
3: Novels Alive
4: Sandra’s Book Club
5: Triquetra Reviews
6: Iron Canuck Reviews & More
7: Sybrina’s Book Blog
8: Beyond Romance
9: Our Town Book Reviews

Today’s Tours


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https://galestanley.blogspot.com/2021/11/a-dead-end-job-by-justin-alcala.htmlhttps://www.westveilpublishing.com/?p=12579https://traveltheages.blogspot.com/2021/11/welcome-to-author-justin-alcala.htmlhttps://stormynightsreviewingandbloggind.blogspot.com/2021/11/a-dead-end-job-giveaway.htmlhttp://sadiesspotlight.com/a-dead-end-job-giveaway/https://dbaileycoach.com/brightbooks/2021/11/spotlight-giveaway-a-dead-end-job-by-justin-alcala/https://ilovebooksandstuffblog.wordpress.com/2021/11/08/a-dead-end-job-book-tour/https://jbbookworms.blogspot.com/2021/11/a-dead-end-job-by-justin-alcala-noir.htmlhttps://coffeewanderbooks.blogspot.com/2021/11/book-tour-excerpt-dead-end-job-by.html

Guess Who’s the ManyBooks Author of the Day…that’s right — Justin Alcala

That’s right! ManyBooks.net has given me the prestigious honor of being the Halloween “ManyBooks: Author of the Day.” Check out the link in my bio come 10.31 to read my upcoming interview, talk about A DEAD END JOB, and other literature fun!

https://manybooks.net

Join Justin Alcala on Haunted AF, Read & Write podcast, Goodreads, Reddit & Publisher’s Weekly

There’s so much deathly A DEAD END JOB fun! Join me 10.28 on @hauntedafpodcast for a ghost story, late November on the @readandwritepodcast ! Play the Reddit “Scythe” game to find out what weapon Death’s scythe would turn into in your hands. Join goodreads to get a winning copy of the book, and check out the great Publisher’s Weekly review! Check it all out at http://www.justin Alcala.com.

“A Dead End Job” Is Here

I give you 💀A DEAD END JOB 📖
Join Ned the undead hitman as he interns for Death. If you love absurdist fiction, urban fantasy or sarcastically fun books, this is the one for you. Find out why Publisher’s Weekly named it “Best Book of the Week” and why Speculative Fiction Foundation made it one of its top picks. Get it on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo Books or wherever great books are sold! ! !

Get it on Amazon, Barnes & Noble or wherever else great books are sold.

A Dead-End Job https://www.amazon.com/dp/1956136088/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_4YXEZCB013WEFX6APWEQ

Death needs a vacation. Badly. But there’s a catch: There are people who cheat the system, always falling through the cracks and not dying like they’re supposed to. Who’s going to take care of them while Death’s sipping on sangria? 

The answer is simple: Death needs an intern, and it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to realize that one prospect, Buck Palasinksia-a bankrupt hitman with a roleplaying addiction-might have what it takes. While scoping out his next target, Buck gets drilled in the forehead by a bullet and falls right into Death’s lap. 

If they shove him back into his body, he’ll have a few weeks to prove that he has what it takes to be Death’s right-hand. 

All he has to do is take out Public Enemy No. 1, John Dillinger, and quit smoking.

Award Winning Urban Fantasy: A Dead End Job 10.6

💀Giveaways and Contests Ready? ✔️
📖 Amazon, B&N & Kobo ready to print? ✔️
💀”A DEAD END JOB” Ready for October 6th Release? ✔️
It’s finally around the corner. Please be ready to order your copy and follow the link below to enter for a free hard copy along w/ Death’s vault key.
A Dead End Job: “Work until your dead, and then work done more.”
Contest: http://www.parliamenthousepress.com/contest