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Live Free with USA Today Bestselling Author Angela Kay Austin. Angela explores the world of books and travel, one person and one country at a time! Is that an odd mix? Hmm. As she travels, she’ll introduce you to the people, culture and books of the community around her.

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Live Free with USA Today Bestselling Author Angela Kay Austin. Angela explores the world of books and travel, one person and one country at a time! Is that an odd mix? Hmm. As she travels, she’ll introduce you to the people, culture and books of the community around her.

    Travel Interlude: Rye, England

    Travel Interlude: Rye, England

    Hey guys! Today, I'm taking you on a quick trip to #Rye, #England! I'm calling this the English countryside. Am I right? Or wrong? I have no clue!!!

    Don't forget to follow me on your favorite social media: https://linktr.ee/angelakayaustin

    This was a short #travel excursion to the countryside. #Rye was such a quaint town with a #castle, beautiful church, antiquing, but no #Uber!!! How does that happen?!

    If you have ever been to #Rye let me know what you think? And if you have suggestions for other beautiful places in #English countryside, shout out at me on social media!

    • 3 min
    Author's Mindset: Heather Rae

    Author's Mindset: Heather Rae

    There is a balance to everything, right? Life balance is about priorities. But how do you do that when you're a mom, travel nurse and #indiepublished #author?

    Don't forget to follow me on your favorite social media: https://linktr.ee/angelakayaustin

    #HeatherRae is a #self-published author who has been #publishing for six years. She also work full-time and is a mom of three. Now, throughout my #indiepublishing career, I've always worked while I pursued my dream, and it has not always been easy to find time to #write. This why you find there are times when I've fallen off and I haven't #published #books.

    #HeatherRae and I talk about this illusive balance, and just what it takes to try to stay relevant in the world of #indiepublishing. 

    We also chat about her career and a travel nurse and why I need another degree :-)

    • 30 min
    Travel Interlude: Liverpool, England

    Travel Interlude: Liverpool, England

    Can anyone say, "Road Trip"? Yay! We were able to hop on a train and take a quick trip to #Liverpool. I don't really know what I expected, but I did enjoy each moment!

    Don't forget to follow me on your favorite social media: https://linktr.ee/angelakayaustin

    My mother once told me that she loved #TheBeatles, and so now that I have the opportunity to visit their land of The Beatles, why not visit?! To watch this video, check out my #YouTube channel:https://www.youtube.com/AngelaKayAustin

    Can I tell you that this trip surprised me in more ways than one!!

    Have you ever done something in honor of someone else and then discovered something new for yourself?

    • 5 min
    Author's Mindset: Brian W. Smith

    Author's Mindset: Brian W. Smith

    I've heard a lot about Brian's work through book clubs out of #Memphis, #Tennessee. The organizer of one club DM'd me and told me of her love for his #books and asked me if I planned to interview him.⁠

    Don't forget to follow me on your favorite social media: https://linktr.ee/angelakayaustin⁠

    You know that if someone in my hometown vouches for anything, I have to check it out!!! So, I looked him up and reached out to ask him to join me, and he said yes!⁠

    If you're not familiar with #BrianWSmith, now is your chance to get to know him.⁠

    To view this video, check out my #YouTube channel!

    Here' more about Brian:⁠

    Brian W. Smith is the award winning, bestselling author of thirty-three novels and screenplays. The following is a list of his educational background and literary accomplishments during his sixteen-year career:⁠

    Literary Accomplishments:⁠

    • Dallas Morning News Bestseller⁠
    • Amazon Bestseller⁠
    • Target Retail Stores Bestseller⁠
    • Black Expressions Bestseller⁠
    • Received the “Key to the City” from the city of Daytona Beach, Florida, for literary contributions.⁠

    Professional Background:⁠

    • Owner, The Script Repository (company specializes in adapting books to screenplays)⁠
    • Professor of Creative Writing at Collin College.  (2012 to Present)⁠
    • Currently signed to Simon and Schuster (the largest publishing company in the world).⁠
    • Lead Writer for Legitimately Mallie television show.⁠
    • Has ghostwritten 10 novels and memoirs for other authors.⁠
    • Owned a publishing company for seven years.⁠
    • Bestselling Mystery Series (The Sleepy Carter Mysteries) is currently being considered for television adaptation. ⁠

    Educational Background: ⁠

    • Master of Business Administration (MBA), (2006), University of Dallas ⁠
    • Bachelor of Science, Social Science, (2002), Mercer University⁠
    • Bachelor of Science, Business Administration, (2000), University of Phoenix ⁠


    Brian is a native of New Orleans, La., and currently resides in McKinney, TX.⁠

    Contact him:⁠
    bws@authorbrianwsmith.com⁠
    bws@scriptrepository.com⁠

    • 30 min
    Night out in London: Nina Simone and Me

    Night out in London: Nina Simone and Me

    Well, kind of! I was invited to a #jazz concert. The cover band were covering the fabulous #NinaSimone!

    Don't forget to follow me on your favorite social media: https://linktr.ee/angelakayaustin

    In case you didn't know, I played the clarinet and saxophone for about twenty years. (No, I cannot still play, but my beautiful niece has picked up where I left off!) That being said, I love music, and #jazz is one of my favorites. Literally, I turn it on when I wake in the morning and it eases me into the world!

    With the change in the rules around #lockdown and #COVID, this was my first post-lockdown muical event. And it was worth the wait. The band covered Nina Simone's "I Feel Good," "Sinnerman," "My Baby Just Cares For Me," "Misunderstood," "Mississippi GodDamn," and other favs! To view this video, visit my #YouTube channel!

    #OvalSpace was new to me, but I would definitely visit again. The staff were friendly and the venue was quaint. I will definitely visit again!!

    • 2 min
    Afton Locke On Writing

    Afton Locke On Writing

    I want to introduce you all ot Afton Locke. She is definitely one of the most surprising women I've met on the #indieauthor circuit. She's always so soft spoken and quite, but don't put a microphone in her hand!!!

    Don't forget to follow me on your favorite social media: https://linktr.ee/angelakayaustin

    Afton has published #Romance #books and for many years has written several #interracial #Romance #books. One of the things that I like about her is that she's taken this chance. For those of you who are new to my channel, you may not understand that #writing #books that feature women of color is taking a chance. I and other Black women #authors have been turned away from some publishing houses because of this face. Which is why it makes it so unique that Afton, who is not a #Black woman, takes this step and writes many of her #books from this POV.

    I hope that you guys will join me as I chat with Afton to learn more about this quiet woman who took a chance with her #writing and chose to publish  #novels rich with history and diversity.

    Here's more about Afton.

    Afton Locke is a USA Today Bestselling Author who writes outside the box. Her trips always inspire her, sometimes years after they’re over. She lives with her husband, usually surrounded by animals, both wild and domestic. When she’s not writing, Afton enjoys hiking, cooking, reading, and watching retro T.V.

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AftonLockeAuthor
    Twitter: http://twitter.com/aftonlocke
    YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/aftonlocke
    Website: http://www.aftonlocke.com/

    • 28 min

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