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Code Blue: An Oath to the Badge and Gun Series

The Code Blue Series somehow became something bigger than me. The best way to describe it is looking at the world now and what’s going on, on the police force. I started to question what good cops are feeling in a position where they’re forced into upholding their badge than their own morals and values. 
When I decided to write about Gary, I knew I had to take race out of the picture when it came to him and who he was. In my mind, I had to say, let’s focus on the racism in America between police officers and black and Latino men. What is not discussed is how there are black and Latino police officers who are racist against their own too. It’s not just white cops versus black and Latino men. 

There was a need to address that in my books but in the midst of it, you’re trying to figure out what race Gary is. The reality is no matter what race Gary is or you choose to make him, any police officer who commits the wrongs that I write about in my books, there’s a lack of upholding the oath you took to protect and serve the community. It becomes follow agendas and doing what you’re told regarding black and latino men.

We lose a sense of the things that are constantly going on because it doesn’t happen to us. It’s a mentality of, “if it doesn’t happen to me, I’m good.” Well...until it does and by that point it’s too late in addressing the constant issues that are going on in our communities daily. Gary is the good cop who’s caught in a lot of things he never thought he would be.

The community he grew up in and decided to serve and protect has become a city of turmoil. I felt I had to incorporate him having a child because there’s always someone looking up to you and this is the prime example of it. Gary, Jr. is an innocent child who doesn’t know the atrocities of the world until he starts watching the news at night and seeing his father at crime scenes and wanting answers.

There was a need to make Gary, Jr. the smart, intuitive child who is keen to what’s going on around him. That forces Gary to fess up to his wrongdoings and admit that he’s part of the cover ups, corruption and lies. It makes him realize he’s a hypocrite in teaching his child to being honest and doing the right things when he isn’t doing it himself.

The relationship between them is constant throughout the series with a plethora of letters written to each other. I thought of doing emails or phone calls but I wanted to go old school with their communication before technology engulfed and infiltrated our daily lives. It’s a relationship that becomes tumultuous and Gary ends up losing the two most important people in his life, his wife and his son because he’s so engulfed in a job that’s made its way into their home. 

The series takes a lot to write because I want to make sure I’m addressing the corruption while keeping Gary’s thoughts and feelings in it. It’s a hard battle and also writing it to where it’s believable, truthful and Gary is someone you can relate to. He’s a combination of a protagonist and antagonist and it’s something that isn’t done often in stories. This is to make you think about how many good cops who want to do the right thing, this is a job that want to do but you are forced into this brotherhood of keeping the lies, secrets and corruption among themselves. 

My goal with this series is to not only make you think and realize what’s going on in America daily, but to also put you in a police officer’s shoes as he/she pounds the pavement everyday. Are there good cops, definitely. But there’s also the bad ones and the biggest problem is the good ones aren’t exposing the bad ones, afraid of the backlash, losing their careers, their paychecks and pensions which is one of the first things I address in the beginning of Part 1.

Hopefully you all understand and realize that there’s a lot that has to be done to make society a better place. The battle is exposing it all from what goes on in the streets to inside of the precincts and corporate offices in America. It’s up to us to get things right and remember it all starts with the guys in suits and then it trickles down to the police departments. 

Code Blue 1-3 is available on all major bookstores (Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, iTunes and Scribd). Part 4 releases December 2018. 



Jamell Crouthers

Aquarianmind 
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The Struggles and Growth of a Man Series

The Struggles and Growth of a Man Series

This series wasn’t really supposed to be a series. The Struggles and Growth of a Man was my first book ever published and I honestly thought my book was so good that people would discover it on Amazon and the sky would be the limit in my success. I started thinking of my life ahead and I had no website, no social media presence, a terrible book cover and the book was oversized at 8 x 10 (it basically looked like a children’s book). 

Luckily I learned things and got sound advice from some good people and I resized my books to 6 x 9, and I’ve changed my book cover 3 times with this series. I’ll honestly say a lot has happened since I wrote my first book (started a website with blogs, recorded 2 audiobooks and part 1 of this book is available on my website through audio, YouTube page, and other things). 

Now onto discussing this series, while I’ve only published 2 of the 5 books so far, this series will pickup again next year (scheduling a few other books to publish before I get back to this series). I must say the progression of Robert from an adolescent into a man has been a journey. He learns a lot about himself, who he was, what he’s becoming and what he wants to be.

Believe it or not, a lot of men struggle with daily things in their lives, we just don’t talk about it openly. This is a series where you learn a lot about a Robert but also his brother Michael and they go through daily struggles together. After they’ve lost their parents and mentor to untimely deaths, now they must maneuver through life from what they’ve been taught and through life experiences.

The world has all of these stigmas of what men should be and Robert learns it’s not all true. He goes through a journey of finding himself and along the way his younger brother Michael gets out of prison and joins him on this journey of life. They are going through their share of struggles but having each other is what keeps them grounded no matter how much happens to them and what they experience.

This series impacts men but also allows people to get inside the mind of a man a little. We're in constant thought about our lives and us wanting to be accepted in society. It's not easy for us and we're not built to be strong all of the time. There's a hope that this series enlightens all of the readers and allows them to understand that life is all about growth.

Part 1 and 2 are available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, iTunes, Kobo and Scribd:
















Be good and go accomplish your goals!

Jamell Crouthers
Aquarianmind 
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Writing Books In Series


When I first started with publishing books, I didn't know what my plan would be. As time went on, I started to think about how I wanted to build my brand. I would read articles on authors and how they wrote and the biggest thing they said was to write books in a series. It never dawned on me to do that but so many authors do it with their books.

After thinking about that as a concept, I figured out how I would do it. I made a decision that if I was to write a series in any of the books I was going to do, it was never going to be more than five books. The reason why is, you don't want to drag out a storyline, you definitely don't want to make characters boring and it's only but so much you can continually write about with certain characters.

It was a great idea and I had to figure out deeper storylines on how I was going to write my books. So if you are an aspiring author or you are an author yourself, writing a series tends to draw readers in. Even though I'm still growing an audience with my author brand, releasing new parts to the series helps me to continually improve my writing.

Even though I write about different subject areas dealing with societal issues, there's always the challenge of continually getting better, improving and developing characters along the way. You go through an emotional rollercoaster with the characters, you grow with them, you get mad at them, because that's part of life and growth. I definitely enjoy going back and forth and writing different books because it keeps my mind fresh.

While I would have loved to have written let's say The World We Live In with 5 straight books, I knew that wasn't going to be a reality. That's how most authors do it but I like to end books with cliffhangers and keep people wondering what will happen next. I've always been one to do that so it keeps readers intrigued and wanting more. I mean, isn't that the goal anyway?

If I decided to write The World We Live In straight through, I feel that my content wouldn't be as good. I need time to think over characters and how I'm going to continually write them and develop them. There has to be a backstory that leads to the present moment and writing about experiences and what got them to this place. I love the challenge of doing that and sometimes I need to observe the world a little in order to write better content in my books.

All in all, I enjoy the process with writing, it's very rare I get writer's block. I tend to write and let things flow and then make small adjustments later to how I wrote it. Sometimes I add more to the storyline, sometimes I leave it alone and even sometimes I delete out stuff that doesn't fit into the story.

The best advice I can give people with writing is to write what they feel, write what you're comfortable with and continually develop your craft.

In the next few weeks, I will delve into how I write my different series of books. I will be posting how I write the Code Blue series, The Struggles and Growth of a Man series and The World We Live In series. So definitely stay tuned as it will be an in depth look into how I wrote fictional characters in a real life setting.

Be good and go accomplish your goals.

Jamell Crouthers
Aquarianmind
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The Mental, Physical and Emotional Aspect of Your Journey


Being emotionally, physically and mentally drained when you're chasing something great in your career will eventually happen. It's said, it's like hitting a wall and in all honesty, it really is. At this point of my writing journey, I have hit a wall. I'm physically tired all of the time, I'm emotionally tired and mentally tired in all aspects of my life.

While it is good to take a break from it all, it's not easy to do when your mind tricks you into doing work. As I write this, I'm more mentally tired than anything and for numerous reasons. I'm going at this 7 days a week and very rarely do I take breaks (which is not a good thing). For me, there's always something to do, I'm in a competitive mindset (with myself) and that's because I'm an athlete and I'm determined to win.

Sometimes on your journey, it's good to take a day off, sleep in, relax a little, do something else that you enjoy (sports, TV shows, spending time with family, music). You can't become engulfed in something that it takes away from enjoying moments in your life. We all want to be successful but at what price? I'm not going to lie, I pass on hangin' out with people, going out, being around family all to write or record or do book promotion.

Lately, I've slowed down and I've spent time with my family for a day, I went to a comedy show which was great because I needed to get my mind off of everything I'm doing. I have definitely lost myself in this journey of writing and trying to reach people with my books. Right now, it's a love/hate relationship and some days the love for it is there and some days the hate is there because the results aren't showing itself.

The best advice I can give to people who are chasing their constant goals of doing well in what they're passionate about is, know how to balance your workload and your personal time to yourself. Personal time means not working all of the time and doing something else that takes your mind off of the work you're doing. I know, easier said than done because while you're taking personal time, you're subconsciously thinking in your head of what you need to do next or something that you should be doing.

Yes sacrifices need to be made to accomplish your goals but don't lose yourself in the process and become mentally drained where you lack mental focus. Stay the course in your journey but get the rest needed, eat well, exercise and take care of yourself mentally.

Be good and go accomplish your goals.

Jamell Crouthers
Aquarianmind
 
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