Author Archives: Tessa

About Tessa

My name is Tessa Dean and I am an author and blogger. My writing styles vary and I love writing using prompts. I am also writing my first book, a Memoir entitled "Government Property - A Memoir of a Military Wife".  This is being published on the blog rather than the traditional way. I am putting up chapters as I go along. I keep my blog filled with useful content, stories, and poems. Plenty to keep you busy. I have also been interviewed by blogs and had other posts published on many different blogs. I also wrote a series of articles on Bipolar Disorder for IBPF (International Bipolar Foundation). I am in my 60’s and disabled which allows me plenty of time to write to my heart’s content. I live in southern New Jersey and have 3 children and 5 grandchildren. My oldest grandchild is a Sargent in the United States Marine Corps.

Need a title for my murder book series. Can you help?


I started with one book. I called it “Murder in Angel’s Cove.” Then I got the idea to write a second book. I figured no problem, I would call it, “Another Murder in Angel’s Cove.”

Well you guessed it! Now I have up to 5 to 8 possibilities and I can’t keep calling them all “Another Murder in Angel’s Cove.”

So I am looking for a title that I could use to tie them together with possibly a subtitle to separate them or call them Book 1, Book 2, etc. I don’t really like numbering them though. I was thinking more of a subtitle with the character names that are featured mainly in that story. For example, book 1, would be:

Murder in Angel’s Cove:

Scott and Sarah Callan

or Scott and Sarah

and

Book 2 would be:

Murder in Angel’s Cove:

Ginny and Thomas

and

Book 3 would be:

Murder in Angel’s Cove

Cassie (right now she is the main character, no counterpart yet or maybe not at all)

Now here are a few ideas I was given by others. Maybe you like one of these or it sparks something new for you. I am looking for suggestions so please, give me your opinions.

Angel’s Cove: Dark Obsessions

Subtitle

Angel’s Cove: Lethal Angels

Subtitle

Angel’s Cove: Lethal Hits

Subtitle

The Angel’s Cove Files

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The Angel’s Cove Dossiers

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The Angel’s Coves Murders

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Murderous Vibes at Angel’s Cove

Subtitles

Please leave any suggestions in the comments or email me privately at terri_smeigh@yahoo.com

Tessa – 

Advocate for mental health and invisible illnesses

New Author’s Website –http://www.tessadeanauthor.com

Author – Old Writing –  http://www.finallyawriter.com

About my life –  http://www.tessacandoit.com

Author of a book published on the blog, https://tessacandoit.com/government-property-a-memoir-as-a-military-wife/

I am also a youtuber in the authortube section on writing. See my videos here:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSpNS-6gfJ0s8eD1berLwQg

Looking for Editing Services? See Below!


I have a friend who does editing on the side in an effort to start up a full time business. If you are looking for edits check out:

Melanie A. Doan

Owner & Editor

Final Proof Writing & Editing Services

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Tessa – 

Advocate for mental health and invisible illnesses

New Author’s Website –http://www.tessadeanauthor.com

Author – Old Writing –  http://www.finallyawriter.com

About my life –  http://www.tessacandoit.com

Author of a book, Government Property – A Memoir of a Military Wife, on the blog, https://tessacandoit.com/government-property-a-memoir-as-a-military-wife/

Highlighted chapters are done and ready to be read.I am also a youtuber in the authortube section on writing. See my videos here:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSpNS-6gfJ0s8eD1berLwQg

Looking for my most recent work, check out my new blog listed below.


My newest blog is http://www.tessadeanauthor.com. I rarely update the two older blogs anymore.

Tessa – 

Advocate for mental health and invisible illnesses

New Author’s Website –http://www.tessadeanauthor.com

Author – Old Writing –  http://www.finallyawriter.com

About my life –  http://www.tessacandoit.com

Author of a book, a work in progress on the blog, https://tessacandoit.com/government-property-a-memoir-as-a-military-wife/

Highlighted chapters are done and ready to be read.

I am also a youtuber in the authortube section on writing. See my videos here:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSpNS-6gfJ0s8eD1berLwQg

The first part of my memoir is now complete


I have now completed the first part of my memoir. There are 9 chapters. Click here or on the page above that says books for the link to read it.

Tessa – 

Advocate for mental health and invisible illnesses

New Author’s Website –http://www.tessadeanauthor.com

Author – Old Writing –  http://www.finallyawriter.com

About my life –  http://www.tessacandoit.com

Author of a book, a work in progress on the blog, https://tessacandoit.com/government-property-a-memoir-as-a-military-wife/

Highlighted chapters are done and ready to be read.

I am also a youtuber in the authortube section on writing. See my videos here:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSpNS-6gfJ0s8eD1berLwQg

If you’re looking for some some horror prompts, check out Laura Nettles’s Blog


I know a lot of you are writers following me, but not sure how many of you are horror writers. If you are looking for good horror prompts check out Laura Nettles Blog. She has only been writing horror short stories since August, but her detail is wonderful and quite scary. He prompts are almost short stories in themselves and quite detailed.

Laura’s daytime job is lighting on some of your favorite monster movies and tv shows and now she has started writing horror short stories and loves it. She has one story currently published in an anthology and is working on her own anthology.

This link above will take you to the first page of prompts. 20 of them to be exact. Next Saturday and the one after she plans to publish another 20 each time. So if you are a horror writer or wannabe, check them out and see if you can find a few to write a short story or even a novel from them. She has quite an imagination and is great with the details and description.

Tessa – 

Advocate for mental health and invisible illnesses

New Author’s Website –http://www.tessadeanauthor.com

Author – Old Writing –  http://www.finallyawriter.com

About my life –  http://www.tessacandoit.com

Author of a book, a work in progress on the blog, https://tessacandoit.com/government-property-a-memoir-as-a-military-wife/

Highlighted chapters are done and ready to be read.

I am also a youtuber in the authortube section on writing. See my videos here:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSpNS-6gfJ0s8eD1berLwQg

Exciting News


First off I am sorry to have been missing so long, but I am just getting over a severe case of colitis and my stomach is finally allowing me to eat solid foods, very limited solid foods, but solid foods. I was in the hospital for a week and a half and on 2 antibiotics to try to kick this out of my system. Now to make sure it is not an autoimmune disorder such as crohns, ulcerative colitis or diverticulosis I have to have a colonoscopy on February 1st! UGHHH!

Now for the exciting news. I have finally finished my novel. I wrote “The End” on Monday night and am editing now for beta readers which I will need volunteers for. If you are interested in beta reading a thriller/mystery/suspense novel let me know either here, at instatgram @tessawritesfulltime, or email terri_smeigh@yahoo.com. I need an email address in order to share a google doc with the reader. There will be questions at the top which you are not absolutely required to answer, but I would appreciate if you would, plus google docs allows you to add comments (I think you just highlight it and after that I am not sure how it works, but my first reader did it). This is my very first novel and I wouldn’t be surprised if there is a lot wrong with it. I didn’t read a bunch of craft books either.

Title – Murder in Angel’s Cove

Synopsis – philandering husband, 2nd wife suspicious and on the hunt, throw in a stalker or two and then add 2 murders and stir.

News Flash – Just spent 6 weeks in hospital


Tessa Dean - Author

It wasn’t good news. I have congestive heart failure. I was on oxygen and it took almost 4 weeks in a rehab hospital to wean me off the oxygen. I still have some problems breathing, coughing, temperature (some possibly due to a flu shot), swelling in the feel and legs. I had four Covid 19 tests. All negative. They are very painful. I haven’t felt like writing and after 6 weeks in bed 24 hours a day, most days, I am having a hard time readjusting to the real world.

I have to find a cardiologist now. I have to have another sleep test since my sleep apnea is slowly shutting down my organs and I need to get it under control.

I got my hearing aids today although I am feeling scared to put them in.

I have a huge list of doctors to see. This is not helping…

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What Is An Overnight Sleep Study (Polysomnogram)?


What Is An Overnight Sleep Study (Polysomnogram)?

I have had three of these so far. I was fitted twice for a sleep mask to fit a BiPap machine since I can’t use a CPap, but no one could find a mask that fit me right. I finally gave up on it since it was actually waking me up all the way every night, all night. For those of you who can find a mask to fit (my head is child-size) you should do well with it.

The study itself wasn’t that bad once you get over the awkwardness of being hooked up to electrodes and knowing that someone is actually watching you sleep.

Tessa – 

Advocate for mental health and invisible illnesses

New Author’s Website – http://www.tessadeanauthor.com

Author – Old Writing –  http://www.finallyawriter.com

About my life –  http://www.tessacandoit.com

Author of a book, a work in progress on the blog, https://tessacandoit.com/government-property-a-memoir-as-a-military-wife/

Highlighted chapters are done and ready to be read.

I am also a youtuber in the authortube section on writing. See my videos here:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSpNS-6gfJ0s8eD1berLwQg

 

 

Committed! Recovery at a Mental Health Hospital!


A new website that I contribute to and to spread the vision of hope and regrowth despite what we have been through. Stop by and we are still looking for contributors if you are interested.

Out of the Ashes

I didn’t feel as if I had anything left to live for. My mental anguish made daily living unbearable.

Bipolar Disorder 1 with psychosis, Borderline Personality Disorder among other Personality Disorders (there are many, not just one), Severe Anxiety so bad that I was terrified of people, new places and even getting up in the morning, along with Panic Attacks that would stop me dead in my tracks were just a few of my mental issues. I also suffer from severe OCD so bad that I have trouble leaving my house because I am sure the door is unlocked and the stove still on, no matter how many times I got out of my car and check the door lock and stove. I have PTSD which started due to several rape attempts when I was a teenager and then when the twin towers fell in 2001 I was sure every…

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Exercise for Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome


Exercise for Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

I am going through this right now as I am doing physical therapy per my pain management doctor’s orders. In the first three weeks I thought I was going to die. It took two days to get over the intense pain and fatigue. I was only doing 2 days a week and for less than 30 minutes. Now I can do the original program and they added a few more exercises in.

Thursday, July 9th, I am getting my second injection on the other side of my spine.

I also have a back brace that doesn’t fit me right as I am short-waisted. The woman who ordered it, insists I am doing it wrong. I doubt it, but someone is supposed to show me on Thursday so we will see.

Tessa – 

Advocate for mental health and invisible illnesses

New Author’s Website – http://www.tessadeanauthor.com

Author – Old Writing –  http://www.finallyawriter.com

About my life –  http://www.tessacandoit.com

Author of a book, a work in progress on the blog, https://tessacandoit.com/government-property-a-memoir-as-a-military-wife/

Highlighted chapters are done and ready to be read.

I am also a youtuber in the authortube section on writing. See my videos here:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSpNS-6gfJ0s8eD1berLwQg