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Writing Tip — 16

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When it comes to writing your book the opening sentence is the most important thing you will write. That sentence needs to hook the reader and reel them in. It needs to make them WANT to continue reading to find out what is happening or will happen. That opening sentence should set the reader to wondering and have them continue reading to learn the answers. Finding the opening sentence can be a royal pain in the rear. With it, you introduce the main character, set the tone of the story, and the setting. The sentence can be short or long, but don’t overdo it. Don’t stress out if you don’t get it right the first time.  Once you finish the first draft of your story, you will have plenty of time...
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Today’s Featured Author – A.V. Boyles


Today I welcome author A.V. Boyles to my blog. Her debut book, The Phazor’s Tale: Gems of the Dragons, came out in 2014. The second book in the Tales of the Four Realms series will be out later this year. Interview Tell us a bit about yourself.  Hi!  I love to tell stories and fantasy is just right genre for me.  My fascination with dragons started about a decade ago, with the first book I bought on dragonology.  I don’t know what possessed me to do so; maybe it was the unique embossed cover, or the impeccable illustrations.  Whatever it was that enticed me, I’ve been hooked ever since.  For me, the entire enchanted realm is completely enthralling.  Spin it all together with witches or wizar...
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Writing Quotes — Stephen King

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Quote of the Week – February 21

Holding onto anger is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die. ~ Buddha Original link
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The Complete Guide to Ebook Distribution

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Review of “Hardened Hearts”

I finished this collection the day after Valentine’s Day, which was kind of perfect.  These are not your typical love stories, although “love” is the general theme connecting them.  I was very impressed with each writer, and I didn’t feel … Continue reading → Original link
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Getting my kids their own debit cards


When Jase was five we began giving him a small allowance  to teach him about money. In the beginning, I would put cash in his wallet. When he went to store, he paid for his items. We did the same for Lexie when she turned five. (For those of you who don’t know, the kids are now 12 and 9.) Then in 2015, the kids received iPads for Christmas and with that came online purchases for apps and games. As online purchases became a norm and with Jase making money doing yard work, it became easier to keep track of their money on a spreadsheet. As time passed, we ended up just keeping track of their money virtually and stopped putting cash in their wallets. It was easier with online purchases or for th...
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Self-Publishing Tip — 1

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When you decide to self-publish, you can’t just put the book up for sale on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or other ebook retailers. This is no time to sit back and wait for the money to roll in. You have work to do, my friend, and this work should be started before you publish. If you haven’t done so, start a Facebook page and sign up for Twitter. Join groups that deal with promoting eBooks. Trust me on this, don’t put any of this off to the last minute. If you have a regular FB page, set up one for you as an author, and one for the book you are going to publish. Connect with other indie authors. When they promote a book of theirs, share the link on your page. Chances are they will do the same for...
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Today’s Featured Author – Pat Bertram


Please welcome author Pat Bertram to my blog. Her book Madame ZeeZee’s Nightmare came out in August 2017. Here is an excerpt from it. Excerpt I didn’t want to kill Grace—it was her idea. I’ve literarily massacred hundreds of thousands of people, so it shouldn’t have been difficult to do away with one petite older woman, but the truth is I couldn’t think of a single reason why I—or anyone—would want Grace Worthington dead. Though most of us humans frown on murder, we do grudgingly admit some folks are so villainous they need to be eliminated, but no one would consider Grace a villain. She is charming, kind, with a smile for everyone, and the ghost of her youthful beauty is still apparent on h...
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Writing Tip — 27

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Micro Fiction — Up to 100 words. Very difficult to write, but an interesting exercise for you to try. Like all stories, this needs a beginning, middle, and end. Flash Fiction — 100 to 1000 words. A bit easier to write, since you can go into more detail and dialogue. Short Story — 1000 to 7500 words. You should be familiar with this form of writing from English class in school. Write a short story as an assignment on such and such theme. Novelette — 7500 to 20,000 words. Something like this could be expanded into a novel. Novella — 20,000 to 50,000 words. Novel — 50,000 to 100,000. Accepted lengths in today’s publishing market. On average around 80,000 words. Epics and Sequels — 100,000 plus....
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Novel Writing – Endings and Epilogues


This post is the twenty-seventh in a series about writing a novel. You can check out the list of past topics at the end of this post. Every story must end. At some point after your story’s climax, your characters will return to their regular lives. Before that there may be some fallout from the climax as the consequences of your character’s choices are played out. But knowing exactly where to stop your story and what you want the last words to be are not always easy. Here are some tips to ending your novel. Ensure the ending makes sense. Don’t cheat and suddenly have everything work out fine. Your ending doesn’t have to be happy (unless you are writing a romance novel in which case there oft...
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Cover Reveal for “Origini”

Some love heals.  Some love consumes.  Which love wins? Learning the truth about the malevolenci war changes everything.  The fairies, jinn, and vampires have already rebelled, and now zealots threaten to go a step further by siding with the enemy. … Continue reading → Original link
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This Week in Indie Publishing


Author Don Massenzio Pros & Cons Of Self-Publishing An Ebook By ISBuzz Team  If you’re considering writing a book now, you have more publishing alternatives than at any other time in history. Among the many options, you can go the traditional route and submit your manuscript to an agent who will work to get you a book deal with a publishing house, or you can do everything on your own. This latter choice has advantages and disadvantages worth exploring, so let’s take a look at the pros and cons of self-publishing an ebook. What Exactly is Self Publishing? Self-publishing  is the act of conducting all of the aspects of producing and marketing an ebook on your own. This means you’ll come up wit...
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Quote of the Week – February 14

Love isn’t something you find. Love is something that finds you. ~ Loretta Young Original link
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World Building Checklist


Rachel Poli A lot comes with world building. There’s so much to think about. Will it all be needed? Maybe, maybe not. However, it’s best for you to know absolutely everything just in case something comes up. World Building: Things To Think About Type of world GeographyClimateHistoryRules (of the world and magic, if magic exists)MagicTechnologyPeople/RacesReligionFood, habits, gesturesLanguageGovernmentLawsEducationCalendarClothingTransportationCreaturesCurrencyTimeHousingLeisure/Activities What are some other things you would add to your world building? Let me know in the comments below! Twitter  |  Instagram  |  Pinterest  |  GoodReads  |  Double Jump View original post Original link
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Our vacation plans for 2018 are set


Anyone who follows this blog knows that I am a planner. In fact, one of the trips my family will take this year has been in the works since 2016. As it stands right now, we have three trips out of town as a family. I can’t say they are all vacations as one of these is a work trip for my husband but a vacation for the rest of us. Albuquerque, New Mexico I went to 8th through 12th grade in Albuquerque, NM before going off to college. But I returned every summer during college and even got married there in 1995. Over the years I made a few trips home to see my family. The last one was three days after Sept 11, 2001. (I can remember the date because the day I flew was the first day flights resum...
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Hometowns


Writers Envy I wrote an essay for this blog a couple years ago about what it feels like to be a military brat and not have a hometown. Other military brats will understand what I mean. I was born in Turkey and lived in several places before Dad finally retired in Tampa. Dad was born and raised in Bradenton, Florida, Mom in Nederland, Colorado. But my four sisters and I were born in different places. I think it was tougher on my two older sisters; they packed up and moved more often than I did, so they had more friends to say goodbye to and never see again. I’m not complaining: I thank God I lived the life I did, traveling all over the world, experiencing other cultures, making friends with k...
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To review or not to review?

As a reader, when you purchase a book, do you bother to leave a review when you’ve finished it? I do, as I think it’s important to share your opinion with others. Why? Well, if I’ve enjoyed the work, I want others to enjoy it too. If I haven’t, I must admit I chicken out […] Original link
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The 2018 Interview Series Featuring Elle Boca


Author Don Massenzio Welcome to the 2018 author interview series. Author interviews will be posted every Friday throughout the year. I am honored to continue this series with fellow Florida author Elle Boca. For those of you that have read my interviews in the past, you’ll find a new set of questions in this series. You can catch up with all of my past author interviews (nearly 200) on my  Author Directory page. If you’re an author interested in being interviewed in this series, I still have limited spots available for 2018. You can email me at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Now, please enjoy this interview with Elle Boca: Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want? I stri...
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Today’s Featured Author – David L. Heaney


Today I welcome author David L. Heaney to my blog. His debut novel, A Yorkie’s Tale: Lessons from a Life Well-Lived, came out in October 2017. Interview Tell us a bit about yourself. I have had, what I think, is a really interesting life. I hope it will continue to be as interesting as it has been so far. I grew up for the most part outside New York City during the ‘60’s and early ‘70’s. I look back on my life during that time and like so many others wonder how I survived. It was wonderful but crazy. I had no idea what I wanted when I went to college so initially majored in English then discovered philosophy and loved speculative metaphysics even as the area was gradually falling out of favo...
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