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New Release ~ Cupid's Arrow Vol. 2


Valentine’s Day encompasses romance for all ages. People go out of their way to show their affection for the one they love with flowers, candy, perhaps a special meal. Just how did this day come to be? Valentine’s Day can be traced back to the third century, when Emperor Claudius III of Rom decided young men made better soldiers than those with wives and families to care for. Valentine, a young man who preached the word, felt this was injustice at its worst. He defied the emperor and secretly performed marriages for young lovers in secret. Once his actions were discovered, the emperor ordered he be put to death. Get Cupid's Arrow Vol. 2 on Amazon Today, we honor his memory by celebrating rom...
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Best Seller Lists


Good morning and welcome to Monday Blogs. Today, we’ll be talking about those elusive best seller lists. We’ve all seen these lists. USA Today, the New York Times. Oh, the famous authors who have graced those pages. Doesn’t it just make you long to have your book and your name featured on them? I mean, everyone certainly wants to be on these coveted lists. We’ll certainly do anything to get on one. To be honest, that was one of my goals when I made the decision to go from the writer with a huge stable of stories I was always editing, rewriting, and tweaking on to a published author. It seemed so simple to get there. All one had to do was research the guidelines to get on one of those lists. ...
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Lover's Reunited


Good morning and welcome to Sunday Book Blog. Today, we’re discussing when lovers reunite. How can they overcome the trouble in the past that separated them? Can they make a bright, new future? Get Last Chance on Amazon The horror they survived have separated Keri-Lynne and Jack. Can they move past that and reunite? Blurb The tragic death of their child in a horrific fire scars Keri-Lynne and Jack Montrose in ways they never could have imagined, driving them apart for eighteen years. It is only when the truth of the fire comes out that they have one last chance to accept and embrace the love that they buried for so long. Excerpt A soft breeze, the kind that came during the warming from winte...
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Book Contests


Good morning and welcome to wwwblogs. Today, we’re going to be talking about contests. That’s right. It’s contest season. Authors all over the world are looking over contests that litter the internet, in the hopes they find something worth their time, energy, and wallet draining fees. How does the new author go about finding the right contest? The answer to that is both simple and difficult. First, you should be getting to know more experienced authors. They know the contests that are worth paying money to enter. They can tell the new author what contests to avoid, as they’re nothing more than a popularity contest where you have to get people to click a link to vote for you. And they will be...
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What if Everything you Thought you Knew was a Lie?

We all get up day in and day out and go through our monotonous routines without giving any thought to what’s really going on in the background of our lives. We tend to believe that if we’re in a good head space and things are going well in our life that we’re in control of our destiny. On the flip side, if we’re in a bad way and everything seems to be going wrong that our lives are out of sync, or we’ve failed in some way. As a rule, people tend to fall into one of three distinct sects, and either spend the whole of their existence trying to reach a higher status, or retain their existing status; those persons who effortlessly glide through life and attain success while barely having to lift...
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The Story at Work


Good morning and welcome to Monday Blogs. Today, we’re focusing on the story at work, or how does your story present itself to the reader. We all know the mechanics of how to write a story. There’s description, narrative, dialogue, and maintaining a plot to think about. We also have to ensure the tale is interesting. Most of you are probably shaking your heads and asking “What else is there?” To which I reply, a whole lot more. Your story at work should flow easily from word to word, sentence to sentence, paragraph to paragraph. As an author, you should always make smooth transitions so the reader isn’t left wondering if there’s something missing. You must also tie up all of your minor plot ...
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How Not To Submit


Good morning and welcome to wwwblogs. Today, we’re talking how to impress with your submission to a publisher. You’ve finished your book. Your beta readers have told you that it will impress every publisher you submit to as literary genius. But, you have to go through this fabulous manuscript just one more time, to ensure you’ve caught every single error, have fully developed characters, witty dialogue, intense and descriptive narrative. By the time you finish a week later, you decide your new additions are perfect. There is no need to go through the process with your beta readers again, even though you put the prologue all of them insisted was unnecessary back, because it’s absolutely essen...
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New Authoritis


Good morning and welcome to Monday Blogs. Today, we’re going to be discussing a condition that could end your career as an author before it ever begins. This is more than being a problem. It’s more like an author who no matter how many times they’re told they need to maintain a social media presence they refuse to believe that rule applies to them. I can still remember my first contract for my novel, Softly Say Goodbye. I did carefully read the contract, even discussed some points with my husband. The part he was most concerned about was my lack of a social media presence as an author. I’d only been on Facebook and Twitter for a little over a year at that time. My posts had nothing to do wit...
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Bad Habits


Good morning and welcome to Tuesday Book Blogs. Today, we’re discussing bad habits. Is it worth an addiction to smoke? Blurb Get Just One More on Amazon One more cigarette. Lydia continually fools herself, by imagining that she’ll relieve the stress in her life by smoking one more cigarette. Her habit results in being caught during finals at school, and being expelled. She learns who did this to her and vows revenge. There is only one little issue left. Can she throw out the cigarettes or will she be caught in the same downward spiral as her brother? Excerpt Lydia draws hard on the cigarette, blowing toward the open window. She feels the stress of not studying for Government wash out of her,...
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Less Than Stellar Reviews


Good morning and welcome to wwwblogs. Today, we’re discussing reviews, those that are less than perfect. First of all, a review is an opinion. It is how the reader felt after finishing your novel. This person has read your book and given you their thoughts on what they felt. Nothing more, nothing less. Just because they rated your book at three stars or less shouldn’t bother you so much that you’re complaining on social media. All you’ll do is alienate other readers. They’ll be afraid to review your books in case you decide they didn’t say exactly what you want to hear. What you can take away from a poor review is that you didn’t appeal to that reader. This is especially true if you have a g...
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Stalking


    Good morning and welcome to Tuesday Book Blogs. Today, we’re talking about stalking, a crime that can change your life forever.     Blurb     Get Evil Eyes on Amazon       Lisa is so ready for a break from the grueling first semester of college. Along with five other friends, she returns to Landry, and hopes to have nothing but fun. Within days, one of the group is the victim of a vindictive stalker, and Lisa herself is now in the man's sights. No matter what she does, she can't shake this person.   Fred has a little problem, but he figures he can take care of it himself, if he achieves fame with his folk rock band, Olney-Oak Lane Sounds. Then he happens to see this beautiful woman, who ...
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Contest Scams


Good morning and welcome to Monday Blogs. Today we’re talking about contest scams, and telling the difference between a valid contest and one that’s a scam. On Christmas Day, many indie authors, including me, received an email from New York Literary Magazine, saying their short story had been nominated for a Best Short Story Award. I gave the email a cursory glance and immediately deleted it. Why? Because it didn’t ring true. I hadn’t entered any type of short story contest and figured this was a way to make me enter a short story in a contest I had no clue if it was legitimate or not. Imagine my surprise when I noticed my Twitter feed blowing up a few days later, with authors calling this c...
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Cover Art


Welcome to wwwblogs. Today’s subject will be cover art. Please bear in mind that this is my opinion about cover art, and yes I do have experience making cover art that has been well received. First of all, cover art is an invitation to a reader. It’s sole purpose is to attract attention to the book. For that purpose, you need a cover that conveys the theme of the book. The picture should be strong but not distracting. What lies behind the cover art should be immediately evident. The second most important component of the cover art is the overall appeal. It must be memorable but not shocking. Your cover must stand out amongst the many other covers in your genre, so the reader isn’t looking at...
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Book Scammers


Good morning and welcome to the first Monday Blogs post of 2018. Today, we’re talking about book scammers. These are individuals who promise to purchase a large number of your print books, to help set up a library system in a third world country and end up not closing the deal unless you cooperate with their “system.” One of the first things all authors need to remember is that if it sounds too good to be true, it is. This is the situation I faced during early December. I received a private message on my Facebook fan page. An individual with limited skills with English claimed he wanted to purchase 2,000 “pieces” of my books. I’m sure you can see my reaction. I read that message a dozen time...
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How Trollish


      Good morning. Welcome to wwwblogs. Today, we’re going to be talking about internet trolls and how we respond to them. Oh boy, isn’t that a job!   The internet allows people to post on a variety of subjects and interact with others in civilized conversations, most of the time. Authors particularly love social media because it offers them the opportunity to get their books out to a worldwide audience, but there are dangers in surfing the net and opening yourself to others.   Meet the trolls. These are people who lurk in the social media background. They are looking for an unsuspecting person, someone they can attack and run. Unless, of course, you respond to their post with an argument. ...
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Misused Words


Good morning. Welcome to wwwblogs. Today, we’re talking about misused words, otherwise known as homophones. I’ve talked extensively on this subject in this blog, but recently I ran across some words that are being misused; words I’d never seen misused in the past. Imagine my surprise when I opened a submission, as part of my job as an editor in chief, and saw (in the first sentence yet!) that the author had his main character applying the breaks. Groan. I did not just see that. Please tell me that an educated person, whose books usually need little to no editing didn’t make that newbie mistake. So, I closed my eyes, rubbed them a little, and peeked again. Uh, yup. That word break was still i...
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Commitment


        Welcome to Sunday Blog Share. Today, we’ll be talking about An Angel Sang Tonight. This story was difficult to write. The premise was a short, not a novel or novella. For the first time in my career, I found it difficult to do what once came easily when writing short stories—create loveable and memorable characters with a minimum of words. Even admonishing myself to focus on the plot rather than character development didn’t work… until I discovered the true meaning behind this story       Get An Angel Sang Tonight on Amazon     An Angel Sang Tonight was more than a story about a man and a woman losing their faith close to the holidays. It was far more than her inability to sing a son...
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New Release ~ Thunder & Lightning!


Welcome to the release of a brand new psychological thriller from K.C. Sprayberry. Thunder & Lightning is a new adult story suitable for mature young adult readers. It explores the dark world of false rape allegations, how they destroy lives, and leave people wondering what is right and what is wrong. Get Thunder & Lightning on Amazon! Blurb The gridiron rivalry between the Georgia Bulldogs and the Auburn Tigers runs deep. Auburn has a knack of ruining Georgia’s perfect season at the worst possible moment…                    The same can be said about Tarit ‘Lightning’ Berenson and his twin, Taren ‘Thunder’ Berenson. Tarit’s a running back for the Dawgs; his speed is legendary. Taren prefers...
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Women Serving Their Country


  Welcome to Sunday Blog Share. Today, we’ll be talking about At Home Christmas. This novella incorporates an experience I had while in the Air Force, one that left me with the sensation that finding a good man and keeping him would be a near impossible task. It’s about discovering a man who is funny and sweet; someone you know in an instant is Mr. Right, only to lose him in a matter of hours, but not to another woman. At Home Christmas   Military romance is a relatively new genre in terms of popularity. Strong women with a leading role who are in service to their country is even newer. The glass walls of women in the military, in serious and important jobs, were shattered back in the late s...
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Giveaway


Welcome to Tuesday Blog Share. Today, we’re going to be talking about a major giveaway. Are you still searching for a special gift for your teen? Have you thought about ebooks? Your teen can read them on the Kindle app on their phone. And, what’s even better, if you click the link below, you have the opportunity to get not one but two ebooks that will keep them happy for hours! Join the Giveaway Here! That’s right. It’s giveaway time again. This time, for the Holiday Of Books, we’re going to focus on teens. Canoples Investigations Adventures in Space 1 covers this intrepid group of teen space investigators as they solve one mystery after another on Canoples Station. On the other hand, if you...
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