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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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Giveaway!


Welcome to Sunday Blog Share. Today, we’re talking about the latest Canoples Investigations novel—Canoples Investigations Adventures in Space 1. This book is a compilation of the first six stories about these teen space investigators. And you get a never before published tale about how they decided on their name. There’s tons of action for you, the reader. This book would make a perfect holiday gift for your teen, be it a boy or a girl. How do you put your hands on the ebook of this fabulous tale? Well, if you are one of six lucky winners, you can get Canoples Investigations Adventures in Space 1 through a Goodreads giveaway, which begins bright and early December 5 and ends on December 13. ...
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Interacting on Social Media


Social media, while important for the author, has its pitfalls. We’ve all encountered them at one time or another. Usually, it’s being relegated to Facebook or Twitter jail, or even having our accounts suspended for a period of time. Some of us give up and walk away once that happens, thinking it’s just too hard to keep up with the ever changing rules. At other times, a new problem will have us pulling out our hair and wondering what exactly we did to upset some person so much. Social media has given millions the opportunity to interact without having to see someone in person. We have friends in every country around the world and can’t wait to start, boost, or end our day checking out what t...
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Punctuation Frenzy


  Welcome to Monday Blogs. Today, we’re going to concentrate on punctuation. You know, those very important commas, periods, exclamation points, question marks, colons, and semi-colons. They all have a place in our work but recently a trend has developed to leave off punctuation—puzzling, is the reader supposed to decide how you’re punctuating your sentence—or to use it either very sparingly or far too much, and you leave your reader confused. Or an author may misuse punctuation, always ending dialogue with a comma, even if there isn’t a vocal tag after the comma and closing quote marks. They may separate items in a list with semi-colons instead of commas, when the semi-colon is only used to...
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Diversity


      Welcome to Sunday Blog Share. All month long and through December, we’re focusing on books that have a holiday of spirit as part of the Holiday of Books promotion.   Today, we’re going to be talking about diversity in relationships. Once upon a time, all around the world, couples often squashed their feelings for a person they were interested in if they weren’t the same race, religion, or social status. It was unheard of for them to follow those feelings. They faced at the least whispers about how wrong they were, or the worst condemnation from those they cared about.   The twenty-first century has seen more movement forward in people being able to be with the one they really love with...
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A Winter Holiday 2017


    The winter holidays are fast approaching. Even the weather is cooperating, giving us cold days and nights, rain, sleet, snow, even icy roads. What better way to get into the spirit of the season than grabbing your very own copy of Solstice Publishing’s A Winter Holiday 2017, or one of the two standalone novellas: An Interrupted Holiday and Lost Soul Barren Holiday 1?                 https://bookgoodies.com/a/B077J5FKJW   Text messages send Halia on a quest.   Can he capture wondrous enchantment?   An unusual stranger captivates Gina’s heart.   Time travel via Victorian mistletoe.   Will Sara Anne find a daddy by Christmas?   A rip-roaring ride through a Hawaiian Christmas.   Never Was Mr...
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Vices


Welcome to wwwblogs. Today, we’ll be discussing vices, as in your vices and how they can affect how your readers see you. One thing we always, as authors, need to be wary of is projecting a persona that will turn off our readers. When in public or online, we have to be upbeat, smiling, apparently without a care in the world. Despite the fact that we’re human and given to faults, those who enjoy our books believe we are different. We must never display any kind of behavior they consider as less than perfect. Trying to change their minds by continuing on with our habits will only cause these people to talk about how awful we are. They’ll tell everyone we can that we’re awful authors no one dec...
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Diving In To Promotion


Welcome to Monday Blogs. Today’s topic is all about diving into your promotion, and working that around both the new expansions on social media in addition to some restrictions that have many authors gnashing their teeth. In the twenty-first century, social media promotion can make or break an author. Some authors still cling to the old idea that their publisher will do their promotion, or hire a company to do it for them. They ignore social media, thinking it will never brand their name or do them any good. Their book will often languish on Amazon while other authors are selling on a regular basis, and these people can’t figure out why that’s happening. Those authors embracing social media ...
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Dialogue


Good morning and welcome to wwwblogs. Today we’re talking about dialogue. We’ll discuss what to do and what not to do when our characters are speaking. We’ve already discussed dumping information in large paragraphs that isn’t relevant to the current s scene and leading the reader by the nose with stage directions. Today, we’re going to look at information stuffed into dialogue that’s often stiff and unreal. One thing readers love about books is dialogue that’s natural and fits the situation. They enjoy the engagement between characters and watching a scene evolve as if they’re standing on the sidelines watching everything happen. What a reader doesn’t like is getting a ton of unnecessary in...
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Walks With Him by Elle Marlow


Email   Website   Moves The Wind…is how the Comanche describe a stallion that eludes capture. It is said that the beast is both horse and spirit, running free between this world and the next. To ride this horse is the greatest desire among men—until she came into their world. Abandoned in the wilds with sickly baby sister, Ivy wanders into the path of Comanche out on the chase. He is terrifying with his long hair and body made from the granite cliffs that surrounds them, but she needs him to save her sister’s life. The Comanche name her Walks With Him, and her beauty has started a war from within. One man wants to enslave her, the other wants to win her heart and set her free. The price is i...
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It’s Your Book


  Every author faces the same problem when presented with the blank page of a new book. We have the title on there. Our name or pseudonym is beneath that. Chapter One is typed out. We’re on the first line of where we should start our book and… Our mind just blanked. That story we’d been dreaming about, hearing in our head, being interrupted while we’re out with friends has just vanished. We type a few lame sentences. Backspace furiously. Try again. Nothing. The tale has vanished. Our muse is sitting on our shoulder snickering and whispering, “Told you that you should have done this earlier, when you were cooking supper, spending time with the kids, or running around with friends. You are in ...
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Beta Readers and Critique Groups


  Good morning. Today on our wwwblogs we’re talking about the importance of having fresh eyes looking at your book before you submit or publish it. These eyes should be employed before an editor provided by your publisher or that you’ve hired has a chance to see your book. Although all authors do edit their books, we simply don’t have the skills necessary to be dispassionate about our work. This is why we should have a great critique group (online or one that meets locally) or beta readers who will give us a solid analysis of our work and what needs attention. Let’s talk about the critique group first. Just what is this? A critique group is comprised of authors who write in the same genre or...
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Dead Demand Answers


Welcome to Tuesday Blog Share. Today, we’re delving into the paranormal, as we will all month. Our story this fine October day is all about espionage, ghosts marching for answers, and a bit of romance. A United States Air Force base is the setting for this paranormal romance/thriller, where a group of dead pilots want to know why their state of the art jets crashed when they were allegedly in perfect shape. Get Ghost Flight on Amazon! Flying in the blue skies, handling an aircraft that can turn with the touch of a finger, the excitement of being part of a program that’s brand new all dims for the pilots of this unit once the jets begin failing them. A group of determined individuals seek ans...
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Temptation Looms


      Welcome to wwwblogs. Today’s discussion will be about maintaining our story focus. Far too many authors yield to the temptation of going off track and end up lost in the middle of their story. Of course, none of us will admit this. We’re always focused. Nothing can disrupt the flow.   Uh, let’s step back. The flow can be disrupted. Focus can be lost easily. It really doesn’t take much, just a distraction that blows your concentration and you’re suddenly staring at the screen, wondering what you meant to write next.   We are authors first and foremost in our lives. The story is the most important thing to us. If we’re not editing a completed book to submit to a publisher, or publish our...
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Properly Review a Book


  Book reviews are important to authors, especially if they are posted to Amazon. If you get fifty or more reviews, your book is given more visibility. It will show up in the “if you like this book, check out these books” area. Your book will appear in those many emails sent out by Amazon for people to try based on their reading preferences. In other words, getting reviews, especially good reviews, on Amazon is a ticket to what amounts to free advertising.   That’s why when an author receives a less than stellar review on their book and it’s not for the content or having seen multiple grammar/proofreading errors, they are concerned. Far too many authors have come to me recently and asked, “W...
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Publicists


Welcome to wwwblogs and our discussion today. This one came from another author who asked me if hiring a book publicist was worth the money. My one and only experience in that area left a very bad impression and I’m afraid I was rather abrupt in my response. First, let’s take a look at my experience with a book publicist. ~ The individual concerned was an author (a single story published in a little known anthology). She edited for an online publishing company that closed its doors in less than a year. To be honest, I should have questioned her credentials as an editor, since I did most of the editing myself while she marked exactly one paragraph to be rewritten in a 193 page book and added ...
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Watch Those Commas


The comma has become much misused by authors in the twenty-first century. It is sprinkled throughout run-on sentences and dropped hither and yon in shorter sentences. One can find the comma in many places it shouldn’t be; places where a period or semi-colon would work much better. The poor comma has no say in where it’s dropped and often protests by creating a grammar error for the author to see and possibly change to the correct usage. First, let’s examine the usage for a comma, direct from Oxford Dictionary: “A comma marks a slight break between different parts of a sentence. Used properly, commas make the meaning of a sentence clear by group and separating words, phrases, and clauses. The...
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Friendships


          Welcome to Sunday Blog Share. Week two of October finds us delving into yet more paranormal stories with one about friendship and how long those bonds can last. Just because men and women are friends doesn’t necessarily mean there has to be a romantic relationship. That’s the case in this story, when Mia and Jax are bound together to solve a mystery—of how she disappeared and where she is.     Get Finding Mia on Amazon!     Every year, Mia and Jax head on over to Camp Watchee Watchee for quality time away from their parents. Neither of these teens really likes being dumped in a summer camp in the mountains but the despise hanging around with their parents even more.  When she doesn...
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Tangling with Witches


  Welcome to Tuesday Blog Share. Today, we’re talking about how teens react to each other. The teenage years are often filled with angst that seems impossible to overcome. No matter what you do, it’s wrong. No one seems to have the easy cure for all those problems. Even worse, it seems like every time a teen makes a mistake, it’s done in such a way that everyone notices. Get the Curse of the Wolf on Amazon BLURB Never offend a group of inept witches! Chrissy Thomas learns this the hard way, through no fault of her own. For once, their curse works—right until it backfires onto them. EXCERPT This is not one of my best days. In fact, it is probably one of the worst days of my senior year. See, ...
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