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Friday Roundup – 6th July

Stevie Turner Thanks to the authors/bloggers below for these writing tips: 1.  Paul Thayer for these tips on structuring sentences: Four basic sentence structures you should know 2.  Just Publishing Advice for these book marketing tips: 3. Life Hacker for these common grammatical mistakes: 4.  Stephen Bentley with details of Reedsy’s new book formatter: 5.  Erica Verrillo for this list of publishers accepting non-fiction: https://publishedto...
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Join Me On Rave Waves "Behind The Pen!" :-)

Hey Everyone!! :-) I've been invited to be on Behind The Pen on Rave Waves Blog Talk Radio, today! :-)  They're featuring my book, Captivated By The Winter King, and will be interviewing me on air.  It starts at 1pm EDT, today, and I hope you all will be able to join us at the link below. And just in case what you hear makes you want to read the book, I'll have the link at the bottom of this post. Happy Reading!!! :-) Listen To My Interview Original link

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Healing from Mass Mourning and Broken Heart Syndrome

My friend, priest and spiritual mentor, Father Sonny taught “Grief is the price of love. We grieve as deeply as we have loved.” Anyone who has lost a loved one is painfully aware of the truth of this statement. But what about grieving for those we didn’t know personally? Is that real grief? Every year we lose celebrities and 2016 has been no exception. The world lost household names like Natalie Cole, David Bowie, Merle Haggard, Prince, Arnold Palmer, Florence Henderson and George Michael to name just a few. Yet the deaths of Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds bring home to all of us the devastation of grief. Who couldn’t admire Carrie Fisher as the courageous and swashbuckling Princess Leia ...
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Six-Word Story Challenge – “Process”

#IndieAuthor #6WordStory #SciFi #Fantasy #Horror #Romance #SciFan #AnyGenre   Today’s challenge is: “Process” “Fury and angst concealed beneath paint.” I look forward to seeing what you come up with. Feel free to post your answers on my website, FB, or wherever you happen to find this post. Cheers, J. I. Rogers 2018 Art Show Edition draws its images from my current gallery exhibit ‘Natural Interpretations’ – to see all the pieces in the show, visit: Mythspinner Studios . All images are by J. I. Rogers © 2018 Original link

In days to come, we’ll be there

Now here, close to the Santa Monica Pier, is our spot. I spread open the woolen blanket for us. Sitting down, Natasha pulls the transistor radio out of my pocket and plays with the knob, turning it this way and that. Meanwhile I kneel down next to her and squint to watch the sunset.   All the while I see her in my mind, not the way she is now, but the way she was back then, riding the beast, coming towards me out of a cloud of smoke, debris swirling all around her. I remember her hand as she pulled me up to my feet, saving my life. Whatever happens to Natasha, that’s the way I’ll bring her back, always. “Oh! I found it, I found it!” she cries, gleefully now. “Music!” I take the instrument fr...
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Carpaccio between East and West

Yesterday I mentioned Vittore Carpaccio, a Renaissance painter from venice that will appear in my next Corsair story – independently of where it gets published. Now, Carpaccio – a little-known artist, in fact – is interesting because he was a strange mix of influences. In particular, his paintings are a strange mix of Flemish and Oriental elements. Indeed, good old Vittore was an artist whose style could only have developed and flourished in 15th/16th century Venice. The city known as La Serenissima (The Most Serene) sat in the perfect place to act as the hub between Northerd and Western Europe on one side, and Asia and Eastern Europe on the other. A merchant port and a seat of banks and shi...
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Are You Deliberately Different: Part 2

Attract the Right Job or Clientele: Building a standout brand that attracts our audience requires being deliberately different. Most entrepreneurs defy the conventional approach to business and life. And a small percentage of salespeople, the top producers, seek to differentiate themselves from everyone else. Passion for making a difference and putting sales on a higher plane are the big differentiators among those building brand recognition. Although obstacles arrive quickly, it is our attitude and motivation that make or break our progress. My Story About Being Deliberately Different There are drawbacks to being deliberately different. The majority of people do not understand a different w...
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BOOTLEG BROADWAY, a Story of Debauchery and Romance. Prohibition, booze, music, sex, murder… New York…what a time to be alive!

The birth of BOOTLEG BROADWAY: After FROM HERE TO 14THSTREET set in 1894, I needed to set this a generation later, which happened to be the 1930s—with Prohibition and the Great Depression as the backdrop. This is the first book I ever wrote where I created the characters first, with nothing to do yet. The plot developed the way it did because of who they are. My goal was to get the protagonist Billy McGlory into one mess after another. This era couldn’t have been more suited to Billy’s adventures, a few of which he barely escaped with his life. About BOOTLEG BROADWAY: In this sequel to FROM HERE TO 14 TH STREET, Vita and Tom McGlory and their three children are struggling to make ends meet. ...
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Weekend Reads: “A Dog’s Way Home”

A Dog's Way Home
A Dog’s Way Home by W. Bruce Cameron My rating: 5 of 5 stars When Lucas Ryan starts feeding the stray cats at a condemned apartment complex across the street from him, he has no idea that Mother Cat has taken in a puppy. That puppy is Bella, who eventually comes to live with Ryan and his mother, a veteran suffering from PTSD. Lucas runs afoul of the local developer, who wants to tear the building down and build a high rise … but Lucas is determined to protect the cats and get them into rescue — particularly because the developer has taken many of the cats out and had them euthanized. The developer tells the local animal control officer that Bella is a dangerous pit bull — a breed banned in t...
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Book Pricing: Indies When Will You Learn?

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Listen up! I’m asking you a question to which I already know the answer. That question is – indies when will you learn? ‘Indies’ in question are indie authors. I’m not at all sorry for being so abrupt. I’ll tell you why – you are dumb. You are like lemmings off the cliff or sheep […] The post Book Pricing: Indies When Will You Learn? appeared first on Stephen Bentley . Original link


ABOUT THE BOOK Death and Taxes follows Mark Douglas, an ex-Marine turned IRS agent, who, along with auditing the weird and the profane, also spearheads weekend raids with his locked-and-loaded gang of government-sanctioned revenuers, merrily gathering back taxes in the form of cash, money order, or more often than not, the debtor's most prized possessions. Things turn ugly when Mark's much-loved boss and dear friend Lila is tortured and killed over what she finds in a routine set of 1040 forms. Enlisting his IRS pals - Harry Salt, a 30-year vet with a quantum physical ability to drink more than humanly possible; Wooly Bob, who's egg-bald on top with shaved eyebrows to match; Miguel, an inexp...
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Five Pistachio Nut Review of Are We Nuts?

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That’s right, a five pistachio nut review of Are We Nuts? by Gisela Hausmann. In this modern fable, pistachio nuts are like gold. They are better than review stars! This is my five star (pistachio nut) review of this charming book. Want to know more about the author? Click here for the recent author interview […] The post Five Pistachio Nut Review of Are We Nuts? appeared first on Stephen Bentley . Original link

vision: Mom’s pony, Chiefie

My dad had many natural gifts. One of them was having a vision, or an idea of the way things would turn out. For example, he’d often buy horses in need of retraining, or underweight horses.  He’d often say, “When this horse fills out, he’ll look completely different.” Daddy had an uncanny ability to instantly recognize a horse’s potential. It was as if he could foresee the horse when it reached its highest degree of success. I was very young when my dad bought an Arabian pony stallion named Chiefie, for Mom. Daddy had big plans for him. Chiefie was headstrong at first. In fact, in his early training, he lunged at Daddy and bit him in the shoulder. Daddy recognized from the beginning that Chi...
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Of Corsairs and Masks

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I mentioned too many projects. Some new, some old, some halfway in between. To wit… The third Corsair story has been long overdue. I miss Leo Martin, and who knows, maybe my readers miss him too. The third and fourth stories in the series had been outlined and researched, but then I never got around and never wrote them. This is an old project. And then there is Black Mask. The legendary crime pulp magazine, the one that first published stories by Dash Hammet and Ray Chandler and Erle Stanley Gardner and Paul Cain and Fredric Brown and all the greats. I’d love to get a story of mine in Black Mask – because yes, it still exists. They publish hard-boiled and crime, of course, and I want to hav...
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Six-Word Story Challenge – “Winter”

#IndieAuthor #6WordStory #SciFi #Fantasy #Horror #Romance #SciFan #AnyGenre   Today’s challenge is: “Winter” “Dark nights that seemingly devour days.” I look forward to seeing what you come up with. Feel free to post your answers on my website, FB, or wherever you happen to find this post. Cheers, J. I. Rogers 2018 Art Show Edition draws its images from my current gallery exhibit ‘Natural Interpretations’ – to see all the pieces in the show, visit: Mythspinner Studios . All images are by J. I. Rogers © 2018 Original link

For Third Scene Thursday, Scene 3 of My Upcoming Biographical Romance FOR THE LOVE OF HAWTHORNE, and More

In 19thcentury Salem, Nathaniel Hawthorne’s clairvoyant bride rescues her beloved husband from a perceived curse that spanned generations. Meet Diana My passion for history and travel has taken me to every locale of my books and short stories, set in Medieval and Renaissance England, Paris, Egypt, the Mediterranean, colonial Virginia, New England, Washington D.C. and New York. My urban fantasy romance, FAKIN’ IT, won a Top Pick award from Romantic Times. I’m a member of Romance Writers of America, the Richard III Society and the Aaron Burr Association. My husband Chris and I own CostPro, an engineering firm based in Boston. In my spare time, I bicycle, golf, play my piano, devour books of an...
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I’m my Own Man (Part 1 of 2 Parts) -- A Guest Blog, Post #292    Courtesy of Free Images Back to fiction this week.  Mark Wildyr asked to guest post on my website, and today is the day he gives us the first of  a two-part story about being gay in a small town in the Oklahoma Bible Belt. I suspect many of us have lived the story in one form or the other in our past. Hope you enjoy it. ***** I’M MY OWN MAN By Mark Wildyr           My name is Joshua Scrivener. I’m eighteen, and I clerk full time every summer in my father’s grocery store.           To some people that was all there was to me. Those three things constituted me. My papa probably looked upon me more as a grocery clerk than as a son. But I was more. Lot’s more. I was h...
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JOIN THE #VIROSWARM TODAY – VIRO Book One FREE at Amazon and Smashwords

Have YOU joined the #VIROSWARM? VIRO – Book One available for FREE at the following links: Amazon [UK] Amazon [US] Smashwords Original link

Deciding on Back Matter for your novel

This post is the forty-third in a series about writing a novel. You can check out the list of past topics at the end of this post. Last week, I covered Front Matter (all the pages BEFORE your story) in your book. Today, I want to talk about Back Matter or all the pages AFTER your story. If you don’t list anything after your story, you are wasting a prime opportunity to connect with the reader. They just read and loved your story. This is a prime spot to point them to your other books or even ask for a review. (Thank you for reading my book. If you enjoyed it, please take a moment to leave a review at your favorite retailer.) Here are some things to consider including in your back matter… Abo...
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