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Friday Roundup – 13th July


Stevie Turner Thanks to the authors and bloggers below for their useful writing tips: 1.  Laura Peters on how to become a professional author: How To Become a Professional Author 2.  Rachel Poli for these July / August writing contests: https://rachelpoli.com/2018/07/04/july-august-2018-writing-submissions-writing-contests/ 3.  D.G Kaye has found some useful tips for writers too: https://dgkayewriter.com/writers-tips-links-editing-memoir-writing-promotional-sites/#comment-41476 4.  Frances Caballo for this interesting blog regarding the use of social media for selling books: https://socialmediajustforwriters.com/so-you-think-social-media-wont-sell-your-books/#comment-112623 5.  Derek Haines ...
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Horror Legend Ray Garton talks to Kendall Reviews. — Together Let’s Promote Horror


Ray Garton is the author of the classic vampire bestseller LIVE GIRLS and its sequel NIGHT LIFE, as well as RAVENOUS, SEX AND VIOLENCE IN HOLLYWOOD, CRAWLERS, PARANOIA TANGO, THE FOLKS, and dozens of other novels, novellas, tie-ins, and story collections. He has been writing in the horror and suspense genres for more than 30 […] via Horror Legend Ray Garton talks to Kendall Reviews. — Together Let’s Promote Horror Original link

In Holiday Mode

This Alberta gal has been enjoying a week spent on the west coast. It was a working trip for my husband but in between meetings he took me out for meals and long drives along the ocean shoreline roads. I … Continue reading → Original link

Blazing keyboards in the dead city

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According to a website that caters for collectors of vintage stuff, my mother’s last typewriter, an Olivetti Lettera 35, is worth 40 bucks – but on eBay I saw some specimens go for 100 euro. Not bad, for an obsolete piece of tech that carries a QZERTY keyboard. Mine… well, OK, my late mother’s is still in perfect working order. It only needs a new ribbon, that goes for about 8 bucks on Amazon, and no shipping fees with Prime. And I’ll need to buy one, because on the 4th of August I’ll be using my old Lettera 35 for one of those “cheap stunts” that, I’ve been told, “proper writers” don’t do. Well, screw them. On the 4th of August, barring incidents, we’ll be sitting between a bookstore and a ...
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Getting personal with Stephanie M. Wytovich


How old were you when you first wrote your first story? The first story I wrote was in middle school and it was about a rogue vampire c l an who killed a young girl’s parents, which then caused her to spend the rest of her life tracking them down so she could avenge her family. It was super violent, and my teacher actually sent the story , and me, to the guidance counselor. *smirks*   How many books have you written? I’ve written five poetry collections with Raw Dog Screaming Press ( Hysteria: A Collection of Madness , Mourning Jewelry , An Exorcism of Angels , Brothel , and Sheet Music to My Acoustic Nightmare ) and my debut novel, The Eighth , is published with Dark Regions Press.   Tell m...
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Weekend Reads: “Wild Horse Annie and the Last of the Mustangs: The Life of Velma Johnston”

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I went into the “wayback machine” for this review; I read the book in 2010. Wild Horse Annie and the Last of the Mustangs: The Life of Velma Johnston by David Cruise My rating: 5 of 5 stars I first read about Velma “Wild Horse Annie” Johnston in the pages of Marguerite Henry’s “Mustang: Wild Spirit of the West.” I dreamed of having a mustang like Velma’s Hobo. As an adult, I’ve been honored to be face-to-face with famous mustangs like Rowdy Yates and Shy Boy, and to scratch between the ears of numerous BLM adoptees. Without Velma Johnston’s work, none of those events would have happened. David Cruise and Allison Griffiths present a no-holds barred look at the woman who dared to stand up on b...
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The Rave Reviews Book Club 3rd Annual Writers’ Conference & Book Expo

If you are an aspiring author or an established professional, you don’t want to miss this one of a kind conference, which runs for one full week beginning August 12 and ending on August 18, 2018. And here’s the kicker. You don’t even have to leave the comfort of your home to attend, because it’s all online! Register NOW to get an early bird registration discount. Here are some of the topics and sessions that you will find: SHOW DON’T TELL:  LETTING YOUR READERS SEE IT FOR THEMSELVESKEEPING IT SIMPLE – HOW NOT TO OVERWHELM YOUR READERSBOOK CLUB ETIQUETTE“KILL YOUR DARLINGS” – SAYS STEPHEN KING. WHY EVERY STORY NEEDS DEATH And so many more topics that would be of interest to any and everyone i...
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Have YOU joined the #VIROSWARM?

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Hi Everyone I’m experimenting with a new trailer for Book One in the VIRO series. I would really appreciate your feedback. Does the trailer work for you? Does it make you want to join the #VIROSWARM? Many thanks Barnaby JOIN THE #VIROSWARM TODAY! VIRO [Book One] is FREE TO DOWNLOAD http://bit.ly/VIRO1UKKindle http://bit.ly/VIROBOOK1 Original link

Giveaway of New Audiobook: Mary - Tudor Princess, narrated by Ruth Redman


New on Amazon UK and Amazon US Audible and iTunes Mary Tudor watches her elder brother become King of England and wonders what the future holds for her. Born into great privilege, Mary has beauty and intelligence beyond her years and is the most marriageable princess in Europe.     Henry plans to use her marriage to build a powerful alliance against his enemies. Will she dare risk his anger by marrying for love? Meticulously researched and based on actual events, this 'sequel' follows Mary's story from book three of the Tudor Trilogy and is set during the reign of King Henry VIII. Actress Ruth Redman's wonderful narration brings Mary Tudor to life with compelling warmth and sensitivity. A co...
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Wanted: Authors for Friday Featured #Author spot

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It is Friday, and this space should be filled with an author proudly telling us about their latest book. But sadly, I have no featured author today. If you are an author and want to promote you book on my blog, please let me know. I host guest authors every week – any genre, both traditionally and self-published. The post can take one of three formats: author interview, book excerpt or a guest post on any aspect of writing, publishing, or book marketing. I feature guest authors on Fridays, on a first-come-first-served basis, though I do have a few Tuesday openings to accommodate special requests for dates related to promotions such as book tours or book releases. I am currently booking for A...
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Six-Word Story Challenge – “Impermanence”

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#IndieAuthor #6WordStory #SciFi #Fantasy #Horror #Romance #SciFan #AnyGenre   Today’s challenge is: “Impermanence” “Even mountains wear down into pebbles.” 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

GUEST POST: WHAT'S IN A (PEN) NAME?


GUEST POST BY EMMA WALSH Have you ever stopped to think about whether your favorite author uses a pen name? Since the early 19th century, authors of all different genres used pen names for various reasons. While some, like George Eliot and Dr. Seuss, are more well-known, there are dozens of authors that have rather subtle pen names. You most likely wouldn’t even recognize their real names if you heard them! Centuries back, authors adopted pen names, not for fun, but more out of necessity. Pseudonyms were used for various reasons. The most common reason was for female authors. Many iconic female authors wrote under male pen names to give their work a chance to thrive in a rather male-dominate...
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Do You Try to Change Rules?


  Attract the Right Job or Clientele: Some systems are broken, and it is up to each of us to work to change rules. The most effective way is to research the problem and then ask questions one by one to resolve. My Story I was recently asked to contribute to a program already in place for job seekers. To my surprise, the entire subject matter is solely on how to conduct an online job search. My response, “And…?” There was no add-on to the topic. Job Search ~ end of story. I took the time to explain that it is only phase one and not helpful without the follow-on steps. Craig looked puzzled. I then suggested further ideas such as: Updated resumes utilizing the latest style in addition to experi...
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Not just the bills

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Today, a beautiful person told me she likes reading my stories because even if she suffers from dyslexia, my writing style is clear enough for her to be able to go through my tales without too much difficulty. And she really enjoys them, she says. It does not happen often. I do get feedback from my readers, and it’s always great to hear from you guys, but this one, today, was really unique. This is the sort of thing that reminds me I’m not doing this just to pay the bills. And that the reason why one manages to pay the bills is because sometimes things like this happen. This is the sort of thing that makes it worth it. I’ve been happy happy most of the day, and I’ll be most of the evening. A...
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Book Three in the "Gentle Surf" series

Soon to be released "For A Song" Book Three in the "Gentle Surf" series ​ Like the other two books in the “Gentle Surf” series, “For a Song” is set on the southern tip of the California coastline, on the island of Coronado. Here, on the wide, golden beach fronting the historic Hotel Del Coronado, watching the fishermen at sea, you can see the purple hue of the mountains of Mexico on the horizon.  But tranquility is a distant acquaintance for Trip Vincent who is on trial for killing his business partner—the lead singer in their band. Guilty or not, in this digital age of social justice warriors rampant on the internet, he’s been found guilty by the public at large and his fan base. The shame ...
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My Newest Historical, CROWNED BY LOVE, Book One of the Yorkist Saga, Now on Sale


After Richard III is slain in battle, a beautiful orphan finds true love and her true family, to her relief—and horror. England, 1471 Beautiful orphaned Denys Woodville is thrust into the center of power politics when her guardian Elizabeth Woodville marries the new king, Edward IV. The Wars of the Roses finally seem to be at an end, with the House of York victorious over the House of Lancaster. But not everyone rejoices in King Edward's victory. Elizabeth and her Woodville clan have clawed their way to power by switching sides throughout the Wars of the Roses. They are always on the lookout for a chance to advance their ambitions, even at the expense of the king's family and most loyal supp...
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Cyber Dating Series

Ann is excited to release her twelve-week Cyber Dating series, which is loosely base on her novella, "Cyber Dating," for your enjoyment! Join Ann every Friday evening @ 8 pm for a new episode. Original link

I’m My Own Man (Part 2 of 2 Parts) – A Guest Blog


dontravis.com blog post #293 You will remember that last week, Mark Wildyr guest posted the first part of his short story, “I’m My Own Man.” This week we finish up the story. *****           I slept fitfully in my car that night and woke the next morning feeling dirty and heavy-lidded and not thinking too straight. I crawled out of the car to stretch out the kinks and wash up in the men’s room at the town park. Thus far, I’d spent half my energy throwing mental darts at my father; at his insensitivity, at his physicality, his crudeness. The other half, I invested in feeling sorry for myself. Now in the clear glare of sunlight, I needed to decide what to do next. No way was I going back home…...
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#1 Self-Editing Tool – Highly Recommended!

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Unashamedly I reproduce this post from the ALLi blog. Disclosure: I am an affiliate for ProWritingAid. Pro Writing Aid is a great editing tool and I have been using it for about three years now. It saves a fortune in editing costs because by the time I send my manuscript to the editor, it is […] The post #1 Self-Editing Tool – Highly Recommended! appeared first on Stephen Bentley . Original link

Six-Word Story Challenge – “Zen”

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#IndieAuthor #6WordStory #SciFi #Fantasy #Horror #Romance #SciFan #AnyGenre   Today’s challenge is: “Zen” “Impermanence; the heart of Nature’s art.” 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