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Let It Go


Every author has experienced this once they reach the end of their novel, novella, or short story. You have to go back to the beginning and analyze every word. Are the paragraphs done correctly? DO I have paragraphs that go on for pages and pages? Have I lost the thread of the plot in an attempt to get more description in? As soon as you identify a potential problem, you immediately start rewriting—before you have given your book over to the beta readers. Oh no, you can’t wait. You have to fix these awful problems you’ve found. But first, you must make notes, so you know what needs fixing. Days, weeks, even months are spent parsing every word, searching for plot holes, of which you are convi...
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Bad Boyfriends


Welcome to Tuesday Blog Share. Today, we’re talking about bad boyfriends. Or they could be bad girlfriends. Although, they are very different from your usual boy/girlfriend.   These significant others will drain you for their own paranormal satisfaction. Get Family Curse... Times Two on Amazon!   Blurb A curse uttered in 1422 sets two families against each other – each side determined to destroy the other. Now, Zan Courtland, unprepared for the task, must face off against her foe – who also happens to be her boyfriend. Excerpt Cheer camp had ended an hour ago, but Suzanne Courtland, called Zan by anyone who didn't want her in their face, was still hanging around. She bounced up from the warm...
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Giveaway


Oh, no, not I. I will never giveaway my books. How many times have I heard this from authors? They all swear they’ll never participate in a giveaway of their books. Their logic is sound—who wants to give away something you’ve worked months and years to produce? However, these authors are missing a significant sales tool if they refuse to give away their books. Did you know a giveaway can spark new sales of your book(s)? Oh, yes, you can see a temporary uptick in sales following a giveaway. By promoting the giveaway heavily, you will attract the interest of new readers. Some may not click on that link until a day or so after the giveaway ends. Where your book was languishing, it’s now selling...
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Siblings


Welcome to Sunday Blog Share! Today, we’re talking siblings. Brothers and sisters are special. They may fight with each other. There may be endless days of tension while they assert their individuality, but they will always stand beside each other in times of trouble! Get The Lie on Amazon For high school siblings, Amy and Bryce, the night began with a football game. Bryce was stuck at home with a cold, brought on by an uncaring coach. Amy was in the stands, playing with the band whose funding had been taken away and given to the football team. Her best friend, Jane, brought the band together to play a prank on the team in protest. The prank went wrong. Horribly, tragically wrong. And the li...
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Arrogance


Authors have many enemies. We tread carefully around reviewers. Our editors are adored and given soft handling. Your cover artist is never screamed at. The reader scares the life out of us. Yet, far too many authors have developed an arrogant when dealing with these people and others involved in the pre-publication process. As an author, I’ve often found myself frustrated with parts of the process to ready my book for publication. Editing seems to be going too slow. The cover artist just doesn’t understand the elements of my thoughts. Oh, those readers. They just plain terrify me. The urge to let the ego rage and become a diva is difficult to avoid. Yes, you heard right. The calm and profess...
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Kooky Relatives


Welcome to Tuesday Blog Share. Today, we’re talking about kooky relatives. We all endure them at family gatherings or in public, where they usually do their best to embarrass us. What if a relative doing all this to you can’t be seen by anyone else? What if that person vanished years ago, after awful things happened? What if this kooky relative is back, to force the truth to come out? Would you put up with their presence… as a ghost?   Get Secret From the Flames on Amazon!   Blurb Everyone pays for the mistakes of their family, but for Ciara Tressa Lafferty, that particular mistake happened almost sixty years ago, and nobody will forget it. She's constantly compared to her great aunt, and ev...
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Music and the Story


Music appeals to the soul. The raging beast is often calmed by a well placed song. This is why so many authors love using popular songs, or even songs long gone from the lexicon, in their work. In teen books, current music can be part of defining characters—differing tastes, an anthem that speaks to them, even a haunting love song will add to your story. There are a few things the author needs to remember about songs in their stories. Far too many of those new to the writing world don’t understand this completely and make the mistake of adding lyrics to their novel. First of all, it’s nearly impossible to write a book these days without some reference to music. Even a country’s anthem has co...
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Twin Connection


Welcome to Sunday Blog Share! Today, we’re talking twin connections. Twins are special. They seek their own identity while also maintaining a special closeness. Sometimes, these twins can even feel or experience what their sibling is! Get Lost & Scared on Amazon   When their younger twin siblings were murdered by their cold-blooded father, Shane and Keri’s own twin connection deepened. Their father shamed Shane and Keri into silence, and then went on to bring four more children into a house shuddering under the weight of his unpredictable temper. Ten years later, what should have been a regular visitation turns into a horrific nightmare. Trapped in the Superstition Mountains with an addicted...
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Book Reviews


Every author is forever in search of reviews for our books. We have been known to hand out innumerable copies of our ARCs, in order to have the necessary number of reviews on Amazon to get our books on the newsletters and into better search engines. Recently, authors have let me know that reviewers are including their opinion about a book’s formatting or cover art in the review. These reviewers are using information being spread on the internet that says they must comment on these items and list and “editing errors” found in a book as part of the review. That is a fallacy. The way a book is formatted for any author signed with a publisher is by the publishing house’s standard, not what a blo...
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Paranormal Protector


Welcome to Tuesday Blog Share. Today, we’re talking about paranormal protectors. Everyone wishes they would have someone watching out for them. They want a person capable of being where they are at all times, in order to make sure they’re not running right into trouble. Imagine if a long lost relative could do that from the great beyond. Would you follow their advice? Get Mama's Advice on Amazon!   Blurb Lorelei loses what's left of her family close to graduation, but she still has Mama to lean on, or rather she has Mama's ghost. At first, Lorelei ignores the opinion about her boyfriend, Chase, but then she figures out he is acting strangely and has a new tattoo covering a scar he never had ...
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Book Themes


Like it or not, there are only so many themes an author can use for their novels. This has been proven time and again. All books fall into certain themes, and we have to work within the guidelines of those themes to produce our stories. Many authors these days use more than one theme in their book. Often an important sub-plot requires this strategy, but overall you have to stick with the main them much as you would the main plot line. Why is this? We don’t want to confuse our readers by having two main themes conflicting with each other. It is always best to stay with a single main plot and/or theme in order to keep the reader’s attention. Failing to do so will result in a novel that is not ...
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Friends Forever


Welcome to Sunday Blog Share! Today, we’re talking about friendship, about not giving up on a friend no matter what’s happened to them! Get The Wrong One on Amazon    Lyssa and Kyle were born on the same day and at the same moment, but to different parents who are best friends. These children have grown up together, until the early morning hours after their fourth birthday. During those hours of darkness, they experienced what no child should and when it was all over, Lyssa had vanished and Kyle was the lone witness to several horrific murders and the kidnapping of his best friend. One by one, the residents of Landry, Georgia gave up on finding Lyssa Winders alive. It had, after all, been fo...
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The Short Story


Far too many authors refuse to consider short stories. They think of those as a waste of their time. Yet, the short story can offer your potential fans a chance to check your style, to see if they like what you have to offer. How can you promote your novels with the short story? There are several different ways. First, a short story can ignite interest in your novels if it’s the same genre or a similar story. You might even write a prequel to your novel in a short story and let the reader get a taste of what they’ll find in the book. The short story also offers the author a chance to stretch their writing muscles, by teaching you how to condense your work. Because the elements of a short sto...
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Starlight's Curse


Welcome to Tuesday Blog Share. Today, we’re concentrating on couples torn apart by tragedy reuniting perhaps forever in a quest for answers. Romance is a fickle thing. Often, those falling in love deny their feelings. They want to think they’re good friends. Yet, for some, the pull is so strong they can’t deny the romance blooming between them. So is the case for Jayme and Brad, as young adults who have an exciting night that produces a lovely daughter—a child who is the best of both of them. Unfortunately, years later, as a teenager, Tawni allegedly commits suicide, tearing Jayme and Brad apart. They reunite from a desire to discover the truth behind their child’s death. Get Starlight's Cur...
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Not The 80s


The times they are a changing… Bob Dylan made this phrase a household name during the turbulent sixties. It’s even more important now, in the twenty-first century, in the publishing world. Change began slowly in the nineties when most of the large publishers no longer wanted to see submissions directly from the author. Instead, they wanted these submissions vetted first by an agent. There were still a few publishers taking “over the transom” submissions, but authors were in competition with hundreds of others for very few spots. At the same time, the glorious publishing days of the eighties where an author could expect a large advance, being featured on national talk shows, and having a book...
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Looking Forward


Welcome to Sunday Blog Share. Today, we’re talking about trust and learning how to refresh troubled relationships. Get New Future on Amazon! Keri and Shane learned how to overcome adversity after their father took her and some of her younger siblings cross-country. His non-custodial parental abduction, and the terror she survived had an impact on not just Keri, but also her twin. Can they move on from the past and create a better future with their closest friends? Almost two months have passed since the nightmare of non-custodial abduction that Keri and Shane endured. She still suffers from nightmares and a deep-seated fear of repeating the experience. He can’t help trying to make her life e...
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That Summer Day Vol. 1


A day where the sun seems to shine forever, spring gives way to summer and everyone is celebrating with picnics, playing on the beach, and just having fun. Stories about this day are yours from eight very talented authors.   Get That Summer Day Vol. 1 on Amazon! Fun in the sun turns into a nightmare after a murder. A summer reunion ignites romance. City vs Country: which one will prevail? Goldilocks and Baby Bear like you’ve never seen them before A promise leaves them wondering about the future. Summer Solstice on a distant planet provides adventure, romance, and mystery for two, star-crossed lovers. Can a stranger save her? The fate of the world lies with a conflicted angel The longest day...
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An Angel Sang Tonight


Welcome to Tuesday Blog Share. Today, we’re concentrating on diverse relationships. You see, Cupid doesn’t care where his arrow strikes when he notices a couple with related interests. The color of their skin, their belief system, even the difference in their families’ incomes has no bearing on how the heart feels.   Get An Angel Sang Tonight on Amazon! Christmas was almost here. Caryn O’Brien and Johnson Angel lost the music in their lives when circumstances tore them away from each other. Together, they were a talented team, but separate, all they had were empty spaces in their souls. It didn’t help that the gulf between them was being forced open even wider by the bigotry and anger that s...
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The Guidelines


You’re about to submit to a publisher, whether directly to the submissions manager or through an automated system, such as Submittable. In your quest to prepare the absolute best submission, since everyone knows you need to send your book to many publishers at a time, you have spent most of your time reading numerous blogs about how to prepare your book for submissions. Most of the last few months have been spent preparing a synopsis that will make everyone weep, your first three chapters are so great that you’re assured a contract immediately, your cover letter is professional, and your marketing plan, if it’s needed, will bring nods of approval. Guess you’re ready to send off those submiss...
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Faith In Times of Trouble


  Welcome to Sunday Blog Share! Today, we’re talking about teens maintaining their faith in times of trouble. Melinda is a normal teen during the turbulent sixties. She’s falling in love, her family has more than their share of troubles, and she’d love nothing more than to be accepted for who she is. One thing she hangs onto tightly is her beliefs—from church to friends to family, her life is structured in the comfort she’s always found in believing in Christ.   Get Bright Shining on Amazon! Will Melinda discover her inner strength? Melinda grew up in a staunchly Catholic family. At sixteen, she’s in the throes of first love when her family falls apart. Dad takes off with his secretary, aban...
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