Archive for the ‘novel’ Category

You’ll see writers talking about how much they value their “early” readers (aka beta readers)  for their feedback on story ideas, pacing, plot points, characterization, etc.   That holds doubly true for me as I struggle to put together a story that  keeps the reader’s attention.   My mother is one of my biggest supporters in all things writing, so she is always willing to read a rough draft and provide comments.

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      The Classic -Fake Orgasm- scene from “When Harry Met Sally”

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Big Shout Out to Writer Clive Eaton.   He picked my caption entry as his winner for August.   Drop by his website and put in your own entry.  I love the pictures he chooses…    here’s my winning entry.

(here’s clive’s website…oh yeah,  and he’s a terrific writer so buy one of his titles while you’re there!)

http://www.cliveeaton.com/captioncompetitionforauthors.html

 

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I’m very happy to announce the contest winner is Babs from the lovely Babs Book Bistro.   She was randomly drawn as the winner

of my contest.     Prize   $100  gift card.      Congrats Babs  

https://www.facebook.com/pages/BabsBookBistro/187967501251632

 

Here’s a little more on the upcoming release  (hopefully available in Sept.)      

As with the previous book, I will have a “Pre-Launch” to kick things off and I’ll be signing all the

softcover sales that are purchased before the title goes live on Amazon.        Hi5          

 

….  Here’s the setup           (Tentative Title  –   “When His Dreams Take Flight” ) 

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Collateral Damage Blog Tour – Fredrick Brooke – Chapter 22

Friend and fellow author, Fredrick Brooke, has just released his latest book, Collateral Damage. As part of this launch, he is sharing the first twenty-six chapters, and today I am posting chapter twenty-two. He is also conducting a contest as part of this blog tour, the conditions are below. Hope you enjoy this excerpt, and if you haven’t had the chance to read the previous chapters, a list is also included.

Win a $25 Amazon gift card AND a signed paperback edition of any book by Frederick Lee Brooke!
To win, all you have to do is visit every blog on the 26-day Collateral Damage Excerpt Tour and leave a comment showing that you read the excerpt. That’s it! See the blog list and join the tour …
Frederick Lee Brooke is the author of the widely-acclaimed Annie Ogden mystery series, which includes Doing Max Vinyl, Zombie Candy, and Collateral Damage. The books do not have to be read in order.  Having lived in Switzerland for the past two decades, Brooke has taught English, run a business and learned French, German and Italian. You can find him online at www.FrederickLeeBrooke.com. Sign up for his newsletter and read all about his travels, recipes, and upcoming works!
COLLATERAL DAMAGE excerpt tour – 
Monday, June 24        Shannon Mayer           Ch. 1
Tuesday, June 25        Scott Bury                   Ch. 2
Wednesday, June 26   Raine Thomas              Ch. 3
Thursday, June 27       Emily Walker               Ch. 4
Friday, June 28           Simon Jenner               Ch. 5
Saturday, June 29       Amberr Meadows       Ch. 6
Sunday, June 30          Anne Chaconas          Ch. 7
Monday, July 1           BestsellingReads         Ch. 8
Tuesday, July 2           Tyler-Rose Neath        Ch. 9
Wednesday, July 3      Naomi Leadbeater      Ch. 10
Thursday, July 4          Mohana Rajakumar     Ch. 11
Friday, July 5              Helen Hanson             Ch. 12
Saturday, July 6          Marilou George           Ch. 13
Sunday, July 7            J.C. Martin                  Ch. 14
Monday, July 8           Corinne O’Flynn         Ch. 15
Tuesday, July 9           Tawdra Kandle           Ch. 16
Wednesday, July 10    Martha Bourke           Ch. 17
Thursday, July 11        Connie M. Chyle        Ch. 18  TBA
Friday, July 12            Cyndi                         Ch. 19
Saturday, July 13        Kenneth Hoss             Ch. 20
Sunday, July 14          Andrea Kurian            Ch. 21
Monday, July 15         Andy Holloman          Ch. 22            You Are Here
Tuesday, July 16         Marilyn Diekman        Ch. 23
Wednesday, July 17    Christine Nolfi            Ch. 24
Thursday, July 18        Jennifer Chase           Ch. 25
Friday, July 19            Patricia Sands            Ch. 26
And now what you’ve all been waiting for, the excerpt:

I hope you’ll grab a free copy.   Be sure to leave a review on Goodreads and/or Amazon if you have a few minutes.         http://amzn.to/AC8rlU

“If you enjoy suspense/thriller stories, this will appeal to you.    Rated “R”  for language.   (no sex,  sorry!)

Here are few reviews –        (click here to go to Amazon Page for your free copy  

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As writers, we often get questions on where our story ideas come from. 

They come from a story in the news, something read, an observation from the world, or discussion with friends. Something out there tugs at the corner of the mind: What if? What would happen if? What if that was merged with, Why did that …?

Today, we’re going to explore where six of the Best Selling Reads authors got their ideas for a completed work or a work in progress.

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I hope you’ll grab a free copy.   Be sure to leave a review on Goodreads and/or Amazon if you have a few minutes.

“If you enjoy suspense/thriller stories, this will appeal to you.    Rated “R”  for language.   (no sex,  sorry!)

Here are few reviews –        (click here to go to Amazon Page for your free copy  )

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Jeff Bennington is a good person to follow if you’re considering publishing….  wisdom abounds on his site —

http://thewritingbomb.blogspot.com/

From March, 2013 —

In Jan 2012 I worked with a couple authors who were having a hard time selling their books, and I helped one of them hit Amazon’s Top-100 in the paid store, and the other came very close. Since that time, I have helped other authors evaluate the basic elements of their Amazon book page that are actually “UN-selling” their book.

Believe it or not, many new and not so new authors are scratching their heads, wondering why their book, as well written as it is, is not selling. They look at their monthly KDP reports, and their Amazon ranking and wonder what’s going on. If that is you, the problem could be that you are on the inside looking in, and are not seeing the big picture. The following is an example of such an author.

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  Today I’m reposting a terrific blog post by Gary Smailes

Stop by and check out more of Gary’s thought provoking site   >>>>>>          ProactiveWriter.com

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       28 Blogs Every Writer Should Read

 14 JANUARY 2013 –   –  GARY SMAILES –   

Here’s a list of some of the blogs for writers we read on a regular basis.   Great stuff.

Andrew Lownie Literary Agency: UK literary agent blogging from an agent’s viewpoint.

Authors on Show: Blog for Authors on Show website, lots of marketing stuff.

Author Marketing Experts: Blog for Author Marketing Experts website, as the name suggests this is marketing based.

Author Media: Blog for Author Media wedsite, mostly marketing stuff.

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This blog post by Mark Coker, of Smashwords fame,  is just too good not to repost.  I love his macro take on what is happening and will happen in the publishing world.  I don’t agree with every statement, but no one can disagree with the fact that Mark is a SUPERB source of info regarding self-publishing.  He’s been on the front lines since 2007, which  makes him THE  elder statesman of the industry !

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Mark Coker’s 2013 Book Publishing Industry Predictions – Indie Ebook Authors Take Charge

http://blog.smashwords.com/2012/12/mark-cokers-2013-book-publishing.html