Posts Tagged ‘novel’

 .. So, like all great blog posts,  I had a fit of creative comedic energy and I just had to poke a little fun at writers (hey, its a lot easier to do this than it is for me to write a simple passage where a character walks out of a room, what can I say).

   Self-deprecating writer humor is a mandatory feature of being a scribbler (or, in my case, pretending to be one),   so here goes……..

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Guest Post by my Friend and brilliant writer – Carolyn Arnold

What is a Pen Gun? by @Carolyn_Arnold #AODTour

AOD Blog Tour Logo with Book (1)

Pen guns, a type of zip gun, have been utilized in many movies.  It brings with it the intrigue of spies and espionage.  You might remember the one used in US Marshals on the plane?

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In Celebration of All the Recent Four & Five Star Reviews this month,  SHADES of GRAY is FREE  Feb. 12 and 13th!

The review was originally posted at Library Cat book blog.  Currently at Amazon and GoodReads.     Jan. 22, 2013cvr

When I started reading this book, at first I thought that was just one of those  “Fifty Shades of Gray” books. The ones very similar to the very famous trilogy.  Nothing prepared me for the emotional and thrilling story that followed.

I can’t believe that it’s a debut novel.

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…  These are good folks who are working to recognize self-pub’d  writers.

Ready 4 The 2013 Best Indie Book Awards

If you’ve published a new book between May 1, 2012 and May 1, 2013, You Could Win Over $1,000 in Cash and Prizes! The Kindle Book Review’s 2nd Annual Best Indie Book Awards  is underway, and is better than ever!

  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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In celebration of the 1 year publication anniversary of my novel – “Shades of Gray”   grab a FREE copy for your Kindle or other eReader device today

and tomorrow (12/23 and 12/24/2012).    Click Here

 

Make your 2012 Holiday season a little more  “Thrilling”  with this Readers Favorite Award Nominee for Suspense  and  Kindle Book Review Semi-Finalist for Thriller/Mystery.

“Combine the TV shows “Breaking Bad”,  “The L Word”, and a dark remake of “The Love Boat”, and you have all the flavors of   SHADES of GRAY.”    (Click Here)

 

 

 

It has been one unbelievably fun year since my first novel was published.   New writer friends, reader feedback, sales, and an experience that exceeded my wildest dreams (and I can have some doggone wild dreams!)   The social media aspect of this past year has been off the charts cool.  I have made dozens of writer friends and thus tapped into this incredible community of folks who are just like me (though probably less weird).  They are smart, funny, supportive, and just downright nice.  Hats off to all of you.  You set the standard  for what social media is all about.

2012 would not have played out this way without a couple of very special folks who contributed their time and enthusiasm to my project.  So here is a holiday shout out of thanks to some very, very special folks (in random order) —

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From Publishers Weekely —

At the 2012 Miami Book Fair, Self-Publishing Takes Center Stage

By Andrew Albanese |
Nov 20, 2012

There still may be some questions about the potential impact of self-publishing, but if the 2012 Miami Book Fair is any indication, self-publishing has gained acceptance among readers and would-be authors. From a pre-fair feature article in the Miami Herald to an informative panel on self-publishing—a prominent theme for this year’s fairgoers was: how do I get published? And in a visible change from even just a year ago, the question is no longer whether self-publishing is a viable option, but rather how to do it—and do it well.

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There was a time when I was cool.  I know there was.  I can feel it like one of those distant memories that comes back to you with some clarity and you can glimpse it for a few moments, then it disappears.  Unfortunately, now the level of my coolness is completely dependent upon the whims of my 14 yr old teen queen – and she sets the bar pretty high.  Here is a recent conversation –

Me – “Hey, did I tell you that I now have 36k followers on Twitter.”    TQ (teen queen) –  “That’s not really cool, Dad, you don’t even know those people.”   Me – “Yes I do!  They’re all my BFF’s!”

TQ – “You mean even those folks you swap messages with in Korea and the Phillipines?”

Me – “Uh, yeah!   I’m good friends with all of them.  We chat about how much we love K-pop like ‘Gangnum Style'”   (I then begin to dance around the room like I’m riding a horse and sing the song.)

TQ- “Ok Dad, ok,  …stop dancing, please please stop dancing  ….. .I’m sure you are BFF’s with all your twitter followers (eyeroll).   You should know there is a new acronym for folks like you on social media.  It is  S-M-H .”

Me- “Wow!  Does it stand for  So Macho & Handsome?”      TQ –  “No…..  it stands for  —  Social Media Ho.”    Me – (indignantly) –  “No way!  I’m not a Social Media Ho.”    TQ –  “Well Dad, I didn’t make up the term.  You better

do a little checking on the web and see if maybe you are one.”      Me –     “Challenge accepted.”  

    

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Good reasons to get a copy:

Finalist for  Fiction-Suspense as chosen by  Readers Choice.       http://www.amazon.com/Shades-of-Gray-ebook/dp/B006FZLBF2

Reminds readers of the TV show  “Breaking Bad”.

Semi-Finalist for Thriller/Mystery as chosen by  Kindle Book Review.

Free is your favorite price.    http://www.amazon.com/Shades-of-Gray-ebook/dp/B006FZLBF2