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Thy Name is Vanity

Thy Name is Vanity As you write your book, one thing hovers in the back of your mind: Which publishing route do I want to take? Self-Publishing? Self-Publishing Service? Traditional Publishing? Vanity Publishing? Let me define the four publishing routes first: Traditional Publishing: These are the major publishers of the paperbacks and hardcovers you find in bookstores. They buy the rights of the work, paying the author a royalty. The cost to the author is zero, but getting your work accepted is tough. Your best bet is to find an agent first. Books published this way are what you find in book stores everywhere. Vanity Publishing: An author pays the vanity publisher to publish their book and ...
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Praise for "The Tables Have Turned"

Book Two in the "Under Suspicion" series. 4 Stars  Reviewed By Deborah Lloyd for Readers’ Favorite "Interesting characters, romantic interludes and action-filled scenes. The interweaving of the personal and professional lives of Lorna and Mitchell demonstrates the adept writing skills of the author. Although many characters are involved in the story, it is easy to grasp the personality of each one. Author Lori Power gives just enough information about Lorna and Mitchell’s first adventure to entice the reader to want to read the first book of the series, if s/he has not already done so. Additionally, at the end of the book, she includes the first chapter of Book Three. It will be interesting ...
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13 Tortured Tips for Writing a Short Horror Story

The Haunted Pen - 13 Tortured Tips for Writing a Short Horror Story
Are you looking to give your readers the heebie-jeebies with a great short horror story? Writing horror is exciting and enjoyable, so look no further my sick little puppies. Listed below you’ll find 13 tried-and-tested tips for creating ferocious fiction and tales that traumatize. Good luck and, most of all, have fun doing it! “Horror fiction has traditionally dealt in taboo. It speaks of death, madness and transgression of moral and physical boundaries. It raises the dead to life and slaughters infants in their cribs; it makes monsters of household pets and begs our affection for psychos. It shows us that the control we believe we have is purely illusory, and that every moment we teeter on ...
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The Lost Spaniel - available for preorder

Blurb:   The Lost Spaniel is the third novella in the Lost and Found Pets series. Alexandra Prescott opened Lost and Found Pets because she loves animals. Reuniting pet and owner is more than just a job.     When Alex’s mentor, Eddie Hill, calls about his lost Cocker Spaniel, Alex rushes to the rescue. They quickly track the dog to an abandoned construction site, but after bullets start flying, Alex realizes there’s more to this case than a missing dog.     Alex and Eddie have to dig into their pasts to find out who might want to harm them or their pets. The list of suspects grows long as Alex tries to solve the mystery of the lost Spaniel.     Excerpt:   My breathing was becoming shallow, a...
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Today’s Featured Author – Natasha D. Frazier

Please welcome author Natasha D. Frazier to my blog. Her book, Shattered Vows, the third in her Love, Lies & Consequences series, came out in January of this year. Excerpt Chloe exhaled when she heard his footsteps on the wooden stairwell. She didn’t realize that she’d been holding her breath ever since she felt his hands on her body. I have to stop doing that,she chastised herself. She knew he was feeling rejected. But how did he think he made her feel when that woman showed up at the coffee shop carrying his child? She pulled on her dress and fidgeted with it until she slid the zipper into position. She slipped into her shoes and turned around in front of the mirror, giving her clothes...
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Oh, Those #Summer #Nights!

Hey Everyone!! :-) I thought I'd give you all a little inspiration to start the weekend off right. Enjoy! ;-) Excerpt from Bound By The Summer Prince: Turning her head, she barely caught a glimpse of a blur as he moved faster than her eyes could track. Suddenly, he was behind her, one hand gripped firmly in her hair at the base of her skull and the other arm wrapped around her arms and waist pinning her to his body. Gasping at how abruptly she had been yanked off of her feet, she struggled against his hold. His grip was like an iron band around her middle, she could feel the restrained strength in his body and it made her hot. Moaning, she relaxed against him and allowed her curves to melt i...
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Release Blast for RAFFLES TO RATTLES, Contemporary Romance by Stacy Eaton

    RAFFLES TO RATTLES The Celebration Township, book 8 by Stacy Eaton   Genre: Contemporary Romance   When Sophia Thayer realized that she’d squandered her savings, she decided to take on a second job. She didn’t particularly want to dust off her four-inch dancing shoes and get back into that line of work, but she knew the money would be good, especially if she got the job at Pleasure Your Fantasies.   Scott Allen has had a thing for Sophia since he’d met her, and it wasn’t until she won him at the Valentine’s Day Bachelor Auction that he realized the feeling might be mutual. Although a relationship didn’t initially work out, Scott didn’t give up on a future with her—not until he saw her da...
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Giveaway ~ Plots & Schemes Vol. 1

    Enter to win! That’s all you have to do. Solstice Publishing is celebrating Plots & Schemes Vol. 1 becoming a best seller in Germany during its release by giving away three autographed copies of the print edition of this fabulous anthology.   Click here to enter!     All you have to do is click on the Goodreads link between May 26 and June 9 and enter. It’s that simple. Once the contest ends, Goodreads will notify us of the winners names and you will receive your copy.                   Her child vanishes in a puff of smoke.   When Murder is on the Itinerary   An eavesdropped comment leads to an impossible scheme!   Mysterious events pull Dana into danger.   A rock star’s murder leav...
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10 Characteristics of a Scottish Romance

I’m happy to welcome Soul Mate author Madelyn Hill to the Power of 10 series. Today, Madelyn shares ten characteristics of a Scottish romance and her latest release, Highland Faith . Here’s Madelyn! Ahhh, Scotland! Just thinking of Scotland conjures up images of Highlanders, heather, and men in kilts. There seems to be a romanticism affiliated with Scotland that I’m sure if the people of Scotland laugh at our perception. Here are the TOP 10 Characteristics of Scottish Romances: 1. A man in a kilt! Let’s face it, a kilt is a skirt and you have to have enough self-confidence to pull that off. A true Highlander has a certain swagger—cocksure stride when wearing a kilt. It lends to the romantic ...
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animal stories for kids: opportunities

If you love animal stories for kids you’ll want to hear more about an amazing young lady named Kyla Sullivan. She’s twelve-years-old and she’s already accomplished so much. For example, she “received ribbons at the 2016 Pony Finals. In fact, she was the “national reserve champion in the Small Green Hunter Pony division.” Kayla won several other equestrian awards, but she also has earned honors at her middle school. Kyla had many wonderful opportunities to improve her skills as a rider. She spends winters in Florida competing in very prestigious competitions. According to her teacher, “Kyla has natural ability to adjust her riding style to any horse you put her on.” Some of you may know I gre...
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At Last! It’s Here!

I highly recommend the Volcano Lady books … and can’t wait to get the new one this weekend at Clockwork Alchemy. The Volcanolady's Blog Adventure is out there! Forget the Truth – Go for the Fiction! I am thrilled to announce the OFFICIAL RELEASE of The DOOMSDAY RELIC – featuring Professor Lettie Gantry. A brand new adventure in serial format – your own, very own, penny dreadful. Excitement on every page! … Volcanoes – Action – Mystery – Romance – and Ancient Secrets. Available right now on Amazon and Kindle. Coming soon to Smashwords. Get a signed copy at this Memorial Day weekend’s Clockwork Alchemy Steampunk Convention (   View original post Original link

The Oracle Series

THE ORACLE SERIES ORACLE’S HUNT by A. Claire Everward FIRST BOOK IN THE SERIES Category:   fiction, suspense.  Paperback & ebook A security-critical facility is destroyed to get to it and it is called Oracle. That’s all USFID investigator Donovan Pierce knows. And while he is told to find whoever perpetrated the deadly attack, and find them fast, he is also warned not to look for Oracle itself. Lara Holsworth never expected Oracle to be in any danger. She would like nothing more than to keep it secret and Pierce away from it—and from her, but hiding is no longer an option. With those who now know too much more determined than ever to destroy Oracle, will its protectors’ cooperation be en...
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Rewrite or Revise? That is the Question

Rewrite or Revise? That is the Question Rewrite or revise? What is the difference between the two? Rewrite is a drastic overhaul of your work. Tearing what you wrote apart and more or less starting from scratch. Something no writer wants to do, but sometimes you don’t have a choice in the matter. Not if you care about your story and your future readers. Revise involves less drastic measures. Tweaking a scene here, rewording another further along. Correcting confusing points. We constantly revise our work when we read back through it. Rewriting and revising are things writers have to deal with whether we want to or not. So, which camp can I be found in right now? Definitely revising, but I do...
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The Art of the Hook

Courtesy of Pixabay Every scam artist in the world understands the value of “the hook.” And everyone worth his or her salt knows the art of throwing one. The hook is designed to snag the mark’s attention, make him thirst to know more, and to draw him into the scheme so the crook can steal his money.     Every writer, whether composing fiction or non-fiction, must do the same. The hook catches the reader’s attention, makes him want to know more, and—of course—buy a copy of the book.     To be effective, the hook must come early in the piece—just as it must come early in the scam. Otherwise, the reader will lose interest and toss the book aside.     In my The Zozobra Incident, the hook is a wh...
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Mitchell Hooks – a gallery

If the art of Robert McGinnis was one of the reasons why I decided I’d like to write pulp fiction , there was another artist, whose style was an inspiration, and whose designs were frequently imitated in Italian crime paperbacks when I was a kid. Detroit-born Mitchell Hooks was a prolific artist in the world of paperback originals , and is today recognized as a master of the art of illustrating pulp stories paperback covers. His designs are darker and “dirtier” than McGinnis’, but are equally suggestive. Here is a small cover gallery. Original link

Meet Tom Benson

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This week’s writer is one I am really happy to introduce. Firstly, he helped me set up my web page (no, not true, he set it up for me – I’m clueless) and we read each other’s books way, way back when I was still new to social media. He held my hand every step of the way. The book Tom’s chosen to showcase in this guest blog is one I’ve read and I liked it so much that I bought the second in the series as well. Having been married twice to men who have also served in the forces, it was like getting a peep into what really goes on behind the scenes ‘among the boys’. Girls get curious about these things you know. A Life of Choice   West Germany   April 1992 “Thanks, mate,” I said, accepting a bo...
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Getting book reviews

Last week, I wrote about whether book reviews were an important marketing strategy. As it turns out, a good, well-written book review can benefit your sales. When choosing between a book with numerous reviews and one with only a few or no reviews, many readers will pick the more “popular” choice. So how do you go about getting those reviews? 1.) Ask for a review as part of the back matter of your book. It is simple to include “If you enjoyed this, please leave a review. Thanks!” to the end of your book. Amazon does a good job of asking readers to write a review before they exit the book on their Kindle. 2.) Join book reviewer groups on places such as Goodreads or Google+. Here you can find p...
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Book Launch Spotlight: 11/9: The Fall of American Democracy (Anthology)

  Pre-Order on Amazon US and Amazon UK and find on Goodreads   Presenting the diverse voices of those most affected by the results of the 2016 American presidential election, 11/9: The Fall of American Democracy is a charitable project meant to prioritize and highlight marginalized writers for a good cause. One hundred percent of profits from the sale of this book will be donated to RAINN, the nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization, and the ACLU, the nonprofit organization defending the constitutional rights of Americans.     11/9: The Fall of American Democracy contains the work of a number of award-winning poets and authors including Roger Aplon, Laura Foley, Alan w. Jankowski,...
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Bucking the trend (or one reason why you are not making money)

Unlike many of my Ramblings, this post is written in a far more focused manner, giving a clue to the importance I place on this content. I think, ALL indie authors NEED to read the following, in full.   Recently I have seen a large number of indie authors discounting their books, or giving them away freely, offering a plethora of ‘giveaways’, from the humble bookmark to expensive looking jewellery, even a combination of all the above. Whilst this form of promotion is not unusual by itself, the number of offers has increased to such a degree, that it seems no one is selling a book at full value price. In fact, a quick scan of the internet shows very few books, (in relative context), for sale ...
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Fredrik Backman

Every now and then you come across a book you really enjoy. A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman is one of those books for me. On the surface, it’s a grumpy old man story. Maybe that’s why my wife suggested I read it. But, underneath the surface story, it’s a story of love and redemption. If you’re ever feeling down, like Ove is at the start of the story, reading this book will remind you that the secret is to get outside of yourself. Think of other people. Do things for them. Be with them. A Man Called Ove is a wonderful story of how Life intervenes to get Ove’s attention and reopen his heart. Some of it is sad, some of it is touching, and some of it is really funny. I enjoyed it. You can fi...
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