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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 view ...
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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 grew ...
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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 BlogAdventure is out there! Forget the Truth – Go for the Fiction! I am thrilled to announcethe OFFICIAL RELEASE ofThe 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(www.ClockworkAlchemy.com) View original post Original link

The Oracle Series

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THE ORACLE SERIESORACLE’S HUNTby A. Claire EverwardFIRST BOOK IN THE SERIESCategory:   fiction, suspense.  Paperback & ebookA 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 enough to ...
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Rewrite or Revise? That is the Question

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Rewrite or Revise? That is the QuestionRewrite 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 h...
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The Art of the Hook


Courtesy of PixabayEvery 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 white Impala...
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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 bottl...
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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 peop...
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Book Launch Spotlight: 11/9: The Fall of American Democracy (Anthology)


 Pre-Order on Amazon US and Amazon UKand 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, Mike J...
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Bucking the trend (or one reason why you are not making money)

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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 above...
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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 find o...
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10 Handy Writing Tips That I Use Regularly – Part 1


Don Massenzio's BlogWrite every chance you get. Write every day if you can. You should be thinking about writing or actually writing whenever you can.Reading is so important. You should read every chance you get as well. Read good writing and read about writing. Balance fiction and non-fiction to help you improve your own writing.Use your everyday observations to help you with coming up with surroundings, characters and situations for your stories. You can do this by keeping notebook with you, or if you’re not afraid of being stared at, use your phone and a recording app and pretend your on a call while you make note of what you see.Check your writing for repetitive words and phrasing. If yo...
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#Agent Thoth's #Personal Log: Day 559

Hey Everyone! :-)Agent Thoth discusses more of the trials and tribulations associated with living with hominids. Incidentally, if you've missed Agent Thoth's earlier entries, you can find them here: Thoth's JournalDepartment for the Preservation and Confirmation of Intelligent Life (DPCIL)Agent Thoth's Personal Log Day Five-Hundred-Fifty-Nine:There is one particular taxonomic class of arthropod that I find most intriguing. Morphologically, they differ from the majority of the other local arthropods in that they only have two body segments, as opposed to the more common three-body-segmented variety, and they possess eight legs instead of the more commonly observed six.There seem to be represe...
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How Bout a Spicy Summer Romantic Comedy? LINDA GETS HER GROOVE THING, The Green Room Chronicles, Book 2, by JD Frettier


  LINDA GETS HER GROOVE THINGThe Green Room Chronicles, book 2by JD Frettier Genre: Spicy Romantic Comedy   Linda White is on a mission to sic Karma on her cheating, ex-husband Grey in this laugh out loud second installment of the erotically incorrect Green Room Chronicles. After being blindsided with infidelity and financial devastation, recently widowed Linda has sworn off men forever. Nearing middle age, her dream of retiring early from the airlines is no longer within reach, so, she retreats into the world of battery operated boyfriends to deal with the stress. When the one purchase Linda counts on for a long haul flight to Paris backfires, she passes away suddenly… from a conniption fit...
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Character Growth in a Series


We all work to develop our characters, to help them grow throughout a novel. When it comes to a series, that growth must be done over a longer period of time, in order for the reader to see maturity developing and the character taking on greater challenges. How does one grow a character? There are the usual methods, of the individual going through tests or challenges and learning from them. This usually satisfies the reader. However, if you have a character who is proud of certain characteristics and refuses to give them, even though everyone around him/her feels they’re juvenile, you are faced with a greater challenge. In the Canoples Investigations series, my characters grow somewhat from ...
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Spotlight on Death’s Footprint


I’m happy to feature this new release from two Guelph authors.BlurbWhat’s your life worth? If the price isn’t right….you die.They call him Dr. Death. Not a surprise. He reminds his philosophy students that we never know when the Grim Reaper will come for us. Before Professor Lucas Stride’s lecture at the Quebec City morgue, he receives a threat. If the extortionist isn’t satisfied with the cash offer, Lucas dies.Toronto cop, Jordan Blair, arrives for a tryst with private investigator, Darcy Piermont. Sightseeing, fine dining, and blissful hours in Darcy’s bed are on her wish list.Her plans are derailed after Darcy agrees to try and locate a family friend, missing since the morgue tour with h...
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Featured Author: Rebecca Roland


 ABOUT THE BOOKThe magic barrier protecting the Taakwa from their enemies, the Maddion, is gone. Malia, who led the Taakwa against the Maddion in the Dragon War, must convince the magical being, the changer, to repair the barrier before the Maddion invade to take revenge on her people and the winged Jeguduns who also call the valley home, even if it means reversing the healing the changer wrought for her.Chanwa, the wife of the Maddion leader, uses the disorder created by the changer to lead a coup against her husband in a desperate attempt to ensure she and the other Maddion women are treated as equals. Her life, and the future of every Maddion woman, depends on her success.Both women know ...
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Do Your Projects Have Purpose?


 Attract the Right Job or ClienteleHow many times have you heard someone say, “I’m going to…” but that something special never happens? Most often the project did not hold enough importance, or it lacked purpose. Ideas that get lost in everyday busywork is due to the lack of a 100% commitment. Another reason for not moving forward is fear.However, a safety net exists that may ease the fear. Keep in mind that should the anticipated outcome not materialize lessons come to light that will be beneficial for future endeavors. For those who are in the process of building credibility and trust, it’s best not to make grand announcements until the project is under way.The improved outcome is that oth...
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Draft2Digital Adds Playster to Distribution Network

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For authors selling books through distribution service, Draft2Digital, the outlets just expanded. D2D has been sending ebooks to most of the usual (non-Amazon) suspects for a while now including iBooks, B&N, Kobo, Scribd and more. Now they’ve added Playster.Playster is a subscription-based service that allows readers to pay a low monthly fee for unlimited access to thousands of books (or movies, music, and games, if that’s your thing). Their mantra: Everything Unlimited. Your readers (past, present, and future) can get a 30-day free trial, giving them access to one of the fastest growing digital libraries around.Amazon Prime and Scribd also use subscription-based business models. Smashwo...
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