Author Inspiration and This Week’s Writing Links

Lots of great writing links and a bit of fun over at Staci Troilo’s place today …

Ciao, amici! I’ve been busy with rewrites and revisions this week, which (for me) is a combination of glee, stress, and oh-my-god-how-do-I-suck-this-much. I’ll admit to writing a few be…

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Expansion Pack: The Villain’s Journey + The Monster

Check out this great post on writing villains by C S Boyack over on Story Empire …

Hi Gang, Craig with you again. Time for another Expansion Pack that ties in with The Hero’s Journey, also known as the Writing Monomyth. This time we’re dealing with our villains. Before you go all…

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Careful Who You Kill

Do you kill as you go along, or do you wait a bit? …

Hello SErs. Harmony here. My current WIP is the first time I’ve written first draft without doing any editing. None at all. At first, I found it tough. But by now, having reached near the end…

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Unclear Purposes Blog Tour

Check out a great excerpt from Joan Hall’s latest book over on Craig Boyack’s blog today …

Joan is a good friend, and has the final book of her trilogy available right now. She’s also one of my compatriots over at Story Empire. Make her feel welcome and share her excerpt across you…

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#MondayMeme #MondayBlogs

Head on over to Marcia Meara’s place for a giggle with some Monday Memes … okay, I’m late reblogging, lol. So, have a giggle on Tuesday instead 🙂

I swore I would keep today’s memes focused on writing, reading, or books in general. I may have lied. 😯 Laugh anyway, please. It’s good for what ails ye! 😀

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#BookReview: The Warehouse

A dystopian sci-fi mystery written by Rob Hart and published by Random House UK.

Thank you to NetGalley and Random House UK for the ARC of this book.

The Warehouse is a believable not-too-far-into-the-future dystopian mystery. Though there is some future tech in there, it’s not a hardcore sci-fi but more general.

I liked the characters, the world building, the plot, and the premise. The story hooked me early and kept my attention and interest throughout. If not for the many errors in the text, I would have rated it a top five stars. The only wobble on that is the ending, which did close off the threads nicely but felt a little flat to me. It was a long way from awful though.

Some of the errors that drove me nuts, ignoring the massive formatting issues on this ARC which hopefully will be addressed before publication, were to do with hyphenating words. The author seems to have a phobia on using too many hyphens. For example, we get ‘canaryyellow’ instead of ‘canary-yellow’, and blood-pressurelowering’ instead of simply ‘blood-pressure-lowering’, and `zeroemission’ instead of ‘zero-emission’. Not to mention sentences such as: ‘And then have get a full-grown elephant tied to a tree with …’

All of that said, one or two lines stood out as awesome. See the following: ‘A presence remained, and after a few moments Zinnia realized it was that shadow of Death. It had followed him in, but it hadn’t left.’ Brilliant (if you can ignore the missing comma after ‘moments’.

All in all, even though it does need further work, I would highly recommend this book.


NOTE ON RATINGS: I consider a 3-star rating a positive review. Picky about which books I give 5 stars to, I reserve this highest rating for the stories I find stunning and which moved me.

5 STARS: IT WAS AMAZING! I COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN! — Highly Recommended.
4 STARS: I WOULD PULL AN ALL-NIGHTER — Go read this book.
3 STARS: IT WAS GOOD! — An okay read. Didn’t love it. Didn’t hate it.
2 STARS: I MAY HAVE LIKED A FEW THINGS —Lacking in some areas: writing, characterisation, and/or problematic plot lines.
1 STAR: NOT MY CUP OF TEA —Lots of issues with this book.

Are Writers Born or Made?

An interesting question … check out the post and discussion over on Story Empire today …

Hello, SEers. Mae here with you today. Recently, I’ve been thinking about stories I wrote when I was younger. Much, much younger. It made me realize how long I’ve been creating characters and world…

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How to Tweak Your Newsletter

Check out this great post from P H Solomon over on Story Empire today …

Happy Friday to all the Story Empire readers! Today I’m veering a bit off course from a regular post format at the end of the work week into the topic of managing a newsletter to gain better …

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Author Inspiration and This Week’s Writing Links

Check out this great Friday post from Staci Troilo with some useful author/writing links …

Ciao, amici! I’m super excited today. I wrote THE END on my rough draft of book 2 of the Astral Conspiracy series. I haven’t revealed the title or cover yet, so that’s all I can s…

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The Eyes of a Killer

Excerpt from Unclear Purposes by Joan Hall

Thanks for hosting me today, Harmony. I’m super excited about the release of Unclear Purposes, the third and final book of the Driscoll Lake Series.

I’ve decided to share a scene today from the antagonist’s point of view.

Excerpt from Unclear Purposes

Some occasions required a person to be an extrovert. To mingle with the crowd. Other times one needed to blend into the background. Being able to disguise oneself had its advantages. The ability to be virtually unrecognizable.

Tonight was a time to remain hidden. To observe.

Three couples sat at a table close to the stage. It was a cozy little scene with lots of interaction among them. The women each had a distinct beauty, the men all tall and handsome. Talk about standing out in a crowd.

Who wouldn’t envy the brunette and her six-foot-four husband? Or the auburn-haired physician and her successful man? But the third couple was the most intriguing.

What exactly was between them? Casual friendship? Something more? The desire to know had been festering for several weeks. It was the reason for tonight’s visit to Pinnacle. To confirm what was already feared.

It didn’t take long to determine the answer. The way Christine and Vince danced together wasn’t something casual friends would do.

When the song ended, Rachel Nichols whispered something to them before leaving the floor with her husband. Whatever it was, caused a change in Vince. It wasn’t hard to see he had gone into alert mode as if looking for something or someone.

Careful. He’s been in law enforcement. Trained to be observant. Wouldn’t take much for him to notice something out of the ordinary.

The inner battle began.

Calm down. Breathe. There’s no way anyone would recognize you. Still, it’s probably best you leave. Your mission is accomplished. You’ve got the information you came for.

The relationship between Christine Lawrence and Vince Green would have to end. There were lots of ways to ensure that would happen. But when it came down to it, there was only one way to guarantee success.

Book Cover, Unclear Purposes by Joan Hall

Blurb:

Some people take secrets to the grave…

Three years after her husband’s murder, Christine Lawrence still struggles for balance. She has a rewarding career and a close circle of friends but feels oddly unfulfilled. Worse, the close relationship she once had with her teenage daughter has grown increasingly strained.

Former FBI agent, Vince Green, is battling demons of his own—painful secrets that drove him from Driscoll Lake. Newly resettled in the small town, he makes his living as a private investigator.

When Vince and Christine cross paths, stumbling over the body of a murder victim, he’s forced to confront memories he thought long buried. The circumstances surrounding the killing are eerily similar to a victim from his past.

As the body count continues to rise, Christine finds herself drawn to Vince. With a murderer stalking the streets of Driscoll Lake, neither is aware the killer has targeted her as the next victim—or that Vince’s past is key to unmasking a disturbed and deadly killer.

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How You Can Get Neither Nor And Either Or Right Every Time

Check out this great post on using neither/nor and whether it wants a comma or an and …

You can get neither nor right every time if you know that both clauses must be negative. For either or, both must be positive. It’s as easy as that.

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The Day I Went to Jail

Check out this fun and informative post from Joan Hall over on Story Empire today …

Hi, SE Readers. Joan here today. This is a short post, but the subject is something that could happen to any of us. No, I really didn’t go to jail. At least not a physical place with bars. It’s wha…

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The Detective, An Excerpt from Unclear Purposes by Joan Hall #RomanticSuspense #Mystery

Check out an excerpt from Joan Hall’s latest book over on Mae Clair’s blog today … great reading!

Exciting times! I’m  thrilled to have my friend, Joan Hall, as my guest today. She’s brought along a fabulous excerpt from her new release, Unclear Purposes. I’m particularly fond…

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BOOK EXCERPT from UNCLEAR PURPOSES NEW RELEASE by JOAN HALL

Joan Hall is on tour! Check out her post and book excerpts over at Michele’s place today …

Friend and fellow author Joan Hall has just released the final book in her Driscoll Lake series, Unclear Purposes. I’m pleased to have Joan with me today. Let’s give her a war…

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#MondayMeme #MondayBlogs

 

And here’s for a bit of a giggle over at Marcia’s place …

A Little Bit of This, And a Little Bit of That Hope some of it makes you laugh. Laughing is good. Do it often! 😀 And last, my public safety announcement of the day: DIETING IS DANGEROUS! (You have…

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#BookReview of S. Burke’s WHATEVER IT TAKES @pursoot #suspense #TuesdayBookBlog

Check out this review for whatever it takes by Suzanne Burke over on Staci Troilo’s blog …

Ciao, amici! I have another suspense novel to talk about today. S. Burke’s Whatever it Takes. Blurb: James Kincaid had it all. He’d made it to the ‘A’ list in Hollywood, a town that prized an…

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Cusp of Night

Check out this awesome review for Cusp of Night by Mae Clair over on Kevin Cooper’s blog …

Recently settled in Hode’s Hill, Pennsylvania, Maya Sinclair is enthralled by the town’s folklore, especially the legend about a centuries-old monster. A devil-like creature with uncanny abilities …

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Planning for Multiple POVs

Check out this great post on story bibles from Staci Troilo over on Story Empire today …

Ciao, amici. We’ve been discussing story bibles. So far, in addition to the overview, we’ve covered the series premise, character sheets, and setting descriptions. Today, I’ll be …

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May Book Reviews, Part 2

Check out these great reviews over on Mae Clair’s blog today 🙂 …

I’m excited that June is finally here, and pool season has arrived! I spend a lot of time during the summer pool season reading and plotting my WIPs, and am looking forward to my warm weather routi…

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The Wedding!

Hello everyone!

As promised, here are some pictures from my wedding.

Hubby and I had a lovely time, and the honeymoon cruising around the Norwegian Fjords was fantastic too!

The Dress
The Shoes
Getting Ready
Wedding Morning Essentials!
A Nervous Groom
We’re Married!
The Groom’s first job … Picking out the confetti!!
The First Dance
Happily Ever After …

All pictures curtesy of Tracey Warbey Wedding Photography (@TraceyWarbey) … She’s a fantastic photographer, and she really made our big day special. Thanks, Tracey! 🙂

https://www.traceywarbeyweddingphotography.com/

I hope you’ve enjoyed sharing some images of our special day with us. Keep well, and have a lovely week 🙂

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Expansion Pack: Fairytales

Check out this great post on story expansion packs by Craig Boyack over on Story Empire today …

Hi Gang, Craig with you again. We’ve spent some time talking about character arc in the past year. My last three posts were about The Hero’s Journey, also known as the Writing Monomyth. I’m not qui…

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It’s Release Day! Unclear Purposes

 

Check out Joan Hall’s latest book release. The third and final novel in the Driscoll Lake Series. I’ve just picked up my copy! …

The day has finally arrived! The third and final book of my Driscoll Lake Series is now available in eBook format with the paperback version soon to come. I’m happy to see this day arrive, yet sad …

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Are You Legal?

Check out this post that any publishing author needs to know about …

Hello SErs. Harmony here 🙂 Today, I’d like to take a look at designing a book cover for your latest master piece while ensuring you don’t break one of the many copyright rules. Whether…

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Author Inspiration and This Week’s Writing Links

Some great writing links over on Staci Troilo’s blog today …

The importance of family, a Memorial Day wish, and links to great posts for authors.

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Book Cover Friday: Music of The Deep

Over on Story Empire today, it’s Book Cover Friday. Which is your favourite version? …

Hi, SE Readers. Joan here today for this month’s Book Cover Friday. This time I The Music of the Deep by Elizabeth Hall (no relation). It was my first time to read this author, but the title and th…

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Our 5* Review for A Thousand Yesteryears by Mae Clair #ParanormalSuspense @MaeClair1

Check out this awesome book review for Mae Claire …

 

“Masterful, bone-chilling fiction…one intense thriller. A Thousand Yesteryears will keep you guessing, gasping and turning the pages for more.” —New York Times bestselling author Kevin O’Bri…

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Setting Descriptions

Check out this helpful fourth post in the Creating a Story Bible series by Staci Troilo over on Story Empire …

Ciao, amici. Today’s post is a continuation of the Story Bible series. So far, we’ve had an overview and discussed the series premise and character sheets. Today, we’ll cover sett…

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How To Help Stop Somebody Stealing Your Blog Posts

Anyone who blogs or publishes online needs to read this …

Are you doing enough to help stop somebody stealing your blog posts?

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The Gate: An Invasion Universe Novel (Astral Conspiracy Book 1) by @StaciTroilo writing as D.L. Cross #SciFi #BookReview

Check out Jacquie Biggar’s great review of this awesome-looking book by Staci Troilo …

He lost his job. He lost his girl. Now it’s all he can do not to lose his life.

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Soldiering On | Writers In The Storm

Check out this great post by Fae Rowen over on Writers in the Storm …

Rae Rowen discusses how perseverance can help a writer through those times of doubt.

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