My Week in Review and Writing Links

Hello everyone. Happy Friday. Well, it’s the middle of November, and the year is racing away from us. I swear time has grown jet engines. Maybe that’s a sign of getting older too. I remember as a kid, the school summer holidays seemed to last forever …

More slow-and-steady writing done this week. I’m having to take extra care as I have a painful arm and shoulder from an old injury that is playing up again. Despite exercises and physio, it seems determined to get worse. Smooth supermarket floors, squashed grapes, and walking with crutches are not a great combination. Now, years later, I’m revisiting that torn muscle. Not fun. At least, as I wrote last week, I can still manage 500 words a day. Always a silver lining! 🙂 … And I’m REALLY enjoying this first draft.

Here are this week’s writing resources. Have a great weekend, everyone 🙂


FROM STORY EMPIRE

Write Small by C. S. Boyack … a great post on opening your novels.

How to Begin Using Scrivener by P. H. Solomon

Friday Writing Question by little ole me

 

FROM AROUND THE WORLDWIDE WEB

Finding Comparable Titles by Amy Alessio from Romance University

Don’t be Me! by Wendy Marcus from Romance University

Occupation Thesaurus Entry: GhostWriter by Becca Puglisi from Writers Helping Writers

Context, Text, and Subtext from Writers Helping Writers

How to Break Through Being Stuck by Tasha Seegmiller from Writers in the Storm

Story Logic by Lisa Cron from Writers in the Storm

What to do if Your Social Media Account gets Suspended from Just Publishing Advice … this wouldn’t have helped in my situation with Facebook, but it’s worth keeping these links and tips handy 🙂


Story Empire (Co-authored)

Harmony’s Amazon Author Page

Twitter: @harmony_kent

LinkedIn: Harmony

Goodreads: Author Page

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It’s a Kicker on Veteran’s Day

Hello everyone,

Today, it gives me great pleasure to introduce Kicker, a book dedicated to veterans. For this Veteran’s weekend, it is FREE on Amazon (9th, 10th, & 11th November).

Here’s the blurb:

World War II is raging. A young father must choose between his family and duty to his country- a decision that could cost him everything.
Based on actual experiences of United States veterans and official military aviation history records from World War II, this is the thrilling story of a family’s journey into war. While his loved
ones struggle with shortages and rationing at home, Sam endures relentless Japanese attacks against his unarmed aircraft over the treacherous mountains and torrid jungles of Asia. His job is to
drop supplies to Merrill’s Marauders and over 750,000 allied soldiers fighting in the perilous jungles of Burma. If the enemy is not stopped, the American
way of life will end. If you like non-stop action with a touch of humor and romance and the chance to learn about the
“forgotten front ” of WWII, then this is the book for you.
ebook/dp/B0777TFVC4
>>>Don’t forget this book is FREE from today through Sunday, so grab your copy now :)<<<
Author Bio:
R Grey Hoover is an Air Force veteran with a family tradition of military service that dates back to the American revolution. He wrote his book “Kicker the forgotten front” to honor his father and the other veterans of World War II who fought in the China-Burma-India (CBI) theatre. During the war, the European and Pacific theatres got most of the supplies and media attention leaving the CBI theatre with the leftovers. Even in today’s media coverage of World War II the CBI theatre is never mentioned. The author’s book is an attempt to correct this gross oversight.
R Grey Hoover’s social media links:
Website
Twitter
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My Week in Review and Writing Links

Hello everyone. Happy Friday! Well, the weather has certainly turned wetter and windier this last week. I miss the freezing but sunny days, lol.

I’ve made steady writing progress this week. It’s surprising how much just 500 words every day over five days add up over the weeks. Limiting the novel to this count allows me time to plot a few scenes ahead of where I’m at, as well as giving attention to my short stories in progress, and I’m enjoying it a lot more than banging out a high daily word count as I have done in the past. And then there’s life too. I’ve done more wedding planning/organising this week, and I can’t believe it’s now less than six months away. Where is the time going?

Have a great weekend, everyone. Here are this week’s writing links:


FROM STORY EMPIRE

Beginnings by Staci Troilo … first in a three-part series

Giving an Author Presentation by Mae Clair

Friday Book Share by Mae Clair

 

FROM AROUND THE WORLDWIDE WEB

The Idea Mill from Entertaining Stories (C. S. Boyack)

Amazon Reviews from Nicholas Rossis

Self-Publishing: Expectation Vs Reality from Just Publishing Advice

NaNoWriMo Struggles? by Angela Ackerman from Romance University

Being a Writer in a Changing Climate by Theresa Stevens from Romance University

Update Your Keywords by Penny Sansevieri from Writers in the Storm

Occupation Thesaurus: Physical Therapist by Angela Ackerman from Writers Helping Writers


Story Empire (Co-authored)

Harmony’s Amazon Author Page

Twitter: @harmony_kent

LinkedIn: Harmony

Goodreads: Author Page

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My Week in Review and Writing Links

Hello everyone, Happy Friday!

I can’t believe another week has gone past already. On Saturday, we went to our six-month wedding interview at the planned venue, which all went wonderfully. On the half-hour drive there, we met sleet, hailstone, and then a full-on snowstorm, lol. When we left home, it was bright sunshine! Talk about all seasons in one day. The temperatures plummeted overnight from double figures to 1 degree C, so we really felt the difference. It’s stayed at freezing temperatures all week. We’ve been thrown from a very warm October into scraping ice off the cars in the mornings.

On the writing front, I’m continuing to make steady progress on the novel in progress and the short fiction. It seems allowing myself time off the novels and alternating with short fiction is the key for me at the moment. This week’s quote seems relevant to a few people I know.

Well, that’s it from me. Here’s the writing links and resources for this week.


FROM STORY EMPIRE

Flash Fiction Part 2: Problem/Interruption by me

Spooky! by Joan Hall

Five For Friday: Promotion by C.S. Boyack

 

FROM AROUND THE WORLDWIDE WEB

Schwa and Grammar Mistakes from Just Publishing Advice

Using Google Reverse Image Search to Your Advantage from Just Publishing Advice

12 Free Grammar Checkers from Just Publishing Advice

Free Story from Nicholas Rossis

Sell More Books from Nicholas Rossis

A Failure Primer from Nicholas Rossis

Occupation Thesaurus: Mechanical Engineer by Becca Puglisi from Writers Helping Writers

Two Great Tools to Help You Win NanoWriMo by Angela Ackerman from Writers Helping Writers

Writing When Life is More Trick than Treat by Christina Delay from Writers in the Storm

The Body Language of Fear by Lisa Hall-Wilson from Writers in the Storm 

3D Attraction by Laura Stapleton from Romance University  

You Love ‘em, You Hate ‘em by Laurie Schnebly Campbell from Romance University 

 


Story Empire (Co-authored)

Harmony’s Amazon Author Page

Twitter: @harmony_kent

LinkedIn: Harmony

Goodreads: Author Page

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The Emissary 2: To Love Somebody is Now Available on Amazon

Hello everyone! Today, it gives me great pleasure to have author Marcia Meara come and visit to showcase her new book …

 

Thank you so much, Harmony, for having me here today on your blog. I’m so happy to be sharing my latest release, The Emissary 2: To Love Somebody, with you and your followers.

This is the Middle Child of my Emissary trilogy, and I found it interestingly tricky to write a novella that bridged the gap between Book 1 and Book 3, yet was entertaining in its own right. I hope I’ve managed to make that work. For me, it was just as much fun to hang out with Jake, Dodger, and Azrael this time around as it was the first, especially since they spent so much time traveling the highways of Florida, visiting places I’m very familiar with. Hopefully, the blurb and short excerpt below will tempt some of your followers to ride along in Jake’s big red and white semi, and see just what kinds of trouble Jake and Dodger can get up to. All I can say is, it’s a good thing they have an angel on their side.

Both Book 1 and Book 2 of the trilogy are quick, easy reads, which are definitely not meant to be viewed as any sort of religious dogma. Rather, they are merely excursions into a bit of “what-if-ery,” with a few nuggets of universal truths scattered throughout.

When I get the third novella of this trilogy finished, I’ll be combining all three into a set I can offer in print as well as eBook format. But for now, folks looking for a bit of Urban Fantasy Lite can download Books 1 and 2 and find out for themselves exactly what’s expected from the world’s first Emissaries to the Angels.

Note: I do need to point out that The Emissary 2: To Love Somebody is the middle book of the Emissary Trilogy, and not a stand-alone novella. With that in mind, Book 1, The Emissary, can be downloaded HERE.

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BLURB

They’re back!

Jake and Dodger, the first (and so far, only) Emissaries to the Angels, are on the road again.

They’re looking for mortals about to take a wrong turn. You know the ones—the kid thinking about stealing from a corner market or the man planning to lie about a coworker and destroy her career. Yeah, them. People on the brink of making a mistake that could send them down that wrong road and jeopardize their mortal souls.

Of course, there are rules by which the emissaries must play, and the archangel Azrael stands ready to enforce them. First and foremost, a person’s free will must never be compromised. Emissaries are allowed to use only the smallest of mental nudges. Thankfully, a whispered suggestion here or images of a better course of action there is usually all it takes. The potential mugger walks on by. The thief drops the wallet back into the unattended purse. But whether the results are obvious or not, Jake and Dodger are fully committed to making a positive difference, even as they struggle with issues of their own.

Will Dodger get over losing his chance to learn what true love is all about? Will Jake survive the grueling angelic equivalent of Boot Camp? Will Azrael ever finish the Official Emissarial Guidebook—including the chapter titled Do Not Even Think About It?

One thing’s for sure—Jake’s and Dodger’s strengths are growing daily, as they help more and more people make better choices. But is the price for so much power higher than they’re willing to pay?

EXCERPT

(Jake, Dodger, and the archangel Azrael)

Dumbfounded by the angel’s apology, Jake sat stunned. Dodger, however, reacted very differently.

“Whoa, whoa. Wait a minute. You’re not serious, are you? You, telling us you’re sorry? After everything you’ve done for us? I mean, yeah, we have a problem we need your help with, for sure, but no way you gotta be apologizing to us for not gettin’ here sooner. We might not be able to understand all the stuff you have on your plate, but we know it’s full. We agreed to do this because we wanna make a difference in the world, and we knew goin’ in it wouldn’t be easy. I’m the one who should be sorry, here. I was bitchin’ and moanin’ about a few days’ wait, when you’re off somewhere trying to keep people from killin’ each other wholesale, and I’m sorry for that. I was being a pain in the ass … er, neck.”

“Well said, Dodger. Azrael, in spite of our grumblings, we do understand that we are only one small part of what you do—what you’ve done for centuries upon centuries. We want to do our jobs right, and yes, we will need your help now and then, especially since we’re still learning. But we’re more grateful than we can say that you chose us to be your emissaries. The job isn’t always easy, but I’m pretty sure I speak for both of us when I say we don’t regret taking it on, at all. Not even when you can’t respond to us as quickly as we might wish. We know you won’t abandon us and will come when you can, and we don’t expect you to apologize for being busy with other affairs of the world.”

The three of them were quiet for a minute, then Dodger couldn’t stand the silence any longer. “Well, now that you’re here and all, have you figured out what we’re going to do about training?” He shrugged at Jake. “What? He’s sittin’ right here, so we may as well find out what’s goin’ on, right?”

Azrael made an odd sound deep down in his chest. Jake stared. Dodger stared. The noise turned into a chuckle and the chuckle, into a surprisingly hearty laugh. When he caught his breath, he bestowed his beautiful smile on the boy. “You are a priceless gem, Dodger.” The angel shook his head and chuckled once more. “In all the centuries of my existence, I have never been spoken to as though I were simply another mortal.”

Dodger bit his lower lip. “Um … is that a good thing?”

“In your case, I think yes. But do not let it go to your head.”

~~~

Buy The Emissary 2: To Love Somebody HERE

~~~


Author Marcia Meara

Marcia Meara lives in central Florida, just north of Orlando, with her husband of over thirty years, four big cats, and two small dachshunds. When not writing or blogging, she spends her time gardening, and enjoying the surprising amount of wildlife that manages to make a home in her suburban yard. At the age of five, Marcia declared she wanted to be an author, and is ecstatic that at age 69, she finally began pursuing that dream. Her belief in the redemptive power of love is a unifying factor in both of her popular series and her poetry. Today, she’s still going strong, and plans to keep on writing until she falls face down on the keyboard, which she figures would be a pretty good way to go!

Marcia has published six novels, one novella, and one book of poetry to date, all of which are available on Amazon:

Wake-Robin Ridge
A Boy Named Rabbit: Wake-Robin Ridge Book 2
Harbinger: Wake-Robin Ridge Book 3

Swamp Ghosts: A Riverbend Novel
Finding Hunter: Riverbend Book 2
That Darkest Place: Riverbend Book 3

The Emissary: A Riverbend Spinoff Novella

Summer Magic: Poems of Life & Love

Marcia’s Amazon Author Page

You can reach Marcia via email at marciameara16@gmail.com or on the following social media sites:

The Write Stuff: http://marciamearawrites.com/
Twitter: @marciameara
Facebook: www.facebook.com/marcia.meara.writer
Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/marciameara/

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My Week in Review and Writing Links

Hello everyone. Happy Friday! Tonight we have relatives from Australia staying with us ready for beginning their travels home on Saturday. Then on Saturday, we have the six-month interview at our wedding venue … I can’t believe where the last six months have gone, lol.

It’s been a productive week here, despite my arm and shoulder still being awful. I have to limit the mouse-work on the computer, but otherwise the virus and the back pain have gone, yay! More achieved on my WIP as well as Flash Fiction stories and short stories. I came up with a descriptive line I adore on my WIP; here’s the paragraph …

‘Emotions grew around the visual memory like mould. Unwanted and poisonous. He had been but a boy. Young and weak and ignorant. He hadn’t known the way of the world. Not back then. And still, the old feelings held him prisoner so that he could not simply walk away from the woman bleeding out on the dirt floor.’

I’ve chosen this week’s quote for inspiration, and also because Mr Bradbury says ‘most’ of his friends. Even on that great diet, nothing is guaranteed. I’m writing because I love it. Reading too. Anything else is a bonus 🙂

Okay, that’s it from me for this week. On to the writing links and resources …


FROM STORY EMPIRE

Plan for NaNoWriMo Success With Scrivener by P. H. Solomon

Mystery, Horror, Suspense by C. S. Boyack

Book Cover Friday by Staci Troilo

 

FROM AROUND THE WORLDWIDE WEB

How to Follow Your Dreams Through Writing from Nicholas Rossis

So, You’ve Moved Your Books to KDP Print. Now What? from Nicholas Rossis

5 Tips on Writing a Trauma Backstory by Lisa Hall-Wilson from Writers in the Storm

Thoughts on “Originality” in Fiction by Kathryn Craft from Writers in the Storm

7 Steps to Publishing Success by Amy Shojai from Writers in the Storm

Occupation Thesaurus: Dog Groomer by Angela Ackerman from Writers Helping Writers

What Can Flash Fiction do for Novel Writers? by Becca Puglisi from Writers Helping Writers

25 Sites Where You Can Download Free Stock Images from Just Publishing Advice … loads here that I hadn’t heard of!

How You Can Leave More Than Footprints in the Sand from Just Publishing Advice

Demons are Just Angels Without a Halo by Jeri Westerson from Romance University

Writing an Epic Whodunit by Peggy Webb from Romance University

 


Story Empire (Co-authored)

Harmony’s Amazon Author Page

Twitter: @harmony_kent

LinkedIn: Harmony

Goodreads: Author Page

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My Week in Review and Writing Links

Hello everyone! Happy Friday! I had a slow start to the week with Monday being my first full day out of bed since Friday morning. The flu really knocked me off my feet. While I still feel exhausted and my arms still ache, I’m definitely a lot better. Thank you all for your well wishes.

I’ve written about 2,200 words on my novel in progress, as well as generated ideas and written story beginnings on 20 flash fictions, which will finish at 500 words each.

As an aside, I had a gruesome time searching Pixabay for an image to go with this week’s quote, having put in ‘Monsters’, lol. Feeling a bit squeamish, I soon replaced the search term with ‘ghosts’! 🙂

Meanwhile, while out in a local village visiting relatives, we saw a string of little red triangular flags in the doctor’s surgery window, which gave us all a giggle. I forgot to take a picture, but it looked something like this …

Can you spot the giggle factor?

Of course, having warped humour like mine, my fiancé exclaimed, ‘Pregnant … aged 65 or over?!?!’

Ah well, I supposed we’d better move on to this week’s writing links and resources 🙂


FROM STORY EMPIRE

Simultaneous Action #Writing #Editing by Mae Clair

Managing Twitter with Tweetdeck by Staci Troilo

Friday Writing Question: What is Your Favourite Setting for a Novel? by Mae Clair

 

FROM AROUND THE WORLDWIDE WEB

Representation in Literature: Why it’s Important, and How to Handle It by Angela Ackerman from Writers Helping Writers

Occupation Thesaurus Entry: Construction Worker by Becca Puglisi from Writers Helping Writers

How to Nail The First Three Pages from Writers Helping Writers

85 Writing Quotes to Revive Your Writing Inspiration from Just Publishing Advice

Are There Any Secrets or Tricks to Good Story Writing from Just Publishing Advice

How Often Do You Write a New Blog Post When You Create a Blog? from Just Publishing Advice

Writing A Series? Keep a Notebook! by Nan Reinhardt from Romance University

Authenticity: An Essential Element by Jade Parker from Romance University

KDP Keywords Revisited from Nicholas Rossis

6 Tips for Procrastinators to Finish the Book Already from Writers in the Storm

Plot Backward to Move Forward With Your Novel from Writers in the Storm

The Bikini Wax Theory of Writing from Writers in the Storm


Story Empire (Co-authored)

Harmony’s Amazon Author Page

Twitter: @harmony_kent

LinkedIn: Harmony

Goodreads: Author Page

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My Week in Review and Writing Links

Hello everyone! Happy Friday. I’m so ready for the weekend, but unfortunately, it looks like it will be a busy one. I have been having issues with my back again this week, as well as one of my shoulders, and the changeable weather is playing havoc with the damaged nerves in my residual limb. Which all means I haven’t done so much computer related work. It’s been a week of knitting and reading, mostly, lol. On a happy note, I’ve got the shelves up to cover that huge wall where we took out the window, and below is a pic of the work in progress. As well as filling the shelves, we also have some pictures and other bits n bobs to fill up that white space …

 

 

Have a great weekend everyone, and here are this week’s writing links …


FROM STORY EMPIRE

Oh Christoper! by Joan Hall

Flash Fiction: Your Hook by Harmony Kent

Friday Book Share: Children of Blood and Bone by Harmony Kent

 

FROM AROUND THE WORLDWIDE WEB

 

To Nano or Not to Nano from Writers in the Storm

Using Kindle Create to Create Your Manuscript from Nicholas Rossis

Create Killer Twists: Learn How to Redeem Your Villain from Writers Helping Writers

Building Blocks of Fiction by Staci Troilo from Romance University

Building Blocks of Fiction: Scenes by Staci Troilo from Romance University

How to Use ProWritingAid as Your Coach and Editor from Just Publishing Advice

Google SEO is the Solution as Social Media Use Drops Away from Just Publishing Advice

How to Optimise Your Book Page On Amazon from Nicholas Rossis

 


Story Empire (Co-authored)

Harmony’s Amazon Author Page

Twitter: @harmony_kent

LinkedIn: Harmony

Goodreads: Author Page

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My Week in Review and Writing Links

Hello everyone. Happy Friday! Last week, we had a lovely relaxing time away, and apart from the first weekend, we got lucky on the weather. Below is a picture I took while day-visiting Dartmouth.

I’ve had a tired but productive week and have finished a 5000 word short story. I also have the beginnings of a novel, but that will be a slow work project, not a 15-day one this time, lol. Slow and steady is my motto at the moment. My plan is to do a bit on the novel while also writing flash fiction and short stories. The Switch is on hold but not forgotten. That’s another one of my many pots simmering on the back burner. This week’s quote seemed perfect for me, as I am learning new writing techniques. We’re never too old to learn! And, joy of joy, I have tons of ideas percolating away. It’s just getting the time to write them all down! 🙂 

That’s it from me for now. Here are this week’s writing links:


FROM STORY EMPIRE

A New Kind of Tension by C. S. Boyack

8 Ways Scrivener Assists Writers by P.H. Solomon

Five Things Every Writer Should Have by Mae Clair

 

FROM AROUND THE WORLDWIDE WEB

Occupation Thesaurus Entry: Pilot from Writers Helping Writers

Occupation Thesaurus Entry: Babysitter from Writers Helping Writers

Capturing Complex Emotion: A Writer’s Superpower from Writers Helping Writers

Plotting a Novel When You Haven’t Figured Out the Details Yet by Janice Hardy from Romance University

Author LynDee Walker Talks Dialogue from Romance University

Writing a Deep Point of View Like a Pro: A Checklist by Lisa Hall-Wilson from Writers in the Storm

Why the Amazon Bookstore has the Monopoly on Book Sales from Just Publishing Advice

 


Story Empire (Co-authored)

Harmony’s Amazon Author Page

Twitter: @harmony_kent

LinkedIn: Harmony

Goodreads: Author Page

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8 Ways Scrivener Assists Writers

When I originally gave Scrivener a whirl several years I didn’t know how the software worked. But I read several articles and posts about how other writers put this writing tool to good use. I took…

Source: 8 Ways Scrivener Assists Writers

A new kind of tension

Happy October everyone. Craig here again, and I’m on record more than once saying that tension sells stories. We try to use whatever we can to get some tense moments into our tales. The world…

Source: A new kind of tension

Cover Reveal: The Emissary 2

COMING SOON!
They’re back!
Jake and Dodger are at it again,
accompanied by their
boss, the archangel Azrael.

I am so excited, I can hardly stand it. Once again, Nicki Forde Graphics Design has come up with a cover that does exactly what I wanted it to do. It provides a great-looking image that clearly links the second novella in my Emissary series with the first one. And it does this by putting Jake’s big, red-and-white semi front and center, angel wings and all, but with a completely different background.

In The Emissary 2: To Love Somebody, Jake and Dodger travel both coasts of Florida, day and night, working their emissarial magic wherever they find souls in trouble. For me, the palm fronds over the truck, the ocean in the background, and the moon shining down are perfect.

I can’t give you an exact release date for The Emissary 2: To Love Sombody yet, as I still have a few more tiny odds and ends to finish up, including the blurb. But I’m 99.9% sure it will be available within a week or two, and I’ll have more to share with you then. In the meantime, what do you think?

My heartfelt thanks to all the wonderful bloggers who have helped me share my new cover with the Immediate World! It’s lovely to be part of such a supportive online community, and every single one of you is special to me. Thank you!

NOTE: This is not a stand-alone novella, so now’s a good time to grab the first one. You can read it in an evening and be all set for The Emissary 2. You’ll find The Emissary 1 on Amazon HERE.


Author Marcia Meara

Marcia Meara lives in central Florida, just north of Orlando, with her husband of over thirty years, four big cats, and two small dachshunds. When not writing or blogging, she spends her time gardening, and enjoying the surprising amount of wildlife that manages to make a home in her suburban yard. At the age of five, Marcia declared she wanted to be an author, and is ecstatic that at age 69, she finally began pursuing that dream. Her belief in the redemptive power of love is a unifying factor in both of her popular series and her poetry. Today, she’s still going strong, and plans to keep on writing until she falls face down on the keyboard, which she figures would be a pretty good way to go!

Marcia has published six novels, one novella, and one book of poetry to date, all of which are available on Amazon:
Wake-Robin Ridge
A Boy Named Rabbit: Wake-Robin Ridge Book 2
Harbinger: Wake-Robin Ridge Book 3

Swamp Ghosts: A Riverbend Novel
Finding Hunter: Riverbend Book 2
That Darkest Place: Riverbend Book 3

The Emissary: A Riverbend Spinoff Novella

Summer Magic: Poems of Life & Love

Marcia’s Amazon Author Page

You can reach Marcia via email at marciameara16@gmail.com or on the following social media sites:

The Write Stuff: http://marciamearawrites.com/
Twitter: @marciameara
Facebook: www.facebook.com/marcia.meara.writer
Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/marciameara/

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My Week in Review and Writing Links

Hello everyone. Happy Friday! Another busy but productive week. I’ve done more writing on short stories along with lots of other stuff. I had one of those moments, when reading over what you wrote the day before, and you think, ‘Wow. Did I write that?’ I’m so thrilled with it, I want to share it here … I give the preceding paragraph so that the line is in context …

 

Distraught yet at a complete loss, she dragged herself up the stairs and crawled back into bed, where she lay listening for hours. Apart from the rhythmic ticking of the clock, which echoed throughout the high-ceilinged house, she heard nothing out of the ordinary. Not even creaking floor boards. Or the house settling.

In fact, the house had become eerily quiet. As if all its animals had gone to ground, sensing a predator.

 

I also got all my paperbacks moved from Createspace to KDP in one easy move … it took seconds! And a little longer to link the paperback editions to the ebooks on my dashboard for a few of them. Nicholas Rossis has a great step-by-step post on making the switch, which you’ll find below. Well worth checking it out. I won’t have a Friday post next week, as I’ll be on holiday … only an hour and a half away but vastly reducing my time on the web, lol. 

This week’s quote came ready-made, so no playing in Photoshop this time, and I love it.

Have a great weekend, and I’ll see you in a couple of weeks. Here are this week’s writing links and resources:


FROM STORY EMPIRE

Using Vignettes by little ole me

Choosing a Setting and Getting It Right by Joan Hall

Friday Writing Question … Kind Of by C. S. Boyack

 

FROM AROUND THE WORLDWIDE WEB

How to Move Your Books from Createspace to KDP Print in 3 Easy Steps from Nicholas Rossis

Amazon Releases Amazon Advertising  from Nicholas Rossis

4 Edits that Make Your Story Flow Better by Julie Glover from Writers in the Storm

A Writer’s Resolution Anyone Can Keep by Laura Drake from Writers in the Storm

From Beyonce to the X-Files: Allusion Power on the Page by Margie Lawson from Writers in the Storm

How to Manage Contact Form and Spam Comments on Your Site from Just Publishing Advice

E-publishing is Your Business if You Are A Writer or Author from Just Publishing Advice

Blog Writing Needs Know-how and Imagination to Work Well from Just Publishing Advice

Can Apple Pages Replace Microsoft Word If You Write On A Mac? from Just Publishing Advice

My Sister from Another Mister (Your Ideal Reader) by Staci Troilo from Romance University

Head-hopping: The Romance Editor’s Pet by Tessa Shapcott from Romance University

Character’s Relationships: 6 Tips for Crafting Connections by Anabel Cooper from Romance University

Occupation Thesaurus: Small Business Owner by Angela Ackerman from Writers Helping Writers


Story Empire (Co-authored)

Harmony’s Amazon Author Page

Twitter: @harmony_kent

LinkedIn: Harmony

Goodreads: Author Page

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Using Vignettes

Hello SErs! Harmony here. I hope this finds you all well. Today, I wanted to talk about using vignettes in your novels. Here is the dictionary definition of a vignette: vignette viːˈnjɛt,vɪˈnjɛt/ n…

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My Week in Review and Writing Links

Hello everyone. Happy Friday. I hope you’ve all been safe from the hurricane hitting the US east coast this week. We’ve certainly seen some extremes of weather in 2018.

This week, I got lots of writing done and had fun working a short story out of one scene from my novel, The Glade. I completely reworked one scene and have a short story in 5 scenes at 600 words each, making a 3000 word story in total, and it has a whole different twist and resolution … it’s still thriller/suspense, though 🙂 In addition, I have loads of ideas in the works.

I love this week’s quote from J K Rowling, and I love what I did with it in Photoshop even more, lol 🙂

That’s it from me. Have a wonderful weekend, and here are this week’s writing links. Take a look at the video from Nicholas Rossis’ website; it’s a good bit of fun for a Friday!


FROM STORY EMPIRE

Pantsing Toward an Outline: A Hybrid Approach by P.H. Solomon

One of These Things is Not Like the Other by C.S. Boyack

Friday Book Share: Fame 232 by Joan Hall

 

FROM AROUND THE WORLDWIDE WEB

All About Them Books from Nicholas Rossis … A video that’s great fun to watch and listen to 🙂

When to Leave Out the ‘That’ by Kathy Servian from Romance University

10 Building Blocks of a Psychopath by Sue Colletta

Have You Lost Touch With Your Avid Inner Reader? by Jenny Hansen from Writers in the Storm

Similes and Metaphors and the Difference Between Them from Just Publishing Advice

Occupation Thesaurus: Referee by Becca Puglisi from Writers Helping Writers … I know I say it most weeks, but this truly is a great resource for making characters with jobs

How to Become a Better Writer with Seven Easy Writing Skills from Just Publishing Advice

Characters in Conflict: Writing Advice from Kris Bock from Romance University

What You Can Accomplish With Determination by Orly Konig from Writers in the Storm

The Second-Person Point of View can Captivate Your Readers from Just Publishing Advice

Five Ways to Maintain Book Buzz While Writing and Managing Post-Pub Life by Angela Ackerman from Writers Helping Writers

Applying TV Lessons to Chapter Hooks from Writers Helping Writers

What is the Subjunctive Mood and When Should You Use It? from Just Publishing Advice

Top 20 Tools for Writers at Every Level by Jenny Hansen from Writers in the Storm

Self Publishing Resources via The Write Stuff

Sometimes It’s Okay to Walk Away by Pippa Roscoe from Romance University


Story Empire (Co-authored)

Harmony’s Amazon Author Page

Twitter: @harmony_kent

LinkedIn: Harmony

Goodreads: Author Page

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One of these things is not like the other

I gang, Craig here today. I had some of this conversation in the blog comments somewhere, and don’t remember where. Doesn’t really matter, it sparked my idea for today’s post. I r…

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Pantsing Toward an Outline: a Hybrid Approach

Hello to all the Story Empire readers. P. H. Solomon here today with a few outlining ideas. We’ve had more than a few posts on this site addressing our approaches to this writing task ( which…

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End of Day is upon us!

Hello everyone. Today, I am thrilled to host author Mae Clair and take part in her cover reveal for End of Day, which I have to say is awesome! The cover for Cusp of Night was great too, and the story didn’t disappoint. I have End of Day on pre-order and can’t wait for it to release. I’ll let Mae tell you all about it …

Book cover for End of Day, mystery/suspense novel by Mae Clair shows old dilapidated church with bell tower and a cemetery in the background overgrown with weeds

Release Date: January 15, 2019
Genre: Mystery/Suspense/Supernatural Thriller
Publisher: Kensington Publishing • Lyrical Underground Imprint

BLURB:
The past is never truly buried…

Generations of Jillian Cley’s family have been tasked with a strange duty—tending the burial plot of Gabriel Vane, whose body was the first to be interred in the Hode’s Hill cemetery. Jillian faithfully continues the long-standing tradition—until one October night, Vane’s body is stolen from its resting place. Is it a Halloween prank? Or something more sinister?

As the descendants of those buried in the church yard begin to experience bizarre “accidents,” Jillian tries to uncover the cause. Deeply empathic, she does not make friends easily, or lightly. But to fend off the terror taking over her town, she must join forces with artist Dante DeLuca, whose sensitivity to the spirit world has been both a blessing and a curse. The two soon realize Jillian’s murky family history is entwined in a tragic legacy tracing back to the founding of Hode’s Hill. In order to set matters right, an ancient wrong must be avenged…or Jillian, Dante, and everyone in town will forever be at the mercy of a vengeful spirit.

End of Day can be read as a stand alone novel or as a follow-up to book one of the Hode’s Hill series, Cusp of Night.

End of Day is available for pre-order through this link
and available to add to your Goodreads to-be-read list here.

Connect with Mae Clair at BOOKBUB and the following haunts:

Amazon | BookBub | Newsletter Sign-Up
Website & Blog | Twitter | Goodreads | All Social Media

 

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My Week in Review and Writing Links

Hello everyone. Another week is done. I hope those of you who had a three-day weekend last week enjoyed it. It’s been another full and fun-packed week here. We had a large window removed from the lounge wall and got it bricked up. Then it was rendered outside and plastered inside. It’s south facing, so in the summer acted like an oven, and in the winter it whistled and howled in the wind, so loud we couldn’t hear the TV, lol. It meant no lounge for a week, but now we’re all back to normal. It just needs to dry out and get painted. No mishaps on this one! …

The window wasn’t as big as the plastered area; it needed feathering in to the original wall, lols.

After Mae Clair’s post on Monday on Story Empire about copyrighting your work and registering that copyright, I looked into it for myself. While I always place a copyright on my work, I hadn’t thought of registering the book files for proof in case of future dispute. I found a company in the UK and paid a one-off fee of £59 for lifetime and unlimited book registrations with them. It was as easy as anything to get my ten books uploaded and registered, and I now have certificates for them all. I also have a badge for my site, which may or may not deter the poachers. So, a huge thanks for the heads-up, Mae.

Not related to Mae’s advice at all, lols!, the quote this week resonated with me, and I thought the image of the wolf howling at the gargoyle quite fitting for the words. While we have rules and styles and all the rest, author voice is important for a reason, and not all advice is good advice. 

Well, that’s it from me for this week. Have a great weekend, everyone 🙂


FROM STORY EMPIRE

Copyright: Yea or Nae by Mae Clair

Writing a Thoughtful Review by Staci Troilo 

 

FROM AROUND THE WORLDWIDE WEB

Plot, Character, and … WHAT? by Laurie Schnebly Campbell from Writers in the Storm

The Man in the Grey Flannel Suit by Josh Lanyon from Romance University

Lay or Lie and how easy it is for Everyone to Get them Wrong from Just Publishing Advice

Occupation Thesaurus: Recruiter by Angela Ackerman from Writers Helping Writers … so many great resources on this site 🙂

How to Write a Book for Avid Readers not Simply For You from Just Publishing Advice

What is ISBN and do you Need One if You Are Self-publishing? from Just Publishing Advice

Building Suspense: Meet Your Readers in the Middle and They Will Come by Donna Galanti from Writers in the Storm

5 Powerful Blogging Tools That Will Work for You from The Write Stuff

How to Handle Negative People and Spiteful Criticism Online from Just Publishing Advice

Where’s Your Edge? By James Scott Bell From Writers Helping Writers

The Young Adult Market: Who’s Reading All These Books? From Nicholas Rossis

Five Conflict Making Choices Characters Can Make (Part Three) By Fae Rowen From Writers in the Storm


Story Empire (Co-authored)

Harmony’s Amazon Author Page

Twitter: @harmony_kent

LinkedIn: Harmony

Goodreads: Author Page

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Writing a Thoughtful Review

Ciao, SEers. I hope those of you who had a three-day weekend enjoyed the time off work. Did you go boating? Have a picnic? Lounge by the pool? I hope you had the time to read a good book or two. I …

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Copyright: Yae or Nae

An excellent and informative post and a must-read for all authors …

Hello, SEers! Mae here, tossing out a question about copyright. Do you, or don’t you? We all know that from the moment we create an original work, it belongs to us. Should it stray elsewhere, provi…

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My Week in Review and Writing Links

Hello everyone. Happy Friday! I hope you’ve all had a good week. Here in the UK, we had a bank holiday on Monday, and fiancé and I went to Mount Edgecumbe House and Country Park. What a lovely day, and my scooter made it all so much easier and more enjoyable. Here’s a pic …

Sadly, on Monday evening, I started with a cold, which has plagued me all week. Viruses seem to love attacking the damaged nerves in my residual limb. No worries … I haven’t included a pic of that! lol.

Many of us knew it was coming, and KDP has now announced that Createspace is to be no more. I have been dreading this and really don’t want to have to get into transferring all ten of my books. The move means that prices will have to go up on some of my print books as KDP charges more to print than Createspace, even though, in their own words, they use all the same equipment. Furthermore, instead of getting my royalty payments 30 days after the end of the sales month, I now have to wait until 60 days after the sales month, much like with my ebooks on KDP. I just hope their platform proves easy enough to use, as previously, I’ve known authors have problems with book cover uploads there. I guess I’ll find out when I release my next book. I don’t know about you all, but what with GDPR and having to change to HTTPS and now this with Createspace/KDP, I feel like I’ve had more than enough for a while.

As I’m on a short-story writing jag at the moment, I thought today’s quote was perfect.

Well, that’s it from me today. Have a great weekend, everyone, and here are this week’s links:


FROM STORY EMPIRE

 

Out of Order by Joan Hall

Creative Grammar by little ole me

Questing Beasts … Friday Group Post

 

FROM AROUND THE WORLDWIDE WEB

 

Malware and Viruses: The Price You Pay for Free PDF Books? From Just Publishing Advice … Having to work so hard to get illegal copies of my books taken down, this post is important to me

How Can Creative Writers Use AI to their Advantage? by Elaine Bennett from Nicholas C Rossis

Occupation Thesaurus: Locksmith from Writers Helping Writers … Loving this series

Affect Vs Effect and why The Effects Affect Your Writing from Just Publishing Advice

Hacking: It isn’t Just for Thrillers Anymore by Piper Bayard from Writers in the Storm

If You Have a Chronic Illness by Maggie Blackbird from Romance University

Publishing Companies to Avoid and Nasty New Author Scams from Just Publishing Advice

Distribution: Should You Go Wide or Narrow? by Becca Puglisi from Writers Helping Writers

5 Best Free WordPress Plugins to Help Boost Blog Traffic from Just Publishing Advice

Ask An Editor: Positioning Your Book by Theresa Stevens from Romance University

The Slow Method of Proofreading the Right Way from Just Publishing Advice

 


Story Empire (Co-authored)

Harmony’s Amazon Author Page

Twitter: @harmony_kent

LinkedIn: Harmony

Goodreads: Author Page

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Tortured Soul Release Week… Another Book Is Born

It’s a big—and busy—week for me. Tortured Soul releases tomorrow. I told you before, it’s the end of the series and a bittersweet time for me. But I’m choosing to focu…

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Out of Order

A few weeks ago, I shared a couple of brainstorming techniques that help me when I reach a dead end while writing. A few other things that help me is to take a walk to refresh my mind or even putti…

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My Week in Review and Writing Links

Hello everyone. Happy Friday! I hope you’ve had a good week this week. Once again, I’ve had a fairly eclectic time of it with knitting projects, wedding projects, and writing, as well as making sure I get some reading time in. I’ve also done a bit of Google searching for bamboo weapons, lol. This week’s quote amused the heck out of me, and I found the perfect image to go with it on Pixabay. I love Pixabay!

On Wednesday, my other half and I  had a day off together. We also had a moment ‘When DIY goes wrong’ …

My fiancé came in and asked, ‘Have you seen the new artwork outside?’

I hadn’t …

THE POSITIVES 🙂

1. We’re still getting married

2. The pot was nearly empty

3. It’s not gloss paint but exterior wall paint, so the power washer returned the fairly new tarmac back to black (with a bit of effort)

4. This mishap gives me oodles of wind-up credits with my fiancé … a rare thing!

5.Oh, and only the paint pot slipped, not my fella … I suppose I ought to have put that at the top of the list! *he he he*

6. Warped as I am, this made my day … when I shared that little gem with Paul, he gave me a grim-faced ‘thanks’, but he did have a smile behind his eyes … after all, we do share the same kind of humour. And he even waited before starting the power washer so that I could take this pic!

 

On another–more serious–note, I’m now on Bookbub. I’d love for you to follow me on there. You’ll find the big red button on my side bar. Please do click on it 🙂 Here’s my writing links for this week, have a good weekend …


FROM STORY EMPIRE

The Other Path by C. S. Boyack

The Importance of Subscriber List Maintenance by P.H. Solomon

 

 

FROM AROUND THE WORLDWIDE WEB

How to Focus on Your Story’s DNA by Jenny Hanson from Writers in the Storm

Occupation Thesaurus: Parole Officer by Angela Ackerman from Writers Helping Writers

What is RSS Feed? It is Old Tech But Still Useful from Just Publishing Advice

The Ins and Outs of Internal Dialogue by Lori Freeland from Writers in the Storm

Why You Should Pull Out the Manuscript from Under Your Bed by Kelsey Browning from Romance University

The Art of Skipping Around or Writing Out of Sequence from Writers Helping Writers

3 Ways to Search in Scrivener by Gwen Hernandez from Writers in the Storm

Our Books were Banned for No Reason by Adam Rowe, Forbes, via Don Massenzio via Nicholas Rossis’ blog

How to Select the Best Amazon Book Categories for your Book from Just Publishing Advice


Story Empire (Co-authored)

Harmony’s Amazon Author Page

Twitter: @harmony_kent

LinkedIn: Harmony

Goodreads: Author Page

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The Importance of Subscriber List Maintenance

Hi to all the Story Empire readers! P. H. here for this week’s Wednesday post with a bit of marketing news. For those with a newsletter, there were some recent major issues with one of the bi…

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The other path

Craig here today to talk about something most writers don’t discuss. We always write about our ongoing projects, maybe share a new trick we’ve picked up, that sort of thing. Today, I wa…

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My Week in Review and Writing Links

Hello everyone. Happy Friday. Another week done with. We had family stay on the weekend, doing post bereavement house clearance ready for putting the property up for sale to pay for my nearly-mother-in-law’s ongoing care. By Monday morning, it felt like the end of the week, lol. So, as you can imagine, I am so ready for this weekend! 🙂 I’ve been hands-on creative this week with knitting and also making a start on a Wedding Postbox … pics will follow … and also digital image creative, making my first ever virtual box set, which I feel so proud of. Now I just have to get enough flash fiction words to fill it, lol 🙂

This week, I finished scheduling all my Story Empire posts, which has me sorted until after January 2nd next year. I feel quite proud just now. I just wish I could get this organised more often! 🙂

Self-confidence, or lack of, seems to have been a common theme around my usual online haunts this week, so I found this quote and put it together with the used-up eraser image, which I thought quite apt for the sentiment. This week, I’m inviting comments on the quote if you’re willing. (Well, I always invite comments, but you know what I mean.) I’ll close by saying, ‘It doesn’t matter what other people think of you. What matters is what you think of you.’ Have a happy weekend, everyone 🙂


FROM STORY EMPIRE

Part 7 of The Seven Basic Plots by Staci Troilo

Cooking, Writing, Scribbling–It’s All Good by Mae Clair

Writing Question: Advice by Joan Hall

 

FROM AROUND THE WORLDWIDE WEB

Your Book Isn’t For Everyone by Julie Glover from Writers in the Storm

Nail That First Line by Laura Drake from Romance University

New Amazon KDP Updates And Features You Might Have Missed from Just Publishing Advice

Gifting E-Books on Amazon from Nicholas Rossis … once again, this feature isn’t available in the UK, grrr.

Occupation Thesaurus: Tattoo Artist by Becca Puglisi from Writers Helping Writers … one of many great resources on this site

Kindle Unlimited Has A Problem: It Can’t Count Words from Just Publishing Advice

5 Ways to boost your confidence as a Writer by Colleen M Story from Writers in the Storm

Crafting A Body Language by September C Fawkes from Writers Helping Writers

Best 17 Free Online Photo Editors and Image Editing Software from Just Publishing Advice

How to Convert to Epub and Mobi from Just Publishing Advice


Story Empire (Co-authored)

Harmony’s Amazon Author Page

Twitter: @harmony_kent

LinkedIn: Harmony

Goodreads: Author Page

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Cooking, Writing, Scribbling–It’s all good

Hi everyone. Over on Story Empire today, Mae Clair has a fun post about scribbling, cooking, and writing. Well worth a look …

Hi, SEers! Mae here to talk about cooking and writing. At first glance these two things may seem to have little in common, but after applying some thought, I began to recognize a pattern. The again…

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Basic Plots: Overcoming the Monster

Hello everyone! Happy Monday. Today, over on Story Empire, Staci Troilo brings us the last in her great seven-part series on the seven basic plots … well worth checking out …

Ciao, SEers. Today we’ll be discussing the last of the Seven Basic Plots as defined by Christopher Booker. If you’ve missed the others, you can find them here: Rebirth, Tragedy, Comedy, Voyage and …

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