Friday Writing Question: Who?

An interesting question and a thought-provoking post over on Story Empire today >>>

 

Hey SE Readers. Joan with you today. It’s time for another writing question. All of us have people who have impacted our lives. Most of the time, we think of people who have had a positive influenc…

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Friday Finds #writetips #humor #qotd

Check out Staci Troilo’s Friday post, which has lots of great writing-related links >>>

 

Ciao, amici! How was your week? Mine was a little bumpy, but that seems to be the case for many of my friends. Like my grandma would say, there must be something in the water. I hope your week was …

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Housework won’t kill you, but why take a chance?

Check out a few funny memes over on thestoryreadingape’s blog … I’m definitely that one in the kitchen, lol >>>

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Smorgasbord Laughter Lines – Misleading, Misdirection and minding your own business, and more one liners…

 

These are so hilarious, I even emailed the link to hubby, lol … well worth a look over at Sally’s place today >>>

Now time for those one liners.. as usual please place your groans rated 1-10 in the comments! Love may be blind but marriage is a real eye-opener. If at first you don’t succeed, destroy all evidenc…

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Sci-Fi Thursday: AATIP

Great post today … do you believe Aliens exist? >>>

 

Ciao, amici. This is the last of the new blog features. Since I’m writing science fiction, I thought it was only right to talk about it. Today, my inaugural topic is the Advanced Aerospace Th…

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Is Reading Still Popular?

 

I don’t know about you, but I couldn’t live without books >>>

Anybody remember the phrase ‘Reading is Fundamental’?  First, I didn’t realize it was a nonprofit child literacy organization founded in 1966.  Thought it was saying used in Publi…

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FALLOUT

Fallout is getting lots of love today over at Stephen Geez’s blog … and he’s made me a lovely banner! 🙂 >>>

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#BookReview: The Passage

by Justin Cronin

About the Book

Deep in the jungles of eastern Colombia, Professor Jonas Lear has finally found what he’s been searching for – and wishes to God he hadn’t.

In Memphis, Tennessee, a six-year-old girl called Amy is left at the convent of the Sisters of Mercy and wonders why her mother has abandoned her.

In a maximum security jail in Nevada a convicted murderer called Giles Babcock has the same strange nightmare, over and over again, while he waits for a lethal injection.

In a remote community in the California mountains, a young man called Peter waits for his beloved brother to return home – so he can kill him.

Bound together in ways they cannot comprehend, for each of them a door is about to open into a future they could not have imagined. And a journey is about to begin. An epic journey that will take them through a world transformed by man’s darkest dreams, to the very heart of what it means to be human.

My Review:

I was inspired to read this book after watching the TV series of the same name. I read the whole 766 pages in just ten days and only stopped reading because life intruded, lol. It was that good. So fantastic, in fact, that I’ve gone straight onto book 2 (The Twelve).

The characters are realistic and sympathetic and make you root for them. The world building is excellent too, and the narrative provides plenty of twists and turns.

The begins with the apocalyptic event(s) and then moves into the post-apocalyptic aftermath. We get to see how humanity manages to survive in small pockets while not knowing if they’ll live to see another day. Who knew bright lights could become so important … and keeping them running.

If you want a gripping read of epic proportions, then this book is for you. It’s gets a resounding five stars from me.

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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.

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How To Use Inversion In English To Improve Your Writing

Great post on some of the technical side of writing >>>

 

What is inversion in English? It is when you move the verb before the subject. We use it in questions, but also in many sentences that are not questions.

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Smorgasbord Laughter Lines – Things are not as they might seem.. and a few more one liners…

The way my brain is this week, I can definitely relate … here are a few funnies to start your day >>>

And now a few one liners…..please add your level of groans in the comment section rated between 1 -10…. Politics: Poli, a Latin word meaning ‘Many’. and Tics, meaning ‘…

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Fallout ~ New Release by Harmony Kent

FALLOUT is getting some love today over at Joan Hall’s place >>>

Hey y’all. Today in place of WIP Wednesday, I’m excited to host friend and fellow author, Harmony Kent. She has a brand new soon to be released book and is here to talk about it today. …

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Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – New book on the shelves – Pre-Order for August 25th – Fallout: Are You Safe? – Harmony Kent

My book and I are getting some love over at Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore today >>>

 

Delighted to welcome Harmony Kent to the shelves of the bookstore with her new release on pre-order for August 25th. Fallout: Are You Safe? About Fallout WHEN EVERYTHING FALLS APART, WHAT CAN YOU D…

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Amazon’s Unwritten Print Pricing Rule – by John Doppler…

on Self Publishing Advice: KDP has had a longstanding print pricing requirement that ebooks sold through the platform may not be sold for more than the list price on other retailers or websites. Wh…

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Don’t Miss the latest book from Harmony Kent. “Fallout” Now available to Pre-Order @harmony_kent #IARTG #Writingcommunity @StoryEmpire

Soooz is hosting me and my book FALLOUT today over at her place >>>

 

    Hello and welcome! I’m so delighted to share in the excitement of the PRE-ORDER of this #NEWRELEASE by Harmony Kent. Take a deep breath and dive into FALLOUT. Fallout Blurb WHEN…

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FALLOUT by Harmony Kent ~ a post-apocalyptic dystopia available for pre-order! @harmony_kent #IARTG

#Fallout is getting some love over at Natalie Ducey’s place today >>>

 

Greetings, everyone! Today, I’m thrilled to showcase my fellow author friend, Harmony Kent and celebrate her soon-to-be released novel ~ FALLOUT. It’s available for pre-order! Take it a…

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Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Author Update – Jan Sikes, M.J. Mallon and Marina Osipova

This looks like a great set of books for your reading list. Check them out at Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore >>>

 

Welcome to the first of the author updates this week and the first author with a recent review is Jan Sikes for one of her recent short story releases Voodoo or Destiny: You Decide. About Voodoo or…

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The Idea Storm #writing #creativity

What do you do when your brain storms you? Check out Mae Clair’s post over on Story Empire >>>

 

Hello, SEers. Mae here today with a look at Idea Storms. Recently, I was in my family room, comfy on the couch, plugging away on blog posts, when I realized something spectacular was happening outs…

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#ThorsDaySmile or Smiles, As the Case May Be!

A few funnies to get you smiling … thought I’d direct you to some Friday fun for my final reblog today >>>

 

Kind of a Mixed Bag Today, But Good for a Giggle Anyway, I hope! 😀 “When you’re a Jet, you’re a Jet all the way, From your first cigarette to your last dying day!” And fina…

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Writing Tips: 7 Ways To Write Funnier Fiction

Check out this post on how to write funnier >>>

 

Writing Tips: 7 Ways To Write Funnier Fiction

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Friday Finds #writetips #fiction #qotd

A great quote and lots of writing-related links over at Staci Troilo’s place today >>>

 

Ciao, amici! How was your week? Mine was a mixed bag. I started rolling out some new features on my blog and hope to continue that next week. Every day, Monday through Friday, now has a theme, thou…

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Five For Friday Book Share

A great line up of books today over at Story Empire on Five for Friday >>>

 

Hey to all the Story Empire readers and welcome to our latest Friday post. Today, I’m combining a couple of the features we run on Friday’s for a heaping helping of books. We don’…

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Road Trips, Ghost Towns, and The Week in Review

Find ghost towns and writing resources over at Joan Hall’s place today >>>

Hey, y’all. Time for another weekly wrap up. If you read last week’s post, you know I took a mini-vacation. Last Friday, my husband and I hit the road for a day trip. Call us crazy, but…

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Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – New Book on the Shelves – #ShortStory – Jewel by Jan Sikes

 

Check out some short stories by Jan Sikes over at >>>

Delighted to showcase the new book by award winning author Jan Sikes released at the end of June..A short story Jewel. About Jewel For almost eighteen years, Jewel has known little beyond hopelessn…

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“Fallout” Pre-Order by Harmony Kent @harmony_kent

FALLOUT is getting some love over at D L Finn’s place today >>>

 

I’m excited to have author, Harmony Kent, here today to celebrate her new soon to be released book, “Fallout.” I’ve pre-ordered my copy. Hi, everyone. Harmony here. Many tha…

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Monday Funnies…

Check out these laughs over at Chris the Story Reading Ape’s blog … I’m a bit late finding these, but I reckon these kinds of giggles are timeless >>>

 

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#CoverReveal: Eventide by Mae Clair (Hode’s Hill Series)

Hi everyone. today, it gives me great pleasure to host author Mae Clair with her latest book, Eventide. I’ve read End of Day and Cusp of Night, the first two books in the series and loved them both. I’m now eagerly awaiting the release of Eventide. Today, Mae Clair reveals the book cover …. drum roll, please >>>

Book cover for Eventide, a Hode's Hill novel by Mae Clair shows an old abandoned house in a wash of blue tones

Release Date: December 31, 2019 Genre: Supernatural Thriller / Suspense /Mystery Publisher: Kensington Publishing • Lyrical Underground Imprint


As with the first two novels in the Hode’s Hill series, Eventide features a dual timeline with two mysteries—one set in the present, one in the 1800s—that intertwine at the end. Blurb: The darkness is coming . . . The old house near Hode’s Hill, Pennsylvania is a place for Madison Hewitt to start over—to put the trauma of her husband’s murder, and her subsequent breakdown, behind her. She isn’t bothered by a burial plot on the property, or the mysterious, sealed cistern in the basement. Not at first. Even the presence of cold spots and strange odors could be fabrications of her still troubled mind. But how to explain her slashed tires, or the ominous messages that grow ever more threatening? Convinced the answer lies in the past, Madison delves into the history of the home’s original owners, only to discover the origin of a powerful evil. An entity that may be connected to a series of gruesome attacks that have left police baffled. No matter where she turns—past or present—terror lingers just a step away, spurred on by a twisted obsession that can only be satisfied through death…

Eventide is available for pre-order through this Universal Purchase Link and available to add to your Goodreads to-be-read list here.

The first two Hode’s Hill novels—Cusp of Night and End of Day—can be read as stand-alones, but Eventide is best enjoyed with the knowledge of what occurred in End of Day. There is still plenty of time to catch up with the series as Eventide does not release until December 31st. Books 1 and 2 are available through the links below: Cusp of Night End of Day

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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10 Completely Free Microsoft Word Alternatives For Writers

An informative post not just on alternative Word software but also on what works best for writing a book. Well worth checking this out >>>

 

There are many free Microsoft Word alternatives. Why pay for all the extra programs you never use? To write, all you need is a word processor. Take your pick.

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WIP Wednesday

Another WIP Wednesday post >>> this one from Staci Troilo >>> can you guess who the quote is from? >>>

 

Ciao, amici. I briefly mentioned last Friday that I was revamping my posting schedule. Today, I’m unveiling the second of my changes. Wednesdays are now WIP Wednesdays. I am going to use a ra…

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Avoiding The Use of Clichés

A great post on using cliches (or not) in your writing over at Story Empire >>>

 

Hey, SE Readers. Joan here today. In a recent post, I wrote about overusing similes and metaphors. Today I’m going to talk about other overused phrases in writing—clichés. Unlike similes and metaph…

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Introducing #WIPWednesday

A new feature today over at Joan Hall’s place >>>

 

Hey, y’all. A few days ago, friend and fellow author Staci Troilo and I were brainstorming ways to increase the number of blog posts we do and have a planned blogging schedule. I already had the My…

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