Thursday’s Book Review Feature

Thursday’s book review feature will be about Predator and Prey 2. The second novel in James D. Horton’s novel series.  A paranormal romance the intrigues readers interest from page one. I feel in love with his first book and I am happy to announce he has a second book that can be found on Amazon!

 

 

Beast (Predator & Prey Book 2) (English Edition)

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Book Review: A 20 Something Novel: Still Yours by Amy Patrick (book 2)

Mara Neely is a 23-year-old who is an ambitious news reporter.  She has been given the chance to step up her career close to home. Back home where a man whom she fell in love with let her go. Now he’s a billionaire and and he now has his first love, Mara Neely, back in his life. This time he doesn’t plan to let her go. Will Mara still have feeling for Reid or will his attempts to finally catch his first love be all for nothing? This New Adult romance is hot enough to light up a fire, but will they both still feel that fire? Amy Patrick’s second book is the perfect romantic read that will have readers asking for more. I enjoyed reading her first novel, and now her second. I highly recommend this novel to all readers out there. You won’t be disappointed when you pick up and read her novels! I rate this book a 5 out of 5 stars!

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Book Review: Meant for Her by Raine Thomas

Meant for Her is a perfect New Adult Romance read! One that I would highly recommend reading. This story is about a photographer that meets a man named Evan and her gut tells her he needs her. She wants to help him out but, it is hard to reach out to someone who doesn’t want any help at all. Evan is focusing as much as possible on his career only but, someone is making it hard for him. Someone is threatening Evan and this only adds to things he trying hard to forget. Then when he meets Sierra the photographer, her smile and kiss send him falling hard and fast for her like nothing else. Will he and Sierra fall in love? Will the threats stops? Or will Evan lose Sierra? I highly suggest to read this novel and find out! Raine Thomas has painted a wonderful, engaging, and suspenseful New Adult romance that will leave readers wanting more! I rate this novel a 5 out of 5 stars!

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Wednesday’s Featured Book Review

Wednesday’s featured book review will be, The End Game. This novel is written by James Barrow.  His fiction novel tells a story of three lives, two tragedies, and one act of revenge!

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Tuesday’s Featured Book Review

Tuesday’s featured book review will feature a fiction young adult novel written by Rachel Barnard.  Her novel is called, At One’s Beast. A very fascinating and intriguing read!

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Monday’s Featured Book Review

Monday’s Featured Book Review:

Will be a novel called, Miedo. This novel is written by Kevin Cooper.  A British drama and historical novel.

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Book Review: Tried and True by Mary Connealy

Tried and True is a fabulous Western must read novel! The story is about three sisters who cover themselves up as men in order to go fight during the war. This war being the one over slavery. Their father lost his son to the war and has hounded and pushed the issue with his daughters to go fight in the war to revenge their brother’s death. One by one each of the women go off to fight in the war. After serving their time they get land grants. Each sister picked out her own piece of land.  Now after awhile a land grant official is sent to check out the properties. This land marshal finds out within moments of meeting the youngest that she is definitely not a man and is baffled by her story of fighting in the war. He soon tries to help her figure out a way to save her from losing the land until danger  soon comes threatening her and her sisters. Soon he finds out that all three sisters went to war dressed like men! Will the sisters lose their land grants? Will the land marshal fall in love with the youngest sister? Will she marry him even though they both want two different things? And who is behind the threat? I highly suggest for every reader to read on and find out! This novel was a beautiful and humorous story about three sisters.  I rate this novel a 5 out of 5 stars!

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Book Review: The Second Coming: A Love Story by Scott Pinsker

The Second Coming: A Love Story by Scott Pinsker is an amazing tale that readers won’t be able to put down! This story was about two men. Both claimed that he was the Christ and said the other man was the Devil. But which one is really the Christ and which one is the Devil? Even today, this question is not easily answered.  Scott Pinsker has a talent for storytelling and for writing a unique plot that will capture every reader’s attention.  I enjoyed the suspense of trying to figure out for myself who was really who. The novel tells how the United States becomes split over this issue. There are the Red America worshiping one of the men and the Blue America worshiping the other. Both sides go to war fighting over to win for their “savior”.  I highly recommend reading this brilliant yet magnificent novel by Scott Pinsker. The Second Coming: A Love Story is the one book you won’t want to miss reading!  I rate this book a 5 out of 5 stars!

 

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Sunday Book Review

This Sunday, a book review feature will  be for Falcon Boy by BF Taylor. A fiction novel that will send you falling deep into the novel.

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Saturday’s Book Review

Saturday’s Book Review will feature a non-fiction novel by Lee Davis. His book is hands down reliable expertise and knowledge to others. His novel tells you how-to have continued success and how to keep being successful in sales. A very fascinating read indeed!

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New Book Review Coming Out Tomorrow!

New book review coming out tomorrow is called, The Second Coming: A love Story. This novel is written by Scott Pinsker.

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Book Review: Turn Key Condition by M. L. Ortega

 

 

 

 

Turn Key Condition is excellent choice for a murder mystery read! The stunning story will pull you in and keep you deep into the very heart of the plot. The main character, Maggie, is a single divorced parent raising her three sons when she is cleaning a home and finds a dead body. This dead body is of  a man who once gave Maggie some trouble. Not only does Maggie find herself sleuthing through to find the killer before her sons are in danger, but she has to deal with her ex coming to steal the home from under her nose. This novel is funny, suspenseful, and intriguing! I loved reading the book as the event unfolded. Who is the killer? And will Maggie solve the case before the police do? I highly suggest that every reader picks up this mystery novel and find out what happens! I would definitely recommend this novel to all readers. It is a very enjoyable read! I rate this book a 5 out of five stars!

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Free Book Reviews for Authors

Just a note for those who are wanting the free book reviews, be sure to check that your email address is valid and correct. Out of 40 something book reviews that I have done so far on here, I have not had any trouble with that until just yesterday.

An author sent me a request for a book review and I every time I tried to email the author back it said invalid email address. Does not exist. So, please just make sure your email address is correct an maybe post a cell phone number to text you or another email address to contact you at! I do not want any author thinking I turned their books down or that I am simple ignoring them.

 

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Design your own Federation Legion.

Design your own Federation Legion..

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Design your own Federation Legion.

Design your own Federation Legion..

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Kingdoms and Empires: Character – E’via (Raeina)

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Hello and welcome back. This post we will go over the Terran named E’via Eraketan, or as she was known in Rise of the Federation as Senator Raeina of the Lasran. If you are familiar with the post with Praetor D’var you will know that E’via is D’var’s twin sister. So you know that E’via is a Terran, and like her brother she too was genetically engineered to be a super Terran. But unlike D’var, E’via’s life went down a different path.

Before I go into her back story, lets go over her appearance and other biology figures. Well E’via stands 5’10” and weighs in at about 155 lbs. She was at first slender, then she got a hold of Laxur’s DNA and used it to modify herself and ended up with a body similar to Laxur’s shape. She has thin shoulder length platinum blonde hair. Her eye color does…

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Taken

All it took was just one look, and I immediately knew he was mine.

The heat within his amber eyes reflected back the same heat and desire. 

Before I knew it, he captured my lips with his. Gently kissing them softly and creating tiny little moans from deep inside me. 

Who knew kissing would have such an affect on a gal. Until Kevin, I didn’t know what real desire was. 

I took the liberty of speeding up our moment. I wanted much..much more! 

“Sadie…” He softly moaned my name by me ear.  

Feeling him harden beneath me only speed up my pulse. I could hear my heart beat drumming in my ears. 

I slid my body over his, and slip directly into place. 

For several moments we stilled, staying that that position. Almost as though we were savoring this special moment. I felt  a rush of electricity flow through me. I wanted to purr like a kitten.  When I started to move, it was driving Kevin insane. I knew he was trying to hold out waiting for me to reach it with him. But I kept  at my pace, wanting to watch and feel him shatter beneath my body. 

It didn’t take long. Just a few strokes back and forth before..

“Sadie!” 

“Aw, fuck!”

Kevin was then grasping my thighs forcing me to move even faster. I loved every moment of making the man I love come undone. I soon was on the tip of my own cliff. Falling.. into a complete overall bliss.  Before rolling over, I remember being kissed gently and the soft whisper of ..

“I love you, Sadie.”

 

It must have been morning, I could hear the the vaccum going on in the next room. Turning over I wanted to see if Kevin was awake or still asleep.  The spot next to me on the bed was empty. Only a slight dent giving away any clues that Kevin was there. I decide to get up and see if he was in the shower. Passing the small table, I peek into the bathroom. Nothing. No sign of Kevin. Where was he? Why did he leave with not telling me? I walked back to the night stand by our bed. No notes, no messages. Nothing.  It would appear that I just dreamed up last night. But I know deep down that it was real. That and the one tiny spot of blood upon the bed sheets spoke of our act from last night. Kevin did take me. And now I was his. His woman forever.  Our kind didn’t causally have sex. It was for life. We mate for life, unless one of us dies. So, the question was… Where is Kevin? And why disappear without telling me? Something in my gut was saying it wasn’t because he wanted to, but because he had no choice to. 

 

 

 

 

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Writing Course Survey! Please, reply!

Writing Course Survey!

Please, select the letter of the answer to every question that you are interested in.  

Next, post your a comment down below listing the letters to your response for this survey!

1.  What genres are you most interested in?

a) romance

b) mystery

c) thriller suspsense

d) western

e) comedy

f) new adult

g) young adult

h) cozy mystery

i) paranormal

j) romance /comedy       k) romance/mystery      l) romance/ western

m) new adult/ paranormal   n) thriller suspense/ mystery

o) thriller suspense/ paranormal

 

2.  If  you could take any 3 courses which three would you choose?

a) Young Adult fiction      b) Romance fiction   c) Thriller Suspense fiction

d) Writing Short Fiction   e) Novel Writing     f) Descriptive Writing

g) Mystery  Writing

 

3.  How much are you willing to pay for an online writing course? (that provides feedback, tutorials, and a certificate of completion)

 

a)  $10        b) $15     c) $20      d) $25

 

 

 

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Kingdoms and Empires: Character – Lord Serafus

Kingdoms and Empires: Character – Lord Serafus.

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New Digital Magazine is Out!

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Historical Fiction

My name is Rose and this is my story. 

 

1830:  Talk of Railroads

Chapter 1

 

 

Today,I was outside standing out on the balcony of our small front porch. My father and two other men were discussing the rumors of railroads. A transportation that can get you anywhere you wanted to go. I was fascinated by their discussions. My father didn’t mind me listening in as long as I remembered to obey my mother. It wouldn’t be too long before she called me back in the house to do “lady” stuff. As a ten year-old girl growing up during this time era I was easily distracted.  

“Rose?”

“Rose Abigail Weston!” 

There was my mother calling me. Only she came out and grabbed my hand to lead me away from my father and the other two men. 

“Yes,  Momma. I was coming.”

“Don’t start lying to me Rose. We both know you would rather listen about railroads than sew needle point and do embroidery.” 

Momma was always right. She knew me better than anyone else did. Once Momma had me back in the house, I was stuck doing boring work. But as Momma would constantly tell me, I am a young lady that will marry a man someday. And that I would need to know how to work and act like a lady. Today, I was making a quilt. It was too hot to do patch work. But the sooner I did it, the sooner I can excuse myself. That’s what my Papa told my Momma. If I did as I was suppose to then I can be awarded to do what I wanted as long as it was proper for a lady. 

Besides Momma had enough to keep her busy. My two older sisters Mary and Kayla are at the age where they are marriageable. Momma has been helping them prepare their trunks and getting them ready for their first season. I do not have to worry about all that for another six years. Walking back outside, I search for my best friend, Micheal. Micheal is a year older than me. But he doesn’t care. He says I am the only girl he enjoys being around that doesn’t giggle, when he talks to me. The girls don’t giggle at him in a way to hurt him. The girls my age have a crush on Micheal. It’s funny to watch him being surrounded by them all. He hates all the attention. 

“Pss…”

Turning around, I see Micheal hiding behind the great oak tree.

“So, how was sewing lessons?”, Micheal asked me. He knows I think of the work as boring. I rather talk about trains and other cool things. 

“How many girls asked you for their hand?”, I replied back. Micheal gave me a stare that said you know the answer to that one.

Laughing, I swat his arm and ask him a million questions about trains and how they work. Micheal is kind enough to answer all my questions and he listens to me. Unlike my family does. They are all so busy doing this or that. There is always some kind of work that needed to be done.

“Trains are going to be coming here soon. But it takes a lot of man power and a lot of cash.”, Micheal informed me.

“You really think they will come here?”, I asked hooked on his every word.

“Yes, I do.”, Micheal answered me back.  Smiling like he was does makes me want to smile back just as big. I didn’t know smiles were contagious, but with Micheal they were. He and I would sit there under the tree and watch as people went by. 

  

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Today’s Writing

Write about what happens when your character who is a high school student gets into a car with his or her friends. Once they get into that car on that day, they will never be coming back.  

 

- Write about how their is a love triangle connected to this high school student’s death.

- Who committed the murder and why? What are each one of the friends motives?

- Write about how a trial comes to start. Does evidence from the prosecutor prove that one of the guilty is innocent? Why? And how? What other shocking truths come out in the court room? How are the parents of the missing teen holding up?

- Was the death really over someone the missing teen loved or was it more gruesome than that?

- Has this type of violence been happening before in the same area? 

- Where was the missing teen’s body? What new evidence comes to light?

- What sinister things are about to occur, now that the body has been found?

- Will someone pose as the missing teen and kill others? Saying it was the ghost coming back for revenge? How much is truth and how much are lies?

 

 

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New Magazine Issue!

 
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NEW MAGAZINE ISSUE COMING OUT SOON!
 
This issue will feature the winners of the short fiction contest and much more!
 
 
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Fiction Writing Magazine – Free!

Fiction Writing Magazine is free for all!

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Testing the Reader in You!

Read the short passage then answer the questions.

-Narrative The following passage is adapted from a short story written in the 19th century.

Monsieur Chantal stopped. He was sitting on the edge of the billiard table, his feet hanging, and was playing with a ball with his left hand, while with his right he crumpled a rag which served to rub the chalk marks from the slate. A little (5) red in the face, his voice thick, he was talking away to himself now, lost in his memories. After a slight pause he continued: “By Jove! She was pretty at eighteen–and graceful– and perfect. Ah! She was so sweet–and good and true–and (10) charming! She had such eyes- blue-transparent–clear–such eyes as I have never seen since!” I asked: “Why did she never marry?” He answered, not to me, but to the word “marry” which had caught his ear, “Why? why? She never would–she never (15) would! She had a dowry of thirty thousand francs, and she received several offers–but she never would! She seemed sad at that time. That was when I married my cousin, little Charlotte, my wife, to whom I had been engaged for six years.”

(20) I looked at M. Chantal, and it seemed to me that I was looking into his very soul, and I was suddenly witnessing one of those humble and cruel tragedies of honest, straightforward, blameless hearts, one of those secret tragedies known to no one, not even the silent and resigned (25) victims. A rash curiosity suddenly impelled me to exclaim: “You should have married her, Monsieur Chantal!” He startled, looked at me, and said, “I? Marry whom?” “Mademoiselle Pearl.” (30)” Why?” “Because you loved her more than your cousin.” He stared at me with strange, round, bewildered eyes and stammered, “I loved her–I? How? Who told you that?” “Why, anyone can see that–and it’s even on account of her (35) that you delayed for so long your marriage to your cousin who had been waiting for you for six years.” He dropped the ball which he was holding in his left hand, and, seizing the chalk rag in both hands, he buried his face in it and began to sob. He was weeping with his eyes, nose and (40) mouth in a heartbreaking yet ridiculous manner, like a sponge which one squeezes. I felt bewildered, ashamed; I wanted to run away, and I no longer knew what to say, do, or attempt.

Suddenly Madame Chantal’s voice sounded on the stairs. (45)“Haven’t you men almost finished smoking your cigars?” I opened the door and cried: “Yes, madame, we are coming right down.” Then I rushed to her husband, and, seizing him by the shoulders, I cried: “Monsieur Chantal, my friend Chantal, (50) listen to me; your wife is calling; pull yourself together, we must go downstairs.” I caught him by the hands and dragged him into his bedroom, muttering: “I beg your pardon, I beg your pardon, Monsieur Chantal, for having caused you such sorrow–but–( 55) I did not know–you–you understand.” He squeezed my hand, saying: “Yes–yes–there are difficult moments.” Then he plunged his face into a bowl of water. When he emerged from it he did not yet seem to me to be presentable; (60) but I thought of a little stratagem. As he was growing worried, looking at himself in the mirror, I said to him, “All you have to do is to say that a little dust flew into your eye and you can cry before everybody to your heart’s content.” I went over to Mademoiselle Pearl and watched her, (65) tormented by an ardent curiosity, which was turning to positive suffering. She must indeed have been pretty, with her gentle, calm eyes, so large that it looked as though she never closed them like other mortals. Her gown was a little ridiculous, a real old maid’s gown, which was unbecoming (70) without appearing clumsy.

“Mademoiselle Pearl” by Guy de Maupassant (1850-1893)

1. In line 13 (“ He answered,… ear”), the author views Monsieur Chantal’s reaction as:

 (A) peculiar

(B) expected

(C) erroneous

(D) thoughtful

(E) intelligible

2. The word “dowry” (line 15) most nearly means?

(A) real estate

(B) status

(C) capital

(D) prospect

(E) alimony

3. In “You… Chantal!” (line 27), the narrator’s attitude is best described as:

(A) considerate

(B) vexing

(C) decadent

(D) whimsical

(E) aggravated

4. The author would most likely characterize the attitude of Monsieur Chantal “I loved… that?” (line 33) as:

(A) pretentious

(B) modest

(C) secretive

(D) frustrated

(E) enchanted

5. Which of the following best describes the change in Monsieur Chantal’s feeling from (line 1-6) to (line 37-43)

(A) fear to intrepid

(B) nostalgic to flustered

(C) sentimental to dreamy

(D) content to gloomy

(E) agitated to paranoia

 

 

 

 

 

Answers:

1. A       2. E      3. C     4. D      5. B

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Kingdoms and Empires: Character – Praetor D’var

Kingdoms and Empires: Character – Praetor D'var.

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Writing Assignment #9

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Harper Collins is Giving Away a Free iBook!

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My Sadness

Writing is my way,
The only thing that brings me joy every day,
And now it’s slowly being taken away,
What’s sad it that I have no say,
My dreams are like that of clay,
Only I can create the way,
Oh, but it’s washed out like the color gray,
Hovering upon me like a stray….

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Kingdoms and Empires: Nation – The Human Consortium

Kingdoms and Empires: Nation – The Human Consortium.

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Literature Prompt

In the story of “Gilgamesh,” the characters of Gilgamesh and Enkidu share a relationship that is often seen in buddy flicks.  Can you think of any buddy movies in which two seemingly different people become friends and participate in all kinds of action?  Or can you think of seemingly different characters in a movie who end up working together?  For instance, I am thinking of Maverick and Ice Man in Top Gun or Edward Cullen and Jacob in the Twilight saga.  Explain why it was important for Gilgamesh to have a counterpart.  Your response should be a minimum of 150 words, be grammatically correct, and written in 3rd person.

 

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Book Review: Restless Spirits by Kathy Bryson

 

Restless Spirits is a captivating novel. A romance between the manager and his new hired assistant. He admires her more and more as each day goes by. Her determination to help keep the bed and breakfast going and getting set up makes him start to fall harder for this woman whom he should’t be feeling that way about and yet he does. So, far she has proven herself over and over again to him. But when the time really comes can she still prove herself to him?

Marilee Harper is desperately seeking a new job. Especially when a major accident occurred such as setting her employer’s home on fire! Marilee soon gets a job for a man to set up his bed and breakfast place. But does she have it in her to do it? What we will happen when she takes the job? It isn’t long before strange things start to happen at the bed and breakfast. Marilee tackles the every day stuff that goes with setting up the place and then there’s things like flying baseball bats. Even her employer wonders what is going on? He seems amazed at her ability so far. But how long will that last?

 

 

 

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Book Review: Carlita’s Way: Out of the Dark into the Light (Vol #1) by Carlita Hodges

Carlita’s Way: Out of the Dark into the Light is a story of a woman life as a wife of famous man. A man who spiraled downward fast. He didn’t care about his wife or his family. The book told of how this woman survived through it all. The cheating and abuse from her husband. This novel sparked my interest from the start. It captured my whole undivided attention as I read on. How our lives can be perfect in one moment and then completely turn upside down and inside out is what the story tells us readers. It shows us how the ugly sides of life that many go through that most never see or ever hear about until it happens to them. And this one women went through it all and survived the worst of the worst. This is one story that readers should pick up and read. Not all stories are meant to be super happy with perfect fairy tale endings. This one is a realistic and stunning novel of a real women’s life and experiences as they occurred. Carlita Hodges’s novel depicts real situations and real side of life. Her words send lessons to readers. These lessons make us readers more aware of what and how reality can be. I highly recommend this novel to readers all over. I rate this book a 5 out of 5 stars.

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Short Fiction Contest Starts Today!

Short Fiction Contest Starts today and ends on Sunday at midnight!

To enter and submit in your work, click on the link below!

 

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Best Short Fiction Contest Coming Soon!

Best Short Fiction Contest Coming Soon!.

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Writing Assignment #8

Write a 250-word description of a real or fictional person—both inner and outer characteristics—using any sense(s) except sight (2) write a 250-word description of a place with “character,” revealing the elements that suggest its history (3) write the opening of a story or essay featuring the character you described in part one of this assignment OR write a series of connected scenes featuring EITHER several dramatic scenes connected by summary or a flashback sequence, including the scenes in the “present time” of the story leading into and out of the flashback (maximum 1000 words).

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Book Review: Marvelous Are Thy Works by Meiah Shaun

Marvelous Are Thy Works is an inspirational story told by a strong woman. The story encourages all black women to embrace their true hair.  The character of this story is easy for readers to connect with. Especially when as her life is going in the right direction, her friends are less and less. We all know that feeling. What was interesting was that I found the character to be just as strong and inspirational as Meiah Shaun, who wrote the beautiful and stunning novel.  The main character also goes through other issues throughout the story. Her boyfriend is busy building his career higher up in ranks and her two business partners have an issue going on between them.  I enjoyed reading this novel. It is not just a book that is inspirational to black women but to white women as well. White women should embrace their natural hair color too. A very emotional and delightful read is Marvelous Are Thy Works. I would highly recommend this novel to all women out there. I rate this book a 5 out of 5 stars.

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An Apology

An Apology

I want to apologize to all my viewers, readers, and fellow authors for not posting lately. I haven’t been feeling all that well and today, I have a fever.  

I promise to post like daily as soon as possible. I feel bad for letting you all down. 

Thank you for everything you have done in supporting me and my blog+writings!!! :-)

Best Wishes,

Danielle 

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Author Interview: Joe Cosentino

-What inspired you to start writing, especially your novel, Paper Doll?
 
            As an actor I worked on stage and screen with stars like Bruce Willis, Rosie O’Donnell, Holland Taylor, Jason Robards, and Nathan Lane. It occurred to me that acting is storytelling in the same way that writing is storytelling, so I decided to give writing a try. I knew my first novel would be a show business story, since show business has always been such a huge part of my life. As an avid mystery reader, it was clear to me that my novel would be a page-turning murder mystery with clever plot twists, engaging characters, romance, humor, and lots of clues leading to a surprising conclusion.
 
- Can you tell us readers a little bit about, Paper Doll?
 
PAPER DOLL is the fictitious story of Jana Lane, America’s most famous child star until she was attacked on the studio lot at eighteen years old. Now a thirty-eight-year-old beauty and mother of two living in a mansion in picturesque Hudson Valley, New York, Jana’s flashbacks from her past turn into murder attempts in her present.
The local suspects include Jana’s down-on-his-luck husband with a dislike for living off the fruits of his wife’s young labor, Jana’s sister and male friend (who both have eyes for Jana’s husband), Jana’s show business father, her deranged loyal fan, and Jana’s young Guy Friday who covets her fame and shares an uncanny resemblance to Jana.
            Forced to summon up the lost courage she had as a child, Jana visits the California movie studio she once called home. This sends her on a whirlwind of visits with former and current movie studio personnel. It also leads to a romance with the son of her old producer—Rocco Cavoto—the devilishly handsome filmmaker who is planning Jana’s comeback both professionally and personally. With Rocco’s help, Jana uncovers a web of secrets about everyone she loves, including the person who destroyed her past and threatens to snuff out her future.
 
- Who is your favorite character from your novel? And why?
 
     Jana’s agent, Simon, is my favorite character for five reasons. He is amazingly resilient, old world Hollywood, incredibly funny, loyal to Jana, and most importantly, I want to play him in the movie version!
 
- Which one of your characters was the hardest one to write? And why?
 
     Jana’s sister, Tamara, was hardest to write since, unlike most of the other characters in the book, Tamara does not have a sense of humor. Tamara is a tortured soul with a secret and painful past. She loves her sister yet at the same time envies her. It was difficult for me to get into her mindset, but once I did, I believe I represented her well.
 
- Which one of your characters did you enjoy writing the most? And why?
 
     Jana’s best friend Jackson was the most fun to write because he is so funny, smart, charming, and devoted to Jana (and her husband). I also like that Jackson is a gay activist back in 1980 when it wasn’t so popular.
 
- What advice would you give to other writers in your genre?
 
     I love reading and writing stories with engaging characters who I want to spend time with. I recommend letting your characters talk to one another and seeing what happens! An outline is simply an outline. Don’t be afraid to deviate from it.
 
- After reading your novel, I found the suspense to be perfectly thrilling. What tips would you give other writers, when creating suspense their own novels?
 
     I prefer mystery suspense novels that drop lots of clues leading to the murderer. I also recommend incorporating many other characters with secrets into the story. A writer should create an entire world of suspense above and beyond “who done it.” When a reader finishes a book, he/she should be satisfied that the various parts equaled the whole, rather than the author pulling an ending out of the hat.
 
- What is the latest project that you are currently working on?
 
     Dreamspinner Press is publishing my romance novella, AN INFATUATION, in February 2015.
     I am currently writing a comedy mystery series set in the world of academia. Since I am a college professor, I know that world quite well. I have completed the first two novels, DRAMA QUEEN and DRAMA MUSCLE. I will begin the third, DRAMA CRUISE, soon.
 
- Who is your favorite author? And why?
 
Armistead Maupin has an amazing flair for writing eccentric, loveable characters with engaging and realistic dialogue.
 
- What books have you read besides your own?
 
I’ve read all nine TALES OF THE CITY books by Armistead Maupin, every Agatha Christie novel and short story, and numerous other mystery writers like Greg Herren, Mary Higgins Clark, and G. A. McKevett.
 
- Did you always know that you wanted to be an author?
 
My career path has led me from acting to teaching to writing. I think I will continue writing for quite some time.
 
- Where can readers find your novel the Paper Doll?
 
PAPER DOLL is available in paperback and electronic versions at Amazon. Here is the link:
I love hearing from readers. They can contact me at http://www.JoeCosentino.weebly.com.
 
- Can you tell us readers a little bit about your next book?
 
AN INFATUATION is a humorous and touching story about Harold and Mario. Muscular, sexy, and tantalizing, Mario was Harold’s hero and obsessive infatuation in high school. At their ten-year high school reunion, both men are happily married: Mario to a woman, and Harold to a man. Will they reignite the old flame and set their comfortable lives ablaze? The novella will let you know, as well as bring you back to your crushes of the past, and passions of the present. Look for it in February 2015 by Dreamspinner Press!
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Up Coming Book Reviews!

Up coming Book Reviews are the following:

 

- 5 Star Selling From Beginning to Excellence by Lee Davis

- The Second Coming: A Love Story by Scott Pinsker

- Falcon Boy by BF Taylor

- Miedo by Kev Cooper

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Kingdoms and Empires: Historical Event- The Great War

Kingdoms and Empires: Historical Event- The Great War.

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Book Review: Letters to Zerky by Bill Raney

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Letters to Zerky, is a beautifully told non-fiction book that tells of a father writing postcards to his son about all the adventures in Europe. The wife kept a book about everything that happened and when she passed away, Bill Raney took that book and retold the adventures they all had by using his story telling skills. His story telling skills are amazing. The pages are filled with visual pictures of the events as they are happening just by his words. They pop to life. This story talks about the different cultures and how sometimes are greatest worries are our lesser problems. The book changes one’s perspective on the different cultures such as the Iranians. There was a moment when they let an Iranian man take their son upon his lap for a horse ride. They stood their breathless, watching as the man ran away with their son! Their worries and sadness grew for their son, but soon realized that they worried for no such reason. The Iranian man came back with the son, Zerky. How happy they all were then! There are many other culture differences within their adventures that hold exciting and intoxicating adventures ready for readers to begin their timeless journey following Zerky, his parents and their dog all over Europe! I highly enjoyed following all over as they traveled and experienced different cultures and people. I thought this was the most exciting novel that I have read so far! I would definitely recommend this stunning novel to readers allover the world! I rate this book a 5 out of 5 stars!

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Best Short Fiction Contest Coming Soon!

Best Short Fiction Contest Coming Soon!.

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Author Alert!! $5 Editing Services!!!

Starting on my birthday on August 19th, I will be serving a $5 Editing Service to all authors!!

So, hurry and get your manuscripts ready!!! 

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Just a Reminder! Short Fiction Contest Coming Up!

Best Short Fiction contest will be starting August Monday 18th.

All short stories in all genres will be accepted.

Categories are the following:

- Mystery

- Suspense

- Romance

- YA

- Thrillers

- Science Fiction / Fantasy

- New Adult

- Historical

- Contemporary

You can submit your novel in only once!

It can fall under more than one category! Please say what categories your manuscript falls under when you are submitting it.

Be sure to include your name, email, genre, word count, number of pages, and title!

All week starting on August 18th submissions will be accepted. The closing date to submit your book(s) for submission will be on Sunday at midnight.

Each category will have a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winner.

Each winner will win either a gold, silver, or bronze medal for their book(s).

There is a $2 submission fee for each book that you submit in for judging.

There will be a two week period of judging all books before winners are announced.

Monday September 8th all winners will be announced and will be emailed that their book(s) won.

To pay for the book submission fee  click on the link for PayPal down below. It will give you three options.

Please, send in your manuscripts through the form below.

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Medals will look like the one below:

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Kingdoms and Empires Nations: The Federation

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This is…WOW! I really enjoyed your explanations and just the depth of topics is amazing. :-)

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To explain the Federation would require days and a novel all it’s own. So here is the short and sweet version.

The official name is The United Federation, Dominion Alliance of Galaxies. This is a union of many alien species and technologically advanced races. In Kingdoms and Empires the Federation is the oldest of the still standing nations. The Federation for short spans trillions of galaxies across what they call the Multiverse. They had to invent new numbers to count their populations and their territory size. They are what the USA and USSR would look like if they merged as one, with Roman style and thinking. The Federation is classified as Democracy and Socialist at the same time. The Federation practices capitalism if the right political party is in power.

The Federation has three political parties, The Yesoid, Xon, and Lasran. The Yesoid are the scientists, teachers, construction workers, civil…

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Kingdoms and Empires Nations: The Federation

Kingdoms and Empires Nations: The Federation.

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Thank You!!!

Thank you everyone!!!!

You all helped me beat my entire month of July’s views by 5 points and it’s only the 2nd week of August!!!!!! 

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For the month of August so far, I have a total of 555 views total! 

Thank you!!! Thank you for viewing my blog, being a supporter and a loyal follower!!!

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Author Interview: Richard D. Mellinger Jr.

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- What inspired you to start writing your novels, such as Harold and the Purple Wormhole?

Each novel has had a different inspiration. When I first started writing Harold, I was working on my senior thesis for my BS in physics at Cal Poly SLO. The project involved general relativity and, as I tend to do, I spent a lot of time thinking about wormholes. One day, in response to musing about where wormholes might come from, I though “Well, to make a wormhole, clearly you need a giant worm, duh…” This is the essence of Harold and the Purple Wormhole. After I finished chucking about how silly the idea was, the story had taken hold and demanded to be written, and so it was.

- Can you tell us readers a little bit about Harold and the Purple Wormhole?

Dr. Nenad Conroy is a brilliant scientist that wants to travel by wormhole, so he creates a giant worm that can tear holes in spacetime; this worm’s name is Harold. The two of them go out to test Harold’s abilities. Due to a disagreement and a mishap, they end up in pre-Arthurian England where they get their fair share of adventure trying to get home and learn about the true origins of the myth of wizards.

- What type of short fiction do you write?

My short fiction ranges in length from 60 to about 8,000 words. Some of it is science fiction, some of it is horror, much of it is just plain silly, a few are thought-provoking; all of them, though, are character-driven, as the characters are the most important part of any story.

- Who is your favorite character from your latest novel? And why?

I love all my characters, but forced to pick a favorite, I’d have to go with Harold. Harold is this huge, super-cognitive worm that can manipulate the fabric of spacetime with his brain and visualize eleven-dimensional maps, but he acts like a huge puppy. I think it’s hard not to want to scratch his head and call him a good boy.

- Which one of your short stories was the hardest one to write? And why?

I have a hard time writing from the point of view of a woman. As soon as I realized that I was making a great deal of my characters male simply because it’s easier for me to get into their heads, I started trying to make more of my protagonists female, because I like the challenge. I have one short, Tittle Attraction (available on my blog), that was pretty tough for this reason. The narrator wasn’t only a woman, but she was also a lesbian. Getting her voice down was rough, but the harder the character is to write, the more fun I have trying to get it, so it ended up also being one of my favorites.

- Which one of your short stories did you enjoy writing the most?

This is a tough question, because I get a certain amount of satisfaction from having a clever flash fiction idea and sitting down to write it before I even finishing giggling about it (House Rules is a perfect example of this). However, like I said before, I also really love the process of digging around looking for the right way to tell a story. I think, with that in mind, that I probably had the most fun writing The Great Hat Caper and Tittle Attraction of all my short fiction.

- How many short stories would you say you have written so far?

There are about 55 short stories on my blog. I’ve written a few more that can’t be found there, but that’s mostly because they aren’t any good, so I say that they don’t count.

- What advice would you give to other writer that also write short fiction?

My advice to writers is and always has been to write. Stop worrying about how it is going to turn out, stop waiting for the perfect idea, just write and read a lot. If you decided you like some other idea better, you can always put your current project aside, but you can never go back and recapture all the time that you didn’t spend writing.

At first your writing is going to be crap, don’t worry about it. I have a whole novel (possibly two?) and a pile of short stories that will never see the light of day. These stories were not a waste, because I learned about myself and my craft while making them.
Keep writing
, it will get better. If you love writing, it will be worth it.

- From reading your short stories, I can tell the use of dialogue is perfect. Any tips for other writers?

This is going to sound a bit creepy, but I spend a lot of time watching people. Not peeping-through-the-window sort of watching, but when I’maround people I watch them. I listen to how they interact and pay attention to how and when they talk. I think this helps a lot. At the very least it’s entertaining, because people are weird.

So, my advice about dialogue is this: to emulate people’s speech, you must observe people speaking. Also notice how rarely people actually finish their thoughts or speak in full sentences. Sometimes they just…

- What is your latest writing that you are currently working on?

One of my other novels, Molehills of Mountains (currently unpublished), is about a vole that takes on a maniacal cyborg mole, a remnant of the long since passed human wars. The mole has his mind set on the destruction of all the rodents in the valley and Viktor the vole, being a rodent in that valley, doesn’t like that plan. I’m currently writing the sequel, which doesn’t yet have a title other than Neven, which is the name of the protagonist.

- When is your book, Harold and the Purple Wormhole coming out?

That’s a complicated question. I signed my contract with Divertir Publishing back in July. There is some editing and cover designing going on and it all depends on how long that takes. The people at Divertir pride themselves on putting out high quality novels, so it will take a little while still, but the wait will be worth it.
As soon as I know a release date, you can bet it will be all over my blog, twitter, and facebook.

- What genre would you say your writing falls under?

My writing is all over the place. Being a scientifically-minded person, I think that there is a scientific slant to all my fiction, but I would put very little of it squarely in the sci-fi category. Some of it is a bit fantasy, a little of it is horror, some of it masquerades as literary, all of it is kind of strange. I wish “kind of strange” was a genre.

- Who is your favorite author? And why?

This depends on my mood. I can answer with my top three though: Kurt Vonnegut, Christopher Moore, and Stephen King.
The way Stephen King puts words together just works for and inspires me. He is brilliant, and his stories are great, but his manipulation of the language to get into the reader’s head just amazes me.
Kurt Vonnegut is more of an idea man for me, his writing is phenomenal, his characters are ready to crawl off the page, but what really gets to me with Vonnegut are his overall storylines and how wonderful they are.

Christopher Moore… what more is there to say about Mr. Moore. Just go read his novels and you’ll get it. The man is a master.

- What books, besides your own have you read?

I read a good deal. I like to switch it up: sometimes I read horror, sometimes I read science fiction, sometimes I read fantasy, and I love my classics. I’ll read just about any genre as long as its well written and interesting. I also read a fair amount of nonfiction in the form of research.

I’m on Goodreads (http://www.goodreads.com/user/show/33253444-richard-mellinger), if anyone is interested in exactly what books I read. I only joined recently, so it doesn’t have every book I’ve ever read, but I put them on there as I remember.

- Would you say that reading is important for those wanting to be authors one day?

Yes. Reading is critical, there are no two ways about it.

- Where can we find your collection of short stories?

You can find a lot of my short stories on my blog (http://imasillypirate.wordpress.com/). I try to post a new short or comic at least once a week. Often times at 3 pm (PST) on Tuesdays. There is also one piece of my flash fiction that was featured on SaturdayNightReader.com onJune 17th.

- Where can all of us readers buy your book that is being published by Divertir Publishing?

Divertir sells books on their website (http://www.divertirpublishing.com/) and on Amazon.

I’ll post on my blog and twitter when I know a release date.

- Are there any other books you are working on? If so, can you tell us a about them?

Aside from the sequel to Molehills of Mountains that I mentioned above, there is another novel in the works. Eponym has been written and is in the beta reader phase now. In Eponym, an attempt to combat global warming by Dr Alexandros Florian goes horribly wrong and turns the earth into a desert. The novel is the story of his son, who shares his name, trying to survive in the remnants of society several years later.

-  Your characters come to life right off the pages! How did you write such stunning yet realistic characters?

Thanks! That is, in my opinion, one of the greatest compliments that you can pay a writer! As I stated before, I do a lot of people-watching, which helps, I think.

Also, when writing, it is beneficial to remember that though your story may only need some characters to do something very specific, allplayers in your story are still characters. They have a back story, they have a family, they have friends and aspirations, and most importantly, the story that they are living is not usually centered around the protagonist of the story you are writing, but around themselves. I make up back stories about anyone that I mention specifically in my writing… and people that I pass on the street… and random people that I follow on twitter… I think I have a problem...
My point is, though, that
every character has a story. Even though most of it doesn’t explicitly spill out onto the page, it’s there and I think that helps each and every character to feel more real.
I also recycle some of my characters. In most cases, nobody but me notices their presence, because I often don’t even use their names, b
ut they are there. Some of them are more obvious though, for example, Dr. Conroy is mentioned in Tittle Attraction as are the two main characters from Distinct Impression. Some characters will be in the limelight, others will play out their existence in the background, but they are all important.

- Did you always know that you wanted to be an author? 

I have always been a story teller, and I’ve always been intrigued by the fact that the creativity of a human mind can create or destroy entire universes within itself. I started writing on and off just after high school, but it was mostly for me, and a large majority of stuff I started at that time was never finished. I never really considered the idea that anyone (aside from my sister) might actually want to read anything I write until years later.

Now, though, I can’t imagine my life without writing.

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