Archive for the ‘For Writers’ Category

How to Write a Book Review?

Sunday, January 4th, 2015

A review is a personal view of the story you have just read. Author’s love reviews; they sell books. So consider writing a review every time you read a book.

Always start with something good about the story.

Things like: “It is an interesting story” or “Quite fascinating reading,” even, “I couldn’t put it down,” will work well.

Always respect the creativity and the time the author took to write the book.

Never say that you would have done the book this or that way. If that is how you feel, then write your own book. (more…)

What does THE CHICKEN CATCHERS and WRITING FOR REAL-WORLD REASON have in common?

Wednesday, November 19th, 2014
 the author…Mary-Ann Duke 🙂

Where are you from, Mary-Ann?

I am a native Floridian. I currently live in Sarasota, FL

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I  like Florida. If you could travel to any time in history, when would you visit?

If I could time travel, I’d go to Jerusalem in Jesus’ time to meet him.

If you could have dinner with any of your characters, which ones would it be? What food would you serve?

If I could have dinner with any of my characters, it’d be Victoria Scarlett Jones and Jimbo Bean. I’d serve chicken and dumplings.

If you could travel anywhere on earth or off, where would you go?

I’d visit the Great Wall of China. (I’ve already visited the pyramids of Egypt.)

Describe your dream writing spot.

My dream writing spot would be high up (more…)

Author Interview for Kim Williams-Justesen

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

Kim, welcome to my YA Dark blog. What makes you passionate about writing?

I like that I’m the one in control of things, and that it isn’t done until I say it’s done (or until my editor says it’s done!).

Very nice…Do you have a writing routine?

I work full-time, so I write in the evenings and on weekends. I usually grab a handful of Chips-Ahoy cookies, a big glass of water, and head to my office. I reread the last few pages of where I left off, then I take a deep breath and dive in.

What a great scape. What is the title of your book?

My upcoming YA is called DEATH’S KISS. (more…)

“Emerine’s Nightmare”

Sunday, September 28th, 2014

Anna del C. Dye, as a YA author of High Fantasy and she makes sure her books have high standards and are fit for the whole family.

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One day a challenge to write a fairy story was placed and she wondered if she could write a book about fairies, since all her book were about elf. “Amerine, Fairy Princess” was the result of that thought. This story, with a girl as a main character, received “Fiction Second Place” in the Oquirrh Contest that same year.

Then she wanted to try and see if she could convert it to have a boy as the main character and “Fairy Prince” was born. There are many books were the main character is a girl especially in fairy tales. So she wanted to be a different story with a boy fairy and see if she could reach more boys with this book. In this form, the story received First Place in the Absolutely Write First Page Contest.
When the moment to publish it came, she changed the name to “Emerine’s Nightmare”. “Fairy Prince” would sound to much like a book with gay characters and this book has nothing to do with any of that.

 

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Here is the back cover blurb:

What would you do if one night, life as you know it changes and you are left alone in despair? That is how Emerine’s nightmare starts and now all he does is run.
His family lived at the edge of the forest until dark shadows killed them all. Now they want him, and so does a magic tree. He has never seen dark shadows or enchanted trees before. Emerine has to get to the heart of Red Forest, to the fairy people. Only then he will be safe. Safe? He has never heard of

fairies before and once he gets there what?

This is the beginning of the book:

In the early dawn, while a dense fog covers the light that should have brightened the new day, I, Emerine, sit at the edge of a quiet pond. Engulfed in the wet blanket of air that threatens to suffocate me, my mind focuses on how everything has changed from just a few days ago.
It’s been two weeks since we left our home nestled at the edge of the forest. Only three days have passed since the tragic death of my father. That was just the beginning of my nightmare…because no matter how hard I think about it, there isn’t a reason the shadows should chase me…except that it’s all a really bad dream. One from which I’ll wake up at any moment.Reflections

 

The link to amazon:

Amazon-Emerine’s Nightmare

Barnes and Noble:

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Here are some compliments for Emerine’s Nightmare: 4*****

Anne Boling for Readers’ Favorite said,

Author Anna Del C Dye once again brings readers a tale filled with mystical beings. Most of her books are much longer and the main characters are elves but in this children’s book, Emerine’s Nightmare, she focuses on the fairy folk.

The characters are interesting. Children will particularly identify with Emerine because of his age and his uncertainty over whom to trust. This book will appeal to children 9 through 15.

Margaret L. Turley RN,
Anna del C. Dye released her new fairy prince story: Emerine’s Nightmare.This unique book takes the reader deep into the forests of fairy world. Frightening shadows come to life. Emerine looses his home and both his guardians to dark creatures that aim to steal his power. He melds into a tree to hide from the enemy only to find out that the tree plans to keep him prisoner. As Emerine discovers his gifts, he learns that things frequently are not what the appear to be. He develops confidence and skills during his journey to find the fairy queen. This tale is bound to become a favorite for little boys, their sisters, parents and lovers of fantasy.

Mary Walling
EMMERINE-FAIRY PRINCE By Anna del C. Dye

This is a fantasy for children in the 4th-8th grade. My 9 year old grandson is in the 4th grade and one of his assignments is to read 20 minutes every day. We have been reading “Emmerine-Fairy Prince” together. He really likes it. The story has shown us how Emmerine has learned about how good versus evil and about the consequences that follow with the different choices that we make. He also learns about unconditional love. He learns about what real love between a mother and father is.

I loved this little book and recommend it to all children. I would also recommend that parents read this with their children to get the most of the meaning that has been written into this wonderful book.

What is a blog tour, and what can it do for you?

Saturday, September 20th, 2014

What is a blog tour, you asked. And what can it do for you?

A blog tour is a promotional technique, where you get a bunch of people to do a post for you about your new book. The news and tidbits about your new book travels for you while you remain in the comfort of your own home. Thanks to the wonders of the world wide web, the entire planet is just a click away from your book.

A blog tour when you hand-pick host blogs to do a post for you. Ideally you would want to find those blogs that are in the same genre and age group that your book is. A lot of times, though, reality sets in and you get any bloggers that you can get yours hand on.

Some posts will  feature you and your book in some way. A book review is perfect, but many bloggers don’t have a lot of time to read your book so offer them different options to pick from. An author interview is great. You can do one interview on your own and have it ready for them, or have them send you their questions. All this depend on the blog’s specialty and the host will tell you what they want from you.

Now, you pick a week or two or even three to have all of them pick a date to post about you and your new book. It doesn’t matter if more than one picks the same date, although your goal should be to have a continual stream of blogs. Make sure you visit their posts to make sure your post to thanks them and to see if the post is up and to answer any questions in the comment box.

Also you can add a free ebook, or paperback for a price, to the nicest comment in all the posts or offer one ebook for each post. Asked the winner to do a review for you.

For more etiquette  on what to do when you are asked to be a visitor in someone’s blog post keep and eye on next month’s blog. Happy writing to you.

Anna is the author of high fantasy books for YA and Children. More about her work: http://www.annadelc.com

Newtimber: Fractured Tour, a book by Karen Hoover

Thursday, July 31st, 2014

Book title: Newtimber: Fractured

Author: Karen E. Hoover

Release Date: June 21st

Tour Dates: July 15th – August 15th

Genre: YA Urban Fantasy

Publisher: Trifecta Books

Tour Host: Silverbow Promotions

 

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Book Synopsis:

There was absolutely no way a black dragon hovered outside of Newtimber. Sianna rubbed her eyes, but the dragon was still there, clutching a round object that looked like a spotted egg. And then (more…)

Laurie LC Lewis talks about “Free Men and Dreamers”: her historical series

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

Laurie, welcome.

I hear you are running a summer-long event called The Star-Spangled Summer Adventure to celebrate the 200th birthday of “The Star-Spangled Banner?”

Yes the details can be found at http://www.laurielclewis.com/summer-adventure.htm.

Sounds so fun. What is the title of your historical series?

“Free Men and Dreamers.”

The books are: Dark Sky at Dawn,

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Twilight’s Last Gleaming,

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Dawn’s Early Light,

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Oh Say Can You See, and (more…)

Debra Jayne East author of Radiance: Love after Death

Saturday, April 26th, 2014
  • Debra, what is your typical day like?
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  • I usually wake up around 8 a.m. every morning here in good old North Carolina and do some stretches and I then let my dog Puppy, {yes, her name is Puppy, lol} out for a run. She’s a black lab that I have had for almost fourteen years. Then I watch the morning news, usually with a light breakfast and then I look at my list of things to do. I see which ones I can accomplish for that day and I go from there. The things on my list are usually research, working on different books or researching guest for my radio show called Sky Watchers. You can find it here: https://www.facebook.com/skywatchersradioshow
  • Do you write with music or not?
  • With music because it set’s the mood for emotion and depth to my characters. I like ambient relaxation music best.
  • Do you outline your manuscript first?
  • No, not really. I think of my style like putting a puzzle together. I may write the beginning and end and then fill in the spaces in-between. I jot down ideas as I go along. Crazy but it seems to work for me.
  • Debra what is the most difficult thing about being an author?
  • Keeping up with social media! Just when I master one thing like Pinterest, then another site pops up with something else to figure out. There are a lot of platforms out there to learn! I’m still trying to figure Twitter out.
  • I hear you. How do you know the idea is good enough to write a book about it?
  • If every night when you go to bed your idea keeps nagging at you and taking on a life of its own, the idea has been “born.” You just have to write it down because you won’t have any peace until you do.
  • LOL. What is the title of your book?
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  • The title of my book is Radiance: Love after Death.
  • Nice, what inspired you to write this book?
  • I was inspired to write it when I found a crooked heart-shaped stone in the grass one day after the break-up of my marriage. It reminded me that even though your heart is cracked or broken from a bad relationship, it’s still a heart and you can still love again. We all have and deserve a second chance.
  • Interesting. How do you come up with your character’s names?
  • Usually, the names just pop up in my head but if all else fails, I grab a phone book or baby names book. I tend to like unusual names rather than traditional ones.
  • Good for you. Tell us more about your book. 
  • Marena Jacobs was in her forties and divorced after twenty years of marriage and she never imagined she would find herself alone. She thought her marriage was forever, not taken out of her grasp by a cheating husband. She pushed herself into her work, getting exhausted so she wouldn’t have to think about the pain of it all. One Friday evening after working late, she was on her way home. It was raining in torrents and streaks of lightening lit up the sky as she slowly drove towards Eden, North Carolina. She saw what looked like a boy walking in the rain and she had every intention of stopping and calling someone to see if he needed a ride. That was before her car stalled out, and her life changed forever. All she could do was feel herself floating, looking down on what had happened as the young boy, {who seemed enormously strong for someone his age} lifted her out of her car to save her. She thought her life was over until a radiant figure of someone or something stood before her. You will believe that true love never dies.

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David Smith the co-author of the “Hidden Mickey” series

Tuesday, March 11th, 2014

David, tell us where you were born

I was born in Southern California and grew up a mile from Disneyland

Lucky you. 🙂 What is the most difficult thing about being an author?

Learning how to be patient; Learning how to promote and market AFTER the book is written

Amen to that… Who has made the greatest difference for you as a writer?

Certainly Walt Disney from a conceptual standpoint. Reading authors such as Dean Koontz, F. Paul Wilson, Clive Cussler, Dan Brown and even the Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew all helped form my desire to want to write stories.

 I learned  english with the Hardy boys and Nancy Drew. 🙂 Who or What inspired you to write this book? (more…)

Rachel L. Hamm Author of Twenty-Five

Monday, February 24th, 2014

Rachel is currently hosting a giveaway ($25.00 Amazon Gift Card ) on her Facebook page enter here: https://www.facebook.com/RachelLHammAuthor click link next to pictures… It will end on Feb. 28

Rachel, how has your family background affected your writing, if it has?

I’m the second of four children, my parents are still together, and you can definitely see that influence in Twenty-Five.  The MC is the third of four children, with loving parents who are still together.  I’ve been very lucky in my life to not experience a lot of family drama, I mean, we have our dysfunctions, but who doesn’t?  My characters don’t come from broken homes – they love their families and their families have enormous impact on who they are as adults.

Good for them… What gave you the nerve to attempt your first novel? (more…)

Carol of the Tales Blog Tour

Saturday, November 30th, 2013

Michael, tell us where you were born and where do you live now.

I was born in Williams AFB, Arizona and I now live in Eagle Mountain, UT.

From Arizona…What makes you passionate about writing?

I love working on something that starts out at just a thought (more…)

Christy Monson author of Becoming Free, A Woman’s Guide to Internal Strength

Thursday, November 28th, 2013

Christy, is good to have you in my blog. Tell us Where were you born? 

I was born in Medford, Oregon, and now live in Ogden, Utah. My husband worked for the LDS Church in the Seminary and Institute program. We moved around the United States, living in Utah, Idaho, Michigan, California, Nevada, and finally back in Utah. We raised six children in the process.

After my children were in school, I went back to UNLV to become a Marriage and Family Therapist, setting up a practice in Las Vegas, Nevada. When I retired, it took me about a year to write Becoming Free.

Who inspired you to write this book? (more…)

Book launch of Spy for a Spy

Tuesday, November 12th, 2013

To save her secrets and her country, CIA operative Talia Reynolds must sacrifice the man she loves–I, SPY is out now!

SPY FOR A SPY, book 2 in the series, coming 11-12-13!

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We’re celebrating the launch of Spy for a Spy, sequel to I, Spy! Read on for free & discounted reads, and enter to win some great prizes! You can also find Spy for a Spy at the special $3.99 launch discount on Amazon, Kobo, Barnes & Noble and JordanMcCollum.com!

About the Book

Canada is probably the last place you’d expect to find an American spy. And it was the last place CIA operative Talia Reynolds expected to run into fellow operative Brand Copley. AKA her new boss. AKA her ex-boyfriend.

Just the guy every woman wants to face in the middle of planning her wedding. Once again, Talia’s lying to the man she loves, but this time, to protect his heart.

After Brand takes over Talia’s latest case and steals her newest agent, he assigns her to spy on her old boss—who’s suddenly giving her every reason not to trust him. With only weeks until the big day, planning falls by the wayside as she goes into damage control mode. But when Talia discovers Brand’s real motives, fighting him is the only option, no matter what the personal and professional cost.

More about Spy for a Spy | Add Spy for a Spy to your Goodreads to-read list!

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A Light in Dark Places, The Susan Cox Powell Story

Sunday, November 10th, 2013

Emily, how long have you been writing? 

I’ve dreamed about writing since I was a child and used to sell my homemade picture books to my obliging relatives and neighbors. But I didn’t get serious about it as a craft until about six years ago. It became my lifeline during a bout of serious post-partum depression and I’ve been committed to it ever since.

Tell us where you were born and where do you live now. 

I was born and raised in Utah – lived here all my life.

How do you know the idea is good enough to write a book about it? 

Sometimes an idea just won’t leave you alone. When it keeps me up at night and I find myself making constant little notes about it – then I know it’s something I’m going to pursue.

Who has made the greatest difference for you as a writer?

That’s a tough one. I think Shannon Hale has been my greatest inspiration. I think she is a classy lady who writes BEAUTIFULLY and is absolutely hilarious in person. Also, my two critique partners, Julie Bellon and Jordan McCollum are both amazing. They have helped me grow up as a writer.

What is the name of your book? 

A Light in Dark Places

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Tell us more about it. Perhaps a back cover blurb.

In December, 2009, Susan Cox Powell was reported missing (more…)

Meet Stephanie Fowers YA, Fantasy, Romantic, Comedy, author

Friday, November 1st, 2013

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Stephanie, what is your typical day like?

Well…my day doesn’t always look the way that I wish it would look.

But the rundown is this: I bike to work, work at the computer while talking, joking, and brainstorming and otherwise annoying my fellow coworkers. Then I go home and put to use all the good things I plotted to do that day by writing it. Of course, I do get distracted by things at home like Facebook, household chores, and people; so on the whole I get most of my writing done on my free days from work: Fridays and Saturdays. That’s when I buckle myself down to my chair and force myself to direct my thoughts on writing.

There were a couple of beautiful months of my life where (more…)

PG13 Dark Author Interview for October…McKenna Gardner

Saturday, October 26th, 2013

McKenna, welcome, where are you from?

I currently hail from the Phoenix Metropolitan area, but I’ve lived in several different places in my life. I was born in Idaho, and have lived in California, Kentucky, and Arizona, but in about 25 different locations. And no, I wasn’t in the foster care system. 😀

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Idaho is my neighboring state. If you could travel to any time in history, when would you visit?

I have a bit of an obsession with the Regency era. I would like to visit there for a year as a working class citizen, then as an upper class member, then as one who would regularly attend court. And then I’d like to do it again.

 

LOL awesome, may I came with? If you could have dinner with any of your characters, which one would it be? What food would you serve? (more…)

Interview of Sarah Dunsters author of Mile 21

Saturday, October 12th, 2013

Tell us where you were born.

Santa Cruz, California.  I’m an eight-generation Californian on my mom’s side (cowboys and pirates) and on my Dad’s side I come through Martin Handcart stock. I’m a good mix 🙂

California, very nice. Who or What inspired you to write this book?

I went through a pretty significant series of struggles as a young adult. I wrote this book with the intent to help people understand why someone who is struggling might act strange, or might not seem like they’re doing all they can to recover. I wanted it to be a (more…)

Clean, romantic suspense author Cami Checketts’s Interview

Sunday, September 29th, 2013
Welcome Cami, how long have you been writing?
Eleven years. I started after the birth of my second son who’s now in middle school. Yikes, I’m getting old!
LOL don’t we all…Tell us where you were born and where do you live now.
I was born in Clifton, Idaho, raised on a dairy farm (but my sweet Papa didn’t make me milk the cows because it made my hair stink). I live with my husband and four boys on seven acres in the fields of Cache Valley, Utah.
I love Utah. How do you know the idea is good enough to write a book about it?
That is the hardest part! I can’t tell you how many books I’ve started and then realized they were only good for my boys to color on. Usually if I start writing and the story and characters consume me I know the book is good enough. The really bad thing is if a book is like that for me, but my critique partners say no.
I agree with you there. Who has made the greatest difference for you as a writer? (more…)

LDS Author Misty Moncur and “Fight for You” her novel

Saturday, September 21st, 2013

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Fight For You Blurb:

Keturah fought her way into the army, but now she’s in Judea building fortifications, and the only thing she’s fought so far is boredom. The work is hard, and the other soldiers don’t think she can pull her weight. Her brothers are becoming strangers, and Zeke’s jealousy is getting worse – because Keturah is (more…)

Angie Lofthouse’s interview. Sci-fi short stories anthology author

Saturday, September 14th, 2013

Angie, is a wonderful opportunity to have you visit my blog. 

Tell us where you were born

I was born in Provo, Utah. Quite a while ago.
Who or What inspired you to write this book?

Probably my biggest inspiration is my family. I wrote these stories over a period of ten years while raising my fantastic kids.
What is the name of your new book?
Ripped and Other Adventures
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Tell us more about it.
Ripped is a collection of science fiction and fantasy short stories I wrote over a period of ten years. Nine (more…)