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With 365 Days Of Writing Prompts for Romance Writers, there’s no need for additional notepads or places to store your ideas

Saturday, June 27th, 2020
365 Days of Writing Prompts for Romance Writers
Savvy Writers Book 1
by Kim Knight
Genre: Writing, Self Help
With 365 Days Of Writing Prompts for Romance Writers, there’s no need for additional notepads or places to store your ideas. For each day of the year there’s a dedicated space for plotting your ideas, with a writing prompt to create an outline for a romance short story, novella, novel or even flash fiction. All you need to do is adapt the characters or setting to your sub-genre of romance. For each day of the year you’ll find a creative, engaging, fun and challenging writing prompt, with situations or people to craft your next story. There is also a personal blogging challenge with writing prompts, for romance writers to engage with their readers, grow their following, find new readers and allow their audience to get to know them via their own personal blog or author site. With 356 Days Of Writing Prompts For Romance Writers you’ll never be stuck for a romance story idea, or blog topic again! Each month has a focus and fully adaptable to your sub-genre, dip in and out of each day, week, month as you wish.
January- New Directions Love
February- Unexpected New Love
March- Fresh Starts and New Beginnings
April- Love in Unexpected Places
May- Historical, Regency and Multicultural
June- Contemporary Romance
July- Paranormal, Horror and Dark Romance
August- Christmas and Holiday Love
September- Mixed Bag of Goodies!
October- December Romance Writers’ Blog Writing Challenge Prompts
Award-Winning Romantic Suspense and Thriller Author Kim Knight, also shares her secrets on writing realistic, page-turning romance. Also her experience with writing prompts, which has allowed her to co-author two novels, and seventeen short-stories to date. So, romance writers around the world, grab your pen and your copy and get ready to write every day of the year and never run out of creativity. Note the paperback version will allow you to plot your ideas all in one space in the book, and let go of your hundreds of different idea notepads.
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MY REVIEW

365 Days of Writing Prompts for Romance Writers by Kim Knight is a great source of inspiration. I was able to copy selected tips from her to write great romances in any genre into my own document for fast referral. It strikes me as good advice as I have written my own romance series the same way she recommends.

The other thing I like about Kim Knight’s book is that after each day’s prompt, she left space for the readers to outline the prompt for a new story of your own making. At the end of the year you will have 365 stories to develop and publish later.

In my case, since I publish about two romances a year that would mean I have enough material for 183 years. In another case I suppose I could use some of the prompts as subplots in the same story. Either way, it’s a lot of inspiration for a writer. You may be able to forget writers’ block thanks to this book’s content.

I will say that this book is a must for romance writers everywhere. You’ll be glad you have it in your personal library.

Kim is born in 1983 and from London in the UK. She’s a mother to a beautiful little boy, and a proud award winning author (awarded Best Romance 2017 title for A Stranger In France). Kim started her journey as a traditionally published author and later dived into self-publishing also.
As a reader she’s head over heels in love with romance, historical fiction, crime fiction, African- American, suspense and thriller genre books. As a writer, Kim enjoys creating stories with a diverse and multi-cultural line up, within the romance, romantic suspense and general thriller and crime genres. When she’s not reading, or writing stories of her own her other passions include practising her French, astrology, fashion, make-up artistry, drawing, spending time at her sewing machine dressmaking, watching make -up and beauty tutorials on YouTube, letter writing and being a mum.
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The journey just begins with the event, the healing is a lifetime

Thursday, March 5th, 2020

ABOUT THE BOOK:

 

 

  • Finding Your Voice is a personal and comprehensive guide for survivors of abuse making the journey toward healing. Led by an author who has walked the path for more than three decades, readers will find encouragement and hope as they move step-by-step to a place of recovery.
  • Part memoir, part blueprint for recovery, Finding Your Voice uses a mix of personal anecdotes, accumulated knowledge, expert techniques and good, common sense to help readers navigate a new path in the aftermath of abuse.
  • With clear instructions and insightful examples, the author leads the readers through the five stages of healing—built upon the foundation of years of self-help work, therapy and reflection, and the author’s own transformative approach to healing.

 

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WHY IT’S A MUST-READ:

 

  • Finding Your Voice is an amazing resource not only for abuse survivors but for all women who wish to develop a stronger sense of self-worth. Regardless of your life experiences, this book is a wonderful guide to becoming who you want to be.
    • Mannette’s empowering and uplifting personal stories combine empathy, practicality, and encouragement. The book is a powerful reminder that no one has to remain a victim of their past.
    • With a companion workbook and audiobook available, Finding Your Voice puts the power to heal in your own hands. It’s a comprehensive blueprint guide that offers step-by-step strategies, encouraging personal anecdotes, and easy-to-understand, manageable steps to follow. It includes exercises and questions for self-reflection that prompt readers to think about their own experiences in a way they may not have done in the past.
    • This book is unlike other self-help books for survivors. Praised for its unique perspective on healing and breaking the cycle of abuse, the book speaks to not only survivors but to society-at-large.
  • ABOUT THE AUTHOR, MANNETTE MORGAN

 

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    • Mannette Morgan is a speaker, author, coach, and survivor. She teaches critical skills and techniques to other survivors with her books, workbook, workshops, retreats, and coaching. Her mission is to stop the cycle of abuse and provide survivors with accessibility to healing. She is sharing her inspiring story, research-based strategies, and free resources survivors can use to heal and thrive. . From the emotional and physical abuse as a child to an abusive marriage, Mannette comes from a place of great understanding. She empowers other abuse survivors to find their voice and thrive as they learn to heal their past.
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      • Twitter: @mannettemorgan

       

      • Facebook: @mannettemorganauthor 

       

     

    ENDORSEMENTS:

    • “An excellent book which can help not only survivors of abuse, but all women who are feeling like victims. This book has a powerful story with real-time exercises and a workbook that will help walk victims through their healing process and help them become survivors. The journey just begins with the event, the healing is a lifetime.”
    • -Library Journal

The Comprehensive List of International Book Fairs in 2020

Friday, February 21st, 2020

It’s a truth universally acknowledged that every book lover feels more at home surrounded by books. This is why we brought you our updated 2020 international book fairs list, to help guide you home. Our annual book fair list includes events with everything a book lover could ever dream of, books, authors, publishers and a bunch of book-related goodies.

International Book Fairs

No matter where you are in the world, there are bound to be international book fairs close to you happening in 2020. This list will help you pinpoint the exact one and give you the chance to make a note of it so that you don’t forget when the time comes.

Fallow the link to all Book Fairs in the world:

https://www.kotobee.com/blog/international-book-fairs-2020/

BookTube is a community ofcontent creators on YouTube that film videos about books

Wednesday, March 13th, 2019
The
BookTube Your Shelf Daily Reader turns one year old this March. [Cue
the party music!] The time has flown by so quickly. My to-be-read
list has expanded even faster. As a reader, you know that is both a
good and bad thing. LOL!
 
YouTube
for the Bookish?
YouTube.com
is the second most visited website in the world – where over 1.9
billion logged-in users visit each month. And each day, people watch
over a billion hours of video and generate billions of views. While
many people are aware of the music videos, make-up channels and
gaming channels on the platform, far fewer know about the great
bookish content available on YouTube. BookTube is a community of
content creators on YouTube that film videos about books. The
BookTube Your Shelf Daily Reader is a daily online newspaper
featuring social shares from booktubers (including authortubers) and
some bookish neighbors (like bloggers and readers). Are you familiar
with BookTube?
 
Once
Upon A Time…
Between
changes in YouTube’s algorithm and my book reading taste, it was a
struggle for me to keep up with my favorite booktubers and keep
a look-out for new booktubers. I knew many other fans of BookTube
were having similar problems.
When
YouTube changed it’s monetization rules in early 2018, many people,
including myself, worried about it’s overall impact on small content
creators. As I looked at my personal BookTube channel list, I
thought, “What can I do to help support and encourage bookish
content creators?” Then poof! The idea for The BookTube Your
Shelf Daily Reader popped into my head. [Yes, with a poof]. What
started out as an idea in March of 2018 has morphed into a passion
project with an online newspaper and email newsletter.
Find
Your Next Favorite…
One
of the goals of The BookTube Your Shelf Daily Reader project is to
help you find your next favorite booktuber. Check out the Videos
section of TBYSDR for suggestions on bookish YouTube videos to watch.
It features over 25 videos each
day. 
https://paper.li/Readeropolis/1517059010#/videos
Another goal of the
project is to help you find your next great read. In The BookTube
Your Shelf web newspaper, you’ll find a variety of posts like:
  • Book
    News
  • Book
    Giveaways
  • Book
    Reviews
  • Videos
    about Books
  • Videos
    about Reading
  • Videos
    about Writing
  • Book Trailers
Don’t
Miss A Thing.
Don’t
struggle with searching for book-related videos in the YouTube hay
stack. Subscribe to The BookTube Your Shelf Daily Reader Email
Newsletter to have the paper delivered to
your email inbox. 
https://paper.li/Readeropolis/1517059010#/
Be
sure to “Like” the TBYSDR Facebook page to stay
up-to-date on the latest
edition. 
https://www.facebook.com/BookTubeYourShelf/
But
wait… there’s more!
During
March I will be hosting a month-long event called BookTube Z to A,
highlighting BookTube channels on YouTube, at the Readeropolis book
blog. Look for the hashtag #BookTubeZtoA on your favorite social
sites.  
You
can follow all of the anniversary celebration events by joining the
Facebook anniversary event page (click “Going” to get
updates): 
https://www.facebook.com/events/358689728051151/
So,
let’s chat in in the comments.
Do
you watch book-related videos on YouTube? What are some of your
favorite BookTube Channels?
Have you checked
out the latest edition of The BookTube Your Shelf Daily
Reader?
BookTube,
keep doing what you’re doing. You’re hands down amazing!
 
 
 
Mayor
Sonni: Reader extraordinaire. Mayor of the Readeropolis book blog.
Content curator. Lover of books, lists, sweet tea, and vacations.
Well, not necessarily in that order.
Are you connected?
You can find her all over the Internet under the handle Readeropolis.

 

 

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Kotobee International Book Fair Calendar for 2019

Wednesday, February 27th, 2019

Nothing warms a book lover’s heart more than a good book. And nothing excites a book addict more than a book fair, overflowing with publishers and booksellers.

Every year Kotobee compiles for you the dates of the biggest and best book fairs around the world, and post them on their website, to see the completed blog click here, https://www.kotobee.com/blog/international-book-fairs-2019/

(This blog, https://annadelc.com/blog/?p=9327  is meant to be informative about book fairs and does not endorse any nor part of them.)

 

 

I really enjoy organizing tours and helping new authors get discovered

Saturday, September 1st, 2018
Silver Dagger Book Tours is now 2
years old this month!
 
Believe it or not, Silver Dagger Book
Tours was created and is mainly operated by just one person!
I used to be just an internet crawler
looking for new books and giveaways and stumbled upon book tours.
After indulging in many dozens of tours, I decided I’d like to try my
hand at blogging in my spare time (with absolutely no blogging
experience at all!) I was a book blogger for several companies (and
still am) and stuck with it for over 3 years. In that time, I learned
all the ropes and became a pretty efficient blogger, but there was
still something missing- I wanted to make my posts stand out a bit!
So, I started creating small graphics like “about the book” and
the other standard graphics that you see in all my tours nowadays and
started jazzing my posts up.
I became pregnant with my second child
in the fall of 2015 and me and my hubby decided to try to purchase
our first home finally, so I quit my waitressing job to pack up
everything for the move and never looked back!
It took several months of trying to get
the ball rolling and was quite difficult at first to get authors to
tour with me. Thus, I had an idea to let everybody pay what they can
comfortably afford instead of set rates as I thought what some other
companies charged were just outrageous!
Since then, I have done over 1000 tours
and worked with hundreds of amazing authors – many who come back
for repeat tours! I have 2-3 tours kick off every weekday with
occasional tours on the weekends and EVERY tour is required to have a
giveaway so readers can gain a little something and have fun while
they enjoy learning about new books.
I have an absolutely amazing group of
bloggers that share my tours on their sites and really couldn’t have
gotten this far without their continued support and would like to
thank each and every one of them! Ya’ll are amazing! I also have two
assistants that help me check links and keep up with blogger activity
– Janet, who’s been with me over a year, and Laurie, who is a new
addition. Ya’ll ladies are spectacular and I couldn’t do it without
you!
Absolutely everything else is
completely run solely by me though and I really enjoy organizing
tours and helping new authors get discovered. I don’t discriminate
and host ALL fictional genres in ALL age ranges as me and my bloggers
have a broad range of readers that enjoy many different genres.
After two years of astronomical tours,
I am going stronger than ever now and growing on a daily basis with
plans to continue hosting tours for many many years!
If you are an author interested in
booking a tour with me, you can see a general FAQ page and booking
HERE!
If you are a blogger interested in
joining some of my tours, you can see my current sign ups HERE!
And sign up for email invites HERE!
 
 
A third generation local of the
historic town of Fredericksburg, TX, I was born and raised among the
rolling hills of the Texas Hill Country where the beauty of the
landscape is breathtaking and town is  famous for the Main Street historic
shopping district, the best peaches in the world, wildflowers and
wine. I really can’t imagine living anywhere else!
A country girl through and through, I
grew up hunting, fishing and digging for Indian artifacts, all the
while enjoying the many rivers and swimming holes around town. I’m a
stay at home mom with three beautiful boys, ages 9, 2, and 1 that
encompass my entire world!
A bookaholic from birth, I have always
had a deep passion for reading and spend many late nights devouring
books into the wee hours of the morning. My “real” book
collection numbers over 3000 books and take up an entire small room
in our house with custom bookshelves built by my husband that I call
my “book cave”. I’ve been building this collection since my
childhood and will keep on adding to it for the rest of my life. Of
course, I also have a similar collection of ebooks as well as I
finally went digital a few years ago.
In my spare time, I enjoy reading,
playing with my kids, doing DIY renovation projects with my husband,
cooking, and relaxing on my back porch with a good cup of coffee
while I watch the massive axis deer herd come through the yard.
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Tips on how and why to use dialogues

Thursday, July 20th, 2017

Readers normally want a fast paced book to get away from their mundane and pathetic life. They want to travel with your characters, not to be told what the character is doing. They want to be there with them or be them; to hurt with them, to smell the food and taste it with them, to see the morning sun go up and to feel the afternoon rain fall on their face.

What they usually don’t want is to fall asleep reading. (If they want to fall asleep reading, they can grab a textbook.)

What is one of your responsibilities as an author?

To keep the story moving at a good pace or you will lose your readers…forever, a huge no, no in our business.

So what keeps a story moving?

Dialogues is one excellent way. Most anything you need to say can be said in a dialog.

For example: (more…)

Tips on 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. It doesn’t have to be huge, just five well-written phrases will do.

Always start with something good about the story.

Things like: “It is an interesting story” or “A 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 belittle the author in any way or form.

Never say that you would have done the book this or that way. If that is how you feel, then write your own book in your own words and with your own characters. (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.

 

Cover

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:

Barnes & Noble-Emerine’s Nightmare

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

 

Newtimber by Karen cover

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,

DSAD

Twilight’s Last Gleaming,

TLG

Dawn’s Early Light,

DEL

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.

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