Cool Tool for Authors


Here’s a link to a site that will help you build your mailing list by getting people to sign up when you give them a free book. If you use THIS link it would help me a lot.  Thanks!

Why would you want to do this? These days it’s all about building your email list. But to get people to sign up, you often have to give them something. So you give away a small book or a story, and they sign up. Hopefully they will like your book and follow you to buy more. Just send a short note every so often with your writing progress; new release, call for beta readers or reviewers. They say it works like a charm.

 

Book Review: The Steps


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Buy “The Steps

The Steps by Iveta Redliha is a thriller story. I have not read anything by a Latvian author before but I have read a few Russian novels and enjoyed them similarly.

The way that Redliha weaves together the story of several interlocking lives is masterful. I began to figure out the secrets each life held, but not entirely until the end, and even then there was a major part I could not have guessed. The characters are complex and interesting and there are no holes in the plot that I could see.

Essentially, the story is of a young free spirited woman who contracts to be a surrogate mother for a childless couple, to earn money to change her life. Whether you’ll take the side of Leonora, Kurt, Nelly, or Greta is up to you. All display an unsavory side each in their own way. It’s exciting to enjoy their escapades vicariously in this story of what can happen when things don’t go as planned.

Book Launch–Romance


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Releases on March 7 | On Sale NOW for 99¢

She’s waiting for her prince to come … but was he right beside her all the time?

Kristina Rose Maher wants to know why fairytales never happen for fat girls. Certain that diner cook Jeff, handsome and fit, will never want her as more than a friend, she stuffs down her attraction to him. But when she finds herself facing a life-altering weight loss surgery, she discovers she’s willing to do whatever it takes to embrace life—and love—to the fullest.

Jeffrey Berkley can’t bear the thought of losing the friend he’s only just beginning to realize matters so much to him… no matter what size she is. But he is also terrified that helping her reach for her dreams will also mean finally reaching for his own—and letting down his family’s legacy in the process.

Both Kristina Rose and Jeffrey must learn to love themselves before they can find a way to make a promise to each other. Will they finally be able to lay their heavy burdens at the Lord’s feet, and trust him to bring the happily-ever-after they both crave?

Don’t miss this sweet tale of faith, love, and gastric bypass–get your copy of Love’s Promise today!

2nd try–Can you give me a hand and vote on my next book genre?


I’ve learned that I want to write a series! Please take the following poll (one minute or less) and let me know which genre you’d prefer to read from me.

Thanks in advance!

(Here’s a link in case you don’t see the voting buttons.) Wordpress seems to delete them. 😦

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Romance
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Fantasy/Adventure
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Historical fiction
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Book review: Creating Stories


Hank Quense has penned a masterpiece in Creating Stories. The structure of a story, whether it be long or short, story or book, is outlined with detailed instructions on how to make each of these sections work. For instance, rather than being made up of chapters a book is really made up of scenes. There is a standard outline for any story, but very briefly you are introduced to the main characters, and then there’s a conflict, then there is resolution of the conflict.

Quense used a number of graphics in the book as visual aids and they are sort of like flowcharts, for instance to outline many different aspects of the characters. I learned that I just have to double tap on the graphics to open them up larger. They are useful examples of what you could be doing to plan your work.

Quense shares his unique viewpoints and methods on plot, setting, characters, writer’s voice, and using humor correctly. Not written for Pantsers, this book will add structure to anyone’s writing. It’s the logical way to approach crafting a story.

Creating Stories is available for pre-order and will be released on April 1, 2017.

Order yours today.


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Author Spotlight – P.S. Winn


I think she deserves the “Most Prolific Author Award.” I met P. S. Winn when she submitted a great story for my first anthology, Where Dreams and Visions Live.  Since then she has published dozens of books. Here they are. Amazing! You can find them all at http://amzn.to/2jUrJ2W.

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AND NOW WITHOUT FURTHER ADIEU-P. S. WINN.
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INTERVIEW:

What inspired you to write your first book? – In 2012, my husband was told he didn’t have long to live. We decided to move to my hometown so I could be closer to my family. Moving fast, we almost had to leave some of the writing I had done and hid in a closet. I decided to put them in book form then and there and now it seems after 44, I can’t stop.

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp? – I believe in hope despite odds. I like to think you will find that even when the books are supernatural or science fiction. I like to add a bit of a spiritual twist. Not religious so much as the spiritual side of hope and love.

What books have most influenced your life most? – Anything and everything I have ever read has an impact on my own works. I think this is also true of anyone I meet or anywhere I have visited.

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing? – I hate the promotion, but the rest of writing is always an amazing journey. I love my characters because they take over the books and let me know what should be written.

Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it? – I always learn something new. In the latest book, “Deadly Afflictions” I had to learn a lot about anxiety disorder. I love characters that overcome the flaws and problems they are dealt.

Who is your intended audience and why should they read your book? – Anyone who likes to get away from the world for a moment in time. I write everything from preschool and young adult to a lot of supernatural novels. I also think it is the readers who make the stories. Their own imaginations join with the writer’s to make a book more special than it started.

Tell us a little bit about your cover art. Who designed it? Why did you go with that particular image/artwork? – Some of the art work I draw myself, like for “Wings to Whispers” and “Viewings”. A few books are pictures I have taken and the others I use those available on create space. For the book “Viewings” the drawing of an old barn came first and the story worked around the image.

Do any of the books you write come from your own childhood? – Yes, especially my stretched stories series, which are humorous tall tales that are fun explanations for everyday things like why a cow says moo.

How do you feel when someone disagrees with something you have written? – I try to look at what they say and learn from it. The reviews that are unrealistic I try and ignore, but that can be hard. I know there are some people who write bad reviews out of meanness, which is awful, but also a fact of life that branches way beyond writing.

How do you make sure the information for your nonfiction books is accurate and up-to-date? – Mostly the internet or watching the news. I like writing supernatural books in parallel worlds when imagination is the guide and anything goes. But, I still try to maintain realism.

How long does it take to complete one of your books? – I have written 44 books in just over 4 years, so a month or two is my usual time, but once I wrote a book in a week and my 600 page book took closer to three months.

PAY WINN A VISIT SOMETIME SOON. THE REST OF HER LINKS ARE BELOW.

https://www.amazon.com/P.S.-Winn/e/B00E6XAR82/

Global link – author.to/PSWinnbooks

www.barnesandnoble.com/c/p.s.-winn

https://www.goodreads.com/author/list/6580862.P_S_Winn

https://www.facebook.com/pswinnbooks/

https://twitter.com/pswinnauthor

https://www.createspace.com/pub/simplesitesearch.search.do?sitesearch_query=P.S.+Winn&sitesearch_type=STORE


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Author Spotlight-P. S. Winn


I think she deserves the “Most Prolific Author Award.” I met P. S. Winn when she submitted a great story for my first anthology, Where Dreams and Visions Live.  Since then she has published dozens of books. Here they are. Amazing! You can find them all at http://amzn.to/2jUrJ2W.

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And now without further adieu-P. S. Winn.
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Interview:

What inspired you to write your first book? – In 2012, my husband was told he didn’t have long to live. We decided to move to my hometown so I could be closer to my family. Moving fast, we almost had to leave some of the writing I had done and hid in a closet. I decided to put them in book form then and there and now it seems after 44, I can’t stop.

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp? – I believe in hope despite odds. I like to think you will find that even when the books are supernatural or science fiction. I like to add a bit of a spiritual twist. Not religious so much as the spiritual side of hope and love.

What books have most influenced your life most? – Anything and everything I have ever read has an impact on my own works. I think this is also true of anyone I meet or anywhere I have visited.

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing? – I hate the promotion, but the rest of writing is always an amazing journey. I love my characters because they take over the books and let me know what should be written.

Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it? – I always learn something new. In the latest book, “Deadly Afflictions” I had to learn a lot about anxiety disorder. I love characters that overcome the flaws and problems they are dealt.

Who is your intended audience and why should they read your book? – Anyone who likes to get away from the world for a moment in time. I write everything from preschool and young adult to a lot of supernatural novels. I also think it is the readers who make the stories. Their own imaginations join with the writer’s to make a book more special than it started.

Tell us a little bit about your cover art. Who designed it? Why did you go with that particular image/artwork? – Some of the art work I draw myself, like for “Wings to Whispers” and “Viewings”. A few books are pictures I have taken and the others I use those available on create space. For the book “Viewings” the drawing of an old barn came first and the story worked around the image.

Do any of the books you write come from your own childhood? – Yes, especially my stretched stories series, which are humorous tall tales that are fun explanations for everyday things like why a cow says moo.

How do you feel when someone disagrees with something you have written? – I try to look at what they say and learn from it. The reviews that are unrealistic I try and ignore, but that can be hard. I know there are some people who write bad reviews out of meanness, which is awful, but also a fact of life that branches way beyond writing.

How do you make sure the information for your nonfiction books is accurate and up-to-date? – Mostly the internet or watching the news. I like writing supernatural books in parallel worlds when imagination is the guide and anything goes. But, I still try to maintain realism.

How long does it take to complete one of your books? – I have written 44 books in just over 4 years, so a month or two is my usual time, but once I wrote a book in a week and my 600 page book took closer to three months.

 

Pay Winn a visit sometime soon. The rest of her links are below.

https://www.amazon.com/P.S.-Winn/e/B00E6XAR82/

Global link – author.to/PSWinnbooks

www.barnesandnoble.com/c/p.s.-winn

https://www.goodreads.com/author/list/6580862.P_S_Winn

https://www.facebook.com/pswinnbooks/

https://twitter.com/pswinnauthor

https://www.createspace.com/pub/simplesitesearch.search.do?sitesearch_query=P.S.+Winn&sitesearch_type=STORE

Author Book Release and Interview – Robert Skuce, Kiss of Death


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I interviewed crime novelist Robert Skuce who is soon to release a new book, Kiss of Death. You can read more about it on his website www.robertskuce.com.  The book is currently on pre-order, set to be released March 1st, 2017. He is hoping to have the majority of reviews done in and around the early summer.

If you are interested in reviewing his book, doing an author interview or just reading his book for discussion, he would love to hear from you.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact him:  reviews@robertskuce.com

The Synopsis:

Homicide detective, Bruno Norcross, is called to investigate the brutal murder of a college call girl. This isn’t just any other crime scene. Bruno has seen this scene before, only the last time, the killer got away leaving Bruno feeling as though his career is incomplete. Nobody escapes Bruno’s grasp twice and when his nemesis arises again, it’s time to bring him in. A serial killer, only known as the Kiss of Death, is back, only this time he made a mistake. A witness, like no other, was left behind and this witness knows the victim better than anyone.

Rosie’s stalker, Ashley Truelove, knows everything about her, from what she wears to who she sees. The question isn’t can Ashley help Bruno catch the killer, but will he? With meager and confusing clues, two known victims and time running out, Bruno realizes that the cost of bringing the murderer to justice will be paid in blood. With the police Sergeant on his back to catch this killer and provide justice for the death of his daughter, Bruno is racing against time. Kiss of Death only hunts occasionally and time is running out before he vanishes again. Can Bruno find the evidence to stop him or will the killer escape his clutches once again?

 

Author Bio:

Robert Skuce says that he thought he was too pretty and small for prison so he decided to write about it instead. After dabbling in different genres, he found himself at home as a thriller/crime writer. A man who was born and raised in Eastern Ontario, Canada, in a small town, he decided to try his hand at creative novel writing. Turned out, he loved it and kept writing to improve his craft to become the writer he is today. He enjoys a good mystery and once in awhile he likes to go back to horror when it was simpler and less complicated than you find in this day and age.

Currently living in Southern Ontario with his wife and four kids, he enjoys long walks, time with his family and lazy afternoons getting caught up on television. He loves playing with computers and is the household personal IT technician. When he goes out, you can find him exploring the different restaurants his city has to offer and driving in the countryside.  He is always looking for new places to be the basis of his books. He photographs abandoned buildings and unique parts of town in order to create a sense of realism in his books.

Filled with ideas and personalities that are unique, he is always coming up with a new and twist-filled story that will make its way to the pages everyone can enjoy. Captivating his readers with the difficulty in his books and leaving them trying to figure out who did it, will make you want to keep reading to see what Robert Skuce will come up with next!

 

Here are his enlightening responses to my interrogation:

Do you have a specific writing style?

I write my books from multiple viewpoints. An example is not only the killer, but the cop that is hunting him. Generally, I find that multiple viewpoints are more interesting for me as a writer.

 

How did you come up with the title?

I have this image of the characters and story in mind and start to build it from there. Usually, it is during this process the title comes to me.

 

Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?

My interest in writing started as a child when we were assigned The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe. The images that came to me then as I read that book never left.

 

How did you come up with the title of your book or series?

I liked the irony of a stalker named Ashley Truelove so the series Lee Truelove came to me.

 

Who is your favorite character from your book and why?

Bruno is my favorited character. He is a good cop dealing with bad choices and being pulled in all directions. He is the guy torn between loyalty to friends and his own moral values.

 

What can we expect from you in the future?

Currently, I am working on two series. There’s the Lee Truelove series which follows Lee’s journey from Stalker to serial killer as well as Logan Lupus. These characters cross through each other’s books and build towards a great showdown.

 

Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?

The books in my current series take place in my city so there isn’t a lot of traveling, but I do plan on traveling through Canada to research various cities for future books. I will be seeing Kingston Ontario soon so I can search the prison. My books refer to Bloodvien prison which is based on the Kingston pen. I actually have a funny story about that. I told my parents that I was going to prison, but something happened that I had to go before the conversation finished. I checked my phone a few hours later and I had missed four calls. I guess I should have added that the prison is closing and it was for book research.

 

Who designed the covers?

I design my own covers. It’s inspiring to create the story and try and create an image for the passion that you put into it.

 

What was the hardest part of writing your book?

Generally, when I get excited the story just flows from me, but there are times when writer’s block kicks in. It is like having all these ideas and no way to express them.

 

Do you see writing as a career?

Of course, I would like to see writing as a career. I love writing and have a million ideas bouncing through my head, but even if I never earn a living writing I will always write.

 

Quickly, give us the title and genre of your book and a 30-word or less tagline:

Kiss of Death; Thriller/Mystery/Crime

Kiss of Death is a serial killer on the hunt again after a 5-year hiatus, he eluded detective Bruno Norcross once, but will he manage to escape again?

 

Give Kiss of Death a try. When you do, please leave a review at the retailer site where you purchased it. Reviews are so appreciated by authors and can help other readers find and enjoy them.  Thanks.

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore


Sally was gracious to host me recently on this page. Here’s the latest from her and what looks like an intriguing book from a multi-faceted author, Carole McDonnell.

Welcome to the start of this week’s book promotions and also to a new author on the shelves. Today’s featured author is Carole McDonnell, a novelist, a writer of fiction, devotionals, poetry, reviews, and essays. We will take a look at two of her books but I do recommend that you check her other books […]

via Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – New on the Shelves – Wind Follower by Carole McDonnell — Smorgasbord – Variety is the spice of life

Blog Share from Traci Kenworth


Traci has graciously provided us with a number of links on writing! I’ve just come off the Book Marketing Summit with Karen Dimmick, and I have loads of ideas to pursue. Did you see any of it? What did you think?

Check out some of these links to enhance your writing. I was featured on this list a few weeks ago.

Writing Links in the 3s and 6…2/6/17 Traci Kenworth Fantasy/Dystopian/UF/Paranormal/SF: https://legendsofwindemere.com/2017/01/28/almost-time-to-get-my-butt-back-to-the-grindstone/ Decisions, decisions. http://www.autumnwriting.com/shortcut-fantasy-world-building/ A cheat sheet to an in-depth world. MG/YA: http://yatopia.blogspot.com/2017/01/new-beginnings-come-with-price.html Better to let go of old darlings or pay the price? http://scbwimithemitten.blogspot.com/2017/02/writer-spotlight.html Wendy BooydeGraaf. http://ingridsundberg.com/2017/02/04/ingrids-notes-youtube-channel/ Develop Your Own Philosophy when it comes to writing. She’s spot on! Some things work […]

via Writing Links in the 3s and 6…2/6/17 — Where Genres Collide