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Saturday, December 13, 2014

A Dream Within A Dream

A Dream Within A Dream

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RELEASE DAY for Novel #4 Burn Baby Burn Baby! Blog Tour Continues!

My 4th novel comes out in three days. My publisher has set up a blog tour for it! It runs from December 8th to December 19th and includes reviews, guest blog posts, excerpts and more! (-:

Here's a schedule of all the dates and blog types:

12.08.14: TMBA Corbett Tries to Write – Review
12.08.14: So I am a Reader – Review
12.08.14: The Caffeinated Booknerd – Excerpt
12.08.14: Katie Teller at Katie’s Stories – Guest Post
12.09.14: A Creative Mind – Review
12.09.14: Kayl’s Krazy Obsession – Excerpt
12.09.14: Ink of Blood – Guest Post
12.10.14: Twining Lvtwriter – Review
12.10.14: Jennifer Greenleaf: Author & Artist – Review
12.10.14: Coffee&Books – Excerpt
12.10.14: Coffee Books & Art – Guest Post
12.11.14: Shelf Life – Review
12.11.14: M&EM Read YA – Excerpt
12.11.14: Home Is Where the Wine Is Book Blog – Guest Post
12.12.14: Little Whimsy Books – Review
12.12.14: Her Book Thoughts! – Review
12.12.14: A Dream Within A Dream – Excerpt
12.12.14: Love, laugh, and read – Guest Post
12.15.14: Seinda – Review
12.15.14: Revenge of the Feels – Excerpt
12.15.14: Collette Yvonne – Book Spotlight
12.16.14: Cheryl – Review
12.16.14: Mimi Jones-Taylor – Review
12.16.14: Mallory Heart Reviews – Excerpt
12.17.14: A TiffyFit’s Reading Corner – Review
12.17.14: Bookishly Britt – Review
12.17.14: JeanzBookReadNReview – Excerpt
12.18.14: Pages To Explore – Review
12.18.14: Book Sense – Review
12.18.14: G. Donald Cribbs – Excerpt
12.19.14: Colleen Knight: Writes. Reads. Reviews – Review
12.19.14: LostBrainCell’s Bookish Blog – Excerpt
12.19.14: Dale Long – Interview

Just a heads up...a couple of the guest blogs are written by characters from the, bonus material. (-:

The synopsis...
About Burn Baby, Burn Baby:

Seventeen-year-old Francis Fripp’s confidence is practically non-existent since his abusive father drenched him in accelerant and threw a match at him eight years ago.

Now badly scarred, Francis relies on his best friend Trig to protect him from the constant bullying doled out at the hands of his nemesis, Brandon Hayley—the unrelenting boy who gave him the dreaded nickname of Burn Baby.

The new girl at school, Rachel Higgins, is the first to see past Francis’s pariah-inducing scars.

If Brandon’s bullying doesn’t destroy him, Francis might experience life as a normal teenager for the first time in his life. He just has to avoid Brandon and convince himself he’s worthy of Rachel’s attentions.

Sounds easy enough, but Francis himself has a hard time seeing past his scars. And Brandon is getting violently frustrated, as his attempts to bully Francis are constantly thwarted.

Francis is in turmoil as he simultaneously rushes toward his first kiss and a possible violent end.
Pack your bags and hop on board...
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Author! Author!

Author! Author!

gingerbread family

While lazily re-reading the letters of Madame de Sévigné, as one so
often does at this time of year, I stumbled across a particularly
revealing review of a book released several centuries ago. Quoth the
great lady:

This Morale of Nicole is admirable, and Cléopatre
is going along nicely, but in no hurry; it is for odd moments.
Usually, it is reading this that lulls me to sleep — the large print
pleases me much more than the style.
That prompted me to cast a hurried eye at the calendar, as you may
imagine. “Good gravy!” I exclaimed. “Aspiring writers across this
great nation are about to be having Thanksgiving dinner with otherwise
charming relatives and friends who wouldn’t know literature if it were
floating in the cranberry sauce! It’s time to trot out my annual balm
for the souls of writers passing the mashed potatoes while trying to
answer well-meant questions like ‘So you’re a writer? What have you
published?’ and ‘What — you’re still working on that novel
after all this time?’ Not to mention the ever-popular ‘Oh, you’re
writing these days? I’d just assumed you’d given up on that dream.'”

And writers throughout the land groan with recognition. There,
there, campers — you didn’t think I was going to send you over the river
and through the woods without a few words of encouragement, did you? read the rest of the article, click the Author! Author! link above.

Author! Author! :: Anne Mini's Blog

Anne’s Bio

July 22nd, 2006

Anne Mini grew up in the middle of a Zinfandel vineyard in the Napa
Valley, the daughter of California’s best-known 1930’s radical (subject
of John Steinbeck’s In Dubious Battle) and the beatnik ex-wife of
renowned science fiction author Philip K. Dick. She spent her childhood
continuing the Minis’ four hundred-year-old fine winemaking tradition;
her great-grandfather and great-uncle were purportedly the first
Americans to win a major enological prize in a European competition. By
the second grade, she already knew how to run a still.

find the rest of the bio here

Reviews and press - Miss Gish

Reviews and press - Miss Gish


The Farthest Shore (Eden Series Book 3) - Kindle edition by Marian Perera. Romance Kindle eBooks @

The Farthest Shore (Eden Series Book 3) - Kindle edition by Marian Perera. Romance Kindle eBooks @


He’s racing for a prize. She’s running for her life. And they’re on a collision course.

Eden, Book 3

Captain Alyster Juell is relishing the taste of his first command for the fleet of Denalay. The steamship Checkmate doesn’t carry weaponry, but that doesn’t matter. His mission is to win an ocean-crossing race—and its hefty prize.

the voyage gets underway, Alyster hits his first snag—there’s a
stowaway on board, a reporter who poked around for information about his
ship the day before. And it’s too late to turn back.

Miri Tayes
didn’t intend to stow away. She was forced to run for her life when a
colleague discovered her secret: She can pass for normal but she’s a
half-salt—daughter of a Denalait mother and a pirate father.

her lack of seaworthy skills, Miri works hard to earn her keep, and
Alyster, taken with her quick wit and steely nerve, falls for her. But
as the race intensifies and the pirates use a kraken to hunt down Checkmate for its new technology, the truth could be the most elusive—and dangerous—prize of all.

Contains a reporter hiding a dangerous secret and the captain who’d
like to strip her bare in more ways than one. Also pirates, prejudice
and passion. Hunting Monsters eBook: S.L. Huang: Kindle Store Hunting Monsters eBook: S.L. Huang: Kindle Store

“Happy birthday, child. Careful not to shoot any grundwirgen.”

Ever since she was a small girl, she has learned to be careful on
the hunt, to recognize the signs that separate regular animals from
human-cursed grundwirgen. To harm a grundwirgen is a crime punishable by
death by the King's decree - a fatal mistake that her Auntie Rosa and
mother have carefully prepared her to avoid.

On her fifteenth birthday, when her mother is arrested and made to
stand trial for grundwirgen murder, everything she thought she knew
about her family and her past comes crashing down.

Auntie Rosa has always warned her about monsters. Now, she must find and confront them to save her mother, no matter the cost.

Tangible Dreams: Simran Silva: 9781500208288: Books

Tangible Dreams: Simran Silva: 9781500208288: Books

 Tangible Dreams is about two people, Elizabeth Fitzgerald, a
photographer for a travel magazine and Christian Dominguez, a skilled
craftsman. They are different in so many ways, except for one thing -
They both have the desire to be able to take charge of the situations
they have been handed in life and out of them create their own tangible
dreams. Worlds of Tomorrow eBook: Tom Johnson, Teresa Tunaley: Books Worlds of Tomorrow eBook: Tom Johnson, Teresa Tunaley: Books

 In the far future, the worlds of tomorrow will bring many dangers to the
travelers of the star ways. Space Rangers like Captain Steve Danger
will be hard pressed to protect those settlers on distant planets. Even
the Ghosts, the secret police, will have trouble discovering the
mysterious galactic thief known as the Forever Man. Here are five
exciting tales of our future problems on worlds of tomorrow.

J. Michael Favreau, Author | MY NOVELS

J. Michael Favreau, Author | MY NOVELS

My Novels

one of the Jordan Rose Dueology, Break Away is a character driven
science-fiction story of love lost, of resolve, of digging deeper than
you thought possible until you find the strength not to crumble, and
ultimately, of surviving even when you think you have no hope left.  It
is the first novel in a two novel series chronicling the adventures of
my heroine, Rose.

Rose has only been a police
officer in northern Maine for two years when her world is suddenly
ripped apart by a deadly new disease out of New York City.  All who are
infected by this new disease are rapidly reduced to husks of their
former selves leaving only rabid wild beasts bent on death and
destruction.  After her wife’s gruesome and violent death, Rose learns
that she is immune and must decide whether to sacrifice herself for a
cure or fight to survive.  Rose’s choices set in motion a desperate trek
north into the solitary deep woods of Northern Quebec where she must
elude capture by an unchecked CDC, the military, and bands of impetuous

is the follow-up to "Break Away" and concludes the Jordan Rose
Dueology.  Rose and companion Jamie begin another journey back to
Jamie's home town two years after the deadly outbreak that erradicated
the human race.  
two years have been enough for the infected to die off?  Are there
others that survived?  After surviving so much for so long, Rose faces
her greatest challenge yet in the thrilling conclusion to the series!

Cover art by Fiona Jayde Media


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Friday, December 12, 2014

Character Development | LinkedIn

Character Development | LinkedIn
The most important part of your novel is the part that will never been seen by the reader.  It’s the part that’s just for you.  It’s the part that only you know.  Well, you and your character, that is.
It’s the character study.  You simply cannot write a good novel without knowing your characters inside and out.
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BY BRENDA JANOWITZ You simply cannot write a good novel without knowing your characters inside and out. Here are the top 10 questions you need to be able to answer about each of your characters:

Novel Writing: 10 Questions You Need to Ask Your | WritersDigest...

This guest post is by Brenda Janowitz, author of Scot on the Rocks, Jack with a Twist and THE LONELY HEARTS CLUB. Her work has also appeared in the New York Post, Publisher’s Weekly, Long Island Woman Magazine,, Hello Giggles, and xoJane. You can find her at and on Twitter at @BrendaJanowitz. - See more at:

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Saturday, December 06, 2014

bing on making good ads

info gleaned from bing ads

Here are a few tips that can help make your ad
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    Keep your ads relevant. One way to improve
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 Which keywords should I choose?
You have a few options to help choose your
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search terms are a great starting point. Then you can use tools right
in your account to find more keywords.
Within Bing Ads, click Campaigns on the top of
the page, click the Keywords tab, and then click Add Keywords. This
will let you:

    Search for new keywords based on one you
    Search a website for keywords.
    Search your destination URLs for keywords.

Friday, December 05, 2014

Review: After We Collided by Anna Todd - Words Read and Written

Review: After We Collided by Anna Todd - Words Read and Written


After a tumultuous beginning to their relationship, Tessa and Hardin
were on the path to making things work. Tessa knew Hardin could be
cruel, but when a bombshell revelation is dropped about the origins of
their relationship—and Hardin’s mysterious past—Tessa is beside herself.

Hardin will always be . . . Hardin. But is he really the deep,
thoughtful guy Tessa fell madly in love with despite his angry
exterior—or has he been a stranger all along? She wishes she could walk
away. It’s just not that easy. Not with the memory of passionate nights
spent in his arms. His electric touch. His hungry kisses.

this is the beginning of a review posted on the blog, Words Read and Written.

Jody says:

 "Welcome to Words Read and Written.

"My name is Jodie, I'm a 27 year old Aussie, aspiring author, book blogger, Red Bull addict, and lover of international travel."

read the rest of her review at her blog

Survive The Holiday Party, Leave With Material | LitReactor

Survive The Holiday Party, Leave With Material | LitReactor


 I have to believe that the movie Die Hard originated in the
mind of a hapless plus-one at a real office Christmas party. Plus-One is
standing around with a horrible plastic airplane cup of horrible red
punch. Plus-One doesn't know anybody. And Plus-One starts fantasizing....

Ryan Mueller's Writing: The Fantasy Reading List

Ryan Mueller's Writing: The Fantasy Reading List