Meet Guest Author, Chiara Talluto…

Meet Guest Author, Chiara Talluto from this post on the Story Reading Ape Blog

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I’m not a bestselling author, I’m just a ‘nobody’ who uses storytelling to encourage others to find their purpose and save their souls.”

Hello, my name is Chiara Talluto. I’m a wife, busy mom, author, and a woman after God’s heart. As I ponder this declaration, I find it more appropriate to claim that I am a woman after God’s heart first. He has given me a gift of writing, and I honor Him through my written works. So, pull up a chair and stay awhile.

People often ask what kind of writing I do. I tell them… I write Inspirational/Christian drama empowering women to discover their faith, use perseverance to overcome adversity, and become heroes of their own destinies. I also write middle-grade fantasy-fairy tales to encourage girls in developing strong morals and values, and to always stand up for what is right.

Many, many years ago, I…

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12 Secrets of the Most Fearful – and Successful – Writers

Check out this post from the Novelty Revisions blog with 12 Secrets of the Most Fearful – and Successful – Writers

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1. We don’t remember what it’s like not to feel afraid.

2. We’re not afraid of telling stories. We’re afraid of what will happen when other people read them.

3. Many of us are afraid of being wrong somehow … even when we’re just stating our own opinions.

4. But we keep doing it anyway. Because that’s how writers grow.

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Cultivate Your Audience with this Tip

Check out this post from P.H. Solomon via the Story Empire Blog that tells us how to Cultivate Your Audience with this Tip

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Good morning Story Empire readers, PH here with you today with more tips and information to help you along with your writing career. Since I began self-publishing several years ago, it’s been a long journey of learning, often through trial and error. Because I got off to a slow start marketing my book, there was a steep learning curve. Because of time spent learning, I also became someone more willing to try different things, maybe even make a few more mistakes.

With that understanding in mind, let’s explore a few more things that I’m working through for my marketing. One of my goals is to have more engagement with my reading audience. This is a little tougher than it seems and the fantasy audience for which I write can often be somewhat silent because there are a lot more men reading science fiction and fantasy. Men tend to be less…

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Smorgasbord Cafe and Bookstore – New Author on the Shelves – #DarkHumour Someday Everything Will All Make Sense by Carol LaHines

Check out the new author on the shelves at the Smorgasbord Cafe and Bookstore featuring the book, Someday Everything Will All Make Sense by Carol LaHines

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A warm welcome to a new author on the shelves of the Cafe and Bookstore – Carol LaHines and her debut novel Someday Everything Will All Make Sense 

About the book

Someday Everything Will All Make Sense follows Luther van der Loon, an eccentric harpsichordist and professor of early music, as he navigates the stages of grief after the untimely death of his mother. Luther obsesses over burial practices, rails against the funerary industry, and institutes a personal injury suit against the Chinese takeout whose “sloppy methods” he blames for his mother choking on a wonton. Luther detests modern music and the equal temperament, the tuning fiction upon which it is based. He believes, like Kepler and the greatest thinkers of the Renaissance, that music is to be constructed according to the divine Pythagorean ratios.

One of the recent reviews for the book

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Smorgasbord Cafe and Bookstore – Meet the Authors – #Memoir Chuck Jackson, #Memoir Brigid Gallagher, #ShortStories Anne Goodwin

Check out what’s new at the Smorgasbord Cafe and Bookstore where you can meet authors Chuck Jackson, Brigid Gallagher and Anne Goodwin

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There are over 150 authors in the Cafe and Bookstore and I wanted to keep it to key pieces of information such as buying links, recent review, website and covers. However, I know that readers also like to know more about the background of authors.

In this series during June and July I will share the bios of all the authors in the cafe in a random selection. I hope that this will introduce you to the authors in more depth and encourage you to check out their books and follow them on their blog and Twitter.

Meet Chuck Jackson

Chuck Jackson is a retired accountant living in South East Florida. He graduated from the University of Texas at San Antonio with a BBA in Accounting. He spent the last 25 years of his career working as the Budget Manager for a Special District in Palm Beach County. He was…

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Smorgasbord Cafe and Bookstore – Author Updates – #Reviews – #Contemporary Olga Nunez Miret, #Poetry Frank Prem, #Poetry Balroop Singh

Check out these author updates from the Smorgasbord Cafe and Bookstore featuring Olga Nunez Miret, Frank Prem and Balroop Singh

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Welcome to the Friday edition of the Cafe and Bookstore where I share recent reviews for authors on the shelves.

The first author with a recent review is Olga Nunez Miret – for her contemporary novel – You’re Never Too Old to be A Prom Queen

About the book

Have you ever found yourself in the unenviable position of being told that you are too … (fill in the gap with whichever word fits: young, pretty, thin, fat, short, tall, clever, silly, old…) to do something? Mildred, one of the protagonists of the story, had always dreamed of having a prom. But when she finished her studies, in the UK, that was not the done thing. Now, many years later and with time in her hands after having retired from her full-time job as a nurse, she is still thinking about it. She tells her husband, who is less-than-enthusiastic…

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7 Tips to Writing a Physical Description that Works

Check out this great post from the Legends Of Windemere blog with the topic, 7 Tips to Writing a Physical Description that Works

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Jessica Rabbit (She’s Not Wrong)

Don’t go jumping to the comments just yet.  Jessica makes a good point.  Our characters are what we make them, so we shouldn’t blame them for it.  We do have to be careful on how we go about doing a physical description.  Know what you’re aiming for and make sure it’s what you want.  Of course, none of these tips will matter if you want to keep it as vague as possible.  Now, let’s get to it.

  1. If you’re describing a woman as sexy, don’t fixate the chest, hips, legs, and butt.  Yes, those are factors that should be taken into account if you’re goal is to make a highly attractive character.  Yet, it can also be done with a simple word and then moving on to paint the rest of the picture.  A lot of people will get angry at overly sexual descriptions, so…

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The Importance of the Triple Edit – From the Writers In The Storm Blog

by John Peragine

Completing a draft of a book can feel like you scaled a mountain. You might take a moment to breathe and celebrate. You did it! You are on top, after a difficult climb. And then you notice, as the clouds clear a bit, that you have only scaled the first peak. There are three more even steeper peaks ahead before you can call it DONE! Those triple steep hikes are called editing.

I recommend three different edits completed by three different people. Try to use both men and women and people from different races and backgrounds than your own. They will provide a more diverse edit and provide you a broader perspective on your work.

If you are having the book edited by a traditional press, the process is similar to the experience of self-publishing in which YOU are the publisher.

I don’t recommend skipping any of these edits, because there is nothing worse than a manuscript full of typos, errors, and even plot holes.

Read the rest of this post HERE.

10 Reasons You’re Secretly Afraid to Publish Your Own Writing

Check out this post from the Novelty Revisions blog with 10 Reasons You’re Secretly Afraid to Publish Your Own Writing

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1. You’re not even sure you like it. How do you know anyone else will?

2. You’ve never done it before! You don’t know what to expect! Which is TOTALLY NORMAL! You got this!

3. You don’t want your friends/family to see it. (:

4. You’re worried it’s not going to be “as good as” (insert writer you admire here)’s work.

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Smorgasbord Cafe and Bookstore – Meet the Authors – #YAFantasy Kevin Cooper, #Mystery Mary Anne Edwards, #Historical Apple Gidley

It’s time to meet some authors at the Smorgasbord Cafe and Bookstore featuring Kevin Cooper, Mary Anne Edwards and Apple Gidley

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There are over 150 authors in the Cafe and Bookstore and I wanted to keep it to key pieces of information such as buying links, recent review, website and covers. However, I know that readers also like to know more about the background of authors.

In this series during June and July I will share the bios of all the authors in the cafe in a random selection. I hope that this will introduce you to the authors in more depth and encourage you to check out their books and follow them on their blog and Twitter.

Meet Kevin Cooper

Kevin Cooper is an eclectic author & songwriter. His works are multifarious. He has published fantasy, sci-fi, memoirs and drama in the form of novels, novellas, short stories, poetry and song.

Some of KC’s major influences in literature are JRR Tolkien, Philip Pullman, C.S Lewis, Terry Brooks, and J.K Rowling.

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