When You Buy A Book, You Buy A Promise – Guest Post by Jaq D Hawkins…

Head over to The Story Reading Ape blog to check out When You Buy A Book, You Buy A Promise, a Guest Post by Jaq D Hawkins

Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog

I recently came across a phrase somewhere on social media, “When you buy a book, you buy a promise.”

It started me thinking about what we promise to readers when we sell them a story. While we all know that book ‘buying’ is a separate hobby from book ‘reading’, every author has to assume that sooner or later, the reader will make time to read the stories they buy and the manifestation of the promises in the book description will determine whether they ever want to read another of the author’s books again.

The purpose of a book description goes beyond just making a sale. The description sends the reader’s imagination into speculation about the story to come. This raises expectations in the reader’s mind. To some extent, the reader has already told themselves a story before the author gets a chance to give them the details and a few…

View original post 611 more words

The Delta Pearl 75 — Pin

Check out The Delta Pearl 75 – Pin by Teagan Riordain Geneviene from this post on her blog.

Teagan's Books

Saturday, June 12, 2021

Composite image by Teagan R. Geneviene, sourced via PixabayComposite image by Teagan R. Geneviene, sourced via Pixabay

Welcome, my chuckaboos. I hope everyone is safe and well.  The Delta Pearl is almost ready to come into dock.  It’s been a complex story, stretching over many months.  For quite some time, I’ve only been able to offer extra-short episodes.  Happily this one is a normal serial-sized length. 

I’m about to unearth some details from the past, as I tie-off the many threads of this story.  If you didn’t see the recap last weekend, it might be helpful to you.  Use the “Delta Pearl” category on the right margin as a shortcut to all the chapters.

Previously

Clockwork creatures continued to emerge from corners and hidden crannies.  A silver swan, a citrine bumble bee, and a sapphire bluebird flew to perch on Cécile’s outstretched arms.  A moonstone monkey, a rainbow fluorite rabbit, a small rose quartz…

View original post 2,106 more words

Accompanying the Writer

Check out this through-provoking post from Gwen Plano via the Story Empire blog titled: Accompanying the Writer

Story Empire

Hello SE friends. Gwen with you today. You might recall that my last several posts focused on typology and how our unique nature affects our writing style. Whether we’re analytical or fanciful, detailed or vague, or have an introspective or other-centered outlook, our fundamental way of approaching life is present in how we write. This fact leads to another consideration. Does our typology guide what or how we read?

It seems only logical that we’d be drawn to those books that resonate with our nature. If we’re more extroverted, for example, wouldn’t we gravitate to a book with a lot of action or engagement? Perhaps a passionate romance or a fast-paced thriller? Maybe …

When I investigated buying patterns, though, I discovered something I hadn’t realized. Indie writers publish around two million books each year. The reading choices are endless, and with just a simple visit to Amazon, a book can…

View original post 450 more words

Smorgasbord Cafe and Bookstore – Meet the Authors 2021 – #Memoir Marian Longenecker Beaman, #Prehistoric Jacqui Murray, #Memoir Patty Fletcher

There is a lot happening at the Smorgasbord Cafe and Bookstore where you can Meet the Authors 2021 featuring Marian Longenecker Beaman, Jacqui Murray, and Patty Fletcher

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

Over the summer I will be updating author’s details in the Cafe and Bookstore and also sharing their bios, books and recent reviews with you in this series…

Meet Marian Beaman


Marian Longenecker Beaman is a former professor at Florida State College in Jacksonville, Florida. Her memoir records the charms and challenges of growing up in the strict culture of the Lancaster Mennonite Conference in the 1950s. Marian shares her story to preserve these memories and to leave a legacy for future generations.

She lives with her artist husband Cliff in Florida, where her grown children and grandchildren also reside

One of the recent reviews for Marian’s memoir

Joy Nwosu Lo-BamijokoVINE VOICE 4.0 out of 5 stars An Eye-Opener!  Reviewed in the United States on March 11, 2021

This book was a learning process for me. First, I have never heard of the Mennonites until I read this…

View original post 1,514 more words

Smorgasbord Cafe and Bookstore – Meet the Authors 2021 – #Poetry M.J. Mallon, #Fantasy A.J. Alexander, #FamilySaga Judith Barrow

Head over to the Smorgasbord Cafe and Bookstore to Meet the Authors Featuring M.J. Mallon, A.J. Alexander, and Judith Barrow

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

Over the summer I will be updating author’s details in the Cafe and Bookstore and also sharing bios, books and recent reviews with you in this series…

Meet M. J. Mallon

I am a diverse author who blogs at: M.J. Mallon. My interests include writing, poetry, photography, and alternative therapies. My favourite genres to write are: Fantasy YA, Paranormal, Ghost and Horror Stories and I love writing various forms of poetry and micro poetry – haiku and Tanka and flash fiction.

I am proud to be included in the best selling horror anthology Nightmareland which received best seller status with best-selling author Dan Alatorre at the helm.

It is one of my greatest pleasures to read and I have written over: One hundred book reviews

I write collaborative articles celebrating the spiritual realm and love of nature and all things magical, mystical, and mysterious. I am a member of…

View original post 1,025 more words

Smorgasbord Cafe and Bookstore – New Book on the Shelves – #Contemporary – Matilda Windsor Is Coming Home by Anne Goodwin

Head over to the Smorgasbord Cafe and Bookstore to check out a New Book on the Shelves Featuring: Matilda Windsor Is Coming Home by Anne Goodwin

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

Delighted to share the news and an early review for Matilda Windsor is Coming Homea contemporary novel by Anne Goodwin.

About the book

“In the dying days of the old asylums, three paths intersect.

A brother and sister separated for fifty years and the idealistic young social worker who tries to reunite them. Will truth prevail over bigotry, or will the buried secret keep family apart?

Told with compassion and humour, Anne Goodwin’s third novel is a poignant, compelling and brilliantly authentic portrayal of asylum life, with a quirky protagonist you won’t easily forget. Published by Inspired Quill.”

One of the recent reviews for the book

Lsb23 TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE4.0 out of 5 stars A heartfelt tale  Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 29 May 2021

Matilda Windsor Is Coming Home is mainly set in a psychiatric hospital for long stay patients. Matilda has been…

View original post 266 more words

#TenThingsYouMayNotKnow – About Jeanne Owens

Check out this great feature on Marcia Meara’s blog titled: Ten Things You May Not Know – About Author Jeanne Owens

The Write Stuff

Please welcome today’s guest, Jeanne Owens, the first brave soul to share ten things about herself that you might not already know. Jeanne, I commend you for emailing me right away, and I’m happy to share your list with everyone. 

Ten Things You May Not Know About Me
by Jeanne Owens

1. I was born and raised in Virginia, and still live there.

2. My first time flying was when I went to Ireland in 2004 as part of a study abroad trip with a group from a local community college. I’d love to go back again someday.

3. I am interested in the paranormal, and have had a couple of odd experiences but I’m not sure if they were really paranormal or not.

4. I’m an amature photographer and love taking photos of nature and the moon.

5. I’m a bit of a geek, enjoying among other things: Star…

View original post 222 more words

A Little More About the Hierarchy of Needs

Take a deeper dive in this post from John Howell via the Story Empire blog titled: A Little More About the Hierarchy of Needs

Story Empire

Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share similar to 3.0 Unported license.

Hi, SEers John with you again. My last post opened a discussion of Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs related to our writing job. If you missed the post, HERE it is again.

This time I hope to have a little discussion of each of the pieces of the Pyramid so that an idea may be generated on how movement between the levels can be a more controlled process.

Physiological Needs

We all agree the writing job is a tough one. Can you imagine trying to get in a fully creative posture if you don’t know where your next meal is coming from or experiencing homelessness? It is pretty tough to even think about writing when these conditions are present. Granted, not many of us have these basic dire situations, but there are subtle situations that can serve to keep you…

View original post 678 more words

Smorgasbord Cafe and Bookstore – New Book on the Shelves – #Fantasy – The Man Who Found Birds among the Stars, Part Eight: Rare Birds: A Biographical Fiction by Lorinda J. Taylor

Head over to the Smorgasbord Cafe and Bookstore for a New Book on the Shelves – The Man Who Found Birds among the Stars, Part Eight: Rare Birds: A Biographical Fiction by Lorinda J. Taylor

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

Delighted to share the news of the latest release by Lorinda J. Taylor,  The Man Who Found Birds among the Stars, Part Eight: Rare Birds: A Biographical Fiction

About the book

First contact has taken place and the occupants of the alien ship are giant Birds. While nothing could make Capt. Robbin Nikalishin happier, the Ariana remains marooned on a moon in the Epsilon Eridani system and is running out of oxygen. The crew works furiously to learn how to communicate with the extraterrestrials (the most important element of a first contact), but not all the denizens of the Ariana are as pleased with the situation as Capt. Robbie is. Ian Glencrosse has failed in his attempt to sacrifice himself to save the mission and he remains convinced the death of everyone aboard is imminent. Meanwhile, another member of the mission devises a more ominous plan to “save” Earth from…

View original post 415 more words

How To Make The Images In Your Blog Posts More Powerful

Check out this very helpful post from Hugh Roberts titled: How To Make The Images In Your Blog Posts More Powerful

Hugh's Views & News  

Did you know that you can make the images on your blog posts drive even more traffic to your blog, book page or your online store? They’re not there just to be looked at and admired.

Usually, when I click on an image or a photo on a blog post, all I get is a duplicate version of what I’m looking at. I feel like I’ve been taken down a dead-end road!

What could have happened is that when I clicked on an image or photo, I’m taken to another blog post, website, or even where I can buy the book of the cover I’m looking at.

Adding a pingback to images or photos is the answer. But how do you attach a pingback to an image?

Banner for the blog post 'How To Make The Images In Your Blog Posts More Powerful'
How To Make The Images In Your Blog Posts More Powerful

Not sure what a pingback is? My post ‘How To Create…

View original post 656 more words