ANNOUNCING — Dead of Winter: Journey 4, The Old Road

Check out this exciting announcement from Teagan Geneviene for Dead of Winter: Journey 4, The Old Road. Details are available in this post from her blog.

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Wednesday, April 14, 2021 

The April Journey is finally here!

DoW 4 Wagon Wheel promoPromotional Image by Teagan

Dead of Winter: Journey 4, The Old Road

I never intended to do much writing when I decided to convert this epic novel into an Amazon serial of monthly novelettes.  It was already plenty long.  However, this Journey gave me the chance to tell part of the backstory of two characters — Boabhan and Hallgeir.  To do so, I added an entire chapter, titled “Dig.”  There was already one segment told from Boabhan’s point of view.  

The Boabhan character also designed the wagons in which the Deae Matres travel, hence the wagon wheel in my image.  I suppose it would be fair to say that this novelette features her. 

Journey 4 is notably longer than 1, 2, 3, or 5 (coming in May).  However, it is still novelette-length.

As most of you know, I call the…

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Useful Writing Tools

Check out this great post from Joan Hall via the Story Empire blog titled: Useful Writing Tools

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Hey, SE Readers. Joan with you today. You’ve probably heard the terms planner, plotter, and panster. Some writers must have a detailed outline before writing the first word of a novel. Others write by the seat of their pants and let the story (or characters) determine what happens.

I’m somewhere between. When I begin a novel, I have a general idea of where I want it to go. I name my characters, know the inciting event that propels the lead character into action, and how I want the book to end.

Pansting has its problems. Among them are under-developed characters and flat settings (white room syndrome). Believe me, I’ve struggled with both.

To remedy the problem, I searched for various character sketches and settings tools. Some were too sketchy (pun intended), others too detailed. After being ready to give up, what did I do? Made my own. I took ideas…

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Smorgasbord Cafe and Bookstore – Share an Excerpt from a previous books 2021 – #Memoir – P.S. I Forgive You: A Broken Legacy by D. G. Kaye

Head on down to the Smorgasbord Cafe and Bookstore for the share an excerpt from a previous books 2021 feature. Check out this excerpt from P.S. I Forgive You: A Broken Legacy by D. G. Kaye. Details are in this post from Sally Cronin.

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We put a great deal of effort into promoting our new, recent and upcoming books but often our previous releases get sidelined.

In this latest series I am offering authors in theCafe and Bookstorea chance to promote an earlier book (not your most recent) by sharing an excerpt from the book of 500words. At the end of the post you can find out how to participate.

Today D.G. Kayeshares an excerpt from her memoir P.S. I Forgive You: A Broken Legacy – Debby is taking some much needed time  away from blogging following the passing of her husband, but will respond to your comments when she returns.

About the book

“I hurt for her. She wasn’t much of a mother, but she was still my mother.”

Confronted with resurfacing feelings of guilt, D.G. Kaye is tormented by her decision to remain estranged from her dying emotionally…

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Top Ten Things Not to Do While Birdwatching

Check out John Howell’s TOP TEN THINGS NOT TO DO WHILE BIRDWATCHING from this post on his blog.

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This post was originally run on April 11th, 2016. I hope you enjoy it.

The inspiration for this list is the fact that birds of all kinds are in the process of migration and spring has sprung.  I thought I would start off with a little bird joke.

Vultures
As migration approached, two elderly vultures doubted they could make the trip south, so they decided to go by airplane. When they checked their baggage, the attendant noticed that they were carrying two dead raccoons.

“Do you wish to check the raccoons through as luggage?” she asked.

“No, thanks,” replied the vultures. “They’re carrion.”*

*Courtesy of http://Hungarianbirdwatching.com

Top Ten Things Not to Do While Birdwatching

10 If you are birdwatching, do not leave home without your species checklist. If you do, at best, you will not know the species of birds in your area. At worst, you will broadcast to every watcher…

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Smorgasbord Cafe and Bookstore – Share an Excerpt from a previous books 2021 – #YA #Adventure – Amanda in New Mexico: Ghosts in the Wind Book 6 by Darelene Foster

Head down to the Smorgasbord Cafe and Bookstore where it’s time to share an excerpt from a previous book featuring Amanda in New Mexico: Ghosts in the Wind Book 6 by Darlene Foster
Posted on April 12, 2021 by Smorgasbord – Variety is the Spice of Life.

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

We put a great deal of effort into promoting our new, recent and upcoming books but often our previous releases get sidelined.

In this latest series I am offering authors in theCafe and Bookstorea chance to promote an earlier book (not your most recent) by sharing an excerpt from the book of 500words. At the end of the post you can find out how to participate.

Today Darlene Foster shares an excerpt from book 6 of her YA travel adventure book  series, Amanda in New Mexico: Ghosts in the Wind. Amanda’s latest adventure on the island of Malta is released on May 11th and is currently on Pre-Order
About the book

Amanda Ross is on a school trip to Taos, New Mexico with several of her fellow creative students. She shares a room with Cleo, an anxious classmate who insists she sees ghosts. Although Amanda is…

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What to Do With Books That Are Insensitive to Social Norms

Check out this thought provoking post from John Howell via the Story empire blog with the topic: What to Do With Books That Are Insensitive to Social Norms

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Hi SEers, John here with you today. The last time we were together, I talked about sensibilities in writing. I made the point that authors should be careful when writing characters of a specific race, gender, age, nationality, and sexual orientation because of changing social norms. I also stated that I didn’t believe writers should not exclude themselves from writing about these groups because they are not part of them. If you would like to read that post, you can go HERE.

Today I would like to take it one step further and discuss books written in a different time of our societal development. I intend to explore the idea of what should happen to books or stories that reflected older periods and older thoughts about race, gender, age, nationality, and sexual orientation.

We have heard that Gone with the Wind has come…

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Smorgasbord Cafe and Bookstore – New Book on the Shelves – Pre-Order -#Crime – I Am Mayhem: The Mayhem Series: #4 by Sue Coletta

Check out the Smorgasbord Cafe and Bookstore where there’s a new book on the shelves. You can pre-order I Am Mayhem: The Mayhem Series: #4 by Sue Coletta. Details are available via this post from Sally Cronin.

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Congratulations to Sue Coletta on the forthcoming release for I Am Mayhem: The Mayhem Series: #4 – On pre-order at 99c/99p for April 20th

About the book

As bloody, severed body parts show up on her doorstep, Shawnee Daniels must stop the serial killer who wants her dead before she becomes the next victim.

But can she solve his cryptic clues before it’s too late? Or will she be the next to die a slow, agonizing death?

With crows stalking her every move, Shawnee can barely function. Things worsen when body parts show up on her doorstep. An unstoppable serial killer wants her dead. Mr. Mayhem threatens to murder everyone she loves, sending Shawnee a piece at a time.

As Mr. Mayhem sits in judgement, his cryptic clues must be solved before the final gavel drops. The game rules are simple—win the unwinnable or submit to a slow, agonizing death.

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Smorgasbord Cafe and Bookstore – New Book on the Shelves -#YA – Amanda in Malta: The Sleeping Lady (An Amanda Travels Adventure Book 8) by Darlene foster

Head on over to the Smorgasbord Cafe and Bookstore where there’s a new book on the shelves. It’s Amanda in Malta: The Sleeping Lady (An Amanda Travels Adventure Book 8) by Darlene foster

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Delighted to share the news of the latest release by Darlene Foster – Amanda in Malta: The Sleeping Lady (An Amanda Travels Adventure Book 8) on Pre-Order for May 11th 2021

About the book

Amanda receives a postcard from her best friend, Leah, and is surprised to learn that she is in Malta with her aunt. Reading between the lines, she senses Leah is in trouble. Desperate to help her, Amanda travels to Malta with her classmate Caleb and his parents.

Amanda is intrigued by this exotic island in the middle of the Mediterranean, full of colourful history, sun-drenched limestone fortresses, stunning beaches and fascinating birds. But…who is killing the protected birds? Who stole a priceless artifact from the museum? And why is Leah acting so strange? She couldn’t possibly be involved in these illegal activities, or could she?

Join Amanda and her friends as they visit ancient temples, an…

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Do You Know What To Do When One Of Your Blog Posts Gets Reblogged?

Check out this helpful and insightful post from Hugh Roberts’ blog titled: Do You Know What To Do When One Of Your Blog Posts Gets Reblogged?

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Many bloggers agree that having their blog posts shared is one of the best things that can happen in the blogging world. After all, whoever is sharing the post is putting your work in front of a new audience.

I remember when, for the first time, another blogger reblogged one of my posts. As a new blogger, it was one of the most exciting moments of my blogging journey. Even today, I still get a lift whenever one of my blog posts gets reblogged.

But is there anything you should do when one of your blog posts is reblogged?

Yes!

#blogging #bloggingtips #WordPress
Do You Know What To Do When One Of Your Blog Posts Gets Reblogged?

Unless you’ve switched off your WordPress notifications, you will get an email notification from WordPress when one of your posts gets reblogged. It gives the following information –

  • which post got reblogged

  • who has reblogged it

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Words of Wisdom

Check out this great post from Staci Troilo via the Story Empire blog with the title: Words of Wisdom

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Ciao, amici!

This will not be my usual post. I find myself being very introspective these days. Over the years, there are certain dates that take on different meanings to us. Days that used to mean nothing suddenly mark a happy occasion, like a baptism or anniversary. And days that used to mean something special we stop giving meaning to or try to forget.

As we get older, I’m not sure where our birthdays are supposed to fall. I know as a child, I wanted to grow older. I couldn’t wait to reach double digits. Then to be an official teen. Then sixteen, then eighteen. Twenty-one. By the time I reached a desirable age, time had speeded up and obligations had piled up and I wasn’t able to enjoy the age I wanted to be because it had already passed me by.

I turned 50 on April 4. My life…

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