#SometimesILie by Alice Feeney #review @alicewriterland @HQStories

Check out the book, Sometimes I Lie, by Alice Feeney, from the Portobello Book Blog

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Sometimes I Lie: A psychological thriller with a killer twist you'll never forget by [Feeney, Alice]

Sometimes I Lie is a psychological thriller from debut author Alice Feeney which seriously messed with my mind. Amber Reynolds is our main character and, as the book cover says, she is in a coma following a serious car crash. Although she is in a coma, she is very aware of her surroundings and can hear what is going on round about her. She can’t quite remember though what happened to put her in hospital and can only start to piece it together from what she hears the medical staff and her visitors say. Amber is that fascinating kind of character,  an unreliable narrator as her memories start to come back piece by piece. While she is in hospital, the chapters are headed ‘Now’. We also have chapters about ‘Then’ following Amber in the few days leading up to her accident and I have to say I really didn’t like…

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What are the types of transcription?

What are the types of transcription?

Check out this helpful post from the Libro Editing blog on Types of Transcription.

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There are many different types of transcription, and when you work as a transcriber, you might be asked to do any or all of them. Later in your transcription career, you may choose to specialise in one, and this can be useful for your career. It’s important to know about the kinds of transcription so that you can provide the best possible transcript for your client – if it’s important to them to include everything everyone says and you do an intelligent transcription, your transcription might not even be any use to them!

The different kinds of transcription

These are the main types of transcription. Be careful, however: some clients might describe these different types in different ways, using different language or explaining what they want rather than using a particular term.

Phonetic / linguistic transcription 

Phonetic or linguistic transcription is a highly specialised form of transcription which records not…

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Road Tales/Rode Tails (23)

Enjoy Road Tales/Rode Tails – Part 23 from Armond Blackwater’s blog

Armond Blackwater

Who Do You Think You Are?

Dynasty members made a pact on our ride back to the Land Beyond Reality that we wouldn’t breath a word of what transpired in New Orleans. We all had girlfriends back in the Twin Ports and if one of us fell we would all fall. The official story was that all we did in New Orleans was play and see the sights. I spent a couple of hours describing the Audubon Zoo to them, Tulane, and the Garden District to add meat to our collective fib.

The only member that didn’t stray while we were there was Jack Ghostly. Jack had a childhood sweetheart named Jackie. Truer soul mates the world has never seen. Although Jack ogled women along with the rest of us he never acted out his lust. He was a great looking guy and could have nailed his share in NOLA…

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Check out these writing tips in this guest post by David Kummer on the Mystery Thriller Week blog.

Mystery Thriller Week

Welcome to this lesson of David Kummer’s writing course. That’s me, by the way. If you have any questions, comments, concerns, success stories, or just something fun to say, email me at davidkummer7@gmail.com. I’d love to talk about anything and everything, especially if that everything has to do with books, basketball, or Chinese food. I am a teenager, after all. So that’s that! Head on down and read what might be the best writing course of your life, but also might be the worst 😉 You won’t know until you try!


When your character cries, the reader should weep. When your character hurts, the reader should feel like dying. When your character succeeds, the reader should celebrate. When your character is real, the reader will love them.


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Review: The Vets at Hope Green (Part Three) – Too Close To Home by Sheila Norton

Review: The Vets at Hope Green (Part Three) – Too Close To Home by Sheila Norton

Check out this review of the book, The Vets at Hope Green, by Sheila Norton, courtesy of the Happy Meerkat Reviews blog


I received a free copy of this book via NetGalley and the publishers Ebury Press.  This is the third part to this series of books, my reviews of parts one and two can be read by clicking here: Part One – Escape to the Country and Part Two – Follow Your Heart.  There’s news about this books series too, all four parts will be available in a full length version novel this June.  Here is my review of part three.

After having a terrible scare with her health Sam invites her friend from London for a visit, but things don’t work out as well as she’d hoped, and there are some revelations.

This is the third part to ‘The Vets at Hope Green’, a four part series of books which is really one book split into four parts. This time Sam is coping with her health scare and her friend…

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More Writing Tips – Part 3

More Writing Tips – Part 3

Tip 21 – Change is Good

Your character should experience or cause a change by the end of the story. If you do this well, it will resonate with your reader.

Tip 22 – Surprise and Satisfy Your Reader.

You can have twists and turns to surprise your reader, but in the very end, give them a satisfying reading experience. You should never have your reader feel disappointment when they finish your book.

Tip 23 – Build Tension and Then Release It

There are a couple of schools of thought on this. I like to have peaks and valleys throughout a book with one large tension arc that lasts through the book.I often use humor to release the tension.

Tip 24 – Use Subplots to Help Your Plot

If there’s an investigation going on, maybe there’s also a budding romance. Maybe there’s a rivalry between two characters that keeps impeding progress. Make it interesting and rich. Remember, real people aren’t one-dimensional.

Tip 25 – Don’t go off on Tangents

Although subplots make you’re writing interesting, going off on too many tangents can make your reader lose interest. You can talk about your character’s love for cooking, but don’t spend two pages taking your readers through the process of cooking a meal unless it’s relevant to your plot or you’re writing a cookbook.

Tip 26 – Don’t be Afraid to Mix it Up

If you’re writing a horror story, you can have something funny happen. If you’re writing a detective story, you can have the character do something outside of the investigation like attend a sporting event or something unrelated. Remember, your characters are human and they do not live a single-threaded life.

bob rossTip 27 – Paint a Vivid Picture of the Surroundings

Whether you are making up the world your character lives in, or you are using a real location, paint a word picture for your reader. You can go to the location and research it if you like or use the place you’re in. I carry a small notebook to make notes about new places I travel to. You never know what might be useful. Another trick, if you don’t travel, is to use Google Streetview. You can virtually drive right down the street in a location and describe what you see in a 360 view. One author who does this surprisingly well is Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, usually at the revelation part of his Sherlock Holmes cases. An author, in my opinion, that occasionally spends too much time on this Dean Koontz.

Tip 28 – Leave Some Room for the Reader To Use Their Imagination

The converse of Tip 27 is to let your readers picture the scene based on their own experience. If you’re at the beach, you can use the term ‘salt air’ and most readers will be able to imagine what it smells like. You can say that a house looked creepy with some sounds, sights, and smells without describing every square foot.

Tip 29 – Always Keep the Hero’s Struggle in the Back of Your Mind

Just like in our day-to-day lives, experiences shape who we are and what we do. Bring this realism to your characters. Recalling their past experiences is also a way to weave in some of that backstory that you’ve been sitting on.

Tip 30 – Your Readers are Not Dumb

Don’t treat your readers like they are stupid. After all, they’re reading a book. Don’t lead them by the nose through things that are general knowledge. Don’t condescend.

How to Get a Great Cover Design for Your Self-Published Book

Check out this post by Kate M. Colby on how to get a great cover design from Ryan Lanz’s blog.

A Writer's Path

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by Kate M. Colby

Readers do judge books by their covers, and your cover is your #1 marketing tool. For new independent authors, acquiring a book cover is a thrilling, but daunting, task. Once your book has a cover, it looks like a “real” book. The cover is something tangible you can show your friends and family — I know for me, my book cover reveal was the moment when my loved ones realized I had actually written a novel.

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