Author Alert: Is Your Book Held Hostage by a Subsidy Publisher?

If you are an author looking for a publisher, PLEASE read this before submitting to any of the companies listed in this article. PLEASE use the links to websites that list “publishers” that are really vanity houses and scam artists. Don’t be fooled if they tell you they are a subsidiary or affiliate of a Christian publisher. Do your homework.

The Book Designer

How to Spell Words Infographic

Click on the link below to see the infograph for this easy solution to spelling problems.

How To Spell Words

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Plagiarism Warning: Romance Writers beware of this lady…

If you are a reader or writer of romance fiction you need to be aware of this.

Kawanee's Korner

Don’t Do This Ever (an advice column for writers): Plagiarism Warning edition

If you’re an author of paranormal, cowboy, SEAL, firefighter, highlander or motorcycle club romances, I urge you strongly to look through the extensive backlist of one Laura Harner, an unusually prolific author of M/M (male/male) romance. So prolific, in fact, that her GoodReads author page lists seventy-five releases since 2010.

If you’re not quick with math, that averages out to 15 novels a year. Some authors do put up those numbers, but their output is considered exceptional. Harner’s output is exceptional for a wholly different reason.

Two days ago, author Becky McGraw accused Harner of plagiarism in a Facebook post:

HOLY CRAP — do people have no morals about STEALING these days? I was just notified by a reader that she started reading M/M romance recently and read a book by another author…

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Looking For a Christian Literary Agent

My novel, Mending Fences, is availabe as an ebook on Amazon. It was published in Kindle format by Amazon. It was enrolled in the KDP program but I removed it because I hope to eventually be able to make it available on other sites as well.

Mending Fences is the fictional story of Robert McGinn and his family. Robert is a Viet Nam vet who, upon returning home after the conflict was declared ended, decided he never wanted to fight about anything, ever again. It left him battle scarred and weak (at least in his own eyes).

Robert is a Christian and a pastor. He is so busy serving the Lord that he is rarely home when his family needs him most. When his little girl dies while he is away, his wife April decides she has had enough of being a pastor’s wife. After the funeral she asks him to leave. April and their son, Jack, go through many hardships while Robert moves from Christmasville, TN to Oregon. They refuse all contact with him.

Seventeen years after the divorce Robert is diagnosed with a terminal illness. He is given three months to live. What will he do? Will his family even care that he is living with a death sentence? Does he want to find out if they care? Does he have enough time left to even bother? And where in the world is God in all of this?

With his faith in God shaken, he sets off on a journey. Where will it take him? Is it possible, or even worth the bother, to try to mend all of the fences in his life? Will the nightmare that keeps haunting him ever stop? It is a nightmare in which he is surrounded by various types of broken down fencing. Though never one to put much stock in dreams, it won’t leave him alone. He must find the answer.

Read the reviews, especially by Arline Chase, publisher of

Matica’s Dreams #3

What a delightful story! I love the way it is written, almost in a sing-song pattern. The magic is captivating, the ending sweet, like the end of a dream.

The Modern Rules of Home Workplace Organization, an Infographic by Emily Johnson

More helpful/needful information from Nicholas Rossis. I don’t know how he finds this information and the graphics, but I’d like to print them all out and put them in a notebook with plastic sleeves. Thanks, Nicholas.

Nicholas C. Rossis

This is a guest post by Emily Johnson, who has produced an awesome infographic with some great ideas on organizing your home workplace Organization. A topic that I find very interesting, as someone who’s worked from home for the past 25 years.

The Modern Rules of Home Workplace Organization

Being a reader of this blog, you must be fond of writing; therefore, it is high on your list. When it comes to writing process, productivity boost is a must.

Here’s the deal: your workplace impacts not only your productivity but creativity as well. Being inspired by the visual guide about writing workplace organization, we’ve made the list of modern rules for a writer to read and save.

  • Keep your writing desk clean;
  • Hide extra stuff into lockers;
  • Use modern gadgets;
  • Decorate your desk with live plants;
  • Select the right color for your workplace walls;
  • Find a place to relax

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Saturday Historical Novelist Interview with Kristin Gleeson

Loved this interview. I want to read all of her books.


kris pool vignette crop1Today’s Saturday Interview guest is historical novelist Jristin Gleeson. Welcome to my blog. Please tell us a little about yourself as writer and as person.Tell us a little about yourself as writer

I am originally from Philadelphia, but I moved to Ireland some time ago and live in the West of Ireland in the Gaeltacht where I teach art, play the harp and fiddle, sing in a choir and write.  I work in a library during the summers most times and am a self-confessed bookaholic and my writing spills over from that.

Why did you choose to write historical fiction?

I love history and have a Ph.D. in it so it was a natural fit for me.  I love so many periods that it was a great way to explore the different time period.

What in particular fascinates you about the era(s) you write about?

I find I enjoy…

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Nancy Drew

I don’t think I ever read these three. Maybe I should go back and try to find them myself. If you are also a fan of those childhood memories, you might want to find the Cherry Ames series. She was a nurse. One year for Christmas my parents got me a set of five books: Heidi, The Five Little Peppers and How They Grew, Little Women, and two other books whose titles are lost in my mental file cabinet.


Don’t ask me why but recently when I was laid up and sick for about 2 weeks, I wanted to read simple and uncomplicated stories. I picked up the “Fourth Estate”  by Jeffrey Archer and the “Child left behind” by Anne Bennet but neither of them gave me that satisfaction that a Pink Whistle or a Famous Five ( Enid Blyton) book could have given me and I was too sick to think of going to a book shop and looking for books with innocence( is what I like to call them).

Finally about a week into my convalescence, I went to the local grocery store book section and found some of my childhood favourite series of books- Nancy Drew by Carolyn Keene. I  used to love these books growing up but never have read the complete series- these books were often not available where I lived.

So I was…

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Author @BRChitwood releases STRANGER ABDUCTION #mystery

Multi-published author and friend, Billy Ray Chitwood, has just released another book. I’m pleased to help spread the news of his mystery called Stranger Abduction inspired by true events.

The history of how this story came to be written is also an interesting one, and you can learn more about it on Billy Ray’s blog.

Now, let’s learn more about Stranger Abduction, and help congratulate Billy Ray on his latest book!

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stranger abduction

Buy the e-book fromAmazon Kindle worldwide

Paperback: Amazon US | Amazon UK

It is a sunny Sunday in May, 1993. After church, a mother and her lovely fourteen-year old daughter walk three miles to a country store for cigarettes and ice cream. It is a walk members of the family often take in this rural Sulphur Springs Valley area of southeastern Arizona near the Mexican border.

The mother and daughter arrive at…

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