A Little Help From My Friends

Yay! I got my email inbox down to under 1500.  I can breathe and begin to concentrate on my writing again (at least until it gets backed up again).

I’m writing a trilogy with the continuing premise throughout the series that “the sins of the fathers are passed down to the third and fourth generation.”

The protagonist in Book I is Keith Innes Mackenzie, Mac for short. This is an adult series, dealing with issues that adults deal with but which affect their offspring for generations. I believe that some sins are generational curses. The original sin in this series is incest. Mac’s father is also his grandfather. I don’t write erotica and will not go into any details in the book other than to bring this out during Mac’s adult life. He has never known his grandfather/father. When his mother realized she was pregnant she fled Scotland (1837) via England and ended up in America. After she dies he finds her journal and learns the truth.

I’m putting this out there for all of you writers/authors out there, seeking your input. In my novel, Mending Fences, the opening scene is the anchor scene for the entire book. But I’m having a very hard time deciding on the anchor scene to set the tone for this book. What would you do with this background during this time period in history? How would you open it?

I will custom make bookmarks and mail them or send in an attachment to be printed on your own printer, to the first five people to respond. I promise not to copy your idea, but will give each one consideration and possibly tweak it for my own use. If you have written a novel (no occult themes or erotica, and please no foul language) I will gladly promote it on all of my social media.

Thanks in advance for your participation. Happy writing.

Rave Reviews Book Club Wants You – #RRBC

This sounds great. I’m going to check it out. Started to read “My Grl” and am very intrigued. Will be purchasing the book. Mr. Howell has my attention.

Fiction Favorites

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As you may know, I am a member of the Rave Reviews Book Club. What you may not know is the reason I joined and what the Club has meant to me. Let me clear these last points up.

I joined Rave Reviews Book Club to become associated with like-minded writers who were interested in promoting each other’s work. At the time, I looked at some organizations and had made the decision not to associate myself with them due to what I considered unusual quid pro quo requirements.

By quid pro quo, I’m referring to the practice of following each other if followed, reviewing each others books if reviewed and other scratch my back, and I’ll scratch yours kind of programs. At the time, these practices seemed a little shady to me and so I passed.

Then I had a chance to read a blog by an RRBC member and…

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The 2016 Publishing Shift

Thank you so much for keeping us informed about the ever-changing publishing industry. It helps to know how things work and what no longer is effective. Re-blogged from writenook.wordpress.com

The Write Nook

In any industry, there is such a vast amount of knowledge that you should know in order to be successful in it. Knowing what’s ‘in’, what’s ‘out’, what’s ‘hot’, and what’s ‘not’ is essential. Publishing is one of those industries, for better or worse. It’s exciting to watch the publishing market evolve over time, but it can also leave you staring at your computer screen asking yourself, “Wait, when did that become a thing?” In publishing, trends happen fast and we need to be able to catch them while they are still here. Lucky for us publishing professionals and authors, we have awesome people sifting through this information for us- like the wonderful people at Written Word Media. They have read through all the most important articles (like those by Mark Coker Jane Friedman, and Joanna Penn) about the publishing industry going into 2016 for us. I wish everything…

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Six Common Writing Mistakes and How To Fix Them

More great writing advice. Can’t stop re-blogging; it’s all important and necessary (at least for me). Re-blogged from Shirley-mclain.net

Shirley McLain

We all made mistakes as beginner writers and I still do even though I’ve been writing a number of years now. It’s always nice to get reminders of what type of mistakes top writers and editors find consistently. It’s even better to find out how to fix them. The craft of writing is a continual learning process.  When you stop learning. lay down your pen. Have a blessed day.  Shirley

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Today, one oLourdes Venardf our most experienced editors on Reedsy shares some invaluable advice for first-time authors! Lourdes Venard specializes in crime fiction, science fiction, Young Adult, memoirs, and other nonfiction. She also teaches for the University of California, San Diego’s copyediting certificate program.

When it comes to writing, every writer is unique. But mistakes made by first-time authors are not as unique. In a very unscientific poll, I asked fiction editors which errors they come across the most often…

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Practical Tips on Writing a Book from 23 Brilliant Authors

Awesome advice for writers of an genre. Re-blogged from Shirley-maclain.net.

Shirley McLain

We are always wanting to glean what other authors know about writing.  This blog by Steve Silberman gathers together authors and has them give suggestions on how to improve your writing and make your book great. I thought it was something worth sharing. Have a blessed day.  Shirley

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I love books. My late father Donald, who taught Wordsworth and Melville to inner-city kids for decades, used to read Ulysses to me while he carried me on his shoulders. Perhaps it was inevitable that I grew up to be a writer. Now, after years of investigative reporting for Wired and other magazines, I’m finally writing a book of my own.

The subject of my book is autism, the variety of human cognitive styles, and the rise of the neurodiversity movement. The seed of the project was an article I wrote for Wired in 2001 called “The Geek Syndrome” about autism…

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8 Words to Seek & Destroy in Your Writing

Thank you so much for sharing this. Some of these words I use; some I don’t. I’m reblogging to keep this handy for my own practice.

Shirley McLain

This is a piece previously posted by Robbie Blair that contains useful information that I want to share with you. Since I’m in the process of doing my final edit on Princess Adele’s Dragon I found this article helped me.  Maybe it can help you also.  Have a blessed week.  Shirley

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Creating powerful prose requires killing off the words, phrases, and sentences that gum up your text. While a critical eye and good judgment are key in this process, some terms almost always get in the way. Here are eight words or phrases that should be hunted down in your story and deleted with extreme prejudice.

“Suddenly”

“Sudden” means quickly and without warning, but using the word “suddenly” both slows down the action and warns your reader. Do you know what’s more effective for creating the sense of the sudden? Just saying what happens.

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[Flash Fiction/FFFAW] When You’re Stuck In Life

How lovely and unique in viewpoint. I love it! Reblogged from jademwongwordpress.com

Jade M.Wong

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We don’t particularly like this sidewalk. The concrete floors get in the way of our roots and the black gates shut us out from the sun’s nourishing rays. Life, however, is about being stuck somewhere you never asked to be stuck in and making the best of it.

Some people make it a little harder to be positive, like the naughty child who marched up to me this morning and ripped off a leaf from my stem. I flinched in pain, which I knew looked like I was swaying in a random breeze. Nobody knew it hurt when they plucked off our leaves or petals because they never saw our pain.

Some people make it a little easier, like the curious child who picked up my leaf and exclaimed that it was the most perfectly formed leaf ever. I beamed with pride knowing that even my broken pieces…

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Liberation-

A poem of hope for abused women. God loves you and His plan for you is to be treated with love, grace, mercy, and respect. Scripture says wives are to obey their husbands, but it also says a husband is to love his wife the same way Christ loves the church. Jesus never abused anyone. No one deserves to be abused.

Randoms by a Random

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I see you conceal dark circles
And apply your mascara,
I hear you silence your sniffles
With pillow every night,
I see you cover with henna
The bruises on your arms,
But I know, oh mother
Who the knight Is In the battle.

He calls you names like lousy
Scarring you with his venom,
And he claims he does love you
Body and soul, fist and punches,
You take his storm and thunder
Shielding us under the weather,
Love and mercy go hand in hand
And his is just one sided.

He exposes your errors
Shaming you even in public,
And you shrink with every word
Antagonizing your existence,
And your kids are your solace
To us, you are a temple,
You’ve been fighting this battle
We say- it’s time you retire.

He can’t hurt you anymore
For your kids will be your armor,
And the patience you practiced
From…

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FREE -New Short Story Anthology – Seasons: A Multi-Genre Story Collection Volume One.

Thanks for sharing this. Re-blogging to get it more attention. Blessings.

Smorgasbord - Variety is the spice of life

Seasons Vol 1 - FinalNine New Stories in Six Popular Genres. Whether you enjoy mystery, romance, fantasy, or paranormal, this collection has something for you. Contributing authors are Debbie White, Jeffrey Collyer, Marla Bradeen, Bokerah Brumley, Lea Doue, Michelle Bolanger, Ava Mallory, Myra Kendrixand Lisa B. Thomas.

About the Anthology.

Escape into this seasonal-themed short story collection. Nine authors have teamed up to offer you fresh, new stories in a variety of genres. In this flinch-free fiction set, every featured story is proud to be a clean read, free from harsh language, sex, and graphic violence.

This collection is only available for a limited time, so read it now while you can!

WINTER

Saving Peters Tree Farm (contemporary romance): Charlotte is determined to help the family’s struggling Christmas tree farm. What she doesn’t expect is an old love interest to come back into her life, only to steal her heart once again.

Mistress…

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My Monday guest, Christoph Fischer, author of historical novels and contemporary family dramas

This is a great interview with a great author. Chris, I hope you have mega sales!

Siobhan Daiko

I’m absolutely delighted to welcome Christoph Fischer today. Christoph was born in Germany, near the Austrian border, the son of a Sudeten-German father and a Bavarian mother. Not a full local in the eyes and ears of his peers, he developed an ambiguous sense of belonging at home in Bavaria. He moved to Hamburg in pursuit of his studies and to lead a life of literary indulgence. After a few years he moved on to the UK where he now lives in a small town in West Wales. He and his partner have three Labradoodles to complete their family.

Christoph worked for the British Film Institute, in Libraries, Museums and for an airline.

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How would you describe yourself as a colour, Christoph?

Warm but dark blue canvass oil. I like the idea of a solid consistency as opposite to runny water but I like that oil can have light or…

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