BTS emag July/Aug. edition

Are you still searching for a great read this summer? Have you checked out BTS emags newest edition? If you’re looking for some great romantic reads, check it out here. They have reviews, interviews, and books, books, books!!

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My novel NO SMOKE WITHOUT A FIRE is on sale for only $.99!

Great news!!

My first novel in The Cougar Club series NO SMOKE WITHOUT A FIRE is on sale for the next week for only $.99! That’s $2 off the regular price! Grab this deal while it’s hot, and please help spread the word!

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Book Launch TODAY!

My third novel in The Cougar Club series titled A SHOT IN THE DARK launched today! You can get it as an ebook through Amazon for only $2.99. Check it out and please leave a review if you purchase. 🙂Image

Steven King’s Top 20 Rules for Writing.

I borrowed this post from Open Culture’s webpage. All of these were taken from Stephen King’s 2000 writing guide On Writing.

1. First write for yourself, and then worry about the audience. “When you write a story, you’re telling yourself the story. When you rewrite, your main job is taking out all the things that are not the story.”

2. Don’t use passive voice. “Timid writers like passive verbs for the same reason that timid lovers like passive partners. The passive voice is safe.”

3. Avoid adverbs. “The adverb is not your friend.”

4. Avoid adverbs, especially after “he said” and “she said.”

5. But don’t obsess over perfect grammar. “The object of fiction isn’t grammatical correctness but to make the reader welcome and then tell a story.”

6. The magic is in you. “I’m convinced that fear is at the root of most bad writing.”

7. Read, read, read. ”If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write.”

8. Don’t worry about making other people happy. “If you intend to write as truthfully as you can, your days as a member of polite society are numbered, anyway.”

9. Turn off the TV. “TV—while working out or anywhere else—really is about the last thing an aspiring writer needs.”

10. You have three months. “The first draft of a book—even a long one—should take no more than three months, the length of a season.”

11. There are two secrets to success. “I stayed physical healthy, and I stayed married.”

12. Write one word at a time. “Whether it’s a vignette of a single page or an epic trilogy like ‘The Lord of the Rings,’ the work is always accomplished one word at a time.”

13. Eliminate distraction. “There’s should be no telephone in your writing room, certainly no TV or videogames for you to fool around with.”

14. Stick to your own style. “One cannot imitate a writer’s approach to a particular genre, no matter how simple what that writer is doing may seem.”

15. Dig. “Stories are relics, part of an undiscovered pre-existing world. The writer’s job is to use the tools in his or her toolbox to get as much of each one out of the ground intact as possible.”

16. Take a break. “You’ll find reading your book over after a six-week layoff to be a strange, often exhilarating experience.”

17. Leave out the boring parts and kill your darlings. “(kill your darlings, kill your darlings, even when it breaks your egocentric little scribbler’s heart, kill your darlings.)”

18. The research shouldn’t overshadow the story. “Remember that word back. That’s where the research belongs: as far in the background and the back story as you can get it.”

19. You become a writer simply by reading and writing. “You learn best by reading a lot and writing a lot, and the most valuable lessons of all are the ones you teach yourself.”

20. Writing is about getting happy. “Writing isn’t about making money, getting famous, getting dates, getting laid or making friends. Writing is magic, as much as the water of life as any other creative art. The water is free. So drink.”

New YA Para Romance is about ready.

It has been way too long since I posted. I’ve been writing, editing, writing, working, cleaning, teaching, tutoring. Whew! I’m pooped!

My new YA Para Romance is almost complete. I’ve sent it to critique partners who have suggested I make it a little longer. I thought 65,000 word count was enough, but it seems like I need a minimum of 70,000. Or so I’m told.

I’ve written the query letter, but not entirely happy with it. I’ve sent it to some critique partners to shred it to kibble for me. So far, I’m on course, just a little too long.

I’ve also been editing the third book in The Cougar Club series titled A SHOT IN THE DARK. It’s scheduled for release soon, within the next couple of months.

Here’s hoping everyone’s having a great year, and that the snow hasn’t crippled your travels, etc. Personally, I’ve had a decent year and wishing for more snow. The sad part about living in Tennessee, you rarely see snow. **sigh**

Stay warm, stay healthy, and please, stay SAFE!

 

I Always Thought Something Was Off About My Basement, But I Had No Idea How Terrifying The Truth Was

Like horror? Check this out.

Thought Catalog

I remember seeing the house for the first time. I was a child of seven. My young parents had just bought their first home. I remember I used to hate living in the cramped, dingy apartment we previously inhabited and opened the door to our new home with wide eyed wonder. It blew my young mind how spacious this house was. I went upstairs to scope out my bedroom. I was so excited that I was getting my own room and did not have to share it with my infant brother.

On my grand tour of my new digs, I finally made it down to our basement. The basement was nothing like the rest of the house. The upstairs was elegant and classy. The basement was cold, metallic, and sterile. The ceiling covered in ancient pipes winding in grotesque angles. The floor covered in rough cement. I recall taking a…

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19 Hard Things You Need To Do To Be Successful

This is fabulous, and great advice.

The Luthas Corporation

My goal is for all of us to be happy, successful and grow together.. you can find much more daily motivational material like this here:

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Enjoy the list below 😉

You have to do the hard things.

  • You have to make the call you’re afraid to make.
  • You have to get up earlier than you want to get up.
  • You have to give more than you get in return right away.
  • You have to care more about others than they care about you.
  • You have to fight when you are already injured, bloody, and sore.
  • You have to feel unsure and insecure when playing it safe seems smarter.
  • You have to lead when no one else is following you yet.
  • You have to invest in yourself even though no one else is.
  • You have to look like a fool while you’re looking for answers…

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