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March 2008 Blog Posts (180)

The Charms of Written English (Satis Shroff, Freiburg)

The Charms of Written English (Satis Shroff)

Words and expressions change their meanings when a language leaves its native environment and the meanings change and are lost in translation, creating embarrasing, humorous situations. Speech is a cacophony of noises, rhythms and tunes, whereas the printed page is what it is. English is a global language spoken by almost 2000 million people. Daniel Defoe defined this hybrid language as a… Continue

Added by Satis Shroff Lecturer, Writer on March 3, 2008 at 3:16pm — No Comments

You’re Held Up by the Word of His Power

The world and everything in it is constantly changing. In a flash of a moment disease and calamity of every kind can strike.

According to the Bible there shall be wars and rumors of wars. Nation shall rise against nation, and kingdoms against kingdom, and there shall be famines, and pestilences and earthquakes in diverse places – and so much more bad news. (Mat. 24: 6 – 11) But in the midst of these warnings, Jesus said: “See that ye be not troubled”

Now, it’s one thing to… Continue

Added by Ann Stewart on March 3, 2008 at 1:00pm — No Comments

First VBT Day

Today is the first official day for my virtual tour for THE BREKLEBY PRESS.

You can read my post on This will be my base host site along with several others who will be hosting me. I will be talking about some of my other items including radio interviews, a couple of poems and short stories plus excerpts for two upcoming novels. If you are interested in having me as a guest host, feel free… Continue

Added by deborah thomas on March 3, 2008 at 10:00am — 2 Comments

St. Paddy's Day is Almost Here!

With St. Patrick’s Day just around the corner, you can be sure I’m excited and already getting ready for my favorite day of the year! This year St. Paddy’s day will be celebrated on March 15th, rather than the usual date of March 17th. This is to avoid it falling on the Holy Week of the Catholic Church. The last time this happened was in 1940 to avoid it falling on Palm Sunday. So the year 2008 is a special year, indeed! And even if you’re not Irish, it’s a wonderful excuse to let go and have… Continue

Added by Amber T. Kingston on March 3, 2008 at 7:27am — No Comments

Let's Talk Spiritual Wealth

Alicia Hill Jones is going on a virtual book tour! I’m promoting my debut novel, Blessings of Purpose and would love to stop by your blog spot. The tour begins Monday, March 10, 2008 and will end on Friday, March 21, 2008.

Here are some of the themes covered in Blessings of Purpose:

• Teen & Young Adult Relationships

• Finding your purpose and setting goals in life

• Using your gifts and talents towards fulfilling your purpose

• Faith’s role in achieving and… Continue

Added by Alicia Hill Jones on March 3, 2008 at 7:04am — No Comments

Free Advertising for your book

I recently came across
This site will advertise your book for free, plus displaying your cover and a link to your website or other point of sale. I highly recomend it.

Added by Brian L Porter on March 3, 2008 at 6:41am — No Comments


Growing with Joe is the story of a courageous woman who has been forced to deal with the diagnosis of CP with her young son. In it the author describes her fears and feelings of this disorder from denial to anger to acceptance. The reader can easily see how this affected not just the author but her entire family. Every day was a struggle with trying to get her son to be as normal as possible and finally coming to terms with his speciality no matter what and being the best parent she… Continue

Added by Danielle on March 2, 2008 at 9:19pm — No Comments

Book Reviews

Does anyone know of sites that review mystery books?

Added by Kim Smith on March 2, 2008 at 9:06pm — 1 Comment

I've just been slapped around...

Big time! Let me tell you how. I just got a call from my daughter-in-law. She and my son are miserably sick (probably the yucky bug that’s on the prowl).

"Do you think we can come over so you can watch the baby?"

When my daughter asked that question, my heart just about jumped through my throat with delight. (That’s a symptom of a being first time grandmother). Of course I agreed.

And once I hung up the phone, my mind went to fast mode: re-arranging my plans for the… Continue

Added by Janet Perez Eckles on March 2, 2008 at 3:08pm — No Comments

Writers helping writers

In a recent Publisher’s Weekly article, the notion of writers reviewing one another’s books, or supporting each other was dealt with as a negative thing. So when the good folks at Murder by 4 asked me to do a guest blog, I knew I had to write a counter piece on the value of writers supporting one another. The crux of the blog is that “without the support and community of like-minded authors, there’s… Continue

Added by Magdalena Ball on March 2, 2008 at 2:29pm — 1 Comment

Website News

My website is finally back up! Just an FYI if anyone is looking for a web designer/host do not use the company Boston Dedicated. The owner is a shady con artist who tried to extort money from me and shut down my site because I didn't pay him an exorbitant amount of $$$ to buy my domain name from own name!

After many frustrating months and not paying one cent to an extortionist, I now own my domain name and my site is back up! yay me! Maybe nice guys don't… Continue

Added by Michelle Kane on March 2, 2008 at 2:04pm — No Comments

Check Me Out at the Virginia Festival of the Book In Charlottesville, Virginia

I'll be at the Virginia Festival of the Book on both March 28th and Saturday, march 29th. On March 28th I'll be on a panel, Traveling Historic Virginia: Sites and Tales with Authors Jean L. Cooper (A Guide to Historic Charlottesville & Albemarle County, Virginia) and Donna Akers Warmuth (Legends, Stories and Ghostly Takes of Abingdon and Washington County, VA) at the Sun Bow Trading Company 110 W. South Street


On the 29th I'll be in the morning at the…

Added by Pamela K. Kinney/Sapphire Phelan on March 2, 2008 at 9:00am — No Comments

Internet Radio Show

I've started a show on Blog Talk Radio called Meet The Author. It's a half hour interview program during which I chat with with guest published authors. It's all done by phone and it doesn't cost anything accept the call in number isn't toll free. So, depending on your calling plan there could be a charge.

All shows are archived within minutes of completion and can be played back as a podcast or downloaded and used for promotional purposes.

If you're a published author -… Continue

Added by Dennis N. Griffin on March 1, 2008 at 8:55pm — No Comments

Watch for This Great New E-Book Full of Winning Ideas


For Immediate Release

Contact: Kathe Gogolewski


TRI Studio Announces Winners of the Out-Of-The-Box Promotion Contest For Writers

March, 2008 TRI Studio LLC announces the winners of the Out-of-the-Box Promotion Contest for Writers, featured in The Fiction Flyer, a free e-zine for writers at… Continue

Added by Carolyn Howard-Johnson on March 1, 2008 at 7:54pm — 10 Comments

Grumbling about Gambling

I never considered myself a gambler. I've never played cards for money, never placed a bet, never bought a lottery ticket (except to support some school project, considering the money spent as a donation). So, what do I do? I take the biggest gamble in my life - start a publishing company. It's not a subsidy company or a authors-pay-for-umpteen-million-copies-up-front company. We pay royalties and edit everything and expect high quality books.

If I could get some gamblers to take a… Continue

Added by Vivian Zabel on March 1, 2008 at 4:52pm — No Comments

A Conversation With Michele Green and Steven Eric Batts

Here's your chance to listen in on the conversation I had with authors Steven Eric Batts and Michele Green on Author Speak with Michele Green. We had a lively discussion about my book Painting The Invisible Man, Michele's book,… Continue

Added by Rita Schiano on March 1, 2008 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Lake to see natural ebbs and flows again?

After a five-year $27 million study, the IJC (International Joint Commission), governing body of the St Lawrence Seaway, which extends from Montreal as far west as the Welland Canal connecting Lakes Ontario and Erie, will next month propose changes in the the rate of discharge from Lake Ontario.

Three possible courses of action are seen: leave things pretty much the same; increase the overall volume of outflow; or tweak the current program. A fourth possibility, reduce total outflow,… Continue

Added by Art Tirrell on March 1, 2008 at 4:23pm — No Comments

Writing is like Stripping . . .

You expose yourself little by little with words.

I'm not talking about sex scenes, either. Even without conscious effort, a writer's unique take on the world comes out in our stories. There is no hiding. It'll happen even if you try not to let it.

So if you want a writing career, the sooner you get used to the idea that you're going to put yourself out there for folk to slice and dice, the better off you'll be. To that end, let me suggest one of the best ways to get used… Continue

Added by Emily Bryan on March 1, 2008 at 1:50pm — 2 Comments

Win a copy of my forthcoming release 'Glastonbury'

WIN A COPY OF 'GLASTONBURY' BY BRIAN L PORTER! Rain Publishing have generously agreed to donate an advance copy of 'Glastonbury' to the winner of this simple to enter competition. In order to have a chance of winning a first edition of this latest mystery thriller from the pen of Brian L Porter, just follow the simple entry rules below. No purchase is necessary to enter the contest.

The contest:

Contained within the pages… Continue

Added by Brian L Porter on March 1, 2008 at 11:02am — No Comments

Please Vote for My Book Cover, Enchantment's Embrace

My book cover is up for a vote for Best Book Cover. It would be great if all my blog readers clicked on the link, or copy/paste and go over to The Authors Lounge and voted for Enchantment's Embrace. Once you get on the page, scroll down and there's a place on the left sidebar to vote. It's going from March 1st to the 31st. Please go there now so you can vote. This is the second book in my Enchantment Series, and it would be great to win! Thanks to all of you in… Continue

Added by Mary J. Dressel on March 1, 2008 at 7:53am — No Comments

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