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March 2011 Blog Posts (212)

Wicked Good Amy Faircloth/Joanne Lewis

Two sisters, one story, & plenty of emotion, this is the recipe for Wicked Good. An excellent one at that as this novel is surprising in its quality and ability to not just grab the reader, but evoke a myriad of emotions that range from tears to hope and inspiration to a few smiles and uplifting moments along the way. Did I, the heartless reader and blogger that I am just write tears? Yes, I did and as manly as I am ,if you cannot shed a few tears as you read this novel, well then your…

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Added by Giovanni Gelati on March 29, 2011 at 6:01am — No Comments

Why this explosion of 1st person POV?

 

What is it with these younger writers today who feel they must do a novel in 1st person? Do they feel it makes a personal impact? Is it because the style is all the rage? Or is it sheer laziness of sticking with one character? I vote for the latter - actually a combination of copy-catting a style and laziness. After all, if you write like its your personal journal or diary why care about grammar? It's fast and easy to produce. Slap it together and put it up on Smashwords or Kindle…

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Added by Shawn Lamb on March 29, 2011 at 6:00am — No Comments

Best Practices: Pitching Book Bloggers (Special Report Now Available for Download)

In March 2011, the Saima Agency conducted a survey of 30 book bloggers to find out what constituted the perfect pitch. Book bloggers are experts on pitching books. After all, they receive pitches every single day from publishers, publicists, even directly from authors. Ever wonder what they’re thinking? Well, you should if you are considering asking them to review your book. Simply put yourself in their shoes for a minute – before you send out that pitch.

 

Best…

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Added by Saima Agency on March 28, 2011 at 10:25pm — No Comments

I Listened Momma - Darlene Campbell, Author



I Listened Momma – Review by Martha A. Cheves, Author of Stir, Laugh, Repeat



In I Listened Momma, Chippie Pablos grows into a woman of many dreams and nothing nor no one will take those dreams from her.  She knows that God has put her on earth for a reason and through her faith and determination, he will see her through to the end. …
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Added by Martha A. Cheves on March 28, 2011 at 3:51pm — No Comments

Colossians -- Christos Singularis

The aloneness of the gospel has been a topic of interest and confusion for eons. It was Martin Luther (1483-1546) who coined the term “grace alone” in response to the arguments by a corrupt church that relied upon non-biblical sources to define the biblical gospel. Luther’s concern was to return to the original biblical sources in order to recover the original biblical teachings.

The Reformers proclaimed…

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Added by Phillip Ross on March 28, 2011 at 2:15pm — No Comments

Samaritan State of Mind

Then Jesus answered and said: “A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, who stripped him of his clothing, wounded him, and departed, leaving him half…
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Added by Aaron Jones on March 28, 2011 at 1:16pm — No Comments

Honor your readers

I received an email today from Smashwords. The …
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Added by Donna Marie Williams on March 28, 2011 at 11:28am — No Comments

Q&A with John Locke

-The western, what is the deal on that? Where did that come from?

At the heart of every western a man or woman faces danger, hardship, or overwhelming odds. It’s a timeless theme of courage, especially when their quest takes them into the vast unknown, where they must face the elements and other enemies head on, with little more than a horse, a gun and meager supplies. People always tell me they don’t like westerns, so I thought, why not create the type of western people would like to…

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Added by Giovanni Gelati on March 28, 2011 at 10:30am — No Comments

Going Western

Can a story set in Pennsylvania be considered a Western?

 

Probably not, if you want to get technical. But my publisher Billie Johnson thought Fallen From Grace met the test in spirit if not place and decided to make it the first entry in Wild Oak, the new Western imprint of Oak Tree Press.

 

I couldn’t be happier, because I love the genre. I grew up (and now live again) in a house reputed to have been built by a man who rode with Buffalo Bill. My mother said she…

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Added by J. R. Lindermuth on March 28, 2011 at 9:30am — No Comments

Sleep Well, Lead Well by Yatin J. Patel MD MBA



“Authors - get your own page-turning book-previewing book widget at www.bookbuzzr.com and share your book-extract on over 60 networks such as Facebook, Digg… Continue

Added by Vikram Narayan on March 28, 2011 at 5:16am — No Comments

Self-Published Sunday Joy Spraycar Quicksilver

 

Hey, I didn’t post this early today; I am a bit whooped on from a busy weekend. My youngest daughter had her birthday this weekend, we had a houseful Friday night, and then last night we were partying with Big Daddy Abel, author of the Open Mic series, and the Amish Outlaws at the Parx Casino in Bensalem, Pa. The houseful of people and the birthday celebration were nice; I love having the family around. The concert was intense and jam packed as they turned people away at the…

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Added by Giovanni Gelati on March 27, 2011 at 5:09pm — No Comments

The Tumbleweed Family - A Wyoming Adventure - Sharon Hays, Author

The Tumbleweed Family – A Wyoming Adventure – Reviewed by Martha A. Cheves, Author of Stir, Laugh, Repeat

The adventures of the Tumbleweed Twins Willie and Tillie take place in the beautiful fields of Wyoming.  As they play around and are tossed amongst the beautiful flowers, a gusty wind comes up sweeping them farther and farther away from their home and…
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Added by Martha A. Cheves on March 27, 2011 at 2:51pm — No Comments

Feeling Flush?

My weekend blog post is titled :

Toilets and timid women.

 

Now as you might have gathered, I’m a fan of the Regency. However…and it’s a big but…I wouldn’t want to live there. The reason (or one of them…) the lack of flushing plumbing! I couldn’t be doing with chamber pots, closed stools and ceespits…give me u-bends…

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Added by Grace Elliot on March 27, 2011 at 2:20pm — No Comments

PLACES THAT INSPIRE US

After a recent discussion and the sharing of a few photographs with a friend regarding how our natural and local habitat can inspire us so much, I thought I'd ask the members here to post places that have given them the most inspiration, especially when it comes to writing.

Unless you are living in dense forest or the jungle, I was amazed how similar our areas can be.…

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Added by Mike O'Hare on March 27, 2011 at 1:37pm — 2 Comments

NEWS! Allon book 2 is now on KINDLE

 I'm excited to book a Kindle version of ALLON Book 2 - INSURRECTION out this past week.  Thanks to my hubby for all his hard work in converting the file.  I tried to convince my publisher about converting Allon Book 1, but no amount of persuasion from me or reader have produced an e-book. As such, decided to push ahead with the rest of the series and will be putting out both paperback and Kindle versions.

 

Look for MORE releases in the coming…

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Added by Shawn Lamb on March 27, 2011 at 8:07am — No Comments

How to Create an eBook – 5 Simple Steps

E-books are an amazing product that has multiple uses. And, it can be created for FREE, or for a very minimal amount. What else can you create that costs only your time and effort, and sells for whatever the market is willing to pay?

 

1. Create content

The first step is to create your content; this can be done as a simple word document. The content can be anything you think your readers or target market will want or need. In addition, it can be any length you…

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Added by Karen Cioffi-Ventrice on March 26, 2011 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Digital short Saturday Trestle Press Spring Submission Winner Jeffrey Martin House of Misery

Yesterday I had the privilege of announcing the first winner in the Trestle Press Spring Submission Contest: Jeffrey Martin for House of Misery. Serious stuff and it is an intense read. More on that in a bit. The contest winners will be announced at different times during the week on my blogtalk show The G-ZONE until we reach the conclusion on or around the 15th of April. The submissions were many. They varied in style and substance, and were all together amazing. My experience…

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Added by Giovanni Gelati on March 26, 2011 at 1:35pm — No Comments

What this book is about? It is about the Life, Love, and sacrifices.

What this book is about?  It is about the Life, Love, and sacrifices of a couple when sex leaves their marriage, but ultimately, their relationship evolves into a beautiful friendship.

Added by Alecia Hill on March 26, 2011 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Digital short Saturday Laurie Bowler Across the City Carnage

 

The stories just keep pouring out of Laurie Bowler. As I am writing this post she is releasing The Depths of Darkness, a full length novel (I will be posting on that next week). She also has Across the City, the fourth chapter in the continuing saga ready to edit. I already have the cover done for that bad boy and will put it up on Facebook after I put this post up. Hopefully you will like the cover art. Laurie will be my guest again in April on The G-ZONE, my blogtalk radio show.…

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Added by Giovanni Gelati on March 26, 2011 at 10:30am — No Comments

Digital short Saturday Tom Sumner All I Wanted was a Haircut Volume two

 

For those of you that didn’t tune in on Monday to my blogtalk radios show The G-ZONE, shame on you. Okay, maybe you had something to do, but you can at least listen to it on the archive, who knows maybe you will find another author you find interesting. The reason I am pointing this out is this: Tom gave me a new insight into how and why he writes. I found his answers to my questions compelling as well as very telling and it helped me to appreciate his hard work even more. Here is…

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Added by Giovanni Gelati on March 26, 2011 at 9:04am — No Comments

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