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June 2008 Blog Posts (183)

Writing No-Nos

There are certain things many authors do that murders their manuscript. These things can render your manuscript worthless in the site of any legitimate agent or publisher. Some of those no-nos are:



1. Undeveloped characters and/or storylines - if you're going to write, do it well. Take time to give your characters a life of their own. Make sure your story is not too short or too long. Make sure it doesn't leave any unanswered questions, unless of course, you plan to write a sequel or… Continue

Added by Lacresha Hayes on June 26, 2008 at 11:58pm — No Comments

More Book Blog Giveaways for MRS. LIEUTENANT

My last post featured the beginning of a guest post I wrote for the blog Books on the Brain, which is having a book giveaway for MRS. LIEUTENANT with the deadline of June 30.



Here are four other book blogs having a giveaway of MRS. LIEUTENANT in connection with a book review or guest post:



June 30th deadlines:

An Army Wife’s Life at…

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Added by Phyllis Zimbler Miller on June 26, 2008 at 5:23pm — No Comments

Guest Post and Book Giveaway for MRS. LIEUTENANT at Books on the Brain

I have a guest post on Books on the Brain in connection with a book giveaway. Here’s the beginning of this guest post about authors promoting their books:



I’m reading Stephanie Chandler’s new book “The Author’s Guide to Building an Online Platform” with the subtitle “Leveraging the Internet to Sell More Books.” It’s one of several such books I’ve read as well as numerous teleseminars I’ve listened to along with attending John Kremer’s two-day marketing event… Continue

Added by Phyllis Zimbler Miller on June 26, 2008 at 5:23pm — No Comments

The Legend of Aezubah: The Crimson General



Synopsis

Dispossessed at an early age, Aezubah has wandered the world in search of vengeance. On arid mountaintops, remote glaciers and burning deserts he has conquered demons from the edge of creation, wicked sorcerers, and evil kings. As a General, he is beloved of all the warriors who follow him.

But his victories are never final; he goes forth again and again with nothing but his horse, spear and sword, in loneliness and solitude,… Continue

Added by Jean Lauzier on June 26, 2008 at 10:22am — No Comments

A Final Plea for votes from my friends

With just a few days left to vote, I'd like to ask for your support in my novel Purple Death's nomination for the Authors Lounge Best Cover Illustration Award for June. The artwork for the book is by the talented Graeme S Houston, and the voting page can be found at http://www.talauthors.com/TAL/RomanceandMoreAwards.htm



My thanks again to all my friends who've already placed their votes, every one is very much appreciated.



Best regards



Brian…

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Added by Brian L Porter on June 26, 2008 at 8:40am — No Comments

Having A Bad Hair Day

The joy of the Lord is your strength.

Nehemiah 8:10





My little Carson was having a bad hair day today. Literally. And it affected a good part of his day. He is letting his hair grow a bit and it's starting to be a little too long for him to control. He went to bed with it wet last night, so when he woke up this morning, it was sticking up all over his head. He looked really cute, for home. But not for Vacation Bible School. I tried to comb it for him, but he didn't… Continue

Added by Joyce Schneider on June 25, 2008 at 9:00pm — No Comments

Left Hanging?

have my first book published by a small independent publisher. i knew what i was getting into when i signed on and really don't have any complaints. a couple of weeks ago i got a call from him asking if i was interested in becoming an independent contractor with the printer/distributor. he didn't go into it at that time and said he was call back later. i'm still waiting to hear back.



i have called and emailed him repeatedly with no response. (he is in the guard and was deployed once… Continue

Added by deborah thomas on June 25, 2008 at 8:30pm — No Comments

Book Review: Still Life with Elephant, by Judy Reene Singer



Today, we once again welcome our guest blogger, Jennifer Walker, to share one of her book reviews. Be sure to stop by Jenn's site and say hello!



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Book Review: Still Life with Elephant, by… Continue

Added by Michelle L Devon (Michy) on June 25, 2008 at 5:24pm — No Comments

The Best Car Cleaner

Do you know of any? Wish we did. Sunday morning we walked out of the house into a warm sunny day, birds chirping, and a soft breeze blowing. Suddenly, as we reached the driveway, hubby paused and with a calm, cautious, and calculated pitch said, “That’s interesting.”



In the thirty two years I’ve known him, when that tone slips from his lips, there’s something wrong.



Unable to see for obvious reasons, curiosity pricked at me. So my eager questions blurted faster than the… Continue

Added by Janet Perez Eckles on June 25, 2008 at 5:17pm — No Comments

Fixed Mind: Saying No to Yourself Before You Ever Start

I’m a huge fan of the book MINDSET: THE NEW PSYCHOLOGY OF SUCCESS by Carol S. Dweck, Ph.D.



According to Dweck, a person with a growth mindset eagerly tackles new experiences even if that person knows he/she may not at first be successful. A growth-mindset person understands that what’s important is the learning that takes place in trying new experiences. It’s not a question of how smart or how stupid someone is. It’s a matter of willingness to learn new things even at the risk of… Continue

Added by Phyllis Zimbler Miller on June 25, 2008 at 3:08pm — No Comments

First Female Four-Star General Nominated by President Bush



The June 24th Wall Street Journal carried this blurb in the front-page What’s News column: A woman has been chosen for promotion to the rank of four-star general for the first time in American history.



For someone whose novel features the wives of four new army officers in the spring of 1970 and who was there at the beginning of the women’s movement, this was a rather exciting headline.



The Journal article itself described… Continue

Added by Phyllis Zimbler Miller on June 25, 2008 at 3:05pm — No Comments

What type writer are YOU?

I just finished writing the first draft of VEXING THE VISCOUNT, the manuscript that's due to my editor later this summer. I know what you're thinking. "Big Whoop! It's just a first draft." For me, typing THE END is a big deal because of how I write a book.



I'm mostly a linear writer. Once I have a fully developed idea of the plot points and the characters solidly in my head, I start on the first chapter and write the story straight through in order. I sneak back from time to time to… Continue

Added by Emily Bryan on June 25, 2008 at 7:47am — 2 Comments

Be Nice To Someone You Don’t Know Today!

June 25th, 2008

What kind of an idea is that you ask? I will tell you, a good one!! Think about it. If each of us would just go out of our way today ( everyday??) to smile that extra smile, or say that sweet word, or open a door for someone, our world would be brighter. it really does matter.



In my book Polka-dot Star Flowers: Real Help for Real People, I give examples of this. It really does change the atmosphere all around us when we are looking to be nice- to make someones… Continue

Added by Barbara Smith on June 25, 2008 at 7:00am — No Comments

Mayra Calvani Virtual Tour Stops at Fiction Scribe

Hello and welcome to day twenty-five of Mayra Calvani’s virtual tour around the blogsphere!



Join Mayra as she tours with her children’s picture book ‘Crash!’



Today Mayra will be stopping at Fiction Scribe. Show her your support by leaving a comment!



Remember, if you leave a comment on any of Mayra’s tour stops, you will be eligible to win a free gift certificate from Almost Heaven… Continue

Added by JM on June 25, 2008 at 12:00am — No Comments

Interview with Author Michèle Ann Young



Hi, my name is Michèle Ann Young, I write Regency Romances for Sourcebook Inc’s new Casablanca imprint. I grew up in England and majored in History. I now live in Canada with my husband and two beautiful daughters and a Maltese terrier who likes to sit on me while I write.…
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Added by Michelle L Devon (Michy) on June 24, 2008 at 9:52pm — No Comments

Poetry Grows in Carroll Gardens & Park Slope, Brooklyn... I am happy to announce that the Brownstone Poets will be branching out to Carroll Gardens, starting Tuesday, July 22 at 7PM at The Fall Ca…

Poetry Grows in Carroll Gardens & Park Slope, Brooklyn...





I am happy to announce that the Brownstone Poets will be branching out to Carroll Gardens, starting Tuesday, July 22 at 7PM



at The Fall Cafe at 307 Smith Street, Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn.



I will still hold Saturday readings at the Fifth Avenue Restaurant at least once a month until further notice.





Current July Schedule



Next reading in Park Slope:

Saturday, July… Continue

Added by Patricia Carragon on June 24, 2008 at 7:01pm — No Comments

Featured Artist Calendar

Hello everyone. I wanted to send out a calendar of upcoming featured artists. Please let me know if you or someone you know is interested in becoming a featured artist in my eZine. This is free publicity reaching hundreds of people all over the world now! If you are interested, please send an email to info@lynntincher.com.



Again, I would like to thank you all for your continued support and encouragement. I wouldn't be here without you!





June 30th- Klasic

July… Continue

Added by Lynn Tincher, Author on June 24, 2008 at 8:30am — 2 Comments

Learn Something New!

June 24th, 2008

When is the last time you tried something new? Learned something new? Felt excited about life?



Those all go together actually. We were designed to be ever learning and growing. It is in the expanding of our minds that we find the fresh breeze of happiness blowing over us. We were made in the image of God. God is creative! Think of all the beautiful things he made. Did he make one or two types of flowers? One or two types of trees? How many animals can you name?… Continue

Added by Barbara Smith on June 24, 2008 at 7:00am — No Comments

WillowRaven interviews Vivian Gilbert Zabel on Cover Chatter blog.





Late last night, I finally got my interview questions to Vivian for my first post on Cover Chatter and she shot her responses back in short order.



I think this type of… Continue

Added by Aidana WillowRaven on June 24, 2008 at 6:33am — 2 Comments

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