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Jewish National Guardsman Scheduled to Be Deployed Worries That He Won’t Have Enough Prayer Books to Conduct Services in Iraq

My July 23rd blog post “U.S. Military Personnel Trained as Jewish Lay Leaders in Iraq” discussed a July 10th article in the Jewish Daily Forward that I had spotted on (See my blog post at

The Forward article describes how Rabbi Jon Cutler, currently one of three Jewish chaplains in Iraq, had brought together… Continue

Added by Phyllis Zimbler Miller on July 28, 2008 at 1:57pm — No Comments

Biblical Act of Expiation for Killing in Battle Might Have Helped with PTSD

My July 20th blog post talked about post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in military personnel (see I then asked for an opinion from BT, the National Guard infantryman now serving in Iraq who had a guest post here on July 9th (see Here’s BT’s reply to me:

I have mixed feeling about the accuracy of PTSD.… Continue

Added by Phyllis Zimbler Miller on July 28, 2008 at 1:56pm — No Comments

Janet Enos, Maine Author

Hi Folks,

Hope everyone is doing well and selling novels!

Currently, I'm working on Victor's, Beyond Limits, Series 2 and I'm happy to say, things are moving right along. The story is written and the fine tuning has begun. Funny thing about revising . . .it just never seems to be done! Well, getting back to the story . . .I'm in hopes to have it published for the holiday season. It will be close. Wish me well!

Take care!

Added by Janet J Enos on July 28, 2008 at 12:40pm — No Comments

Secrets To a Winning Book Proposal

Calling all non-fiction authors and authors in the making.

Secrets to a Winning Book Proposal

Attract Attention and Get Publishers to say, “YES!!”

Participants will learn the secrets to create a winning book proposal and how to attract the attention of agents and publishers.

• Are you a non-fiction book author seeking to boost your reputation?

• Do you want to know the secrets to creating as successful book proposal?

• Do you want access to a book… Continue

Added by Joanne Victoria on July 28, 2008 at 12:36pm — No Comments

WillowRaven's Back to School Sales Start Today!

I am planning out my calendar for the rest of 2008 now!

If you hope to have a WillowRaven design or illustrated book between now and the end of the year, this may be you final opportunity.

I am offering prices below… Continue

Added by Aidana WillowRaven on July 28, 2008 at 11:00am — 2 Comments

Discussion of out-of-the-box book promotion continues today on MURDER BY 4

Author Karen Dionne is today's guest on MURDER BY 4. Karen is the author of the upcoming release FREEZING POINT (October 2, 2008) and co-founder of the writers organization, Backspace.

Karen's passion for networking and unique take on virtual book tours makes this a fascinating read for all writers regardless of genre and experience!
Hope you'll have a chance to stop by and post a comment.

Added by Marta Stephens on July 28, 2008 at 6:46am — No Comments


"Just a Season" has reached a major milestone entering its second printing. I would like to thank all who have warmly received this wonderful novel. I would like to thank you for your support - now available in paperback ($16.00).

To purchase your copy visit:

Added by John Wills on July 28, 2008 at 5:53am — No Comments

KEY LIME SQUEEZE Casting Contest!

When I write a story, I like to cast the movie at the same time. I know, pretty arrogant to think that one of my books would be made into a movie. But putting a "face" in my imagination as I set up a scene helps me to better project that onto paper. And, from talking to some of my fellow writers, a lot of us fiction writers do the same thing.

So here's my challenge: Cast the movie version of my new novel, Key Lime Squeeze, scheduled to be released in September 2008. So what if… Continue

Added by Ron Adams on July 27, 2008 at 8:16pm — No Comments

Classy Review for Pleasuring the Pirate

I was floored when Paul Norman of Books Monthly said DISTRACTING THE DUCHESS was "one of those rare books that could turn into a modern classic." Now another reviewer has used the "C" word about my PLEASURING THE PIRATE!

"This great Georgian romance is filled with bawdy humor mindful of Fielding’s classic Tom Jones. The banter between the pirate and the courtesan’s daughter is amusing and heated. The story line is fast-paced and never slows down. Emily Bryan provides a powerful… Continue

Added by Emily Bryan on July 27, 2008 at 11:24am — No Comments

Join Me and Other Coming Together Authors/Poets for Radiothon Tonight

Tonight at 9:30-9:45PM Eastern I will be doing a blog radio interview/talk. It is part of a radiothon about Coming Together, the charity anthologies that Phaze publishes and will continue to. From 9PM to 11PM there will be authors calling in and excerpts from many stories and poems, including an excerpt from "Shadow Lover", my sensual fantasy romance story from Coming Together : Under Fire.

You can listen to the live show via…

Added by Pamela K. Kinney/Sapphire Phelan on July 27, 2008 at 10:20am — No Comments

A Study in Red - Another Nomination - Win a Copy of the book!

A Study in Red - The Secret Journal of Jack the Ripper has been named as Book Cover of the Week on the website of Erin Aislinn

The book will now be included in the poll for Erin Aislinn's Book cover of the month for July and the voting will open very soon. Anyone who places a vote for the book will be included in a free draw with one lucky person winning a copy of the e-book edition of the book. I will of course post the link… Continue

Added by Brian L Porter on July 27, 2008 at 10:04am — No Comments

Recent Posts on Writers in the Sky Blog


Added by Yvonne Perry on July 26, 2008 at 9:17am — No Comments

Then (Vietnam War) and Now (Iraq War): Fraternization With the Opposite Sex

An older National Guard soldier due to deploy to Iraq told his wife the following:

What a huge difference between the fraternization briefings I got when we were shipped to Germany in 1976 (an armored brigade to Fulda on the East-West border) and now.

The 1976 briefing was four hours of telling us not to fraternize while assuming we would. The motto then: "Sleep NATO."

The same briefing lasted five minutes this May.…

Added by Phyllis Zimbler Miller on July 25, 2008 at 4:39pm — No Comments

My Favorite Books for Book Marketing


Added by Yvonne Perry on July 25, 2008 at 3:30pm — 2 Comments

How to Win When Hopping in a Cash Cab

What a crazy idea…get unsuspecting folks in a cab and shock them with a surprise chance to win money.

My mom was watching this program, enjoying it to the max. And I wonder what the thrill is. Is it the surprise element? The fact they took a simple, ordinary activity of taking a cab and turned it into an exciting adventure? Or is it simply the potential to gain cash that stirs excitement?

I'd love to ride in a cab, answer questions the correct way, and relish with the… Continue

Added by Janet Perez Eckles on July 25, 2008 at 8:14am — No Comments

Author J D Rhoades guest blogs on the topic of Marketing vs. Connecting

How often have you been invited to sit down with a published author and asked your opinion about anything?

Here's your chance, your invitation to chat with this week's MURDER BY 4 guest blogger J.D. Rhoades, author of BREAKING COVER, published in July 2008 by St. Martin's/Minotaur, and the Jack Keller series of thriller novels: THE DEVIL'S RIGHT HAND, GOOD DAY IN HELL, and SAFE AND SOUND, also from St. Martin 's.

His article… Continue

Added by Marta Stephens on July 25, 2008 at 5:09am — No Comments

What Do You See?

What Do You See?

July 24th, 2008

I have learned an interesting thing in my life. Many things are good or bad depending on who is doing the looking. I am not talking about sin. I realize there are some who want to debate what is sin and what is not, but really that is just words. Even a person who has had no contact with the Bible has deep in them the ability to know right from wrong at its most basic level. This post is not about sin.

I am speaking of something different… Continue

Added by Barbara Smith on July 24, 2008 at 1:07pm — No Comments

U.S. Military Personnel Trained as Jewish Lay Leaders in Iraq

The article about Jewish military personnel in Iraq training as lay leaders caught my eye on – an online resource for Jews in the U.S. military.

I clicked on the link to the July 10th article in the Jewish Daily Forward by Richard Tenorio titled “American Soldiers in Iraq Enlist in a Different Kind of Service.”

Here’s the beginning of the article:

A Jewish… Continue

Added by Phyllis Zimbler Miller on July 24, 2008 at 11:09am — No Comments

Summer Poetry Reading at the Palisades

As you may know, I rarely read my poetry. It's certainly not from lack of love of the genre. But two very special poets have asked me to read at an exceptionally supportive bookstore in Pacific Palisades in a couple of weeks (info below). I hope you'll join us and support our efforts. I'll read a couple of poems from Tracings, a couple from my coming chapbook She Wore Emerald Then co-authored with Magdalena Ball. Maybe a couple brand new ones, too. Please mark your calendars.

Carolyn… Continue

Added by Carolyn Howard-Johnson on July 24, 2008 at 10:25am — No Comments

Victory Over Aquatica

For God hath not given us a spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

2 Timothy 1:7 (KJV)

As I mentioned the other day, the boys and I are in Orlando. As my friend, Cindy, said, "A kid's dream vacation." And she's right. I really didn't plan it that way, but when you have two little boys, well, you do things that they like. And that's okay. I enjoy seeing them happy. I didn't want to spend the whole week at the theme parks, so I told… Continue

Added by Joyce Schneider on July 24, 2008 at 9:55am — No Comments

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