One of the eternal questions about writing is how to go about the messy business of actually putting stories together. The kind of books I write are slippery to plot: character-driven fiction is focused on following a character’s personal growth and has a lot less plot-based oomph than some genres (genres like thriller, fantasy, “active” romance). When I was writing The Sock Wars – which took me almost six years – I found it difficult to find the story arc. I was working full-time and … [Read more...] about Guest Post by by Maia Sepp How to Write by the Seat of Your Pants: Outline or No?
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Lucy Tuttle is a workaholic financial planner whose biggest worry is how to line up the sticky notes on her desk just so, until her only relative dies a car accident halfway across the world. Suddenly Lucy (apartment dwelling, doesn’t-own-a-hammer Lucy) inherits a handyman’s delight on the other side of town. Her boyfriend, a laid back environmentalist with an affinity for organic lentils and sock thievery, convinces Lucy to move into her aunt’s brokendown house. The two of them embark on a … [Read more...] about Orangeberry Book Tours – The Sock Wars by Maia Sepp
This book is on tour from 28th February to 7th March. Please spread the word! Anne's relationship with her boyfriend Neil has disintegrated. After a two-year separation, they pack for a week vacation in hopes of reconciling. But fate has other plans for them. The discovery of a bejeweled cross and ancient human bones opens a door to a new and frightening world--one where the ghost of a medieval nun named Genevieve will not let Anne rest. This new world threatens not only to ruin Anne and … [Read more...] about Shadows of the Past by Carmen Stefanescu
Author Bio: Within weeks of acquiring his real estate license, Jean-Jacques Dege had sold his first property in one of the town's best areas. Even then he realized that persistence was the key to success. Many years ago, he had a conversation with another real estate agent on a flight back to L.A. The man was focused solely on REOs and Short Sales. That chance encounter left him with a new-found purpose in business. What inspires you to write? When the recession began he was in the enviable … [Read more...] about Interview with Author – Jean-Jacques Dege
Author Bio: Susan Tsui is the third of four siblings born to Chinese immigrant parents. She currently resides in New York City where she is a regular user of the Queens Public Library system. She is a fervent believer of reading and writing as she thinks doing both can change the individual and the world. Susan currently holds a MFA in Creative Writing from Goddard College and has published stories in Expanded Horizons, Mind Flights, and the 2010 edition of Warrior WiseWomen. Susan is also … [Read more...] about Interview with Author – Susan Tsui
Author Bio: Barbara was born in Colorado where she now resides with her two white Collies, Jackson and Storm. She began writing at a very young age in an attempt to make sense of the world she lived in. Never planning to publish, she now has 2 books in print and e-book, Magic's Guardian, and the sequel, Magic's Dragon. She has always had a love of magic and magical creatures and incorporates them in her writing. "Nothing is impossible. See the magic in the world around you and it will be … [Read more...] about Interview with Author – Barbara Mason
Tsaen was the ruler of Ray, chosen by the Divine Spirit. She was the third daughter born to poor farmers from the northern province of Lakan. At two, she spoke like a fifty-year-old scholar. The council, chosen for their evolved spirits, acted as the Rayan ruler’s right hand. They were his buffer, his ears and many times his mouth throughout the land. When Tsaen was brought to the Rayan council members, the ruler, Agrei, was nearing the end of his time and the council had begun its search for … [Read more...] about Ray – A planet I would love to live on – Guest Post by Eleanor T Beaty
A lush garden, with ancient ficus trees, surrounded her grandmother’s cottage in the Grove. The tall trees’ cascading aerial roots had terrified Lya when she was small. At night they turned into huge monsters with scary faces. Nee had come up with the perfect solution to make her feel safe; she'd placed three angels with chimes in the garden to guard the house. These angels didn’t have wings or names. They were but blue wooden silhouettes. Nee’s gates stood open. The mango trees in her garden … [Read more...] about Excerpt from Fallen Ruler by Eleanor T Beaty
Author Bio: Sunie Levin, author of four books and lecturer is a graduate of the University of Missouri and holds degrees in Education and Psychology. She founded the Midwest Reading & Dyslexia Clinic in Kansas City for children and adults with learning problems. A popular lecturer, Levin taught University classes and has conducted workshops and seminars throughout the country and on shipboard, After losing many old friends and moving to a new community, she wrote the book " Make New … [Read more...] about Interview with Author – Sunie Levin
Do you recall how your interest in writing originated? I’ve always written and drawn. When I was fourteen, my English teacher read a passage of mine out loud to the class. I was mortified, as I was one of the hidden [avoid attention at all costs] but the way he looked at me after reading it, well for the first time in my life I felt…I had… worth. When and why did you begin writing? After the above incident I read and wrote constantly. But I also drew. My peers liked my drawings, which kept me … [Read more...] about Interview with Author – Alex A. Akira @AlexAAkira
Why are book covers so important? Well, the pat answer to that question is because it is the first thing a potential reader of your book sees. And we must not underestimate that answer. As humans, we are prone to weighing and judging initially by our vision. Unless a person is visually impaired or in tune with what I call the ether levels of life, like aura, vibes or the cloud of intelligent non-matter that I find precedes most people when they enter your awareness, most people analyze and … [Read more...] about Why Book Covers Are So Important – Guest Post by Alex A. Akira @AlexAAkira
Veiled Mist: On the Caribbean island of Maurray, spoiled-rotten, fifteen-year-old Hanna wakes up to a nightmare. She is not the daughter of an aristocrat but the orphan of a Gypsy. She is the descendant to a mystical Gypsy tribe. Their magic is strong and has lasted six hundred years. Ornella, the tribe’s guardian, arrives at the island with her mutt, Count Dracula, to guide Hanna. Hanna is told she must embrace her heritage or die at the ripe age of seventeen. But Hanna does the unthinkable, … [Read more...] about Veiled Mist by Eleanor T Beaty