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Eclectic Tastes

  Posted by Jemi in Just Jemi, 27 April 2015 · 6 views

For anyone who's been following my blog for a while, you probably know I have rather eclectic tastes. I've really noticed this while I've been working away on my NaNo project this month (reached 50k last week!!).

I don't like writing in silence, I prefer to have music or the TV on in the background, but my TV tastes don't match my writing tastes at all!

I write contemporary romance.

I watch sports, mysteries, and all kinds of SF.

Right now, I've got my Fringe DVDs playing - not exactly on the same wavelength as my romance. My other DVDs are along the same lines - Firefly/Serenity, Star Wars, Star Trek, Harry Potter, Battlestar Galactica, Grimm...

Not quite sure what that says about my brain. Maybe because the genres are so different, I'm not confused at all about what's going on in my story and what's on the screen. I do know I focus better on my writing with my TV faves (or sports) are playing on TV.

Or else I'm a little crazy - which no one has ruled out yet!

How about you? Do you write and watch the same genres? Or do you like to mix it up a bit?

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nike roshe run sale & nike roshe run donne

Posted by songwenjie in songwenjie's Blog, 27 April 2015 · 10 views

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The great fringe debate

Posted by doriswinger in doriswinger's Blog, 26 April 2015 · 15 views
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The great fringe debate: Their flirty and playful style is intoxicating
A strange moment occurred in 2013: a slew of designers were segueing chic black-and-navy menswear inspirations into their collections, and, as if in neat defiance, Tamara Mellon – she of glossy hair and limbs and formerly of Jimmy Choo – showed a dazzling black leather fringed skirt in her new collection. It was a pencil shape cut to the knee with fringing slashed to the calf and I wanted it… in a slightly “grabby” uncomfortable way that I hadn’t wanted anything for some time. This came as something of a surprise. Fringing, I had led myself to believe, and all its flirty playfulness, was not my “thing”.
Since then, I have come to respect fringing for its ability to turn an otherwise level-headed shopper into a crazed one. I’ve been there. Take, for example, Hedi Slimane’s rendering over at Saint Laurent. Slimane has done for fringing in the Teens Swhat Janis Joplin, Anita Pallenberg and Joni Mitchell did for rock’n’roll in the Seventies. Slimane agrees; he asked the last of these to front his current campaign. His fringed leather jacket and tan suede knee-high boots with a mane of tassels running down the calf are at the top of many wish lists.
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Fan or not, his unshakeable vision of a be-tasselled, sexy rock’n’roll girl is as compelling as Isabel Marant’s perennial “I woke up like this” woman (another designer who is doing roaring trade in fringed tunics and cheesecloth ponchos right now).
The sun may have set over crowds of suede fringed gilets, denim shorts and arms held aloft in California’s Coachella desert, but the focus will simply shift to the razzle-dazzle of the red carpet. Josephine Baker’s vintage look, with fringes of tiny beads that flirt and fly as you twist and shake, has been causing ricochets of excitement on the red carpet of late. Look at the faces of Gwen Stefani, Naomi Campbell and Lupita Nyong’o: they can’t help but have a good time in those beaded dresses that channel the glamour of Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby.
And therein lies the intoxicating appeal: these are clothes that you can’t stand still in; clothes to discover your rock’n’roll alter ego in; clothes to break a smile in; clothes to enjoy.
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Book Thoughts: Mind Games

  Posted by Mia K Rose in Mia K Rose | Forsaken Illusion, 26 April 2015 · 5 views

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Beginners.....got to start somewhere

Posted by Jenn_TheBookGeek in Jenn_TheBookGeek's Blog, 25 April 2015 · 31 views

You know how the old saying goes...."Got to start somewhere", so that's what I'm doing. This is my start. I have never had a blog nor have I ever belonged to any type of literary website. At least that's what I consider Agent Query Connect to be. I'm hopeful to read other aspiring writers work and not so much to "put myself out there" to have my own work read. I love to read and as much as I would love the chance to be published, I just can't seem to put a book down long enough to get it done! Is there anyone like me out there? Just curious...

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You like free stuff? I like free stuff.

  Posted by Joe Stephens in My Train of Thought, 25 April 2015 · 19 views

I wonder how I can
 get more free books.
Free stuff is fun. Especially, though not only, when it's something you actually want. Well, I have a 
chance for you to get some free stuff. And I hope it's something you actually want. It's my book. My new book. My fresh off the presses first shipment just arrived book. My book called Kisses and Lies: A Shalan Adventure. You want that? I hope so. Want a chance to get it free? Well today may be your lucky day. There are two websites giving away copies. One is up and running right now (in fact, they've already given one of the five away) and the other should be up any day now. Maybe even today. Here's the info: 

  • Amazon is giving away five copies. Let's be honest here. I'm giving away the copies, but you go to Amazon to get them. It's pure luck of the draw. Every hundredth person wins and you have no idea whether you're the one until you click the button. So it's like a game and a chance for free reading material. Bonus. 
  • Goodreads will be giving away five more copies. It's all set up, but if you know anything about Goodreads, they are, despite the fact that they are now owned by Amazon, a little slower on the draw when it comes to getting these things online than their parent company. But it really should be soon. Here's what do do: 
    • Go to Goodreads.
    •  If you don't already have one, it's free to create an account and it's a cool website for book lovers. So many fellow book nerds sharing the titles they love. 
    • Click on Explore. It's up at the top of the screen. 
    • Choose giveaways. 
    • Scroll down until you see Kisses and Lies
    • You won't know if you won until the whole shootin' match is over on May 2. The good news is that if you win, it comes straight from me and I'll sign it for no extra charge. Actually no charge at all, since it's free. The only requirement is that you follow me on Twitter. And why wouldn't you want to do that? I'm a nice guy. I put out only wholesome, organically grown tweets with never any preservatives. 

  • Theres' one other way you can get free stuff, and you are guaranteed to be a winner. Everyone on my mailing list gets freebies from time to time,such as:
    • Free preview of upcoming books. 
    • A short story or poem I write that you get to see months before it hits my website for the public. 
    • Links to discounts and sales.
All you have to do is click in the box at the top right of this page and put in your email address. You'll get an email asking you to confirm. That's only so some dastardly villain can't sign you up for stuff without you knowing it. After that, you'll hear from me once or twice a week. You'll get a link to my blog (y'know, the thing you're reading right now) and then anytime there's something big I think you ought to know. But don't fear--I'll use my power only for good. I don't sell or give away my mailing list and you won't receive junk from me. You can believe me when I say that too, since my strength is as the strength of ten because my heart is pure.


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    A Celebration by Breaking the Rules

      Posted by Michelle4Laughs in Michelle4Laughs: It's in the Details, 25 April 2015 · 28 views

    In honor of going over half a million pageviews, I wanted to do something fun! I can't believe It's In the Details went from some place no one visited, to a site where people return for more, all in just two years.

    I love filling my blog with helpful content, and I love when writers comment how much the posts have helped them. Thank you for making It's In the Details a successful haven for writers!

    To celebrate, I'm giving away a query critique or a paperback copy of KINDAR'S CURE (your choice) and asking you to break the rules to win it.

    Post a short bit of flash fiction in the comments of this post. I want you to write a paragraph of the dreaded and forbidden scene--MC looking in a mirror and describing themselves! That's right! You can let your freak flag fly and do what must normally be avoided.

    And to break the rules further, I want you to load it with adjectives and adverbs. Let the 'ly words fly! Always, always we're told to avoid these. Great advice under normal circumstances when you're trying to get published. But WHERE'S THE FUN IN NORMAL?

    Go past normal and ooze the unthinkable, quickly, beautifully and poetically. Go honestly, inventively crazy. 

    So that's a short paragraph of your main character looking in a mirror and describing themselves with lots of adjectives and adverbs. I will pick my favorite for the win.

    Contest will stay open until we get at least ten entries, which will hopefully be by May 4th (cause that's when it's ending.) Please leave your twitter handle or email address so I can contact the winner.

    Good luck. Have fun. And please help me spread the word. The more who enter, the more silly this will get, I think.     



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    The Saturday Slash

      Posted by bigblackcat97 in Writer, Writer Pants on Fire, 25 April 2015 · 30 views

    Meet my Hatchet of Death (or, some other colorful description RC Lewis and I come up with at any given moment). This is how I edit myself, it is how I edit others. If you think you want to play with me and my hatchet, shoot us an email.

    We all know the first line of a query is your "hook." I call the last line the "sinker." You want it to punch them in the face, in a nice, friendly kind of way that makes them unable to forget you after having read the 300 other queries in their inbox.

    If you're looking for query advice, but are slightly intimidated by my claws, blade, or just my rolling googly-eyes, check out the query critique boards over at AgentQueryConnect. This is where I got my start, with advice from people smarter than me. Don't be afraid to ask for help with the most critical first step of your writing journey - the query. My comments appear in green.

    Ginnifer’s past vanished at five when her parents died in a fire. Her past vanished or any access she has to her past is gone because her parents are gone and she was too little to remember anything? Now sixteen, all that remains is endless nightmares and visions which she hardly can recall the next day. Other than the fact that someone is ALWAYS I wouldn't use caps trying to kill her in them! I wouldn't use an exclamation point either. Reserve those for major, major shockers.

    Her adopted gypsy-born if this is a contemporary story you might want to rephrase this... I don't know what it means to be a gypsy in the modern world family only tells her that the dreams will fade with time, but everything changes when three new students show up at school. Ginnifer is drawn to them; especially the bad boy that most parents warn about. (It’s the eyes…definitely the eyes) Suddenly, a girl dies at the football game: the very same girl she had a vision of that morning. It was a memory…really unsure what you mean here - how is it a memory and a vision at the same time? Also earlier you said she can "hardly recall" the visions but now she can? so now she’s not a total mental case. If the light tone here fits with the voice of the novel it's fine, but don't make the query purposefully campy unless it matches the tone of the book.

    But as more deaths take hold of the town, Ginnifer is determined to find her connection to them. She learns that she’s an Abnormal, a half-mortal with a masked rare gene. Definitely need to expand on this - half-mortals have been done over and over again in YA. What is this masked gene? Why is this story different from every other already existing urban fantasy? One whose life will always be surrounded by blood. Then the bombshell: the killer might actually be targeting her. Why? And if she's the target, why kill others first?

    As if being a junior in high school wasn’t hard enough. Not only is she in a twisted gypsy protection  program from someone who wants her dead, What's so twisted about it? And what about those three new students? Is that the program you mention here? They were mentioned and then dropped but she is torn between the life she knows and the life she forgot.  Ginnifer is hell bent to find an in between. She must make a choice: either seek out the killer and fight or stay hidden.

    ABNORMALS is a 94,000-word YA urban fantasy. This book would appeal to fans of The Vampire Academy and The Mortal Instruments.

    There definitely needs to be a correlation drawn between her visions, the gypsies, the program, and what this gene is that she harbors. Is the gene the reason she has visions? What's her purpose? Why would the gene mean she's always surrounded by blood? What does the gene actually do? Why would someone want her dead and why are the gypsies the ones that are supposed to protect her? If she's only half-mortal, what's her other half? Angelic? Demonic? God? You'll need to get the fine points in here in order to differentiate this from existing titles.

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    Voices

      Posted by K McClelland in Teardrops On My Book, 25 April 2015 · 27 views

    Various V words scrolled through my mind, but none of them really stuck that wonderfully.

    But the V words just kept coming and I was like, okay damn, I hear y'all, can you just be quiet already...

    And I realized I was talking to the voices and there's a V word I could write about.

    I don't care what anyone says, argue with me if you want, but every single person has voices in their head. It's just some people get the thin line a little tangled and can't remember that they're really just fake voices inside their head.

    As a writer, I've got voices in my head. Male, female, other...So many voices. And sometimes they all talk at the same time. And most of the time all of them are rude and want the attention focused on them alone. And then some of them beg to not be in a story at all.

    Sometimes I'm very sure my voices are crazy. Then I remember that I'm basically listening to conversations happening inside my head and most people would classify that as crazy. So, I have to sit back and compromise with the voices. I agree that I'm not insane because hearing voices is a natural thing(especially for writers). And the voices agree to keep to a hum(at most) whenever I'm in public. That way I don't look crazy and actually be crazy too. Although, I may already be crazy, who knows.

    What I do know is that I hope you have a very great weekend and I'll catch you Monday. :)

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    QUITE THE QUERY with Stina Lindenblatt and TELL ME WHEN

      Posted by Amy Trueblood in Amy Trueblood's Blog, 24 April 2015 · 27 views

        If you ask any writer about the process of connecting with their agent (or publisher), the majority will say the most difficult part was querying. Not only the actual process of sending out the letters/emails, but formulating the query itself. In fact, I’ve heard more than a few authors say writing their query took […]

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    ANNOUNCING Query Kombat 2015!

      Posted by SC_Author in SC Write--Writing, Publishing, and Harry Potter, 24 April 2015 · 23 views



    Bloggers Michael, Michelle and I are back again to bring you the third annual Query Kombat tournament.

    GEETTTT READYY!!!!!!

    The Basics

    Query Kombat will host 64 kombatants in a single-elimination, tournament style query-off. Entries will go head to head (one on one) with one another until only ONE entry remains. There will be a total of six rounds in Query Kombat. 64 entries in round one, 32 in round two, 16 in round three, 8 in round four, 4 in round five, and 2 in round six.

    As we said, some things have changed. We’re doing away with tournament brackets this year. Instead, entries will be matched up based on target audience and genre. We'll continue grouping that way until it's no longer possible.

    If you secure a spot in the tournament, your query and the first 250 words of your manuscript (to the end of a complete sentence) will be pitted against another query and first 250 words. Judges will read each match-up and vote 'Victory' on the best entry. Remember, this is subjective. Considering last year, votes may come down to personal tastes.

    The entry with the most ‘victories’ at the end of the round will advance to the next round until only one champion remains. 

    This year the agent round will be held after the first round. That mean 32 entries will make it into the agent round. 32!

    Of course, there's a twist!

    The agent round will be conducted in secret. And by secret, we mean TOP SECRET. Entrants won't know who requested what—or how much—until that entrant has been eliminated from the contest.
    On the plus side, winners of the first round will be able to resubmit their entry prior to the agent round. So, any feedback the judges give can be implemented before the agents see your work.

    Who’s invited to submit:

    The Query Kombat tournament is open only to unagented writers seeking representation. Your manuscript must be complete, polished, and ready to submit. If your manuscript has already been in the agent round of another contest, you are not eligible to participate in Query Kombat. You can only submit one entry per person. Please don’t try to sneak in or use other emails. The QK team includes about fifty people and a few hundreds of spectators. Someone will notice and inform us. Submissions for Picture Books, MG, YA, NA, and Adult works will be accepted.

    The submission window will open on May 22nd at 5:30 EST and close at 6:30 EST. You have one hour and one hour only to send in your submission! We will have email confirmation. If you don't receive it within an hour of submitting your entry, contact us via twitter and let us know.  Kontestants will be revealed on May 30th, and the tournament will kick off on June 1st.

    IMPORTANT: The Query Kombat team reserves the right to disqualify any entrant at any time for any reason. If an entrant is disqualified before the agent round, an alternate will take its place. If an entrant is disqualified after the agent round, the opposing entry will automatically advance to the next round. The only time we will ever disqualify an applicant is if you say or do something to blemish the spirit of query contests. Query Kombat is supposed to be fun… 

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    So none of this!

    In order to enter the contest you MUST follow formatting guidelines, and submit during the contest window. All entries that follow said guidelines will be considered. 

    In the event that we receive more than the available 64 spots (this is highly expected), Michelle, Mike, and I will savagely attack the slush pile in attempts to build the best team. We will pick (and announce) three alternates in case a submission is disqualified.

    Entries should be sent to:  QueryKombat (at) gmail (dot) com. The email address has changed from last year. Be mindful of that.

    Formatting guidelines:

    Font: Times New Roman (or an equivalent), 12pt font, single-spaced with spaces between each paragraph. No (I repeat: NO!) indentations.
     
    Subject line of the Email: A short, unique nickname for your entry [colon] your genre (audience included). Do not skip this step or your entry will be deleted. (ex. I Fell in Love with a Ken Doll: Adult Erotica)

    For the nickname, make it as unique as possible so that there are no duplicates. These will be the names used in the tournament (or an abbreviated version if it's too long) so keep it PG-13 and try to have it relate to your story in some way.

    In the body of the email (with examples):

    Entry Nickname: I Fell in Love with a Ken Doll
    Name: Michael Anthony
    Email address: myboyfriendwasbittenbyashark (at) gmail (dot) com.
    Title: Eunuchs and Politics
    Word count: 68K
    Genre: Adult Erotica

    Query: 

    I FELL IN LOVE WITH A KEN DOLL tells the harrowing story of Barbra B. Doll, a US senator who goes against country, family, and the Illumaniti to be with an amateur surfer with no genitalia. 

    First 250 words:

    Don't include the chapter title and please, don't stop in the middle of a sentence.

    All queries submitted are FINAL. We will not edit them in any way, shape, or form. Please read, reread, and rereread your submission before you hit send. You have several weeks to polish your work. Take advantage of it. Competition will be fierce.

    Because the immense amount of work ahead of us, the tournament will be hosted on three separate blogs. In order to enter the contest, you MUST following Michael's and Michelle's blogs, and have signed up for SC's monthly newsletter concerning the 'Write Inclusively' campaign.'All three blogs will host the first round and agent round. The second round will be hosted by Michael and SC. The third round will be hosted by Michelle. The fourth round will be hosted by SC. The fifth round will be hosted by Michael. The final round will be hosted by Michelle. Have no fear, each blog will have links to all rounds so you will not get lost.

    Agents and judges will be revealed soon. (As of now we have 15ish agents and 30 judges!)
    Questions can be left in the comments and I'll answer them as quickly as possible. As always, Query Kombat announcement calls for celebration. SO JOIN US ON TWITTER! We will have Twitter parties (stay tuned - last time, we got #QueryKombat to trend on Twitter!).

    THIS IS EXCITING. And will be a LOT of fun as always. Good luck, and HAVE FUN!!


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    Everyone’s a Critic, but Few People Make Good Critique Partners

      Posted by From The Write Angle in From The Write Angle Blog, 23 April 2015 · 30 views

    by Sophie Perinot

    You can’t pick your relatives but you CAN pick your critique partners.  And a wise choice will make you a better writer.

    The tools in each writer’s kit vary—sometimes wildly (don’t believe me, put a pantster and a plotter in the same room).  But whether you write long hand or go straight to your keyboard, whether you do a quick-and-dirty first draft or agonize over every word, there is one tool essential to turning out a novel worth reading and that’s a good critique partner.

    Given that critique partners are so essential to authorial success, it is perhaps not surprising that newbie writers snap up the first living breathing body available to them.  That is a mistake, a big mistake.

    The selection of a critique partner should NOT be driven by desperation or sheer gratitude.  I mean imagine if people got married that way—if they were just glad to be asked by someone, anyone?  Shudder.  Yet I've seen people acquire critique partners in that manner, and then try to “make it work” when a divorce would be a mercy.
    So how do you interview someone for what is basically an unpaid and sometimes thankless job without seeming rude? And how do you and make a reasoned selection?


    Let’s start with the most basic qualification: the person under consideration needs to be a writer.  Save your grandma/best friend for the role of beta reader.  Yes, I am sure she reads hundreds of books a year and will offer an honest, unvarnished opinion of your wip (actually I am not sure, but that’s beside the point).  BUT she is not a writer.  Would you hire the bag-boy at your grocery store for legal advice?  When it comes to critiquing your writing you want someone who can write and write well, which leads me to point two . . .

    When you meet a fellow writer (at a conference, in a virtual community, through a “critique partner’s wanted” posting) and you start thinking “maybe this one is the one,” be smart—start by offering help before requesting it.  Offer to critique something for the candidate: his first three chapters, her query letter.  Get a sense of whether he/she is not just a writer but a GOOD writer.  Personally, I am looked for critique partners who write better than I do.  No matter how nice your critique-partner prospect is, if you don’t respect their work you need to finish critiquing the portion of manuscript you've been given, smile nicely, say how much you've enjoyed it and then walk away.

    Assuming your possible partner survives this first hurdle, you will want to refrain from doing a little victory dance until you find out if this person—let’s call him tall-dark-and-talented—can edit.  Or more specifically, can edit in a way that is useful to you in shaping your manuscript.  A surprisingly large number of awesome writers cannot critique the work of others.  Why?  Three problems are common:


    • Some people are just too nice.  They might be willing to circle a comma fault, but they aren't willing to go much further.  They desperately want to tell you your book is great (primarily because they desperately want someone to tell them their book is great).  This is useless to you.  If you want to hear your book is great you can go back to grandma.  I am willing to concede for a moment that your first draft IS great, but you want to make it better, right?  That’s why you are seeking a critique partner. So you need someone who is willing to say the tough stuff: your protagonist lacks dimension, your back-story isn't working, the manuscript could start two chapters later without losing anything.  In other words, someone who can see big-picture developmental issues, not just catch misspellings.

    • Some writers can only see your work through the lens of their own style.  I call these the “my way or the highway” crew. Such a partner is more than willing to mark-up your manuscript, and every edit they suggest will make your writing more like theirs.  But you don’t want to be them, you want to be a better authentic YOU.  A good critique partner gets your style and holds you to it.  They will identify an awkward sentence without rewriting it in their signature style.  So when you get your first chapter back from tall-dark-and make sure his comments are not just an attempt to turn you into his clone.

    • Sometimes there is a basic incompatibility of vision.  This is the would-be-partner whose comments just don’t resonate.  Every partner, even the best, is going to make suggestions that have you thinking “huh?”  These are changes you will ultimately leave on the table—after all it is your book and you can be selective.  But if a majority of tall-dark-and’s comments simply don’t add up for you, than however many his other attractive features, there is no chemistry and he is not your match.

    When you find someone who can both write and edit you celebrate!  And you also commit.  I mean if you like it then you better put a ring on it—metaphorically. Be ready to become your new critique partner’s ally, giving your time (sacrificing the occasional a weekend when she has a deadline) and best efforts to review her work.  Like most things in life, you will get out of the critiquing relationship what you put into it.  It is not a coincidence that so many critique partners climb the ladder of writing success together.  They are boosting each other up the whole way.

    Sophie P’s has two critique partners of her very own--one of whom has played that role for eight years (yes, the woman is a saint).  Sophie's next novelMédicis Daughter--set at the intrigue-riven, 16th century French Valois court--will be out in December of 2015.  But you can ABSOLUTELY pre-order it now.  To find out about Sophie's previous literary endeavors, visit her website, or her FB page.  You can also  follow her on Twitter as @Lit_gal 


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    Wednesday Words: Cactus Heart Press vol. 11

      Posted by DebsBlueRoses in The Writer Ambitious, 22 April 2015 · 23 views

    Happy Earth Day, Admin. Professionals Day, and WEDNESDAY!

    As an administrative assistant, I am now stuffed with breakfast and presents (I didn't eat the presents), but that won't stop me from sharing with you all what I am reading this week!



    This week, I'm finally reading the Speculative Issue of Cactus Heart Press, the edition in which you can find my short story "Origin"! I can't stress enough how much I love the tone of this press, and I'm so glad I was given the opportunity to become a part of it.

    But enough about me! Using Random.org, I will choose one of the 155 pages in this edition. Random has chosen..........................page 148.

    LOL. That's the cover page for the Bios. Let's try again....................page 86.

    That's better. The short story is "The Lies Trees Tell," and Kate mentioned this one in the introduction, so I'd been waiting to read it. A young woman ran into a tree, and the tree seemed to swallow her!

    There are about 19 lines on this page, and Random has chosen.......................1. So here's the whole paragraph. lol

    Alex has started to cry. She hadn't meant to, but the conversation had turned from one of Aunt Bev's charmingly silly Old World folktales to scary. And her dad was dead, and she didn't want to deal with this.

    This was right after her grandmother told her that trees lie, and her father didn't escape them. It's a very interesting and eerie story.

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    Celine a specific celebrity and

    Posted by yuqivisefoca in yuqivisefoca's Blog, 21 April 2015 · 25 views
    Celine

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    Fashion choices and styles reflect the values, preferences and needs of a given group of people. Choose two regions in the world and compare and contrast a particular fashion trend in these areas. For example, you might compare clothing in the Americas versus clothing in African countries. You could look at specific elements of an outfit, such as headwear or http://www.celinehandbagse.com/ footwear. Explore how headpieces or hats differ or how the types of shoes worn in the Americas are different from those worn in Africa. Think about how practicality plays a role. For example, discuss how climate and lifestyle affect fabrics, colors or cuts used in these regions.
    Certain people have become icons in the world of fashion, standing out for their distinctive style choices. For example, the United States has seen style celebrities like Audrey Hepburn, Jackie Onassis, Madonna, Michael Jackson and Lady Gaga. Michael Jackson became known for his sparkly materials, militarystyle jackets, shoulder pads and single glove. Lady Gaga is known for the shock value of her choices her large hats, transparent materials, wild shoes and even an outfit made of meat. Write a paper on a specific celebrity and explore Celine how the person affected the world of fashion.
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    Chargeur pour Asus X93SV

    Posted by fukuokablog in Batterie originale Pc Portables, 20 April 2015 · 62 views


    Asus lance en France son nouvel ordinateur portable grand format Asus X93SM-YZ158V au format 18.4 pouces. Pour moins de 800 euros, il intègre sous plateforme Intel Huron River un disque dur véloce de grande capacité, un processeur Core i5 Sandy Bridge, une carte graphique NVIDIA de dernière génération, de l’USB 3.0 ainsi qu’une dalle Full HD.

    Microsoft Office 2010 Starter comprend des versions limitées de Word et Excel. Chargeur Asus X93SM Il est cependant possible de bénéficier de toutes les fonctionnalités de la suite Office en achetant une carte d'activation (ou une version boite) auprès de Microsoft ou chez les revendeurs partenaires.

    Ce portable revêt une finition texturée sur la coque et le repose-poignets mais métal brossé autour du clavier. De couleur marron, il arbore un design à la fois sobre et original.

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    L’Asus X93SM-YZ158V s’adresse à ceux qui sont en quête d’un portable polyvalent de grand format offrant de bonnes performances générales.

    L’un de ses atouts est sans nul doute son disque dur. Il s’agit en effet d’un modèle véloce puisqu’il fonctionne à 7200 tr/min contre 5400 tr/min habituellement ce qui apporte plus de réactivité au système. En outre, il offre une grande capacité de 1000 Go afin de pouvoir installer de nombreux logiciels et conserver quantité de fichiers divers et variés.

    Il profite aussi d’une dalle offrant une belle résolution Full HD idéale pour profiter d’un grand espace de travail mais aussi de loisirs. Elle est ainsi d’autant plus adaptée à la lecture de vidéos HD qu’elle adopte un format 16/9ème et un traitement brillant qui fait ressortir les couleurs.

    La carte graphique dédiée GeForce GT 630M est justement en mesure de lire sans souci des vidéos HD 1080p. Surtout, elle permet de s’adonner à pas mal de jeux de façon satisfaisante si l’on accepte de diminuer la résolution et/ou les niveaux de détails sous les titres les plus gourmands en ressources 3D. Pour rappel dans les jeux en effet, plus la résolution est élevée et plus le nombre de fps chute. Du coup, du 1920x1080 demande bien plus de calculs pour le GPU que du 1366x768.

    Les 4 Go de mémoire vive et le processeur Core i5-2450M garantissent pour leur part de bonnes performances générales y compris en multitâches afin de satisfaire un maximum d’utilisateurs. Par la suite, l’utilisateur peut même augmenter la mémoire vive en ajoutant une barrette sur le slot RAM libre.

    Enfin, ce portable intègre une connectique qui devrait satisfaire la plupart des utilisateurs avec ses ports audio et Ethernet, son module Wi-Fi n pour se connecter à distance sans-fil, ses sorties vidéos VGA et HDMI pour le relier à une TV ou un moniteur par exemple sans oublier ses 4 ports USB. Chargeur pour Asus X93SV L’un d’entre eux est plus précisément un USB 3.0 et si l’on y branche un périphérique USB 3.0, on obtient alors des transferts bien plus rapides qu’en USB 2.0.

    Microsoft Office 2010 Starter comprend des versions limitées de Word et Excel. Il est cependant possible de bénéficier de toutes les fonctionnalités de la suite Office en achetant une carte d'activation (ou une version boite) auprès de Microsoft ou chez les revendeurs partenaires.

    L’Asus X93SM-YZ124V se destine à ceux qui recherchent un portable polyvalent de grand format offrant une orientation multimédia.

    C’est le cas de ce modèle équipé d’une dalle arborant un format 16/9ème bien adapté à la lecture de vidéos ainsi qu’un traitement brillant qui ravive les couleurs mais se montre en contrepartie sensible aux reflets. Surtout, il adopte une résolution Full HD idéale pour profiter d’un grand espace de travail et de loisirs.

    Le Full HD est bien sûr très bien adapté à la lecture de vidéos HD 1080p et c’est tant mieux car l’unité optique embarquée est en mesure de lire les Blu-Ray, Chargeur Asus x93s médias en Haute Définition dont l’on peut donc tirer parti directement sur la dalle du portable.

    Il est bien sûr possible de lire sans problème les Blu-Ray et vidéos HD grâce à la carte graphique dédiée GeForce GT 630M qui peut aussi prendre en charge pas mal de jeux si l’on accepte de faire des concessions en diminuant les niveaux de détails et/ou la résolution de l’écran sous les titres les plus exigeants en ressources 3D afin de conserver une bonne jouabilité. En effet dans les jeux, plus la résolution de l’écran est importante et plus le nombre de fps chute ce qui peut se traduire par un manque de fluidité. Ajuster la résolution permet donc généralement d’y palier.

    Ce portable intègre également un disque dur offrant une belle capacité de 750 Go pour installer quantité de jeux et logiciels mais aussi y stocker de nombreux fichiers divers et variés.

    Également au programme, une connectique à même de satisfaire bon nombre d’utilisateurs avec son module Wi-Fi n pour se connecter sans-fil à distance, ses ports audio et Ethernet, ses sorties vidéo HDMI et VGA pour relier facilement le portable à une TV ou un moniteur par exemple sans oublier ses 4 ports USB, tous compatibles USB 2.0 et USB 3.0. Cependant, si l’on branche un périphérique USB 3.0 sur l’USB 3.0 du PC, les transferts s’exécutent alors plus rapidement qu’en USB 2.0.

    Enfin, ce portable délivre de bonnes performances générales y compris en multitâches grâce à son processeur Core i5-2450M Sandy Bridge et ses 4 Go de mémoire vive que l’on peut augmenter dans le futur au besoin grâce aux slots RAM libres. Ce duo est à même de satisfaire de nombreux utilisateurs en matière de performances.

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    Warning! Gays Ahead!

      Posted by Rick Pieters in Room to Wonder, 20 April 2015 · 29 views

    Dark Light is an urban sci-fi thriller. It's not LGBT fiction.  It does, however, have a protagonist who is gay. That, apparently, is cause for flashing red lights.

    The book got a nice 4-star review on both Amazon and Goodreads. Goodreads chose to hide the review behind a click saying the review contained spoilers. I expected to read dead give-aways, but no. The spoiler they hid was, well, read it below.

    "This book was intriguing... It was kind of a cross between over zealous holy men attempting to take over the town in an invasion of the body snatchers sort of way...
    Carter (main character) comes home to help his ill father and help his sister run the family business. He is met by strange occurrences and unexplained accidents/deaths with some of the town residents.
    The ghost of the previous owner of the house he's renting helps to guide him and his family on the right path to save themselves, the town and possibly the world.
    **Just a note for prospective readers-Carter is gay, there are no overt sex scenes-but it is implied. (Emphasis mine.)
    Overall a good book that keeps you intrigued until the end!"

    And there you have it. Carter is gay. And, by the way, so is his partner, Robert. I get it. I guess. Or maybe not. How disturbing to get a few chapters into a book, be caught up in it, enjoying it, only to realize that guy you were liking is, gasp, gay! Quelle horreur!

    But guess what. That was my intent. A not-purely-gay novel, mainstream even, where a gay person would be simply the protagonist, as if, uhm, it were, like, normal.

    So, let's lay cards out, face up, with an excerpt. Carter comes home to find Robert has finally arrived:

    Robert walked in and stopped, looked at the foyer, window, living room, and back at Carter standing against the opened door. "Nice house," he said, took Carter's head in his hands and pushed him against the door, fingers buried in his hair. Robert tilted Carter's head, moved close enough to mingle warm breaths, and their mouths and bodies pressed together.

    Carter let himself go. For one moment, he didn't have to hold the world together. Like the first time Robert kissed him, the knee-buckling feeling overtook him, and Carter hooked his arms around Robert's shoulders to keep from sliding down the door.



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    The Summer Sisters Read Order

      Posted by Jean Oram in The Love Bug Blog, 20 April 2015 · 23 views

    Which book do you read after Love and Rumors? Do you read Love and Dreams before you read Love and Trust, or do you read Love and Danger first?

    No problem. I created a super quick video that shares a short bit about what each book is about, which couples star in which book, as well as which order to read the books. Complete with book covers!

    And just for laughs…I left in where the GIANT snowflake gets me while recording the video. Welcome to Canada!


     

    Don’t forget–you can subscribe to my YouTube channel to get more great videos!

    P.S. Love and Rumors is now free everywhere!

    Amazon US Amazon UK B&N iBooks Kobo Google Play


    The post The Summer Sisters Read Order appeared first on Jean Oram.


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    CROWN OF ICE on NC Writers’ Network “Book Buzz”

      Posted by LucidDreamer in LucidDreamer's Blog, 20 April 2015 · 20 views

    CROWN OF ICE is featured on the North Carolina Writers’ Network “Book Buzz”: http://ncwriters.org/2014-01-07-18-35-09/book-buzz  

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    Print Books Have Arrived!

      Posted by Deb Borys in Debra R. Borys, 15 April 2015 · 33 views

    Originally posted on BOX OF RAIN: another STREET STORIES suspense novel:
    You can now order print books of Box of Rain from your local bookstore, online, or get a signed copy directly from me.    

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    My Promoting Experiences

    Posted by D. E. Jackson in Adventures of Wolf 4, 14 April 2015 · 51 views

    It's what we all want to know about. How do I get noticed? How do I promote? Answer, wish I had one. But here is what I've tried so far.

    Facebook
    Not very many Likes yet. It is open to the public, so anyone is able to take a look at it. Even those who don't have a Facebook account. It is slowing growing however, so perhaps I just need to be patient. I did hold a contest of which author photo everyone liked best. I invited everyone everywhere to come and Like my Page and vote. I have to say it went well and I got Likes from doing that.

    Goodreads
    I really enjoy this site. I do most of my blogging here, just started really, and I'm able to keep track of my reading progress and see what everyone else is reading. I think I might have a better following here if I work at it.

    Forums
    I really do enjoy my forums. Conversing with others, getting ideas, helping other writers, it's been great getting to know new people. There are also places to let people know about my book. Some are interested.

    Twitter
    I don't have a Twitter account. I did, but I found it too much too quickly to be able to keep up with everyone and everything. I know I must get one however, for a starting author, it seems it's a must. Perhaps things are better from the last time I had one a couple years ago.

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    I got a lot of views for my book trailer. Enough that I'm happy about it. :happy:

    Making your own Brand
    I just took notes on a video I found here on AQ from the site Whisky, Wine, and Writing with guest Meghan Engdahl. I found it very informative and thought I would share my notes here...

    (These are notes I took from the video. Some are word for word. Others I’m paraphrasing.)

    The goal of becoming a truly great brand is to become a verb. Example: Google is a company, yet when we want to look up something on the internet we say, I’ll Google it. (Of course that might be a bit harder as a writer. It’s just one example of a big brand almost everyone knows and how successful it has become.)

    People choose brands based on perceptions.

    Perceptions – are the ideas you own in people’s minds
    You want to create a signal in people’s minds and own a perception of what you stand for.
    So brands have two things:
    • Perceptions that you own.
    • Promises you can make to your consumer.
    Think about when you’re writing a novel. What are the perceptions that you want to own? What do you want people to know about you, think about you, and have them say, “Oh yeah, he/she is “that” writer. They do “that” and it’s really amazing.”

    So when people engage with you, what do you promise that their engagement is going to be like? Example: Fun and innovative
    Think about Harley Davidson. They own the perception of rugged, manly, and almost this “don’t mess with me”, really great vibe of tough. The typical person who buys these bikes are usually a 45 year old white male accountant who wants the perception of rough and rugged and look like they could beat someone up.

    So Harley Davidson has sold the perception that whatever you buy from them is going to make you rough and rugged, etc.

    So it’s really important that the perceptions that you own and promises you make are going to be delivered at every single point of contact. That’s the key of making a really good impression and really strong stance with your brand. It can be the book that you’ve written, your bio, your Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc. and be sure to be consistent every time you deliver it.

    So how do you come up with the perception you want to make? There is an exercise you can do that will help. You make a Vin diagram with three circles. One circle for true, one for meaningful, and one for different/distinctive. Or could also make a list for each one.

    True - Make a list of what is true about yourself as an author.

    Your writing style, when you started writing, your genre, etc.

    Meaningful - What is meaningful to your target audience? Make a list.

    What do they want to hear in a book? What do they want to read? Does my book relate to my target audience? Did I write a book that will resonate with a 16 year old girl or a 30 year old married woman? (I am personally have a problem here. I wrote whatever came out of me. I had no control over it. Who is my target audience? I think it remains to be seen. But perhaps it's not an "age" group, but rather a "certain" group of people. For me, I think my target audience are fantasy readers, gamers, and metal heads.)

    It can be very tricky trying to find the overlap of what is true to you and yet meaningful to your target audience and finding it is key. Do one of these also show up on your True list? (Match all the ones that do. These are the things you want.)

    Different/Distinctive - What is different about you? What makes you different than the thousands of authors who also write in your genre? Make a list.

    You might have something that’s different about you, but might not be meaningful to your target audience. Or you may have something meaningful and different, but not true to who you are. That will not do you any good. You must have all three.
    This will ultimately take a lot of digging, hard work, and time to come up with all three. It’s also important to stay consistent once you find your brand and not change it. People want consistency, they like consistency, they like to know what they are going to expect going in.

    An example of a brand that tried to change was Old Spice. Example: Old Spice vs Axe. Both are deodorants, both keep you from smelling bad, and both wanted the teenage boy market. Axe had something true, they had a great product, something meaningful, you’re going to the girl, and the way they advertised themselves was different.

    Old Spice was… well… old. You come out smelling like an older man. They tried to change by bringing in a fun and funny guy, but the brand didn’t really resonate with the young teenage male market. The name itself says it’s for an older generation. “Old” Spice.

    So stay consistent.


    I'll keep you posted on my progress. Happy reading and writing! :happy:



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