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Supanova: When we were young

  Posted by Mia K Rose in Mia K Rose | Forsaken Illusion, 18 April 2015 · 4 views

This morning I attended the Supanova seminar titled  […]



Query Kombat Sneak Peek

  Posted by Michelle4Laughs in Michelle4Laughs: It's in the Details, 18 April 2015 · 16 views

I'm interviewed about the upcoming Query Kombat over at Whiskey, Wine, and Writing. Get early advice about preparing to enter.




  Posted by SC_Author in SC Write--Writing, Publishing, and Harry Potter, 18 April 2015 · 16 views

Are you watching closely?

Yes, that’s right – Round 3 for Nestpitch2015 is here!

Over the coming days and weeks all Teams will be working with their authors to help them polish their submissions, but I can’t tell you too much; oh to hell with it, I don’t think Nikola Vukoja is watching, here are my Submission Picks!


Drum roll...


Wounds Heal, Scars Remain
Straw Salt Gold
Fairy God-Mother Boy
New Girl

CONGRATS CONGRATS CONGRATS! You all know all about keeping on even if you're not picked. Contests are subjective. We passed over so many entries, even entries we loved. Don't worry if you're not picked.

On May 11th I will be posting each author’s entire Pitch but for now, it’s all hush-hush

You can find the first clues to the other pitches here (remove your blog from the list):

And you can also go to the Nestpitch Blogwhere you find a link to all the blogs as well as a complete Title, Category/Genre & Author list.

So; here we go, cone of silence may need to be enforced here! Oh wait! Before I go, come back before May 11thbecause that clever Nik is running Unmask the Agent again this year & I promise to update you on the details *there’s a $20Amazon Voucher up for grabs and you don’t need have submitted to Nestpitch, all you need is a bit of a detective spirit and to know your (our) agents!

COME ON OVER TO #TEAMONEBASKET!!! We're Twitter fun. Really. And thank you EVERYONE for submitting to Nest Pitch. 




  Posted by K McClelland in Teardrops On My Book, 18 April 2015 · 18 views

I love and respect my parents although I haven't always done so 100%. But I was raised properly and I've always believed that people older than me deserve a certain level of respect. I can't respect every single person that is my elder because sometimes people just don't deserve my respect, but I do my best not to be rude.

Growing up it was important to me to show my parents a level of respect I believed they deserved. They both worked very hard to take care of me, they both tried to stick out a troubled marriage for me. My parents loved me and still love me unconditionally and no matter what mistakes either of them (or I) made/make, that love will never change and I know that. It's why I respect them no matter what.

So many people don't get parents. Or like my kids, they only get one because the other sucks. Or they unfortunately only get one because of loss. It's tragic to not know that unconditional love. Of course, some are lucky enough to find people to love them the same way and that's okay.

Sometimes we grow up and lose those feelings of unconditional love. Even if we still know our parents are there for us, ready to pick us up when we fall, we still forget that feeling. The -anything can happen to me and I'll be completely fine as long as I remember how much my parents love me- sort of feeling. It's a feeling that never leaves us, even if we forget it. It's something that will be there even if one or more parent is no longer here. It's a feeling that I hope each of you has had the chance to experience and one I hope to pass on to my kids.

The right parents (by blood or not) raise us to be better people, to improve the world, to contribute to it.

Happy Saturday. I hope you have a wonderful weekend. :)



Why do we dress the same?

Posted by doriswinger in doriswinger's Blog, 18 April 2015 · 28 views

If you're reading this at your desk, take a quick scan of the office. Now do a once-over of what your colleagues are wearing, in a non-creepy way of course. Chances are you'll be outfitted in skirts of similar silhouette (as I type Topshop's button-down suede number can be spotted on three fashion desk staffers, and it just got delivered to another) or have the same bob or wob depending on preference (again, four have fallen prey to chin-grazing cuts).
And we're not alone. The French Vogue team play similar games of snap, for whenever editor Emmanuelle Alt steps out at fashion month she's usually flanked by a doppelganger (real name: Geraldine Saglio, fashion editor at the magazine). Both wear jeans rolled up just so, roomy blazers and glints of gold on their wrists. They even synchronise when their hands go into pockets.
Street style stars, who market themselves on the ability to stand out, also occasionally succumb. Case in point: blogger BFFs Camille Charrière and Pernille Teisbaek, who were a symphony of camel, beige and portfolio-sized clutch bags on Paris' pavements.
Now there's nothing wrong with being matchy-matchy like Camille and Pernille (even their names rhyme), but when we stake our careers on staying a step ahead of the sartorial curve, why are we such sheep when it comes to our own wardrobes?
"It's survival mode," explains psychologist Emily Lovegrove, "It kicks in early on that the way to get accepted by other kids is to look the same, particularly around secondary school age. When you hit puberty, the approval of your peer group matters more than [that of] your family's. You desperately want to fit in with what they like because…kids who look different are the ones that get picked on." In other words, what Lovegrove calls "herd mentality", affects our wardrobe choices from childhood.
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Cast your mind back to those formative years and you'll start to recall a sweep of school room fads, most of which were over by the time Mum relented. But whether it was bandanas, mood rings or flower power leggings, you reasoned that either you got the baggy combats or risked being the outfit outsider come mufti day.
Far from being nipped in the bud post-puberty, the desire to assimilate follows us into adulthood. "Although we like to think of ourselves as very sophisticated, we're still working at cave men level whereby to be in a group is far safer than to be isolated. So people wear things that fit in with their group by and large," says Lovegrove.
As well as picking up sartorial foibles from one another, we just as easily stop sporting certain things for fear of being cast the black sheep. A friend used to wear lipstick most days of the week - a punchy hue like MAC's 'Vegas Volt' was her mainstay - but admitted she hadn't so much as slicked on a subtly-pigmented balm since changing jobs because au naturel is her new office's modus operandi.
Lovegrove explains that this is probably because unfamiliar territory, like entering a new office, makes us feel anxious about the unknown. And because first impressions tend to be appearance-orientated, clothing is one of the easiest ways to forge bonds with new colleagues. Hands up who's broken the ice by complimenting a co-worker's handbag? Or have reaped the benefit of turning up wearing a neckerchief on the same day as someone else with knowing waves across the open-plan office?
What we have to remember - particularly when riffling through clothes on a Sunday night in a cold sweat about the morning's conference - is that it's called personal style for good reason. Think of it like being in a meeting where you disagree with a colleague. You wouldn't bury your opinions and blindly take up theirs, right? Wearing precisely what you want instead of what your boss, friend, celebrity crush (delete as appropriate) wears is far better for your self-esteem. As Lovegrove puts it, "If you're super confident you can wear what you like and people will accept you."
So next time you hesitate before putting on kick flares, a kimono jacket or fuchsia lipstick, remember: it's OK to dress outside the box. Even when the inside looks as chic as Emmanuelle Alt.
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Want a free book?

  Posted by Joe Stephens in My Train of Thought, 17 April 2015 · 18 views

It's here! Search for it on Amazon and you'll find it. A box of copies should be in the mail any day now. Five people ordered it the first day. Kisses and Lies is officially published now. It's a tiny bit less exciting than with Harsh Prey, but only a tiny bit. And I feel like I know what I'm doing a little better this time around.

Speaking of knowing what I'm doing, I have a proposal: I will give a free copy of Kisses and Lies to the first five people who contact me and agree to write a review on Amazon and/or Goodreads. You don't have to write a glowing review. You don't have to give it five stars. All I ask in exchange for the book is that you agree to write an honest review and rate it in a way that you believe to be accurate. 

Here are the rules, so to speak. If you sign on for do this, you're agreeing to the following: 
  • Once you send me your email address, I'll email you a .pdf file of the book. You'll read it and write a review that you publish on Amazon and/or Goodreads. An honest review. If you love it, say that. If you hate it, say that. If you're in between, say that too. 
  • In the interest of full disclosure, please mention in your review that you are not being paid to write this but that you have received a free copy in exchange for an honest review. 
  • Everyone who follows through and writes the review will receive a free autographed copy of the paperback. 
  • Don't share the .pdf with anyone. If you like the book, please tell others, but don't give them the book for free. I am trying to make a living at this, after all. 
  • Please email me a copy of your review so that I can use it in publicity. I won't use your name unless you say I can, but I'd appreciate it if I could quote you. 
  • Finally, when you email me, I would like permission to add you to my mailing list if you aren't already on it. If you would rather not, just say so in your email and I won't add you--promise. 
So all you have to do is comment on here. First five commenters win. 



First Five Frenzy with Rebecca Podos of Rees Literary Agency

  Posted by Amy Trueblood in Amy Trueblood's Blog, 17 April 2015 · 24 views

            If you’re like me, you toil for hours editing and fine-tuning the first pages of your manuscript. You look at the first lines to make sure they are compelling and tight.  You examine the next few paragraphs, hoping your MC’s voice is already taking hold of the reader.   The […]



Book Talk & Giveaway: THIS MONSTROUS THING by Mackenzi Lee

  Posted by bigblackcat97 in Writer, Writer Pants on Fire, 17 April 2015 · 26 views

My book talks are coming at you from a librarian, not a reviewer. You won't find me talking about style or craft, why I think this could've been better or what worked or didn't work. I only do book talks on books I liked and want other people to know about. So if it's here I probably think it won't injure your brain if you read it.

In a steampunk 1818 Geneva, people with clockwork appendages are second-class citizens. Many can only find medical care through the Shadow Boys, doctors and mechanics who operate in secret, building arms and legs for victims of the recent wars. As public sentiment against clockworks grows stronger, Alasdair Finch, his brother Oliver, and the father that taught them everything must exercise extreme caution.

Alasdair's life falls apart when Oliver is killed in an accident, his father arrested, and Mary - the girl he loves - is gone. Putting all of his skill to work, Alasdair resurrects his brother only to find that Oliver is not the brother he remembered. With the police on his tail and an opportunity to flee the country to a more accepting place, Alasdair puts Geneva behind him - and Oliver.

Under the protection of the brilliant Dr. Geisler - Oliver's former patron - Alasdair learns that the doctor is not the savior he was hoping for. The automatons he has built protect a terrible secret, and the clockwork girl who serves him is treated terribly. But the doctor's connections may be Alasdair's only hope of returning to Geneva for Oliver.

Meanwhile, the anonymous publication of Frankenstein has the public in an uproar, believing it to be not a work of fiction, but the true story of a resurrected clockwork man. Clockworks everywhere are forced to wear Frankenstein badges to identify themselves, and as Alasdair dives into the novel he finds too many parallels between himself and Victor Frankenstein for comfort. Who wrote it? Dr. Geisler, as wish-fulfillment for his own dark wants? Oliver, as a public rebuke to Alasdair for his abandonment? Or was it Mary, the girl he loved and shared his darkest secrets with?

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Friday Freeday Ramblings

  Posted by DebsBlueRoses in The Writer Ambitious, 17 April 2015 · 19 views

Happy Friday!

I actually don't have a lot to say today, as far as I know.

Yesterday felt like Friday, so today feels like it doesn't truly exist.

I got toast crumbs in my Kindle. I had a microwaved egg for breakfast and am still working on the iced salted caramel coffee w/fat-free french vanilla creamer. Yesterday was Free Coffee Day at Wawa.

I weep for those who don't have a Wawa.

I queried two agents who have a 2-month waiting time. I want to be at least nearly-complete with my proposal before I query the third, the one who tells you to be prepared to submit those in case they accept you. I should probably look into marketing, but business stuff is so...I wasn't born with the wherewithal to care about it. Did writers in the past have someone who cared to do it for them? It's so foreign to me.

I'm thinking of getting another part-time job while I'm stuck in "This person is going to retire, and you'll get their job" Limbo. And when I think about it, I don't really want their job. I just want to 37.5 hours and benefits just in case the next president decides to take away the Affordable Healthcare Act without actually giving us a better option like they keep saying there is.

I actually feel like I--someone who almost never gets sick or injured--shouldn't really have to pay for a service I almost never use just in case I happen to need it in some nondescript day in the future, but...that's another rant.

A to Z is going well. I think I've already said how surprised/glad I am people like my simple theme.

I decided to jog/walk yesterday. My right ankle wants to know why.

I continue to declare that 2015 is my year. We'll see for what when we reach that bridge.

Have a good weekend!



Crowd Funding & Self-Publishing: Tips From A Newbie

  Posted by From The Write Angle in From The Write Angle Blog, 16 April 2015 · 36 views

by Mindy McGinnis

I've never jumped into the self-publishing waters before, mostly because I feel like standing out in the crowd would be the biggest challenge. As a traditionally published author with HarperCollins I still feel that way, quite often. Even with everything my publisher does for me (and they do a lot) I'm a long way from being a household name. Pile on top of their efforts what I do myself in terms of promotion - Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, Pinterest, Blogging - yet in many ways I'm still just another voice in a very crowded room.

That's always been my reasoning behind not following the self-pub path... until recently.

A few months ago two good friends of mine, Demitria Lunetta and Kate Karyus Quinn - both fellow YA Harper authors - approached me about participating in an idea they had for a self-pub anthology that would feature short stories from thirteen authors (us and ten others yet-to-be-determined). I figured that this would be a good opportunity for me to learn about the process, and also ride along as we all learned how to run a Kickstarter.

After a couple of lengthy email chains we came up with a title AMONG THE SHADOWS: 13 STORIES OF DARKNESS & LIGHT.

I signed on, and between the three of us we quickly amassed our thirteen authors. You can see by our back cover that we've been lucky. Some big names in YA are contributing to this project, and yes that definitely had a huge impact on our success so far. But I can still speak to the process of self-pubbing and crowd funding as a wide-eyed, carefully-stepping, newbie who wants to be sure there aren't any landmines in the field she's about to cross.

One of the first things we did was pool non-monetary resources. What could we do ourselves? What friends or family members had skills we could utilize?

When it comes to publishing of any sort, cover is always key. With our theme of darkness and light, we knew we could get a great visual out of that. After some stock photography purchases and a lot of favors called in from Demitria's talented brother, we ended up with a pretty kickass cover.

We were thrilled. With just the funding for the stock photography involved and the design talent of Demitria's brother we had a great cover. Be aware this wasn't an overnight job. We went through a few different concepts and quite a bit of tweaking once we'd settled on one.

Tip: If you're calling in favors from friends or family, make sure you're comfortable giving your opinion, and they're happy to rework. A bad cover will sink you. Be ready to give feedback if you don't like what they produce, and be up front with them about what you want from the beginning.

So we had the outside of a book! Great! But the inside of a book has to be designed as well, something a lot of people don't think about. Again, we were lucky to have an author on board who has formatted interiors in both physical and e-formats, and she graciously volunteered her talents. (Thank you RC Lewis, you are a good, kind, talented person).

Tip: When asking for in-depth work of this type from a friend or contributor, make sure that you have deadlines in place that you can give them far in advance. Formatting is time-consuming. Don't drop it in their lap and ask for it by the weekend.

What else can get costly in self-publishing? Editing.

Editing is a different animal from writing. Not all writers can self-edit and many editors will tell you they can't write worth a lick. A very different skill set is involved, but hiring a freelance editor can get expensive. The three of us asked ourselves if we honestly thought we could do it, and decided that yes, we could. With each of us having gone through the process of being professionally edited for our published books (six between us all), we decided to take what we've learned from that experience.

Tip: If you're going to edit yourself, or edit for a friend, you must both be comfortable giving and taking criticism. Compliments are wonderful, but they don't improve the story.

Finally, the big concern that has always held me back from self-publishing: visibility.

Even with a great line up of authors with built-in fan bases, our anthology would need advertising dollars in order to get exposure. There are a lot of great ways to get your book in front of readers. Advertising on Goodreads gets clicks, and many people have had success with Bookbub, an e-book email blast with tons of subscribers. But advertising comes at a price - and not a cheap one.

Crowdfunding can be a fantastic way to gain support and dollars for your project, but there are a lot of pitfalls along the way. We put together a list of feasible incentives that we knew we could deliver on time, and set our goal at a reasonable amount.

Tip: Be aware that running a Kickstarter is a project in and of itself. Make sure you have the time to invest in putting together a good pitch, design a nice page, and be able to post updates on your progress.

Tip: Be inventive with your incentives, but don't promise anything you can't deliver. Post clear dates on when the incentives will be made available.

Tip: Be honest with yourself about how much money you actually need. Setting a high goal can be off-setting to possible contributors. Remember you can always go over your set goal, but coming in under means (in some crowdfunding platforms) you don't receive any of the pledge money.

I'm very happy to share that our Kickstarter for AMONG THE SHADOWS was fully funded within 48 hours. Yes, it's definitely true that having known authors on the list gave us a boost, but we also followed the steps above and used common sense to help us out. Even with a great lineup of authors, a bad cover or a high donation ask would have been a turn off.

So far my first experience in self-pubbing has been great... but, what about the final question? Sales.

I'll let you know when AMONG THE SHADOWS comes out September 14th!

Mindy McGinnis is a YA author who has worked in a high school library for thirteen years. Her debut, NOT A DROP TO DRINK, a post-apocalyptic survival story set in a world with very little freshwater, has been optioned for film my Stephanie Meyer's Fickle Fish Films. The companion novel, IN A HANDFUL OF DUST was released in 2014. Look for her Gothic historical thriller, A MADNESS SO DISCREET in October of 2015 from Katherine Tegen Books. 



Print Books Have Arrived!

  Posted by Deb Borys in Debra R. Borys, 15 April 2015 · 27 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.    



My Promoting Experiences

Posted by D. E. Jackson in Adventures of Wolf 4, 14 April 2015 · 42 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Book Trailer
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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SAP Needs Some Shai AgassiJust to add insult to injury in the recent shellacking SAP took in Oakland, former SAP VP Shai Agassi the man who would have been SAP's CEO now (or at least coCEO) if he had just waited patiently in line like a good boy has just been named 28th leading "global thinker" on the Second Annual Annual Top 100 celine bag List of Global Thinkers.
Therefore presumably he recommended it to SAP's boards along with a caution that Oracle would maybe/likely/probably sue SAP. Also according to published reports, Agassi estimated in an email that IT investment analysts would quickly figure out that this idea would hurt Oracle future earnings so much that its market valuation would plummet because the big profits in enterprise software are on the services side of the income statement. (In reality, investment analysts yawned at the idea and although I have not read the transcripts and filings I celine handbags would guess that back in 20062007, SAP's boards would have spent no more time thinking about this idea than on the annual SAP paperclip budget.)
So that was the "global thinking" part of the TomorrowNow idea. I admired what Agassi was doing at the time with the SAP NetWeaver business. It was similarly wide in scope and potentially gamechanging for the enterprise software market. SAP's middleware business quickly but quietly passed the billiondollar mark. The thinking was outside the box (shame on me) even if the TomorrowNow fiasco led to some inside the buoy sailing.
As I said, I haven't studied the transcripts. Please correct me if the public record says I'm If Agassi personally was involved in the subsequent TomorrowNow operations (he says he was not), including the illegal downloading of Oracle software to which SAP has admitted and about which SAP executives have admitted knowing post acquisition, then the whole global thinker thing takes on a different dimension.
[Side note: From an Celine IT perspective, working through the list to Shai you also find Amazon's (NASDAQ:AMZN) Jeff Bezos and Apple (OTC:APPL) cofounder Steve Jobs, and the Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) Boys.

[Second side note: Speaking of shellackings, President Obama came in at number three after Buffet/Gates at number http://www.celinehandbagse.com/ 1 and the leaders of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank. In golf, that would put Obama in fifth place instead of third but apparently the rules are different in foreign policy.]


Spring Optimism

  Posted by Jemi in Just Jemi, 13 April 2015 · 24 views

Camp NaNoWriMo is here and I've pitched my tent and am camping out for the month. While we still have piles of hardened snow in our front and back yards, we also have these popping up, so spring is finally on the way!

After piecing together my last draft and doing a round of revisions, I needed to let it sit for a bit, so it's a perfect time for NaNo.

I've set my goal at 30k for the month, but I'm already over 20k, so I know I won't have any trouble meeting it.

This story is a companion novel to the previous draft and another in my potential Bloo Moose series. I feel like I'm finally making progress incorporating conflict into my stories, and the last 3 stories will hopefully be publishable after a few more rounds of revisions and edits.

Maybe it's just spring making me optimistic, or the excitement of NaNo, but I feel I'm becoming a stronger writer and hoping I'll have the confidence to put those stories out there when they're ready!

How about you, is spring making you optimistic too? Or am I the only delusional one around here?



Balenciaga Garage Design

Posted by fksiassacise in fksiassacise's Blog, 13 April 2015 · 19 views

List of Balenciaga Garage Design Software
Coming up with a garage plan is a solution to three things: formulating layouts, selecting the material, and deciding the cost to build your garage.
Garage designing or remodeling is a task that is often pushed down the todo list by many. Most people are hesitant to pay a hefty interior designer's fee for this job; hence, they attempt to do it on their own. However, doing it by yourself is tedious and requires a lot of technical knowledge, designing expertise, accurate planning, and perfect estimating skills. Without requisite skill and expertise, you may end up with less than perfect results. An alternate, almost perfect, and free (most of the time), solution is to make use of a garage design software. It allows you to implement your own design ideas, without paying a dime to interior designers. Let us learn more about this tool.
A garage is no longer just a place to park your car for the night. For some, it is a place to hold band practice sessions, for others it might be a place to just be by themselves, some might use it as their workshop and others might just convert it into an extra bedroom. Remodeling is tough and it requires expertise and special skills. If you do not wish to hire special carpenters and designers and do it on your own, garage designing software are something that will make the job easier for you.
What Does a Garage Designing Software Do?It comes equipped with an array of functions that can be easily accessed through a userfriendly interface.
It allows you to modify the size of your garage, while repositioning the doors, windows, storage cupboards, and other furniture. balenciaga bag
Besides, you can choose from an array of roofing and flooring options. It also allows you to manipulate finer design aspects such as stud size, stud spacing, etc.
You can choose to work with a simple fourwalled feature or you may move to the more advanced balenciaga handbag custombuilt garage feature.
Besides design and planning, the software also allows you to http://www.balenciagatop.com/ get an estimate on materials. The approximate quantity of materials is also selected by the software according to the size of your garage. This feature particularly helps you order the correct quantity of materials. The final cost is also calculated by the software.
The best thing about them is that you don't have to be an engineer or a technical expert to understand their basics or to learn how to use the tools. Their user interfaces are selfexplanatory, which makes them pretty easy to use. You can select from a variety of software that are available online, some for free, and some for a minimal amount.
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Before you start, the most important thing you need to know about this software is that, it cannot be used on any other browser except Internet Explorer. Available for free, you can download it off the official website and start using it immediately. Some of its most amazing features let you employ multiple construction methods based on your choices and building preferences, analyze the designs in multiple views and 3D rotations, choose a design based on your budget, and also let you specify the materials that you would like to use in your design.
This software is most useful for them who plan to design their garage starting from the base and graduating through the walls to the roof. It allows you to work on all the possible elements that go into building a garage from scratch or remodeling it. These include doors, windows, roofs, walls, railings, flooring, etc. Once you give your designs, ideas, and inputs, and measurements of the area to be done, this software provides you with a list of all the materials that you would require to get the job done and also their rough estimate. The software is available for free and can be downloaded from the web.
This software is used to design homes, apartments, standalone rooms, garages, landscapes, etc., but is not specific to designing garages. After you are done sketching a basic design for your garage, you are required to add various design elements like flooring, doors, windows, storage cupboards, etc., to it from Google 3D Warehouse. It is a free program available on the Internet and is easy to understand, so even if you are a beginner, you don't have to worry much about being able to use it.
This software makes the activity of designing a garage online fun and interactive by introducing a digital instructor, contextbased tips that help you enhance your design, and external online resources that can be used for additional reference. The one thing that can hold you back from using this software is its price tag. If you do think of buying the software and want to be extremely sure of your investment, you may first sign up for a free trial session. But, with the endless number of features it provides, it should totally be worth the price you pay for it.
For those who want to go pro and wish to take up a fullfledged business in designing or remodeling garages, this is the software you should be looking at. Although it is fairly new, it comes equipped with thorough and extensive programs that help you cater to all your designing needs. It not just tells you the materials that you would need to come up with your dream garage design, but also gives you detailed information about things like how much earth will need to be excavated and the like! It sure does come at a price, but they give you the option of paying the full price in monthly installments.
The stepbystep instruction set for designing and implementing your ideas that comes along with these software makes them a huge favorite among them who take up remodeling their home by themselves. Thus, this can be a useful product if you have any plans for your garage in the near future. Alternatively, you may also subscribe to shortterm memberships offered by some websites dealing in this business.


How's a cliffhanger different from an unhappy ending?

Posted by Selene Bell in Confessions of a Binge Reader, 12 April 2015 · 20 views

Two of my favorite books ever, Timothy O’Brien’s The Lake in the Woods and Yann Martel’s Life of Pi, end with readers scratching their heads over what actually happened. I happen to love that kind of thing, where skillful writers craft a whole story that depends on you the reader making a crucial decision about the plot. It’s different from what I think of as a cliffhanger, because unlike a story that ends too soon, or when you really, really want to know what happens next, the whole book is set up around this single question.

Cliffhangers are on my mind right now because I’m 95 percent finished with a rewrite for an agent who’s potentially interested in being my agent, and I’m trying to figure out how to end my novel. Wikipedia says a cliffhanger is a plot device in fiction that features a main character in a precarious or difficult dilemma, or confronted with a shocking revelation at the end of an episode of serialized fiction. And I’ll add, which make people really, really angry these days.

So my goal is to not have a cliffhanger, and yet, I can’t quite figure out how to craft an ending that’s not happy but also doesn’t leave readers dangling. What’s the difference there when there’s another book to come, and thus it’s potentially bad only for now, because who knows, characters could later forgive, or come to their senses? I’m having a tough time coming up with parallels.

• There’s Gone With the Wind and Scarlett looking forward to another day when Rhett leaves. Is that enough, or was that just OK because readers back then weren’t conditioned to expect a book No. 2?

• When Veronica Roth’s Divergent series ends in Allegiant, that’s clearly not a happy ending, and yet Four taking his plunge off the building with Tris, in a different way, provides closure. But as the end of a series, it’s not really applicable.

• When Sirius dies in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Harry’s devastated and talks to everyone he can trying to find something he can’t define. And he does, eventually, get some help from Luna and then from life going on with people who care for him. Yet, what if your sad ending isn’t that final?

Actually, I think this smattering of examples provides my answer even though they’re not the same. The point is, stuff happens after the bad stuff. It’s not just bad thing bang! The end. There’s some conclusion the main character reaches that gives them—at least momentarily—peace, if not happiness.



Love and Rumors is now FREE!

  Posted by Jean Oram in The Love Bug Blog, 12 April 2015 · 17 views

I’m excited to announce that Love and Rumors is now available as an e-book everywhere for free!

This is book one in the Summer Sisters series and stars Hailey Summer who is a nature photographer who needs money, fast. She figures she can snap a few paparazzi shots of Finian Alexander, a visiting movie star. To her surprise, things get turned around on her and instead of her going paparazzi, she’s the one who ends up in the tabloids as a woman of interest!

This series is set in Muskoka Canada which is a region where I vacationed with my family as a child and adult. In fact, the Summer’s cottage, Trixie Hollow, is based on my grandmother’s cottage which was built in 1900. Many of the places and issues in the series are actually real and I’ve snuck pieces of my own experiences and love for the area into the books. I hope that you enjoy the sweep-you-away romances as well as getting to know this unique area of Canada.


The real life inspiration for the Summer’s cottage Trixie Hollow in The Summer Sisters.

The veranda--and the wicker furniture that features in The Summer Sisters!

The veranda–and the wicker furniture that features in The Summer Sisters! (The hammock is the one Connor naps in in Love and Dreams (book 2).)

Muskoka scenery. Lake Rosseau--near Baby Horseshoe Island (fictional island owned by the Summers).

Muskoka scenery. Lake Rosseau–near Baby Horseshoe Island (fictional island owned by the Summers).

Love and Rumors is rated 4.7 stars out of 5 (27 reviews)

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Love and Rumors by Jean Oram

Book ONE in the Summer Sisters series from New York Times and USA Today bestselling romance author Jean Oram!

One photographer who needs cash—fast. One movie star with an offer as tempting as his bad boy smile.

Hailey Summer needs more time. As the eldest Summer sister she’s always taken on the task of solving everyone’s problems—including finding ways to hold onto the family’s precious historic cottage. Only this time she’s stretched too far and is in danger of losing absolutely everything that matters to her from her dream photography business to her sisters’ trust to the cottage that’s been in the family for over a century. Will Hailey find the money she needs or will she have to confront a lot more than just the family members she’s kept in the dark?

When Finian Alexander closes his eyes he is haunted by his family’s destitute past and the unfulfilled promises he’s made to others. Only a fraction away from making the A-list food chain and fulfilling his promises, Finian needs help from the paparazzi to push his next ‘bad boy of Hollywood’ escapade into the limelight. Problem is he’s in the Canadian Muskokas and the only photographer he’d consider partnering with slaps him every time he deserves it—which is increasingly often as he becomes more desperate.
Will Hailey and Finian give in to the easy way out of their problems, or will discover how alike they truly are when they hit the tabloids—together?

This is the first book in the Summer Sisters beach read contemporary romance series.

The Summer Sisters Series:

Love and Rumors (Book 1 FREE!!) Audio coming soon!
Love and Dreams (Book 2)
Love and Trust (Book 3: NEW RELEASE!)
Love and Danger (Book 4: NOW AVAILABLE FOR PREORDER. Release date: April 24, 2015)

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Fairytale Fortnight Features CROWN OF ICE

  Posted by LucidDreamer in LucidDreamer's Blog, 08 April 2015 · 32 views

Check out my interview over at The Book Rat’s blog: http://www.thebookrat.com/   There’s a giveaway as well! Two books, THE ARTISANS by Julie Reece, and CROWN OF ICE by yours truly.


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