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MONDAY MUSINGS: EVERY WORD COUNTS

  Posted by Amy Trueblood in Chasing The Crazies , 22 September 2014 · 5 views

      On Twitter every day I watch people setting goals for word counts and then racing toward those goals like a fiend. These writers inspire and encourage me to set my own goals. Some days it’s 500 words. Others it may be 1k. Do I fulfill those goals every day? Not always and here […]

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Gearing Up For IN A HANDFUL OF DUST Release With Giveaways!

  Posted by bigblackcat97 in Writer, Writer Pants on Fire, 22 September 2014 · 19 views

Oh boy. So, today is the last day you have to suffer without IN A HANDFUL OF DUST, and tomorrow you can start suffering in all new ways.<br /><br />As a reader myself I know that sometimes you get excited about a book, but the TBR pile is huge, and you never get around to reading the first one. Believe me, I know.<br /><br />So, in order to help you out, I'm pre-celebrating the arrival of IN A HANDFUL OF DUST with some NOT A DROP TO DRINK giveaways.<br /><br />5 E-book copies are up for grabs, as are 5 paperbacks with extra content, including a short story.<br /><br /><a class="rafl" href="http://www.rafflecop...lay/2071810b76/" id="rc-2071810b76" rel="nofollow">a Rafflecopter giveaway</a><br /><script src="//widget.rafflecopter.com/load.js"></script><br /><br /><a class="rafl" href="http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/2071810b77/" id="rc-2071810b77" rel="nofollow">a Rafflecopter giveaway</a><br /><script src="//widget.rafflecopter.com/load.js"></script>

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Ripping Movie Review: Godzilla (2014)

  Posted by Professor VJ Duke in The Punchy Lands!, 22 September 2014 · 13 views

PF! Welcome and hi, and maybe a hello! This week will be a bit odd–schedule wise. This RMR was supposed to be published last Thursday, but lots of dadblameries happened at once–and all in between. It will be a short week. The last post will be Tuesday.

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What is one supposed to call a movie that has hardly any Godzilla scenes?

Definitely not Godzilla!

This movie, you see, is badly in need of a severe ripping.

And so, this professor, the analysts, and the whole MicP Studios Team has done what they’ve done–no, they’ve done what they needed to done! Something like that…

It should be mentioned, too, that Godzilla is a bit overweight in his 2014 appearance.

It must be all the radiation.

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Query Questions with Brent Taylor

  Posted by Michelle4Laughs in Michelle4Laughs: It's in the Details, 22 September 2014 · 21 views

Writers have copious amounts of imagination. It's what makes their stories so fantastic. But there's a darker side to so much out of the box thinking. When a writer is in the query trenches, their worries go into overdrive. They start pulling out their hair and imagine every possible disaster.

 



Here to relieve some of that endless worrying is a new series of posts called Query Questions. I'll ask the questions which prey on every writer's mind, and hopefully take some of the pain out of querying. These are questions that I've seen tossed around on twitter and writing sites like Agent Query Connect. They are the type of questions that you need answers for the real expert--agents!

If you have your own specific query question, please leave it in the comments and it might show up in future editions of Query Questions as I plan to rotate the questions.


Brent Taylor was a Pitchwars mentor when I met him. Suddenly, he pulled out of the contest. Shortly after, we found out why. Brent has become an associate agent with Triada US. Congrats, Brent. I'm so happy to offer you a spotlight.

Is there a better or worse time of year to query?
I don’t believe so. I’m looking for great stories 365 days a year.


Does one typo or misplaced comma shoot down the entire query?
If the concept and writing otherwise enticed me, no. If I felt on the fence about it, the typo would show me that you didn’t spend enough time “sweating” over the materials you sent me.


Do you look at sample pages without fail or only if the query is strong?
I almost always jump straight to the pages. There are too many incredible fiction writers that are bad at query letters (the same way I struggle sometimes with writing pitches). I usually skim the query for word count, category, genre, and to see if there are high enough stakes. Once I feel confident I want to request the full, I go back and read the query letter.


Do you have an assistant or intern go through your queries first or do you check all of them?
Although I spent years as the intern that did this on behalf of other agents and value interns greatly, I’m so new in my role at TriadaUS that I’ll be reading my own submissions for quite a while.


If the manuscript has a prologue, do you want it included with the sample pages?
Despite the fact that I am not a fan of prologues, and think they’re nearly always unnecessary, I still consider them as part of the first ten pages, which is what I request.


Some agencies mention querying only one agent at a time and some say query only one agent period. How often do you pass a query along to a fellow agent who might be more interested?
We often share and discuss projects with each other at TriadaUS.


Do you prefer a little personalized chit-chat in a query letter, or would you rather hear about the manuscript?
I prefer queries that jump straight into the story, but personalization at the end is always nice.


Most agents have said they don’t care whether the word count/genre sentence comes first or last. But is it a red flag if one component is not included?
Yes, these are important in determining whether or not a project is of interest to me.


Writers hear a lot about limiting the number of named characters in a query. Do you feel keeping named characters to a certain number makes for a clearer query?
I recommend writing the most concise query letter possible, which means you should probably refrain from mentioning secondary characters. All I want to know from your query letter is:
  • Who your protagonist is
  • What they want more than anything in the world
  • What (or who) is stopping them
  • And what’s going to happen if they don’t get what they want
Should writers sweat the title of their book (and character names) or is that something that is often changed by publishers?
The title or characters names have never been, and probably never will be, a reason for me rejecting a novel.


Many agents say they don't care if writers are active online. Could a twitter account or blog presence by a writer tip the scales in getting a request or offer? And do you require writers you sign to start one?
It depends on the project—is it nonfiction, a memoir? I primarily work with fiction, and the number of twitter and blog followers a writer has does nothing for me either way.
I would advise my clients to have a website and social media presence, but the only thing I would ever require is great fiction writing. That’s what matters to me.


Some writers have asked about including links to their blogs or manuscript-related artwork. I’m sure it’s not appropriate to add those links in a query, but are links in an email signature offensive?
Absolutely not. I often google search potential clients anyway and find their blogs that way, so I appreciate being able to skip a step.


If a writer makes changes to their manuscript due to feedback should they resend the query or only if material was requested?
Only if I specifically requested the project be revised and resubmitted.


What bio should an author with no publishing credits include?
I don’t care as much at all about this part of the query letter, but starting with your day job is fine. If you’re querying me for a police procedural thriller and I see you’re an FBI agent, I’ll be particularly intrigued.


What does ‘just not right mean for me’ mean to you?
It means that I can’t fall in love with the project enough to believe that I would be the best agent for it.


Do you consider yourself a hands-on, editorial type of agent?
I can be, yes, but some clients don’t require it. I’m a flexible agent constantly molding myself to fit the tailored needs of my clients, and if a project needs an intensive edit before going out on submission, I am willing and delighted, even, to provide the necessary editorial guidance. 


What three things are at the top of your submission wish list?
I would love a middle grade fantasy, a young adult thriller, and a new adult romantic suspense.


What are some of your favorite movies or books to give us an idea of your tastes?
My favorite shows at the moment are Revenge (Gossip Girl meets Person of Interest in the Hamptons) and The Following (fast-paced, hard-boiled, edge-of-your-seat thriller). I would love to find someone that writes high-stakes books similar to those of Cecily Von Ziegesar and my good friend Michelle Madow.


My recent favorites have included CARTWHEEL by Jennifer Dubois, A SNICKER IN MAGIC by Natalie Lloyd, and BELZHAR by Meg Wolitzer.

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Do Cupcakes Inspire You?

  Posted by SC_Author in SC Write--Writing, Publishing, and Harry Potter, 22 September 2014 · 24 views

Just look at that cupcake below.

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Yea. I'm having late-night cravings thanks to Wendy Nikel. She asked if eating them makes me feel inspired in respond to a cry on Twitter wondering what I should blog about.

THIS IS A CHALLENGE! I must somehow incorporate writing with cupcakes!

But now I'm just so dang hungry and really want a cupcake with frosting and cakeyness. Argh. I'm hungry. But it's 1 AM. No way I can run out to buy cupcakes, that's just weird. 

YES, THE CONNECTION!

This oddly plays so well with those sudden bursts of writing at the worst possible times. Like, "holy crap I need to write, but I have to be up by seven tomorrow and it's two am. BUT I MUST WRITE!"

I must have that cupcake!! Should I wait until I wake up? But I know myself, and I know that if I go to sleep, when I wake up I will no longer have my cupcake craving. My inspiration will fade away and I won't be as cupcake-passionate.

That happens to me in writing as well. It happened a lot in the beginning, but I think I've trained myself to be inspired on my own command - and to write even if I'm not inspired. But there was a time....I think late last year, when I just had to write a scene I was mulling in my head before I went to sleep. I usually think about stuff before I sleep (who doesn't?) and I was thinking about my characters, and what if this? what if that? And I felt so passionately about a scene, so riled up, I had to get out of bed and write it. And I did, and I'm so proud of it because I've never felt like that while drafting anything before. It was an incredibly powerful experience (so powerful it made me get out of bed!) and I don't regret it. After all, given months and months, who'll ever regret not getting enough sleep that one night? Unless, of course, it leads to some crazy things the next day and in that case, you're more than justified to regret not sleeping enough.

Do you have these cupcake inspirations? (That's what I'm going to call them from now on :D Thanks Wendy!!) How do these inspirations come - randomly or with a lot of thought - and how do you handle them if the situation is really bad for you to start writing? (I usually text myself some lines or main ideas.)


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Brought to His Knees

  Posted by Jemi in Just Jemi, 22 September 2014 · 9 views

If you're here looking for my entry into Alex J Cavanaugh's Undiscovered Treasures Blogfest, I posted a day early. Click here to take you there!




Adult content and giveaway today folks! If that's not your thing, I'll see you next time! :)

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The Alpha male. Strong. In control. Letting no one and nothing rule him…until he meets the one, and all bets are off. The world tilts, the bed rocks, and suddenly that tough guy finds himself Brought to His Knees—in more ways than one.

This collection of ten hot to erotic novellas and one short erotic novel will take you on journeys of lust, love, and adventure, leave you breathless and quite possibly in need of a cold shower.

Dark Wolf Enterprises
Murder, mayhem and imprinting with a hot wolf shifter… And they say being an accountant is boring.

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The big break Trudy Hollander’s small accounting firm needs has finally arrived, but unfortunately it comes with murder, mayhem and Kristof Farkas, a man she just can’t seem to resist. Even worse, Kristof is the CFO of Dark Wolf Enterprises—the one person who can pull the plug on the job that will take her company to the next level.
And then there are the assassins who can jump from three stories up and still be able to run away…
Kristof has no intention of giving in to his inner wolf and claiming Trudy. She’s human. Too fragile to withstand being a shifter’s mate. But the need to protect her is stronger than his resolve, and his desire is more powerful yet. He’ll fight with everything he has to keep her safe, both from those who would hurt her, and from himself.


Building Bridges
A vet tech and a lone wolf rancher ride out a sudden storm, but can they weather the emotions they stir up in each other...

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Vet tech Molly has the hots for new rancher William, even though he’s ornery and a bit of a lone wolf. She’s willing to take a chance and enjoy a stolen moment of passion in his arms, but she’s having doubts about leaving everything she knows behind to follow her dream.
William has saved up for years to finally get his grandfather’s ranch up and running again. Escaping into the foothills of Alberta is a good place to hide from the ghosts of his past. All he wants is to be left alone, but that’s kind of hard when a sexy vet tech seems to be always around.
After a sudden storm during an Indian summer forces them indoors, the temperature inside the cabin begins to rise. William helps Molly see that her dream is worth pursuing while she shows him maybe he doesn’t have to be alone after all. As the temperature plummets William gives Molly one ride she’ll never forget.



Three Strikes
Two lonely men. One secret affair. Irresistible passion that will push them both to the breaking point, and beyond.

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A knife attack left ex-Jamaican Posse member Vincent Williams scarred and also made him re-evaluate his life. He’s out of the gang and also the closet but lonely, yet to meet a man who’s interested in more than a one-and-done, a brief sexual encounter.
Because of his career as a police officer, Sergeant Kyle Pictou is afraid of coming out. Normally he doesn’t play close to home, but something about Vincent compels him to take a chance. It’s just sex, after all. Yet, as desire evolves into friendship and seemingly boundless passion, it’s Kyle who’s left wanting more—though he knows he can’t have it.


A Cowboy’s Seduction
One exhausted cowboy + One uptight account x A tropical resort = A hot seduction. But who is seducing whom?

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Brock Wade has raised his brothers and sister since their parents’ deaths fourteen years ago. All work and no vacation can make a cowboy a tad grumpy, or at least that’s what his family and crew believe. Brock wants to spend the two weeks before Christmas working as usual. Instead he’s forced by his siblings to take a vacation to the Sand Castle Resort…a vacation he doesn’t want to a Caribbean resort he’s never heard of. He’s sure he’ll be miserable the whole time.
Natalie Diamond is dreaming of getting out of icy Memphis and down to her parents’ oceanfront condo for a couple of weeks of rest and warmth. When her parents accept an out-of-town invitation, she’s sure she’ll be stuck at home watching it sleet and snow. But instead of leaving Natalie shivering, her parents send her on an all-expense paid trip to the Sand Castle Resort.
A casual friendship over drinks rapidly evolves into a hot seduction, which is great until feelings get involved. When vacation is over, Brock and Natalie are forced to make the difficult decision to walk away or see where life might lead them.
But falling in love in two weeks isn’t possible. Right?



Born to Sin
A tomboy in love makes a desperate attempt to seduce her best friend and succeeds beyond her wildest dreams. But this Alpha male isn’t easily tamed and has secrets that could very well tear them apart.

Blurb:
Just another one of the guys. That’s how Taylor Guillory has always been treated in her hometown of Grand Terre, Louisiana. And for the most part she never minded until Sinclair “Sin” Rivas opened up shop in town. With his dangerous eyes and legendary sex god status, Sin is so far out of her league, but that doesn’t stop Taylor from falling in love with the impossible man, or doing something so daring and unlike her for the chance to be with him.
Knowing he’s no good for her, Sin has stayed far away from Taylor since the day she walked into his shop, but when the little spitfire propositions him in the middle of the bar, there’s no way he’ll be able to walk away from the temptation. But his one-night only rule when it comes to women is challenged by the pleasure they experience, making him think that he might be a one-woman man after all.
But Sin has secrets that could very well destroy anything they forge together. Can a man born of sin find redemption in the arms of a woman just as tough as any man?


The Sound of Your Name
Their silent erotic encounters change his luck and awaken his soul, but secrets and cowboy superstitions can only keep them apart.

Blurb:
Ellie Donovan couldn’t care less about pro bull riders, until she’s sent out on the circuit to do a story about them for Modern Luxury magazine. She’d done many things to get a great story, but pimping herself out to a cowboy who thinks she’s the only thing keeping him on track for the gold buckle isn’t one of them. Being sexy Brody’s good luck charm isn’t exactly a hardship—until she discovers she doesn’t want it to end.
Brody Cameron can’t help bowing to cowboy superstition on the night he should have lost his spot on the pro circuit, when a secret tryst with a pretty stranger changes his luck, and his heart, forever. Caught between the love he wants and the money his family needs, Brody can’t share the truth with Ellie and risk losing his shot at the big money.
But when Cameron family secrets are exposed, and a jealous rival threatens to tear them apart, can Ellie and Brody break their silence without breaking each other’s hearts?



Beneath the Pages
One wicked night with her did nothing but whet his appetite. Now he’ll settle for nothing less than her complete submission.

Blurb:
Acacia owns and runs Fame, one of the hottest celebrity magazines in the country. She survives on convincing the rich and famous to reveal things they would normally do anything to keep hidden. She lives, eats and breathes the magazine. Day in and day out. She has no life, nothing to keep in the dark. Nothing but the night she gave herself over to the one man she never should have wanted.
Radigan, the most sought after actor in Hollywood, wants her again, and won’t take no for an answer. He had her for one night. Several hours of the best sex of his entire life, but she was gone the next morning before the sun had fully risen. His attempts to contact her have gone unanswered. Everything he’s tried so far has been a miserable failure. But he finally knows what to do to slip beneath the pages of her heart.
This time he’s playing for keeps and the exclusive rights to her body, heart and soul.


Cruising for Love
A vacation cruise comes with surprises—like the BDSM theme and her high school love, the one man she can’t resist.

Blurb:
When Andi Greene heads out on a cruise, she’s pumped for a fun week of sun bathing and chilling with her best friend. Little does she know her best friend has a number of surprises in store. The first is the cruise’s theme of bondage and domination. The other? Ship’s doctor Jonah Coleman, Andi’s first love, her high school boyfriend—the boy she thought she’d marry before he moved across the country and eventually dropped her cold. But there’s nothing cold about their reunion. Instead sparks fly, and Andi’s relaxing cruise seems set to turn into a week of hot loving.

Jonah can’t believe he’s getting a second chance with Andi—a grown-up Andi who might need more than he knows how to give. But he’s willing to put everything on the line to find out if the heat between them is just the remnants of teenage love or something more. And even though he has to let her go again, he’s determined this time she’ll never forget him.



Whipped
A scalding attraction. An irresistible passion. A pity she’s the one woman he can never have…

Blurb:
Dane Coulter is mourning the loss of his best friend, fellow Special Ops buddy, Cody. Oh, Cody didn’t die. It’s worse. He’s getting married. Cody is, in Dane’s opinion,whipped.

Dane swears he will never suffer the same fate. But when he meets a woman who can take all his dominant loving and beg for more, he realizes he may have met his match. It’s a damn shame she’s the one woman in the world his man-code deems untouchable…his best friend’s sister.


Chief Sin
A taste of Sin isn’t enough. Instead she wants all of him, including the heart she once broke.

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Mavis Tanem has the world at her feet. She’s young, wealthy, and independent, yet none of that means anything. Years of seeking revenge against her father have left her cold and hard. There’s no place in her life for softness—for love. Yet when her brother goes missing she’s forced to go back to where it all started. And back to Bowie Sinet, the man she broke.
The devil was back in Tanem, Texas and Bowie is ready for the smart-mouthed and sexy as hell woman who’d torn his heart to pieces. As sheriff he’s used his handcuffs for a lot, but what he wants to do with them and Mavis might just be against the law, in more ways than one.
A single night is too much and yet not enough for either of them. They both know it’s too late to change the past, but maybe together they can exorcise the ghosts that haunt them, and find some peace.


Make Me Surrender
When it comes to two of the hottest guys in town, she has a proposition…to win their attention, passion, hearts.

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For over a year, Mercy’s had her eye on Travis and Dutch, two of the hottest guys on the Oregon coast. Dark and dangerously virile, Travis owns a saloon that caters to bikers. Dutch looks like one, right down to his impressive tats, and operates a motorcycle repair shop on the premises.
When a position opens in the saloon’s kitchen, Mercy sees a way to be near these sinfully sexy men, wanting the job and lodging, her cabin snuggled between theirs.
Travis isn’t so sure about having Mercy nearby. She’s deliciously curvy, but too nice. He’s into temporary fun. To Dutch, forever is a dirty word.
Imagine their surprise when sweet little Mercy encourages wild nights of carnal pleasure with a dash of bondage and spanking…followed by friendship and tenderness.
Before she’s through, these tough guys won’t know what hit them.

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