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Name That Judge #13 (Last One)

  Posted by Michelle4Laughs in Michelle4Laughs: It's in the Details, 02 August 2015 · 8 views

This judge has been correctly named! See the comments for the answer. Thanks for playing everyone!

It should be getting easier as more names are crossed off. This judge has not been put forth as a guess in any post yet.

Ready for another of our little game of Name that Judge? Let's see if this one goes as quickly. There are 34 Query Kombat judges and all are agented or published writers with experience in this business.

Some have agreed to join me and give away a prize to whoever guesses their nickname. You can find their bios at Mike's blog, SC's blog, and my blog. (No, I'm not providing the links. Where's the fun in that? But look in the May archive.) I will provide the list of judge names. Guessed judges are marked off.

Jessica Kapp
Kathleen Allen
Tracy Townsend
Laura Heffernan
Max Wirestone
Kristin B. Wright
Mary Ann Marlowe
Betsy Aldredge
Carrie DuBois
Natasha Raulerson
Sarah Glenn Marsh
Amy Trueblood
Judy Clemens
Wade Albert White
Tatum Flynn
Kim Long
Jamie Howard
Richard Pearson
Melissa Caruso
Wendy Nikel
Christina June
J.C. Davis
Stephanie Scott
Carrie Ann
Kendra Young
Heather Powell-van Fleet
Amanda Heger
Annika Sharma
Rena Olsen
Cale Dietrich
Sharon Chriscoe
Marty Mayberry
Dan Koboldt
Maragaret Fortune

This judge's nickname was Princess of Llamas. And they have provided a few hints:

Writes MG fantasy
First year QK judge
Used "just" 138 times in recent WIP before revising
Twitter homepage contains a relative

First one to correctly name this judge wins a first chapter critique. I'll put a time limit of five days on this, but hopefully we won't need to worry about such things.

Other rules. Let's see...

You don't have to have entered or been picked for Query Kombat to play. Anyone may try and Name That Judge. There will be other posts with fresh judges coming up soon. You may enter more than one Name That Judge post. You may only guess once on each post. You must leave a way to reach you--twitter handle or email address.




I Need to Live on the Outer Banks

  Posted by Joe Stephens in My Train of Thought, 01 August 2015 · 16 views

Today is the last full day at our condo overlooking the ocean. Tomorrow morning, we get up early, stop for breakfast on our way out, and by tomorrow night we'll be back in the real world, the world of appointments, deadlines, work, and shoes. There are so many things about this place that I will miss. Enough to know that a single spindly week each year is simply not sufficient.

First, I'll miss the dazzling sunrises. Every year, one of the main highlights for me is that first morning when I get up a little before six to await, coffee in hand, the appearance of that first red sliver over the horizon. It never doesn't quicken my pulse. No matter how many days I'm here, I never tire of seeing it. I remember when I was younger and went to the beach, I had to set an alarm one morning to make sure I got up to see at least a single sunrise. Now that I naturally go to bed early and get up with the chickens, it's a normal daily experience. And I'm glad. Even when I was younger, I felt like morning was the best time of the day and I always felt like I was wasting the shank of the day by sleeping. So now my body is finally in agreement with my mindset.

Second, I'll miss the constant low roar and never-ending movement of the ocean. I can literally sit for hours on the porch just taking it all in. There wasn't a screen in my bedroom window, so the first trip for me away from the condo was to buy an expandable screen so I could go to sleep to the tranquilizing thrum of the waters pounding against the shore.

Third, I'll miss the togetherness of family being here in one place. We're all here in every sense of the
word. No running off to work or spending time with other folks that aren't part of the family. We do everything together. We cook and eat together, we go to the beach together, we go out to dinner together, we go to tourist events together, we sit and watch TV together. I could go on, but whatever it is, it's together. Trips like these (and I know this isn't unique to the beach, but the time we do this is always at the beach in our family) are the only time each year that this is true for an extended period of time. Even when everyone comes together during the holidays, someone's always having to leave early go off to see someone else or do work.

Fourth, I'll miss hours of uninterrupted reading time. Even though I kind of get paid to read and write, I still feel like there are more "productive" things I could be doing while I'm at home. Here, I feel no such impediment, so, as a result, I'm on my third book of the week.

There are many other things I could list, but I don't want to spend any more time writing. Breakfast is almost ready and then it's off to the beach. Or maybe some porch sitting. Or taking a walk. Or reading.



Cover Reveal for Vicki Leigh's FIND ME IF YOU DARE!

  Posted by bigblackcat97 in Writer, Writer Pants on Fire, 01 August 2015 · 15 views

Today I get to reveal the cover for fellow Ohio author Vicki Leigh's FIND ME IF YOU DARE the sequel to CATCH ME WHEN I FALL. Vicki is running an awesome giveaway on her Tumblr to celebrate the reveal, so definitely check that out!

They may have won the first battle, but the Apocalypse has just begun.

Five weeks have passed since the battle that left Rome and Columbus in ruins. Sheltered in the hidden city of Caelum, Daniel and Kayla train alongside over one hundred Magus and Protectors, hoping that their unified ranks will be enough to take down their greatest threat yet: Richard, his followers, and his horde of Nightmares. Then a fallen comrade is returned to Caelum with a message carved into his chest and a note referencing the four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, and Daniel knows their time for training is over.

Finally understanding Richard’s plans for Kayla and the three other Magus born on Halloween, Daniel and the rest of Caelum’s volunteers scout the U.S. in a desperate attempt to stop their enemy before he can unleash his first Horseman. But when massive attacks claim thousands of lives, people all over the world begin to fall ill—including those Daniel and Kayla care about the most.

With the Horseman of Pestilence released, Daniel knows it’s time to step aside and let Kayla take the lead. Only she has the power to rival her father’s. But when Richard’s plot turns out to be darker than they imagined, their fight is met with more death and destruction—and an enemy who might be unbeatable, after all.

Don't forget to check out Vicki's Tumblr for a chance to win all this awesome stuff:

  • 20 copies of CATCH ME WHEN I FALL (Book One of the Dreamcatcher Series)
  • a signed copy of CITY LOVE by Susane Colasanti
  • a The Vampire Diaries wall poster of Damon Salvatore
  • a copy of SHADOW STUDY by Maria V. Snyder
  • 5 handmade dream catchers
  • a poster of the SORCERER HEIR series, signed by Cinda Chima
  • 2 posters of the cover of DOON, signed by Carey Corp and Lorie Langdon. 
  • a poster of the cover of DAMSEL DISTRESSED, signed by Kelsey Macke
  • a poster of Melissa Lander's ALIENATED cover



ANNOUNCING: The Write Inclusively Query Contest!!!!

  Posted by SC_Author in SC Write--Writing, Publishing, and Harry Potter, 31 July 2015 · 29 views


After much teasing and hinting, I'm so happy to announce the first ever Write Inclusively contest for unapologetically diverse novels!

SOOOO, what are the details?

First off, the background!!!! This contest came as a result of this post. Please read it.

Who can submit?
  • Anyone who does not have an agent and is seeking one.
  • Anyone who has a manuscript that will be clean and polished and ready to send by the submission date.
  • Anyone who has a manuscript that involves issues concerning any one (or many) of these exclusive systems: racism, homophobia, sexism, cissexism, citizenship, religious discrimination, abelism, xenophobia (which includes books that are not set in Western countries or settings), classism, colorismpolitics of appearance, and language (although, unfortunately, I won't be able to review books that are not written in English :( ). If I missed any, please let me know in the comments.

Does your manuscript fit the bill?
  • Here's an easy test! If the system of oppression present in your novel can be removed and you don't have to completely scrap the novel, that novel doesn't fit the bill.
  • ALL fiction genres and memoirs are welcome! Even fantasy/sci-fi and historical!
  • Worse come worst: submit anyway! I'll review the submissions anyway :)

What are the dates? How can I submit?
  • Submissions will be sent to writeinclusively (at) gmail (dot) com. The submission window will be from September 4th, 9 am EST - September 6th, 9 pm EST. You have a whole weekend to submit!
  • The agent round, when I'll publish the entries, will be from September 18 - September 20.
  • Be warned: I might just go around giving revision tips to entries I think are close but not close enough! You do not need to take my suggestions, not in the slightest.

Submission Guidelines

Send in your email just like this, bold where bolded, caps where caps. Replace the stuff in bracket [ ] with your own information.

Subject line of email: WI Submission - [Book Title, Genre]

Word Count: XX,XXX
Genre: [Age Category, Genre] (For example, YA Fantasy. Make sure to include both age and genre!)

System(s) of Oppression: [Pick the 1-2 systems of oppression that your book focuses most on (racism, homophobia, sexism, cis-sexism (racism, homophobia, sexism, cissexism, citizenship, religious discrimination, abelismxenophobiaclassismcolorismpolitics of appearance, and language).]

Author's Identity: [What is your identity? Pick the 1-2 identities that fall into the systems you picked above. Meaning, if you picked 'racism' and 'sexism', you'll mention your racial identity and your gender (Asian and male, for example). This might be uncomfortable - that is OKAY. Your name will not be published. I am doing this because since I cannot read every manuscript, and diverse novels written by authors of marginalized identities tend to be 'truer'. Does this mean I will not be picking novels written by non-marginalized identities? Of course not!!! Simply put: there aren't enough writers of marginalized identities out here, and non-marginalized authors have written incredible books centered on exclusive systems. We're counting on those incredible books :D]


[Insert query here. Line breaks, no tabs. Unless very relevant, no bios or comparison titles. I'll decide on an individual basis which ones to keep and which ones to delete :D

Please, unless you 'watered down' your query to pass Publishing's Paper Bag test, do not change or revise your query to make the system of oppression seem more prominent than it is in the novel.]

First 250:

[Insert the first 250 words of your manuscript here. Line breaks instead of paragraph tabs. If you have a prologue, include it. Do not stop in the middle of a sentence - if the 250th word falls in the middle of a sentence, feel free to finish that sentence and go a few words over :D]


We have seven amazing agents on board, and more to come! (If you're an agent seeing this, and want to participate in this contest, shoot me an email at SC_Author (at) yahoo (dot) com!)

GET THOSE MANUSCRIPTS READY!!!!!!!!!!!! Pitch Wars IS near the same time - however, you can submit to Write Inclusively if you don't get picked in Pitch Wars. So no worries :) 

Any questions? Please comment below!



Mom's Favorite Bread and Rolls Recipe

Posted by BakingMom1234 in BakingMom1234's Blog, 28 July 2015 · 34 views
Bread, Rolls, Moms, Hot Bread and 3 more...

Mom's Favorite Bread and Rolls Recipe My mother made this recipe for many years for our family when we had a holiday or special meal. This is my favorite recipe for rolls or bread.

5-6 cups White Lily or King Arthur Flour
2 pkg Yeast
½ cup Sugar
1 ½ tsp Salt
1 stick Margarine, melted
1 ½ cups hot tap water (110 degrees F)
2 Eggs
Cooking Oil
Combine 2 cups of flour, yeast, sugar and salt in large mixing bowl. Stir well and add butter. Add hot tap water and beat with paddle attachment approximately 2 minutes. Add eggs and 1 more cup of flour. Beat on high speed until thick and elastic (about 1 minute). Change over to bread hook and add enough remaining flour to make dough that leaves the side of the bowl.
Turn out onto a floured surface and knead 5-10 minutes until dough is smooth and elastic. Cover with plastic wrap and towel. Let rest for 20 minutes.
Punch down and shape into 2 ½ dozen rolls or bread loaf dipping in oil before placing into pan. Cover with plastic wrap and towel. At this point, you can refrigerate for 2-24 hours. If you are baking without refrigeration, let rise until double. After refrigeration, let rise until double.
Bake at 350 degrees F until done. Bread will sound hollow when done.


I'm a Southern Gal Living in the Deep South Mississippi

Posted by BakingMom1234 in BakingMom1234's Blog, 28 July 2015 · 107 views
Deep South, Live Oaks, Palm Trees and 4 more...

I Love Living in the South – I’m a Southern Gal

Why do I love living in the Deep South? In one word “atmosphere” is why I love living in the South. The atmosphere is unique and charming. The large Live Oak Trees are so beautiful with their sprawled out branches and welcome shade. Long flowing palm trees lined up and down the white sand beaches.
Flowers are blooming year round bringing color and beauty when winter dumps snow and ice in the north. Everyone waves at you even though they don’t know who you are. Good manners are how we do it with a smile. People are genuine in the deep south and do what they say they will do.
Sweet Tea – – Speaking of sweet tea, this quintessentially Southern drink is made by brewing tea, adding lots of sugar, and serving it over ice, lots of ice. I like my tea with lemon.
Southern women are strong and high spirited. Southern women really are magnificent creatures, and I am certainly proud to be one. Southern Women are brought up with a very strict code of conduct and natural manners. We are polite, respectful, intelligent, loving, kind, generous and delicate.
“Y’all” is soft and inclusive and oh-so-lovely when uttered in a slow Southern drawl. It’s a linguistic gem that Southerners sprinkle into pretty much every conversation. Darling is a word that is long and drawn out and so nice to hear.
What I love most about the Deep South is cooking the Deep South way. I have collections of my mother and grandmothers favorite and famous recipes. We just know how to cook. We are experts at frying chicken golden crispy and dripping with Crisco or Lard. Rich pies with fresh blackberries or sweet strawberries from the vine in a delicious Crisco pie crust topped with fresh dairy whipped cream and Blue Bell Vanilla Ice Cream. Jams, Jellies and marmalade canned to perfection ready to spread on made from scratch fluffy hot from the oven buttermilk biscuits. Fluffy dumplings with chicken and a side of garden green beans cooked with ham hock. We are experts cooking up a meal of kale greens with fried pork chops and homemade apple sauce with a side of hot from the oven corn bread.
But, I also love to eat at the local restaurants that serve Fried chicken, Biscuits and gravy, Shrimp and grits are one of my favorites, Pulled pork, Cornbread, Brisket, Mac and cheese, Catfish Po boys, Beans and Rice, Moon Pies, Boiled Peanuts, fresh Gulf Shrimp, Fish and $5 a dozen Oysters, Sweet Potatoes and Sweet Potato Fries. You can have a cookout and bonfire on the beach or a wedding.
Farmer’s Markets are open year round selling all types of Plants, Bakery goodies, Local Honey, Vegetables, Fruits, Pralines and Sweet Potatoes.
Summer in the South is like living in a sauna, which means you don’t need any expensive spa treatments to clear your pores. Your skin never gets dry, which helps stave off wrinkles. Once you wipe off the thick layer of sweat, you’re met with the most lovely, glowing skin you’ll ever see in your life.
The Deep South grows on you and before you know it, you are in love with the easy going Southern life.

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Writing+Kids+Summer+Life= Balance???

  Posted by mlebleek in Bleeker Street, 27 July 2015 · 31 views

Balancing my “writing life” with my “mom life” can be…interesting. This is especially true during the summer. Usually, I wake up early, go for a run, work until breakfast time then spend the day as mom. Then at night I put my youngest to bed and while my husband puts the others down I get back to work, usually working until I start sleep typing.


But in the past few weeks I’ve had to let my writing time spill into kid time as I’ve worked through some particularly rigorous revisions and edits on my latest manuscript. On those days of trying to balance EVERYTHING it is easy to feel overwhelmed. This balance is especially difficult when you have little people in your life who seem to find the absolute worst times to ask for stuff. So, to cut back on the stress at home, I made the following list to help my four little ones learn the least effective times to ask me to do something for them. This list is about requests for a snack, but I believe it has countless applications.

edits at the bouncy house

Editing while the kids play at the bouncy place


Acceptable reasons to break these guidelines: there is blood, something’s burning, police involvement, or a zombie is trying to gnaw its way through our screen door. Anything else can wait.

Top Ten WORST Times To Ask for a Snack (or anything, really)….

10- Ten letters into my word goal for the day.

9- Nine seconds after we pull out of the driveway.

8- Eight words into a conversation with someone on the phone. Exception to this rule: Telemarketers.

7- Seventy-five miles away from home while I’m fighting rush hour traffic.

6- Six steps into my workout.

5- The five whole minutes I get in the shower (this rule applies to pretty much anytime I’m naked).

4- Every four minutes after bedtime.

3- The three blissful minutes I’m alone in the restroom

2-Two minutes after I already told your brother “no”

1- One second after I started in on fulfilling your last request.

Feel free to post this list in your own home. *Experts say exposing your children to this list will cut down on horribly timed requests by 45%. With this fool-proof system I’m hoping, in time, to eliminate these untimely requests all together. I promise if you give it a shot it will make your life….oh wait…kids are calling. Zombie alarm. Gotta go.

*Okay, fine, there are no experts. It just sounded better.



A First-timer's #RWA15 Highlights

  Posted by From The Write Angle in From The Write Angle Blog, 27 July 2015 · 22 views

by J. Lea López

Broadway, baby!
Last week I attended the Romance Writers of America national conference for the first time. It was held in New York City, which was both amazing and slightly overwhelming for my introverted brain. But aside from the noise and the hustle and bustle of thousands of other people at nearly all times, there were dozens of workshops and speakers to inspire and inform attendees. Now, I will be completely honest with you: I was traveling back home today (yesterday when you read this) and I'm exhausted from the week, and my brain is a bit mushy from all the information swimming around in it. So instead of a critical analysis of the conference, or an in-depth discussion of some of the things I learned, this post will cover some of my highlights from the conference in small tidbits. In no particular order, here are my RWA conference highlights.
  • Kresley Cole's brilliant technique for avoiding the dreaded back story info dump. She uses brackets and symbols (such as [**] or something similar) to mark every time she talks about a character's back story while she's writing. You could use a different symbol for your hero and heroine to track both of them. Then you simply do a search for those brackets/symbols and use the navigation pane in Word to see how well you've spaced out that information throughout the story. I think this is an especially great technique for writers who like visual representations.
  • Sherry Thomas and subtext. I love subtext, which is all the stuff in a story that is implied under the surface, but never explicitly stated. Author Sherry Thomas gave a great presentation on subtext, and one of the great things she said was, "Subtext well done does not call attention to itself." I wasn't familiar with her as an author prior to the conference, and even though most of her romances are historical (which is not my favorite subgenre), the way she spoke about subtext during her presentation, and her humor and fun personality during that presentation and also another panel I attended have me wanting to rush out and pick up one of her books.
  • Jenny Crusie's presentation on turning points and character. This was one of the presentations that I wish every author could attend at some point. The presentation notes and handout are available on her blog (along with those from her Motif and Metaphor presentation that I was unable to attend) so anyone who is curious can at least look at those notes. The general concept of turning points was nothing new to me, but she expanded and explained it in a way I'd never encountered before. I found myself thinking about my WIP a lot during the lecture and how I had already incorporated the technique to some extent, and also how I might be able to further incorporate turning points. A major takeaway from this presentation was the symbiotic relationship of plot and character: characters change because things happen, and things happen because the characters change. While it may seem obvious, it's a complex relationship.
  • Your proofreader is not your copy editor. This presentation was given by Carina Press editor Angela James. I often see conflicting opinions and expectations about what the different levels of editing actually entail. She explained, in depth, the four levels of editing at Carina Press, as well as tips for hiring the right editor if you're looking for a freelancer. But in short, these are the different levels of editing: 
    • Developmental editing - Macro level; all about the story and little about the mechanics of writing
    • Line Editing - Little to do with the story itself and everything to do with the mechanics of writing
    • Copy Editing (or final line edits) - Very detail-oriented look at story, craft, and grammar usage, with some overlap of things covered in developmental and line editing
    • Proofreading - The final, micro-detailed pass; catches any missed errors as well as any that were introduced during previous editing steps
  • Championing the importance of an engaging, well-written story with characters readers love. Throughout many of the workshops I attended, whether they were about the craft of writing or trends in publishing, there was this constant positive message about writing your
    Keynote speaker Barbara Freethy
    story and utilizing techniques in the way that best fits your story. I didn't feel like anyone was encouraging writers to chase cash trends, and the craft sessions weren't about "rules" of writing.
  • Sarah Wendell! There were workshops about diversity in romance, and the topic also came up during a panel discussion about trends in romance publishing. Sarah Wendell, of Smart Bitches, Trashy Books, was on that panel, and she differentiated the need and desire for more diversity in romances from any trend. Trends rise in popularity and then disappear. Diversity, she said, is not a trend, but rather a necessity to accurately reflect our society. I wanted to cheer. And then I had a bit of a fangirl moment when she cheered my question about the market for more beta heroes in romance. So basically we're best friends now. That's how that works, right?
And now, while I said this list was in no particular order, I did actually save the best for last. The biggest highlight of the entire experience was getting to meet (some for the first time) and talk shop with a small group of amazing author friends from across the globe. We chat online and compare notes on writing and business stuff, but getting to do that in person made it even more special. To my friends, authors Julie Farrell (from the UK), Jean Oram (from Canada), Lucy Marsden, Evelyn Adams, Cali MacKay, Mallory Crowe, and Lori Sjoberg: Thank you ladies for helping to make my first RWA conference a lot of fun! Can't wait to do it again sometime.

If you were at the conference, what were some of your highlights?

J. Lea López is an author who strives to make you laugh at, fall in love with, cry over, and lust after the characters she writes. She also provides freelance copyediting focused on romance and erotica as The Mistress With the Red Pen. She welcomes online stalkers as long as they're witty and/or adulatory. Kidding. Maybe. Check for yourself: Twitter, Facebook, Blog.



Mulberry Bag second one is we're

Posted by kakosi raris in Fashion News, 26 July 2015 · 20 views
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Packing Gears for an Easy Relocation

Posted by kusumetrade in Be Informed On Joyful and Effortless Residential Shifting, 25 July 2015 · 59 views

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After World War II Germany. The question of reparations after World War II came up even before the end of the war. At the Yalta Conference (February, 1945), the Soviet Union proposed that German reparations be set at approximately $20,000,000,000, of which the Soviets wanted half. Although neither the United States nor Great Britain agreed to the specific Soviet proposals, the Yalta Conference did decide that Germany should be made to compensate the Allies for war damage. Allied claims http://www.isabelmaranton.com/ of damages reached $320,000,000,000, but it was recognized that Germany could not pay this enormous total.
The Allied Commission on Reparations, established at Yalta, met in Moscow in June and July, 1945. Reparations were to be obtained only from the various occupation zones, and no country was to draw from other than its own area. However, the Soviet Union was to receive, in addition to reparations from the eastern zone, 10 per cent of the industrial equipment removed from the western zones, plus an additional 15 per cent that the Soviets would pay for with food, coal, and other products. To supervise the removal of equipment, the Allied Control Council was created.
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Japan. The original Allied policy on Japanese reparations was based on a report made in April, 1946, by Edwin J. Pauley of the United States. It called for payments to countries injured by Japan and outlined a method for dismantling Japan's war industry. An Allied reparations committee approved this policy but was unable to agree on the amount of reparations. Claims totaled $54,000,000,000an obviously impossible figureof which China demanded 40 per cent and the Philippines 15 per cent. Under this program, Japan delivered industrial equipment worth $40,000,000 to China, the Philippines, Great Britain, and the Netherlands. In addition, Japanese assets in Allied countriesworth more than $3,000,000,000were taken over as reparations.
Meanwhile, the United States had reversed its policy. Instead of reducing Japan's industrial might, the United States decided it was necessary to strengthen the conquered country's economy. Since continued reparations payments would have the opposite effect, the United States ended the program of interim reparations in 1949.
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Helping Out A Friend

  Posted by Amy Trueblood in Amy Trueblood's Blog, 16 July 2015 · 39 views

      Popping in from my break to tell you all about a project that is close to my heart. A fellow writing friend, Brenda Drake is holding an online auction for another amazing writer, Veronica Bartles. Veronica and her family are trying to move back into their family home, but due to mold […]



First Verbs

  Posted by Jemi in Just Jemi, 16 July 2015 · 34 views

I'm over at From the Write Angle today talking about verbs and their power in the querying process.

Verbs are equally powerful in our stories. We did exactly 2 creative writing activities when I was in school. Both of these Grade 6 assignments without any teaching about what worked and didn't work in fiction. (Yes, that means I did exactly 0 creative writing in school from kindergarten until my final year of university.)

We did diagram far too many sentences, so I least I knew my parts of speech. And I knew what nouns and verbs were. I also knew that all the sentences we diagrammed were chock full of adverbs and adjectives (the better to diagram with, my dear). Therefore, my 2 assignments were equally full of adverbs and adjectives.

Which meant weak verbs.


Anyway, over at From the Write Angle, I've included the first few verbs of the query I used several years ago (haven't queried since, still working on improving the craft!).

Thought I'd try the same here, using the story I'm currently revising. First few verbs:


(Past tense verbs sound odd when strung together!)
Putting the list together makes me think I need another round of revising/editing here. While the verbs aren't bad, they don't give a great sense of the story. Hmmm, off to do some thinking!

What about you? Willing to share your first couple of verbs?



CROWN OF ICE is now a SERIES! Two more books to be published!

  Posted by LucidDreamer in LucidDreamer's Blog, 15 July 2015 · 46 views

Here’s the Publisher’s Marketplace announcement: That’s a little hard to read, so here are the details — Month9Books has acquired two more books based in the world of CROWN OF ICE. The first, SCEPTER OF FIRE (loosely based on a mash-up of H.C. Andersen’s “The Steadfast Tin Soldier” and “The Ugly Duckling”) will be published … Continue reading CROWN OF ICE is now a SERIES! Two more books to be published!



International Authors' Day 2015 Blog Hop and Giveaway!

  Posted by Lora Palmer in Lora Palmer's Blog, 13 July 2015 · 42 views

In honor of International Authors' Day,  the incredibly awesome Debdatta Dasgupta Sahay of Book R3vi3w Tours has put together a wonderful blog hop to celebrate authors! So, authors around the globe, thank you for the magic you make with words--the magic that makes us laugh, cry, and transports us to new worlds and new possibilities.

Some of my favorite authors and their books:

When I was a kid, it was Laura Ingalls Wilder and her books about pioneer life on the prairie, and Meredith Pierce for her Darkangel Trilogy set on the moon. And probably too many others to think of. In high school, I still remember the Sweet Valley books, the Swept Away books (because time travel books are just awesome!), and many, many others. Anything science fiction and fantasy especially grabbed my attention and refused to let go. Reading was always my fun escape into adventure!

I've had so many favorites over the years, too many to name. These days. I'm still a huge fan of J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter books, and I so admire how she inspired an entire generation to fall in love with reading as they fell in love with her characters. I also have all the books in Beth Revis' Across the Universe trilogy and Veronica Roth's Divergent trilogy. I'm also a fan of Lauren Oliver, and have read Before I Fall, her Delirium series, and, most recently, listened to the audiobook of Panic. The world of The Maze Runner has become another favorite of mine, and I'm excited for The Scorch Trials movie. Who here has seen the trailer? It looks amazing!

Between work life, fun time, writing, and everything, I don't manage to get too much time to actually read, and I have to absolutely LOVE a book to finish in any reasonable length of time. But, I find myself listening to audiobooks most days on my way to and from work, so that gives me a chance to discover a ton of new books and new worlds.

The Giveaway: 

Now, what celebration honoring authors and books would be complete without a giveaway? So, I'm honored to be able to host on my blog a giveaway for author M.C.V. Egan. She has graciously offered one copy of one of her three novels, winner's choice.

They all sound fantastic, so make sure to enter! The giveaway will run from July 14th through July 18th at 11:59 pm.

IntroSpective Press: DEFINED by OTHERS by M.C.V. Egan
Chapter One                                 © M.C.V. Egan   I sat in Pete’s office after the video ended, staring at the screen with her frozen image.
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