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Book Talk 8/21/2020 Traci Kenworth


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Added Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo.

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Five Links 11/9/19 Traci Kenworth


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Five Links 11/9/19

Traci Kenworth

Writing:

1. https://killzoneblog.com/2019/11/stretch-your-style.html “Not every writer is interested in style. If they can write lean, mean plots that move, with interesting characters and a satisfying ending, that’s enough. They’d rather write fast and turn out more work than spend extra time trying to find the “right” words.

Isaac Asimov was such a writer. He purposely developed a stripped-down style so he could churn out the books. He was once asked what he would do if he found out he had just six months to live. “Type faster,” he said.” I can see both sides. I want my stories to be the most important, but I’d love to add a little zip to things. I read poetry every other morning and keep a journal for morning writing or those late-night thoughts.

2. https://megdowell.com/2019/11/02/12-things-everyone-tells-you-about-writing-but-maybe-you-need-to-hear-them-again/

3. https://www.booksandsuch.com/blog/publishings-tripping-hazards/

4. https://writersinthestormblog.com/2019/11/writing-about-hair-comprehensive-guide/

5. https://thestoryreadingapeblog.com/2019/11/08/writing-for-audio-first-with-jules-horne/ “Audiobooks are the fastest-growing segment in publishing, but how do you make sure your books sound good in audio?

How can you improve your writing so listeners come back for more of your books?

In this interview, Jules Horne gives some tips for audio-first writing.”

Research & Some Fun Bits:

1. https://colleenchesebro.com/2019/11/08/what-can-we-learn-from-comments-as-bloggers-plus-tips-d-g-kaye-writer/ “I do try to live my life with the adage of ‘Do unto others’ mantra. That’s what inspired me to share this comment I received. I try my best to keep my blog ‘clean’ and not crowded, and thought I’d pass on a few tips. Now, I do know that sometimes my blog posts will have the occasional wonky formating in them – courtesy of WordPress and theme not playing nice. But I do use the ‘preview’ before scheduling a post to make sure it doesn’t look wonky, and sometimes, there are conditions beyond my control, which I will always state on my blog so that others don’t think I’m being sloppy. So below, I’ll mention a few options we have in our WordPress editors to enhance the reader’s experience.” Comments usually show me what readers like and don’t like.

2. https://nicholasrossis.wordpress.com/2019/11/07/edit-online-graphics-editor-review/ “Today’s post is the second of a 4-part series that started with DesignCap’s review. The series explores three sites that can help you create stunning visuals and offer a free version.

As a bonus, some of them will give away free subscriptions to the first five of my readers to click on the links at the end!

How EDIT can help you

EDIT is an online graphics editor service. It promises to simplify your design experience by offering you a bunch of templates to choose from.”

3. https://charlesfrenchonwordsreadingandwriting.wordpress.com/2019/11/07/quotations-on-first-drafts/

4. https://amylsauder.com/2019/11/07/stories-of-an-author-encountering-readers/ “As an introvert, I was surprised to find one of my favorite things about being an author is in-person events. Because y’all are seriously so fun to meet and connect with. Here are just a few encounters I’ve had in my year of being published:

I don’t know what it is, but kids are always interested in my table. I need kids books.

A girl around 6 years old wanted my psychopathic murderer book. Her mom told her when she got older she’d be able to read a book that big. Skipped right over the whole scary murderous part, just said she needed to work her way up to bigger books. #parentinggoals, am I right?

I told the girl she could take a collectors card instead, and she picked up Cami’s BFF, a real safe choice.” Her readers sound a-mazing!

5. https://thepbsblog.com/2019/11/08/black-history-fun-fact-friday-what-hollywood-left-out-the-harriet-movie/

Some Things More Serious:

1. https://beckiesmentalmess.blog/2019/11/03/%f0%9f%8d%8e-november-3-2019-quotes-and-food-for-thought/

2. https://beckiesmentalmess.blog/2019/11/08/%f0%9f%8d%8e-november-8-2019-quotes-and-food-for-thought/

3. https://mybipolarmind.com/2019/11/07/catching-my-breath/

4. https://allaboutwritingandmore.com/2019/11/08/living-lore-the-black-dog-of-yapton-bryony-voller-sue-vincents-daily-echo/

5. https://annetterochelleaben.wordpress.com/2019/11/08/angel-messages-november-8-2019/

Teaser Fiction & Poetry:

1. https://mythsofthemirror.com/2019/11/02/myths-of-the-mirror-november-writing-challenge-sorrow/ “Diana over at mythsofthemirror has a new challenge out for November:
Write from the point of view of a creature that doesn’t exist in the “real” world.”

2.  https://jenanita01.com/2019/11/02/what-do-you-see-encounter-with-air/ “Dear friends, as some of you know that our dear Hélèneused to do this Prompt and after her sad departure, I have felt that this gap needs to be filled. I have decided to take this challenge up and as a trial, I will post 4 challenges for the next 4 Mondays at 12:00 am PST, every Monday morning. And we shall see where to go from there. I hope that you will” I enjoy prompts. I learn something new every time. Currently, I’m working with another writer to improve my craft at short stories.

3.  https://phillipknightscott.com/2019/11/07/just-breathe/

4. https://charmedchaos.com/2019/11/07/thoughts-at-a-french-cafe/

5. https://trentsworldblog.wordpress.com/2019/11/07/glow-writephoto/

Book Reviews, Cover Reveals, & Author Interviews:

1. https://colleenchesebro.com/2019/11/06/conversations-with-colleen-meet-author-eloise-de-sousa-twitter/

2. https://robbiesinspiration.wordpress.com/2019/11/08/bookreview-christmas-cupcakes-and-a-caper/ “It’s all candy cane cupcakes and peppermint coffee until you find a dead elf on your doorstep.

Only the elf wasn’t a real elf, because elves don’t actually exist – not even at Christmas time. A college student dressed like an elf decided taking a nap in sub-zero winter temps was a good idea. It wasn’t. Anna, the pink-haired baker extraordinaire of Callie’s Cakes, is convinced the student’s death was not an accident. She drags Callie and Kristie along with her as she attempts to discover who killed the elf … um… student.

Will the gals of Callie’s Cakes find the killer before Christmas is ruined?”

3. https://donmassenzio.wordpress.com/2019/11/07/author-spotlight-raymond-walker/

4. https://teripolen.com/2019/11/07/the-prisoner-of-cell-25-michael-vey-1-by-richard-paul-evans-bookreview-ya-fantasy/My name is Michael Vey, and the story I’m about to tell you is strange. Very strange. It’s my story.

To everyone at Meridian High School, Michael Vey is an ordinary fourteen-year-old. In fact, the only thing that seems to set him apart is the fact that he has Tourette’s syndrome. But Michael is anything but ordinary. Michael has special powers. Electric powers.

5. https://johnwhowell.com/2019/11/07/thursday-a-little-personal-serang-a-new-book-by-c-s-boyack/ “Let me try again. Serang was a popular character in Voyage of the Lanternfish. Her origin is pretty amazing, and Craig decided to turn that into a book. It supports the Lanternfish trilogy, but isn’t part of the trilogy. It also helps quell that urge for more Lanternfish while he finishes writing the remaining tales.

Serang’s father was a fisherman, and he died when she was very young. Her mother abandoned her at a monastery, and she was raised by monks. She learned things she never would have learned otherwise, like reading, writing, and martial arts. She also adopted a lifestyle of service to others and sharing what she has.

Fathers are kind of a driving force behind Voyage of the Lanternfish. James became who he is, because of his father’s actions. Dan also had some father issues he dealt with, and even Mal dealt with some of this from the father’s point of view.

Serang never let go of her father, either. Her memories are limited to the idea that he was a fisherman. She and her master were helping a village, because the Emperor took nearly everything they have for his”

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Book Talk 9/9/19: What I’m Reading in YA Traci Kenworth


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Book Talk 9/13/19: What I’m Reading in YA

Traci Kenworth

In YA, I’m reading Windwitch by Susan Dennard, Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas, Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi, The Girl from the Well by Rin Chupeco, and Dragon’s Oath: A House of Night Novel by P.C. and Kristen Cast.

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Seven Links Traci Kenworth


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Seven Links…1/26/19

Traci Kenworth

Writing:

  1. https://megdowell.com/2019/01/20/the-only-one-holding-you-back-is-you/ “The last half of 2018 was one of the most difficult periods of time I’ve ever endured as a creator.” Sometimes, we have to condense our creative time to move forward. Less shame, more progress.
  2. https://donmassenzio.wordpress.com/2019/01/21/writing-about-a-location-do-you-have-to-go-there-2/ “One of the most important aspects of your writing is the setting. You want to accomplish a couple of things when you write about a particular place. First, you want to give your reader a sense of the place you are writing about in a descriptive way that transports them there. There are books I have read that have made me feel that I was experiencing the place even if I hadn’t been there. One of my favorites, To Kill a Mockingbird, made me feel the humidity of Alabama. The Shining gave me a chill through Stephen King’s description of the unrelenting winter around the Overlook Hotel.”
  3. http://booksbywomen.org/will-i-ever-wite-again-surviving-my-worst-fears-as-a-writer/ “Will I ever write again? Surviving my worst fears as a writer?”
  4. https://megdowell.com/2019/01/21/why-youll-never-write-everything-you-want-to-write/ “There are authors — many of them still living — who have published hundreds of books throughout their professional lives. This, of course, doesn’t even take into account the dozens of things they have likely written or attempted to write that never made it to even the initial stages of publishing.”
  5. https://nicholasrossis.wordpress.com/2019/01/21/pdf-element-an-alternative-to-adobe-acrobat-dc/ “When I started writing my own books, I realized I also needed to format them. At first, I worked with a graphics artist who handled that for me and sent me a PDF file, ready for upload to CreateSpace.”
  6. https://thestoryreadingapeblog.com/2019/01/22/why-your-writing-matters-even-if-youre-not-making-any-money-from-it-by-ali-luke/ “How important is your writing to you?”
  7. https://robbiesinspiration.wordpress.com/2019/01/22/kidsbooks-the-life-of-roald-dahl/ “On 13 September 1916 one of the most popular children’s authors in the world was born in Llandaff, Wales, United Kingdom.”

Research & Fun Bits:

  1. https://wherewordsdailycomealive.com/2019/01/19/the-soft-joy/ “You are the true soft joy of my heart
    Who became the inspiration of my life
    You are the love whose tender beauty
    I praise daily when it fills my sight”
  2. https://annetterochelleaben.wordpress.com/2019/01/20/angel-messages-january-20-2019/
  3. https://thesilenteye.co.uk/2019/01/20/halflight/ “Six a.m. on a Sunday… I groaned and turned off the alarm clock. I hadn’t been sleeping well, or enough, and did not want to obey the imperative summons… especially not on a day when, historically, most folks get to sleep later.” I love these insights with Sue and her team.
  4. https://sistersofthefey.com/2019/01/20/the-january-blood-wolf-full-moon/ “A full Blood Wolf Moon? Just the name alone conjures up plenty of scary images to chill your bones during this 2019 winter!”
  5. https://johnwhowell.com/2019/01/21/top-ten-things-not-to-do-at-the-first-publication-of-an-american-novel-in-1789/ “This post continues the Top Ten Things Not to Do with a historical background. Today is the 230th anniversary of the publication of the first American novel. Its title was “Power of Sympathy,” and it was written by William Hill Brown. If you were there when this event happened, there are some things you should not have done. In case you have a time machine and plan to go here is a list of the Top Ten Things Not to Do to keep you out of trouble.”
  6. https://erikakind.me/2019/01/21/daily-kind-quote-843/ “It is always Now.”
  7. https://annieneugebauer.com/2019/01/23/that-time-i-made-the-bram-stoker-awards-preliminary-ballot-again/ “Y’all know that expression “You could have knocked me over with a feather”? Sunday was the first time I actually had the urge to use it.” A wonderful writer, one to check out!

Book Review & Author Interviews:

  1. https://writershelpingwriters.net/2019/01/announcing-the-emotion-thesaurus-second-edition/ “Keeping secrets are hard, especially keeping happy, year-long ones from the people we care about. So you can imagine how terrific it is to finally share with you that the mystery thesaurus Becca and I have been working on this past year is a second edition of The Emotion Thesaurus! It releases on February 19th.”
  2. https://sffbookreview.wordpress.com/2019/01/21/twisted-and-magical-leigh-bardugo-the-language-of-thorns/ “I didn’t really like Leigh Bardugo’s Shadow and Bone, but I absolutely loved the duology set in the same world (Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom), so I decided to give the Grishaverse another go. The second book in the Shadow and Bone Trilogy, Siege and Storm, was much better and made me finally get why there is such a large fandom for these books. Now that the Grisha bug has got me, I needed to delve into that beautiful book of twisted fairy tales set in the Grishaverse – and it was, if possible, even better than the main stories.” I loved the Grishaverse series starting with Shadow and Bone. I look forward to reading more set in that world!
  3. http://lizlovesbooks.com/lizlovesbooks/latest-reads-she-was-the-quiet-one-michele-campbell/ “For Rose Enright, enrolling in a prestigious New England boarding school is the opportunity of a lifetime. But for Rose’s vulnerable twin sister Bel, Odell Academy is a place of temptation and danger. When Bel falls in with a crowd of wild rich kids who pressure her into hazing Rose, the sisters’ relationship is shattered. Rose turns to her dorm mother, Sarah Donovan, for advice. But Bel turns to Sarah’s husband Heath, a charismatic and ambitious teacher. Is Heath trying to help Bel or take advantage of her? In a world of privilege, seduction, and manipulation, only one sister will live to tell the truth.”
  4. https://thepbsblog.com/2019/01/22/introduce-yourself-introducing-guest-author-camille-frazer/ “I published my first book in December 2017. It was an exciting process as it was a dream of mine for so long. The book was self-published in collaboration with Createspace. I was attracted to the support and efficiency of the process and the sort of a la carte approach. Meaning, the ability to choose the services I wanted, such as copy editing and marketing and foregoing services related to creation of a book cover. The team kept in regular contact via messages on my dashboard and by phone, if necessary. It was such a wonderful feeling receiving the finished work in my hand.”
  5. https://teripolen.com/2019/01/21/book-signing-blogtour-and-adiscoveryofwitches/ “If you’re a regular visitor to this blog, you know The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Choksi was in my top five reads last year (I had an ARC).  The book was just released last week, and on Friday, I learned the author would be at Parnassus Books in Nashville on Saturday afternoon.  Since that’s only an hour drive for me, you can probably guess where I was that day.  Despite the rainy day, there was standing room only at the bookstore, and Roshani was a delight – such a wonderful sense of humor, and she answered every question before signing books.”
  6. http://terribleminds.com/ramble/2019/01/22/out-now-vultures-the-last-miriam-black/ “It is a difficult thing ending a six-book series. And the difficulty of that comes from oh-so-many directions: there arrives the emotional difficulty of closing a chapter on a beloved character and story, and then there’s the difficulty of trying to tie together all the relevant threads in a satisfying way for the readers of that series, and all that’s not to mention the unquiet fear that it simply won’t make a splash, that nobody will care, that it will land with a gentle thud and be fast forgotten. Ending one book is hard. Ending six? It’s juggling chainsaws, man.”
  7. https://jamigold.com/2019/01/need-help-writing-emotions-the-emotion-thesaurus-second-edition-is-here/ “If you’re not familiar with The Emotion Thesaurus, it lists physical, internal, and mental responses we can use with our characters for different emotions. In other words, all that showing instead of telling we’re supposed to do? The ET has our back, and I literally use the information in it every day I write. Suffice it to say that I love this book. *grin*”
  8. http://www.fantasybookcafe.com/2019/01/review-of-dragon-pearl-by-yoon-ha-lee/Dragon Pearl by Yoon Ha Lee is the latest book from Disney-Hyperion’s Rick Riordan Presents imprint, whose goal is “to publish great middle grade authors from underrepresented cultures and backgrounds, to let them tell their own stories inspired by the mythology and folklore of their own heritage.” I was especially intrigued by Dragon Pearl with its fusion of space opera and Korean mythology (which Yoon Ha Lee wrote about here), and I’ve been wanting to read more by this book’s author after being captivated by his short story “The Coin of Heart’s Desire,” inspired by Korean folktales about the Dragon King Under the Sea.” 
  9. https://www.thisishorror.co.uk/look-out-for-carnivorous-lunar-activities-by-max-booth-iii/ “Max is now teaming up with the legendary Fangoria to dive head first into the werewolf genre, presenting us with a bloody buddy story guaranteed to satisfy our deepest lunar cravings.”
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Reading Links…9/26/17


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Reading Links…9/26/17

Traci Kenworth

 

Fantasy/Dystopian/UF/Paranormal/SF:

  1. https://phsolomon.com/2017/09/16/dream-excerpt-from-the-bow-of-destiny/
  2. http://www.talesoftheravenousreader.com/2017/09/leigh-bardugo-sheds-new-light-on-diana_22.html The story behind the legend. As a kid, I remember watching Wonder Woman and being awed that a woman could do the things she could. I didn’t see that a lot on television and it’s one of the reasons I try and write diverse characters so that others can see themselves for the wonderful, remarkable individuals they are regardless of who they are, the color of their skin, their gender, their religion.
  3. http://kriswrites.com/2017/09/22/the-runabout-published/ Boss & crew. The Diving series.
  4. https://teripolen.com/2017/09/21/last-star-burning-last-star-burning-1-by-caitlin-sangster-bookreview-dystopian/ In a hostile world, trust is a luxury.
  5. https://rosieamber.wordpress.com/2017/09/21/rosies-bookreview-team-rbrt-dark-fantasy-the-blood-king-by-keithwardwrite/ Medieval, brutal.
  6. https://princessofthelight.wordpress.com/2017/09/21/relaunch-the-vampire-of-blackpool-by-spookymrsgreen-paranormal-asmsg-books/ A contemporary Gothic story.

 

MG/YA:

  1. http://www.parajunkee.com/blog/2017/09/21/children-refuge-blog-tour/ Children of Exile series.
  2. http://www.fantasyliterature.com/reviews/nyxia/ An adventurous, page-turner of YA book. More than just another game competition.
  3. http://middlegrademania.blogspot.com/2017/09/childrens-books-daily-mentions-three.html Three books recommended for boys.
  4. http://www.fromthemixedupfiles.com/2017/09/kersten-hamilton-book-lifetime/ A girl whose choices would destroy her family and her courage would make it whole again.
  5. http://storitorigrace.blogspot.com/2017/09/wanted-superhero-to-save-world-blog.html Will they be able to stop Mephisto?
  6. https://richardankers.com/2017/09/22/new-release-envy-by-marnie-cate/ Her mother sold her soul to the Goddess of Winter and hers along with it.
  7. https://coldhandboyack.wordpress.com/2017/09/21/the-curse-of-time-on-lisaburtonradio/ Trapped inside a mirror, her only hope a classmate she once ignored.

 

Romance/Women’s Fiction:

  1. https://stacitroilo.wordpress.com/2017/09/18/review-biggar-tempted-by-mr-wrong/ How can something so wrong be so right?

 

Christian:

 

Historical:

 

Scary:

  1. http://www.thisishorror.co.uk/look-out-for-house-of-spines-by-michael-j-malone/ A dark, brooding psychological journey.
  2. http://www.thisishorror.co.uk/book-review-the-grip-of-it-by-jac-jemc/ An unforgettable experience.
  3. http://www.thisishorror.co.uk/look-out-for-i-am-behind-you-by-john-ajvide-lindqvist/ Equal parts heart-breaking and horrifying.
  4. http://www.thisishorror.co.uk/book-review-mapping-the-interior-by-stephen-graham-jones/ A true master of storytelling in any format.

 

Mystery/Thriller/Suspense:

  1. https://teagansbooks.com/2017/09/21/smorgasbord-book-promotion-air-your-reviews-teagan-riordain-geneviene-and-m-c-v-egan/ A flapper with a mystery on her hands.
  2. https://rosieamber.wordpress.com/2017/09/22/rosies-bookreview-team-rbrt-mystery-the-unraveling-of-brendan-meeks-by-briancohnmd/ Told by a paranoid schizophrenic.
  3. https://rosieamber.wordpress.com/2017/09/23/rosies-bookreview-team-rbrt-mystery-thriller-blessed-mayhem-by-suecoletta1/ An unlikely hero.
  4. http://mysterysuspence.blogspot.com/2017/09/review-doom-with-view.html When her dog finds a dead body, a B&B owner is plunged into a mystery.
  5. https://authorsteveboseley.wordpress.com/2017/09/17/whats-new-down-at-corny-cove/ Something for mystery lovers.
  6. https://rosieamber.wordpress.com/2017/09/18/my-bookreview-of-thriller-the-ninth-life-by-jaye-marie-jaydawes2/ A psychological thriller.
  7. http://mysterysuspence.blogspot.com/2017/09/review-murder-on-rocks.html A focus on craft beer brewing.
  8. https://rosieamber.wordpress.com/2017/09/20/my-bookreview-of-ya-thriller-feel-me-fall-by-james-morris-jmorriswriter-wwwblogs/ A school trip ends in disaster.

 

Short Stories/Anthologies/Novella/Comics:

  1. http://www.superauthors.com/2017/09/harlequinsuperromance-anthology.html Tara Taylor Quinn. Jo McNally and more.

 

Poetry:

 

Indie:

  1. https://phsolomon.com/2017/09/21/mybookcave-free-bargain-ebooks/ Free and deals.
  2. https://teripolen.com/2017/09/22/indie-author-friday-janice-spina-indieauthor-childrensbooks-ya-middlegrade/ A writer for all ages.

 

Craft:

  1. https://rosieamber.wordpress.com/2017/09/17/my-bookreview-of-nonfiction-writing-vivid-characters-by-raynehall-writingtips/ Deep soul-searching methods.

 

Other:

  1. http://terribleminds.com/ramble/2017/09/21/walt-williams-five-things-i-learned-writing-my-memoir/

 

 

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Writing Links 9/25/17


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Writing Links…9/25/17

Traci Kenworth

 

Fantasy/Dystopian/UF/Paranormal/SF:

  1. https://legendsofwindemere.com/2017/09/16/a-big-week-is-a-coming-a-rough-week-is-a-going/ Promotion time!
  2. http://storitorigrace.blogspot.com/2017/09/the-significance-of-hair-in-stories.html Hair can sometimes make or break a character. This post gave me an idea for an opening of a second book. I love finding posts like this!
  3. https://legendsofwindemere.com/2017/09/21/swift-six-character-interview-sir-edric-greenlock-fantasy/ Character interview.
  4. https://saraletourneauwriter.com/2017/09/21/creativity-corner-summer-2017/ Progress and places in NY to visit.

 

MG/YA:

  1. http://yatopia.blogspot.com/2017/09/lets-get-real-about-villains.html They shouldn’t be one dimensional but their bad deeds shouldn’t be diminished.
  2. http://avajae.blogspot.com/2017/09/on-reading-many-books-at-once.html Do you read more than one book at a time? As you’ve probably seen, I do. A lot has to do with deadlines for review and having to get the books read. I’d much rather take my time but that’s not always the way it goes.
  3. http://www.adventuresinyapublishing.com/2017/09/kelly-jones-author-of-murder-magic-and.html On believing in your characters no matter how much time has gone by. I may revisit characters I’ve written in other stories but it hasn’t happened yet. I tried this summer to rewrite my first book but it just wasn’t meant to be pulled back from the drawer.
  4. http://www.adventuresinyapublishing.com/2017/09/mckelle-george-author-of-speak-easy.html On knowing when it’s the one.
  5. http://yatopia.blogspot.com/2017/09/villainous-struggles.html Making your villain–human? I do think it makes for a more interesting antagonist if you can understand where they’re coming from, why they are the way they are.

 

Romance/Women’s Fiction:

  1. http://romanceuniversity.org/2017/09/22/do-you-yasiv-a-primer-on-amazon-products-visualization-by-veronica-scott/ How Amazon’s also-bought can give you a big picture of where your books compare to similar ones.
  2. http://www.rubyslipperedsisterhood.com/suspense-or-mystery-101/ The difference between suspense and mystery.
  3. http://bloodredpencil.blogspot.com/2017/09/inside-editors-den-coming-to-page.html Word is the first choice for editors. I’ve used the tracking changes myself with my crit group so I’m used to it.
  4. http://www.rubyslipperedsisterhood.com/blog-birthday-party/ Eight years!
  5. http://www.rubyslipperedsisterhood.com/announcing-the-2017-make-it-golden-contest/
  6. http://romanceuniversity.org/2017/09/20/hug-your-story-with-bookends-by-kris-bock/ Mirror your beginning and end. I tried this technique in my last book. I think it worked well but we’ll see my beta reader thinks.

 

Christian:

  1. http://www.novelrocket.com/2017/09/nature-or-nurture.html We need both to sustain life.
  2. https://stevelaube.com/fail-better/ Fail better than the last time. You’re always growing, always learning. Improve each time.
  3. https://stevelaube.com/researching-historical-novel/ Research is important to check your facts or your reader could check you. I try to do my best but sometimes you have to kind of guess when a date isn’t known. You can get it in the ballpark of certain events. For instance, the story I’m working on happens near the end of King David’s reign. I can’t pinpoint the exact date so I’ll try and note that the story may be off with facts. I have a good five-year span so I’m hoping things work out but I may get it wrong. Anyone else run into this problem?
  4. http://www.booksandsuch.com/blog/the-writer-who-speaks/ Speech tips.
  5. http://www.booksandsuch.com/blog/how-to-handle-the-haters/ 1800 years ago Marcus Aurelius had to deal with them, this is how.

 

Historical:

  1. https://awriterofhistory.com/2017/09/21/looking-for-inspiration/
  2. http://englishhistoryauthors.blogspot.com/2017/09/yeavering-anglo-saxon-royal-palace.html King Edwin and his conversion.
  3. http://englishhistoryauthors.blogspot.com/2017/09/st-germanus-reluctant-bishop.html Germanus was a great influencer of Christianity in the 5th

 

Scary:

  1. http://www.thisishorror.co.uk/tih-166-joe-r-lansdale-on-hap-and-leonard-growing-up-in-east-texas-and-bubba-and-the-cosmic-blood-suckers/ He’s won ten Bram Stoker awards!
  2. http://www.thisishorror.co.uk/tih-167-livia-llewellyn-on-furnace-childhood-dreams-and-managing-distractions/ Proving worth to yourself.
  3. http://www.thisishorror.co.uk/tih-167-livia-llewellyn-on-furnace-childhood-dreams-and-managing-distractions/ Tim Miller on board for Terminator 6.
  4. https://princessofthelight.wordpress.com/2017/09/22/in-honor-of-stephenkings-70th-birthday-heres-our-top-five-books-fridayreads-horror/ Different Seasons is my favorite. The movie, Stand by Me inspired me to be a writer.
  5. http://www.thisishorror.co.uk/tod-017-christina-sng-all-the-ends-of-the-world/ Collection of Nightmares. Poetry.
  6. http://www.thisishorror.co.uk/news-round-up-week-ending-22-september-2017/ Russian watchmaker creates 27 timepieces inspired by It.

 

Mystery/Thriller/Suspense:

  1. http://annerallen.com/2017/09/increase-blog-readership-kill-popup/ Those pop-ups. Nobody likes them. They’re better not to have.
  2. https://killzoneblog.com/2017/09/how-to-cure-mid-novel-sag.html The mirror moment.
  3. https://margotkinberg.wordpress.com/2017/09/16/and-still-i-feel-i-said-too-much/ An interview.
  4. http://www.suecoletta.com/never-underestimate-writer/ Learning the ropes from old timers.
  5. https://margotkinberg.wordpress.com/2017/09/21/hey-ho-lets-go/ An ordinary person in horrifying consequences.

 

Short Stories/Anthologies/Novella/Comics:

  1. https://coldhandboyack.wordpress.com/2017/09/17/chipping-away/
  2. https://doctorly.wordpress.com/2017/09/16/the-overseers/
  3. https://johnwhowell.com/2017/09/16/stream-of-consciousness-saturday-prompt-vol/
  4. https://coldhandboyack.wordpress.com/2017/09/21/spotlight-thursday-meet-otto-and-frankie/ Visit with the kids.
  5. https://johnwhowell.com/2017/09/21/thursday-a-little-personal-stella-tells-it-like-it-is/
  6. https://twodropsofink.com/2017/09/21/the-bag-lady-by-michelle-gunnin/ LOVED this story!
  7. http://colleenchesebro.com/2017/09/23/the-first-frost-flash-fiction/
  8. https://teagansbooks.com/2017/09/22/thistledown-midsummer-bedlam-11/ Ashes & Hummingbirds. I adore hummingbirds. They’re just so magical!
  9. https://donmassenzio.wordpress.com/2017/09/23/short-story-saturday-no-pain-no-gain-part-4/

 

Poetry:

  1. https://robbiesinspiration.wordpress.com/2017/09/17/poetry-challenge-voice-and-watch/ A world in pain.
  2. https://babieslifefamilygoodfood.wordpress.com/2017/09/17/sunday-morning-couplet-9/
  3. https://juantetcts.wordpress.com/2017/09/16/recreate/
  4. https://babieslifefamilygoodfood.wordpress.com/2017/09/21/f-u-brain/ Screwed up thoughts.
  5. https://erikakind.me/2017/09/21/daily-kind-quote-565/
  6. https://johnwhowell.com/2017/09/22/friday-john-ku-aka-tgif-15/
  7. https://vashtiqvega.wordpress.com/2017/09/22/haiku-friday-touch-miss/

 

Indie:

  1. https://donmassenzio.wordpress.com/2017/09/17/this-week-in-indie-publishing-32/ An author deals with rejection. I’ve been writing for a long time, I’ll probably always write.
  2. https://kobowritinglife.com/2017/09/16/five-things-i-learned-in-the-age-of-the-typewriter/ Writing longhand is how I do my first drafts.
  3. https://thestoryreadingapeblog.com/2017/09/17/reserved-for-ian-hutson-7/ Life on the water.
  4. https://selfpublishingadvice.org/book-marketing-creative-ways-to-find-physical-stockists-for-your-self-published-books/ Getting your books into physical shops.
  5. https://www.thebookdesigner.com/2017/09/3-ways-to-use-hashtags-as-authors/ Book marketing.
  6. https://www.thecreativepenn.com/2017/09/21/watching-movies-revolutionize-writing/ How to bring the benefits of TV/movies into your writing.

 

Craft:

  1. https://www.helpingwritersbecomeauthors.com/fictional-languages/ Build your own language. I did in my current project out on edit. It’s based on the Cherokee. It was surprisingly fun to create new words for my series.
  2. http://www.publishingcrawl.com/2017/09/22/on-publishing-goals-life-and-balance-or-lack-there-of/ Changing “when” to “now.”
  3. http://blog.janicehardy.com/2017/09/8-tips-on-writing-series.html I find that I tend to write series but there are some exceptions.
  4. http://writershelpingwriters.net/2017/09/is-it-a-flashback/ Less is more. How to get that vital info slipped into the present time line.
  5. http://www.livewritethrive.com/2017/09/21/world-building-through-your-characters-eyes/ Characters don’t always notice the details when they’ve been at a place before. Something new, however—
  6. http://blog.janicehardy.com/2017/09/safeguarding-your-livelihood.html Online back-up.
  7. http://writershelpingwriters.net/2017/09/occupation-thesaurus-entry-bartender/ Have a bartender in your story? Some tips.
  8. http://kriswrites.com/2017/09/20/business-musings-i-spent-decades-developing-my-ip-contractsdealbreakers/ Make sure you don’t sign away your intellectual property.

 

Other:

  1. http://mollydcampbell.com/index.php/2017/09/at-your-service/ The difference in salespersons.
  2. https://nailyournovel.wordpress.com/2017/09/17/intense-mystical-dreams-an-obsession-with-ts-eliot-and-music-the-undercover-soundtrack-vivienne-tuffnell/ A woman who sees an alternative light.
  3. http://sethgodin.typepad.com/seths_blog/2017/09/selfish-marketing-always-fails.html Provide a service to your customers.
  4. https://vanbytheriver.wordpress.com/2017/09/16/ice-cream-and-you/ I like mine in a bowl or cup. Lol, mostly because it’s all I have available at the time. Occasionally, I like sundaes.
  5. https://annetterochelleaben.wordpress.com/2017/09/17/angel-messages-september-17-2017/ In spirit.
  6. https://richardankers.com/2017/09/16/if-ever-we-never/ Take time.
  7. https://mytrainofthoughtson.wordpress.com/2017/09/16/2017-07-ireland-the-beacon-slide-show/ Lot’s wife.
  8. https://thesilenteye.co.uk/2017/09/17/being-ordinary/ I think we need each other to see the uniqueness. We may think our lives nothing spectacular but to another, we are living the dream.
  9. https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/09/17/smorgasbord-sunday-interview-the-ultimate-bucket-list-with-carol-taylor/ Healthy cooking.
  10. http://www.thepassivevoice.com/2017/09/as-we-look-to-reinvent-our-customer-value-proposition/ Can Barnes & Noble win back their customers?
  11. http://authorkristenlamb.com/2017/09/girl-friday-road-trip-the-holiday-trav-l-park-writers-conference/ Take time to relax.
  12. http://writersinthestormblog.com/2017/09/4-easy-steps-to-hone-your-instagram/ Do you use Instagram? Does it work for you?
  13. https://annetterochelleaben.wordpress.com/2017/09/22/angel-messages-september-22-2017/
  14. https://vanbytheriver.wordpress.com/2017/09/21/dont-push-the-river/ Let the river flow.
  15. https://pdykie.com/2017/09/21/another-candle-on-the-cake/ One man’s dilemma.
  16. https://nicholasrossis.wordpress.com/2017/09/21/9-standard-online-tools-to-push-your-writing-standards/ Online tools for writing.
  17. https://amylsauder.wordpress.com/2017/09/21/for-the-ones-who-cry-too-much-even-if-thats-only-me/ A part of living.
  18. https://donmassenzio.wordpress.com/2017/09/22/national-days-week-of-september-18-2017/ Some funnies.
  19. https://thesilenteye.co.uk/2017/09/21/where-be-dragons/ Get away.
  20. https://stacitroilo.wordpress.com/2017/09/22/author-inspiration-writing-links-14/ The week’s links.
  21. https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/09/22/smorgasbord-reblog-who-was-arthur-part-two-by-paul-andruss/ Arthur, the legend.
  22. https://jolenemottern.com/2017/09/21/thursdaydoors-fiesta/ Margarita, anyone?
  23. https://scvincent.com/2017/09/22/seasons-turn-2/ How fast did this summer go? Did we even have one? Heat, yes, I’d rather that end.
  24. https://doctorly.wordpress.com/2017/09/21/thursday-thoughts-from-the-throne-5/
  25. http://thestoryreadingapeblog.com/2017/09/22/editing-101-56-shoulda-woulda-coulda/
  26. https://davidgaughran.wordpress.com/2017/09/23/michael-hyatt-has-something-to-sell-you/ Warning!
  27. https://secondwindleisure.com/2017/09/22/layers-of-autumn/ Fall and its colors.
  28. https://steviet3.wordpress.com/2017/09/22/the-last-taboo/
  29. https://nicholasrossis.wordpress.com/2017/09/22/the-top-25-grammatical-terms-you-should-know/ Good for review.
  30. https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/09/23/media-training-for-authors-preparing-for-an-interview-on-camera/ Advice for interviews.

 

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Writing Links 9/11/17


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Writing Links…9/11/17

Traci Kenworth

 

Fantasy/Dystopian/UF/Paranormal/SF:

  1. http://storitorigrace.blogspot.com/2017/09/so-your-character-is-from-lebanon.html Need help with a character from Lebanon?
  2. http://www.magicalwords.net/announce/we-did-it-ooooooour-way/ Time to say goodbye.
  3. https://fantasyhandbook.wordpress.com/2017/09/05/please-stop-using-initial-caps-as-a-substitute-for-creativity/ Using words as proper nouns when they’re not.
  4. https://legendsofwindemere.com/2017/09/07/monster-make-2017-foundations-needed-also-a-windemere-monster-poll/ What monsters will you choose? I like those I’ve never heard of, it makes it fresh and interesting.
  5. https://phsolomon.com/2017/09/07/how-do-you-like-your-fantasy-genre/ What books hooked you to fantasy? I started with Marrion Zimmer Bradley, Mercedes Lackey, and Robert Jordan.
  6. http://storitorigrace.blogspot.com/2017/09/villain-necrologies-and-debacles-lord.html Tolkien’s villains and how they were dispatched.
  7. https://thestoryreadingapeblog.com/2017/09/09/63224/ Steampunk and its blur of genres.

 

MG/YA:

  1. http://www.talesoftheravenousreader.com/2017/09/when-music-and-ya-collide-behind-song.html Fourteen YA authors share the music behind their stories.
  2. http://www.fromthemixedupfiles.com/2017/09/ideas-case-study/ Some answers to where we get our ideas.
  3. http://www.adventuresinyapublishing.com/2017/09/calla-devlin-author-of-right-where-you.html On telling the story in you.
  4. http://avajae.blogspot.com/2017/09/on-college-and-authoring.html Do you need a degree to write? I agree with Avajae—it’s not necessary. A degree to support yourself while writing is the best bet.
  5. http://www.adventuresinyapublishing.com/2017/09/km-walton-editor-of-behind-song-on.html Ever been inspired by a song?
  6. http://scbwimithemitten.blogspot.com/2017/09/3-ways-to-rediscover-your-writing-mojo.html A way to rekindle the flame.

 

Romance/Women’s Fiction:

  1. http://romanceuniversity.org/2017/09/08/moving-target-using-thematic-macguffins-to-focus-a-story-by-damon-suede/ Macguffins are the objects your character pursues. i.e. the ring in LOTR, any object in the Harry Potter books.
  2. http://www.rubyslipperedsisterhood.com/kids-are-back-in-schoollets-get-down-to-business/ Fall is the time to get back to writing if you’ve strayed. Make goals, get that pen and paper out or if you prefer, your keyboard. I always work better this time of year.

 

Christian:

  1. http://www.novelrocket.com/2017/09/once-again.html Remembering to put God first.
  2. http://www.booksandsuch.com/blog/ready_to_submit/ There comes a point where you have to let go. I admit to having problems with this in the past. I so wanted my work to be perfect, but there’s no such thing as perfect, just good enough. You have to feel it in your gut, that this is it. Good luck with your manuscripts!
  3. https://stevelaube.com/use-dirty-word-platform/ Why a platform is so important.
  4. http://www.novelrocket.com/2017/09/3-ways-your-cover-sells-your-novel.html Do you buy books based on covers? I have to admit, I do. There’s something about a fantastic cover that says, “Buy me.” Of course, I do read books where the covers so-so on recommendations.
  5. https://stevelaube.com/four-ways-rise-top/ What an agent looks for in a query.
  6. http://www.booksandsuch.com/blog/request-query-might-pass/ What makes one agent accept or reject a query.

 

Historical:

  1. https://awriterofhistory.com/2017/09/05/update-on-social-reading/ Social reading.
  2. http://englishhistoryauthors.blogspot.com/2017/09/inchcolm-medieval-jewel-in-firth-of.html An island that holds a lot of history.
  3. https://awriterofhistory.com/2017/09/07/somewhere-in-france-8th-february-1916/ The biggest battle in Britain 1915.
  4. http://www.theresahuppauthor.com/blog/2017/09/06/my-great-grandmother-della-phillips-jones/

 

Scary:

  1. http://terribleminds.com/ramble/2017/09/08/flash-fiction-challenge-good-vs-evil/ Will you accept the challenge?
  2. http://www.briankeene.com/2017/09/08/splatterpunk-awards-open/ Splatterpunk/extreme horror, best recommendations. Have a story in mind?
  3. http://www.thisishorror.co.uk/tod-016-the-outer-dark-and-stories-from-the-borderland-live-from-necronomicon-2017/ Trends in long term Weird fiction.
  4. https://phsolomon.com/2017/08/26/%EF%BB%BF8-ways-scrivener-aids-my-writing/ I’m still learning Scrivener. It’s been a while since I’ve been able to get to it. Hopefully, this weekend.
  5. http://thewarriormuse.blogspot.com/2017/09/iwsg-too-much-information.html
  6. http://www.thisishorror.co.uk/tih-166-joe-r-lansdale-on-hap-and-leonard-growing-up-in-east-texas-and-bubba-and-the-cosmic-blood-suckers/

 

Mystery/Thriller/Suspense:

  1. http://annerallen.com/2017/09/publishing-scams-7-new-writer-mistakes/ Learn the business to avoid scams. Read blogs, find cps and betas, and don’t sign without legal advice.
  2. https://killzoneblog.com/2017/09/two-writing-mind-tricks-to-get-you-rolling.html Fifteen minutes works for me as well, although sometimes it’s only five. A sentence can do the trick.
  3. http://www.suecoletta.com/5-tips-writing-in-kindle-worlds/ Writing in another author’s world. The tips.
  4. https://margotkinberg.wordpress.com/2017/09/08/as-i-recall-it-ended-much-too-soon/ What authors do you wish would continue their series?
  5. https://margotkinberg.wordpress.com/2017/09/07/wouldnt-you-like-to-get-away/ The third place.
  6. https://killzoneblog.com/2017/09/where-to-start-your-story-first-page-critique-harm-to-come.html

 

 

Short Stories/Anthologies/Novella/Comics:

  1. https://coldhandboyack.wordpress.com/2017/09/04/a-positive-step-back/ Do these symbols distract? I think they’re unique.
  2. http://www.publishingcrawl.com/2017/09/05/contributing-to-an-anthology/ Stories on adoption.
  3. http://kriswrites.com/2017/09/09/catching-up-on-publications/ Short stories and anthologies.
  4. https://coldhandboyack.wordpress.com/2017/09/07/on-the-edge-of-my-world-on-lisaburtonradio/ A visit with Pepper.

 

Poetry:

  1. https://richardankers.com/2017/09/04/the-hidden-episode-1/ Faerie folk.
  2. https://jenanita01.com/2017/09/07/reflect-midnighthaiku/
  3. https://babieslifefamilygoodfood.wordpress.com/2017/09/07/thursday-treat-7/ Old McDonald.
  4. https://juantetcts.wordpress.com/2017/09/07/daily-post-197/
  5. https://erikakind.me/2017/09/08/haiku-fly-to-the-moon/
  6. https://twodropsofink.com/2017/09/08/poetry-break-by-ann-christine-tabaka/
  7. https://chimerapoetry.wordpress.com/2017/09/06/a-changing-time/ Sleepless nights.
  8. https://colleenchesebro.com/2017/09/07/fairies-myths-magic-author-spotlight-guest-post-the-spark-of-the-fey-by-adele-marie-park/ The fey.

 

Indie:

  1. https://teripolen.com/2017/09/04/the-authors-bookshelf-teri-polen-tpolen6/ Visit with Teri! Summer of Fear by Lois Duncan was one of my favorite books when younger.
  2. https://selfpublishingadvice.org/writing-can-you-change-from-pantser-to-plotter-and-should-you-try-case-study-with-kassandra-lamb/ I have lately changed from pantster to plotter. I did my last book as a plotter and it seemed to keep me from “wandering” too much during the story. Not that if something comes along when I’m writing I didn’t intend and works, I don’t run with it and change my plotting to align with it.
  3. https://www.thebookdesigner.com/2017/09/tie-into-winter-spring-summer-or-fall-for-timely-book-hooks/ Tie your book to the season coming up. Here’s how.
  4. https://www.thebookdesigner.com/2017/09/two-new-publishing-events-dont-want-miss-thomson-shore-booktoberfest-bookbaby-independent-authors-conference/ Two new conferences for fall. Michigan and PA.
  5. https://johnwhowell.com/2017/09/08/summer-spotlight-lucy-bailey-and-stella-howell/ Go Stella! Lol.
  6. https://kobowritinglife.com/2017/09/08/maim-your-characters-the-structure-of-an-injury-plot/ An injury plot? Anyone ever try this?

 

 

Craft:

  1. https://nailyournovel.wordpress.com/2017/09/03/readers-reasons-writers-reasons-do-they-ever-agree/ The hidden meanings some readers find in our stories that we didn’t unconsciously consider.
  2. https://www.helpingwritersbecomeauthors.com/common-writing-mistakes-goody-goody-characters-2/ Having problems with pov?
  3. https://www.janefriedman.com/creation-and-doubt/ Do you suffer from doubt? I know I do. I worry that my writing isn’t good enough. I hope to conquer this fear in the days ahead.
  4. http://blog.janicehardy.com/2017/09/choose-your-genre-change-your-world.html Do you consider the genre before you write a book? I pretty much know which genre I’ve set my story in though YA has a lot of different options within it. My adult romances are a little more defined.
  5. http://writershelpingwriters.net/2017/09/using-the-novel-journal-for-writing-breakthroughs/ I use what I call a bible. One for ideas then if the idea develops into a story, it gets a title and a bible all its own.
  6. http://authorkristenlamb.com/2017/09/the-art-of-story-seduction-from-spark-to-romance-climax-to-commitment/ This, I think explains what your story should bring to the reader: an experience like a date. Some good ones, some—not.
  7. http://writershelpingwriters.net/2017/09/introducing-the-occupation-thesaurus/ Writers help with different careers for characters. FABULOUS, FABULOUS idea, imo!
  8. http://www.livewritethrive.com/2017/09/07/the-innovative-way-to-organize-your-scenes/ Reliable map.

 

Other:

  1. http://www.thepassivevoice.com/2017/09/which-side-are-you-on/ Harlan County war.
  2. http://www.parajunkee.com/blog/2017/09/05/flat-book-blogger-icons-update/ Need icons for your book reviews? $9.98
  3. http://bloodredpencil.blogspot.com/2017/09/inside-editors-den-beginning.html Questions before you choose an editor.
  4. https://shelleywilsonauthor.com/2017/09/05/qa-with-authorillustrator-duo-from-zak_and_jen-tuesdaybookblog-childrensfiction/ How the duo from Zak and Jen series work together.
  5. http://writersinthestormblog.com/2017/09/the-law-and-ethics-of-conference-blogging/ Beware what you post from conferences.
  6. http://sethgodin.typepad.com/seths_blog/2017/09/common-traps-worth-avoiding.html Do the generous thing.
  7. http://blog.janicehardy.com/2017/09/lets-do-launch-getting-out-word-about.html Getting the word out about your story. Some good suggestions here.
  8. http://www.publishingcrawl.com/2017/09/08/pubcrawl-podcast-qa/ Q &A.
  9. https://storyempire.com/2017/09/08/curated-writing-content-3/ Cryptomnesia and more.
  10. https://donmassenzio.wordpress.com/2017/09/08/national-days-week-of-september-4th-2017/ Some funnies.
  11. https://jolenemottern.com/2017/09/07/thursdaydoors-dump-doors-recipe/
  12. https://scvincent.com/2017/09/08/crossing-the-stillness-2/
  13. https://mythcreants.com/blog/six-signs-your-story-is-queerphobic/ Do you introduce gay characters only to not follow through with their stories?
  14. https://mytrainofthoughtson.wordpress.com/2017/09/08/2017-07-ireland-kilmallock-slide-show/ So charming!
  15. https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/09/09/milestones-along-the-way-the-saga-of-selby-and-snippets-by-geoff-cronin/ Auction!
  16. https://vashtiqvega.wordpress.com/2017/09/08/hurricane-irma-2017/ Stay safe, Vashti!
  17. https://scvincent.com/2017/09/09/generational-time-machine/ What do you remember of your first day of school? I honestly don’t remember much. There are moments from school, but few.
  18. https://mightythorjrs.wordpress.com/2017/09/08/guest-blog-a-tour-of-my-secret-laboratory-by-luke-e-t-hindmarsh/ A creepy but entertaining tale about research!
  19. https://doctorly.wordpress.com/2017/09/07/missing-out/
  20. https://nailyournovel.wordpress.com/2017/09/07/bill-bryson-lewis-carroll-logic-and-cryonics-interview-about-not-quite-lost-at-andrea-darbys-blog/
  21. https://saraletourneauwriter.com/2017/09/07/thursday-thoughtfulness-september-7-2017/ Which one are you?
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Reading Links…8/29/17


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Reading Links…8/29/17

Traci Kenworth

 

Fantasy/Dystopian/UF/Paranormal/SF:

  1. https://phsolomon.com/2017/08/25/the-eternal-kingdom/ The final book of The Children trilogy.
  2. https://www.amwritingfantasy.com/ph-solomon/ The third book in the Bow of Destiny series.
  3. https://princessofthelight.wordpress.com/2017/08/25/royal-enchantment-by-sharon-ashwood-rowanashart-bookreview-pnr-fridayreads/ She married the king. She wanted the man.

 

MG/YA:

  1. http://www.talesoftheravenousreader.com/2017/08/lets-get-wrecked-amapforwreckedgirls-by.html For the first time, I was afraid we’d die on shore.
  2. https://teripolen.com/2017/08/25/indie-author-friday-k-l-kranes-indieauthor-ya-fantasy-klkranes/ Can she ever stop running and live a normal life?
  3. http://middlegrademania.blogspot.com/2017/08/the-goblins-of-bellwater-reviewed-by.html Thanks to an ancient family agreement, Kit is required to keep relations with goblins for life.
  4. http://middlegrademania.blogspot.com/2017/08/benjamin-franklins-wise-words-reviewed.html Seven themed chapters.

 

Romance/Women’s Fiction:

  1. http://www.talesoftheravenousreader.com/2017/08/911-level-of-hotness-cover-reveal.html I hate you. I never want to see you again.
  2. http://www.talesoftheravenousreader.com/2017/08/giddy-up-wild-card-by-karina-halle-blog.html She swore she’d never go back home.
  3. http://www.rubyslipperedsisterhood.com/my-low-key-book-release-plan/ They say opposites attracts but this is ridiculous.

 

Christian:

 

Historical:

  1. https://rosieamber.wordpress.com/2017/08/26/bookreview-the-queens-mary-by-sarahgristwood-mary-queen-of-scots-histfic/ One of four Marys who served the Queen.
  2. http://thepbsblog.com/2017/08/25/shadows-and-lights-of-harlem-interview-with-author-yecheilyah-ysrayl/ Harlem in the 1920s.
  3. https://rosieamber.wordpress.com/2017/08/25/bookreview-redeeming-the-rogue-knight-by-elisabethhobbes-medieval-romance-fridayreads/ Mercenaries in France.

 

Scary:

  1. https://horrornovelreviews.com/2017/08/26/chris-kelso-shrapnel-apartments-review/ A read that is sharper than a fine-honed razor.
  2. http://www.thisishorror.co.uk/book-review-everything-thats-underneath-by-kristi-demeester/ Fans of weird horror will welcome.
  3. http://www.fantasyliterature.com/reviews/tinder/ A retelling of the tinderbox fairytale.
  4. http://thepbsblog.com/2017/08/25/yecheilyahs-book-reviews-affliction-dottie-daniels/ A paramedic who wakes up during a zombie invasion.
  5. http://www.thisishorror.co.uk/look-out-for-the-silent-companions-by-laura-purcell/ A good ole gothic ghost story.
  6. http://horrornovelreviews.com/2017/08/24/scott-shoyer-horror-in-the-clouds-review/ A Lovecraftian tale set in the Midwest.

 

Mystery/Thrillers/Suspense:

  1. http://lizlovesbooks.com/lizlovesbooks/latest-reads-a-twist-of-the-knife-becky-masterman/ It takes a strong woman to be able to watch someone die.
  2. http://lizlovesbooks.com/lizlovesbooks/latest-reads-western-fringes-amer-anwar/ A Sikh girl on the run. An ex-Muslim con who has to find her.
  3. https://mytrainofthoughtson.wordpress.com/2017/08/19/the-body-in-the-laboratory-by-mike-lord-bookreview-lordmaity/ A simple murder investigation becomes an international chase.
  4. http://lizlovesbooks.com/lizlovesbooks/latest-reads-the-innocents-ace-atkins/ Is it a senseless act or something more disturbing?
  5. http://jenanita01.com/2017/08/25/rosies-book-review-team-rbrt-blessed-mayhem-by-sue-coletta-suecoletta1-crime-thriller/ A chance encounter…a deadly predicament…a lethal decision.
  6. https://johnwhowell.com/2017/08/25/book-review-our-justice-by-john-w-howell-rrbc-howellwave/ A riveting action-thriller.
  7. http://lizlovesbooks.com/lizlovesbooks/getting-to-know-you-with-amanda-mckinney/ Two strangers find themselves thrown into a killer’s path.

 

Short Stories/Anthologies/Novella/Comics:

  1. http://www.fantasyliterature.com/reviews/the-new-voices-of-fantasy/ Collection of 19 shorts.

 

Poetry:

 

Indie:

  1. http://nicholasrossis.me/2017/08/25/august-deals-and-giveaways/ Three to choose from.

 

Craft:

 

Other:

 

 

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Writing Links…8/28/17


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Writing Links…8/28/17

Traci Kenworth

 

Fantasy/Dystopian/UF/Paranormal/SF:

  1. http://www.magicalwords.net/announce/not-all-those-who-wander-dragoncon-are-lost/ Schedules for DragonCon.
  2. http://storitorigrace.blogspot.com/2017/08/writing-lessons-from-movies-pirates-of.html Miscommunication used as a plot device.
  3. https://mightythorjrs.wordpress.com/2017/08/25/guest-blog-creating-a-fantasy-world-and-the-process-behind-the-sword-to-unite-by-peter-hopkins/ Start with a blob.
  4. http://authorkristenlamb.com/2017/08/party-like-its-durins-day-imaginary-celebrations-in-fantasy/ What will hold Kristen up?
  5. https://legendsofwindemere.com/2017/08/24/protecting-bedlam-join-the-resistance-get-a-brownie-part-1/ More on Cassidy and Lloyd.

 

MG/YA:

  1. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EjH70zw_LKo&feature=em-subs_digest Journaling before you write. I may try this and see how it goes.
  2. http://88cupsoftea.com/podcast/barry-goldblatt/ Interview with agent.
  3. http://storitorigrace.blogspot.com/2017/08/toris-tips-for-convention-preparation.html
  4. http://www.fromthemixedupfiles.com/2017/08/interview-giveaway-jonathan-rosen/ Night of the Living Bunnies.
  5. http://88cupsoftea.com/podcast/barry-goldblatt/# The journey of leading YA fiction into mainstream.
  6. http://www.adventuresinyapublishing.com/2017/08/ya-taboos-and-selling-your-book.html Do you think there are taboos in YA?

 

Romance/Women’s Fiction:

  1. http://romanceuniversity.org/2017/08/25/unclogging-the-drain-of-progress/ Cures for writer’s block.

 

Christian:

  1. http://www.novelrocket.com/2017/08/go-with-flow.html Enjoy the journey.
  2. https://stevelaube.com/deadlines-born-deadlines-made/ How do you feel about deadlines? I tend to set them but run past them right now, not having anyone to keep me to them.
  3. https://stevelaube.com/find-writing-time-use-your-agent/ What your agent can do for you.
  4. http://www.novelrocket.com/2017/08/love-is-answer.html How great is your hero?
  5. http://www.booksandsuch.com/blog/keeps-motivated-write/ What keeps you going?
  6. http://www.booksandsuch.com/blog/bad-stuff-happens-good-writers/ Ways to look at the negative.

 

Historical:

  1. http://englishhistoryauthors.blogspot.com/2017/08/a-dark-welsh-lady.html

 

Scary:

  1. http://www.thisishorror.co.uk/tih-163-gemma-files-on-experimental-film-autism-and-story-lessons/ Horror podcast.
  2. http://www.thisishorror.co.uk/tih-162-benjamin-percy-on-the-dark-net-thrill-me-essays-on-fiction-and-comic-book-writing/ Horror podcast.
  3. http://www.thisishorror.co.uk/tih-161-victor-lavalle-on-the-ballad-of-black-tom-h-p-lovecraft-and-mastering-f-bombs-in-fiction/ Horror podcast.

 

Mystery/Thriller/Suspense:

  1. https://killzoneblog.com/2017/08/how-to-talk-tough.html Dialogue can improve a manuscript.
  2. https://margotkinberg.wordpress.com/2017/08/19/youre-changing-all-the-time/ Scenarios in mysteries.
  3. http://annerallen.com/2017/08/memoir-or-fiction/ Going too far into fiction in a memoir can add up to half-truths.
  4. https://killzoneblog.com/2017/08/dont-let-it-get-away.html You’re the cat.
  5. https://margotkinberg.wordpress.com/2017/08/25/i-dented-somebodys-fender/ Where accidents may lead.
  6. https://stacitroilo.wordpress.com/2017/08/25/author-inspiration-writing-links-11/ Hard week.

 

Short Stories/Anthologies/Novella/Comics:

  1. https://richardankers.com/2017/08/19/cometh-the-rain-part-5/ The devil’s revenge.
  2. https://coldhandboyack.wordpress.com/2017/08/25/the-weekend-so-far/ Campers and concert.
  3. https://johnwhowell.com/2017/08/24/thursday-a-little-personal-watchdogs/ Dogs and cat.

 

Poetry:

  1. https://juantetcts.wordpress.com/2017/08/25/daily-post-187/
  2. https://cmblackwood.wordpress.com/2017/08/25/smoke-on-the-water/ Sun and shadows.
  3. http://twodropsofink.com/2017/08/24/poetry-break-by-barbara-drewry/
  4. https://erikakind.me/2017/08/25/friday-song-6/ Julio Iglesias and Diana Ross.
  5. http://colleenchesebro.com/2017/08/25/the-wraith-a-haiku/

 

Indie:

  1. https://donmassenzio.wordpress.com/2017/08/20/this-week-in-indie-publishing-31/ News for Indies.
  2. https://selfpublishingadvice.org/beginners-self-publishing-salon-editing-process-options-explained/ Beginners’ pointers.
  3. https://legendsofwindemere.com/2017/08/25/meet-guest-author-kimberly-a-mckenzie/ Finding yourself.
  4. https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/08/26/august-26th-is-national-dog-day/ Come join.
  5. https://kobowritinglife.com/2017/08/25/saving-money-on-editing-tips-on-self-editing/ Self-editing will save you in the long run.

 

Craft:

  1. https://janefriedman.com/writing-secondary-characters/ Secondary characters are more important than you think.
  2. http://blog.janicehardy.com/2017/08/on-road-how-to-create-meaningful.html Do the conflicts challenge the protagonist?
  3. https://princessofthelight.wordpress.com/2017/08/25/29-ways-to-stay-creative-a-fun-infographic-inspiration-creative-motivation-amwriting/ Make lists.
  4. http://www.publishingcrawl.com/2017/08/25/writing-alone-together/ Writing with others.
  5. http://writersinthestormblog.com/2017/08/self-belief-is-hard-how-to-do-it-anyway/ Keep plugging away.
  6. http://writershelpingwriters.net/2017/08/want-to-find-the-real-story-ignore-your-instincts/ Could your story be headed elsewhere?

 

Other:

  1. http://sethgodin.typepad.com/seths_blog/2017/08/studying-for-the-test-of-time.html Not more polish but more guts. I’ll need to remember this in the next steps in publishing I take.
  2. https://juantetcts.wordpress.com/2017/08/19/daily-post-180/ Other people’s thinking.
  3. https://jenanita01.com/2017/08/19/the-magic-and-majesty-of-big-ben/
  4. http://johnwhowell.com/2017/08/19/watch-rwisa-write-blog-tour-harmony-kent-rwisa-rrbc/ Reaching out.
  5. https://thepbsblog.com/2017/08/20/my-favorite-dick-gregory-quotes/ A free man is a man with no fears.
  6. https://jessicabakkers.com/2017/08/20/songday-sunday-things-have-changed/ Bob Dylan.
  7. https://thesilenteye.co.uk/2017/08/20/how-we-are-three/
  8. https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/08/20/milestones-along-the-way-the-yards-of-waterford-by-geoff-cronin/ Horse-drawn carts.
  9. https://thestoryreadingapeblog.com/2017/08/20/reserved-for-ian-hutson-6/ Boating and a convent.
  10. https://janefriedman.com/mailchimp-alternatives/ Need a different email list plug-in.
  11. http://www.thepassivevoice.com/2017/08/why-macmillan-is-leaving-the-flatiron/ The Flatiron building is being left behind.
  12. https://storyempire.com/2017/08/25/curated-content-for-writers-august-25th/ The mirror moment.
  13. https://ravereviewsbynonniejules.wordpress.com/2017/08/25/carol-marrs-phipps-in-whos-on-the-shelf-wnonnie-jules-rrbc-car01am/ Who’s on the shelf interview.
  14. https://scvincent.com/2017/08/26/stepping-back/ The spiritual came first.
  15. https://jolenemottern.com/2017/08/25/blurry/
  16. https://doctorly.wordpress.com/2017/08/24/thursday-thoughts-from-the-throne-2/ Post-nasal drip.

 

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Book Talk 4/28/17


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Book Talk…4/28/17

Traci Kenworth

 

Will o’ Wisp by C.S. Boyack. 2015. Indie. KU.

There is something evil up Bergamot Holler, and it’s been targeting the Hall family for generations.

Patty Hall is fifteen years old. She loves stargazing, science fiction, and all things related to space exploration. This leaves her perfectly prepared for the wrong problem.

Patty is afraid her mother will send her to a care facility if she tells her what she’s seen. If she doesn’t figure things out soon, she’s going to join her father in the Hall family cemetery plot.

Patty has to come to grips with her own physical handicap, survive the wilderness, and face an ancient evil all alone if she’s going to survive.

Will O’ the Wisp is suitable for young adults. It involves strong elements of suspense, and is set in the mid-1970s.

 

Review:

When strange lights appear up in Bergamont Holler, Patty Hall and her friends don’t know whether to think it’s aliens or something more sinister. Both her father and uncle were killed in mysterious accidents up there and Patty fears she may be next. First a drifter and then a lady in town begin to follow Patty and try to attack her, gurgling up water and choking like they’ve come down with some horrible illness. As the attacks become more frequent, Patty learns there may be some information on what’s happening in the big city museum. She sneaks a ride there and discovers that her family may be under a curse. Can she and her friends survive? Will Patty become the next casualty of the will o’ wisps?

 

I found the book to be very suspenseful. It’s sometimes hard to write young adults but I think the author did a bang-up job with Patty! I really LOVE the ending! The book has handicapped and diverse characters too and I think that’s a big plus. I liked getting to know Patty and rooted for her to win. I wouldn’t count this character out on anything!