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5 things about writing you don't know but maybe should

  Once upon a time you thought of a story that involved a character, setting, and plot. You went into your writing cave and you wrote said story. Emerging months or even years later, you copied said story onto a floppy disc, took it to a printer and got them to print the manuscript for you, then you posted said story to an agent or a publisher. After which you went back into your writing cave to write another story while your first story sat on a publisher's desk for six months. When I started out writing, it was very much like this. The internet was only new and no way would a publisher let a piece of technology dictate how it ran it's business. Every manuscript had to be posted. And I had to send a return stamped envelope if I wanted the manuscript back! Sometimes I had to send a standard stamped envelope if I wanted a reply. Some agents wanted a phone call first so you could pitch your premise to them and if they were interested they'd invite you send in a quer

All my characters want for Christmas is...

  I ’ve written a list. I’ve checked it twice. I sent it to Santa, and then I realized I’d forgotten to get presents for some very important people in my life - my characters from my books. So I sent off emails to each of them and asked them what they wanted this year for Christmas. I'm not sure I can give them what they want, but here’s what they said anyway. Jett Jones (The Bird With The Broken Wing) “A car. I know there’s a fat chance of getting one, but I’m asking for a car anyway. If not a car, then a moped. Maybe the one like Audrey Hepburn rode in  Breakfast At Tiffanys . I’m dying to be able to go somewhere on my own.”   Ethan James (Feedback) “Now that I’m fit and healthy I’m making a comeback into ice hockey. I need new gear. Hockey stick. Skates. Helmet. Gloves. Protective gear. Everything. Championships, here I come!”     Rachael Messenger (The Bird With The Broken Wing) “Angels don’t give or receive Christmas gifts, but if I had to choos

Brinda Berry release - Watcher of Worlds (book 3 in Whispering Woods series)

NEW RELEASE SPOTLIGHT AND INTERVIEW   It's my pleasure to promote this latest novel by Brinda Berry.   Watcher of Worlds By Brinda Berry Whispering Woods Book 3 Novel Renegade YA, LLC YA Fantasy/Romance $5.99 ISBN: 978-1-941133-00-2   Senior year should bring fun, friends and happiness. Not portals, treachery, and murder.   Seventeen-year-old Mia Taylor, gatekeeper to an interdimensional portal, wants nothing more than to heal from her romance gone wrong. Illegally falling for her co-worker Regulus had been a huge mistake. But when Regulus goes rogue to hunt down a murderer, Mia must forget her broken heart and use her unique abilities to save him. Traveling across dimensions, she enters a strange and hostile world where a rebel faction holds the key to their escape. Her gift of synesthesia is in high demand, and a secret organization of the otherworldly kind has her in their sights. But sabotage and murder may be the least of her worries. Her ex-bo

Voting begins for Paranormal Cravings Battle of the Books

Little Red  Gem is up for nomination for Best Book of 2013 in the Paranormal Cravings Battle of the Books   “Discover the Best Fiction 2013 in the Paranormal Cravings BOOK AWARDS (Reader’s Choice), the book awards decided by readers.  Support your favourites by voting!"   It's easy to vote. All you have to do is Agree that Little Red Gem is the best standalone paranormal romance book of 2013.  Click on the link contained in the images to go to the voting section. Remember, it's as easy as clicking on Agree.      Voting ends December 20, 2013. Please vote.   What does it mean to win an award? A lot. it means a lot. I'm one of those people who rarely wins anything, but that's okay. If I can save up all of those opportunities of winning "best and fairest at the sports field", or "fastest this or that" and I can use up all of these missed winnings for something like this...well, I will be one very happy and very grateful author