Saturday, March 22, 2014

Have You Won the Mental Game of Writing? I Do Have Permission to Post This. ;-)

Winning the Mental Game of Writing (via
Being a writer is not a task for the faint of heart.   Dealing with rejection, criticism and self-doubt has been part of the literary landscape since the invention of the alphabet.   If you’re struggling with the mental side of being a writer,…

Monday, March 10, 2014

I Firmoo, Do You?

Before I get to my review, I wanted to mention that my amigo, Karen Lange has invited me over to her blog, Write Now. Why did she do this, you ask? I mean, she's taking a huge gamble on loosing her readership, you say? I know, I reply back to you. But she invited me. Since it IS her 5th Blogoversary, I wanna celebrate with her. After all, she wanted me to come over. For the life of me, I cannot imagine why. She's one of my oldest blogging pals. Oops, that DID NOT come out right. She's not the oldest (in years). We've just been amigos for these five years. Psst, don't mention my slip of the tongue, just then. Thanks. Anyway, could you stop by? If you don't, I won't have any visitors. If you do, would you bring your party hat? Thanks!

So. I was contacted by a representative of Firmoo in late December 2013. If you haven't heard, is an online optical store. Tina (who is so very nice and has a sparkling personality), said that if I would agree to do a review, I could get free glasses (with the frames). So I took a look. I decided to give it a whirl. I typed my prescription (from my eye doctor) into the form. And SURPRISE! In less than two weeks, the glasses came to my front door. 

This is unbelievable, I thought. The glasses are very stylish. They have oodles and oodles of styles and colors to choose from. The best thing is, you know the little nose pads attached to the glasses? They are the most comfortable I've ever had. (Comfort is important.) I wholeheartedly recommend these glasses. One word of caution. When you get your prescription, don't forget to get your pupils measured. There's a place on the form to add this and they have to have the measurement. It amazed me at how good they fit. Need I throw in the word PERFECT? 

Guess what? Firmoo wants you! Go to this link and scroll down until you see 

Three cooperation ways we could work with you. Then YOU will be able to share in 

my exhilaration. My euphoria. My merriment. 

You won't be disappointed. 

Friday, March 7, 2014

And according to the winner  is

CHERYL SECOMB!! Congrads Cheryl. She chose the Positive traits thesaurus. Thanks to everyone who stopped by. Write on, y'all! Write on!

Monday, March 3, 2014

The Emotion Thesaurus, Positive Trait and Negative Trait Thesaurus You Need These Books!

Would YOU vote for these two for President and Vice President? Read on to find out just what I'm talking about.   Wanna buy these books? Go here, or here, or here.

Angela and Becca have REALLY made YOUR writing easier. Mine too. As if their excellent blog Writers Helping Writers (formally The Bookshelf Muse) wasn't enough. They have brought emotions to life with the Emotion Thesaurus. 

AND LOOK. THEY'RE COLOR CODED. They look like yummy jelly beans. Except they're not.
When I sit down to write, I make sure I have notebook, pen and pencil, computer, and my copy of Emotion Thesaurus. It's easy to follow and everything is broken down into an easy to understand thesaurus. From adoration to worry and all emotions in between, they have you covered. I love how they add interesting stuff on each page about internal sensations, mental responses, and much, much more. This will bring your characters to life. And this will be your GO TO writing book. On top of this, they recently came out with the The Positive Trait Thesaurus and the Negative Trait Thesaurus. 

Okay! They have my vote for President and Vice President with these two new additions.  (Although, Ange will have to move to the states to take on this new job.) :-) You guys in??? Wait a sec. You guys are just too danged honest. :-)

The Positive Traits Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to Character Attributes just adds to the Emotion Thesaurus in a big way. I could not believe my eyes when I opened my copy. It is way more than an itemized list, it's a GOLDMINE for writers. Are you struggling with trying to create very real characters in your writing? Need personality help for your characters? You've come to the right place. It's sister, The Negative Traits Thesaurus: A Writers Guide to Character Flaws screams YOU NEED ME! on your writing bookshelf. Want well-rounded, whole characters who jump off the page? Want to understand how to melt those character flaws into your characters making them seem as real as real can be? Want to make your antag a nasty sort with believable good qualities too? Then you MUST. I repeat. You MUST buy these books. They are companions to each other. You must have them all. They are really the only writing books you need from now on. TRUST ME. Angela and Becca! Do you accept my nomination? *wink* *wink* I guess they're doing what they were meant to do. Helping writers write interesting stories that are unputdownable! Yeah! 

I'm giving away a Kindle edition of your pick of any one of these three books. Already have them all? I'll buy your crit partner one then. Just leave a comment telling which one you'd like and on Friday, March 7th, I'll use to pick a winner. Good luck y'all! Thanks for reading!

Monday, February 10, 2014

Bloghop Alert! Crystal Asked a Question and I Answered.

Crystal's publisher is offering a $2.00 coupon until February 14th for anyone who wants to claim it. Don't forget to use the coupon code.

Coupon code: LQJM3F84

In the English society of 1768 where women are bred to marry, unattractive Alexia, just sixteen, believes she will end up alone. But on the county doorstep of a neighbor’s estate, she meets a man straight out of her nightmares, one whose blue eyes threaten to consume her whole world—especially when she discovers him standing over her murdered host in the middle of the night.

Her nightmares become reality: a dead baron, red-eyed wraiths, and forbidden love with a man hunted by these creatures. After an attack close to home, Alexia realizes she cannot keep one foot in her old life and one in this new world. To protect her family she must either be sold into a loveless marriage, or escape with her beloved and risk becoming one of the Soulless.

So here's the question: If you lived in a society where arranged marriages were a la mode, whom would you beg your parents to set you up with? Why? (Literary characters and celebrities welcomed.) 

John Ronald Reuel Tolkien or as we all know him, J.R.R. Tolkien, is the guy I would choose. He was a masterful storyteller and I think we (Tolkien and I) would sit across from each other discussing and writing our stories (How exciting!). His mother's name (like my mother's) was Mabel. His mother lived in a time when having type 1 diabetes was a death sentence. She died a few months after her diagnosis. I'm much luckier that she was. I have an insulin pump and can check my blood sugars with a hand held device built into my Omnipod (my pump). I would have loved to sit around a fire and ask his opinions of my WIP. WOWEE! He spoke Greek and Latin, so I could have had free lessons too. DOUBLE WOWEE! Our kids would have received The Father Christmas Letters from their dad, the famous author. TRIPLE WOWEE! I could have learned a lot from him. And I would have known that The Lord of the Rings was going to be a commercial hit even if no one else back then did. But I will say this, I'm glad I was born
when I was and that I'm a writer in the here and now and that I married my hubby. But it was fun to dream a little and think about living at the turn of the century. When he died back in 1973, the country lost a great storyteller. What an imagination he had! In the
comments, tell me your answer to the question. I'd love to hear.   
Apologies for the format of my answer. I've tried every trick in the book to fix it. Blogger hates on me about twice a month. *sigh*         

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Sunday, February 9, 2014

New contest update on Sharon Mayhew and Terrie Wolf's picture book contest. Your story will be attached now, so no worries about posting to the blog. Good luck everyone! Here's the link to read about this awesomely bodacious chance: S. K. Mayhew, Kid Lit Writer.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Alex J. Cavanaugh Has A Deal For Y'all

CassaFire delivers on the promise of its predecessor, combining military action sequences and political intrigue with strong, memorable characters. Reminiscent of the action-driven stories of Robert A. Heinlein's early fiction…” - Library Journal
Alex J. Cavanaugh’s CassaFire just .99 for a limited time! Click on the Amazon link below.

Go and get it. Trust me. You will NOT be able to put it down. And if you do put it down, Alex's characters and plot will draw you back to read long before you planned on coming back.