Month: November 2011

Interview: Graphic Designer “GX”

The interview series with members of my Twitter community continues with GX. Happy reading! Website: graphiczxdesigns.zenfolio.com/Twitter: @graphiczxdesign Q: What is your profession? Any specialty area(s) within that field? GX: Graphic Designer and Photographer, now specialising in ebook and CreateSpace covers Q: What or who motivated you to start down this path? GX:  I’ve been infatuated with images – still, moving, color, black and white, abstract  – and design since I was a child. But I only started treating it professionally with the advent of computers and the almost infinite possibilities afforded by digital manipulation with software like Photoshop Q: How did you get started doing ebook covers? GX: A friend asked me to design a cover for her. I researched the ...

Author Interview: Heidi Hall

The interview series with authors in my Twitter community continues with Heidi Hall. Happy reading!  Website: WriterGurl1.blogspot.comTwitter: @WriterGurl1 Q: What is your genre? Why did you choose it? HH: Overall, I would classify my genre as romance. But I like to bend the rules and mix it with humor, suspense, thriller, mystery, etc. I know – I’m a bit schizophrenic. Q: How many books have you published? Legacy published, self-published, or a combination? HH: I have published four books to date: 2 stand-alone novels, 1 novella, and the first novel in my new series – Assassins Anonymous. All are self-published. There was a time when I considered looking for an agent/publisher, but in the end decided I would see how far I could get on my own. I would certainly consider any offer tha...

Update: International Mystery

The words “international mystery” do not refer to MHz’s excellent line-up of detective shows featuring Montalbano, Van Veeteren, Wallander and Maigret. Nor do they focus on those case-cracking Inspectors, Morse, Lewis, and Lynley, brought to life on the small screen courtesy of BBC. Instead, I am using the word international to summarize the list of countries from which my sites have been accessed.  In alphabetical order, they are:          Australia         Canada         China         Czechoslovakia*         Ecuador*         Estonia*  &n...

Happy Thanksgiving!

Below “is the proclamation which set the precedent for America’s national day of Thanksgiving. During his administration, President Lincoln issued many orders similar to this. For example, on November 28, 1861, he ordered government departments closed for a local day of thanksgiving. Sarah Josepha Hale, a 74-year-old magazine editor, wrote a letter to Lincoln on September 28, 1863, urging him to have the ‘day of our annual Thanksgiving made a National and fixed Union Festival.’ She explained, ‘You may have observed that, for some years past, there has been an increasing interest felt in our land to have the Thanksgiving held on the same day, in all the States; it now needs National recognition and authoritive fixation, only, to become permanently, an American ...

Lovers And Fighters

For an entire week, I’ve been trying to settle on which 800-word section of AVA I will choose as my first #TeaserTrain (a modified blog tour) excerpt. It’s overdue, and I remain undecided. Choosing 800 words from the opening chapter would seem logical, right? It would, except that I am going to be posting the entire first chapter on my new website the day the book launches. No reason to duplicate or to waste opportunities for the blog hosts. Then, I considered using 800 words from a pivotal scene late in the novel. There is a passage involving the male protagonist, Kader Thornton (it’s romance, people), that is particularly striking and, I think, unexpected. But to share that scene would be to reveal too much of what happens to the female protagonist, Ava Arden. Don’t wan...

Author Interview: Marla A. Madison

The interview series with authors in my Twitter community continues with Marla A. Madison. Happy reading! Website: marlamadison.blogspot.comTwitter: @MarlaAMadisonContact: mam887@gmail.com Q: What is your genre? Why did you choose it? MAM: Suspense is about the only genre I read these days. I find that kind of book to be an exciting get-away from everyday life. Favorite authors are Brian Freeman, Jonathan Kellerman, Tami Hoag, Jeffrey Deaver, Tess Gerritsen, to name a few. Q: How many books have you published? Legacy published, self-published, or a combination? MAM: I have self-published She’s Not There, a  novel of suspense. It is available now as an ebook and will soon be out as a print book also. I hope to have a second suspense novel ready to publish by 2012. I’m about 2/3 of the way t...

TwitterQuest, November 20th

The only thing more exciting than watching the number of Twitter followers rise is reading what they have to say. Below, I have listed some of my favorite tweets from people I follow.  Each day, I find it fascinating to read the ideas, advice, humor, and the just plain bizarre from the Twitterverse.  Enjoy! monkeymakeit MonkeyMake.it “This is not a book that should be tossed lightly aside. It should be hurled with great force.” Dorothy Parker HP_Oliver H.P. Oliver Random thought: Telling me of your passionate beliefs accomplishes nothing unless you first prove yourself to be a person worthy of my ear. MelissaTweets Melissa Clouthier RT @LisaLikes: If you’re driving 34 in a 35, I assume you’re on FBI’s Most Wanted©. ksorbs Kevin Sorbo I KNOW YOU WANT ...

Author Interview: Melissa Foster

The interview series with writers in my Twitter community continues with author Melissa Foster. Happy reading! Website: www.melissafoster.comTwitter: @Melissa_Foster Q: What is your genre? MF: I’m a genre hopper (and I like it that way); literary and contemporary fiction, and suspense. Q: How many ebooks have you published? MF: I have published three books in both ebook and paperback format; Megan’s Way, Chasing Amanda, and Come Back to Me.         Q: Do you sell copies of your novel directly from your website? MF: No, I leave the sales and distribution up to the retailers. Q: How much time do you spend on Twitter each week? MF: Lol, this is not quantifiable. I am on Twitter throughout the day and night. I feel it is of utmost importance to be R...

Author Interview: Richard Jay Parker

Amazon bestseller STOP ME by Richard Jay Parker shortlisted for CWA Dagger Award. Click web link for chilling website. Paperback and ebook editions available. Website: www.richardjayparker.com Twitter: @Bookwalter What is your genre? RJP: Psychological thrillers. How many books have you published? RJP: STOP ME was my debut. How much time do you spend on Twitter each week? RJP: Probably far too much time. Do you blog? How often? Strictly professional or a blend of all things? RJP: I blog once a week about general writing topics as well as my own projects. What tips or advice would you offer to writers who are about to become published authors? RJP: Perseverance is definitely the key in terms of your writing as well as your efforts to get an agent/get published etc.  I alway s move onto anot...

TwitterQuest, November 13th

The only thing more exciting than watching the number of Twitter followers rise is reading what they have to say. Below, I have listed some of my favorite tweets from people I follow.  Each day, I find it fascinating to read the ideas, advice, humor, and the just plain bizarre from the Twitterverse.  Enjoy! DennyCoates Denny Coates “Ignore what a man desires and you ignore the very source of his power.” – Walter Lippmann ppalamountain Pete Palamountain Love #femalesleuths whose lives are a mess and who aren’t reluctant to admit it. Tough guys are ok–but mustn’t always win. kissdatelove Tim Love Sometimes people put up walls, not to keep others out, but to see who cares enough to break them down. lorisizemore Lori Sizemore If it weren’t fo...

What’s Your Hashtag, Baby?

Prior to my wide-eyed start on Twitter, I couldn’t have explained why, all the sudden, advertisements began listing words with pound signs in front of them.  Those strange looking symbols made no impact on my old school sensibilities. I knew of some vague association between this tweeting thing and teenagers—and possibly some Hollywood-types—but that about covered it. To me, one of the Twitter uninitiated, those combos didn’t represent anything I could recognize or use—not a website, a phone number or an email. It’s kind of fun to think about on how naive I was all those months ago, considering that, these days, I am mad for Twitter. Yes, its features provide me with hours of endless fascination. Ironic, considering that, after setting up my @dcPriya account, I didn’t login, no...

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