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#TeaserTrain Sample: Kellianne Sweeney’s ‘The One That Got Away’

Excerpt From 'The One That Got Away'My mind seemed to turn off and my body moved by its’ own accord to open the door and walk inside. I stood in the middle of the foyer and tried to collect my thoughts. I knew I had been instructed on where to meet in the event of the ship’s sinking. I had not been paying particular attention to this information because I had believed the Titanic to be unsinkable. Quick action was…

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New Release: Author Deborah Batterman

Throughout 2012, I will be highlighting the new releases of members of the Facebook group SelfPubEBooks. The group is open to all writers and self-published or indie-published authors.The purpose of SelfPubEbooks is to discuss marketing ideas, innovations, and changes in the industry, and to support one another by sharing information about the new releases and successes of fellow members. We welcome your participation.* An April 2012 New Release *Author Deborah BattermanBio: Contrary to appearances, I'm not obsessed with shoes, although…

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The SocialImprove.com Interview – Seven Questions

Author Interview: Ashley Barronby Bes Zain on 04/18/12SocialImprove: What are you trying to achieve through your blog?Ashley Barron: This is an interesting question. The answer has changed several times since I began my blog nine months ago, and I’m certain it will continue to evolve going forward.In the very beginning, when I realized I needed one, I simply wanted to prove to myself I could blog. As I came to find out, starting a blog is a serious undertaking when…

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Television And Self-Publishing

Not too long ago, I received a phone call from a powerful person at a powerful company.  The person was responding to a particular blog post of mine, one in which I had made suggestions for changes in certain areas of the publishing industry. Was I surprised to receive that call? You bet. I was honored to be in a position to articulate some of the good things happening here in our community. I shouldn’t have been.What was made clear…

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‘Ava’ Outtakes: Kettle & Gracie

My first draft of Ava was 165,000 words. During the tough process of editing down the story to 100,000 words, and shaping up the material for sequels, hundreds of pages were cut from the manuscript. Below, is a chapter that takes place about halfway through the book, and focuses on Ava’s parents, Kettle and Gracie Arden. In the end, this chapter contained too much background for mid-point in the novel, and it didn’t match with the flow and tone of…

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In Another Life

 Yesterday morning, my alarm clock went off way too early, considering I had been up way too late the night before. The song blaring at unwelcome decibels from that object of torment was Katy Perry’s “The One That Got Away.”Three words from that song have been stuck in my head for the last two days: “In another life…”Isn’t that where it all begins for a novelist? With those magic words “What if…?”It seems that since the moment my eyelids blinked…

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Twitter, My Darling

A year ago, I knew nothing about you, Twitter. And now you are the darling of my social media world.At first I was a little scared of you. Your reputation is one of unpredictable power, and I was worried, quite reasonably, that I would be lost in your endless seas.And then there are those hash tags – your courtiers – proving to us, time and again, the reach of your reign.“The other kids are doing it” is a phrase that…

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The Lucky 7 Meme

Thanks to Teresa Cypher for tagging me for the Lucky 7 Meme. This is fun! Teresa’s Bio: “One life is just too short... I am married to Dave, have 3 great children and their wonderful spouses, 1 adorable granddaughter, a bunch of wonderful friends...the ground never stops shifting beneath our feet..." (Read More) Twitter: @Teresa_WillowFacebook: www.facebook.com/teresa.cypherBlogs: http://dreamersloversandstarvoyagers.blogspot.com         http://cypherbuss.wordpress.com/Read Teresa’s own seven sentence Lucky 7 Meme excerpt here.  Just in case seven really is a lucky number, I’ve decided to add…

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