Month: March 2013

Dialogue from the past can be a real pain in the…paragraph.

If you want to make Medieval, Renaissance or even characters from the age of Mozart believable, you have to be like a tightrope walker. Characters who say “thee” and “thou” can’t say also say “you” in the next sentence. Here is part of a poem by Geoffrey Chaucer, born in 1340,  who wrote in Middle English. Book Of The Duchesse I have gret wonder, be this lighte, How that I live, for day ne nighte I may nat slepe wel nigh noght, I have so many an ydel thoght Purely for defaute of slepe That, by my trouthe, I take no kepe Of no-thing, how hit cometh or goth, Ne me nis no-thing leef nor loth. Al is y-liche good to me — Ioye or sorowe, wherso hyt be — For I have feling in no-thinge, But, as it were, a mased thing, Alway in point to falle a-...

The Writing Process

I had dabbled in writing since maintaining a food blog for over six years. Tackling a novel is a whole new ballgame. Wait, let me backtrack a little. I’ve always been a dreamer. I remembered my early childhood when my father always scolded me for being absent-minded. Even then I would think up scenarios in my head and appear to be lost in my own world. In high school, I even started on a science fiction novel which I, unfortunately, abandoned. I grew up learning and speaking three languages. You can just imagine how confusing that can be when it came to writing. Fortunately, I only had to do composition in two of them. I did well in my English courses in high school, but when I headed off to college and took up an Engineering degree, I got rusty in composition. When I started writing a foo...

Storme by Bel Ravenne

  About Storme: This is the story of two girls; ordinary, but with their own individual traits. Every girl has to express her individuality some way, and these two are no exception. Maria is not afraid of growing up; she’s only concerned with how she’ll make her mother proud of her achievements. Born in a village in North Bedfordshire, she has a dream of going to university and perhaps write a book, but struggles with autism. Storme – Stephanie – at 18 has her own struggle; she’s trying to break away from an upbringing in a North London estate, an upbringing that no girl should ever experience. Her guardian Ella is far from an ideal foster mother. These two very different girls, from very different backgrounds, are brought together at university, but with their unusual friendship comes gre...

Just a Matter of Time by LaRhonda Simmons

About Just a Matter of Time: Jade is dating super sexy personal trainer Eli Turner. Eli is the best thing that’s happened to her in a long time and the sex between them is the best she’s ever encountered. The only problem is that Eli is very secretive about his personal life, which makes Jade think he’s hiding something. But no matter how things appear, Jade has no intentions of giving up her prize. Sierra has the perfect life to those around her. She’s married to the handsome Tyler, has a beautiful daughter and owns a successful day spa. But when things get boring in the bedroom and Tyler refuses to compromise, Sierra finds herself craving more. When the sultry Alexis Montague walks into her day spa, she gets more than what she bargained for. Taylor is married to D...

A River Moves Forward by Selena Haskins

“A River Moves Forward” synopsis: Connie Morris grows up in Chicago’s Cabrini Green projects, and suffers abuse from her father. When tragedy strikes the family, Connie is “virtually” the last survivor, and ends up homeless until an unexpected hobby leads to fortune and fame. At the peak of her career, someone from her past tries to destroy everything she has worked hard for. Connie could possibly lose it all, including herself. On the other side of Chicago is Dean Wilson, a cocky police officer whose marriage ends tragically. Soon he meets Connie and the two fall in love, but when they learn their paths have crossed before, it sends them on an emotional ride that could prove to be too much. What happened in their past could possibly ruin their future or make their ...

Author Interview: Staci Hart

1. Thanks for being here today, Staci! Please tell readers about your path from writer to published author. So happy to be here with you all! When I first began to write, it was purely experimental, but once I started writing it, I knew that it was something I would see through. I knew that the story would be fairly short, though I was determined to get the word count into a range that would be considered a novel. I researched traditional publishing and found a host of agents to contact, but in the end I decided to self publish. I’m so glad I did. The most difficult thing about self publishing is that you have to self edit. I took advantage of the resources available online, from articles to forums, and I got a number of books (The absolute bible being Self Editing for Fiction Writer...

Just who are these Redheads, Anyway?

With Cailín, the first book of my debut series Anam Céile Chronicles, releasing in little over a week, I thought I would dedicate this next month’s blog posts to subject matter I created the series around.  Aislinn, the heroine of this series, is a stubborn Irish lass, and naturally, she has red hair— something which I myself can also relate to.  Redheads have had a shaky history fitting in socially, going from being persecuted, ridiculed, and even put to death for the color of their hair to being admired and worshiped for it.    I know from personal experience how bewildering being a redhead can be.  As a child I was teased and singled out for the color of my hair, which needless to say, took its toll upon my self esteem and resulted in my becoming rather shy and solitary.  Add that to my...

Cailin by Rosalind Scarlett

  About Cailin: A love which transcends existence . . . It is the year 1702.  Aislinn, the daughter of a sheep farmer in western Ireland, is a tenacious redheaded lass who has NO intention of ever settling into the dutiful roles of marriage and motherhood demanded of her by her father.  The only thing she has ever wanted is to pursue her dreams of being a professional fiddler, and that is fully what she intends to do— with or without the blessing of her family. Nevertheless, all that, and so much more, is about to change when she is unwilling persuaded into participating in her older cousin’s girlish, traditional Celtic love spell to see the face of the lad she will be destined to marry.  Aislinn doesn’t take it at all seriously, until that night when she dreams of a handsome dark-hai...

Supernatural Author Micheal Rivers Interview

Last time IndieBookWeek.com checked in with you, Micheal, you were working on Verliege plus six other new manuscripts. Six! Which of those books have been published? Have you ventured into any new writing territory since then? First, let me congratulate you on your new site! Verliege and Appalachia Mountain Folklore were released. Thanks to the readers, I am proud to say Verliege was voted 2012 Supernatural Book of the Year by Turning the Pages. The other books are still in the works and coming along nicely. I have one that is out of my genre and is based on an actual person. Needless to say names and places have been substituted to protect him and any others involved in his ventures. I think the readers will find it very interesting. How have your social media habits evolved or changed ov...

Free Book: Kill Me Now! by Lawrence Fisher

Kill Me Now! is about Lawrence, a man in his late 40s dodging bullets deep in the dating battlefield while searching for the ONE. In Kill Me Now! Lawrence tries to decode the signals of his enigmatic opponent, often resulting in his hasty retreat. Why is she resting her head on her hand? Is she bored? Or is she interested? He finds himself in many humorous situations where he has no idea what he is doing and no idea how to maneuver through the skirmish. Trapped in the epicenter of the courting conflict, the motivating thought that sustains him is his strong belief that somewhere out there, she awaits. Join Lawrence as he painfully stumbles through the mating minefield in search for his SOULMATE while silently wishing that he was elsewhere. Download a free copy of Kill Me Now! from Amazon.c...

Win a Free E-book: The Angel by Ashley Barron

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Free Book: Deadly Deception by Andrea Johnson Beck

Dr. Anne Jamison, brilliant neuropsychiatrist, living the concrete jungle life in Minneapolis with her fiancé, prominent attorney, Adam Whitney. The mysterious death of Carter Leeds, her former boyfriend, haunts her to this day. After three years of unanswered questions, a secretive note finds its way to Anne, revealing the possibility that Carter may in fact be alive, and that her very own fiancé may have had a hand in his attempted demise. Who really is Adam Whitney? Can Anne trust the man she pledged forever with? As deadly secrets begin to unravel, so does her trust. A dark, twisted game of cat and mouse ensues, who will run out of lives and who will walk away, to only be deceived, once again. Download a FREE copy of Dead Deception on Amazon.com on Tuesday, March 19, 2013!    ...

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