Month: October 2014

What’s New? A Second Interview With Author Chicki Brown

Since we last met… Have you published new novels or short stories? Tell us about them! Chicki: Ain’t Too Proud to Beg Hollywood film star Vaughn Breland has wrecked his beloved Lamborghini, lost his latest movie role, the use of his legs and possibly his fabulous good looks. He’s depressed and mad at the world then he meets Trenyce Clark, his new physical therapist. Trenyce, and her beautiful three-year-old daughter, give him a new outlook on life. You Make Me Feel Brand New (novelette) One year ago, personal chef Jan Davis signed her divorce papers after a miserable twenty-five-year marriage. She is single again, and romantic attention is as foreign to her as ancient Carthaginian cuisine. When she meets her new client, sports management agent Mac Sinclair, who is eleven years younger, Jan...

Storytelling and the Campfire

I notice as I comb through the self-published e-books on Amazon that a good number of the offerings are autobiographies. Non-fiction. People writing about their own lives and experiences. About their own adventures, misfortunes, and triumphs. It occurs to me that perhaps the meteoric rise in self-published works has turned the Kindle into the modern campfire. Only, instead of sitting together, elbows and knees touching, with firelight twinkling upon eager faces as those gathered wait for the storyteller to begin, we now tell our own, deeply personal stories to a computer screen. As wonderful as it is to a reach a larger audience than would be possible without the Internet, I can’t help but wonder what is being lost, sacrificed, in return. When eye-to-eye with other humans, it is possible t...

Author Interview: Marla A. Madison

About Marla A. Madison Year first published: 2011 Number of books and short stories currently published: 3 suspense novels. Bio: I’m a retired mediator and now work part-time as an arbitrator. I started writing after I retired and only became serious about it when I joined a critique group of local authors. I discovered that I’m not the kind of person who can just kick back and live the quiet life, I need to have a goal, and writing has given me one. The ultimate goal, of course, is to sell a lot of books by becoming a good writer. Like any skill, writing takes work and practice, so I try to write at least two pages a day. I can see I’m improving with each new work, and that’s a great feeling. Writing, publishing, and marketing are difficult but excellent for keeping that brain active and ...

Kickstarter Author Blake Northcott Interview

"People are surprised that I’m a full-time author. I just had Thanksgiving here in Canada last weekend, and even my family are like, “How do you make a living at this?” and ask all sorts of questions about it. Some are skeptical, others are just fascinated."

5 tips to get past writer’s block

A guest post by Jaelithe Russ. I recently read a post by a fellow writer who talked about how she doesn’t have the luxury for writer’s block. Like me, she is a busy mother who also works, so when there’s time to write we MUST take advantage of that time or lose it. With so little extra time, losing it takes a heavy toll. Her contention was that she doesn’t get writer’s block because she can’t afford to. I agree with her, but as I pondered the post I realized that I do sometimes get writer’s block, I’ve just had to come up with ways to deal with it as quickly as possible. Here are five of those ways: 1) Read something That’s right, grab someone else’s work and read it. Flip through a magazine. Read a chapter of one of the books you’re in the middle of. You could even read a short story or a...

CHARCOAL by J.E. Rowney

“Jess is dead, and it’s my fault.” Anna Macbeth has spent her whole life trying to escape from her past. She left the rural Yorkshire village where she grew up for life as a family lawyer in London, but what secrets did she take with her? When a familiar voice telephones her with tragic news, Anna knows that running away is no longer an option, and that she has to return to face her demons. What led Anna to flee from her home, and what is it that causes her to return? “Charcoal” unfolds a dramatic sequence of events that demonstrate the consequences of desires.   Praise for Charcoal by J.E. Rowney from Amazon readers: “This is a tragic story of the rippling damage abuse can cause and the heartbreak of infertility. When the two combine in Charcoal, t...

THE DEPOT: WHEN LIFE AND DEATH CROSS TRACKS by Carmen DeSousa

The Depot (When Life and Death Cross Tracks) is a thirteen-thousand-word mini mystery with a ghostly edge by bestselling romantic-suspense author Carmen DeSousa. If you are looking for her full-length novels, please check out her Amazon author page. They say The Depot is haunted. But in all the years homicide detective Mark Waters has visited the ancient train station turned restaurant, he’s never seen proof. Until now. As he investigates a supposed suicide by train, he learns secrets of a murder that took place eighty years ago may directly affect his case.   Praise for The Depot: When Life and Death Cross Tracks from Amazon readers: “Carmen DeSousa knows how to spin a tale! I have found my newest favorite author! The Depot is an awesome short story but makes you feel like you ...

Free: Short Stories About Love

5 FREE short stories about love! Download them today, Sunday, October 5, 2014, until Midnight Pacific US time. Each story is 7 – 18 pages. Quick reads, happy endings, and maybe even a few tears! THE BIRTHDAY – As a woman gets ready for a party, her kids, her husband, and her memories keep getting in the way. Reader review: “It’s a very tender, thoughtful reflection of a woman’s life on her birthday. Left me feeling happy, and what’s better than that?”   FAMOUS – A daughter comes to terms with her father’s Alzheimer’s disease. Reader review: “Ms. Barron walks us through a gruesome world and its devastating carnage with beautiful, and powerful prose. The story shares a daughter’s love for her father and her search for a place in the new reality ...

The Fiona McVie Interview – 33 Questions

Name Ashley Barron AgeOld enough to know better, still young enough not to care. Where are you fromWashington, D.C. A little about yourself I’m a bit of a jack of all trades. I believe it is the result of having been born with an outgoing personality and an entrepreneur’s way of looking at life. I’ve worked on Capitol Hill, at a Fortune 100 company, and I’ve run my own businesses. When I travel, no matter how intriguing the destination, I prefer to spend my time talking with the locals, learning from them, rather than visiting every tourist site in the guide book. In a way, it is exciting to think that the varied layers of my life have fused together to form the backdrop, the inspiration, and the impetus for novel-writing. Fiona: Tell us your latest news?New plots, new characters, new genr...

The Fiona McVie Interview – 33 Questions

Name Ashley Barron AgeOld enough to know better, still young enough not to care. Where are you fromWashington, D.C. A little about yourself I’m a bit of a jack of all trades. I believe it is the result of having been born with an outgoing personality and an entrepreneur’s way of looking at life. I’ve worked on Capitol Hill, at a Fortune 100 company, and I’ve run my own businesses. When I travel, no matter how intriguing the destination, I prefer to spend my time talking with the locals, learning from them, rather than visiting every tourist site in the guide book. In a way, it is exciting to think that the varied layers of my life have fused together to form the backdrop, the inspiration, and the impetus for novel-writing. Fiona: Tell us your latest news?New plots, new characters, new genr...

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