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Amanda  Roberts Amanda Roberts's blog:
It was the hottest day of the year and I had, unwisely it turns out, elected to let ‘the train take the strain’ – or not as the case may be.
Of course, I didn’t know it was going to be the hottest day of the year when I booked my ticket to Manchester. My partner joked that there were bound to be d... Read more of this blog post »
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Published on July 29, 2015 07:44 • 9 views
K.E. Page K.E. Page's blog:
Redrafting and editing is not an easy process. It is hard to keep focus. New projects are always more exciting than something you may have looked at dozens of times by now.
That is why I try to leave a manuscript to one side for a while. You need the space away from it as much as you needed the c... Read more of this blog post »
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Published on July 29, 2015 07:39 • 15 views
Aidan Moher Aidan Moher's blog:

Ernie Cline’s novel Armada dropped last week with an enormous publicity campaign that’s sure to get this book selling exceptionally well. Cline has been riding high on his debut novel, Ready Player One, an Easter-egg infused novel that hit the nerd sweet spot with a hefty dose of references and n...

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Published on July 28, 2015 02:15 • 1 view
Lita  Harris Lita Harris's blog:

Im Spätsommer ist es soweit, dann geht es nach Texas – zurück zu Carrie und Yancy und all den anderen liebgewonnenen Bewohnern der Bluebonnet-Ranch.
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Published on July 27, 2015 11:56 • 1 view
Piper Templeton Piper Templeton's blog:
I just wanted to let you know that my Beatles-inspired coming of age novel, told in connected short stories, is free July 29 and 30th! Here is the Amazon link:

http://www.amazon.com/Rain-Clouds-Wat...



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Published on July 29, 2015 07:30 • 2 views
Nadine Brandes Nadine Brandes's blog:

Dystopian 1



Matched, by Ally Condie, is dystopian lit for the younger reader. (Tweet this)


Here’s the sitch:


You (or your child/niece/sibling/friend/pet zombie) are 13-ish years old. You want to get in on this dying “dystopian trend,” but you don’t want the intense violence *cough*Hunger Games *cough* or su...

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Published on July 29, 2015 05:00 • 1 view
Randy Thornhorn Randy Thornhorn's blog:

I have known legions who say they long for passion with another in their lives, because it has been missing from those partners they have known before.


Then, when they finally encounter and truly, fully, experience such passion it scares them, scares them deeply, so they turn and run away from it....

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Published on July 27, 2015 09:10 • 1 view
James Garside James Garside's blog:

It’s ok to start over.


Revision is envisioning again.


If your first draft is shit it’s much quicker to rewrite from scratch than to edit.


Writing is rewriting, but editing a bad draft is an exercise in futility — like trying to trim sideburns.


You can’t polish a turd.


Let it all go and start again.


It’...

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Published on July 27, 2015 08:30 • 1 view
F.E. Feeley Jr. F.E. Feeley Jr.'s blog:
Huffpost just published an article about the letters written to The Shepard family after the murder of their son, Matthew, who was gay.I just saw this and i think it needs to be shared. Not only for the letter received by them from The Clinton’s but also from a letter written by Coretta Scott Kin... Read more of this blog post »
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Published on July 27, 2015 18:52 • 1 view
Beth Beutler Beth Beutler's blog:

Show respect, be considerate, and encourage participation

Your more introverted team members willSometimes it’s like working with Eeyore.


You are trying your best to be friendly to that introverted coworker..to include him or her in teambuilding activities, to invite himto lunch, or to consider heropinion on projects. But no matter w...

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Published on July 27, 2015 04:00 • 2 views
Rachel Heffington Rachel Heffington's blog:
Dear Folksies:
Contrary to popular belief, I've been doing a LOT of writing recently. Why the secrecy? Well, this is actually non-fiction writing. For the past three or four months, actually, I've been hard at work on developing a new bit of blogspace to further and officially explore my triplet... Read more of this blog post »
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Published on July 28, 2015 15:37 • 1 view
Sabaa Tahir Sabaa Tahir's blog:
Full Playlist for An Ember in the Ashes: HeleneLast week, I put up the playlists for Elias Veturius and Laia. As I said then, without music, I could never have written the book. And without playlists, I could never have accessed my characters’ psyches. The full playlist (more than 200 songs) has been revealed through a series of character-based posts. Today is Day 3: Helene AquillaHelene is a Martial soldier and Mask who has been training at Blackcliff Military Academy for 14 years. She is the only female student at Blackcliff, and is best friends to Elias Veturius. Like Elias, Helene is ordered to participate in the Trials—a series of tests that will determine the identity of the next Martial emperor. But Helene has a secret—one that could destroy Elias’s hopes for freedom. Here, I’ve shared Helene’s main playlist, as well as her playlists with other characters, each of which reflects her mindset when thinking of that character.  I’ve also shared the Blackcliff playlist, as well as the playlist I listened to while writing each of the Trials. I hope you guys enjoy! In a few days, I’ll put up the “Villainous” playlist, which will include the Commandant (eek), Marcus and the Nightbringer. HeleneWise Up—Aimee ManBleed Like Me — GarbageCornflake Girl—Tori AmosDescending—Black CrowsI’m on Fire—Performed by Bat for LashesStubborn Love—The LumineersA Heavy Abacus — Joy FormidableRolling in the Deep — AdeleThe Good Left Undone — Rise AgainstTalulah — Tori AmosBattleflag — Lo-Fidelity AllstarsTime to Pretend — MGMTHow Soon Is Now—The SmithsWho’s Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses —Performed by Garbage No Tell—Smoke & JackalSea of Sin — Depeche Mode (Blue Enya Remix) Helene & EliasDilate — Ani DiFrancoLove Is Blindness — Performed by Jack WhiteBlue Jeans — Lana Del ReyKingdom Come — ColdplayHabits — Tove LoUseless — Depeche ModeHang Me Up to Dry — Cold War KidsHeartbeats — MarseillesLove Lost — Cold War KidsThe Mess — The Naked and FamousStay — RihannaWith or Without You (Live) — U2Not Your Fault—AWOLNATIONHelene & LaiaGirls Like You—The Naked and FamousThe End Cold Moon—The ZolasThe TrialsEnjoy the Silence Remix—Depeche ModeGhostcity—Thomas AzierAdagio in D Minor—John WilliamsKnights of Cydonia—MuseLux Aeterna—Clint MansellMake This Go On Forever—Snow PatrolMap of the Problematique—MuseMy Best Theory—Jimmy Eat WorldNeed You Now—Cut CopySet the Fire to the Third Bar—Snow PatrolSurvival—MuseWhat If This Storm Ends—Snow Patrol28 Theme—John WilliamsStripped—Performed by Shiny Toy GunsImmigrant Song—Performed by Karen OPapillon—The EditorsSurrender—Angels & AirwavesThe Wretched—Nine Inch Nails Midnight City—M83Blackcliff AcademyDammit—Blink 182Don’t Fear the Reaper—Apollo 440Mad World—Tears for Fears (NOT the quiet version)Parallel Universe—LeiahdorusSmokers Outside the Hospital Door—The EditorsHallelujah—Performed by Rufus WainwrightTo Build a Home—The Cinematic OrchestraWhere the Kids Are—BlondefireSome Nights—Fun

Last week, I put up the playlists for Elias Veturius and Laia. As I said then, without music, I could never have written the book. And without playlists, I could never have accessed my characters’ psyches. The full playlist (more than 200 songs) has been revealed through a series of character-b...

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Published on July 27, 2015 08:04 • 2 views
Therin Knite Therin Knite's blog:
JOIN THERIN KNITE’S ARC LIST!


So, you guys know I have a newsletter (The Knite Life) that keeps everyone up to date on my latest releases and what not. Occasionally, I also drop some free stuff for you guys to snatch up via that list. However, that list doesn’t come with any strings attached. You...

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Published on July 27, 2015 07:30 • 1 view
Jennie  Jones Jennie Jones's blog:
7 Day Book Series.
Today I'm welcoming Jennifer Scoullar.
(And there's a giveaway!) What does a house or a home mean to characters in a book?
I went outside my four walls and asked my neighbours - authors of Romantic Suspense, Historical & Contemporary Romance and Rural Romance.
Join me over 7 da... Read more of this blog post »
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Published on July 29, 2015 06:07 • 4 views
Lisa Cardiff Lisa Cardiff's blog:

I finished Confessed this weekend. I’m sending it off to my beta reader today. If all goes well, I should have it to my publisher by the end of the week. I’ll post the expected publication date when I have it.


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Published on July 27, 2015 12:06 • 1 view
Lia Black Lia Black's blog:
I’ve done my time with KDP Select and I’m hoping to get Fidelity into the hands (or onto the pages) of other retailers by early next week! It will still be available at Amazon, but no longer part of the Kindle Unlimited program (sorry).

KU was an interesting experience, fraught with uncertainty, e... Read more of this blog post »
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Published on July 29, 2015 05:59 • 9 views
Nicole L Rivera Nicole L Rivera's blog:
What we do is, how we react, what we say, how we treat others is not really between us and them. It is between us and Him. And He wants to see us grow into people who love even when we are treated with hate.
It doesn't matter how we are treated; all that matters is how we treat others.
The cross e... Read more of this blog post »
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Published on May 31, 2015 12:11 • 2 views
Frederick Buechner Frederick Buechner's blog:




People sometimes say to me, “Why did you get out of the ministry?” I find that deeply unsettling, because I don’t in any sense think of myself as giving up the ministry. But I do think of writing as a ministry.



-Originally published in theWittenburg Door









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Published on July 28, 2015 12:55 • 1 view
Scott Cheshire Scott Cheshire's blog:


Writing Workshops Los Angeles

Mixed Levels
FictionWorkshop, Summer, 2015

Week One: On Brevity (And Seeing the World like a
Writer)

Read and discuss
the following:

“For Sixty
Cents,” Lydia Davis

“New Year’s
Resolution,” Lydia Davis

“The Balloon,”
Donald Barthelme.

Wisława Symborska’s
Nobel Lecture, 1996

“...

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Published on July 21, 2015 13:35 • 2 views
Sharon Kay Penman Sharon Kay Penman's blog:
July 29, 1469 was not a good day for the House of York, for it was on this date that Edward was captured and taken as a prisoner to his cousin, the Earl of Warwick. However, I had great fun writing this scene and the succeeding scenes, as Edward showed he was more than a skilled battle commander... Read more of this blog post »
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Published on July 29, 2015 05:42 • 3 views
Vanni Santoni Vanni Santoni's blog:

È ora disponibile anche online, su minima&moralia, il pezzo che ho scritto qualche settimana fa per il Corriere della Sera intorno a Ricordami così di Bret Anthony Johnston.


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Published on July 29, 2015 05:37 • 6 views
Angelia S. Phillips (femmeflashpoint) Angelia S. Phillips (femmeflashpoint)'s blog:
Picture Remember my not-so-long-ago post about Evernote ? Well, Evernote is just one of the programs I use for work and personal organization on a near daily basis.

Here's a list of several others: Google Mail, Google Drive (and all the apps associated with it), Google Calendar, Boomerang, Skitch, SumoM... Read more of this blog post »
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Published on July 28, 2015 07:06 • 1 view
Elinor Florence Elinor Florence's blog:

Fred Sutherland of Rocky Mountain House, Alberta, is now Canada’s last surviving Dambuster --one of only three left in the world. He’s also a member of my extended family because he ismarried to my cousin Margaret. On a recent visit, I interviewed him about his wartime past.

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Published on July 28, 2015 17:00 • 1 view
Wendy Lynn Clark Wendy Lynn Clark's blog:

Jean-Luc drinking tea“Earl Grey, hot!” my husband likes to say as he makes his favorite cup of tea. He’s referencing Captain Jean-Luc Picard’s order to the Enterprise’s food synthesizer on Star Trek: The Next Generation. But is Captain Picard really drinking the same thing as my 21st century husband?

Star Trek TNG ta...

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Published on July 29, 2015 01:48 • 5 views
Chrys Fey Chrys Fey's blog:

Summer is the season of fun, vacations, and weddings, which makes it the perfect season for romance books or stories about family. Here are 10 things that make Summer unique that you can use in your story:
1. Hot Temps
Summer is the season of sun and heat. The temps rise to especially in the Southe... Read more of this blog post »
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Published on July 27, 2015 04:00 • 4 views
D.W. Cee D.W. Cee's blog:

FinallyLove_Volume2Did this guy seriously think I’d believe his grandiose verbiage about me being his “true love” and him seeing me next to him in bed at age eighty? Did he think I just fell off the turnip truck? Did I have “NAÏVE LOSER” sign stamped across my forehead? His mouth clamped shut the second I brought u...

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Published on July 27, 2015 00:01 • 5 views
Sophia Martin Sophia Martin's blog:
I wrote a review of The Girl on the Train on Goodreads. Then, out of curiosity, I scrolled through some of the other reviews there. I noticed a pattern--good reviews got a few comments, no big deal. Bad reviews got loads comments. Some over a hundred. Even short bad reviews got dozens. One revie... Read more of this blog post »
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Published on July 26, 2015 23:00 • 4 views
Ravenna Tate Ravenna Tate's blog:



THE PRICE OF SECRECY





The Weathermen 3





**Coming Soon from Evernight Publishing**


Angela Davidson lands her dream job with Greco Communications, but quickly learns her new boss, the enigmatic Dominic Greco, has a dark secret he works hard to conceal. Angela understands secrets becau... Read more of this blog post »
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Published on July 29, 2015 05:02 • 2 views
Faith Blum Faith Blum's blog:

Mom mentioned the other day that she wishes my prince would show up soon. For some reason, that got me thinking about all the ways men are described when it comes to the men women want to marry. Prince Charming, beau, boyfriend, Knight in Shining Armor, etc. I don’t want any of those. Yes, I woul...

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Published on July 28, 2015 03:04 • 4 views
Stevan Šarčević Stevan Šarčević's blog:


Kad sam togjutra seo na “Zvezdu severa” u širokim džepovima komotnih pantalona imao sam tvoj portret i gomilu stihova tebi posvećenih, a o ramenu sam nosio torbu. Doduše, nije to bila ona ista torba, ali bila je slična i budila je lepa sećanja. Koliko li je vremena prošlo od kad sam te prvi put... Read more of this blog post »
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Published on July 28, 2015 01:20 • 1 view
Joanne Harris Joanne Harris's blog:
Following the unexpected global response to my #TenThingsNotToSayToAWriter hashtag yesterday, I found myself involved in an equally interesting debate about what constitutes being a writer, and who exactly should be allowed to refer to themselves as such. The massive response to my hashtag sugges... Read more of this blog post »
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Published on July 29, 2015 04:57 • 12 views
Susanne   Leist Susanne Leist's blog:



A LONG HARD ROAD



If I had known it was going to be so hard,

Involving computer skills to the extreme,

I might have thought twice about it,

Thought twice about writing my book.


Writers must write each and every day.

We must promote our books daily.

We must post on our blogs each day.

But there’s not...

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Published on July 26, 2015 14:01 • 2 views
Tonya Coffey Tonya Coffey's blog:
I'm pretty excited about my second book. I know all writers get anxious and all that when they get closer to finishing.

I decided to start a giveaway, again. I wanted more people to see the book and maybe fall in love with the cover and read it. I didn't realize how hard it would be to promote you... Read more of this blog post »
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Published on July 29, 2015 04:52 • 4 views
Jewel Quinlan Jewel Quinlan's blog:

OBSESSION BY DESIGN –

The Weathermen 2
***Click HERE to purchase directly from
Evernight Publishing***

BLURB


On her first day working for Emmett Radcliffe, President of Radcliffe Software and Web Design, Liane Peyton learns that Emmett hired her not only for her design skills, but for her coding ab...

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Published on July 27, 2015 12:00 • 3 views
Kelsey Bryant Kelsey Bryant's blog:
Are you one of those people whose top fear, even over death, is public speaking? I used to think so for myself … but since high school, that has gradually changed. The prospect still stirs unpleasant butterflies in my stomach (the only butterflies I’m not fond of), but once I’m up and talking, I... Read more of this blog post »
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Published on July 28, 2015 19:16 • 5 views
Sarah Emsley Sarah Emsley's blog:

Jane Austen’s letters, her novels Emma and Persuasion, the virtue of charity, the history of Nova Scotia, and the composition of Edith Wharton’s novel The Custom of the Country: these topics and other favourites appear right from the beginning, in the first few posts I wrote when I launched this...

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Published on July 29, 2015 03:00 • 7 views
Dahlia West Dahlia West's blog:

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Head over to my Facebook Page and enter to win! This contest is international as long as Amazon will ship to your country.


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Published on July 28, 2015 19:25 • 2 views
Brynne Asher Brynne Asher's blog:
Shout it from the rooftops, Athica Lane is live for Pre-Order! Whoop-whoop!

This post is going to be an apology and a thank you. Athica Lane will be released a month later than I had planned, I really wanted it out by the end of August, I'm so sorry. But thank you for sticking with me and being pa... Read more of this blog post »
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Published on July 29, 2015 04:41 • 5 views
Kaye Dacus Kaye Dacus's blog:
Excerpt from The Plot Thickens by Noah Lukeman: Sometimes the audience needs repetition. There is a lot of information for a reader to absorb in any given work—names, facts, dates, places, settings—and it is quite likely the audience will forget some things as they progress. Thus, if there is a s... Read more of this blog post »
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Published on July 28, 2015 07:22 • 2 views
Cristian Godfrey Cristian Godfrey's blog:
I rearranged more content yesterday and then found myself in a situation that I had forgotten about for many years. Finding a new area of creativity must be like finding another vein of gold when you think the mine went dry. I was poking around in the mine of manuscript and all of a sudden, 500 w... Read more of this blog post »
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Published on July 29, 2015 04:32 • 18 views
Rachel Hamilton Rachel Hamilton's blog:

I’m that girl searching for equality.


Struggling to find the balance between feminism and feminine.


I’m not that man hater, the one that thinks men are stupid.


I’m not the one that thinks women should have put their children into childcare just so they can pursue wealth, fame and fortune.


Believe me,...

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Published on July 28, 2015 02:00 • 3 views
Dima Zales Dima Zales's blog:
Picture The Thought Readers made nerdmuch.com's Top 50 Best Sci-Fi Books to Read list! Check out the article. What would you put on your top 50 list?
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Published on July 27, 2015 15:54 • 2 views
Davalynn Spencer Davalynn Spencer's blog:

Nearly everyone has heard the optimistic adage, “Bloom where you’re planted.” Though it’s become cliché, most of us give it our best shot.


But what if the environment is harsh, barren, and lifeless? What if we’re all alone? What if we’re some place we really don’t want to be?


A few feet past my fro...

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Published on July 27, 2015 07:23 • 4 views
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