Nope! In fact, tail wagging is its own canine language. According to Discovery.com, dogs wag their tails to the right when they're happy and to the left when they're frightened. Wagging low means they're insecure; and rapid tail wagging acco... Read more of this blog post »
Two years ago today, at 4:30 in the afternoon, my life completely changed. I was a single mom with two kids, barely any money in my bank account, and a dream in book form. The phone rang, Swoon Reads offered me a two book deal, and I became a genuine, bona-fide mainstream YA author....Read more of this blog post »
Porque siempre es fácil poner excusas...
Escribir no siempre apetece, menos aún con este calor sofocante que soportamos (sobretodo aquellos que no hemos ido al Celsius este año), y en eso de buscarnos pretextos para no trabajar los juntaletras somos genios.
De hecho, lo hacemos con tanto talento q... Read more of this blog post »
The first Cornish Writing Challenge ran from April-June, and drew in a variety of excellent short stories. Read on to find out more about runner-up Liz Carr, and read her submission, A Mere Mortal.
Liz Carr has been a writer and editor in higher education, for charities, and commerci...Read more of this blog post »
An Impossible World
Publication date: July 25th 2017
Genres: Adult, Dystopian, Romance
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What would happen if terrorism spread and hate took over? What would the world become?
Isabella (Belle) Grey trained her entire adult life to protect those around her––training that would...
With my rebrand underway I realized I never really introduced myself. Can I do so now? If you don’t mind, I’d like to meet you back here again Wednesday to introduce you to my next set of characters.
Where should I begin?
I started writing at the age of 12. Music. Poetry at 14...Read more of this blog post »
The art of public speaking has changed significantly since Martin Luther King, Ne... Read more of this blog post »
One of my favorite scriptures starts off “Test everything, hold fast what is good.” 1 Thes 5:21. If feels like like a license to explore, to find true limits vs. false, to not take everything at face value. Work to keep what is good, and reject evil, seems a licen...Read more of this blog post »
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THE COMIC BOOK ELEMENTS OF AVATAR AND KORRA - San Diego Comic Con Panel
Hey Korra Nation! Today was the @darkhorsecomics Avatar and Korra Comic Con panel and it was amazing! Avatar fans packed the room to see Korra comic artist Irene Koh, creator @michaeldantedimartino and Korra voic...
In this episode of The Happy Rant Ted, Ronnie, and Barnabas do what they always do – taken the quirks and oddities of evangelicalism and culture.
Acts 29, famous for aggressive manly preachers and faux lumberjacks hosted a gala at a nice hotel
Why do Pastor’s need special retreats and vacations?
Wha... Read more of this blog post »
Now that so many of us carry around tiny pocket-size computers, more and more of our Internet time happens on phones and tablets — not just browsing, but creating. You’ve been asking for a better publishing experience in the WordPress app to make mobile publishing smoother. Today we’re introducin...Read more of this blog post »
I posted an entry in October 2015 about the evolution of acceptance I had experienced by the neighbors on the block where I live, here in New York. It remains of the more poignant pieces of my transitional jigsaw. However ten days ago, one of the neighbors I referred to in that article, passed aw...Read more of this blog post »
In my earliest days of homeschooling, I had ideas about what our homeschool would actually look like.
You know what I mean… right?
kids who don’t squabble with one another
kids who LOVE learning
days that run smoothly, with lots of “free time” for our family members to pursue their interests
And then...Read more of this blog post »
July 25 is the feast day of St. James the Greater. St. James is known as the Greater, in order to distinguish him from the other apostle James, our Lord’s cousin. St. James the Greater was one of the apostles of Jesus Christ, the son of Zebedee and Salome, the brother of J...Read more of this blog post »
This episode was a strange one. Sam picked pus riddled greyscale off of Ser Jorah and Grey Worm had sex with Missandei, two things I hardly expected season seven to deliver. As if that wasn’t enough fun for one episode, Reek abandoned ship to board a piece of driftwood, presumably to find Gendry...Read more of this blog post »
As I’ve said before, there’s something to admire about a movie that points to the fences and swings with everything that it has. Because Krull is just that movie. It really wants to be the epic fantasy movie-- it wanted to be the movie that did for epic fantasy what Star Wars was for spa... Read more of this blog post »
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Now first, I have to say, that the plot you’re able to come up with in one day is not going to be without its flaws, but coming up with it all at once, the entire story unfolds right in front of you and makes you want to keep going with it. So, where to begin?
What is your prem...
When I wa... Read more of this blog post »
JQ has updated everyone’s favorite frequently-asked-question: What’s the biggest mistake you’ve made in your books? Go on, click. You know you want to know the answer.Read more of this blog post »
Weird Writing Habits
The quirks of writers are no stranger to the cannons of lore that constitute calling down the muse in the creative quest to get words on the page. Or more simply, when it’s time to turn up at your desk and get some shit done!
From Hemingway, who wrote standing up to Truman Ca...Read more of this blog post »
This isn’t about writing style like you might think, or about carving out my own identity in the literary landscape. This is about actual voice and how I’m trying to change it.
I’ve always been soft-spoken. You’d think by now I’d be used to being talked over, interrupted, and not allowed to finis...Read more of this blog post »
FREE BOOKS. LOADS OF THEM ONLY UNTIL 30th JULY
Everyone likes something for free. For a limited time only, 24th July-30th July if you're after books to download for the summer that won't cost a penny, go to this link:
It includes a link to the free download of my... Read more of this blog post »
I’ve been seeing this question pop up on the hashtag, with hopefuls pondering if they are ready and if they will be ready in time. I have thoughts on this so I decided to dedicate a blog post to it.
First and foremost: you can’t win if you don’t try. Yes, the mentors do not want a first draft—and...Read more of this blog post »
Sleeping too little or too much, nausea, loss of appetite or overeating, phantom muscle aches, disturbing dreams, diarrhea, excessive weight gain or loss, restlessness and chest pains——these are all symptoms of a broken heart. As relationships turn shorter and more intense, heartbreak is becoming...Read more of this blog post »
A little more than a week ago, Justine Diamond was shot and killed by officers responding to a call about a potential sexual assault. Unfortunately, it is all too common to pick up a newspaper or see internet headlines and seeing a police-involved shooting. But this one, in many ways, illustrates...Read more of this blog post »
Can’t Stop Lovin’ You
Maverick Junction #3
By: Lynette Austin
THERE'S NO PLACE LIKE HOME
Maggie Sullivan can't wait to get out of Texas. Luckily, she just got the break she needed to make her big-city dreams a reality. But then Brawley Odell swaggers back into Maverick Junction, loo...Read more of this blog post »
While moving can be exciting, it's often pretty stressful. For the past few weeks, I've been helping parents pack for an upcoming move, which included my own mini-move because a lot of things they've been holding on to for me had to find their way into my (tiny!) apartment. Beca...Read more of this blog post »
Does your teen know how to handle money? Like it or not, they'll be on their own soon, and without a good grasp on budgeting basics and real-world costs (not to mention college expenses), they could be in for a hard road after high school. Here are 10 things to teach your teenager about money rig...Read more of this blog post »
Head over to Val’s Facebook page to enter a competition to win a complete set of Tony Hill and carol Jordan thrillers…
Tell us why you love Val’s books in the comments below, and you could win a complete set of Tony Hill and Carol Jordan thrillers!
[image error]How far would a teenager go to keep a girl? How much would he do to impress a girl? Parker is a shy, typically awkward guy who has never attracted a girl. He is just in his own litt...Read more of this blog post »
There are so many ways to keep your relationship strong and to grow alongside your partner. For me and my husband, our preferred method is travel.
I first met Nathan in a hostel dorm room in Edinburgh, Scotland. It was 2011, and I was on a European backpacking trip just after college, traveling wi...Read more of this blog post »
We are back from another whirlwind trip–this time to North Carolina. As we have never been to this lovely state, it was a nice, albeit different experience. Randy had fun seeing the sites while I went to a speaker’s conference. A novelist at a speaker’s conference? Um…well…yeah. I thought the sam...Read more of this blog post »
Καλησπέρα Γιάννη, εύχομαι να σε βρίσκω καλά.
Έχει αρκετό καιρό που τελείωσα το ”όλα για καλό” και έχει λίγες μέρες που άρχισα να το ξαναδιαβάζω! Μου συμβαίνει αυτό, να θέλω να ξαναδιαβάσω κάποια βιβλία, όπως και με καλές ταινίες να θέλω να τις ξαναδώ.
Λοιπόν δε χρειάζεται να πω πολλά, το βιβλίο είν... Read more of this blog post »
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