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July 5, 2014

Time for the monthly tally of my #yearofwriting. It’s past time, since we’re already to the fifth day of July. After a robust May, I was disappointed in June’s number, which was 66,091 words. There’s no reason that I should be disappointed in writing a little over sixty-six thousand words in one month, except that I had hoped to reach a half million words in June. That goal was reached on July 3, which means I wrote half a million words in exactly seven months. When I look back on the daily word counts, it’s still hard to wrap my mind around the fact that I’m on pace to write one million, eight hundred thousand words in a year. Even more mind-boggling is that I have edited over half a million words in the last seven months.


It’s the editing that is taking most of the time, as I have continued traditional young adult publishing and launched a career in independently publishing adult fiction. It’s much more difficult to indie publish than it is to publish traditionally. There is more control, but there is also a penalty for letting go of that control. Here’s a prime example: I set up a promotion to give away copies of Tin City Tinder to promote the publication of Steel City Smithereens and Bronzeville Blowback. To get ready for it, I made some tweaks to the Kindle file and asked a formatter to upload the file for me because I was so busy with my day job and also nursing a back injury.


Six hours into the giveaway, which eventually put 52k free copies of TCT into readers’ hands, the first reviews came up, and they complained about all the typographical errors. I’ had the book proofread twice, so I was confident there were very few errors in the text. When I looked at the online version, my jaw dropped. The formatter had uploaded an old version of the book. That meant 52k people were reading a rough draft. There is simply no way to damage control for that, except to grin and bear it and make sure that the correct file was uploaded.


Ultimately, my name is on the book, so it’s my fault the wrong version was given to readers. Over time, the readers of the correct version may swing the reviews upward. If not, you live and you learn and no matter what, you write every day because whether you’re a traditional, indie, or hybrid author, writing is the one thing you can absolutely control.

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June 20, 2014

ironvilleTo celebrate the release of the latest novel in my Boone Childress Mysteries series, the first book, Tin City Tinder, is on sale for FREE June 20 and 21. The third book in the series, Ironville Inferno, is as Kindle Countdown Deal for .99 until 6/24.  Come and get ‘em!


 


 

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June 11, 2014

Todays Free Fridays selection, First, There Is a River by Kathy Steffen, is a complex novel that evokes the simple pleasure and frequent pain of early 1900s riverboat life.


From the outside, Emma Perkins seems to have it all a hardworking farmer for a husband and a beautiful family. Yet, like many women in her day, Perkins is the virtual captive of a mean spirited and controlling man who haunts her every waking moment.


Each week, we ask our featured author to recommend a book or author that you may want to check out. Since authors are such passionate readers themselves, we thought you might like to find out what they love to read, too. Here is what Kathy Steffen recommends.


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Brush: The Chinese brush is a mandatory tool for Chinese painting. The brush should be sturdy and pliable. Two types of brushes are used. The more delicate brush is created from white sheep hair. This brush should be soaked first, and then dried to prevent curling. The second one is made from fox or deer sable fibers, which are very durable, and is inclined to paint better. The procedure the brush is used depends on the varied features of brush strokes one wants to obtain, such as weight, lightness, gracefulness, ruggedness, firmness, and fullness. Various forms of shades are applied to impart space, texture, or depth.
Ink Stick: There are three types of Ink Stick: resin soot, lacquer soot, and tung-oil soot. Of the three, tung-oil soot is the most commonly used. Otherwise, Chinese ink is best if ink stick or ink stone are ineffectual.
Paper: The most generally used paper is Xuan paper, which is fabricated of sandalwood bark. This is exceptionally water retentive, so the color or ink disperses the moment the brush stroke is put down. The second most well-known is Mian paper.
Color: The most former Chinese paintings used Mo, a type of natural ink, to produce monochromatic representations of nature or day-to-day life. Made of pine soot, mo is combined with water to get unique shades for conveying appropriate layers or color in a painting.

Shui mo is the combination of shui (water) and mo. There are two styles of Chinese painting. They are gong bi or detailed style, and xie yi or freehand style. The second is the most common, not only since the objects are depicted with just a few strokes, but likewise because shapes and sprites are drawn by uncomplicated curves and natural ink. Many ancient poets and students used xie-yi paintings to give tongue to their religious anguish.

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Published on June 11, 2014 11:08 • 10 views

With countless downloads of our recent Free Fridays title, Footsteps in the Dark, it is clear that Georgette Heyer is a huge hit with NOOK readers.


For a great introduction to why the Queen of Regency Romances work is so often referred to as sparkling, you can not go wrong with these reader favorites.


Venetia (1958) Beguiling, intelligent, and beautiful, she and the rakish Lord Damerel are clearly soulmates, and Venetia is both daring and brilliant in her solution to overcoming not only the barriers society puts in their path, but his doubts as well. As gorgeous and right a love match as any Darcy and Elizabeth.


An Infamous Army On the eve of the Battle of Waterloo, passions are running high in the dazzling society of Brussels. Not only a great love story, but Heyers telling of the Duke of Wellingtons campaign and the battle itself are so vivid and accurate, its been used at West Point to teach military history.


Famous artists paintings have earned world wide recognition in different periods of times. Famous painters paintings truly an asset for fine arts. There have been a great number of famous painters in different parts of the world in different periods of times. These include Marc Chagall, Salvador Dali, Leonardo Da Vinci, Paul Klee, Henri Matisse,Claude Monet, Pablo Picasso,Pierre Auguste Renoir,Henri Rousseau,Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec,Vincent Van Gogh,Andy Warhol.


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Famous abstract paintings present the fine art at the highest level.
Famous abstract artists have been gratly greatly appreciated for their famous abstract oil paintings.
Picasso is one of the most famous abstract painter. Picasso became very famous because he work in multiple styles.
Famous paintings of Picasso are Guernica ,Three Musicians,The Three Dancers and Self Portrait: Yo Picasso.
Picasso famous paintings have earned him worldwide recognition.

Many famous flower paintings have been created by the outstanding flower painters. Famous Floral Oil Paintings are in wide range of styles. Famous floral fine art paintings are exquisite. Famous landscape paintings are the master pieces of fine art. Famous Landscape painters have created a great number of famous landscape paintings. Famous Landscape art has greatly been admired in all the periods of times. Famous contemporary landscape painters have successfully attained the mastery in the landscape art.


Still life fruit paintings and fruit bowl paintings make the famous fruit paintings. The highly skilled artists have also created the most famous paintings of rotting fruit. The modern famous artists are successful creating the masterpieces of still fruit oil paintings and oil pastel fruit paintings.


Famous still Life art depicts drinking glasses, foodstuffs, pipes, books and so on. Famous Still life paintings are indeed the master pieces of fine art. Woman portrait paintings make the famous portrait paintings. There are also famous portrait paintings of men. Famous portrait paintings of Oscar dela hova have been greatly appreciated. Japanese women portrait paintings are very popular in Japanese culture. In addition to women portrait paintings and portrait paintings of men, there are many famous pet portrait paintings and famous portrait paintings of houses and famous paintings of sports cars.


Famous modern galleries have produced the famous contemporary artists who have created many famous contemporary paintings. Famous oil paintings reproduction are also created in these famous galleries.


In addition to above styles, there are many famous paintings of other subjects. These include famous war paintings, famous paintings of jesus, famous figure paintings, religious famous paintings, famous paintings romantic, famous battle paintings, famous military paintings, famous sunset paintings, famous paintings of women, famous paintings of love, famous water paintings, famous acrylic paintings, famous paintings of buildings, famous dance paintings, famous dragon paintings, famous black paintings, famous paintings in the fall, famous paintings of cats, famous paintings of children, famous paintings of friends, famous paintings of christinaity, famous paintings of jesus and famous paintings of humanity. There are also famous native American paintings and famous Spanish paintings.

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June 7, 2014



I made this.


A Boone Childress short story:


TV Show The House That Kills visits Charles House, a haunted B&B in a posh Boston neighborhood, and locks an innocent contestant in a room to spend the night. If he makes it, he gets a thousand bucks. If he doesn’t—


When the room is opened, a dead body greets the TV audience, and former firefighter turned forensic investigator Boone Childress joins forces with Boston detective Val Stebbins to see if The House That Kills has done it again.


Available FREE on BN, iBooks, and Kobo. .99 at Amazon.

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I made this.


A Boone Childress short story:


TV Show The House That Kills visits Charles House, a haunted B&B in a posh Boston neighborhood, and locks an innocent contestant in a room to spend the night. If he makes it, he gets a thousand bucks. If he doesn’t— 


When the room is opened, a dead body greets the TV audience, and former firefighter turned forensic investigator Boone Childress joins forces with Boston detective Val Stebbins to see if The House That Kills has done it again.


Available FREE on BN, iBooks, and Kobo. .99 at Amazon.

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June 6, 2014



Key Lime Die, a Boone Childress Novella.


Two ATV riders make the find of their lives when an accident leads to a gruesome discovery—the death mask of a teenage girl.


Boone Childress returns in this novella as he strives to work under the constraints of protocol in order to discover the identity of the victim—and to find her killer before it’s too late.


From Amazon, BN, iBooks, and Kobo

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Key Lime Die, a Boone Childress Novella. 


Two ATV riders make the find of their lives when an accident leads to a gruesome discovery—the death mask of a teenage girl. 


Boone Childress returns in this novella as he strives to work under the constraints of protocol in order to discover the identity of the victim—and to find her killer before it’s too late.


From Amazon, BN, iBooks, and Kobo 

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June 5, 2014



My second publication this week:


Steel City Smithereens, A Boone Childress Novel #2.


A furniture factory explodes in the middle of the night, detroying the building and a family business that’s operated for three generations, putting dozens out of work and devastating the owner. It looks like an accident.


At first.


Until Navy intelligence operator turned firefighter Boone Childress and his foresnice anthropologist grandfather start sniffing around.Finding evidence. Connecting the dots. Pointing fingers at the wrong people.


People who will stop at nothing to get their way, including hurting anybody who Boone Childress loves.


Available on Amazon.

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My second publication this week:


Steel City Smithereens, A Boone Childress Novel #2. 


A furniture factory explodes in the middle of the night, detroying the building and a family business that’s operated for three generations, putting dozens out of work and devastating the owner. It looks like an accident. 


At first. 


Until Navy intelligence operator turned firefighter Boone Childress and his foresnice anthropologist grandfather start sniffing around.Finding evidence. Connecting the dots. Pointing fingers at the wrong people. 


People who will stop at nothing to get their way, including hurting anybody who Boone Childress loves.


Available on Amazon.

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