Harper Lee and Me

Originally posted on Buried Under Books:

Sunny Frazier 4Returning guest blogger Sunny Frazier, whose first novel in the Christy Bristol Astrology Mysteries, Fools Rush In, received the Best Novel Award from Public Safety Writers Association, is here today to talk about Harper Lee’s re-emergence as an author and how her own writing career got off track for a while.

The third Christy Bristol Astrology Mystery, A Snitch in Time, will be released on January 24, 2015.

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You heard the news that Harper Lee has a new book coming out in July, right? After 55 years the author is following up the success of her Pulitzer prize-winning To Kill a Mockingbird (actually, she wrote Go Set a Watchman prior to Mockingbird and it’s set 20 years AFTER Mockingbird).

Fifty-five years! And here I was feeling guilty for taking six years to complete and release my third Christy Bristol novel, A Snitch…

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It’s All You

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This touched me and thought my readers would enjoy reading it.

Originally posted on thelongandwritingroad:

Here’s a quick thought for your Thursday:

Be careful who you emulate and try your best not to imitate others in your path to fulfillment. That will mar your steps and muddle the awareness of your goals. Riding on the coattails of others will make your journey not truly your own. Know that you are enough and you have everything it takes to make your road to success authentic and genuine.

~A. Weaver

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Have a wonderful day!

Everyday meditation:

Love life. Be Kind. Be genuine. Eliminate the negative, false, and vain. Peace, love, and happiness to all. 

Until next time…

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READ AN EBOOK WEEK

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Jim writes and tight suspense novel. While you’re checking out ebooks, don’t forget those on Kindle, like my Montana Series.

Originally posted on Author J. M. Davis:

March 1st through March 7th is read an eBook week

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You can download all of my eBooks for #FREE this week.

Click here to download PORTRAIT OF CONSPIRACY or any of my other stories. Use promotion code RW100 to get 100% off the purchase price. I appreciate your support.

Portrait of Conspiracy

Philip Lewellan discovers a mysterious painting. He’s sure it’s proof his missing wife is alive … and may be living somewhere with a child, his daughter. The thought of being a father is more than enough to get Philip to turn to the one person who might believe him.

Sandra Copeland, the original detective assigned to the missing-persons case, chased far too many bogus leads, after Philip—against her advice—offered a million dollar reward. Legitimate private investigators quit taking Philip’s money. Nothing could be found, or any evidence to indicate Renée might be alive. Copeland is…

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Women As Myth-Makers

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I adamantly second this advice. It’s good for one and all.

Originally posted on Staci Troilo:

Day 5 of the Oghma Creative Media Blog-a-Thon, by Sylvia Dickey Smith
Reblogged from http://www.sylviadickeysmith.com/women-as-myth-makers/

Women As Myth-Makers

imagesI make no bones about it; I am a lover of myth, folklore—story. Over the years, it seems to resonate at a deeper and deeper core of my being. I read folklore, and get chill bumps. The deeper meaning of the myth and the art of the storyteller come together to thrill my soul.

Story—myth—is what holds societies together. It creates full-spectrum color out of what would otherwise be a black and white world. Story adds meaning, excitement, hope, focus, inspiration, commitment, dedication, renewal, and foundation to our life. (To name a few. The list is endless)

We create not only our present, but also our future, by the stories we recount to others, and sometimes to ourselves, about who we are and where we…

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Women’s Role in the West

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She was often a cowhand

She was often a cowhand

 

In the days of the westward movement women were second class citizens. It’s important to remember that when writing historical stories, whether they be romances or westerns. With few exceptions women weren’t much more than slaves. So a heroine would probably be trapped in this sort of situation. The man, her master, may be her father or an elder brother who’s now the head of the family or even someone her family sold her to. He might be the man she works for, as in cooking, cleaning, washing. Or she could be an innocent girl caught up in the life of a “soiled dove,” or a widow battling being alone again.

Consider the set-up of a few of my books to see how these poor ladies are situated: In IMAGES IN SCARLET, my heroine, Allison Caine, lives in Missouri. It’s 1866. Her family died during the Civil War, and her father, a photographer of famous people during the war, has died.  Trained by him to be a photographer, she sets out alone with her camera equipment in what was known as a “what’s it” wagon to go to Santa Fe where she wants to set up a photography business. But she knows she can’t travel the trail alone, so she plans to join up with a wagon train. Oh, I forgot to tell you, she’s armed with a Navy Colt, just in case.

Young ladies 1800s

Young ladies 1800s

In MONTANA PROMISES, seventeen-year-old Tressie buries her mother and a stillborn child and is left alone on the prairie. She is obsessed with getting revenge on her father who deserted them to go hunt for gold. The only way she can do this is with some help from a man. And in rides Reed Bannon, badly wounded and slightly flawed, but the answer to her needs. Except he doesn’t want to take her with him. She must figure out a way to change his mind. Women could not travel alone without dire consequences.

And so the stories go. If they are to be a tad realistic, then the women’s lives should be depicted much as they were. I prefer to write more realistic romances than many writers do, but leaving out the bedbugs and lice is probably a good idea. Hard to write a convincing love scene between two people who haven’t bathed in weeks, maybe months, and are infested with bugs. I get around this by having a lot of heroine-and-hero in-the-water scenes just to get them cleaned off a bit before they crawl into bed together.

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typical swimming and washing hole

So there, now you know what Sexy, Dark, and Gritty really means.

 

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Oghmaniac Blog-a-Thon Post on Writing by Staci Troilo

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Staci embraces family history for her books much as I embrace my experiences for mine. This blog was posted in the Ogmaniacs Blog-o-thon

Originally posted on oghmacreative:

Today’s post is by Staci Troilo. Visit her website or click the link to visit her blog: How Embracing Family History Can Result in Poignant Stories (reproduced below).

How Embracing Family History Can Result in Poignant Stories

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The Italian-Americans.

There’s a lot of buzz in Pittsburgh right now about a PBS special called The Italian Americans. It’s not just running in Pittsburgh; I was able to watch the series here. I just don’t think people are talking about it here like they are at home. (Probably because my family and I are the only Italians in Arkansas. Hyperbole, anyone?)

My husband and I watch the History Channel a lot, so watching a documentary on PBS isn’t much different from our usual viewing. What was different, however, was my visceral response to the program. I was…

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The Love and Lore of Violets

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Dedicated to Jan Marler Morrill. Found this and it’s so apropos

Originally posted on One Writer's Way:

An excerpt from my herbal, Plants for A Medieval Herb Garden in the British Isles:

“Who are the violets now
That strew the lap of the new-come spring?” ~ Shakespeare: Richard II

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Violet (Viola Odorata). Part Used: Flowers (dried). The leaves and whole plant (fresh).

Sweet violets grow at the edge of forests and clearings and can be detected by their scent. Sometimes they appear as unwanted guests in yards and gardens, but we like violets and encourage them here. Violets have a long history reaching deep into the misty past. There are over two hundred species in the world; five are native to Great Britain. Sweet violets are usually dark purple, but may be white. The flowers are full of honey and appealing to bees, but usually bloom before bees are really out from as early as late February into April.

Viola OdorataViolets imbue liquids with their color…

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Why I Write – Blog-a-Thon Participant Holly Sullivan McClure

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This is such a cute story about why this writer writes I wanted to share it with you.

Originally posted on Staci Troilo:

Here’s the next post in the Oghma Creative Media blog-a-thon (by Holly Sullivan McClure).

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Tricia Schneider Joins me


I’d like to welcome Tricia Schneider as a guest talking about her latest book:

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The Witch’s Kiss

 Blurb:

Marianne Grey is a ghost. But, she’s not dead. Cursed by a necromancer, Marianne searches for the elusive spell needed to merge her spirit with her physical body. She’s not alone in her search. Her neighbor and best friend, Sage Merriweather, has vowed to help her break the curse.

Sage suffers from his own demons. Literally. After surviving a horrific attack, a demon has bonded with him, mutating Sage’s magic so he can only conjure fire. Until he can break the bond, he is a danger to everyone near him, including those he loves.

From the glittering ballrooms of London to eerily dark graveyards, Marianne and Sage battle forces of evil destined to claim their souls for eternity. Though their newfound love for each other may be the toughest battle of all.

Excerpt:

“Do you ever wonder why I never propositioned you?” Sage asked, the anger in his soul making him lash out. “I’ve been with many women. They call me the Merriweather Rake, did you know?” He laughed at the absurd moniker the ton had dubbed him. “Yet you are the only one I’ve never seduced.”

She flinched.

He thought the pain spreading across her face would make him feel just in his cause. He needed to push her away. From the look on her face, he succeeded. Instead of the satisfaction he thought it might bring, he felt only pain.

Pain from her sadness, her suffering.

“You are a good man, Sage,” she said with a slight tremor in her voice, the only sign she was affected by his cruel words.

“Do not fool yourself.”

She stood and walked away.

The lavender scent faded. Sage rubbed a hand over his eyes, trying to block the image of her sadness from his mind.

Had he done the right thing?

This curse confined Marianne to a select few. Essentially, she was forced to speak with him, spend time with him, even just for the pure sake of her sanity. What choice did she have when no one else could hear or see her?

Marianne was not to blame for the fact that Sage’s feelings regarding her were changing, that when he looked at her he saw not a child with gangly limbs, but a woman full-grown. One who had become a close friend. And that he desired their friendship to grow into something much more…intimate.

Was he a fool to punish her for his own misgivings?

Sage heaved a heavy sigh, then slapped the surface of the water since he had nothing else nearby to strike. The water sloshed over the rim.

Since the bathwater had cooled and any therapeutic effects it might once have owned vanished, he stepped out of the tub. After he dried and dressed, he went out in search of Marianne to make his apologies. He couldn’t push her away. Instead, he needed to restrain his own growing emotions. No need to burden her with any more troubles. Who else could she speak with other than him? Only Julia. He could not imagine the invisible prison she suffered. He’d not make it worse for her.

He wandered the hallways, searching each room until he found her.Well, in a manner of speaking.

He thought to check the yellow room in the east wing, hoping she might have retreated there to lick any wounds he had inflicted.

Although her body was in the room, her spirit was nowhere to be found.

He approached the bed where they had neatly laid her body. To the untrained observer, Marianne could be sleeping. Her chest rose and fell, indicating she breathed still. A rosy color kept her cheeks pink with life. He reached out and took her limp hand in his, feeling the warmth of her skin.

She was no corpse. Merely sleeping. A deep, deep sleep. And she could not wake without her soul.

Thank you Tricia, for being with me today. I enjoyed your excerpt and lovely cover. Please come back and visit with me again some time.

About the Author:  Tricia Schneider author pic

Tricia Schneider is an author of paranormal and gothic romance. Before the supernatural took possession of her pen, she worked for several years in a Waldenbooks store as Assistant Manager and bookseller. Since the closing of the bookstore, she now writes full-time while raising her 3 young children. She lives with her musician husband and 2 neurotic cats in the coal country of Pennsylvania.

Website: http://www.triciaschneider.com

Blog: http://www.shadowsofromance.blogspot.com

Twitter: @TriciaSchneider

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/authortriciaschneider

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/triciaschneider

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/triciaschneider

Purchase Links:

The Wild Rose Press: http://www.wildrosepublishing.com/maincatalog_v151/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=195&products_id=6074

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Witchs-Kiss-Merriweather-Witches-ebook/dp/B00SDWF8BS/ref=sr_1_4?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1422120134&sr=1-4&keywords=tricia+Schneider

Series: Book 4 of The Merriweather Witches

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46 Top Websites to Promote Your Book for FREE

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For those needed more promo check this out

Originally posted on Savvy Writers & e-Books online:

Book Store Stand out Against Thousands of Books

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Added June 23, 2013:

Dear Reader:  This list of websites, which we compiled in March 2012, grew in the meantime to almost 100.  Please visit our two new blog posts with even more possibilities to announce your work for free:

http://savvybookwriters.wordpress.com/2012/11/03/50-web-links-to-let-your-book-go-viral/

http://savvybookwriters.wordpress.com/2012/11/04/part-2-45-more-websites-to-promote-your-book/

All three blog posts are officially copyright registered.  To link to our blog posts, and let your own readers know about these websites, please use the RE-BLOGGING link on top of this page.  Thanks!  Please learn about re-blogging here:
http://savvybookwriters.wordpress.com/2013/06/01/re-blogging-vs-copyright-infringement/

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Original Article from March 11, 2012:

1. Goodreads
Use your free membership to promote yourself and your books. Reviews are essential and reviews on Goodreads site help your book to really stand out to millions of visitors.

2. Wattpad
Wattpad has experienced explosive growth since its inception and has become the world’s most popular destination to publish and…

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