Check out this interview with Staci Troilo as featured on my author blog.
Check out my new serial from this post on my author page.
Well, it’s time for another serial. The idea for this tale came from an article in Wired magazine that talked about talented hackers that have been enlisted to work for the government in exchange for avoiding prosecution and prison.
I took the idea a bit further partly based on the current environment of “fake news” and “alternative facts”. It’s going to be a fun story to write as I enjoyed writing this introductory installment.
As always, your comments and critiques are welcome.
Please enjoy Big Brother – Part 1.
Julian Sanders sat at his station hunched over a high-end laptop that was provided to him by the ACA. His current target was an ultra-left-wing celebrity. It was his third one this month. The first two had been successfully taken down. These celebrities made it much too easy. For the most part, all Julian had to do…
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Check out this new release, The Button, by D.L. Finn, as featured in this post from the Fiction Favorites blog.
I am so delighted to welcome D. L. Finn to Fiction Favorites. She is an accomplished author and has a new release this week. So without any delay, the post is yours, Denise.
Thank you, John, for inviting me to be on your blog to help celebrate this week’s release of The Button!
Lynn Hill left a difficult childhood behind when she turned eighteen. The 1980s were going to be the beginning of a great life. Then what started as an ordinary evening out with her best friend, Stacy, turns into a nightmare. Lynn hears warnings: “Go!” “Leave!” Believing she is hearing things after partying too much, she goes back for one more drink before going home. That decision sets off a chain of events that nothing could have prepared her for. While humans and not-so-human beings are attempting to either help or harm her, Lynn risks everything…
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Check out this post from Jean’s Writing blog on seizing the reader’s curiosity.
With a breath and a pause.
Have you ever watched a daytime soap-opera? Now I think the shows are referred to as daytime drama. LOL
One of the most memorable moments were the ominous music indicating something had or was about to happen. To find out what, the viewer had to sit through a commercial.
How do I know this? Okay, I confess. As a young sleep-deprived mother, I watched a few daytime dramas. In the afternoon I rocked and begged my baby to take a nap while watching Days of Our Lives.
So you may ask, what does this have to do with my novel?
Use a dramatic pause to hook the reader. Make them want to turn the page and continue reading.
No need to trick a reader. Just drop in a dramatic pause that makes them think, wonder and want to hurry on.
I loved this…
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Check out this post with common phrases from L.R.’s Inkwell blog.
I’ve been lacking creativity for a while now. My work in progress stories are constantly in the forefront of my mind and I’ve dabbled with a few revisions, but my writing seems to have frozen. So, I’ve dusted off a series of books that I haven’t read in a few years and started reading a month or so ago.
Almost instantly, I noticed common grammar errors in the New York Times #1 Best Selling Author’s series. Question marks outside of quotations when a character asked a question. Comma’s in the wrong place, etc. It annoyed me. When I see one mistake, I start looking for them throughout the books. I’ll be up front and honest, I’m far from perfect when it comes to the written English language, but you’d expect the next books in the series to be better than the first with the editing. This series was not.
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Check out this author inspiration and writing links from this post on Staci Troilo’s blog.
Ciao, amici! How was your week? Mine was busier than usual.
I was wondering… what’s your opinion on self-care? I admit, I’ve been really bad about that, especially since I had kids. I’m the first one to want them to eat well, exercise, see a doctor if they’re sick or injured. That’s what mama bears do, right?
Well, yes, it is. But neglecting one’s self isn’t a great idea. It will eventually catch up to you. I’ve been learning that the hard way for several years now, but I try to muddle through anyway. This week, though, despite being incredibly busy, I had to take a day off. I got one of the worst migraines I ever had. I’ll spare you the description of the unpleasant symptoms, but I was down for the count. I couldn’t work. Usually I lose half a day and then soldier on. Couldn’t do it…
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Check out the book, Frame 232 – A Jason Hammond Novel, by Wil Mara, as featured in this post from the Story Empire blog.
Hello, SE Readers. It’s time for another Friday book share. I drew the honors this month and decided to look back into my archives.
I’ve always been interested in history and the assasination President John F. Kennedy. Theories about the assassination have floated around for years. Was there more than one shooter? Were shots fired from the grassy knoll? Could Oswald have fired the fatal shot from the sixth-floor window?
I suppose conspiracy theories will continue as long as there is interest. I’ve wavered back and forth on the idea of multiple shooters, watched the Zapruder film, and I still don’t know what to believe.
A few years ago, I came across the book Frame 232 by Wil Mara. It’s a fictional story based on the mysterious Babushka Lady, who some believe may have filmed the assassination. If such a film exists, it could provide new information as she…
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