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Short Stories

This week I have been busy making covers, rewriting Kat and the Cursed and typing up two short stories. It’s been a little busy.

I have created two covers this week. YouTube was totally my friend in teaching me a little about creating covers right on Word. If I keep working at it I may purchase Photoshop, I think you can do a lot more with Photoshop than you can with Word but for now I think they turned out alright. I was able to make a cover for my story I told you about last week You Belong With Me and I tried my hand at a cover for Cursed.   I found Derek Murphy very helpful. 

 

The short story I made was for a contest with Pixie Forest Publishing. It’s for their Mythical Creature Contest. I’m calling it The Fair Folk. That is one of the names that the Irish use for fairies. The only problem with this contest was that the piece couldn’t be over 3000 words and I’m a pretty wordy writer. I kept having to cut it down. Luckily I was able to have someone read it and point out where I needed to put back in some description so it would flow better. I love having people that understand and are willing to read and give constructive criticism.

I actually love constructive criticism, it helps me learn and grow as a writer. I would much rather someone tell me what was wrong or what they didn’t like than someone who just tried to please me and tell me it was good when it actually stank to high heaven.

I’m going to start doing (hopefully) a weekly writing prompt given to me by Stephanie Ayers on her website. It’s 200-1000 words and I think will help me to start focusing on what is really important in a story. After having trouble with the one for the contest I realized I needed to start doing word prompts again. If I have more people to do it with it will be a lot more enjoyable. If you’d like to join the fun click the link, she puts a new one up every Monday and we share our pages to her comments so we can look at what each other wrote.

I hope everyone has had a productive week, I really feel like I have.

Tell me what you are up to. Any new projects your working on?

Have a great weekend and see you next week!

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Abby’s Promise By Rebekah Dodson

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He walked out of my life eight years ago, and for the first couple of years, I wrote him faithfully.

Then life happened, and we lost track of each other. Now he’s back; appearing one day on campus and sweeping me off my feet. He looks the same—rough stubble on his square jaw, broody brown eyes, thick brows that always lifted when I made him laugh. My Jo-Jo has come home after eight years in Afghanistan.

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She looks the same as I remember her in high school, but now she’s all woman—sophisticated, educated, and just as curvy as ever. And now she’s a professor, and I’m falling for her all over again like I did at senior prom. War screwed me up, but every day Abby was my saving grace.

She promised one day she’d never let me go, made me promise I’d come back to her. I’ve come back to claim that promise. There’s just one problem: Abby’s moved on. How will I convince the love of my life that a day never went by without her on my mind? 

 

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Rebekah Dodson is a prolific word weaver of romance, fantasy, and science fiction novels. Her works include the series Postcards from Paris, The Surrogate, The Curse of Lanval series, several stand alone novels, and her upcoming YA novel, Clock City. She has been writing her whole life, with her first published work of historical fiction with 4H Clubs of America at the age of 12, and poetry at the age of 16 with the National Poetry Society. With an extensive academic background including education, history, psychology and English, she currently works as a college professor by day and a writer by night.

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First week of writing

Wow, it has been a while since I posted something on my page. I’ve been on vacation a lot and wasn’t writing, it was also a lot harder to get writing done with my son home. I have enjoyed having others over to share their work and don’t forget to check out the Guest Posts the latest one by Shay Stone Never Give Up is quite inspirational, go on over and check it out. Next week we will be having someone over that is publishing a new book, be sure to check it out too!

I have been able to get in a first week of writing in. My son goes to Summer Camp during the day and I get to clean in the morning and write in the afternoon. It has been awesome. I have started and finished a short story that is exclusively for those attending   the Literary Love Savannah conference that is going on right now. I was a little concerned that I wouldn’t get it done in time. After they contact me with their special code I will be releasing the short story to everyone. The release date of that will be September 1st. I will give you the title You Belong With Me. It will be my first new story, to be released in a long while.

I am still working on my Kat and the Cursed full length novel, I have shortened it just to Cursed. What do you think of the name change? If you’d like to read snippets from this work in progress check out my Snippet Sunday section. There are four so far 4/22, 4/29, 6/2, and 7/22, I’m going to do one more with this book before I switch to You Belong With Me on Snippet Sundays.

I have discovered that it is extremely hard to make your own covers (for me at least anyway). Thankfully I have made some friends and I was able to get in touch with a professional that is reasonably priced. I am still going to mess around with pictures and try to learn on YouTube how to make my own but for now I’m happy to help out others with their business and get covers made by them. The one I have for Cursed is beautiful, I’m not showing it though until I’m getting ready to release it so you’ll just have to wait. Currently I am trying to figure one out for  You Belong With Me.

I really want this but I’m not sure if it is copyrighted. If any of you know of a picture like this on any of those free picture websites let me know!Image result for You belong with me house pictures

Speaking of those websites, I have a list of them, some free, some you have to pay for. If anyone needs a copy of it just let me know I’ll email it over. I have complied it from different authors giving me them so that I can try to start making my own Covers.

That’s it for this week, how have you all been? Do anything fun this summer? Leave a message in the comments with any interesting tidbits you want to share!

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Rise to Fame by Shay Stone

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WARNING: THIS BOOK IS RACY AND FILLED WITH PLOT TWISTS.

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Colin Riley’s past wasn’t a pretty one. He’d worked hard to bury his demons. So when he crossed paths with Alexandra Vaughn, the daughter of the man that almost destroyed his life, he should have run. But he didn’t. Instead, like an idiot, he fell in love. Alex was smart, talented, beautiful, and one of the most infuriating women Colin had ever met. From the second he laid eyes on her, he knew he’d do anything to make her his. Why else would he let her trick him into starring in some play?

It was just supposed to be a way to get close to her. How could he have known saying yes to the role would change their lives forever? But that’s what happens when Richard Steed – the most sought-after agent in Hollywood swoops in promising to make all their dreams come true. It doesn’t take long before the slick agent’s true intentions become known turning him into their worst nightmare.

With a ghost from the past haunting them and an agent hell-bent on tearing them apart, is there any way Colin and Alex can survive The Rise to Fame?

The Rise to Fame is Book One in a two-book series. The second book, The Cost of Fame is due out September 2018.

Book links:

Paperback:   https://tinyurl.com/TheRisetoFameShayStone

KOBO, Apple and Kindle:   https://books2read.com/b/4AYpAK

Amazon:   https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07FFFK1GZ

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

me signing bookShay Stone started her writing career after a car accident left her unable to read or look at a computer. Ironic, right? Many years, and hours of vision therapy later, and voila! She wrote her first book. She lives in Georgia with her four dogs and one cat, that thinks he is a dog. If you happen to be driving around Atlanta, there is a good chance you will see her dancing in her car and singing (poorly) to some 80’s tune. She has no shame.

Her passions include writing and traveling. She writes strong women with a bit of attitude, and flawed men that you can’t help but fall in love with to create that once in a lifetime love one page at a time. She has two self-help books – Pain, Pain, Go Away, and Why Am I Still Single? A Tough Love Guide for Single Women. The Rise to Fame is her first contemporary romance.

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Website:       www.shaystone-official.com

Twitter:        www.twitter.com/shaystoneauthor

Instagram:  www.instagram.com/shaystoneofficial

Facebook:   www.facebook.com/shaystoneofficialsite

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Tally Adams New Book

Exciting new paranormal romance by Tally Adams.

Shadow Pact by [Adams, Tally]
Emily’s sister disappeared without a trace. When authorities refused to search for her, Emily was forced to accept she was on her own if she ever wanted to learn the truth. That’s how she ended up stumbling into a den of werewolves under the full moon. But even in the darkness of this terrifying new world, hope can come in unexpected forms. For Emily, it came as the most feared among all immortals: the Executioner himself. Now, he’s all that stands between her and being someone’s next meal. But his protection has a price…

 

Available digitally on Amazon. Audible release in September 2018, and coming to retail stores in Spring 2019.   Find Shadow Pact on Goodreads.

For more information on this and upcoming releases, check out the website.
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I live in Texas with my husband and four children. (And one big, fat English bulldog). I have been writing my entire life because the characters in my head just swirl around with different potentials if I don’t put them on paper. By the time I entered high school, I’d already written my first book. Years later, I worked as a nurse and continued to write. Finally, I decided to move forward into the world of publication and share my imaginary friends with the world.
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Authors helping authors and LLS

This was my first full week off from work and while I got quite a bit done around the house and in research, not so much in writing. I need to get myself to focus on that. I feel I might have trouble with that until my son goes back to school (even as I write this I get interrupted multiple times and I can’t do that when writing I need to be able to focus for hours). We are going to have a busy summer and he is always going to be with me so not much writing I’m afraid.

 

So this week on my Facebook group pages we have been sharing our websites, Facebook pages, twitter, and Wattpad names so we can follow each other. This is nice as I’ve found some really interesting things on some of their pages/websites. Sometimes I end up unliking however because it ends up filling my FB feed with people I don’t know talking about their own thing and it may be a genre I’m not interested in. I like the idea of sharing our social media to try to get more ‘likes’ and followers but it’s not just for likes and followers I look for interesting articles to share on my own page, or if someone has a book coming out, I share that on my page too. I often wonder if I am the only one that does this though, to me liking each other isn’t enough, engaging with others on their pages is what helps. Sharing their finds and their book releases really helps them and encourages them to help others.

 

I have an author friend that is going to Literary Love Savannah this year and has said she is willing to bring promo items that I’ve made along with her to put in the swag bags that all reading attendees get. I’m pretty excited about this and I am planning on being part of Literary Love Savannah 2019. It’s July of next year giving me plenty of time to come up with great promo items and have new releases. As it is I am planning on having an exclusive short story just for those going to this years. Once they get a promo of mine they will see a code on the back to contact me with and I’ll send it out. This will give them a chance to try my writing, which they will fall madly in love with (that’s the idea anyway) and encourage them to look at what else I have to offer. This also will get my butt moving on first, writing that short story, and second getting my other stories done so that I have new items to sell to them after the conference is over. Unfortunately the conference is in July meaning I must get my short story written and edited quickly.

 

This week I also looked at what it takes for copy writing and ISBN numbers. I found a website that explained it pretty well. I will do more research into it but if you click the links you can see what I’ve found so far. I also had to look up the difference between the 35% royalties and 70% royalties options given by Amazon for self publishers.

 

I am happy (and a little embarrased because it took so long) to say I am now selling my books through Barns and Noble, iBooks, Kobo, Scribd, EPUB, and Mobi. This is all thanks to Draft2digital. I checked on publishing my books through Amazon but it told me that my books would no longer be published with Createspace (which connects to the Amazon site) and I think I want to stick with that for now while I research the best place to publish paper versions.

 

Finally this week I didn’t get as many books listened to as I have in previous weeks (I ran out of borrows for Hoopla and I have been doing other things than listening to books while I clean the house) I did finish The Elite the second book in the Selection series. The end of it was better than I expected, as I mentioned last week I had to focus on another book for a bit because it became repetitive, turns out I stopped listening just before it got interesting again. I will be listening to the next one (the last in this series). I also finished Ignite, the second book in the Defy series. It was very good all the way through it. I have started on the third, and last in that series Endure, though I’m only on the third chapter right now. I also picked up and finished The Jewel a new series called Lone City that I have started. I will be reading the second in that series as well. I still haven’t managed to make myself finish 1000 White Women and am unsure if I’ll finish it before it returns. I’m not half way through yet and I still have nine hours to go (having finished almost 6 hours of it) I think it is just too long and is unable to capture my interest enough. I do want to know the ending though, maybe I will cheat and look up some reviews. It is not very often that I find a book I just am not able to finish.

What books are you reading this week? Have any books that you just found yourself unable to finish? See you all next week!

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Books I’ve read (listened to) this week:

One Thousand White Women: The Journals of May Dodd (One Thousand White Women Series) by [Fergus, Jim]

Ignite (Defy, Book 2) (Defy Series) by [Larson, Sara B.]    The Elite (The selection Book 2) by [Cass, Kiera]   The Jewel (Jewel Series Book 1) by [Ewing, Amy]

 

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This is it!

I am officially out of work and on the path of stay at home mother and writer. I have tried to throw myself into these new roles by deeply cleaning my home on my half days of work the past week and focusing on one of my books Kat and the Cursed. There are snippets of this book on my Snippet Sunday page.

The last couple of weeks I have not been able to do as much as I would like with the writing and learning aspect, I have mostly focused on cleaning as I love to have a nice clean house, and I have been listening to a lot of audio books as I work. As I read in On Writing by Stephen King it is important to read a lot when you are working on writing and I agree.

I am thinking of adding more days that I post to my website, though I don’t want to overwhelm anyone that gets notices each time I post. I’m thinking of doing reviews of the books I’ve read, I’m sure they will not be long reviews but I feel it will help me really digest the book and think about plot lines and what I did or did not like about the book. This, in turn (hopefully), will help me better my own writing if I practice what I do like and try to avoid what I do not.

For example, I have three I am currently listening to. One is the second book in the Selection series The Elite. This book I was enjoying very much, loved the first book, however halfway through the second I’m feeling it’s getting repetitive and a bit annoying so I felt I needed a break from it. I started the second book in the Defy series, Ignite, while I was breaking from the other book. This book is just as well written as the first and I’m sure I will finish it quickly. The other book is 1000 White Women. While I find it interesting in the way that it is told and altered history of it I am finding it hard to finish it. I will finish both books. As it is pointed out in On Writing reading good books is great but bad books (or ones you find a bit less interesting) will probably teach you more.

I have found one website that I would like to look more into. It is called MasterClass. It seems to have classes done in a variety of areas by famous people in that area. Obviously I would like to take classes in writing, learning their tricks and getting incite to how they develop their ideas into novels (though they do have other classes that may interest me). The price is a little expensive for me though, $90 for one class of 24 lessons, or $180 for a year subscription and all access to every class they offer. If I’m going to do it I would think the better deal would be 180 for all access. Also if I do it I would probably wait until my son goes back to school to make sure I am able to make the most of my purchase.  If anyone reading this has tried it out let me know what you thought of it!

Focusing on one book is hard for me honestly. I have so many that I want to write, they all try to push forward. One of my goals is making myself focus on one until it is completely done. Kat and the Cursed is at my least favorite part of writing. The editing and getting feedback. I love getting feedback, good and bad, however I always need to push myself to listen to suggestions without giving over to them. Sometimes I am the type to go through the critics given by the beta readers piece by piece fixing or changing everything they mentioned. I know, however, this can greatly change a story and may end up not being the story I want to tell. It may change my character too much until he or she is not who I wanted them to be. I will slowly be teaching myself how to handle the comments and making sure I keep in mind my original idea for the story in general and my original characters.

That’s it for this week. Next week will be my first chance of staying at home full time and getting more done. Hopefully I’ll have more information on Kat and the Cursed progress and more interesting tidbits of things I have found in my own search on writing and publishing and all it entails. Have a great week!

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Books I’ve read (listened) to this past week:

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One Thousand White Women: The Journals of May Dodd (One Thousand White Women Series) by [Fergus, Jim]

Defy (Defy, Book 1) (Defy Series) by [Larson, Sara B.]   Ignite (Defy, Book 2) (Defy Series) by [Larson, Sara B.]

 

The Selection by [Cass, Kiera]    The Elite (The selection Book 2) by [Cass, Kiera]