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Where credit is due

Thank you!

I forgot one of the contributors to my November success! I signed up for a listing on in exchange for 10% of sales. It netted me 142 sales for The Disenchanted Pet.

I’m adding them to my Book Promotion Companies list with good marks. I really like the pay in exchange for results, and they got results. I didn’t get any notification ahead of time when my book would be up, but it could have been eaten by Google’s ravenous Spam folder.


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Blog Hop Rafflecopter Winner


The Rafflecoptor winner for all of my ebooks is Kathy Doolittle Fuierer! I’ve sent you an email, Kathy! Thanks to all who participated in the Hop.

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The Indie Writers Unite Holiday Blog Hop


Come join a party of talented Indie authors at the Holiday Blog Hop! You can win lots of great books and there will be tons of freebies. Visit the links below to win. (Some links are day-specific and won’t work until their day. Be sure to drop by each day to win something new!)

Here is the rundown of holiday festivities on my blog for the week: Continue reading

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The Mystery Win

Starting August 1st, my downloads on Smashwords of my free ebook, The Silver Collar have shot up by over 1,000 downloads! This means that somewhere, my book was listed in a spot that people saw and clicked. But where?

I posted it on four different book-posting sites in July: Continue reading

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The Fantastic Freebie!

I’ve said it before and I felt it deserved its own post: The free sample is the best free advertising an author can get!

Since posting it, I’ve given away 376 download copies of my fantasy short story, The Silver Collar on Smashwords, and had 692 reads on Wattpad. This doesn’t include all the other places I’ve posted it. I haven’t been able to make it free on Amazon yet, partially because people are still buying it! I don’t understand that, but OK.

I’m also currently working on Horarium, a sci-fi short story, and posting on Wattpad as I go. I’m enjoying this kind of work and reaching readers along the way.

My hubby had a fabulous idea about the freebie, too.  (He has lots of those) After my free story, I include information for the reader to find my other works. I even included an excerpt from my upcoming book at the end of the story.

Here is my list of places I’ve posted The Silver Collar:

Do you have a freebie? How has it worked out for you?

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Today Is My Day!

I’m not re-blogging for the blog-in because today is my day to be re-blogged! I’ll take this opportunity to thank all the friends who participated and viewed all the wonderful books. Also I’d like to invite you to sign up for Author Blog-in II coming in August. Just email me at with the word Author Blog-in in the subject line to get on the list at

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More Things to Check!

Along the lines of the “Ly” check, here are some other writing exercises I  am currently inflicting on my novel:

  1. Weed out the “to-be-verbs”: is, am, are, was, were, be, being, and been.
  2. Turn ‘ing’ into ‘eds’ where possible.
  3. Avoid starting sentences with ‘as’ or ‘ing’ words
~Thanks to Tahlia Newland for the cool new tweak!~

Whee Doggies is it taking a long time! The end of the school year rush makes for slow work, but at least I don’t lose my place! (When I’ve changed the word, it doesn’t show up in the find anymore so I know right where I left off!)

In case your clicking finger is broken and you didn’t go to The “Ly” check, I use Word’s “Find” tool and input each word, combing through the entire manuscript for the offenders. I found with these teeny words it helps a lot to type a space before and after the word in the “find” box. That weeds out the combination of letters in other words such as “this“, “came”, and others.

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Taking Notes

What kind of information do you actually jot down while reading?

When I’m just reading “for fun” I jot down quotes I love. I try to review everything with at least a few sentences so I remember that I’ve already read it and what it was about. When someone smart suggested the quick review, I resisted because I didn’t want to include work in my fun. After a few grudging mini-reviews, though I realized how valuable those few sentences were. I began texting them to email after every book. I assign them to a “win” or “fail” category based on whether I liked it or even read the entire book.

Here is the one for Divergent  by Veronica Roth in the “win” category: “Imaginative and fascinating. I love her characters and their inner examination of bravery, loyalty, and selflessness.”

This is the mini-review for Fires of Winter by Johanna Lindsey in the “fail” category: “I don’t like stories about girls who hate being girls. No sympathy.”

When I’m planning on reviewing the book for my blog, I take more notes.

Names: I write down all the names I can so that I spell them right and can keep track of characters. I hate going back through the book to try to be sure I spelled the characters’ name right. I don’t normally discuss all the characters, but I want those names handy when I do.

Places: If the places aren’t a name I will remember, I jot these down too. Normally I don’t need it for real locations.

Things I liked: I like to make note as I go along so I don’t forget the notable things. I’m pretty good at remembering, but as I get older my memory gets less and less reliable. Writing it down a few times also helps me formulate how I’ll describe it in the review.

Problems: This is the most valuable part of the review. It hurts, but any problems in the work are learning experiences for me, my blog readers, and the writers of the book. The single biggest learning experience so far is to get your book edited by someone else. Yes, the dead horse is enduring another beating. I was so depressed about the numerous spelling, punctuation, and even word usage errors in books I was reviewing that I made it a rule for review that you name your editor. It DOES make a difference. FACT: I just got some helpful corrections from an awesome blogger/writer friend on The Silver Collar, which I didn’t have edited. I read and reread it but still missed that in a story of only 12,000 words. (People didn’t volunteer any corrections either. I had to ask.)

How about you? What do you note while you are reading?

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Review Book List

I realized it has been a while since I listed the books I’ll be reviewing soon. Below is my list in a loose order. I may not release reviews in exactly this order but I’ll try. If you are supposed to be on this list but I don’t have you here, please reply so I can be sure you see where you are on the list. Some have links, and these are the ones I bought during my February Birthday spree, or that were included in the email request.
Also after some inner struggle, I’m going to limit my future reviews to books that are edited by another person besides the author. (Yes, your Uncle Frank does count, as long as he knows what he’s doing.) I’m going to require that you list the name of your editor in order to accept a review copy. I believe in good books and in order to encourage fellow authors to excel in their writing, I think this is the best course of action. 
  • Merlin’s Wood by Anne Hamilton (started reading hard copy with kids)
  • Revolussion by Kathy Bell
  • The Mine by John Heldt
  • The Footloose Killer by Michelle Johnson
  • Megan and Liam: a CITY WEDDING by Maggie Carlise (I downloaded the preview by accident, thinking it was the full book. This is why I posted no review yet.)
  • Mark of the Loon by Molly Greene (readying review for release May 14)
  • When Girlfriends Break Hearts by Savannah Page (awaiting finished copy)
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New Review: The Warden War by D.L. Morrese

The Warden War

by D.L. Morrese

Genre: Science Fiction

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Or you can just go buy the book!

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The Warden War continues the quest begun by Prince Donald in The Warden Threat. His father, King Leonard of Westgrove, has been told that the neighboring kingdom of Gotrox has discovered a magical means to animate a mysterious and gigantic ancient stone warrior, the Warden of Mystic Defiance, which it plans to use it to spearhead an invasion of his country. Donald is convinced this is a hoax carefully crafted by his father’s chief adviser to bring about a war to gain control of Gotroxian resources. Donald is determined to thwart him. It will not be easy. Chief Adviser Horace Barter has resources, connections, influence, and the almost unquestioned trust of the king. Donald, sadly, has none of these. What the young prince does have is a nominal position with the diplomatic team being sent to Gotrox and the companionship of a few rather unique friends including a pair of 15,000-year-old androids, one of which is a dog–or a reasonable facsimile thereof.

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Awesome Indies

I want to give a shout-out and a big thanks to Tahlia Newland, a fellow crusader for independent books. She has honored my work by adding me to her new page, Awesome Indies!

Awesome Indies is a brand new list of books that she and other authors and editors can unreservedly recommend. The idea is to honour the Indie authors who produce a high quality product and to direct readers towards the Indie Gold that lies hidden amongst the avalanche of available books.

Click on her link to see the Awesome Indies, read their great books, and maybe suggest a few yourself!

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Goodreads Author Emergency!

If you are an author with books listed on Goodreads, quick, go peek at them to make sure they aren’t “Lost”!

Barnes & Noble is in a snit with Amazon and Goodreads has taken sides. Now we, the authors, are caught in the middle! All Amazon credentials are now VOID on Goodreads.

You have to manually “recover” your books to see them. You need to be able to supply ISBNs or ASNs for each book manually. Ebook versions are separate from print versions, so you have to “recover” both. You can’t use the information on Amazon, either. CreateSpace does work, but you can’t post the link to Amazon to reactivate your book. Even then, I couldn’t figure out how to get my cover images back. Anybody have any suggestions?

Thanks a heap, Goodreads! Way to act mature!

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Never Do This

I keep a running list of things that I keep to remind myself never to do them in a book. Here is the list.


Write a Fiction novel about myself disguised thinly. Middle-aged housewives do not have romantic adventures.

Write novel about novelists, publishers, or anyone in the writing business. It’s pandering or bragging.

Begin with how drab people’s lives are

Begin in an awful situation that isn’t exciting and doesn’t move the story along.

Spend too much time with discussion and explanation at the beginning. Give them SOME action or even a little plot!

Write a plot line where the heroine saves the hero from himself. It’s overdone, oversmug and under-realistic.

Write people who behave outside their age. A 30-something with a 20-something lifestyle and 20 something mindset isn’t dashing. It makes them look developmentally delayed.

Start the book with a long boring history of people who arent real and the reader hasn’t had time to care about yet

Make too many plot twists. It should be exciting, not dizzying.


Phrases to avoid:

Twin, dark pools

Eyes like the ocean before a storm (overused)

being “undone” unless writing about Regency England or Hairstylists

All eloquent description of kissing, lovemaking, or intimacy. It always sounds corny and embarrassing.

  • Examples: “Taking his tongue and giving him hers in return”, “Tender sweep of his tongue”

Absolutely anything about claiming unless it has to do with coats or dry-cleaning


This list is by no means complete. If you have any wonderful “bad writing avoidance” suggestions, I’d love to hear them!

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Library Thing

Library Thing has been mentioned in my web readings here and there, but didn’t really take the time to look. Since an author of a book I reviewed requested I put my review up there, I signed up. Here is my page:

Library Thing is a lot like Goodreads, but slightly less flashy with more emphasis on  information. There is a lot more room for detailed information too. For example, if you write with multiple pen names, this would be a great place to clarify that. There is a forum and they have groups just like Goodreads, but no alerts or mail (that I could see).

It was pretty easy and quick to sign up as an author and it was automatically connected to all the information I input before the approval. There is no block, that I could see, from anybody out there inputting information about any author or book. This was interesting and a little scary. Aside from the author page, they have an Author Chat area and an Early Reviewer section to review books before they are available to the public.

I feel more and more like I am just repeating information on all these sites, but I figure that if I get another reader, it was worth it. Overall, I am focusing on the blogging and Goodreads because there is no great way to use them all to their fullest unless I man the sites full time and stop writing. Since I signed up because of the writing, that would be nuts. And since I don’t want my kids turning feral (and mine would), I won’t be doing anything else full time anytime soon.

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Book Review: Chosen by Jolea M. Harrison


by Jolea M. Harrison

the first book of The Guardians of the Word

Sixteen-year-old Dynan Telaerin finds himself on a corpse-strewn hillside, uncertain if he’s dead or alive, charged with saving the soul of his ancestor, the most powerful telepath to ever exist. Dynan has telepathic powers of his own, only he doesn’t know how to use them. With monsters and minions trying to eat his soul, the demon’s lair isn’t the place to learn anything – except how to run and how to hide. Will courage alone be enough to face the greatest evil to exist? Will he lose his soul to save everyone else?

The running starts, and doesn’t stop to the end of this action packed adventure of a young man coming to terms with his life while he’s barely a spirit, through horrors he thought existed only in dreams.

Chosen is the first book of the series, The Guardians of the Word.

A review for Chosen can now be found on my Review site:

Or you can just go buy it right now! Chosen (The Guardians of the Word) eBook: Jolea M. Harrison: Kindle Store

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