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Blog Tour & Giveaway: Murder, Served Simply by Isabella Alan

Amish On Stage By Isabella Alan When the actors dressed in Amish costume burst into song and dance, I knew I had the setting for my next Amish Quilt Shop Mystery. I was visiting Holmes County on a research trip. I live about an hour from Holmes County, so I rarely spend the night there. [...]

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Blog Tour & Giveaway: Geared For The Grave by Duffy Brown

Guest Post by Duffy Brown Pets are the best! They are our constant companions. They love us when we’re bitchy and in our sloppy PJs with no hair combed and when we have the flu. And they train us really well. Here I thought we were supposed to train them! Ha! Pet joke:  What side [...]

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Guest blogger: Karen Swan + a giveaway

Karen’s Favourite Recipe If asked what my favourite recipe is, it’s got to be my mother’s chicken soup. My daughter is so obsessed with it that if my mother comes to the house with a pot of the stuff, I have to siphon off my portion and hide it before she eats it all! My [...]

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Animal Welfare Week Book Spotlight: Doghouse by L.A. Kornetsky

Pawlease help us celebrate Animal Welfare Week (October 5-11) and National Animal Shelter and Rescue Appreciation Week (November 2-8) with DOGHOUSE and the Gin & Tonic Mystery Series by L.A. Kornetsky! They rely on animal instincts… Meet “Gin” and “Tonic.” She’s a dog person. He’s a cat person. But when these two friendly rivals team [...]

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Writer’s Tips & Tricks Day 22: I will finish… by Lisa Hendrix

First, a huge thank you to Kelly for including me in Tips and Tricks month. I’m writing this in mid-August, so I haven’t seen anyone else’s posts yet, but I can tell just by looking at the names of Kelly’s other guests that the last 29 days have been chock full of good advice, clever [...]

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Writer’s Tips & Tricks Day 21: Five tips for aspiring writers by Yasmine Galenorn

Five tips for aspiring writers: Ways to Keep the Words Flowing One: If you want to be a career writer I tell you this: there is no guarantee of success, but I guarantee that if you quit, you will fail. I don’t care what platform you approach for publishing—if you quit? You have nothing to [...]

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Writer’s Tips & Tricks Day 20: Sex scenes….by Lila DiPasqua

Sex scenes….Key elements to writing a love scene that readers won’t want to skip by Lila DiPasqua  Let’s face it—writing a sex scene isn’t easy. First, you’ve got to forget about what your friends, family, or neighbors are going to think. There’s no way you can even begin to write a solid sex scene if you’re [...]

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Writer’s Tips & Tricks Day 19: How to write 20 pages a day by Donna Grant

How to write 20 pages a day by Donna Grant This post was inspired by conversations I frequently have from others asking me how I became a prolific writer. I think the main reason is because I’m a bit OCD. J However, it started about 15 years ago when I was just beginning to write [...]

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Writers Tips & Tricks Day 18: Rejection: What should I do by Karina Cooper

  Rejection: What Should I Do? If you’ve so much as stuck a toe into the writing world, you know that rejection is waiting in the wings. It’s part of the industry, from the very first query—or, if you’re a masochist and want to start early, from the very first contest—all the way through to [...]

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Writer’s Tips & Tricks Day 17 part a: Tips to Build in Emotional Stakes in Your Book by Jennifer Apodaca

Tips to Build in Emotional Stakes in Your Book  by Jennifer Apodaca (Also writes as Jennifer Lyon) The emotional stakes in a story will hook a reader and keep her invested in the book to the very end. An action-packed plot is fantastic—but all the action or twists in the world won’t keep the reader interested [...]

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Writer’s Tips & Tricks Day 17 part b: Three Ways to Build Your Novel’s Foundation by Macy Beckett

Macy Beckett wanted to share a post that she wrote for NaNoWriMo on self-editing for beginners. Please check out her post about Three Ways to Build Your Novel’s Foundation HERE ***** Make sure to check out Macy’s up coming release Make you Remember Amazon| B&N Coming November 4, 2014 from Penguin Group Ten years ago, Beau Dumont [...]

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Writer’s Tips & Tricks Day 22 part b: Creating Simple Timelines by Paige Tyler

Creating Simple Timelines by Paige Tyler When it comes to writing my stories, I always tried to put together an outline to work from. For most of my previous stuff, that outline was typically nothing more than a Word document in which I write out individual paragraphs to cover each big sequence in the book, then [...]

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