8 Things to Get an Author for Christmas

Pens/pencils 

Yes, pens or pencils!As an author I get ideas everywhere and it’s always nice to have a lot of pens and pencil lying around. I seriously don’t know a writer who will say no to either of these as as gift. Me personally I don’t even care if they are expensive just give me some pens! 

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Notebooks

Remember how I said I get ideas everywhere? Well, when a writer gets an idea they need something to write it on. Notebooks would be much appreciated by an author. Mini ones would be loved since they fit in just about any bag. Get us as many as you want! 

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Books

I think this one is a given! Most authors are also readers! We will never say no to a good book! Learn what the writer on your list likes to read and buy them a couple!

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Aqua Notes

This takes the notebook one step further. The writer on your list will be able to write notes in their shower or the rain! It comes with forty sheets and an aqua pen. I think this will be a fun gift any author would love. 

AquaNotes® - Waterproof Notepad for Writing in Water.  Waterproof paper

Novel Teas

This is a really cute idea for tea lovers who happen to be writers. They come with quotes from books. The receiver gets a quote and a cup of tea. What is better then that? 

Jane Austen Socks

I love Jane Austen and would love a pair of these! They are cute and I think many writers wouldn’t mind having a pair, even if they don’t necessarily wear them.

The Writer’s Toolbox

Packed with activities and games to help the writer get inspiration. I think this will be a much loved gift that will be used right away! 

Laptop/tablet

If you want to spend a little bit more for the writer on your list, I don’t know anyone who would say no to a new laptop or tablet. Seriously we are on a device a lot and it would mean the world to get a new one! 

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22 Up Coming Authors to Read

I not only like to write, but I also like to read. I also love to tell others about amazing books I am reading. Today I am going to share with you 22 up and coming authors you should add to your bookshelf. I will highlight one book by each. Be sure to check them out and give them a try! 

Too Much Information 

By: Dale Britton 

Gabe has the ability to know what people are doing just by thinking about them. It doesn’t matter where they are or what they’re up to. He’s learned a lot of secrets, and all of this knowledge is ruining his life. On the plus side, he’s unbeatable at hide-and-seek. When a little girl goes missing, Gabe uses his powers to find her, which brings a hope of purpose to his life. He thinks he might be able to use his ability to help people, like a real-life superhero. But when the wrong people find out what he can do, his life spirals into a nightmare from which he may never escape.

This book will draw you in and take you on an adventure! Are his powers a blessing or a curse? Will he be able to best the people who want to use him for his powers? You will need to pick up this thrilling book your self to find out!  You can buy it at this link: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1723944262/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i0

Here is more about Dale Britton: 

Dale Britton is a high school math and computer science teacher and the father of three incredible girls, and has thus experienced his fair share of drama during the last twenty years. It was only natural that his lifelong love of books and reading would eventually develop into a passion for writing. His literary tastes lean toward the creepy and sensational, though he doesn’t mind a bit of romance as well. He currently lives in Arlington, Texas with his beautiful family and his faithful dog and equally faithful chinchilla. His first novel “Watching Amy” was released Summer, 2017. His second novel, “The World I Know” will be released at Christmas, 2017.

Triggered 

By: Paige P. Carranza 

Merely five months into the year and the twenty-fifth school shooting in the United States has taken place. Today, the shooter was Graham Parker, a senior at LeValle High. The aftermath of the shooting has left students, residents, first responders and even Graham’s own mother in a state of shock as they are forced to return to life only hours after losing thirty-six people at the hands of the gunman. TRIGGERED peeks into the evening hours of the witnesses after experiencing the most horrific day of their lives. How do they pick up the pieces and face tomorrow after a day like today?

This one is bound to play with your emotions! Written from multiple view points Triggered shows you the aftermath of a school shooting from the eyes of the witnesses and the shooters own mother. It is raw and the story feels ripped right from a headline. This is a must have for your bookshelf! Here is the link to buy: https://www.amazon.com/Triggered-Paige-P-Carranza/dp/1724173413/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1543515367&sr=8-1&keywords=triggered+paige+carranza

 Falling for a Duke (Romancing Scotland Book 1)

By:  J M Riley 

A Cinderella story to melt anyone’s heart. 

Living with the demands of her mother and brother, Bella hasn’t known genuine love since the death of her father. 

Against his sister’s advice and constant meddling, The Duke of Starthberg is willing to risk his title to find true love, a thing his sister insists doesn’t exist.

A visit from a charming masked woman during Gretna’s annual gala, which includes a masked ball courtesy of his sister, may have proven the Duke right. But as the clock strikes midnight, the lass in question disappears. Only her mask is left behind.

In his quest, to find the beauty behind the mask, he meets and falls in love with Bella, the owner of another Husky stud.

Unbeknown to him that the two women may be one lass, the duke must choose the one he loves the most.

Yet, Bella’s mother has her own set of wicked plans. Can Bella break free to claim her man, or will her mother destroy all of her happiness?

Now has a gold quality mark.

18+

Do you love romance? How about romance that reads just like Cinderella? Falling for a Duke is right up your alley! Go along with our Bella as she tries to get away from her mother and brother. After she attends a masked ball she may be able to just do that through love! A romantic adventure that shows, that love exist and you can find it if you’re looking! Here is the link to buy: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07JLM52JK

Here is more about J M Riley: 

Persecuting Abi is my debut novel, but not my first written. I had to write a children’s book as part of my English GCSE and gained top marks. This lead to me being one of the ones picked, to read it at the local nursery, earning me a glowing report. I haven’t written since, until last year, when I decided I’d had enough of this story going around my head and put it to paper, (or computer).

When not writing I’m probably at my day job. My interests include spending time with my pets, reading, photography and walking. 

I live in the West Midlands, England.

Water & Fire (The Dragon Pillars Book 1)

By:  Sanzaki Kojika 

There is a legend that everyone knows- the legend of the Dragon Pillars. Every several hundred years, darkness befalls the land. The Dragons awaken and choose their Pillars, humans strong enough to withstand their powers, and together they drive back the darkness. 

In the towering cathedral of Vivdaugas, students flock to study the archives built upon the legend and train to reach the glory of its heroes. Garred Conway is preparing for his test to become a true Defender when a storm threatens to destroy the citadel, and the land around it. Trapped in the catacombs, desperate to save those he cares for, he finds help from the most surprising place- the Water Dragon Aysu. Now, as Aysu’s new pillar, he finds himself with more responsibility thrust on him than he could have ever imagined.

This fantasy book is a must read! If you like dragons and legends don’t miss out on this beauty! Follow Garred as he becomes a hero with a surprising ally! This book will grip you from the first page and you won’t put it down! Here is the link to buy: https://www.amazon.com/Water-Fire-Dragon-Pillars-Book-ebook/dp/B079X4MMKB/

More about Sanzaki Kojika




Fawn Szymoniak, aka “Sanzaki Kojika” has been a resident of the fantasy world from a young age, growing up in a house full of books and mythology. Her mother introduced her to fantasy works by authors like Barbara Hambly and Terry Brooks. By the age of 8, she had already written her first novel (albeit crudely). On top of her writing, she is also a freelance graphic designer. She has several graphic novels self-published, including her ongoing webcomic series “Zos Kias,” at 11 volumes in 2018, with a new one each year.

Ebony’s Legacy: Keeping The Legacy Alive 

By:  A.D. Whittington 

In a day and time when it was unpopular for a woman to be strong and a man to be sensitive, Faith Edwards and Vayne Lafitte were both. They met by coincidence. Or was it? A love story for the ages. 

In the Deep South, women were to be seen and not heard. Being from a prominent Southern family, Faith knew the pressures of being wed. She also knew that she would never marry unless it was for love. She was not one to be controlled. Dealing with an overbearing cousin, since childhood, proved to be more dangerous than she could ever have imagined. 

Vayne Lafitte was a man with secrets and character. A pirate in secret and helping the poor was what his life was about, until he spotted the beautiful red haired beauty by the creek. He did not know how his life would be changed, by a chance meeting in a little bookstore. 

Faith thought she was looking for independence however when she met him, she realized that she wanted him to teach her so much more, even if it killed her. 

Another for the romance lover on your list. People who have read this book call it the best romance book they’ve read. Join Faith and Vayne as they learn how to accept who they are, he a sensative man in a time when men can’t afford to be and her a strong woman when women are expected to be demure. They come together and learn that what they thought they wanted may not be that after all. A romance that you will find hard to put down. Here is the link to buy: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07JFDZ9KQ?pf_rd_p=c2945051-950f-485c-b4df-15aac5223b10&pf_rd_r=22JB6HWWSK1E8K2TF2RX#customerReviews

More about A.D. Whittington:

Born in Mobile, AL and raised in the small town of Silas AL. I had the cliche of “Big dreams in a small town.” No dream is to big. Follow your dreams and always love one another.

Apex Five (The Plane Book 1)

By: Sarah Katz

For millennia, the people of the Plane have worshipped five megaliths as relics of the mysterious Zaam. In recent years, the nation of Tabira has employed remarkably advanced technology to subjugate the entire Plane and eradicate all belief in the Zaam. 

Now, the three remaining nations must uncover the secret behind Tabira’s sudden forward leap in civilization. At the forefront, a doctor, three intelligence officers and a freedom fighter embark on their respective journeys to restore a balance of power to the Plane.

Apex Five is a great book if you love fantasy and Sci Fiction. Take an adventure to find out why one civilization is leaping forward in technology and the others are being left behind. Why don’t the people of Tabira believe in the Zaam anymore? Our heroes are going to find out and you’re invited to journey along with them! Get this for your Scifi lover today! Here is the link to buy: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07KRR9QWF/#customerReviews

A Kris Medford Mystery- Two Sides of Every Face

By: Athur Padilla 

Kris Medford arrives in Santa Fe, New Mexico shortly after she agrees to take a job running a small family foundation. She finds herself quickly embroiled in a situation where a mysterious man is coming for her and is intent on finding the answers he has been paid to get. Without a real plan or any real understanding of how she finds herself on the gun end of a sinister character, Kris comes face to face with Brian Fielding. When she is actually confronted and captured by Brian she explodes and her real potential is both frightening and revealing. Her actions and the confusion she causes put Kris on the radar of a silent group of underworld “do-gooders.” This group of women actively identifies and recruits women, worldwide, who present with certain gifts and they want Kris for reasons Kris would not even understand. In the end, what seems like mishap and circumstance, results in the larger understanding that Kris and all the women involved have been intentionally manipulated to be part of this group. Kris finds her power, her strength, and her capacity as she confronts her nemesis in Brian while wrestling her own internal demons. 

This mystery will put you at the edge of your seat and keep you wanting more! Join Kris as she tries to find out who the woman of the secret group trying to recruit her are and as she faces her own demons. You’ll be asking for more when you finish this one! Here are the links to buy: https://www.breakingruleswritingcompetitions.com/store/p5/Arthur_Padilla_A_Kris_Medford_Mystery_-_The_Two_Sides_Of_The_Same_Face%2A.html

Zennati

By: Roy Jeffers




The Writings of a Madman is a series of books that contain Poetry and short stories from deep within a devastated mind. But as you read these books it has a beautiful message to find…one where beauty comes from devastation. And a Rich man could save the world if he had God’s revelation. As a book is mainly about the fantasyland in my brain. From a cowboy who rescues people from a crashed train. To an evil biker who started a civil war as his hypnotic world drove every boy insane. As it’s also lined with beautiful poetry that will touch your heart. To amazing poetry that unites two worlds as they are not too far apart. As I share my gift from God I met friend after friend. With your help, these words will never come to an end. 

Poetry lovers are going to enjoy this book! Each poem and short story will leave you asking for one more! Here is the link to buy: https://www.breakingruleswritingcompetitions.com/store/p61/Zennati_By_Roy_Jeffers%2A.html

Delacroix

By: Christopher Clawson 

Is it too much to ask to have a man, a partner, be faithful to you and love you for the rest of your life? Benjamin Delacroix doesn’t think so.

Delacroix stems from two love stories connected by a cabin on a lake and a simple rowboat. 

After Benjamin leaves his cheating partner of six years he finds a new life and love on Higgins Lake.

Later in life Kit steps out of the closet and follows his dream and love to Higgins Lake, leaving his wife and family to live and be his own true and authentic self.

The two stories come together in a cabin on a clear and crystal blue lake as well as a rowboat called, Delacroix. 

But like all stories, it’s never as easy as it appears.

 If you are looking for romance that features two men as the central characters you have come to the right place. One leaves a cheating partner, the other accepts himself for who he is. They find each other at a cabin and finally fine true love! This one will be hard to put down! Get it now for one who likes LGBTQ romance, they will be bound to love it! Here are the links to buy: https://www.breakingruleswritingcompetitions.com/store/p81/Delacroix_By_Christopher_Clawson%2A.html         https://www.amazon.com/Delacroix-Christopher-Clawson/dp/1727338677/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1543519258&sr=8-1&keywords=Delacroix+By+Christopher+Clawson

A Friend I didn’t Know

By: Harel R. Lawrence 

Young Adult fiction – 178 pages

Youth Pastor Brian Hanson knows loss. He’s lived with it since his daughter’s suicide. Instead of wallowing in his grief, he’s devoted his life to educating young people about the hazards of bullying.

Johnny is an outcast among his peers. Born into a troubled family, taunted at school, and struggling to find his place in the world, the despondent young man believes there’s no hope for him. His skewed beliefs push him to contemplate the unthinkable, but Pastor Brian isn’t prepared to allow another child to end his life.

Patricia is the epitome of the girl-next-door. Beautiful, full of life, skilled cheerleader, she’s adored by all. Girls want to be her. Boys want to be with her. But not every aspect of her life is perfect. Her star quarterback boyfriend lives life on the wild side. One mistake in the dark of night changes her life forever.

Three lives. Each touched by tragedy. Each craving something greater. Can they find peace, happiness, and a new zest for life after so much loss?

This book will rip at your heart and make you feel Brain Hanson’s pain. It follows him as he deals with his daughter’s suicide and devotes his life to helping young people know the hazards of bullying. Even though it’s fiction it will feel all to real. There are resources in the back about violence and bullying. This book will make you finish it from beginning to end without putting it down! Here is the link to buy: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07K7YJX59/ref=cm_sw_r_fa_dp_U_HbY4BbDXTGAZW?fbclid=IwAR1dMfp0arUtpbMgHQoM2gqSTcW9lnCEi1CGbsIXMSOHOf86ZfeQw7bE0Vs

More about Harel R.Lawrence:

Creeping up on the melancholy of soul is Harel R. Lawrence’s ultimate guide through a man’s spiritual odyssey called “Take a Closer Look: A Spiritual Journey into the Soul”. This book is followed by another three called “Skye’s High Fly’n Adventures: How Skye Gets his Name”, “Riding on the Hearts of Love”, and “Surviving the Night”. All three of which explore different aspects of life with something significant to give back to the readers.

Harel R. Lawrence has been taken by the art of writing ever since he was a teenager in high school. He read most of Laura Ingalls Wilder and Mark Twain. He got his first shot at getting published when he was part of the Future Farmers of America and published his very first article. As with all writers, Mr. Lawrence uses writing as a way of expression, an outlet for his thoughts and emotions, and an escape from the mundanity of life. All Mr. Lawrence’s characters usually possess one of his significant character traits.

The passion for writing ignited when Mr.. Lawrence’s first book got published. He realized he had the special gift of creating art out of words and it encouraged him to share his thoughts with others hoping his poetry and stories could make a difference. One of his poems – published in his first book – inspired him to search for the enlightened path. He discovered himself and went back to the church for spiritual cleansing, and then he pursued his path into writing motivational thoughts.

Harel R. Lawrence writes about a man’s spiritual journey through times of weakness and inspires a personal change in readers to see past the glitter and search for inner peace. His writings are a bouquet of spiritual guidance and inspiration that act as a beacon for all those people who are a little lost, a little misguided. His books are a friend in times of weakness and failure, and a guide in times of fear.

You can learn more about the author and his work here: https://harellawrence.com/?fbclid=IwAR0m5T_azQe6bR5k4ba8Ezcq8MCu2pdZpi9THr82jOLwpeieKoVwNC0TpMQ

Reflections of Memories 

By: Tessa Jones

Richard Malone and Caroline Sue Miller are born on the same day to parents who live on opposite sides of the societal fences in a small coal-mining town of western Pennsylvania. Despite the economic differences between their families, the two children become best friends, and their unexpected friendship eventually blossoms into forbidden love.

In order to be together and escape their bleak, small town opportunities, they leave the security of their homes and settle in New Jersey where their future is a blank slate. As Richard and Caroline make their way through life, their choices often veer their love off course, but the bond they share has deep roots that continually pull them together again.

This tale of family, friendship, and love incorporates the historical events and cultural changes of the tumultuous 1900s while following the course of one couple whose connection is stronger than class or circumstance. Whether youre sailing through youthful days or enjoying your golden years, Reflection of Memories will capture your heart and remind you of what is truly important in life.

A romance historical fictional rolled into one. Follow Richard and Caroline as they leave the only life they’ve ever known and try to make it together in the world. Their bond will be tested but it proves strong. You are sure to fall in love with these two and their story! Here is the link to buy: https://www.amazon.com/Tesa-Jones/e/B0758869M3/ref=ntt_dp_epwbk_0?fbclid=IwAR2Kjpgn30Ic0vg1XmI_v-GiPeggVkQIg0lCIPktAol0Cb-w7o3uY7UMPWQ

More about Tessa Jones: 

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Tesa Jones is an Elon University alumna, retired teacher, wife, and mother of two. Although she lived most of her life in Alexandria, Virginia, she now resides in Mooresville, North Carolina. She is very active in her church, adores her grandchildren, and enjoys boating, writing, and photography. 

Reflection of Memories is the first novel in The Malone Family Saga. Cobwebs of Time is the second in the series. Ms. Jones’ novels merge social issues, cultural changes and American history with well-defined characters and poignant love stories that grab you by the heart, insert you into the pages of the book and remind you what is truly important in life.

You can learn more at the following links:  https://www.facebook.com/booksbytesajones/?hc_location=ufi

https://www.pinterest.com/cobwebsoftime/?fbclid=IwAR0In5Pu1ufsPZH4xYg41faO8P15suU5wKuLBfCpkE1dzSgz1UXIWjiHDDA

The Brotherhood of the Black Flag: A Novel of the Golden Age of Piracy

By: Ian Nathaniel Cohen 

The Brotherhood of the Black Flag: A Novel of the Golden Age of Piracy by [Cohen, Ian Nathaniel]

Michael McNamara has one last chance to fight for king and country.

His once-promising career in tatters, McNamara leaves the newly-United Kingdom behind in search of a new life. With no other skills but the sword, he joins forces with a pirate turned pirate hunter determined to rid the Caribbean of the Brotherhood of the Black Flag once and for all. 

Eager for the adventure and a worthy cause to fight for, McNamara pits himself against treacherous seas and battle-hardened buccaneers…and uncovers an international conspiracy that threatens thousands of lives.

The Golden Age of Piracy is about to end…but not without one final reckoning.

Join a high seas adventure as Michael McNamara fights against pirates and learns about a conspiracy that will potentially harm thousands! A daring adventure that you will not be able to stop thinking about!Here is the link to buy: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B073WCW7Z9?fbclid=IwAR1hb5nkFyTUaI94aTM2wsyLzklrBBBjg7K8aUdP47P9i6NEZkmGcqfpZQ0

More about Ian Nathaniel Cohen:

Ian Nathaniel Cohen

Ian Nathaniel Cohen is a native of Miami, Florida, where he grew up immersing himself in swashbuckler literature and film. He graduated from the University of Central Florida in 2003 with a BA in Radio/Television Production and a Minor’s Certificate in Applied Computer Science. He also received his MA in Asian Studies from Florida International University in 2006, where he teaches the course Asia Through Film as an adjunct lecturer. In 2010, his essay “Heroes & Villains of the East”, analyzing the evolving depiction of the Japanese in Chinese and Hong Kong martial arts cinema, was published in FIU’s Japan Studies Journal. 

He also writes a review blog, the INCspotlight, focusing on classic films, comic books, and video games.

More information at this link here: https://iannathanielcohen.weebly.com/

Leather and Lies 

By: Celeste Straub

Leather and Lies by [Straub, Celeste]

For twenty-four-year-old Skye Winters, criminal profiling is the perfect career: helping solve cases without all the emotional baggage. When her cousin, Kortney, becomes the latest in a string of young women to vanish, Skye’s professional and personal lives collide. Cue the nuclear mushroom cloud.

Amid the fallout, Skye meets Wes Carson, the mysterious and smart-mouthed new biker in her father’s motorcycle club. She tries to ignore their chemistry, even after accepting Wes’ aid in the search for Kort. Then one spontaneous afternoon takes them over the edge, forcing Skye to consider she might be in love. Too bad it’s with a liar.

Unraveling Wes’ lies leaves Skye ensnared in an FBI investigation, making her question her profiling skills and her heart. With Wes in danger, her affection overrules her caution with disastrous results. Will Skye survive to solve the case, save Kort, and still salvage a relationship with Wes?

A romance mixed in with a little thriller this will is a must read! Skye’s person and career lives will collide as she looks for her cousin and meets a man she will fall in love with. Come along for the ride as she searches for her family member, finds love and learns he isn’t what he seems. You will not want to put this one down!  Here is the link to buy: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07H225VZ6?fbclid=IwAR0mgLFPxn3jFW-kRT-9sgQmYYVWzsCQp_x6ISt2Nh4vRMyctM-8SVtp2Kg

More about Celeste Straub: 

Celeste Straub is a hopeless romantic who enjoys plotting the slightly sadistic journeys her characters go on before they 3nally reach their happily-ever-after. She enjoys a quiet country life in northeastern Pennsylvania, residing on a piece of the old family farm with her husband, son, and two cats. Writing as a hobby since childhood, Celeste spends her days as the grant writer and operations director for a local non-pro3t agency focusing on public health issues. When she’s not penning steamy romance scenes in her spare time, her interests include traveling, visiting amusement parks, collecting baseballs, hiking, and reading.

Patrick the Pit Bull

By: Cheri Carter 

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Patrick the Pit Bull is a story of a journey taken by Patrick, a young pit bull, who is on one hand shown love, and then thrusted into a world he doesn’t understand. With his friend, Leo, to help guide him through tough times, Patrick keeps faith in heart that things will change for the good if he never loses that faith. 
Take a journey with Patrick, and see what becomes of him when he is shown a dark side, but wants only good. 
Will he be saved by grace in the end?


An adorable book for the children in your life. Follow along as enduring Patrick the pit bull and his friend Leo as they go on an adventure in a world they don’t understand! Your kids will love this book! Here is the link to buy: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07JB1GBT6/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_hsch_vapi_tkin_p1_i0

Here is more about Cheri Carter: 

My name is Cheri Carter and I am passionate about pit bulls. This is my first children’s book and hopefully, more will be coming. Learn more here: https://www.facebook.com/cartercheri/?hc_location=ufi

Depths of Universal Horizons 

By: Pejmon Javadi 

Hello everyone, my name is Pejmon Javadi.

I live in Greeley, Co and have lived here, since 1978. I have been interested in the field of Writing, for several years. I enjoy poets such as Emily Dickinson and William Blake. Shortly after I published my second book, I began to find the field of Greek Philosophy to be very fascinating. I have been studying small areas of this field, for some time, but this has been mainly on my own time. My plan is to pursue this field and to discover true depth of this Subject. I think Philosophy is very broad, and obviously quite Vast. I think it’s an area of Study, which must never be overlooked, in places of academics.

This book is right for you if you enjoy philosophy! It is a spiritual book bound to touch your soul. Here are the links to buy: https://www.breakingruleswritingcompetitions.com/store/p70/Depths_Of_Universal_Horizons%2A.html          https://www.amazon.co.uk/Depths-Universal-Horizons-Pejmon-Javadi/dp/1722922257

Bloodline Origins 

By: Luliana Foos 

Bloodline Origins by [Foos, Iuliana]

Determined to turn her fantasy into reality, Ana starts her journey to become a vampire. Along the way, she learns the truth about their secret society, discovers her prestigious bloodline, and falls in love.

Not all vampires are accepting of humans and war looms in the shadows. An ancient tome reveals the vampires’ alien descent and sparks war.

An army bent on eradicating her coven’s existence threatens her new world. Survival or annihilation will be in Ana’s hands. 

A romance that features vampires is always a must for romance readers, this one will captivate you long after you read it. Join Ana on her quest to be a vampire and finding love along the way! Here is the link to buy: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07BN5LD24?fbclid=IwAR2_F5sAp61VmhZugC923dmT8tScdP_E7fCq_1x_uMIQ9f5QBKYBx7clkr4

More about Luliana Foos

Iuliana Foos

Born and raised in Bucharest, Romania, Iuliana Foos currently lives with her husband in San Antonio, Texas.
When she doesn’t daydream or write, she enjoys drinking copious amounts of coffee and playing online multi-player games, hoping one day to have a white sanded beach as her backyard.
Becoming a traditionally published author has been a life-long dream turned reality.

Space Buns Goes to Day Care (The Adventures of Space Buns

By: L.K. Wyman

Join us in Space Buns first adventure as we take a stroll to Day Care! Space Buns isn’t sure about this thing called Day Care that her mommy and daddy tell her about. New things make her a little uneasy, and she’s not sure of what to make of this day, but with your help reading her story, Space Buns may have a better time at Day Care after all! Watch Space Buns meet new faces, and challenge herself with new experiences. Maybe Day Care isn’t as bad as she first thought? 
The all new series, The Adventures of Space Buns, welcomes its first installment with Space Buns Goes to Day Care. A cute, fun story for all children who have ever experienced the feeling of going to a new school or day care for the first time – and parents usually don’t forget this experience either! Space Buns Goes to Day Care helps both children and parents cope through new adventures and transitional periods of life, while knowing that in the end, no matter how big or small we are, everything will work out in the end.

This is another children’s book that should be on your list to buy. Will Space Buns like daycare? You won’t know until you read this adorable book about a little girl who isn’t too sure herself! This is sure to become a favorite of the kinds in your family! Here is the link to buy:https://www.amazon.com/dp/1717826717/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_jYG.BbGW92VCB 

More about L. K. Wyman

L K Wyman

I was born June 15th, 1991 – I didn’t grow up in a fancy house, my family isn’t rich, and I wasn’t an avid reader when I started writing either. I grew up in a small po-dunk town called Apache Junction, smack-dab in front of the Superstition Mountains, in what feels like the heart of Arizona. But, let’s face it, everything feels that way because its 120 degrees no matter where you go in this state, and it was movies that inspired me, and eventually the writing/reading came later.

I’m a Gemini, for those who believe in horoscopes and signs, I dye my hair black because its one of my favorite colors and 99% of my tattoos are all literature based. Yes, I love them, and I plan on getting more. I also have a Dalmatian named Lucy; I had to have her since 101 Dalmatians by Dodie Smith is one of my favorite novels, and she’s my favorite pup, and yes – I’m a writer, which means I’m somewhat of a recluse, which means by law I’m required to have a cat. (Just kidding – we adopted her.) Her name is Mickie, and she’s a good lap warmer.

I’ve been writing since I was about 10 or 11 years old, and my favorite genre is fantasy. And not necessarily the fantasy with a modern-twist type; I’m talking more Lord of the Rings, Game of Thrones, and Old Fairy Tale dragons, knights, wars, type of fantasy. Though I imagine I’ll try to break into other genre’s at some point, I want to write with what I love, and what I’m good at – it’s the easiest way to keep your passion going.

I’ve been married to my husband Jeff since March 8th 2015, even though we’ve been together since we were 15, and we just had our first baby girl (Saraloni Louise Wyman) May 29th, 2017. In some of my blog posts, I will write be an open diary to her, and any future children we may have – I hope to turn mine and her father’s story into a book someday as a guide to life when we’re gone, and they need us to turn back to. They said if you’re married to a writer, you never truly die. Pieces of you live on forever between the words you put together. 

I still have a full-time job, I’m new to motherhood, trying to keep our house clean (which is practically impossible), I want to read to improve my craft, and I’m still trying to write a book at the same time. Hectic? I’m just as booked with activities as the next human being. Life isn’t supposed to be easy, and becoming a complete freelance writer doesn’t happen overnight. All works are progress; they take grit, time, and energy you don’t have. I want it though, and I’ll keep at it until it happens.

Vampire Kiss

By: Cynthia Martinez 

Vampire Kiss by [Martinez, Cynthia]

Some say that true love doesn’t exist anymore. Well, Draven and Marie finds out that love is more complicated than it seems. 

Marie is an average woman trying to get by in life until she meets Draven. A man that most women drool over. That all changes when Marie does not fall for the same sauve moves as the others. 

Draven has a secret darker than life it’s self. His mother disapproves of Marie but that doesn’t stop him from not being able to stay away from her. 

Join these two as they both tell their sides of the story. 

Can Draven and Marie be together even when his mother is against him? What is his secret? You will not be disappointed and will be wanting more from Cynthia Matinez when you finish this spellbinding book! Here are the links to buy: https://www.breakingruleswritingcompetitions.com/store/p35/Vampire_Kiss_by_Cynthia_Martinez.html         https://www.amazon.com/Vampire-Kiss-Cynthia-Martinez-ebook/dp/B07F1D6L9P/ref=sr_1_1_twi_kin_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1530821137&sr=8-1&keywords=Vampire+Kiss+-+Cynthia+Martinez

Everything Makes Sense In The Land of Nonesense

By: David Conner

Everything Makes Sense In The Land Of Nonsense

Set in the land of nonsense where you can meet creatures we all dream about and learn life lessons throughout the book. This book was written for all the children and adults who have an imagination and are not scared to look outside the norm and believe that having a fantastic imagination is not a bad thing but one to embrace. 

For children and adults! If you love things that don’t fit into what the world thinks of as normal this book is for you! Learn lessons from creatures about life as you go along the journey this book takes you on! Here are the links to buy: https://www.breakingruleswritingcompetitions.com/store/p6/David_Conner_-_Everything_Makes_Sense_In_The_Land_Of_Nonsense%2A.html          https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Ddigital-text&field-keywords=everything+makes+sense+in+the+land+of+nonsense+david+conner

J.D. Norton Chronicles 

By: K. C. Brinson 

J.D. Norton Chronicles (Destiny)


The year is 2040 and the planet is in dire straits. All of the world’s nations have joined together to form into one world order. Three people in the World Organization hold absolute power, while corruption has brought humanity to the brink of destruction. 

It will take a group of three of history’s most brilliant minds accompanied by the leader of the Resistors, an underground Junkpunk civilization. The Resistors have survived persecution and now have a mission to reclaim their rightful place among civilization while saving humanity and the world in the process.

Join Lucille Calhoun, Lady Renee Grey, and J.D. Norton in the Sci-Fi/Fantasy adventure of time travel and World Order conspiracies. While working with the cooperation of the Gods of the Galaxy, they also find themselves working in subterfuge under the radar of the Gods in order to root out an evil entity in their midst.

Plunge into a new world! A world of Gods and conspiracies! Join our heroes as they try to reclaim their place in this world. Here is the link to buy: https://www.breakingruleswritingcompetitions.com/store/c10/Science_Fiction.html

Rise of the Phoenix

By: Linda Crate 

Jasper Flynn is just your average over-worked faerie from the land of Gildenshire doing her best to make ends meet, living with her four roommates and childhood friends: Jenetta, Setsuna, Johanna, and Leslie. She soon finds, however, that she is anything but ordinary and the daughter of a fairy king. What she never realized was that her life was about to go from mundane to thrilling in ten seconds flat.

Rise of the Phoenix is a fun read! Go along as Jasper Flynn she is taken on a journey she will never forget! This book is fast paced and thrilling! Here is the link to buy: https://www.breakingruleswritingcompetitions.com/store/p88/Rise_Of_The_Phoenix_by_Linda_Crate.html

Fourteen Snakes 

By: Stacey Darlington

Is she a Goddess? Or a Monster?

It’s hard enough having fourteen snakes for hair, now Asudem has the frightening new ability to turn living things to stone with her eyes.

Orphaned at birth, Asudem sets out on a mission to seek her family history and find a way to stop her deadly new power. Along with her two best friends, Pretal the Lion Goddess and Drella the Goddess of Vanity, the trio travels the terrifying region of lower Olympus. There they must battle and outwit some of Greek mythologies most dangerous creatures.

In the end, will it be worth knowing the truth?

This book is a great read! Go with Asudem as she learns the truth about herself and her powers.What will she learn along the way? You will need to hurry and get this book to find out! Here is the link to buy: https://www.breakingruleswritingcompetitions.com/store/p90/Fourteen_Snakes_by_Stacey_Darlington.html

All the information provided was by the authors themselves. If some have more info then others it was not by design or bias on my part, I shared what was provided to me. I think these book are all well worth the read and hope you will buy some! You will need to copy and paste the links (this is due to my blog being funky) but they all work. As an added bonus I ask that you please check out my book Areal available on the Breaking Rules publishing page as well as Amazon. Thank you for supporting these authors and others  in their careers! I promise none of these books will disappoint! 

NaNoWriMo

November comes around and writers go crazy! They join each other in something called NaNoWriMo. In case you don’t know what that is  it’s where writers try to write 50,000 words in 30 days. The point of it is to get writers to write without worry how their story is coming along and not focus so much on editing their work as they go. The point is to write a novel within those 30 days.  This is the reason I haven’t posted so long, well that and Thanksgiving. 

I am currently working on my second book and decided that is what I would do for my NaNoWriMo novel this year. I “won”! I am happy to say that I write 50,000 words in a little over a week and you know what it doesn’t suck! If you are a writer you should do it next year and see what you come up with. Even if you don’t write the entire 50,000 words I can guarantee you will walk away with a sense of accomplishment and pride. You will have a full novel that is either written and ready for editing or one that is well on it’s way.

You will also find yourself surrounded by a group of supportive people that are on the same journey you are. They will laugh and cry with you and they will help you when you’re stuck!  I won’t lie and say that NaNo isn’t stressful at times because it is but I feel if you weren’t it wouldn’t be worth it.  NaNo is good for aspiring and established authors, in fact there have been books that have become bestsellers that were written during NaNo.  There are also resources, pep talks and forums on the website to help you along. You can access those all year and even if you’ve never participated in NaNo. Create an account and you can enjoy them! 

I have even gotten some blog ideas while doing NaNo so be on the look out for those coming soon! For now I just wanted to tell you about this awesome way to write and get support. I will leave the NaNoWriMo website link  for anyone interested! https://nanowrimo.org/

https://nanowrimo.org/

10 Things Nobody Told You About Writing

  1. How hard you will workI hear all the time how lucky I am to get to sit home and “do nothing”. When I ask for clarification I get ” Well, really how much work can it be to write a book? Anyone can do it right?” That would be a huge no! If everyone could wouldn’t they? Truly, wouldn’t they? I know a lot of people who want to write a book but don’t because they can’t. It is hard work! You have to research, outline, take notes, write, edit, market, and  sell. This goes on for months and years.  The writing alone can take many years and there is always the possibility after all that it will never get published or if you self-published you never sell many. You will put in thousands of hours of work and might see that work fail. Authors who have a passion for writing will take the risk. They will continue to write even if their first book fails. So no not everyone is cut out for the truly hard work of being a writer.  

2. You will sometimes hate what you write

You will loathe your writing sometimes but don’t delete it! When you go back to read it you may find that it’s good after all or you may make tweaks and make it work. It is normal to not like your writing sometimes, every author goes through it. This doesn’t mean you can’t write or shouldn’t. When I get like this I take a break, I step away from writing. This helps me come back with a clear head and a new perspective.  Don’t be surprised if you find that you hate something you wrote, it may be your brain’s way of saying take a break. 

3.  You will edit more then you will write 

When people think of authors they think of writing. Of course, we write and we spend a lot of time doing it. However, more time is spent on editing, it is the longest and oftentimes hardest task. It not just about finding spelling errors and fixing punctuation. It can and will mean making changes to what you have actually written. Whole scenes can be changed, added or taken out. Even if an author has an editor they are still very much involved in the editing process. Editing takes up more than half an authors time. 

4. You cannot wait on inspiration before writing

If you try odds are you’re going to be waiting for a long time. Even if you feel like you can’t think of anything to write you must. Writing takes enough time without waiting for inspiration to strike. You need to do whatever it takes to get your story on paper. I find outlining, note-taking, talking to a supportive person or being out in nature helps me. I know it may seem hard but you must write even if you don’t feel like it. 

4. Someone is always going to hate your writing

Yup, there I said it! Someone is always going to hate your writing. You’re going to get some hate mo matter what you do. It sucks but there isn’t much you can do about it. Even big time writer’s get hated on for their work. You can’t please everyone and there is going to be one person, or three or five who will tell you just how much they can’t stand your writing. You can either get hurt and swear off writing for good or you can shrug it off and carry on. I think the latter is always the best course of action in this situation after all odds or just as many people will love it. 

5. Self care is a must because sometimes we forget

We don’t talk about it very often but authors sometimes forget to take care of themselves. Some forget to eat, bathe, brush their hair. I’m not kidding! When an author gets into a groove it’s hard to pull them away. I remind myself how important self-care is all the time. So is mental health, we need to back away from the computer again and live! The idea of authors being anti-social isn’t true for all of us but sometimes we need to be forced to take a break. We get so wrapped up in what we’re doing that it is all we can think about. Having a buddy that forces you to take a break and eat is a really good idea. If you’re not healthy physically or mentally you no good to anyone, including yourself.  Go eat already! 

6. You will at some point neglect your family and friends 

I’m not saying you’re going to starve your children or not bathe them. It’s not quite that drastic but you will find yourself locked in a room needing peace. You’re going to turn down going out with friends, your spouse may go to an event by themselves. They will be making dinner and helping with homework. It happens to just about every author, they get into writing and it’s so good they can’t stop. It doesn’t happen all the time and it doesn’t make you a bad person it’s all just a part of being a writer. Make sure you make up for the time you’re in seclusion though and do try to not do often.

7.  You may end up hating a character 

I’m going to say this happens to every writer. They hate a character they write. Maybe it’s because he/she is too much like themselves. Maybe they remind them of someone they dated or an enemy. Whatever it is, they hate that character. They may not be able to kill the character off because they are important to the story. I’m looking at you main character of my current book! I truly think this happens to everyone at some point and it’s normal Just do your best to write the character the way they are meant to be written and not as you want to write them because you hate them. 

8. You will talk about your characters like they are real

I know many authors who do this and I am one of them. You know how they feel, what they think, their needs and wants. You created them after all so they are real to you. No one else may understand it but other authors will. They are a part of you and you want them to succeed or fail depending on their role. You will be passionate about them and care for them. You’ll want to tell their stories. This will make them better and your readers will love them too. So bring them to life! 

9.  You will spend a ton of time marketing your book

Even if you land a publisher you’re still going to have a lot of work to do. There will be press tours, book signings, interviews and more. If your self-published there will be even more work.  You will have to promote in person and online, set up your own press releases, author signings, book tours, and interviews. You will be on the front and back lines of promoting your book. It is a lot of work no matter how you get your book published and you’re going to be tired. Welcome to being an author, work, work, and more work. 

10.  You will want to quit

You will want to quit, it’s true. There will be times you will say “I’m done!” This is a job after all and it can get tiresome and frustrating. You will think your writing suck, no one will read it and why are you trying anyway. You will feel like you have no more words left in you and it’s not worth. It is normal! Like any other career, people threaten they are going to quit. Just remind yourself why you write, why you chose to do this. I like to keep a list of my dreams in sight and that helps me a lot in times of tiredness. No matter what just keep writing. 

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Unbelievable Author Success Stories

We as authors always hear how it’s hard to be truly successful at writing. Getting on the best sellers list is really hard. Most of us write because we love it, the numbers don’t matter, being on a bestseller list doesn’t really matter. We write for the love of it but still, there is a part of us who dreams about being successful, wants people to know our names. If you’ve ever felt like giving up don’t! Here are some author success stories that will have you believing anything possible.

Amanda Hocking

Amanda Hocking has an amazing success story. She was working full time while writing. She self-published all of her books, 17 of them. Hocking went on to sell more then a million copies of her ebooks. I think what made her story stick out to me was the fact she did that while working full time. She was one dedicated woman who had a passion for what she wanted to do. To me, she is to be admired and her story is unbelievable. 

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Irma Rombauer

Irma Rombauer wrote “The Joy of Cooking” with her daughter in 1931 with her daughter. It was an illustrated book that included recipes. I’m pretty sure most of you of you have heard of it. Irma paid half of her life savings to pay a local printing company to print her book. It was a total of 3,000 dollars. That was a lot of money back then and she must have really believed it would be a success. It sold for a dollar a book, still a pretty good price for that day and age. Five years after it was originally printed  Bob-Merrill  Company acquired the rights to it. It has since sold 18 million copies worldwide. How many of your grandmothers had this book in their kitchen? I love this story because it shows love, perseverance and faith can do anything! 

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John Grisham 

John Grisham may be a well-known author now but that wasn’t always the case. He was once a Southern lawyer when he wrote his first book “A Time To Kill” in 1979 after being inspired by “To Kill A Mockingbird.”  He received  28 rejections before going to a small publishing house and printing off 5,000 copies of his book. He sold enough that he got picked up by Doubleday publishing and has since gone on to sell millions of copies of his books as a bestselling author. 

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Beatrix Potter

You may know Beatrix Potter as the author of “Peter Rabbit” but what you may not know is she was rejected several times before getting success. She self-published in 1901 and Frederick  Warne &Co decided to pick it up after rejecting it at first. They also published 22 more of her books. Each year 2 million copies of her books are sold. This is proof that if you don’t give up and put in the work you can succeed as well. 

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There are of course other success stories that are pretty unbelievable but these were my favorite. It’s true that not every author gets huge success but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t believe you can or shouldn’t try. Keep writing and have faith, one day you may be one of these stories. 

Outlining while Being a Panster

I am a natural panster, I just write and see where the story takes me. I love not necessarily knowing what will become of my characters. I have found the need to outline more and it goes against my natural inclination to just write. I never imagined it would be this hard. Going with the flow takes little effort sitting down to outline is so tough. I have figured out some way to help me get through the grueling task (grueling for me anyway).

There are a ton of ready-made templates you can use for free online. I have found that by using one it makes it easier to get my thought on paper. I have a visual to guide me instead of staring at a blank page. I have always been the type of person that if something doesn’t come naturally I need some direction. Having a template that already has things broken down in chunks gets me moving.  There are a ton of options available to use. 

Every author I have spoken with that outlines says they plot every bit of their novel. Characters, locations, geography, every small detail. Most of the time I try to do this I find I only give myself a head, plus keeping up with all that information is a nuisance sometimes. If I find outlining the entire thing is too much I will only do one part of my story. Maybe it’s my characters or part of the plot itself. Whatever I choose it still helpful without being overwhelming. Try this next time and see if it helps you.

You can find many articles and interviews where authors talk about how they outline. Look up your favorites and see how they do it. I have gotten many ideas from reading how Stephen King or JK Rowling outline all their novels. It brings about a new perspective and many times there are things I never thought of.  I have come up with many outlining ideas by doing this. 

Get with someone who supports you and talk out your plot. Bouncing ideas off of someone else can be a huge help and they may have ideas you never thought of.  Having someone that’s not close to the story is beneficial because they can look at it from a readers point of view and will tell you what they’d like to read in that particular situation. If you don’t have anyone you know that you can do that with find a critique group and share with them.  You’ll be amazed by the ways talking to someone can help you! 

If you tried all the things above and still feel like outlining is more of a pain then it worth. Don’t outline! There are times when my natural habit of just writing wins no matter how hard I try. I usually only outline when I’m absolutely stuck or writing for NanoWriMo (this is challenge done once a year in November. Authors try to write a novel in 30 days.)  Sometimes it doesn’t work out despite my best efforts. It’s okay not to outline even if you feel like  you need to. If writing without one is more your style just write! Many people say outlining is a must to write, I say it’s only a must if you need an outline! Don’t frustrate yourself by trying to outline if you do better without one!

Get out there and write outline or no outline! Good luck! 

The 7 Author Twitter Feeds to Follow

I’m on Twitter a lot and I like to follow things that interest me. Being a writer I naturally gravitate toward authors or writing-related things. I have a lot of blogging friends on there as well and plan on doing a future post about the 7 best blogger Twitter feeds to follow. Until then here are my top 7 Author feeds to follow. 

  1. Stephen King

Besides the fact that he is one of my favorite authors, he is also entertaining on Twitter. King likes to share some political stuff and that can be controversial but for the most part he is just an all around cool guy to follow on Twitter. He does give some writing tips now and then and talks about his own writing. I love that he is sarcastic and in your face. King holds nothing back and that to me makes it all the more fun to follow him. I promise you’ll never be bored when reading his Tweets. 

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https://twitter.com/StephenKing

2. J.K. Rowling

She is funny, talented and to me a bit quirky. Some people have recently been complaining that she tries to hard by changing things about her world every time someone asks a question on Twitter. Recently she’s gotten a bit more political but I think that’s par for the course. I like that she is pretty open to fans and will answer their questions. She posts a lot and I love seeing her name pop up in my feed. I think it goes back to being a bit controversial but I also love the books so it’s kind of a no brainer for me to follow her. 

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https://twitter.com/jk_rowling

3. Terry Goodkind

I know a lot of people don’t like him but he is one of my favorites. He mostly sticks to writing and loves to interact with his fans. I enjoy how awkward but open he is. He is forever saying he appreciates his fans and enjoys signing books. Terry ran into a bit of trouble when he complained about his book cover art but doesn’t seem to have fared too badly for it. Not as controversial as the others on this list Terry Goodkind is an awesome author to follow. 

 

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https://twitter.com/search?q=terry%20goodkind%20&src=typd


4. Anne Rice

She has been the queen of vampire horror for a very long time. “Interview With a Vampire” and “Queen of the Damned” are some of my favorite books. She keeps her feed pretty clean and loves to talk books. I’ve never seen a whole lot about politics from her (the reason I keep mentioning this is because for some people this is a deal breaker so I think it’s important to mention it). If you love horror and books Anne is a great one to follow. 

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https://twitter.com/search?q=Anne%20Rice%20&src=typd

5.  Laurel K. Hamilton

She writes some amazing books and some of her scenes can make you blush. I love her Merry Gentry Series. She is entertaining and loves to talk books and writing. She makes announcements of upcoming books and shares others work. She is wonderful to follow and will forever be one of my favorites

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https://twitter.com/LKHamilton

6. Terry Pratchett

Terry Pratchett is a super cooky guy. He can make you laugh and fall in love with his characters at the same time. I think his books are very well done and particularly love “The Wee Free Men”. His Twitter feed is full of weird, quirky and just plain fun. I think he is pretty underrated and wish more of my friends read him. If you want someone who is super fun to follow he is your guy. 

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https://twitter.com/terryandrob

7.  Justina Ireland 

Justina Ireland is the author of “Dead Nation”. She is smart, passionate, and loves writing. Her feed is full of books, writing, promoting, fans and all together just goodness! She is a great one to follow if you love seeing an author who enjoys what she does and loves being with her fans! I thoroughly enjoy her! 

https://twitter.com/search?q=Justina%20Ireland%20&src=typd

Is there someone you love to follow that I missed let us know in the comments. Do you already follow any of these authors? Tell us what you think if them and their feed! 

10 Awesome Resources for Authors

I like having resources at my fingertips. All I have to do is pull it up and I have help right away. There are so many resources out there that it can be overwhelming. Today I’m going to tell you about 10 awesome resources that can help you with your writing! Get ready to add these to your list! 

. 1. Canva

I cannot get enough of Canva! With this website, you can create your own book cover, invitations, presentations, flyers, social media graphics and more! This is where I make most of my pictures for my blog and even made my book cover for my homeschooling book. It is user-friendly and has hundreds of options for you to choose from. Many are free but you can purchase some graphics for a small fee! If your looking to make any of your images cheap and easy this is the resource for you! 

https://www.canva.com/

2.  Scrivener

This is a word-processing software. This is a one-stop shop for writers since you can write and keep your outlines, research, concepts, chapters, and notes all in one place. It keeps you organized and you don’t have to go crazy hunting all over the place for your notes and outlines while trying to keep your story going. This resource gets lots of love from many writers. It does cost money but is well worth the cost. A standard license will run you $45 and an educational license will run you $38.25 

https://www.literatureandlatte.com/scrivener/overview

3. Vellum 

If your looking for formatting templates Vellum may be what you’re looking for. These are beautiful and customizable. This will allow you to have an amazing formatted book without having to research and hire an editor. The cost for Vellum will run you $199-$249. 

https://vellum.pub/

4. BookBoast

With BookBoast you get a newsletter swap for cross-promotion with other authors. The whole idea of this is that authors will share others books with their email and newsletter lists. You get to read others work and they read yours. If you like any books you promote it and they do the same with yours. This is a great way to grow your list but one set back could be that no one promotes your work. I think it’s worth that little risk and besides, you may find a new favorite book. It is free to sign up or you can pick a plan from $10-$20 a month. 

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https://www.bookboast.com/


5. Instafreebie 

This is a platform that lets you set up giveaways to help you promote your book. You can also use this to build your mailing list and even promote your book before it’s released. It has a huge community meaning your book can be in the hands of a lot of people depending on how many giveaways you do. Yes, your giving your work away for free but you’re also getting it read, reviewed and shared! I think it is absolutely worth using if you’re a new author and need exposure. It is free to sign up. 

https://www.prolificworks.com/

6. MailChimp

MailChimp is a marketing automation system that helps you grow your email list. You can create campaigns and schedule those emails to go out as often as you like. This is a very popular resource for authors, bloggers and business. You can customize each email however you want and can even add images and links. This is by far the best way to grow your list. It is free as long as you’re below 1200 subscribers.

https://login.mailchimp.com/

7. Reedsy

Reedsy offers courses for writers and they are free. I have taken a couple and they are great. Packed with a lot of info and you go away feeling like you learned something. Reedsy also offers the best publishing talent out there to help you on your writing journey. They have editors, designers, marketers, publicists, ghostwriters, and web designers. If you are looking for something related to your writing odds are they have it! Prices vary so you will need to check the website for what you are looking for! 

https://reedsy.com/

8. Fiverr

Fiverr is a website that offers many services. It’s not just authors who use it but many, many do! They have graphics and design, digital marketing, writing and translation, video and animation, music and audio, programming and tech, business, and fun and lifestyle. Each category is broken down into subcategories. You can find book cover designers, book trailer designers, ghostwriters and more! Each person is allowed to decide what they charge so you’re going to have to search for the one who you think will fit for you! This is an amazing resource and so many ways to make your book the best it can be! 

https://www.fiverr.com/

9. BookBub

BookBub is for you to be able to reach millions of readers for your ebook. They are very selective about the books they promote so you will need to read their guidelines thoroughly to give you the best chance for your book to be seen.  The pricing varies depending on genre and can run you from $113-$738. The price may seem steep but considering they only take the best and you can gain a ton of readers it is well worth it! 

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https://www.bookbub.com/welcome

10. Scribe Writing

This website offers a full team of writers, publishers, and editors. When your done the team at Scribe Writing will help you put on the finishing touches so you aren’t alone while doing so. They help you keep your focus while giving you an interview to help draw out your best ideas, in the most meaningful way so that you can gain more readers. Throughout the entire process they are with you side by side making sure you do your best work!

https://scribewriting.com/
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These are just a few of the many resources for writers. Hopefully, you can use this list to help amplify your writing. I do want to point out I’m not affiliated in any way with these companies and will not make any money if you click the links included! 

15 Great Podcast for Authors

I love podcasts! I love listening to others writers talk about their experiences, give interviews, tips and advice. I think no matter how long you’ve been writing that you could always learn more and one good way to do that is listen to podcasts! There are so many out there that it’s hard to know which ones are good and which ones aren’t. I’m going to share with you 15 podcast that I think are awesome and you should check out.

  1. Helping Writers Become AuthorsThis podcast talks about self-publishing which is big the writing community right now. They talk about the changes and updates to self-publishing as it’s always changing and growing. They are for all writers no matter where you are on your journey and they give you inside tips on KDP,  social media sharing and more. If you are an independent author or want to be this is a great podcast for you!
https://www.helpingwritersbecomeauthors.com/

2. Grammar Girl. 

This is a short but fun podcast. This podcast gives tips and tricks for writing including memory tricks. The host gives tips for grammar rules,  how to avoid using embarrassing grammar, tools for spell check and words of origin. No matter how long you’ve been writing you can learn from this podcast and get entertained. 

https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/grammar-girl

3. Fully Booked By Kirkus

You can find out all about new books and hear awesome interviews with this podcast. This one is more about what is new and in trend with books but it is you’re and fun. The author interviews are always entertaining! Overall a fun and engaging podcast! 

https://www.kirkusreviews.com/

4. ProBlogger: Blog Tips To Help You Make Money Blogging

This one is great for my blogging and author friends. If you are looking for tips on blogging and how to make money blogging this podcast is you’re!  They do case studies and challenges to help you build a better blog. You will learn a lot of tips from the host of this great podcast. 

https://problogger.com/

5. The Creative Penn

This one is actually one of my favorites on this list. The host talks about self- publishing, inspiration for stories, how to make a living with writing, interviews, and more! She is you’re and gracious host and a lot can be learned from listening. It is engaging, informative and fun to listen to. 

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https://www.thecreativepenn.com/

6. Writing Excuses

This podcast is short only about 15-20 minutes but they do a lot in the time they are on. They have a book of the week, craft advice and give their listeners a writing exercise.  It’s short, fun and to the point. Their website included a 101 best websites for authors as well. 

Writing Excuses
https://writingexcuses.com/

7.  Well-Storied

This one too is a short podcast but it is jam-packed full of tips, advice on forming a writing routine that will keep you going. Lasting only 10-20 minutes you’re going to be begging for more since it is so engaging and helpful.  

http://www.well-storied.com/



8. So You Want to Be a Writer

This podcast covers so much in the writing world. Writing opportunities, publishing trends,  gossip, and blogging. It is co-hosted so you get to hear different opinions about each topic and it keeps you engaged the whole time. So much info is shared that this may fast become one of your favorites! 

https://omny.fm/shows/so-you-want-to-be-a-writer

9.  I Should Be Writing

This podcast last anywhere from 5-90 minutes depending on what is being talked about, It has been running for ten years and has a lot of elements to it. From interviews, business,  writing as a career and more. You are sure to find something you want to hear about from this blog! It is easily a favorite among authors! 

http://murverse.com/tag/isbw/

10. Dead Robots Society

This podcast was inspired by I Should Be Writing. The host describe themselves as  a gathering of  aspiring writers, podcasting to other aspiring writers. Each episode is all full of insights about fiction writing and novel writing. If you are an aspiring writer looking to hang with other aspiring writers welcome to your new home! 

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http://deadrobotssociety.com/

11.  The Writing University

This podcast is said to be one of the best there is! It is likened to the famous Iowas Writers’ Workshop. So if you’ve ever wanted to enroll here is the next best thing. This podcast offers a library of events that are affiliated with the aforementioned workshop. They have craft talk, author readings, and different events hosted while the Iowa Summer Writing Festival is going on. Highly educational and lots of fun. 

https://www.writinguniversity.org/podcast

12.  First Draft: A Dialog on Writing

This podcast has a lot of guests like Ann Patchett and Elizabeth Gilbert. They talk about the excitement, energy and pitfalls of writing a first draft. I think a lot of novice and aspiring writers would really enjoy this one because it focuses so much on the first draft!

https://firstdraftwriters.libsyn.com/

13.  Creative Writing Career Podcast

Designed for aspiring writers in all genres this podcast is all about writing tips, the host experiences, books movies and video games. If you’re just starting out in the writing world and love an array of topics that can help you on your way, this blog may become an old familiar friend.

http://creativewritingcareer.com/

14. A Way With Words

This is a national radio podcast. They explore language through history,  culture, and family.  It is often times funny and the host have light-hearted banter with each other. They accept callers from all around the world and cover questions like slang,  riddles, jokes, grammar,  word origins dialectic and much more. I think this podcast will become many people’s favorite!

https://www.waywordradio.org/

 

15.  10 Minute Writer’s Workshop

This podcast is all about authors sharing how they manage to get all the words in their heads onto paper. They talk about routines, schedules and more all in 10 minutes or less. If you looking for an informative, smart podcast that doesn’t take up much time you will enjoy this one! 

http://www.nhpr.org/topic/10-minute-writers-workshop#stream/0

There you have it 15 podcasts I think authors will enjoy! Each of these bring their own style and flavor to the writing world. They are informative, fun and engaging! Add these to your list and you will be entertained and educated for hours!

Filler Words: They Are Not Needed

When I was writing my first book I didn’t know a lot about filler words. When my editor mentioned filler word my reaction was huh? Filler words what the heck? She went on to explain that they are words that aren’t needed, the sentence will still make sense if you take those particular words away. She marked a few in my book to show me what she meant and some articles to read. I didn’t realize this was a thing in writing! I mean did it really matter if I through in a like or seriously into my writing? Was it really that big of a deal? Would my readers truly care? Turns out it is a big deal and they do care! It takes them out of the story and often leads to telling instead of showing.


Look at how I am able to take the word like out of the following sentence and it still works, “Charity opened the door and it felt like a breeze moved past her.” “Charity opened and the door and a breeze moved past her” Now, here I am still telling instead of showing but the point is to show you that the word like wasn’t needed. It was simply a filler word. I’m going to share with you a list of words that aren’t really needed in a sentence. What you still write will make sense without them, really these words are used to add to word count. I have found myself doing it and having to go back to eliminate them.

Like- we just talked about this one. If I said, “There are like ten chickens over there!” I’m sure many people would wonder why I even added it. I could easily say “There are ten chickens over there!” It would still mean the same thing and I won’t have an added unnecessary word. I dislike when like is overused when someone is speaking. It pulls me from the conversation and I start thinking about other things. I wouldn’t want to read it over and over when it’s not needed.

Very- is used to express the quality of something. Example, “That milkshake was very good.” I could easily say “That milkshake was good.” My point would still be made right? It doesn’t add anything to the sentence, the reader is going to know something is good, fine, tasty etc without it. I’m not going to lie the word very still made it into my first book and I’m sure it might slip in once or twice in my other books but I’m going to make an effort to eliminate it as much as I can. It is pretty just a useless word!

Pretty- So I hope this one is kind of self-explanatory but I will give an example just to show why it’s a filler word. “We were pretty close to the fire when it started.” This to me is one of the worst filler words. I use it when speaking and now it drives me nuts when I catch myself doing it! Seriously, how can you be pretty close to something? You are either close or far not pretty close or pretty far. Lets, try that sentence without pretty. “We were close to the fire when it started.” See, makes sense. I know a lot of people use pretty the way it was in the sentence but it is by far the most unnecessary word! It really doesn’t make sense if you think about it!

Just- You don’t need it! Literally don’t even need it! “I was just going to the store to by milk.” I was going to the store to by milk.” Just is a word that rarely ever needs to be used in the above context. I know people use it a lot when speaking but remember we are talking about writing here. Most of your readers are going to see it for what it is, a word that never needed to be added. Almost every sentence is going to make sense without the word just. I find myself adding it when I want to up my word count when I’m close to finishing. That is bad very bad, I am working on omitting it from my writing list. Avoid using it at all cost.

These are only a few of the many filler words that can hurt your writing, you would be doing yourself a huge favor by learning all the fillers words and working on using them sparingly or not at all. This will help your writing and make your story more enjoyable to read. I can hear the question now, but aren’t we suppose to have our characters talk like we actually do? Yes, your dialog should seem believable but you can do that without overusing filler words. I don’t know a lot of people who go around saying like, literally, totally or very too many times in a row. There’s nothing wrong if you use these word a lot but don’t do it in your writing. It gets repetitive and weakens your writing. Go read a book by your favorite author and you’ll see they don’t have these use these word very often if at all.

I hope this short list is helpful to you and you take the time to learn the other filler words. It should help you write better. I keep a list handy for times I get the urge to use one, it’s my own way of reminding myself not to.