Featured Books Friday!

The kick off to Featured Books Friday was awesome last time! Thank you to all who participated and purchased books. Please check it out if you want by clicking HERE. I will be doing the same thing this week. In the comments put the title, your name, genre, and purchase link along with a blurb…

Hidden Gems

This is a photo of me driving up to the mountains looking for hidden gems. It was by sheer accident, as my son snapped a photo of the waterfall, that the reflection on the car glass made my face appear to be part of the cliff. My hair weaves with the crags and crevices. My shoulders…

Featured Book Friday!

Today is my first installment of Featured Book Friday! Every Friday, authors can post in the comments below with a blurb or a scene of less than 500 words, along with one purchase link. I love all genres: Fantasy, Horror, Romance, Mystery, Memoir… you name it. I only ask that your book doesn’t contain extreme…

A Year of Paying It Forward

Originally posted on Suffolk Scribblings:
A year ago almost to the day I had an epiphany. At the time I was spending an awful lot of effort encouraging people to buy my recently published book, Second Chance, but realised every book I’d bought myself up until that point was published by one of the major publishers. I’d…

To Prologue or not to Prologue

Whether or not you should write a prologue into your novel, has been a debate that I have seen over the years. The topic has come up many times in writing conferences and during writing competitions. I have written prologues for every one of my stories… and then omitted them. Here’s why… * Most of…

Do our tastes revert back to being a child? Here’s mine.

  Recently, I attended a writers workshop where we talked about resonance within the genre that you write. “Learn the language so you don’t sound like a fraud.” Because fantasy is bone deep with me, I am going to dwell there in my writing for a while. I feel very comfortable within its realm. That…

My Best Guitar Lesson Ever!

 UPDATE: This post won an award for “creative non-fiction” at the 2015 LUW writers conference. ***** I can be cynical. Cynical: believing that people are motivated by self-interest; distrustful of human sincerity or integrity. A general distrust of others’ motives, believing that humans are selfish by nature, ruled by emotion, and heavily influenced by the same…

Crawl out of the hole when writing a memoir.

Sitting alone in a crowded hole Demons possess my inner soul Caught in a place I can’t escape The only way is to sit and wait Fight the thoughts that encompass my mind. Hurry up, I’ll soon go blind! Blind to the consciousness of right and wrong To lose that feeling, everything’s gone Be strong…

What if we couldn’t see the stars…

HAPPY CHINESE NEW YEAR! 2015 – Year of the Goat Over the past few weeks I have opened up my home to a couple fifteen year old Chinese exchange students. My dream is to travel endlessly . . . until then, I will bring culture to us. I love to witness culture shock. Late one…

Branding… are we cattle or something???

“Step right up and let me assess your brand,” said the man in front of the velvet frosted counter. He tipped his top hat at me and then the magician at the eclectic carnival waved his magic wand. I responded, “okay.” Because, well, who doesn’t want to know what in the world our brand is….