Authors for Oklahoma ~ Book Bundles 4-6

In our second post, we have three more sets of books, both paperback and ebooks, donated by authors for the upcoming book raffle, benefiting the American Red Cross as they continue their work to help those affected by the Oklahoma tornado. Have a look through this trio of sets, and check out for instructions below at the Crowdrise link for further details.

04Book Set #4

Norma Beishir, Alexander’s Empire

Romance-mystery, ebook

Alexander Kiriakis was a modern conqueror. The only living son of one of the most powerful men in Europe, he was accustomed to wealth and power. But Alexander’s life was a lie. The key to his past lay in the terrifying nightmares that had troubled him since childhood….
Meredith Courtney was a successful TV journalist. The only woman Alexander had ever really loved, she unknowingly held the key to the truth about his past….
Alexander had made enemies in business and in his personal life. Now, one of them was out to destroy him and the empire he controlled. Would the sins of the past ruin him…or save him?

Eve Gaal, Penniless Hearts

Romance- contemporary, paperback

It’s almost Christmas and Penny is not at her desk. The graphic artist abandons her responsibilities and dashes off to Hawaii with a good-looking pilot. Her aging dad, her boyfriend and the people at work are wondering what happened, but before they can say Aloha, trouble is brewing faster than Kona coffee. Meanwhile, Penny is mistaken for a goddess–not just any goddess, but Pele–the fearless goddess of fire. Will she see the resemblance in time to get out of a dangerous situation so she can return safely to everyone’s heart?

Shelly Arkon, Secondhand Shoes

Comedy-paranormal, paperback

The shoes didn’t fit. It was an omen.
Eighteen year old psychic-medium-germ-a-phobe Lila should have listened to her ghostly Gram’s advice the morning of her wedding, “Take off that dress and those shoes. And run.” En route to the honeymoon, she decides to listen after too many disagreements with her groom. It doesn’t pay to go along to make everyone happy. Still in her wedding dress and shoes, she escapes out a diner’s bathroom window into the Florida woods despite her fear of snakes and germs with her dead Gram’s direction.
So she begins a journey of finding her inner strength, putting her on a deadly run from her psychotic groom and his deranged friends.Will she ever get past her fear of germs and snakes? Will she survive her honeymoon?

Barry Parham, Full Frontal Stupidity

Comedy, ebook

Humor columnist Barry Parham is back, launching his latest salvo of hilarious, thought-provoking, take-no-prisoners observations.
On being single…
“Single guys buy milk in small, manageable doses, as if they were bringing home work, or morals. It would never cross a single guy’s mind to buy an entire gallon of anything, much less some expiring liquid that can mutate into something that smells like Detroit looks.”

Sherry Ellis, That Baby Woke Me Up, Again!

Children, paperback

That Baby Woke Me Up, Again! is for all those bleary-eyed families who sincerely believe that they will never again enjoy a full night of sleep. Seen through the eyes of an exhausted sibling, this book is guaranteed to bring a smile to even the most fatigued members of a sleep-deprived household. Can you count the number of nights you slept after you baby was born? Do you remember–or are you now suffering through–the cries that can mean anything from Change me now, to I’m hungry, to Time to come in and play with me? In Sherry Ellis’ That Baby Woke Me Up, AGAIN, there’s no question about who’s the head of the household. It’s the baby! The little darling who was born with feed-and-play-on-demand talents is making his message clear: I want you…and I want you now!

Sherry Ellis, That Mama Is A Grouch

Children, paperback

In Sherry Ellis’ delightful book, That Mama is a Grouch, children from age 3-7 will quickly learn that clutter-caused tension in a home can be avoided. In this story, Mama is having a bit of a tantrum over the mess, and the narrator, a precocious child indeed, soon understands all too well. Toys are strewn about as obstacles that can cause falls and short tempers. Mama is tired-tired-tired of cleaning up this constant clutter. In a voice as wise as it is adorable, the narrator reminds children that parents are human, with feelings and moods. At the same time, parents are reminded that children are, well, children!

05Book Set #5

Nancy S. Thompson, The Mistaken

Thriller, ebook

All Tyler Karras wants is to enjoy life with his expectant bride. What he gets instead is a graveside seat at her funeral. With the woman who killed her uncharged and still free, all Ty wants now is revenge.
His brother, Nick, has dangerous connections and suggests a sadistic plan: grab the woman responsible and hand her over to Nick’s associates—sex-traffickers in San Francisco’s Russian Mafia. They offer Ty more than he dreamed possible. In exchange for the woman, they’ll finally let Nick leave the business for good—with his debt wiped clean and his heart still beating.
There’s just one problem: Ty kidnaps the wrong woman. Now he must protect Hannah Maguire from the very enemy he’s unleashed.

Jamie Eubanks, Hidden Doors, Secret Rooms

Mystery-thriller, ebook

Just because the demons are a product of her imagination, doesn’t make them any less real. A ground-breaking and unsanctioned surgical procedure results in a cure for a dying woman’s Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. The surgery, however, is not without its negative ramifications for Jillian Braedon. On the run with her young daughter, Jillian finds herself stranded in a blizzard and at the mercy of retired musician, John Mills. John finds himself caught up in her torment and the danger arising from the pursuing covert agents, who will do anything to keep the surgery a secret, and to see the woman and her child dead.

Rosanne Dingli, Death In Malta

Thriller-mystery, ebook

Novelist Gregory Worthington flees to Malta, where he hopes to find sanctuary from his crumbling marriage and inspiration for his next novel. The inspiration arrives upon hearing of the village mystery of a missing child. This becomes the subject of his writing, but his investigations are fraught with difficulty. His romance with a local woman can either restore or ruin his career, but who is the unexpected female visitor? The village parish priest shows veiled antagonism towards him, which is countered by a friendship struck with a mysterious doctor. “Life is not a novel, Mr Worthington, in which everything is resolved by the last twenty pages,” says the parish priest. But there are questions that must be answered, and Worthington determines to find the solutions before he leaves Malta.

Tabatha McGowan, The Tied Man

Erotica- contemporary fiction, ebook

Lilith Bresson, an independent, successful young artist, is forced to travel from her home in Spain to the wild borderlands of northern England, to repay her feckless father’s latest debt by painting a portrait of the enigmatic Lady Blaine Albermarle. On her first night at Albermarle Hall she meets Finn Strachan, Blaine’s ‘companion’, a cultured and hauntingly beautiful young man who seems to have it all. But Lilith has an artist’s eye, and a gift for seeing what lies beneath the skin.  She soon discovers that Blaine is more gaoler than lover, and if the price is right, depravity has no limits. In a dark, modern twist to an age-old story, Lilith Bresson proves that sometimes it’s the princess who needs to become the rescuer. Please note that this storyline contains depictions of drug abuse, violence and non-consensual sex.

Lori R. Lopez, The Fairy Fly

Children’s literature, ebook

A Black Widow queen, a big bad Wolf Spider, and a Hit-Mantis are but a few of the obstacles for a spunky little spider who must find his way home through a strange land of giants in this witty fairytale fantasy for kids and adults. Transported out of his element into a realm of dangers and foes, Spider is aided by the insects and arachnids he befriends, but only he can see the Fairy Fly. Is she real or imagined? This whimsical novel about finding oneself while feeling small in a big world takes a step back and several steps downward to peep at humanity from below. At the same time, the story is an allegory of the human condition: life and death matters, war and peace, our everyday struggles on a tiny scale. Part humorous, part philosophical, at times poetic . . . it celebrates a love for animals, books and words. View the planet from a different angle as you take a spiderwalk through the door to adventure.

06Book Set #6

Norma Beishir, Final Hours

Romance, ebook

If you knew your life would end in thirty-six hours, how would you spend it? Jamie Randall is a man who has everything…or so he thought. He’s not only face-to-face with his own mortality, but with all the mistakes he’s ever made…and what they’ve cost him….

Tammy Vreeland, The Family Tree

Paranormal-supernatural, paperback

Katherine looks down at the book as she lightly runs her fingers over the cover. She can feel the raised insignia of the oak tree with mistletoe in the branches. The title is elegantly written with beautiful penmanship which spells out “The Family Tree”. She timidly opens the book and looks down at the familiar pages in front of her. Tears begin to form in her eyes as she subconsciously rubs her stomach. She had always been taught that through her past her future is determined. But, she did not like what her future was to bring. Why were her ancestors allowed to decide the fate of her unborn twins? Why couldn’t she have a choice? Didn’t they know what the consequences were? Or were they so blind to the religion, they didn’t see it for what it really is?

Tammy Vreeland, The Folks

Paranormal-supernatural, paperback

Moving into a new home can become quite stressful. For David, it is the matter of juggling a new job, a mistress and a family at home. For Terry, it is the matter of making her new house into a home and recovering from a nervous breakdown. For Tyler, it is the stress of a five-year-old trying to fit into a new neighborhood with no friends. A move can be quite difficult on a child, so much so that a way for the child to cope is to have an imaginary friend. This is where The Folks come in. You see Tyler not only has one imaginary friend but a whole group of imaginary friends that call themselves The Folks. Tyler meets The Folks the very first day he moves into his new room. When Terry, Tyler ‘s mom, finds out about The Folks she becomes concerned. Terry ‘s family, friends and even her own therapist tell her that it is a healthy way for Tyler to cope with the move. However, when accidental deaths begin to occur and Tyler, with his imaginary Folks, happens to know more than they should, Terry begins to wonder that perhaps The Folks are not so healthy after all.

Mary Yungeberg, Consummate Betrayal

Thriller, paperback

FBI Special Agent Rowan Milani doesn’t expect his life to be turned upside down when he arrives in Sioux Falls, South Dakota for an Anti-Terrorism Task Force operation. But the clandestine side of his life catches up with him as he circumvents the target on his back one too many times.

Lisa Olsen, The Company Of Shadows

Supernatural, ebook

Ethan Shaw is a demon hunter, working for a mysterious organization, simply dubbed – The Company. His neighbor Cady accidentally comes between the hunter and his quarry, a demon, stalking women in San Francisco. This isn’t the scaly, fire and brimstone type demon, but the seductive, stalker type that can jump into any body, feeding off of fear or sexual energy. He can tap into your psyche to become the perfect man – and he’s set his sights on Cady.

Lisa Olsen, The Touch

Supernatural, ebook

Lexi Morgan has always had The Touch; the ability to pick up an object and ‘see’ its past. Doomed to wearing protective gloves at all times, she learned to accept it as equal parts gift and curse. When her brother in law Neil disappears, she’d rather tell her sister to celebrate than try to help find the jerk. But after her young niece vanishes as well, it’s time to put her gift to good use and help track her down, especially when handsome Detective Gabriel Ryan takes over the case. When the investigation leads them to the restless spirits of long dead children, they must work together to keep history from repeating itself before it’s too late.

Our Crowdrise Link:

http://www.crowdrise.com/AuthorsforOklahoma

This is a giveaway for 10 dollar donations to The American Red Cross, for Moore Oklahoma.

This will run through to July 22nd. One can make as many donations as they wish since your names will be drawn at the end. We also ask that you let us know what bundle or bundles you are interested in along with your email address. Also, please make your donation in the
Crowdrise link before the comment boxes. This lets us know immediately that you’ve made your donation.

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Authors for Oklahoma ~ Book Bundles #1-3

Authors For Oklahoma started up in the wake of the Moore tornado in the spring that was so devastating in the area. We decided to put together a book raffle, with proceeds heading to the American Red Cross, which continues its work in the area. Authors have donated books and ebooks for the cause, and today in advance of that, we’re going to show you the first three book sets, with details on each book. The sets are bundled with five or six books, some titles turning up several times, as some of our authors donated several copies.

Collage 01Book Set #1

Norma Beishir, Angels At Midnight

Suspense-thriller, ebook

Ashley Hollister’s fairy-tale world fell apart when she lost custody of her only child. Collin Deverell’s vast inheritance was all but destroyed by his devious twin brother. Together, Ashley and Collin vowed to reclaim what was rightfully theirs.

Mary Yungeberg, Consummate Betrayal

Thriller, paperback

FBI Special Agent Rowan Milani doesn’t expect his life to be turned upside down when he arrives in Sioux Falls, South Dakota for an Anti-Terrorism Task Force operation. But the clandestine side of his life catches up with him as he circumvents the target on his back one too many times.

Rosanne Dingli, According To Luke

Thriller, ebook

Shattered by the breakdown of yet another romance, Jana Hayes becomes a recluse in her tiny Venice apartment and buries herself in her work as an expert art conservator, until an ancient religious icon brings Roman Catholic priest Rob Anderson into her life. The secret they discover hidden in the mysterious artifact is not only devastating, but deadly.

Jamie Eubanks, Hidden Doors, Secret Rooms

Mystery- thriller, ebook

A ground-breaking and unsanctioned surgical procedure results in a cure for a dying woman’s Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. The surgery, however, is not without its negative ramifications for Jillian Braedon. On the run with her young daughter, Jillian finds herself stranded in a blizzard and at the mercy of retired musician, John Mills. John finds himself caught up in her torment and the danger arising from the pursuing covert agents, who will do anything to keep the surgery a secret, and to see the woman and her child dead.

Nancy Thompson, The Mistaken

Thriller, ebook

Tyler Karras is an honest man, a transplanted Brit living the American dream, but his charmed life takes an unexpected turn when his brother, Nick, is coerced into joining ranks with San Francisco’s Russian mafia. Ty intervenes to secure Nick’s freedom, yet only succeeds in incurring their wrath.

Barry Parham, Blush: Politics and Other Unnatural Acts

Comedy, ebook

Online humorist Barry Parham is back with another acute collection of satire, targeting politics and other, less evil things. And when Barry’s in the beltway, no party or platform is safe.

Book Set #2

Collage 02Rosanne Dingli, Camera Obscura

Thriller, ebook

Photojournalist Bart Zacharin’s camera doesn’t lie … but his mysterious new lover Minnie Cuff lies for a living. Love-struck Bart can’t get that into focus until he follows her from Australia on her flimsily excused trip to Europe and becomes embroiled in an obscure web of international organised crime, deception and death.

Tabatha McGowen, The Tied Man

Erotica- contemporary fiction, ebook

Lilith Bresson, an independent, successful young artist, is forced to travel from her home in Spain to the wild borderlands of northern England, to repay her feckless father’s latest debt by painting a portrait of the enigmatic Lady Blaine Albermarle. On her first night at Albermarle Hall she meets Finn Strachan, Blaine’s ‘companion’, a cultured and hauntingly beautiful young man who seems to have it all. But Lilith has an artist’s eye, and a gift for seeing what lies beneath the skin.  She soon discovers that Blaine is more gaoler than lover, and if the price is right, depravity has no limits. In a dark, modern twist to an age-old story, Lilith Bresson proves that sometimes it’s the princess who needs to become the rescuer. Please note that this storyline contains depictions of drug abuse, violence and non-consensual sex.

Jamie Eubanks, Hidden Doors, Secret Rooms

Mystery- thriller, ebook

A ground-breaking and unsanctioned surgical procedure results in a cure for a dying woman’s Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. The surgery, however, is not without its negative ramifications for Jillian Braedon. On the run with her young daughter, Jillian finds herself stranded in a blizzard and at the mercy of retired musician, John Mills. John finds himself caught up in her torment and the danger arising from the pursuing covert agents, who will do anything to keep the surgery a secret, and to see the woman and her child dead.

Mary Yungeberg, Consummate Betrayal

Thriller, paperback

FBI Special Agent Rowan Milani doesn’t expect his life to be turned upside down when he arrives in Sioux Falls, South Dakota for an Anti-Terrorism Task Force operation. But the clandestine side of his life catches up with him as he circumvents the target on his back one too many times.

Lucy Pireel, Red Gone Bad

Short stories- adult fairy tales, ebook

Once upon a time … Little Red Riding Hood took matters in her own hands And the miller’s daughter struck a flawed deal with Rumpelstiltsken In these–and two more–twisted fairy tales there are no happy endings and you’ll find out those heroines are not what you might expect from them. Parents, read them but let the children keep their dreams.

Lucy Pireel, Bound

Erotica, ebook

A young, successful woman finds herself attracted to a man who is known for his promiscuity. She has no idea he wishes to play with her the way she wants him to. While working together, they become closer. When she dares to reveal her wishes, he only only asks her if she’s ready to say ‘please’. After she does, the games begin. But where will they end?

Collage 03Book Set #3

DeAnna Felthauser, A Million Wishes

Romance, ebook

Mikayla Johnson… Growing up in a poor, abusive household after her father is killed in a car wreck; Mikayla had very few things in life that gave her joy. Her writing, the old oak tree, her big brother Callum and her childhood crush Noah. Could he help her heal from her past and give her the family she has always wanted? Noah Cane… Noah is a Navy seal war hero coming home to the Georgia peach plantation he was raised on to recover from losing his leg in war. His heart was stolen by Mikayla the moment they met under a peach tree where she was stealing peaches off his parent’s property. Can she help him heal from his injuries and give him something worth fighting for?

DeAnna Felthauser, Reflecting On Wishes

Romance, ebook

Six years ago, Dakota was adopted by Noah and Mikayla Cane. Even with a close-knit, loving family, nothing prepared him for falling head-over-heels in love with Angel Vega. When a game of cat and mouse begins between the pair, Dakota is persistent in what he wants. It may take him months to win her over, but he knows she is worth the effort. Deemed the Latina Goddess of the race track, Angel is a Pro-Stock Motorcycle racer that has been burned by love more than once. Letting down her walls and believing in a man again, was the last thing on her mind. Just as Angel finds herself falling for the ruggedly handsome Dakota, tragedy strikes and shatters her racing dreams. Devastated, Angel retreats into a world of doubt, fear and broken dreams. Will Dakota do as she wants and walk away, or will he be the strength she needs and fight for the girl that owns his heart?

Charlotte Kent, A Clue For Adrianna

Romance, ebook

The first novel in the women’s fiction series Captain’s Point Stories, A Clue for Adrianna, written by multi-published, internationally known From Women’s Pens authors Annie Acorn and Juliette Hill under the pseudonym Charlotte Kent, offers the reader romance, mystery, humor, and adventure in a story of love and personal growth. Forced to return to her ancestral home in Captain’s Point, a small town on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, Adrianna Montgomery receives a shock and a challenge when the terms of her great-aunt’s will are read. Faced with a haughty attorney, a crumbling old house and a clue, she must draw upon the resources found in those around her as well as her own inner strengths in order to solve the riddle and secure her inheritance. Little understanding the adventure and danger she will encounter along the journey ahead, she accepts the challenge and ultimately learns who she is destined to be and discovers the meaning of true love. Don’t miss this chance to fall in love again!

Tarah Scott, My Highland Love

Historical fiction- romance, ebook

How does a woman tell her betrothed that she murdered her first husband? Shipwrecked in the Scottish Highlands, American heiress Elise Kingston quietly plans revenge for the deaths of her daughter and the brother who sacrificed his life to save her. When Marcus MacGregor, Marquess of Ashlund, returns to his Highland home to discover a stunning American woman has been taken in by his clan, his attraction is instant and he resolves to make her his–no matter what secret she’s keeping. Elise is shocked by her need for Marcus and, too late, discovers that her feelings make him a target of her enemy–a man powerful enough to destroy even a Scottish nobleman.

Tarah Scott, My Highland Lord

Historical fiction-romance, ebook

London Heiress kidnapped by the Marquess of Ashlund, reads the headlines. Yet no one tried to save her. Phoebe Wallington was seven years old when a mass assassination attempt rocked Regency England. Her father was the only accused traitor to elude capture. Now as a grown woman and a British spy, she is no closer to learning what really happened that day. Phoebe’s quest for the truth takes a sudden turn when she’s kidnapped by a suspected traitor. But Kiernan MacGregor, the Marquess of Ashlund, may not live long enough to stand trial. Someone wants him dead. And Phoebe stands in the killer’s way.

Our Crowdrise Link, for Authors For Oklahoma:

http://www.crowdrise.com/AuthorsforOklahoma

This is a giveaway for 10 dollar donations to The American Red Cross, for Moore Oklahoma.

This will run through to July 22nd. One can make as many donations as they wish since your names will be drawn at the end. We also ask that you let us know what bundle or bundles you are interested in along with your email address. Also, please make your donation in the
Crossrise link before the comment boxes. This lets us know immediately that you’ve made your donation.

Book Launch: Ripped Genes by Glynis Smy

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A year ago saw the debut launch of Ripper, My Love by Glynis Smy. 

Today, the sequel makes its presence known: Ripped Genes.

Ripped Genes will be at a special launch price of 99c/(77p approx) for the ebook version, until end of May. 

The descriptive blurb holds a spoiler for those who have not read the first book. If you would like to read, Ripper, My Love, first, then contact Glynis at: glynissmy at outlook dot com, and put FREE BOOK PLEASE in the subject line. You will be sent a code for Smashwords, where you can download a copy in any format you please. This offer will finish at the end of May, so spread the word.


Growing up in late nineteenth century East London,
Kitty Harper’s life is filled with danger and death – from her mother, her
beloved neighbour
 and the working women
of the streets
Read more.

 
 
 
 

The author has lived for eight years, in Cyprus. Her historical novels carry a twist in the tale, and she creates strong female characters who struggle in life.



In June 2013, Glynis returns to her hometown,Harwich, Essex,in the UK, where she will gain inspiration for her next novel, The Man in Room Eighteen. 

Find Glynis on:

Twitter: @ghunibee

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/glynissmyauthor

Glynis also runs a site where she showcases, (not reviews), books for authors. It is free of charge, with no catch: New Book Blogger (not just for newly published books). She actively encourages self-published authors to submit to the blog.

 






I Never Drove a Bulldozer

With mirth and laughter let old wrinkles come. William Shakespeare

Did old age sneak up on you? Me neither. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to know the difference between freckles and liver spots. We can either give in to the crushing depression caused by loss of beauty, strength, and bladder control, or laugh in the face of impending olditude.

Bulldozer mediumI chose the latter when I released my new humor book, I Never Drove a Bulldozer / There’s a Hole in my Bucket List. Several agents critiqued the manuscript and gave me a double thumbs up, then went on to say that humor doesn’t sell. In the service to the newly old, and flying in the face of common sense wisdom, I decided to release my book anyway.

Topics to help ease you through the rigors of middle age:

  • Unless you are the Unibomber, you’re going to find yourself in the company of other people. Our relationships can either evolve as we grow older, or we can get used to writing manifestos and cleaning litter boxes.
  • Memory is one of the first things to go as we age. Be careful not to get arrested for vagrancy as you stand outside the Starbucks trying to remember the difference between a tall and a grande. Bail is normally set at the price of a tall.
  • I’ve looked in enough three-way mirrors at the mall, that I’ve decided the only way to draw the eyes away from my trouble spots is to set fire to the dressing room.
  • I’ve started planning on how to fill those empty hours once I retire. The senior center is planning an arts and crafts day teaching taxidermy. It’s BYORK (bring your own road kill).

You too can join the cool crowd and have a copy sitting on the back of your toilet seat. The book is available in paperback or Kindle at Amazon.

Karla Telega is the award winning author of Box of Rocks, a humorous mystery. She has edited two humor anthologies, blogs for Skirt.com Emagazine, and owns the Tart Cookies publishing imprint. She has dedicated her remaining years to making people laugh, losing twenty pounds, and avoiding periodontal disease. You can follow Karla on her humor blog at telegatales.com Click here to see all her listings on Amazon.

Distractions

mouse

Distractions: to a writer they can come in all sorts of things, good as well as bad. To me it means … Well, come to think of it, to me it means getting involved in things that have to do with writing, at least sideways, but it means I then do a lot less writing than I should/could. Hey, I’m not complaining, because those distractions are no more than exercises in writing.

How else would you call squeezing a full, head on, in your face marketing of your book in a mere *scurries off to check* Yes, just 140, one hundred and forty, characters to use in an eloquent way telling readers they should really buy our books.

Or keep up a consistent stream of entertaining blog posts that not only show how well you can write, but invites people (read potential readers of our books) to join our blogs and have our network of fellow indie authors on the ready to do the same. Don’t get me wrong, I very much enjoy giving other writers a platform onto which they can showcase themselves and their books, but it is mighty distracting, not to say time gobbling.

And then I haven’t even mentioned the Book of Faces. Yes, my friends that one place where I seem to land in jail time and time again for being too friendly/connecting/sharing, while that is the reason I signed up on there. Good thing too, since I’ve found you bunch there. 🙂

Anyway, distractions or the digital kind aren’t all bad, but they can get the writer’s mind, not to say the panties, in a twist and the flow of the writing pace halted.

Shoot! I’ve not even mentioned real life! Can we just do away with that? Why do we need to go out and get groceries or prepare meals, or sleep, for that matter? Right, because if we let the body perish the mind shrivels too and no writing gets done at all. And let’s not forget about those surrounding us writers telling us not to spend all those hours on the computer, wanting attention and things done. Distracting us from what matters most when the story is on a roll and words are flowing freely.

Writing is what matters, but distractions aren’t all bad. There’s parties and nice conversations, which spark new ideas for stories. And there is the very human need to be distracted every now and then. At least I need those delightful distractions to keep me going.

Anyway, there you have it. A lot of words on a topic one can never get a single minded solution for. Because let’s face it, I can be hammering away on my keyboard while music blasts through the house while you might just need peace and quiet.

There is however probably one thing most writers seem to need, or rather two if I may believe my fellow Distractees, and that is coffee and chocolate. 🙂

Happy distractions and I’ll see you all while you’re distracted from writing. Right?

The Power of Short Stories

old quill & book with skull

Short stories have been around since ancient times. They are a means of transmitting ideas, moral lessons, history and culture. They can vary in length and be in different forms. Older types of short stories used to be in rhymed verse. The early storyteller relied on known cultural phrases, fixed rhythms and rhyme. One of the earliest narratives was the Babylonian tale The Epic of Gilgamesh, which was in verse. Well known historical tales that have been passed down are The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer and A Thousand and One Nights.

A couple of centuries ago short stories appeared in magazines and helped many writers to gain recognition. Charles Dickens was well known through his serialized stories. Short stories became mirrors of society, and culture and ideas were reflected in them. Their entertainment value became realized through master storytellers like Nathaniel Hawthorne, Anton Chekov and Edgar Allan Poe. Poe became known as the creator of the detective story and the horror story. His stories were excellent at bringing out mood, characterization and setting. Of course, in Europe and abroad other writers were following suit with their realistic tales like Rudyard Kipling and his tales from The Jungle Book. Today, many writers let their readers know their writing through short stories before they introduce them to their novels.

For more on the origins and background of the short story, please refer to the following links:

http://www.essortment.com/origins-short-story-34518.html

http://www.prospectmagazine.co.uk/magazine/william-boyd-short-history-of-the-short-story/

Short stories cannot spend time on too much background and details like in a novel. They are compact, so every word and phrase must be of value. The short story uses literary techniques that are used in other types of writings while containing the story, and usually it evokes one single effect or mood. Many short stories have actually been made into short movies or even feature length movies like The Lottery, Total Recall, Brokeback Mountain and Children of the Corn. And some short stories have led to expansion into novels.

The following are some great short stories I have read and reviewed, most of them are by WMD members. So, please click on the link to read my reviews:

Kidnapped WriterKidnapped Writer by Eve Gaal demonstrates the power of the printed word to change lives:

http://www.amazon.com/Short-Presents-Kidnapped-Writer-ebook/product-reviews/B008VM8SJ4/ref=dp_top_cm_cr_acr_txt?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=1

Billy the KidBilly the Kid by Cyn Bagley takes us into a paranormal world where we learn more about Native American culture while experiencing an adventurous tale:

http://www.amazon.com/Billy-Kid-EJ-Hunters-World/product-reviews/1478393769/ref=sr_1_1_cm_cr_acr_txt?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=1

AbsorbedAbsorbed by Penelope Crowe shows us the power of a cursed necklace:

http://www.amazon.com/Absorbed-ebook/product-reviews/B005SUBYYI/ref=cm_cr_pr_btm_link_4?ie=UTF8&pageNumber=4&showViewpoints=0

Red Gone Bad by lucy pireelRed Gone Bad by Lucy Pireel does a dark twist on known fairy tales:

http://www.amazon.com/Red-Gone-Bad-ebook/product-reviews/B00AFVTYDS/ref=sr_1_1_cm_cr_acr_txt?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=1

Werewolf LostElizabeth Kolodziej’s novella Salvaged Pieces of a Werewolf Lost follows in depth minor characters from her previous novels where we are transported to Japan:

http://www.amazon.com/Salvaged-Pieces-Werewolf-Lost-ebook/product-reviews/B008K12NLU/ref=dp_top_cm_cr_acr_txt?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=1

Storm Chaser ShortsStorm Chaser Shorts by Mark R. Hunter explores more stories and backgrounds based on loveable characters from his novel Storm Chaser:

http://www.amazon.com/Storm-Chaser-Shorts-ebook/product-reviews/B008A8099Q/ref=sr_1_2_cm_cr_acr_txt?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=1

Big RedBig Red by Lorraine Sears surprisingly shows us a different side of the Devil:

http://www.amazon.com/Big-Red-ebook/product-reviews/B006596WY8/ref=dp_top_cm_cr_acr_txt?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=1

soulless lightSoulless Light by Joann Buchanan takes us back to the days of Crusaders and how a wronged soul has its revenge:

http://www.amazon.com/Soulless-Light-ebook/product-reviews/B005MEKQR6/ref=cm_cr_pr_btm_link_2?ie=UTF8&pageNumber=2&showViewpoints=0

Holy DevilHoly Devil by Lorelei Bell examines the unusual power that Rasputin held over people:

http://www.amazon.com/Holy-Devil-ebook/product-reviews/B008DIZGX2/ref=dp_top_cm_cr_acr_txt?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=1

Wishes and PromisesWishes and Promises by Charlotte Holley explores the deep love and relationship between a little girl and her travelling military father:

http://www.amazon.com/Wishes-and-Promises-ebook/product-reviews/B009WWF106/ref=sr_1_1_cm_cr_acr_txt?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=1

Enjoy and good reading!

A Celtic Tapestry: Mist And Magic

celtic tapestry

Hunter S. Jones has been busy as of late, collaborating with seven fellow writers on A Celtic Tapestry, an anthology of short stories. Moon Rose Publishing will be releasing the book on the 21st of March, and you can find details on the release through her blog http://www.thehuntersjones.blogspot.ca/.

Here’s a taste of what you’ll find it’s about:

The wheel of the year turns, bringing the joy of spring, the warmth of summer, the richness of autumn, and the merriment of winter. But eight Celtic festivals link these seasons together, bringing with them romance, lust, danger, and even magic. From a city under threat from night-time creatures at Ostara, to a selkie caught by the light of the Lughnasadh moon, to a writer caught in the flames of a fiery goddess at Imbolc.
Eight authors have come together to give their own twist on these festivals, weaving each story with a blend of myth, magic, and contemporary telling…to create A Celtic Tapestry

Authors:
                                                             Livia Ellis
                                                         Hunter S Jones
                                                         Laura De Luca
                                                         Elodie Parkes
                                                          Elle J Rossi

                                                        Miranda Stork
                                                        Carolyn Wolfe
                                                   Tara Stogner Wood