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Guest Post: An Open Letter To The Writer-Moms, by Tonia Marie Harris | Descent Into Slushland

Compassion is something we often reserve for others, but we need to give it to ourselves first and foremost. We’re artists, stay-at-home-moms, working moms, moms who care about the world around us, balancing budgets, making dinner and taking kids to their softball games/ ballet lessons/ Tae Kwon Do championships, etc.

We falter (Never fail). Sometimes, at only one thing. Other days (or weeks, or what seems like years), we feel like we’re faltering at everything and letting everyone we care about down.

This post came at the right time for me… worth checking out:

Guest Post: An Open Letter To The Writer-Moms, by Tonia Marie Harris | Descent Into Slushland.

Did somebody say Free?

Grimbold Books has gone cra-azy again, offering one of its titles for free… and this time it’s… it’s… MINE!

Giveaway BookYou read that right, HEALER’S TOUCH (digital editions) is once again FREE for a limited time (February).

Where can you get this FREE book from? All the usual places.

To be honest, I think the most helpful place to get it from is Amazon US (‘go the monopoly,’ she says with absolutely no enthusiasm whatsoever) because it would be awesome to get into the top 100 free books on there… maybe even the top 50… top 10? Maybe…

But you can also go to:

Otherwise… I guess I had better get back to whippin’ my muse into action on the next book.

On that, I feel the re-write is going well. Still question marks over my first chapter, but I have two options available to resolve that, so it’s well fixable. The rest… well, I’m getting more and more excited, which is a good thing after several months of “I can’t do this! I suck! Apparently I can write, but I just can’t do story! I suck! I suck! I suck!”

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2014 Sir Julius Vogel Awards – Nominations | SpecFicNZ

“Read a great New Zealand speculative fiction work published last year? Now’s the time to nominate it for a Sir Julius Vogel Award! Nominations are open until 15 February, and anyone can nominate…”

Learn more at: 2014 Sir Julius Vogel Awards – Nominations | SpecFicNZ.

I have been lucky enough to have been nominated for “Best Novel” and “Best New Talent”… but multiple nominations don’t hurt! (o:

 

Broken Bargain Pre-Release Tour – Author Interview: Jenny Keller Ford

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***NEWS: The winner of the $5 Amazon Gift Card I was giving away yesterday was Rose Lennart. I’ll be in touch with you soon!***

I have the privilege of hosting Jenny Keller Ford for an interview as part of Clare Davidson’s Broken Bargain Pre-release Blog Tour.

(Note: There’s a RAFFLECOPTER giveaway, too… see bottom of post)

Enjoy getting to know Jenny…

Hi Deb,

How are you? I really want to say thank you for having me today to talk to your readers.

 What is the name of your most recent book and if you had to sum it up in 30 or less words, what would you say?

 One More Day Book CoverMy most recent published short story is a YA piece titled Dragon Flight and it appears in the ONE MORE DAY anthology. It’s about a girl who is terrified of heights who gets stranded 300-feet in the air atop the rollercoaster, Dragon Flight. Time stops, everyone around, including her crush, freezes and she is the only one who can set the world right again…which means she has to get off the coaster. What she decides to do and what she learns along the way is pretty twisted, much like Dragon Flight.

Do you have plans for a new book? Is this book part of a series?

 I am currently writing a YA fantasy series, The Chronicles of Fallhollow. The first novel is

Read more…Broken Bargain Pre-Release Tour – Author Interview: Jenny Keller Ford

Bandit Book Bloggers: ARTIFICIAL ABSOLUTES by Mary Fan

Artificial Absolutes by Mary FanJane Colt is just another recent college grad working as an Interstellar Confederation office drone—until the day she witnesses her best friend, Adam, kidnapped by a mysterious criminal. An extensive cover-up thwarts her efforts to report the crime, shaking her trust in the authorities. Only her older brother, Devin, believes her account.

Devin hopes to leave behind his violent past and find peace in a marriage to the woman he loves. That hope shatters when he discovers a shocking secret that causes him to be framed for murder.

With little more than a cocky attitude, Jane leaves everything she knows to flee with Devin, racing throughthe most lawless corners of the galaxy as she searches for Adam and proof of her brother’s innocence. Her journey uncovers truths about both of them, leading her to wonder just how much she doesn’t know about the people she loves.

Read more…Bandit Book Bloggers: ARTIFICIAL ABSOLUTES by Mary Fan

Book Spotlight: The Binding by Sam Dogra

The Binding

What do you do when you can’t trust your heart?

All seventeen year-old Eliza Bryant wants is to avoid a Binding— the ancient spell that forces couples into a lifelong bond. It cursed her sister, and for the last two years it’s tried to claim her, too. Her monthly hiding ritual worked brilliantly, until the night she ran into Ryan, a mysterious bounty-hunter. Now Bound to him, Eliza must spend every moment at his side, else she’ll transform into an Unbound; a lifeless husk without mind or soul.

Unfortunately, Ryan’s not looking to settle

Read more…Book Spotlight: The Binding by Sam Dogra

Because we are…

So, today I read Chuck Wendig’s post “MANLY MEN TALES, SWINGIN’ DICK STORIES, AND HAIRY-CHESTED HISTORIES“, then Sam Sykes’ post “What Is A Man?“, and, of course, Paul S. Kemp’s post that started it all: “Why I write masculine stories“.

Of course, they all got me thinking.

The first thing I noted was how much effort both Chuck and Sam put into emphasising that they weren’t dissing Paul in any way. They were just making their own comments on top of his.

Then I noticed how well-written Paul’s post was. I found it very reasonable. What do they say? “Horses for courses”?

And then I got thinking even deeper… and

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So, you got a (insert preferred ebook reader brand here)… What next? (Part 2)

Hey…

So you got, you know, a device for reading readily-available, affordably-priced digital stories, huh? You got a Kindle/Nook/Kobo/iPad(shudder)/Android tablet?

… and you’re looking for some ideas on how to fill it up? Some fun reads to get you through these unseasonably wet days?

Well… it just so happens…

(Yep, I’ve done a previous post llike this one. Find it HERE).

Art of Forgetting Rider

A young boy leaves his village to become a cavalryman with the famous King’s Third regiment; in doing so he discovers both his past and his destiny.Gifted and cursed with a unique memory, the foundling son of a notorious traitor, Rhodri joins an elite cavalry unit stationed in the harbour town of Northpoint. His training reveals his talents and brings him friendship, love and loss, and sexual awakening; struggling with his memories of his father who once ruled there, he begins to discover a sense of belonging. That is, until a face from the past reveals a secret that will change not only Rhodri’s life but the fate of a nation. Then, on his first campaign, he is forced to face the

Read more…So, you got a (insert preferred ebook reader brand here)… What next? (Part 2)

2013 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 5,400 times in 2013. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 5 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

So, 2014 has arrived. Here in New Zealand, it’s been here awhile (20 hours, now). While I won’t be making resolutions, as such, I will be making plans for the year. They cover several aspects of my life.

As a Writer, I plan to finish, polish and publish

Read more…2013 in review