C.M. Huddleston – Greg’s Fourth Adventure in Time Blurb Greg and Rose make a dynamic time-traveling team. After their last encounter, the evil, artifact-stealing Pirate separates them, leaving Rose in the present and Greg stranded in the past. A mystery ensues as Rose must find Greg in time, literally in the past, all... Continue Reading →
Indie Advent Calendar Day 5
M.P. Tonnesen – Desert Skies, Rebel Souls Hello and happy December! My name is Michelle Tonnesen and I write under M.P. Tonnesen. I was born in Denmark, but grew up in a multicultural family and have lived in Brussels, London, the Irish Sea and the Middle East. This summer I moved to sunny Spain... Continue Reading →
A List of All the Things That Normal People Can Just Do But Are Now Behaviors Because I’m Autistic
So many things on this list that I do.
When I was younger, I was quirky. I didn’t have a diagnosis then, and nobody noticed the myriad of small ways that I managed my sensory world, or if they did they just thought “yeah, she’s a kid, she’s particular and picky.” But then I became and adult and those quirks didn’t go away. I continued to do kiddish things because they felt nice on a sensory level.
And then I got a diagnosis of autism, and I knew that if that had been around for all of my childhood, those quirks wouldn’t have been quirks. They would have been behaviors. There would have been an explicit program introduced into my life to extinguish them. When I was “normal” they were fine, but now that I’m autistic they are signs of my difference, and when you’re disabled every sign of difference needs to disappear. That’s how you survive in the…
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Dear Amazon, WTF????
I’m on the naughty reviewer list.
I have posted about 250 reviews on Amazon over the last 8 years; products that I have bought and books that I have read.
Over the last 6 months I have had a few reviews for books by Indie Authors removed. I broke a guideline without realizing it. I had the gall to review a book my husband had already read and reviewed. It seems that Amazon does not believe that I could have a different opinion than my husband. That I would be biased because my husband had read the same book! And since I tried to review the same book, my husband would also be biased as his review was removed too.
I have since read the complete Guidelines from Amazon several times and am very careful to follow them.
But, last week an indie author contacted me through my blog and…
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THE END…It’s only the beginning for a writer.
THE END, two words that carry a large emotional load for a writer. For some writers, typing THE END, whether literally or figuratively, brings an enormous sense of relief because they have finally finished working on a project that might well have been a struggle, while for others there is a tremendous sense of loss... Continue Reading →
If you could turn back time and change your life, would you?
Would you change your life? This is something I’ve thought about from time to time and, temporarily at least, I feel as though I’ve come up with my own personal answer. We all have thinks we regret, thing we have either said or done, or things we have not said or done, but would we... Continue Reading →
Spark of Fire spotlight, including excerpt
Spark of Fire (The Phoenix Cycle Book 1) Grace Anthony Ember Moore, a Reaper, just wants to get through high school. She isn't ready to save the world. The Reapers are the police of the kindred races. They keep peace and law under the command of the Spirit Assembly. Until a dangerous cult, sworn to... Continue Reading →
Are DNF reviews really all that helpful?
This post is full of some hard truths.
When I became and author I made the decision to not leave “Did Not Finish” reviews, and will not currently leave anything less than 3 stars. Yes, reading is subjective, and not everyone will love your story, but the problem I see with DNF reviews is that a reader didn’t actually read through your whole book. Should they post about something they don’t know? That’s the question today.
As a writer, you’re going to catch a reviewer on a day that’s not–how shall I say it– good, and sometimes low stars and DNF reviews happen because a scapegoat is needed, and sometimes, you are the projection of their bad day. Other readers can spot these easily. Still, you spent months writing the book and are responsible for putting it out there, regardless of how people will react to it. You did this…
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Halloween – A horror classic
Halloween Fifteen years after murdering his sister on Halloween night 1963, Michael Myers escapes from a mental hospital and returns to the small town of Haddonfield to kill again. The plot for this film, which is one of the earliest in the slasher genre and helped to create it, is so basic it's hard to... Continue Reading →
Not quite grey, but not bright either – Color Me Grey, a review
Color Me Grey (Alexis Stanton Chronicles #1) J.C. Phelps ...exciting, highly paid position for person with specialized training... Recently unemployed after quitting a boring office job, Alexis Stanton finds a mysterious ad in the help wanted section that might prove to be the answer to her desire for excitement and adventure. After an intense application... Continue Reading →