Nanowrimo 2015

The next month will bring challenges. Laughter, anger and love will spill out of the fingertips of millions of hands hitting keyboard. Welcome to the insanity of Nanowrimo. 


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Portals: Fantasy Anthology Part 1 of 2

The Eclectic Zaftig Chick

Welcome to the Portals Blog Tour. I’ve asked each author to answer the following question:

Did you use real world elements or was your world completely plucked from your imagination?

I’m huge on world building in fantasy/sci-fi so the question was a no brainer. Let’s see how they faired

Michael Siciliano, author of The Lunatic Queen:

I used some real world elements.

I came up with a system for creating character names that have a certain cultural feel. I’d find a baby-naming site where the names have been subdivided into culture and gender. I’d search under those preferences and then skim through the result. If one struck my fancy, I’d play with the name a bit by substituting a consonant or a vowel. If that didn’t get the perfect name, I’d substitute more than one. If none of that clicked, I’d consider taking the original name. Such was the case…

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An Editing Technique – Reverse Outline

I like this idea!

Diamond State Romance Authors

This month I started, finally, editing the manuscript I’ve been working on for the past year.  My editing technique still needs some perfecting, but I’m learning and it really is progressing. This week, reading through my roll of blogs to which I subscribe I ran across a blog about editing. It is written by an editor-now-writer. In it she brought up several areas that should be addressed, but she also presented a way to fix problems. One of the methods of fixing plot issues is  reverse outlining.

Reverse outlining? What in tarnation is that? My brain is thinking I start at the end of the story and work my way to the beginning. Hahahaha.  Not quite.

The principle is simple. Write your story. For each segment/paragraph write a sentence summarizing the gist of what’s going on. When you’re finished the outline will give a concise view of the plot or…

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Cover Reveal: Muir Bhreatan

The Eclectic Zaftig Chick

Muir Bhreatan

historical romance

To be published February 14, 2014


Breathless Press

Blurb: Liberators of gold from the British on the high seas, Aedan ó Loinsigh and his brother have never shied away from a challenge on the open waters. Aedan’s only tie to solid ground is the lovely Kaitlin who possesses him like no other. When the brothers are captured and awaiting execution, a mysterious man offers to free them if they pay off their debt aboard his ship. The brothers waste no time in agreeing to the proposal only to find their new lives are not much better than those of slaves. Desperate to reach Kaitlin again, Aedan must figure out a way to save not only the other indentured servants aboard the ship but get back to his true love. Salvation could come at a price. One that Aedan will have to live with for the…

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The method of writing–it ain’t written in stone, ya know

Jabelfield's Blog

Nah, in case you’re wondering—this isn’t a heavy post about how writing has evolved over the centuries, and I promise not to start spouting my knowledge (or lack of) of the history of authors and their styles.

This is merely an acknowledgement of how I’ve changed as a writer. As in, learned to adapt.

It’s not uncommon for aspiring writers to approach authors and ask: I want to write a book, how do I start? How do I write it? I have an idea in my head but don’t know how to get it out?

Other than the most common answer of: Well, how about you just start writing and see where it goes, kind of answer, I’m slowly coming to realise that you can’t give a more in depth answer, because it’s simply just not that cut and dry.

Now, before I get a tonne of hate…

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Rejection letter bingo

I thought this was good enough to share.

Tyson Adams

rejection letter


Just a little something for all my fellow authors.

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It’s Release Day For My Book Paper Wishes! Wahoo!

Jennifer M Eaton

I am super excited to announce the release of my sweet romance “Paper Wishes”

I have to admit that this feels a little weird in August because it’s Winter in the world of “Paper Wishes”, but what better way to cool down then cuddling up on the beach with a book that makes you think of snow!

Paper Wishes FinalPaper wishes is about a single mother who writes down a wish on a piece of paper, but quickly forgets about it.  Funny thing about wishes.  They have a way of coming true even if you’ve forgotten about them, and when her best friend Jack makes a wish that might tear them apart, a little girl’s completely unrelated wish could bring them all together… if their wishes can be twisted to make them all come true.

This theme may seem familiar because “Paper Wishes” was originally published under the name “Jack and Jill”.  The title…

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