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February 20, 2015

Once again we have to deal with the hype of Fifty Shades of Grey, except this time it is the movie, instead of the books. The reviews are in and many of the critics agree, as well as many movie goers: the movie is boring. I cannot say that I am surprised, considering the source material. I have not gone to the movie and have no intention of wasting two hours watching something that exemplifies abuse and sexual self-gratificati...

February 5, 2015

So, apparently if one individual complains about "quality / editing issues" concerning a book you published on Amazon, then Amazon sends you a message, asking you to fix it with the subject heading: Kindle Quality Notice [your book’s title]. Today I received a notice from Amazon saying that a customer complained about two grammatical / editorial issues concerning my book Two Ghosts Haunt A Grove.

 

Here’s why I’m ticked off abou...

September 12, 2014

(Note: I am not insulting or any of the titles mentioned below. They are only being used to make a point. Also, some mature language is used, so you beware.)

 

Have you ever read a negative review for a book, or movie, where the author complains about the story being clichéd? I have, all of the time. As an author, I am very conscious about how many of the plot points in my books might be seen as clichéd. While in the seventh gra...

August 5, 2014

I was interviewed on the blog Just A Thought. What follows is a copy of that interview, but feel free to read original post.

 

Today on our blog we have an author with us who gladly volunteered when asked for an interview. It's great to be able to know the real person behind the books i.e. the real brain stormer behind almost 3 dozen distinct works in her kitty. Every conversation that I've had with her she's been really he...

February 27, 2014

The house is so quiet you can hear the sound of the refrigerator humming in the kitchen, followed by the whirr of the heater. You lay in bed, thinking about nothing in particular. It’s getting late and if you fall asleep right now, you still have a shot at seven hours of rest before your alarm clock wails on the nightstand beside you, yanking you out of a restful slumber.

 

And then it happens.

 

You hear a sound. You open your ey...

May 1, 2013

Florence Witkop

 

I hate genres. I hate the smallness of them, the way they narrow and limit what I've written. I don't like to think of genres when I write stories and I don't like the way someone else stuffs those stories into boxes they weren't meant to fit into. To be honest, I prefer that my work not be stuffed into any box at all, large, small or in-between and maybe that's really why I hate genres. Simply because they exi...

May 1, 2013

By: Ann and Bryn Bauer
 

With Literary Fiction being all the rage, I have found that the Chick Lit sub-genre has now become an object of scorn.  Titles are now whispered behind hands, listed FB as guilty pleasures and hidden behind other books on the shelf when guests come over.  A few years ago, I would have done the same.  That is, until my book club started reading exclusively in this genre.  Through this change, we found ou...

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