Saturday, November 25, 2017

How To Gift An eBook


Whether it is for a holiday, birthday, or just because,
eBooks make great gifts.
You can use them for stocking stuffers
or insert them into your greeting or holiday cards.
Amazon makes it easy to either send the gifted eBook
directly to the recipient's email address
or you can have a certificate generated by sending it your email instead.
Unfortunately, not all countries have the ability to gift an ebook from Amazon.
Here are instructions to help you to do so from these specific countries:

CNET also offers additional instructions for gifting ebooks
from other vendors and platforms:

Friday, November 24, 2017

Connect with Author Susan-Alia Terry

Author of Paranormal Fantasy

If you want to learn more about this author, use the links below to connect with her.  Also, check out the AUTHOR INTERVIEW I was honored to have with her.  She is a fantastic lady!
TimeStamp: SUSAN ALIA-TERRY 0:41

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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Meet STANFORD CARTER from The Killing Collective



1.  Who are you?
Stanford Carter
o   Are you a fictional or historical character?
·      Fictional.
o   What should we know about you?
·      I am a homicide detective from Boston now working for NYC’s FBI office.
2.  Tell us about your story:
o   When and where is your tale set?
·      In NYC.
o   What is your personal goal?  I mean, what do you ultimately want?
·      I want to bring closure and peace to families who had their loved ones murdered.
o   What is standing in your way?  What conflict(s) do you face?
·      I sometimes box too much of my life into my mind warehouse and then close off to people, even my fantastic wife, forensic scientist Jill Seacrest.
3.  How do I get a copy of your book?
o   What is the title or working title for this piece?
·      The Killing Collective is a stand alone novel, available now in paperback and print on Amazon.
o   Is it available now or when can we expect to see it released?
·      Please check it out now!

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Casey Bartsch on "Character Descriptions"

Character Description and Why I Don’t Write it

His hair was as brown as Mississippi mud, and though she couldn’t see them well, his eyes shined with light from an unknown source. He was a foot taller than her, and she couldn’t help but stare into his well sculpted chest…..blah, blah, blah.
I hate character description. At least, as it is often written. When I start a new book, I am inevitably given a list of features for the protagonist. Hair color, level of attractiveness, shoe size. Then, I immediately forget all about all of those details, because the character isn’t created in my mind by details of appearance – the character forms around what they do and see. How they react and think. My mind will then give the character a look of my choosing.
Maybe they take on the guise of someone I know or an actor that I think of. Maybe I make them up from scratch, but the point is – they never look the way the author wants them to.
So, I avoid it in my writing. Instead of trying to describe my protagonist as old and rundown, I have him inspect an old rotary phone and comment on how things used to be. I have his knees crack as he sits in his recliner. His thoughts and reactions will be that of an old, rundown man – leaving the reader to create his visage far better than I ever could. Because he is theirs now, not mine.
I think writers often put a little too much ego into what they write, and forcing a description of a character is a form of this. It may not seem like it, but denying the reader the chance to envision their own scene is a bit narcissistic. As we write our stories, the words unfold in a way that is surprising to us. Twists and turns that we never expected just ooze out our fingertips. It is the closest thing to magic that I know.
Why deny the reader that same magic?
Details that are vital to the story have to be told, but all else can be hinted at by other means, and the reader will appreciate it. How better to get into reading a book than with a character that you built, rather than one you have to keep trying to remember? It’s a bit of trickery, but any time you can fool the reader into believing that they have envisioned the scene or character themselves, the more you reel them in to your story - and the story is all yours.
The exception to this, is tertiary characters. Those few people that pop up here and there that have their 15 minutes of fame in your book, and then vanish in a puff of smoke. I like to make these characters stand out, and will describe them. I don’t give a full rundown, but I like to give each one something that the main characters can notice. Those little details don’t so much describe the unimportant character, as they describe the world in which your protagonist lives.
In short, character description is NOT character building, and in most cases is just a waste of time and space.

My novel, Strawberries, is available now on Amazon. I am nearly through with the follow up, Behind the Red Curtain – so please look out for that!

Please visit my website, and if you sign up for my newsletter, I’ll send you a copy of Strawberries for FREE! My blog, Full Blown Panic Attack, is there with all sorts of reviews and news regarding all things horror.

You can find me on Facebook, and also a group I manage called, Readers, Writers, and Watchers of the Thrilling and Horrific.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Connect With Author Stewart Bint

Author in the genres of science fiction, paranormal, and satire

Stewart Bint is an international novelist, journalist, magazine columnist, and PR writer.  He has books published by Creativia and Dragon Moon Press. Stewart is, also, a member of the influential #Awethors group.

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Friday, November 17, 2017

Connect with Author RICHARD ANKERS


Author of The Eternals Series

Writing Credits
The Eternals:  Published by Creativia
Hunter Hunted: Book 2 In The Eternals Series: Published by Creativia
Into Eternity: Book 3 In The Eternals Series: Published by Creativia
Authonomy Gold Medalist: The Snow Lily
Short Fiction
Once Upon A Broken Dream: Creativia Anthology: Sapphire Heartbreaks
Phantaxis Issue 1: In Glass Android One 
The Fable Online (June 2016): Phoenix Burned Cold Freedoms / Racing the Dead / Mermaid’s Tears
Devolution Z (April 2016): Nocturne
Nonlocal Science Fiction Issue 4: Filtered Blue
Third Flatiron Publishing ‘The Time it Happened’ anthology: Armada Of Snow
Leap Books ‘Fright Before Christmas’ anthology: Clockwork Christmas Primal Actions / Lost Lights / Glass Spiders
The New Accelerator Issue 4,  iTunes digital magazine: Iced Hearts At World’s End
The Tophat Raven issue 2 ( Hope (now defunct) : Hush, Little Darlin’ / In The Arms Of A Dream / Spectral Nazis & The Empress Of Steam / Washed Away
fēlan Issue 1: The Heat (poem) Not Quite (prose poem)
fēlan Issue 2: Nightly (poem)
fēlan Issue 3: Beautiful (poem) Smile (poem)
fēlan Issue 4: Wetted (poem) Melancholy Moon (poem)
fēlan Issue 5: NO! (poem) & Guest Judge
fēlan issue 10: Ignition (poem)
The Tophat Raven issue 1 ( Lacrimosa (poem)/ My Angel (poem)/ Lost Gulls (haiku)

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