Monday, October 31, 2011

New Twitter? Here's Some Helpful Tips!!!


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New To Twitter? Don't know where to start? Here's some helpful tips to get you started. Here is a top 5 that I hope helps.

1. Follow People that have the same interests as you so you have things to talk about with each other.

2. Follow back followers that follow you. Nobody wants to follow a person that thinks they are too good to follow back and they will most likely unfollow you.

3. Get involved in a conversation. If somebody posts what they are cooking for dinner and you like that reply to it "That sounds good" or "Yum" Anything to get involved.

4. Don't only talk about your book. Post that you have one and then post about it and links but also post other things. We don't need to see 50 post in one day about your book. That will most likely make somebody not want to buy it.

5. Don't DM spam about things. That is going to make your follower angry and they will unfollow you.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Guest Blogger: Regina Duke

Welcome Regina Duke!



















Lizzie, thanks for having me! With Halloween upon us, many are looking forward to a few hours of delicious but safe scary time. Some go to movies. Others to haunted houses. And still others, like myself, withdraw into a world of fiction.

Can a writer of romantic comedy, suspense, and dogs write horror stories as well?
Oh, yes. Bwaaa-haa-haa-haa! Okay, that was corny. But over the years I learned that stories come to me in different genres and I can’t cram them into a single formula or rework them to fit a solitary line. That’s why I went indie. I wanted to share my stories, but I wanted to do it my way.

Over the years I have written eight novels. The first five were not ready for prime time. But writing can improve with effort, so I just kept working at it. Then a few years ago, I wrote North Rim Delight, a romantic suspense novel. What a surprise! I could have fun and tell a suspenseful story in the real world! Well, almost real. It’s fiction, after all.

I chose to begin my indie journey with North Rim Delight. Terri Baker is dealing with the loss of her beloved German shepherd and trying to shake off an abusive ex-boyfriend by taking a vacation to the Grand Canyon. Bounty hunter Russ Camino is tailing a hit man with a tragic connection to his family’s past. When he lays eyes on Terri, he falls head over heels in love, but refuses to admit it. Then he realizes that the hit man is following Terri, and he knows he must protect her at all costs.

I had such a good time writing about Terri and Russ, my dog-loving characters, and their budding romance that I followed up with a novella about their relationship three months later.

Because these characters live and breathe for me, I wanted to explore what happens after they returned from the Canyon. That’s why I wrote The Woof in the Wedding Plans. It’s a novella that catches up with them as they deal with a new German Shepherd, a super-rich and overly involved future father-in-law, and the wedding planner from hell. It’s full of dogs, danger, laughs, and of course a happy ending.

I hope you enjoy reading about them as much as I enjoy writing them!

As for my soft science fiction and quiet horror, my stories have more affection and relationship in them than one usually expects in those genres. Hence, “soft” science fiction. The only definition of that sub genre I ever found said it deals with social issues instead of tech issues, and that is certainly true about my SF. It’s all about how people deal with unusual situations. My horror stories are psychological, not gory. I have published six of them in Trickster and Other Stories. With Halloween coming up, it seemed like the right thing to do. So if you are one of those who look for your thrills in the pages of a book, this collection is for you.

When I’m not writing, I’m training and showing my dogs. I have loved many breeds over the years, but my current pack consists of two papillons (Buster and Darby) and a tiny rescued Shetland sheepdog (Gracie). I write about my dogs under the name Linda White. My training experience and show entries are under that name. Loving the Sensitive Dog is the story of my first papillon, Buster the Wonder Dog. He’s still alive and well and earning titles.

If all goes well, I’ll have two more titles coming out before the end of the year. One is a romantic comedy with loads of mystery and laughs and, of course, dogs. The other is about my second papillon. So I am writing like crazy!

Because I have two names, I also have two websites.

www.reginaduke.com www.lindalouwrites.com

North Rim Delight http://www.amzn.com/B0050Q57SY

The Woof in the Wedding Plans (novella) http://www.amzn.com/B005JSPBV6

Regina Duke & Linda White’s Trickster and Other Stories http://www.amzn.com/B005OKJMGYLinda

White’s Loving the Sensitive Dog, http://www.amzn.com/B0055KXLJWMy books can also be found on Barnes&Noble for the Nook.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Guest Blogger: Michelle Franklin

A Halloween Story from Frewyn: A Festive Return


Seamhair (Sheh-mir) is Frewyn Halloween. It's the day that Frewyn honours family and heroes passed. In honour of halloween at the end of the month, here is a moment from book 10 that describes the Frewyn holiday and some of its customs.






A Festive Return


Being in Gallei for the chief of the season meant that the royal party had missed the harvest festivities entirely. The children had enjoyed the apple picking, squash gathering, games and hay rides, but business in the west of the Southern Continent had kept all of the adults from joining their high revel. Their return, however, saw the beginning of Seamhair, the last day of autumn on the Frewyn calendar, celebrated with guising, feasting and merriment in honour of those who had come before and passed on, bringing with it usual accoutrements of sweets and chocolate and all the requisite tooth aches and sore stomach such a dulcet commemoration could merit. The party returned to the Frewyn capital to discover Diras in a glow of festive spirits: decorations of gauze ghosts and green ghouls lined the gables of every home; amber candles were lit in the square in honour of those who had no memorial belonging to them; the bells from the church rang out in subdued tones, calling those who wished to honour parents and children long past with sermon and song; the faint scent of nutmeg from fresh apple pies cooling on open sill and the aroma of mulling spices from steaming cider carts being wheeled round the capital hung languidly in the air; children wearing various costumes of Frewyn’s legends and heroes skipped from door to door and made wide, toothless smiles at old women in exchange for treats, abiding the occasional cheek pinches and spittling lips that the crones of Frewyn were disposed to dispense. It was a prospect of Frewyn’s gaiety that the party triumphed in seeing, so much that when they arrived at the capital gate, they were forced to stop and remark the striking splendor that such a scene could provide. Gallei had shown them its agonies, and here Frewyn would show them its glories.


Alasdair felt his breath grow full. His chest swelled, and he exhaled with a billowing condensation, remarking the festivity in the capital with glistening eyes. His happiness at seeing his people in so revelrous a state was more sentiment than his speech could express. He turned to the commander with the parted lips of impending words, but nothing came beyond a sigh and a thankful nod. He requested that the party should move forward; he was anxious to see his queen and his son and therefore determined that the others were anxious to see their families likewise, but the moment Alasdair was discerned along the main road to the castle, drawing attention by the various soldiers beginning to peel away from the ranks and return to their homes, there was an end to the king’s designs of a quick and peaceful return. Ovation came from the square, entreaties for their king poured in from every quarter, and soon the party was surrounded by the capital’s denizens coming to the king to congratulate and wish him joy. Alasdair must stop; he apologized for the delay, but a few moments more where the greeting and honouring of his people was concerned would be of little consequence to being detained. Bows and curtsies were given, ‘Your Majesties’ addressed him, and hopeful eyes and hands outstretched bearing tribute and gifts for their king were borne. Alasdair was in such a beholden and appreciative humour that he had forbearance for every command of his attention: he said hello to the children skittering about his feet demanding that he judge their costumes, he waved to the young women who were ever desirous of seeing their handsome young monarch, he endured every pat on the cheek that the wives and old women could accord, and he even nodded to the Reverend Mother who emerged from her place in the Church to bless the king’s safe return. Their attention and their exuberance at seeing him and greeting his party in such a manner was all Alasdair’s exultation, and the instant he turned from their society to recommence his arrival to the castle, he wiped a tear from his eye and reclaimed his place at the head of the procession with a bowed head and grateful smile.


“All gallantry in battle and in court,” said the commander in an audible murmur, “but the moment that you’re attacked with affection from your subjects, you are all sensibility.” She smirked and looked away but felt Alasdair returning with a powerful glare.


“What?” Alasdair rejoined, and then sharply added, “I’m not crying.” He endeavoured to hide a sniffle and only succeeded in making the commander laugh when he failed to conceal his sentiment. “I know I am king, Boudicca, but I think I’m allowed to show some emotion.”


“Of course you are, Alasdair. Besides, we all know that the King of Frewyn never weeps.” She made an arch look. “Especially when his wife and son are waiting at the castle gate to greet him.”


Alasdair suddenly looked ahead to find Carrigh and Dorrin walking hand in hand toward the iron sweep gate from the castle peristyle. His eyes welled once more, a hundred feelings rushing upon him, the most prevalent of which relief for seeing them well, and where his heart could govern him, his feet would answer. He broke away from the party, hastening toward them, his smile broadening with every step, and when he finally reached the edge of the gate, he assailed them with the most fervent and fondest of kisses, taking his son up into one arm and ardently embracing his wife with the other. “I am so very glad to see you,” he said in a voice oppressed by tight throat. All his love and all his reprieve prevailed him at once, and in seeing his wife’s blue eyes, golden curls, and elated countenance beside his son’s rosy complexion and smiling face, he was compelled to lean into his wife’s nape and shed a few open tears, saying his praises to the Gods that he was come home and that they were within the auspices of his most devoted embrace.












Find Michelle Here:
Twitter: @MrsDenAsaan
Site: thehaanta.blogspot.com








Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Michelle-Franklin/e/B004XK55GC/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1











Saturday, October 15, 2011

Award Winning "A Surprise For Christmas"



*Previously titled "Somebody Else's Child"

Samantha wasn’t expecting what she got for Christmas this year. Her doorbell rang and there sitting on her porch was a baby in a basket. This changes her life for the good. But then something happens. The baby’s father comes for his child. How can Samantha convince him that she is the best thing for the child?

4th Place Winner
Love is In The Air contest hosted by Reader Jack

Friday, October 14, 2011

Funny Story!!!!

I had to share my funny story with you all.


I had somebody tell me tonight that if I donated money to their church that God would reward me financially.


I looked at them and said. "I'm sorry but my faith tells me that God doesn't charge you for his love and would never ask me to pay him cash for that love. I don't think your church is right for me."

They just looked at me and turned and left.

Monday, October 10, 2011

A Surprise For Christmas




Only 99 Cents
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Samantha wasn’t expecting what she got for Christmas this year. Her doorbell rang and there sitting on her porch was a baby in a basket. This changes her life for the good. But then something happens. The baby’s father comes for his child. How can Samantha convince him that she is the best thing for the child?

Reviews:
5.0 out of 5 stars a surrise for christmas, September 26, 2011
By jbarr - See all my reviewsThis review is from: A Surprise For Christmas (Kindle Edition)
a surprise for christmas by lizzy stevens
and what a surprise it is. wow what every single woman dreams of finding,
a baby on the doorstep to raise as your own. kinda reminded me of the baby in a basket
among the grassy reeds-a religious story.

this story a year later has upheaval as the father comes to find his daughter-not knowing the mother was pregnant.

magic happens and they fall in love to make it a memorable Christmas for them all.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Guest Blogger R.H. Russell





Tell us a little about Venture Untamed, what inspired you to write it?
Venture Untamed is a fantasy, in that it takes place in another world— though there is no magic. It’s the story of Venture Delving, a bonded servant, a member of the lowest class in the world. Already fatherless, when he loses his mother, he veers from energetic to out of control. But when Venture's rage saves the life of Jade, his best friend and his master's daughter, Venture finds himself in the last place he ever expected—a center renowned for training young boys to be professional fighters. When Venture realizes he's fallen in love with Jade, he knows that the only way he'll ever have her, the only way he'll ever be free to live the life he's meant to live, is to defy convention, common sense, the trust of those he cares about most—and sometimes the law—and become the best fighter in the world, the Champion of All Richland. Venture must battle not only rival fighters, but the ghosts of his past and the members of a privileged warrior class who stand between him and his dream. I’ve been involved in combat sports since I was a teen and my experience with fighters of all sorts fueled this story. The world of fighters is truly fascinating, and I wanted to share it with readers in a unique way—a way anyone could identify with, because I truly believe there’s a fighter in all of us.


Do you have a favorite character you have written?

My favorite character is Venture, of course! But Jade tends to surprise me more. And I sympathize with Venture’s older brother, Justice—the practical one who fears for Venture’s safety. He’s more like me than I realized at first, and I always want to defend him.

3. What are you currently working on?
Currently I’m working on the second of the Venture books, Venture Unleashed. It’s now in production, and will be available before the holidays 2011.

4. How long have you been writing? What influenced you to start?
I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember. It’s what I’ve always wanted to do. I was bored a lot as a kid, so I told myself stories.


How do your family/friends feel about your writing?
My family and friends are amazing. They’ve supported me every step of the way.

Where do you hope to be in 5 years?
In five years, I hope to have many books in my Venture series out in the world, and lots of happy readers.

Do you have any advice for new or aspiring author?
My advice for new authors is to live a full life. It will enrich your writing and get you through the tough times in your writing life. As an introvert, I learned this the hard (and slow) way. It was a painful, lonely lesson. Now when I hear people say, “Writing is my life,” I cringe. Pour your heart and soul into your writing, yes, but if writing truly IS your life, you’re in trouble. This is a pitfall for all driven people. In Venture’s story, I try to show how he has a passion that’s of greatest importance to him, and he pours himself into his training, yet he has a full life. I enjoyed bringing out all the aspects of who he is—his family relationships, his dreams for a future with Jade, his friendships. Take time away from writing to be alive, and your work will come alive.

What is your favorite book? (one that you have read) and why?
Choosing a favorite book is impossible! I love so many of them. But my favorite recent read is Falling Hard, a Journey into the World of Judo, by Mark Law. Part memoir, part history of judo, it’s fast-paced, honest, funny, and fascinating. I loved reading about this fifty-something Brit’s experience joining the world of judo, and realizing how similar it was to my own experience, though I was an American teenager when I started out.

On the fun side, what is your favorite television show and why?
I don’t watch much TV. Getting rid of cable five years ago was the best thing that ever happened to my family, and to my writing.

Where can readers find you ?
Readers can find me at http://www.theventurebooks.com, http://


http://www.facebook.com/TheVentureBooks
or subscribe to my newsletter at http://eepurl.com/fX-Kn.

Fellow writers can visit my writing blog, http://www.wordwrestlerwrites.wordpress.com.

Or follow me on Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/Word_Wrestler

SHORT BLURB:
Venture Delving, an out of control bonded servant boy, finds himself in the last place he ever expected—a center renowned for training boys to be professional fighters. He must battle not only rival fighters, but the ghosts of his past and the members of a privileged warrior class who stand between him and his dream—to become a Champion fighter and to marry Jade, his master's daughter. Approximately 60,000 words. Ages thirteen and up.


LONG BLURB:
Venture Delving is a bonded servant, a member of the lowest class in the world. Already fatherless, when he loses his mother, he veers from energetic to out of control. But when Venture's rage saves the life of Jade, his best friend and his master's daughter, Venture finds himself in the last place he ever expected—a center renowned for training young boys to be professional fighters. When Venture realizes he's fallen in love with Jade, he knows that the only way he'll ever have her, the only way he'll ever be free to live the life he's meant to live, is to defy convention, common sense, the trust of those he cares about most—and sometimes the law—and become the best fighter in the world, the Champion of All Richland. Venture must battle not only rival fighters, but the ghosts of his past and the members of a privileged warrior class who stand between him and his dream. Book one of the Venture series. Approximately 60,000 words. Ages thirteen and up.

BUY LINKS:
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B005PA95S8
Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B005PA95S8
Barnesandnoble.com: http://search.barnesandnoble.com/Venture-Untamed/RH-Russell/e/2940013414099
Smashwords: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/91117

Kids say the funniest things!!!!

My niece will be 4 next month.

I asked her what she wanted for her birthday.

She got all excited and said "I want a disney princess chair".

I said Oh wow that sounds really good. Where do I find one of those?

She looked at me all serious and said. "You get it from Santa."


I, not knowing what to say at that point, said I have his phone number I'll give him a call and see if I can get one from him LOL.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Secrets Of Snow Hollow only 99 Cents on amazon




Only 99 Cents!!!!
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The Witches Of Snow Hollow Book One: Jenna's Story

Jenna is six when her parents die in a tragic car crash leaving her and her two sisters orphans. With no one to care for them they move in with their grandmother in the town of Snow Hollow where more than just a normal life awaits them. Jenna soon discovers that she is not like other girls, a fact she's felt since birth. When her grandmother finally reveals her secret Jenna is blown away by not only the fact that she's a witch, but that she is THE witch. The Ultimate One who controls the powers of the coven.




After her grandmother's death when she turned 26 Jenna finds out another secret. She is the only one left to protect her home from the evil demons wanting to steal her world away from her.




When Jenna meets Jacob, her sexy warlock protector, the sparks fly from day one. She is determined to protect her family her way, but will it be enough? She will need Jacob, but will their passion for one another be enough to save their world as they know it and keep her sisters safe?



The Witches of Snow Hollow Book Two: Jamie's Story

The Story of the Addison witches continue in "The Witches Of Snow Hollow Book Two Jamie's Story"



Jamie Addison returns to Snow Hollow to ask her sister, Jenna, for her blessing to marry the man she loves, Danny. When she gets there she finds out that she has been under a love spell the entire time and that Danny has also put a bind on her powers. Danny has been after the Addison house all along and plans to kill the sisters.




Jenna and her husband ,Jacob, vow to protect her. Jacob calls his cousin, Drake, over to protect her while the four of them plan their attack on Danny. The only way for Jamie to get her powers back is for them to kill the demon that put the spell on her.




Drake never leaves Jamie's side while it's his job to protect her. In the process of protecting her he falls in love with her. Jamie is torn between if her feelings for him are true of if it is a side effect of the spell that has been put on her.




Will Jamie's family be able to protect her or will the demon win?



The Witches Of Snow Hollow Book Three: Jackie's Story

The story of the Addison witches continues with Jackie Addison. Jackie falls in love with a vampire named Ricky and plans to take him to Snow Hollow to help fight the long awaited lunar eclipse battle. She knows that she has to get the blessing of her sister Jenna before the relationship can blossom. This is going to be a very difficult task to compete since her sister Jamie fell in love with a demon who tried to kill her. How was Jackie going to convince Jenna that Ricky was different. She knew he loved her for real and would never hurt her.

Ricky may be a vampire but he is different. He fights demons night after night side by side with Jackie. He fights demons with her but can he help protect the Addison house during the most important battle of their year? Can he win Jenna's trust so that he can be with Jackie? Will the Addison witches win this fight?