Friday, January 13, 2017

Celebrate: Where Did Winter Go? & Giveaways



Temperatures hit 70 in Egypt this week! I was walking around without a jacket or scarf today. In fact, so far the winter, where temps usually fluctuate between 45 and 60, has been unusually mild. 

I'm not complaining exactly, only I'm worried that the high temps now do not bode well for the summer where temps normally average 90-105. What if they go higher this year? Nooooo --- I'm a chubby chicken that broils easily in the hot sun!

Have the temps been unseasonably warm where you live? 

Celebrate's own Tanya Miranda has released 
a new book!


Blurb: 
       Finding romance gets harder after so many years together, but Isabel and Leo make it work. 
       This collection of short stories takes a peek into their lives as a competitive couple continually outwitting one another, as parents to two children who are too wise for their young ages, and as grownups who shoot foam dart guns like military snipers while attempting to act like responsible adults. 
       Between sassy kids and demanding careers, heartbreaks and frustrations, a quick kiss or a love tap are sometimes the only intimacy they can get. And when the moment comes, they jump all over it. 
       These are their stories.

Buy At:  AMAZON


Bio:
Tanya Miranda runs 5Ks, writes, and creates line art when the weather keeps her indoors. She loves reading and writing about real life love stories, tales of heart ache, and every other type of emotional journey life offers. Her kids bring her loads of joy and tons of material for her writing. If only they would stop growing up...

To find out more about the author's writing, visit her at:

Blog: http://www.tanyamiranda.com/ 
Google+: https://plus.google.com/+TanyaMiranda
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TanyaMirandaAuthorPage
GoodReads: http://www.goodreads.com/tanyamiranda
Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/mirandabooks/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Tanya_Miranda_
Instagram: http://instagram.com/tanya.miranda/
About.me: http://about.me/tanya_miranda


My kind and wonderful co-hosts of Celebrate the Small Things are:
L.G. Keltner @ Writing Off The Edge
Tonja Drecker @ Kidbits Blog

Celebrate The Small Things Linky:



Grab the Linky html-code here:


** To see who’s posted for the hop look at my Celebrate The Small Things Blog Roll, left sidebar bottom **


 Celebrate the Small ThingsTo be part of this blog hop, all you have to do is visit the Celebrate page on Lexa's Blog for the rules, and then post every Friday about something you're grateful  for that week.  It can be about writing or family or school or general life.  This is the funnest and easiest blog hop ever! (Originated by VikLit)



Foxy's Friday Freebies!

Foxy has been nosing around the net
When she finds great FREE STUFF, she'll feature it on Friday Freebies posts -
  • Free short stories, novellas, and novels
  • Giveaways for books and swag
  • Free services for authors


Here are Foxy's suggestions for , 2017:

Free Signed Fantasy Novel, Bookmark, Poster, and Temporary Tattoo – Win Impyrium by Henry Neff, about a ruling family dynasty that’s losing its power, the youngest granddaughter whose magic is the only thing that can save it, and the spy sent to destroy the dynasty at all costs. Enter via rafflecopter on YA Books Central blog. (US only; ends Jan 16)

Free Signed Fantasy/SciFi Novel – Win Windwitch by Susan Dennard, about a galaxy king betrayed by his sister and shipwrecked on a brutal planet. To help its oppressed people, the incognito ruler must embark on a dangerous mission. Enter via rafflecopter on the YA Books Central blog. (US only; ends Jan 19)

Free $25 Amazon Gift Card – To celebrate the release of Sweet Southern Hearts (Contemporary Romance) by Susan Schild, about a woman marrying for the third time who finds her new step-child and her on mother present stumbling blocks to her happiness, the author is giving away a $25 Amazon card via rafflecopter on the Romance Novel Giveaways blog. (ends Jan 22)

Free $50 Amazon Gift Card and Signed Organized Crime/Romance Novel – Win The Unfortunates Book 1 by Skyla Madi. Anyone entering the giveaway will be signed up for Skyla Madi’s newsletter and receive a free copy of Blood and Rust, plus will be signed up for the Romance Devoured VIP newsletter and receive free books and special offers. Enter via question and entry form on the Romance Devoured blog. (ends Feb 9)


For Foxy's other Freebies, go to the Freebie page.

If anyone has a FREE short story (for download or online at a free ezine), novella, novel, special giveaway, or author service, please let Foxy know so she can plug you here!  Write to: laura.6eg(at)gmail.com

Friday, January 6, 2017

Celebrate: Funny Animals & Giveaways!

I was choosing fonts for the COLDEST NIGHT covers I was working on and my brain exploded.  While I scrape it off the floor  -- I'm leaving you in the capable hands of funny animal memes!










Which is your favorite?


My kind and wonderful co-hosts of Celebrate the Small Things are:
L.G. Keltner @ Writing Off The Edge
Tonja Drecker @ Kidbits Blog

Celebrate The Small Things Linky:



Grab the Linky html-code here:


** To see who’s posted for the hop look at my Celebrate The Small Things Blog Roll, left sidebar bottom **


 Celebrate the Small ThingsTo be part of this blog hop, all you have to do is visit the Celebrate page on Lexa's Blog for the rules, and then post every Friday about something you're grateful  for that week.  It can be about writing or family or school or general life.  This is the funnest and easiest blog hop ever! (Originated by VikLit)



Foxy's Friday Freebies!

Foxy has been nosing around the net
When she finds great FREE STUFF, she'll feature it on Friday Freebies posts -
  • Free short stories, novellas, and novels
  • Giveaways for books and swag
  • Free services for authors


Here are Foxy's suggestions for Jan 6, 2016:

Free Download of Contemporary Novella – The novella Shadow Love by Inge Borg is now FREE on Amazon until January 7th. "Monika Lenz needs to escape. From the city, from her job, from deceitful lovers. A year in a mountain cabin should bring her peace. But shadows invade her sanctuary. Will the elusive Jack MacGreedy pull her back from the abyss she has created in her mind, and in her aching heart?”
Download FREE here:

Free 2 Downloads of Paranormal Romance Novellas – Download FREE The Omegas  and The Alpha by Annie Nicholas. The Omegas is about  a pack of geeky omega werewolves, challenged to a fight by the toughest pack in Chicago, who must hire a vampire warrior to teach them how to fight. Can Daedelus teach the geeks, not get killed by the Chicago werewolves, and claim the quiet librarian’s heart in the process? (For more info go the Romance Novel Giveaways blog.) Also download The Alpha, about a romance between two werewolves who don’t know they’re in love with each other.
Download The Omegas for FREE here:
Download  The Alpha for FREE here:
  
Free $20 Amazon or B&N Gift Card – To celebrate the release of Beginner’s Luck (Romantic Suspense) by Corinne Scott, about a man who lost his wife by being too controlling but when her life is put in danger he has a second chance to save her and save his marriage, the author is giving away a $20 Amazon or B&N card via rafflecopter on the Romance NovelGiveaways blog. (ends Jan 14)

Free $75 Amazon or B&N Gift Card and Free Romance Novel – To celebrate the Meadows Shore series (Sweet Contemporary Romance) by Eva Charles, the author is having 2 giveaways: #1 is for a $75 Amazon or B&N card via rafflecopter and #2 is for an ecopy of Petite Madeleine via Entry Form. Both givaways are on the Romance Novels Giveaways blog.  (ends Jan 19)



For Foxy's other Freebies, go to the Freebie page.

If anyone has a FREE short story (for download or online at a free ezine), novella, novel, special giveaway, or author service, please let Foxy know so she can plug you here!  Write to: laura.6eg(at)gmail.com

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

IWSG: The Writing Rule I Break


It’s the first Wednesday of the month, so it’s time for the Insecure Writer's Support Group blog hop! 

The question of the month is: What writing rule do you wish you’d never heard?

That’s an easy one: “Show Don’t Tell.”

Are you shocked? 

Admittedly, the rule has its uses. It’s very good for steering a beginning writer (like I was) away from a head-hopping storyteller’s voice that ignores deep character POV (like I did) and has no idea how to write an attention-grabbing narrative (yup, me again). 

I became a much better writer when I began to focus on “showing” character through action and the five senses. Since I was writing for kids (MG and YA), the emphasis on things like trembling, fists clenching, and eye rolls worked well. Hormones run amok in that category anyway! 

But here’s the problem. What if you write a paragraph like this:

Ginger gasped as her three roommates burst into her room. Her gaze fixed on them one at a time, trying to suss out which was the murderer. All of their clothing appeared neat and clean—no bloodstains from Jeremy’s body. Ginger's nails dug into her palms, and her breath locked behind a lump in her throat. As the seconds ticked past, her knees began to shake so hard she feared she’d collapse to the ground. 

OK, Ginger’s suspicious and scared. That’s obvious. But WHY?? Does she expect her roommates to attack? Is she just upset over Jeremy’s murder? Is she afraid she won’t be able to deduce who the murderer is and they may claim more victims? 

If you don’t “tell” Ginger's emotions, why she’s having them, and what she's thinking, each reader will plug in their own interpretation of her actions—and they might be wrong and will get confused later in the story. I swear, 10 people can read the same thing and each come out with their own idea of what it means.

It's important to clarify the character’s inner thoughts, goals, and fears so the reader doesn't have to guess. When the reader understands the character's ideas and motivations, they'll grow much closer to the character and that sympathy will draw them more firmly into the story. 

So the rule should read: “Show and Tell.” The one is as important as the other.

Do you follow the "Show Don't Tell" rule? Do you think it works?




This is a post for the Insecure Writer's Support Group, the brainchild of Alex J. Cavanaugh. It exists so the community of blogging writers can share and support each other, blog-hopping to cheerlead and commiserate. To find out more, visit: Insecure Writer's Support Group. Plus, check out the IWSG Website for lots of helpful info and links.
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