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The Power of Words | Writing Tips

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Wonderful and highly inspirational video. Reminds us all to strive for authentic and purposeful communication. So chose your words wisely. They are extremely powerful.

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This beautiful video is a less than 2 minutes, but I guarantee it will be time well spent– and will give you new “vision”.

 

***This review was written by Penelope Silvers for her curated content on “Writing Rightly”***

 Link to the original video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hzgzim5m7oU&feature=player_embedded

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Always Writing: All Indie Authors Need to Read This!

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I’ve seen lots of changes going on with Amazon, and wasn’t sure what was happening, but this author gives an interesting perspective. He suggests it is not Amazon who is afraid of the success of some indies–but actually the big publishers.

First, the tags disappeared on our books. Of course, we can still “tag” when we set up the book for upload on Amazon. We can set up 7 of them. When on our book page, readers cannot add any tags of their own. 

Then, the “likes” on the books disappeared. Mine came back for a short time, but are gone again. Personally, I think it is fun and interactive to have the “likes” there. Sure, it can be abused but mostly likely is not in most cases.

This last Grammy Awards is a perfect example of how independents are taking over. More than half the awards went to artists who published under their own labels. Even the song of the year has no major label backing.

What are the big publishers afraid of? Little indie publishers selling a few hundred or thousand books–compared to their millions?

 

*****This review was written by Penelope Silvers for her curated content on “Writing for Kindle”*****

 Link to the original article: http://neilostroff.blogspot.com/2013/02/all-indie-authors-please-read-this.html?spref=tw

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The Marshall Plan® – Where to Get Writing Ideas

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Writeanovelfast.com provides tips and ideas for writing and publishing your novel faster. Veteran book agents and writers Evan Marshall and Martha Jewett pull from three decades of experience working with writers.

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The age-old question for writers is: “Where in the world do you come up with all of your ideas?” My response: “In this world we live in–the ideas are ripe for the picking!”

This very excellent article dishes up some juicy tidbits on a silver platter to spark your writing juices. Here’s a couple I plucked from one of my favorite topic scouting sites: YAHOO.COM

MACY’S CEO DESCRIBES THE MOMENT HIS FRIEND MARTHA STEWART BETRAYED HIM  “I thought Martha and I were friends.”

THE MAN WHOSE IMPEACEMENT VOTE SAVED ANDREW JOHNSON -After being impeached, President Andrew Johnson survived his 1868 Senate trial by just one vote. And to this day, how that vote was cast remains shrouded in controversy.

ROBIN THE BOY WONDER KILLED! – NEW YORK — The story of Batman and Robin is about to change forever. That’s according to The New York Post…

There is a constant barrage of these types of headlines every minute of every hour of every day. See if you can’t come up with a list of your own go-to sites for your Kindle Writing ideas.

 

*****This review was written by Penelope Silvers for her curated content on “Writing for Kindle”*****

 Link to the original article: http://writeanovelfast.com/wheretogetideas.htm#

 

 

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Author John Grisham Fan Q&A – TIME.com

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This former lawyer—and lawmaker—found his greatest success writing legal thrillers like The Client and A Time to Kill. His latest book, The Appeal, is out Jan. 29.

 

Penelope‘s insight:

 

How do I love John Grisham? Let me count the ways… His lawyerly books don’t read like a stuffy, dusty  law journal, but instead more like “Law on Speed”.

When I stumbled across a fan Q&A with this baseball-loving, former lawyer I just had to stop what I was doing and revel in his words. His newest book, “Calico Joe” weaves together mystery and his love for baseball into a very intriguing story. I don’t care much for baseball, but I truly did enjoy this novel.

Pause for a moment with your coffee or tea, and enjoy some words of wisdom from one of my favorite authors.

*****This review was written by Penelope Silvers for her curated content on “Writing Rightly”*****

Link to the original article and the full interview: http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1706764,00.html

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Why Women in Their 30s are Winning at Writing Successful eBooks | Womens Digital Online Magazine | VIVMag

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Why Women in Their 30s are Winning at Writing Successful eBooks

 

Penelope‘s insight:

  

This post is mainly directed at women (but men are allowed to read, too!). The meteoric rise of E.L. James and the “50 Shades of Mega Dollars” has caused everyone to sit up and take notice.

What once was an industry dominated by mega publishing houses and powerhouse male thrillers, now has seemed to split wide open and beckoned women to come on in. According to the author, there are 3 reasons why:

1) We have the TECHNOLOGY – Anybody can write an e-book, but marketing it is altogether different, and a highly specific skill.

2) We have the MOTIVATION – Women are looking for ways to supplement their family’s income in this stretched society. When we want to learn how to do something, we put our all into figuring it out.

3) We have the GUTS – You had better have good content, or your efforts are dead in the water. With all the competition out there at Amazon, and the other digital marketplaces, you need to stand out! Women have instinct, and it serves us well in this arena.

I do agree with the author that the “50 Shades” are racy, but I do not agree that they are magnetic. I could hardly finish the first book, and the anemic content definitely did not lead me to want to read the second. This proves the point that magnetic marketing can carry even the worst book to the heights of greatness.

 

*****This review was written by Penelope Silvers for her curated content on “Writing for Kindle”*****

 Link to the original article: http://vivmag.com/why-women-in-their-30s-are-winning-at-writing-successful-ebooks

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A Celebration of Life in the Midst of Tragedy

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…And the Whippoorwill Sang…by Micki Peluso

This book left me breathless. From beginning to end, I was spellbound by this haunting and beautiful memoir by Micki Peluso, written as a beautiful love story to her daughter. This story was a celebration of life in the midst of tragedy. It is a tale of love, laughter, and then many tears as a tight-knit family experiences a wonderful life and then a grievous loss together.

The story begins with the family in the ER at the hospital, reeling from a fateful chain of events. It then quickly moves back in time to the very beginnings of Micki and Butch more than a decade before–from their crazy double matrimony ceremony with her mother, to keeping their new marriage a secret, to Micki being thrust into the role of wife and mother at a very young age.

We are drawn into the fun and crazy patchwork quilt that made up the Pelusos and their friends. Yes, there is a tragedy in the loss of their daughter, but the author has chosen to take out her grief on the written page, and allow us a glimpse into their lives. I am thankful that she has, because the story of Micki, her family and her precious daughter showed us the fragility of life–and truly touched my heart.

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Gothic Tale of Terror “The Roses of the Moon I, Mara” – Book Review

Mara by Alyne de Winter
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The author weaves a spellbinding and utterly be-witching tale of a young girl caught up in a magical yet dangerous world. Alyne de Winter, author of several other gothic tales, The Lady in Yellow and Roses, Briars and Blood: A Gothic Re-telling of Sleeping Beauty: Revised Edition (Gothic Faery Tales) has taken us back in time to a world of a moonlit, rose-covered castle, Turks, lords, ladies, brave warriors, gods, gypsies, spells, superstitions and witchcraft.

As I read and became totally immersed in the story of our heroine, Mara, I also felt acute pain for her and her dismal surroundings. It is hard to imagine how such a young girl could survive the daily frightening experiences here. Mara is sensitive, and only nine years old with terrible, ongoing nightmares brought about by the horrible sounds and cries in the night that echo through the walls of Castle Szeppasszony. At age 16, Mara is moved into the Countess’s wing of the castle, only to uncover the source of her nightmares and her mother’s terrible secrets. She experiences extreme loneliness, pain and horror. It seems that the weird happenings inside the Castle Szeppasszony and the Trefoil Tower will never come to an end.

This book will take you on a journey of your imagination that you will not soon forget. You will also experience all that this young girl lived through in this dark, dank castle of secrets in the mountains of 17th Century Hungary. Mara also has her own secrets, and we will soon discover right along with her, the truth as she peels back the layers of her past in this wildly engaging tale.

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Sneak Peek of Book “…And The Whippoorwill Sang”

 

Book: “…And The Whippoorwill Sang”

Profile of Author, Micki Peluso on Shelfari: Click Here

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 An interview will soon be featured by this very talented author on KimberlyShursen.com  on January 28th

 

SYNOPSIS

How does one describe a mother’s love? Her beautiful girl, funny and bright, breathes life into every moment, considers each day special, as if sensing there might not be another. She does cartwheels in piles of Autumn leaves, sings and dances down country lanes–loves her family with all her soul. A drunk driver has severed her spinal cord–no hope. How can a mother let her child go?
 
 This lively story opens with eloping teenagers, Micki and Butch, in a bizarre double ceremony with Micki’s mother. The couple share wonderfully comical escapades, spanning decades, until tragedy strikes. There has been a terrible accident in a placid valley nestled in the Susquehanna Mountains of Pennsylvania. A drunk driver has struck down their teenage daughter on a sunny Autumn day, severing her spinal cord. Micki grabs hold of happier days, musing over their delightful past to confront an uncertain future—as the family copes with fear and apprehension. One of her six children is fighting for life in the hospital; in a semi-coma, hovering between this world and the next. The family embarks upon its unbearable journey to the other side of grief and grasps the poignant gift of life as they begin. . .to weep. . .to laugh. . .to grieve. . .to dance–and to forgive.
 

Excerpt

 School started and Fall, as always, descended upon us at once, mourned again by the whippoorwills, who had to migrate to warmer lands. I had come to grips with the ghosts; whether true ghosts or poltergeist activity by my wacky teenagers. The house blew a lot of fuses that strangely, flew clear across the large basement, a good thirty feet—which baffled Butch. It happened mostly on weekends when he was home to change the fuses and always in the middle of a good television show.
 
Butch had traded the white pickup truck, aka camper, for a ridiculous looking UPS truck, painted a bright orange. Inside, it was nicely furnished as a large camper, with a kitchen, bed and bath. It had two comfortable, large swivel chairs in front which made for comfortable driving. He’d had enough of New Jersey and took a job in Massapequa, Long island, working for a Ground Round Restaurant, as General Manager. It was about an hour and a half from our old home in Island Park, Long, Island. Our friend, Danny, from Benny’s, had also moved back to New York and told him about the job. The traveling time was longer than from New Jersey, but Butch was more comfortable and loved the job. It was similar to what he did at Benny’s, except more a family style restaurant—a cross between fast food and fine dining.
 
That Sunday he left early for his long ride back. The younger girls and I were all home watching the movie,”Halloween,” when we heard odd thumping sounds from the basement. The ghosts never appeared there, and I feared an intruder had come in through the unlocked basement door. I grabbed the shotgun and put a shell into it, hoping not to have to use it and break my shoulder or hip. I peeled Nicole, who had wrapped herself around my legs, to keep me from going downstairs, off me and made her sit down and be quiet. I snapped my fingers for Sheba to follow me downstairs, although the usually good watchdog hadn’t barked at the noise. I quietly opened the door to the basement, warning all the kids to stay on the couch. They actually obeyed. Maybe it was the sight of me brandishing a shotgun. Sheba stayed behind me, brave dog that she was—watching my back, I supposed. I tiptoed down the steps, scanning the basement, shotgun ready to fire, when I saw a large potato at the bottom of the steps. I held my fire. The menacing spud had fallen off the pantry shelf and thumped down the basement steps. I tried to bribe the kids to secrecy, but never lived down the story of the night that Mom nearly shot an Idaho potato.

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