If I Only Had a Plot

Lighting a candle is not helping me come up with one for my current wip. I have several scenes written. I know the characters fairly well, especially the hero. But I’m in that “what is this book about?” stage because I don’t exactly have a plot. I have a blurry…

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Barbara Meyers, Author – March 2013 Newsletter

First off, right after I posted the February newsletter, The Ledger published one of my Dr. Suess-like poems in its “Write-On” section. The link is below if you want to read it. I have to say I like a local newspaper interested in the happenings and talents of the local…

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Cover Artist Interview – Lindsay Beach

Artist Lindsay Beach created the cover for The Forbidden Bean, the first book in the Grinding Reality series. Tell us a little about your background and education. I started drawing at a young age and haven’t stopped since. In high school I took all the art classes I could, including…

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Addiction to The Forbidden Bean

What if you had an addiction to a substance for which there was no rehab? What if you couldn’t tell anyone about your addiction? In Tee Rutledge I may have created the ideal fictional addict, but there are many correlations to real life addiction. First of all, she has no…

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A Forever Kind of Guy Quiz

THE FOREVER KIND OF GUY QUIZ Is he A FOREVER KIND OF GUY? Take this quiz and find out. 1. Your car breaks down on the freeway. When you call your guy for help he: A) Tells you to lock the doors, sit tight, he’s on his way B) Suggests…

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This Lemonade is Making Me Crazy!

I am reading an historical novel by an author I’ve never read before for which I paid 99¢ and downloaded to my Kindle. I don’t read a lot of historical fiction, but I’ve read a fair amount. The story takes place in 1868, after the U.S. Civil War but before…

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Not Quite Heaven – A Brief History

Even I didn’t remember how long ago I started working on this story until I started going through the box where I had stored its entire history on paper. Oh, the trees I have killed. For you tree-huggers out there, I want you to know, I recycle paper. I save…

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What Do Readers Want?

A recent meeting with a marketing expert goes something like this: HER:  What do you feel is most important when it comes to content on your web site? Me:  (Mental response) I don’t know. Me:  (Verbal response)  Whatever will draw more readers to it and encourage them to buy my…

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Picky Reader – 22

The Girl Who Stopped Swimming  by Joshilyn Jackson.  I read Gods in Alabama by this author a year or so ago.  Jackson is a subtle writer and writes with a haunting lyricism.  She never comes at you directly, never spells it out for you.  Evidently, she has enough respect for…

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Writer Envy?

There has been a bit of a furor lately about John Locke’s book on how he became a bestseller offering ninety-nine-cent eBooks while also admitting he isn’t that good of a writer.  I have not read his how-to book.  From what I’ve read about it, it appears he takes a…

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