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Foto Friday ~ Gratitude


THE WATCHER Book Blast & Giveaway!

The WatcherMillennia ago, he fell from heaven for her. Can he face her without falling again? Fascinated with ancient civilizations, seventeen-year-old Mia Crawford dreams of becoming an archaeologist. She also dreams of wings—soft and silent like snow—and somebody trying to steal them. When a horrible creature appears out of thin air and attacks her, she knows Michael Fontaine is involved, though he claims to know nothing about it. Secretive and aloof, Michael evokes feelings in Mia that she doesn’t understand. Images of another time and place haunt her. She recognizes them—but not from any textbook. In search of the truth, Mia discovers a past life of forbidden love, jealousy and revenge that tore an angel from Heaven and sent her to an early grave. Now that her soul has returned, does she have a chance at loving that angel again? Or will an age-old nemesis destroy them both? Ancient history is only the beginning.

From November 28th to December 1st The Watcher is on sale for just $…

Pep Talk from Marie Lu

Pep Talk from Marie Lu
Marie’s Website
Marie’s Books Hey Wrimos,

You’re past the halfway mark. Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and you can see the faintest glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel. But you can barely breathe. Your brain feels sore. Things might be getting a little rough, right?
I’m not going to give you inspirational words. I’m not going to tell you how hard it is to be a writer or how courageous you are to be doing this (which you are, by the way, didn’t you know that already?). You don’t have time for all that—you’re trying to finish a novel! Today, I’m going to give you some practical tips on how to make it through the third week. The dark swamp. The mines of writer’s block.

Pull your favorite, tattered, dog-eared book off the shelves. Find a chapter that leaves you breathless. Start typing it out in a new document, word for word. Don’t just type blindly; think about what you’re writing. For me, something about this exercise helps me see the g…

Foto Friday ~ Peter F. Drucker


NaNo Pep Talk from Bella Andre

Pep Talk from Bella Andre
Bella’s Website
Bella’s Books Dear Novelist,
In the workshops I give to writers, I talk a lot about blocking out the white noise (email, Facebook, phone calls, prolonged internet searches for information you don’t really need to know to write your first draft, etc.) and putting on blinders so you can really give your focus to your book. This advice is a lesson I personally relearn with every single book I write.
In the past two and a half years, I have written 10 books in my contemporary romance series about the Sullivan family. Today, I began number 11.
That’s the quick and pretty version, but if you pull back the glossy cover, the past 30 months actually look like this:
Decide to start my new book.Do everything but start the book.Make more big plans to start the book, for real this time.Freak out about not starting the book.Tell myself that tackling the non-writing items on my enormous to-do list is important, necessary work, so really, how could I st…


I have a few confessions I need to admit to:

I sometimes dog-ear library books. *cringes* I do it very lightly but still, I bend the page.
 Please don't tell the librarians.
There are just certain sentences or phrases that I love and sometimes I want to go back and reread my favorites. Sometimes, they are an answer to my writers block of the book I'm working on. Other times, I just love the words and want to hold onto them
When I confessed my guilt to a friend, she gaped at me in surprise and repulsion. Then kindly suggested those little sticky tabs. Brilliant! Why hadn't I thought of that? So I now have two packages of sticky tab thingys.

* How many of you mark a book you're reading? With, uh, those sticky things?

Next, I collect quotes.
There is is. I am a quote junkie.
My biggest Pinterest board is "Quoteth."
I enjoy making memes for my blogs, which become my Foto Friday posts.
I get emails from that send me a couple of quotes a week.

This is on…

Foto Friday~ Dream


Writers on Wednesday ~ Nicole Giles Book Blitz Interview AND Giveaway!

Today we have Nicole Giles on her blog tour for her book DESCENDANT!  Welcome, Nicole!

What what your favorite scene to write?     NG: Kissing scenes. My favorite scenes to write will always involve kissing. I’m just a romantic like that.

How long did it take you to write Descendant?

    NG: Ttwo years. But that included some very serious rewrites and restructuring and world building. There was never an outline involved, and I should also add that Descendant was my first solid, real experience with finding a unique idea I felt was interesting enough to pursue publication. The next book I wrote was more like a year, and the one following that was a little less. Every book is different for me, and this particular story has a lot of complicated layers.   

Will Descendant be a standalone or are you going to write a sequel?

    NG: Birthright (book 2) is already drafted and rolling toward a spring publication. I hope to also write a third in this series to round out and complete the story.


Pep Talk from James Patterson.

Pep Talk from James Patterson
James’s Website
James’s Books So Writer, you’re trying to write a novel in 30 days. Has anyone told you you’re crazy yet?
You’re not crazy. I promise. I know because I’ve written a novel in a couple of months. And yes, I’m a human being (just ask my editor, or my wife) and I do sleep. The book even got published. So anyone who tells you it’s impossible is wrong and you should probably stop taking their advice. Unless it’s your mom. Then just stop taking her advice about writing (you should still floss once a day).
There’s no getting around the fact that it’s hard, though, is there? By now you know that better than anyone. Maybe you should give up on this whole novel business and go relax. Or work at a paying job. But I say, keep at it. Because, like I said, it’s possible. And as you must suspect, it’s a pretty fantastic feeling to have written a book.
So how do you do it? Here are some tips on making it to December 1 without going crazy or giv…

Foto Friday ~ John F. Kennedy


Chris Ashton Kutcher Advice

I love these three pieces of advice from from Ashton:

1. Opportunity~ "I believe that opportunity looks a lot like work."

2. Being Sexy~ "The sexist thing in the entire world is being really smart. And being thoughtful. And being generous. Everything else is crap."

3. Living life~ "Build a life, don't live one."

Foto Friday ~ Omar Bradley