Sunday, November 24, 2013

It's Official

                                  Okayyy! Wheee! JINGLE BELLS is now live on Amazon!

http://www.amazon.com/Jingle-Bells-Holiday-Spirit-Around-ebook/dp/B00GOIZP5C/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1385318028&sr=8-1&keywords=jingle+bells+tales+of+holiday+spirit+from+around+the+world
 
Now you can check-out the beautiful cover, take a peek inside and grab your very own copy! The Kindle version is only .99 cents.
 
Am I smiling? Oh, yeah!
 
 

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Sunday, November 17, 2013

One and One makes Two



 
 
 
Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle All The Wayyyy!!!

Woohoo! Pinch me! Amazon just added a brand new book to my author page!

http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00F7PTZH2

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Lookeee!



                 Enter to win something cool, and while you're there read an interview about Steven M. Booth and his awesome book Dark Talisman at: http://deareditor.com/ for a chance to win a ten page critique and more!

Goodluck!!!

Monday, November 11, 2013

Happy Veteran's Day Thank You!

 
 I want to say Thanks to all of the brave men and women in the armed forces!
 
                         Thanks for your service and sacrifice! Thanks for guarding our great country! Thanks for protecting our people!  And thanks, for standing up for our freedom! 
 
                    I know that's a lot of Thanks--but sometimes words aren't enough to express true  feelings. Sometimes, we simply need to stand behind you with our hopes and prayers. So Thank you! And may God protect and keep you!
 
               



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Saturday, November 2, 2013

Writing Tips


 

                Yeah! It's PiBoIdMo time again and this is day two! I hope everyone is fizzing with new picture book ideas!
                And what about NaNoWriMo! This months is totally going to sizzle with ideas!
                 I get my ideas in many different ways. Sometimes I think of a title and then the plot appears and the story grows from there. Sometimes a phrase from a book or the television will present an idea that I can fleshed out into a story.
                 No matter where your ideas come from be sure to jot them down before they're forgotten. And as my friend, Kristen suggested, make yourself a little note so you won't forget the inspiration behind each idea on your list.

                Below is a list of things that may help you stay focused on what’s most important when writing a picture book or a NaNoWriMo novel, it will make sure the correct structure is THERE to begin with. I hope everyone creates lots of picture books this November! Best of Luck!

 

CRITIQUE CHECK LIST

 

1. DOES YOUR STORY START WITH A BANG?

2.  DON’T FORGET TO LAYER WITH THEME, SETTING AND TONE

3.  DOES THE MAIN CHARACTER STANDOUT? IS THE MC QUIRKY, FUNNY OR UNIQUE?

4.  FIRST PARA SHOULD SHOW MAIN CHARACTER, SETTING AND CLEAR CONFLICT

5.   DON’T FORGET STORY AND CHARACTER ARCS

6.   STORY MUST HAVE A BEGINNING, MIDDLE AND END

7.   MC SHOULD CHANGE BY THE END

8.    READ FOR UNCLEAR SENTENCES OR WORDS

9.    USE RULE OF THREE  

10.   DOES THE CONFLICT GO FROM BAD TO WORSE AND FROM WORST TO WORST OF ALL?

11.  DOES THE STORY END WITH A SURPRISE OR TWIST?

12.  DOES THE UNDERLYING THEME COME THROUGH CLEARLY?

13.  WILL THIS STORY APPEAL TO BOTH KIDS AND ADULTS?

14.  WILL THEY WANT TO READ IT AGAIN AND AGAIN?

15.  NOW IT’S TIME TO TIGHTEN & SHINE

16. YEAH! YOU’RE READY FOR A CRITIQUE!

 
 
 
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