Happy Holidays! It's just past Thanksgiving and I hope you all had a wonderful one. In case you're recovering from relative overload, here's a little writer humor. Cheers!
Most people think of September as the beginning of Autumn. But did you know that it's also Be Kind to Editors and Writers Month?
Now I'm starting to believe there is a month for everything :)
If you are a reader, you can celebrate by posting kind comments or reviews. Your favorite writer (and their editor) will appreciate it!
About the author: Nancy MacCreery is the author of the Scoops and Schemes series of novels. They feature a mix of action, intrigue, humor and romance. They are available at all ebook retailers, including Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and the Apple books store.
You can start out with an outline for your novel, but the story rarely turns out like you thought it would. Those pesky characters don't like to follow rules, even if we knew what they were. :)
Like to read ebooks?
Then get ready. The Summer/Winter Sale at Smashwords.com starts July 1st!
Why do they call it "Summer/Winter"?
Here in the Northern hemisphere, it's summer. Readers are loading their e-reading devices for summer beach reading, vacations and just relaxing after a hot day. But south of the equator, readers are in the middle of winter. They're ready to curl up in front of the fireplace and enjoy a good read too! So everyone is included.
So check it out! Hundreds of ebooks from Independent Authors are discounted until July 31st. Browse the list, try a free book, explore a new genre or discover a new author!
My books are part of the promotion, so if you haven't read all three books in the series, it's a great time to download them :)
Here are the links:
Cinnamon Bourbon and Deception
Do you ever get writer's block?
I usually suffer more from "life happenings" and procrastination more than writer's block, but occasionally, writer's block rears its ugly head. This usually happens when I'm three quarters finished with a novel and am trying to get it to connect with the ending I have in mind.
If you find yourself facing an empty page or white space on your computer, here's what I do: step away for a set amount of time (it's handy to use the timer on your phone) and go for a walk . Often you'll think of what you need to write when you're not staring at the computer.
The trick then is to write down the idea or dictate to your phone so you don't forget it. Then get back into the chair and write!
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Sophia, the main character in "The Essence" and "Unexpected Impact" has a hard time throwing pretty wrapping paper away in the trash. But recycling isn't always the best option. Here are her tips: ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
1) Most wrapping paper is recycling contamination.⠀
Unfortunately, the shiny, laminated paper is, in fact, not recyclable in most circumstances. Including it in the bin with other paper products can make an entire load unrecyclable.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
If wrapping paper is metallic, has glitter on it, or has a texture to it, it is not recyclable.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
2) But don’t worry, there are eco-friendly alternatives:⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
3) Love those shiny papers? Make a game out of seeing who can unwrap with the least damage to the paper. Then fold it and use it for crafts or for next year! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Have a fun and happy holiday! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
I just finished reading My Dear Hamilton by Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie. It's a well written, fictionalized account of the life of Eliza Schuyler Hamilton, Alexander Hamilton's strong, capable and intelligent wife. The book is a veritable who's who of the revolution and early years of the nation. It was delightful to read about the lives that touched hers -- like the Marquis de Lafayette, George and Martha Washington, James and Dolley Madison, Aaron Burr and more.
Reading the book makes that time period come alive, revealing insights into the challenges faced and the character of this extraordinary woman and her family.
I highly recommend reading it!
Have you read it? If so, what did you think about it? Feel free to leave comments.
It's Teacher Appreciation Week! Somehow that got me reminiscing about the handful of teachers that inspired and fueled my love of learning.
Sometimes we don’t like the teachers that challenge you – like the English composition teacher that forced me to fix my backward sentences.
Or the US History Teacher that challenged a quiet introvert to crawl out of her shell and debate historical impacts on current events.
And last but not least, the writing professor who said it wasn’t crazy if your characters followed you around and sometimes took charge of your stories. (Okay, it still sounds a bit crazy, but it's a common writing phenomena .)
Anyway, I wanted to thank them and all the dedicated teachers out there. A good teacher can really make a difference!
A big thank you to you all – wherever you are!
Do you have a favorite teacher that inspired you? Thank them in the comments!
Thanks for reading!
I just enjoyed reading The Weird Sisters by Eleanor Brown. The characters are well drawn, odd yet believable. Bits of humor added to the winsome way the story is told. Are you a Shakespeare lover? Do you have sisters? Then you'd probably like it.
A book makes a thoughtful gift -- at holiday time or anytime. And eBooks don't need wrapping or shipping, so they are great for last minute shopping!
But how do you actually give someone an eBook?
How Gifting Works
Sample gift e-mail
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We send a copy of the gift e-mail to you as well, so that if for some reason your giftee doesn't get the e-mail, you can pass it along to them yourself.
Thanks for reading this! Good luck with your holiday shopping!
Insights on writing, characters, humor and other tidbits from the author of the "Scoops and Schemes" series of novels.
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Nancy's books are available for Kindle, Nook and other e-readers. Find retailers here.