If we were having coffee

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If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that, last night, I dreamt I was in a Stephen King novel. I was one of the characters in the novel and the only one who knew bad things were on the way. Weird.

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If we were having coffee, I’d tell you this week at work simply flew by. It was one of our busiest and I was exhausted by the time Friday came, but man was it over fast! One moment it was Monday and the next I’m writing this post.

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If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that Friday was National Puppy Day.

Awwwww! Puppies!!

A huge thanks to  Eclectic Alli for hosing Coffee Share and to you, my lovely reader, for reading!

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Where it’s beautiful

We finally have sunshine and it’s glorious.

I remember reading Firestarter by Stephen King and it talks about the expression on the heroine’s face after she’s been kept indoors for months and she finally sees the sunshine. The book goes on to say that prisoners who finally see the sun have that same expression.

I know exactly what that expression looks like.

I see it on every Canadian face on days like this. They walk around in a daze, amazed that this is real and they’re not dreaming.

Don’t get me wrong. It’s still cold. There’s still snow on the ground.

We don’t care.

The sunshine is a thing of beauty. It’s like gold from the sky. We haven’t seen it in over 4 months and we really, really like it.

Animals and people alike appear from where ever they were hibernating to come out in slow motion. Cautious; wondering if the miracle they see is real.

Spring is here.

Pay It Forward Friday: Luther M. Siler

Pay It Forward Fridays came from this post by Emily Guido. The idea is to feature a blogger or author on Fridays and give them a little shoutout. Anyone goes as long as they’re interested.

I’ve received an incredible amount of support from bloggers, authors and people I’ve met on line who didn’t know me and were just very kind, supportive souls. And, when I read that post by Emily Guido, I thought: time to give back.

I loved this quote from Emily’s mother:

“I cast a couple of pieces of bread on the water and the waves bring me back a ham sandwich.”

Karma is a beautiful thing.

Today I’m focusing on Luther M. Siler.

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He says of himself:

“Luther Siler was born in 1976 in northern Indiana, where he currently resides along with his wife, three-year-old son, two cats, and two dogs. In his spare time he works at a school helping other people be awesome. His favorite authors include John Scalzi, N.K. Jemisin, Brandon Sanderson, Cherie Priest, Salman Rushdie, Mira Grant/Seanan McGuire, H.P. Lovecraft, Robert Howard, John Irving, Nnedi Okorafor, Saladin Ahmed, Helene Wecker and Stephen King.

He writes about space gnomes and Mars. His novel SKYLIGHTS and his short story novella THE BENEVOLENCE ARCHIVES: VOL. 1 are both available on Amazon now. Another book in the BENEVOLENCE ARCHIVES universe, as yet untitled, is expected early next year.”

Luther has written two books so far:

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They’re both available on Amazon. Click on either cover.

But that’s not all. Luther has written a ton of short fiction and is going to be a part of an upcoming collaborative work titled World Unknown Review with a group of other authors.

Personally, I’ve read Luther’s writing and find it highly addictive not only because it’s lively, fun and so easy to read but because his humour is contagious. Rare is the day when I don’t read his blog posts at Infinitefreetime.com. If you’re a fan of science fiction, check out his books at amazon and you’ll see why everyone’s ranting about them.

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Pay It Forward Friday: Elsie Elmore

Pay It Forward Fridays came from this post by Emily Guido. The idea is to feature a blogger or author on Fridays and give them a little shoutout. Anyone goes as long as they’re interested.

I’ve received an incredible amount of support from bloggers, authors and people I’ve met on line who didn’t know me and were just very kind, supportive souls. And, when I read that post by Emily Guido, I thought: time to give back.

I loved this quote from Emily’s mother:

“I cast a couple of pieces of bread on the water and the waves bring me back a ham sandwich.”

Karma is a beautiful thing.

Today, I’m focusing on Elsie Elmore.

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A bright young writer who’s just starting out but is full of promise, Elise is also an incredibly kind person. She, however, describes herself with the following ‘factoids’.

Favorite color? Red, all shades. Always has been, suppose it always will be.

Favorite adult book?   There are just too many to list. But here are a few of the titles and authors I enjoy: Middle Sex by Jeffrey Eugenides, Anna Karenina by Leo TolstoyDracula by Bram Stoker, the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson.  And of course, Stephen King. That’s just to name a few.

Favorite young adult book? Michael Scott’s Alchemist series, The Heir series by Cinda Williams, Looking for Alaska by John Green were all wonderful reads. I also enjoy reading Stephanie Meyers, Suzanne Collins, Veronica Roth, Simone Elkeles, Sarah Dessen and Aprillynn Pike. And of course, J.K. Rowling.

Why do I write?  I love to breathe life into the stories drifting around my head. It’s an obsession, a passion, and an escape.

What am I working on now? THE UNDEAD, a paranormal romantic story of a 16 year-old’s encounter with the grim reaper, is complete and will be published by Curiosity Quills this fall (my official release date is September 3, 2014!!).  My Nanowrimo baby, a fairy tale retelling called RYDER AND WOLFE, is patiently waiting for me to finish edits for THE UNDEAD.  SEREN’S HEART, a magical realism story of a witch burdened with the rescue of her society, is in the rewriting stage.

Favorite season? Thanks to being raised in the south, I prefer fall. I love the crisp air and brilliant colors. But when the air becomes too crisp and snow falls, I hibernate.

Elsie has an awesome site: http://elsieelmore.com with everything from resources for writers to her books, to awesome quotes.

She has written the book titled: The Undead: Playing for Keeps

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Here’s a little blurb:

When an undead woman with serious de-comp issues stalks sixteen-year-old Lyla Grimm, her hope of rescuing her rock-bottom reputation takes a back seat. Especially once Lyla’s new talent of resurrecting the dead draws the attention of Eric, a Grim Reaper with a guitar and a chip on his shoulder.
While Lyla navigates the gossip-ridden halls, Eric works to gain her trust and discover why Death’s clients aren’t staying down. If she passes on her gift, his death-messenger destiny might be altered. But the closer he gets to Lyla, the less sure he is of his plan. The dead are way easier to deal with than the living.

Gossip explodes, the Grimm family implodes, and desperation sets in. Death wants the gift and a soul. Lyla and Eric face hard choices with hidden consequences. Sometimes life’s choices aren’t really choices at all.

Click here to buy from Amazon.com and Amazon.uk or here to go to her site and check it out.

A bright new writer, full of talent. Why not check out her book?

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Posts I loved this week

Here are my weekly favourite posts. From those that touched my heart to those that give reviews, they’re all here. Enjoy!

This one definitely surprised me as a way to write better by Emily Wenstrom in The Write Practice.

If you’re considering editing and wonder about options, this post has them for you by Jami Gold.

I’ve already mentioned the Write Practice but they had this great post on exercise and writing and I can’t help but mention them again. Such a great post by Birgitte Rasine from birgitterasine.com!

21 of the Best quotes on Writing from Stephen King. An absolutely delicious post. Check it out on the Positive Writer.

A great post on some very bad advice. I loved this one by Jeff Goins.

We writers are always looking for conflict for our WIP but we don’t want that in real life. Here’s a great post on how to resolve conflict with your loved one from Tiny Buddha.

Funny and endearing, this post by  had me from the get go. Then I noticed how informative it was! A huge thank you to Writer Unboxed for this great post.

A great set of links for writers in this blog. A huge thanks to Geri Walton at 18th and 19th Century.

Kristen Lamb has these five tips for long term writing success that were excellent.

Romance has often been criticized for being formulaic. In this fantastic post, All About Romance argues the pros and cons of following a winning recipe.

Cute or funny, these quotes from famous writers about writing made me laugh–on a Monday. A great post by Interesting Literature.

In this wonderful post, The Procrastiwriter wrote: “You can take long breaks, and the words will be waiting for you.” I just loved it.

If you’re a Harry Potter fan or if you just read the books, don’t miss this gem by Inky Tavern. It’s a thing of beauty.

The latest post Inside the Life of Moi made me laugh. Hilarious and cute, I had to include it here.

The title says it all: “When the Gazillionth Pass through your Manuscript tries to Kill you” by Heather Webb with great ideas in Romance University.

Absolutely delicious, this post had to be included in this list. A huge thank you to Part Time Monster for this one.

Brand new site, for those of you looking for reviews, check out Room With Books.

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Sneak a peek

I’ve done it. I’ve peeked ahead.

I really, really get into books. I love the characters like crazy and when things go wrong…well, I don’t handle that well.

It’s one of the reasons I don’t read mystery very often. I just can’t handle the stress. Recently, I read Hands of Evil and bit through all of my nails. Don’t get me wrong, the book was excellent…I was just worried–actually, terrified might be a better word. And don’t get me started on Darkness Concealed. Can someone get an ulcer from reading?

I don’t always read ahead. It depends on the book. I bet with Stephen King it wouldn’t help to peek ahead…I might see something worse! **Shudder**

It got me thinking though, do you sneak a peek? Ever? Does it depend on the type of book?

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Writing tips from the Greats

Advice about writing from the greatest writers out there.

* Game of Thrones author, George R.R. Martin. This man knows fantasy. http://www.lifehacker.com.au/2013/11/ten-tips-on-writing-a-fantasy-saga-from-game-of-thrones-author-george-r-r-martin/

* Nora Roberts…I love this woman’s writing, so I had to include her here. http://www.examiner.com/article/nora-roberts-on-writing-well

* Stephen King. Love him or hate him, he’s incredibly successful. This might be why. http://www.policymic.com/articles/64509/7-invaluable-writing-tips-from-stephen-king

* Alastair Reynolds. I was just given a tip about him. Here are his writing tips: http://www.sfx.co.uk/2007/04/16/alastair_reynolds_writing_tips/

* Mary Doria Russell. I was just told about her too! Here’s her advice for aspiring authors. http://www.marydoriarussell.net/about/advice-for-aspiring-authors/

* Hugh Howey. I was just told about him as well. Here’s his advice. http://www.hughhowey.com/my-advice-to-aspiring-authors/

* J.K. Rowling. Only three tips but this woman barely ever gives interviews. She’s always writing–maybe that’s a tip in itself! http://kevinkruse.com/jk-rowling-writing-tips/

* A round up of tips from great authors. Everyone from Oscar Wilde to Mark Twain. 21 tips from those who know how to write a classic. http://thoughtcatalog.com/cody-delistraty/2013/09/21-harsh-but-eye-opening-writing-tips-from-great-authors/