#ExcerptWeek – Drunk Chickens and Burnt Macaroni: Real Stories of Afghan Women by Mary Smith

Rumor has it there are drunk chickens taking over #ExcerptWeek! Check it out! 😉👍

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drunk chickens - web readyThis memoir takes the reader on a journey through Afghanistan, meeting the women with whom Mary Smith worked and provides a remarkable insight into their lives. Share in the day-to-day lives of women like Sharifa and Marzia: the dramas, the tears and the laughter.

As well as the opportunity to get to know the women, Drunk Chickens and Burnt Macaroni allows the reader through some of the most stunning and dramatic landscapes in the world  And if you want to know why the chickens were drunk and the macaroni burnt – you’ll have to buy the book!

Excerpt: this is from chapter seven when the trainee health volunteers request a family planning lesson.

Before we started on lessons about healthy pregnancies and deliveries, the students requested a class on family planning. It was the contraceptive pill they most wanted to hear about.

‘Is it true,’ asked Kulsom, ‘that if…

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#ExcerptWeek – Amanda in New Mexico-Ghosts in the Wind by Darlene Foster

#ExcerptWeek continues! Ghosts are roaming around The Write Stuff… or are they? 😉😄

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Here is an excerpt from the sixth book in the Amanda Travels series, Amanda in New Mexico – Ghosts in the Wind soon to be released.


Amanda stood in front of a door the map showed as the Santos Display Room.

“What’s in here?”

Along with Caleb and a couple of other students, she entered the dimly lit room containing glass cabinets filled with pictures and statues of various saints. A sign explained how the families in Spanish America always kept a shrine to a saint in their homes. The shrine often held Milagros, tiny silver shapes attached to statues of the saints. There were legs for people who couldn’t walk, eyes for those who had bad eyesight and animal figures to wish a farmer a productive year with his flock. Amanda was fascinated as she peered carefully through the glass at the small objects stuck on the figures.


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Free Children’s Books: August 2nd Only!

I have 127 things I am supposed to be doing but you know my weakness for children’s books and these are FREE TODAY (8/2/17) ONLY! Had to do a quick share!

Diary of a Confused Harry Potter

“Diary of a Confused Harry Potter: The Cowardly Wizard” by Alex Pan



Anna Who Lived in a Banana cover



Growing Girl Book cover


“Hope For Garbage” by Alex Tully

#FREE for a #LimitedTime!

Hope for Garbage

“Hope For Garbage

Genre: Social & Family Issues/Coming of Age

Release Date: April 18, 2014

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Welcome to the cruel world of Trevor McNulty. No matter how hard he tries, this seventeen-year-old just can’t get a break. Through no fault of his own, he finds himself living with his alcoholic uncle on the outskirts of Cleveland. His days are filled with garbage-picking and hanging out with his seventy-year-old neighbor, who also happens to be his best friend.

One early morning while scanning the streets in a wealthy suburb, he meets Bea, a rebellious rich girl with problems of her own. She’s smart, cute, and a glimmer of light in his dark world.
But in the midst of their budding romance, Bea’s beautiful mother enters the picture with an agenda of her own. She sets off a chain of events so shocking and destructive, Trevor’s crazy life soon becomes more than he can handle. While he is desperate to save his relationship with Bea, he learns that nothing in his world can be saved unless he first saves himself.

Hope for Garbage is a story about resilience—about overcoming adversity under the most extraordinary circumstances—about never, ever, giving up hope.
Because sooner or later, everybody gets a break.

Alex Tully lives outside Cleveland with her husband, two teenagers, and a dog named Trooper. Fifteen years ago her life took a dramatic turn with a diagnosis of MS. She decided to quit her career as a finance professional and try something she truly loved – writing.

Her debut novel, Hope for Garbage, a coming-of-age story, was released in 2014 and her latest novel, Beautiful Chaos was released in summer 2016. Both are filled with ordinary characters overcoming extraordinary circumstances, both are filled with the message of hope.

Her hope is that readers will smile after turning the last page.

She is hard at work on her third novel.


#ExcerptWeek – Chicken Shift by D. Avery

Another excerpt on The Write Stuff – this time…a poem! 😉 #ExcerptWeek

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Poet D. Avery is sharing two of her poems with us this week, and I’ve decided to start with this one, from her collection, Chicken Shift. Poem #2 will be along later in the week.  I know you will all enjoy this one, and will share it far and wide!


When Comes the Time

When comes the time, a road’s the place
The destiny some hens embrace
Chickens rise and leave the nest
To make their dreams manifest.
Their sojourn can’t end unless it begins
So they head out to look within
Pilgrims of regenerate faith
These chickens cross, they go with grace
They cross a road, they pass that test
Continue on their illimitable quest
Till comes the time when they stop, content
They know themselves and where they went.


D. Avery (196?-20??) has long been a compulsive poet. Despite a very important day job…

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Drip Campaigns

This is pretty for a drip campaign app – add in the ability to schedule posts for up to a YEAR…whoa! Why are we not all using this? 😉

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Drip CampaignCiao, SEers. If you follow us on any social media channel (other than this blog itself), you’ve likely seen posts with light blue graphic text bubbles offering quotes from our posts. These social media posts are what are known as drip campaigns.

Drip campaigns are so named because they “drip” content into your platform over the course of a finite amount of time. In our case, our drip campaigns are scheduled to be thirteen posts over the course of one year.

Marketers use drip campaigns because, and I’m sure you already know this, repetition is a key component to catching a person’s attention. That’s how we teach children their ABCs or multiplication tables. We repeat the same information over and over until our audience retains it.

The same technique works on adults. Unless someone is blessed with an eidetic memory, it’s unlikely he or she will remember something the first…

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Where Are All the E-book Formatting Gurus??? #SOS

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Last fall when I published my debut novel, In the Best Interest of the Child, I had tons of folks checking in with suggestions and helpful advice about everything… except e-book formatting.

To make a LONG story short, I did it wrong—block style with spaces between the paragraphs. Judging Bitmoji

Stop judging me.

For months, no one said, “Why did you do that?”

But after reading countless blogs, websites and print books, I started thinking, “Maybe this isn’t right.”

So went out, got some help, reformatted and re-edited and uploaded a clean copy.

All’s right with the world!

Except it isn’t.

I deleted the book from my Kindle and downloaded another copy.

No BitmojiNo new format.

I went to the Amazon page and used the ‘Look Inside’ feature.

No new format.

But wait!

The screen blinked at me… and this situation just went paranormal because some of the new formatting was there.

I know something changed because the page count went from 310 to 239.

But wait—I’m not done. It gets better.

I did the same thing with Free, a Novella, only the page count went from 153 to 324. Um… it’s 36K in length.

Then I made the biggest mistake to date—I called Amazon.Bye Felicia Bitmoji

Burt sounded like Jake from State Farm… and like he wished he was at State Farm.  And was no help.

What am I doing wrong?

I can’t ignore my books and I can’t concentrate on anything else until I get this corrected.

Any and all suggestions are MUCH appreciated and I’d probably lose this facial twitch… and get up off the floor… and out of the fetal position.

Thank you!

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#ExcerptWeek – Free, a Novella by Felicia Denise

Marcia Meara’s hosting #ExcerptWeek over on The Write Stuff – stop by and say hello and checkout the featured excerpts… including mine! 😉

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Our next guest on #ExcerptWeek is Felicia Denise, who has asked me to share this excerpt with you. Welcome, Felicia, and thanks for taking part. I know everyone will enjoy reading his, and then sharing t far and wide!



Lenore “Lennie” Porter’s life had not gone as she planned.
The marriage she put her heart and soul into failed.
The man she sacrificed so much for abandoned her.

But Lennie refused to be broken. She pushed on, running a successful business and raising her three sons alone.

Through health scares and severe family dysfunction and trauma which forever changed their lives, the Porter family clung to each other to keep from sinking into the darkness.

With her marriage over long ago and her adult sons living their own lives, Lenore Porter decides to sell the cold fortress she worked so hard to make a warm, loving home.


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