#ExcerptWeek – Emerging From Shadows by Balroop Singh

Poetry from #ExcerptWeek on The Write Stuff! 😉

The Write Stuff

This afternoon, I’d like to welcome Balroop Singh to The Write Stuff. Balroop is sharing an excerpt from her book, Emerging from Shadows, and I know you are going to enjoy it, and will share it far and wide. Welcome, Balroop!

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THE SECRET OF BEING ALIVE  

Torrential thoughts stir the ghosts of past
Throttling pain feeds on grisly graves
Pushing past away, I continue to thrive
In the rhythm of throbbing life

Life that seems scrupulously seamless
Having sustained stormy waves
Craves for calm waters and sunshine
Nurturing the hope
 clouds would subside

Swaying droplets of indifferent love
Stand sprinkled all around
The charade of connection continues
Evoking detest, dissent and disenchantment 

Sharp shards of shattered emotions
Pierce as I try to gather those sensations
Wilderness walks with me
Yet a dim, discrete light beckons


Rise from those dumps of depression!
Bury those personal regrets deep


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Curated Content for Writers—August 4

OMG! How could I forget the Curated Content? Good stuff here, WordPressers! 👍👍

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old fashioned manual typewriterHappy Friday, wonderful SEers! The end of the week is always a reason for celebration. I hope your first days venturing into a new month have been filled with fun, good books,  and prolific writing.

Speaking of writing, the SE authors have cobbled together a new collection of writing links. Before sampling the latest, take a moment to check out this week’s featured posts—Drip Campaigns by Staci Troilo and my own “It’s in the Stars . . . or Not” 

Then enjoy a Friday Fix with . . .


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#ExcerptWeek – The Spy and the Lady – a Five Kingdoms short story by @DeborahJay2 #EpicFantasy

#ExcerptWeek continues with #Fantasy… and the offer of a free book! 😉

The Write Stuff

THE FIVE KINGDOMS epic fantasy series (think James Bond meets Lord of the Rings) has a new entry!

To fill in some of the gap between books 1 and 2, THE PRINCE’S MAN and THE PRINCE’S SON, I have embarked on a series of short stories that I am giving away FREE to my mailing list subscribers.

THE SPY AND THE LADY is now available.

Ex-spy, Rustam Chalice, never could resist a lady in peril, and this one’s up to her pretty eyelashes.

Getting into the outlaws’ camp isn’t so tricky, but how come the rogues don’t seem that motivated by promise of a rich ransom? And why does the lady not appear enthusiastic about escaping?

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“Unhand the lady, you ruffians!”

Was that pompous enough? Exiled spy, Rustam Chalice, slipped into the role of arrogant nobleman with the ease of donning a cloak. When he’d ridden into the forest


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Writing and Editing Tips Revisited: Writing a Blurb #writingtips #wwwblogs

Writing blurbs (which we all LOVE to do – 😀 ) short and to the point! 😉

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Almost as feared as the dreaded synopsis, the book blurb has the power to turn wonderful writers to jelly. But the blurb is the hook, along with the cover, to reel those readers in. You need to make sure that you entice your reader, that you intrigue them without giving too much away. Longer than the elevator pitch, but shorter than a synopsis, the book blurb is key to whetting a reader’s appetite.

So how should you approach it? Here are some quick tips on getting that blurb up to scratch.

Keep it short. This is NOT a synopsis. You want a couple of two to three line paragraphs. Too much and you risk giving too much away and turning off your reader. Too little and you might miss the mark.

Mention your main character(s). It’s important for your reader to know who the book is about.

Be precise. There


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Friday Roundup – 4th August

Great link share list from author Stevie Turner! Honored to be on it! 😉

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1.  Morgan S. Hazlewood on A Writer’s Path gives us 3 things that make a great first line:

3 Things That Make a Great 1st Line

2.  Alicia Honeycutt on Kobo Writing Life gives advice on writing an author bio:

https://kobowritinglife.com/2017/08/01/writing-an-author-bio/

3.  Felicia Denise gives us 5 things authors should remember when planning a book tour:

5 Things Authors Should Remember When Planning a Book Tour #MondayBlog

4.  Janice Wald at Mostly Blogging gives the 7 best WordPress resources for blogging:

http://www.mostlyblogging.com/best-wordpress-resources/

5.  Jacqueline Obyikocha gives 31 blog post ideas:

http://theartofbeautifulexpressions.com/31-blog-post-ideas-bite-sized-tips/

6.  BadRedheadMedia gives advice on the best platform for beginner bloggers:

http://badredheadmedia.com/2017/01/29/do-you-need-to-blog-what-authors-need-to-know-now/

7.  Secret Diary of Porter Girl blogs about being a writer:

So You Want To Be A Writer

8.  Thanks to Wendy Van Camp at No Wasted Ink for these author / reader hashtags:

Author #Hashtags for Twitter

9.  Donatella Petitti at Millionaire’s Digest gives advice on how to be an efficient blogger:

https://millionairedigest.com/2017/08/03/how-to-be-an-efficient-blogger-for-travel-beauty-lifestyle-bloggers-more/

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#ExcerptWeek – A Hundred Tiny Threads by Judith Barrow

#ExcerptWeek continues! 😉

The Write Stuff

This morning, I’d like to welcome Judith Barrow, who is sharing an excerpt from her latest book, A Hundred Tiny Threads, which is now available for pre-order. I know you’ll enjoy this one, and will remember to share hither and yon, as you can. Thanks so much, and thanks, Judith, for taking part in #ExcerptWeek. Welcome!

SYNOPSIS

Gritty family saga set in Lancashire in the 1900s and Ireland at the time of the Black and Tans.
Winifred is a determined young woman eager for new experiences, for a life beyond the grocer’s shop counter ruled over by her domineering mother. When her friend Honora – an Irish girl, with the freedom to do as she pleases – drags Winifred along to a suffragette rally, she realises that there is more to life than the shop and her parents’ humdrum lives of work and grumbling.

Bill Howarth’s troubled childhood echoes


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National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day!


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National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day is observed annually on August 4. This is a day to enjoy those tasty bits of chocolate in your favorite cookies.

For the same reason, we thank Ruth Graves Wakefield for chocolate chips, we also celebrate her name on National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day.  For if it weren’t for her curiosity and invention, we wouldn’t hover around ovens savoring the moment the timer dings.  If she had never wondered what chunks of chocolate would taste like mixed into a sugar cookie dough, we would know the ecstasy that is a warm chocolate chip cookie melting on our tongue, our eyes closing in heavenly satisfaction and perfect smiles crowning our faces.  No, if it weren’t for Ruth Graves Wakefield, entire generations would have been denied the bliss that is a chocolate chip cookie.

We could even go so far as to say she is responsible for all those other nuggets of goodness.  Those morsels of butterscotch, peanut butter and white chocolate we get to enjoy in much the same way we enjoy our chocolate delights.  Nothing, though, rates quite as high as the chocolate chip cookie that Ruth Grave Wakefield brought to us in 1937. No, nothing.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Make your favorite chocolate chip cookies and throw some extra chocolate chips into the mix! Post on social media using #ChocolateChipCookieDay.


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  • Chocolate chips are a required ingredient in chocolate chip cookies, which were invented in 1937 when Ruth Graves Wakefield of the Toll House Inn in the town of Whitman, Massachusetts added cut-up chunks of a semi-sweet Nestlé chocolate bar to a cookie recipe.
  • May 15th and August 4th are National Chocolate Chip Day.
  • Originally, chocolate chips were made of semi-sweet chocolate, but today there are many flavors. These include bittersweet chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, butterscotch chips, mint chocolate chips, white chocolate chips, dark chocolate chips, milk chocolate chips, and white and dark swirled chocolate chips.
  • Chocolate chips can be used in cookies, pancakes, waffles, cakes, pudding, muffins, crĂȘpes, pies, hot chocolate, and various types of pastry. They are also found in many other retail food products such as granola bars, ice cream, and trail mix.
  • The chips melt best at temperatures between 104 and 113 °F (40 and 45 °C). The melting process starts at around 90 °F when the cocoa butter in the chips starts to heat. The cooking temperature must never exceed 115 °F (for milk and white) or 120 °F (for dark) or the chocolate will burn.
  • Today, chocolate chips are very popular as a baking ingredient in the United States and the chocolate chip cookie is regarded as a quintessentially American dessert.
  • Chocolate chips are also available in Europe, Australia, and other parts of the world. NestlĂ© and The Hershey Company are among the top producers of chocolate chips.
  • In 1987 Chester Soling sponsored a contest to find the best recipe for chocolate chip cookies and got over 2.600 responses for various recipes.
  • Did you know you eat about 35,000 cookies in a lifetime?
  • Chocolate chip cookies were originally called Chocolate Crunch Cookies.
  • Massachusetts’s official state cookie is the chocolate chip cookie, and in 2001 the common wealth of Pennsylvania declared it their official cookie as well. (Disputed)

 

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“Suitcase Girl (Abby Kane FBI Thriller Book 7)” by Ty Hutchinson

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“Suitcase Girl (Abby Kane FBI Thriller Book 7)

Genre: Kidnapping/Police Procedural

Release: April 8, 2017

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In the first book of the Suitcase Girl Trilogy, Agent Abby Kane discovers an unlikely connection with a little girl found outside the offices of the FBI.

In an effort to learn where the child came from, Abby brings the girl home with her, thinking a family environment might jog the girl’s memory. Abby’s efforts pay off as the investigation points toward human trafficking. Only it doesn’t end there.

As Abby continues to dig, indicators suggest there’s something more, something unthinkable
 and quite frankly, unexplainable.


Hello. Thanks for stopping by.

I’m the author of the best-selling Abby Kane FBI Thrillers, featuring the short and feisty Abby Kane. She made her debut in Corktown, which became a Kindle #1 bestseller shortly after its release. I also write the Sei Assassin Thrillers. Follow Sei as she searches for her missing daughter. For dark and humorous, try the Darby Stansfield Thrillers. Readers have described them as Tarantino meets The Office.

Learn more about my books at TyHutchinson.com.

“Cameron’s Control” and “Cameron’s Contract” by Vanessa Fewings #AudioBookTour


 

Title: Cameron’s Control & Cameron’s Contract
Author: Vanessa Fewings
Genre: Erotic Romance
Release Date: July 19, 2017
Hosted by: Buoni Amici Press, LLC.

After the USA Today best-selling ENTHRALL SESSIONS comes the standalone duet Cameron’s Control and Cameron’s Contract, which follows the events in the highly acclaimed erotic romance series.

Cameron’s Control Blurb:

From USA TODAY bestselling author Vanessa Fewings of the ENTHRALL SESSIONS comes the first in a thrilling duet staring CAMERON COLE, founder and director of the most exclusive BDSM club in Los Angeles.

Passion has a price. Fortune has a fate.

In the realms of business and pleasure, Cameron Cole is a billionaire without equal. In the boardroom and the bedroom, Cameron quite simply dominates.

One woman has pierced his infamous armor and unexpectedly seized his heart. Her reward? Everything a submissive could desire: A master’s total protection, unconditional love, and a ceaseless romance that continues to transform her by the day. Cameron demands complete submission, and he will get it.

He has everything a man could want. Everything a woman desires. But every master is put to the test.
Cameron’s arrives in the form of a past love. The woman who once suffered immeasurably when he refused to marry her, now seeks revenge. If she can’t lay claim to Cameron, no one can.

This woman is dangerous. She has secrets. Secrets about his current submissive. About those close to him. Secrets that could destroy everything he’s worked so hard to achieve.

The choice will have to be made: business or love? The rule of an empire? Or the heart of a woman?

With this new story, Fewings continues to expand the seductive world that has captivated readers around the globe, a collection that includes the three novels Enthrall, Enthrall Her, and Enthrall Him.

Cameron Cole has returned
 and he’s waiting for you.

THE ENTHRALL SESSIONS TRILOGY (now available in box set) is Mia Lauren’s awakening set against the backdrop of the exclusive Enthrall BDSM club in Los Angeles.

THE BEYOND ENTHRALL DUET is founder of Enthrall, Cameron Cole’s story, picking up after Enthrall Him, book 3’s ending, but can be read as a stand-alone duet.

WITHIN ENTHRALL are stand-alone novellas featuring characters from the Enthrall Sessions trilogy and Beyond Enthrall duet.

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Cameron’s Contract Blurb:

Enemies swirl. Boundaries break. Love shatters.

The master is being challenged like never before, but those who claw for his possessions will feel his wrath.

Billionaire Cameron Cole is a man without equal. For his true wealth is his intellect.

Words bind, and once ink soaks paper, lives change.

With Cameron’s Contract, the second novella in the bestselling Enthrall Sessions, author Vanessa Fewings raises the stakes and deepens the passion for a world renowned psychiatrist and his beloved submissive.

With this stunning conclusion to CAMERON’S CONTROL, Fewings continues to expand the seductive world that has captivated readers around the globe, a collection that includes the three novels Enthrall, Enthrall Her, and Enthrall Him.

THE ENTHRALL SESSIONS TRILOGY (now available in box set) is Mia Lauren’s awakening set against the backdrop of the exclusive Enthrall BDSM club in Los Angeles.

THE BEYOND ENTHRALL DUET is founder of Enthrall, Cameron Cole’s story, picking up after Enthrall Him, book 3’s ending, but can be read as a stand-alone duet.

WITHIN ENTHRALL are stand-alone novellas featuring characters from the Enthrall Sessions trilogy and Beyond Enthrall duet.

Audible

Click HERE for an Audio Excerpt

Vanessa Fewings is the USA TODAY bestselling author of the ENTHRALL SESSIONS.

THE CHASE is the first in her sizzling new romantic trilogy from HQN Books and will be released in June 2017, followed by THE GAME & THE PRIZE.

Vanessa is also the author of The Stone Masters Vampire Series. Prior to publishing, Vanessa worked as a registered nurse and midwife. She holds a Masters Degree in Psychology. She has traveled extensively throughout the world and has lived in Great Britain, Germany, Hong Kong, Cyprus and the USA.

Born and raised in England, Vanessa now proudly calls herself an American and resides in California with her husband.

The Bestselling Enthrall Sessions reading order can be found on VanessaFewings.com.
Instagram: @vanessafewings

The Bestselling Enthrall Sessions – reading order can be found on VanessaFewings.com.

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