Me and my book blurb

 

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As a beginner, I tried to get to know more about book blurbs since I needed to write my own. To make sure it will be appropriate and professional, I did some research, asked some experienced writers and found an amazing article, written by Author Traci Sanders, “Taking the fear out of book blurbs,” which I had re-published on my blog End of June 2016.

Out of fear to give out too much information, I wrote it apparently too vague, and it wasn’t intriguing enough. I asked several more writers and got interesting information and an enormous help. One of them, Author Jim Spencer, asked me to send him a quick synopsis, and he then took the time and wrote an entire blurb on my novella, showing me how he would do it. I will be forever grateful for the time and efforts he sacrificed to my helpless self!

In the end, it was me who was not entirely happy with it. Until a fellow blogger and cover designer, Chris, The Story Reading Ape, supported me with his opinion as a reader.

Who would have thought to ask a reader, instead of a writer?

The way this all happened, of course, prompted me to consider the question, whether I, as a reader, am already “too much” thinking like a writer who has to sell the book? Instead of writing what would have intrigued me, as a reader, did I just try to imagine how “the general reader” would like it?

Is the future marketing of the book already clouding my vision?

It seems there are three different ways of thinking a writer has to adopt:

  1. Thinking as a writer
  2. Thinking as a reader
  3. Thinking as a marketing specialist

These three ways apparently can be combined but should at times be separated either, accustomed to the respective situation.

Apparently, I have not yet been able to do so and at this moment it worries me.

Wouldn’t the difficulty be to know when to switch thinking? There are many helpful resources online to cover this topic. But searching for them will need me some more efforts once again.

I would say, there’s so much to learn and so little time…

 

Author Spotlight – Rachel Poli

MeWelcome!

 

Please introduce yourself.

During the day, I’m a teacher’s aide in a special education preschool classroom. I babysit for multiple families throughout each week and I’m also the director of my church’s Sunday school program. In the early hours of the morning and at night, I’m a writer working on my mystery novel or various short stories. I’m also busy juggling two blogs and planning more.

When I’m not working or writing, I’m usually found reading a book, playing video games, drinking coffee, or soaking up the sun.

 

  1. When did you start writing? 

I was ten-years-old when I began writing. My older sister discovered a website called FanFiction and created a story based off of one of our favorite video games. I thought it was cool and wanted to be a part of it as well. I created a fan fiction story based off of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. I wrote fan fiction for a few years before I began to get my own original ideas. Writing has stuck with me ever since.

 

  1. What motivates you to write? 

What motivates me to keep writing is the hope that I will someday be an inspiration to someone else. I find inspiration all around me no matter who I’m with, where I am, or what I’m doing. Reading books especially can take you somewhere you never dreamed possible. With so much hate going on in the world today, I can only hope my writing will have a lasting effect for someone. Something witty or something humorous, but something they’ll never forget and take to heart.

 

  1. What genre do you write in and what made you chose this particular genre? 

I write in many genres mostly because I like to explore them and see what I can come up with. But I love mystery and the main novel I’ve been working on since 2013 is a mystery. I have a whole series mapped out for those characters and I’ve enjoyed every minute of working with them. I hope that will be my debut novel in the near future. I also write the occasional children’s book here and there.

 

  1. What is your goal in writing? Do you have dreams where your writing should take you? 

I hope to have a few novels published. I have so many stories I want to share with the world and I can’t imagine doing anything else but writing. I’ve also given some thought to pursuing an editor career or maybe teaching creative writing at a college level. Who knows where writing may lead me?

 

  1. Do you ever suffer from writer’s block and if yes, how do you deal with it? 

I’m working on too many projects to suffer from writer’s block. I alternate projects monthly to make sure I don’t get writer’s block. But there are certainly some days when I don’t feel motivated to write. When that happens, I read a book, write in my journal, or start a brand new writing prompt just to get my brain pumped with exciting new thoughts. Or I take a day off. There’s nothing wrong with taking a day off here and there.

 

  1. What advice would you like to give new, hopeful authors? 

Keep doing you. If you have a passion for writing and you have dreams of writing, then do it. Don’t let anything or anyone stop you or put any doubt in your mind. I’ve had my fair share of doubts throughout the years since I started, but you just have to push those thoughts and keep doing you. Also, remember that this doesn’t happen overnight. Hard work, patience, and determination really pay off. It’s hard not to get discouraged at times, but remember that rejection is your friend. Every mistake is a lesson learned. Every next attempt will be better than the last. It’s a learning curve and most of us are still learning.

 

  1. Please, tell us about your work. 

I’m currently working on the first book of my mystery series with a working title of George Florence. The premise is as follows:

Can a fired detective and college student work together to solve a murder?

Lilah Williams, an English major at the local community college, tracks down Detective George Florence when she needs help with a robbery case. George’s private-eye agency is going under and is willing to take just about any case he can get his hands on. Since Lilah is giving him a case, she asks for something in return: information on her father, the late Detective Joseph Williams. George reluctantly agrees since Joseph was his mentor back in the day, but only on the condition that Lilah goes home after one day.

But when Lilah sticks around longer than intended and a body emerges during the robbery investigation, Lilah feels as though she has to help George as they uncover the truth—about the current murder and her father’s death.

I’m still in the editing stages of this novel, but I hope to begin the query process by the end of the year.

 

Thank you for being my guest. It was such a pleasure to have you here!! 

Thank you for having me! It was an honor and a pleasure being here.

 


Contact Rachel:

RachelPoli.com (writing blog)

DoublexJump.wordpress.com (video game blog)

https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/7295610-rachel

https://twitter.com/rpoli3

https://www.pinterest.com/rpoli3/

http://rpoli3.tumblr.com/

 


 

Family Bonds – A Riddle

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There is a bond of blood holding on to them

That forms this group just from the stem.

The parents usually are the center

No “in between” and no chance to enter.

**

The kids are completing the group around

Together with partners they have found.

Teenagers leave after a while

Form their own group. just this style.

**

They play, they sleep, they hunt and kill

Everyone adds his own skill.

They protect their kin, as it should be

Living in any family!

**

No matter how fun this might all sound

Wherever they are and can be found.

To their blood bond you are a stranger

And on their ground to you they’re danger!

**

They’ve been on this Earth are spirit guides

Revered, respected on many sides.

Nature agrees with them and goes hand in hand

Through sunlight and through shadow land.

**

Anchestor’s know he was here before

Then he was killed for fun, fur and more.

Now he returns, no need to reap

We need to watch and need to keep.

**

A bond he forms to our spirit soul

Helps us and nature become whole.

He’s not evil, he’s not bad!

No reason to shoot or just go mad.

**

Protect his wisdom, protect his kind

Don’t close your eyes and just go blind.

Don’t slaughter, keep from killing, don’t engulf

Our spirit, the wilderness’ Great Grey Wolf!

*****

(Copyright Aurora Jean Alexander, August 2016)

Author Spotlight – Stephen Morris

By T Lewis Med SizeWelcome!

 

  1. When did you start writing?

I started telling stories when I was in grade school and began to write them down shortly thereafter. I wrote my first books – one was a story involving time travel using a “timeract,” similar to the tesseract from “Wrinkle in Time” and another with characters similar to those on “Bewitched,” my favorite television series — in middle school. I wrote an epic poem similar to “Paradise Lost” in high school.

 

 

  1. What motivates you to write?

I love to tell stories. I love it when people catch a glimpse of a larger world outside themselves when they are listening to or reading something of mine.

 

  1. What genre do you write in and what made you chose this particular genre?

I write fantasy novels for adults, both historical fantasy and contemporary fantasy.

I first became interested in the occult and magic when I was in kindergarten – or even earlier — and saw The Wizard of Oz on television for the first and second times. The first time, my mom says I was terrified of the Wicked Witch’s appearance in Munchkin Land amidst smoke and flames and ran straight to bed! (I must have en 5 years old or so.) The next year I began watching the movie again and made myself stick with it past the appearance of the Witch and after that — I was hooked!

The Wicked Witch of the West became my favorite character because not only is she the most interesting but she is the only one who wields any real power in the movie. She became my idol for years and years! (When a major storm recently struck Manhattan, I made a comment on FB about the wind picking up our house and depositing it atop someone wearing peppermint stripped stockings and glittering red shoes and my cousin responded: ‘You’ve been chasing those shoes for YEARS!’ LoL!)

 

  1. What is your goal in writing? Do you have dreams where your writing should take you?

My goal at first was to write a story that I wanted to read because I was having a hard time finding adult-level books that were supernatural thrillers or that involved the  supernatural that were not just Horror or Gothic genre. But now my goal, my dream, is to share what I have learned about the legends, history, and folklore of a variety of cultures and to stir those all up with a dash of my own imagination to make new stories are brand new while being based in historical reality. 

 

  1. Do you ever suffer from writer’s block and if yes, how do you deal with it?

Although I go through phases of writing more followed by phases of writing less, there always comes a point when there is such a critical mass of words and ideas in my head that is it simply easier to write than to not write. But the first pages of each chapter in a book are like pulling teeth or climbing up a rock wall by my fingertips  – but eventually, maybe halfway or 2/3 of the way into the chapter, that it feels like I’ve crested the hill and the  of the chapter is like sledding down a mountainside of fresh snow. 

 

  1. What advice would you like to give new, hopeful authors?

 

Read. Read! READ! And then read some more. Then write. And keep writing. And then come back to it after you’ve given up in frustration. Write stories that you want to read and there will always be someone else who wants to read it as well. 

 

  1. Please, tell us about your work. 

All the magical and fantastic elements in my books are based on authentic medieval or Renaissance occult beliefs and practices, as well as local legends and history from the places where my stories are set.

STORM WOLF, coming out in late August or early September, tells the story of Alexei who inherits his grandfather’s magical wolf-pelt and thereby assumes the position of village “metsatöll” (Werewolf) in rural late 1880s Estonia to protect the area by fighting the terrible storms in the sky that could devastate the farms and fields. But he breaks the terms of the wolf-magic and loses the ability to control the shapeshifting, becoming a killer. Heartbroken at what he has become, Alexei flees his home and wanders through Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, and Bohemia in hopes of finding an enchanter who can free him from the curse.

In the COME HELL OR HIGH WATER trilogy, a witch curses Prague as she is burnt at the stake in the Old Town Square during the 1350s. The curse begins to work its way through the life of the city. A university secretary meets the ghost of the witch in contemporary Prague and inadvertently reawakens the curse. Now a group of professors specializing in folklore attempts to prevent George, a powerful priest, and Elizabeth, an Irish vampire, from unleashing a curse which threatens to destroy Prague with a mammoth flood–can the professors find a way to defend and save the city?

 

Thank you for being my guest. It was such a pleasure to have you here!! 

Thank you for the opportunity to “chat” with you!

 


Contact Stephen:

www.stephenmorrisauthor.com

smmorris58@gmail.com

 


Stephen’s book “Storm Wolf” and more:


IMG_2916Storm Wolf:
https://www.amazon.com/Storm-Wolf-Stephen-Morris-ebook/dp/B01JF9SJTU/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1470608504&sr=1-1&keywords=storm+wolf+morris#navbar

 

Amazon Author Central:  http://www.amazon.com/Stephen-Morris/e/B0089PYB6C/ref=dp_byline_cont_book_1

 

Come Hell or High Water trilogy: https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=Stephen+Morris+come+hell+or+high+water

 

Soft-Footed Death – A Riddle


They’re huge, they’re lethal and they do take my breath,

Their features, their nature, their instincts bring death.

In their natural habitats they are the king

Get out of their way or your life ends with a sting.

**

Their disguise is perfect, never feel safe

Stay inside, you can’t see them, don’t be too brave.

No matter how closely you listen around

They could lurk behind you without slightest sound.

**

No matter how fluffy and cuddly they seem

Petting and touching them can’t be but a dream.

Don’t try to outrun them, they’re faster than you

Don’t try to climb from them they can do that too!

**

Even water won’t save you, once you’re on the run

Swimming and splashing to them is much fun!

Once you’re prey to them, you’re most likely lost

Start praying, they’ll get you, at no matter what cost.

**

Beauty in gold, in black and in white

Gorgeous in disguise and lethal their bite.

Death on four paws with golden-green eyes

To stay out of their way is smart and is wise.

**

And still this predator is nearly extinct

Fear and pure ignorance has killed them succinct…

It’s time we protect them, make room for their stay

And stop their endless, cruel and unnatural slay!

**

We will lose a hunter, dangerous and unique

I’ll reveal him, deprive him of his mystique.

His numbers are low, getting visibly tighter

Of course I talk about the incomparable TIGER.

*****

(Copyright, Aurora Jean Alexander, August 2016)


Author Spotlight – Yecheilyah Ysrayl

Author PhotoWelcome!

 

Please introduce yourself.

 

  1. When did you start writing?

First, I’d like to thank you for this opportunity. My name is Yecheilyah Ysrayl (Yecheilyah pronounced e-see-lee-yah) but most people just call me EC, and I started writing when I was twelve years old.

 

  1. What motivates you to write? 

Reading is actually a big motivation for me to write and always have been. There’s something about looking at how others have written that makes me want to write too. But, more deeply, life in general is a big motivation for me as well; my experiences, good and bad, my journeys, my revelations, and my sorrows. I think these emotions and testimonies of ours on an individual level, is a very powerful tool to be used to create that bridge of commonality with the rest of mankind. Those things we encounter in our everyday lives as we journey on to discover who we are is a huge catalyst for writing for me personally. So my writing, it comes from living and learning.

 

  1. What genre do you write in and what made you chose this particular genre? 

I’ve written in a number of genres, to include Sci-Fi, but my favorite genre to write is Historical Fiction because I’ve always been in love with black history and literature. It’s an interesting thing though; I do not think that I consciously chose to write Historical Fiction but that my passion for identity and nationhood sort of, naturally, drove me into the genre. As I think about it now, it’s so much disinformation out there in regard to history itself that I just feel compelled to contribute in some way; to use my writing as a tool in the restoration of the truth.

 

  1. What is your goal in writing? Do you have dreams where your writing should take you? 

I think my biggest goal is for my books to change the way that people have come to look at the world, and I think my dream would simply be a manifestation of that by way of someone’s life or their testimony. Whether it’s a compliment, a book review, or an interview like this one! It’s just great positivity to use as writing fuel when you can see that your writing is not in vain. So, I just want my books to be a stepping stone in that person’s life who have always wondered about the violence, the discrimination, and the so-called American dream. I want my books to be the beginning of the answer to “Why?” Besides this, I have no specific dreams in mind as to where my writing would take me other than to further introduce these truths to those who are willing to receive it. I mean, I wouldn’t mind my Stella Trilogy being part of Oprah’s book club! The bigger the audience, the greater the impact.

 

  1. Do you ever suffer from writer’s block and if yes, how do you deal with it? 

Yes! I do suffer from Writer’s Block actually. However, I have come to appreciate that when I can’t write it is because I am not supposed to at the moment. Meaning, when I am experiencing Writer’s Block it’s usually because I’m trying to force myself to write instead of let it come naturally. To deal with this, I just stop trying and focus my mind on something else until the inclination to write returns naturally.

 

  1. What advice would you like to give new, hopeful authors? 

I always say that new and aspiring authors should develop a passionate and loving relationship with reading. Though I didn’t start to actually write things down until I was twelve, I can remember that I’ve always loved to read. I could sit in a quiet place (even now) for hours and hours just reading. When I did start to write, it was because I read something that moved me to want to mimic that poem I read. So my advice would be to read because it is reading books, seeing the words on the page and how they are structured, that gives you that subconscious foundation to the skill that is writing books. I would also say not to limit your reading though; don’t just read books that you find entertaining but try to go beyond your comfort zone. Reading is just as informative and educational as they are entertaining.

 

  1. Please, tell us about your work. 

I Self-Published for the first time in 2008 but it wasn’t until 2010 that I seriously got into the whole book publishing industry itself. Since then, I’ve written three poetry collections, one novel, a screenplay, and a trilogy. At this point in my life, however, I’m writing Historical Fiction novels and novella’s that delve into the many complexities that is slavery, racism, discrimination, and police brutality in the African American community. Not just in its relation to the surface information to which we are all aware, but my works focus more on the spiritual and mental reasoning and effects of these struggles concerning blacks in America. The Stella Trilogy, my recent work, covers three generations of individuals who are descendant from a woman named Stella. We begin with Stella’s enslavement in book one, her granddaughters complex decision to pass as white in book two, and her great grandson in book three who is also biracial and is on a quest to understand exactly what freedom is. As a result, he and his friends leave their mother’s homes to journey toward finding this out. It is my hope that these kinds of books will bring back that knowledge and history that is so often stripped from us and more importantly, that these kinds of books will bring healing. Healing not just to the African American but to all people as we journey to reconnect with that lost love that is our very identity.

 

Thank you for being my guest. It was such a pleasure to have you here!!

 


Contact Yecheilyah:

Author Website (Where all of my books are found in paperback) http://www.literarykornerpublishing.net/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8336941.Yecheilyah_Ysrayl

The PBS Blog https://thepbsblog.wordpress.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/literarykornerpublishing

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ahouseofpoetry

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/yecheilyah/

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/yecheilyahysrayl

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/Yecheilyah/


Yecheilyah’s books:

 

Amazon US

https://www.amazon.com/Yecheilyah-Ysrayl/e/B00ML6OHFA/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1

Barnes and Noble

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/yecheilyah?_requestid=1134211

Kobo

https://store.kobobooks.com/en-us/search?query=Yecheilyah%20Ysrayl&fcsearchfield=Author

iBookstore

https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/stella/id961269157?mt=11

Lulu

https://www.lulu.com/shop/search.ep?keyWords=yecheilyah&type=

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