Book Excerpt of Depraved by Woody P. Snow

It's fun to try a book before you buy. Here's a sample of the chilling book I reviewed earlier this week, Depraved.

Depraved by Woody P. Snow

Cover of Depraved by WOody P. Snow

Trapped between life and death, justice and revenge,
while a beautiful murderer lurks.

Evil disguises itself behind a mask of beauty in DEPRAVED. Finley Bliss must survive a shocking betrayal by his stunning, murderous wife Eva. Stranded in a coma and warehoused in a squalid nursing home, Finley must cross back over the mystical river of life to consciousness, so he can reveal the truth, exact justice and seek revenge . . . but how? Ruthless Eva has legal and medical protocols on her side — the authority to pull the plug to end his life support. Finley's only chance is a mysterious being he calls James Earl Jones who appears by the river to give him counsel.
Depraved is an insightful, genre-bending thriller — a gripping mystery and a compelling love story, from the beginning to the surprise ending.

Excerpt: of Depraved

"Would you like to talk about it?"
"Talk about it?" Finley flared. "Talk about it?"
Holy crap, something awful had just happened, something horrible. He couldn't remember what. A car accident maybe? No. No, it was something about his wife. Weren't they just talking about his wife? He had just said something about her to this guy, but what was it? Why was everything so jumbled? His head felt like it was splitting. And who was this guy anyway? Whatever. Whatever. Here he was. He was here now, in this place, this . . . where was he again? The lights in the room started to flicker. Wherever it was, they seemed to be having electrical issues.
"Stay with me," the old man said.
Finley stared.
"Are you a movie star?"
"Do I look like a movie star?"
Finley smacked his forehead.
"What is this, hell for boring people? Is that where I am?"
"Stop it," the man commanded. "Don't get all stormy on me." He steepled his fingertips together. "Please," he coaxed. "Easy. Easy."
Finley was anything but easy. He was outraged.
"So I'm boring; so shoot me." The abundance of impulses now discharging from the nerve cells in his brain generated a power surge. The circuit breaker was tripped, and those flickering lights went out.
James Earl Jones shook his head, started another game of solitaire, and waited.
There was no time clock in this arena, no measurement of time to speak of at all, so the question of how long Finley's brain remained offline was moot. Eventually, his head jerked.
"Oh, crap. Whoa. What is going on with me?"
The elderly black man watched as Finley struggled to refamiliarize himself with his surroundings.
Below him somewhere he heard air-filled balls bouncing on hardwood and saw ghostly people-shaped forms doing . . . something. Shooting hoops, that was it. His dad used to ask him to go out into the drive and shoot hoops before dinner. I'm in a basketball gym. He started to look around.
"Don't be looking 'round now," a voice from behind said. "You've got to watch something here."
Finley could not help but turn to see who had spoken.
The man smiled.
"You look like you're surprised to see me."
What a strange way to start a conversation.
"Why wouldn't I be?" he asked.
"We've been talking for twenty minutes."
Finley struggled for context, but had to settle for déjà vu.
"Twenty minutes? You and I?"
"Maybe twenty hours," the man said.
Déjà vu, big time.
"You need to watch something here," the man said.
Finley wondered now if he had stumbled into some insane person's LSD trip or maybe onto the set of a bad Hollywood movie. Yes! A movie! That would explain the guy sitting just above him. Morgan Freeman? No, that wasn't right. Well, hey, this might be fun.
No, it wouldn't be. For one thing, his head ached like a train wreck, and, for another, he had no script. Had he lost it? He didn't know his lines. He didn't know his part. He was probably just an extra, but where was the director? None of this made sense, any sense at all, and, yet, somehow it all seemed familiar.
At the far end of the room, a blinding light poured through a door and a voice called out names: "Brinley, Brywell, Deffenderfer, Lewis, Reed, Taylor, and Vanaman."
Finley watched seven figures drop their basketballs, hustle into the luminescent tube, and start for the door.
"Head for the light, right?"
"Only if you're called," the man admonished. "That's what I've been trying to explain to you."
Finley stood up. "I'm going."
"No, you're not," the old man said. "Sit back down."
He didn't care if his name had been called or not. Finley wanted out. He hopped down the bleachers and headed for the river of light.
The man rose with alarm.
"Don't be a fool!"
That nagging voice that Finley had argued with all his life, the one in a back room somewhere in his brain, shouted, "You should have listened to that guy. You know who that was?"
The eighth and uninvited soul, Finley A. Bliss, trudged up the light-stream, followed the others through the door, and then tripped into oblivion. Total darkness. No light, no people. No floor. Just suddenly falling through emptiness like a grain of sand somewhere in space beyond the Milky Way.
Finley Alan Bliss ceased to exist. Almost.

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How to Tell a Great Story: The 3 Cs of Storytelling

storytelling techniques - storytelling ideas - Story Power DVD + BONUSESNonfiction writers need good storytelling skills and techniques as much as do fiction writers. Watch this video tutorial with the 3 Cs of Storytelling

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Writing Skills: How Can You Boost Creativity?

Everyone gets a moment or two of scribal constipation from time to time. You know, those times when you know something's wrong with a scene but can't figure out what it is or how to fix it...or times when you want to make a scene more interesting but aren't sure how.

At times like those, you may want ideas to boost creativity. Often that means getting away from the desk! Here are some ideas for you:

21 Ways to Boost Creativity

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Book Review of Psychological Medical Thriller Depraved by Woody P. Snow

Welcome back to another Write On Purpose book review. Each week, I review a well-written book, highlighting what makes it good from the reader’s perspective and what writing skills and techniques make it an irresistible read. Thus, each review serves both writers and readers.

This time it's a chilling psychological thriller called Depraved by Woody P. Snow. And I have to warn you this book is not for the faint of heart or the seuqamish.

 Depraved by Woody P. Snow

Cover of Depraved by WOody P. Snow

Trapped between life and death while a murderer lurks, only thoughts of revenge keep him alive.

Trapped between life and death, justice and revenge,
while a beautiful murderer lurks.

Evil disguises itself behind a mask of beauty in DEPRAVED. Finley Bliss must survive a shocking betrayal by his stunning, murderous wife Eva. Stranded in a coma and warehoused in a squalid nursing home, Finley must cross back over the mystical river of life to consciousness, so he can reveal the truth, exact justice and seek revenge . . . but how? Ruthless Eva has legal and medical protocols on her side — the authority to pull the plug to end his life support. Finley's only chance is a mysterious being he calls James Earl Jones who appears by the river to give him counsel.
Depraved is an insightful, genre-bending thriller — a gripping mystery and a compelling love story, from the beginning to the surprise ending.

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Writing Skills Book Review: Writing the Cozy Mystery by Nancy J. Cohen

Some writer friends and I had a rousing discussion about whether our work in progress books were cozy mysteries or not.

A cozy mystery has a dead body or two, but not a lot of gore. The reader can cozy up with a good book by the fire, under a blanket, and have a good story without being terrified or having a lesson in forensics. An amateur sleuth gets involved trying to solve the riddle of "whodunit."

I go into more detail about it in this article.

Hannah Swensen (Murder She Baked) series and the Cat Who series are examples of cozies. I like them, because I'm not a big fan of true crime.

So I was thrilled to find this book,

Writing the Cozy Mystery by Nancy J. Cohen.

Writing the Cozy Mystery, front cover

I've read cozies of all sorts, from paranormal to historical, shopaholic to inept bounty hunter, and I may end up writing a series of my own.

This book is well organized and cuts right to the chase. I'd rather have 49 pages that get right to the point than wade through 250 looking for useful hints. Have a look at the table of contents: Continue reading

Nonfiction Writing and Storytelling Skills: How Much of My Story Do I Tell? Video Tutorial

If you've ever struggled with how much of a personal story to include in an article or nonfiction book chapter, you're not alone. That's one of the biggest issues about which people ask me with regard to storytelling.

Watch this video tutorial to gain insight into how much of your story to tell and how to focus on relevance and emotion in order to connect with your reader.

For more help with storytelling skills, you can get the streaming or DVD format of Story Power, a 90 minute in-depth storytelling class I did in Atlanta.

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How Do You Make Readers Care about Your Characters?

Have you ever read a book or story  and put it down because you simply didn't care what happens next to the main characters? That is a HUGE flaw in writing! You don't want to do that, and neither do I.

This article by Natasha Lester is great, because she shares the 4 emotional elements she considers when writing a scene.

I believe that fear is at the heart of all good drama: what we are afraid of doing, or of not doing, what we are afraid of feeling, what we are afraid of learning, what we are afraid of losing, what we are afraid of loving.

-- Natasha Lester

I happen to love this useful emotions quadrant Lester uses when writing each scene. I'm going to whip I out and give it a try myself. Thanks, Ms. Lester! Read original article source here.

Creating Emotion in a Story

Let me know if you try it and what you think.

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Book Review of Romance Suspense Vanished (Callahan and McLane Book 1) by Kendra Elliot

elcome back to another Write On Purpose book review. Each week, I review a well-written book, highlighting what makes it good from the reader’s perspective and what writing skills and techniques make it an irresistible read. Thus, each review serves both writers and readers.

I happen to love suspenseful books, both reading and writing them. I don't mind a bit of romance, so long as the story is focused on the suspense. I read and decided to review it for you.

Vanished (Callahan and McLane, Book 1) by Kendra Elliot

 cover of Vanished (Callahan and McLane Book 1) by Kendra Elliot

When an eleven-year-old is abducted on her way to school, the FBI doesn’t waste a moment, sending agents to scour the area and embedding Special Agent Ava McLane with the distraught family. In the eye of the storm is local detective Mason Callahan, whose life is crumbling to pieces—he’s related to the victim, and his longtime confidential informant has just been murdered.

Both he and Agent McLane hole up in the victim’s family home. Every second counts in a kidnapping case, and the stakes keep rising the longer the girl is missing. As Ava and Mason struggle to hold the family together in their darkest hour, the two investigators find themselves drawn to each other.

Did this book work for me and keep me enthralled? Continue reading

Just When I Decided It Was Time for a New Guide Dog: Leader Dog Chronicles

My first Leader Dog Chronicle was a tale of tears and longing. This is not. This is a tale of synchronicity, which means fortuitous timing, in case that's a new $100 word for you!

Tired of being dogless back in March of this year, I was just considering maybe I didn't have to train my own this time and could go get a new, fully trained dog, but I wasn't "there" yet.  I woke up early one morning and mulled over it in bed. Perhaps it was time to get a dog. Maybe not.

Molly Flagtail lying on my mom's paisley print couch

Synchronicity

My friend Seana came to visit me. She has a hearing/mobility service dog whom she trained. We were in the grocery store when an older couple talked to us. They asked about her dog. At first they assumed it was a guide dog, which most people do unless they've seen a variety of service dogs.

I shared that I used to have a guide dog named Molly. The man, Terry, said, "We're with the Lions Club. We've been wanting to help place a Leader Dog with a blind person in this area for years."

The switch in my brain flipped into the YES position, accompanied with a long and satisfying display of sparkle, confetti and fireworks. Continue reading

Cat Helps Me Give an AudioAcrobat Testimonial

One of my favorite cool tools for authors is AudioAcrobat. It's a fabulous service to record and store audios, videos, and even podcasts. I've been a happy customer for years, and I love this service. I use it to make a backup recording of my webinars and workshops, no matter what web conferencing service I am using at the time. So here's my cat Trippy helping me give a testimonial.

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Book Review of Memoir As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princes bride by Cary Elwes

Welcome back to another Write On Purpose book review. Each week, I review a well-written book, highlighting what makes it good from the reader’s perspective and what writing skills and techniques make it an irresistible read. Thus, each review serves both writers and readers.

As You Wish by Cary Elwes

This week I depart from fiction book reviews to cover a memoir. Perhaps this is a bit selfish on my part, as I am starting to write a memoir of my own, but I haven't yet reviewed a memoir, so why not, right?

Memoir VS Autobiography

Perhaps you, like many people, have some confusion about the difference between a memoir and an autobiography. They're really not synonyms.

An autobiography covers the span of a person's life. I tell my mentoring students that unless you're a gigantic name like Oprah or Donald Trump, or unless you've had a life that is off-the-bell-curve remarkable, people probably don't want to read your entire life story.

A memoir, on the other hand, doesn't require you to be a superstar in order for people to want to read it, because it's a slice of your life, covering a particular theme or experience.

I'll Push You Steer by Ronda Del Boccio and Bonnie TeshKeep in mind that book genres can be as much a blend of diverse elements as the population of the USA. Many books combine several genres. My first boo, I'll Push You Steer, with which Bonnie K. Tesh and I co-authored, is a compilation of short pieces by each of us about living with our "disabilities" in a positive way. This book can be considered a memoir. We didn't cover our lives birth to present.

so now on to the review of As You Wish by Cary Elwes, AKA Wesley in the movie The Princess Bride.

As you Wish: Inconceivable Tales from The Princess Bride by Cary Elwes

The Princess Bride is the little movie that could. Now an iconic movie and a cult classic, at the time it was a huge gamble.

Iocaine powder, "Mostly dead," the Dread Pirate Roberts, "I am not left handed," "As you wish," "Inconceivable," and so many more classic quotable lines and memorable characters are part of our culture now.

I feel so incredibly OLD when I realize how long ago this movie came out, and I have loved it since the first time I saw it.

Those of us who love the movie can practically speak the lines with the actors, but at the time, it could have been a flop.

What makes As You Wish a Memorable Memoir Continue reading

Time for a New Guide Dog: Leader Dog Chronicles

When my amazing guide dog Molly made her transition across the Rainbow Bridge, I could barely breathe. A bright shining light extinguished. Still, almost 21 months later, I am crying as I write this. That should tell you how much she still means to me.

Early Retirement

Molly Flagtail on an adventure with Mom!

The photo above of Molly in her harness sitting in the airplane seat, looking quite pleased with herself, is my favorite picture of her. Oh, my heart still aches after all this time! I am so very grateful she was part of my life! She touched so many lives!

I had to retire her a couple years before that last awful trip to the vet, because her joints were failing. She hurt herself umping out of an SUV because she wouldn't wait for me to help her. Thattrip was our last. I got along with a white cane.

The interesting thing was that even though she only went with me down to her Grammy's house (my mom), I could still rely on her senses through that tight psychic bond we shared.

Car rides and active guide duty were a thing of the past, but as a home owner, I could keep her and continue to shower her with love.

Grief Beyond All Comprehension

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Writing Skills Book Review: Rivet Your Readers with Deep Point of View by Jill Elizabeth Nelson

Point of view is perhaps the most difficult skill to develop. SOme writers have more trouble with it than others, but whether trying for deep POV or not-so-deep, it tends to vex every writer to some degree. So if you find it a challenge, you're in good company!

I came across this book and decided to read it so I could see if it's a worthy resource for you.

Rivet Your Readers with Deep Point of View by Jill Elizabeth Nelson

Rivet Your Readers with Deep Point of View by jill Elizabeth Nelson

Deep point of view is so fully in a characters mind that the reader doesn't just read your book; she lives the story. Go deep enough and your rreader will feel the joys and sorrows so completely that those people on the pages come to life.

Yet there are so many ways, subtle and not so subtle, that an author can ruin the mood and come out of the character's perceptions so much it annoys the reader.

How is this book organized? Have a look at the table of contents. Continue reading

Does Your Character Have a Hobby?

Does your character collect bugs? Is she a sommelier? Is he a witty knitter?

In my upcoming book They All Died Smiling, Kassidy loves to bake.

Here are some possible hobbies for you to give your protagonist or other characters.

Hobbies for Characters

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5 Photography Tips from a Mostly Blind Award-Winning Photographer.

At my recent Lions Club meeting, one of our members gave me a TShirt from Leader Dogs for the Blind, where I am going to get my next guide dog hopefully sometimes this summer or fall. All 3 of the photos sent to me for posting on our club's Facebook page were blurry.

Perhaps you've noticed that most people can't take a decent picture. I'm really not sure why. I mean...if you're fully sighted, you can see what's in your frame and you can see whether the resulting digital photo is blurry, right? So what's the issue?

As an author, it can be handy to take good photos. You might be able to sell pictures with a story and earn more money. Or you might be able to sell the images outright.

As with so many things, you probably haven't thought through or been taught a few basic tips that will make you a good photographer. So let the blind girl help you see more clearly and take excellent photos!

This is the photo from the WriteOnPurpose.com header. The butterfly was kind enough to strike a post for me!

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I'm mostly blind. Blind enough to travel with a white cane or a guide dog. Yet I managed to take pretty decent pictures. I usually manage to get a clear shot without a junky background, and have  even won two award for my photos and had another selected for a book cover.

While I am by no means a big-time photographer, perhaps I can help you be a better photographer, so please allow me to share a few tips that work great for me.

1. Don't be afraid to take a lot of pictures

The vast majority of people have either a phone, tablet or digital camera, so who cares if you take 20 or more photos to find a couple of great shots? Just delete the rest. If you only have 3 shots and they're all blurry, there's nothing you can do once the moment has passed.

The winner will be the one with smiling faces, good lighting, and an uncluttered background.

2. Watch Your Lighting.

Who hasn't seen photos that are so dark you can't make things out? A little common sense helps you get a good result.

  • If a window is behind the person you're shooting (photography, folks, not guns!), then they'll appear in silhouette. If that's the effect you want, great. But if you want to see the facial expression, then be sure to put light in front of and preferably to the side of the subject.
  • Watch for shadows. If the lighting isn't working, either add more light or switch to a different location.
  • Natural lighting makes it easiest. If you need to open the curtains to let the sunshine in, then do it.

3. Watch Your Angle

Pets: If you've ever seen pet pics that aren't great, often it's because the human towers above the pet and takes the photo from that angle.

  • The best pet pictures for taken at the PET'S eye level rather than from the human's. Squat or sit down to get at or near the animal's point of view before taking the photo.
  • Remember to use red eye reduction to avoid what I call the "demon eye" effect. Your dog probably isn't possessed, even if s/he acts that way sometimes.
  • See Tips #1 and be patient. It's not easy getting a great bright-eyed, perky-eared pet photo. It takes a lot of photos and...
  • Patience!

Humans: It's just as important to be aware of your angle when photographing human people. Most people don't like being photographed. I'm one of those, so please follow these tips so they won't be disappointed more than usual.

  • Never take a photo of someone eating. You'll just irritate people. NOBODY likes that and nobody looks good hewing. Who wants chewing immortalized until the end of time?
  • Never photograph upward so that you're looking up the subject's nose. That's never flattering.
  • Don't take a nos-to-nose photo. Have the subject at a 45 degree angle. This helps people look slimmer and feel better.
  • Frame the shot and then raise the camera a little above your head and angle it down toward the subject. This is the most flattering angle for anyone.
  • Use red-eye reduction so it doesn't look as if your subject went on a bender or took a redeye flight.
  • Instruct your subject to think of something that brings them joy to get a true, bright smile and happy eyes.
  • Shoot from the angle that is most flattering or that brings out the essence of the plant, animal, person or whatever.
  • For good crowd shots, get up above the crowd. Stand on a chair or shoot from the balcony. This gives the view of the group, not just the people in front.

Carver Chet Mainard of Missouri

4. Pay Attention to Background and Foreground

How often have you seen or taken) photos where there is all sorts of clutter in the background. It may not be bad housekeeping, but often the image includes stuff that doesn't belong there. It's like someone telling a story and including a bunch of trivia and extraneous material that doesn't help move the story.

I've seen photos where someone has a bunch of beer bottles or wine glasses in front of them. Chances are, it was a small table, but nobody wants to look like a lush! Likewise, nobody wants the platter of ribs or the dessert tray right in front of them in that image frozen forever in time.n

When taking photos of my mom's roses, right behind them is a fence with a raised plant bed behind it. Getting that fence in te background ruins the beauty.

Rose 2015

Here's what you can do to get the right background.

  • The subject of the photo is the star of the show. Make THAT look good and eliminate or minimize the rest.
  • Zoom in on the subject. Any digital camera or phone allows this. Your phone r tablet lets you use the "pinch and zoom" feature to adjust the zoom. Give it a moment to focus once you have the desired zoom level.
  • Move anything that's in the way out of the way whenever possible. I can't move the fence, but if you're inside, you can move plates, glasses, toys, etc. out of the view.
  • Put the focal point just off from center, not dead center.

5. Ninja insider Tip; It's about Breath!

This is a tip I figured out myself. I've never seen it mentioned, though I'm sure someone else does somewhere. Do this one thing and you'll get rid of ost if not all your blurry photo issues.

Breathe normally while setting up the shot, but just before you click the shutter, hold your breath.

Holding the breath improves aim for shooting, whether you have a gun like my grandfather, who shot skeet, or a camera. It's breathing that causes most of the blurry shots in the world.

I hope these tips help you take better pictures.

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Book Review of Cozy Mystery Permed to Death: The Bad Hair Mysteries Book 1 by Nancy J.. Cohen

Welcome back to another Write On Purpose book review. Each week, I review a well-written book, highlighting what makes it good from the reader’s perspective and what writing skills and techniques make it an irresistible read. Thus, each review serves both writers and readers.

I found this week's read because I bought her book on writing cozy mysteries. Being a fan of cozies, I had to give one of hers a try.

Permed to Death by Nancy J. Cohen

Description of Permed to Death from Amazon:

Meet Marla Shore, a Florida beauty salon owner with a knack for creating dazzling dos—and solving mysteries . . .Marla was already having a bad day, but when one of her clients dies while getting a perm in her salon, her day just can’t get any worse . . . until the smugly competent Detective Vail accuses her of poisoning the wealthy widow’s coffee creamer! Granted, Bertha Kravitz was hardly her favorite customer, but Marla could never have murdered the ornery woman. Now it is up to the savvy stylist to find out just who did. Combing the woman’s privileged world for clues, Marla soon discovers that the town is crawling with potential suspects. As the case grows more snarled, Marla becomes determined to unmask a cunning killer before she is outwitted—and dead.

As with any book, there are things you like and things you don't. Was this a top rate read? Continue reading

Author Interview with Devin O’Branagan

Devin O'Branagan writes in a variety of genres, including young adult urban fantasy, historical fiction, contemporary romance, and more. Her Legend of Glory series series has recently captured the attention of Hollywood, which means we might see a TV series about Glory.

Show Dog Sings the Blues cover - Devin O- BranaganGenesis: Legend of Glory Book 3 by Devin O'Branagan

She is a prolific author who creates interesting characters and dilemmas for them to handle.

Here's the interview::

What is your most recent release?

Genesis, the third novel in The Legend of Glory trilogy.

Why do you write?

Because I must.

What was the first thing you ever wrote, and when did you write it?

I wrote a ghost story when I was five years old.

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How Social Media Helps Authors Develop Your Author Platform: Author Speaker Mentor Ronda Del Boccio Featured in Vox Magazine

Social media offers huge opportunities for authors when you use the networks as a point of connection with readers rather than as bullhorn self-promotion platforms.

Ronda Del Boccio Tweets to the Top: Vox Magazine Article

It's such fun to get a phone call "out of the blue," as the saying goes, with an offer to be interviewed for a regional magazine. Free publicity - YEAH!

Vox Magazine out of Columbia College featured me in their article,  Here's an excerpt of the article

Ronda Del Boccio Tweets to the Top

For author Ronda Del Boccio, successful self-publishing starts with social media


 

On the rural outskirts of Branson, author Ronda Del Boccio has two cats and more than 7,000 Twitter followers to keep her company. Although Del Boccio has written two Amazon bestsellers, her number of followers comes from years of planning, testing and refining a formula, not her eight books.

Using social media, she created a self-marketing method in 2013 to attract her readers. Del Boccio bypasses the additional cost of a publisher and delivers her pages from the presses straight to the people.

Read the full article here.

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Authors: Video Tutorial: How Can Kindle Pre-Orders Help Sell More Books?

If you're an indie author publishing with Kindle, you can use a new feature of Kindle Direct Publishing to help you sell more books...Kindle Pre-Orders.

Cool, right? You can build buzz for your book and make pre-orders available to your ans.

Here's a video tutorial showing you how, and more importantly, WHY, Kindle Pre-Orders can help you sell more books and amp up your book marketing efforts..

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Book Review of Contemporary Medical Adventure Novel State of Wonder by Ann Patchett

Welcome back to another Write On Purpose book review. Each week, I review a well-written book, highlighting what makes it good from the reader’s perspective and what writing skills and techniques make it an irresistible read. Thus, each review serves both writers and readers.

This week, it's a contemporary medical adventure novel called State of Wonder by Ann Patchett. I read this book about a year ago, and it still sticks with me. That's why I decided to do a review of it here.

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State of Wonder by Ann Patchett

Thankfully, the book is much more interesting than the cover. Here is the description from Amazon:

State of Wonder by Ann Patchett

Expect miracleswhen you read Ann Patchett’s fiction.”—New YorkTimes Book Review

Award-winning, New York Times bestsellingauthor Ann Patchett returns with a provocative andassured novel of morality and miracles, science and sacrifice set in the Amazonrainforest. Infusing the narrative with the same ingenuity and emotionalurgency that pervaded her acclaimed previous novels Bel Canto, Taft, Run, The Magician’s Assistant, and ThePatron Saint of Liars, Patchett delivers anenthrallingly innovative tale of aspiration, exploration, and attachment in State of Wonder—a gripping adventurestory and a profound look at the difficult choices we make in the name ofdiscovery and love.

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Video Tutorial: Making Friends with Google Drive 2015

Have you tried Google Drive? It's a fabulous suite of tools, and it can save a whole lot of trouble with file formats.

Dealing with some technophobes recently, I decided to make a video tutorial to help them make friends with Google Drive. As an author, it can help you in so many ways, so here is that tutorial.

Why Use Google Drive?

Google Drive is a cloud platform that lets you work with all sorts of documents. It includes:

  • Word processor
  • Spreadsheets
  • Forms
  • Presentations

And you don't need MS Office or similar suites to use it. And no more issues of not having this or that program to open a document.

And its free

My Google Drive Product Review

I love it because I can access files in Drive from any device, and I can choose to share them, or not, with anyone or only with specific people.

It's a fabulous tool for collaboration. I'm on a committee, and I put all our PDFs, docs, spreadsheets and forms in Drive so we can have easy access. No more emailing files back and forth and working on an outdated version!r

Google Drive Video Tutorial

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Book Excerpt of Genesis (The Legend of Glory, Book 3) by Devin O’Branagan

Genesis Release Day!

Welcome to release day for Genesis, the third in the Legend of Glory Trilogy by best selling author Devin O'Branagan. I'm reading the book right now and will be posting a review soon. For now, enjoy this excerpt and be sure to pick up your copy of the book.

Summary of Genesis by Devin O'Branagan

Genesis: Legend of Glory Book 3 by Devin O'Branagan

Genesis is the thrilling conclusion to the epic urban fantasy trilogy, The Legend of Glory. Eighteen-year-old Glory Templeton has returned from a time travel event pregnant with a child named Genesis whose DNA is predicted to save the world from genocide. However, evil forces of both natural and supernatural origins want Glory’s baby.

Meanwhile, Genesis’ father, Zane, struggles to find his way back to Glory after nearly two centuries of living in darkness. Angels, witches, vampires, and demons come together to do battle, and the human race is the prize. A moving tale of love, courage, and fighting the good fight against evil. Although the third book in a trilogy, Genesis is also a satisfying standalone read.

Here's the Book Excerpt of Genesis by Devin O'Branagan

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Author Interview with Teacher/Musician/ Author Lisa Litberg

I'm excited to bring you an interview with a teacher who inspires her students through words and stories. Lisa Litberg is a woman of many, many talents! Discover the woman  behind the work in this author interview.  This is one stop on Lisa's virtual tour, so visit her site to see the other stops on her  blog tour.

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Why do you write?

I have written for as long as I remember.  I don't think of it as a choice.  The words are there and seek release, so I release them.

What was the first thing you ever wrote, and when did you write it? 

The first thing I remember writing was a poem when I was four or five.  I still have it memorized.  "The sun the sun, oh my oh my, it makes flowers grow as high as the sky.  The rain the rain, oh my oh my, it helps the sun as it goes by."

What was your first sale of your writing, and what was it (article, story, poem, etc.)?

Aside from the articles I wrote for my college newspaper, which paid ten dollars for front page and five for everything else, my novel is my first paid gig!

What author do you most admire and why? 

I have several, for different reasons.

  • Harper Lee, for writing such an amazing piece of literature that had social impact.
  • S.E. Hinton, for creating characters far different than anyone would expect from her.
  • Stephen King, for his characterization and for being so prolific.  I could go on and on.

So many people write stories that languish in a drawer or on a computer. What caused you to seek a publisher?  Continue reading