Smashwords News: Subscribe to Smashwords Alerts for New Release Updates

If you read books from Smashwords, which lets you use any reading app you like, you can now follow me and all your favorite authors right with new Smashwords alerts. Here’s how ##Fantasy #ParanormalFantasy

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I got an exciting email from Smashwords today! I'm excited because now YOU can easily know when I put out a new story or book as soon as it happens.

Trouble's Turn FREE short story on Smashwords TEASER: Prayers come to us like whispers

Smashwords is a great place to get books, short stories, and more in ANY digital format you prefer, whether that's for Kindle, Nook, Kobo, Apple, or others.

Here's the email from Smashwords If you have books/stories on Smashwords, you got an email like this personalized for you.

Hello Ronda Del Boccio,

We are excited to announce Smashwords Alerts, a new feature that notifies Smashwords customers of new releases from their favorite authors. The new feature kicks off today.

You can track your number of subscribers and "favorites" in real time from your Smashwords Dashboard under "Marketing and Distribution Tools".

To get the most out of this new capability, please encourage your readers to subscribe to your alerts so they never miss another new release from you.

To subscribe, readers simply visit your profile page at Smashwords (https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/AuthorRonda), and click the button labeled "Subscribe to Author Alerts."

Readers are always in full control of their subscriptions. These are "blind" subscriptions, in that the reader's email address is never shared with anyone. Readers only receive an email if there's a new alert from an author they're following, and readers can cancel notifications at any time from their Smashwords Alerts subscriptions page.

Why don't you give it a try by subscribing to your own alert, as well as those from your own favorite authors!

We hope you enjoy this new feature.

We welcome your suggestions for additional enhancements to this feature as we work to make it easier for you to reach the million+ customers of the Smashwords Store. Please contact us here to reach our support team and tell us what you think!

Enjoy!

Sincerely,

The Smashwords Team

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Just visit my SMashwords author page at https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/AuthorRonda

You'll get a notice each time I put out a new story.

My current stories, which you can read on whatever reading app you like, are:

  • "Trouble's Turn": An adolescent Ally Wolf wants to take on her role of guiding her special human, but her pack thinks she's too young. FREE short story on Smashwords!
  • The Assassin and the Prince:  Feline assassin Aree is taking a break from killing to play bodyguard for a pampered prince on vacation. She comes to regret her choice when he makes her tail twitch once too often.
  • A Tasty Morsel: Sometimes young Ellie pokes her nose in where she shouldn't. Reality takes a major turn when she explores a secret door in a cave she just discovered.
  • ...and whatever I share next...you can know right away!

I hope you enjoy the stories! Thanks for reading.

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Ronda Del Boccio is an award-winning and best Click for Member Home Pageselling author of both fiction and nonfiction. She tells transformational tales and helps visionary authors turn their dreams and imaginings into published books. See and order Ronda's books on Amazon.

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Authors, Need A Shortcut? Introducing 101 Tricks & Hacks for Writers

Being a writer is great, but it has its challenges. I’m always asked for the tricks & hacks I use to get so much done. Here’s your chance to tell me what you need as I write my upcoming book 101 Tricks and Hacks for Writers! #101WriterHacks #WritersLife #AmWriting

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People keep asking me for the tricks I use to get so much done.

  • A literary agent recently asked little ol' me for advice on how to streamline her social media.
  • An author asked how I get so much done.
  • Another asked, "You are everywhere all the time. Do you sleep?"

Thank you all, because you gave me the inspiration to write 101 Tricks and Hacks for Writers. I'm working on the book right now, and I need YOUR help.

101 Tricks and Hacks for Writers

Please Tell me where you struggle so I can share the trick or hack that will make your life easier.

As a Writer, Where do you struggle?

  • Exasperating Editing?
  • Pesky punctuation?
  • Grammar grumbles?
  • Marketing misgivings?
  • Pinterest pains?
  • Facebook foibles?
  • Something else?

Tell me where you suffer so I can share the tricks and hacks I myself use to enjoy the fun, cool side of being a writer. I plan to finish the book by the start of fall 2016.

Thanks for helping me help you!

Please tell me what tricks or hack you desire in the comments below!

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About Ronda Del Boccio

Ronda Del Boccio is an award-winning and best Click for Member Home Pageselling author of both fiction and nonfiction. She tells transformational tales and helps visionary authors turn their dreams and imaginings into published books. See and order Ronda's books on Amazon.

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Verbosity Surgery: Cut Meaningless Phrases from Your Writing

Every #writer or #author is guilty of verbosity at times, saying something in way more words than is strictly necessary. Here are 3 quick editing tips and a terrific infographic with sleeker ways to word your work. #AmEditing #WritingTips

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When writing the first draft, just get the words out. Don't worry about grammar, word choice, or anything else. Just tell the story or craft the article. When it's time for editing, every work (mine, yours, everybody's) neds to go in for verbosity surgery.

Cut Out Meaningless Phrases

"Cut to the chase" is something my parents said whenever anyone (not just me) told a story that blathered on and on too long. Good advice.

A HUGE thank-you goes to Jefferson D. Bates, author of Writing with Precision, for this list of wordy phrases and their streamlined replacements.

Cut Meaningless Phrases from Your Writing

3 Quick Tips for Editing

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Authors: Save Time & Auto-Post to Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter with NEW Social Jukebox

Any author needs to spend some time in social media and lots of time book marketing. Social Jukebox is a new tool to help. Learn more about it in this post #SocialMediaMarketing #SocialMediaForAuthors

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Authors have a lot to do.

  1. Write books.
  2. Edit said books.
  3. Proofread said books.
  4. Get said books off to alpha and beta readers.
  5. Seek publishing or set up self publishing...of yeah those books.
  6. And let us not forget...MARKET those books...
  7. and connect with readers...
  8. and do live in person &/or virtual events.

WHEW! That's an exhausting list!

Don't you love to save time and energy?

Well DUH! Of COURSE you do! Who doesn't. I mean...nobody is going to raise their hand and proclaim proudly, "I have NOTHING to do, so please, pile on more STUFF TO DO!"

Social media alone could devour 24/7 if you let it, and that will only account for a small percentage of your book sales anyway.

People tell me, "Ronda, you're EVERYWHERE? Do you sleep?"

Yes, I sleep. I'm everywhere because of some wonderful tricks and hacks As a matter of fact, I'm working on a book called 101 Tricks and Hacks for Writers right now. One of my favorite Cool Tools is in that book.

I know you're asking:

"How can I save time and energy on social media, Ronda?"

You probably feel like an exhausted hamster in a wheel, scurrying around to do this and that in a constant flurry of activity.

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Slow down. Take a breath. I've got you. Check this out.

The 1-Post Problem

You write a blog post, upload a video, or whatever, and you share it once all over. Then what? Who has time to go back around every week or so and share one of your older posts?

That's the 1 post problem. It's hard to keep sharing your awesome past content.

The Social Jukebox Solution

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Ronda Del Boccio, Now Award-Winning ARTIST

I, Ronda Del Boccio, a mostly blind author, am not an award-winning artist. See the winning work and find out more about the contest in this post. #BLISSfulLife

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Having a BLISSful life means doing what you love to do, whether as a hobby or as your vocation. I am so grateful to do both. I adore writing, and I also enjoy singing and creating art. Being around animals and good friends are also a big part of my bliss, and I get those too!

I've never entered an art contest before now. I entered the Ozarks Writers League Art and Photography Contest this year. We had a number of excellent entries, and I am honored to be among the winners.

I guess I should point out that I'm mostly blind, so when I paint, my face is VERY close to my work. I entered a couple pieces made with Sculpey clay and painted, a candle that I made and painted the glass, and an incense burner.

Here is my prize-winning suncatcher.

Suncatcher on oval plexiglass background with flowers, leaves, butterflies, and a dragonfly - 3rd place winner, Ozarks Writers League Art Contest

Here are all the contest winners. Continue reading "Ronda Del Boccio, Now Award-Winning ARTIST"

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What Are the Latest Book Publishing Trends?

How has publishing changed? Here are some publishing trends from a writers conference on that topic.#IndiePublishing #PublishingNews

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Ozarks Writers League Publishing Trends Conference, August, 2016Our speakers included an agent, an editor, some book publishers, and some independently published authors (including me.).

I missed parts of everything except the self-published authors panel in which I was a presenter. Here are some quick nuggets I gleaned at the Ozarks Writers League August conference.

Publishing has changed so much over the past decade.

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Why Should Authors Use Tweet Jukebox?

This entry is part 2 of 2 in the series Twitter for Authors

Have you tried Tweet Jukebox? It’s a free tool to help you schedule tweets on a rotation, and it could really save you time. FInd out WHY & more in this post, including video tutorial #SocialMediaForAuthors #BooKmarketingTip Post updated to reflect current info Aug 22, 2016.

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UPDATE: I originally did this post in spring of 2015. Tweet Jukebox is still a fabulous tool, but it is out of beta and no longer free. It is becoming Social Jukebox. I still use it, and in fact paid for a year in advance. I'll get to why in a bit.

If you haven't noticed, social media can take up a lot of time! I'm dedicated to making it fun and easy for myself AND for you authors! While interacting on Twitter recently, I came across a great tool called Tweet Jukebox.Before sharing it with you, I wanted to give it a "test drive" to see how I like it.

What Does Tweet Jukebox Offer?

Tweet Jukebox is a free service as of the time of this writing. No idea if that will change, but consider trying it out now if it fits your needs. You can schedule a rotation of tweets to help you share things like quotes, your blog posts, book teasers and more. These posts are organized into "Jukeboxes," and you get a free one with quotes to try out. Here are some of my jukeboxes.

  • Since I do frequent fiction book reviews, I have all of them in a jukebox called Book Reviews. Every few hours, one of them magically goes out into my Twitter stream.
  • Since I also help authors, I have aJ jukebox clled Author Help with all the tutorials, tips and strategies I share.
  • Since I'm an author, I have one with book teasers, excerpts, author interviews, poems and more.

Watch this Tweet Jukebox for Authors Video Mini-class/tutorial

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Waiting…and Waiting…and Waiting to Hear

Ah, the “joys” of waiting! Here’s an update on pitching to an agent, which I did last fall. #WritersLife

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I was thrilled last fall when the agent I pitched wanted to see my book. I could hardly believe the idea sounded interesting enough she wanted to have a look.

Once I got home, I looked up the agency's LONG, LONG list of manuscript formatting criteria and set up my book or success. I had it to her within two days.

Then, the wait began...

Anticipation

WAITI've published both independently and with small presses. Each has its advantages and disadvantages. I'll go through that another time, but suffice it to say that there's a lot of waiting involved in querying agents and publishers.

Nine months ago, I queried an agent at a writer's conference. I knew to expect a long wait, but truthfully, I had hoped I would have heard back by now.

Yes or No?

I won't be bent out of shape if the answer is "no," but I just want to get that yes or no so I know what happens next.  All life didn't stop for me, and I'm trying to be patient, but WOW is it getting hard after nine months.

Affix fingers to keys and WRITE!

I've kept myself very busy with other writing projects, as you can see by looking at the MyBookProgress info in the sidebar of my site.

Author Ronda Del Boccio
Deadly Mist
Phase:Proofing
100%
Hillbilly Daze Anthology
Phase:Assemble
Due:4 weeks ago
38.5%
Hidden Ozarks Paranormal Novellas
Phase:Revise
Due:3 weeks ago
33.3%
101 Tips & Hacks for Busy Writers
Phase:First draft
Due:1 month
19.8%
Leader Dog Jemma Memoir
0%

Nine Months and Counting

So here I am, nine months later, getting ready to pitch that same book and some others to publishers and an agent at the Ozarks Writers League quarterly conference.

I'll be "pitching" four books to a couple of publishers and an agent. We'll see if anything sticks. I'll keep you posted.

Wish me luck!

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Ronda Del Boccio is an award-winning and best Click for Member Home Pageselling author of both fiction and nonfiction. She tells transformational tales and helps visionary authors turn their dreams and imaginings into published books. See and order Ronda's books on Amazon.

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MyBookProgress Update: Epic Fantasy Revision: Slogging through Editing

How’s that book coming along? Here’s your answer as it pertains to my epic fantasy novel revision of Rue the Day. #MyBOokProgress #AmWriting #AmEditing

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A number of years ago I wrote an epic fantasy or maybe a paranormal fantasy. Hard to tell what to call it sometimes, as the lines blur.

I want to get it back out into the world now. A small press published it back before publishing was easier and cheaper. No, I didn't pay to publish but each copy of the book cost me $11, so that already made it an expensive book before earning any profit. I have my rights back, so I can publish it.

Rue the Day was never on Amazon and not widely available. I wrote it from start to polish in 4 months, and it's an intense story full of suspense, jealousy. and trickery.

I DESERVE Abundance! Image shows a flower against an unfocused background http://writeonpurpose.com/miracle

First Round: Revisions

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Epic Fantasy (Revision) Progress Update

Here’s another update on how I’m coming along with the epic fantasy novel revision!
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Progress update on my Epic Fantasy (Revision)! So far I'm 25% complete on the Revision phase. 4 Weeks remain until the deadline. I've done some massaging and editing along the way. #AmWriting #MyBOokProgress #AmEditing

Author Ronda Del Boccio
Epic Fantasy (Revision)
Phase:Revision
Due:2 months ago
25%

I'm having a blast reworking this novel from 12 years ago. It's nice to delve back into the story, visit the characters, and realize how much I still like the story.

I hope you're progressing well with your works in progress!

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Ronda Del Boccio is an award-winning and best Click for Member Home Pageselling author of both fiction and nonfiction. She tells transformational tales and helps visionary authors turn their dreams and imaginings into published books. See and order Ronda's books on Amazon.

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Epic Fantasy Revision Progress Update: Chapters 1-4 Done

I’m being transparent about my works in progress to share what I #AmWriting and #AmEditing. A little of both in this case as I revise an epic fantasy novel.

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I just made progress on Epic Fantasy (Revision)! So far I'm 13% complete on the Revision phase. 5 Weeks remain until the deadline.

Author Ronda Del Boccio
Epic Fantasy (Revision)
Phase:Revision
Due:2 months ago
12.9%

A long time ago in a room very close by...

...I wrote my first novel in 4 months. I thought I was writing a short story, but no.

I wrote an epic fantasy novel a dozen years ago, and it's time for that book to experience a revival. SO I'm breathing new life into it and, hopefully, improving it. I suspect I've learned a few things about writing in those years.

I've done quite a bit of rearranging.

Chapter 1 used to be the prologue. It has a new scene and some things added to what was on the page back then.

What used to be Chapter 1 is now Chapter 3.

What used to be memories or the protagonist sharing her past with people has been moved into what is now Chapter 2.

Some things I've learned thus far:

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BLISSful Life: 3 Small Changes that Freshen Up Your Space

One of the ways to have a #BLISSfulLife is to create a delightful home environment. Here are 3 ideas for how to do this easily and affordably.

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My home will never make it to a magazine spread, and that's fine. Jemma's dog toys are everywhere. Two blankets adorn the couch, ready to warm the chilled. Interesting geodes rest on the windowsills. I often burn incense or use a plug-in light with scent (by Joy Mangano). Dog hair festoons everything, because there's just no way to shellac my golden retriever's hair to her body and keep those magical fibers of love and joy from floating everywhere. (sigh). She's worth it, though.

Nothing fancy. Universally, people who come to my home comment, "I feel so comfortable and at ease here." That's better than the cover of any magazine for me, because that is how I want my living space to feel, both to me and to visitors. Comfy is good.

Here are 3 ideas for freshening up your space and making it delightful so you can have a BLISSful life. Continue reading "BLISSful Life: 3 Small Changes that Freshen Up Your Space"

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New: My Book Progress

Wondering what I #AmWriting & #AmEditing? I’m using a great new tool called #MyBookProgress to keep you in the loop, share stories & updates.

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"How's that book coming along? is a common question people ask writers. I'm being transparent about it and sharing progress bars for my current works in progress right here on WriteOnPurpose.com.

#MyBOokProgress

I'm using a tool called My Book Progress to keep myself on track and you in the loop. Each day, I add the day's work to the tracker for that book or story.

Author Ronda Del Boccio
Deadly Mist
Phase:Proofing
100%
Hillbilly Daze Anthology
Phase:Assemble
Due:4 weeks ago
38.5%
Hidden Ozarks Paranormal Novellas
Phase:Revise
Due:3 weeks ago
33.3%
101 Tips & Hacks for Busy Writers
Phase:First draft
Due:1 month
19.8%
Leader Dog Jemma Memoir
0%

I'm so excited that now you can see at a glance how I'm doing on my various projects. And you can get free stories and special updates by joining Ronda's Readers, and if you're already one of my fans, you'll get those updates, so no need to re-subscribe..

My Works in Progress

I'm only tracking my active projects in MyBOokProgress, but here's what I have going on:

They All Died Smiling (Paranormal romance suspense): Complete. Waiting to hear back from the agent.

"Into the Bubble" (mystic/paranormal short story) This is the dolphin story I've been mentioning across the social web. Finally got a title. In the final edits and getting ready to seek a home for it. This is a companion story to "Trouble's Turn", which you can get FREE on Smashwords at WriteOnPurpose.com/foreverfree.

Hillbilly Daze (anthology: Writing more stories.

Rue the Day (coming of age epic fantasy romance): I had this out with a publisher and have regained my rights. I'm going through to freshen things up, then I will seek publication.

In My Right Mind (Paranormal Romance Novella): I wrote this a while back, and it will be in a set of 3 paranormal tales. Going through it for edits.

Hidden Ozarks: Not sure this will be the name, but this will have 3 connected paranormal novellas all set in the lush Ozarks. I have 2 of them already and will get going on the third soon.

I LOVE my readers!

When you read any of my books or stories, I am so happy! It's truly an honor. I like bringing you tantalizing transformational tales. I hope you'll keep in touch and tell me what stories you love, which characters make you mad, or whatever else you'd like to say.

Thank you!

Much love...

Follow your B.L.I.S.S.

Ronda Del Boccio

#1 best selling author, speaker, and Amazon Top Reviewer

About Ronda Del Boccio

Ronda Del Boccio is an award-winning and best Click for Member Home Pageselling author of both fiction and nonfiction. She tells transformational tales and helps visionary authors turn their dreams and imaginings into published books. See and order Ronda's books on Amazon or your favorite bookseller, and on Smashwords..

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Book Review of Jewish Historical Fiction Novel Please Say Kaddish for Me by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

This is another #BookReview by #1 Amazon best selling author & top #BookReviewer Ronda Del Boccio. This one is a Jewish historical novel called Please Say Kaddish for Me by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields.

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Welcome back to another Write On Purpose book review. I share well-written books. I highlight what makes each good from the reader’s perspective, and reveal what writing skills and techniques make it an irresistible read. Thus, each review serves both writers and readers. This time, it's a Jewish historical novel called Please Say Kaddish for Me by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields.

The author describes this book as "The dark side of Fiddler on the Roof." This is the perfect elevator pitch for the historical tale set in czarist Russia at the turn of the 20th Century. Here is the description from Amazon:

Please Say Kaddish for Me by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

Jewish persecution under Russian Czar

1899 Russia under the cruel Czarist rule is not a good place to be a Jew!

cover of Please Say Kaddish for Me by Rochelle Wisoff-FieldsRussia under the diabolical Czarist rule is a very bad place and a very bad time to be a Jew. Fair game to marauding peasants and government militia alike, the random slaughter of entire Jewish families is commonplace rather than a rare occurrence. It is, however, a time for brave men. And brave women.

Barefoot, wearing only a flimsy nightgown, sixteen-year-old Havah Cohen alone escapes the brutal massacre by the Czarist tyranny that destroys her home and slaughters her family on a frigid November night in 1899.

Love ignited, lost and found, insurmountable struggles and challenges, Kishinev's Jewish pogroms and all odds against them, Havah and her soul mate, Arel, withstand the storms of life in this unforgettable story of a time and place rarely spoken of, and romance and courage so profound as to be rarely experienced.

While I read more paranormal, fantasy and suspense, I enjoy historical fiction, because I gain insight into another era in a way that my boring history classes in school never conveyed.

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Book Review of Twitter in 30 Minutes by Ian Lamont

Help with social media for authors or anyone trying to understand Twitter is at hand with Twitter in 30 Minutes by Ian Lamont. This book review shares why it is the best beginners guide I’ve seen.

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Welcome back to another Write On Purpose book review. I share well-written books. While this book  could help with social media for authors trying to navigate the hashtag infested lands of Twitter, it may also be useful for anyone who is new to or confused by Twitter.

Social media can suck a lot of time out of your life, in case you hadn't noticed. And if you want to learn how to use sites like Twitter more effectively, there area a lot of guides. I searched "how to Twitter" and got 4,908 results

Screen grab showing 4,908 search results for "how to twitter" on Amazon

SO if you're new to Twitter or totally confused by it,  which guide should you choose? There are good and bad books on the topic. Many are written above the head of the newbie who wants to wrap their head around all the hashtags, at signs and brief messages.

Author Ian Lamont offered me a digital copy of Twitter in 30 Minutes, and I have to say, this is the perfect guide for the Twitter greenhorn. Here is the book info from Amazon.

Twitter in 30 Minutes by Ian Lamont

Updated and revised third edition of the top-selling Cover of Twitter in 30 Minutes by Ian LamontTwitter book! Are you interested in using Twitter, but don't know where to start? Are you mystified by hashtags, retweets, and other strange conventions? The revised and expanded third edition of Twitter In 30 Minutes is here to help! This unofficial Twitter tutorial will walk you through the basics, using plain English, step-by-step instructions, and lots of examples from real Twitter users. In no time, you'll learn how to:

  • Create a new Twitter account online or on your phone
  • Customize your Twitter profile with photos and a bio that's right for you
  • Navigate Twitter icons, the Twitter app, and Twitter.com
  • Follow other Twitter accounts … and block those you don't like
  • Identify local people and organizations on Twitter
  • Find people who share the same interests and hobbies
  • Compose your first Tweets
  • Share photos on Twitter
  • Use hashtags, retweets, and other Twitter conventions

There's more. Twitter In 30 Minutes shows you how all kinds of people use Twitter to promote their businesses, connect with their Twitter followers, explore their interests, and have fun! It's peppered with real-world examples, from everyday people to top Twitter celebrities.

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s is a perfect introduction to people who are new to Twitter, as well as those who already have accounts and want to learn how to get the most out of Twitter. Buy the book today!

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Happiness Is a Hot Cup of Coffee

Ah, for the love of coffee! It’s about the experience, not the caffeine. This post includes ome of my coffee musings plus a product review

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Coffee is part of my blissful life. You can watch for and use the hashtag #BLISSfulLife to experience awesomeness.

I love a good cup of coffee. I enjoy being able to sit on my screened-in deck with beautiful Jemma dog beside me on her cushion and birds singing all around me.

While I'm writing, I require coffee. It helps me stay in the flow.

Morning ritual: coffee outside in the conference room

Coffee is not about the caffeine. It's about the palate. The taste. The smell. The experience. Drinking coffee is a delightful gestalt of pleasant experiences.

BLISS Coffee Mug from Zazzle

For my morning deck coffee, I'm content with the Follow your BLISS mug with butterflies, because I'm drinking the brew straight away. It cools off some, but I finish before it's cold.

WHile writing, I get really annoyed when I go for a sip and the delightful beverage is cold. Sure, I can use the microwave, but then I have a couple warm sips and it cools off again before I want more. Plus I don't like irradiating my food. As is, I only use my microwave for things like warming coffee, and it's in shock on those few occasions I ask it to work.

SO I decided perhaps a thermal mug is the answer for writing coffee. Just then, I received an offer to review a Liquid Savvy 18 oz thermal container at a steep discount in exchange for an honest review. I love it when that happens!

I've been giving the mug a workout with things like coffee and lemonade. Did this do the trick? Continue reading "Happiness Is a Hot Cup of Coffee"

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Book Review of Science Fiction Thriller series Mind Dimensions Omnibus by Dima Zales and Anna Zaires

This is another #BookReview by #1 Amazon best selling author & top #BookReviewer Ronda Del Boccio. This one is a science fiction thriller series called Mind Dimensions Omnibus by Dima Zales #MindDimensionsOmnibus

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Welcome back to another Write On Purpose book review. I share well-written books. I highlight what makes each good from the reader’s perspective, and reveal what writing skills and techniques make it an irresistible read. Thus, each review serves both writers and readers. This time, it's a science fiction thriller series called Mind Dimensions Omnibus by Dima Zales.

Mind-Dimensions-Omnibus by Dima-Zales

I received a free copy of the set in exchange for an honest review. I love stories about mind powers, and that's what attracted me to this set. I had not been familiar with the author before now. Before I share my truthful review, here is more about the series:

Mind Dimensions Omnibus (Volumes 0 to 4) by Dima Zales and Anna Zaires

All 5 books in the popular Mind Dimensions series from a New York Times bestselling author, available for the first time in one convenient, discounted omnibus edition. Over 1500 pages of thrilling action, adventure, and unique mind powers.

The Thought Readers (Mind Dimensions Book 1)

Darren's had it easy his whole life. Finishing Harvard at eighteen, a lucrative job on Wall Street at twenty-one—all things are possible when you can cheat by stepping outside time. Thanks to his ability, he's a know-it-all, but what he doesn't know is how he's able to do what he does.

That is, until he meets Mira and discovers her dangerous, hidden world.

The Time Stopper (A Mind Dimensions Story Prequel)

Mira can stop time, but she can't change anything. After her parents are murdered, she'll do anything to get revenge—even take on the Russian mob.

The Thought Pushers (Mind Dimensions Book 2)

Darren’s life turned upside down when he met Mira. Now, as he races to uncover his own identity, he confronts new enemies—and realizes his unique powers might extend further than he ever imagined.

The Enlightened (Mind Dimensions Book 3)

Kidnapped, consciousness expanded—and that’s just the start of Darren’s day. As a new danger comes to light, he has one chance to save a loved one’s life and avenge the wrongs of decades past.

Some crimes can never be forgiven.

The Elders (Mind Dimensions Book 4)

Darren’s new powers are unpredictable, but they’re precisely what he needs to save everyone he loves. The Elders can teach him what he needs to know, but their help comes at a price.

Ultimately, Darren has to make a choice.

What is he willing to sacrifice for those he loves?

What did I think of the series? Continue reading "Book Review of Science Fiction Thriller series Mind Dimensions Omnibus by Dima Zales and Anna Zaires"

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It Takes a Village to Raise a Leader Dog: Jemma’s Story

Exciting News! Leader Dogs for the Blind and Sellers Bowman Subaru selected my Jemma’s story to showcase in their #LovePromise campaign! #LeaderDogJemma

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Leader Dogs for the Blind accepts NO Federal money. Grants and donations from Lions Clubs, Purina, Subaru, individuals and more provide the gift of independence to blind and visually impaired individuals such as myself.

Leader Dogs asked me to share a story about me and Jemma for Sellers Bowman Subaru to share on their site.

My life is so much better because Leader Dog Jemma shares it with me. We are a perfect match!

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Here's a screenshot of the powerful story of love I shared: Simply click the image to go to the Sellers Bowman Subaru Love Promise page to read the full story.

Image of "It Takes a Village to Raise a Leader Dog" by Ronda Del Boccio on Sellers Bowman Subaru Love Promise Campaign Page

Each dog costs well over $30,000, in training and everything else, but we clients don't pay anything. IT's all because of the generosity of donors like Sellers Bowman Subaru that we are a team, and I am so very grateful.

Help Leader Dogs Give the Gift of Independence!

If Jemma's story has inspired you to contribute to a blind person's independence, please kindly make your tax deductible contribution on my special fundraising page at WriteOnPurpose.com/ldb.

Meet & Follow Leader Dog Jemma on the Social Web

Leader Dog Jemma Close-up. Jemma is a golden retriever wearing a royal blue collarJemma is a busy dog. Not only is she my guide, toy reviewer and treat tester, but she also shares her adventures in her own voice on her own Facebook page and Instagram Feed.

 

Watch for her hashtag #LeaderDogJemma

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Dogs Need to Play! My Golden Retriever with Kong Goodie Bone

Dogs definitely need fun activities. Here’s how I discovered a way to make Dentastix last longer and provide more fun for my Leader Dog Jemma. Enjoy the cute picture, too. #BLISSfulLife #LeaderDogJemma

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Dogs definitely need to play. I give my Leader Dog plenty of activities. It's so rewarding to watch her have a good time! If you have pets, you know how good for your health and sanity they are. Jemma is certainly not a pet, but out of her guide harness, she's just a dog who needs lots of cuddles, fun and exercise.

I bought her a Kong Goodie Bone back when we were at Leader Dogs. Basic Kong toys are among very few approved playthings. (Kongs and Nylabones. Period).

Lade Dog Jemma chews a Dentastix out of a Kong Goodie Bone

The Goodie Bone by Kong is shaped like a bone but with a short shaft at each end. You put something inside, and the dog has a long lasting treat, because it takes time to work it out of the bone.

I  made a cool discovery this week. My girl loves Dentasix. I give her one emery day. The problem I had until recently was that she eats it in under a minute. Now, I stuff the treat into the Goodie Bone, break it off and put the other half in the other end.

Voila! Now she has something to do for ten minutes instead of one.

Enjoy your own BLISSful life with your furry companion. Use and watch for the #BLISSfulLife hashtag.

Meet & Follow Leader Dog Jemma on the Social Web

Leader Dog Jemma Close-up. Jemma is a golden retriever wearing a royal blue collarJemma is a busy dog. Not only is she my guide, toy reviewer and treat tester, but she also shares her adventures in her own voice on her own Facebook page and Instagram Feed.

 

Watch for her hashtag #LeaderDogJemma

Please share this all over the social web!

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Ronda Del Boccio is an award-winning and best Click for Member Home Pageselling author of both fiction and nonfiction. She tells transformational tales and helps visionary authors turn their dreams and imaginings into published books. See and order Ronda's books on Amazon.

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Writing Skills Advice: How to Avoid Using Very

Do you ever get stuck in your writing? Here are a whole bunch of ways to avoid using “very” in your articles and stories. #WritingTips #WritingAdvice

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Very is a very boring word. Teehee. Yeah, I used it. Here are a bunch of ways to avoid using it.

Avoid "very" infographic

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Book Review of Cozy Mystery Moonlight Can Be Murder: A Ned McNeil Mystery by Blanche Manos

This is another #BookReview by #1 Amazon best selling author & top #BookReviewer Ronda Del Boccio. This one is #CozyMystery Moonlight Can Be Murder: A Ned McNeil Mystery by Blanche Manos

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Welcome back to another Write On Purpose book review. I share well-written books. I highlight what makes each good from the reader’s perspective, and reveal what writing skills and techniques make it an irresistible read. Thus, each review serves both writers and readers. This time, it's a cozy mystery by Blanche Manos titled, Moonlight Can Be Murder: A Ned McNeil Mystery.

This is one of the better cozies I have read. You'll find out why shortly. First, have a look at the book cover and description.

Moonlight Can Be Murder: A Ned McNeil Mystery. by Blanche Manos

Nettie "Ned" McNeil cannot imagine why her Uncle Cover of Moonlight Can Be Murder Cozy Mystery: A Ned McNeil Mystery by Blanche ManosJavin feels that he is in danger, but she loads her suitcases into her car, leaves Atlanta and her late husband, and makes the long trek to Ednalee, Oklahoma, to help out. When she arrives, Uncle Javin's white Victorian house is strangely dark and silent.

Inside she finds him lying on the floor in a pool of blood. So begin her first moments back in her old home town, where the mystery of Uncle Javin's violent death pulls at Ned. But his mysterious murderer seems to always be just a few steps ahead of her search. How can she protect her own life as she pursues a killer who will stop at nothing to guard a deadly secret?

I like cozies, because they're suspenseful tales about people being thrown into difficult circumstances. Sure, there's a dead body, but without the gore of true crime mysteries. What else makes this a good read?

Continue reading "Book Review of Cozy Mystery Moonlight Can Be Murder: A Ned McNeil Mystery by Blanche Manos"

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Using Inspirational Quotes for Writing Prompts?

If you’re looking for something to get your creative juices flowing, why not try using inspirational quotes to prime the pump? #WritingPrompt

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Looking for something to spark your creative juices? Try using  inspirational quotes.

I personally don't believe in "writer's block," but  I do believe in helping the creative juices flow when needed. I call it "priming the pump."

Miracles happen in moments. Be ready and willing. -Wayne Dyer inspirational quote.

One way to tickle the writer brain is to begin with something on which to focus. How about trying an inspirational quote?  Here's how it works: Continue reading "Using Inspirational Quotes for Writing Prompts?"

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Book Review of Historical Southern Novel Pathways of the Heart by Diane Yates

This is another #BookReview by #1 Amazon best selling author & top #BookReviewer Ronda Del Boccio. This one is a southern historical family saga called Pathways of the Heart by Diane Yates.

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Welcome back to another Write On Purpose book review. I review  well-written books, highlighting what makes each 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 historical southern novel based on the life of the author's mother, Pathways of the Heart by Diane Yates. Here's a photo of Clella and Kenneth and info about the book.

Clella and Kenneth

Pathways of the Heart by Diane Yates

How do you seek to redeem yourself when you don’t know what Cover of Pathways-of-the-heart_by-Diane-Yatesyou did wrong?

When Kenneth asked Clella to marry him, she agreed, believing their love would never die. But times and people change. Six children, the Great Depression, and two decades later, Clella feels desperate. The man she thought would always be by her side is miles away while she tries to remain faithful and pick up the pieces in another town. When a chance meeting changes everything, Clella’s faith and beliefs are tested.
Follow Clella through her true story about love, loss, betrayal, and the courage to love again.

I don't read much mainstream fiction, nor general fiction based on someone's own family history. Sowhat made this book worth reading for me? Continue reading "Book Review of Historical Southern Novel Pathways of the Heart by Diane Yates"

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Excerpt and Cover Reveal: Trouble’s Turn: A Mystical Animal Allies Short Story by Ronda Del Boccio

This is a book excerpt and cover reveal of a mystical coming of age short story titled “Trouble’s Tale: A Mystical Animal Allies Short Story” by me, Ronda Del Boccio. American Indian wisdom and Native American spirituality inspired this tale

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Recently I've discovered the coolness that is Smashwords, a free way to publish in a variety of digital book formats. Simply by uploading a Word doc file, I can get my book into places like Kobo, Apple iBooks, and Barnes and Noble.

So I figured that I would put up some of my work, including a couple novellas and today, "Trouble's Turn: a Mystical Animal Allies Short Story."

Dreaming Stories

I had a dream that became this story. Though this tale doesn't resemble the dream, it got me thinking of the life of the animal Allies of Native American spirituality and what their lives are like.

In American Indian Wisdom, each person has an "Ally," an animal spirit guide who helps them live a good life. Trouble in this story is a young White Wolf trying to figure out her place in the world.

Making "Trouble's Turn" FREE

Why Smashwords and not just Amazon? I'll go over that another time, but the main thing is I can't make the short story free for everyone (not just Kindle Unlimited subscribers who pay) on Amazon.

I'm so excited to share the COVER of this short story along with the link where yu can get it in the format of your choice.

Cover Reveal - "Trouble's Turn"

And now...(Drum roll, please!)...The Cover of "Trouble's Turn: A Mystical Animal Allies Short Story" by Ronda Del Boccio, namely, ME.

Cover of "Trouble's Turn: A Mystical Animal Allies Short Story" by Ronda Del Boccio, featuring a white wolf ocming towards the reader

Story Excert of "Trouble's Turn"

Here's an excerpt from "Trouble's Turn": Continue reading "Excerpt and Cover Reveal: Trouble’s Turn: A Mystical Animal Allies Short Story by Ronda Del Boccio"

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Innovative Way to Write a Novel Synopsis via Jan Morrill

If you struggle with writing book blurbs & synopses, this innovative idea might set you free.

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If you're not a writer, this may surprise you. If you are an author who has ever tried to craft a synopsis for your novel or novella, you'll know this pain.

Writing a synopsis is almost harder than writing the novel itself.

Last year I was finishing up They All Died Smiling in preparation for getting it ready to pitch to an agent. By the way,  4months later, not a word from the agent. Still waiting But I digress.

I had to prepare a brief letter and a 1 page synopsis. FOr the uninitiated, this is a summary of the store, including the resolution at the end. It's supposed to cover the highlights quickly so a publisher or agent can decide if it's the sort of thing they want to see.

It's HARD. Did I mention that?

I have yet to find an author who enjoys writing them for their own book. I can help someone else write THEIRS with no sweat. Doing mine is a different matter.

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I took a haiku class from author and speaker Jan Morrill last fall. Now, I don't write a lot of poetry, but 17 syllables I figured I could handle. She made haiku relevant for non-poets. If you missed my article about how valuable her workshop was, you can read "How Can Haiku Help Your Writing."

One of her BRILLIANT suggestions that would never have occurred to me was to write a haiku summarizing your book. While this would not replace the 1-pager publishers and agents want, it can serve as a great book blurb or elevator pitch that you might even put in the letter accompanying the submission.

I invite YOU to share a haiku of your novel or novella in the comments! The typical haiku form is as follows: 3 lines, 17 syllables total, 5-7-5. Continue reading "Innovative Way to Write a Novel Synopsis via Jan Morrill"

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