Book Review of Dystopian SiFi Novel Black Cloud Rising: Chrysalis by Darrel Sparkman

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's review is yet another in a genre I don't often read. I like expanding my horizons. This time it's Black CLoud Rising: Chrysalis by Darrel Sparkman

Ronda Del Boccio holding the Kindle edition of Black Cloud Rising: CHrytsalis  by Darrel Sparkman, showing the cover

I don't often read dystopian books because so many of them have a strong theme of futility. Not so with Chrysalis..

Why did I feel this book was well-written enough to give it a 5-star review?

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Social Media for Authors: How Do I Use the Top 10 Social Networks?

Authors, you've been told you have to be all over social for book marketing. It can be confusing to know what to do with the top networks.

This infographic will help. Want to get in and out of social networks  FAST while still being social and growing your author platform? Look for details below the graphic.

How to use the 10 top social media sites infographic

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7 Steps to the Perfec Story

This is a great infographic from the Content Marketing Association. (See original source). I thought it might be useful to you. Thanks to the Content Marketing Association for this awesome tool.

7 Steps to the Perfect Story infographic

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7 Keys to a Profitable Book

Writing skills: How Do I Edit My work

When I go back through a story, article  or chapter (fiction or nonfiction), I call it Spiral Writing. I go through to add, subtract, tweak or enhance a particular element.

Here is a graphic showing the types of editing you'll do. And remember, it's important to get someone else's eyes on your writing...more than one someone.

Types of Editing infographic

Get free help with your book

Get a weekly success tip, free tutorials, plus several useful guides, including 7 Ways to Earn Money from Your Book While  You're Still Writing It now at WriteOnPurpose.com/free.

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#1 best selling author, speaker and mentor

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Helen Keller Quote: The Best and Most Beautiful

(NOTE: Post updated with a writing prompt and writing inspiration..)

Helen Keller inspires me.I created this in honor of her birthday. please feel encouraged to share it.

Writing inspiration: Read this Helen Keller quote. Sit with a piece of paper or your computer and write whatever comes to mind. Don't worry about whether it will ever be published. You might surprise yourself. #WritingInspiration

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Graphic of an ancient tree on the right with this Helen Keller quote on the left: "The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart"

The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart"

Helen Keller inspirational #qoote

 

Writing prompt: Let this quote be a writing prompt for you. Tell a story about a time when you found hidden beauty by opening your heart, not your eyes. #WritingPrompt

Looking for more nspiration?

My book with Bonnie Tesh called I'll Push You Steer: The Definitive Guide to Stumbling through Life with Blinders On is full of stories that are inspirational and often humorous. You can order it from Amazon or your favorite bookseller.

I'll Push You Steer by Ronda Del Boccio and Bonnie TeshFollow your bliss!

Ronda Del Boccio,

#1 best selling author of The Peace Seed., I'll Push You Steer and more

 

Are Hardcover Books Irrelevant?

A friend of minee is so excited that his paperback/ebook is coming out in a new format. He received 70 pre-orders for hardcover, which was enough for the new release. I am THRILLED for my friend because he's excited.

Hardcover’s share of units was just ahead of e-books, accounting for 25% of unit purchases.

See original source.

But it got me wondering whether it's really a good thing to put out a hardcover book these days.

Question

According to a Neilson report about the first half of 2014:

  • Paperbacks sold 42%
  • Ebooks sold 23%
  • Hardcovers sold 23%

Should YOU Put Out a Hardcover Edition? Continue reading

Book Review of Western Historical Romance the Montana Gallagher Collection by MK McClintock

Welcome back to another Write On Purpose book review. Each week, I review a well-written book, highlighting what makes it good (or not so good) from the reader’s perspective and what writing skills and techniques make it an irresistible (or annoying) read. Thus, each review serves both writers and readers.

This review is a mixed bag. The series is the Montana Gallaghers historical fiction series by MK McClintock.

First I need to say I have immense respect for anyone who follows through from concept to completion of a novel or a series. As a novelist myself, I can attest to how much work it takes.

I enjoyed aspects of the first book, and others annoyed me immensely. And while I typically only review books I like a lot, I'm making an exception.

"I could never immerse myself in the Montana Gallagher series, because so many things about the writing distracted me."

- Ronda Del Boccio, amazon top reviewer

I give this series 3 stars. Here's more about the Montana Gallagher Collection. I like historical fiction, and I really wanted to be enthralled with this series, but alas, it was not to be. Continue reading

BLISSful Life Product Review: Digital Meat Thermometer

There are so many aspects of life beyond books, and I sometimes review various products, carefully selected by me, to have a cool, BLISful life. Life has many facets.

I often receive free products to test in exchange for an honest review, and this Puna Digital Meat Thermometer is one such item. I'm a foodie, so I love to cook and try out new tools. Then I can report back to you and let you decide if it's something you might wish to have.

Whether you enjoy cooking or not, I bet you enjoy staying healthy and not getting sick on undercooked meat! Hard to have a blissful life from a sick bed. THis is so important to me that I wrote a quiz book called Never Eat Dangerously.

Today's review is of a digital meat thermometer. DO you enjoy coking or grilling? Do you write about food or have characters in your stories who do?

Puna DIgital Meat Thermometer photo

Did this Puna Digital Meat Thermometer do its job?

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Book Review of Spy Thriller Historical Romance Alaina Claiborne by MK McClintock

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 historical romance spy thriller called Alaina Claiborne by MK McClintock.

This book contains all the sizzle  of a good spy thriller and all the spark of a hisgtorical romance. Some aspects of the book I liked very much. Others annoyed me. How did I rate this book? Continue reading

Need Writing Inspiration? How to Find Out What People Are Seeking And Buying

if you're a writer, and especially if you blog, aren't you constantly looking for writing inspiration? There's always that next blog post, article or book chapter to craft.

Where the Rubber Meets the Road

It's too easy to share what you ThINK people are seeking instead of what they really, really want. So many would-be authors want to write a book about some topic that is so far beyond what the reader even knows to consider. They'll say their reader wants X but have no dat. This quote perfectly lays out the issue.

"You might be an amazing writer, but if people aren’t interested in your topics you’re losing opportunities"-- Daniel FUturman. see original article sourceDAniel

"You might be an amazing writer, but if people aren’t interested in your topics you’re losing opportunities. " - Daniel Futurman quote

How Do You KNOW What People Want to See

Most people hate market research. I think of it as a treasure hunt! This song lyric has important implications for authors who want to grow your audience: Continue reading

NEW Low Vision Hijinx Podcast, Sharing Trials and Triumphs of Being Mostly Blind in a Sighted World

I'm continually surprised by people telling me I'm inspiring. OK wow, that sounds like maybe I'm being prideful, but I'm honestly not. I'm just a mostly blind woman living my life, refusing to let a little thing like low vision get me down.

After a bunch of years after my first book I'll Push You Steer with my fabulous co-I'll Push You Steer by Ronda Del Boccio and Bonnie Teshauthor Bonnie Tesh, people come up to me and tell me how much they loved the story of the ironing board for the blind, or the story about how I can't get a man with a dog.

And people ask me how I do various things or laugh at my travel tales with Molly Flagtail, my former guide dog. So, I decided to have some fun and start a weekly podcast called "Low Vision Hijinx." Yeah, I create podcasts in my spare time, for fun!

Low Vision Hijinx Podcast Accepted into the iTunes Store in Record Time - 96 Minutes!

OK technically maybe 96 minutes isn't record time, I don't know for sure; but honestly, I thought I had a couple days to let people know it was coming! Yes, 96 minutes from "under review" to "published in the Tunes Store." Here's the cool cover art:

The Low Vision Hijinx Podcast Logo

Low Vision Hijinx Podcast: Not Much Eyesight - Plenty of VISION!

I designed this cover myself! (Thank you, Canva.com for making me look good!) The cover needs to be:

  • Simple
  • eye-catching
  • readable as a teensy icon in iTunes
  • Relevant to the show's theme and content

I chose a nice readable font. When I found the adorable bumblebee with a magnifying glass, I decided that was the perfect graphic. Anyone with limited eyesight has to do things that seem impossible or at least extremely difficult.

Bumblebees shouldn't be able to fly, by all the laws of physics. Yet they do. This is a real world, every day miracle. Perfect symbol.

Low Vision Hijinx Podcast Episodes

Each show will be under 10 minutes, except perhaps for something superbly spectacularly special.

  • Episode 1: That's where you get to know me a little better.
  • Episode 2: "Just Growl and Mean It" - getting rid of  stalker.
  • Episode 3: The Perfect Travel Roommate" - That's what Bonnie calls me, because she gets to hog the bathroom while I put my makeup on in the dark. :D

Watch for new episodes every Thursday.

Please Subscribe, Rate and Review the Low Vision Hijinx Podcast!

I'd like to get this podcast to the top of the rankings for new shows, and to do that, I need your help!

  1. Please subscribe in iTunes to the Low Vision Hijinx Podcast
  2. Please LISTEN to an episode or 2 & RATE the show (I'm hoping for 5 stars!)
  3. Please REVIEW the podcast in iTunes.
  4. Please accept my heartfelt gratitude!

Why this podcast?

I'm doing this to share a message of hope and joy. Limited eyesight need NEVER limit your life! Everyone will be touched with some degree of eyesight loss with age or with illness or accident. That need not slow you down one bit!

I hope these stories will give you a laugh and something to think about.

Follow your BLISS,

Ronda Del Boccio

best selling author, speaker and mentor

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Social Media for Authors: Why Create a Pinterest Group Board/

Social Media for Authors: Why Create a Pinterest Group Board/

Have you ever considered creating a group Pinterest board? Or has anyone asked you to contribute?

Maybe you're not sure what that means or why it's a good idea. Find out during this quick Pinterest tutorial.

A couple benefits of having multiple contributors to a borad:

  • More hands make lighter work for all.
  • Those who follow the board or any of its contributors see new pins in their stream.
  • It is a way to expand your reach and perhaps find new readers.

I hope this tutorial helps! Let me know what you want next.

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Follow your bliss,

Ronda Del Boccio

best selling author, speaker and mentor

Fiction Writing help: How Do I Write Great Dialogue?

(NOTE: Post updated to add new material to aid with dialogue writing).

I love writing dialogue! The characters speak and I take dictation. At least, that's how it feels to me. Here is a snippet of dialogue from my work in progress, They All Died Smiling. Kassidy, a writer/demon hunter, talks with her friend Floyd:

While finishing an assignment for the paper, I dialed my phone. “Floyd, I’m borrowing your studio for a half hour this afternoon, OK? Thanks. I appreciate it.”

“Uh…you’re welcome. Thanks for asking ahead of time.” I heard the smile in his voice and imagined him brushing a stray lock of blond hair out of those eyes that look like the sea.

“My pleasure. You won’t be in the throes of artistic fervor this afternoon. You will be at the gallery for your viewing.”

“You truly are a mess, Kass. It’s a showing, not a viewing. A viewing is what they do for dead bodies.”

Floyd was a good verbal sparring partner; I let him tease me in honor of our first meeting. I made that faux pas for real when interviewing him for a story about green pottery. Having come right from a wake to the gallery, I accidentally used the wrong word.

“Floyd, just the reception room, not the part full of your cherished creations. And I promise to make it up to you.”

“Ooh, that should be fun. I’ll hold you to it. You owe me big time for using my space.”

“Yes, I do.” My face flushed. “Sell lots of pots.”

“It’s a good thing you put an s on that.”

So many authors I know struggle with dialogue. Maybe I as a blind person have a distinct advantage over you sighted people, because I pay so mush attention to what I hear.

What's at the Root of Dialogue Problems?

My observations tell me that problems with dialogue come from 2 main issues with writing dialogue:

Dialogue Problems

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Inspiration for Authors: Am I Good Enough to Write a Book?

Inspiration for Authors: Am I Good Enough to Write a Book?

So much about writing is an inner game. There's the writing part, sure, but it's the head stuff that tends to cause issues.

I saw this infographic some time ago, and it's just as powerful today. Thanks to Kristen Joy, the Book Ninja, for this infographic full of inspirational thoughts for budding authors!!

You ARE worthy! You DESERVE all good things!

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There are so many mindset issues authors face. Feeling you're not good enough is such a loss! It truly pains me when would-be authors get in your own way. The world DESPERATELY needs you AND your message!

Get more inspirational thoughts – and most importantly, write your book with the help of the next LIVE author webinar. Go to www.ProfitableStorytelling.com/live for details about the next event.

Follow your bliss!

Ronda Del Boccio, the Story Lady

bestselling nonfiction and fantasy author, author mentor and speaker.

 Miracle Mindshift Month

Are Kindle Singles Authors Making Money?

NOTE: This post updated 3/25/15 to reflect the accurate current number of Kindle Singles titles. Note that all quoted text includes the original article source permalinks and is appropriately attributed to the originator

Are Kindle SIngles Authors Making Money?

There are so many ways to publish a book today. Kindle Singles may be Amazon's best kept secret for authors. There are just over 300 titles published to date, and, as you'll see from the story below, some authors are making big bucks on these 99 cents or $1.00 short-to-medium-length books.

“All of this stands in evidence that in its Kindle Singles brand, Amazon is investing in a serious business model behind a quality editorial product. We all -- readers and writers alike -- stand to benefit from that combination.”   in “Authors of Kindle Singles Raking in Tens of Thousands of Dollars” (see below)

What are Kindle Singles? Continue reading

Book Review of Suspense Anthology The Apostate by J. B. Hogan

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 collection of suspenseful tales called The Apostate and Other Stories of the Contemporary Southwest by J. B. Hogan

The Apostate by J.B. Hogan

Bobby Earl, a desperate boy with psychopathic urges,

sticks a gun to the head of mild-mannered college professor and fugitive Michael and kidnaps him. The police and FBI are on the lookout, but Michael’s hidden past makes attention from the FBI the last thing he wants. His past hadn’t been a problem until now but his predicament has drawn the attention of the one man in the state who would know him for who he really was. A successful rescue might mean death or imprisonment for Michael, but staying in a killer’s clutches is certain doom unless Mary Beth – a sweet but damaged woman-child – can calm Bobby Earl. And time is running out.

The Apostate - J. B. Hogan

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What Makes a Great Suspense Story?

Some suspenseful tales focus on high speed chases. Some focus on character struggles. This collection Continue reading

Book Review of Contemporary Mainstream Fiction Type and Cross by Staci Troilo

 Type and Cross by Staci Troilo

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 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's excellent read is Staci Troilo Amazon Author Page

Strong Theme

It's in the blood. Blood is thicker than water, as the old sayin goes, and this tale is all about the power of blood.

A family secret of infidelity and misdirection comes to light because of blood.

A young woman dies because of this secret. And that's just in chapter one!

Secrets, Lies, Adultery, and Other Deadly Sins

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how to Boost Book Sales by 2400 Per Cent

Want to sell more books? Don't expect your facebook posts to do it for you! Follow this very important tip. Get back with me if you need some help. # sell more books #BookMarketingideas #BookMarketingReshared post from +Book Marketing Tools

"Somebody on an e-mail list was 24 times more likely to buy a book, than somebody that was following on Twitter."

This quote from book marketer Tim Grahl was one of many great things from our interview with him: http://buff.ly/1vj3i4g

Wondering What to Read? My Bevvy of Book Reviews on Amazon

I am an AVID reader, and I review tons of books and other products on Amazon. Wondering what to read/ See what I've been reviewing and perhaps something will catch your eye.

My reading tastes are wide and varied:

  • Cooking
  • Self help
  • Marketing
  • Animals
  • Fantasy
  • Paranormal
  • Historical

... to name a few!

Visit my Amazon reviews!

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Authors: Using Instagram yet?

Instagram is an excellent tool for authors. SO much you can do with it.Life - People want to know YOU, so your slice of life pics will be great.On location -  Show your writing in process, locations for stories and more.

Quotes - Share your tips and wisdom. share quotes from your book.

Have fun! Here are some fabulous tips from +Rebekah Radice  to help you start. Thanks +Peg Fitzpatrick  for bringing this to us!

My Instagram account is http://instagram.com/thestorylady. I invite you to follow me! If you're interesting, I'll follow back. :D

Follow your BLISS,
Ronda Del Boccio
#InstagramForAuthors   #SocialMediaMarketing

Reshared post from +Peg Fitzpatrick

How to use Instagram to Expand your Business Reach
via +Rebekah Radice

One tip:
Give a Unique Perspective
Instagram is a great place to highlight what makes your business special.

It’s also an excellent way to humanize your company.

Whether you’re taking a picture of your latest creation or sharing an upcoming event, choose eye-catching images.

Stay away from typical shots or standard stock photos. Instead, capture a unique aspect or feature."

Are you on Instagram? You can find me here: https://instagram.com/pegfitzpatrick/

#instagram   #instagramtip  #socialmediatips

How to Use Instagram to Expand Business Reach
Are you using Instagram to connect with potential customers? 6 ways to use Instagram to expand business reach!

Book Review of Washed in the Water: Tales from the south by Nancy Hartney

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's excellent read is a collection of southern short stories called Washed in the Water: Tales from the South by Nancy Hartney

Washed in the Water: Tales from the South by Nancy Hartney

I like a good short story collection. Sometimes I want to read something that won't require a lot of time to read. Sometimes I don't want to dive into the world of a novel. Plus, I can sample an author and decide quickly whether I like their style.

Washed in the Water: Tales from the South contains 7 stories. Grab a glass of sweet tea and get ready to journey to the deep south into the lives of people who live and work hard.

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7 Keys to Writing a Profitable Book

Want your book to bring you PROFITS?

It's not just about writing a good book. There are 7 key elements in nonfiction, 6 in fiction, you can add to boost your book's profits.

For example, you need to write a page turner, so give the reader a reason to turn the page at the end of each chapter.

"ENd each chapter with a reason to keep reading." -Ronda Del Boccio / Get your FREE mini-course 7 Keys to a Profitable Book at WriteOnPurpose.com/free

Find out what they are so you can implement them in this FREE mini-course, which includes a printed special report + a quick video tutorial to help you implement.

7 Keys to a Profitable Book

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Follow your BLISS,

Ronda Del Boccio

best selling author, speaker and mentor

Book Royalty Truths

Book Royalty Truths

Reshared post from +Book Marketing Tools

On Author Royalties

Considering whether you should self-publish or go the traditional route? You need to hear Tara Meyer-Robson's story about her trip to Starbucks in this episode of The Author Hangout: http://buff.ly/1LKRDgH

Social media INTERVENTION Saves Your Sanity!

Frustrated by time-sucking social media? This fast, fun class teaches you a simple system to take back your day.

Revised for 2015, thi 22 min. 23 second web class teaches you:

If people look for you and you're not on social, you're nobody! Being in social media sites is essential to your book marketing success.

* Why authors need to be on social media
* Why to LOVE and use hashtags
* Social media tricks and shortcuts to save loads of time
* the "RIPPLE" that lets you get in and out of each social network in under a minute AND be a social, responsible web citizen.

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#SocialMediaMarketing   #bookmarketing