Essential Books, Tools and Apps for a Successful Writing Career


Essential Books Tools & Apps for a Successful Writing Career

First and foremost, the most important tool in my writing arsenal is Pinterest.

Yes, you read that correctly.

Pinterest is where I have a stash of writing articles I click on when I’m not sure I’m doing something correctly. It’s a place where I find inspiration for when I’m just starting out and worksheets that help guide me along the way. I also have a very prized collection of facts, diagrams and infographics on things I know nothing about but I’m sure I will need it somewhere, someday for some book I may or may not write.

I feel it’s important to mention that Pinterest is also where most of my valuable time gets sucked up.

Example: “Oh man, I’m not sure this fight scene is right. Let me just pop onto Pinterest and find that one infographic I saved that showed what a real fight scene would look like. Oh and while I’m here I should look up inspiration for my characters fighting in this scene and maybe even try to find a visual representation of the setting.” 100 pins later…. “What did I come on here for?!”

Pinterest is a fickle muse.

When it comes to resource books for writers I have two that I refer back to time and time again.

 The Plot Whisperer: Secrets of Story Structure Any Writer Can Master 

by Martha Alderson

I have read and re-read this book, tabbed anything that sounded the least bit important, written notes on what I tabbed, and even created diagrams for me to use during the writing process. A bit excessive you say? Maybe but it has helped me immensely! So much so that I even purchased The Plot Whisperer Workbook: Step-by-Step Exercise to Help You Create Compelling Stories. I highly recommend this book if you feel you need help creating stronger plots.

Story Structure Architect: A Writer’s Guide to Building Dramatic Situations and Compelling Characters 

by Victoria Lynn Schmidt

I picked this book out on a whim really. I took it with me on the plane headed to Denver and by the time we had landed I had splattered pictures of it on all my social media. I was in love by page 100. Not because it’s a witty easy read, in fact it’s the exact opposite. But because I realized what an amazingly in depth book I now had in my possession. This book has everything you ever need to know about building compelling stories, writing journeys and conflicts, devising subplots and dramatic situations and developing supporting characters that are vital to your story. The great part is it’s invaluable to whatever you write in whatever genre. By the time I was done with this book i had 59 tabs sticking out of the pages! Even if you think you’ve got this writing thing down I urge you to read this book to get a better understanding of story telling in general. In order to have a strong structure that can withstand the test of time you need to first build a strong base for it to rest upon.

When it comes to tools there is nothing as important as my Office 365  Word and OneNote program. I write all of my stories including all the revision through Word and I put all of my notes whether from articles online, books I read, or just from my mind through OneNote. In conjunction with my  Microsoft Surface I can access, edit, and share any of those document from wherever I am.

My outlining board is the ultimate creative tool for me. I am a very visual person and my board allows me to see my story laid out in one place. I don’t need to remember to pull up a specific file, I don’t need to memorize what type of scenes are in what chapter. All I have to do is look up and there it is in all of it’s glory. If you want to read about how I created my outlining board check out: How To Outline Your Novel With A Bulletin Board and Part 2: How to Outline Your Novel With a Bulletin Board.photo 2

If I’m dealing with writer’s block and need inspiration to start writing but I don’t want to risk wasting time on Pinterest I pull out my phone and open up Plot Generator, pick a genre, then read through the prompts it chose for situation, complication, theme and detail. That’s usually enough to kick my creativity into gear.

I try each day to slip in some random writing exercise to strengthen my writing muscles, spark creativity and to just keep writing. An app I use for fast fun writing prompts on the go is: Writing Exercises and Prompts.

Ok, this next tool might seem a bit weird. I use a time tracker app called, Timesheet – Time Tracker . I have this weird desire to know just how long a book has taken me to write from conception, research, writing the first draft, through editing and revisions all the way to publication. As of right now I have tracked 1,472 hours with Destiny Be Damned. That’s over two months of pure writing spread out through 2 1/2 years. Not the best progress for someone who wants to make this a career but I am learning everything as I go along.

Finally, the last tool that has become as integral to my writing as my keyboard, is ambient sound.

I live in a house that is occupied by 6 human beings. Two are my children and 4 are adults (myself, my husband, my mom and a nephew). Three of us work from home so you can imagine why I would need noise canceling headphones that pump out ambient sounds at max volume. Sometimes I use musical scores from movies but lately ambient sounds are what I need to focus and concentrate clearly on what I’m writing or reading. I use YouTube to find a variety of ambient sounds and I’ve gathered my favorite ones on a playlist titled: Ambient Sounds for Writing.

Stay Tuned

Wednesday 9am20 Romance Heroes Disguised as Villains

Friday9amPlus Size Actresses & The Characters They Portray

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  • What writing tools could you not live without?
  • Do you have any writing books, tool or apps you would like to share?
  • Have you tried ambient sounds as a tool to help concentrate? If so, what are you thoughts on it?

Authors Worthy of Admiration


Authors Worthy of Admiration

Every writer has an author that:

  • Never fails to inspire.
  • Awakens the writing muse within us.
  • Whom we look up to, hoping to emulate their success.

 

For me, I have three such authors.

The Author Who Awoke The Writing Muse Within Me

Karen Marie Moning

It was midway through reading her Fever series that I realized I had a story I wanted to tell. I couldn’t get enough of Mac and Barrons. I wanted more and yet I wanted something different. Mac is the quintessential romance heroine: blond, skinny and irresistible and while I enjoy her character I was tired of reading about irresistible skinny women. I knew there were women out there who were plus size that would read this and many other books and wish this could be them. I wanted them to know that it could be. You can be fat and still found irresistible but you hardly ever see this portrayed in movies or books. If you do read a romance with a plus size heroine you spend the whole book listening to her put herself down, not believe she is worth the attention of the hero and fear he is just looking for the experience of boinking a plus sized girl. Slowly, I started thinking about what kind of heroine I would create, how she would portray herself, how she would interact with the hero. Then a freak floor surfing accident left me bed ridden for a month (yes, you read that correctly) and as I was scrolling through Pinterest I stumbled across a character worksheet. Intrigued with nothing better to do I filled it out. One thing led to another and Destiny Be Damned was born. While I don’t write in the same genre or style as KMM her ability to foreshadow and weave plots together never ceases to amaze me. Not to mention her books are just “feckin” awesome!

The Author Who Inspires Me

Laurel K. Hamilton

Back in 2009 I was going through a major vampire kick and when I say major I mean every single book I read was about a vampire or centered around someone dealing with a vampire. I was coming off an almost 8yr reading dry spell due to my kids being little and taking up any free time I had so when I realized they were starting to need me a little less I googled popular series to check out and the Anita Blake series popped up. Since my local library had almost all the books in series thus far I jumped at the chance. I am a sucker for a very long series. I never want the story to end. Anyway, I cracked my first book open and was blown away.  The amount of detail, the explicit and inventive sex scenes, the suspense… AH! Just thinking about it has my heart racing. I’ve read stories from a lot of great authors in my lifetime but none have ever transported me like LKH can.  I open her books and it’s like an addiction. I feel compelled to read them in one sitting and they are not small books. No other writer can simultaneously enthrall, entice and irritate me like she can. I don’t recommend her as freely as I do KMM because her stories are not for the faint of heart. They are raw and intense with splashes of humor sprinkled in so you don’t die of a heart attack! She inspires me to reach past my comfort zone, to dive deeper into the darkness, to write in so much detail that you are transported out of reality without even realizing it. Not to mention her very detailed and imaginative sex scenes…

The Author Whose Success I Wish To Emulate

Nora Roberts

Honestly, this shouldn’t come as a surprise. If you’re a romance writer in America you are going to look up to Nora Roberts. The sheer number of books alone is enough to inspire awe. Just in case you were wondering it is well over 200. Her first book was published in 1981 (Irish Thoroughbred) which would mean she’s been churning out books for at least 35 yrs. I’m no math wiz but I’m pretty sure that means she has had times where she’s published more then 2 books a year. Here I am still trying to get my first book ready since 2013. Nora isn’t the only author to achieve that level of production. However, she hasn’t just churned out books, she’s successfully entrenched herself in the romance genre around the world, her books are always on the New York Times best seller list and usually resides in the #1 spot for weeks at a time. Not to mention she has amassed hordes of loyal readers spanning generations not only under her original pen name but other pseudonyms as well ( J.D. Robb, Jill March & Sarah Hardesty). Her online advertising and the way her name is marketed are always on point. Even though she’s been highly successful for many years you wont find her hold up in some out of the way place just enjoying her success. She has been and still is very much in touch with writers and readers alike. You can find her attending events throughout the year. Matter of fact she has 5 events listed for this year, check them out. Did I also mention she is a fellow RWA member who hails from the same state and county as I do? While I doubt I will ever reach the number of books she has published I do hope to gain loyal readers like hers who will pass their love of my books onto the next generation. I also hope to be as connected and available to my readers as she is.

Who Inspires You?

Stay Tuned

Wednesday9am “Romance Heroes To Die For”

Friday 9am “Plus Size Actresses & The Characters They Play”

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  • Who inspires you? What author inspired you to write a certain way or even at all?
  • Have you read the Fever series from Karen Marie Moning? What did you think of it?
  • Have you read the Anita Blake series from Laurell K. Hamilton? What did you think of it?

8 Plus Size & Body Positive Projects To Sink Your Teeth Into


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Reading about body positivity and joining online groups that support loving yourself for who you are today is great but sometimes you want more.

Instead of reading about a great event, product or movement you can help fund them and be in the know from the very beginning.

Listed below are just a few projects that are currently in the funding stage. Check them out.

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Just Curves Plus Size Activewear-ONEder Suit 2.0

Just Curves is proud to introduce the patent-pending, newly REDESIGNED ONEder Suit.  Designed with curves in mind, the ONEder Suit is a one-piece, open bust unitard that keeps your PANTS UP and your CONFIDENCE HIGH!  Just Curves is passionate about empowering plus size women through action to live their healthiest and happiest lives now…not 30 pounds from now.  Plus size women are more powerful than the world give us credit for.  We are runners, yogis, triathletes, strength trainers, and overall badass women!  We deserve fashionable active apparel to fits our lifestyle.  That activewear is finally here…

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Fat, Black and Educated Events

Fat Black & Educated is a self published short story written in 2015! Recently it has been adopted into a blog is for and about women who don’t live up to the standards of society but defy them. The Blog discusses Relationships, Socializing, Health and Fitness & More! What we want to do with FBE is far beyond just a blog. We want to make a difference in the lives of young and older women who don’t meet the status quo. We want to host events that will encourage them to get out more and feel a part of society. Some Events will include:

  • Plus Size Fashion Shows
  • Big Men and Plus Women Speed Dating
  • Empowerment Conferences
  • Pamper Parties
  • Retreats and More!!!

A Video Documentary of a single Australian Mans journey to get thin while traveling to Japan a country that outlaws being Fat.

Australia to Japan: The Story of a Fat Man

Follow how a overweight Australian man is treated in a country that has a law about being fat . Over a time frame of 3 months Watch him travel eat healthy and lose weight while exploring some parts of japan that most tourists don’t normally see. Enjoy Interviews with sumo’s and look at how Technology and Culture blend into a colorful masterpiece for the eyes. Take a glimpse at how the Japanese treat fat people and find out why they all seem to be thinner then their Australian counterparts.

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Cross-Country Canada: A Fat Man’s Walk 

In simple terms I am looking to make a documentary. I will make a film about an amazing and difficult journey across Canada, one fat man’s attempt to walk one of the longest roads in the world.

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Mid Drift: Exposing The Soft Underbelly of Motherhood

Mid Drift is a feature length documentary film about postpartum experience around the world. America’s obsession with “body after baby” is harmful and we want to shift the conversation to center on the incredible experiences and community surrounding motherhood. Angie, co-founder of The Mid Drift Movement and producer of this film, will also play a major role in this film as a “character” struggling with postpartum issues of her own.

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Love U Magazine 

We want to disrupt the fashion magazine industry by spotlighting the hidden fashionista in all of us. We believe we can knock down traditional barriers by creating a multimedia digital magazine containing beautiful body-positive photography with women of all sizes–breaking free from the beauty standards upheld by the mainstream fashion industry magazines. Most importantly, we hope to empower women by encouraging them to love themselves–recognizing both their inner and outer beauty. Our goal is to make LoveUMagazine the home for women who demand style regardless of size.

The Body Positive Coloring Book Project 

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Calling All Abundant, Fat, Plus Sized, Succulent, and Thick Peoples From All Over!
This year at the Allied Media Conference 2016 (June 16-19 in Detroit,
 MI) we are coming back together to continue our conversations, share 
skills, experiences, stories, media, knowledge and strategies to build a
 more beautiful, body accepting and abundant loving future!
The Abundant Bodies Track challenges the ongoing ways mainstream media shames and harms abundant bodies, name fat phobia in our organizing and activism, and create media and practical strategies for resistance, healing and community building. We will broaden the conversation around fat activism by centering this track on the voices of indigenous, Black, people of color, dis/abled, super-sized, trans and queer fat folks. Abundant/thick/fat bodies are the target of so much hate, policing and negativity, even in our organizing communities. 
How can we work together to deconstruct fat stigma and other forms of
 marginalization while building a stronger and more inclusive fat 
community? How can we challenge ourselves to decenter whiteness, 
capitalism, ableism, cissexism, heterosexism and classism while we 
explore what it means to be fat?
We will explore these questions and create spaces to challenge the 
ongoing ways mainstream media shames and harms abundant bodies. Our goal
 is to create media and practical strategies for resistance, healing and
 community building.
We are looking for a variety of session proposals that may include, but are not limited to, the following:
Fat community 101
How to love your body
Ally building for thin folks and privileged fat folks
Body autonomy and social media
Anti-racist fat activism
Skillshares and tools for surviving and thriving
Bodies, health and movement
Breaking down connections between health and weight
Body movement / dance / practice for all bodies
Fat sexuality
Super-sized community members
Fatness at its intersections
Fatness and femme identity
Fatness and masculinity
Sci-fi bodies as fat, queer and people of color
Dis/ability and fatness
History of indigenous / people of color / Black / trans / dis/ability / supersize fat activism
Tools for young fat folks
Breaking down discussions about obesity through race, class, gender and other identities
Proposals are due March 11th, 2016 at midnight. Submit YOURS by filling out the form linked here.
If you have any questions regarding your proposal or this track, 
please contact us via on the Abundant Bodies Discussion Page on AMP Talk
 or at abundantbodies@gmail.com.
**Abundant Bodies and the Allied Media Conference is committed to 
creating a space that allows for access to all community members 
regardless of economics. We will be fundraising in the near future to 
make sure we can support all of the session coordinators who need it in 
order to give as many voices in fat community the platform they deserve.
PLEASE SHARE!

Only 1 more week to submit your proposal!!!

Abundant Bodies: Fat Lovin’ Media Features 2016

The Abundant Bodies track gathers, shares and celebrates the wisdom and abundance of our bodies. Abundant / thick / fat bodies are the target of so much hate, policing and negativity, even in our organizing communities. How do we unlearn mainstream ideas of what a body should look like and (re)-learn to celebrate the diversity, resilience, wisdom and beauty of all bodies? How can we work together to deconstruct fat stigma and other forms of marginalization while building a stronger inclusive fat community? How can we challenge ourselves to decenter whiteness, capitalism, ableism, cissexism, heterosexism and classism while we explore what it means to be fat?

Stay Tuned

Monday9am “Authors I Look Up To”

Wednesday 9am “Romance Heroes To Die For”

  • If given the chance would you help fund a project that speaks to your heart? If so, what kind of project would that be?Let's Chat Graphic
  • Do you know of any other plus size/body positive projects that need help? If so, list them in the comments below. 
  • How do you feel about crowd sourcing?

Bring on the Romantic Suspense!


2016 Romantic Suspense Novels to check out

Today I wanted to share just a few books in my “To Be Read” wish list of romantic suspense books coming out this year.

All of the books below have romance tangled up with mystery and suspense. Some are christian novels, some are historical, some are down right dirty.

What can I say, I have eclectic tastes!

Check them out and see if any tickle your fancy.

#1 Vengeful Love by Laura Carter Release date: March 21 2016

I’ve always walked the straight and narrow—following the rules, never straying from my chosen path.Until Mr. Sexy Bazillionaire CEO Gregory Ryans walked into my life. It was only supposed to be business, but one brush of his wicked lips against my skin changed everything. I can’t deny what this man inspires in me. I’ll do anything he asks…even help destroy the enemies from his past. But he’s hiding more than he’s telling me. When our love leads to tragedy, there’s no going back. Gregory’s past is trying to kill our future. They say love can bring a person to their knees. I’ve just proven that vengeful love is the strongest force of all.

#2 Wild Man’s Curse by Susannah Sandlin Release date: April 05 2016

While on an early morning patrol in the swamps of Whiskey Bayou, Louisiana wildlife agent Gentry Broussard spots a man leaving the home of voodoo priestess Eva Savoie—a man who bears a startling resemblance to his brother, whom Gentry thought he had killed during a drug raid three years earlier. Shaken, the agent enters Eva’s cabin and makes a bloody discovery: the old woman has been brutally murdered. With no jurisdiction over the case, he’s forced to leave the investigation to the local sheriff, until Eva’s beautiful heir, Celestine, receives a series of gruesome threats. As Gentry’s involvement deepens and more victims turn up, can he untangle the secrets behind Eva’s murder and protect Celestine from the same fate? Or will an old family curse finally have its way?

#3 The Obsession by Nora Roberts Release date: April 12 2016

Naomi Bowes lost her innocence the night she followed her father into the woods. In freeing the girl trapped in the root cellar, Naomi revealed the horrible extent of her father’s crimes and made him infamous. No matter how close she gets to happiness, she can’t outrun the sins of Thomas David Bowes.
Now a successful photographer living under the name Naomi Carson, she has found a place that calls to her, a rambling old house in need of repair, thousands of miles away from everything she’s ever known. Naomi wants to embrace the solitude, but the kindly residents of Sunrise Cove keep forcing her to open up—especially the determined Xander Keaton.
Naomi can feel her defenses failing, and knows that the connection her new life offers is something she’s always secretly craved. But the sins of her father can become an obsession, and, as she’s learned time and again, her past is never more than a nightmare away.

#4 ‘Til Death Do Us Part by Amanda Quick Release date: April 19 2016

Calista Langley operates an exclusive ‘introduction; agency in Victorian London, catering to respectable ladies and gentlemen who find themselves alone in the world. But now, a dangerously obsessed individual has begun sending her trinkets and gifts suitable only for those in deepest mourning – a black mirror, a funeral wreath, a ring set with black jet stone. Each is engraved with her initials. Desperate for help and fearing that the police will be of no assistance, Calista turns to Trent Hastings, a reclusive author of popular crime novels. Believing that Calista may be taking advantage of his lonely sister, who has become one of her clients, Trent doesn’t trust her. Scarred by his past, he’s learned to keep his emotions at bay, even as an instant attraction threatens his resolve. But as Trent and Calista comb through files of rejected clients in hopes of identifying her tormentor, it becomes clear that the danger may be coming from Calista’s own secret past – and that only her death will satisfy the stalker…

#5 Magic Clicks by Gabriella Bradley Release date: April 22 2016 

Molly Clayton is stunned when she receives the news that she’s inherited a large estate from some unknown uncle. However, the letter is vague and it demands utter secrecy. If she doesn’t accept the terms, she’ll still inherit a decent amount. What should she do? Take a chance and end up with an old mansion in bad state of repair? Or take the money, pay off her credit cards, and go on a Hawaiian holiday?
Taking a two-week vacation, Molly struggles with the decision. At the airport she finally makes up her mind and finds herself on the flight to New Orleans.
Little does she know that she’s flying headlong into the arms of mystery and danger, but along the way, she also meets her long wished for soul mate, Detective Gabriel LaRoche.

#6 Unknown Enemy by Michelle Karl Release date: May 01 2016

For professor Ginny Anderson, translating a set of ancient tablets could be the coup of her career—or more danger than she can handle. Someone doesn’t want the secrets of the artifacts to be revealed…and they’ll kill to bury her discoveries. But former Secret Service agent Colin Tapping refuses to let anybody hurt Ginny and appoints himself as her protector—whether she wants one or not. Colin has made mistakes in the past, and keeping Ginny safe could be just what he needs to prove he’s still a capable agent and win back his job. But is he willing to risk paying the ultimate price to reclaim his former life?

#7 Traces of Guilt by Dee Henderson Release date: May 03 2016

When Evie arrives in Carin, Illinois, it’s to help launch a new task force dedicated to reexamining unsolved crimes across the state. Spearheading this trial run, Evie will work with the sheriff’s department on a couple of its most troubling missing-persons cases. As she reexamines old evidence to pull out a few tenuous new leads, she unearths a surprising connection . . . possibly to a third cold case. Evie’s determined to solve the cases before she leaves Carin County, and Sheriff Thane, along with his family, will be key to those answers.

#8 Storm Surge by Celia Ashley Release date: May 10 2016

Torn from her hometown and her father as a child, Paige Waters’ last memory of both is fraught with mystery and confusion. Now, sixteen years later, with both her parents gone, Paige returns to Alcina Cove, certain there is more to the painful story than she’s been led to believe. The answers must lie within the community, buffered from the larger world by the sea; but when she finds the townspeople more reticent than ever, her only hope is the intriguing man who lives in her childhood home–if she can break down his reserve…
A fisherman turned writer, Liam Gray is haunted by secrets of his own, some of which are deeply entangled with the closure Paige seeks. But as he and Paige grow intimate, their attraction building, Liam finds himself torn between truth and betrayal. Whichever he chooses will risk his future with Paige and cause someone pain–until an even greater danger leaves him no choice…

#9 Suicide Lake by Ashley Fontainne Release date: May 20 2016

Renee Thornton is on the brink of despair, ready to take a final plunge and join the other tragic souls at the bottom of Bradford Lake—known to locals as Suicide Lake.
Her plans change when she’s startled back to reality after a body brushes up against her from the depths below. Terrified, Renee runs away and slams into her old flame Cliff Simpson, a deputy with Whitten County Sheriff’s Department.
Strange events unfurl after the discovery of the corpse. Renee and Cliff find themselves caught up in a web of lies, deceit, and mystery.
Now instead of being able to slip away silently and become another anonymous statistic, Renee finds herself entangled in a murder investigation. Is Cliff her ally or enemy? Who can she trust? What other secrets will rise to the surface?

#10 A Light in the Dark by Marla K. Benjamin Release date: May 24 2016

One couple begins a Monday much like any other, but an arbitrary moment quickly sends them on a course of turmoil and uncertainty. Dez Parker, a former professional football star, and his fiancé, Sabrina, a divorced tax lawyer, have spent two years carefully carving out their future together. But nothing is ever guaranteed. When Sabrina disappears from her office parking lot, a city-wide search is launched. The case goes cold from the beginning and the only way for Dez to cope is to retreat into memories, relying heavily on his best friend, Alex, while he waits for a miracle. Three days later, Sabrina is found and in the days the months that follow, she and Dez attempt to navigate through a new normal of sleepless nights, mood swings, and relationship missteps. A uniquely crafted love story, layered with doubt and determination, A Light in the Dark is a daring and willful account of one couple’s struggle to regain a future amid the fallout of three fateful days in October. This is a story about life after survival.

#11 Into The Whirlwind by Kat Martin Release date: May 31, 2016

Megan O’Brien is at her wit’s end. Her three-year-old son has been kidnapped. No police, says the ransom demand. Fearing for her son’s life, Meg has no choice but to turn to her former bodyguard, Dirk Reynolds.
Dirk’s never forgiven Meg for the way she left him after their brief affair. But with bounty hunter Luke Brodie on his side, Dirk knows he’s got to help Meg rescue her son.
The few clues they’ve gathered send them spiraling into a murky world of big banking and international crime. Meg may be way out of her depths, but she’s seeing a side of Dirk she never suspected—one no woman could possibly resist.

#12 Deception by Elizabeth Goddard Release Date: June 01 2016

Jewel Caraway thought she’d left her mistakes in the past—but then her past arrives at her door. Though she’s thrilled to reunite with her estranged sister, something about her sister’s new husband makes Jewel uneasy. Does he know her secret? Is he the one behind the growing list of attacks against her? And if he is involved…does that mean her sister is, too? With nowhere else to turn, Jewel must rely on police chief Colin Winters—the first man to make the widow question her resolve to never love again. But will he stay by her side when her guarded secrets are revealed?

#13 Native Born by Jenna Kernan Release date: June 01 2016

Apache tribal counsel member Clyne Cosen needs the FBI’s protection. But having Agent Cassidy Walker as his personal bodyguard presents its own dangers. His involvement in the custody battle for Cassidy’s adopted Apache daughter muddled the lines between personal and professional. Now he has feelings for a woman who was not native born.  Cassidy will do her job at any cost. But being so close to Clyne means the FBI agent sees him as more than just the man who could take her daughter—he might also steal her heart. Duty. Desire. Which path will Cassidy take…or will a bullet make that decision for her?

#14 Last Kiss by Laurelin Paige Release date: June 14 2016

When Emily Wayborn goes home to visit her mom while on hiatus from her hit TV show, she receives a voicemail from her former best friend, Amber. Though the two were once notorious party girls, they haven’t spoken in years. Although the message might sound benign to anyone else, Amber uses a safe word that Emily recognizes, a word they always used to get out of sticky situations during their wild days. And what’s more chilling than the voicemail: it turns out that Amber has gone missing. Now Emily is on the hunt to find out what happened to Amber, a hunt that leads her to sexy enigmatic billionaire Reeve Sallis, a hotelier known for his shady dealings and play boy reputation. Reeve might have had something to do with Amber’s disappearance, but Emily can’t help the way she reacts to him.
Time is running out and Emily must figure out who she can trust and if she can trust her feelings.

#15 Into The Light by Aleatha Romig Release date: June 14 2016

Sara Adams awakes blind, unable to remember the most basic details of her life, but her darkness seems a blessing when she discovers the terrors of The Light. Stella Montgomery investigates the news from the mean streets of Detroit, where she’s noticed a disturbing trend: young women are vanishing. When her best friend disappears, Stella digs for answers—despite warnings from her police detective boyfriend—following a twisted trail that leads her through the city’s most dangerous and forsaken precincts. There she uncovers something more sinister than she could have imagined: a shadowy organization known as The Light, led by the enigmatic Father Gabriel. As Sara struggles to understand her place in the strange world she’s awakened to—an oppressive cult demanding unquestioning obedience—and her feelings for Jacob, the husband she can’t recall and whose harsh and tender attentions confuse and beguile her, Stella risks all to discover the truth. But enlightenment always comes with a price…

#16 Cat With a Clue by Laurie Cass Release date: August 02 2016

Early one morning while shelving books in the library, Minnie stumbles upon a dead body. Authorities identify the woman as an out-of-towner visiting Chilson for her great-aunt’s funeral. What she was doing in the library after hours is anyone’s guess . . . but Minnie and Eddie are determined to save the library’s reputation and catch a killer.
As rumors about the victim circulate through Chilson, the police are in a bind over a streak of baffling break-ins. Luckily, Minnie and Eddie are traveling the county in their bookmobile, and they’ll stop at nothing to find the spineless killer before the final page is turned on someone else.

#17 Twilight at Blueberry Barrens by Colleen Coble Release Date: September 20 2016

Kate has devoted herself to keeping her family’s blueberry barrens thriving. But when blossom blight devastates her blueberry fields, she’s forced to come up with alternative ways to replace that income. Fixing up the small cottage on her property as a rental seems an obvious choice, but it won’t be enough. When Drake Carver drives by with his two nieces in tow, looking not only for a place to rent for the summer but also for a nanny for the girls, it’s almost too good to be true.

Stay Tuned

Friday9am “Upcoming Projects from the Plus Size Community”

Monday 9am “Authors I Look Up To”

  • What do you think about the books on this list? Does any catch your fancy?Let's Chat Graphic
  • Have you read anything else by the authors listed above? If so what was it and did you like it?
  • Do you know of any upcoming romantic suspense books that you think I should check out?

What are Character Aesthetic Boards?


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Character aesthetic boards are the Pinterest version of character aesthetic posts on Tumblr. They can also be known as character inspiration boards. (Come check out my Destiny Be Damned Inspiration board to see what I mean.)

To put in basic terms, character aesthetic boards are made up of a group of pictures that speak to the aesthetic of a character, a story, a world, or a feeling. A Character Aesthetic post is when you select a certain number of pictures to put into a collage to represent the aesthetic you are trying to convey.

Questions #1: How do I find pictures to use? 

You can go about this in a couple of ways. You could:

  1. Find relevant pictures to use on Tumblr
  2. Find relevant pictures to use on Google
  3. Find relevant pictures to use on Pinterest
  4. Browse through other Character Aesthetic Boards on Pinterest to find pictures.

*Remember: If you are using an image that is not your own you need to, at the very least, find the original source of the photo and give credit. If you want to be 100% safe from legal action you should ask permission to share the photo before doing so.

If navigating the waters of rights to other peoples photos scares you, fear not. You can check out the following for free images to use:

Question #2: What kind of pictures do I look for?

When I was creating my Inspiration Boards on Pinterest I looked for visual representations of:  people (men, women, children), of animals, of states & cities, scenes,  quotes that sounded like a characters personality and also clothing and items that those characters might have.

Really it’s just up to your imagination and what sort of things you are visually looking for.

Question #3: How do I create Character Aesthetic Boards?

Step by step instructions on how to add boards to your Pinterest profile can be found here. Once you know how to add a board the next thing you need to think about is what theme you want the board to be (example: a certain character, a certain world, a certain mood, a certain color, etc…) and then come up with a name (example: the name of a certain character).

Questions #4: How do I save these photos to a board on Pinterest?

The easiest way to save images to your Pinterest boards on the internet is to install the Pinterest Browser Button. If you need to install the browser button for a mobile device or a different search engine click here.

Question #5: How do I create a Character Aesthetic Picture?

Step 1: Decide which character you want it to be about.

Step 2: Think about who that character really is and start searching for images that represent that in your mind.

Step 3: Look for a combination of images that are pictures, quotes, colors and textures.

Step 4: Save them to you computer.

Step 5: Combine at least 4 visually stunning pictures into a collage either using Photoshop (here is a premade template) or:

Step 6: Save your collage and then share it on whatever social media site you would like (or keep it private if you prefer).

Below is an example of my interpretation of a character aesthetic image for Kristen my heroine in Destiny Be Damned. I created it using the collage feature on Picmonkey.com. I went more for a vibe of what is in her mind and how she identifies with herself.

Kristen Character Aesthetic Collage

Shout out to Jenna Clare on YouTube for inspiring this post with her video “How To: Character Aesthetic Boards“. While you are there, subscribe to her channel. You will not regret it. Even if she doesn’t cover your preferred book genre she is so fun to watch.

If you’d like to learn more about what Pinterest can do for writers check out:

What Can Pinterest Do For Writers?

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  • Have heard about Character Aesthetic Boards? If so, have you created any of your own?
  • Do you prefer to call them character aesthetic boards or character inspiration boards?
  • Have you ever created a board for fan fiction?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2016 Plus Size & Body Positive Events


2016 Plus Size & Body Positive Events

It’s good to say “I’m me. I love myself whether I’m plus size, skinny or somewhere in between. ”

Body Love MantraIt’s good to know deep down that you are enough and that the best thing you could for yourself and your body is to love it unconditionally.

However, sometimes saying and believing it just aren’t enough.

In those times, it helps to surround yourself with people who are trying to learn and support the same message. That’s when local events, workshops and online classes come
into play.

Just like going to book fairs & reading events (check out Reader Be Obsessed with Body AcceptanceEvents 2016 ) for readers and writing conventions and retreats (check out Writer Events 2016 ) for writers; plus size and body positive events can be a great way to learn something new, make some great lifelong connections and have fun.

Below are events both online and off that I have found. I’ve listed the events that take place offline by state then by date while the online events are placed in order by date. This list will be added to as I learn of new events.

Alabama

Alaska

Arizona

Arkansas

California

Colorado

Connecticut

Delaware

District of Columbia

Florida

Georgia

Hawaii

Idaho

Illinois

Indiana

Iowa

Kansas

Kentucky

Louisiana

Maine

Maryland

Massachusetts

Michigan

Minnesota

Mississippi

Missouri

Montana

Nebraska

Nevada

New Hampshire

New Jersey

New Mexico

New York

North Carolina

North Dakota

Ohio

Oklahoma

Oregon

Pennsylvania

Rhode Island

South Carolina

South Dakota

Tennessee

Texas

Utah

Vermont

Virginia

Washington

West Virginia

Wisconsin

Wyoming

 

Online Events 

10 Tools to Radical Self Love Webinar  March 19 with an encore on March 23

#LoseHateNotWeight BabeCamp Spring Edition  April 4-30

No More Weighting e-course April 11

Fat Activism Conference October 9-11 30 Curvy Body Acceptance Websites That Will Help Build Confidence

Stay Tuned

Monday 9am “What are Character Aesthetic Boards?”

Wednesday 9am “Upcoming Romance Books I’m Excited About”

  • Do you know of any plus size & body positive events I should add to the list? If so leave the information down below in the comment section. Let's Chat Graphic
  • Have you attended a plus size or body positive event in the past? If so what was it and what did you think of it?
  • What kind of plus size or body positive event would you like to see in your area?

Romance Reader Conventions, Book Fairs and Author Signing 2016


Romance Reader Events 2016

Remember, back when you were young and in elementary school, waiting for that wonderful time of the year to roll around? That time of the year where a mobile store filled with all your favorite things sets up shop at your school…

Book Fair Week!

The time of year where you saved all your extra lunch & chore money just so you could go hog wild and buy as many books as possible. Wait, maybe that was just me.

Book Fair week was as equal to Christmas in my mind and it’s no different now that I’m an adult. Except now I can go to as many book fairs as I want!

Here is a list of all the Romance book conventions, fairs and author signings I could find for 2016. Everything listed is located in the USA and organized by state then by date. There are a few events that are not only for romance readers (some are for readers, writers and authors and some events are not romance specific). Please click on the name of each event to find what’s in store.

∗ Some events that are for both writers and readers will only have specific activities set aside for readers on certain dates so please check on each event page to learn the details.

 Alabama

Alaska

Arizona

Arkansas

California

Colorado

Connecticut

Delaware

Florida

Georgia

Hawaii

Idaho

Illinois

Indiana

Iowa

Kansas

Kentucky

Louisiana

Maine

Maryland

Massachusetts

Michigan

Minnesota

Mississippi

Missouri

Montana

Nebraska

Nevada

New Hampshire

New Jersey

New Mexico

New York

North Carolina

North Dakota

Ohio

Oklahoma

Oregon

Pennsylvania

Rhode Island

South Carolina

South Dakota

Tennessee

Texas

Utah

Vermont

Virginia

Washington

Washington D.C.

West Virginia

Wisconsin

Wyoming

For a more detailed list with reader and writer events outside of the states and future dates check out:

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Friday 9am “2016 Plus Size Body Positive Events”

Monday 9am “What are Character Aesthetic Boards?”

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  • Did you have book fairs at school? If so did they excite you as much as they did me?
  • Have you attended a book fair or reader event as an adult? If so which one and did you like it?
  • Do you know of any reader events happening in 2016 that I haven’t listed? If so, leave the information for it in the comments below. 

Romance Contest, Conferences, Conventions & Workshops 2016


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As an unpublished writer one of the best things you could ever do for your manuscript is to run it through a few contests before pitching it to literary agents and publisher.

Why?

Because, depending on how far your MS goes it will have been seen by a professional’s eyes and hopefully given feedback if it wasn’t good enough.

It is better to know now, if that novel isn’t quite ready before you send it to your dream agent or publisher.

If by chance you win, well that’s even better!

Some contests have publication as part of the prize but even if it doesn’t your novel will be seen by someone who is looking for that exact story.

Some other pluses for doing writing contests are:

  • Getting over that hurdle of letting other people read your work
  • Practicing following guidelines and submitting
  • Prizes!
  • Your book reaching readers you might not have reached on your own
  • Learning how to handle the fear of waiting
  • Learning how to handle rejection
  • Bragging rights if you win

Ok, so what about conference, conventions and workshops?

Have you ever been in a room of like-minded individuals where you are all working toward a similar goal?

Imagine being surrounded by people who love to write just like you, who are working on their writing and want to take it serious.

There is nothing better to boost inspiration, to learn new techniques and to create lasting connections then by attending a writing conference, convention or workshop.

Listed below will be all the Romance related contests for unpublished works, conferences, conventions and workshops I could find for 2016. I’ve included the name of the event and the date. Click on each name to learn more about it.

Anything involving the RWA (Romance Writers of America) and their chapters are open to non-members. 

If you are interested in contests and conferences that are not for the Romance genre check out the following:

 

Contests

March

April

May

June

August

 

Conferences & Workshops

March

April

May

June

September

October

 

∗Bonus∗

Online Workshops

March

April

May

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Wednesday @ 9am “2016 Romance Reader Events”

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  • Do you know of a contest, conference, convention or workshop coming in 2016 that is not listed? If so leave the name, link and deadline date in the comment Let's Chat Graphicsection below.
  • Do you have experiences with contests, conferences, conventions and workshops? If so would you share it with us?
  • What is your opinion? Do you think contests, conferences, conventions and workshops are worth the time and money?

 

Depression & The People That Love You


 

Depression & The People That Love You

Depression is real and it is not something to joke about.

You can’t turn it off just because you want to or because someone insists you have nothing to be depressed about.

Depression never goes away BUT with the help of therapy, friends and family it IS something you learn to live and deal with.

Many people suffer from depression but refuse to acknowledge it for multiple reasons.

  • They are scared of what people might think.
  • They are ashamed that they don’t have better control over their emotions.
  • They don’t trust someone enough to talk about their inner most feelings.
  • They don’t feel they have enough spare time in a day to really pay attention to their mental health.
  • They are in complete denial about what is happening to themselves.

Having the blahs and feeling down about yourself or your situation is not depression.

Depression is when feelings of sadness drown out everything else around you. You can barely work, sleep, or function anymore, if at all. You don’t just feel sad, you feel worthless, like life for everyone around you would be better if you just didn’t exist.

If you think you might be suffering from depression but aren’t sure check out Mental Health America’s Depression Screening questionnaire.

If you know you are suffering from depression and are not ready to seek help from a therapist or counselor here are some things you can try until you are ready (This helpful list can be found on PsychCentral.com).

  • Give yourself realistic goals that you can achieve every day and then reward/acknowledge yourself each time you reach one. Don’t underestimate the positive affect achieving a goal (of any size) will have on you.
  • If your daily life seems too much right now, break your daily responsibilities into smaller tasks and prioritize them from most important to least important. That way, if you can’t finish everything you needed to do that day you at least took care of the most important things.
  • Try to be social. I know it’s the last thing you’ll want to do but it goes a long way in keeping your depression from swallowing you hole. Just texting someone, chatting on a forum or even playing a video game that allows you to connect with other people online can be a form of socializing.
  • Think back to before you suffered with depression. What sort of activities did you enjoy doing? Try doing those now and see if it helps to lift the fog of depression even just a little bit.
  • Get some exercise. You don’t have to go to the gym or do a workout routine at home if you don’t want to. Exercise can consist of anything that keeps your body moving like walking, swimming, dancing or even cleaning.
  • Don’t expect miracles. If you are actively working on keeping your depression at bay, don’t expect to feel better right away. It will come little by little.
  •  DO NOT MAKE IMPORTANT LIFE ALTERING DECISIONS. While in the throws of a deep depression you aren’t thinking clearly. You might think you are, but you aren’t. If you need to make an important life altering decision, confide in someone first. Let them know what is going on with you and also what it is you need to decide. Tell them what you think you should do and ask their opinion.
  • On that note, if you still aren’t ready to talk to a therapist or counselor about your depression find a friend or loved to confide in. Talking about the things that are weighing you down will help ease the burden a bit.

If you don’t have friends and family who you think will be understanding and supportive you can connect with people online in support forums like:

PsychCentral.com Online Support Community

The Depression Forums

If you are ready for more one on one help but aren’t ready to see someone face to face or don’t have the free time to schedule and then attend a therapy appointment don’t worry. There are online options you can check out, like:

Crisis Text Line – Text their trained crisis counselors about anything that’s on your mind. Its free, 24/7 and confidential.

7 Cups of Tea – A free, anonymous and confidential online text chat with trained listeners, online therapists and counselors. Here is a link to their Free App for Android & iTunes

TalkSpace – A website that offers online therapy with access to over 300 licensed therapists. It isn’t free but the assessment used to match you to the right therapist is. If you choose to use them you have options on how to pay (I don’t know how much they cost or what those options are) and once that is figured out you will have access to your therapist whenever you need him or her. You can talk to them through the computer, cell phone or tablet. No appointments needed and no limit to how many times you need their help. Here is a link to their Free App for Android & iTunes

Even though you have options nothing beats being face to face with a trained and certified therapist or counselor. If you are ready to find one do the following:

  • If you have medical insurance, first call your insurance provider to see if they cover therapy. If they do, ask them for a list of therapists near you. Some insurances require a referral from your primary care doctor in order for them to cover some or all of the costs. Check to see if your insurance has that requirement before picking a therapist.
  • If you don’t have insurance or your insurance does not cover therapy you can look on PsychCentral’s Find Help page for facilities near you.
  • If you can’t afford traditional therapy but you still need one on one counseling contact your local churches or community center and ask them to point you in the right direction.

What do you do if you aren’t depressed but you know and love someone who is?

  • Help them get diagnosed and treated for depression.
    • If they need convincing help them see why they need to seek treatment.
    • Accompany them to their appointment for moral support.
    • Check to see if they are keeping up with their medicine.
    • Encourage them to stick with their treatment or seek a new kind of treatment if it isn’t working.
  • Be There. Offer emotional support.
    • Ask them how their day was or how they are feeling.
    • Really listen and try not to interrupt with advice or comments.
    • Let them know that no matter how bad they feel you will always be there for them and that you love them.
    • Help them see that depression is hard to live with but that you will always be there to help them through it no matter what.
  • Help the person be active.
    • When a person is depressed the idea of interacting with people and the world in general is hard. Come up with things your loved one likes to do and convince them to come with you.
      • Going out to eat
      • Checking out Museums/historical sites
      • Going to the movies
      • Doing an outdoor activity
    • If you are unable to convince them to go out or to do something active don’t berate them or make them feel bad. Just let them know you understand, you’re not mad and that you will try again another day.
  • Try small gestures like:
    • Sending them a card with a personal message
    • Sending them a text that is either funny or touching
    • Cooking them their favorite meal or have it delivered
    • Leaving a caring voicemail for them to play back when they need to hear words of encouragement
  • Don’t judge or criticize.
    • You are going to loose your patience. You are going to get mad, frustrated and hurt. Loving someone who is suffering from depression is not easy. Just try to remember that yelling at them, getting frustrated or criticizing how they are handling their depression will do nothing but harm you both emotionally and potentially derail the entire treatment. One really bad day for someone who is depressed could potentially be the last day of their lives. Please remember that your words (whether you meant it or not) have a powerful impact.
  • Avoid saying:
    • “Don’t be so negative. Look at things as half full, not half empty”
    • “It’s all just in your head”
    • “Just get up and do something. You’re wasting your life away.”
  • Don’t ever attempt the tough-love approach.
    • By going this route you are just going to add shame to a person who already feels isolated and worthless. People don’t choose to be depressed. You can’t guilt someone out of it.
  • Avoid giving advice. Instead, try these helpful phrases:
    • “What can I do to help you feel better?” and if they don’t have the answer don’t get frustrated. Just accept that there isn’t anything you can do but be there for them.
  • Avoid making comparisons.
    • Even if you, yourself have suffered from depression try not to compare your experience to theirs. Everyone suffers with depression in their own way. What worked for you might not work for someone else.
  • Learn as much as you can about depression.
    • Knowing as much as you can about depression will help you be more understanding about what your loved one is going through.
  • Be patient.
    • When you are patient you are letting them know that it doesn’t matter how long this is going to take, or how involved the treatments are going to be, or the difficulties that accompany the passage from symptom onset to recovery, because you will be there.
    • Know that even though your loved one might smile, laugh, or seem to have a good day that doesn’t mean they are cured.
    • Depression ebbs and flows but it will always be there in the background.

Just as people who suffer from depression benefit from counseling and support so do the people who love and live with them.

Depression doesn’t affect just one person. It also affects everyone that person loves. It’s hard seeing someone you care for suffer whether physically or emotionally and it’s even harder to not take their bad moods and negative thoughts personally.

There is help for us loved ones as well. Check out:

Looking for ways to manage your depression on the go? Try the following apps:

MoodTools – Depression Aid Free for Android & iTunes

Depression CBT Self-Help Guide Free for Android

The CBT App Free for iTunes

What’s Up? Free for Android

Pacifica Free for iTunes

Diary –  Mood Tracker Free for Android

Moodtrack Diary Free for iTunes

*Disclaimer* I am not a doctor or a licensed therapist or certified counselor. I am, however, the daughter of a mother and the wife of man who has suffered from depression for most of their lives. Every suggestion I have listed has come from the heart. My hope is that this article will help those not yet getting treatment to seek help and for their loved ones to never give up on them.

Whether you are a suffer of depression or love someone who is, you are not alone. There is help and support for you.

depression is an illness by Darla Denton

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Monday @ 9am “2016 Competitions, Conferences & Conventions for Writers”

Wednesday @ 9am “2016 Romance Reader Events”

  • Do you suffer from depression? If so, do you have any advice or comments youLet's Chat Graphic would like to share?
  • Do you love someone who is suffering from depression? If so, do you have any advice or comments you would like to share?
  • Do you know of any other organizations, groups, forums, apps, etc… that exists for depression?

 

What is Booktrack?


Have You Heard About BookTrack

There are two types of readers.

  1. Those that need silence while reading.
  2. Those that need music to drown out distractions in order to read.

Which one are you?

I prefer silence while reading.

Listening to music and reading a book at the same time never even occurred to me. Sure, I use music while I write but I never thought to use it to help concentrate.

The idea of reading a book while listening to a tailor made soundtrack for said book sounds intriguing.

It’s almost like watching a movie without the disappointment of bad casting.

Booktrack is a platform for e-books that does just that. They embed multimedia such as music, sound effects and ambient sounds within the e-book so that it has it’s own soundtrack as you read along.

There are over 20 categories listed in the Bookstore:

  1. Adventure
  2. Biography/Memoir
  3. Crime
  4. Drama
  5. Fan Fiction/Pop Fiction
  6. Fantasy
  7. Historical/Period
  8. Holiday
  9. Horror
  10. Humor & Comedy
  11. Mystery/Thriller
  12. Non-Fiction
  13. Other
  14. Religious/Spiritual
  15. Romance
  16. Scary Stories
  17. Science Fiction
  18. Sports
  19. Young Adult/Teen
  20. Young Readers

The Romance section alone has 30 pages of e-books to choose from and you can read short stories or full length novels.

The prices range from Free to $13.00 and up.

E-books that cost money offer a free sample so that you can decide if you really are interested or not before buying it.

There aren’t just stories to read on BookTrack. You can choose from blog posts set to soundtracks, Education material, essays, plays/screenplays, poetry, and school paper/reports.

Once you’ve selected a Booktrack e-book you can read it on your computer, tablet, or smartphone. Here is the link to download the free app on Google Play Store.

It’s recommended that you listen to the Booktrack e-book with your headphones for optimum sound quality and I agree. It sounds flat or cartoonish on my computer speakers.

So far the only downside I can see is that it will take a few pages to figure out your reading speed. On the internet you can manually speed up the soundtrack, slow it down or pause it so that it doesn’t speed ahead of you when something calls your attention away.

On the app you can do the same things, however, on the far right side there is a see- through arrow that shows you what line in the text the soundtrack is currently on which I find incredibly helpful.

On both the internet and app you can follow your favorite authors or BookTrack creators and will even be alerted when they publish a new BookTrack. You can also rate and comment on each book along with sharing what book you are reading by posting on social media sites.

To all my writer/author friends:

Did you know that BookTrack isn’t just for readers? 

You, as a writer/author, can create your own BookTrack for any piece of work you wrote as long as you own the rights to it by using BookTrack Studio.

If you want to learn more about creating a BookTrack check out:

All in all, it seems to be a fun way to read an e-book.

I’m definitely going to give it a shot.

How about you?

Stay Tuned

Friday @ 9am ” Depression and What It’s Like For Those Who Love You”

Monday9am “2016 Competitions, Conferences & Conventions for Writers”

  • What kind of reader are you? All silence or background noise for concentration?
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  • Have you used BookTrack before? If so, what is your opinion of it?
  • What would be the ideal type of soundtrack for a book? One with only instrumental music in the background or one that also included the ambient sounds mentioned in the book (like a door slamming, walking, birds chirping, etc…)
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