What’s the Right Way to Include Multiple POVs? – by Kassandra Lamb…

A great post, easy to understand and plenty of help and tips about writing in multiple POV’s. Thanks, Chris for sharing.

Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog

on Jami Gold:

As a paranormal romance author, I’m used to writing with multiple points of view (POV), as all my stories feature both of the main characters. But that style of writing isn’t limited just to romance. In many genres, we can include multiple POVs to add depth, layers, insights, and opportunities to our stories.

That said, we also don’t want to use multiple POVs simply as a crutch to avoid head-hopping issues. Just because we want to share how another character feels isn’t usually enough of a reason to change POVs, as we can use craft techniques to provide insights into non-POV-character emotions to readers.

Head-hopping and multiple POV stories are very different, and the first clue is in the name:

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SUBMISSION CALL: Dark Divinations

A fantastic premise for this anthology. Give it a go.


Dark Divinations
Edited by Naching T. Kassa

It is the height of Queen Victoria’s rule, the world is powered by steam and seen by gaslight. Fog swirls in the street, while in the parlor, hands are linked. Pale and expectant faces gaze upon a woman, her eyes closed and shoulders slumped. The medium speaks, her tone hollow and inhuman. The séance has begun.

Séances are but one method of divination and communication with the dead. There are many others. From Tarot to the witch board, scrying to numerology, HorrorAddicts.net wants it all. We want your Victorian Age stories of Dark Divinations.

First and foremost, your submission must be a horror story and contain something emotionally, physically, or mentally horrifying.

Secondly, it must take place during the Victorian Era. We don’t care if it’s in England, the American West, colonial India, or Africa, it must take place during the years…

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Open a New Door Kim Blades and Robbie Cheadle

This weeks Streets promotion is Open a New Door Kim Blades and Robbie Cheadle.

What Amazon says: Open a New Door is a poetic peep into the lives of the poets, Kim Blades and Robbie Cheadle, both of whom live in South Africa.

The book is divided into four categories: God bless Africa, God bless my family and friends, God bless me and God bless corporates and work. Each part is sub-divided into the good, the bad and the ugly of the two poets’ experiences, presented in rhyming verse, free-style, haiku and tanka, in each of these categories and include colourful depictions of their thoughts and emotions.

The purpose of this book of poetry is encapsulated in the following tanka and haiku poems:
What drives me to write?
To share my innermost thoughts
The answer is clear
It’s my personal attempt
To make some sense of this world.

Inspiration blossoms
Like the unfurling petals
Of the Desert Rose



#Bookreview – Thank Tanka: vision in verse

A fantastic review by Robbie for Annette’s Think Tanka Vison in Verse

Robbie's inspiration

Book reviews

What Amazon says

Throughout time, the poet has used words to convey feelings, share ideas and unite the reader with their vision. Think Tanka uses the traditional structure of Japanese lyric poetry to unite the reader to the vision of the poet. if you can “see” what she is trying to “say” in every grouping of 31 syllables, then she has done her job. Think Tanka is a book for those who appreciate poetry, those who enjoy short reads, people who like to smile and those who know what it is like to be lost in a world of imagination. Whether you are buying this book for yourself or someone else, you’ll want to make sure you get an extra copy so you’ll have one on hand to share.

My review

Annette Rochelle Aben is a poet with a huge heart who finds joy and pleasure in everything around her…

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Why Do So Many Bad Books Sell on Amazon? – by Katherine Marsh…

A must read post thanks to Chris for sharing.

Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog

on Helping Writers become Authors:

Why do so many bad books sell on Amazon? This is the question many authors are asking these days.

There are far more bad books than good books (which is always true of any entertainment field), but what’s different this time is that low-quality stories often seem to sell better than good stuff.

“Low-quality” isn’t a judgment about taste, reading level, or genre. I mean that books with poor writing, obvious filler, nonexistent characterization, and sometimes entire copy-pasted passages get into the Top 100 of popular categories.

As a reader, when I fall for one of these top-charting books, I find myself thinking, This book shouldn’t be anywhere close to the top.

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Seeking a light…

A Silent Eye Weekend

The Silent Eye

Rites of Passage: Seeing beyond Fear

A weekend with the Silent Eye

Derbyshire, UK

Friday 13th – Sunday 15th September 2019

Beyond the serene beauty of the Derbyshire Dales, old stories cast shadows across the landscape. From the veiled rites of prehistory to folklore, from legend to history, we listen with a shiver to tales of another time and place… and yet, the fears faced within these stories still echo our own.

Fear gets a bad press. It is almost always portrayed as a negative emotion, an uncontrolled reaction to the events and circumstances of our lives. When we allow fear to rule us, that can be an accurate description. It can be paralysing, preventing us from following our dreams and embracing the possibilities life offers. And yet, fear helps keep us safe and alive; without fear, we would not step away from danger or take our hand away from…

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How to Submit to Conversations with Colleen

How to submit to The Faery Writer, Colleen Chesebro for an interview.

Colleen M. Chesebro

UPDATE: I am booked through October 2019but still have room for November and December. (My Plan for 2020, is to feature two authors a month – first come, first serve).

Conversations With Colleen

Welcome to “Conversations with Colleen,” a weekly blog feature where I share the magic of Author Interviews. Please read the instructions below.

As of March 2019, this feature will change to a monthly feature.

Author interviews give a writer the opportunity to show off their writing skills and help to promote their creative work. In addition, I believe we are part of a writing community who must support each other. When we share and promote others, we are enriching our community.

You never know… you could meet your next favorite author. Wouldn’t that be a fabulous thing?

It takes a village! ❤

How to Submit:

Please pick three to five (or one if you go into great detail)questions…

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