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Thursday, June 30, 2016

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Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Calling All Authors!

Renee has new dates available for her Author Spotlights:

She features spotlights on her Renee Writes blog every Friday for Fantasy and Science Fiction authors.

She also has a spotlight blog called Renee's Author Spotlight where she features indie and small press authors.

Get your booking as soon as possible. Dates fill up fast!

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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

What Really Makes a Good Story | Our Write Side

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Ever wonder what makes a story good? Ever consider what formula that best-selling author used to create that book that captivates you? We found the perfect infographic to give you an inside (and printable tool) look to bettering your own writing.





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Hyper Geek: Being an Author is a Lot of Work

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Mackay Bell is a technology consultant, blogger and self-published author. His debut novel, Eve’s Hungry, about a world war between Apple and Google, with a ninja sword fighting Steve Jobs, is available on Amazon. Read more of his comic and all about his self-publishing adventure on his blog, Electric Gutenberg.

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Monday, June 27, 2016

Flash: Smell of Souls by Kerry E.B. Black | Our Write Side

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Receiving submissions is one of our most favorite things. Today we are pleased to showcase a short flash from author Kerry E.B. Black. Enjoy!
Kerry E.B. Black writes from a little house along the bank of a foggy Pennsylvania river. Other published works can be found in “Postcard Poetry and Prose” and “Halloween Forevermore.” Please follow the author at www.Facebook.com/authorKerryE.B.Black and Twitter @BlackKerryblick

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Renee's Works in Progress

As I mention previously, I'm still in the process of editing Episode 16 of my Shadow Stalker serial. I'll be finishing up Episode 17 this coming week as well and then I'll release both episodes together on the 13th of July.

I'm also going to be finishing up Episode 18 in July during Camp NaNoWriMo as well as the short story I've been working on.

And I'm excited to announce that theShadow Stalker Part 3 (Episodes 13 - 18) bundle will be available for pre-order on the 31st of August. It will be half price during the pre-order period, so you'll want to grab yours as soon as they're available.

Once I'm finished with Part 3 I'll be planning, writing and editing Part 4 in it's entirety. I want to have it completely finished and ready for publishing before starting my novel series, A God's Deception, so I can put all my focus into that project. I plan to write the first 3 novels in the series before releasing the first, so that you won't have to wait so long between books!

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Sunday, June 26, 2016

Author Spotlight: The Watertown Nightmare by Corey Turner | Renee Writes

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Heya Everyone! Welcome to another Friday Author Spotlight. This week I have Corey Turner with his novel,The Watertown Nightmare.

Corey Turner is an aspiring writer, author and inventor. He loves to write all forms of stories, especially stories that deal with real life issues. He would love to write a Children’s book soon. Be sure to check out future books coming soon.





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Shadow Stalker Update

No... Episode 16 still isn't finished. Well I've finished writing it, but I'm still editing. So I've decided that I'm going to release Episodes 16 and 17 together on the 13th of July. Episode 16 will still be a free download for subscribers though as a thanks for your patience!


Now for a little excerpt:
I woke to find myself shackled to the wall, and Makari in my place on the table, barely conscious.


"Since you would not break, I needed to try something new," Jharak announced without bothering to glance my way. "You get to watch me cleanse this traitor. But you see, this time I don't have to worry about keeping my subject alive. He's been sentenced to death."



"No!" I collapsed in my bindings and hung there, defeated.

Episodes 13 - 15 now available!

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Saturday, June 25, 2016

Learn From Your Fears



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Help Us Improve Our Newsletter

Running a newsletter can be difficult. You don't always know what others want to read. Sometimes it takes a lot of trial and error to get it right. I ran a poll before to find out what our readers would like to see, but it didn't get much of a response, so this time I've made one that is more generalized. 

We really want to make this the best possible newsletter for our readers, so we'd really appreciate it if you would take a few minutes to take our poll, then pass it on to your friends, family and social media followers. Feel free to copy and paste the following into your social media:
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Thanks so much in advance. Hopefully we'll get plenty of responses this time and we can tailor our newsletter accordingly. Oh, and if you're an author and would like to know the results of the poll, email me at reneescatts@gmail.com with "Poll Results" in the subject, and I'll email you the results once I have them.

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Friday, June 24, 2016

Fantasy Art Wednesday | Allison D. Reid

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Welcome to another Fantasy Art Wednesday!
This place has seen better days. There is part of a tower or castle looming in the background, but everything around it seems to be falling apart, including this entrance with gaping holes in the roof. It isn’t abandoned though–there is a guard on watch. Is that a gallows behind him on the other side of the wall? It adds to the sense of foreboding in this picture, along with the fog, the dead trees, and the crumbling structures.
Who lives in that castle? Is it a tyrant living lavishly on the backs of his or her subjects, while dishing out cruel punishments for any minor infraction? Or is this city part of of a kingdom that has fallen on hard times and is barely surviving? Maybe there’s a completely different twist to this story that only you can tell…
Keeping Watch over ruin

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Thursday, June 23, 2016

Medieval Monday: Cooking Methods (Part 1) | Allison D. Reid

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We’re pretty used to our modern kitchen conveniences, including our stoves and ovens. But somehow people from the Anglo-Saxon and medieval period managed to make a wide array of dishes and baked goods without them. How did they do it?
cuttingwoodManaging your fuel supply was a key element.  Cutting and gathering wood was a summer task, though it might not be split until winter. How much wood was needed throughout the year for cooking and heat depended on how large your household was. A wealthy household or lord would have access to wooded areas that peasants were not allowed to touch.
For cooking, a variety of woods were used. Charcoal analyzed from the Anglo-Saxon period identifies oak, poplar, willow, and hawthorn. In areas where wood was not readily available, charcoal, peat, straw, or reeds could also be used. However, because reeds and straw burn very hot, and very fast, they could only be used for baking, not roasting.

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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Author Spotlight: Tea and Dark Chocolate by Debbie Manber Kupfer | Renee Writes



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Welcome to another Friday Author Spotlight! This week Debbie Manber Kupfer is returning with a collection of her flash fiction and poetry, Tea and Dark Chocolate.


Debbie Manber Kupfer grew up in London and lived in Israel, before somehow ended up in St. Louis, where she works as a puzzle constructor and writer. She lives with her husband, two children, and a very opinionated feline. She is the author of P.A.W.S. and Argentum and has short stories in several anthologies including Fauxpocalypse, Shades of Fear, Winter Wishes, Sins of the Past, and Heroes & Villains. She also created the puzzle book, Paws 4 Logic together with her son, Joey. She believes that with enough tea and dark chocolate you can achieve anything!

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Monday, June 20, 2016

Fantasy Art Wednesday | Allison D. Reid

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Welcome to another Fantasy Art Wednesday!
I don’t know the artist, but this gorgeous fantasy place has such a dream-like quality, it lured me right in.  Green and cool, I can hear the gentle rush of the water, and smell the musk of wet earth and stone. There is something mystical about it, something sacred. Perhaps it is even protected by those floating orbs that look like wisps to me. If this was in my book world, it would be one of the ancient shrines…maybe even the very one that the legendary Varol built with his bare hands, flowing with blessed water that is said to heal wounds, cure sickness, and even restore lost sight. It is a place that once you’re there, you would never again want to leave.  But that’s only how this image speaks to me…what does it say to you?
beautiful waterfall

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Self-Editing Tips

Editing is a multi-step process. Start with a broader edit, looking for issues like story flow and organization, plot holes, inconsistencies, sections of weak writing, and problems with character development. You may have to do some re-writing, add new material, or even strip whole sections out of your story. Then take a break from it. Walk away for a week or two.

If when you come back you're still happy with the changes you've made, go on to the proofreading stage to look for improper grammar, misspellings, and punctuation errors. You may need to do both of these types of edits multiple times to get a clean copy.

Don't be afraid to let friends, family, and beta readers help you ferret out those last pesky errors you didn't find. When you're relying on yourself to be the primary editor for your book, the more eyes, the better.


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Sunday, June 19, 2016

Sneak Peek Friday: Author Janeen Ippolito | Allison D. Reid

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This week I’d like to welcome author Janeen Ippolito, author of World-Building From the Inside Out.
Go to the heart of your world and build it well!
worldbuild1Memorable world-building enhances story, attracts readership, and sells books! Find the core of your science fiction or fantasy people and instill your narrative with universal themes and concepts derived from real-world cultures.
  • Explore different religions and governments with concise entries that include ideas for plot and character development -Develop key aspects of your society without getting caught up in unnecessary details
  • Learn how the deeper effects of appearance and location can enhance your narrative
World-Building From the Inside Out challenges you to go deep and build fantastical worlds that truly bring your story to life!

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Medieval Menagerie






Tired of the same old fantasy creatures? Medieval legend is full of bizarre monsters that can make for great inspiration for your fantasy story.

Ever heard of an Aspidochelone?





This sea-monster is similar to a whale, but it has spines along the ridge of its back, a turtle-shell, and a head like a snake.

The creature masks itself as an island, sometimes even appearing to have rocks, trees, and sandy beaches. It lures sailors to land on its back, then it pulls all the sailors and their ship down into the depths of the ocean where it devours them.

In medieval lore, the Aspidochelone was symbolic of Satan, who deceives sinners, and drags them down into hell.

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Saturday, June 18, 2016

What I Learned from Dungeons & Dragons



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This is the End!

Why are endings so darn hard to write? Ever read a great book with an ending that just infuriated you so much you wish you'd never read the book at all? Some endings can leave readers bewildered, or have too many questions unresolved. Others are just plain unsatisfying. All that build up, for THIS? Or always a favorite, the cop out ending. Even an average reader can tell when an author has written him or herself into a corner with no way out, and fixed it with a magic solution that has no believable explanation. Nobody wants to be THAT author--the one who leaves readers hanging, annoyed, rolling their eyes, or even completely pissed off. By contrast, a great ending will have your readers raving about your book to their friends, and make them hungry for your next book. So yeah, there's a lot of pressure to come up with that perfect end to the story you've already poured your heart into.

I'm feeling that pressure right now as I finish up the last couple pages of my WIP. What makes a good ending anyway? Here are just a few key points to consider as you approach the end of your story. 

  • Make sure you've resolved the main conflict(s), or at least shown that a resolution is forthcoming. It doesn't have to be a happy ending, but it should relate to everything you've been building on, and make logical sense without being overly predictable. An unexpected twist is always a bonus!
  • Show how your main characters have grown or changed through the course of the story, for good or bad. The conflict of your story should be resolved through their actions (or inactions) rather than be a random series of events or "luck". The conflict of your story, and the development of your main characters, go hand-in-hand.
  • Make your ending meaningful. If you've done our job as an author, your readers have made an emotional investment in your world, and your characters. When they turn that last page, they should feel something. That feeling will be the last impression they have of your book. What do you want it to be? Elation, joy, sorrow, anger? The answer depends on what kind of story you're trying to tell. But does your ending take them there? The last thing you want is for that feeling to be disappointment! 
What have been your favorite book endings of all time?  What made them great? Likewise what have been the worst, and what lesson can you learn from those failures to satisfy you as a reader?



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Thursday, June 16, 2016

Strong Armed by J.C. Boyd

Balvoc had always earned his bread with blood on his hands. But when he is forced to protect an amoral merchant to keep his wife safe, he must decide whether his wife's life is worth the havoc caused by Sin-sim's greed.

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Wednesday, June 15, 2016

An Ogre's Tale by Lilian Oake

Everyone knows the concept of a wolf in sheepskin. The monster, rabid and ugly, disguised as innocent and sweet. In this story, another nature of the beast rears its head; for we all know what's under the sheepskin, but none have seemed to wonder, where is the rest of the sheep?

Over-eating is just one of Mother's sudden, strange behaviors before she goes missing. When Lyla, Mother's only daughter, sets out with a rogue elf to find her, a run-in with an ogre brings to light a dangerous, hidden aspect of being human.

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Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Jack Spratt by Joshua Robertson

Pease Pudding has been missing for nine days. Mr. Eencey Spider and Miss Maggie Muffet are hot on the trail with their prime suspect being Jack Spratt. Haunted by the death of his fiancée, Jack will do anything to please his wife, Joan. But, in the end, only one will be left to lick the platter clean.


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Monday, June 13, 2016

Self-Editing Quick Tip



Eliminate "there are" or "there is" at the beginning of sentences.


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Sunday, June 12, 2016

Stop Writer's Block: Tease the Muse



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