Archive | May 2016

Mini Review-Mystic Valley-P.S.Winn

This author has done it again. Pamela Winn is such a great story teller and has such a fertile mind. The ideas, as her books, just keep on coming. It looks like her goal of 40 books in four years is just about completed. Every age group and many genres are in her collection of great reads. There really is something for everyone. Her specialty, however, is paranormal novels and her easy reading style makes these stories come alive.

Mystic Valley is another great story whose starting point is based on the alien landing at Roswell. Whether or not you believe in Roswell, and its significance, you will suspend disbelief as she pulls you into a story that focuses on three adult friends who have some pretty incredible experiences while camping near an army base in that noteworthy vicinity.

Most of her books are of a shorter length and you will find it easy to read many of them in one sitting. You will feel compelled to read to the end. Good stories from this great writer- you really must give her a try.

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How Much Time Should Writers Spend Reading?

 

 Not sure if anyone ever came up with a good ratio of reading to writing but, there must be one. Those who read and review seem to spend about twice as much time reading as writing. Some of us spend much less time reading than we should and often less time writing than we should as well.

Whatever you decide is the right amount of reading to writing time for you; there has to be enough input to have a reasonable amount of output. Many authors consider this the most important key to writing well. If you continually feed your mind with interesting ideas, it will reward you by inspiring different ideas that could lead you to produce more writing.

There are authors who say you must fill yourself with good writing by the very best authors and others who claim it is advantageous to a writer to read everything including trash, bad writing, comic books and even cereal boxes. I tend to believe you should read everything even if only to ensure you your writing is not the worst out there. Reading everything is valuable to help you recognize the bad as well as the good.

This quote says it all- “If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.”

― Stephen King

We know when we read a masterpiece as opposed to a good story by a creative writer. We all know when lots of the spelling and grammar is wrong. We can tell good formatting versus bad and we can be inspired by ideas even when the writing is not at the level it should be. We have different stages of writers and authors. We should aspire to be Hemingway’ and Patterson’, but, also recognize that some of them wrote for decades and you may only have a few years under your belt.

Whatever your ideal is for an author, new or old, unknown or classic, you wish to write at your best so reading everything you can will inspire, produce creativity and make you more productive. It may strengthen your knowledge and help you see how it is done by the experts. Whatever reading does for you, you will be rewarded as well as enjoy yourself. It is recreation but so much more. when an author shares their thoughts with you, it is a great gift and no one should take that lightly.

 

Blog Tour for Author Danielle Lee Zwissler

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Danielle Lee Zwissler is from a small town in Ohio, and enjoys reading about cowboys, writing about cowboys and looking at them. (Do you see a theme here?) She loves Harry Potter, Sam Smith’s music, and Caramel Macchiato creamer in her coffee. She has two wonderful children, a sexy husband, two guinea pigs—Pudding Cup and Flower, a turtle named Lilly and a minivan filled with books and kid stuff. She loves to hear from people that actually read her books, and she will be forever grateful if you mention her books to anyone…

If you’d like a signed copy of any of her books, please email her at: danielleleezwissler@shewritesromance.com or you can find her on facebook at: facebook.com/danielleleezwissler or on twitter: twitter.com/danielleleezwis She can also be found signing books around the US at several different comic cons. All author visits will be posted on her Amazon page or on her homepage at: http://www.shewritesromance.com

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WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT THE BOOKS—
The Boy Next Door-
“One of the cutest romances of the year!” – That Look of Love Romance Review
“Danielle has done it again! She knows how to write a truly lovely romance!” – Books, Reviews and More
5 stars! Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers’ Favorite

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Couple wedding on the beach at sunset

The Boy Next Door: Falling for You, Book 1 is a young adult coming of age novel written by Danielle Lee Zwissler. Keri was looking forward to a relaxed morning in her dorm room, watching a favorite show and eating chocolate chip cookies, when her roommate interrupted her viewing to tell her that her mom was calling. Keri and her mom spoke on the phone a lot, so it was no big deal and something Keri decided to put off until later, but then she heard the change in Alexis’ voice, and, her heart thudding, she picked up the receiver. Her dad had had a heart attack, and, no, he hadn’t died, but was in surgery. Her mom needed her and her twin brothers to come home and be with her. Keri had an unused emergency credit card her parents had given her when she left for school, and she and Alexis quickly threw together just enough gear for the trip. Before she knew it, she was on the plane going home to Texas, and when she got there, her best friend, Payton, was waiting at the airport for her. He seemed different somehow, despite the fact that they had grown up together and been virtually inseparable until she went away to school. That different quality tugged at her subconscious even as she fought her emotions on the way to the hospital to see her dad.

Danielle Lee Zwissler’s young adult coming of age novel, The Boy Next Door: Falling for You, Book 1, is a relatively short novel that wraps the reader up in a warm and quite irresistible tale of first kisses and best friends exploring new emotions and feelings for each other. Within the first few pages, I found myself happily immersed in Keri and Payton’s world. Zwissler admits in her introduction that there was never a boy next door in her life, since she grew up in the country miles from the nearest neighbor, but despite that fact, she gets it. Her plot is fresh and authentic. The juxtaposing of Keri’s home life and school experiences is deftly handled in this finely plotted and beautifully written book. While this book is geared toward a young adult audience, I wouldn’t hesitate to also recommend it to those very fortunate adult readers who have remained young at heart. The Boy Next Door: Falling for You, Book 1 is most highly recommended.
5.0 out of 5 starsA cute novella written by the very talented queen of romance, the lovely Danielle Lee Zwissler.
*****By Robyn on February 17, 2016
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“The Boy Next Door” is a cute novella written by the very talented queen of romance, the lovely Danielle Lee Zwissler.
The first book of the trilogy introduces the readers to Keri and Payton and their struggle to transform their friendship into a relationship. Even though they have been best friends until now, it quickly turns out it’s not an easy transition from friendship to love and it does require new skills the main characters have to learn; dealing with distance, yearning, learning to trust each other, patience, and so on, and so forth… And all this in the shadow of Keri’s personal drama, which initiates the whole story.
I must admit that even though I do not read this genre on a regular basis, I always find Danielle’s work charming, cute, and straightforward. I enjoyed “The Boy Next Door” and I am waiting for parts 2 and 3. 🙂
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5.0 out of 5 starsThis is a beautiful story of young love
*****By Roni Kimberland on June 30, 2015
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This is a beautiful story of young love. Danielle perfectly captured Keri’s innocent approach to life, love, and loss that is certain to stir up nostalgic feelings about it’s reader’s own ” boy next door”. I am looking forward to the next installment in July of 2015!
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5.0 out of 5 starsLoved it!
*****By tascha deets on April 19, 2016
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I couldn’t put it down! Loved every moment of the book. Now I can’t wait to start the next book I’m so excited. Amazing job Danielle!!!
3.0 out of 5 starsPeyton was great.
***3.0 out of 5 starsPeyton was great.
– By Amazon Customer –This isn’t a whole book. There’s a beginning and a middle, but it abruptly cuts off without an end, expecting you to move on to book 2. The writing was cute, Peyton was great.
*****5.0 out of 5 starsLoved it!
Bytascha deetson April 19, 2016
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I couldn’t put it down! Loved every moment of the book. Now I can’t wait to start the next book I’m so excited. Amazing job Danielle!!!
*****5.0 out of 5 starsFive Stars
ByKindle Customeron February 28, 2016
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Very sweet story
The Boy I Love –
“Even better than the first installment!” – That Look of Love Romance Review
5.0 out of 5 starsand find a way compromise between their feelings and the uneasy conditions under which their love is shyly blossoming
*****By Robyn on February 17, 2016
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The second part of the trilogy starts exactly where the first volume ends and gives us more details about Keri and Payton’s uneasy, but passionate relationship. They need to deal with new challenges, big changes in their lives, and find a way compromise between their feelings and the uneasy conditions under which their love is shyly blossoming.
Once again Danielle Lee Zwissler takes her readers to the wonderful world of love, drama, and passion, in the way only she can do it.
I cannot wait to see how the whole story wraps up in the upocoming third book.
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5.0 out of 5 starsEdge of your seat reading!
*****By tascha deets on April 28, 2016
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Absolutely loved it! Inching closer to the edge of my seat reading these books. I can’t wait to start the third book, it has been so up and down it’s exciting to see what happens next. Love your work Danielle!!

The Man I’ll Marry-
5.0 out of 5 starsthe best one in the series
*****By Robyn on May 1, 2016
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The third book in the series takes off at exactly the same place where book two finished with Keri and Payton relationship, due to countless misunderstanding and wrong decisions, shattered Keri comes back home and faces the consequences of her mistakes; the tree house is gone and Payton is a new relationship and doesn’t want to know her.
Book three is, in my opinion, the best one in the series. It deals with growing up, maturing, with realizing what a person really wants and needs. It’s a cute young adult romance novel which is fun to read and makes you want to cross your fingers for book four to hopefully one day be written and published. 😊
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5.0 out of 5 starsEmotional ups and downs
*****By tascha deets on May 2, 2016
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I loved the emotional ups and downs in this book. The love and passion that they shared you could feel throughout each of your books. A job well accomplished Danielle. If you want a good book series to read I would advise hitting the buy button on this one and the other two!
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5.0 out of 5 starsLove your books
*****By Jennifer on May 2, 2016
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I read all 3!! Fell in love with them! Loved the bonus too… Can’t wait to read more
The Boy Next Door

From Amazon Bestselling Author, Danielle Lee Zwissler

Another Must Read Romance!
The Boy Next Door

When Keri Richards comes home from college to mourn her father’s death, Payton, her fun-loving, next door neighbor is there, as usual, ready to share his tree fort. It isn’t until she is back in school again that she realizes that there may be more to their friendship. Who knows…it may even be love!

Love

Friendship

Fun

A Summer Romance to sink your teeth into- The Bookaholics

A Must Read! – Youth Books and More
A Series That you will FALL IN LOVE with
The Boy Next Door- Book I
The Boy I Love- Book II
The Man I’ll Marry
The Boy I Love

Just as Keri finally decides to take the “big step”, her mom calls for her, and everything is put off, and then she has to fly back to Ohio until Christmas break!
If only they could get a few minutes alone!
Payton is busy with work, and Keri gets a job, and can’t come home as much as she wants… What will happen when the fairytale is over?
Falling for him was easy, keeping him was a whole other problem.
The Man I’ll Marry:

When Keri finally makes it home after a devastating discovery, she sees the much-loved tree fort in shambles. After talking with her mom, Alexis and Todd, Keri decides she’s going to need all the help she can get in figuring out a way to win back Payton’s love… But how will she do all that and go to school, graduate, and stay sane? And what will Payton’s family have to say about her change of heart?

Keri soon finds out that the promise of love can help you accomplish anything…
The Wedding: A Falling for You short

What people are saying…
Review by: Linda Winey on May 07, 2016 :
Enjoyed this short read. Reminded me of the nervous jitters I had on my wedding day!

Danielle Zwissler Website

 

INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR DANIELLE LEE ZWISSLER:
When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
In 2004 when I started writing IRIS with my husband.

How long does it take you to write a book?
It all depends really. Some of my novellas only took a day—18 hours for The Boy Next Door, and it’s one of my more popular books. 6 hours for “The Cowboy’s Bride” … 6 months for IRIS (Fantasy Novel) and 3 days for “Her Last Chance” …

What is your work schedule like when you’re writing?
My schedule is nuts when I’m writing. I get into the zone, and don’t do much else. I usually brew a pot of coffee and sit down in my chair for hours on end. I just recently bought a treadmill that my husband built a desk for, and now I walk and type with my laptop, and sit and type on my desktop. The best of both worlds.

What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
I don’t think I do anything too interesting.  I like to listen to music while writing, but that’s normal for anyone.
How do your books get published?
Both Traditionally and Self…

Where do you get your information or ideas for your books?
Anywhere and everywhere. A lot of my ideas come from listening to music and looking through the pictures in magazines.

When did you write your first book and how old were you?
Hmmm… 25.

What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
Hang out with my kids, watch baseball, and read.

What does your family think of your writing?
My husband and kids are awesome about it. I don’t think anyone else in my family really cares all that much. I’ve had maybe three other (family members) read a book of mine.

What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?
I guess the most surprising thing that I’ve learned is how therapeutic it can be to get your feelings out on paper. As you may have guessed, I have been more than one of my characters.

How many books have you written? Which is your favorite?
57 books now. Not all of them are published, though. My favorite is The Long Ride Home.

Do you have any suggestions to help me become a better writer? If so, what are they?
Read. That’s about it. If you want to write, you need to read. All the rules are there, all the great ideas are out there ready to be plucked and placed, all you need to know how to do is form sentences and take time out of your day to write them down.

Do you hear from your readers much? What kinds of things do they say?

Yeah I’d say a few times a week in email, and several times a day on my Facebook page. My Facebook page has been a miracle to me. Some of my fans will ask when the next book is out, others will tell me how much they’ve liked something, and a few have sent me snail mail. 

Do you like to create books for adults?
Yes, I absolutely love my job.

What do you think makes a good story?
Love everlasting, believable characters, and reality.

As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?
As a child, I wanted to be a lawyer, as a teen I wanted to be a band director, and now I’m a writer. I have a degree in Music Education and am still working toward my Masters in English. I’m nearly done.

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BLOG TOUR FOR AUTHOR ELIOT PARKER

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Contact Eliot Parker        FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  May 6, 2016
Email eliotp@hotmail.com
Website http://www.eliotparker.com

 

With writing, you jump off the cliff and find your wings on the way down- Ray Bradbury
Eliot Parker is the author of three novels: Breakdown at Clear River, Making Arrangements, and Fragile Brilliance. Fragile Brilliance was a 2016 Finalist for the Lords of Discipline Thriller Prize, which is affiliated with the Pat Conroy Southern Book Prize and SIBA. He also received the Bronze Award from the National Literary Habitat organization for mystery/thriller writing. He currently teaches writing and literature at Mountwest Community and Technical College in Huntington, West Virginia. Learn more at http://www.eliotparker.com

 

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FRAGILE BRILLIANCE: When off-duty Charleston police sergeant Ronan McCullough responds to the assault of a college student outside a downtown sports bar, he is brutally attacked and nearly killed by the assailants. As he struggles with the physical and emotional damage and doggedly pursues the perpetrators, his personal and professional relationships are strained to the limit; what he uncovers in his investigation takes him to heart of a deadly drug ring threatening the very core of the city.

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MAKING ARRANGEMENTS: The death of Colin Madsen’s beloved father brings Colin home to the small town of Concord, Massachusetts, facing a decision to keep or sell the family funeral home. Colin himself has no interest in the business, but he wants to make sure his father’s legacy is continued. As Colin struggles with the decision, he reconnects with Ava, his childhood neighbor and friend. Colin and Ava seem like an ideal match, but when Ava becomes unemployed and takes a corporate job in funeral home acquisitions, the seemingly innocent move sets off a chain reaction of problems that threaten their relationship and the existence of the funeral home he wants to protect.

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BREAKDOWN AT CLEAR RIVER: Cullen Brewer, starting quarterback for the Clear River College Cougars, discovers that his senior year will be far more exciting than winning a few football games. He is suddenly shocked when the body of his favorite wide receiver, Dane Antonelli, is found in a dormitory stairwell. He links up with Serena Johnson, a student newspaper reporter, searching for the truth behind Dane’s death. As they explore ties to coaches and college administrators, Cullen and Serena find themselves facing perils more dangerous than they ever expected.
This book was a 2012 Weatherford Award finalist for Outstanding Fiction, sponsored by the Appalachian Studies Association.

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Amazon Link to Eliot’s Books: http://www.amazon.com/Eliot-Parker/e/B00BWS4S8E/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1462202716&sr=1-1

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/eliot.parker.98/about?section=overview&pnref=about

Twitter: @E4419

Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/Eliot+Parker?_requestid=357575

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/search?utf8=%E2%9C%93&q=Eliot+Parker&search_type=books&search%5Bfield%5D=author

 

 

According to an analysis of my name….

•Your name of Eliot creates an idealistic, sensitive nature and a desire for culture and the refinements of life.

• You would work best in a relaxed environment at tasks involving writing, mathematical, or analytical skills that require concentration.

• You appear calm to others, but at times you suffer inwardly with nervous tension.

• You can find it difficult to express your deeper thoughts and feelings verbally.

• It is much more natural for you to express your deeper thoughts in writing.

• A lack of positivity and confidence is a source of difficulty in making decisions in business dealings.

•Although the name Eliot creates the urge to understand others, we emphasize that it limits self-expression and friendly congeniality with a moody disposition.

FAVORITE QUOTES

Life is like a box of chocolates…you never know what you’re gonna get.

90% of life is showing up- Woody Allen.

One of the heart’s greatest exercises is picking someone up when they are struggling- Tim Russert

No matter what you do, do not congratulate yourself to much or berate yourself too much either. Your choices are half-chance, and so are everybody else’s- Kurt Vonnegut.

I wish to God there were more ambition in this country. By that I mean ambition of the laudable kind: excellence- John Adams

You never fail when you lose, you only fail when you quit- John Wooden.

Status quo is Latin for the mess were in- Ronald Reagan

Sometimes I wish I had been a banker, instead of a writer, but not very often- Andy Rooney

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THE PROSPECT: Shane Triplet is one of the best baseball prospects in the country. He has been drafted by the Cincinnati Reds and assigned to the Sheaville Loggers, a Reds-affiliated minor league team located in the depressed logging town of Sheaville, West Virginia. Shane’s arrival in Sheaville brings excitement and high expectations for the team and the town’s residents. However, Shane and his mother JoAnn have lived in Sheaville before.

When Shane falls in love with Olivia Mitchell, some dark secrets are uncovered, revealing a painful history between the Triplet family and Sheaville. Balancing the enormous expectations of success with the challenges of redeeming the Triplet family name will be the ultimate game for Shane, physically and emotionally.

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AUTHOR INTERVIEW
When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
Growing up, I was a kid that loved to read and loved stories. I really got interested in writing when I was in junior high school. I won the school writing award in eighth grade and it was the first time that I really felt like I had some talent with writing.

How long does it take you to write a book?

About two years. It takes me about a year to write the first complete draft of a book and then that is followed by about six months of heavy revision and then another six months of more editing and polishing the manuscript. I write slow and since I teach English at Mountwest Community and Technical College, my writing time is divided between working with students, teaching classes, grading papers, and committee work. I find my most productive writing time is during Thanksgiving and Christmas Break and over the summer.

What is your work schedule like when you’re writing?

I write every day, usually early in the morning when my mind is fresh. I get up rather early before everyone in my house is up and stirring around. I will write for about 45 minutes to an hour each day. Some days, I will generate 250-300 words during that time. Other days, I might only churn out 20 words. However, I’ve discovered that if I chip away at the book a little each day (and write more heavily and intensely when school is not in session) then I can have the draft of a book completed within a year.

What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?

I write best in libraries. I have an office at home and will write from there most days, but some of my best writing comes from writing in libraries. There is something about being around the books and the quiet serenity of being a library that helps me think and helps me write. Plus, my cats (whom I love dearly) can’t bother me when I’m in the library and I don’t get distracted with needing to do laundry, run the dishes, etc.

How do your books get published?

Basically, from research. I look for publishers and/or agents that publish the types of books I write, which are mostly mysteries. Then, I send those folks query letters and sample chapters from my manuscript and then cross my fingers. Over the years, I have received a ton of rejection letters, but in most cases, something constructive was always mentioned in the rejection letter that helped me make changes to the manuscript and also helped me become a better writer. Writer should not be afraid to pursue all avenues when it comes to getting a book published. There are so many quality, independent presses that produce good books and are always looking for new authors.

Where do you get your information or ideas for your books?

From real people and real experiences. The old adage that “truth is stranger than fiction” is true. Many of the plots for my mystery novels are loosely based on real-life crimes and criminal scenarios that have actually occurred. The characters in those books either are related in some way to the people involved in the actual case or are based on people that I have met and spoken with at various points in my life.

When did you write your first book and how old were you?

The first book I wrote was called The Prospect, and it was written in 2008 when I was 28 years old. I had written some short stories that had been accepted for publication in the past, but The Prospect was my first book. I knew nothing about publishing books at that time, and it was self-published. The publisher has gone out of business and the book is now out of print. My first traditionally published book was Breakdown at Clear River, which came out in 2012 when I was 32 years old.
What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

I love movies, and I usually go and see one every week. I also love to read and spend time with my cats. I like to play basketball and travel as well.

Book Purchasing Links:

Breakdown at Clear River: http://www.amazon.com/Breakdown-Clear-River-Eliot-Parker/dp/0983394784/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1452025599&sr=1-1&keywords=breakdown+at+clear+river

Making Arrangements: http://www.amazon.com/Making-Arrangements-Inheriting-Funeral-Trouble/dp/0865349827/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1452025665&sr=1-1&keywords=making+arrangements

Fragile Brilliance: http://www.amazon.com/Fragile-Brilliance-Ronan-Mccullough-Novel/dp/178535082X/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1452025684&sr=1-1&keywords=fragile+brilliance