Archive for November, 2012

Zodiac Shmodiac by A. B. Syed a review

Saturday, November 24th, 2012

A review for  Readers favorite

This coming of age story is a well thought out tale that many girls in that age group will identify with. I enjoyed the personality of its four main characters. It is a magical astronomy adventure for all girls and their parents. Zodiac Shmodiac is nicely done and a great fantasy tale. It will be a good choice for any library private or public.

Karina, Carly, Libby, and Ally are friends who go to the same secondary school. One day their teachers tell them that the school has been chosen to receive a collage newspaper. Nobody really cares until the four friends find the horoscope on the last page. (more…)

Marsha Ward is talking about her new book ” Spinster’s Folly”

Saturday, November 17th, 2012

Q: Marsha, is so good to have you with us this week. Could you please tell us when did you first know you wanted to be an author?

A: According to my older sister, I wrote from the time I could hold a pencil, and constantly talked about writing “my novel”. Although I believe her, I have no idea how a child so young as I was even knew about novels. Be that as it may, there’s never been a time that I didn’t have some kind of story to tell. I was editor of the 4th Grade class newsletter. About that time, I wrote a play dealing with the Acadian people’s migration. I wrote a couple of screenplays for a film club I was involved in during my high school years. And of course, my “Great American Novel” began its life in 1965. I didn’t get the commercial I-think-I’ll-actually-let-other-people-read-my-work bug until the 1980s, though. (more…)

How to interview and be interviewed

Saturday, November 10th, 2012

Be a guest on someone else’s blog or have a guest on your blog. Especially when your book is coming out. You can swap interviews with other authors. Some blog have many followers but a small blog will give you exposure nonetheless, so don’t worry about it just do it.

  1. How to find authors. Go to Facebook or google authors and see what comes up. Go visit their sites and befriend them in Facebook. Why Facebook? you can see their friends and many authors have many authors friends and they would love to be interview and hopefully interview you too. Don’t hesitate to ask after their interview airs in your blog if they could interview you. (Especially when your book first comes out.)
  2. You don’t need to follow others before you ask them for an interview.
  3. If you chose to fallow them you will find them:
    1. Facebook, twitter, Linkedin, goodreads, shelfari, Pinterest, Yahoo, and on their blogs.
    2. Why follow them? Do unto others what you would like done to you. Help them and they will help you. But your main goal is to befriend readers if you are an author.
    3. Visit other peoples interview and copy some of other authors questions and then make them relevant to the topic that fits your blog.
  4. Keep a list of questions and answer them according to your expertise or what you want to promote. Then when someone tells you they have never done an interview, you can tell them that you have one handy and can send it to them. This also works for you. Answer the question yourself and you have an interview ready when someone wants to do yours and doesn’t know how.
  5. Many bloggers struggle to find things to put on their blogs and they would love to have material ready to post.
  6. Be professional and double edit your interview. No negative talk or bad language.
  7. Remember to go to the site where the interview is being hosted and make sure you leave a comment that says how thankful you are for being a guest.
  8. Also go back often, for the duration of the post, to answer any questions the readers have for you. (Some post change every other day others stay up a week.)
  9. Do not forget to add live links to all the places your book or whatever you want to promote is sold somewhere in the post. (Usually at the end)
  10. Make sure you tweet the interview and put it on Facebook with a live link, all that time  the post is up. If you save the link to your interview, no to your host blog, you can use it every so often after that week and send new would be fans to it.
  11. Be polite, be grateful, but funny. We all need a good laugh.

The Sounds and the Echoes by Dew Pellucid

Saturday, November 10th, 2012

A review for readers

This is a delightful story, well written for middle-aged kids. I found the tale refreshing, full of new ideas for fantasy. It is great reading for hot summer days or cold winter nights. It portrays a new world shared by characters, so much alike yet so different that they will entertain young men as well as young women.

Life has changed a lot for Will since the moment his twin sister disappeared when they were three years old. His parents spend their days looking for clues of how to get her back home. This has now been going on for more than ten years. The problem is that though (more…)

Sara Fitzgerald author of Saving Savanna

Friday, November 2nd, 2012

This week we have author, Sara Fitzgerald visiting our blog. Hi Sara.

Tell us how long have you been writing and why did you started?

I have been writing since I was a child.  I was extremely shy, writing gave me a way to express myself. 

Tell us, what your day is like?

My days are busy.  I have a six-year-old daughter who takes up most of my time.  I also have a striving (more…)