Category Archives: Writer

Reviews I’ve Given


My Review Star System I always start with five stars. Then depending on certain criteria I add points or deduct them. A) Minus 0.5 star, if the book has less than ten missing words, misplaced punctuation, spelling errors, or extra words. … Continue reading

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Do You Have Impossibilities in Your Writing?


The poem below reminds me of some goofs I’ve read while perusing early writings of budding authors. The ones I’ve come across may not contrast as vividly as the lines in the poem below, but they do make the reader pause … Continue reading

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Meet the Author, Doug Lafuze


It’s hard to figure out how to start a piece on one of my least favorite subjects to discuss, myself! Do I start with where I was born, or when I first wanted to be a writer, or how about … Continue reading

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Somewhere for Book Reviewers


Somewhere for Book Reviewers  Tell us how many total book reviews you’ve written, how many in 2015, your tips, your grievances, and your reasons for reviewing. In fact, tell us about anything. We’re interested in you! What’s important to you … Continue reading

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Reviewer Spotlight


Reviewer Spotlight This is the place to boast about your reviewing skills. State how many reviews you have given in total, how many in 2015, and the reason you do it.

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Please Help! Which Cover Would You Choose?


Some of you, in the replies to my previous post, suggested the images I gave you were all too busy, too colourful, and not plain enough. I’ve taken these lessons  to heart, and I’ve created some plainer book covers for my co-authored crime/suspense … Continue reading

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How Do You Choose a Book Cover?


When designing a cover for your book, how do you decide which font and what text colour and size you’re going to use? Where should I place my text? What colours should I use in my image? I’m in the middle … Continue reading

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Help! Changing the Image White Space to RGB


  This is the cover we intend to use for our collaborated book ‘Your Last Breath’ but I’m having trouble changing it from sRGB to RGB which Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing demands. Has anyone else come across this problem? How … Continue reading

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The Truth About Grammar


Learning from Experience The Truth About Grammar Knowing about grammar is just like knowing about healthy and unhealthy food. Just when you think you’ve learned it, the rules change.

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Free Book Promotion at ‘Author Promo Co-op’


        Author Promo Co-op   (Formerly Jessica’s BOTM)   We want to help you get the word out about your awesome book. We are a group that is committed to cross-promotion and networking. Each month, we feature … Continue reading

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The ‘Written Acts of Kindness Reward’ Nomination 3


The ‘Written Acts of Kindness Award’ My third nomination for this award goes to the lovely, unassuming Marian Beaman, who describes herself  as a former plain girl who’s now turning fancy. I’m indebted to Marian who has always supported my posts by frequently commenting … Continue reading

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The ‘Written Acts of Kindness Award’


The ‘Written Acts of Kindness Award’ My second nomination for this award goes to the lovely, warm hearted blogger known as Edwinasepisodes. This lady is so modest she doesn’t reveal her full name on her website http://edwinasepisodes.com , but she is not shy … Continue reading

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The ‘Written Acts of Kindness Award’


  ‘Written Acts of Kindness Award’ My first nomination for the ‘written Acts of kindness Award’ goes to Kathleen Burkinshaw. https://kathleenburkinshaw.wordpress.com/ Kathleen is an author who battles through a painful neurological disease which affects her hands, making typing difficult. Despite … Continue reading

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Excerpt from “Tissue of Lies”


Relationships One bitterly cold day just a few weeks before Christmas, things began to get out of hand with Julie’s complicated relationships. During one of Julie’s visits, Jeanette began giving strong hints about spending Christmas day with her daughter and … Continue reading

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What Makes a Good Ebook?


What Makes a Good Ebook? Ask anyone that question, and they’ll probably give you an answer based on plot, characters, flow, grammar, or presentation. Each reader will expect to read, in their view, a perfect ebook, and this is where the … Continue reading

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‘A Writer’s Blog’ from the Killer’s Perspective


Originally posted on Doug's Scribbles and Ramblings:
After reading author Carole Parkes’ short story on her blog about a woman who is murdered in her own kitchen, told from the victim’s point of view, I felt inspired to write…

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Book Covers?


I’ve just been playing around with royalty free images today. Now, the main thing about these images is that you can’t use them for profit, although you can use them for many other things. I’m going to put one of … Continue reading

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To Percy (PC), Love from Meg Abyte


Sorting through some of my papers, I came across a printed copy of an old email; it was to my youngest son, Brian, who’d left home to attend university. We used to address our emails as if it was our computers … Continue reading

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The Versatile Blogger Award


 I’ve seen how others react to awards, and to be honest I wasn’t exactly sure where I stood in the debate to accept or not accept them. Fulfilling their requirements takes time and effort, and most of us are already … Continue reading

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Jessica Wren’s ‘Book of the Month’


‘Transitory’ Author Ian Williams I’ve just read and reviewed Jessica Wren’s ‘Book of the Month’ for January 2015.  It’s science fiction, a category I don’t usually read, but I’m glad I did since it’s introduced me to this genre’s possibilities. I … Continue reading

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