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New Release! Check out this giveaway for LEGENDS OF THE VEIL, a fae anthology!

Slip into the seelie realm with this collection of paranormal short stories dedicated to ancient magical creatures with the power of silver tongues and a talent for trickery.

LEGENDS OF THE VEIL, the fourth action-packed anthology in the Summer of Supernaturals series featuring fae from eight of today’s best urban fantasy and paranormal romance authors.

Featured Authors: Courtney Shockey, DJ Shaw, Joynell Schultz, Katherine McIntyre, Laura Greenwood, Laurie Treacy, Fleur Smith, and Miranda Lynn.

 

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Guest Post! WRITING WIDE by J.S. Wayne

Writing Wide

I’m easily bored.

I hate convention. I hate tropes, though I often find myself weaving them into my stories without conscious intent. I despise “the usual” and am always looking for a way to do things differently, some way to shake up the system and cause a little disruption in people’s expectations. This sensibility, of not doing the expected thing, or of doing the expected in an unexpected way, has been part of me for as long as I can remember.

When it comes to writing, I can’t write the same thing twice in a row. I don’t mean I don’t want to, or it doesn’t interest me. I am literally, physically incapable of it. I finish a story, and I know it’s something good. I know there’s a sequel there, and I’m the one to write it because I’m the one who lives in my characters’ heads.

But I sit down to the keyboard, and nothing happens.

You’ve done it all before, my brain says. You’re not bringing anything new to this story right now.

At this point, I have two choices: I can either force it, and it will sound and feel forced because it is, or I can set it aside and do something else, purging the new idea so I can look at the sequel with fresh eyes.

I never wanted to write erotic romance. I was urban fantasy all the way, and ride or die, that was my genre and Hell would hold Latin High Mass in a raging blizzard with compulsory attendance for every damned soul and demon before I’d get within an astronomical unit of writing romance. It was “too easy,” too safe, and besides, every single romance writer is a woman! (Yes, I’m well aware the entire last sentence is a series of myths now, thanks. But I didn’t know that then.)

And yet…

 

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Upcoming Release Alert! DARE YOU TO LIE by Amber Lynn Natusch – Preorder Your Copy & Enter a Giveaway!

THE FIRST INSTALLMENT IN THE HOMETOWN ANTIHERO SERIES.

“A quick-witted heroine, a fast-paced plot, and a twisty whodunit mystery kept me on my toes. Fans of Riverdale will adore Kylene Danners and devour this suspenseful story.” —USA Today bestselling author, K.A. Tucker

When her FBI agent father is framed for murder, Kylene is forced to move in with her grandfather, back to the small town that turned its back on her, and the boy who betrayed her.

All Ky cares about is clearing her father’s name, but someone won’t let her forget the photo scandal that drove her away two years ago. As the threats gain momentum, Ky finds an unlikely ally in the annoyingly attractive rookie FBI agent sent to keep an eye on her.

Determined to expose the town’s hidden skeletons, Ky unwittingly thrusts herself into a much bigger plot. They thought she’d forgive and forget. They’re about to learn they messed with the wrong girl.

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The first 150 preorders will receive an ebook copy of any self-published Amber Lynn Natusch title.

Hardcover Preorders – You will be entered to receive one of three gift packages. Each gift package contains a tote bag, socks, a mug, signed paperbacks from Amber’s friends (Amy Bartol among them!), and one basket will also contain a complete signed paperback set of the entire Caged Series.

Ebook Preorders – You will be entered to win three signed Amber Lynn Natusch paperbacks of your choice.

TO ENTER THE GIVEAWAY, simply email your proof of purchase to ALNGiveaways@gmail.com.

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GUEST POST & GIVEAWAY: Kimberly Bernard, Author of Lost Prophecy: Awakening (@fictitiousfemme)

Today we welcome Kimberly Bernard to the blog!  Kimberly is the author of LOST PROPHECY: AWAKENING.
 

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by Kimberly Bernard

I remember playing the telephone game in my high school drama class. You know, the game that starts with one person whispering a five-sentence story into someone’s ear? The story gets whispered through numerous students until the last student shares what they heard and everyone realizes the original story has become completely misrepresented.
There are many mysteries, enigmas, and myths that circulate from the past, to the present, and onto the future. Each generation adding, subtracting, or changing their version and passing it onto the next. Sometimes it is for the simple sake of entertainment, other times to instill fear, courage, comfort, hope, or a barrage of other emotions. No matter the reason, the stories continue. But are they really just stories? What if, just like the telephone game, stories were derived from actual facts, convoluted over time?
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GUEST POST: #CheatingNotCheating and I'm #SorryNotSorry by Linda Grimes, Author of All Fixed Up (@linda_grimes)

Today we welcome Linda Grimes to the blog!  Linda is the author of ALL FIXED UP, the latest release in the Ciel Halligan series.  And stay tuned tomorrow for Jena’s review of the book!
 

#CheatingNotCheating and I’m #SorryNotSorry

by Linda Grimes

It may shock you to learn that a respectable middle-aged married woman such as myself cheats on her husband all the time. It’s true. I do. All. The. Time. And I get away with it!
Don’t look at me like that. You do it, too. You know you do. Every time you open a book with an attractive guy (or gal–let’s not go making assumptions) in it, your mind can’t help but wander into what-if territory. It’s normal. It’s natural. That vicarious thrill is likely a huge part of why we read. And don’t try to tell me you only read to ennoble your spirit, or my eyes might glaze over. Ennobling spirits is a worthy goal, but please. Ever hear of multitasking? One can be ennobled and thrilled at the same time. The two things aren’t mutually exclusive.
Oh, and here’s little secret you might not have considered: Your significant other cheats on you, too. If not with a character from a book (let’s face it, not everyone is a reader), then with some smokin’ hot celebrity they happened to see on TV or in a movie. It’s just the way human brains are hardwired. If it makes you feel better, you can pretend that while your SO is #CheatingNotCheating on you, he or she is pretending the character is (essentially) you. I’m *ahem* certain that must be the case.
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GUEST POST: Danny's Girlfriend II by Andrew Joyce, Author of Resolution (@huckfinn76)

My name is Andrew Joyce and I write books for a living. Jena has been kind enough to allow me a little space on her blog to promote my new novel RESOLUTION: Huck Finn’s Greatest Adventure.
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I think it’s a good book, but what do I know? Anyway, I’m kinda shy about tooting my own horn. So I think I’ll turn things over to my dog, Danny the Dog. He always has a bad attitude and usually does not speak highly of me. But please understand that we co-exist as the old Soviet Union and the United States co-existed. We tolerate each other. So without further ado, here’s Danny.
 
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GUEST POST: A Writer's Life by J. Frank James, Author of Dead Money Run (@jfj_books)

A Writer’s Life

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So you have decided to finally write that book and you have discovered that it is not as bad as going over Niagara Falls in a barrel. That is not meant to be funny. I suspect that there are a lot of unwritten words out there because of that simple fear that you will be discovered as a person who has lost your mind. Well, just so you won’t feel alone, I have been accused of that more than once and I took it as a complement. That is why writing is a lonely life for some. But I have a secret that I want to share with you. Writing can be an escape. It can also be hell on earth. It all depends on how you look at it.
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GUEST POST: My Writing Journey by Leyla Kader Dahm, Author of Annabeth Neverending (@annabeth_egypt)

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I’m often asked how I became a writer. The funny thing is, that may have been an underlying dream, but it was never the plan. Instead, I earned a master’s in communication, hoping to do something somewhat practical with my life. Upon completing my degree, I moved to New York City for a PR internship at Comedy Central, where I spent my days responding to viewer letters and helping promote The Daily Show. The assistant to the head of the network happened to sit nearby, and she recommended a temp agency to contact when my internship was over.
She had a feeling they’d hook me up with an amazing next gig.
 
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GUEST POST & GIVEAWAY: Rebecca Chastain, Author of A Fistful of Fire (@Author_Rebecca)

A Fistful of FireMadison Fox survived her first week as California’s newest illuminant enforcer, defending her region against imps, vervet, hounds, and one lascivious demon. If her grumpy boss, Mr. Pitt, was impressed, he hasn’t told Madison. In fact, there’s a lot her boss has been closemouthed about, including the dark secret haunting his past.

But Madison’s problems are just igniting. Neighboring regions report an uncharacteristic flare-up of evil, fire-breathing salamanders blaze unchecked across the city, and Black Friday looms. Trapped doing cleanup amid mobs of holiday shoppers, Madison watches from the sidelines as dubious allies insinuate themselves in her region.

As suspicions kindle and the mysterious evil gains strength, Madison must determine who she can trust—and whose rules to follow—before her region and career go up in flames.

Sizzling with adventure and sparking with magic, A Fistful of Fire is fused with Madison Fox’s trademark blend of humor and ass-kicking action.

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GUEST POST: Callisto Carvanis: And A Legacy Was Born by Shakuita Johnson (@sljay1184)

sj001-personallogo-eeHello everyone! I’ll start off with a bit of background on myself. I’m almost 31 years old. I was in the Air Force for 8 years and I’ve only been out a little over a year. I’m currently pursuing a dual Master’s Degree in Public Administration and Mental Health Counseling. I want to work with children in some capacity. I’m an avid reader and series watcher. Most of what I read, write, and watch is supernatural/paranormal based.

I started writing poems when I was still in Middle School. I took a creative writing class senior year of high school and loved it. I wrote my first short stories there, but still it would take me almost nine and ten years before I even attempted to write anything longer, least of all a book. I started to write my first book Sept 2012 after getting off the phone with my best friend and hearing how he wanted the evil queen to win in Snow White and the Huntsman, so I had a thought. I thought why not write him an entire book where there were only villains. Kind of write their side of the story…but it turned into so much more. I’ve written five books in that series, with two more (fingers crossed) to go, and possibly four books in the spin off series.

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GUEST POST: Meet Kirit and Nat by Fran Wilde, Author of Updraft (@fran_wilde)

Fran WildePure Textuality has asked me to write about Kirit and Nat, two of Updraft’s primary characters, their relationship, and their background.

Kirit and Nat are two friends, separated by circumstance and luck. One is downtower, one up. For Kirit Densira, home — and her home tower — is a series of tiers that divide those who have power from those who don’t.

Once, she and her mother Ezarit were part of the lowtower, and she and her friend Nat were raised by Ezarit’s friend Elna as wing-mates.

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GUEST POST by Dan Wells, Author of The Devil’s Only Friend, John Cleaver Series #4 (@thedanwells)

Good morning, my beautiful little bookaholics! I am please to announce that today we are joined by Dan Wells, author of The Devil’s Only Friend, the fourth installment in the John Cleaver series. Today Mr. Wells is here to talk a little bit about heroism and the concept of character forgiveness when they cross the fuzzy line dividing the white hats and the black hats.

Please take a moment to comment and welcome him to the blog!

Without further ado….

Jena

 

Dan WellsHow many people did Luke Skywalker kill when he blew up the Death Star?

We don’t think about that very often. The Death Star was EVIL, right? Or at least it was used for evil purposes. Or at least it was full of evil people. But…was every person on that station evil? Did every last one of them deserve to die? Or is it enough to say that their deaths, however tragic, were worth it in order to prevent the loss of even more life when the Death Star blew up more planets?

 

 

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GUEST POST: ​Surviving Valentine’s Day: Pauline Parril’s Advice for Married Women (by ​Collette Yvonne)

​​Surviving Valentine’s Day: Pauline Parril’s Advice for Married Women
by Pauline Daley-Parril

Valentine’s Day hashtags are proliferating on Twitter. That means one thing: #valentinesdayiscoming. For single women, the 14th of February is tough enough when it’s #nodate and #aloneagain. But for married women, Valentine’s Day is a #minefield #forgetaboutit #norosesforyousister #fml.

For women in general, Valentine’s Day is like trying on a new bikini: single girls hope to find something nice that handles the girls effectively but all too often end up with lingering regrets and maybe a yeast infection from the previous person who tried the bathing suit.

All that married women can hope for is that the top half can still work the old black magic while the bottom half still fits the base.

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GUEST POST: Cajun Nights and the Characters Within: The Many Lives of a TV Series That Never Was by D.J. Donaldson (@medicalthriller)

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THE MANY LIVES OF A TV SERIES THAT NEVER WAS
by D.J. Donaldson

LIFE #1

Cajun Nights was my first novel featuring New Orleans medical examiner, Andy Broussard, and his suicide/death investigator, Kit Franklyn. A few weeks after the book was published, I got a call from my agent with the surprising news that, “There’s been a flurry of movie and TV interest in your book.” I’d never considered that such a thing was possible. So that was one of the best phone calls I ever had.

Subsequently, a production company headed by the former director of programming at CBS took an option on the series, planning to shape it into a TV show. As perhaps some of you know, this phase of things is known as “development hell”, because it takes a very long time to make anything happen. So a year went by with no news. I figure, okay, the thing is dead. But, the producers renewed their option for another year, which meant I got paid again. It wasn’t a lot of money, but with that check, I’d made more money from the two option years than the advance I was given on the book by the publisher.  

 

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GUEST POST AND GIVEAWAY by Felicity Heaton: Writing Kissed by a Dark Prince in the Eternal Mates series (@FelicityHeaton , @RabidReads)

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Writing Kissed by a Dark Prince in the Eternal Mates series
It’s great to be here at Pure Textuality today as part of the Claimed by a Demon King Book Tour celebrating the release of the second book in my new Eternal Mates series of paranormal romance novels.
Today, I’m going to talk about what it was like to write Kissed by a Dark Prince, the first book in the series.
But before we get to the main event, I want to introduce myself. I’m a British paranormal romance author and a USA Today best-seller. I have been writing since 2005, and went indie in 2006. I love to write big worlds, populated by vampires, shifters, demons, fae and angels, and I have several series. This tour is about the Eternal Mates series, which is actually a spin-off from my Vampire Erotic Theatre series. That series focused on a family of vampires at one theatre in London but it had glimpses into the wider world outside the theatre. It’s that world of fae, dark elves, demons, witches, shifters, and other incredible species that the Eternal Mates focuses on.
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GUEST POST PART II by Author Jack Welles: Language and the Genre Novel

This is an excerpt from my booklet how I go about “Writing a Genre Novel” the full version of which is available for free on my website.
I would like to start by putting the excerpt into context by giving a summary of the overview of my approach. I think of genre writing as having four components: concepts (theme, idea, plot, story etc), process (six stages: discovery, planning and research, organising, revision, editing & polishing), language (grammar, prose-writing, figures of speech) and story-telling (the 6 elements of fiction, use of details, characters & symbolism). In addition I have a short “Random Thoughts” category for ideas that don’t easily fit into the four components just mentioned.
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GUEST POST PART I by Author Jack Welles: Research And Planning for a Genre Novel

This is an excerpt from my booklet how I go about “Writing a Genre Novel” the full version of which is available for free on my website.
I would like to start by putting the excerpt into context by giving a summary of the overview of my approach. I think of genre writing as having four components: concepts (theme, idea, plot, story etc), process (six stages: discovery, planning and research, organising, revision, editing & polishing), language (grammar, prose-writing, figures of speech) and story-telling (the 6 elements of fiction, use of details, characters & symbolism). In addition I have a short “Random Thoughts” category for ideas that don’t easily fit into the four components just mentioned.
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NEWS AND GUEST POST: The StoryBundle Experience by Joseph Lallo (@jrlallo)

On February 26th, my fantasy epic The Book of Deacon Trilogy was officially included in something called The Indie Fantasy Bundle. This is the latest offering from the good folks at StoryBundle.com, and it is the second time that I’ve worked with them (the first being the inclusion of my sci-fi books in their inaugural bundle, The Big Bang Bundle). When I contacted Jena about potentially writing a guest post to help publicize the bundle, she suggested it would be interesting to hear about StoryBundle from the point of view of a participant, so brace yourself as I share with you the ins and outs of the bundling lifestyle.

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BLOG TOUR PROMO BLITZ, GIVEAWAY AND GUEST POST: Fighting To Survive (As the World Dies #2) by Rhiannon Frater (@rhiannonfrater , @torbooks)

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It’s time to clear the hotel.The fort has grown crowded as survivors of the zombie apocalypse have found safety between its walls.  Winter is coming; soon it will be too cold to live in tents and other makeshift shelters.  The leaders of the survivors—Katie, Jenni, Juan, Travis, and Nerit—decide it’s time for an assault on the zombie-occupied hotel that looms over the town square.A pitched battle in the banquet room is the start of a harrowing, room-by-room struggle from Reception to roof.  As the sun sets, the people of Ashley Oaks gather in the hotel’s rooftop ballroom and gazebo to celebrate their survival.  Gazing out over the beauty of the surrounding Texas countryside, it’s hard to believe that death and danger lurk around every corner.The fort’s search and rescue teams have attracted unwanted attention from bandits who see the fort as competition for food . . . and as a ready source of women.  The first attacks are minor, but everyone knows there is worse to come.

And beyond the fort’s walls, the zombies shamble, moaning, eyes fastened hungrily upon the living.

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BLOG TOUR GUEST POST AND GIVEAWAY: Forever Clan by January Bain (@JanuaryBain)

Sunday Rose’s soul mate is a vampire. If that isn’t difficult enough to deal with, she’s pregnant with a child that prophecy states can either help or destroy the vampire race. And there are those that fear either outcome. If she is to protect her child from those who would exploit the prophecy, she must awaken unknown abilities and call upon her guardian angels to buy the time necessary to get her family to safe harbor.

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BLOG TOUR REVIEW AND GUEST POST: His Black Wings by Astrid Yrigollen (@AstridYrigollen)

Claren Maidstone has been forced to flee her childhood home after the death of her parents and a vicious assault from a sadistic young man who intends to marry her. Claren changes her identity and finds employment as an assistant to the handsome Fredrick Lowood, a generous yet mysterious benefactor. However, she soon finds out his generosity comes at a price. Fredrick wishes for Claren to befriend his disfigured son who resides in seclusion at their estate, Westwind.
Fredrick Lowood knows what the history books do not teach, that the Grand Council built this new world of peace and beauty on hidden blood and greed. He has plotted for years to bring down the family that enslaved his own people. Suddenly, he has the last living heir in his grasp.
Etrigan Lowood rejects the world that forces him to hide. He is powerful, plagued with a terrible dark beauty: WINGS. It is these wings that carry him out only at night to watch the unwanted intruder in his home. A creature of refined instinct yet little social grace, he is strangely captivated by Claren but knows nothing of how her family’s dark past is intertwined with his own. Through their blossoming friendship, Etrigan realizes he still retains his human heart and yearns for Claren’s love.
Kurten Wandsworth is the only son of the Mayor of St.Marhen. Kurten lives his life fueled by cruelty and lust. Whatever he wants he takes and he wants Claren to be his wife even it if kills her. Scarred by Claren he hunts her down mercilessly until he can set a trap which she will never be able to escape from.
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BLOG TOUR GUEST POST AND GIVEAWAY : Fang Girl by Helen Keeble (@HelenKeeble , @Giselleco)

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Things That Are Destroying Jane Greene’s Undead Social Life Before It Can Even Begin:
1) A twelve-year-old brother who’s convinced she’s a zombie.
2) Parents who are begging her to turn them into vampires.
3) The pet goldfish she accidentally turns instead.
4) Weird superpowers that let her rip the heads off of every other vampire she meets.(Sounds cool, but it doesn’t win you many friends.)
5) A pyschotic vampire creator who’s using her to carry out a plan for world domination.
And finally:
6) A seriously ripped vampire hunter who either wants to stake her or make out with her. Not sure which.
Being an undead, eternally pasty fifteen-year-old isn’t quite the sexy, brooding, angst-fest Jane always imagined….

Helen Keeble’s riotous debut novel combines the humor of Vladimir Tod with Ally Carter’s spot-on teen voice. With a one-of-a-kind vampire mythology and an irresistibly relatable undead heroine, this uproarious page-turner will leave readers bloodthirsty for more.

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BLOG TOUR GUEST POST: Does It Get Any Easier? by Thomas Enger

I guess when you work hard at something you eventually get better. At least, that’s my goal when I’m writing. I want each book to be better than the last one, and I am confident that I have achieved that goal with my first three novels (Burned – 2011, Pierced – 2012 , Scarred – TK 2013). 

But does writing in itself get any easier?

Yes and no.

 

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GUEST POST: My Adventures with New York City and Book Expo America 2012 by Kendra Saunders (@kendrybird)

AUTHOR’S NOTE: I started off intending to write a simple rundown of BEA for the incredible folks over at Pure Textuality, but found that almost impossible. I’m too wordy and this trip turned out to be as much of an adventure for me as a writer and person as a business trip. What follows is the story I feel must be told…

New York City.

Admittedly, as we’re riding into the city, I keep asking how soon we’re going to be there, little-kid style, and gazing around at my surroundings with a bit of disappointment. Is this it? Is the city REALLY this small? Where are all of those big buildings that everyone shows in movies? Were they just a bunch of CGI buildings?

My boss says we’re about 5 miles out and I’m feeling a bit sulky. In New Hampshire, five miles out means ‘look around, this is it.’ Not so in NYC, I discover!

 

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GUEST POST: Top 10 Heroine Stereotypes by Amber Lynn Natusch (@AmberLNatusch)

So I saw an amazing post from another Indie author regarding what makes a male lead sexy.  It was tongue in cheek and fabulous…and it inspired me to want to do my own take on this idea with female lead cliches.  Thanks, Dannika Dark, for the inspiration!
 
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GUEST POST by Book Blogger Dolly: The Glamorous Life of a Book Blogger/Reviewer

When I volunteered to be a book blogger, I had all these wonderful thoughts and ideas.  I’d get to share my love of books with others who loved books at an established, fun website.  Naive, right?  I mean, I talk books all the time with family and friends, how could writing about them in a forum be any different?  I’m more than naive, I’m pretty much delusional. 
 
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GUEST POST: The Doorknob Society and a Brain Tumor by MJ Fletcher

“It’s a brain tumor.”
You might be wondering what that sentence has to do with creating the Doorknob Society, everything really. The idea for DS came about a few years ago when I was annoyed with the choices I had for my daughter regarding female characters in books. I wanted her to have someone she could identify with and experience wonderful journeys alongside. So Chloe Masters, was born and from her the Doorknob Society.
 
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GUEST POST: Freedom by Guest Author Erik Lynd (@ErikLynd)

I want to thank Jena and everybody at Pure Textuality for inviting me for a guest post.  This is a great site with a lot of information for both traditional and indie readers/authors, so I am honored that I was asked to participate.  My name is Erik Lynd and I write horror, dark fantasy, urban fantasy, thrillers and well… read the post for the whole story.

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GUEST POST: Freedom by Guest Author Erik Lynd (@ErikLynd)

I want to thank Jena and everybody at Pure Textuality for inviting me for a guest post.  This is a great site with a lot of information for both traditional and indie readers/authors, so I am honored that I was asked to participate.  My name is Erik Lynd and I write horror, dark fantasy, urban fantasy, thrillers and well… read the post for the whole story.

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GUEST POST: Raspberry Extract And The Perils Of The Publishing World by Shana of Immortal Ink Publishing (@Immortal_ink)

What an honor it is for Jena to have us here at Pure Textuality. My name is Shana, and I’m one of the acquiring editors at Immortal Ink Publishing. We’re a small indie publisher specializing in character-based genre and literary fiction. Today, I thought I’d talk a bit about how my experiences as a reader have affected me as both an author and a publisher.

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GUEST POST: Icing on the Cake: The Value of Good Artwork by Guest Author Joseph Lallo (@jrlallo)

An awful lot goes into making a good book. You need strong, well-developed characters that people care about, a deep and fascinating story to draw the reader in, and a solid and consistent setting to tie it all together. You need to read and reread your work, ironing out continuity errors and correcting typos. A finished novel is the culmination of countless hours of hard work and intense planning. If you’ve done your diligence, and the stars are properly aligned, what you’ll end up with is something that will make you proud, and something that will certainly be worth reading. Unfortunately, the end of the book is just the beginning of the battle, because before anyone will ever know what a fine job you’ve done, you’ve got to convince them to give your book a try. And in order to do that? Well, you’ve got to find a way to catch their eye.

 

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GUEST POST: Free Is Good For The Writer? by Guest Author A.P. Stephens (@apstephens)

It is the dream of many writers who pour their hearts and souls into making a great book that their efforts do not go unnoticed with a little bit of money for their pockets. Some wish to make writing their full-time job to do what they truly love. But in this day and age of self-publishing, their intended audiences have hundreds and hundreds of choices from a bunch of new authors they have never heard of.

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GUEST POST: Free Is Good For The Writer? by Guest Author A.P. Stephens (@apstephens)

It is the dream of many writers who pour their hearts and souls into making a great book that their efforts do not go unnoticed with a little bit of money for their pockets. Some wish to make writing their full-time job to do what they truly love. But in this day and age of self-publishing, their intended audiences have hundreds and hundreds of choices from a bunch of new authors they have never heard of.

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GUES POST: November Blog Tour by Guest Author Ty Johnston (@jharmonwriter)

Fantasy author Ty Johnston’s blog tour 2011 is running from November 1 through November 30. His novels include City of Rogues, Bayne’s Climband More than Kin, all of which are available for the Kindle (http://www.amazon.com/Ty-Johnston/e/B002MCBQRU/ ), the Nook (http://www.barnesandnoble.com/c/ty-johnston ) and online at Smashwords (http://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/darkbow ). His latest novel, Ghosts of the Asylum, will be available for e-books on November 21. To find out more, follow him at his blog tyjohnston.blogspot.com.

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GUES POST: November Blog Tour by Guest Author Ty Johnston (@jharmonwriter)

Fantasy author Ty Johnston’s blog tour 2011 is running from November 1 through November 30. His novels include City of Rogues, Bayne’s Climband More than Kin, all of which are available for the Kindle (http://www.amazon.com/Ty-Johnston/e/B002MCBQRU/ ), the Nook (http://www.barnesandnoble.com/c/ty-johnston ) and online at Smashwords (http://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/darkbow ). His latest novel, Ghosts of the Asylum, will be available for e-books on November 21. To find out more, follow him at his blog tyjohnston.blogspot.com.

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GUEST POST: Write What You Know, Paranormal Style by Guest Author Beth Dolgner (@BethDolgner)

The infamous “they” always say to write what you know, but sometimes that’s easier said than done. Take me, for example: I write paranormal romance. Ghost of a Threat, the first book in my Betty Boo, Ghost Hunter Series, follows Betty “Boo” Boorman, who works with The Savannah Spirit Seekers as a paranormal investigator. She falls in love with a handsome—and possibly dangerous—demon named Maxwell.

 

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GUEST POST: Write What You Know, Paranormal Style by Guest Author Beth Dolgner (@BethDolgner)

The infamous “they” always say to write what you know, but sometimes that’s easier said than done. Take me, for example: I write paranormal romance. Ghost of a Threat, the first book in my Betty Boo, Ghost Hunter Series, follows Betty “Boo” Boorman, who works with The Savannah Spirit Seekers as a paranormal investigator. She falls in love with a handsome—and possibly dangerous—demon named Maxwell.

 

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GUEST POST: The Antihero by Guest Author Eric Staggs (@somenewlanguage)

There’s no end to the books and guides, manuals even, written about writing. Set to that body of work with a ginsu knife and you can carve out probably a dozen or more sub-categories of study within the world of writing.

I know my shelves are lined with books about writing. One topic that’s never well enough addressed for me is the Hero / Anti-Hero juxtaposition. Popular media is rampant with badass tough guys with that one redeeming quality. Are these characters the ultimate examples of the literary craft? Probably not. But they draw us in and we love them.

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GUEST POST: The Antihero by Guest Author Eric Staggs (@somenewlanguage)

There’s no end to the books and guides, manuals even, written about writing. Set to that body of work with a ginsu knife and you can carve out probably a dozen or more sub-categories of study within the world of writing.

I know my shelves are lined with books about writing. One topic that’s never well enough addressed for me is the Hero / Anti-Hero juxtaposition. Popular media is rampant with badass tough guys with that one redeeming quality. Are these characters the ultimate examples of the literary craft? Probably not. But they draw us in and we love them.

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GUEST POST: Winning the Writing War by Guest Author Jason Halstead (@booksbyjason)

There’s strategies and there’s tactics. My strategy is simple: ditch the day job and become a full time writer. That’s my mission statement. To make it happen I need tactics. Tactics don’t win a war, they win battles. Win enough battles and the war is won. My latest tactic: free books.

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GUEST POST: The Five Headed Muse by Guest Author Kendra Saunders (@kendrybird)

We are told never to share all of our wisdom at once or the universe might have no more use for us. That being said, here are five of the most precious writing gems I can share with you.

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GUEST POST: The Five Headed Muse by Guest Author Kendra Saunders (@kendrybird)

We are told never to share all of our wisdom at once or the universe might have no more use for us. That being said, here are five of the most precious writing gems I can share with you.

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