Monday, August 3, 2009

Where the Action is.

The information available on today's blogs is invaluable. Here is the latest news from some of the blogs I follow:

posted by Jo Linsdell: We have 20+ children’s and young adult books to give away. We need people who want them. Just go to the event and leave comments at the book cover of the books you want. You have through Aug 5th to get your comments in for the drawings. The link to the event is

We need RRW Live Groupies to follow us from show to show asking questions of our guest. No experience necessary. Just someone who wants to have fun and learn about interesting Guest at Blog Talk Radio shows Red River Writers Live & Robin Falls Kids. To learn how to be a Groupie, sign up for a particular show, or ask questions, go to the RRW group discussion:
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posted by (J. Kaye) at J. Kaye's Book Blog

• Reading level: Young Adult
• Hardcover: 368 pages
• Publisher: HarperCollins (April 28, 2009)
• Language: English
• ISBN-10: 0061662763
• ISBN-13: 978-0061662768

J. Kaye’s Thoughts

THE AWAKENING picks up right where the THE SUMMONING left off. Chloe Saunders escapes, but with an unlikely ally, Tori. Soon they meet up with Simon and Derek in hopes of finding the boys’ missing father. The Edison Group is after them and danger waits at every turn. They can’t let their guard down for a minute. To make things worse, Derek change is coming, while Chloe can’t seem to sleep without waking the dead.

THE AWAKENING is the second installment of the Darkest Powers trilogy. It was wall-to-wall excitement that I was sorry to see end. If you haven’t read book one, start there first. Book two does have background information from the previous book, but I wouldn’t have enjoyed book two nearly as much if I had started with it first.


If I Tell You ... Marketing
© Sylvia Dickey Smith 2009 all rights reserved
posted by Marta Stephens at Murder by 4 -

If I tell you a hen dips snuff, you better look under her tongue! The same goes if I tell you book promotion can be fun.

We writers can obsess and stress about marketing. Likely that’s because selling or not selling books affect whether or not we get another book contract. But don’t let that scare you away from a new way of approaching the activity.

One day I reminded myself that life is way too short and writing is way too much fun to allow marketing to leave me feeling negative about it. So, by an act of my will, I reframed the process and ran smack into the law of attraction. When we have fun we attract people to us....more


posted by (J. Kaye) at J. Kaye's Book Blog

*CITY OF THE DEAD by Tony Abbott *

Reading level: Ages 9-12
Mass Market Paperback: 144 pages
Publisher: Scholastic Paperbacks (January 1, 2009)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0545034299
ISBN-13: 978-05...

Could the road to the afterlife be a two-way street?

Derek Stone just turned fourteen. He's lived in the heart of New Orleans with his dad and older brother, Ronny, his whole life. He's a little overweight. He can't hear well out of his left ear.

Oh, and he's on the run from the dead.

Derek never imagined that the dead could be anything but dead. But there's no denying it. They're back -- and they're after him.

He just doesn't know why.

And he doesn't have long to figure it out.

Is Anyone Really Writing the Great American Novel?


I still come across characters in books who want to write The Great American Novel, though in real life (or as real as it gets online) I don’t see people saying that. Has the desire to write The Great American Novel been superseded by the desire to write the next million-dollar bestseller? And is either goal realistic for most of us, or even worth pursuing?
Frankly, when I started writing this bloggery, I didn’t even know what The Great American Novel is, so I went trolling the Internet (so much more fun than actually sitting here writing!) to see what I could see. (Ah, the adventure of it all!) ... more

Laughing at Your Bloopers
posted by Martha Engber

How Not to Write a Novel: 200 Classic Mistakes and How to Avoid Them: A Misstep-by-Misstep Guide How Not to Write a Novel: 200 Classic Mistakes and How to Avoid Them: A Misstep-by-Misstep Guide by Howard Mittelmark

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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Do you take your writing self too seriously? Is there a chance that where others see rather monstrous gaps in your work relating to the concept or mechanics of your stories, you see unappreciated genius? Does the thought of laughing at your past errors make your lip curl in derision, because if politicians can so successfully deny any and all gaffs, so should any self-respecting writer like yourself?... more (click on new blog for writers)



  1. Thanks for connecting me with these blogs. They're quite good and very entertaining. I might never have found them.

  2. Some good stuff here Joylene - I particularly liked Pat's post. I like when people say what's on their mind without being stuffy.

    Keep your umbrella handy. DE

  3. Thanks Barbara and Dave. Stop by anytime.

  4. There are some great blogs here. Thank you, Joylene.

  5. What a great idea posting these snippets, Joylene! If you don't mind, I might steal your idea someday. It's a wonderful way to introduce people to new blogs, much more so than just posting a link in a blog roll. And thank you for including me in such illustrious company.

  6. Thanks, Pat. I'm glad you enjoyed it. I feel the same way about your blog.


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