Author Inspiration and Last Week’s Writing Links

If you aren’t following Staci Troilo’s “Author Inspiration & Last Week’s Writing Links,” which she shares every Monday morning, you really should! Great stuff here. I save every one of these posts for future reference, and refer back to the links often. Thanks for a wonderful series of posts, Staci! 🙂

Staci Troilo

Ciao, amici! I’ve been trying to pay more attention to scene-setting in my work, so I’ve been extra conscious of imagery lately. To that end, this quote by Shira Tamir really spoke to me this week:

Anyone who thinks fallen leaves are dead
has never watched them dancing on a windy day.

It’s easy to glance at leaves on the ground and think, “Ugh. I need to rake those.” And honestly, if a character said that in a book, I’d easily relate to it. But how nice to know there are people who can look past the inconvenience to see the beauty in the world. 

I want to write that way. But I also want to live that way. And I’m wishing the same peace and awareness for all of you.

And now, last week’s writing links:

Posts by me, about my work, or at sites I contribute to:


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Amazon Reviews, an Update

Food for thought from Nicholas C. Rossis today. I’ve even quit tweeting totally generic review requests without links to my books. You know the type: “Love a Book, Leave a Review.” It’s not worth the risk. I’m just hoping enough people enjoy my books to review them all on their own initiative. Meanwhile, I’m looking for other ways to market, something I’ve been bad about to date. Check this post out to be sure you don’t run afoul of the latest rules, and remember to share, too. Thanks, and thanks to Nicholas for such a clear, concise, and informative post. 🙂

Nicholas C. Rossis

Amazon | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's books Image:

I often write about Amazon reviews, as it is one of the most important aspects of marketing for many people and Amazon seems to keep changing the rules!

Now, Amy Collins of The Book Designer published an update in the form of Frequently Asked Questions. I’m sharing here the most common ones:

Can Anyone post a review on Amazon?

To contribute to Customer Reviews, you must have spent at least $50 on using a valid credit or debit card in the past 12 months. Promotional discounts don’t qualify towards the $50 minimum.

May I ask people to write a review of my book?

Book authors and publishers may provide free or discounted copies of their books to readers, as long as the author or publisher does not require a review in exchange or attempt to influence the review. Also, you are allowed to discount your…

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Book Review: Atonement in Bloom

Teagan Geneviene is a guest on D. Wallace Peach’s Myths of the Mirror blog, sharing news about her latest book, Atonement in Bloom and some great writing/outlining tips, too. Add to that Diana’s lovely review of the book, and you have an awful lot of good stuff in one super post! Check it out! (And then pass it along so others can enjoy.) THANKS! Good job, Diana and Teagan! I really enjoyed this one a lot! 🙂 ❤

Myths of the Mirror

I’ve been aboard Teagan’s tour bus for a few days and just hopped off for some biscuits and gravy in Atonement, Tennessee. While I’m at it, I’ll attempt a little magic for Teagan and share my review of Atonement in Bloom.

But, oh, not so fast. First I had to delve into Teagan’s amazing technicolor pantser brain and find out how she does it! Here is my question:

I know that you’re a pantser, Teagan, and I assure you that this is foreign territory for us dedicated outliners. Your stories are full of magic – people, objects, places, lore – and they all converge on the small town of Atonement in a zany adventure with eight plot threads whirling around at once. How do you keep this literary cyclone straight and make sure that it arrives at “the end” in one piece? I’d love to learn about the method to…

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To Everyone Who Helped Me Get the Word Out About The Emissary 2: To Love Somebody

My heartfelt thanks to all the wonderful writers and bloggers who helped me let the world know that TE2 was out! This includes all 20 bloggers who helped with my cover reveal, the 8 who shared my release news, and every single one of you who checked out each post and shared it on your own social media sites. I’m very, very grateful to each of you!

This was the first time I’ve ever done anything in the way of promotion for a new release, other than sharing the news on my own blog and FB pages, and it was a learning experience, for sure. One thing I learned is that smaller is not necessarily a bad thing, and I will be keeping that in mind when I’m ready to release Wake-Robin Ridge 4: The Light. I’ll also be planning that release at a time when I’m not booked quite so heavily for local engagements, so that I won’t be overwhelmed by the amount of work on my plate. It’s thanks to the generosity of each of you that I’ll have some experience to draw on when it’s Rabbit’s turn to be featured.

For now, I’d like to take a moment to say a special thanks to each person who invited me to guest post on their blogs for the release of TE2. I chose the first 8 people who volunteered, but I greatly appreciate the offers from everyone else, as well, and plan to check with you next time, in case you are still interested.

If you aren’t already following these blogs, I encourage you to do so, or at least stop by for a  visit now and then. You’ll find something special about each one, so it will definitely be worth your while.

Sally Cronin’s Smorgasbord
Cathy Ryan at Between the Lines
Marjorie Mallon
Deborah Jay
Staci Troilo
Mae Clair
Harmony Kent
Hugh Roberts

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. This online community of writers and bloggers is the most generous and supportive group of people I’ve ever met! You ALL rock! 🙂 ❤

The Emissary 2: To Love Somebody is Now Available on Amazon

Today, I’m visiting with Hugh Roberts at Hugh’s Views & News, for the final stop on my mini blog tour for The Emissary 2: To Love Somebody, and I hope you’ll stop by to check out this final excerpt. Please be sure to say hello while you’re there, and remember to share with the Immediate World. My heartfelt thanks to Hugh for his generous support in helping me get the word out about my 2nd novella in this series! It’s greatly appreciated! 🙂

Hugh's Views & News

So happy to be visiting your blog today, Hugh. Thank you very much for inviting me to share my latest release, The Emissary 2: To Love Somebody, with you and your followers.

You’re the last stop on my mini blog tour, and I’ve saved one of my favourite moments in the book for you. I don’t know if your love of music extends to Christmas songs and carols, but mine does, especially in the context of the scene from which I’ve stolen this moment. Jake and Dodger have been through a lot of adventures by this point in their story, and for anyone who joins them on their journey, it should be clear why this little Christmas celebration is so special.

To Love Somebody is the Middle Child of my Emissary trilogy, and for me, it was just as much fun to hang out with Jake, Dodger, and Azrael…

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Smorgasbord Halloween Fancy Dress Party with fabulous guests (ghosts, demons and stand-ins!)

You are invited to attend a Halloween Party! Hostess Sally Cronin welcomes you with food and drink, and a most excellent array of costumed guests. On my way out, so I won’t have time to play her game until later, but you can surely give it a go. I bet you’ll see folks you recognize enjoying the fun, food, and music. Check it out! You’ll be glad you did! 🙂 (And thanks, Sally, for throwing such a fun and festive event!) ❤

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

Thank you for dropping in to the party and I hope that you are going to enjoy the food, music and company. There are some wonderful guests who have shared their photos in various forms of dress..(and undress) and in some cases they have shared ghostly images from the past, and for some a total transformation into another being!

An example of that is the massive transition I had to make from my normal witchy visage… to this stunning creature above. The alchemist Dr. Cronin spent many hours perfecting the transformation and the only downside is that I don’t get to keep the body. He actually prepared two images to choose from but I felt that this one was better not shared in public. I don’t know whose body it is but I bet they are missing it!

Oops.. there I went and shared it anyway….never mind as the clock…

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Visiting #HarmonyKentOnline Today

This morning, I have the pleasure of visiting with Harmony Kent, and sharing another excerpt from The Emissary 2: To Love Somebody. This is the next to last stop on my mini-tour, and I hope you ‘ll swing by to say hello, and pass the link along on your favorite social media hangouts. Thanks so much!

Some “Thank You” Laughs!

Just wanted to thank everyone who shared my The Emissary 2: To Love Somebody release posts this week. (Two more coming next week, and that’s all, I promise!) I really appreciate your generosity and support, and figured I at least owed you some Saturday laughs as a way to say thanks. Saved these from various places around the net because they made me smile, and I hope they’ll give you guys a grin, too. Enjoy! 😀


The Emissary 2: To Love Somebody is Now Available on Amazon

Ending this week’s portion of the Mini-Tour with the always supportive and encouraging Mae Clair. Her review of TE1 was a huge inspiration for me while writing TE2, and I hope you’ll stop by to read the latest excerpt, and help share the news. (You can never go wrong when Jake and Azrael have an angel-to-emissary chat!) Thanks, everyone! 🙂 ❤

From the Pen of Mae Clair

Happy book buzz day! I have major ebook news to share as Marcia Meara rolls out her latest release, The Emissary 2: To Love Somebody. I’m positively delighted to share this new novella on my blog. I adore the characters and devoured the first Emissary novella. Needless to say, I snatched Emissary 2 up the moment it became available. Please welcome Marcia with her brand new release!

Absolutely lovely to be here on your blog today, Mae! Thanks so much for having me over to share the release of The Emissary 2: To Love Somebody with your followers. Your wonderful review of The Emissary was a big inspiration to me as I worked on the newest one. I’m really excited to have finished this latest run of adventures between Jake, Dodger, and their angelic boss, Azrael, and I hope you’ll enjoy following along once more as they come to terms…

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Book Release: Marcia Meara’s “The Emissary 2: To Love Somebody”

Today, I’m very excited to be visiting with my good friend, Staci Troilo, with another excerpt from The Emissary 2: To Love Somebody. Staci is another writer who is generous with her encouragement and support of authors everywhere, and I hope you’ll take a few minutes to check out the post and pass it along to the Immediate World. Staci, thanks for having me, and kudos on your blog’s new look. Love it!

Staci Troilo

Ciao, amici! I’m really happy to bring this announcement to you today. Friend and fellow writer Marcia Meara is releasing her novella, The Emissary 2: To Love Somebody. You might know her from her tireless work online promoting other authors. Maybe you remember her from the cover reveal I (and many others) did for her not long ago. In any event, whether she’s new to you or a familiar face, let me encourage you to visit her site. But first, help me welcome her here to discuss her latest release.

I’m so excited to be here on your blog today, Staci, sharing a bit about my latest release, The Emissary 2: To Love Somebody. Thank you for inviting me, and for all your help in making sure this series of novellas is the best it can be. I know it was certainly fun to write characters as…

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