#ShareAReview – #ABoyNamedRabbit

This afternoon, I’m taking a moment to indulge myself by sharing a great new review of my 2nd Wake-Robin Ridge book, A Boy Named Rabbit. Little Rabbit has been needing some love lately, and D. L. Finn’s lovely comments about Rabbit’s tale just made my day. No, my last six months! Being unable to leave the house for half a year is a real downer, so something like a wonderful review can lift my spirits even more than usual in times like these. Take a look, and you’ll see what I mean:

D. L. Finn
5.0 out of 5 stars Rabbit stole my heart.
Reviewed in the United States on August 7, 2020

I read the first Wake-Robin Ridge book and had been looking forward to continuing with the series. It was good to see Mac and Sarah back, but the new character, Rabbit, stole my heart. I fell in love with his innocence and wisdom. If I could have reached into the book and hugged him, I would have. The world, through his eyes, is a place I want to live. He was raised away from the world, in the woods, by his grandparents. He believed people were evil, but on his grandmother’s deathbed, she let him know there are good people too. She sent him on a quest to find one of those good people. His growth inspired me as much as it inspired those he encountered. There were some heart-wrenching parts along with some endearing ones, and I deeply felt each one. I highly recommend this book and look forward to continuing the journey with Rabbit.

Thank you for taking the time to leave such a great review, Denise, and I’m so happy you enjoyed Rabbit’s story this much. He’s very near and dear to my heart, and pretty much keeps a running commentary going on in my head all day long. 🙂 

Buy A Boy Named Rabbit HERE

(Author Marcia Meara … erm … ME. 😀 )

Marcia Meara lives in central Florida, just north of Orlando, with her husband of over thirty years, their four big cats, and her daughter’s two smaller ones.

When not writing or blogging, she spends her time gardening, and enjoying the surprising amount of wildlife that manages to make a home in her suburban yard. She enjoys nature. Really, really enjoys it. All of it! Well, almost all of it, anyway. From birds, to furry critters, to her very favorites, snakes. The exception would be spiders, which she truly loathes, convinced that anything with eight hairy legs is surely up to no good. She does not, however, kill spiders anymore, since she knows they have their place in the world. Besides, her husband now handles her Arachnid Catch and Release Program, and she’s good with that.

Spiders aside, the one thing Marcia would like to tell each of her readers is that it’s never too late to make your dreams come true. If, at the age of 69, she could write and publish a book (and thus fulfill 64 years of longing to do that very thing), you can make your own dreams a reality, too. Go for it! What have you got to lose?

Wake-Robin Ridge
A Boy Named Rabbit: Wake-Robin Ridge Book 2
Harbinger: Wake-Robin Ridge Book 3
The Light: Wake-Robin Ridge Book 4

Swamp Ghosts: A Riverbend Novel
Finding Hunter: Riverbend Book 2
That Darkest Place: Riverbend Book 3 

The Emissary: A Riverbend Spinoff Novella
The Emissary 2: To Love Somebody
COMING SOON: The Emissary 3: Love Hurts

Summer Magic: Poems of Life & Love


#GuestBlogger Harmony Kent on Her New Release #Interludes2

Hi, Everyone! Today, I’m happy to have my friend and fellow Story Empire blogger, Harmony Kent, here to tell us about her newest release. Folks, if you’ve been looking for something a wee bit spicier lately, Harmony’s collection of sizzling hot short stories is just the ticket. I’ll let the author tell you more, herself. Take it away, Harmony!

Thanks so much for having me over at your place today, Marcia.

Hi everyone. It’s great to be visiting with you all.

While I’m here, I’d like to talk about my latest book, Interludes 2. This is a book of short erotic romance fiction. As with the original Interludes (which you can find HERE), the book contains 10 short stories, with the first tale totalling 1,000 words, the second one totalling 2,000, and so on up to 10,000 words in the final story.

For each story, I used prompt cards from a great creative tool called Storymatic.  Here’s what the set gave me to work with:

a) teller of secrets, b) nudist … c) extremely hairy person
conflict = hiding spot is discovered

A and B relate to the main character. C relates to the secondary character. And the final prompt gives us the conflict.

From the above set of prompts, I came up with Nudist Camp—a contemporary romance in 5000 words.

An older woman. A younger man. A gossip discovers their secret tryst. What will happen when it all gets laid bare?


When she returned to the sitting area, tray of cold beverages in hand, she saw Keira flipping the pages of the novel she’d given up on earlier. Her niece looked up at her.

‘Weren’t you on this page yesterday?’

Chloe placed the tray on the coffee table and shrugged. ‘I went for a—’ Frolic. ‘—walk in the woods, so I haven’t had much chance for reading. Why? Would you like to borrow it?’

Kiera resettled the book on the edge of the table. ‘No, but thanks. Maybe when you’ve finished it?’

‘Sure. Here.’ Chloe passed the Vodka and Coke to Keira, and then handed one of the G&Ts to Jordan. The siblings sat together on the sofa, so Chloe took one of the armchairs opposite.

Thank goodness for Keira’s youthful exuberance and bubbly temperament. She babbled on about anything and everything, which saved either Chloe or Jordan from having to make small talk. Distracted by Jordan’s fit body and frequent glances toward her chest, Chloe sipped on her drink a little faster than she would normally, and soon the glass had emptied, leaving partially melted ice and a sodden slice of lemon in the bottom. She shot to her feet, ‘Another one, anyone?’

Jordan gulped the rest of his and handed the glass to Chloe. ‘You know me, … Auntie.’

She couldn’t help herself, ‘You bad boy, you.’

Jordan flushed, but Kiera saved him from having to come up with a riposte, ‘God, you’re thirsty.’

‘Probably all that … walking.’

Keira stood too. ‘Here, let me help.’

Over her shoulder, Jordan looked like he was trying not to choke or explode with laughter. Filled with a sudden mischief—most likely a symptom of the day’s tension—Chloe said, ‘Yes, I’ll have to walk more often. It can give you a nice, vigorous workout.’

Oblivious, Keira said, ‘Depends how fast you go, I suppose.’

I had so much fun writing this one, and I hope you’ve enjoyed this little teaser. I’d love to hear what you think via the comments at the bottom of the page. Thanks for stopping by.

Pre-Order Interludes 2 HERE


From author, Harmony Kent, another best-selling collection of short erotic fiction that will tickle more than your taste buds and wet [sic] more than your appetite.

With a range of genres and styles, this book has enough steam for everyone.

WIGGING OUT—contemporary romance in 1000 words. Two strangers. A crowded platform. A collision. And a wig on the floor.

STORM CHASER—ménage à trois in 2000 words. A sabotaged tire. A raging storm. Passion mounts.

MOON-STRUCK—shifter romance in 3000 words. Trapped on a ship orbiting the moon, a horny astronaut falls for a hunky author who has a secret.

THE CLUB—contemporary romance in 4000 words. An invitation and a host, who is so much more than he seems, bring excitement, enticement, and a choice to make.

NUDIST CAMP—contemporary romance in 5000 words. An older woman. A younger man. A gossip discovers their secret tryst. What will happen when it all gets laid bare?

INITIATION—contemporary romance in 6000 words. A pretty daydreamer arrives for her first day at university. A brutal initiation, and a man with an unusual issue, leave her reeling. Strange, the places you find true love.

THE INCOMER—contemporary romance in 7000 words. A divorced beekeeper has spent her whole life in or around her local village. Then a city-slicker architect comes to town. When two worlds collide, a big bang is sure to follow. Can you have a frenemy with benefits?

DOWN AND DIRTY—contemporary romance in 8000 words. On the run from a sadistic ex-husband, Ellie flees to a remote mountain town and takes a job in the mines. Wary of men, she resolves to keep herself aloof, but mother nature has a way of having the last word and will, quite literally, make the earth move if she has to.

REUNION—contemporary romance in 9000 words. A school reunion looms. Not wanting to arrive sad and single, Molly talks her long-time friend Adam into going with her. While the music plays, the sparks fly.

SOUL MATES—supernatural romance in 10,000 words. A bereaved woman seeks solace in remote woodland. All too soon, she discovers that she’s not as alone as she’d expected. And her heart isn’t the only one that needs to mend.

This book contains explicit sex scenes and language hot enough to melt your book.
For mature readers only.

Author Harmony Kent


After spending around thirteen years as an ordained Buddhist monk, living in a Zen Buddhist temple, and six years after a life-changing injury following a surgical error, Harmony Kent returned to the world at the tender age of forty.

Now, she is famous for her laughter, and has made quite the name for herself … she’s also, um, a writer … and fairly well known for that too. She’s even won a few awards. Harmony lives in rural Cornwall with her adorable husband, ever-present sense of humour, and quirky neighbours.

Harmony is passionate about supporting her fellow authors. 

Website: https://harmonykent.co.uk/
Story Empire (co-authored): https://storyempirecom.wordpress.com/
Amazon Author Page: author.to/HarmonysBooks
Twitter: @harmony_kent
LinkedIn: Harmony
Goodreads: Author Page
BookBub: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/harmony-kent

Interludes 2 Pre-order Link: mybook.to/Interludes2

The Nutshell Protagonist

Today, Staci Troilo’s excellent series on the Nutshell Process focuses on the Nutshell Protagonist. Be sure to check this one out. I think you’ll find it as interesting and informative as I did. And I hope, as always, you’ll consider passing it along so others can learn about this process, as well. Thanks, and thanks to Staci for this great series! 🙂

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Comedy Tragedy

Ciao, SEers. Last time, we talked about Jill Chamberlain’s Nutshell process for writing screenplays or fiction. Today, we’re going to go into detail about the first of her touchstones—the protagonist.

You probably think that’s rather obvious, but consider buddy stories like Thelma and Louise, Harold and Kumar, or Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. Maybe you think you have two protagonists. To elevate your story from a situation to a story, you need to choose one. (Or you need to define these points for both protagonists then merge them into one story.) Maybe you think the character whose name is first is the protagonist. But depending on which film you look at in the franchise, the protagonist might change. Harold was the protagonist in one of the films; Kumar was in another.

So, yes, you really do need to decide who your protagonist is, and…

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Special Items: Paranormal

Okay, you folks who love writing fantasy, paranormal, and sci-fi: Craig Boyack has a wonderful post on Story Empire today, filled with good tips on using “special items.” I took notes, and you might want to as well. I highly recommend you check out his post, and then pass it along, if you can, so others can pick up some ideas, too. Thanks, and thanks to Craig, as well. Loved this one! 🙂

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Hi Gang. Craig with you again today and I’m about to bite off more than I can chew. I write what I call speculative fiction. This is the stuff that requires a suspension of disbelief from your reader to enjoy the story. It’s a broad area that encompasses science fiction, fantasy, paranormal/supernatural, horror – and those are just the broad categories.

Let me get the barbecue off them first.

It occurred to me that most of these genres have special items in them that enhance the setting and help the hero succeed. Honestly, I could write a book about this stuff, but this is a blog post. Let’s throw the bones and see where this winds up.

Looks like paranormal/supernatural. It’s as good a place to start as any. Truth be told, there is a lot of drift between the speculative fields, and if you’ve ever read steampunk you might…

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Building a Local Readership – #PublicSpeaking #Marketing

Today, it’s my turn to share a post on Story Empire, and I’m talking about Building a Local Readership. This is one of my very favorite things I’ve had happen since I started writing. I hope you’ll come by and check out the post, then pass it along to others, so you can ALL try some of these opportunities to introduce yourself and your books in your own communities. Thanks so much! 🙂 ❤

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Book Signing Party, Enterprise Museum, January 25, 2020

Hi, Everyone! Marcia here again. Hope this finds each of you safe, healthy, and happy for this first week in August.

Today, I want to chat a bit about my favorite way to get your books in front of more readers, always a thorny problem for most of us. If there is one universal truth writers share, especially self-published writers, it would probably be this: WE HATE MARKETING!


For most of us, marketing is far harder than writing our stories, is nowhere near as much fun, and usually involves a ton of work we don’t enjoy doing. But let’s face it, folks –it’s a necessary evil.

If people don’t know about our books, they can’t find our books. And if they can’t find our books, they can’t buy our books.

It’s as simple as that.

What follows is a…

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Catching Up!

Happy Tewe’s Day, Everybody!

Just wanted to take a few minutes to let you know that I’m in the process of getting this blog back on track. I apologize for being absent a good deal of the time lately, but I’m almost caught up again. At least my life feels more like the usual harried rushing around and putting out fires than the totally out of control mess it’s been for at least six months. It’s definitely time for me to wrangle all these distractions and problems into something a bit more doable Or at least a bit more enjoyable!

One of the first things I want to do is get back to some of the regular features here on The Write Stuff that have fallen through the cracks as life went sideways. Yeah, it’s still at least somewhat sideways, but I think I’m going to be able to accomplish more than I have recently.

To start with,  I want to bring back #ShareAReviewDay Tuesdays. Only better. I’ll think of a new name soon. Probably.  But I want to open Tuesdays up for guest bloggers, with or without reviews. If you have anything you’d like to share here on The Write Stuff, be it a super new review, an upcoming release, a promo, or the like, Tuesdays will be the best day to do so. (This doesn’t mean that you can never visit on another day. Just that Tuesdays will be set aside for guests and their news.) I’m even planning on putting together some fun interviews for guest bloggers who might just be looking for a way to let others know more about them. Stay tuned for more on that.

I think #FirstLineFridays will go to a twice a month feature. Not ready to retire it yet, because there are so many wonderful opening lines for us to enjoy and learn from.


Thursdays are still good for #ThorsDaySmiles when I have something good to share with you, but I’m also thinking of indulging myself on Thursday afternoons. This might be a post on favorite topics of mine, like Florida wildlife and habitats, an update on my current WIP, or whatever else strikes my fancy. 

Of course, I will continue to share posts from other blogs, too, especially those from my friends at Story Empire, weekly roundup posts from Smorgasbord, and any others I think will make an interesting or amusing reblog. And I have an idea for something brand new for Sundays, though I’m not ready to reveal that yet. 🙂

In general, my goal is to get back to a more active, entertaining, and useful blog. It might not happen all at once, as I still have a backlog of things to take care of. But it will happen! 

Now, with that in mind, if you have something you’d like to share on the new Tuesday feature, please feel free to email me. (Contact info and Blog Rules in the header above). I’m looking at starting this feature back up in September, as I have a couple of other things going for the remainder of this month.

I hope this all sounds good to you, and that you’ll enjoy the old features returning and the revised or brand new ones, as well. Let me know your thoughts below, and feel free to email me any time with ideas, suggestions, or things you’d like to share. 

How to Publish with KDP: Part Thirteen

Today, Harmony Kent shares Part 13 of her super-helpful series, How to Publish With KDP. This one is focused on uploading a print book to Amazon, and I think you’ll find it well worth checking out. Please consider passing it along, too, so others can take advantage of this information. Thanks, and thanks to Harmony for this great series! 🙂

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Image courtesy of bigstock.com

Hello SErs. Harmony here.  As promised, here is  part thirteen in the post series dedicated to taking a step-by-step look at how to get your finished manuscript from your computer and on sale on Amazon in both ebook and paperback.

If you’d like to take a look back at the previous posts in this series, please click on the links at the end of this post.

So, here’s Part Thirteen: How to Upload Your Paperback.

Access your KDP dashboard. You will see something that resembles the image below >>>

At the top of your list of books (if you have any here yet), you will see two options:

  1. + Kindle eBook
  2. + Paperback

Select the second option: +Paperback.

The following ‘paperback details’ page will open >>>

This page is where you input such things as the language of the book, the book title, a subtitle if…

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Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Weekly Round Up – 26th July – August 1st 2020 – Positive news, #Author Spotlight, Music, Short stories, Guest Bloggers, Health, Humour and Book Reviews

To make up for having missed several weeks of my regular posts and various reblogs, I’m making sure to share Sally Cronin’s Weekly Update today. Lots of good folks and great humor in this one. Don’t miss the videos! 😀 When you’re done enjoying all the riches, pass it along so others can, as well. Thanks, and thanks for another great week filled with good stuff, Sally! You still (and ALWAYS) Rock!! 🙂 ❤

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

Welcome to the round up of posts you might have missed this week on Smorgasbord.

Another week has flown by, and like many of you, I have avoided reading the headlines and news stories on a daily basis. I am usually an upbeat positive person when it comes to life in general, but even I have to ration my exposure to the constant stream of negativity.

Thankfully our community of writers do share the positive aspects of life, and here are three posts I would like to draw your attention to if you missed.

Each month D.G. Kaye, Debby Gies participates in the #WATWB – We are the World Blogfest spreading positive news about people and events. This month an inspiring woman in the UK has been collecting an item usually scrunched up and thrown away. Her project is Keeping the Homeless a Little Warmer: D.G. Kaye WATWB – We…

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Three Items Writers Hate to Write    

Mae Clair has a very handy post today on Story Empire. Confused about writing a synopsis versus a blurb? Wondering how long a logline should be? Mae gives some excellent tips on these topics, and I highly recommend you head on over to check out her post. You’ll be glad you did, and will surely want to pass it along so others can take a look, too. Thanks, and thanks to Mae for explaining the differences in what each of these requires! Super post! 🙂

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Hi, SEers! Mae here with you today. Thanks for joining me as I ruminate over three items writers hate to write. Seems odd, doesn’t it?

Most of the time, we love to put pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard) and let inspiration fly. But, if you’re like me, there are several writing tasks that make you groan. Let’s take a quick look at each.

I love writing the synopsis for my novel—said no author ever.

Exhausted female writer with head down on desk, laptop open, tablet nearby
Well, maybe that’s too harsh. Some authors write the synopsis before the manuscript, so they know exactly what journey their characters are going to take. Not me. For most of us, writing a synopsis after completing a 50K-90K novel is sheer torture. I’ll be the first to raise my hand and admit the mere thought gives me a pounding headache. To make it easier, I keep the following in mind:


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Choosing a Book Title

If you’re like most of us, coming up with titles for your books is often a real challenge. Check out today’s interesting and informative post by Joan Hall on Story Empire. Lots to think about here! And as always, please consider passing this one along so others can enjoy it, too. Thanks, and thanks, Joan, for a super post! 🙂

Story Empire

Hey, SE Readers. Joan with you today. For those in the Northern Hemisphere, I hope you’re enjoying the summer. Those in the Southern Hemisphere, well let’s just say I’m not a fan of winter. But let’s talk about writing, not the weather.

Choosing a title can be one of the hardest parts of writing a book. Yet it is one of the most important. A title should capture the reader’s attention and also encompass the essence of the story.

You want the name to be unique. Because titles are typically short, they don’t fall under copyright protection. (Some titles, such as The Da Vinci Code and Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, are trademarked.) You could name your book Gone with the Wind or In Cold Blood, but it’s not something I would recommend.

The Girl on The Train was a best-selling thriller a few years ago. Around the…

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