#FirstLineFriday #GiveawayContest #FreeDownloads

As promised, #FirstLineFriday is back! We’ll have to see how it goes, but I’m aiming for every other week, and hope you guys will enjoy these little challenges that teach us so much about how to use opening lines effectively. This week, I’ve chosen one that I think will be fairly easy, but we’ll see if that turns out to be true or not.

As always, the rules are simple:

  1. Be one of the first five people to email me before the game ends at 4:00pm, with the title and author of the correct book. 
  2. Do not reply here on the blog. Email only: marciameara16@gmail.com
  3. Honor System applies. No Googling, please.
  4. Submissions end at 4:00 P.M. EST, or when I receive 5 correct answers, whichever comes first.
  5. Winners who live in the U.S. may request a free download of any one of my books for themselves, or for someone of their choice. OR, if they’ve read all of the offered books, they may request a free download of my next publication.
  6. Winners who live elsewhere may request a mobi or PDF file of the same books, since, sadly, Amazon won’t let me gift you from the site.

And now, the moment you’ve been waiting for! Put on your thinking caps, because here is today’s opening line:

“It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen.” 

Remember, email answers only,  please. Thanks! And now off I go to await your guesses. 

Motivation inscription of splash paint letters

Visiting Gwen Plano Today – Come On Over!

Today, I’m visiting Gwen Plano, with another tidbit about my newly released novella, The Emissary 3: Love Hurts. Gwen has really gone all out to put together a beautiful post, and I hope you’ll stop by to check it out and say hello. I’d really love to see you there.

Thanks so much!

From the Desk of Gwendolyn M. Plano: The Emissary 3: Love Hurts


How to Publish with KDP: Part Fifteen

Harmony Kent’s post on Story Empire today continues her series on how to publish with KDP. Specifically, how to format your book descriptions for both eBooks and paperbacks. This is one you won’t want to miss, since the process has apparently changed a bit over time. Check it out, and then, if you would, pass it along so others can benefit, too. Thanks, and thanks to Harmony for another very helpful post in an excellent series. 🙂

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Hello SErs. Harmony here.  As promised, here is  part fifteen 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 Fourteen: How to format your book descriptions for eBook and Paperback.

From your KDP dashboard, click on ‘Edit Paperback details’ for your print book, and ‘edit eBook details’ for your Kindle book,  if you’re not in the relevant screen already.

The eBook section couldn’t be easier. Just type in your book description as you want it to appear on the sales page, and you’re good to go.

Unfortunately, the paperback section is a whole other story (see…

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#WildlifeWednesday – Alligators Can Be Fun, Too. Sort Of.

Hi, Folks! Just a fun post today, to get #WildlifeWednesday underway. I’m sure I’ll have something more informative about our alligators and crocodiles in the future (like how to tell them apart), but for today, decided to rerun a post I did for the St. Johns River Eco Tours a few years ago, just to give you a laugh. (Or a shiver.) Enjoy. (Or take a second look around at where you live, and be happy it will likely never be an issue for you. 😀 )

File This Under

The Ol’ Swimmin’ Hole, Florida Style 

Yes, I know American alligators range much farther north/northwest than Florida, but something tells me, gators are a bit more commonplace down here, as the following  photos might suggest. Especially if you live on waterfront property in the south part of the state. Enjoy!

You’d probably expect to see alligators like this
when you visit the Sunshine State.

Or even like this, just hangin’ out on the river.
(Photo by Doug Little)

But maybe not so much like this!
(Speed Bumps. We do them differently here. )
If you live in Florida, you have to be prepared
for the unexpected traffic hazard.
Hint: I’d drive around this one, if I were you. 

I’d also swing wide around this mama and her babies, or as we call ’em,
Florida ducklings.

Honestly, you might want to give up golf for another sport, too.
After all, one hardly ever sees gators on a basketball court.

Mostly, I’d advise yielding the right of way to alligators pretty much all the time.

Like Here . . .

And definitely here . . .

And even HERE.
(Yes, I know it’s your driveway, but do you really want to argue with him?)

Just be very careful when the doorbell rings!

“Ding-dong. Avon calling. Honest.”

“Open the door, I said!”

“Be that way, then. I’ll just wait right here, shall I? You’ve got to
open the door some time.”

“In the meantime, don’t think any other salespeople are getting by me!”

“Wait! What if I go around back? There’s got to be another way in.”

“Rats. This isn’t working. Guess I’ll just try the neighbors.”

“Well, heck. Neighbors didn’t answer the door, either. 
Might as well head back to the pond to see if anyone else has a better idea.”

As it turns out, they did!
😀 😀 😀

Okay, folks. That’s about as much silliness as any of us needs for one afternoon. I’ll be back soon with another #WildlifeWednesday, probably of a less frivolous nature. Hope you’ll tune in then! 

NOTE: This post was originally done for my good friend and eco-tour boat owner, Doug Little, and appeared on his St. Johns River Eco Tours site. Hope you’ll stop by and check out what’s happening on the river:  St. Johns River Eco Tours

#GuestDayTuesday – #NewRelease – Drake-Tudor Corsair by Tony Riches

Back again with a new #GuestDayTuesday. Today’s special guest is Tony Riches, here to talk about his latest release, Drake – Tudor Corsair

Tony has visited us several times in the past, and I know you’ll join me in giving him another warm welcome to The Write Stuff.  The floor’s all yours, Tony. Take it away!

Drake and the Golden Hinde, by Tony Riches, author of Drake – Tudor Corsair

I’d been planning an Elizabethan series for some time, as my aim is to tell the stories of the Tudors from Owen Tudor’s first meeting with Queen Catherine of Valois through to the death of Queen Elizabeth.

I decided to show the fascinating world of the Elizabethan court through the eyes of the queen’s favourite courtiers, starting with Francis Drake. I’ve enjoyed tracking down primary sources to uncover the truth of Drake’s story – and discovering the complex man behind the myths.

The scale of his achievement was brought into focus for me when I visited the replica of the Golden Hinde – Drake’s flagship, in London. Made to the same measurements as the original, the replica is only 121 ft 4 in long, and must have seemed vulnerable in the many storms Drake encountered.

Originally named the Pelican, Drake’s flagship was ahead of its time, and included everything he’d learnt from sailing ships of all shapes and sizes. Sleek and fast, she was renamed the Golden Hinde during his circumnavigation, after the hind emblem of his sponsor, Sir Christopher Hatton.

The only ship of his fleet to survive the voyage, the Golden Hinde was nearly wrecked on a coral reef, but Drake returned on the 26 September 1580, laden with enough gold, silver and jewels to make him one of the richest men in the country.

An appreciative queen ordered the Golden Hinde to be put on public display in a dry dock at Deptford on the south bank of the Thames in London. It was there that she had Drake knighted by the Ambassador of France – and a party of dignitaries fell into the dry dock when the walkway collapsed.

Francis Drake was a self-made man, who built his fortune by discovering the routes used by the Spanish to transport vast quantities of gold and silver. He had a special relationship with Queen Elizabeth, and they spent long hours in private meetings, yet was looked down on by the nobility even after he was knighted. His story is one of the great adventures of Tudor history.

Buy Drake – Tudor Corsair HERE:
Amazon US  https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08FCTYQF4
Amazon UK  https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B08FCTYQF4
Amazon CA  https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B08FCTYQF4
Amazon AU https://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B08FCTYQF4

Author Tony Riches

Author Links:
Website: https://www.tonyriches.com
Writing blog: https://tonyriches.blogspot.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/tonyriches
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tonyriches.author
Podcasts: https://tonyriches.podbean.com
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5604088.Tony_Riches


#MondayMeme #MondayBlogs

Not actually a meme, but still a great laugh!


Bar jokes for English majors

  • A dangling participle walks into a bar. Enjoying a cocktail and chatting with the bartender, the evening passes pleasantly.
  • A bar was walked into by the passive voice.
  • An oxymoron walked into a bar, and the silence was deafening.
  • Two quotation marks walk into a “bar.”
  • A malapropism walks into a bar, looking for all intensive purposes like a wolf in cheap clothing, muttering epitaphs and casting dispersions on his magnificent other, who takes him for granite.
  • Hyperbole totally rips into this insane bar and absolutely destroys everything.
  • A question mark walks into a bar?
  • A non sequitur walks into a bar. In a strong wind, even turkeys can fly.
  • Papyrus and Comic Sans walk into a war. The bartender says, “Get out — we don’t serve your type.”
  • A mixed metaphor walks into a bar, seeing the handwriting on the wall but hoping to nip it in the bud.
  • A comma splice walks into a bar, it has a drink and then leaves.
  • Three intransitive verbs walk into a bar. They sit. They converse. They depart.
  • A synonym strolls into a tavern.
  • At the end of the day, a cliché walks into a bar — fresh as a daisy, cute as a button, and sharp as a tack.
  • A run-on sentence walks into a bar it starts flirting. With a cute little sentence fragment.
  • Falling slowly, softly falling, the chiasmus collapses to the bar floor.
  • A figure of speech literally walks into a bar and ends up getting figuratively hammered.
  • An allusion walks into a bar, despite the fact that alcohol is its Achilles heel.
  • The subjunctive would have walked into a bar, had it only known.
  • A misplaced modifier walks into a bar owned by a man with a glass eye named Ralph.
  • The past, present, and future walked into a bar. It was tense.
  • A dyslexic walks into a bra.
  • A verb walks into a bar, sees a beautiful noun, and suggests they conjugate. The noun declines. 
  • An Oxford comma walks into a bar, where it spends the evening watching the television getting drunk and smoking cigars.
  • A simile walks into a bar, as parched as a desert.
  • A gerund and an infinitive walk into a bar, drinking to forget.
  • A hyphenated word and a non-hyphenated word walk into a bar and the bartender nearly chokes on the irony. 

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine Weekly Round Up -August 30th – September 5th 2020 – #Jazz Geri Allen, Quince and Quesadillas, Life Changing Moments, books, reviews and funnies.

It’s Saturday again, and time for another Weekly Round Up post from Sally Cronin on her Smorgasbord blog. This one is a humdinger and not just because her fabulous review of A Boy Named Rabbit is part of it. Rather, it’s because it was a week jam-packed with goodies and good folks. And then there are the videos! They’re especially wonderful this time around, and for a real feel-good moment, don’t miss the one of a baby’s reaction to someone singing a lovely song. It’s too sweet for words! Enjoy! And pass it along, if you would, so others can enjoy as well. Thanks, and as always, thanks to Sally for her support of the writing community, and her generous friendship to all. ❤ ❤ ❤

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

Welcome to the weekly round up with posts you might have missed on Smorgasbord.

Thanks for taking time to drop by and I hope you are having a good weekend. Things are much the same here so nothing new to report. I am however in full writing mode so spending a little less time on social media except for topping and tailing the day.

A warm welcome back to William Price King after his summer break and I am sure you will enjoy his first post in the new season.

Carol Taylor was also here with her A- Z  and this week she has some amazing foods, methods and recipes beginning with the letter ‘Q’.

The first guest in the new Author Spotlight last Sunday was Harmony Kent who shared her remarkable and challenging journey to being the person she is today.

Coming up tomorrow – D.G. Kaye shares how…

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Update for Past #FirstLineFriday Winners

Help me out here, Folks, if you would. I know that several of my past #FirstLineFriday winners asked for their prize to be a download of my next Emissary tale, and that’s now officially out, as some of you may have seen. If you were one of the winners who requested a copy (download in the US, mobi file to those elsewhere), please drop me an email ( marciameara16@gmail.com ) and remind me. I do have records for every post, but it would take me some time to go through them all to get your names. 

This way, as soon as you email me, I’ll send your gift along to you, with my sincere hope you enjoy it. THANKS! (And hopefully, #FirstLineFriday will be up and running next week, fingers crossed.)

That’s all for now, Everyone. As you were! 🙂

Special Items: Science Fiction

C. S. Boyack wraps up his latest series of Story Empire posts today with Special Items: Science Fiction. I think you’ll enjoy this one, and hope you’ll swing by to check it out, then will share it far and wide. Thanks, and thanks to Craig for another interesting and informative post! 🙂

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Hi, gang. Craig with you again. This is going to be the wrap up of the special items series. The rules are mostly the same, but there are some differences across the genres. Today’s topic is science fiction items.

In paranormal, or fantasy, you’re generally dealing with magical/holy items. Science Fiction is a bit different, because they’re supposed to be advanced technology. No magic involved. Sure, there are some titles that mash it all together, but let’s keep it clean for the purposes of this post.

All genres seem to have a rift among their fans. Science fiction probably has the biggest rift of all. You can interpolate for your own genre, but in this one it involves the science.

Some fans believe the only worthy science fiction is all about the science. They want explanations about how things work, and you’d better do your homework about the latest physics…

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#New Release #BlogTour Stop #1- The Emissary 3: Love Hurts

Yep! It’s finally here! The final novella in my Emissary trilogy! And today, I’m proud to say Harmony Kent is launching my very first (mini) blog tour. I’m extremely grateful to her and to everyone who volunteered to share my news over the next few weeks. And I hope you’ll stop by Harmony’s beautiful blog to learn more about this series overall and this final novella, in particular. Would LOVE to see you there! 

“Even Angels Deserve Decent Working Conditions: The Emissary Series by Marcia Meara

Thanks for helping me spread the word.

You Can Buy The Emissary 3: Love Hurts HERE