First off, big congrats to Nicole Zoltack for her brand spankin' new cover!!
NA epic fantasy romance.
In a world torn by prejudice and hatred, six races struggled for supremacy.
Barbarian-Princess Ivy is unwilling to allow her father to provoke the other races into war and forms an unlikely alliance with Lukor the goliath to save her people from utter destruction.
Unbeknownst to her, Lukor blames the barbarians for murdering his sister and plans on sabotaging her goal.
Almost despite each other, they grow to respect each other on their journey to decode secret messages from the trolls. But nothing Ivy can do will prevent the war as her father is blinded by Bloodlust and incites it himself. Not even killing him and becoming Barbaroness can stop the tide. And when Bloodlust claims Ivy, forcing her to kill everyone in her path, she must make a choice to destroy even Lukor, who she may have started to fall for and him in return.
Add it to GoodReads.https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20872373-bloodlust And find Nicole on her blog.
(I LURVE that cover! Awesome graphic!)
Also, it's the LAST few days for my giveaway, so get it while you can!
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Okay, so I've officially bitten off more than I can chew this month. Are you surprised? Ha! But I knew just who to call for aid! So while I'm buried away in my writer's workshop this month (which I'll share lots of info with you on later) I've enlisted the help of three fabulous bloggers:
That's right! Charlie's Scribes is here to save the day! And they're sharing their genius when it comes to creative blogging. Who better, right?
Please take it away, Scribes!
I’m Mark, one of Charlie’s Scribes, here at the request of PK, who asked if the Scribes could create a post “on creative blogging with tips and suggestions or examples.”
At Charlie’s Scribes, our motto is “You Snooze, We Muse, so I’ll make this interesting, or fall asleep trying.
(Fellow Scribes, Liz Seckman and Tammy Theriault, may stop by to share important, thoughtful tidbits.)
Well, the first thing I did to create a blog was join Blogger.com. Then I spent hours fiddling with the different themes, layouts and backgrounds until I created my blog.
Liz: That’s not what she meant, Mark.
Ohhh, right. Creative blogging… Er, okay. Once my blog was live, I read James Frey’s first book.
Tammy: No, baldy… PK wants us to offer original tips, suggestions – that sort of thing. Come here.
(Silence… until a loud crack as a hand slaps the back of a formerly Irish cranium.)
Ouch. That hurt. I’m going to tell Bosley.
Liz and Tammy: Man up, dude!
(Wipes manly tear from coconut bra…I can do this…. Smoothes down grass skirt…takes a deep breath…)
Here are four thoughts on creative blogging – and what’s worked – for me.
It’s obvious, but if you’re a new blogger, or someone building followers, fad-writing your posts may tempt you, but don’t do it. Your readers will notice and they may skim over you next time.
Liz: May I add, unless the real you sucks...then by all means, fake a personality?
Tammy: Plus don’t repeat what everyone seems to be giving tips on, giving tips on, giving tips on… be REAL-ly original!
Write to a Friend.
I went online looking for “creative blogging tips” (what? Sorry, I’m not an expert – I’m a Scribe©) and was bored to tears by the second blog I visited (my scalp only wishes it could be so dry.)
So, keep things conversational. Pretend the reader is opposite you having a cocktail or a coffee (or even a coffee cocktail :)
Liz: Tammy and I write every post to Mark. His glossy bald head reflects the light of inspiration!
Tammy: The “nude trick” works, too. Wh-at? (looks at Mark) Ah, man, leave your coconut bra and the grass skirt on.
Don’t suffer from it. Keep your posts under five hundred words.
Liz: Two more words left before your 500-word limit, dude... I hear sirens!
Tammy: And yes, exclamation marks in excess will count as words!!!!
No, seriously. Have fun. If you’re a writer finishing a first WIP or beginning Book Three in a monumental saga, blogging shouldn’t add stress to your writing calendar.
Blogging should complement your WIP – and not beat it with a whip.
Tammy: That was just wrong, Mark…go dance to redeem yourself now! (cracks whip at grass skirt) now THIS is fun!
Thanks for having us, PK. Hope you enjoyed your time away and please accept this badge to show others that Charlie’s Scribes, not Kilroy, was here.
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If you need help, email Charlie's Scribes at firstname.lastname@example.org
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And they just rock hizz-ouse. Yo. ;)
Hey did you see the #indiechat on Twitter last night? Check it out for an interesting discussion. Also, IndieReCon the free conference is next week! And great news! My audio book is in production!! So excited I found an awesome narrator and she's working away! Yay!
Don't forget to stop by Charlie's Scribes and keep their awesomeness in mind if you're in a blogging bind! (Hey that makes a great motto, guys! *wink wink, nudge nudge*)
Check out this GIVEAWAY happening right now!!
Check out this GIVEAWAY happening right now!!
So tell me your thoughts on creative blogging. Get any ideas? Have any tips of your own to share? Now is the perfect time ... don't be shy ....