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Back in The Saddle

Well, technically, the saddle is a chair.

 

At my desk inside the master bedroom. That’s where I keep my laptop.

The Fall Semester has ended and the Holidays have passed, (Thank God! They were exhausting, weren’t they?)

While I am awaiting the start of Spring classes at my local Community College, I’ve been trying to make use of the downtime with WRITING!

And just in case you’re interested, I am working on the third and final book in my thrilling Sci-Fi trilogy!

The book is called REACTION and I’m planning on releasing late this year.

Still tinkering with the cover

INERTIA  and …

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FORCE

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were the first two, and as exciting as those plots were, this last one is going to blow them both out of the water. AtomicBomb

I’m just over 20k words so far, but the book is already plotted out in my head! The final, BIG ending is going to be SO much FUN to write. I can’t wait for you all to read it.

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Big News!

Did you guys miss me? 

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Well, I hope you at lease noticed I was gone.

During my unannounced hiatus, I was taking a few summer courses at my local college campus. The work load was a smidgen more than I expected. giphy

But I came through with flying colors and I’ll resume posting more regularly from now on.

Even though I’ve had my head buried in writing and reading books, life did not cease to be interesting. In fact, it got freaking fascinating!

The coolest thing is coming up this weekend . . . 

Forgotten Faces, you know, the band that my boys have, the band that plays shows all over the place and gets written about by music critics--yeah, that band!

Well, the band FORGOTTEN FACES will be playing XFest!

anigif_enhanced-buzz-21588-1384225164-15For those of you outside the Central Valley, XFest is an annual music festival, usually held in Modesto California, that’s been popping every year since it began 17 years ago. This year the event will be held at the larger San Joaquin County Fair Grounds and it’s going to be EPIC.

T-Pain and Suicidal Tendencies will be there, too, along with SO MANY other bands, I cannot wait! It’s going to be the bands biggest gig yet!

So, if any of you are in the San Joaquin, or Central Valley this weekend, pop on by and check out the music! And if you have a copy of one of my books, bring that too. I’ll sign it for you!

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Book Release Bonanza with Donuts and Rachel Barnard

I don’t know if any of you follow Rachel Barnard’s blog, but I do. She’s an author like me. She writes and reads many different types of books, like me, too.

Unlike me, though, her obsession with donuts is public.

Her latest book, Donuts In An Empty Field was just released June 3rd and she’s got TONS of promotional things going on.

Giveaways, blog tours, and book signings and reading, so if you like what you see here . . .

20160514 Donut Shoot (2)  I’m kind of thinking that seeing the author dressed like a sprinkled donut is something that everybody is going to like. FYI- If I were to dress up like my favorite donut, I’d be a custard filled maple!

Honest to goodness, if that doesn’t make you want to sign up for Rachel’s Newsletter I don’t know what will

So, now that you’re all fully intrigued, let’s talk about DONUTS IN AN EMPTY FIELD, By Rachel Barnard (it’s available right now on amazon for a mere 3.99)!

 

Letting go of anger is life’s greatest challenge. Vanessa Smith hasn’t been the same since her father’s death. A hero until the end, he died saving a restaurant owner’s wife and son from a burning building. Nessa has always blamed the boy, Ben, for her loss, and her thoughts are consumed with ways to make him as miserable as she is. Nichole Adams knows Nessa can never heal until she learns to let go of her hatred, but bringing back her best friend is proving more difficult than she could’ve imagined. In a last ditch effort to break Nessa’s obsession, Nichole hopes signing up for the local food challenge is just the thing to bust her out of her shell. A single choice defines the road ahead for Nessa. Doing the right thing isn’t easy, but living with the consequences of doing nothing might be worse.

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Sounds like a really great read, doesn’t it?!

635939429028651305-747438658_storytellerWhat are people saying about Donuts in an Empty Field?

“Honestly, everyone needs a Nichole in their lives. Someone to push you and help you be a better person.” – Katharine

“Nichole is in the driver’s seat so to speak at the beginning controlling the adventures and then gradually starts to hand the reigns to Vanessa, so Vanessa does flounder a bit before finding her stride. Beautiful storytelling! I’m getting teary again.” – D’ariel

“It’s about life, heroes, world records and puppies. It’s about donuts but mostly it’s about friendship.  The author has that rare talent where you could start on any random page and get completely drawn into the story.” – Bill

17305148If you’re feeling lucky and want a chance to win a free copy, or maybe you just want to know a little more about this quirky, wonderful author, Rachel Barnard and her blog, or her other books, check out the links below!

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Big Donuts Rafflecopter Giveaway! (you could win!)  

Put ‘Donuts’ on your To-Read list on Goodreads! 

Get ‘Donuts’ on Amazon  

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Important upcoming Dates/Events:

Maple Valley Days @ Lake Wilderness Park, Maple Valley, WA (near the Info booth with FreeValley Publishing) on 06/10/16 – 06/12/16

 Neverending Bookshop Reading with Donuts and Books in Bothell, WA (10123 Main Place St. 2) on 06/25/16, 3:00 P.M. – 5:00 P.M. Get more info here

Local author Rachel Barnard will read from her most recent publication, Donuts in an Empty Field. Bring your used books for store credit and to get more entries into the free raffle. This event features a blind donut tasting of several local donut shops. Come try some local donuts and vote on your favorites. Got something cool to say about donuts? Don’t forget to add it to the “All about the Donuts” comment/quote box. First five purchases after 3:00 P.M. will receive a FREE mini donuts swag pack. Check out the facebook page for this event!

Third Place Books Dual Author Reading @ Third Place Books in Bothell, WA (17171 Bothell Way NE, Lake Forest Park) on 06/25/16, 6:30 P.M. – 7:30 P.M. Event info here

Come listen to Ksenia Anske and Rachel Barnard as they read from their new books The Badlings and Donuts in an Empty Field (For the Love of Donuts Book 1) respectively. There will be challenges, a raffle, and other fun stuff. Check out the facebook page for this event!

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About the Author

And once more, because I like this picture so much, is author Rachel Barnard . . . and her bio:

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Rachel Barnard lives in the Pacific Northwest, near Seattle. She has self-published several young adult novels, including Ataxia and the Ravine of Lost Dreams and At One’s Beast. When she is not writing, reading, marketing, or editing, Rachel dances, writes reviews of Indie books, attempts funky challenges, and wishes she owned a Corgi.

 Of course she’s really cute out of the costume, too…

OTHER BOOKS BY THE AUTHOR (click the link to visit the authors amazon page where you can get all the info on all her writing!)

Vanessa’s Book of Awesome Things

A fun accompaniment/companion book to the for the Love of Donuts Series. This little book of fun contains bucket style lists of challenges, fun things to do with doughnuts, scavenger hunt items, facts about Corgis, top ten donuts you have to try, a doughnuts recipe, and more.

Ataxia and the Ravine of Lost Dreams

In Ataxia and the Ravine of Lost Dreams A young girl takes on the mighty powers of the government but is sidetracked by challenges of the academy she attends, the new boy, and keeping her secrets safe.

She will do anything – forfeit her identity, friendships, even love – to be humanity’s champion.

As the U.S. government prepares to take over the world, MC infiltrates one of their elite academies that trains future leaders.  MC must rise to the top in the Cube training grounds in order to be placed high up within the government so she can stop it in its takeover.

 It is not until her fourth and final year at the academy that her top-student status is threatened by the sudden arrival of Li, the new transfer student. MC is completely focused on her self-created mission until she gets sidetracked by Li, who might be bad news in more ways than which she bargained.

A Young Adult, Dystopian, Not-So-Distant-Future Adventure Novel with a hint of sci-fi and a bit of romance.

 At One’s Beast

From once upon a time to happily ever after, At One’s Beast highlights the struggles of two young adolescents who have fallen prey to chance evil circumstances. When it took the entire village to create the monster, what will it take to break the spell?

Available in print, e-book, and as an audio book, At One’s Beast is a new take on “Beauty and the Beast,” with a love triangle, revenge, a spell, evil, fate, forgiveness, compassion, bitterness, capture, betrayal and love.


As always, if you’ve read any good books lately, why not head on over to Amazon or Goodreads and let the authors, as well as potential readers know what you think? Remember, your opinions matter!

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Grand Novel Contest

UPDATE: I’m currently sitting at 251st place with the voting! I don’t know if that’s good or bad, but I know with YOUR help I can do better! 


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“I have done something brave.” Well, something I consider very brave. For me. You know, because I’ve never done it before.

“What is this incredibly brave and selfless thing that you have done?” You ask.

I blush and confess. “I entered my latest novel–you know, INERTIA, the one with all the five star reviews?–in a novel contest.”


635939429028651305-747438658_storytellerOkay, so that was a little dramatic, but I really did enter a contest!

This is huge for me because contrary to my blabbery all over his blog, I’m pretty tight-lipped about my writing in everyday life. But someone tweeted me a few days ago and mentioned this contest. I looked into it and thought, “What the heck?!”

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So, I went for it.

Now, the key to winning this contest is readers. wpid-img_336933048441416.jpegSo I’m pulling out all the stops, and asking you, my dear faithful, helpful readers and fellow writers, to read my book. For free, of course! Or just VOTE for it! It’s like, click-click and then you’re done.

The contest is through Inkitt. Click-click people. It’s easy.

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You know you want to. ian-somerhalder-vampire-diaries-i-know-youre-obsessed-with-me


What I’m Working On

You all know that I have been in the writing cave for some time now. So, I thought it might be a good time to share what I’ve been working on.

In Between Octobers, readers were introduced to Evan, aka Rhys Matthews. If you remember, he is an actor who has never received any real recognition for his body of work, then you should understand what and why he is so angry in this opening scene . . . .

Here’s an excerpt from Book 3 in my Savor The Days Series: November Mourning.

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CHAPTER ONE–“There is no loneliness greater that the loneliness of a failure. The failure is a stranger in his own house.” —Eric Hoffer

There’s a storm brewing inside me.

Hot and cold fronts are clashing.

It’s the heat of my temper flaring against a cold reminder.

There is a roaring wind climbing up my throat, aiming to tear through the thin veil of my lips to make its’ presence known in the quiet if this house. That glower from the mantle, so cruelly illuminated, makes me want to scream.

I literally feel mental because like the storm there is also this calm—small though it may be—in the center of me that I must cling to. Cling just as plainly as my white-knuckled grip on the edge of the mantle over the living room fireplace.

Control it. I command myself and work on a deep breath.

What’s got me so twisted is the simplest, most benign thing: a ray of sunshine. The way it brashly shoots through the window that overlooks the back garden is bloody dreadful. It’s not so much the light itself—it’s rather gloomy this time of the year; an early morning in November—it’s that the damned light has found a way through the patchy fog. It wouldn’t bother me if this seemingly inoffensive ray simply floated through the window as most shafts of daylight do, but it’s not.

This ray is taunting me in the way it callously lasers past me to hit a glass portrait on the opposing wall of the great room where I’m standing. The golden beam is then bounced directly from the glass that protects the image of my late wife to land again on the object of my gaze: a golden statuette. Something I once coveted.  

I’ve kept the thing hidden away since I got it because I can’t stand looking at it, but I’ve been gone for several weeks and in that time someone—Lily, I’m sure—must have found it and placed it atop the mantle of the fireplace to be illuminated by this ridiculous stubborn beam of sunlight that first strikes my wife, then the award.

Like it knows.

Update: Book Review Requests

This was originally posted here

I have decided to make BOOK REVIEWS a regular thing here on my blog!!! 

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Rating system is as follows:

5_55 STARS: I LOVE THIS BOOK! I WILL READ IT OVER AND OVER AGAIN! YOU HAVE TO READ IT TOO SO WE CAN FAN-GIRL TOGETHER!

4_54 STARS: I REALLY LIKE THIS BOOK AND TOTALLY RECOMMEND IT BUT PROBABLY WONT RE-READ IT.

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3 STARS: LIKED IT AND RECOMMEND IT.

2 STARS: THIS BOOK IS WELL-WRITTEN, BUT NOT FOR ME.

1 STAR: DID NOT FINISH THIS BOOK.


As of today, I will be taking formal requests for book reviews from Indie and self-published authors via my Contact Page, located up on the Menu Bar.

*** UPDATE:For whatever reason, some of the messages you all have been sending me through my contact page are not coming through. So please send requests to the following email address:

dontusethethreestones (at) gmail (dot) com***

My preferred genres are . . . well, I like lots of different kinds of books and am interested in expanding my literary horizons. I’m trying to get into Science Fiction, but have little interest in full-blown fantasy where there’s oddly-named contraptions or creatures. It can get to be too much to wrap my head around. I haven’t read many period-pieces or historicals, but wouldn’t mind if someone happens to send me one. I have read some erotica in the past, but won’t be posting reviews for any. Sorry. Steamy romance is fine. I don’t care for excessive use of foul language either, but if it’s part of the character and necessary to the world they live in, I might consider it.

Authors, I will post my reviews here on my blog as well as amazon, smashwords, or goodreads if you provide the links!

Game ON!

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Your first line stinks!

Hook Your Readers From The Very First Line | BookDaily #Authortips via bookdaily.com and L. WoodswalkerunnamedThe original post is here 


The first paragraph is probably the hardest in the book. It’s now or never if you want to hook your reader.

But how should you do it?

My advice: start with something out of the ordinary:

An unusual image maybe: “Miss Melody liked to knit jackets for trees”

A question maybe: “Why was Jonathan lying on the road in the middle of the night?”

Or maybe something that evokes emotion: “When my daughter went missing, I would have sold my soul to the devil to find her”.

Once you have the reader’s attention, feed them more. Readers want a quick checklist to get oriented: What is the time and place? Who’s the protagonist? Readers are like disembodied parasites. They need to find a head to jump inside, before they can be taken around on a tour and see, hear, smell and feel your imaginary world.

But for Pete’s sake don’t hit readers with over-description. If it’s not revelant then don’t include it. Readers don’t care what kind of car Joe drives, the name of Miss Melody’s dress designer, or the business partners in CrapCor, Inc. Other things not to start with: detailed, poetic landscape description, the name of the King of the Blarghh empire, the genealogy of Trilithium Phaser wizards, what the Ancient Scrolls say, or a detailed schematic of the Starship Smersh. Sure, readers will want to figure all that out eventually, but the first paragraph is just too soon.

While I’m at it, don’t hit readers over the head with a violent death scene the minute that they open the book. Ten ninjas chasing me chopping off my limbs with magic swords that spit dragon fire? It’s a bit over the top my friends. Starting a book is like entering an unfamiliar house. What would you like your visitors to see?

About the Author:
L. Woodswalker is an electronic musician, graphic and video artist, DIY crafter and a lifelong science fiction writer and fan. She is fascinated by the wonders of science, nature and the cosmos. If she is not creating something, she is usually outside hiking, planting trees or watching thunderstorms.