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Book Review - STRENGTH by Carrie Butler

When college student Rena Collins finds herself nose-to-chest with the campus outcast, she’s stunned. Wallace Blake is everything she’s ever wanted in a man—except he can’t touch her. His uncontrollable strength, a so-called gift from his bloodline, makes every interaction dangerous. And with a secret, supernatural war brewing among his kind, there’s no time to work it out. To keep Wallace in her life, Rena will have to risk a whole lot more than her heart. Title: STRENGTH Series: Mark of Nexus - Book 1 Publisher: Sapphire Star Publishing Category: New Adult (NA) Genre: Paranormal Romance (PNR) Release Date: March 07, 2013 Normally, I don’t do book reviews on this blog. But after reading my CPs wonderful debut novel, I couldn’t resist. Sheesh. Where do I start?

Grammar Police Monday - En Garde

Prepare  yourself  to  battle  more  commonly - confused  words... Dual vs Duel Dual is an adjective that means double; twofold. A duel is a prearranged fight between two people armed with deadly weapons.

I Made It! - First Blogiversary

One year ago today, I started blogging. There have been setbacks, but—thanks to you awesome folks—things have turned out great. My following has grown, and my cup isn’t just running over, it’s long since flooded the house.  A year ago, I hadn’t met most of you. Now I can’t imagine life without you.

Grammar Police Monday - Don't Make Your Readers Cry Foul

Get your usage right and make them cheer! :)   Fawn vs Faun Fawn  can mean a young deer, a light-brown color, or to seek favor with servant-like demeanor — to fawn over.

Books, Books & More Books

There are so many books being published by friends around the blogosphere, I decided to make a special post to tell you about some of them. Let's start with recently-published.

Worth Repeating

Every once in a while, we come across something that makes our life simpler. Lots of writers swear by writing to music, and so I've been dabbling in it. There's tons of free music on sites like YouTube, but most of it doesn't play long enough to be worth the trouble of the search. I mean, who wants to stop writing every 2 minutes and 47 seconds to click play ? When I lamented this to my tech-savvy writing buddy, Carrie Butler , she directed me to . To use this site, you simply search for a video by title and click on the one you want. The site automatically loops it for you.   You can also type listenonrepeat into a YouTube URL before the .com to watch/listen on repeat.   Ex: would become   Isn't that cool! Anyhow, thanks for stopping by. As a bonus, I'm posting one of the songs I listened to while writing my HR, Come Back ... Enjoy

GPM - Grammar By Request

This post has been a long time coming, but I finally got it done. Below are some grammar questions I've received over the last few months followed by the best answers I could find.

Gearing Up For The Big Day

I can hardly believe it.  Come January 24th, I will have been blogging for exactly one year! To show my appreciation, I decided to host a giveaway this month. I'm posting the Rafflecopter form today so all you faithful blog visitors can start signing up. Then I'll announce the winners on the official anniversary date.   I also decided this would be perfect to pair with L.G. Keltner's Beginnings Blogfest.

Grammar Police Monday - The Bank You're Welcome To Rob

Announcements first! It's finally time to reveal the cover for  Carol Kilgore's new book! When U.S. Coast Guard Commander Taylor Campbell discovers her uncle’s drowning death was murder, she must determine the killer’s identity in order to prevent another murder. Jake Solomon’s job is to make sure Taylor isn’t the next victim. Mark your calendars. Release day is April 2nd. Carol Kilgore is an award-winning author of several published short stories and many essays and articles. Solomon’s Compass i s her second novel, a blend of mystery, suspense, and romance she calls Crime Fiction with a Kiss – a lways at least one crime; always a love story . Carol and her Coast Guard husband live in San Antonio, Texas, with two herding dogs that like nothing better than pack time on the patio.  You can find Carol here: website . blog . facebook . twitter . goodreads . amazon ### Now for GPM... Today, I'm addressing some comm

Book Announcement - Witch's Nocturne by EJ Wesley

I’m posting on a Friday to let you know the next book in EJ Wesley’s Moonsongs series, Witch's Nocturne , has been released!  Congratulations, EJ!!! :D Moonsongs is a series of New Adult, paranormal-horror-action novelettes — with a Texas twist. Check it out...

IWSG - Motivation

Happy New Year!  My writing resolution is to finish my current WIP and get it polished (maybe even published?) in 2013. So, for my January Insecure Writer's Support Group post, I decided to list some ways we can motivate ourselves to write.  This is by no means an exhaustive list, and I don’t have room to tell you every detail. My goal is to give you a taste of what’s out there and enough information about each item so you can decide which ones are worth the click-through for you .  If you're already familiar with any of these, please feel free to skip it and move on. (I promise my IWSG posts won't all be this long.) Let’s start with the biggie.