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Sunday, January 15, 2017

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and upcoming events

“The richer we have become materially, the poorer we become morally and spiritually. We have learned to fly in the air like birds and swim in the sea like fish, but we have not learned the simple art of living together as brothers.”  ― Martin Luther King Jr.


cj Sez: So, tell me, what writer, aspiring to be published, doesn’t want to know more about the language of contract options? Specifically, how much do you know about “Negotiating options in publishing deals?” Writers in the Storm blog spot invited Susan Spann to do a guest post on the subject, and she went into some depth—an article definitely worth reading. And Susan has the credentials to back up her post. She’s an attorney whose practice focuses on publishing law and business. Read all about it here:
(And think about subscribing to the blog.)

The following url list of 2017 short story contests came across my desk recently, and I thought you might be interested in one (or more) of them. I haven’t vetted these, so do your due diligence before signing on to any of them.   

Be sure to stop back by on Wednesday, January 18, when Lyrical Pens will focus a spotlight on Mystery Thriller Week author, Stephen Perkins and his new novel Raging Falcon (it’s based on real-life events). 

Find out more about international Mystery Thriller Week authors here:   The event runs from February 12 to 22 on Facebook. I’ll be participating and giving away surprises, so be sure to stop by when the page goes public. I'll have more info on Lyrical Pens as it gets closer to the date.   

I'm on a blog tour at other MTW author blogs next week, First up is Christina Philippou’s blog ( ) on Monday, January 16 (topic is a question/answer interview).

On Tuesday, January 17, I’ll be on Joe Broadmeadow’s blog ( ). I’ll be providing excerpts of “Bad Day at Round Rock,” my short story in the upcoming Western anthology THE POSSE. I’m one of six authors, so THE POSSE offers a variety of human interest stories, all with the usual action you’d expect from a Western. “Bad Day” is a tale of history, mystery, myth, greed, and love, all rolled up into one short story.

You'll have two of my posts to visit on Wednesday, January 18 . . . Lyrical Pens to read the spotlight post on Stephen Perkins and then on to my blog tour stop, where my host will be Jude Roy ( ). Deep point of view is the topic of the post. By the way, Jude was recently named a finalist for the 2017 Freddie Award in the thriller category with his novel, THE LYNCHINGS. Congratulations, Jude!  

If you have a chance to stop by these author blogs, please leave me a note so I can say thanks!

Another thing to think about:  Signing up for my quarterly newsletter for info and occasional prizes. Drop me a note at to subscribe. I’m working to send out the first issue, a one-pager, on March 31, and I’d love to send one to you. (‘Preciate it.)

cj Sez: That’s all for today, folks. You-all guys keep on keeping on, and I’ll try to do the same.
Amazon Central Author Page:
Choosing Carter  -- Kindle  /  Nook  /  Kobo   /  iTunes/iBook
Deadly Star --  Kindle  / Nook  / Kobo
Coming in mid-February 2017—“Bad Day at Round Rock” a short story in The Posse, a Western anthology of tales of action, romance, myth and truth.   

More Than Friends is still available on Amazon for a couple of more weeks—six romance novels for less than a buck.

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