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Sunday, May 19, 2019

Doesn't have to cost a dime to encourage an author


cj Sez: Over the past week, I decided it was crunch time…I absolutely had to quit procrastinating and finish, this week, a short story with a June 30 submission deadline.  

  I need to finish the story early, like “now,” so I'll have time to do the necessary edits. Anyway, all of that was to explain why this post is going to be a short reissue of one previously posted in 2017. By the way, the call for submissions is still open, so if you're of a mind to ....

   What follows is a stream of consciousness blog about how to show your support for writers (at a little or no cost), whether you’re a writer or a reader.

If you’re a writer and have your own blog, invite guest bloggers. Lyrical Pens does do that, though we haven’t been graced with a guest for a few weeks. (Read the invitation in the Lyrical Pens banner above.) When you have a guest scheduled on your blog, send out “Coming Attractions” promotions on other social media sites, like Facebook, Twitter, et al. Be sure to give your guest blogger space to say something about their books.

Read and be willing to give the author’s work a fair review. Be kind but be honest.

If you know an author who just wants to just sit and talk, grab a chair and listen. Writing is a lonely occupation, and most other people don't understand.

Encourage each other. Writing is not a competition; everyone can be successful.


And here’s a little marketing tip: If you’re a yet-to-be-published writer and don’t have a business card, get one. Hand it out to agents, workshop instructors, fellow writers, wherever you have an opportunity to network. Get your name out there as early as possible (blogs and Facebook, too) so they can watch for your new release. Some variation of the one that follows is my suggestion:

Name  Jane Doe, Author
Writer of XXX (literary fiction, historical fiction, non-fiction, YA, romance, whatever)
eMail address
website address

Now, if you’re a reader (and since writers are also readers, I guess this applies to everyone) . . .
Like and comment on authors' posts on their Facebook pages. Facebook's algorithms only show posts that FB thinks other members would like to see. That means the more likes and comments a post gets, the more people will see it. 

Go to book signings, even if you can’t afford to buy the book at that time. Your attendance is ever so encouraging. I’ve been to book signings where the author and I were the only two people there. On the other hand, I was one of several authors at a local indie book store signing and because fans and friends showed up, the afternoon sped by and was fun—even though I didn’t sell a book.

   If you’ve got some good ideas on how best to encourage authors to keep writing, let me know. I’ll pass along the information and credit you as the source.
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   That’s it for this post. You-all guys keep on keeping on, and I’ll try to do the same.

cj
Stop by my Amazon Central Author Page = https://amzn.to/2v6SrAj and order a book to read or get in touch with The Haunted Bookshop here: The Haunted Bookshop to order an autographed copy of DEADLY STAR, CHOOSING CARTER, and THE POSSE. Angela Trigg, the awesome owner and a RITA Award-winning author in her own right (writing as Angela Quarles) will be happy to ship you the book(s) of your choice.

If you send me a note with a request before you order, I’ll even run down to the shop and personalize your choice.

Drop me a note to sign up for my quarterly newsletter: cjpetterson@gmail.com 


Sunday, May 12, 2019

Winners all. . .


cj Sez:  The Agatha Awards for 2018 books were announced at the Malice Domestic conference on May 4.  

   The Agatha Awards recognize the "traditional mystery," meaning that there is no graphic sex and no excessive violence in the writing. Thrillers or hard-boiled detectives cannot be found here, but instead, picture Miss Marple or Hercule Poirot at work.
   And the winners are .  .  . (indicated by asterisks) 

Best Contemporary Novel
“Mardi Gras Murder” by Ellen Byron **
“Beyond the Truth” by Bruce Robert Coffin
“Cry Wolf” by Annette Dashofy
“Kingdom of the Blind” by Louise Penny
“Trust Me” by Hank Phillippi Ryan

Best Historical Novel
“Four Funerals and Maybe a Wedding” by Rhys Bowen
“The Gold Pawn” by LA Chandlar
“The Widows of Malabar Hill” by Sujata Massey **
“Turning the Tide” by Edith Maxwell
“Murder on Union Square” by Victoria Thompson

Best First Novel (Tied for the win)
“A Ladies Guide to Etiquette and Murder” by Dianne Freeman **
“Little Comfort” by Edwin Hill
“What Doesn't Kill You” by Aimee Hix
“Deadly Solution” by Keenan Powell
“Curses Boiled Again” by Shari Randall **

Best Short Story (Tied for the win)
"All God's Sparrows" by Leslie Budewitz (Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine) **
"A Postcard for the Dead" by Susanna Calkins (in Florida Happens)
"Bug Appetit" by Barb Goffman (Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine)
"The Case of the Vanishing Professor" by Tara Laskowski (Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine) **
"English 398: Fiction Workshop" by Art Taylor (Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine)

Best Young Adult Mystery
“Potion Problems” by Cindy Callaghan **
“Winterhouse” by Ben Guterson
“A Side of Sabotage” by C.M. Surrisi

Best Nonfiction
“Mastering Plot Twists” by Jane Cleland **
“Writing the Cozy Mystery” by Nancy J Cohen
“Conan Doyle for the Defense” by Margalit Fox
“Agatha Christie: A Mysterious Life” by Laura Thompson
“Wicked Women of Ohio” by Jane Ann Turzillo

   Congratulations to nominees and winners alike, and special kudos to my fellow Sisters-in-Crime members on the list. 
  
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   When we lived many miles apart, I sent each of my sons flowers on Mother’s Day, because they have always been a source of pride. Besides, I wouldn’t be a mother without them. (I also got a kick out of them having to explain the roses delivered to their places of work.) And they would send me yellow roses. They could have given me a dandelion stem as they did when they were little, and I could not have felt more loved.

   I can’t end this post without remembering my Mom, as I do most every day. I’m grateful that she was the sweet soul who soothed my fears, dried my tears, and patted my rear when I needed it. Thank you, Mom, for your unconditional love. 

Yes, Lord, please hold her for while. She is forever in my heart.
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That’s it for this week’s post. You-all guys keep on keeping on, and I’ll try to do the same.

cj
Little note: Print copies of Choosing Carter and Deadly Star are becoming scarce as Simon&Schuster winds down their support of the Crimson Romance imprint. You can, however, support an indie book store and order an autographed copy of my books here: The Haunted Bookshop  Angela Trigg, the awesome owner and a RITA Award-winning author in her own right (writing as Angela Quarles) will be happy to ship you the book(s) of your choice.
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Sunday, May 5, 2019

I've read that . . .

cj Sez: Authors often include bits and pieces of personal experiences in their stories. Let me tell you a little backstory about my first-person research for:

   Way back when I was a younger woman, I spent five-and-a-half days on an Outward Bound, white-water rafting trip down one of the best, dam-free rivers in the United States—the Yampa River.

   The Yampa is the only free-flowing tributary in the whole Colorado River System. At 250-miles long, the rivera lazy float trip in the summer monthssurges to life when spring melts the mountain snows and rushes boaters through awesome, sandstone canyons in Dinosaur National Monument.

   There were four huge, silver rafts in our Outward Bound convoy, each carried eight to ten people, and there was a flotilla of kayakers who ran the biggest rapids ahead of the rafts and waited downstream, ready to pick up anyone who fell overboard.

I went alone, in May, during the snowmelt, didn’t know anyone who was going to be there, had never rafted before, and I didn’t know how to swim. We entered the river in Colorado, slept in sleeping bags on the shores, and ended our adventure seventy-five miles later in Utah.

   The following year, I volunteered to do a Jeep Jamboree off-road adventure on the Rubicon Trail in the Sierra Nevada Mountain range and write about it for the company newspaper. The Rubicon Trail is classified as a 10 on a scale of 1 to 10 in difficulty for off-road enthusiasts. I joined two professional writers in a Jeep Wrangler that, like many of the Wranglers on the trail, had had its doors and top removed and a skid plate welded to the undercarriage to protect the engine from boulders.


   I was the only novice driver/writer in that Jeep, and sat, mouth agape, when the driver ahead of us miscalculated and rolled off the one-lane trail. We waited until Jamboree trail guides rolled him upright and sent him on his way again. We drove onto the Rubicon from Georgetown, California, slept in sleeping bags under pup tents, and drove off the trail above Lake Tahoe. After one night of bathing in an icy mountain stream and sleeping on a deflated air mattress atop a granite boulder, I was extremely happy to spend the next night soaking in a hot tub in a hotel.

   Both of those trips were the inspirations for the settings in CHOOSING CARTER and a personal essay, “Don’t Ride the Clutch,” published in CUP OF COMFORT FOR DIVORCED WOMEN (Adams Media, 2008).

   The only reason I can give for daring to seek out the adventures is, I was in the throes of a midlife crisis and wanted to challenge myself…to do more than leave dimples in the surface of my life like a water spider. And who knew they would make great fodder for stories.

   To read more about the exquisite mountain settings I experienced, eBook copies of both books are available on Amazon. They're free on Kindle Unlimited at the time of this post. An autographed copy of the CHOOSING CARTER paperback can be had by contacting The Haunted Bookshop. A link is provided below.

   That’s it for this week’s post. You-all guys keep on keeping on, and I’ll try to do the same.

cj
Free on Kindle Unlimited at the time of this post:

5-Star Review: Mirabel Campbell must learn how to stay alive in a covert world of political intrigue where the unexpected is the norm, and she’s not the kind of woman who’ll wait for anyone, including her CIA ex-husband whom she still loves, to make her decisions. She made a promise to a murdered friend to find out what’s so special about a mysterious point of light in the sky, and she intends to keep that promise.

Little note: Print copies of Choosing Carter and Deadly Star are becoming scarce as Simon&Schuster winds down their support of the Crimson Romance imprint. You can, however, support an indie book store and order an autographed copy of my books here: The Haunted Bookshop  Angela Trigg, the awesome owner and a RITA Award-winning author in her own right (writing as Angela Quarles) will be happy to ship you the book(s) of your choice.
Drop me a note to sign up for my quarterly newsletter: cjpetterson@gmail.com 
Simon&Schuster Author Page = https://bit.ly/2uo1M0Z

Sunday, April 28, 2019

Indie book sellers and award winners


cj Sez:  In case you hadn’t heard, Saturday, April 27, was Independent Bookstore Day. 
   The Mobile Writers Guild did an all-day takeover of Mobile’s newest indie store, The Haunted Bookshop. MWG members who are local published authors in different genres (children’s, YA, romantic suspense, fantasy, non-fiction) volunteered to share their writing experiences and expertise with bookshop customers and other local authors who dropped by.   

   Fellow MWG member Steven Moore (he writes fantasy) and I took the first shift and had a wonderful interaction with an aspiring writer who walked through the door at 10:10 a.m.—the Shop opened at 10.

   Robert Bailey, the bestselling author of the McMurtrie and Drake Legal Thrillers series, which includes The Last Trial, Between Black and White, and The Professor, was there in the afternoon to sign his latest release in the Legal Thrillers series, The Final Reckoning.  For the past nineteen years, Bailey has been a civil defense trial lawyer in his hometown of Huntsville, Alabama. You can read more about Mr. Bailey at www.robertbaileybooks.com

Were you able to support your local indie book store? Not to worry, if you couldn’t. Any day will work fine.
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Congratulations to the 2019 Edgar Awards winners!

   Is your favorite author/story among them? Click here to read the full announcement: https://crimereads.com/announcing-the-2019-edgar-award-winners/?fbclid=IwAR0NitppsvKjT4P2BNuNwzgnmFSOUPNg6hcfVkn6NBer2IJBDR_TNPJCQJU

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   That’s it for this week’s post. You-all guys keep on keeping on, and I’ll try to do the same.

cj
Free on Kindle Unlimited at the time of this post.

5-star review: Fast-paced suspense with a full order of twists and complexities to keep the readers on their toes. cj petterson’s prose is tight, never wasting a word in her descriptions, yet painting a lush landscape. Don’t be fooled by the cover. Yes, there’s romance and you’ll agonize with the protagonist, Bryn, as she makes decisions impacting her personal life. But you’ll always have one eye out for the eco-terrorists on the horizon.

Little note: Print copies of Choosing Carter and Deadly Star are becoming scarce as Simon&Schuster winds down their support of the Crimson Romance imprint. However, you can support an indie book store and order an autographed copy of my books here: The Haunted Bookshop  Angela Trigg, the awesome owner and a RITA Award-winning author in her own right (writing as Angela Quarles) will be happy to ship you any book(s) of your choice.


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Sunday, April 21, 2019

Wishing you a blessed and happy Easter


cj Sez: 
JESUS CELEBRATED PASSOVER WITH HIS DISCIPLES, AND NOW CHRISTIANS CELEBRATE EASTER WITH HIM


Wishing you the Gift of Faith
The Blessing of Hope
And a Life filled with Love
 



And for those celebrating Passover…

חג פסח



SHALOM
שלום

Sunday, April 14, 2019

Didja know?

cj Sez: Do you know the difference between a thriller and
a suspense novel?


I should, but I obviously didn’t when I chose a genre for DEADLY STAR and CHOOSING CARTER for Amazon. I thought they were romantic suspense. They’re not.

   Here’s Romance Writers of America’s definition of the two genres:

“The difference between a thriller and a suspense novel is really who is being affected by the danger. In a thriller, the protagonist(s) must stop the antagonist(s) from inflicting great bodily harm on a mass of people...an entire city or country. Maybe even the whole world!

With a suspense novel, the only ones in great peril are the hero and/or heroine (or both)...but the storyline is how they must overcome the obstacles the "villain" is throwing out at them. Sure, a few innocent victims might get bumped off along the way, but for the most part, they are pretty few in number.”

   By that definition, both DEADLY STAR and CHOOSING CARTER are really romantic thrillers. In DEADLY STAR, the entire world is in jeopardy because of the antagonist’s plot. In CHOOSING CARTER, a whole town and geographic area are the targets of terrorists.

   Why does putting a book in the correct (or best)
category make a difference? If you're not a name-brand author (and sometimes even if you are), good sales can depend on what genre is “hot” and selling well right then and thus maximize the book’s chances of higher rankings within those sales. Besides the warm glow they give an author, higher rankings also attract even more sales. Granted no story is ever one genre only. And therein lies the conundrum: Where and how to place them to their best advantage on book/sales shelves. The answer to that changes with the timing of each book launch. Just make sure you know your intended market. 

   What am I going to do about my books? I’m going to try to change the marketing thrust. I haven’t checked with Amazon yet, but I doubt I can change the category listing because Simon&Schuster owns the rights.

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Since I didn’t have a computer for nigh unto a week, I put in a lot of time reading … as in six novels—one a loan from a friend and five were used books that I purchased at my local Friends of the Library sale in March. Intentionally, none were in the same genre. 

   One I skimmed for lack of interest after the first few chapters. In another, the female protagonist character became boring, but I made myself finish it—it was a historical romance. I was surprised at how much I enjoyed the world building in David Baldacci’s first young adult fantasy, “The Finisher.” The story follows the challenges a teenaged girl named Vega Jane must face in her eerie world. I have since discovered “The Finisher” is book one in a series. I’ll have to hunt down the rest of them.

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During the day, a cup of coffee is never far from my hand. I drink my coffee black, no sugar, but there is often something in my hand to eat, whether it’s a quasi-healthy piece of whole grain, high-fiber and high-protein toast topped with a thin smear of peanut butter and grape jam or my favorite cinnamon roll. (Yeah, I know. I’d lose weight if I quit the carbs.)

   To validate my habit, I found the following bit of info on some internet news site a while back. I think it proves (at least to me) why this Swede “needs” coffee breaks and a goodie.

“The French sip wine, the British take tea, Spaniards nibble on ham, and Germans love sausages.   For Swedes, it's all about "fika" (pronounced fee-ka), the daily coffee break with a sweet nibble that is a social institution.”

While neighbors in the United States used to get together in the afternoon in the 50s and 60s and may have called it a “Koffee Klatch,” now days, you get your coffee to go. “In Sweden, you sit down, you enjoy the moment." (cj Sez: Even if you can't put down your cellphones, I guess.)

 Swedish friends love to meet for fika. Photo: TT

"Studies show that people who take a break from their work do not do less. It's actually the opposite," says Viveka Adelsward, a professor emeritus in communications at Sweden's Linkoping University. "Efficiency at work can benefit from these kinds of get-togethers."

   Explain that to your boss if s/he questions why you’re spending time around the coffee pot.

   My fika habit started in Texas when I was about three-years old. Grandpa would pour some strong black coffee into a saucer to cool then lather a thick slice of Mama’s homemade bread with butter, dip an edge into the coffee, and feed me bites while he taught me to play checkers on top of an overturned washtub in the backyard.

   Okay, I’ve made myself hungry. Think I’ll enjoy a fika. You-all guys keep on keeping on, and I’ll try to do the same.

cj
Free on Kindle Unlimited at the time of this post: DEADLY STAR
Mirabel Campbell must learn how to stay alive in a covert world of political intrigue where the unexpected is the norm, and she’s not the kind of woman who’ll wait for anyone, including her CIA ex-husband whom she still loves, to make her decisions. She made a promise to a murdered friend to find out what’s so special about a mysterious point of light in the sky, and she intends to keep that promise.

Little note: Print copies of Choosing Carter and Deadly Star are becoming scarce as Simon&Schuster winds down their support of the Crimson Romance imprint. HOWEVER, you can support an indie book store and order an autographed copy of my books here: The Haunted Bookshop  Angela Trigg, the awesome owner and a RITA Award-winning author in her own right (writing as Angela Quarles) will be happy to ship you the book(s) of your choice.

Drop me a note to sign up for my quarterly newsletter: cjpetterson@gmail.com 
Simon&Schuster Author Page = https://bit.ly/2uo1M0Z

I am stuck

cj Sez: My computer was at the tech doctor's office for the past week for a teeny, tiny glitch in Word that the techies decided they couldn't fix. So it was "wiped" and loaded with Windows 10 (I had been working with 8.1). I received the empty hulk back Friday. 

Spent all day Saturday downloading, relocating software discs, and reloading, but wasn't able to accomplish all I need to put out this week's Lyrical Pens post. 

Soooooo, if I can get the printers and scanner re-connected, two programs located and/or updated, and a download for photos, I'll get the blog posted tomorrow. (Caveat: If the "severe storm" that is forecast for tonight doesn't wipe out my cracked internet provider, that is.)

In the meantime, let me just say....AAAARRRRGGGHHHH !

Thank you for listening. 

You-all guys keep on keeping on, and I'll try to do the same. 

cj

Little note: Print copies of Choosing Carter and Deadly Star are becoming scarce as Simon&Schuster winds down their support of the Crimson Romance imprint. However, you can support an indie book store and order an autographed copy of my books here: The Haunted Bookshop  Angela Trigg, the awesome owner and a RITA Award-winning author in her own right (writing as Angela Quarles) will be happy to ship you the book(s) of your choice.

Drop me a note to sign up for my quarterly newsletter: cjpetterson@gmail.com 
Simon&Schuster Author Page = https://bit.ly/2uo1M0Z




Saturday, April 6, 2019

40 Days with Ramona

cj Sez: I wonder how many of my Lyrical Pens visitors have been, like me, the beneficiaries of author and editor Ramona De Felice Long’s Spring 2019 project. 

   Instead of fasting for Lent, Ramona, my Sisters in Crime/Guppy mate, generously pledged to post 40 days of free worksheets on a variety of topics. The keyword here is “free.” 

   I can’t believe how fast the time has flown. Only a few more days to go. I’ve saved them all to use as references as I’m struggling through my works in progress.

   Drop in on Ramona’s website at www.ramonadef.com to learn more.
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In case you missed it . . .

   Susan Spann Craig recently offered this blog on Fiction University:  “How to Calculate Amazon Fees for Printing Paperbacks Using KDP Print” by David Woghan. I’m not (yet) an indie publisher, but I’m leaning hard in that direction. I found the essay interesting. Maybe you will, too. Read all about it here:  https://bit.ly/2I43oIH
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April 27, 2019, is INDEPENDENT BOOKSTORE DAY. The Mobile Writers Guild (of which I am a member) is sponsoring an all-day “Ask the Experts & Speed Critiques” at Mobile’s newest bookseller, The Haunted Bookshop.

   Want to know about Sci-Fi, fantasy, self-publishing, world-creating, women’s fiction, kidlit, historical, Gothic, editing, or marketing? MWG members will be on-hand from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. answering questions about these topics and more. There will be a raffle (a chance to win a copy of MWG’s latest anthology). Local authors will also be autographing books.

   I’ll be there from 10 to 11:30 a.m. answering questions, mostly about romance stories. Is there a formula for writing romance? The first thing that comes to mind is that you can’t write a page-turning romance story unless you're a fan of the genre and read copious numbers of romance books. Readers and writers stop by The Haunted Bookshop on the 27th, and we’ll talk about it.

That’s it for today’s post. You-all guys keep on keeping on, and I'll try to do the same. 

cj
Free on Kindle Unlimited at the time of this post:  CHOOSING CARTER           

Bryn McKay goes on a rafting trip on the untamed Yampa River with her best friend, naturalist and outdoor guide Carter Danielson—and she wouldn't mind if things turned romantic. Unfortunately, Carter is a recovering alcoholic who shies away from commitment. That is, until the two of them stumble across her revenge-seeking brother.

Will Carter figure out where his heart lies? Will Bryn have to watch someone she loves die?

Little note: Print copies of Choosing Carter and Deadly Star are becoming scarce as Simon&Schuster winds down their support of the Crimson Romance imprint. HOWEVER, you can order an autographed copy of my books and support an indie book store here: The Haunted Bookshop  Angela Trigg, the awesome owner and a RITA Award-winning author in her own right (writing as Angela Quarles) will be happy to ship you the book(s) of your choice.

Drop me a note to sign up for my quarterly newsletter: cjpetterson@gmail.com 
Simon&Schuster Author Page = https://bit.ly/2uo1M0Z

Sunday, March 31, 2019

Procrastination or delayed discipline

cj Sez: It used to be that I worked better when I had a short-term deadline. That said, I thought if I gave myself a deadline, I’d have the incentive to keep going on the WIPs I have on my computer. Found out that’s not true.

   I have managed to bury those deadlines under weeks of procrastination that I called “research.” It seems that the more I research, the less creativity I have. I’m getting bogged down in discovering fascinating facts, and the stories are suffering. I suspect I’ll be scrambling in the last few days to get finished.

   I suppose some of you might call that procrastinating. Nope, I’m calling it delayed discipline.

How about you? How do you kick research to the curb and stay on track?
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Speaking of research, I try to make it my job to learn something new every day. Today I came across the word "bildungsroman" while I was spiraling down a research rabbit hole looking for more information on coming of age stories. In literary criticism, a Bildungsroman is a literary genre

"Bildungsroman is the combination of two German words: Bildung, meaning 'education,' and Roman, meaning 'novel.' Fittingly, a 'bildungsroman' is a novel that deals with the formative years of the main character - in particular, his or her psychological development and moral education. The bildungsroman usually ends on a positive note with the hero's foolish mistakes and painful disappointments over and a life of usefulness ahead. 

   "The term coming-of-age novel is sometimes used interchangeably with Bildungsroman, but its use is usually wider and less technical."


   I’ve seen the word before but never committed its meaning to memory until now.
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“The Apprenticeship of Nigel Blackthorn” is a coming of age story from author Frank Kelso, a friend of mine: https://amzn.to/2V3gmZT

In 1853 Texas, thirteen-year-old Nigel Blackthorn is the spoiled son of a Protestant preacher. When his missionary family fall victims to a Comanche attack, his easy childhood crumbles in an instant. How will he find the grit to survive?
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You-all guys keep on keeping on, and I’ll try to do the same.

cj
Free on Kindle Unlimited at the time of this post:  DEADLY STAR \
A fast-paced read: Mirabel Campbell must learn how to stay alive in a covert world of political intrigue where the unexpected is the norm, and she’s not the kind of woman who’ll wait for anyone else to make her decisions. She made a promise to a dying friend to find out what’s so special about that tiny point of light in the sky, and she intends to keep that promise.

Little note: Print copies of Choosing Carter and Deadly Star are becoming scarce as Simon&Schuster winds down their support of the Crimson Romance imprint. HOWEVER, you can support an indie book store and order an autographed copy of my books here: The Haunted Bookshop  Angela Trigg, the awesome owner and a RITA Award-winning author in her own right (writing as Angela Quarles) will be happy to ship you the book(s) of your choice.

Drop me a note to sign up for my quarterly newsletter: cjpetterson@gmail.com 
Simon&Schuster Author Page = https://bit.ly/2uo1M0Z

Sunday, March 24, 2019

BOING !


cj Sez: It may or may not feel like it where you are right now, but I’m here to inform you that SPRING HAS SPRUNG … can mosquitoes be far behind?  If you live where I do, they’re already here.

   A brief lesson on the vernal equinox, one of two equinoxes in a year . . . the other is the autumnal equinox (not to be confused with “solstice”—when winter solstice is the shortest day of the year, and the summer solstice is the longest day of the year).

   Equinox: There are only two times every year—September and March—when the Earth’s axis is tilted neither toward nor away from the sun. It’s that instant of time when the plane of Earth’s equator passes through the center of the sun...the sun shines directly on the equator and the length of day and night is nearly equal.

    Seasons are opposite on either side of the Equator. The equinox in September is known as the autumnal (fall) equinox and considered the first day of fall in the Northern Hemisphere, but it's known as the vernal (spring) equinox in the Southern hemisphere and is their first day of spring.

(Source Attribution: various Google sites)

cj Sez:  There must be a story idea in there somewhere. What if the instant that the equinox occurred could trigger some kind of awful device that put all of earth in jeopardy? What if the world powers have hired the protagonist to find the person(s) holding the earth ransom, but he has only a few short days to prevent Armageddon?
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Now a brief lesson on “The Royal Order of Adverbs” as presented by author/editor Joyce Sterling Scarbrough.

Example one:

Verb:               Dad walks
Manner:          impatiently
Place:              into town
Frequency:     every afternoon
Time:               before supper
Purpose:          to get a newspaper.

Example two:

Verb:               Roger naps
Manner:          
Place:               in his room
Frequency:      every morning
Time:               before lunch.
Purpose:         
   Joyce also says: In actual practice, of course, it would be highly unusual to have a string of adverbial modifiers beyond two or three (at the most). Because the placement of adverbs is so flexible, one or two of the modifiers would probably move to the beginning of the sentence: “Every afternoon before supper. Dad impatiently walks into town to get a newspaper.” When that happens, the introductory adverbial modifiers are usually set off with a comma.
You can follow Joyce on her Facebook page: https://bit.ly/2HPOIMv
Her amazon author page:  https://amzn.to/2TTMGC8
Her “Blue Attitude” blog at http://joycescarbrough.blogspot.com/

cj Sez: On a personal note, outdoor-
sometimes-indoor, amiable lump, Buster, was lounging peacefully on my lap last week when something, the TV or a catmare, startled him. Bless his heart. 

   Sensing an opening over my head, he made a mad dash for safety and used my face as a launching pad. Fortunately, he left only one slice in my cheek and a couple of punctures. Prescriptions for antibiotics and antibacterial creams later, I now have more facial character and another story to tell. I am extremely happy I wasn’t twenty-one when this happened, else there would be a plastic surgeon’s bill on the horizon. (I tend to scar easily.) It’s amazing how quickly one’s life can change or be changed. I could use some prayers that the injuries continue to heal without infection and leave little or no scarring. Please, and thank you.

   That’s all for this week’s post. You-all guys keep on keeping on, and I’ll try to do the same.

cj
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