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It had taken at least six months to compile a complete dossier on Sarah Archer...

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Middle Grade Action Adventure Series: The Apple Grove Gang by @hamiltoncburger

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Series: The Apple Grove Gang
by Hamilton C. Burger


http://hamiltoncburger.com/

(Titles/Book covers link to Amazon)

Sex on the Moon: The Amazing Story Behind the Most Audacious Heist in History #review

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Sex on the MoonThe Amazing Story Behind
the Most Audacious Heist in History
by Ben Mezrich

Why more Twitter followers won't necessarily kill engagement.

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This is a continuation of a post several days ago about a new Twitter management service. In that post I introduced the idea of following fellow writers as an aid to a marketing strategy.

The first thing I would like to tackle with this post is why I'm willing to follow fellow writers in your behalf and not readers per se. It isn't that I'm not willing to follow readers for you, but they are harder to find.

One of the most acclaimed dystopian novels of this century.

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Calling all Bloggers: There's still time to join the Prossia blog tour

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By Raphyel M. Jordan




The Prossia tour is almost here!

It reached # 1 in Paranormal Fantasy: Stormcaller by @rkmacpherson

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Stormcaller by R.K. MacPherson was free January 25 - 28th. It reached #1 in Paranormal Fantasy in its promotional FREE run. The author blogged about the results. Check it out:


Prossia Blog Tour in TWO WEEKS! Join now!

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By Raphyel M. Jordan




The Prossia tour is almost here!

Guest review: Lover Reborn by J.R. Ward

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A Eureka Moment from Author @RayAnthony07

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RAY ANTHONY WAS born in Kingston Jamaica in 1958 and lived with his grandparents until 1968, when he came to Britain to join his parents. Educated in south London, when he had the choice, he studied only maths and science; he found the arts crushingly boring.

Marketing Tip: Package it like a Pro - guest post by @JoelGoldman1

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GOOD COVER ART is essential to a book’s success whether it’s an e-book or a print book. Don’t believe me? Browse Amazon or walk into your local bookstore and see what jumps out at you. Unless you’re looking for a specific book, you can’t help but be drawn to a book with an attractive, interesting, compelling cover. That’s what often first draws us to another person – we like what we see (and, we are shallow).

Showcase Sunday #3: Featuring @bxwretlind and @AuthorKBeairsto

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Prophecy of the Most Beautiful by Diantha Jones  

Click here to check it out on Amazon.


Buffer Showcase Sunday a fun weekly meme hosted by Vicky over @Books, Biscuits and Tea. It's a great way of showing off what we've bought, borrowed and received this week.

Diantha's Solo NookBook Find

The Proposition by Katie Ashley– Looks...spicy.

For Crew Review

1. Love Like Krazy by Kristen Beairsto Our new Crew member Shirley is reading this one right now :)
2. Sketches from the Spanish Mustang by Benjamin X. Wretlind– Roy decided this was going to be his first Crew review.
Small haul this week :)

Creating a Magic System: Randomness, Sourcing, and Range - syndicated from @thefourpartland

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The following is syndicated from The Four Part Land and is posted here with permission.

Over the course of the series, I've looked at how Strength and Prevalence affect a magic system and a setting, how Style and Powers shape and define that magic system, and finally how Magical Interaction and Items and Artefacts impact the setting and system. Today is the last of the posts in this part of the series, and I'll be looking at a few bits and pieces that have cropped up during the course of writing. I won't be marking them as choices, because I don't think they're on the same level, but I do think they are rather important all the same.

Cover Crush #3: Doomed by @TracyWolff

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Prophecy of the Most Beautiful by Diantha Jones 

Click here to check it out on Amazon.

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Show N' Read Saturday #3–SHERLOCK

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Prophecy of the Most Beautiful by Diantha Jones 

Click here to check it out on Amazon.


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Read the beginning of the Prolog to The Dagger of Adendigaeth by @melissagmcphail

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AT LONG LAST, the reason for the blessed Adept race’s decline has been discovered: powerful beings known as Malorin’athgul are disrupting the Balance and preventing Alorin’s Adepts from awakening to their gifts. Who are they? Where are they? And how can they be stopped when they wield a power meant to unmake the universe itself?

Guest Book Review: Finding You Again by Darcy Lundeen

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Prophecy of the Most Beautiful by Diantha Jones 

Click here to check it out on Amazon.



Finding You Again By Darcy Lundeen

A possible new service designed to help Indie authors. Your thoughts?

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I COME UP with way too many ideas, but if I can ever figure out a system to organize the entire group, I'd be one powerful source for Indie authors, especially those that must rely on their own marketing budgets. Even for those that are represented by an Indie publishing house. With so much competition—so many other books being published simultaneously—it takes special effort to get ahead, to be noticed. But that's not exactly what this post is about.

"I'll never change." – Actually, You Will (More Than You Think), New Study Shows

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‘I’ll Never Change’ – Actually, You Will (More Than You Think), New Study Shows (via Planetsave) Life is full of decisions, many of which will impact our lives far into the future…everything from whether to apply for a mortgage and choosing where to live…to whom to marry and how many children we wish to have…all of these involve various long-term commitments. According to a team of psychologists…

Help authors and learn about yourself. MEET @mccarthy_roy, Our New Crew Member

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Tell everyone a little bit about yourself. I live and work in Jersey, Channel Islands. My day job is Finance Manager in a legal office but, like all accountants, secretly hope to be a lion tamer one day. 
Who are some of your favorite authors? Books?

Why reviewers shouldn't worry. MEET @ShirleyFord11, Our New Crew Member

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Tell everyone a little bit about yourself.
I have had a varied career from Company Director, to Coffee Shop Owner, to Home Carer for the elderly, to Reflexologist. Six years ago, I moved to the west country of England with my husband and little rescue dog and thought I was retiring! Instead, through a very good friend, I took up writing. I joined her writing group and soon got bitten by the bug. I have now had two novels published as kindle books – Every Why, which is also available as a paperback, and Be Mindful. The third novel is on its tenth chapter, hopefully to be finished by the summer. I have written poetry for many years as a way of expressing my feelings. I am one of those grandparents, who, through an acrimonious divorce between my son and his ex-wife, have lost all contact with two grandsons, and for this reason I have also published a kindle book of poetry and anecdotes entitled Heartfelt. All are available through Amazon.

Always got a pet project underway? Join the club. MEET @MsQuietStorm81, Our New Crew Member

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Tell everyone a little bit about yourself. I am a writer, photographer, mom, and professional hobbyist and I always seem to have some type of pet project underway.  I enjoy reading, writing, music and sports in my limited free time.  I have a background in journalism and worked as a photography editor and sports editor in high school and college, with a minor in journalism.  I am also the yearbook advisor at my child’s school.  Currently editing my second novel penned, however the first novel that I will seek to publish.

Happy dances should be required to join. MEET Kim AKA @kim_pid, Our New Crew Member

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Tell everyone a little bit about yourself. I was an educator of middle grade children for twenty years. I currently serve as the Co-Director for Youth Programs at the Ozark Writing Project and as the Assistant Regional Advisor for the Missouri Chapter of SCBWI, an international organization for writers & illustrators of children’s literature. My novel Momma Don't Own a Machine Gun won first place in the Pike's Peak Writer's Fiction Contest, Children’s Category under the title The Summer of 1925. I am a member of ALAN and several local writing groups, The Springfield Writers’ Guild and The Ozark Writers League. To learn more about me, visit  www.kimpiddington.com.

It's very real. Down to earth. A Sign Of The Times by @susan_buchanan

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A Sign Of The TimesBy Susan Buchanan

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Click cover to
check it out
on Amazon.

Showcase Sunday #2: Featuring @PattiLarsen @KristabelReed @MattiusW @BrooklynJames7

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Prophecy of the Most Beautiful by Diantha Jones 

Click here to check it out on Amazon.


Buffer Showcase Sunday a fun weekly meme hosted by Vicky over @Books, Biscuits and Tea. It's a great way of showing off what we've bought, borrowed and received this week.