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Download your #free copy: Collapse by @collapsenovel February 1st - 5th

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Throw the bones. The Fallen (The Greatest Sin) by @AuthorLeeFrench #fantasy

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Preliminary results from researcing the top 100 New Adult novels, syndicated from @kiazishiru

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"Marvel or Comic-Con" fan? Check out The Five of Us: The Beginnings by @FiveOfUsBook

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Blogger Banter #16: @ Mz_Ria from A Bookish Escape!

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The art of gossiping, gabbing and chatting with awesome book bloggers!

"In utter awe of this story." Master by @NZEroticAuthor #erotica

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Indie Interview with @KatieLCarroll, author of Elixir Bound

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Buffer Conversations with authors and writers from the self-publishing world.

What's the first line in your #WIP? (and other retweet worthy tweets)

What's the first line of your current WIP?— Mark Lee (@MasqCrew) January 30, 2014

"Full of tips." Secrets to a Successful Blog Tour by @Girl_Who_Reads #marketing

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(Short) Guide to writing and self publishing/indie publishing, syndicated from @kiazishiru

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3 reviews, an interview, and a top ten list. Days 2 & 3: Blog tour for @MLRyan1 #giveaway

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Tuesday, January 28 Book-Marks The Spot (Review) Boom Baby Reviews (Interview)
Wednesday, January 29 Dani J Caile (Review) Let's Talk About Books (Review) Laurie's Paranormal Thoughts & Reviews (Top Ten List)

Cover Wars, Scavenger Hunt and Giveaway - Sign up for March!

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Answers to 8 Questions Writers Should Ask, syndicated from @stephonavich

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The following is syndicated from trollriverpub.com and is posted here with permission.


I read a post from Roxane Gay and thought...I want to answer these questions for my own sake. So here are questions in black (from Roxane) and answers in green (from me~Stephanie McKibben, Head Troll of Troll River Publications):
1. “Are you a good literary citizen?”

According to Roxane, literary citizenship is “the importance of remembering that no one is alone in the writing world. Conduct yourself as such.”

6 Valuable Lessons I Learned Between Book #1 & #2, syndicated from @mollygreene

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The following is syndicated from molly-greene.com and is posted here with permission. I recently launched my second mystery-thriller-romantic suspense novel,Rapunzel. A lot of time passed between book #1 and book #2, and although I sweated the gap that produced no significant fiction writing, in hindsight I’m glad it worked out the way it did. It’s been quite a ride. I’ve learned an enormous amount during the past three years. I started this self-publishing journey by joining Twitter early in 2011, then started my blog, then published my debut novel, Mark of the Loon, in June, 2012. I could write volumes about what I learned between book launches, but I’ve honed it down to these six points. Here’s what changed for me:

When is a story not really a story, and who cares anyway? Syndicated from @mainelarrycrane

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The following is syndicated from Larry Crane and is posted here with permission.


underword: flash fiction (Photo credit: piglicker)

Writers Write, syndicated from @ToscaSac

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Writers write. We write because we like it. We write because we have something to say. We write to express beauty, pain, fear, anxiety, frustration, confusion, emotion. 

As Jargon Goes — So Goes Cred. Say What? Syndicated from @mainelarrycrane

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The following is syndicated from Larry Crane and is posted here with permission.

David Carr and AO Scott used to do a series of trenchant videos at the NY Times.  They called the series The Sweet Spot. Back on July 19, 2013 the subject was jargon. In the video Scott reads from a Carr tech article:  “You can’t scale your way out of a paradym shift.”  Come again?

Day 1: @MLRyan1 Special Attraction Blog Tour. Visit today's stops without a detour.

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Don't forget to enter the giveaway at the bottom of this post.
Monday, January 27 Tome Tender (Review) Booksane (Review/Interview) A Writer's Life (Promo)

A Whole New 'Dimension' in Adventure! Special Attraction by @MLRyan1 #giveaway

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Can you get out of the way and let the story tell itself? Syndicated from @stephenwoodfin

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The other day at a meeting a lady approached me to discuss my latest book, The Compost Pile. I knew she had read all my books. You gotta love someone like that. But because I knew she had read my books, I also knew that she was about to tell me how she felt about the last one. “It’s your best book,” she said. “I read it one sitting.  I couldn’t put it down.” Think about the unspoken subtext.

Check out these 6 #bookreviews at our sister site, Masquerade Romance

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Check out the following six reviews at our sister site, Masquerade Romance.

"Nearly every page adds another layer to the engaging mystery." DOUBT by @write2film

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Impromptu Blogoversary! The Crew Sunday Post: January 26, 2014

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The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It's a chance to recap the past week, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up for the week on our blog. 

5 Lessons Learned from Completing #NaNoWriMo, syndicated from @growwithstacy

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Married w/children and an extremely passionate sex-life! Adventurous Horizons by @DTIverson

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Our bread and butter advertising options. Would you like us to promote your book?

I Swear, syndicated from @readaliciarenee

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I'll tweet about your book on Amazon if you ...

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If you tweet one of the following,  I'll tweet about your book on Amazon one time.

Promote a free book or one on sale and other short term advertising options.

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THIS POST IS OUT OF DATE!

Up to this point there's only been one kind of short term promo option: advertising your Kindle Free Days.

And advertising your Kindle Free days has been the only advertised option that allows an author to specify which day the promo runs. Of course, if someone wanted a specific day, I would try to work with them so that they got what they wanted.

But for the most part, for most promo posts, I've picked the dates.

Blogger Banter #15: @MVTheBookBabe from The Book Babe's Reads + GIVEAWAY!

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The art of gossiping, gabbing and chatting with awesome book bloggers!

Add an Author App to Your #Facebook Fan Page, syndicated from @authortinagayle

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"Original, Artistic, and Moving" Pigments of My Imagination by @angelakulig #ya

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$50 Giveaway Blast: Indie Authors Naked by @LorenKleinman and @IndieReader

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New Adult/Young Adult? Or can a book fall under both genres? syndicated from @Write2Film

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The following is syndicated from amongus.ca and is posted here with permission.

5 Reasons Why Insanity Doesn't Work, syndicated from @KafeCastro #humor

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List your #free book(s) in the comments.

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Is your book free right now? Do you have a book that is always free? If you answered yes to either or both questions, you are in the right place. The purpose of this post is to list free books.

Leave a comment if you'd like to share your free book with our visitors. Include the following:

Link to your book (obvious)Synopsis (short is better)Dates that it will be free

My favorite #ghost stories, syndicated from @k_knightbooks

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The following is syndicated from kathrynknightbooks.blogspot.com and is posted here with permission.
I love ghost stories, which is probably abundantly clear from my two novels.  My favorites have a mix similar to Silver Lake and Gull Harbor--a tension-filled romance combined with a spooky and suspenseful haunting.  That said, I enjoy ghost stories that veer closer to the horror genre as well (and often therefore lack a Happily Ever After).  Of course my books have a special place in my heart, but in order to avoid bias, I won't be including them in this list.  Here are my favorites:

Ideas wanted for a short story, Sci-Fi writing prompt. Got any?

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March is Sci-Fi month on this site. That means most (if not all) book reviews will have a sci-fi theme to them. The same goes for the interviews. I'm hoping to put together a sci-fi themed promotion, though I haven't worked out all of the details. Another thing I'd like to try is a community writing prompt.

The purpose of this post is to brainstorm ideas for that prompt. Another post will officially announce the prompt and include details for entering your short story.

The stories will be around a thousand words (a little more or a little less is fine), so a prompt can't be overly complicated. It has to be simple enough to work into a scene or two. But at the same time I don't want a prompt that is too broad. Since short stories often don't answer every question, the prompt doesn't have to lead to a certain resolution.

Perhaps a Sci-Fi What-If scenario that could work in a dozen or more different ways. Got any ideas?

Include your ideas in the comments below.

4.5 on the Masq Scale. Lumiere by @jackie_garlick #steampunk #bookreview

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Indie Interview with @TM_Franklin, author of the #YA #paranormal series, More

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Buffer Conversations with authors and writers from the self-publishing world.

Editing Tips for the Big Picture, syndicated from @Michelle4Laughs

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The following is syndicated from michelle4laughs.blogspot.com and is posted here with permission.


Editing has two phases: the writing itself covering beats, showing/telling and awkward wording etc, and the ‘big picture’ items like character arc and pacing. The web abounds with tips to help correct writing problems, such as filtering, but it's a little tougher to find information on the big picture problems.

Yes, I know it's Monday. The Crew SUNDAY Post: January 20th

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The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It's a chance to recap the past week, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up for the week on our blog. 

Criticism - Taking it Constructively and Growing a Thick Skin, syndicated from @lawfabex

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It's one thing to write yourself the ultimate novel... you know, that story that has lingered in your head for years, being seen and available only to the minds eye. It's a whole other thing to then go and share your treasured masterpiece with the world... a world that we know can be downright harsh and critical at times...

Crutch or Clutch Words--Put Them in the Trash, syndicated from @Michelle4Laughs

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The following is syndicated from michelle4laughs.blogspot.com and is posted here with permission.

There are words out there I call crutch words because they pop up repeatedly in stories, as if the writer is leaning on them. I also call them clutch words because they are words a writer clings to, even when keeping them makes no sense.

3.5 on the Masq Scale. Who Is Evelyn Dae? by @lafleurdeplume #paranormal #bookreview

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Blogger Banter #14: Alysia from @lilpocketbooks and Mocha Girls Read!

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The art of gossiping, gabbing and chatting with awesome book bloggers!

"Twists near the end were unexpected." Eden M51 by G. R. Paskoff #scifi

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4.0 on the Masq Scale. Once Broken by @HAnneHenry #paranormal #bookreview

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Top 10 young adult ebooks on Amazon. #bestselling #ya

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Forced into a battle as ancient as time itself. Shadowscape by @MaryannWeston #paranormal

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9 ways to support authors, syndicated from @nicholegiles

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The following is syndicated from nicholegiles.blogspot.com and is posted here with permission.

In the last month or so, I’ve had lots of people ask how they can help spread the word about the release of my upcoming book, so I thought it might be a good idea to do a post about the helpful things you can do to support all your favorite authors—whoever they are.

3.75 on the Masq Scale. The Awakening by @FantasyFanatic7 #ya #bookreview

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Check out these Classics Collections for #Kindle by @DomaPublishing #99cents

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Doma Publishing presents to you the following Classics Collections, which have been designed and formatted specifically for your Amazon Kindle. Unlike other e-book editions, the text and chapters are perfectly set up to match the layout and feel of a physical copy, rather than being haphazardly thrown together for a quick release.

These editions also come with a linked Table of Contents for both the list of included books and their respective chapters. Navigation couldn't be easier.


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4.5 on the Masq Scale. Prophecy of the Most Beautiful by @DianthaJones #ya #fantasy

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