Paperback Book Giveaway!

HoMarty'rs Moonw would you like the chance to win a free, autographed copy of Martyr’s Moon?

Simply click I WANNA WIN! to go to the Goodreads sign up page. Sorry, this is for US/Canadian residents only. You also may have to join Goodreads, but that too is free!

Still not willing? Here’s what one reviewer had to say about the book. “I found myself engrossed in the journey and dreaming about my own adventure.”  complete review.

Still not convinced? How about a free e-book of Book I, Tears of Min Brock to the lucky winners? After all, Martyr’s Moon is Book II of the War of Whispers series, and it’s only fair you have the book that started the journey.

But hurry, deadline ends March 21.

Hope you’ll sign up, and best of luck!!

New Baby!

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Right now, my friends and family are FREAKING OUT!  “They’re PREGNANT?”  “He’s in his fifties!  How’s that even possible?”

Rest assured, folks, that the “new baby” is merely allegorical.  As a writer, I’m always striving to grow, and one way I do this is by increasing my vocabulary.  So when I discover a new word, for me, it’s like having a new baby (only without the stinky diapers, 3 A.M. feedings, and subsequent college tuition.)

If you’re still reading this, then I have to assume you’re a writer since everyone else thought:  “Oh, this isn’t about a baby…”  “Oh, it’s not about sex…”

So let’s continue…

Recently, I uncovered a plethora of gems in a fantasy I was reading and added them to my Excel vocab worksheet.  Geeky?  Yep!  But I’ll be the first to admit where I’m weakest (vocab/grammar) and need to improve.  Plus, with the spreadsheet nearby while I write, I have a handy tool and resource at my fingertips.  If not, I tend to use the same tired word or phrasing, which is boring, and if I’m bored, my reader has to be too.

So when I discover a new word, especially one that sums up several words, I get excited.  Honest, I really do!  And you can bet your booty I’ll have these new tots dressed and ready to go, anxious to insert them in a page and watch them help my story grow up. The trick, of course, is to not be the obnoxious parent who shows off baby all the time!

So what tricks of the trade do you use?

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