Showing posts from September, 2010


BY: Angelica Hart and Zi

Storing away memories and odd events to add to a story gives that story realism. Anne Rice once said, "No matter how long we exist, we have our memories. Points in time which time itself cannot erase." And most of our memories are indeed gifts that we open again and again.

I was at an Evelyn Woods Speed Reading Class and the instructor said, "We are the sum of all our experiences." There it was a truth that stood above simple truths. As I began to write I recognized that I had very limited experiences upon which to pull. My early work was unquestionable shallow. So I began a quest to discover, in the name of wanting to be a better writer? No! I realized I was shallow.

Every submission sent to publishers was returned or ignored. I recall critique suggesting I needed more depth in both the way I dealt with the subject and the technical writing style. As time ate at my life I waited as I worked. Wrote daily. How much li…

Guest Author Day with Nicole Zolteck

Kingdom of Arnhem Book Two: Knight of Glory
Author: Nicole Zoltack Fantasy/Historical

Buy HERE from Desert Breeze Publishing

Sir Geoffrey, along with some companions, has been sent away from Arnhem, entrusted by Queen Aislinn for a special mission, and has to leave behind the mysterious lady Celestia. On his journey, he uncovers seeds of a sinister plot, learns a horrible secret, and makes a new friend in exile Jenanna.

Their mission completed, Geoffrey and his companions rush to two different kingdoms to ask for aid. Danger and betrayal lurks around every corner, and even allies have secrets that could prove deadly. Geoffrey's feelings for Celestia grow and wane. After learning some of Celestia's secrets, he begins to have second thoughts about his love for her and is even drawn to Jenanna

Rumors abound that the Speicans have enlisted a mage of their own, to work unspeakable, forbidden magic. The war between Speica and Arnhem has just begun. Will Geoffrey survive t…

It's Banned Books Week (Sept. 25-Oct. 2nd)

About Banned Books Week
Information found at
Banned Books Week is the only national celebration of the freedom to read. It was launched in 1982 in response to a sudden surge in the number of challenges to books in schools, bookstores and libraries. More than a thousand books have been challenged since 1982. The challenges have occurred in every state and in hundreds of communities. Click here to see a map of book bans and challenges in the US from 2007 to 2009. People challenge books that they say are too sexual or too violent. They object to profanity and slang, and they protest against offensive portrayals of racial or religious groups--or positive portrayals of homosexuals. Their targets range from books that explore contemporary issues and controversies to classic and beloved works of American literature.

According to the American Library Association, out of 460 challenges reported to the Office of Intellectual Freedom in 2009.

The top TEN Cha…

Winner from Sarah Ballance Guest Author Day

My friend drew the name of the winner of a $10 Amazon GC and that is....Elizabeth (kewlliz..). 
Elizabeth, Sarah is emailing you about your prize. Congrats.
Thanks to all who came to Sarah's day here at the Reading Nook. Come again soon.

Meet Louisa Bacio

Why don't you start with telling us a little about yourself? What genre do you write in and why? It’s all about erotic romance. Love that heat between the pages. I’ve always enjoyed that feeling of being whisked away into a wild and sexy romance. Psychologically, one could point to me finding a copy of Penthouse Forum in my uncle’s bathroom when I was 12. Ah, the young influences we have. As for the genre of ER, I’m drawn to the modern and paranormal. For me, it’s not about the sex of the character, but the sexuality. My debut erotic thriller PHYSICAL EDUCATION contains a primary m/f storylines, but dabbles into m/m and f/f.
What comes first for you when you sit down to write a book? Plot or Characters? It really depends. Sometimes, it’s a quirky piece of dialogue or an action scene. I tend to observe real life a lot, and then something will just strike me. If I already “know” the characters, then there are times when I think, “what next” or “what if …”
Do you "cast" your c…

When Writing Ruins Reading by Sarah Ballance

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When Writing Ruins Reading / Sarah Ballance
I used to enjoy reading.  I mean, REALLY enjoy it.  I could sit back with a good book – heck, even a mediocre one – and kill a whole afternoon in utter bliss.  With a book in hand, life was a lemonade commercial in the heat of summer, all sunshine and fresh breezes and bare feet  beneath a deep blue sky.
Then I became a writer.
The transition was a slow one.  In the beginning I experienced some raw sort of kinship with the authors whose books I read, as if they had any inkling or cared that I yearned to join their ranks.   Then – because I had to do this writing thing right – I dug into the so-called rules of writing and editing, and a few of those phantom relationships tanked.  I noticed things like mid-paragraph point-of-view switches.  Repeated words.  Grammatical errors.  Oh, my.  But I’ve talked with other authors who notice the same things.  Truth be told, it’s hard NOT to notice the stuff o…



Rather than our usual banter, this morning we like to steer our post in a different direction. We hope you enjoy the diversion.

My favorite words as a child were, Once upon a time, obviously the opening of many fairy tales. William’s similar memory was Sunday night’s opening music to the Wonderful World of Disney. He knew when he heard those words an adventure, a fantasy, or simply a series of magical moments would soon flash upon the reel of his imagination.

We have had the honor and privilege to read to children and I saw delineated on those young folks’ faces a reflection that reminded me of my youthful jubilance when I read those words, Once upon a time.

I used to carry several books around with me, imploring any reading-able body to read me a story. It didn't matter if they were young or old. It didn't matter if they had an accent or not. It didn't matter if they altered their voice for each character, although, that was indeed the preferred op…

Getting to know Cate Masters

Do you work on multiple projects at the same time?
About a dozen are always in the works, though I work more actively on some than others. No writer’s block here. (Hope I didn’t just jinx myself!) What do you hope for your writing career in the next few years? Any goals that you have yet to obtain that you have set for yourself?
I’m always reaching for the next level. Unfortunately, those levels are shifting like underground platelets in a major earthquake right now. I’m hoping the current publishing upheaval will level off the playing field between epublishing and print, but time will tell. In any case, I’ll be on the field running the bases!
When you're not writing, what do you like to do to just kick back and have fun?

I love just spending time with my family and my dog Lily. We have a great deck out back, and my hubby and I often sit underneath the stars at night. We’re finally going to celebrate our marriage by taking a cruise this November (keep your fingers crossed the hurri…

Breathless Press Author Janie Franz

Why don't you start with telling us a little about yourself? What genre do you write in and why?
I’ve been a successful freelance journalist for the past ten years, but I’ve been writing all of my life. However, it wasn’t until December of last year, that I actually had any fiction published, and that was the debut of The Bowdancer, the first book in The Bowdancer Saga. This series of books are in the fantasy romance genre but have broader themes than just whether Jan-nell, my main character, finds love. I enjoy fantasy because it allows me to create my own cultures with their own rules, lifeways, music, songs, dances, foods, spiritualities, and healing practices.

What comes first for you when you sit down to write a book? Plot or Characters?
Usually, it’s characters, but I might have an idea about where I wanted a story to go.

Do you "cast" your characters using pictures or actors to help inspire you when you're writing?
Not really. The characters, all except one, were f…

Breathless Press Author Shiela Stewart

Cheaters Never Prosper We’ve all heard the quote and are very familiar with it. In our youth, we’ve been told never to cheat, that cheating will only lead to trouble. Yet so many ignore the warning and have gone on to do just that. There has been a lot of talk about cheaters in the news these days. The most famous cheater is Tiger Woods. Tiger Woods led a second life that no one seemed to know about, including his wife. He slept with, some reports say, as many as thirty women during his marriage. And his wife had no clue. What makes a person cheat? Is it in their blood? How do cheaters do it, keep their married life in order while behind the scenes they’re flirting and having sex with others? What is it that causes them to stray from their vows and take on a lover? So many people have wondered this. Spouses have blamed themselves saying, “They should have seen the signs” “If they had been a better lover, their spouse wouldn’t have cheated on them” But is it the fault of the victim, or …