Showing posts from February, 2015

Top 5 Reasons I’ll Stop Reading a Book

We’ve all started a book and wound up ditching it at some later point. Here are my top 5 reasons for ditching a book.

1. Lack of editing
I’m okay with a few typos here and there. We all make mistakes. But I read a lot of kindle samples and immediately mark a book down on the “nope” list if it’s got too many problems with sentence structure or redundancy or telling or… it goes on.Basically, if you aren’t going the traditional publishing route, I think you need at least 3 sets of other eyes raking over what you’ve done. And you need to make sure they’re helpful. People who gush over your book and have no critique, aren’t doing you any favors in the editing process.
2. I don’t even like you anymore
I’m a sucker for compelling characters. Give me a terrible book with a character I’m invested in and I can get over a lot of issues. Give me a book with an amazing plot but characters that I don’t care about or that I slowly start to dislike… and I’m not going to finish said book. (This is why I’l…

Heather M Gardener's One Good Catch

On Friday (March 13, 2015) Heather Gardener’s new contemporary romantic suspense title will release from InkSpell Publishing.
Read the blurb, check out the lovely cover from Najla Qamber Designs, and mark it down on your to-read list:

Ignoring a recent trauma that is affecting her everyday life, ER Doctor Kate Maguire engages in some high risk activities, but putting herself in these dangerous situations isn’t enough to feed her edginess. She needs something more. When her brother’s high school best friend comes back to town, it’s her chance for a ‘no strings attached’ fling with the man who still headlines in all her best dreams.

Rhys MacGrath’s days of one-night-stands are long over. The pro-football player might be side-lined at rehab for a shoulder injury, but that doesn’t mean he can’t admire and desire the all-grown-up, so-damn-hot, version of the tomboy he once knew. His sudden interest in Kate might be aggravating his best friend, who doesn’t approve, but it’s her indifference …

Why Do We Live In A World Of Either/Or

We live in an amazingly diverse world. Ours is a planet where creatures can live with no sunlight at the bottom of the sea, or survive in habitats with little to no water. We’ve been to space and climbed Everest, and taken submersibles into the depths…. And yet there are so many things we approach as either/ or with no in between.
I am surrounded, daily, by people who believe there are only two political trains of thought and if you are conservative, you have to be conservative in all things, if you are liberal, you have to be liberal in all things. They believe that gender is binary and anything otherwise is an oddity that can’t be explained (though one specific individual would tell you it’s the devil’s doing.) From a young age, I was taught about good and evil with little preparation for the fact that good people can and will do evil things, and the other way around.
There is an odd belief that there has to be one right way and we have to choose what that is.
It’s a belief that sets …

Guest Post: Top 5 Amazing Predictions Made by Arthur C. Clarke

Arthur C. Clarke was a British science fiction writer, science writer, television host, and undersea explorer, mostly known for writing his script for Stanley Kubrick’s 1968 science fiction film 2001: A Space Odyssey. He was a man with a vast imagination, and throughout his life, Clarke made many predictions about the technological advancements and events for the future – many of which came true! Let’s take a look at some of the most amazing predictions. The Internet and Personal Computers In 1974, Clarke appeared on Australia’s ABC network in a memorable clip with a reporter and the reporter’s son. Clarke said that in the year 2001, the reporter’s son would be able to have his own compact personal computer, which he could use for everything from communicating with friends to reviewing bank statements. When questioned about whether or not this would have adverse consequences for humanity, Clarke was adamant that computer technology would ultimately enrich our lives, and let us live anyw…

Why Is A Show With An All Male Cast "For Everyone," But A Show With An All Female Cast is "Only For Women"?

There are a lot of options on your TV screen anymore. With the advent of services like Hulu and Netflix and HBO Go, you don't have to watch what the networks tell you on a specific schedule anymore, and - if you're like me - that means you get to be choosier about the things you watch.

Unfortunately, that doesn't always mean you get to choose exactly what you watch.

There are three "currently airing" shows I watch on Hulu the day (or two days) after they air on ABC. (note: the ABC thing isn't an active choice.) Those three shows are Castle, Agent Carter & Agents of Shield.

I'll try out random shows that pop up (I hoped Galavant would be a new Krod Mandoon/Backstrom didn't have much to commend itself outside of a Portland Setting) but for the most part, I've found that the new shows I like are harder to find, and I'll go back to rewatch the shows I've already seen.

And I realized something the other day. I haven't tried Jane the Vi…

IWSG: Branching Out

This post is part of the Insecure Writer's Support Group

Series are tough.
Among the covers at the top of this page, you'll see the five covers for the current Flynn Monroe books. They're stories I love writing, stories I love talking to others about, and that have been selling consistently. And I went into this business with a hope for consistency, not crazy numbers. What I'm saying is: I have nothing to complain about.
But still, series are tough.

The number of sales for each book slowly goes down, and I start to wonder.... am I (and this small handful of people) the only one who cares about the story anymore? Would I serve my readers better by stepping back from this series for a moment and giving them other stories for a while. Because I write for myself, but I also write for them.

I had to think about that last month and in the end I came to the conclusion that for the moment, scaling back on the series was probably a better plan. I'm still writing the fourt…

Why I Have No Desire To Go Into Space

As a Spec Fic author, who's only published titles take place in settings that are heavily space-centric, one might assume that I  would snatch up the chance to go into space if it was offered.


I'm perfectly happy here with both feet planted on Earth. I'm pretty sure I've never wanted to be an astronaut. And I know for a fact I could never pass the rigorous tests (etc) that it takes to qualify for such an occupation.

The people who go into that field are amazing. There is no doubt in my mind about that. But I wouldn't want to be one of them.

As a writer, I have the ability to play with the deadly vacuum without any chance of succumbing to it's dangers. I don't have to worry about the 989 things that could go wrong any second. I can step away from the screen, or put my pen down. Playing with space from my desk chair isn't likely to kill me.

Maybe you think I'm a coward for saying that. I think I'm practical.

It's funny when I think abou…