#BeWoW & Writer’s Quote Wednesday are Tomorrow. Get Ready!

Tomorrow is #BeWoW and Writer’s Quote Wednesday. The first hosted by Me and that other thing hosted by Colleen over at SilverThreading.com.

I combine the two in my #BeWoW post each Wednesday and tweet under #BeWoW.

Normally the hashtag has been for positive posts, motivating posts and things of that nature and stood for Be Wonderful on Wednesday, but I’m going to also make it stand for Be Writing on Wednesday. As long as it’s not negative or derogatory share your post, either on my #BeWoW post on Wednesday, the only post that will go out that day, and/or tweet it with the hashtag #BeWoW so all of us with Twitter accounts can share those posts. Also a ping back to my Wednesday post, which goes out at 00:05 New York City time on Wednesday’s for your convenience, will show in my comments for us to visit, and also tell your readers about what we’re doing.

For the Writer’s Quote Wednesday, go to SilverThreading.com on Wednesday and leave your link in her comments on her post, Tag your post with Writer’s Quote Wednesday, and even do a link back/ping back.

Get ’em ready. It’s time to build up the #BeWoW hashtag to be a force. Be A Writer on Wednesday, #BeWoW.

Ron_LWIRonovan is an author, and blogger who shares his life as an amnesiac and Chronic Pain sufferer through his blog RonovanWrites.WordPress.com. His love of poetry, authors and community through his online world has lead to a growing Weekly Haiku Challenge and the creation of a site dedicated to book reviews, interviews and author resources known as LitWorldInterviews.WordPress.com.

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RonovanWrites #Haiku #Poetry Challenge Review 62

Another week, another challenge, another group of 47 great people making all of this work, and I didn’t go searching for lost and errant poets this time. Both WordPress and Blogger blogs are represented.

I’ve had people recently tell me how much all of you communicate with each other and engage each other. People wonder how “I” created such a great THING here where people show up and participate. I always say I have nothing to do with it except coming up with two words a week and an example. I’m not sure how it’s grown like this, well I do, you guys have done it. Thank you for what you do to make this the success it is.

Okay, enough of the mushy stuff, let’s get on with the awful poetry this week. 😉 Ahhh, sarcasm, it suits me so well.

Haiku Challenge Review Image

Closing Haiku

Torrid dreams begin,

This night of Longed For passion,

Ends with cold shoulders.

Sometimes those Honeymoon nights can be a bummer. 🙂 Not that I PERSONALLY would know that. Nope, not moi.

New to the Challenge this Week

NEW! D.B. Mauldin (Author): Appetites for Consumption | mama bear musings. I sometimes don’t know where I come up with the titles but I just go with it. There are actually two Haiku and they are linked in meaning. “I am a professional and published writer. I write articles, short stories, and I am currently working on my first novel. I have had four short story’s published, in a variety of anthologies, during 2015.” Yes, author. 🙂 Check out the Author link for offerings on Amazon and click HERE for the About page links to other online distribution such as Smashwords.

ReNew! Marcy Erb: To Catch a Criminal | Illustrated Poetry. Yes, I said ‘ReNew’. Why? It’s been sometime since Marcy has had time to join in and I felt a need or a want to reintroduce her. Such a unique and amazing Haiku. One of my MUST READS this week. Her explanation of how it came about is a lesson in itself. My IQ may be quite high but this one made the brain pain a bit. AWESOME! About Marcy? That’s a bit difficult. Super nerd turned poetry nerd? I mean the lady did her About page in poetic form. Don’t believe me? Check it out HERE.


First to Arrive

Judy: Make it Hot in Here | Edwina’s Episodes. You know. I wonder about her episodes sometimes. I have them too. When I miss my medications. Well, she sort of SAID she was going in one direction instead of her original intent, but I think she most likely ended up there anyway. It’s Judy. Come on. You just know she has to get a little. well Judy with it. @EdwinasEpisodes


Al: Cheap Cookin’ | Al the Author’s Blog. Okay, so the title is mine. I can’t help but think of how I boil eggs when I read this one. But it is very possible Al meant this to be about a relationship. He can like what he wants, and I will like what I want. Don’t judge me! @AlistairLane

Annette Rochelle Aben (Best Selling Author, Radio Show Host): Screamin’ Hot | Annette Rochelle Aben. Um, it’s not what you think, honestly. A theme is going here. Not sure how long it will last but it’s there. Check out Annette’s books at the Author link above and her Radio Show at the Host link. @YouAreTheExpert

Colette: Flagging | The Wishing Well. I have to say I really like how the words were used here. Also some less often used words as well. Cool.

Mira: Make certain to visit all three. start over…| They, You and Me. ooooo. Not sure what else to say but…ooooooooo. embers | To Wear a Rainbow. Bit of a historical piece I envision…outvision…um this one makes me think of. summer affair | They, You and Me. Hmm. Could be people, could be animals, or could be people being animals. I’m not sure. 🙂 @BediMona

Clarence: Lovers Latte | PrairieChat. Yeah, um, Clarence is starting a commotion on his blog this week. And he blamed me for it!

TJ Paris: It’s too darned hot! | La vie est trop courte pour boire du mauvais vin. (Is that a  mouthful of blog name or what?) Oh no! An Aussie picture this week? Has he been hacked? Replaced? Unwell? A piece of cod? The Shell you Say! Yeah, I have lost it early this week. Clarence made me do it. Sorry TJ. @Roccoco_a_GoGo

Kat: Venom | Like Mercury Colliding. My son “B” would be proud she got this one right. He’s been correcting people since he was 4 about venom and poison and what is what. If the name isn’t a trigger warning for some of you, well I…good luck. 🙂

Alice: Hot starts | Boomerang Zone. 5 syllables in one word? Awesomelynessness. No that wasn’t the word. And no, again, not want some of you are thinking it’s about. I am impressed with the thinkings this week. @Vidocq_CC

Olga: Toasted! | Stuff and what if …. Where do I come up with these titles? From the Haiku of course. You’ll get it and then want it!!!

Shailzaa: The Change? | Fewunsaidwords. Hmm. I think this one might need to be investigated. o,O

Greg: Storms Coming: Potholes in The Road of Life. Know the feeling here. Sometimes it gets a touch hotter right before. @greg_wolford

Ritu: Autumn Desire | But I Smile Anyway… That’s two Haiku, just so you know. Holy Hannah and her sisters. I need to turn the air on in here. I think one name would have actually fit both. O,O @PhantomGiggler

Amy: Seasoned Changes | Haiku of a Homeschooler. Three this week and all fall into the category of that title, or at least could when one puts ones mind to it. And this one put his half to it. @me_the_seeker

Janice: Hot Summer Ni…urrr, Autumn…What is it anyway?!?! | Ontheland. Yeah, the title actually fits better than you might think. Those of us here in the North American region might all be wondering about this. @ontheland1

Claudette: Life Cycle of an Arguement | to search and to find. Very nice. And very true. I know of people in this right now and it does not end well.

Sandra: Yellow | Wild Daffodil. She’s a combiner and this week I don’t just mean all the challenges she puts into one. She makes an Empty promise for next week. Muahahahaha.

Jane Dougherty (Author): Life of a Flower | Jane Dougherty Writes. Jane says her three Haiku don’t have a common thing, but I say they do, if you want them to. That third one is the one you have to think about using imagery and metaphors. I think the title works. Check out Jane’s books on Amazon at the Author link above. @MJDougherty33

Meredith & Martha: Preparation & Nuisance as well as Hot Tamales & Create | Meredith’s Musings. Entertaining, humorous and very nice to look at Haiku this week. Martha went a little on the humor side with one and Meredith sort of went with the home feel to hers. Very nice. @Meredithlbl

Melissa Barker-Simpson (Author): Helios Power | M Barker-Simpson. Mel read my mind. As I was preparing my previous weeks Haiku I was wanting to use the Heliotrope because of its color but could not fight through the migraines to make it quite the way I wanted it. Now here we are. Awesome. Click the Author link above to visit her on Amazon.

Shida: Blaze Up The Fire | 876LoveR. And of course off I go for YouTube adventuring. Like Protoje’s voice, natural. But with and Chronixx…well, who knows, right? @realrebel_r

Nato: Heated Journey | Chasing Life and Finding Dreams. 7 Haiku in a story. It’s not quite what you think it might be. Very nice too. If you have not read this one…Fool You Must Be!!! If I were still picking Ronovan’s Choices….  @MichelleLunato

Jen (JK): Energy Surge & Pinged Off | the secret keeper. Mindfulness with a Hot Pocket? Wow. The places we go with two words. @occultguardian

Elusive Trope or ET for short?: Upon the Anvil | Elusive Trope. Perhaps I should not have made the ET reference? Hadn’t seen the title of the Haiku before I said that. Oh boy, now to see what ET put upon the anvil. My head perhaps? Hmm, I think I am safe. Or so I am interpreting it as my being safe. Gotta love readers prerogative. 🙂 Wow, reading the comments and the big words used, I feel sooo inadequate now. 😀 (No idea why the use of all the smileys.)

Sue Vincent (Author): Anticipation | Daily Echo. Oh she is going to hate it, but AWESOME! She knows what happens when she includes her lovely other half, Ani. Muahahaha. Click the Author link for Sue at Amazon and her many books. @SCVincent

Melissa?: Preparation | The Aran Artisan. This person seems somewhat familiar. Hmmm. 😛 About time she got herself back here. Just read a book she MUST READ. Mentions hats common in Aran, also set in Galway. An American woman who goes to Ireland and falls for an Irishman. I instantly thought of our Aran Island Girl except it happened in reversed and he kidnapped her back to his homeland. Great pictures as usual, and a look into what it takes to live the life she does. So happy she is back here…home.

Elizabeth: Magical Day | Tea & Paper. I read this one earlier in the week but just now realized the opposites in both it and the photo. Very cool. @teandpaper

Pat B.: Hot Walker | A season and a time. Um again, one of those titles I come up with that make you go hmmm. Did you know that Pat’s blog is on Blogger? That’s right, this isn’t just a WordPress community. 🙂

R. Todd: At the Green… | A Flash of Fiction. Blown could be a good title as well. Great photo for this one. 🙂

Maylian: Hot summer night | personalselfperfection. An interesting Haiku that the title didn’t give away the meaning. You have to read it or you will make the wrong assumption. The image and Haiku obviously go together.

Marje: Hot Rave Drug Murder and Tsunami of Tears | Kyrosmagica.  These are not our usually humor Haiku from Marje this week. So I gave her a hard time this week and almost stumped her? And I wasn’t even trying. I’ve thought about seeing if I could come up with difficult words, but then I would have to use them as well…at least twice. @Marjorie_Mallon

Ruby: Blush of flames | Whispering Thoughts. Two meanings in one. Or one throughout. You decide. Nature or man? It’s up to you. Well done.

Vashti Quiroz-Vega (Author):  Night Terrors | The Writer Next Door. One word and this would have a totally different meaning. Check out Vashti on Amazon at the Author link above and you can see her interview by clicking HERE. @VashtiQV

Colleen: Day Break | Silver Threading. She used the word cherry in a most unique way. Awesome! You know, as Colleen makes a location change I can’t help feel a little sad because of her inspiration for her book was found where she is leaving from. But perhaps she will find some of their cousins where she ends up. @SilverThreading

denis1950: Hot Start | Haiku Hound. 3 Haiku in the 3/5/3 style. You may see this around quite often in the challenge. The 3/5/3 makes it even more challenging. Try it if you like. So a Serious, a Nature, and a Humor. 🙂 I think the nature one qualifies as Humor as well. Hate to say it but it reminds me of ladies at a hair salon. 🙂 Not sure why. I know I will pay for that one when some read this. Great images, the first is a wow, the third is very cool, and the middle is the hair salon.

Carol: September | Mama Cormier. I would almost title this False Impressions if I were Carol. 🙂 But I feel this one. Getting the same thing here. @Carol_Cormier

vronlacroix: Hot air balloon | Simply Snapshots. I really like this one. The image, the Haiku, the word used in place of start, it all works so well. Original in idea. Very nice.

Steven: Shifts | Ramblings of a Drabbling Mind. Can you count how many Haiku are in this one? He gives you a way to see it. 🙂

Becky G: Becky G? Oh, That’s Me! I love the contrast here in the image. And we have a Nature Haiku.

E. Rawls (Author): Race Track/To Win | Rawls E. Fantasy. I like that second one a lot. Check out Bleeding Hearts, a collection of short stories, poems, and riddles, at Elizabeth’s Author page on Amazon by clicking the Author link above.  @VChronicles_

stu06bloc9: Startling | Pitter Patter Poetry. HA! You so think stu went a weird route with the prompt word then suckers you in at the end. Muahahahaha! Classic.

Juliette: Seasons Change | Battered Wife seeking Better Life. Her description of her Haiku is accurate. Straight to the point. Perhaps she is losing her inner being touch? Poor thing. Lost her gift of gab. 😛 @BWseeingBL

Florence: Sign | Meanings and Musings. Wonder if she is trying to say something here? @FTThum

Ronovan: Heat | Ronovan Writes. In addition to the two Opening Haiku and the closing I actually did a separate post for another. The image could be misleading, take the meaning of the words as you like. @RonovanWrites


Ron_LWIRonovan is an author, and blogger who shares his life as an amnesiac and Chronic Pain sufferer though his blog RonovanWrites.WordPress.com. His love of poetry, authors and community through his online world has lead to a growing Weekly Haiku Challenge and the creation of a site dedicated to book reviews, interviews and author resources known as LitWorldInterviews.WordPress.com.

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Submissions to Rivet Journal. Experimental is a good thing. @RedBridgePress

Rivet Journal Submissions

Article from RivetJournal.com  

Rivet: The Journal of Writing That Risks publishes new literary work that breaks from the confines of mainstream realism to surprise, delight, and challenge readers.

We seek writing that crosses boundaries of form, content, and style — either subtly or radically. Send us works of fiction, poetry, and nonfiction that are too fabulist, surrealist, or experimental for traditional publishers. We are glad to consider work that uses genre elements in interesting ways (e.g. an urban noir fairy tale), but we are not looking for work that is primarily aimed at a genre audience (e.g. high fantasy or hard science fiction). To get a feel for the range of writing that interests us, check out the anthology Writing That Risks: New Work from Beyond the Mainstream.

General Guidelines:

  • All submissions must be previously unpublished in print or electronically. Author must be the sole rights holder of the submission.

For the rest of the Guidelines, what they are looking for and the remainder of the article, click here.


Ronovan Writes #Weekly #Haiku #Prompt #Challenge Roundup #58

ueshibaClosing Haiku

As the week rises

My shackles will be broken

And I will be saved.

First in this week:

TJ Paris Aux armes, citoyens! Rise up! | La vie est trop courte pour boire du mauvais vin

Ritu Help & Bake Off Heats Heat | But I Smile Anyway…

Annette Rochelle Aben (Author, Radio Host.) http://wp.me/p4ayEo-JR

Mira forgive and forget | They, You and Me

Elizabeth Haiku: Rise and Save | teandpaper

Al Haiku Challenge – “Rise” & “Save” | Al The Author’s blog

Prakash Rise and Save – Haiku | Its PH

Janice Wisdom’s Gems & Conserving Daylight | Ontheland

Sue Vincent (Author & Dog Posession) Grace | Daily Echo Edit

Clarence Loons Song| PrairieChat

Denis1950 Save a Sunrise haikuhound.wordpress.com

Judy Two Thoughts | Edwina’s Episodes

Nato One Day at a Time | Chasing Life and Finding Dreams

Jen Optimistic & Haunted | the secret keeper Also be sure to check out  her About page. Amazing quotes.

AC Elliott Death’s Snare | The Salt & The Light

Meredith & Martha (The Literary Angels): Rise and Save | Meredith’s Musings

R. Todd Rise and Save… | A Flash of Fiction…

Greg Starting the Day: a #haiku #haibun | Potholes in the Road of Life

Elusive Trope Middle Ages Reconnaissance | Elusive Trope

Ruth Cake, Do Not Dessert Me... madmeanderingme.wordpress.com

Jen History Repeats | the secret keeper

Last night before falling asleep, I felt a Haiku welling up inside. My tablet was in my hands. I wrote down the verse, and with some minor edits the Haiku appeared: “History Repeats.” It is the PING presently above. It seems my reaction to Ronovan’s words Rise and Save had an extremely visceral reaction within me. All three Haiku I wrote in this Challenge came from dreams and a necessity to record what came to me. TY Ronovan for your majorly creative and inspirational choices of words. It seems they inspire all of us. jk 😎

Vashti Quiroz-Vega (Author) Blue Planet| The Writer Next Door

Serins Weekly #Haiku #poetry prompt challenge 58 | Serins Sphere


Kathy Happy Days – kathymburke.wordpress.com

Steven (Author) A Simplicity Lane Truism Haiku (bills never sleep) | Simplicity Lane

Juliette Heaven or Hell | Battered Wife Seeking Better Life

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I ain’t lazy, maybe a little crazy. (A Poem.)

They call me insane for my constant author campaigns.
But who is to say someone else will come up with my way?
Look to the left and then to the right, then you might say who might be a might.
Set up the way for a better day to display what authors have to say.

Yes, I am crazy, but you can’t call me lazy.
I might be a bit touched, but who isn’t by much?
Would you rather not gather and foam at the mouth in a lather,
As you sit, and don’t hit, while your book don’t sell spit?

It’s not all on me, as you will see, you gotta make it be.
You will be a part, as I start, and leave a remark.
Don’t know what I’m talking about?
Listen up and you’ll hear people shout.



A new author support site I insanely created.


Let’s connect.









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Tips For Gaining Twitter Friends

“Social Networking and the writer…phooey!”


Yes, that’s what all of us really think about it because it takes away from our writing, but it’s a necessary evil these days, IF you want to intentionally bring people to your blog. You might be surprised about something though. I’ll tell you about that in a moment.

For now I want to talk about gaining followers on Twitter. I know everyone has a way to do it, but this is how I do it. Since I am writing the article, I get to write what I want to. Yeah, I’m being professional now. If you look at my Twitter numbers they are not huge, but I gain an average of 100 a week since I have started and I am not an active go out and get them type. I’m too busy writing.

Twitty Bird

First off, DON’T PAY for followers. I won’t comment on that any further. If you need me to do so then stop reading now and move on to some other article. Okay I will comment. You don’t pay for followers because they are usually one person with as many as 20,000 accounts. How do I know? I get the Direct Messages in Twitter asking me to buy their follows. I used to. They’ve stopped recently. How many out of that 20,000 followers will buy your book or go to your blog article? You got it, ONE. You want real people who want to follow you.

Why do you need Twitter followers?

This will expand your web presence and bring more people to your blog. Agents and Publishers like a web presence for their authors. The larger the expanse the greater your free advertising for your work and thus the better your chances of getting published. They Google you!

One thing some people will tell you is that when they look at their Twitter numbers for clicks on articles they post they don’t see much response. Some people won’t click a link to save their lives. They right click and open it in a new window or tab. That doesn’t register as a click or as a Twitter hit on your WP stats. How do I know? I’ve tested it. Yes, that’s the 11 years of Data Analysis guy coming out in me from a marketing background.


1.     Tweet your Blog articles properly

  • Make sure to use the proper hashtags. If you don’t know what a hashtag is it’s the # symbol followed by a word with no spaces. One to be sure to use is #Blogs. #Poetry #Haiku #WritingTips #WriteTips #MondayBlogs #SundayBlogShare are some I use. Simply go to the search field in the top right and type something and see what comes up, like #Friday and see what might matches up with a Friday thing you can use. For Authors you would use things like #Amazon #Kindle #BYNR #Books #Romance. I think you get the idea.
  • Include a bit of humor or something relevant, so it doesn’t look like you just did an automatic Tweet from your scheduled Blog post. One way to be humorous is with the hasthtags, like I will put how I am feeling at that moment, #FeelingConfuzzled or #IDidNotJustSayThat. It doesn’t mean people are going to search for those hashtags but people out there looking around will see that and just think it’s funny then click favorite or ReTweet (RT) you and then more people see you. Also you can do a little message or something that is kind of your trademark.


2.     Go to the hashtags in the Search Field that you are interested in and favorite things you like and even Follow people you find interesting. Some might follow you back. Only do this honestly. You can get crazy with it if you like if you are just after Followers but I wouldn’t recommend it.

3.     This is a fairly sneaky way to do it. People to follow if you just want a follower are people with about the same number of followers as followings. This means that they either auto follow back or they just do it themselves when they see it.

Fun Smiley

4.     Put content not from your blog in Tweets just for fun with one good hashtag that is popular and one personal hashtag that’s a bit funny or just your personality, like I mentioned earlier in the first suggestion.

5,     Have fun with it. Don’t take this too seriously expecting thousands or even hundreds of overnight Followers. Set a reasonable goal for yourself if you like, make it an average.

6.     Don’t get to crazy with it. Don’t go out and just start begging for people to Follow you or look desperate with your attempts at the humor. Just be yourself and let your personality do it for you.

7.     Get involved with hashtag wars. One way to let your personality out AND be crazy is in hashtag wars. Look for them in trends on the left hand side or watch your fellow writers’ Tweets. Hashtag wars are when you do something like “#BadBeatlesSongs Help Me I’ve Fallen And I Can’t Get Up” Help is the actual song and you add some crazy stuff to it. It gets you involved and people see you’re not just around for business.

8.     ReTweet or RT as they say things you like, especially other professionals. You can make lists inside your Twitter to put people into. I have different lists and one is for people that are good for RT purposes. These are people that have great writing tips, expressions, quotes, or articles I can RT to my Followers. Does it get me more Followers? I’ve seen some people RT my RT and then Follow me.

Free Kindle Books

9.     ReTweet or RT great advice from people or Free downloads such as e-books/kindle. I like to RT anytime I run across Free Kindle downloads. Does it get me Followers? I don’t know, but my Followers get a chance to see something they might not be looking for. Also I have ended up with favorites and thanks from the authors offering the free downloads and sometimes they will Follow knowing I do RT like I do. I of course Follow them back.

10.    Follow fellow bloggers on Twitter. This isn’t a method really but I often times like to ask a female if it’s okay for me to follow them on Twitter. I don’t want them thinking I am trying to be weird. Even if it’s available on their blog I just sometimes want to make sure depending on the articles I read from them. Some have content that signals they are open to whatever in followers. But some have blogs that I just feel like it is best to ask first. But with people that Follow your Blog take time to see if they have Twitter. Which reminds, me I need to do that soon.

11.    If you run upon a WordPress blogger on Twitter you like, follow them in Twitter and WP and mention it in a Tweet to them. Yes you want to be courteous. I am not sure courtesy is a method. It’s just what I like to do.

12.    Follow regional people from where you are or like the same team you like. This is a part of having fun and having a personal interest in Twitter outside of it just being business. Sometimes people with a shared connection like this can be your most faithful Followers, because they are not following you just because of a professional reason.

Love my computer13.    Keep your Followers. You are going to lose some Followers so don’t worry about it. Just net gain more than you lose. I like to try to RT and Favorite something from as many of my Followers as I can if I can that is. I don’t do it unless I actually like something though. If I don’t like it I don’t do it. My Twitter policy is based on honesty and courtesy. It is just like my WordPress Following policy. I won’t Follow you unless I like something I’ve read or I like your About page.

The surprising thing I mentioned earlier is how being limited to a certain number of characters challenges your writing. I write poetry, haiku, in Twitter and find it fun. Sometimes I even end up using those poems or thoughts for blog content.

Twitter also allows you to talk to your fellow bloggers freely without doing so on your blog replies. I sometimes will shoot a Direct Message to a friend of something I saw on their content that formatted wrong. Best of all you get to bond with your fellow bloggers.

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The Absolute Indie

If you ever thought about writing a book and publishing it, this is the one article you need to read. I am dead serious.

Lit World Interviews

When I first decided to self-publish my books I had no intention of doing every little thing myself. I planned on paying for editing and formatting, and buying my cover designs. I had a rude awakening when I discovered that living in Zimbabwe, as I was at the time, meant that I had no access to PayPal, who sanction that country, and from what I could see back then, that was the only way to pay.

I had page numbers, headers and footers, indents and lots of other fancy bits and pieces in my original manuscript and no clue as to what formatting even meant. Seeing other writer’s beautiful covers all over, my heart sank because I knew that I could never create such things. It was the most frustrating feeling in the world until I discovered a few free resources that meant I could do it all myself. None…

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3 Illegal Book Sites #Authors #IndieAuthors #AmWriting


Visit the above site from our friend Christ The Story Reading Ape about two Illegal Book Sites and add this one to it.


Marketing – Your Way

Author Jo Robinson and marketing in today’s book world.
Jo Robinson (2)

Lit World Interviews

There have been quite a lot of articles around lately about how free and very low priced books are creating a large band of readers who are not prepared to pay for regular priced ones, thereby swiping the food out of “legitimate” authors mouths. That’s fine. People who are never going to pay for a book don’t matter, and probably wouldn’t buy your book even if it suddenly became illegal to ever give one away for free anyway. You’re in charge of the pricing of your work, and if somebody wants to read it they will buy it. Regardless of what all those intrepid freebie hunters get up to. So don’t be shouting at hardworking people simply doing their best to get a new product to the eyes of people who would otherwise never have a clue who they are. Indie authors who started publishing eBooks with Amazon seven to…

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Help me help some authors out.

There is something I would like to ask for all of you to do.

It’s not for me but for the authors I am trying to help by doing interviews on LitWorldInterviews.

http _litworldinterviews.wordpress.com

If you see me Tweet something about an author, I would like to ask that you ReTweet it. Some of these people are friends of yours and I want all the help you can give them as well as the others. I don’t plan to favor one author over another but I do get stretched thin at times (I wish that worked for my waistline). If you can RT those Tweets then that gets the message out to that many more people. The only day I even put out a lot of Tweets for them is on a Wednesday and then it’s one for each around lunch time Eastern, otherwise it’s just when an interview comes out or they have some special thing happen like PS Bartlett did with the release of her book this past Friday.

In other words, this is not about me, but promoting them. If you can’t or don’t want to, then that is up to you, but I wanted to put for the request.


Much Respect and Thank You for Your Time


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AMIRA MAKANSI-Writing Interview Tuesday, August 19th. She knows the business.

THE SOWING - Book One of the SEEDS TRILOGY - Copy

AMIRA MAKANSI takes us from idea to published! And let me tell you this, she knows the business better than you can imagine.

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Female Focus Friday: New blogs that I found this week.

Female Focus Fridays: Female Bloggers I Met This Week


Here are some people that we followed each other on Twitter and/or WordPress. They all have WordPress blogs and I follow them all. I me each one this week and wanted to share them with you. There are more I am sure but these are the most recent. This will become a regular Feature on Fridays. Enjoy!


Life With Rossye

“At first I had many ideas, plans for my blog. I wanted to write about everything: fashion, makeup, fitness, healthy eating, recipes…But I had no way or opportunity to write about these things. Because I am really obsessed living and eating healthy, I decided to write about that.”-From Rossye’s Post “What having a blog means to me“.

Y’all know I love young people, and I love to encourage. Definitely encourage this young lady by following her blog. She really seems to have the enthusiasm and desire.


Single Strides

“My story begins somewhere between “sweet dreams” and “happily ever afters.” I’m a hopeless romantic who wears her heart on her sleeve as my favorite accessory. I’ve been told it’s my biggest strength, and my biggest weakness. I believe in love so fiercely that sometimes I force it more in my head than in my heart. So follow me along my single journey – whether personal or international. Now I am just a girl out looking for love and adventure. A girl who likes peppermint coffees, rainy days, rooftop bars and good reads. A girl who realized her strength only after being broken. Ready to take on the world with me?”-From Sonya’s About page.

I like the attitude and spirit of this blog, the person behind it. The story of course hits me close with the hear to n the sleeve.


Natacha Guyot-Science Fiction. transmedia & Fandom

Natacha Guyot is a French independent researcher, writer and public speaker. She holds two Master’s degrees: Film and Media Studies (Paris III Sorbonne Nouvelle) and Digital Culture and Technology (King’s College London).

What will you find on this blog?

  • Discussions: Science Fiction, Feminism, Diversity, Children Media, Online Communities, Transmedia.
  • Reviews: Books, Movies, TV shows, video games.
  • Status Reports: Bits and pieces about her works in progress.
  • Fannish Content: Graphic and Vidding creations.“-From Natacha’s About page.

I loved this site and person the moment I clicked. I like to follow a site that is different for me and science fiction is really something I haven’t found much of so far. I am really looking forward to this. And of course the intelligence of a blogger always hooks me in deep.


Alana Munro Author

Born and raised in Scotland, I acquired a Bachelor of Arts degree from an Edinburgh University before jumping head first into motherhood, and then moving to sunny Australia.

After five years upside down in Aussie land fighting dangerous spiders and facing off cyclones, my young family and I headed back to the relative calm of the frozen north. Although, I do wonder what I will do with myself.“-From Alana’s About page.

I have to add more here. There is just too much to to Alana and what she does to limit it to just a few blurbs. Go to her About page by clicking her name and just see. She even runs a writing community.


Olgan M-Just Olga

I’m a writer, translator (English-Spanish and vice versa) and a forensic psychiatrist. I was born in Barcelona and moved to the UK in 1992 to train in psychiatry. After a few years I decided to go back to full time education and completed a BA in American Literature at Sussex University (it included a year in Mount Holyoke College, Massachusetts, and a PhD on ‘the Films of David Mamet’. As I never tired studying I also did an MSc (Distance Learning) in Criminology and Criminal Justice (Leicester University). Now decided to try and focus on writing, translating and exploring interesting stuff.“-From Olga’s About page.

Fascinating! That is the word that came to mind when I first read Olga’s bio. Intelligence, talent, and a spirit all in one. Fascinating!



The Eclectic Eccentric Shopaholic

THIS BLOG ISN’T ABOUT FASHION. THIS ISN’T ABOUT FOOD. OR TRAVEL. THIS IS ABOUT ME ^^ AND ALL THE THINGS I LOVE… WHICH ARE FASHION, FOOD, TRAVEL. i’m a writer and post a lot of short stories, haibun and fun poetry in my own free style 🙂 that’s fresh hot off the oven fiction, so feel free to read on 😉 i also post haiku daily ^^. ( update: i now post my micropoetry and haiku only on twitter. check me out @ https://twitter.com/kzmorano“-From KZ’s About page.


What hooked me was her book of short stories each consisting of no more than 100 words.





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Female Focus Friday Book Review: DECEPTION by Eloise De Sousa

I am not a professional book reviewer, if there really is such a thing. I have read books for more decades than I wish to reveal, and I have been writing for more than two of them. My mind knows the difference between a good story and a bad one.


I am not using a particular format from anyone, nor did I look for one. As always I decided just to jump in and do this my way and see how it turns out.



Title: Deception

Author: Eloise De Sousa

Pages: 236

Genre: Filed as an Adult Crime Romance

Formats: Paperback and ebook

Publisher: Lulu.com

Date of Publication: May 2014

Purchase: Amazon, Amazon U.K., Lulu.com

Author Website: EloiseDeSousa.wordpress.com

Author Twitter:

Eloise De Sousa


Story: Deception is about Amanda Glenson who has a nice life in a law firm in London where she is raising her 5 year old son Zachary. Unfortunately for her a past that sent her fleeing from her home, her country on another continent has finally caught up with her and there is no way around facing it, she must return home to Zimbabwe. But she doesn’t have to face it alone.


Enter Alex Edwards the handsome man that enters Amanda’s life with electricity in a moment only to discover he will be along for the ride into her past, a coincidence that fate brings about. Two people with tainted pasts joined together in quest to find truth. What will each do when they find out what that truth is?  Will Alex be able to forgive Amanda quick enough to help her before she loses everything?


Alex helps, but Amanda doesn’t rely on him completely as she tries to do it all on her own. This is her problem and she wants to take care of it.


Deception has a great storyline that flows well and keeps you reading. 236 pages of every kind of emotion keeps you reading and thus can be read in one sitting because it does make you want to know what happens next. Who did what? How are Amanda and Alex connected? What is the true Deception? And how does little Zachary play a role in the story?


De Sousa brings a realistic feel to the story and her imagery is perfect. She writes what she knows–London and Africa, two places she knows. You don’t get a feeling of someone trying to make up something to describe, she carries you along on a tour of her memories. This in part is what makes it a good read, an easy flowing read.


The deception title is all through the book in so many ways you have to keep guessing what is the deception, what is the one that causes all of the anguish in so many lives. You won’t guess but you will try.


This is an enjoyable read, and the emotional responses between the two main characters are excellently handled in a realistic but still electric way. Romance, desire, heat, and all done well and taste and with great imagery that gives you just enough to let you become part of the story, but not so much to drive you away from it. Very well done, classy.


And read to the last word or you will miss an ending I wasn’t expecting.


Reader Recommendation Rating-3.5-4 Stars

Why not 5? Being a man, I would have liked to see more of the internal feelings and trials of the male character Alex. It’s Amanda’s book and story, so I get it, but I thought more of Alex might have brought the book to the next level. (So sayeth a hopeless romantic.)




Much Respect to Eloise De Sousa



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Let me know if you’re a Friend of mine and have published a book in any format.

Hi everyone. If you have a book published either with a company or self let me know. If you have Twitter I will add you to a WordPress Author List I am putting together. If you don’t have Twitter still tell me, I would like to keep track of people for possible interviews and such.

I actually have a new interview format I will be doing somewhere down the line that is simple and fun for everyone. I know some of my interviews are a bit long but some of you enjoy them. But some people don’t want to answer that many questions either. So I have a nice idea in mind.

If you don’t want to share with me, that’s cool. Just want to see what I can do to help.

Much Respect

(Writer of things and dreams and dreamer of things.)

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My Writing: The What, the Why, the How, and one other thing I forget . . .

Participating in a Blog Hop is something you can’t turn down. I guess you can, but when . . .


 Jenna Willett of Jen’s Pen Den




. . . asked if I would participate, how could I say no? I doubt she hears no very often. She’s a great source of a lot of writing advice. She finds the articles and then posts them with her own comments from writing experience and links back to the articles she’s found. She’s not just a sharer, she’s a liver of it, and a doer of it. She’s living in our world of writing. Definitely click the Link above the top photo for her answer to the questions I’m about to answer. I mean, she’s sold a book to a studio?



Now to me. I know . . . but it’s part of the deal. Over time answers change to the same questions of life. It all depends on where you are in whatever aspect of life is being asked about. The longer I write and blog the more the answers change and mature.

1)      What am I working on?

I am a varied book of writing ideas. I continue to try and work on a YA novel revise and edit. That SHOULD be at the forefront of my priorities, followed by my New Adult/Adult Romance, then my Blog. However, with the thoughts that keep rushing to my head, my absence of impulse control and lack of filter due to a concussion the Blog tends to lead the way and is quite enjoyable.


The YA book is about siblings that find themselves in predicaments. I really can’t say much more than that. I believe it to be a fairly original idea. Perhaps it is no overly original but I like to think it is a good idea.


The Romance is actually the second in a series of a Romance trilogy I was working on. The first I began revising to put more of my voice into it, but recently realized the second is actually the better overall and that I could really throw myself into it. The main character is a man with heart and great love for the love of his life and I think I can put myself into that character and connect with him more.


2)      How does my work differ from other genres?

I’ll take this by threes again. My Blog is more than a hodgepodge. If it comes into my mind it comes out of my fingertips. I’ve learned that no matter what we share on a blog that someone will find it and connect with it. It may not be a hit with everyone, but one connection is all the satisfaction one needs sometimes. My site is called RonovanWrites and that’s exactly what I do. I write . . . anything and everything . . . tastefully so or at least I hope so.


In my YA writing I try to give the young characters more depth than perhaps people realize is there. There are more layers to young people than we think. Having been a teacher and then especially having been involved in Youth Ministry I really paid attention to and WANTED to understand what those layers were. I never assumed that ‘what you see is what you get’ with a student. You can say the same about a reader.


My Romance writing is, well . . . in this second book which I want to become the main book, I do more than just give you the man’s view I give you his everything. It’s a very different sort of love story, I believe in how I handle it. It is very much how I feel about love.



3)      Why do I write what I do?

On the Blog it’s a creative outlet that actually helps me with my novel writing. I’ve discovered that through all of the articles I’ve written that I have a certain voice and style that I have had trouble finding as a writer of novels. Also it allows me to release a lot of internal things that occur due to pain from illnesses and other emotional experiences.


I love young people so the YA is something I truly enjoy. I connect with young people and I really love them. There needs to be books that are better for them to read than a lot that are out there right now.


Romance and New Adult or Adult focused material is obviously something I can really get into, and this particular novel is just truly something I can become a part of because it’s already a part of me.



4)      How does my writing process work?

For the Blog I’ll be having a conversation and it starts me to thinking about an article, or just a word will lead me to a poem. Even the mistreatment of my friends begins a creation. Normally whatever comes out the fingertips is what ends up being put out there. I edit very little. I give my Friends, as I call those who read my blog, my honesty.


For YA I get a general idea of what I want and then start free writing. If it’s going well then I know I have something. Sometimes I’ll end up a sketch outline over future chapters, more like quick ‘To Remember’ things. I actually keep a word document up called ‘(Title of WIP) To Remember) and quickly make note of an idea or even of something that I am writing that might change something that happened previously, and also any research that I want to do.


Romance is a bit similar to YA but I let the heart lead the way. Outlining isn’t as much on the plate. I know you might be able to do some type of rough sketch outline of a general place you want to go, but I just think that, for me using the heart in this one, I can’t outline or tell it where to go. You can’t tell your heart what to feel and you can’t tell it where to go . . . it just goes where it wants to.


After I write a manuscript I then try to walk away for a bit. Recently I even had the YA novel read by a mother and teen daughter to get their thoughts. The daughter is the target audience and the mother of course is someone who might approve the purchase or even make it on her own.

The first draft went fairly well but as I said there are a few areas I need to work on and some of those areas I discovered in conversations with the woman and her daughter. They didn’t even realize they were telling me what I needed to know at this point but it was even better than the notes that I had been given, because the book just came up in conversation and wasn’t a main thought. I was able to get what they remembered and enjoyed.

I think going back and talking to readers a deal of time after they’ve read a book is actually a great way to determine if you wrote a great story, or at least what were the great parts.

Now I am taking what I learned and revising. It’s been a few months since I’ve touched the book. It’s time.



Again I want to thank Jenna for asking me to be a part of this Writing Blog Hop. Everyone, really go check out Jen’s Pen Den and you’ll find articles with great info with links to great information as well.


Now for the next ones for you to be on the look out for their answers to the questions are:


The WorldMight Cover

cyril.bussiereCyril Bussiere-You’ll recognize the name as some of you already follow his blog. This will be an opportunity to see how he writes and answers to the other questions above. The questions I SHOULD have asked. His book The WorldMight is at Amazon, click here to see it. .


Eloise_De_SousaEloise De Sousa-You might know her better as Thoughts by Mello-Elo. Her books are available from amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBookstore, kindle, kobo, and lulu.com. Follow her on Twitter at .


+Luccia GrayAll_Hallows_at_Eyre_Hall-Many of us know her already through her blog Rereading Jane Eyre.  Her book All Hallows At Eyre Hall is available at Amazon. Click here to see.  Follower her on Twitter at .



As the three come out I will also Reblog them here on RonovanWrites so no one misses them.


Much Respect



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Advertising your Book, For Free.

You have a book. You have it coming out soon, either traditional or self-published. It’s time to get creative in the advertising game.

Advertising your Book

by: Ronovan

Oh Yes! It's Free sign

I’ve had this particular article Free Apps for making a Book Trailer starred and saved in my email for five months from The Write Life. I’ll need it some day but for now I’m sharing it with you.

Take a look at the article, but there is one that is free that I don’t think they really mention here, but they might.

Youtube.com. Yes, you can do a personal video about your book, like an interview of sorts, post it and then share it everywhere you are present in social media. Put the link on everything you have. People will get a personal connection to you. Just make sure that you test it on some people, including some internet friends and see if the right feel is coming across that you want. And think about asking people for reviews of your book. They can record their response or you can put a clip of the email message in a nice form on the screen for the people to see.

I’ve seen some really cheesy, read BAD, ones done. I couldn’t even finish them and it made me not even download the free Kindle book just as a show of support.

Agents and Publishers alike want the authors to do a lot more of the marketing and promotion these days. The article tells you some easy ways and the Youtube idea is one more.


And each time you get a new review you could add it as a new Youtube clip with you reading it as it appears on the screen. Basically you have your own author Youtube channel.  Remember that when naming any social media anything. Everything needs to be able to work together name wise. But that’s for another article.


Much Respect


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Hunger No More! Author Amira Makansi-The Seeds Trilogy-A New Kind of Hero

Mira Makansi Author

Katniss Who? That’s what every new somewhat dystopian YA book with a heroine likes to say, “We’re going to make you forget Katniss.” The main character of Remy Alexander in The Sowing is not your typical stereotype. She is much different, and that’s only part of what is intriguing about the story. There are other concepts you can read on The Professional Project Site. They do a better job of explaining it than I could. I write about writing. You know, those who can do, those who can’t teach or write about it. Well I’m a former teacher who writes about writing.

A blurb? Comparing Hunger Games and The Seeds Trilogy is like comparing a Jackson Pollock painting and a Van Gogh. Both are visually appealing and entertaining but one gives you something not quite as real as the other.


The Who: Amira Makansi

The Personal Blog: The Z-Axis

The Professional Project Site: The Seeds Trilogy with the publication of the first book The Sowing: The Resistance Has Begun.


I recently spoke with Amira Makanski, the middle 1/3 of the Mother and Daughters creative team behind The Sowing: The Resistance Has Begun, Book One of the The Seeds Trilogy, and was much impressed with her passion for what she does and her being real. I could tell right away that her book is as half as full of spirit as she is then it will become a standard of measurement. She’s a very open and engaging person and the experience was entertaining, a pleasure and informative. I learned about her book The Sowing available to purchase in print and e-book.


Her story has personal characteristics and concerns that a true writer cannot but help but put into their creation. This isn’t just a fantasy for her, it is a heart felt, and well thought out world she has created. And she didn’t do it alone. Her co-authors and creators are:


Elena Makansi at her personal blog Citizen Fiddlehead


Kristina Makansi of Blank Slate Press and Tree House Author Services


I won’t go into details about the book, I leave that to you to visit their the official site which does a great job of explaining the YA and NA mix of adventure/science fiction/romance and overall inner/outer life struggles/turmoil of its main characters. The site gives a great overview of the story, the background, and even has character profiles and discussions about the world’s technology and shows some of the artwork with the characters.

I will say the world in some ways is almost a possibility which makes it even more of a must read.

There are twists on characters that will appeal to you, I even identify heavily with one of them. No character is one dimensional it seems. In a way it keeps you wondering what the person might do next in a given situation.


The heroine is not the typical cookie cutter versions of recent years and after reading the biographies of the authors you will understand why.


The only thing I would change about this project would be to have my name on it instead of theirs.


This was not an interview or review but simply someone impressed by a creator and creation and wishing to share it with other creators and potential readers. It’s out right now and the sequel is out this fall. Read it now so you aren’t behind.

Visit the site. You’ll enjoy the tour and enjoy the author bios.