Dark Horse

Finally started to read the Byte Series….and can’t put them down…Love this author.

Cat Connor

The last couple of days I’ve been spending time with Vaporbyte the 12th byte novel. It’ll be out at the end of the year. But I’m spending some precious time with it, reading, thinking, checking things before it goes to editing.
This book, the 12th book, TWELVE. Holy moly. Who’d have thunk that back in 2005 when the journey with Killerbyte first began?
Who’d have thought I’d have come up with 12 titles ending in byte? 🙂
Anyway, I’m spending a few days with Ellie and the team. It’s giving me a chance to get to know another character who I’d only ever seen in the distance.
He’s a bit of a dark horse.

What I’ve discovered is that this guy needed to tell me things his way, not Ellie’s way. And I need to let him.
So far that looks a lot like a brown notebook and a fountain…

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Open for Submissions – Ghostly Youth Anthology

Plaisted Publishing House is Open for Submission for their new Ghostly Youth Anthology. Please SHARE

Plaisted Publishing House

Plaisted Publishing House has opened its doors for our first Anthology of the year.  Ghostly Youth is for anyone who writes ghost stories for ages 10 and up. Any genre suitable for children is acceptable as long as the story has a ghostly element.

Ghostly Youth Authors 2020

Calling all Ghostly Rites Authors!

Submissions for Ghostly Youth—Vol 1 open 1st March 2020.

This is a new publication aimed for the young, and young at heart, aged from 10 to adult.  Please remember your submission may be rejected if your content is not suitable (PG-13 as a guide).

Submissions close for editing: 1st May 2020,   Publication: June 2020

Submission Requirements—Please Note:

¨ Submissions will be a non-refundable USD $10 up to 8,000 words.  Please reserve your space in this Anthology by sending via PayPal Friends & Family to plaistedpublishinghouse@gmail.com with the reference “Ghostly Youth—*Author Name*”.  Please note editing on your manuscript will not start until…

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Why I Stopped Questioning My Own Writing Process #writer

This is a great post. I sometimes pause and wonder what the heck I’m doing. I don’t think my chaos is like your’s though I have put together several drafts as one story… as you said…They fit. It was weird.

Keep up the good work 🙂

Lucy Mitchell

I love experiencing what I call awriting epiphany. They’re not regular occurrences and I think this is what makes them so wonderful.Mine always seem to occur while I am in my little car on my way to work at around seven in the morning. This is the time of the day when my brain will be chewing over an aspect of my WIP or a writing issue and then it will make a shocking revelation. I will then whisper, ‘OMG’, squeal with delight as everything has suddenly made sense, babble about the epiphany to myself for a mile or so and then turn up my 80’s hits for a celebratory sing song. My day at work will then be a breeze. As I said above these are NOT regular occurrences!

Well, I had one of these moments a few weeks ago. I realised it was time to stop…

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Using The Five Senses: Smell

I think people forget about their surroundings and the five senses…

Story Empire

Hey, SE Readers. Joan with you with the second in a series of posts using the five senses in writing. To read the first part on sight, click here. Today I’m writing about smell.

I probably overlook using smell more than any other of the other senses, but it is often the most powerful. Certain smells can bring back memories, invoke emotion, and draw the reader into the story.

Both of my maternal grandparents passed away when I was twelve years old. They lived in another state, so I rarely saw them more than once a year. Many of those times were when they visited us.

Despite that, there are times when I will catch a whiff of something that reminds me of their home. Describing the smell is difficult. It’s probably a combination of my grandfather’s cigars, my grandmother’s cooking, the cleaning products she used (the place was…

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5 Things Every Romance Series Needs – Guest Post by @sandybarker #Romance #WritingRomance

Writing a Romance Series…Then these tips may help you.

Lucy Mitchell

Oh my goodness, author, Sandy Barker, has written me a fabulous guest blog post below.

Sandy writes gorgeous and funny romances set in far away places. Her heroines go on wonderful journeys of self discovery and experience heartwarming romances. She’s published by Harper Collins and her debut novel plus her latest book in the same series are below.

I have added links to the book covers below so just click on them to find out more. Please read her post first!

One Summer In Santorini - Sandy Barker - Updated (1)

That Night in Paris Cover

So, let me hand over to Sandy Barker.

Hello all,

Here are the 5 things I think every romance series needs

Lovable and relatable main characters

This may seem a little obvious―shouldn’t all main characters in a romance be lovable and relatable? Yes, absolutely, but even more so in a series, because the reader will be spending lots more time with them than in a stand-alone.

TIP: Think about…

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A good post by Ian Welch.

Electric Eclectic's Blog

This post is from Ian Welch, an author from New Zealand, who has three books with Electric Eclectic, Chantilly Lace,Operation Debt Recovery,and Phantom Footprints.

Ian’s books are a delight to read; he has an easy style of relaxed writing, which belies the twisted plots and humorous, even comical touches running through his stories. If you’re looking for a captivating lighthearted tale, chose any of the books mentioned above, you won’t be disappointed. 

‘The times they are a-changing.’ I seem to recall that’s a line from a Bob Dillon song, not that I would class myself as a fan. But he did write some thought-provoking lyrics. Technological changes are bombarding us every day, I feel like I’m struggling to stay afloat, to keep my head above water. No sooner you master (that’s a slight exaggeration) something it becomes obsolete, out of date, redundant…

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Readers; important dates for your diary.

Some Book Dates to look out for 🙂

Electric Eclectic's Blog


Are you planning to buy more books this year, or do you simply tend to grab one when it catches your eye?

Whichever you do, it is worth considering when to buy your books because, at certain times, authors and publishers run special promotions.

These promotions can include discounts, new releases, posting of excerpts or sample chapters, reveals of covers and a whole host of exciting stuff not usually seen at other times.

Electric Eclectic suggest the following are dates worth putting into your diary and even setting an alarm to jog your memory. (We’ll post further dates for your diary later in the year.)


March 5

Marked in over 100 countries across the globe, World Book Day is a UNESCO initiative which aims to celebrate books and reading, especially among younger members of our societies. In the UK and Ireland, National Book Tokens are given to…

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Where did Wally Twitchett come from?

Now there is a story and a half. 😀

Electric Eclectic's Blog

The following article is from a wonderful author whom I am lucky to count amongst my friends.

Julia Blake is warm-hearted, funny and straight-talking; her words dance across the page, keeping you entertainingly captivated from start to finish.

In this guest post for Electric Eclectic, Julia addresses a question many authors are asked.

Author Julia Blake

One of the questions readers ask me the most is, where do you get your ideas from? The honest answer is most of the time I have absolutely no idea. I’ll be going about my daily life and suddenly a scene, or a name, or a scrap of dialogue will float into my brain. For a few days, weeks, months or even years, it will simply sit there, putting out little tendrils of ideas that twist and grow and take root in my imagination, until suddenly, bam, I have a complete plot in…

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5 Steps to Create the Tagline for Your Author Brand – by Beth Barany…

This is great, however, how do you brand if you’re a Multi-Genre Author?

Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog

on The Book Designer:

Many authors are confused about their branding, either because they haven’t thought it through, hadn’t needed to, or didn’t know where to begin.

When you communicate a clear and compelling author brand, you can attract the right readers and fans and potentially sell more books.

Continue reading HERE

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Frequently asked question: Has a single photo or work of art ever inspired a story? What was it and did you finish it?

Yes, I was inspired. The photo was part of the description in the first chapter. It is a Fantasy…Dragons, Space and Technology with olde world attitudes. Not finished yet.

Sharon E. Cathcart

insecure2bwriters2bsupport2bgroup2bbadgeToday’s question comes from the Insecure Writers Support Group.

As is so often the case, we have to define our terms. Do we confine ourselves solely to visuals, like paintings or photos (that seems to be implied by the question), or do we consider works of literature, theatre, etc? Because, for me, the answer depends on the terms.

I was inspired to write In The Eye of The Beholder by a novel and a musical. I was inspired to write His Beloved Infidel by a memoir. I was inspired to write The Rock Star in the Mirror (Or, How David Bowie Ruined My Life) by a musician and his work. A single photo or painting, though? Not so much.

How about you? What inspires your work?

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