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Scales of Justice [Kindle Edition]

Scales of Justice

What’s it about?  Let me tell you!

A cowboy. A dragon. A lonely trail, twenty years long.
Connor is a licensed Hunter, and carries the gleaming silver irons to prove it. He’s been hunting a particular dragon for twenty long years.

When he lands in Gray Gulch, the old farmer Jed tells him a story of loss and revenge. But Connor’s not interested in riding with a partner – until Jed describes the very dragon Connor’s been chasing.

Connor lets Jed join him on the trail, and they set out after the dragon both men loathe. But Connor is a man with a history and a mission. One he won’t let anyone interfere with. At any cost. His single-minded purpose is tested when he discovers things aren’t exactly what he thought.

Though he’s been on it for much of his life, he learns the trail still has a few mysteries for him to unravel.

It’s a pretty cool story, if I do say so myself.  I like the people my husband invents.  I like seeing how they navigate through the messes he puts them in.  And it helps a LOT that he’s a good writer.  Smile 

This one’s got a little bit of pretty much everything, so give it a whirl!  Then tell us what you think in the reviews.  Smile

Happy reading!


On Quality

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Oh my goodness, Kristine Kathryn Rusch has an amazing article this week about traditional publishing vs. indie and e-publishing.  There are so many great observations, I wish I could include them all! 

The fallacy is this: Readers believe that all traditionally published books are good.

Writers who spout that nonsense have lost touch with their inner reader. Because we’ve all read a truly crappy traditionally published novel, one that we find offensively bad.

The gist of the argument is this: Only traditional publishing companies can publish a quality product.

It also shows that at least on the editing side of things, traditional publishing does little to increase the quality of a book’s content.

From where I sit, it’s a lot easier to find quality books now than it ever was before.

And from where I sit, it’s a lot easier to publish a quality book than it ever was before.

And as for quality, who decides that? Not me, not you, and certainly not traditional publishers.

Readers decide if a book is quality or not. Readers, who plunk down their hard-earned dollars, that large percentage of their tiny entertainment budget.

An eye opening real assessment of publishing.  Go read the whole thing!

And then go finish that novel!

The Business Rusch: Quality | Kristine Kathryn Rusch

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I just love this.  Smile  The robots are awesome, and it’s such a fun, clever way to do an interview.  Hats off to Bryce for his creativity and awesome interview skills!

I finally coaxed reclusive genius J. Dane Tyler into doing an interview with me. The only thing is that he refused to do it live, so I had to improvise.

Interview with J. Dane Tyler


Click the link and check out the whole thing!

BlogTour.org now up.

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My friend Bryce has started a website for authors!  I had to spread the word, because I know a lot of writers.  :D  Go check out Bryce’s new site, sign up!  Do a blog tour if you have a book!  A great way to spread the word and I’m looking forward to seeing what’s next.  🙂

BlogTour.org now up.

So if you have a blog and you’d be willing to let book authors do a tour stop on your blog, please go sign up and help me test the thing. Or if you have a book for sale, do the same thing.

BlogTour.org now up.

» Tools of the Trade

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Here’s a great post by my writerly friend Bryce, on backing up your work.  

I’m sure everybody here has lost a hard drive or two. We’ve all experienced major crashes. I have lost all manner of half finished stories over the years. The only real protection you can have against this is to back up your work regularly.

My first solution: 

Click here to read the rest!  » Tools of the Trade: Backing up Story Hack

Vanity E-Publishing

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You’ll have to click the link below to read the rest.  🙂

If Amazon does the same for Kindle, this could be the most exciting development for independent writers since blogging.

Vodkapundit » Vanity E-Publishing Comes of Age?

Micro Flash Fiction

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My friend Bryce, over at StoryHack, has put together a magazine of some flash fiction pieces.  One day, Bryce, you’re going to be like Hearst, just you wait!

Here’s a description:

The premier issue of Micro Flash Fiction has stories from a variety of genres and styles, from zombies to cowboys. From bleak to humorist to horror to absurdist.


It’s a great collection of writing with a wide variety of subjects and styles and you owe it to yourself to check it out!  Go on, you’ll be glad you did!  🙂

Character Names – Tips for Writers on Naming Characters | BabyNames.com

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Character Names – Tips for Writers on Naming Characters | BabyNames.com.

There are many literary and movie characters that become everlasting brands in our culture—Atticus Finch, ‘Ratso’ Rizzo, Holden Caulfield and Scarlett O’Hara, for example. If you name your character right, you will choose a name that is unique to your character and memorable to your story. The names you choose should reveal something about your characters: who they are, where they come from or where they are going. Here are several tips we compiled for writers of stories, novels, tv and movies to help you choose the perfect name for your characters.

Click the link to read the rest!

Happy Millionth!

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I can’t recall where I found this link – it may have been on Twitter or it may have been in the news.  Either way, it seems as if the current estimates for the number of English words is 1,000,000.  I think that’s pretty awesome, even if it’s not an exact measurement.  We have a lot of words we can use to communicate!  Writers take note!  You have a lot of words at your disposal, so get busy!

Here’s the article in its entirety.  English getting its millionth word Wednesday?


Oasis, the book!

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I’m all about the shameless promotion when I feel it’s appropriate, and I do now.  My friend, Bryce Beattie, has published his first novel, Oasis.  Here’s the link over to Amazon, where you can pick up a copy.  If you hurry, you can get it in time for Christmas!  Oasis (Paperback) 

Here’s a description of the book:

One night after a marathon shift in the emergency room, Corbin St. Laurent sees a Red Cross trailer offering free vaccinations. He quickly discovers something is terribly wrong, but it’s too late. Terrorists have used the trailer as a front to inject dozens of people with a deadly virus that takes over the mind and controls the body. The next morning the power goes out and the the government quarantines the entire city. Corbin finds himself trapped in a city of no hope. Infected men and women roam the streets in mindless packs, seeking only to spread their infection. Being stuck in cramped quarters and extreme conditions, tempers flare and fear paralyzes the rational mind of all but the toughest of survivors. Corbin struggles to find safety–evading the infected, finding refuge through sleepless nights, fighting exhaustion, fending off heat stroke, and coping with treachery and betrayal. It’ll take everything Corbin’s got just to survive the outbreak in Oasis.

I know my husband enjoyed reading through the rough-cut of this story, and a reviewer on Amazon described it this way:

What a great book! A wonderful new twist in the zombie world. This book is so much more than your run of the mill zombie story. The main character is well written and is a testament to what people will go through and deal with in order to survive. Mr. Beattie takes the reader on a truly fun and at times heart pounding ride. I wish I could have given it 10 stars!

Looking for Christmas gifts?  Looking for a good read?  Here’s your chance!  Pick up my friend Bryce’s book.  You’ll be glad you did! 



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