10/16/2017 In Guest, Running The Bases
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Running the Bases with S.K. Randolph

1. You spend your time on a boat along the Alaskan coast. Do your adventures at sea make their way into your novels? Can you tell us about one of those adventures? Our boating adventures definitely inform my writing. In 2010, I retired from the world of dance to write. Boarding my new home, a 40ft-boat, and cruising 1,200 miles on a 70-day trip up the Inside Passage to Alaska was an exciting introduction to my new life! In my second novel my characters are on a sailboat navigating through a mysterious strait with a history of peril and death. My telling of this was based on my experience going through a long, narrow passageway between islands as the tide …

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10/13/2017 In Uncategorized
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Scott Coatsworth Is Insane—The Stark Divide Blog Tour

Please welcome Scott Coatsworth to the blog. (No he’s not really insane, but he claims he is.) He’s here to talk about why it’s best to only write one series at a time and share a bit about his newest release, The Stark Divide, which if you read on will see is freakin awesome. J. Scott Coatsworth: Writing Series. I am clinically insane. I’ve committed myself to writing two series at once, both sci fi, one romance and one decidedly not. The first, my Oberon series, is a trilogy set on the half world of Oberon, and the other, Liminal Sky, takes place in the last days of Earth and after I’ve learned a few things in the process: Never commit …

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10/12/2017 In General, My Writing
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My Perfect Reading Space

  Recently I saw someone ask about people’s perfect read space. As a writer, I spend more time in my writing cave than my reading space. Typically I read on the train, in a waiting room, in bed before I go to sleep. But if I had an actual designated area that invited me to sit down and lose myself in a good book what would it look like? Not surprisingly, I had a few thoughts on the subject. My reading nook should be just that, a small space made for my books and me. Room for a chair, books, a lamp and a small desk in case I get inspired and need to jot down a few plot bunnies. I …

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10/11/2017 In (Un)Masked, Andy Gallo
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I’m Coming Out – Kinda

People who’ve followed me for some time know that although I write mainly non-romance, speculative fiction—fantasy, paranormal, urban fantasy—I’ve also written some MM Romance. As it would happen, in 2017, the rights to my two published MM Romance stories reverted back to me. I took this as a sign. What was my epiphany? That I needed to create a new pen name for my MM Romance. So I did. Starting now, all my romance stories will be published under the pen name Andy Gallo. (I’ve already been asked why that name – well Andrew is my real name, but most people call me Andy, and I wanted a last name with a G because – well Gordon – and my …

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10/09/2017 In Guest, Running The Bases
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Running the Bases with Kim Petersen

We will start off with an easy one. Tell us a bit about Millie. Millie is a gifted young woman with a feisty disposition. She sees the world in colors and love, and strives to understand the connection between imagination, thought-creation and the limits we present ourselves. Do you have more in store for Millie? If so can we get a sneak peak? If not what is next for you? Millie has gone on to develop her extraordinary gift and challenge the evil serpent entity, Apepsis in my new release, Angels & Vixens, a thrilling urban fantasy that follows Millie and her brother Ace as they race towards a nail-biting showdown. Here you will find a sneak peek: http://www.kimpetersen.com.au/angels—vixens-exclusive-chapter-one-preview.html Up …

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10/01/2017 In Uncategorized
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Contest Update and Winners

My “Help Me Give Away 10,000 Copies of The Last Grand Master Contest.” is over. Thank you so much to everyone who signed up and who shared the contest.  I didn’t get close to 10K copies, but it was a good effort nevertheless. 🙂 As part of the contest, we had some prizes to give away.  The software selected the winners and they’ve been notified. $50.00  Amazon GC: Kim $25.00 DSP Publications GC:  Cheryl and H.B. Thanks again and be on the look out for more info on the release of Book Five: When Heroes Fall, the conclusion of the Champion of the Gods, series. Enjoy the Journey -AQG

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09/21/2017 In Guest
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Renewal: A QSF Tradition

  QSF has a new book out, the latest in our series of flash fiction anthologies: Re.new.al (noun) 1) Resuming an activity after an interruption, or 2) Extending a contract, subscription or license, or 3) Replacing or repairing something that is worn out, run-down, or broken, or 4) Rebirth after death. Four definitions to spark inspiration, a limitless number of stories to be conceived. Only 110 made the cut. Thrilling to hopeful, Renewal features 300-word speculative fiction ficlets about sexual and gender minorities to entice readers. Welcome to Renewal. Mischief Corner Books (info only) | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | Goodreads   Excerpt Because these stories are only 300 words each, we’re not supplying long excerpts, but …

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09/16/2017 In Guest
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Guest Author—Cheryl Headford Talks Shade’s Champion

Today one of my favorite authors, Cheryl Headfor, stops by for another visit. This time to share an excerpt from one her favorite stories.  Don’t expect fluffy and light stories when you read Cheryl’s work, but do expect to be wowed. Shade’s Champion was re-released September 15, 2017. So if you like a good story with a hard where the main characters have to work hard for their happy ever after, check out Cheryl’s new story. You won’t be disappointed. Shade’s Champion: Sixteen-year-old Shade has spent years imprisoned in a dark cellar after being snatched off the street as a young child. Events since his release have left him traumatised and desperate to die. Dory is a lively and engaging seventeen-year-old with …

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09/09/2017 In Champion of the Gods
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My “Help Me Give Away 10,000 eCopies Of The Last Grand Master” Contest.

I want to give away as many eCopies of The Last Grand Master as I can (at least 10,000). I could bore you with why 10K is important and what could/should/will happen if I hit that number, but what really matters is I need your help. So rather than beg empty handed, I’m holding a contest and giving everyone who helps a small thank you gift. Click HERE to enter the contest. (The details are on the sign up page.) Or keep reading for more details. Prizes: 1 (One) $50.00 Amazon gift card and 2 (Two) $25.00 DSP Publications gift cards. Small Gift to everyone: A coupon good for 35% off your entire purchase from the DSP Publications Store. Contest ends …

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08/28/2017 In Champion of the Gods
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Fear In The Marketing Of A Sale i.e. The Sale on Books 1-3 Ends Soon!

In the world of sales, unless a company is going out of business or the item is discontinued, everyone knows there is no such thing as a sale that will never, ever be seen again.  We know things will go on sale again, we just don’t know when. And yet, we see headlines that scream: Hurry! or Last Days! or Don’t Miss This! Why? Because fear sells. Marketing 101 says create a sense of urgency to get impulse buys.  No one wants to miss out on a great deal so let them know the great deal is only for a limited time. (I might be drummed out of the mythical book marketers secret club for sharing their ‘proprietary’ information.) With that as …

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