• Copyright.

frustration read behind the words of the author.


For the better; I opened my ‘RTS’ letter.
You would edit it, to have ’em humming.
I could be discredited. “I’m not coming”
Look! This work is mine. I took the time!

Try to Write! Don’t Copy! Do not Paste!
You didn’t Add! Can’t Cut! Won’t Taste!
“Read my scribbles” “Doubt my riddles”
No hook! take heed out of a free (Look!)

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Author Interview: John Horan

An excellent review by Anela.

Amid The Imaginary

JohnIt was my pleasure to interview John Horan, author of an honest and thought provoking novel titled “A Vagrant at the House of Love”. For the full review, click here

Below are my questions in italics and John’s complete answers beneath them.

Could you tell us a little bit about yourself?

I’m a forty year old man living in Cork, Ireland. I’m single, house sharing with a friend and two dogs that are lounging on the couch next to me.  They’re almost as lazy as I am.  I’ve struggled with addiction and mental illness over the years but just about managed to keep my head above water thanks to very supportive family and friends (managing not to swallow too much when I sank below).  I’ve a strong faith in a God of love that keeps me going too.  I don’t drink or dabble in chemicals anymore but I’m still a…

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Echo-A Dystopian Science Fiction Novel: News

Dirty Sci-Fi Buddha

While I have a little break here…BIG THANKS to Kristi Doll for sharing my work with her group of intrepid artists (poets/musicians I believe it was). Her friend who is a former Marine (I know to capitalize it and say ‘former’-once in the Corps, you are always so) gifted my work with an extremely kind compliment, stating he enjoyed my descriptions of the troops and their movements (believe he was talking about chapters 1&2 of Echo Vol.2). This was actually a concern of mine as all my training/knowledge is outdated/obsolete (tactical doctrine is always evolving and different among various gunfighter communities) I had to streamline stuff as well for storytelling purposes . So Thanks Kristi! And to your friend…Thanks for the compliment! It is my amazing privilege to entertain you all and stay tuned for the next chapter! I’ve hinted at the cool tech in the previous chapters and…

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Ten on Tuesday with Phillip Stephens

Well worth the read.

Jen Winters is an Indie Author

10985546_10205795518198026_1679537378287654626_nHey there Reader! Thanks for joining me today! I have a geat interview with Phillip Stephens that will unearth some life-shattering details of an indie author’s perspectives on being indie. Phillip and I met through Author Promo Co=op (the book club/indie group I co-Admin with Jessica Wren). He’s been a great asset to the group and I am honored to have him on my blog today.

1. What genre do you write and what drives it for you?

I write in whichever genre the story suggests. I thought of Raising Hell as a literary novel, but I don’t have the pretensions of a literary writer. It really was a workplace satire that grew out of two consecutive workplaces, which I won’t name. Both were schools, one in the school system, the other one of the first charter schools in Texas. In fact, I really write literature and market as genre.

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Can You Change Paper Trim Size and Colour on CreateSpace?

Lit World Interviews

Before publishing your first paper book with CreateSpace there are a couple of things to consider. Even though you can update it and change the content, once the book has its ISBN and is live for sale you can’t change its size and the colour of the paper. Also, once it’s linked to its Kindle book on Amazon they keep a certain amount of printed books in stock for their quick delivery system, so if you find any major errors in it and rush to fix them, those in stock books will still have to sell first before the corrected ones become available. You could order them yourself I suppose, but I’m not sure how many are printed for this and I don’t see how you could get them from Amazon’s other country sites.

Most of the CreateSpace books that I have bought are 6” x 9”, mostly printed on…

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Do You Let Your Dialogue Do The Talking?

Painting With Light


Bring Your Story to Life
I’ve never met a fiction author who hasn’t wanted the reader to get completely lost in the words he put on the page (for a writer there’s no better feeling). You want the reader to suspend his disbelief.

As every writer knows (or soon learns), it’s important for readers to know who’s actually talking in any given scene. Obviously, it’s dialogue that tells us what people say and hints at what they do not. It actually goes a step further … and encourages readers to supply their own take on how the spoken words are exchanged.

In other words, dialogue brings a story to life. A writer who cannot make characters talk, and have their conversations require us to listen, has a story that is less than perfect.

In the ever-present writer’s world of “oh shit, did I just screw that up?” every…

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Why Do Book Signings?

Painting With Light

boston-public-library-85885_640Boston Public Library (photo courtesy Pixabay)

I think it’s a safe bet to say most authors will be offered an opportunity to do a book-signing at some point in time. It can be quite flattering to be asked … until you realize what it really entails:

Long hours of sitting on a hard chair, usually behind a folding table with a small stack of your book(s) planted in the middle, waiting for people to come by and buy a copy for you to sign.

Often you’re part of a larger contingent of authors, all of whom are trying to do the same thing … get people to buy their books.

I’ve done quite a few of them now, and the experience of each one has been a little different. Perhaps the worst one was at a small, independent bookstore during a veritable blizzard.

I was the only one of several…

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“Song at Dawn: 1150 in Provence” by Jean Gill

Between the Beats

Song at DawnSong at Dawn by Jean Gill
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Writing about the 12th century and doing it with authenticity is a daunting task. Jean Gill has stepped up to the challenge and achieved success in “Song at Dawn: 1150 in Provence”, Book One in the Troubadour Series. Blending true events with the imagined experiences of both real and fictional historical characters, Gill has created a story that takes hold and won’t let go. From the moment Estela, her lute, and her canine companion Nici awake in a ditch my attention was focused on their adventures and what would become of them. Soon they are joined by Dragonetz los Pros and Alienor of Aquitaine in a journey of discovery and revelation where Christians, Jews, and a mysterious Moor live in an uneasy community.
Inadvertently using her lute and magical voice to capture the attention of Queen Alienor and…

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Millie and Cupcake by Mildred Potash

Between the Beats

cupcake cover
What is the title of your latest book?
Millie and Cupcake
What inspired you to write this book?
The love of my pet rat Cupcake.
potash & Cupcake
What ages is this book suitable for?
It is suitable for ages 1 – 11
How soon do you think parents should start reading to their children?
I think it would be great to read as a bedtime story or during the day.
Do you identify with any of your characters and in what way?
I do identify with Millie because I am also shy.
What was your favorite book as a child?
My favorite childhood book was “The Little Engine That Could.” And “The Poky Little Puppy.”
Who is your favorite children’s book author?
My favorite children’s book authors were Stan and Jan Berenstain, and Richard Mcclure Scarry.
Potash and rats
Did you have a pet as a child?
My step -brother had a dog Amanda. I…

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Blog Reader Book Choices for 2015

Ajoobacats Blog

Every month when I review my stats, there’s a book review that has gotten the most interest among my blog readers. I have decided that I will periodically share the top books that have gotten the most attention each month with you all. This does not necessarily reflect my favourite books of each month, but the favourite chosen by my kind readers.

January 2015: Smokescreen by Khaled Talib


February 2015: Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult


March 2015: Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins


April 2015: Miramont’s Ghost by Elizabeth Hall


May 2015: From the Ashes: Legend of the Liberator Book 1 by Shelby K Morrison


June 2015: The Other Child by Lucy Atkins


Thank you for tuning in to my reviews and I hope I have suggested a book or two for your to-be-read pile.

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Sunday Surfing 28/6/15


Check out AR Von’s newest release.

A.R. Von




For every gift there is a price, even for the gods. Medusa and Poseidon have nurtured their secret love for one another for years, until one fateful day, they succumb. But for that moment of bliss, the price is steep indeed. Can Poseidon save the woman he loves from a curse that will mean death to them both?

Add to your Goodreads shelf here:

(Will be available for preorder SOON! Be sure to check A.R.’s fb page for details)

About A.R. Von

was born and raised in Bronx, NY and is the oldest daughter of two girls. She
holds an Associate’s Degree in Computer Science and Information Technology,
which was only briefly used. She’s a mother of two entertaining teen boys (as
well as a lovely fawn Chihuahua, whom she considers her furry daughter.) She’s
also a wife to a delightfully handsome…

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Poetry is a form that’s not easy for me to work in, but I do enjoy reading what other folks come up with.



He sees the day, on his porch the world is his scenery,

The shows are always different, nothing stays the same.

Everyday he rests his weary soul in his special place,

A lifetime of family and friends but slowly they vanish.

If you pass him by then not a care might you have,

He’s not just an old man, a mothers son, once a young man.

In his rocking chair he can go back in time, yesterday in his mind,

He watches the boy running with his friends, an old man at days end.

He has had quite a life as the value of his being does not fade with the days,

His time here has aged him just as it does every mortal being.

Don’t be fooled while this man with a name sits in his rocking chair,

He has much to say from a mouth, eyes that…

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Interview with historical novelist Helen Hollick


Today I have the pleasure to introduce a gifted writer and a tireless promoter of indie authors: Helen Hollick.
I found her book “The Sea Witch” a real treat. I picked up the book for its historical content, which is as immaculately researched as I was told. The story, however, is much more entertaining than I had anticipated: adventure, romance, action and some mythical element made this hugely enjoyable.
Set in the early 1700s this is a gripping pirate story for adults with fascinating historical and nautical background details. The characters are well developed, the plot moves along fast and the suspense never lets up. A rich and rewarding read.

Welcome Helen. Tell us, how did you come to writing?2 Helen Medium

I’ve always been immersed in the world of ‘story’. One of my earliest memories is coming out of the library clutching one of my favourite books. I was four! At…

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52 Ancestors #21 Sharpshooters and Soldiers

Lori Crane


This challenge is set forth by No Story Too Small,

and this week’s challenge is “Military.”


I can’t only honor one of my ancestors. I need to honor all of them.

My grandfathers who served in the United States military

An * denotes he died in service.

Joel Bluett Culpepper – Confederate Army

William Thomas Fisher – Confederate Army

William Lafayette Brown Jr – Confederate Army

Rev. Joseph M Culpepper – Confederate Army *

Rice Benjamin Carpenter – Confederate Army *

George Washington Spencer – Confederate Army

James C Howington – Confederate Army

William Henry Blanks III – Confederate Army

Hays Rodgers – War of 1812

William Henry Blanks I – American Revolution

Joseph Culpepper Jr – American Revolution

Thomas Young – American Revolution

John B Rice – American Revolution

James Rodgers Sr – American Revolution

Captain Jacob Prickett – American Revolution

My uncles who served in the United…

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Character Introduction: Bryson Finney


In my original superhero urban fantasy series, the second of the 3 primary characters that take over the 1st person POV is Bryson Finney. I’ve previously highlighted his near-brother status to Jared O’Shea in posts here and here. With Jared as the first narrator, Bryson is usually seen through his filter. However, the following scene shows Bryson, the Texas-transplant, in his natural element–grilling and doting on his wife, Kate, and his puggle, Riptide aka Ripper.

Bryson is already working the grill. It looks like we’re having corn on the cob and sausages. It seems awfully early in the season for corn. “Did Kate tell you we renamed the dog? Waco was a terrible name; everyone up here thinks of Branch Davidians. As a kid, our dogs always had Texan names: Austin and Texarkana were beagles, Houston was a Chihuahua, Dallas was a springer spaniel, Tyler was also a Chihuahua…

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