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DONE!


ImageTyping “The End” when you finish your manuscript gives you one of the most rewarding feelings in the world. It feels as if something that seemed impossible had just materialized. It’s like when you’re reading an engaging book and it ends. Oh, no! What happens next? I want to know more. I want to follow the journey of those people forever!
Of course, every journey should come to an end at some point or the other, and the journey of my character ended today. I love the way I ended the book, leaving it open to interpretations, yet, making it easy to guess where the character would go next.

I learned a lot throughout the past 90+ days and I can’t believe that I’m going to wake up tomorrow and not write another word in this novel. You won’t believe how arduous the past month has been. Those of you who wrote or are writing a novel know what I’m talking about. Once your manuscript nears the end, you feel your head going to explode as you make sure to tie loose ends and resolve the conflict in a smart, yet unpredicted, way.

The draft needs serious work, I know. I will let it rest for a few weeks, however, before I start editing, which is the part I dread the most. I get frustrated editing short stories, so you can only imagine what I will go through editing tens of thousands of words. You may encounter several nagging posts on my part in the near future, so be prepared.

Meanwhile, I will publish some writing tips on my blog, inspired by my experience. I’m no expert; that’s why the advice is free. Happy writing!

Guest Post by Alexis Campbell Jansky and Richard Jansky


Thanks for Alexis and Richard for contributing a guest post to my blog. Read about their journey below. If you want to be featured, just go to the About Me page on my blog for details.
 
 
 
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My husband, Richard, and I have begun sharing 30 years of writings and letters from my mom, Gwen E. Campbell. She was a prolific writer, weaver-spinner, needlepoint expert, and all-round open and sometimes quite funny lady.
When she died in 2011, I gathered all her letters and copies of her books as I recollected her life. Rarely does one even have a few letters saved from a loved one, much less 30 years’ worth plus more than twenty books!
We felt we had discovered a rare treasure and realized that her writings were worth sharing. She had made little effort to get them published in the 1980’s. Then we discovered a document that transferred all publishing rights to me!
Richard and I have prepared the first three of twenty unpublished works as e-books. We are also sharing her letters, some of her short stories, poems, and whatever else we discover on our WordPress blog. This blog is about her, but it is about us as well. When I can remember life going on around us at the time of her writing, I insert it to fill out the stories. I kept her letters and she kept many of mine.
Looking forward to all that is “Past and Present”.
Alexis Campbell-Jansky and Richard
 
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We will include here a short description of these first books along with the links, if you wish to take a look at them.
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Always Going
Join experienced author, Gwen Campbell as her compelling memoir reveals the intriguing story of her transitory life during the unpretentious days of the 1930’s and 40’s in America. You will experience her joys and feel her disappointment as she and her mother travel through quaint, dusty towns of southwest Texas, Oklahoma and California.
Discover small towns like Junction, Texas;“There was no hurry, no violence, and no worry in Junction. Voices were not raised except at mules and dogs. Whatever anger, illness or sadness that resided below the surface only jumped out now and then, like a fish cleaving the surface of a smooth running river. One jump, one splash and it was gone into the deep once more. I used Junction like medicine…”
In this true story of survival and youthful resilience discover how young Gwen learned to think of people, not places as her home. “No house, no town, no part of the country could ever lay claim to her.”              http://amzn.com/B00GW60PGK
 
 
 
 
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The Disappearance of E.A.B.
What if you discovered your whole world was an insane lie?
What if another’s single choice – changed everything for you?
Discovering her father’s diary along with thousands of copies of an out-of-town newspaper sends Anna Kinner on a life changing quest. She realizes that every choice has consequences and now she sees that her parents’ choices had profoundly changed her life. She faces her fears and travels to the place where it all began, struggling to unravel the reasons and choices others had made. Her search leads eventually to a man who changes the whole meaning of her life.
 Follow this fascinating tale of a desperate young woman searching for her true identity. Witness Anna’s struggle as she grapples with haunting questions of grief and forgiveness, insanity and loyalty. Will Anna find the peace of mind she seeks or will she discover the root of madness within herself. An intriguing novel about compelling love, questionable family ties, perseverance  and the connections that bind us to others-whether we like it or not. http://amzn.com/B00IA8SMK4
 
 
 
 
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Purse’averence –a novella
Follow the tale of life as told by a purse. Watch as a girl finds the forlorn object on a department store half-priced table and brings her home to family and life. Follow the story of love, friendship and life in the closet, as only an accessory can tell it. Face the fear of being kidnapped and lost to the world while longing to be rescued and brought back home again. You will be delighted and charmed by the interaction of all the enchanting accessories that follow us through our daily lives.
 
 
 

Book Review: Inferno by Dan Brown


ImageClassifying Dan Brown’s book as a thriller is an understatement. In a combination of lessons in art, history, philosophy, sociology, environment, and literature, Dan Brown delivers this magnificent piece of narrative.

If you haven’t read any books for Dan Brown before, I suggest you do that before you tackle Inferno, as they will ease you into understanding the mastery of Dan Brown’s writings.

When Robert Langdon wakes up in a hospital in Rome, he has no recollection of how he got there and why there is a bullet in his head. The secrets of Robert’s journey begin to unravel as he begins to solve clues from a mysterious object he finds in his jacket. Page by page, Dan Brown takes us through the journey of Robert through the depths of Dante’s poem “Inferno”, which turns out to be the basis of a sinister plan by a maniac with radical views.

Not only is the story told in a compelling style, but it also delivers a message that our society is being blinded to — or refuses to see at all. I found myself, at more than one occasion, rooting for the antagonist.

The amount of research it took Dan Brown to write this book is enough on its own to give Inferno a five-star review. This book is a must read and I believe will leave its mark on the literary world for generations to come.

The Final Chapter


ImageI’m so excited to announce that I’m now writing the final chapter of my novel. This journey is getting tougher by the day, and I know it will  become increasingly daunting when I start editing.

Thank you all for the support, you have made this journey much easier and more enjoyable.

On other news, the winner of the free copy of the magazine 5Stories is Jennifer L. Thorpe: Eye Candy Visionz. Thank you Jennifer for supporting me and I hope to hear your feedback on my story Ernest’s Awakening.

If you haven’t yet taken a look at my story in the lit-mag, please do so by visiting this link: http://www.magzter.com/IN/Cresco-Books/5Stories/Entertainment/

New Short Story Published


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Pleased to announce that my short thriller “Ernest’s Awakening” is published on “5 Stories” literary magazine.

Ernest wakes up in a strange house, next to a strange woman, only to find out that the house is his, and the woman is his wife. Just as he is ready to surrender to his amnesia, a mnemonic incident reveals to Ernest that something more sinister than murder is lurking in his memory.

Purchase your copy for only $1.99: http://www.magzter.com/IN/Cresco-Books/5Stories/Entertainment/

Waiting for your feedback!

Guest Post by Janet Noble


Here’s a new guest post by author of the soon to be published children’s book. Enjoy! You can also submit your guests post to me by email. Just visit the “Contact me” page on my blog for more details.

Where are the real girl’s stories in kids’ books? As a child I can recall reading children’s books about the brave Anne Frank, the bossy Scout in To Kill a Mockingbird, the adventurous Pippi Longstocking and the scheming Katy in What Katy Did, but mostly I had to read about a male hero.

Fast forward to today, and there are certain ways in which women are portrayed in the popular media that throw up many challenges for parents bringing up girls. Magazine racks are littered with female celebrities who lurch from one crisis to the next and depicted in popular movies being rescued by men. Unfortunately, a dominant theme in magazines seems to be the need for women to present themselves as sexually desirable in order to attract male attention.

Furthermore, the media is sexualising children at a very young age by valuing girls for their appearance rather than their other attributes. This message is seen across toys, clothing and stationary sold for girls. Indeed, I find myself surrounded by books all about naughty boys! Where do you find funny stories about misbehaving girls? As a writer of first fiction for children aged 6 – 8 years old, current popular children book series such as Horrid Henry, Dirty Bertie and Captain Underpants seem to be about (and for) boys. BUT GIRLS WANNA HAVE FUN,TOO!  Recent series such as Agatha Parrot, Wilma Tenderfoot, Penny Dreadful and Clementine are  full of lively and funny girl characters. But is there a little too much sugar? Spice? All things nice? It seems that in the 21st century girls are not expected to behave truly badly.

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You’re a Pest, Betsy Thumbslurp! , a first chapter book for children ages 6- 8 year olds with illustrations by Jacob Turner, is my attempt to create a sassy, feisty (and, occasionally, not very nice) girl character in a story that combines lashings of laugh-out-loud rude humour with huge helpings of ‘girl power’  and salami-size sluggettes of sibling rivalry. (Note to self – must cut down on alliteration!)

You’re a Pest, Betsy Thumbslurp! E-book will be published at http://www.amazon.co.uk in March 2014.

Biography:

Hi. I’m 49 years young, have 1 husband (so far), 2 cats, 3 children and have spent the last 20 or so years promoting a love of books and reading as a children’s librarian. When I’m not blogging about my favourite children’s books I love to write my own.

Contact me at:

Website: http://www.janetpamelanoble.com

Twitter: @jampamnoble and @BetsyThumbslurp

Facebook : http://www.facebook.com/pages/Janet-Pamela-Noble-Childrens-Book-Blogger-and-Author/163364630491984

Book Review: And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie


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Ten people trapped on an Indian island, each with a past darker than the other. One by one they start dying. They suspect each other – there’s no one else on the island but them. Facing their inner demons, they are murdered, one by one, till there are none.

The suspense in Agatha’s story is unbearable. I heard many say that this is one of her best books. I would have to read more of her work to make such a statement. This book, however, is a thrill. The anticipation of discovering whose death would be next, how the next victim would die, who will stay till the end, and, most importantly, who’s the killer, is nerve wrecking.

The revelation at the end is not something I expected – I can’t really say if that’s a good thing or not. All in all, however, And Then There Were None (also known as Ten Little Indians) is a very good book to pick up and read on a cold winter night.

Twins: Wrath and Wroth


ImageYou know that Wrath, the deadly sin, means anger. Did you know, however, that wrath has a twin brother? I didn’t, until recently. Meet Wroth.

Wroth [rawth, roth or, esp. British, rohth] (adj.):

1. angry.

2. stormy, violent, turbulent.

Example:

His wroth blurred his common sense. At that moment, he was ready to do anything.

Book Review: Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell


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4.5 Stars

Malcolm Gladwell’s Outliers is one of the groundbreaking books in terms of our understanding of the culture of the rich and successful. In his book, Gladwell analysis the cultural, economical, physical, and even astronomical implications of the success stories in today’s world.

With his intelligent, well researched, factual piece, Gladwell provides the reader with answers to why certain people make it in this world. By providing examples about the extremely successful and the not so much, he explains in thorough details the obvious, yet overlooked, aspects which contribute to the success or, otherwise, failure of certain individuals.

This book is not a pathway-to-success handbook, nor is it a motivational narrative of people who rose from nothing and amounted to something great. On the contrary, it feel pessimistic, at times – I had to put the book down for a few days, at a certain point, before I was able to resume reading. But I did resume reading, eventually, because no matter how tough the facts in the book were, I was nodding in agreement with every sentence.

Gladwell is unapologetic, he will tell the truth like it is. And the truth is that smart doesn’t equal successful and, most of the time, the poor will remain poor while the rich will continue to grow wealthier. Gladwell provides reasons for this, however; reasons which, when acknowledged, can be avoided.

If you can’t handle the truth, or don’t like to challenge the status quo, then this book is not for you. However, if you are one of those people who don’t mind taking a second opinion, you will find Outliers very entertaining. A documentary of success, this book is nothing short of a paradigm shifter accompanied with a wake up call.

Book Review — Where Angels Fear to Tread by E. M. Forster (1905)


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E. M. Forster’s book is not recommended for those who are looking for suspense. In spite of the ominous title of the book, the plot actually isn’t as dark.

Where Angels Fear to Tread discusses social differences and their effect on people’s characters and relationships. It shows how people who are forced to behave in certain manners seldom do, and that leads to undesired consequences.

What I liked about the book: the weaved web of social and interpersonal events which gave the plot a certain amount of depth.

What I disliked about the book: the showing instead of telling; and the jumping from one era to another sometimes within the same line.

I just discovered that this book was made into a movie. Did anyone watch it? What do you think of the movie version of the book?