New Book Launching Tomorrow – BLOOD OF THE TAINTED

Originally posted on Official Site of Alex Laybourne - Author:

Tomorrow is the day. I have a new novel launching, and between you and me, I think it is probably my best piece yet. It was a hard one to write, but at the same time the more rewarding.

batSix gruesome murders in two days, a farm house burned to the floor, and panic on the streets. For Sheriff Ian Raskin, this is just the start of a nightmare ride that will take him to the edge of his own abilities where a monster lies in wait.

With his once quiet town being terrorized by an unseen force, Ian finds help in the strangest of places. Simon Pertwhistle, a pathologist from the city, arrives in town proclaiming the murders to be the work of a lone vampire searching for its queen.

Sceptic until proven otherwise, Ian Raskin finds his world turned upside down and when the fate of his town…

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The Indigo Spell by Richelle Mead

Originally posted on Ton of Worms:

Don’t judge Richelle Mead’s books by the horrible covers. Maybe someday they’ll get a makeover, but for now we must look past the angry Abercrombie gang. I’m not the one who put croutons in their salad.

The Indigo Spell is book 3 in the Bloodlines series, the Vampire Academy spinoff. We ended The Golden Lily with a declaration of love that goes against everything the alchemists taught Sydney to be – a cold, calculating vampire hater.


Sydney is searching for Marcus, a former alchemist who may be able to shed some light on the alchemists’ dark side. Until recently, she didn’t even know the words “former” and “alchemist” could go together. Yes she’s sworn her life to the organization, but that was before she saw the whole Evil picture. A few glimpses of the true periphery combined with a fondness for her new Moroi friends has her questioning everything.

The monkey wrench is that there’s a youth-sucking…

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Mangled Metaphors and Purple Paisley Prose

Originally posted on Catch a Falling Star:

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I have rather regularly been revising and editing old writing.  One thing I have discovered is that I am capable of the most gawd-awful convoluted sentences filled with mangled metaphors and ideas that can only be followed while doing mental back-flips or managing miracles of interpretation.    That last sentence is a perfect example of purple paisley prose.  Paisley, in case you didn’t know this, is a printed pattern on clothing or other cloth that makes an intricate design out of the basic twisted teardrop shape borrowed from Persian art.   The basic motif, the teardrop shape, is a leaf or vegetable design often referred to as the Persian pickle.  I write like that.  You can pick out the Persian pickles in this very paragraph.  Alliterations, mangled metaphors, rhyming words, sound patterns, the occasional literary allusion, personification, bungles, jungles, and junk.  “How can you actually write like that?” you ask.  Easy.  I…

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What’s Your Most Valued Writing Tip?

Originally posted on The 4 A.M. Writer:

When I started writing creatively some years ago, it was magical. I adored my characters and the story I was trying to tell. Since I knew so little about craft, there was nothing to weigh me down. The hours I invested were pure joy.

Unfortunately, all that magic went up in smoke when I enrolled in a workshop. I realized how much I had to learn. Opening work up to readers (and their criticism) will do that, and it hurt. I missed my safe, solitary writing world.

Still, the workshop taught me a lot about rules every writer should follow: show, don’t tell; limit adverbs; open with a strong hook, and on and on.

Crown Fountain in Chicago

Crown Fountain in Chicago

Besides these hard-and-fast rules, there’s no shortage of advice for writers, and much of it’s conflicting. What works for one may not work for another.

For example, author Kourtney Heintz blogged about…

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Future of Publishing

Originally posted on Women Unplugged:

Last weekend I attended a great conference in St. Petersburg. Held in a hotel on the beach, it’s amazing I was able to get any work done, but I did. The discussion panels were that good. In between sessions, I did sneak out and take a few photos. Who could blame me?

St Pete Beach

Some of the more interesting take away messages from the conference centered on the print industry, as in print books vs. ebooks. We all hear about the demise of bookstores, the print book going the way of the dinosaur with the onset of ereaders, but alas, it isn’t so. Print books are here, and I believe, here to stay. You see that beach up there? Who wants to get sand in their ereader? Not me. I take paperbacks to the beach!

But it’s more than reading venue that’s dictating the trends in publishing. It’s reader habit, reader access, and…

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Organising a book launch – your 10 point check-list

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Originally posted on Jenny Alexander's blog: Writing in the House of Dreams:

It’s a common misconception that if your book secures a deal with a major publisher they will organise a lavish book launch and all you’ll have to do is show up in a new frock and graciously accept the toast.

This can happen, but only for the chosen few books that get the lion’s share of the marketing spend. The majority of traditionally published authors have to organise their own book launches, although publishers are often happy to make some kind of contribution. If you’re self-published, of course,  you’re on your own.

A book launch is a major undertaking and to be honest I haven’t bothered with it for every book but, when I have, I’ve always felt glad I made the effort. After all, a book is a major personal achievement and one that’s worth celebrating.

If you’re organising a book launch, here’s what needs to be on your check-list:

  1. Notify your…

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