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Author Linda Bolton - Writer, Blogger

Month: September 2012

Zombies are people too! Lyra says so! See why she thinks Cassie might have a chance!


HOW “ZOMBIFIED” WAS BORN! 
BY LYRA MCKEN
When asked to discuss how I came up with the concept and story line for my novel Zombified, I had to think back. I had to think of where I was mentally when the idea formed. I had been annoying my family and boyfriend for weeks talking about the Zombie Apocalypse. My Dad would say something about, “If the economy doesn’t do something then we are in for it.” That isn’t exactly what he said, my father doesn’t speak like that, but for the sake of this article that is what he said. I would respond with, “The Zombies will take over!”
As annoyed as my family was, I was fascinated with Zombies and why they enthralled our culture so. I begin to think how would you feel if you knew you were going to start eating people and rotting away? Cassie started to form in my mind. She was a young girl with a bright future, derailed by a disease and the end of life as she knew it. I then started thinking, what if Zombies actually could communicate and had a purpose with their constant wondering around. Slopar was born, my idea of the Zombie language. I pictured Cassie talking to someone about her life as she snacked on him and wrote the beginning.
After this I started thinking, what if you bit your crush? I had to give Cassie a gorgeous guy, figure out how to get them alone, and let her ruin it with her soon-to-be-dead tendencies. I really enjoyed writing the novel. I wanted to explore the thoughts of the partially infected, and what would happen when they met up and tried to fight the desire to feed as the infection spread. I hope people enjoy reading Zombified as much as I enjoyed writing it. Thanks for taking a trip into my mind. 
xx Lyra Mcken

ZOMBIFIED

Cassie is a typical teenager.  She’s crushing on a boy and trying to make it through high school. It’s a typical day of classes when all hell breaks loose. Forced to run and hide the situation just keeps getting worse. She makes a mistake and soon becomes infected. She meets others like her and together they sent out to find a cure. Is their fate already sealed? Can they find a cure before it’s too late? See what happens through the eyes of the infected when Cassie tells you how Zombies are people too.

AUTHOR BIO’S

Lyra McKen (aka, Emily Walker) resides in the mountains of North Carolina. She lives on top of a mountain quite literally with her other half of nine years and her fur baby, Rebel. After a couple of jobs ghost writing for other successful authors she embarked on her own journey to write a novel.

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This week my guest is Deby Adair with the Wish Trilogy. Use your imagination….


IMAGINATION IS OUR GREATEST TOOL 
(BY DEBY ADAIR)
Imagination is our greatest tool. When you create something meaningful, you share it with the world, even if no one ever sees your final effort. When we imagine, and then create, we are stating by our thoughts and actions who we are, and that person follows us around day and night for everyone else to see, interact and share with.
If we have music in us, then we strum, sing or write our lyrics. If we have art in us then we sketch, draw or paint. And if we write, we are usually sharing our deepest thoughts and projections.
Writing is a tool that can captivate an audience in a way that no other art does. A book presents an opportunity to immerse ourselves, sometimes completely, into the lives of others, and in the process, it changes us forever…we have now walked in another’s shoes and we will never be the same again. Although it may be argued that a movie will do a similar thing, the difference between reading a story and watching a story, is that a reader must go that extra mile and play the movie in their head, their way, with only the writer’s word to prompt the screen inside the mind.
As writers, we hold the world in the palms of our hands and, like all projections, how we do it is what counts.
Remember that what you write will reach inside the minds and hearts of others and, by the power of your words, resonate. How do you choose to create what resonates in others? 
Writing is something that comes from within a writer; a deep need to share a story, a theme, experience or something which the writer themselves chooses to explore. 
When writers ask me how to deal with writer’s block, I have one response: Writer’s block comes to you because you are trying to write what isn’t you. When a writer ‘blocks’ they are experiencing these key things: fear, self doubt and a desire to please others.
When writers ask me how they should fix their writers block, or indeed, why is it such extremely hard work to write, then my responses are simplistic, based on the need to change something that they’re doing. 
At first, my answers can be met with some resistance. ie: Often, a writer has a preconceived idea of what kind of writer they are, or want to be, and that may be the problem… in not knowing what you truly should be writing as opposed to what you think you should be writing. ‘Writers block’ will always begin there.
Do you love writing? Does the written word in and of itself give you incredible joy? Does the thought of composing a sentence and describing a moment, a scene, a sensation, a palette of colour, transport you with inspiration and excitement? What entices you, the writer, to capture an audience and transport them? 
I’ll ask a question: Can you effectively captivate with something you don’t know, or don’t understand or have never come close to experiencing? Perhaps, or perhaps not. 
During the process of writing, part of the joy is for us as writers to explore how a scene, projection, moment or situation may occur, creating that rush of creativity, the adrenalin and thrill that actually makes us want to write!
If you have decided that writing is in fact for you, that you have the guts, determination and the hard-driven discipline required to master your much loved skill, but you sit down to write and falter, then you must ask yourself why. 
A highly skilled young University student asked me to read a piece of their work and to offer a critique. It was an evocative piece. Very dramatic, very intense, extremely wordy, descriptive, exciting… but it lacked something. It didn’t ring true. It was a good piece of writing but I was left unmoved. I thought carefully about the piece before I gave her my critique. 
Finally, this was my response: When you write, the most important thing to remember is not to try to impress the reader but to find your own individual style. Don’t try to write with someone else’s style. Don’t copy the sort of writing that will outwardly impress you but feel to the reader as if they’ve read your book at least a hundred times everywhere else!
Write what you know. Write what you feel. By all means, use the power of your imagination, but don’t try to construct what isn’t innately a part of you because it will read cleverly, but not reach hearts and, as writers, our job is to reach hearts, otherwise we have just added to a high pile of pulp.
When a writer writes from deep inside themselves, reaching into what they know, how they’ve grown, the insights, the hurts, the joys, the depths of their being, then they lose writer’s block. They may have decided to sit down and write that great money-spinner and instead, written a poignant or meaningful story of something that jogs a memory of a day in their schoolyard. The piece they actually may end up writing may seem totally un-commercial, however, it may leave the writer, and ultimately the reader, deeply satisfied. I assure you that when you write from your inner truth you will always become a better writer and that is what really matters in the long run. You want to reach the hearts and minds of your readers. 
When people read, no matter what the genre, they unconsciously go there to learn something, even if they feel they only want to be entertained. When they read, they want to leave your book/short story/poem, prose or paragraph, and feel that it was a moment in time that you loaned them and which they have captured; that borrowing from your ‘knowing’ it will leave them stronger, better able to face the world.  Write what you own… share with us, the reader, what you know and feel. 
Writers often ask me why they can’t seem to get the discipline of the thing. My response, based on experiencing the roller coaster of life, is this: No matter what is happening in your life, and I mean no matter what, write something every single day; every single day go to your work and at least sit with pen in hand, with computer open and ready; if you find nothing there, then edit something you have previously written; look at your writing and be ruthless with it; teach yourself to know if that flowery sentence is valid or just satisfying an itch to be vocal; train yourself in excellent sentence structure and that often, less is more. 
Readers these days want to get to the point… so learn the skill of writing brilliantly with a sentence well built, rather than a paragraph that repeats itself. 
Take the pain from losing loved ones, your illness, a job you hate, the spiteful neighbour and use it to write! Don’t wait for when life will get good, for when you live in the right house, have the right amount of money, have the perfect relationship, have wonderful heath… all or some of those things may never happen, so write! Be your own best creator!
Write something, even if it’s for two minutes a day, every single day until the hardship of the discipline becomes your addiction and your high… then you have learned the true love affair of writing and have built a solid relationship that will let you call yourself a writer, a marriage where you have learned to merge words with the love of making it happen. 
Remember, the entire fantastic residue of living, is stored within all of us. Don’t write about things you don’t know just because you think that’s what readers want, and worse, because someone else got rich from it… write what YOU know and, if you do it thoroughly, seriously and with real craft and commitment, readers will love your tale about the day you dropped your lunch at school and ten kids laughed at you but one stepped forward to help… because when it’s genuine, we, the reader will know it and cheer you on!

THE WISH TRILOGY
BOOK 1: WISH
From the mists of time there comes a long-lost tale of unicorns.
‘Wish – Dreams Beginning’, Book One of the Wish trilogy.
When a homeless girl called Rielle and her unusual dog Pud become hopelessly lost in a wild landscape, they find themselves in an untamed forest. Here they meet an enigmatic unicorn who charms Rielle with his cryptic ways. Soon Rielle and Pud find themselves locked into an adventure of soul-seeking, friendship, mystery and truth that is both disarming and sometimes sinister.
Meet unicorns as you’ve never thought of them before; ancient forests and unusual creatures. – Although classified for Children and Teens, this book is also receiving heartfelt reviews from adults.
BOOK 2: WISH AGAIN
As a timeworn legend comes to life, can the past be mended and the present put right?
‘Wish Again – Dreams Truth’, Book Two of the Wish trilogy.
Disarming, charismatic and thrilling, this book explores friendship, complex characters, trust and the ethereal beauty and archetypal power of unicorns such as you have never seen unicorns before.
Fast-paced, this book draws you from one chapter to the next in a series of unfolding scenes that send you hurling to its conclusion with bated breath.
Wish Again- Dreams Truth by Deby Adair has been nominated for the 2011 Aurealis Awards – Australia’s Premier Award for Speculative Fiction written by an Australian Citizen.
Although classified for Children and Teens, it is also receiving rave reviews from adults. Wish Again-Dreams Truth-Book Two of the WISH trilogy.
BOOK 3: THE THIRD WISH
An ancient feud and a race for power, who will have the final victory? And what of the unicorns… which destiny will they be keeping?
In this final book of the Wish trilogy – ‘The Third Wish-Dreams Honour’- the gripping destiny of Rielle and the company of complex characters that become inextricably bound in her adventure, is revealed.
In this powerful, touching and thought-provoking book, the destiny of each character unwinds to reveal how unicorns, humans and First Ones are bound in a quest of honour to an ancient truth.
To do The Third Wish-Dreams Honour full justice, it is best read after reading Book 1, Wish- Dreams Beginning and Book 2, Wish Again-Dreams Truth.
The Third Wish- Dreams Honour by Deby Adair has been nominated for the 2011 Aurealis Awards – Australia’s Premier Award for Speculative Fiction written by an Australian Citizen.
Although classified for Children and Teens, this is not just a children’s book and is also receiving rave reviews from adults. The Third Wish-Dreams Honour-Book Three of the WISH trilogy.


AUTHOR BIO’S
Deby Adair is an author, artist, graphic artist and equestrian. An avid follower of the mystical and mysterious, Deby Adair has always loved the purity and truth of unicorns and their archetypal majesty. A past professional equestrian, Deby loves all animals and champions animal rights, the environment and human rights. She believes we must take care of our natural world.
An avid reader all her life, Deby began writing stories, poetry and prose from a very young age, the WISH trilogy is based on many works of writing and art which she produced as a girl but later embellished and created into her three novels.
Writing this trilogy and creating a vast collection of wonderful, exciting art works has occupied her for many years now. We hope you enjoy her much loved books and wonderful artwork as much as Deby enjoyed creating them!

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Welcome to my guest Jamie Haden. She’s the author of Illuminate-Alive, She Cried. Meet Talisa and get caught up in her story. 


Who is Talisa Santiago?
This is never an easy question to answer because who we are changes, sometimes on a daily basis. It is often customary to hear a person say, “I’m not the same as I was back then,” or “I’m different now.” Although this may be the case, what I have come to learn is, our thoughts about ourselves, and our thoughts towards others, can certainly change, yet, in the end, our essence remains true. That is what I tap into, to fully understand and appreciate Talisa. I had to get her essence. 
Just as the spirit of the soul lies hidden, so were the secrets of Talisa’s childhood. She was born in the Mexican desert, the granddaughter of a shaman, yet she fled with her mother at the age of seven and escaped to America in hopes of finding a new, safer life. In an attempt to shield her daughter from her past, Talisa’s mother refused to speak of their history in the desert, her ancestry, and all things Native American. Only bits and pieces remained in the young girl’s memory. Horrific as well as enchanting recollections consumed her, but dissolved through time with no explanation. Life proved to be difficult, and Talisa found herself isolated and alone. 
She was different from other kids.
Indeed, the very core of her being separated her most because she was born, not just the granddaughter of a shaman, but with a direct connection to the spirit worlds. Even though some would argue her gifts were hereditary, it would still prove to be a long and arduous crossing simply because her childhood, where she came from, was a mystery.  
Nevertheless, the obscurity of it all was enticing. It kept Talisa lost, yet hoping, wondering, if maybe one day, she would be found.  
From the very beginning, when I first began to think about Talisa, I knew I wanted a strong female protagonist. Not necessarily physically powerful, although I do appreciate the girl who can kick some serious butt, I am talking internally so, awakened. Such a state of being in a seventeen year old is rare, a treasure to be adored. 
This was also an end. A place Talisa had to get to, after she walked a very long and winding road, for the desire to become aware of our inner selves is a journey most of us inevitably take at some stage of life. 
To fulfill this goal, this end, I wanted to develop the character of a girl who wasn’t consumed with materialism. I envisioned a world of seclusion—first a barrier island of the coast of North Carolina, and then, a remote Indian reservation deep within the Great Smokey Mountains. Yet, throughout it all, Talisa, as well as all the other characters, had to be relatable. They had to go through being teenagers, the hell of it all; they had to be real. 
Ultimately, Talisa would have great burdens to bear, feel tremendous heartache, go against all odds, fall, be betrayed, betray, and face the dark night of her soul. There was no other way around it. She had to lose it all in order to know what losing it all felt like; then and only then would she be able to rise.     
In the end, I admire the person who can honestly say they live with no regrets, because the choices they made, even the ones they regret, made them stronger in the end. They are the ones who transform through change. By living in the present, they aren’t captive to the past. They reclaim their spirit and inspire others. People such as this are worth writing for, and that is Talisa.
Jamie Haden
Wilmington, NC August 2012


ILLUMINATE-ALIVE, SHE CRIED a novel by Jamie Haden
Some say the concept of rebirth is simply a metaphor for living a better life, a holier life. For seventeen-year old Talisa Santiago, such a resurrection is anything but a metaphor. It is her reality. 
Talisa knows she can communicate with the spiritual world. She is the granddaughter of a shaman and going between two different worldly dimensions is something she realizes she is destined to do. However, what she doesn’t count on is what fate has in store for her. 
After surviving the first hurricane of the season on the island where she lives, Talisa learns that her life is in grave danger. She must leave immediately and retreat to live with a secretive clan of Indians on a remote reservation deep within the Great Smokey Mountains. 
Her blood brothers, three shifters who have the desires of both man and animal surround her, promising everlasting friendship and protection. Now, Talisa will put her life in their hands, depart from her mother, and begin the journey of a lifetime. However, the majestic mountains hold many secrets and danger lurks in the night. There are evil tricksters everywhere that want her dead. As Talisa falls prey to the confusion of her own sexuality, she unleashes an untamed passion that may get them all killed.   





Jamie Leigh Haden is the author of Spirit Seeker, a young adult fantasy. Jamie lives and writes near the seashore in North Carolina. She has a Bachelor’s degree in philosophy. Jamie is currently working on An Unimagined Life, the sequel to Illuminate-Alive, She Cried. Get Illuminate-Alive, She Cried on Kindle here: http://goo.gl/g6qKF  or in paperback here: http://goo.gl/3V4Of


Jamie Haden www.jamiehaden.com 

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The Next Big Thing

The Next Big Thing

I’m hoping my book, should it get published, become the next big thing. So I’m going to tell you a bit about it to tease you so you’ll be waiting for it when its time.


What is the working title of your book? I call it “Perfect”
Where did the idea come from for the book? I was having serious fantasies about Gerard Butler, the actor, I thought I should do something creative with all my energies.
What genre does your book fall under? It’s a contemporary romance with a few medium heat sex scenes. Definitely not considered erotica.
Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition? Of course, Gerard Butler would be the lead male. The lead female, hmmm, Stockard Channing when she was 45-50 years old. Too bad she’s much older than that now. Maybe Valerie Bertinelli….
What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book? Alex lead a simple life until she met actor Derek Dunbar and he never expected to fall in love.
Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency? Hoping to have a publisher take me on. I would love the support of someone who knows the ins-and-outs. I can help with marketing but the other is all greek to me.
How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript? Took ma about 4 months, but 8 months to edit over and over and over…..Its never as perfect as you want it to be. Even with a title like Perfect, you always see flaws. At some point you have to let someone else decide if it needs any changing.
What other books would you compare this story to within your genre? Its a typical contemporary romance but with a lot of travel. They challenge each other and see some amazing things.
Who or What inspired you to write this book? Gerard Butler. But I know he brings that out in many of his fans. I know a few other writers and artists that focus mainly on Gerard (Gerry to us die-hard fans). 
So now it’s my turn to tag five of my fellow authors, or aspiring authors. Look for their posts next Wednesday!

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One lovely day….Oh wait, its a blog! That’s right! Martin Reeves shared this lovely award with me! 
 
This is a fun and simple one. No hair to pull out, no dreadfully serious questions….Lets have some fun! 
The idea here is to share 7 things you (yes, all of you) may not know about me, and then to nominate 7 other worthy souls to go and do likewise.
Martin crafted his in a desert island format. Mine will be in my favorite hide-away: A cabin in the mountains, by a lake on a beach. (Mitch Mitchell this is for you!)
So, in no particular order, My Seven Desert Hide-Away Musts:
The Book: The complete collection of Christopher Moore and Janet Evanovik. Laughter can get me through anything.


The  Grub: Fruits and veggies (no one ever got fat on fruits and veggies) and an occasional steak – I’m really tired of chicken
The Album: Pat Benatar’s Greatest Hits! 
The Movie: Sweet Home Alabama – I can watch it a thousand times and still love it!
The Drink: My homemade Sangria! Rum, wine, orange juice and the fruit from above…See I plan.
The Exercise Video: TurboFire baby! Kick it!
The Appliance:  Hello! Laptop!!!!! 
And now, I’d like to pass off this sweaty baton and nominate a few other lovely  blog types.
Its just some fun! Enjoy yourselves! 
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My 16 Weeks on My First Blog Tour
So 16 weeks ago I started my first blog tour with Tasha Turner and the TTCVBT. I had no idea who Tasha really was or what a blog tour was. Were my eyes opened!
It was challenging writing about myself and my ideas. It was so much fun meeting other writers. Some published, some not. It was encouraging as an unpublished writer, hearing everyones struggles to get to our goals. 
I’ve written weekly blogs for awhile now. I had slipped into laziness and had stopped posting. The tour motivated me to start posting again, to be brave enough to join other blog tours, to help others promote their work. 
I had some writer friends that were helpful with answering my questions about writing and publishing, but the people I have met on this blog tour are supportive. They truly want to help each other. We all promote each other. No competition. No judging each others works. We all really want each other to succeed. Its awesome! 
I have experience at marketing and finding my market. Its been great learning even more from Tasha. I had let my twitter account fall by the way side. I’m still not keeping up with it very well but I try. I have learned how to bring folks to my fan page on Facebook. And I’ve found even more writers that love helping each other. 
This has been a fantastic experience. If you haven’t tried it, you should. I can’t wait to do it again! Next year Tasha?
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Please meet Deborah Woods. She is a wonderful poet that can take your soul to the next level. Say hello.
Deborah is happy to share a diverse collection of her work through ‘Aphrodite Ink’, her first compilation of poetic verse and prose. Included in this book you will find a mixture of light inspirational, dark, erotic and Haiku poetry.
Coming Soon to PDMI Kindle
She is also working on her first novel, a Romantic Thriller that will be out in the near future! 
Inspired by reminiscence, solitude and admiration of the beautiful, through art and music, Deborah Woods shares her deepest thoughts and dreams 
through her writing and poetry. Her labyrinthine existence through her childhood and teen years cultivated her habit of internalizing, thus catapulting her fight to write. From her earliest recollections she has taken pen to paper, writing poetry and short stories inspired by her own experiences and the offered promise of a better tomorrow.
Now a grown woman she sees the world through new eyes of unbounded existence. Inspired my music, a sad story in the news, holding a friend in heartbreak, to dreams that mean nothing…or everything, she quills her invocation of love, lust, fantasy and beauty that is coated behind a wax seal of intrinsic desires.
Life’s chaotic paradox sometimes finds her travelling over to the shaded side where the dark, erotic and sometimes frightening reside as well. After all, everyone faces a monster from time to time.
Simply put, she is rebellion in a pretty dress, doing as she pleases while she calls on memories of past days, a uniquely poetic world and the unlimited gifts found in the silence to offer their muse. She is as she was meant to be, on a constant quest for self-enlightenment and improvement through literary penmanship.
Black Butterfly
I am no serpent to be charmed
under, ritual flutes
ambiguous intention,
so do not speak to me of want 
for, I am following
the black butterfly s flight;
I will not listen as my spirits 
grace holds tight 
to her midnight wings;
in quest of her oracle wisdom
to reclaim possession
of my restive minds peace
Paradox love
Love,
 the ruling tempest stealing minds
as we breathe for it;
enveloped by it’s sorcery
even when hurts…
we are consumed by this emotion;
Incessant nicks in tender layers,
irrationality injected to veins
the yearning in the deepest lonely night
a sanguine dream of the departed.
and the burning of rejection;
A psychological dichotomy
of brilliance, verses darker shades
as a red rose transforms to green
where it sways to a rhapsodic melody,
before the wind breaks it at the stem
Love pumps fire through a spirit
overcome by a powerful kiss to lips;
To break apart in orgasmic bliss
fills a heart with tender nourishment’
where souls cannot live without
But, the loss of it leaks agony by raining tears 
yet, we seek it out to repair cracks in a broken heart, 
opening to more of its aching sensation 
for the pain is a necessary part,
of the human addiction
Afflicted with its sickness,
healed under immeasurable passion
longing for a sultry summer night
with hope for its eternal gift,
lost in the paradox
Love 
Shivering Whisper 
As a heart sustains a soul and a breath does life
Your whisper carries my spirit to flight
As I close my eyes and feel you
  Touching my skin with it
Seducing my mind, serenading my heart 
You physically alter me
You unleash beauty with a softly hushed motif
Changing nuance and colour as it passes your lips
Your quiet declaration, a salty air lullaby
Raises goosebumps along my heated skin
And, you keep me wanting
 Needing things I never knew I could have
Your whisper is a touch
A passionate explorer mapping out my body
With a light heated breath roaming, you raise me up
From ashed cinders to combustive flame beneath your brush
As you engulf me with melody I soften
My favourite song, your whispering of my name
As you mouth your needs into my ear
They caress my heart to a staggering beat
I feel everything on a hushed caress kissing my soul
I shiver with your sweet lovers secret
And with your gently breathed power
You have my full attention
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This week on the Blog Tour my guest is Allison Bruning. Here is her spotlight on how things can change quickly in this line of work! 


At the beginning of the Tasha Turner Virtual Blogging Tour this post would have been easy to write. I had the perfect paragraphs of my novel Calico. But recently, I have left my publishing house to pursue self-publishing. I have been with two small presses and have been scammed by three vanity presses. My novel, Calico, has been through all of them. After 15 five stars and a few below that, I decided to leave my publishing house and pull Calico off the market. 

Allison, are you crazy? Maybe I am. The jury is still out on that debate. Pulling Calico off the market was a hard decision for me. You see I have been writing professionally for four years. My mantra had always been find a good publisher and stick with them for the long haul. Writing for me isn’t just a job. I was created to be a writer. It’s my calling. Although I have been professionally writing for four years I have been writing stories, poems, and essays since I was in Kindergarten. There is nothing like writing for me. It’s my addiction, my passion! So what does that have to do with why I had pulled Calico off the market? A few months ago, I felt a strong need to work on my writing skills through a Masters of Fine Arts program. At first I had thought writing only encompassed writing novels, short stories, and poems. I always knew God created me to be a writer. I still remember when I was anointed to do that. Yet deep in my heart I am also a educator. I love to teach people and I have always wanted to be a professor. The Masters of Fine Arts is a terminal degree, meaning it is the highest you can go in Creative Writing. It’s the equivalent of having a doctorate in Creative Writing. I applied to Spalding University but was denied entry not because I needed more writing skills but because as they said “we don’t know what to teach you. You have achieved so much already.” Hmm, I’ve never heard a university of admitting that. I almost gave up. But then one day a friend of mine has suggested I apply to another university. I Googled for an MFA low residency program and kept coming up with Full Sail University. I would shove the link aside then it would pop up again. I did this a couple more times then it hit me. I had been praying for an answer and this keeps popping up. I decided what could it hurt? What a blessing it has been! After three months in the program I can see why God had wanted me to go to Full Sail. Writing isn’t just about writing novels, short stories or poems. Writing encompasses so much more. I can be a novelist and a screenwriter at the same time. Hadn’t I always wanted Calico to be a movie and television show as well as a novel? Why not write all of them myself? One of the harsh realities I had to face last month was the reality that I could not sell my TV series to anyone as long as I didn’t control all the rights to the material. As long as I was with a publishing house I would have to gain their approval and share the royalty when a television or film company wanted to buy my scripts. It would lowered my potential to achieve my goals. I had never signed a contract with my publishing house in the UK. After mutual understanding I left the publishing house and pulled Calico off the market. I plan to rename Calico and the series. I also plan to break it down into a different series. My plan is to continue to write and market my novels, short stories and poems while I am pursuing my screenwriting. I will be self-publishing everything. My next book set to released is called Reflections. This is a collection of essays and poems I have written over the past couple of years. After that I will publishing a short paranormal/romance story called Lady of Wild Rose Pass.



 She is currently working on the sequel, Rose. She is also working on another series, The Secret Heritage, which traces the life of her great great grandmother at the turn of the 20th century in Ohio. Allison’s interest includes Ohio Valley history, anthropology, travel, culture, history, camping, hiking, backpacking, spending time with her family and genealogy. Her genres include historical fiction, paranormal, romance, and suspense.
You can reach her at:
Facebook Fan Page http://on.fb.me/plvkxJ
Twitter: @emeraldkell
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Its a holiday weekend; you have an extra day off! Why not download a free book?


independent Authors international, a leader in the independent author movement, is holding a multi-author free book giveaway through the Labor Day long weekend, and we would love it if you would let your readers know about it:

iAi Labor Day Free Reads
Free thinking, independent authors bring independent books to you — for free

From September 1 to 3, independent Authors international (iAi) is holding its first free book giveaway: seven great books from seven free-thinking, independent and original authors.

iAi is a cooperative publishing organization of independent authors from around the world, whose aim is to support and legitimize the independent author movement, and bring new voices to readers throughout the world.

To promote the organization and its authors, seven iAi members are making their books available for free downloads for the Labor Day long weekend through Amazon.com

3 days
7 independent writers
7 great books 

The Five Fortunes of Fulano by Benjamin X. Wretlind — contemporary literary fiction
LOST by R.S. Guthrie — mystery-thriller/contemporary horror
American Goddesses by Gary Henry — contemporary urban fantasy
Gray Justice by Alan McDermott — action/adventure thriller
Cassidy Jones and Vulcan’s Gift — MG/YA superhero adventure
At Road’s End by Zoe Saadia — historical adventure fiction
The Bones of the Earth by Scott Bury — epic fantasy/magic realism

For full information on all the titles available for the first iAi Labor Day Free Reads, visit http://robonwriting.com/iai-labor-day-free-reads-2/ or iauthorsi.org.

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