No Accounting For Murder

Most people think accountants are boring. Carly Turnquist is about to prove them wrong. Join Carly, a forensic accountant, as she gets involved with a mystery business that threatens her quiet East Coast town, embezzled money, a missing mayor, and several attempts on her life. Will she live long enough to reveal who the killer is? Learn more. Purchase this book and receive a free reader incentive–the prequel to the series.

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Different Points of View

It is important to understand the different points of view in writing. This article provides some helpful tips.

We are told to write from close third person point of view. This is the POV of choice for today’s audience and publishers. And yet I notice from time to time a yearning for omniscient POV, among readers as well as writers, perhaps a nostalgic yearning for a time when the storyteller knew everything, saw everything from on high, as God would. A day when, truth be told, questions had answers.

That is, after all, how fiction was born. It grew out of nonfiction, personal accounts that expanded into storytelling. Boccaccio’s The Decameron, an early example (mid-fourteenth century), is a collection of ten stories told by Florentines escaping plague in the city, told as though they were true accounts. Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales (late fourteenth century) is a collection of tales told by pilgrims journeying to Canterbury. So, in a sense, these works are nonfiction. Learn more.


Goal Setting

Goal setting is important. This article encourages us to make them and use them. I wanted to share it with my readers.

I don’t know about you, but it’s time for me to begin looking at the first part of this year, 2015 and see what I accomplished from my list I made New Year’s Eve, 2014. Why so early you ask? Well, I believe you have to have a plan in order to meet your goals. Just like you have to have a map to reach your new destination in a car. Therefore, now that July 2015 is here, I need to see what corrections need to be made on my goals for the remainder of the year and be sure to include these to do before the end of the year. You see this will help me to make sure I stay on point to reach my goals.  Checking on loose ends, making sure they are tied up so to speak. Must be sure not to overlook anything. After all, if it was on my list, then it was important enough for me to make certain it is done. I know, it sounds like a lot of work, but in reality, it really saves me a lot of work. Learn more.


One Writer’s Journey

This article is about one writer’s journey.

My journey as a self-publishing author is no different from for any other writer I have met, I did not want to face rejections or wait for months without an answer from publishers. Therefore, I decided to publish my own books using a local editor and a local publisher. I felt I could call myself a writer when I received my first printed book, yet selling without begging was a milestone. Learn more.


Writing Tips

This article provides writers with some great ideas.

Have you ever traveled a barren stretch of highway? Have you traveled such a road, your mouth growing drier by the nanosecond and your stomach growling like an angry bear? Your eyes dart to the side of the road. They search the highway ahead. You are watching for an exit sign that promises a restaurant.

Ah, a restaurant-food, water, a restroom. And a safe place where you can walk around and let you muscles unknot. But on this wild, deserted road, will there be such a place? And when? Then you see it–the sign. Hope rises. It’s only ten miles away. Learn more.


Nuggets of Ideas

We recently returned from a research trip to California, where we stayed in a bed-and-breakfast situation, sharing meals with our host family. They were a delightful couple, and during one of our conversations, she mentioned she’d been working on a short story for a number of years. I asked some questions, and finally she admitted it was more a novella, because it was too long for a short story. When I suggested perhaps it was truly a novel, which was why she was struggling to finish it, she said she didn’t think she could never write a full-length novel.

When I confided that I write novels, she wanted to know where I got my ideas. I told her my ideas come to me because I’m always looking for another idea for another book.

So I shared with her – as I’m sharing with you now – where I get my ideas. Try out a few. We have about a month left in the summer, and the weather is perfect for getting out and about.

So where do I look for ideas? Learn more.


Writing A Great Novel

What makes a novel a great one to read? Today’s featured article provides some insight into that idea.

Lately, I’ve been reading a lot-various books and back issues of writers’ magazines. (Have you read Eats, Shoots & Leaves? Who knew that punctuation could be such fun?) Anyway, some themes began emerging in the how-to-write-fiction articles. Some “standards” were touted. Sorry, but I’m questioning “authority.”

Does a book need to be a cliff-hanger to be a page-turner? Learn more.