Tag: AIW Press

Book Release ~ Quantum Wanderlust

I've always been fascinated by the idea of time travel. I also love writing short stories and have had the privilege of participating in several anthologies. So, when AIW Press announced they were seeking stories for a Time Travel Anthology, I gladly hopped on board. My story, Gold Wings, is one of thirteen short pieces of fiction in the new release Quantum Wanderlust. Here is a bit more about the book: What if you had all the time in the world? Thirteen authors answer that question with short stories about time travel. Go back in time to right a wrong, forward to see the future. No jump is too large, no method unfeasible, no lesson beyond learning. Visit the past to learn a family secret. See the formation of a future dictatorship. Assume responsibility for weaving the fabric of time. Travel back in time to WWII. Use a family heirloom…

Patriot Day and Another Busy Week

It's hard to believe that sixteen years have passed since that fateful day in 2001. For as long as I live, I'll never forget the feeling I had when I first heard the news of the planes hitting the Twin Towers. Sitting in my office at work, I turned on the radio seconds later to listen to the report of a plane hitting the Pentagon. And then I watched on television as newscasters announced a fourth plane had crashed in rural Pennsylvania. [caption id="attachment_2942" align="alignleft" width="300"] The rebuilt section of the Pentagon. If you look closely, you can see the lighter color in the center of the building. This is the area the plane hit.[/caption] My eyes were glued to the TV as every flight in the United States was grounded, kept up-to-date as Air Force One carrying our President made its way back to Washington, and saw the mighty…

Full Moons, Time Travel, and a Holiday

After taking two days off from my day job last week, I had a five day weekend with the Labor Day holiday. And can I say those five days went by incredibly fast? Somehow, in my busyness to finish Unknown Reasons as well as formatting another book, I lost track of the fact we had a full moon this week until I saw the setting moon in the western sky as I left the house yesterday morning. [caption id="attachment_3924" align="alignleft" width="300"] A Harvest Moon from a few years ago. One of my attempts at capturing a good shot.[/caption] Frustrated that I'd missed this year's Harvest Moon, I searched for the date once I arrived at work and learned the Harvest Moon occurs in October this year because it's closest to the equinox on September 22. Hopefully, I remember to look at the horizon on the night of October 5. I…

The Month That Was

September has arrived, leaving August a mere memory. And what a month it was—some good, some bad. [caption id="attachment_3905" align="alignleft" width="300"] An F-14 Tomcat on the flight deck of the Lexington[/caption] August began with promise. My husband and I had just come off a week’s vacation. Although I’m a “mountain” person, we decided to go to the Texas coast this year. We spent two nights in Corpus Christi in a beachfront hotel and one in Galveston. It was one of the most relaxing vacations I had had since our cruise to Alaska five years ago. In Corpus, we toured the USS Lexington Museum. The “Lex” was a World War II era aircraft carrier and was decommissioned in 1991. It’s also known as the “Blue Ghost” because it’s said to be haunted. We didn’t see any ghosts but were able to see some vintage aircraft. In Galveston, we rode the ferry…

Wrapping it Up – June 16

Hi, everyone. Hard to believe another week has come and gone. While the official start of summer is still a few days away, we're already experiencing summer-like temperatures here in Texas. The days have grown longer, but that is something I enjoy. And, in spite of the heat, there are so many things I enjoy about summer. However, it's time for my weekly wrap-up with links to Story Empire and AIW Press. I'm a Beatles fan, in case you didn't know, so of course, I would find a way to tie them to writing. My Monday post at Story Empire talks about their Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album and how writers can learn from them. Click here to read. Wednesday, Harmony Kent had a great post about the use of commas. This is part one of two - the second will be upcoming in a few weeks. Be sure to…

Wrapping it Up

Hi, everyone. To not have so many posts each week linking to the other sites where I contribute (AIW Press and Story Empire), I've decided to do a weekly wrap-up post each Friday. The idea is to free the other days for original content. It's been a crazy couple of weeks here for me. We're expecting surveyors at my day job, and by preparing for that, I've come home mentally exhausted each day which is not good for writing. However, I'm still hard at work on the first draft for Unknown Reasons, the sequel to Unseen Motives. I also have a short-story planned for an upcoming anthology (more about that later), and a couple of ideas are floating in my head for two free-standing novels. So many ideas, so little time to write. Anyhow, let's get to this week's links. Monday at Story Empire, fellow author P. H. Solomon shared…

In and Around the Web

TGIF everyone! I, for one, am glad for an upcoming three-day weekend. But for now, it's Friday and that means it's time for another curated content post at Story Empire. Each week, the six Story Empire authors share different posts we've found around the web related to writing and/or marketing. Click here to read this week's list. And yesterday at the AIW Press blog, K. E. Lane shared the second in her series on Ten Tips to a Better Manuscript. And if you missed part one, click here. And last, but not least, fellow author Carmen Stefanescu posted a wonderful review of my novel Unseen Motives. You can read her review by clicking this link. (Thanks, Carmen!) Wishing everyone a great fun-filled weekend.

Can You Judge a Book by Its Cover? – AIW Press, LLC

Hey everyone. It's been a crazy, busy week for me. Wish I could say the busyness was related to writing, but alas, I can't. Anyway, today I'm posting at AIW Press where I talk about book cover designs. Click the link below to read. Okay, confession time. As much as I love my Kindle and the opportunity to carry an entire library in my purse, I often miss making visits to a brick and mortar bookstore. There is something to be s… Source: Can You Judge a Book by Its Cover? – AIW Press, LLC

Book Reviews ~ An Author’s Lifeline

With the onset of online shopping, digital books, self-publishing, and such book reviews are an author's lifeline. They can make or break a book. Amazon is the number one place to post reviews, and many people will go there to read reviews even if they purchase a book through Barnes and Nobel, Kobo, iBooks, and such. I often use reviews before deciding to buy a book by an author with whom I am unfamiliar. If I see too many negative ones, most often I'll back away. There have been a few times when a negative review enticed me to buy a book because something the review didn't like, I knew I would. But too many times I'll read a review that says, "Not my genre." Really? Then why did you buy the book in the first place?  There are right ways and wrong ways to write a book review. Fellow…

Top Ten Critique Tips ~ AIW Press

Hey, everyone! Happy Thursday. (Or should I say, Friday Eve?) If you read the acknowledge pages of my books, you'll find that I always give a shout out to my weekly writer's group. I can't tell you how much this group of men and women have helped me over the years. While some members have come and gone, and new ones have joined, we've met for a number of years. Some write inspirational stories, others are writing a memoir, and a couple of us write fiction. We've even had a poet recently join us.  But we have one thing in common: Our love for writing and wanting our work to be the best it can be. Today on the AIW Press blog, Michele Jones offers a list of top ten tips for critiquing. Be sure to check it out. (And more to come about AIW Press in a later post.)…