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Rules of Conflict

code of conductKristine Smith’s new book, Rules of Conflict, was released January 26.

I however, read the first in the series, Code of Conduct because I like to start at the beginning. And I’m glad I did.

Code of Conduct Introduces heroine  to Jani Kilian, her hybrid body, past relationships and an elaborately coded new world:

After an accident, doctors repair Jani using the most advanced Service Medical technologies available, or so they assured her. In the last days of the idomeni civil war, she escaped their homeworld of Shèrá, and spent the next 18 years on the run.

But someone like Read more

Frustrated with writing?

Frustrated with writing?Writing is frustrating, difficult and maddening.  Writers are frustrating, difficult and maddening. I think our reputation as mad and/or drunks is well deserved.  

But we keep at it, why?

No matter how difficult the work,  how awkward and unmanageable the manuscript or how awful the characters are or how badly behaved the sentences are: I am happy because I have a book to work on.  I am happy because I am involved in a creative project.  

We all long to create meaning. Working on a book, even thinking about a book gives my daily life meaning. Writing may not deliver Read more

Protect your writing timeWe say the words, make time. We can’t make time. I try in my Future Girls books to make time, to travel back and forth changing up everything.  It’s fun in fiction, not as easy in real life – so to speak.

In a conversation with Beth Barany, she asked, how do I make time for my writing.

And I had the epiphany that I don’t make time at all.

But I do protect it.

I do schedule part of the day for writing, for being creative.

And that’s the making of time I suppose.  I make time for writing.… Read more

Amber AlertWe’re hosting the Blog Tour for fellow Caliburn Press author Barbara Winkes and her new book, Amber Alert

Barbara discusses her road to publication.

I had always been writing, and it had been my dream for a long time to hold my own book in my hands—when it finally happened, the story leading up to it could have been from a romance novel itself. I fell in love and less than two years later, I moved across the ocean and got married.

You can imagine that this process involves lots of paperwork which, of course, is less romantic. I couldn’t … Read more

Newbie Writers Guide. Reaching for the moon cover

Cool Books, Cool Authors:

Julia Park TraceyNewbie Writers Guide. Reaching for the moon cover

Julia writes novels and edits her Great Aunt’s Diaries.

I’m glad I’m alive” Doris Louise Bailey, a teen in the Prohibition era, writes this sentiment over and over in her diaries as she struggles with a life-threatening bout of scarlet fever. But it’s also an apt summation of how she lived in the years following her brush with death. Reaching for the Moon: More Diaries of a Roaring Twenties Teen (1927-1929) contains Doris’s true-life adventures as she flirts with boys, sneaks sips of whiskey and bets on racehorses – breaking rules and hearts Read more

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