Category Archives: Writing thoughts

Having people blog for you: Ramona Mead

For the second time, I had someone guest post on one of my blogs. It was fun going back forth with the blogger as she came up with an article for me. It was my way of saying thank you for her hosting me on her site earlier.

When we help each other, we are helping ourselves. It is a theme I preach on often. Working as an author can be solitary. So, reaching out to others gives us contacts and a camaraderie that only they get.

It is something I need to do more, especially when it is a win-win for both parties. The authors do the heavy lifting while also sharing my site. I return the favor.

Authors I have come across have not always agreed with my assessment of working with other writers.

It’s okay. Maybe, the author will learn in time, and perhaps not. How will I answer the next time I’m questioned? It’s simple. I know how to work with others. You know, kind of how we learned as kids growing up.

Ramona wrote about what it takes to be a book blogger. I learned a lot from her post and, hopefully, my readers will enjoy. I feel they will.

So, here is the link to showcase a new friend who is the same business as me.

Prefixes: Do you write them for your books?

I am not a fan of prefixes in a book. I normally will go to page one of a novel. Than I became a hypocrite and tried to write one for one of my books. It did not fare well for me or for people who read it.

I picked up a book on writing I received from a friend for my birthday. I was impressed, to a certain degree, how long the prefix. It was 37 pages. Seriously, 37 pages is what this author wrote.

I thought of reading it but left it alone. Sadly I have read books where the prefixes have been longer. Is there a need to write such a long one? What is the point? The goal?

On occasions I have read prefixes when they have been under 10 pages but that is not the norm for me.

As I write this post I decided to skim the book to see what was mentioned. I didn’t get too far.

To date it has never interrupted my love of reading or understanding any book when I have skipped to page one.

I understand the point of a prefix, I do. I just don’t get why a whole chapter, or in some cases two, of text is needed before a novel of fiction.

Book release and .99 cent sale starts today: The Jasper, Amazon Parrot series

Today two things are happening to my Jasper, Amazon parrot series. Today volume three is released! Woohoo!

Jasper, Amazon Parrot: The perils of The Jungle” continues the journey of Jasper and his friends who live in the Brazilian rainforest jungle. Inside you will find more danger that they will encounter by just living there.

If you have not read volume two, “Jasper, Amazon Parrot: Rainforest Friends and Family, yet well you are in luck. Our promotion starts today and ends on the 14th of December for the low price of .99 cents.

And if by chance you have not read volume one, “Jasper, Amazon Parrot: A Rainforest Adventure”, the one that started it all you are in luck. For an exchange of a review on Amazon and or Goodreads contact me and I can hook you up with a free copy. But yes a review is the string attached to it. LOL But seriously it is worth it.

Jasper and I are flying high and you are all encourage to come along with us.

Read the reviews. See the praises that are being left behind.

For Jasper 1:

★★★★★ – “Young children will love this story and certainly relate to it. The two parrots are adorable characters, teaching great life lessons to young readers. It’s fun, quick and meaningful. I highly recommend this first book in the series.”

★★★★★ – “Jasper is a delightful chapter book for young readers. I bought it for my 10 year old grandson who struggles with reading for Christmas. He read it in a few days and enjoyed it.”

★★★★★ – “A fantastic story for the younger readers who are transitioning from picture books to reading a story that unfolds pictures using their imagination.”

For Jasper 2:

★★★★★ – “These are very cute stories with gentle but lasting lessons to further children’s understanding.”

★★★★★ -“The heart of this series is the friendship between the various species. I also found the parent / child relationships strong and realistic. If you love animals, books that teach lessons in a strong manner, and an opportunity for something clever, give these a try.”