#ExcerptWeek – Emerging From Shadows by Balroop Singh

Poetry from #ExcerptWeek on The Write Stuff! 😉

The Write Stuff

This afternoon, I’d like to welcome Balroop Singh to The Write Stuff. Balroop is sharing an excerpt from her book, Emerging from Shadows, and I know you are going to enjoy it, and will share it far and wide. Welcome, Balroop!

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THE SECRET OF BEING ALIVE  

Torrential thoughts stir the ghosts of past
Throttling pain feeds on grisly graves
Pushing past away, I continue to thrive
In the rhythm of throbbing life

Life that seems scrupulously seamless
Having sustained stormy waves
Craves for calm waters and sunshine
Nurturing the hope… clouds would subside

Swaying droplets of indifferent love
Stand sprinkled all around
The charade of connection continues
Evoking detest, dissent and disenchantment 

Sharp shards of shattered emotions
Pierce as I try to gather those sensations
Wilderness walks with me
Yet a dim, discrete light beckons…

Rise from those dumps of depression!
Bury those personal regrets deep…

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Curated Content for Writers—August 4

OMG! How could I forget the Curated Content? Good stuff here, WordPressers! 👍👍

Story Empire

old fashioned manual typewriterHappy Friday, wonderful SEers! The end of the week is always a reason for celebration. I hope your first days venturing into a new month have been filled with fun, good books,  and prolific writing.

Speaking of writing, the SE authors have cobbled together a new collection of writing links. Before sampling the latest, take a moment to check out this week’s featured posts—Drip Campaigns by Staci Troilo and my own “It’s in the Stars . . . or Not” 

Then enjoy a Friday Fix with . . .


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#ExcerptWeek – The Spy and the Lady – a Five Kingdoms short story by @DeborahJay2 #EpicFantasy

#ExcerptWeek continues with #Fantasy… and the offer of a free book! 😉

The Write Stuff

THE FIVE KINGDOMS epic fantasy series (think James Bond meets Lord of the Rings) has a new entry!

To fill in some of the gap between books 1 and 2, THE PRINCE’S MAN and THE PRINCE’S SON, I have embarked on a series of short stories that I am giving away FREE to my mailing list subscribers.

THE SPY AND THE LADY is now available.

Ex-spy, Rustam Chalice, never could resist a lady in peril, and this one’s up to her pretty eyelashes.

Getting into the outlaws’ camp isn’t so tricky, but how come the rogues don’t seem that motivated by promise of a rich ransom? And why does the lady not appear enthusiastic about escaping?

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“Unhand the lady, you ruffians!”

Was that pompous enough? Exiled spy, Rustam Chalice, slipped into the role of arrogant nobleman with the ease of donning a cloak. When he’d ridden into the forest…

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Writing and Editing Tips Revisited: Writing a Blurb #writingtips #wwwblogs

Writing blurbs (which we all LOVE to do – 😀 ) short and to the point! 😉

Alison Williams Writing

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Almost as feared as the dreaded synopsis, the book blurb has the power to turn wonderful writers to jelly. But the blurb is the hook, along with the cover, to reel those readers in. You need to make sure that you entice your reader, that you intrigue them without giving too much away. Longer than the elevator pitch, but shorter than a synopsis, the book blurb is key to whetting a reader’s appetite.

So how should you approach it? Here are some quick tips on getting that blurb up to scratch.

Keep it short. This is NOT a synopsis. You want a couple of two to three line paragraphs. Too much and you risk giving too much away and turning off your reader. Too little and you might miss the mark.

Mention your main character(s). It’s important for your reader to know who the book is about.

Be precise. There…

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Friday Roundup – 4th August

Great link share list from author Stevie Turner! Honored to be on it! 😉

Stevie Turner, Indie Author.

1.  Morgan S. Hazlewood on A Writer’s Path gives us 3 things that make a great first line:

3 Things That Make a Great 1st Line

2.  Alicia Honeycutt on Kobo Writing Life gives advice on writing an author bio:

Writing an Author Bio

3.  Felicia Denise gives us 5 things authors should remember when planning a book tour:

5 Things Authors Should Remember When Planning a Book Tour #MondayBlog

4.  Janice Wald at Mostly Blogging gives the 7 best WordPress resources for blogging:

http://www.mostlyblogging.com/best-wordpress-resources/

5.  Jacqueline Obyikocha gives 31 blog post ideas:

http://theartofbeautifulexpressions.com/31-blog-post-ideas-bite-sized-tips/

6.  BadRedheadMedia gives advice on the best platform for beginner bloggers:

http://badredheadmedia.com/2017/01/29/do-you-need-to-blog-what-authors-need-to-know-now/

7.  Secret Diary of Porter Girl blogs about being a writer:

So You Want To Be A Writer

8.  Thanks to Wendy Van Camp at No Wasted Ink for these author / reader hashtags:

Author #Hashtags for Twitter

9.  Donatella Petitti at Millionaire’s Digest gives advice on how to be an efficient blogger:

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#ExcerptWeek – A Hundred Tiny Threads by Judith Barrow

#ExcerptWeek continues! 😉

The Write Stuff

This morning, I’d like to welcome Judith Barrow, who is sharing an excerpt from her latest book, A Hundred Tiny Threads, which is now available for pre-order. I know you’ll enjoy this one, and will remember to share hither and yon, as you can. Thanks so much, and thanks, Judith, for taking part in #ExcerptWeek. Welcome!

SYNOPSIS

Gritty family saga set in Lancashire in the 1900s and Ireland at the time of the Black and Tans.
Winifred is a determined young woman eager for new experiences, for a life beyond the grocer’s shop counter ruled over by her domineering mother. When her friend Honora – an Irish girl, with the freedom to do as she pleases – drags Winifred along to a suffragette rally, she realises that there is more to life than the shop and her parents’ humdrum lives of work and grumbling.

Bill Howarth’s troubled childhood echoes…

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Random Joke #3: The Donkey Meteorologist

Many thanks to Edmark Law for the Friday giggles! Check out his blog for his brain-challenging posts! 😉

Learn Fun Facts

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Once upon a time, there was a king who wanted to go fishing. He called the royal weather forecaster and inquired as to the weather forecast for the next few hours. The weatherman assured him that there was no chance of rain in the coming days. So the king went fishing with his wife, the queen.

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