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Let’s Talk About #BookReviews Day 3 #wwwblogs

What an excellent look at the book review process! ❤️

Rosie Amber

August is “Write a book review on Amazon” month and I’m helping support this with a series of book reviewing themed posts.

Make an Author's Day

Most author’s understand the value of  book reviews, our real challenge is reaching the average book reader, for whom writing a book review is not a high priority.

Writing that bookreview – Rosie’s own Point of View. **WARNING – we’re going in deep**  Don’t feel shocked, below are lots of points to consider, but only use a selection in a book review. Otherwise you’ll feel out of your depth.
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So when I wrote my very first book reviews they were only about a couple of lines long. (Good news: Amazon now accepts really short reviews) I would finish a book, think about what I’d read but I only remembered bits especially if I’d read the book over a week or two. I might write something like this “I really liked…

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Building Your Book’s Front Matter

Great explanation of how to set up your E-book for publication. Many thanks to Jo Robinson!❤

Lit World Interviews

I’ve always loved long introductions in the front matter of the books of my favourite authors. Not sure if it’s just me, but finding out more about them, their lives and thoughts has inspired me since I first started reading. What I don’t love so much these days is those same long introductions in the front matter of eBooks. I still want to read them, but I also want to be able to see the first ten percent of a book I might want to buy with a bit of the beginning of the actual story in it. It’s fine in a print book, but best in the back of an eBook with a hyperlink to it from the table of contents. Pages and pages of excerpts and reviews in the front of digital books equally get up the nostrils of potential readers “looking inside”.

The wonder of self-publishing means…

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Word Written in Verse – A Haiku

The Ronovan Writes #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge #111 words for this week are: “Rhyme & Reason.”

I used verse for the word rhyme and purpose for the word reason.

Thanks for stopping by. See you next week,


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#WQWWC – Writers Quote Wednesday Writing Challenge – “Strength”

Hey, EVERYBODY! It’s that time again! Time to join in the “Writers Quote Wednesday Writing Challenge,” co-sponsored with Ronovan Hester of Ronovan Writes, right here on and myself, Silver Threading!

Please use #WQWWC on your post so when we share to Twitter we can retweet you and spread the inspiration.

Welcome!  This is an open invitation to join in on our blogging event called the “Writers Quote Wednesday Writing Challenge!

Ronovan and I are really enjoying all the creativity that has been blossoming from this challenge. There have been fascinating science fiction stories, poetry, and even a song or two!


If you like the OLD Writers Quote Wednesday where you selected a quote and talked about the author of the quote you CAN still do that. The quotes are a pathway to find inspiration in your writing. You can write whatever you would like as long as you include your quote with your piece. You can write poetry, music, share songs, write flash fiction…


This is your chance to highlight your favorite author’s quotes that give inspiration to you as a writer. Do you feel like your writing is getting stale? Are you looking for inspiration to keep writing? Then you have come to the right spot!

Each week we will include a theme for anyone who needs additional inspiration. You don’t have to follow our theme if you don’t want to. It is optional.

You have from this Wednesday until the following Tuesday to participate!

In fact, Ronovan and I alternate each week with a themed prompt post written on Silver Threading. This will give you a different perspective weekly to keep your inspiration flowing.

Here is the link to last week’s post from Ronovan.

IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR BLOGS TO FOLLOW… I have included the entries from last week with the theme of “Miracles” (Please click on their name to visit their blog to read their contribution) (It’s cool when I can just copy the pingbacks :D)

Writer’s Quote Wednesday Writing Challenge Theme-“Miracle” #WQWWC – ladyleemanila

Writer’s Quote Wednesday Writing Challenge: Miracle – Judy E Martin

Writers Quote Wednesday – MIRACLE | The Writer Next Door

Writer’s Quote Wednesday // Trista Mateer – ZEN AND Π (Edit)

#WQWWC – Writer’s Quote Wednesday Writing Challenge – Miracle – Ramblings of a Writer

The Miracle Lies In Your Eyes… | a cooking pot and twistedtales

#WQWWC – Writers Quotes Wednesday Writing Challenge – “Miracles” – Silver Threading ~ Fairy Whisperer ~

[Writer’s Quote Wednesday] Her Miracle – Jade M.Wong

Haddon Musings

Neel Writes Blog

Always a Writer

Hallelujah – Postcard from a Pigeon

You guys are simply the BEST!

This is my week, and Ronovan will be back next week to share his theme with you.

THIS WEEK’S THEME IS “STRENGTH.” (…or any form of the word)

So what do you do?

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Wikipedia shares:

James Anthony Froude FRSE (/ˈfruːd/ frood[1][2]) (23 April 1818 – 20 October 1894) was an English historiannovelistbiographer, and editor of Fraser’s Magazine. From his upbringing amidst the Anglo-Catholic Oxford Movement, Froude intended to become a clergyman, but doubts about the doctrines of the Anglican church, published in his scandalous 1849 novel The Nemesis of Faith, drove him to abandon his religious career. Froude turned to writing history, becoming one of the best-known historians of his time for his History of England from the Fall of Wolsey to the Defeat of the Spanish Armada.[3] Inspired by Thomas Carlyle, Froude’s historical writings were often fiercely polemical, earning him a number of outspoken opponents. Froude continued to be controversial up until his death for his Life of Carlyle, which he published along with personal writings of Thomas and Jane Welsh Carlyle. These publications illuminated Carlyle’s often selfish personality, and led to persistent gossip and discussion of the couple’s marital problems.”

When I first saw the quote from James Froude, above, I knew it was meant for me. I think of myself as a dream writer. Seriously, I dream about my characters and then I find I am able to write about them. That is how my Heart Stone Chronicles – The Swamp Fairy, was created.

Yup, I thought I had my protagonist, Abby Forester all figured out. Then, I started writing and creating… Suddenly, everything I thought I knew about my character changed. She was transformed and molded by the events that occurred in the story. Her transformation was much like the journey many young people take in life. She had to grow and change from her experiences. Abby had to have the strength of character to move her character forward. Abby’s story is a hero’s journey. The same journey I had to take when writing the novel.

Do you ever think about how much strength it takes to write a novel? We writers have a certain fortitude that helps us complete our journey. It’s not really a question of stopping or starting over – it’s all about continuing. Writing becomes a compulsion and something we find we must do. It’s the simple act of writing down one’s thoughts on paper and telling a story. Simple, right?

Wrong. The second quote by William Zinsser is really about the editing process of a novel writing excursion. For me, the initial writing flowed easily. I was able to create an interesting plot with many twists and turns. However, it didn’t take long for me to realize that my writing needed work. It made for some hard reading.

It was at the editing stage where I realized I had issues with grammar. Writing in the third person is hard for me. says:

Writing in the third person is writing from the third person point of view and uses pronouns like he, she, it, or they. It differs from the first person, which uses pronouns such as I and me, and from the second person, which uses pronouns such as you and yours.”

I really beat myself up over that for awhile. I could have given up, but I didn’t. I reached down deep into my gut and told myself that if I wanted to succeed there were only a couple of ways I could move forward. Get help, and go back and relearn some easy grammar basics.

Believe me – this took strength and fortitude. That is the way it is with writing. It is a gift that tests your strength of character. When your reader cannot connect to your words, you know there is an issue. We write to share a story, to make our reader think and engage with us. We allow them to see into our imagination and to walk with us in the world we have created. Writing is engaging with your readers.

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As my editing process comes closer to completion, I realize I have to let my “baby” out into the world. I have to let other people into the world I have created. I only hope I have the courage and strength to hear what others think!

Thanks for stopping by… Tell me what strength means to YOU!


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FREE Book! 2016 Guide to Manuscript Publishers

AUTHORS PUBLISH MAGAZINE is announcing the release of the 2016 Guide to Manuscript Publishers. The book is now available to you, completely free for a limited time.

The book includes detailed reviews of 104 publishers that accept submissions directly from writers. If you want to get published, this book is for you.

Get Your Copy Here (Free)

Editing, editing, editing…

Affect vs. Effect | Grammarly Blog

Take the quiz and let us know how well you did! Do YOU know the difference between affect and effect?❤

Affect and effect are easy to mix up. Here’s the short version of how to use the right word: Affect is usually a verb,…

Source: Affect vs. Effect | Grammarly Blog

The Courtesan’s Avenger (Desertera #2) Cover Reveal

Check out Kate’s new book and the amazing cover reveal!❤

Kate M. Colby

Hello, everyone! Today, I’m pleased to present the cover and book description for The Courtesan’s Avenger (Desertera #2).


A courtesan on a mission. A brothel ravished by greed. A murder to avenge.

Dellwyn Rutt loves her life as a courtesan. For years, she has enjoyed the simple pleasures and lavish gifts of her trade. Now she wants more: the title of madam.

But Madam Huxley, the brothel’s current proprietor, refuses to name a successor—a problem that is amplified by the legalization of adultery. As the new law sends lusty clients flocking to the brothel, Madam Huxley’s greed grows unchecked at the workers’ expense. Only one outsider seems to care: a self-proclaimed prophet who won’t rest until the unholy institution is abolished.

After weeks of abuse, Dellwyn desperately seeks a way to subdue Madam Huxley’s tyranny. But when another courtesan is murdered, Dellwyn must set her struggles aside and solve the…

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3 Fiction Writing Exercises | Writing Forward


One way you become a better writer is to practice. My #WQWWC -Writers Quote Wednesday Writing Challenge is all about that. This article will help you establish the three critical components of a story: character, plot, and theme. Give it a try tomorrow and see how it works for you.❤

“These fiction writing exercises help you build a story by thinking about three critical components: character, plot, and theme.”

Source: 3 Fiction Writing Exercises | Writing Forward

The Dark Moment – Why Taking Your Protagonist To Her Lowest Makes for Great Reading – Author Zoo

D for Dark Moment – Romance Writing from A to Z No matter if you’re a plotter, a pantser or a whatever-the-hell-I-want-to-write-liker, there’s one moment in your protagonist’s journey that resonates with your readers most…

Source: The Dark Moment – Why Taking Your Protagonist To Her Lowest Makes for Great Reading – Author Zoo

» Clarkesworld Magazine: Accepting Science Fiction and Fantasy

Clarkesworld Magazine is a Hugo and World Fantasy Award-winning science fiction and fantasy magazine that publishes short stories, interviews, articles and audio fiction on a monthly basis.

The editors have put together a long list of hard sells – story topics that they generally do not want to see, although you might be able to convince the editor that your particular take on the topic is worth it. The list includes zombies, cannibalism, and approximately 50 other things, so read it carefully before submitting.

Always read the fine print before submitting your work.❤

Source: » Clarkesworld Magazine: Accepting Science Fiction and Fantasy

» The Totally Entwined Group: Now Seeking Book Manuscripts

The Totally Entwined Group is an eBook and print publisher that was successful in its own right, before being purchased by the Bonnier Publishing group. There have been some shifts in focus since Bonnier purchased it in 2015, but the group still has a good reputation and its focus is still on its two flagship established imprints – Pride and Totally Bound.

Pride Publishing, as you might be able to deduce, is focused on publishing stories where the lead characters identify as GLBTQI. They are interested in stories with a word count between 10-100k. Serials and series will also be considered.

Totally Bound publishes erotic romance and sweet romance in a wide variety of sub-genres, everything from morphing to Rubenesque.

Remember to read the submission requirements and to check the dates.❤

Source: » The Totally Entwined Group: Now Seeking Book Manuscripts

» Three Themed Calls for Submissions

These three different calls for submission are all very different. Remember to check the submission dates and to visit the sites listed to read the requirements. Good luck.❤

Source: » Three Themed Calls for Submissions

How to punctuate dialogue tags and action beats correctly – Sandra Gerth

A great explanation on how to use quotes in dialogue.❤

How to punctuate dialogue tags and action beats correctly

Source: How to punctuate dialogue tags and action beats correctly – Sandra Gerth

Should You Buy Your Own ISBN Numbers?

What has been your experience? Great thoughts here about buying (or not) ISBN numbers for your books.❤

Lit World Interviews

Your book’s ISBN (International Standard Book Number) is the 10 or 13 digit number assigned to every published book, and identifies things like edition, publisher and physical properties. Each particular edition of any published book has to have its own unique number, so you can’t use the same number if you choose to republish an already published book. The new book must have its own new number. I have seen writers on various forums claim that they’ve used the same ISBN number for both their paperback and their eBook versions, but if they did indeed get away with that they shouldn’t have. A quick squiz at Bowker’s rules (internationally applicable) will show quite clearly that a separate ISBN number is required for each format as well. eBook, audiobook, paperback and hardback. Getting even more picky, you could have MOBI and ePub versions published on different platforms. You could end up…

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Websites & Blogs that Pay $50+ Per Post

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There are blogs who will pay you to write articles for them! Seriously, what are you waiting for? Get writing!❤

Source: Websites & Blogs that Pay $50+ Per Post

$39,000 Short Story Prize: The Sunday Times Short Story Awards

Here you go short story writers! Check this out! Good luck!❤

Source: $39,000 Short Story Prize: The Sunday Times Short Story Awards

#WQWWC – Writers Quotes Wednesday Writing Challenge – “Miracles”

Hey, everybody! It’s time to get your quote selected. Get your creativity groove revved up so you can come up with a creative story, poem, or whatever else you would like to share about your quote. Remember, we have a week, so there is no great hurry! Take your time and just have fun!

Ronovan is in charge this week and he chose the theme of “MIRACLES”

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Please make sure to link to Ronovan’s post HERE. He also explains how to follow the challenge and gives us a link-back to last week’s post so you can see how creative everyone else was. In addition, Ronovan and I share your posts on social media for added exposure! Thanks for joining us.❤

I hope you will find the time to visit the blogs who participated last week for the theme of Memories. This is a great way to meet some new bloggers and to read some amazing writing!

Here’s who joined us last week for our theme of “Innocence” – Cue the music…

#WQWWC – Innocence | imanikingblog

#WQWWC – Writers Quote Wednesday #Writing Challenge – “Innocence” | Two on a Rant

Writers Quote Wednesday – INNOCENCE | The Writer Next Door

Writer’s Quote Wednesday // Lettie Prell – ZEN AND Π

Writer’s Quote on Wednesday Challenge: Innocence
– Judy E. Martin

Innocence is Freedom. #WQWWC – ronovanwrites

Writer’s Quote Wednesday, 8/10/2016. – Nagrij writes the hits you never knew existed.

Chastity breached – Writers Quote Wednesday Writing Challenge. | a cooking pot and twistedtales

Writer’s Quote: Innocence – Randoms by a Random

The innocence of love | Chasing Life and Finding Dream

Losing Innocence, Keeping Virginity…Writers Quote Wednesday Writing Challenge. – bookyglover

Writer’s Quote Wednesday Innocence | Annette Rochelle Aben

Dissolution | new2writing

#WQWWC – Writers Quote Wednesday Writing Challenge – “Innocence”
– Always a Writer

I was amazed by the wonder-filled discussions we all had about innocence in the comments under our posts. This is the true essence of blogging: sharing thoughts and learning from one another. A true miracle indeed!

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From the inspirational quote above, came the following haiku, called “Miracles appear”

Join me and let’s walk with Gary Cook in the forest of elemental beings…

NOW… Always believe and miracles will happen!

Editing is my LIFE!

My life consists of reading and writing, and re-writing words in the hopes of publishing my novel by this autumn…

If you don’t see me around much, that is why. Writing is a journey…

I did find some great editing tips, and I have shared them below:

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Manuscript Dr pat zick  Click this link and Patricia will fix you up!

Writer’s Quote Wednesday Writing Challenge Theme-“Miracle” #WQWWC

Sup Y’all. It’s me . . . Ronovan. This week I’ve come up with the theme of the week. It’s a miracle we keep doing it and haven’t failed to grabbed something out of thin air. It’s tougher than you think.

If you missed out on reading last week’s entries for the theme of Innocence, click here to go there. And if you are a participant you really should be visiting all your fellow entrants.


It’s easy to join in:

  • Find a quote you like that goes with the theme of the week.
  • Use that quote either in or as the title of some form of writing such as a flash fiction piece, poem, or pretty much anything as long as you include the quote and make sure to note who said it.
  • Then do a Ping Back or paste your URL into the comments of this post so we can all visit you.

This weeks theme is:




“It’s a miracle that curiosity survives formal education.” Albert Einstein (Google him. There is too much to sum up in a few words.)

Having been a teacher and in the education system for a number of years, I get what Albert was talking about. At least I have a thought about it. The amazing thing is this quote was from so long ago but applies to today so well.

These days students are taught to pass standardized tests. It’s not the fault of a teacher but of the system. Some teachers can still be creative in their approach but in some areas it’s just not that easy. A child isn’t allowed to wonder about something, there is no time given to it. The child is told this is it so just go with it. What Albert feared was the lack of creativity as generations continued. What great things have been missed out on because students are pigeon holed into having to think a certain way? I taught history. If you’ve ever done that you know a big part of history is teaching the wars. What happened around them. That’s what standardized tests are mostly geared to. That’s not how I liked to teach. I liked to link everything together, like a story, so students could understand and retain information. Who read Harry Potter 10 years ago and still remembers most of the story? Think about WWI and what do you remember about that?

Don’t let the world stifle creativity. Encourage your children to think for themselves and ask questions.


See you in the comments!


Remember, Colleen and I alternate weeks here on her blog hosting the challenge.

The Wrath of Love – A Haiku


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