Playing with Visual Cliches: a Cover Story

One of my favorite things to do since I was a young bookworm was to stare at covers and take them in. At first I would simply admire the artwork for it’s color, style, and overall attractiveness. Once I started … Read More

J. L. Ashton: 2 Different Books, 1 Great Talent

Tell us about your first novel, A Searing Acquaintance.* JLA: I’ve always enjoyed modern takes of Jane Austen’s book, but the social and financial chasm between Darcy and Elizabeth isn’t always translated well; a strong, modern Elizabeth Bennet is difficult … Read More

Mendacity & Mourning Blog Tour Schedule

Blog Tour Schedule: 06/19   Babblings of a Bookworm; Vignette, GA 06/20   My Jane Austen Book Club; Author/Character Interview, GA 06/21   Half Agony, Half Hope; Review, Excerpt 06/22   From Pemberley to Milton; Guest Post, Excerpt, GA 06/23   More Agreeably Engaged; Vignette, … Read More

An Author’s Journey with Karen M Cox

Back in April, I had the opportunity to talk with readers during the Meryton Press Dear Friend Event about reading—mostly about how the meandering paths my reading history took have shaped and developed my love for books over the years. … Read More

Tips for Making Time for #Marketing

One of the hardest things about marketing yourself as an author is making the time for it. Another is being consistent within your life time constraints. I may not be an author, but I’ve been in that place where I’m … Read More

Web Marketing Basics for Authors

Most authors know they must actively participate in selling their books on the web. ‘Selling’ brings an image to mind of someone hawking books from a cart at the local shopping center. Thankfully that’s not exactly what is expected.

Twitter Basics for Authors

It’s common wisdom that making a connection to your fans and building a fan base is an essential part of self-promotion for every author. Easy, right? Just jump over to Twitter, sign up, and magic happens. Something life has taught … Read More

What is it with books and cats?

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Ever do an image search for reading or books? Ever notice how the vast majority of results have cats in them? Makes you wonder what the connection might be between reading and cats.   A quick search for Reading on … Read More

Learning from My Mistakes—Why the Blog Series?

Guest Post: Suzan Lauder shares with us what inspired her newest blog post series. I’m a reader more than I’m a writer. At any given point in time, I’m reading 7 or 8 books and stories, which tends to include … Read More

Dear Friend Event

“Mrs. Collins welcomed her friend with the liveliest pleasure, and Elizabeth was more and more satisfied with coming, when she found herself so affectionately received.” – Jane Austen Jane Austen describes a fine friendship between Elizabeth Bennet and Charlotte Collins. … Read More

My Mr Darcy and Your Mr Bingley Blog Tour

    One simple, uncharacteristic subterfuge leaves Fitzwilliam Darcy needing to apologize to nearly everyone he knows! When Charles Bingley reaps the sad repercussions of Mr. Darcy’s sin of omission, Elizabeth Bennet’s clear-eyed view of the facts gives her the … Read More

@Pixar’s Storytelling Secrets

Most people will agree that Pixar excels at telling a good story. Just think back to the first 10 minutes of UP. Not only does it tell a whole history with hardly any dialogue, it really grabs at your emotions … Read More

The Best Part of Love Blog Tour

About the Book Lady Courtenay, the former Miss Elizabeth Bennet, was convinced she could never fall in love again after the death of her first husband. That was before she met Fitzwilliam Darcy, a man she first despised, then befriended, … Read More

Smart Authors Self-Edit Spelling

You wondered about the title, right? “But the spell checker does that! Not always? What makes for a smart author, and how does this apply to me?” We know from previous posts that smart authors self-edit their weakest areas to … Read More

#DreamcastingHeroes Winners

After twelve days of DreamcastingHeroes, we have winners of our giveaways. Roxana Hidalgo in Spain will receive the paperback of “Then Comes Winter” and Angela Dale in the UK won the Amazon gift card and e-book! Congratulations. And thanks to … Read More

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