Top 10 Tips for #NaNoWriMo – An Editor’s Perspective by @perfect_prose #MondayBlogs

I’m delighted to have special guest, Susan Buchanan, from Perfect Prose Services on my blog today. She shares her top ten tips for all the NaNoers preparing for 1st November, from an editor’s perspective.

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Top 10 Tips for NaNoWriMo – An Editor’s Perspective

Only a day to go. On November 1st, fingers will be poised over keyboards, ready to create the next batch of NaNoWriMo babies. You’ve done your research and are fully prepared. Cue hammering of keys for 30 days. Continue reading “Top 10 Tips for #NaNoWriMo – An Editor’s Perspective by @perfect_prose #MondayBlogs”

Writing Inspiration #MondayBlogs

If you scroll down any social media feed you will find an abundance of memes with a variety of quotes – some are inspirational, some humorous, and some are very thought provoking.

I share quite a few motivational quotes on my Resolution Challenge Facebook page. Not because it fits my needs – although, some days these affirmations have been spot on! – I share them in the hope that they’ll help someone else. Continue reading “Writing Inspiration #MondayBlogs”

Reader Spot – Meet #BookReviewer Renee Conoulty (@HeySaidRenee) #Chicklit #Romance #AudioBooks

Here on the Reader Spot, I share the bookish love of our avid book reviewers. From young adult to historical romance, chick-lit to a murder mystery, they know what they like, and they’re happy to share.  Whether you are a reader looking for a new book, or a writer wondering what your reader wants, I hope you find this series enjoyable.

Next up to the Reader Spot is the very lovely, Renee Conoulty. Find her book review blog HERE.

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What genre do you enjoy reading?

I’m a very eclectic reader. I’m drawn mostly to women’s fiction, chick lit and romance, but also enjoy the odd horror, reading middle grade fiction aloud to my kids, writing craft books, suspense and anything else if the cover grabs my eye.

Do you have a favourite author in this genre? Continue reading “Reader Spot – Meet #BookReviewer Renee Conoulty (@HeySaidRenee) #Chicklit #Romance #AudioBooks”

Writing for Children and Young Adults with Marion Crook (@author_mcrook) #BlogTour #wwwBlogs #HowToBooks

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Writing isn’t easy. Our creative skills need to be nurtured so they can evolve. Reading ‘how to’ books on various writing formats/genres has been an enormous help to me over the years, and in particular, with my YA novels. I am, therefore, delighted to have a master of writing for children and young adults on my blog today.

It is my pleasure to introduce author, Marion Crook, as she releases the third edition of her fabulous book, Writing for Children and Young Adults. Over to Marion…

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The Fun Stuff:

What part of the world do you come from?

Gibsons, British Columbia, Canada. I live in a small town on the ocean, a 40 minute ferry ride from Vancouver.

What did you want to be when you grew up?

I wanted to be a veterinarian and when I couldn’t (women weren’t allowed way back then) I wanted to graduate from university and just keep learning. I didn’t tell my daughter my early ambition, but she is a veterinarian. Perhaps that’s why I have animals, particularly dogs, in every book.

List three words to describe yourself. Continue reading “Writing for Children and Young Adults with Marion Crook (@author_mcrook) #BlogTour #wwwBlogs #HowToBooks”

#Writespiration #92 First and Last Line #YA

#Writespiration #92 – First and Last Lines

I couldn’t resist taking part in Sacha Black’s #Writespiration this week after reading the first and last lines of her current WIP (I shall be first in line to buy it when she publishes!)

If you would like to have a go, then pop over to Sacha’s blog for all the details.

I’ve chosen to share the final book in my YA Guardians trilogy, Guardians of the Lost Lands, due out on 11th November 2016 (I think that makes 121 sleeps – not that I’m counting!)

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My First Line:

Claws scratched at the cold rock just inches from his bare feet. The twisted limbs of these tormented creatures snaked through the bars of his cell as they tried to reach him. Starved and beaten, the monsters craved his blood.

Last Line (Not quite the last line as that would give away a huge spoiler!):

‘I’ve had help,’ she said, laughing as she climbed on his back, and settled herself behind his long neck.