Thursday, November 23, 2017

Angela Guidolin


Why are you THE Next Favorite Author?
My original, thought-provoking stories take readers through a wide range of emotions that makes them unforgettable.
When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
Only recently, although in 2000 a tarot reader told me I would write a book. I didn’t know what to make of it. I’ve always been a bookworm, but never thought of becoming a writer. Moreover, for the previous two years I’d been struggling with a crippling pain in the upper part of my body, especially in my wrists. My GP had sent me to yoga classes and to see a few practitioners, then told me that I was suffering from repetitive strain injury and there was nothing she could do for me. It could only get worse. Would I really be able to write a book? And what would I write about, exactly?
As you can imagine, my first priority was to heal. Given that I couldn’t count on my GP, I started the journey to recovery on my own. I tried many alternative and complementary therapies. Each one helped me a little. However, one healer gave me the key to go back to health by lending me a book by Louise Hay, “You can heal your life.” It blew my mind because it connected diseases with thought patterns. Muscles problems, for example, are linked to resistance to new experiences, and my resistance derived from an idea of success imposed to me by society.
Holding an Italian first degree in Business Economics, I was expected to be in a glamorous job and climb the social ladder. Being an immigrant in London, reality was different. Nobody was interested in my degree because I had no experience, so the only jobs offered to me were jobs I considered menial and felt frustrated after a while.
If I wanted to be happy and healthy, though, I had to ditch the conviction that success equals high social status and choose success equals what makes me happy. I had to focus on my internal expectations and not on the ones society had inculcated in me. Problem was, I didn’t know what I wanted to do!
So I just went with the flow. I agreed to follow my husband to France and run a coffee shop with him there. When our daughter was born we moved to Italy to stay near to my parents, because we feared she would be all alone in a foreign country if something happened to both of us.
In Italy I worked in the family business using my degree, at last. On the one hand, I was happy to be in a job that challenged me, on the other hand I soon realized that it wasn’t for me. My soul longed for something more meaningful, in line with my core values. I wanted to help people somehow. Even if I had trained as a Spiritual Healer back in London, I couldn’t see myself working as a healer anymore, so the search for my calling was still on.
In those four years in Italy (between 2007 and 2011) I was working and looking after our daughter with some help from my mum. I was in pain most of the time and I felt lonely, because my husband soon relocated to the South of England to open a coffee shop with a partner.
It was 2008 when I felt it was the right time to start writing the book the tarot reader had told me I would write. Among the genres, I chose science fiction. I consider it as applied philosophy and sociology, played out in a safe environment, and it was fun.
The process of writing was slow going, because I had little time to dedicate to this project and so much to learn. Only after settling down in Folkestone on the English Riviera my health improved. I attended Creative Writing courses, and my passion for writing blossomed. I started to believe that I could make it as a writer and I felt that I had found my calling at last.
About the Author Blurb
Born in Italy in 1968, Angela currently resides in Folkestone (UK), where she frequented a few courses on Creative Writing. Her love for science fiction convinced her to teleport herself to London to attend a one-day workshop led by bestselling SF author David Wingrove on what makes SF tick. Still eager to learn how to hone her craft, she also followed an intensive writing course with renowned author Gay Hendricks. Her short story A New Beginning appeared in The Folkestone 2014 Anthology, her novelette Homecoming was published in the SF magazine Nebula Rift in 2014, and her science fiction romance novella Across Spacetime was recently released by Fountain Blue Publishing. She is currently working on its sequel and she volunteers as Deputy Editor with the magazine Storyteller.
Where can we buy the books?
Smashwords: http://bit.ly/2krdFDx
Barnes & Noble:  http://bit.ly/2k6A3l7
Amazon US:  http://amzn.to/2nKjoWC
AbeBooks.com: http://bit.ly/2oxvHCL
How can we follow you on Facebook?
What is your Twitter Handle? @guidolin_angela
Are you on GoodReads?
Your Website Address is: www.angelaguidolinauhor.co.uk
Are there any other sites we should know about?

Google + account:  http://bit.ly/2rkDOGR

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Author Tip: Visit other Blogs

A blog is a great way to get noticed. Blog once a week. This could be as simple as sharing a snippet of your writing with your readers (no extra work there.)
In addition you need to follow other writing blogs. You should leave at least one substantial quate a week.
Substantial means one paragraph or more of writing.
Every comment you make on a blog increases that blogs digital footprint.
Make sure you have a signature you leave with the blog.
The signiture should look like the following:
Lucinda Moebius Author
Follow of Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Lucinda-Moebi…/e/…/ref=ntt_dp_epwbk_0
Follow on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LucindaMoebiusAuthor/
Find the blog: https://lucindamoebius.blogspot.com/

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Weekly Share Thread

Let your readers get to know a little bit about you. In the comments provide an About the Author Profile. Share a link to this blog across your social media.

About the Author
120 Characters or less (Think Twitter): Why are you THE Next Favorite Author?
Answer one of the Questions:
1.      When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
2.      What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
3.      What do you like to do when you're not writing?
4.       What makes your book stand out from the crowd?
5.       What do you enjoy most about writing?
Give an about the Author Blurb,
Provide Links:
                Where can we buy the books?
                How can we follow you on Facebook? (No more than 2 links)
                What is your Twitter Handle?
                Are you on GoodReads?
                Your Website Address is:
                Are there any other sites we should know about? (No more than two links)
Provide One image: (Headshot, Book Cover, Favorite photo)

****Please note, you MUST own the rights to the image. No pics from internet sources or other copyright material.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Weekly Share Thread

Let your readers get to know a little bit about you. In the comments provide an About the Author Profile. Share a link to this blog across your social media.

About the Author
120 Characters or less (Think Twitter): Why are you THE Next Favorite Author?
Answer one of the Questions:
1.      When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
2.      What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
3.      What do you like to do when you're not writing?
4.       What makes your book stand out from the crowd?
5.       What do you enjoy most about writing?
Give an about the Author Blurb,
Provide Links:
                Where can we buy the books?
                How can we follow you on Facebook? (No more than 2 links)
                What is your Twitter Handle?
                Are you on GoodReads?
                Your Website Address is:
                Are there any other sites we should know about? (No more than two links)
Provide One image: (Headshot, Book Cover, Favorite photo)

****Please note, you MUST own the rights to the image. No pics from internet sources or other copyright material.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Weekly Share Thread

Let your readers get to know a little bit about you. In the comments provide an About the Author Profile. Share a link to this blog across your social media.

About the Author
120 Characters or less (Think Twitter): Why are you THE Next Favorite Author?
Answer one of the Questions:
1.      When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
2.      What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
3.      What do you like to do when you're not writing?
4.       What makes your book stand out from the crowd?
5.       What do you enjoy most about writing?
Give an about the Author Blurb,
Provide Links:
                Where can we buy the books?
                How can we follow you on Facebook? (No more than 2 links)
                What is your Twitter Handle?
                Are you on GoodReads?
                Your Website Address is:
                Are there any other sites we should know about? (No more than two links)
Provide One image: (Headshot, Book Cover, Favorite photo)

****Please note, you MUST own the rights to the image. No pics from internet sources or other copyright material.

Friday, October 20, 2017

Share your Profile!


Let your readers get to know a little bit about you. In the comments provide an About the Author Profile. Share a link to this blog across your social media.

About the Author
120 Characters or less (Think Twitter): Why are you THE Next Favorite Author?
Answer one of the Questions:
1.      When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
2.      What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
3.      What do you like to do when you're not writing?
4.       What makes your book stand out from the crowd?
5.       What do you enjoy most about writing?
Give an about the Author Blurb,
Provide Links:
                Where can we buy the books?
                How can we follow you on Facebook? (No more than 2 links)
                What is your Twitter Handle?
                Are you on GoodReads?
                Your Website Address is:
                Are there any other sites we should know about? (No more than two links)
Provide One image: (Headshot, Book Cover, Favorite photo)

****Please note, you MUST own the rights to the image. No pics from internet sources or other copyright material.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Book Spotlight: A Path of Ashes



A Path of Ashes

Evil doesn’t become extinct, it evolves. Our world is a violent place. Murder, terrorism, racism and social inequality, these are some of the forces that attempt to destroy our society while the State is forced to increase its response to these actions. Our own annihilation is barely held at bay by the belief that we’ve somehow evolved beyond our ancestors’ base desires.

From this cesspool of emotions emerges a madman, intent on leading the world into anarchy. When his group of computer hackers infiltrate the Department of Defense network, they initiate a nuclear war that will irrevocably alter our world.

Aeric Gaines and his roommate Tyler Nordgren survive the devastation of the war, only to find that the quaint, politically correct world where they’d been raised was a lie. All humans have basic needs such as food, water and shelter…and we haven’t forgotten how to fight for what we desire.

A Path of Ashes is the first book in an exciting new series about life in post-apocalyptic America, a nation devoid of leadership, electricity and human rights. The world as we know it may have burned, but humanity found a way to survive and this is their story.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Book Spotlight: The Vista: Book 1 of the Wildblood



The Vista: Book 1 of the Wildblood

2047. Tiny pockets of humanity remain, scattered, and struggling. Civilization has fallen. 
The Vista has remained isolated since World War Last, a generation earlier, its survivors content with what they have. Their children yearn for the knowledge of the outside world. That knowledge could make their lives less perilous, or it could destroy them. 


It's not a dystopia, it's not a utopia - it's their home, and they'd do anything to protect it.
For fans of Sense8, the Insurgent series, and Mad Max, this is a post-apocalyptic adventure for you.


The Vista: Book 1 of The Wildblood introduces Team Three – Allen, MacKenzie and Wade. An elite team of security officers, they’re young, ambitious, and at the forefront of a movement to discover what is beyond The Vista. They also believe they are genetically enhanced, Gen En, a practice outlawed long before they were born. Venturing beyond their valley draws the attention of someone dangerous, someone that shares their past and wants to control their future, or destroy them because of what they might be. The team decide to take the fight away from their home and end up finding new allies – and new enemies.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Story Fodder

Old Idaho State Penitentiary 

Story Fodder. What can you develop with this information? 

http://ow.ly/JGtr30dycfZ

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Book Spotlight: The Immorality Clause



The Immorality Clause

Adult Themes

Easytown’s robotic pleasure clubs are a serial killer’s playground.

The futuristic slum in eastern New Orleans is a violent place where any vice can be satisfied—for a price. As long as the taxes are paid and tourists continue to flock to the city, businesses are allowed to operate as they see fit. But a string of violent murders threatens to upset the delicate balance between pleasure and safety.

As homicide detective Zach Forrest tries to unravel the mystery and prevent the next murder, he embarks on a mind-bending investigation that will change his perception of reality forever.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Book Spotlight: Backlash: Prequel to the Wildblood



Backlash: Prequel to the Wildblood

The Wildblood Series

No one remembers what started the war, the big one. It happened too fast, and there were too many lies, for the truth to be known. Civilization stopped, and what came next was fueled by rage and fear.

Twenty years on, a tiny refuge, a place called The Vista, may be one of the last vestiges of humanity. Isolated, guarded, and hiding a dark secret, the people have survived World War Last, and they are content with that. Their children, however, are not. The search for others will send them out into a world they know nothing about, where the line between enemy and ally is blurred. The war may not be over.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Paul Anlee


About the Author
Now that I’ve retired from being a scientist (molecular biology, genetics, synthetic biology, and nanotechnology), I’m enjoying life as a writer and blogger in Cuenca, Ecuador.
I write provocative hard science fiction, grounded equally in the worlds of fact and imagination. Even as a working scientist, I liked to daydream about how we could push the limits of what we know into developing cool new technologies that would make the world a better place.  In addition to keeping up with the topics I love to write about, I practice Chen-style tai chi (open hand and sword forms), and I’m still trying to get through Grade 1 of the Royal Conservatory Classical Guitar course. Hey, it’s only been eighteen years.
I’m an empirical physicalist; a computer programmer with an interest in artificial intelligence; an amateur cognitive psychologist (it was a minor); an even-more-amateur cosmologist; a commentator on philosophical, political, and economic topics; and a fierce proponent of science.
Why are you THE Next Favorite Author?
Paul Anlee’s Deplosion series delivers thrilling, thought-provoking sci-fi that seamlessly weaves fact and imagination.
What makes your book stand out from the crowd?
The best sci-fi challenges what we think we know about the universe and our place in it. I write to shine a bright, rigorous light on the assumptions we hold in our everyday interactions with our world, and to help others create their own visions of the future.
My lifelong love of science fiction helped me dream of a future I could help create. It also led me to become a scientist, so that I could explore the impossible in molecular biology, genetics, nanotechnology, and synthetic biology.
As a scientist/storyteller, I avoid "magical" explanations in my settings, conflicts, and resolutions. I think long and hard to form plausible scientific rationale for everything important that happens in my stories. If I can't come up with a reasonable explanation, I won't use it. 
The Deplosion series was a huge challenge, as I cover a broad range of ideas: a universe evolving naturally from virtual particles (what came before the Big Bang); a field generator that changes the known laws of physics; a way to grow a supercomputer in your head; a being that is a blend of artificial intelligence and a downloaded human mind; instantaneous travel throughout the universe; virtual worlds; organic buildings you grow; genetic engineering to accommodate living on different planets; and more.
For each, I conceive of a scientific route that justifies the different technologies in question. Add a web of political intrigue, religion, philosophy, economy, human passion, power struggles, greed, betrayal, and resiliency, and you have the kind of story I enjoy reading. That's what I try to write. 
Where can we buy the books?
The Reality Thief (Deplosion: Book One) on Amazon  
Watch for: The Reality Incursion (Deplosion: Book Two) coming August 1, 2017-07-18
How can we follow you on Facebook?
What is your Twitter Handle?  @PaulAnleeAuthor
Are you on GoodReads?
Your Website Address is:  https://www.paulanlee.com/
Are there any other sites we should know about? (No more than two links)

You can email me at:  paul.anlee.author@gmail.com 

Friday, August 18, 2017

Ways to Increase Interaction on Social Media

In order to engage your readers you need to create at least three quality, substantial posts per day on each of your active Facebook pages. (These are groups and pages you created yourself.)
Each post needs to include a call to action. A call to action means your readers will be motivated to do something in response to the post. For example: click on a link, answer a question, give feedback on your writing, share a story, share a writing sample, join you in an event, respond to a prompt, give advice. The list can go on and on, the point to the post is to engage your reader.
In addition to three substantial posts a day you need to post promotional links to the following:
·       Books
·       Website
·       Facebook pages
·       Blogs
·       Amazon page
·       Any other sites where the reader can find information about you.
Rotate through these so you are posting at least one link a day.
Now, let’s discuss the types of things you can post to create quality posts.
First: Posts should be short. Most readers scroll past longer posts unless you have already created a relationship with them.
Even with longer posts make sure you open with a sentence designed to catch the readers’ attention. This one sentence will make them realize they need to stop scrolling and read the entire passage. If you have a long post, considers turning it into a blog post and sharing it in a link.
Second: Each post needs to elicit some sort of response from your reader. The post should spark an emotion or cause them to want to say or do something in direct response to what you have to say.
Images are helpful when posting. It will catch the eye of the reader as they scroll past.
Suggested post
·       Writing prompt
·       Sample of your writing
·       Progress report on your WIP
·       Share something you love and explain why
·       Writing Tip
·       Promote your book
·       Share an inspirational quote
·       Ask a thought provoking question
·       Share a compelling memory
·       Give a promo tip
·       Share a link to an article
·       Use images to prompt discussion
·       Tell about a lesson you learned
·       Explain what your audience will gain from following you or reading your books
·       Talk about your brand
·       Talk about your writing
·       Share your struggles
·       Ask for reviews
·       Talk about mistakes you made
·       Celebrate your successes
All of these work as Tweets if they are short enough.
Try to create 10 unique tweets a day.
Possible tweets:
·       Inspirational quotes
·       Images
·       Writing tip
·       Promo tip
·       Link to book
·       Share article
·       Ask a thought provoking question
·       Ask for advice
·       Start a discussion
·       Writing update
·       Link to a blog
·       Ask others to share their story
Blog at least once a week. Blog posts should be between 250-500 words. They need to be edited for content and grammar.
Any one of the topics listed in the Facebook and Twitter feeds can be expanded to create blog posts.
Here is a list of possible blog posts:
·       Excerpts from your writing
·       Book Reviews
·       Writing, publishing or promotion ideas
·       Writing Prompts
·       Author interviews
·       Memories
·       A serial story
·       A message from your brand
·       A life experience
Gather content for your Social media feed by searching for the following topics:
·        Questions for authors
·        Writing Tips
·        Writing Memes
·        Writing Prompts
·        Writing articles
Save the links, images and print out what you can.
Post three substantial Facebook posts a day. Create 10 tweets a day.
Here are seven days of Facebook posts. Rotate through the posts each week. Change up the days so you aren’t developing a boring, predictable pattern.
1.     Writing Prompt
Meme
Author Question
2.     Promo tip
Quote
Something about your writing
3.     Writing Tip
Link to article
Quote
4.     Author Question
Ask to share a piece of their work
5.     Writing Tip
A step in your writing process
Excerpt from your writing
6.     Promo Tip
Meme
Share a story
7.     Author Question
Link to Article
Request for advice

These are all ways you can create interesting and interactive content on your social media. These all show readers what they will get from you. Once they relate to you as a person they will show an interest in your work.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Book Spotlight: The Case of Mokki





The Chaos of Mokki

Mokii is a city that exists only in the minds of its inhabitants. It’s not easy to get past the bouncer but once Olga is inside she has to fight off intruders eager to take over the city for the lucrative virtual advertising.