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April 2013 Blog Posts (30)

Is Finding a Literary Agent an Impossible Dream?

  Sitting in front of my computer slapping my head from side to side...

     Finding an agent is so difficult that at times you want to slap your head from side to side and commit physical harm to your body.

      Maybe, if I slap hard enough my brain will work in overdrive to figure out a way to make agents interested in my fourth novel: Purple…


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Added by JE Thompson on April 29, 2013 at 5:44am — 1 Comment

Around the Globe with ROBERT SHIELDS

Finally, a warm day. Spring has been a long time coming. So, on this fine Friday morning, as I’m preparing to head to the tournament, I have to make a stop and pick up this week’s featured author. Where are we going? Where else but the gym for him show me some pointers while I conduct my…


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Added by Stephen Lawrence Brayton on April 26, 2013 at 7:25am — No Comments

Thompson On..Subplots in novels!

     How to use subplots to your advantage in crafting a novel?

     Have you ever driven down one of those winding backwood roads in a rural area and couldn't figure out how to get back to the main highway? Well, that is the feeling a reader gets when they read your novel and get lost in a tangling subplot.

     Your goal as an author is to create a little…


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Added by JE Thompson on April 25, 2013 at 4:19am — No Comments

Have you had an AHA moment lately?

That moment when you see or hear something and your response is "AHA" can make all the difference in so many ways.  Specifically, I want to talk about AHA moments that we have as authors and the challenging task of marketing ourselves and our books in today's e-everything market.  Realistically, even if you get the best possible traditional publishing contract, to compete in today's market you have to learn how to use social media, blogging and websites to market your reputation and your…


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Added by Debra L Hartmann on April 24, 2013 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Guest Post: Starlight Children's Aid

Fantasy author Tania Elizabeth is asking for help raising funds for the Starlight Children's Foundation. Click here to learn more about this worthy cause:

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Added by Mark Miller on April 22, 2013 at 6:13pm — No Comments

A Brownstone in Brooklyn and Ghost of Atlanta on Barnes & Nobles Bookshelves!

I'm animated! I’m excited! I’m energized!

I walked into the Barnes & Nobles book store in the “The Shoppes at Webb Gin” shopping mall in Snellville, Georgia on Saturday.

I was walking down the Fiction & Literature aisle.  I was browsing and looking at the fiction books. The books were listed under the authors’ last names in alpha order. I…


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Added by JE Thompson on April 21, 2013 at 3:05am — No Comments

Of Good And Evil

On this early Friday morning, the blustery wind blowing flurries of snow (yes, I know spring is supposed to be here), I'm contemplating this week's blog. Looking for ideas, I surf the Internet, read a chapter or two of the book in front of me, and finally check email.

One of the messages interests me, then intrigues me, then...well gets a little bit weird.



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Added by Stephen Lawrence Brayton on April 19, 2013 at 7:12am — 2 Comments


There is one thing which you have

There is one thing which God has given you

There is one thing which is under you guardianship…


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Added by Imade Francis on April 19, 2013 at 2:47am — 2 Comments

So close...

   - Busy reconciling the last bits & drafts of Janus Paradox. Feeling _so_ close to having a complete final draft, ready to send off.  Eeeeep!!!

   I've sent off the first third of the final document to one of my editors for any last feedback and I'm feeling really good about it.  It took forever for me to figure out how to format the pagination so that I could include the chapter titles on every other page w/the page numbers.  Couldn't find anything via websites. I ought to post…


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Added by Cymbric Early-Smith on April 18, 2013 at 10:45pm — No Comments

My God

you were there whichever way I go

keep me safely night and day

always there whenever Im alone

here me calling show the way

countless stars the rainbow you have done

an ocean that so wide a beautiful God

light my day a love that has no end

we are are bless to have a God like Him

you were there when hurt is all i have

the tears that I have shed

you wipe away with love

always there when no one left to stay…


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Added by Trevor Range on April 18, 2013 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Nature's Creativity

The red disc beneath the crimson sky coming out of the horizon kissing my naked face and inflaming my soul with love thus unfolding every mask off my face making me to visualise the originality anf the valley lost in the melodious call of a cuckoo who is searching for its mate.

The trees an epitome of endurance and strength selflessly continuing to serve mankind, the moon beams above the silvery thatch adding a gleamy texture of hope and happiness to life, the mountains watching…


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Added by Umi Aimen on April 16, 2013 at 3:06pm — No Comments

Who's Nikki?

          Since this is my first blog post here on this site, I thought I would entertain some curiosity one might encounter when happening across my page. Who am I? Well, I am a simple country girl, born and raised in Central Louisiana. I have always been a writer of sorts. It's just so much easier for me to articulate through my fingers than through my mouth. I started with journals and diaries at a young age, and went on to write poetry. I was super excited about…


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Added by Nikki Lingo on April 15, 2013 at 4:30am — No Comments

First and Last

This is fun for me. At about the same time I finish the last part of "An Amish Home", I get to re-visit the first chapter of my first story, "An Amish Journey".

"Rest on Grace" is the conclusion of "An Amish Home".…


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Added by George Michael Loughmueller on April 12, 2013 at 1:34pm — No Comments

At The Tournament, Part 2

Tournament pics Last week I started discussing a tournament I attended in Columbia, Missouri over Easter weekend. I mentioned that while I may compete in the various tournaments, the fun part for me is judging.

Let me explain for those who have never seen a martial arts tournament a little of how ours operates. Multiple competitions occur in the same ring. Forms, weapons, sparring, and combat sparring (with…


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Added by Stephen Lawrence Brayton on April 12, 2013 at 9:36am — No Comments

Long Time No Chat To

Once again I have stopped writing for a number of weeks. Things were happening but I was gutted especially since I had just done a fantastic torture session in my novel (what can I say I enjoyed fictionally torturing someone) it's not as if I would do it in real life so it was all good :-). I am almost half way through my novel (another 5000 words and I will be) and then all I have to do is write the final half which sounds wonderful to me. That's…


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Added by April Hollingworth on April 12, 2013 at 12:35am — No Comments

pick a possey

Well them who say the name of this one isn't tough with the wisdom they picked up. So pick a possey to ring another rose, kindness of the kingliness in me to those who want to know. The Holy war is only just begun as well as the war of mankind continue to fight what they dont see. Soldiers are coming home safe and sound but they support more of the the one who died in it for a day they had to breathe.

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Added by Ontay Marquis on April 11, 2013 at 10:53pm — No Comments


The rough draft for INDELIBLE is finished! I'm going to take a few days to recharge my batteries, then jump into editing and polishing.

In the meantime, check out the cover. Much thanks to my old college roommate Hilton Hobby for lending me his handsome mug. Look for an early summer release!…


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Added by Mark Carver on April 11, 2013 at 5:21pm — No Comments

Julius Thompson Novels Fifty-Percent E-book Sale!

    It is the time to start your spring and summer reading with an award winning author Julius Thompson novel: A Brownstone in Brooklyn and Philly Style and Philly Profile!

      Francis Grieff wrote after reading a Julius Thompson novel: “I like your crisp style, moving fast from one scene to another.”

A Brownstone in…


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Added by JE Thompson on April 10, 2013 at 9:25pm — No Comments

Rough draft is finished!

After a year of sweating,crying and general household mayhem, I have completed the rough draft to my new book entitled "The Sea of Sands- The second of the Tome Series" I am sooooo EXCITED!

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Added by AJ Culpepper on April 9, 2013 at 5:04am — No Comments

Philly Style and Philly Profile new book cover and new paperback!

Please check out my new Philly Style and Philly Profile book cover and the new paperback:

Philly Style and Philly Profile short synopsis: Philadelphia streets were never silent. Gangs wars on corners, screeching cars on avenues, and squealing steel trolley tires on…


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Added by JE Thompson on April 7, 2013 at 11:54pm — No Comments

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