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Guest Post: Probably Pretty Proficient

by Amy Metz, author of The Goose Pimple Junction Mystery Series

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Click on Book Cover to check out Amy Metz’ entire Goosepimple Mystery series on Amazon.

In the Goose Pimple Junction mystery series, the goosepimpleisms and Goose Pimplese are plentiful. The former are euphemisms, and the latter is the way the locals talk. When Tess arrives in Goose Pimple Junction in book 1, she has a little bit of trouble understanding the Goose Pimple culture. Luckily, she has Jackson to translate for her. By Book 4, Tess has come a long way in speaking and understanding Goose Pimplese, and Louetta tests her abilities, with Lou’s homemade award of a mason jar on top of a candlestick at stake. Can you pass the test? If you can, you’re eligible for the Probably Pretty Proficient award.

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Do you speak Goose Pimplese?

  1. Translate: “Let’s skwinta the diner.”
  2. What would you do with bob war?”
  3. Define this: ‘sump’n teet.'”
  4. If I said Pickle was the sinner of the basketball team, would I be implying he needs to go to church more often?
  5. Translate “sumose.”
  6. Translate “Utcha doon.”
  7. What do you do with a flosswater?
  8. Translate “Wongo.”
  9. Translate “Yonto.”
  10. Translate “Impa tickler.”

Answers

  1. Let’s go into the diner.
  2. Make a barbwire fence.
  3. Something to eat.
  4. No. You’re saying he plays center on the team.
  5. Some of those.
  6. Whatcha doing?
  7. Swat flies.
  8. Do you want to go?
  9. Do you want to?
  10. In particular.

 

How’d you do?

5 answers right: you’re in a heap of trouble.

8 answers right: you’re satisfactual.

10 answers right: Pull out the mason jar, hon. You’re probably pretty proficient.

About the Book

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Rogues & Rascals in Goose Pimple Junction is the latest in Amy Metz best selling mystery series. Released today! Click on book cover to get it now at Amazon!

Like any good Southern belle, Caledonia Culpepper was raised by her mama to be gracious, charming, witty, and above all, a devoted mother and loving wife, so she’s baffled when her marriage falls apart.

Wynona Baxter is a master of disguise but is often a ditzy airhead. A hit woman wannabe, when she’s hired for her first job in Goose Pimple Junction and things don’t go as planned, she’s forced to resort to Plan B. She’ll also need Plan C and D.

Crooked lawyers, restless husbands, a teenaged hoodlum – it seems there are rogues and rascals everywhere you look in Goose Pimple Junction.

When Caledonia and Wynona’s paths cross, they prove there isn’t a rogue or a rascal who can keep a good woman down. Mama always said there would be days like this . . .

 

 

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Amy Metz is the best-selling author of the Goose Pimple Mystery series. Click on author pick to visit her website to learn more!

About the Author

Amy Metz is the author of the Goose Pimple Junction mystery series. She is a former first grade teacher and the mother of two sons. When not writing, enjoying her family, or surfing Pinterest, Amy can usually be found with a mixing spoon, camera, or book in one hand and a glass of sweet tea in the other. Amy lives in Louisville, Kentucky and loves a good Southern phrase.

 

 

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STARTS WITH A WHISPER–ENDS WITH A ROAR

If the wind could speak, would you understand?

 

Fantasy author E.D. Tice recently released his debut novel, Whisper, the first in a series aimed towards middle-school and young adult readers.

Whisper is the story of Whitney Roseman and her adventures in the northern wilds. Central to the story is her ability to talk to the wind, and the life-changing things she learns from those conversations. Readers young and old alike will enjoy Whitney’s pluck and verve.

The novel consists of a series of four short stories and novellas, each focusing on a different age in Whitney’s life. While beginning with stories of Whitney when she is 11, the second half of the book jumps ahead several years to when she is in high school. Readers will find that, though the story begins relatively quiet and peaceful (if you call an attacking coyote, a charging moose, and a fistfight with a local boy “peaceful”), the story really gains in volume during the second half with the introduction of a shadowy, supernatural villain, hell-bent on Whitney’s destruction.

An ambitious project, Whisper not only bridges different ages in Whitney’s life, but different genres of literature. Starting out as a magical realism story in the vein of Paulo Coehlo’s The Alchemist, the story weaves together elements of fantasy, supernatural, and psychological thrillers.

A graduate of Shepherd University, in Shepherdstown, West Virginia, Tice says he first began work on the story as a character-development exercise, and as a test of his own abilities. “I’d once heard said that men can’t write from a woman’s perspective, and I wanted to challenge that notion,” Tice says. “Originally, my main story centered around a different character, a boy. The current protagonist, Whitney, was in a supporting role.”

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E.D. Tice’s debut novel sat dormant for many years until he shared it with his wife Amanda, who pushed him to finish the work. (pic: author with wife Amanda and their son Judah.)

Tice says that, as he began writing more stories about Whitney, he found that he liked seeing the story through her eyes. “There was a freshness to writing from Whitney’s point of view—the story had grown almost stagnant in my mind and switching to her perspective really opened up a lot of creative possibilities. Plus, I relished the challenge of writing from the perspective of a young girl, and watching her grow and develop as a character. From there, I chose a short-story/novella approach—as well as going cross-genre—because I wanted to experiment with the structure of novel-writing, and even the concept of ‘genre’ to see what ways altering those conventions can bring out new methods of story-telling.”

Since graduating from Shepherd in 2009, E.D. Tice says that the story has sat dormant on his computer and in his mind, occasionally dusted off as he’s thought about trying to finish it, only to push it back and focus on other priorities.

It wasn’t until E.D. Tice shared his stories with his wife, Amanda, that he again felt a strong urge to finish. “She really encouraged me to get this first book written,” Tice says of his wife. “She keeps telling me I have to finish the whole story because she needs to know how it all ends.”

E.D. Tice aims to have the second book in the series available for purchase by late June 2016.

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MYSTERY—SUSPENSE, SO WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE??

Today’s guest post is from Cindy McDonald, author of the Unbridled series, and also the First Force series. Cindy is a romance-suspense or suspense-romance author. Get that? She is not a mystery author. There is a difference. Read below to find out what that is:

I’ve had several readers and reviewers post that they love my mysteries. Ahhh, but most recently I had a reviewer complain that she was upset because there was no mystery involved in my latest book, Shady Deals, and there’s a darn good reason for that: I simply do not write mysteries! While some readers and reviewers put my Unbridled books in the mystery category, the simple fact is that I write murder suspense and romantic suspense novels.

Shady Deals is Cindy's latest installment in the Unbridled series, filled with romance & suspense. Click on book cover to visit on Amazon.

Shady Deals is Cindy’s latest installment in the Unbridled series, filled with romance & suspense. Click on book cover to visit on Amazon.

A mystery writer plays their cards close to their chest. Bit by bit the mystery writer will slowly feed you clues as to who killed the poor widow who lives in the Victorian mansion on the hill. During the course of the story they will throw suspicion in several directions and perhaps throw a few twists into the plot to keep the reader guessing all the way to the end as to whodunit. A very good mystery writer will surprise you.

A suspense writer holds nothing back. The suspense writer tells you straight up that the handsome, young man whose car broke down during the storm and showed up at the poor widow’s door asking to use her phone killed her. But now will her beautiful, recently divorced daughter be next?

A suspense writer will toy with your emotions and your apprehensions by leading you to believe that perhaps you—the reader—is mistaken. Perhaps the young man isn’t the murderer, and maybe someone else killed her. A suspense writer will send cold-hard fear crawling up your skin as the murderer charms the widow’s daughter. When is he going to kill her? How is he going to kill her? Will the police officer that lives down the street figure out what is going on and come to her rescue before it’s too late? If you can’t put the book down because you simply can’t wait to find out the answers, then the suspense writer has done their job well.

Cindy McDonald's new series: First Force is a romance-suspense. Into the Crossfire has been receiving rave reviews. Click on the sexy book cover to check it out!

Cindy McDonald’s new series: First Force is a romance-suspense. Into the Crossfire has been receiving rave reviews. Click on the sexy book cover to check it out!

In a mystery book there is always the telling moment when all the characters, which of course includes the protagonist detective and the suspects, all gather together to put all the clues together and reveal the murderer.

In a suspense book the action comes to a climax where people’s lives are hanging on the edge, requiring the protagonist to hatch a dodgy rescue, risking everything to save the widow’s daughter.

It all seems extremely basic, doesn’t it? So what’s all the confusion about?

Stick with me, because this is the important part:

When looking for my books on amazon, you may very well find them under the category of mystery. Why? Because when amazon categorizes books many are lumped together in one category. Mystery and suspense books are put together in a mystery/suspense/thriller category, and then the book will be broken down from there into sub-categories like: romance, police procedural, cozy mystery, romantic suspense, murder suspense etc. Yes! My books could possibly be listed in the same category as Stephen King’s thrillers regardless of the fact that they are not the same kind or genre as Mr. King’s books.

In other words my romantic suspense and murder suspense books can show up in several categories, including mystery, even though it is not a mystery at all.

Whew! Did I clear that all up for you? I suppose the point is, the next time you shop for a mystery on amazon, you may very well get suspense or suspense that teases your sense of deductive reasoning with a mystery.

Author Cindy McDonald. Click on pic to visit Cindy's website.

Author Cindy McDonald.
Click on pic to visit Cindy’s website.

About the Author:

For twenty-six years my life whirled around a song and a dance: I was a professional dancer/choreographer for most of my adult life and never gave much thought to a writing career until 2005. Don’t ask me what happened, but suddenly I felt drawn to my computer to write about things I have experienced (greatly exaggerated upon of course) with my husband’s Thoroughbreds and the happenings at the racetrack.

Surprised? Why didn’t I write about my experiences with dance? Eh, believe it or not life at the racetrack is more…racy. The drama is outrageous—not that dancers don’t know how to create drama, believe me, they do but race trackers just seem to get more down and dirty with it which makes great story telling—great fiction.

I didn’t start out writing books, The Unbridled Series started out as a TV drama, and the Hollywood readers loved the show. The problem was we just couldn’t sell it. So one of the readers said to me, “Cindy, don’t be stupid. Turn your scripts into a book series.” and so I did!

In May of 2011 I took the big leap and exchanged my dancin’ shoes for a lap top—I retired from dance. It was a scary proposition, I was terrified, but I had the full support of my husband, Saint Bill. It has been a huge change for me. I went from dancing hard five hours a night to sitting in front of a computer. I still work-out and I take my dog, Harvey, for a daily run. I have to or I’d be as big as a house. Do I miss dance? Sometimes I do. I miss my students. I miss choreographing musicals, but I love my books and I love sharing them with you.

To read excerpts from future books, view book trailers, and keep up with everything that is Unbridled, please visit Cindy’s website at: www.cindymcwriter.com

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Ten QUICKIES for Writing Love Scenes

Are you ready for a quickie? How about ten quickies? Author Cindy McDonald is here today to tell us ten quick tips for writing loves scenes. So grab something to keep you cooled off and take notes!

Hey writing is a tough business! Whether you write mysteries, suspense, romance, or thrillers it is hard to stand out in the crowd, and you definitely want to stand out in the right way. I’ve talked to so many writers who tell me that they struggle with or perhaps even shy away from love scenes. Truth is most writers avoid it at all costs because they feel awkward or lack the confidence to write so intimately. So with the timid writer in mind, I’ve compiled a list of ten quick suggestions to help you throw your inhibitions aside and write a good love scene.

Cindy McDonald's new series: First Force is a romance-suspense. Into the Crossfire is coming Nov 1!

Cindy McDonald’s new series: First Force is a romance-suspense. Into the Crossfire is coming Nov 1!

1. Define your comfort zone: What are you comfortable reading/writing?
Not everyone (authors or readers) are comfortable with such strong scenes as those that E L James penned for Christian Grey’s “playroom”. Perhaps you are more at ease writing suggestive scenes: your characters touch, feel, explore, but you will only take the reader to the bedroom—not between the sheets, and that’s okay. When I began writing the Unbridled Series in 2005 suggestive scenes was where my comfort zone lived—I have since tossed some of my inhibitions aside to go farther with the First Force series, yet I’m still not as bold as some romance writers.
If you struggle with the idea of writing intimate scenes then you should take care to start slowly and build up. If you start out writing beyond your comfort level your scenes will reflect your unease, so it’s best not to force a scene that you are simply not prepared to illustrate.
2. Write for yourself, not your family, friends, or your pastor.
As I’ve said in past blogs, I have very conservative in-laws—my books are a taboo subject at family gatherings—they are simply uncomfortable with the subject matter of my books in general. That said I have discounted how they feel about the love scenes that I pen. Some writers are concerned that their minister or church members will frown upon sexual scenes in their books. Hmmmm, then why are they reading your books? I’ve noticed that if I don’t bring up my books at church neither does anyone else—although I do have fellow parishioners who will approach me to tell me how much they enjoy my books—they never mention the love scenes—for whatever reason. 🙂
3. Make sure the cover of your book matches the story inside.
The cover is so important to the marketing of your book. If your storyline is really smokin’ hot, then definitely put that erotic half-dressed couple immersed in a sensual kiss on your cover. If your storyline is more on the suggestive side—find something a little less provocative for your cover. You don’t want to promise something that you don’t deliver because then you could possibly upset two groups of readers: those who are expecting and looking forward to more than you are giving, or readers who are not comfortable at all with sexual scenes. The wrong cover can ultimately turn both sets of readers away from your books permanently. So make sure your cover sends the right message.
4. Heat it up! Sexual tension adds sooo much to the storyline.
Build the sexual tension between your characters from the very first moment they meet. The hero is bound and determined to win her heart, but the heroine isn’t exactly ready to give it—make him work to win her over and for that first kiss to be scorching hot. Sexual tension isn’t exclusive to those who write love scenes. You can use sexual tension even in the most innocent of books where an author doesn’t go any farther than that kiss.
5. Develop your characters well before tossing them into bed.
Your audience will find the story more believable and sensual if you have taken the time and effort to develop your characters before that hot love scene. Readers want to know that the love scene is right—that the hero and heroine are meant to be. Tossing them into bed before developing their relationship and personalities will leave the reader feeling cheated, and your carefully penned love scene could fall flat.
6. One POV please!
Only reveal one character’s POV during the love scene. Alternating thoughts, feelings, or sensual sensations from one character to the other during a love scene can confuse or frustrate the reader. Allow your reader to experience the sensual encounter through one character’s POV only.
7. Use subtext.
What’s subtext? Subtext is when a character says something without coming right out and saying it. Example: He leaned across the table, his hot gaze burning into hers. “You know I just love caramels.” He whispered, “I can’t help myself, I always end up eating the whole bag.”
8. Whoa! Watch those descriptions!
Most recently I began to read a book that actually started out with what the author considered a “hot” love scene. I put the book aside by page sixteen and haven’t picked it up since. Why? Because the author was using car parts to describe body parts. Can you guess what the gearshift was? Yep. Please, keep your automotive paraphernalia where it belongs—in the garage.
I had one author tell me that he liked to refer to the woman’s most intimate area as a… wait for it… “honey hole”. E-gads!! One must be careful as to how to describe intimate body parts or it completely destroys the experience for the reader.
9. Use the senses.
Absolutely! Touch, taste, and smell—candles burning, the shadows dancing about the room, the smell of his skin, the gentle caresses over smooth silky flesh, and the taste of the wine still lingering on their lips. These descriptions (if done correctly and compassionately) will deepen the readers experience by drawing them into the moment.
10. Make sure it fits!
The scene I mean. Don’t write a love/sex scene just to do it—make sure the scene moves the story forward. The characters should share something during the scene: a deeper sense of their relationship, a secret can be revealed, or information that you have not shared with the reader can come forth during or as a result of the scene, but make the scene count. Love/sex scenes that are thrown into the story for no apparent reason are annoying, and yes your readers will notice!
So there you have it…some simple ideas to help you write a love scene. Here’s one more: read love scenes. The more you read love scenes the more you will learn how to write them—it’s really that simple. What did like about the love scene that you just read? What didn’t you like? Learn from those who do it well.

About the Author

Author Cindy McDonald

Author Cindy McDonald

For twenty-six years Cindy’s life whirled around a song and a dance. She was a professional dancer/choreographer for most of her adult life and never gave much thought to a writing career until 2005. She often notes: Don’t ask me what happened, but suddenly I felt drawn to my computer to write about things that I have experienced with my husband’s Thoroughbreds and happenings at the racetrack—greatly exaggerated upon of course—I’ve never been murdered. Viola! Cindy’s first book series, Unbridled, was born—there are four books to that series thus far.

Cindy is a huge fan of romantic suspense series’, and although she isn’t one to make New Year’s resolutions, on New Year’s Day 2013 she made a commitment to write one, Into the Crossfire is the first book for her new series, First Force.

People are always asking Cindy: Do you miss dance? With a bitter sweet smile on her lips she tells them: Sometimes I do. I miss my students. I miss choreographing musicals, but I love my books, and I love sharing them with you.

Cindy resides on her forty-five acre Thoroughbred farm with her husband near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

For more information, book trailers, and excerpts for all of Cindy’s books please visit her website: www.cindymcwriter.com

 

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Book Review: Dangerous Proposition by Jessica Lauryn

Are you ready for some romance? Okay, it’s not Valentine’s Day, but if you are looking for some romance, our resident reviewer, Cindy McDonald has a recommendation for you:

When Julia Dyson learns her father has been abducted, she believes his hidden profession may be to blame.  But when she discovers a man’s name in her Dad’s caller history, a man suspected of shady business activity and also her teenage crush, she decides to take matters into her own hands.  She confronts her father’s presumed abductor, resulting in an unforgettable kiss…

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In the course of one disastrous evening, diamond smuggling kingpin Colin Westwood learns that his best recruit is missing in action, and that the man has been keeping a secret for years—he has a twenty six year old daughter.   Determined to protect his identity, Colin vows to find the young woman, and keep her silent at any cost.  Intrigued to learn that she is actually the attractive woman he kissed, he makes Julia an offer.   Come to New York City with him to search for her missing father…as his mistress.

About the Author:

At two years old, Jessica became a devoted fan of both listening to and reciting the books her parents would read to her at night. When she was a little older (about four), she sought a greater challenge in her life, and began making up stories of her own, acting them out with her dolls. “When the dolls got “boyfriends,” she says, “I knew I was getting too old for dolls!”

A life-long lover of romance, Jessica took several writing classes in college, and told her professors she was one-day going to write soap-operas. When graduation came, she joined a critique group, and on a whim, decided to “write a romance novel.” That first attempt will forever be staying under the mattress…

Then, on a train ride to her internship in the fashion industry, Jessica finally cracked open her first romance novel. That hot August morning, she fell head-over-heels for the genre, and has been writing it ever since.

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Romance Author Jessica Lauryn
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Jessica is most intrigued by dark heroes, who have many demons to conquer…but little trouble enticing female companions into their beds! She feels that the best romances are those where the hero is already seducing the heroine from that first point of contact. “Isn’t it the hero’s job to seduce?” she says with a grin.

Jessica loves to see the sparks fly when a stubborn, domineering hero crosses paths with a bold, feisty heroine, and uses the combination frequently in her stories.

Book Review:

Julia Dyson has a problem: her father, Tucker Dyson, is missing and the man for whom she has carried a torch for quite some time may very well be his abductor! Tucker has kept his occupation a secret from his beautiful daughter, except she knows that it must be not only covert but dangerous as well, and when he goes missing Julia soon discovers that the handsome and filthy rich, Dr. Colin Westwood is definitely in deep.

Julia confronts Mr. Tall Dark and Doctor only to find herself on the receiving end of an indecent proposal: Be my mistress—with all the benefits, and I’ll let you in on the search for your father. Julia is taken aback but agrees to the terms only to renege when the time comes to pay up—no matter how hot he is or the fact that she wants him so badly that she could explode. Moreover, Colin has been holding his cards close to his chest and those cards contain some very dark demons.

Together Julia and Colin dive head-first into a rush of danger and suspense to save Tucker Dyson, but will they survive their passion, the ugly truths that will be revealed, or the risky mission itself?

I enjoyed DANGEROUS PROPOSITION by Jessica Lauryn very much. The young author has lovely talent and so very much to offer in the future. Her storyline had everything that I love to read: suspense, romance, and loads of conflict—oh yes, Ms. Lauryn has NO problem writing plenty of conflict for her readers. The sexual tension was written very well, but didn’t leave the reader flat when the love scenes arrived—very well penned, Ms. Lauryn! Sexy, hot, yet tasteful-thank you.

About the Reviewer:

For twenty-six years Cindy McDonald’s life whirled around a song and a dance. She was a professional dancer/choreographer for most of her adult life and never gave much thought to a writing career until 2005. She often notes: Don’t ask me what happened, but suddenly I felt drawn to my computer to write about things that I have experienced with my husband’s Thoroughbreds and happenings at the racetrack—greatly exaggerated upon of course—I’ve never been murdered. Viola! Cindy’s first book series, Unbridled, was born—there are four books to that series thus far.

Cindy is a huge fan of romantic suspense series’, and although she isn’t one to make New Year’s resolutions, on New Year’s Day 2013 she made a commitment to write one, Into the Crossfire is the first book for her new series, First Force, which will be released November 1.

People are always asking Cindy: Do you miss dance? With a bitter sweet smile on her lips she tells them: Sometimes I do. I miss my students. I miss choreographing musicals, but I love my books, and I love sharing them with you.

Cindy resides on her forty-five acre Thoroughbred farm with her husband near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

For more information, book trailers, and excerpts for all of Cindy’s books please visit her website: www.cindymcwriter.com

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We’ve Come a Long Way, Authors

Today’s post is via a guest blog appearance at Fay Moore’s I Want to be a Writer, a wonderful blog that has a ton of helpful advice for new writers about writing and book promotion. My guest blog article explains why I have found that I have enjoyed greater success in promoting my books after leaving my own back yard and going into CyberSpace!

via July 2013 Guest Blog from Lauren Carr.

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Hot Coco Is Nothing Like Fifty Shades … Except

Today’s post is from Cindy McDonald, author of the Unbridled Series and First Force–Coming Soon! But, today, Cindy is going to tell us about something she shares with E.L. James, the author of FIFTY SHADES OF GREY.

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Hot Coco is the second installment in Cindy McDonald’s Unbridled Series. It is either hated or loved by readers. (Click on Book Cover to view on Amazon.)

HOT COCO IS NOTHING LIKE FIFTY SHADES… EXCEPT

 

That old adage is oh so true: You can’t please everyone. This is especially true if you’re an author. The fact is that readers are different on many levels. I’m not necessarily talking about genres. Everyone interprets what they have read differently. I find this truly amazing. You can give the same book to five different readers and come up with five different opinions/versions on the very same story.

I suppose a good example of what I’m trying to say is the book FIFTY SHADES OF GREY by E L James. Wow! The opinions and reviews for that book are truly diverse. Some readers/reviewers absolutely love the book, while others absolutely hate the story, and there are those who will not read it because of the reviews—good or bad. They simply don’t want to deal with the content—whatsoever.

The fact is that the reviews are pretty split with E L James’ best-selling novel. Well let me tell ya something folks…you don’t have to have a best-selling novel for readers/reviewers to be on different sides of the train track.

In June of 2012 I released the second book from my Unbridled Series, HOT COCO. The first book in the series, DEADLY.COM, was a murder/suspense book, but HOT COCO was a romantic comedy. It is the story of a woman, Coco Beardmore, who is beautiful, wealthy, and a total klutz. She wreaks havoc everywhere she goes. The thing is that Coco is aware that men see her for her beauty and wealth. Coco knows that she’s a train wreck, and she wants so very badly to change.  On the other side of the coin is another woman in the book, Margie O’Conner. She’s not beautiful. Margie is down-right homely, and she has been a victim of her father’s subjugation all her life—she is also illiterate.

The book is about two women’s journey to change:  Coco to become a respected, more in charge woman, and Margie to find the courage to stand up to her father and learn to read and write. Seems like a simple concept, doesn’t it?  Well, I’ve got a total split in my readership. Some of the readers love the book—they love Coco and all of her klutzy debacles—she endears herself to many of my readers—just as I hoped she would.

Uh, oh, but then there are the readers who absolutely hate the book, and Coco, and Coco’s debacles. I had one reader call the book rubbish—ouch!

The funny thing about the book is that most—almost none of the reviewers/readers really ever mention Margie in their reviews. It’s almost as if they totally missed this woman and the courage that she finally found and the change in her relationship with not only the people around her, but with her father as well.

Yes HOT COCO is a romantic comedy, but it is also a book that requires one to read a little more deeply or you will miss what I am trying to show you. You will miss the metamorphosis and the forgiveness that all of the characters are searching for.

When I check my books on Amazon or Goodreads and I see that HOT COCO has a new review I find myself taking a braced breath before I read it, because it’s a love/hate thing. The review will either be wonderful or perfectly awful. Do I regret publishing HOT COCO? Absolutely not!  Like it or hate it, people do read the book, and they are certainly entitled to their opinion. I just wish that some of them would read it more closely/carefully—they might find it surprisingly enlightening.

FIFTY SHADES has thousands of reviews—some are glowing and some are down-right nasty.  I doubt that E L James even bothers to check them—I don’t think she really cares, and why should she? I don’t exactly have the same luxury as E L James, but at least I know that I am in good company.

ABOUT THE CINDY McDONALD

For twenty-six years my life whirled around a song and a dance: I was a professional dancer/choreographer for most of my adult life and never gave much thought to a writing career until 2005. Don’t ask me what happened, but suddenly I felt drawn to my computer to write about things I have experienced (greatly exaggerated upon of course) with my husband’s Thoroughbreds and the happenings at the racetrack.

Even though she was a professional dancer, Cindy McDonald chose her husband's hobby of Thoroughbred racing for the backdrop of her UnBridled Series

Even though she was a professional dancer, Cindy McDonald chose her husband’s hobby of Thoroughbred racing for the backdrop of her UnBridled Series

Surprised? Why didn’t I write about my experiences with dance? Eh, believe it or not life at the racetrack is more…racy. The drama is outrageous—not that dancers don’t know how to create drama, believe me, they do but race trackers just seem to get more down and dirty with it which makes great story telling—great fiction.

I didn’t start out writing books, The Unbridled Series started out as a TV drama, and the Hollywood readers loved the show. The problem was we just couldn’t sell it. So one of the readers said to me, “Cindy, don’t be stupid. Turn your scripts into a book series.” and so I did!

In May of 2011 I took the big leap and exchanged my dancin’ shoes for a lap top—I retired from dance. It was a scary proposition, I was terrified, but I had the full support of my husband, Saint Bill. It has been a huge change for me. I went from dancing hard five hours a night to sitting in front of a computer. I still work-out and I take my dog, Harvey, for a daily run. I have to or I’d be as big as a house. Do I miss dance? Sometimes I do. I miss my students. I miss choreographing musicals, but I love my books and I love sharing them with you.

To read excerpts from future books, view book trailers, and keep up with everything that is Unbridled, please visit Cindy’s website at: www.cindymcwriter.com

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Author Spotlight: Award-Winning Author Malcolm Ater

We’ve got yet another treat for you today here at Literary Wealth. Our spotlight today is on a true jewel of an author. Malcolm Ater is a winner in every sense of the word. His YA and MS books keep hitting them out of the ball park with both reviewers and readers, not to mention book award panels.

Malcolm Ater
Award Winning Author

Malcolm Ater is the Award-Winning Author of Tyler’s Mountain Magic, based on the true story of Tyler Moore, a teenage boy with cystic fibrosis who leads his team from Harpers Ferry on the most magical sports ride in West Virginia public school history. It was selected as the Best Book Length Story of 2011 by the West Virginia Writers, Inc. and was winner of the 2012 Pinnacle Book Achievement Award in Sports. He has been a special education junior high/middle school reading teacher for 24 years.

Tyler’s Mountain Magic
Winner of the 2012 Pinnacle Book Achievement Award in Sports.
Best Book Length Story of 2011 by the West Virginia Writers, Inc.

Award-winning author Malcolm Ater’s latest novel, The Hermitage House Miracle is a mystery for middle school children and above that is sure to keep kids turning the pages.  This intriguing mystery is strongly recommended to school librarians to review for their listings.  “The Hermitage House Miracle will appeal equally to both boys and girls,” Ater says, “but especially to boys who may be reluctant readers.” Children will identify with the suspense-filled storyline, which addresses such issues as bullying, tobacco use, and the effects of alcohol, but without preaching.

The Hermitage House Miracle starts with a deep hook.  “I’ve given you the last six years of my life, and for what? To always be running from one town to another? Never having a life of my own just so you could live?”

As Jamie lay alone in bed, not knowing his mother had just been killed while driving drunk, he was filled with disturbing thoughts. His mother’s last words to him before going out did not make sense. He was even more confused when she had added, in a drunken slur, “If I had a lick of sense I’d have let old Ernie do what he wanted!”

Why had his mother said she had given him the last six years of her life when he was twelve years old? Why did she always seem to resent him? Who was Ernie? And why couldn’t he remember anything about his life before his first day of school in the first grade?

The only thought that comforted him was the newspaper story dated only a few days earlier on May 24, 1992. The article reported that a new wave of computer games would soon replace the old pinball machines and “boggle the mind” with realistic video techniques that could only be dreamed about a few years earlier. The article had aroused a curious excitement in him, and he didn’t know why.

The Hermitage House Miracle
Selected as a 2012 finalist for Best Children’s Book by West Virginia Writers, Inc.

After being sent to live at the Hermitage House for Children, Jamie begins to have a series of strange and troubling dreams. Each dream is about a little blond-haired boy who has a little sister and a mother and a father. But the mother is not his mother who was killed in the car accident and he had never known his father. Yet his dreams are always about the same family, especially the little boy and his dog. And the father programs computers and makes games, even promising to build the boy a video game so lifelike the boy will think he’s actually inside it…

Both The Hermitage House Miracle and Tyler’s Mountain Magic are available on sales now at Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble, and directly from Malcolm Ater’s website.

Click on the book covers to purchase them from Malcolm’s website or to learn more!

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