#ThePursual got a blog review!

My first book, The Pursual, is now out and getting some nice reviews. I didn’t think to seek out blogger reviews but now that it received one from the Butterfly Mentions blog, I think it might be time to work on that.

Thank you, Butterfly Mentions for the kind review and assessment of the book.

Mosey on over to the blog to get a look at the review.

The Pursual can be found on Amazon here and to purchase at other retailers, please click here.

 

#ThePursual is here!

My first book has officially been published and I’m a giddy girl getting my groove on!

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THE PURSUAL is now live on Amazon! It’s also available for sale at Barnes & Noble, Kobo and Scribd.3d render book transparent background.png

Because the Apple iBooks store and Google Books won’t let me be great, my books haven’t gone live there. Yet. Never fear, though, they’ll get there sooner than later.

I’m off to have a Mimosa … because I deserve one and this is the only break I’m going to get for a while – I’m completing the sequel, titled THE PALADIN, and I’ve got to stay focused.

Okay off to have that Mimosa and get my celebratory, struggle-twerk on!

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Don’t laugh. We all have to start somewhere =) Fine, is this better?

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Uh, I guess not, haha.

Struggling with the sin of Passive Voice

Yup, that image describes me to a T right now. Well, not really because my hair is in a bun but you know what I mean.

I’m currently fighting against the sin of passive voice. Some instances escaped the last few edits and so here I am trying to eliminate them one by one.

Passive voice occurs in writing when the subject of the sentence is acted on by the verb. It’s the opposite of active voice where the subject of the sentence performs the action or the verb. Continue reading “Struggling with the sin of Passive Voice”

#Editingtip: Kill Your Echoes

No matter how many words you know in the English language, you’re bound to use a handful over and over again. I’ve never been so aware of this as the hours tick down to the release of my first book, The Pursual. These words can become echoes in your story – words that jump off the page to the reader. And not in a good way. Some words will always disappear when a reader sees them. Think of he, she, says, said, a etc. Those words are used so often in the English language that they aren’t special anymore. We don’t notice them in a sentence most times.

Echoes are words that haven’t achieved that ‘disappearing’ status and thus stand out when you read them. When they stand out, they pull the reader from being in the story, making her blink and say to herself, “Didn’t he just use that word a few paragraphs ago?”

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