New Release: Alien Tears, by Darren Rogers

Alien TearsDarren Rogers is pleased to announce the release of his new science fiction novel: Alien Tears.

They arrived many centuries ago, wanting only to help us…

Mark is an average, if not even a little bit nerdy, teenage boy. He does well in school, does extracurricular activities, has a good relationship with his parents. Quiet and uneventful was the name of the game when it came to his life. That was enough for him to be content for now. That all changed the day that Tonya walked through his classroom door. The minute he saw her, he knew his life would be different forever. At the time he had no idea how different it would be. There was no way he could have ever prepared for the changes that followed her entrance into his content life.

Alien Tears was self-published by Darren Rogers in June 2012. It is available in print and for Kindle from Amazon US and Amazon UK.


It is important to understand that different people have different brains. Genius, I know. But this point was driven home to me recently. I pay a lot of attention to what is going on in my head and the heads of those around me. I am the first to spot a hawk or a lizard. I can sense a motorcycle before I can hear it. But I am largely oblivious to many things.

To wit, my buddy Josh lives down the hall from us. I watched his dog over the weekend. My wife went over once and mentioned all the cute pictures on the walls, the giant fish tanks in the kitchen, and the fact that his kitchen tile is our bathroom tile. I had never noticed any of these things.

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Getting Romance Right by Victoria Howard

Author Victoria Howard

[This is an encore presentation of a post which originally ran 10-27-11. ]

The term ‘romance’ encompasses nearly every existing novel genre and writing romance has long been known as the best place for aspiring writers to enter the writing field. Today’s readers don’t just want boy meets girl romances. They want to read a novel where the author skillfully weaves the love story between the protagonists with conflicts, misunderstandings, and obstacles. A story which will keep them glued to the page, desperate to know how the heroine will solve her problem and finally have a meaningful relationship with the hero. Continue reading “Getting Romance Right by Victoria Howard”

How to Make a Thirty Second Book Trailer Video Using Animoto

I have been researching book trailer videos for weeks for my post next month when I discuss whether or not we should employ experts to produce book trailer videos. I have watched so many trailers that I have started buying popcorn to eat while I browse them all. Some are brilliant. Sad to say, mine is not in the ‘brilliant’ category and I have spent hours fooling about with Windows trying to make a reasonable video.

Imagine then my pleasure when I stumbled across I am still a bit of a Luddite when it comes to technological mysteries but Animoto is very easy to use. Now, remember I am a ‘numpty’ and I am also very old, so be patient as I attempt to explain how to use this great site. Continue reading “How to Make a Thirty Second Book Trailer Video Using Animoto”