Getting it Right: U.S. Military- Personnel

Picture6I spent 20 years in the U.S. Air Force, so I’m comfortable discussing U.S. military in general since I served along with all the branches. This will be a multi-part series about the most common things a writer needs to know if they’re going to have military characters or any kind of military items in their books.

We’ll discuss basic things that cover all branches of the service. Each branch has distinctive uniforms (which have become more distinctive in the last few years). But there are customs and courtesies that extend across all of them. Deciding if you’re making your characters enlisted or officers greatly changes how you will write the story. Having a mixture of both will give you a challenge but adds to realism. Continue reading “Getting it Right: U.S. Military- Personnel”

Flash Fiction Vote!

Vote!Today is Wednesday, and that means it’s time to make your selection for the flash fiction challenge. Which entrant will win? You decide! No pressure or anything, but the winning entries will all be included in the next edition of the IU Flash Fiction Anthology.

Go ahead and take a look at this week’s entries here. Make your choice, then use those share buttons at the bottom of the post to spread the word.

Voting polls close Thursday at 5 PM Pacific time.

Which author told the REAL story of the mystery pomegranate?

  • Jennifer Don (55%, 102 Votes)
  • Author Ralph L Angelo Jr (26%, 49 Votes)
  • Vickie Johnstone (6%, 12 Votes)
  • Jon Jefferson (6%, 11 Votes)
  • Jacqueline Hopkins (3%, 6 Votes)
  • Ed Drury (2%, 3 Votes)
  • Michael Seese (2%, 3 Votes)
  • MathoSkaCikala (1%, 1 Votes)
  • Anma Natsu (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 187

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NOTE: Entrants whose submissions exceed the 250 word limit are eliminated from the poll.

New Releases for April

April is here and so are some new indie releases!

GM 120x177GM by Alan Porter

Modern genetic science threatens chaos in a tiny African nation, in this controversial thriller of greed, betrayal and decades-old ambition.

GM is available through and Amazon UK.

Love Hurts 120x177Love Hurts by Carol E. Wyer

Love does not always result in ‘happy ever after’. In the hands of a damaged soul, love can be all-consuming, dangerous and even lethal.

Love Hurts is available on, Smashwords, and Amazon UK.

The Color of the Wild 120x177The Color of the Wild by Gin Getz

An inspiring memoir of person and place sharing the intimate connection between a woman, her family, and a wild mountain they call home.

The Color of the Wild is available through, Barnes & Noble, and Amazon UK.

A One Way Ticket To Dead120x177A One Way Ticket to Dead by DV Berkom

Digging up the past can be deadly. Kate Jones must once again face her past…and hope she survives..

A One Way Ticket to Dead is available at, Smashwords, and Amazon UK.

The Shadow Soul 120x177The Shadow Soul by Kaitlyn Davis

What is stronger—fate or love? GAME OF THRONES meets GRACELING in a new young adult fantasy by bestselling author Kaitlyn Davis.

The Shadow Soul is available through, Smashwords, and Amazon UK.

April Facebook Fest!

facebook rainLet’s ring in April by showing some love to our Facebook pages!

This is how it works: If you are a person with a Facebook page you’re welcome to join in. This is not limited to being an author, publisher, publicist, literary agent, book reviewer, librarian, (but if you’re a book-lover – that’s awesome!), etc., in the comments below, paste in the link for your Facebook Page. Make sure you show some love to the links in the comments above yours, and check back throughout the day to catch up. (“Likes” from other PAGES do not count. Only “likes” from personal accounts register.)

[Don’t forget, if you right-click the links, you can choose to have them open in a separate tab so you don’t have to worry about navigating back and forth to pages.]

This should be fun and should generate a lot of likes, follows, etc. for everyone who plays. Let’s get the party started!

To those with concerns about the ethical implications of “liking” a book you have not read, we regard  likes as more analogous to a “high five” than a rating or review. We do not support the idea of rating or reviewing a book you have never read.

PLEASE be sure to reciprocate by liking those who like you. This is give and take. If everyone plays by the golden rule, we all benefit.