A Christmas Present for Me from 5-Star Books!

I just received word that I will be 5-Star Books‘ featured author via Twitter all day on Dec 24! The 5-Star Books website has one goal: to help new readers find excellent Indie reads without wading through poorly written books.

The books featured by the editors of 5-Star Books are chosen using many criteria, which include: 5-star ratings on Amazon, cover design, reader reviews, content, publication date, author’s  social media involvement, and other subjective factors.

You can follow 5-Star Books on Twitter.

Indies Unlimited Wins Coveted Prize

Author and Superhero crime-fighter Katheryn Lane has bestowed an honor upon me. Indies Unlimited has been given the coveted Versatile Blogger Award. I feel so honored, but I have nothing prepared.

I’d like to thank the members of the academy, my Mom and Dad, who always knew I’d grow up to be a blogger once the internet was invented, and my wonderful wife, whose technological expertise and relentless pursuit of perfection (ever since she screwed up by marrying me) made this blog possible. Continue reading “Indies Unlimited Wins Coveted Prize”

Meet the Author: Pam Bainbridge-Cowan

Author Pam Bainbridge-Cowan

Pam describes her writing style as very informal and conversational. She is economical with words, using description to place her characters firmly in a setting or environment and to set the mood, but she uses dialogue to move the story forward. Pam says, “My writing is rather dark, with flashes of humor, sarcasm and irony. My characters are frequently from the fringe, rather than the mainstream of society, and tend to be Byronic, usually flawed and self-destructive.”

Pam says most of her stories and books are based on some true fact or story that intrigued her. “For instance, I once read a letter sent to a county office from an angry, older gentleman who had been pulled over for driving in the mountains, in icy conditions, without tire chains. They were also conducting a drunken driving sweep at the time. The breathalyzer had quit working so one of the officers took him into town to be tested, leaving his wife with their truck and RV at the side of the road in a snowstorm. He passed the test and was released and had to find a ride back. He later learned that because of the DUI arrest, even though he was not charged, he had to post a bond each time he took his commercial fishing ship into Canadian waters.” Yeah, I remember that. Bad night. Continue reading “Meet the Author: Pam Bainbridge-Cowan”

Retrospective of a Novice Writer – Yolanda Washington

Author Yolanda Washington

December is usually the time of the year for reflection. With that thought, came the realization that I had an anniversary of sorts last month. I owe myself a present. I missed it because I was driving myself nuts to “win” my first go at NaNoWriMo. And yes, I did “win.”

Many of you are published and can look back fondly on your time as a novice (I hope). For me, though, I’m still in the honeymoon stage of being a writer. You know, that first year when you love every aspect of the craft and the job. I haven’t become jaded, yet, and I hope I never do. I love what I do. This is the best job ever. Continue reading “Retrospective of a Novice Writer – Yolanda Washington”