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Book Showcase: Unscrewed by Ren Alexander

Book Showcase: Unscrewed by Ren Alexander. Includes giveaway!

Title: Unscrewed
Author: Ren Alexander
Publication date: August 14th 2018
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Book Showcase: Unscrewed by Ren Alexander
About the book:

Greg Rodwell.
The myth, the man, the legend.
Yeah. I’m none of that crap.
Okay. I’m a man. There’s that much.

Almost everyone calls me Rod, whether I like it or not. I’m the guy others look to for a laugh, a dirty joke, a distraction—the office clown. Even my best friend, Hadley, laughs.
It’s just that, I’m not always laughing. Not even on the inside. Nobody knows the real Greg or the agony I hide with humor. My recently dead sister had a clue, but she’s in no position to blab. I screwed up big time—then and now—but it’s all my undoing. Through everything, Hadley’s been my cure and my curse. And I fell in love with my married best friend. But she wasn’t always married, and I wasn’t always broken.
I had a millisecond of a chance, but I blew it, siding with morality. What guy does that? And sailing that sinking ship all the way down, I sacrificed my wants for her needs. Doing that, I fathered a kid with the office trouser troll. Stupid? Hell to the yes. Because now, regardless of the grand total, I want something I can’t have. Integrity and my sanity be damned.
But nobody, especially Hadley, can know the real Greg Rodwell, my tortured soul, my unashamed love, or my darkest truth, because it wouldn’t just blow her mind.
It would rock our damn world.


Book Showcase: Unscrewed by Ren Alexander
About the Author:
Ren Alexander was born in Wheeling, West Virginia. She graduated from West Liberty University, where she received a B.S. in criminal justice. Although interested in that field, her true passion was reading and writing. She currently lives in Detroit, Michigan with her husband, two daughters, and two cats.

Ren's novel, "The Keys to Jericho," was chosen as an "Official Selection" in the Romance category of Apple Literary's 2017 Annual Book Awards.

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Book Showcase: Unscrewed by Ren Alexander


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My experience with self-publishing

My experience with self-publishing, Guest post by R.D. Maddux @RDMaddux2 @iReadBookTours

I’ve been writing for publication since 1978, when my first novel was published by a major publishing house. The book did ok, but most of the revenues I received did not come from royalties but from the books I personally sold as I traveled and spoke at different venues around the country. Subsequently this was my experience in the following two books I wrote. 

My experience with self-publishing, Guest post by R.D. Maddux @RDMaddux2 @iReadBookTours
I have a friend that is a big-time writer and has written well over a dozen books. His royalties have been less than spectacular. But now that he’s gotten the copyrights back for his books, and self-published them he’s had a steady and increasing source of revenue. 

There’s much to be said for having a major publisher take your book and put all their resources and publicity behind it but those sorts of opportunities are few and far between. 

Of course, the field of self-publishing has flooded the market with books. Therefore, many budding writers may be disappointed that they don’t immediately have readers rushing to read their books. 

Virtual book tours are one avenue that allow self-published writers a unique outlet for their stories. That’s why I’m glad for the virtual tour opportunities that different marketers are providing. I’m hoping this will result in a real exposure for my latest novel. My advice to self-published authors is use the resource of virtual book tours. It will cost you money but if you’ve already invested your time and effort to write your book why not put some money behind it as well.

My experience with self-publishing, Guest post by R.D. Maddux @RDMaddux2 @iReadBookTours
R.D. Maddux has story telling in his blood. Since he was young he’s always loved a good tale. He’s been writing seriously since he was in high school and college. His novels range from Mystery and Intrigue to Sci-fi/fantasy. With Boy On The Beach he’s set the story in modern America, to be exact, on the West Coast of California. He’s a native of the golden state and has been a resident of San Diego since 1987. Before that he grew up in northern California and lived in the Sacramento Valley and Bay Area with sojourns in some of the beautiful parts of our state.

Living in California for over 60 years he couldn't help but watch the way things have changed in our culture and the impact this coast makes on the rest of America and the world. So even though Boy On The Beach is fiction, like most serious novels, it is not without a context and comment on issues we all face in our changing world. It takes place in real locations that are very familiar to him and its characters, which are fictional, no doubt have their counterparts in the real world. Boy On The Beach is a story of intrigue, suspense, revenge, love and redemption with flashbacks to the era when sex, drugs and rock and roll set our culture on it's inevitable journey to our present day. This idea has been rattling around in his heart and mind for a decade and it's finally coming to the page.

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Interview with Sunayna Prasad

Interview with Sunayna Prasad, author of Life and Lessons of a Young Author.

What genre do you write and why?

Aside from my non-fiction book, I usually write children’s fantasy.

Interview with Sunayna Prasad, author of Life and Lessons of a Young Author.
Tell us a bit about your book

Here's the synopsis: 

Whether you are young or old, The Life and Lessons of a Young Author can offer those who dream of finding the right path in the world of writing and publishing. Sunayna Prasad shares her experience as a young author and discusses what went well for her and what she suggests to those who long for success.

Talking about her life as a published writer, Sunayna Prasad teaches you the rules of the writing craft and the standards of the publishing world, as well as additional tips and tricks. The Life and Lessons of a Young Author can help you choose your own writing and publishing paths.

What formats is the book available in?

Paperback and e-book. I am working on having an audiobook be produced, too.

What's the best thing about being a writer?

The creativity.

Why do you think readers are going to enjoy your book?

I offer unique advice that they can benefit from, even though I’m only in my twenties.

How long did it take you to write your book?

“The Life and Lessons of a Young Author” took about two months.

Interview with Sunayna Prasad, author of Life and Lessons of a Young Author.
Who designed the cover?

A company called Damonza.

How do you research your books?

Usually through the Internet.

What are your thoughts on self-publishing verses traditional publishing?

I’ve always favored self-publishing more as you get to maintain more control and the process goes more quickly. However, you should still make sure your book is the best it can be by asking for pre-publication feedback from those you don’t know personally.

Who or what inspired you to become a writer?

My childhood imagination inspired by books I used to read then.

When you’re not writing, how do you spend your time?

Doing art and exercising.

Where can people find out more about you and your books?

On my Website or  Facebook.

5 Rules For Setting A Writing Goal You’ll Stick To

5 Rules For Setting A Writing Goal You’ll Stick To, guest post by SiriGuruDev Singh

Having written only four novels as of this moment, I have a lot to learn about being an author—more than I have years left to learn it in—and I don’t claim to be an expert on anything. But for those of you out there who might be still struggling to make the dream of your first book a reality, I’m much closer to you than an expert is, so it’s with you that I share my first draft writing process.
            Obviously my process is what works for me. My brain is not your brain. I sincerely hope your brain works better than mine does. Mine is easily scrambled when I try to remember every detail of a project. It tends to get confused with character names, fictional terms, locations—and numbers! Especially numbers. So for me I need a pretty firm chapter outline—a fairly detailed map of the what and how and where the story is going—before I can move from paper to computer and begin my first draft.
            Working on the outline every single day, I start with the basic idea for the novel or series, the basic premise of the story, and then I focus all my attention on character. I start with their names, ages, relationships to each other, personalities, physical traits, I print photos of a dream cast, pin down their individual details, etc. and I glue everything into the first pages of the notebook that will remain with me throughout the entire writing process.
            Next comes the details of the plot. I map out the story chapter by chapter, expand plot points, scribble ideas all over the pages of the notebook, tear pages out, paper clip and staple more pages in where they belong, use lots of different colored pens, add sticky notes as I think of details and dialogue. I highlight the main points of each chapter, building and expanding until the story begins to feel complete. Until it feels coherent and whole to me, until it’s beginning imagery mirrors the ending, and it’s characters all have their moments and places within the novel’s world.
            The most important thing for me at this point is that I focus my mind entirely on this story alone. I make myself ignore all other story ideas, I live and breathe this world, allowing new points to come to me as my sleeping brain (or showering brain, or cooking brain) fill in various holes and realize what needs to be added to bring only these characters and this story to life.
            Then, once the outline feels as complete as I can possibly make it, I allow myself to think about the first line, the specific way to start the first scene in chapter one. (Make sure you write each chapter’s first sentence at the top of its page in the notebook to make it easy to jump back and forth as new ideas appear!) When that first sentence comes to me, I know I won’t be able to keep myself from starting, to keep my hands from moving from paper and pen to computer keyboard.
5 Rules For Setting A Writing Goal You’ll Stick To, guest post by SiriGuruDev Singh
            And when I start, a funny thing happens. I settle in at my desk, turn up music that matches the mood of the scene, and begin to actually write the manuscript—and the characters take over. It’s as if while I was thinking about the story, my subconscious fully formed fictional characters into real people with minds of their own. They certainly aren’t always cooperative, and they often surprise me, but it’s a real blast to see what they’ll do—and it’s amazing to me how their words and actions always work out for the story in the end.
            I believe that when we really concentrate, we begin to learn just how wonderful the human mind is.

            Focus. Just write. It’s like The Great Agatha Christie said: “Write even when you don’t want to, don’t much like what you’re writing, and aren’t writing particularly well.” Because as John Cleese says: “Nothing will stop you from being creative so effectively as the fear of making a mistake.”
            Just write. You’ll begin to enjoy telling the story even on days where you began by forcing your butt into that chair. Listen to Stephen King, who told us: “When you sit down to write, write. Don’t do anything else.” You will eventually finish. You’ll have that first draft done, you’ll hold those printed pages in your hands, ready for you to sculpt and mold into something you’re proud of. Neil Gaiman teaches us: “Finish things. Whatever it takes to finish, finish. You will learn more from a glorious failure that you ever will from something you’ve never finished.”
            Because there is someone out there waiting for your novel. Someone waiting for your words to comfort them, to fill their loneliness, to entertain them, to turn them on and make them fall in love, to let them live those thousand lives that only fiction allows us to live. Guaranteed.

5 Rules For Setting A Writing Goal You’ll Stick To 

1.        Create a deadline for yourself to finish that first draft.
2.        Do the math for a daily word count from now until that day using the assumption of around 2,500 words per chapter, and create a calendar (using colorful markers and such).
3.        Add more time—but not too much time, weeks not months—onto the deadline if the word count comes out to more than 1,000 words a day. You don’t want to feel too horrible if you fall behind an unrealistic daily goal (For me, a more complete 600 words feels like more progress on a daily basis than 2,000 or 5,000—even though obviously you’ll be going over the manuscript again and again until you want to puke)
4.        Get on your professional editor’s schedule, (for one month after this rough draft deadline) so you’re committed and can’t talk yourself out of it.
5.        And finally, ignore word count and focus on writing for at least two to four hours a day in one hour uninterrupted sprints, preferably shared with another writer. It helps to write at the same time every day, so your mind and body begin to make writing a habit, a part of your daily routine. And plus, if you get done ahead of time, you’ll have that much more time for self-editing before sending the manuscript off to pre professional edit plot-betas anyway.

This system worked pretty well for me for four novels, and I hope you find at least part of it helpful.
Happy, happy writing!

5 Rules For Setting A Writing Goal You’ll Stick To, guest post by SiriGuruDev SinghSiriGuruDev Singh lives in New Mexico and Punjab, India with her husband, two daughters, and various extended relatives and animals. She is the author of the YA urban fantasy trilogy The Infernal Guard and Exiled To Freedom, a YA historical fiction novel about India’s bloody Partition of 1947.

You can find and contact SGD Singh here:
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5 Rules For Setting A Writing Goal You’ll Stick To, guest post by SiriGuruDev Singh

There is a tour wide giveaway for the blog tour of Emergence. One winner will win signed copies of all three books in the Infernal Guard series by SGD Singh. Open International.

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7 Tips For Writing Your First Novel

7 Tips For Writing Your First Novel, guest post by William R. Leibowitz. Includes giveaway!

7 Tips For Writing Your First Novel, guest post by William R. Leibowitz. Includes giveaway!
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1.   Prepare as highly detailed an outline as possible.  This will save you a great deal of time in the long-run because you’ll cut-down on the wasted effort of writing portions of the book which land-up being discarded because they don’t fit in structurally.  The more detail that’s contained in the outline—the better.  It’s easier to fine-tune, revise and develop an outline than the full-fledged prose of the novel.   If the outline isn’t compelling –the novel won’t be either.  This is the method that television writers use when teams of writers on a show “brain storm” each episode of a TV show; they map out all of the salient details of plot, action development and character development and once they’re satisfied, they sit down and write the script—this same process is valid for writing a novel.  This doesn’t mean that your novel won’t deviate from the outline as you go through the process of actually writing the book; it’s natural for the novel to change and evolve as you write, but having a detailed outline as a start gives you the “good bones” to build upon.

2. Once you have the final outline in hand, it’s time to start writing the book.  The hardest thing to do is to write that very first sentence.  Just do it.   The sentences to follow will get easier as you immerse yourself in the process.  And soon, you’ll find that you are getting into “the rhythm of writing.” 

3.   Take your time—writing a novel isn’t a race.  What counts is the quality—not the speed.

4.  Let people whom you respect among your family and friends, edit your “work in progress” once you are happy with it.  Do this on a regular basis –i.e., every seven or eight chapters, rather than waiting until you finish the novel. Take their comments and criticisms seriously because they are a gauge of what the public will think—except the public will likely be less sympathetic.  Remember that you are writing a novel to connect with many people –so it does you no good to take a “superior attitude” and assume that you’re right and your “ordinary reader critics” are wrong.  You don’t have to pander to public tastes, but unless you’re writing the book just for yourself – you need to be cognizant of what others think of your efforts.

5. When you read portions of your writing out loud –do they sound really good to you?  If they don’t —then your re-writing efforts are not over.  You need to be impressed with your writing.  If you’re not –then no one else will be.

6.  When you read the emotional parts of your novel to yourself –do they really move you and connect with you viscerally?  If not –then your re-writing efforts are not over.

7.  Remember that the words you write and publish, won’t go away.  They are not ephemeral like talking.  These words will live on---somewhere –whether in print or on the internet.  So ask yourself the question—and answer it honestly:  “Are you truly satisfied with what you have written?”  You’re not finished until you’re proud of what you’ve written and believe that it is the best you can do.  Your work represents who you are or who you want to be.

7 Tips For Writing Your First Novel, guest post by William R. Leibowitz. Includes giveaway!
William R. Leibowitz practices law internationally and prefers not spending too much time in any one place. He is a graduate of New York University and Columbia University Law School.

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How To Start Writing: Tips From A First-Time Author

How To Start Writing: Tips From A First-Time Author, Guest post by Lorenzo Petruzziello @lorenzomagnus @iReadBookTours

When I started the task of writing The Love Fool, I had no idea how to begin. Sure, I’ve written papers case studies and such while at college or university, but never had I considered my writing to be enough to fill up a whole novel. So, I never really gave writing attention. Not until I moved to Rome.

How To Start Writing: Tips From A First-Time Author, Guest post by Lorenzo Petruzziello @lorenzomagnus @iReadBookTours
While in Rome, I wasn’t really working much. I had a small side gig blogging about food and a lot of time. Time was open for me to explore the city, which eventually inspired me to think up ideas for a story. I found that this free time allowed me to open my mind letting ideas formulate, percolate, and become what eventually led to the setting, crux, and outcomes in The Love Fool.

Finally, I sat down and just started typing the ideas. I didn’t know how long this new found habit of finding ideas would go on, but I thought I’d type any thought out and eventually sit back and see if there would be enough to tell a story. I didn’t know how to approach any of it, but I knew I needed a story, so I just typed.

With all that said, I share three points of advice for anyone out there who thought about writing a book, story, or anything – but didn’t know how to begin. I feel these three major issues will help any writer embark on this new adventure.

We all have busy lives – working all day, parenting maybe, and what not. So, how could any of us who have ideas for stories even begin to think about sitting down to write? The truth is, we just won’t. We have a lot of other things we can think of doing to catch up on things we left for another day. The idea of sitting down and thinking about a story, just won’t happen. We keep procrastinating on doing the writing thing someday. And we all know where that leads – nowhere. So, my advice is to schedule a good chunk of time. It could be a whole day, a weekend or longer, but schedule it. Get away. Shut down from social media, society, and everyday life. Let your mind shut down to open up to creativity. Don’t think about your busy schedule. Let your mind just go. And soon you will have that burst of inspiration to think about your story. Of course you may have days when you don’t write a thing, but do not be discouraged because what is important is that your mind is little by little opening up to freedom and creativity. The ideas will come – trust me.

As ideas come to you, repeat them to yourself. Let’s say you think of an interaction between your characters. Keep thinking of that same situation and how it would unfold. Think about that scene from beginning to end, over and over. As you keep repeating that thought, you will find yourself improving the characters reactions – thinking of different ways characters could react and finalizing which you prefer. In addition, you will find your mind adding new details to that same scene. Maybe the weather begins to come to mind, or the season in which your characters are set. Maybe the location of the characters? They could have started in a car, and you test them out on a boat, or maybe inside a hotel room. These testing of details help solidify the story, and sometimes move the story in a new direction, maybe adding a whole other storyline within your main story. I know I found that repeating ideas helped me fill in many gaps.

When the ideas pop in your mind, just write them. Whatever they may be, write them down. It doesn’t have to be full sentences. It doesn’t have to be a list. It could even be a paragraph of phrases that just take down the ideas. As long as you write them, you have them. You don’t’ have to use the ideas necessarily, but you have them. I had so many ideas – some related to my story and some that didn’t. And sometimes – later – I found ways to incorporate the ideas that didn’t make sense. And some of the other senseless ideas, I still have and may even use them at another time. Whatever the case may be – it’s always good to have your ideas down for use at some point. One never knows.

How To Start Writing: Tips From A First-Time Author, Guest post by Lorenzo Petruzziello @lorenzomagnus @iReadBookTours
Lorenzo Petruzziello holds an MBA in global marketing from Suffolk University in Boston, Massachusetts. His background includes publicity and marketing for many of public television’s popular cooking and travel shows. He lives in Massachusetts focusing on his writing. THE LOVE FOOL is his first novel.

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