Book Showcase: Writer's Retweet by Piers Anthony

Book Showcase: Writer's Retweet by Piers Anthony

Title: Writer's Retweet 

Author: Piers Anthony

Publisher: Dreaming Big Publications

Genre: Fantasy

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About the Book:

Horrifying illusions. Classified government operations. Heavily guarded secrets.

 Cryptic rumors. Dangerous prisoners.

 Irresistible passion.

 Demonic magic.

  Piers Anthony weaves this and more into Writer’s Retweet, a collection of five short stories abounding in the adventure, magic, and naughtiness that fans have come to know and love from this author.

Book Showcase: Writer's Retweet by Piers Anthony In “Experiment,” “Discovery,” and “Mission,” painfully average Bigelow Bilge and Paula Plaintiff are thrust unwillingly into a world fraught with terrifying, victim-specific illusions. Who—or what—is the source of these horrifying encounters? Why have Bigelow and Paula been targeted?

  A newspaper reporter in “Dull Street Incident” gets wind of a delicious scandal rumored to have punctuated a stale suburban street. Menacing prisoners, conniving teenage girls, and one well-kept secret leads this reporter to the story of a lifetime. But who will believe it?

  In “Forbidden Fruit,” dowdy, middle-aged Edith happens upon a mysterious fruit that completely alters her life—and the life of Kent, an attractive, young neighbor. Seduced by her newfound magical abilities and rediscovered sex appeal, Edith plunges into a world filled with demons, pleasure, and unthinkable risk.

About the Author:

Piers Anthony is one of the world's most popular fantasy authors, and a New York Times bestseller twenty-one times over. His Xanth novels have been read and loved by millions of readers around the world, and he daily receives hundreds of letters from his devoted fans. In addition to the Xanth series, Anthony is the author of many other best-selling works. Piers Anthony lives in Inverness, Florida.

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Excerpt: The Butcher's Daughter (A Journey Between Worlds) by Mark M. McMillin

Excerpt: The Butcher's Daughter (A Journey Between Worlds)  by Mark M. McMillin

Title: The Butcher's Daughter (A Journey Between Worlds) 

Author: Mark M. McMillin

Genre: Historical Nautical Fiction (Elizabethan Era, Spanish Armada), Adventure, Romance, War, New World

About the Book

Excerpt: The Butcher's Daughter (A Journey Between Worlds)  by Mark M. McMillin
In an age ruled by iron men, in a world of new discovery and Spanish gold, a young Irishwoman named Mary rises from the ashes of her broken childhood with ships and men-at-arms under her command. She and her loyal crew prowl the Caribbean and prosper in the New World for a time until the ugly past Mary has fled from in the old one finds her. Across the great ocean to the east, war is coming.

The King of Spain is assembling the most powerful armada the world has ever seen - an enormous beast - to invade England and depose the Protestant "heretic queen." To have any chance against the wealth and might of Spain, England will need every warship, she will need every able captain. To this purpose, Queen Elizabeth spares Mary from the headman's axe for past sins in exchange for her loyalty, her ships and men.

Based on true historical events, this is a tale about war, adventure, love and betrayal. This is a story about vengeance, this is a tale of heartbreak...

This is a prequel to Gather the Shadowmen (the Lords of the Ocean), Prince of the Atlantic and Nampoleon's Gold.


I stood on the poop deck next to MacGyver, Michael MacGyver, my best man at the helm, watching the morning sun, dressed in brilliant red, rise majestically above the sea’s shimmering green waters. A good, flowing wind filled our sails and the ship was cruising along nicely. We had Dowlin’s magnificent ship in tow and I could hear my men with their saws and hammers working to repair her shattered rudder. It was a glorious morning. It was a hallelujah morning.
“Good day, Mum,” Hunter said with a mischievous grin as he made his way up the companionway and handed me a mug of steaming, black coffee. “Sleep well my lady?”
“I did indeed, Master Hunter, I did indeed. And you?”
“I have no complaints. I feel most refreshed.”
From the corner of my eye, I could see MacGyver crack a thin smile. A ship is a small place, too small for secrets. The whole crew knew that Hunter and I were lovers.
I savored the coffee’s rich aroma for a bit before I took a sip. “What course, MacGyver? Did old Gilley even give you one before he retired to his hammock or are you sailing aimlessly about on the open sea to only God knows where?”
“We sail for the Na Sailtí, my lady.”
“Ahhh, the Saltee Islands,” I said. “I thought as much.”
No one had ever accused Dowlin of being clever. The Saltee Islands, lying just off Kilmore Quay between Waterford and Wexford, was an obvious choice. The islands were remote and uninhabited and not far from Dowlin’s base at Youghal. Still, without a map or guide, one could roam those small islands for years and not find any buried treasure.
Hunter grabbed my mug of coffee from my hand and took a sip. “Dowlin’s brothers,” he said soberly, staring absently out at the horizon, “ghastly brutes the pair of them, will want revenge when they hear of what we’ve done, Mary. Righteous or not, the gods always exact a price for a killing.”
Only Hunter and Gilley ever addressed me by my given name. Mary had been my mother’s name. But I did not know her. She had died when I was very young. They say she had been a rare beauty. They say that before my father took her in and married her, she had been a whore.
“No doubt,” I said evenly, stealing a secret moment to admire Hunter’s exquisite face in the soft, morning light.
He had not yet shaved. He wore no hat and had neglected braiding his long, black hair into a queue. The breezes toyed with the loose strands, brushing them across his face. His eyes were striking blue. His chin was square and strong. I thought him the most handsome man in all of Ireland, perhaps in all of Christendom.
Hunter used his fingers to comb the tangled mess off his forehead. He turned to face me and gave me a puzzled look.
“Out with it, Hunter,” I demanded.
“I’d rather see it comin’ than get it in the back. That’s all, my lady.”
“I agree,” MacGyver chimed in, “with Hunter.”
“You agree with Hunter do you now?” I asked mockingly as I placed my hands on my hips. “As if I give a damn what you two agree on! Do I smell a mutiny brewing aboard my ship?”
Hunter and MacGyver exchanged knowing glances and chuckled. As every man in my crew knew, any one of them could speak his mind freely and without fear. Honest speech was protected by one of the Ten Rules, though precisely which one I doubt any of us knew.
Then Gilley, climbing up the ladder from the main deck, stepped onto the quarter deck carrying a basket of bread from the ship’s galley. The bread was freshly baked, still warm and smelled delicious.
“Mutiny is it?” Gilley asked while handing out his loaves. “Never trusted the likes of these two, Mum. Be happy to gut them both for you after they finish their breakfast. I’ll hang their worthless carcasses off the main yardarm to rot. Let them serve as a warnin’ to all other would be mutineers.”
“Hunter,” I said, “is worried about Dowlin’s brothers.”
“Ah, and well he should be, Mum,” replied Gilley with a serious nod. “Well he should be. Them two aren’t no better than Dowlin. Worse maybe. An ill-tempered litter sprung from the angry womb of an ill-tempered bitch.”
“Aye,” I agreed. “So gentlemen, we must be the first to strike. And when we strike we must do so with deadly purpose.”

About the Author

Excerpt: The Butcher's Daughter (A Journey Between Worlds)  by Mark M. McMillin
Born in 1954 in Indiana, Mark McMillin has lived in a number of states throughout the U.S. as well as overseas. He attended Canisius College in Buffalo, New York, focusing his studies mostly on military history, and served as a cadet in Canisius's nationally recognized ROTC program. After graduating in 1976, Mark was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army and was stationed in Bad Kissingen, Germany where he served with the elite 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment.
In 1986, Mark received his J.D. degree from The John Marshall Law School in Chicago, Illinois and began his legal career with a law firm in White Plains, New York focusing his attention on general corporate law. In 1994, Mark moved to Virginia and ventured out into hazardous world of litigation where, in 1999, he won what was reported to be at the time one of the largest and longest federal criminal trials in Virginia's history. Mark thereafter moved to Georgia where he resumed his general corporate practice and served as general counsel for several companies, including a $1B publicly-traded airline.
Mark has been a life-long student of military history. And he has always had a passion for reading and love for writing and wanted to someday write his own book. But write a book about what? Mark had no desire to write about some subject that 100 authors before him had already delved into. And then, almost by accident, this fascinating, little known story of Captain Luke Ryan fell into his lap. It was an opportunity was too good to pass on and so Mark began the long and tedious journey of researching, writing and rewriting. The twelve year project ended in 2011 with Gather the Shadowmen (The Lords of the Ocean), Prince of the Atlantic and Napoleon's Gold.
Mark currently lives in the Southeastern part of the United States.
A few of Mark's favorite books include: Robert Fagel's two brilliant translations of Homer's Odyssey and the Iliad, Tolkien's wonderful Lord of the Rings trilogy, Table in the Wilderness by Norton S. Parker, Irving Stone's The Agony and the Ecstasy, Herman Wouk's The Winds of War, Tom Clancy's The Hunt for the Red October, Vincent Bugliosi's riveting And The Sea Will Tell and Steven Pressfield's beautifully written Gates of Fire.

Please visit Mark's website at for more information.


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Book Showcase: A Life for a Life by Lynda McDaniel

Book Showcase: A Life for a Life by Lynda McDaniel

Title: A Life for a Life

Author: Lynda McDaniel

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Book Showcase: A Life for a Life by Lynda McDaniel
About the book:

When a young woman is found dead in the North Carolina mountains, the county sheriff says suicide. Della Kincaid disagrees. A former reporter in Washington, D.C., she knows how to hunt down the real story. But she's now living in Laurel Falls, N.C., creating a new life for herself. Without her usual sources, she turns to an unlikely cast of characters—friends, customers, ex-husband, and forger. With their help, she uncovers how unbridled greed has spawned a series of crimes and sorrows. Along the way, Kincaid discovers what the Appalachian landscape and people mean to her.

Book Showcase: A Life for a Life by Lynda McDaniel
About the Author:
My writing career began more than 30 years ago. Over the years, I've written more than 1,200 articles for major magazines, hundreds of newsletters, and dozens of blogs. I'm proudest of the 15 books I’ve written, including "A Life for a Life." The way I see it, books are to writers what pentathlons are to athletes: Endurance. And I've got it!
My other books include "Words at Work," which I wrote straight from my heart, a much-needed response to all the questions and concerns people have about writing today. (It won top honors from the National Best Books Awards.) That same year, I wrote "Contemporary Hawai’i Woodworkers: the Wood, the Art, the Aloha," a coffee-table art book featuring 35 artists; it won several awards, too, and sold out quickly. Since then, I’ve written two Amazon Bestselling Books: "How Not to Sound Stupid When You Write" and "Write Your Book Now!" (with Virginia McCullough). In 2015, I wrote "Aloha Expressionism by Contemporary Hawai'i Artists" featuring 50 more artists living on those beautiful islands.
I grew up in Cleveland, Ohio, but I've lived all over this country—from the Midwest to the Deep South to Appalachia to the Mid-Atlantic to the Pacific Northwest. Whew! I finally settled in Sebastopol, California, a place that reflects the values I learned while living in the mountains of North Carolina, all those years ago.
What's next? I'm busy with the sequel to "A Life for a Life" so I get to enjoy Abit's, er, I mean V.J.'s company again.

Catch Up with Lynda McDaniel on her 's Website: http://www.lyndamcdanielbooks.comTwitter @WordWardrobe, or Facebook: @LyndaMcDanielBooks.

Book Showcase: A Life for a Life by Lynda McDaniel


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NaNoWriMo Resources: Helping You Complete the 50K Challenge

#NaNoWriMo Resources: Helping You Complete the 50K Challenge #NaNoWriMoTips

With NaNoWriMo just days away I thought some of you might appreciate a killer resource post to help you pound out that word count and pick up your winner certificates. Today's post is therefore dedicated to NaNo prep.

Undecided if the NaNoWriMo challenge is for you? Check out this post at to help you make up your mind.

General NaNo Prep

The Official NaNoWriMo website is a huge resource, and I highly recommend jumping into the forums and joining in some of the discussions that take place there. On site you'll also find a whole section about NaNo prep at Not only does it list live events like Tweet chats that you can join in, it also includes links to the whole NaNo Prep library. 

Steve Shepard gives some great advice and ideas in this post at

This post at offers links to 60 articles with NaNoWriMo Tips.

Need help to get you started? This post has some suggestions for finding ideas is another post packed with useful links about preparing for the challenge.

Whether you're a Plotter or Pantser this post at has some tips for you.

In this post past NaNoWriMo winners shared some of their tips for success

#NaNoWriMo Resources: Helping You Complete the 50K Challenge #NaNoWriMoTips

Surviving NaNoWriMo

Check out this post from last year with proven strategies on how to finish your NaNoWriMo novel, based on a research study by Stop Procastinating of 2000 NaNoWriMo writers

This article has some colourful language but it also does a good job of summarising the before, during, and after of what to expect when doing the NaNoWriMo challenge. 

This post at has a collection of tweets from NaNoWriMo participants that cover everything from what writing apps to use to tips about food prep, and the importance of caffeine. 

Take a look at some of the pitfalls and how to avoid them at

This article at offers sound advice to help you keep going during the challenge.

These 5 tips for reaching your NaNoWriMo goal make it sound easy

Find a selection of hashtags for word sprints at

#NaNoWriMo Resources: Helping You Complete the 50K Challenge #NaNoWriMoTips


Reading can be a great way to prepare for the challenge. Author, and past NaNoWriMo winner Ann Harrison () suggests reading books in the genre you want to write to help spark inspiration.

There are plenty of books out there that offer great advice, and tips to help you keep your creative juices flowing. Here's a few you might want to consider:

- No Plot? No Problem! by Chris Baty ( Who better than the founder of the event to help you through it ;) I personally have a paper back copy of this book and it really is worth it.

- Author Kendra Temples (@kendra_temples) suggests Take Off Your Pants by Libbie Hawker for outlining

- Author Danny Knestaut (@dknestaut) suggests Outlining Your Novel: Map Your Way to Success by KM Weiland

And don't forget...

5 minutes agoWhat genre are you planning to write in? Choose books in that genre to read for inspiration.
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Interview with Cory Clement

Interview with Cory Clement

Tell us about your latest book. 
The latest, is infact my debut novel titled Farewell Keystone. It deals with Owen Reilly, a lost and worried soul struggling with sobriety, depression, financial grief and a dwindling relationship. He always daydreamed of getting away from his hometown of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and he gets a chance to infact make that a reality in the form of a stranger named Sonya, whom is headed to Ohio to perform at a small pro wrestling show. The two head out on the road and as miles stack up, Owen begins finding himself and figuring things out more and more, not without some bumps in the road though of course.

Who are your favourite authors? 
Henry Rollins, Bret Easton Ellis, Chuck Palahniuk and Haruki Murakami. Jay McInerney too.

What advice do you have for other writers? 
Interview with Cory ClementJust make it happen, go for it. Don't stress about every little thing, don't lose your cool if you find a typo or two in your book after its out. Don't worry of what others will think or say. Don't be set on making millions. Just make the dream merge with reality. Don't look back and regret never having done it.

What's your favourite quote about writing/for writers? 
“All writing is an antisocial act, since the writer is a man who can speak freely only when alone; to be himself he must lock himself up, to communicate he must cut himself off from all communication; and in this there is something always a little mad." - Kenneth Tynan

Who is you favorite character in your book and why? 
I hope this doesn't come off too arrogant, but I got so connected with all of them, even the bad and villainous ones. Maybe its just because it was my first novel, I guess I won't know that for sure until I put out the next novel. But I got and feel so connected to them all, and they all spoke or expressed things regarding me in reality. Not sure how other writers feel or view their characters, but I kind of agree with the idea of all the characters being some sort of expression of the writer doing the story.

How long did it take you to write your book? 
I tried writing it many times over the years, and would always just feel unhappy with the result and trash the attempts. This go around where it finally clicked and felt like the story it was intended to be, it took about two and a half to three months, not including the editing.

Who designed the cover? 
Jenny Laatsch, and she is incredible. Couldn't be happier with the end result. She was super easy to work with and talk to, and affordable. I have a very odd and weird way of explaining things and she got it right away. I highly recommend her services if you are looking for a cover design. Seeing the first rough sketches from her still remains such an amazing moment for me. I was so giddy and ecstatic when I received them. And just seeing them little by little getting finished was just such a blast. Thats when you know you're doing what you love, when you are capable of feeling like a little kid on christmas morning again somehow over something like rough sketches and such.

Did you learn anything from writing your book that was unexpected? 
Thats a great question and I'm actually kind of stumped with that one. I think the biggest thing I learned was more of a assurance, a kind of pat on the back from life letting me know "yeah, you're right. this is what you love to do, this is what you're meant to be doing. this is what you need to keep doing". I always knew I wanted to write, but getting it done little by little and releasing it, the assurance was a bit more overwhelming in a good way then expected. So if anything, thats the closest answer I have for this question.

Interview with Cory Clement

Where can a reader purchase your book? 

Who inspires you? 
There are too many people to many writers of film and literature. Composers of great instrumental music that sort of paint scenes out in my mind while listening. 

How do you research your books? 
I don't do much research unless its to solidify a fact in terms of travel and such. Like, I looked up how long it would take to drive from Philadelphia to Ohio roughly, to help map out things realistically in Farewell Keystone. I also did a lot of research for the dream scene in the book, which I feel will get overlooked, but I hope and urge anyone who reads Farewell Keystone to look more into that dream scene. Its not just a random time passer type deal. Theres much being said and noted in that scene. I was having lots of wild dreams at the time of early sobriety, and even more-so when I was detoxing and taking certain medications. So I got a little interested in dream interpretation, and that dream scene in the book is a big signal of such.

What is your work in progress? Tell us about it. 
Its called Clean Slates, and I've mapped out and laid out enough of the story, as well as did my mental casting to the point where its 'go time'. Just been super busy with non-writing commitments like working, paying bills and saving up to make an out of state move to finally get out of Philly myself to live out my own personal little Farewell Keystone. I'm super excited, and I think I've learned a lot from this debut release of Farewell Keystone to where it will help make this next effort even more solid and legit. Its sort of a reverse telling of Farewell Keystone. All new characters but deals with having to come back to a place you can't stand and despise, rather than leaving it. And it will showcase caving in to temptations of addiction rather than putting up a fight. Will be a lot more brutal and dark.

What are your thoughts on self-publishing verses traditional publishing? 
I want to write and put out books, so I do. I make it happen. I get help from cover designers, editors or proofreaders and some others, but I'm not sitting around waiting forever to get someone to tell me my books worthy. I'm also not looking to have someone tell me what to erase or get rid of, or focus more on. I want my stories done the way I see them, and then I want them out and about. End of story. From there I want to focus on trying to get film adaptations done of my stories. If some publisher offered me something or came my way, or met me in the middle half-way, of course I'd be ecstatic and open to the opportunity. But bottom line is I want my stuff written, then out. And self-publishing makes that happen. If my style or structure doesn't qualify in your views, or some big firm or company, I can't say I care.

Who or what inspired you to become a writer? 
Horror movies specifically were the biggest influence. Low-budget, cheesy 80's horror movies...the slashers, the creature features. It lit up my imagination and for some reason or another I ended up trying to write little stories as a first grader with me and my brother or father fighting off monsters or masked maniacs of movies I watched. As years passed, it wasn't just fun but an outlet, a therapy for me. It became and is the purest and top way for me to express myself and explain things. I feel much more comfortable writing than talking. So those two avenues collided and turned into me enjoying writing, as far as coming up and creating things, but also feeling like I need to write or should to explain and release emotions and feelings within, or things I've done in the past. Enjoyment and necessity are one in the same for me when writing.

Does your family support you in your writing career? 
Yeah, my mom expresses how proud she is of me quite often and even offered to help proofread my next book as she did that for a living in the past. It feels refreshing and solid to have her be proud instead of disappointed that I did something dumb in relation to alcoholism and addiction. My little step-brother did a huge amount of work for me with banners and advertising related aspects. We lost touch for a while so it was neat to sort of connect again over the writing passions, he got to show off his awesome graphic design work in return. I also got to show my grandfather whom is in a home for veterans and not in the best of health my book and hear him tell me he was proud which I cherish. In the end I have the mentally of doing this for me and nobody else, if someone or a bunch of someones wants to tag along on the ride and support or encourage or collaborate, great. If not, so be it. But I absolutely am thankful for the support I have gotten from family and friends alike.

What are you currently reading? 
I can't say I'm reading anything honestly. I'm not a huge reader actually. I write in novel form because it feels right and best, but I write with the outlook and intention of screenplays and film in mind. I write my stories as if they are movies, I cast characters out in my mind and keep them saved in folders too. I just like and write better in novel-form as opposed to screenplay formatting. Theres a handful of books I love, but I'm not an avid reader to be honest.

What books or authors have most influenced your life? 
Henry Rollins and Bret Easton Ellis are the top ones, for sure.

When you’re not writing, how do you spend your time? 
Unfortunately, working the full-time job to pay bills. If not that, listening to music, watching movies, watching wrestling and or hanging with my cat.

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