Blog Tour: Top Five Reasons I Found Myself OBSESSED with The Chalk Man @cjtudor

Clues and Reviews

Late last year, after fighting it for some time, I gave into my temptation and read one of my most anticipated 2018 releases, The Chalk Man by C.J Tudor.    After finishing the novel, I understood completely why there had been so much buzz surrounding this book. Fast-paced, completely compelling and binge-able, I sat down and read this book in an entire sitting.  From the core mystery to the intricately woven characters, I could immediately state that this book would end up one of my favourites for 2018, already!  That, my friends, is a pretty serious statement to make!  If you want, you can check out my full review of The Chalk Man HERE.  But, in honour of my stop on the TLC Blog Tour for this title, I thought I would do a little bit of a breakdown, get a little deeper into the novel and talk about…

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Easy Blogging for Authors: 10 Tips for a Successful Author Blog…

Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog

By Anne R. Allen

I’ve made some spectacular blunders in my blogging career. But since we learn from our mistakes, I’ve got a boatload of information now.

As Ruth and I say: “We made the mistakes so you don’t have to.”

The worst decision I made was trying to turn this blog into a monetized business blog. That lasted about six months— until my doctor said I was going to have to choose between blogging and living to see my next birthday.

This is the second anniversary of the beginning of that failed experiment, and I’ve been thinking over what I’ve learned.

My biggest mistake was that I didn’t see that an author blog has a different purpose and goal from a business blog. Author blogs aren’t about making money directly with ads or sales.

Instead, they provide a platform for your writing and a way to communicate with readers…

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Amazon Nailed This Holiday Commercial – “Give”

chrismcmullen

I never thought I’d be praising a commercial, but I absolutely love Amazon’s “Give” holiday commercial.

(@Amazon video shared via YouTube.)

Chris McMullen (author)

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“She’s fated to destroy the world” Deathbringer by @TamaraGrantham #fantasy #romance

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Deathbringer
Tamara Grantham
(Fairy World M.D., Olive Kennedy)
Published by: Crimson Tree Publishing
Publication date: April 25th 2017
Genres: Adult, Fantasy, Romance

Some heroes are fated to save the world. Others are meant to destroy it…

Olive Kennedy is all about positive thinking. She’s been stuck on Earth for the past four months, waiting for the spring equinox to arrive so she can return to Fairy World — but she’s staying positive. She’s hopeful she’ll once again see her handsome Viking fiancé who’s waiting for her. She’s optimistic that her mission to reclaim the sword of Dracon — a sword of King Arthur fame and the only weapon capable of killing Theht — won’t result in death and destruction. And then there’s the small matter of an asteroid that’s been ripped out of its orbit and is hurtling toward Earth…no biggie.

One last thing — she’s fated to destroy the…

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Blog Round Up: April 2017

Rachel Poli

Blog Round Up April 2017Check out these awesome blog posts that fellow WordPress buddies have posted! Enjoy!

10 Blogging Don’ts
Bo’s Cafe Life
March Reads
Lessons From A Failed Query Letter
Break The Tropes
Getting Published: Setting Achievable Goals
Author Spotlight – Wendy Unsworth
The Other Side of World Building

Do you have any blog posts you absolutely loved from April? Which one of these posts did you enjoy? Let me know in the comments below!

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Nobody Ever Said Life Was Easy… Painting Sky by @rita_branches #romance

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Painting Sky
Rita Branches
(Painting Sky #1)
Publication date: April 25th 2016
Genres: New Adult, Romance

Nobody ever said life was easy…

People pleaser, Jane Skylar wants nothing more than to earn her art degree, start her life, and bask in the bliss of living with her boyfriend.

But things don’t always go as planned…

Struggling with her creative side, Jane finds herself in turmoil, often confiding in her roommate – another, more talented art student, Keith Hale. Keith just so happens to be her boyfriend’s older, brooding brother. After a devastating breakup, Jane turns to Keith for comfort. But when the lines blur between roommate and lover, Jane’s life becomes more complicated than ever before.

When Keith’s past comes back to haunt him, their lives all get turned upside down, forcing the truth to surface. Now Jane must fight for what she wants–even if it hurts everyone she loves.

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These are the 2 Types of Rough Drafts

A Writer's Path

by Samantha Fenton

Not every rough draft is created equal. There are different ways of mind when writing the rough draft. Depending on your style, maybe your draft has taken forever to write. You just want to get it as perfect as possible. Or maybe the rough draft is just a chance to get the ideas on the page and get it over with as quickly as possible. I have found it to be an either/or situation. Either you want the rough draft to be as perfect as possible, or you try to get it out of the way and focus on getting the general idea on the page.

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