Book of the Week 7/29/13

WalkYourButtOff

It’s common knowledge that walking is good for us (perhaps the best exercise out there), but Walk Your Butt Off!: Go from Sedentary to Slim in 12 Weeks with This Breakthrough Walking Plan by Sarah Lorge Butler, Michele Stanten, and Leslie Bonci (Rodale Books, 2013) not only motivates even the most recent beginners to begin a walking program but also helps the more than 100 million Americans who already walk for exercise to break through plateaus and boost results, with no more than thirty minutes a day for each walking exercise.

Paired with simple nutrition secrets from renowned sports nutritionist Leslie Bonci, Walk Your Butt Off! kick starts a weight loss program suited for everyone, along with case studies, tips on how to make your walks more effective, and other useful information that will help even the busiest person manage to get in 30 minutes a day towards better health.

Walk Your Butt Off! is a well-organized, easy to read book with instructions that are simple to follow. Most is common sense most of us have known for decades; nevertheless, for those who have no time for the gym yet want (or need) a good exercise program, this book will help you get walking down a path to improving one’s physical and emotional well-being.

SEEN This Week 7/29/13

AOS101 This week’s book, author, and event news:

Jenni James’Faerie Tale Collection is going to be a series of online games where anyone can go and read bits of the story while playing. Each new scene is a different level. Thanks to the wonderful cover artist Claudia Lucia McKinney, who is putting everything together. The first game should go live in a few weeks.

Lost in the Shadows by Selah Janel and S.H. Roddey is now available on Kindle, with the paperback to be released soon.

Willie Meikle’s first novel Island Life is out again in paperback and ebook from Gryphonwood Press.

With nine five-star reviews on Amazon and a five-star review on Manic Readers, this summer’s must read is new release, The Winter Girl, by Elodie Parkes from ,Hot Ink Press. The contemporary erotic romance is available now on Kindle for only $2.99.

Doug Bremner’s latest book, The Fastest Growing Religion on Earth: How Genealogy Captured the Brains and Imaginations of Americans is described by a reviewer as “Another fascinating adventure by this author with great attention to detail, a unique sense of humor and a compelling way of writing about both himself and his topic. For millions of Americans, the quest to find one’s ancestors has become an obsession, and for some even a religion. After writing a book about the history of his family, the author realized that half of it was missing, literally. This is the story about how he found the other half, and what he learned along the way about the history and practice of genealogy, his fellow genealogy fanatics, and himself.”

You can get the book for 99 cents on Kindle and in paperback from Amazon. Other formats may be found at this link.

Madison Johns’ third book in the Agnes Barton series, Senior Snoops, is available at Amazon and Barnes and Noble. This book has the ladies journeying to Florida for the winter and the trouble they get into is downright hilarious.

What does become of the broken hearted? The answer touches the soul as this mom gave up her child to adoption, but the outcome wasn’t what she expected- A story of heartache turned to healing and joy. Author and novelist Christine Lindsay relates a riveting story here.

Congratulations to A.L. Flagg, whose book, Fate, was just released by Crushing Hearts and Black Butterfly Publishing. Here is the Amazon link, and is free for Amazon Prime members.

My News for the Week:

I’d like to thank CK Webb for having me as a guest on the July 23 broadcast of WebbWeaver Books. For those who missed it, you can listen to the rebroadcast by clicking here.

Special thanks also go to Matt ‘The Hitman’ Hoover and Anthony ‘Professor’ Pires of ProSportsFix.com for guesting on this past week’s edition of The L. Anne Carrington Show. You can listen to Part One here and Part Two at this link. For archived past shows, visit my YouTube channel.

Do you have news you’d like to see in a future column? Either post it on a related site or email writingmerchant@gmail.com before the following week. Also follow me on Twitter @lacarrington1.

SEEN This Week 7/22/13

AOS101 This week’s book, author, and event news:

Charity Parkerson and Regina Puckett have signed a three- book deal with Ellora’s CaveShivers line.

Freedom With Writing is the magazine for freelance writers. They send reviews of companies hiring, and articles to build your career. Click here to get a free subscription.

Selah Janel talks about the thoughts behind my recent book release here.

Interested in a book one publisher called “brilliantly disturbing?” Be sure to grab a copy of Blow Up the Roses by Randy Attwood.

Piper Bayard is a recovering attorney, a full-time author, and the managing editor of Social In Worldwide, Inc., a news and events network. Her debut dystopian thriller, Firelands, is available from Amazon in Paperback and on Kindle and in e-book at Barnes & Noble, Kobo, and iTunes for iPad and mobile devices. She is currently working with a “senior mouseketeer” in the intelligence community on a seven-book series of spy thrillers. Her post is titled Hemingway was Right. You can read more about Piper at this link.

Michael Joseph’s mystery thriller A New Dawn Rising is now out on Kindle.

Bobby’s Girl by Bernie Morris is currently a free giveaway from Goodreads until August 3.

If you like reading and magic, be sure to check out A Man Of No Magic by
Radi Radev.

Watch the interview on WCAX TV of J.D Masterson’s discussing The Scorpion’s Sting: A Magdalena LaSige Suspense novel, which received three awards. The interview is 3:36 minutes.

Tom Ufert’s second book, Poor Tom’s Quotes “On the Roll,” is finished and off to the editor and marketing team for some final touches.

Snippet of Reborn To You by Kristal McKerrington, which will be released soon: “One of the hardest lessons I watched people learn is you can’t become your dance character forever. The character will not stop the pain we all ran from, rather it makes it worse. We are addicted to dance because it makes the pain stop and takes away the disappointment. The moment you step into the light, you can think of nothing else for nothing else exists.” You can view the upcoming book’s cover at this link.

Bo Fowler has written a new short story. Read it here.

My News for the Week:

Reminder: I will be appearing live on WebbWeaver Books Tuesday, July 23 at noon EDT.

Do you have news you’d like to see in an upcoming column? Either post it on a related site or email writingmerchant@gmail.com before the following week. Also follow me on Twitter @lacarrington1.

Book of the Week 7/22/13

WithEyesFromBothSidesBlack Mafia widow Thelma Wright tells her intense story to C. Alease in With Eyes From Both Sides: Living My Life In and Out of the Game (CreateSpace, 2011),

With Eyes From Both Sides is a well-written account of Thelma’s life evolving from a “good girl” brought up by loving Catholic parents in South Philadelphia to falling in “crazy love” with and marriage to Jackie Wright, a Philadelphia drug kingpin in the seventies and eighties, becoming a “queenpin” in the game after her husband’s murder with drug operations expanding from Philadelphia to Los Angeles, and then one of the few who eventually walked away from “the game” alive.

This is a book for anyone who ever fell victim to the old adage of “love is blind” and its subsequent consequences. As Thelma herself summed up her story about the book, “There are really roads, highways to this life, with fast lanes and slow lanes and some with banked curves and circles around which we are driven. My story is a warning for women who think that the fast lane is the road less traveled, and therefore the best one to take. It is a cautionary tale for the inquisitive, middle of the road wanderers, who stumble at the fork, wondering what it might be like. But above all, it is a prayer for women all over the world who wish to know the truth of the matter. If you are in the ‘game,’ get out, because it will destroy you.”

With Eyes From Both Sides is one true-account book readers will find difficult to put down once they get started. It’s fast-paced with brilliant focus on detail, and plenty of nostalgia. Even two years since it’s initial release on the market, With Eyes From Both Sides still has its luster in the memoir genre.

Book of the Week 7/15/13

CallingYouHome

If it’s reading by the pool or something in which to indulge over lunch break, Calling You Home by Kristal McKerrington (Solstice Publishing, 2013) is the perfect choice for both former and latter.

Calling You Home is the first book of a saga which is aimed toward being developed into its own series. It’s one of those “love lost and then once again found” stories intertwined with secrets the heroine kept hidden for many decades. I won’t reveal the plot here, but I can say potential readers should have at least a few tissues within reach.

The story in Calling You Home is nicely crafted and very well-paced. Strong character development and a page-turning plot will make you want to read this book more than once just to make sure you haven’t missed anything important in the story. I’m hoping this does indeed become a series, because I’m already looking forward to the next installment.

SEEN This Week 7/15/13

AOS101 This week’s book, author, and event news:

Anne Rice received a ThrillerFest 2013 award for Best Thriller Writer. Congratulations to her!

News from Comic-Con: The official Veronica Mars panel will take place July 19 at 11:15 in Hall H.

Danielle Zwissler’s latest novel, Served, is now on sale! Check out the book’s page on Goodreads.

Fountain Blue Publishing is now accepting submissions. Go here for details on submission criteria.

Alex Laybourne just signed a book deal for his zombie series Diaries of the Damned with J Ellington Ashton, and signing along with the talented Paul Flewitt.

Babs Morton was invited back to the 2013 Yeovil Literary Festival to read from Mrs Jones and Bedlam, her soon to be released psychological thriller. Last year’s festival was fantastic, with a great mix of authors, publicists and agents. This year promises to be even better, and will take place September 19-22.

Joe E. Legend and Kristal McKerrington were interviewed on English Celebrity July 6. You can read the interview at this link.

Lucy Felthouse has a fabulous character interview up at Dawn’s Reading Nook. Stop by and check it out.

Here is a blog post by Randy Attwood highlighting nine shorter works of fiction from $0.99 to $2.99.

Want to finish your book in record time? Lisa Tener’s award-winning Bring Your Book to Life program offers feedback on your outline and first 30 pages, along with a private consultation. Writers have created New York Times bestsellers in this program.

Learn how to structure your book, how to stay on track each week, secrets to compelling writing, how to write great anecdotes (for how-to and self-help books), how to master your time and much more. Click here for additional information and how to register.

How does one find a literary agent? Read this article by Julian Stockwin, which offers many insights in searching for that perfect agent.

My News for the Week:

Klass Act and The Cruiserweight’s Daughter were among books featured in an Amazon emailer ad July 10. Click here to view the full mailer ad.

Author to ring announcer? The possibility exists, as negotiations are now in progress for me to be a guest ring announcer for an independent wrestling show located in the Tampa area in either late summer or early fall. You can thank my manager for suggesting this project!

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Five quick tips to get into revising that manuscript

This post courtesy of keyboardsmashwriters:

I love revision. But I also really, really hate it. It’s hard work, and it’s a lot of critical hard work. One of the hardest parts is sitting my butt down and forcing myself to get to it, so as I delay doing just that, here are some of the rituals I do that help me focus:

Take care of primary needs. This means I’ve eaten, because food in my belly keeps my energy up and focused, and whenever my thinking power starts to wane, I know I need to eat again and I do so as soon as I can. Anything else I might need (such as tissues or snacks) I make sure is within arm’s reach of me.

Take care of ritual needs. For me, this means I go through my dashboard first, make my tea, detox for a bit, do some blog work and cross a few to-do’s off my list, perhaps go for a walk, and then begin rereading where I last left off. A set pattern that I follow makes it easier for me to get into working mode.

Listen to a few songs that pump me up. Upbeat songs get my creative powers focused, but the key is that I can’t be scrolling Tumblr or reading something else simultaneously. I have to listen to a few songs, let myself think only about my story, and become fully immersed and invested. This helps create a driving need to work on it.

Revise in solitude. When I write, I write to music. When I revise, it’s more like library time. I need to be able to hear my story without the music, to see it clearly and without any influence that music gives. If I don’t have absolute quiet, I keep my headphones on to block out noise. If my street’s particularly noisy, I have rain, or white noise to block out distracting noise.

Seven minutes of uninterrupted focus. The first few minutes are agonizing, torturous, and I writhe and resist and only by the sheer force of will am I able to press on. But after those first few minutes, I completely switch on and go with great speed.