Rainbow Snippets November 17th

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Five days til I’ll be gobbling down turkey with my family around me 🙂 

I’m posting from This Time Around (which is a rework of Refugees which is the sequel to For the Heart of Phillip). Drama was everywhere in the first book; but it’s been tamed in this volume, which follows Robert and David’s journey after things didn’t go as planned in book one.

I hope you enjoy! This book is coming December 1st!

What is Rainbow Snippets? It’s a group of LGBT+ authors who post six sentences (or more) from a current WIP, published work or even something they’ve read that they want to rave about. Click on the link below the rainbow to be transported to a place of wonder where you will find tasters of everything from sweet romance, to hot and steamy, to fantasy and sci-fi.

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To set the stage: (spoiler alert)!!! In the first book, Robert and Phillip break up and David and Andrew break up. 

This is David coming home to find out that Andrew has left him:

David had done his best to nurse his lover, as had Andrew’s five-year-old daughter, Andrea. She’d barely left his side. There had still been no “yes” or “no” to the proposal question, however. David knew why, too. It was just as he’d feared this entire time. It was painfully clear that Andrew still had deep feelings for his ex-husband, Phillip.

David remembered that night, the previous February, when Andrew had come to live with him. The break-up with Phillip had been emotional, and Andrew had come to him late at night, crying, freezing, and in shock. David had known from the start that the relationship would be fraught with regret, but he dove in full-force anyway, out of sheer loneliness.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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5 Tips For Successful Publishing And Book Marketing. Lessons Learned From The Independent Author Conference. – by Joanna Penn…

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on The Creative Penn:

I’m just back from the Independent Author Conference in Philadelphia.

Here are some of my thoughts from the trip in this solo show:

People don’t buy books, publishing wide is more than just retail, tips for being a better publisher, strategy is what you DON’T do, plus, learn what you need for your stage of the author journey.

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Your Stories Will Outlive You. Give Them All You’ve Got.

I want people years after my death to find my tales and enjoy them. I leave no children except my characters.

Novelty Revisions

I don’t know about you. But I think a lot about the fact that I will not be here forever.

Not that I plan on going anywhere anytime soon. I have stuff to do.

But (uh, probably thanks to John Green) I spend a little time each day thinking about human mortality. And I spend a lot more time than that wondering if the things I am doing with my moments really matter. Especially when it comes to my writing.

I think it’s safe to say at this point that I’ve spent the majority of my life wanting to be a writer. The exact logistics of what that has meant for me personally have changed many times. But I have always been drawn to storytelling. It has always ignited a very powerful fire inside me.

But I am not immune to the usual tribulations of the creative arts. I doubt…

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What you can do with old stories?

I’m do re-do’s of my older works and think it’s worth it to ‘refresh’ these older tales. I may just sub them to a publisher in another decade or so…

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Submit that story, even if published elsewhere.

Now you can dust off those great stories and send them to a new home. Again and again.

And I’ve got just the list for you!

That’s right, there are publishers that accept reprints. So, if you’ve got a story you would like to see published again.

Check out this article…

25 Literary Journals that Accept Reprints by Emily Harstone

Do you have a great story stuck in no-mans land? 

Have you tried resubmitting a published story before? 

Are you going to try to go for a reprint?

Or do you think every story should be one and done?

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AND STOP BY JEAN’S WRITING ANYTIME, I’LL LEAVE A LIGHT ON. 

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Tuesday Musings: Snow

For some, a four-letter-word, but for me it’s a word with four letters.

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It’s a cold day here and we are waiting for snow. Though; that said, the weather folks have it on their prediction map for a week, it takes a day to fall, and 10 seconds to melt; usually the next day. LOL

I love snow. Ever since I was a kid growing up in the foothills of the Appalachians and getting foot-deep snows; I’ve loved it.

There’s just something magical about watching the big flakes fly and softly, noiselessly, covering everything with their crisp, white, cold blanket. It silences everything and all the ugliness is suddenly brightened and beautified.

Now, driving in it is quite another issue; and I’ve seen and been in my share of fishtailing, sliding, and avoiding being T-boned. It’s maddening! But once you’re safely home and are with loved ones; it is a wonderful feeling.

 

What you don’t know about success

Great advice!

Cristian Mihai

Success is a word gets thrown around a lot. It’s become meaningless. We all want it and the definition of success is different for everyone.

Some of us want a beautiful family life. Some of us want a successful business. Some of us want lots of money so we can exchange it for goods and services.

To make matters worse, society has developed a set of tools to help you become comfortable. To have what you want, when you want it, which is right here, right now.

We have lost track of who we are supposed to be. Life and success are harsh. Unless you are will to fight like hell for what you want, then you’ll never be successful.

Consider this your wake up call!

It’s time to stop fantasizing and do what you have to do to get what you want.

Whatever your definition of success is, you’ll need…

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Rainbow Snippets November 10th

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Less than two weeks til Turkey Day??? Wow…plus my life is calming down a little and I’ll have a lot less time to think about things…I landed a day job that starts in three weeks. So…let’s relish the time we have 🙂

This week, I’m going to start posting from This Time Around (which is a rework of Refugees which is the sequel to For the Heart of Phillip). Drama was everywhere in the first book; but it’s been tamed in this volume, which follows Robert and David’s journey after things didn’t go as planned in book one.

I hope you enjoy! This book is coming December 1st!

What is Rainbow Snippets? It’s a group of LGBT+ authors who post six sentences (or more) from a current WIP, published work or even something they’ve read that they want to rave about. Click on the link below the rainbow to be transported to a place of wonder where you will find tasters of everything from sweet romance, to hot and steamy, to fantasy and sci-fi.

This Time Around 1

To set the stage: (spoiler alert)!!! In the first book, Robert and Phillip break up and David and Andrew break up. 

This is David coming home to find out that Andrew has left him:

It was 9 p.m. on a warm, early September night. Thirty-one-year-old David Griffin pulled up into the driveway of his house. Of course, it wasn’t just his now—he’d had his lover, Andrew Bradley-Horner living there for some time too, along with Andrew’s adorable daughter, Andrea.

He’d finally come off his shift as a physical therapist in the rehabilitation hospital after working a grueling twelve hour shift.  He was tired, but felt he was in a diplomatic enough mood to deal with his boyfriend. It’d been a rough weekend for them after David had asked Andrew to marry him and the only reply he’d received was Andrew’s vomiting on the lawn.