Today Is The Day

Charles Yallowitz:

New release! Check it out!

Originally posted on Elizabeth Hein - Scribbling In The Storage Room:


Today is the big day! How To Climb The Eiffel Tower is now available wherever you like to buy books. If you are in the central North Carolina area, please join me at the Barnes & Noble – New Hope Commons at 7:00 on Friday, October 3rd, to celebrate the book’s release.

Here is a little bit about the book and where to find it:

Blurb: Lara Blaine believes that she can hide from her past by clinging to a rigid routine of work and exercise. She endures her self-imposed isolation until a cancer diagnosis cracks her hard exterior. Lara’s journey through cancer treatment should be the worst year of her life. Instead, it is the year that she learns how to live. She befriends Jane, another cancer patient who teaches her how to be powerful even in the face of death. Accepting help from the people around her allows…

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#Thunderclap #Fantasy #Dragons #Magic #Vampires #Zombies

Just a few more days for the Legends of Windemere Thunderclap campaign and I’ve been stuck at 74 for days.  I have until Saturday to get 26 more volunteers to make this a success.  I’ve tried tweets, Facebook posts, and WordPress posts.  For now, I’m doing this post and then one on Friday night.  After that, I’ll talk about my experience with this and give my Pro/Con opinion.  (At least after I’ve eaten since this campaign ends on Yom Kippur, Jewish Day of Fasting.)




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Reading Comprehension for Girls

Originally posted on ReadTuesday:

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Author Julie Harper has a new book available for pre-order on Kindle. The release date is Monday, October 6. It will soon be available in paperback, too.

This book includes 48 short stories beginning with one page (200 to 300 words) and ending with 3 pages (500 to 800 words). Each story is followed by 4 multiple choice questions. Answers can be checked by clicking footnotes.

Want to learn more?


In the spirit of promoting reading and literacy, Read Tuesday has a few promotional opportunities for readers and authors:

  1. The big event, Read Tuesday, on Tuesday, December 9, 2014.
  2. Promotions on selected Tuesdays (this was the first of them) leading up to December…

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The Ending Emporium

Welcome to the Ending Emporium where you can find the perfect ending to your story.  If you started at my sister’s Beginning Bazaar then you’re eligible for our 15% epilogue discount.  No, we’re not associated with the Midpoint Market, but we are friendly with the owner.  Hostile corporate takeover?  Do I look like a guy who would play that game?  I don’t know what you mean by evil sparkle in my eyes.  Anyway, what kind of ending are you looking for?

Ah, you’ll need our multiple plot line package, which call the Return of the King special.  It will cover three romantic subplots, the main action plot, a sealing of the doors, and give closure to a maximum of seven characters.  It’ll be an extra fifty dollars for every added character with a deal of three for ninety dollars.  You don’t need that?  Okay, well you can add it if you find yourself wanting to close up a few plot holes.  We’ll get more into our warranty program later.

What’s a sealing of the doors?  That’s where you give a closing to the overall world.  It doesn’t mean that the world ends unless that’s what you want.  Simply a pleasant ending that makes the reader feel like things will continue in peace for the rest of eternity or until you need to pay bills again.  I always suggest ending on a peaceful celebration or the old age of the fan favorite character.  If you insist on being dark then you can end it with a funeral and the creation of a memorial.  Just be careful that you don’t leave too much open or it feels sloppy.

Let’s take care of your romantic subplots.  All of these are put in an epilogue chapter instead of the plot climax.  Stop giggling at that word, Marcus!  We have marriage, divorce, dating, engagement, breaking up, death, betrayal, awkward silence, and growing old together without showing a wedding scene.  We’re working on a new one where the characters are shown reuniting in a future life or in the afterlife.  It only works for certain stories, but we think it’ll be very popular when we roll it out.  Would you like to give it a test run with a free replacement if it doesn’t work out?  Not having established reincarnation or an afterlife might be a problem, but you can always write those things in with a few clips of dialogue.  Just think about it while we continue.

I’d stay behind the line while we examine the action endings.  These aren’t part of the epilogue, but you mentioned have a big fight scene that ends the quest.  First, you need to decide on location.  I recommend the witch’s throne room given your story.  Put in a fireplace, large windows, and . . . you want it to be cheery?  I guess we can put our Spoiled Princess Bedroom set into your package.  Not sure how serious a fight this will be with throw pillows, perfume, and dresses all over the place.  That’s the death blow you were thinking of?  Well, I guess it can work.  Seems you have this already figured out, so I’m not sure you need my help here.  Are you a spy for the Midpoint Market?  Yeah, I guess you wouldn’t admit to that.

I’ll send you off with Susie to do the details, but let’s go over warranties first.  Your package contains two plot hole repairs, but only issues that are caused by the endings.  I can upgrade you to the next level where ten plot holes can be fixed.  Well of course Midpoint Market gives you more.  They’re the middle of the story where more plot holes can be found and, quite honestly, those people do shoddy work.  I saw one series where they kept having the good guys gain a new weapon only for the villain to already be immune to it.  I ask you, how does that happened five times in a row while the villain only shows up for that failed attack?  I would double check what they gave you.  No, I’m not trying to sabotage their business and cause them to go bankrupt.  I’m only interested in endings and my sister is only interested in beginnings.  What would . . . Yes, I do have another sibling.  Why do you ask?

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Jo Robinson: Author of The Month!

Originally posted on Kev's Blog:

Author of the Month

Jo Robinson has won the spotlight on Author Of The Month for May 2014 and has a picture and direct link to her book posted for a limited time on Kev’s blog!

Presenting, Jo Robinson, Everyone!


Jo’s Interview

For more information on how YOU may have the same opportunity to appear on Author Of The Month visit my Author Interviews & Contact Info Page.

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The End

Looney Tunes Ending

Looney Tunes Ending

For many authors, there is one piece of a story that is the toughest and scariest:  THE END.  You might have a plan for it or you might not, but there is something about writing that last chapter/page/paragraph/line that hits hard.  The initial adventure is now complete and only editing remains.  I’ve heard a few authors say that it begins feeling more like work around this time, which is a shame and probably why it helps to take a break for a month before starting editing.

I think it has to do with leaving the characters behind even though they’re still inside your head.  You get put into a strange state where you’re happy to have completed the book/series, but you don’t really want it to be done.  Maybe some of the authors who are in a perpetual state of editing/rewriting are stuck within this mentality.  You simply don’t feel like you’re ready or even willing to go to the next story.  Another version I’ve heard is that a piece of you is out of your body and it takes time to fill the void.

As someone who is writing a series, I manage to avoid the full brunt of being done with a story.  There is always a new book and a continuation of the adventure.  That being said, I dread the day I write the final line of Legends of Windemere.  Even though I have other series coming up, it’s going to be hard to let this one go.  Honestly, I think about this every time I finish writing one of the books.  It’s like every completion is a step toward a state of confusion because I won’t have Luke, Nyx, and the others to work with.  Sure, the survivors might appear as cameos in other series, but it’ll feel like I’m starting at the ground floor again when I move on to the next series.  I’m going to cushion it with a tie-in story if the plot goes there, but eventually I’ll have to leave these characters to their ending and move on . . . or back depending on how you look at it.

So, what do you do when you come to the end of a story?  Do you feel any apprehension when you get to THE END or do you feel more anxious for the next adventure?

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Fall Into Fantasy Tour: The Ragnarok Prophesies by Ayden K. Morgan

Welcome to the Fall Into Fantasy Tour, where we are keeping your mind off any end-of-summer blues and welcoming the cooler weather by introducing you to some incredible fantasy reads to curl up with and giving you plenty of chances to win awesome prizes!

Week 6: The
Ragnarök Prophesies

Book One: Fade
Book Two: Fall

What do you do when you realize nothing in your life is what you’ve believed it to be?

When Arionna Jacobs loses her mother in a tragic accident, her world is turned upside down. She’s forced to leave her old life behind and move in with her father. Dace Matthews, a teaching assistant at her new college, is torn in two, unable to communicate with the feral wolf caged inside him.

When they meet, everything they thought they knew about life unravels. Dace has intimate access to Arionna’s mind, and something deep within her fights to rise to the surface. They don’t understand what’s happening to them or why, and they’re running out of time to sort out the strange occurrences around them.

Their meeting sets an ancient Norse prophesy of destruction in motion, and what destiny has in store for them is bigger than either could have ever imagined. Unless they learn to trust themselves and one another, they may never resolve the mystery surrounding who they are to one another, and what that means for the world.

FADE is available from Curiosity Quills Press at Amazon US | UK | DE | FR | IT | ES | Barnes and Noble | Kobo.

How do you save someone who doesn’t want to be saved?

Those called to stand guard against the end are broken, and Sköll and Hati run free. Now Arionna Jacobs and Dace Matthews face a threat unlike any before. Ragnarök is coming and they aren’t strong enough to stop it.

Arionna thought she understood sacrifice, but she never counted on her destiny tearing Dace apart. Ever since she nearly died, he has been consumed with guilt. Now it threatens to turn him into the monster he always feared.

It’s up to Arionna to stop him before it’s too late, but the path to hell is paved with good intentions, and Dace is hurtling toward self destruction. This time, Arionna isn’t sure she can save him from himself. Can she convince him to let the past go, or is her true destiny to sacrifice her heart in exchange for the lives of the people she loves?

You can read the official prologue to FALL here.

FALL – The Ragnarök Prophesies: Book Two is available at Amazon and Barnes and Noble. You can add it to your TBR list on Goodreads here.


A.K. Morgen lives in Little Rock with her husband, three dogs and two cats. She has a graduate degree in Criminal Justice and Law, and plans to save the world someday. When she’s not working or writing, she spends her time teaching her niece and nephews how to cause mischief. You can also find her dancing in the grocery store, building a spork army, and fundraising for nonprofits close to her heart.

You can learn more about Ayden at or by following her on Twitter, Goodreads, or Facebook.

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