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Join the Hump Day Blog Hop! #FictionWriters

I love Wednesdays. Happy Hump Day, Everyone!

I also love blog hops. Great way to link-up and be social. I host a Hump Day Blog Hop on the last Wednesday of every month. Want to join this month’s blog hop? Link-up. It’s fun. (And easy.) Complete details below.

Why hop? Read this comprehensive list of benefits.

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HUMP DAY BLOG HOP
“On Hump Day About Books”

RUNS FOR ONE WEEK
WEDNESDAY (Nov 26, 2014) to WEDNESDAY (Dec 3, 2014)

Easy to join.

1. Link-up. Click on the blue “Add your link” button on bottom left side of this post to add your name and link. There isn’t a “theme” assigned to this hop, so feel free to use an existing post of your choice, but choose a post blog hoppers will enjoy. NOTE: No spamming or advertising. Please do not link to your book on Amazon.

2. Link back to the blog hop list. Add this sentence to your blog post so hoppers can find their way back to the blog hop list of links and keep hopping:

Like to party? Hop along the Hump Day Blog Hop on Julie Valerie’s Book Blog. Click here to return to the Hump Day Blog Hop.

NOTE: If the embedded link in the above sentence does not transfer when you copy and paste it, the URL to use with this sentence is: http://www.julievalerie.com/nov-blog-hop/

3. Be social. If you add a link, make time to visit others and comment on their posts. (Come on, folks. It’s good etiquette.) Tweet and retweet others using the Wednesday hashtag: #HumpDayBooks

So. Enough of all that. Let’s network. LET’S HOP! 

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Mom Suffers Unique Form of Writer’s Block

 

Writer’s block? Me? Never. I never face a blank page not knowing what to write.

I suffer from another form of writer’s block.

My kids are my writer’s block. Busy schedules, daily demands, interruptions…

I don’t fear the blank page. I fear my kids.

I’m Stewie’s mom – not resting on a bed – but trying to write.

This is my life:

Join the Hump Day Blog Hop! #FictionWriters

Q: What day is it?

A: It’s Wednesday. Hump Day. We’re halfway to the weekend.

Woo-Hoo!

But it’s not just ANY Hump Day. It’s the last Hump Day of the month and you know what that means – time for the monthly Hump Day Blog Hop!

Let’s hop. Be social. Network. Link-up.

Why hop? Read this comprehensive list of benefits.

HumpDayBlogHop

HUMP DAY BLOG HOP
“On Hump Day About Books”

RUNS FOR ONE WEEK
WEDNESDAY (Oct 29, 2014) to WEDNESDAY (Nov 5, 2014)

Easy to join.

1. Link-up. Click on the blue “Add your link” button on bottom left side of this post to add your name and link. There isn’t a “theme” assigned to this hop, so feel free to use an existing post of your choice, but choose a post blog hoppers will enjoy. NOTE: No spamming or advertising. Please do not link to your book on Amazon.

2. Link back to the blog hop list. Add this sentence to your blog post so hoppers can find their way back to the blog hop list of links and keep hopping:

Like to party? Hop along the Hump Day Blog Hop on Julie Valerie’s Book Blog. Click here to return to the Hump Day Blog Hop.

NOTE: If the embedded link in the above sentence does not transfer when you copy and paste it, the URL to use with this sentence is: http://www.julievalerie.com/oct-blog-hop/

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3. Be social. If you add a link, make time to visit others and comment on their posts. (Come on, folks. It’s good etiquette.) Tweet and retweet others using the Wednesday hashtag: #HumpDayBooks

So. Enough of all that. Let’s network. LET’S HOP! 

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Writing My Way Out of a Cardboard Box

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Wait a minute. What the heck?

I designated September and October as months to reduce my online activity so I could unplug and really focus on that final push to complete my novel.

In August, I announced a reduced blogging schedule, told online friends I’d being “saying no” to Twitter, Facebook, and Google+ for a while – and I have to say, the unplugging has been therapeutic.

There’s only one problem.

I’m six weeks into my eight week “break” – the time I declared I was setting everything aside to really hunker down and somehow . . . seven days into my sabbatical, I managed to buy a new home. Now I’m about to embark on packing my current home (and the six people + one dog in it) in preparation for a move at the beginning of November.

Whatever happened to telling the world I’m too busy writing to do anything else?

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That “Gone Fishing” sign I planned to hang on my writing studio never really got hung. I’ve gotten A LOT accomplished with the manuscript . . . but I do scratch my head at night wondering how in the world I managed to completely alter my life during a time when I was SUPPOSED to be slowing down and taking things OFF my plate.

Ugh.

Have you ever done that?

 

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P.S.

Q: What day is it?

A: It’s Wednesday. Hump Day. Halfway to the weekend. Woo-Hoo!

(Looking forward to the Hump Day Blog Hop scheduled on the last day of every month. Join me!)

Elephantine Publishing Wants Women’s Fiction

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Elephantine Publishing Wants Women’s Fiction
by Amanda Aksel

Speaking as a reader, a writer, and a publisher, I love women’s fiction! Like many of you, I’ve been reading women’s fiction since I was a teen. I was particularly a fan of chick lit. Remember those Red Dress Ink titles? They were so great; young girl in the big city trying to make it, and find love all at the same time. Those were the days. And while those titles still exist, there’s a wide array of women’s fiction available. For you women’s fiction authors out there, you know New York doesn’t always know a good story when they see one. We at Elephantine Publishing recognize the void in the traditional market and want you to know that we’re looking for unforgettable stories.

To give you an idea, I’d like to share my top five women’s fiction novels since 2013.

1. A Moral Dilemma by Zara Kinsley – This British chick lit is a fun read. I love the cover because it’s such a throw back to the good ‘ole chick lit days. What I appreciate most in this story is the gray areas. If you know me as an author (and publisher), then you know I love gray areas, because it allows the reader to compassionately see both sides of the story.

2. Becoming Mrs. Walsh by Jessica Gordon – For me, this one comes down to the writing. The author wastes no time pulling the reader in. The dialogue is strong and well paced. I find poor dialogue and over telling in some indie novels, but this indie novel was well done! This story also has (drum roll please)  . . . gray areas!

3. A Risk Worth Taking by Heather Hildenbrand – I wasn’t sure if I should put this on the list as Heather is also an Elephantine Publisher, but this title existed before the publishing co. and it made me cry, which is rare. This story is told both from the heroine’s perspective and the hero’s. So it was interesting to get the guy’s POV. It’s got some great steamy scenes, but what I love most is genuine emotion of the story that will inspire tears.

4. Cure for the Common Breakup by Beth Kendrick – I’m a fan of Beth Kendrick and her latest book Cure for The Common Breakup doesn’t disappoint. Beth has a knack for voice. But my favorite thing about this read, and many of her other works, are her fun, quirky, and witty characters. A good beach read.

5. Wedding Night by Sophie Kinsella – Okay this is Kinsella, need I say more? As usual, Kinsella’s story feels fresh with excitement and intrigue and she makes me laugh, which can also be rare for me. She does a fantastic job of creating these “what’s the worst thing that can happen” moments, which makes for great drama.

So there you have it!

Are any of these books on your list of favorites from the past year? If not, leave a comment below and let me know what women’s fiction books you enjoy.

If you want to learn more about Elephantine Publishing, visit us at www.elephantinepublishing.com

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And for all you tree huggers out there, and I know there’s a lot of you, Elephantine Publishing is now accepting EcoLit, which is an emerging genre with environmental themes.

Rocky View by Nicky Wells

Love flash fiction? Micro fiction? How about teeny tiny fiction?
The following teeny tiny story (100-words or less) about a teeny tiny house is part of the “Home Sweet Teeny Tiny Home” Project.

Learn more at:
julievalerie.com/teeny-tiny/

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Rocky View by Nicky Wells

“Where are we going?”

Fear grated in my voice. When Joel asked me back for coffee after the gig, I had envisaged a Chelsea mansion. He was rich and famous, after all. Three hours of driving later, I was scared.

“Home. That’s where my coffee maker is.” Joel flashed me a wicked grin as he steered the car down a mud track that seemed to be dipping into the sea. “And here we are. Rocky view.”

He drew up in front of a shack. I stared, and he laughed.

“It’s tiny, but it’s mine, and I love it.”

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Hi! I’m Nicky Wells, your ultimate rock chick author. My books offer glitzy, glamorous contemporary romance with a rock theme ~ imagine Bridget Jones ROCKS Notting Hill!

www.nickywells.com

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Join the Hump Day Blog Hop! #FictionWriters

Q: What day is it?

A: It’s Wednesday. Hump Day. We’re halfway to the weekend.

Woo-Hoo!

But it’s not just ANY Hump Day. It’s the last Hump Day of the month and you know what that means – time for the monthly Hump Day Blog Hop!

Let’s hop. Be social. Network. Link-up.

Why hop? Read this comprehensive list of benefits.

HumpDayBlogHop

HUMP DAY BLOG HOP
“On Hump Day About Books”

RUNS FOR ONE WEEK
WEDNESDAY (Sept 24, 2014) to WEDNESDAY (Oct 1, 2014)

Easy to join.

1. Link-up. Click on the blue “Add your link” button on bottom left side of this post to add your name and link. There isn’t a “theme” assigned to this hop, so feel free to use an existing post of your choice, but choose a post blog hoppers will enjoy. NOTE: No spamming or advertising. Please do not link to your book on Amazon.

2. Link back to the blog hop list. Add this sentence to your blog post so hoppers can find their way back to the blog hop list of links and keep hopping:

Like to party? Hop along the Hump Day Blog Hop on Julie Valerie’s Book Blog. Click here to return to the Hump Day Blog Hop.

NOTE: If the embedded link in the above sentence does not transfer when you copy and paste it, the URL to use with this sentence is: http://www.julievalerie.com/sep-blog-hop/

3. Be social. If you add a link, make time to visit others and comment on their posts. (It’s good etiquette.) Tweet and retweet others using the Wednesday hashtag: #HumpDayBooks

So. Enough of all that. Let’s network. LET’S HOP! 

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