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Fantasy Authors Unplugged: Cover Reveal from Mae Clair

Welcome to Archer’s Aim today where Fantasy Authors Unplugged makes a return. Today we veer into a slightly different genre, but still speculative with a cover reveal for an upcoming book from Mae Clair:

 

Release Date: January 15, 2019
Genre: Mystery/Suspense/Supernatural Thriller
Publisher:  Kensington Publishing • Lyrical Underground Imprint

BLURB:
The past is never truly buried…

Generations of Jillian Cley’s family have been tasked with a strange duty—tending the burial plot of Gabriel Vane, whose body was the first to be interred in the Hode’s Hill cemetery. Jillian faithfully continues the long-standing tradition—until one October night, Vane’s body is stolen from its resting place. Is it a Halloween prank? Or something more sinister?

As the descendants of those buried in the church yard begin to experience bizarre “accidents,” Jillian tries to uncover the cause. Deeply empathic, she does not make friends easily, or lightly. But to fend off the terror taking over her town, she must join forces with artist Dante DeLuca, whose sensitivity to the spirit world has been both a blessing and a curse. The two soon realize Jillian’s murky family history is entwined in a tragic legacy tracing back to the founding of Hode’s Hill. In order to set matters right, an ancient wrong must be avenged…or Jillian, Dante, and everyone in town will forever be at the mercy of a vengeful spirit.

End of Day can be read as a stand alone novel or as a follow-up to book one of the Hode’s Hill series, Cusp of Night.

End of Day is available for pre-order through this link
and available to add to your Goodreads to-be-read list here.

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Guest Post: 7 Sites to Find Inspiration for Creative Writing

Today I welcome Cindy Bates as a guest blogger who shares some interesting sites for creative writing. Take it away, Cindy!!

WritingFinding inspiration as a creative writer most probably helps unleash creative imagination that is vital for anybody using content online. You have to learn how to use this feeling to improve your writing productivity. As many creative writers already know, it can be quite challenging sometimes to come up with content that is worth reading. Alternatively, when inspired it is like you are possessed with a force that taps into your imagination. This helps one have ideas that are important to improve your creative writing efforts. If you need inspiration, listed are some of the best Sites to find inspiration for creative writing.

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1. Wridea

Wridea is an ideal site to visit if you are interested in finding a way to improve and save your ideas. Users have an opportunity to achieve a lot with their ideas. Wridea puts its user in control with contact groups and privacy settings allowing them to share ideas with the chosen collection of people.

This site encourages idea improvement as well as idea saving, which helps nurture great things in future. Wridea offers a variety of simple features, which are very effective. The best part about the site is that they are free of charge. You don’t need to pay to create a Wridea account. All features are available to its members.

2.WritersNet

Books don’t market themselves; neither do publishers do everything for you if you have gone that route. On the other hand, if you are a self-published novelist, the entire or most burden of marketing gets your shoulders.

It’s understandable that it might be difficult to determine the methods that pay off even after you have made them. At times book sales can happen by a combination various different methods. Therefore, it is recommended to visit WritersNet, which is a great website to promote your book and interact with other writers, both unpublished and published.

3. A-Writer

Is a good site route for creative writers seeking to interact with great publishers in their chosen field of writing. Being part of A-Writer gives creative essayists access to useful content; thus, helping them stay current every time.

Having An Idea4. The story starter 

The story starter is a great tool that helps writers generate new ideas for writing plays, short stories, or other writing task. In order to generate an idea with the story starter, just click on the “click here for random stories sentence” and you will be given a new idea.

5. Aldaily 

Aldaily is quite a good site to keep oneself updated with the current trends in creative writing. From aldaily, you will learn high-quality words and appropriate expressions. You simply have to make it a habit to keep checking it from time to time. The frequency varies from one person to another depending on her wants.

6. Write or Die

If you really want to write a book you could begin by writing 800 words immediately. This is simply achieved by signing up at Write or Die. This is a tool that you have to set for a length of time, for instance 20 minutes, and then you must write. The idea is to stop writing before the end of the time limit since there are consequences. Below are the consequences:

  • Kamikaze Mode: With this you must keep Writing otherwise your content will un-write itself
  • Normal Mode: With normal mode, if you stop writing, you’ll be played the most unpleasant sound, which will only stop if you continue writing.
  • Gentle Mode: after you stop writing for some time, a box pops up, reminding you to continue writing.

7. Pen.io

This is among the simplest sites that will help you publish a text webpage. The site does not require a sign up. Instead, you only define a post’s URL and create a password; thus, users are able to create their pages in a short time. Images are dragged in place, and one can create many posts simply by using a tag.

Pages may contain an e-book, a tutorial, or even a poem. Page editing is quite simple and needs no code. Users can as well add videos or even create new pages by following directions given by the site. After edits, users can easily save them in a single click, making the page get automatically updated.

The above mentioned are great platforms to find inspiration for creative writing. They can as well improve your creative writing skills, and even help you turn your leisure pursuit into a source of income.

About the author:

cbCindy Bates works as a freelance writer and editor. She used to write articles and share her knowledge and experience in educational sphere. You are invited to connect with Cindy via Google+.

Thanks to Cindy for sharing this fantastic list of sites that encourage creative writing. I’m checking these out. How about you?

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Why It’s Good To Guest Blog

WritingI was recently asked to be provide a guest blog which will appear toward the end of the month. It’s a very nice opportunity and I’m honored to be asked (I’ll post more information on my News page in a week or so). The request got me thinking about why it’s good to be a guest blogger.

First it’s good experience as a blogger. Your challenged to come up with original content that is interesting and new for the subject of the post (mine happens to be Scrivener). But more than coming up with a new post, the experience is useful for the future when you go on blog tours. As an author, it’s very important to understand how other bloggers work and the kind of content they expect for their site. Likewise, if you plan to write professionally for blogs or magazines the experience is very important for your writing resume. Also, as an author, you can expect to do any number of interviews for other blogs and again, working with other bloggers now gives you experience working with many different people.

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AgreementNext, guest blogging is important to authors for the exposure. On first blush it seems obvious that appearing on another site is great for branding your content. But there’s more to it than that. You are exposed to regular readers of another blog who may not know you. However, these additional readers may well influence hundreds or thousands more readers who may begin visiting your site, reading your content, following you on social media and even reading your books. Now try guest blogging on several sites and you get the picture.

UPDATE: Fellow author, Daniel Adorno, guest posted on this site several months ago and experienced a boost in sales. Another reason for authors to blog.

For those authors who may wonder why they should blog these are very good reasons to start. Sure there is a time commitment to blogging but there are benefits even if you only post a few times a month. Blogging is writing and all your writing activities are beneficial to you as an author.

Book Cover Green Top & Bottom Cover - CopyIf you blog, have you been fortunate enough to have been another blogger’s guest? If you don’t blog, why not give it a try and see how you like it? Please share your thoughts and ideas in the comments section. I’d also love to connect with you over social media so check my Contact page for that information. See the News page for announcements and remember to sign-up to receive news and posts by email. I’ve added a new sign-up tab on my FaceBook page to simplify the process. New followers can download The Black Bag via free coupon today! Also, the cover of my book, The Bow of Destiny, was revealed recently so take a look.

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