Your story’s pacing – by author Rae Franklin James

Is your middle feeling sluggish? The middle of your manuscript, I mean. It could be your pacing. Read on to learn how author Rae James fixes her story’s pacing. She welcomes comments, so feel free to drop her a response at the bottom of the page. PACING – YOU...
Death Distilled

Death Distilled

Death Distilled Cozy Mystery 2nd in Series Alibi (September 5, 2017) Print Length 300 pages E-Book ASIN: B01N6FSSUX by McKenna, Staff Reviewer Exciting, riveting, and intricately detailed. These are the three words that first come to my head when I try to describe...
Nora Tierney English Mystery Series by M. K. Graff

Nora Tierney English Mystery Series by M. K. Graff

What a delight to dive into the Nora Tierney English Mystery series by Marni K. Graff. The Golden Hour is book four in the series. Take a look below at the first three. For The Golden Hour, do not expect a fast-paced novel with lots of twists and turns. This is a...

Highland Peril, Scottish Toys, and Amy Reade

Welcome! Today I am pleased to host Amy M. Reade at ePen. Ms. Reade is the author of Highland Peril. This mystery features a young photographer named Sylvie Carmichael, whose quiet life in the Highlands is disturbed when a murder hits too close to home. There’s...

A Big “What If” with Gerry Schmitt

Do you look around during the day and wonder what if? What if that happened, what if people really had to choose this or that? Don’t you love those stories that go deeper into a “what if” question?  Today’s guest blogger is Gerry...

Gilian Baker shows us how the magic is in the process

Do you have a set routine to get you going on that first draft? How do you handle a twist in the road? What’s your process? Read on to learn how Gilian Baker, author of A Time to Kiln, creates a process for her writing. Who Knew? The Magic is in the Process by...

Diana Paul is Loving the Dark Side

How flawed is your character? We want our characters to be real, flawed, and complex. So where do you draw the line between realistically human and just plain too disturbed to be likable? Author Diana Paul talks about her very real characters in Things Unsaid, a story...
Things Unsaid

Things Unsaid

Things Unsaid, by Diana Y. Paul by McKenna, Staff Reviewer Does anyone else remember reading The Glass Menagerie in high school? For those who don’t, it’s a play about a family that appears normal at first glance, but upon learning their stories, you soon realize the...

Julie’s Coffee Cup with a Dollop of Granny

Granny, Julie, and Coffee by Julie Seedorf, Author of the Fuschia, Minnesota Mysteries I can’t imagine a life without coffee. I remember my first introduction to coffee. I was nineteen years old and held my first job as a receptionist in an office. Coffee breaks were...

Authors Thorne and Cross – A Gothic Recipe for Horror

Have I got a gothic recipe for you. Who doesn’t love a good dose of goose bumps and a bit of fear crawling up and down your spine. So how does an author create those feelings for a reader? Authors Thorne and  Cross popped over to ePen and dished about the right...
An Ivy Meadows Mystery by Cindy Brown

An Ivy Meadows Mystery by Cindy Brown

Ivy Meadows is back in Ivy Get Your Gun by McKenna, Staff Reviewer There are various elements that drive a story, and two of those are the plot and characters. A stellar storyline can often overshadow mediocre characters, and vice versa. In Ivy Get Your Gun, the...

Notes, Plotting a Story, a Mansion, and No Turning Back

The lovely and talented Tracy Buchanan, author of No Turning Back, stopped by ePen to tell us about her newest release and plotting the plot. She also brought me an amazing gift. Read on! So pleased you could stop by for a visit! Come into the parlor and get comfy. I...

A Writer’s Business Plan by Tiffany Shand

Do you have a business plan for your writing business? Tiffany Shand has a new book out to help us through the business of writing. Read on for her thoughts on fiction vs. nonfiction writing. The hardest thing about writing nonfiction -Tiffany Shand I never thought I...

Catherine Kullmann brings us into Regency England

What a delight to have Catherine Kullmann stop by and bring us the flavors of Regency England. Settle in with a proper cup of tea and enjoy! Perception & Illusion charts Lallie’s and Hugo’s voyage through a sea of confusion and misunderstanding. Can they...

Short Story Publishing Guidebook

So you’ve got a short story you want published? Author T. C. Michael dropped by to reveal his new guidebook full of publishing information for the short story author. The idea to write this book was a result of my frustration when I was trying to find publishers...
Tea Shops and Cozy Mysteries by Laura Childs

Tea Shops and Cozy Mysteries by Laura Childs

Pekoe Most Poison, the latest in the Tea Shop Mysteries by Laura Childs A Laura Childs books is like getting a hug. Really. Her cozies follow the rules of the genre and offer a couple of nights of pure escape, surrounded by developed characters, clear plots, and...
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