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What’s Been Happening?

Hi Everyone!

Wow, I’ve been absent for a bit. I need to apologize to my readers. Had a little run-in with the big C and required surgery and various and sundry treatments.

So far—so good!

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In the meantime, I have been very lax in getting any blogging or writing done.

Some of my authors have been hard at work and so I’ve managed to get some stuff edited. That kept my brain working and filled my time.

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Donna Jean McDunn has completed the third book in her Nightmares Series. Premonitions will be coming out soon from MuseItUp Publishing. Also The Rose Stalker came out recently. Now there’s a super story! A slow paced little number that will keep you turning the pages as it gets scarier and scarier. Donna did a nice job on that one.

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Rosemary Morris and I just finished the edits on Monday’s Child, a sequel to her wonderful Regency Romance, Sunday’s Child. It is well done and the last few chapters were just great. It is set during the Napoleonic wars and her writing about those events, the soldiers involved in the fighting, the wounded, well, you feel like you’re right there.

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One thing about Rosemary, she is not one of those historical writers who set a 20th century character in the middle of another time. Her characters are genuine and part of the era. Her settings are well researched. The descriptions of the clothes, amazing. Just so well done!

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Have a new author I’m just finishing working with named William J. Dezell.

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We did It’s The Little Things You Miss. Oh, what a nice story. A mystery, but I loved the flavour of the book. A detective story with a fellow who should have been born in the Sam Spade era. Great lines. Super descriptions. Lots of wit. I’ll keep you updated on its progress. Bill’s other work:

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My author, J. Troy Seate, has moved on to another House. I just loved working with Troy and hope he does well wherever he goes.

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I have a couple of editing projects on my desk right now in the private field. One is a Historical Romance and the other is a Historical Word War Two Paranormal Action Adventure. Can’t wait to get my teeth into them! In the mean time, I have a couple of other projects to keep me busy.

 

I finished and published a book of Prayers which you can check out on my Exploring the Divine blog, www.exploringthedivine.wordpress.com  or my website, www.vlmurray.ca

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I have other things along those lines in the works right now. Plus my short story Huntin’,

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a paranormal thriller set in northern Canada, with a Medicine Wheel theme, was published in 2014. It’s a creepy little one. Lots of fun to write. Check out the book trailer on my website, and this site, as well.

 

I sure wish I had more time to sit down and work on my own things, but I’m gradually getting back into the swing of things.

So for now, I hope all is well with you. Take care, and enjoy the Spring!

Cheers,

Lynne

 

 

Announcing the release of my book trailer for A Hallowe’en Tale

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I just spent the last week working on a book trailer for my e short story A Hallowe’en Tale which was released in October of 2012. It was a fun experience. I used the moviemaker app on my iPad.
Here’s the youtube link to the little film. I hope you enjoy it!

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Interview with Susan Davis, content editor for “Huntin'”

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N&R: Hi Susan! Thank you for doing such a great job helping me to get this story up and running! I wanted to ask you a couple of questions concerning editing.

How did you get started in the editing world?

SD:My start was editing for members in a couple of my critique groups. I loved it…and there was one who believed in pointing out the strengths as well as the weak areas in the story. It was exactly what encouraged and motivated me to write.

It turns out to be what I love to do for the authors I work with at Muse It Up Publishing.
N&R: Was this a long time interest?

SD: English and composition has been a long time interest of mine, since high school years. It was my favorite subject and I wrote a number of books/stories during those very early years.

N&R:  Do you also write? If so what have you written?

SD: I’ve written a couple young adult novels (haven’t published any), and under a pseudonym I have a number of erotic romance novels, novellas, and short stories published through Muse It HOT an imprint of Muse It Up Publishing.

N&R:  What is the difference between content editing and line editing?

SD: Commas *LOL* Just kidding – content editing focuses on point of view discrepancies, subject matter making sense to the plot and the characters, validating facts and locations if necessary – actions and dialogue/style/voice staying in agreement/alignment with characters.

Line editing is a very important second set of eyes, checking for grammatical errors, spelling, and punctuation. In other words, they’ll polish it all to a gorgeous shiny finish: )

N&R:  What kind of advice would you give a newbie editor?

SD: Make sure to point out an author’s story strengths as well as the weak areas. It is hard work writing a story and in essence can be like baring a soul…sometimes it doesn’t take much to crush a writer’s spirit. Be an editor easy to work with by explaining your suggested changes, and also be the editor that you’d like to have editing your work: )

Thank you Susan. Wise words indeed. Once again I appreciate all the work you did on my story. I’m looking forward to working again with you in the future.

Lynne

Huntin” : A New Short Story coming out today from author, V. L. Murray

Friday November 21st, 2014 marks the release day for the paranormal short story Huntin’ , the latest from author V. L. Murray.

Huntin’ is a thriller which highlights the teachings of the Medicine Wheel as it lures the reader into the world of  a young man trying to escape his past.

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Here’s an excerpt from the story.

“Usually it was Hawk who called to her from above and helped her on her day’s journey, communicating with single piercing cries whenever she needed guidance. Hawk would appear in her dreams, sometimes showing the future.

He had come two weeks ago as she was dreaming, and told her the story of the hunt camp to come. She sighed again with resolve, knowing what she must do if Spirit was ever to return to her beloved son. Now, Wolf howled once more, and this time Jack looked up as if listening to its voice.

“I think he’s calling to you, my son. Wolf has been around a lot lately.”

A wry smile touched Jack’s face. “Maybe it’s just because he’s being driven out of his habitat by all the construction around here. Maybe he’s just complaining. I would.”

There was no point in arguing. He would understand soon enough. Now, she needed to continue her preparations for their journey. Much food had to be assembled, equipment and clothing, tools and tents. There were lots of things to do. And then there was some personal preparation she needed to finish. She hoped Hawk would come tonight in her dreams and refresh her memory of the future to be. She would find some sage for smudge and make herself ready for the night.”

“Huntin'”  can be purchased online at  http://tinyurl.com/km9p248  Amazon.ca link and amazon.com at  http://tinyurl.com/kymrykv

More coming this week on the story and the author.

 

Book Review: Mistletoe Magic by Melissa McClone

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Book Review: Mistletoe Magic by Melissa McClone ©2013

A Copper Mountain Christmas Novella/Short Story

Published by the Tule Publishing Group LLC   http://thetulegroup.com/

ISBN: 978-1-940296-19-7

File Size: 2583 KB

Print Length: 41 pages

Publisher: Tule Publishing Group; 1 edition (November 21, 2013)

Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.

Language: English

ASIN: B00GUZ195O

Text-to-Speech: Enabled 

X-Ray: Enabled 

Lending: Not Enabled

Publication Date: November 21, 2013

Amazon Link to purchase and read excerpt: http://tinyurl.com/mdh5wtu

My Review:

This is a fun novella about Caitlin Butler, a single young woman, who agrees to housesit for her friends in their beautiful home in Montana while they go to Idaho for Christmas with their family.

Caitlin is lonely and alone, missing her parents who have moved away and not having found Mr. Right, as of yet. However, she still maintains hope while teaching preschool in the local community.

We are next introduced to a young vet, Dr. Noah Sullivan, who has recently moved into town, starting a three-year commitment to a rural vet program in exchange for loan repayments. A win-win situation. He, too, has some issues with Christmas joy and the festivities of the season.

What transpires makes this a lovely heart-warming story for animal lovers and those who like Christmas romances.

It’s a quick read, with great descriptions, and a nice plot, It’s well written, though the odd missed typo was distracting to an OCD editor like myself.

I would have liked a few more chapters and so that’s why I am giving it four stars ****.  As an editor, I would have dragged a bit more out of Melissa and made this short story/novella into a longer work. But, that being said, what was written was done nicely. Great price at $0.97. I have purchased three more of her stories and will let you know what I think after I finish them.

Book Description:

Spending a quiet Christmas house sitting, and reading novels about hot cowboys, sounds perfect to Caitlin Butler, until a stray kitten brings her face-to-face with Noah, her crush from college. Watching the handsome vet in action melts Caitlin’s heart and brings back long forgotten emotions.

Veterinarian Noah Sullivan isn’t a Scrooge, but the Christmas Eve tradition of hanging mistletoe in the clinic’s waiting room annoys him. Kissing doesn’t belong at the Copper Mountain Animal Hospital. Noah rethinks his position when Caitlin arrives with the stray kitten she found freezing in the snow. All he wants now is to maneuver the pretty preschool teacher under the mistletoe. If he’s not careful, he’ll wind up on Santa’s naughty list. Mistletoe Magic is a short story companion to “The Copper Mountain Christmas Series”.

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About the Author

Melissa McClone graduated from Stanford University with a degree in mechanical engineering, but analyzing jet engine performance for a major airline couldn’t compete with her love of writing happily-ever-afters. She has published over twenty-five romance novels with Harlequin and been nominated for Romance Writers of America’s RITA award. She also writes for Tule Publishing Group. Melissa lives in the U.S. Pacific Northwest with her husband, three school-aged children, two spoiled Norwegian Elkhounds and cats who think they rule the house. They do! Author’s Blog link: http://www.melissamcclone.com/


Merry Christmas everyone!

Lynne

Book Review: A Grave St. Patrick’s Day by Nic Brown

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A Grave St. Patrick’s Day

Stuart Boling learns that sometimes it’s not a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow—it’s death.

A Short Story by: Nic Brown

Genre: Horror Fantasy

Release: March 16, 2012

Editor: V.L. Murray

Line editor: Valerie Haley

Cover Designer: Mike Zambrano

Words: 7834

Pages: 26

ISBN: 978-1-927361-48-1

Price: $2.50

Tags: Horror, fantasy, short story, series, magic, zombies, holidays.

Warning: Contains some graphic violence and language.

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Stuart Boling doesn’t believe in magic or the supernatural. But when a visit to his family’s grave site leads him to stumble upon the pot of gold at the end of a rainbow he starts to change his mind. Now he must face its strange guardian, a malevolent leprechaun.  Stu learns that he’d better be careful what he wishes for as the creature brings him face-to-face with the demons from his past, made into monsters of the flesh.  If Stu doesn’t figure out the leprechaun’s secret he may just join his family in the grave.

Excerpt:

Then as abruptly as it started, the wind stopped. Stu dropped his arm just in time to see the leprechaun, suspended in the air about ten feet above him, look down and wink.

At that moment Stu felt a presence. He was no longer alone in the cemetery. There were three figures moving in the darkness of the nearby trees. They ambled slowly up behind the leprechaun as he gently floated back to the ground. It was his family. They were alive and coming toward him.

“Kelly!” Stu rushed forward past the leprechaun and grabbed his sister in his arms. She was wearing her favorite purple dress, the one they’d buried her in. She looked confused and didn’t speak. That was okay. After all, she’d been dead.

He set her down and put his hands on her shoulders. “Kelly, it’s me. It’s Stu. You’re alive.”

She bit him.

She grabbed his left arm and sank her teeth into it. Stu screamed and tried to get her loose from his arm but she was locked onto it tight.

“Kelly!” Stu was shocked, but he had been trained to fight and he’d taken to that training like a duck to water. Without even thinking, he smashed out with his right arm, catching his sister squarely in the side of the head with all of his might. Her head snapped back and she stumbled away from him. Blood, dark and black, trickled thinly from her mouth. He’d hit her in the left side of her face and now that cheek hung in bloody tatters. A small part of his mind wondered why she was bleeding, embalming removes the blood from a body, but that tiny, rational thought was lost in a sea of shock and horror. Kelly’s beautiful face was destroyed, her tongue rolling around inside her mouth. Several of her teeth were clearly broken off. Her head lolled to the side and he could hear bones popping and cracking. The jaw hung down loosely, as though no longer fully attached to her head.

Stu grabbed his arm. Despite the pain and the unbelievable strength of the bite, she hadn’t broken his skin, thanks to the denim jacket. Still, it had been close.

“Jesus Christ!” Stu turned to the leprechaun who was lying on his back on the ground, clutching his sides and laughing, as his mother stood swaying slightly off to one side. Stu couldn’t see his old man anywhere.

“What have you done?” Stu shouted and the small figure sat up. The leprechaun was laughing so hard that tears were coming from his eyes.

“I did exactly what you wished for laddy.” He spat between chuckles. “I brought your family back to life. You didn’t say you wanted them to have their souls back though, did you? That costs extra. I just brought them back from the dead.” The leprechaun doubled over in laughter.

Review: I know it’s not St. Patrick’s Day but Hallowe’en is coming up, so if you want to read a great horror story, this one will fill the ticket! This is a fun, blood and guts tale, with an evil leprachaun and the walking dead filling the pages! A quick entertaining read for Zombie fans! Nic really knows the genre and has a number of full length novels of the same ilk under his belt. Five stars all the way! *****

Available where all e books are sold! Especially from the publisher, MuseItUp Publishing!  http://tinyurl.com/ll5jffo

About the Author:

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Nic Brown was born, raised and is currently living in Kentucky. He resides there with his beautiful wife Fiona and two dogs, Sam and Lizzie.  He has a black belt in Shaolin Kung-Fu, loves to ski, and travel. He’s taught English in Japan, sold books door-to-door in Montana, and worked as a movie theater projectionist to pay his way through college. Now he works for an international trading company when he’s not busy writing his Werewolf for Hire series or about Sci-Fi, Fantasy & Horror entertainment for his website:

www.bmovieman.com