Editing Software Tools For Writers

macjam47:

Wendy at No Wasted Ink came up with some fantastic editing tools.

Originally posted on No Wasted Ink:

Editing For WritersThere are many tools to help people with writing such as word processors, apps, pen and paper and more. Never has it been easier to record the written word into a manuscript. However, what do you do with your draft once it is complete? Until recently, you paid a high price for an editor to go over it for grammar, spelling, and content errors. Today, there are software tools to help bring down the cost of hiring an editor. I use some of these tools myself, going over my manuscript in layers, each program helping me locate certain issues that I want to address before I pack it up and send it to my human editor. By doing so, I save money since the final corrections that the editor makes are minimal.

All of the programs I review below have not contacted me to review them. I selected them because…

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Goodreads Giveaway of Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Book 1 – The Case of the Missing Cell Phone!

macjam47:

Janice Spina, who writes fantastic books for young children, has ventured into the realm of the 9-12 year old reader with DAVY & DEREK, Junior Detectives. AND there is a giveaway on Goodreads.

Originally posted on jemsbooks:

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Please check out the Goodreads Giveaway of my new middle-grade book, Davey & Derek Junior Detectives, Book 1 – The Case of the Missing Cell Phone. This is a fun book for children ages 9-12, Grades 4-7.

Writing this book has been so much fun for me. I usually write for younger children which is always in rhyme. Writing in rhyme limits what I can do in a book. Writing Davey & Derekhas allowed me to soar and write as if I were in the story. It is a joy to do what I love to do – write! I am currently working on book 2 which is more magic, mystery and adventure. As in my other children’s books there is a theme and underlying message about life lessons. In this book I touch on family relationships and bullying and being kind to others. I plan to write two more…

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Runaway Smile is an Award-Winning Finalist in the 2015 International Book Awards

macjam47:

Wonderful and well deserved news for Nicholas Rossis and his fabulous children’s book RUNAWAY SMILE.

Originally posted on Nicholas C. Rossis:

Runaway Smile by fantasy, science fiction and children's books author Nicholas C. Rossis is a Finalist in the 2015 International Book AwardsI got some exciting news yesterday, which I wanted to share with all of you! USA Book News announced the winners and finalists of THE 2015 INTERNATIONAL BOOK AWARDS (IBA) on May 21, 2015.

Over 300 winners and finalists were announced in over 80 categories and awards were presented for titles published in 2013, 2014 and 2015.

Runaway Smile, my children’s book, was an award-winning finalist in the 2015 International Book Awards, in the Children’s Fiction category!

I want to thank my parents, and my wife, Electra, and Dimitris Fousekis, and . Sorry, Electra told me that this is not that kind of post. She promised to listen to my speech as soon as I’m done, though, so I’d better wrap this up and fetch the shampoo bottle (which doubles as award-accepting-ceremony-microphone in our household).

Before I go, a big thank you to all of you who have taken the time…

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ANOTHER BORING DAY IN PARADISE

By Malcolm Roscow

Another Boring Day in Paradise

When John and Lisa decide to move to the Bahamas to look for investment property, they go into partnership with Sybille.  They had been warned that she would do anything to own the property, but to what extent would she actually go?

ANOTHER BORING DAY IN PARADISE is not a title I would have picked up to read.  It just didn’t sound like the book for me.  When the author contacted me to review his book, I agreed with some misgivings. But I am so glad I did.  The story is a delightful read, perfect for relaxing on the beach or by the pool.

I give it 4 stars because of the predictability of the outcome of the book.

 

Genre:  General Fiction

Page count:  217

Published:  January 30, 2015

Austin Macauley Publishers Ltd of Canary Wharf, London. www.austinmacauley.co

Available in hardback, paperback and ebook

Sample chapters are available at Amazon.com.  Click on the following link and use the Look Inside feature.  Link: ow.ly/JJkWx

 

About the AuthorMalcolm Roscow

ANOTHER BORING DAY IN PARADISE is Malcolm Roscow’s debut novel. He spent 35 years in the pulp and paper industry, which took Roscow to 68 countries on five continents. He lived for a total of 7 years in the USA, where he and his family gained green card permanent resident status and his daughter Laura was born, making her an American citizen. He also lived for a year in the Bahamas. Now living on the south coast of England, the author spends his time writing novels and keeping fit at the gym.

 

Facebook: www.facebook.com/MalcolmRoscow.

Twitter: https://twitter.com/MalcolmJRoscow

This book was given to me by the author in exchange for an honest review.

Wanting the Moon

macjam47:

Enjoy this lovely poem from Lauren at LScot Poetry. Why not hop over to her blog and read more of her beautiful poetry!

Originally posted on LScott Poetry:

That touch of lips
never having a chance,
the intimacy of arm in arm
missing its first dance,
the quiet talking
late into the night
while the moon 
provided its light,
those moments imagined
when bodies were one
giving depth of love
until evening was done,
Reality is strong and

you are but a vision,
I am just a dreamer
with my heart, imprisoned

Lauren Scott © 2015

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An @COLLEENCHESEBRO BOOK REVIEW OF “Trails in the Sand,” by @PC ZICK

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Trails in the Sand

Title: Trails in the Sand

Author: P. C. Zick

ISBN: 1481255797 (ISBN13: 9781481255790)

ASIN:  B00ANVD6DE

Published:  January 10th 2013 by Createspace

Pages: 410

Genre: Contemporary Fiction, Women’s Fiction, Family Drama

Author Website: pczick.com

Do you like to travel? Then jump aboard, because “Trails in the Sand,” immediately propelled me into the Deep South to the state of Florida where mangrove swamps and the Gulf of Mexico beckoned and lured me into their mystique. Grab a fan, it might get hot!

The story begins with a mysterious death in 1956. It is that one single event which brings to the forefront long buried family secrets with roots deep in the sands of time, and laid to rest in the true southern tradition. These secrets reveal a pivotal connection to past and future events.

Caroline is the protagonist, an environmental journalist who left home as a young woman to pursue her dream of…

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Sight

macjam47:

A beautifully done message from my dear friend Morgan at BooknVolume.

Originally posted on Booknvolume:

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When we See the oppressed, the fearful,
The neglected; silent, but ever tearful,

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The outcast, the wounded and the lonely,
The grieving, the lost, and those who are hungry;

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Do we See Angels Waiting by their side,
Hovering O’er them while we decide?

Sight

Will we Linger and Tend their Need,
Our Love planting a Mighty Seed,

Nepal 3

Or will we say “What a Tragedy”,
Yet walk away Blinded by our Apathy?

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In Loving Remembrance and Heartfelt Prayerful Consolation of those lost, wounded, and alone in Nepal.

Help keep children safe in #Nepal. @UNICEF_uk are doing all they can. Please text NEPAL from a UK phone to 70123 to donate £5. (Thank You Tom Hiddleston for this Tweet, which I am Sharing in Love and Hope!)

Or Visit Unicef.com to find out how else you might help. ~Share the Blessings~ ~Be The Miracle~

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CHARM: AN AMAZING STORY OF A LITTLE BLACK CAT

Written and Illustrated By Leyla Atke

CharmBook Blurb

“Children and adults will laugh and cry through the experience of reading this brief, heartfelt book about the miracle of Charm.”-

Rating 5.0 stars from Midwest Book Review.

Charm is a tender and loving story of a small cat what is found, lost and found again under the most mysterious conditions. It will make you wonder about life, love and the existence of a higher power. It will break your heart in half and put it back together again. You will fall in love and be forever grateful that you met Charm, if only in a book.

Ask yourself: Do you believe in God? Do you believe in the existence of a higher power and the other world? Do you believe in miracles and reincarnation? Charm: An Amazing Story of a Little Black Cat is all in one story, which will make you think about these things and maybe you´ll find the answer!

 My Review

CHARM: An Amazing Story of a Little Black Cat is an account of the life of a little black cat that the author found.  It is a story of love, loss, and sorrow for children ages 6-18.

The story is about responsibility and the consequences of failing to live up to that responsibility. I think the author did an adequate job of getting her point across.  Many six-year-old children would need the book read to them, while those at the high school age would probably feel they were too old for the book.  The description of Charm after she found that he had died was, to me, too raw for a six year old. I am giving this book 3 stars.

Publisher: Strategic Book Group (September 2, 2010)

Paperback: 40 pages

  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1609764188
  • ISBN-13: 978-1609764180

Genre: Non-Fiction, Animals.

Book available in paperback, Kindle and pdf.

I received a free PDF copy for an honest review.

(Click on links below)

Author Website:  www.leylaatke.com

Leyla Atke

Social Media Links

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From Strategic Book Group, Publisher

WHAT IT TAKES

By Terry Tyler

 

What It Takes by Terry TylerBook Blurb:

A tale of three sisters…

Karen Kavanagh has spent her life feeling like the runt of the family.

Her two elder sisters, domestic goddess Ava and salon owner Saskia, are mini versions of their mother, a gorgeous Danish beauty. Karen has inherited her father’s droopy, dull brown hair and long nose – pitted against two Scandinavian sauna babes, she feels like Cinderella in reverse.

Danny Alvarez doesn’t see her like that. He thinks she’s wonderful.
Lots of women want Danny, but Danny just wants Karen.
He pursues her with the devotion of a stalker – but she pushes him away. Then she realizes what she’s done…

Set in Norfolk, Terry Tyler’s sixth novel, “What It Takes”, is a story of insecurity, jealousy, sibling rivalry, love and loss, and the games people play in the search for love – because if you love someone with all your heart you’ll do what it takes to make them yours…

Sample chapter:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/What-It-Takes-Terry-Tyler-ebook/dp/B00EZV832M/ref=pd_sim_b_4/280-7055956-6800560?ie=UTF8&refRID=115R7E2GT1NWD66VAZC8

Type of Book: Kindle book only

Publisher: self

Pub Date: September 2013 (Amazon gives a later date, because it ‘re-publishes’ when you change the cover)

Page or Word Count: approx 90K words

Genre: romantic suspense

About the Author:

Terry lives in the north of England with her husband, and has published ten books on Amazon. Readers say she has created her own genre, which lies somewhere in the area of contemporary drama and romantic suspense, with the occasional bit of rock fiction and mystery thrown in.

LAST CHILD is her latest release; this is the sequel to Kings and Queens, both of which are modern day parallels of events that took place during the Tudor era of history. Terry is now at work on a third ‘history revisted’ novel, this time based on the women behind the Wars of the Roses.

Website:

http://www.terrytyler59.blogspot.co.uk/

Social Media Links:

Twitter – https://twitter.com/TerryTyler4

Facebook –  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Terry-Tyler-author/127960897322262,

Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5821157.Terry_Tyler

My Review:

I wasn’t sure what to expect when I first started reading WHAT IT TAKES. The first part of the book was devoted mainly to introducing the characters, of which there were quite a few.  I almost lost interest here, as it was somewhat tedious, but I am thrilled that I continued to read the book.  When the author dove into the story, there was magic in her words.  The words flew by, and before I realized it, I had finished the book.  I was not ready.  Even though everyone involved seemed to resolve his/her own character conflict, I wanted more.

I think most people can relate to Karen at one point or another of their lives.  She lacked confidence; she always felt she came up on the short end of the stick.  Her sisters were gorgeous, whereas she felt she was more of a plain Jane.  Karen’s perception was that everyone else got the best of everything in life and in love.

Then there is Danny Alvarez.  Danny had good looks, but was that enough for Karen?  He seemed less refined.

I give WHAT IT TAKES 4 stars because of the slow start.  In the end, the story won me over.  I would definitely recommend this book.

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