Guest Post: DR Grady

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DeAnnToday, we’re welcoming fellow writer, DR Grady to the blog. Please give her a warm welcome. She’s talking about her book “The Trouble with Nerds”

D.R. Grady lives with her husband near Hershey, PA. She adores chocolate, laughing, collecting bags, books, and shoes, and writing stories that resonate with others.

Odd things keep happening to Dr. Sara Newton. She’s a soon-to-be-unemployed The Trouble With Nerds coverpediatrician with an alleged stalker, a hot cop on her heels breathing dire warnings, and way too much student debt.

It doesn’t help that the hot cop is Clay Morrison, her best friend’s older brother. The man has made her heart pound and her palms sweaty since puberty. The trouble is, he only interacts with her when he’s expounding on new security measures. He sees threats everywhere.

Clay Morrison is frustrated. He hates his new job, misses his Army Ranger days, loves his well-meaning, pushy family—and when did sweet Sara Newton grow up? She won’t admit she has a stalker, and she won’t keep out of his thoughts. He can only protect someone in denial for so long. No matter how attractive she is…

Clay and Sara are circling each other, trying to meet in the middle. Then a brand new threat sends them in a completely different direction.

Website: http://www.drgradybooks.com

Twitter: @drgradybooks  https://twitter.com/drgradybooks

Amazon Author page: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B007HR0ULS

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The Countdown Begins for the last Ivy!

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Let me be honest here. I have always had trouble telling how many days it’s been “since” something and how many day it is “until” something. Do you count the day you’re on? What about the day that you arrive? I have no idea. So let’s just leave it at the last ivy Morris Mystery, Hoedown Showdown, an entirely new story that has never been released before, is available Friday! Finish this journey with me and my girl Ivy. You won’t be disappointed!

~Misty

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Launch Day – Non-fiction Writing Book

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My new non-fiction book on building worlds for writers is now available in both print and ebook format. It’s only fifty pages – but those fifty pages are packed with information on how to build your own worlds when writing fiction. Each section steps you through questions that, when answered, will give you a world beyond imagination. You can get it at Amazon. For only six bucks, it’s a bargain. 🙂  Amazon Kindle  Amazon paperback

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February 4

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In case you haven’t seen them, check out the daily writing tips, teasers, and thoughts on the “15 minutes to write page”. Here’s the one for today:

Tip: Quote marks—use doubles to offset dialogue or words or phrases you want to emphasize. Singles are used only within doubles.

Thought: “Writing is a series of permissions you give yourself to be expressive in certain ways. To invent. To leap. To fly. To fall.” – Susan Sontag

Teaser: Your house seems to be haunted. Who is haunting you and why?

Launch Day – Paranormal Romance

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My latest novella from Liquid Silver Publishing arrived today! It’s a sweet contemporary paranormal with shapeshifters and witches.

Lion’s Choice ($4.99) From Liquid Silver Publishing

Stefan Wyemore needs a strong alpha mate, but he hasn’t found the right one yet. Then Dr. Malena Troutman literally runs into him and he and his beast know that she is the one. The problem is convincing her.

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How do I learn to write?

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I received an email from a young man the other day, asking me for help in learning to write. He got my name from the local bookstore where some of my books happen to be on sale – and where I used to work so the owners know me well. His question – how do I learn to write?

I’ve had this question from others as well over the years. What I have discovered is that this is not the question most of them want to ask. Anyone can write. Pick up a pencil and a piece of paper and write. That’s all there is to it.

What they really want to know is… How do I get published?

Ah, that’s an entirely different question. And a much harder one to answer. First, you have to know what you want to write. Do you want to write fiction (made-up stories)? Non-fiction (facts)? Poetry? Memoirs? Something else? Once you’ve figured out *what* you want to write, then you can learn *how* to write. Actually, you need to know how for all of these, but each one requires a different skill set. For all of them, though, you need to know words – spelling and meaning. You need to know basic grammar (punctuation, nouns, verbs, etc.). And you need time. A lot of it. Because writing isn’t just putting down words. It’s rewriting. It’s research. It’s having what you write make sense, not just to you, but to anyone who reads it. It’s frustration and hard work. And it’s also amazing when you get that one reader who “gets” you and what you’re trying to say.

How do you get published? You write the best book you possibly can. And you get it edited by someone who knows what they’re doing. And you rewrite and revise and polish. If you want to go the traditional route, you submit it to appropriate publishers. If you’re self-publishing, you get it edited and formatted and get cover art done and post it. And you promote. A lot. And you grow a thick skin.

What do I mean by the last? You’re going to get rejected. A lot. Or get bad reviews. Or no sales. And it hurts. A lot. But the way to make it in this profession? Use each of these negatives to learn more about the craft and keep writing. Keep submitting. Keep working at it. Turn the negatives into a positive. Someone didn’t like your characters? Learn about creating better characters. Said you had too many mistakes? Learn spelling/grammar or get a good editor. Said you goofed on facts? Do more research. Use these to get better at what you do. It doesn’t mean it’s going to hurt any less, but eventually, you’ll start getting better reviews and contracts. And that’s when the years – yes, years – of hard work will pay off.

Good luck!

And Happy New Year!

Super Release Day! Christmas in Kissinger!

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I know, I know, Thanksgiving comes first and I hate to push the Big Turkey aside but my very special Christmas novel is out today and I couldn’t be happier! Christmas in Kissinger says goodbye to the people in my series Kissinger Kisses with a big, glorious THE END and happy trails to all. We wave farewell to Claudia and Nate, Chelsea and Jack, Zoe and Dex with a compilation of stories about their friends falling in luuuuurve. I hope you will love reading this as much as I loved writing it!

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I absolutely adore this cover, by the way 🙂

Kissinger Kisses, Book Four

Absolutely No Returns or Exchanges
Years ago Jocelyn Moreland fled to Kissinger with a broken heart. When she’s asked to choreograph a surprise dance for an upcoming wedding, she has no idea it will lead to Sam Locke turning her life upside down.

Designs on a Dame
Logan West’s had his eye on Adele Dame but fears it’ll cause issues if he pursues her. When they catch the garter and the bouquet, respectively, at a wedding, he starts reconsidering. Now if he could only find the right time to ask her out.

Maybe This Time
A set of unfortunate events led to Mason Nottingham missing the “Christmas” he’d hoped would get his life back on track. He wants to see his son and have another chance with his ex, Paige Barton, but he’s messed up a lot. First, he has to convince her to at least give him a chance to start making amends.

http://catalog.thewildrosepress.com/all-titles/4657-christmas-in-kissinger.html

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B01M14LIQW?tag=thewildrosepr-20