Who’s been winning?? #RRBC

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I don’t know about you guys, but I have two wins under my belt so far… and plan to check out some more awesome posts, while commenting to try my luck for more… muhahahaha…. otherwise, I have been flipping back and forth between editing and writing… (and maybe playing an online world building game… the dang things are addictive) … I know that I need to get the edits done before I add more to my editing plate, but really…. how else am I supposed to get the voices to quiet down… besides… I really do hate edits… between MS and dyslexia, editing is my own personal hell… and okay… I just want to move on to the next story, create more worlds… but if I did that, you guys would never get to read a word of it… 😛

alright…. here are your Blog stops for the day… drop by and comment, and maybe you will win a prize or two…

Linda Covella

DAILY GIVEAWAYS: 

(2) $20 Amazon Gift Cards

 Sandra’s Blog/Sandra Cox

DAILY GIVEAWAY: 

(1) Gift pack which will include:  $10 Amazon Gift Card, Paperback copy of “VAMPIRE ISLAND,” & a pair of razzle-dazzle earrings;

Today’s Party on the Block #RRBC

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The Indie Spot/Beem Weeks

DAILY GIVEAWAYS: 

(3) ITunes Gift Cards

 Natalie Ducey

DAILY GIVEAWAYS: 

  • (1) $5 Amazon Gift Card,
  • (1) Paperback copy of “THE HEART’S JOURNEY HOME”,
  • (1) E-book copy of “THE HEART’S JOURNEY HOME”;

Fiction Favorites/John Howell

DAILY GIVEAWAY: 

(1) $10 Amazon Gift Card

Mid-month & still partying #RRBC

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this will be short … MS pain is flaring… soooo, yeah… the right side of my body isn’t functioning so well… but here are your sites to visit today… head to each one and leave a comment to enter to win prizes

Creativity and Inspiration with a Smile/Lizzie Chantree

DAILY GIVEAWAYS: 

  • (1) $25 Amazon Gift Card w/a week of Tweet Support,
  • (1) $15 Amazon Gift Card w/a day of Tweet Support;
  • (1) $10 Amazon Gift Card w/a day of Tweet Support;

8/15 – Dreamless Roads/Jan Hawke

DAILY GIVEAWAYS: 

  • (1) $10 Amazon Gift Card,
  • (1) Dreamless Roads Cover Design Zazzle T-shirt
  • & (1) Pre-publication Dreamless Roads Cover Rectangular or Ergonomic (right hand only) Zazzle Mousemat;

8/15 – Sparta Reconsidered/Helena Schrader

DAILY GIVEAWAY: 

(1) E-book copy of “A PEERLESS PEER”

Still time to Party #RRBC Style

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We have three stops today… the month is almost over, so don’t wait to get in on this awesome opportunity to visit new blogs (or revisit some old faves) and win prizes… just comment and you are entered to win… woo who… I have already won twice, peeps… but that won’t stop me from continuing to play… RRBC rules 😛

 Lincoln Cole

DAILY GIVEAWAYS: 

  • (1) $10 Amazon Gift Card,
  • (1) Signed paperback copy of “RAVEN’S PEAK,”
  • (1) E-book copy of “RAVEN’S PEAK”;

 Going Deeper/Tara Fairfield

DAILY GIVEAWAY: 

(1) Hard cover copy of “MAKAI QUEEN”;

Brent J. Griffiths

DAILY GIVEAWAYS: 

(2) $10 Amazon Gift Cards;

#RRBC Blocking off the Thirteenth

Thirteenth of Friday is bad, bad luck… very bad luck… I mean, look at all the horror movies revolving around it… but luckily, this is a Saturday… muhahahaha… which has to mean it is not just good luck, but excellent luck…

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here are three chances for you to get lucky on Saturday the Thirteenth… just click the link, check out the awesome blogs, and comment to be automatically entered to win some of these great prizes…

 Archer’s Aim/P. H. Solomon

DAILY GIVEAWAYS: 

(3) $5 Amazon Gift Cards;

 Blondie In The Water/K. J. Waters

DAILY GIVEAWAYS: 

  • (1) $25 Amazon Gift Card,
  • (3) Paperback copies of  “STEALING TIME”;

Nicholas C. Rossis

DAILY GIVEAWAYS: 

(1) Fantasy Novel Ultimate Bundle of 4 Full-length fantasy novels plus 23 short science fiction stories;

Block out some Party time #RRBC

whoa… I am running seriously late today… but I take NONE of the responsibility… lol… I slept in a different bed last night and omg, it is comfortable… by the time I got up, I had forgotten all about today’s schedule…

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But there I am and here is today’s list of blog stops… woo who… go forth and leave some comments… that is all you need to do in order to be eligible to win a prize or two…

Room With Books/Patricia Green

DAILY GIVEAWAYS:  

  • (2) $5 Amazon Gift Cards
  • & (1) $5 B&N Gift Card;

 Life As I Know It/Marlena Smith

DAILY GIVEAWAYS: 

  • (1) $10 Amazon Gift Card,
  • (1) E-book copy of “RAVE SOUP FOR THE WRITER’S SOUL ANTHOLOGY,” 1ST EDITION,
  • (1) “RAVE SOUP FOR THE WRITER’S SOUL ANTHOLOGY,” 2ND EDITION;

 Vigilante Annie/Robert Kimbrell

DAILY GIVEAWAY: 

(1) Paperback or E-book copy of the “VIGILANTE ANNIE ANTHOLOGY”;

#RRBC – Publishing at the Block

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today we have only one stop on the Block…

 4WillsPublishing 

DAILY GIVEAWAY: 

  • (1) 3-Day Weekend Blog Tour,
  • (1) 24-hr Twitter Support
  • & (1) $5 Amazon Gift Card;

Beat the heat with more #RRBC Block Party

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went to the gas station… 8am… and already the heat was up to 79 degrees… a little depressing if you ask me, but all is not lost… lol… I am heading to today’s stops on the RRBC Block Party… wooo who… and all from the safety of my air-conditioning… HA… take that Mother Nature….

Today is extra special… why??? we have three stops… oh yeah, baby…

 Yvette M. Calleiro

DAILY GIVEAWAYS: 

  • (1) Author Spotlight on my blog which will be shared on my Instagram, Twitter and Facebook feeds,
  • (1) E-book copy of “THE ONE DISCOVERED,”
  • (1) E-book copy of  “THE ONE ENLIGHTENED,”
  • (1) E-book copy of “THE ONE BETRAYED,”
  • (1) Autographed paperback copy of “THE ONE DISCOVERED,”
  • (1) Autographed paperback copy of “THE ONE ENLIGHTENED,”
  • (1) Autographed paperback copy of “THE ONE BETRAYED,” &
  • (1) Set of all three E-books;

 With Angel’s Wings/Stephanie Collins 

DAILY GIVEAWAY: 

(1) $50 Amazon Gift Card

 When Angels Fly/S. Jackson

DAILY GIVEAWAYS:

  • (1) Autographed copy of “WHEN ANGELS FLY,” &
  • (10) FREE e-books of various titles which may not be RRBC titles;

 

OMG… now that is a lot of stuff… and to add to the fun, we get a post from these super blogs… that is three stops of entertainment… woo who…

Let the Block Party fun cont… #RRBC

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personally, I love this party… each day ya get a chance to win something great… in fact, yesterday I found out that I am the proud winner of a $5 amazon gift card… how cool is that … anyone that knows me will tell you that if you want to make my day give me a gift card to either amazon or Hobby Lobby… so this chick is over the moon … 😛 and to show my excitement, here is one of my favorite Pinterest GIFs … lol

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okay, okay… now for today’s blog stops …

 Cherish the Written Word/John Fioravanti 

DAILY GIVEAWAYS: 

  • (2) $10 Amazon Gift Cards,
  • (1) E-book copy of “PASSION & STRUGGLE,”
  • (1) E-book copy of “TREACHERY & TRIUMPH,”
  • & (1) E-book copy of  “A PERSONAL JOURNEY…”

 Staci Troilo

DAILY GIVEAWAY: 

(1) $15 Amazon Gift Card;

ready… set… BLOG HOP… 😛 see you guys later… I am off to check out these amazon sites… tracey

#RRBC Block Party – heading into week two

more great prizes are waiting for y’all in week two of the best block party to hit the internet… woo who… readers, blogger, authors, etc … all kinds of goodness

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here are three great stops for you guys to hit… remember to comment so that you will be automatically entered to win today’s prizes

 Milele Safari/Jan Hawke

DAILY GIVEAWAYS: 

  • (1) $10 Amazon Gift Card,
  • (1) Pre-publication Milele Safari Cover Zazzle T-shirt &
  • (1) Pre-publication Milele Cover Rectangular or Ergonomic (right hand only) Zazzle Mousemat;

Defending Crusader Kingdoms/Helena Schrader

DAILY GIVEAWAYS: 

(1) E-book copy of “ENVOY OF JERUSALEM”;

RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB (RRBC)

DAILY GIVEAWAYS:

  • (1) FREE Membership or Membership Renewal
  • & (1) $5 Amazon Gift Card;

omg peeps… looks like we have a chance to win something from the RRBC homefront…woo who… and look at those other sites… these are all some exciting prize opportunities… okay… I am off to check these guys out… happy wordage, tracey

#RRBC Book & Blog Block Party – Quizzing The President

take a peep at our fearless RRBC leader… great interview

Rave Reviews By Nonnie Jules

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Location:  ALL OVER THE WORLD!

# of Giveaways:  2

(1) FREE Membership or Membership Renewal

(1) $5 Amazon Gift Card

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Good Morning!  My name is Natasha Know-It-All and I’m a reporter with the Raving Reviews News.  Today, we have tracked down the extremely busy President & Founder of RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB, Nonnie Jules.  We asked if she could spare a few moments for a quick Q&A and surprisingly, to our delight, she said “YES!” Although she has limited this to a 6 Q&A session, we’re happy to have that!  Any little bone she’s willing to throw at us, we’re willing to run after it!  Ms. Jules rarely gives interviews so sit back, relax and take it all in!  Here is her take on quality vs quantity.  #Winning

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Block Party continues #RRBC

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one week down, and the fun is just getting started… wooo who… check out today’s blog stops…

Jinlobify/Joy Nwosu Lo-Bamijoko

DAILY GIVEAWAY: 

(1) $10 Amazon Gift Card;

Schraders Historical Fiction/Helena P. Schrader

DAILY GIVEAWAY:

(1) E-copy of “ENVOY OF JERUSALEM”

head over and leave a comment on their sites… and be entered to win some great prizes…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

woo who… more #RRBC party

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dang… I am running late today… but there is still time… you guys have until midnight to enter… hurry and hit these three sites…

 Shirley Harris-Slaughter 

DAILY GIVEAWAYS: 

  • (1) $15 Amazon Gift Card,
  • (1) Autographed paperback copy of  “CRAZY! HOT! & LIVING ON THE EDGE!!”,
  • (1) Autographed paperback copy of “OUR LADY OF VICTORY”;

 Room With Books/Patricia Green 

DAILY GIVEAWAYS: 

  • (2) $5 Amazon Gift Cards
  • & (1) $5 B&N Gift Card;

woo who… now go forth and win lots of goodies… 😛 happy wordage, tracey

Block Party #RRBC

Let’s check out today’s Blog stop…

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just one stop today, but omg the list of prizes more than make up for the fact that the party only has one blog to check out for the 4th…

 Watch Nonnie Write!

giveaways:

alright… since tomorrow I this will be one of the stops, I can’t post anything else… or can I … muhahahaha… 😛 tomorrow I will put up the list of daily stops on my Book Site – Finder’s Keepers Series

woo who… remember to leave a comment when you head to the Block Party Blog stops, and you will be automatically entered to win prizes… yay!!! later fearless readers, tracey

#RRBC – Block Party giveaways…

Two more stops today… woowho…

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head on over and leave a comment, and you will be automatically entered to win …

 Blog Reflections/Gwen Plano 

enter to win:

  • (2) $10 Amazon Gift Cards,
  • (2) Autographed paperback copies of “LETTING GO INTO PERFECT LOVE,”
  • & (2) Surprises!;

 From the Pen of Mae Clair 

enter to win:

(1) $15.00 Amazon or B&N Gift Card (winner’s choice);

woo who… lots of chances to win here… I don’t know about you guys, but I love gift cards… give me a gift card to Amazon or Hobby Lobby and you just make my day… 😛

okay, that all I have right now… good luck and have fun… tracey

#RRBC – Block Party Update

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alrighty… day there are two stops for this exciting Blog Party… and remember peeps, you just have to comment on the posts to enter to win… so head on over to these blog stops and have some fun…

Green Dragon, Author and Artist/Christy Nicholas

Prize: (1) $10 Amazon Gift Card

 Harmony Kent Online

Prizes:

  • (1) $10 Amazon Gift Card,
  • (1) E-book copy of one of author’s books (winner’s choice)
  • & (1) Advertisement in back of author’s next book for winner’s blog or website;

#RRBC Back to School Book and Blog Block Party… all month long

Who’s ready to party????

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August is all about winning… 😛 and everyone loves winning freebies… I know I do… all month long RRBC ( RRBC Link) will be providing opportunities to win books and other great prizes from authors and bloggers set up to participate … I will be waving hello to y’all on the 5th (on this site – traceylclark.com ) and on the 29th (over on my book site – Finder’s Keepers Series) … woo who…. parrrrrrty!!!

I will have one winner from each site included in this Blog Block Party… woo who… decided to offer either a bracelet or a pair of earrings (made personally by me), along with a book mark… however… should the winner decide that they don’t have any use for jewelry, they can opt for one of the keychains I’ve started making… hear are some pics of the jewelry… sorry… no keychain pics yet…

I will also try to keep everyone updated (with posts from here) on the sites they need to visit in order to win daily prizes… but just head to the RRBC page ( RRBC Blog Stops) if I fall behind… otherwise I will share posts on twitter… my go-to social site.. lol…

Today we have one stop Sharpening The World One Pen Stroke At A Time/Lori Soard … stop by and leave a comment for a chance to win???

DAILY GIVEAWAY: (1) Gift basket which will include a Kindle Fire, $10 Amazon Gift Card, autographed copies of my latest books, and more!

entering to win prizes is super easy… all you have to do is visit the site of the day (or sites) and leave a comment… see… Easy… alright… that is all I have at the moment…

I still need to set up my posts… I am thinking of doing some *character interviews*… a little peek at the Makayla and Marin tension from my latest novel Southern Discoveries… and some of the juicy details about the men in their lives… let’s get the dirt on these two gals…

happy wordage everyone…. tracey

paint your words in 3D

alrighty then… this is a repost of sorts, though not from my own blog sites… I had someone else publish this about a year ago, and thought that it had been long enough and wanted to share it here for fifth Friday… I really enjoyed writing it, and would love to here everyone else’s dos and don’ts when it comes to writing…

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Add a Little Sex, Humor, and Fighting

Writing you novel, and looking for the best way to keep your readers interested??? Here are a few aspects that I always try to include…

Finding the words to make you Novel memorable!!

The easiest way to write about something is to know it inside and out. If you want to understand the inner workings of the restaurant business??? Want to be able to describe the feeling of flying through the air??? How about explaining the reality of living on a horse ranch???

Watch, Ask, and Do!!! Stalk local restaurants, pull out your pad and pen as you interview anyone that will stand still long enough, and see if you can help out in the kitchen (get hired on a month/summer basis). Take a flying lesson and do all you can to learn the ropes. Lasso yourself a cowboy and … Sorry, got distracted by the thought of cowboys and lassos, but I think you get the picture. Do anything and everything you can think of to learn the feel, the taste, and the sights of the world you want to create.

Sex

But what happens when you want to add a little sexual tension to your novel? How about those full blown sex scenes?? Some of the things we add to our novels are either impractical or impossible for us to learn about first hand. Remember that song Can’t Buy Me Love?? Well, you can’t force a love connection just to learn what it feels like. You might not want to try out some of the bedroom gymnastics portrayed by the lustiest of novels. What in the world do you do now?

Well, you could always make it up, use your imagination. But where to start? And how are you going to get your reader to pay attentions when your words feel rushed or halting? LOL I suggest you look it up.

I love romance, from the behind-the-bedroom-door actions to the break-the-bed-and-hope-the-neighbors-don’t-call-the-police sex-capaids. By the time I finished writing Shocking Finds and my other rough drafts, my book shelf looks like a How to Become a Porn Addict guide. My mother borrowed my kindle and just about had a heart attack. But we learned to become writers by reading, so learn about being a romance writer by reading … romance, light hearted or pornish. Read each book and find the scenes that speak to your emotions, and your fantasies. How do they describe the feel of a man’s hand along your thigh, caressing your back, or jerking you into his arms. Learn how to put the feel of each action into the scene, don’t just tell the reader it happened.  Get your own romance collection.

Humor

Humor can be even harder to portray than passion. We live in a diverse world, with varying senses of humor. Have you ever been at a party and stood with your friends as they doubled over in laughter, all while you looked on in confusion? If liquor wasn’t involved, chances are that you either missed the joke or just didn’t find it funny. Or worse … Have you told a story that brought tears laughter to your eyes, but looked around to see that your friends were scratching their heads, going over your words, and looking for the humor?? Reading is only the first step to attacking this issue.

Okay. Reading something that you find funny might not help you to impress your friends, but reading something that millions of other readers considered humorous may improve your writing. Humor is just as important and passion when it comes to adding emotions to your novel. You want your reader to get lost in the worlds you create. If they can feel each scene, then you are on the right track. This is something that I hope to get better and more polished at as I continue to write.

If all else fails, try a comedy club or two. Get in a frame of mind that helps your words to come out in flowing manner, instead of just dropping a joke into you story now and them. Personally, I don’t even consider what kind of emotion or humor I can add to my story when I’m writing that rough draft. As I bring my story to life I try to see where they are going, how I can build up to that moment when the emotions (no matter if it is passions, anger, failure, gut wrenching sadness, or humor) will reach the page full tilt.

Fighting

Oooo… Fighting, bloodbaths, all out war… Okay, this one is easy. First you make sure that your annoying neighbor, with the yappy dog, and lack of parking etiquette is home. You do some stretches, get your muscles loose and ready, and then walk over and punch him in the face… see, easy…

What? You think that could lead to jail time, or just finding yourself lying on his doorstep as you watch little cartoon birdies fly around your head. Hmm. Well the other method is much harder. It also involves a great deal of reading, or you could take a martial arts class to learn the feel of some of the moves and defenses. I was lucky enough to take a karate class as a child. That was long ago but some of the motions are hard to forget.

But fighting and violence isn’t just accomplished in a fist fight. You can stripe the hide off of someone’s sense of worth with words a lot easier than you can with a sidekick. I didn’t grow up in a household that contained harsh words, but some of you might be able to call on those memories. Pull them up and use them to make will have your reader sobbing and looking for the ice cream, clinching their fists on behalf of your character, or maybe feeling anxiety as you add more turmoil to your character’s life.

This is the hardest emotion for me to bring to my novels. So of course, I practice. The best results come when you hang out with a friend or two and then… Okay, just kidding. This is something that needs to be done in your head, or out loud as you drive down the highway. Alone. I usually look like an insane person when I’m driving. Sometimes bringing myself to tears with harsh words. Your friends can only help if you sit down and they are willing to have a heart to heart walk down memory lane with you. Otherwise … prepare to look a little loony as you fight with yourself as you cruise down the highway.

No matter what you decide to write, what you want to bring to your story, how you want to portray your characters lives and their world… remember to have fun with it. Enjoy what you write, and hopefully others will love it as well.

Tracey Clark

99 cent summer sale!!! urban fantasy

What??? a sale… did someone say sale???

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alright… big news here… Shocking Finds is just 99 cents for a summer sale … everyone advises that you should play around with pricing so that you can reach more readers… so here we go… 😛

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