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Said? Update the vocab!

I don’t know about the rest of ya, but I feel a little like I am writing a Dick & Jane primary book when I use ‘Said’ too often in my novels… but then, some peeps believe that ‘Said’ is the only way to go… but just look at all these alternatives… why limit your writing???

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I absolutely love Pinterest… there is so much to find… with this list, you can show your characters even more clearly… I have used about half of these naturally, but there are a lot of choices that I never thought of…

as for the authors that believe that ‘Said’ is the best way, I have some favorites that I love to read… even though I disagree, their stories are still enjoyable and re-readable… I love to read my favorites over and over… Slow writing is usually the only way to make me lose interest… so if my go-to authors want to stick with ‘Said’, then to each their own…

I believe that each author needs to follow their own path… there are some rules that all of us need to follow, but the bottom line in writing for me is to always enjoy the creation…

anywho… I am off to play with some of these said-replacements… Happy wordage everyone…

if you want to check out some of my writing you can go to either My Book Site or my Author Page on Pronoun

 

Don’t be sad yet #RRBC

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the 30th…. sigh… on the up side, we are steps away from falling leaves and cool breezes… ahhh…. I am giddy just thinking about it… I would say that my love of Fall is all about my MS, but the season has always been one of my Faves… so I was wondering??? could there be a connection between my birthday (in October) and my love of the season… hmmm… what about y’all…

on the down side, the end of August means the end of our block party…

but not so fast, cause the fun isn’t over yet… today we have one or two… I say or because the second site’s link isn’t live yet… but if you want to go over to RRBC later, maybe things will have changed… just head to RRBC to check out the line-up…

but to wet your whistle, start with this lovely 😛

 Michelle Abbott

DAILY GIVEAWAY: 

(1) $10 Amazon Gift Card;

just visit and leave a comment… and you are entered to win… wooo who

OMG… four stops #RRBC

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look, look, look… four stops…. are they insane… are they trying to overload us with excitement… and who is that second person down… oh look… that’s me…

and first up we finally get to see Brenda Taylor’s site… so glad she is still on the block party… and look at all those other awesome stops…

Brenda Taylor

DAILY GIVEAWAYS: 

  • (1) $10 Amazon Gift Card,
  • (1) ebook copy of a “HIGHLAND PEARL,” and an ebook copy of a “HIGHLAND RUBY”;

 Finder’s Keepers Series/Tracey Clark

DAILY GIVEAWAYS:

(1) Either a bracelet or earrings OR keychain with bookmark;

 Wendy Scott

DAILY GIVEAWAYS: 

  • (2) e-book copies of “HIEROGLYPH,”
  • (5) e-book copies of “FAIRY DUST,”
  • & (1) ebook copy of “LODESTONE”;

Jim Cronin

DAILY GIVEAWAYS: 

(3) $20 Amazon Gift Cards

Just click the links…. enjoy the post… and leave a comment… that’s it… fun and games, and a chance to win goodies… how awesome is that… alright I am off now… hope to see y’all over on my book site… happy wordage

who’s excited… ??? #RRBC

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the month is almost over, the party is winding down, but that will never stop us, we writers, bloggers; the great wordage crowd…

and tomorrow….. we get to sit in Jazz as he interviews Marin… he is a little freaked out, having never met a princess before, especially not one with an out of control electrical gift… lol… since the party bus stopped here (my author site) earlier in the month, Marin’s interview will be over on my book site finderskeepersseries.com … hope to see y’all there…

and for today’s fun and games, we have three stops to keep the party going… wooo who… remember to leave a comment at each stop…

Maretha Botha

DAILY GIVEAWAYS: 

(3) Set of 3 black and white paperbacks of “FAUNA PARK TALES”;

??? Brenda Taylor ???

DAILY GIVEAWAYS: 

  • (1) $10 Amazon Gift Card,
  • (1) ebook copy of a “HIGHLAND PEARL,” and an ebook copy of a “HIGHLAND RUBY”;

 Joy Nwosu Lo-Bamijoko

DAILY GIVEAWAYS: 

  • (1) $10 Amazon Gift Card,
  • (1) $10 ITunes Gift Card, (
  • 1) $10 Starbuck’s Gift Card,
  • (2) Ebook copies of “LEGEND OF THE WALKING DEAD”;

It looks like Brenda Taylor’s link is missing… guess that means there are only two stops today, but wow… they both look great… go check them out… and I will see y’all tomorrow… happy wordage, tracey

Another big day #RRBC

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it is almost time for us to sit down with my character Marin, and check out what she thinks about her new life as Princess de Platadreki… what she thinks of all the people coming into her life… alright… fine… we really want to know the dirt behind her recent Find to help out Makayla… cause, two peas in a pod those women are not… 😛

for now, enjoy today’s links and posts… remember, just comment on them and you will be entered to win prizes… wooo who…

Mind, Pen and Spirit/Karen Ingalls

DAILY GIVEAWAY: 

(1)  Prize package which will include:  signed copy of DAVIDA:  MODEL & MISTRESS + a package full of goodies;

 Ronesa Aveela/Rebecca Carter

DAILY GIVEAWAYS: 

  • (2) Audio books of “THE CHRISTMAS THIEF,”
  • (1) Ebook of “LIGHT, LOVE RITUALS
  • & (1) Ebook of “MYSTICAL EMONA”;

 Jazz:  America’s Gift/Richie Gerber

DAILY GIVEAWAYS: 

(3) Ebooks of “JAZZ:  AMERICA’S GIFT”;

Don’t run out of steam yet #RRBC

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We have three party stops today… just visit these sites, enjoy the posts, and leave a comment… that’s it… you will be entered to win… woo who…

A Freebooter’s Fantasy Almanac/Jan Hawke

DAILY GIVEAWAYS: 

  • (1) $10 Amazon Gift Card,
  • (1) A Freebooter’s Fantasy Almanac Cover design Zazzle T-shirt in black or white
  • & (1) A Freebooter’s Fantasy Almanac Cover Rectangular or Egonomic (right hand only) Zazzle Mousemat;

 S. J. Francis Writer Blog

DAILY GIVEAWAYS: 

  • (1) $15 Amazon Gift Card,
  • (1) $15 WalMart Gift Card,
  • (1) $15 Target Gift Card, (
  • 1) Autographed copy of “SHATTERED LIES,”
  • & (1) Ebook copy of “SHATTERED LIES”;

 RRBC WRITERS’ CONFERENCE & BOOK EXPO

DAILY GIVEAWAYS:

  • (1) $25 discount off conference Author or Vendor Booth
  • & (1) $5 Amazon Gift Card;

Get some Goodies #RRBC

check out these cool posts and comment, and you will be entered to win prizes… woo who… happy wordage everyone… so far I’ve won three times this month…

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 “ALLERGIC TO LIFE”/In Honor of:  The Late Kathryn C. Treat

DAILY GIVEAWAY: 

  • (1) $5 Amazon Gift Card (donated by Bruce A. Borders),
  • (1) 2 FREE books from the Kathryn C. Treat Treasure Chest &
  • (1) entry into the Kathryn C. Treat VIP Lounge;

 Suzanne Burke

DAILY GIVEAWAYS: 

  • (1) Ebook copy of “ACTS BEYOND”,
  • (1) Ebook copy of “EMPTY CHAIRS”,
  • & (1) Ebook copy of “FAINT ECHOES OF LAUGHTER”

Raccoons & more #RRBC party news

Alright… can you guess where this is going… huh… can ya… how about a hint…

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okay… it wasn’t that bad…

my cat has recently decided that she no longer wants to be an indoor tabby…. nope… “bring me my food on the deck, Human,” is all I get from her these days… and since the animals at my house are the ones in charge (wait… what??? that cant’ be right)… sad but true, the pugs and cat have trained me well…

anywho… mom kept forcing the cat to come in to eat… which I thought was cruel (see how easy I am to train)… so I kept putting the food back outside… Fights ensued …. mom demanded that I stop… we would have mice and strays, she said… but why was that a problem??? so  what… mom cats would be feed, and the ones that didn’t get in on the cat food could eat the mice… problem solved…

butttttttt…. with buckets of rain and flood warnings, I took a page out of mom’s play book and forced the cat inside… she was not happy… when I finally let her back out, we were met with wildlife…

I didn’t even know we had raccoons close by… but I would be wrong… and even more troubling… I could hear something under the deck… and my big guard-kitty??? what was her response??? heck, I have seen her more upset with my pugs… conclusion?? I think the traitorous-feline has been living with a family of raccoons under my deck and feeding them… Sigh …

lol… now for some daily Block Party fun…

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remember… all you have to do is visit these sites and comment… that way you are automatically entered to win prizes… woo who

RWISA (RAVE WRITERS – INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY OF AUTHORS)

DAILY GIVEAWAY:

  • (1) $10 Amazon Gift Card
  • & (1) RWISA swag surprise gift pack!;

 Journeys/Susan Joyce

DAILY GIVEAWAYS: 

(4) E-book copies of one of her books (each winner gets to choose)

 

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

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