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Writers' Cafe / CAPS LOCK WEDNESDAY - MONSTER MASH EDITION
« on: September 20, 2017, 01:56:50 PM »
A BETTER TITLE FOR THE THREAD MIGHT BE "MONSTERS AND SUPERNATURAL CHARACTERS" THREAD, BUT I REALLY LIKE THE MONSTER MASH SONG, SO I USED IT INSTEAD. ANYWAY, HERE'S HOW IT GOES: CHOOSE A MEMORABLE MONSTER OR SUPERNATURAL CHARACTER AND PROPOSE A THEME SONG FOR THEM. GIVE SOME IDENTIFYING INFORMATION, BUT DON'T NAME THE MONSTER/CHARACTER (THAT WILL BE FOR THE NEXT PERSON TO DO). THEN GIVE SOME LYRICS FROM YOUR PROPOSED THEME SONG.

HERE'S MINE:  THIS CHARACTER IS A WITCH WHO WAS FIRST INTRODUCED IN A 1960'S SOAP OPERA. SHE HAD AN AFFAIR WITH A MAN SHE BELIEVED WAS THE LOVE OF HER LIFE. HOWEVER, HE GOT OVER HER AND FELL IN LOVE WITH ANOTHER WOMAN. IN REVENGE, THE WITCH PUT A CURSE ON HER LOVER, TURNING HIM INTO A VAMPIRE.
SHE HAS DIED AND COME BACK TO LIFE MANY TIMES, PURSUING AND SEEKING TO PUNISH HER IMMORTAL LOVER OVER THE YEARS.

I PROPOSE "I'LL NEVER GET OVER YOU GETTING OVER ME" BY DIANE WARREN AND PERFORMED BY EXPOSE' FOR HER THEME SONG:

AS LONG AS THE STARS SHINE DOWN FROM THE HEAVENS
AS LONG AS THE RIVER RUNS TO THE SEA
I'LL NEVER GET OVER YOU, GETTING OVER
NEVER GET OVER YOU,
I'LL NEVER GET OVER YOU GETTING OVER ME...

NEXT PERSON NAME THE CHARACTER DESCRIBED ABOVE AND REPEAT THE PROCESS: ASSIGN A THEME SONG TO A DIFFERENT MONSTER/SUPERNATURAL CHARACTER FOR THE NEXT PERSON TO GUESS.


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Writers' Cafe / CAPS LOCK WEDNESDAY ??????????????? EDITION
« on: August 30, 2017, 01:24:26 PM »
THIS MAY BE THE SHORTEST CAPS LOCK WEDNESDAY THREAD IN HISTORY, SINCE I AM NOT ANYWHERE NEAR IN DAN C. RINNERT'S LEAGUE AT STARTING THESE THINGS.
ANYWAY, HERE GOES. I'M TENTATIVELY CALLING THIS ONE THE "JUMBLE EDITION".
 HOW TO PARTICIPATE - TAKE A POEM AND ADD SOME SONG LYRICS TO IT - JUMBLE IT ALL TOGETHER.
(ALTERNATE TITLE OF THREAD COULD BE "BAD POETRY EDITION".)
ANYWAY, I'LL GO OUT ON A LIMB AND START:

ROSES ARE RED
VIOLETS ARE BLUE
O DANNY BOY
WE MISS YOU

TO ALL THE REST OF THE CAPS LOCK WEDNESDAY REGULARS - FEEL FREE TO IGNORE THIS, START A DIFFERENT THREAD, OR TAKE IT IN ANOTHER DIRECTION. I'D BE THE FIRST TO ACKNOWLEDGE THAT NO ONE CAN TRULY REPLACE OUR (MISSING) FEARLESS LEADER.

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Just read that a powerful earthquake resulting in a tsunami hit New Zealand. Fellow Kboarders from New Zealand, are you okay? Am particularly concerned about my friend and editor, Kevin Berry. Sent him an email, but no response. Figured that the power lines and Internet are down? Hope to hear some more positive news soon.

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Writers' Cafe / Is this a scam?
« on: October 30, 2016, 06:17:11 AM »
A few months ago, I read a thread about Creative Online Publishing started by SA Soule (quoted below). There were only a few responses to Sherry's post. Most of the responses were not very encouraging, but no one actually called Creative Online Publishing a vanity press.

I just received a similar letter from Creative Online Publishing, and now they claim to have expanded into the mystery/thriller arena. A couple of things I found interesting in the email I received were these claims:
Currently we have over 30,000 genuine iBook store customers on our database, and this figure is growing by the day. These readers help push all our titles into the top charts within the first week of release. Furthermore, we also promote your title once itís live via hundreds of blog posts dedicated to online readership of this genre  and Our recent two releases, Brooke Page's *Obsession* and Katherine King's *Captivated* reached no. 2 and no. 4 on the US iBookstore Paid Top Charts for Romance!

What do you think? Legitimate? Scam? Vanity Press?
 
I received an email from Creative Online Publishing Inc, but I don't know much about this company. It seems they only publish romance type stories.
Has anyone had any experiences publishing through this site? Pros? Cons? Any input is appreciated.

Thanks!
~Sherry


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Hello, all.  I need some advice about setting up a website.  I started setting up a site on Wordpress, but I'm not sure if Wordpress is for me.  I've also looked into Wix and Weebly, but I think that the ads they run are very distracting.  What other options are available at a reasonable price?  Does anyone have any suggestions?

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Writers' Cafe / Help for the Twitterly Challenged?
« on: November 16, 2015, 06:15:29 PM »
I want to submit my book to "Awesome Gang" for my first ever free promo coming up next week, but it looks like I need either Twitter or Facebook to do so.  Since I'm not ready for Facebook yet, I'm in the process of signing up for Twitter.  There's this box that I can check or uncheck that says "Tailor Twitter Based on my Recent Website Visits".  I stopped and did some research online about whether to check or uncheck this box.  Most of those who have written on this topic advise leaving it unchecked - mainly for privacy's sake.  However, there are a few articles that say to leave it checked if you're just starting on Twitter, since it will help direct you to sites you may be interested in.  Just wondering what those of you who are more experienced with Twitter think.  Any feedback would be greatly appreciated!

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Writers' Cafe / Something's wrong with the Book Bazaar
« on: November 10, 2015, 02:47:22 AM »
Something's wrong with the Book Bazaar.  I posted a new reply almost 45 minutes ago, but on the main page, it's still saying that the last post was yesterday.  I sent a message about it to Ann and Betsy.  Anyone else I should contact?

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My current KDP Select enrollment ends on November 22.  I'd like to schedule a free day on the first day of my re-enrollment - November 23.  However, when I try to create a new deal, I get a message that I can't do that.  I did a search and discovered that Amazon won't permit authors to schedule a free day until after midnight on the last day of the current term.  Given that once you schedule a day it takes Amazon almost 24 before the information is up and running, even if I stay up and create the deal at 12:01 a.m. on the 23rd, it still might not run until the 24th - which is a waste of one day.  Anyone else ever run into this?  Anybody know a solution to the problem?  It's not right that we effectively cannot schedule a free day on the first day of our re-enrollment.  That means that we really have only 89 days in each enrollment period to schedule deals - not 90.

V.P.

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Writers' Cafe / Has anyone used Bookgoodies.com or Mysteryreads.com?
« on: October 26, 2015, 02:35:34 AM »
I was thinking about promoting my book on one or both of these sites, but I couldn't find any information about them.  With so many scams out there, I thought I'd ask for feedback here before moving forward.  If you can give me some advice, I'd really appreciate it.

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Introductions & Welcomes / Can't seem to find that bright red envelope
« on: October 24, 2015, 07:04:14 PM »
    UPDATE:  I came up with an idea!  Please scroll down to my third post to read my Introductory Poem.
    2nd UPDATE:  Fred is happy today!  Scroll down to my fourth post for a continuation of my Introductory Poem.

    3rd UPDATE:  I figured that I've tortured you enough with my own attempts at poetry, so I replaced the
                          original contents of the fourth post with a poem about the power of imagination, written by
                          Emily Dickinson.  One of my favorites!
                             Scroll down to read and enjoy some good poetry for a change! ;D

4th UPDATE:     Scroll down for more about Fred and favorite poems.


     Several years ago, I read a novel written by Erle Stanley Gardner under his pen name A. A. Fair.  In it, his pint-sized detective, Donald Lamb, tracked down the true identity of a man who was hiding behind an alias and using a post office box as his only address.  As a further precaution, the man never picked up his own mail.  Donald found out who the man was by mailing him a greeting card enclosed in a large (we're talking briefcase-size here) bright red envelope.  He didn't want to be obvious by loitering in the post office, so he waited in his car outside until he saw a girl exit the post office with the huge red envelope tucked under her arm.  Donald then followed the girl back to the office where she worked.  Sure enough, her boss was the very man that Donald had been looking for.
     What's the point of this long story?  I joined Kindleboards almost a week ago, but I kept putting off introducing myself, because I couldn't think of a clever way to do so.  I was looking for the equivalent of that bright red envelope, you see - something that would make me stand out in a crowd.  As day after day passed and no clever ideas occurred to me, I decided to tell you a story instead, hoping that if you've read this far, maybe some day you'll be motivated to read something else I have written.
     I'm Vanessa Prelatte.  I just published my first novel, and I am now working on a second one.  What an adventure it all has been!  If the rules didn't prohibit it, I would indulge in some shameless self-promotion here, but I have reserved all that for my book thread in the Book Bazaar forum.  I don't know what else to say here, except that I love to read and discuss books, and I am looking forward to connecting with others who like to do the same.  In the meantime, if anyone has any ideas about clever ways to introduce oneself, I'd sure like to hear them  Still looking for that bright red envelope...

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Your Admin Team / How do I bookmark the thread on my book?
« on: October 20, 2015, 04:05:13 PM »
I read the advice about only one thread per book and bookmarking that thread, but I'm not sure how to do it.  When I click on "My Bookmarks", it says to click on "Add Bookmark" under "Topics".  Okay - great.  Problem is - I can't find "Topics"!  Can you point me in the right direction?

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The Book Corner / Favorite Female Mystery/Thriller/Suspense Writers
« on: October 20, 2015, 03:28:41 PM »
Some of my favorite contemporary mystery/thriller/suspense writers are Catherine Coulter, Tami Hoag, and Deborah Crombie.
Favorite classical mystery writers of the Golden Age:  Agatha Christie, Dorothy Sayers, and Georgette Heyer (yes - she wrote mysteries too!)
Anybody else?

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When the Tiger Kills: A Cimarron/Melbourne Thriller:  Book One  Click here!
Synopsis:  When she was a young girl, Dawn Cimarron lost her entire family in one afternoon of brutal violence. Now a Homicide detective in her hometown of Mountpelier, Colorado, she and her partner, Sergeant Rafe Melbourne, are hard at work trying to close not one, but two major cases.
In the first case, a college student has been found lying at the foot of a cliff, and his girlfriend has disappeared, the apparent victim of a kidnapping plot. And all indications point to one inevitable conclusion: a serial killer is on the loose -- a clever and resourceful killer who seems to be equally obsessed with visions of an ancient goddess and young girls with long, pale blonde hair.
The second case involves a young man who has been stabbed to death, his body left under a tree. At first it looks like a simple drug deal gone wrong. However, after encounters with the victim's angry, bitter stepsister and his self-absorbed, histrionic mother, the two detectives begin to suspect that there is more to this case than meets the eye.
With the help of Dawn's husband Ty, a former Air Force major now in charge of the local unit of the Civil Air Patrol, Cimarron and Melbourne work to bring a murderer to justice, even as they race against the clock to find the missing girl -- before her time runs out.

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