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Writers' Cafe / Re: CAPS-LOCK WEDNESDAY: 80S DANCE PARTY EDITION
« on: July 12, 2017, 10:32:51 am »
#10 - "JEOPARDY" BY GREG KIHN, COVERED BY WEIRD AL AS "I LOST ON JEOPARDY".

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I FIGURED THE POOL BOYS WERE THE BEST WAY TO CONTACT THE MODS WITH THAT KIND OF THING. PLUS IT GAVE ME AN EXCUSE TO, UH, ADMIRE THE POOL BOY FITNESS REGIMES AND CHOICE OF UNIFORM.
BESIDES, DAN DOESN'T DO POOLREADING. ONLY POOFREADING.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Who Do You Wish Would Discover You?
« on: May 16, 2017, 04:57:40 pm »
It's a tossup between Neil Gaiman and Hayao Miyazaki...

But the correct answer would actually once have been "Terry Pratchett"...  :'(

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Colonel Sanders, romance author... [MERGED]
« on: May 05, 2017, 09:34:41 pm »
So I haven't read this...at any point in the story, do the Colonel and his lady do the Double Down? :P

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Take a Stand Against Bullying
« on: May 05, 2017, 09:14:23 pm »
Ever have a deja vu moment? Then when you try to predict what happens next, it doesn't? You turned on the light, Robert. Calling a bully a bully won't always avoid a fat lip, but sometimes it does.
I haven't dealt much with the promoter in question, actually, but judging from what happened with Percy, they could send their fans after anyone, no matter how low they are on the writing totem pole (and I'm low, believe me). But I write stories about heroes. They wouldn't walk by something like this. I can't either.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Take a Stand Against Bullying
« on: May 05, 2017, 08:30:43 pm »
To quote from the comment I left on the donation page:

I'm a bit worried that my name will be added to the list of people that the promoter in question has been bullying and belittling, and that I could be facing one-star reviews and jeopardizing my indie writing career...but I dislike bullies. Sometimes, you need to do the right thing. After all, if you don't stand for something, you'll fall for anything. Good luck, Christina.

And when I saw that some of the people being bullied were people I've come to like and respect here, I felt the need to speak up and help out. Let the chips fall where they may.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Polgarus Studios?
« on: January 23, 2017, 04:41:43 pm »
I'll just agree with everyone else. They do a fine job, and Jason and Marina are easy and wonderful to work with.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: CAPS-LOCK WEDNESDAY: YOU SUCK AT WRITING!
« on: January 18, 2017, 04:16:34 pm »
I DO *NOT* SUCK AT WRITING. I JUST SUCK AT WRITING STORIES PEOPLE WANT TO READ.

GOOD LUCK WITH THE SURGERY. WHEN MY BROTHER HAD SURGERY HE SENT TEXTS TO HIS WIFE AND OUR PARENTS WHILE HE WAS COMING OUT OF THE ANESTHESIA. FORTUNATELY THEY SAVED PICTURES OF THE TEXTS. THEY'RE CLASSICS. "SURGERY WENT HOST. ON LOFT OF DRUGGY. MY PHONE GAR TWO OF EVERY LETTER."
THOSE TEXTS ARE AWESOME. I'LL BET THE DRUGS WERE TOO. ;D

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My question is, has anyone seen any books printed through this? Is the quality comparable to or better than Createspace? If it's worse, that's a good reason not to switch.

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It's out at last! The sixth Monkey Queen book, The Crown Of Kylthena, is now available! Join Michiko and Beth on their newest adventure! Get it through Amazon, or search your favorite ebook retailer for "Monkey Queen"!



“Whatever it takes to rescue Beth, I'll do it.”

The Crown of Kylthena is a legendary relic from the Lost Lands of Earth. The stories say it brings great power to its wearer. Michiko Koyama, the hero known as the Monkey Queen, is sent to retrieve the crown along with her girlfriend and partner in adventure Beth McGill, only to find that it's been stolen. They'll have to hop from world to world and team up with the enigmatic wizard Alasdair Sterling to get it back...but can he be trusted?

And even if they find the crown, the secrets it holds could tear Beth and Michiko apart...or lead to their doom.

Cross the multiversed with Michiko and Beth in the sixth book in the Monkey Queen series! Fantasy with heroines, humor and heart, and a touch of romance!

Cover art © 2015 Willow, and used by permission. http://willow-san.deviantart.com Design by Keri Knutson with Alchemy Book Covers.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Have You Posted to Your Blog Recently?
« on: October 09, 2016, 11:17:53 am »
This week on the Monkey Queen Books blog: It's time for The Crown Of Kylthena, the sixth Monkey Queen book, with a cover reveal and a sneak peek at the first two chapters! Plus nerd music galore...and a Monkey Queen fan could really, really use your help. http://monkeyqueenbooks.blogspot.com or at the website - http://monkeyqueenbooks.com

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Have You Posted to Your Blog Recently?
« on: September 18, 2016, 11:41:36 am »
There were a couple of slow weeks on the Monkey Queen Books blog, but it's full speed ahead again! This past week, Willow Wednesdays features an unusual patronus, Charlie Brown realizes we're all mad here, and yours truly shows off his redesigned work space and confirms his Dorkiness! Plus, some sort of sale thingie. http://monkeyqueenbooks.blogspot.com or at the website: http://monkeyqueenbooks.com

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September 19 marks two years since the official debut of the first Monkey Queen book, Of Introductions And Abductions! To celebrate that, you can get that book - along with the second, The Brigadoon Boondoggle, and the third, Under The Stars Of Faerie - for just 99 cents each! This sale runs through Monday (unless I forget to reset the prices...I just might ;) )! Click the Amazon links below, or search Kobo, iBooks, Barnes and Noble or your favorite ebook store for "Monkey Queen" or "Robert Dahlen"!

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Have You Posted to Your Blog Recently?
« on: August 21, 2016, 11:14:45 am »
This week at the Monkey Queen Books blog: A new short story, "Adoption Day"! It features several characters from the most recent Monkey Queen book, Redblade, and only has a little magic...unless you count the magic inside the human heart. Plus, Hagrid runs into some workplace difficulties. http://monkeyqueenbooks.blogspot.com or at the website - http://monkeyqueenbooks.com

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Have You Posted to Your Blog Recently?
« on: August 14, 2016, 10:55:41 am »
This week on the Monkey Queen Books blog: Francophone Fridays turns the spotlight on the Belgian artist AD_e! Also: A geek music preview, Willow adds a Mane (6) ingredient, and nobody likes Charlie Brown. http://monkeyqueenbooks.blogspot.com or the website - http://monkeyqueenbooks.com

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Have You Posted to Your Blog Recently?
« on: August 07, 2016, 10:00:51 am »
This week on the Monkey Queen Books blog: It's Harry Potter And The Cursed Child week, and there's a brief review of the book (but not the play, alas). Also, Willow Wednesdays goes on an adventure, you are urged to donate to make a grown man wear a duck on his head, and I bemoan the role of random selection when buying mystery minis. http://monkeyqueenbooks.blogspot.com or at the website - http://monkeyqueenbooks.com

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Bumping this in case you hadn't heard - per the main page, Tsu is closing up shop. Details here. http://www.tsu.co/ The site founder, Sebastian, doesn't give a clear reason why the site is going dark, but you can probably guess.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Have You Posted to Your Blog Recently?
« on: July 31, 2016, 08:14:37 am »
This week on the Monkey Queen Books blog: Rejected Peanuts Specials gets Funk(oPop)y, Willow breaks out the broomsticks, and I pay tribute to the comic strip Cul de Sac following the passing of its creator, Richard Thompson (not related to the musician of the same name). http://monkeyqueenbooks.blogspot.com or on the website - http://monkeyqueenbooks.com

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Have You Posted to Your Blog Recently?
« on: July 24, 2016, 09:06:30 am »
This week on the Monkey Queen Books blog: It's (unintentionally) French artists week, as Calomiel presents a fine suggestion, Willow gets pixel-ated, and Enalizarine makes the cut. Plus, TV trailers and a bit of Deep Hurting. http://monkeyqueenbooks.blogspot.com or the website - http://monkeyqueenbooks.com

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So this story was all the rage yesterday. http://variety.com/2016/film/news/divergent-series-ascendant-1201818694/ Lionsgate, the studio that was producing the film adaptations of the Divergent books, is planning to change the last movie in the series into a TV movie with an eye towards launching a series, after the third movie tanked earlier this year. (The report adds it's not certain if the actors from the three films would return to play the same parts in the finale.)

My question is: Is this just due to the last Divergent movie apparently not being that good (I haven't seen any of them; I'm just going by general opinion)...or is there a slowdown on interest in dystopian fiction in general? Does this indicate that the market might be softening in the near future?

(NOTE: I don't read, write or watch dystopian media...but I know a lot of folks here do, so I was curious about what they think.)

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Have You Posted to Your Blog Recently?
« on: July 17, 2016, 11:13:44 am »
This week on the Monkey Queen Books blog: Willow digs a DJ, Calomiel gets serious about the tragedy in Nice, lots of new geek music videos, and Rejected Peanuts Specials loves the 90s. Plus, one way to resolve the Ron / Harry / Hermione shippers' dilemma. http://monkeyqueenbooks.blogspot.com or at the website - http://monkeyqueenbooks.com

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Frodo wrote large portions of the Red Book of Westmarch, and gives to to Sam at the end, so I guess Return Of The King is my choice. ;D

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I am dumb. Had I realized that people might be getting cheap Kindles for themselves and their friends and relatives, and that said cheap Kindles needed to be filled with ebooks, I would have done a 99 cent promo and tried to sell a few. But I am dumb, so I let the opportunity slip away (though I saw that a lot of other authors didn't).  :-[ :'(

I shall do better if there's a Prime Day in 2017.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Walmart as the new Kindle Publishing?
« on: July 10, 2016, 07:50:10 pm »
You know...if Barnes & Noble finally packed it in, and Walmart was serious about getting into the ebook business, they could just buy the whole Nook line, ereaders, apps, marketplace and all. It would be a good fit, it would save Walmart a lot in development costs (though they'd still have marketing costs and issues), and it would keep some other competitor (Google? Smashwords, even?) from grabbing it.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Anyone else procrastinate with Canva?
« on: July 10, 2016, 03:34:20 pm »
Robert - your covers in your signature are gorgeous. I'm like you - no photoshop skills, so Canva's simple layout suits me.
Thanks! But those covers are professionally designed (by sometime KBoarder Keri Knutson) over Willow's wonderful art. But if I can get either of the new series ideas I have out my head and on paper/in a drive somewhere, I'll be considering Canva for sure.

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