Drillbooks – Meet Duncan Malone

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As I mentioned before, the main purpose of my doing these Drillboks blog posts is to push my brain past the writer’s block that’s been kicking my butt for the last 2 years. I don’t know why I’ve had SO much trouble finishing this book, but I have. I think a large part of it is that I’m afraid #Winter won’t live up to what #Shadow started. I don’t know. But whatever the reason, I’ve spent way too much time trying to finish this book and not enough time working on other projects.

But, since I’ve started doing these posts, I’ve actually gotten quite a bit done. It’s anyone’s guess if the book will actually be finished by the end of February but at least things are moving along.

You’ve already read some bits and pieces about the people and places in Decker’s world. Today, I’m going to introduce you…

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A Few Words With June the Prune!

The final stop on Gracie Bradford’s Spotlight Tour.

The Indie Spot!

I am thrilled to welcome #RRBC Spotlight Author Gracie Bradford’s June the Prune to The Indie Spot. June is the main character from Gracie’s book June the Prune & Lady Bird: Cancer Stinks. So, without further delay, take it away, June…


Interviewer: You have an interesting name. Do you know why you were named June?

June: My mother and her sisters were born in June. I was born in June. My mother probably could not think of another name.

Interviewer: Do you have any brothers or sisters?

June: Yes, I have one brother, Alex. I must take care of him because our Mom isn’t always available. I am younger than Alex. He should be taking care of me as my big brother. But, he is a little slow. I do what needs to be done around the house to keep the peace.


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#RRBC Spotlight Author Gracie Bradford talks about favorite sites and apps

There is some useful information here from Gracie Bradford…

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It is such a pleasure to introduce this “up and coming author,” Gracie Bradford, and her book about a child with brain cancer. The beagle, Lady Bird, takes on a leading role in this short story. Learn about the role of pet therapy in the healing process.

During her discovery journey and literary, educational adventure, Gracie relates that she stumbled upon software and websites that have proven to give a new meaning to work simplification. She used some of these in her business but discovered they could also be used with some of her writing projects. Most seasoned authors are already familiar with the apps and sites, but the “up and coming authors” may find some of these to be useful. She doesn’t use all, just those that she has the skill set to understand and can give a return on her investment…

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#RRBC Spotlight Author, Gracie Bradford

Gracie’s tour continues today…

Life As I Know It

Hello, bloggers!

I am pleased to welcome this month’s RRBC Spotlight Author, Gracie Bradford


Me too. Indie authors must be a jack of all trade. Like it or not, indie authors are entrepreneurs. Your book is a product. Your marketing is a service. Who has time to write and sell? Most authors prefer to write and leave the selling to someone else. Is it necessary to be hands-on in the selling process? As a businesswoman, I say absolutely.  It takes far less time to write than to sell. Once the book publishes, the most difficult challenge begins.



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Gracie Bradford!!


February is the month of Love; and it is also a time set aside to remember Historical Men and Women of Color who have achieved greatness during their lifetime.

Today is the first day of Rave Reviews Book Club’s Spotlight Author Tour. What a fitting time to host our featured author. Let’s see how she spends her day as a writer.

Gracie, I am pleased to host you and to share your post with my followers.


Gracie’s Writing Process

You will get a kick out of how Gracie prepares to write every day. You may identify with her morning rituals. She tells me after a perfect eight hours of sleep; her body clock gives her a slight nudge. She turns over, stretches and ignores the internal clock.  After a few minutes, she hears the internal clock is saying, “get out of bed to take your morning walk.”

Quickly getting dressed, securing the front door and off she goes. Her mind goes into overdrive mode formulating a plot for her next writing session when she returns. She stops to talk with the ducks, turtles, and cranes. She goes by the elementary school to observe parents dropping off kids. She decides if she is going to stop by the corner store to pick up a lotto ticket.


After 1 ½ hours, she enters the back door, kicks off her shoes, makes a hot cup of herbal tea and peels two boil eggs. After enjoying her gourmet breakfast, she decides which room to write in for the day and which device she is going to use.

Before starting, she turns on some smooth music, dance for about fifteen minutes then she is ready to sit and dump everything she formulated in her head while walking.  A minimum of 200 words flows onto the paper. She leans back in her chair to admire her work. Nine out of ten times, she will re-write the plot several times. It is now time to take a shower and starts her day. She wonders which community service she will support today?



The Typing begins…….

Expect to see the 3rd book of the Lady Bird series late 2018 addressing Autism.

You can pick up a copy of Gracie’s book at:



Like and follow this author through the social media platforms below:

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Website: www.authorgraciebradford.com

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Twitter: https://twitter.com/iamxordinary

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LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/authorgraciebradford/

Thank you so much for stopping by and spending the day with Gracie. Please leave your comments and get a copy of her book(s). Be sure to follow her at each of her stops on the RRBC site this week.

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You have been such a supportive member since the first day you joined and so you deserve your time in the spotlight. I am delighted to host you.


Title: Do You Judge An Author By His Or Her Genre?

You’d be surprised how many people make assumptions about authors’ personalities based on their works’ genre. Horror writers have dark, twisted minds and are capable of committing the atrocities they write about. Erotica writers are perverts. Writers of romance tend to be like their heroines—beautiful women who are lavished with flowers, candy and romantic dinners by more lovers than they can handle (and who all resemble Ryan Reynolds, Zac Efron, Gerald Butler, or Idris Elba) And comedic writers––well, they’re all clowns who don’t take life seriously enough. Really? Come on, people!


I have lost count of how many times friends and acquaintances have been shocked when they find out that I write horror and dark fantasy. “But you don’t look like a horror writer,” they say. So what is a writer of horror and dark fantasy supposed to look like?

Is this what I'm supposed to look like?

Is this what I’m supposed to look like?

We writers are unusual creatures, no doubt. We’re in our heads a lot. We often like to sit apart from everyone and just observe. We have outsized imaginations and we can be inspired by almost anything: a picture, a movie, someone’s smile, a word, a laugh . . . anything! But––we are not what we write. Think of us as actors. A great actor can play the role of a psycho, chef, cyborg, monster or saint and be very believable doing it, but that doesn’t mean he or she is any of those things.


Check this out!


Ramsey Campbell. Look at this guy. Doesn’t he look like he can play Santa Clause in the next remake of ‘Miracle on 34th Street’?

Yet, he has written his share of nightmare inducing horror stories like: Demons by Daylight, Alone with the Horrors, and Told by the Dead. I’m getting goosebumps just thinking about them.

Meet these lovely ladies of Horror

mehitobel Wilson

Mehitobel Wilson

Read all about Mehitobel here.

Kathe Koja

Kathe Koja

Read more about Kathe here.

Angela Graham––Writer of erotica. Does she look like a perve to you?


Nicholas Sparks is a Romance writer. Does he look like a romance writer?


Nicholas Sparks




The comedy writer’s job is to make people laugh. That is serious business.

Read this article from WebMD: Give Your Body A Boost––With Laughter

Dr. Seuss-comedy-writer

Dr. Seuss

Learn more about Dr. Seuss here.


Diablo Cody Academy Award Winning Comedic Screenwriter

Read more about this comedy writer here.

There are many genres of writing and even more writers, and I’m not saying that some of us don’t have a few peculiar quirks and habits. What I am saying is that we are all individuals, and the genre we write has nothing to do with who we truly are. So don’t judge a writer by his or her genre. I guess you’ll just have to get to know us.

Check out these links:

Weird Writing Habits of Famous Authors

The Odd Habits and Curious Customs of Famous Writers

8 Strange Rituals of Productive Writers


Vashti Quiroz-Vega writer of horror, suspense, thriller and dark fantasy

What are your thoughts on this? What’s your favorite genre? Have you learned anything new with this post?



Vashti Quiroz-Vega is a writer of fantasy, horror, and suspense/thriller. When she isn’t creating extraordinary worlds or fleshing out powerful characters, she enjoys reading, traveling, kayaking, photography, and seeking adventures. She lives in Florida with her husband and fur baby, a Pomeranian named Scribbles (who’s also her writing buddy).


Twitter -@VashtiQV

Facebook – http://on.fb.me/1g0da7d

Website – http://vashtiqvega.wordpress.com



In The Fall of Lilith, Vashti Quiroz-Vega crafts an irresistible new take on heaven and hell that boldly lays bare the passionate, conflicted natures of God’s first creations: the resplendent celestial beings known as angels. 


If you think you know their story, think again.


Endowed with every gift of mind, body, and spirit, the angels reside in a paradise bounded by divine laws, chief of which are obedience to God, and celibacy. In all other things, the angels possess free will, that they may add in their own unique ways to God’s unfolding plan.


Lilith, most exquisite of angels, finds the rules arbitrary and stifling. She yearns to follow no plan but her own: a plan that leads to the throne now occupied by God himself. With clever words and forbidden caresses, Lilith sows discontent among the angels. Soon the virus of rebellion has spread to the greatest of them all: Lucifer.


Now, as angel is pitted against angel, old loyalties are betrayed and friendships broken. Lust, envy, pride, and ambition arise to shake the foundations of heaven . . . and beyond. For what begins as a war in paradise invades God’s newest creation, a planet known as Earth. It is there, in the garden called Eden, that Lilith, Lucifer, and the other rebel angels will seek a final desperate victory—or a venomous revenge.


“[A] compelling narrative that . . . strays far from traditional biblical text . . . A well-written, descriptive, and dark creation story.”—Kirkus Reviews

THE FALL OF LILITH  (http://a.co/61rGKHL)


We appreciate you so much for stopping by today. Please be sure to pick up your copy of this exciting book. And don’t forget to stop by the rest of Vashti Q’s tour stops here.

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Sharing Slivers of Life on the #RRBC Holiday Train Book Trailer Block Party!

The Indie Spot!

With the 2017 RRBC Holiday Train Book Trailer Block Party in full swing, today is one of my stops. All you have to do is follow the link to the video, leave a comment on YouTube, and you’ll be entered to win a signed copy Slivers of Life and a $10 iTunes gift card.

And don’t forget to follow the tour each day for great trailers and more chances to win fantastic prizes. Just click HERE to follow the tour!

To see the video on YouTube, click HERE!

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LOVE – THE BEAT GOES ON – Lynda Filler #BookReview

This blog is worth sharing with my followers

Writing and Music


Love The Beat Goes On


When your cardiologist tells you to “Get your affairs in order, your heart condition is incurable,” what do you do?
Lynda shares her personal story in the typical fast-paced, edgy, in-your-face style she’s known for in her writing. She will walk you through her journey to self-love sharing her belief in journals, love, prayer, soul, spirituality and positive mindset.
She’s hard-hitting but compassionate. She writes about romantic experiences that may shock you, but makes no apologies for her unconventional life style. Nor does she hold back taking responsibility for the things that she believes created her dis-ease.

You will definitely question a woman who walks around in denial; then makes a decision to drive, all alone, from Puerto Vallarta, Mexico to Whistler, Canada with undiagnosed Idiopathic Dilated Cardiomyopathy. Men and women are often self-care-challenged and Lynda was no…

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#RRBC @4WillsPub Laura Libricz answers 20 questions @lauralibricz

What inspires me to write?

Laura Libricz answers 20 questions


  1. What inspires you to write?

When I write, I am inspired by interesting characters, real people and fictional, and I love to analyze them because I want to find the truth. I love to listen to people talk and I wonder what’s behind their words, what they are really saying. Trying to figure out what motivates people to do what they do is a constant study of human nature. Having said that, I am also inspired by the area in Germany I live in. My novels take place here. I deal with my setting like another character. Setting has as much influence on the characters as the people they entangle with.


  1. What do you love most about writing?

The best part about writing is the inner peace it brings me. I need to put all these thoughts somewhere. My energies are better spent focused on a project than left on their own. Unsupervised, I tend to get up to no good.


  1. What’s the most challenging part?

The most challenging part of writing is trying to view the project objectively and give it a second opinion. I can’t do that and I won’t even try anymore. That’s why we work with professionals, like editors.


  1. How do you craft your story & characters?

I am a plotter. The Master and the Maid was at first written ‘by the seat of my pants.’ When I hit a wall and couldn’t write anymore, I outlined the story and built a framework. Inside the framework, I had more freedom to write. The next two novels in the series were both outlined and the first drafts written during NaNo November. Of course, I can still change major aspects of the framework if I need to, like I did with The Soldier’s Return, the second book in the series.


  1. How much research is involved?

Historical Fiction is a genre that is associated with tons of research. To build that historical world and make the reader part of it, I need to make the details tangible and help them understand the time period and the customs. (Much like SciFi or novels set in an unfamiliar culture.) If I use actual historical events, like I’ve done with the Thirty Years War in Germany, I need to build the story around those events.


  1. How long did it take from idea to finished book?

I’ve been working on this trilogy since 2009 and have released the first and second novel.


  1. Do you have any writing rituals or habits?

I sit down and turn on my computer. I write in Scrivener, a wonderful program that is worth the time it takes to learn it.


  1. Who influences you the most?

My writing is most influenced right now by Bathsheba Monk, my editor. And Jean-Luc Picard (ha, that’s a joke, sort of…)


  1. What is your favorite theme/genre to write?

Right now, I love writing Historical Fiction set in Germany. Yes, I know, a bit obscure. I would also like to write some SciFi in the future.


  1. Which character you’ve created is your favorite? Why?

I love all my characters because, like in real life, every one of them is important and plays a crucial role in my stories. If they aren’t important, they have no business being there.


  1. Do any of your life experiences worm their way into your books?

All my life experiences show up in my books in some adulterated form or another.


  1. How do you like to connect with readers?

I like to connect with readers in person and in the internet. Right now, I like Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads, and the RRBC the best.


  1. What do you hope readers take away from your books?

Because I like to analyze character and human motivation, I hope my characters and their behaviors evoke emotions in the reader. I also hope to teach the readers about this crucial period in European history and hope they feel they learned something without having it crammed down their throats.


  1. Who helps you with the critique and editing process?

Bathsheba Monk is the voice in my head when I write. She is my critic and editor.


  1. Do you ever hate something you’ve written?

Sometimes I hate everything I’ve ever written.


  1. How do you overcome any nagging self-doubt that inevitably creeps in?
    There are days that I wonder why I put myself through all this work. Then I remind myself that I would be writing no matter what. I would be reading all these history books anyway. If I need a break from the project, I like to write flash fiction, a great exercise to focus and write short, sharp scenes. If nothing else helps, then something physical will, like walking, biking or my passion right now, Pilates (like real, classic-traditional Pilates).


  1. Do you read all reviews?

Yes, I read all my reviews.


  1. Why are reviews important?

Reviews help other readers find our work. They are important for rankings. Having said that, I’d rather choose the books I read based on other criteria, like the blurb, author blog, and friends’ recommendations.


  1. What advice would you give aspiring writers?

I would advise an aspiring writer to read all they can about writing and then forget half of what they just read. Don’t kill the darlings until consulting with a professional editor. I would suggest reading books on psychological development and disorders. I would suggest taking some writing courses and keeping a journal. That journal should be a secured document or under lock and key so the aspiring writer can be painfully honest. And the Oxford comma is a stylistic choice, not the law.


  1. What can you tell us about what we’ll see from you next?

We’ve just released The Soldier’s Return, the second novel in the Heaven’s Pond trilogy. The year is 1626 and war has come to southern Germany. This novel takes place ten years after the first and ten years will radically change a person. There is a 50,000 word zero draft for the third book, Ash and Rubble, and I’m going to start working on that in November 2017.

Laura Libricz’s Media Kit: Pictures, Book Covers, Links, Bios, Book Blurbs:



Long Bio:

Laura Libricz was born and raised in Bethlehem PA and moved to Upstate New York when she was 22. After working a few years building Steinberger guitars, she received a scholarship to go to college. She tried to ‘do the right thing’ and study something useful, but spent all her time reading German literature.

She earned a BA in German at The College of New Paltz, NY in 1991 and moved to Germany, where she resides today. When she isn’t writing she can be found sifting through city archives, picking through castle ruins or aiding the steady flood of musical instruments into the world market.

Her first novel, The Master and the Maid, is the first book of the Heaven’s Pond Trilogy. The Soldier’s Return and Ash and Rubble are the second and third books in the series.


Website: http://www.lauralibricz.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/LauraLibricz

Google+ private page: https://plus.google.com/u/0/+LauraLibricz

Google+ brand page: https://plus.google.com/u/0/b/111626375322992289353/111626375322992289353

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC3c-yIyoN-UprxB15L5l8zA

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LauraLibriczAuthoress/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/lauralibricz/

Blog: https://lauralibriczblog.wordpress.com

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.de/lauralibricz/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6526953.Laura_Libricz

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/laura-libricz-8980a43a/


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It is my pleasure to host A.M. Manay on #PIF DAY!

I am a huge fan of her work.

An admirer of her very interesting life.

She does it all while battling a debilitating illness!



A. M. Manay


Award-winning indie author, editor, designer. Lover of fantasy. Mother to a Black son.

In addition to her work as an award-winning indie author of supernatural new adult fantasy, A.M. Manay is a former inner-city chemistry teacher, a singer, a yoga enthusiast, and a mother through domestic open adoption. She has a passion for increasing diversity in popular culture and for strong heroines who stand up for themselves, make their own decisions, and don’t depend on romance as their reason for being.

Oh, and one more thing, she is a new member of #RWISA!!

is just out in Paperback!


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