NEW RELEASES FOR WRITERS AND FANTASY FANS: “Writing for You” and Legends of Windemere on July 31, 2013!

Will the fun never stop? This is a booklover’s dream–more new books! Victoria Grefer’s new book, Writing for You: A Novelist’s Guide to the Craft of Fiction, is available NOW at Amazon. If you’re serious about improving your writing, then go buy this book!

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Screen Shot 2013-06-02 at 1.37.23 PMI am stoked, you guys: “Writing for You: A Novelist’s Guide to the Craft of Fiction” is FINALLY out in the world. It was months in the making and comes per your request.

If you enjoy the blog here, or just want some material to get you thinking about, questioning, and improving your writing process, this book is a must read.

The kindle version is on sale for early birds: this week only, it’s available for $2.99. Regular list price is $4.99, so make sure you take advantage of the deal and let others know about it.

Paperback will be available on for $7.99 very, very soon. If you prefer a book to hold in hand and don’t want to wait, you can order directly from the publisher here. Enter discount code 848EH54C for $1 off the list price.

Some important facts about the book:

  • There is material…

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Birthday Sale!

To celebrate her birthday, Sarah M. Cradit is offering BOTH of her books of the Crimson and Clover Series for .99 cents from now until August 5th. Join in the celebration by heading over to Amazon or Barnes & Noble and buying both books. I’ve read St. Charles at Dusk and loved it! I’ve read that The Storm and the Darkness is even better so I’m heading out to get my copy 🙂 Oh, and wish Ms. Cradit a very Happy Birthday!

...and then there was Sarah

In honor of my birthday (which is tomorrow), I am running a 5 day sale from July 30-Aug 5. BOTH of my books will be just .99 cents for those 5 days. While Dusk is permanently set at .99, this price on Darkness will not last long at all.

Please help me spread the word by reblogging, posting, pasting, tweeting, etc. The best birthday weekend ever would be to wake up next week and welcome new fans into the fold. If they’re as great as all of you, then I will be blessed indeed 🙂

Birthday Sale

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Legends of Windemere: Prodigy of Rainbow Tower debuts on July 31, on Amazon!

Cover Art: Jason Pedersen  Website:

The action-packed, humor-filled, dramatic sequel to ‘Legends of Windemere: Beginning of a Hero’.

Battling through a demonic assassin and an army of monsters, Luke Callindor has survived his time at Hamilton Military Academy.  Now, Luke and his friends must leave the safety of the academy to escort Duke Solomon’s heir down the L’dandrin River and into the safety of the city of Gods’ Voice.  Joining them for this journey is Nyx, a powerful caster apprentice of Rainbow Tower.  With her talent for combat magic and her short temper, Nyx will prove to be a challenge for Luke and all of their enemies.

Who will survive the harrowing trip down the L’dandrin River?  And, who will be the one to break Luke’s trust?

Get your copy of Legends of Windemere: Prodigy of Rainbow Tower (Part 2 of the series) at Goodreads:

Legends of Windemere series: Beginning of a Hero (Part 1 of the series) is available at Amazon:

A Girl Named Cord by Briana Vedsted will be published on on July 31, 2013!


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A Girl Named Cord by Briana Vedsted will be published on on July 31, 2013 as both a paperback and an eBook.

Book description: Cord had to work hard to earn her living as a cow puncher, and she was getting along just fine until a wealthy rancher moves into the county and threatens the lives of her and her friends. Cord rises up to meet every challenge, but the death of friends, both old and new, plague her at every turn. And just when everything seems like it is going to go back to being peacefully normal, a secret comes to light, putting Cord and her future family in danger. Will Cord let go of her sorrow filled past and revengeful wishes long enough to save her loved ones and pull her life back out of the bottomless pit it seems to be stuck in?

But let me tell you this: peace in the heart is much more comforting than blood in the sand.

Guest Blog: Crash Course in DandD Classes by Charles E Yallowitz

While Green Embers is away, Charles Yallowitz is playing guest host!

The Top Ten List of Things Not To Do When Trying To Lose Weight

Here is the fourth installment of Ten Top Lists of What Not To Do by Marie Ann Bailey of 1WriteWay at and John W. Howell of Fiction Favorites at These lists are simu-published on our blogs each Monday. We hope you enjoy.

photo credit: © Hunor83 | Dreamstime Stock Photos & Stock Free Images

photo credit: © Hunor83 | Dreamstime Stock Photos & Stock Free Images

10. When trying to lose weight, do not go on a 24-hour fast and then break it with a Chinese buffet binge just because fasting is the new “in” diet and the sign at the buffet reads; “All you Can Eat Low Cal.”  The rapid transition from empty stomach to a stomach brimming with hot and sour soup, General Tso’s Chicken, spring rolls, crab rangoon, snow peas in garlic sauce, fried rice, and chocolate pudding can be hazardous and  explosive.

9. When trying to lose weight, do not mistake the South Beach diet for endless daiquiris and tapas in Florida..  You’ll never get into that sleek little bathing suit if you do and could jeopardize getting into the big ole one piece as well.

8. When trying to lose weight, do not sign up for your very first triathlon if your only familiarity with exercise is being able to juggle multiple remotes for your TV, DVD player and sound system.  You want to lose weight, not your life, which you will likely forfeit in the first five minutes of the competition.

7. When trying to lose weight, by all means, purchase a scale for weighing your food so you can be sure of the size of your portions.  Just don’t bring it with you to restaurants and weigh the food served to you.  At best, your friends will find the activity of watching you trying to weigh a dollop of mashed potatoes rather boring.  At worst, your food will be in an unappetizing state after the weighing.

6. When trying to lose weight, do not buy spandex for casual wear EVER!  No explanation is necessary.

5. When trying to lose weight, do not try to curb your appetite with bottomless cups of coffee, bottles of diet pills, or any other substance.  These have less to do with suppressing appetite and much more to do with making you so hyper that you never sleep, which, ironically, gives you more hours in which to eat.

4. When trying to lose weight, do not take any diet pills that promise to block your absorption of fat (e.g., Alli).  Yes, they do work, but they work at all the wrong moments–in the middle of a business meeting, during a long commute, or while you’re sitting in the window seat of an airplane with Chris Christie next to you.

3. When trying to lose weight, do not hire a trainer that looks like Arnold Schwarzenegger’s poor cousin and whose sales pitch is “I want to pump you up!”  What you might get “pumped up” with may not be legal.

2. When trying to lose weight, do not take up colon cleansing.  As with most of the items on this list, the result of too much of a good thing can result in frequent and expensive calls to your plumber.

1. Finally, when trying to lose weight, take a good long look in the mirror and ask yourself which is more important:  fitting into those skinny jeans you wore in high school or feeling strong, healthy, and happy, even if you are a little soft around the edges.

Positive by choice

Belinda’s thoughts about being positive brought tears to my eyes. When I think of all she is going through and yet she has the will and capacity to remain positive. I am humbled by her example. For those of you who do not know about her struggle, here’s a link to a newspaper article about her: Belinda has Lyme Disease and is fighting for appropriate treatment so she can regain her health. Please pray for her treatment and recovery and be sure to follow her blog. She is the most generous and kindest blogger I have the honor to know.

Rapunzel’s Hair: A Different Kind of Fairy Tale by Marie Ann Bailey

My take on Rapunzel for The Community Storyboard 🙂

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Once upon a time, a girl child was born with long, silky blond hair.  In fact, she pulled out of the womb, not head first, but hair first.  The doctors and nurses and her parents were both fascinated and repulsed by the sight of the bloody blond hair that lay pooled on the hospital bed.  A nurse came toward the infant with scissors and the mother stopped her.  “No,” she said.  “Let the hair stay.  I will wash it myself.”  She looked up at her husband whose face was a pale shade of gray.  “We will call her Rapunzel,” she said and her husband dutifully nodded.

At first it was a challenge managing the infant Rapunzel’s hair.  They had all expected her hair to fall out and then regrow slowly, normally. But the hair stayed and it continued to grow until, by the time Rapunzel was walking, her hair followed…

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The Seed – Now Available on!!!

“The Seed” a novel by Helen Valentina – Now Available on!


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Hi Everyone !  As promised, below you will find the  links to the paperback and ebook versions of my first novel The Seed.

Over the next couple of months it will be available also on Amazon – both paperback and eventually kindle version, Apple and Nook, in global distribution.  I’ll keep you up to date if any of these are preferred points of purchase.  🙂

In the meantime, the description of the novel is below.  It is a romance, essentially, but has a dark and ambiguous undertow, which will surprise none of you familiar with my poetry!

I hope if you choose to purchase that you enjoy the novel and I’d welcome your feedback.  🙂

Book Description


Sara Fraser, a solitary artist, is haunted by her dreams of a past life where she is deeply in love—a concept and experience foreign to her waking existence. Just as she is becoming…

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The Importance of Being Interesting

God, I love this stuff!

READ Research in English at Durham

ilIn this guest post, Oliver Tearle, editor of the Interesting Literature blog, explains how and why literary research can be made interesting to a wider audience.

D. H. Lawrence was fond of climbing mulberry trees in the nude to stimulate his imagination. Virginia Woolf and the Bloomsbury Group once convinced the Royal Navy they were a group of Abyssinian princes by donning fake beards and painting their faces black. George Eliot was the first person to make reference to ‘pop’ music. These are just three of the things I’ve discovered in the last year, since I embarked on a project to find the interesting side of literature. I did this partly because of that perennial question, or invitation, which preoccupies (and haunts) many a PhD student and academic researcher: “Tell us about your research…”

Increasingly in Higher Education, academics are being encouraged to communicate their research to a…

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